With the season rapidly coming to a close, several upcoming games have playoff implications. There are also a pair of championships on the docket this week. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
It's starting to get down to the nitty gritty of several fall sports, and this week's games could have a lot of playoff implications. Don't miss these top five things to watch around Franklin and Fulton counties this week.
Dist. 5 girls tennis championships at Bedford, 9 a.m.: Could it be a four-peat this year for McConnellsburg's Bronwyne Mellott?
On Monday, we'll find out as Mellott heads to the District 5 Class A Girls Tennis Championships at Bedford. The tournament is set to start at 9 a.m. Mellott has won the gold medal three years in a row.
Last year, the tournament was held with a pro set through the first three rounds, and the championship was played like a typical best-of-three match. In 2015, Mellott defeated Bedford's Allison Shuke, 6-1, 6-3, in the final.
Cumberland Valley at Chambersburg boys soccer, 7: With just one week left in the regular season, this will be an exceptionally meaningful matchup for the Chambersburg Trojans.
Not only will it have implications in the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division standings, in which Cumberland Valley sits at second followed by the Trojans in third, but the game also means a lot in the district rankings. In the unofficial rankings, CV (10-4, 8-2 MPC) is fourth in Class 4A, and Chambersburg (9-3-2, 7-2-1 MPC) is sixth.
In the first meeting, Chambersburg had a 2-0 edge, and that was at the Eagles' home field. Rene Quintanilla had a goal and an assist in the victory.
Greencastle-Antrim at Waynesboro boys soccer, 6:45: Directly following a game with Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Waynesboro turns right around to host Waynesboro in this Mid Penn Colonial Division showdown. The Indians won the first meeting with a lone goal from Derek Buhrman in overtime.
This game could be especially important for Waynesboro (9-4-1), which is currently on the outside looking in at the District 3 Class 4A playoffs. Defeating a strong 3A team like Greencastle (10-4) could mean important power ranking points.
Be on the look for Buhrman, who is third in the area with 16 goals, but his firepower could be matched by G-A's Brandon Stuhler, who has nine goals and six assists to his name.
Shalom Christian at McConnellsburg girls volleyball, 7:30: This could be the biggest test of McConnellsburg's season so far.
Riding an undefeated start to the season, McConnellsburg (11-0) will be up against the 12-3 Shalom Flames. The Spartans struggled against Broadfording in their tournament earlier this season, and Shalom has defeated the Lions twice this season.
The top two players for Shalom this season have been middle hitters Haley Bricker and Lauren Stains, who have also been constant contributors on defense. McConnellsburg boasts a well-rounded offense with top hitters like Bridgette Ritchey, Carly Swope and Kacey Hann.
Mid Penn Conference Cross Country Championships at Big Spring, 2: If you thought Abby Yourkavitch was finally going to get an easy run to a Mid Penn gold medal, think again. Despite the graduation of longtime rival Mady Clahane, of Cumberland Valley, the Chambersburg junior has found an even closer form of competition.
Greencastle-Antrim freshman Taryn Parks will give Yourkavitch a run for her money this weekend at the Mid Penn Conference championships.
Chambersburg's girls team could be looking for the overall title, though, as the Trojans earned the Commonwealth Division title this year. In 2015, Kaylee Mowery was 10th and Cadie Kiser was 14th.