Harford County team previews Local Sports: Basketball Previews

December 03, 1996|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1995-96 record: 23-3.

Coach: Ron Petrey.

Top players: Tommie Mims, 6-3, Sr., F; James Smith, 5-9, Sr., G; E.J. Henderson, 6-3, Jr., C.

Outlook: With the loss of three seniors from last year's state Class 2A finalist, this year's team will be smaller. Must play tough defense, and show good ball movement, to be successful.

Bel Air Bobcats

1995-96 record: 9-13.

Coach: Bill Georg.

Top players: Nick Triandafilou, 6-2 1/2 , Sr., G; Matt Wyant, 6-6, Sr., C; Alex Bernstein, 6-4 1/2 , Jr., F.

Outlook: Three holdover starters are expected to be the foundation of a competitive starting five, and there is a hopeful outlook for a solid group of reserves. There are three vying for the remaining starting spots.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1995-96 record: 11-10.

Coach: George Constantine.

Top players: Steve Milano, 5-7, Sr. G; Ryan Nelson, 5-9, Sr., G; Scott Rudolph, 6-5, Sr., C; Korey Smith, 5-11, Sr., G; Zach Smith, 6-3, Sr., F.

Outlook: The loss of four starters from a year ago will be felt initially, but the Mustangs will be competitive as the season moves on. With 10 new players on what is now a very tall squad (including 6-foot-6 and 6-10 players), this will become a deep team as it develops.

Edgewood Rams

1995-96 record: 14-9.

Coach: Bob Slagle.

Top players: Kirk Forbes, 6-1, Sr., F; Amos Henderson, 6-3, Sr., F; Calvin Corley, 6-3, Jr., G; Mike Griffin, 6-2, Jr., G; Keith Winder, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Rams are expected to make up with speed and quickness what they lack in size. Transition play, strong outside shooting, and team depth should contribute to another successful season.

Fallston Cougars

1995-96 record: 8-12.

Coach: Joe Collins.

Top players: Mike Distephan, 5-10, Sr., G; Matt Juhasz, 6-7, Sr., F/C; Mike Levy, 5-11, Sr., G/F; Kevin Reich, 5-8, Sr., G; Matt Timm, 5-11, Sr., G.

Outlook: Collins, replacing 13-year coach Robin Hood, has a good mix of seniors who saw varsity time, and juniors up from the JV. The key will be putting the two groups together.

Harford Christian Eagles

1995-96 record: 10-14.

Coach: Joe White.

Top players: Justin Cross, 6-3, Sr., C; Nathan Olinger, 6-0, Sr., G; Jesse Spencer, 6-2, Jr., F.

Outlook: White replaces nine-year coach Ron Stief. The relatively new team, except for the three returnees, has question marks at this time. The newcomers should help with the rebuilding process.

Harford Tech Cobras

1995-96 record: 10-12.

Coach: Scott Hubbard.

Top players: Josh Dawson, 5-9, Sr., G; Will Quick, 5-11, Sr., F; Leonard Ringold, 5-11, Sr., F.

Outlook: Hubbard replaces four-year coach Jules Bernstein. The new coach feels confident about the team's guard play and speed, but there is concern about the lack of size.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1995-96 record: 16-6.

Coach: Johnny Brooks.

Top players: Al Mann, 6-2, Sr., F; Dwight Rabb, 5-10, Sr., G.

Outlook: Seven seniors are gone from last year's state Class 1A semifinalist, and the first-year head coach, an assistant last year under George Leonard, will have to make do with some quickness, but little experience or size. He believes this could be a good team if everyone remains eligible.

John Carroll Patriots

1995-96 record: 12-11.

Coach: Pat Goles.

Top players: Mike Malone, 6-0, Jr., G; Dwight Bundy, 6-2, Soph., F.

Outlook: This will be a young team facing a tough schedule. It will likely take its lumps early, but Goles believes the group will be OK ultimately, if it is willing to keep working hard.

Joppatowne Mariners

1995-96 record: 11-13.

Coach: Tony Hockaday.

Top players: Omar Joyce, Sr., F; Quadrill Pollins, Sr., F; Randy Bishop, Sr., G.

Outlook: Hockaday replaces 16-year coach Mike Bauer. This is a young team with seven underclassmen, but Hockaday, who assisted with the Mariners' girls team last year, believes this team will be better than last year's.

North Harford Hawks

1995-96 record: 11-13.

Coach: Charles "Spike" Griffith.

Top players: Ryan Kamp, 6-2, Sr., F/C; Galen Beers, 6-0, Jr., G/F; Nathan Koff, 6-1, Jr., G/F.

Outlook: Kamp is the only candidate with previous playing time, making this the most inexperienced team in Griffith's nine years here. There is a lot of talent and versatility among the nine players, who should improve as the season progresses.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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