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Prep Notebook: Hubs go north for Showcase

January 20, 2011

Boys Basketball

The first Maryland vs. Pennsylvania Showcase may not be the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge, but the one-day event might be the first trip North Hagerstown’s team will make north of the border into the Keystone State since before some of the players were born.

The Hubs will travel to Gettysburg on Jan. 29 as part of a seven-game schedule feauring schools from both states. North will meet Boiling Springs, a member of the Capital Division of the Mid-Penn Conference, in a scheduled 4 p.m. tipoff.

The day starts with a noon tipoff between the Westminster and Gettysburg girls, followed by the Westminster-Biglerville boys and Liberty-Littlestown boys. After the North game, Poolesville-New Oxford, Hereford-Delone Catholic and Frederick-Gettysburg matchups will fill out the card.

The event is the brainchild of Gettysburg boys coach Jeff Bair.

“There are great players in this area and we wanted local teams to play in a special situation and to provide basketball fans a unique day,” said Bair.

Panhandle battle

For the second straight year, Hedgesville will be unbeaten when the Eagles lock horns with Martinsburg for the first time this season.

Coach Kelly Church and his troops have marched to a 13-0 record, while Martinsburg is just beginning to get into basketball condition with a 7-3 record.

Martinsburg came in last year with an 8-2 record, won the game 42-41 and went on to win the West Virginia Class AAA state title despite a 67-47 loss to Hedgesville in the second regular-season game.

Q.J. Peterson leads Hedgesville in scoring at 16.1 points per game.

Brandon Ashenfelter, quarterback of the Bulldogs’ state champion football team, is just now getting his basketball form, and has averaged 17 points in the three games he has played.



Girls Basketball

St. Maria Goretti has lost Kris Cronise for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

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Cronise is scheduled to have surgery on her right knee next week, according to Gaels coach Todd Rideout. She averaged 5.6 points per game in Goretti’s first 13 games.

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