Atholton Raiders

1993-94 record: 16-7. Coach: Jim Albert.

Top players: D. J. Chiles, 6-5, Sr., F; Brian Benden, 5-11, Sr., G; Tyrone Allmond, 5-11, Jr., G; Nat Watkins, 6-3, Jr., C; Varian Harvey, 6-5, Sr., F; Ryan Rees, 5-10, Sr., G; Damian Kapcala, 6-0, Sr., G/F; Marc Horner, 6-3, Soph., G/F; Matt Hahn, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Raiders shared the county title with Mount Hebron, team they lost to twice. It was their first title since 1985. Atholton graduated All-County forward Tony Stewart, but returns lot. Chiles, a first-team All-County pick is athletic, averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds and was a strong transition player. Allmond, a second-team All-County pick, is a slasher with great vision and passion for the game who averaged 12 points. Benden (13-point average) is one of the best pure shooters Atholton has had, but missed 10 games with an injury last season. Benden and Allmond are quick defensively and will be keys to Atholton's press. Watkins is quick, uses his body well, has good court awareness and a soft shooting touch. Harvey has great rebounding potential. First-year player Horner has lots of raw ability. "We'll be competitive," coach Jim Albert said. "I like our chances."

Centennial Eagles

1993-94 record: 12-11. Coach: Jim Hill.

Top players: Jeff Windish, 6-4, Sr., C; Kevin O'Connor, 6-3, Sr., F; Brock Yetso, 6-0, Sr., F; Doug Ulman, 5-11, Sr., G; Dave Kontaxis, 5-9, Sr., G; Jamal Greene, 5-10, Sr., G; Matt Laycock, 6-3, Soph., F; Scott Bross, 5-9, Soph., G; Brian Otten, 6-1, Soph., G/F.

Outlook: The Eagles have made the playoffs five straight seasons and won a co-championship two years ago. They return only two players who saw much playing time last season, so this is considered a rebuilding year. But an influx of promising sophomores, and the addition of four other talented players who were not on the team last season (Yetso, Ulman, Kontaxis and Greene), has raised expectations. Greene is a transfer from Oakland Mills. "We're sort of an unknown commodity right now, so it is hard to say where we'll finish," Hill said. "Most people probably will discount us." The Eagles will play up-tempo and try to work the ball inside.

Glenelg Country School

1993-94 record: 9-3. Coach: Dean Gregg.

Top players: Kofi Kankam, 5-9, Sr., G; Chris Lehmann, 6-0, Sr., F; Chris Lindenau, 6-0, Sr., F; Risto Worthington, 5-10, Sr., G/F; Scott Zimmerly, 6-2, Sr., G; Henry Johnson, 5-9, Jr., G; Justin Dean, 5-10, Jr., F; Bernie Dennison, 6-6, Jr., F; Derek Pindergraph, 6-1, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Dragons had their first winning season last year and look forward to even greater success this season. Kankam averaged 22 points as a point guard. Lehmann, Lindenau, Worthington and Zimmerly are four-year players. Dennison gives Glenelg height it never has had, and Pindergraph has talent. An 18-game schedule is Glenelg's largest. Also, for only the second season, the school has a full junior varsity.

Glenelg Gladiators

1993-94 record: 15-8. Coach: Klaude Krannebitter.

Top players: Earl Frazier, 5-11, Sr., G; Jeff Cline, 6-2, Sr., G; Damian Miles, 6-3, Sr., F; Robin Davis, 6-2, Jr., F; David Alexander, 6-4, Sr., C; Scott Kotarba, 5-11, Jr., G; James Melonas, 6-4, Sr., F; Andy Farina, 6-1, Sr., G/F; Andy Williamson, 5-10, Sr., G.

Outlook: The team returns starters Frazier (16-point average), Cline (eight points, six steals, four assists) and Miles (six points) and adds Davis and Alexander to its starting five. Kotarba, a transfer from California, is an excellent outside shooter. "We are much faster and deeper than last season, but we lack a physical player like we had in [James] McKinney," said Krannebitter, who was The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Coach of the Year. The Gladiators play a match-up zone that presses and traps and is perfect for a team with some depth. "I'm optimistic," Krannebitter said.

Hammond Golden Bears

1993-94 record: 7-15. Coach: Mike Mongelli.

Top players: Devon Montoute, 6-3, Jr., F; Brian Ford, 6-3, Sr., G; Tom Salkeld, 6-3, Jr., F; Alan Curry, 5-11, Sr., G; Anthony Curry, 5-11, Sr., G; Carl Friedheim, 6-4, Jr., C; Steve Guest, 6-3, Sr., C; Aaron Smith, 6-2, Sr., G/F; Mike Bright, 5-11, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Bears have a new coach and have lost top player Irving Conwell to Oakland Mills via transfer. And point guard Tim Spruill elected to concentrate on preparing for the next football season. But Montoute, a highly athletic player who played part of last season, is back. So is Salkeld, a good shooter. The Curry brothers offer quickness. Ford, a transfer from Oakland Mills, is a good shooter who should help. "This is a good group, but it has been mentally beaten up and lacks fundamentals," Mongelli said. "Unless things come along better than normal this year, we'll struggle. We're a year away. But somehow we hope to improve on last year's record." Hammond was county co-champ in 1992-93. Mongelli was Hammond's first basketball coach, in 1976, and coached the team to a state championship in 1983.

Howard Lions

1993-94 record: 8-14. Coach: Kevin Broadus.

Top players: Corey Curtis, 6-1, Sr., F; DaLawn Parrish, 5-11, Sr., G; Mike Green, 6-3, Jr., F; Rashid Shafer, 5-8, Sr., G; Sekou Hayes, 6-4, Sr., C; Joe Outlaw, 6-4, Sr., C; Colin Izzard, 6-3, Soph., C; Ray Bogues, 5-0, Jr., G; John Forrest, 5-9, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Lions graduated first-team All-County forward Javier Michaux (21.2 points, 11.2 rebounds) but have some quick, talented returnees led by All-County football players Parrish, Curtis and Shafer and by All-County soccer player Green. They will be a little taller than last season with the addition of transfer Hayes and newcomers Outlaw and Izzard. If those three can improve the rebounding, the team works hard on defense, and Curtis, Parrish and Green step up offensively, then Howard may overcome its inexperience to become a force in the county. "We'll have to play as a team in order to win," Broadus said.

Mount Hebron Vikings

1993-94 record: 18-5. Coach: Scott Robinson.

Top Players: Kurtis Jestes, 6-0, Sr., G; Patrick Ngongba, 6-6, Jr., C; Kevin Tonkins, 6-2, Sr., F; Todd Petrlik, 6-2, Sr., G; Russell Drake, 6-0, Jr., G; John Smith, 6-1, Soph., G; Pete Murzda, 5-6, Sr., G; Brad Black, 6-1, Sr., F.; Tony Giro, 5-11, Sr., G; Mark Jordan, 6-2, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Vikings shared the title with Atholton and again should find the Raiders their toughest competition. Mount Hebron has a strong returning group led by The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Player of the Year, Jestes, who topped the league in every major shooting category. Jestes averaged 21.5 points, shot 61 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line. Ngongba, a second-year player from the French-speaking Central African Republic, averaged 10 points and nine rebounds, and impressed college coaches during an AAU tournament last summer. Ngongba is a Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American preseason pick. Tonkins and Petrlik are good all-around players. Mount Hebron has toughened its schedule by adding Poly and St. Frances. "This is the best our league has been. There's not a team in the league we're not capable of beating, and there's not a team that's not capable of beating us," Robinson said.

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