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Wildcats, Blazers on Antietam collision course

October 10, 2008

Volleyball

No. 7 Clear Spring (8-1, 2-0) and No. 3 Williamsport (8-1, 1-0) are the last two unbeaten teams in MVAL Antietam play after the Blazers went on the road and knocked off Smithsburg (6-3, 1-1) in four games on Wednesday.

The Blazers and Wildcats are scheduled to meet in Williamsport on Oct. 20 - a change from the originally scheduled date of Oct. 21. It figures to be one of the top matches in the Tri-State area this season.

Clear Spring has been led by outside hitter Amanda Jenkins (4.03 kills, 3.14 digs per game), middle hitter Emily Pinkham (3.18 kills, 1.09 aces) and setters Katie Blickenstaff (5.15 assists) and Megan Micco (4.68 assists).

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Williamsport looks to middle hitter Cayla Broadwater (3.65 kills, 1.45 blocks) and Brittany Malott (2.16 kills, 4.45 digs) for its attack, and Loganne Smith (5.55 assists) runs the offense.

Both teams have obstacles to hurdle before their potential showdown. Williamsport hosts Catoctin (5-4, 0-1) tonight and travels to Smithsburg on Oct. 16. Clear Spring hosts Boonsboro (4-4, 1-1) on Monday.

Boys Soccer

Monday's MVAL Antietam matchup between the last two unbeaten teams in conference play - Smithsburg (5-4-1, 3-0) and No. 5 Williamsport (7-4, 2-0) - could decide the title.

The Leopards defeated Clear Spring 2-1 on Tuesday and Catoctin 3-1 on Wednesday to put themselves in position. Steve Kretzer leads Smithsburg with 16 points (six goals, four assists), and Phillip Weller has four goals this season.

The Wildcats have won three straight - including conference victories over Boonsboro, 3-1 on Oct. 2, and Catoctin, 4-0 on Monday. Michael Reyes leads Williamsport with 22 points (nine goals, four assists), Jonathan Adams has 13 (five goals, three assists) and Jordan Payne has 12 (four goals, four assists).

Should Smithsburg pull off the road victory Monday, Boonsboro (7-4, 2-1) could have a chance to pull into a three-way tie for the conference lead. The Warriors host the Leopards on Oct. 16.

Girls soccer

At 3-6-4, St. James isn't exactly having a storybook year. But with a handful of games still remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Saints already have surpassed their win total from last year (two).

"We're getting there. We're getting better," St. James first-year coach Ted Camp said. "We don't score many goals, but defensively we're able to hold teams."

Senior Caroline Salisbury, the Saints' top defender, also is their top scorer. She's accounted for seven of her team's 13 goals this season.

"She never comes off the field," Camp said. "She's just incredible."

Cross Country

Unfortunately for local cross country fans, Williamsport's Michael Lilley and Jefferson's Cory Hampshire - arguably the area's top two boys - won't face each other Saturday at the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High School.

Lilley and his Wildcats are set to compete in the small-school race, while Hampshire and his Cougars are entered in the "elite" race. But it still will be interesting to compare their times on the infamously hilly 3-mile course, where the Maryland state meet annually is held.

Lilley, who placed third at states last year in 17:07, said he has his sights set on 16:20.

* Smithsburg junior David Wilson will try to give the host Leopards their third straight individual boys title Saturday at the 19th annual Don Stoner Invitational.

Corey Centofonti, a 2007 Smithsburg graduate, was the overall Stoner champ in 2006 and 2007.

Thirteen schools are expected to attend this year's invitational, which begins at 10 a.m.

Golf

Nine area golfers - six boys and three girls from Chambersburg and Waynesboro - have qualified for the PIAA District 3 championships, which will be held today and Saturday at Briarwood Golf Club in York, Pa.

Chambersburg's Nick Tornetta, Calvin Mentzer and Kyle Kegerreis, and Waynesboro's Alec Kessler, Derek Baker and Ryan Kell are set to compete in the boys event.

The girls field includes Waynesboro's Liz Breed, the defending champ, and Chambersburg's Kacy Straub and Mallory Cortis.

The top 20 boys and top 10 girls advance to the Eastern Regional on Wednesday at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.

The state championships will be held Oct. 20-21 at Heritage Hills in York.

- Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble contributed to this notebook.

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