F-F Highlights: Forbes Road starts with win
Game of the day
Boys basketball, Forbes Road 53, Everett 50: The Cardinals trailed for most of the game, but outscored Everett 21-14 in the fourth quarter. Forbes Road sank 5 of 6 foul shots down the stretch to maintain its lead, which it grabbed when Brycen Hohman drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give his team a 47-46 lead.
"We were down eight in the second quarter when Logan Grubb came off the bench and hit a three and then a layup," FR coach Trent Black said. "Then in the second half we handled their pressure better. We did what we needed to do late to keep the lead."
For the Cardinals (1-0), who hit 5 of 10 from 3-point range, Hohman and Aaron Schepis each had 10 points, while Matt Brown had nine points and seven rebounds.
Boys, New Oxford 58, Shippensburg 51: In each of the first three years that Sean Bair brought his New Oxford team to the GWABC Tip-Off tournament at Gettysburg, the Colonials lost both games. But the team reversed that trend and gave its coach his first win in the gym where he played his high school basketball when they defeated Shippensburg, 58-51, in opening round action Friday night.
New Oxford will face Lancaster Mennonite in the championship tilt Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Blazers earned their spot by defeating Gettysburg, 62-42. Ship will face Gettysburg at 6.
The Colonials trailed early against the Greyhounds, but took the lead for good on John Wessel's triple with 1:38 to play in the half and that jump-started a 20-6 spurt that spanned the quarter break, and they carried a 31-19 lead into the break.
Ship started well in the second half, holding Ox off the boards for the first 3 1/2 minutes and trimmed the deficit to 31-24, but the Colonials responded with a strong finish and led 41-28 after three quarters.
The lead grew to 46-28 before the Hounds put together an 18-5 run that cut the lead to 51-46 with 1:50 to go.
"We talked at halftime about playing one possession at a time and we did that for awhile and cut the lead," Ship coach Ray Staver said. "But then we started playing too frenetic and it got away from us. We were playing like we were down 15 with three minutes left in the game and it was still in the third quarter."
By Tom Sixeas
Boys basketball: In Southern Fulton's 91-34 romp over Hancock, Md., SF star Dylan Gordon predictably filled the stat sheet - 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Mercersburg Academy (2-2, 1-1 IPSL) won its first IPSL game since Dec. of 2013, a 62-34 win over St. John's Catholic Prep, with help from Eli Riley's career-high 20 points.
Jonah Stains had 21 points and Cameron Roseman 19 to lead Shalom Christian over Calvary Christian, 62-56.
Girls basketball: In a 67-25 win over Mount Union, McConellsburg got 22 points (10-for-10 at the foul line) and nine rebounds from Bronwyne Mellott, 19 points from McKenzie Gelvin and 17 from Justice Seville.
Wrestling: Shippensburg advanced three wrestlers to Saturday's semifinals in the Cumberland Valley Kickoff Tournament. Chandler Olson (132 pounds), Cole Forrester (195) and Cameron Tinner (285) each won twice Friday.
Olson had a pin and major decision and will face CV's Wyatt Long in the semis, while PIAA runner-up Austin DeSanto of Exeter is in the other bracket. Forrester had a 5-2 win over Noah Fleshman of Bermudian Springs and meets defending PIAA state champ Cole Nye of Bishop McDevitt. Tinner, who had two pins, tangles with Oscar Daniels of Exeter.
Track & field: At the Episcopal Early Bird indoor track & field meet Thursday, Mercersburg Academy athletes set two school records. For the boys, Alden Littlefield smashed a record set in 2005 when he threw the shot put 53 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt to win the event by eight feet.
The Blue Storm broke the girls 4 x 800 relay record from 2008 by posting a time of 10:50.06. The team included Campbell Drennan, Emma Claire Geitner, Sophia Divone and Ryan Geitner.
Forbes Road boys coach Trent Black, after beating Everett: "I'm pretty sure nobody expected that - they're a 3A school and we're still 1A. I guess we'd better enjoy it now, because we won't (be sneaking up on anybody) now."
Franklin County Tip-Off: Chambersburg 45, Greencastle-Antrim 31; Waynesboro 58, James Buchanan 34
Gettysburg Tip-Off: New Oxford 58, Shippensburg 51
Forbes Road 53, Everett 50
Southern Fulton 91, Hancock, Md. 34
Shalom Christian 62, Calvary Christian 56
Mercersburg Academy 62, St. John's Catholic Prep 34
Franklin County Tip-Off: Greencastle-Antrim 47, Chambersburg 42; Waynesboro 56, James Buchanan 33
Mifflin County Tip-Off: Shippensburg 59, Williamsport 40
McConnellsburg 67, Mount Union 25
Shalom Christian 46, Calvary Christian 40