High School basketball: Maryland School wins Christmas Tournament

The Maryland School for the Deaf is the 2021 champion in Fannett-Metal High School’s 48th Annual Christmas Tournament.

The Orioles handily defeated McConnellsburg High School boys’ basketball team, handing the Spartans their first loss of the season. The 75-54 decision gave the Maryland boys a 7-1 win-loss record for the season, The Spartans are now 5-1 for the season with a 4-0 league record.

Wednesday’s tournament consolation game pitted the Fannett-Metal boys against Shalom Christian Academy. The game was hard-fought and close, with Shalom’s Flames taking a 51-50 win to become the tournament’s runner-up.

Shalom survived a fourth quarter rally in the consolation game against host Fannett Metal. Shalom took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter but were outscored 13-3 in the final period. A final shot from Fannett Metal was a little long as time expired.

Fannett-Metal now has a season record of three wins and three losses. Their next game is a home match-u against Everett in the F-M gymnasium Jan. 4. They face McConnellsburg in a home game Jan. 7.

Shalom now has a season record of five wins and three losses. The Flaqmes travel to Heritage Academy for an away game Jan. 4.

The following players earned honors as the tournament’s Most Valuable Players:

Colors were posted by Walter Hoffmann, Eric Goshorn, and Doug Foreback. Tina Neil sang the National anthem to open the championship playoffs.

READ: High School sports: Fannett-Metal annual Christmas tourney

[Featured image by Tina Neil features the five top tournament players, From left to right are Wyatt Appleby, Kole Truax, Rocco Bauer, Kyle Romig, Connor Roseman and Caleb Roseman.]