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This story was corrected on Dec. 8. An explanation of the correction follows the story.

Player of the Year

Michael Parker DeMatha: The talented senior defender backed the No. 1 team in the nation to a second consecutive undefeated season and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. A two-time Gazette-Star All-County First Team selection, Parker also was named the Player of the Year in the WCAC.

Coach of the Year

Richard Kirkland, Bowie: After forfeiting three victories at the end of the regular season for using an ineligible player, Kirkland's club improved with every game of the postseason, right down to a miraculous 2-1 state title victory in overtime against previously undefeated Walter Johnson.

First Team

Chris Odoi Atsem, DeMatha: Talented junior midfielder scored 18 goals and assisted 11 more for the Stags.

Melvin Benyella, DuVal: An imposing force on defense, Benyella led DuVal to the No. 2 seed in the 4A South Region playoffs.

Jose Ceballo, Northwestern: Junior defensive midfielder, was the consummate teammate with 25 assists and three goals.

Edwin Claros, High Point: Junior midfielder, who recently tried out for Club America in Mexico, led the Eagles with 21 goals and added four assists.

Sean Cowdrey, DeMatha: Junior forward was DeMatha's leading scorer with 26 goals.

Jacori Hayes, DeMatha: Junior midfielder had three goals and seven assists, playing a versatile role for the Stags.

Mohamadou Jallow, Laurel: Junior forward scored game-tying goal that forced overtime against High Point in the 4A South Region semifinals.

Joshua LeMaster, Bowie: Senior midfielder capped a stellar scholastic career with 11 goals and 19 assists, helping Bowie to the state title.

Brady Mazzei, Bowie: Junior goalkeeper performed better with every playoff game. Recorded nine shutouts and made four crucial saves in the state final.

Brandon McKoy, Parkdale: Panthers' defenseman consistently frustrated opposing offenses with his dominant play.

Raul Rodriquez, High Point: Senior midfielder was Eagles' captain, scoring three goals and adding nine assists.

Mohammed Sesay, Largo: Speedy senior midfielder had 11 goals and five assists as the Lions played the season with just 10 players.

Ysser Touko, Central: A leader on and off the field from his goalkeeper spot during a turbulent season for Falcons.

Mani Walcott, Eleanor Roosevelt: Junior midfielder had seven goals and assisted two more in a rebuilding year for the Raiders.

Second Team

Adesulu Adewole and Samuel Daniels, Bowie; Bryan Aguilar, Northwestern; Michael Agyemang and Francisco Zelaya, High Point; Brendan Burke, Nate Schmidtt and Leslie Suggs, DeMatha; Kenton Connors and Josiah Jackson, Forestville; Anthony Ettison, Friendly; Isaac Mbappe and Bryan Wangia, Crossland; Leroy Musa, Parkdale; Valere Songong, Laurel.

The Gazette-Star All-County Teams are selected by our sports staff, based on observations during the season, statistics and input from coaches.

An earlier version of this story did not correctly list Josiah Jackson's high school. He attends Forestville Military Academy.