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Basketball notes - McNamee goes for 300th win

February 20, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Until this week, North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee insists he had no idea he was closing in on the 300th victory of his 22-year career.

"Somebody asked me what my record was," McNamee said, "and I couldn't even tell them."

Should the No. 4 Hubs walk out of Smithsburg with a win tonight, the left side of McNamee's win-loss column will be easy to remember and a reminder of the consistency with which his teams have played. The Hubs have finished with a winning record in 15 of McNamee's 22 seasons, including this one.

McNamee said Thursday evening that the players deserve far more credit than himself.

"At a public high school, you have to play the hand you're dealt as far as personnel is concerned, and we've been fortunate to have some good athletes come through here," McNamee said. "They've done it. They're the ones who have won the games, I haven't won them at all."

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North (16-4, 11-1) needs a win to have a shot at a piece of the MVAL Antietam title when the Hubs play at No. 1 South Hagerstown on Tuesday. A victory also would help in the Hubs' drive for a top-four seed in Class 2A West.

"The win is what's important, because every win for us right now is big," McNamee said. "It could secure us a No. 2 seed in the region and keep us in the MVAL race for another game. That's what I'm focusing on, or trying to anyway."

  • The MPSSAA draw for the boys and girls regional tournaments will be Sunday at Long Reach High School in Columbia, Md., beginning at 10 a.m. Region play begins next Friday.

  • The West Virginia Region II, Section 2 boys and girls brackets were announced Thursday

    On the boys side, Jefferson and Martinsburg will play Wednesday at Hedgesville at 7 p.m. Hedgesville will play the winner at the loser's gym next Friday at 7, with the winner of that game advancing to the Region II championship game at Shepherd College's Butcher Center on March 2.

    On the girls side, Hedgesville and Jefferson will play at the Butcher Center on March 3 at 7, with the winner facing Martinsburg at the Butcher Center on March 5. The Region II championship will be at the Butcher Center on March 9 at 7:30.

  • In Pennsylvania, Southern Fulton's boys have advanced to the PIAA District 5-A championship game against Shanksville, to be played Thursday at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at 6:30.

    Southern Fulton's girls face Berlin on Tuesday in a District 5-A semifinal.

  • After scoring 23 points in Thursday's 80-55 victory over Brunswick, South Hagerstown's David Miner has 1,613 career points and trails Smithsburg's Colby Bachtell by 151 points for the Washington County public schools career record.


South has two regular season games left - Tuesday against North and Thursday against Catoctin. Miner's hopes of getting the record likely depend on how far the Rebels advance in the difficult 2A West Region, where the Hubs, Walkersville, Middletown and Fort Hill all reside.

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