COACH OF THE YEAR
* Warren Michael, Mount Hebron -- At the beginning of the season Mount Hebron was judged to be the third-best team in Howard County behind Centennial and Oakland Mills.
By the end of the season the county champion Vikings (14-2) surpassed both those teams and narrowly missed winning the Class 3A/4A state championship, losing in overtime to Arundel, 12-11. Their only other loss was in overtime to Mount St. Joe, 9-8.
His teams displayed discipline and intensity -- two elements that characterize his own personality.
During eight seasons as Vikings head coach, Michael's teams won 97 games and lost 29, won two state titles (1988, 1991) and lost in the state finals twice (1992, 1995).
They won six regional and five county titles. Michael, 33, now teaches at Atholton. He played in high school at Glenelg and in college at Washington and Lee and Western Maryland.
* Tony Harding, Centennial, senior, attack -- Tony, Brian's twin brother, scored 43 goals, made 27 assists and picked up 56 ground balls. He was a 52 percent shooter. And he played a key role in keeping opposing teams from clearing. Centennial kept other teams from clearing 75 percent of the time. He will attend Virginia Tech.
* Ben Savage, Mount Hebron, senior, attack -- Savage scored 38 goals, had 28 assists and scooped up 40 ground balls. "He was our slickest attackman and made some great no-look passes," Michael said. Savage will attend Notre Dame.
* Dan Carver, Mount Hebron, senior, attack -- Carver scored 37 goals, had 19 assists and gathered in 62 ground balls. "He rides like a maniac and scored big goals in every game," Michael said. Carver scored a personal high of five goals against North Harford, the Class 1A/2A champ. He will attend Randolph
* Iggy Levelev, Oakland Mills, senior, attack -- Levelev led the county with 78 goals, had 29 assists and 76 ground balls. "He's a good dodger who likes to go one-on-one," Scorpions coach Ken Hovet said. Levelev's season-high was nine goals against Howard. He led Oakland Mills to a 13-3 season and the state semifinals, where they lost to South River, 10-9.
* Rob Hauff, Centennial, senior, midfield -- Hauff scored 27 goals, had 17 assists and 137 ground balls. "He's a great defensive player, totally unselfish, fills whatever roll you need, plays injured and never complains," coach Mike Siegert said. Hauff is a three-time first-team all-county pick and was The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Player of the Year last season. A four-year starter, he set school career records with 101 goals and 97 assists. He's headed to North Carolina on a partial lacrosse scholarship.
* Tim Buscher, Atholton, junior, midfield -- He scored 24 goals, had 11 assists and led the county with 181 ground balls. He won 62 percent of his faceoffs. "He started our fast breaks and was our second-leading scorer," coach Wendell Thomas said.
* Brent Wilhoite, Mount Hebron, junior, midfield -- He had nine goals, nine assists and 71 ground balls. He was especially effec
tive in both games against chief rival Centennial with 12 and 14 ground balls and three points in each game. "He's an awesome " athlete," Michael said. Siegert said: "We thought he was the one we had to stop and didn't either time."
* John Campbell, Oakland Mills, senior, defense -- He had 62 ground balls. "He was scored on only two times all season and is a physical player with a good stick," Hovet said. A left-hander, he is headed to Towson State.
* Matt Rainwater, Centennial, senior, defense -- Rainwater had 60 ground balls. "He has a great stick and always played the other team's top scorer," Siegert said. He will attend North Carolina on a partial lacrosse scholarship.
* Dave Friedman, Hammond, junior, defense -- Friedman had 123 ground balls and won 28 of 56 faceoffs. "He held Iggy [Levelev] scoreless the second time we played Oakland Mills," Hammond coach Larry Luthe said.
L * Shane Campbell, Mount Hebron, senior, defense -- Shane had
35 ground balls. "He shut down Iggy [Levelev] and [Jeff] Iannarino," Michael said. "He was not afraid to put someone down, and North Harford [Class 1A/2A state champs] didn't score against him." He has a 4.0 GPA and is headed to the University of Pennsylvania.
* Mike Radford, Atholton, senior, goalkeeper -- He made 224 saves and was especially skilled against one-on-ones. He will attend Syracuse.
CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Scott Baughman, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield -- His 38 goals and 40 assists this season gave him a single-season school-record 78 points, one of six school offensive marks he set. His 166 ground balls this season also was a school record, and was second in the county. He had a school-record 186 winning faceoffs this season (68 percent). Baughman's 18 ground balls in a single game also was a school mark. He established two career records with 389 ground balls and 354 winning faceoffs and won 67 percent of his career faceoffs. Baughman has a strong left-handed shot and had 79 career goals and 86 career assists. He is headed to Georgetown on a partial lacrosse
scholarship. Brian Harding, Centennial, senior, midfield -- "He played great position defense, was the key on our faceoffs because he'd come in and scoop up the ground balls and he made our clearing and riding games go," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. Harding, a long stick, was second on the team in ground balls, scored five goals and had four assists. He led the Eagles to a 15-3 record and is headed to Drexel.