PARITY IN COUNTY HOOPS LEADS TO MIXED ALL-COUNTY TEAMS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In what was a year of parity in boys and girls hoops, Annapolis, Broadneck and Northeast have placed the most players on the 1990-1991 Anne Arundel County Sun All-County basketball teams.

Annapolis (21-4) and Broadneck (20-5) both placed two players on the boys first team, and Broadneck's girls (18-6) placed one on the first team. Northeast placed one boy and one girl on the first teams. The Eagle boys were16-8 and the girls were 14-10.

The Anne Arundel County Sun Boys Player of the Year, versatile junior Rob Wooster of Annapolis, is joined by teammate and scoring machine Dennis Edwards, Broadneck's superb point guard Johnny Williams and 7-foot-2 center Boris Beck, Steve Strauss of Northeast and Southern's Vince Barnett.

Stephanie Lazor of Northeast heads up the girls first team as the Player of the Year and is joined by Broadneck's Andrea Macey, Kim Miller of North County, Donna Parker of Arundel, Randall Goldsborough of St. Mary's and Stacy Himes of state 4A champion Old Mill.

Himes is the only sophomore named first team, boys or girls, while Wooster is the only underclassman on the boys team.

This year's first teams have no repeaters, which is somewhat of a rarity in a year that was just that.

For the first time since Broadneck joined the boys Class 4A Region IV in 1987, there was a final four withall four teams genuinely capable of winning the region. Defending state champion Annapolis repeated as Region IV champ, but second-seededOld Mill -- a team that beat both Annapolis and Broadneck in the regular season -- Broadneck and Meade all were up to it.

In the regional final four, Broadneck took a pulsating triple-overtime thriller, 72-70, over Old Mill while Annapolis got by Meade, 80-68, and then held on for a 71-69 victory over Broadneck to advance to Cole Field House at the University of Maryland for the state playoffs.

Much of the credit for the Panthers winning their 11th regional title in 14 years under Coach John Brady, who was named the Boys Coach of the Year for a fifth time in 11 years, was the steady play of Wooster. The 11th-grader with the soft touch, the ability to put the ball on the floor, rebound, hit the three-pointer and play defense was the Panthers' most consistent player.

At one time or another this season, Wooster played every position for Annapolis, and whatever he was asked to do was done with extraordinary execution. In addition, Wooster, who isthe fifth Panther to be named Player of the Year in 11 years and thefirst since defensive ace Tim Brown in 1987, had nerves of ice at nitty-gritty time.

In the regional final over Broadneck, it was Wooster who went to the line and sank the two game-clinching free throws with a few seconds left and Annapolis leading by only two points. Wooster, who averaged 14.1 points per game for the Panthers, "came through like that on more than one occasion for us this season," Coach Brady said.

Scouts from the nation's top three college basketball conferences -- the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and Big East -- allhave said that Wooster is a bona-fide Division I prospect.

Edwards led the county in scoring with a 27.1 average, including his 25 points in the 62-60 state semifinal loss to Parkdale, Prince George's County.

During the regular season, Edwards, who missed three games, cracked the 30-point mark six times, including a school-record 50 points in a Dec. 6 win at Annapolis over state champion Parkdale, 110-101. His average in the regular season was 27.4.

Broadneck's first-team duo of Williams and Beck nearly pulled off the Bruins' first 4A regional title. Williams, one of the county's top athletes who now is playing baseball, averaged 12.7 points a game and set a school recordfor career assists (326).

Williams, however, was more than just stats for the Bruins. The 5-11 senior guard was a coach on the floor for head coach Ken Kazmarek. During the Christmas holidays he took most valuable player honors at the Wes Unseld Tournament at Catonsville Community College.

Beck, who came over from Germany, asserted himself going down the stretch. Kazmarek brought him along gradually and by playoff time, Beck was the county's most dominant player.

The extraordinarily fluid 7-footer averaged 20.3 points per outing in three playoff games, including 27 points and eight blocked shots in the triple-overtime game with Old Mill. Over the course of the season, Beck averaged 10.0 points and five boards.

Beck will return home to Hamburg after this school year and will not be back at Broadneck.

Strauss was the Eagles' main man, averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a 6-3 shooting guard. The Northeast senior hit a school record 84 career three-pointers and was 84-for-239 in career attempts (35 percent). He shares the school record for three-pointers in a single game (six) with junior teammate All-County second-teamer Gene Pleyo.

Named the 3A/2A Private Schools Player of the Year, Strauss also tied the school record for points in a single game with 38 against Southern this season. George Harrington hit 38 for the Eaglesin 1977 against Severna Park.

Northeast coach Johnny Barbour, whowas named the 3A/2A Coach of the Year, watched Strauss average 15.7 points per in 50 games over two seasons.

Barnett was Southern's leading scorer for the last three years and averaged 22.4 this season. The flashy guard tallied a school-record 1,843 career points for Coach Tom Albright.

Lazor was a three-year standout for Coach Calvin Vain's Eagles and this past season averaged 17.1 points and 14.5 boards a game. The 5-11 senior totaled more than 1,000 points and reboundsin her career, including her freshman jayvee season, and is the first Northeast player, boy or girl, to be named basketball Player of theYear by The Anne Arundel County Sun.

Miller of North County and Macey of Broadneck both are 6-footers on what is a very tall first team.

Miller averaged 17.7 points and 12 boards per game for the 17-7 Knights.

Macey was the Bruins' mainstay, averaging 12.1 points and as many rebounds while also playing great defense. Despite a nagging ankle injury, Macey led the two-time defending state 4A champions to the regional final against Old Mill.

Without question it was the 5-9 Himes who was the main cog in sophomore-laden Old Mill's run to the state championship. The outstanding 10th-grader, who played like a senior in averaging 11.7 points a game, paced the Pats (24-2) to state playoff victories over Largo of Prince George's, 68-40, with ninepoints, and over heavily favored Springbrook of Montgomery County, 53-51, with 13 points.

The superb play of Himes gave veteran coach Pat Chance her second state championship and Coach of the Year honorsfor a second time. The other state crown and Coach of the Year awardcame in 1986.

That was also the only other year that an Old Mill player took Player of the Year honors -- then it was Robin Stoffel, who led the Pats to a 25-1 mark.

Arundel's Parker, a Division I prospect, played a major role in Coach Lee Rogers rejuvenation of the Wildcats. With the 5-9 Parker averaging 11.5 points, 9.3 boards and three assists per game and setting a school record with 103 steals, the'Cats went from a 6-16 team to a 13-8 Class 4A playoff contender.

Goldsborough holds the distinction of being the shortest female first-teamer at 5-4, but the St. Mary's junior played much taller for 3A/2A and Private School Coach of the Year Carmine Blades.

The talented 11th-grade guard averaged 12.6 points for the injury-riddled Saints. She continued to be a steady performer under pressure when Saint after Saint went down, including star senior Laura Coakley.

With Goldsborough leading the way, the Saints finished runner-up in the highly competitive Baltimore Catholic League and 19-9 overall.

It's not a cliche or a cop-out but a fact that many of the players on the second and third teams very easily could have been named first team this season. It was that kind of year, a season of parity and one in which player talent was unusually equal in both the boys and girls competition.

And that may not change over the next couple of years, with four underclassmen among the 10 players named to the boys second and third teams, and six of 10 among the girls. The girls second and third teams include two juniors, three sophomores and Southern's Laekeka Wesley as the lone freshman on the third team.

Congratulations to all those named to first, second and third teams by the Anne Arundel County Sun sports staff and thanks for a great season.

THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUN ALL-COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Player.. .. .. .. School.. .. Height.. Avg... .. Class

Dennis Edwards.. Annapolis.. 6-5.. .. .. 27.1.. .. Senior

Rob Wooster.. .. Annapolis.. 6-6.. .. .. 14.1.. .. Junior

Johnny Williams.. Broadneck.. 5-11.. .. 12.6 .. .. Senior

Boris Beck.. .. .. Broadneck.. 7-2.. ..10.0.. .. .. Senior

Steve Strauss.. .. Northeast.. 6-3.. .. 19.2 .. .. ..Senior

Vince Barnett.. .. Southern.. .. 5-9.. . 22.4.. . .. Senior

SECOND TEAM

Player .. .. .. .. ..School.. .. .. Height.. ..Avg.. .. Class

Delmore Howard .. Annapolis.. .. .. 6-6.. .. 15.7.. .. Senior

Ron Hubbard .. .. Meade.. .. .. .. .. 6-4.. .. 15.7.. .. Senior

David Beck .. .. Meade .. .. .. .. .. 6-1.. .. 13.3.. .. Senior

Gene Pleyo.. .. Northeast.. .. .. .. 6-0.. .. 14.3.. .. Junior

Damion Sewell.. .. Old Mill.. .. .. ..6-2.. .. 13.8 .. ..Senior

THIRD TEAM

Player .. .. .. ..School.. .. .. .. Height.... Avg.. .. .. Class

C.J. Prince.. North County.. .. .. 6-0.. .. .. 17.8.. .. Senior

Scott Brown.. Severna Park .. .. .. 6-4.. .. .. 17.2.. .. Junior

Clayton Pinkney.. Southern.. .. .. .. 5-7.. .. .. 13.8.. .. Senior

Trevelin Queen .. Arundel .. .. .. .. 6-3.. .... 14.6 .. .. Junior

Darren Hall.. .. South River.. .. .. ..6-5.... .. 20.4.. .. Soph

Player of the Year: Rob Wooster, Annapolis.

Coach of the Year: John Brady, Annapolis.

3A/2A and Private School Player of the Year: Steve Strauss, Northeast.

3A/2A and Private School Coach of the Year: Johnny Barbour, Northeast.

THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUN ALL-COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Player.. .. .. .. School.. .. .. Height .. .. Avg.. .. .. Class

Stephanie Lazor Northeast.. .. .. .. 5-11.. .. .. 17.1.. .. Senior

Kim Miller.. .. North County .. .. .. 6-0 .. .. .. 17.7.. .. Senior

Stacy Himes.. .. Old Mill.. .. .. .. 5-9.. .. .. ..11.7.. .. Soph

Andrea Macey .. .. Broadneck.. .. .. 6-0 .. .. .. ..12.1.. .. Senior

Donna Parker .. .. Arundel.. .. .. .. 5-9 .. .. .. ..11.5.. .. Senior

Randall Goldsborough.. St. Mary's.. .. 5-4.. .. .. 12.6.. .. Junior

SECOND TEAM

Player.. .. .. .. .. School.. .. .. Height.. .. .. .. Avg.. .. Class

Renita Johnson .. .. North County .. ..5-10.. . .. ..14.5.. .. Senior

Debbie Dadds.. .. .. .. Northeast.. .. 5-11.. .. .. 13.4 .. .. Junior

Amy Ordakowski.. .. .. Chesapeake.. ..5-9.. .. .. 13.6 .. .. Senior

Amy Langville.. .. .. Spalding .. .. .. 5-7 .. .. .. 10.2 .. .. Soph

Christine Baer .. .. .. Old Mill.. .. .. 5-6.. .. .. .. 8.0.. .. Soph

THIRD TEAM

Player.. .. .... .. School.. .. .. .. Height.. .. .. .. Avg.. .. Class

Suzanne Weinberg.. .. Severn.. .. .. .. 5-7.. .. .. .. .. 17.9 .. Senior

Heather Greenlee .. .. St. Mary's.. .. .. 5-9.. .. .. .. 9.0 .. ..Senior

Laekeka Wesley.. .. .. Southern.. .. .. 5-11.. .. .. .. 10.7 ....Fresh

Alina Smith.. .. .. .. Arundel.. .. .. 5-5 .. .. .. .. ..9.3 .. .. Soph

Talaya Barnett .. .. ..Southern .. .. ..5-7.. .. .... .. 10.5.. Junior

Coach of the Year: Pat Chance, Old Mill

Player of the Year: Stephanie Lazor, Northeast

3A/2A and Private School Coach of the Year: Carmine Blades, St. Mary's

4A Player of theYear: Stacy Himes, Old Mill

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