Girls Basketball

Player of the Year Simone Egwu Arundel


Egwu, 6 feet 3, is a powerful centerpiece for the county's best team. The senior is an exceptional shooter, hitting 62.3 percent of her shots from the field and 83 percent from the line.

She averaged 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Anne Arundel County champs and Class 4A state runners-up. In the county final, a 78-51 win over Old Mill, she scored 17 points. The No. 3 Wildcats relied on her power inside, which was complemented with the finesse of 6-foot-4 teammate Sheronne Vails.


Egwu, who had 14 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Largo at the IAABO Tournament, already has scored 1,000 career points and is on pace to finish second on the school's all-time scoring chart. Coach of the Year Chuck Miller Severn

In his eighth year with the No. 12 Admirals, Miller guided a young team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship and a 23-3 season.

The Admirals started two sophomores and two juniors, but they swept all B Conference opponents and won games against Anne Arundel County foes Annapolis and Old Mill. Miller regularly plays county public schools teams, he said, because they toughen the Admirals for their conference action. He hasn't had a losing year since his first season at Severn, and he gives the players all the credit.

Miller, who is recovering from hip replacement surgery last month, has guided the Admirals to three B Conference crowns. The team

Name School Cls. P

Janay Brinkley Arch. Spalding So. G

Ashley Davis Arundel Jr. G

Brittany Lilley Severna Park Sr. G


Ciarra Lucas Old Mill Jr. G

Jaclyn Nucci South River Sr. G

Jessica Reagans Annapolis Sr. G

Heather Schneck Southern Sr. G

Sheronne Vails Arundel So. F

Simone Egwu Arundel Jr. C


Tanyqua Williams Glen Burnie Jr. C

Note: The team was selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Boys track

Performer of the Year Justin Murdock Meade

Murdock was one of the nation's top sprinters last winter with Glen Burnie, and he repeated the feat this year after transferring to Meade.

The senior capped the indoor season by finishing second in the 55 and third in the 200 in the National Scholastic meet in New York two weeks ago.


Murdock took second in the 55 and 300 in the Class 3A state meet to help Meade win the title, and he was ranked nationally in several events this winter.

Coach of the Year Nigel Holder Meade

He guided the Mustangs to the Class 3A indoor state title this past winter after having led them to the Class 4A outdoor crown last spring.

Holder had a solid group of talent, which he molded into a team that knew how to score points in all kinds of places. The Mustangs won the indoor title despite winning just one event, showing just how much depth they had.

The team

Name School Class


Matt Brinkley Meade Sr.

Andrew Finlayson Severna Park Jr.

Ryan Gill Old Mill Sr.

Ron Goldstraw Chesapeake Sr.

Trevor Keen Spalding Sr.

Justin Murdock Meade Sr.


Michael Phillips Arundel Sr.

Matt Phipps Chesapeake Fr.

Dahmar Smiles Meade Sr.

Christian Smooth Annapolis Jr.

Zach Sullivan Spalding Jr.

Anya Uzoh Meade Sr.


Note: The team was selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Girls track

Performer of the Year Jessica Tongue Annapolis

The senior continued to develop into one of the area's top sprinters. She won the 55 and 300 meters at the county meet, and then captured the 55 in the Class 3A Central regional meet.

Tongue finished third in the 55 at the state meet and combined with Torrie Saunders to give the Panthers plenty of points all season.

Coach of the Year Ira Queen Arundel


The Wildcats took fourth in the county meet, but they followed that with a victory in the Class 4A Central regional meet.

Queen's team scored 74 points that day to beat good teams such as Dulaney, Chesapeake-AA and Old Mill.

The team

Name School Class

Holly Bowen Chesapeake Jr.

Nicole Curry Arundel Sr.


Tina DiPaola Chesapeake Jr.

Anna Grimes Meade Jr.

Lauren Hunt Meade Jr.

Liya Kasamova Severna Park Sr.

Kahra Kelty Meade So.

Amy Olson Arundel Sr.


Torrie Saunders Annapolis Sr.

Jessica Tongue Annapolis Sr.

Cassey Trevino Old Mill Jr.

Jen Whitfield South River Jr.

Note: The team was selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.



Wrestler of the Year Bubby Graham Annapolis

Graham concluded a marvelous career by winning a third consecutive state championship and his last 97 matches. Graham pinned North Harford's Tom Stewart in the Class 4A-3A 160-pound final, his third pin in four state tournament bouts.

One of four metro-area wrestlers who were undefeated state champions, Graham finished his senior year at 36-0 after going 32-0 as the 152-pound state champ as a junior. He won the 145-pound state title as a sophomore.

Graham was 121-8 in his four-year varsity career. An outstanding student with a 4.25 grade point average and 2,000 SAT score, Graham will continue his wrestling career at American University.

Coach of the Year Dan Youngblood Old Mill

In his first season as head coach at his alma mater, Youngblood led the Patriots to their record 18th county title and the Class 4A-3A East regional title despite having only two returning varsity wrestlers and having to deal with the death of rising junior Joey Ackerman last summer.


The team dedicated the season to Ackerman and wore commemorative bracelets and T-shirts all season.

The Patriots were upset by Stephen Decatur in the state dual meet tournament, but they knocked off the Seahawks in the 4A-3A regional and qualified eight wrestlers for the state meet.

The team

Weight Name School Cls.

103 Ben Ward South River So.

112 Ron Vaughters Old Mill Fr.


119 Kenneth Green St. Mary's Fr.

125 Joe Kidwell Arundel Jr.

130 Zach West Northeast Sr.

135 Jordan Hernandez Arundel Sr.

140 Maurice Fleming Northeast Sr.

145 Fred Green St. Mary's Sr.


152 Zach Jankiewicz Glen Burnie Sr.

160 Bubby Graham Annapolis Sr.

171 Zach O'Keefe Chesapeake Sr.

189 Ethan Brown Old Mill Sr.

215 Billy Nichols Severna Park Jr.

285 Aaron Hawkins Old Mill Jr.


Note: The team was selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Boys Basketball

Player of the Year Brad Bald Severna Park

A transfer from Archbishop Spalding, Bald, 6 feet 8, fit right in at Severna Park and established himself as the county's best big man.

Bald, who committed to UNC-Wilmington after getting 20 scholarship offers while playing Amateur Athletic Union ball last summer, averaged 17.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots for the Falcons (16-8). His 308 rebounds are the second-highest single-season total in Falcons history.

Scoring in double digits in every game, Bald had 20 double doubles as he teamed up with his brother, junior Brendan Bald, to fuel the Severna Park offense. Bald will play for the Baltimore team in the upcoming Charm City Challenge.


Coach of the Year Jeff Starr Arundel

After serving as an assistant boys coach at Annapolis and then as the Panthers' head girls coach, Starr took over at Arundel and turned the Wildcats into an instant contender.

Starr took a group that was 13-11 last season and transformed it into a 19-6 team that made its first county championship game since the contest began in 1996 and the Class 4A East regional semifinals.

Taking advantage of his team's speed, Starr employed an up-tempo style that had the Wildcats wearing down opponents.

Arundel defeated No. 11 Old Mill, 89-74, in the regular season but lost to the Patriots, 74-70, in the county final. The Wildcats' season ended in a 94-82 loss to eventual 4A East champion and state runner-up Thomas Stone.

The team


Player School Cls. P

Brendan Bald Severna Park Jr. G

Jordan Benson Arundel Sr. G

Garee Boston Annapolis Sr. G

Nick Groce St. Mary's Jr. G

Brandon Riley Old Mill Sr. G


Dewey Smith South River Sr. G

David Ford N. County Sr. F

Kevin Hunt Broadneck Sr. F

Deonte Puller Old Mill Jr. F

Brad Bald Severna Park Sr. C

Note: The team was selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.