Miner creating a career masterpiece

December 19, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

By South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Bob Starkey's perspective, David Miner is to a basketball court what a great painter is to a pristine canvas.

"He's a free spirit and I don't inhibit him," Starkey said of Miner following the Rebels' 77-57 victory over Middletown on Tuesday. "It's like having Rembrandt and making him draw cartoons. I don't get in his way."

Tonight, Miner will almost assuredly pass the 1,000-point milestone when the Rebels host Fort Hill. He needs 10 points for 1,000, and by the end of this season, Miner - who's averaged 31 points in the first two games - may hold South's career scoring record.


Miner has been the engine behind the Rebels since last season, when he first took the reins from the graduating Domonique Richmond. His presence on the court is unmistakable - he's seemingly everywhere all at once, driving to the basket, pulling down rebounds, setting up teammates, making steals and blocking shots and creating all kinds of chaos defensively.

No question, Miner is a Type A personality - a trait which has gotten him in more than a couple troubling spots during his athletic career. But that competitive drive has rubbed off on also his teammates, who feed off his energy.

"He has leadership qualities," Starkey said. "I made him our team captain, and that's not a mistake, our team wanted him to be captain. He's not only our best player, he makes everyone play better and everyone plays hard around him."

A world of hurt

This week was a brutal one for Middletown's John Keimig and St. John's at Prospect Hall's Jared Lyons, both of whom went down to injuries.

Keimig - a Herald-Mail All-Area First Team selection last year - suffered a broken right wrist in Tuesday's loss to South Hagerstown, while Lyons - an All-Area Second Team selection - went down with a broken hand in Wednesday's win over Loyola.

Both players are expected to be out at least 4-to-6 weeks, with Keimig possibly out for the season.

On the rise

  • Clear Spring boys - No matter what the competition is, no coach - and certainly not Don Harnish - can complain about a 3-0 start.

    The Blazers went 10-13 last year, but returned four starters and have showed their depth so far, with six players scoring in double figures in at least one game. Junior center Alex Tyler - all 6-feet-6 of him - is leading the way with 23.7 points per game.

    • Williamsport boys - with a victory over Hancock today, the Wildcats would open their season 4-0 heading into their game at home against Middletown on Monday.

      Williamsport lost its best player, Nick Adenhart, when the highty regarded right-handed pitcher decided to concentrate on baseball in his senior year. Will Roney (18 ppg), David Warrenfeltz (13 ppg) and Corey Broadwater (10 ppg), among others, have answered the call.

    • Martinsburg boys - Yes, the Bulldogs have only played once this year. But after getting thumped by St. Maria Goretti 68-27 last season, you have to believe Martinsburg's players felt quite a bit of satisfaction with their 64-61 win over the Gaels on Tuesday.

    • Walkersville girls - no surprise here. The defending Class 2A state champions returned everyone from that team except Koffi Harrison, and the Lions have roared to a 4-0 start, winning by an average of 35.5 points.

    • Heritage Academy girls - They may be the best girls basketball team in Washington County. The Eagles are off to a 5-1 start, Heidi Stamper is averaging 16.8 points per game and Whitney Schlimgen has been in double figures each of the last three games.

    Taking the fall

    • Middletown boys - literally. With John Keimig's injury, the Knights will be scrambling to find another go-to player.

      While Middletown remains a difficult game on any team's schedule, no team can lose a player of Keimig's value and not suffer.

    • Greencastle boys - After a 2-2 start, the Blue Devils dropped games to Shippensburg, Waynesboro and Big Spring.

    • Chambersburg girls - After a 3-1 start, the Trojans have lost three of their last four. All three losses have been by three points or less.

      Watch out for ...

      Boonsboro's Brad Wetzel. The Warriors may be 1-3 heading into today's game with Westmar, but Wetzel, a senior forward, has shined, scoring at least 20 points in three of the four games.

    • Brunswick's Jason Anderson. The Railroaders were 1-3 heading into Thursday's game against Linganore, but Anderson, the team's lone returning starter from last year, has averaged 19.5 points per game.

    • Smithsburg's Tara Bywaters - Filling the shoes of Katy Powell is a difficult task, but Bywaters has done well, scoring in double figures in all four of the Leopards' games and averaging 14.8 points per game.

    • Thomas Johnson's Kim Wilson - Hard to believe she's only a freshman. The Patriots' guard has averaged 19.3 points per game, and she's consistent, scoring 20, 18 and 20 in the three contests.

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