Special travels are in store this weekend for two Tri-State area teams, weather permitting.
The third annual Maryland-Pennsylvania Showcase Challenge takes place Saturday at Gettysburg High School. It became a large one-day event when Gettysburg boys head coach Jeff Bair realized a dream of making it an attraction in the Adams County area.
Chambersburg (10-6) begins the activities with a 12:30 p.m. tipoff against Western Tech (9-5). North Hagerstown (10-4) tips off against West York (8-10) at 3:30, and Highland View Academy (14-4) goes against New Oxford (5-12) in the finale at 8.
There are two other games, as Delone Catholic meets Frederick at 2 and host Gettysburg goes against Poolesville at 5.
In another part of the country, Martinsburg is in northeast Ohio for a pair of tough games.
Friday night, Martinsburg (12-1) plays Massilllon Washington (6-6), better known for its national stature in high school football.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs will go against a big Villa Angela-St. Joseph team that is 11-2 and currently ranked second in Ohio’s Division IV poll.
It will be part of the Dunk 4 Diabetes Classic held at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, with seven games on Saturday and six more on Sunday. Martinsburg tips off at 6 on Saturday.
The highlight of the Saturday schedule is the nightcap in which Mentor (Ohio), ranked in the Top 10 in Ohio’s Division I, meets Huntington Prep (W.Va.), one of the elite prep teams in the nation, at 9 p.m.
According to MaxPreps, the current 2013 recruiting class is headed by Kameron Williams of Mt. St. Joseph — who will head to Ohio State — Josh Hart of Sidwell Friends (Villanova) and Rodney Peters of Suitland (Maryland).
Those in the Top 100 for the class of 2014 include Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia (No. 86), Phil Booth of Mt. St. Joseph and Dwayne Morgan of St. Frances Academy.
The McDonald’s All-American game is scheduled for April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
Three Tri-State area players — Martinsburg’s Donte Grantham and Jalen Lewis and Hedgesville’s Chris Shields — are among the 830 boys and girls who have been nominated for the game.
The boys and girls rosters, consisting of two 12-player boys and girls teams each, will be announced on Feb. 14. The boys game will be televised by ESPN and the girls on ESPNU.
Other players nominated from Maryland include Lawrence True of Maret School, Josh Hart of Sidwell Friends, Mike Owana of John Carroll, Trevon Saddler of St. Frances Academy and Kameron Williams of Mt. St. Joseph.
Highland View Academy boys coach John Henline took his troops to the Southwest Christian Classic in Keene, Texas this week. The Tartans are playing Wednesday through Saturday, and it was sort of a homecoming for Henline.
Henline, who came to Highland View three years ago, hails from the Keene area and on Thursday coached against a couple of his buddies when he was in Texas. He got the best of both of them with victories over Chisholm Trail Academy and Burton Academy.
Top weekly performances
Boys — Jefferson’s Jalen Smith with 32 points against Musselman; Musselman’s Trevon Wesco with 31 points and 12 rebounds against Jefferson; Alex Cosner of Heritage Academy with 29 points and 20 rebounds against Grace Academy; South Hagerstown’s Devon King with 27 points against North Hagerstown; McConnellsburg’s Tyler Green with 26 points against Forbes Road; Southern Fulton’s Nick Smartt with 25 points against Fannett-Metal; Obi Enechionyia of Saint James with 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks against Sidwell Friends; Martin Geben of Goretti with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Delone Catholic; Connor Fetterhoff of Waynesboro with 21 points against Gettysburg and teammate Tim Ingram with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Big Spring; Hancock’s Noah Teeter with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals against Maryland School for the Deaf; Highland View Academy’s Arthur Thomas had a triple-double against Berkeley Springs, Spencerville Academy and Shenandoah Christian Academy.
Girls — Southern Fulton’s Macey Hollenshead with 33 points and seven assists against Juniata Valley; Berkeley Springs’ Sarah Hayes with 24 points, 10 assist and 10 steals against Highland View, and 27 points against Saint James; North Hagerstown’s Crystal McLeod with 22 points and eight assists against Brunswick; Kayland Peterson with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Brunswick.
This ’n that
With North Hagerstown’s 67-63 victory over South Hagerstown last week, the Hubs now lead the all-time series between the boys city rivals, 69-55.
* The Maryland postseason basketball draw is scheduled for Feb. 17. The girls begin postseason play on Feb. 22 and the boys on Feb. 26.
* Martinsburg’s 6-foot-8 forward Donte Graham has averaged 25.6 points per game in the last five games to elevate his overall season average to 21.5.
* In Pennsylvania, Greencastle-Antrim is the only area team at this point that would qualify for the District 3 Class AAA postseason tournament. The Blue Devils are currently 13-3 and ranked third. The top 18 teams qualify. Greencastle hosts Shippensburg tonight.
Saints James routed Georgetown Day 62-18 and Maret 75-6 in a tri-meet Tuesday to complete a 5-0 run through the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“Our boys wrestled tough,” Saints coach Steve Lachut said. “They wanted this. They worked hard, and they took care of business.”
However, he added, “There’s still a possibility that we don’t hang a banner.”
The Saints, who haven’t been MAC champions since 2005, will have to take care of business again Friday at the six-team MAC tournament at Sidwell Friends.
The Saints earned six points for winning the regular-season duals, while Potomac got five for finishing second, Sidwell Friends got four for third and so on.
The same points system will be in place for Friday’s round-robin tourney.
If the Saints win, they’ll be outright champs with 12 total points. If they finish second to Potomac, whom they edged 39-36 on Dec. 6, the two teams will be co-champions with 11 points each. And, of course, defending MAC champion Sidwell Friends, which lost 42-34 to Saint James on Dec. 18, still could have a say in it.
“Our kids know what’s on the line. They know they need to show up and do their best,” Lachut said. “If everything falls the way it should, we have a good shot at it. We just have to wrestle the way we can and not let the moment be bigger than it is.”
The Saints are led by Justin Pank (145 pounds), who’s 20-6 this season, and Henry Smith (160) and Leighton Younger (182), who are each 17-8.
Indoor Track & Field
The sport of indoor track and field maybe never has been better in Washington County than it is right now.
A whopping seven meet records were set at the 22nd annual county championships last Friday at Hagerstown Community College. In other words, in the 22-year history of the meet, new standards were set in 27 percent of the events in one evening.
It at least seems safe to say that girls distance running never has been better in the county, as North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward set meet records in the 800 (2:24.78) and 1,600 (5:13.25) and Sarah Zielinski broke her own meet record in the 3,200, winning in 11:38.94.
In the 1,600, Zielinski placed second in 5:22.60 and Williamsport’s Meggan Grams was third in 5:22.61, as they turned in the No. 2 and No. 3 times in meet history.
The previous meet record was 5:29.24, set in 2004 by Clear Spring’s Ashley Lockard.
— Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writer Tim Koelble compiled this week's prep notebook.