BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 9-30-09

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Kelsey Gearhart goes up for a hit.

Field hockey extended its win streak, soccer saw its first conference setback, golf got back on the turf and volleyball kept sailing and cross country got some district qualifiers during action last week.

VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Devil volleyball team (5-0, 5-0 MPC-Capital) sailed through its Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division schedule last week, defeating West Perry (26-16, 25-16, 25-15) and Steel-High (25-5, 25-8, 25-10) in straight games.

Against West Perry, Kelsey Gearhart, Samantha Rudy and Rachel Kline each had four kills. Erin Garns put up 14 assists and Nakita Gearhart had 21 points. Kelsey Gearhart added three aces and 11 digs.

In the Steel-High match, Emily Lutz and Kline had five kills each. Garns collected 15 assists. Jenny Fisher had 23 service points with seven aces.

The junior varsity Devils also posted straight games match wins against West Perry (25-10, 25-21) and Steel-High (25-2, 25-8). The team then traveled to the Gettysburg Tournament, going 6-2 in pool play before being stopped 25-18 in the quarterfinals by James Buchanan. G-A swept Boiling Springs (25-16, 25-9) and Milton Hershey (25-22, 25-22) and split with Gettysburg (17, 25, 25-23) and New Oxford (26-24, 22-25). Statistical leaders on the day were: Caitlyn Hoover, 14 kills; Jenna Crunkleton, 36 service points, 31 assists, nine aces; Ema Bobbitt 29 digs.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Greencastle-Antrim field hockey team (5-5, 3-2 MPC-Capital) streaked to three straight wins and evened its record. The run also included breaking a seven-game losing streak for the program to Shippensburg. G-A bounded the Hounds 4-2 on two goals from Sarah Jansen and one each from Paige Klouser and Sarah Gipe. Heather Sanders had two assists. Halleigh Benner and Gipe each had one. The Devils led in shots on goal, 16-9, while Ship had the edge in corners, 8-4. Kessley Carlson and Tamara Hade each had four saves.

Paige Klouser scored both goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lift G-A over Forbes Road, 2-1. Gipe and Jansen had assists. G-A led in shots, 8-4, and corners, 6-4. Carlson recorded two saves.

On the road at Waynesboro the Devils blanked Waynesboro 2-0 behind goals from Gipe and Sanders. Jansen had an assist. The Devils dominated the goal with 16 shots to three and 10 corners to two. Carlson added three saves in the shutout.

The junior varsity Blue Devils also won all three games: 4-2 over Ship, 2-0 over Forbes Road and 3-0 over Waynesboro. In the Ship game, Dustina Miller scored twice. Kortney Gipe and Brooke Strait also hit the cage. Strait and Ashton Rockwell each had assists. Against Forbes Road, Gipe and Brooke Daley scored. And in the Waynesboro contest, Strait, Rockwell and Gipe each recorded scores. Lauren Durniak had an assist.

SOCCER

 G-A soccer (5-6, 5-1 MPC-Capital) suffered its first conference setback during a trip to Camp Hill, falling 1-0, despite having an edge in shots, 11-10. Seth Sprague had five saves.

The week was kinder earlier as the Blue Devil blanked Boiling Springs 2-0 on goals from Jake Dempsey and Aaron Hovey. Nick Cordell had an assist. G-A led in shots, 16-7 and in corner kicks, 4-2. Sprague made six saves.

Against Milton Hershey the Devils held off the Spartans 3-2. Scoring goals were Jesse Herman and two from Kevin Piper. Assists came from Ridge Bingaman and Hovey. G-A had a 13-4 lead in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks.

In junior varsity action, the Devils made it three straight wins, nipped Boiling 1-0, staging a comeback over Milton Hershey 6-2 and defeating Camp Hill, 2-1. In the six-goal game, Zach Faulkner and Noah Graham had two goals each. Chad Sullivan and Paul Herman each also scored. Assists came from David Spinder and Blaine Koons.

GOLF

The Blue Devil golf team put in two runner-up performances last week in a pair of Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division golf matches, both at Armitage. G-A (30-6) was second to Trinity’s 394 on Monday with a 410 and on Wednesday carded a 404 to Trinity’s 386.

On Monday Dylan Emmett led the way with a 78 and sixth place. Nathan Pool with eighth with an 80. Ben Powers tied for ninth with an 81. Other hitters for G-A were Corey Main (85), Andrew Zeger (86), Jared Grove (87) and Daniel Bitner (89).

Main carded a 77 on Wednesday, just five over par to lead the way with a fifth place finish. Also scoring for the Devils were Emmett (81), Zeger (81), Grove (82) and Pool (83).

CROSS COUNTRY

The Greencastle-Antrim cross country team did its running in the Carlisle Invitational last week. Charmayne McFadden was 35th in the girls Champions race with a time of 20:40.31. Leading the way for the boys was Brandon Thrush with an 18:11.64. Also competing for the Blue Devils were Kari Mellott, Daulton Monn, Michael Hohl, Justin Merideth and Steven Spinder.

JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL

The Greencastle-Antrim junior varsity football squad traveled to Shippensburg and came away with a 34-22 victory.

Shippensburg had put 16 points on the board as the Blue Devil offense struggled to find its rhythm. G-A's defense set up their first score when Nicholas Potter recovered a fumble from a Ship player who was on his way to the end zone. With 1:13 left in the first half of play, Aaron Bumbaugh's half-back option pass was intercepted by the Greyhounds about seven yards from Greencastle's end zone. Justin Root stripped the Shippensburg player of the ball and it was picked up by Zachary Keller and returned for the Blue Devils first points of the game. Bumbaugh converted the two-point conversion to send Greencastle into half-time with a 16-8 deficit.

G-A's next trip to the end zone came at 2:49 in the third quarter when Denver Cordell ran in from eight yards out. Bumbaugh converted the two-point attempt to tie the contest. As the third quarter was winding down Joshua Horenstein was putting pressure on Ship's quarterback and they were forced to punt. The Blue Devil offense took control of the game in the fourth quarter. Denver Cordell made his second trip to the end zone from two yards out at the 9:01 mark. The ensuing kickoff was the on-side variety and was recovered by Greencastle's Bumbaugh. The scoring drive ended at 7:28 in the fourth when quarterback Grant Murray hit Denver Cordell with a 40-yard pass for the score. Greencastle's final points of the game came when Murray hooked up with Denton Cordell for a 17 yard touchdown pass with 1:58 left to play.

The Blue Devils finished the game with 338 yards offense behind the starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Seth Izer, Zachary Mowen, Tyler Mills and Horenstein. Bumbaugh finished the night with 113 rushing yards followed by Denver Cordell with 85 and Denton Cordell with 68. Murray completed three passes for 70 yards. Denver Cordell had 40 yards receiving and Denton Cordell had 30.

Potter led the Blue Devil defense with seven tackles. Cameron Christman had five followed by Denver Cordell and Ian Spencer with four. Joshua Pluta and Joseph Dominick had three tackles apiece while Denton Cordell, Bumbaugh, Ronald Sease, Mowen and Keller added two each. Frank Juarez and Dyshean Workman broke up Shippensburg passes.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

Greencastle-Antrim cruised to a 33-0 lead against James Buchanan and throttled the Rockets 54-20 last week. Eight different Blue Devils rushed the ball for 161 yards and scored five touchdowns. Josh Young scored twice on the ground. Austin Scott, Kareem Aiken and Hunter Szaflarski each added TDs. Daniel Stepler and Corey Staley each caught touchdown passes.

Defensively with nine tackles, Matt Montedoro led the way. He also recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Devin Statler had a pick and Walker Kinsey recovered a fumble. Staley, Matt Myers and Josh Hohl each made four tackles.

CROSS COUNTRY

G-A’s girls’ team collected its first win as a program with a 20-35 decision over Mechanicsburg. Nikki Garns (13:09) and Lauren Powers (13:56) scored the first two places in the race. Tabitha Rudy (14:44) and Caitlyn Hetrick (16:06) were a solid fourth and fifth. Sammy King and Andrea Crider also ran for the Devils.

The boys’ team dropped a 17-38 final. Leading the way for G-A was Alex Jackson with a fifth-place finish in 15:08. Hunter Heuer was right behind with a 15:09 for sixth place. Alex Angliss, Ben Hockman, Trent Willson, Taylor Liddiard and Braden Boward also did well for the Devils.

At the Sept. 19 Big Spring Invitational, Garns and Jackson each led their respective teams.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Greencastle-Antrim middle school varsity team went 1-1 last week, beating Waynesboro 3-0 and dropping a 2-1 decision to Faust. Kara Timmons, Jane Eberhardt and Moriah Woods each scored against Waynesboro. Against Faust, G-A scored the first goal against the Tigers this season. It came off the stick of Kaitlyn Burkett. Goalie Abbie Siner had seven saves.

The junior varsity team dropped games to Faust (2-0) and Waynesboro (1-0).

Senior Blue Devil Nick Cordell works the ball.