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Player of the Year

Travis Love

Winters Mill

The senior was the unyielding force that helped make Winters Mill (19-0) Carroll County's firststate lacrosse champion. The Towson University-bound goalie led the county with a .710 save percentage, allowing just 92 goals in 19 games - an average of less than five per game. He did some of his best work in the Class 2A-1A state title game, making 20 saves in a 6-5 overtime win against previously unbeaten Parkside. For his efforts, Love, 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds, earlier this week was named the Class 2A-1A winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the top player in state 2A and 1A schools, as selected by coaches. Love has been a four-year starter and a team captain since his sophomore year.

Coach of the Year

Jim Langrall


A year after limping to a 3-9 record, including 0-6 in Carroll County, Langrall's Knights turned things around this spring in a big way, finishing 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the county. The season included an eight-game winning streak, as well as a dozen games in which the team scored at least 11 goals. It was a major departure from a year ago, when the Knights stayed competitive in most games, but rarely were able to finish off an opponent. The biggest difference, Langrall said, was the maturation of his seniors, many of whom showed improved stick skills and leadership after playing summer ball. He also credited his assistant coaches, who helped provide players with more individualized attention. Langrall spent nine years coaching at Liberty before starting Century's program from the junior varsity level in 2002.


Player of the Year

Jenny Steadman


The senior capped her stellar career by excelling at what she always did best - catching the ball in traffic and finishing. Steadman scored a career-high 94 goals to go along with 37 assists, leading Century to its third Class 2A-1A state title in four years and earning the midfielder her second straight county Player of the Year award. The Penn State-bound Steadman set Carroll County records for career goals (259) and points (388). She scored eight goals in a game against Winters Mill and seven in her team's 15-5 win over Pikesville in the state final, but had one of her best all-around performances in a playoff win against Liberty, despite not scoring at all.

Coach of the Year

Rose Pentz


What some saw as a changing of the guard in Carroll County, Pentz's team saw as inspiration. After the first county in their history loss in early April against Liberty, the Knights quickly took stock and fired back. They finished the season with 14 straight wins - by a combined score of 258-64 - to claim a share of their fifth straight county title, as well as their third Class 2A-1A state title in four years. One of those wins was a 15-4 blowout of Liberty in the regional semifinals. No. 5 Century (17-2) received key contributions from veterans and newcomers in continuing to set the standard in county girls lacrosse. Pentz, who has coached the program since its initial year at the junior varsity level in 2002, ran her career record to 84-6. Player of the Year


Megan Johnson

Francis Scott Key

Not only was the Morgan State-bound senior Carroll County's most dominant pitcher, but she also was among its best hitters. Johnson started every game for the Eagles, compiling a 14-6 record with a 1.48 ERA, and 209 strikeouts in just 141 innings. She walked only 27, and she racked up seven shutouts. Johnson ranked among the county's leaders by batting .361, with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBIs. Her hot bat and ability to lay off bad pitches helped her to reach base nearly 53 percent of the time.

Coach of the Year

Greg Knill

Winters Mill

Despite losing more than half his team from a year ago to graduation, Knill led the Falcons to a turnaround season. The team improved from 8-12 to 13-8, tying Francis Scott Key for second place in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Conference and finishing in a three-way tie for second place in Carroll County. Knill, who has coached a variety of sports over the past 19 years, including football, golf, basketball, track and lacrosse, has led his current team since its inception at the junior varsity level in 2003. Despite mixed results since, he said that this year's players bonded better than any of his previous groups, with the goal of proving they could win.

First Team

Name School Class Position Megan Johnson F.S. Key Senior Pitcher

Kim Ruppert Winters Mill Senior Pitcher Anna Struhar Century Junior Pitcher

Sarah Alpaugh Liberty Soph. Catcher

Emilie McFarland Century Soph. Catcher

Kelley Farley F.S. Key Soph. Infield Mary Harshman South Carroll Soph. Infield

Felicia Knill Winters Mill Junior Infield Marie Lindberg Century Senior Infield

Amy Metcalfe Westminster Soph. Infield Meghan Clements Century Junior Outfield

Brittani Rynkowski North Carroll Junior Outfield

Second Team

Name School Class Position Ashley Woods North Carroll Junior Pitcher

Nicki Brown F.S. Key Senior Catcher

Megan McFeeley Westminster Senior Catcher

Meagan Elfert Westminster Senior Infield Lindsay Harman Winters Mill Junior Infield

Jamie Holden South Carroll Senior Infield Emily Reider Liberty Soph. Infield

Brooke Robinson Westminster Soph. Infield Emily Sullivan North Carroll Junior Infield

Morgan Wheeler Century Junior Infield Liz Cullinane F.S. Key Senior Outfield

Christine Isenberg F.S. Key Fresh. Outfield

Note -- Teams selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


Player of the Year

Brett Harman


The 6-foot-4 right-hander dominated hitters all season, finishing 10-1 with an 0.64 ERA and 113 strikeouts against just 16 walks to lead Westminster to its first Class 3A state title. The Maryland-bound senior overpowered batters with his 90 mph fastball, and consistently kept them off balance by dropping down and throwing from various angles. Harman, who also batted a county-best .423 with 20 RBIs and 15 stolen bases, did his finest work in the playoffs, pitching four straight complete games - including a 4-1 win over Centennial in the state final - while allowing only three earned runs and striking out 40. He finishes his four years on the varsity with six Monocacy Valley Athletic League career records, including most wins (30) and, as a batter, most hits (99).

Coach of the Year

Denny Snyder

North Carroll

Led by its torrid hitting, Snyder's team dominated Carroll County throughout the regular season. Consistently putting up huge numbers at the plate, the Panthers finished 14-6 and won both the county title and a share of the MVAL Chesapeake Conference title. Among North Carroll's wins were a pair of regular-season victories over eventual state champion Westminster. Snyder, in his 14th year, assembled a lineup that for much of the season was as strong one-through-nine as any in county history. Down 6-0 against South Carroll in April, the team exploded for 15 runs in an inning, breaking North Hagerstown's MVAL record. The Panthers followed that by scoring nine in an inning against Linganore. Snyder also won Coach of the Year honors last season, as well as in soccer last fall.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Brett Harman Westminster Senior Pitcher

Garrett Harrison South Carroll Junior Pitcher

Dan Litfin Liberty Junior Pitcher

Garrett Price Liberty Junior Catcher

Mike Yingling North Carroll Senior Catcher

Matt Greene South Carroll Senior Infield

Evan Picciotto North Carroll Senior Infield

Jeremy Ritz North Carroll Junior Infield

Evan Dayhoff South Carroll Senior Outfield

Shane Eyler F.S. Key Senior Outfield

Nick Riley North Carroll Senior Outfield

Dustin Tarlow Westminster Senior Outfield

Second team

Name School Class Pos.

John Byram Liberty Senior Pitcher

Tyler Witte Winters Mill Soph. Pitcher

A.J. Capece North Carroll Senior Infield

Chris Chastain South Carroll Junior Infield

Jack Lambert Liberty Senior Infield

Paul Macciocca Winters Mill Senior Infield

Eric Pindell Century Senior Infield

Justin Carver North Carroll Senior Outfield

Jimmy Gilford F.S. Key Senior Outfield

Sam Krone Winters Mill Junior Outfield

Phil Ruzbarsky Westminster Junior Outfield

Matt Hoffman Century Senior DH

Note -- Teams selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


Performer of the Year

Katie Hursey

North Carroll

The Syracuse-bound senior once again showed why she's one of the state's top runners. She captured the Class 3A state title in the 1,600 in with a late rally to beat Mount Hebron's Liz McCarter. Hursey also swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the county meet. She also is an accomplished swimmer.

Coaches of the Year

Jim MacDonald and Rob Johnson

North Carroll

They were the All-Metro Coaches of the Year in the winter and they did another fine job this spring. They effectively used the team's depth to make North Carroll a power, winning the county, taking second in the regional and seventh in the Class 3A state meet.

The team

Name School Class

Nina Boston South Carroll Sophomore

Jennifer Byrd F.S. Key Senior

Mary Doarnberger North Carroll Sophomore

Molly Donovan North Carroll Senior

Sarah Hollands North Carroll Senior

Jess Huber North Carroll Junior

Alexis Hurd North Carroll Sophomore

Katie Hursey North Carroll Senior

Nikki Koons Winters Mill Sophomore

Jess Lockatell South Carroll Sophomore

Renee Norris Westminster Junior

Kate Paczynski Liberty Junior

Auriel Reeser Century Sophomore

Melissa Stansbury Liberty Senior

Rachel Sykes South Carroll Sophomore

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


Performer of the Year

Erik Adami

North Carroll

Adami is perhaps the metro area's most versatile track athlete, possessing a rare mix of speed, power and athleticism. The senior won the high jump and pole vault at the state meet, and captured those two events plus the discus and took third in the shot put at the county meet.

Coach of the Year

Ryan Melhorn


In his first outdoor season at Century, Melhorn got the most out of his performers and guided them to a second-place finish at the county meet, just five points behind Liberty. The Knights also took fifth in the regional and 13th in the state.

The team

Name School Class

Erik Adami North Carroll Senior

Ben Burden North Carroll Senior

Issa Connell North Carroll Junior

Brent Dawson Century Senior

Justin Everett Century Senior

Nick Hruch Liberty Senior

Kevin Jones Winters Mill Senior

Arthur Leathers F.S. Key Junior

John Lopez Westminster Senior

Zach Means Winters Mill Senior

C.J. Naper South Carroll Senior

Mikah Ochieng F.S, Key Junior

Chris Wagner South Carroll Senior

Jared Walsh F.S. Key Senior

Mark Young North Carroll Sophomore Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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