Obi Enechionyia, Saint James’ 6-foot-9 junior star who is currently averaging 21.4 points per game, received a firm offer from the University of Illinois on Wednesday night, adding to the list of NCAA Division I schools seeking his services beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Enechionyia already has offers on the table from Maryland, Temple, Xavier, UMass, Indiana, Villanova, George Mason, George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth.
Other schools knocking at his door with serious interest are Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Texas.
Saints coach Paul Easton said Enechionyia likely will not make a decision until this summer after he decides on which schools to visit. He has yet to make an official NCAA visit.
* The latest chapter in the North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown city rivalry will take place Friday night at North.
At 5:30 p.m., the girls will clash horns, with South looking for a season sweep following a 57-34 victory on Dec. 11.
The boys will follow as the Rebels, who beat the Hubs 65-51 on that same night earlier this season, will seek a second straight regular-season sweep of North.
For five seasons from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the schools split the two games each year. The last time North beat South twice in a season was 2005-06.
* The Hancock girls currently stand at 11-5 on the season, the most wins in a season for the Panthers since 2005-06, when they went 10-13 as a member of the now-defunct Apple Valley League.
Wednesday’s 55-42 win over Hyndman — Hancock’s 11th — matched its win total last attained in 2004-05, when the Panthers went 11-13.
The current Panthers have a shot at matching or exceeding the 2003-04 team that went 14-9.
Coach Todd Ruppenthal has juggled his lineup around and eight players have been main contributors, beginning with Sara Wagner, who averages 11.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Alisa Shives is next with 10.1 points and nearly six rebounds per game. Kristen Shoemaker has been a thorn defensively, picking up 96 steals — that’s six a game.
* St. Maria Goretti’s two wins over Calvert Hall this season mark the first time since 2002-03 that the Gaels have accomplished that feat. That was the year of Cokey Robertson’s 700th victory — a 34-33 win at Calvert Hall on Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26.
* The Baltimore Catholic League tournament has a slight change this year. The four quarterfinal games will be hosted on the campus of the top four schools on Friday, Feb. 22. The semifinals and final will be played at Loyola University on Feb. 24-25.
* North Hagerstown’s 57-52 win over Thomas Johnson on Tuesday marked the first time a Hubs team won at Thomas Johnson since the 1984 campaign. Kenny McCrary’s 22 rebounds were the most in a single game by a North player since Danny Jones had 22 in a 1995 game against Brunswick.
* Cumberland Valley Christian’s Josh Sanders passed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Tuesday night in the Blazers’ 51-39 win over Grace Academy. Sanders had 19 points, pushing him past the mark to 1,012.
* Some top performances of the past week:
McCrary also had 15 points and seven blocks to go with his 22 rebounds in the win over Thomas Johnson. Hubs teammate Max Ober poured in a career-high 21 points in the same game.
Highland View Academy’s Hunter Sorenson had 30 points in a 102-57 victory over Fulton County Christian on Tuesday. In the same game, Ray Fisher had a rare quadruple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds 11 assists and 12 steals for Highland View.
Donte Grantham, Martinsburg’s 6-foot-8 star, had back-to-back 26-point games against Saint James on Saturday and Jefferson on Tuesday.
North’s Kayla Peterson had 13 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to Thomas Johnson.
Sarah Haynes of Berkeley Springs had 32 points against Keyser.
Hedgesville’s Kristen Nunn popped in 25 points and added nine assists against Musselman.
* The national scoring leaders in prep basketball:
Girls — Ashley Kelsick, a guard/forward from Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., is averaging 38.9 points through 12 games.
Boys — Ashton West, of Tri-City Christian in Independence, Mo., is averaging 43.2 points through eight games.
Twelve teams from three states will have at it Friday and Saturday at the annual Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown.
The field includes nine teams from Maryland (Williamsport, Broadneck, Century, Linganore, Seneca Valley, Thomas Johnson, Walkersville, Winston Churchill and host South), two from West Virginia (Martinsburg and Musselman) and one from Pennsylvania (James Buchanan).
While James Buchanan is the defending Rebel champion, Musselman might be the team to beat. The Applemen, led by 152-pounder Cody Spinks, a two-time state champ, currently are No. 10 in the West Virginia Class AAA state rankings.
Broadneck, Century and Williamsport all seemingly have the lineups to win it all, too.
Broadneck is led by Cameron Harrell, who last year defeated North Hagerstown’s Brendon Colbert 3-2 in the Maryland 4A-3A state final at 120.
“It’s going to be the toughest field we’ve ever had,” South coach Thomas Ashby said. “Ten matches in two days — it’s really going to test people’s stamina, heart and will.”
Each team will wrestle five matches Friday and five more Saturday. Final team standings will be based on the two-day records.
An outstanding wrestler will be decided for each weight class, and one overall outstanding wrestler also will be named.
The action, which will be spread out over four mats, begins at 4 p.m. Friday and resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Indoor track & field
The 22nd annual Washington County championships will be held Friday at Hagerstown Community College, beginning at 3:45 p.m.
The Williamsport boys and Boonsboro girls are the defending team champions.
The Williamsport boys are the favorites to win again, after their dominant victory at the MVAL Antietam championships earlier this month.
The Boonsboro girls, who also are the reigning Maryland Class 1A state champs, will have to find a way to get past Williamsport Friday in order to repeat. At the MVAL Antietam meet, the Williamsport girls finished second to Oakdale, while Boonsboro was edged for third by North Carroll.
The race of the day might be the girls 1,600-meter run. With North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward (season-best 5:21.57), Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski (5:24.18), Williamsport’s Meggan Grams (5:27.22) and Boonsboro’s Kortney Cunningham (5:27.68) all in the race, the meet-record time of 5:29.24, set in 2004 by Clear Spring’s Ashley Lockard, seems certain to go down.
— This week’s prep notebook was compiled by assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writer Tim Koelble.