Lizi Arbogast and Lindsey Smith break down intriguing F-F matchups, including a few area schools in the hunt for division titles. Video by Lizi Arbogast
To any field hockey player around the area, the legend of Forbes Road’s McKenzie Gelvin has been a harsh reality the last three seasons.
But this season, Gelvin took one Keystone League foe by surprise.
Forbes Road played Huntingdon for the first time this season on Sept. 12, when Gelvin, the area’s reigning leading scorer, was on a college trip in Philadelphia.
Then, the Cardinals beat Huntingdon 7-0. But the score was sure to be different this time.
Gelvin exploded on the field, scoring in the first, third and eighth minute - racking up a total of eight goals against the Bearcats, breaking a 26-year old school record.
“McKenzie’s dominance as far as scoring is happening every game,” Forbes Road coach Carol Cline said. “But the first time we played them this year we didn’t have McKenzie. I don’t know if they were shocked or what, but Huntingdon was like, ‘Where did this girl come from?’”
Gelvin leads the area with 18 goals. Last year she led the area with 35 goals.
STREAKING: The McConnellsburg girls volleyball team has yet to give up a set this season, boasting a 5-0 record. Last year, the Spartans finished 15-5 and were nearly perfect in the Sideling Hill League and Inter-County Conference.
Last week, Trinity squashed the James Buchanan girls tennis team's nine-match winning steak, and the Rockets fell again this week in a 3-2 loss to the Mid Penn Colonial favorite, Bishop McDevitt, which the Rockets beat in the team's first meeting. James Buchanan (10-3, 6-3 MPC) is currently ranked second in the division, with its only losses of the season coming on 3-2 defeats.
Heading into division play, the Shippensburg football team stands at the top of the division as the only unbeaten Mid Penn Colonial team left. Big Spring and Northern York are waiting in the shadows with one loss heading into Week 4. Waynesboro is ranked fourth in the division at 1-2 and takes on No. 1 Shippensburg, Friday. James Buchanan and Greencaslte-Antrim are two of four winless Colonial teams.
The Chambersburg football team falls in last in the Commonwealth with a single win on the season (5 of the 7 teams are 3-0), and the road does not get much easier for the Trojans as they begin division play.
DISTRICT 3 RACE: Although the season is just halfway over, as of Thursday afternoon, the Greencastle-Antrim boys soccer team was ranked third in District 3 Class 3A. The Chambersburg boys soccer team is ranked fourth in Class 4A, Waynesboro sits at 18. The top 16 teams make it to the district playoffs.
INJURY REPORT: The Chambersburg field hockey team took a big blow last week with the loss of its starting left midfielder, Hannah Raines, who took a stick to the jaw during the Trojans’ loss to Central Dauphin East.
Raines sustained a fractured jaw bone and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
During that same game, junior captain Rachel Dusman nearly fractured her left thumb and has been playing with it splinted.
“It obviously hurts, Hannah was really coming along - she had an assist in that game before she got hurt,” Chambersburg coach Jen Amsley said. “It’s a big blow for us; we are pretty banged up right now.”
ON THE MEND: Chambersburg cross country’s Livvy Sommers is recovering from a nagging injury, but still managed to be a big part of a pair of Mid Penn Commonwealth wins over State College and Cumberland Valley, Tuesday. Sommers was Chambersburg’s fifth finisher at 18th overall (22:10), aiding the Trojans’ narrow victories and putting them in contention for a Commonwealth crown.
“Livvy really did well today,” Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. “She’s been down with an injury, but our depth really helped us out and came through.”