Liberty's Jack Selby against Westminster, during their boys basketball game in Westminster last season.
Liberty's Jack Selby against Westminster, during their boys basketball game in Westminster last season. (Bill Ryan / For the Carroll County Times)


Coach: George Wunder, 16th year

Last year’s record: 23-3, 12-0 county


First game: Tuesday vs. Glenelg, 7

Key losses: Chris Norman, Anthony Perrone, Adam Rolfes, Zach Tucker


Key returners: Azariah Knox, senior G; Zach Owings, senior F; Alex Prokic, senior C.

Outlook: Wunder has gone through a roster overhaul a few times in the last decade, but the Knights’ performance on the court stays the same. They’ve been nothing but consistent and haven’t had a losing season since 2008. “We will rely heavily on our returning players to help our underclassmen get up to speed,” Wunder said via email. “Our players are working hard on building team chemistry each day, and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Ryan Kimble, 10th year

Last year’s record: 12-12, 6-6 county

First game: Tuesday at Catoctin, 7

Key losses: Drue Giles, Rashad Giles, Greg Horrocks

Key returners: Josh Brown, senior G; Amir Cole, senior G; Anthony Murray, senior F; Noah Vipond, junior F.

Outlook: FSK made positive strides last year after winning nine games the year before. This season, the Eagles are focused sharply on a winning record and success in the playoffs. “We have an experienced team,” Kimble said via email. “This group has played together for a very long time. They have good on-court chemistry. Our returning players are working hard to help us reach our goals.”


Coach: Brian Tombs, 6th year

Last year’s record: 14-10, 8-4 county

First game: Tuesday at Walkersville, 7

Key losses: Justin Brookhart, Nick Tilson


Key returners: Ben Brown, senior F; Steven Goetz, senior G; Tristan Kent, junior C; Ronak Morgan, senior G; Jack Selby, senior G.

Outlook: The Lions return a good nucleus, and Tombs believes they can improve on last year’s record. “We have potential to be a good team,” Tombs said via email. “Looking to build off a solid campaign from last year and take another step closer to being a top team.”

Manchester Valley

Coach: Bernie Koontz, 9th year

Last year’s record: 8-15, 5-7 county

First game: Wednesday vs. Owings Mills, 6:45

Key losses: Chandler Breeden, Ryan Gerber

Key returners: Dayne Koontz, junior G; Bo Schene, senior G; Justin Shipley, senior F.

Outlook: The Mavericks hope to take a step forward this season and reach .500 or surpass that record. “The team is working hard and improving every day,” Koontz said via email. “If we stay healthy, we will be competitive.”

South Carroll

Coach: Jim Carnes, 3rd year (29th overall)

Last year’s record: 5-17, 3-9 county

First game: Tuesday at Linganore, 7

Key losses: Bill Bauserman, Henry Cook, Quint Reitter

Key returners: Dylan Graham, junior G; Josh Kaye, senior F; Matt Gamble, senior G; Kollin Pavlik, senior F.

Outlook: The Cavaliers will be an athletic team and rely on its defense and rebounding to compensate for a lack of height. Chemistry and the intensity the players have shown at practice are also strengths. “They are a hard-working group,” Carnes said via email. “They really get along well with each other.”


Coach: Brett Kanther, 3rd year

Last year’s record: 15-9, 9-3 county

First game: Tuesday at North Hagerstown, 7

Key losses: Jahmere Campbell, Joey Conklin, Noah Westbrook

Key returners: Reese Diehl, senior F; Parker Eysaman, senior G; Roman Hawkins, senior forward; Nick Henneman senior F; Javahn Showers, junior G; Joe Wright, junior F.

Outlook: The Owls don’t return any starters, but they may have the talent, depth and quickness to put together another successful season. Chemistry will be the big key. “Last year’s team worked well as a unit and had played together for years and year as opposed to this group,” Kanther said. “So we have some moving parts that we need to jell. That might take some time.”

Winters Mill

Coach: Devon Lesniak, 1st year

Last year’s record: 2-21, 0-12 county

First game: Wednesday at Howard, 5:30

Key loss: Tre Woodyard

Key returners: Devin Callahan, senior G; Brayden Dease, senior C; Terren McDonald, junior G.

Outlook: Lesniak takes over a varsity team from Billy Mays that has nowhere to go but up. Lesniak wants to develop a rapport with his players to help build a successful program, and he likes what he has seen so far in the preseason. “We have a young and inexperienced group, but they have been working hard in practice and I expect us to be very competitive,” Lesniak said via email.

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