Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Alex Baughman makes a pass against Boiling Springs. (Bob Stoler Photos)


Some may think that the previously unbeaten Blue Devil volleyball team (16-2, 10-0 MPC-Capital) had a tough week when not one but two losses went into the books, however the competition was prime and should prepare the squad for postseason play.  

All three sets were close against Spring Grove, but the Devils were on the short end of each by scores of 26-24, 25-19 and 25-18. Sami Rudy punched down 10 kills and Nakita Gearhart had eight. Natasha Gibble added seven. Erin Garns put up 25 assists and also led in digs with 14. The senior setter also had two aces.

The Devils were then back to more familiar surroundings as Boiling Springs came to town. It took a close 27-25 win in the opening game for the Devils to get back to normal and dispatched the Bubblers 25-13 and 25-12 for a straight sets victory. Gearhart was high in kills with 12 and had three blocks. Garns connected for 29 assists. Rudy dug up seven and Gibble had five aces.

A trip to play rival Waynesboro was the perfect ending to the unblemished Capital Division season. G-A downed the rival Maidens in straight sets of 3-0 with scores of 25-6, 25-8 and 25-17. Verhoef and Rudy delivered eight kills each and Gearhart had seven. Garns registered 32 assists and had four aces. Rudy had four digs.

G-A finished the regular season with a trip to State College to take on a quite formidable large school team. The Devils fell behind quickly, 9-1, but rallied well to fall by just a 25-20 tally in the first game. The next two games were even closer at 25-23 and 25-21.

Gibble led in the kill department with 10. Rudy added eight and Verhoef had five. Garns delivered 18 assists. Baughman connected for 11 digs, while Jenny Fisher and Rudy had seven each. Rudy racked up 18 services points and Gibble had a dozen.

G-A has the top ranking in the District 3-AA power ratings with .812331. Manheim Central (14-2) is second at .798366 and Susquehannock (11-1) at .774841.

The junior varsity Devils (12-5) fell 2-1 to Spring Grove (25-17, 15-25, 15-4), beat Boiling  (25-1, 25-7) and Waynesboro (25-15, 25-15), both 2-0.


Field hockey

The middle school varsity squad engaged in a tough battle with Waynesboro and came out on the short end by a 3-2 margin. Zoe Huston and Lindsay Carbaugh scored for the Blue Devils, who dominated in penalty corners, 22-13. Jillian Barr made three saves in goal.

The junior varsity team dropped its game 1-0. G-A led in corners, 7-2.


G-A produced a convincing win over Northern last week by a 38-14 margin.

The Devil used a balanced offense with Devin Statler leading the ground game with 108 yards on 10 carries and the scoring game with three touchdowns and Matt Montedoro directing a solid passing game, completing 5-of-8 for 104 yards and a touchdown to Ryan Ricci, who pulled in three passes for 59 yards and the score. touchdown.

On the defensive end, Nolan Carbaugh led the tackling corps with eight hits. The Devil defense produced five turnovers, four by interception with Dakota Carlin, Justin Smalls, Dexter Miller and Justin Hovey each getting picks. Miller returned his INT for a score. Montedoro forced a fumble that Miller recovered. Kristian Sheeley had five tackles and Ashtin Byers had four.