By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer
We are back again to bring you a summary of Blue Ridge sports for the week of January 30th to February 5th. Buckle up and get the popcorn ready for RECAP AT THE RIDGE!
For the girls’ basketball team, their long skid continued with a pair of losses on the road. The week started Monday at Mountain View where they fell to the Eagles 40-51.
Leigha McCain led the charge for the team with 15 points on five threes. Emma Button had a double-double for the Raiders with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kaelynn Brant contributed 14 as well. Addison Kilmer, who continued her amazing season with a monster stat line of 23 points and 25 rebounds, carried the Eagles to the victory. The ladies’ finished the week dropping their game at Elk Lake 36-51. In the game, the Lady Warriors were all over the glass, outrebounding the Raiders by a margin of 16. On the winning side, it was a collective effort with all but one player scoring for the Warriors. Emma Button and Kaelynn Brant, who had a strong week of games, scored 10 and 11 points respectively in a valiant effort. The Lady Raiders have fallen to 2-7 on the season finding themselves sitting at six in the Lackawanna League Division IV standings. They will look towards Susquehanna on Monday and Forest City on Thursday, two teams they have already bested.
On the wrestling side, they traveled twice last week to Pittston Area on Monday and North Pocono on Thursday. Both days resulted in a loss for the team. Looking at Monday, Pittston Area handled the Raiders 48-22. Keegan Bucci and Kevin Hower both pinned for the Patriots while Dave Sudo, Brody Spindler, Jahiem Butler and Jonathan Healey received forfeits. James Spindler earned a tech fall in the win as well. For the Raiders, they were able to bring home four wins with Brice Woodruff, Memphis Collins, and Jackson Maby all earning six points by pin. The struggles continued on Thursday as Blue Ridge lost 27-40 against North Pocono. Blue Ridge caught the victory in five matches with North Pocono winning the remaining seven. A Kaleb Shimer pin at 152 and forfeits for Jackson Maby, Brice Woodruff and this writer (Luciano Shea) highlighted the night for the Raiders. Matt Geck and P.J. Egner both pinned in the win for the Trojans. The boys finished third in the Lackawanna League Division III standings. They will conclude their regular season at senior night Thursday against Greater Nanticoke. Come out and support as they honor their seniors!
In boys’ basketball, they were in action two times in the previous week. The first game came on Tuesday against Mountain View. They were able to pounce on the Eagles with an 81-55 win. The Raiders took advantage of the poor ball control by Mountain View, gathering 15 steals to the opposition’s one.
Carson Gallagher was a key factor to the win, lighting it up with a total of 21 points. Tanner Stout put up 19 of his own but was no match for Gallagher and the Raiders. Blue Ridge finished off the long week by welcoming the Elk Lake Warriors to the Raider Dome. They squeaked by 57-52 in a close, back and forth matchup. Despite the Warriors effort coming up short, Wyatt Casselbury had himself a night with 18 points and a whopping 22 rebounds. On the other side of things, Connor Cranage was the savior for the Raiders, scoring over half of their points with 34 and collecting 17 rebounds. The team is on a five-game winning streak with a strong grasp of the second spot in the Lackawanna League Division IV standings. Only one game separates them from the top. They will look to continue their success with three huge games for the week. They will start on the road at Susquehanna where Connor Cranage will almost certainly reach the 1,000-point mark only needing three more. The stands will be packed for this game. They will go head-to-head against Forest City at home on Friday. This game will have major implications for the league standings as a win would put the Raiders ahead of number one Forest City. They will finish off a back-to-back at home against Wyoming Seminary, an admirable opponent. Make sure to get out and support the boys this week in their most important stretch yet.
That will bring a close to this week’s RECAP AT THE RIDGE! Check back again Monday for the compilation of next week’s sporting events.
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