Elizabethtown Bowlers Finish Sixth In States March 22, 2019
As the majority of central Pennsylvania high school athletes battle the elements, attempting to squeeze in as much outdoor practice time as possible before the spring season kicks off, there are a few remaining still tackling their winter sport. For Elizabethtown Area High School, those athletes belong to the Lady Bear bowling team, which made the 30-minute trek east to 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on March 16 to partake in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships.
Behind the work of Abby Chaffins, Eryn Moore, Alaina Telenko, Hannah Griffie and Elizabeth Vuxta, the Lady Bears claimed sixth place once all the qualifying dust settled from the 12-team field. Elizabethtown's qualifying score of 3,469 put the Lady Bears just over 200 pins outside the four finalists and a mere 14 pins behind fifth-place Burrell.
Chaffins paced the team during the three regular qualifying games, posting scores of 177, 201 and 167 for a 545 series. Moore finished one pin back thanks to her games of 169, 190 and 185. Telenko was the final kegler to crack the 500-pin barrier, finishing with 500 on the nose after games of 189, 169 and 142. Griffie and Vuxta finished within two pins of each other after posting matching 144 scores in their respective opening games. Griffie followed with games of 139 and 140 to collect a 423 series while Vuxta closed out with games of 130 and 147 for a 421 series.
The Lady Bears were unable to change their fortunes once the Baker format games started with their 1,036 tally in the two Baker sets cementing Elizabethtown's sixth-place finish. Elizabethtown started strong with a 214 in the first Baker game, where all five bowlers take turns bowling a frame. The Lady Bears continued their first set push with games of 170 and 195, for a 579 in the first Baker set. The Lady Bears were consistent through the second Baker game, with all three scores coming in within seven pins of each other. Those scores of 156, 152 and 149 gave Elizabethtown a 457 in the second Baker series and a 3,469 final tally.
Solanco Wrestlers Win Awards March 22, 2019
Several awards were presented at the Solanco wrestling program banquet on March 14 at the Fireside Inn in Strasburg.
High school award winners included Chase Charles, Ivan Steel Ironman Award; Joey Vandegriff, Ray Long Most Improved Wrestler Award; and Dominic Flatt, Carlton Schindler Outstanding Wrestler Award. Flatt, who finished with a 33-9 record with 12 pins, was a Mule Classic champion, an L-L League champion, a District/Regional qualifier, a second team All-Star and a Section Two runner-up.
Donavan Myers and Charles, team captain and first team All-Star with 60 career wins and 30 pins, received Senior Four-Year Dedication Awards.
Junior high award winners included Weston Bare and Wade Adams, Three-Year Dedication Awards; Justin McCauley, Keith Kreider Award; Andrew Smith, Team Leadership Award; and Jaden Summers, Coaches' Choice Award.
Soccer Team Earns Academic Award March 20, 2019
The Penn Manor boys' soccer team has been named an Academic Award winner by the United Soccer Coaches for the fourth time since 2013.
The 2017-18 team was one of just 107 teams nationwide to receive the honor for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.25 or better. The Comets exceeded that threshold, with an average GPA of 3.6.
The Penn Manor boys' team previously achieved the honor in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Quinones Named Football Coach March 18, 2019
Ivan A. Quinones has been named the new West York Area High School football head coach. His appointment was approved at the Feb. 12 board of school directors' meeting.
Quinones brings an extensive coaching and athletic management background dating back to 1998. He has held positions with the Severn Athletic Club in Maryland, the Dallastown Youth Athletics football programs, and the York County Youth Football Association. Most recently, he served as assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Dallastown Area High School.
Quinones a former commander for the Maryland State Police, is currently the director of public safety and security for all of the campuses of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a master's degree in public safety and administration from the Arizona State University.
Derr Earns Basketball Honors March 15, 2019
Rylee Derr of Lititz was one of two Kutztown University women's basketball players to be voted to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams.
Derr, a sophomore, earned First Team honors. It was the second straight season Derr made All-PSAC after being on the Second Team last year.
Derr, who holds the school record for three-pointers in a game (nine), ranks 11th in the PSAC in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She is also second in three-pointers made (85), sixth in free-throw percentage (80.4) and 15th in rebounding (6.8). She has started all 29 games this season and all 30 last year, never missing a game.
As a freshman last season, Derr tallied 409 points, the most by a freshman in program history. She has been named a PSAC Athlete of the Week twice this season and is a two-time Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media Organization Team of the Year member.
The Golden Bears won a share of the PSAC East title this year.
CYO All-Star Game Held March 12, 2019
The inaugural Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) All-Star game was held on March 9 in Oxford at Sacred Heart School. The game featured 40 of the top seventh- and eighth-grade basketball players in Chester County. The event raised more than $300 for Coaches vs. Cancer.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that came down to the last second, with the Blue team defeating White team 83-82. The MVP of the game was Aidan Dearing, Sacred Heart, and the defensive MVP was Liam Horan of St. Maximillian Kolbe School, West Chester.
The game featured a three-point contest featuring 12 of the best shooters in league play. The winner was Tommy Manning of Saints Simon and Jude School, West Chester; second place was Danny Hankee of Saints Philip and James, Exton; and third place was Wesley Clinton of Sacred Heart.
Coaches of the event were Dan Clinton from Sacred Heart and Tim Heckman from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) School, West Grove, for the Blue team and Ryan Todd from St. Elizabeth Parish School, Chester Springs, and Bryan Wilcox of Saints Peter and Paul School, West Chester, for the White team.
Field Hockey Clinic Slated March 7, 2019
The Donegal Field Hockey Booster Club will sponsor Weed Whackers field hockey clinics for beginner and intermediate players on Thursdays, April 11 to May 9, at the Donegal High School stadium, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy. The sessions will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. for students in kindergarten through third grade and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for fourth through sixth grades.
Required gear includes athletic attire, shin guards, sneakers, a field hockey stick, and a mouth guard. Cleats will be prohibited. The clinics will be coached by Sheri Robinson, Kayla Waldrup, Jessica Swingle, and members of the 2018 Donegal state champion field hockey team.
The deadline for early registration is Sunday, April 14. For more details or to register, readers may contact Robinson at 717-653-6871 or email@example.com.
Fissella Qualifies For PIAA Championships March 4, 2019
The District Three Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships were held at Cumberland Valley High School on March 1 and 2. Andre Fissella's performances in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley qualified the Hempfield senior to compete in the PIAA Class AAA state championships scheduled for March 15 and 16 at Bucknell University.
"In the 100 breaststroke he was just short of winning by two-tenths of a second," pointed out head coach Brittany Bertoli. "He dropped his time by almost a second."
Fissella registered a time of 57.54 seconds.
In the 200 IM, he finished fourth and also qualified for states. He posted a time of 1:55.71.
Bertoli explained that in determining district placing and times qualifying for states can often be a game of wait-and-see, depending on achievements in other districts across the commonwealth.
"In the 100 breaststroke he's currently sitting at the fourth-fastest time," she said. "District One was waiting to swim its second day on Sunday. We're waiting for the state (PIAA) website to post the psych sheets."
On Friday in the girls' competition, sophomore Maggie Shaffer swam in the 200 freestyle while Katie Yoder swam in the 50 free. The following day Shaffer and Yoder were part of the 400 freestyle relay with sophomore Sophia Vitko and junior Katelyn Wiglesworth.
"Maggie was right at her best time in the 200 freestyle," said Bertoli. "She dropped 15 hundredths of a second."
Shaffer posted a time of 1:59.10 and finished in 14th place.
She also swam the 100 butterfly and finished 17th with a time of 1:00.73.
"She put in a great effort even though she didn't have her best time," said Bertoli.
Yoder's time of 24.82 seconds was her best time in the 50 freestyle. She placed 16th in the event.
"The district meet is just so fast," Bertoli noted. "You really have to have some fast swims to get into states."
Wiglesworth and Yoder both swam in the 100 freestyle, finishing 21st and 26th, respectively, with times of 54.89 and 55.53.
In the 400 free relay, the foursome put up an impressive ninth-place finish at 3:45.44.
"They all had great splits," said Bertoli. "Maggie split a 55.54. Sophia Vitko had a 1:00.19, her best split of the season. Katelyn and Katie had almost exactly the same split."
Wiglesworth's split was 54.86 and Yoder's 54.85 in the relay. The foursome dropped three seconds from the time they posted in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships. In the league championship weekend, which took place Feb. 8 and 9, this quartet's time of 3:48.41 had given the Black Knights fourth in the 400 free relay.
On Saturday, Wiglesworth took part in the 100 backstroke with her best time of the season at 1:02.26. She placed 22nd in the race by dropping over one second in her best time.
"This has been a great group of girls," Bertoli commented. "Every one of them will be back next year.
"Everyone was happy with their district meet times, and they plan on putting in hard work next year to get there.
"We talk a lot about having a direction and a purpose - knowing where you want to go and how you're going to get there," continued the coach. "They have set some great goals for next year and are willing to put in the effort to get there."
In the boys' competition, there were two relays that made districts - the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relay. Both were anchored by Fissella.
The 200 free relay placed 13th, featuring Josh Sahd, Shawn Splain, Nate Stuckey and Fissella.
"All of their splits were great," Bertoli said. The group finished with a time of 1:30.93.
The 200 medley relay, which finished at 1:43.32, placed 16th. Sophomores Johnathan Sescilla and Xander Hughes joined seniors Splain and Fissella for this event.
Stuckey also took part in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
"Nate is a hard worker," said Bertoli. "He has been working hard all season. It was awesome to see him drop his time in leagues and to come back and drop his time at districts."
He had a time of 4:59.22 in the 500 free relay in the league championships but lowered it to 4:58.26 in the district meet. He took 19th in the race. He also finished at 1:50.26 in the 200 freestyle - good for 24th place, dropping his best time by about half a second.
"He's a senior and we're going to miss his hard work and leadership, his positive attitude," said Bertoli.
Barons Earn Bowling Success March 4, 2019
The future looks great for Manheim Central bowling.
The team should return six juniors and three sophomores, and two juniors ended the season on a high note last week.
On March 1, Brandon Henry finished 35th out of 191 male bowlers and Lauren Michael finished 92nd out of 145 female bowlers in the Regional Tournament. The girls' tourney was at Clearview Lanes, and the boys' tourney was at Leisure Lanes.
Henry, the Barons' anchor for much of the season, rolled scores of 206, 169, 203, 257, and 225 for 1060 and a 212 average while Michael, who finished 15th in league play, bowled regional scores of 166, 137, 187, 151, and 130 for a 771 total, averaging a 154.
Barons' coach Alan Sides liked the way both bowlers finished their seasons.
"I was pleased overall with both Lauren and Brandon's season," Sides said. "Lauren started the year strong and got her average up to 166. Later in the season she was releasing her ball wrong. Our assistant coach Marcus Michael (also her dad) worked hard with her, and she seems to have corrected it. Still, she finished well enough to make 15th in the league."
In regionals, she started well, Sides said, but had a slight hiccup with the 137 then came on strong with the 187. Her last two games were a struggle, he said.
For Henry, he started well, had a bad game, and then finished great with three 200 games to end above his 195 league average.
"He bowled the way I felt he could," Sides said. "I am extremely proud of them both.
"They bowled well and positioned themselves to be able to participate in the postseason."
Henry also finished third in Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tournament at Clearview Lanes on March 3, earning a $50 scholarship.
Sides, in his first season as head coach, expressed his thanks to all his bowlers, who overcame a huge rebuilding year to finish third in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
The entire team is slated to return next year, plus Sides said he knows of two eighth-grade boys who may be joining the team who have junior league experience.
"It was a job well done," Sides said about his team's effort this season. "I look forward to seeing what next year brings for our team."
Protein Drive To Highlight First Pitch Night March 1, 2019
The community is invited to attend the annual First Pitch/Meet the Team night hosted by the Hempfield High School Baseball Booster Club. The members of this year's baseball team will be on hand to interact with the public during the event, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the cafeteria of the high school, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and adults will be charged a small fee for admission. Children will be admitted free of charge. Complimentary hot dogs, soft pretzels, chips, desserts, and beverages will be available.
Children may play games, and adults may enter to win prize drawings and silent auction items. All of the prizes and auction lots have been donated by local businesses and families. Some of the items include tickets to New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates games, passes to an amusement park, a bus trip, a necklace and bracelet from a local jeweler, and restaurant gift cards.
The proceeds from the event will enable the booster club to pay for baseball players' winter indoor training facilities, team equipment, team meals, and other expenses, said club co-chair Cris LaBarbera.
Senior team members expressed their gratitude for support from the public, as well as their parents and coaches, and noted that they are looking forward to the First Pitch event and what they hope is a successful season. "I like seeing the community and youth baseball program (participants) come out and support the team," noted senior CJ Saylor.
Those youth baseball players have been given an important assignment for the First Pitch event. The high school team is sponsoring a protein drive, so youngsters are asked to bring jars of peanut butter for the Power Packs program. Each youth who brings a jar will receive two entries in a prize drawing.
Power Packs supplies ingredients and a recipe for a low-cost meal each weekend during the school year to children with financial hardship. Cereal, granola bars, peanut butter, and sometimes fresh milk and produce are provided as well.
"The hope is that this will provide our students (with) nutrition over the weekend so that they are prepared to learn when they return to school on Monday," LaBarbera explained. "Several churches within Hempfield (School District) provide funds to help the program, as well as food drives by various organizations. Hempfield is currently serving 100 families each week."
For more information about the First Pitch/Meet the Team event, readers may email LaBarbera and her co-chair, Deb Lichtenwalner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CV Swimming, Rifle Results Posted February 13, 2019
The Conestoga Valley (CV) boys' and girls' swim clubs made a splash at this year's L-L League meet, experiencing multiple successes, with the girls taking a collective fourth place and boys claiming seventh in the team portion of the event.
Night one of the two-day event was highlighted by sophomore Karli Raasch's 2:09.87 win in the 200 IM - over two seconds faster than any other competitor in the pool.
Also claiming a CV win was Nick Lynam, whose 200 free time was clocked at 1:41.87, just a hair behind the league record of 1:41.64.
Both Raasch and Lynam went on to top the podium in their respective races for the 500 free. Raasch won the girls' event in 5:13.72 and Lynam claimed the boys' in 4:38.38
"The CV swimmers swam awesome, with so many best times," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch.
Sarah Marston touched third in the 100 free (54.34) for a school-best time and also achieved her season best in the 200 free with a seventh-place finish in 2:01.04.
Lauren Nedrow provided a season-best time in the 200 free (2:09.29) along with a lifetime best (5:42.1) in the 500 free.
Micah Leaman also turned in a personal best 1:50.84 in the 200 free to come in seventh, accompanied by an eighth-place finish in the 500 free (5:05.46).
In the relay events, the CV girls' foursome of Raasch, Nedrow, Jordan Holmes, and Marston combined for a second-place finish in the 400 free (3:45.93).
Another girls' relay, comprised of Raasch, Nedrow, Avery Heisey, and Marston, rallied for a new school-record time of 1:43.11 in the 200 free, placing fourth.
In the boys' relay events, Leaman, Robbie Krasinski, Sheldon Hertzler, and Lyman came in fourth with a 200 free time of 1:33, while the 200 medley team of Krasinski, Hertzler, Joshua Proch, and Michael Janvrin came in seventh (1:50.69).
Though not quite on the podium, the CV club celebrated even more accomplishments with personal best times during individual events with Hertzler's 100 breaststroke (1:05.61), Heisey's 50 free (25.93) and 100 free (57.51), Krasinski's 100 fly (1:00.95), Holmes' 100 fly (1:06.02) and 100 free (58.45), and Janvrin's 100 free (56.6).
CV's top six marksmen had an opportunity to compete in the 2019 Rifle Championship on Feb. 9, and junior Montana Habecker produced the best Buckskin performance of the day, earning herself a score of 199 to finish in fifth.
"I am very proud of the way Montana shot at the league championship event," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Anytime one of my shooters places in the top 10 at the league championship I am extremely proud. To culminate the season by shooting your very best is a huge accomplishment."
All 48 marksmen - six shooters from each of the eight participating schools - had the opportunity to shoot two rounds of 10 shots for a best possible score of 200.
Jada Bender of Manheim Township took the top honor, securing one of those elusive 200s.
Senior Lexus Henkel provided CV's second-highest showing of the day, not quite breaking into the top 10 with her combination of 98 and 99 for a 197 final score.
"We stick together and help each other through anything; we're like a family," described Henkel, a co-captain who has been a four-year member of the rifle squad.
Fellow captain Alex Stoudt also placed outside the top 10 rankings with a 193, but he has much to be proud of in regards to season accomplishments, being named to the L-L League All-Star list for the second consecutive year. Stoudt concluded his year shooting an overall average of 99.08, tied for seventh-best in the league.
"This has been my best year," acknowledged the two-time all-star, who will graduate this spring.
Before Stoudt's all-star honors earned during the 2017-18 season, the last time a CV marksman was named to the all-star list was back in the 2006-07 season.
Student-Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent February 12, 2019
Seven Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes have announced their decision to continue their academic and athletic careers at colleges and universities. In a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony in the school cafeteria on Feb. 6, the student-athletes made their announcements before parents, coaches, teachers and classmates.
Jarek Bacon, the son of Pam and John Bacon, is a four-year member of the baseball and hockey teams and played football his freshman year. In baseball he is a Keystone Division all-star. He plans to attend Misericordia University, where he will continue his baseball career and major in special education.
Jordon Spagnolo, the son of Sue and John Spagnolo, has played baseball on community teams for more than 13 years. He will attend Wesley College, where he plans to play baseball and major in physical therapy.
Sydney Koons, the daughter of Dawn and Stephen Koons, is a four-year member of the cross-country and track and field teams, was a three-year member of the swimming team, and participates in indoor track. She was captain of the cross-country team for two years and is a two-time all-conference runner. She plans to attend Bloomsburg University, where she will continue her cross-country and track and field career and major in nursing.
Kyler Wuestner, the son of Lynn and David Wuestner, is a four-year member of the football and wrestling teams. He was a two-time first-team division all-star in football and a three-time first-team divisional all-star in wrestling. He intends to continue his educational and football careers at East Stroudsburg University, where he will major in health and physical education.
Blake Cassel, the son of Jacqueline and Greg Cassel, is a member of the soccer, basketball and volleyball teams at Lower Dauphin. He was a first-team divisional all-star in soccer. He plans to continue his soccer career and major in biology at Juniata College.
Jacquelyn Endy, the daughter of Angela Hollinger and Mike Endy, is a three-year member of the girls' soccer team and also played club soccer her entire high school career. She also participates in indoor track and is a four-year member of the track and field team. She will continue her soccer career and education at Concord University, where she will major in biology with a pre-med track.
Alec Burger, is the son of Jamie and Eric Burger. He is a four-year member of the swimming team and a two-year member of the volleyball team. He is a three-time Mid-Penn Conference and District III qualifier. He will continue to swim at Shippensburg University, where he will major in special education.