Golden Knights ‘Dig' Deep, Top Kennard-Dale September 21, 2017
The saying goes that offense wins games but defense wins championships. Well it may not have been a championship game but the Eastern York girls' volleyball team's 3-1 victory over Kennard-Dale on September 19th was a defensive masterpiece. The Lady Golden Knights racked up 63 digs during their 4-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-15) win over the visiting Lady Rams.
"We made some adjustments to our defensive strategy this past week and added Morgan Dobbeck as Libero to tighten up our passing game," said head coach Josh Korb of the win that saw Dobbeck tally a team high 20 digs. Katie Lehman nearly equaled that total, finishing with 16 to go with her team high 24 assists and one ace. Brooke LaCesa just missed double digits with her nine digs, matching the team leading nine kills for the Lady Golden Knights offense. Morgan Winter checked in with another seven digs and two kills while Sarah Moore added six kills to her two digs. Abby Smith (four), Olivia Koicuba (three) and Shelby Hildebrand (two) rounded out the dig-fest for Eastern.
Eastern York's battle with West York on the 14th was a decidedly different affair as the Lady Bulldogs posted wins of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-18 to secure a 3-0 victory. The Lady Knights hung tough in the loss with LaCesa finishing with 19 digs, eight kills, two assists, one ace and one block as the center of the Eastern attack. Lehman added 11 digs to her team leading 12 assists while Hildebrand tacked on another 14 digs, four assists, one kill and one ace.
The golf team finished a busy stretch of the season, battling their Division II foes three times in the span of five days. The action kicked off on September 14th with Eastern's lone home match of the season. The Golden Knights used the home course advantage to finish 3-3 on the day with wins over Gettysburg, West York and Kennard-Dale. Alexandra Lowder paced the team with a round of 84.
Monday September 18th sent Eastern York to Stewartstown for a round at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. Without the friendly home confines, the Golden Knights dropped to 2-4 on the day with wins over West York and Gettysburg. Lowder posted the top Eastern score, carding a round of 87 to finish seventh. Teammate Nate Hoyer checked in one stroke back in an eighth-place tie with York Suburban's Blake Wallace.
One day later, the team played 18 holes at Regents Glen Country Club. The Knights struggled in this one, going winless on the day with no golfers finishing in the top 10.
The lone home meet on the Lady Golden Knights' cross country schedule proved to be both easy and difficult. The easy part came because two of Eastern's three opponents on the day, Spring Grove and York Tech, do not have the needed five runners to count for team scoring which gave Eastern York two easy wins. The difficult part came in the head-to-head with Kennard-Dale. Led by the McLain sisters and their 1-2 finish the Lady Knights claimed that match-up 20-38. Maddie finished first with a time of 19:38 while Olivia finished roughly two minutes later and in second place. Madison Nalls came in fourth and Fiona Valore in ninth to give Eastern four runners in the top 10. Ally Falk just missed that club, settling for an 11th place finish.
The home meet was not as friendly for the boy's team as the Golden Knights lost to KD and Spring Grove with only a 25-33 final over York Tech salvaging the day. Pierre Allard was the top finisher, taking eighth with a time of 19:48. The remaining four members of Eastern's scoring contingent all crossed the finish line within 73 seconds of each other. Jake Fenwick led that pack with a 12th place time of 20:24 while Adam Drapcho closed out with a 17th place run. In between Chase Reed settled into 14th place and Zach Falk 16th place.
The Golden Knights traveled to Newville on the 16th to participate in the 22nd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational. Both teams placed three runners in the top 100 of their respective AA fields with Maddie McLain claiming top honors with a second-place time of 18:53.31. Olivia McLain finished roughly two minutes behind and in seventh place while Valore rounded out the trio with a 94th place time of 26:18.10.
For the boys, it was Allard leading the way, taking 30th with a time of 18:39.42. Reed closed out the top 100 with a time of 20:18.10 while Fenwick crossed the line in 19:47, good enough for 77th place.
With losses to York Suburban, Gettysburg and Susquehannock the Eastern York girls' soccer team's quest for their first win continues. The Lady Golden Knights sit at 0-9 after the aforementioned losses the most recent coming on Sept 19th via a 4-2 final against the Lady Warriors. Tarisa Kelly netted both Eastern scores, the first on a penalty kick and the second with help from Olivia Brumgard. Marissa Gockley finished with seven saves in the loss.
The Lady Knights were unable to score in losses to Suburban and Gettysburg, falling 1-0 to the Lady Trojans and 5-0 to Gettysburg. Gockley was in goal for both, finishing with 17 total saves.
"We are having a rough start to the season but it was not unexpected," said head coach Brain Lyle, adding, "We lost 9 starters and 11 seniors from last year's team. We are working very hard but are lacking experience, and we have been installing a new set and style of soccer."
The football team fell to 1-2 with a 26-14 loss to Littlestown on September 15th. The Thunderbolts used the always successful run the ball and stop the other team from running the ball method of football success. That led to the 'Bolts racking up 193 yards on the ground while holding Eastern York to negative eight yards rushing. The Golden Knights did finish with 223 yards through the air in their efforts to dig out of a 20-0 halftime hole.
After three Littlestown touchdowns in the first half Eastern kicked off the scoring in the second half when Dylan Zurin returned the opening kickoff 87-yards for a score. Zach Doyle's extra point made it a two-score game just 13 seconds into the second half. Eastern York's next score came 16 minutes later when Mitchell Gallentine hit Demonte Martin. The 20-yards strike cut the deficit to just six points with 8:06 remaining in the game. That would be as close as the Golden Knights would get with Littlestown tacking on an insurance score with 3:17 remaining in the contest.
Gallentine and Zach Grove split time under center for Eastern and finished a combined 15 of 28 with one score and one interception. Martin finished with 63 yards on three catches including the TD grab but Kaleb Corwell led the team in both receptions and yards with nine and 125.
The boys' soccer team hit a rough patch going from 3-0 to 3-2-1 over the course of one week. The troubles started on September 14th when the Golden Knights finished in a 1-1 deadlock with York Suburban. Zack Goss knotted the game for Eastern, answering Doug Horn's goal that had occurred just over four minutes earlier. Neither team was able to score over final eight minutes of regulation or overtime, putting the final at 1-1. Lucas Jowanowitch tallied two saves for the Golden Knights.
Eastern York picked up their first loss on September 16th, falling to Gettysburg by a 4-1 final. All five goals were scored in the second half with Colin Snyder lighting the lamp for Eastern. Jowanowitch finished with five saves.
Eastern's second loss came just three days later as the Golden Knights dropped a 2-0 final to Susquehannock. The Warriors controlled the contest, leading to 16 Jowanowitch saves.
The field hockey team enjoyed their first win of the season on September 15th, topping Gettysburg 1-0. Kelsey Felix was responsible for converting a Cassidy Arnold pass for the game winner while Emily Bodien preserved the shutout with five saves.
One day later Eastern York enjoyed win number two on the season, taking out Biglerville 3-1. Arnold picked up another assist while Addison Malone scored two of the three goals. Morgan Arnold accounted for the third score.
Eastern York had their quick two game winning streak halted on September 18th with a 9-0 loss to Bermudian Springs. Bodien finished the Lady Eagles assault with nine saves.
The Lady Knights saw their season opening slide reach three games with a 2-1 loss to York Suburban on the 13th. Felix was responsible for the score, driving home a penalty stroke in the second half to break-up the shutout. Bodien finished with another five save effort.
Lions Club To Host Blood Drive September 21, 2017
The Manheim Lions Club, along with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, will hold a blood drive during the Manheim Farm Show. It has been scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Center. Directional signs will be posted.
Anyone who donates will receive a free admission ticket to a local seasonal attraction and a coupon for a discount on a ham and cheese sandwich at the Manheim Lions Club booth.