1994-1995 All-harford County Basketball Teams

March 12, 1995|By John W. Stewart

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

* George Constantine, C. Milton Wright -- He believes the team received "a lot of leadership from a lot of players" and several of them were excellent role players. Constantine basically was concerned about losing five starters from a year ago. Underclassmen Peter Troilo and Duane Fisher had had good playing time, but senior Chris Rueckert was coming off a stress fracture. Since the start of the Bel Air-Fallston-Wright triumvirate in the late 1970s, Constantine, in his 10th season as head coach, helped Wright become the first of the three schools to win a county basketball title outright. The last of the pieces went in when senior Rob Spicer recovered from an early illness to gain a spot in the starting lineup. From a 1-4 start, the Mustangs won 18 of their next 19, before losing a Class 3A regional final at Randallstown, 66-65. According to Constantine, the players were goal-oriented and had team pride, but Constantine gets the credit for channeling these thoughts into positive results.

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Chris Rueckert, C. Milton Wright -- He came back from a stress fracture of a year ago to play every game, and was high scorer in 20 of the Mustangs' 25 games (19-6). He was third in county scoring at 18.5, second in rebounds at 11.9, and second in two-point field goals attempted and made, 166-for-321, and percentage, 52. His best game was a 31-point, 16-rebound, 11-blocked shots effort in an 82-58 thrashing of Fallston, and after getting just four points in a 42-28 loss at Edgewood came back to take charge during the team's eight-game winning streak in the last five weeks.

BOYS TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Chris Finlay, Edgewood -- Coach Bob Slagle calls him a natural-born leader and he took charge of the Rams, offensively and defensively, leading them to the state tournament for a third straight year. He led the county in two-point field-goal percentage (54) and was among the three-point leaders, making 37 of 87 for 43 percent. In two regional games, he was 10-for-15 on three-pointers and ended with 44 points.

* Kernan Kelly, Fallston -- A solid two-way performer, his contributions, with and without the ball, went well beyond his basic numbers. He had averages of 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds, and almost twice as many free throws made and attempted (for 73 percent) as the next closest player. He finished with 1,172 career points, second only to Rich Godfrey (1,225) on the school's all-time list.

* Pete Surette, Harford Tech -- He was the county assist leader (9.5) for the third straight year (a career total of 651 and an average of 10.8), setting up the county scoring leader for the third straight time. This year, he was called upon to do more scoring, however, so while his assists went down slightly from the past, he boosted his scoring average to 18.8, second only to teammate Lachea Johns.

* Peter Troilo, C. Milton Wright -- It took him the first month to recover from a bruising soccer season that saw the Mustangs go to the state Class 3A final, but he was the most valuable player in the Dulaney Christmas tournament. From there, he went on to be an excellent defender and floor leader, complementing the inside play of Rueckert. He averaged four assists, and was among the county free-throw leaders at 73 percent.

PICKING THE TEAMS

The Baltimore Sun 1994-95 All-Harford County boys and girls basketball teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consulatation with staff writers and area coaches.

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ALL-HARFORD COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

Player of the Year: Chris Rueckert, C. Milton Wright

Coach of the Year: George Constantine, C. Milton Wright

First team

Name, School, Position, Class

Chris Finlay, Edgewood, Guard, Senior

Kernan Kelly, Fallston, Forward, Senior

Chris Rueckert, C. Milton Wright, Center, Senior

Pete Surette, Harford Tech, Guard, Junior

Peter Troilo, C. Milton Wright, Guard, Junior

Second team

Name, School, Position, Class

Mike Baldwin, Edgewood, Guard, Senior

Lachea Johns, Harford Tech, Forward, Senior

Jared Marmen, John Carroll, Center, Senior

Gabe Neal, Aberdeen, Forward, Junior

Ryan Renfrow, North Harford, Guard, Junior

Rick Shearer, Fallston, Forward, Senior

Honorable mention

Ben Craddock, Harford Christian; Duane Fisher, C. Milton Wright; Jimmy Greene, Aberdeen; Bryan Grimm, Bel Air; Brock Jourdan, North Harford; Alonzo McDowell, Joppatowne; Tommy Mims, Aberdeen; Nick Piotrowski, North Harford; Jason Sealing, John Carroll; Brandon Spencer, Harford Christian; Rob Spicer, C. Milton Wright; Nick Triandafilou, Bel Air; Nick Weber, Joppatowne.

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