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Recap at the Ridge

By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer

It is officially district playoff time. That means the very first postseason edition of Recap at the Ridge! With all of the excitement building up, let’s not waste any time. Without further ado, here is your RECAP AT THE RIDGE!!!

Wrestling

First, the wrestling team participated in districts this weekend coming away successfully. Blue Ridge went into the second day of the tournament with five wrestlers who achieved wins and five of the eight wrestlers still in action. After two tough days of wrestling, the Raiders brought home three, distinct medals. Nathan Oropallo placed 6th at 145, Brice Woodruff placed 4th at 107, and Jackson Maby made it to the finals at 133 where he finished 2nd. Maby fell to Jaden Pepe, a two-time returning state champion in Pennsylvania.

The three district placers for Blue Ridge
Left to right: Brice Woodruff, Jackson Maby, Nathan Oropallo

Unlike most high school sports, wrestling goes through a regional tournament between districts and states. Blue Ridge competes in District 2 meaning the top four from each weight class in D2 advances. Brice Woodruff and Jackson Maby both accomplished this and will be in competition this weekend at regionals in Williamsport. Go support Jack and Brice this weekend as they attempt to become a 2023 state qualifier.

Boys’ Basketball

Next, it is jubilation all around for the boys’ basketball team as they became the first boys’ team in Blue Ridge history to make a district championship. They took on Elk Lake Saturday at the Raider dome. In a sold-out crowd, the boys toppled the Warriors 62-57. The Raiders exploded on offense with four players scoring in double figures, Carson Gallagher (16), Connor Cranage (16), JJ Rosa (14), and Dalton Rutter (10). Braydon McMicken led the charge for Elk Lake with 12 points.

Moreover, the boys have punched their ticket to the arena. They will have the opportunity to reach the state playoffs if they capture a win versus Holy Cross at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday. Go watch their historic season continue against the Crusaders.

Girls’ Basketball

Finally, the girls’ season ultimately ended with a loss to Holy Cross 25-37. This did not come without a strong fight from the ladies.

Libby Zick dribbles around the screen set by Leigha McCain.

They were almost dead even with Holy Cross in every statistical category besides points, where Holy Cross outscored Blue Ridge 13-1 in the 3rd quarter. They rode this to the victory. For the Crusaders, Giuliana Mazza did the bulk of the work with 17 points. The Raiders passed the ball around efficiently with every player making at least one shot. Libby Zick put up eight points in the last game of her season.

Although the season did not result in what they had wanted, all is not lost. Every player who saw minutes this year will be returning. While most teams will lose some due to graduation, the girls will reload and get better for next year. Congratulations to the team on finishing their season!!!

And with that, this edition of Recap at the Ridge will come to an end. Thanks for reading and please show your support to all of the athletes still in competition in the postseason. See you next week!!!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to find out how Blue Ridge ended the regular season in last week’s Recap at the Ridge: Recap at the Ridge | Raider Reader Online News

In addition, don’t forget to grab your ticket for the boys’ game at the arena before it is too late: TICKET BOOTH – PIAA District II (piaad2.org)

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Luciano Shea
Luciano Shea
Luke Shea is currently a senior at Blue Ridge. He is involved with many activities at the school including LEO Club, FBLA, Science Club, and Prom Committee. He is the Vice President of the National Honor Society and SADD, as well. Luke is a wrestler, soccer player, and track runner for the Blue Ridge Raiders. Outside of school, his favorite thing to do is spend time with friends and family.
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