Intense. Acrobatic. Unselfish. Fundamentally sound in every phase of the game. Fearless. Mr. Clutch. Never-say-die.
All those words describe Westminster basketball player Todd Dorsey, who put on a clinic every time he took the floor this season.
Dorsey thrilled Owls fans as he came through with one crucial basket after another, often went diving headfirst after balls that were headed out of bounds and always seemed to find the open man.
Dorsey was at his best during a seven-game winning streak that sent the Owls (14-9) into the state Class 4A, Region I playoffs.
The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored six of his team's nine over time points in a 49-47 upset victory over Thomas Johnson and finished the game with 15 points.
That win over the Patriots highlighted the late surge and was one of the biggest victories in the history of Westminster basketball.
Dorsey wound up the season averaging 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds.
That skill and leadership made him a runaway choice as The Baltimore Sun's Carroll County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Dorsey is the kind of player every coach loves.
"The highest compliment I can give him is that he was the hardest worker and practice player we had," said Westminster coach Dave Byers. "I believe if you don't practice hard, you're not going to play hard."
Byers said Dorsey was extremely coachable and responsive all season and "a pleasure to coach."
"He did so many different things for the team. He's a great passer and had a tremendous game against Montgomery Blair at home [a four-point overtime loss], had eight steals in one game for us and 10 assists in another game," said Byers. "He set the example for other players and had a great all-around year. He was a consistent team leader."
At only 6 feet 2, Dorsey is too small to be a forward at the Division I level and probably isn't quick enough to be a guard.
But he could be an excellent Division III player.
But Dorsey is an outstanding center fielder for Westminster and appears set for a baseball career at a major school, such as Georgia Tech.
"Todd plays baseball all summer long and is leaning toward Georgia Tech for baseball," said Byers. "He buries himself into baseball all summer like he does basketball in the winter."
The first team at a glance
6-8, Jr., C, Westminster
Owls coach Dave Byers thinks DeMont's best basketball is in front of him. That's scary for Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference opponents next season. DeMont improved immensely from the beginning of his junior year to the end. He wound up averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Down the stretch, he was taking 15-foot jumpers with confidence to open up the Westminster offense, playing strong defense inside and rebounding well. He scored 21 points against Montgomery Blair on the road and had eight key points in the team's biggest victory of the season, a 49-47 upset victory in overtime over Thomas Johnson in the next-to-last regular-season game. His top scoring effort was 28 points against Howard.
6-4, Sr., F, Westminster
Grocki had an outstanding run during the final seven games for the Owls, averaging 13.7 points, to end his high school career on a high note and help his team make the tough state Class 4A, Region I playoffs with a 14-8 record. Westminster won seven straight before losing to Quince Orchard in the opening round. That late surge enabled Grocki to finish with an average of 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Coach Dave Byers said shooting confidence was the key for the senior forward in his final games. In the 49-47 overtime upset over Thomas Johnson, Grocki played a major defensive role as he joined with teammate Brad Scobie to hold the Patriots' 6-8, 265-pound center Phil Williams in check.
5-10, Sr., G, Westminster
dTC Brightful gave the Owls a lot of much-needed quickness to beat full-court presses and to shut down the opposing team's point guards. All the Westminster defenses were built around Brightful and his quick hands. He made the Owls a strong defensive team that was good enough to shut down the likes of a then-18-1 Thomas Johnson team that went to the state Class 3A semifinals before losing by three to Southern of Baltimore. Brightful also averaged 8.5 points, 3.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
6-2, Sr., G, Francis Scott Key
For the good of the team, Kreit moved from a more natural forward position to point guard for the 5-17 Eagles and sacrificed some personal scoring. He wound up with a 15.0-point average and 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. With his offensive rebounding ability, he would have scored more as a forward. He had a superb game against Brunswick, scoring 18 and running the offense superbly. Kreit was a three-year starter and led the team in scoring all three years. He kept Key in almost every game with his all-around hustle.
Owls let fly, fill up the boys basketball all-star team
Senior Dorsey gave Westminster his all all the time
Boys Player of the Year