Area Roundup -- Hawks fall to unbeaten Allegany

March 07, 2009


FREDERICK, Md. -- Melissa Ford had 24 points, and undefeated Allegany College (27-0) defeated Hagerstown Community College 58-48 in the semifinals of the Region XX Tournament at Frederick Community College on Saturday.

"We gave a tremendous defensive effort," Hawks coach Marlys Palmer said. "Allegany's averaging like 75 or 80 points per game. ... They have a very balanced team, they have more size we do, they can score many different ways. They're the No. 1 seed and undefeated for a reason."

Miranda Payne had 15 points for HCC (18-12), which led 25-23 at halftime and kept the score close until the final minutes.

"It was a game of runs. In the first half, we were down by 11 and then we went on a run and were up two at half," Palmer said. "We scored the first two buckets of the second half, nursed a lead for a while and then they tied the game and it stayed that way for a while."


Amy Rhoderick had nine points and 11 rebounds, Valentina Wheeler had nine points and four steals, and Thompson added seven points, four assists and four steals for the Hawks.

"In the beginning of January, our record was 7-9 and we had a lot of problems," Palmer said. "This team regrouped, fought hard and ended up 18-12, and I will forever remember the way they played yesterday against Garrett, which was phenomenal to hold a team to 29 points. I'm proud of my team."

Allegany 58, HCC 48

Brown 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Payne 4 6-10 15, Ve. Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Pierce 0 0-0 0, Va. Wheeler 3 3-5 9, Morel 2 1-4 6, Thompson 3 0-0 7, Rhoderick 4 1-2 9, Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 11-21 48.
McCoy 1 0-1 2, Ford 9 6-6 24, Siman 4 0-2 10, Dale 2 5-6 9, Washington 2 0-0 4, Byer 2 0-0 4, Sheppard 1 2-2 5. Totals 21 13-17 58.
Halftime -- Hagerstown, 25-23. 3-point goals -- Hagerstown 3 (Thompson, Morel, Payne), Allegany 2 (Sheppard, Siman).


Hawks' Atha is All-American

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Hagerstown Community College's Jordan Atha finished 10th in the women's mile in 5 minutes, 35.75 seconds on Saturday at the NJCAA Championships at Texas Tech University.

Atha was the fourth American finisher, earning NJCAA Coaches' All-American honors.

On Friday, Mike Podlesnik finished 13th and Justin Cole 19th in the men's 1,000 meters. Podlesnik clocked 2:34.80 and Cole finished in 2:36.67.

Clement qualifies for NCAA meet

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former HCC athlete Tony Clement, running for Oklahoma University, finished seventh in the men's mile in 4:03.43 at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame University.

Clement's time qualified him for the NCAA Championships.


HCC 7, St. Lawrence 2

North Iowa 3, HCC 2

COCOA, Fla. -- Hagerstown Community College split its first two games of a week-long, 10-game trip to the Cocoa Expo.

Brent Bertschinger, Tim Ponn and Garrett Harrison combined on a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the Hawks' victory over St. Lawrence. Matt Greene hit a two-run double, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, and John Barrett added two hits.

Spencer Cromer was a hard-luck loser against North Iowa, allowing just two earned runs on three hits in six innings while striking out eight. Zach Cook had two hits for HCC (3-3).

HCC 7, St. Lawrence 2
St. Lawrence 002 000 0 -- 2 1 1
Hagerstown 030 310 x -- 7 8 0

Pouliot, Blouir (3), Landry (5) and Tetheault. Bertschinger, Ponn (4), Harrison (7) and Eberhart. WP -- Bertschinger (2-0). LP -- Pouliot.

North Iowa 3, HCC 2
North Iowa 000 003 0 -- 3 4 2
Hagerstown 020 000 0 -- 2 4 1

Carter, Jackson (7) and Norman. Cromer, Fisher (7) and Cook. WP -- Carter. LP -- Cromer (1-1).


Pratt, Richards win features

Richie Pratt Jr. and Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards scored $2,000 triumphs and earned guaranteed starting positions in the Octoberfest 350 on Saturday.

By winning the third heat, Pratt earned the pole for the 30-lap big block modified feature. Pratt easily won the feature by two lengths over Bret Hearn.

Richards won the fourth heat and had the pole for the 30-lap late model feature. He stretched his lead to more than four seconds several times over Frankie Plessinger and ran away following a 24th-lap restart to win by 5.94 seconds.

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