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Rockets, Devils could do battle again

October 29, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

If the seeds in the Mid-Penn Conference Class AA tournament hold, James Buchanan coach Erica Piper and Greencastle coach Vicki Ritchey will probably get five more gut-wrenching games between their two teams Saturday.

No. 2 James Buchanan and No. 7 Greencastle - the co-champions of the Mid-Penn Capital Division - each have byes into Saturday morning's semifinals at Gettysburg. Should the Rockets and Blue Devils take care of business, they'll resume what has been the most competitive rivalry in the area this season in the championship match.

Trying to predict a winner is like trying to predict next week's weather. Both teams won five-game thrillers at home - Greencastle claiming a 20-25, 27-25, 13-25, 25-17, 16-14 victory on Sept. 7 and James Buchanan answering with a 25-15, 15-25, 25-9, 23-25, 15-13 decision on Sept. 30.

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Both teams will be shaking off some rust following layoffs of a week (James Buchanan) and 11 days (Greencastle).

· No. 3 Chambersburg and No. 8 Waynesboro are right in the middle of the Mid-Penn Conference Class AAA playoffs. The Maidens played Cumberland Valley and Lower Dauphin on Thursday in Pool B at Gettysburg, with the winner playing the Trojans on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a semifinal.

If Waynesboro survives pool play, the Maidens will have Chambersburg's undivided attention after the Trojans were swept 25-12, 25-16, 25-21 by Waynesboro on Oct. 11. Chambersburg is 7-0 since that match, having dropped only one game on the way to the Mid-Penn Commonwealth title.

· The MPSSAA playoff draw will be released Monday.

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