Twenty schools are set to compete Saturday morning at the 23rd annual Don Stoner Invitational at Smithsburg, including six from Washington County — Boonsboro, Clear Spring, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Williamsport and host Smithsburg.
Other area schools competing include Greencastle-Antrim, Waynesboro and Martinsburg.
The girls race starts at 9 a.m. and the boys race begins at 9:40. Following the JV races (girls at 10:15, boys at 10:55), the first Alumni Challenge will be held at 11:30 on the same 3.04-mile course.
Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver, the race director, said the Alumni Challenge “seems to be piquing a lot of interest.”
“Anyone who has ever run cross country, or has a child who has run cross country, or coaches cross country, or who never ran cross country but is an alumni from a school in the area, can come run the event,” he said.
Each runner in the Alumni Challenge must list the school he or she will represent. The top three finishers for each school will count for scoring. The men’s and women’s team champs will then have 50 percent of their entire team’s entry fees donated to the school’s program. The entry fee is $20 per runner, and runners must register by 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“I thought it would be a way to change things up around here,” Shriver said of the Alumni Challenge. “I’m hoping it takes off and is a good time. I think the kids are really going to get into it when they see their coaches running.”
For information, contact Shriver at 301-964-0022 or email@example.com.
* North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and St. Maria Goretti will compete in the third annual Hagerstown City Championship on Monday at Hagerstown Community College.
The boys race starts at 4 p.m. and the girls race begins at 4:45, both starting and ending on HCC’s outdoor track.
While the MVAL Antietam volleyball picture has taken shape through a little more than half the regular season, by no means has anything been settled.
North Hagerstown (7-1, 3-0) is the lone unbeaten team in conference play, but Smithsburg (9-1, 4-1), Williamsport (8-1, 3-1) and Boonsboro (4-3, 2-1) are still very much in the title race.
* The Hubs have won seven straight after opening their season with a five-set loss at Francis Scott Key. That streak includes a five-set victory over Williamsport on Sept. 24, the Wildcats’ only loss.
Peyton Wallech has been on fire for North, averaging 5.38 kills per set to lead all Washington County Public Schools players. She’s averaging 6.29 kills per set over the Hubs’ last six matches.
Zoe Schreiber has emerged as North’s No. 2 attacking option, with double-figure kills in four of the Hubs’ last six matches — including 20 in a four-set win over Oakdale. Sarah Bentley leads all county players with 9.55 assists per set and dished up 56 in the victory against Williamsport.
* North’s next test will come when the Hubs host Boonsboro on Monday. The Warriors have won four of their last five matches since opening the season with tough five-set losses to Smithsburg and Thomas Johnson.
Boonsboro’s success is very much a team effort. Taylor Williams (2.60 kills, 1.00 block per set), Sarah Anderson (1.80 kills) and Meredith Craig (1.43 kills, 0.61 blocks) are the main weapons up front, Shelby Griffith (3.80 assists, 0.73 aces) and Shelby Wallace (3.53 assists) direct the offense, and Natalie Reeder (4.07 digs) anchors the defense, with Wallace (2.57 digs), Griffith (2.17 digs) and Skyler Casto (1.86 digs) contributing.