F-F H.S. Highlights: G-A's Parks earns Yeager victory
Greencastle-Antrim freshman Taryn Parks got her cross country career off to a great start Friday by crossing the line first in the annual Enos Yeager Invitational at Falling Spring Elementary School.
Parks finished the 2.38-mile course in 14:24, finishing 21 seconds ahead of her teammate, Lauren Hirneisen.
Chambersburg's Kaylee Mowery took third in 14:46 and the Trojans' Cadie Kiser was fifth in 15:29. Chambersburg held out No. 1 runner Abby Yourkavitch due to a nagging injury.
"It would have been a nice battle if Abby had run," Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. "Taryn's time was right around where Abby finished in this last year.
"Mowery and Kiser had their fastest times in this meet, and two freshman - Anna DeGrange (12th, 16:20) and Camaryn Ellis (22nd, 16:59) - showed they can help us out quite a bit this year. It's nice to have a couple of new girls providingn some varsity points for us."
Monheim also pointed out that the 25th placer, Madison Ford, had a fine meet.
"No girl I've coached has improved as much in one year as she has," he said.
Shippensburg's Ava Franklin was the next highest finisher local runner, in 20th place in 16:58.
Carlisle's dominant team was the story of the boys race. The Herd, which will have a great chance to win a PIAA title, took six of the top seven places, with only Chambersburg's Andrew Feldman, fifth in 13:07, breaking them up.
Senior Noah Affholder won the race in 11:49 and his sophomore brother Sam Affolder was second in 12:20. The brothers transfered from New York since last year.
Trojan coach John Ambrosio said, "The senior is a favorite to win the Foot Locker Nationals this year, and he had the fastest 3200 time in the country (8:47) last year. Carlisle has the best team in the state."
Also for Chambersburg, Trentin Overcash was eighth in 13:14, then Quinn Mangan (13:44), Patrick Zook (13:48) and Donovan Hazelton (14:49) placed 15th through 17th.
"We ran better than we did in our time trials," Ambrosio said. "The time gap (42 seconds) was good and the pack of guys ran well. Feldman did well to break up Carlisle's top five and Overcash had a super day. We exceeded my expectations today, so I'm happy."
James Buchanan's Dalton Leab ran the course in 13:15 to place ninth, followed right behind by Greencastle's Andrew Johnson (13:25).
Fannett-Metal 5, Rockwood 1: The Tigers' Mikell mcGee - the area's leading scorer last year with 39 goals - got cracking right away in 2016, netting three shots in a season-opening victory over Rockwood.
Dylan Seibert scored the first goal and McGee took a pass from Seibert and scored to give F-M a 2-0 halftime lead. McGee scored twice and Lucas Wingert once in the second half.
Shenandoah Valley 4, Cumb. Valley Christian 3: Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Blazers fought back to tie the Patriots with two goals in the first eight minutes of the second half, but Shenandoah Valley scored with five minutes left to win it. Jackson Park, Sterling Bard and Kenneth Hott scored the goals for CVC (1-2).
James Buchanan 5, Biglerville 0: The Rockets raised their winning streak to five matches by blanking the Canners. No. 2 doubles was a forfeit, and JB (5-1) won the other four matches in straight sets, with Biglerville managing no more than three points in any set.
James Buchanan 3, Fannett-Metal 0: The Rockets won by scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-15 to open the season for both teams. Sarah Blair led the Rockets with 13 assists and four aces, while Tyana Quivers had five kills and Rachel Manikowski dug up nine balls. For the Tigers, Ashlynn Murray had seven kills and two blocks and Emily Metcalfe had three kills, three digs and a pair of aces.
Cumb. Valley Christian 3, Shenandoah Valley 1: The Blazers earned their first win of the season by taking the first, second and fourth games. For CVC (1-2, 1-2 MDCC), Brianna Miley had 13 kills and eight digs and Mackenzie Householder totaled 23 assists and six aces. Harli Bergau produced seven aces.