North, South renew rivalry in familiar situation
By DAN SPEARS
The North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown boys basketball teams enter tonight's first game of the City Series with similar scripts to last season.
The two are atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings, and South - the Tri-State area's final undefeated team - holds a one-game lead nearing the midway point of the double round-robin league schedule.
In 2002, though, the Rebels need a rewrite.
North swept last season's two hotly contested games to win the MVAL by one game for its first league title since the 1971-72 Tri-State League. Like last season, the Hubs will have to rally from an early deficit in the standings after Brunswick handed them a 75-68 league loss on Dec. 14.
"But every game is different," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "The first time, we had them running backward. The second time (a 71-54 North win at the Doub Christmas Tournament), they had us running backward. Every game is its own separate story."