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Piedmont may come down to Hubs, Rebels

October 12, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

When South Hagerstown hosts No. 5 North Hagerstown on Oct. 23, more than city bragging rights will be on the line - specifically, the MVAL Piedmont volleyball championship.

The Hubs are 2-0 in the conference, and the Rebels were 1-0 entering Thursday's match at Middletown. The Hubs have already defeated the Knights. The other two teams in the conference - Walkersville and Frederick - were a combined 1-14 overall.

A North victory will almost certainly give the Hubs the Piedmont crown. A South win would give the Rebels the title if they and the Hubs are the only teams tied with one loss.

· The MVAL Antietam race isn't nearly as well-defined, although it's extremely unlikely a team with two or more conference losses will win the title.

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Williamsport (2-0) is the lone unbeaten conference team after Clear Spring (3-1) swept Smithsburg (1-1) on Thursday. Boonsboro (2-1) lost in five games to Williamsport on Monday.

Here's the key games in the race for the title:

Oct. 18 - Smithsburg at Williamsport

Oct. 23 - Boonsboro at Smithsburg, Williamsport at Clear Spring.

· Other area conference races are mostly in hand barring major upsets.

No. 1 Chambersburg prevailed in a tough five-game match against Carlisle on Tuesday - the Trojans' second five-game victory over the Thundering Herd this season - to take the Mid-Penn Commonwealth lead at 10-1.

Chambersburg split two matches with Cedar Cliff this season and has defeated every other team in the conference.

The Trojans have two league games left against Lower Dauphin (Chambersburg won the first matchup 3-1) and Hershey (the Trojans won the first matchup 3-0).

No. 2 Hedgesville has knocked off No. 6 Musselman three times this season and the Eagles are poised to reclaim the Apple Valley League crown.

No. 3 Greencastle-Antrim is undefeated in non-tournament matches and should coast to the Mid-Penn Capital title.

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