BALTIMORE COUNTY CAPSULES HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW

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Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Tim Hurlburt.

Top players: Andy Booker, Sr., M; Paul Durso, Sr., F; Daniel Birx, Jr., M; Kevin Hamilton, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles are hoping to enjoy the same amount of success this season competing in the MIAA C Conference as they did last year as a member of the Christian Schools Athletic Association. Booker, who scored 30 goals last season, will have to have a similarly productive senior campaign to compensate for the team's defensive shortcomings.

Beth Tfiloh Panthers

1994 record: 1-14. Coach: Glenn I. Miller.

Top players: Jeremy Bob, Sr., M/D; Danie Kokotov, Sr., M; Ari Koretskyu, Sr., M; Ian Merles, Sr., D; Amit Natanzon, Jr., M/F; Ben Rombro, Jr., M; Sam Ruskin, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Panthers drop down to the MIAA C Conference this season and Miller welcomes the demotion. "The C Conference affords our boys the opportunity to compete with teams at the same soccer level," said Miller. "I expect it will take some time to develop players with varying degrees of soccer skills into a cohesive, well-conditioned, team-oriented unit. Success will not be measured in wins or losses but rather how well players master the soccer fundamentals and with a strong work ethic, apply what they have learned in game situations."

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 16-1-2. Coach: Butch Maisel.

Top players: Graham Oglesby, Sr., GK; John Glatzel, Jr., D; Matt Thanner, Jr., D; Ian Shure, Jr., M; David Rose, Jr., M; Jason Carney, Sr., F.

Outlook: The defending B Conference champion Lakers graduated three key players, but Maisel returns enough talent to give him optimism for returning to the postseason. Gone are Chris Turner (16 goals, 13 assists) and Jason Quenzer (13, five) but back for the Lakers are Rose (15, seven) and keeper Oglesby, who recorded nine shutouts last year. "Barring injuries, we should be very competitive," said Maisel. "I think we should be one of the top four teams when it's all over and I hope to be in the hunt for playoffs. If we get there, it's anyone's show."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 19-2-3. Coach: Bill Karpovich.

Top players: Ryan Smith, Sr., M; Andy Bednarzik, Sr., M; Bruce Engle, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Cardinals, who last season won the A Conference title for the 12th time in the last 15 years, lost four players who scored 10 or more goals last season but don't start feeling sorry for them yet. Smith, the Hall's center midfielder and co-captain, is a national team pool player and Engle is back in goal "where he belongs" after playing in the midfield last season. "I hope to repeat last season's success," said Karpovich, whose team beat Curley in last year's A Conference final. "We can knock the ball around with anyone, but I'm still looking for someone to put the ball in the hole."

Carver A&T; Wildcats

1994 record: 2-7. Coach: Ian Reid.

Top players: John Fowler, Sr., M; Gil Wilt, Jr., M; Andy Oram, Jr., M; Jim Ballard, Jr., F; Josh Brooks, Sr., G.

Outlook: This is the first year Reid will have the luxury of a senior class and he hopes that, coupled with a softer schedule, will help his Wildcats finish around .500. "The whole team is excited about have a full senior class and this is the first time we've been able to field a JV team so things are looking up," said Reid, who started the program at Carver three years ago. "The team has good spirit. We expect to win a few more games."

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Dave Lane.

Top players: Donny Mitchell, Sr., M; Kevin Gemmell, Sr., M; Brett Greenwalt, Sr., M; Jesse Quinby, Sr., F; Shawn Meyer, Sr., F; Dave Bortz, Kr., D; Paul Baader, Jr., M; Matt Carter, Jr., M.

Outlook: Lane is inspired by the fact that 22 freshmen have shown interest in soccer at Catonsville but he isn't sure whether that will help the Comets win this season. "We were ugly last year and we've been ugly, but this year we have a nice crop of freshman and that's good news," said Lane. "Quality has been sparse here the last few years, but I think we should be a more sound club from back to front. The last couple of years we've been smaller in numbers and now it looks like the numbers are coming up.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Jim Kuhlman.

Top players: Mike Severson, Sr., D; Gene DeMenico, Soph., F; David Tkach, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Bayhawks lost 17 of 24 players from last year's roster and with no junior varsity team to pull players from, Kuhlman is getting ready for long season. "We only have five returning players, we lost both goalkeepers and at one point we were down to 11 guys," said Kuhlman, whose team has since blossomed to 23, including eight freshmen, seven sophomores, four juniors and four seniors. "This is going to be a tough year but they'll be fit and dedicated."

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Craig Laferty.

Top players: Jay Vaughn, Sr. GK; Brian Frank, Sr., D; Butch Hansen, Sr., D; Booth Farwell, Sr., M; Panos Karamalakos, Jr., M; Josh Soriz, Jr., M; Russ George, Sr., M; Joe High, Sr., F; Tony Arditi, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Lions were one game and one goal away from winning a 4A state championship last season and with 13 returning players (six starters) Dulaney appears poised to make another run. "We have a good nucleus and deep depth," said Laferty. "We have some holes to fill but we're almost identical to where we were last year. We always lose a couple of blue-chip players [to graduation] but every year we have guys who step up and fill in."

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Darryl Garland.

Top players: Rob Ray, Jr., G; Matt Warbel, Sr., F; Ryan Barrow Soph. M; Chris Barrow, Sr., D; Troy Franz, Jr., D.

Outlook: Garland, who has coached the Owls varsity girls soccer team the last four years, takes over a boys team that he calls

"slim in numbers but rich in talent." With the bulk of his players up from a junior varsity squad that failed to win a game last season, Garland expects his role to be more of a teacher than a coach. "I will do a more tactical type of coaching," he said. "This will be another challenging year."

Eastern Tech Mustangs

1994 record: 3-8-1. Coach: Peter Glaudemans.

Top players: Dan Ellenberger, Sr., F; Sam Adolfo, Sr., F; Scott Dougherty, Sr., D; Andy Janowich, Sr., F; Roy Williams, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Mustangs, who lost to Franklin in the first round of the playoffs last season, should benefit from competing in the Baltimore County's middle division. Ellenberger and Adolfo can score but Tech's defense is suspect and will have to make an about-face for the team to be successful.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Larry Meekings.

Top players: Willie Belcher, Jr., F; Jamie Glick, Sr., M; Alex Balber, Sr., GK; Avi Meier, Sr., D.

Outlook: Franklin, which lost to C. Milton Wright in last year's region final, is not lacking the talent needed to advance in the postseason. The Indians have two proven scorers in Belcher and Glick and with Balber in the net, opponents will have to earn everything they get. "We have a lot of talent on the starting team not but not much on the bench," said Meekings. "As long as our starters stay healthy, we have a team that can compete with anyone in the league."

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 14-2-2. Coach: Mark Trotta.

Top players: Mike Duley, Soph., M; Austen Colledge, Soph., F; Brian Cox, Sr., G; John Miller, Jr.; F; Alan Stegmayer, Sr., M; Devon Hoeckel, Sr., D; Mike Santoro, Sr., D.

Outlook: With "zero experience from any returning players" Hereford is yet another team in a rebuilding stage but that doesn't mean the Bulls aren't eyeing a state title. Hereford will compete in Baltimore County's top division, which includes many Class 4A opponents and if it can survive that, it should be well-prepared for its 1A rivals come state playoff time. "If we can hold our own against Dulaney and Franklin, we can hold our own against anyone," said Trotta.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 7-4. Coach: Carroll Hess.

Top players: Brad Wallace, Sr., F; Brian Ray, Sr, D; Jason Blackburn, Sr., F; Jamie Fraley, Jr., M; Chris Lamb, Soph., M; Jeff Rasmussen, Sr., M.

Outlook: After watching his team lose to C. M. Wright, 5-0, in the first round of the playoffs last season, Hess's only hope is that the Bluebirds can be a "better representative" at the state tournament. For that to happen, Kenwood must continue to play a team -- something it didn't do last year. Addicks, Blackburn and Wallace are all capable of putting the ball in the net but the Bluebirds starting keeper graduated and his backup chose to play golf, which was made a fall sport this year.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Bill Giblin.

Top players: Nick Proescher, Sr., D; Alan Bosley, Sr., F; Ben Gonzalez, Sr., M; Gary Mayz, Sr., F.

Outlook: Lansdowne, which was eliminated by Bel Air in the first

round last season, should enjoy more success competing in the lower division. The Vikings' strength is their defense with Scott Taylor and Tim Davis fighting to be the last line of it. "We'll be competitive in all the games," said Giblin. "I'm looking at a .500 record or better."

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 12-4. Coach: Chris Mitzel.

Top players: Scott McCumbee, Sr., D; Todd Smith, Jr., F; Joe Pyles, Sr., D; Nate Cincotta, Soph., F; Joe Lancelotta, Sr., D; Jeff Krum, Sr., F; Greg Erdman, Sr., M.

Outlook: With only three starters back and 14 of his players lost to graduation, first-year coach Mitzel doesn't see his squad coming together until around midseason. The Raiders, who made it to the region finals last season, will have to rebuild while competing in the county's toughest division. "We've got to go hard every game," said Mitzel.

Loyola Dons

1994 record: 11-7-1. Coach: Jim Claborn.

Top players: Mike Potempa, Jr., M; Bobby Triplett, Sr., D; Louie Karko, Jr., F; Matt Walton, Jr., M; Chris Patrick, Soph., D; Marcus Johnson, Fr., M.

Outlook: Claborn is excited about his team's chances this season and who can blame him? The Dons have Potempa, a three-year starter and U.S. under-17 national team player, and Johnson, a freshman and an under-13 national team pool player. "We have kids on our team who are playing soccer year-round and we've never had that situation here," said Claborn, who in his eight seasons has gotten used to coaching soccer/lacrosse players. "I think we have an opportunity to compete at the highest level in years."

Lutheran Saints

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: David Willweber.

Top players: Gordy Calvert, Sr., M; Gil Werner, Sr., D; Taylor Dungey, Sr., D.

Outlook: Willweber has implemented a new defense that he hopes will help ease the pain of losing nine players to graduation. "I hope we do better than last year," said Willweber. "I would like to see us challenge some of the top teams and play them tough."

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 8-9-1. Coach: Bill Seal.

Top players: Micahel Barr, Sr., GK; Dave Koloski, Sr., D; Mike Dubansky, Sr., D; Bobby Landolt, Sr., M; Pablo Webster, Jr., D; Ben Salsbury, Jr., M; David Buhler, Jr., M.

Outlook: McDonogh lost Greg Bassmann to Yale, but the Eagles picked up freshman John Cole, a midfielder and an under-15 national pool player, and talented freshman Vinnie Cirapella to their arsenal. The Eagles return five seniors, 11 lettermen and seven starters from a team that missed the playoffs last season. I think we're even up with everybody we face," said Seal. "We possess the ball well and the team is working hard. I like what I see."

Mount Carmel Lions

1994 record: 12-10. Coach: Gary Schneehagen.

Top players: Topher Stevenson, Sr., F, striker; Brandon Lookingland, Soph., F; Mike Bentley, Sr., GK, Sean Bird, Sr., M.

Outlook: First-year coach Schneehagen hopes his team's new attitude will help them in their quest to capture the C Conference crown. The Lions have a goalie -- Bentley -- with one of the strongest legs around, but it's going to take senior leadership and a group effort to get it done. "We'll win as a team and lose as a team," said Schneehagen. "Last year, we had a lot of problems with people pointing the finger but this year we have a clean slate and everyone has worked together as unit from day one."

Milford Mill Millers

1994 record: 0-11. Coach: Ralph Murray (first season).

Top players: Andre Blackwell, Sr., GK; Marc McQuay, Sr., M; Jamel Boyd, Jr., F; Rashidi Dennison, Jr., F; Scott Murray, Jr., F/M.

Outlook: As a first-year coach, Murray doesn't know much about his team, but he is aware of the fact that the Millers are winless since 1979. Despite that, Murray is still optimistic. Milford Mill's numbers are up from 11 players last year to 19 this season. "Our goal is to win several games," said Murray. "Our schedule should help us out. One win would be a successsful season but we plan on winning more than one."

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 9-4. Coach: Doug Eisenhauer.

Top players: Jim Smedley, Jr., G; Chris Schafer, Jr., D; Rusty McCready, Sr., M; Tom Palm, Sr., F; Joe Anoia, Sr., M; Greg Horst, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Falcons are "very young" and after losing 15 players to graduation, return only two starters. Eisenhauer expects big things from Horst but says the key to his team's success rests on his dwindling senior class. "They have the skills but the aggressiveness and intensity are lacking so far," said Eisenhauer. "They have to learn to play with the varsity intensity. They have very nice soccer skills and they can play the game at a sophisticated level, but they have to step it up a notch."

Owings Mills Eagles

1994 record: 7-6. Coach: Mark Lavallee.

Top players: Todd Gartner, Sr., M; David Levy, Sr., D; Danny Selnick, Sr., M; David Miller, Sr., M.

Outlook: A disappointing turnout and some preseason injuries have Lavallee fighting to stay optimistic. To make matters worse, the Eagles move up to Class 2A this season. "Right now, I have so many injuries I only have 12 healthy bodies," said Lavallee, whose team lost to North East of Cecil, 3-1, in first round last season. "I would love to be .500, but our schedule and moving up a classification will make it tough."

Park Bruins

1994 record: 9-5-2. Coach: Lucky Malonee.

Top players: Thibault Manekin, Sr., M; Justan Goldstein, Sr., D/M; Jeffrey Mazur, Jr., D; Linn Koo, Jr., D; Dan Diamond, Jr., GK; Adam Larkey, Jr., F; Zev Antell Jr., F; Justin Keelty, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Bruins, who lost to Severn, 4-1, in last year's B Conference quarterfinals, have only two experienced seniors after losing 12 players to graduation. "This is definitely a rebuilding year," said Malonee. "The league is more challenging now because a lot of the teams we beat last year are now in the C Conference so we will have our work cut out for us."

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Joe Smith.

Top players: Darren LaRocque, Jr., D; Andrew Bailey, Sr., F; Steve Francis, Sr., M; Mark Shaffer, Sr., D; Joe Halford, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Knights, who bowed to Patapsco in a shootout in last year's opening round of the playoffs, return one of the top sweepers in the state in LaRocque and Halford, who led the team in scoring with 10 goals and three assists. "They've become stronger and their more unified," said Smith. "We expect to score goals and having Darren anchoring the defense is our strength."

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 7-6. Coach: Dave Ingle.

Top players: Mike Griffith, Sr., G; Wayne Brooks, Sr., D; Heath Adkins, Sr., F; Josh Campbell, Sr., M; Donald Pusinsky, Sr., F.

Outlook: Graduation was kind to the Patriots and with only three players gone from last year's team, Patapsco, which moves down to Class 2A, is poised to make a run at a state title. Playing in the top division will only help the Pats prepare for a classification that includes perennial power Howard. "We scheduled the hardest teams we could get," said Ingle. "I would like to see us split with the big boys [4A schools] of Baltimore County."

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 13-2. Coach: Ed Wolf.

Top players: Adam Nastalski, Sr., D; Alan Batac, Sr., M; Bill Foos, Sr., GK; John Bornman, Sr., D; David Watts, Sr., D; Brian Schenkemeyer, Sr., M; Bob Davis, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Gators, who won the county title last season before losing to Dulaney, 1-0, in the region finals, have a strong nucleus as well as some talented newcomers. Up from Perry Hall's co-county champion junior varsity squad are a host of talented players, including sophomore midfielder Joe Capone and sophomore fullback Kyle Zimmer, an Olympic Development Program player. "I have a lot of field experience and good depth," said Wolf. "Hopefully , we'll return to the county championship and go further in the region."

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 5-6-1. Coach: John Reichenbach.

Top players: Amir Eyal, Sr., F; Dan Milner, Sr., M; Mike Miller, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Panthers are young and thin and will be relying heavily on Eyal and Milner. "I just hope to improve on last year's record," said third-year coach Reichenbach. "We have some youth on the team but I'm hoping that before the end of the season we can produce and do better than .500.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 10-3. Coach: Bob Hallet.

Top players: Joey Wilson, Sr., F; Sean Volz, Sr., M; Chris Butler, Sr., M; Tommy Szewczyk, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Pointers lost their coach (Tom Karle), their best player (Jeff Harrison)and their goalie (Shannon Butler). In addition, only 14 players came out for the team and most of them are from a JV team that won only two games last season. "We're in a total rebuilding mode," said Hallet. "But, I think once we play together for a while, using our system from Calvert Hall, we'll be very competitive."

St. Paul's Crusaders

1994 record: 10-10. Coach: Howard Schindler.

Top players: Chris Horich, Sr., F; Matt Gifchel, Sr., F; Dave deVilliers, Sr., D; Brian Pierson, Sr., M; Brendon Smith, Sr., M; Adair Newhall, Jr., G; Alex Poole, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Crusaders are deep, talented and experienced. Horich (14 goals, 10 assists) and Gifchel (seven, one) return on offense and Newhall, up from the JV, has proven he can get the job done. "We're very optimistic," said Schindler. "With Adair [Newhall] in goal and the returning nucleus of players who have had two, three or four years of varsity experience, we look to be solid in most positions and and if a couple of players fill in. I think its realistic to win B Conference championship."

Towson Generals

1994 record: 8-4. Coach: Randy Dase.

Top players: Adam Weirman, Jr., M; Fred Metschulat, Jr., D; Joe Valeri, Sr., M; Chris Kadan, Sr., D; Brian Knudsen, Sr., M; Josh Westervelt, Jr., F; Phil Warsal, Sr. F.

Outlook: The Generals are "fairly inexperienced" but with Weirman, Warsal and Westervelt playing up front, Towson has the potential to score. "We're still trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together," said Dase. "Hopefully, we'll figure things out by the time the playoffs start."

Towson Catholic Owls

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Bob Wright.

Top players: Lance Cassell, Sr., M; James Dickey, Sr., M; John McGrath, Jr., F; Ryan Cox, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Owls should be strong on offense but their fullbacks are untested. Wright looks for the midfielders and forwards to "carry the brunt of the load" and expects big things from goalie Sean Dwyer. "I'm as green as anybody," said Wright, a first-year coach. "The team is coming together and the leadership of the older students is helping the younger guys come along."

Western Tech Cobras

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Kirk Kucharski.

Top players: Chris Pierson, Sr., D; Rob Blair, Jr., GK; Ben David, Jr., M; Ian Anderson, Jr., M.

Outlook: Like Carver A&T;, Western Tech will have the luxury of

TC senior class this season, something the program was missing its first two years. The Cobras are looking forward to playing teams in the county's weakest division and improving on last year's record. "Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of some blowouts last season but I see no reason why we shouldn't finish above .500 this season," said Kucharski.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Bob Greenwalt.

Top players: Muhammad Nabulsi, Sr., M; Darius Johnson, Jr., M; Kevin Bradley, Jr., M; Matt Corcoran, Jr., GK.

Outlook: With no feeder program to groom players for the varsity level, Woodlawn is in for another long season. "Now that we're in the lowest division, our schedule will be much more kind to us," said Greenwalt. "I think we'll be more competitive in that group and I'm looking to turn some victories, something that hasn't happened in Woodlawn soccer in a couple of years."

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