Archbishop Curley Friars1992-93 record: 3-21. Coach: Dan...

December 07, 1993|By Derek Toney

Archbishop Curley Friars

1992-93 record: 3-21. Coach: Dan Popera.

Top players: Brian Schilpp, 6-2, Sr., F; Ryan Hax, 5-10, Jr., PG; Will Kuhl, 6-1, Sr., F; Al Billneyer, 6-3, F, Sr.; David Noya, 5-9, Sr., G.

Outlook: Because of the demands of participating in two leagues, the Friars dropped out of the Catholic League and will play only in the MSA Armstrong B Conference. They should improve on last year's mark, but size again will be a problem. The Friars will need to play strong defense and Popera hopes to get solid contributions from his JV players.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1992-93 record: 14-13. Coach: Hugh Gelston.

Top players: Scott Adler, Sr., 5-10, G; Tim Roberts, Sr., 5-10, G; Bryan Devaney, Sr., 5-11, G; Jason Quenzer, 6-1, Jr., F; J. D. Radebaugh, 6-3, Jr., F.

Outlook: Gelston thinks that this be one of his most athletic squads. They will have to play solid defense to make up for their shooting and rebounding shortcomings. The Lakers will try to play an uptempo game, but a major key for them will be how Roberts performs after an injury-filled 1992-93 season.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992-93 record: 19-14. Coach: Ray Mullis.

Top players: Steve Wojciechowski, 5-11, Sr., G; Jerard Rucker, 6-4, Sr., F-G; Kevin Dukes, 5-9, Sr., G; Ryan Beaumont, Sr., 6-3, F-C; Rick Fuller, Jr., 6-2, G-F.

Outlook: After winning its first four Catholic League games, the Crusaders slumped for the remainder of the season, before losing in the tournament semifinals. Gibbons will be a factor again with the senior leadership of Wojciechowski, who signed with Duke, Rucker and Dukes. They won't have much size, but will be quick and effective from the perimeter. The Crusaders can't afford injuries if they want to stay in the Catholic and MSA Armstrong A League race.

Carver Bears

1992-93 record: 10-10. Coach: Durce Jackson.

Top players: Wardell Harmon, 5-7, Sr., PG; Harrell Rice, 6-6, Sr., F; Jason Johnson, 6-5, Sr., PF; Anthony Faulk, 6-2, Sr., SG; Garland Ragler, 6-4, Jr., SG.

Outlook: Even though he's returning only one starter, Jackson is optimistic about this season's squad and thinks it has the potential to be a factor in the 3A-2A Division after reaching the Class 3A playoffs last season. The Bears will be sound fundamentally and defensively, but very inexperienced. Jackson thinks that the Bears match up with any team in the area.

City Knights

1992-93 record: 3-15. Coach: Wayne Cook.

Top players: Gregory McKinney, 5-11, Sr., G; Andrew Wright, 6-5, Sr., C; Corey Simpson, 5-11, Sr., G; Alfred Gardner, 6-5, Sr., C; Matthew Taylor, 6-4, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Knights will be more experienced this season with seven returnees and 10 seniors, and Cook is hoping to see improvement from last season's mark. City should benefit from the move from the City 4A League to the 3A-2A League, because it lacks overall height. Cook has seen improvement in its outside shooting, which he hopes will help to make them competitive.

Douglass Ducks

1992-93 record: 9-9. Coach: John Nash.

Top players: Robert Smith, 5-2, Sr., PG; Gilson Rogers, 5-10, Sr., G; Alfonso Jones, 5-10, Fresh., G; Michael Miller, 6-3, C, Jr.; Vernon Foster, 6-3, C, Jr.

Outlook: The Ducks would had reached the Class 3A regional semifinals last season, but an eligible player cost them its quarterfinal victory over Centennial. Douglass may be hard-pressed for a return to postseason play because of a poor turnout and tough schedule in the City 4A League. Smith gives the Ducks a strong floor leader, but they have no size or much experience. Nash is hoping to get consistent team play from his young players.

Dunbar Poets

1992-93 record: 20-4. Coach: Paul Smith.

Top players: Norman Nolan, 6-8, Sr., C; Robert Foster, 6-6, Jr., F; Rodney Elliott, 6-7, Sr., F; Sean Lipscomb, 6-2, Sr., G; Tommy Polley, 6-4, Jr., F.

Outlook: Smith, who won six MSA B Conference titles in 16 years at McDonogh, takes over on an interim basis, replacing Pete Pompey, who's on administrative leave. The Poets, ranked No. 8 nationally by Street & Smith's and USA Today, again will have one of the country's top frontlines led by Nolan and Elliott. The backcourt, which was an Achilles heel for most of last season, looks settled with Lipscomb. Despite off-season distractions, Dunbar looks like a solid bet for the state 2A title, but how quickly they mesh under Smith will tell if they're among the nation's elite.

Edmondson Redskins

1992-93 record: 12-8. Coach: James James.

Top players: Antonio Sullivan, 6-0, Sr., G; Terrell Smith, 6-2, Jr., F; Lamont Branch, 6-6, Jr., C; James Sumpter, 6-6, Jr., F; Derek Glastie, 5-10, Jr., G.

Outlook: After 42 victories and a MSA B Conference championship (1991-92) over the last three seasons, James and the Redskins find themselves in a rebuilding stage in 1993-94. Sullivan is the lone returning starter and he will have to carry a big load for the Redskins. Edmondson will be quick, but James hopes his team can respond against the tough competition in the City 4A League.

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