Boys Basketball: Western Tech vs. New Town

Western Tech senior guard Tre Beverly is the lone returning starter for the Wolverines. (File photo/2012 / March 2, 2012)

Depth will keep the competitive juices flowing at practices on the local hardwood as the season unfolds.

Coaches at Lansdowne and Catonsville hope that competition can mean more victories while the Western Tech coach feels strength in numbers will offset the star power lost from last year's regional finalist.

Read on to see who will be battling for playing time when the season gets underway.

Lansdowne


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Record last year: 7-13

Returning starters: Seniors forward Shawn Brown (6-1), senior center Trevor Morris (6-50 and junior forwards Tyler Jones (6-4) and Edrick Mallard (6-2).

Breakdown: The Vikings took their lumps last season with an inexperienced squad, but held together and should be improved with more depth and some fresh talent.

Senior guard Dallas Rowe (6-4), who played as a freshman and sophomore, returns to the backcourt after taking last year off.

"We've knocked some of the rust off and he's looking pretty good," coach Greg Karpers said.

Joining the backcourt is senior John Johnson (6-1), a transfer from Forest Park.

Sophomore Mark-Jared Kelly (6-3) figures to make an impact and Karpers hopes he can get contributions from senior Quentin Muhammad (5-10) and juniors Anthony Abram (6-1), Alfred Allen (5-10), Damon DeShields (5-10) and Ryan Woods (6-2) in the backcourt.

Seniors Ronald Stewart (6-5) Joey Cox (6-0) and Martin McCoy (5-10) will man the paint.

"This is the biggest team (depth wise) we've had," Karpers said. "We've got nine or 10 guys who are really going to contribute on game days, which has made our practices really competitive."

From what the coach has seen in the early practices, the Vikings should have balanced scoring and be pests with their size on defense.

"We are extremely long and athletic and we will pose some matchup problems," Karpers said.

Catonsville

2011-2012 record: 3-17

Returning starters: Senior forwards Jamal Tyson (6-foot-3), Kevin Sheppard (6-0) and Jack Rasmussen (6-3 ) and senior guard James Baker (5-6).

Breakdown: Second-year coach Matt Fannin has seven returning varsity players ready to create a winning vibe around the program.

Seniors Justin Sneed (5-10, G/F) and Brendan McTaggert (6-0, F) and junior Daniel Thompson (6-1, F) also have varsity experience.