Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Sharon Juarez slices through two James Buchanan defenders.


The Blue Devil baseball team (7-2, 5-0 MPC-Capital) completed a very solid week of divisional play by handing Trinity its first loss and taking sole possession of first place. G-A warmed up with 14-2 and 20-4 wins over Steel-High and Boiling Springs, respectively. When undefeated Trinity came to town, the Devils were more than ready, executing a 4-0 gem.

Boiling Springs proved no match for the Devils, who scored nine runs in the first and 11 in the second and ended the game by the 15-run mercy rule after just two and a half innings. Denton Ensminger had four RBIs with a homerun and a double. Devin Schaeffer (3-for-3, triple) and Eric Schanzenbacher (homerun) each drove in a trio of runs. Patrick Hudson went 3-for-3. Dylan Schaeffer inked the pitching win.

Dylan Schaeffer nearly took care of the offensive business himself against Steel-High. The senior faced two bases-loaded situations at the plate and certainly lifted his RISP numbers with a grand slam and a bases-clearing double. Schaeffer ended up 3-for-4 with seven RBIs on the career day. Drew Deshong doubled twice and Cody Ezolt had a two-run homer to add to the Devil tally. Cody DeVos was the winning pitcher.

G-A got solid work in all three phases of the game to bypass the Shamrocks on a pleasant day at Charles “Whitey” Barkdoll Field. The work of Cole Sellers from the mound made conditions even better for the Devils, who also played errorless defense and made the most of eight hits. Sellers pitched a complete-game two-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks. G-A accumulated eight hits. Ensminger was 2-for-3 with a double and Jared Grove had a run-scoring triple in the second for the only run the Devils would need behind Sellers. Devin Schaeffer tripled and had a sacrifice.

G-A’s junior varsity squad stayed hot with a 13-1 thrashing of Trinity and improved to 9-0 on the season. GA jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two and cruised to a 13-1 victory. JT Root got the mound win with two innings of work. Denton Cordell and Denver Cordell led the Devils at the plate with two hits apiece with Denver slugging a triple and Denton a double. Cameron Chilcote added a double. 

“Our bats continued to be hot all the way down the line and our pitching and defense continues to be solid,” said G-A coach Todd Nicarry. “The guys continue to work hard and everyone is contributing, which is really nice to see.”


The Blue Devil girls’ soccer team (3-7, 2-6 MPC-Capital) stepped on the competitive field just once last week and made the most of it with a 3-2 divisional victory over rival James Buchanan.

In the first 15 minutes of the game James Buchanan produced a 2-0 advantage. Playing from behind just made the Devils come on stronger and step up the attack on the Rocket goal. The effort netted a pair by Sharon Juarez, one off the foot and another off the head as the Devils used a close indirect kick to their advantage. A defensive battle ensued in the second half. Jenna Lehman found the crack the Devils needed with 13:57 left in the game with what would be the winning goal.

“It was nice to see the girls finish some chances that they had created for themselves through possession and hustle,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole.

G-A goalie Krista Kelly was prime in the cage with 19 saves. Each team had 22 shots on goal and JB led in corners, 3-2.


The Blue Devil track and field teams traveled to rival Waynesboro for a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division meet and came home victorious. Each meet was decided in the final event, the 1600 meter relay. Chris Kinzey, Aaron Bumbaugh, Greg Boyer and Jesse Herman brought it home for the boys’ team with the final relay win and a 76-74 final score in the meet. Clinching an 80-70 final for the girls’ team was the team of Kortney Gipe, Gretchen Westley, Lauren Durniak and Montana Duty.

Added to the relay drama was another school record performance from senior Katrina Wright. Wright lifted the shot put 39-5, eight inches further than her previous best. Wright also won the discus. Gipe was a double individual winner taking the 800 and 1600. Ashton Rockwell made it three wins to hike the G-A total by claiming both hurdle races and the long jump. Nakita Gearhart won the high jump and Rachelle Piper the javelin. Point generators in the second and third spots were Danae Timmons, Durniak, Holland Stoner, Piper, Savannah Fritz, Brooke Kerstetter, Rebecca Florentine, Gearhart and Halleigh Benner.

In addition to the 1600 relay win, the Devils took the 400 relay with the squad of Jacob Statler, Bumbaugh, Trentin Dixon and Alex Yoder. Yoder fueled the team with individual wins in the 100 and 200. Kinzey won the 400, Herman the 800. Boyer won the 300 hurdles. In the field events, Ben Leitzel claimed the discus and Taylor Kirkpatrick the high jump. Dixon also had a field win with the long jump. Second and third points came from Statler, Dixon, Kirkpatrick, Brandon Thrush, Hunter Rawlings, David Spinder, Kevin Castellar, Ryan Hickey and Tyler Coleman.


The Blue Devil softball team (6-2, 4-0 MPC-Capital) locked up some key divisional wins last week, 4-0 over Boiling Springs and 9-2 bypassing Trinity.

 Autumn Appleby controlled the Bubbler bats, fanning 15 and walking just two in a two-hit shutout. Meanwhile Brittany Norling got the Devils on the board with a two-out double in the second inning to make it 2-0. Carly Mowen provided the insurance with a two-run homer in the sixth. Wendy Wolff had two hits, including a double.

G-A generated a little more in the offensive department against Trinity to come home with a 9-2 verdict. A three-run first set the tone and the Devils repeated it in the second after the Shamrocks had answered with a pair in the bottom of the first. The Devils took advantage of four Trinity errors and some passed ball to help themselves to another three in the fourth to solidify the lead. Rachel Kline went the distance in the circle for the Devils with 10 Ks and no walks. She scattered six hits. Wolff was 3-for-5 at the plate. Katy Bobbitt, Kline, Amanda Wink and Diamond Byers each had a pair of hits.

In junior varsity ball last week, G-A scored a 5-4 win over Boiling with all five runs coming in the fifth inning. Key hits in the frame came from Casey German, Cassey Cordell, Whitley Mongan and Paige Klouser. Kelsey Brewbaker struck out 11 in the win.



The middle school volleyball teams earned a split in their matches last week.

The eighth-grade team won 2-0 against James Buchanan with scores of 25-14 and 25-13. Chloe Hoover recorded three kills and Tabitha Rudy had three assists. Ashlynn Schaeffer and Nicole Garns had two kills each and Abbey Pool delivered a pair of assists. In a match with Gettysburg, the eighth-graders dropped straight games of 25-10 and 25-20. Kitana Reese had three digs, with two each added by Poole and Courtney Stump.

In seventh-grade action, G-A pulled out a straight games win over JB with scores of 25-22 and 25-17. Claudia Hissong had three kills and Brittany Engle notched three assists. Against Gettysburg the seventh-graders fell 2-0 with scores of 25-22 and 25-12. Katie Gelsinger was in for a pair of kills and two assists in the match. Brooke Zeger and Abigail Eich each had two assists.


G-AMS kept up a busy pace on the competitive tracks and fields with meets against West Perry and Boiling Springs. The girls won both meets to stay undefeated, while the boys split for the week.

Pacing a 70-30 victory over West Perry by the girls’ team were individual victories in eight events and both relays. Showing solid depth up top eight different athletes had the wins with Hannah Peterson (hurdles), Molly Nowell (100), Annie Powers (1600), Jane Herman (400), Nikki Garns (800), Kasey Sweitzer (200), Ellie Kotrady (shot put) and Alex Mowen (discus). Teamming for the relays were Cordell, Madison Onomastico, Kathleen Sensenig and Sweitzer in the 400 and in the 1600 Garns, Caitlyn Hetrick, Paterson and Kara Timmons. Collecting points for seconds and thirds were Cordell, Caitlyn Bowling, Hetrick, Madison Durniak, Peterson, Morgan, Andrea Hammer, Timmons, Mowen and Amber Kerstetter.

At Boiling Springs the Blue Devil girls allowed very little space for the Bubblers, dominating for an 84-16 win by taking every event but one. Winners were Peterson (hurdles) Hammer (100, high jump), Garns (1600), Hannah Westley (400), Powers (800), Sweitzer (200), Kotrady (shot) and Mowen (discus). The winning relays teams were as follows: 400, Hammer, Erica Helm, Nowell, Sweitzer; 1600, Powers, Westley, Herman, Garns. With place and show points were Heidi Stein, Tessa Cordell, Powers, Hetrick, Herman, Peterson, Garns, Mowen, Morgan and Andrea Crider.

The G-AMS boys lost narrowly to West Perry, 52-48. Winning seven individual events and splitting the relays set the stage for a good run, but the Devils just fell short. Nolan Carbaugh (shot put, discus), Devin Statler (100, high jump)  and Steven McFetridge (800, 1600) each won a pair of events and Matt Montedoro won the hurdles. Statler also teammed with Ryan Ricci, Alex Witmer and Josh Worthington in the 400 relay win. Adding points for seconds and thirds were Nathan Monn, Alex Jackson,Wayland Jenkins, Montedoro and Nick Layton.

The boys’ team found more room against Boiling, despite dropping both relays, and won the meet by 10, 55-45. Carbaugh again took his two specialties and Statler won the high jump and 100. Other winners were Montedoro (hurdles) and Jackson (400). Collecting points for the Devils were McFetridge, Monn, Colby Zarger, Layton, Kristian Sheeley, Jared Starliper, Bobby Rider, Justin Smalls, Montedoro and Jordan Crouse.

G-A first baseman Cody Ezolt goes for the tag on a Trinity player.