Prep Notebook: Enechionyia turns heads with triple-doubles

January 19, 2012

Boys Basketball

He’s only a sophomore, but Obi Enechionyia already is making a splash on campus at Saint James.

The 6-foot-8 forward-center enters tonight’s game against Maret School on a three-game streak of the unusual — a triple-double.

Enechionyia’s feat has come against Maryland School for Deaf (10 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks), St. Andrew’s (23 points, 15 rebounds, 12 blocks) and St. Mary Ryken (15 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks).

It’s no wonder the Saints won all three games to hike their record to 7-5.

Enechionyia is now averaging 13.6 points for the season after a slow start due to injury. Along with his brother, Nnamdi, who averages 15.7 points, the Enechionyias are producing nearly 40 percent of Saint James’ scoring.

“(Obi) is a competitor that plays both above and below the rim,” said Saints coach Paul Easton. “He has tremendous athletic ability. The recent numbers are starting to bring on phone calls by colleges to see if they were for real.”

* Greencastle-Antrim’s current 13-game winning streak is on the line tonight against James Buchanan.

The Blue Devils last had a winning streak of at least 12 games in 2006-07. That year, Greencastle started with seven wins, lost an overtime game to Eastern York, then won 12 straight before finishing the season 25-6 behind Dameatric Scott and Jordan Gembe.

Greencastle’s Denver Cordell leads the Tri-State area in scoring with a 19.8 average, just ahead of Hedgesville’s Q.J. Peterson at 19.3.

* South Hagerstown entered Thursday night’s game against rival North Hagerstown with an 11-game winning streak. It’s the longest streak by a Rebels team since 2003-04, when South won 18 consecutive games in David Miner’s senior season.

* Among Washington County individual scorers, Clear Spring’s Nick Hill tops the chart at 16.0, followed by Nnamdi Enechionyia at 15.7. After that it looks like a bunched scoreboard at a golf tournament, with Broadfording’s Mo Sallah (15.4) and South Hagerstown’s Devonte Morel (15.2) next in line.

Girls Basketball

South Hagerstown (8-6, 5-2) will host rival North Hagerstown (7-4, 5-1) in another key MVAL Antietam matchup tonight at 7.

It’s an opportunity for the Rebels to gain a little revenge after cold shooting cost them a nine-point second-half lead in a 46-38 loss to the Hubs at North on Dec. 12. South made just 9 of 36 shots in the final three quarters after racing to an 11-3 lead after one period.

That game also was the start of a breakthrough for Hubs senior Iman Scott. After scoring a combined 19 points in North’s first two games — losses to Linganore and Oakdale — Scott scored 20 in the victory over the Rebels. She’s averaged 20.7 points per game since the slow two-game start, and her current season stats (18.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, 2.6 assists, 2.0 steals per game) have her right in the thick of The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Player of the Year race.

Also in the thick of that race is South sophomore Tayana Stewart, who is averaging 19.3 points, 3.4 steals and 2.1 assists per game. She was in constant foul trouble in the first game against the Hubs and scored just two points.

Indoor Track & Field

The 21st annual Washington County championships will be held today at Hagerstown Community College, beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The Boonsboro boys and Williamsport girls are the defending team champions, although those two schools are likely to switch places this year as the Williamsport boys and Boonsboro girls are the heavy favorites.

The Boonsboro girls, who have never won a county team title indoors, have the No. 1 seeds in seven of the 13 events — the 4x400 (4:27.68), 4x800 (10:28.29), Abby Duncan in the 55 (7.38) and 300 (42.90), Sarah Zielinski in the 3,200 (11:34.25) and Maggie Sullivan in the high jump (4-10) and 55 hurdles (8.87).

Other top seeds in girls events are: Williamsport’s Renee Barnes in the 500 (1:24.24) and Meggan Grams in the 800 (2:33.67) and 1,600 (5:34.24), Smithsburg’s Emma Gerhold in the pole vault (8-6), North Hagerstown’s Charlotte Anderson in the shot put (35-8 1/4) and South Hagerstown in the 4x200 (1:52.72).

The Williamsport boys have the top seeds in nine events — the 4x400 (3:42.00), 4x800 (8:35.00), Collin Linton in the 55 (6.80), Theron Palmer in the 500 (1:10.61), Evan Hardy in the 800 (2:02.71), Cody Grams in the 3,200 (10:15.77), Jesse Zeger in the high jump (5-10) and 55 hurdles (8.11) and Nicholas Berchock in the pole vault (12-0).

Chad Greene is No. 1 in the 300 (37.31) for Smithsburg, which also is seeded first in the 4x200 (1:36.40). Boonsboro’s J.R. Lowery leads the way in the shot put (55-2 1/2), and South’s Daniel Hockensmith is the top seed in the 1,600 (4:44.59).

Prep Wrestling

Aaron Williams stepped down as head coach at Saint James earlier this week for personal reasons, Saint James Athletic Director Chris Milmoe said.

Williams, who was in his third season with the Saints, also is no longer teaching at the school.

Steve Lachut, who was in his first season as Williams’ assistant, is now the interim head coach.

“The last few days have been pretty crazy,” Lachut said. “But the kids have done a great job helping me out, and the school has been very supportive.”

Lachut, who also is Saint James’ head boys lacrosse coach, said he’d like to remain at the helm of the wrestling program past this season.

“It’s up to the school, but if it were to work out that way, that would be great,” said the 26-year-old. “I love working with the kids, and I love wrestling. It’s a great sport to teach the kids about themselves.”

The Saints won their own Holloway Tournament to open the season, topping a field of 11 teams. They’ve since gone 4-4 in dual meets, including 1-1 this week under Lachut.

— This week’s prep notebook was compiled by assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble.

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