Originally created 02/20/00

Private school previews



AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN

Coach: Pete Meadows, 7th year

1999 record: 27-6

Returning players: 2B Scott McQuaig (Sr., 5-7, 150); SS/P Sammy Reed (Sr., 5-10, 170); 3B Ryan Whittle (Jr., 6-0, 170); OF/1B Erik Hensley (Sr., 6-5, 200); OF/P Jordan Duke (Jr., 6-1, 185); C Greg Hendry (So., 5-9, 170).

Outlook: The Lions lost a wealth of talent from last season's state championship, including superstar B.J. Hawes as well as pitchers Stuart Price and Brett Newton. However, there is enough talent to make another run this season. Scott McQuaig is back to pace the offensive attack while the pitching rotation will likely build around the versatile Sammy Reed. Newcomers Brian Bennett and freshman Jordan Belcher are expected to bolster the pitching staff.

AUGUSTA PREP

Coach: Kim Chambers, 4th year

1999 record: 0-12

Returning players: SS/P Mike Soucy (Jr., 5-10, 185); C Wesley Mishoe (Fr., 5-10, 175); P/SS/1B Richard Jones (So., 6-1, 190); 2B Jamey Rabun (So., 5-8, 150).

Outlook: Augusta Prep got clearance from the Georgia Independent Schools Association to play a non-region schedule this season. The Cavaliers will continue their rebuilding process with a wealth of underclassmen. The team will also play at a new on-campus field. The pitching staff will build around junior Mike Soucy.

BRENTWOOD

Coach: Ben Wolfe, 2nd year

1999 record: unavailable

Returning players: Survey not returned

Outlook: Survey not returned

BRIARWOOD

Coach: Dan Moore, 2nd year

1999 record: 17-6-1

Returning players: P/3B Aaron Phillips (Sr., 6-1, 235); P/1B Pat Ferguson (Sr., 6-1, 210); CF Bo Fleming (Sr., 6-3, 185); 1B/P Reid Scott (So., 5-11, 165).

Outlook: The Buccaneers lost a good bit of talent from last year's club but the good news is that three returning starters are seniors, including ace pitcher Aaron Phillips and the versatile Bo Fleming. Coach Dan Moore expects several underclassmen to step forward.

CURTIS BAPTIST

Coach: Larry Gritton, 7th year

1999 record: 8-16

Returning players: CF Justin Brewer (Sr., 6-0, 150); P/1B Matt Childers (Sr., 6-2, 140); C Matt Foreman (Sr., 5-11, 195); P/SS Berry Smith (So., 6-2, 240); 2B/SS Robert Ferguson (Jr., 5-11, 140).

Outlook: A more-experienced team will help the Crusaders definitely improve on last year's season. Three of Curtis Baptist's returning starters are seniors, including catcher Justin Brewer and Matt Foreman, who both batted over .350 last season.

EDMUND BURKE

Coach: Clint Inman, 1st year

1999 record: 10-10

Returning players: No player supplied

Outlook: Edmund Burke had one of its best seasons ever under coach Ken Spooner last season. New coach Clint Inman hopes to build on last season's success.

JOHN HANCOCK

Coach: Bob Peck, 2nd year

1999 record: 12-8

Returning players: OF Josh Veazey (Sr., 5-9, 155); P/INF Brett Reagin (Sr., 6-1, 175); 2B Will Webster (Sr., 5-9, 145); P/INF Jason Wheeler (Jr., 5-10, 160); OF Drew Holder (Jr., 5-10, 180); C/INF Brant Brown (Sr., 5-9, 140); C Ryan Allred (Sr., 5-10, 170); OF Luke Chamblee (Sr., 5-9, 180).

Outlook: If the Rebels can find some pitching depth, they could go deep in the state playoffs. With eight returning starters, including five seniors. John Hancock boasts three of the area's most exciting private school players in Brett Reagin, Will Webster and Jason Wheeler.

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Coach: Lee Sammons

1999 record: unavailable

Returning players: Survey not returned

Outlook: Survey not returned

WESTMINSTER

Coach: Scott Kennedy

1999 record: unavailable

Returning players: C/U Iverson Long (Jr.); C/OF Lee Pollard (So.); INF Andrew Lehn (So.); INF/P Derek Curry (So.); 1B/P Clark Berry (So.); P/INF Justin Doman (Jr.); OF Bennet Ford (Sr.); INF/P Travis Bone (So.).

Outlook: The Wildcats won only three games last season but a good nucleus of returning starters should have Westminster continuing their rebuilding process. The success of the Wildcats this season depends on how quickly the team matures.

WARDLAW

Coach: Joey Batchelar

1999 record: unavailable

Returning players: Survey not returned

Outlook: Survey not returned