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'Dig Pink Night' a huge success

October 08, 2009

Volleyball



A massive crowd turned out at Smithsburg High School and filled the gym with pink clothing and balloons on Thursday night for Dig Pink Night, a joint effort between the Smithsburg and Clear Spring volleyball teams to promote breast cancer awareness.

Through a variety of sponsors and fundraising efforts -- including T-shirt sales, a bake sale, a raffle, a motorcycle ride and a "Dollars for Digs" sponsorship effort -- $1,700 was raised for the Dig Pink Foundation and at least $500 more for Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley.

"It really was a community project for Clear Spring and Smithsburg," Leopards athletic director Teresa Bachtell said. "What we didn't realize would happen was how much the students would buy into it. They're all in the stands wearing pink."

Smithsburg volleyball coach Rachel Brashear addressed the crowd before the volleyball match and said, "We are truly united tonight for a higher cause."

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Both teams wore pink uniforms for the match, and prizes were given away between each game and at the end of the match -- which just happened to be between two of the three teams tied atop the MVAL Antietam at the start of the day.

"The money we raised, the packed gym, we haven't had a crowd like this in a long time," Brashear said.

* Greencastle-Antrim (11-0) has stated its case as the best Pennsylvania team in the Tri-State area.

The Blue Devils handed James Buchanan (9-2) one of its only two losses of the season in best-of-5 matches, in a 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 sweep on Sept. 29. Perhaps more impressively, Greencastle dispatched Chambersburg (7-5) in a sweep, 25-18, 25-11, 25-19, on Oct. 3. The Trojans turned around and handed James Buchanan its only other loss, 25-18, 25-10, 24-26, 25-13, later that night.

* Two other teams remain undefeated in best-of-5 matches in the area -- Smithsburg (10-0, 5-0) and Broadfording (16-0).

North Hagerstown (9-1, 4-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday night in an upset loss to Boonsboro (5-5, 3-2), leaving the Leopards alone atop the MVAL Antietam.

As for the Lions, they are in total control of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference and have lost just five of the 63 games they have played. Heritage Academy (12-1) is Broadfording's closest challenger in the conference -- the two teams will meet again tonight -- but the Lions handled the Eagles easily, 25-17, 25-18, 25-11, on Sept. 15.

That said, Heritage has put together quite a season, winning 36 of its 38 games aside from the Broadfording sweep.

Boys Soccer



Grace Academy (14-1, 11-0) erased all doubt it is the class of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference with an emphatic 6-2 victory over rival Broadfording (13-3, 11-2) on Tuesday.

The Knights outscored Broadfording 9-1 in the teams' two games this season. Grace has been dominant on both ends of the pitch, scoring 58 goals (3.87 per game) while allowing just eight (0.53 per game).

Take away the games against Grace, and Broadfording is 13-1 with a 68-17 advantage in goals -- which serves to underscore how good the Knights have been this season.

* Two weeks ago, Washington had a firm grip on Eastern Panhandle dominance. But after an 11-0-1 start, the Patriots (13-2-1) dropped games to Jefferson (3-1 on Sept. 29) and Martinsburg (2-1 on Oct. 1), and suddenly the Class AAA regional playoff picture appears to be wide open.

The Cougars (10-5) have won five straight since their worst loss of the season, a 5-1 setback to the Bulldogs on Sept. 22. Jefferson beat Martinsburg 3-2 in the second game of the season for both teams on Aug. 26.

The Bulldogs (9-6) have also won five straight since a stunning 3-1 loss to Grace Academy on Sept. 18 left them at 4-6.

* It's been a tough two weeks for Mercersburg Academy, which has dropped three straight following a 5-0-1 start.

The Blue Storm suffered a pair of Mid-Atlantic Prep League losses, 2-1 to Hun School on Sept. 26 and 3-0 at Lawrenceville on Oct. 3. On Wednesday, Mercersburg hosted Jefferson and fell 1-0 on the Cougars' goal in the last two minutes of the second overtime.

Girls Soccer



North Hagerstown hosts Catoctin on Oct. 15 in a match that likely will determine the champion of the MVAL Antietam.

Through Wednesday, the Hubs (8-1-1, 4-0) and Cougars (5-2-1, 3-0) were the only two unbeaten teams in conference play.

* Despite losing six starters from last year's team -- including two All-County first-teamers and one second-teamer -- Williamsport already has doubled last year's win total.

The Wildcats, who went 3-11 last season, are 6-5 (3-2 Antietam) this year under first-year coach Jen Fields.

Cross Country



The Don Stoner Invitational -- Washington County's last major invitational of the year -- will be held Saturday at Smithsburg.

The field of 28 schools includes all seven of the county's public schools and Saint James.

The schedule: Small-school girls, 10 a.m.; large-school girls, 10:30; small-school boys, 11; large-school boys, 11:30; JV small-school boys, 12; JV small-school girls, 12:10; JV large-school boys, 12:45; JV large-school girls, 12:55.

* The Chambersburg boys beat Harrisburg 15-52 and Central Dauphin 23-36 on Tuesday to complete their first undefeated dual-meet season in 20 years, while capturing the Mid-Penn Commonwealth title. The Trojans finished 6-0 (6-0).

MVAL Antietam



The Herald-Mail sports department just recently learned that Brunswick and Catoctin are still included in the Antietam Conference in the newly realigned MVAL for all sports except football, field hockey and lacrosse.

The standings on this page for volleyball and boys and girls soccer now reflect that.

-- Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writer Dan Kauffman contributed to this notebook.

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