County to feature plenty of new faces and a wide-open race HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen

There will be a new look for Aberdeen's boys basketball team this season, as only two players are back from last year's county champions and regional finalists (21-3).

Senior Thomas Williams, at 6 feet 3 the squad's tallest player, is a holdover starter who averaged 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds.

But gone are three other double-figure scorers who helped give the team balance and speed and guided it to three straight regional finals.

Paul Smith, a junior guard, is the other returning player.

"The other three spots are not solidified yet," fifth-year coach Ron Petrey said, "and will probably change several times during the month of December. We're still working with various combinations."

Five players have stepped up from last year's fine junior varsity team, and five others are new to the program.

Moving up are Calvin McMullen, Hosea Edwards, Steven James, Mike Cromwell and Adric Turner. The newcomers are seniors Ray Primas, Clifton Bright and Damien Carter, along with junior Chris Parker and sophomore Larry Johnson.

"This will be the most inexperienced team I've had, and we are small, too," Petrey said.

Bel Air

While most of the county programs have at least one returning starter around whom to build, Bel Air has none, but it does have seven senior holdovers with some playing experience.

Coach Bill Georg plans to use point guard Mason McGlothan as his key building block, as McGlothan came off the bench to play a good bit a year ago. Also in this category is Jeff Tracey, who was the regular sixth man and a spot starter at forward.

David Grimm, the team's tallest player at 6-2 1/2 , was the backup center last year and likely will move into a starting role.

Of the remaining four, two are guards (Steve Meyers and Mark DeFabio) and two are forwards (Stephen Kagay and Dennis Sulkowski). Meyers is 5-10, the other three are in the 6-0 to 6-2 range.

Completing the squad are three juniors from the JV, leading scorer Tony Mogabero, Victor Smith, and Jason Huczek, plus sophomore forwards Ryan Kagay and Bryan Grimm, giving the unit two sets of brothers.

"The last several years, we've had no speed, but in the past we had more size than this time," Georg said. "We'll be back with our slow-paced game and matchup zone defenses. We hope to create some confusion."

C. Milton Wright

At C. Milton Wright, senior Greg Stephen is the lone returning starter from last year's Class 3A, Region II semifinalist (18-6). A 6-4 forward, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

There are five others -- all guards -- who saw varying lengths of playing time, including juniors Eric McEvoy and Chad Bowman, expected to share time at point guard.

The others are Tony Corea, Jason Grzyb and Charles Harris, with Grzyb the tallest of the group at 6-0.

Shawn Crouch (a 6-4 junior), Brian King (a 6-2 junior) and Chris Rueckert (a 6-7 sophomore) are forwards who played on junior varsity last season and have done well in early practices.

Coach George Constantine, starting his eighth season, believes this team has more depth than any of his previous ones, a situation that made trimming the squad more difficult than usual.

"Our balance has slowed down this process, but we expect to be able to go 9-10 deep," he said.

"We're looking to improve dramatically as the season goes along."

Edgewood

Kenton Worthington is the chief holdover among three veterans of last year's Class 1A regional finalist Edgewood (14-10).

The 6-2 junior forward averaged 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds with a cast that included his brother, Lawrence, the team's leading scorer and rebounder.

Six-foot seniors Jamie Coons and James Mitchell had limited playing time for the Rams, who placed third in the county league behind Aberdeen and C. Milton Wright and eventually lost a regional final to Stephen Decatur.

At 6-3, senior Maurice Edison and juniors Julius Christy and Dwayne Winder are the tallest among a group of nine newcomers.

"We have athletes with good skills, but will be hampered by a lack of size and experience at the varsity level," coach Bob Slagle said.

"Our season's record will depend on how quickly the new players learn the system and how quickly we become a cohesive unit.

"We will have to overcome our lack of size by using our quickness to score."

Another junior who is expected to play a key role is 6-2 Alfred McAllister, who, along with Edison, is new to the school this year.

Fallston

Size and experience will be key factors, as Fallston seeks a turnaround from last year. Five holdovers, including two starters from that 11-13 team, are front-line players, headed by 6-6 senior Rob Myers.

This will be in sharp contrast with a year ago, when senior point guard Steven Chaires, an All-County selection, averaged 17.4 points in a guard-oriented situation.

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