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Gelsinger will take his act to Penn State

September 15, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent and ANDREW MASON

Treavor Gelsinger became Greencastle-Antrim's all-time leading scorer last week. A year from now, Gelsinger will begin his pursuit to mark his name on the Penn State University scoring list.

Gelsinger committed to play for the Nittany Lions next fall - a decision he made in late July - and will have a chance to make an immediate impact under head coach Barry Gorman.

"I told (Gorman) I was committing over the summer, but didn't really tell anyone else until recently," Gelsinger said Thursday night after scoring four goals in a 7-2 win over James Buchanan. "He told me I have a chance to play right away, but I know I'm going to have to go up there and work hard if I want to make it happen."

Gelsinger, a two-time Mid-Penn Capital Player of the Year and last year's Herald-Mail Player of the Year, is off to another blazing start for the Blue Devils. He scored his 71st career goal last week to surpass Tod Barkdoll on the Greencastle scoring list.

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After Thursday's win, Gelsinger has 17 goals in six games this season.

"Right now the guys are just looking to get the ball to him," said Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger. "They know if they get it to his feet, he's going to do something with it."

Scott said that Gorman was planning to bring Treavor in to replace a current senior for the Nittany Lions.

"(Treavor) is supposed to fill a spot for a senior that will be leaving," Scott said. "He still knows he's not going to be able to go up there and get time just like that."

But at the high pace Treavor has set for himself at Greencastle, there's no doubt he's set standards just as high for the Nittany Lions.

"I'm looking forward to going there," Treavor said. "They're always a good team and they have really nice facilities. And it's not too close or too far from home."

Upstart Spartans

The No. 7 McConnellsburg girls soccer team is off to a 3-1 start, outscoring its opponents, 20-6.

While coach Toby McGarvey said his Spartans easily could be undefeated - they outshot Northern Bedford in a season-opening 2-1 loss - he's not complaining.

After all, McConnellsburg is only in its second year as a varsity program.

"We always wanted a girls program at the high school. It took us six or seven years to get it, but it's nice to have it," McGarvey said. "It's a program that will build every year."

The Spartans finished a respectable 7-9-1 in their first year last season.

"We got a lot of compliments about the program last year," McGarvey said.

Their chance for a possible winning season and a trip to the PIAA District 5 playoffs ended with a season-ending 4-3 double-overtime loss to Johnstown Christian.

Still stinging from that loss, McConnellsburg routed Johnstown Christian on the road 12-1 for its first win of the season last Saturday.

"It was sweet revenge," McGarvey said. "The girls went up there remembering last year's loss."

Erin Chafardon, who led the Spartans with 23 goals as a sophomore last season, already has 11 this year.

McConnellsburg only lost one player to graduation from last year's team and still only has two seniors on its roster.

"We're a young team," McGarvey said. "The girls are getting plenty of experience. We're just taking it one step at a time."

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