BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 1-19-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Corey Meyers battles for a rebound against a Waynesboro player. (Bob Stoler Photos)

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devil boys' hoops team (9-4, 5-1 MPC-Colonial) had a roller coaster week. Despite letting a chance for first place slip through their fingers, the Devils rebounded to dispatch rival Waynesboro to end the week.

Gettysburg came to town for a game that would determine the front runner in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division. Each team came into the contest at 4-0 in the division. What had been played out as a even contest through the first half was changed up when the Warriors went to a man-to-man defense that ignited a 32-8 run for a 57-51 win. G-A led by three at the half, but Gettysburg owned the third, 17-5, to turn the tide. The Devils made a run at it late in the fourth to cut the lead to two. Zach Faulkner put in 13 and Corey Meyers added 12. Denver Cordell also had a dozen and seven rebounds. Seth Sprague contributed 11 points.

The Devils got back on the saddle again and galloped to a 64-46 victory over the rival Waynesboro Indians Friday before the home crowd. G-A came out of the gates with a 22-10 first quarter and never looked back in the 18-point win. Cordell produced 24 points for a career high. Meyers and Faulkner contributed nine each.

In junior varsity action, G-A topped Gettysburg 49-20 backed by 13 points from Holden Baker. The Little Devils also handled Waynesboro, 45-25. Baker again was high with 14 points.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

G-A's girls' basketball team (7-6, 3-2 MPC-Colonial) ran the gamut for the week, splitting its divisional contests and dropping an overtime heartbreaker against non-divisional Mechanicsburg.

First up was Colonial-leading Gettysburg and the Warriors proved why with a 65-36 setback handed to the Devils. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, G-A struggled especially in the middle two quarters where Gettysburg won out 41-14. Tache Smothers led the Devils with 13 points and Jenna Crunkleton inserted nine.

Chloe Hoover laced up a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime with Mechanicsburg. The excitement faded as the Devils were unable to score in overtime and dropped a 42-37 tally. Caitlyn Hoover led the Devils with 13 rebounds and eight points. Chloe Hoover and Smothers kicked in seven points each. Rachel Kline was high on the boards with 14 rebounds and added three steals and two blocked shots.

G-A had already beaten Waynesboro this season, but on the return engagement the Maidens put up a much bigger fight. Despite the fact that G-A led from start to finish, Waynesboro stayed determined. The Devils used the perimeter early and the foul line late to deliver the win. G-A got good spreadout scoring with Lauren Grove leading the way with 13. Crunkleton added 12 and Caitlyn Hoover had 10 to make a double-double for the night with 16 rebounds.

The junior varsity team fell 35-26 to Mechanicsburg and then finished the week with a big 36-8 win over Waynesboro.

WRESTLING

The Blue Devil wrestling team (0-4, 0-4 MPC-Colonial) ran into division-leading Big Spring last week and fell 69-9. Just two bout wins went into G-A’s column. Cody Carbaugh continued his fine season at 103 with a pin in the second period. Bobby McPherson accounted for the other victory, a 6-4 decision at 140.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wrestling

G-A pulled out a 54-46 victory over Big Spring.

Basketball

The freshman boys’ team dropped a 32-28 game to Gettysburg. The eighth-grade team went 0-2 for the week, falling 44-32 to Gettysburg and 38-16 to Waynesboro. In seventh-grade action, the G-A team split with a 43-35 loss to Gettysburg and a 42-25 win over Waynesboro.

In freshman girls’ action last week, the Devils won 30-26 over Faust. The eighth-graders pulled out a pair of one-point victories, 19-18 over Gettysburg and 25-24 over Waynesboro. The seventh-grade team dropped a 31-25 decision to Gettysburg.