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Area Roundup - Long Island calls out to Mothershead

November 20, 2005

Hagerstown's Heidi Mothershead, a St. John's at Prospect Hall senior, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to continue her basketball career at Long Island University.

Mothershead said she looked at many NCAA Division I schools, but her final decision was easy.

"The main thing was the coaches," she said. "I could really relate to them. ... They almost seemed like older versions of myself.

"The players were great, too. They were very welcoming and made me feel as if I was already part of the team. ... And it is a very young team so I will probably have a decent chance of playing right away."

Mothershead's love for Long Island University, however, was not limited to only basketball.

Its renowned sports psychology program, her preferred field of study, also piqued her interest.

Basketball, however, remains her No. 1 ambition. She said she hopes to play professionally.

For now, though, her focus is with the Vikings and her role as their starting point guard. She said SJPH will be better this year.

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"We have a new coach (former Maryland and WNBA player Jazz Pierazic) who brings a lot of experience to our team," said Mothershead, who averaged 12 points and five assists per game last season. "I really think we will play much better team basketball with her in there."

- Tyler Kahl

BOYS BASKETBALL



Faith 62, United Christian 43

WINCHESTER, Va. - Chris Apple scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Faith Christian over United Christian in the Mountain View Tip-off Tournament championship game.

Justin Way added 10 points and six assists for the Falcons (3-0) while Caleb Way scored 10 points.

Grace 63, LCC 59

WINCHESTER, Va. - James Horochowski hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, then hit one of only two field goals made in the extra period as Grace Academy beat Loudoun County Christian in the consolation game of the Mountain View Tip-off Tournament.

Zack Koontz had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Knights (1-1). Jamie Heckman added 17 points and Horochowski finished with 10.

GIRLS BASKETBALL



Grace Acad. 44, Mountain View 36

WINCHESTER, Va. - Megan Cox and Kristin Serafini each had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Grace Academy past Mountain View Academy in the Mountain View Tournament.

Rebecca Morgan added 11 points and six steals for the Knights (1-1), who finished third in the tournament.

CROSS COUNTRY



Two qualify for USATF nationals

WILLIAMSPORT - Competing for the Hub City Harriers, Brandon Brown finished first and Phil Smith second in the USATF Region III Cross Country championships at Williamsport High School.

Brown, 18, covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:07 to place first in the young men's division. Smith was second. The two North Hagerstown students qualified for the national championships on Dec. 10 at Bryant University.

MEN'S BASKETBALL



Hood College 71, Goucher 59

BALTIMORE - South Hagerstown High graduate Jesse Gutekunst had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Hood College beat Goucher in the Pride of Maryland Tournament.

Santo Provensanzo had 16 points for the Blazers (1-1) while Darnell Edmonds added nine points and five assists.

Shepherd 74, Gannon 63

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Chad Myers scored a game-high 27 points to lead Shepherd over Gannon University in the consolation game of the Clarion Hotel Tip-off Tournament.

Myers was 6 of 11 from behind the 3-point line, and went a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line.

Ryan Peterson added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rams (1-1). Yves Moliva had 12 points and Darren Stackhouse had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL



Shepherd 81, Dowling 60

CALIFORNIA, Pa. - Danielle Costello scored 15 points for Shepherd University as the Rams defeated Dowling at the California University Holiday Inn Classic.

Nylia Zamora added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Rams while Casey Landrum and Laura Harkins each added 10 points.

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