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Notebook: State home run record in reach for Ewing

April 28, 2011

Softball

Williamsport senior Kayla Ewing has the Maryland state home run record within her sights.

Ewing, who is hitting .585 with nine home runs in 14 games this season, is three homers away from tying the state record of 12 set by Broadneck’s Kourtney Salvarola in 2007.

Ewing hit two home runs in the Wildcats’ season-opener against Manchester Valley, then went five games without one. But she has been on fire in the last three weeks, hitting seven home runs in her last eight games — including two-homer games against Boonsboro and Brunswick. She also beat North Hagerstown in extra innings with a long blast.

* Clear Spring’s offense has woken up in a big way to finally complement the pitching of junior Amber Forrest. The Blazers have outscored their last four opponents — South Hagerstown, Hancock, Boonsboro and Brunswick — by a combined 55-0.

Clear Spring had scored 32 runs in its previous eight games before the four-game outburst.

* In a key MVAL Antietam matchup today (weather permitting), Smithsburg (11-2, 9-1) will travel to North Hagerstown (7-5, 6-3). If the Hubs can upset the Leopards, North would stand one game behind Smithsburg and Catoctin (10-2, 7-2) in the loss column in the league standings — and at that point, anything can happen.



Baseball

With rainouts and some makeup dates still on the calendar, it is at times difficult to tell whether a pennant race remains in the MVAL Antietam.

Catoctin is on top at 7-1 in the conference, with North Hagerstown charging hard with a 6-2 record. However, the Hubs have only one game left with Catoctin and need to get some help from other opponents who must still play the Cougars — notably South Hagerstown.

Rain on Wednesday led to unplayable field conditions on Thursday, scrapping Catoctin’s visit to South for the continuation of a game suspended on April 6 as well as the regularly scheduled game.

* Mark down May 10 for a prep game under the lights at Municipal Stadium, when North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown will play at 7 p.m.

* Martinsburg and Jefferson take two of the more interesting trips on their yearly schedules when they visit Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Mingo Bay Classic and make their annual drive to Cooperstown, N.Y., where they are scheduled for a pair of games at Doubleday Field today.

* Hagerstown native Christan Binford, pitching for Mercersburg Academy, has run his streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 31.



Track & Field

Marshay Ryan became the first athlete this season to break a Tri-State record.

The Chambersburg sophomore won the long jump in her team’s 100-50 dual-meet victory over Cumberland Valley on Tuesday with an historic leap of 18 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

The previous record was 18-8, set in 1993 by Smithsburg’s Zoe Hunt. Ryan’s previous best jump was 17-10 3/4 earlier this season. The Chambersburg school record had been 18-4 1/2, set in 1988 by Tina Beam.

“(Ryan) is a great athlete, just loaded with talent,” Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had a jumper with her leg speed. She’s run some great times in the 100 and 200. ... A jump like that at the state meet will put her in contention.”

* Clear Spring senior Devin Repp had a career day Wednesday at Hancock’s Tri-State Invitational. He won all three dashes — 100 (11.72), 200 (22.99) and 400 (51.15) — and placed second in the long jump (19-9 1/2).

* The MVAL Antietam championships will be held Monday at Smithsburg, beginning at 3 p.m.



Tennis

Clear Spring’s Megan Crowl handed South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji her first loss to a Washington County player since 2009 last Thursday.

After Adetunji gave Crowl her first loss of the season 6-4, 7-5 at Clear Spring the day before, Crowl responded by beating Adetunji 6-2, 7-6 (2) at South.

Adetunji was undefeated against county opponents in 2010, when she was named The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Girls Tennis Player of the Year.

Crowl and Adetunji could conceivably meet at the Washington County and Region I tournaments in May. However, Crowl reached the state tournament in mixed doubles with Zac O’Neal — the Blazers’ No. 1 boys singles player — last year, and they could reunite for postseason play.

Either way, the race for this year’s top county honors just got a lot more interesting.

* The boys player of the year race took a twist on Thursday, when Williamsport’s Anthony Adams handed North Hagerstown’s Teddy Schoeck the first loss of his prep career. Adams did it handily, winning 6-1, 6-2.

It was quite a turnaround for Adams, who lost to the Hubs’ Eric Harrison — usually North’s No. 2 singles player — 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 one week ago. Harrison was playing No. 1 singles while Schoeck was out of town on a trip.

Schoeck’s loss came one day after a very tough three-set victory over Boonsboro’s Serge Aleshin-Guendel. Schoeck survived a third-set tiebreak to win, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.



Wrestling

A significant change in weight classes will take place in the 2011-12 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations Wrestling Rules Committee recently approved an upward shift of the weight classes, resulting in new weights for 10 of the 14 classes.

The new weight classes are: 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

The previous weight classes were: 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285.

The three middle weight classes that remained the same — 145, 152, 160 — are now 7-8-9 in order, instead of 8-9-10.

“The rules committee was able to analyze data from almost 200,000 wrestlers across the country, with the goal to create weight classes that have approximately seven percent of the wrestlers in each weight class,” said committee chairman Dale Pleimann.

“Some years it will be great if you have a bunch of big guys, some years it won’t,” Williamsport wrestling coach Mike Rechtorovic said.

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

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