All-howard County

June 04, 2008

Boys lacrosse

Player of the Year

Jon Selfridge

Glenelg

It was tough to top last season for Selfridge, as the Lynchburg-bound goalie's team won the Class 3A-2A state championship and he was a second-team All-Metro selection. But the senior played even better this year, leading his team to an undefeated season (18-0) and the Class 2A-1A championship. He was a second-team All-Metro selection again this year, compiling 169 saves while stopping 69 percent of shots.

"You would think a kid that wins second-team All-Metro and wins a state championship would sit back and rest," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. "That's not what Jon did. He was one of our hardest workers throughout the year, and it made him a better player."

Coach of the Year

Bryan Cole Reservoir

Cole's players learned throughout their high school careers that hard work could pay off. When Cole took over as coach of the Gators three years ago, his current seniors were freshmen on a team that didn't win a game. The Gladiators won five their second year and two last year before going 12-5 this season and advancing to the Class 3A-2A South regional final.

"I'm a believer in those kids," Cole said. "A big thing for us was getting them to believe it, too. More than anything, having a season like we did this year is helping to highlight a winning program. People want to be part of that."

The team

Name School CL P

Harrison Chaires Centennial Jr. A

Chris Gotschall Glenelg Sr. A

Billy Reybold Reservoir Sr. A

Marc Saxton Mount Hebron Sr. A

Kyle Williams Marriott's Ridge Jr. A

Ryan Dougherty Glenelg Sr. M

Dan Incontrera Marriott's Ridge Sr. M

Jim Marlatt River Hill So. M

Eric Van Stone River Hill Sr. M

Mike McCabe Glenelg Sr. D

Kyle Hofstetter Glenelg Sr. D

Jon Selfridge Glenelg Sr. G

Note: Team selected by Stefen Lovelace after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Girls lacrosse

Player of the Year

Kristy Black

Glenelg

The senior midfielder rewrote the Gladiators' record book this season and led them to a Class 2A-1A state championship. A versatile player with great speed, Black set school career records with 172 goals, 143 assists, 315 points and 221 draw controls.

She had six goals and five assists in the 17-11 state title victory over Loch Raven, setting tournament records for most points in a 2A-1A title game and tying the all-classification record for assists in a title game. She had 70 goals and 58 assists as the Gladiators won their first Howard County championship.

Coach of the Year

Ginger Kincaid

Glenelg

In her 21st season as the Gladiators' coach, Kincaid picked up her 215th career win with the 17-11 state final victory over Loch Raven.

The Gladiators were a bit up and down, winning easily over Centennial and then hitting a midseason skid, dropping games the next two days to unranked teams at the Winters Mill Tournament. But they rebounded to win nine of their last 10 games, including a 14-11 overtime victory over Mount Hebron. The Gladiators finished 16-4 with the No. 12 ranking, winning state, regional and county championships. Kincaid's career record stands at 215-109-1 with two state titles. The team

Name School CL P

Julianne Giles Mount Hebron So. A

Lauren Giraldi Glenelg Sr. A

Sarah Parks Centennial Sr. A

McKenzie Stough Reservoir Jr. A

Kelli Battista Long Reach Sr. M

Kristy Black Glenelg Sr. M

Kylie Ramsland Chapelgate Sr. M

Alayna Markwordt Glenelg Sr. M

Jenny Michael Centennial Sr. M

Elie Snyder Atholton Sr. M

Monica Zabel Mount Hebron Sr. M

Cory Johnson Marriotts Ridge Sr. D

Kate Selfridge Glenelg Sr. D

Mary Teeters Centennial Sr. G

Note: Team selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Baseball Player of the Year

Ben Winter

Centennial

Perhaps the best pitcher and best hitter in Howard County, Winter repeats as the county's Player of the Year after another stellar season. The two-way standout senior was 6-2 with two no-hitters and a 2.12 ERA this season, yielding only 11 earned runs. The left-hander gave up only 16 hits, struck out 59 and walked 25 in 36 1/3 innings for the Eagles.

The Eagles' center fielder when not pitching, Winters batted .400 with seven doubles, five triples, two homers, 27 runs and 22 RBIs. Strong defensively, Winter expects to play the outfield at Towson University.

Coach of the Year

Paul Eckert

Marriotts Ridge

In the second varsity season of the school's three-year existence, Eckert led the Mustangs to the Howard County championship and the Class 2A state final, where they lost a close one. Eckert, a former assistant at Atholton, transformed an 8-14 team that lost in the Class 1A state semifinals in 2007 into an 18-6 team that nearly won it all in 2A.

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