1999-2000 All-Carroll County basketball teams

High School

March 14, 2000

Player of the Year

Nick Hohenwarter, Westminster: It's hardly a coincidence that the tallest player in the county this season was also the best. The 6-foot-8 senior center and two-time all-county selection finished fourth in the county in scoring (16.5 points a game), fourth in field-goal shooting (49.8 percent) and seventh in free-throw shooting (71 percent). But he also proved to be adept in other areas, such as rebounding (6.5 a game) and assists (2.2). His comfort level in the post and on the perimeter posed matchup problems for opposing defenses. Hohenwarter saved some of his best games for Central Maryland Conference opponents, including a 28-point outing against South Carroll, a 25-point game against Linganore and a 30-point outburst against Frederick. Hohenwarter was a big reason why the Owls clinched their first conference championship since they shared it with perennial favorite Thomas Johnson in 1991. He will continue playing basketball in college at either Bridgewater, Catholic or Randolph-Macon.

Coach of the Year

Dave Byers, Westminster: He continues to build his resume as one of the most successful coaches in county history. Despite a second-round exit from the Class 4A East regional playoffs, Byers guided the Owls to a 20-3 season and an unprecedented fifth consecutive county title -- his 15th in 22 years of coaching. Perhaps even more importantly, Byers did what no other conference coach had done in 77 games: find a way to beat Thomas Johnson. The 51-41 victory at home legitimized Westminster as a serious contender, and the players upheld that reputation until it won the conference championship. Renowned for his sometimes emotional halftime pep talks, Byers said he rarely had to employ them with this season's squad. "You could see something wrong that they were doing, and when I wanted to correct it, it was already done," Byers said. "Their expectations were just as high as the coaches', and that made our jobs easier."

First team

Derek Boswell, South Carroll: The county's leading scorer and the Cavaliers' lone returning letter winner torched the nets this season. Boswell, a 5-foot-11 senior guard who is considering UMBC or Frederick Community College, averaged 20 points on 49 percent shooting from the field. A 69 percent free-throw shooter, Boswell hit 137 free throws -- four short of the school-record 141 made free throws in a single season. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals. His coach Jim Carnes said Boswell's value as a creator was immeasurable. "He was such a good penetrator," Carnes said. "He put a lot of pressure on other defenses."

Ian Brenner, Bowling Brook: Even the obscurity of playing in Keymar couldn't hide the athletic talents of this 6-foot-3 senior forward. Brenner finished third in the county in scoring (17.4 points a game), second in rebounding (8.9), second in assists (5.2), first in steals (4.1) and fourth in free-throw percentage (79.3 percent). The team captain scored 20 or more points in 11 of his 24 games and recorded three triple doubles. His inclusion on both the Beltway Basketball League first team and all-tournament team is a first for a Thoroughbreds player. "I can't put into words his value to our team," said Bowling Brook coach Daryl Jackson.

Jon-David Byers, Westminster: While Hohenwarter patrolled the post, Byers preferred the long-distance approach. The 5-foot-9 junior shooting guard emerged as the county's best shooter, draining 85 three-pointers and shooting better than 41 percent from behind the three-point arc. His 19.7 points a game were good enough for second place in the county, and he led all players in free-throw percentage (.870). Byers, a two-time all-county pick, was second in steals (three a game) and sixth in assists (4.1). His play drew the admiration of North Carroll coach Bernie Koontz. "You have to know where he is at all times," he said.

Marc Falcone, Liberty: Last season's Player of the Year continued to find success on the court. The 6-foot-7 senior center finished fifth in the county in scoring (16.4 points a game) and third in rebounds (8.8). In a Class 3A West first-round victory over North Carroll, Falcone eclipsed 1987 Lions graduate Rob Leavitt's school record for most points in a career (922). Falcone finished his career with 958 points despite drawing double- and triple-teams in the post. Falcone drew praise from Westminster coach Byers for his "versatility," and Koontz called him "the best pure post player in the county." Falcone will play at either Lebanon Valley, Villa Julie or Frederick Community College.

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