High School Sports
PIAA Track Championship
Local Athletes Compete In
Several local athletes representing McConnellsburg and Southern Fulton high schools made their mark while participating Friday and Saturday in the PIAA track and field championships held in Shippensburg.
McConnellsburg Spartan Corey Hill, who was seeded 22nd heading into the 110 hurdles Friday, lopped nearly a half second off his overall time. Hill’s time of 15.49 placed him 14th and advanced him to semifinal competition Saturday. Meanwhile, fellow Spartan Nikki Fleming tied for 10th place in Friday’s finals in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.
Southern Fulton’s Dylan Cross finished out finals on Friday with a 19th-place finish in the pole vault with his leap of 12 feet. On Saturday, Indian teammate Jacob Ashkettle finished fifth overall in AA competition in the 400- meter dash. He had been seeded number 18 going into the race, but Ashkettle clocked in at 51.25 for a fifth-place win.
North Star 6
Southern Fulton 4
In spite of Southern Fulton outhitting top-ranked North Star last Friday afternoon, it was the Cougars who came out on top for a 6- 4 win during the semifinal round of District 5-A playoffs. Pitcher Jordan Clingerman finished out the season with a record of 7-2 after recording four strikeouts, six walks, four hits and three earned runs. Connor Litton had the lone extra-base hit for the Indians, a double. Others having hits were Zane Baker, Brayden Litton and Nick Smartt.
Some untimely errors may have led McConnellsburg to drop last Friday’s game to Meyersdale, who closed out the semifinal game of District 5-A playoffs with a 12-2 victory. Dylan Everts continued his hitting streak with his fourth homer of the season, which ended for the Spartans in a 16-6 record. Teammate Justin Welsh added a double. Pitcher Jesse Swope saw his record fall to 4-2 with two walks, five hits and one earned run after 3.2 innings on the mound.
Southern Fulton 3
Southern Fulton Indians managed a run in the eighth inning last Wednesday to slide by number-five seeded Shade for a 3-2 win in the District 5-A quarterfinal round of playoffs. The win came after Southern Fulton and Shade endured several lengthy delays due to lightening. Zane Baker scored the winning run from second on an error by the Panthers, while Trent Rider finished out the day with an RBI. Jordan Clingerman picked up his seventh win of the year after making an appearance during the eighth inning.
McConnellsburg came out hot last Wednesday evening, pushing seven runners across homeplate in the first two innings of the opening round of District 5-A playoffs. Holding on for a 7- 2 win over Hyndman, the number -three seeded Spartans were led by pitcher Taylor Souders. Souders lasted well over six innings with three strikeouts, six walks, three hits and one earned runs. Souders also connected for a double while batting two-for-four. Dylan Everts went two-for-three, which included his third homer of the year, and Dalton Garlock chipped in two RBIs.
District 5 Baseball Championship Set For May 30
The District 5A baseball championship game against North Star and Meyersdale will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., at Shanksville.
Peters Wins 270 Road Show At Path Valley
Forty-seven 270cc Micro Sprint drivers came to Path Valley Speedway Saturday night. Although the weather was unseasonably cool, the racing action was not.
The 600cc Micro Sprints started the feature lineup. Gunnar Layton led the field to the green flag and set the early pace. Cale Reigle chased down the leader and made the inside pass for the lead on Lap 6. From that point on Reigle dominated the event, leading by nearly half of a lap at the finish for his first-ever win at Path Valley. Hannah Riser continues to show improvement as she came home with a strong second-place finish. Riser was followed by Garrett Bard, Steve Whary and Timmie Barrick. Layton and Reigle won the heat races.
Paul Bacchus led the first three laps off the Penn-Mar Vintage Car feature until a mechanical breakdown sent him to the infield. Larry Felty took over from there and held of Stew Wenrich to take the win. Fred Thompson finished third. The heat race was won by Bacchus.
After four heat races and three consolation events the 24-car field was set for the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Mason Peters started second, alongside polesitter Sean McAndrew. Peters won the drag race to Turn 1 for the early lead and that turned out to be the winning pass. The event was slowed by several cautions and red flags, but Peters never faulted and led all 20 laps. Tyler Snook finished second, with Sean McAndrew third. Ryan McAndrew passed Colby Dice in the closing laps as they finished fourth and fifth. Heat race winners were Jason Houtz, Tyler Snook, Mason Peters and Sean McAn- drew. Consolation wins went to Mike Boyer, Dave Hawkins, and Robert Garvey.
The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints run two features. In the first feature Jeff Haefke made the long trip from Ohio pay off by leading all 15 laps for the win. Haefke was followed across the line by Lance Yeager, Alyssa Rowe, Brent Sparks and Nick Krchelich.
The second feature saw Alyssa Rowe show the way until her chances literally went up in smoke. Rowe’s engine started losing oil on the front stretch, and she did a great job of bringing her car to a safe stop while in a big cloud of smoke and oil all over the left rear tire. Lance Yeager passed Brian Stivenson on the restart and led the final three laps for the win.
Coming up next weekend: Friday, May 31: Street Stock, Super Stock, Mini Stock, 4- Cylinder Thunder, Strictly Stock plus Late Model; driver autograph night; and fan appreciation night.
Saturday, June 1: 600cc Micro Sprint, 270cc Micro Sprint plus 305 Sprint; driver autograph and fan appreciation night.