BLUE DEVIL DISPTACH 12-22-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A's Eric Baymon drives in for a basket. (Bob Stoler Photos)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

There were nothing but Ws on the board for the Blue Devils last week as Friday’s victory over rival James Buchanan was the fourth straight win for G-A. Wins over Northern and the Rockets got the Devils on the right track in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division at 2-0. A non-league romp over St. Maria Goretti pushed the overall mark to 4-1.

The Blue Devils had the Northern Polar Bears nipping at their heels for much of the game before catching fire and pulling out a 58-56 win. The battle started out with the Devils having the edge in the first quarter, 15-12. G-A kept the momentum and churned up a solid fourth quarter for the win the was buoyed by an 11-for-11 performance at the foul line.

Corey Meyers led the way with 13 points, followed by Eric Baymon with a dozen and Zach Faulkner pushed in 11.

G-A jumped out strongly against the Gaels for a 16-4 lead. The Devils cooled off a bit, but kept up the gap with a 10-8 second and 11-7 third. Goretti found some room in the fourth with a 18-17 tally, but it was too little, too late for a 55-36 G-A victory.

Seth Sprague put in 12 points to lead the Devils and Faulkner pitched in 11. Baymon added nine points.

The Devils finished off the win streak against rival JB by delivering a 68-51 verdict. G-A took a 14 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, despite much more even play in the middle two stanzas. The Devils shifted into high gear for the finish with a 28-14 advantage and the 17-point victory.

Meyers was the high scorer with 15 points, followed by Denver Cordell at 12 and Sprague at 11. Cordell also grabbed nine rebounds. Baymon had dour assists and six steals.

In junior varsity action, the Blue Devils dispatched Northern, 31-14 and sent Goretti home by a 42-35 (Josh Young 12 points) spread before capping the week with a 43-31 topping of James Buchanan.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devils girls’ team continued to entertain with a couple of close games that pushed its record to 4-1 and three straight victories. Nip and tuck with Biglerville and rival James Buchanan was sandwiched with a forfeit win from Northern for the solid week.

Biglerville was a nail biter all the way. G-A did keep the Canners in single digits in the first two quarters, but Biglerville came out of the locker room with resolve. Biglerville turned the score by five before the Devils held strong for the one-point victory.

G-A put two played in double figures. Jenna Crunkleton dumped in 20. “Jenna did really well last game because we got her off the screen and she was dominating the three point line,” said teammate Caitlyn Hoover.

Tache Smothers contributed 17. Chloe Hoover pulled seven rebounds and Smothers grabbed five steals.

A 21-4 first quarter was all the Devils needed to bank for a 59-53 win over James Buchanan. Hoover stated, “We work well as a team, our problem is when we play individually.”

Smothers scored a game-high 24 points. Chloe Hoover delivered 11 and Crunkleton gave 10. Hoover added eight boards.

In junior varsity action, G-A dropped a 34-29 tally to Biglerville, mastered Northern 31-14 and dumped JB, 34-25.

WRESTLING

The Blue Devil wrestlers also got their feet wet for the 2010-11 season at the Carlisle Tournament. G-A finished 14th of 15 as a team with 46 points. Big Spring won with 194.5.

Josh Pluta went 4-2 with four pins at 171 for fourth place. Also posting wins for the Devils were Cody Carbaugh (two at 103), Rusty Pine (119), Ryan Wolf 135, pin), Bobby McPherson (140), Brennan Bickford (160, pin), Matt Nardi (189).

MIDDLE SCHOOL

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devils have gone 1-2 on the young season, topping rival James Buchanan (46-41) and dropping games to St. Maria Goretti (38-30) and Northern (41-23).

Jake Crist led all scorers with 18 against JB and Justin Hovey added 14. Against Goretti, Hovey and Eli Englehart each had 10. In the Northern game, Crist was high with eight.

Seth Sprague goes high for a rebound in the James Buchanan game.