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.
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.
This is what I come up with for the 2012-13 Tri-State basketball season. Obviously I have not seen everyone, so much is based on what I heard from others and stats,but for the fun of it, let’s have a go at it:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donte Grantham, Martinsburg
Martin Geben, St. Maria Goretti
Obi Enechionyia, Saint James
Jalen Lewis, Martinsburg
Devon King, South Hagerstown
Sterling Christy, Williamsport
Kellen Williams, Chambersburg
Dominique Newman, Washington
Donte Grantham, Martinsburg
It appears Notre Dame has officially offered Saint James 4-star PF Obi Enechionyia. From Rivals’ Alex Kline:
@TheRecruitScoop: Notre Dame has offered 2014 Saint James (MD) PF Obi Enechonyia.
Perhaps Tim Koelble and I should read up NCAA compliance policies so we don’t make any ill-advised comments to Obi about playing for Tim’s Fighting Irish or my Terps.
Covering Thursday’s North Hagerstown-Albert Einstein playoff game turned out to be a real treat, even though the homestanding Hubs lost 81-72 in overtime.
There was a fair following on the North side and I was amazed at how many adults and student made the trip up from Montgomery County.
Quickly found out that the Einstein head coach, Richie Porac Jr., is a Washington County native, having graduated from Williamsport. (You’ll see an upcoming article in the next day or two).
The contest was one of the better games of the season on both sides. It got physical, was fairly officiated, and the excitement went down to the very end.
And a note saying ‘well done’ goes to the school officials that came along with the Einstein following. They controlled the students with chants near the end of the game and from running onto the court at the end, showing a level of respect. Well done.
Well, February leaves us with only 3 Washington County basketball teams left in the Maryland playoffs — two in boys and one in girls, and two of those belong to South Hagerstown.
After Thursday’s results saw South Hagerstown beat Northwood and Smithsburg beat Boonsboro while North Hagerstown lost to Albert Einstein and Clear Spring lost to Brunswick.
That means next Tuesday, March 5, South Hagerstown travels to Tuscarora and Smithsburg goes to Brunswick. THAT IS A CHALLENGE !!
South played Tuscarora back on Dec. 20 at home and lost 70-63.
Smithsburg lost twice during the regular season to Brunswick.
Are we done with the boys season after next Tuesday?
South Hagerstown carries the final girls hope in the county tonight and they have a monster challenge ahead of them at top-seed Damascus in the 3A West final. The Hornets are tree timbers and can play darn good basketball, so South will have its work cut out for them.
As I predicted last week here, online and in print, this is the end of the line for Washington County this season.
Here’s a quick look at the Washington County teams entering the 2013 Maryland playoffs:
1A West: In the East Section No. 1-seed Boonsboro (14-8) must get stronger on the inside with the capabilities of Shannon O’Brien and Tiffany Bowman. Warriors should get to region finals after beating North Carroll.
In the West Section we have Hancock along with Fort Hill, Allegany, Northern Garrett, Southern Garrett, Mountain Ridge. Hancock (15-7) is the underdog against Fort Hill (13-6). Allegany just beat 2A Williamsport for Doub title and has won 6 of last 8 games. Southern Garrett and Mountain Ridge are even better, and Southern (18-2) should meet Mountain Ridge in West semis.
Final: Southern Garrett defeats Boonsboro.
2A West: Like the 1A West section, the 2A West is loaded and that’s where Williamsport is docked. The Wildcats (13-8) play at Middletown (14-7) tonight and this is their fourth game this week. Caitlin McLister tough for Middletown averaging 14 points. And if they are fortunate to win, No. 1-seed Walkersville (18-4) is ahead. But in the scope of things, Middletown beats Walkersville in semis and South Carroll gets Oakdale.
Final: Middletown defeats South Carroll.
On Sunday, overall records of Maryland prep basketball teams won’t mean a thing … at least as far as the MPSSAA is concerned. You see, when they conduct their drawings, a two-game tournament any school plays during the season is not considered part of the schedule, which I consider — well, HOG WASH. It’s my contention, and always will be, they are games played and ALL games should count on the schedule.
At any rate, I’ll not continue to harp on this at the moment and instead, look at unofficial records of teams prior to Friday’s games ahead of the Sunday seedings.
In Boys Class 3A, if things ended now North Hagerstown and Urbana would be deadlocked at 15-3 for the second seed. Tuscarora, at 17-2, would have the top seed. South Hagerstown is 11-6 and could get a 4-seed.
In Boys Class 2A, Oakdale is in a class by itself at 18-1. The nearest team in Poolesville at 14-5. Locally, Williamsport stands 11-7.
In Boys class 1A, it appears Brunswick, at 12-7, should be the East Region top seed without a challenge and Allegany the top seed in the West.
Saint James senior Nnamdi Enechionyia has made his college choice. Saints coach Paul Easton gave me the official word on Nnamdi’s decision to attend Division I Samford University.
I will be talking to Nnamdi Monday getting the information.
Saint James forward Obi Enechionyia’s stock is beginning to rise on the recruiting trail.
Over the summer, the junior was pegged as a 3-star recruit, but, according to Rivals, he has since been elevated to a 4-star forward in the 2014 class. Rivals put him at 82 in their 2014 player rankings. Enechionyia is averaging a double-double per game this season with the Saints, putting up 21.3 PPG and grabbing 13.0 RPG.
He has yet to take an official visit, but has received offers from: Indiana, Maryland (!), Massachusetts, Miami (FL), VCU, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier (exhales). Enechionyia is also getting looks from Ohio State and Stanford.
Official visits should begin sometime after Saint James’ season ends and I’ll be sure to pass along more information as it becomes available.