MVAL changes in the future

Not all birdies have gone South. Some of them have stayed and done a little tweeting in my ear.

It looks like there is going to be a change in the MVAL in the near future and it is going to be realignment based on the recent enrollment numbers released by the MPSSAA.

Apparently the MVAL is going to make changes based on the enrollment numbers. Geographical considerations will not be the main factor on what school resides where.

One “division” is likely to be made up of 3A and 4A schools.. That means it would be North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Frederick, Thomas Johnson, Tuscarora, Urbana, Linganore, Oakdale and Westminster. That’s  9 schools meaning 8 conference and 2 non-conference games for football.

The other ‘division’ would consist of 14 schools. My guess is that that division would become two “sections” and I’ll refer to them as ‘A’ and ‘B’

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Saturday Spin

A few prep football notes after the final weekend in Washington County and area:

Playoffs:  It looks like the 3A West playoff pairings will be South Hagerstown at Linganore and Urbana at Damascus. The official games will be announced Sunday.

Surprise of the year: 3-time champ Middletown falling to 4-6;  The No-Surprise goes to Linganore, ending at 10-0.

Still mulling over: Did we expect a 10-0 record from South and an 0-10 record from North back in August?

Some might find this interesting. It is a list of county schools (and Antietam) and the overall won-loss record of their opponents this year:

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South’s new territory

As we roll into the final week of football’s regular season on the prep level, the annual rivalry games take place and eyes will be on the South Hagerstown team as it goes against North Hagerstown.

The Rebels have an opportunity to go where no other South team has been in the won-loss department. South is currently 9-0 and it should be a given they’ll go 10-0 as their crosstown rivals are at 0-9.

Never in South history has a football team won 10 games in a season. Only 2 times have the Rebels won 9 games in a season. Last year the team went 9-1 in the regular season. And the only other time was in 1962, and that was the ONLY year the Rebels have ever gone unbeaten in a season, finishing 9-0 under coach Doug Cochran.

Looking into the recordbook, here is what South did in 1962:

def. Waynesboro 42-19; def. Howard County 25-12; def. Westminster 28-13; def. Martinsburg 20-13; def. Allegany 31-12; def. Chambersburg 27-26; def. Fredeerick 20-13; def. Fort Hill 18-7; def. North Hagerstown 20-13.

Your history lesson for today is complete.

December dates of interest

As the fall season winds to a close, here is a look ahead to the publication preview dates for the winter season and the publication dates for the All-Washington County teams for the fall season.


Dec. 1–Girls Indoor Track; Dec. 2–Boys Indoor Track; Dec. 3–Wrestling; Dec. 4–Girls Basketball; Dec. 5–Boys Basketball.


Dec. 8–Golf; Dec. 9–Girls Cross Country; Dec. 10–Boys  Cross Country; Dec. 11–Girls Soccer; Dec. 12–Boys Soccer; Dec. 13–Volleyball; Dec. 14–Football.

So, we’ll be busy in the upcoming days formulating these previews through conversations with coaches and putting together the list of top stars from their respective sport.



Postseason Prep Golf

Almost the entire Tri-State has completed its prep golf season with only the Maryland state championships to be held, and they begin Monday.

We do not have an all-area team any longer, so let me provide you with a list of golfers that would most likely be the main candidates for the first team.

The number in parenthesis is the average per 9 holes for the golfer.

On the first team: Nik Steiner (38.6) of St. Maria Goretti; Brett Baile (39.6) of Smithsburg; Dylan Cline (39.5) of North Hagerstown; Jordan Shaffer (39.1) of Chambersburg; Ian Patterson (39.9) of Chambersburg; Nick Franki (39.5) of Waynesboro; Roland Morris (39.0) of Mercersburg Academy; Owen Elliott (38.1) of Hedgesville; Dylan Mumaw (39.7) of Washingon; Jacob Suder (40.7) of James Buchanan; Tyler Olson (40.7) of Boonsboro and Jordan Tapley (41.0) of Smithsburg.

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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.

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