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Prep Notes: Rebel Relays running today at South

April 11, 2013

Track & Field

The 34th annual Rebel Relays will be held today at South Hagerstown, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The field of schools includes Brunswick, Clarksburg, Francis Scott Key, North Hagerstown, Northern Garrett, Northwest, Seneca Valley, Silver Oak Academy, Williamsport and host South.

Last year, South won the girls team title for the first time, and led by Hayley Freeman and Elizsha Streeter, they will be tough to beat again.

Freeman is the top performer in the Tri-State area this spring in the 200 (26.24), 100 hurdles (15.77) and 300 hurdles (46.84), while she and Streeter share the No. 1 spot in Washington County in the 100 (12.64) and Streeter leads the county in the 400 (1:01.97). Freeman and Streeter also have contributed to the area’s top performances in the 4x100 (50.22) and 4x200 (1:44.94).

-- No area girl has shined brighter this spring than Chambersburg senior Marshay Ryan has. She leads the Tri-State with national-class marks in the long jump (18-9) and triple jump (41-1 1/2) and also has the top performance in the 400 (58.84).

The Auburn University-bound Ryan set Tri-State records last year in the long jump (19-5 1/2) and triple jump (42-2 3/4).

Tennis

With about three weeks of play in the books, the races for Herald-Mail Washington County Player of the Year honors are starting to shake out.

To no one’s surprise, last year’s boys player of the year, North Hagerstown’s Max Ober, is 6-0 and the only undefeated No. 1 singles player left. However, Ober’s closest challenger is a bit of a surprise.

Clear Spring’s Corey McClure (5-1) rallied from a set down on Wednesday to knock off Boonsboro’s Serge Aleshin-Guendel (4-2) in a tight three-setter, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Aleshin-Guendel is the two-time defending Washington County Tournament boys singles champion.

Ober — who beat Aleshin-Guendel 6-2, 6-3 on March 27 — and McClure will likely battle on Monday at North when the Hubs (6-0, 5-0) and Blazers (5-1, 5-1) tangle in a key MVAL Antietam match. Aside from the battle at No. 1 singles, both squads boast standout doubles combinations. North’s doubles teams are 18-0 (including two forfeit wins), while Clear Spring’s teams are 17-1 (also including two forfeit wins).

On the girls side, Clear Spring’s Cayla Garner (6-0) has firmly established herself as the player to beat. Garner beat South Hagerstown’s Alisha Adkins (5-1) last Friday, 6-4, 6-4, and backed it up by defeating Boonsboro’s Hannah Froehlich (5-1) on Wednesday, 6-3, 6-4, to become the last undefeated No. 1 singles player standing.

Much like the boys team battle, the Blazers-Hubs girls team battle on Monday is one to watch. Clear Spring (6-0, 6-0) and North (5-1, 5-0) are the only two teams still undefeated in the MVAL Antietam.

Also on Monday, Adkins and Froehlich will likely square off as South hosts Boonsboro. The Rebels have won two straight Antietam matches by 5-0 scores after going 1-15 last year and 2-14 in 2011.

Lacrosse

At 8-2, St. Maria Goretti’s boys are the standout team so far this season.

The Gaels are getting it done on offense behind the talented duo of Mike Ewing (34 goals, 24 assists) and Matt Casto (33 goals, 18 assists), who are by far and away the leading the county in those categories (including per-game averages).

Goretti’s defense has surrendered just 53 goals (5.30 per game), with goalie Mike Fairley stopping 66.2 percent of opponents’ shots on target.

-- Already, South Hagerstown’s boys are setting new standards for the Rebels’ program.

With season-opening victories over Brunswick, 14-6, and Thomas Johnson, 15-14, the Rebels set a school record for wins in a season. South had never won more than one game in a season and was 4-98 overall through the program’s first eight seasons.

The Rebels’ 29 goals in the two victories surpassed their overall total in four of those eight seasons. South has 36 goals in three games, and its 12-goals-per-game average far exceeds the 2.73 per game the Rebels averaged their first eight seasons (278 goals in 102 games).

Baseball/Softball

North Hagerstown’s Andrew Yacyk, the Herald-Mail Hitter of the Year in 2012, is closing in on another Hubs record and it could happen today.

Yacyk is one hit shy of T.J. Hose’s school record for career hits of 99 going into today’s game at Brunswick.

Also in sight is the MVAL career hits record of 119, set by Frederick’s Brady Wilson in 2009. Yacyk has 11 hits this year and if he matches last season’s hit total of 35, he would just catch Wilson.

The senior is already North’s career leader in RBIs and doubles and his next home run will give him another North career record with 19.

-- Among schools reporting stats this week, here is a quick glance at some leaders: Home runs—Lorenzo Vazquez, Mercersburg, 5; Triples—Casey Bartholomew, Goretti, 3; Doubles—Colin Gibbons-Fly, Mercersburg, 7; Hits —Gibbons-Fly and Thomas Presley, Musselman, 23 each; RBIs—Tyler George, Saint James, 19; Daniel Heleine, Hedgesville, 19; Pressley, 18; Jaime Cooper, Mercersburg, 17; Dylan Stouffer, Clear Spring, 16; Walks—Darrin Zombro, Musselman and Zach Hossler, Brunswick, 11 each.

-- Among the softball leaders are: Home runs—Courtney Layhew, Hedgesville, 4; Triples —Ashley Campbell, Berkeley Springs, 4; Doubles—Campbell, 9; Layhew, 8; Mariah Yingling, Waynesboro, 7; Hits—Layhew, 25; Walks—Campbell 8; Brooke Parks, Smithsburg, 6; Runs—Campbell, 25.


-- Vazquez, among the leaders in the area last year, is off to another fine start with the Blue Storm. If you combine his season totals from a year ago through nine games this season, he has 6 homers, 55 RBIs in 39 games. His batting average, after going 6-for-12, went from .809 to .696 — sarcastically noted as a tough week.

-- Waynesboro’s Cole Warrenfeltz just isn’t satisfied stopping at first base when he connects at the plate. Warrenfeltz has six hits this season — three triples and three doubles.

This week’s notebook compiled by Assistant Sports Editor Andy Mason and staff writers Daniel Kauffman and Tim Koelble.

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