Vikings, Raiders off, running


January 05, 1994|By RICK BELZ

The boys high school basketball league schedule opens Friday with Mount Hebron (8-0) and Atholton (5-2) rated as the teams to beat based on non-league games.

The Vikings are a surprising 8-0, although they've played a suspiciously weak schedule. They have beaten Loyola and South Carroll and are averaging about 80 points per game.

They have two impact players, including the league's best three-point shooter, Kurtis Jestes, who is averaging about 25 points.

Their 6-foot-6 transfer from the Central African Republic, Patrick Ngongba, is solidly built, can shoot inside and is probably the best rebounder in the league. No county team seems to have a player that can match up with him. His potential appears to be unlimited.

Atholton has a quick team with a large talented cast of players -- any one of whom could have a big game on a given night.

The Raiders' most sensational player just might turn out to be sophomore guard Tyrone Allmond, but they are counting heavily on talented senior Tony Stewart.

Their losses were to an extremely quick Magruder team and to a strong Edgewood squad. They beat pretty good teams in South Carroll (twice), Liberty and Sherwood.

Never count out Oakland Mills (4-3). The Scorpions have two impact players in Antoine Barnes and Michael Hill, who is averaging more than 20 points per game. Hill scored 29 against Liberty and 27 against South Carroll.

Defending co-champion Centennial (6-2) has shown it is capable of making another run at the title. Seann Jones is considered one of the best players in the league.

Glenelg (6-2) has surprised some people with wins over Westminster and Liberty and a narrow loss to Milford Mill. Lack of depth appears to be the team's major weakness and may catch up withit later as it did last season. Earl Frazier is an impressive newcomer.

Wilde Lake's 1-5 record is deceiving. With Seth Willingham, Sule Carpenter and Terence Butler, the Wildecats should be able to ** stay with any county team. They need to score inside as they did against Sherwood.

Coach Paul Ellis still says this could be the best Wilde Lake team he's ever put on the floor.

"We had been getting only 10 points from our post position until the Sherwood game when we got 40 points," Ellis said.

"We've given up lots of easy baskets because we haven't scored. You can't necessarily blame the defense."

Hammond (1-5) has played the toughest schedule by far, so it is difficult to judge the Bears based on their record. Against the only two teams the Bears played that they had a chance of beating, they beat South Carroll and lost to Catonsville.

"This could be a season of growing pains with so many sophomores and juniors," coach Jack Burke said. "But I think we'll be competitive if we do the things we're supposed to do."

Inexperience at point guard is Burke's chief worry.

Howard (2-5) is hurting from a lack of rebounding. It is not a strong shooting team, so it needs to run to score. But if it can't rebound, it can't run.

The Lions do have an impact player in Javier Michaux, one of the league's best, and may need to revolve their entire offense around him if they hope to have any measurable success.

Trio named AP All-State

Three county football players made the Associated Press All-State team.

Jimmy Jackson of Hammond was named to the first-team defense at linebacker.

Justin Lavis of Hammond made second-team defensive line, and Mike Green of Wilde Lake won a spot on the second team at linebacker.

Amani-Dove, Hunter win honors

Rutgers sophomores Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake) and Kori Hunter (Atholton) made the All Mid-Atlantic first team this season as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They also made the Atlantic 10 Conference first team.

Hunter, a goalkeeper, recorded 10 shutouts and had a goals-against average of 1.01.

Amani-Dove, a forward, led the team with 15 goals and nine assists despite missing four games with an ankle sprain. His 39 ** points was second best in the Mid-Atlantic Region and 17th in the country.

No. 7 Rutgers (15-4-1) won the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 7-0 record and beat three top 10 teams, including No. 2 Indiana, No. 8 Penn State and No. 10 Hartwick.

Hunter made 25 saves against those three schools, and Amani-Dove scored the lone goals in 1-0 wins over Indiana and Penn State and a goal in a 2-0 win over Hartwick.

Amani-Dove just completed a week-long 1996 Olympic training camp with 26 other players in Boca Raton, Fla.

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