HOWARD COUNTY CAPSULES HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Atholton Raiders

1994 record: 6-8 overall, 2-5 league. Coach: Reg Hahne.

Top players: Ted Zingman, Sr., M; Naa K. Ewool-Robotham, Jr., M; Paul Barnes, Sr., M; Sam Lipscomb, Soph., F; Sam Salganik, Soph., D/M, Randy Greenbaum, Sr., M; Andy Walter, Jr., GK; Mehr Dhillon, Jr., M/F; Jason Green, Jr., M; Brent Hooper, Jr., D; Kyle Hubbard, Sr., D.

Outlook: "We're young and inexperienced and hoping for a .500 season," said Hahne. "The rest of the county is stronger than ever." The Raiders need to repair the big drop-off in offense last season. They went from 39 goals two years ago to 25. They were shut out four times. Zingman (six goals, four assists), who scored in five of the last six games last season, is the best scoring hope. GK Walter is an ODP state team player.

Centennial Eagles

1994 record: 15-0-2 overall, 7-0 league. Coach: Bill Stara.

Top players: Brian West, Sr., F; Ben Stephenson, Jr., D; Matt Stephenson, Jr., F; Kumi Walker, Sr., D; Matt Laycock, Jr., D; Cort Yetso, Jr., D; Cory Piette,Sr., M; Brian Otten, Jr., M; Mike McDonald, Sr., D; Andrew Peverly, Sr., M; Christian Lewis, Sr., GK; Marcus Lages, Sr., M.

Outlook: "We lost only five or six seniors and have talented players back, so we appear to be stong," Stara said. "How well we do depends how hungry we are and whether we can find the right chemistry." The roster reads like an all-star team. West and Ben Stephenson are returning first team All-Metro players, and Matt Stephenson is a second-team All-Metro player. Walker was first-team All-County. Otten and Piette were second-team All-County. Laycock, the Stepenson brothers and West have all been or are now in national ODP pools. The Eagles replace All-Metro Player of the Year goalkeeper Brock Yetso with his understudy, Lewis.

Chapelgate Christian Academy

1994 Record: 9-7-1. Coach: Rob Van Ness.

Top players: Dan Passerelli, Sr., F; Tim Corbin, Sr., GK; Zach Raymond, Sr., M/D; John Cammarano, Sr., D; Chris Davidson, Fr., F.

Outlook: Coming off its first winning season, Chapelgate has switched from the Maryland Christian Athletic League to the Christian School Athletic Association, hoping to upgrade its schedule. Annapolis Area Christian School is considered the top team in the new league. A 21-game schedule began Aug. 31 with a non-conference 3-1 win over Perry Hall Christian Academy. Chapelgate also defeated Christian Home Education Network, 4-2, in non-conference play. Van Ness has been building toward this season. It will be the school's second graduating class. Raymond is a skilled sweeper or center-halfback. Cammarano has speed and plays stopper or sweeper. Davidson is skilled and shoots with either foot. Passerelli is intelligent, aggressive and can use either foot. "We play a multi-dimensional game," said Van Ness. "We use the wings a lot to open it up, but we also use the middle. Controlled passing is our game."

Glenelg Gladiators

1994 record: 9-5 overall, 4-3 league. Coach: John Bouman.

Top players: Tony Marchegiano,Sr., M; Reginald Brown, Sr., M; Ross Hobbs, Sr., D; Aaron Shea, Sr., M; Scott Kotarba, Sr., M; Aaron Fallon, Sr., F; Tom Pope, Sr., M; Justin Benoliel, Soph., GK; George Klisas, Jr., F.

Outlook: "We've had three straight winning seasons and expect another one," Bouman said. "This is a small team but has a lot of speed. The Gladiators have four returning starters in Marchegiano, Brown, Hobbs and Shea. Marchegiano (nine goals, four assists) and Brown (eight goals, three assists) were second-team All-County forwards who have moved to midfield. Marchegiano may even wind up at sweeper. Bouman has big hopes for junior striker Klisas, whose father, Pete, is his new assistant coach. The other striker, Fallon, scored four goals last season. Sines also has a shot to start at forward. Most of the defense graduated, and both goalkeepers, who would have been seniors, elected not to play.

Glenelg County School Dragons

1994 record: 8-4-1. Coach: Sandy Bishop.

Top players: Brad Eyre, Sr., F/M; Justin Dean, Sr., D; Henry Johnsen (cr), Sr., GK; Nick Woodford, Soph., D; Phil Yom, Sr., D; Hazvinei Mugwagwa, Soph., M; Neil Fenwick, Soph., M; Bernie Dennison, Sr., F/M; Aaron Levin, Soph., D.

Outlook: The Dragons were hit hard by graduations but return four starters. Bishop is emphasizing defense and is positioning his experienced players down the middle of the field. Eyre and Dean are four-year starters. Dean will play stopper and Woodford may play sweeper. The Dragons have joined the Maryland Independent Athletic Association and will play in the C Division. "We'll be competitive in our league," Bishop said. "The offense is unproven.

Hammond Bears

1994 record: 6-8 overall, 2-5 league. Coach: Rich Corkran.

Top players: Jabari Richardson, Sr., M; Kamil Quander, Jr., F; Tom Dispenza, Sr., FB; Dave Tollick, Sr., GK; Ryan Pflugrad, Soph., D; Brandon Honza, Sr., M; Andrew Feinberg, Sr., M, Adam Eastridge, Sr., D; Jason Decker, Soph., F/M; Rory Peters, Fr., F/M.

Outlook: "If our defense holds together and our seniors play well then we'll improve on last year's record," Corkran said. Richardson (eight goals, four assists) and Quander (eight goals, three assists) give the Bears tremendous speed and quickness. Richardson, a first-team All-County, is also a fourth-year starter and being recruited. The defense was the worst in the county last season, giving up 35 goals. Two years ago Hammond was the county junior varsity champ. The team lacks depth but appears headed toward one of its better seasons.

Howard Lions

1994 record: 7-6-1 overall, 1-5-1 league. Coach: Brian Boussy.

Top players: Mike Green, Sr., D; Peter Bachman, Sr., M; Dan Miller, Jr., D; Steve Stowell, Sr., D; Charlie Hlass, Jr., D; Chris Berwind, Jr., D; Brian Baham, Jr., M; Charlie Rajala, Jr., M; Randy Newhouse, Jr., GK; Sean Morgan, Jr., GK.

Outlook: The Lions were one of the major disappointments of the 1994 season, but return first-team All-County defender Green and defenders Berwind and Miller, all of whom started. Green (eight goals, three assists) a tri-captain, is expected to miss two weeks with a strained ligament in his foot and Miller will fill in at sweeper for him. The goalkeeping spot is still undecided. Bachman, another captain, is a clutch player with a good touch who solidifies the midfield. Stowell, the third captain, is untested but will try to fill the scoring roll at striker. "We'll be starting just three seniors so we're very young," said Boussy, a former All-State GK and JV coach for Oakland Mills.

Mount Hebron Vikings

1994 record: 8-5 overall, 4-3 league. Coach: Scott Conroy.

Top players: Terrence Buckley, Sr., D; Robbie Graham, Jr., D; Jason Reese, Sr., D; Mike Stromberg, Jr., D; Brian Picker, Jr., M; Pat Halter, Jr., M; Tim Deppen, Sr., M; Eric Mason, Sr., M; Matt Midura, Fr., M; Pete Lindahl, Fr., F; Tom Wunk, Soph, GK.

Outlook: The Vikings graduated their starting strikers and goalkeeper, but return the rest of the defense that allowed 21 goals. They will play a short passing game and hope to control the midfield. An athletic GK, Wunk (6-2) is strong in the air and hopes to fill the shoes of graduated Shane Ardo. Halter was second-team All-County and led the team in scoring. He passes well. Lindahl is relentless up top and has a good shot.

Oakland Mills Scorpions

1994 record: 15-2 overall, 6-1 league. Coach: Don Shea.

Top players: Zuri Barnes, Sr., F; Simon Bwalya, Sr., D; Dan Stoutenborough, Sr., D; Paul Sanin, Sr., D; Mark Zirkle, Sr., D; Luke Tourlette, Sr., M; Joe Mitchell, Sr., M; Jason Gotis, Jr., F; Chris Miller, Sr., GK; C. B. Santiago, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Scorpions have eight returning starters from a state Class 2A championship team, and seven three-year lettermen, so they are a veteran team with depth. Scoring is in good hands with Barnes (six goals, nine assists) a first-team All-County player, and Gotis, a pair of quick forwards. Gotis has an outstanding long throw-in. FB Bwalya (eight goals, two assists), second-team All-Met, is dangerous off set plays. The Scorps must develop a reliable goalkeeper. They have four candidates led by sure-handed Chris Miller, a midfielder last season. Otherwise, they return the entire defense that recorded nine shutouts and allowed just 10 goals. FB Stoutenborough was second-team All-County.

Wilde Lake Wildecats

1994 record: 4-9-1 overall, 1-5-1 league. Coach: Dave Nesbitt.

Top players: David Briefel, Jr., M; Mike Riismandel, Sr., M; Nick Parypinski, Soph., GK; Jeremy Young, Sr., D; Matt Shapiro, Soph., D; Solee Saah, Jr., F; Lars Berg, Soph., D; Troy Fitzgerald, Jr., M; Kerry Fitzgerald, Jr., M; Nick Wexler, Jr., D; Jesse McDonogh, Soph., M; Mamay Clarke, Soph., F.

Outlook: "The key to our season is whether we can score," Nesbitt said. Wilde Lake lost seven times by 1-0 scores last season and were shut out eight times. Clarke, from Jamaica, has natural ability at forward but hasn't played a lot of soccer. Solee was a starting forward. Briefel and Riismandel can score. With just two starting seniors the Wildecats are young, but have six returning starters and four who play on state ODP teams, including Briefel, Parypinski, Berg and Shapiro.

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