Blackson was promoted to varsity from the junior varsity last season and suffered a shoulder injury.
Lloyd feels the top three teams in the Prince George’s County Class 4A league this year will be Eleanor Roosevelt, Wise and Flowers.
“What we want to do is join the race,” Lloyd said. “Every year in high school is a rebuilding year.”
That is certainly true this year for Laurel, which at least has the same coach that ended last season.
Lloyd, who graduated from Loudon Valley High in Virginia in 1985, has high hopes for the future of the program as about 75 players tried out for the junior varsity and varsity teams. The Laurel JV team was above .500 last season.