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Prep notebook - Hubs-Wildcats: Three sports, one big rivalry

September 15, 2011

Girls Soccer

North Hagerstown and Williamsport will play in the championship final of the 13th annual Washington County Public Schools Girls Soccer Tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m. at North’s Mike Callas Stadium.

While the Hubs might not be the favorites, no one can match their tourney history, as this will be their 11th straight appearance in the final.

North has won seven of the last 10 county titles, including a run of six straight from 2004-09. The Hubs fell 3-1 to Boonsboro in last year’s final.

Meanwhile, Williamsport is aiming for its first title since 1999, the first year of the tourney. The Wildcats last advanced to the final in 2000, although no title game was played that year after it was postponed twice.

Finals history: 1999 — Williamsport 6, Smithsburg 0; 2000 — No final was played (Williamsport and Smithsburg were the semifinal winners); 2001 — Smithsburg 4, North 1; 2002 — North 4, Clear Spring 2; 2003 — Smithsburg 3, North 2; 2004 — North 4, Boonsboro 2; 2005 — North 5, Boonsboro 2; 2006 — North 3, Smithsburg 1; 2007 — North 2, Smithsburg 1; 2008 — North 3, Clear Spring 0; 2009 — North 1, Boonsboro 0 (North won 4-3 on penalty kicks after scoreless tie); 2010 — Boonsboro 3, North 1.

Boys Soccer

The Hubs and Wildcats also will meet for the Washington County Public Schools Boys Soccer Tournament title at Mike Callas Stadium on Saturday at 8 p.m.

North Hagerstown (3-0) — the two-time defending champion — reached the final with a 2-1 victory over Boonsboro in the semifinals. The Hubs snuck past South Hagerstown 3-2 in the first round by winning a penalty shootout, 5-4.

Williamsport (3-0) reached the final by shutout out the Rebels 4-0 in the semifinals. The Wildcats struggled in the first round before rallying in the second half to beat Clear Spring 3-1 in the first round.

North has been led by senior Osman Ramizov, who scored once against South and twice against Boonsboro. Junior Ryan Byard has two goals and an assist.

Williamsport will counter with senior striker Cody Gardenhour — who has four goals this season, including at least one in each of the Wildcats’ first three games — and sophomore Tiago DeSouza, who transferred from North before this season and had a goal and an assist in each of Williamsport’s previous two county tournament games.

The Hubs beat the Wildcats 1-0 for the 2009 county title, prevailing 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw. Williamsport last won the county title in 2008.

* St. Maria Goretti is off to a 4-1 start, doing it mostly with an offense that’s scoring 3.20 goals per game.

Thomas Blake has led the way with four goals and two assists, but he’s had plenty of help from teammates Rodrigo Reyna (four goals), Kevin Proctor (three goals, two assists), Mateo Pelja (three goals) and Casey Bartholomew (two goals, one assist).

Volleyball

With Williamsport’s sweep of Smithsburg ending the Leopards’ remarkable 40-match winning streak — one match short of Clear Spring’s county record — on Tuesday, Heritage Academy now owns the longest active winning streak in the Tri-State area.

The Eagles — who went undefeated at 19-0 in best-of-5 matches last year on the way to Mason Dixon Christian Conference and Maryland Christian School Tournament titles in 2010 — have won their first five matches this season without dropping a game. In 15 games, they’ve outscored their opposition by 204 points.

* Speaking of Williamsport, the Wildcats (2-0, 2-0) have the early MVAL Antietam lead, with North Hagerstown (2-0, 1-0) and Catoctin (2-1, 1-0) also unbeaten in conference play.

It should be quite an atmosphere when Williamsport travels to North on Sept. 26 — a week from Monday — to battle the Hubs. The winner will be in great position to win the conference title.

* Can there be a better name for an attacking player than Greencastle-Antrim senior Amanda Hammer? She’s living up to it, pounding 13 kills in two matches.

Golf

Even though the state championships are not until October, prep players will need their games to be in top form next week in order to get a shot at playing at College Park.

On Monday, North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown will compete in the Maryland 3A/4A district tournament at The Links at Challedon in Westminster.

On Tuesday, Black Rock is the sight for the Maryland 1A/2A districts, which will involve county schools Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Clear Spring.

The state tournament is slated to be played at the Univerity of Maryland Oct. 24-26.

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

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