H.S. ROUNDUP: G-A runners sweep James Buchanan

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot


Greencastle-Antrim sweeps past James Buchanan

GREENCASTLE — The Greencastle-Antrim boys' and girls' cross country teams recorded wins against James Buchanan on Tuesday afternoon. The boys' team won 18-37, while the girls won 22-37.

In the boys' meet, the Blue Devils captured five of the first six places, with Weber Long coming in first with a time of 16:31. Danny Miller was second. James Buchanan's Brandon Boyer placed third, and he was followed by G-A's Peter Schemel, Caden Hudson and Jack Schemel to round out the top five.

In girls' competition, G-A's Taryn Parks and Bella Weaver placed first and second, respectively. Parks' winning time was 20:09.

James Buchanan nabbed three of the next four places, with Greencastle's Ashley Noblit sandwiched in between JB's Hailey Fleming, Claire Kriner and Syndney Fleming in fourth place. Claire Coons and Madison Shanholtz placed seventh and eighth to clinch the team win.


G-A falls to Waynesboro in straight sets

WAYNESBORO — The Waynesboro Maidens and Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils both were on the road Monday night in non-conference girls' volleyball competition.

The Blue Devils dispatched Bermudian Springs in three sets, while the Maidens endured a five-set heartbreaking loss to South Western in Hanover. Monday's setback must have brought back memories of the Maidens' five-set defeat against visiting Palmyra. In both matches, Waynesboro led 2-0, only to lose three straight games.

You would have never known Waynesboro even had a match yesterday. The Maidens dominated the Blue Devils from start to finish, winning in three sets 25-15, 25-14, 25-7 to wrap up the first half of play in the Mid-Penn Keystone Division.

"It was important," Waynesboro coach Kim Saunders said of coming out strong. "The girls knew it, I knew it. We needed to start strong, stay strong and finish strong."

The Maidens, which beat Greencastle in the Gettysburg tournament a couple weekends ago, must have sensed the need to keep a healthy distance between the two teams. That approach wasn't just a thought, it became a strategy, and Waynesboro looked about as good as a team can at the net, serving and receiving.

Sophia Johnson and Leslie Huckle each put up 12 kills. Huckle turned in a double-double as she also had 10 digs. Marlee Berry recorded 10 digs as well, while Emily Channing had nine digs. Channing added 13 set assists, with Leah Helman contributing 10 assists and Berry seven.

Leading 2-0 in games and up 2-1 in the third set, Helman made the play of the night. She dove for a ball and managed to lift it over the net while she was virtually even with the net. It kept play alive, and Gracie Vaughn added the explanation point with a kill.

The 3-1 lead quickly extended to 8-1 behind the accurate serving of Payton Henderson who had two aces during the run. Johnson was unstoppable when she was in the front row, and when she rotated out, Vaughn and Huckle patrolled the net with equal intensity.

Mackenzi Branchman led G-A with seven kills. Lauren Pool had five. Baylee Schaeffer had 20 digs, and Mckenzie Shatzer had 14 assists.


Polar Bears shut out Blue Devils

GREENCASTLE — Connor Swope scored three goals and Northern York defeated Greencastle-Antrim 4-0 in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division match on Tuesday night.

Swope started the scoring at 23:49 of the first half. Zach French scored nearly five minutes later, and Swope added his second goal with just over 10 minutes to play in the first 40 minutes.

Swope closed the scoring with a goal 9:46 into the second half.

G-A goalie Gavin Davidson had 10 saves.


Blue Devils fall to Northern York 3-1

DILLSBURG — Greencastle-Antrim gave up back-to-back first-half goals to Northern York en route to a 3-1 loss in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division varsity girls' soccer game Tuesday.

After a third Polar Bears goal in the second half, the Blue Devils got on the scoreboard on a goal by Sydra Royer.


Greencastle-Antrim eases past CD East

HARRISBURG — Bella Facchina and Emma Paci each scored two goals and Greencastle-Antrim outshot Central Dauphin East 18-1 during a 5-0 victory Tuesday.

Facchina got the scoring started 6:32 into the first half, with Paci recording the first of her two assists. Paci scored a little over three minutes later (assisted by Abbi Cunningham). Kiersten Britner tallied with 2:17 remaining in the first half to make it 3-0.

Facchina and Paci closed out the scoring in the second half. Cunningham and Katie Measell picked up assists.