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Roundball Classic tips off Sunday

March 20, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

The fourth annual McDonald's Roundball Classic at the Hagerstown Community College athletic complex Sunday will have a little bit of everything.

Activities begin with the Boys Shooting Stars game at noon followed by the girls Four-State Elite at 1:30 p.m. and the boys Four-State Elite at 3. Those games will be followed by 3-point shooting and slam dunk contests before the primetime games.

At 5:30, the girls Mid-Atlantic Premier contest tips and the boys Mid-Atlantic Premier will follow to cap off the event, which benefits the Inova Bechara Akl Pediatric Heart Fund, Ronald McDonald House and Williamsport senior cancer patient Katie Stains.

Over 160 players from 96 different schools will hit the HCC hardwood, including nearly 60 Division I-bound players who will compete in the girls and boys Mid-Atlantic games.

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Most everyone participated in a practice session and one player drew immediate attention.

Thomas Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound prep star from Brewster Academy (N.H.) had onlookers in awe as he practiced with the National Mid-Atlantic team.

"(Robinson) practiced Wednesday and alone is worth the price of admission," said Classic organizer Dave Foltz. "He has unbelievable moves and dunks. He had everyone there watching in awe."

Local talent in the Mid-Atlantic girls game includes Kirksten Mitchell of North Hagerstown and Iesha Robinson of Martinsburg. Also on hand will be Tianna Hawkins of Riverdale Baptist, who has committed to Maryland.

The boys Four-State Elite game will have locals Brent Bell of North Hagerstown, Mike Russ of Saint James and Stephon Berry of St. Maria Goretti while the girls Four-State will include such players as Hedgesville's Brittany Boarman, North Hagerstown's LaRae Allen, Waynesboro's Mallory Wishard and Boonsboro's Brynn Arnone.

In the Shooting Stars opener, some of the area seniors include Shane Zbir of Boonsboro, Alan Reed of Smithsburg, Tim Null of Waynesboro, Allen Sandberg of North Hagerstown and Shane Santell of South Hagerstown.

Admission is $5.

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