Roundup - Spartans' streak stopped

September 16, 1999


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - No. 7 McConnellsburg watched its 82-match regular-season winning streak come to the most surprising of ends Wednesday night with a 15-11, 15-4 loss to Everett.

To lose the streak was disappointing for the Spartans (4-1, 3-1). To lose it at home to one of their biggest rivals in the Sideling Hill League was even more disappointing.

"We need to get hungry, we need to stay focused and we need to stay competitive," coach Greg Hays said after the team's first non-tournament loss since October, 1994. "I didn't see all of that out there tonight."


The Spartans led 11-10 in game one, but lost 19 of the next 20 points to find themselves down 14-1 in game two. Hays said serve receive was his team's biggest problem, and it's one that will be addressed in the very near future.

"It's hard to lose, and even harder to lose to a rival," Hays said. "But now we've got to fix things and head in the right direction."

S. Fulton 2, Tussey Mt. 0

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Michelle Golden had 13 service points as the Indians picked up their first win of the season in the Sideling Hill League.

Erin Bain had 18 assists and Kelly True had six kills for Southern Fulton (1-3, 1-3).

Tussey Mountain won the JV match, 12-15, 15-5, 15-6.


Maret 1, Mercersburg 0

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Maret scored the only goal 10 minutes into the second half as the Frogs beat Mercersburg in a Mid Atlantic Conference match.

The Blue Storm (2-1, 0-1) outshot Maret, 15-8. Monford Russell made five saves for Mercersburg.


Smithsburg 24, Catoctin 0

Boonsboro 38, FSK 0


HCC 3, Cecil 0

Kelli Martin had 22 assists and 13 service points, including six aces, to lead Hagerstown Community College past Cecil, 15-1, 15-7, 15-11, in the Maryland JuCo Conference opener for the Hawks.

Katie Baker added 13 kills and Rachel Bachtell had seven kills and six digs for HCC (9-0, 1-0). Casey Nogle had six digs and Lindsay Miller had five kills for the Hawks. HCC's scheduled match today at Anne Arundel has been postponed due to the predicted storms from Hurricane Floyd.


County team to play in states

The Washington County senior softball team will compete in the 60-64 state tournament at Randazzo Softball Park in Severn, Md., this weekend.

Seeding for the eight-team tournament is Friday and bracket play begins on Saturday.

The Washington County team will play at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Friday.

"We're looking forward to going down there to play," said Ellis Duffey, who, at age 69, is "playing down" to the 60-64 age group. "They always have such good teams because they have so many players to choose from.

"We're lucky to get guys out of their rocking chairs up here," Duffey added with a laugh. "So we feel pretty good when we can go down and win a couple games."

Duffey is the elder statesman of the team. The team also includes Ed Brandhaver, Joe Clipp, Sam Ferguson, Ronnie Flook, Bill Jenkins, Don Main, Don Minor, Harold Pereschuck, Robbie Poffenberger, Cliff Rice, Russell Richards, Ragan Shaw, Bill Simms, Nat Webb, David Duffey, Dave Wyand, Marvin Alexander and manager Bob Bender.

Local team wins invitational

Pepe's/Buck's Boys, champions of the Tri-State Softball League, won a Class D national invitational slo-pitch tournament in Huntington, W.Va., over Labor Day weekend.

Pepe's won all five games it played, including a 14-10 win in the championship over Apple Valley of Huntington.

The team has been coached by Frank Gaither for 20 years. Harry Gray, Lenny Bowers, Pickle Potter, Billy Fischer and Dale Fischer, all from Berkeley Springs, have all played on the team for 15 years or more.

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