1999-2000 All-Howard County basketball teams

High Schools

March 14, 2000

Player of the Year

Cyril Chesson, Oakland Mills: At 6 feet 2, 190 pounds, he was an undersized post player who compensated with strength, quickness and leaping ability to lead a young, rebuilding Scorpions team to a surprising 16-9 record and second-place finish, losing the title to county-champion Centennial the final day of the regular season. The Scorpions also made it to the regional finals before losing a close game to Brunswick. "He played like 6-6,"said Scorpions coach Dave Appleby. "We didn't know he would be as good as he was. He said he would surprise me, and he did. We certainly couldn't have done what we did without him. He averaged about 31 minutes per game." A reserve player last season, Chesson averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds this season. His top statistical performances came in a 40-point, 15-rebound effort against Howard, and a 26-point, 18-rebound game against Glenelg. The senior has been accepted at North Carolina Wesleyan.

Coach of the Year

Jim Hill, Centennial: After losing its first two non-league games coming off a 10-14 season, the Eagles soared to a 17-7 record and won the county championship with an impressive performance at Oakland Mills on the final day of the regular season. They were eliminated in the regional semifinals by an outstanding Central team. Hill's teams are always disciplined, emphasizing the team over the individual. One opposing player called Centennial the most disciplined team he ever played against. Hill's team had a little of everything -- height, outside shooting and good rebounding. It boxed out well and performed the fundamentals well. It also played defense better than most teams. Hill, 49, broke his leg midway through the season, but he coached from a wheelchair and his assistant coaches Ed Trout and Chad Hollwedel helped out tremendously. Hill has a 16-season county coaching record of 202-182 that includes four county titles in the past eight seasons. Overall, his career record is 246-202.

First team

Josh Gross, Long Reach: The solidly built, 6-foot-4 junior led his team to a third-place finish and a near upset of Douglas-PG in the regional playoffs when he scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds. He produced many other big games as well, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in an overtime win against Wilde Lake, and scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a win over Mount Hebron. An aggressive player with strong moves to the basket, Gross averaged 15.3 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Glenn Hayman, Oakland Mills: "He's the ultimate team player," said Scorpions coach Dave Appleby. "He makes the other four players better and knows how to win. He understands change of pace, ball movement and how to create space. He doesn't turn the ball over and knows how to negate superior quickness. He thinks the game." Hayman averaged 31 minutes of playing time, 6.5 assists and was a 70 percent free-throw shooter. He sank 15 of 16 free throws and had 10 assists to beat Wilde Lake. The senior point guard made nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help defeat Hammond, a game in which he scored 16 points and had eight rebounds and 10 assists. An All-Metro soccer player, he is undecided between Salisbury State and Roanoke.

Phil Kiracofe, Centennial: He was his team's leader, the one who pulled it through the county championship game against Oakland Mills and other big wins. "No one meant more to his team than Kiracofe," said Howard coach Art St. Martin. Kiracofe's intensity at both ends of the court was unsurpassed. He consistently came up with the key rebound or made the timely steal that resulted in a layup, and although at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he played small forward, against tough defenses Kiracofe was comfortable dribbling down the court. The senior always guarded the other team's toughest forward, and averaged 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds -- but 12.1 points after a season-ending injury to shooting guard Brian O'Connor. His best stats are off the court. He has a 3.6 GPA and 1,470 SAT.

David Martin, Wilde Lake: The best shooter in the league, Martin averaged 18.3 points and six rebounds per game for the Wildecats, who stunned the county by losing five of their last seven games after getting off to a 13-3 start. Martin's best games were 32-point and 30-point efforts against Oakland Mills. The 6-3 senior forward scored more than 20 points nine times, including 28 against South Carroll, 25 against both Mount Hebron and Howard, 24 against Hammond and 23 and 21 against Centennial. He's hoping to play for Morgan State.

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