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County's seniors get chance to shine

February 24, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

On March 17, Washington County's best senior boys and girls basketball players will take the floor at North Hagerstown High School for the inaugural Washington County-High Rock Interactive Roundball Classic.

Event organizer Dave Foltz, a Hubs assistant coach and statistician who runs the MVAL athletics Web sites, drew inspiration from Frederick County's yearly all-star hoops contests.

"Every year, I see how Frederick County has the all-star game they have, and I always thought, 'Why doesn't Washington County have something like that?'" Foltz said. "Doing research, I found we did have something like that in mid-80s. I don't know why it didn't continue, I guess there might have been some red tape. So I thought, 'Let me see if I can get something going here.' I talked to a bunch of coaches and they were all for it and thought it was overdue."

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The Roundball Classic will feature boys and girls games, as well as 3-point shooting contests for boys and girls and a dunk contest - all of which will give the county's seniors one last opportunity to shine.

"It's good for the county," Foltz said. "If nothing else, the kids get to play one more game with some players they haven't played with before. We have a few college people coming down to watch the game, and maybe a kid gets noticed and something good comes out of it. ... We had tossed around the idea of letting anybody in the dunk or 3-point contests, but I figured this should be a night for seniors, let them have the whole night."

The Roundball Classic will be televised on Antietam Cable in the week following the event.

Foltz said game proceeds will go toward scholarships for a male and female basketball player in the county, beginning next year, and the scholarship fund for the children of slain correctional officer Jeff Wroten.

"We've had a lot of support within the community as far as sponsorships," Foltz said. "A lot of people have gotten behind us and it's taken off. Hopefully it's an annual event. ... You wouldn't believe the amount of coaches I've talked to who have said, 'Have you thought about organizing one for football? Have you thought about organizing one for baseball?' It's amazing the response that's come of it."

Best of the week



Boys

Scott Keeney, Clear Spring - Scored a season-high 31 points against rival Hancock last Friday and 24 against Berkeley Springs on Tuesday. Keeney's 18.5 points per game is second best in the MVAL Antietam.

Dee Mency, North Hagerstown - The Tri-State area's scoring leader keeps on lighting it up. He had 24 points and 13 rebounds Monday against Williamsport and 33 points Wednesday against Middletown.

Dominique Byrd, South Hagerstown - Matched his season high with 28 points against rival North Hagerstown on Feb. 16.

Kevin Breslin, St. Maria Goretti - Played arguably his two best games in his last two, going for 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals Monday at Middletown and scoring a season-high 28 Tuesday against South Hagerstown.

Will Taylor, Williamsport - Dominated Hancock on Wednesday, scoring 31 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and swatting four shots.

Brad Divel and Colin Watson, Southern Fulton - Divel posted two double-doubles, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds last Friday against Forbes Road and going for 13 and 10 in Wednesday's playoff victory over Rockwood. Watson had 17 points against Forbes Road and had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against Rockwood.

Andre Hornes, Martinsburg - Lit up Hedgesville for 35 points last Friday and scored 16 at Notre Dame Academy on Monday and 13 (with eight rebounds) Wednesday at Mercersburg Academy.

Andrew Larson, Cumberland Valley Christian - Stuffed the stat sheet in each of the last two games, posting 24 points, eight rebounds and seven steals against Grace Academy on Feb. 16 and 17 points, seven assists and four steals Tuesday against Broadfording in the MDCC Tournament first round.

Travis Hendershot and Steven Barthalow, Heritage Academy - The Eagles continue to soar thanks to their two leading scorers. Hendershot had 22 points and Barthalow 18 points and six steals at St. James on Feb. 16, and Hendershot had 28 points and Barthalow 26 in Tuesday's MDCC Tournament first-round win over Grace Academy.

Jonathan Peckman and Joe Horner, Shalom Christian - Both came up big in the Flames' victory over Calvary Christian in the first round of the MDCC Tournament. Peckman had 18 points and 10 rebounds; Horner added 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Girls

Jennifer Willison, Hancock - She's as consistent as a metronome, and just as annoying to opponents. She had 26 points and 18 rebounds last Friday at South Hagerstown, 31 points and 21 rebounds Monday at Clear Spring and 17 points - including her career 1,000th - and 14 rebounds Wednesday against Williamsport. Her weekly averages: 24.7 points and 17.7 rebounds. And the beat (down) goes on.

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