Glenelg's Krannebitter, Hebron's Jestes step up


March 16, 1994


Klaude Krannebitter, Glenelg -- In his first year as head coach after seven seasons as Glenelg's junior varsity coach, Krannebitter took a lightly regarded team to the brink of a county championship.

Glenelg (15-8) finished 9-5 in the league, one game behind Mount Hebron and Atholton. Glenelg graduated its four best players from last year's 16-8 team, and he predicted a .500 record -- thought to be optimistic at the time.

"He did a great job and created a team with what he had," Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis said.

Krannebitter, who was a defensive specialist and three-year starter when he played at Kenwood High School in Baltimore County, said: "I tried to pick a system where the kids could be successful. We played a matchup zone that trapped and that hid our weaknesses.

"On offense we tried to isolate the other team's weakness and we scored a lot in transition. We didn't have the talent to overwhelm anyone. We lacked size and athleticism. But we had kids who could play specific positions."

Four of Glenelg's losses were by six points or fewer. The Gladiators lacked depth and often had to battle fatigue in the fourth quarter.

"We were lucky to remain healthy. We didn't foul out, and our foul shooting was excellent in the second half of the season. If you make more free throws than your opponent, you usually win. And we made almost as many as our opponents took."

Krannebitter, 30, teaches health at Glenwood Middle School and graduated from Towson State. He lives in Catonsville.


Kurtis Jestes, Mount Hebron, 6-1, Jr., G -- The junior led the league in most offensive categories. He led in scoring with 475 points and a 21.5 average. He made 98 of 161 shots from the field, a remarkable 61 percent that led the league. He made 66 of 147 three-point shots, an equally remarkable 44 percent. His free throw percentage of .790 also led the league.

His career-high game was 34 against Loyola, when he made a career-high seven three-pointers. He also scored 31 against South Carroll and 30 against Oakland Mills.

"He was awesome,'" South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "We were concentrating on trying to shut him down, but he still hurt us."

In leading his team to a 17-5 record and a county co-championship with Atholton, Jestes scored 22 and 26 in two wins over the Raiders. He scored 24 in a regional semifinal loss to Poly.

"He represents what a player is all about," Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter said. "He's an all-around player who handles the ball well, distributes it, takes it to the hole, sinks the three-pointer and plays decent defense. He had a big impact on his team. He showed a lot of growth this season, and without him Mount Hebron is a .500 team."

Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson said: "Kurt is testament to a tremendous work ethic. He's a money player who is deceptively quick. He improved both his shooting and ball-handling since last season. He loves to play and it shows."


D. J. Chiles, Atholton, 6-3, Jr., F -- He stepped up his game after the Raiders lost starting point guard Brian Benden to an injury the first game of the league season. Atholton went on to win its first county title since 1985 -- a co-championship with Mount Hebron.

Chiles, showing outstanding athleticism, led his team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds for 23 games. He scored 397 points and had 222 rebounds. Many of his points came on rebounds.

"We were a team that averaged about 70 points and scored most of them in transition," Atholton coach Jim Albert said.

"He helped start our fast break with his rebounds and sometimes brought it down himself."

Michael Hill, Oakland Mills, 6-2, Jr. F -- An outstanding shooter, Hill scored 433 points, an average of 21.5. He made 174 of 433 shots from the field (40 percent) and made 65 of 101 free throws (64 percent). He also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal. He showed tremendous quickness and inside moves.

"He is really tough," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson.

Hill scored a season-high 32 in a win over Centennial, 29 in a win over Liberty, 28 in a win over Hammond and 27 in a win over South Carroll. Oakland Mills won only five games.

Javier Michaux, Howard, 6-4, Sr.

F -- He gave Jestes the greatest competition for Player of the Year honors with outstanding scoring and rebounding numbers. But his team struggled to an 8-14 record.

"Without Michaux, Howard doesn't win a game," Hammond coach Jack Burke said.

Michaux scored 446 points for a 21.2 average and grabbed 236 rebounds for an 11.2 average. He shot 54.6 percent (155-for-284) from the field. He also had 50 assists, 49 steals and 39 blocked shots in 21 games.

He was held below double figures in scoring only once.

A highly athletic player with impressive moves near the basket, Michaux at times took control of a game, as he did down the stretch of Howard's 63-62 upset victory over Westminster.

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