All-harford County Winter 2003-2004

High Schools

March 21, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec

BOYS BASKETBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Phil Vornadore

Fallston, junior, Vornadore established himself as the top post player in the county last season. This year was about reaffirming that status.

The Cougars' 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward/center led the county and the metro area, averaging 22.7 points and 13.9 rebounds per game.

He also was the county's most accurate shooter from the field, making 65 percent of his shots.

A model of consistency, he scored in double figures in all 22 of the Cougars' games - they went 15-7.

Vornadore, who already has surpassed the 1,000-point plateau, was a first-team all-county selection last season, averaging 15.6 points and 12.4 rebounds a game, but he took his game to another level this season.

Using muscle, a soft touch inside and a handful of low-post moves, he dominated nearly everybody he faced.

"When you look at all of his numbers, everything improved," said Cougars coach Matt Jergensen. "He was able to take a nice step this year."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Chris Harney

Bel Air

The Bobcats' 21 wins this season, three more than any Bel Air team had ever before recorded, spoke loudest about the turnaround that Harney has engineered at the school.

Harney became Bel Air head coach in 2001 and the team won only six games that year. Last season, the Bobcats improved that number to 14, This season, they produced a program-best 21-3 record.

The latest success can be traced to Harney's decision to go with youth three years ago and his insistence that the Bobcats stick together, pay attention to detail and work on their game year round.

"I'm proud of the guys because they bought into the program," said Harney, 33, who played at St. Mary's College.

"Just to see improvement, you feel you're teaching them the bigger lesson: if you work hard, things are going to get better."

Bel Air had only two seniors and no player over 6 feet 3, but that didn't stop the Bobcats from taking second place in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division, winning their first 12 games - the best start in program history - and achieving their first area ranking in what is believed to be two decades.

All of the Bobcats' three losses came against ranked teams, including a 43-30 defeat at the hands of No. 13 Randallstown in the Class 3A North semifinals.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Phil Vornadore, Fallston

Coach of the Year: Chris Harney, Bel Air

First team

Name School Class Pos. Comment

Darrin Boswell Joppatowne Sr. G Pt. guard always in control: 13 ppg., 5 apg., 3.8 steals

Phillip Brown Aberdeen Sr. G 3-pt. marksman (48 percent); can drive too: 16.2 ppg.

Zach O'Hare C.M. Wright Sr. G Did everything, but scoring was his forte (15.9 ppg.)

Brandon Rodick Bel Air Jr. G Led county in assists (5.2), steals (3.8), FT pct. (83.7)

T.J. Jordan Bel Air Sr. Fr. Mr. Versatile - 14 pts., 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists

Robbie Jackson Aberdeen Jr. C 7-footer arrived: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks

Second team

Guards: Ra'Son Alexander, Edgewood, Sr.; Anthony DeAngelo, Harford Tech, Jr.; Kevin Ewing, Harford Tech, Sr.; Miguel Negron, Bel Air, Jr.

Forwards: Terrance Allen, C.M. Wright, Jr.; Brian Cannon, Fallston, Sr.; Leandre Richardson, Aberdeen, So.

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Zrebiec after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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