Lady Pioneers Return to District Semifinals May 25, 2018
After dropping their opening round L-L League playoff game on May 12, the L-S girls' softball team had plenty of time to prepare for their District Three 5A opener against Mechanicsburg last Wednesday. And they wasted little time in getting down to business. The Pioneers batted around in the first inning, pushing five runs across and plated three more in the second for an 8-0 first round win.
"And Brynn Baker threw a no-hitter," pointed out head coach Gene Charles. "That was her first one this year. And in seven innings. It was legit. She struck out nine batters and helped herself at the plate, going 2-4 with two RBIs and a double," he added. "She was lights out. This was one of her best games this year.
"And Jocelyn Branco's diving catch of a blooper to right field saved that no hitter," Charles said.
Base hits by six straight batters (Summer Peters, Hanna Garber, Baker, Chloe Blantz, Cam Beiler and Gabby Drumm) quickly put L-S in front 4-0. A two out single by Julz Garber plated the final run of the inning.
"Eight of our starters had a hit," said Charles. "And our 6-7-8 hitters had three RBI's."
With their bats already warmed up, L-S headed to Millersville University Thursday afternoon for their quarterfinal matchup against a familiar Donegal squad. The Pioneers dropped a 4-2 result to the Indians on April 5 but have since beaten them 9-3 and then 14-3 for the Section Three title. This time a 10-5 win knocked the Indians to the consolation bracket.
"I still wouldn't be surprised if we see them again," said Charles.
One run at a time, L-S built a 3-0 lead after four-and-a-half innings. Then, just like that, it was gone. Donegal loaded the bags and took advantage of an infield error to push across two runs. A sac fly made it 3-3.
Funny thing about momentum, though, it comes and goes without warning.
Undaunted, L-S roared back with five runs in the top of the sixth. Kylie Weaver opened with a walk and Summer Peters followed with a one out infield hit. Hanna Garber was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Baker's popup behind short was misplayed and one run scored. Chloe Blantz added a second straight hit to short that was also misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Freshman Cam Beiler followed that up with a two run double, pushing Lampeter's lead to 8-3.
"We put the pressure on them," Charles stated.
Beiler was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI.
"Cam had a breakout day," said Charles. "She's starting to come into her own. And Brynn's pitching was effective. She moved the ball pretty well and didn't walk anyone.
Peters' triple in the seventh plated J. Garber, who reached on a walk. Peter's then scored on a pickoff error.
Donegal threatened in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on an outfield error. But Baker stopped that momentum with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Sierra Neiss and a pop out to third base.
The Pioneers will face Spring Grove in the semifinals this week.
"They knocked us out last year," noted Charles. "It's payback time."
The Section Two runner up Pioneers faced the Manheim Central Barons back on April 14 and won handily, 17-5. Fast-forward to last Monday evening where the Pioneers hosted the Barons (15-6) in the District Three Class 5A opener and advanced with a much closer 5-0 result.
"They are a tough team and we knew that we would have a tougher battle on our hands this time around," said head coach Keith Martin.
Fresh off a disappointing L-L League finals loss to Ephrata, the Pioneers, who have qualified for districts 31 times since 1980 including each of the last five years, jumped out early and never looked back. After a double by Kris Pirozzi, a pair of errors played a key role in Todd Shelley's three run double. L-S batted around in that first inning and posted a 5-0 advantage.
The hitting continued in the second inning with Pirrozzi and Dylan Byler cracking singles and Luke Weigel working a walk to load the bags. The Barons made a pitching change at that point, moving first baseman Bryce Eberly to the hill. And for the bulk of the rest of the game, the lefty kept the Pioneers off balance, giving up just two runs over five innings while striking out three and walking two.
"He worked very quickly," said Martin of Eberly. "He was able to keep us from stringing the necessary hits together to put more runs up."
The Barons, on the other hand, knocked on the door a couple of times. They left runners on in each of the next four innings, including loading the bags in the sixth before starting pitcher Dylan Byler, who helped his own cause with two hits, fanned the last two batters of the inning. He finished with ten strikeouts on the day and did not give up a single walk.
Thursday's outing at Ephrata's War Memorial Field featured another familiar L-L League opponent, Ephrata. The Pioneers just faced the Mounts a week ago in the L-L League Championships which Ephrata won 9-6.
Hoping for a different result this time around, L-S battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Pirozzi opened a string of four straight hits. Byler and Luke Weigel, who pushed in Pirozzi, followed while Thomas Shockey's single plated Byler to knot the score at 2-2.
With one out and two on, Cunningham singled in Weigel with the go ahead run.
That momentum, however, was short-lived as Ephrata came back to score two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. A walk and a hit batter came home when a bunt was misplayed at first and the wild throw was ruled to have gone out of play, pushing in the game-winning run.
With two hits each from Pirozzi, Byler, Cunningham and Blantz, the Pioneers out hit the Mounts 11-5. They finished with five walks and two errors and gave up two earned runs.
Free Technology Classes Posted May 25, 2018
The Lancster County Office of Aging will offer free technology classes for people age 55 and up at the Lititz Senior Center, 201 E. Market St., Lititz. The interactive classes, for people of all experience levels, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, and each will focus on a different topic.
The schedule at the Lititz Senior Center is as follows: June 4, Cloud 101; June 11, Photography; June 18, Digital Music; and June 25, Health Features.
For more information or to enroll, readers may call the Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.
Barons Battle Pioneers in District Opener May 25, 2018
Take away the first inning and Manheim Central played well in its District Three Class 5A first round baseball game Monday at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.
Unfortunately, the first inning counts and the Barons had three uncharacteristic errors, yielding five runs in a 5-0 loss to No. 6 seed L-S (17-5).
The Barons' defense failed them in the first, leading to miscues on two double play balls and a groundball. All five runs were unearned.
Central head coach Matt Huber doesn't believe it was playoff jitters; the team has played in the district semifinals two of the last three years and they've been in the league playoffs the past four seasons, so the guys have experience.
"The ball didn't just didn't bounce our way for whatever reason," Huber said. "Again, this loss can't define us. They've had a good run, and I'll be forever grateful for their effort and what they mean to our program."
Pioneer pitcher Dylan Byler pitched a complete game, yielding seven hits and striking out 10 batters.
Huber said Byler did a nice job keeping the Barons off balance. Taylor Rohrer had two of the Barons seven hits. Bryce Eberly relieved Tyler Simon and pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three.
Eberly, who entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning, got out of the jam by shutting down the 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Pioneers' order. Central loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but struck out twice, ending the threat.
"Unfortunately, at this level of play, you can't make errors unless you score runs," said Huber about his 11th seeded Barons. "We didn't score a run in 14 innings dating back to our Warwick loss (in the first round of the league playoffs). That's baffling."
Huber said the nine seniors on the squad poured everything they had into the program the past several years. The Barons also had several underclassmen that were a big part the team's success this year, so the future is bright.
Huber said the impact of the seniors on the program will be felt for years to come.
"While they had accomplishments on the field, they are even better young men off the field," said Huber about the seniors who won the section title this year, as well as two of the last three years. "They have left a lot of memories."
The coach said he is excited to watch and hear about the accomplishments that his seniors will have next year when Nate Loser attends Barton College in North Carolina; Jack Novak, Bryson Morton and Ryan Phillips, Kutztown; Eberly, Lebanon Valley College; Simon, Shippensburg; Dawson Good, Stevens Trade; David Cruz, Penn State and Rohrer, Pasco Hermando in Florida.
The Barons bounced back from losing in the league finals to sweep three games from Cocalico in the District Three Class 2A quarterfinals Monday in Manheim.
After getting a bye in the first round, Central earned a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 victory against the Eagles (11-9).
"I am very pleased," said head coach Craig Dietrich about his second-seeded Barons. "It would be easy to have a carry over from the league match, but I didn't see any indication that there was in Game Two and Game Three. Cocalico just played at a high level in the first game."
The Eagles led 5-4 in the first set and only trailed 20-19 later on. Central won the set on a kill by junior Mason Nissley, who finished with a team-high 13 kills.
In the next two games, Dietrich said his squad, led by Brandyn Musser, served better and played even more aggressive. Senior setter Ben Burkhart finished the game with 39 assists. It was a team effort.
"I thought our whole team played solid and our serve was really on all night and that kept us a couple steps ahead of Cocalico," Dietrich said. "The guys know what's at stake and they are focused on the next opportunity in front of them."
The next opportunity was a semifinal meeting Wednesday against No. 3 seed Palmyra at Dallastown High School, where the Barons rallied from a first set loss to beat the Cougars 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25.
Next up for the Barons is a date with Northeastern in the District Three Class 2A championship. Results were unavailable before press time.
Northeastern knocked the Barons out of the state semifinals last year and beat them in the district championship.
To say the Barons had marked this date on the calendar is an understatement.
"Both Northeastern and us had this match circled," Dietrich said. "Now we get to clash and hopefully let loose like last year in the state semifinal match."
To get to the rematch, Central had to overcome sloppy play early on offense and a strong serving game by Palmyra Wednesday. The Cougars (16-5) used a strong service game to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
The Barons righted the ship and settled in on offense, tying the first set at 17-17 and 24-24, but let the first set slip away.
They made sure to jump out to an early lead in the second set and never looked back. Consecutive blocks by Isaac Shenk and Tanner Stauffer put Central ahead 4-0.
Blocking at the net was key to the victory, Dietrich said.
"We spent half of practice (Tuesday) working on blocking before the match," he said. "The whole team stood out to me, with everyone contributing at different times."
The softball team beat Shippensburg 2-0 Wednesday in the first round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs behind the stellar pitching performance by Madison Walter, who only gave up three hits, while getting 10 strikeouts with no walks.
The Barons had 10 hits and stranded nine batters on base, but came away with the round one win against a very good fifth-seeded Greyhounds team.
Central head coach Gary Lefever said the Barons' defense was very good and the team got timely hitting.
The Barons scored in the top of the first with two outs when Maddy Barbush hit a long single to score Jade Trovinger from second base. Trovinger was a courtesy runner for Walter, who hit a two-out single.
Reagan Rohrer singled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbush to make it 2-0, more than enough runs behind the pitching of Walter.
Because of rain Tuesday, the Barons were forced to play back-to-back days, meaning they faced Twin Valley Thursday afternoon at Messiah College.
Central ran into a strong pitcher in Grace Marsalo, who scattered seven hits and only gave up one earned run in a 6-2 victory over the Barons. Marsalo struck out 13 batters to lead the No. 4 Raiders (18-4) past the Barons in the quarterfinals.
Central scored both of its runs during a sixth inning rally, but could get no closer.
"We have a very good team," Lefever said. "Our goal back in November was to make it to the state tournament somehow, someway. I am very proud of this team and my staff."
Lefever's team finished one win short of that goal, but that does not take away from a strong team with a 15-7 record overall.
"We can honestly say that we worked very hard for where we are," said Lefever. "Proud to be a Baron!"
Summer Reading Program Activities Planned May 25, 2018
The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, has posted several activities.
Children and youths are invited to take part in this year's Summer Reading Program, themed "Libraries Rock!" Four age levels of involvement will be offered with age-appropriate activities and prizes, including the Read Aloud Program for infants through 4-year-olds, the Junior Program for 5- to 9-year-olds, the Tween Program for 10- to 12-year-olds, and the Teen Program for 13- to 19-year-olds.
At the end of the program, participants who have earned enough points will receive prizes. Local nonprofit organizations and businesses are supporting the program.
The program will run from Saturday, June 2, to Saturday, Aug. 11. For a complete list of programs, readers may stop by the library or visit www.lititzlibrary.org. For information or to register for programs no more than two weeks in advance of the program, readers may call the library at 717-626-2255.
The Summer Reading Program will kick off with a Corduroy costume character story time on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m.
The "A Book That Shaped Me" - Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, a Library of Congress essay contest, will be administered as part of the Summer Reading Program. Youths entering fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2018 may write a letter to their local librarian about a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.
Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Lititz Public Library. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 7. Entry forms are available at the library.
Prizes will be awarded, and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For more information, readers may visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/ or stop by the library.
Knights Advance to District Title Game May 25, 2018
It's always a good idea to hit your stride in the district playoffs, winning matches that are going to help you reach the state playoffs.
That happened with the Hempfield boys' volleyball team which, after a first-round bye, defeated Mechanicsburg on Monday night in the quarterfinals of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs by a 3-0 score. They followed that with a 3-0 defeat of Lower Dauphin in Wednesday's semifinal match at Red Lion.
"The kids understand the significance of every match," said head coach Mike Vogel. "We're playing quality opponents."
Vogel spoke of the Mechanicsburg match and the Knights' holding off the Wildcats who clawed back into the second game.
"We weren't quite as sharp as we were on Wednesday," Vogel said. "We had a 17-10 lead in the second game and it evaporated. They outscored us 14-5 and had game point. You can't have a breakdown like that."
Hempfield battled back and won that game 26-24 after having won the first one 25-17. The Knights put away the match with a 25-16 victory in the third game.
"Our blocking was good," Vogel said. "Elliott De La Torre, with four blocks, definitely blocked well."
Ian Flood and Gavin Hanzelman registered 12 and 10 kills, respectively, with Hanzelman also serving an ace.
"Gavin couldn't be stopped," said Vogel. "He played an intelligent game and with finesse.
"Zach Wilson's serving was phenomenal," continued the coach. "Colson Hunt came off the bench and had some clutch swings in the second game."
Hunt had a team-high five digs while Cayden Musso led the way with 37 assists.
The Knights won 25-16, 25-21 and 25-17 against Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, improving to 17-0 on the year and earning a trip to the district championship.
It was a win that Vogel described as a great team effort.
"Our guys, especially Zach, Elliott and Gavin blocked very well," he said. "The defense was phenomenal across the board. It was one of the best matches we've played this year.
"I can't tell you about someone who played outstanding because we played that way as a team," emphasized the coach. "We only made a handful of errors. We dominated. We had a .461 percentage for hitting as a team."
Scott tied Lower Dauphin's Ben Baker for a match high 19 digs. Wilson chipped in with 11 digs and two blocks.
Musso was spectacular with 45 assists on the night. He also registered two blocks. Hanzelman and De La Torre each had 11 kills while Flood poured in with 10 more blocks as well as a pair of aces.
Ian Willig chipped in with nine kills.
"We played much better than we played on Monday and did so against a far better team," said Vogel.
In the District Three brackets, only Hempfield and Cumberland Valley remained - a match between the top-seeded Eagles and the Knights, who entered district play as the second seed.
Interestingly enough, the district boasts the top teams in the state as well.
"According to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, they're the number one team and we're ranked second," Vogel noted. "I'm hoping we flip that."
Hempfield fell behind at Governor Mifflin in Monday's opening-round game of the District Three Class 6A baseball payoffs. In fact, the Mustangs took a 5-0 lead over the Black Knights.
Hempfield came back to close the gap to 5-4 before the seventh-seeded Mustangs managed to finally close the door, thus ending the Knights' season at 10-11.
"We had the bases loaded in the seventh inning," said head coach Jeremy Morisson. "Their third baseman stepped on the base for a force out to end the game. We just ran out of outs."
The tough loss went to Justin Lichtenwalner, who yielded three unearned runs early in the game.
An infield error helped the Mustangs' first-inning rally, which gave the home team a 3-0 lead. They added a run in the fourth and one in the fifth on Justin DelVecchio's home run.
The Knights, who entered the district playoffs as the No. 10 seed, left too many runners on base early on.
"We had some scoring opportunities early in the game, but couldn't get the runs across," Morrison pointed out.
The Knights' comeback included an RBI double by Lichtenwalner himself. Luke Fiore added an RBI hit as did Nick Fiore.
In the final at-bat, before the bases-loaded sharp grounder by Luke Fiore found a Mifflin mitt instead of outfield grass, the Knights scored their fourth run of the game. Ty Vaughn drew a two-out walk and Lichtenwalner took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch. Nick Fiore's single drove in Vaughn before the Knights loaded the bases on another hit batsman - Christian LaBarbera.
The tough, heartbreaking loss showed their skipper the Knights are ready to battle for and achieve greater accomplishments in the near future.
"I think we are on the cusp of being a complete team," said Morrison. "So many of our losses were by one run - this included.
"We're very close to where we want to be," continued the coach. "We were coming up a little bit short this year for a variety of reasons. But we're on the brink.
"We only have two seniors graduating this year," Morrison noted. "And we have nine juniors - a lot of them with experience as sophomores as well on the varsity team. They've continued to develop and mature."
The Knights manufactured a run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Waynesboro, breaking a 7-7 tie and claiming the District Three Class 6A playoff game.
The ninth-seeded Knights edged the eighth-seeded Indians 8-7 in the first-round game thanks to senior co-captain Brandy Troutman coming through with a RBI single in the seventh inning. The base hit drove in the other co-captain, Cara Mahoney, making a winner out of Gabi Turner who went the distance with five strikeouts and only one walk. Turner herself had an RBI double in the game.
"Brandy has been delivering two-out hits all season long," said head coach Terry Shreiner. "She came through twice in this game."
The game started with a manufactured run in the first inning. Skylar Constable singled to lead off. While stealing second base, she took advantage of an errant throw and dashed to third base, scoring later on Asaysha Raihl's RBI grounder.
"I felt that we ran the bases pretty aggressively," Shreiner added.
The Indians scored four runs only to see Hempfield come back and score six unanswered runs.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Knights' rally started with Raihl's solo home run.
"Asaysha Raihl hit a home run to kick start that inning," Shreiner said.
Kendall Fruchtl and Anastasia Berardi both singled. Troutman's RBI single drove in designated runner Mataya Chap, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
Lexi Harelson singled to drive in Fructl to tie it at 4-4. Two more runs scored in the fifth inning - one on a passed ball and the other on Turner's double. Hempfield made it 7-4 on Berardi's RBI double only to see the Indians tie it, heading into the final frame.
"We bunched hits together in a couple of innings and in the seventh, we got a runner on base and Brandy delivered the two-out hit," Shreiner summed up.
The Knights' next game was against top-seeded Central York on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers had earned a bye in the first round.
The Panthers stopped the Knights' rallies in this game, however, winning 9-1 to end Hempfield's season at 13-8.
"We faced Courtney Coppersmith, who's a [NCAA] Division I recruit," Shreiner remarked. "She throws a nasty rise ball, which we tried to lay off.
"We had nine base runners in the game, but she would either get a strikeout or we just couldn't come through with the big hits when we needed them.
"Normally we will bunch a couple of innings together where we score two or three," he added.
The Knights' coach was asked about the journey of the team, which included a regular season in which Hempfield scored 10 or more runs in eight of its games.
"Reaching the second round of districts was an accomplishment for us," he said. "We started out slow and had a nice six- or seven-game winning streak that helped us qualify for districts."
Sunday Drive To Present Concert May 25, 2018
Sunday Drive is scheduled to perform at Faith United Methodist Church, 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.
The family group, made up of Jeff Treece, Misty Treece, and Dusty Treece, is known for harmony, vocals, and humor. The award-winning trio from Knoxville, Tenn., has earned awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and more. It has also been recognized for multiple No. 1 songs.
For more information, readers may call 717-560-0321.
Warwick Vollebyall Advances to States May 25, 2018
After winning a first round match against Daniel Boone in Districts, the sixth seeded Warwick boys' volleyball team squared off against the number three seed Lower Dauphin last Monday in the early half of a double header held at Hempfield High School.
Despite battling to a 24-24 tie in the first game, Warwick couldn't get over the hump and went down 1-0 when the Falcons scored the final two points of the set (26-4) and then lost the next two games by scores of 25-17 and 25-20.
Noah Miller and Chad Meeder each recorded nine kills and Meeder also had 11 digs to go with Adam Kurtz's two blocks in the loss which sent them into the consolation round versus Mechanicsburg where the Warriors still had an opportunity to advance into the PIAA Championship but needed two wins to do it.
They got the first win via a crazy come from behind win over the Wildcats in which the Warriors rallied from two games down to win 3-2 and move into the fifth-place game against Governor Mifflin in which the final PIAA berth is at stake.
After losing a marathon of a first game against Mechanicsburg, 36-34, that's not a misprint, Warwick dropped the second 25-20, but led by strong defensive play by Adam Kurtz who had seven blocks and Foster Lobb's 19 digs they were able to claw their way back.
Winning the next three games 25-21, 25-17 and 15-9, Warwick extended the season by at least one more match thanks in part to Meeder's 17 kills and three aces by Mateo Chacon as well.
Ten days after losing to eventual League Co-Champion Solanco in the L-L semifinal game, the lady Warriors took to the field in the quarterfinal round of the District Three tournament.
Entering as the number four seed, Warwick hosted fifth seeded Dallastown Thursday night and jumped out to a quick start scoring six runs in the first two innings while starting pitcher Amanda Herr was able to contain the Wildcats in an 11-6 victory.
Things got going early for Warwick in the first when two walks and a single by Katelyn Seibert (3-4) loaded the bases for Danielle Jones (1-4, 3RBI) whose fielder's choice ground ball to second brought home both Leann Runkle (3-3, 2RBI) and Seibert for a 2-0 lead.
With one out after Herr was thrown out, advancing to third on the hit by Jones, Julia Forsythe (1-4, RBI) doubled to center and was then thrown out trying to extend into a triple, but not before Jones scored to make it 3-0.
Warwick scored three more runs in the second after Kate Minney (1-2) tripled and then crossed the plate on a single by Runkle who then scored when Seibert's line drive into left was mishandled by Kyndall Hopkins bringing the score to 5-0 before Jones brought Seibert home on a single to center.
Helping herself in the fourth, Herr (1-2, 2RBI) drove a 2-1 pitch by Dallastown's starting pitcher Kelsie Merriman deep into center field and out of the park scoring Runkle, who reached first on a line drive into center, and widened the gap to 8-1.
A three-run fifth briefly gave the Wildcats some hope, but the Warriors scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning which included two errors and a passed ball, as well as a successful double steal by Runkle and Minney to make it 11-4.
Dallastown continued to fight, however, putting up two more in the seventh before stranding two runners when Ashton Crump sent the first pitch she saw into right field where Minney snagged it for the final out of the game.
Warwick tallied 11 hits off Merriman while Herr surrendered six to the Wildcats and recorded six strikeouts while walking two.
Likewise, the baseball team began their District Three adventure Thursday on the road at Cumberland Valley but suffered a different fate when the Eagles scored ten runs on seven hits and held the Warriors to only two hits in a 10-1 defeat.
Justin Byler got the start for Warwick, but gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on three hits over two innings before handing the ball to Dagen Young who was treated just as poorly by the Eagles as they got to him for five runs on four hits.
Three errors in the first inning by Warwick led to Cumberland Valley scoring four runs before adding one more in the second for a 5-0 lead.
The Warriors found some success in the third when C Beech doubled to begin the inning and then scored on a two-out triple by C Martin into right field, but that turned out to be the only offense Warwick was able to manufacture on the day.
Mares Advance to District Semifinals May 25, 2018
Solanco's softball team had plenty of time to prepare for the District Three 5A tournament which got underway last Wednesday afternoon with a home game against Northern York. Their last game, a 5-2 L-L League semifinal win over Warwick, took place May 14. It took the Mares a little bit of time to settle in but once they did they made short work of the visitors, blanking them 10-0 in five innings.
"With the time off, we needed to figure what level of intensity we needed to be at," said head coach Brett Miller.
Northern threatened right from the get go. They opened with a base hit, moved the runner with a sac bunt and then stole third. Freshman catcher Jade Eshleman was heads up on a wild pitch that quickly bounced off the backstop and back toward the plate. She collected the ball and put the tag on the runner stealing home for the second out of the inning. After a second walk by Hanna Phillips, Skyla Townsley snagged a pop out to get out of the inning unscathed.
Solanco went in front for good in the second inning, scoring five runs with two outs. Phillips started the rally with a one out double. Alyssa Henretty worked a two out walk and Phillips scored on Ally McDowell's liner to left. Kara McClune followed with a two RBI blooper to center and Skyla Townsley's grounder to short was misplayed. Liz Mower and Jade Eshleman followed with back-to-back run scoring base hits that pushed the lead to 5-0.
They tacked on three more runs in the third inning on four hits, including McClune's triple, and capped the scoring with a two-run fourth.
"After we scored those five runs we came back and retired them in order, with Hanna getting two strikeouts," recalled Miller. "Then we scored three more runs.
"I thought we responded well for being off for so long and for rearranging the lineup," he added.
The rearranging including Skyla Townsley leaving the outfield and stepping into the shortstop slot.
"She's played short before," noted Miller.
"Our hitting was the big key," he added. "We finished with 11 hits and a couple key hits came with two outs. We've been pretty good with that all year. Hanna has been hitting well and I believe Ally McDowell has a hit in every playoff game."
Phillips finished with five strikeouts against four walks and gave up just three hits.
One night later, in the quarterfinals at Millersville University, the Mares faced the team that handed them their only loss of the season, Garden Spot.
After suffering a 16-7 loss to the Spartans on May 1, the Mares were looking for revenge but they couldn't get the bats going. Instead of a slugfest (Garden Spot pounded out 14 hits in their earlier meeting with Solanco), this one turned into a pitcher's duel. Phillips and Garden Spot's Elizabeth King kept the bats quiet for the most part. Solanco managed just two hits through eight innings, singles by McClune and Sierra Dean, while the No. 9 Spartans collected four, two of them in the first inning.
It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth inning that Solanco finally broke through. Dean collected a one out single and Phillips followed with a base hit to right field. Both moved up on a passed ball. With two outs, Henretty, out of the No. 8 slot, smacked a grounder down the third base line. The ball spun off Emma Stoltzfus' glove, pinch runner Noelle Schneider raced home with the game-winning run and Solanco punched its ticket to the PIAA tournament.
"We hit a lot of fly balls," said Miller. "We needed to put the ball on the ground and make them make plays. I think we only hit two ground balls in the first six innings."
Garden Spot was poised to jump in front early. A one out bunt, a double to the fence and an intentionally walked batter loaded the bags. Phillips buckled down and got two infield popups to get out of the inning unscathed.
She fought back from a 3-0 count to the first batter of the fifth inning and recorded her fourth strikeout of the game. Then, in the seventh, with two runners on and two outs, Phillips worked another key strikeout. In all, the junior fanned 11 batters.
"Hanna showed a lot of maturity," said Miller. "She made the pitches she needed to make."
Garden Spot's King was just as impressive, striking out ten, walking two and giving up four hits.
Township Lacrosse Teams Claim District Titles May 25, 2018
That is what you can call the Manheim Township lacrosse teams - District Three champions.
On Thursday night, the Township girls' team battled past Wilson for a 13-9 triumph to claim its first district crown since 2014. In doing so, the Blue Streaks exacted revenge against the team that had beaten them 10-9 in overtime a year ago for the district trophy.
Township now takes its 22-1 record into the PIAA Class-AAA state playoffs. Wilson will do so with a 21-2 mark.
What was also remarkable in the Township championship run was their 16-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in the semifinal match at Hershey on Tuesday. The defense stopped one of the most potent offensive units in the district.
"We have players on defense who are very fast and athletic," stated head coach Mark Pinkerton. "This allows us to play an aggressive zone that is hard for teams to drive against.
"We anticipate well and work together as a unit, which is a key to playing our aggressive scheme."
As she has done throughout the season, Township senior goalie Haley McCullough anchored the defense in both the CV game and the win over Wilson.
"Haley runs the defense and is playing at a high level in the post-season," said Pinkerton. "There are very few goalies at any level who can do what Haley does with the ball in her stick. She does a great job of getting us out and running on breaks. She's the complete goalie."
She had eight saves in the Cumberland Valley match while the offense was led by Maris Large, Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan.
Large had four goals and an assist. McBride also scored four times while Kopan had two assists to go along with a hat trick.
Single goals were scored by Liz Musser (2a), Lucy Svetec, Megan Rice, Ashlyn Campagna (2a) and Shannon Elias.
In the title game, the Streaks took a slim one-goal lead into the second half then reeled off five goals to open things up.
Kopan scored four times while Large (3 goals, 2 assists) contributed to five scores. Svetec and McBride each scored twice and dished out an assist.
"It's a truly balanced team throughout with no weak links," Pinkerton said. "The offense knows how to move the ball quickly in motion with excellent stick work. All seven are a threat as feeder or finisher. I can't mention a standout player or two because everyone on the field is a significant talent."
As for the boys' team, after having missed the opportunity to hoist the District Three Class-AAA championship trophy for two consecutive years, the Blue Streaks reclaimed the district title.
Their last one came on May 21, 2015 with a defeat of Cumberland Valley. Two years and two days later, on the turf at Central Dauphin Middle School, the Streaks defeated the same opponent - this time by an 11-5 margin.
Wednesday night's victory improved Township's record to 22-1 on the year - a season where the second victory of the year was a 12-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in a non-league battle.
Township struck early and carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter of Wednesday's finale. The two teams exchanged goals before halftime, but the Blue Streaks increased the lead to 7-3 by the end of the third.
Zach Diamond, with six goals, was the leading scorer in the match. Sean Curcio dished out four assists and added one goal. Also contributing: Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Grayson Sallade (1g, 1a) and Solen Layser (1g).
Though the Eagles out-shot the Streaks, it was goalie Caton Johnson (11 saves) anchoring the defense for Township.
The Streaks were coming off a semi-final round victory over the Wilson Bulldogs on Monday. The game was played at Penn Manor's Comet Field while Penn Manor was facing Cumberland Valley in the other semifinal game at Hershey High School.
For Township, beating the Bulldogs was payback for Wilson winning the district title each of the past two seasons, beating the Blue Streaks in the championship match.
The Streaks broke out of a 2-2 tie and carried a 4-2 lead into the second half. They poured on five more goals in the second half, registering a 9-3 win. In fact, it was only 5-2 Township heading into the fourth quarter.
Defending against Township was not easy for the Bulldogs as Diamond recorded a hat trick while Sallade (2a) and Tre Freeman added two goals each. Curcio (1g, 3a), Tommy Mann (1g), and Newman (1a) also contributed.
Cameron Magalotti's hat trick accounted for Wilson's three goals.
Johnson made five saves for Township.
Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018
Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19
The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.
The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.
The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.
No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.
Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.
Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.
Preschoolers Help Fund Smile Packages May 24, 2018
Neffsville Christian Preschool recently teamed up with Ryder Getchis, who was seeking to raise money to purchase items for Smile Packages, pillowcases full of special goodies for children going through cancer treatment.
Preschool students decorated a bank to take home to collect their family's loose change. After approximately five weeks of collecting change, the children and their families had raised more than $611. Many children emptied their own piggy banks in order to fill their banks for Ryder's Smile Packages project.
Boys' Track Finishes Second in District Meet May 24, 2018
Lancaster-Lebanon League athletes grabbed eight gold medals at the District Three Track and Field Championships held May 18-19 at Shippensburg University. Penn Manor was responsible for three of those golds which led to a second place team finish.
With silver medals as both a sophomore and junior, Taraje Whitfield was ready to make a statement. Seeded first in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300's, Whitfield kicked it up a notch and cruised to victory. The senior clocked a 14.13 in the high hurdles, a lifetime best, pulling away from second place finisher Richard Gilchrist of Harrisburg (14.36).
It was more of the same in the 300's where improved his 38.61 seed time with a winning 37.57 to finish ahead of Wilson's Alex Cluff (38.29).
In addition to the hurdles, Whitfield teamed with Theoren McElheny, David Kramer, and Chad Mowbray in the 4x400 baton exchange. The foursome broke their own school record and settled for fourth place finish with a season PR of 3:24.28 (with Daimir Wesley and Josh Gibson as alternates).
The Comets also found success in the field where Alex Scheivert threw his way past Chris Barrett of Northern (192-03) to win the javelin with a 193-01. Josiah Edwards finished in 11th place (156-02).
Also in the throws, Jayln Clow grabbed a fifth place medal in the discus. Her 116-01 improved her seed throw of 112-08. She set a new Comet freshman record and was the only freshman in the 18 person field.
In the shot put, Casey McCollum settled for ninth place with a 48-3.75.
The Comets were also represented in the jumps. Sarah Harthan was the top place-winner in that category, scoring a fifth place medal after clearing 11-06. Brooke Gilbert tied for eighth place in the high jump (4-10) while Matt Julian settled for a tie for ninth place in the pole vault. Four athletes cleared 13-3 to force the tie.
Back on the track the Comets kept adding to their second place team finish with juniors Chad Mowbray and David Kramer earning medals. Mowbray raced to a fifth place finish in the open 400 (50.93) and Kramer finished sixth in the 800 (1.58.47). McElheny also competed in the 100 and 200 meter sprints but did not advance to the finals.
Also representing the boys' was Nick Fafal who finished 13th in the 3200 with a 10:02.57.
On the girls' side was Alyssa Schriver with a fourth place effort in the open 400 (58.58) and Fionna Haines who settled in at 12th place (1:01.12).
While most of the spring sports teams are winding down, the boys' lacrosse team seemed to be gaining momentum. Upset victories over Governor Mifflin (11-7) and top seed Central York (9-8) put the Comets in the District Three Class AAA semifinals, for the first time in school history, opposite No. 4 CV at Hershey High School last Monday. The result was much closer than the 10-4 final sounds.
Down 3-0 in the first quarter, Manor cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the half but CV, making its fourth straight semifinals appearance, scored not once, but twice in the last 42 ticks to stay in front and gain momentum.
"We talked all week about having high energy and being active," said head coach Zack Charles, "but we came out slow. We got into a hole but still stuck around. Those last two goals of the half hurt."
The Comets, who were outshot 46-17, were held scoreless in the third quarter, while giving up two goals and were outscored in the final frame 2-1.
"I thought Billy Briegel had an excellent game," praised Charles. "He slowed down their best offensive threat and also scored two goals."
That threat was Delaware Valley commit Clayton Miller who did not score a single goal.
Manor scored three of their four goals in that second quarter. Other than Briegel, Josh Heckman and Aidan Mahoney each scored once.
In goal, Seth Wilton came away with 16 saves.
The Comets are the first No. 9 seed to reach the district semifinals in the 10 year lacrosse history.
Thursday the boys traveled to Warwick for a chance to qualify for the PIAA tournament. They battled a Wilson squad (No. 3 seed, 18-3) that poured in five first quarter goals en route to an 11-4 victory and finished in third place in District Three.
Another slow start hounded the Comets. They fell behind 6-2 at the half and never got on track.
Penn Manor wraps up the season with a 13-8 record. No further details were available at press time.
Senior Center Posts Schedule May 24, 2018
The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations. Readers may also visit www.etownareaseniorcenter.org for details.
Activities on Thursday, May 31, will include walking at 9 a.m., technology class focusing on photography at 9 a.m., table games and a pool noodle activity at 10 a.m., and pinochle or bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be chicken Marsala, butter bowties, broccoli and carrots, and wheat bread.
On Friday, June 1, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., Bible study or table games at 10 a.m., Youthful Memories at 11 a.m., and a TGIF dinner at 5 p.m. Lunch will be roasted pork loin with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, and a cookie.
On Monday, June 4, the schedule will feature walking at 9 a.m.; laddergolf at 9 a.m.; Stretch, Strength, and Balance at 10 a.m.; bingo at 10:30 a.m.; Ruthie's Reading at 11:45 a.m.; and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a chicken Caesar salad with Parmesan, croutons, and dressing, along with minestrone soup with crackers.
Activities on Tuesday, June 5, will include walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Pennies From Heaven at 10:30 a.m., and a 10-Minute Tasty Tip at 1 p.m. Lunch will be beef stroganoff with gravy, butter bowtie pasta, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, and fresh, seasonal fruit.
The schedule on Wednesday, June 6, will feature walking at 9 a.m., pancakes at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m., and table games at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be a turkey, bacon, and cheese junior club sandwich with condiments, along with cream of broccoli soup with crackers, a sandwich roll, and applesauce.
Eastern Girls' Track Ties for 2nd at District Meet May 24, 2018
As it has all spring, the weather played a big part of a high school athletic event. This time the never say die rain and cold impacted the two-day District 3-2A Track and Field Championship Meet that was held at Shippensburg University on May 11th and 12th. The result left most everyone wet and a bit chilly but as they have all season long, the Eastern York girls' track and field team did not let the weather stop them or even really slow them down all that much.
Eastern sent 12 individuals and all three relay teams to Shippensburg and together they did well enough to finish in a second-place tie in the 2A team standings. The Lady Golden Knights tallied 84 team points, the same as Greenwood and well behind Delone Catholic's 138.33 points but well ahead of Trinity's 58.33 points.
Taylor Currier led the way with two gold medal winning jumps that ensured a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA championship meet. Currier nipped her closest competitor by 1.25" with her winning long jump of 16-7 and by nearly a foot with her winning triple jump of 35-2. Maya Stump joined Currier in both events, finishing 12th in the long jump and 14th in the triple jump.
Maddie McLain also qualified for the PIAA meet in two events thanks to silver medal runs in both the 1600m and the 3200m. McLain crossed the finish line a few seconds after Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder in both events, settling for second place in the 1600m with a time of 5:19.79 and the 3200m with a time of 11:13.42.
As she has most of the season, Olivia McLain was not too far behind her older sister, putting together podium runs in the 1600m and the 3200m. Her fifth place run in the 3200m was by far the toughest to swallow as her 11:35.31 ended up a mere 0.31 seconds short of the PIAA qualifying time. She also added a seventh place run in the 1600m with a 5:35.32.
Eastern York's two remaining state qualifiers did so in one event each. Hannah Myers did participate in two events at the District 3 meet but only managed one state qualifying performance. Her 27.10 in the 200m finals was good enough for fifth place at the district meet but it fell nearly a second short of a return trip to Shippensburg. Myers had no such trouble in the 400m, clocking a 60.63 to finish second and earn a berth in the state meet.
Madison Nalls picked up Eastern's final PIAA berth for her work in the 800m. The senior came into the event with the top seeded time and while she fell short of that time her 2:22.70 was good enough for a bronze medal.
The Lady Golden Knights had one final participant make multiple trips to the medal stand in Maura DeRemer. The senior thrower picked up three medals highlighted by her bronze medal winning throw of 32-4.75 in the shotput. She added a fourth-place toss of 103-6 in the discus as well as a sixth-place throw of 109 in the javelin. Emily Smith joined DeRemer in the discus competition, finishing 10th with a top throw of 87-3.
Senior Christin Solon picked up one final medal for Eastern, clearing 4-8 to finish sixth in the high jump.
The Lady Golden Knights picked up their final team points in the three relay races. Actually, only two of the three squads made the podium as the 4:26.05 turned in by Cassidy Shetter, Myers, Currier and Sara Peter in the 1600m relay was only the 12th best time of the day. Nalls, Myers and both Maddie and Olivia McLain collected the best relay finish, taking fourth in the 3200m relay with a time of 10:08.96. Eastern York's third relay team finished seventh with Currier, Shetter, Emily Hoyer and Kaitlyn Case turning in a 53.55 in the 400m relay.
Hoyer, Peters and Shetter also competed in Shippensburg but did not make it to the finals. Hoyer and Shetter both saw their time in the 100m come to an end in the preliminary round while Peters met the same fate in the 100H and Hoyer in the 200m.
The Lady Golden Knights were not alone in their trip to Shippensburg for the District 3 meet. They were joined by one member of the boy's squad, Demonte Martin. Martin participated in two events with his best being a 14th place finish in the 300H thanks to a time of 41.17. He also competed in the 110 high hurdles and after clocking a blazing 14.80 in the preliminary round, bowed out in the semifinals after running a 15.36.
Community Yard Sale Planned In East Petersburg May 24, 2018
The East Petersburg Events Committee will host the East Petersburg Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at East Petersburg Community Park on Pine Street. The public is invited.
Individuals and organizations are invited to be vendors at the yard sale. Vendors of crafts, arts, and various products are also welcome. Participants may reserve up to three 10-by-10-foot spaces for a fee per space. Registration is preferred. However, vendors will be able to sign up on the morning of the event with cash only. There are no refunds.
Setup in the park will start no earlier than 7 a.m. Vendors are required to check in with the coordinator at the event. All money from yard space sales will support the free community events in the park. For a registration form, readers may visit www.eastpetersburgday.com and select Community Yard Sale - June 2.
Commencement Set For Penn Manor Seniors May 24, 2018
Five student speakers have been named for Penn Manor High School's 2018 commencement, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center off Harrisburg Avenue in Lancaster. Nicholas Fafel, Aniah Washington, Joshua Adams, Blake Martin, and Kevin Ward will address those in attendance.
Nicholas, the son of Steve and Vicki Fafel of Conestoga, is class valedictorian. He participated in cross-country, wrestling, track and field, Rocket Club, and National Honor Society (NHS). Nicholas was president of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and vice president of Science National Honor Society. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware.
During commencement, Nicholas will speak about using one's abilities to the fullest. One occasion where Nicholas and his peers did their best occurred in math. "My entire AP Calculus BC class scored a 5 on the AP exam, and we shaved a '60' into the back of (math teacher Anthony) Carrodo's head," he recalled.
Aniah, the daughter of Stephanie Stoy of Lancaster, is senior class president. She participated in soccer, track and field, Aevidum, and Mock Trial, and she was business manager for the yearbook. She plans to study law, jurisprudence, and social thought at Amherst College. Aniah will speak on the subject of dealing with expectations. "Embrace your uniqueness," she remarked. "It is not a bad thing to stand out."
Joshua, the class salutatorian, is the son of Jeffrey and Monique Adams of Lancaster. He was a TSA participant and enjoyed attending three state TSA conferences. He plans to attend Penn State University. "Try to dedicate yourself to something," Joshua advised. "It's important to be involved without spreading your time so thin that you can't meaningfully impact any one activity."
Blake is the son of Curtis and Beth Martin of Lancaster. He participated in lacrosse, soccer, and Model United Nations, and he was a tutor for Math Bowl. Blake plans to study biomechanical engineering at Penn State. While Blake is still firming up the topic of his commencement address, he had some advice for next year's freshmen. "Take a broad range of classes that will allow you to diversify your education," he said, stressing, "Join clubs."
Kevin is the son of John and Deborah Ward of Millersville. He was a member of the marching unit, the percussion ensemble, the Quiz Bowl team, NHS, TSA, the STEM Team, and Attollo. Kevin plans to study computer engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. His commencement speech will address the theme of "stepping forward."
Admission to commencement is by ticket only, and each graduate will receive nine tickets. All seating, with the exception of a reserved section for disabled and honored guests, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of commencement practices, which will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, at Penn Manor High School.
The commencement ceremony will be webcast live beginning at 6 p.m. at www.pennmanor.net. Readers may visit the website to learn how to purchase DVDs of commencement and to view F&M event parking details.
Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Pequea Church, 40 Church Road, Lancaster. Seniors may also participate in a "Senior Walk" on June 5. While bedecked in their caps and gowns, the graduates may process through the halls of the elementary schools they attended from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Comets Battle Black Knights in Season Ender May 24, 2018
The baseball team traveled to Landisville last Monday for the last game of the regular season but struggled against the third place team in Section One, Hempfield. The 10-10 Black Knights scored three runs in the third inning and broke the game open with a six spot in the sixth. They held the Comets to three hits and finished on top, 9-0.
The hosts, with eight hits on the day, opened the scoring with a pair of back-to-back two out doubles in the third. A pair of errors, two walks and three singles contributed to their six run fifth inning rally.
Dylan Crook struck out three, walked four and gave up three earned runs in four innings of work. Ty Erisman (2K, 2W) and Ryan Glenn (1K) saw action in relief.
Glenn, who finished the season as Manor's top offensive performer (.352 batting average), Dalton Landis and Ty Erisman were credited with Manor's hits.
"Ty Erisman was used only as a pitcher in the first half of the year, but we gave him a chance to be in the lineup over the last eight games and he responded by getting a hit in each of those games and ended up with a .375 batting average," noted head coach Streeter Stuart.
"Obviously the season did not go as well as we had hoped. We had started to turn a corner, winning four of six games, and held a 6-3 lead over McCaskey going into the seventh inning," he continued. "But when we lost that lead and the game, it seemed to deflate the team, and our last two games we really struggled."
The Comets finished 4-12 in Section One and 5-14 overall.
"Our real struggle this year was on the hill," Stuart stated. "But walks and errors were really not our problem. We just got hit around too much. Our team ERA last year was 1.29. This year it was 5.10. Last year we allowed 91 hits in the regular season and this year we allowed 162. That stat tells the difference between a section championship team and a 5-14 team," he continued. "Despite our struggles, Dylan Crook gave us a strong effort almost every time out and Erisman really started to develop as a solid starter as the season progressed."
Brady Hinkle and Cade Thourot joined Glenn and Erisman with solid seasons at the plate, finishing with .292 batting averages. Josiah Snyder finished at .288.
The track teams had a bye last Monday as they prepared for the L-L League Championships. They competed in the Blue Streak Relays on May 5 where Alex Scheivert improved on his school record with a throw of 206-8. He and Josh Gibson, with a 146-4 throw, combined for first place.
"That throw by Alex is number one in PA and in the top ten nationally," noted head coach Dani Myers.
In their last home game of the regular season, the Comets, still fighting for a section title, opened another busy week against third place Hempfield on Monday. In their first meeting on April 11, Manor earned a 6-3 win. This time around it wasn't as close. Seniors Julia Tappany, Brittany Hook and Syndey Duplissey combined for 7 hits in 12 at bats and six RBIs to spark a 10-0 shutout, their third straight. Hook and Duplissey each cracked two run homers, Duplissey's wrapping up a three run third inning while Hook's capped a five run fifth.
The seniors, however, got plenty of support. Freshmen Sophia Rineer (3-4 with one RBI), Madison Trout (1-2, 2 runs scored) and Kaelin Gable (2-3, 1RBI) were solid contributors to Manor's 13 hit effort.
Defensively Hook was perfect going into the fifth inning but the second batter up blooped a single behind third. Hempfield left a runner stranded on third that frame and added a one out single in the fifth.
"We hit the ball with authority," said head coach Dave Stokes. "It was a great effort by our kids."
Playing again Tuesday, Manor needed another win if they were to capture their third straight Section One title. And win they did. The Comets, behind Trout's 4-5 effort at the plate, toppled Manheim Township 12-5 to clinch that section title.
Trout led the way with five RBI while Duplissey pushed in two runs and scored twice in her 2-5 effort at the plate. Also recording two hits were Tappany (3 runs scored), Gable (1RBI) and Kate Green.
"After struggling to score against Warwick and Solanco, the kids went 9-0 to wrap up the regular season," said Stokes. "The freshmen are coming along. It's been a great atmosphere on the team," he added. "The kids have been very focused and Brittany (Hook) seems to be peaking at the right time. She threw her best game against Hempfield. And we're hitting the ball well. Hopefully it will all continue through the post-season."
Hook struck out 12 and gave up one walk in keeping Manheim Township at bay.
On the road again Wednesday in a crossover makeup game, the Comets made short work of Ephrata, plating eight runs in the top of the third and wrapping up the day with an 11-0 win. Hook grabbed the no-hitter with nine strikeouts and zero walks. And she helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3 with 2RBI.
Gable (1-2), Tappany (1-3) and Duplissey (1-3) combined for seven RBI's on the day.
The Comets cap the league season with a 14-2 record.
After a four-year absence, the Comets returned to the League Playoffs, which got underway last Tuesday night at Warwick where Manor drew the top team in the league, Manheim Township (11-0). The Comets battled the Streaks back on April 24 and dropped a 13-3 result. Tuesday night was almost a mirror-image as Township finished on top 12-3.
"I thought defensively we played well," said head coach Zack Charles. "I believe 12 goals was Township's lowest output of the year. Offensively we shot ourselves in the foot with unforced errors giving away possessions."
The Streaks tallied three goals in all four quarters and held the Comets to one in all but the second frame. They held a 19-10 advantage in shots on goal with Seth Wilton recording seven saves in the loss.
Aidan Mahoney netted two goals and Clayton Hollinger one.
The Comets open District play this week.
The Comets capped the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Crest last Wednesday night in Millersville but the bigger win was Manheim Township's upset of CV.
"Township beating CV settled us into fourth place (6-6) in Leagues," said head coach Chris Telesco, "and qualified us for the league playoffs. That might give us a better chance of making Districts. We're still on the bubble."
Manor pulled away from Crest for a 25-22 first set win, took the second set more comfortably, 25-17 and took control with a dominating 25-12 match ender.
"I thought we played down a level," said Telesco. "We thought we'd walk in and stomp them because they have won a section match, we were at home, and it was our senior night. It doesn't work like that. We'd go up six points and then give away six points," he continued. "It was us at our sloppiest, but we got the job done."
Hunter Long spread the ball well, putting up 25 assists to Hunter Davis (7 kills), Dylan Zimmerman (6K, Trent Schlemmer (5K) and Matt Schaefer (4K). Hunter Enck defended the back court with nine digs behind Hunter Davis's four blocks.
"Dylan's five aces and overall strong serving kept Cedar Crest off balance," noted Telesco. "It was good to be able to pull our seniors (Josiah Hine, Hunter Long, Hunter Davis) in the last set to honor them."
While the girls' lacrosse team finished the season with a 4-14 record overall, the Comets did have one Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star. Senior Anna Katherine Kirk was voted as an honorable mention all-star. Kirk finished the season with 38 goals and six assists. She had 25 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and 51 draw controls.
"Anna Katherine had a great season," praised first year head coach Caroline Lovett. "She was a leader on and off the field as a captain and dominated the midfield for us. Her presence will be greatly missed next season.
"As a team, I think we hit our stride late in the season," she continued. "We had big wins over E-town and Warwick to end the season. The girls connected on a level I hadn't seen all year.
"I loved being back at Penn Manor. We had a lot of growing pains, but that was to be expected. I'm excited for the team to continue to grow and improve each season," said Lovett. "We plan to work hard in the off season and come back better and stronger."
Library Sets Schedule May 24, 2018
Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, has posted its upcoming programming. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and require preregistration. Readers are encouraged to register online at www.mslibrary.org or by calling the library at 717-653-1510. More information is available by calling or visiting the library.
The kickoff of the Summer Reading Program (SRP) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Readers of all ages may stop by to register for summer programs and events, take part in crafts and activities, and pick up reading logs. Individuals may also pick up reading logs and register for events throughout the summer. This year's program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Read With Kirby will offer struggling readers an opportunity to practice reading aloud to Kirby, a Westie and certified therapy dog. Kirby will be available on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and individuals should call Miss Jan to register.
For Snorey Time Story Time, set for Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m., children can wear pajamas and enjoy a story, a craft, and a snack.
During Wee Build Free Build, slated for Friday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., parents and caregivers are invited to bring children of all ages to the library to build, explore, and create in an unstructured setting.
During Libraries Rock! Chalk Day on Monday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., individuals may stop by the library and draw chalk creations on the sidewalks. In the case of inclement weather, other creative options will be available inside.
Lego Club, for people of all ages, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Legos will be provided, and building will be geared toward the SRP theme.
Sing, Shake, and Sway Story Time, set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, will encourage children to interact and move to songs and stories.
Storybook character Corduroy will visit the library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14. Children age 3 and up may enjoy a story and an activity, and a photo opportunity will be provided at the end of the program.
STEM Club - Rocket Man will take place on Thursdays, June 14 to 28, at 6 p.m. for children in third through sixth grades. During this month's programs, participants will build an actual rocket from everyday materials. The rocket will be launched on Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m., and all are invited. Space is limited in the program.
During Readers' Theater on Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. participants age 7 and up will prepare short pieces and perform them for a family audience at 11:45 a.m.
Fun Fort Friday has been scheduled for June 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. Families may bring blankets, sheets, and a flashlight and build a fort among the bookshelves.
Art Rocks! will be offered on Monday, June 18, at 1 p.m. for children age 7 and up. At this program, previously known as Art in the Park, children may create works of art inspired by the SRP theme.
Shuts Environmental Center will lead the program "Bats, Whales, and Sounds" on Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. The program will highlight whale songs, wave reflection, echolocation, and more, and it will feature an opportunity to play Bat and Moth. Space is limited.
Fun Family Bingo has been set for 6 p.m. on June 19 and will focus on the SRP theme. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.
For Teddy Bear Story Time, slated for Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., attendees may bring a stuffed bear to enjoy stories and an activity with Miss Jan.
During Healthy Streams Part 1 on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., Penn State Ag and Environment Center will give a presentation on streams, wildlife and habitat, and pollution issues, along with simple actions that can improve local water quality. Attendees will discover what makes a stream healthy or sick and find out how to improve the woods and water locally.
Families and community members can join members of the Penn State Extension at Little Chiques Park for Healthy Streams Part 2 on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get their feet wet while exploring the aquatic environment.
Giggle Magic: Toolbox Kidz Show, set for Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., will focus on kindness through a meeting with Chicken Patti.
Alpacas Rock! will take place on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. There will be opportunities to pet and take photos with the alpacas. The program will be held in fair weather, and there will be no rain date.
MakerFest, featuring demonstrations performed by a variety of makers, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
During Lunch Bunch Tuesday at noon on Tuesday, June 26, people age 8 and up may bring lunch and a book they are reading. Miss Jan will share information, and there will be a mystery guest.
Sing and Sign Story Time, during which basic American Sign Language is incorporated, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.
For the Science Explorers "Science Matters" program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, participants in kindergarten and up will learn about the states of matter and explore with bubbles, a spud launcher, a leaf blower, and a basketball.
Rocks of Kindness, a "make-it, take-it" program, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Attendees will paint rocks with positive messages or other images to keep or hide in the community for someone to find.
Dark Order Teen Anime will give teenagers age 13 and up an opportunity to watch shows and plan anime-based activities on Saturday, June 16, at 6 p.m.
The game nights for adults will be postponed for the summer and will regroup in September.
During Solace Through Writing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, Michele DeRosa will share suggestions on how to process grief through writing prompts or journaling.
Closely Knit, a group for avid knitters or those who aspire to knit, will meet at 1 p.m. on Mondays, June 11 and 25. Attendees may knit or crochet individual projects, and no registration is necessary.
Yes, You Can Paint! is a painting class for adults, no matter their ability, which will be offered on June 14 at 2 p.m. and June 27 at 6 p.m. The class will be taught by local artist Ron Meckley using the Bob Ross method, and participants will have a finished piece at the conclusion of the class. The cost will cover instruction and all supplies except a canvas.
Needle Felting Friends, a new monthly club led by local soft sculpture artist Victoria Hans, will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 16. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn the art of needle felting, as well as other needle felters who would like to share ideas or work in a social setting. Materials will not be provided.
The book discussion group focused on the classics will discuss "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. The Lit Lovers book discussion group will discuss "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks on June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lifelong Learners program "How to Declutter, Organize, and Display Photos" will be co-facilitated by local photographer Kelly Johnson and photo-organizing specialist Kathy Schlegel on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn what to do with print and digital photos.
Students Earn Success In Academic Challenge May 24, 2018
Two teams of students from Elizabethtown Area School District won first place in the Pennsylvania Destination ImaginNation tournament and qualified to advance to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete against thousands of students from 45 states and more than 15 countries.
Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving organization that aims to empower students to utilize their creativity, curiosity, and courage through project-based learning to solve various challenges that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). The students also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, and creative thinking.
The Smart Dummiez team, consisting of Jaycen Conrad, Jonah Perrin, Matthew Heffner, and Lilianna Milligan, competed in the Scientific Challenge. Their task was to research and explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions and then design and build an attraction that used three scientific concepts during its operation. They had to create and present a story that featured the attraction operating in an unlikely location that was portrayed using sights and sounds.
The Twisted Talent team consisting of Greta Bornmann, Lillia Alvarez, Julia Laszakovits, Mikaela Condran, and Rebecca Mink took part in the Fine Arts Challenge. The task was to create and present a musical that included a change in plans and featured music and lyrics to enhance the storytelling. Team members had to create and present a spectacle as part of their musical as well as design and integrate a set change.
For information about the Destination ImagiNation program, readers may contact Taisha Milligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brittany's Hope Schedules 5K May 24, 2018
Brittany's Hope will hold its annual Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Star Barn Village and Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown.
The event will also include games, children's activities, competitions for adults, drawings, and food.
The organization hopes to raise $65,000. All donations will go directly to orphaned children. All nonprogram expenses, such as fundraising and overhead, are paid for by a corporate benefactor.
Space will be limited. Separate registration fees have been set for walkers and runners. Children age 12 and under may participate for free. To register, readers may visit www.walkoflove.org. For more information, readers may contact Alicia Kautz at 717-367-9614 or email email@example.com.