Blue Devil Dispatch 9-15-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Brooke Daley stays tough in front of the Fairfiedl goal.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Blue Devil varsity field hockey squad (4-1-0, 1-0 MPC-Colonial) supplied plenty of excitement and wins to its early schedule. After a dramatic overtime win against Red Land, the team eased by Fairfield before making a solid statement in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division by dumping Shippensburg.

G-A left no room for the Lady Hounds to get into the game Saturday, blanking them 4-0 on the Ship turf. Sarah Gipe scored 10 minutes into the game and added another five minutes before the half on an assist from Sarah Jansen. G-A continued to dominate with 38 shots on goal for the game compared to seven by Shippensburg and a 16-1 advantage in penalty corners. Jansen scored on a Brooke Strait assist in the second half. G-A iced the cake with success on a penalty corner after time had expired. Tache Smothers began the play and Strait ended it with the goal.

“We used our strengths, passing and speed to move the ball down the field,” said G-A head coach Jennifer Everetts. “As a result we created many scoring opportunities for our team.

“We need to continue working on finishing the ball. I hope this win continues to build our confidence to compete in the Mid-Penn.”

Emiley Maiorana recorded seven saves in the game.

The Devils also had the ball rolling from the start against non-conference Fairfield. Smothers finished off a corner on a Jansen feed for the opening goal toward a 4-1 win. Jansen and Gipe added first half goals and each assisted the other. Gipe added a second goal in the second half.

G-A dominated with 39 shots to three and 12 corners to two. Maiorana made two saves.

The Devils began the week with some drama by taking Red Land into overtime and Gipe going one-on-one and pulling the ball around the goalie in the extra minutes to net the game winner. Gipe had given G-A the early lead and the Patriots tied it on a stroke late in the first half.

Everetts said, “We struggled with keeping our positions on the field, but thankfully we were able to pull through and work together.

“After watching tape of that game we were able to improve our positioning on the field in the Fairfield game and played the style of hockey we know we can play, using small passes.”

Red Land led 13-11 in shots and 5-4 in corners. Maiorana made 11 saves.

The G-A junior varsity continued its winning ways until it ran into Shippensburg Saturday. Earlier in the week the Blue Devils blanked Fairfield 6-0 on two goals from Ashton Rockwell and others from Bret Morgan, Kara Timmons, Lauren Durniak and Kaitlyn Burkett. The team followed that with a 3-0 shutout of Red Land. Moriah Woods had a goal and an assist. Burkett and Durniak also scored.

G-A’s jayvees suffered its first defeat of the season as Shippensburg revved it up in the second half for a 3-2 victory. Durniak scored five minutes into the game for a 1-0 advantage at the half. Ship caught fire and took the lead before Hannah Mooers tied it with 12 minutes to play. Ship answered with the winning goal.

VOLLEYBALL

The G-A varsity volleyball team has so far been unstoppable, topping a solid week that included a win over a rival with the championship of the McConnellsburg Tournament. This is the first time the Blue Devils have come away with the annual event crown.

The week of action began with James Buchanan coming onto the home court. Coming into the match James Buchanan had lost 10 times in a row to G-A, and the Devils had little trouble extending that streak in spite of the charged up gym that comes with playing Buchanan. The Devils made it look easy, sweeping the Rockets in scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-14.  

“Our teamwork is better than past years,” said senior Sami Rudy, “but what’s most important is that we’re really having fun out there.”

Rudy and classmate Erin Garns set the tone for the match with Garns putting up 17 assists and collecting five aces. Rudy put down five kills and four aces. Sophomore Nakita Gearhart shined at the net, smashing  six kills and providing a troublesome barrier for JB. Natasha Gibble added six kills and four digs.

Gettysburg was next up coming into the G-A gym. While the Warriors proved formidable, the Blue Devils prevailed again and in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-12. Junior Lauren Verhoef lead the Devil pack with three kills, three aces and two blocks. Gearhart added six kills and Rudy contributed five. Chloe Hoover put down three.

G-A kept rolling into the McConnellsburg Tournament, knocking off Shippensburg (25-20, 25-19), host McConnellsburg (25-10, 25-21), St. James (25-10, 25-17) and Mercersburg Academy (25-12, 25-14) to move into the semifinals. In the semis, the Devils rocketed past James Buchanan with scores of 25-10 and 25-14. That put G-A into the championship game against Bedford. The Devils stayed hot and dispatched the Bison 25-18 and 25-19.

Rudy added, “We encourage fans to come to our games for support.”

SOCCER

Last minute goals and tough competition made for an exciting week for G-A’s varsity soccer team, highlighted by a double overtime win against rival Waynesboro.

To start the week, the Blue Devils had a rocky start against Big Spring and ended up on the short end of a 2-1 score. Down 1-0 early G-A regrouped and Corey Meyers hit the goal to tie it with 1:17 left in the first half. Steven Herman and Chad Sullivan had assists on the play. Six minutes into the second half the Bulldogs netted what would be the winning score.

“We really had to step it up, and we weren’t playing to our full potential,” said senior Kyle Crider.

The Blue Devils appeared to have taken the advise of the upperclassmen and played tough against Waynesboro on Kaley Field. Waynesboro scored in the first half and it appeared that the goal may hold, but G-A recovered late in the second half with a goal by Taylor Kirpatrick on a Crider assist. The goal forced overtime that went two periods and was nearly elapsed without a winner, but Meyers broke away with 12 seconds left on the clock and scored the dramatic game winner.

 “We played very strong through both overtimes and Corey finished it for us with just a little left on the clock” said co-head coach Scott Gelsinger. “It was an exciting win that has the team excited to play.”

The momentum failed to carry over to Saturday’s Shippensburg Tournament. G-A dropped both games, 3-0 to East Juniata, and 3-1 to Reading. Crider scored the lone goal of the day on a Meyers assist.

CROSS COUNTRY

G-A’s cross country teams welcomed Southern Fulton and Hancock to their home course, but weren’t gracious in taking both meets from the visitors. G-A’s girls were winners by 24-32 over Southern Fulton and 15-55 over Hancock. Southern defeated Hancock. In the boys’ meet, the Devils went 24-37 over Southern Fulton and 15-55 over Hancock. In the process the G-A teams qualified three runners for district competition.

Freshman Nikki Garns continues to make loud footsteps in her inaugural year of cross country. After winning the county meet to open the season, Garns won her first high school home meet with a time of 21:39. Mary Ward (22:40), Lauren Powers (23:37) and Caitlyn Hetrick (24:02) made it a G-A day with third through fifth. Gretchen Westley completed the scoring with 11th in 27:57. Garns and Ward each ran district-qualifying times.

Desirae Shaffer (28:35, 12th), Hannah Lougheed (30:45, 13th), Heidi Stein (31:07, 14th) and Kitana Reese (32:01, 17th) also competed.

G-A won four of the top five stops in taking the boys’ meet. Brandon Thrush led the day with a time of 18:57 and qualified for districts in the process. Daulton Monn (19:15) and Brandon Garlitz (19:49) were second and third and Gabe Martin produced a fifth with a 20:35. Michael Hohl completed the scoring with ninth in 21:50.

The Devils’ other competitors were: Zach Husband (22:22, 11th), Cody Carbaugh (23:12, 13th), Logan Zehrung (23:59, 16th) and Ben Hockman (27:04, 19th).

 GOLF

The Blue Devil golfers had one match last week and scored sixth in the Mid-Penn Colonial matchup at Mountain View Golf Club with a 482. Gettysburg won the event with a 395.

Jared Grove led the Devils with an eighth place finish with an 83. Ben Powers carded an 88. Ellie Kotrady scored a 102, Adam Oliver a 104 and Danny Combs a 105. Ryan Blair finished with 108 and Eli Englehart was in at a 110.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Football

Greencastle-Antrim charged to a 41-16 lead before New Oxford made a comeback that came up short in a 41-32 final.

Devin Statler got the Blue Devils on the board with a 35-yard run and didn’t slow down with TD runs of six and three yards as G-A posted a 19-0 opening quarter of play. Ashtin Byers added to the score in the second with a 61-yard TD run in the second. Quarterback Matt Monetdoro hit Statler for a 25-yard TD strike for a 33-0 advantage for the home team.

New Oxford responded with 16 points for the half and another 16 in the fourth to make things close. G-A had scored again early in the fourth on an 11-yard TD run by Byers. Ryan Ricci caught the two-point conversion.

Defensively Nolan Carbaugh and Jensen Stoner each had eight tackles. Montedoro and Statler made seven each. Montedoro and Jared Starliper each added a fumble recovery.

Samantha Rudy delivers a spike past the attempted block of Gettysburg.