BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 11-4-09

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Seniors Breton Carlson (2) and Jessie Higman (11) guard the goal for the Blue Devils.

Greencastle-Antrim field hockey and soccer teams made a solid last stand of the fall season.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Blue Devil field hockey team gave unbeaten and second-seeded Bermudian Springs all it could handle in the first round of the District 3-AA Championships. Just one goal midway through the first half made the difference in a 1-0 Bermudian win.

“We played a good game,” said G-A head coach Jen Everetts. “Despite the odds against us: our first game on turf, poor weather conditions and playing against an undefeated team; we had confidence that we could win the game.”

The statistics showed that determination as Bermudian held just an 11-9 advantage in shots on goals and G-A led in penalty corners, 7-5.

Everetts said, “We played with confidence and created opportunities to score. We had several near misses on goal while dominating the second half. We are proud of our season and the efforts made to improve our team. We look forward to next year and building on the progress made this season.”

Kessley Carlson made nine saves for the Devils.

The Devils ended the season with an 11-7-2 record.

SOCCER

G-A’s soccer team saw both sides of the district coin last week before its season came to an end. The Blue Devils forged into the District 3-AA Championships against Juniata and came out with a 2-1 victory. G-A had to travel to Juniata for the game and scored first to set the tone.

Eight minutes into the game Nick Cordell placed a ball for Corey Meyers, who booted it into the cage. G-A stayed on a roll.  Kevin Piper delivered six minutes later with a shot from 20 yards out.

Juniata only erased the goose egg with a penalty kick goal late in the game. G-A led in shots, 7-3, and in corner kicks, 2-1. Seth Sprague made two saves.

The victory earned G-A, the 18th seed, a date with second-seeded Fleetwood. Despite a statistical disadvantage the Devils were in the game from start to finish with the Tigers pulling out a 2-1 win.

The Devils took the lead first as the Fleetwood keeper misplayed a ball and Corey Meyers collected it. Meyers delivered it to Cordell at the corner of the box and Cordell banged it into the net.

Fleetwood tied the game midway through the first, but G-A hung tough despite trailing in shots, 13-2, and in corners, 13-1. The Tigers managed a late goal to make the difference. Sprague delivered 11 saves.

G-A ended its season with a 10-8-2 record).

CROSS COUNTRY

Tough conditions greeted runners for the District 3 Cross Country Championships at the Hershey Parkview Course last week. It certainly wasn’t the best day for the Blue Devil runners, but eight gave it their best shot.

In the girls’ race Charmayne McFadden was 61st with a time of 21:51, just 28 seconds off the pace to advance to states. Mary Ward crossed the tape at 66th in 22:01. Kari Mellott was also in the mix with a time of 23:27.

G-A’s top finisher in the boys’ race was Joe Pasquarello in 185th and a time of 19:39. Also competing for the Devils for the 44th team finish were: Brandon Thrush, 19:50; Daulton Monn, 20:06; Mike Hohl, 20:55; Justin Merideth, 21:53.

VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Devil volleyball team made winning the Mid-Penn Conference Class AA crown and therefore the top conference seed into districts look easy last week in Gettysburg. G-A dispatched both Shippensburg (25-10, 25-20, 25-20) and Trinity (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) for the title and top spot.

Statistical leaders against Shippensburg were as follows: kills — Nakita Gearhart (9), Kelsey Gearhart (8), Sami Rudy (7); assists — Erin Garns (27); digs — Katy Bobbitt (15), Rudy (11), Gearhart (11); aces — Rudy (3), K. Gearhart (2).

Statistical leaders against Trinity were as follows: kills — K. Gearhart (11), Rudy (8), N. Gearhart (5); assists — Garns (28); digs — Bobbitt (13), K. Gearhart (10); aces — Bobbitt (4), K. Gearhart (2).

G-A will begin the District 3-AA Championships in pool play with Susquehannock, Fleetwood and York Suburban.

JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL

The Greencastle-Antrim junior varsity football squad pulled out a 36-34 win over the Northern Polar Bears.

Scoring for both teams was fast and plentiful in the first quarter. Denver Cordell scored twice for the Blue Devils with runs of 67 and 90 yards. Aaron Bumbaugh converted both two-point conversions. The defense for both squads stiffened in the second quarter and the teams went into the half with Northern up 20-16.

G-A’s first score of the third quarter was the result of a pass from Grant Murray to Jordan Koons that went for 76 yards.  With 15 seconds left to play in the third, Denton Cordell broke loose for a 67 yard TD run. The Blue Devil final TD of the came with 7:34 left to play. Denton Cordell returned a kickoff 81 yards for the score. Denver Cordell punched in the 2 point attempt. The Polar Bears were not going to go quietly. They were in a fourth and goal situation with just under 3 minutes to play. Koons intercepted their final pass attempt.

The Devils finished the day with 480 yards of offense behind the starting line of Nate Hykes, Seth Izer, Joshua Horenstein, Tyler Mills and Zachary Mowen. Denver Cordell had 199 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving. Bumbaugh had 41 yards receiving and threw a pass for 35 yards. Koons had 111 receiving yards. Denton Cordell ran for 80 yards, had 42 yards receiving and returned kicks for a total of 129 yards. Murray had 130 yards passing and Root had 29.

The Blue Devil defenders were led by Joseph Dominick with 10 tackles followed by Mowen with nine. Ian Spencer had eight tackles and Joshua Pluta and Horenstein had five apiece.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FIELD HOCKEY

The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School field hockey teams wrapped up the 2009 season last week, playing at home against Gettysburg. The varsity played to a 2-2 stalemate. G-A goals came from the sticks of Bret Morgan and Moriah Woods. The Blue Devils led in corners, 8-3, while each team had three shots on goal. Abbie Siner made two saves.

The junior varsity team collected a 2-1 victory with both goals by Zoe Huston. Assists were recorded by Desirae Shaffer and Kitana Reese. Gettysburg held a slight edge in corners, 3-2. Megan Witmer had three saves in goal for the Devils.

FOOTBALL

The Blue Devils broke open a 8-8 halftime score against Shippensburg to take a 20-8 victory last week. G-A scored on its opening drive and after the break the defense held the Greyhounds scoreless and provided the Devils with opportunities for more points. An Adam Moore interception set up a score. Austin Scott ran for a score and threw to Matt Meyers for another.

G-A had a balanced offensive attack with 100 yards rushing and 127 passing. Daniel Stepler had 108 yards receiving. Moore led the defense with 10 tackles. Cam Chilcote added seven. Jeff Seilhamer and Kareen Aiken recorded sacks and Gabe Fridgen forced a fumble.

Blue Devil setter Erin Garns puts up the ball.