Prep Notebook: 'Cats favored to three-peat

February 17, 2011


The 21st annual Washington County Public Schools Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday at Smithsburg. The action begins at 11 a.m., and the championship finals are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Williamsport, the heavy favorite, will be aiming for its third straight county crown and ninth overall. The Wildcats are unbeaten against the other four teams this season, and all of the dual meets were routs.

Williamsport has the No. 1 seeds in six of the 14 weight classes — Bryan Davis (103 pounds), Killian Baker (125), Kemper Baker (140), Zach Shoemaker (145), Reggie Russ (160) and Chauncey Baylor (215).

Kemper Baker, a senior, will try to become the county’s 10th four-time champ, while juniors Killian Baker and Zach Shoemaker will each aim to make it 3-for-3.

The Wildcats also have four No. 2 seeds — Clinton Vance (112), Bobby Ardinger (135), Eric Davis (152) and Matt Cody (285) — at least two of whom probably are considered favorites.

Cody, a senior and the two-time defending heavyweight champ, is seeded behind South Hagerstown’s Aaron Rowland. While Rowland got pinned by Cody in last year’s county final and again in a dual meet this season, his season record (22-4) is superior to Cody’s (8-3).

Eric Davis (16-8) is seeded behind Smithsburg’s Chase Scott (23-5), who lasted only 20 seconds against Davis in their lone season matchup.

Other No. 1 seeds include: North Hagerstown’s Brendon Colbert (112), Duncan Yeisley (119) and Carter Baer (135); Smithsburg’s Dillan Harbaugh (130) and Travis Leopold (171); and Boonsboro’s Bucky Miller (189).

The toughest weight class might be 160. Russ, last year’s champ at 152, is seeded first, while Boonsboro’s Jon Best, the defending champ at 160 and the 2009 champ at 171, is seeded third. North’s Kenneth Burrs, who is 2-0 against Best this season, has the second seed. Russ has yet to face either of those two this season.

Girls Basketball

The MPSSAA will hold the state playoff draw on Sunday.

Smithsburg is in position to be the No. 1 seed in Maryland Class 1A West region’s East subregion. Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Hancock and Williamsport also will learn their draws in Class 1A West.

North Hagerstown is in the Class 2A West region, and South Hagerstown is in Class 3A West.

* With the regular season coming to a close, it’s time to roll out the scoring efficiency rankings.

These rankings are calculated by taking a player’s total points scored on field goals (including 3-pointers) and dividing it by the number of field goals attempted to get points per shot (PPS). Points scored on free throws are not included.

Players whose full shooting stats were submitted by their coaches for this week’s HM Varsity page, and who were averaging at least eight point per game, are included in the list below:

  • Alyssa Plourde, Jefferson — 297 points, 208 shots, 1.43 PPS.
  • Nicole Deneseus, Faith — 425 points, 365 shots, 1.16 PPS.
  • Jackie Solenberger, Faith — 269 points, 255 shots, 1.05 PPS.
  • Sara Rishell, Smithsburg — 148 points, 143 shots, 1.03 PPS.
  • Harlie Stotler, Berkeley Springs — 192 points, 199 shots, 0.96 PPS.
  • Katie Sprecher, Smithsburg — 276 points, 301 shots, 0.92 PPS.
  • Lacey Beatty, So. Fulton — 241 points, 267 shots, 0.90 PPS.
  • Deidra Burch, Berkeley Springs — 277 points, 313 shots, 0.88 PPS.
  • Colleen Costello, St. Maria Goretti — 454 points, 524 shots, 0.87 PPS.
  • Taylor Belella, Smithsburg — 173 points, 200 shots, 0.87 PPS.
  • Sarah Haynes, Berkeley Springs — 268 points, 310 shots, 0.86 PPS.
  • McKinley Thomas, Jefferson — 223 points, 267 shots, 0.84 PPS.
  • Maureen Leavy, Hancock — 210 points, 261 shots, 0.80 PPS.
  • Ashley Smothers, Boonsboro — 184 points, 245 shots, 0.75 PPS.
  • Kelsey Koontz, Grace — 171 points, 228 shots, 0.75 PPS.
  • Daniele Hoffmaster, Hedgesville — 160 points, 217 shots, 0.74 PPS.
  • Tyana Monette, Hedgesville — 188 points, 259 shots, 0.73 PPS.
  • Chelsie Eader, So. Fulton — 173 points, 238 shots, 0.73 PPS.
  • Kara Nettleton, Boonsboro — 136 points, 187 shots, 0.73 PPS.
  • Carly Elliott, Hedgesville — 196 points, 273 shots, 0.72 PPS.
  • Bianca Creamer, Hedgesville — 151 points, 210 shots, 0.72 PPS.
  • Katrice Dickson, South — 151 points, 223 shots, 0.68 PPS.
  • Tori Aikens, Grace — 147 points, 223 shots, 0.66 PPS.
  • Victoria Broadwater, Grace — 162 points, 288 shots, 0.56 PPS.

* Here are the numbers for the area teams that submitted full shooting stats:

  • Berkeley Springs (19-1) — 1,113 points, 1,165 shots, 0.96 PPS.
  • Smithsburg (19-1) — 892 points, 1,023 shots, 0.87 PPS.
  • Jefferson (8-13) — 788 points, 907 shots, 0.87 PPS.
  • Faith Christian (17-5) — 930 points, 1,112 shots, 0.84 PPS.
  • Southern Fulton (18-3) — 876 points, 1,086 shots, 0.81 PPS.
  • Boonsboro (10-11) — 788 points, 1,140 shots, 0.69 PPS.
  • Hedgesville (13-9) — 935 points, 1,387 shots, 0.67 PPS.
  • South Hagerstown (4-13) — 567 points, 852 shots, 0.67 PPS.
  • Grace Academy (12-9) — 693 points, 1,150 shots, 0.60 PPS.
  • McConnellsburg (6-15) — 536 points, 902 shots, 0.59 PPS.
  • Cumberland Valley Christian (3-18) — 576 points, 1,046 shots, 0.55 PPS.

Boys Basketball

Wednesday’s North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown contest will provide the MVAL Antietam Conference with a co-champion.

Both the Hubs and Rebels will enter the game at North with 11-2 records in the conference. The winner will join 12-2 Williamsport at the top of the standings.

In the first meeting on Feb. 8, North rallied from a 16-point deficit to take a 48-47 victory on South’s floor.

* Smithsburg senior Aaron Dinterman has upped his scoring average nearly two points in five recent games, in which he has averaged 23.4 points.

Dinterman has improved his average to 15.9. Included in his surge are a 30-point effort against Liberty and a 25-point game aginast Francis Scott Key.

* It will take some time to go back into the books to find the last time Saint James defeated Flint Hill.

On Wednesday, the Saints won 47-46 in an upset, breaking a streak of at least 17 consecutive defeats dating back to 2002-03.

And speaking of streaks, St. Maria Goretti officially closed another Baltimore Catholic League season without a win. The mark now stands at 42 straight BCL losses.

* While Greencastle took the wrath of Harrisburg in a 74-39 Mid-Penn Conference semifinal loss on Tuesday, the Blue Devils can set that loss aside and concentrate on the District 3-AAA playoffs.

It will be a tough assignment on the road Tuesday against Susquehanna Township (14-8).

Greencastle (16-7) has a history with Susquehanna Township dating back to the 2006-07 season, when the teams met twice in the postseason. Susquehanna Township won both of those games, including a famous 93-85 four-overtime win in the District 3 semifinals.

* Chambersburg delves into District 3-AAAA play on Wednesday at CASHS Fieldhouse against Cocalico (17-6), a member of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

The Trojans (17-5) are riding a nine-game win streak, but they haven’t played since Feb. 8. This is their seventh straight year in the tournament, last missing the playoffs in 2003-04.

* Southern Fulton hopes to make a mark in the PIAA District 5-A playoffs, and the Indians will know where they start the tournament trail when the pairings are announced on Sunday.

Coach Kent Hendershot expects the Indians (17-4) to get a second or third seed, which will give them a home game in the opening round on Feb. 24.

The Indians won the District 5 title last year before splitting two games in the state tournament.

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

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