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By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer

Welcome back to RECAP AT THE RIDGE after the brief break between the spring and winter season. There is a big change coming to Recap at the Ridge for the spring season. All recaps will now include the junior high teams along with varsity. Our job here is to provide you with a recap of all things sports at Blue Ridge. That job would not be fulfilled without adding the junior high teams. Be on the lookout for continuous updates on those teams. Without further ado, get ready for RECAP AT THE RIDGE!!!

Track and Field

To start, the track and field team is looking strong heading into the season. For the varsity boys, they are coming off a Lackawanna league title. Despite losing many of their seniors on last year’s team, they believe they can repeat as champions. The varsity girls will try to accomplish what the boys did as well for their first league title. Their chances are higher than ever. Since the track teams participate all together at meets, they will be in action versus Carbondale on Thursday in their first meet of the season. With this being at home, get out and support the squads!!

Junior High

As mentioned, the boys’ and girls’ teams will follow the same schedule of the varsity teams. When the varsity teams have a meet, the junior high will follow. Stay tuned for updates on all track teams!!

Boys’ Volleyball

In boys’ volleyball, last season was one for the history books. They finished with a 15-4 record, winning the district championship and making the state quarterfinals. The best part is they return almost every starter besides senior Gerald Welsted. The boys are poised to continue their march into Blue Ridge history with lofty goals.

For volleyball, the season has already started. They began play with Hanover Area last Monday. In this game, they routed the Hawkeyes, sweeping to a 3-0 set victory. Hanover Area did not crack double digits in a set all night. Connor Cranage led the team with nine kills and Nick Laude went four for four on his kill attempts. Nick Laude also had five serving aces on the night. Libero Aiden Glasgow finished with 12 digs.

On Thursday, the Raiders hosted Forest City. They handled the Foresters 3-0, beating them in every set by double digits. Connor Cranage stepped it up with 14 kills in three sets. Nick Laude posted a stat line of eight kills, five aces, and 14 serving points. In addition, Carson Gallagher assisted on 28 points for Blue Ridge.

Carson Gallagher sets the ball up for Connor Cranage against Forest City.

The boys have a busy schedule for this week. They will play Abington Heights on Tuesday. Despite the team’s success, Abington Heights has had their number beating them in every matchup over the past few years. The Raiders will look to interrupt this trend. After hosting Abington, the team travels to North Pocono on Thursday. Finally, they will compete in a tournament this weekend on the road. They could use all the support they can get!!

Ladies’ Softball

To start, let’s recap last season for the varsity softball team. The ladies’ finished with a 7-5 record, pushing them into the playoffs. They defeated Forest City but ultimately fell to the champion, Old Forge, in the semifinals. They were led by current junior pitcher, Abigail Laude. Coming off a strong season where she received Lackawanna League first team all-star honors, Abigail looks to continue her dominance on the mound and lead the team to success. Fellow junior, Leigha McCain, hopes to build on her last season, manning the infield at shortstop. The lone sophomore on the team, Isabella Shea, will run things from behind the plate. She is surely wanting to start her varsity career with a bang.

None of the girls’ softball teams have seen action yet. For the varsity team, they will play in two scrimmage games this week. First, they will host Pittston Area on Tuesday. A quick note to add; that game and all home games for Blue Ridge will be held at the Hallstead Softball Field located next to the Simmons Rockwell. On Thursday, the ladies’ will travel to Susquehanna Valley to complete their week. While they may be scrimmages, it is always fun to get out and play.

Junior High

The junior high softball ladies will not begin their season until after the Easter Break. In the meantime, we will impatiently wait for their first game.

Mens’ Baseball

Again, we will first look at the boys’ previous season. In similar fashion to the girls, the boys finished with an 8-4 record, reaching the district playoffs. They beat Elk Lake to start and went home in the same manner as the girls, losing to the eventual runner-up, Riverside, in the semifinals.

The Raiders will go into this season after losing a major piece in Coleman McCain due to graduation. Senior Noah Martin does return for the team, however. His .396 average and 21 hits were among the best in the league. Noah seems on track to turn it up a notch this year and lead his team to a championship. The boys also return a great 1-2 punch at the pitching position with senior Timmy Higgins and Sophomore Gehrig Dibble. Dibble posted a .94 ERA and Higgins finished with a 2.63 ERA.

For the boys’ this year, they will play one scrimmage game this week to acclimate to the season. Carbondale will come to the New Milford Baseball Field, where boys’ baseball home games are played, and take on the Raiders at 5 pm. Get out there and show them some support early!

Junior High

Like the junior high ladies, the boys’ team will not start with their games until coming back from Easter.

And that will end the first spring recap. As you can see, things are just starting to ramp up. We hope to see you back next week for another RECAP AT THE RIDGE!!!

If you have just joined us on this adventure, go see how the winter sport season ended here: Recap at the Ridge | Raider Reader Online News

As the weather improves, make sure to get out and watch our student athletes play in their first competitions. You can view the schedule here: Blue Ridge High School Calendar of Events (blueridgeraiders.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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