BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 10-21-09

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Kyle Crider goes high with a Camp Hill player for a header Saturday.

Unseasonable weather for the most part had little effect on the Greencastle-Antrim athletic teams last week.

CROSS COUNTRY

Greencastle-Antrim’s cross country runners made the best of a nasty weekend outdoors by competing in the Mid-Penn Conference Championships on the Big Spring course in Newville.

Three Blue Devil girls came home with medals as Charmayne McFadden finished 23rd (21:24.33), Mary Ward 29th (21:46.98) and Kara Mellott 34th (21:52.29) in a field of 164 runners. The race was won in 20:18.37.

The G-A boys finished as follows: 83rd Daulton Monn, 19:32.56; 89th Brandon Thrush, 19:37.67; 151st Mike Hohl, 21:21.81; 161st Justin Meridith, 21:51.53.

VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Devil volleyball team (14-0, 10-0 MPC-Capital) had no trouble bypassing three Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division opponents last week, taking just three games against each Shippensburg (25-13, 25-11, 25-15), Trinity (25-14, 25-19, 25-22) and West Perry (25-10, 25-12 and 25-12).

With nine kills, three aces and five digs, Kelsey Gearhart led the Blue Devils. Erin Garns put up 26 assists and Alex Baughman tallied 18 service points.

Leading the way against Trinity were: K. Gearhart, nine kills, 11 digs; Garns, 22 assists, 15 points; Sami Rudy, Katy Bobbitt, 11 digs.

G-A produced its win over West Perry on the home floor with Kelsey Gearhart accumulating eight kills and three aces en route to the win. Garns accumulated 23 assists and two aces. Rudy added four kills and four aces. Jenny Fisher was in the action for 14 digs and Lauren Verhoef added five kills.

In junior varsity action last week, G-A dropped its match with Shippensburg, 2-1 in games of 25-20, 24-26 and 11-15 with statistical leaders as follows: Jenna Crunkleton, Tiffany Briggs, eight assists; Ema Bobbitt, 15 service points, four aces, 12 digs; Dani Morgan, Caitlyn Hoover, Morgynn McKenzie, three kills.

The jayvees rebounded in straight games against the Shamrocks with games of 25-18 and 25-13. Amanda Hammer had five kills, Crunkleton five assists and three aces and Bobbitt 12 points and six digs.

Again the Devils had the broom out for the Mustangs with games of 25-6 and 25-19. Crunkleton had five aces and four assists and Hoover three kills. Bobbitt put down seven aces.

FIELD HOCKEY

It was a winning week for the Greencastle-Antrim field hockey team (9-6-2, 6-3-2 MPC-Capital), sending shutouts to East Pennsboro, 2-0, and to Waynesboro, 1-0.

A consistent effort against the Panthers saw goals in each half, the first from Sarah Jansen and the second from Shyanne Smith. Halleigh Benner and Danae Timmons delivered the assists. G-A head coach Jen Everetts said, “Our team knew the importance of this game. They came mentally prepared to play. Our girls pressured the ball right away and went on the attack from the first whistle.”

G-A dominated on shots on goal, 8-1, and led in corners, 4-3. Kessley Carlson had one save for the Devils.

A less-than-favorable weather night set the stage for the final G-A home game under the lights of Kaley Field with rival Waynesboro in town. The Blue Devils didn’t let anything stop them in a 1-0 victory. Paige Klouser scored at 24:32 in the second half. Everetts said, “I knew the team’s adrenaline would be high. Our goal was to focus our excitement on the game. The team moved the ball well and played well against an aggressive Waynesboro team.”

The Devils must complete the season against Big Spring and await word on whether they have made it into the District 3 tournament.

The junior varsity Blue Devils also made it a two-win week. Dustina Miller scored twice and Brooke Daley a third in a 3-1 victory over East Pennsboro. Miller added the assist on Daley’s goal. Ashton Rockwell scored twice and Daley one in a 3-1 defeat of Waynesboro. Brooke Strait had two assists and Miller one.

SOCCER

Under miserable conditions Saturday, neither Greencastle-Antrim or Camp Hill could find the net in a key Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division match. The Blue Devils (8-6-2, 8-1-2 MPC-Capital) and Lions (11-4-1, 10-0-1 MPC-Capital) each took five shots on goal at a soggy Kaley Field. Camp Hill dominated in corner kicks with six to none for the Devils. Sam Sprague made four saves for the Devils.

JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil junior varsity football squad blanked Red Land 39-0.

All of G-A's scoring came in the first and fourth quarters. Dylan Piper scored the first of his two touchdowns of the game on a one-yard run. Denton Cordell kicked the extra point. Quarterback Grant Murray hooked up with Denton Cordell for a 50-yard completion for a TD. Murray then hit Joseph Dominick for the two-point conversion.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Denton Cordell ran 85 yards from scrimmage for a score. Murray tossed the two-point pitch to Zachary Keller. The Devils’ next trip to the end zone came when Denver Cordell completed a 48-yard TD run. Murray connected with Denton Cordell for the two-point conversion. G-A’s final points of the game come on a 25-yard TD run by Piper. Joshua Pluta punched in the final two points.

The starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Seth Izer, Joshua Horenstein, Tyler Mills and Zachary Mowen let G-A finish the afternoon with 275 yards rushing and 155 yards through the air. Denton Cordell ran for 143 yards followed by Denver Cordell with 100 and Piper with 32. Denton Cordell had 64 yards receiving. Aaron Bumbaugh had 37, while Nicholas Potter had 20. Koons and Denver Cordell had 17 yards each. Quarterback Murray finished the game with 87 yards passing while Justin Root had 68.

Pluta, Ian Spencer, Frank Juarez and Zachary Mowen had four tackles apiece for the Blue Devil defense. Potter, Denton Cordell, Jordan Ladzinski, Izer and Taylor Blattenberger had three each. Koons and Josh Pluta each had an interception. Workman recovered a fumble while Koons, Piper and Keller all batted down Red Land passes.

Blue Devil Emily Lutz hits the ball against Weset Perry. (Bob Stoler Photos)