BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 9-22-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Nakita Gearhart and Sami Rudy battle to fight off a Shippensburg attack. (Bob Stoler Photos)

FIELD HOCKEY

The Blue Devil varsity field hockey squad (6-1-0, 2-0 MPC-Colonial) continued to sail last week with a tough non-conference win and a big victory on the divisional circuit against rival Waynesboro.

First up was a pesky Forbes Road team that limited the Devils to a goal in each half, scored by Tache Smothers and Brooke Daley. The G-A defense held for a 2-0 shutout. The Devils dominated in shots on goal, 17-3, while Forbes notched nine corners to three for G-A. Emiley Maiorana recorded two saves.

“We made several improvements after the half to finish strong against a persistent Forbes Road team,” said G-A head coach Jenniffer Everetts. They never gave up and neither did we.

“We need to continue to work on consistently playing our game for 60 minutes.”

Strong may not be a strong enough word for the landslide the Devils perpetrated on Waynesboro that didn’t manage to get off a shot. G-A made good on nine of its 18 shots on goal with two each from Sarah Jansen, Dustina Miller and Smothers. Kortney Gipe and Daley also got into the goal-scoring mix. Sarah Gipe was setting up scores all day with six to her credit. Jansen and Miller each added an assist. G-A had seven corners and Waynesboro managed one.

Everetts said, “With 18 shots on goal we are continuing to work on finishing the ball.”

G-A’s junior varsity team (6-1-1) bounced back from its first defeat of the season to collected a pair of wins, 5-3 over Forbes Road, and a 6-0 blanking of Waynesboro.

Ashton Rockwell had a hat trick in the Forbes Road game and added an assist. Hannah Mooers scored the other two goals. Molly Nowell had two assists and Kara Timmons had another.

Rockwell added two more goals on the week in the 6-0 win against the Maidens, and had an assist. Mooers hit the net again and recorded an assist. Timmons, Moriah Woods and Bret Morgan each scored. Timmons and Lauren Durniak added assists.

VOLLEYBALL

The G-A varsity volleyball team (4-0, 4-0 MPC-Capital) continued to master the competition, last week mowing down West Perry and Shippensburg to stay unscathed on the season.

The Blue Devils blanked West Perry 3-0 with scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22. Leading the kills were Sami Rudy with eight, Nakita Gearhart with five and Lauren Verhoef with four. Verhoef added three blocks and Gearhart a pair. Erin Garns notched 19 assists and Ema Bobbitt recorded five digs. Alex Baughman scored three aces.

G-A eased in game one with the Greyhounds, winning 25-12. Still the Devils lost some momentum before rebounding to play the scoreboard to a 25-16 win in the second game. G-A wrapped up the match with a 25-15 win in the third. Gearhart clobbered nine kills and recorded five aces. Rudy added seven kills and had three aces. Verhoef and Chloe Hoover contributed four kills each. Natasha Gibble notched eight digs and added three kills. Garns was high with 25 assists.

SOCCER

Overtime pushed the stamina of the G-A soccer team to start the week that ended sweet with a win over a rival. The Blue Devils came through the tense early game with flying colors with a 3-2 win over Trinity. After settling for a 2-1 loss to Gettysburg, G-A bounced back to blank James Buchanan 3-0.

With Kyle Crider scoring back-to-back goals only nine minutes apart in the first half, the team put immediate pressure on Trinity. “Coach just said to crash the ball and run before the ball is kicked, so that’s what I did,” said Crider. Trinty was able to answer with one goal in the first half and then knotted the score with 16 to go in regulation. Overtime ensued to one and then a second. G-A’s Corey Meyers scored unassisted in the second for the win.

“We played really well in the first half and got up one goal,” said co-head coach Scott Gelsinger, “but I think we started to get tired in the second half.”

“Trinity is a good team, and this is a really good win. This win is also important because we have to win at home, and it was a great recovery from a rough tournament on Saturday.”

With G-A getting off to a quick start in Gettysburg, as Zach Faulkner scored only four minutes into the game, odds seemed in favor of the Devils. But the Warriors squashed that six minutes later with a goal to tie it. For the rest of the first half no scores were made and for the majority of the second half it seemed as though this game would go into overtime again. Gettysburg scored with five minutes left for the 2-1 win.

Despite some pessimistic weather and loose footing, G-A managed to score two goals in the first half over James Buchanan for a solid start. Meyers scored on a Taylor Kirkpatrick assist. Kirkpatrick then laced one up himself by making good on a penalty kick. Faulkner added some insurance with an  unassisted goal to seal the victory, 3-0. With the JB game over the G-A soccer team has some time to rest, and when asked how he felt about the past games, all Crider had to say was, “Tired.”

The junior varsity saw all kinds of results last week with a 1-0 loss to Gettysburg, a scoreless stalemate against Trinity and a 1-0 win over JB. Greg Boyer headed the ball into the net for the lone goal.

CROSS COUNTRY

G-A’s cross country teams claimed both ends of a double-dual meet last week, clipping both James Buchanan and Shippensburg. Both Blue Devil teams improved their records to 4-0 on the young season.

The Blue Devils won the top spot in both the boys’ and girls’ meet with Daulton Monn setting an 18:18 pace for the boys’ win and G-A freshman Nikki Garns continuing her solid start and winning in the girls’ race in a time of 20:40.

Monn had good backing for the team wins (23-40 over Buchanan and 22-33 over Ship), with Brandon Thrush second in 18:22, Gabe Martin sixth in 19:54 and Michael Hohl 10th in 20:20.

Garns also had solid support with Mary Ward claiming the runner-up spot in 21:24 and Lauren Powers in third in 21:37. Caitlyn Hetrick put a fourth G-A runner in the top six with a sixth place in 22:18.

The squads used a pleasant Saturday to run at the crowded Big Spring Bulldog Invitational in Newville. Garns (20:58.36) and Powers (20:58.98) shined with fifth and sixth place in the varsity race. Caitlyn Hetrick was 25th. Gretchen Westley was 85th in 24:49.81 and Desirae Shaffer was 109th in 26:29.41 to complete the G-A scoring. The Blue Devil girls were seventh out of 19 teams with 204 points. Chambersburg won the invitational with just 41 points.

The Devil boys were 14th with 339 team points. Chambersburg also won that race with 59 points. G-A finishers in the varsity boys race were: 28. Brandon Thrush, 18:10.61; 39. Daulton Monn, 18:45.05; 74. Brandon Garlitz, 19:29.24; 77. Gabe Martin, 19:40.60; 129. Michael Hohl, 21:12.58.

Competing in the junior varsity races were Hannah Lougheed, Heidi Stein, Cody Carbaugh and Ben Hockman.

 GOLF

Jared Grove and Ben Powers continued to push the G-A golf team and finish high in overall standing during the Blue Devils’ venture to Whitetail Golf Resort, but this time the team also ranked highly, scoring its highest place so far in the season. G-A grabbed fourth with a 483, behind Chambersburg (425), Gettysburg (446), and James Buchanan (450). The Devils held off Waynesboro by five strokes.

Seniors Grove (88) and Powers (87) placed eighth and ninth in the meet, which certainly helped G-A’s great placing. Completing the Devil scoring were Jason Reuter at 96, Danny Combs at 105 and Eli Englehart at 107. G-A’s Adam Oliver carded a 109 and Ryan Blair a 112.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Football

Ashtin Byers returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, however Greencastle-Antrim (1-1) came up 26-22 short against Susquehanna Township on the middle school gridiron. The Indians tied the score in the first and used a pair of pass plays to take a 20-6 lead in the second quarter. Just before halftime, Matt Montedoro halted the visitors’ momentum with a 60-yard TD run and Byers ran for a two-point conversion. Township had one last salvo in the first half however with a 44-yard scoring pass and another 12-point lead.

G-A came out strong to open the second half, driving and finishing with a 10-yard TD run from Devin Statler. A two-point conversion sliced the Susquehanna lead to four points. With both defenses holding the rest of the way, that’s where the game ended.

Leading the defense was Kristian Sheeley with eight tackles. Byers added six and the Devils got four each from Justin Smalls, Jesse Laman and Jensen Stoner. Kyle George recovered a fumble.

Field hockey

The G-AMS field hockey teams opened their season with a trip to Carlisle. The varsity was tripped up just 1-0, but led the game in penalty corners, 7-2. Jillian Barr had six saves in goal for the Devils. The junior varsity played to a scoreless tie with four corners.

The varsity Blue Devils (1-2) traveled to Shippensburg’s Memorial Park for a middle school tournament and came away the runner-up. G-A earned the trip to the championship game with a dramatic win over Waynesboro that went scoreless through double overtime and into a penalty stroke contest. Alternating players, each team has five opportunities to take penalty strokes. The Devils broke the tie and won when Rachel Moninger hit the cage. G-A lost 2-0 in the championship game to Shippensburg, which had beaten Big Spring to get to the title tilt.

Cross country

The middle school cross country teams got onto the competitive course last week and earned a split with Shippensburg and Faust in a double-dual meet. Each Blue Devil team clipped Shippensburg, 21-37 for the girls, and 25-30 for the boys. However Faust prevailed 26-31 over the G-A girls and 19-42 over the G-A boys.

Alex Jackson was the top G-A finisher in the boys’ meet with a second in a time of 12:37. Daren Bowser finished eighth. Alec Riser, Trent Wilson and Nick Marconi completed the G-A scorers.

In the girls’ meet, Shelby Stouffer was also the runner-up with a time of 13:58. Alana Ebbitt clocked a 14:14 for fourth place and Caroline Schemel was seventh. Hannah Peterson and Jordan Pizzaro finished the Blue Devil five.

The G-AMS runners run into Faust again on Saturday at the Bulldog Inviational. G-A’s girsl were second to Faust’s 64 points with 68.

Tache Smothers works close to the goal for the Blue Devils.