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BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAMS AT A GLANCE LOCAL SPORTS: 1993

September 07, 1993

Arlington Baptist Eagles 1992 record: 9-14-2. Coach: Brian Thompson.

Top players: Jarrett Watson, Jr., M; David Barlock, Jr., M; Paul Durso, Soph., F; Willis Henry, Fr., F; Matt Simpson, Sr., G; Josh Birx, Sr., M; Andy Booker, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Eagles return 14 players from a team that finished in fourth place in the Christian Schools Athletic Association. Thompson hopes a balanced scoring attack and proven defense can lift the Eagles back into postseason contention. "We didn't have any problem on defense last year. The problem is we had no offense, and we gained that this year," Thompson said. "We have about four players who are very accurate from 50 feet out, so we should have some powerful shooting."

Beth Tfiloh Warriors 1992 record: 5-8-2. Coach: Sam Perlin.

Top players: Adam Klaff, Sr., G; Dmitry Gorelick, Jr., F; Michael Leavey, Sr., D; Avi Benus, Sr., M; Jeremy Bob, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Warriors are notoriously slow starters, but they finished 5-8-2 last season after going 0-14 the year before. Klaff recorded more than 200 saves last season, and his presence has third-year coach Perlin confident that his squad can reach .500. "We should be about the same in terms of talent," Perlin said, "but we've built up a lot of confidence here and kids have finally had a little taste of success."

Calvert Hall Cardinals 1992 record: 18-0-1. Coach: Bill Karpovich.

Top players: Eric Branham, Sr. M; Michael Lance, Sr., M; Danny Johnson, Sr., D; Steve Rottman, Sr., M; Chad Piunti, Sr., F; Deepak Rani, Jr., F.

Outlook: Calvert Hall is loaded and poised to defend its MSA A Conference championship. The biggest addition is Deepak Rani, transfer who played on Nepal's national team. "We were a very good team without [Rani], and we're even better with him," said Karpovich, who enters the season with a 336-72-23 record. The Cardinals return Branham, a co-captain who had six goals and three assists, and the nucleus of a defense that recorded a school-record 15 shutouts.

Catonsville Comets

1992 record: 5-7. Coach: Dave Lane.

Top players: Chad Cameron, Sr.,D; Aaron Lovinger, Sr., M; Chris Sadowski, Sr., F; Don Mitchell, Soph., D; Shawn Meyer, Soph., M-F; Matt O'Connell, Jr., G.

Outlook: With only six returning lettermen and only three seniors, the Comets will be relying heavily on their unproven underclassmen to get them through a region that has produced six state playoff teams in five years. "We don't possess a lot of depth, but the heart and soul of this team will be the attitude they display and the balance," Lane said. "If we can survive the first half of the season with Loch Raven, Hereford, Towson,

Overlea and Dundalk, we can survive anything."

Chesapeake Bayhawks 1992 record: 3-7. Coach: Jim Kuhlman.

Top players: Gene Skeens, Jr., F; Ryan McMillion, Sr., D; Joe Bianco, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Bayhawks return 13 players, but only three are seniors and many of the others played little last season. Despite that, first-year coach Kuhlman believes his team is capable of a winning record.

"We're obviously a very young team, but it's a smart team and I think it will be an efficient team on the field," he said.

Dulaney Lions 1992 record: 10-2-1. Coach: Craig Laferty.

Top players: Matt Rich, Sr., M; Bill Siciliano, Sr., M; Dan Zakai, Sr., D; Eddie Liu, Sr., F; Dan Sherwood, Sr., D; Darren Seibert, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Lions have been region finalists five straight seasons, and Laferty sees no reason his squad won't be back in the playoffs this year. Dulaney returns its three top scorers, Rich (11 goals, six assists), Siciliano (five, six) and Liu (seven, two). "There aren't any pushovers in our league, and we're looking forward to every team coming after us," said Laferty.

Dundalk Owls 1992 record: 10-4. Coach: Bob Hutsler.

Top players: Luke Bell, Sr., F; Eddie Dyer, Sr., F; Jason Parks, Sr., M; Gene Woods, Sr., G; Chris Astarita, Sr., D.

Outlook: The defending region champion Owls have five starters back, including Bell, second-team All-County last season. What Dundalk lacks in depth it makes up for with highly skilled individuals. "I would be surprised if we didn't get back in the playoffs again," Hutsler said.

Eastern Technical Mavericks 1992 record: 0-11. Coach: Peter Glaudemans.

Top players: Mark Fischer, Sr., F; Shane Goldstraw, Sr., M; Alvaro Macho, Sr., F; Frank Hudnet, Sr., D; Erin Jackson, Sr., G;

Brian Starke, Sr., G; Todd Willnecker, Sr., M.

Outlook: Glaudemans says he is "cautiously optimistic" heading into his second year at the helm. He was welcomed to the Baltimore County 4A League with an 0-11 record, but his optimism lies in the fact that he lost only two seniors to graduation. "The players are all a year wiser, and so is the coach," Glaudemans said.

Franklin Indians 1992 record: 10-2-1. Coach: Bob Herring.

Top players: Mike Schwartz, Sr., G; Noah Egorin, Sr., D; Rob Gehman, Sr., D; Chad McClure, Sr., D; Kevin Rhodes, Sr., F; Vinnie Santoro Sr., F.

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