County seniors end careers on college stage

March 24, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

The venue for the second Roundball Classic changes but the concept remains the same.

Seniors - 59 of them - from Washington County public and private schools will show their games for a final time tonight on the "Big Stage."

The Classic moved from North Hagerstown High to the larger confines of Hagerstown Community College's athletic complex. The games open up on the larger, college floor beginning with the girls game at 3 p.m with the boys scheduled to play at 7.

In between games, a Hot Shots contest at 4:30, the first two rounds of the girls' 3-point shootout at 5:25 and two rounds of the the boys' long-distance shooting at 5:45, The slam dunk competition is scheduled for 6:10 followed by the 3-point shooting championships.


Williamsport's Chris Mallott will coach the South girls team with a roster that includes three of his own players and four from MVAL Antietam champion Boonsboro.

"We've got 14 players so it will be interesting getting equal playing time," said Mallott, who had four practices scheduled. "An event like this you foremost want to go out and have some fun, but still be competitive. We'll play not to lose."

The South roster includes Boonsboro's Jerica Hewitt, Alex Baker and Amy Rhoderick and Lindsey Smith, Leah Mallott and Jess Patey from Williamsport.

The North roster has a strong North Hagerstown flavor to it.

The Hubs' Barry Brown will coach the team, which includes six of his players, including the likes of Cara Thompson and sisters Valentina and Veronica Wheeler.

"It will be fun coaching girls that you've played against during the season," said Mallott.

Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly will guide the South in the boys game, including four seniors from the Warriors, headlined by Adam Flook. He'll also have three players from Williamsport, including Will Taylor.

South Hagerstown coach Dennis Seman will guide the North team, headed by five Smithsburg players. Tyrone Wheeler of North Hagerstown and Muzammil Bhutto of South Hagerstown will join forces for the North squad.

The game is exclusively sponsored by McDonald's/Golden M Corporation.

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