Don't miss these top five matchups around Franklin-Fulton this week, featuring this week's Players to Watch Video by Lindsey Smith
Officially more than half way through the fall season, and things are starting to heat up in division play. Don't miss these top five things to watch around Franklin and Fulton counties and see the drama unfold.
Heritage girls volleyball at Shalom Christian, 6:45: The Flames hold just two losses on the season, one by the hands of MDCC rival Heritage. Last year, Shalom's only division losses also came from the Eagles - and with home court advantage, and running off a statement win over Cumberland Valley Christian, Shalom will be ready to even the score against Heritage, Monday.
Look out for Haley Bricker, the Flames' top girl in the middle, and Kodi Ebersole, who was on fire behind the service line for Shalom against CVC with seven aces.
Greencastle-Antrim boys soccer at Boiling Springs, 7: Since the Blue Devils' streak in the Mid Penn Colonial division was broken up by Waynesboro in an overtime thriller, Greencastle has been in a slump, dropping three of its last four games. But despite its rough patch, Greencastle remains at the top of the Colonial division with just one division loss on the season. Staring in the shadows is Boiling Springs with a 6-1-1 record in the Colonial.
Greencastle can make a statement with a win over Boiling Springs on the road, but it will be all hands on deck. As the season progresses, teams have focused on top scorer Brandon Stuhler, and Tuesday will be a test for the well-rounded offense to work as Stuhler will likely be covered well. Look our for Kaleb Hurley to make a difference.
McConnellsburg boys soccer at Fannett-Metal, 4: The last time these two Sideling Hill rivals faced off, it was a double-overtime thriller in just the second game of the season. But in the passing weeks, both teams moved in very different directions. McConnellsburg, which claimed a 1-0 win over Fannett-Metal in that game, has remained a consistent squad with a 6-1-1 record, and is near perfect in the league.
The Tigers, on the other hand, have had trouble finding its footing at 4-5 on the season. But the combination of home-field advantage, and a quest for redemption could give Fannett-Metal the edge it needs to take one over McConnellsburg.
Watch out for Mikell McGee, the Tigers' offensive powerhouse that already has 18 goals on the season, and McConnellsburg's Nic Culler and Landon Seiders, who lead the Spartan offense with five and four goals, respectively.
District 3 Golf Championships at Briarwood Golf Club, Friday/Saturday: Area golfers will look to claim District tiles in Class 3A and 2A, and will also compete to advance to the PIAA Eastern Regional tournament to be held on Oct. 17. The top 16 3A boys and top eight 3A girls advance to the PIAA tournament.
Franklin County may have contenders in both boys and girls. Chambersburg sophomore Karsen Rush has the area’s best average (73.4) and he placed third in last week’s Mid Penn tourney. The next three boys sporting good averages are Jacob Suder of James Buchanan (80.0), John Williams of Greencastle-Antrim (82.8) and the Trojans’ Grayson Hopple (82.9).
On the girls’ side, sophomore Mary Kate Norcross of Chambersburg (80.1) is fresh off a Mid Penn championship, and Waynesboro’s Olivia Gardenhour (83.0) are expected to be contenders.
Mid Penn girls tennis Champions: The Mid Penn Conference looks to crown its singles and doubles champions this weekend, as the Chambersburg girls tennis team competes at CD East and James Buchanan travels to East Pennsboro.
The James Buchanan girls tennis team has thrived in the Mid Penn Colonial division all season, and Saturday is time for the Rockets to really show what they've got. No. 1 singles player Rachel Martin will be a top contender for the Mid Penn Colonial crown, but will have tough competition with the No. 1 singles star, Kathryn Long from Trinity, who is responsible for Martin's only losses on the season. In addition to crowning the Mid Penn Champion, it will also decide which players advance to District 3.