Perfect Applemen will be tested

January 16, 2009

Boys Basketball

For the second straight season, Musselman has started off its season on a long winning streak.

The No. 3 Applemen are 8-0 and are slated to face their toughest task to date tonight when they travel to No. 4 Jefferson (5-1).

Last season, Musselman started 7-0, lost to Hedgesville by one point and moved to 10-1 before sliding to a 13-9 finish. Coach Derek Basile is hoping things are a little different this year.

"Everyone has played a big role so far," said Basile. "The three big men have done an effective job catching the ball and scoring on the inside and (guard Jonathan) Alvarez has controlled the flow."


Musselman's big men are 6-foot-5 senior Logan Holloman and 6-5 junior Morgan McDonald -- each averaging around 13 points per game -- and 6-6 senior center J.D. Daniels, who sports a 10-point average.

"Jefferson presents a lot of different challenges for us," said Basile. "We have to defend their athleticism."

* Waynesboro survived its Mid-Penn Capital encounter with rival James Buchanan 54-44 on Wednesday, leaving the Indians in first place.

"It was an early-season championship game," said Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman, who posted his 100th career coaching win earlier this season.

Waynesboro (8-4) is looking to make a fourth straight PIAA District 3 appearance. Three of the losses are by 12 combined points and were winnable games.

"We were excited about the returning experience with (Jamison) Walck and (Tim) Null," said Hoffman. "We weren't overflowing with talent but we knew we had good work ethic that could possibly do some good."

A 6-5 senior, Null averages 14.8 points and nearly seven rebounds. Walck adds support on the boards with 6.5 per game.

"Everone has accepted their role and on any given night take the torch and step up," said Hoffman.

After tonight's game at South Western, the Indians go to Chambersburg on Saturday and also have non-conference games against Central Dauphin, East Pennsboro and Dallastown along with a regular-season finale against Chambersburg.

"The non-conference schedule isn't easy," Hoffman said. "When we went from 24 to 22 games you had to schedule for power ratings at the end of the year."

* Cumberland Valley Christian's Scott Levy had a night he'll not soon forget Tuesday against New Covenant Christian.

Levy surpassed the 1,000-point barrier for his career with a 20-point effort in an 83-51 victory that left him at 1,004 points. Levy added 10 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals in an impressive showing.

Numbers game

Cumberland Valley Christian's Nick Bunting is the only player in the Tri-State area averaging more than 20 points, nudging above the mark at 20.1 this week.

* Mercersburg Academy's Taylor Dunn took over the top spot in the single-game category when he scored 36 on Sunday at Lawrenceville.

* Jefferson and Musselman are the top offensive units in the Tri-State, each scoring 67 points per game.

* St. Maria Goretti snapped its losing streak at 11 with its win Monday over Greencastle. The longest losing streak now falls in the hands of Grace Academy at seven. Musselman owns the longest winning streak at eight, followed by Martinsburg's six.

* Martinsburg will travel to the Buckeye state this weekend for the highly regarded Flyin' to the Hoop tournament at Trent Arena in Vandalia, Ohio, just outside of Dayton.

It's one of the premier prep tournaments in the country, and the Bulldogs will have their hands full with a pair of strong Ohio teams -- Kettering Alter on Saturday at 1:15 p.m., and Dayton Christian on Monday at 12:30.

The tournament participants include Montrose Christian, Findlay (Nev.) Prep and San Diego (Calif.) High -- schools all ranked in the ESPN RISE Fab 50.

Girls Basketball

There's a new No. 1 in The Herald-Mail's Super 7 this week, as Martinsburg jumped No. 2 North Hagerstown for top billing.

The Bulldogs (8-1), ranked fifth in West Virginia Class AAA, made their case for the top spot with a 59-46 victory over Middletown (8-1) on Monday. Middletown earned a 59-52 victory over North (7-1) on Dec. 18.

Martinsburg has been led by the talented duo of Jackie Brewer -- a sweet-shooting transfer from Handley in Winchester, Va. -- and Iesha Robinson, the 2008 Herald-Mail Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Brewer, who has verbally committed to Virginia Commonwealth University, has scored at least 22 points in six of the Bulldogs' last seven games. Robinson has at least 16 points in each of those seven contests.

Martinsburg leads the Tri-State area, scoring 75.1 points per game.

* No. 3 Jefferson (6-2) is tied for seventh in the West Virginia Class AAA rankings.

The Cougars are led by Dakeea Marshall, who is averaging 16.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.9 steals and is shooting at a 58 percent clip. Dezi Clinton (13.1 points) has provided Jefferson a steady second scoring option.

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