Saints-Blazers game is left in dark

February 12, 2009

Boys Basketball

Thursday's scheduled varsity game pitting St. James at Clear Spring never got to the opening whistle.

On Senior Night, Jordan Thurber was the third player about to be introduced when the lights suddenly went out inside the gym.

One thing immediately became noticeable -- how many people had cell phones -- but they didn't produce nearly enough light for an event to go forward.

After some discussion amidst flashlights, those in charge determined to postpone the contest. An official makeup date had not yet been established.


Fire officials with adequate lighting arrived to direct people out of the gym.

There was a fire on Route 40 west of the high school, and it was soon learned the high winds were responsible for the outage.

Live wires left a wooded area susceptable to fire, forcing fire officials to shut down power from the substation that services the entire Clear Spring area.

* Brunswick's victory over Williamsport on Thursday gave the Railroaders (13-4, 8-0) the MVAL Antietam conference championship outright. Brunswick holds a 3-game lead over Clear Spring with two to play.

* Another conference title will be settled tonight.

In the Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular-season chase, Cumberland Valley Christian has concluded its conference slate with an 11-1 record.

Tonight, Heritage Academy (10-1) hosts Shalom Christian (4-17), with an Eagles victory deadlocking them with CVCS for the regular-season crown.

A prior coin flip has determined that CVCS will get the first-round bye in the MDCC tournament that begins Tuesday.

* When North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown collide Tuesday at North, it will be South's opportunity to grab a season sweep and county bragging rights.

The Rebels (9-8) won the first time around, 62-45 at home on Dec. 23, and will look to duplicate the sweep they last did in the 2003-04 season.

North (9-9) swept the series in 2004-05 and 2005-06. The teams split the two games in the last two years.

The last six games in the series have been won by the home team.

* Tournament action opens in Pennsylvania tonight for teams in District 3.

Class AAAA begins with play-in games as Chambersburg (12-10) goes on the road to J.P. McCaskey and Waynesboro (11-11) visits Cedar Cliff (14-7).

The Trojans are seeded 20th in the 24-team field and McCaskey is 13th. The winner moves into the first round Wednesday against No. 4-seed Penn Manor.

Waynesboro will look to start its second season much better than it finished the regular season, as five straight losses left the Indians with an 11-11 record and dropped them to the 23rd seed. Cedar Cliff finished third in the rugged Mid-Penn Commonwealth. The winner plays Wednesday in a first-round matchup against No. 7 West Lawn Wilson.

In PIAA District 5 Class A, Southern Fulton has qualified with its 12-9 record heading into tonight's regular-season finale at Forbes Road.

The Indians currently stand as the No. 7 seed and are looking at a play-in game on Monday against the No. 10 seed, which will be settled after tonight's games.

* Two of the PIAA playoff teams certainly are not one-man powerhouses with big-time double-digit scoring averages.

Chambersburg's Ryan Borzager and Orlando McBeth lead the team in scoring at 9.9 and 9.6 respectively. The Trojans have 11 players averaging at least 2.4 points.

For Southern Fulton, Josh Hall leads the way at 9.8 and is closely followed by Luke Mellott's 9.1.

Girls Basketball

Four Washington County teams will have the opportunity to earn at least a share of a conference title in the next five days.

The excitement starts tonight when the Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular-season title is decided, as Shalom Christian visits Heritage Academy at 5 p.m.

The Flames (20-1, 13-0) handed the Eagles (20-2, 12-1) their only MDCC loss, 50-17, on Dec. 9. It's the only game Heritage star Morgan McIntire has missed this year. McIntire, who was averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.1 assists through last week, will make this evening's contest much more competitive.

Then on Tuesday, the MVAL Piedmont and Antietam titles will be on the line as South Hagerstown (5-11, 1-5 Piedmont) visits No. 1 North Hagerstown (17-2, 6-1 Piedmont) and No. 4 Boonsboro (15-4, 9-0 Antietam) visits No. 7 Smithsburg (13-5, 7-1 Antietam).

The Hubs have put themselves into position to earn a share of the Piedmont title with Middletown (15-3, 6-1) after avenging their only loss by beating the Knights 64-46 on Feb. 3. The only obstacle left for North is cross-town rival South, which the Hubs beat 74-33 on Dec. 22.

But the Rebels are a completely different team now. A three game winning streak that included a 73-53 win over Frederick on Feb. 3 and a 63-49 victory over Smithsburg three days later showed that South is not a team to be taken lightly anymore.

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