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Prep Notebook: Goretti, Mercersburg to meet for IPSL title

February 07, 2013

Basketball

The Independent-Parochial School League boys championship game is all set.

St. Maria Goretti will host Mercersburg Academy on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Goretti went 4-0 in IPSL play and Mercersburg was 3-1, its lone loss coming to the Gaels, 58-44, on Dec. 1.

Goretti and Bishop Walsh were originally scheduled to play on Wednesday. That game has now been moved to Monday.

* Add another Division I college to the list of programs after the services of Saint James junior Obi Enechionyia.

Saints coach Paul Easton reported that Seton Hall University has put an offer on the table for Enechionyia.

* Clear Spring senior guard Ryan Aaron has finally returned to the lineup after missing seven games with an ankle injury suffered Jan. 3. He has played in three games, averaging 15 points.

* Does it really seem possible that just a few years ago, the South Hagerstown girls basketball program went three years without a victory?

The Rebels beat Clear Spring 41-39 on Jan. 31, 2006, and then went on an unbelievable streak, losing 55 straight games until they defeated Brunswick on Jan. 7, 2009.

That victory also signified a turnaround in the program, as the Rebels rallied to post a 7-16 record after an 0-7 start that year. An example of that season’s turnaround: South lost to Frederick 80-29 in December, then beat the Cadets 73-53 in February.

Now, South’s program has its first championship in a long time in its hands.

It’s not a state championship, but it’s a championship as the Rebels clinched the MVAL Antietam Conference title on Tuesday with a win over Clear Spring.

South is 11-0 in the Antietam this season and will try to finish a perfect conference run with games remaining against Brunswick, Williamsport and Smithsburg.

* Southern Fulton junior guard Macey Hollenshead cracked the 1,000-point barrier, scoring 21 points on Tuesday in a victory over Southern Huntingdon.

Hollenshead is second in the Tri-State area in scoring with an 18.1 average, is the leader in assists at 9.5 per game and is third in steals at 5.5.

Southern Fulton is currently first in the PIAA Class A District 5 rankings, with three regular-season games left on the schedule.

* In a girls game on Monday, Harrisburg defeated Steel-High, 69-62. That’s wasn’t the big story. Despite the loss, Steel-High’s Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored 52 of Steel’s 62 points.

* Chambersburg (Class AAAA) and Greencastle-Antrim (Class AAA) will learn their next opponents in the upcoming days as the PIAA District 3 tournaments draw near.

Both teams will be coming off season-ending losses with performances that will need straightened out in practice.

Chambersburg (14-8) struggled through regulation and four overtimes in an upset loss to Mechanicsburg on Wednesday. Greencastle (16-5) finished the regular season with losses to Chambersburg and Carlisle.

If either of the teams is involved in a play-in game, it would be held on Feb. 15.

However, it appears Greencastle will go against Northeastern on Feb. 19.

Chambersburg will likely open the first round on Feb. 20.

Top performances

Boys — Dre Wills, Mercersburg, 46 points vs. Princeton Day and 29 vs. Hill; Sterling Christy, Williamsport, 32 points vs. Brunswick; Martin Geben, Goretti, 28 points, 20 rebounds vs. Mount Carmel; Joel Zola, Greencastle-Antrim, 28 points vs. Chambersburg.

The following boys posted season-highs this week: Jeff McCracken, Shalom, 32 points vs. Grace; Tyler Green, McConnellsburg, 30 points vs. Fannett-Metal; Alex Cosner, Heritage, 30 points vs. CVCS; Kenny McCrary, North Hagerstown, 22 points vs. Boonsboro; Nick Johnson, Williamsport, 22 points vs. Catoctin.

Girls — Kristen Nunn, Hedgesville, 22 points, six rebounds, four assists vs. Martinsburg; Carley Robinson, Williamsport, 15 points, 11 rebounds vs. Catoctin

Posting season-highs were Alisa Shives, Hancock, 21 vs. St. Maria Goretti; Beverly Kum, Smithsburg, 20 vs. South Hagerstown; Kayla Wertz, Southern Fulton, 19 vs. Southern Huntingdon; T.J. Tillman, South Hagerstown, 13 vs. Clear Spring.



Swimming

St. Maria Goretti will send 12 swimmers to the 49th Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships Friday and Saturday.

The event will take place at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, Md.

The Goretti swimmers competing are seniors Luke Daigneault, Eric Pino, Joshua Semler and Mitchell Swope, juniors Keely Scott, Emma Whelan, Patrick Jones and Drew Katrina, sophomores Jenna Katrina and Amanda Meinschein, and freshmen Brianna Whelan and Caylin Willoughby.



Football

Derek Munson will be on the sidelines as the first head football coach at the new Spring Mills (W.Va.) High School in the fall.

Munson, 41, was approved by the Berkeley County Board of Education earlier this week. He is a teacher at Spring Mills Middle School and has been an assistant coach at Hedgesville.

Munson played football and baseball at Berkeley Springs.

Spring Mills, which will be made up of freshmen through juniors, will play a varsity schedule in its first season.



Softball

John Lowery Jr. had a rivalry coaching against his father, John Sr., when he was the baseball coach at Martinsburg.

Lowery Jr. stepped aside at the end of the 2011 season after guiding Martinsburg to a school-record 30 wins.

He is returning to Martinsburg, this time as the softball coach, where he will have an opportunity to coach his daughter.

— This week's prep notebook was compiled by staff writer Tim Koelble.

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