Boys teams at a glance

September 12, 1993|By Tara Finnegan 1993 high school volleyball preview

Aberdeen Eagles

1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Tony Cole.

Top players: David Wolfkill, Jr.; William Strawbridge, Sr.; Jimmy Ninh, Soph.

Outlook: Wolfkill and Strawbridge, both at 6-2, will lead the attack at the net, and Ninh will take over at setter. First-year players Greg Draft (Sr.) and Anthony Logan (Jr.) are strong hitters and will see playing time as the Eagles hope for a .500 or better finish.

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Bel Air Bobcats

1992 record: 7-4. Coach: Joe Rose.

Top players: Steve Macko, Sr.; Steve Piepenbring, Sr.; Walid Abouchacra, Sr.

Outlook: Behind the hitting of Macko and Piepenbring and the setting of Abouchacra, the Bobcats should finish .500 or better after losing four athletes to graduation. Juniors Matt Chabot, Bob Bauer and Doug Shuman, all potential hitters, will see a lot of playing time.

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C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1992 record: 14-1. Coach: Bill Lang.

Top players: Mat Grow, Sr.; Keith Erickson, Sr.; Jake Landers, Sr.; Jeff Schwartz, Sr.; Bill Harvey, Sr.; Justin Woody, Sr.

Outlook: It's hard to find a weakness in this Mustang squad -- they have experience, height, solid hitters and setters, and plenty of youth and fresh talent. Seniors Sebastian Latasin, Yann Stutzmann and 6-5 Shawn Crouch will see court time as well this year.

Edgewood Rams

1992 record: 5-7. Coach: Roy Norris.

Top players: Tim Hamilton, Sr.; Ken Treadway, Sr.; Scott Vandervander, Sr.; Keith Rinker, Soph.

Outlook: The Rams are entering this season with hopes of a .500 or better finish after losing county Player of the Year Joe Chircio. This year's squad is a defensive-minded team that won't make a lot of unforced errors and will do a good job setting and bumping the ball to the front line.

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Fallston Cougars

1992 record: 5-9. Coach: Dean Heffner.

Top players: Kernen Kelly, Jr.; Dave Lutz, Sr.; Max Reinhart, Jr.; Don Fisher, Jr.

Outlook: The young Cougars are aiming for a .500 or better season and will look to Kelly, Reinhart and Fisher to lead the hitting attack. Lutz, the lone senior on the front line, returns as the team's primary setter.

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Harford Technical Cobras

1992 record: 0-15. Coach: Davina Stike.

Top players: Anthony Benker, Sr.; Christopher Funk, Sr.; Christopher Rogers, Jr.

Outlook: Benker and Rogers are the team's top spikers and Funk is the top setter. Two 6-0 juniors, Michael Radeo and Michael Rodrigues, add height to the front line, and the scrappy play of junior Eric Dowell and sophomores Justin Codd and Adam Stallings in the back line will fortify the defense.

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John Carroll Patriots

1992 record: 10-0. Coach: Herb Simon.

Top players: Chris Dabiak, Sr.; Jeff Pryor, Sr.; Dan Gradishar, Sr.

Outlook: The Patriots will be tough to beat behind the aggressive play of the Dabiak and Gradishar brother tandems. Mike and Chris Dabiak are both middle hitters and Dan Gradishar is an outside hitter and brother Matt could see time as a secondary setter. Once again the Patriots are a consistent serving club with a lot of talent and experience.

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Joppatowne Mariners

1992 record: 7-6. Coach: Bill McQuiston.

Top players: Eric King, Jr.; John Hagart, Soph.; Greg Whiteside, Sr.; Chris Flora, Jr.; Max Schulte, Jr.

Outlook: This rookie squad has height and enthusiasm on its side with Flora and Hagart towering at 6 feet 3. Whiteside and freshman Matt Spearman will share setting duties and King and 6-0 junior Max Schulte will lead the spiking attack of the Mariners' 4-2 offense.

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North Harford Hawks

1992 record: 8-5. Coach: Steve Evans.

Top players: Chris Harvey, Sr.; Steve Shaw, Soph.; Eric Hall, Jr.; Bob Day, Jr.; Phil Vacek, Soph.

Outlook: Even though the Hawks will be rebuilding this season, coaches Evans and Paul Gain feel this squad can finish among the top three schools in the county. First-year senior Jaime Bartholow is a scrappy back-row player, and Hall is a strong spiker and blocker up front.

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