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F-F Highlights: Taryn Parks competes at nationals

National race

Greencastle-Antrim freshman Taryn Parks made a long-distance journey to compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country national championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Parks struggled, and finished 40th in the 40-girl field, which included the top 10 finishers from four regional races. Parks had qualified seventh in the Northeast race.

On Saturday, however, Parks - the only freshman in the race - started out behind the pack and was not able to move up. She finished with a time of 19:16.6. The winner, Claudia Lane of California, won in 17:04.8.

In the boys race, Carlisle senior Noah Affolder placed sixth in 15:10.3 and his sophomore brother Sam was 40th in 16:122.6. The boys winner was Reed Brown of Texas (15:01.8).

Wrestling hardware

Shippensburg placed seventh in the Cumberland Valley Kickoff Tournament, and had four wrestlers come home with medals.

Chandler Olson (132) and Cameron Tinner (285) each finished as a runner-up, while Cole Forrester (195) and Collin Dolbin (220) each placed third.

Olson fell 6-3 to Austin DeSanto of Exeter, who was a PIAA runner-up last year. Tinner met up with Brendan Furman of Canon-MacMillen and was handed a 17-4 major decision in which Furman scored six takedowns.

Forrester rallied for a 4-3 verdict over Dennis Karas of Exeter, while Dolbin scored a pin in 2:24 over Jacob Frank of Easton, which was Dolbin's fourth pin of the tourney.

Top performers

Girls basketball: In a 56-48 victory over Berlin, Southern Fulton received a 29-point, six-rebound effort from Olivia Mottern. She nailed 11 of 13 free throws.

Boys basketball: Shippensburg took third place in the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament by drubbing the host Warriors 66-31, with help from Cody Gustafson's 16 points. A 19-2 second quarter run carried Ship.

Wrestling: Mercersburg Academy split duals against St. Alban's (51-30 win) and national power Wyoming Seminary (60-10 loss). Freshman 145-pounder Aurelius Dunbar of Greencastle (major decision and pin) and 220-pounder Sam Ahern (2 pins) led the way. Ahern's second pin came in just 12 seconds.


Boys basketball
Franklin County Tip-Off: 3rd place - Greencastle 67, James Buchanan 34; Championship - Chambersburg 48, Waynesboro 34
Gettysburg Tip-Off: 3rd place - Shippensburg 66, Gettysburg 31
Girls basketball
Franklin County Tip-Off: 3rd place - Chambersburg 62, James Buchanan 51; Championship - Greencastle 42, Waynesboro 35
Mifflin County Tip-Off: Championship, Mifflin County 75, Shippensburg 56
Southern Fulton 56, Berlin 48
Maret 45, Mercersburg Academy 42
Warwick Duals: Chambersburg 63, Strath Haven 17; Chambersburg 60, Mount Union 10; Chambersburg 45, Mifflin County 30
Mercersburg Academy Classic Duals: Mercersburg 51, St. Alban's 30; Wyoming Seminary 60, Mercersburg 10