Baltimore County team previews Local Sports: Basketball Previews

December 03, 1996|By Mark Hoeflich and Derek Toney

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1995-96 record: 3-17.

Coach: Craig Sattler.

Top players: Mike Britton, 5-11, Sr., G; Max Chatra, 6-0,Sr., G; Jose Dernier, 6-1, Sr., C; Joel Jackson, 6-8, Soph., C

Outlook: With three sophomore starters and a stable group of senior returnees, the challenge is whether the Eagles can build continuity. Chatra and Jones are the main scorers but Jackson, a force at both ends of the floor, will get most of the attention.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1995-96 record: 8-8.

Coach: Chuck Monninger.

Top players: Adam Abramson, 6-0, Sr., F; Micah Coleman, 6-3, Sr., F; Ben Rombro, 5-9, Sr., G; Sam Ruskin, 6-3, Sr., C-F.

Outlook: Former Mount Hebron coach Monninger has to get used to a new league and a different talent base. Ruskin was last season's leading scorer and rebounder.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1995-96 record: 11-13.

Coach: Hugh Gelston.

Top players: Lance Davison, 6-2, Sr., C; John Glatzel, 6-0, Sr., F; Matt Thanner, 6-1, Sr., F.

Outlook: Gelston originally looked forward to a promising season but several of the expected returnees did not come out. Instead, Gelston is left with what he has, a questionable shooting team with a lot of youth. Davison will become more of a regular in the front court while Jon Singer and Nick Allen will fill the vacancy at point guard.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1995-96 record: 25-8

Coach: Mark Amatucci

Top players: Juan Dixon, 6-3, Sr., G; Aaron Herbert, 5-11, Sr., G; Antoine Peoples, 6-3, Sr., F; Gary Williams, 6-6, Sr., C; Freddie Biggs, 6-2, Jr., G; Reggie Bryant, 6-3, Soph., G; Delbert Randall, 6-4, Fresh., F.

Outlook: With Dixon, who signed early with Maryland, and Herbert, Calvert Hall may have the area's best backcourt. Biggs and Peoples are solid contributors, but the Cardinals will need production from Williams at the paint. Amatucci is very high on underclassmen Randall and Bryant and feels his team can run with any team in the area, but is lacking in half-court defense.

Carver A&T Wildecats

1995-96 record: 6-17.

Coach: Russ Harless.

Top players: Hilton Carter, 6-2, Jr., F; Evan Guidera, 5-11, Jr., G; Ian Mattingly, 6-0, Sr., F; Jason White, 5-7, Jr., PG; Gil Wilt, 5-11, Sr., F.

Outlook: Mattingly has the most experience in a struggling, youthful program that hopes to eventually reach .500. New coach Harless can use up to nine players but the concentration will be on improving fundamentals.

Catonsville Comets

1995-96 record: 16-6.

Coach: Jim Rhoads.

Top players: Dave Bortz, 5-8, Sr., G; Jerel Cotten, 6-2, Sr., G; Victor Gray, 6-2, Sr. G; Brendon Mohler, 6-0, Jr., PG; Demone Upchurch, 6-3, Jr., F.

Outlook: Among the returners is a strong nucleus of seniors, which includes Gray, who averaged 14 points a year ago. Although they lack height, the Comets should remain one of the better shooting teams in the county and Rhoads will use as many as 10 different players. With Cotten (220 pounds) providing strength under the basket, the Comets should match up well with a schedule that includes Mt. St. Joe, Gibbons and Edmondson.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995-96 record: 0-20.

Coach: Ben Rapheal.

Top players: Ogechi Anyaugo, 6-3, Jr., F; Davis Bilodeau, 6-4, Jr., F; Kenneth Lee, 6-4, Sr., C; Terrance Mandley, 5-10, Jr., G; Jerome Samuels, 6-0, Sr., G; Terrell Wilson, 6-2, Sr., F.

Outlook: Rapheal takes over the varsity job after coach JV last year and with better athletes has the program moving in the right direction. With a balanced offense, the Bayhawks look to score more and Rapheal predicts a .500 record.

Dulaney Lions

1995-96 record: 5-14

Coach: Phil Ressler.

Top players: Tom Bell, 5-10, Sr., F; Rodney Buynum, 5-9, Sr., PG; Bobby Kuener, 6-5, Sr., C-F; Mike Ross, 5-10, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Lions will rally behind playmaker Buynum and an aggressive defense in an attempt to record its first winning season in five years. With a more disciplined group, Ressler hopes it leads to better team chemistry.

Dundalk Owls

1995-96 record: 19-8.

Coach: Andy Pons.

Top players: Ken Estep, 6-2, Sr., G; William Faulkner, 6-0, Sr. G; Gyrard Jones, 5-10, Sr., G; Arthur Rzepka, 6-2, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Owls started 0-4 a year ago before winning 19 of 23 games and advancing to the regional finals, where they lost to Randallstown. Dundalk might struggle early again this year, having lost most of its scoring and possessing little height. Jones and Estep make the Owls strongest on the perimeter.

Eastern Tech Mustangs

1995-96 record: 10-12.

Coach: Todd Wade.

Top players: Devell Engram, 6-3, Sr., C; Rodney Pearce, 6-3, Sr., F; Mike Sampson, 5-9, Sr., PG; Troy Stratemeyer, 5-11, Sr., G.

Outlook: First-year coach Wade acquires a deep but untested team. There is equal ability among the top six players and the offense will focus around Sampson. Several newcomers from a JV program that won the league title a year ago, should provide support.

Franklin Indians

1995-96 record: 10-10.

Coach: Mike Squirrel.

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