Area briefs: Eagle boys’ XC 2nd at Luray
LURAY — Clarke County High School’s boys’ cross country team finished as the runner-up in a five-team meet at Luray High School on Wednesday.
Senior Matt Dietz led the Eagles, finishing as the overall runner-up with a time of 18 minutes, 36 seconds. Isaac Weintz followed in third (18:53) and the rest of the Eagles’ scoring five included Michael Dietz (9th, 19:53), Daniel York (13th, 20:07) and Colton Botts (18th, 21:07).
Strasburg edged Clarke County 43-45 for first place. Luray took third on a tiebreaker over Madison (both finished with 88 points) and Page came in fifth with 105 points.
In the girls’ race, Strasburg won with 37 points followed by Page (68) and Clarke (71). Madison County (77) came in fourth and Luray (86) took fifth.
Hayley Botts came in eighth (23:58) to pace the Eagles. Sophia Biddle-Snead (11th, 24:14), Rachel Dors (14th, 25:02), Alex Harden (17th, 25:20) and Kenzie Kibler (24th, 25:58) completed the Eagles’ top five.
Colonels 163, Hawks 201
FRONT ROYAL — James Wood improved to 3-0 in Northwestern District duals with a victory over Skyline Wednesday on the Red Nine at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
The Colonels were led by Will Holmes (36), Roger Repasky (41) and Hunter Hall and Jake Akeley (42 each).
Tinsman, Boyd to start for Rams
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd junior Trae Tinsman was listed as the starting quarterback on the team’s depth chart released earlier this week and will make his first start when the Rams host Shippensburg University at noon on Saturday.
Tinsman, a 6-foot-3, 206-pound former James Wood High School standout, was competing with red-shirt freshman Jeff Ziemba for the Rams’ starting job. Tinsman played in eight games as a sophomore last year, going 10 for 21 for 156 yards.
Former Sherando standout wide receiver Dalton Boyd is listed as the starter at the Rams’ ‘Z’ receiver position. Boyd, a sophomore, ranked sixth on the team with 12 catches for 177 yards and a touchdown last year. He will also see action on kick returns.
Shepherd junior David Carter, a former Handley High School standout, is listed as the Rams’ backup free safety. Carter ranked fifth on the team with 44 tackles a season ago and he also made two interceptions. Carter will likely see a lot of action with senior free safety Corey Washington, who was injured last year. Rams defensive coordinator Josh Kline said there might be certain sets where both Carter and Washington will be on the field together.
Lions 3, Hornets 2
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker in its home opener Wednesday evening, losing 3-2 to Penn State-Altoona.
Shenandoah (3-2) took a 1-0 lead with a 34-32 win in the opening set before Penn State-Altoona (2-3) answered back with wins at 21 and 23 in the second and third.
Coach Jaime Terenzi’s team then forced a fifth and deciding set with a 27-25 victory in the fourth.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Lions controlled the fifth throughout, winning 15-11 to clinch the victory.
Junior Samantha Schambach paced five SU women in double-digit kills with 13. Haley Smith added 12, Rachel Roberts had 11 and both Blake Parkes and Rachel Gross had 10 apiece.
Jasmine Callahan had a match-high 55 assists with Schambach and Taylor Anderson both posting 16 digs.
Cardinals 5, Hornets 2
WINCHESTER – Visiting Catholic University used a three-goal spurt midway through the second half Wednesday night to fuel a 5-2 non-league men’s soccer victory over host Shenandoah.
After Emilio Altamirano tied the game for SU (0-3) with his unassisted goal at 52:14, CUA (2-1) answered with three goals in a span of 5:22 to re-take the advantage.
Sophomore Eduardo Santiago put Shenandoah on the board by finishing off an Andrew Ralli feed at 26:13 to cut the Hornets deficit to one at 2-1.
Catholic outshot SU 28-4 and had a 9-3 advantage in corners.
Shenandoah goalkeeper Rodrigo Casteriana made 11 saves.
Bullets 7, Hornets 0
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team saw its two-game season-opening winning streak end Wednesday with a 7-0 non-league loss at Gettysburg College.
The Bullets (2-0-1) scored their initial goal in the 33rd minute before tallying three times in a 12-minute span of the second half to pull away from SU (2-1).
Hannah Theurer scored what proved to be the game-winner by one-timing a Molly Phillips’ cross at 32:50.
Freshman Erin Septer, who played the initial 65:36 in goal, made three saves.