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June 8, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The anticipation is nearly over. The 21-year-old with the fastball that approaches 100 mph and the curve that freezes batters is about to take the mound in the nation's capital. Stephen Strasburg is set to make his Washington Nationals debut Tuesday night. Standing room only tickets went on sale Monday, all part of a rare Nationals Park sellout. The Internet is humming with offers for good seats. More than 200 requests for media credentials have been submitted, forcing officials to turn a dining area into a work space to accommodate all those reporters with laptops.
September 19, 2005
The Washington County Junior Football League is divided into two divisions. The fifth- through eighth-grade division has seven teams representing Hagerstown and seven teams representing Williamsport, Smithsburg, Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Hancock. n The third- and fourth-grade division has seven teams. The teams play at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway. The season begins in September. Games are played Sunday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday nights.
September 26, 2007
The question that many people have when they call Hagerstown Billiards & Cafe, Tammy Munson said, is whether food and drinks are available. Yes, they are, she said - there's a caf inside. Tammy and Roger Munson bought the billiards hall at 1845 Dual Highway in Hagerstown in October 2006. Tammy Munson said it's meant to be for all ages; her children play there often. Hagerstown Billiards & Cafe has 25 tables. It is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight.
June 4, 2008
SMITHSBURG - With the sun shining brightly and children ready to play ball, the Smithsburg Little Sluggers - a division of Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball - held opening-day ceremonies earlier this spring at their ballfield behind Smithsburg Fire Hall. The league has 260 children between the ages of 4 and 15, and there are 21 teams in four different divisions. During the ceremonies, the league individually recognized each of the players and made two other recognitions. The first was the dedication of a new batting cage in memory of longtime supporter and manager Ronnie Johnson.
BY RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 15, 2002 WILLIAMSPORT - Parents and coaches involved in girls softball say it's a more polite sport than boys Little League. "It's more fun," said Joe Footen, coach of his daughter, Ashley's, team. The team played its first game Saturday following kickoff ceremonies for the Washington County Girls Softball League 2002 season at the Pinesburg recreation complex west of Williamsport. "Ladies, we've got to do the same thing to them as they just did to us - 1, 2, 3," Footen said as the girls returned to their dugout after failing to score in their half of the inning.
by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | September 5, 2006
HALFWAY - The current year of 2006 is the 40th anniversary of the Washington County Junior Football League. One big change for this season is that both the A team and the B team for each of the league teams will play their own separate games instead of playing together in one game. The games involving the A teams will be played in four six-minute quarters, while the games involving the B teams will be played in four five-minute quarters. "I think that the new format will do three things," league president Don Davis said.
By DAN DEARTH | April 14, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT - Friday's heavy rains turned local softball diamonds into fields of streams, prompting officials from the Washington County Girls Softball League to cancel opening day ceremonies Saturday morning at the Kemps Mill Softball Complex. Steve Danfelt, president of the league, said he made the decision Friday night after the second of two storms hit the area. The league has rescheduled the event for 9 a.m. next Saturday, he said. "If there was any way we could play ball, we would," said Danfelt, who spent most of Friday preparing the fields for play.
By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | November 12, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- When Washington County Junior Football League coach Todd Brant had to choose Monday between letting five of his players go through with a court-ordered weigh-in or having some members of the league's board of directors resign over the issue, he told his players to disappear. Brant said his understanding of the situation was that if he allowed his Williamsport Vikings to weigh in before Monday's playoff game, board members would resign, and the "whole league would come to a halt right then and there.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | April 17, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY --"This is my year," Krista Triggs said from the dugout. "I'm gonna win. " Just as she finished saying the words, Steve Danfelt, president of the Washington County Girls Softball League, called out, "Krista Triggs!" With that, she won the $500 raffle. Triggs, 38, of Clear Spring, is hoping some of that positive thinking will carry through to the Ernst Market team this year. Triggs' daughter, Brooklyn Drury, 13, plays for Ernst Market and her husband, Monte Triggs, helps coach the team.
By MARIE GILBERT | July 31, 2008
Tucked behind Hagerstown City Park is a field of dreams. You won't find "Shoeless" Joe Jackson prowling the outfield or Dizzy Dean throwing fastballs. This isn't heaven. But to about 70 men, it's close. The field is home to the Washington County Senior Softball League - a recreational outlet for area residents 50 years of age and older who still love the scent of a leather glove and the feel of a bat in their hands. It may be softball - the underhanded version of baseball.
By HOLLY SHOK | | September 5, 2013
They should have seen it coming, given their more than 80 combined years of dedication to local baseball. But longtime Maryland District 1 Little League staff members Jay Stouffer and Doug Ellis were not ready for a curveball Thursday night in Hagerstown at the league's annual appreciation dinner, where the two men - much to their surprise - were the guests of honor. Both the 77-year-old Stouffer of Maugansville and the 69-year-old Ellis of Frostburg, Md., were presented plaques at the dinner held at Barefoot Bernie's restaurant.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | August 29, 2013
Halfway Little League has tickets available for its Coach and Cash Bingo set for Sunday, Sept. 29, at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m.  Prizes will be Coach bags along with a cash prize. Tickets cost $35 per person and include lunch, 20 games of regular bingo, five special games, and the chance to win a door prize.  There also will be raffles, a 50-50, and plenty of tip jars including King Tuts. For tickets, call 301-582-1777 or send an email to
August 26, 2013
The League of Women Voters of Washington County will hold its International Potluck fundraiser Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown. The guest speaker will be Sharon Leatherman, who will talk about human trafficking. The potluck dinner, featuring dishes from around the world, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The suggested donation for those sharing a dish is $5; for those not sharing, the suggested cost is $10. Beverages will be available for a nominal donation.  Leatherman's talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. The presentation is free and the community is invited to attend.
By JOHN LEAGUE | August 18, 2013
A classic scene in the movie “Network” has one of the key characters, a mentally unstable TV anchor named Howard Beale, flying off the handle during a newscast. Fed up with the current state of affairs, Beale reaches a breaking point, going on a tirade against the powers that be, exhorting his viewers to begin screaming, “We're as mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore.” The movie cuts to scenes across America where citizens throw open their windows, following the anchor's lead, and begin to pour out their frustrations at the top of their lungs.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | August 15, 2013
The Senior Citizens Duckpin Mixed Bowling League will resume its fall/winter duckpin bowling season every Monday at 1 p.m., beginning, Monday, Sept. 9. The league will be held at Southside Bowl in Halfway. More than 80 seniors from the area meet for bowling and fellowship. Those 55 and older are invited to join the league by calling Joyce Shockey at 301-824-6331 or Pat Spickler at 301-739-5691 before Aug. 22.   SHHS Class of 1971 The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1971 will hold a 60th birthday picnic Saturday, Sept.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 13, 2013
As stadium site selection and financing remain question marks for the city to retain the Hagerstown Suns, a new privately-driven proposal to bring professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Va., is in the works that has “enormous potential,” according to Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn. The Suns have partnered with Diamond Nation, a New Jersey-based company, that plans to privately finance and build a “destination” complex that will include a 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium, as well as amateur baseball and softball facilities on roughly 45 acres in that city's Celebrate Virginia South development, according to Quinn, a letter to Fredericksburg businesses and media reports.
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | August 7, 2013
Friday evening is the time for the Greater Hancock Church Softball League championship game. In last weekend's playoffs, second-place Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church narrowly defeated Hancock's Church of Latter-Day Saints by a score of 5-4.  Meanwhile, first-place St. Thomas' Episcopal Church beat Orchard Ridge First Church of God, 11-1.  This brings St. Thomas' Episcopal and Warfordsburg Presbyterian together to see who will be the 2013 league champions. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. on the field in Widmeyer Park, and the community is invited to turn out and cheer for their favorite team.  On Sunday at 3 p.m., the league will close the season with a picnic for all seven teams and members of their congregations.
By BRETT NIEVES | | July 18, 2013
With temperatures hovering around triple digits at first pitch Thursday evening, West Salisbury not only overcame the heat, but a seven-run deficit in the sixth inning to claim the Maryland 10-11 Little League Tournament championship. Trailing 9-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, West Salisbury mounted a memorable comeback, producing eight runs without recording an out to stun Elkton 10-9 at Conococheague Little League's Ebersole Field. “I knew some of the boys were tired from the ride up and we've had two days off, so I knew it would take them a little bit of time to come through,” West Salisbury manager Pete Peterman said.
June 30, 2013
At the annual Department of Maryland convention of the Marine Corps League, the Antietam Detachment was selected as the top detachment in the state. The award is presented each year during the convention held in Ocean City, Md.  The detachment was selected as the top one after it showed the most growth, community involvement and participation in department, regional and national activities. Twenty new members, regular (Marines) and associate members, signed with Antietam in 2012.
June 27, 2013
The Mideast Division, Marine Corps League Annual Conference will be held Friday to Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown. The conference is hosted by the Department of Maryland and Antietam Detachment No. 113. The annual conferences provide members an opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process in Marine Corps League programs, attend training classes and learn more about the operation and functions of the league. The league strives to give back to the communities where members live, especially with programs for children, including the  successful Toys for Tots annual Christmas toy collection and distribution program.
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