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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Archbishop Curley Friars

8, 1991-92 record: 8-23. Coach: Dan Popera.

Top players: Dwight Byrd, 6-2, So., F; Mark McNicholas, 6-2, Jr., F/C; Byron Wise, 5-9, Sr., PG; John Salter, 5-9, Jr., G.

Outlook: Four players return from last year's team, but Popera will have a lot of kids who have never play organized basketball. Another problem will be a lack of height. The Friars will be depending on consistent perimeter shooting to compensate for the lack of size.

Boys' Latin Lakers

;/ 1991-92 record: 16-10. Coach: Hugh Gelston.

Top players: Tommy Saunders, 5-10, Sr., G; Phil Booker, 6-3, Sr., F; Andy Sharretts, 6-2, Sr., G; Martin Chivers, 6-6, Sr., G; John Brode, 6-4, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Lakers return seven players, including three starters. Gelston has an experienced squad and can go nine to 10 players deep, but overall height will be a problem. They will run and press constantly. Chivers, an exchange student from England, is a good shooter and should add to the solid nucleus of Saunders, Booker and Sharretts.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

9- 1991-92 record: 25-12. Coach: Ray Mullis.

Top players: Steve Wojciechowski, 5-11, Jr., G; Richard Dent, 6-7, Jr., C; Troy Queen, 6-2, Sr., G; Jerard Rucker, 6-3, Jr., F.; Kevin Dukes, 5-9, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Crusaders return eight players from last year's regular-season Catholic League champions. Wojciechowski is one of the area's top underclassmen. Rucker, Dukes and Queen each saw quality playing time last season and will start. If the Crusaders can avoid injuries and stay out of foul troubles, they will challenge for first in the Catholic League in years.

Carver Bears

;/ 1991-92 record: 16-4. Coach: Durce Jackson.

Top players: Shannon Fair, 5-10, Sr., G; John Chester, 5-7, Sr., G; Tyron Johnson, 5-11, Sr., F; David Berkeley, 6-4, Sr., C; Jason Johnson, 6-4, Soph., F.

Outlook: After three consecutive appearances in the B Conference title game, the Bears will be rebuilding this season. Chester and Fair are the only returning players who saw considerable playing time last season. Jackson will stress defense.

City Black Knights

8, 1991-92 record: 14-6. Coach: Wayne Cook.

Top players: Terrence Suber, 5-11, Sr., G; Aktim Gray, 5-11, Sr., G; Andrew Wright, 6-4, Jr., F/C.

Outlook: Eight players return for the Black Knights, who reached the MSA B Conference semifinals last season. Suber, who led the football team to the area's No. 1 ranking in the fall as quarterback, and Gray will be expected to lead a young squad. Cook plans go 10 to 11 players deep, using pressure defense and looking to run.

Douglass Ducks

6* 1991-92 record: 5-9. Coach: John Nash.

Top players: Robert Smith, 5-3, Soph., G; Tony Murphy, 5-4, Sr., G; Rodney Gunter, 5-8, Sr., G; Milton Mack, 6-2, Sr., F.

Outlook: With not much size, Nash hopes to be able to run. The outside shooting of Smith and Murphy is good, but it won't be enough for Douglass in a division that includes Walbrook and Southwestern, which they have to play twice. Nash is ex

pecting a long season.

Dunbar Poets

9- 1991-92 record: 29-0. Coach: Pete Pompey.

Top players: Keith Booth, 6-7, Sr., F; Norman Nolan, 6-7, Jr., F; Alexander Mobley, 6-8, Jr., F/C; Cornell Ward, 6-7, Jr., F

Outlook: The defending national champions lost four starters from last year's squad, including All-Americans Donta Bright and Michael Lloyd, but the Poets are still the team to beat. Booth is a Super 25 pick by USA Today after averaging 19.8 points last season. Nolan, a transfer from Milford Mill, Mobley and Ward give the Poets a solid front line. The question will be at guard. Still, Dunbar is a heavy favorite to win the state Class 1A title in its first season in the MPSSAA.

Edmondson Redskins

9- 1991-92 record: 15-4. Coach: James James.

Top players: Randolph Edison, 5-8, Sr., G; Damien Ross, 5-11, Sr., F; Kevin Huntley, 6-4, Sr., F; Antonio Sullivan, 6-0, Jr., G.; Maurice Blanding, 6-4, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Redskins, B Conference champions last season, are a definite contender. They boast two of the city's top players in Blanding and Edison, return 10 players and could be a surprise team to watch for in the state playoffs. Edison, an All-Conference selection last season, averaged 16.1 points and

6.6 assists.

Forest Park Foresters

0 1991-92 record: 6-15. Coach: Carnell Reavis.

Top players: Harvey Chambers, 6-4, Sr., F; Anthony Wells, 5-11, Sr., G; Joe Smith, 5-9, Sr., G; Kiam Preston, 5-9, Jr., PG; Ivan Forney, 6-3, Jr., F

Outlook: With four regulars returning, Reavis sees vast improvement from last season. Smith, a transfer from Dulaney, will be the point guard and add experience. The Foresters will use speed and quickness to create offensive and defensive chances.

Friends Quakers

:. 1991-92 record: 8-12. Coach: Randy Cooper.

Top players: Sean Armstrong, 5-9, Jr., G; Spencer Deering, 6-1, Sr., C/F; John Miles, 6-4, Sr., F; Hiram Holton, 5-7, Soph., G; Brian Hamilton, 6-1, Jr., F

Outlook: Cooper is confident his team will improve on last year's 8-12 mark. He will only have 10 players on the roster and all will play. Holton and Hamilton, both up from junior varsity, probably will start at the beginning of the season.

Gilman Greyhounds

8, 1991-92 record: 9-17. Coach: Tim Holley.

Top players: Jimmy Fields, 5-8, Jr., PG; Ronnie Crockett, 6-3, Sr, F; Ted Russell, 6-2, Sr., F; Mosi Bennett, 5-11, Sr., SG.

Outlook: Eight players return for the Greyhounds, but they lost leading scorer and rebounder Victor Carter-Bey to graduation, which will hurt under the boards. The Greyhounds will be guard-oriented, led by Fields, who averaged 6.6 assists last season. They are an experienced squad and Holley will go deep on his bench.

Lake Clifton Lakers

;/ 1991-92 record: 13-5. Coach: Charlie Moore.

Top players: Shawnta Rogers, 5-5, Soph., G; Kevin Norris, 5-9, pTC G; Terrence Payne, 6-7, Jr., C; Bernard Williams, 6-7, Jr., F; Anthony Wright, 6-5, Sr., F; Reggie Frazier, 6-4, Soph., F.

Outlook: With the addition of Williams, Wright and Frazier to the front line, along with Payne, who averaged

11.3 rebounds last season, the Lakers will be bigger, favored in their division and a solid contender for the state Class 4A title. Rogers and Norris, both second-team All-Metro selections last

season, form one of the area's top backcourts.

Mervo Mustangs

0 1991-92 record: 12-9. Coach: Woody Williams.

Top players: Warren Wright, 6-1, Sr., F; Rodney Cabean, 6-3, Sr., F; Sheldon Downing, 6-4, Sr., F; Dontrell Jones, 6-2, Sr., G.

Outlook: Williams, who last coached during the 1985-86 season at Lake Clifton, returns to the bench. He has a good nucleus of seniors, led by Warren Wright, who averaged 18.8 points. Optimistic after preseason practices, Williams thinks his team will be competitive in the division.

Mount Carmel Lions

9- 1991-92 record: 1-13. Coach: Leon Thomas.

Top players: Jason McKinney, 5-11, Jr., F/G; Lloyd St. Rose, 5-10, Soph., G; Chuck Friedel, 6-0, Sr., F/C.

Outlook: McKinney and Friedel are good perimeter shooters. Mount Carmel lacks height, but Thomas, a former assistant at Mount St. Joseph, has flexibility to use different combinations. Mount Carmel will try to stress fundamentals.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

0 1991-92 record: 10-21. Coach: Pat Clatchley.

Top players: Donte Abron, 5-6, Sr., PG; Kenny Krabitz, 6-1, Jr., F/G; Cheo Thomas, 6-1, Soph., F.

Outlook: Clatchley, who was an assistant, replaces Pat Maggio. Abron and Krabitz form an experienced backcourt. There will be an adjustment period, as the Gaels learn a new system, but they should be competitive in the Catholic League.

Northern Vikings

9- 1991-92 record: 3-14. Coach: Paul Holmes.

Top players: Richard Harris, 6-2, Sr., G; Lloyd Jones, 6-3, So., F; Jarris Butler, 6-0, So., G; Tyree Brown, 6-4, So., F; John Cheeves,

6-8, So., C.

Outlook: After winning four consecutive A Conference junior varsity titles at Dunbar, first-year coach Holmes brings a winning attitude to Northern, where he replaces Manny Werner, who retired. The Vikings are inexperienced, with four sophomores as probable starters. Harris is expected to lead after sitting out last season with academic problems.

Northwestern Wildcats

?3 1991-92 record: 5-15. Coach: Melvin Washington.

Top players: Andre Crockett, 6-1, Sr., G; Charles Walker, 6-4, Sr., F; Charles Owens, 6-4, Fr. F/C; Damon Johnson, 6-7, Soph., C; Richard Epps; 5-11, Jr., G; Eric Littlejohn, 6-0, Jr., G.

Outlook: Three starters return for the Wildcats, including two of the area's top scorers in Crockett (24.7 ppg) and Walker (18.8). While they appear set offensively, Washington feels one of the keys is how quickly the team comes together.

Patterson Clippers

=1 1991-92 record: 3-14. Coach: Larry Alexander.

Top players: Clyde Bracey, 6-2, Soph., G; Anthony Harrison, 6-4, Soph., F; Kenon Jackson, 6-5, F, Soph.; Todd Gross, 6-0, Soph., G; Andre Poole, 5-8, Fresh., G.

Outlook: Tryouts attracted more than 75 kids and Alexander is optimistic about bringing respectability to the program. At least four sophomores will start for the Clippers and how quickly Bracey and Gross mature in the backcourt will be a key.

Poly Engineers

;/ 1991-92 record: 6-12. Coach: Bucky Kimmett.

Top players: Giovanni Moore, 6-1, Jr., G; James Mitchell, 6-2, Sr., G; Robert Friend, 6-3, Sr., F; Curtis Wills, 6-4, Jr., F; Brian Scott, 6-3, Jr., F; Clinton Young, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Engineers return three players from last season, and Kimmett thinks it's more athletic. Wills, Scott and Young are up from junior varsity. Poly will be small and will try an up-tempo pace to compensate.

St. Frances Panthers

;/ 1991-92 record: 9-13. Coach: William Wells.

Top players: Orlando Ransom, 6-1, Jr., G; Patrick Johnson, 6-4, Sr., F; Darrell Dantzler, 5-10,Fresh., G; Jason Morgan, 6-6, Sr., C; Stanley Parker, 6-3, Soph., F; Alphonzo Jones, 5-10, Fresh., G.

Outlook: After winning a regular-season and tournament title in its first two seasons in the Catholic League, St. Frances slipped in 1991-92, but should rebound this season. Ransom is a three-year starter on the varsity and Johnson is a strong rebounder. The Panthers will go with a freshman backcourt of Jones and Dantzler.

Southern Bulldogs

=1 1991-92 record: 10-14. Coach: Meredith Smith.

Top players: Damon Cason, 6-1, Jr., G; Kevin Simpson, 6-5, Jr., F; Dante Williams, 6-5, Jr., F; Tyrone Smith, 6-6, Jr., C; Alphonso Hawes, 6-6, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bulldogs return four regulars from a team that outside of having to forfeit nine games because of an ineligible player, lost to only nationally ranked teams. Cason, a first team All-Metro selection last season, averaged 16.5 points and 10.1 assists. Simpson, one of the area's best players, will move from small forward to shooting guard.

Southwestern Sabres

=1 1991-92 record: 8-11. Coach: Terry Leverette.

Top players: Haywood Eaddy, 5-8, Jr., G; Dion Crawford, 6-1, Sr., G; Donnie Joy, 6-5, Jr., F; Milton Nichols, 6-2, Sr., C/F; Andre Swann, 5-10, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Sabres may be the dark horse in the division, returning eight players from a squad that defeated three teams ranked in the top 15 early last season and nearly knocked off Dunbar late in the season. Eaddy and Crawford are among the area's best backcourts.

Walbrook Warriors

=1 1991-92 record: 14-10. Coach: Gus Herrington.

Top players: Andre Rafus, 6-7, Sr., C; Antwan Wingo, 5-11, Sr., G, Sean Gross, 6-1, Sr, F; Antonio Patterson, 6-7, Sr., C-F; Travon Broadway, 6-4, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Warriors will challenge Southern for the 3A-1A division title and should be in state Class 3A race. Three starters return, led by Wingo and Rafus. Rafus, who averaged 12 points, is one of the area's top post players. Wingo, who averaged 15 points, will run the offense. Patterson is a good role player and gives the team stability up front. Walbrook may be hurt a little at shooting guard because standout Eric Carroll did not return, but Broadway, who averaged 22 points on junior varsity last season, could fill the void.

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