Chambersburg roundup 1/23; Trojan boys swimmers pull out big win

Chambersburg 89, Cumberland Valley 81: The Trojan boys hadn’t beaten CV since the early 1980s in swimming, but by winning the last event — the 400 freestyle relay — Chambersburg pulled out an 89-81 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory Tuesday at the Chambersburg YMCA.

The Trojans (6-1, 5-1 MPC) led 79-77 with one race left. C.J. Pong led off the free relay with a time of 55.42, followed by Aiden McMillen (57.27) and Avery Barley (54.16). Chambersburg led after the first leg and CV after the second and third.

But Jacob Greenwood posted a time of 53.46 to best CV’s Logan Skiles (54.78) and win the race in the last leg, 3:40.41 to the Eagles’ 3:41.04. The winners cut more than 5 seconds off their previous season best.

“This was a great win for our program,” said Trojan coach Chad White, who said it was the team’s biggest win he could remember as a swimmer or as a coach. “The boys were aware of what they needed to do for us to win and they went out and did it.  There wasn’t much room for error.  It truly was a team effort.”

Greenwood also captured the 200 and 100 free races, and anchored the winning 200 free relay team of McMillen, Pong and Gavin Vink. Barley took first in the 50 free and backstroke and Pong won the 200 IM and 400 free.

White said, “The 50 free was a turning point. Avery Barley was going up against one of the best sprinters in the state.  Based on best times, he was expected to get second.  Not only did he get first, we also got third and fourth. I was expecting the race to go 5-11 them (in points), but we went 11-5 instead.

“Jacob Greenwood got a must-have win in the 100 free, which was different than his normal events of the 200, 500 free.  He also came through big time in that last relay.  He went in half a second behind and was able to overcome and very good CV sprinter.  Both of our free relays needed to go first and third, and they did. If one of our top 10 boys didn’t show up to race, we wouldn’t have won the meet.”

Cumberland Valley 135, Chambersburg 35: The strong Eagles team shut out the Trojans from the winner’s circle.

For Chambersburg (2-5, 2-4 MPC), Abby Reichelderfer earned the only runner-up finish for her team, in the 200 IM, and she also had a third in the butterfly.

State College 61, Chambersburg 23: The Little Lions jumped out to a 20-5 lead after one quarter and defeated the Trojans in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game Tuesday.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak by Chambersburg (6-10, 1-9 MPC), which mustered only 7 baskets and went 6-for-15 at the free throw line.

Taylor Vrabel led the Trojans with 8 points and Madison Flythe added 5.

State College 61, Chambersburg 23
Gabby Lecuona 1 1-2 4, Amanda Abbott 0 0-0 0, Bre’ya Clopper 1 2-2 4, Madison Flythe 2 0-0 5, Taylor Vrabel 2 3-6 8, Sydney Schmus 0 0-0 0, Ashley Adams 1 0-5 2, Katie Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 6-15 23.
Emily Hall 1 1-2 4, Lexi Risha 1 0-0 3, Mya Bokunewicz 8 0-0 16, Isabelle Leazier 3 0-0 8, Olivia De La Nuez 1 1-2 3,  Maddie Orndorff 1 0-0 2, Jessica Lingenfelter 4 2-2 13, Emily Engle 3 0-0 6, Elizabeth Czekai 2 0-2 4, Kaitlin Brannon 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 3-8 61.
Chambersburg             5     9     2     7   —   23
State College               20   11   18   12   —   61
3-point shots — Chbg 3 (Lecuona, Flythe, Vrabel); SC 7 (Lingenfelter 3, Leazier 2, Hall, Risha).