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Local Roundup: HCC women win wild one

December 31, 1998

* WOMEN'S BASKETBALL




NEWARK, Ohio - The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team not only won the survival of the fittest, it was the survival of the fit.

The Hawks easily outran Ohio University-Newark behind 19 points by Molly Schoenberg for a 75-43 victory on Wednesday, but it was in a game which was stopped with 1:13 remaining when Newark was left with three eligible players.

Newark was slapped with four technical fouls - two to eject its head coach and two to disqualify a player to leave three on the floor - for protesting calls during the game. The ejected player assaulted a referee after the game was called. HCC players were harassed and their bus was surrounded by garbage.

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"It was the worst sportsmanship I have ever seen," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "It was a really bizarre game."

In the heat of battle, though, HCC (7-2) took care of business by using its height advantage. The Hawks owned a 33-20 lead at the half despite Newark's protests. OU was upset at the imbalance of foul shots - HCC went to the line 24 times in the first half to Newark's 17, but both teams sank 11 of their free throws.

In the second half, HCC pulled away as Newark became more focused on the officiating. OU had only seven players and lost three to fouls and the fourth to technicals.

The Hawks finished with 38 foul shots for the game, including the eight from the technical fouls. Newark finished with 21 free throws.

Tia Ferguson finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for HCC while Quitta Scott added 12 points and Ebony Rector had 12 rebounds. Tracey Jacobs led Newark with 12 points.

* WRESTLING




Williamsport finishes 3rd

DAMASCUS, Md. - Williamsport had 144 points to place third in the Damascus Holiday Wrestling Tournament, which fielded 21 teams.

The Wildcats (6-3) finished behind Damascus, who had 181 1/2 points and Cesar Rodney (Del.) at 161.Westminster was fourth with 131 1/2 and Bullis had 103 1/2 to finish fifth.

Williamsport's individual champion Wayne Boward (130), currently ranked fourth in the state, defeated No. 2 Tim Lowe of Albert Einstein, 12-2.

The Wildcats had three individuals in the finals. Eric Keczynski (119) finished second after being pinned by Bullis' Matt Palmer. Jared Myers (171) lost to Moe Fofana from Sherwood 4-2 in overtime. Ryan McDonald lost 3-2 to top-seeded Lance Stratton from Wootton.

At 152, Elliot Blair of Middletown defeated Williamsport's Josh Miller 3-0 in the quarterfinal round to put Miller in the losers bracket. But Miller returned to avenge his loss in the final round with a 5-4 win over Blair to finish third.

Hedgesville 4-6 in tourney

WHEELING, W.Va. - Hedgesville finished 4-6 in dual meets at the two-day Wheeling Park Duals Tournament.

Hedgesville defeated Barberton (Ohio) 46-30, Weir 56-23, Preston 57-24 and University 38-33. They lost to North Marion 49-23, Carrolton (Ohio) 43-19, Cabell Midland 47-32, Fairmont Sr. 35-31, and Steubenville (Ohio) 38-31.

Two Hedgesville wrestlers went undefeated. Anthony Regalbuto (125) went 10-0 over the two days with three pins and five technical falls. Bryan Moats (135) was also 10-0 in two days with five pins. Both wrestlers are undefeated for the season. Hedgesville's team record is 10-7.

Brad Davis (140) and Scott Gusic (171) finished 9-1 in the tournament for Martinsburg, while Josh Alderton (189) went 8-2.

North takes 2nd at FSK tourney

UNION BRIDGE, Md. - North Hagerstown posted three individual champions and three seconds to finish second in the seven-team Francis Scott Key Christmas Tournament.

The Hubs scored 173 1/2 points, finishing behind only Old Mill, the fourth-ranked team in Maryland, which had 237 points. FSK took third with 151 1/2 and Catoctin finished seventh with 44.

Jason Houser, Seth Staley and E.B. Wallech won individual titles. Houser (140) defeated Glenelg's Tim Brosenne 6-4 in overtime. Staley, the defending state champion, rolled to an 11-8 win over Dan Connelly of Old Mill. And Wallech (215) pinned Old Mill's Mike Tetlow in 2:48 to win.

Mike Dempsher (145), Jon Skrabak (171) and Jeff Seidman (189) each finished second in their weight classes. Andrew Nichols (112) and Paul Toomey (125) added points by finishing third.

Catoctin's Chad Dewees finished second at 135, losing to Old Mill's Eric Hill in the final. Hill was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

* BOYS BASKETBALL




Goretti 60, Benedict 47

RICHMOND, Va. - Jamie Rice collected 15 points to lead No. 1 St. Maria Goretti to a win over Benedict in the Capital City Classic Championship.

Anthony Sowers added 15 points for the Gaels (13-1), while Rodney Gibson had 12 points and nine rebounds. Brad Runkles added six rebounds.

The Gaels trailed by two points at halftime. But Rice put the pressure on Benedict's leading scorer Buddy Grisson, who had scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, allowing Goretti to outscore Benedict 33-17 in the second half to secure the win. Brad Kelly added 11 points for Benedict, who received its first loss after 10 consecutive wins.

Lee Green made all-tournament, while Runkles was selected as MVP.

Littlestown 50, Greencastle 39

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Marcus Thomas had 16 points for No. 8 Greencastle, but the Blue Devils only scored three points in the fourth quarter to lose at home.

Greencastle (5-3) led 27-21 at the break, but was down 37-36 after three quarters before going ice cold in the fourth. Billy Windle added 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Delone Catholic 68 Waynesboro 31

NEW OXFORD, Pa. - Tournament MVP Jim Zinn led Delone with 15 points in the New Oxford Tournament championship Tuesday night.

Waynesboro (6-2) was led by Mike Hoover as he scored 13 goals.

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