And the winner is . . . South Carroll field hockey star Patti Duffy.
Duffy is the first top senior athlete in the county to make a decision on where she will attend college.
Duffy has received a full scholarship to Division I Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond after leading the Cavaliers to the state Class 3A championship game last fall.
VCU was impressed with Duffy during the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Senior All-Star Game at Johns Hopkins.
Duffy was named the MVP for the North team, exceling on the artificial turf that created problems for others who were playing on the fast surface for the first time. Duffy has played on artificial turf several times.
South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said that Duffy, a link for the Cavaliers, might be asked to play defense for VCU.
Duffy and Westminster's Tinah Houck were considered the top field hockey players last fall in Carroll County. Duffy also was a first-team All-Metro selection.
She was a member of the state 3A champion Cavaliers field hockey team in 1991 and followed that up with a second-place 3A finish to Bethesda last fall.
Houck, the county's 1992 Player of the Year, apparently has narrowed her choices to Lafayette and Towson State.
Owls' co-coach Brenda Baker said that Houck has visited both schools but has not made a decision.
Houck was the scoring champion in the county last fall with 17 goals and led the Owls to the state Class 4A tournament, where they lost to Severna Park, 1-0, in the championship.
Houck was a first-team All-Metro choice and was a member of Westminster's 1991 state 4A championship team.
Baker said that Owls standout defensive player Denise Bollinger likely will attend either Gettysburg or James Madison University, and standout Aurora Brown is leaning toward Bridgewater (Va.) College.
Westminster cross country star Jim Holford, the county's 1992 Runner of the Year, is "99 percent" certain that he will attend Western Maryland.
Owls cross country coach Jim Gilford said his two-time county champion is looking forward to joining Derek Johnston, Jim Clarius, Tim Collins and Glenelg's Ed Hogan on what figures to be a top-notch Green Terrors team next fall.
Johnston will be a senior, Clarius (Francis Scott Key) and Collins will be sophomores, and Hogan will be a freshman.
Westminster's Chris Zendgraft, who always ran a close second to Holford, apparently is headed for Shippensburg State.
Jim Zoulias, another top Owls runner from last season, is going to attend the Naval Academy but will not be on the cross country team.
Amy Wolff, the 1992 Girls Soccer Player of the Year and three-sport star at Liberty High, is headed for Catonsville Community College, barring any last-minute offers from four-year schools.
Ashlee Douglas, North Carroll's soccer and basketball standout, had been leaning toward Western Maryland to play soccer but now is considering Towson State because the Division I school has showed interest in her.
Her soccer coach, Phil Myers, said: "All during the soccer season, she said she was going to Western Maryland but she likes Towson State because it's a bigger school."
Westminster's Kara Hedges, the All-Metro girls goalkeeper, had been considering Villanova and the College of Notre Dame but appears headed for Roanoke College to play soccer.
Heather Mauritz, an All-County forward for the Owls last fall, is set for Elon (N.C.) College to play soccer.
And there is a new twist to the Mike Dodd collegiate saga.
Dodd, the South Carroll running back who was the county's 1992 Football Player of the Year, might wind up in the backfield in college. It was thought he would be converted to a defensive end or linebacker.
Mars Hill, a Division II school in Asheville, N.C., has expressed interest in Dodd as a fullback.
Dodd said three weeks ago he would choose between Shepherd College and Towson State, both schools that probably would use him on defense.
Jamie Waltersdorff, 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and the primary blocker for Dodd at South Carroll, is considering Potomac State (W. Va.) Junior College and Frostburg State.
Two other talented South Carroll linemen, Chris Nave and Geof Weisenborn, might wind up playing lacrosse in college. Nave seems set for Salisbury State or Washington College, and Weisenborn could wind up at UMBC.
Westminster's star quarterback and defensive back, Brad Gibson, and Owls lineman Rob Gill are headed for Frostburg State.
Owls running back and defensive end Gabe Zepp will attend either Delaware Valley or Lebanon Valley, both Division III schools in Pennsylvania.
Westminster center and defensive tackle Bill Mansfield likely will wind up at Potomac State.