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MDCC tourneys start Tuesday

October 15, 2009

Boys Soccer



The Mason Dixon Christian Conference Tournament starts Tuesday with four first-round games being played at the top four seeds.

Regular-season champion and No. 1-seed Grace Academy (16-1, 13-0) will host No. 8-seed Calvary Christian, with the winner facing the winner between No. 4-seed Heritage Academy (7-6-1, 7-5-1) and No. 5-seed Cumberland Valley Christian (5-9-2, 4-8-2). No. 2-seed Broadfording (14-3, 12-2) will face No. 7-seed Shalom Christian (2-11-2, 2-10-2), with the winner to face the winner between No. 3-seed Faith Christian (10-5, 10-4) and No. 6-seed New Life Christian.

Semifinals will be played Thursday at the highest seed, with the championship and consolation games Oct. 24 at CVCS.

MVAL Antietam glance

North Hagerstown (8-3, 4-0) plays its final three conference games next week as the Hubs try to wrap up an undefeated Antietam run for the championship.

The big contest comes Tuesday at rival South Hagerstown (7-5, 3-2). That will be followed by a home game Thursday against Smithsburg (1-10, 1-3) and a road date Oct. 24 at Catoctin (1-10, 1-4), two contests North will be heavily favored in.

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The Hubs only have to win two of the three games to clinch the Antietam title, since they hold a victory over Williamsport (7-4-2, 5-1), which is the only other Antietam team with just one loss in league play. The Wildcats close their conference schedule out on Wednesday at home against the Leopards.

While North and Williamsport are extremely likely to finish 1-2 in the Antietam, the battle for third between Brunswick (5-4-2, 3-2-1), South Hagerstown and Clear Spring (7-3-1, 2-2-1) is far from over.

The Rebels' home game with the Railroaders was rained out Thursday and will be made up Oct. 27.

The Blazers defeated South Hagerstown 4-1 on Oct. 1 and tied Brunswick 1-1 on Oct. 6. With games remaining at Smithsburg on Tuesday and at home against Boonsboro (0-11, 0-5) on Oct. 24, Clear Spring appears to be a good bet to earn at least a share of third.

Girls Soccer



The big showdown between North Hagerstown and Catoctin -- the only two teams still unbeaten in MVAL Antietam play -- was rained out Thursday. It will be made up Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Callas Stadium.

* The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association recently reversed its decision to move its girls spring soccer season to the fall next school year.

Girls soccer will now remain a spring sport through the spring of 2012, and will switch to the fall in the 2012-13 school year.

* Jefferson senior forward Sarah Cogswell became the first player in Cougars history to record 100 career goals during her team's 6-0 victory over St. Maria Goretti on Tuesday.

Cogswell -- The Herald-Mail's Player of the Year last season -- hit the century mark midway through the first half, scoring unassisted. After a brief break in the action, during which Cogswell was ceremoniously presented the game ball, she upped her count to 101 in the second half.

She's scored a team-high 27 goals in 17 games this year for Jefferson (15-2).

Volleyball



The MDCC Tournament begins Tuesday, and just like the boys soccer tournament, the top four seeds will host first-round matches.

Top-seed Broadfording (17-0, 14-0) will host No. 8-seed Calvary Christian, with the winner facing the winner between No. 4-seed Grace Academy (10-5, 9-5) and No. 5-seed Cumberland Valley Christian (7-10, 6-8). In the other half of the bracket, No. 2-seed Heritage Academy (13-3, 12-2) will host No. 7-seed Faith Christian (3-11, 3-10), with the winner facing the winner between No. 3-seed Shalom Christian (11-5, 9-5) and No. 6-seed New Life Christian.

The semifinals, championship match and consolation match will all be held Oct. 24 at CVCS.

Golf



Weather permitting, two events will take place today.

* The PIAA District 3 Championship is slated for Briarwood Golf Club in York, Pa., with golfers attempting to qualify for Tuesday's Eastern Regional at Golden Oaks.

The boys will compete on the Briarwood East Course and the girls will play on the Briarwood West Course. The second round is scheduled for Saturday.

Waynesboro senior Liz Breed is a past District 3 champion who is hoping to qualify for the PIAA state championship for the fourth straight year. Breed is the top female golfer in the Tri-State with a 38.5 stroke average per nine holes. She will be joined by Chambersburg's Mallory Cortis (39.2) and James Buchanan's Paige Estep.

On the boys side, Chambersburg has three golfers in medallist competition. Juniors Hank Strickler (40.3) and Bret Buckwalter and sophomore Nick Stonesifer (40.0) are in district competiton for the first time. Also competing is James Buchanan senior Landon Hollenshead (40.0) and Waynesboro's Lucas Franki.

* In Maryland, Black Rock Golf Course hosts the Antietam Conference Championships with a shotgun start set for 1 p.m. Smithsburg is the defending champion.

The tournament is a tuneup for the Maryland State Championship next week.

Cross Country



The championship season is here.

The MVAL Antietam Conference meet will be held today on Smithsburg's 3.04-mile course, beginning with the girls varsity race at 5:15 p.m. The schools competing are Boonsboro, Brunswick, Catoctin, Clear Spring, North Hagerstown, Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Williamsport.

On Saturday, the Apple Valley League championships will be held at Hedgesville, while the Mid-Penn Conference meet will be held at Big Spring in Newville, Pa.

Lacrosse



The Boonsboro Athletic Boosters Inc. will host a "Funds For Friends" fundraiser at The Greene Turtle in Hagerstown on Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ten percent of that day's sales will be donated to the boosters in an attempt to fund a lacrosse program at the school.

-- Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble contributed to this notebook.

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