Coach: Dave Byers, 11th year Assistant coaches: Ed Williar, Irvin Black
Last year's record: 12-10 overall, 5-2 and second in the county, 7-5 and fifth in the Central Maryland Conference
Top returnees: Seniors -- guards Herman Costley, Kyle Walker, Chad Wiles, forwards Joe Cushen, Dennis Middletown, Mark Schroder; junior -- guard Calvin Warfield
Top newcomers: Juniors -- forwards Bobby Taylor, Brian Grimm, Brian Laybar
Coach's comments: "(Costley is) basically the only one that has any extensive experience. Most of these other people are new or did not see a lot of playing time last year. We have a decent amount of quickness on the perimeter, but we're a typical Westminster team -- no size. In my opinion, I think the whole (Central Maryland Conference) has improved this year."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Costley may be the only returning starters, but he brings a 21-point scoring average with him. The Owls have plenty of forwards but not much experience, and how the inside game develops will be the key to the team's success this year. With the right combination, Westminster will challenge for both county and CMC honors.
WESTERN MD. GREEN TERRORS
Coach: Nick Zoulias, second year Assistant coaches: John Kovach, Steve Pisarski, Mike Savage
Last year's record: 5-19 overall, 2-10 in the Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest section
Top returnees: Seniors -- Guards Ed Krusinski, Eric Miller, Eric Watkinson, forwards Rob Howell, Kent Pearce, center Mike Sherlock; juniors -- forwards Scott Roth, Rich Vanston; sophomores -- forward Jeff Eaves, guards Scott Lyon, center Paul Pawlowski
Top newcomers: Freshmen -- Guards Matt Adelman, Kenny Young, forward Rolando Welch
Coach's comments: "I feel very confident that our seniors feel they have something to prove this year. We're really going to put a great emphasis on conditioning that will win games for us down the stretch."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Green Terrors are going to run a little more, but Western Maryland's game still is a tight, physical defense and smart, accurate shooting. A .500 or better season is possible, and the team got off to a good start last weekend by winning the Rotary Tip-Off, but MAC-Southwest honors will be hard to come by.
SO. CARROLL CAVALIERS
Coach: Jim Carnes, 14th year Assistant coaches: Jake Barkett, Steve Johnson
Last year's record: 18-7 overall, 7-0 and first in the county, 10-3 and tied for second place in the Central Maryland Conference, finalist in Class 3A Region I playoffs
Top returnees: Seniors -- Guards Jamie Harrich, Bryan Baker, center Chris Larrick, forward George Dick
Top newcomers: Juniors -- Guard Joe Goodwin, forwards Scott Mills, Mike Downs, Brian Stauch
Coach's comments: "We've got some seniors who can play. Our strength will be our shooting. Rebounding is a concern. That doesn't mean we will be bad rebounding, but it's a concern for us right now."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Harrich and Larrick give the Cavaliers a nice combination of returnees. Mills and Goodwin were standouts for the Cavs junior varsity last year. That, combined with Carnes' coaching abilities and the tradition at South Carroll (the junior varsity and freshmen teams also did well) means the Cavaliers have to be considered the pre-season county favorites and a contender for Central Maryland Conference honors.
NORTH CARROLL PANTHERS
Coach: Pete Litchka, seventh year Assistant coaches: Troy Warehime, Ed Powelson
Last year's record: 12-2 overall, 3-4 in the county, 4-8 in the CMC
Top returnees: Seniors -- guard Scott Deltuva, forward Dave Parsley; Juniors -- guard Bennie Jackson, forward Dave Polischeck
Top newcomers: Juniors -- guards Rich Kutair, George Wunder, Andy Roach, Wade Zufall, Jason Small, Jason Glover and Jimmy Johnson; forwards Adam Franklin and Eric Nowicki
Coach's comments: "The key will be how well we shoot. We'll be patient offensively and run only when we have the opportunity."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: As usual, the Panthers will look to pass the ball around and be patient on offense.Losing seven players to graduation, Litchka is depending on balanced scoring with everybody contributing. He has a lot of players who can play a lot of different positions and how well they shoot the ball will tell the story of the Panthers' season. With so many new faces, it is important for the Panthers to get off to a quick start. If they can do so, they will be a team to look out for down the stretch.
F. SCOTT KEY EAGLES
Coach: Jeff Cook, second year Assistant coaches: Jeff Dowery, David Storey
Last year's record: 1-21 overall, 0-4 in the county, 1-14 in the MVAL
Top returnees: Seniors -- guard Larry Haines, forward/center Jimmy Wright; junior -- guard Dave Layman
Top newcomers: Senior -- forward/center Brett Garber; junior -- forward Eric Bohn
Coach's comments: "The kids are enthusiastic and have worked hard. If they continue to work hard and give 100 percent, it should produce wins.