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.

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.

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