All-baltimore City Varsity

December 13, 2006



Tavon Austin


The lightning-quick sophomore does a little bit of everything for the Poets, who earned their fourth state title in their fifth championship game berth with a 38-23 victory over Class 1A rival Fort Hill of Cumberland in Allegany County. Austin, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, rushed for 1,701 yards in 14 games, scoring 32 touchdowns this season to raise his career total to 53 over his two seasons at Dunbar. Defensively, Austin intercepted six passes and returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown.

First-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Carroll Washington Edmondson Soph. QB

Tavon Austin Dunbar Soph. RB

Jake Bohn Mt. St. Joseph Senior RB

Tariq Jones Edmondson Senior RB

Dominick Roseborough City Senior RB

Kiero Small Card. Gibbons Senior RB

Sheldon Waller City Senior WR

Brandon Brown Dunbar Senior OL

James Coppage Dunbar Junior OL

David Jablonski Gilman Senior OL

Dujuan Smith Edmondson Senior OL

Dan Ryder Mt. St. Joseph Senior K

Second-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Kevin Bowie Southside Senior QB

Ellis Foster City Soph. QB

John Pagliaro Gilman Senior RB

Lee Reynolds Poly Junior RB

Ray Ridgeway Arch. Curley Senior RB

Sean Farr Lake Clifton Soph. WR

Keith Barnwell Forest Park Senior OL

Jerome Baskerville Edmondson Senior OL

Ben Dantoni Arch. Curley Senior OL

David Land Dunbar Senior OL

Basil Nkere Arch. Curley Senior OL

Jacob Perry Arch. Curley Soph. K


Ben Eaton


The 5-foot-11, 225-pound senior led the Greyhounds to a share of their eighth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title in the 10-year tenure of coach Biff Poggi. Eaton, who is being highly recruited by a number of Division I programs, was the Greyhounds' No. 1 tackler with 123. He also ranked No. 1 on his team with 23 tackles for lost yardage and had five sacks and three interceptions for a team that tied league rivals Loyola and McDonogh for the conference crown.

First-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Alge Berry Edmondson Senior DL

Chris Burnett Gilman Junior DL

James Carmon City Junior DL

Zion Pyatt City Senior DL

Alvin Cox Southside Senior LB

Ben Eaton Gilman Senior LB

Kyle Jackson Edmondson Senior LB

Sam Poggi Gilman Senior LB

Sterling Jones Edmondson Senior DB

Larry McNair Forest Park Junior DB

Maurice Portee Dunbar Senior DB

Ty Kimball Gilman Junior P

Second-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Joey Ehrmann Gilman Junior DL

Christian Emezie Poly Senior DL

Justin Jackson Southside Senior DL

Derek Session Dunbar Senior LB

Earl Townes City Senior LB

Dionta Cox Edmondson Senior DB

Kendall Jamison Dunbar Senior DB

Jamal Lake Mervo Junior DB

Jamell Mason Edmondson Senior DB

Markedder McCall Edmondson Senior DB

Joshua Rushing City Senior DB

Keon Fisher Edmondson Senior P

Note: Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


Dante Jones


After a 4-6 season last year, the second-year head coach took the Red Storm to the program's second Class 2A state final -its first at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Jones, who developed a quarterback in sophomore Carroll Washington, led the Red Storm to a 37-9 state championship victory over McDonough of Charles County. The Red Storm's 13-1 record included a 37-17 victory over Baltimore County power Hereford in the Class 2A North regional title game. Jones was a linebacker for Dunbar in 1994, when the Poets became the city's first program to win a Maryland public school state title.



Kelsey Lisle

Seton Keough

No player did more for her team than the Gators' powerful 5-foot-11 outside hitter. The repeat City Player of the Year, Lisle handled as many balls as possible this season as the Gators went 15-8. She had 659 kills and 385 digs. Lisle averaged 7.85 kills per game with a hitting percentage of .569 - a statistic akin to a batting average in baseball. She also aced the opposition on 36 percent of her jump serves, finishing with 167 aces.


Monique Butler


In her fourth season, Butler took a team that struggled early and turned it into a city champion. A former Doves player, Butler gave credit to her players, saying they started believing in themselves as the season wore on, but she made a few moves that sparked a four-game title-match victory over Poly to avenge an early-season loss. A key change made Janelle Carrington the second outside hitter, a move that gave the Doves (15-2) more power and balance on the strong side.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Louise Brooks Bryn Mawr Senior Hitter

Elisha Clayton Poly Junior Hitter

Erin Cox Poly Junior Hitter

Meredith Larsen Bryn Mawr Senior Hitter

Kelsey Lisle Seton Keough Senior Hitter

Theo Matthai Bryn Mawr Soph. Hitter

Brooke Wilson Western Senior Hitter

Shatera Kimbrough Western Senior Setter

Second Team

Name School Class Pos.

Jasmine Barksdale Roland Park Junior Hitter

Jessica Bielski Mercy Senior Hitter

Gillian Budd Bryn Mawr Senior Hitter

Marjorie Detres Digital Harbor Senior Hitter

Jasmine Keene Poly Senior Hitter

Lauren Keller IND Senior Hitter

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