“With two starting guards returning as well as a third that was a part time starter a year ago, our backcourt figures to be our strength this year,” coach Michael Salapata said.
The first of those guards is Micah Henry, a second-team All-County selection who averaged 11.6 points as a sophomore last season. In addition to his scoring ability — he exploded for 25 against against Clarksburg last February — the 6-foot-2 slasher also finished fifth in the county with 3.5 assists per game.
Senior Robert Gordon was the Golden Bears’ top scorer last season (12.0 points per game) and averaged 2.2 steals.
Despite losing Ryan Ridgell, the team’s third-leading scorer and top rebounder, Salapata has been “extremely impressed” with senior guard David Edwards.
“He played very sparingly last year,” Salapata said, “but I have seen tremendous growth and improvement and I think he will be a key contributor for us.”
In January, Hammond will be the first Howard County public school to compete in the Mayor's Academy event at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The Golden Bears will play Woodlawn on Jan. 11 and face New Town the following afternoon. Chapelgate is also participating in the tournament.