December 05, 1990


* ARLINGTON BAPTIST (9-19): The Eagles have five freshmen and just two seniors. Coach Dan Magnum considers speed and attitude to be his team's assets. Magnum cited 6-0 senior G Danny Wilder and 6-2 senior F Jeff Reinhardt as his top returning players. Freshman F Leonard Morgan (6-1) and junior F/C Ivan Grant (6-2) also are expected to contribute.

* ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (11-21): Coach Dan Popera has eight seniors on the team, but five did not play last season and two never have played junior varsity; overall, seven of the Friars' 10 players did not play basketball last season. Due to illness and injuries, Popera has had as few as seven players at practice. Popera listed seniors F Joe Petryczak (6-2), G Brian Bowen (6-0), F Brendan Marr (6-1) and G Derrick Johnson (5-9) as his top players.

* PARK (14-10): Coach Webb Johnson takes over the team after two years as an assistant at Washington College, and many C Conference coaches are touting Park as the team to beat. Johnson has one of the conference's top players, 6-1 senior G Todd Kerr (23 ppg, 6 rpg). Seniors Will Wharton (5-10) and Alex Ralph (6-1) also started last season. Johnson said six of his players are adequate three-point shooters.

* ST. PAUL'S (25-5): The Crusaders are 65-14 during the past three seasons and have been the C Conference runners-up the past two seasons after winning the championship three years ago. The graduation of Zeke Marshall, The Sun's 1989-90 Player of the Year, and Scott Bacigalupo will slow the Crusaders this season, but they still are expected to be among the conference's best teams. St. Paul's coach Rick Collins said he expects 6-4 senior F Shane Tanzymore (13.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg) to assert himself as one of the area's top players. Senior C Nick Kennedy (6-6) gives St. Paul's height in the middle, and junior G Rob Bouse (5-8) and junior F Simms Jenkins (6-2) also return.

* ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (15-16): Lee Dove, in his first full season as head coach, lost seven lettermen and all five starters to graduation. "We have absolutely no experience, but some speed and a real desire," Dove said. "We have three or four guys who can get up and down the floor in a hurry." These include 5-7 senior G Billy Barth, 6-1 junior F Pat Calabrese and 5-11 junior F Pat Mohr. A lot is expected from 5-7 senior G Tom McCarthy and 5-9 senior G Matt Wozar.


* BETH TFILOH (5-6): This is Beth Tfiloh's first year in the C Conference and may be a long one. Senior G Joe Shuster (5-10) is the only starter from last season, and 6-0 senior F Jack Bennett started a few games. Last season, Beth Tfiloh's only victory over a C Conference school came against Arlington Baptist.

* BOYS' LATIN (27-4): The defending C Conference champions have good size, but coach Hugh Gelston said the Lakers lack the scoring punch and speed they had last season. Six-6 senior C/G Stan Ross (4.5 ppg, 5 rpg) is the only returning starter. Gelston said he hopes to get lot of scoring inside from 6-2 senior Wes Kirk and juniors Gene Lower (6-2) and Matt Ryan (6-1). Gelston called senior guards Chris Krastel (5-9), Josh Pomles (6-0) and Jason Walpert (5-10) his other top players.

* FRIENDS (11-11): Twelve of 13 players from last season have graduated. G David Holder (5-11) is the only returning senior, and two other seniors played on the junior varsity last season. Friends had qualified for the conference finals three straight years -- it won the title two years ago -- before losing in the first round last season. Freshman Sean Armstrong (a 5-4 point guard) scored 29 against Archbishop Spalding last weekend in the Lutheran Tournament.

* LUTHERAN (6-19): Vernon Walsh, an assistant the past eight years at Lutheran, replaces Randy Gast, now the athletic director and basketball coach at Concordia College. Walsh inherits a team that has depth and quickness but only three seniors. Walsh is counting on 6-2 junior F Tom McLemore, 5-9 junior G David Adams and 5-6 senior G Tim Berger.

* MOUNT CARMEL (8-17): After consecutive losing seasons, Mount Carmel could be among the upper division of the conference this season. Experience will be an asset -- eight of the 12 players are seniors. Coach Dave Smith said his team is quick and plays good defense, but lack of size is its main weakness. Senior C Lee Harlow (6-4) and senior F/G Trey Manuel (6-2) are the top returning players.

* SEVERN (7-13): Youth and lack of size confront fith-year coach Jim Doyle, who started two freshmen and two sophomores last season. Sophomore guards Jake Mack (5-10) and Brad Fowler (5-11) started last season, as did 5-9 junior G Jason Moran and 6-2 senior F Brendan Haggerty. The sixth man was 6-0 junior G/F Mike Fisher.

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