A glance back at the fall's greatest moments

December 05, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

You can please all of the people part of the time.

And you can please part of the people all of the time.

But you can't please all of the people all of the time.

I think Abraham Lincoln said something like that.

Trying to crunch all of our Tri-State prep sports stars from the fall into single All-Area teams, I'm also thinking that.

Some of you will applaud our decisions - which will be in full color in the coming weeks - and others will curse us.


We know what we saw, and we have coaches' input and stacks of stats to help fill in the blanks for what we missed.

While I know I missed several standout performances and key matchups, I still have more than my share of lasting memories from my first fall on The Herald-Mail beat.

Such as:

  • Instincts are everything: Boonsboro keeper Ryan Stone said he was about to go right - before diving to his left to stop Williamsport star Ben Jordan's penalty kick in the final moments of the Warriors' 1-0 win in the boys soccer regional quarterfinals.

  • Holy upset: About two hours before Stone's heroic save, a Boonsboro fan said God told him that David was going to beat Goliath again. Since the Warriors were 4-10 while the top-seeded Wildcats were 12-1-1, I thought about handing the guy a few divine requests afterward.

  • Playing up: Smithsburg freshman Tara Bywaters certainly acted like she'd been to the big show before.

    With leading scorers Kristen Poffenberger and Shannon Fowkes heavily marked all game, Bywaters punched home a second-half score to lift the Leopards to a 1-0 victory over Beall for their second straight Class 1A West girls soccer title.

  • Strongest finish: Considering Clear Spring senior Jeremy Everitts was in his first season of cross country and coming off a freak chainsaw accident, which sidelined him for two weeks, he may have seemed a little ahead of himself holding onto 16th place through the first mile at the state meet.

    Well, Everitts didn't hold that position for long. Two miles later, he won the bronze.

  • Strongest, period: Middletown stud running back Josh Keeney. Who else? The only night I got to see him play, he ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Knights sealed a playoff berth with a 37-6 win over Walkersville.

  • What about Brandon Barrett?: Give me a break, the only time I saw the Martinsburg star was during the Bulldogs' 10-0 mud win over Fort Hill in the pouring rain.

    Granted, Barrett lived up to all my co-workers' hype in a hurry, returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for the night's only TD.

  • Picking off a win: Playing for 1-9 Waynesboro, senior tight end David Green may be the best offensive player you never heard of.

    But no one from Shippensburg is likely to forget his defense - after Green's interception as time expired lifted the Indians to an 8-7 win over the Greyhounds for their only win in the most nail-biting game I saw all season.

  • Militant Midgets: That's what Williamsport cross country coach Randy Buchman coined his fab-five freshmen girls in September, two months before the battle-tested Wildcats rose like giants to capture a state crown.

  • Not so neighborly: Need a break from World Wrestling Entertainment? Then go check out a Waynesboro vs. Chambersburg boys soccer game next fall.

    You'll get the same fix, and all the shoving, spitting and flying yellow cards are very much real.

  • Homecoming court: Upon my return to the office after another round of Friday night football in October, I announced that I had just covered my fourth consecutive Homecoming game.

"And they haven't even named him queen yet," parsed colleague Bob Parasiliti.

Now, that would please none of the people none of the time.

Andrew Mason is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at

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