Focus on Sports
Skipjacks open camp, but still open to new players

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Experience, like most things, is relative.

Tony Redman, Chesapeake College’s second-year head men’s soccer coach, welcomed back four returners when the Skipjacks opened their 2004 preseason camp last week. That may not sound like a lot, but to Redman that quartet of returners is a big improvement.

"That’s four more than I had last year," said Redman, whose all-freshman team went 2-10-1 last season. "They’re a solid core group to build on.

"I think the difference is that last year they were the core group," added Redman, who currently has 12 players but is looking to add more before the team’s September 8 season-opener at Anne Arundel Community College. "This year I expect to have four additional players of equal strength and talent. The core group is bigger and that’s the big thing I’m looking forward to right now."

Goalie Kevin Weems, forward Ben Startt, midfielder Kilmer Verardi, and back/midfielder Riva Hagins are the Skipjacks’ returning players.

"I’m very excited that Kevin’s back," Redman said of his netminder. "He kept us in a lot of games last year. We’re hoping to provide him with some more protection this year."

Startt was Chesapeake’s leading goal-scorer last year, Verardi was one of the team’s top midfielders and Hagins’ versatility made him particularly valuable, according to Redman.

Midfielder Kevin Brown (North Caroline High), stopper Josh Poore (St. Michaels High), forward/striker Craig Remenapp (Kent Island High School), and Mike Hedl (Wesleyan Christian) are expected to nicely complement Chesapeake’s returning players.

Redman said Brown, who played a season for the Skipjacks several years ago, "plays a total game – trapping, dribbling, shooting, passing and moving." Poore transferred in from McDaniel College while Remenapp joins the ’Jacks after finishing as Kent Island High’s career scoring leader. Redman, meanwhile, said he’s not sure where Hedl will play, "but he’s going to help us."

Midfielders Rob Hambleton (St. Michaels High) and Chris Landing (Queen Anne’s County High) and back Rusty Steele (Kent Island High) are also expected to contribute, while Taylor Sandeback (Kent County High) just joined the team.

Redman said another key acquisition won’t even be playing. Tim Washburn has joined the team as an assistant coach and has had an immediate positive impact, according to Redman.

"Tim has a strong soccer background. He’s been running soccer camps through most of the summer and has already been assigned responsibility for team conditioning," said Redman. "I think overall he strengthens the chemistry of the coaching for the team. I’m really enjoying working with him."

Redman continues to actively recruit for this year’s team.

"We have a stronger core group than last year, but we still desperately need depth," said Redman.

Any individuals interested in attending Chesapeake and playing with the Skipjacks can contact Redman (410-822-9630 or 410-673-1899) or Washburn (410-745-0056).

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