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May Day Celebration Set April 28, 2017

Columbia High School, 901 Ironville Pike, will host the 72nd May Day celebration on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. May Day is a celebration of nature.

For the past three years, a group of Columbia High School alumni has worked with one junior and one sophomore to create a new May Day celebration as the students' senior project. This year, junior Jordan Haberstroh and sophomore Brittnie Betteley are working with the alumni to hold the 2017 cherry blossom-themed May Day celebration. Additionally, many local organizations have donated toward the event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for adults and for students and senior citizens. Children under age 5 will be admitted for free.

Penn Manor

PM Boys' Track Team Remains Undefeated April 28, 2017

In their last home meet of the season, the Comets kept their undefeated streak intact, toppling winless Warwick 89-61 last Monday.

"It was a great day to celebrate our seniors," said head coach Dan Myers. "Once again, we were able to score everywhere which contributed to our success."

The Comets, behind Taraje Whitfield and Theoren McElheny, outscored the Warriors 56-31 on the track and, behind senior Levi Diehl, they held a 33-30 edge in the field.

Diehl tossed a personal best 148-7 to win the discus and added a 48-7.75 to take the discus. Manor's only other field win was Whitfield's 20-0.5. The Comets did get a pair of seconds from Miguel Rivera in the long and triple jumps while Whitfield returned to the track where he did the most damage. The junior sprinter claimed the high hurdles in 14.4, won the 300's in 23.3 and anchored the 4x400 relay with Chad Mowbray, senior Isaac Novak and McElheny.

McElheny, also a junior, matched Whitfield's three wins with firsts in the 100 (11.5), the 200 (23.3) and the 400 where he led a sweep with Mowbray and Terry on his heels.

In the distance runs, senior Malachi Lyon won the mile (4:27.6) after anchoring the opening 4x800 relay with David Kramer, senior Doug Kramer, who was third in the mile, and Dylan Terry.

The Comets also swept the 3200 with Nick Fafel (10:45.2), Zach Schucker and Marco Rezkalla.

The girls' team, searching for its first win, found the going a bit tougher against a 3-2 Warrior squad and came out on the short end of a 101-44 final.

Winning just six events, the Comets found their strength in the field, claiming five of the seven events. Senior Sarah Stackhouse finished first in two of them, going 17-1.5 in the long jump and 34-3.75 in the triple. She was also third in the 100.

The shot putters went 1-2 with Gabreana Resch (28-2.5) and Emily Sensenich while Alison Murphy (90-1) and Hailey Magill, in the discus, finished first and third respectively.

Sarah Harthan added a win in the pole vault (10-0) and Brooke Gilbert cleared 5-0 for second in the high.

Picking up the only win on the track was Lindsey Lord in the 3200.


After losing their first six games, the girls' lacrosse team has picked up four wins in their last seven outings, including two in a row with a 15-5 result against Garden Spot on April 21 and a 12-9 thriller over Cedar Crest last Monday.

Monday's win was a make-up game with the bulk of the action played way back on March 30 but delayed due to the weather.

"In the early part of the game, Amanda DiCamillo was solid on attack," said head coach Jenn Forney. "The final part of the game, played Monday, was also controlled by the attack. AnnaKatherine Kirk scored our goal and Sarah Wiker contributed key saves to keep us ahead."

Isabelle Sherman and Kirk each tossed in a hat trick and led a 23-16 advantage in shots. DiCamillo and Anna Barbusca notched two goals while Jocelyn Bailey and Allison Hege settled for one apiece.

With an 8-2 lead at the half, the Comets outscored the Spartans 7-3 after the break to post the 15-5 win.

Kirk let all scorers with seven goals and Alexis Hemmerly followed with three. Barbusca scored twice with Sherman, DiCamillo and Bailey adding one each.

That two game win streak was broken up when the Comets faced the undefeated Streaks last Tuesday and suffered a 19-2 loss. Sherman scored once in each half to account for Manors' scoring.

They hosted L-S, the second best team in the league on Thursday, and suffered a 17-8 defeat. The Pioneers took charge in the first half, jumping to a 10-3 advantage. Manor buckled down after the break and kept within two, 7-5, but still came up short.

Barbusca tossed in five goals while Sherman, Kirk and DiCamillo each scored once.

Wiker faced 25 shots and came away with eight saves.


The tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 7-0 loss against Cocalico on April 20. Freshman Alex Mowery put up a good fight at No. 4 but fell short 6-3, 6-4. He also teamed with freshman Jackson Heiney in No. 3 doubles. Despite a competitive effort, they fell on the short side of an 8-4 result.


After a 3-1 loss to Hempfield on April 12, the softball team has gotten back to their winning ways and pushed their winning streak to five straight with an 11-1 win over CV, and back-to-back 10-0 shutouts over Lebanon and Garden Spot. All three of those results were shortened to five innings.

On Friday, April 21, the Comets fought off a 1-0 deficit for two innings before plating 11 runs over the last three frames to top the Buckskins.

With a 13-3 advantage in hits, Pam Perez (3-4, 3 RBI), Brittany Hook (3-3, 1 RBI) and Abby Busswood (2-3, 3 runs scored) fueled the offense while Morgan Yingling capped a five-run fifth inning, and the game, with a two run double.

The Comets needed just ten hits to blank a two-win Lebanon squad last Monday on the road. Manor scored three in the first, two in the third, and ended the game with a five-run fifth.

For the second game in a row, Hook struck out seven batters as the Comets improved to 12-1 overall.

Hook not only fanned eight Garden Spot batters on Wednesday but helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3 with a two-run homer in a five-run third that saw the Comets blank the Spartans 10-0 in the last of the crossover games. A sac fly by Perez plated the first run in that third inning and a two-run single by Julia Tappany pushed the lead to 8-0 with Hook making it 10-zip and completing Manor's sixth shutout of the year.

"Brittany threw very well," said head coach Dave Stokes. "The team was very excited and goal focused after Solanco beat Hempfield."

Cheyenne Ortman, with a double, and Hook both went 2-3 on the day with Hook pushing in three runs. Tappany, Busswood and Duplissy, who also doubled, rounded out the seven hit attack.

The Comets are currently tied with Hempfield at 10-1 to lead the Section One standings.


The Comets hosted CV last Tuesday night and swept the series against the Bucks, winning 25-14, 25-9, 25-19.

"The first time we played them we were missing Evan Ressler and Alex Newport," said head coach Chris Telesco. "The scores were closer the first time around. Alex's impact was obvious with 11 kills."

Dan Fry finished with eight kills and four aces. Alex Krahulik, Fry, Coleman Raush and Newport all had one block and Reuben Kemrer distributed 25 assists as the Comets improved to 7-2 on the season.

"Josh Hess had seven digs on a night that very little hit the floor," said Telesco. "We were running smoothly all match. The boys are gearing up for the postseason."

And the biggest tune-up for the postseason came Thursday night when the Comets avenged their 3-2 first half loss to Hempfield with another 3-2 marathon, this time in Landisville.

The hard-fought 28-26, 27-25, 11-25, 19-25 and 15-6 results leave both teams tied for the top spot in Section One at 8-1.

Raush finished with 11 kills on the night, Newport put up four blocks, Ressler recorded 11 digs and Kemrer distributed the ball for 38 assists.

The Comets competed in the Wildcat Tournament on April 22 and knocked off the No. 1 team in the state, North Allegheny in two straight sets.

"We won our pool and then played three tough teams - all from District 3: Cumberland Valley, Northeastern and Dallastown," said Telesco. "We fought from behind to beat the No. 1 team in the state in AA in Northeastern. Then we hit Dallastown. They served and hit aggressively and we couldn't match it. However, I was thrilled with the performance of these boys all day."

Fry finished the tournament with six aces and led in kills with 34, followed closely by Newport who had 26, despite missing two matches. Newport led with six blocks. Ressler added 22 digs and Kemrer dished out 87 assists.


In a crossover game that featured five hits by each team, the Comets took advantage of three errors and three walks by the home team Buckskins and scored a 5-1 rain-shortened victory on Friday, April 21. They hosted Donegal last Monday and came away with a second straight 5-1 result. This one featured a nine-hit attack and a season-high 15 strikeouts by Jeff Taylor.

Donegal scored its only run in the top of the first inning on a leadoff double, a walk, a passed ball and a steal of home.

The Comets came back with two in the bottom half on a leadoff single by Grant Gale, a run scoring triple by Brent Beiler and David Mowery's base hit.

"Grant is doing a great job at the plate and is batting well over .400," noted head coach Jim Zander.

Taylor struck out the side in the second inning and the Comets gained some breathing room with a three spot in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and Dalton Landis on first, Dylan Frey singled to left. Jeremy Burkholder singled in Landis and Matt Tulli's hard grounder to left field plated the last two runs.

"Dalton Landis, our No. 1 reliever, is doing a nice job," said Zander. "He came on with two outs in the seventh, gave up a hit and struck out the last batter of the game."

Under the lights in Lampeter, the Comets notched its second come-from-behind win of the week, erasing a 5-run bottom of the fifth rally by the Pioneers with a four spot in the sixth and finished with a 7-5 road win Wednesday.

Tulli finished with seven strikeouts and three walks and got his first win of the season.

"Matt has drawn some tough Wednesday assignments," said Zander, "but he has battled and given us the opportunity to win.

"Grant finished with three hits and scored the run to put us up 6-5," he continued. "He also pitched two scoreless innings which is all he's pitched except one third of an inning against Hempfield.

"And Dan Fry came up with a big RBI double to start our sixth inning rally. He's only had six at bats as a pinch hitter and this one was big."


Last Tuesday the Comets dropped a 12-6 final against the top team in the league, Manheim Township.

"We fought hard the whole game but the unforced errors cost us," said head coach Zack Charles. "And the transition game in the third quarter put us in a hole, but we fought hard in the fourth and actually outscored them," he added.

Garrett Morgan and Connor Black each scored twice with Mason Garcia and Josh Heckman getting one each.

The Comets topped hosting Lampeter-Strasburg 14-5 under the lights Thursday night and improved to 6-3 in the league and 8-4 overall. Morgan upped his season total to 27 goals with a game-high six. Black and Aiden Mahoney both recorded hat tricks and Garcia scored twice and assisted once as the Comets led 7-1 in the first half and poured in seven more in the third frame.

Seth Wilton and Ian Young combined for seven saves in goal.


Soldiers of the Law" Memorial Motorcycle Ride

On Saturday, April 29, the Pennsylvania State Police Museum and the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will hold the 13th annual "Soldiers of the Law" Memorial Motorcycle Ride at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. Participants receive a light breakfast, a guided tour of the academy, a self-guided tour of the 6,000-square-foot museum, an event pin, a police-escorted 85-mile ride, and a lunch following the ride.

This year, the group will remember six fallen Pennsylvania law enforcement officers lost during active duty in 2016. Proceeds from the ride will support the not-for-profit museum and the families of fallen officers.

The ride will begin and end behind the Pennsylvania State Police Academy on Academy Drive, which turns off Hersheypark Drive directly across from Tanger Outlets and Troegs Brewery. Participants will be able to enjoy rural riding at a casual pace in the mountains and valleys of Dauphin and Perry counties, with traffic control provided by law enforcement.

Ride staging will be from 9 to 11 a.m. A one-hour tour of the academy will be at 9:30 a.m., and the ride will depart at 11 a.m. If needed, the rain date will be Sunday, April 30, at the same time frame.

Commemorative shirts are limited and can be preordered in order to ensure the correct size.

For more information, readers may contact Kristen at the museum at 534-0565, email psphemc@gmail.com, or visit www.psp-hemc.org. Registration forms are available on the website as well, and ride-ins will be accepted for registration on the day of the event.

Special Events

Children's Trout Derby

Historic Poole Forge, 1940 Main St., Narvon (Churchtown), has slated its fourth annual Children's Trout Derby for Saturday, April 29. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m., with fishing slated for 9 a.m. to noon. The free event will be held rain or shine.

Age categories will include ages 4 to 8 and ages 9 to 12, and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Prizes will be available.

Beartown Sportsman's Association will assist with the derby. The association will host its own derby on Saturday, May 6, and the community is invited to attend.

For more information on the April 29 event, readers may visit www.historicpooleforge.org or call 484-797-5302.

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