Fallston appears ready to win county title again

September 11, 1994|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1993 record: 2-10. Coach: Stu Hinch

Top players: Andy D'Amico, Sr., M; Jason Smith, Sr., B; Greg Sawyer, Sr., M; Jeff Johnson, Sr., B; Drew Grant, Sr., G; Gerad Guerrera, Soph, F; Greg Vick, Soph., M; Carlos Soto, Fresh., B.

FTC Outlook: There are seven holdovers on a 23-man squad, largest turnout in recent years. Team speed and conditioning are good, and emphasis has been placed on building a team concept. If the group comes together, a good start is possible, providing a foundation for the season.

Bel Air Bobcats

1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Bill Jefferson

Top players: Jason Lockerman, Sr., F; Chris Brash, Sr., F; Jerod DeCastro, Jr., B; Jay Vignola, Sr., B; Adam Molinoro, Sr., B.

Outlook: Seven returning starters, with an overall improvement in size, skill and conditioning, should produce a better record. Working against this is a more difficult schedule. There are eight away games, including four against noncounty teams that administered defeats a year ago.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1993 record: 8-3-2. Coach: Paul Snyder

Top players: Joe Davis, Sr., F; Cory Smith, Sr., M/F; Matt Youngerman, Sr., D; Stas Kotula, Sr., D; Peter Troilo, Jr., M; Jeff Smith, Jr., M; Tim Hilyard, Jr., G; Ryan Nelson, Soph., D.

Outlook: There is a solid core of veterans, including Hilyard, starting in goal for the third year. Youngerman, a strong defender two years ago, returns after missing last season. There is a good group of young players, too, and they will have to adapt quickly, as three of the first four games are against Calvert Hall, Centennial and Fallston.

Edgewood Rams

1993 record: 1-11. Coach: George Toepfer

Top players: Charles Burkhardt, Sr., M; Brian Miller, Sr., M; Christian Rider, Soph., B.

Outlook: There are some talented, young players. However, Toepfer notes they will need time to adjust and learn the varsity game.

Fallston Cougars

1993 record: 14-1-1. Coach: Len Petrey

Top players: Dave Peterson, Sr., B; Mike Giuffrida, Sr., F; Eric McPhee, Sr., GK; Todd Paradise, Sr., M; Jud Ryan, Sr., B; Howard Sullens, Sr., M; Scott Petrey, Sr., M; Tim Whitehurst, Sr., M.

Outlook: There is just so much talent and experience that it should be another championship season (there have been nine county titles in the last 13 years) for this program. The 17-man squad includes 10 seniors and six juniors. Petrey believes the scoring should be as good as last year when the Cougars averaged more than four goals a game. The defense has been switched around somewhat and might take time to jell. It will be tested early, too, as the first four games are on the road, at Hammond, Loyola, Wilde Lake, and C. Milton Wright.

Harford Christian

1993 record: 7-7. Coach: Harley Parkes

Top players: James Kline, Sr., M; John Gauger, Soph., F; Andy Knopp, M; Justin Cross, M; Nathan Olinger, G.

Outlook: Bleak, according to Parkes, for a team that is lacking in numbers and thin on experience.

Harford Tech Cobras

1993 record: 0-11-1. Coach: Andy Bleichfeld

Top players: Eddie Jones, Sr., B; C. J. Johnson, Jr., M; James Mattson, Sr., B; Justin Barnhill, Sr., F.

Outlook: Although still a young team, last year's 15 freshmen gained experience and have matured. The result should be better field communication and an improved level of play.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Roger Hartsfield

Top players: Mike Clark, Sr., G; Craig Gillespie, Sr., M; Sean McCone, Sr., M; Brock McDonald, Sr., F; Jason Wagoner, Sr., F; Jason Hartsfield, Jr., M; Todd Hawkins, Sr., B.

Outlook: The offense has decent speed and good movement on the ball, but first-year varsity coach Hartsfield has a young and inexperienced defense. Some newcomers already have shown progress, however, and another break-even season is a realistic goal.

John Carroll Patriots

1993 record: 8-7. Coach: Rob Heubeck

Top players: Mike Giordano, Sr., B; Matt Brown, Sr., B; Rob Ivy, Soph., M; Joe Stallings, Sr., F.

Outlook: New coach Heubeck sees this year's team as young and rather inexperienced, but one that might surprise some teams. However, it should be a very interesting year because of the new Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association alignment, where every team will play each other twice within its division.

Joppatowne Mariners

1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Tom Dove

Top players: Rich Wilson, Sr., F; Mike Durdock, Sr., G; Matt Graustein, Sr., B; Jon Eckman, Sr., B; Steve Tsamoutalis, Sr., M; Aaron Szager, Jr., F.

Outlook: A hard-working group that has trained well is reflected in much better skills, especially the passing game. Some of the younger players have improved their games to where they are ready to step up to the challenge of replacing some of last year's

key players.

North Harford Hawks

1993 record: 6-5-1. Coach: Ed Zorn

Top players: Mike Piccolo, Sr., F; Ryan Renfrew, Jr., F; Chris Roberts, Jr., F; R. J. Magnaye, Sr., M; Keith Smith, Sr., M; Jason Wattenschaidt, Sr., M; Garson Beers, Jr., B; Jay James, Sr., B; David Zorn, Sr., G.

Outlook: Wattenschaidt has been up from the back line, making the midfield the strength of the team. Overall, the Hawks should be stronger than a year ago, but Zorn is still moving players around, looking for the best combinations.

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