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Eby Records 20 Kills in Loss to E-town April 20, 2018

The Garden Spot boys' volleyball team played a key Lancaster-Lebanon League match this past week at Elizabethtown. It was a close one but the Bears prevailed, 3-1.

E-town took the first two sets, 25-23, 25-20. The visiting Spartans, who fell to 4-5 (2-4 league) avoided a sweep with a 25-17 third set victory, only to lose the fourth set 25-22.

The Spartans' Carter Eby posted a match high 20 kills. He also registered two aces and three blocks.

Devon Martin's 33 assists were also tops on the night as were Aaron Lapp's 17 digs.


There are instances when a team manages to score 50 runs in a given season.

Then there is the Garden Spot softball team, which scored 49 runs over a three-day span, defeating Ephrata 16-1 on Tuesday before shutting out Cedar Crest and McCaskey by scores of 18-0 and 15-0 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Spartans head coach Kim King explained that more discipline at the plate helped the team collect a plethora of hits over the three-game win streak.

"We've been working on waiting back and having hard level strokes," King said. "In these three games we saw much slower pitching than we have been seeing. Our batters were waiting back and getting some nice swings.

"We had a ton of hard-hit balls," she added. "Everyone up and down the lineup had hard hits this week."

The 49-1 aggregate score of those three games had some anomalies. Among them was the fact that the mercy rule resulted in one of the games ending after three innings. In the game at Cedar Crest, a six-run fourth inning put the Spartans over the 15-run plateau.

"We scored our 15th run in the bottom of the fourth inning against McCaskey," King explained.

"Our pitcher, Elizabeth King, had 24 strikeouts in 11 innings," King added. "She gave up five hits over three days. As a team we batted .556."

In the Ephrata game, the Spartans gave up the game's first run. So their 16-1 victory was a comeback win.

"The game started out cold; it was awful," King recalled. "We had an error and a walk and they scored," she added. "Elizabeth struggled at first, but pitched a no-hitter."

Brandi Clark had three singles in the game. Desiree High hit her first home run of the year while Megan Fisher had two hits, including a triple.

"Camryn Focht and Ali King also had two hits," added the coach.

Clark came through with five runs batted in with four hits against Crest.

"She had two of them with two outs, which was very helpful," King noted. "She hit a double and a triple."

Elizabeth King helped herself by slugging a triple - part of a four-hit afternoon. The junior pitcher collected two RBI's.

Fisher and Focht each had two hits. Kendall Halsey hit a double.

"Kendall is a sophomore and this is her first year playing varsity," King noted. "She is probably our most improved player. She has come a long way over the winter, especially on her defense at first base."

Fisher hit her first homer of the year in the McCaskey game. Elizabeth King not only went 4-for-4 with three doubles, she struck out nine McCaskey batters in the win.

Focht had a three-hit day. Clark had a single and a triple.


In a league meet at Manheim Central, the Barons defeated the Garden Spot girls' team 113-36 while the undefeated Central boys won 112-36.

There were some impressive finishes on the girls' team, including a first-place discus toss of 99-foot-1 by Elena Hurst as well as Amber Martin's top distance of 33-1 in the shot put.

Garden Spot's Amanda Coblentz and Cloe Martin did rather well in the mid- and long-distance events, alternating their second and third positions. In the mile, Martin took second (6:55.6) while Coblentz took third (7:10.0). In the 3,200, it was Coblentz as the first runner up (15:53.5) and Martin in third place (15:59.4).

Faith Coblentz not only took third in the 300 hurdles at 52.0, she was also second (16.8) in the high hurdles, with Elyse Mundorff taking third (17.3).

"We have a very young but hard-working group of young ladies who are gaining experience and confidence every week," head coach Lei Williams stated. "Over half of them contribute points at each meet so it's truly a team effort."

In the sprints, Mundorff took second in the 100 (13.3). Kassidy Hollinger's 28.6 and Deanna Phillips's 29.6 were good for second and third, respectively, in the 200m. Phillips also pole-vaulted 7 feet for second place while Bri Eby's 6-6 was good for third.

Emma Keeport came through with a third-place (1:13.3) spot in the 400. Hannah Hoffman's 3:06.3 was good for third in the 800.

In the boys' events, seniors Bailey Coon and Neftalie Padilla excelled in the javelin, discus and shot put. Padilla placed second in the discus with a 120-1 toss. He was third in the javelin at 103-3.

Coon claimed second in the javelin with a 131-6 while his shot put of 39-7.5 and his discus toss of 112-3 were both third-place distances.

Also in the field events, Ethan Good's triple jump of 35-5.5 was good for third place. Daniel Hurst pole vaulted 7-6 for another third-place finish.

"We certainly miss the leadership that the seniors provided last year, but some of the underclassman are stepping up and contributing to scoring points for the team," Williams said. "On the boy's side, freshman Kupa Agbokah has contributed points in the 400 dash, sophomore Aaron Good in the hurdle events, as well as seniors Bailey Coon and Neftalie Padilla in the throws."

Aaron Good was third (45.7) in the 300 hurdles. Agbokah's time of 57.1 in the 400 was the only first-place finish of the day for the Spartans. He also earned third in the 100 (11.7).

Adam Horning (5:13.7) was third in the 1,600 and second (2:20.4) in the 800 while Jeremy Rissler was third in the 3,200 (11:53.2).


The boys' lacrosse team hosted Conrad Weiser in a non-league match on Saturday. The Scouts came away with a 15-7 victory, aided by a strong second quarter in which they scored six times.

Garden Spot goals came courtesy of Benton Moyer with four scores and Clayton Dimon with two more while Ian Blankley netted one. Sophomore Max Mercado recorded an assist.

Nate Kidnt grabbed eight saves as the Scouts had 23 shots on goal.

In its next game, Garden Spot suffered a 14-5 loss to league foe Cedar Crest at New Holland. The game was tied 3-3 after one quarter. However, seven unanswered goals by the Falcons made it 10-3 heading into the fourth quarter.

Gavyn Naranjo scored twice as did Dimon, who also assisted on three scores. Moyer had a goal and Blankley an assist while on the defensive side Kidnt came up with 14 saves.


The girls' lacrosse team had an impressive week, posting a 16-6 win at Conrad Weiser on Saturday and playing a tough league match at Cedar Crest before finishing on the short end of a wild 19-14 final.

Kiersten Ellsworth, the Spartans' leading scorer this year, had a hand in half of the 16 goals at Weiser. She scored five times and assisted on three others. The Spartans, who improved to 2-6 with the non-league victory, had a hat trick by Aubry Gonzalez, who also dished out three assists.

Lilly Leaman had a four-goal game while Megan Esh, Mandi Rider, and senior Tia Mueller each had one goal. Sophie Torrance, who also had two assists, scored one goal. Mataya Hostetter chipped in with an assist.

Turning away the Scouts with her eight saves in goal was freshman keeper Rebecca Horning.

The Spartan's next game was a close one at the half. In fact, Garden Spot was leading 9-8 before Cedar Crest came back for a strong second half. The Falcons edged the visitors 32-31 in shots on goal.

Ellsworth's scoring tally was five goals and one assist while Gonzalez (4, 2) also had her hand in six goals. Rider and Torrance combined for two goals and two assists. Lauryn Ashcroft also scored a goal as did Olivia Usner and Esh. Leaman gave Garden Spot one assist.


Garden Spot came up short in a 3-1 L-L League crossover game at Pequea Valley on Wednesday. The loss came a day after a 15-0 thumping of Lebanon in a game that had evened the Spartans' record at 3-3 in the L-L League.

It was a tough loss for Justin Petersheim, who pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and two walks. Pequea's Joe Olonovich picked up the victory in this pitchers' duel, striking out two.

Garden Spot's one run came on an RBI single by Dylan Crossan.

Ben Spencer and Aiden Bracken tried to get things going when they were on base, each swiping a bag.

The game against Lebanon went only three innings. The Spartans had an eight-run first inning and a seven-run third, invoking the mercy rule.

Bracken and Evan Rizzo each had three RBI's. Bracken went 4-for-4 with two doubles. Spencer also doubled in a run and scored twice. Joe Royle crossed the plate twice and drove in a run. Justin Petersheim had a run and an RBI. Jordan Petersheim scored twice and drove one in. Crossan was 2-for-3 with a double. Martin went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs.

The Spartans were coming off a 5-3 win the week before, topping Annville-Cleona on Friday the 13th on the road.

After a three-run first, the Spartans increased their lead to 4-0. They held off a late rally by the Dutchmen as Spencer came on to record the save for Bracken's victory. The Spartan starter went 5.1 innings with six strikeouts and four walks, allowing three A-C runs. Spencer pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out one batter. He also had two doubles in a 3-for-3 game, driving in three of the team's runs, and scoring twice.

Martin went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.


In an L-L League showdown at Penn Manor, the Spartans came away with a 5-2 victory to improve their league mark to 3-5.

Ethan Horning and Abdullah Salim were two of the Spartan stars on the day, each taking part in a winning doubles match in addition to winning their respective singles matches.

Horning teamed up with Andrew Bowman for a tough 9-8 victory in the opening doubles match. The extra effort needed to put up a team point set the tone for the match.

Salim and his usual doubles partner Matt McCormick also came away with a hard-fought victory, defeating their rivals 8-6.

Horning won 7-5, 6-1 in his singles match followed by Salim's come-from-behind victory at second singles. The Spartan senior lost 6-3 before coming back to win 6-1, 11-9.

Nate Nguyen's win was in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

The unbeaten Blue Streaks topped the Spartans in straight sets through the singles matches. The two some of Salim and McCormick came up short in an 8-3 doubles match as did Nguyen and Sam Tlumach at second doubles.

Private School

Class Of 2019 Sets Yard Sale April 20, 2018

Members of the Lititz Christian School Class of 2019 will hold an indoor yard sale to benefit their service trip to Guatemala next year. The yard sale will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to noon at the school, 501 W. Lincoln Ave., Lititz. All are welcome.

Among the items to be available will be households goods, clothing, toys, and seasonal decorations. There will also be a bake sale as well as additional outside vendors.

Lincoln Hokenbrough is the Class of 2019's homeroom teacher.

Special Events

People's Flea and Festival

The People's Flea and Festival will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Capital BlueCross Headquarters, 2500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. The event will feature vendors offering flea market items, arts and crafts, and food. Spaces are available to rent.

The event is open to the public. The rain date is Saturday, May 5. All proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) Program of Keystone Human Services. For more details, readers may visit www.keystonehumanservices.org and look under events or call the SSD office at 717-599-5920.


AYCE Pancake Breakfast

Calvary Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 21. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

The cost of breakfast will include buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, eggs, sausages, and beverages. The cost will be discounted for children ages 5 to 12, and children under age 5 may eat for free. For details, readers may call 717-292-3891.

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