March 3, 2003
With no snow in the forecast, Maryland high school basketball teams can finally look forward to playing their playoff games as scheduled beginning tonight. Nine boys region quarterfinal games involving local teams will be played tonight, including two matchups of Washington County teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. In the Class 1A West quarters, Boonsboro plays at Smithsburg, Clear Spring travels to South Hagerstown and Williamsport goes to Allegany, while in 1A South, Reginald Lewis plays at Brunswick.
March 28, 2004
First Team Jesse Gutekunst Sr. CS. Hagerstown Bernard Harris Sr. GN. Hagerstown Gene Johnson Jr. FS. Hagerstown Drew Kidd Sr. G Heritage Acad. David Miner Sr. GS. Hagerstown Mike Nelson Sr. F St. Maria Goretti Will Roney Sr. F Williamsport Joey Spierenburg Sr. C St. Maria Goretti Alex Tyler Jr. C Clear Spring Second Team Cody Beard Sr. G Clear Spring Marshall Branch Sr. FN. Hagerstown Drew Crawford Sr. G Smithsburg Quielan Gantt Jr. GN. Hagerstown Matt Griessing Jr. F St. James Ben Jordan Sr. G Williamsport Brad Spielman Jr. G Hancock Brad Wetzel Sr. F Boonsboro HONORABLE MENTION: Boonsboro - Kyle Davis.
July 29, 2007
Grace Academy recently named Laura Jacques as valedictorian of its 2007 graduating class. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jacques of Smithsburg earned a 3.9 grade-point average. In addition to earning valedictorian honors, Jacques was selected by the faculty to receive the Joseph E. Michael Christian Character Award, the school's highest recognition. The award is based on the student's all-around Christian character, especially in the areas of humility and service. Jacques was a member of the school's praise band and was captain of the soccer team.
April 22, 2012
St. Maria Goretti High School's girls lacrosse team and boys and girls basketball teams recently conducted workshops at Girls Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. The workshops involved an overview of the fundamentals of lacrosse and basketball, running drills and playing games. Goretti students also donated items collected through Goretti's recent sports-equipment drive to both organizations. During Catholic Schools Week in January, the school collected more than 200 sports items donated by the local community.
April 26, 2012
Eric Gerber has decided to live by an old cliché. Gerber will no longer be the most tenured coach among Washington County boys basketball teams after deciding to leave his post at Smithsburg. “Obviously it boiled down to that cliché,” said Gerber. “To be good takes a lot of time in the offseason and now it's time to be with the family. I don't want to ask the kids to do something that I don't want to do myself.” Gerber, 42, was 134-170 in 12 years at Smithsburg, including this past season's run to the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.
December 3, 1996
By SHELDON SHEALER Staff Writer FREDERICK, Md. - St. John's at Prospect Hall is a tiny school with huge expectations, especially when it comes to basketball. For years, its boys' basketball teams have been ranked among the nation's elite. Now, the girls' program has stepped into the national spotlight. The result is an Associated Press No. 1 state ranking for both. St. John's, a Frederick City school with an enrollment slightly over 200 students, becomes the first Maryland school to simultaneously hold the state No. 1 ranking in both boys' and girls' basketball.
September 12, 2011
Brother and sister Mitchell Belella and Taylor Belella of Smithsburg are the recipients of scholarships from Delcan Corp. They are the children of Stephanie and Paul Belella. Their father works at Delcan's Infrastructure Division in the Vienna, Va., office. Mitchell graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School in 2008 and Taylor graduated from Smithsburg High School in 2011. This is the fourth year that Mitchell has received a Delcan scholarship and the first for Taylor.
May 18, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Hardly anyone knows Peppy Carey by his given name, Preston Carey Jr. Carey said he got his nickname as a 2-year-old who, despite having pneumonia, kept getting out of his crib. Carey, 39, is no less active today. A father to five boys and one girl, Carey gives time and attention to the children of Hagers-town's Frederick Manor, where the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County has a community center and gym. As unit director, Carey watches over children five days a week as they do homework and play games.
December 20, 2007
HANCOCK - Washington County rivals Clear Spring and Hancock have had some good battles in various sports throughout the years. The boys basketball teams had another good one Wednesday night at Hancock, with the Blazers earning bragging rights - for now - with a 73-66 victory. "When you walk into this gym, you are going to have a battle," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "Some of the fans were probably reliving the past, because it is a good traditional rivalry between Clear Spring and Hancock.
February 8, 2001
TJ, Vikings craving respect For Frederick County's two best boys basketball teams, today's tipoff for the 28th Annual St. James Invitational isn't as much the culmination of things, but another step up a tall mountain. "We always look forward to playing here, but the good thing is that we look forward to every game," Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman said. "Whether it's January at Westminster or a tournament like this, we've got kids that like to play. " The Patriots (13-2, No. 1 Herald-Mail poll)