Welcome to the 2013 Enoch Office/Varsity Sports Network preseason Top 20 boys’ basketball poll. VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.

As we progress towards the regular season, we will countdown our 2013 Enoch Office/VSN Boys’ Basketball Preseason Rankings from No. 20 all the way to No. 1.

15. Calvert Hall College Cardinals (click for video / photos)

2012-13 record: 13-16 (Baltimore Catholic League quarterfinalists)

Coach: John Bauersfeld (7th season)

Returning letter winners – 9

Returning starters – 5

Key returning players – Darius Ables, 6-foot-2, senior, forward; Eric Bowden, 6-foot-2, senior, guard; T.J. Duckett, 6-2, junior, guard; Sean Mayberry, 6-2, senior, guard; Evan Phoenix, 6-8, junior, center; Reggie Rouse, 5-9, junior, guard; Andrew Tawiah, 6-2, junior, guard; Chris Wallace, 6-3, senior, forward

Key newcomers – Nico Clareth, 6-4, junior, guard; Justin Gorham, 6-6, sophomore, forward; Chas Harvey, 5-8, junior, guard

Outlook – The Cardinals may be ready to return to contender status in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League. The Towson school posted a 40-46 mark the past three seasons after winning the BCL Tournament crown in 2010 (first since 1984).

Calvert Hall, which defeated Friends School in its season opener, returns an experienced starting nucleus in Edwards, Mayberry, Phoenix, Rouse and Wallace. Edwards was an all-MIAA A pick and second team BCL choice last winter.

Gorham will provide depth in the post while Clareth give the Cardinals a dynamic scoring threat. The LaSalle Road school won the title at the St. Paul’s Summer League and Clareth, Duckett, Edwards and Phoenix played on the Maryland 3-D 16-under squad that reached the Silver Super Showcase championship at the AAU Nationals in Orlando in July.

Bauersfeld, who started four sophomores last season, thinks the Cardinals will be improved from the perimeter. The Cardinals have MIAA A foes Mount Carmel (also BCL), McDonogh School and Mount St. Joseph (also BCL) in the first couple of weeks of the season.

“We got some good pieces in place. We certainly think we can compete with everybody in the league,” said Bauersfeld. “We got to prove ourselves every night.”

2013-14 schedule

Nov. 26 – defeated Friends School, 78-36

Dec. 2 at Mount Carmel

Dec. 4 vs. McDonogh School

Dec. 6-8 at Sidwell Friends (D.C.) Tournament 

Dec. 11 vs. Mount St. Joseph

Dec. 12 vs. Delone Catholic (Pa.)

Dec. 15 vs. Mount Carmel

Dec. 18 vs. Glenelg Country School

Dec. 20 vs. Western Tech

Dec. 22 vs. Archbishop Spalding

Dec. 27-29 Benedictine Christmas Classic at Bendictine College Prep (Va.)

bauersfeldJan. 3 at Gilman School

Jan. 6 vs. John Carroll School

Jan. 8 at St. Maria Goretti

Jan. 10 at Loyola Blakefield

Jan. 12 at St. Frances Academy

Jan. 15 at McDonogh School

Jan. 19 at Glenelg Country School

Jan. 26 at Mount St. Joseph

Jan. 27 at Archbishop Spalding

Jan. 31 vs. Gilman School

Feb. 3 at John Carroll School

Feb. 5 vs. St. Maria Goretti

Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Blakefield

Feb. 9 vs. St. Frances Academy