It’s mid-February so that means 2022-23 prep basketball season is coming down the home stretch. With conference tournaments and playoffs starting and next week, every game left on the schedule is important.
•Heritage Academy wrapped up the MDCC boys regular season title with an 11-1 conference record and sit at 19-3 overall. After a 17-0 start, the Eagles encountered a rough patch by dropping three of their last five games but was able to hold on and finish atop the MDCC standings.
•The St. Maria Goretti boys has been on top of the Baltimore Catholic League standings most of the season, but a one-point loss at Mount St. Joseph’s dropped the Gaels into second place. Goretti finished 12-2 in the BCL and will play in the conference tournament March 3-5 at Goucher College.
•North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown renewed their rivalry this past week. The Hubs used a familiar formula to sweep the Rebels in the season series. North came back from a 14-point deficit to claim their second come-from-behind victory over South this season, 63-58.
•Smithsburg leads in the Washington County public school boys standings with a 12-10 overall record, but North Hagerstown has the best record vs. county opponents at 6-2 which has always determined the unofficial public school title.
•The Grace Academy girls was MDCC regular season co-champions, tying with Shalom Christian with a 10-2 league record. Grace will be the top seed in the MDCC conference tournament.
•The Williamsport ladies, who started 18-0 before falling to Middletown, clinched the CMC Gambrill Division title by defeating Catoctin in overtime. The Lady Cats will meet Linganore, the Spires Division champ, in the CMC conference championship game on Tuesday at Hood College. Williamsport was the runaway Washington County public school champ at 21-1 overall and 10-0 vs county teams.
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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