PREP CROSS COUNTRY
HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - Mercersburg Academy finished third in both the boys and girls team standings at the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships on Wednesday.
The boys finished with 59 points, 24 behind champion Hill School. The Blue Storm placed three runners in the top eight: Tyler Small (fifth, 16:55), Ethan Harvey (seventh, 17:10) and James Finucane (eighth, 17:21). Patrick Corey finished 14th in 17:47, and Lee Banta (19th, 18:04), Griffin Burns (20th, 18:15) and Radhe Franke (21st, 18:16) rounded out the team.
The girls finished with 56 points, 14 behind winner Lawrenceville. Madi McConnell was the Blue Storm's top individual finisher, placing third in 19:47. Anne Spencer (seventh, 20:27), Tracey Bruce (11th, 21:23), Liza Baker (16th, 21:40) and Maddie Deupree (19th, 21:45) rounded out Mercersburg's top five.
Awards pour in for Rams
PRINCETON, W.Va. - Shepherd University coach Monte Cater earned his second straight West Virginia Conference Coach of the Year award and his seventh overall, and junior free safety Dan Peters became the first Ram to capture conference Defensive Player of the Year honors since Greg Stup in 1996.
Cater became the conference's all-time winningest coach earlier this season. He owns a 129-67-1 record in his 19 years at Shepherd.
The Rams enter the NCAA Division II playoffs as the top seed in the Northeast Region. Shepherd has won a school-record 18 consecutive contests and will become the first West Virginia school to host a D-II football playoff game when it faces the winner of the West Chester-C.W. Post contest on Nov. 19.
Peters played a key role on a Shepherd defense that ranks among the national top 10 in five major categories. His 12 interceptions is the most by an individual at any level of collegiate football this season and set a new conference single-season record.
Peters picked off a pass in eight contests, including a four-interception effort in a win over West Liberty State. He added 46 tackles (25 solo). Shepherd leads Division II in pass-efficiency defense and turnover margin.
Shepherd had 15 players earn All-WVIAC honors, including a league-best 10 first-team selections. Joining Peters on the first team were junior kicker/punter Ricky Schmitt - who was selected at both positions - senior offensive lineman Jimmy Violand, sophomore running back Dervon Wallace, senior defensive end Dan Gallagher, junior defensive end Andre Henderson, junior defensive lineman Nick Costello, junior linebacker Todd Edmondson and senior cornerback Dustin Dudinski.
Second-team selections for the Rams were senior lineback er Jeremy Bailey, junior quarterback Dan Chleboswki (a Greencastle graduate) and sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Pope.
Shepherd 3, Alderson-Broaddus 1
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Grace Academy graduate Susanna Hill had 14 digs and 11 kills to lead No. 7-seed Shepherd University past No. 10-seed Alderson-Broaddus in the first round of the West Virginia Conference Tournament.
Taylor Darnley added 11 kills for the Rams (14-18). Kori Ford and Lauren Durbin each had four blocks. Setter Kristy Cramer finished with 35 assists and six aces.
Darnley, Hill earn honorable mention
Rams junior Susanna Hill and senior Taylor Darnley were honorable mention selections in the West Virginia Conference.
Shepherd's Kori Ford was selected to the all-freshman team.
Hagerstown Bulldogs Bantam 'A' 5, Montgomery Blue Devils 3
Hagerstown: David Arndt 3 goals; Nolan Holz, Adam Estes goal each; Joe Blackwood 2 assists; Elliot Martin 3 assists.
Frederick Fury wins two
Fury Travel B 10, Easton Ice Hawks 1
Fury: Jaegar Carlyle 3 goals; Bradley Schulz 2 goals, Brandon Lohr, Michael Wintermyer, Frankie Reluzco, Nick Weeks, Colby Vaughan 1 goal each; Reluzco 3 assists; Casey Ymbert 2 assists; Weeks, Colt Taylor, John Dinter, Steve Thomas 1 assist each; Taylor Donoghue 11 saves.
Fury Travel 'B' 6, Howard Huskies 2
Fury: Taylor 2 goals; Schulz, Reluzco, Lohr, Vaughan 1 goal each; Thomas 2 assists; Ymbert, Schulz, Lohr, Carlyle, Sean Brown 1 assist each; Donoghue 23 saves.