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Notebook -- Hubs work toward top playoff seed

April 23, 2010

Baseball



North Hagerstown became the first team to knock off Clear Spring on Wednesday in an 11-4 victory.

It really shouldn't be a surprise since the Hubs are one of a small handful of teams that can go toe-to-toe with the Blazers -- not only at the plate, but on the mound.

More importantly, the victory kept North (8-3) on a level with its 2A West constituents -- namely Walkersville, Middletown and Century -- when it comes time for the playoff draw, to be conducted on May 12.

"Right now we're getting timely hits up and down the lineup," said Hubs coach Steve Myers.

The bodies and bats are all healthy at this time. North has hit seven home runs, including two grand slams.

There aren't any flashy individual numbers, but nine players are batting between .304 and .481 and the Hubs are hitting .367 as a team. On the mound, the team earned run average is a very good 3.75.

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"We think our schedule prepares us well for the tournament," said Myers. "We still want to work for the top one or two seeds."

Track & Field



The Chambersburg boys and girls are both ranked No. 1 in the unofficial Tri-State Super Seven power rankings, which are simply the results of scoring the area leaderboard like a track meet (10 points for first, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth and two for fifth).

Boys: 1. Chambersburg (126); 2. Jefferson (54); 3. James Buchanan (49); 4. Boonsboro (47); 5. Hedgesville (46); 6. Williamsport (44); 7. Martinsburg (38).

Girls: 1. Chambersburg (141); 2. North Hagerstown (98); 3. Jefferson (87); 4. South Hagerstown (25); 5. Greencastle (24); 6. Smithsburg (22); 7. Mercersburg (20).

* Unbeaten no more: Smithsburg's David Wilson (2:04.9) finished second to teammate Joey Barvir (2:02.7) in the 800 during the Leopards' tri-meet with Williamsport and host South Hagerstown on Wednesday.

It's the first race Wilson has not won his senior year, ending a remarkable streak of 18 straight victories through cross country (11 meets), indoor track (four 3,200s) and outdoor track (one 3,200, two 1,600s).

* South Hagerstown's 31st annual Rebel Relays, which were rained out last week, have been rescheduled for May 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at South.

* The Chuck Zonis Invitational will be held Saturday at North Hagerstown, beginning at 10 a.m.

Cross Country



St. Maria Goretti has plans to field a boys and girls team on a varsity level for next season.

Athletic Director David Blenckstone said the Gaels are looking for a head coach and are in the process of putting together a schedule.

For more information, contact Blenckstone at 301-739-4266.

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

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