Annandale finished tied for second place behind Chantilly last season, but this year is a heavy favorite to claim the crown. The Atoms lost just one starter from last year's 15-7 club, and gained two transfers from Jefferson. Annandale
The Atoms (15-8 overall last year) will have four guards and one post player in the lineup at times. All-district guard Chris Brown (6-foot-1) averaged 14 points, six assists and six rebounds. He also was the the Atoms' defensive stopper, helping them allow the lowest points per game in the region.
Guards Phil Manno (five points per game), and Mike Smith (nine points) also return. Junior forward Martin Sehlin (6-5) and transfer Jim Freeman (a 6-3 senior) give Annandale some size.
The other transfer, 6-2 forward/guard Ray Crittenden, was one of the district's top players last year at Jefferson, averaging 20 points a game. Brian Vandell and Willie Potter, both juniors, will come off the bench.Chantilly
The Chargers (16-9) lost five of their top six players from last year, and second-year Coach Mark Martino will get his first crack at building a team. Mike Brown (6-2, eight points) is the only returner from last year's district championship team.
A pair of 5-10 guards, Russell Peyton and Dwayne Franklin, move up from the junior varsity. Jon Havey (6-6)has the size, but not little experience.
This year the Chargers are quick but young. Martino hopes to be able to change things up -- using half-court man-to-man pressure and getting his inexperienced group to play under control. Fairfax
This year the Rebels will look inside to an experienced front line. Senior John Chernesky (6-5, 14 points), junior Pete Michaud (6-3) and Alex Gregory (6-2) all return after playing a good deal a year ago. The three players rotated with two other players at forward, as did 5-8 Ted Whitney at guard.
Ninth-year Coach Steve Henry is hoping to find a three-point shooter to complement the experienced front line. It could come from junior guard Scott Kvancz (5-9) or 6-1 senior Greg Dunford. Falls Church
For the first time in coach Pat Dolan's 10 years at Falls Church the Jaguars (10-10) have some size. Sophomores Dave LaPorte (6-8) and Ben Fox (6-5) will battle for time at center. Three returnees, 5-10 point guard David Edwards and a pair of 6-0 guards, Todd Hutson and George Carter all averaged 12 points a game.
Newcomers Chip Heflin (6-0) and forward Brian Ervin (6-3) will see action to keep five players fresh. Jefferson
This year the Colonials (10-13) will have improved depth, but little experience. All of Coach Dick Wickline's players from last year's squad moved over to Annandale to complete the Jefferson's conversion to a high-technology curriculum.
Juniors Billy Nash (6-3) and Andy Gibson (6-2) and sophomore David Hunt (6-5) could make up a sizable front line. Junior Jimmy Chong (5-8) should start at one guard spot.Stuart
The Raiders (1-21) get some much-needed help from the junior varsity after suffering through 20 straight losses to end the season. Coach John Ponton elected to keep his junior varsity players together instead of moving a few up to the varsity early, and they posted a 17-5 mark.
The nucleus of that squad moves up to the varsity. Point guard Darnell White (5-11), wing Stan Malloy (5-11) and forwards Mike Streeter (6-6) and Chris Recabo join 5-11 guard Sean Malloy, the lone starter back (11 points). The team will have better athletes than a year ago, according to Ponton, but this team may be a year away. Wakefield
The Warriors look to a pair of returnees to improve on last season's 15-9 record.
Senior center Aaron Bea (6-5, 11 points, 12 rebounds) returns for his third season. Junior guard Sidney Winkler (5-7, 11 points, five assists) is the other starter back.
Help arrives in the form of sophomores Travis Spencer and Kenya Hunter. Spencer, a 6-4 forward, and Hunter, a 5-11 point guard, were the leaders on a 21-1 freshman team.
Wakefield Coach Bob Veldran's team had trouble scoring last year. Bea and Winkler will have to try and fill that void while younger players develop.