BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil athletic teams hit some bumps along the way in early-season going last week, but saw some high points as well.

VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Devil volleyball team (3-0, 3-0 MPC-Capital) had the least resistance. G-A did drop a game in its Trinity match but also prevailed with a 3-1 tally in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division skirmish. The Devils were on a roll, taking the first two games 25-11 and 25-20 before the Shamrocks regrouped for a 25-22 game-three victory. Still the Devils collected the match with a 25-18 score in the fourth game.

The Gearhart sisters terrorized the net as Kelsey collected 18 kills in the match and Nakita had 11. Erin Garns had 37 assists. Katy Bobbitt collected 15 digs and Chelsea Stander had four aces.

In the junior varsity match, the Devils won 2-0, 25-21 and 25-20.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Greencastle-Antrim field hockey team (2-5, 1-2 MPC-Capital) started on a big high with a 3-1 Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division win over Susquenita despite trailing shots on goal, 12-6, and corners, 11-8. Jessie Higman started the scoring as the team put together a penalty corner that Higman knocked home. Sarah Gipe had the assist. Susquenita tied the score just before the half, but Gipe scored on a Heather Sanders assist just 17 seconds later to keep the Devils in control at the half. Insurance came in the second half as Sarah Jansen scored off a Sanders assist.

“We moved the ball well,” said G-A head coach Jen Everetts. “We have been working on short, quick passes, and the girls were able to implement those passes into their game today.”

Kessley Carlson and Tamara Hade each had five saves for the Devils.

In an intense non-conference battle Biglerville managed the lone goal in the game to post the win. The Canners had the edge in shots, 8-7, and in corners, 6-2.

Everetts said, “We moved the ball well. This was a well-played game by both teams.”

G-A’s road trip to East Pennsboro resulted in a 3-1 loss. Everetts said, “East Penn is a very aggressive team. We had little room to make mistakes.” Sanders scored on an assist from Gipe. EP led in shots, 7-4, while G-A had the edge in corners, 10-9.

In junior varsity action for the week, Brooke Daley scored twice, Dustina Miller had a goal and an assist and Brooke Strait scored in a 4-2 G-A victory over Susquenita. The Devils chalked up another win, this time a 3-0 shutout of Biglerville. Ashton Rockwell scored twice and had an assist on the third goal. Strait also scored and Miller had an assist. The third win of the week came at East Penn.  Miller scored twice and Strait once in a 3-1 victory. Shyanne Smith had an assist.

SOCCER

 G-A soccer (3-5, 3-0 MPC-Capital) saw highs and lows during the week. Non-divisional Chambersburg came to town and posted an 8-0 shutout of the Devils. G-A regrouped to score a 3-1 win over divisional Harrisburg before going into a competitive tournament.

Chambersburg scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back. The Trojans led in shots, 16-7, and in corners, 4-3. Sam Sprague had nine saves.

Against Harrisburg in a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division match, G-A took the early lead on a goal from Jake Dempsey off a Kevin Piper feed, but the Cougars tied it 10 minutes later. The Devils got the upper hand before the half as Alex Yoder scored off a Corey Meyers assist. Noah Graham scored in the final minute for the 3-1 final. G-A led in shots, 17-8, and in corners, 6-1.

To wrap up the week the Devils traveled to the Central Dauphin East Tournament, dropping games to Red Lion (3-1) and South Western (4-2). Piper scored in the Red Lion game where Red Lion led in shots, 16-6, and corners, 6-0. Sprague made six saves. Goals in the South Western game came from Zach Faulkner and Nick Cordell. Dylan Stouffer and Meyers had assists. Both teams had 15 shots and SW led in corners, 8-4. Sprague added nine saves.

For the junior varsity, Cody Young scored the lone goal in a 7-1 loss to Chambersburg, but the Little Devils broke loose against Harrisburg for a 7-0 win. Meyers and Abhishek Purushotham each scored twice.  Other goals came from Graham, Chad Sullivan and Josh Spoonhour. Meyers, Sullivan and Young each had an assist. The jayvees dropped a 5-0 decision to Red Lion but ended the week with an exciting 1-0 win over South Western at the tournament. The win came on penalty kicks, 2-1.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Greencastle-Antrim harriers hosted their first cross country meet last week, however Mid-Penn Conference Capital foe Shippensburg prevailed in both the boys’ (16-39) and girls’ (21-34) meets. Charmaye McFadden led the Devil girls (0-1, 0-1 MPC-Capital) with a second place finish at 21:18 and just 17 seconds behind the leader. Mary Ward was fifth in 22:07. Both times are district-qualifying standards.

Completing the girls’ scoring for G-A were Rebecca Florentine, Kaitlyn Conner and Candace Johnson.

In the boys’ meet, Ship finished the top four but Brandon Thrush broke into the first five with a fifth in 19:39. G-A had trouble doing much more scoring damage as Daulton Monn was the lone other Devil to slice into Ship’s top 10. Monn was seventh in 20:12. Also competing for the Devils were Michael Hohl, Caleb Lougheed, Justin Meridith and Stephen Spinder.

The Blue Devils traveled to the Big Spring Invitational on Saturday and came away with a 14th in the girls’ event and a 21st in the boys’ event. McFadden was 14th in 21:16.25. Ward, Kari Mellott, Johnson and Connor also competed. For the boys Thrush was the top finisher in 57th in a time of 19:15.56. Hohl, Meridith, Zach Husband and Spinder also competed.

JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL

The Greencastle-Antrim junior varsity football squad blanked host West Perry 34-0.

Denver Cordell was the first Blue Devil to break the plane of the end zone with a 28 yard run at 5:59 in the first quarter. Jordan Koons booted the extra point through the uprights for Greencastle. A pass interference penalty against West Perry on a third down and four yards to go play gave the Blue Devils a fresh set of downs to work with. Greencastle wasted no time in taking advantage as Aaron Bumbaugh ran for 51 yards and a score at the 3:08 mark in the first quarter. With 5:20 left to play in the first half, Bumbaugh hooked up with Nicholas Potter on a halfback option pass that went for 28 yards and a score.

Greencastle didn't see the end zone again until the fourth quarter when Cordell ran it in from four yards out. With 4:28 left in the game, Dylan Piper scored the Blue Devils final points with a three-yard touchdown run.

The starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Seth Izer, Zachary Mowen, Tyler Mills and Joshua Horenstein allowed the Blue Devils to finish the day with 308 yards on the ground and 92 through the air. Cordell ran for 97 yards and two TDs. Bumbaugh ran for 111 yards and a score. Piper finished the day with 37 yards rushing and a score. Koons added 28 yards on the ground followed by Joseph Dominick with 21 and Grant Murray with 14. Quarterback Murray threw three completions for 50 yards and Justin Root had a 14-yard completion. Koons made four PATs for the Blue Devils. Hykes kept a Greencastle drive alive by covering up a fumble.

Seventeen players recorded defensive stats in the shutout. Ian Spencer had 10 tackles for the Blue Devils. Potter, Dominick, Taylor Blattenberger and Zachary Keller had three a piece. Cordell, Joshua Pluta, Joshua Horenstein and Frank Juarez had two tackles each. Pluta and Jordan Ladzinski each recovered a West Perry fumble. Koons, Piper and Ladzinski broke up Mustang pass attempts.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

CROSS COUNTRY

G-A’s Nikki Garns outkicked the competition to win the opening middle school cross country race on the home turf against a deep Faust team. Still the Devils dropped a 24-33 decision. Garns clocked a 13:23 for the win. Lauren Powers was fourth in 13:48 and Tabitha Rudy came in seventh for G-A at 14:58. Caitlyn Hetrick and Andrea Crider completed the team.

The Faust boys were extremely deep and took a 15-55 win. Alex Jackson broke into the top 10, however, with an eighth in 15:01 and Hunter Heuer was 10th in 15:19. Completing the team were Alex Angliss, Ben Hockman, Trent Wilson, Braden Boward and Taylor Liddiard.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Greencastle-Antrim middle school varsity team started the season at 1-1 last week. Shippensburg dropped the Devils 2-0 on the home turf. G-A head coach Tricia Murray said, “It will certainly be a game we learn from. Shippensburg had multiple opportunities to score on penalty corners but our defense and goalie Abbie Siner held them off.” G-A turned the tables on the road, knocking off Gettysburg 2-0 on goals from Kaitlyn Burkett and Kara Timmons.

The junior varsity team fell twice by 2-0 scores.

FOOTBALL

Greencastle-Antrim piled up 412 yards of offense in a 50-26 win over Susquenita on Kaley Field. Daniel Stepler scored five touchdowns on the night with 72 rushing yards on two carries and five catches for 107 yards. The 226-yard ground game was also paced by Adam Moore with 35 yards on five totes and 30 yards each from Kareem Aiken and Devin Statler. Austin Scott, Holden Baker and Matt Montedoro combined for a 13-for-18 night in the passing department. Montedoro and Statler each scored.

Defensively Gabe Fridgen led with five tackles, followed by Scott, Cam Chilcote and Moore with four apiece and with three each were Luke Myers, Walker Kinsey and Alec Waddelow.