Bears in hunt for another winning year 1993 Howard County high school boys soccer preview Hammond

September 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

They've lost their dominant scorer and dominant sweeper. And their goalkeeping situation is uncertain.

But the Hammond Bears' chances of duplicating their 7-5 record from last season are still possible.

It was Hammond's best season under fourth-year coach Rich Corkran. The Bears finished fourth in the league with a 4-3 record, and only an overtime defeat to Atholton prevented the Bears from finishing in third.

Three of Hammond's five losses came against state champions -- Centennial (Class 3A), Glenelg (Class 2A) and Fallston (Class 1A). Another loss, 1-0, was to state semifinalist Oakland Mills.

Hammond returns five seniors, two juniors and a sophomore, so the Bears will have as much experience as any county team they face.

And these Bears are a group that played a lot during the off-season -- more so than Hammond teams in recent years. Everyone but the keeper will have played traveling-team ball.

"If our seniors stay focused on what we want to accomplish we'll have a successful season," Corkran said.

Among Hammond's five returning seniors, three started last season.

Senior fullback Tucker Peterson, who has a strong foot, returns.

Senior forward Ryan Pollock is a captain this year. He has good size (5 feet 11, 180 pounds) and is highly competitive. Last season he scored six goals and had four assists.

Senior fullback Brent Ormiston is another competitive type.

Senior midfielders Matt Kelly and Carlo Holmes did not start but saw plenty of playing time last season.

Junior Mike Fellows, the captain, will play a defensive midfield position. Junior fullback John Moore is one of the team's most improved players.

Sophomore Jabari Richardson returns at midfield and will be a playmaker. Junior Andrew Jenkins didn't play last year, but will try out for the goalkeeping position.

Freshman Kamil Quander is a fast striker who will play a lot and junior Eric Seward will see plenty of action at fullback. Sophomore Andrew Feinberg is also competing for a midfield spot.

Junior Rob Newman, a transfer from Fort Hill, and senior Joel Franco, an exchange student from Italy, will see action at midfield.

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