1996 record: 4-10. Coach: Pam Cole.
Top players: Mary Birch, Sr., OF; Lindsay Coulter, Jr., P; Diane Cundra, Jr., OF; Wendy Jones, Carmen Everett, Jr., C/SS.
Outlook: The goal is to be more successful than last year. Some of the players have been playing together three or four years in high school but otherwise lack fast-pitch experience.
Bel Air Bobcats
1996 record: 14-4. Coach: Valerie Cooper.
Top players: Jody Leftwich, Sr., P; Laura Perfater, Sr., C; Kellie Flynn, Jr., OF; Stacey Handshoe, Jr., 3B; Becca Jones, Jr., OF; Colleen Keefe, Jr., 1B; Kelly Krieger, Jr., 2B.
Outlook: There is a talent-laden mixture of experience (9-0 in the county last year) and youth, although Leftwich needs to stay healthy for the team to reach the highest level.
1996 record: 16-3. Coach: Joe Dunch.
Top players: Karen Klimchak, Sr., OF; Emily Marcheski, Sr., 1B; Kim McNamee, Sr., OF; Heather Ruleau, Sr., C; Angie Byrd, Jr., IF; Stacie Konrad, Jr., IF; Melanie Siler, Jr., P; Carrie Caudill, So., IF.
Outlook: There is experience through the middle with three All-County players -- the battery of Siler and Ruleau, plus shortstop Konrad -- making pitching and defense the keys to success. Team speed should improve.
1996 record: 5-10. Coach: Mark Buzminsky.
Top players: Carrie Bossle, Sr., P; Stacey Herpel, Jr., OF; Erica Turner, Jr., OF.
Outlook: A good group of holdovers could help make this a solid defensive team and provide the spark for a .500 season.
1996 record: 12-7. Coach: John Heuston.
Top players: Andrea Bright, Sr., C; Carrie Wirth, Jr., OF; Candi Kuligowski, So., SS.
Outlook: With 10 seniors, including seven starters, gone via graduation, this will be a rebuilding season. Some of last year's JV players will help in key spots, but as is usually the case in this situation, other players must step forward for this to be a successful season.
Harford Christian Eagles
1996 record: 7-5. Coach: Charlotte Street.
Top players: Jackie Davis, Sr., 1B; Kera Parlett, Sr., P-C; Emily Tinkler, Sr., P-Util.
Outlook: "If our pitchers gain confidence in themselves early, we will do very well," says Street, who returns for her eighth season after missing last year. Other school activities could put a crimp in the record when some players miss up to four games.
Harford Tech Cobras
1996 record: 3-11. Coach: Bill Hurd.
Top players: Stephanie Carroll, Jr., P-OF; Monique Fournier, Jr., P-IF; Angie Hartsell, Jr., P-IF; Sabrina Hash, Jr., OF; Amanda Lopez, Jr., SS; Alison Rupert, Jr., C; Jen Derbert, So., OF.
Outlook: Last year, the team won its first county game (and lost several other close ones) while playing a full schedule.Enough experienced players return to boost hopes for a .500 season.
Havre de Grace Warriors
1996 record: 5-13. Coach: Karen Romanelli.
Top players: Elizabeth Carr, Sr., C; Raven Reedy, Sr., 3B; Jen Watson, Sr., P; Kate Brochu, Jr., SS; Lisa Romanelli, Jr., OF; Melissa Chatam, So., OF.
Outlook: Strong hitting and defense from some experienced talent will make this team a much tougher competitor.
John Carroll Patriots
1996 record: 14-5. Coach: Neal Drexel.
Top players: Alischa Page, Sr., OF-P-C; Liz Pyzik, Jr., 2B; Jen Westervelt, Jr., 1B; Meaghan Kriss, So., 3B; Shelley Reft, So., OF.
Outlook: Heading into its first Catholic League season, this will be a young team that should feature defense. Hitting is a question mark, and success may depend on how JV graduates develop.
1996 record: 5-8. Coach: Greg Wensell.
Top players: Sarah Brill, Sr., OF; Carrie Gorsch, Sr., OF; Marie Stout, Sr., P; Nikki Terzigni, Jr., 3B; Tonya Meeke, So., C.
Outlook: A fairly young, inexperienced team will rely on strong pitching and defense.
North Harford Hawks
1996 record: 7-11. Coach: Susan Anderson.
Top players: Erin Albrecht, Sr., C; Katie Hale, Sr., 3B; Jessica Phelps, Sr., 1B; Jackie Henderson, Jr., P; Heather Koch, Jr., P; Shannon Watts, Jr., SS.
Outlook: Four returnees, stronger play (compared to last year) at several positions, and much-needed improvement in hitting should make the Hawks contendfor the county title.
Pub Date: 3/27/97