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Prep notebook: Zanfack gets BCL honors

February 23, 2012

Boys Basketball

St. Maria Goretti senior Yannick Zanfack was selected to the All-Baltimore Catholic League second team and teammate Martin Geben earned honorable mention.

Archbishop Spalding’s Derrick Lewis was named coach of the year after guiding the Cavaliers to a 6-8 league record and a 15-14 mark overall. He won the honor over Goretti’s Amrit Rayfield, whose Gaels went 6-8 in the BCL and 19-11 overall.

Kameron Williams, of Mount St. Joseph, was named player of the year. The first team features Phil Booth from Mount St. Joseph, Archbishop Spalding’s Greg Brown, Daquan Cook of St. Frances, John Carroll School’s Jarred Jones and Denzel Richardson of Calvert Hall College.

* Saint James senior Avery Wilmore was presented a basketball on Thursday commemorating his achievement of reaching 1,000 career points in a recent contest against St. John’s Catholic Prep. Wilmore currently stands at 1,120 points.

* The Saint James brother tandem of Obi Enechionyia and Nnamdi Enechionyia have been scoring second to none recently.

In his last 11 games, Obi Enechionyia is averaging 19.5 points per game. Nnamdi Enechionyia is averaging 24.2 in his last four games.

Obi Enechionyia also was voted the most outstanding player in Saturday’s eight-team Presidential Classic at Wise High School after his 21-point, 19-rebound, 10-block performance against Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian in a 73-62 overtime win.

* Nick Colvin, of North Hagerstown, scored 18 points in the Hubs’ win over Tuscarora, a season-high.

* Smithsburg’s Jordan Fortson has scored in double figures in 20 of the Leopards’ 22 games, including the last 18 straight. Tyson Pierre scored 14 points in Smithsburg’s recent win over Francis Scott Key, a personal season-high.

* Another season high goes to Clear Spring’s Mikey Sensenbaugh, who scored 16 points against Hancock.

Girls Basketball

Here’s a quick summary of what to expect as Washington County’s teams begin or continue postseason play in various tournaments:

* Though Smithsburg (11-9) earned the top seed in the East Sectional of the Class 1A West bracket, second-seed North Carroll (11-10) may be the team to beat. The Panthers beat the Leopards 45-22 way back on Dec. 9 and also beat sixth-seed Boonsboro (11-11) 59-34 on Jan. 18.

Smithsburg has a first-round bye and will face a familiar opponent in either Manchester Valley (11-10) or Brunswick (6-14) in next week’s sectional semifinals. The Leopards beat Manchester Valley 43-36 on Feb. 13 and swept Brunswick in two MVAL Antietam games, winning both by double figures.

Though Boonsboro drew the worst possible seed — only the top two (Smithsburg and North Carroll) were placed into the sectional bracket by winning percentage — the Warriors are a significant favorite to beat host Clear Spring (5-17) tonight, having done so twice easily earlier this season. North Carroll awaits in the sectional semifinals.

Smithsburg and Boonsboro could meet in the sectional final. The teams split their two MVAL Antietam games.

* Williamsport (10-12) has a tall task ahead of it in Class 2A West. The Wildcats drew the 12th seed and will travel to Walkersville (15-7) tonight for a first-round game. The winner has to play at fourth-seed Middletown (14-8) next week in the quarterfinals.

On the bright side, the Wildcats do have some momentum. After losing 6 of 7 games midway through the season, Williamsport closed the season by winning 5 of 7.

* South Hagerstown (15-7) would love to make some noise in Class 3A West, and has a decent draw as the fifth seed. Tonight, the Rebels will host Tuscarora (3-17) — which South beat 78-65 in the season opener for both teams back on Dec. 5. A quarterfinal matchup against either Seneca Valley or Einstein would follow, before a possible semifinal date at top-seed Damascus.

North Hagerstown (13-9) is the 11th seed in 3A West and will travel to Linganore (10-11) tonight looking for a little revenge. The Hubs blew a double-digit lead in the closing minutes of a 58-55 loss to the Lancers in their season opener on Dec. 7.

The North/Linganore winner will travel to third-seed Urbana (17-4) next week in the quarterfinals.

* Heritage Academy (20-1), which swept through the Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular season with a 14-0 record, will try to claim the MDCC Tournament title this weekend at Grace Academy. The Eagles will face Broadfording (9-16) in today’s semifinals, with the winner playing the New Life/Calvary winner on Saturday.

New Life has defeated Heritage in the tournament final in each of the past two seasons. The Eagles’ two wins over New Life this season were by five and four points. Calvary stayed within eight of Heritage in the second meeting between those two teams this season.

Indoor Track & Field

Of all of Washington County’s standout performers earlier this week at the Maryland state championships, Evan Hardy stands alone.

Hardy’s winning time in the Class 2A boys 3,200-meter run (9:35.61) was superior to that of any of the other three classes.

All the more impressive is that Hardy won the 3,200 after winning the 1,600 in 4:23.22, a time that also would have won two of the other three classes.

While Boonsboro senior J.R. Lowery suffered his first loss of the season in the 1A boys shot put, his second-place throw of 52 feet, 8 3/4 inches would have won all three of the other classes.

Fairmount Heights’ Pierrysen Henry won the 1A title with a throw of 53-3 1/2, which still was nearly 2 feet off Lowery’s season-best throw (55-3).

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

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