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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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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