H.S. Highlights: G-A track has slew of records broken
Greencastle-Antrim had three stadium records either tied or broken, a school record go down, a clinching of the Mid Penn Colonial Division title for the boys, a three-way tie for the crown for the girls and a sweep of James Buchanan on Tuesday afternoon.
All in all, it was a pretty good day for the Blue Devil track & field teams.
Liam Okal highlighted the day for the Greencastle boys team, which defeated JB, 107-45. Although Okal won just one event, he got his name in the Blue Devils’ record book. He broke a school record in the 200 with a time of 21.7 seconds.
Also for Greencastle’s boys (5-0, 5-0 MPC), Campbell Parker broke his own stadium record in the discus with a toss of 173-08. He also won the shot put. Kyrin Zimmerman won a pair of events as well, taking first in the long jump and the pole vault.
For the Rockets (1-4, 1-4 MPC), Clayton Bendell finished first in the triple and high jumps.
On the girls side, it was Jordan Pizzaro that got to bask in the glory. She tied a stadium record in the 200 with a time of 26.0. Pizzaro also reigned supreme in the 100 for the Blue Devils (4-1, 4-1 MPC), who tied with Boiling Springs and Shippensburg for the division title.
Other top performers for G-A were Jenay Faulkner, who won the shot put and the discus, and Madison Hurley, who took first in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
For JB (0-5, 0-5 MPC), Mickey Heinbaugh won the triple and the long jumps.
WHAT A RELIEF: One of Greencastle-Antrim’s top pitchers didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday. But Nathan Starliper came on in relief and checked James Buchanan over the final 2 ⅓ innings to ensure a 5-2 Mid Penn Colonial Division victory Tuesday.
Derek Measell started for the Blue Devils (11-1, 7-0 MPC), but walked four and struck out six. Starliper, nicknamed “The Big Donkey,” had a pair of strikeouts and no walks.
“He has a fastball that bats don’t like,” G-A coach Eric Shaner said. “It’s hard and it moves. He came in and threw strikes. Derek struggled a little with the strike zone and didn’t have his normal stuff, but Nathan picked him up.”
Dillon Morgan doubled and was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in for Greencastle, while Matt Kline was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
For the Rockets (6-8, 0-6 MPC), Dylan Sanders drove in a run and pitcher Remi Spoonhour went the distance, allowing eight hits.
McConnellsburg 4, Southern Fulton 2: For the second night in a row, McConnellsburg picked up a key victory, this time a narrow defeat of Southern Fulton in SHL/ICC action.
The Indians got off to a good start, taking a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but the Spartans (4-10, 4-8 SHL, 3-7 ICC) took a lead in the third inning and never looked back. They added some insurance with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and overcame two errors to ensure the win.
"We had probably the best first inning we've had all year, but then we just went flat," Southern Fulton coach Dustin Fischer said. "Our approaches aren't good and need to get better. Every other aspect of the game we are doing great."
Landon Richards and Quintin Miller led McConnellsburg’s offense with two hits apiece; Miller smacked two doubles. But it was Garrison Crouse who was the MVP of the game. He gave up just four hits against SF (11-3, 9-3 SHL, 8-2 ICC) and struck out two.
"He threw really well," Spartan coach Brian Ramsey said. "He kept the ball down and kept them off balance, and he really came through. They got their two runs in the first inning; he was up a little bit. But he really settled in and pitched a good game for us."
Waynesboro 3, Shippensburg 0: Kyle Hoffman had another fine outing, allowing just four hits in Waynesboro’s Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over Shippensburg. Bubba Hamilton had the clutch hit for the Indians (12-3, 5-2 MPC) with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Jarrett Biesecker had two hits for Waynesboro, which totaled just five. The loss breaks a five-game win streak for the Greyhounds (7-5, 3-3 MPC).
Forbes Road 10, Tussey Mountain 0 (F/5): Forbes Road completed a five-inning shutout over Tussey Mountain in an SHL/ICC game, scoring 10 runs on six hits. Tussey’s starting pitcher walked 10 batters. Brown threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and struck out four for the Cardinals (8-4, 8-3 SHL, 8-3 ICC).
“We hit the ball OK but the big difference was the number of free passes issued by Tussey Mountain,” Forbes Road coach Randy Gelvin said. “We did execute well tonight and played very good defense behind (Matt) Brown.”
Mercersburg Academy 6, St. Maria Goretti 1: Carlos Mancilla threw the first six innings, allowing only two hits, and Will Oakley finished it off for the Blue Storm, who improved to 15-4. Oakley (3-for-3) and Jake Artz (3-for-4) each had three hits for Mercersburg and Jayvien Sandridge had two.
Shalom Christian 5, Heritage Academy 4: The Flames and Eagles played just one inning to complete their game and Colby Maun’s single to right field with two outs in the seventh inning lifted Shalom to the win. Maum (4-1) fanned 14 batters on the mound.
Shalom Christian 12, Calvary Christian 0: Mike White (2-0) earned the win for the Flames (7-6, 6-4 MDCC).
Shippensburg 9, Waynesboro 4: After going down in order in the first inning, Shippensburg (9-5, 4-2 MPC) went through the entire batting order its next time up, all the while scoring four runs in an MPC Colonial game against Waynesboro (9-6, 4-3 MPC). Courtney Coy went 3-for-3 with an RBI and also pitched the complete game, allowed five hits, and struck out two. All of Waynesboro’s runs were scored in the fifth inning.
“We were in a nice offensive groove over the weekend, and that carried into tonight,” Shippensburg coach Mike Peters said. “Waynesboro is right there in the division chase so jumping out to a lead at home was important.”
McConnellsburg 10, Southern Fulton 0 (5 innings): Carly Swope fired a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks, and went 3-for-4 with a double to help McConnellsburg halt a nine-game losing streak and extend SF’s 8-game skid. Lindsay Randler also went 3-for-4 with a double and Tara Cutchall also hit a double for the Spartans (3-11, 2-9 SHL, 2-8 ICC). The Indians are 3-12 (3-10 SHL, 3-8 ICC).
Southern Huntingdon 3, Fannett-Metal 1: Fannett-Metal shut out Southern Huntingdon in the middle innings Tuesday, but it was not enough to overcome the Rockets in an SHL/ICC game. Makayla O’Donel had two hits and scored the only run of the game, brought in by an RBI double by Brooke Harris. Emily Metcalfe also had two hits for Fannett-Metal (8-7, 5-7 SHL, 5-6 ICC).
Chambersburg 3, Central Dauphin East 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21): The Trojans (7-4, 7-2 MPC) won a tight first set, then took care of business against the Panthers. Riley Washington led in kills with 12, while Dalton Strite and Landon Miller each had seven. Other leaders were Miller in blocks (3), Ian Patterson in assists (26) and aces (2), and Will Gerhart (10) and Strite (7) in digs.
“The guys had fun and everybody got on the court,” Chambersburg coach Marta Cummings said. “It was a good bounce back win from last night (a loss to Lower Dauphin) and should be a confidence booster for the guys going into Thursday’s match (at Cumberland Valley).”
Chambersburg 111.5, Central Dauphin 38.5: The Trojans moved their record to 3-3 (3-3 MPC) by crunching the Rams, helped by wins in all three relays for the first time this season. Chambersburg won all but three events and the only double winner was Kelton Chastulik (shot put, discus). The Trojans swept the shot, triple jump and long jump.
“Alex Hayden (800), Matt Hoover (1600) and Chris Wurtz (3200) all had outstanding races today,” Trojan coach Bob Walker said. “Matt went under 4:40 for the first time and Chris had his fastest time of the year. Thomas Langdon had a breakthrough in the 300 hurdles; his winning time (43.2) was his best by two seconds. Christian Ortiz had an awesome race in the 200; his 23.1 was his best this year. Donovan Hylton became our third guy to hit 40 feet in the triple jump.”
Other winners included Quintan Barbour (400), Kamm Green (triple jump), Toby Fritz (long jump), Ezechiel Cadet (high jump) and Evan Vink (pole vault).
McConnellsburg goes 1-1: The Spartans (13-2, 9-2 ICC) defeated Everett 85-65, but were beaten 83-67 by Southern Huntingdon. Chance Hawbaker was victorious in three events, taking the 100 (11.3), 200 (23.1) and high jump (5-6). Connor Johnson won the shot put (44-11) and discus (114-4).
Chestnut Ridge 81, Southern Fulton 69: Chase Varner captured the 800 in 2:13.3 and the 1600 in 4:53.9 and anchored the winning 4x800 and 4x400 relays, but the Indians (7-8, 4-7 ICC) came up short against the Lions. Jonah Golden won the 3200 and was on the 4x800 relay.
Shippensburg 94-64, Middletown 56, West Perry 86: Taha Shamshudin won the both of the boys hurdle races against West Perry, and David Boarts won the high jump clearing 5-8 for Ship (5-2).
Chambersburg 105, Central Dauphin 45: The Trojans (4-2, 4-2 MPC) won 13 of the 18 events to swamp CD. Cirsten Kelly captured the 200 in 26.0 and the 400 in 59.4, Abby Zeger took the long jump with a personal best 16-7 and the pole vault and Abby Yourkavitch won the 800 and 1600.
Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said, “Cirsten, Camryn Greenlee and Arianna Appenzellar posted some impressive sprint times. Caroline Hance and Sydnie Gilbert each won a hurdles race - those freshmen will be fun to watch. Reagan Winebrenner seems to add distance to her shot put every week, and her 37-4.75 is probably one of the best in the Mid Penn.”
Also taking wins for the Trojans were Hance (100 hurdles), Greenlee (100), Gilbert (300 hurdles), Cadie Kiser (3200) and Neyda Robles (discus), and Livvy Sommers (3200) and Sydney Parson (800) had PRs.
Southern Fulton 77, Chestnut Ridge 73: The Indians (11-4, 8-3 ICC) got a trio of wins from Celina Mercant (17.0 in the 100 hurdles, 50.0 in the 300 hurdles, 15-1.25 in the long jump, plus anchoring the 4x400 win) but couldn’t quite get past the Lions. Emily Bradshaw took the 1600 and 3200 for SF.
Shippensburg 101-97, Middletown 39, West Perry 53: The Shippensburg girls came home with wins over non-league Middletown and West Perry, while the girls (6-1) claimed all but two races against West Perry.
Shalom Christian 7, Carroll Christian 1: Shalom continued to bombard opponents with shots in a 7-1 non-league win over Carroll Christian. The Flames (11-1) outshot Carroll 28-2 while Lexy Poe found the back of the net three times, and Brooke Emge scored twice. Lydia Harris and Sarah Priest also scored.
John Handley 4, Mercersburg Academy 1: Mercersburg ran into an undefeated Handley team and suffered a non-league loss. The only victory for the Blue Storm (4-4) was Elliot Hicks at No. 1 singles; he defeated Parker Wilson, 6-2, 6-3.
“The top of our lineup played very well today,” Mercersburg Academy coach Eric Hicks said. “Hicks and Wilson have battled each other for three years, and Hicks was finally able to come out on top. Elliot played as good a match as I’ve ever seen him play. He served and returned well and went for his shots.”