BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-13-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Shippensburg goalie (right) didn’t have a chance against G-A’s Sharon Juarez, who put this boot into the net for a Blue Devil goal in last week’s win.

TRACK AND FIELD

Greencastle-Antrim’s boys’ team flexed some muscle with a 95-55 victory over Waynesboro last week, while the Blue Devil girls came within a hair of at least a tie, finishing on the short end of a 75-74 verdict with no third place points awarded in the triple jump.

G-A won all three relays and first in seven other events in the girls’ meet, but couldn’t quite tip the scale against the Maidens, who swept several events. Lauren Powers led the way by winning the 800, 1,600 and as part of the winning 1600 relay with Danae Timmons, Montana Duty and Gretchen Westley. Other G-A wins came from Caitlyn Hetrick (3,200), Ashton Rockwell (100 hurdles), Amber Crider (300 hurdles), Nakita Gearhart (javelin, high jump), and the 400 relay (Duty, Andrea Hammer, Westley, Timmons) and 3200 relay (Hetrick, Melissa Holmes, Savannah Fritz, Jordyn Shepherd).

Notching seconds and thirds with points for the Devils were: Timmons, Hammer, Molly Nowell, Westley, Shaffer and McKenzie.

Leading the way for the G-A boys’ win was Alex Yoder, who took the 100 and 200 and anchored the winning 400 and 1600 relay teams. Trentin Dixon, Austin Scott and Denton Cordell completed the 400 team; Greg Boyer, Aaron Bumbaugh and Dixon  the 1600 team; and Josh Spoonhour, Dan Combs, Daulton Monn and Brandon Thrush combined for the 3200 relay win. Greg Boyer won the 300 hurdles. The Devils nearly swept the field event wins as follows: David Spinder (shotput), Ben Leitzel (discus), Cordell (javelin), Travis Rawlings (high jump) and Scott (long jump).

Also contributing points with seconds and thirds were: Gabe Fridgen, Cordell, Aaron Bumbaugh, Noah Graham, Monn, Thrush, Ron Stine, Tyler Szaflarski, Ryan Hickey, Luke Bitner, Cody George, Dixon and Boyer.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Greencastle-Antrim took its unbeaten record to Newville Saturday and returned still undefeated, but with a stalemate in the books now with Big Spring. The Blue Devils battled back from being down 2-0 to the Bulldogs to knot the score. Two overtime periods didn’t change the 2-2 final.

Trailing 2-0, G-A found the goal with six minutes remaining as Sharon Juarez collected a ball from midfielder Sarah Gipe and beat two defenders into the net. Three minutes later Tabitha Rudy redirected a kick from Taylor Campbell from 45 yards out to the twine.

"The girls never gave up,” G-A head coach Greg Cole said of the comeback. “They continued to produce chances for themselves through off-the-ball movement, good physical play and imaginative combination play.”

G-A led in shots, 17-10 and in corners, 3-2. Kristy Kelly made nine saves in the Devil goal.

Earlier in the week the Devils fueled their unbeaten streak with 3-1 wins over both Bermudian Springs and Shippensburg. The Devils went up 2-0 over Ship on goals from Samantha Rudy, off a Tabitha Rudy assist, and Juarez on a breakaway off a Sarah Gipe assist. After the Greyhounds got on the board, Gipe added insurance with a boot from 35 yards out over the keeper’s head.

Cole said, “We have scored first in every match this season and I believe it has made a huge difference in the pressure we are able to apply.”

G-A was up 10-5 in shots, while Ship had two corners to one for the Devils. Kelly notched four saves.

Juarez scored two unassisted goals against Bermudian and Emiley Maiorana added her first goal of the season on a scramble in front of the net for the G-A tally. G-A led in shots, 12-8 and corners, 2-1. Kelly had six saves and Alex Baughman made three.

"We maintained good defensive pressure throughout the game, especially through the midfield, (a season goal of ours),” stated Cole.

“Sharon fought hard to collect service from our mids. She has done a good job of winning and then holding possession until midfield help arrives, creating offensive opportunities for us.”

In junior varsity action from last week, G-A defeated Bermudian Springs 1-0 before dropping games to Shippensburg (2-1) and Shippensburg (2-1).

BASEBALL

Greencastle-Antrim started off its away game with a bang at Dillsburg, however the Northern Polar Bears collected the 5-1 spoils. The Blue Devils bounced back well by trouncing James Buchanan 10-0.

In Dillsburg, Cody Ezolt went yard in the opening inning, but all the scoring from there came from Northern. Devin Schaeffer fanned seven in the loss. Just three of the five runs were earned. G-A was limited to four hits.

There was no place like home for the Devils to go next. A 12-hit attack and a fine debut from the mound at “Whitey” Barkdoll Field led to the 10-0 shutout of Buchanan. Ryan Ricci went all six innings, scattering five hits and striking out four without a walk. Offensively, Chad Miller tripled with the bases loaded in the fifth to key a six-run fifth inning. Cordell had two RBIs, including a solo homer. Drew Deshong and Ezolt had two hits each. Denton Ensminger doubled.

The junior varsity Devils landed on the opposite sides of lopsided scores in opening the season last week. The Blue Devils pounded out 17 hits including eight for extra bases to cruise to a 19-1 five-inning victory over James Buchanan. Jesse Beeler, Bowers, Kristian Sheeley and Byers had early RBIs for G-A. An 11-run fifth highlighted by a bases loaded triple by Byers iced it. Bowers fanned seven in the mound win. Byers racked up seven RBIs on the day.

“It was nice to pick up our first win of the season and for the most part we played pretty well,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry. “Defensively, we still need to step up and make the routine plays. We are giving the opposition way too many extra chances and against good teams that will come back to haunt you. Offensively, we swung the bats well and had a lot of big two-out base hits early in the game.  It was nice to see the team rebound nicely today after playing so poorly on Monday.”

Walks and errors spelled trouble for the Devils in a 17-9 loss to Northern earlier in the week. Tyler Mills hit two triples and Byers drove in three with a triple.

SOFTBALL

Neither Northern or rival James Buchanan provided much of a test for the unbeaten Blue Devil softball team last week. G-A bypassed the Polar Bears 9-3 and followed it up with a 12-0 blanking of the Rockets.

Rachel Kline powered the Devils against Northern with a solo homerun in the first and a two-run dinger in the four-run fourth. Wendy Wolff added two hits. Mary Ward, Diamond Byers, Autumn Appleby and Brittany Norling (double) all drove in runs. Amanda Wink inked the pitching win with three innings of relief from Kline.

Wink led the offense against James Buchanan, going 4-for-4, while eight different Blue Devils had hits on the day. In addition to Wink, Kline, Byers and Jenna Crunkleton each had multiple hits. Wink racked up three RBIs. Kline and Cassey Cordell (triple) each drove in a pair. Appleby threw five innings of one-hit ball for the win with 14 strikeouts to control the JB bats.

In a score from junior varsity action, G-A defeated West Perry, 20-12.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Volleyball

G-A's eighth-grade team went 1-2 on the week. The Blue Devils swept Big Spring 2-0 with scores of 25-14 and 25-19. Abbey Eich and Katie Gelsinger both connected with two kills in the match. Brittany Engle put up three assists. Eich, Erin Koons and Brooke Zeger each had three aces. The team fell 2-0 to Faust by scores of 25-18 and 25-16 and 2-0 to Gettysburg (25-22, 25-8). Against Faust, Eich delivered 10 digs and two kills. Rachel Hain also had a pair of kills and Claudia Hissong added four assists. In the Gettysburg match, Hissong had two kills and Koons three digs.

The seventh-grade squad prevailed 2-1 over Big Spring behind 14 aces. Alyssa Rudy had five of the aces and Savage put down four kills. G-A dropped its match with Faust in straight sets of 25-4 and 25-17 and to Gettysburg (25-19, 25-18). Jessica Savage had two kills and two aces against Faust. Savage and Rudy each had three kills and two aces.

Track and Field

The track and field team also got into the thick of its season last week. The girls’ team defeated Faust (60-40) and West Perry (89-11) and the boys’ team split for the week, beating West Perry (67-33) and dropping its meet with Faust (66-34).

For the girls at Faust, wins were posted by Caroline Schemel (1,600), Jordan Pizzarro (200), Jane Herman (800), Rachel Bartlett (discus), Hannah Crist (high jump) and Erica Helm (long jump), along with the 400 relay (Pizzarro, Helm, Crist, Annie Powers) and 1600 relay (Herman, Hannah Peterson, Alana Ebbitt and Madison Hurley).

Both relay teams also won against West Perry, with individual victories from Crist (100, long jump), Schemel (1,600, 800), Helm (100 hurdles), Bartlett (shot put), Pizzarro (200), Peterson (400), Katie Spinder (high jump).

Providing points from seconds and thirds for the week were Schemel, Bartlett, Peterson, Shelby Stouffer, Herman, Helm, Stouffer, Hope Boschert, Ebbitt, Lindsay Kunkleman, Meghan Hirneisen, Andrea Crider and Powers.

In the boys’ meets, winning against West Perry were: Desmond Wolf (100, 800, long jump), Bobby Rider, Jordan Crouse (high jump), 400 relay team (Cameron Dixon, Jake Hopper, Justin Smalls, Jake Kline) and the 1,600 relay team (Shawn Keller, Colin Runshaw, Sam Calvin and Josh Ehko. At Faust, Wolf won the 100 and 200 and Crouse won the high jump.

Racking up place and show points for the week were Smalls, Kline, Crouse, Joe Burns, Zach Hain, Darren Bowser, Matt Lutz, Ehko and Wolf.

G-A’s Tabitha Rudy beats a Shippensburg player to the ball.