McDonogh rebuilding, but reign not over Despite graduation losses, Eagles still team to beat

March 31, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Having lost five of his top six players, McDonogh coach Laddie Levy said he knows everyone will be gunning for the Eagles this season.

And that's just fine with him.

"That will be fun," said Levy. "The competition is great. You're not here to win it on paper."

The Eagles have gone 63-6 the past four years while winning each Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MSA) A Conference title and, despite having only one of their top six back, they should be the team to beat once more.

Senior captain Nick Colvin is the lone returnee, and that's the good news for Levy. Colvin (55-7 overall and undefeated in conference) won the conference title at No. 1 singles each of the past two years after taking the No. 3 crown as a freshman.

McDonogh (18-1 last year) lost Nos. 2-6, but will replace them with Chris Chiu (freshman), Jon Rodriguez (junior), Richie Granat (junior) and David Katz (sophomore).

McDonogh, which blanked Mount St. Joseph, 5-0, in its opener, will be pushed again by Gilman. Juniors Parijat Didolkar, Clayton Apgar, Ung Lee and Eric Atas will play one through four and sophomore Agedi Bota is set for five.

Senior Joey Lee won the conference title at No. 6 and should play well again for coach Jim Busick. The big question for Gilman (9-1) is whether it has enough to top McDonogh. Loyola also may be heard from.

Friends captured the MIAA B Conference crown last year, and the Quakers should take a run at it again. With Boys' Latin and Park having moved to the A Conference, Friends looks to have a shot at repeating.

First-year coach Donald Pritchett will carry eight players and that depth should pay off. Seniors Josh Hantman and Andy Dale will be the anchors in the top two spots, and junior James Harlow and seniors Amit Shashi and Brandon Muslan should help.

After missing out on the county title for only the second time in nearly 30 years, Pikesville should be the class of Baltimore County once more.

The Panthers lost a chance at the title when a rules violation forced them to forfeit two matches, opening the door for fast-improving Owings Mills to win the division. Dulaney then topped the Golden Eagles in the championship match, 5-2.

But Pikesville, despite losing standout sisters Kelly and Jamie Margolis -- they elected not to play -- still has plenty of talent for new coach Brian Kofinsky to play with.

"We're very conscious of the fact that we did not get [the title] last year," said Kofinsky. "We would very much like to get it back."

Getting it back requires a bit more effort this year as the county has switched to a three-division format instead of two.

The team with the best record gets a bye before playing the winner of a match between the other two for the title.

Pikesville, which already beat Dulaney (6-1), will be led by junior Scott Dilloff and senior Eric Richter in singles. Senior Gary Diamond will team with freshman Greg King and seniors Jason Block and Ryan Millman are pairing up in doubles.

Senior Alyssa Levene and sophomore Jackie Morris are set to play singles for the girls. Sophomores Alissa Levine and Rebecca Chatham will help in doubles.

Dulaney (13-0 last year) should push Pikesville in the Central Division. The Lions lost much to graduation, but seniors Jeff Smith, David Ross and Ed Kay look strong.

Senior Meghan Pauliny, junior Kate Camarata and sophomore Michelle Luiz look strong for coach Pat Heil.

Owings Mills should do well in the West Division while Perry Hall looks to be the class of the East. For Owings Mills, sophomores Aaron Bernstein and Michael Karloff look good in singles and the doubles team of senior Todd Gartner and junior Eric Lowy should have a big year.

Sophomore Rebecca Stewart and junior Inghe Weimert will play singles and juniors Allyson Black and Brandon Propper are going to be tough in mixed doubles for coach Al Steinberg. Franklin also should do well.

At Perry Hall, new coach Ed Dick has a strong group of boys, led by seniors Swaptak Das, Pedro Coellar and Eugene Yun. Junior Adam Fisher and sophomore Dan Mills will help the Gators, who lost to Owings Mills last week, 4-3.

For the Perry Hall girls, senior Kathy Bell and junior Anita Cheung are set for singles while junior Sarah Moeller and freshman Liliana Ubillus have been effective early in doubles.

In the city public schools, Lake Clifton and Poly should once more fight it out for the title. The Lakers rolled to a 12-0 season last year, and coach Emory Barnes once more has loads of talent.

The girls should anchor the team this season, as junior Ayana Thompson and senior Laquisha Harvey, who made regionals last year, will play 1-2 again. The pair did not lose a regular-season match last season. Senior Rena Vannison will be at No. 3.

Senior Elson Hendricks and junior Daryl Minor will play in the top two singles spots, and Barnes also hopes for help from sophomore Alphonso Cox.

Poly (10-1 last year), has talent spread throughout its lineup. Seniors Leila Green, Shruti Batra and Andrea Williams will win plenty for coach Preston Jackson. The Edmonds brothers, senior Joseph and sophomore Brian, plus sophomore Derek Noel, are set for singles.

Carver does not have a team, but Aaron Stowers won the city singles title last year and area coaches expect him back to try again come tournament time.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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