Glen Snyder, like other golf coaches whose teams are lumped with Dulaney in Baltimore's County's Central Division, tries to impart a sense of hope to his players heading into every golf season.
And every year, Dulaney is there to dim his optimism.
"We're more balanced this season than we've ever been here at Hereford," said Snyder, whose team is led by Nick Bailey, Jason Gaver and Jimmy Hershfeld. "But with Dulaney in our division [along with Carver A&T;, Loch Raven, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville and Towson], we know we'll get clocked at least once."
Dulaney, located a soft 9-iron away from Longview Golf Course, is trying to capture its 19th straight county championship this fall.
The Lions, under the direction of first-year coach Craig Saxon, have four players who could play in the No. 1 spot. Steve Henneman and David Swartzendruber have filled the top two spots for the Lions and Grant Dupree and Sam Insley round out Dulaney's fearsome foursome.
"Being new, I'm just basically feeling everything out," said Saxon, who takes over for Chuck Klimek. "I'm fortunate to have an excellent number of golfers."
Dulaney's toughest county competition should come from Perry Hall. The Gators return county-champion Jamie Geilenkirchen and Ryan Wagner.
Parkville is solid through its top four spots with Joe Cluster, Steve Wagner, Tony Kim and Tony Startt, but is still waiting fill the pivotal fifth and sixth positions.
Jamie Green and Jeremy Ruter will try to keep Towson competitive once the Class 2A regional rolls around, but without a supporting cast, the Generals could take their lumps.
Carver A&T; returns only one senior from last year's 0-8 team.Chaz Grimm will lead a squad of freshmen, including Mike Hauser, Andy Brown and Zach Miller.
Jesse Smith is playing No. 1 for Loch Raven, followed by Nathan Twining and Andrew Redding. Pikesville is rebuilding this season and will rely on underclassmen Brad Friedlander and Sam Grilli.
Catonsville has already beaten defending-champ Franklin and Comets coach Bill Nelson sees no reason his team can't go undefeated and win the division. Jason Derr is playing No. 1 for Catonsville, followed by Rob Zepp, Dan Miller and Rachel Lowell.
Amy Rosenberger and Nicky Boussard return for Franklin, but the rest of the team is young and will be hard-pressed to defend last year's division title.
Lansdowne, powered by Steve Deboy and Derek Stivers, has defeated Woodlawn and Milford Mill but coach Chet Michalski doesn't see many victories.
Owings Mills coach Brian Yaneger said he's seen tremendous improvement from all his players, especially Brian Glaser, Zach Caplan and Jeff Arenberg.
Greg Scruggs, Mike Wickham and David Fultonberger will try and help the Western Tech Wolverines improve on last year's 3-3-1 mark.
Patapsco coach Pat Conway is still trying to figure out how his team will do without state-champion Jessica Fernandez, who followed in the footsteps of LPGA star Tina Barrett and is attending Longwood College. Conway has a number of players back from last year's Eastern Division champion , including Andy Capp, John Dodds, Derrik Mosmiller and Andy Layman.
Dundalk coach Bob Hutzler agrees it's tough scoring against Dulaney, but with Joe Schriefer and Greg Gilland , he expects the Owls to win the division.
Overlea is trying to piece together its team after losing four players to graduation. The Falcons will have to count on Paul Wingert, Jeremy Gordon, James Chaney and Greg Windsor.
Sparrows Point, led by junior Derek Hoopert and sophomores Derek Matheny and Kyle Gamble, has beaten Kenwood (13-5), so the Pointers are guaranteed to improve on last year's record of 0-6.
With six freshmen and "a load of juniors," Kenwood still may be a year away from making a run at the division title. The Bluebirds, 3-3 last season, will build around juniors Lee Peters, Jonathan Hampstead and Kevin Carlson.
Eastern Tech's Becky Skidmore qualified for states last year and expects to compete at the University of Maryland GC again this fall. Milford Mill has only one player with any experience, senior Montice Massenburg, and Chesapeake and Randallstown will not field teams this fall.
Defending champions Kevin Slezak of C. Milton Wright and Katie Hale of North Harford headline this season for Harford County teams. Defending team champion C. Milton Wright, plus 1994 winner Bel Air and Fallston, which shared runner-up honors last year, rate as the top teams.
Slezak, a senior, and junior John Rudolph, who qualified for the state tournament, are the key holdovers for Wright. Seniors Hale, another state qualifier, and Joe Cvach are expected to help North Harford in the team chase.
At Wright, coach Jim McNicholas has seven holdovers, most of whom were regulars. Bel Air will challenge with a squad headed by Nick Albrecht, Ryan Doyle and Joe Tyrrell. Fallston's group includes David Houston and Matt Donatelli.
Hale and Cvach are among six returnees at North Harford, where promising sophomores include David Gottesfeld and Chris Panos.
Senior Kenny Wilson and junior John Hamilton are Aberdeen's top prospects. Junior Merrill Dougherty, a three-year regular, and sophomore Mike Campbell, in his second season, bring stability to the Havre de Grace program.
Pub Date: 9/18/96