Preps Area Roundup

October 29, 2006


Buser wins another state title for runner-up Berkeley Springs

ONA, W.Va. - After crossing the finish line to win her third straight West Virginia Class AA-A state cross country title Saturday, Berkeley Springs junior Rachel Buser was in no mood to celebrate.

"I was really upset at the end because the team didn't win," Buser said. "I was pretty disappointed. But we still did pretty good."

Doddridge County won the girls team title with 51 points, while the defending-champion Indians were second with 66. Last week, Berkeley Springs edged Doddridge for the Region II title.


Buser covered Cabell Midland High School's 3.1-mile course in 20:05 to win easily. Wheeling Central's Stephanie Caruso was the runner-up in 21:04.

"I was expected to win again, but it's still exciting," said Buser, who never trailed in the race. "I felt really good today. I ran well.

"At the mile, they were about 10 or 15 seconds behind me, and I just took it from there."

Kari Mundey also cracked the top-10 for the Indians, placing fifth in 21:37.

In the Class AAA races, Jefferson's Brooke Boening and Cory Hampshire led the Cougars to a pair of fifth-place team finishes.

Boening placed fourth in 20:32 in the girls race, won by University's Amber Riley in 19:42.

Hampshire placed fourth in 17:40 in the boys race, won by Wheeling Park's Ryan Beabout in 17:10.

Lenny Roach placed sixth in 17:27 in the Class AA-A boys race, leading Berkeley Springs to a sixth-place team finish. Doddridge's Levi Grandt was the champion in 16:44.

Centofonti leads host Leopards

SMITHSBURG - Corey Centofonti was the boys champion at the Don Stoner Invitational, leading the host Leopards to the team title.

Centofonti covered the 3.04-mile course in 17:10. Williamsport's Justin Cole (17:20) and Mike Lilley (17:33) placed second and third.

Phil Smith finished fourth in 18:26 for runner-up North Hagerstown.

In the girls race, Williamsport put three runners in the top five as Jordan Atha was second (21:28), Tracey Forsythe third (21:32) and Kara Hardy fifth (22:26).

But the Wildcats were edged 48-50 by Southern Garrett for the team title.

Allegany's Lauryn McFawn won the race in 20:35.

McConnell state runner-up for Storm

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy's Madi McConnell was the girls runner-up at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state meet.

McConnell covered the 3.1-mile course in 20:36, finishing four seconds behind Germantown Friends' Jasia Kaulbach. Annie Spencer placed fifth in 21:10 for Mercersburg, which placed third as a team.

The Blue Storm boys team placed ninth, led by Tyler Snyder (14th, 16:58) and James Finucane (19th, 17:14).

PIAA District 3 meet postponed

HERSHEY, Pa. - Rain forced the postponement of the PIAA District 3 championships Saturday.

The meet will be held Monday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, beginning at noon.


Grace wins MDCC tournament

Tournament MVP Rebecca Morgan had 17 kills as host Grace Academy beat Cumberland Valley Christian 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 in the championship match of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference tournament.

All-tourney selection Kristin Serafini had 11 service points, five kills and 13 assists and Lauren Cox added 11 digs for Grace (18-0).

Miranda Payne had nine assists, Lauren Peterson added five kills and Megan Quesenberry had five blocks for CVCS (11-5).

Grace beat Broadfording 25-22, 25-16, 25-15 in the semifinals. Morgan led the Knights with 18 kills, while Serafini had 10 kills, five aces and 16 assists and Jen Waltz added 12 service points.

Hannah Young led Broadfording with seven kills, five blocks and nine digs, while Danielle Dubois had six service points, four blocks and seven digs in the match. Emily Stransky added five kills and Taylor Shafer had 10 digs for the Lions.

Broadfording fell 25-18, 12-25, 14-25, 25-17, 16-14 to New Life in the fourth-place match.

Young had 13 kills, seven digs and two blocks for the Lions, while Emily Ahalt had five kills, three aces, 11 service points and 13 digs, Danielle Dubois had five kills, three aces, six service points and 14 digs and Stransky had five kills, three aces and nine digs to lead the Lions (15-9).

Storm win own tourney

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Tournament MVP Cree Riley had nine kills to lead Mercersburg Academy to a 27-25, 25-21 season-ending victory over Peddie in the championship final of the Mercersburg Invitational.

Taylor Riley had seven kills and all-tourney selection Lizz Harvey had eight service points for the Blue Storm in the final.

Mercersburg beat Fannett-Metal 25-21, 25-20 in the semifinals, after defeating Westtown 25-11, 25-12 and St. Andrew's 25-19, 25-11 in pool play.


Grace 1, CVCS 0

Grace Academy's Nick Bunting scored the lone goal as the Knights beat Cumberland Valley Christian for third place in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference tournament.

Kenny Frederickson had 10 saves for the Knights (14-4-3).

Lancaster Mennonite 4, Greencastle 1

HERSHEY, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim had advantages of 16-5 in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks, but the Blue Devils fell to Lancaster Mennonite (16-4-2) in the PIAA District 3 Class AA quarterfinals Saturday night.

Trevor Ile scored the Devils' lone goal in the 45th minute on an assist from Evon Wiestling to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Jon Zook had one save for Greencastle (17-3).


Peddie School 27, Mercersburg 16

HIGHSTOWN, N.J. - Kenny Burns scored two touchdowns to lead Mercersburg Academy.

A.J. Firestone kicked a 42-yard field goal for the Blue Storm (0-9) and Cameron Jones rushed for 95 yards.

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