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Wildcats wish the rain would go away

May 12, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

WILLIAMSPORT - Instead of defending their Washington County team title on their home track Thursday, the Williamsport girls were stuck practicing inside their gym.

"We're taking a good shot at states, and this really messes things up," Williamsport assistant coach Mike Taylor said. "We're really frustrated."

Weather permitting, the Wildcats, who dominated the MVAL Antietam meet last week, will still get their chance to reclaim the county bragging rights. The county championships, which were rained out Thursday at Williamsport, have been rescheduled for Monday at Smithsburg, beginning at 3 p.m.

But bragging rights might take a back seat Monday to the right to go to states, as Maryland's state-qualifying region meets are set for only 72 hours later - 1A West at Smithsburg at 2A West at Middletown, both on Thursday.

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"The county meet is big, but it changes a little now," Williamsport head coach John Bailey said. "We're more concerned about the kids being ready for Thursday, and that's a shame for the kids.

"You want to win every meet you're in, but I'm not going to compromise the kids to win the county meet. We'll just have to back down a little to keep them ready. But we should still be fine because we have some depth."

At the MVAL Antietam championships, Williamsport scored more than twice as many points as runner-up Brunswick.

"The girls have a legitimate chance (at winning states)," Bailey said. "They're going to have to come up big and exceed what they've done so far. They're working hard to get there."

Elsewhere



Chambersburg, Greencastle-Antrim, James Buchanan and Waynesboro will get their final tuneups - and qualifying attempts - for the PIAA District 3 championships today and Saturday at the Mid-Penn championships at Central Dauphin. The district meet will be held May 19-20 at Shippensburg University. ... Mercersburg Academy will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League championships Saturday and the Pennsylvania private-school state meet on Wednesday. Both meets are at The Hill School. ... McConnellsburg and Southern Fulton will participate in the PIAA District 5-AA championships Wednesday at Northern Bedford. ... Berkeley Springs is in the West Virginia Region II Class AA meet today at Lewis County. The West Virginia state championships are set for May 19-20 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Power rankings



This week's Super 7 leaderboard teams:

Boys: 1. Smithsburg (88.5 points); 2. Jefferson (84.5); 3. Chambersburg (82.5); 4. Greencastle-Antrim (65.5); 5. James Buchanan (58.5); 6. Waynesboro (37); 7. Mercersburg Academy (36).

Girls: 1. Chambersburg (155); 2. Williamsport (74); 3. Jefferson (71); 4. Berkeley Springs (55); 5. Hedgesville (50); 6. Mercersburg Academy (36); 7. Musselman (34).

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