Commentary

MVAL By The Numbers

Updated: August 7, 2009, 9:47 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE

CENTURY

Nickname: Knights

Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 2A state semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2008, Class 2A state semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 1 (2-1)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 19, Final Poll, 2008
Highest State Poll Ranking: 15, Week 8, 2008
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 5
Coach: Jim Holzman, first season

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Nickname: Eagles
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2006, Class 2A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1976, Class B state semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 5 (1-5)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 20, Week 5, 2002
Highest State Poll Ranking: 20, Weeks 8-9, 2000; Weeks 4-5, 2002
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 6
Coach: Bill Hyson, two seasons (4-16)

LIBERTY

Nickname: Lions
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 2A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2007 (2A), 2008 (2A), region semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 2 (0-2)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 18, Preseason, 1996
Highest State Poll Ranking: 17, Week 4, 1995
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 3
Coach: Jeff Kent, three seasons (14-18)

MANCHESTER VALLEY

Nickname: Mavericks
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: None
Highest Playoff Finish: None
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 0 (0-0)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Tony Shermeyer, first season; four seasons overall (22-21)

NORTH CARROLL

Nickname: Panthers
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2007, Class 4A North region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1978, Class C state semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 2 (0-2)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 23, Week 10, 2007
Highest State Poll Ranking: 22, Weeks 7-8, 2007
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 4
Coach: Jeff Oeming, three seasons back at North Carroll (14-17)

SOUTH CARROLL

Nickname: Cavaliers
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2007, Class 1A state semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2005, Class 2A state runner-up
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 6 (7-6)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 22, Final Poll, 2003
Highest State Poll Ranking: 17, Week 4, 1998
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 5
Coach: Steve Luette, first season

WESTMINSTER

Nickname: Owls
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 4A North region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1976 (A), 2005 (3A), state runner-up
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 4 (4-4)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 21, Week 6, 2008
Highest State Poll Ranking: 7, Final Poll, 2005
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 11
Coach: Brad Wilson, five seasons (28-27)

WINTERS MILL

Nickname: Falcons
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2006, Class 2A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2005 (2A), 2006 (2A), region semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 2 (0-2)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Speedy Johnson, six seasons at Winters Mill (24-38)

PIEDMONT - BLACK CONFERENCE

FREDERICK

Nickname: Cadets
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2004, Class 3A West region runner-up
Highest Playoff Finish: 1985, Class A state runner-up
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 4 (3-4)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 21, Final Poll, 2007
Highest State Poll Ranking: 13, Week 10, 2004
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 17
Coach: Vince Ahearn, 13 seasons at Frederick (55-76); 15 seasons overall (64-87)

LINGANORE

Nickname: Lancers
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 4A state runner-up
Highest Playoff Finish: 1989 (3A), 1991 (3A), 1995 (2A), 2003 (3A), state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 13 (22-9)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 6, Final Poll, 2008
Highest State Poll Ranking: 1, Week 10, 1992
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 118
Coach: Rick Conner, seven seasons (68-18); 10 seasons overall (77-38)

THOMAS JOHNSON

Nickname: Patriots
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 4A North region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1982, Class A state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 9 (8-8)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 15, Week 1, 2008
Highest State Poll Ranking: 1, Week 10, 1993
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 59
Coach: Ben Wright, 23 seasons at TJ (143-100); 29 seasons overall (181-136)

TUSCARORA

Nickname: Titans
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 3A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2008, Class 3A West region semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 1 (0-1)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Dean Swink, first season at Tuscarora, six seasons overall(38-21)

URBANA

Nickname: Hawks
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 3A West region runner-up
Highest Playoff Finish: 1998 (2A), 1999 (2A), 2000 (2A), 2001 (3A), state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 4 (4-4)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 25, Final Poll, 2008
Highest State Poll Ranking: 1, Final Poll, 2000
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 104
Coach: Joe Connor, first season

PIEDMONT - BLUE CONFERENCE

BRUNSWICK

Nickname: Railroaders
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2005, Class 1A state semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1999, Class 1A state runner-up
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 7 (4-7)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Patt Foster, one season (3-7)

CATOCTIN

Nickname: Cougars
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 1A state semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1982 (C), 1986 (C), 2008 (1A), state semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 7 (5-7)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Doug Williams, 18 seasons (86-103)

MIDDLETOWN

Nickname: Knights
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 2A West region runner-up
Highest Playoff Finish: 1981 (C), 1991 (2A), 2002 (2A), state runner-up
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 16 (14-16)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 24, Final Poll, 2006
Highest State Poll Ranking: 7, Weeks 4-10, 1998
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 60
Coach: Kevin Lynott, one season at Middletown (8-4); six seasons overall (33-42)

WALKERSVILLE

Nickname: Lions
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2004, Class 2A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1987, Class B state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 8 (8-7)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 10, Week 10, 1996
Highest State Poll Ranking: 10, Weeks 9-10, 1996
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 11
Coach: Ryan Hines, four seasons (11-29)

ANTIETAM CONFERENCE

BOONSBORO

Nickname: Warriors
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 1A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1993, Class 1A state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 7 (6-6)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 19, Final Poll, 1993
Highest State Poll Ranking: 19, Final Poll, 1993
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 1
Coach: Clayton Anders, 24 seasons (144-108)

NORTH HAGERSTOWN

Nickname: Hubs
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2006, Class 2A West region runner-up
Highest Playoff Finish: 1990, Class 3A state quarterfinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 4 (2-4)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 22, Week 10, 2003
Highest State Poll Ranking: 22, Weeks 9-10, 2003
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 3
Coach: Dan Cunningham, eight seasons (46-39)

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN

Nickname: Rebels
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2002, Class 1A state semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 2002, Class 1A state semifinalist
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 1 (1-1)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Greg Kellick, 21 seasons (82-130)

SMITHSBURG

Nickname: Leopards
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2008, Class 1A West region semifinalist
Highest Playoff Finish: 1976 (C), 1979 (C), 1984 (C), 1988 (1A), 1994 (1A), state champion
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 20 (22-15)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: 17, Final Poll, 1994
Highest State Poll Ranking: 17, Final Poll, 1994
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: 1
Coach: Buddy Orndorff, 11 seasons (58-62)

WILLIAMSPORT

Nickname: Wildcats
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: None
Highest Playoff Finish: None
Number of Playoff Appearances (record): 0 (0-0)
Most Recent State Poll Ranking: None
Highest State Poll Ranking: None
Weeks Ranked in State Poll: None
Coach: Randy Longnecker, first season