Lions advance to state duals

February 12, 2004


SYKESVILLE, Md. - No. 2 Walkersville avenged its only loss of the season in a match that mattered more Wednesday night at the Maryland Class 2A-1A West Dual Championships at South Carroll High School.

The fourth-seeded Lions (15-1), who fell 32-28 to South Carroll last week, edged the top-seeded Cavaliers 28-27 in the semifinals, before topping third-seeded Southern Garrett 42-31 for the region title.

"We really wanted the second chance. You don't get a lot of second opportunities in life," Walkersville coach Scott McIntosh said. "We did all the little things right this time. It was a heck of a night."

Trailing 24-22 with two bouts left against South Carroll, the Lions appeared to be in trouble. But after Tim Ferguson, who's ranked third in Maryland 2A-1A, only managed a 7-2 decision over Igor Chudinov for a 27-22 Cavaliers lead, Billy Burke at 215 was in perfect position to save the day for the Lions.


Which he did, pinning his opponent in 1:48 to lift Walkersville to the one-point victory.

"I expected Billy Burke to pin that kid," McIntosh said. "More importantly ... Ferguson's job was to pin Igor. For Igor to only give up three points was a huge victory for us."

Chad Cotterman scored the only other bonus points for the Lions with a major decision at 135.

Against Southern Garrett, which beat defending champ and second-seeded Beall 43-20 in the other semifinal, Gleason Sweeney (103), Luke Milyard (112), Mike Smith (140), Dan Caywood (145), Danny Neel (152) and Burke (215) all had pins for the Lions.

Walkesville advances to Saturday's 2A-1A state championships at Hammond High School in Columbia, Md.

"We're going to the state duals, and we're looking to leave an impression," McIntosh said.


No. 6 Hedgesville 58 Bowling Brook 46

Duncan Williams scored 19 points while Dustin Gregory added 18 for Hedgesville (12-3) as the Eagles defeated Bowling Brook without Matt Deaner, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday's game against Martinsburg.

Sidwell Friends 74 St. James 57

WASHINGTON - Chris Renninger scored 26 points to lead Sidwell Friends (9-10, 6-4) to a Mid Atlantic Conference win over St. James.

Matt Greissing had 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Jordan Ottley added 13 points for St. James (7-9, 1-8).

McConnellsburg 58 Hyndman 23

MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Matt Spriggs set a school record with 16 assists as McConnellsburg recorded a Sideling Hill League victory over Hyndman.

Dave Thomas had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Lowery had 11 points and three steals and Spriggs had 10 points for the Spartans (16-6, 10-4).


Fannett-Metal 57 No. 9 Southern Fulton 56

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - Ashley Bard put back the rebound off a long shot to score her only two points of the game in double overtime to lift Fannett-Metal to a Sideling Hill League victory over Southern Fulton.

The Indians (17-6, 10-4) trailed for much of regulation before Sam Cain hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. From there, Southern Fulton failed to convert on opportunities to pull out the win.

The Indians missed three shots at the end of the first overtime and then missed a foul shot which would have given them a two-point lead in the second overtime.

Cain finished with 25 points and eight rebounds for the Indians while Brandy Swope added 14. Candace Bard had 10 rebounds for Southern Fulton.

Hancock 59, St. James 26

HANCOCK - Jennifer Willison had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Amber Moats added 14 points as Hancock beat St. James.

Kris Creek had 12 points and Nina Chiaruttini added 11 for the Panthers (10-9).

Whitney Nielson scored 13 points for St. James (2-10).


Keystone 74, Hood 63

La PLUME, Pa. - Santo Provenzano had 19 points and Sean Robine added 17 points and five rebounds, but Hood College (10-11) dropped back below the .500 mark with a loss to Keystone College.

HCC 98, Anne Arundel 69

ARNOLD, Md. - Terell Kittelberger had 20 points, while Thomas Johnson added 15 points and 13 rebounds as Hagerstown Community College (17-7, 9-6) beat Anne Arundel College in a Maryland JuCo Conference game.

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