Coach: Dave Morris, second year
Assistant coaches: Curt Conway, Chuck Ingram
Last year's record: 8-14 overall, 4-14 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League
Top returnees: Seniors -- forwards Jason Semlar and Larry Eichelberger, center T. J. Milburn; junior -- guard Todd Parks
Top newcomers: Seniors -- guards Jason Simmons, Jamie Hines, Jason Bolduc and Chris Devlin, center James Porter; juniors -- forwards Will Rhinaman and Tom Harding, center Jason Weddle
Coaches' comments:"I'm feeling pretty confident at this point in the season but it's still too early to tell. Rebounding, size and experience will be our strengths while ball handling and passing is a concern. We're pretty balanced with scoring and I can play everybody this year."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Warriors may be the surprise team of the MVAL this year. They have a solid group of returnees with some talented fresh faces that can all contribute. A key will be how well the guards handle the ball and distribute. Morris is counting on a balanced attack offensively and will go man-to-man on defense. Size is not a problem, Morris has three centers he can use. Look for the Warriorsto be very competitive throughout the MVAL. A quick start and they could find themselves above the .500 mark at the end of the year.
Coach: Jim Sklencar, 10th year
Assistant coaches: Mike Gooch, Troy Kemp, Tom Mills
Last year's record: 18-7 overall, 14-4 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League
Top returnees: Seniors -- guards Chris Doyle, Jeff Cox, Scott Frye and David Jordan, forward Jeff Nuse; junior -- center Chad Sowers
Top newcomers: Seniors -- forward Curtis Jonson, guard Bryan Nice; juniors -- guards Randy Franklin, Merrel Axline and Clay Smith, forward Eric Coan, centerDwain Stockman
Coaches' comments: "We lost all our starters and will need to develop our own personality. We're not looking at it as arebuilding year. Our main goal is getting used to each other and learning how to play with each other."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Railroaders have a big group of seniors with little experience. Having lossed all five starters from last year's 18-7 squad, Sklencar will have a big challenge finding the right combination to start and come off the bench. The Railroaders need to find one or two players to step up and be leaders. Senior guard Chris Doyle and junior center Chad Sowers could be the answers and key the offensive attack. How quickly the team can gel together will tell a lot. A team that is familiar with success, look for the Railroaders to be a notch above the .500 mark and improve as the season progresses.
Coach: Sonny Joseph, second year
Assistant coaches: Zack Jackson,Doug Baker
Last year's record: 0-22 overall, 0-18 in the MonocacyValley Athletic League
Top returnees: Senior -- forward/guard Greg Savage
Top newcomers: Senior -- forward Mark Toms; juniors -- guard/forward Scott Claybaugh, guards Chad Joy and Chad Lawyer, forwardDonnie Chapman; sophomores -- forwards David Zanella and Mike Brice,guards Andy Adlesberger and Ronnie Wetzel
Coaches' comments: "We have a pretty young ballclub. We're stressing fundamentals and will put our best effort on the floor every night. We're not a very tall club so we'll have to rely on our quickness to make up for it."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Coach Joseph enters his second year with a hard-working young club that is going back to basics. On paper, things do not look good for the Cougars, who return only one player insenior Greg Savage. Joseph is pleased with the team's dedication andis instilling to his young team that hard work will pay off. The Cougars will employ a number of defenses in an attempt to keep opponent's on their toes. Joseph is hoping his team's quickness can help overcome its lack of size. Hard work should bring the team some wins and steady improvement for the year's to come.
F. SCOTT KEY EAGLES
Coach: Jeff Cook, third year
Assistant coaches: Jess Dowery, David Storey, Bob Reese
Last year's record: 7-16 overall, 4-14 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League
Top returnees: Seniors -- center Eric Bohn, guard David Layman; juniors -- forward Scott Kreit and Paul Coale
Top newcomers: Juniors -- centers David Ruskey and David Bull, guards John Engle, Mike Locklear, Jason Smith and Danny Wineholt
Coaches' comments: "I'm hoping that the kids getting the experience of winning last year will carry over . . . They get down, they scrap. We'll be outmanned at times. I think we'll be better as far as our outside shooting goes. We're not real deep . . . due to lack of experience, but I feel comfortable with the second group."