In what was a year of parity in boys and girls hoops, Annapolis, Broadneck and Northeast have placed the most players on the 1990-1991 Anne Arundel County Sun All-County basketball teams.
Annapolis (21-4) and Broadneck (20-5) both placed two players on the boys first team, and Broadneck's girls (18-6) placed one on the first team. Northeast placed one boy and one girl on the first teams. The Eagle boys were16-8 and the girls were 14-10.
The Anne Arundel County Sun Boys Player of the Year, versatile junior Rob Wooster of Annapolis, is joined by teammate and scoring machine Dennis Edwards, Broadneck's superb point guard Johnny Williams and 7-foot-2 center Boris Beck, Steve Strauss of Northeast and Southern's Vince Barnett.
Stephanie Lazor of Northeast heads up the girls first team as the Player of the Year and is joined by Broadneck's Andrea Macey, Kim Miller of North County, Donna Parker of Arundel, Randall Goldsborough of St. Mary's and Stacy Himes of state 4A champion Old Mill.
Himes is the only sophomore named first team, boys or girls, while Wooster is the only underclassman on the boys team.
This year's first teams have no repeaters, which is somewhat of a rarity in a year that was just that.
For the first time since Broadneck joined the boys Class 4A Region IV in 1987, there was a final four withall four teams genuinely capable of winning the region. Defending state champion Annapolis repeated as Region IV champ, but second-seededOld Mill -- a team that beat both Annapolis and Broadneck in the regular season -- Broadneck and Meade all were up to it.
In the regional final four, Broadneck took a pulsating triple-overtime thriller, 72-70, over Old Mill while Annapolis got by Meade, 80-68, and then held on for a 71-69 victory over Broadneck to advance to Cole Field House at the University of Maryland for the state playoffs.
Much of the credit for the Panthers winning their 11th regional title in 14 years under Coach John Brady, who was named the Boys Coach of the Year for a fifth time in 11 years, was the steady play of Wooster. The 11th-grader with the soft touch, the ability to put the ball on the floor, rebound, hit the three-pointer and play defense was the Panthers' most consistent player.
At one time or another this season, Wooster played every position for Annapolis, and whatever he was asked to do was done with extraordinary execution. In addition, Wooster, who isthe fifth Panther to be named Player of the Year in 11 years and thefirst since defensive ace Tim Brown in 1987, had nerves of ice at nitty-gritty time.
In the regional final over Broadneck, it was Wooster who went to the line and sank the two game-clinching free throws with a few seconds left and Annapolis leading by only two points. Wooster, who averaged 14.1 points per game for the Panthers, "came through like that on more than one occasion for us this season," Coach Brady said.
Scouts from the nation's top three college basketball conferences -- the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and Big East -- allhave said that Wooster is a bona-fide Division I prospect.
Edwards led the county in scoring with a 27.1 average, including his 25 points in the 62-60 state semifinal loss to Parkdale, Prince George's County.
During the regular season, Edwards, who missed three games, cracked the 30-point mark six times, including a school-record 50 points in a Dec. 6 win at Annapolis over state champion Parkdale, 110-101. His average in the regular season was 27.4.
Broadneck's first-team duo of Williams and Beck nearly pulled off the Bruins' first 4A regional title. Williams, one of the county's top athletes who now is playing baseball, averaged 12.7 points a game and set a school recordfor career assists (326).
Williams, however, was more than just stats for the Bruins. The 5-11 senior guard was a coach on the floor for head coach Ken Kazmarek. During the Christmas holidays he took most valuable player honors at the Wes Unseld Tournament at Catonsville Community College.
Beck, who came over from Germany, asserted himself going down the stretch. Kazmarek brought him along gradually and by playoff time, Beck was the county's most dominant player.
The extraordinarily fluid 7-footer averaged 20.3 points per outing in three playoff games, including 27 points and eight blocked shots in the triple-overtime game with Old Mill. Over the course of the season, Beck averaged 10.0 points and five boards.
Beck will return home to Hamburg after this school year and will not be back at Broadneck.
Strauss was the Eagles' main man, averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a 6-3 shooting guard. The Northeast senior hit a school record 84 career three-pointers and was 84-for-239 in career attempts (35 percent). He shares the school record for three-pointers in a single game (six) with junior teammate All-County second-teamer Gene Pleyo.