Can the Liberty girls overcome early injuries to remain atop the county, or is Westminster ready to play up to its potential under first-year coach Bernie Koontz?
The answers start coming tomorrow and Friday when most teams open their seasons.
* The Libertygirls basketball team will try to improve upon last year's 15-9 season, opening at home against Howard tomorrow.
The Lions have already suffered a pair of setbacks when projected starters Julie Cox and Kim Walsh suffered injuries.
The loss of Cox and Walsh will put added pressure on senior center Kelly Foreman and junior guard Amy Wolf.Foreman averaged 14.3 points a game last season and added nine-plus rebounds. Wolf will run the offense at point guard.
Westminster will try to get off to a quick start Friday, playing host to Severna Park of Anne Arundel County.
* Life without Costley begins Friday night for the Westminster boys basketball team when it travels to Glenelg, Howard County.
Point guard Calvin Warfield and forwards Todd Dorsey and Bobby Taylor will try to fill some of the scoring duties left behind by the graduated Costley.
The South Carroll Cavaliers may be ready to step up and take over the county reign with a host of seniors returning, led by forward Mike Downs and guard Joe Goodwin. They open at home Friday against Hammond.
* Look for a lot of new faces and a few key familiar ones when the North Carroll Panthers take to the mat in the Meade Tournament Friday in Anne Arundel County.
The Panthers remain favorites in the county and Central Maryland Conference despite losing 10 of 13 starters from last year's 13-1 squad.
Panthers' coach Dick Bauerlein is confident he has some wrestlers who can fill pretty tough shoes.
Returning are seniors Tommy Dell (135) and Jeremy Myers (103). Dell is ranked No. 1 in his class by the Maryland State Wrestling Association; Myers ranks second.
A couple of teams that may have a shot at dethroning North Carroll in the county are Westminster and Liberty, who face each another and C.M. Wright of Harford County in a tri-meet at Westminster tomorrow.
* TheWestern Maryland College men's basketball team will get a chance to knock off the top-rated NCAA Division III team Saturday night when Franklin & Marshall visits Gill Center.
The Green Terror men, 3-1 onthe season before tonight's non-conference game at York (Pa.) College, will be facing a tough Franklin & Marshall team.
The Diplomats,Division III runners-up last season, were picked first this year by Sports Illustrated, NCAA Basketball Preview, Basketball Digest and Basketball Times.
The WMC women (3-1) will play host to Johns Hopkins University at 7 tonight in an important MAC-Southwest tilt before traveling to York (Pa.) College for the Lady Spartan Invitational thisweekend.
The Terrors face Christopher Newport College from Newport News, Va., at 8 p.m. Friday.
(All times p.m. unless indicated)
Men's basketball: Western Maryland atYork, 7:30
Women's basketball: Johns Hopkins at Western Maryland,7
Swimming: Western Maryland at Elizabethtown, 7
Boys basketball: Francis Scott Key at South Hagerstown, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30; North Carroll at Catoctin, 6 and 7:30; Bowling Brook at Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep, 3:30
Girls basketball: South Hagerstown at Francis Scott Key, 5:30 and 7; Howard at Liberty, varsity at 4, JVfollows; North Carroll at Fallston, 5:30 and 7; Wilde Lake at South Carroll, 5:30 and 7
Freshman basketball: Catoctin boys at Francis Scott Key, 4; Francis Scott Key girls at Catoctin, 4
Wrestling: C.M. Wright and Liberty at Westminster, JV at 4:30, varsity follows; South Carroll and Glenelg at Hammond, JV at 4, varsity follows; WesternMaryland at Gallaudet, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball: Liberty at Francis Scott Key, 5:30 and 7; North Carroll at Hereford, 5:30 and7; South Carroll at Hammond, 5:30 and 7; Westminster at Glenelg, varsity at 3:30, JV follows
Girls basketball: Francis Scott Key at Liberty, 5:30 and 7; Walkersville at North Carroll, 5:30 and 7; SevernaPark at Westminster, 5:30 and 7
Wrestling: Francis Scott Key, Liberty at Annapolis Tournament, TBA; North Carroll at Meade Tournament,TBA
Women's basketball: Western Maryland vs. Christopher Newport in Lady Spartan Invitational in York, Pa., 8
Men's basketball: Franklin & Marshall at Western Maryland, JV at 6, varsity at8
Women's basketball: Western Maryland vs. York or Misericordia in Lady Spartan Invitational in York, Pa., 6 or 8
Wrestling: Francis Scott Key, Liberty at Annapolis Tournament, TBA
Girls basketball: Francis Scott Key at North Hagerstown, 5:30 and 7; Liberty at Atholton, 6 and 7:30
Freshman basketball: Westminster at Liberty, girls at 4, boys at 5:30
Wrestling: Francis Scott Key at Catoctin, 6 and 7:30; Liberty at Howard, 6 and 7:30; Loyola and Owings Mills at Westminster, JV at 4:30, varsity follows
Boys basketball: North Hagerstown at Francis Scott Key, 5:30 and 7; Howard at Liberty, 5:30 and 7; North Carroll at Glenelg, varsity at 3:30, JV follows; South Carroll at Atholton, 6 and 7:30; Bel Air at Westminster, 5:30 and 7
Girls basketball: Glenelg at North Carroll, 5:30 and7; South Carroll at Hammond, varsity at 3:30, JV follows
Wrestling: Centennial and Atholton at South Carroll, JV at 4:30, varsity follows