Incredible finishes, dominating performances, outstanding individual achievements, improbable upsets. Covering boys lacrosse, boys basketball, and boys and girls soccer was a special treat that brought plenty of those things in a memorable 2013.
In Part Three of my 2013 recap, here's a look at some of the best individual performances this season:
Most outstanding season by a player
George Campbell, McDonogh boys soccer
There were plenty of individuals who posted impresive stats and carried their respective teams to championships, and topping the list is Campbell.
The senior standout scored big goals and assisted on others, made an impact in other areas on the soccer field, stepped up when the team needed him the most and was the unquestioned leader on a talented team that went 21-0-1 and won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
In earning All-Metro Player of the Year honors, the Maryland-bound Campbell finished with 23 goals and 15 assists in the Eagles' 21-0-1 season.
McDonogh coach Steve Nichols, who has led the Eagles to seven MIAA A Conference titles in 17 seasons, said Campbell is the best all-around player he has coached at McDonogh. Campbell was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Player of the Year.
Most dynamic trio
McDonogh girls soccer standouts Anna Bialczak, Bridgette Andrzejewski and Casey Martinez
Who do you try stopping?
Opposing teams had little success answering the question as Bialczak, Andrzejewski and Martinez combined to produce 64 goals and 35 assists in leading the No. 1 Eagles to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.
Handing out All-Metro Player of the Year honors is often a difficult decision, with many worthy candidates in each sports. And often times it can come down to two and sometimes three players, but rarely are those players on the same team.
Bialczak ended up getting the nod this season after finishing with 20 goals and 13 assists, and bringing a unique physical presence that set a positive tone. Andrzejewski (team-high 29 goals, 13 assists) and Martinez (15 goals, 12 assists) also were under consideration and ended up making the All-Metro first-team.
Bialczak and Andrzejewski both went on to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American honors and Martinez was a participant in the High School All-American Game in Cary, N.C., earlier this month.