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Saturday local - Knights in 3rd straight final

November 11, 2000

Local Roundup - Knights in 3rd straight final



HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> GIRLS SOCCER

ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Middletown girls soccer team hopes it got rid of sense of deja vu on Saturday in the Class 2A semifinals at Rockville High School.

For the second straight year, the Knights knocked off North Harford 1-0 thanks to a corner kick goal scored by Kim Waeber.

Now, if they can only break through in the state final. After losing to Centennial in 1998, the Knights tied Loch Raven last year.

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"The girls have enjoyed being co-champs, but they're looking forward to getting one outright," Middletown coach John Miller said. "It bothered some of them, even though they enjoyed it. You want that title and trophy all to yourself."

Middletown (16-3) will get that chance thanks to Waeber's goal, which she directly headed in off a Lacey Gawler corner kick in the 37th minute. Last season, the same play got the same result.

After that, the defense, despite few minutes from Cora Reid, shut down the North Harford's longball attack.

"Lacey really played well today, she had a great game," Miller said. "And we moved Kim back to stopper and she had a great game. Missy Chakalis filled in well, and Katie Bridges probably had the next best game after Lacey.

"The four of them did really a great job back there."

The Knights outshot North Harford 14-13 and keeper Anna Halse made five saves in the win, which puts them in the championship game next weekend at UMBC against Hereford, which beat Mt. Hebron in penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in regulation.

"This team just seems to do everything to get the job done," Miller said. "We're real excited to be there."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> PREP VOLLEYBALL

Hedgesville ousted in semis

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Hedgesville ran into eventual state champion Parkersburg in the Class AAA semifinals and fell, 15-0, 15-10, 15-7.

"Well, there weren't many highlights today,'' said Hedgesville coach Susan Davis. "Parkersburg just beat Parkersburg South in three games. They were very good.''

Ashley Copenhaver was named to the all-tournament team for Hedgesville (31-5-4).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> MEN'S BASKETBALL

HCC wins tourney title

MONROE, N.Y. - Eric Branham led a crucial 11-4 burst with three assists to lead Hagerstown Community College to a 92-86 win over Essex (Md.) Community College for the Monroe Community College tournament title.

Branham, a point guard, scored only eight points with five assists and five rebounds, but was able to break Essex's pressure to earn tournament MVP honors. Corey Tabron and Brian Showers were also voted to the all-tournament team.

HCC (2-0) led for most of the second half, but fell behind 69-67 with 9:29 remaining. After a timeout, Branham's ball-handling took over, leading to three baskets by Showers and another pair by Dominic Crutchfield to pull out to a 80-71 lead with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

Showers led HCC with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Tabron finished with 16 and Crutchfield added 14. Brandon DeShields had eight rebounds and six assists.

HCC 92, Essex (Md.) 86

HAGERSTOWN COMM. COLLEGE (92)

Tabron 5 3-4 16, Crutchfield 4 5-8 14, Branham 3 2-4 8, Handy 2 0-0 5, Deshields 1 3-4 6, Jennings 3 0-0 6, McKnight 1 0-0 2, Goodman 2 0-0 4, Gaddy 1 1-4 3, Brennan 3 2-2 8, Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Showers 8 2-5 18. Totals 34 18-31 92

ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE (86)

Artis 4 0-0 8, Coley 5 7-8 18, Dixon 3 5-6 12, Hawthorne 3 1-2 7, Holland 3 1-4 10, Traore 3 4-7 10, Jones 8 7-9 23. Totals 29 25-36 86

Halftime - HCC 45, Essex 42.

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