Now, in the same light as the boys, let’s give you my preseason Super 7 GIRLS
It’s difficult to go against anyone other than a team that has had its core group together for a lifetime.
That’s the case when it comes to South Hagerstown, still looking to crack through to the Maryland State final four in 3A.
Here is the Super 7 preseason GIRLS
1 South Hagerstown
5 North Hagerstown
7 St Maria Goretti
Here we go …. In a short time the 2013-14 pre basketball season opens in earnest.
Now, let me say the following statements/predictions are made based on a conversations with coaches and reading previews that have been scripted elsewhere.
I am understanding there is a new venue for the Maryland girls basketball state championships beginning this year.
The new location will be the SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University. The new arena holds about 1,200 more than UMBC, where the tournament had been played for the past 20 years.
The tournament will be held on March 12, 13 and 15. There is a previously-scheduled event on March 14, so there will be an open date between the semifinals and finals.
The boys state tournament will continue at Comcast Center.
Wednesday (Nov. 13) is a big day officially for several prep athletes in the immediate area.
It’s the first day in which they can sign their papers to attend the college in which they have already given verbal committments to.
Headlining the group is St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben, who will take his wares to the University of Notre Dame to play basketball. He’ll be signing Wednesday at 3 p.m. and of course, I’ll be there.
Earlier in the day Wednesday, Williamsport’s Riley Arnone will sign on the dotted line to attend Winthrop University on a baseball ride.
Up north in Warfordsburg, Pa., Southern Fulton’s Macey Hollenshead will officially sign with Fairfield University, where she will continue playing girls basketball.
On Saturday, Saint James will take center stage with three individuals setting their future.
In basketball, Obi Enechionyia will sign to attend Temple University and Mayimba will ink his name on a George Mason University document.
Also in baseball, Ryan Ricci will sign with George Mason University. Ricci is from Greencastle-Antrim.
South Hagerstown’s Katrice Dickson, who is committed to play women’s basketball at Mount St. Mary’s, is likely to sign her papers on Monday.
I wrote a column that appeared in print recently with some comments and suggestions regarding golf and the public/private schools.
Got some emails in response and my reply to those and others is the following:
I don’t have enough room to print everything that is by the rule when it comes to this has to be that way, another thing this way etc etc. The ideas were simply presented.
Yes, I’ve been around long enough to know the private schools have to be a member of the state school system to compete in state playoffs. They do not need to be a member in order to compete in something such as a county soccer tournament involving public and private schools.
There simply are too many people around this county that fall into the negative category.
When it comes to golf, a sport I love, I must say the current setup in this state is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve been saying this for years but again, there aren’t enough people around in the system willing to make change.
Oh well ……..
When the Hagerstown Suns played Savannah on Tuesday night at the Stadium and the last pitch was made and the last out recorded, was it indeed the last one ever for the Suns?
This is the South Atlantic League championship series, the remainder to be played in Savannah, Georgia.
I think it is obvious, with all the back-and-forth yip-yapping about the Suns, a new Stadium etc. etc., that you know what? People really don’t care anymore if there is a team playing here or not.
That is obvious by the attendance counts. Not even making the SAL finals can get fannies in the seats, and this is a pretty good team out there.
The end is near.
Now that we have the recent verbal commitments from St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben to go to Notre Dame and from Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia to Temple, we can look ahead to the two stars locking horns during the regular season.
Saint James will play at St. Maria Goretti on Friday, January 17 … mark it down on the calendar, because seating will be at a premium at the Gael Center on the Goretti campus. It should be a huge night.
And, it is possible the two teams could meet again 8 days later in the IPSL championship game.
I know this won’t happen, but I’d like to suggest trying to move the game to HCC … Dare I say basketball fans should come out of the woodwork to see this one.
The weekend of September 6th, known as the opening weekend of prep sports for public schools in Washington County, ended up being a big weekend for a pair of private school prep stars.
St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben and Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia made their verbal choices for their future college education and athletics.
I am sure I will catch some flack for this comment, but hear me out:
Geben has given the University of Notre Dame his verbal. In Washington County, this is the biggest college choice EVER by any athlete from this county. I am saying CHOICE, not results. Certainly, there was Rodney Monroe at North Carolina State and others.
But based on name, who is greater? Notre Dame …. Obviously the results by Monroe at NC State are untouched.
Enechionyia made his verbal on Sunday after he visited Temple University. He also had a visit scheduled for Georgia Tech next week, but he enjoyed the Philadelphia school and that’s where he’ll go.
MMM, I’m obviously not in on the inside of the Maryland Terps basketball … have even enjoyed meeting and talking with coach Mark Turgeon ….. and, I’m not a Terps follower, BUT, two more players that skip out on Maryland.
The prep football season is here and that gives me an opportunity to listen to all the hype, or in some cases non-hype, for our area teams.
Here is my totally unofficial crystal ball with won-loss records of Washington County football teams this season.
1) North Hagerstown (8-2)
2) South Hagerstown (8-2)
3) Williamsport (4-6)
4) Hancock (4-6)
5) Saint James (4-4)
6) Boonsboro (3-7)
7) Smithsburg (3-7)
8) Clear Spring (3-7)
As you know, this is only a guessing game from what looks good, and bad, on paper.
We’ll see how it shakes out in November.
The 30th WACO Open is in the books with a new winner — Gary Carpenter, of Crofton, Md.
Carpenter survived a challenge from several golfers on Sunday and won the title on the second hole of a playoff, carding a par putt on the 18th hole after Kenny Smith bogied.
Under a warm sun, Alex Hoffman charged to 4-under-par and then wilted in the final six holes. Carpenter was three behind but played steady golf while Smith recovered from two bogies to forge a playoff along with Rob Cimarolli.
As usual, the WACO was well-orchestrated with the several volunteeers on board — those handling the hole-by-hole scoring led by John Hersh; Carol Crabtree and Sharon Steiner with two days of scoreboard duty and done effortlessly, Dirk Schultz and Bill Hoffman and of course, tournament director Rod Steiner.
One opinion: Not too sure the new senior flight is needed under the new format that would cause confusion for anyone. Suggestion: If there is to be a senior flight, have that player, when he submits his entry, to declare at that time whether he wants to play in the senior flight or in the flight his handicap falls within despite being a senior. Simple process.
At any rate, we look forward to No.31.