Team-by-team Boys Basketball Capsules Boys Basketball Preview

December 11, 1994|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1993-94 record: 15-6. Coach: Ron Petrey.

Top players: Eugene Norton, 5-11, F, Sr.; Jimmy Greene, 5-7, G, Sr.; Larry Lowe, 6-1, Sr., G.

Outlook: Three holdovers, including one starter (Greene), are joined by 10 new players, providing more depth than in recent years. A lack of size is reflected in Petrey's assessment that rebounding, plus defense, must be improved.

Bel Air Bobcats

1993-94 record: 5-15. Coach: Bill Georg.

Top players: Tom Soltis, 6-3, Jr., C; Bryan Grimm, 6-4, Sr., F; Dan Opie, 6-2, Sr., F; Tony Belcastro, 5-6, Sr., G.

Outlook: Two of last year's four junior starters -- Grimm and Belcastro -- are back, and Georg, starting his 17th season, sees the need to develop as a team, while improving ball-handling and outside shooting. There will be some backcourt depth, as at least four players are scrambling after one starting position. Improvement on last year's record is expected.

C.M. Wright Mustangs

1993-94 record: 13-7. Coach: George Constantine.

Top players: Chris Rueckert, 6-7, Sr., C; John Brooks, 6-2, Soph., F; Duane Fisher, 6-2 1/2 , Jr., F; Dave Rueckert, 6-3 1/2 , Jr., F; Chris Wilson, 6-1, Jr., F; Marcus Perkins, 5-10, Jr., G; Chris Russell, 6-0, Jr., G; Rob Spicer, 6-0, Sr. G; Kory Smith, 6-0, Soph., G; Willie Steedman, 5-8, Jr., G; Peter Troilo, 5-10, Jr., G.

Outlook: Although there are no returning starters, Chris Rueckert, Fisher, and Troilo played key roles on last year's regional finalist team. They will be joined by several players from last year's JV team, the most successful in school history.

Edgewood Rams

1993-94 record: 17-5. Coach: Bob Slagle.

Top players: Charlie Burkhardt, 6-2, Sr., F; Tim Hamulack, 6-4, Sr., F; Clayton Harrington, 6-2, Sr., F; Mike Brown, 6-3, Jr., F; Kevin Ballentine, 6-3, Jr., F; Dwayne Whyte, 6-2, Sr., F; Mike Baldwin, 6-0, Sr. G; Chris Finlay, 5-10, Sr., G; John Smart, 6-0, Sr., G; Damion Smothers, 6-0, Jr., G; Thedrick Tapp, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: No proven varsity scorer and a lack of size, especially in the front court, puts the Rams' two-year reign as county champions in definite jeopardy. There are, however, six players with considerable varsity playing experience, and Slagle cites good quickness and solid backcourt leadership as team strengths.

Fallston Cougars

1993-94 record: 13-6. Coach: Robin Hood.

Top players: Kernan Kelly, 6-3, Sr., F; Rick Shearer, 6-4, Sr., F; Jayson Dilutis, 5-11, Sr., G; Jud Ryan, 6-1, Sr., G.

Outlook: Kelly, the county's leading returning scorer from a year ago (15.6), and basically the team's only returning starter, and Shearer will be counted on up front in what will be primarily a three-guard alignment. Speed and pressure defense will be key factors. With the overall scoring potential suspect, according to Hood, five players 6-foot-4 or better could present a strong rebounding corps. At the same time, better ball-handling than last year should help create more offense.

Harford Christian Eagles

1993-94 record: 11-14. Coach: Ron Stief.

Top players: James Ehrbar, 6-3, Jr., C; Ben Menking, 6-6, Jr., C; Corey Donahue, 6-3, Jr., F; James Kline, 6-1, Sr, F; Brandon Spencer, 6-1, Jr., F; Ben Craddock, 5-10 1/2 , Sr., G; Jason Seaburn, 6-3, Sr., G.

Outlook: A team with good size and proven low-post players will be seeking to improve on last year's fast finish that earned it a second straight Maryland Association of Christian Schools title and a fifth-place regional finish. Although Stief looks for an improved record, success will depend upon how well the guards handle opponents' pressure.

Harford Tech Cobras

1993-94 record: 9-9. Coach: Jules Bernstein.

Top players: Khary Morris, 6-1, Jr., C; Mike Radel, 6-2, Sr., C; Mike Rodriguez, 6-3, Sr., C; Lechea Johns, 5-11, F, Eric McNulty, 5-7 1/2 , Jr., G; Pete Surette, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: Johns and Surette are the chief holdovers, but this is a largely young and inexperienced team. There is some speed, and improvement will come with learning to play as a unit and better rebounding.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1993-94 record: 7-12. Coach: George Leonard.

Top players: J.R. Clark, 5-11, Jr., F; Mark Pelletier, 6-3, Jr., F; Ardia White, 5-11, Sr., F; Jack Donaldson, 5-7, Sr., G; Billy Jackson, 5-9, Jr., G.

jTC Outlook: Young and inexperienced at the start, the team has eight newcomers to blend with four seniors. Still, Leonard got scoring from 10 of them in last week's 66-61 opening-game loss at John Carroll. With a lack of size, the emphasis is on defense.

John Carroll Patriots

1993-94 record: 8-11. Coach: Pat Goles.

Top players: Jared Marmen, 6-8, Sr., C; Bryan Barrett, 6-0, Jr., F; Jeff Miles, 6-4, Jr., F; Dave Padrino, 5-10, Jr., G; Jason Sealing, 5-10, Sr., G.

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