Players to watch

March 24, 1993|By Glenn Graham, Steven Kivinski, Gary Lambrecht Lem Satterfield and Jeff Seidel

CARROLL COUNTY

* Chris Ahrens, Westminster, Sr., attack -- Ahrens, who first started as a sophomore, finished second on the team in scoring last season with 12 goals and 11 assists. A leader who brings plenty of experience, he is an intelligent player with great field sense.

* Brad Blizzard, South Carroll, Sr., midfield -- Blizzard is one of two starters back at midfield, the team's deepest position. A versatile player with solid all-around skills, he will play a major role in the Cavaliers' defense of the county crown.

* John Bolesta, Westminster, Sr., attack -- A rangy player with great stickwork, Bolesta had 26 goals and six assists as a first-year starter last season. Westminster coach Jim Peters is expecting even more offensive production this season.

* Mike Bolesta, Westminster, Sr., defense -- Coach Jim Peters says Mike Bolesta, who is John's twin brother, may be the best player on this year's team. Mike often gets overlooked because he plays defense. He's a solid checker with all the tools.

* Roman Geiser, Liberty, Sr., midfield -- The only returning starter back at midfield for the Lions, Geiser is a versatile player. Liberty coach Jim Langrall will rely on him to anchor the position and provide leadership.

* Mike Heilman, Liberty, Sr., defense -- The glue to the defense, Heilman is very strong for his size and has great stickwork. Coach Jim Langrall says Heilman positions himself well and is accurate with clearing passes.

* Jeremy Krug, North Carroll, Sr., midfield -- Krug has played at the varsity level since his freshman season. He is a serious scoring threat, has good range on his shot and moves aggressively to the goal.

* Travis Mansfield, South Carroll, Sr., midfield -- Right up there with teammate Brad Blizzard as one of the top midfielders in the county, Mansfield is another do-it-all player for coach Gene Brown.

* Chris Nave, South Carroll, Sr., goalie -- Nave helped guide the Cavaliers to a 10-3 season a year ago. He came up with 104 saves last season, and yielded 47 goals to lead the county with a .680 save percentage.

* Paul Orvis, Westminster, Sr., defense -- A steady influence for the Owls' defense since his sophomore year, Orvis has superb size and stickwork and is a great athlete.

* Donnie Pyles, South Carroll, Sr., attack -- Pyles led the county champions in scoring last season with 19 goals and 18 assists. He is in his third season as a starter.

* Tony Wysk, North Carroll, Sr., defender -- A returning starter who is a steadying influence on an otherwise young defense, Wysk knows the game well and is fundamentally sound.

* Ross Yastrzemsky, Liberty, Sr., attack -- Yastrzemsky led the county in scoring last season with 20 goals and 29 assists. Easily the most dangerous offensive threat in the county, he likely will have to pick up his scoring pace even more this season because the Lions lost a number of talented attack players to graduation last spring.

* Gabe Zepp, Westminster, Sr., midfield -- Coach Jim Peters is relying heavily on Zepp's leadership. He'll anchor the first midfield line and play a major role in the team's overall success.

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* Mike Allan, Gilman, Jr., attack -- Allan, who had 18 goals and 27 assists last season, is the Greyhounds' top returning point-getter.

* Andrew Ballinger, Mount Hebron, Sr., attack -- Ballinger was a key on offense last year, scoring 30 goals and adding 22 assists. He might be the league's premier attackman this spring.

* Greg Breeback, Hereford, Sr., attack -- A brilliant finisher, Breeback is a left-hander who rolled up 115 points last year for the run-and-gun Bulls.

* Mark Cornes, Gilman, Jr., midfielder -- A hard-hitting, honorable-mention All-Metro selection last season, he will lead the Greyhounds in transition.

* John Cusson, Loyola, Sr., attack -- Cusson, who had eight goals and 10 assists last year, is a feeder and very creative.

* Spencer Deering, Friends, Sr., attack -- This balanced scorer (30 goals, 33 assists last year) was the MSA BB Conference Player of the Year for the conference champ.

* Matt DeMontaigne, Glenelg, Sr., midfielder -- DeMontaigne will anchor the team. He was a solid faceoff man last year, when he also scored 19 goals and had 10 assists.

* Pat Doyle, St. Paul's, Sr., defense -- A second-team All-Metro pick, this 6-foot-3, 215-pound player will take his aggressive skills to Duke this fall.

* Bill Evans, Loyola, Sr., midfield/attack -- This second-team All-Metro pick enters the year with 58 career goals and 16 career assists. He is headed for Johns Hopkins and was an All-American last year.

* Michael Ford, Towson, Sr., attack -- This do-it-all All-American is an excellent shooter and passer who scored 102 points last year for the 2A-1A state champion.

* Sean Gaiser, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., goalie -- A three-year starter with finely honed anticipatory skills, Gaiser is looking to cap a glorious final season before heading to Loyola College.

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