Head coach: Bill Martin, fourth year
Assistant coaches: Allen Edwards, Don Deener
Last year's record: 16-9 overall, 12-6 and tied for third in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, lost in state semifinals.
Top returnees: Seniors -- Center Shelly McLene, forward Julie Crowl; juniors-- guards Jan French, Amy Minnick, forward Dawn Trent
Top newcomers: Juniors -- Forward Shawn McLene, guards Heather Minnick, Leslie Huffer; sophomores -- forwards Angie Simpson, Terri Haynes, guard Carrie Lucas, guard/forward Karissa Franklin; freshman -- guard Jennifer Unger
Coach's comments: "We're in kind of a rebuilding year. We lost three really good players. But we'll be OK."
The Carroll CountySun's outlook: They may have lost three good players, but two full-time starters and one part-time starter return. There's height, too, led by Shelly McLene at 6-2 and two others at 5-10. One difference: look for the 'Roaders to run more than usual this year. Brunswick mightbe a notch below Williamsport and Middletown, but can compete with anyone else on its schedule.
Head coach: Dick McCurdy, fourth year
Assistant coaches: Randy Valentine, Al Lewis
Last year's record: 12-11 overall, 8-10 and sixth in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League
Top returnees: Seniors -- Center Tina Joy, forward Jamie Smith, guard Meili Martin; juniors -- center Anne Smith, forwards Vicki Seiss, Shannon Warner, guard Michelle Hahn
Top newcomers: Junior -- Guard Krista Berry; sophomore -- guard Tiffany Stahley
Coach's comments: "We have some good size. We're going to be big.I'm concerned about how quickly we'll adjust our style. I have some good potential guards, but they are inexperienced."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Cougars will shift from a fast-paced style toa more deliberate half-court offense to take advantage of Smith's 6-foot-1 frame. They return a wealth of talent, but many of the teams that finished ahead of Catoctin in the regular season also have quality returnees. They'll be more competitive with other MVAL teams, but they may have a hard time getting over the .500 mark in conference play. Smith should be a force to be reckoned with inside.
F. SCOTT KEY EAGLES
Coach: Brian Hollingsworth, fifth year
Assistant coaches:Denny Snyder, Susan Piper
Last year's record: 3-19 overall, 2-16 in the Monocacy Valley League
Top returnees: Seniors -- forwards Kathi Bower, Wendy Galandak and Monica Smith; juniors -- forwards ErinMurphey, Shelley Smith and Tina Smith
Top newcomers: Junior -- guard Tina Wales
Coaches' comments: "Right now, we're a little behind the eight ball, with injuries to Beckey Tregoning and Amber Smith. They're two good sophomores who really helped us last year. We have alot to improve on. Last year, we averaged 28 turnovers a game and only five assists. We want to make those numbers more even. We don't have height, so we'll try to run up-tempo and press a lot."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: This team has a wealth of experience, and that may or may not be enough to win. The key to a winning season may be the play of senior tri-captains Bower, Galandak and Smith. The Eagles also are going to have to find someone who can distribute the ball and stay away from turnovers at the guard spot -- newcomer Tina Wales may be the answer. Injuries have hurt the team early on in practice, with two key sophomores, Tregoning and Smith, out indefinitely. How much they will hurt is the question.
Head coach: Jeff Gabriel, first year
Assistant coaches: Dan Pryor, Steve Kennedy
Last year's record: 19-5 overall, 15-3 and second in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, lost to Glenelg in region finals
Top returnees: Seniors -- forwards Jill Turner, Kari Hoffman, guard Chrissy Parrish; juniors -- center Tracey Kelly, forward Trish Kokosko, guard Rachael Levine; sophomore -- guard Kara Reed
Top newcomers: Juniors -- guard Sara Bare, center/forward Michelle Bennett; sophomores -- forward Amy Conley, guards Kristin Hofer, Jessie Walz
Coach's comments: "We hope to make it back to Catonsville (for the state tournament). We should be very competitive."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Knights return three starters -- Turner, Kelly and Kokosko -- from last year's team and the new players move up from a varsity program that has a 40-game winning streak. The biggest change is at head coach, but Gabriel was the junior varsity coach who authored that 40-game streak. Middletown again should battle Williamsport for the MVAL title.
N. HAGERSTOWN HUBS
Head coach: Diana Telemko, fourth year
Assistant coaches: Karen McKee, Mary Barnhardt, Julie Sanders
Last year's record: 9-13 overall, 6-12 and eighth in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League
Top returnees: Seniors -- Guard Nicky Snyder, forward Sabrina Resh; juniors -- guard Kathy Zonis, center Mary Louk; sophomore -- guard Sabrina Harrison