For winless Harford CC men, the struggle continues


January 08, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Scott Hunsinger, the men's head basketball coach at Harford Community College, knew it was going to be tough, but he didn't think it would be 0-9 tough.

That's what the team's record fell to when it lost to Essex CC, 97-79, Friday. Sophomore Tykell Johns (Harford Tech) was the high scorer for HCC with 29.

Harford's roster has ranged between seven and nine players, and Hunsinger can't be sure how many will show up for a practice or game. Compounding the problem is the new job the coach started last week in Baltimore, which means assistants LTC Joe Berry and Mike Jones may be called upon to run some practices.

Johns, the lone holdover from last season's 7-16 team, is joined ++ by two other sophomores, Shane Burke (C. Milton Wright), a 6-foot-5 center, who returns after a two-year absence, and Al Ducote, a 6-foot guard.

The first-year players include Victor Smith (Bel Air), Dave Adam (Fallston), Julius Christy (Edgewood) and Mike Heilke (C. Milton Wright).

Johns, a 6-3 guard, is the leading scorer with a 28-point average. Smith, a 6-2 guard, averages 16 points. Adam had two good games right before the holiday break, combining for 43 points and 21 rebounds. "Adam has been a positive factor, and his game has improved," Hunsinger said.

Essex, coached by former Edgewood assistant Terry Maczko, has two Harford residents in its starting lineup -- Dwayne Winder, high school teammate of Christy's at Edgewood, and Chris Gephardt (Joppatowne), last year's county rebounding leader.

The Knights are 10-3, with all the starters' scoring averages in double figures. Gephardt, a 6-7 center, is at 13 points and nine rebounds, and Winder 11 points and nine rebounds.

Harford CC women

Coach Hal Blevins' women's basketball team is struggling, too, its record slipping to 1-5 after Friday's 54-47 home loss to Essex CC.

Paula Beaudette (Rising Sun), one of two sophomores on the eight-player squad, is the only holdover from last year's 12-9 team, and is the current scoring leader at 15. The other sophomore is Nicole Lauer (Fallston), who was on the team two years ago.

The freshmen are Jennifer Moculski (C. Milton Wright), Angela Chlumsky (Fallston), Susan Mackley (Fallston), Jennifer Walter (North Harford), Carrie Mauk (Perryville) and Danielle Maliszewski Fallston), currently sidelined with an injury.

"We're scuffling, but we're getting better," Blevins said. "The best thing is that after two winning seasons we are starting to attract more interest from the county high school players.

New Harford CC coach

Mark Puckett, an assistant baseball coach at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has been named head baseball coach at Harford Community College, succeeding Dan Vest, who had to resign because of time constraints with his full-time job.

Before going to UMBC in 1993, Puckett had been the head baseball coach at Fallston High School for eight years, directing the Cougars to a 20-2 record his final season, a year that included a county championship, a 17-game winning streak and a berth in the Class 1A semifinals of the state tournament.

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