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Tough coaching choice

by on Mar.29, 2012, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

By now the boys basketball All-Washington County choices have settled in, both for the players and coaches. As usual, we’re sure that there are those that might not agree with all the choices.
I can tell you it was tooth and nails for the player of the year. But endorsements from other coaches and general opinions from others gave the edge to Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia. He’s a sophomore and the real deal.
The coach of the year was even more of a tooth and nail. There were four coaches that merited the award — Eric Gerber, Amrit Rayfield, Kevin Naylor and Paul Easton. Everyone of them had a great year.
In the end it came down to Smithsburg’s Gerber as the Leopards had their best year in 24 years.
And before you ask, “what about a co-coach” award …. I hate those. It’s one or none. Same with the player unless it is so undeniably close that it has to be two to win.

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Bay Hill Battle

by on Mar.24, 2012, under Golf

Sunday’s Arnold Palmer Invitational should be a sweet Sunday finish.
While any Tiger Woods fan obviously would kike to see him win, as I would, I think I might be pulling for another veteran to come through.
His game is rounding into form and I am going to pull for Ernie Els, right now 3 strokes behind.
Having not won in 3 years, Els is not eligible for The Masters, coming up in a few weeks. He needs a victory to gain entrance, and he certainly is the type of player that deserves being there. He’s not in the Golf Hall of Fame for nothing.
So, here’s hoping Ernie comes through.

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and then there was one …

by on Mar.02, 2012, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Be honest, as well as I will be.
At the beginning of the boys basketball season in Washington County, how many of you would have guessed that Smithsburg would be the last team standing?
Not me.
Not because of a lack of talent, more so because of a lack of height, an inside power game, and the past.
But here we are and the Leopards are one game away from visitng the University of Maryland Comcast Center for the Class 1A state championships next weekend.
On Saturday at high noon, the Leopards meet Southern Garrett at Frostburg State University for the right to play in the semifinals next Friday night.
Both teams are 19-5. Smithsburg nipped Brunswick 59-58 and Southern overwhelmed Allegany 66-43 on Thursday.
It’s been Trent Springs, Jordan Fortson, Tyson Pierre and a supporting cast of thousands getting the job done for Smithsburg. Now, the youngster have to dig down deep one more time.
Who do I pick you ask? Hmmm, that’s a tough one but I am going to say Southern Garrett wins in a nailbiter that is not decided until the final two, three minutes of the game.
Go ahead, make me swallow that pick Smithsburg!

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