The Harford County boys basketball preview

Randy McRoberts
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Harford County’s boys high school basketball teams have been working hard over the past few weeks to be ready for the 2018-19 season. Here is a look at the teams.

Aberdeen

Head coach: Brandon Selby (first season)

2017-18 record: 4-16

Top returning players: Robert (Mo) Whitley (G), Senior; Nahjuan Rodgers (G), Senior

Key new players: N/A

Outlook: “This year we plan on getting Aberdeen back to the winning tradition it is accustom to in the past with hard work and dedication,” first year coach Selby said. Former Harford Tech head coach Bill Jones is assisting.

Bel Air

Head coach: Alex Darko (fifth season)

2017-18 record: 6-15

Top returning players: Brandon Kestner (F), Sophomore; Ray Burrows (F), Senior; Hunter Hruz (G), Senior; Josh Stocum (G), Senior; Zach Liberto (G/F), Senior

Key new players: Cam Miller (G/F), Junior; Andrew Tredennick (G), Junior; Marquez Kimbrough (G), Senior; Jordan Reiswig (F), Junior; Mason Bosley (F), Junior; Adam Piercy (G), Sophomore; Caden Morris (G), Junior

Outlook: The Bobcats return just five players from last year’s squad. “We always play tough, will continue to do so and look to improve with each game,” Bobcats coach Darko said.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Jon Stefanides (eighth season)

2017-18 record: 20-5

Top returning players: Quincy Haughton (G), Senior; Brye Hopkins (G), Senior; Corey Patterson (C), Junior; Bryan Stiemke (G), Junior; Jalen Jackson (G), Senior

Key new players: Camden Doherty (C), Junior; Jordan Bullis (G), Junior

Outlook: “We are a young team that will be counting on positive leadership from our seniors to guide us through a demanding schedule in preparation for a playoff run,” Mustangs coach Stefanides said. “How quickly they integrate the younger players will determine our success this season.”

Edgewood

Head coach: Darren Hill (fifth season)

2017-18 record: 7-16

Top returning players: Travis Dean (SG), Junior; Cameron Edwards (PG), Junior; Isaiah Goetze (F), Junior; Stephan Lievers (SG), Senior; Monzell Ware (SG), Senior; Rian Watkins (SG), Senior

Key new players: Omar Johnson (PG), Sophomore; Shaun Monroe (SF), Sophomore; Nyeim Murphy (PG), Junior; Khalil Stewart (SF); Junior

Outlook: The Edgewood Rams return a young athletic team. The young Rams open up with two tough home games (Kenwood 12/6 and Hammond 12/7). The Rams will look to develop a team first mentality and of course with help from the home crowd on the sixth, help them start off with early season wins, noted Rams coach Hill.

Fallston

Head coach: Brian Hulka (third season)

2017-18 record: N/A

Top returning players: Alex Kakoullis (G); Senior; Demarco Reed-Postell (G), Junior; Alex Flasch (F), Junior

Key new players: Connor Disharoon (G), Junior; Kendall Outing (G), Junior; Tyler Schuman, (F), Senior

Outlook: “We lost eight seniors from last year, including all five starters, so we’re very inexperienced this year, but I also think we have some pretty good talent in some of these new guys that will be stepping into leadership roles,” Cougars coach Hulka said. “If we can commit to playing defense and rebounding the way I expect us to, I think we’ll surprise some people this year.”

Harford Christian

Head coach: Brian Akers (third season)

2017-18 record: 19-8

Top returning players: Mikey Drew (G), Junior; Houston Howell (C), Junior

Key new players: Bryce Schmidt (C), Junior; Seth Giro (G), Senior; Than Thymes (G), Sophomore; Darus Bacote, Jr. (G), Sophomore; Devin Quinlan (C), Senior

Outlook: “After last year’s MACSAC League and tournament championships, graduation of all-time leading scorer and all-county guard, Derreck Orr (Lebanon Valley) and two-time all-county guard, Darin Miller, we are looking to rebuild with two returners,” Eagles coach Akers said. “Returning starter at guard Mikey Drew has put in the work to lead us as captain this year. Returning forward Houston Howell has been developing into a valuable piece. Newcomer point Guard Darus Bacote, Jr. gives us great experience at point guard. Expectation is to see the team develop with our inside and outside game working well together. The newcomers give us what we need to have another great year and their great attitude should make this year a season to remember.”

Harford Tech

Head coach: Drew Gill (first season)

2017-18 record: 15-8

Top returning players: Laday Cooper (PG), Senior; Jalen Dangerfield (PG/SG), Senior; Jaden Martinez (SG), Senior; Antawan Corprew (SG), Senior; Curtis McKisset (SF/PF), Junior; Jamal Wright, Jr. (SG), Junior; Khoury Harris (PF/C), Junior

Key new players: TJ Lowery, Jr. (SG/SF), Junior; Antonio Penha (SF/SG), Junior; Bradley Hall (SF), Junior; Enoch Wiredu (SG/SF), Junior; Tyler Long (SF), Junior; RJ Hinton, Jr. (SG), Sophomore

Outlook: “We have a solid mix of senior leadership and younger talented players, Cobras first year coach Gill said. “The guys are working extremely hard in practice, and we hope to continue to build on the success the program has had over the past several years.”

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Brian Eberhardt (eighth season)

2017-18 record: 16-6

Top returning players: Jordan White (G/F), Senior; Jayden Hyman (SF), Senior; Josia Scott (PG), Junior; Gary Gibson (SG), Junior

Key new players: Marlon Lewis (F), Sophomore; Quinton Ware (C), Junior; TJ Ware (SG), Sopphomore

Outlook: A young team with a lot of new faces that Warriors coach Eberhardt hopes will gel as the season progresses.

John Carroll

Head coach: Seth Goldberg (first season)

2017-18 record: N/A

Top returning players: Foster Anderson (G), Senior; Bryce Meads (F), Junior

Key new players: Jalen Bryant (G), Sophomore; Mike Clay (F), Junior; Tyson Commander (G), Freshman; Roman Hemby (G), Sophomore; Jaiden Jakubowski (G), Sophomore; Terry Long, Jr. (G), Freshman; Donte Saccenti (G), Senior; Dominic Strain (F), Senior; Cesar Tchilombo (F), Freshman; TJ Vaugh (G), Freshman; James Zeigler (G), Junior

Outlook: The 2018-2019 John Carroll boys basketball team will feature a lot of fresh faces, including new head coach and Athletic Director, Seth Goldberg. who comes to John Carroll from St. Paul’s School where he headed the basketball program for the last 12 years. After a very successful campaign last season, the Patriots will look to replace 10 graduating seniors with a host of other fresh faces. The Patriots will feature seven freshmen and sophomores on the varsity, who will work daily with their teammates to develop culture and chemistry. The Patriots will strive to live their motto “Tough and Together,” by sharing the basketball and competing on every possession. With the help of strong veteran leadership, the focus will be on development and growth throughout the season to build a program that can continue to make the John Carroll community proud for years to come.

Joppatowne

Head coach: Johnny Brooks (first season)

2017-18 record: N/A

Top returning players: DeAnthony Creighton (F); Senior; Jalen Morris (G), Junior; Frank Okigweh (F), Senior; Christian Corley (G), Junior

Key new players: Kyree Ellis (F), Junior; Alan Brown (G), Junior; James VanHorn (G), Junior

Outlook: “Develop chemistry and try to make a run in the playoffs,” Mariners first year coach Brooks said. Brooks comes to Joppatowne after a year off after coaching several years at Aberdeen and Havre de Grace high schools.

North Harford

Head coach: Jeff Burrows (14th season)

2017-18 record: 9-13

Top returning players: Paul Keeney, Senior; Bobby Duffy, Junior; Austin Smith, Junior

Key new players: Dylan Jablon, Sophomore; Tyler Saneman, Junior

Outlook: Senior 4-year varsity member Keeney (13 ppg) will captain the team along with senior Sam Macatee. Macatee will be looked upon to add scoring punch and provide leadership. Juniors Duffy and Smith return as starters and are excellent rebounders and defensive players. Newcomer sophomore Jablon and junior Saneman will compete for ball handling responsibilities. “I really like this group. They play hard and compete. We need some guys to step and they are taking on the challenge,” Hawks coach Burrows said.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Jeroud Clark (12th season)

2017-18 record: 19-8

Top returning players: Connor Madsen (F), Senior; Nathan Roussey (G), Senior; Peyton Celuch (F), Senior

Key new players: Michael Austin (G), Sophomore; Luke Harris (G), Sophomore

Outlook: After winning the 1A Regional Championship for the second time in four years, the Huskies have a basically new team this year as seven seniors are off to college in 2018. Replacing basically the whole team is no easy task but the Huskies will have to rely on reserve players from last year’s championship team to step into starting roles and unproven youth to step to the forefront to have a chance at a repeat for the 1A crown.

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