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Commonwealth Notebook

Date published: 12/19/2006


Still, he scored seven points and provided a lift with his defense in Stafford's 58-50 victory over Mountain View on Friday, just his second game of the 2006-07 season.

"I don't want to be fearful of anything," Smith said. "I'm going to go full steam ahead and play the game. That's part of being a competitor."

Stafford football coach Chad Lewis believes Smith is less likely to be injured playing organized basketball for Spicer than if he were playing in pickup games after school all winter.

"Torrey's been playing basketball a long time. This is really his last opportunity to play team basketball," Lewis added. "There's work that has to be done in the weight room before he goes to Maryland, but Torrey's a very mature young man. He's able to do both."

Wildcats make mark

One year after it placed 19th at the Midwest Classic, Mountain View's wrestling team returned to Columbus, Ohio, last weekend and posted a sixth-place finish.

Eight Wildcats survived five rounds of pool bouts on Friday to earn berths in Saturday's championship bracket. Conor Black led Mountain View by placing second in the 152-pound weight class, while teammate A.J. Fernow was third at 160.

Three Wildcats--Ethan Carmody (125), Eddie Babineau (135) and Jim Leonard (285)-- finished fifth in their respective classes. Three others--Kevin Maenz (112), Shane Black (145) and Nick Perelli (215)--claimed seventh place.

Mountain View returns to the mat Thursday when it hosts Massaponax in a Commonwealth District dual match.

Marines sponsoring event

The United States Marine Corps has signed on as title sponsor of Colonial Forge's Ultimate Challenge wrestling tournament, which will be held Jan. 27, 2007.

The event will be a sneak preview of the Group AAA championships, with defending state champion Great Bridge, Kellam and Cox slated to join host Colonial Forge in the tournament field.

Other schools scheduled to compete are: Hayfield, James River, Gar-Field, Chantilly and

Forest Park, as well as Maryland private-school powerhouse Mount Saint Joseph.

To reach JIM McCONNELL: 540/374-5444
Email: jmcconnell@freelancestar.com

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