Player of the Year
The repeat Player of the Year, Strickland led the Owls to the most success they have enjoyed since the mid-1980s. A gifted athlete with exceptional basketball skills, the 6-foot-senior guard averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals in leading the No. 4 Owls to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals for a second straight season. The Owls played a tough out-of-league schedule but lost only twice to local teams -- once to No. 1 St. Frances and then to No. 2 McDonogh in a tournament semifinal game in which Strickland scored 17 points. Strickland, who will play at Maryland next season, was named a McDonald's All-American.
Coach of the Year
When Gizzi arrived at the Owings Mills private school four years ago, the Eagles had gone through three straight seasons of hovering around .500. Since then, they have done no worse than reach the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals. This season, the Eagles took a big step up to the title game, where they threw a scare into No. 1 St. Frances before falling 68-63 in overtime. Their ascent to the final, the No. 2 ranking and a 21-5 record came after Gizzi convinced the Eagles to believe in themselves. They were the only area team to beat St. Frances during the season. With his guidance, the Eagles added confidence to an already strong on-court game and reached the championship game for the first time since 1999.
Player of the Year
The senior guard matured over the past two seasons and became the catalyst for the area's top-ranked team. Leading the Owls in scoring with 19.5 points per game, Delaney, 6 feet 3, also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.9 steals. When the game was on the line, the Owls and coach Josh Pratt usually looked to Delaney and he almost always delivered. Towson Catholic went 31-4 with Delaney leading the way and did not lose a game to a local team.
Coach of the Year
Rivers led the No. 3 Rams to a third consecutive state championship, something no other Baltimore County team has ever done, and it was the fifth in 13 years under him. Without one go-to player, Rivers masterfully brought along a young team and wove them into a 2A state champion (the Rams won the Class 3A title in 2005). Rivers led the Rams to a 24-3 record, his 12th 20-win season and eighth in a row, bringing his career mark to 292-46.
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
The sophomore helped McDonogh become one of the area's top teams, constantly coming up big in the tough meets. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, where the Eagles were upset by Seton Keough, DeCoster won the 300-meter dash, took third in the 55 meters and helped on the relays. She capped her season by running what runningmaryland.com lists as the state's second-best time in the 200 (25.34 seconds) at the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex earlier this month.
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Alrick Munroe and Jeff Sanborn
Munroe and Sanborn had a problem most coaches would relish - they had almost too much talent, and keeping everyone happy was a challenge. But they got it done, getting points from all over their roster throughout the season. Led by Jameice DeCoster, Chante Sandiford and others, the Eagles' lone blemish was finishing second to Seton Keough at the IAAM championship meet. But McDonogh easily beat Class 3A-2A state champion North Carroll to win the Frostbite Invite, and later won the private school championship meet.
Name School Class
Cathy Agoris Franklin Junior
Jameice DeCoster McDonogh Soph.
Jermia Dix Western Tech Fresh.
Amanda Kimbers McDonogh Soph.
Kristen Malloy Hereford Soph.
Michelle Newman Eastern Tech Junior
Uju Ofoche Parkville Soph.
Marta Randall Hereford Soph.
Brittany Richmond Western Tech Senior
Chante Sandiford McDonogh Senior
Brooke Staton McDonogh Senior
Courtney Williams Loch Raven Senior
Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Performer of the Year
Coming off a tremendous season in cross country in which he won every race until finishing second in the Class 4A state championship, Parker maintained his winning ways in the winter. He swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 with ease at the Baltimore County meet last month. The senior, whose younger brother Duane is a track standout at Mount St. Joseph, then took second in the 3,200 at the regional meet before struggling at the state meet and taking sixth place.
Coaches of the Year
Gerard Filosa and Chris McGuiness
The Panthers have never been a track powerhouse, but Filosa and McGuiness are building something good at the school. Pikesville finished fourth in the county, third in the regional and fourth in the Class 2A-1A state meet. The coaches altered the team's training schedule this season to give the Panthers a better shot at peaking heading into the state meet. That change paid off, as Pikesville was only a few points out of first late in the state meet before finishing fourth.
Name School Class
Darryl Bell Pikesville Senior
Frank Boyle Calvert Hall Junior
Justin Fontanoza Lansdowne Senior
Robby Ford McDonogh Senior
Anders Hulleberg Park Senior
Jabari Hawkins Pikesville Senior
Kwame Johnson Parkville Senior
Greg Jubb Loyola Senior
Chris McIntosh Franklin Senior
Shawn Meyers Perry Hall Junior
Dwight Parker Woodlawn Senior
Anthony Rowe Calvert Hall Junior Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
The 160-pound junior remained on pace to join Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky (1992) and Owings Mills' Steve Kessler (1997) as Maryland's only four-time state champions. Asper defeated Southern of Garrett County's Justin Ratliff - last year's 2A-1A state champion at 152 - 6-2, to earn his third straight state crown and complete his first unbeaten season at 39-0 with 24 pins. The victory was the 50th straight dating back to February 2006 for Asper, who is Hereford's first three-time state titlist, and who won his second straight Baltimore County crown and his third straight regional title.
COACH OF THE YEAR
The 13th-year coach led the Eagles to their second consecutive No. 1 ranking in The Sun from the start of the season to the end. Along the way, the Eagles won titles in the Mount Mat Madness Invitational, as well as their second consecutive crowns in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools tournaments. McDonogh went unbeaten against league rivals to earn its second straight MIAA dual meet title, its fourth overall, and posted a 17-3 mark on the season. Welch, who is 165-45 as a coach in dual meets, credits assistants Joe Bakewell, Rob Smoot, Adam Mayer, Alex Gardner and Kenny Taylor.
Weight Name School Class
103 Nick Schenk McDonogh Fresh.
112 Earl Eppard Lansdowne Soph.
112 Albert Woody McDonogh Soph.
119 Adeleke Ibironke Milford Mill Junior
125 Josh Fitch McDonogh Junior
130 Ben Levin McDonogh Junior
135 Colin Schuster Loyola Soph.
140 Curtis Holmes McDonogh Soph.
145 Matt Jacobs Dulaney Senior
145 Shane Milam McDonogh Soph.
152 Kramer Whitelaw McDonogh Junior
160 Josh Asper Hereford Junior
171 Grady Gamble Boys' Latin Senior
189 Ryan Andrezejewski Eastern Tech Senior
215 Doug Schenk McDonogh Soph.
285 Alex Harper Woodlawn Senior
Weight Name School Class
103 Avi Friedman Owings Mills Soph.
103 Darian Allen Milford Mill Junior
112 Nik Gialamis Calvert Hall Junior
119 Jesse Perseghin Loyola Senior
125 Dustin Peddicord Eastern Tech Junior
130 Cody Rosen-Stone Owings Mills Junior
135 Joe Eder McDonogh Junior
140 Tyricuz Ishway Boys' Latin, Senior
145 Tony Mack Owings Mills Junior
152 Gary Saval Owings Mills Senior
160 Alex Pagnotta McDonogh Soph.
171 Yousef Mohamed Parkville Senior
171 Owen Smith Calvert Hall Junior
189 Jack Skinner Towson Senior
215 Ben Garbart Loyola Senior
285 Nile Alexander Milford Mill Senior
Note -- Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.