Players to Watch
A Brooks Korvin, Arundel, Sr.: Currently being recruited by West Point, Korvin scored multiple goals in six games last season. He leads an Arundel team that graduated only six players.
"We're going to be tough," Arundel Coach Clint Goswell said, "because Brooks is our leader and we've got basically the same team as last year."
(Don Wright For The Washington Post)
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Northwest quarterback Ike Whitaker completed 157 of 262 passes for a school-record 2,586 yards, with 28 TDs and only 10 INTs in leading the Jaguars to the Maryland 3A championship. He is The Post's Offensive Player of the Year.
North Stafford defensive lineman Cordarrow Thompson had 102 tackles, including 43 for a loss, and nine sacks in 13 games to lead the Wolverines' smothering defense. He is The Post's Defensive Player of the Year.
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MF Bobby Atwell, Southern, Sr.: Headed to UMBC next season, Atwell -- an All-County football player -- had 29 goals and 11 assists last season. Coach Ray Bowen says Atwell thrives in football and lacrosse for the same reason: " a combination of overall speed and strength that you can't believe."
"No matter what a team does, sometimes he's going to beat you." Bowen said.
A Alex Hoppman, Annapolis, Sr.: Coach Joe Keenan will move Hoppman from midfield to attack so he can get off more shots. The 5-foot-9 Hoppman had his shot clocked at a University of Virginia camp last summer at 98 mph, the fastest of any player at the camp.
"He's got an absolute cannon," Keenan said. "I mean, that shot is dangerous. I've got to make sure all of my kids are wearing helmets."
D Matt Vetter, Annapolis, Sr.: One of the most talented defensemen in Annapolis history, Vetter will play at Towson next year. He's a shut-down defender with excellent stick skills.
"Matt's at the point now where he's basically on his own," Keenan said. "I can't teach the stuff he's doing."
A Justin Menefee, North County, Jr.: A transfer from Mount St. Joseph, Menefee is 6 feet 3 and weighs 215 pounds. On a team that returns six of its seven top scorers from last season, Menefee has left teammates in awe during practices.
"He's got the body of a defenseman, but he's quick, with good skills," first-year coach Brian Stewart said. "He's going to make a name for himself."
G Nate Hull, Old Mill, Sr.: Bound for St. Andrew's next year, Hull returns to man Old Mill's net for the second season. Playing behind three senior defensemen -- Richard Lee, Tim Studer and Corey Carpenter -- he'll be one of the county's toughest goalies to shoot at, much less shoot past.
"Our entire defense is going to be very strong, and Nate is a huge part of that," Old Mill Coach Steve Spence said.
D Will Jawish, Broadneck, Sr.: A three-year starter and an All-County selection last season, Jawish stands out because of his footwork. He's fast enough to shut down even the best goal scorers in the county, which is why he'll play at Johns Hopkins next year.
"It's so unusual for a kid in high school to play that kind of shut-down defense," Coach Clay White said.