Archbishop Curley Friars1992-93 record: 3-21. Coach: Dan...

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Archbishop Curley Friars

1992-93 record: 3-21. Coach: Dan Popera.

Top players: Brian Schilpp, 6-2, Sr., F; Ryan Hax, 5-10, Jr., PG; Will Kuhl, 6-1, Sr., F; Al Billneyer, 6-3, F, Sr.; David Noya, 5-9, Sr., G.

Outlook: Because of the demands of participating in two leagues, the Friars dropped out of the Catholic League and will play only in the MSA Armstrong B Conference. They should improve on last year's mark, but size again will be a problem. The Friars will need to play strong defense and Popera hopes to get solid contributions from his JV players.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1992-93 record: 14-13. Coach: Hugh Gelston.

Top players: Scott Adler, Sr., 5-10, G; Tim Roberts, Sr., 5-10, G; Bryan Devaney, Sr., 5-11, G; Jason Quenzer, 6-1, Jr., F; J. D. Radebaugh, 6-3, Jr., F.

Outlook: Gelston thinks that this be one of his most athletic squads. They will have to play solid defense to make up for their shooting and rebounding shortcomings. The Lakers will try to play an uptempo game, but a major key for them will be how Roberts performs after an injury-filled 1992-93 season.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992-93 record: 19-14. Coach: Ray Mullis.

Top players: Steve Wojciechowski, 5-11, Sr., G; Jerard Rucker, 6-4, Sr., F-G; Kevin Dukes, 5-9, Sr., G; Ryan Beaumont, Sr., 6-3, F-C; Rick Fuller, Jr., 6-2, G-F.

Outlook: After winning its first four Catholic League games, the Crusaders slumped for the remainder of the season, before losing in the tournament semifinals. Gibbons will be a factor again with the senior leadership of Wojciechowski, who signed with Duke, Rucker and Dukes. They won't have much size, but will be quick and effective from the perimeter. The Crusaders can't afford injuries if they want to stay in the Catholic and MSA Armstrong A League race.

Carver Bears

1992-93 record: 10-10. Coach: Durce Jackson.

Top players: Wardell Harmon, 5-7, Sr., PG; Harrell Rice, 6-6, Sr., F; Jason Johnson, 6-5, Sr., PF; Anthony Faulk, 6-2, Sr., SG; Garland Ragler, 6-4, Jr., SG.

Outlook: Even though he's returning only one starter, Jackson is optimistic about this season's squad and thinks it has the potential to be a factor in the 3A-2A Division after reaching the Class 3A playoffs last season. The Bears will be sound fundamentally and defensively, but very inexperienced. Jackson thinks that the Bears match up with any team in the area.

City Knights

1992-93 record: 3-15. Coach: Wayne Cook.

Top players: Gregory McKinney, 5-11, Sr., G; Andrew Wright, 6-5, Sr., C; Corey Simpson, 5-11, Sr., G; Alfred Gardner, 6-5, Sr., C; Matthew Taylor, 6-4, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Knights will be more experienced this season with seven returnees and 10 seniors, and Cook is hoping to see improvement from last season's mark. City should benefit from the move from the City 4A League to the 3A-2A League, because it lacks overall height. Cook has seen improvement in its outside shooting, which he hopes will help to make them competitive.

Douglass Ducks

1992-93 record: 9-9. Coach: John Nash.

Top players: Robert Smith, 5-2, Sr., PG; Gilson Rogers, 5-10, Sr., G; Alfonso Jones, 5-10, Fresh., G; Michael Miller, 6-3, C, Jr.; Vernon Foster, 6-3, C, Jr.

Outlook: The Ducks would had reached the Class 3A regional semifinals last season, but an eligible player cost them its quarterfinal victory over Centennial. Douglass may be hard-pressed for a return to postseason play because of a poor turnout and tough schedule in the City 4A League. Smith gives the Ducks a strong floor leader, but they have no size or much experience. Nash is hoping to get consistent team play from his young players.

Dunbar Poets

1992-93 record: 20-4. Coach: Paul Smith.

Top players: Norman Nolan, 6-8, Sr., C; Robert Foster, 6-6, Jr., F; Rodney Elliott, 6-7, Sr., F; Sean Lipscomb, 6-2, Sr., G; Tommy Polley, 6-4, Jr., F.

Outlook: Smith, who won six MSA B Conference titles in 16 years at McDonogh, takes over on an interim basis, replacing Pete Pompey, who's on administrative leave. The Poets, ranked No. 8 nationally by Street & Smith's and USA Today, again will have one of the country's top frontlines led by Nolan and Elliott. The backcourt, which was an Achilles heel for most of last season, looks settled with Lipscomb. Despite off-season distractions, Dunbar looks like a solid bet for the state 2A title, but how quickly they mesh under Smith will tell if they're among the nation's elite.

Edmondson Redskins

1992-93 record: 12-8. Coach: James James.

Top players: Antonio Sullivan, 6-0, Sr., G; Terrell Smith, 6-2, Jr., F; Lamont Branch, 6-6, Jr., C; James Sumpter, 6-6, Jr., F; Derek Glastie, 5-10, Jr., G.

Outlook: After 42 victories and a MSA B Conference championship (1991-92) over the last three seasons, James and the Redskins find themselves in a rebuilding stage in 1993-94. Sullivan is the lone returning starter and he will have to carry a big load for the Redskins. Edmondson will be quick, but James hopes his team can respond against the tough competition in the City 4A League.

Forest Park Foresters

1992-93 record: 5-17. Coach: Carnell Reavis.

Top players: Kiam Preston, 6-0, Sr., PG; James Heath, 6-0, Sr., F; Tyrone Taylor, 6-8, Sr., C; Kevin Morrison, 6-5, Soph., PF; Jeremy Marsh, 5-9, Jr., SG.

Outlook: Only two starters return for the Foresters, but they do have some size in Taylor and Morrison. Reavis thinks his team will be competitive and should improve on last year's mark, but how fast his crop of JV players make the adjustment to the varsity will tell a lot. Forest Park will be finding out early with Towson Catholic and Dunbar in its first two games.

Friends Quakers

1992-93 record: 16-9. Coach: Randy Cooper.

Top players: Sean Armstrong, 5-9; Sr., G; Hiram Holton, 5-7, Jr., G; Brian Hamilton, 6-1, Sr., F; Ali Smith, 6-0, Sr., F; Jeff Saunders, 6-4, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Quakers, who reached the MSA Armstrong B League championship game last season, should be in the thick of the B League again this season. Armstrong and Holton form a solid backcourt nucleus and Cooper can go at least 10 deep. They lack height, so they will put defensive pressure on opponents to compensate.

Gilman Greyhounds

1992-93 record: 9-19. Coach: Tim Holley.

Top players: Jimmy Fields, 5-9, Sr., G; Than'l Badder, 6-2, Sr., F; Derrick Colvin, 6-1, Soph., G; Mark Abrams, 6-2, Jr., F; Corey Popham, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: With the realignment of the MSA Armstrong Conference, the Greyhounds could be a strong contender in the B League. They have six returnees, including Fields, one of the area's premier point guards. Holley says how quickly his varsity players up from JV mature and their early-season performances will be indicators.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1992-93 record: 18-6. Coach: Charlie Moore.

Top players: Shawnta Rogers, 5-5, Jr., G; Terrance Payne, 6-7, Sr., C; Reggie Frazier, 6-4, Jr., F; Ronald Byrd, 6-1, Jr., G; Bernard Williams, 6-6, Sr., F.

Outlook: With four returning starters from last season's Class 4A regional semifinalist, Lake Clifton should make a run at the championship. Rogers, a first-team All-Metro last season, is an explosive scorer despite his size. Payne, who signed with Xavier, is one of the area's top rebounders and defensive players. Along with Frazier, who was an All-City selection as a sophomore, they lead an offense that scored 90 points or more in 11 games last season. Moore also will have a solid bench to go to, but the Lakers will be tested early in games with Walbrook, Southern-Baltimore, Potomac, Largo and Southwestern, all in December.

Mervo Mustangs

1992-93 record: 9-10. Coach: John Blake.

Top players: Corey Hartz, 5-10, Sr., PG; Termaine Neal, 6-2, Sr., F; Mike Allmond, 6-6, Sr., C-PF; Duncan Anderson, 6-1, Jr., G; Michael Fields, 6-3, Sr., SG-SF.

Outlook: Blake is beginning his second tour of duty as a coach and has an athletic team to build a foundation with. The Mustangs have experience, including Hartz, who was the team's second-leading scorer last season, but it lacks overall size, which could be a problem in a division that includes

Southern-Baltimore, Walbrook and Lake Clifton. Another question will be how quickly the Mustangs grasp Blake's system.

Mount St. Joseph

1992-93 record: 17-13. Coach: Pat Clatchely.

Top players: Richard Dent, 6-7, Sr., C; Daniel Wye, 6-7, Soph., F; Ray Smith, 5-10, Jr., PG; Kenny Krabitz, 6-1, Sr., SG; Jay English, 6-1, Sr., G.

Outlook: With three regulars back from a team that won 10 of their final 12 games, the Gaels are among the favorites in the Catholic League. The addition of Dent, a transfer from Gibbons, and Wye give Mount St. Joseph a formidable frontline and it has good depth. The key will be how effective Smith is in running the Gaels' attack.

Northern Vikings

1992-93 record: 4-15. Coach: Paul Holmes.

Top players: Lloyd Jones, 6-3, Sr., F; Tyree Brown, 6-2, Jr., F; Jon Graham, 6-0, Sr., G; Anthony Lee, 6-3, Soph., F; Lamont Hayes, 5-9, Jr., G; William Jernigan, 6-2, Soph., G.

Outlook: Holmes, entering his second season, was dealt a blow when 6-8 senior center John Cheeves was declared ineligible for the season, leaving the team with no size in the frontline. Northern will have to rely on its quickness and develop a perimeter attack to be competitive because it won't be able to outrebound its opponents.

Northwestern Wildcats

1992-93 record: 3-17. Coach: Mel Washington.

Top players: Eddie Scott, 6-2, Sr., G-F; Tyrone Barnes, 6-2, Soph., F; Richard Epps, 5-11, Jr., G; David Christie, 5-11, Sr., G; Paul Padget, 6-3, Fresh., F.

Outlook: The Wildcats, which haven't had a winning season since 1984-85 campaign, will be quicker this year, but size will be a problem. Northwestern will have balance or Washington thinks Northwestern should be respectable in the City 4A League, depending if it plays solid defense.

JTC Patterson Clippers

1992-93 record: 4-17. Coach: Larry Alexander.

Top players: Colin Jones, 6-0, Jr., G; Todd Gross, 6-1, Soph., G; Andre Poole, 6-1, Soph., G; Anthony Harrison, 6-3, Jr., F; Keenon Jackson, 6-6, Soph., PF.

Outlook: Alexander enters the second season of his rebuilding program with six returnees, and they should continue to develop this season. Jones is one of the area's most underrated players and with Gross complementing him, they form a consistent backcourt for the Clippers. Alexander sees defense as a weakness, but also sees them beginning to gel into a competitive team. A tough non-league schedule, including the season-opener at Annapolis, should benefit them.

Poly Engineers

1992-93 record: 12-10. Coach: Bucky Kimmett.

Top players: Giovanni Moore, 6-2, Sr., G; Brian Scott, 6-3, Sr., F; Curtis Wills, 6-4, Sr., F; Clinton Young, 5-11, Sr., G; Sean Smith, 6-7, Sr., C.

Outlook: With nine players returning for a team that had to forfeit its victory over then-undefeated Woodlawn in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals last season, Kimmett is excited about Poly's prospects for 1993-94. With three starters including Wills and Moore, the Engineers will have good ballhandlers and shooters. They will be slowed a little because four players from the football team will be joining the team late, but should be competitive in the City 3A-2A League.

St. Frances Panthers

1992-93 record: 11-12. Coach: William Wells.

Top players: Mark Kracher, 6-4, Fresh., G-F; Wayne Wheeler, 6-1, Sr., F; Darrell Dantzler, 5-10, Soph., G; Keon Chavez, 5-8, Jr., PG.

Outlook: During the summer, St. Frances won the Craig Cromwell League over teams such as Dunbar, Lake Clifton and Southern-Baltimore with eight players who will be first-year varsity players at St. Frances. The question will be for the Panthers if they can retain that chemistry for a run at the Catholic League title. It looks strong with Chavez in the &r; backcourt, and Kracher has shown potential. St. Frances lacks

height, but their quickness should compensate.

Southern Bulldogs

1992-93 record: 21-5. Coach: Meredith Smith.

Top players: Damon Cason, 6-1, Sr., PG; Kevin Simpson, 6-5, Sr., SG; Dante Williams, 6-5, Sr., SF; Dancavtis Keating, 6-4, Jr., F; Alphonzo Hawes, 6-7, Sr., C.

Outlook: With four starters back from a team that won their final 14 games and the state 3A title, Southern is the favorite for the 4A state championship. Cason and Simpson form one of the country's top backcourts. Williams is an explosive scorer, who gave the Bulldogs a big lift late last season. Add to that a solid bench and Smith thinks that this is his best team.

Southwestern Sabres

1992-93 record: 17-6. Coach: Terry Leverette.

Top players: Haywood Eaddy, 5-7, Sr., PG; Devo Weems, 6-2, Sr., F; Donnie Joy, 6-5, Sr., F; Darrell Dawkins, 5-7, Sr., G; Kevin Waters, 6-5, Sr., SG.

Outlook: A solid nucleus of seniors led by Eaddy will have the Sabres in the hunt for the city and state 4A championship. Southwestern will have a good crop of players from last season's 18-0 JV championship team. Leverette says this is Southwestern's best team.

Walbrook Warriors

1992-93 record: 19-4. Coach: Gus Herrington.

Top players: Travon Broadway, 6-2, Jr., SF; Tony Tyrell, 5-6, Sr., PG; Anton Jennifer, 5-9, Jr., SG; Paul Smith, 6-5, Sr., C.

Outlook: Eight players return for the Warriors, who reached the state 3A regional finals last season and could be a factor in the 4A title chase. Broadway is listed by Street & Smith's as one of country's top juniors. Herrington thinks his team is a year better and he likes their attitude. Walbrook can go as nine deep and will have a balanced attack, but perimeter shooting will be a weakness.

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