Blue Devil Dispatch 9-8-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Golf

The Blue Devil golfers have several weeks of competition under their belts. G-A has found the going tough in a new Mid-Penn Conference division.

G-A carded a 493 on the home course to open the season for sixth place. Chambersburg won the opener with a 405. Ben Powers led the way for the Devils with a 91, followed by Eli Englehart (98), Jared Grove (99), Danny Combs (99), Ryan Blair (106), Ellie Kotrady (111) and Jason Reuter (112).

The Colonial Division moved on to the Chambersburg Country Club for its second match where Powers rose to among the leaders in the mix by shooting a 79, a tie for second place overall. The Devils couldn’t, however, muster any movement in the team competition. G-A scored 496 in a tie for fifth. Grove shot a 93 for G-A, with the rest of the field as follows: Combs (100); Kotrady (105); Englehart (111), Adam Oliver (113); and Ryan Blair (115). The Trojans were again the top team with a 497.

Next up was the Cumberland Country Club course in Carlisle where G-A struggled and finished seventh as a team with 468. Chambersburg won with a 388. G-A was led by Powers, who hit an 85, followed closely by Grove at 86. Other scores in the G-A pack were: Combs (93); Kotrady (100); Englehart (104); Blair (107); and Oliver (110).

Cross country

Just hours before the Blue Devil football team made a strong statement against Chambersburg, freshman Nikki Garns made hers in the Trojan’s town by winning the Enos Yeager Invitational. Garns held off runners from all over the area and set a high tone for her entrance into high school distance running.

Garns ran the Chambersburg loop in 15:50.6, more than 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Teammate Mary Ward put on a strong showing with a 14th place finish in 16:37. Lauren Powers was 30th in 16:56 and Kaitlyn Hetrick was 30th in 18:15. Gretchen Westley completed a strong team showing for the Blue Devil girls with 40th in 19:11. Desirae Shaffer (70th, 21:12) and Heidi Stine (75th, 23:08) also competed for G-A.

In the boys’ race, Brandon Thrush led the Blue Devil contingent with a 20th place finish in 14:10. Daulton Monn was 25th in 14:29. Brandon Garlitz claimed 36th in 15:01. Gabriel Martin checked in at 52nd in 15:44 and Cody Carbaugh was 74th in 16:48.

Field hockey

The G-A varsity field hockey team made a strong showing at the season-opening Gettysburg Tournament, however had to settle for runner-up honors to the host Warriors. The Devils moved on to the finals with a 3-1 win over East Pennsboro. G-A stayed a step ahead of the Panthers. Tache Smothers scored midway through the first half. Sarah Gipe and Sarah Jansen added insurance in the second half. Dustina Miller had an assist. Emiley Maiorana made two saves for the Devils.

The Devil earned a trip to the title game and played toe-to-toe with the hosts, who scored first. Jansen answered not long after with a goal on an assist from Jenna Lehman. The teams played another 14 minutes of scoreless regulation before overtime kicked in. That’s where Gettysburg found the net for the winning score. Maiorana added two more saves in the cage.

“We played an aggressive game against Both Gettysburg and East Penn,” said G-A head coach Jenn Everetts. “Unfortunately we ran out of energy to finish against Gettysburg. We moved the ball well and played as a team.”

The junior varsity Devils came away with the top trophy in their tournament of the day. G-A defeated East Pennsboro 3-1 on a pair of goals from Ashton Rockwell and another from Kasey Sweitzer. The jayvees also drew the host Warriors for the championship game and battled well for a 2-1 win and the title. Kara Timmons had a goal and Rockwell added her third of the day.

Soccer

G-A’s varsity soccer team started the season with a 1-1 tie on the road at Jefferson. Zach Faulkner scored unassisted for the Devils in the second half. The Devils were edged in shots, 11-9, but led in corners, 6-5. Seth Sprague had 10 saves in goal.

“Sides were closely matched and played a very good game throughout,” noted G-A co-head coach Keith Yohn. “We had some trouble with first touches early, but began to find space later in the game.

“Overall, we seemed to control possession for the most part, although we had trouble finishing. There are things to work on, but it was a decent game overall.”

The junior varsity Devils were tripped 2-0 by Jefferson.