Highlights: Captain and MVP won the Virginia AAA Cardinal District championship (with a 72) and the Northwestern Region title (with a 75) in October. "I had been trying to do it for four years [win regionals] and my senior year I came through." With his victory at regionals, Wills qualified for his first AAA championship, where he shot 75-80 -- 155 for a 23rd-place finish. Played No. 1 position for Woodbridge squad that won the Cardinal District team title and came within one stroke of advancing to states.
Notable: Was awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward his college education by the Middle Atlantic PGA Junior Tour, one of only three recipients. This summer, Wills finished third in total points on the Titleist Junior Tour, winning tournaments at Willliamsburg National and Elkridge (Md.) Golf Club. Placed sixth at the Titleist tour championship, an event that produced a career-low round of 71. Also plays on the Plantations Junior Golf Tour. Had two holes in one in 2001 -- at Montclair Country Club and at Quantico Golf Club.
Personal: Carries a 4.13 weighted grade-point average. Takes Advanced Placement courses in government, calculus, statistics and biology, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Teenage Republicans club at Woodbridge. Favorite subject is physics. Sings baritone in the Woodbridge choir and as a sophomore sang in a national high school competition in Orlando. Tutors a local fifth-grade student three hours a week. Plans to major in aerospace engineering in college and play intercollegiate golf. Hopes to attend Virginia.
-- Dave Yanovitz
School: Severna Park.
Sport: Field Hockey.
Highlights: The center-back defender scored six goals and had two assists to help the Falcons complete an undefeated season against Anne Arundel County opponents and capture the county championship. "We didn't have star players. Everything we accomplished was because we got along so well together." Scored a goal off a penalty corner in a clutch 4-1 victory over South River, which was also undefeated entering the game. For her stellar play, Maranto was nominated for the Maryland all-state team.
Notable: Maranto had to overcome surgery on one of her ribs in the ninth grade to remedy a painful condition, and after about three months of physical therapy, she earned a spot on the Severna Park varsity team the following September. Plays club field hockey for Under-19 SPark, and last month traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., for the National Field Hockey Festival, where she had two assists in helping SPark to four wins in seven games. The games were played on a huge polo field. "It takes your breath away when you see 50 teams playing at once."
Personal: Maintains a 3.4 grade-point average and is involved in the Student Government Association. Enjoys water sports on Maryland's Magothy River, including wakeboarding, swimming and water skiing. Maranto helped start a field hockey program at nearby Annapolis Area Christian School. The school did not have a team, and Maranto volunteered her time to show the AACA girls stick work and field hockey fundamentals in preparation for their inaugural season this fall.
-- Dave Yanovitz