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Roundup - Shepherd holds off Mount Aloysius

November 30, 2000

Roundup - Shepherd holds off Mount Aloysius



CRESSON, Pa. - Demond Tapscott scored 17 points and Antar Parkman added 14 to lead Shepherd College to a 71-69 victory over Mount Aloysius College.

Tapscott hit six of his 13 shots and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals for Shepherd (2-1). Parkman accounted for eight rebounds and five assists. Ryan Jones added 10 points.

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Two Hawks sign with Pitt

Hagerstown Junior College's P.J. Hiser and Brooks Williams took the first steps in extending their careers in baseball recently by signing letters-of-intent to play at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hiser, a South Hagerstown graduate, and Williams were HCC's top two hitters last season. But for Hiser, the 2000 season might be a prelude of things to come.

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"P.J. has come a long way in the last few years, both on and off the field," HCC baseball coach Scott Jennings said. "He's coming into his own. He could get drafted this year and then he would really have to make a big choice."

Hiser, an outfielder, was second on the team with a .437 batting average but led the Hawks in six offensive categories - hits (45), runs (30), triples (5), home runs (8), RBI (30) and slugging percentage (.816). He was also 3-1 as a pitcher with four saves.

"He controls his own destiny," Jennings said. "He has all the tools. He can hit, run and throw ... he has a cannon for an arm. They will have to decide if they want to use him as an everyday player or a pitcher and a DH on the days he throws."

Williams, from Duncansville, Pa., was HCC's shortstop and led the team with a .456 batting average. He drove in 22 runs.

"He's a hard worker," Jennings said. "He's one of the hardest workers on the team."

The two players signed their letters during the NCAA baseball's early signing period from Nov. 8-15.

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Handy signs with Georgia State

Hagerstown Commuity College point guard Bayi Handy took advantage of the NCAA's early declaring period and signed a letter-of-intent to play at Georgia State next season.

Georgia State, in Atlanta, is coached by former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell.

Handy has helped the Hawks to a 6-0 record, mostly on the strength of his 5.1 assists per game while coming off the bench. The York, Pa., native is averaging 5.5 points and has hit 16 of 18 foul shots (88.9 percent).

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