December 04, 1990

* ABERDEEN (9-12): There are two veteran starters, 5-7 point G Demont Blackmon (10.7 ppg, 5 apg), who led the county in three-point field-goal percentage, and 5-8 G Trent Thomas. The Eagles are quick, but having no starter over 6-2 will hurt them against taller teams. The Eagles may be at their best defensively, with a lot of man-to-man and pressure defense.

* BEL AIR (6-16): The Bobcats, with eight lettermen, have one of the most experienced teams in the county. Their backcourt of 6-0 Mike Eves and 6-3 Jason Pruitt combined for 25 points last season, mostly from outside. Craig Carpenter, a 6-2 forward, can also hit from outside, and 6-8 C Matt Sedgley and 6-5 F Bill Steelman give the Bobcats height.

* C. MILTON WRIGHT (9-14): The Mustangs will have one of the better perimeter games with the arrival of 5-11 G Brian Grzyb, a transfer from Florida, who should help a shooting percentage that was below 40 last season. Three of the six lettermen -- 5-9 point G Mike Weichert, Chris Shue and Brian Bidniak -- played on the football team and didn't start practice until this week. Weichert, 6-1 F Rob Heagerty and 6-0 F Matt Copes are the top returnees. C. Milton Wright is the dark horse in the race for the county title.

* EDGEWOOD (16-7): Bob Slagle's squad, with all five starters from last season -- 5-10 F Damon Bomar, 5-10 G Brian Johnson, 6-2 G Steve Lewis, 6-1 F Lawrence Worthington and 6-0 point G Maurice Boone -- is the team to beat in Harford County. The Rams aren't tall, but they can all play above the rim. They are pesky on defense and should get a lot of points on transition.

* FALLSTON (10-11): John "Scoop" Kelly (10 ppg, 8 rpg), 6-3 F, lost 26 pounds and is quicker, especially on defense. Steve Chaires, a sharpshooting 6-2 guard, also returns. The Cougars have more speed than last season and good perimeter shooting but are weak inside. Paul Sack is a 6-5 center from the junior varsity.

* HAVRE DE GRACE (5-19): The Warriors have little experience, just two returning lettermen -- 6-1 C Greg Brown, the tallest player on the team, and 5-11 F Brent Bramwell, -- and two players with have a year of junior varsity each. Seven others are brand new to the team.

* JOPPATOWNE (23-1): The Mariners won the county and state Class 1A championships. They have three strong players returning: 6-5 C Kevin Hockaday, 6-0 G Kilo Mack, who will run the offense, and 6-1 G B.J. Barnes, an excellent defender who will miss the early season with a broken foot.

* NORTH HARFORD (2-17): Promoted from the 14-5 junior varsity are 6-4 C Damon Roberts, 5-11 G Bill O'Patterson and 6-0 F Robbie Kaun. With 6-3 C Bill Griffith out indefinitely with a knee injury, the Hawks lack a veteran inside. Scott Drega (18.5 ppg), a 6-0 swingman, is the only returning starter.

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