High School Sports

March 19, 2004


1. Calvert Hall

Last season: 21-7, ranked No. 4

The MIAA A Conference runner-up is loaded with pitching and hitting. Sean Rae (5-1), Jon Kibler (5-2) and Timmy Sexton (1-1) are among seven pitchers.

2. Severna Park

Last season: 21-4, No. 3

Its deepest pitching staff (eight arms) ever and a lot of team speed.

3. St. Paul's

Last season: 23-6, No. 2

Graduation took away some power, but the pitching trio of Steve Johnson, Nathan Curd and Hereford transfer Trey Crable give the Crusaders a chance of a threepeat in the MIAA A Conference.

4. Old Mill

Last season: 20-3, No. 1

Its top two pitchers graduated. Outstanding junior hitter Alex Buchholz will be a key as a pitcher this season.

5. Chesapeake-AA

Last season: 12-11, unranked

Pardon coach Jim Simms, who led the Cougars to a 4A state title in 1997, if he is excited about his pitching featuring left-handers Tom Schlein, Brandon Fleig and Jake Shibilsky.

6. Fallston

Last season: 16-4, No. 10

Right-handers Ryan Kent, Brandon Hart and 6-6 Chris Merrick are back, and there is offensive punch.

7. Glenelg

Last season: 14-4, unranked

Mike Corona and Jeff Dulaney give the 2A Gladiators strong 1-2 pitching to go with solid hitting.

8. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 25-5, No. 5

With nine key returnees, inclu- ding Jeff Poff (OF), Steve Clevenger (SS) and Chris Hildreth (2B), the Gaels are strong.

9. Eastern Tech

Last season: 18-1, No. 6

Top player Kenny Miller returns with a host of others.

10. Perry Hall

Last season: 17-3, No. 8

Buddy Breidenbaugh (P-1B) is one of six returnees who started for the Gators in last year's 7-0 loss to Old Mill in the 4A final.

11. North Harford

Last season: 17-5, No. 14

Arguably Harford County's top hitting team, led by catcher Jason Stifler (.352, 5 HRs).

12. Parkville

Last season: 16-2, No. 9

What was a very strong JV last spring should bolster the Knights' returning nucleus.

13. Arch. Spalding

Last season: 12-10, unranked

The pitching of Andrew Germuth, Keith Price and Donnie Fletcher and the Drew Poiter-led lineup could lead the Cavs to their first A Conference playoff berth since 1992.

14. Broadneck

Last season: 10-10, unranked

A solid pitching staff led by left-hander Mike Williams.

15. River Hill

Last season: 16-4, No. 7

Despite the loss of their top two pitchers, a hard-hitting attack could carry the Hawks.

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