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Player of the Year

Lauren Gibson


The sophomore pitcher saved her best for last this season, throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Damascus to lead the No. 1 Cougars (23-3) to the Class 4A state championship. Gibson was 18-3 for the season with an 0.51 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 137 innings. She was just as important at the plate, batting a team-high .471 with 24 RBIs and 24 runs. Among her 33 hits were five homers, five doubles and three triples. One of Gibson's best efforts came in the Cougars' 2-1 win over county rival Broadneck in the East regional title game, a win that avenged two 2-1 losses during the season.

Coach of the Year

Marianne Shultz


With graduation losses at key spots, Shultz shuffled some players to get the most from each, leading the No. 8 Eagles (19-7) to the Class 3A state title game. The 4-0 loss to three-time defending state champion Huntingtown didn't diminish the fine season, which included a 3-1 win over Centennial to capture the East regional crown. Shultz, who was 228-79 with one state championship in 14 seasons, has stepped down to concentrate on her position as the school's athletic director.

First team

Name School Class Pos. Lauren Gibson Chesapeake Soph. Pitcher

Kourtney Salvarola Broadneck Fresh. Pitcher Stephanie Weigman Arch. Spalding Senior Pitcher

Sam Dulski Chesapeake Senior Catcher Jessica Sewell Glen Burnie Senior First base

Marybeth Herrick Arch. Spalding Senior Second base Desirae Sullivan Severna Park Senior Third base

Lindsey Gray Northeast Senior Shortstop Angela Yannone Chesapeake Junior Shortstop

Jill Mullan Northeast Senior Outfield Brooke Owen Chesapeake Senior Outfield

Sloane Van Meter Arch. Spalding Senior Outfield

Second team

Name School Class Pos. Heather Brown Northeast Soph. Pitcher

Heather Karasek North County Senior Pitcher Kelly Leary Glen Burnie Senior Pitcher

Lizzie Wedell Northeast Soph. Catcher Jordyn Williams Chesapeake Senior First base

Autumn Herrin Northeast Junior Second base Jessica Richards Glen Burnie Senior Third base

Jen Haag Severna Park Junior Shortstop Kayla Dice Broadneck Senior Outfield

Erika Stasch Chesapeake Junior Outfield Brittany Willingham Glen Burnie Soph. Outfield

Ashley Thomas Broadneck Fresh. Utility

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

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