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All-Star event is for thrill of kills

December 03, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HAGERSTOWN -- The fourth annual All-Star Spikefest has new leadership and a new venue, but it promises to have the same exciting volleyball action.

Twenty of Washington County's best high school seniors will take center stage at South Hagerstown on Saturday night at 8. Washington County's top eighth-graders will play at 6.

"It's an exciting time, a lot of fun just to go out and have fun playing against each other in a competitive environment with no pressure, just bragging rights," said South Hagerstown coach Chuck Weaver, who is the president of the Washington County Junior Girls Volleyball Club. "It's a good opportunity for the girls to play together one last time, and girls that have been opponents their whole career will now be on the same team."

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, with no charge for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Washington County Junior Girls Volleyball Club.

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The Spikefest was started in 2006 by Tri-State Athletes in Action Volleyball Club, and for its first three years the high school match included players from Washington County, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Southcentral Pennsylvania.

Over the summer, Tri-State Athletes in Action and Synergy Volleyball Club merged with the Washington County Juniors. With the change of leadership comes a change in Spikefest format to put the spotlight squarely on Washington County.

"Washington County coaches have been trying for a couple years to create a county event just to honor the players, and this was an opportunity for me to push that through and get that done," Weaver said. "I feel the players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia have other events that honor them that Washington County doesn't."

Teams were voted on by the county's coaches, and players were then divided up in the hope of creating the most balanced and competitive match possible.

"We want to give the best competition we can for the crowd," Weaver said. "The more even the play is, the more fun the competitors are going to have."

This year's Spikefest is sponsored by Somerford House & Place, Russell Athletic, BJ's Embroidery, Tim Fraker Signs and Old Line Graphics.

* The rosters for the Washington County High School Seniors All-Star Game:

Kim's Krushers (Coach: Kim Malphurs, Clear Spring): Boonsboro -- Rebecca Demers, Alison Griffith; Broadfording -- Rebecca Adams; Clear Spring -- Hannah House, Breanne Purdham; Heritage Academy -- Rebekah Clarke; North Hagerstown -- Anna Wade; Smithsburg -- Paige Decker, Colleen Black; South Hagerstown -- Kara Henson.

Team Dream Weaver (Coach: Chuck Weaver, South Hagerstown): Boonsboro -- Macy Fuscsick, Megan Long; Broadfording -- Danielle DuBois, Hannah Young; Clear Spring -- Lindsay Lacy; Grace Academy -- Erica Null; North Hagerstown -- Megan Plume; South Hagerstown -- Rebecca Pearl, Emma Stahl, Megan Vance.

* The rosters for the Washington County Eighth Grade All-Star Game:

Team A (Coach: Shannon Phillips, E. Russell Hicks): Boonsboro -- Skyler Casto; Clear Spring -- Jessica Long; E. Russell Hicks -- Samantha Rossiter; Grace Academy -- Heather Groves; Heritage Academy -- Nicole Gaylor; Northern -- Lauren Harbaugh; North Western -- Tori Lewis; Smithsburg -- Jessica Sensenbaugh; Springfield -- Courtney Malott, Brooklyn Welch.

Team B (Coach: Tracy McKinsey, North Western): Boonsboro -- Maeve Windsor; Clear Spring -- Chelsea Gelwicks; E. Russell Hicks -- Kelsey Morgan; Grace Academy -- Brooke Morgan; Heritage Academy -- Rose Clarke; Northern -- Sarah Bentley, Michaela Moody; North Western -- Kelly Schmidt; Smithsburg -- Amanda Snowden; Springfield -- Chelsea Scott.

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