Last season: 16-8, ranked No. 12
With a wealth of experienced players led by junior Velmar Coleman, the Warriors are the team to beat in the city and 4A North.
2. St. Frances
Last season: 20-7, No. 11
Few teams, if any, combine the quickness and experience of the Panthers.
3. Lake Clifton
Last season: 20-5, No. 4
The Lakers' strength is the sterling backcourt of Paris Carter and Chester Frazier.
4. Mount St. Joseph
Last season: 29-5, No. 3
The defending BCL regular season and tournament champs have enough returning firepower led by Will Thomas, Brian Johnson and Leroy Mack to make another run.
5. Arch. Spalding
Last season: 26-7, No. 6
It's a matter of how fast the somewhat unproven cast around Rudy Gay and Jesse Brooks develops for the Cavaliers to regain their BCL title of two years ago.
Last season: 25-2, No. 1
Hit hard by graduation, the defending Class 1A state champion Poets, who have eight state titles since 1993, expect to rebuild around 6-7 Barry Jenifer.
Last season: 25-5, No. 9
The sharpshooting trio of Justin Drummond, Jon Brick and Corey Davis makes the Eagles a strong contender in the MIAA A Conference.
Last season: 21-3, No. 7
With Jermaine Bolden, Anthony Baglin and Troy Smith, the Ducks are ready to return to glory.
9. Cardinal Gibbons
Last season: 17-11, No. 19
The Crusaders are off to a 3-0 start that includes a 76-73 win over DeMatha this week.
Last season: 23-2, No. 5
The Panthers are the winningest team in the area over the last five years at 120-8.
11. Glen Burnie
Last season: 19-6, No. 10
The team is led by high scoring Mitch Guest and 6-7 center Brandon Albert, plus Southwestern transfer Delayne Nelson.
Last season: 14-7, unranked
The flashy backcourt of Lance Fuller and Keith Mallory make the Warriors the Baltimore County team to beat.
13. Calvert Hall
Last season: 14-16, unranked
The Cardinals get help from transfers in 6-7 Ryan Hournihan from Dulaney and Mike Newton from Glen Burnie.
Last season: 22-2, No. 2
The Rams are in a rebuilding mode, but who better than coach Kim Rivers to keep it going.
15. Towson Catholic
Last season: 11-16, unranked
The Owls have sufferred through two losing seasons but that should change this season with an experienced group.
Last season: 14-9, No. 20
Building around Jerrell Green, the Bulldogs have quickness they hope will translate into a run at Dunbar in the 1A South.
17. Long Reach
Last season: 19-5, No. 16
With a returning backcourt of Mike Smelkinson and Jared Bradford, the Lightning is expected to be Howard County's top team.
Last season: 15-7, unranked
The trio of Erin Henderson, Shawn Lewis and Phillip Brown should get it going.
Last season: 11-11, unranked
Five returning starters, including Ryan Carr (13.0 pts.) and Brandon Costley (10.0), make the Owls the team to beat in Carroll County.
Last season: 14-8, unranked
This could be the year the Vikings make a run at the Baltimore County 2A/1A title and possibly the 2A North.