All-baltimore City

Varsity

March 21, 2007

BOYS BASKETBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dino Gregory

Mount St. Joseph

Gregory averaged 14.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in leading the second-ranked Gaels (25-8) to second place finishes behind No. 1 Towson Catholic in both the Baltimore Catholic League and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The 6-foot-8 senior post player, who had committed to Maryland before his junior season, was a guiding force for a young Gaels backcourt, whose inexperience put added pressure on him offensively. Gregory's power moves include an array of dunks and dazzling hook shots, and he also improved his outside game this season. He made one three-pointer in his career - a buzzer-beater in regulation, as the Gaels went on to defeat St. John's of Washington in overtime this season.

Coach of the Year

Mike Daniel

City

Daniel led a young team to City's best record (20-5) since the Knights went 18-8 in 1999. With three starting sophomores and a junior around senior All-Metro guard Devin Brown, the Knights advanced to the Class 3A North regional final, where they were upset by Mervo.

Daniel is in his second season at City after compiling a 361-185 record in 20 seasons at Towson Catholic.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Akeema Richards

Western

Young but exceptionally talented, the sophomore guard led the Doves to their second straight Baltimore City crown and a repeat appearance in the Class 3A state final. An offensive threat from inside and out, Richards shot 54 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. She averaged 14.3 points to lead the No. 5 Doves. She also led the team in assists with 4.3 and steals with 4.9, while grabbing 4.9 rebounds. Richards, who also defended the opposition's best player, scored 20 points in the city final, a 53-47 victory over City. She also thwarted the Knight's upset intentions by scoring 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter of the Doves' 49-44 regular-season win.

Coach of the Year

Jackie Boswell

Seton Keough

A young team returning only two starters did not prevent Boswell from guiding the Gators to a 22-7 finish and the area's No. 3 ranking. Among their local rivals, the Gators lost to just two teams -- twice each to No. 1 St. Frances and to then-No. 2 Towson Catholic. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal, they lost a heartbreaker to eventual champion St. Frances, 58-57. The City Coach of the Year for a second straight season, Boswell preaches defense first. As always, her team was fundamentally sound and relied on full-court pressure and tough half-court defense to frustrate opponents. Her team had impressive early wins over then-No. 4 Arundel and Oakland Catholic, Pa., which had beaten St. Frances a few weeks earlier.

GIRLS TRACK

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Letecia Wright

Western

Wth the graduation of Western All-Metro performers Theresa Lewis and Shalaiyah Sommerville, it was Wright's turn to be in the spotlight. The senior won the state title in the 55-meter dash in 7.08 seconds, tying the meet record. She also won the 300 at states and took third in the 55-meter hurdles. That all came after Wright won four gold medals at both the Baltimore City and Central regional meets. Her turning point might have come in the Montgomery Invite in January, when Wright won the 55 and the 55 hurdles with just a few minutes in between. She seemed to take off from there and played a big role in Western winning the City title, taking a close third in the regional and third in the state.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Lutalo Bakari

Digital Harbor

Under Bakari, the Rams just missed winning the Baltimore City title, but then captured the Class 2A-1A Central regional and Class 2A-1A state championships. The state championship was dramatic, as Digital Harbor was three points behind heading into the final event, but the Rams brought home the championship by winning the 1,600-meter relay.

The Team

Name School Class

Erin Brooks Seton Keough Junior

Courtney Butler IND Junior

Alyssa Doyle Seton Keough Senior

Cierra Glassco Western Junior

Tashana Johnson Western Soph.

Alyssa McClure Digital Harbor Fresh.

Nykeisha Sewell Mervo Senior

Colleen Shea Seton Keough Junior

Quantika Stepney Mervo Senior

Kitria Stewart Mervo Junior

Alex Tanner Bryn Mawr Senior

Letecia Wright Western Senior

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

BOYS TRACK

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Duane Parker

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