Area roundup -- Former NFL RB Elias to speak in Hub City

August 29, 2009

Former NFL running back Keith Elias will be the featured speaker Sept. 12 at North Hagerstown High School for "Choices," an event sponsored by New Day in Christ Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Elias played five seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts, backing up running backs such as Rodney Hampton, Dave Meggett, Herschel Walker, Tyrone Wheatley, Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James.

He was the Giants' third-down back in 1995 and was a special-teams standout with the Colts in 1998 and 1999. Elias played half a season in the XFL in 2001 before retiring.

He is the Central New Jersey representative for FCA and works with Heroes and Cool Kids, a program that teaches high school students how to mentor to elementary school students.


There will be a live band as well as cash prizes and giveaways. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.


Grace Academy 2, Leesburg 0

STEPHENS CITY, Va. -- Grace Academy cruised through the inaugural Labor Day tournament at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy with an 8-0 record, culminating in a championship victory over Leesburg 25-18, 25-11.

Jamie Shurnitski had five kills, eight service points and 11 assists, while Erica Null had five kills and nine service points in the final for the Knights.

Amanda Hall, Shurnitski and Victoria Broadwater each made the All-Tournament team, while Null won MVP honors.


East Stroudsburg sweeps

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Lauren Jescheknik had 15 assists and 11 digs as Shepherd University dropped the first of two matches 25-14, 19-25, 25-1, 25-23 to East Stroudsburg on Saturday.

Julie Robertson had 21 digs, Emily McCoy had 10 blocks, while Kasey Mercier added a team-high nine kills for the Rams (1-2).

Brianne Bachman had 16 kills for the Warriors (3-0).

In the second match, Amanda Hall and Mercier each had 10 kills in the 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 loss, while Lauren Gardner had seven kills and 23 digs.

Bachman led the Warriors again with 12 kills, while Alyson Stark added 11.

The Rams will travel to Winter Park, Fla., for the Rollins College Tourney next Friday.


Volvo Powertrain 5K


106 finishers

Males: 1. Mark Eissens 16:12; 2. Tim Schuler 16:47; 3. Jaime Dick 16:52; 4. Zachary Newman 17:05; 5. Rob Hovermale 17:09; 6. Brad Sponaugle 17:43; 7. Bill Walls 17:57; 8. Ronnie Knepper 18:21; 9. Brandon Thomas 18:59; 10. Troy Werdebaugh 19:02.

Females: 1. Michelle Benshoff 20:13; 2. Charmayne McFadden 20:29; 3. Jessey Schultz 21:53; 4. Katie Thompson 21:56; 5. Kay Harrison 22:04; 6. Annica Hedman-Harsh 22:23; 7. Maria Mestre 22:28; 8. Christine Moats 22:39; 9. Kari Mellott 23:25; 10. Pam Clemmer 23:56.

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