G-AHS girls' cross country team boasts three conference medalists

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Lauren Hirneisen led the G-A contingent with a 15th place finish in the conference championships.


The Mid-Penn Conference Cross Country Championships saw three Greencastle-Antrim girl runners finish with medals around their necks. Lauren Hirneisen (19:54), Madison Hurley (20:29) and Caroline Schemel (20:58) claimed the medalist honors with 15th, 23rd and 35th.

Finishes by Hannah Goldbach (112th, 23:12) and Coramina Cogan (127th, 25:55) helped the team place 10th with the minimum number of runners.

The G-A boys’ team finished 19th on the running of Billy Schemel (63rd, 17:53), Daniel Salazar (90th, 18:29), Dylan Neikirk (123rd, 19:02), Luke Norris (141st, 19:24).



Senior Erin Koons reached a career milestone during Greencastle-Antrim’s Saturday match at Hershey. Koons tallied 16 set assists during the match to push her to 1,000 for her varsity career.

The Blue Devils dropped the close match, 3-2. The teams traded game for game through four by scores of 25-23, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-11. Hershey claimed the rubber game 15-8. Koons added 14 digs and four aces to her memorable night. Gabby Baughman had 17 digs and Jessica Root four kills.

G-A struggled to get into the win column last week, dropping matches to Bermudian Springs, 3-2 (25-18, 25-17, 13-25, 20-25, 11-15); Boiling Springs 3-1 (17-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-27); and Waynesboro, 0-3 (20-25, 14-25, 19-25).

Against Bermudian, Corynn Schook collected a dozen kills with Elizabeth Dagliano and eight kills, three aces and five digs. Sydney Shepherd put down 10 kills. Koons had four kills, 35 set assists and four aces. Gaughman added four aces and 14 digs.

In the Boiling Springs match, statistics were as follows: Koons, nine kills, 26 set assists, five aces, 19 digs; Schook, seven kills, 10 digs; Shepherd, 11 kills, seven digs; Root, five kills; Baughman, 21 digs; Dagliano, eight digs; Keri Gearhart, four kills.

Against Waynesboro, Koons had 20 set assists and 13 digs. Shepherd contributed 11 kills and five digs. Brycelin Spidel delivered six kills and Root added four. Baughman dug up nine balls.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity Blue Devils tripped Bermudian (25-12, 25-14) and Boiling (25-19, 25-14) in straight games before going down the same way against Waynesboro (20-25, 20-25) and Hershey (13-25, 13-25).

Statistics were as follows:

Bermudian Springs — Annaston Cree, three kills; Molly Elliott, three kills, three aces; Brielle Johns, two aces.

Boiling Springs — Gearhart, nine kills, three aces; Sierra Wenger, three aces; Kirti Venkatesh, 16 set assists, three kills; Elliott, three kills, one ace.

Waynesboro — Elliott, six kills, two aces; Gearhart, three kills; Madison Goodwin, nine digs, one ace.

Hershey — Gearhart, five kills; Goodwin, four digs; Venkatesh, five set assists.



The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil girls’ soccer team came up big in its closing divisional game with a 4-0 blanking of Boiling Springs before getting a good postseason warmup at Lower Dauphin during action last week.

Meghan Hirneisen, Ally Denkovich and Katy Gelsinger all score unassisted in the first half against Boiling Springs. Ally Rudy iced it in the final minute by converting a penalty kick.

“There was a third opponent on the pitch tonight, the wind,” remarked G-A head coach Greg Cole. “It was blowing hard from the east to the west. We got lucky and won the toss and elected to take the wind at our back. It paid off. Our first three goals came from our defensive backs.”

G-A had several starters out with injury when it traveled to take on Lower Dauphin, which etched out a 2-0 victory. Jenay Faulkner had 21 saves in the non-divisional match.

Cole said, “Last season we requested that Lower Dauphin be added to our schedule. We wanted our girls to see and play against a team that does so much right. Last night was the proverbial tale of David and Goliath. David didn’t win this one, but he came away with an education and a great sense of pride.”


Greencastle-Antrim had the winner in each boys’ and girls’ middle school cross country race last week against Waynesboro, but were edged out in the numbers game on the team board. The Devils dropped the boys’ race, 26-33, and the girls’ competition, 21-40.

Taryn Parks won the girls’ race in 12:35 with Ashley Noblit coming in second at 13:49 and Ella Milback in seventh with a time of 14:40. Other G-A runners were: Hope Ward (14th, 16:40), Kira Bosko (17th, 17:49), Desirae Cordell (20th, 18:32) and Stephanie Rainey (22nd, 19:31).

Taylor Noblit won the boys’ race in 12:18. Jacob Hurley was sixth in 13:38 and Peter Schemel was 10th in 14:01. Other G-A finishers were: Adam Measell (13th, 14:52), Danny Miller (14th, 14:53), Max Heffner (16th, 15:08), Caleb Thomassen (17th, 15:29), Cory Mowen (22nd, 17:57).



The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School field hockey teams stayed undefeated with definitive victories over Waynesboro and Chambersburg.

The eighth-grade team clubbed Waynesboro 11-1 and then Chambersburg 8-1.

Goals against Waynesboro came from Keira Perry (five), Katie Sibbio (three), Ellie Strait, Maggie Johnson, Alexis Dougherty. Assists were tallied by Heidi Schanzenbacher, Perry (three), Moriah Ricker, Strait (three) and Sibbio. G-A led in corners, 11-3.

Perry added five more goals against Chambersburg with the others coming from Strait, Dougherty and Sibbio. In the assist category, Ricker had three and Perry two. Strait, Sibbio and Schanzenbacher each had one. The Devils had seven corners to three for Chambersburg.

On the seventh-grade circuit, G-A blanked Waynesboro 5-0 and pitched another shutout in Chambersburg at 6-0. In the Waynesboro game, two goals each came from Emma Paci and Allie Reitz and one from Alyssa Gaus. Reitz, Kaitlin Measell and Michaela Dougherty had assists and Kaece DeShong chalked up two. G-A led 6-1 in corners.

In the Chambersburg skirmish, Reitz had another pair of goals, and one each came from Michaela Dougherty, Paci, DeShong and Bella Facchina. In the assist category it was Dougherty with two and one each from Reitz and Olivia Riser. Each team had four corners in the contest where G-A kipper Jordyn Painter made three saves.