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Roundup - Walkersville going to Comcast

March 05, 2005

BOYS BASKETBALL



WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Luther Weedon scored as time ran out to give Walkersville a 49-47 victory over Middletown in the Maryland Class 2A West championship game Friday night, giving the Lions their first region title since 1992.

Walkersville (21-4) will play in the state semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. at University of Maryland's Comcast Center. The Lions will face South region champion Potomac.

Middletown's Joe Keimig hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 47-47. The Lions held the ball for the final shot - a runner by Weedon, who led all scorers with 20 points.

Chris Hannigan had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Geppert had seven rebounds and Shaynon Thompson had six assists for Walkersville.

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Patrick Carney had 16 points and Keimig had 13 for the Knights (19-5), who were denied their first trip to the state tournament since 1998.




GIRLS BASKETBALL



Southern Garrett 63, Hancock 40


CUMBERLAND, Md. - Kayla Nazelrod and Jasmine Scheffel scored 14 points each as Southern Garrett took advantage of Hancock's turnovers to run away with a victory in the Maryland Class 1A West Region West Sectional semifinal.

Southern Garrett jumped out to a 39-19 halftime lead as the Panthers overpassed themselves into trouble. The game had been postponed three times because of this week's snowstorm, which kept Southern Garrett out of school for four days.

Jennifer Willison led Hancock (11-13) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Dana Beaver added nine points along with six assists and three blocked shots. Kris Creek had four assists.

Southern Garrett faces Allegany today at 8 p.m. at Fort Hill High School for the West Sectional title.




WOMEN'S BASKETBALL



Garrett 65, HCC 52


McHENRY, Md. - Top-seeded Garrett used its height to its advantage and HCC's shooting percentage to the Hawks' disadvantage Friday for a quarterfinal victory in the Region XX Tournament.

HCC, the No. 8 seed, battled back from 20 points down in the first half to close to within 46-43 with 10 minutes remaining, but couldn't overcome its shooting problems to pull out the win.

"If an No. 8 seed was ever making a No. 1 seed sweat, we did that," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said.

Garrett, the defending Region XX champions, got off to the early lead and held a 34-19 advantage at the half.

"We were down 20 and we got it to 15 by the half," Palmer said. "We told them they were only down 15 at the half and didn't play well. Let's go out and play a half."

HCC (16-12) climbed to within three points of the lead, but slid back as its 21 of 79 shooting (26 percent) took its toll.

Dee Brown led HCC with 13 points, while Christine Ennis paced the Hawks with eight points, nine rebounds, four steals and two assists. Nicole Brown also added nine rebounds.




COLLEGE BASEBALL



Shepherd 11, St. Thomas Aquinas 7


SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Matt Noll hit a three-run double to highlight a seven-run seventh inning while Collin Brown and Steve Kozak each added two hits and two RBI to lift Shepherd University to a victory at the USC-Upstate Invitational.

Shepherd (2-3) pounded out 18 hits as outfielder Joe Cook had three and David Toth and Nicky Brown added two each.

Austin Bowie picked up the win in relief for the Rams. Starter Tony Magnanelli went six innings and struck out nine before leaving with a 4-4 tie.




COLLEGE TRACK



NJCAA Indoor Track Championships


CHARLESTON, Ill. - Hagerstown Community College's Kara Wastler, Nikki Centofonti, Brittany Kershner and Brittany Strite finished fifth in the women's distance medley relay in 13 minutes, 6.74 seconds in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Eastern Illinois University.

The finish earned the runners third team All-American honors.

Kershner also qualified to run in the 800-meter final today with a time of 2:28.41.




BRIEF



Baseball hitting clinic


Diamond Baseball is conducting a hitting clinic Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 4-Star Complex in Williamsport. The clinic is open to boys and girls ages 7-16. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $25. The clinic will include hitting fundamentals, skills and drill instruction and will be hands on. Players should bring a bat and batting gloves. Guest speaker will be Catoctin High School coach Mike Franklin, with instruction from former Frostburg State coach Phil Caruso, Team Maryland coach Fred Kreiger, Middletown's Andy Baker, former North Hagerstown coach Dave Warrenfeltz and former Frostburg player Pat Sweeney. For more information, contact Phil Caruso at 301-790-1626.

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