Originally created 03/02/03

High school baseball capsules



GEORGIA

AQUINAS

COACH: Mike Laney, 11th year

2002 RECORD: 13-12

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1997 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: John Kain (Sr., 5-11, 155, CF), Blake Quarles (Sr., 6-2, 180, P-RF), Tim Redd (Sr., 6-0, 210, 1B), Mike Hartley (Sr., 6-1, 215, 3B-P), Keith Bate (Jr., 5-10, 155, 2B), Danny Matta (Sr., 6-0, 175, SS), Chris Loyal (Sr., 6-1, 180, LF), Sean Lancaster (Sr., 6-0, 195, OF), Stephen Gamble (5-10, 175, C).

OUTLOOK: Aquinas will look to make its first playoff appearance in six years. With players like Kain, Quarles and Hartley -- plus with good experience and starting pitching -- that goal certainly is within reach.

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BURKE COUNTY

COACH: Kaveous Preston, first year

2002 RECORD:15-10

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Jamey Williford (Sr., 5-11, 180, P-OF), Wesley Askew (Jr., 5-8, 170, P-OF), Travis Eubanks (Sr., 5-10, 170, P-OF), Warren Bartlett (Sr., 5-10, 185, C), Ben Hammett (Jr., 5-7, 160, SS), Drew Moore (Jr., 5-11, 170, 3B), Bob Phillips (Jr., 5-8, 175, P-2B).

OUTLOOK: With the loss of Dodgers draftee Jonathan Broxton, the Bears don't retain much pitching. With seven returning starters, Burke County should field a competitive squad.

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BUTLER

COACH: Ricky Peace, fifth year

2002 RECORD: 9-16

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: Kenny Kaufman (Sr., 5-11, 195, 3rd.); Matthew Tapley (Sr., 6-1, 175, 1st), Travis Key (Jr., 6-4, 165, C).

OUTLOOK: The Bulldog seniors have played together for four years, but Butler must find a leader. The loss of the speedy Keltavious Jones might hurt.

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EVANS

COACH: Ricky Beale, second year

2002 RECORD: 23-8

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 quarterfinals

RETURNING STARTERS: Michael Armstrong (Jr., 6-4, 210, C), Seth Newsome (Sr., 5-11, 190, 3B-P), Travis Clark (Jr., 6-1, 215, SS-P), Chance Smith (Sr., 5-10, 155, OF).

OUTLOOK: Pitching will be a strength with Wehr and Newsome returning. Despite losing players like Justin Walker, Fernando Mickens and Jon Lee to graduation, the Knights seem confident about their chances the season. Moving into a new, weaker region, Evans could win the conference title.

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GLASCOCK COUNTY

COACH: Don Mims, sixth year

2002 RECORD: 9-13

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2001

RETURNING STARTERS: Matt Milburn (Sr., 6-3, 185, OF); Timothy Murphey (Jr., 6-3, 170, OF), Matt Kent (Jr., 6-3, 165, P-1B); Adam Chalker (Jr., 5-10, 155, C-Inf); Cameron Walden (Jr., Inf, 5-8, 165); Derrick Wood (Jr., 5-10, 190, P-Inf); Eric Parker (Jr., 6-0, 160, OF).

OUTLOOK: The Panthers lost just one starter to graduation, and they'll have more quality depth than last year. Murphey can toss the ball 90 mph, and Kent can log quality innings. Still a young team, but it should play .500 ball.

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GLENN HILLS

COACH: Ernest Tolbert, fourth year

2002 RECORD: 8-18

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1980

RETURNING STARTERS: Nicholas Williams (Jr., 5-6, 165, CF); Nicholas Harrison (Jr., 5-7, 170, 2B); Santos Garcia (Sr., 5-7, 175, SS); Hilton Cooper (Sr., 5-7, 175, LF).

OUTLOOK: The loss of Chris Demons and Chris Tate -- both .400 hitters last season -- will sting. Pitching also will be a problem for a squad that likely will be in rebuilding mode.

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GREENBRIER

COACH: Ed Williams, fifth year

2002 RECORD: 26-8

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 semifinals

RETURNING STARTERS: Ben Tankersley (Sr., 5-8, 150, 2B), Adam Turner (Sr., 5-9, 165, 3B), Scott Wandless (Jr., 5-11, 185, OF), Brook Robinson (6-1, 170, OF-P), Michael Newman (Jr., 6-2, 170, P).

OUTLOOK: After a deep run into the postseason last year, the Wolfpack will have to reload after losing much of their talent. Scott Wandless returns after hitting .427 last year, and he'll help pace the team back to the playoffs.

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HARLEM

COACH: Jimmie Lewis, 25th year

2002 RECORD: 11-15

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2001 semifinals

RETURNING STARTERS: Matt Dobbs (Sr., 2B); Chase Richardson (Sr., C); Donny Demore (Jr., Util.); Ray Fulcher (Sr., 1B-P); Jordan Whitaker (Jr., P-3B); Kelvin Sturgis (Sr., OF); Mike Hawkinberry (Sr., OF); John Rickerson (Soph., OF-P); Cody Wilkenson (Sr., OF); Chris Gamblin (Jr., 2B-SS).

OUTLOOK: Harlem missed the postseason for the first time in 11 years last season. Although the squad doesn't have a dominant pitcher, every aspect of the Bulldogs' game will be better. They should return to the playoffs.

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HEPHZIBAH

COACH: Jason Osborn, first year

2002 RECORD: 12-13

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: Jarit Henderson (Sr., 5-9, 185, CF), Kennith Lamie (Sr, 5-10, 170, LF-OF), Heath Smith (Sr., 5-10, 165, LF), Noel Cartegena (Sr., 5-10, 180, P), Dane Jennings (So., 5-9, 170, 2B-SS), Robert Hannah (Jr., 5-10, 185, SS-2B), Andy McManus (Jr., 5-9, 170, P), Bronson Eldridge (Jr., 5-9, 165, C).

OUTLOOK: Hephzibah doesn't have much pitching depth, but the Rebels' infield and outfield should be solid. This squad should play better than .500 ball this year.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY

COACH: Mark Etheridge, fifth year

2002 RECORD: 11-14

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Tyler Rodgers (Jr., 6-1, 160, P-OF), Tyler James (Jr., 5-11, 180, C), Robbie Morgan (Sr., 5-10, 170, OF), Shawn Kitchens, Sr., 6-0, 180, IF-P), Simeon Ledbetter (Jr., 5-8, 165, OF-P), Jeremy Rowland (Jr., 5-11, 170, IF-P).

OUTLOOK: The Warriors will be a scrappy bunch, but they'll be less talented than last season. Losing good senior leadership and pitching experience from last year, Jefferson County must find players that can fill the void.

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JENKINS COUNTY

COACH: Wendell Clark, third year

2002 RECORD: 4-14

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1998 second round

RETURNING STARTERS: Andrew Samples (Sr., 5-10, 165, OF), D.G. Gay (Jr., 5-11, 180, C), Geoffrey Daniel (Jr., 6-0, 190, P-OF), Jesse Hendley (Jr., 6-0, 210, 3B), Brad Gaiser (Jr., 5-10, 190, SS), Lee Ogden (Jr., 6-1, 190, DH-1B), Matt Turner (Jr., 5-10, 160, 2B), Dallas Suggs (Sr., 5-10, 150, OF), Justin Johnson (Sr., 5-10, 160, OF).

OUTLOOK: Despite a tough season last year, there's reason for the Eagles to look forward to this season. All nine of their starters return, and they certainly should improve on last year's record. The playoffs aren't out of the question.

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JOSEY

COACH: Voncellies Allen, first year

2002 RECORD:1-19

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1967 state champions

RETURNING STARTERS: Brad Johnson (Jr., 5-4, 165, P-SS); Najee Tolbert (Soph., 5-9, 180, P-SS); Mikko Thomas (Jr., 5-5, 170, 2B-OF); Rashad Roberts (Soph., 5-9, 170, 1B); John Hickson (Sr., 6-0, 180, CF); Sam Williams (Soph., 6-0, 225, RF); Kelly Nelson (Sr., 5-10, 165, LF).

OUTLOOK: The team has played together before, so that will help buffer the coaching change. Thomas batted .300 last season, but the Eagles will have to overcome their youth.

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LAKESIDE

COACH: Jimmy Smith, 15th year

2002 RECORD: 20-11

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 second round

RETURNING STARTERS: None

OUTLOOK: This looks to be a tough season for the Panthers. After losing all their starters -- and their top two hurlers -- Lakeside will have to rely on its junior class. Smith says if the juniors play to their capabilities, the Panthers will be OK. It might not be easy making the playoffs.

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LINCOLN COUNTY

COACH: Billy Beale, 20th year

2002 RECORD: 9-13

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2000 first round

RETURNING STARTERS:J.L. Aycock (Sr., 6-0, 155, 2B); Danny Williford (Soph., 5-9, 160, SS); Tre Epps (SR., 5-10, 155, OF); Roncey Cummings (Jr., 5-8, 150, OF-SS).

OUTLOOK: The Red Devils will field a young team this year. No starting pitchers return from last year's squad, and Lincoln County will start five sophomores.

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RICHMOND ACADEMY

COACH: Jamie Epps, first year

2002 RECORD: 4-22

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1997 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Richard Long (Sr., 6-0, 180, OF), Chad Capitosti (Jr., 6-0, 185, P-DH), Chris Collins (Jr., 5-10, 165, 2B-P), Bobby Hughes (Jr., 5-11, 190, SS-P), Phillip Vern (Jr., 6-4, 190, SS-P), Eddie Tarver (Sr., 6-4, 220, 1B-DH), Justin Safford (So., 5-10, 165, OF).

OUTLOOK: The team played together for more than 30 games last summer, so the team is beginning to get a feel for each other. The Musketeers won't have much power, so timely hitting will be a key. Richmond Academy might not contend this season, but it's still a young squad.

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SCREVEN COUNTY

COACH: J.T. Pollock, sixth year

2002 RECORD: 13-14

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: James Nelson (Sr., 5-9, 220, IF-P), Matthew Sheley (Sr., 5-10, 160, IF), Vince Parker (Sr., 5-11, 170, C), Branden Smith (Sr., 5-10, 170, OF-P), Michael Snipes (Jr., 6-0, 185, PH), Michael Waters (So., 6-0, 180, OF-P).

OUTLOOK: The team's best player last season, Dallas LeMaster, graduated, but the squad might be better overall. The Gamecocks will have more experienced pitching, and they'll need it, considering Region 2-AAA will be hotly contested.

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SWAINSBORO

COACH: Rusty Brown, second year

2002 RECORD: 12-12

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2001 state semifinals

RETURNING STARTERS:Ashley Denney (JR., 6-1, 190, C); Gary Conley (Jr., 5-11, 150, CF); Rich Daniels (Sr., 6-1, P); Cook Terwilliger (Soph., P); Roy Beneteau (Jr., 2B).

OUTLOOK: Two years after winning the region title and advancing to the state semifinals, the Tigers will continue to rebuild. But Swainsboro will have good young talent up the middle, and it should improve on last year's record.

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THOMSON

COACH: Brad Smith, third year

2002 RECORD: 9-16

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1996

RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Young (Sr., 6-0, 180, SS-P); Demerios Mathis (Sr., 5-11, 160, OF); Trevor Mitchell (Sr., 5-11, 160, OF-P); C.J. Phillips (Sr., 5-9, 160, 2B); Antwan Johnson (Jr., 6-0, 205, OF-P); Marcus McCord (Sr., 5-10, 165, SS-C); Tyler Champion (Jr., 5-10, 165, SS-C).

OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs will have a stronger defense this season, the potential for a potent offense is there. Thomson will have a tough time, though, making its first playoff appearance in seven seasons.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY

COACH: Dwayne Sapp, fourth year

2002 RECORD: 19-9

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Kennedy (Sr., 6-3, 230, P); Matt Hopkins (Sr., 5-10 , 185, P-3B); Ray Moon (Sr., 5-10, 175, 2B); Chad Hitchcock (Sr., 6-0, 175, OF); Garrett Brett (Sr., 6-0, 170, 1B-P); Alan Smith (Sr., 5-11, 160, OF-P); Dustin Hodges (Sr., 6-0, 200, SS); Matt McDade (Sr., 5-10, 160, C).

OUTLOOK: On the heels of their first trip to the playoffs since 1972, the Golden Hawks have a good shot to make it back. All the pitching returns, and despite the loss of Lance Hancock and Richie Elmquist, Washington County will make some noise at the plate.

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WASHINGTON-WILKES

COACH: Rob Jackson, third year

2002 RECORD:14-12

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Larry Lamar (Sr., 5-10, 185, SS-P), Andy Jackson (Sr., 6-0, 187, 1B-P), J.C. Walton (Jr., 6-0, 170, CF), Daniel Newsome (Sr., 5-10, 180, 2B), Gary Burt (Sr., 5-9, 145, P-SS), Jake Dyson (So., 5-9, 170, LF), Adam Russell (Sr., 5-8, 175, C).

OUTLOOK: The first four hitters run the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds or better, and Washington-Wilkes returns three starters from last season. The Tigers could contend for the Region 7-AA championship.

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WESTSIDE

COACH: Gerald Barnes, 29th year

2002 RECORD: 24-7

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 third round

RETURNING STARTERS: Tony LeZotte (Sr., 6-1, 175, CF); John Ducey (Sr., 6-2, 200, P-3B); Brandon Shelter (Sr., 6-4, 190, P-SS); Alan Gregg (sr., 6-1, 190, P-SS); Bennard Scherer (Sr., 5-11, 190, OF); Barry Hall (Sr., 6-2, 200, OF); Scott Logan (Sr., 6-2, 180, C); Austin Ducey (Jr., 5-10, 165, 2B); Jason Knight (Soph., 5-10, 165, 2B); David Barnes (Jr., 5-10, 220, 1B); Duane Gregg (Jr., 6-1, 200, OF).

OUTLOOK: Perhaps the most-talented team in the area. The Patriots return all their starters, the pitching will be strong and the hitting should be phenomenal. A definite state title contender.

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The following schools did not submit information: Cross Creek, Laney, Warren County.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN

COACH: Craig Johnson, first year

2002 RECORD: 17-7

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 second round

RETURNING STARTERS: Jordan Belcher (Sr., 6-1, 175, OF); Will Reese (Sr., 5-9, 175, SS); Kevin Ensley (Sr., 6-1, 170, 1B); Scott Brantley (Sr., 6-1, 215, 3B); Ben Palacz (Jr., 5-9, 165, OF); Sam Pitts (Jr., 6-1, 210, DH).

OUTLOOK: With strong depth in the infield, Augusta Christian should be a strong team this season. The return of seniors Jordan Belcher (.597, 10 HR last year) and Will Reese (.514, 10 doubles) certainly will help.

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AUGUSTA PREP

COACH: Tim Shafer, third year

2002 RECORD: 2-16

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Wes Mishoe (Sr., 5-10, 170, C); Marc Harrell (Sr., 5-8, 145, SS); Thomas Folk (Jr., 6-0, 160, 3B); Taylor Bird (Jr., 6-2, 160, 1B); Will Bruker (Jr., 6-1, 145, CF); Alex Murphey (soph., 5-11, 145, 2B); Bob Wilson (Jr., 6-0, 185, DH).

OUTLOOK: Although last year wasn't pretty, Augusta Prep returns seven starters from that squad. The team won't have overpowering pitching, but it's young and improving.

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BRENTWOOD

COACH: Ben Wolfe, eighth year

2002 RECORD: 15-5

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 quarterfinals

RETURNING STARTERS: Josh Jackson (Jr., 1B); Jared Jackson (Soph., 2B); Darris Harris (Fr., SS)

OUTLOOK: Brentwood loses a lot from last year. The pitching and middle infield will be strong, but a lack of experience makes a return trip deep into the playoffs unlikely.

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BRIARWOOD

COACH: Charlie May, first year

2002 RECORD: 11-4

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS:Bob Wills (Jr., 5-10, 160, SS); Brandon Norman (Jr., 5-9, 155, CF); Jason Holley (Soph., 6-0, 180, C); T.J. Mimbs (Jr., 6-1, 170, C); Will Holley (Jr., 5-11, 180, 1B).

OUTLOOK: Because Briarwood lacks pitching depth, Jason Holley and Andre Brown will be counted on to carry the load. With Wills and Norman in the middle, the defense is solid. The team's hitting also will be a strength.

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CURTIS BAPTIST

COACH: Glenn Rocker, second year

2002 RECORD: 5-11

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: Craig Smith (Jr., SS); Jason Dalton (Jr., C); Kenny Miles (Soph., 2B); Colby McKnight (Soph., P); Chad Cook (Jr., 1B-OF); Cliff Johnson (Jr., OF).

OUTLOOK: Pitching will be a problem for the Crusaders, considering all their hurlers are freshmen and sophomores. This young squad should be much better after another year of seasoning.

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WESTMINSTER PREP

COACH: Keith Romer, first year

2002 RECORD: 14-14

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 second round

RETURNING STARTERS:Mark Yarbrough (Jr., 6-1, 180, P-1B); John Partridge (Sr., 5-11, 185, C); Andrew Tyson (Sr., 5-7, 165, SS); Brad Hillmas (Jr., 6-0, 165, IN-OF).

OUTLOOK: Partridge, an All-State selection, returns for his senior season, and he'll be helped by Yarbrough. But Westminster's lack of experience on the mound won't make things any easier.

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The following schools did not submit information: John Hancock, Edmund Burke, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Wardlaw.

SOUTH CAROLINA

AIKEN

COACH: Matt Brackett, eighth year

2002 RECORD: 6-16

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: Not available

RETURNING STARTERS:Adam Bates (Sr., 5-9, 165, SS); Jeremy Johnson (Sr., 6-0, 165, SS).

OUTLOOK: Johnson -- who went 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched last year -- will be counted upon heavily. But it might not be enough to lead the Hornets back to the postseason.

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ALLENDALE-FAIRFAX

COACH: Corey Crosby, third year

2002 RECORD: 8-10

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1992 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Sly Johnson (Sr., 5-10, 180, SS-P); Tyrone Hayward (SR., 5-8, 170, 1st-LF); Chris Smith (Sr., 5-9, 185, CF-2nd); Marcus Rollins (Jr., 5-10, 180, RF); Courtney Vincent (Jr., 6-2, 215, C); Brien Smith (Soph., 6-2, 215, 2nd-P); Zandric Ginn (Soph., 6-0, 190, LF); Eric Jones (Sr., 5-10, 190, RF).

OUTLOOK: Allendale-Fairfax has a good chance at making the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. With four solid pitchers and eight returning starters, the squad looks to compete with Barnwell and Silver Bluff for Region 5-AA dominance.

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BARNWELL

COACH: Tony Harrell, first year

2002 RECORD: 24-4

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 second round

RETURNING STARTERS: Matt Boleman (Sr., 5-11, 170, 3B); Derek Martin (Sr., 6-1, 170, SS-P); Kevin Anderson (Soph., 6-2, 140, LF-P); Matt Duckett (Jr., 6-3, 175, C); Ryan Grubbs (Jr., 6-0, 160, P); Daniel Renew (Jr., 6-0, 165, P-LF).

OUTLOOK: Despite losing Matt Fields and Simeon Rhodes to graduation, the returns of Martin, Boleman and Anderson should carry the Warhorses along nicely. Another region title isn't out of the question.

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MCCORMICK

COACH: John Schumpert, first year

2002 RECORD: 2-16

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: Shermine Kelly (Sr., 6-1, 190, 1st); Jon Sibert (Sr., 6-0, 220, P).

OUTLOOK: Most of the Chiefs are sophomores or younger, but Schumpert says there's a lot of potential talent waiting to be tapped. It likely won't matter much this season, but in the next two years, McCormick could turn its program around.

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MIDLAND VALLEY

COACH: Bruce Zuehlke, ninth year

2002 RECORD: 16-14

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 third round

RETURNING STARTERS:Tommy Hill (Sr., 5-9 170, CF); Randy Kirkland (Sr., 5-9, 185, RF); Clint Pearzin (Sr., 5-9, 155, SS); Clay Manor (Sr., 5-8, 155, P); Ryan Stanel (Jr., 6-0, 180, P); Matt Seigler (Sr., 6-0, 210, 1B).

OUTLOOK: The Mustangs return six starters off last year's playoff team. Pitching and defense will be the squad's biggest strength. The hitting must improve for Midland Valley to go far.

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NORTH AUGUSTA

COACH: Drew Hummell, 13th year

2002 RECORD: 21-8

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE:2002, Upper State semifinals

RETURNING STARTERS: Tyler Colvin (Sr., 6-3, 175, P-1B); Jared Pennington (Sr., 5-6, 170, 2B); Jason McLendon (Sr., 6-1, 170, OF); John Plexico (Sr., 5-7, 160, SS); Zach Cooper (Sr., 5-8, 155, OF); Madison Cochran (Sr., 6-0, 160, OF); Nick Godwin (Sr., 6-0, 195, P-1B); Brannigen Rosser (Sr., 5-10, 180, P-3B); Derek Bosch (Sr., 5-10, 160, C); Trey Williams (Sr., 6-4, 180, P-3B).

OUTLOOK: Colvin, a Clemson signee, leads a team that could be better than last year's. The loss of twins Andrew and Aaron Hydrick will hurt, but Plexico, Cooper and Colvin will help make up for it.

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SILVER BLUFF

COACH: Dan Osborne, four year

2002 RECORD: 16-6

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002

RETURNING STARTERS:Kenneth Bellamy (Sr., 5-11, 125, OF-P); De'Angelo Bryant (Sr., 6-2, 220, CF-P); Bean Hill (Jr., 6-3, 215, 1B-P); Jake Overrech (Sr., 5-10, 140, C); Steven Chrison (Jr., 5-6, 130, 2B); Jonathan Corhan (Sr., 5-8, 140, OF).

OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs will, once again, challenge for the region championship. With Bryant and Boring returning, Silver Bluff -- with its combination of leadership and young talent -- will be a tough team to beat.

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SOUTH AIKEN

COACH: Tommy Allen, third year

2002 RECORD: 12-10

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: Not available

RETURNING STARTERS: Doug Gregory (Jr., 6-3, 220, 3B-P); Phillip Disher (Sr., 6-1, 190, C); Brad Taylor (Sr., 6-0, 240, 1B); Kevin Butler (Jr., 5-11, 170, P); Kevin Gibons (Sr., 5-8, 160, P); Chris Rose (Sr., 6-0, 170, OF); David Carver (Sr., 5-8, 150, OF).

OUTLOOK: Ten seniors graduated last season, and they'll be missed. But Disher -- who has signed with South Carolina -- is one of the area's best catchers. It might not be enough to make a playoff run, though.

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STROM THURMOND

COACH: Paul Free, second year

2002 RECORD: 5-17

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 1995 third round

RETURNING STARTERS:Brett Williams (Jr., 5-9, 150, C); Brandon Andrews (Jr., 5-11, 170, OF-P); Marcus Barber (Sr., 5-11, 165, OF); Patrick Murrell (Jr., 6-0, 185, P); Eric Enlow (Jr., 5-11, 170. P).

OUTLOOK: With four new starters at the infield position, inexperience -- and how quickly the Rebels can overcome it -- will be a big factor to this season. The squad's hitting and fielding will improve.

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WAGENER-SALLEY

COACH: Warren Wintrode

2002 RECORD: 12-12

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2002 first round

RETURNING STARTERS: Josh Salley (Sr., 5-6, 150, C); Marcus Blizzard (Sr., 5-6, 150, CF); Josh Sullivan (Sr., 6-3, 190, CF); Andrew Poole (Sr., 6-3, 190, CF); Cody West (Jr., 6-1, 235, 1B-P).

OUTLOOK:agener-Salley went 9-3 in region play last season, and five of starters return. If Wagener-Salley can get around the fact they have little depth, the team should be fine.

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The following schools did not submit information: Blackville-Hilda, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Williston-Elko.