The Baltimore Sun

Player of the Year


Nelson Hannahs


The senior was "one of the more technically sound defenders I have coached," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "Very steady and the three years he has started at long pole and defense I have never once worried about the matchup." Hannahs and defenders John Lawhon and Dave New led a defense that allowed less than five goals per game in front of junior goalie Brad Motley. "Usually, Nelson is matched with the top offensive threat of the opposing team, whether it is a midfielder or an attackman," Parks said. "Nelson plays on the wing of almost every faceoff, and when not on the wing, we usually use him to face off when we're not successful with our short sticks." Bound for McDaniel College, Hannahs' career numbers include 260 ground balls over the past two seasons, two goals and three assists and a faceoff winning percentage of nearly .450. Hannahs was penalized only three times for 2.5 minutes this season.

Coach of the Year

Matt Parks


Although the Cougars fell short of winning the Class 3A-2A state title after a 6-3 loss to Glenelg in the final, Parks nevertheless, guided them to an impressive season. Fallston posted an 18-2 record that included victories over Archbishop Curley, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion The win over Curley came on the heels of the Friars' victory over five-time 4A-3A champion Dulaney. The Cougars' defense allowed less than five goals per game. Offensively, Fallston dominated Harford County rivals with a balanced attack of sophomore Pat Mull (16 goals, 51 assists), junior Luke Raab (34,17) and senior Chad Palmer (38, 10), and midfielders Tim Gill (21, 14) and Ben Hoganson (25, three).



Corey Donohoe

North Harford

The senior put a stellar finishing touch on a fine career by scoring five goals on No. 1 Mount Hebron in the Class 3A-2A state final. Donohoe was the toughest player to contain all season, using her strength, skills and smarts to foil opposing defenses just as she did to the Vikings, who went on to edge her No. 7 Hawks, 7-6. Despite drawing constant double teams, she scored 83 goals and had 44 assists. She had a 10-point game against Bel Air and scored the game-winner in double overtime against Fallston. Donohoe led the Hawks to the Harford County title and to their first appearance in the state final.

Coach of the Year

Krystin Porcella

John Carroll

In her first season as head coach, Porcella guided the No. 3 Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown. The Patriots had a few high-caliber players and a solid cast up and down the field. Porcella brought it all together for her alma mater. A former All-County attacker at John Carroll and an All-America defender at Loyola College, Porcella made some big adjustments in the second half of the title game that helped the Patriots take a 10-9 overtime win over Severn. She also worked hard to convince her players they had the potential to take the title.



Angela DiBeneditto

John Carroll

The senior pitcher finished her fine four-year career on a strong note, leading the Patriots in an improbable run to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game. DiBeneditto made major contributions on the mound and at the plate, going 10-7 with a 0.85 ERA and batting .449 with 14 RBIs and 11 runs. The Patriots were 5-5 late in the regular season when she had a breakthrough week with wins over perennial league powers Institute of Notre Dame and eventual champion Seton Keough. The 1-0 shutout against the Gators ended their 13-game winning streak. From there, DiBeneditto shut out two-time defending league champion Archbishop Spalding, 1-0, in the semifinals to send the Patriots to the program's first championship game - a tightly contested, 2-0 setback to Seton Keough. DiBeneditto, who accepted a full softball scholarship to play at Division II's Holy Family University near Philadelphia, finished with a .364 career batting average.

Coach of the Year

Sherry Hudson

John Carroll

Competitive in the tough IAAM A Conference in recent years but unable to get over the hump, the Patriots made a breakthrough late in the regular season this spring that catapulted them to their first league title game. Hudson, in her fifth season, didn't have the same top-to-bottom talent some of the other top teams in the league had. But she was able to get the most of her players, instilling confidence and finding ways to win games with the strong pitching of Angela DiBeneditto and an ability to manufacture runs. Among the season highlights for Hudson and the Patriots was a 1-0 win over two-time defending league champion Archbishop Spalding in the league semifinals.

First Team

Name School Class Position Angela DiBeneditto John Carroll Senior Pitcher

Chelsea Funk C.M. Wright Senior Pitcher Megan Gravell Fallston Junior Pitcher

Nicole Lowenstein John Carroll Junior Catcher Katie Wall North Harford Junior First base

Megan Favazza C.M. Wright Senior Second base Jess Bandzwolek Fallston Senior Third base

Kaela Mason Harford Tech Junior Third base Allison Kuchar C.M. Wright Junior Shortstop

Kaitlynn Angelli North Harford Senior Outfield Brittany Favazza C.M. Wright Soph. Outfield

Caitlin Remus Bel Air Junior Outfield

Second Team

Name School Class Position Katie Boyce Bel Air Senior Pitcher

Samantha Golley North Harford Senior Pitcher Cherish Deaver Fallston Senior Catcher

Nikki Hartner C.M. Wright Junior Catcher Jordan Koester H. de Grace Junior Catcher

Katie Wall North Harford Junior First base

Carlie Andrews Bel Air Fresh. Third base

Angelica Appold C.M. Wright Junior Third base Lisa Bilski Fallston Junior Shortstop

Morgan Freyer C.M. Wright Senior Outfield Stephanie St. Croix Fallston Junior Outfield

Brittany Walter C.M. Wright Soph. Outfield

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


Player of the Year

T.J. Vernes

C. Milton Wright

Vernes was the team's pitching ace and also contributed with the bat for the No. 5 Mustangs (21-2), who won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference with a 13-0 record, including the title game. Going 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA, the senior struck out 66 and walked 19 in 59 innings. Four of his wins came against ranked teams, including a 2-1 victory over No. 9 Parkville and Georgia Tech-bound Kevin Jacob in the Class 4A North regional semifinals . Vernes hit .348 (24-for-69), knocking in 18 runs and scoring 14, with three doubles, a triple and a home run.

Coach of the Year

Tony Blackburn

C. Milton Wright

The Mustangs, who were a surprising Class 4A state finalist in 2006, came up a game short of returning to the 4A state tournament, but they still went 21-2.

This season included C. Milton Wright's first Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic championship and the No. 5 ranking in The Sun's final poll. After a stunning, 6-5 nonleague loss to South River in the third game of the season, Blackburn guided the Mustangs to a 19-game winning streak that ended in a 10-2 loss to Sherwood in the regional final. The Mustangs went 12-0 to win the Chesapeake Division of the UCBAC and defeated Susquehanna Division winner Rising Sun, 6-4, in the UCBAC title game.

First team

Name School Cl. Pos.

Andrew Cunningham North Harford Senior Pitcher

Mike Thomas Fallston Senior Pitcher

T.J. Vernes C.Milton Wright Senior Pitcher

Jordan Wlodarczyk C.Milton Wright Junior Catcher

Mike Rappazzo C.Milton Wright Junior First base

Kyle Cook North Harford Senior Second base

Jake Barben North Harford Junior Third base

Drew Klapko C. Milton Wright Senior Shortstop

Chase Gardner Harford Tech Soph. Infield

Chris Peacher Harford Tech Junior Outfield

Greg Walter C.Milton Wright Senior Outfield

Garrett Weinhold Fallston Soph. Outfield

Second team

Name School Cl. Pos.

Bo Loar Fallston Senior Pitcher

Brad Markey C.Milton Wright Fresh. Pitcher

Dan Wydra Harford Tech Senior Pitcher

Ken Tozzi Fallston Senior Catcher

Jason Jutson Bel Air Senior Infield

D.J. Keckler Fallston Senior Infield

Ron Prevatt Aberdeen Senior Infield

Scott Sorrick C.Milton Wright Senior Infield

Tyler Maguire North Harford Senior Outfield

Pat Rafferty C.Milton Wright Senior Outfield

Jason Young Harford Tech Junior Outfield

Zack Zarbos Fallston Senior DH

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



Shannel Shivers


The senior won the Class 3A state championship in the discus and took second in the state in the shot put. Shivers never lost in either until taking second in the discus at the regional meet. Shivers took the state title in the shot put last year and was second in the discus

Coach of the Year

John Mobley


Mobley and his staff are putting together a strong program at Aberdeen, building the depth that the top teams need. The Eagles took second in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and regional meets before finishing fourth in the Class 3A state meet.

The team

Name School Class

Sara Bailey C.M. Wright Junior

Danyelle Barnes Aberdeen Senior

Katelynn Colgain John Carroll Fresh.

Amanda Deller Aberdeen Soph.

Jill Dozier Fallston Soph.

Alison Kochenderfer Havre de Grace Senior

Amanda Kucharzyk Fallston Senior

Alisha Martin Aberdeen Junior

Nadia Pinna Fallston Senior

Kiarra Reeves C.M. Wright Junior

Erika Stasakova John Carroll Junior

Shannel Shivers Aberdeen Senior

Lindsay Smith C.M. Wright Soph.

Paris Williams Aberdeen Senior

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



Chris Wagner


The senior has developed into one of the area's top distance runners. He captured the 800 and 1,600 meters at the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference meet, then won the 800 at the regional meet and took second in the 800 at the Class 3A state race.

Coaches of the Year

Michael Griffith and Krista Koenig

Harford Tech

The Cobras won the UCBAC's Susquehanna Division title, the program's first track championship. Harford Tech had never won a dual meet until two years ago, and the school doesn't even have a track. Griffith and Koenig are working hard to help increase interest in the program.

The team

Name School Class

Chris Boston Bel Air Junior

Matt Cross Bel Air Junior

Thacious Freeman Fallston Senior

Pete Houlihan C.M. Wright Junior

Brandon Kougl Fallston Senior

Kasene Logan Edgewood Senior

Andrew Mahone Bel Air Senior

Jamal Mutunga Bel Air Senior

Matt Provonche C.M. Wright Senior

Brandon Ropiski Bel Air Soph.

Kerwin Selby C.M. Wright Senior

Shawn Stone Harford Tech Senior

Chris Wagner Fallston Senior

Irvin Wainwright Aberdeen Senior

Sean Wright Aberdeen Senior

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

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