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Boys Basketball: 2021 Carroll County Athletic League team preview capsules

Century

Coach: George Wunder, 19th year

Last year: 20-4, 11-1 CCAL (champs)

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First game: Jan. 6 at Liberty

Key losses: Matt Daniel, Spencer Copley, Justin Wunder

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Key returners: Colby Owings, senior G; John Pavlick, junior F: Noah Riley, senior G; Jimmy Rogers, senior C

Outlook: The Knights bring back Riley, who averaged 17 points and 3.4 steals per game last season and was a Times Player of the Year candidate. George Wunder said via email his squad “will rely on our returning players who earned lots of minutes last season. Our seniors have done a great job getting our team ready to play and we will rely on their leadership.”

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Ryan Kimble, 13th year

Last year: 7-17, 4-8 CCAL

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First game: Jan. 6 at Winters Mill

Key loss: Cameron Brooks

Key returners: Jaeden Heiser, junior G; Liam McGrath, junior G; Ryan Rill, junior F; Travis Williams, senior F

Outlook: Key returns four starters, led by a first-team all-county pick in Rill (14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg). The Eagles also bring in 6-foot-5 senior forward Joseph Venable, who transferred from Chesapeake High in Baltimore and is committed to play at Penn State-Brandywine next year. “Excited to see how the boys progress this season. Practices so far have been intense, competitive,” Kimble said via email.

Liberty

Coach: Brian Tombs, 9th year

Last year: 14-11, 8-4 CCAL

First game: Jan. 6 vs Century

Key losses: Nate Kent, Peyton Scheufele, Connor Stewart

Key returners: Jayden Adams, senior F; Justin Sheetz, senior G; Shane Stewart, junior G

Outlook: The Lions took out rival Century last season to play in the state quarterfinals for the first time in program history, but they enter a new season minus two first-team all-county players in Scheufele (13.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Connor Stewart (9.8 ppg). Shane Stewart returns after a first-team all-county sophomore year, however. “This season will be about getting players the opportunity to compete,” Tombs said via email.

Century's Colby Owings gets his hand in front of a pass to Liberty's Justin Sheetz in the second half. Liberty defeats Century, 54-38, to claim the 2A West, Region I championship Thursday night in Eldersburg.
Century's Colby Owings gets his hand in front of a pass to Liberty's Justin Sheetz in the second half. Liberty defeats Century, 54-38, to claim the 2A West, Region I championship Thursday night in Eldersburg. (Doug Kapustin/Carroll County Times)

Manchester Valley

Coach: Chris Wunder, 2nd year

Last year: 8-15, 5-7 CCAL

First game: Jan. 8 vs Westminster

Key losses: Brett DeWees, Hunter Leaman, Connor Rugguri, Christopher Wunder

Key returners: Zach Bowen, Senior G; Jackson Klingenberg, senior G

Outlook: Last year’s offense ran through DeWees, and rightfully so — the reigning Times Player of the Year led Carroll in scoring and rebounding. Now, Wunder has a veteran backcourt to lead the way with Bowen and Klingenberg. Bowen averaged 10 points per game as a junior and shot 76.8% from the free-throw line. “Everyone is excited to be back in the gym,” Wunder said via email. “It has been a challenge this year with all the new protocols and losing some players to quarantine, but we are working hard in practice trying to develop team chemistry.”

South Carroll

Coach: Jim Carnes, 5th year (31st overall)

Last year: 6-16, 4-8 CCAL

First game: Jan. 6 vs Westminster

Key losses: Luke Anderson, Carter Chesney

Key returners: Aidan Greaney, senior; Karson Pavlik, junior; Alex Warehime, senior

Outlook: The loss of Anderson to graduation means the Cavaliers are without their leading scorer (12.6 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg) from a year ago. Also graduated is Chesney, who led Carroll in assists per game at 4.0. But SC brings back Pavlik, who averaged 9.2 points as a sophomore. Carnes said via email this year’s squad is a “young team with good depth,” and ”should be very competitive.”

South Carroll's Karson Pavlik against Francis Scott Key in Boys Basketball regional playoffs, at Francis Scott Key.
South Carroll's Karson Pavlik against Francis Scott Key in Boys Basketball regional playoffs, at Francis Scott Key. (Bill Ryan / For Carroll County T/Carroll County Times)

Westminster

Coach: Steve Byrnes, 1st year

Last year: 16-7, 10-2 CCAL

First game: Jan. 6 at South Carroll

Key losses: Denio Blaney, Tyler Buberl, Chandler Gentzel, Nico Graham

Key returners: Connor Levinson, senior F; Erick Stranko, senior G

Outlook: The Owls finished second in the county standings backed by a first-team all-county pick in Blaney and a pair of second-team selections in Gentzel and Graham. That crop has since graduated, and Byrnes is back as Westminster’s coach (he coached the Owls from 2009-15). “We do know we will play hard and compete,” the coach said via email. “It’s a great group of guys who are hungry to play ball, especially in this challenging year.”

Winters Mill

Coach: Dave Wynne, 1st year

Last year: 1-21, 0-12 CCAL

First game: Jan. 6 vs F.S. Key

Key losses: Riley Adkins, John Bodden, Logan Davidson, Travis Fullerton, Garrett Graf

Key returners: Jacob Hinkhaus, junior F; Josh Popielski, senior G; Tyler Sabad, junior G; Cam Vogel, senior F

Outlook: Wins have been hard to come by in recent years for the Falcons, who are 6-62 over the last three seasons. Wynne is next in line to try and turn things around, and he has veterans in the backcourt to lean on in Popielski and Sabad. “The Falcons are excited for the opportunity to compete this winter against quality competition,” Wynne said via email. “Several key pieces return from last year’s team, combined with hungry newcomers eager to prove themselves. Look for a scrappy Falcons team to seek consistency as the season progresses.”

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