BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 12-29-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil Bobby McPherson goes for hand control over Gettysburg's Chase Balderos.

WRESTLING

The Blue Devil wrestlers made it close against divisional foe Gettysburg, however couldn’t close the gap in another — this one against rival Waynesboro, now in the same Mid-Penn Conference division.

A big lead early and some key wins down the stretch weren’t enough to pull G-A past Gettysburg in a 39-33 final on the home mat. Cody Carbaugh (103) and Wade Rider (112) jump started the Devils with pins in the opening two bouts. Jake Heuer had another six by pin for G-A at 125. Dan Kline’s forfeit win at 130 made it 24-4 for the Devils. Gettysburg responded with six of the next eight matches, with bonus points in each of them, to post the win. Seniors Bobby McPherson (145) and Josh Pluta (189) interrupted the Warrior flow. McPherson recorded a second period fall and Pluta won in a 6-1 decision.

The Waynesboro match didn’t provided nearly as many highlights for the Devils. Most notably was a quality bout between McPherson and Indian Trey Andree at 140. Carbaugh again bolstered the Devils with a win at 103, but Waynesboro rattled off the next four bouts before Ryan Wolf came through for G-A at 135. Again the Tribe went on a roll. Pluta struck back with a pin at 171, but it was too late. A late takedown by Andree was the difference against McPherson in the 140 pound bout that ended at 10-8. Brennen Bickford was close at 160, dropping a 9-7 decision.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

G-A’s (4-3, 1-1 MPC-Colonial) fast start to the 2010-2011 season was derailed a bit last week in a close 39-37 loss to non-divisional Susquenita and a 54-42 setback against Shippensburg in a Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division matchup.

The Blackhawks flew into the Blue Devil gym and took a 17-12 lead into the halftime locker room. Susquenita added four to the advantage going into the fourth quarter, but G-A was ready to make a run at it. Key buckets from Caitlyn Hoover, Lauren Grove, Brooke Strait and Tache Smothers closed the gap and a Jenna Crunkleton three-pointer finally knotted the score. Susquenita was able to knock down a couple of free throws and got free for a basket to pull out the win. Grove led the Devils with a dozen points. Smother put in seven with seven rebounds. Rachel Kline pulled nine boards.

Shippensburg used the double barrels of Jenna Parson and Aunjel VanBrakle, who combined for 39 points in a 54-42 defeat of the Devils. G-A kept pace early with a good perimeter game, but turnovers (21) hurt as well as the offensive effort by the Ship sharp shooters. Grove led the Devils with 12 and Smothers had 10. Kline had eight rebounds and Smothers dished out three assists.

In junior varsity action, G-A fell 28-24 to Susquenita and 37-33 to Ship.

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

Consecutive wins number five (61-42 over Susquenita) and six (60-37 over Shippensburg) were in the book last week for the G-A boys (6-2, 3-0 MPC-Colonial) before non-divisional Susquehanna Township disrupted the run with a close 62-58 victory.

The Blue Devils posted small advantages in the first and second quarters, but poured it on in the third and fourth for a 39-26 stretch while making good use of its bench against Susquenita. Zach Faulkner topped the G-A scoreboard with 15, all courtesy of the three-point line. Seth Sprague was also in double digits with 10. Eric Baymon delivered nine assists and five steals.

A blazing start put the Devils up 22-14 in the first quarter in the Shippensburg game before both teams cooled off to tally just six points total in the second frame. An evenly-played third period gave way to another G-A outburst and a 18-3 tally for the 23-point win. Faulkner sank another four treys to top the board again with 13. Baymon and Tyler Szaflarski each put in 11.

Despite putting four players in double digits and making a good run at the end, G-A finished on the short end of a 62-58 final against the Township Indians. The game was close the whole way with ST gaining somewhat in a 22-14 second quarter. G-A pushed to a 22-16 turn in the fourth, but fell four-points short. Corey Myers tallied 18 points. Denver Cordell added 12 and Denton Cordell 11. Sprague put in 10.

In junior varsity play last week, clobbered Susquenita 50-12 before the team dumped Ship 60-37 behind 10 points from Devin Rideout and eight from Gabe Fridgen. Susquehanna Township handed the jayvees the first loss of the season.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Boys’ basketball

The freshmen boys’ team had just one game on the week and took it down to the wire before a 31-30 loss to Shippensburg. G-A led after every quarter until the fourth when Ship turned a 12-5 advantage for the win. Joel Zola had nine points to lead the Devils. Earlier in the week G-A dropped a 41-15 verdict to Susquenita.

In eighth-grade action, G-A has split its games so far with a 58-35 setback to Faust and a 48-25 win over James Buchanan. The seventh-grade Devils had the same split with a 39-36 loss to Faust and a 49-40 win over JB.

Girls’ basketball

The freshmen girls started the season with a 26-24 win over Faust before a close 31-28 setback to Shippensburg. The eighth-grade girls are 1-2 with a win over JB (27-23) and losses to Faust (37-16) and Shippensburg (29-5). In seventh-grade action, the girls are still seeking a first win after losses to Faust (28-8), JB (28-16) and Shippensburg (42-16).

Wrestling

The G-AMS grapplers have seen both sides of the coin on the young season, posting a 58-30 win over Gettysburg before Waynesboro hung a 66-21 loss on the Devils. In the Waynesboro match, G-A wins came from Jared Starliper, Nick Silva, Wyatt Binkley and Aaron Grossman.

Blue Devil Jenna Crunkleton drives in for a layup.