''Tis the season for basketball

December 26, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Go west, young Hubs and Rebels.

That's the call this holiday season for the No. 1 South Hagerstown and No. 3 North Hagerstown boys basketball teams. Both will hit the road to Cumberland, Md. for the second installment of the "How The West Was Won" mixer (called the Two-Town Showdown last year at South) at Fort Hill.

The Hubs (4-2) play Fort Hill at 6 tonight, while the Rebels (3-1) take on Allegany at 7:30.

On Saturday, North and Allegany will tussle at 6 before the Rebels play Fort Hill at 7:30 in a rematch of a game played at South last Friday - a game the Sentinels won 68-64 after racing out to a 28-9 lead to give the Rebels their only loss this season.

David Miner (32.5 points per game), as expected, is leading the Rebels in scoring, while 6-foot-6 Gene Johnson (17.8 ppg) and 6-8 Jesse Gutekunst (11.5 ppg) add double figures inside.


Bernard Harris (17.5 ppg) is the only Hub to score in double figures in all six games this season, while Quielan Gantt (12.5 ppg) and Marshall Branch (11.8 ppg) also average in double figures for North. Point guard Matt Armstrong has averaged 13 points per game in the last four, reaching double figures in all four.

There are many other holiday tournaments happening around the Tri-State area this weekend. Here's a quick look:

n Richard E. Doub Classic at Williamsport - There's plenty of boys and girls basketball on tap here.

On the boys side, Frederick Douglass and Beall play tonight at 6 and Williamsport hosts Broadfording at 8. The winners play Saturday at 8, with the consolation game at 6.

The Wildcats are 4-1 heading in. Will Roney (18.4 ppg) leads Williamsport in scoring and has posted at least 13 in every game. David Warrenfeltz, Phil Jordan and Corey Broadwater have all posted double digits at least twice, with Warrenfeltz doing it four times.

Broadfording is 3-0 entering the tournament. Alan Myers (13.3 ppg) leads the way inside, while Josh Bishop, Brandon Royce, Tyler Duffy and John Lytle have all reached double figures at least once.

On the girls side, Beall plays North Hagerstown today at 1 p.m. and Williamsport hosts Boonsboro at 3. The winners play Saturday at 3, with the consolation game at 1.

Chelsea Clark (14.6 ppg) had scored in double figures in all of North's five games, while freshman Cara Thompson has reached double figures in three of the last four games.

Lindsey Plotner (19 ppg) anchors the Wildcats inside, while guard Staci Grabill (11.8 ppg) is the only other player averaging double figures for Williamsport.

Freshman Jerica Hewett (12.6 ppg) is the only Warrior to reach double figures in all five games. Sarah Keyser, Caitlyn Selby and Jessie Ambrose have been in double figures in each of the last two games.

n The Great Tri-State Shootout at Berkeley Springs - Once again, Clear Spring, Hancock and Southern Fulton join the Indians for the traditional boys basketball tournament.

Southern Fulton hosts Clear Spring today at 6, with Hancock and Berkeley Springs playing at 7:30. The championship game is Saturday at 8, with the consolation at 6.

Clear Spring enters the tournament undefeated at 4-0. Center Alex Tyler (25.8 ppg) has been a force for the Blazers, scoring 30 and 32 points in the last two games - the 30-point effort coming against Berkeley Springs in a 72-49 victory on Dec. 16. Mike Snyder (13 ppg) has been in double digits in three of four games, while four other players - Cody Beard, Brad Turner, Zeb Jacobs and Brandon Yost - have reached double figures at least once.

Hancock (1-5) earned its first victory of the season Tuesday against Boonsboro. Brad Spielman (14.7 ppg) is the team's leading scorer, Jeff Willison (10.8 ppg) has reached double figures in the last three games and Josh Hedershot has games of 19 points against Southern Fulton and 26 points against Berkeley Springs this season.

Berkeley Springs (1-2) is led by Matt Rockwell (18.7 ppg) and Tony Belt (17.3 ppg), while Ryan Morris has two games of 11 points and Aaron Twigg scored 11 against Hancock on Dec. 18.

Brock Flowers (16.2 ppg) has reached double figures in all six games for Southern Fulton (4-2), while Will Schriver (14.7 ppg) has reached double figures in five games with a high of 27. Four other players - Chris Krause, Danny True, Jay Ifert and Erik Mills - have reached double figures at least once.

-- Rocky's Pizza Shootout at Catoctin - Boonsboro's boys join a pair of out-of-area teams and the Cougars.

Liberty - which defeated Boonsboro on Dec. 9 - plays the Warriors tonight at 6, while Catoctin hosts Reservoir in the nightcap at 8. The winners play Saturday at 8 for the title, with the consolation game at 6.

Brad Wetzel has scored in double figures in five of the Warriors' six games this season, while Kyle Davis, Kellen Seligman and Sean Gregg have at least one game in double figures for Boonsboro (1-5).

-- Walkersville and Brunswick are hosting girls basketball tournaments this weekend. Hedgesville will compete in the Lions' tournament, which kicks off this afternoon at 4 and will conclude Saturday, while Frederick and St. John's at Prospect Hall join the Railroaders for their tournament today and Saturday.

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