Area Roundup - And they're off

November 03, 2003


MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (AP) - Valerie Peer won her second straight West Virginia Class AA-A girls cross country title on Saturday.

The Berkeley Springs sophomore covered the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 44 seconds.

Doddridge County won the girls AA-A team title. Grafton was second and Wheeling Central was third.

Fairmont Senior's girls claimed the girls Class AAA title despite not placing a runner in the top four. Morgantown finished second and Preston County was third.

Morgantown's Claire Berryman earned individual honors in 19:15 and teammate Ahna Lewis placed second.

Brothers Adam and Andrew Bedford finished 1-2 to lead Ravenswood to its record fourth consecutive AA-A boys championship.

Adam Bedford, a senior, won in 16:35, while Andrew, a sophomore, was three seconds behind. Grafton's Brandon Miles placed third.

Scott finished second, five points behind Ravenswood, and Ritchie County was third.

Preston County won the Class AAA boys title to snap Cabell Midland's three-year run as champion. Cabell Midland finished second and East Fairmont was third.


Preston's Scott Gemberling won his first state title in 15:50. Teammate Chad Hooton was third. Cabell Midland's Eric Cooper finished second for the second straight year.

Morrison, Schuler pace Trojans

HERSHEY, Pa. - Led by the medal-winning efforts of freshman Sarah Morrison and senior Kylee Schuler, the Chambersburg girls placed second in the Class AAA division at the PIAA state championships.

Hatboro-Horsham won with 76 points, while Chambersburg edged Parkland 160-166 for the runner-up honors.

Morrison was the Trojans' top finisher, placing seventh on the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 16 seconds, while Schuler was 15th in 19:29. Allentown Central Catholic's Frances Koons won the race in 18:37.

Also for Chambersburg, Brooke Jacobs was 45th (20:12), Sarah Osterman 132nd (21:10), Regina Heiser 149th (21:20), Samantha Jones 179th (21:48) and Jen Wetzel 220th (22:28).

In the boys AA race, David Mock took advantage of a fall by defending state champion Chris Spooner about 10 yards from the finish line to win.

Mock, a senior from Westmont Hilltop, finished in a time of 15:57. Spooner, a senior from Lewisburg, recovered from the fall to finish second in 16:04. He was taken to Hershey Medical Center because of heat exhaustion concerns.

Eisenhower captured the team title with 109 points. Lewisburg placed second with 111.

In girls AA, Hamburg senior Adriene Beltz won with a time of 19:03. Palisades senior Christa Plummer finished second at 19:18. Dallas rolled to victory in the team competition with 49 points.

Sophomore Craig Miller of Manheim Township outkicked West Chester Henderson senior Ian Gottesfield for the boys AAA championship in a time of 15:50. Gottesfield, the defending champion, finished at 15:59. Defending champion West Chester Henderson captured the team title with 135 points.


Mercersburg 35, Kiski 7

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Evalio Harrell had 236 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as Mercersburg Academy strolled past Kiski Prep.

Harrell caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Gunner Coil and rushed for scores of 9, 20 and 47 yards for the Blue Storm (4-5). Coil also threw a 5-yard touchdown to Nick Ventresca. He finished 5 of 12 passing for 113 yards.

Josh Edgin, Zach Hilton and Zach Hart led the Mercersburg defense, each recovering a fumble in the win.

Berkeley Springs 45, Allegany 27

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Tony Belt threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Kump and rushed for four touchdowns, as Berkeley Springs rolled up 526 yards of total offense to defeat Allegany on Friday night.

Belt finished 10 of 18 for 180 yards passing, while gaining 81 yards on the ground for the Indians (6-3). Matt Mason had a team-high 154 rushing yards, and Randy Waugh added 114 yards of total offense, including a 16-yard scoring run with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Matt Rockwell had five receptions for 67 yards and also returned a blocked field goal 28 yards for a touchdown.

Austin Scell had 146 yards passing and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 50 yards for the Campers (5-4).

Hampshire 27, Hedgesville 13

ROMNEY, W. Va. - Alex Lee returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and Duke Charlton rushed for two scores as Hampshire ran through Hedgesville on Friday night.

The Trojans (6-3) totaled 231 yards of offense, all coming on the ground.

Matt Yurish passed for 207 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Kerns for the Eagles (3-6). Kerns hauled in nine receptions for 120 yards.

Nitro's Chris Fulmer sets W.Va. receiving records

NITRO, W.Va. - Nitro's Chris Fulmer broke state regular-season records for receptions and yards in a 49-38 victory over winless Greenbrier East.

The sophomore caught 23 passes for 315 yards Friday night, giving him 99 receptions for 1,443 yards this season.

He broke the record of 91 catches set by Dan Vogelbach of George Washington in 1976, and the yardage record of 1,431 set by Gilmer County's Eric Butler in 1997.

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