Paci is runner-up in girls race: The Carlisle Invitational drew its customary flock of top cross country runners on Saturday, and Greencastle-Antrim sophomore Claire Paci had an excellent day, taking second place in the Girls Challenge race.
Paci finished behind only defending Virginia state champion Thais Holly of McLean, who finished in 17:58. Paci posted a time of 18:13.1 to finish ahead of Chambersburg’s Camy Kiser.
The Blue Devils’ other runner was Katharine Board (21:34.9), who finished 110th.
In the Boys Challenge race, G-A’s Weber Long placed 11th in 15:54.5. The winner, Larry Josh Edwards of University High, was timed in 15:11.4.
Also placing high for the Blue Devils were Hayden Parks, 54th in 16:52.6, and Dalton Noblit, 79th in 17:07.5.
Greencastle-Antrim splits pair of games: The Blue Devils hosted Chambersburg and dropped a 5-0 verdict, then later Saturday played another non-league, Mifflin County, and racked up a 7-1 victory at Kaley Field.
Erick Cruz and Cale Stover scored goals in the first half for G-A (3-3-1), then after the Huskies made it 2-1 early in the second half, closed with five straight goals. Mitchell Lagoe scored the first three of those goals, followed by Theo Gerald-Oreste and Brady Wagner.
Oreste had two assists, while Kyle Baker, Ewan Coy, Garrett Decker and Joe Paci had one each.
Greencastle coach Aric Bruner said, “It is very tough playing two games in one day — especially with a smaller roster. In the first game, Chambersburg is a very good team. They are disciplined, well-coached, and very spatially aware in their transitional game.
“In the second game, it took us until the second half to really settle down and get our legs back under us. We were trying to go with a few different substitutes today to try to keep some of the guys fresh, and that threw off their rhythm a little bit. It is just a brutal stretch for us right now with four games in five days, so we are glad with the afternoon result today.”
Goalkeeper Gavin Davidson made 13 saves in the first game and 3 in the second.
G-A competes at tournament: The Blue Devils played in Saturday’s Manheim Central Tournament and had a successful day, reaching the semifinals.
Greencastle went 7-1 in pool play against Daniel Boone, Conestoga Valley, Red Lion and Wyomissing. In the semifinals, G-A fell 26-24 to the host Barons in a very tight match.
In the match against Manheim Central, Hannah Russell knocked down 5 kills on 5 swings, Kiley Burkholder and Madeline Eagler each had 3 kills, Alayna Welch came up with 5 digs and Eagler produced 11 assists.
Greencastle defeated twice: The Blue Devils made the trip up I-81 for a pair of non-league games on Saturday and suffered two defeats — at Carlisle, and against Boiling Springs.
The game vs. the Thundering Herd was a close one, but the only goal G-A could muster was by Louise Narducci, her fifth of the season. Goalie Jade Erazo made 12 saves.
Greencastle, which had won four straight games before Saturday, then lost 5-0 to the Bubblers. Erazo racked up 25 saves.