1997 All-Baltimore City/County boys soccer team


Player of the Year

Cam Letke, Calvert Hall, senior, forward: Letke has scored 48 goals and 17 assists over two seasons for the Cardinals, leading them to two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles. Though constantly facing special marking, Letke still scored a league-high 17 goals to go with four assists, with game-winners against Churchill of Montgomery County, Severna Park, Loyola and Archbishop Curley. An All-Metro pick last season, Letke averaged an incredible seven shots-at-goal per game and also had a penchant for drawing fouls that set up direct kicks. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was a blend of swiftness, power, grace and savagery around the goal, but was not above going back to the midfield to develop plays. A member of the Olympic Development regional team for his age group with a shot at nationals on the horizon, Letke is also on the perennial state cup power F.C. Baltimore Stars. An All-State and All-South pick, Letke -- a 3.0 student with a 980 SAT -- is being pursued by several colleges, including Clemson, Penn State, Maryland and Richmond.

Coach of the Year

Derek Maki, Patterson: His 100th career victory couldn't have happened at a more appropriate time. It came on Ryan Pratt's goal in a 1-0 victory over developing rival Perry Hall for the Clippers' first-ever Class 4A region crown after three straight runner-up efforts. It was the 11th shutout for Maki's Clippers, who had dominated the Gators in their regional title meeting a year earlier only to lose, 2-0. The win helped the No. 15 Clippers (15-2) to reach their first Class 4A semifinal, where they lost to eventual runner-up Bowie of Prince George's County. It was a remarkable 14th season for Maki (100-72-13 career), whose assistants were Rick Ardinger and Troy Stevens.

The first team

Tony Arditi, Dulaney, senior, midfield: Though he scored only six goals with four assists, Arditi, a skilled and physical player, was the catalyst during the Lions' 13-1 Baltimore County championship season. Arditi's header was the game-winner in the Lions' 3-0 title game victory over Kenwood, which entered the day with nine shutouts. He also assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Class 2A North region champion Patapsco. An All-State first-team pick, Arditi had excellent field vision and led the Lions to a season-ending No. 10 metro ranking after being as high as No. 6.

Mike Brown, Patapsco, senior, forward: He scored 14 goals and had eight assists, including four goals and two assists during the playoffs as the Patriots won their second Class 2A North region crown in three seasons. He had a two-goal, one-assist effort in a come-from-behind, 3-2 playoff win over Towson.

Vinnie Ciarpella, McDonogh, junior, defender: Swift and smooth, he helped anchor the Eagles through a school-record 13-shutout season. Ciarpella is an All-State and All-South pick who also is a member of the Olympic Development national team pool. Playing in front of a sophomore sweeper and sophomore goalkeeper, Ciarpella was a major reason the Eagles allowed only 14 goals in 21 games (seven in league play). Several Division I colleges are interested.

Jon Cole, McDonogh, junior, midfield: Skill, strength and brute force, this kid has it all. He was the league's top scorer with 13 goals and nine assists and already has college powers Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest and Princeton coming after him. Cole scored 1,100 on his PSAT, had a 3.0 average, was chosen to the All-State and All-South teams and was one of only two Marylanders chosen as a high school All-American this season. Cole (6-1, 180) led the Eagles to as high as a No. 2 area-ranking and a No. 21 national ranking and also was a first-team All-Metro selection last season.

Mike Duley, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: The Cardinals' sweeper in front of a first-year starting keeper, Duley weathered a storm of pressure against some of the league -- and the nation's -- best offensive players. With him in the back, the Cardinals lost only three games and allowed only 11 goals.With Duley at sweeper, fellow defender Tim Gober could push up as the Cardinals allowed only three teams to score two goals. Duley, who has helped the Cardinals to a combined 27 shutouts over two seasons, is considering Radford and Mount St. Mary's.

Tim Gober, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: This sure-footed, roving stopper was "always poised and rarely got rattled," said his coach, Bill Karpovich. Gober (6-2, 175) won most 50-50 balls and was an excellent decision-maker as the Cardinals came within a shutout (14) of the school record (15). Gober scored two goals and four assists, a 1,070 on his SAT and has a 3.0 grade average. He had a big goal in a 2-0 win over Class 4A state champ Whitman, helping limit All-American David Atchortua to few touches as Calvert Hall out-shot Whitman, 28-4. He's considering Clemson, Radford, Towson, Bradley and UMBC.

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