Throughout the entire game Thursday afternoon, Greencastle-Antrim’s field hockey team was on fire.
The Blue Devils peppered Shippensburg with shot after shot in the Mid Penn Colonial Division contest, but it was the Lady Hounds who won where it mattered most. They got one out of six shots to go through, but that was all they needed in a 1-0 victory.
Courtney Coy played hero for Ship (7-7, 6-5 MPC). With the game still scoreless with less than five minutes to go, Coy finally broke through on an unassisted tally.
The Blue Devils (7-7, 6-4 MPC) outshot Shippensburg, 18-6, but Hound goalie Morgan Ocker was a brick wall in the shutout. She was credited with all 18 saves.
Waynesboro 1, Shippensburg 0: After a scoreless first half, it took Waynesboro just over a minute in the second half to score the only goal that mattered in a Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over Shippensburg.
Shippensburg (5-10, 3-6 MPC) dominated the stat categories, outshooting the Maidens, 14-3, and earning four corner kicks compared to just two for Waynesboro (7-6, 5-4).
But 1:01 into the second half, Elizabeth Churchman scored with an assist from Morgan French to give ‘Boro the victory.
“We played a hard-fought game,” Ship coach Mary Miller said. “We played with great intensity and never let down. We had some great attempts to finish, just couldn’t get the finish. It was a great fight by both teams.”
Waynesboro goalkeeper Madelyn Spears finished with nine saves, while Hannah Pletcher needed just three saves to preserve the shutout.
Shippensburg 2, Waynesboro 1: The Greyhounds (5-9, 4-4 MPC) pulled off a big upset over the Indians (9-4-1, 7-3 MPC) thanks to a goal in the 68th minute by Jackson VanHorne, who headed in a corner kick taken by Sam Orseno.
After a scoreless first half, VanHorne assisted on a goal by Austin Taylor. Waynesboro then tied it in the 63rd minute on a goal by Derek Buhrman, with Wes Ocker getting the assist, but just five minutes later, Ship struck for the game-winner.
The result reverses a 3-0 ’Boro win the first time the teams met, and puts the Indians two losses behind Greencastle-Antrim in the Mid Penn Colonial Division standings.
Chambersburg 3, Cedar Cliff 2, OT: The Colts made it tough on the Trojans, despite Chambersburg having a 27-4 advantage in shots and 4-0 in corner kicks. Rene Quintanilla was the man of the match for the Trojans (9-3-2, 7-2-1 MPC), scoring all three goals, including the game-winner seven minutes into overtime. He was assisted on the final goal by Luke Myers, and Victor Canel also had an assist. Keeper Christian Wilson made 20 saves for Cedar Cliff.
Greencastle 3, Big Spring 0: Joe Eberhardt had two goals and an assist all in the first half to lead Greencastle-Antrim to a Mid Penn Colonial Division shutout against Big Spring. Eberhardt’s goals came within 1:11 of each other. Bryson Robinson needed just two saves to earn the shutout for G-A (9-4, 8-1 MPC).
Cedar Cliff 2, Chambersburg 1: A goal by Gabby Lecuona, assisted by Brynn Vandegriff, put the Trojans (4-8, 1-7 MPC) in a 1-1 tie, but the Colts’ Ashley Hoagland scored with 3 ½ minutes left.
“In the second half we had the better of play and had some real good chances,” Chambersburg coach Ed Franchi said, “but we couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Boiling Springs 3, James Buchanan 0: James Buchanan just couldn’t keep up with the offensive firepower of Boiling Springs in a Mid Penn Colonial Division loss. The Rockets (5-7-1, 3-5-1 MPC) had just four shots on goal, compared to 14 for the Bubblers. Siara Gossert recorded 10 saves for JB.
McConnellsburg 4, Everett 3, OT: Izzy Keefer scored the golden goal for McConnellsburg in overtime victory against Everett in Sideling Hill/ICC action. The Spartans (7-2-1, 3-1-1 SHL, 3-1 ICC) have now won six games in a row. Mckenzi Garlock had a goal and an assist for McConnellsburg, while Kiara Pennsinger and Rebecca Wenschof each scored once.
“I thought the girls played well tonight against a tough opponent in Everett,” McConnellsburg coach Chris Mellott said. “Everyone on the team is contributing and playing at a high level. We seem to be improving each and every game.”
Chambersburg 3, Carlisle 0: Chambersburg got back to its winning ways with a straight-set victory over Carlisle in Mid Penn Commonwealth Division action. All three of the sets were close, as the Herd scored at least 22 points in each set. Bailee Nittterhouse had a well-rounded effort for the Trojans (10-3, 8-3 MPC), finishing with six kills and eight digs. Laken Myers led the defense with 14 digs.
"Tonight was a nice rebound victory after our match on Tuesday night (a loss vs. Central Dauphin)," Chambersburg assistant coach Bobby Culler said. "We came out and played with a lot of intensity. Carlisle played a great match and put up a great fight. Haylee Holsopple finished the match off with a fury of blocks (4 total) and kills (9 total)."
James Buchanan 3, West Perry 2: For the fourth match in a row, James Buchanan earned a five-set victory, this time over West Perry in Mid Penn Capital Division action. The teams split the first four sets before the Rockets (10-4, 4-3 MPC) finished off the final set, 15-13. Tyana Quivers paced the team in both kills (13) and digs (11), while Jenna Mongold finished with six kills, five digs and 12 assists. Sarah Blair also contributed 11 assists to go along with nine digs.
McConnellsburg 3, Chestnut Ridge 1: McConnellsburg’s set streak came to an end, but it still earned the win over Chestnut Ridge in a Sideling Hill League match. The Spartans (10-0, 7-0 SHL) won the first two sets before dropping their first set of the season. But they came back to win the final frame, 25-21. Carly Swope led McConnellsburg with 16 kills and 10 digs, while Bridgette Ritchey had nine kills, three blocks and 11 digs. Katelyn Truax had 10 kills, 11 digs and five blocks, and Ary Lupey and Lexi Lupey split 24 digs evenly.
“It’s always a battle when we go to Chestnut Ridge to play and tonight was the same,” McConnellsburg coach Heidi Johnston said. “It was a huge league win for us. We blocked better and stayed aggressive enough to keep them off balance. I’m pleased with the girls' focus on getting that win.”
Northern Bedford 3, Southern Fulton 1: After losing the first two sets of a Sideling Hill/ICC game, Southern Fulton dominated the third set, 25-15, but it wasn’t enough for a victory versus Northern Bedford. Sierra Lashley and Morgan Fitz led the Indians (3-9, 2-5 SHL, 2-4 ICC) with six kills apiece, and Olivia Mottern contributed five blocks. Madison Breeze had nine digs.
Cumb. Valley Christian 3, Calvary 1: Cumberland Valley Christian evened its overall record with a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference defeat of Calvary Christian. The Blazers (8-8, 6-7 MDCC) dropped the first set before winning three straight. Brianna Miley and Hunter Timmons split 30 kills evenly to pace CVC. Mackenzie Householder led the defense with 13 digs to go along with her 34 aces. Miley and Ashley Winters each had 12 digs.
Boys cross country
James Buchanan 23, Mercersburg Academy 33: Dalton Leab and Alex Giffin earned the top two spots for JB in a non-league win over Mercersburg. Leab clocked in at 17:51, nearly 25 seconds faster than anyone else. The Rockets (4-3) claimed four of the top six spots; the Blue Storm were led by Adam Cromwell, who placed third in 18:28.
Southern Fulton 22, Meyersdale 37; Southern Fulton 27, Central Martinsburg 28 : Nate Voight took third for the Indians in 20:48.4, but the difference came from Liam Flaherty (10th) and Josh Stocker (11th), who both beat the fifth Central runner. SF is 7-2.
Girls cross country
Mercersburg Academy 19, James Buchanan 41: Although James Buchanan’s Sarah Kimmel placed second, Mercersburg had a dominating non-league victory. Five of the Blue Storm’s runners were in the top six. Sonia Divone won by more than a minute, clocking in at 20:52. Kimmel was second for JB (3-4), finishing in 22:00.
“It was a wonderful time competing at JB today,” Mercersburg coach Betsy Cunningham said. “They have a fun course, and we really appreciated their hospitality. We hope to make this an annual event.”
Southern Fulton 15, Central Martinsburg 41 : The Indians raised their record to 6-2 with a comfortable win over the Dragons. Maddie Baker (26:16.9), Elizabeth Flaherty, Emily Bradshaw, Mary Dudush and Lindsey Palmer finished 2nd through 6th for SF.