TEAM STATE TITLES
Calvert volleyball -- Calvert won the 3A title this year with a perfect 20-0 mark that included its second straight unbeaten SMAC regular season. Led by All-Met player of the year Amanda Ayres, who had a team-high 267 kills and 48 aces, and senior Kim Payne (outside hitter), who added 160 kills and 52 aces.
Leonardtown girls soccer -- Went 17-2 and posted 12 shutouts en route to 3A title. Led by All-Met defender Elaine Chun and All-Extra picks Cyprian Gillingham (forward), April Lockley (midfield), Gwendolyn Smith (midfield) and Katherine Groenenboom (defense). Jennifer Henderson was All-Met coach of the year for fall soccer.
Thomas Stone boys soccer -- Named co-champions after double-overtime 1-1 stalemate with Linganore in the 3A final. It was the second state title in three years for the Cougars, who finished 13-3-2 overall this year. Led by All-Extra selections Brian Moroz (forward), who scored the game-tying goal in the final, midfielder Jimmie Dade and keeper Andy Gretton, who recorded nine shutouts on the season.
Westlake boys track -- Went undefeated for third straight year in SMAC. At the 3A meet, six Wolverines placed sixth or better in 11 events: Gonzie Gray in the 100 and 200; Carlos Hunt in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200; Jason Wilkins in the 300 hurdles; Rob Harris in the high jump and triple jump; Ron Perry in the long jump; and John Rolle in the shot put and discus. The team also won the 4x200 relay and came in fourth in the 4x400 to claim the first state title in any sport for the Wolverines.
INDIVIDUAL STATE TITLES
KC Allen, Sr., Calvert track -- Repeat First-team All-Met selection is the four-time state champion in the pole vault. Cleared 11-0 at this year's 3A meet, only her second time going 11-0 outdoors.
Tim Bilmanis, Sr., Thomas Stone track -- Honorable-mention All-Met successfully defended his 3A state title in the discus, setting a state meet record of 185-8. He went even farther than that during the regular season, with a toss of 192-9 at the River Hill Invitational.
Melynnie Dade, Jr., Westlake track -- Beat defending SMAC and 3A champ Chanel Spriggs of Northern for the conference and state titles in the 100 at 12.6. Also anchored the team's state champion 4x100 relay team.
Tianna Goldring, Jr., La Plata track -- First-team All-Met for indoor track, Goldring also was impressive outdoors. She won the 3A state title with a high jump of 5-6 and took fourth in the long jump.
Gonzie Gray, Jr., Westlake track -- Injured late in the season with shin splints, Gray put it all together for the 3A meet. He won the 200 (21.92) and was edged out by a lean in the 100 (10.6). Gray also anchored the team's winning 4x200 relay team and the fourth-place 4x400 relay team.
Scott McAdoo, Sr., Calvert wrestling -- First-team All-Met went 38-1 with 22 pins -- both single-season school records -- and reeled off 36 straight wins after losing his third match. Pinned Wheaton's Matt Tao, who beat him in that third match, for the 3A state title. Recorded his 100th career win for Calvert at the Haswell M. Franklin Senior Classic.
Chris Parsons, Jr., Northern track -- Honorable-mention All-Met is the two-time defending 3A champion in the shot put, going 54-11 in this year's meet.
Malcolm Reynolds, Sr., Great Mills track -- Battled Patuxent's Terrence Brown throughout the regular season, but got the best of him at the 3A meet. Won the high jump at 6-10 and fell just short of breaking the state record of 7-0.
Chris Schraf, Jr., McDonough track -- Finished second in the SMAC in the 100 and 200, but won his region and finished first at the 2A meet in the 100 at 11.0. Took second at states in the 200 at 22.41.
Alton West, Jr., Patuxent track -- Won the long jump at 21-7 and placed second in the triple jump at 44-8 at the 3A meet. Also a member of the team's 4x400 relay squad, which placed fifth.
Helen Young, Sr., Leonardtown track -- Young successfully defended her 3A discus title with a throw of 116-1 and won the shot put at 38-8.
YEAR'S MOST MEMORABLE CONTESTS
Sept. 18, Northern at Calvert football -- For just the second time in 15 years, Calvert beat its biggest rival, 20-19, in a come-from-behind victory. Sophomore quarterback Orion Canine was making his first start for the undersized Cavaliers, and he capped a 181-yard passing night with a 2-yard game-winning toss to Brendan Galligan with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Oct. 30, Northern at Calvert field hockey -- The area's biggest rivals put it all on the line in a 3A South Region quarterfinal. Northern senior Katie Andes -- after asking her teammates to spit into her palms for good luck -- netted the game-winning goal in sudden-death penalty strokes for a 2-1 victory.
Nov. 6, Westlake at Thomas Stone football -- The SMAC's top two teams went back and forth for four quarters, with the Wolverines pulling out a 21-18 win to finish 9-1 and clinch their fourth consecutive league title. Westlake was the only team to hold Thomas Stone junior standout Marcus Whalen (1,934 yards and 22 touchdowns on season) under 100 yards rushing all season.
Nov. 10, La Plata at Thomas Stone boys soccer -- With memories of last year's double-overtime loss to La Plata in the 3A South region final on their mind, the Cougars did not allow this year's lead to slip away. Instead, they won the region, 3-1, to advance to the state playoffs.
Nov. 13, Calvert at Northern volleyball -- The Cavaliers, knocked out of the playoffs by the Patriots in the previous two years, turned the tables in a dramatic 10-15, 15-13, 8-15, 15-1, 15-8 win over their biggest rival. Led by Amanda Ayres's match-high 25 kills, Calvert ended Northern's streak of four straight state volleyball titles, claiming it for themselves days later.
Nov. 21, Leonardtown vs. North Carroll girls soccer -- In the Maryland 3A high school girls soccer final, Leonardtown showed glimpses of a promising future and the impact of a tremendous senior class in a thrilling 2-1 victory over North Carroll.
Feb. 19, Patuxent at Westlake boys basketball -- In the game that would determine the conference title, Westlake's big man came up huge. Senior center Gregg Jones (6-foot-8) scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead his team to a 75-57 win over the Panthers.
March 1, Northern at J.M. Bennett girls basketball -- Northern senior forward Jen Mitchell scored 35 points to break the school's single-game scoring record and lead her team to a 67-35 win in the 3A East Region quarterfinals.
April 14, La Plata at Northern softball -- For some reason, La Plata just seems to have the Patriots' number. The Warriors pulled off a 2-1 upset win over the Patriots to hand them their only loss of the regular season. It was also La Plata, led by senior pitcher Melissa Persons, that snapped Northern's 72-game win streak in 1997.
May 21, Thomas Stone at Leonardtown baseball -- In a game that likely will sting the Cougars until the rematch next season, Leonardtown successfully defended its 3A South Region title with a 3-1 upset win over No. 4 Thomas Stone. Leonardtown pitcher Kevin Burch kept the power-hitting Cougars in check, retiring the first nine batters he faced.
May 21, Patuxent at Calvert baseball -- Calvert junior pitcher/first baseman Travis Mister was electrifying in his team's wild 11-8 win over Patuxent in the 3A East Region championship. Mister hit three two-run home runs -- off three different Panther pitchers -- to single-handedly account for six of the Cavaliers' 11 runs.
May 28/29, Maryland 3A state tennis tournament -- Leonardtown's Briana Jimenez and Stephen Munley shocked the top-seeded mixed doubles team of Centennial's Matt Able and Jessica Lano in the quarterfinals, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, then upset No. 3 Ann Buschman and Chris Beegle of Arundel in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-3. In doing so, the duo became the first SMAC state tennis finalist of the 1990s.
"I've never seen anything like that in my 20 years of coaching. Not that I can remember, anyway. And I'm sure I wouldn't forget something like that. The bottom line was they had two home runs, four doubles and 12 runs scored before we made a mistake. That's just getting beat. And it's getting beat bad. I've known [Thomas Stone Coach] Ed Glaeser for years, and I know he complains about everything, but just this week he was complaining to me that his team couldn't hit the ball. I'm not so sure I believe him."
-- Calvert baseball coach Sam Oliver, after his team's 18-0 loss to Thomas Stone on April 9. The Cougars totaled 13 hits, led by senior Nick Vitielliss's 4-for-4 performance (two singles, two home runs) at the plate and his no-hitter on the mound (nine strikeouts, three walks in five innings).
"He may only weigh 185 or 190 pounds, but he runs more like he's 220 -- right over [the] top of people. Our top hitter took it to him, bulldozed him head on, and it was like a fly hitting a brick wall, and [Whalen] said, `Move over, kid, and give me 10 more yards.'"
-- Great Mills football coach Bill Greer on Thomas Stone junior Marcus Whalen, a first-team All-Met selection who led the SMAC with 1,934 yards rushing on 170 carries (11.4 yards per carry, 193.4 yards per game). Whalen went over 200 yards in four games last season, including rushing 24 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-6 win over the Hornets.
BY THE NUMBERS
Combined earned run averages for Thomas Stone senior pitchers Nick Vitielliss and Griffin Zarbough.
Number of underclassmen named All-Extra Athlete of the Year. They are: juniors Carlos Hunt and Alexis Wieroniey for cross-country and junior Marcus Whalen for football.
Number of Southern Maryland Athletic Conference athletes selected as first-team All-Met this season.
Westlake football team's points-for to points-against ratio in its nine SMAC games.
Northern standout forward Jen Mitchell's career point total -- a Calvert County record for boys or girls.
CAPTION: Thomas Stone running back Marcus Whalen gained a league-leading 1,934 yards.
CAPTION: Northern's Jen Mitchell, guarded by Thomas Stone's Tyesha Clark, set a Calvert County career scoring record with 1,813 points.
CAPTION: Leonardtown's girls soccer players pile on top of each other after beating Westlake to win the 3A regionals. Two games later, the Raiders beat North Carroll to win the state title.
CAPTION: Thomas Stone midfielder Jimmie Dade, guarded by La Plata's Shawn Murphy at right, helped the Cougars become state co-champions.
CAPTION: Westlake distance runner Carlos Hunt kicks to a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters at the state 3A finals. Hunt also finished fifth or better in the 1,600 and 3,200 as Westlake won the state 3A team title.