Here are 12 Franklin County spring sports athletes to watch as the 2022 season starts
The spring sports season kicked off this weekend, and already there are plenty of athletes making an impact.
There are plenty of teams to look out for who could make big runs this season. Chambersburg softball took home the Mid-Penn title last year and are poised to go for it again. Greencastle-Antrim baseball made the postseason last year and could contend for a division title this year.
As the spring season kicks into high gear, here are 12 Franklin County athletes to keep an eye on..
Weber Long (Greencastle-Antrim track)
Long is a star for the Blue Devils, and he'll be looking to finish off his sensational high school career in a big way. He took home District 3 titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 last year, plus he was the state runner-up in the 3,200. He should be a lead contender in both districts and states once again. He is committed to continue his track career at Wake Forest.
Claire Paci (Greencastle-Antrim track)
The Blue Devils have no shortage of talent on the track. Paci had a very strong freshman year in 2021, which ended in a fourth-place finish at states in the 3,200. She began her season with a win in the 3,200 at the Tim Cook Invitational and should be a contender throughout the season.
Tegan Kuhns (Chambersburg baseball)
One game in, Kuhns showed what he can bring to the table for the Trojans. He was sensational in Chambersburg's win over Carlisle, pitching four no-hit innings with eight strikeouts. He is committed to NC State and should be a big piece of the Trojans' rotation.
Hannah Runk (Chambersburg softball)
Runk was one of the top hitters in the state last year, helping lead Chambersburg to a district final in her sophomore year. She hit .540 on the season and should be a leader once again for another very strong Trojan team.
Maddox Brooks (Waynesboro baseball)
Brooks is one of the best catchers in the state, earning a spot on the Colonial Division First Team last season. Waynesboro went 20-7 last year, and the James Madison commit is poised to be a leader for this team once again.
Ciera Bender (Shippensburg softball)
Bender is one of the best hitters in the area, hitting a remarkable .566 last season, earning her a spot on the Colonial First Team. Shippensburg made it to the postseason this year and could make another run this season with Bender leading the way.
Dominic Marangoni (Chambersburg lacrosse)
Marangoni was huge in the midfield last season for Chambersburg, racking up 19 goals, 35 assists and 106 ground balls. The Eastern University commit was on the Colonial Division First Team and should be in line for a strong season once again.
Jadyn Horner (Waynesboro softball)
Horner has been a consistent force in the rotation for the Maidens and should be again this year. She will be one of the senior leaders of this team that is looking to improve on its 7-13 record from last season.
Dakota Arana (Shippensburg track and field)
Arana had a very strong 2021 campaign, ending it with a gold medal in the high jump at states. He should be a contender at the Mid-Penn and state meets once again.
Andrew Kerns (Greencastle-Antrim baseball)
Kerns can do it all, with strong performances on the mound and a plus-.300 average last season. He was placed on the Colonial Division Second Team last year, and could continue to get better in his junior season.
Sydney Orndoff (Greencastle-Antrim softball)
Orndoff is committed to Saint Peters, and should be one of the leaders of the Blue Devils rotation this season. In her sophomore season last year, she was on the Colonial Division Second Team.
Ella Faytol (Chambersburg track and field)
Faytol is only a freshman, but she is already making an impact, picking up a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the Tim Cook Invitational. She will have an impact at different areas over the course of the season.