Outlook: The Hawks played Aberdeen tough before falling, 62-48, in the state title game, and with a solid backcourt returning, as well as a couple of post players who saw plenty of action last season, they have the early edge in Howard County.

9. Glenelg

Coach: Don Beall

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Last season: 24-2, No. 6

Postseason: Class 2A South regional finals

Outlook: Only two starters return, and one, Sam Heisig, is out until January after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. With All-Metro guard Emily Russo and several players with varsity experience, the Gladiators should still challenge for another Howard County title.

10. City

Coach: George Petrides

Last season: 17-7, No. 13

Postseason: Class 3A North regional first round

Outlook: The Knights return all but one player from a team that barely lost to Poly in the Baltimore City final and then gave Milford Mill a battle in the regional opener before falling, 48-45. Look for them to make another run at the city title.

11. Roland Park

Coach: Scott Buckley

Last season: 16-11, unranked

Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinals

Outlook: The Reds' roster includes only two upperclassmen, but their youngsters are athletic, talented and versatile. If they can overcome the inconsistencies of youth, they could compete with the league favorites this season.

12. Seton Keough

Coach: Jody Powell

Last season: 13-13, No. 15

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinals