Harford County Team-by-team Boys Volleyball Capsules

September 17, 1995|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1994 record: 5-10. Coach: Pam Cole.

Top players: Gabe Neal, Sr.; David Hall, Jr.; John Miller, Jr.

Outlook: The team is long on athletes, but short on experience, as only five players have played before. There is enough athletic ability to be competitive with some teams, but with the addition of a JV team, this year may be the forerunner of good things to come.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1994 record: 3-13. Coach: Bill Lang.

Top players: Phil McGuire, Sr.; Bob O'Brien, Sr.; Billy Pannill, Sr.; Chad Smith, Sr.; Brad Magness, Jr.; Mark Crouse, Jr.

Outlook: The veterans are playing better and the team should show overall improvement. The addition of a JV team has taken away some experienced players, as they are providing leadership for the younger ones, but it should help later.

Edgewood Rams

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Roy Norris.

Top players: Keith Rinkery, Sr.; Zachary Chadwick, Soph.; Michael Fitzgerald, Soph.; Joseph Spangler, Soph.; Gregory Taylor, Soph.

Outlook: Although there are several holdovers from a year ago, this is still a very young team. Lacking a strong hitter, the emphasis will be on defense. Improvement, including more wins than last year, is expected, and a .500 record would be considered a successful season.

Fallston Cougars

1994 record: 14-1. Coach: Rob Limpert.

Top players: Paul Deck, Sr.; Mark Fruhling, Sr.; Adam Wheeler, Sr.; Art Dellinger, Sr.; Don Fisher, Sr.; Robert Clary, Jr.

Outlook: Five of the top six from last year are back. That season saw Fisher with more than 100 service points, and he and Clary had more than 200 assists each. This should be another successful season, with experienced players used to playing together.

Harford Tech Cobras

1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Vernon Thompson.

Top players: Kenny Jones, Jr.; Dan Tormey, Sr.; Chris Stone, Sr.; Steward Fowler, Jr.; Chris Mason, Jr.

Outlook: A new coach and a largely new team means plenty of work on basics in an attempt to build a solid foundation for the program. As part of the learning process, every eligible varsity player will play in every game.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1994 record: 9-4. Coach: Kathy Graybeal.

Top players: Kevin Gross, Sr.; Jody Hochstein, Sr.; Charlie Bomboy, Sr.; Dan Testerman, Sr.; Kenny Pasley, Jr.; Joe Oliphant, Jr.; Dennis Theriault, Jr.

Outlook: This group, with all but one of the players at least 6 feet in height, is aiming to improve on last year's record. Confidence, experience, sound practice ethics, solid bench, and senior leadership could well make it work. Gross was a first-team All-County selection.

John Carroll Patriots

1994 record: 13-0. Coach: Herb Simon.

Top players: Mike Babiak, Sr.; Tim DeCapite, Sr.; Scott Kaufmann, Sr.; Mike Penrose, Sr.; Greg Grabowski, Sr.; Chris Brown, Fresh.

Outlook: The perennial champions have another outstanding starting unit, led by four returning starters, all seniors, including county Player of the Year Babiak. Brown, a setter, must mature quickly for the Patriots to have their usual high level of consistency. So far, he has played well, but it will continue to be a learning process.

Joppatowne Mariners

1994 record: 1-13. Coach: Bill McQuiston.

Top players: Jim Harris, Sr.; Jon Hasert, Sr.; Jesse Dewitt, Sr.; Matt Spearman, Jr.; Adam Ayd, Sr.; Jason Ford, Sr.

Outlook: An experienced nucleus and more new players than in recent seasons should mean improvement, and by later in the season, the mix of old and new players could turn this into a competitive team.

North Harford Hawks

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Paul Gain.

Top players: Steve Shaw, Sr.; Steve Farrelly, Sr.; Eric Milano, Jr.

Outlook: The team lost the core of last year's outstanding group, but 11 seniors return. Gain believes the team will be as effective as last year, however, it will be better defensively.

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