Eagles, Blue Devils to meet for third time in consolation game
The Youngsville Eagles were hoping for another crack at the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils in the District 10 Class 2A championship game.
Instead, the two teams will meet in the consolation game, with the Eagles falling to Farrell and the Blue Devils to Lakeview in the semifinals.
As Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof was quick to point out, however, his team wasn’t happy with merely getting to this point, and they are excited to face Cambridge Springs again. The Blue Devils handed them their only two Region 3 losses this season.
“We weren’t content with just getting here,” DeLoof said after the Farrell game. “We needed to finish this game playing hard to get us in a position to win on Friday. We’re excited to play Cambridge Springs again. The last one against them is one we’d like to have back. We wanted them in the title game, but we’ll take it in the 3/4 game.”
The Eagles were hanging right with the Steelers until a lightining-quick surge in the final 2:30 of the first half took a 5-point game to a 20-point advantage at halftime.
Brady Olewine got off to a red-hot start against Farrell and Gage Hendrickson played strong in the second half, finishing with a game-high 19 points.
Guards Ethan Kesterholt and Joe Mack were tested all game, but handled themselves well against the constant Farrell pressure.
Cambridge Springs, meanwhile, led for nearly the entire first half against Lakeview before an extended 17-0 run in the third quarter lifted the Sailors into the title game.
So in a way, their two games mirrored one another.
The Blue Devils are led by 6-3 senior Lance Welker (15.8 ppg.), 6-4 junior Trent Wheeler (11.1 ppg.), 6-1 senior Matt Andrews (7.6 ppg.) and 6-5 junior Jayden Shinsky (6.5 ppg.)
With inclement weather in the area, all of Friday’s games were still on as scheduled as of press time Thursday.