F-F 5 games to watch this week
Now more than halfway through the season, area teams are vying for a spot in the postseason. But with area rivals standing in the way, this week's Franklin-Fulton matchups could get interesting, so make sure to check out the top five games to watch this week.
Monday, Chambersburg softball at Cumberland Valley, 4:15: One of the biggest headlines this season has been the Chamberbsurg softball team's continued success, and now as the team competes in one of its final big challenges of the season, the Trojans have the chance to clinch at least a share of the regular season Mid Penn Commonwealth title with a win over Cumberland Valley on Monday.
With just one loss on the season to MPC foe Central Dauphin, Chambersburg sits comfortably in first place in the division with five MPC games remaining in the regular season.
Cumberland Valley (6-6, 4-5 MPC) played Chambersburg close in the teams' first meeting of the season, with a 4-3 decision - the only game so far that Chambersburg (13-1, 8-1 MPC) has had less than a two-run cushion.
Thursday, Chambersburg boys volleyball at Cumberland Valley, 7: As the Chambersburg boys volleyball team contends for the Mid Penn Commonwealth title, the Trojans have one remaining divisional challenge in Cumberland Valley.
Chambersburg has won at least one match against every MPC opponent except Cumberland Valley, which also happens to be the only division team to sweep the Trojans this season.
Chambersburg sits in second place in the MPC with a 6-2 division record, just behind Central Dauphin, which is 6-1. CD's only MPC loss of the season came from the Trojans.
Friday, District 3-AA Tennis Tournament at the Hershey Racket Club, 12:45: James Buchanan will travel to Hershey to take on Donegal in the District 3 Class AA boys tennis tournament on Friday. The Rockets are seeded fifth, while Donegal is ranked fourth in the tournament.
The Indians are third in the Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 league, and are 10-2 overall, while James Buchanan is third in the MPC Colonial with a 14-3 record.
Saturday, Stan Morgan Invitational, at Carlisle, 3: The Chambersburg, James Buchanan and Waynesboro track & field teams will compete at the Stan Morgan Invitational held at Carlisle for one of the last chances for individuals to qualify for districts.
Chambersburg's Kelton Chastulik qualified for districts weeks ago, but Saturday he broke the school record in the shot put for his third Chambersburg throwing record of the season. He has the opportunity to increase those marks Saturday at Stan Morgan.
Watch out for Clay Ziemba from James Buchanan, who claimed gold in the 110 hurdles, third in the 300 hurdles and second in the high jump against Boiling Springs last week.
Weekly Mid Penn Colonial softball matchups: As the season goes on, Mid Penn Colonial Division softball has continued to be unpredictable, and with four more key divisional matchups this week, hopefully the division will gain some clarity.
Greencastle-Antrim travels to James Buchanan and Waynesboro meets Shippensburg on Tuesday, then the Blue Devils host Ship as Big Spring travels to James Buchanan on Thursday.
Greencastle is tied with Waynesboro with a 4-2 league record at the top of the division, while Shippensburg, Big Spring and James Buchanan all have three MPC losses this season. With all four of those teams playing one another this week, a leader must emerge.
Watch out for Greencastle, which has won four of its last five games, and put up one of the best fights of the season against Chambersburg in the final of the Big Spring Bulldog Tournament. Shippensburg also went 2-1 at the tournament.
The Chambersburg softball team won the Big Spring Tournament Championship with a 5-3 victory over Greencastle-Antrim in the tournament final. Video by Lindsey Smith