5 things to watch this week in Franklin-Fulton
Check out the top five Franklin-Fulton matchups for the week of Sept. 12-17. Video by Lindsey Smith
The fall season is officially in full swing. And with busy schedules all around, we've broken down the top five games around Franklin and Fulton counties this week.
Chambersburg girls soccer at James Buchanan, 7: Both the Chambersburg and James Buchanan girls soccer teams are coming off big division wins over the weekend, and with identical 2-3 records so far this season, the teams will look to make a statement Monday.
The Rockets are fresh off a 5-0 victory over Big Spring, led by Maddy Peck's two goals. Chambersburg's Gabriella Lecuona scored a pair of goals in the Trojans' 2-1 win over Carlisle and could prove to be a game changer Monday.
It will be the first meeting between the teams, but both claimed decisive wins over Gettysburg, and fell to Waynesboro in the Trojan Cup tournament to kick off the season.
James Buchanan girls tennis vs. Trinity, 4: The James Buchanan girls tennis team has been on fire since an opening match loss to Trinity, and Wednesday is the Rockets' time for redemption.
The Shamrocks earned a 3-2 win over James Buchanan in late August, but since, the Rockets have won seven straight matches, giving up just five points along the way.
Trinity on the other hand, is ranked second to the Rockets in the Mid Penn Colonial division with a 5-3 record, and 4-1 in the league. Trinity's only league loss has been to Bishop McDevitt, which James Buchanan beat 3-2 two weeks ago.
No. 1 singles master Rachel Martin's only loss of the season came from the hand of Trinity's No. 1 Katherine Long. Since, Martin has given up just 16 games.
Greencastle-Antrim field hockey at Chambersburg, 7: If there's one thing that's certain about the Greencastle-Antrim and Chambersburg field hockey teams - it's that they know how to score. Wednesday's non-league matchup between the two area teams could prove to be a high-scoring affair.
Chambersburg is riding high on a 2-0 start, upsetting Commonwealth favorite State College in the opener, and then rattling off a 7-0 victory over Waynesboro. Both of Greencastle's wins this season were shutouts, in which the Blue Devils scored more than six goals.
Greencastle's most recent win was a 6-0 victory over Spring Grove, in which six different Blue Devils found the back of the cage. Greencastle's scoring depth will be a challenge for Chambersburg goalie Ari Burke, who has played well for the Trojans so far.
Shippensburg boys soccer at Waynesboro, 6:45: The Shippensburg boys soccer team has had a tough road to start its 2016 campaign, and with just one win heading into the week, Thursday's matchup against Mid Penn Colonial foe Waynesboro is all the more important.
The Indians, on the other hand, have started the season strong, winning their last three games, including a shutout over Big Spring, and an overtime win over James Buchanan.
Derek Buhrman and Aaron Tylicki are 'Boro's 1-2 punch, while Shippensburg's Jacob Cox and Eli Hubbard lead the team in scoring.
Bulldog Invitational at Big Spring, 9: Franklin County's top cross country runners will travel to Big Spring for the annual Bulldog Invitational. Two weeks ago at the Enos Yeager Invitational, the area saw a glimpse of things to come as Greencastle's Taryn Parks and Lauren Hirneisen earned top-two finishes as Chamberbsurg's top runner Abby Yourkavitch was nursing a nagging injury. Yourkavitch did not compete last weekend at the Penn Track Invitational and it is unclear if she will compete Saturday.
Despite the loss, the Chambersburg girls cross country team, led by Cadie Kiser and Kaylee Mowery in Yourkavitch's absence, has a chance to finish high.
The James Buchanan boys team handled top District 5 cross country team Southern Fulton last week with a 17-45 victory. Keep an eye on top Rocket runners Dalton Leab, Alex Griffin, Ethan Izer and Nick Garbinski.