All-baltimore County

Varsity

March 21, 2007

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Player of the Year

Marah Strickland

Towson Catholic

The repeat Player of the Year, Strickland led the Owls to the most success they have enjoyed since the mid-1980s. A gifted athlete with exceptional basketball skills, the 6-foot-senior guard averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals in leading the No. 4 Owls to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals for a second straight season. The Owls played a tough out-of-league schedule but lost only twice to local teams -- once to No. 1 St. Frances and then to No. 2 McDonogh in a tournament semifinal game in which Strickland scored 17 points. Strickland, who will play at Maryland next season, was named a McDonald's All-American.

Coach of the Year

Tom Gizzi

McDonogh

When Gizzi arrived at the Owings Mills private school four years ago, the Eagles had gone through three straight seasons of hovering around .500. Since then, they have done no worse than reach the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals. This season, the Eagles took a big step up to the title game, where they threw a scare into No. 1 St. Frances before falling 68-63 in overtime. Their ascent to the final, the No. 2 ranking and a 21-5 record came after Gizzi convinced the Eagles to believe in themselves. They were the only area team to beat St. Frances during the season. With his guidance, the Eagles added confidence to an already strong on-court game and reached the championship game for the first time since 1999.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Player of the Year

Malcolm Delaney

Towson Catholic

The senior guard matured over the past two seasons and became the catalyst for the area's top-ranked team. Leading the Owls in scoring with 19.5 points per game, Delaney, 6 feet 3, also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.9 steals. When the game was on the line, the Owls and coach Josh Pratt usually looked to Delaney and he almost always delivered. Towson Catholic went 31-4 with Delaney leading the way and did not lose a game to a local team.

Coach of the Year

Kim Rivers

Randallstown

Rivers led the No. 3 Rams to a third consecutive state championship, something no other Baltimore County team has ever done, and it was the fifth in 13 years under him. Without one go-to player, Rivers masterfully brought along a young team and wove them into a 2A state champion (the Rams won the Class 3A title in 2005). Rivers led the Rams to a 24-3 record, his 12th 20-win season and eighth in a row, bringing his career mark to 292-46.

GIRLS TRACK

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Jameice DeCoster

McDonogh

The sophomore helped McDonogh become one of the area's top teams, constantly coming up big in the tough meets. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, where the Eagles were upset by Seton Keough, DeCoster won the 300-meter dash, took third in the 55 meters and helped on the relays. She capped her season by running what runningmaryland.com lists as the state's second-best time in the 200 (25.34 seconds) at the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex earlier this month.

COACHES OF THE YEAR

Alrick Munroe and Jeff Sanborn

McDonogh

Munroe and Sanborn had a problem most coaches would relish - they had almost too much talent, and keeping everyone happy was a challenge. But they got it done, getting points from all over their roster throughout the season. Led by Jameice DeCoster, Chante Sandiford and others, the Eagles' lone blemish was finishing second to Seton Keough at the IAAM championship meet. But McDonogh easily beat Class 3A-2A state champion North Carroll to win the Frostbite Invite, and later won the private school championship meet.

The Team

Name School Class

Cathy Agoris Franklin Junior

Jameice DeCoster McDonogh Soph.

Jermia Dix Western Tech Fresh.

Amanda Kimbers McDonogh Soph.

Kristen Malloy Hereford Soph.

Michelle Newman Eastern Tech Junior

Uju Ofoche Parkville Soph.

Marta Randall Hereford Soph.

Brittany Richmond Western Tech Senior

Chante Sandiford McDonogh Senior

Brooke Staton McDonogh Senior

Courtney Williams Loch Raven Senior

Note -- Team selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

BOYS TRACK

Performer of the Year

Dwight Parker

Woodlawn

Coming off a tremendous season in cross country in which he won every race until finishing second in the Class 4A state championship, Parker maintained his winning ways in the winter. He swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 with ease at the Baltimore County meet last month. The senior, whose younger brother Duane is a track standout at Mount St. Joseph, then took second in the 3,200 at the regional meet before struggling at the state meet and taking sixth place.

Coaches of the Year

Gerard Filosa and Chris McGuiness

Pikesville

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