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| la 46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 Colonials won th first ever "'Slam Dunk To The Slam profiles Continued from page 43 Savage seek to string a third consecutive 20-plus win together this season. They'll have the ammunition (Reggie Gray and Brian Cosgrove), the strategy (pa- tient offense and ball-hawking defense) and the wis- dom (Savage's 539 victories). To put it bluntly, the Dons will be tough again as always. Middle Township (N.J.) - (25-4) - Coach Tom Fer- aco aims to continue an amazing streak of 20 or more wins for the I lth year in a row. He will have the weapons to achieve it with the likes of 6-5 Terrence McNeal, 6-5 Nick Boyd and 6-3 Lewis Brown pacing the Panthers' attack. Feraco has built a reputation as one of the best minds on the prep basketball scene. Milford - (9-13) - The Buccaneers are making their first trip to the beach and hope it will be a memorable one in the Mayor's Cup. Coach Sam Williams will have an experienced ball club and one that will hold its own against the competition because of a 16-4 junior varsity program. Williams will look to 6-5 Derrieus Johnson, 6-0 Mike Postles and 5-10 Brandon Smith to keep the Buts afloat. Newport School (Md.) - (31-4) - The season for the Newport School has the look of success once again as the Tigers will boast the nation's No. I junior and can't-miss NBA prospect: 6.9 junior wing forward DerMarr Johnson, whose talent and skills far exceed his age. Johnson will receive support from Artis Wills and Erick Wills, both of whom are exceptional players in their own right. Paintsville (Ky.) - (33-4) - Coach Bill Runyon is guardedly optimistic about his team's chances this sea- son. Beginning his 31st season in basketball-crazed Kentucky, Runyon will bank on returning senior starters 6-9 J.R. Van Hoose and 6-5 Todd Tackett to lead his team back to the Kentucky High School Final Four. An incredible accomplishment. Plymouth Whitemarsh (Pa.) - (30-3) - Coach AI Angelos has a veteran squad returning to the beach for a record seventh lime. The Colonials are looking to re- peat their state championship title with the return of 6- 6 senior wing forward John Salmons, 6-4 wing for- ward Joe Green and 6-9 center The Beach" title and hope to capture this year's National Power Series bracket of the National Tournament "'Slam Dunk To The Beach." Rancocas (N.J.) - (20-7) - Coach Ron Powell likes his team's potential this season and chances are the Red Devils will win the New Jersey Group 111 title as they did in 1996. One of the reasons is the return of Dan Miller, one of the nation's Top-50 recruits whom Powell characterizes as the "total package." Two addi- tional starters return in Tron Francis and Josh Brown to add superior depth to an already experienced squad. Rice (N.Y.) - (21-7) - Coach Maurice Hicks is justi- fiably excited about his Raider basketball team this season. The three major features of this year's squad will be depth, talent and experience. All five starters return from a team that reached the quarterfinal of the New York state playoffs. Anthony Glover, a Top-15 returnee, averaged 22 points a game and Top-250 re- emit Dyree Wilson added 16. Saint Augustine - (26.3) - Coach Paul Rodio can hardly wait to start a new season with such talent at his disposal. His team, which earned a berth in the finals of the New Jersey state toumarnent, will feature Top- 100 junior power forward Andrew Sullivan and 6-6 wing forward James Clinton. The Hermits' hopes will be bolstered with the addition of 6-4"transfer Anthony Grand. Saint Edward (Ohio) - (24-2) - Coach Eric Flan- new must prepare his players for a consistently tough independent schedule in Ohio. So far, his teams have been nothing short of sensational in the last two years. This year should be no different as four starters, in- cluding Steve Lepore, Pete Latvokis, and Top-50, 6-7 senior Sam Clancy are back to lead the way. Saint Frances (Md.) - (32-7) - Coach William Wells hopes to keep the Panthers on the prowl for the prestigious Baltimore Catholic League title. Saint Francis is the defending champion and returns two seasoned starters, Dave Manigault and Shawn Hamp- ton. When transfers Brandon Reese and Timmy Payne are added to the mix, the Panthers appear ready to re- peat. Saint Joseph (Ca.) - (30-4) - After losing only four games last year and returning nine players from that team, the Pilots are back and even more determined in their quest for another California state championship. The onl' mand, replacing long-time Coach Frank LaPorte. Add 6-5 Top-15 senior and floor general Ray Young and you have the makings of a team headed to another na- tional Top-25 ranking. Saint John Neumann (Pa.) - (25-3) - The Pirates will seek to defend the Philadelphia Catholic League title. The Pirates will be led by standouts 6-5 Devon Fowler and 6-2 Rashime Middleton. Coach Tom Dougherty hopes team speed and aggressive defense will keep the Pirates as legitimate contenders for an- other run in the deadly Philadelphia Catholic League. - Saint Maria Goretti (Md.) - (17-18) - Coach Cokey Robertson begins his 35th season, which very well could he one of his best. Considerable experience will be at his disposal and talent will be equally abun- dant. Lee Green and Anthony Sowers will take turns leading the offense of this highly disciplined and well- skilled team coached by one of the all-time great coaches of the hardwood. Saint Mark's - (14-9) - Coach Lee Sibley hopes this year's edition of the Spartan team will resemble those of previous ones. Man-to-man defense will again he the team's staple and the versatility of the top-roar players will be a bonus. Brian Borkowsi and Mike Wright will be mainstays in the backcourt. Saint Patrick (N.J.) - (24-3) - Mild-mannered Coach Kevin Boyle will make a return trip to the beach in defense of the Slam Dunk To The Beach title. The Celtics will do just fine, thank you, because of the re- tam of three starters to support Top-15 senior Ai Har- rington, rated by many experts as one of the top-foar seniors in the nation. The Irish influences may help as the Elizabeth, N.J. team is loaded. Saint Vincent Pallotti (Md.) - (26.5) - The Pan- thers may be hard-pressed to duplicate last year's suc- cesses, but you can be sure Coach Mike Glick will try his best. The Panthers captured titles in the Tip-Off Classic in the "Slam Dunk To The Beach," Capital City Classic and the Newport School Tournament. Seven of the top-eight players return, including dual power forwards 6-5 Nate Green and 6-9 Kenny White- head. Salesianum - (12-12) - Coach Mike Gallagher brings his team to the beach for yet another opportuni- ty to'add a piece of hardware to the school's bulging trophy case. The Sals slipped to 12-12 last season but return a solid contingent that will make them a strong contender in this year's race for statewide supremacy. Danny Stroud, the hot shooting No. 2 guard, and Brian Waters return. + Sanford - (13-I I) - The Warriors have the potential to return to its championship form of a few years ago when they captured back-to-back Delaware state titles. Coach Stan Waterman will have nine lettermen, in- cluding 6-6 Josh Hill, to bring back that championship feeling. Sy Smithers and Tony Washam are also back, giving the team that comfortable feeling of depth. Seton Hall (N.J.) - (29-2) - As Bob Farrell launches his third decade as the Seton Hall coach, the Pirates appear poised for another successful season. Farrell will pin his team's hopes on the shoulders of returning starters Jeff Miller and Roman Lemega. Brandon Knight and Amil Mitchell will lead an untested but tal- ented backcourt. Sussex Central - (11-12) - With four starters back in the fold, the Knights seek to avoid last year's slow start. Coach Vic Hrebien will look for more sterling play from Top-200 6-3 sophomore Brian Polk, An- dreas Conquest and Travis Leonard. The Knights will he using their talents in an 'effort to claim the coveted Mayor's Cup. Towson Catholic (Md.) - (18-12) - The Owls will be much wiser and more talented this season as three starters return in their bid to win the Baltimore Catholic League title. Coach Mike Daniel is rightfully excited about the return of Top-100 junior LaFonte Johnson. Steve Johnson (no relation) and Todd Sykes will add intense defensive pressure to an already tal- ented ball club. Look for the Owl's guard to be a major asset. Troy (Ohio) - ( 18-5)- Coach Barry Egan brings his troops from Ohio to Delaware with a wealth of talent and experience. The player to watch is 6-6 junior Brooks Hail, who put up some amazing numbers last season, averaging 24 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. The Trojans will be deep with Anson Block and T.J. Greene destined for starting roles. College coaches are a mainstay in the wooden bleachers at Troy, William Penn - (I 8-6) - After a two-year absence, the Colonels return to the beach in hopes of claiming the Governor's Trophy to go alongside the Slam Dunk To The Beach hardware they won in 1993 and the Governor's Trophy in 1992. Coach Steve Johnson will stake a bid on senior forward Pierre Thomas and one of the state's best backcourt partnerships in Brock Donovan and Bruce Davis. Dribble Drool the legendary taste Proudsponsor of Slam Dunk to the Beach