The Rebels have defeated the Blazers in the teams’ last three meetings.
* The beat goes on at St. Maria Goretti, where the Gaels continue to try to fight off a Baltimore Catholic League losing streak that currently stands at 47 games.
The Gaels are at Mount Carmel tonight, then return home for the only Sunday game in Hagerstown this season as they host Loyola Blakefield.
Goretti has lost to Loyola seven straight times during the losing streak and 11 straight times overall, the last win coming Feb. 10, 2005 in a 58-54 decision.
* Clear Spring raced to a 7-0 record to begin the season before losing recently to Southern Fulton and Brunswick. The 7-0 start was the best for a Blazers team since they started 6-0 in 2003-04, when they finished 18-6.
In 2008-09, Clear Spring started 7-1 and ended 16-7.
* Four Tri-State schools are putting up offensive numbers at a good clip.
Through seven games, Martinsburg is averaging 82.6 points per game, Hedgesville is at 71.9, Greencastle is at 71.0 and Saint James is at 69.8. The first three schools are unbeaten.
* How tough is it for one player to score in double figures in every game his team has played? Around the Tri-State, there have been only three players who have accomplished that feat so far — Greencastle’s Denver Cordell (nine games), Hedgesville’s Q.J. Peterson (eight) and Southern Fulton’s Nick Smartt (seven).
Indoor Track & Field
The new year begins with the championship season indoors, starting with the Monocacy Valley Athletic League’s conference meets at Hagerstown Community College.
The MVAL Antietam (small-school) championships will be held this evening at 5, while the MVAL Piedmont (large-school) championships are set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg and Williamsport are in the Antietam, while North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown are in the Piedmont.
Local athletes to watch this evening include Boonsboro senior J.R. Lowery, who is ranked eighth nationally by dyestat.com this season in the boys shot put at 55 feet, 2 1/2 inches; Williamsport senior Evan Hardy, who is ranked 19th in the country in the boys 1,600-meter run at 4:27.67; and Boonsboro’s Abby Duncan, who is tied for 53rd in the U.S. in the girls 55 dash at 7.40 seconds.
Eleven teams from three states are set to compete at the 39th annual Jefferson Invitational Tournament, including Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville, Martinsburg and host Jefferson.
The tournament begins today at 5 p.m. and concludes with the championship finals at 4 p.m. Saturday.
— This week’s prep notebook was compiled by assistant editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble.