School: River Hill.
Sport: Girls soccer.
Highlights: Defeated Eastern Tech, 4-1, on the strength of two goals each by Walcott and junior forward Shannon Jackson to win the Maryland 3A title. The state title was the second in the four-year history of the Clarksville school. ... Walcott scored the eventual game-winner in the first half, when the Hawks scored three goals in a 15-minute span to take control of the game. "It was initially meant to be a cross, but it curved around the goalkeeper," Walcott said of the goal. ... This season, Masciantonio scored four goals, all on headers, and added two assists. Buescher had two goals and six assists -- all six of which were on throw-ins, which she typically throws 20 to 30 yards.
Notable: The Hawks last won a state title in 1997, when they were co-champs with South River. River Hill has won the Howard County championship the past three years and were regional champions in 1997 and 1999. ... River Hill will have a solid core coming back next year but will lose senior sweeper Natalie Klisas, who had six goals and 12 assists. The junior forward tandem of Jackson (11 goals, 11 assists) and Walcott (nine goals, two assists) and junior goalkeeper Jen Wright (10 shutouts) are expected to return for next season's title defense.
School: Mount Hebron.
Sport: Boys soccer.
Highlights: Vikings (16-3) defeated J.M. Bennett, 1-0, for the Maryland 2A title -- the first boys soccer state title in school history. The goal was scored by striker Lechtrecker, who led the Vikings with 27 goals and eight assists. "[Lechtrecker] is an absolutely brilliant soccer player, and it is a travesty he is not first-team all-state," Doolan said of the team selected by coaches. Lechtrecker was not disappointed, however, instead taking consolation in the championship: "This is what you play for -- a state championship," Lechtrecker said. "It is the best way to go out." ... Chacon is a complete sweeper, extremely powerful and accurate with his left-footed free kicks. He finished the season with eight goals and four assists.
Notable: In his first year as coach, Doolan led the Ellicott City school to its first state title and first regional title. The Vikings outscored their opponents 19-0 in their final six games. Lechtrecker and Chacon are seniors, but Doolan has junior midfielder Matt White (nine goals, 12 assists), sophomore midfielder Mike Glancey (eight goals, five assists) and junior goalkeeper Greg Peters (12 shutouts) returning.