BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 3-3-2010

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Dylan Schaeffer finished his G-A wrestling career with a second trip to districts.

WRESTLING

Two Greencastle-Antrim wrestlers put their best feet forward before the season ended Friday at the District 3-AAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey.

Seniors Dylan Schaeffer and Todd DeWalt advanced out of sectionals into the district tourney held in Hersheypark Arena. Schaeffer started very well by winning his first round match Friday before two losses in the double-elimination event. DeWalt was oh so close both bouts but came out on the short end of both.

Schaeffer was an 8-1 winner over Dan Schreffler of Cedar Cliff to start the tournament on a high note. He then ran into the eventual runner-up at 160 pounds in Spring Grove’s Logen Wisner (39-5), who secured a pin. Schaeffer then had to work his way back in the consolation bracket, but the going was tough against Josh Burg of Dallastown in a 12-3 decision.

DeWalt lost heartbreakers of 2-1 and 2-0. The opener was against Ashton Corbin of Harrisburg. Jerome Beers of South Western ended DeWalt’s appearance in the 2-0 decision.

Schaeffer ends his Blue Devil career as a two-time district qualifier with a 23-8 record as a senior. DeWalt was 22-8 this season.

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devil boys’ basketball team was muscled out of the District 3-AAA Tournament by Lancaster Catholic in the opening round of play. The Crusaders dominated for a 23-6 first quarter and sailed to a 68-50 final to oust G-A for the tournament.

It wasn’t so obvious early on that Lancaster Catholic was going to pull away as the game started off at 9-6, but a 14-0 run set the tone that the Devils were not able to shake to the final buzzer.

The halftime break did give G-A, which came in as the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division champs, a push. The Devils opened the second half with an 11-1 run spurred by senior Nathan Pool that nearly cut the deficit to single digits. It was the Crusaders that finished off strong however with a 19-14 fourth to advance in the event.

Pool led the Devils with 15 points, while Eric Schanzenbacher and Eric Baymon each put in 10. Schanzenbacher added seven rebounds and two assists. Baymon led in assists with five. Jerrick Gembe contributed six points and two assists.

G-A closed its season with a 12-10 record.

Christian Hoover worked his way through traffic during a regular season game. (Bob Stoler Photos)