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Offensive Player of The Year

Michael Campanar o, River Hill

Watching Campanaro run is exhilarating. The senior back runs with his eyes wide open, side-stepping, high-stepping and sprinting past would-be tacklers.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound slotback ran for more than 1,750 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. He also caught 17 passes for 266 yards and seven touchdowns, and returned six punts for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

In three varsity seasons, he has more than 6,500 career yards and nearly 90 touchdowns. As a defensive back, he had six interceptions, and he did not give up a touchdown.

He also excels on special teams, with eight kick returns for touchdowns over the past three years.

"He has great field vision," River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said, "and great football instincts combined with a true knowledge of the game. You combine that, his speed, his athletic ability and his knack for making big plays and you have a big-game player who comes through in the big games."

Campanaro will attend Wake Forest next season on a full scholarship. Van Deusen said he expects his star back to be used more as a receiver.

All-County Offense

Name School Year Position

Luke Hostetler River Hill Senior QB

Michael Campanaro River Hill Senior RB

Mark Covington Howard Senior RB

Jerrel Epps Wilde Lake Senior RB

Kyle Williams Marriotts Ridge Senior WR

Kevin Gordon Atholton Senior TE

Matt Bounds Wilde Lake Senior OL

Aaron Dailey Long Reach Senior OL

Patrick McCleaf River Hill Senior OL

Adam Mease Howard Senior OL

Ramin Nejaddehshan Wilde Lake Senior OL

Scott Trench River Hill Senior K

Defensive Player of the Year

Danny March, Wilde Lake

March, 5 feet 6, isn't Wilde Lake's tallest defensive back, but he might be its most intense.

The senior had a team-leading 122 tackles (94 of them unassisted), seven interceptions and five passes defensed.

The effort is particularly remarkable considering March never sits down.

At quarterback, he passed for five touchdowns and rushed for 11. He was also on the field for punt returns, having returned 12 for 142 yards and a touchdown. And on special teams, he blocked a field-goal attempt and three extra-point tries.

"Pound for pound, he's the toughest kid playing, " Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said. "Because he plays on both sides of the ball, he understands the offensive concept. And he knows how to go up after footballs. In the gym, he can jump up and touch the basket."

Over his Wilde Lake career, he has started 38 games at defensive back and pulled down 19 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. March is considering offers from Shepherd University (W. Va.), North Carolina Central and Morgan State

All-County Defense

Name School Year Position

Jackson Drury Wilde Lake Senior DL

Mike Franklin Long Reach Senior DL

Billy Hall Glenelg Senior DL

Sean Hull River Hill Senior DL

Tim Willman Reservoir Senior DL

Leron Eaddy River Hill Senior LB

Kyle Young Centennial Junior LB

Danny March Wilde Lake Senior DB

Malek Redd River Hill Senior DB

Matt Robinson Atholton Junior DB

Preston Schryer Centennial Senior DB

Greg Edmonds Centennial Junior P

Note: Teams selected by Sandra McKee after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

Coach of the Year

Doug DuVall, Wilde Lake

During his 36 years at Wilde Lake, DuVall's goal was as much to coach a player toward becoming a better person as it was to create a better football player.

Under DuVall this season, the Wildecats went 12-2 and earned a No. 4 ranking in The Baltimore Sun's final poll. The only games Wilde Lake lost were to two-time Class 2A state champion River Hill and to Westlake in the 3A state final. Both games were played in the rain, and both turned on a few big plays.

Friday night, the stands at M&T; Bank Stadium for the 3A final were filled with DuVall's family, friends and Wilde Lake alumni, who gathered to cheer him in his final game.

Wilde Lake's bid for its fifth state title and first since 1997 ended with a 13-0 loss.

"Each and every one of my players this year made a huge commitment to win," DuVall said. "They've grown as young men. They started out trying to build a team, and they built it."


Player of the Year

Becky Paynter, River Hill

Perhaps the best setter in the area, Paynter rose above health problems (she is sensitive to loud noises as the result of an auto accident before her sophomore year) to lead the Hawks to an unexpected berth in the state semifinals. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Hawks, but Paynter's play helped River Hill take state runner-up Rising Sun to five games in the state semifinals. The Hawks lost only three matches this season, one each to top-ranked Centennial, Wilde Lake and Rising Sun. Paynter, a senior, had 18 assists, 137 digs, 58 aces, 123 kills and 24 blocks.

Coach of the Year

Caitlin Geoghan, Wilde Lake

In her first year at Wilde Lake, Geoghan led the Wildecats to a 13-4 record, with the only losses coming to top-ranked and Class 3A state champion Centennial (three times) and second-ranked Mount de Sales. Under her leadership, Wilde Lake advanced to its first county championship game, where it lost to Centennial. A former player at River Hill, Geoghan picked up one of her biggest wins of the year when the Wildecats defeated her former school, three games to two.

First team

Name School Year Position

Ashley Fan Centennial Senior S

Jackie Hawkins Centennial Senior S

Becky Paynter River Hill Senior S

Julie Posten Reservoir Junior S

Name School Year Position

Samantha Brostrom Centennial Sophomore H

Camille Freeman Wilde Lake Senior H

Sarah Hall Centennial Junior H

Casey Schmidt Glenelg Junior H

Note: Team selected by Mike Frainie after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.


Girls Player of the Year

Kristina Jackson, Wilde Lake

Despite seeing her senior season end in the latter stages with a knee injury, Jackson made her mark as the county's most complete player. The team captain and four-year standout dropped back to a defensive midfield position to solidify the middle of the field with tireless and crafty play. Jackson, who finished with one goal and three assists after a 10-goal, seven-assist junior season playing closer to the final third, was always around the ball and able to carry it forward or effectively distribute passes to set up teammates. Cornell ranks at the top of her college list, as she plans to play at the next level.

Girls Coach of the Year

Phil Webster, Wilde Lake

The first-year coach led the Wildecats to a 12-4 season that included the Howard County championship with a 2-1 win over Class 2A state champ River Hill. Despite losing his top playmaking midfielder late in the season to a knee injury, Webster kept the team confident.

Girls First team

Name School Class Position

Anna Kim River Hill Junior Forward

Rachel McKee Mount Hebron Senior Forward

Kelsey Reiff Reservoir Junior Forward

Faryn Watts Wilde Lake Senior Forward

Kristina Jackson Wilde Lake Senior Midfielder

Bethany Keefer Wilde Lake Senior Midfielder

Kathryn Rodgers River Hill Senior Midfielder

Kristen Schmidbauer Glenelg Junior Midfielder

Ellie Axenfeld Glenelg Junior Defender

Becky Perrault River Hill Senior Defender

Amy Song River Hll Senior Defender

Grace Koplow Wilde Lake Senior Goalkeeper

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

Boys Player of the Year

Phil Martinelli, Marriotts Ridge

Martinelli was the dominant player on Howard County's most dominant team. The senior forward had 15 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in both categories. Martinelli had a goal or an assist in 14 of the team's17 games. He also scored some of the team's biggest goals. Martinelli had two goals in the regional championship victory over River Hill. He also bent a free kick around the wall for the first goal in the county championship game, also against the Hawks. Martinelli has committed to play soccer at Towson.

Boys Coach of the Year

Kevin Flynn, Marriotts Ridge

Flynn guided the Mustangs to a 16-1 season, with their only loss coming to James M. Bennett in the Class 2A state semifinals. The Mustangs also sat atop The Baltimore Sun's poll for several weeks during the regular season. Flynn said the key to the team's success was the players' commitment to sacrificing individual honors to buy into the team concept.

First team

Name School Class Position

John Earl Reservoir Senior Forward

Phil Martinelli Marriotts Ridge Senior Forward

Garrett Nickles Mount Hebron Senior Midfielder

Jake Pace River Hill Senior Midfielder

Matt Seinfeld Wilde Lake Senior Midfielder

Patrick Sullivan Marriotts Ridge Sophomore Midfielder Jon Talbot River Hill Junior Midfielder

Danani Carter Atholton Senior Defender

Aidan Hoolachan Mount Hebron Junior Defender

Cory Krewson River Hill Junior Defender

Nick Koutrelakos Marriotts Ridge Junior Defender

Paul Killian Marriott's Ridge Senior Goalkeeper

Note: Team selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.


Player of the Year

Lauriann Parker, Glenelg

Speedy and possessing excellent stick skills, the senior forward made fast breaks look easy with her ability to move the ball smoothly through traffic. Parker, who scored 19 goals and had 24 assists this season, broke every school career scoring record. She finished with 50 goals and 43 assists in four years. This fall, she led the Gladiators to a share of the Howard County championship and state Class 1A final.

Coach of the Year

Ginger Kincaid, Glenelg

Kincaid guided the Gladiators to an unbeaten season in Howard and a share of the county title. She moved her veterans around until she had just the right combination.

First team

Name School Class Position

Ashley Bruns Mount Hebron Senior Forward

Kim Markovitz Atholton Sophomore Forward

Lauriann Parker Glenelg Senior Forward

Kelly Brown Atholton Senior Midfielder

Kate Heineman Centennial Senior Midfielder

Kelly McIntyre River Hill Senior Midfielder

Alyssa Parker Glenelg Freshman Midfielder

Rachel Smith Mount Hebron Senior Midfielder

Emily Tauber Marriotts Ridge Senior Midfielder

Alex Schovee River Hill Senior Defender

Courtney Knill Glenelg Senior Goalie

Liz Snyder Centennial Senior Goalie

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


Boys Runner of the Year

Graham Bazell, Atholton

Bazell won all the big races and led the Raiders to the Class 3A state title, as well as the county and regional titles.

Boys Coach of the Year

Todd DeCrispino, Mount Hebron

DeCrispino stepped in after Matt Gitterman left to coach at UMBC. DeCrispino helped Mount Hebron stay the course in several ways when it could have been a bumpy ride.

Boys first team

Name School Class

Graham Bazell Atholton Senior

Sean Kirby River Hill Senior

Michael Lynch Atholton Sophomore

Constantine Matsakis Mount Hebron Junior

Craig Morgan River Hill Senior

Jonathan Sham Wilde Lake Senior

Kyle Stanton Hammond Senior

Ryan Steinbach Mount Hebron Senior

Zach Weinstein Mount Hebron Senior

Chris Wunch Atholton Senior

Girls Runner of the Year

Becky Yep, Mount Hebron

Yep repeatedly came up big for Mount Hebron in the season's toughest races. Yep played a big role in Mount Hebron finishing third in the state.

Girls Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer, River Hill

Lauer provided the guidance the talented Hawks needed.

Girls first team

Name School Year

Hollie Adejumo Howard Freshman

Kendall Auth River Hill Sophomore

Elyse Borisko Howard Senior

Anna Demaree River Hill Sophomore

Katie Harman River Hill Senior

Olivia Joseph Centennial Sophomore

Tiffany Lang Oakland Mills Freshman

Payton Lawrence River Hill Sophomore

Meredith Mill Howard Junior

Becky Yep Mount Hebron Junior

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

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