BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 9-29-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A goalie Seth Sprague makes a dive for a shot on goal. (Bob Stoler Photos)

CROSS COUNTRY

The Blue Devil cross country teams saw the first dual meet defeat of the season last week, but the runners continued a fine season just the same.

Nikki Garns (21:40.5), Mary Ward (22:16.7) and Lauren Powers (22:27.6) finished one, two, three to set the pace for a 22-33 win over Gettysburg on the Adams County course. Caitlyn Hetrick was sixth in 23:48.7 and Desirae Shaffer with 10th in 25:42.4 to complete the G-A scoring and lift the team to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial.

G-A’s boys’ team struggled with Gettysburg’s depth in a 19-42 loss, the first of the season for the Blue Devils (4-1, 2-1 MPC-Colonial). Brandon Thrush was fourth in 18:25.7 and Daulton Monn fifth in 18:46.2 to break up Gettysburg’s first eight, but it wasn’t enough. Brandon Garlitz was also in the top 10, finishing ninth in 19:44.4. The winning time was 18:08.7.

The Devil runners traveled to the highly competitive Carlisle Invitational Saturday. The G-A girls finished 15th with 346 points in the elite race with Garns working into the top 10 with 10th in a time of 20:01.4. The winning time was 18:57.83. Powers was 32nd in 20:52.48. Ward was 71st in 21:58.47. Hetrick was 115th in 23:36.04. Gretchen Westley checked in at 128th in 25:29.22 and Shaffer finished in 26:53.04.

G-A’s boys completed the varsity race in 26th place with placings as follows: 88. Thrush, 18:39.14; 99. Monn, 18:50.83; 130. Garlitz, 19:19.78; 156. Gabe Martin, 19:40.74; 189. Zach Husband, 20:28.55; 235. Mike Hohl, 21:56.29.

 GOLF

The G-A linksters had a solid outing at the Waynesboro Country Club, but so did the rest of the division. Jared Grove lead the Blue Devil pack with a personal record of 82. Ben Powers followed, carding a 89. Ellie Kotrady checked in at 102 and Danny Combs at 103. Eli Englehart and Ryan Blair each carded a 106. Jason Reuter scored at 114. Despite the good effort for a team score of 482, G-A fell behind the rest, who scored as follows: Big Spring at 475; James Buchanan at 456; Waynesboro at 450; Shippensburg at 449; Gettysburg at 426; Chambersburg at 412.

FIELD HOCKEY

G-A’s varsity field hockey squad (9-1-0, 5-0 MPC-Colonial) had a very satisfying week while battling to stay in the front of the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division. The run included avenging the team’s lone loss of the season and the drama of overtime. In the end the Blue Devils extended their win streak to eight and stayed undefeated in the Colonial.

First up was Gettysburg, which had defeated the Devils in the championship game of its own season-opening tournament. Since then G-A had won eight straight and on the Devil turf this day it was time for returning the favor. Sarah Jansen got G-A on the board in the first half and Tache Smothers provided breathing room early in the second on an assist from Heather Sanders during a corner shot. Gettysburg scored 10 minutes later to challenge the Devils. But Sarah Gipe ended the threat with an unassisted goal.

“We knew the importance of this week and we played with determination,” said G-A head coach Jenniffer Everetts. “We passed the ball well and played as a team.”

G-A led in shots on goal, eight to two, and corners, three to two. Emiley Maiorana made two saves for the Devils.

The Blue Devils next welcomed Big Spring to the G-A turf, however they weren’t real gracious in sending the Bulldogs home with a 4-0 blanking. Again the Devils made hay off corners with Sanders and Paige Klouser each scoring on the set plays. Smothers assisted on Sanders’ goal. Jansen and Brooke Strait also each scored. Gipe had an assist.

Statistically, G-A dominated with 22 shots to four and 18 corners to four. Maiorana had five saves.

The Devils had to dig deep against Northern York Thursday in a makeup game. G-A took a 2-0 lead on goals from Gipe and Dustina Miller before the Polar Bears’ Lucy Kauffman caught fire. She scored with 12 minutes left and again with just 18 ticks on the clock to tie it. Smothers made sure the tie didn’t last long in overtime with a goal in the first minute of the extra period.

Each team had seven shots on goal, while Northern led in corners, 10 to four. Maiorana made five saves.

In junior varsity action, the Blue Devils (8-1-2) collected a pair of wins and settled for a scoreless tie with Gettysburg. G-A defeated Big Spring 1-0 on a first-half goal by Bret Morgan on an assist from Molly Nowell. G-A shut out Northern 3-0. Lorraine Armstrong scored in the first half on an assist from Hannah Mooers. Nowell and Kara Timmons hit the back of the cage in the second half.

VOLLEYBALL

The G-A varsity volleyball team (4-0, 4-0 MPC-Capital) didn’t let its dominant streak end last week, taking both its matches by a 3-0 margin.

The Blue Devils first downed Big Spring at home with scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-11. Sami Rudy led the attack with 11 kills, followed by Lauren Verhoef with six, Nakita Gearhart with six and Chloe Hoover and Morgynn Mckenzie with four each.

Boiling Springs put some pressure on the Devils, but the result was still a sweep at 25-14, 25-19 and 25-8.

“Somewhat of a rough match, but we played through it and came out to win,” said Rudy.

SOCCER

G-A’s (2-4-1, 1-2 MPC-Capital) up and down soccer season continued last week.

The week started out with a 5-0 loss to Cedar Cliff.

“They were a really good team, and their skill level was much higher than ours,” said senior Kyle Crider.

The Blue Devils rebounded well, playing even with Shippensburg until Crider scored on an assist from Corey Meyers with just 16 minutes left. The one goal stood for the rest of the game.

Crider added, “The game was tough, but it was really won by the midfield and defense.”

Northern ended up being a tough call for the Devils and a 3-0 setback. Goalie Seth Sprague did well in notching six saves.

In junior varsity action, G-A defeated Cedar Cliff, 2-1, before losing to Shippensburg (3-2) and Northern (1-0).

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Football

Some miscues tripped Greencastle-Antrim early in a game with West Perry and the Blue Devils didn’t recover for a 22-7 defeat. A turnover led to the Mustangs’ first score. While the defense showed some mettle, the Devil offense wasn’t able to put it together in the first half. After a strong defensive stop to open the second half, the G-A offense capitalized when Ashtin Byers ran 40 yards for the score. Thomas Bowers connected for the extra point that left the Devils just down by seven. West Perry managed a score to open the fourth quarter and the Devils didn’t answer.

Devin Statler ran for over 100 yards with 106 on 14 totes. Byers added 79 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, Nolan Carbaugh had seven tackles and Kristian Sheeley tallied six.

Field hockey

The middle school varsity squad was shut out by Gettysburg 2-0, but bounced back to tie Waynesboro 1-1 last week. Zoe Huston scored late in the Waynesboro game to salvage the tie. Jillian Barr notched five saves in the games.

The junior varsity defeated Gettysburg 1-0 behind a goal from Isabelle Waddelow. A scoreless stalemate came out of the Waynesboro skirmish. G-A netted four corners and two shots on goal in the contest.

Senior Blue Devil Dustina Miller works the ball toward the goal.