Keep an eye on this week's players to watch around Franklin and Fulton counties. Video by Lindsey Smith


Franklin and Fulton counties feature some hot rivalries, conference clashes and a top wrestling tournament in this week's edition of F-F 5 things to watch.


Waynesboro girls play back-to-back: Despite suffering a Mid Penn Colonial division upset by Boiling Springs, the Waynesboro girls basketball team has a chance to rebound from its tough loss on Monday against Spring Grove.

Not only will Monday's 7 p.m. clash likely result in a victory for the Maidens as Spring Grove is 1-9 on the season, but senior Cat Weber is tantalizingly close to hitting a new career milestone. Weber is just 11 points away from the 1,000th point of her career.

Tuesday the Maidens are back at it against Greencastle-Antrim in a Mid Penn Colonial division clash. Thanks to Waynesboro's loss to Boiling Springs last week, Greencastle remains the only undefeated team in Mid Penn Colonial Division play. Since the teams' last meeting in the championship game of the Franklin County Tip-Off tournament, Waynesboro put up a six-game winning streak, while the Blue Devils won six of seven.


Northern York at Shippensburg swimming, 4:15 p.m.: It will be a Mid Penn Colonial division showdown between Shippensburg and Northern on Tuesday as the Polar Bears will try to tarnish Shippensburg girls' perfect record in the Colonial, while the boys threaten to jump ahead in the division standings.

The Shippensburg girls team is undefeated on the season, while the boys are fresh off a dominant win over East Pennsboro.

Makenna Morris and Madison Osanitsch will be top contributors for the girls, while Sam Nonemaker will be the anchor on the boys side.


McConnellsburg at Forbes Road girls basketball, 7:30 p.m.: Last season the McConnellsburg-Forbes Road rivalry increased as the Cardinals forced overtime in their first meeting, and again forced a tight contest in their second Sideling Hill League/ Inter-County Conference clash.

Thursday will be another intense rivalry game as Forbes Road has begun to mesh after earning its first win of the season last week. McConnellsburg, with the addition of Forbes Road transfer McKenzie Gelvin, is also hitting its stride after a 2-3 start.

The Spartans have won three straight, outscoring opponents 223-106.


Forbes Road at McConnellsburg boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.: The same Sideling Hill League/ Inter-County Conference rivalry meeting will happen on the boys side on Friday, and it's set to be an exciting affair.

Despite two losses last week, Forbes Road is playing with confidence after winning four straight including a tournament title. But McConnellsburg is also riding high on a three-game win streak, including a 19-point win over Fannett-Metal, which beat Forbes Road by 11 last week.

Aaron Schepis has been a consistent scorer for the Cardinals and will likely be the top defensive target for McConnellsburg, which had 19 steals against Cumberland Valley Christian on Saturday.


Chambersburg wrestling at Escape the Rock, 10 a.m.: Chambersburg will travel to Bucks County to compete in its sixth Escape the Rock wrestling tournament to battle some of the top in the state.

Last year the Trojans placed 20th out of 47 teams with two fifth-place finishes, Drew Peck (182) and Garrett Kyner (138).

Peck will have more to prove this season as he is again wrestling for college scholarship, while Aaron Rump (132) will look to earn his first medal at the prestigious event after going 3-2 at Escape the Rock last season.

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