Blue Devil Dispatch

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Several Greencastle-Antrim High School athletic squads got the 2009 fall season off to a start over the weekend.

The Blue Devil field hockey team worked its way into the title game of the Gettysburg Tournament with a 2-1 win over Mechanicsburg. East Pennsboro then won the event with a 2-0 shutout of the Devils.

In the Mechanicsburg game Halleigh Benner tied the game on a Sarah Gipe assist midway through the first half. Gipe scored unassisted with just 1:29 left in the game for the win. Kessley Carlson had nine saves. The Devils had eight shots on goal and three corners.

In the East Penn contest, G-A mustered just one shot on goal and had three corners. Carlson added two saves.

“We started the game slowly, but really picked up momentum towards the middle of the first half,” said G-A head coach Jen Everetts. “We passed the ball well and worked together as a team, not giving up against an aggressive Mechanicsburg.

“Much of the East Penn game was played in the middle of the field. We didn’t move to the ball well; and as a result East Penn took advantage of their big hit game plan.”

The junior varsity hockey team won its tourney with a 3-0 blanking of Mechanicsburg and a 9-1 demolition of East Penn.

G-A’s varsity volleyball team completed in the Susquehannock Tournament, going 1-2. The Devils defeated St. Basil 2-1 (25-22, 25-18, 15-25) and dropped matches to Susquehannock 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20) and Manheim Central 2-1 (25-13, 20-25, 25-22).

For the tourney, Kelsey Gearhart led the team with 21 kills, followed by Nakita Gearhart (18), Sammi Rudy (13) and Rachel Kline (eight). Nakita Gearhart had two blocks. In the assists category, Erin Garns had 64. Garns also led the serving with 30. Rudy added 26 and Katy Bobbitt had 19. Kelsey Gearhart had three aces and Rudy a pair. Defensively, Bobbitt had 23 digs, followed by Kelsey Gearhart (15), Garns (eight), Chelsea Stander (seven), Alex Baughman (seven) and Jenny Fisher (seven).

Charmayne McFadden and Brandon Thrush led their respective Greencastle-Antrim cross country teams through the first event of the season, the Enos Yeager Invitational in Chambersburg.

McFadden broke into the top 10 with an eighth-place finish and a time of 16:15. The winning time was 15:49. Mary Ward checked in with a 15th finish (17:05). Kari Mellott was 27th in 18:04. Other G-A competitors in the girls’ race were: Candace Johnson (64th, 21:50), Kaitlyn Conner (73rd, 24:40).

Thrush was 29th in the boys’ race with a 14:39. The winning time was 12:39. Daulton Monn was 47th in 15:42 and Michael Hohl 60th in 16:22. Completing the G-A squad were Stephen Spinder (93rd, 18:22) and Justin Merideth (98th, 19:38).