Player of the Year

JON DUPSKI, Centennial, Sr.

The dominating left-hander finished 11-1, one victory short of the county record. Dupski posted a 1.30 earned run average and recorded 67 strikeouts and 10 walks in 67 innings. He held C. Milton Wright to one run on five hits in a 10-1 victory in the Maryland 3A state final.

Dupski, who will play for Towson next season, finished his three-year varsity career with a 19-2 record and a 1.86 earned run average. He batted .308, with 8 doubles, 3 triples and 19 RBI.

"You never expect a player to give your team what Jon has given us because that's a pretty high standard," Centennial Coach Denis Ahearn said. "I don't think we could have asked any more from him than he gave us. He's a great pitcher and a great teammate, and he's the kind of kid you can build a program around."

Coach of the Year

DENIS AHEARN, Centennial

The second-year coach guided the Eagles to their second state title in four years, raising his record to 37-9 with two county championships. Ahearn's team was the model of consistency, winning the county title outright after sharing it with Glenelg and River Hill last year. Centennial (21-3) lost just one game to a Maryland team (Howard) despite having a starting lineup that included three freshmen. Centennial's 10-1 victory over C. Milton Wright was the largest margin in a 3A championship game in the 30-year history of the state tournament.

"I have been very fortunate to get a great group of kids who know the tradition we have here at Centennial and who want to become part of it," Ahearn said. "The players we have worked so hard to win the state title, and it couldn't have happened to a better group."

First Team

JAY BENEDETTI, Hammond, Sr.: Shortstop hit .429 with 24 RBI, 18 runs scored and 8 doubles.

JEFF CARR, Mount Hebron, Sr.: First baseman was one of the county's top power hitters, batting .377 with a .787 slugging percentage, .500 on-base percentage, 24 RBI, 14 runs scored and 6 home runs. Will play for the Naval Academy.

JEFF DULANEY, Glenelg, Jr.: Left-handed pitcher went 5-2 with a save and a 0.65 ERA to go along with 53 strikeouts in 43 innings.

ANDREW HOFFNER, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Center fielder hit .313 with a .567 slugging percentage, a .452 on-base percentage, 20 runs scored, 16 RBI and 9 stolen bases.

BRIAN MORAN, Chapelgate Christian, Sr.: Infielder and pitcher hit .621 with 41 RBI, 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 8 triples, 4 home runs and 36 stolen bases. Will play for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

ROBBIE O'BRIEN, Long Reach, Sr.: Four-year starter at shortstop capped his career by hitting .468 with 24 runs scored, 23 RBI, 6 doubles, 4 triples and 2 home runs. Will play for Catholic University.

SCOTT PEDDICORD, Long Reach, Sr.: Three-year starter at first base hit .317 with 24 RBI, 20 runs scored and 4 home runs. Will play for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

NICK PURDY, Hammond, Sr.: Golden Bears' ace went 5-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 412/3 innings. Also an outfielder, he hit .420 with 27 stolen bases and 12 RBI.

JEREME SCOTT, Long Reach, Sr.: Center fielder hit .395 with 27 runs scored, 15 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 8 doubles and 2 home runs. Will play for Saint Joseph's.

STEVE SEH, Centennial, Sr.: Two-time All-County center fielder hit .354 with 23 RBI, 20 runs scored, 6 doubles and 2 home runs.

DAN SHILLINGBURG, Centennial, Jr.: Catcher batted .354 with 23 RBI, 3 doubles and a homer.

KEVIN SHOWE, Wilde Lake, Sr.: Four-year starter capped career by going 2-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 402/3 innings. At the plate, he hit .444 with 21 runs scored, 19 RBI and 4 home runs. Will play for Greensboro College (N.C.).

JEREMY TOSH, Glenelg, Sr.: Voted by teammates as co-most valuable player after driving in the game-winning run four times and posting three saves. He also had 18 RBI and 16 runs scored.

DAVID WALTERS, River Hill, Jr.: Shortstop had a breakthrough season by hitting .530 with 7 home runs -- including a county record three in one game against Hammond -- to go along with 26 RBI and 20 runs scored.

Honorable Mention

PITCHERS: Ed Bach, Atholton, Jr.; Erik Hufnagel, Glenelg, Sr.; Jordan Moore, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Jonathan Raglan, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Ryan Schultheis, Wilde Lake, Sr.

INFIELDERS: John Hein, Chapelgate Christian, Sr.; Mike Lance, Centennial, Sr.; Nick Madiou, River Hill, Sr.; Justin Riggin, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Kenny King, Long Reach, Sr.; Mike Clements, River Hill, Sr.; Tim Lima, Wilde Lake, Sr.

OUTFIELDERS: Alex Bechta, Centennial, Fr.; Tony Cipro, Mount Hebron, Jr.; Dan Konapelsky, River Hill, Sr.; Tim Siders, Glenelg, Sr.

Above, Brian Moran, Chapelgate Christian. Left, front row, from left: Steve Seh, Centennial; David Walters, River Hill; Jeff Carr, Mount Hebron; Jon Dupski, Centennial; Kevin Showe, Wilde Lake; Jay Benedetti, Hammond. Back row, from left: Jereme Scott, Long Reach; Jeff Dulaney, Glenelg; Dan Shillingburg, Centennial; Scott Peddicord, Long Reach; Andrew Hoffner, Mount Hebron; Nick Purdy, Hammond; Jeremy Tosh, Glenelg; Robbie O' Brien, Long Reach; Coach Denis Ahearn, Centennial.Far right, Coach of the Year Denis Ahearn, Centennial; right, Player of the Year Jon Dupski, Centennial.