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ALL-HOWARD COUNTY

FOOTBALL

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

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Zach Brown

Wilde Lake

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Brown was among the metro area's rushing and scoring leaders all season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior was chosen Offensive Player of the Year by the Howard County coaches after he finished with 1,537 rushing yards on 207 attempts (7.4 average) and scored 19 touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions for 118 points. His 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash combined with his power and athleticism helped the Wildecats go 8-2. Brown is also a state champion in outdoor track, winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes last spring and was a state runner-up at 215 pounds in wrestling.

First-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Brett McQuilkin Atholton Senior QB

Zach Brown Wilde Lake Senior RB

Brandon Dever Glenelg Senior RB

Justin Harris Centennial Senior WR

Greg Nowak River Hill Senior TE

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Zach Robinson River Hill Senior OT

Kevin Westervelt Mt.Hebron Senior OT

Jamar Watson Glenelg Junior C

Ben Dykes Long Reach Senior OG

Andrew Spiegel Centennial Senior OG

Keith Richardson Long Reach Senior All-pur.

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Billy West Glenelg Senior K

Second-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Owen Dresser Centennial Senior QB

Alex Bechta Centennial Senior RB

Troy Gibson Atholton Senior RB

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Tony Fassett Atholton Senior WR

Kyle Williams Mt. Hebron Senior WR

Billy Reybold Reservoir Senior TE

Cody Blue Wilde Lake Junior OT

Josh Evans Reservoir Senior OT

Matt Jaso River Hill Senior C

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Pat Black Glenelg Senior OG

Alanzo Williams Wilde Lake Senior OG

Scott Trench River Hill Soph. K

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Zach Martin

River Hill

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Selected as the county's best overall player by the coaches for his prowess on both sides of the ball, Martin was the No. 1 Hawks' leading tackler on defense for a second straight season, and this season he was the team's leading rusher on offense, too. Martin, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior linebacker-running back, is a repeat first-team selection on defense. Martin had more than 150 tackles (18 for minus-yardage), two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to lead River Hill to a Class 3A state runner-up finish. Offensively, Martin ran for 1,598 yards and 25 touchdowns.

First-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Chris Rhodes River Hill Senior DE

Phil Jones Long Reach Senior DL

Jeff Wallin River Hill Senior DL

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Zach Martin River Hill Junior LB

Mike Rossberg Centennial Senior LB

Aaron Simon Mt. Hebron Senior LB

Landon Tews Long Reach Senior LB

Mike Campanaro River Hill Soph. DB

Scott Dagley Wilde Lake Senior DB

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Dan Hostetler River Hill Senior DB

Alex Iwaskiw Mt. Hebron Senior DB

Sean McNeil Mt. Hebron Senior P

Second-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Riley Fritts Centennial Senior DE

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Tochi Odocha Atholton Senior DE

Rich James Wilde Lake Senior DL

Jesse Moore Howard Senior DL

Sean Brew River Hill Senior LB

Matt Lewis Atholton Senior LB

Marcus Randolph Howard Senior LB

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Joe Sartori Glenelg Senior LB

Alex Boyd Hammond Senior DB

Terrell Brook Reservoir Senior DB

Vince Furby Long Reach Senior DB

Ben Burns Atholton Senior P

COACH OF THE YEAR

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Brian Van Deusen

River Hill

Van Deusen repeats as Howard County Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to their first Class 3A state final - where they lost to Friendly of Prince George's County - a No. 1 ranking in The Sun's poll, and a school record for wins at 13-1. River Hill won its fourth consecutive county title and qualified for the playoffs a fourth straight year.

Van Deusen is 62-17 (.785) in seven seasons at River Hill. This year's team outscored its opponents 510-136, scoring 50 points or more four times and 40 or more seven times, averaging over 300 yards rushing per game in its spread offense. The Hawks' defense had given up only 7.6 points per game going into the state final and had three shutouts.

Volleyball

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Jamie Thomas

Reservoir

Thomas was the Gators' go-to player as they won their first Howard County title in addition to the Class 2A South regional title and finishing as a state finalist. Averaging 3.2 kills per game as the team's main offensive threat, Thomas also played hustling defense that took her all over the court, averaging a team-leading 2.83 digs. In the Howard County championship, Thomas had 18 kills in a five-game victory over Glenelg and followed it up a week later with an outstanding all-around performance to knock off Glenelg in five games again to win the regional.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Carole Ferrante

Reservoir

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In her second season as the head coach at the 5-year-old school, Ferrante guided the Gators to their first Howard County championship and first state final. Ferrante's emphasis on defense and team unity enabled the Gators to knock off defending Class 2A state champion Glenelg three times, the last two in the county and regional finals; defending Howard County champion Centennial, 3-1, in the final regular-season match to knock the Eagles out of the final; and then-No. 1 Liberty, 3-1, in the 2A state semifinals. The Gators reeled off 16 consecutive wins before losing in five games to North East of Cecil in the 2A final to finish 19-2.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Rachel Burke Reservoir Senior Hitter

Michelle Grosso Centennial Junior Hitter

Maddi Lee River Hill Senior Hitter

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Tehya Mockapetris Centennial Senior Hitter

Stephanie Natale Glenelg Senior Hitter

Julie Thomas Reservoir Senior Hitter

Jamie Huffman Reservoir Junior Setter

Anna Wiggs Mount Hebron Senior Setter

Second Team

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Name School Class Pos.

Meaghan Campbell Mount Hebron Senior Hitter

Dana Gittings Glenelg Senior Hitter

Heather Jacobson Chapelgate Senior Hitter

Tasha Jensen Wilde Lake Senior Hitter

Jenny Li River Hill Senior Hitter

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Tina Swan Centennial Senior Setter

Jenn Hilchey Centennial Senior Libero

Sarah Vorce Howard Senior Libero

Note -- Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Boys soccer

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Mike Napolitano

Mount Hebron

With a tireless work rate that put constant pressure on defenders and a poised knack for finding the corner of a goal, the senior striker was the offensive spark that led the No. 2 Vikings (17-0-4) to the Class 3A state championship.

Despite being heavily marked, Napolitano was relentless up front as he finished with 25 goals and 11 assists. His final goal was by far his biggest, coming with three minutes left in the state title game that gave the Vikings a dramatic, come-from-behind 2-1 win over North Carroll.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Linsenmeyer

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Mount Hebron

With a team stocked with experienced talent and targeted as the county favorite from the start, Linsenmeyer continually kept his Vikings focused on the task directly in front of them. The result was a 17-0-4 season that concluded with the Class 3A state crown.

Along the way, the Vikings captured the Howard County title with a win over Atholton and followed with an impressive postseason run that included wins over last year's stateco-champions River Hill and Towson.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

John Beltran Atholton Senior Forward

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Justin Martinelli Mount Hebron Senior Forward

Mike Napolitano Mount Hebron Senior Forward

Jake Pace River Hill Soph. Forward

Abbas Ebrahimnejad Hammond Junior Midfield

Cory Marcon Oakland Mills Junior Midfield

Teddy Smith Centennial Senior Midfield

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Zach Barnett Mount Hebron Senior Defense

Jonathan Burke Centennial Senior Defense

Jason Parfitt Atholton Senior Defense

David Griffith Hammond Senior Goalie

Will Swaim Howard Senior Goalie

Second Team

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Name School Class Pos.

Phil Martinelli Mar. Ridge Soph. Forward

Tunji Williams River Hill Senior Forward

Kevin Duff Wilde Lake Senior Midfield

Paul Maurer Howard Senior Midfield

Eric Oates Centennal Junior Midfield

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Greg Sneeringer River Hill Senior Midfield

Zach Halper Hammond Senior Defense

Keith Meyers Oakland Mills Senior Defense

Tom Osborne Glenelg Senior Defense

Josh Parsons Hammond Senior Defense

D. Scott-Hopwood Atholton Senior Defense

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Sam Permutt Atholton Senior Goalie

Note -- Teams selected by Glenn Graham after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Girls soccer

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Erika Theisen

River Hill

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Gifted with the ball and relentless in the scoring end of the field, the senior forward scored 16 goals and added 11 assists in leading the No. 2 Hawks to a 20-0 season and the Class 3A state crown. Theisen, a two-time All-Metro first-team selection, closed out her stellar four-year career with 48 goals and 28 assists. The first-team All-State selection will play soccer at the University of Maryland next fall.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Song

River Hill

After his Hawks reached the state semifinals last season - where they were eliminated by a goal with nine seconds left in double overtime - Song challenged his players to strive for perfection this fall. They didn't disappoint, as the No. 2 Hawks went 20-0 and captured the program's fifth state title.

The second-year coach, now 35-3, effectively put his talented group of players in the right places to get the most from each and continually kept them focused on the immediate task.

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First team

Name School Class Pos.

Diana Apel Glenelg Senior Forward

Erica Suter River Hill Junior Forward

Erika Theisen River Hill Senior Forward

Faryn Watts Wilde Lake Soph. Forward

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Bali Boule Oakland Mills Senior Midfield

Kathryn Lally Mount Hebron Senior Midfield

Kate Nicholson Atholton Senior Midfield

Sara Tankard River Hill Senior Midfield

Alissa Bourne Glenelg Senior Defense

Sara Cooper Centennial Senior Defense

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Kara Passarelli Mount Hebron Senior Defense

Jocelyn Papciak Atholton Junior Goalie

Second Team

Name School Class Pos.

Chelsea Godbout Reservoir Senior Forward

Elsa Wu Centennial Junior Forward

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Meghan Braun Glenelg Senior Midfield

Amanda Feaga Glenelg Senior Midfield

Jessica Giles Mount Hebron Soph. Midfield

Amy Holcomb Wilde Lake Senior Midfield

Janie Tankard River Hill Junior Midfield

Kelsey Erdman River Hill Senior Defense

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Colleen Quinlan Marr. Ridge Junior Defense

Meg Sims River Hill Junior Defense

Sam Young Atholton Senior Defense

Samantha Olson Marr.Ridge Fresh. Goalie

Note -- Teams selected by Glenn Graham after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Field Hockey

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sarah Parks

Centennial

The junior forward broke the Eagles' record for most goals scored in a season with 28. The previous record of 22, set in 1982, was tied once over the years but not broken until Parks worked her magic in the circle this fall.

With an uncanny eye for open spaces and a knack for redirecting the ball off the goalies' pads, Parks scored in every league game as the Eagles went 10-0 to emerge atop the county during the regular season. A team player who liked to feed her teammates, Parks also had nine assists.

COACH OF THE YEAR

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Jeannette Ireland

Mount Hebron

The Vikings began the season with just one returning starter, opening up 0-4. By the end of the season, however, Ireland had them pushing No. 1 Severna Park to the limit in a 1-0 loss in the Class 3A East regional semifinal.

Ireland, Coach of the Year for a third straight season, brought the Vikings together quickly as they went 11 games without a loss, and only a 1-1 tie with Glenelg kept them from reaching the Howard County title game.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

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Jen Lozier Hammond Senior Forward

Sarah Parks Centennial Junior Forward

Courtney Reardon Mount Hebron Senior Forward

Joanne Reid River Hill Senior Forward

Amy Thompson Glenelg Junior Forward

Melissa Chen Long Reach Senior Midfield

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Lauren Maxson Glenelg Senior Midfield

Jessica Oleinik Centennial Senior Midfield

Kaitlyn Griffith Mount Hebron Senior Defense

Mary Teeters Centennial Junior Defense

Amber Yanulevich Glenelg Senior Defense

Lindsay Sfekas Mount Hebron Senior Goalie

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Second Team

Name School Class Pos.

Kristy Black Glenelg Junior Forward

Ashley Bruns Mount Hebron Soph. Forward

Leah Cossentino Glenelg Senior Forward

Kristen Deegan Hammond Senior Forward

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Kate Heineman Centennial Soph. Forward

Katie Annett Reservoir Senior Midfield

Deanna Dydynski Mount Hebron Junior Midfield

Liz LaHayne Glenelg Senior Midfield

Corinne Ung Centennial Junior Midfield

Rachel Devadas River Hill Senior Defense

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Kellie Duff Wilde Lake Senior Defense

Liz Snyder Centennial Soph. Goalie

Note -- Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Boys cross country

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Revelle

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Atholton

Revelle swept the county, Class 2A South and state titles for the second straight fall. The state championship, his third in a row, was an impressive 44.46-second triumph over Arthur Leathers of Francis Scott Key.

Revelle won the title in 16 minutes, 16.24 seconds, an improvement of over 28 seconds from last year's state championship run. He had struggled a little early in the season, but bounced back in the second half and became dominant once more.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Whitty Bass

Wilde Lake

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The Wildecats were the team that everyone in the county was watching after sweeping county, regional and state titles last year. Bass told his runners what to expect after last season, and they came back ready.

Wilde Lake dominated in every race it ran this season and again pulled off the same sweep. The Wildecats also came away with victories in the Bull Run, Meade and Howard County invitationals, beating tough opponents every time.

The team

Name School Class

Brian Allen Reservoir Senior

J.P. Allera Wilde Lake Senior

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Evan Anderson Wilde Lake Sophomore

Graham Bazell Atholton Sophomore

Devon Gillett Hammond Senior

Seth Harwood Atholton Senior

John Henderson Wilde Lake Junior

Derek Lange Wilde Lake Junior

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Andrew Revelle Atholton Senior

Jonathan Sham Wilde Lake Sophomore

Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Girls cross country

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Alison Smith

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Atholton

The senior finished her cross country career by winning the county, regional and Class 2A state titles. It was Smith's fourth county crown, along with her third regional and state titles.

She turned in an impressive performance at the state meet, beating Howard's Elyse Borisko and easily topping Hereford's Kristen Malloy for the championship on the latter's home course.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Matt Stump

Howard

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The Lions came out of nowhere this year to sweep the county, regional and Class 2A state titles. Stump, in his sixth year, stressed the team concept all season long.

He worked hard at getting the girls to run for places rather than times, making them understand that every single spot counted. These were the first titles in school history, and the Lions got stronger as the season went on.

The team

Name School Class

Elyse Borisko Howard Sophomore

Caitlyn Fuller Howard Freshman

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Katie Harman River Hill Sophomore

Erin Kilic Reservoir Junior

Samantha Matthews Glenelg C.S. Junior

Liz McCarter Mount Hebron Senior

Nicole Shouse Howard Sophomore

Angeli Sivaraman Centennial Senior

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Alison Smith Atholton Senior

Jaclyn Tsioumas Reservoir Junior

Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


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