BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 1-11-12

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Zach Faulkner looks to the basket during the Blue Devils’ home game against Big Spring Friday.

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devils (10-0, 4-0 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division) continued on a high last week, working to a 10-0 record by beating back a solid challenge from the north and overcome adversity at home in continuing to control the division. In all, the two wins lifted the Devils to the best start for the program in more than three decades.

First up was a visit from Susquehanna Township, a familiar tough opponent for the Devils. And G-A did get off to a slow start that saw the Indians run to a 10-0 lead and then double up at 16-8 by the end of the first quarter of play.

The Devils solved the offensive problem and went to work on a run of its own, an 8-0 performance that brought the game to a two-point spread. In a game of takeaway (57 turnovers total) it was G-A that got the best of things going, evening the score by the half and then gunning to a 22-9 third quarter to take control. The fourth was even, but the Devils had already set the stage for the 10-point win.

Denver Cordell led four Devils into double figures with 22 points. Corey Meyers put in 17 and G-A got 10 each from Zach Faulkner and Joel Zola. Meyers added five steals and Faulkner delivered four assists. Denton Cordell topped the glass with seven rebounds.

Colonial Division opponent Big Spring had to have the Blue Devil faithful a bit worried Friday in the G-A gym. The Bulldogs rebounded especially well and gave the Devils all they could handle in the first half with G-A managing a slim 26-25 lead at the half. G-A was without the services of Denton Cordell, who had suffered injuries in an auto accident earlier that day and was on the bench for this one. The Devils rallied and made its point in the third with a 23-13 run. The spread held and G-A claimed its fourth divisional victory.

Denver Cordell and Meyers shared the game-high tally with 17 points each. Faulkner added a dozen and Zola contributed nine points and seven rebounds.  Meyers had four steals.

In junior varsity action, Township delivered a 69-28 blow. Josh Young led G-A with seven points. The Blue Devil jayvees rebounded Friday with a 58-34 verdict over Big Spring. Holden Baker put in 20 points and G-A got 10 each from Eli Englehart and Young.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

A seesaw season continued last week for the Blue Devils (4-4, 3-1 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division), who have seen ups and downs this season. And even though the statistics show a pair of losses, G-A will hang something on its second-half performance Friday.

The Devils traveled to Newville to take on Big Spring and managed just 11 points in the first half to trail by 16 at the half. Undaunted, G-A worked a solid comeback to come within three points late in the fourth. It wasn’t to be as the Devils dropped a 50-43 final, however G-A had outdone the Bulldogs 32-23 in the second half.

Tache Smothers put in a dozen for the Devils, while Rachel Kline and Katie Gelsinger each rang up eight. Smothers added eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Kline led the rebounding with 16 and Gelsinger pulled 10.

Earlier in the week, the Devils had a bit of trouble rebounding from the Christmas break. Scoring just one point in the third quarter hampered the Devils against East Pennsboro on the home floor. G-A played evenly in the second half, but couldn’t make up the ground in a 44-37 loss.

Smothers put in a double-double effort with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kline pulled down 15 boards. Jenna Crunkleton and Lauren Grove each put in seven points.

In junior varsity results from the week, East Pennsboro topped G-A 36-31 with 10 points from Jane Herman.

WRESTLING

Numbers are playing havoc with the team effort for the Blue Devil wrestlers, who suited up just seven for a trip to Mercersburg last week. The result was a 58-6 victory for James Buchanan.

G-A (0-3, 0-3 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division) captured a pair of the seven bouts wrestled. Cody Carbaugh kept his unbeaten season alive with an 8-1 decision at 106 pounds. Carbaugh secured a takedown in the first, reversal in the second and nearfall points in the third to produce his sixth win to no losses. Jake Heuer helped to nurse the G-A scoreboard at 132 by gaining a 7-1 decision.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

In boys’ hoops, the freshmen team dropped a pair to Susquehanna Township (56-43) and to Martinsburg (63-29). The eighth-grade team split its games last week, edging Big Spring (40-38) and falling to Boiling Springs (32-25). The seventh-grade Devils won both games, 28-26 over Boiling and 37-17 over Big Spring.

In girls’ hoops, the eighth-grade and seventh-grade teams both split their games for the week. The eighth-grade square dropped its contest with Boiling Springs (32-12) and won over Big Spring (37-8). The seventh-grade as well fell to Boiling (22-18) before rebounding to defeat Big Spring (35-19).

— Compiled by JOYCE F. NOWELL,

Echo Pilot

Joel Zola looks to the basket during the Blue Devils’ home game against Big Spring Friday.