Blue Devil Dispatch

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Samantha Rudy sets the ball for Kelsey Gearhart. (Bob Stoler Photos)


The Blue Devil soccer team (2-2, 2-0 MPC-Capital) got off to a strong start in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division with wins over Trinity and James Buchanan.

G-A clipped perennial power Trinity 2-1 behind 18 saves from Seth Sprague in goal. Down 1-0 at the half, Kevin Piper and Taylor Kirkpatrick each scored unassisted in the second half within a five minute span to fuel the win. The Devils trailed in shots, 27-6, but made their shots count. Trinity also led in corners, 8-2.

Against James Buchanan, Kevin Piper and Nick Cordell worked out two first-half scores for the Devils. Cordell provided the assist twice and Piper threaded the twine for a 2-0 Devil lead at the half. Cordell picked up his third assist of the night in the second half and Dylan Stouffer scored. The Devils led in shots, 12-5, and in corners, 3-0. Sprague had five saves.

The Blue Devils took to the turf in Shippensburg Tournament action on Saturday and were turned away twice, 4-1 by the host Greyhounds and 3-0 by Red Lion. After a scoreless first half, Ship got up early in the second half, but Cordell answered 15 seconds later with a goal. But Ship took control from there, scoring three unanswered points. Ship led in shots, 28-10 and in corners, 3-0. Sprague chalked up 10 saves.

Against Red Lion, G-A couldn’t find the back of the net and trailed in shots, 19-8, and corners, 8-1. Sprague had 16 saves.

In junior varsity action, G-A shut out JB 2-0 on goals from Chad Sullivan and Cody Young, but dropped a 1-0 decision to Trinity. Zach Falkner has an assist in the JB game and Josh Spoonhour recorded eight saves.


The G-A volleyball team (3-2, 2-0 MPC-Capital) also rolled in its Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division matches to start the season, blanking both Boiling Springs (25-16, 25-10, 25-13) and Harrisburg (25-3, 25-7, 25-4) 3-0.

Against the Bubblers Kelsey Gearhart had eight kills and five digs, while Nakita Gearhart pounded seven kills and Emily Lutz added five kills. Erin Garns put up 19 assists and had four digs. Katy Bobbitt had nine digs.

In the Harrisburg match, Samantha Rudy led with seven aces. Gearhart and Rachel Kline each delivered six kills.

The Blue Devil took their game on the road to McConnellsburg for tournament action and came up just short in the championship final. After winning its pool by going 7-1, including a defeat of Broadfording 2-0 (25-19, 25-15), the Devils advanced to the final with a rematch with Broadfording. This time Broadfording prevailed 2-1 (25-22, 20-25, 15-11).

In pool play, G-A also blanked Milton Hershey 2-0 (25-12, 25-11), split with Shippensburg 1-1 (19-25, 25-15) and shut out Fannett Metal 2-0 (25-13, 25-19).

Leading statistically for the tournament were: kills — Nakita Gearhart 21, Kelsey Gearhart 31, Rudy 19, Lauren Verhoef 16, Kline 16; assists — Garns 99; digs — Bobbitt 36, K. Gearhart 22, Garns 15, Rudy 13, Chelsea Stander 13; points — Garns 64, Bobbitt 49, K. Gearhart 35; aces — Garns 12, Bobbitt 9, K. Gearhart 7.

In junior varsity matches, G-A defeated both Boiling Springs (25-19) and Harrisburg (25-3, 25-13) 2-0. Against Boiling, Natalie Stein had seven aces. Dani Morgan had two kills and a dig. In the Harrisburg match, Morgynn McKenzie and Stein each had a pair of kills. Jenna Crunkleton had five assists.


The G-A golfers had just about every result you could imagine in a week, even a surprise ruling that gave the program its first win ever. The Devils finished second at Mayapple in Carlisle and third at Range End in Northern in Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division skirmishes, but got a win as well. According to G-A athletic director Vicki Ritchey, a scoring discrepancy was discovered following the divisional Aug. 25 match at Greencastle Greens resulting in G-A being awarded first place. Ritchey said a Trinity player was disqualified and his score negated. That put the Devils, who had originally finished two strokes behind Trinity, in first. It is the first ever first place finish in a conference contest for G-A in the history of the golf program, according to Ritchey.

Back on the course at Mayapple, G-A carded a 403, 17 strokes behind Trinity (386). Leading the way was Ben Powers (77, tie for fourth), followed by Nathan Pool (80, ninth), Dylan Emmett (81, tie 10th), Corey Main (82), Andrew Zeger (83), Jared Grove (86) and Daniel Bitner (91).

At Range End, Northern (415) snuck in by two strokes ahead of G-A (417) to take second behind Trinity (389). For G-A Emmett led with a 77. He was followed by Pool (81), Main (84), Bitner (86), Zeger (89) and Grove (89).


The Greencastle-Antrim field hockey team had two tough road trips last week, falling 5-3 to Camp Hill and 3-0 to West Perry.

G-A stayed close against Camp Hill, trailing 3-2 at the half on the strength of goals from Danae Timmons and Sarah Jansen (Sarah Gipe assist), however the Lions pulled away with two second half goals. Gipe scored on a Halleigh Benner assist with just over a minute remaining to nurse the score. Camp Hill led in shots on goal, 15-10, and in corners, 8-5. Kessley Carlson had five saves for the Devils.

“We played together today, moving to the ball more consistently,” said G-A head coach Jenniffer Everetts. “We passed the ball well. Some really good things happened for us on the field today; unfortunately we did not follow through in our defensive circle on several occasions.”

At West Perry Carlson racked up 13 saves as the Mustangs led in shots, 17-5, and corners, 7-5.

Everetts said, “West Perry moved to the ball well. They played aggressive defense, consistently double teaming and pressuring the ball. We were not able to compensate for their aggression. Once we got the ball into our offensive circle, we shot the ball well. Their goalie made some nice saves.”

In junior varsity action, Dustina Miller scored a hat trick in leading the Devils to a 3-1 win. Brooke Strait and Ashton Rockwell each had assists. G-A dropped its date at West Perry, 1-0.


Cross country

The middle school cross country squad got its start to the season off at Big Spring. The boys’ team came up short in a 19-37 final and the girls’ team fell short a runner in a 15-55 forfeit.

Still in the girls’ race G-A had a one-two punch as Nikki Garns won the race in 15:55 and Lauren Powers was second with a 16:37. Tabby Rudy was seventh (18:48) and Andrea Crider was 14th (23:58).

In the boys’ race, Hunter Heuer led the G-A squad with a third place finish in 16:51. Alex Jackson was sixth (17:45), while the rest of the points came from Alex Angliss (eighth, 20:42), Nick Marconi (ninth, 21:29), Ben Hockman (11th, 22:46), Trent Willson (22:59), Taylor Liddiard (25:17) and Braden Boward (26:42).


On the gridiron the middle school squad defeated Waynesboro 22-14 in Indian Stadium to open the season. Offensively the Devils tallied 216 yards on the ground, led by Josh Young with 99. Quarterback Austin Scott had two touchdowns and threw to Daniel Stepler for a third on a 3-for-7 day for 88 yards. The defense was led by Adam Moor with 10 tackles. Stephen Ernharth added eight and Jeffrey Seilhamer had six. Holden Baker had an interception.

Jerrick Gembe boots the ball from a James Buchanan player.