Mercersburg Academy's girls basketball team got a boost recently when its tallest player, Melody Gomez, returned to the court.

Gomez, a 6-foot senior, suffered a partially torn ACL in a preseason scrimmage. She elected not to have surgery and has been rehabbing it for the past several weeks.

Against St. James she returned to limited action, wearing a knee brace and showing good mobility in the paint.

"It shows how dedicated our girls are," Blue Storm coach Katie LaRue said. "The rest of the team worked harder knowing she wasn't going to play, and she worked hard herself, and now she's back."

POWER RANKINGS: In this week's District 3 basketball power rankings, only two area teams - both boys teams - appear to be in position to qualify for the district tournament, barring perhaps a winning streak from Shippensburg.

Chambersburg (8-5) is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, although Tuesday's loss to Carlisle will drop the Trojans lower for next week. Greencastle-Antrim (12-2) has jumped to No. 3 in Class AAA.

In Class AAA wrestling, Chambersburg (11-3) is ranked No. 8 and in good shape to qualify for the district duals tournament for the first time.

BECKNER RESIGNS: Doug Beckner, who had guided the Waynesboro boys soccer program for the last seven seasons, resigned from his position last week.

In those seven years, the Indians compiled a record of 47-65-9. Last fall, Waynesboro finished with a 5-10-1 mark.

Beckner said, "It's not really the coaching I didn't like, but the administrative side.


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Because our JV coach was named the girls coach last fall, we were late in getting a JV coach and that made it even worse.

"I've been doing this for 13 years (six as an assistant). I thought I'd like to see this group of sophomores through, but then I figured I'd better do it now so they have time to find somebody. I really enjoyed it, especially the kids and dealing with the other coaches."

ROUGH CUP: Typically, when Pennsylvania wrestling teams compete in Maryland, they come back with plenty of success. Such was not the case last weekend when Greencastle-Antrim and Waynesboro participated in the 26th annual Hub Cup Tournament at North Hagerstown.

In the 18-team field, with 16 teams from Maryland, the Indians finished ninth and G-A was 13th.

The only area finalists were Cody Carbaugh of G-A at 113 and Kenyon Cuka of Waynesboro at 138. Carbaugh suffered his first loss of the season after 14 wins when he was pinned in 1:51 by Timothy Nordan of Catoctin. Kuka was decked in just 20 seconds by Nick Frank of Urbana.

Jesse Smith (145) of the Indians went 4-1 to place third, while the Indians' Aaron Layman (120) and the Blue Devils' Wyatt Binkley (106) and Jensen Stoner (170) finished fourth. Waynesboro's Aiden Smith (16) was fifth and teammate Ryan Neff (106) took sixth.

IPSL ALL-STARS: Three Greencastle residents who attend St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Md. were named to Independent Parochial School League (IPSL) all-star teams in the fall.

Jenna Katrina, a sophomore, was named to the IPSL girls soccer first team. Her brother Drew Katrina, a junior, and Jake Kline were selected for the boys soccer all-star team.