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Wildcats' Malott, Leopards' Andrukat spar in classroom, compete on court

February 10, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Teacher Chris Malott, back, looks over the shoulder of Smithsburg's Alexis Andrukat during a graphics communications class at the Washington County Technical High School. Malott coaches the Williamsport girls basketball team, which faces Smithsburg tonight.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — It’s a good bet that the trash talking in Chris Malott’s Graphic Communications class at Washington County Technical High School picked up this week.

That’s because Malott — the Williamsport’s varsity girls basketball coach — teaches Alexis Andrukat, a junior point guard on Smithsburg’s varsity team. Malott’s Wildcats (6-12, 5-7 MVAL Antietam) play Andrukat’s Leopards (16-1, 11-1) tonight at Williamsport.

“I told her they’re gonna be 16-2 by Friday. She just laughs at me like most people would. She’ll just say, ‘Yeah, right,’” Malott said. “When she signed up for my class, I thought, ‘Uh-oh, we’re going to play twice a year.’ I told her parents there would be two days I won’t talk to her.”

“We always tease each other about who’s going to win and who’s going to lose,” Andrukat said. “He tells me what defense he’s going to try to play against us and tries to get me to tell what defense we’ll play against him for an early scouting report.”

As for Malott’s scouting report on Andrukat: “She can hit a jumper, and I like how she can handle the ball and goes to the hole. She’s a prototypical point guard. I like her a lot.”

“That’s very nice,” Andrukat said. “He’s a very nice guy. That’s a very nice compliment.”

Malott’s class teaches how to produce numerous kinds of publications — including business cards, brochures, signs and banners — in a variety of ways.

“The students do whatever they want to do, within reason,” Malott said. “We want them to have an open, creative mind, and she does.”

“He’s a really good teacher. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m glad I went to Tech,” Andrukat said. “I want to go into some sort of advertising, so learning all these new tools and how to use them is a real advantage for me for my future.”

Smithsburg will be a clear favorite in tonight’s matchup. The Leopards have won 10 straight since their only loss and are alone in first place in the MVAL Antietam.

“We’ve been playing great as a team, and that’s what we wanted to do this year,” Andrukat said. “We’ve been doing really well and our seniors have been stepping up lately, which is what we need.”

Since an 0-6 start to the season, Malott’s Wildcats have gone 6-6, showing steady improvement. Williamsport played Smithsburg competitively in a 41-32 loss on Jan. 14.

Will any more words be exchanged when Malott and Andrukat meet before tonight’s tipoff?

“I’ll probably say a couple words, tease him a little more,” Andrukat said.

“That’s our relationship. We’re not serious, we joke around,” Malott said. “When it’s game time, we’ll shake hands and wish each other well.”

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