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Maryland hoops draw includes surprises

February 24, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Despite going winless in the regular season, Clear Spring's girls basketball team will host a Class 1A West playoff game.

Despite a 5-15 record through Sunday, North Hagerstown's girls received a bye into the quarterfinals of the Class 2A West playoffs.

Once again, the MPSSAA basketball draw produced a couple eye-opening results Sunday.

The top four teams in each region are seeded by winning percentage. Remaining teams are placed in the bracket by the luck of the draw.

With 11 teams in 2A West, the top five seeds receive byes. North drew No. 5, and will play at No. 4 Fort Hill in a quarterfinal match next Tuesday.

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The Blazers (0-17) drew the No. 8 seed in 1A West, and will host No. 9 Westmar on Saturday.

Walkersville's girls (18-1, No. 1 Herald-Mail poll) are the top seed in 2A West, and will host the winner of the first round game between Hamond and Centennial in a quarterfinal next Tuesday.

Middletown's girls (14-2, No. 2 Herald-Mail poll) earned the No. 3 seed in 2A West, and will host the winner of Atholton and Century next Tuesday.

Five other area girls teams will play first-round games Saturday.

In 1A West, Hancock (3-16) will travel to Northern Garrett, while South Hagerstown (2-19) will host Beall. In 1A South, Brunswick (10-8) travels to Forest Park. In 4A East, Frederick (7-14) travels to C.M. Wright and Thomas Johnson (12-7) travels to Glen Burnie.

Catoctin (10-6), Williamsport (10-7) and Smithsburg (13-6) all received byes to the quarterfinals next Tuesday. Catoctin plays at Forestville in 1A South, while in 1A West, Williamsport will host the Hancock/Northern Garrett winner and Smithsburg will host the Beall/South Hagerstown winner.

n On the boys side, North Hagerstown (17-4, No. 6 Herald-Mail poll) and Middletown (15-4, No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) earned the top two seeds in 2A West. The Hubs will host the Century/Glenelg winner in a quarterfinal, while the Knights will host the winner of Centennial/Howard in another quarterfinal. Both games will be next Monday.

Also in 2A West, Walkersville (8-12) hosts Hammond in a first round game Friday, with the winner facing Fort Hill next Monday.

In 4A East, Thomas Johnson (20-0, No. 1 Herald-Mail poll) is the top seed and Frederick (14-6, No. 3 Herald-Mail poll) earned the No. 3 seed. Both will play quarterfinals next Monday, as TJ will host the Arundel/North County winner and Frederick will host the winner of South River/Westminster.

In 1A West, Smithsburg (13-7) earned the No. 4 seed and Boonsboro (12-8) drew the No. 5 seed, meaning the Leopards will host the Warriors in a quarterfinal next Monday.

South Hagerstown (14-5, No. 10 Herald-Mail poll) is seeded third in the region, and will host the winner of Friday's first round matchup between Beall and Clear Spring (8-12, at Clear Spring) in another quarterfinal.

In other first round games Friday, Hancock (9-11) will host Westmar and Williamsport (9-9) will host Northern Garrett.

In 1A South, Brunswick (13-7), which won five of its last six games, earned the No. 3 seed and will host School No. 419 in a quarterfinal next Monday. Also, Catoctin (0-18) travels to W.E.B. Dubois for a first round game Friday.




Everybody into the pool


A list of first round and quarterfinal matchups involving area teams in the regional basketball tournaments. Times are to be determined:

Boys (First round matchups will be played Friday; quarterfinals are next Monday)

Class 1A South

First Round

Catoctin at W.E.B. Dubois

Quarterfinals

School No. 419 at Brunswick

Catoctin/Dubois at Dunbar

Class 1A West

First Round

Westmar at Hancock

Beall at Clear Spring

Northern Garrett at Williamsport

Quarterfinals

Westmar/Hancock at Southern GarrettBoonsboro at Smithsburg

Beall/Clear Spring at South Hagerstown

Northern Garrett/Williamsport at Allegany

Class 2A West

First Round

Hammond at Walkersville

Quarterfinals

Century/Glenelg at North Hagerstown

Hammond/Walkersville at Fort Hill

Centennial/Howard at Middletown

Class 4A East

Quarterfinals

Arundel/North County at Thomas Johnson

South River/Westminster at Frederick

Girls(First round matchups will be played Saturday; quarterfinals are March 4)

Class 1A South

First Round

Brunswick at Forest Park

Quarterfinals

Catoctin at Forestville

Brunswick/Forest Park at Poolesville

Class 1A West

First Round

Westmar at Clear Spring

Hancock at Northern Garrett

Beall at South Hagerstown

Quarterfinals

Westmar/Clear Spring at Southern

Garrett Boonsboro at Allegany

Hancock/Northern Garrett at Williamsport

Beall/South Hagerstown at Smithsburg

Class 2A West

Quarterfinals

Hammond/Centennial at Walkersville

North Hagerstown at Fort Hill

Atholton/Century at Middletown

Class 4A East

First Round

Frederick at C.M. Wright

Thomas Johnson at Glen Burnie

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