Bryn Mawr Mawrtians
1997 record: 10-4
Coach: Terry Detorie
Top players: Melanie Sperl, Sr., P; Katelin Isaacs, Sr., SS; Charlotte Elder, Soph., 1B; Sarah Cook, Jr., CF; Erin Bellamy, Soph., 3B.
Outlook: The Mawrtians won the AIS A division regular-season title last year but suffered a tough one-run loss to Notre Dame Prep in the championship game. They have the talent to get back to the title game. Sperl anchors a pitching staff that has more depth, and Detorie will be able to rest her at times.
1997 record: no team
Coach: Ron Frierson
Top players: Ivory Harris, Jr., P/CF; Duvalle Johnson, Soph., 1B; Tinia Janey, Soph., SS; Erica White, Sr., C.
Outlook: Carver didn't field a team last season, but Frierson has some talent this year. The Bears have a solid nucleus of about 14 players.
1997 record: 5-13
Coach: Jerry Dieter
Top players: Corrine Butcher, Sr., C/3B; Allison Merkle, Jr., SS; Kristen Topper, Soph., P; Jenna Meekins, Soph., P.
Outlook: This should be a much better year for Dieter's team. Topper and Meekins provide a solid foundation on the mound. Merkle returns from an injury that cost her most of last season, and Butcher is solid defensively.
1997 record: 13-1
Coach: Julio Fernandez
Top players: Mandy Westfall, Sr., P; Amanda Evans, Soph., C; Ann Phillips, Jr., 1B.
Outlook: The defending city champions were undefeated in the regular season last year but lost six starters from that team. Westfall leads a good pitching staff. The Knights have some depth but are very young.
1997 record: 4-9
Coach: Rodney Coffield
Top players: Angel Frazier, Sr., 1B; Dwania Lamb., Jr., LF; Christine Horton, Jr., C; Tarsha Bowie, Jr., SS; Jovana Titus, Sr., 3B
Outlook: This is the third year since the program resumed play, and Coffield, who coached the boys basketball team to the city title, hopes the team continues the habit of improving annually. The offense has looked good in preseason work. Defense may be a question mark, and the pitching is inexperienced.
1997 record: 14-5
Coach: Greg LeCount
Top players: Sarah Muse, Sr., IF; Shakia Tolson, Sr., C; Katrina Street, Sr., OF.
Outlook: The Poets lost some key players but have gained experience. They started five freshmen last year and all return. LeCount says they'll score some runs.
1997 record: 2-15
Coach: Joe Page
Top players: Marquie Goodwin, Sr., SS; Jennifer Mundell, Soph., IF/OF; Lakia Morris, Sr., OF; Latonya Butler, Sr., OF; Tiah Kuniker, Sr., P.
Outlook: The Redskins have some experience and should be able to score. Defense caused trouble last year, but Page looks for improvement this year.
Forest Park Foresters
1997 record: N/A
Coach: Earl Womack
Top players: Tiffany Stanley, Jr., SS; Shanell Hawks, Sr., 1B; Trenay Wren, Sr., 3B.
Outlook: New coach Womack said he likes how hard his team has been working in the preseason. The Foresters lack experience and depth, but should score and will be aggressive on the basepaths.
1997 record: 8-5
Coach: James Brown
Top players: Leslie Deutschendorf, Sr., P; Johanna Tassone, Jr., SS; Mimoza Cejku, Sr., CF; Carrie Maylor, Sr., C; Anouk Erni, Jr., 3B.
Outlook: The Quakers have an interesting mix of experience and young players. Five starters are back, and Brown looks for help from four seniors and four freshmen. Deutschendorf will be in her third varsity season.
Institute of Notre Dame Indians
1997 record: 11-11
Coach: Greg Ehrman
Top players: Kristen Heaney, Sr., C; Shannan Machin, Sr., P; Beth Schleupner, Sr., 3B; Jamie Clingan, Soph., 2B; Erin Farrish, Soph., SS.
Outlook: The Indians are looking for their eighth straight trip to the Catholic League title game. They lost to Spalding in last year's championship game but have a better team this season. Machin moves to No. 1 pitcher and has good defense to back her up. Heany, Clingan and Farrish anchor a productive lineup.
1997 record: 8-14
Coach: Carrie Hueston.
Top players: Sara McAllister, Sr., SS; Ashlee Courter, Jr., LF; Michelle Russell, Jr., P; Megan Cosgrove, Sr., C; Mary McCotter, Jr., C.
Outlook: Hueston takes over a team that has some talent and hopes to improve. She said the team will work more on the basics this season. The Magic should be strong defensively and hopes for good pitching from Russell.
1997 record: 4-3
Coach: Nancy Havranek
Top players: Christina Fisher, Sr., 1B; Christina Powers, Sr., C; Takisha Robinson, Soph., P/SS; Pam Wade, Jr., 3B.
Outlook: Havranek has a young team with a program she's trying to rebuild. Several good young players should help and the Mustangs have hitting and speed. There's inexperience in spots, but some talent is definitely there.
1997 record: 8-4
Coach: Beverly Grant
Top players: Gina Welch, Jr., SS; Crystal Lewter, Soph., 1B/3B; Lauren Owens, Fresh., 2B; Tiona Davis, Soph., RF.
Outlook: Several players return from last year's team. In addition, Grant has some good young players, especially Owens and Davis. Welch and Lewter are the captains and lead the way for a team that will have solid defense.
1997 record: 8-4
Coach: Shannon Flowers
Top players: Keena Brown, Sr., IF; Jada Walker, Sr., IF.
Outlook: Flowers takes over a team that lost a lot of talent. The Wildcats have only a few veterans but do have talent in spots.
1997 record: 8-5
Coach: Norman Perry
Top players: Akeya Vaughan, Sr., CF/C; Rhea Marasigan, Sr., P/2B; Heather Myers, Jr., SS/3B; Luquonda Williams, Jr., 3B/OF.
Outlook: The Engineers have some talent and experience this season. They will score some runs and a first-year JV team should help with depth. Perry said the biggest questions are how effective the defense and pitching can become.
1997 record: 6-13.
Coach: Derek Maki.
Top players: Laurianne Lau, Soph., C; LaToya Carter, Jr., OF/P; Christina Kirkpatrick, Sr., IF; LaShawn Neal, Jr., OF; Christina Vittek, Sr., IF.
Outlook: Ten returnees should help the Clippers find more success. Lau and Kirkpatrick will lead an improved lineup. The team lacked experience last year, and Maki still needs help on the mound.
Roland Park Reds
1997 record: 5-6
Coach: Mary Hain
Top players: Zaineb Makhzoumi, Sr., SS; Adrienne Smith, Jr., 1B; Gretchen Cook, Jr., P; Katrina Shank, Jr., CF/C; Blythe Beall, Soph., P/IF.
Outlook: The Reds are a good hitting team hurt by the preseason loss of shortstop Lauren Waesche (torn ACL, out for season). Seven new players join the Reds, and Hain said they should contribute.
Seton Keough Gators
1997 record: 12-4
Coach: Chris Ashby
Top players: Kristen Zaleski, Soph., P; Natalie Crook, Sr., 2B; Shalese Tolentino, Fr., SS; Chris Thompson, Soph., 1B; Kellie Phillips, Sr., CF.
Outlook: The Gators took third in the Catholic League last year and should be in the hunt again. Ashby has an experienced team back, led by Zaleski, who has speed, control and several good pitches.
1997 record: 11-5
Coach: Jack Nehmsmann
Top players: Latrina Felder, Sr,. CF; Tanya Mosher, Jr., C/3B; Tiffany Starra, Jr., P/3B; Wendy Cavanaugh, Jr., 2B.
Outlook: This may be the best team in the city. The Bulldogs lost just one starter from last year's region semifinalists and have a group of talented players back. Felder hit .600 last season, and a healthy Starra will be a plus. She's the top pitcher and injured her arm late last season but looks good now.
1997 record: 8-5
Coach: Dave Lang
Top players: Shenika Sumpter, Sr, 3B; Tyra Shipman, Jr., 1B; Lisa Young, Jr., C.
Outlook: Lang takes over a very inexperienced team that does have talent in spots. He has 14 players and could use a little more depth. Lang said the young players have worked hard in preseason.
1997 record: no team.
Coach: Landon Saunders
Top players: Latoya Riggs, Soph., IF/OF; Pamela Franklin, Fr., IF/OF; Cristine Booker, Fr., IF.
Outlook: This will be a building year for a young team. The goals are simple -- just to have a team and be competitive since there has not been a team since 1995.
1997 record: 9-8
Coach: Shawn Stoliker
Top players: Monique Butler, Sr.; Jennifer Johns, Sr., P/C; Nikki Greeson, Sr., P/SS; Jamaica Wood, Soph., 3B.
Outlook: The Doves have lots of talent. Johns and Greeson lead a good pitching staff, and Wood helps a lineup that should score. The defense looks good, especially in the outfield. In addition, Western's 16 players give Stoliker some depth.
Pub Date: 3/24/98