Scorpions challenged to repeat Oakland Mills BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills is shooting for its sixth straight county boys basketball championship this season, but graduated its entire starting team.

However, the Scorpions can't be counted out.

They lost only to Wilde Lake and Centennial last season in league play and ended up 18-7 overall. The season ended in a loss to Overlea in the regional finals.

Oakland Mills has five returning players -- all seniors.

Chad Barr, a 6-foot-2 forward, leads those returnees with an outstanding jump shot.

"He'll be one of our go-to guys," coach Dave Appleby said.

Returning guard Rick Alvarado also will start once he recovers from a wrist injury suffered playing football. Meanwhile, returning player Josh Tripp will start.

Two other returning seniors are 6-1 center Jerome Ware and 6-7 center Wade McHargue. McHargue is talented and eventually may start.

Three newcomers are probable starters, including 6-2 sophomore forward Mike Hill.

Hill was dominant in junior varsity last season, averaging 24.0 points and 16.0 rebounds. He scored 45 points in one game and had a 36-point, 25-rebound effort in another.

George Robinson, a senior 6-foot point guard who hasn't played organized ball before, brings speed to the Scorpions.

And Antoine Barnes, a transfer from Laurel High, is a 6-2 junior center who also hasn't played organized ball but has talent.

Junior guards Tim Edwards, Jeff White and Matt Tan, and junior forward Chris Sheldon give the Scorpions depth.

"We are inexperienced and face a tough non-league schedule. We'll have to see how they respond after losing a few," Appleby said. "Sooner or later, some team is going to get sick of seeing Oakland Mills win all the time. But we're not taking a back seat to anyone."

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