May is here, so are big track meets

May 01, 2009

Track & Field

May is here. Let the championships begin.

The MVAL Antietam and Piedmont conference championships will be held today -- the Antietam meet at Smithsburg and the Piedmont meet at Middletown. Both begin at 4 p.m.

The Williamsport girls and Smithsburg boys are the defending team champions in the Antietam, while the Middletown boys and girls are the defending champs in the Piedmont.

Boonsboro and Clear Spring are the other Washington County schools in the Antietam. North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown both compete in the Piedmont.


The fight for the real bragging rights will be Thursday, when the county championships are held at the county's premier venue at North. The Williamsport girls will try to win their fourth straight county title, while the South Hagerstown boys, who won their first county title since 1970 last year, will try to make it two straight.

* Chambersburg senior Anyssa Barbour set the Tri-State record in the girls 100-meter dash at 12.09 seconds when she was a freshman in 2006.

Recently she's been beaten in that event by a freshman -- teammate Jessica Whitmore.

Yes, the tradition-rich Trojans always seem to get richer.

Barbour still owns the top times in the Tri-State this spring in the 100 (12.34), 200 (25.24) and 400 (58.63), while Whitmore is No. 2 in the 100 (12.41) and 200 (25.71).

Chambersburg owns the top performances in 12 of the 36 boys and girls events on this spring's area leaderboard.

The Trojans also own 17 of the 36 Tri-State records.

For a complete list of the Tri-State and Washington County records, go to

* The Herald-Mail's Super 7 rankings are determined by the Tri-State leaderboard. Ten points are awarded for first, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth and two for fifth.


Mercersburg Academy (10-1) makes its first appearance in the Super 7 this season in the No. 7 spot, having clinched the regular-season Mid-Atlantic Prep League title.

The Blue Storm, coached for the 19th season by Karl Reisner, picked up a 16-3 victory over St. Maria Goretti on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium and came back with a 10-8 win over Martinsburg on Thursday.

Cesar Wong leads the Blue Storm with a .541 average and has a team-high 16 RBIs.

Tom Timoney, in his fourth year on the varsity before he heads to UNC-Wilmington, is batting .524 with 13 RBIs and also is 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA on the mound.

"He's been real good for us," said Reisner of Timoney, "and Wong is from Panama and he can flat out play shortstop. He's got great hands."

Andrew Mauro and Frank Van Dyke have each stepped up with 2-0 records, especially with sophomore Christian Binford, of Hagerstown, temporarily shelved with some arm inflammation.

"This has been one of my better all-around teams I've had," said Reisner. "We're solid at all positions."

* No. 2 Chambersburg caught Red Land for the lead in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth, as the two teams share the top spot with 7-3 division records heading into division games today.

The Trojans have won six straight dating back to their 8-2 win over Red Land on April 22. Calvin Mentzer has turned in two straight successful outings -- a two-hit 7-0 win over Cumberland Valley and a four-hit 1-0 win over Central Dauphin.

* In Wednesday's game against Washington, Jefferson's Chris Godfrey had his 22-game hitting streak snapped -- every game the Cougars had played until then. Teammate Brett Moreland has hit in 22 of 23 games.

* Hedgesville's Matt Santmier has been hit by a pitch an amazing 13 times this season.


Last week's top two teams in the Super 7 poll -- Waynesboro and Jefferson -- both had their undefeated seasons come to an end in the last seven days.

The No. 1 Maidens fell 7-4 to Cumberland Valley on April 23, with four errors helping snap their 11-game winning streak. But Waynesboro (15-1) righted the ship quickly with four straight wins since to stay in the top spot. Taryn Ashway threw two one-hit shutouts, a two-hit shutout and another two-hitter, and has struck out at least 10 in each of those four wins.

It was a tougher week for the Cougars, who fell from No. 2 to No. 4 this week. After a pair of losses last weekend at the ultra-competitive West Virginia Class AAA Powerhouse Showcase at Gilmer County, Jefferson (21-3) suffered its most disappointing setback, a 12-11 loss at Martinsburg on Monday.

This week's No. 2 team, Chambersburg (11-2), is on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 35-6. Emily Estep has been fantastic, with a one-hitter, two three-hitters and a four-hitter in that run.

Two of Estep's gems were shutouts, one of them over this week's No. 3 team, Greencastle-Antrim (13-2), which has won five straight since the loss to the Trojans on April 18.

* Catoctin's 6-5 victory over No. 6 Smithsburg on Wednesday put the Cougars (11-4, 6-1) in total control of the MVAL Antietam race. With three league games left to play, Catoctin has one loss in league play while every other team has at least three.

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