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ALL-BALTIMORE CITY

The Baltimore Sun

BOYS BASKETBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dino Gregory

Mount St. Joseph

Gregory averaged 14.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in leading the second-ranked Gaels (25-8) to second place finishes behind No. 1 Towson Catholic in both the Baltimore Catholic League and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The 6-foot-8 senior post player, who had committed to Maryland before his junior season, was a guiding force for a young Gaels backcourt, whose inexperience put added pressure on him offensively. Gregory's power moves include an array of dunks and dazzling hook shots, and he also improved his outside game this season. He made one three-pointer in his career - a buzzer-beater in regulation, as the Gaels went on to defeat St. John's of Washington in overtime this season.

Coach of the Year

Mike Daniel

City

Daniel led a young team to City's best record (20-5) since the Knights went 18-8 in 1999. With three starting sophomores and a junior around senior All-Metro guard Devin Brown, the Knights advanced to the Class 3A North regional final, where they were upset by Mervo.

Daniel is in his second season at City after compiling a 361-185 record in 20 seasons at Towson Catholic.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Akeema Richards

Western

Young but exceptionally talented, the sophomore guard led the Doves to their second straight Baltimore City crown and a repeat appearance in the Class 3A state final. An offensive threat from inside and out, Richards shot 54 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. She averaged 14.3 points to lead the No. 5 Doves. She also led the team in assists with 4.3 and steals with 4.9, while grabbing 4.9 rebounds. Richards, who also defended the opposition's best player, scored 20 points in the city final, a 53-47 victory over City. She also thwarted the Knight's upset intentions by scoring 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter of the Doves' 49-44 regular-season win.

Coach of the Year

Jackie Boswell

Seton Keough

A young team returning only two starters did not prevent Boswell from guiding the Gators to a 22-7 finish and the area's No. 3 ranking. Among their local rivals, the Gators lost to just two teams -- twice each to No. 1 St. Frances and to then-No. 2 Towson Catholic. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal, they lost a heartbreaker to eventual champion St. Frances, 58-57. The City Coach of the Year for a second straight season, Boswell preaches defense first. As always, her team was fundamentally sound and relied on full-court pressure and tough half-court defense to frustrate opponents. Her team had impressive early wins over then-No. 4 Arundel and Oakland Catholic, Pa., which had beaten St. Frances a few weeks earlier.

GIRLS TRACK

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Letecia Wright

Western

Wth the graduation of Western All-Metro performers Theresa Lewis and Shalaiyah Sommerville, it was Wright's turn to be in the spotlight. The senior won the state title in the 55-meter dash in 7.08 seconds, tying the meet record. She also won the 300 at states and took third in the 55-meter hurdles. That all came after Wright won four gold medals at both the Baltimore City and Central regional meets. Her turning point might have come in the Montgomery Invite in January, when Wright won the 55 and the 55 hurdles with just a few minutes in between. She seemed to take off from there and played a big role in Western winning the City title, taking a close third in the regional and third in the state.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Lutalo Bakari

Digital Harbor

Under Bakari, the Rams just missed winning the Baltimore City title, but then captured the Class 2A-1A Central regional and Class 2A-1A state championships. The state championship was dramatic, as Digital Harbor was three points behind heading into the final event, but the Rams brought home the championship by winning the 1,600-meter relay.

The Team

Name School Class

Erin Brooks Seton Keough Junior

Courtney Butler IND Junior

Alyssa Doyle Seton Keough Senior

Cierra Glassco Western Junior

Tashana Johnson Western Soph.

Alyssa McClure Digital Harbor Fresh.

Nykeisha Sewell Mervo Senior

Colleen Shea Seton Keough Junior

Quantika Stepney Mervo Senior

Kitria Stewart Mervo Junior

Alex Tanner Bryn Mawr Senior

Letecia Wright Western Senior

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

BOYS TRACK

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Duane Parker

Mount St. JosephLike his older brother (Woodlawn senior Dwight Parker), Parker has become a track standout. The sophomore had a big season for the Gaels this winter and helped them win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title. Parker has been the team captain his first two years and lived up to his leadership role by showing plenty of versatility. He was undefeated in the 300 meters and the long and triple jumps. Parker also ran the first leg in the 800 relay. Parker won four gold medals at the MIAA championships as the Gaels routed the field. Parker was voted the team Most Valuable Player in indoor track each of his first two years and also last spring. Coach Gene Constantine said Parker is a quiet leader who took the Gaels to another level.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Steve Williams

Poly

The Engineers won their first Baltimore City and state championships this winter, buying into Williams' team approach to pull out some narrow wins in big meets. Despite getting disqualifications in four of the night's 13 events, Poly still edged out Mervo for the city title. The Engineers then relied heavily on relay races and Jamin Gallman to beat out Liberty for the Class 2A-1A state championship.

The Team

Name School Class

Erik Anderson Arch. Curley Senior

Andrew Darmody Mt. St. Joseph Junior

Angelo Diggs Digital Harbor Junior

Anthony Drumsgoole Digital Harbor Soph.

Jamin Gallman Poly Senior

Jonathan McMaster Gilman Senior

Tom Meyer Mt. St. Joseph Senior

Duane Parker Mt. St. Joseph Soph.

Jabre Parker Digital Harbor Senior

Matt Parks Mt. St. Joseph Senior

Lemuel Pridgen Poly Junior

Isaac Richardson Mervo Senior

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

WRESTLING

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Jake Bohn

Mount St. Joseph

The 189-pound senior won his third consecutive titles in the Mount Mat Madness Invitational, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools state tournaments, and was a National Preps champion after having been runner-up as a junior. Among Bohn's 30 pins were those of Archbishop Curley's MIAA champion Sam Burdych and McDonogh's 215-pound MIAA runner-up Doug Schenk. Bohn also defeated two Pennsylvania champions and one New Jersey champion.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Gregg Kessler

Archbishop Curley

The first-year coach led the Friars through a 14-2 season and runner-up finishes behind McDonogh in both the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Assocation and private schools tournaments. Kessler coached two first-team All-Metro selections, three individual MIAA champs and four individual private schools champs, with sophomore Tony Powell (285 pounds) reaching his first tournament final of the year - a 1-0 loss in the private schools' title bout. Kessler also coached Mike Kulik (160) to the program's first individual National Preps title since Mark Frey in 2004, and only the third since Gene Curran in '90. The Friars defeated Old Mill and Hammond, Class 4A-3A and 2A-1A state champions, respectively, in dual meets.

First Team

Weight Name School Class 103 Frank Goodwin Mt. St. Joseph Fresh.

112 Austin Clouse Mt. St. Joseph Senior 119 Tyler Scarinzi Arch.Curley Junior

125 Danny Orem Mt. St. Joseph Soph. 130 Mitch Fenton Arch. Curley Senior

135 Ali Saadoulaev Arch. Curley Soph. 135 Kevin Bohlman Mt. St. Joseph junior

140 Antwan Reed Carver Junior 145 Leontay Brown Edmondson Senior

152 Chris King Mt. St. Joseph Senior 160 Mike Kulik Arch. Curley Senior

171 Joe Foster Arch. Curley Junior 189 Jake Bohn Mt. St. Joseph Senior

215 Josh Boler Arch.Curley Junior 285 Glen Kelley Douglass Junior

285 Tony Powell Arch. Curley Soph.

Second Team

Weight Name School Class

103 Clyde Thompson Mervo Soph.

112 Bubba Corbett Arch.Curley Junior 112 Lamone Wilson Mervo Senior

119 Chance McCree Edmondson Soph. 125 Adekola Olgunjo Digital Harbor Fresh.

130 Benny Schaufele Mt. St. Joseph Fresh. 130 Brandon Jones Poly Senior

135 Antonio McCree Edmondson Senior 140 Ross Quillett Arch. Curley Junior

145 Lester Vonty Patterson Senior 152 Daniel Johnson Poly Soph.

160 Derek Chester Walbrook Junior 171 Ed Jackson Mt. St. Joseph Junior

189 Sam Burdych Arch. Curley Senior 215 Jamar Rowlett Mervo Senior

285 Jamie Colbert Walbrook Senior

Note -- Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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