Annapolis Area, G. Baptist strong

Boys basketball

December 11, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Granite Baptist, Annapolis Area Christian School and Ke School are hoping their fortunes improve this season on the basketball court.

With both its leading scorer and rebounder back for their senior seasons, the boys basketball team at Granite Baptist has a good chance of at least equaling last season's 13-9 record.

The Braves still boast last year's top point getter in forward Shad Baab, one of three Baabs (along with this year's reserve guard Ben Baab and the graduated Jason Baab) on the 1991-92 team, which finished 4-4 in the Chesapeake Christian Athletic Conference last season.

The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 19.8 points last year, and classmate Bud Grammer, a 6-2 center, had 12.8 rebounds per contest.

"I think those two guys will be the cornerstone both offensively and defensively," said Granite Baptist head coach Rick Scarfi. "I'm looking for Drew [Leonovich], Jack [Pumphrey], Anthony [Sansone] and Ben [Baab] to step up and help out on offense and defense."

Scarfi also will be expecting quality minutes from forwards Gage Carter and Mike Cumming, plus guards Jeremy Ark and Phil Nettle, who saw time as an eighth-grader last year.

Annapolis Area Christian School (12-7, 6-6 in the Christian School Athletic Association) welcomes the return of 6-2, 200-pound center Greg Raspa, who sat out last year after leading the Eagles in scoring during his freshman season.

"Greg's a hoss. He's really going to help us out with his scoring and rebounding," said Annapolis Area head coach Scott Gilman.

Last season's leading scorer Jimmy Himes (13 points per game) returns for his sophomore season as does junior backcourt mate Kevin Moldenhauer.

Other veterans include forwards Josh Rivers (senior) and Tim Jacobs (junior). Gilman calls Rivers his "best outside shooter." Key newcomers include junior forward Mitch Cord and freshman forward Wes Campbell.

"We're not very tall, but we have good quickness, and we play good man-to-man defense," said Gilman.

Rookie coach Dave Wilkerson hopes to improve on Key School's 3-11 record last season. Wilkerson, a former assistant at the school under Ivan Leshinsky, thinks this season's squad might be the best team in school history.

"This is the best team we've had since I've been here. We're working together, the guys are having fun and learning, that's top priority. Plus [assistant coach] Don Robinson has been a great help to the team," said Wilkerson.

Eric Leshinsky, a 6-1 senior forward is the leading returning scorer (10 ppg last year). Help is also expected to come in the form of returning guards Adam Richman (senior), Eric Bannat (junior) and Travis Hammond (sophomore).

Wilkerson also is looking for big things from newcomer Martin Schnabel (senior swingman) and freshmen Peter Walsworth (guard), Neil Aissa (forward), Judd Legum (forward), John Ciferni (center) and Chris Masys (center).

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