•As we enter 2023, only three county boys teams have a winning record: Heritage Academy (7-0), St. Maria Goretti (13-2) and Smithsburg (6-2). On the girls side, only Williamsport (7-0) and Grace Academy (6-2) have a winning mark.
•The St. Maria Goretti boys had a successful trip to Salisbury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Gaels won their bracket in the Governors Challenge, one of the largest high school tournaments in the country. Goretti defeated Father Judge, 68-65, and took down New Town from Baltimore in the championship, 57-49, to claim the Bracket Seven title.
•The Williamsport girls also had success over the holiday break. The Lady Cats stayed perfect by winning their own Richard E. Doub Tournament. Williamsport had victories over Poolesville, 63-42, and Century in the championship game, 44-34.
•With the holidays behind us, teams now gear up for intense conference games. For the boys, North and South Hagerstown will have their hands full in the ultra tough CMC Spires Division with the likes of Frederick, Thomas Johnson, Linganore, Urbana and Oakdale.
•Smithsburg, Williamsport and Boonsboro boys will battle Walkersville, Middletown and Brunswick for CMC Gambrill Division supremacy.
•In private school basketball, the Goretti boys have a 3-1 record and hung with the Baltimore Catholic League big boys St. Frances and John Carroll. The Heritage Academy Eagles remain the conference leader in the MDCC with a 3-0 record but many tough conference games are still ahead.
•The South Hagerstown girls have a 3-3 overall record with a 2-2 CMC Spires conference record and are one of the most improved teams in the county. A daunting conference remains for the Lady Rebels as they look to continue their turnaround season.
•The Williamsport Lady Cats, led by county scoring leader Paige Smith, will likely battle defending conference champ Catoctin for the CMC Gambrill Division title. Both teams will play on Williamsport’s home court on January 13 in their first matchup of the season.
Article by Dave Foltz, Hagerstown, MD
“I’m a lifelong resident of Washington County (MD) and have played, coached and covered local youth and high school sports for the last 30+ years. I work full time for the State of Maryland and currently coach high school football and basketball. I’m also President of the Washington County Athletic Association which organizes one of the largest high school all-star basketball events (The Roundball Classic) in the country, held each March in Hagerstown.”
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