J-Rob’s day

Today (Sun., Oct. 12) is the day Saint James point guard Justin Robinson has been waiting for. Not only is it his birthday, but he will announce his choice of the future — it will be Providence, Virginia Tech or UNLV.
I’ve heard he has a keen interest in Providence, but Justin hails from Manassas, Virginia and the Hokies certainly would welcome his choice being from Virginia.

My guess? Providence.

Stay tuned

Baseball rivalries

The MLB postseason could be very interesting when it comes to “beltway matchups’ this season.

Beginning Tuesday, Oakland meets Kansas City in the AL one-game wildcard playoff and on Wednesday San Francisco meets Pittsburgh. If Oakland and ‘Frisco win, a potential World Series matchup stays alive. If Kansas City wins and goes all the way through, a series against St. Louis would be possible.

Then there is the scenario all of us around the Mid Atlantic would like to see — Baltimore and Washington each coming through the playoffs to the World Series.  That would be a REAL Beltway series.

Maybe the folks in Los Angeles would like to have to say about it. The Angels and Dodgers could be in live to go against one another.

The possibilities are endless and begin Tuesday. Who will it be?

Preserving the no-hitter

You may, or may not, have seen Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hittter on Sunday against the New York Mets. Obviously it was a classic way to finish the regular season.

Former Hagerstown Sun Steven Souza preserved the no-no with a diving catch near the warning track for the final out of the game. Clutching the glove with a second hand, not wanting to lose the ball as he hit the ground, Souza then got up and held the ball aloft for Zimmermann to see he had accomplished the no-no.

Now, there are always fantastic catches made all over a baseball field which get their just due, usually to its deathbed on ESPN.

However, in my opinion, the catch made by Souza ranks up there as one of the all-time great catches. It was made and preserved a no-hitter. The catch had substance, not just any old diving catch that could well have been the second out of the fifth inning.

It was a classic for all time.

North Hagerstown football

Here is the correct North football schedule preview for 2014:

Friday, Sept.5  HOME Milford Mill 7        Last seson: North 20-16

Friday, Sept 12 AWAY Urbana 7                 Last season: Urbana 40-23

Friday, Sept. 19 AWAY Linganore 7          Last season: Linganore 27-21

Sat. Sept. 27 AWAY Fort Hill 7                     Last met: (2012) North 54-12

Thur. Oct. 2 HOME Williamsport 7           Last season: North 63-18

Friday, Oct. 10 AWAY Boonsboro 7         Last season: North 42-7

Friday, Oct. 17 HOME Catoctin 7              Last season: Catoctin 35-13

Friday, Oct. 24 AWAY Smithsburg,7         Last season: North 41-2

Friday, Oct. 31 HOME Brunswick 7           Last season: North 55-14

Friday, Nov. 7 AWAY South 7                         Last season: South 34-27



Along the local D-1 hoops trail

For many basketball hopefuls the summer can be just as important as the regular season. With the glut of summer leagues, it’s important that those looking forward to a big college career get out in front of the college coaches.

One that has been in view of many college recruiters is Saint James senior-to-be Justin Robinson, a slick guard who ran the show last year for the Saints behind Obi Enechionyia & Co.

Now, it will be time for Robinson to be the main cog for the Saints. And it is quite possible he may enter the 201-415 prep season already committed to his next stop.

Saints assistant coach Don Shopland report to me that Robinson has 17 offers on the table, and YES, that includes Maryland. Among the others include Penn State, Illinois, Memphis, UNLV, Purdue, Creighton and Providence.

And teammate Craig Lecesne, a junior, has received offers from Creighton and Charlotte.

Things should be interesting at Saint James again this season.

Binford’s “Future”

There is firm belief among baseball observers in, and around Washington County, that Hagerstown’s Christian Binford has a ticket with “Major League Baseball” written all over it.
The 6-6 righthander, property of the Kansas City Royals, was selected earlier this week to play for the United States team in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis, site of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
He is the lone representative of the Royals, an honor that should be seen that the organization has the highest regard for Binford, currently 5-3 with a 2.35 ERA.
Binford has pitched successfully at Lexington, is doing the same in Class A advanced ball at Wilmington (De.) and could be on his way to Class AA NW Arkansas shortly.
He has pitched twice recently in Frederick against the Keys and had the chance to pitch last year at Municipal Stadium against Hagerstown.
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Hoops: My view of the best

Thought I would post my guess as to whom I would select in the Tri-State area on a 10-player first team in both boys and girls for the 2013-14 basketball season. I’ll admit I did not see everyone that might have a cause for being on this team, but here goes anyway:
I will put stats with each player later.

BOYS TOP 10 (in no particular order)

1. Obi Enechionyia, Saint James

2. Justin Robinson, Saint James

3. Martin Geben, St. Maria Goretti

4. Sterling Christy, Williamsport

5. Trevon Wesco, Musselman

6. C J Burks, Hedgesville

7. Dominique Newman, Washington

8. Joel Zola, Greencastle

9. Jalen Smith, Jefferson

10. Ryan Hege, James Buchanan

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Another Super Seven

Here we go on Presidents Day …. maybe we’ll get a full week of games played
1. Washington (15-0)
2. Saint James (20-3)
3. St. Maria Goretti (18-14)
4. Waynesboro (16-6)
5. Hedgesville (11-3)
6. Williamsport (17-3)
7. Musselman (13-4)
Also considered: Martinsburg (12-5), South Hagerstown (12-7), Broadfording Christian (20-8), Southern Fulton (19-3)

1. South Hagerstown (17-0)
2. Greencastle (21-1)
3. Martinsburg (14-3)
4. Southern Fulton (20-3)
5. Boonsboro (15-5)
6. Williamsport (14-6)
7. St. Maria Goretti (18-6)
Also considered: Spring Mills (11-6), James Buchanan (12-10), Shalom Christian (16-3)

Super Seven update

For the week of games ending on Sunday, Feb. 9 here we go.
Just one small change in the girls this week where we put St. Maria Goretti in the seventh spot.
In the boys, the Top 7 teams went 8-4 this past week.
Wouldn’t you like to see South Hagerstown and Greencastle girls play one another? That would be a good one indeed. Girls 7 went 8-1 the only loss was Williamsport losing to South Hagerstown.

1. Washington (13-0)
2. Saint James (18-3)
3. Goretti (18-14)
4. Waynesboro (16-6)
5. Williamsport (15-2)
6. Martinsburg (11-4)
7. Hedgesville (11-3)
Also: Musselman (10-3), South Hagerstown (11-7), Southern Fulton (18-2), Jefferson (8-6)
1. South Hagerstown (15-0)
2. Greencastle (21-0)
3. Martinsburg (12-3)
4. Southern Fulton (18-2)
5. Boonsboro (13-4)
6. Williamsport (12-6)
7. Goretti (17-6)
Also considered: Jefferson (9-7), James Buchanan (12-10)

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