Busser has no peer at Stoner Invitational

October 03, 2004


SMITHSBURG - The biggest obstacle standing between Berkeley Springs junior Valerie Peer and a third straight West Virginia Class AA-A state cross country title might be freshman Rachel Busser, her teammate.

Busser was the overall girls champion at Saturday's Don Stoner Invitational, covering the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 46.3 seconds. Peer was the runner-up in 19:29.3, and Clear Spring's Ashley Lockard, the reigning Maryland 1A state champ, was third in 19:36.8.

Potomac Falls' Kierston Peterson won the big-school girls crown in 20:10.0 - 8.3 seconds ahead of Jefferson's Brooke Boening.

Williamsport edged Berkeley Springs 37-54 for the girls small-school team title, while Boonsboro was third with 93. Potomac Falls topped Gettysburg 40-59 for the big-school championship, while Jefferson was third with 79.

On the boys side, Clear Spring's Jimmy Atkins and the Blazers were the small-school champions. Atkins was first in 17:00.6, Williamsport's Justin Cole was second in 17:09.2 and Smithsburg's Ben Cooper was third in 17:22.0.


Clear Spring had a winning total of 36 points. Catoctin (69) was second and Williamsport (91) took third.

The big-school and overall champ was Frederick's Morgan Sowell in 16:30.7. North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam was fourth in 16:48.8.

Potomac Falls won the team title with 45 points. Francis Scott Key (62) was second and North (92) took third.

Morrison wins Steel City invite

COATESVILLE, Pa. - Chambersburg's Sarah Morrison beat 346 other runners to win the girls title, crossing the finish line in 19 minutes, 28 seconds at the Steel City Invitational.

Morrison led the Trojans to a second-place finish out of 58 teams. Chambersburg finished with 124 points, 22 behind Parkland.

Brooke Jacobs finished seventh in 19:59, Samantha Jones was 31st in 20:48, Sarah Osterman placed 42nd in 21:14 and Ali Lambert came in 50th in 21:23.

Chambersburg's boys finished 21st with 562 points. Coatesville won the team title with 113.

Jeremy Eshleman was 50th in 17:48, Tommy Taylor took 85th in 18:14, Jeremy Frey came in 125th in 18:37, Tommy Ausherman was 158th in 18:47 and James Rodkey was 169th in 18:55 for the Trojans.


St. James 30, Potomac 7

McLEAN, Va. - Nik Holtz threw touchdown passes of 30 and 70 yards to Joe Thomas in the first half and St. James turned to its ground game after that to run over Potomac School.

Jimmy Sutch scored on a 34-yard run and Miles Chan added a 10-yard TD run in the second half for the Saints (2-2, 2-1), who rushed for 217 yards on 39 carries. Sutch had 89 yards on 12 carries and Chan added 85 yards on 19 carries.

Holtz finished 4-for-8 passing for 132 yards and the two scores. Matt Greissing added a 27-yard field goal for St. James.

Lawrenceville 28, Mercersburg 7

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Gunnar Coil completed 18 of 35 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times in Mercersburg Academy's loss to Lawrenceville Academy.

Nick Ventresca caught seven passes for 97 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Blue Storm (0-4, 0-2). Austin Young made four catches for 67 yards.


Boonsboro tops at TJ tourney

FREDERICK, Md. - Boonsboro won the 15-team Thomas Johnson volleyball tournament Saturday, beating Mount Hebron in the championship round.

The No. 4 Warriors went 7-1 in pool play, sweeping Francis Scott Key, Smithsburg and Middletown and splitting with Poolesville.

The Warriors then beat defending Maryland Class 2A champ Liberty 25-23, 13-25, 15-11 in the semifinals before defeating Mount Hebron - last year's Class 3A runners-up - 17-25, 25-15, 15-13 in the final.

Jessie Ambrose was named to the all-tournament team.

JB wins Gettysburg tourney

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - No. 5 James Buchanan did not drop a single game in winning the Gettysburg Tournament.

The Rockets (12-2) went 8-0 in pool play, defeated Gettysburg 25-14 in the semifinals and swept Manheim Township 25-13, 25-22 in the final.

Jess Snyder had 43 kills and 18 blocks to lead James Buchanan. Ashleigh Helfrick had 35 kills, Leslie Serrano had 15 blocks, Erica Helfrick had 38 service points and 89 assists and Amy Heisey added 33 service points.


No. 1 Boonsboro 7, Catoctin 0

BOONSBORO - Jake Munson scored two goals and assisted on another as Boonsboro rolled past Catoctin in MVAL Antietam action.

Nick Stenerson, Dave Stout, Tyler McKenrick, Keisuke Matsuno and Corey Robinson each added a goal for the Warriors (9-0, 2-0). Stenerson had three assists and Stout had two. Evan Lowery posted his sixth shutout of the season.

Goretti 2, No. 8 Hedgesville 1

Jake Hume and Joey Spierenburg scored goals to lift St. Maria Goretti past Hedgesville in an Apple Valley League upset.

Matt Cotleur and Colin Lam had assists for the Gaels (6-7, 3-3), who took three shots in the game - scoring twice and hitting the crossbar with the other. Kevin Brashears made 15 saves.

Matt Rush scored unassisted in the second half for Hedgesville (7-4).

JV: Goretti, 2-0.

Lawrenceville 4 No. 9 Mercersburg 2

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