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Finucane still on fast track

by on Mar.25, 2011, under Running

James Finucane, a former Herald-Mail All-Area Cross Country and Track & Field Athlete of the Year, hasn’t slowed his pace in college.

Click here to check out the recent story on the 2008 Mercersburg Academy graduate.

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It wasn’t to be for South

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports, Uncategorized

This is why they play the game. Records don’t mean didly you-know-what.
Heading into South Hagerstown’s 3A Maryland state semifinal, yoou loook at the Rebels’ 21-3 record vs. Centennials 16-8. A mismatch made in heaven heh? I even ran into some fellas from the Baltimore area before the game that are rather familiar with the competition.
One went so far to say ‘Centennial wasn’t even the fourth best team in the area.’
The Eagles were just a tad shorter than the Rebels, but senior Andre Pierre suggested after the game that Centennial might have been the quickest team the Rebels played all year.
The Rebels were in a state of flux in the second quarter after Centennial went on a 12-0 run to take a 24-12 lead. Honestly, it didn’t look good at that point.
But the Rebels dug in, especially in the the third quarter and began to re-establish some offensive continuity and got back in the battle, taking a lead deep into the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer hurt, and when the Rebels had two opportunities to seize the lead with 5 seconds remaining, it just wasn’t to be. Press row is at the end of the floor which South Hagerstown was playing toward, so you got a great look at the finishing plays.
You just couldn’t believe the rebound putback effort by Sean Prather didn’t go do through th net. It rumbled around every part of the inside and came out.
However, it ended with a loss and while the season is over, it’s one to look back on with satisifaction.

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The week ahead

by on Mar.05, 2011, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

It’s going to be a busy week ahead on the boys basketball homefront, thanks to successful region accomplishments on the part of South Hagerstown and Williamsport.
Both schools will be in the Maryland state championships next week at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.
South beat Quince Orchard 54-48 on Friday and then on Saturday, Williamsport rallied for a 42-39 victory over Southern Garrett.
How many times in Washington County have two teams been in the state tournament in the same year?
Here’s what I believe is the official answer — North and South in 2002; South and Williamsport in 1995; North and Hancock in 1959.

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Conway stars

by on Mar.03, 2011, under College Baseball, College Sports

This was too late to get into print Wednesday night, but former Smithsburg star baseball player Josh Conway had a highlight game against the College of Charleston.
In 5 2/3 innings, Conway struck out 12 on the way to his second win of the year leading Coastal Carolina to a 12-3 victory. Conway threw 95 pitches, allowed four hits and two walks and also contributed a hit and RBI at the plate.
The game also marked the frst loss in 9 games for Charleston, where former Clear Spring standout Brandon Glazer plays. However, he did not see action against Coastal Carolina.
He has appeared in two games and has a home run and 2 RBI.

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2011 NBA Draft Outlook

by on Mar.01, 2011, under Basketball, College Basketball, Pro Sports

I think it is safe to say that March is the MOST ELECTRIFYING MONTH IN ALL OF SPORTS! Excuse me for stealing a line from The Rock, but I really think March is most exciting month for sports solely because of March Madness. Nothing epitomizes gambling in an office setting more than the NCAA Tournament. The new 68-team bracket hasn’t garnered a lot of attention this year. Quite frankly, nothing from college basketball has been talked about that much this year because there is no real powerhouse team, in my opinion. The biggest college basketball star of 2011 is BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, so yeah, it’s been a slow year.

This all got me thinking about the top NBA prospects in college this year. I don’t think there are many. If this year’s NBA draft class were to be compared to a movie, it would be “Point Break” with Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey as the main characters. That’s how unappetizing this year’s draft class is. When a Duke player is slated to go No. 1 overall, it’s not a good year for talent. Sure, Duke always has a strong team in college, but there aren’t many Dukies tearing it up in the NBA. The Blue Devils always seem to find good, awkward-looking college players that rarely transition well in the pros.
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