Team-by-team Capsules

September 13, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Annapolis Panthers

1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Dave Gehrdes.

Top players: Ryan Sears, Sr., F; Roger Alfaro, Sr., HB; Andy Holt, Jr., G; Chris Holt, Jr., D; Ryan Little, Sr., D; Kevin Stroop, Jr., HB; Mike Kolb, Sr., D; Brock Nelson, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Panthers have a lot of experience up front, but little at fullback. Gehrdes welcomes back eight players who started last year, but several have been moved to defense. At least Andy Holt returns in goal, which is a comfort to Gehrdes. Three newcomers who should make an impact are sophomore halfback Justin Daniel, freshman forward Oscar Alfaro and freshman halfback Mario Lara. Senior halfback Sean Rentch returns from last season. Of the eight players who departed, second-team All-Metro defender David Winegrad will be the toughest to replace. His skill and leadership will be sorely missed. Gehrdes hopes his team can avoid another slow start, which has doomed it in the past.

Arundel Wildcats

1993 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Nick Jauschnegg.

Top players: Brian Burden, Sr., G; Jim Woods, Jr., D; Pat Fridley, Jr., D; Josh Turney, Sr., F; Mark Chesla, Sr., D/HB; Tom Newberry, Sr., HB; Tim Farley, Sr., D/HB.

Outlook: Four starters from last season are gone and Jauschnegg has a nice nucleus of players back. He'll carry 26, "the first time I've ever done that." He's moved some players to new positions, so "it might take time, but there's no rush," he said. There's plenty of experience in goal with seniors Burden and Keith Sharp. Among the newcomers is senior halfback Mark Jenkins, a transfer from St. Mary's. "I expect to improve on last year's record, whether that's six wins, or seven or eight," said Jauschnegg, who lost his best defender, Yemi Omotola, to graduation.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1993 record: 4-11. Coach: Rick Carlson.

Top players: Charles Ross, Sr., F; Matt Weibe, Sr., D; Chad Langville, Sr., D; John Coppola, Sr., MF.

Outlook: Spalding lost six seniors, including four starters, from a team that won four games. Carlson has an excellent nucleus to work with in Ross, Weibe, Langville and Coppola, though three of them will be playing new positions. Ross is moving from midfielder to forward, Weibe from midfielder to sweeper and Coppola from forward to midfielder. All four have started since they were sophomores. The Cavaliers are strong down the middle, weaker on the outside. With just 15 players, Spalding will have to avoid injuries. Otherwise, Carlson said, "This is the strongest starting 11 I've had in my three years here."

Broadneck Bruins 1993 record: 7-5. Coach: Jon Braun.

Top players: Dan Paulsen, Sr., D; Dan Gerbasi, Sr., F; Matt Allen, Sr., D; Jeff Parisi, Sr., D; Cory Ross, Sr., D; Brad Limbacher, So., D; John Williams, So., MF.

Outlook: Broadneck just missed the playoffs last season,

finishing fifth in its region (the top four teams qualified). A lot of quality players have left and "it's a matter of these kids stepping up to fill the roles," Braun said. Two players who started last year as freshmen, Limbacher and Williams, will play key roles. So will senior halfback Sean Ward, a transfer from Texas, and junior striker Todd Betz, up from the junior varsity. Senior Andy Chambless will start in goal. He saw limited playing time last year. Forward Matt Tyler, halfbacks Kirk Adams and Rob Wakefield are among the returning seniors. Unlike last year, there are no established stars. "I think we could be a surprise team," Braun said.

Chesapeake Cougars

1993 record: 8-4-1. Coach: Earl Eckhardt.

Top players: John Smith, Sr., G; Blake Moore, Sr., HB; Rick Hare, Sr., HB/F; Shawn Shannon, Sr., F; Andy Dziuban, Sr., HB; Rob Redmond, Sr., D; Mike Seruto, Sr., D.

Outlook: Many coaches say Chesapeake is a team to watch, and the Cougars are aware of such talk. "We hope to live up to those expectations," said assistant Dave Evanco. "We've got the capability to go a long way." Smith should maintain his status as the top goalkeeper in the county, and Evanco said he envisions Shannon and Hare picking up the scoring slack after graduation took leading goal producer Erik Dahlen. Sophomore newcomer Saul Pollack probably will start at sweeper, as Eckhardt and Evanco try to upgrade the defense. "Teams that finished higher than us last year gave up less goals," Evanco said. "Earl wants to eliminate the high-scoring games."

Glen Burnie Gophers

1993 record: 4-6-2. Coach: John Camm.

Top players: Ruban Arizmendi, Sr., F; Tony Hynson, Sr., MF; Scott Mohler, Sr., G; Chuck Crick, Sr., F; Keith Colotta, Jr., D; Jaime Leventry, Jr., MF; Adam Gray, Sr., FB.

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