Outlook: Last winter's All-Metro Coach of the Year, Peace-Able molded a team of role players into the Baltimore City champion. The Engineers, who allowed just 27.95 points per game, should go far again with the defensive-minded team approach.

5. St. Vincent Pallotti

Coach: Josh Pratt

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Last season: 16-8, No. 8

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinals

Outlook: Pratt said this may be the best team he has coached in his four years at the school. With three starters and five reserves back, along with three key additions, the Panthers are athletic, bigger and deeper than last season and should make a run at the A Conference title.

6. Milford Mill

Coach: DeToiya McAliley

Last season: 25-1, No. 9

Postseason: Class 3A North regional finals

Outlook: The Millers posted the best record in school history last season. With three starters back and a key transfer, they should pick up where they left off, despite a challenging schedule that includes Aberdeen and Digital Harbor.

7. Digital Harbor

Coach: Patrick McDonald

Last season: 18-8, No. 7

Postseason: Class 3A North regional semifinals

Outlook: The Rams, who have been to the state tournament in four of the past five years, return five players, including versatile All-Metro forward-guard A'Lexus Harrison and 6-foot-5 center Infiniti Alston. They have the supporting cast to compete for the city title.

8. River Hill

Coach: Teresa Waters

Last season: 22-5, No. 11

Postseason: Class 3A state finals