F-F 5 games to watch this week
Monday, Chambersburg at Greencastle-Antrim softball, 4:15: The top softball team in the Mid Penn Commonwealth and the top Colonial Division squad meet in a non-league game Monday in a rematch of the Big Spring Bulldog Tournament championship, in which the Blue Devils put up one of the best non-league fights against the dominant Chambersburg softball team yet this year.
The Lady Trojans are solidly in first in the Commonwealth and can clinch the title with a win over Carlisle on Tuesday, while Greencastle holds the edge in a tight race for the top of the Colonial Division and had two walkoff wins last week against MPC opponents.
Monday, Rt. 16 Last Chance Track & Field Invitational at Greencastle, 3: The Blue Devils welcome the James Buchanan, Shippensburg and Waynesboro track & field teams to the Last Chance invitational - truly the last chance for local teams to see competition before the Mid Penn Conference championships, to be held on Saturday at Trojan Stadium.
The Greencastle boys track & field team claimed the MPC title, while on the girls side, Greencastle finished in a three-way tie for first with Shippensburg and Boiling Springs.
Wednesday, James Buchanan boys tennis at District 3 Class-AA semifinals, Hershey Racquet Club: The Rockets moved on from an emotional quarterfinal performance over Donegal to take on No. 1 Wyomissing in the district semifinals. Wyomissing enters the semifinal round 14-0 as the only undefeated team in AA.
James Buchanan will use momentum from its first-ever district win and look for an upset over Spartans. The loser of the semifinal match will play in a consolation game for third place to decide which team will make the trip to states.
Wednesday, Spring Grove at Chambersburg boys volleyball, 6: Chambersburg has dropped two of its last three matches as the regular season winds down, but faces a beatable opponent in the final game of the regular season. Spring Grove, a 4-10 York-Adams team, is the Trojans' last challenge of the year.
Chambersburg is ranked 14th in District 3 Class AAA, with the top 12 making it to the post season. Wednesday is a must-win for the Trojans if they hope to have a chance to move up before the District 3 cutoff.
Saturday, Mid Penn Conference Track & Field Championships, at Chambersburg, 9 a.m.: The top runners, jumpers and throwers in the conference will gather at Trojan Stadium for the Mid Penn Championships, the first step for elite area athletes before moving on to districts and states.
Last year, the host school had just two first-place finishes, both from stand-out thrower Kelton Chastulik, who took the discus and shot put at the MPC championships. This year, the Trojans should put up a better fight in the MPC, with Chastulik leading the pack after a record-setting season. The Lady Trojans' 4x800 relay team is composed of some of the best distance runners in the conference, with anchor Abby Yourkavitch not only aiding her relay team to victory, but also has eyes on a top finish in the 3200, in which she placed second at last year's championship.
Also watch out for the Greencastle-Antrim team, which has broken multiple school and stadium records this season.