Coach: Linda Richards, 19th year
Assistant Coach: Bonnie Clendaniel
Last year's record: 14-1 overall, 11-1 in the Central Maryland Conference, 8-0 in the county
Top returnees: Seniors, Jen Cooper, Shelly Woodburn, Jen Rothlingshofer, Sherri Martin, Christi Lough.
Top newcomers: Juniors, Meghan Moore, Lisa Sauter.
Coach's comments: "My kids could come together with a lot of heart. We need to work on good setting; I think my hitting is OK."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Panthers have five seniors returning from last year's powerful team that went undefeated in the county. That fact alone should make them favorites to repeat in the county but the truth is theyare a bit vulnerable. This will be a big test for Richards, who has very little depth to work with. Seniors Cooper and Martin must do their share and more. North Carroll remains "king of the hill" until someone knocks them off -- this year it will be a lot tougher to stake their claim.