Alignment should drive competition

March 25, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The teams are the same but the league's name and alignment have changed. And all those associated with the new and improved Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association golf league are voicing a collective showing of support.

"The parity has finally set in," said Mount St. Joseph coach Billy Bassler, whose Gaels will compete in the more-competitive A Conference along with Calvert Hall, Gilman, John Carroll, Loyola and McDonogh. Boys' Latin, Curley, Gibbons, Park, Severn, St. Mary's and St. Paul's comprise the B Conference.

"There won't be any more walkovers. The 17-1, 16-2 and 15-3 matches that we've had with some schools inflated the kids egos but then when they played the tougher teams and got their butts whipped, they didn't understand why. There will be no breathers."

Loyola coach Marty Stewart isn't expecting any walkovers but he is expecting some big things from seniors Joey Chuasiriporn and Tim Walko when the MIAA season opens Wednesday. Chuasiriporn claimed top honors at last year's Maryland Scholastic Association Individual Golf Championships and Walko was runner-up.

Scott Kremer, Ben Thompson and Dyer Bell all are competing for the No. 3 position for the Dons and sophomore Craig Zabora is penciled in at No. 5 or 6. Rounding out Loyola's squad are Kevin Collman, Brian Atkinson and Duncan Bossle.

"Joey is hitting the ball real well right now and he should be one of the best in the area," said Stewart. "We're all excited about the new format because it should make for some much better golf. It will be like Atlantic Coast Conference basketball where everyone is beating each other up."

Calvert Hall dished out its share of the beatings last season as it captured the MSA team title and produced an 11-0-1 record. Cardinals coach Jules Difries sees no reason why his team can't repeat last year's feat but admits that it will be more difficult with former No. 1 Brian Luskey at Davidson College.

"I think we have as good a chance as any of the teams because no one looks as strong as they were last year," said Difries. "Our advantage has always been our depth. We're usually strong throughout our first six and hopefully it will still be that way."

Senior Mike Schimpf, who sports an eight handicap, moves into the No. 1 spot while George Trantas and Darryl Simpkins are interchangeable at Nos. 2 and 3. Providing the Cardinals with talented depth are seniors Trevor Woodward and Jeremy Brooks, junior Sean Howard, sophomores Paul Feidenzahl, Eddie Motter, Brad Klaes and Mike Rossi and freshman Alan Phillips.

With four of his top players from last year's squad off to college, Gilman coach Harvey Peterson said he finds himself in an "unfamiliar rebuilding situation."

"We got hit pretty hard by graduation but in the past we've always had younger guys who stepped in and took over where the seniors left and we don't have that this year," said Peterson. "This season will be more of a challenge than in the past. We have our work cut out for us. I'm confident that we'll still be competitive."

Junior Chris Oh will lead the Greyhounds along with senior Mark Gonzalez and junior Jon Park.

Junior Andy Dhillon is expected to fill the No. 1 slot for Mount St. Joseph and senior Jeff Bessling, sophomore Brian Patrick and Kevin Dooley will fill the next three positions for the Gaels.

John Carroll coach Henry Mountain will rely on No. 1 junior Miguel Rivera, a four-handicap golfer. Rounding out the Patriots' contingent are seniors Michael Collison, Eric Siefert and Sean Palmer, junior John Cohen and freshmen Kevin Cahill, Jason Reynolds, John Trancucci and Michael Peterson.

"I think this team should be in competition with anyone we come up against this year," said Mountain. "I don't think anyone will run away with it."

Boys' Latin coach Hugh Gelston is hoping his team's balance will keep it in the running in the B Conference.

Sophomore Wes Level, who played lacrosse last season, joins the Lakers and will play the No. 1 position. Level won the Bobby Bauer Tournament last summer in Virginia and was the recipient of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's Russ Menta Memorial Scholarship.

Mike DiLonardo and Dan MacLennan will play No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, for Boys' Latin, followed by Mark Nichols and Mario Chang.

St. Mary's coach Bob Fretwell doesn't have any superstars like he has in the past and that could make winning difficult -- even in the B Conference.

"I don't know if the realignment will help us," said Fretwell, a club professional at Old South Golf Club in Anne Arundel County. "If the B Conference is meant for teams that are not as good, we should do fine."

Freshman Kenny Bahrard will fill the No. 1 spot occupied last season by the Saints' most recent superstar Matt Tengwall, and junior Steve Picarde and sophomore Brian Vido will fill the No. 2 and 3 positions.

Severn coach Brendan Kennedy, a 1984 graduate of Severna Park High who now serves as assistant golf professional at Walden Golf Club in Crofton, hopes his team can finish among the top three teams in the B Conference. For that to happen, he's going to need consistent efforts from No. 1 Andrew Jones, No. 2 Chris Grizzell, No. 3 Garrett Mitchell, No. 4 Aaron Primrose, No. 5 Maury Primrose and No. 6 Joey Kramer.

Cardinal Gibbons coach George Blyth will turn to his son, George Jr., to lead the Crusaders in their bid for a B Conference crown.

"We're young, but we've been moved into a different division so we should be able to compete," said the elder Blyth, who will also turn to No. 2 Steve Jarboe and No. 3 Colin Morehouse for consistent performances. "They have the athletic ability but they have to go out and play the game and score consistently."

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