Head coach: Gerald Moore (third season)
Assistant coaches: Matt Ellenberger and Chet Lipton
1990-1991 record: 9-13
Returnees: Seniors Matt Simm (guard) and Graham Niemi (forward); junior George Epps (guard).
Newcomers: Senior Greg Proctor (guard); junior Richard Abrams (forward); sophomore Jeff Hedrick (guard).
Coach's outlook: "Our goal this year is tomake the playoffs. We have the talent to do it. We just have to see how long it'll take for things to gel. They're looking good so far. There's more unity, and their work ethic is very good. Our defensive play has been impressive, and we're trying to play a lot more up-tempoon offense. In our scrimmages (Oxon Hill and Lake Clifton) we've looked good at times, and then at other times we made lots of mistakes. But through it all we've learned a lot. I think we're pretty even with the rest of the league. We'd like to move up from being near the bottom of the pack up into the middle group."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: If the Wildcats can get the right bounces and rolls, it's possible they could finish at .500. That would not be a small accomplishment, considering they'll have to battle the likes of perennial playoff participants Broadneck, Northeast, Southern, South River and twice each.
GRANITE BAPTIST BRAVES
Head coach: Rick Scarfi (third season)
Assistant coach: Eric Adams
1990-1991 record: 12-8, lost to Independent Baptist Academy in MACS finals.
Returnees: Seniors Jason Baab (forward) and Mike Maggio (guard); juniors Shad Baab (guard/forward), Buddy Grammer (center), Drew Leonovich (guard), Jack Pumphrey (forward) and Anthony Sansone (guard).
Newcomers: Sophomore Eric Nettle (forward); freshman Ben Baab (guard); eighth-grader Phil Nettle (guard).
Coach's outlook: "I felt last year was an excellentseason, but this year, we lost two seniors to graduation, including our top scorer, and three others transferred. And one would have beena starter. So, with losing five off last year's team, my thoughts for this year are we're going after a .500 season and looking to get into postseason play and make it into the finals."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Few teams can suffer the losses Granite Baptist did and not regress somewhat. And this makes competing with the likes of Independent Baptist Academy and Clinton Christian School all the more difficult. Still, Scarfi's goal of finishing at .500 is realistic andcertainly attainable. And with only two seniors on the roster, barring any further transfers, the immediate future looks promising.
GLEN BURNIE GOPHERS
Head coach: Terry Bogle (25th season)
Assistant coaches: Mike Rudd and Ken Williams
1990-1991 record: 5-17.
Returnees: Seniors Jeff Gross (center), Ted Wolf (forward), Chris Collins (guard) and Chris Weih (forward); juniors Vernon Osborne (forward),Jamal Forbes (center), Dwayne Newton (guard), Jimmy Glode (guard) and Eddie Nally (guard).
Newcomers: Seniors Brian Ware (forward/center) and Mike Mahaney (guard); junior Bill Dykhuis (center).
Coach's outlook: "We definitely have a good nucleus of seniors. We have some height and quickness. I'll be disappointed if we're not better than.500. All they have to do is develop a little confidence. We have togo out and be successful early. Our first two games should be a goodindicator of what we have. We'll get better as the season wears on. I think we should have a pretty good season."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: It's hard to imagine Glen Burnie not improving on last year's win total. Bogle says the Gophers are "a veteran team, but a young team," and that's certainly better than what they were last season, when Bogle admitted his raw talent was "thrown to the wolves." Theresult was predictable. Still a long shot to make the playoffs, but their chances have improved greatly.
Head coach: Lee Dove (third season)
Assistant coach: Ed Bittner
1990-1991record: 6-20, 5-9 in Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference.
Returnees: Seniors Edgar Wright (guard), Bryan Wade (center), Ray Paquin (center/forward), Dave Justus (forward) and Pat Mohr (guard); juniors Brian Mohr (forward) and Jeff Paxson (guard/forward).
Newcomers: Juniors Rich Reilly (center), Scott Robuck (guard), Matt Shaw (forward) and Jeff Stavely (forward); sophomore Doug Little (forward).
Coach's outlook: "This is definitely the biggest and strongest team Spalding has had in the seven years that I've been involved with the program. I think those two factors together will give a whole new look to Spalding and will allow us to do a lot of things we haven't been able to do the past. One real positive is that we have a solid nucleus to work out of. Last year I thought we would surprise some people, but this is a new look for Spalding, so teams better be ready forus."