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March 21, 2001|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Last spring, Calvert Hall won coach Joe Binder's 11th Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown. Towson won its first state title - the 2A version. And Dulaney, of coach Ron Audlin, reached its first state title game, losing, 3-2, in the 4A final.

But can either of them have similar success?

In the MIAA A Conference, Calvert Hall faces a tough field that includes Loyola, McDonogh, Mount St. Joseph, St. Paul's and Gibbons. Gibbons has moved up from the B Conference, where it was a two-time champion.

Second-team All-Metro outfielder Mike Santmyer (.451, 18 RBIs, 17 runs, four home runs) and shortstop Dustin Sparks are among Calvert Hall's eight returnees. Right fielder Brian Anecharico, and pitchers Matt Kyle, Josh Kozoil, John Klein and Matt Stefanski will be critical.

But St. Paul's (18-10) returns 16 of 19 players, with All-Metro designated hitter-outfielder Brent Weiss (.434, 31 RBIs, 31 runs); second-team All-Metro left-hander Todd Perkins; and second-team All-City/County outfielder Walter Hill.

McDonogh (11-15) returns intact, with catcher Paul Winterling; second baseman Mike Silverman; left fielder Justin Bowmaker; center fielder-pitcher Louis Hun; and designated hitter Franklin Branch. "After starting five sophomores and a freshman last year, all of our starters are returning," McDonogh coach Chet Janiga said.

Loyola (12-18) will be led by Mount St. Mary's-bound catcher Adam Schlenoff; pitcher-shortstop Chris Kaiser; outfielders Will Cromwell and Ryan Nawrocki; and pitcher Kevin Pyzik.

In Class 4A-3A, Dulaney (16-9) has a difficult nonleague game May 1 at Calvert Hall. It also must face tough 4A-3A rivals Eastern Tech, Franklin, Parkville, Patapsco and Perry Hall.

The Lions return second-team All-Metro left-hander Trevor MacMeekin (6-1, 190) and All-City/County catcher Scott Headd. MacMeekin went 7-1 with 49 strikeouts, hit .420 with 29 RBIs, had 29 hits and scored 25 runs. Headd hit .515 with team-highs in hits (35) and runs scored (30).

David Gobeli, who missed much of last year with an arm injury, still hit .500 and four home runs and scored 18 runs. Eastern Tech (15-7) returns second-team All-City/County pitcher-outfielder Ken Murray, who went 6-1 pitching with 35 strikeouts. Murray hit .565 with 20 RBIs and four home runs. Justin Cooper (.381, 12 RBIs) and Chris Brown (.350) add depth.

Patapsco returns ace pitcher Tony Wisniewski (4-2, 34 strikeouts); junior pitchers Joe McCauley and Michael Cornes add depth on the mound. Four holdovers from last season - speedy left fielder Calvin Wilson; senior all-around player Jon Rossi; shortstop Chris Sama; and outfielder Sam Lazzero - could help the Patriots to improve on last year's 10-7-1 season.

Perry Hall (17-6), loser in the 4A North Regional final to Dulaney, lost two starters to injury and a third to ineligibility, but returns All-City/County center fielder Shawn Warner.

Franklin (13-6) has pitcher-outfielder Kyle Storms (4-1, 1.28 ERA) and four other starters back. Storms hit .467 with five home runs, and shortstop Chris Parker hit .393.

Parkville (7-11) looks for a turnaround with pitchers Bill Acres (3-1) and Chris Lane (2-1). Third baseman Brandon Spiegel, catcher Mike Freeburger and second baseman Casey Gardner make for a solid all-around team.

Milford Mill returns four starters from a 5-11 team. Junior catcher Chris Riggs; infielder-outfielder Ryan Mickens; pitcher Delano Todd; and infielders Dwayne Wallace and Devin Portee are reason for optimism.

Pitchers Brinley Fried and Eric Sheridan, and outfielder Matt Kropkowski look to take Dundalk above .500. Randallstown (1-17 last year) looks for the same with third baseman Candunn Clary, outfielder Brian Newton, catcher Brandon Jones, outfielder Brian Carroll and shortstop Mikal Frazier.

Woodlawn (7-10) boasts 6-5 pitcher-shortstop Gerrod Dixon; pitchers Chris Hughes and Melvin McDonald; catcher Donte Evans; second baseman David Hill; and outfielder Elbarko Carr.

In 2A-1A, Defending Class 2A state champion Towson will get stiff competition from Carver, Catonsville, Hereford and Loch Raven.

Towson (20-4) graduated two second-team All-Metro pitchers, but returns four starters and talent from a 10-6 JV team. Right hander John Rynasciewicz was 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Third baseman Ryan Valeri; pitcher-shortstop John Karos; and outfielders Bryan Lange and Dan Cappe make the Generals tough to beat.

Hereford (13-6) returns seven starters, including center fielder Steve Goad (.532, 21 RBIs) and infielders Mike Rostek (.395); Ray Causey (.450); Larry Basignani (.375); and Brian Fiorito (.360). Pitchers Brandon Mourges (3-0); Charles Barker (a Calvert Hall transfer); and Nick Schultz have Hereford coach Todd Hartshorn thinking big.

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