NOTEBOOK: CV Christian puts girls soccer hex vs. Shalom to rest
A shortened game due to lightning played in Cumberland Valley Christian's favor to end a six-year drought against Shalom Christian.
The rivalry between Franklin County’s two Christian schools has become less and less of a rivalry in recent years - at least when it comes to girls soccer.
Over the last six years Shalom Christian has claimed 13 straight girls soccer victories over Cumberland Valley Christian, including an intense overtime battle earlier this spring.
But Thursday, a rivalry was renewed when CVC won its first game against Shalom Christian since 2011, claiming a 1-0 victory in a game shortened due to lightning.
“Hopefully this is something we can build on in May going into the playoffs,” Blazers coach Paul Lundy said. “We’ve been down for a couple of years, so just the confidence to know that we can step onto the field and play with the best teams in the conference is a big boost.”
Officials witnessed lightning with just over 20 minutes to go and delayed the game for 30 minutes. Once lightning continued after the half-hour delay, the game was called with CV Christian leading 1-0.
Although Shalom monopolized the time of possession for the majority of the first half, CVC’s defense was on point, limiting Brooke Emge, the Flames' top offensive threat, to a handful of weak looks at the goal, while Jalen Moats manned the CV Christian goal with confidence.
“Jalen has done a great job for us,” Lundy said. “She’s kind of like our backup in a 1A and 1B situation and she stepped in when our starting keeper went out with an injury. She’s done a great job keeping us in games as a freshman just learning the position.”
BIG MO CHANGE: Jake Frey led off Shippensburg's bottom of the sixth inning Thursday with a drive to centerfield that was well-hit, and rode a stiff breeze. It looked for certain to be for extra bases, and with the Greyhounds trailing by two runs, it was just what they needed.
Except that James Buchanan centerfielder Remi Spoonhour drifted back and made a circus catch.
"That's a huge momentum shift when you hit a ball 380 feet to deep centerfield and all it is is an out," JB coach Dave Sanchez said.
RANKINGS UPDATE: In District 3, through Thursday, area baseball teams currently in position to qualify for the playoffs include Greencastle-Antrim in Class 5A (6th, 14 qualify) and James Buchanan in 4A (5th, 10 qualify). Sitting on the outside are Chambersburg in 6A (15th, 10 qualify), Waynesboro in 5A (15th) and Shippensburg in 4A (14th).
In softball, Chambersburg (6th) and Waynesboro (10th) are in position in 6A (10 qualify); in Class 5A, Shippensburg (8th) and Greencastle (12th) are in so far (16 make it) and James Buchanan (11th) is close in 4A, in which 10 qualify.
Chambersburg is ranked 11th in boys volleyball, and Class 3A will take the top 14 teams.
DO IT ALL: McConnellsburg’s McKenzie Gelvin started her impressive track & field career as a sprinter, dominating the 800 and the 400. Then she introduced the long jump - in which she also found success in District 5 dual meets. Then came the 300 hurdles, in which she won in her first official race.
Last week it was time for Gelvin to try something new again - and you guessed it. She won.
Gelvin claimed the 3200 during a quad meet in 12:45.9 averaging a sub-7 minute mile.