H.S. Extra Notebook: Keystone Div. not a slouch
Sports reporter Lizi Arbogast discusses some of the highlights from around Franklin and Fulton counties this week. Video by Lizi Arbogast
At least the Franklin County girls volleyball coaches knew what they were up against this season because the Mid Penn Keystone Division has not disappointed competition-wise.
This season, Waynesboro, Greencastle-Antrim and Shippensburg were re-aligned into a division with Palmyra, Hershey, Lower Dauphin and Mechanicsburg. All three teams knew it was going to be a tough journey, and they are all feeling the growing pains. The trio are all in the bottom four of the division.
Waynesboro, which was undefeated in last year's Capital Division, has a 3-3 record in the division; Greencastle is 2-3, and the Lady Hounds are still winless.
"It's nice because we have a strong schedule," Blue Devil coach Corry Eagler said during the preseason. "There is not going to be any weak teams, which will prepare us for postseason."
Maidens coach Kim Saunders said at the time, "For playoff purposes, night in and night out, you're preparing yourself."
In Class 4A, Waynesboro currently ranks 15th, while G-A is 23rd in 3A.
OFF DAY: At the Mid Penn Conference boys golf tournament on Monday, Chambersburg’s Luke Ocker did not have his best day. He shot 85 – tying his highest score of the season – and missed advancing to the District 3 Tournament by three strokes.
He did have a bit of a handicap. On his second hole, his driver cracked, so he had to borrow one.
And his other big issue, according to Trojan coach Mark Yost, was that his scrambling let him down.
“Sunday, in the Hershey Invitational, Luke shot a 75,” Yost said, “but he hit only two fairways and four greens, so his scrambling was really good. He’s been struggling a little and it caught up to him today. He just had a bad round at the wrong time.”
STREAKING: The McConnellsburg girls volleyball team has yet to give up a set on the way to a 7-0 start.
The Chambersburg boys soccer team has not lost in eight straight games, while two draws in that span keeps the Trojans from claiming a dominant winning streak.
After a nailbiter last week, the Shippensburg football team remains the only area squad with a perfect record, heading into Week 2 of division play 4-0.
DISTRICT 3: In District 3 Class 3A, the Greencastle-Antrim boys soccer team is ranked sixth with a 7-4 record, while in 4A Chambersburg is ranked 6th at 6-2-2, followed by Waynesboro at the cusp of district qualification at 16th (8-3-1).
INJURY REPORT: After field conditions at Mifflin County put the Chamberbsurg field hockey team at risk for injuries, the already battered team walked off the field early in fear of risking further injuries.
The Trojans, who had a promising start to the season, had injury scares with five of its starters in the last two weeks.