Chambersburg roundup: X-C teams earn places at Bloser Invitational

Ari Snyder

Trojans place 3rd: Chambersburg competed in the Ben Bloser Invitational at Big Spring on Saturday and took third in the Class 3A team standings.

The Trojans had 140 points, while Exeter Township won with 105.

“We were probably favored coming into this,” Chambersburg coach John Ambrosio said, “so it’s the first time we had that kind of pressure on us. We still got third, so that’s OK. It was a miserable day to run, and one of our guys had the heat get to him.”

Nick Monheim placed eighth in the 5K race with a time of 16:44 for the Trojans, while Ari Snyder was 17th in 17:00 and Ben Colli was 19th in 17:06. Also, Karter Reath was 32nd in 17:41 and Zack Yourkavitch took 65th in 18:30.

Ambrosio said, “Our top three ran really well and we had all five in the top 30 for the first half of the race.”

Emilea Alleman

Chambersburg takes 5th place: The Trojans came in fifth in the 30-team Ben Bloser Invitational on Saturday at Big Spring in Class 3A with 164 points. Governor Mifflin won the event with 112 points.

“We had a nice day — it was very hot and humid, so it was a rough day for running — and we did not have our No. 2 girl (Oliver Rieck), But we held our own against a lot of very good teams,” Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. “(Camy) Kiser ran smart, starting cautious and then moving up, and (Lexi) Boyd had her best race yet.”

Kiser finished fifth with a time of 19:24 for the 5K race and Boyd took 13th in 20:26. The other Chambersburg scorers were Emilea Alleman (41st, 21:50), Emma Armstrong (47th, 21:59) and Allie List (65th, 22:34).



Ephrata 3, Chambersburg 0: The Trojans maintained a high percentage of ball possession (67.3%), but couldn’t turn that advantage into goals Saturday in a non-league game at Ephrata.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers scored three times, two on free kicks and another on a defensive error.

“It was a very frustrating game — we completely dominated, and lost,” Trojan coach Ed Franchi said. “We didn’t defend well on those set pieces. Also, their goalkeeper was excellent, coming out to take several balls off our players’ feet.”

The Mountaineers led in shots, 12-9, and Chambersburg (2-3) had more corner kicks, 4-3.

Franchi said, “We did many good things, which is why it was so frustrating. I just hope the players don’t get frustrated. If we keep playing the way we’re playing and fix a few things, we’ll be fine.”

Cumberland Valley 5, Chambersburg 0: Sarah Vessah nearly pulled off a win at No. 1 singles on Friday afternoon, but the Eagles were able to win all of the matches against the Trojans in a Mid Penn Commonwealth contest.

Vessah won the first set over her CV opponent 6-3, but them lost sets of 6-3 and 6-4. Avery Wissinger at No. 3 singles had a competitive match, falling 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 doubles for Chambersburg (2-5, 1-1 MPC), Aspen Kimberly and Reese Miller dropped a 6-4, 6-1 match, and at No. 2, Sophie Forrester and Grace Fiegl fell 6-4, 6-3.