1998 Carroll County boys previews

September 03, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Carroll Christian Patriots

1997 record: 17-3

Coach: Matt Reisberg

Top players: Tristan Mason, Sr., D; Brian Siebeking, Sr., F; Alan Stevens, MF, Sr.

Outlook: The Patriots are very young, including players who have not played before, but some regulars are talented. "We're small in size, but the skills are there and, although we lost a lot of players from last year, we should be competitive," says Reisberg. Among other key players are junior midfielder Justin Ridgely, sophomore forward Matt Elban, a returning starter, and a new goalkeeper, sophomore Corey Green.

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1997 record: 5-8-1

Coach: David Storey

Top players: Justin Robertson, Sr., F; Travis Shipley, Sr., D; Justin Thomas, Sr., GK; Chris Dougherty, Jr., D; Sean Todd, Jr., MF

Outlook: The defense is solid -- three defenders have played for three years. But the offense needs players who can score. Also gone from last year is veteran head coach G. Hibberd, but Storey played for him and has been his assistant the last four years. "I've coached all the players, [and ] I know their tendencies," said Storey. "This group has worked hard. There have been no glitches." It may not be the most talented squad, but it should be able to show improvement.

Liberty Lions

1997 record: 9-5

Coach: Ed DeVincent

Top players: Tim Groves, Sr., MF; Craig Rauser, Sr., GK; Micah Reese, Sr., D/MF; John Somers, Sr., MF; Ray Tignall, Sr., F; Kris Gooding, Jr., F/MF

Outlook: After losing 12 seniors to graduation, this group will be young and more inexperienced than in recent years. "The potential is there, and we will be trying to get better," said DeVincent. Among the newcomers are junior defenders Tim Eagle, Jeff Hagood, and D.J. Pohlit, plus junior forward/midfielder Mike Bowers, and sophomore twins Shawn and John Moxley, midfielders. This is one of several county teams that has beefed up pre-season scrimmages (Dulaney, Bullis Prep, and Calvert Hall), not only to show the players a higher level of play but to help prepare them for what is expected to be much tougher county and Central Maryland Conference opposition.

North Carroll Panthers

1997 record: 1-10-2

Coach: Denny Snyder

Top players: Jamey Ayers, Sr., MF; Brian Buckingham, Sr., MF; Wyatt Deiaco, Sr., MF; Sean Dukehart, Sr., MF; Tim Wilfong, Sr., F; Chris Wineke, Sr., F

Outlook: Two years ago, this team scored 30 goals in a 9-4-1 season; last year, Ayers was the leading scorer with five goals and the team totaled just 13. This season, in an attempt to get more firepower, Wineke has been moved from sweeper to the front line. Two years ago, he and Ayers were the only sophomores on The Sun's two-team All-County squad. Another holdover from last year is Mark Campbell, a junior defender, a natural athlete with excellent skills. Buckingham is another expected to fit in well with this unit, because he is versatile and sees the field well. Competition is spirited among several candidates vying to be the starting goalkeeper. "Key injuries took away a lot from us last year," said Snyder. "This time, we have set some realistic goals. We need to stay healthy. And we need to come together as a team."

South Carroll Cavaliers

1997 record: 6-7-1

Coach: Charles Fazenbaker

Top players: Ben Carr, Sr., MF; Mike Golden, Sr., MF; Mike Reiter, Sr., D; Joe Robitaille, Sr., MF; Brian Lapato, Jr., MF

Outlook: This team will be looking to start on a good note and improve from that. The last two years, the Cavs showed steady improvement, but only after slow starts. Last year, the Cavs lost their opener to Westminster, then beat the Owls at the end of the season. In between were four one-goal losses, including 2-1 against Thomas Johnson, the best effort by any county team against the Frederick County power. The group participated in a team camp, has worked hard, and, as Fazenbaker said, "Our goal is to play better early." The early season includes Mount St. Joseph, Westminster, and the Damascus tournament.

Westminster Owls

1997 record: 3-8-2

Coach: Mick Ferraro

Top players: Chris Brothers, Sr., D;Adam Kiracofe, Sr., GK; Tony Legge, Sr., MF; Brad Stickles, Sr., MF; Tom Storck, Sr., F

Outlook: Ferraro, starting his second season as coach, is looking to get above the .500 mark this season. The players know what to expect and have shown an excellent work ethic in the pre-season practices. The basis for improvement centers on the defense, where the goalkeeper and four backs are seniors. GK Adam Kiracofe is in his third season, although exchange student Kristian Siewert (an All-County choice) limited his action last year. Three sophomores are expected to contribute, as well.

Discipline and cohesiveness will be essential.

Metro Top 15

Rank School

1. River Hill

2. McDonogh

3. Mount Hebron

4. Archbishop Curley

5. Severna Park

6. Calvert Hall

7. Wilde Lake

8. Mount St. Joseph

9. Oakland Mills

10. Franklin

11. Arundel

12. Patapsco

13. Chesapeake-AA

14. Bel Air

15. Old Mill

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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