1998 Anne Arundel boys previews

September 03, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham

Annapolis Panthers

1997 record: 3-10

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Top players: Will Phillips, Jr., M; Andy Rogers, Sr., M; Andrew Hemminger, Sr., D; Dan Hemminger, Sr., F; Steve Gioffre, Sr., M; Pat O'Brien, Jr., F.

Outlook: Gehrdes, with eight starters among his 16 returnees, didn't like the number of goals his Panthers were able to put in the back of the net last fall. "That's the most difficult part of the game," he said. Phillips, a center midfielder who can do it all, put in his share but gotlittle help. Rogers moves from sweeper to midfield to get the most out of his speed and endurance. Andrew Hemminger will key a veteran defense. His brother Dan will try to solve the scoring mystery.

Annapolis Area Christian Eagles

1997 record: 2-12-3

Coach: Bob Topp

Top players: Stephen Deterding, Jr., M; Roy Farner, Jr., F; Alex Bitzer, So., D; Aaron Hendricks, Sr., M; Luke Cooper, Sr., M; Brian Mahaffey, Sr., M/G.

Outlook: After a disappointing debut in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference last season, the Eagles expect better things. Topp said maturity, two promising transferees, and some talented newcomers from JV should provide more wins. Deterding, in midfield this season, and Farner, a transfer from Bowie, will be the team's core. Support comes from Bitzer, Hendricks, Cooper and Mahaffey with Jay Parks, a junior midfielder who transferred from Riverdale Baptist, also a player. Underclassmen provide depth. "We're not championship caliber yet, but we should win more than we lose," said Topp.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1997 record: 14-5-2

Coach: Rick Carlson

Top players: Bryan Medej, Sr., F; Dave Florez, Sr., M; Pat Blair, Sr., D/F; Jay Broglie, Sr., D; Jordan Terry, Jr., M; Brian Kopetsky, Jr., D.

Outlook: Coming up with an encore to last year's dream season, which ended in a 1-0 loss to Calvert Hall for the Cavs' first appearance in the MIAA A Conference final, will be difficult. That team had 12 seniors, but but Carlson is cautiously optimistic with his young, talented nucleus that includes Medej (12 goals last fall) and four or five others who saw some varsity action then, plus several newcomers. "We have to be patient. We're working hard and have met all our goals so far. What you may see at the beginning of the season won't be what you see at the end," said Carlson.

Arundel Wildcats

1997 record: 13-3

Coach: Nick Jauschnegg

Top players: Kyle Beckerman, Jr., M; Matt Brady, Sr., M; Mike Brady, Sr., F; Brett Bujack, Sr., D; Jim Daley, Sr., M; Chris Ewing, Sr., D; Jordan Hoit, Sr., D; Matt Shepard, Sr., G.

Outlook: Plenty of bright spots can be found, but none is brighter than Beckerman in the middle of the field. "He's the quarterback of our team -- makes us go. He scores, distributes, and does a lot of other things," said Jauschnegg. Beckerman, a member of the Under-17 U.S. national team that competed in Europe this summer, scored 15 times and added four assists last season to earn first-team All-State honors. Six starters return with him. Mike Brady will be counted on to finish with Shepard returning in goal to anchor a veteran defense. "We have a lot of experience spread out, and things are starting to fall into place," said Jauschnegg.

Broadneck Bruins

1997 record: 6-6-1

Coach: Jon Braun

Top players: John Parisi, Sr., M; Colin Jones, Sr., D; Shane Sarchiapone, Sr., D; Kelly Nash, Sr., F; Ben Ashby, Sr., M; Zachary Greene, Sr., D; Ryan Sackett, Sr., D.

Outlook: Parisi, a first-team All-County selection last fall, will be starting his fourth year of varsity at midfield and supplies constant energy at midfield. "He's an outstanding player who sets an example for everyone else. He's such a talented player, it's infectious and makes us a better team," said Braun. Nash has speed to complement Parisi, and Ashby, normally a midfielder, also could see time up front. Jones, at sweeper, is the only regular back on defense. His athleticism and experience will be vital. Joey Case and Matt Stover will take care of the goal.

Chesapeake Cougars

1997 record: 11-2-1

Coach: Earl Eckhardt

Top players: Dustin Abey, Sr., F; Billy Adams, Sr., F; Mike McIntyre, Sr., M; Howie Otto, Sr., G; Scott Mucci, Jr., D; Mike Jungerheld, So., M.

Outlook: The Cougars won their third county championship in four years last fall with a convincing 5-0 win over Arundel. A strong nucleus returns, led by second-team All-State striker Abey (eight goals, eight assists) to put them in the middle of things again. "He has a terrific work rate with fine skills and a good hard shot," said Eckhardt. Abey will be heavily marked, which should open things for Adams and McIntyre, who will be the midfield mainstays. Jungerheld, a defensive midfielder last season, will also step up. Mucci at sweeper and Otto in goal give the Cougars a strong middle defensively. "The last half of the season last year, I thought Howie was as good as anyone in the county," said Eckhardt.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1997 record: 6-8-1

Coach: John Camm

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