By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer
Welcome back for another edition of RECAP AT THE RIDGE! The past week of sports was an exciting one. There is a lot to recap, so let’s get right into it!
Starting with boys’ basketball, they were in action three times over the past week with Susquehanna, Forest City, and Wyoming Seminary all going to battle against them. Blue Ridge traveled to Susquehanna first on Tuesday where they defeated the Sabers 63-50. Going into the game, Connor Cranage only needed three points to reach the 1,000-point milestone in his career. He did just that pulling up from way downtown on the first possession of the game and banking in the shot.
Cranage became the youngest player to reach this milestone at Blue Ridge. Congratulations to Connor in his journey to 1,000!!! The rest of the game was more of the same for the Raiders. They simply outplayed the Sabers in every aspect of basketball. Connor Cranage led the team in scoring with 26 while Dylan Bradley led in rebounding with 12. All was not lost for the Sabers as Colton Stone and J.T. Burke were bright spots for the team with 17 and 19 points respectively. They boys kept their momentum rolling into Friday against Forest City at home. This game had huge implications for the league standings (a win for Forest City clinching the league title and a win for Blue Ridge pushing them into first place,) and the Raiders pulled out the victory 63-57. The game came down to the wire with the two teams going into the 4th quarter knotted up. J.J. Rosa was a key reason for the win as he put up 21 points to lead the team. Connor Cranage contributed 17 and James Barbour gave 10 for the winning side. The Raiders finished their week with Wyoming Seminary at home. They trailed for most of this game before finally pulling away and winning 59-50. Carson Gallagher put up a huge line with 24 points on eight threes. Jack Leahy dropped 12 in the Blue Knights loss. With this strong week for the team, they have jumped into first place over Forest City by a half game in the Lackawanna League Division IV standings with only two games left to play in their season. They will play on the road against Riverside Tuesday and again on Friday against Montrose. A win at Montrose would guarantee Blue Ridge the chance at a league title. A Forest City loss would clinch the title for Blue Ridge, but two wins next week for them would force a 3rd game between the two for the league title. Support the boys as they complete their push for a league championship.
In girls’ basketball, this week was a breakthrough for the ladies. They snapped their long, losing streak and seem to be on the up. The ladies were the first game of the week bringing in Susquehanna on Monday. They took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, winning 31-26. Susquehanna had trouble with fouls and turnovers throughout the night with 15 and 17. Libby Zick, point guard for the Raiders, dropped ten points to pave the way for the win. On the glass, each of the five players saw over six rebounds with Kaelynn Brant snagging eleven. Lexi Iveson had the majority of points for the Sabers with 13 on the night.
The ladies went on the road Thursday against Forest City resulting in a winning outcome 47-29. Blue Ridge shot an encouraging 42% from the field while the Foresters only shot a measly 14%. Kaelynn Brant had a dominating performance with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Emma Button posted a great stat line with six points, fourteen rebounds, and five assists. The Lady Raiders are sitting at number five in the Lackawanna League Division IV standings as the new week starts. They have found their stride and will bring their win streak into next week at home against Riverside and Montrose to finish their regular season.
For wrestling, the team was in action only once this past week. They welcomed Greater Nanticoke on Thursday for their last regular season match. They were able to finish the season on a positive note, defeating the Trojans 48-16 Blue Ridge picked up eight wins with all eight bringing bonus points. The match was also Senior Night for the Raiders. Kaleb Shimer, Memphis Collins, and Kameron Sheffer were all honored before the start of wrestling. Kameron Sheffer did not wrestle with an injury, but Kaleb and Memphis both earned pins to go with their senior night recognition. Jackson Maby and Torin Fissel added falls of their own to the Raiders score. Brice Woodruff, Nate Oropallo, this writer (Luciano Shea), and Owen Martin received forfeits at their weight classes. For the Trojans, Owen Atkins and Michelle Pastuizaca had their hand raised without opposition from Blue Ridge. One silver lining for Greater Nanticoke came to close out the night with Sam Petrini earning a major decision to help the Trojans. The wrestling team has concluded their regular season and will work towards Junior Varsity Districts this Saturday at Delaware Valley.
This will bring an end to the recap. It was a heck of a week for the sports teams here at Blue Ridge. The winter sport season is coming to an end, so check back next Monday for one of the last RECAPs at the Ridge during the winter season.
Click the link below for the sports schedule and come support the Raiders this week as they make the final push towards the postseason!!!
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