Area roundup - Chambersburg's Ranck gets full ride to Delaware

June 06, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

What Chambersburg senior Heather Ranck knew in November became official on Wednesday - she'll be attending University of Delaware on a full scholarship starting this fall to play NCAA Division I volleyball.

Ranck, a 2002 Herald-Mail All-Area selection, is one of six freshmen expected to play next year for the Fighting Blue Hens, members of the Colonial Conference.

During a telephone interview Thursday, Ranck said she was impressed by "the school itself academically and the size of it, and of course the coaches and the team. I love it there."


The Trojans loved having Ranck for the past four seasons. The front-row player made the starting lineup as a freshman, and as a senior anchored a young squad to a 16-6 record and a PIAA District 3 quarterfinal appearance. She averaged an area-best 4.77 kills per game last season.

"She definitely brought her knowledge of the game to the court and her leadership," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "She was the only senior, and we reached the district quarterfinals, which was an accomplishment in itself. ... Teams knew she was our go-to person. Our players knew it, our opponents knew it, and she still had a phenomenal year."

Frelin said Ranck's experience at Chambersburg should help her at Delaware.

"She came in as a freshman with very experienced seniors on our team and she stepped right in," Frelin said. "She's been through some challenging situations on the court at a younger age, and she handled them very well. ... She's a fantastic defensiveve player, and I think she's a good fit for Delaware. I think they'll start her in the defensive row and she will eventually move up to outside hitter."

"(Coach) said it's perfect for me, that I should be going D-I," Ranck said. "He told me it was a great choice."


Hagerstown 8, Chambersburg 6

Hagerstown built an early lead, scoring seven runs in the first three innings, to defeat Chambersburg and remain unbeaten this season.

Keith Kellinger, Kevin Crawford and Trey Cobb each had RBI singles and Danny Fowler had a two-run double in the third for the Braves (7-0, 6-0). Pat Sweeney and Zach Swisher each added two hits in the victory.


West End Little League

AFL-CIO 13, Elks 1: Chase Worthington tossed a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and homered to lead AFL-CIO. Seth Near and Kaleb Jewell had three hits each in the win.

West End Minor League

Western Enterprise 12, FOP 8: Eric Martell, Matthew Mills and James Peck had two hits each for Western. Corey Reasner, Kevin Kretzer, Trevor Shuck, Tyler Shindle and Greg Miller had two hits each for FOP.

Halfway Little League

Redmen 3, Lions 1: Zach Weber, Joey Miller and John Moser each had two hits for Redmen.

Conococheague Little League

Redmen 9, Wolfe's 3: Jesse Buckman and Austin Taylor combined for a two-hitter to lead Redmen. Buckman also had two hits in the victory.

Senior Interleague

FOP 7, Hancock 4: Matt Feiser had two hits, including a home run, to lead FOP. Blake Nalley had two hits and Wes Fink drove in the game-winning run.

Maugansville Little League

Burkholder's 5, Home Care 4: Corey Morgan had three hits, including the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, to lead Burkholder's. Kyle Walters struck out 10 for the win. Brian Laferte led Home Care with two hits.

American Little League

FOP 7, Thompson Concrete 1: Gerald Tonsil had two hits, including a home run, while Justin Myers added three hits and Andrew Likely homered for FOP.

FOP 5, Goodwill 3: Justin Myers had 11 strikeouts, while Gerald Tonsil had four hits, including a grand slam, to lead FOP. Anthony Lee had 10 strikeouts for Goodwill.

Sharpsburg Little League

Company One 9, Builders' Assistants 8: Cody Snavely and A.J. Jamison combined for 11 strikeouts, while Jeremy Smoot and Keith Sandell had two hits each and Logan Jamison had two RBI for Company One. Seth Poffenberger and Chet Price had two hits and Jeff Remsberg homered for Builders' Assistants.

Junior Interleague

Elks 17, Play It Again Sports 16: Brayden Jones and Joey Tibbs each had two hits and four RBI to lead Elks. Danny Ridenour had two hits and three RBI, while Brandon Lynn and Billy Ross each added two hits for Play It Again Sports.

Valley Little League

SMRG 8, St. Lawrence 5: Jordan Thurber and Thomas Port had three hits each, while Randy Freehling added two for SMRG. Jason Kendall and Michael Rishell led St. Lawrence with two hits each.

Clear Spring Minor League

Cubs 11, Blue Jays 10: Bailey Ayers had three hits while Chris Rowland and Brooke Ayers each had two hits for the Cubs. Jared Brant had three hits for the Blue Jays.

Valley 7-8

Family Recreation 23, AAA Construction 11: Shane Fritts had four hits and Alek Redenbo had three hits for Family Recreation. Colby Messersmith, Richie Rostek, Eric Bitner, Bryan Tracey, Austin Stone and Jordon Edlund each added two hits. Mason Beck, Ben Rowe, Holden Hershey and Josh Krandell each had three hits for AAA.

Senior Interleague

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