Roundball pep rally

Despite Sunday’s miserable early morning weather, the turnout at the Roundball Classic Media Day was pretty good. But, the best part of 3 hours spent there turned out to be a pep rally.

The Roundball Classic will be coming up March 28-29 at North Hagerstown HS. The big game will be the North-South alumni game on the 29th.

The picture above? Well, there are a few points scored in those careers and a few games won. …. Great seeing David Miner from South, former North coach Tim McNamee, Phil Young of Norh and many others, all absolutely excited to have the long overdue chance to play one another again.

This one is sure to be lots of fun and excitement on March 29. You can log on to  the for more info.



Rankings, Scoring

As we watch the snow fall and anticipate that Tuesday will be closed down, here are the latest compilations in boys hoops scoring: (Of course, there is so much more I put on our website at


Spencer Schultz, Clear Spring, 23.2; Justin Robinson, Saint James, 22.2; Michael Riley, Williamsport, 21.6; Elijah Stubbs, North Hagerstown, 19.7; Nate Patey, Heritage Academy, 18.9; Domas Sakickas, Broadfording Christian, 17.1; Chris Harrell, Heritage Academy, 16.2; Jacolby Lott, South Hagerstown, 15.6; Ignas Oleinikovas, Grace Academy, 14.6; Isaiah Daniels, Broadfording Christian, 14.6.


1. South Hagerstown 12-2; 2. St. Maria Goretti 15.6; 3. Saint James 12-7; 4. Williamsport 11-2; 5. Martinsburg 7-4; 6. Jefferson 8-5; 7. North Hagerstown 8-5; 8. Waynesboro 10-7; 9. Musselman 7-3; 10. Grace Academy 12-2.

Remembering Friday

Before I start on Friday, just a thought on a national item: Happy that Penn State has been given back its 112 football victories and that Joe Paterno is back at the top of the victory list. Now that PSU has been restored, it’s time again for another restoration project — his name is Pete Rose!

Now, on to prep basketball and Friday’s action at North Hagerstown where the Hubs went up against rival South Hagerstown.

I labeled the game in my story as an ‘instant classic.’ If the game would have been televised, it could have been immediately replayed on Herald-Mail HMTV6. … Yes, it was that good. There have been other games in recent memory that have been closer than 5 points final margin, but Friday’s 72-67 victory by South left the entire crowd gasping to the very end.

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The DMV is elite

Well, I think I have sufficiently recovered a from being an old, two-day basketball junkie like I was this past weekend. It was the DMVelite West Showcase at St. Maria Goretti, the second year of what is likely to be more to come, at the Gael Center.

There were a scheduled 12 games, 11 actually were played with one school not willing to travel in certain weather conditions that cost Williamsport a contest.

There was really good basketball being played — St. Maria Goretti won both of its games, Jefferson lost a tough one in overtime to Baltimore-Northwestern and Broadfording Christian, even though the Lions were tamed by large margins, played very well for three periods in each game before coming apart at the seems.

Promoter/Director Chris Lawson and West Director James Fleet orchestrated the event, just one of a myriad of events the organization conducts and Marcus Helton handles media information.

I was somewhat surprised there were more fans in attendance either day at Goretti. The event carried a $10 price tag each day, but thats for 6 games. What a bargain. The place wasn’t empty by any means, but there was room for more.

You can follow the organization, which also provides scoruting reports and other information, at

There’s always next year, so mark your calendar because it’s likely to be the Friday and Saturday right after New Years Day.


More preps scoring

With the little bit of weather knocking out action on this Tuesday, there is no better time to take a look at Tri-State individual scoring leaders from schools we have reports from:

Leaders are listed by point average:

BOYS TOP 10 — Jarrell Jones, Martinsburg 25.4; Spencer Schultz, Clear Spring 24.1; Jahlil Jenkins, Jefferson 21.9; Michael Riley, Williamsport 21.4; Jalen Smith, Jefferson 21.1; Elijah Stubbs, North Hagerstown 21.2; Justin Robinson, Saint James 20.4; Nathan Patey, Heritage Academy 19.1; Jacolby Lott, South Hagerstown 18.4; Casey Hoover, Greencastle 17.6. Continue reading More preps scoring

Boys Scoring Leaders

Here’s an update on basketball scoring leaders in Washington County in games thru Monday, Dec. 22


Spencer Schultz, Clear Spring, 26.7

Michael Riley, Williamsport, 24.0

Justin Robinson, Saint James, 22.6

Elijah Stubbs, North Hagerstown, 21.8

Nate Patey, Heritage Academy, 18.0

Jacolby Lott, South Hagerstown, 17.7

Michael Kelbaugh, Williamsport, 17.0

Isaiah Daniels, Broadfording, 16.2

Dominic Sakickas, Broadfording, 15.9

Ameka Akaya, St. Maria Goretti, 15.4

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Scoring checklist

Early in the basketball season we are a few weeks away until we accumulate stats for our Friday Varsity pages.

However, let’s take a look at some early scoring averages in the infancy of the 2014-15 season:


Player, school,games,points,average

Riley, Williamsport, 2-59-29.5

Stubbs, North Hagerstown, 3-81-27.0

Schultz, Clear Spring, 2-54-27.0

Robinson, Saint James, 6-141-23.5

Jenkins, Jefferson, 3-68-22.7

Romine, Faith Christian, 5-103-20.6

JSmith, Jefferson, 3-61-20.3

Kelbaugh, Williamsport, 2-38-19.0

Lott, South Hagerstown 4-72-18.0

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Some prep hoops notes


These should be interesting matchups in upcoming boys games:

Wed. Dec. 10 — Allegany at Saint James (Allegany has one of the strongest starting fives among 1A  public schools)

Tue . Dec. 16 — Clear Spring at North Hagerstown (Clear Spring looking for big year and North hoping to turn things around with this early test). The same night Smithsburg, with plenty of high hopes, is at Williamsport.

Looking into January:

Tue., Jan. 13 — Clear Spring at Smithsburg.

Fri., Jan. 16 — South Hagerstown at North Hagerstown and St. Maria Goretti at Saint James (I can’t be in two places at one time so, would someone please change the date on one of these games LOL).


Already a coaching change: At Grace Academy, we were informed late Thursday (after the previews went to press) there is a new boys basketball coach. Josh Barnhart is the new coach for the Knights.

Mercersburg Academy opens its season Saturday against a foreign visitor. Invading will be Trinity, Australia for a 4 p.m. game at Mercersburg, once they arrive from Canton, Ohio.

Trinity has begun a 21-day trip in the United States and just played three games in Ohio and will be leaving for Mercersburg at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Their trip continues in New York and will conclude Dec. 18 after trips to Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

See you courtside somewhere!

Time for county hoops

Well, it is Dec. 5 and according to the MPSSAA calendar, public schools are finally in action tonight on the hardwood.

Thursday and Friday online and in print we had our county basketball capsule previews, so the burning question left is how the teams will fare this season.

Through my totally unscientific brain, here are my regular season won-loss predictions. Totally a guesstimate and a list to pull out at the end of the year to see, however you want to look at it, how ridiculously far from being right I am, or lucky.

First, the girls:

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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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