Preseason Top 20 Local Sports: Basketball Previews

December 03, 1996

1. St. Frances (last season's rank -- 1) : All-American Mark Karcher heads talented cast for a team, ranked No. 7 in the nation by Street & Smith's.

12. Arundel (12) : Could be the only team standing in between Annapolis and the state 4A final four.

13. Centennial (NR) : Four returning starters make Eagles the team to beat in Howard County.

14. Walbrook (17) : Looking to bounce back strong after disappointing 1995-96 campaign.

15. Severn (NR) : The team to beat in the MIAA B Conference with junior guard Dennard Melton.

16. Woodlawn (NR) : Should provide the biggest challenge to Randallstown in Baltimore County.

17. Southern-AA (14) : The Bulldogs could be better than last year's state 2A semifinalists.

18. Douglass (NR) : Despite another coaching change, Ducks still have a solid nucleus of talent.

19. Towson Catholic (NR) : Could be the sleeper in the Catholic League with guard Lafonte Johnson.

20. St. Paul's (NR) : Hoping to send retiring coach Rick Collins off with another MIAA B title.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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