Warwick Football Blanks Visiting Hempfield September 17, 2018
On Friday versus Hempfield, Trey Glass scored on a 64-yard pass play from scrimmage to put Warwick ahead 7-0 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter and ended the game with 11 catches for 159 yards. He also ran a punt back for a 95-yard score which put the Warriors ahead 21-0 in the second quarter as Warwick laid 463 yards of total offense, only 50 of which came on the ground, on a thunderstruck Hempfield squad.
"Our defense is playing very well - they are flying to the ball," commented head coach Bob Locker. "Special teams are truly playing in a "special" way and our offense was good at times but we need to clean up some mistakes."
Hempfield, despite the 27-0 loss, was able to generate some offense, they put up 186 yards through the air, but the Warrior's defense always seemed like it was there to make plays at pivotal times, including five stops in the Warwick red zone.
While Nick Fucci (15-57) was the only Warwick running back to finish with positive yardage, it was quarterback Adam Ricketts who scored from three yards out in the second quarter to make it 14-0 before the Glass punt return. Hilton Michael (3-118, TD) added the final insurance in the fourth quarter when he caught a 55-yard score from Ricketts (15-25, 342, 2TD).
Opening League play in less than desirable conditions, Warwick's boys overcame a first half deficit and rallied past visiting Penn Manor 3-1 last Monday night. They also edged both Conestoga Valley and Ephrata by 1-0 scores for a perfect week on the pitch. Winning in overtime against the Mounts on Saturday placed Warwick (2-0, 4-0) in a two-way tie with Hempfield (2-0, 6-0) atop Section One.
After playing almost 30 minutes of scoreless soccer versus the Comets, the Warwick defense cracked slightly under pressure allowing Hunter Enck to secure a turnover in Warrior territory and put Penn Manor on the board 1-0 in the 28th minute. That proved to be the only goal allowed by the Warriors who clamped down on defense and got three saves from keeper Drew Stief through the remainder of the game.
Robbie Heckman put Warwick back into the mix near the end of the first half when he was able to work around a pair of Comet defenders and put one in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1 in the 36th minute.
"Our first 2 games (9/6 vs. Lampeter-Strasburg and 9/10 vs. Penn Manor) saw us do some really nice things offensively. We generated 3 goals in each game and had some other really good scoring opportunities," stated head coach Gordy Cowher.
The second Warwick goal came halfway through the second half when Ash Deery set up for a free kick from 20 yards out and sent a shot on goal that was blocked by Penn Manor's Fahri Sivri. The Comet keeper recovered in time to stop the rebound but was not able to repeat a third time when Jay Destinoble sent the second deflection into the open net for the game winner in the 61st minute.
A successful Deery penalty kick in the 66th minute provided some insurance for the Warriors in a game where they out shot the Comets 8-4 and held a 7-0 advantage in corners. Stief turned away three Penn Manor shots on goal as well.
"On Thursday, against CV we played very well defensively, giving up no goals and no shots on goal," noted Cowher. "However, we struggled to possess the ball at times and as a result we did not create as many scoring opportunities as we did during our first two contests."
One was all they needed, though, as Heckman struck early off an assist by Garrett Springer in the fourth minute, beating Corey Spotts for the 1-0 lead that held up over the course of the game. Spotts turned away five Warwick shots while his team failed to generate much offense under the defensive pressure of Warwick.
Facing a counter-attacking Ephrata team on Saturday that tried to cash in on Warwick miscues, the Warriors failed to hit their stride through regulation before a Heckman blast in the 85th minute ended the contest with a Warwick win. Stief turned away each of the five shots he faced while his counterpart Cole Hummel stopped 13.
"We controlled the flow of the game and had a lot of possession," Cowher noted. "We created a few good scoring opportunities, but again, not as many as we did during our first two games. Part of that was due to the strategy Ephrata employed during the game. The defense is beginning to gel the past two games, so I am hopeful we can start putting the two phases together."
Warwick's girls covered all three columns of the standings last week when they beat Penn Manor 1-0, tied Conestoga Valley 1-1, and lost to Ephrata 1-0 on the way to a 2-0-1, 2-2-1 record on the season. At the end of last week they found themselves in second place behind Hempfield (2-0, 3-3) in the Section One standings.
Jess Williamson, with a solo goal in the 55th minute, came through in the clutch last Monday when the lady Warriors traveled to Penn Manor. She broke a scoreless tie with the Comets. Her goal stood as the game winner as the Warwick defense pitched a shutout, allowing only two shots on goal, both of which Kendall Morgan turned away.
Scoring early in Thursday's game with Conestoga Valley, Lilly Palacia-Lewis utilized a Williamson pass to put the Lady Warriors on the board 1-0 in the third minute, a score that stood until CV's Gabriella Barone-Graybill tied the game in the 53rd minute. Neither side was able to score again through regulation and two overtime periods as Morgan stopped four shots on the day and Alyson Riggle turned away three of Warwick's attempts.
Saturday's game with Ephrata turned into another defensive battle in which both sides managed eight shots on goal with Jocelyn Umana pitching the shutout while Morgan surrendered one goal to Reagan McCarty in the 27th minute.
Warwick's girls placed three runners in the top five last week at Cedar Crest, but faced stiff competition from the Falcons who placed three in the top ten, including first overall, and McCaskey which had four runners finish top ten as well. Anna Martin (2nd, 21:46), Caitlyn Wagner (3rd, 21:54) and Sophia Nau (4th, 21:56) helped lead Warwick to a 24-33 win over Cedar Crest, a thrilling 27-28 victory over McCaskey and a 15-55 win over Lebanon which tied them with Elizabethtown for first place in Section One.
Alexa Wenger finished 11th with a time of 23:17 and Jaylyn Wagner came in 13th in 24:21, representing the final scores of the day for Warwick. Also finishing were Clara Ford (14th, 24:56), Mariel Deibert (19th, 26:13), Jill Colebert (20th, 26:19), Lindsay Cammauf (22nd, 26:31), Mackenzie Rohrer (24th, 26:50), Alexa Zimmerman (27th, 27:22), Isa Velez (28th, 27:48), Willow Forney (29th, 27:48), Morgan Leakway (30th, 27:52), Chloe Nightingale (31st, 27:57), Alyssa Eberly (32nd, 31:01), Abby Smith (33rd, 31:03), Lexie Kellogg (34th, 31:35), Katy Kramer (35th, 32:08), and Isabel Mejia (36th, 32:14).
With three top ten finishes from Noah Martin (1st, 17:33), Connor Shields (2nd, 17:34), and Parker Kearse (8th, 18:08) as well as Jeremy Bell's 11th place finish in 18:24 and Jeremiah Hendrix's 20th place time of 18:51 the boys went 2-1 on the day including a close 26-33 loss to Cedar Crest, a 16-51 win over Lebanon and a 21-34 victory versus McCaskey. That placed them in a tie for fifth place in Section One with Elizabethtown (2-1, 2-1).
David Bach (23rd, 19:09), Ryan Horner (26th, 19;32), Marcus Wachira (27th, 19:33), Josh Wenger (34th, 19:57), Corbin Kilgore (36th, 20:03), Mateo Chacon (37th, 20:03), Jonathon Martin (40th, 21:03), Logan Mull (44th, 21:25), Trevor Price (46th, 21:27), Josef Bach (47th, 21:30), Colby Richard (48th, 21:37), Asher Christner (53rd, 22:27), Kenton Hertzog (57th, 23:08), Ben Dubosq( 58th, 23:49), Cole Halderman (62nd, 27:06) and Henry Stover (63rd, 29:41) finished things up for Warwick.
With a 4-1 loss to Cedar Crest, a 3-0 win over Ephrata, and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cedar Cliff, Warwick (2-2, 2-4) ended last week in third place in Section One tied with Hempfield (2-2, 2-5).
Emily Behn scored 5:41 into the second half versus Cedar Crest last Monday putting Warwick on the board at 3-1, but at the 19:27 mark Laney Faiola beat Julia Healy, who had six saves on the day, for the fourth and final goal for the home team. Hanna Lewis scored three times in the first half while Cedar Crest peppered Healy with 10 shots and six corners on the way to the win.
Scoring twice in the first half and once more in the second, Warwick held Ephrata to only two shots on goal while firing off 12 and held a 10-6 advantage in corners as well. Caitlyn Grodzicki got the juices flowing early with a goal 2:19 into the first half, followed by a Kate Dickow score in the 10th minute before Behn finished things off by smacking the boards off a corner insert in the fifth minute of the second half for the 3-0 Warwick lead and eventual victory.
Combining for six saves, Catie Brubaker (1) and Julia Healy (5) helped shut down the Cedar Crest offense, but it only took one Falcon goal from Katie LaFaver in the third minute of the second half to seal the deal for the visitors. Warwick was only able to put one shot on goal as the Cedar Crest defense shut them out in the loss.
A 7-0 blanking of Penn Manor combined with a 6-1 loss to Conestoga Valley last week kept Warwick (1-1, 3-4) in the middle of the pack in Section One. Erin Fleurant and Chloe Long's 8-5 doubles win over Sophia Steed and Mallary Groff of CV stood as the lone victory for Warwick on Thursday.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday everybody got in on the act against the Comets. In doubles play Fleurant and Long were 8-5 winners, Lillian Marino and Heather Mitchell won 8-0, and Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta pulled off a close 9-7 victory, and in singles Marino (6-1, 6-0), Mitchell (6-1, 6-0), Miller (6-0, 6-1), and Orta (6-11, 6-3) completed the shutout.
Warwick lost both of its matches last week as Cedar Crest won 25-17, 25-20, and 25-16 and Hempfield posted 25-10, 25-17, and 25-21 wins in back-to-back shut outs for the lady Warriors. Rachell Adams recorded eight kills and one ace to lead the girls against the Falcons, while posting three kills versus the Black Knights along with Ashley Glouner's three aces and six assists from Allison Forsythe.
Field Hockey Team Outscores Opponents 13-4 September 17, 2018
It is safe to say the Manheim Central girls' soccer team is clicking on all cylinders.
The Barons went 3-1 last week, outscoring their opponents 13-4. The lone loss was a tough 3-2 setback to Ephrata.
The week started with 2-0 shutout Monday, Sept. 10 against Lampeter-Strasburg
Maddie Carper got her first goal of the season with a 40-yard looping shot over the keepers head in the 12th minute.
Manheim controlled the game and dominated possession, head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said, but couldn't get the second goal until the 61st minute. Tori Fahnestock got the goal, her third of the season. Carper earned the assist. Goalie Kelli Kreider collected four saves.
The Barons kept the winning going Tuesday, Sept. 11, beating Northeastern 4-1 with goals from Liz Levy, Hannah Adair, Carper, and Makenna Copley.
This was another game where Manheim dominated possession. Levy and Adair scored their goals in the eighth and 11th minutes, giving the Barons a fast start. They ended the half strong, getting goals by Carper and Copley in the 38th and 39th minute. Tylee Stauffer earned her first assist of the year.
Manheim suffered its 3-2 home loss to Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 13. Central went
down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but kept on the attack.
Autumn Greiner scored off a corner from Carper in the 25th minute. In the second half Erin Greiner tied it in the 46th minute from a pass from Carper.
Ephrata's Annie Slovak scored the game winner in the 50th minute and Ephrata held on for the win.
Stoltzfus said after the Barons recovered from Ephrata's quick start and got their feet under them, Central didn't give up and controlled most of the game. Even though they lost, Stoltzfus said he and his team learned a lot about themselves.
"We proved we're a very good team and can play against anyone," he said. "That confidence is going to lend itself well as we continue through a tough regular season schedule and into the post season."
Central bounced back with a 5-0 triumph on Saturday against South Western. Carper had a huge game, notching a hat trick, scoring in the 19th, 34th and 55th minutes of the game. Copley netted a goal at the 31st minute and Adair scored in the 33rd minute and added an assist. Elizabeth Levy, Summer Bates and Stauffer notched assists, in a game where the Barons had three corners and 14 shots.
The boys' soccer team started off last week with a 4-1 victory against Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, Sept. 10.
Central got goals from Quintin Rohrer, Zach Reed, Carson Brenize (twice).
Barons coach Rod Brenize said the unassisted goal by Caron Brenize, a beautiful shot off a direct kick from 25 yards out, changed the flow of the game in the Barons favor.
"We played as a team," said Rod Brenize, whose team had 10 corners and nine shots. "It was our best game of the season thus far."
On Tuesday against Northeastern the teams finished in 0-0 tie. Central outshot Northeastern 13-3 and had more corners, 5-1. Goalie Mason Nissley collected one save.
The Barons suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 13. Tyler Snavely, assisted by Niko Gavala, scored Manheim's lone goal in the 77th minute.
What makes the loss extra frustrating for the Barons is how well they played without finding the back of the net. Central held a 10-4 edge in corners and a 15-5 advantage in shots.
Manheim ran into a strong Fleetwood squad and lost 3-0 on Saturday. Nissley had four saves.
The Barons (4-0) scored a huge come-from-behind 20-10 victory against Section One power Wilson this past Friday. Central started slow, trailing 10-0 in the second quarter before they came roaring back for the win. The Barons rallied to beat Warwick in their previous game, after trailing in the third quarter. So there was no panic, Central coach Dave Hahn said.
"The Warwick game kind of gave us confidence to be a four quarters team," he said. "We knew we could come back."
Quarterback Evan Simon threw two touchdown passes, hitting Evan Holser for a 39-yard strike and Jake Harbach for three yards. Running back Tyler Flick added a two-yard run for the Barons final points.
In the fourth quarter Hahn said his team controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, showing the conditioning of his squad was a factor. He said he was pleased with the aggressive way his defense played, collecting three turnovers and five sacks in the second half.
The defense held Wilson's offense to 242 yards. Hahn said players like linebacker Landan Moyer and defensive ends Lucas Hartley and Harbach wrapped up and tackled well, noting that Harbach and Hartley came down the line well and played one of their better games.
The Barons gained a 3-0 shutout against McCaskey Tuesday, Sept. 11. Codi Bollinger, a senior forward; Lily Sipel, a junior forward; and Jenna Lutz, a sophomore forward, scored in the game. Junior defender Maddy Barbush and junior midfielder Lexi Hosler added assists. Central had 11 corners and 12 shots.
Even though it was a win, Manheim coach Morgan Briggs believes there is room for her team to improve.
"We did not play our best hockey tonight and struggled with doing the simple things well," she said. "Overall, we are a very young team and have to keep trusting the process and learning to lean into each other when things get tough. On the bright side we got our first section win and had balanced scoring with three different goal scorers."
Central followed the McCaskey victory with a 3-1 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday. Cami Lehman, Hosler, and Sipel each scored for the Barons, who had four corners and five shots. Barons' goalie Mikayla Regan collected 11 saves.
"It was a great game and very exciting to watch," Briggs said. "L-S did an excellent job in their attack and put intense pressure on our defense and goalie. Fortunately, our defense stayed composed and only allowed them to score one goal. Defense seems to be our theme so far this season."
Offensively, Briggs said her forwards did a much better job of cutting to the ball and disrupting the play when L-S's defense had possession. The intensity and energy really picked up in the second half, she said.
Central ended the week with a 5-1 loss to East Pensboro on Saturday. Lehman netted the only goal for the Barons, who had 10 corners and three shots. Lutz added an assist and Regan had three saves.
The Barons started the week strong with a 3-0 victory against Conrad Weiser Monday, Sept. 10, winning 25-21, 25-20 and 25-17. Senior outside hitter Becca Keppley had seven kills and six aces. Tori Henderson had one block, Ciara Stoner notched 17 digs and Grace Stoltzfus dished out 19 assists.
Central coach Laurie McClure said the Barons started off slow against Weiser, but quickly got in form to control the match. She said she was pleased with how the passing game improved
The result was not as good on Tuesday against Elizabethtown as the Bears won 25-11, 25-7 and 25-20. Keppley led the Barons in kills (six), blocks (two), and digs (six) and Stoltzfus had six assists.
McClure said the team had to adjust to losing Tori Henderson, a junior middle, who went under doctor's orders to rest. The Barons already have a young starting lineup, so Henderson is a difficult player to replace, McClure said.
Central ended the week with a 3-0 loss to Garden Spot on Thursday, Sept. 13. After starting off slow in a 25-5 decision, the Barons battled but came up short in the next two games, losing 25-14 and 25-23.
Keppley led the charge with five kills and an ace. Abby Nolt added an ace for Central, which had 11 digs from Stoner and 11 assists from Stoltzfus.
The Barons routed Solanco 6-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. In singles, Hannah Kowalski, the Barons No.1 player, posted a 6-1, 6-2 triumph. Eliana Shenk netted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No.2. Grace Roberts earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory and Janae Bright gained a 6-0, 6-1 win.
In doubles, Kowalski and Shenk notched an 8-2 victory at No.1. Bright and Roberts won 8-3.
On Thursday, Central earned a 4-1 victory against Central York. In singles, Kowalski didn't drop a game in her 6-0, 6-0 triumph. Shenk only dropped one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win. Roberts won 6-3, 6-2.
In doubles, Bright teamed with Courtney Weaver 6-4, 2-6 (10-8).
Central coach Kurtis Funk is pleased with the way the team keeps improving and sees continued growth from his players.
"My number one player (Kowalski) has gotten better every match," Funk said. "She had some early close calls at the beginning of the season, but she has really taken command of the matches lately. She has been way more consistent and intelligent on the court with where to place her shots."
This season the Barons have dominated in doubles action, often putting matches out of reach before they play singles. This is in stark contrast to how doubles went last year.
"We really struggled in doubles last year, specifically in close matches," Funk said. "We have practiced strategy and worked on doubles play a lot more in practice and it has paid off for us in most of our matches so far."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the Central boys beat Columbia 15-55 and Annville-Cleona 18-38 but lost to Elco 22-33. Elco took the first two places to pull out the close win, but Central coach Ryan Kennedy was pleased with the way his team ran in its first league meet.
Senior co-captain Carson Hepner had a nice opening meeting posting a 17:50, 25 seconds faster than he ran in last year's opening meet. Junior Elijah Wagner had an 18:06, a breakout run for him, Kennedy said.
"He was aggressive from the start of the race," Kennedy said. "He showed a lot of maturity. His work this summer is paying off."
Junior Isaac Martin, the other co-captain, finished with an 18:20. Kennedy said Martin is a leader and has improved from last year. Kaden Wagner, a sophomore and younger brother to Elijah, ran an 18:32. Kennedy said the key will be keeping the younger Wagner healthy.
Kole Rankin, a junior, ran a 19:18 and showed huge improvements and took his summer workouts seriously, Kennedy said.
The girls cross country team beat Columiba (15-55), Annville-Cleona (17-42) and Elco (23-35). Senior Mallory Sunderland finished second overall with a time of 21:35. Olivia Sunderland, a freshman, posted a 21:54, a nice varsity debut, Kennedy said.
Rounding out the top five, Marianne Fitzkee, 22:02; Isabella Reber, 22:45; Erin Hoffman, 23:54.
Girls' Soccer Battles CV, Hempfield and L-S September 17, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' soccer team, which hadn't played a game since the September 1, hosted Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. In the Lancaster-Lebanon League match that came 10 days following the Blue Streaks' season opener, Conestoga Valley posted a 2-0 victory.
The Buckskins broke a scoreless tie in the 30th minute of the match as Madison Delgado found the Township net. She later assisted on Gabriella Barone-Graybill's goal, which came six minutes after halftime.
CV out-shot Township 4-2 with Ali Quinn making two saves between the posts for MT and Alyson Riggle recording the shutout for the Buckskins.
Quinn was magnificent in goal in the Streaks' next match - another Section One clash on the road. This time, the Streaks and the Hempfield Black Knights battled through 80 minutes of scoreless soccer with Quinn making nine saves.
On the other side of the pitch, Hempfield's Meg Yoder denied the Streaks on their two scoring chances, sending this game into overtime.
The heartbreak for Township came with just 22 seconds having expired on the clock. Johnna Adams scored off an assist by Kaitlin Deck, spoiling Quinn's tremendous effort. The loss dropped Township to 1-2 (0-2 in league).
Back on their home turf for a Saturday afternoon non-league game, the Blue Streaks played Lampeter-Strasburg to a scoreless draw. Quinn stopped every one of the seven shots that came her way while Bella DiCamillo was steady in the Pioneers' goal, making five saves.
Having that first league game on your schedule is sometimes a date that can give you the proverbial butterflies in the stomach.
The Blue Streaks and Penn Manor Comets kicked off their Lancaster-Lebanon League slate of games with a Friday night clash at Millersville.
The result was a 41-0 trouncing by Manheim Township, raising the team's overall record to 4-0. Quarterback Harrison Kirk threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, finishing the night with 212 passing yards and no interceptions.
"Harrison Kirk is still doing a lot of on-the-job training," said head coach Mark Evans. "There's a lot for him to process, but his pocket presence is really that of a three-year starter. He does a very good job, moves his feet. When he relaxes and lets it flow, we are in good shape."
Four different receivers had two catches each with Brett Benjamin (76) and Jaden Boyd (72) having the most yardage. Jon Engle and Hilton Ridley also grabbed two passes each. Brandon Alaimo's five-yard reception was for a touchdown.
"He spread the ball around to so many receivers," Evans remarked. "He is very good at that."
Kirk scored on a two-yard QB keeper in the first quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 7-0. The touchdown pass to Alaimo and an 18-yard scoring pass to Floyd increased the lead to 21-0 at the half.
"They were challenged at halftime and responded to that challenge," he said. "We took the opening kickoff in the second half and returned it for a touchdown."
Benjamin went 94 yards with that kickoff to make it 28-0. Engle's seven-yard TD catch and Donovan Ivey's 32-yard dash to the end zone gave Township 20 more points - all in the third quarter.
The defense held Penn Manor to only 115 yards all night.
"I think our defense continues to play stellar," said Evans. "Our offense moved the ball when we had to.
"Our coaches are doing a great job," he continued. "Given the fact that we lost so many good players from last year's squad, these new guys are buying into what is being taught to them and the coaches are doing one heck of a job. We're growing and learning every day."
Township will host Cocalico in a crossover game this week. The Eagles and the Streaks are two of the four undefeated (4-0) teams across the league.
"We're the number one seed in the district at the Class 6A level; they're the number one seed in Class 5A," Evans pointed out. "We will continue to impress upon the kids that we need to play at our level."
What started out as a rough and heartbreaking week for the Township boys' soccer team ended with a Saturday morning non-league match that the Streaks won by an 8-2 score over Reading. By week's end, the Streaks were 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The score was actually tied 1-1 in that Reading game. The Streaks were up 1-0 at the half thanks to a Gabe Silva goal in the game's 26th minute. Oldy Dielce scored the first of his two goals for the Knights, tying it at 1-1 a minute into the second half.
One minute later, Andrea DiSomma decided he would go after a hat trick. He scored at the 42-minute mark as well as the 47th minute and the 71st minute of the game.
Sandwiched in between his second and third goals was one by teammate Oliver Butz and Deilce's second goal for Reading.
Nolan Ross, Ayden Lee and Shawn Larroza packed in three more goals along with DiSomma's third goal. All four scores coming in the final 10 minutes of play.
Lee, Ross, Silva, Matthew Russinko, Dave Wolfers, and Shea Miller Smith each notched an assist. Quinn McCarty grabbed two saves in goal.
Hempfield scored two early goals and held on for a 3-1 defeat at Township on Thursday afternoon. The Streaks were only able to get one shot past Black Knights' goalie Brady Ross (9 saves) and it was a goal by DiSomma.
Eddie Pohl scored the two first-half Hempfield goals. Jake Edmonds added another 16 minutes into the second half. McCarty finished with five saves.
On Tuesday, Township held Conestoga Valley to only two shots on goal. Unfortunately, Logan Weaver's shot in the 37th minute was the only shot that found either net, giving CV a 1-0 league win. Township had four shots on goal - all saved by Corey Spotts.
Township's cross country squads both improved to 3-1 on the year following Tuesday's race against L-L League rivals Conestoga Valley and Hempfield.
In the girls' race, Hempfield edged MT 23-34 and ran past CV by a 20-41 count. The Blue Streaks, who were led by Cloe Kline's first-place finish, topped the CV Buckskins 20-35.
In the boys' race, the story was similar. Township's Ian Miller paced the pack with a winning time of 16:55 as the Streaks defeated CV 23-32 but fell to Hempfield by a 20-35 score.
The Hempfield boys had five runners occupying positions 3 through 7. The next runner to cross the finish line was eighth-place finisher Drew Sassaman, who recorded a time of 18:22. Not far behind (18:30) was Keven Perez.
Also finishing strong were Tyler Stevens (11th, 18:32) and Deiter Geib (14th, 18:48)
The Township girls had a trio of runners cross the finish line in order. Taking seventh was Avery Ebersole (22:04) followed one stride later by Aurelia Huss (22:05) and Paige Laurence (22:11) in ninth place.
Emma Dieterle's time of 22:34 was good for 14th place.
In all four of its outings - each of which has been against four other L-L League teams - the Township golf team has scored under 300. In fact, in each match, the Blue Streaks have been the only team to break the 300 threshold and thus top all opponents.
Manheim Township improved to 16-0 by topping Penn Manor, Lancaster Catholic, Cedar Crest and Hempfield on Wednesday in a game played at Fairview.
The Streaks carded a 292 team score while Penn Manor's 332 was the second-best score on the day.
Ellen Wager led all golfers with a score of 70. Shaun Fedor shot a 73 and finished third overall.
Hamilton Naughton and Graham Calhoun claimed the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, with scores of 74 and 75.
It was a busy week for the Township field hockey team. The Streaks notched a solid 5-0 victory over league rival Conestoga Valley and added another win against Cedar Crest, lifting the team's league record to 4-0-0.
Penn Manor stayed unbeaten in league play with a shutout of Township on Friday at Millersville. The Streaks met the Comets again, but this time in tournament play at Hershey. Though the Comets won 4-0, it didn't count as a league match.
Goalie Cat Wilson had four saves in the victory over CV. The Streaks featured eight players who either had a goal or an assist in the game.
Sophia Rockwell scored 4:15 into the game and added another goal in the 24th minute of the second half. Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored in the first half while Katie Kreider added a second-half goal.
Kayte Moist dished out two assists while Allison Cubell, Katie Labezius and Priya Hans provided one assist each.
The Streaks' attack racked up 14 shots on goal against visiting Conestoga Valley on Wednesday. On the defensive end, Wilson made five saves to preserve the victory.
Cubell scored a first-half goal and Labezius doubled the lead at the 13:27 mark of the second half. Fox and Rockwell provided the assists.
Wilson's bid for a shutout was thwarted on a Hanna Lewis goal 28:17 into the second half. Buckskin goalie Katie Knapp held her own, making 12 saves in a losing cause.
Wilson had 10 saves against Penn Manor on Friday. The five Comet goals came from five different goal scorers.
Emma DeBerdine, who had one of the five goals on Friday, scored twice in Saturday's match at Hershey, leading the Comets to the 4-0 win. She also assisted on goals by Briana Harsh and Anna May Barbusca.
Wilson racked up 9 saves despite the barrage of shots.
Facing McCaskey in a Section One volleyball match, the Streaks posted a 3-0 victory on Wednesday evening at home, winning 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18.
Faith McGowan came through with six kills and served up four aces, equaling teammate Alice Thorsen's (9 digs) team-leading total, and notched one block. Lucy Svetec, who led the team in digs with nine, also registered a block. Katie Bushong dished out 16 assists.
Township also hosted Central York in a non-league match on Monday. The Panthers prevailed 2-1 despite a very strong effort by the Streaks.
After winning the first set 25-10, the Panthers managed to hold off the Streaks 25-19. Township played its strongest set in the third one, winning 26-24.
Harrier Teams Host PM, ET and Ephrata September 17, 2018
On a damp and soggy field, and through some light rain, Solanco's harrier teams hosted Penn Manor, Elizabethtown and Ephrata last Tuesday in their only home meet of the season. And while the results did not include a single win across the board, the teams are moving in the right direction.
"Both teams ran better than they did a week ago," said head coach Craig Ausel. "The E-town girls (who beat the Mares 15-45) earned the second, third and fourth fastest times on our course and the top two boys (Ephrata's Andrew Foster and Penn Manor's Graham Thomas) registered two of the top five fastest times," he added. "I was surprised the leaders ran as fast as they did on the very muddy lower portion of our course."
Ben Stickler (19:10) earned Solanco's highest finish of the day, 14th, with freshman Avery Jacobsen close behind (16th, 19:20). Colin Althoff (18th, 19:54), Tate Fisher (20th, 20:05) and Dan Keller (21st, 20:14) rounded out the home team's top five.
"We're just struggling to run fast enough at the top to win," stated Ausel. "Our 3rd, 4th and 5th runners beat Ephrata's No. 5 but they put three runners in front of our No. 1. That was the team I felt we had the best chance to beat and we lost 25-30."
Leading the way for the girls was Chesley Ledsma (15th, 23:55) and Aubree Roop (18th, 24:22) with freshman Halle Brown (25th, 25:36), Hanna Wheeler (26th, 25:53), Sarah Snyder (31st, 27:08) and Kirsten O'Connell (37th, 30:27) rounding out the lineup.
"Our last four runners worked hard over the last mile," said Ausel.
Despite going up against a team with zero wins to date, head coach Tony Cox did not want his team to take Garden Spot lightly. So the focused Mules came out with a fast and furious start against the Spartans this past Friday night and before you knew it, they led 28-0 in the first quarter en route to a 48-21 final result.
"You can't take anyone in the section lightly," stated Cox. "We had a good game plan and came in very focused."
The Mules, who scored three times on first plays from scrimmage and ran a kick-back back for another, were led by Joel McGuire and Nafis Moore. McGuire, the leading rusher in Section Two, scored four touchdowns, three in the first half, and piled up 234 yards on six rushes. Moore also added three first half scores and racked up 129 total yards.
"Our offensive line did a great job blocking," said Cox. "And we were able to get the younger guys in early. This was a great program win because everyone had an opportunity to play."
Defensively, Sam Buckwalter led the way with seven tackles while Cole Lewis and sophomore Mason St. Clair added five solo tackles and one assist each. Hunter Shaw and Daniel Sampson were both credited with sacks.
"Sam did a great job on defense," lauded Cox.
McGuire's 38-yard TD run early in the third quarter started the mercy rule running clock and led to Cox substituting freely. The Mules finished with 445 rushing yards on the night.
Mother Nature conspired to delay the start of Solanco's field hockey season to last week! Playing in their first game of the season, the Mares dropped a closer-than-the-score might indicate, 5-1 result at Garden Spot on Tuesday. The Spartans held a slim 9-8 edge in corners but managed to outshoot the visitors 15-4.
Spot took a 2-0 lead after ten minutes of play and made it 3-0 before Solanco got on the board. Maggie Hirst turned a Lauryn McNutt assist into Solanco's only goal of the game just 3:06 before the half.
"Since this was our first game we definitely had some jitters to get out," said head coach Whitney Hawkins. "But I think we picked it up in the second half and settled into our game."
Alta Brandenberger recorded 10 saves goal.
Not only did they just play their season-opener but Solanco faced one of the top two teams in the L-L League on Thursday in Donegal. In what was supposed to be a home game, the Mares traveled to Mt. Joy due to soggy field conditions. It was there that the Indians, who were second in the state last year, secured its fifth win of the season with a 10-1 result.
"They are just a well-oiled machine," said Hawkins. "But we were pumped that we scored against them. Maggie, a sophomore, scored her second goal of the season. I would say she's off to a good start."
At home on Friday the Mares, searching for their first section win, went toe-to-toe with visiting McCaskey but settled for a scoreless tie. Solanco worked eight corners to the visitors ten and held a 5-4 edge in shots on goal but neither team could find the back of the net. Brandenberger was credited with four saves on the day.
Solanco's opening game last week against McCaskey was actually a shortened game. Having been rescheduled from August 31, the game started 11 minutes in. The Red Tornado was probably wishing the game was even shorter as the Mares, with a balanced attack, unleashed an 11-0 victory.
Reese Curry-Saner (1 assist) scored her first two goals of the season, including the first goal of the game a quick 60 seconds in. Grace Kreider also netted a pair and dished out three assists while Sammi Jackson (1 a) added two second half goals. Alana Yoder (1a), Kayden Bedwell and Kaylin Fowler (1a) also found the back of the net while Grace Unger and Angie Cylic dished out one assist each.
Returning First Team all-star Gabi Dolan did not need to make a single save in goal to earn the shutout.
On Friday the Mares were wishing they had one of Tuesday's goals to spare as they came up short, 1-0 in a double overtime contest at Cocalico. The visitors were held to two corners and two shots on goal but defended the Eagles 13 shot, 5 corner effort before the second OT game-winner was scored.
Back at it less than 24 hours later, Solanco secured its second win of the week with a 5-2 victory at Oxford. Tied 1-1 at the half, Bedwell score twice and Kreider and Jackson each scored in a span of five minutes to pick up the win. Yoder's first half goal knotted the score.
Whoever said 'all good things must come to an end' probably wasn't thinking about winning streaks. But, as the saying goes, Solanco, after extending its winning streak to six straight on Tuesday, suffered its first loss of the season, 6-1 to Cocalico Thursday afternoon.
"They were probably the toughest team we've faced," said head coach Todd Brown, "a solid, well coached team similar to McCaskey."
The doubles teams put up the toughest challenges of the day and prevented the shutout when Sophia Baker and Kelsey Sheets outlasted Ally Hieneisen and Allie Dickson 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.
Kerith Paine and Faith Redcay came out on the short end of the same score at No. 1 while Gabby Griffonetti and Elsie Zaborskiy fell short 8-5.
"We led, at times, in all of the doubles matches and in a few of the singles as well," said Brown. "Unfortunately, we couldn't keep hold of the momentum."
Griffonetti, at No. 3 and Zaborskiy, playing 4, also mounted the toughest singles performances despite losing 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-3 respectively. Paine dropped a 6-0, 6-0 challenge at No. 1 and Redcay lost 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2.
On Tuesday the Mares had little trouble in blanking Lebanon for their second shutout of the year. Giving up just ten games on the day, Solanco cruised to victory. Griffonetti posted two shutouts in the win, teaming with Zaborskiy for an 8-0 result in doubles and winning 6-0, 6-0 in singles.
Paine and Redcay won 8-2 in doubles and 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively in singles play while Baker and Sheets put up an 8-3 win.
Playing their third match of the week on Friday, the Mares suffered another 6-1 defeat, this one at the hands of Manheim Central. Baker and Sheets cruised to an 8-0 win to prevent the shutout.
The volleyball team played three times last week and while they came up empty, they were on the verge of at least two wins. At Catholic High on Monday, Solanco lost 25-14, 27-25 and 25-22. One night later, at home, they battled Lebanon in five sets before dropping a heartbreaker (25-13, 25-20, 24-26, 23-25, 8-15).
"That loss to Lebanon was a tough one," said head coach Meghan Cross. "Our passing was key in the first two wins. It allowed the setters to give the hitters good balls to attack the net. We were also setting up blocks and shutting down their hitters.
"We relaxed a bit and let Lebanon come back with a few too many points in the third and fourth sets," she continued. "Unforced errors prevented us from pulling ahead and finishing out that fifth set," Cross added.
With five aces, five kills and two blocks, Georgia Ewing had a great game, the coach noted. And Kara McClune anchored the defense with a match-high 21 digs and also contributed 4 kills. Also with a strong presence at the net was Nathaly Molinarez with 6 kills and Madi Davis dished out 8 assists.
The Mares opened the week with a tough effort against the Crusaders. Despite dropping the first set 25-14, Solanco challenged. An ace by Molinarez put Solanco in front 24-21 in the second set but unforced errors reared their ugly heads. Tied again at 25-25, the Crusaders prevailed.
The third set was almost as close. Tied at 22, the hosts used strong serving to pull away.
McClune led with a dozen digs and 3 kills. Bri Langley (2 aces) and Alondra Quinonez each hustled for 11 digs and Ewing and Emma Canale (2 aces, 5 assists) put up two blocks each.
At home again Thursday against Ephrata, the Mares got 5 kills and 5 blocks from Ewing but it wasn't enough to offset Brielle Brock's 11 kills and 2 blocks. The Mounts prevailed 25-16, 25-10, 25-14.
Additional stats included Langley with 14 digs, Canale putting up 7 assists and McClune serving a pair of aces.
The boys' soccer team, on the road Tuesday night, directed eight shots on goal, three of which were good scoring opportunities, but came up empty, 5-0 against Octorara.
"We came out a little flat in the first half but played much stronger in the second half," noted first year head coach James Snyder. "And we didn't get much help. There was a blown call that resulted in one goal and another foul against us that I did not agree with that resulted in a second goal," he explained. "Not to place blame on the officiating, we beat ourselves, but those two incidents did not help our cause."
The Braves led 3-0 in the first half and picked up two more after the break.
In Denver on Friday, the Mules dropped a 3-0 result against Cocalico after giving up two second half tallies.
Knights' Hockey Splits With Comets, Buckskins September 17, 2018
The Black Knights faced Penn Manor last Monday evening in a field hockey match between Section One rivals. The Comets, coming in unbeaten in Lancaster-Lebanon League play, scored seven times in the first half and remained unbeaten with an 8-1 victory.
Hempfield goalie Alexa Pitts, with 26 saves, was resilient against an onslaught that saw 34 shots on goal.
Emma DeBerdine recorded one of two hat tricks by the Comets. Gabby Pitts also added a hat trick by the midway mark of the first half, scoring 1:38 into the game and adding two more in less than 13 minutes.
Keira Boensch scored the lone goal for the Knights, putting her team on the scoreboard in the second half.
Pitts only faced six shots in Wednesday's home game against Conestoga Valley. And while the offense was again a single goal - Kate Ayers, scoring 5:26 into the game - it was all the Knights' defense needed for this 1-0 win.
With some tremendous efforts, including third-place finishes by Delaney Minder and Jack Mieszkalski, both Hempfield cross country squads triumphed over Conestoga Valley and Manheim Township in an L-L League race held at Conestoga Valley on Tuesday.
In the boys' race, where Mieszkalski registered a time of 17:34, the Knights edged both opponents by the identical margins of 20-35.
In the girls' race it was Hempfield running past CV 20-41 and holding off Township 23-34.
Minder led a quartet of Hempfield runners in that race. Her pace of 21:52 was followed by Gabriella Hollinger's 21:55, the fifth-place time of 21:57 by Lily Williams and Bella Schwalm's (21:58) sixth-place finish.
"The girls ran with confidence and used a pack technique to break up the CV and Township teams," explained head coach Curt Rogers. "Delaney, Gaby, Lily and Bella all finished together."
Ella Kielmeyer (22:15) gave Hempfield another top-10 finisher, claiming 10th place. Paige Harrington (12th, 22:25), and Bronwyn Meldrum (13th, 22:33) kept the momentum in the Knights' favor.
Also placing: Grace Stringer (19th, 23:06), Isabel Smith (23rd, 23:14), Cahsia Page (31st, 23:52), Bella Hollenbach (33rd, 24:02), Hannah Graybill (34th, 24:03) and Diamond Chester (35th, 24:16).
Mieszkalski's 17:34 was the best among a pack of five Hempfield runners. The four who followed him across the finish line were Justin Rittenhouse (17:46), Evan Eshleman (18:01), David Jackson (18:04), and Derek Zeigler (18:08).
"Our top runners also ran as a pack virtually the entire race," said Rogers. "Jack really had a breakout race. Evan Eshleman and David Jackson both ran strong second halves to come in for impressive finishes.
"Justin Rittenhouse and Derek Zeigler were solid," added Rogers.
Justin Thomas (17th, 18:59) and Dale Winand (18th, 19:00) along with Grayson Dague (20th, 19:05) made the top-20. Also placing was: Cole Lehman (23rd, 19:31), Casey Deck (24th, 19:32), Parker Wolfe (25th, 19:49), Owen Jackson (26th, 19:58), Ryan French (27th, 19:59) and Will Yaeger (30th, 20:22.
"Many of the runners, on both teams, lowered their times from previous races and are making improvements each time they slide on their racing shoes," Rogers said. "This is a positive hard-working group."
Hempfield stymied Cedar Crest in a Section One soccer match on Monday, limiting the Falcons to only three shots on goal while the Knights' offense capitalized on four of its scoring opportunities in a 4-0 shutout at Landisville.
Brady Ross handled all three of those Crest shots to earn another shutout.
On the other side of the pitch, Ryan Hepler gave Hempfield the lead 14 minutes into the match. Jake Suchar made it 2-0 12 minutes later.
Eddie Pohl, who registered his fourth assist of the season, made it 3-0 just seven minutes into the second half and Will Hessinger recorded his first goal of the season three minutes before the final whistle blew.
"It's always good to earn a win in the first league match of the season," said head coach Mark Ashley. "We haven't played Cedar Crest for several years due to league realignment, so we didn't know what to expect. Our focus was to stay disciplined, stick to the game plan and execute our possession passing game with as much pace as possible."
Also contributing with assists were Ethan Keital and Cameron Graybill.
The victory, which was a make-up match from an originally scheduled August 31 date, improved the Knights' record to 4-0 (1-0 league).
One day later, Drew Johnson's goal in the 64th minute was all the Knights' defense needed in this 1-0 win. He scored off a George Claxton assist.
"We knocked them out of the District Three playoffs the past two years and we figured they would be highly-motivated to play us," Ashley said.
Ross again came away with a shutout, this time in a match where the opposition out-shot the Knights 9-7.
"They were very organized defensively and overloaded the midfield with extra numbers," Ashley explained. "But our center midfielders Alex Garcia, Cam Graybill and Nebeyu Bekere did a great job of helping us solve the pressure and to find outlets to our attackers. It helped create scoring chances against their strong defense.
"Our defense, on the other hand, and our goalkeeper Brady Ross were able to turn back CV's pressure late in the match," Ashley said. "Their biggest threats came in a series of five or six corner kicks and long throw-ins that were dangerous on the slippery turf.
"It was our fourth shutout," he added.
The Knights ended the week with a 3-1 defeat of Section One rival Manheim Township. With two goals in the first half, Hempfield held on and improved to 6-0 on the year (2-0 league).
"It was a solid win over our neighboring rival who has a very talented side with some veteran players and an improved attack led by 2017 League MVP and all-state player Andrea DiSomma," said Ashley.
In fact, DiSomma scored Township's lone goal in the 70th minute.
DiSomma and the dangerous attacking side Ashley was referring to compiled 10 shots on goal with Ross recording nine saves.
Pohl scored twice for Hempfield and Jake Edmonds added a second-half goal while Johnson and Doehring provided assists.
"Fortunately, an early goal by Eddie Pohl on a beautiful pass by Sam Doehring got us on the board first and gave us some breathing room," Ashley explained.
"This week was a big confidence boost," he added. "Our fitness and conditioning as well as disciplined play have paid off."
Hempfield improved to 4-0 on the season with victories against league rivals Warwick and Conestoga Valley last week. In both matches, the Knights swept their way to victory by a 3-0 score.
Hempfield won 25-15, 25-19 and 25-5 over CV on Tuesday. Both Megan Criste and Jailen Lugo registered eight kills. Allison Cummings had seven aces and 10 digs to lead the Knights.
Emma Bitner distributed 20 assists while Claire Flood came away with four blocks.
In a road match against the Warriors, the Knights won 25-10, 25-17, 25-21.
Lugo was the leader in kills (eight) and blocks (four). The number 11 was the leading total in assists by Bitner and digs by Cummings. Criste served up six aces.
Hempfield came into Friday night's game against Warwick facing a Warrior defense that had allowed an average of only 11 points per game. The 2-1 Warriors managed to hold off the Knights in a 27-0 Section One football game at Lititz.
One of the Warwick touchdowns came on a 95-yard punt return by Trey Glass, who earlier in the game hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Adam Ricketts for Warwick's first score.
In what was the first Section One game of the season for both teams, Warwick improved to 3-1 overall and Hempfield fell to 1-3.
Warwick had another touchdown that came on a big play. Ricketts found Hilton Michael on a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter. Other than that, the Knights' defense held strong despite Ricketts passing for 342 yards on 15 completions.
Hempfield's Colin Peters passed for 113 yards on nine completions and two interceptions. Tanner Hess came on and completed all six pass attempts for 70 yards.
Darien Ressler caught seven passes for 128 yards. Matt Heuston was the leading rusher for the Knights, racking up 59 yards on 19 carries.
Hempfield improved to 3-1 in the league (5-3 overall) with wins at Penn Manor and Cedar Crest last week. The Knights topped the Comets 4-0 on Tuesday, followed by a 4-3 victory at Cedar Crest the following afternoon.
Amanda Hagino pairing up with Grace Lehman at number two doubles proved to be a winning combination as they put away Manor's duo of Julie Ward and Audrey Jachimowicz 8-0. Hagino came back for a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Ward at first singles.
In first doubles it was Tierney Cantwell and Rory Cantwell pairing up for an 8-3 win. At the third doubles Sarah Shaub and Joanna Newton won 8-0.
Another Cantwell helped the Knights win in the Crest match. Brighid Cantwell and Hagino were a winning doubles team (8-2) while Lehman and Tierney Cantwell won the second doubles 8-6.
Shaub and Newton came up just short at third doubles, losing 8-6.
Hagino won the number one singles in straight sets while Lehman held on for a 6-1, 0-6, 10-3 win at second singles.
Brighid Cantwell played a tough third singles, winning the first set 6-2 before suffering 4-6, 2-10 defeats.
Sawyer Marten shot an impressive 72 at Fairview on Wednesday afternoon as the Hempfield golf team took on Penn Manor, Lancaster Catholic, Manheim Township and Cedar Crest.
Township's Ellen Wager finished first with a score of 70 and Shaun Fedor was third at 73 while Graham Calhoun shot a 74. They led the Township team to a first-place finish with a score of 292, which was 40 strokes ahead of second place Penn Manor. The Knights finished with 362.
Jimmy Dunn shot an 88 for Hempfield while Jake Hess (100) and Hannah Thomas (102) rounded out the top scorers on the squad.
Hempfield opened the week with a 1-2 record and two Section One teams on its slate of games. The Knights responded by topping Cedar Crest and Manheim Township in Section One matches for their first league games of the season. The Wilson Bulldogs ended Hempfield's week with a 1-0 Saturday morning victory at home.
In that Saturday game, the Bulldogs' Jailene DeJesus scored in the 75th minute to break a scoreless tie. The loss dropped the Knights to 3-3 overall. Meg Yoder made five saves for Hempfield.
The Knights jumped out to an early lead at Cedar Crest on Kaitlin Deck's goal 9:07 into the game. Deck also provided an assist. Fellow junior Megan Grube made it 2-0 less than nine minutes into the second half while Johanna Adams, who also had an assist, scored less than four minutes later to make it 3-0.
Yoder had two saves as the Falcons actually out-shot the Knights.
Adams came through 22 seconds into overtime, scoring off a feed by Deck in the Township game, helping nail down a crucial league victory. It was the only one of 10 shots that the Knights were able to get past MT goalie Ali Quinn while Yoder went the distance (two saves) for the shutout.
L-S Tennis Scores 6th Shutout, Now 6-1 Overall September 17, 2018
The Pioneer racket club, with their sixth shutout of the season, improved to 6-1 overall and leads the Section Two pack with a 3-0 mark after last Wednesday's hard-fought result against Garden Spot.
Sarah Capoferri improved to 7-0 with a 6-2, 6-1, No. 1 win over Elle Hallquist while Larson Kessler had a tougher battle at No. 2 but survived Paige Kemper 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. Izzy Brown pulled away with a No. 3 win over Ashley Risser, 6-4, 7-5 and Ryan Gerhardt turned in a solid 6-3, 6-2 result at No. 4.
Capoferri and Kessler secured the easiest win at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, while both Brown and Sierra Stoltzfus, at No. 2, and Kendal Winters and Gerhardt, playing No. 3, picked up 8-5 results.
The boys' soccer team hosted Manheim Central in the season opener last Monday afternoon. The result was not what head coach Gino DiSomma was looking for.
Things were looking good when Derek Eckman converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute of the first half but the Pioneers struggled after that. In fact, L-S finished with just one corner and one shot on the day. The Barons, last year's District Three runners-up, were awarded 10 corners, delivered 9 shots and cruised to a 4-1 win.
On the road Thursday, L-S again got off to a good start when Logan Heister assisted Caden Wise with the first goal of the game just three minutes in. McCaskey tied the game in the 39th minute and then took control with not just one, but two second half goals in a game where the stats were fairly even. McCaskey held a 5-4 edge in shots and led 8-6 in corners.
In non-league play Friday, the Pioneers fell to 2-4 on the season with a 1-0 double overtime loss to Hershey. Calieb Wigley denied 14 of Hershey's 15 shots on goal but that final shot, in the 96th minute, proved to be the difference.
On Saturday, September 8, the Pioneers unleashed 23 shots on goal, gave up just four and only came away with a 1-1 tie against Northeastern.
Last Monday they were hoping to continue that offensive onslaught and convert a couple more shots into goal. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The visitors were outshot 8-4 and suffered a 2-0 loss to Manheim Central in the Section Two opener.
The Barons' jumped in front when Maddie Carper delivered a 40-yard shot that sailed over Bella DiCamillo in the 13th minute. They added an insurance goal in the 61st minute.
"It was an unfortunate goal," said head coach Emily Lebo. "It always is when it is put in from that far out. I felt that we controlled much of the game and that the shot count did not accurately reflect the pace.
"Our struggle right now, as a team, is to recognize when to get "selfish" and shoot the ball," she continued. "We were intense and played the ball at our feet for an equal amount of time as Central, if not more. The difference between us and them currently is Manheim's ability to capitalize on moments," she added. "We need to find a way to do that if we want to be successful this season."
Thursday afternoon six different players found the back of the net and the Pioneers gained some confidence with a 6-0 victory over McCaskey. McKenna Conklin opened the scoring midway through the first half with Kendal Hadesty and Emma Gochnauer scoring within two minutes of each other for a 3-0 lead at the break.
Two more quick goals sparked the second half with Emma Houck, who assisted twice, finding the net just 20 seconds in and Danielle Dipace matching her effort 2:35 later. Jenna Daveler tallied the final goal in a game where L-S unleashed 34 shots.
That momentum, however, did not carry into Saturday's game against Manheim Township as the squads settled for a 0-0 tie. The closely contested game saw L-S hold a 7-5 edge in shots while the Streaks led 6-5 in corners.
DiCamillo secured five saves to earn the draw.
At Octorara last Tuesday, the lady harriers placed five runners in the top 15 but it wasn't enough for a sweep. The Pioneers blanked Cocalico 15-55 but suffered a 17-45 loss to Donegal and dropped a close one, 25-31, to Octorara.
Micah Gordley followed three Donegal runners and one from Octorara to the finish line, leading the Pioneers with a 5th place finish in 23:00 flat. Colleen Gilbert ran second, taking 10th place in 23:53 while Kyla Drouillard (13th, 24:41), Tori Smith (14th, 24:51) and Hannah Schultheis (15th, 25:11) rounded out the top five. Close behind was Madeline Helm (17th), Molly Wissler (19th), Gabrielle Burdge (20th) and Payton King (21st).
"We had a great effort on a very muddy and wet course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "Our pack did a nice job but they need to finish a bit higher."
The boys' team, on the other hand, remained undefeated. They dominated Octorara 15-55, beat Donegal 18-47 and snuck past Cocalico 28-30.
The Eagles snagged three of the top four places but the Pioneers packed it in after that, pushing four runners across the finish line before Cocalico's fourth runner.
Jansen Miller led the way with a second place finish in 18:08, just 12 seconds behind Cocalico's Evan Kreider.
"Jansen ran a great race and stayed with Kreider most of the way," Cunningham said.
Leading the pack was Daniel McMichael (6th, 19:17) and following was David Helms (7th, 19:27), Zach Kingsley (8th, 19:36) and Colten Morris (9th, 19:40). Also placing in the top 15 was Nathan Eberly (11th, 19:44), Luka Vranich (12th, 19:47) and Thomas Sellers (14th, 20:06).
With mixed results last week, the volleyball team sits at 2-2 in Section Two, along with Manheim Central, and behind Garden Spot and E-town, both 3-0.
L-S opened the week with a sweep over Ephrata (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) despite Haley Hoover out of the starting lineup with an ankle injury. Kyra Hersh, Lily Hoke and Betsy Brenneman however, picked up the slack. Brenneman recorded 10 kills, put up 4 blocks and settled for 8 digs and Hersh delivered timely aces throughout to keep L-S in front.
The Mounts, coming off a three-set loss to Penn Manor the night before, took a 10-8 lead in the third set before Hersh sparked a pair of 4-0 runs to put the hosts comfortably back in front.
Two nights later, L-S traveled to defending Section Two champ Elizabethtown and suffered a 3-0 loss (25-20, 25-17, 25-16).
Hoke came up big in this one, putting down 6 kills and serving up 2 aces but it wasn't enough to offset a 13 kill effort from the Bear's Sydney Stewart.
The battle for the Lampeter Bowl took place in Witmer this past Friday night as the Pioneers traveled to CV to defend their trophy. That, unfortunately did not happen as four costly turnovers proved to be Lampeter's undoing in a 20-7 loss.
"I thought we did a lot of things well," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "After the first quarter we did a nice job stopping their run and we owned the third quarter but came up empty with missed opportunities. It came down to execution and we didn't execute."
CV chewed up 9:44 of the clock in the first quarter and wound up missing a field goal. They went in front early in the second quarter, needing four plays in just over a minute to find the end zone. L-S responded with a 15 play drive that covered 65 yards in seven minutes and resulted in a Joey Underwood (10 rushes, 38 yards) one yard spurt that knotted the game at 7-7 with 1:41 left in the half.
L-S started the second half with a 67 yard drive that ended with a fumble. Their next possession ended with an interception at the CV 11. In all, the Pioneers committed four turnovers.
The Bucks went in front early in the fourth quarter when QB Bradley Stoltzfus hit Joe Cardina with a 34-yard score. A fumble recovery late in the game set up their third score, a three yard run.
"Joey Underwood ran the ball well," said Manion, "and Gabe Frederick (8 solo, 5 assists) and Cam D'Imperio (7 solo, 4 assists) both tackled well. Plus Tyler Phenegar came up with, for the second game in a row, three sacks.
"The defense gave up 20 points in a game where the offense needed to find more," he added. "This week (against Garden Spot 0-4) we need to see how we rebound after a tough loss."
Donegal's field hockey team finished second in the state last year. Their leading scorer, Mackenzie Allessie, did not graduate and did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the Indians' 12-3 win over visiting Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday. Allessie, who has 29 goals on the year to date, poured in seven with five of them coming in the second half.
The Pioneers fell behind 5-0 in the first half but head coach Katrina Swarr was encouraged when her team scored three after the break.
"It was fun to see how excited my team was to score when we were already down," said Swarr. "And then we scored back-to-back goals."
Daisy Frank netted the first goal, followed by Abby Thorius. Julz Garber scored on a reverse shot after playing man-to-man on Allessie all night.
"And we had more opportunities, for sure," Swarr added. "I still say this is by far the best offensive unit that I have coached.
"I thought we looked intimidated to start and then we settled down and played much better," the coach continued. "Allessie and our high number of turnovers were major problems.
"Defensively, Kate Smith and Jocelyn Branco came up big and prevented even more scoring opportunities for Donegal," noted Swarr. "And Makayla Malcolm worked the entire 60 minutes."
Two nights later, L-S built a 16-4 advantage in corners and led 12-5 in shots on goal over visiting Manheim Central but, believe it or not, it wasn't enough as the Barons tallied two unanswered goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and finish on top.
"I don't even know what to say," stated Swarr. "We completely dominated the game. The defense was outstanding. Kate and Jocelyn were rock stars! Jocelyn even had one defensive save and was key to keeping the ball from even getting into the circle. And Kate's timing in picking off passes was right on. And Makayla had a huge defensive save as well."
Manheim went in front with a goal at the 14 minute mark but L-S found the equalizer six minutes later. Thorius received a corner insert from Garber and sent the ball to the right post where Daisy Frank deflected it past the Baron keeper.
"We had so many beautiful shots," Swarr recalled. "And Chloe Blantz and Julia Smecker rocked it on the line as well."
But the Barons came up big in the second half, taking the lead on a penalty stroke with just under eight minutes left and icing the game with 1:23 left to play.
Middletown Football Crushes Camp Hill, 63-0 September 17, 2018
Back to Blue Raider football is probably the best way to describe Middletown's 63-0 shellacking of Camp Hill last Friday evening. The Blue Raiders racked up 441 yards of offense, 366 on the ground, while holding the visiting Lions to a measly 64 total yards. Add in a fumble return for a touchdown plus a punt return score and one can easily conclude that the Blue Raiders complexly shook off their first regular season loss in over two years.
Middletown all but put the game away with a 28-point first quarter outburst that started when Scott Ash hit Tajae Broadie for a 56-yard score just 1:14 into the game. The lead moved to 14-0 midway through the frame when Cole Senior scooped up a fumble and returned it 51 yards to paydirt. Richie Sykes picked up the first of his three rushing TDs with a four-yard score that came with 2:52 remaining in the frame. Ash made it a four-score contest about 1:30 later with a 61-yard scramble.
Another outburst in the second quarter, this one of the 21-point variety, made it a mercy rule contest before the halftime horn. Lamar Ventura officially put the game into mercy rule territory with his 64-yard punt return touchdown just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Sykes and the Blue Raider offense needed roughly three minutes to stretch the lead to 49-0. The senior running back, who finished with 95 yards on nine carries, broke off TD runs of 19 and 45 yards in a three-minute span that ran from 9:34 of the first quarter to 6:43, capping the first half scoring.
With a running clock the entire second half the Blue Raider scoring was kept to a minimum. Odell Greene accounting for 45 of his team high 116 yards with a third quarter score. Tymir Jackson also picked up large chuck of his 115 yards with Middletown's final touchdown, a 21 yarder with 8:36 remaining in the game.
The Middletown field hockey team continues to find their first victory to be elusive. The Lady Raiders dropped both of their games last week to fall to 0-4 on the season. Up first was a 7-0 loss to Bishop McDevitt on Thursday. The Lady Crusaders used two goals each from Julia Vargo, Mary Parker and Sydney Altemose to hand Natasha Manfred (six saves) the loss.
Two days later the Lady Raiders traveled to the north side of Harrisburg to face Susquehanna Township. The trip resulted in a 4-1 loss for Middletown with Alexis Fischer netting the lone Lady Raider score.
Last week proved to be a short and pleasant week for the girls' soccer team. After early week rain postponed their game with Camp Hill to September 22nd the Lady Raiders were left with just a Thursday afternoon affair opposite Milton Hershey. Middletown, behind two scores from Camryn Russ, cruised to a 4-0 victory.
Russ opened the scoring in the 17th minute with help from Hayli Akakpo-Martin then made it a 2-0 game four minutes later by converting a Haylee Sprecher feed. Jade Senior and Akakpo-Martin finished the scoring with unassisted goals in the 25th and 34th minutes. Amanda Lee enjoyed the easy day in goal needing just three saves to earn the clean sheet.
The golf team saw their round at Colonial Country Club on September 12th cut to nine holes due to soggy conditions. Cole Grabuloff and Justin Yohn took advantage to post top 15 scores. Grabuloff led the way with a 43 to finish in a sixth-place tie with Boiling Spring's Connor Truex. Yohn finished two strokes back in a 12th place tie with Camp Hill's Jackson Thompson and East Pennsboro's Jack Thompson.
The cross country team hosted the first of two home meets this season on September 11th. The Blue Raiders fell to both Milton Hershey and Bishop McDevitt despite Will Brown and Zach Malay qualifying for the District 3 meet on the day. Both runners eclipsed the 20-minute mark necessary to qualify for the D-3-AA meet in a few weeks. Brown clocked an 18:55.9 while Malay ran a personal best 19:06.4. Jalen Rowley (20:14), Kenny Britcher (20:29.8) and Jacob Buffington (20:30.8), who also posted a personal best, rounded out the top five.
For the Lady Raiders it was Angie Hernandez leading the way with a district qualifying time of 23:39.6. Jaleena Marrero also surpassed the District 3-AA qualifying mark of 24 minutes with a time of 23:36.3. Casey Eckert (26:23.8) and Bankshita Devkota (39:26.9) also competed for the Lady Raiders.
Despite the rainy weather the girls' tennis team was able to play three matches last week. Unfortunately, Middletown dropped all three with Tuesday's battle opposite East Pennsboro as well as Thursday's clash with Trinity ending in a 5-0 final.
In between those two matches was a 3-2 loss to Harrisburg Academy. Middletown split their two team points between singles and doubles action with Mahnoor Azim picking up the singles victory. She topped Kiersten Greiner in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, at number one singles. Aayushi Patel and Cassidy Anderson accounted for the doubles victory by taking out Zisha Li and Zoe Gallagher 6-1 and 6-3.
The girls' volleyball team had just one regular season match last week, the result was a 3-0 loss to Northern York on Monday. The Lady Polar Bears posted wins of 25-15, 25-11 and 25-11 to send the Lady Raiders home with the loss. Hannah Wilsbach tallied 14 digs while Abbey Spagnola added 11 digs and one kill. Carly Dupes and Lani Moore combined for seven kills with Dupes adding two digs and three kills.
The boys' soccer team split their two games last week with a 2-1 win over Milton Hershey countering a 4-0 loss to Camp Hill. "We are getting closer each game," said head coach Brian Keyser, "It's a great group of guys who are very unified as a unit."
The Blue Raiders kicked off the week on Tuesday with the 4-0 to Camp Hill. Half of the Lions offense came in the form of Middletown's two own goals that were the result of wacky deflections in the box. One of those deflections came in the first half and along with goals by Kevin Young and Dylan Mayanja gave Camp Hill a 3-0 lead at the break. The only action in the second half was the second own goal that made it a 4-0 final. Caleb Springer turned away six shots in the loss.
The Blue Raiders rebounded on Thursday with a 2-1 win over Milton Hershey. Anthony LaVia broke up the 0-0 tie in the 25th minute with help from Aiden Sessa and Brady Keyser for the only score in the opening half.
Middletown doubled the lead in the 62nd minute with Mason Garza scoring what proved to be a needed insurance goal thanks to Keyser and Garrett Miller providing the setup. Tristan Gyamfi picked up the Spartans goal and kept Dane Ebersole (five saves) from earning the shutout when he scored in the 76th minute.
Harrier Teams Combine for 5 Wins at Solanco September 16, 2018
The seemingly never-ending rain stopped long enough for the Elizabethtown cross country teams to finally participate in a regular season meet. The Bears battled Solanco, Penn Manor and Ephrata on the 11th and came away with a 5-1 combined record on the day.
Three of those wins came from the Lady Bears who posted three of the fastest times ever on Solanco's course, leading to wins over Solanco (15-45), Penn Manor (22-33) and Ephrata (21-34). Katie Locker took top honors on the day with a time of 20:02 which is also the second fastest time on the course behind the 19:50 turned in by Penn Manor's Greta Lindsley back in 2012. Cat Shontz crossed the finish line just a second behind Locker while Madeline Quinn finished in 20:07 to take third. Kate Weissend claimed 10th on the day with a time of 23:26 while Sierra Kapcsos finished two places and 11 seconds later to round out the top five.
The boy's team was unable to replicate the success of the Lady Bears with a 22-35 loss to Penn Manor keeping the Bears from a perfect mark but wins over Solanco (17-38) and Ephrata (26-31) still made it a good day. Jesse Myers led a trio of runners that finished inside the top 10, taking fourth with a time of 18:01. Nat McCloud and Garrick English both finished 30 seconds later to claim seventh and eighth respectively. Alex Hartman just missed out on the top 10, taking 12th instead with a time of 18:59 while Nathan Johnson finished up the scorers with a 17th place time of 19:33.
Just shy of the midway point in their 2018 season, the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team is still finding their way. The Lady Bears appeared to be on the right track after opening last week with a resounding win over McCaskey but losses to Cumberland Valley and Hopewell Valley coupled with a 1-1 deadlock opposite Garden Spot left E-town at 2-4-1 and still in search of the correct path.
Kaelynn Sheetz's hat trick paved the way in the 7-0 stomping of McCaskey on the 10th, leaving Kaitlyn Snyder needing just two saves to pickup the shutout victory. Jasmine Garcia picked up two scores during the domination that saw the Lady Bears post an 18-2 edge in shots. Amber Bostdorf and Abigail Dehmey cleaned up the scoring with first half goals that helped Elizabethtown hold a 4-0 lead at intermission.
The Lady Bears were back on the pitch one day later, this time in Mechanicsburg where they fell to Cumberland Valley by a 3-0 count. Snyder finished the Lady Eagle barrage with 19 saves.
E-town found themselves in a much tighter affair when they battled Garden Spot on the 13th with the two sides playing to a 1-1 draw. Erna Hamzic put the host Lady Spartans up early with her score in the 10th minute leaving the Lady Bears to play catchup the entire game. Bostdorf netted the equalizer in the 72nd minute with both keepers, Snyder (seven saves) for Elizabethtown and Elizabeth King (seven saves) for Garden Spot putting in the work to keep it a 1-1 game for the remainder of regulation and overtime.
On Saturday the 15th the Lady Bears welcomed Hopewell Valley HS to town and the Lady Bulldogs returned to Pennington, NJ with a 3-0 victory under their belts. Three different players scored for Hopewell leaving Elizabethtown to deal with their second 3-0 shutout of the week.
Despite the continued interference from Mother Nature the Elizabethtown girls' tennis team was able to squeeze in two matches last week. Unfortunately, both ended with the Lady Bears on the wrong side of 7-0 finals. E-town fell to Cocalico on Wednesday and followed with a loss to Lancaster Catholic on Thursday.
The field hockey team remains in search of their first win in 2018 after losses to Cocalico and Garden Spot dropped the Lady Bears to 0-5. E-town lost their September 11th battle with Cocalico by a 2-0 count. The Lady Eagles split their scoring between the two halves while Alaina Telenko finished the loss with seven saves.
The Lady Bears were able to break into the scoring column two days later with Mackenzie Hammaker finding the back of the cage but it was not enough as Garden Spot claimed the 2-1 victory. Hammaker's lamp lighter came in the opening half with help from Jenna Brinkman and Em Epps and countered Aubrey Gonzalez's score for Garden Spot making it a 1-1 game at the break.
Carysse Norris broke that tie and gave Spot the win with her second half score. Telenko maned the cage in the second half and finished with seven saves while Mackenzie Atticks took care of the opening half with a six save effort. Alyssa Hamilton added one defensive save in the loss.
The Cocalico Eagles ran over, around and through the Bear defense on their way to 320 rushing yards and a 41-14 victory in last Friday's football showdown. Noah Palm and Garrett Longenecker led the Eagle attack, combining for 197 of Cocalico 320 rushing yards while scoring four of their six TDs. Palm, who finished with 91 yards and three scores on the ground, added a passing touchdown to his day when he hit Ronald Zahm for the final points of the opening half, giving the visitors a 27-0 lead.
Cocalico put the game out of reach with two more third quarter scores, the final one kicking in the mercy rule running clock. Elizabethtown scored both of their touchdowns in the final frame, one on a seven-yard Zach Frank run and the other when Cole Livingston broke free for a 97-yard scamper.
Livingston finished with 104 yards on two carries while Frank picked up 25 yards on seven carries. Cole Patrick was responsible for the bulk of E-town's 311 yards of offense with the senior QB completing 15 of 29 passes for 201 yards.
The girls' volleyball team continues to rack up wins after their season opening loss to Palmyra. The Lady Bears rolled over Manheim Central and Lampeter-Strasburg last week to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Section Two action.
Elizabethtown had little trouble with Manheim Central on September 11th posting wins of 25-11, 25-7 and 25-20 for the easy 3-0 victory. Sydney Stewart (eight kills and three aces) and Grace Murray (six kills) led the offense while Murray (two blocks) and Elizabeth Vuxta (four digs) fronted the defense. Hayden Calaman finished the win with 13 assists.
The games were a lot closer in Thursday's battle with Lampeter-Strasburg but the Lady Bears still prevailed 3-0, winning 25-20, 25-17 and 25-16. Julia Rathsam stepped to the forefront with a 16 assist and 12 dig game while Stewart (13 kills) and Calaman (two aces) continued to play big roles. Katie Kimbark added a team high three aces while Krimson Dougherty chipped in with two blocks.
The E-town boys' soccer team capped a perfect 4-0 week with a 1-0 win over visiting Hopewell Valley High School on Saturday the 15th. The Bears sent the Bulldogs back to New Jersey with a loss thanks to Ignacio Bartolome's second half score that was set up by Adam Evans. Brecken Musser (four saves) did the heavy lifting in goal for Elizabethtown but JJ Oberholtzer (one save) helped out.
The Bears also posted a 1-0 victory over Central Dauphin East a few days earlier. This time it was David Fry, with help from Evan Schneider, scoring the game winner in the second half. Musser went solo in goal and finished the shutout win with five saves.
In between the two 1-0 affairs was another one goal contest for Elizabethtown. This one a 3-2 overtime victory over Garden Spot on the 13th. Caleb Gerber's first half score coupled with Zach Heistand's goal in the 66th minute gave E-town what should have been a comfortable 2-0 lead. Spot's Giannicola Ferrarelli had other ideas as the junior netted two second half scores to knot the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Schneider gave E-town the win with his game winner in the 84th minute. Musser finished the win with one save.
The Bears opened last week with an easy 4-1 win over McCaskey on Monday. Schneider paved the way with two goals, one in each half, while Jake Sevcik and Jon Gartley added first half scores for Elizabethtown. Peter Chol broke up Musser's (two saves) shutout bid with his 34th minute score.
Young Chargers Battle and Look to Improve September 16, 2018
Despite two losses last week, the Mount Calvary boys' soccer team saw reasons to be encouraged, as the young squad battled through each contest.
In a 4-0 loss at home to Brandywine Heights, the team might not have netted a goal, but instead chose to focus on some valuable defensive lessons learned.
"It's encouraging to our team to continue to push towards a common goal of playing team defense," explained head coach Marc Myers. "Though there were a couple errors, the team can see and believe that if they work together to be disciplined they have a chance against every team they play."
The young team only has two seniors, with most starting players seeing a lot of varsity minutes for underclassmen.
Two freshman players, Wyatt Lamb and Noah Butler, make up two-thirds of the Charger back line of defense anchored by third member, junior Dakota Lamb.
"Dakota is continuing to grow in his leadership on the field by working with the entire team in helping to keep them organized," pointed out Myers. "Our freshman backs have stepped into a very important team role and have shown their willingness to work hard and be disciplined in order to try to stop the opposition from scoring."
The defensive lineup is completed with keeper, Ethan Niedwick in goal.
"Ethan is doing well as a goalkeeper, and when we limit the chances of the other team, he is able to make the saves need to keep us in the game," added Myers.
Heading into Saturday's conference match against West Shore Christian Academy, Myers laid out some expectations for areas the team hopes to improve.
"Our goal against West Shore was to continue to posses the ball more on offense and create opportunities to score. We have shown small sparks of possession in our few games, but we need to execute simple passes and keep the ball," he explained.
Taking the coaching to heart, the Chargers implemented much of that in their game against West Shore, resulting in a hard-fought 4-3 outcome.
After going down by one early in the contest, Mount Calvary rallied and sent not one but two shots into the Bobcat net to take a temporary advantage 2-1.
The Bobcats evened the score by tucking their second goal in just before the break, and then continued an aggressive attack with two quick goals in the second.
"We played with heart and all the players kept their heads up and battle hard," encouraged Myers. "We made the last minutes interesting by getting one back and pushed for a fourth, but weren't able to find the equalizer."
Damian Rutt and Hansen Crick each knocked in a first half goal for the Chargers, and Rutt supplied the final Charger goal with eight minutes left to play.
"Though we are all disappointed with the loss and allowing four goals, I'm very proud of the effort and fight of all the players," concluded Myers.
The only Mount Calvary team not greatly affected by the continually damp weather is the Lady Charger volleyball squad-and they are taking advantage of every opportunity to get on the court, improving their record to 6-1 with the addition of three wins and one loss last week.
Wrapping up the exhausting four-game week at West Shore Christian, the Chargers secured their third victory of the week in a four-set exchange (25-4, 24-26, 25-8, 25-17).
Haley Witmer served the first rotation, going up 13 points before surrendering the serve.
Passing errors and inconsistencies caused the Chargers to falter in the second set, but they regained control in the third.
"Haley was able to connect with both outside hitters, Kami Mummau and Kara Locker, to earn us a good lead," explained head coach Kate Ferrari.
A fourth set included more of the same great energy for the Lady Chargers with Witmer finishing the contest with 27 assist and 9 aces, Mummau nailed 28 kills and 9 digs, and Brie Lehman came up with two blocks.
Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Covenant Christian Falcons marked the first defeat for the Lady Chargers this season (25-23, 25-23, 25-13), and was a tough evening as the team played without two of their starters.
The Chargers narrowly lost set one after a back-and-forth battle of lead changes. Coming out hungry for redemption in set two, the Lady Chargers went on a 6-0 run with Witmer serving. After such a strong start, they managed to hold the lead until the Falcons fought back to even the score at 17 before going ahead to take set two by the same score.
"We struggled to get in a rhythm. When we got the ball back and had an opportunity to capitalize we struggled to keep our serves in the court," explained Ferrari.
Tuesday's 3-1 win over Veritas Academy was a highlight for the week, with both offense and defense clicking for the Chargers the more they communicated as a team (25-19, 25-20, 24-25, 25-13).
"Our offense was on in this match. Kami Mummau was smart with her plays, and we had strong defense with Gracie Hilsher and Kara Locker digging up the back line," noted Ferrari.
After dropping the third set, the Veritas momentum was building, but the Lady Chargers kept cool and amped up their communication, finishing the contest in four sets.
"Our girls truly play best when they communicate on the court," she added.
Key to turning the tide back to Charger favor was sophomore Rachel Green who dished out 10 aces over the match.
"Rachel's serves were just proving to be a challenge for the Veritas team to play back. She was an important part of the fourth set," acknowledge Ferrari.
Mummau fired 15 kills over the net, Witmer supplied 16 assists, and Locker contributed 15 digs.
Last Monday, the team kicked off their marathon week with a decisive 3-0 triumph over Fairfield (25-21, 25-17, 25-21).
"Our attacking game was strong and our serving game was as well," noted Ferrari.
Mummau was influential in multiple aspects racking up 11 kills, 8 digs, and 9 assists. Intense serving was contagious as Grace Hilsher, Kara Locker, and Molly Bert slammed three aces apiece.
After the whirlwind week, the team looks to catch their breath before next week's challenge of two more conference games and meanwhile seeks to continue growing as a team.
"Our leadership is strong; the upperclassmen have been so supportive. They keep in mind the big picture and know how important it is to encourage," summarized Ferrari.
Soggy fields and endless rain put a damper on soccer schedules, so the Lady Chargers experienced a five-day stretch of postponements before getting back into the action for back-to-back wins over the weekend.
Saturday, the Lady Chargers overcame the West Shore Bobcats, 3-2, with all three Charger goals coming from different players.
Brittney Taylor was first to strike, driving forward with the ball and sailing a shot past West Shore's keeper in the first half.
Minutes later, Taylor once again had the ball within striking distance and dished an assist to Julia Martin who finished with a well-placed shot.
The Chargers headed into the second half with a two-goal advantage, but having played an intense 80 minutes less than 24 hours before, fatigue became a factor and West Shore capitalized with back-to-back goals to level the score.
"We knew we need to maintain focus-we also knew we were tired," explained head coach Kim Schmitkons.
Digging deep to finish strong, Naomi Ewing pressured a West Shore possession, came up with the ball, and fired a shot from the top of the 18 to give the Chargers the golden goal with 14 minutes left on the clock.
Heading into Friday's clash with Lancaster County Christian, Schmitkons set the tone for what she expected to see from her players.
"I wanted to see us playing with passion and desire the whole 80 minutes. We have emphasized our need to communicate consistently with each other and become passing options to support each other. We played both games with low numbers, so every player needed to be giving their best effort," explained Schmitkons.
The Friday night contest ended up being a high scoring affair, with Mount Calvary rising to a 5-4 victory.
The Lady Chargers came out strong against the Lancaster County Lions, racking up a trio of unanswered goals in the first half, but the Lions found their footing and came roaring back with four second half goals.
The Chargers first two goals mirrored each other; Martin carried the ball up the flank before delivering a cross to the center of the field-both times finished by Taylor.
Martin complimented her two assists with a first-half goal of her own to give the Chargers a 3-0 advantage before the half.
"In the second half, LCCS pressed us hard and we lacked communication and energy in the back of the field," described Schmitkons.
Though the Lions succeeded in netting four goals in the half, the Chargers weren't done, and Martin secured two additional goals to complete a hat trick, as well as put the Chargers back on top before the final buzzer.
"All in all, both these games turned out to be the physical and mental challenge that we were expecting, and the girls gave their all to squeak out both wins in two very intense, well-played matches," summarized Schmitkons.
Moving forward, the team will take both impetus and lessons learned from the two wins and they head into the middle of their season.
"During each practice I try to be clear about what game aspect we are focusing on. Putting our practice into context helps motivate the girls to work harder. We are constantly drawing the parallel between that practice attitude and our Christian lives - maintaining focus on the prize of Jesus and ever striving to be more Christ-like," concluded Schmitkons.
Graham Thomas Leads Undefeated Harriers September 16, 2018
A soggy course did not slow the Comets last Tuesday in Quarryville as the boys ran past Solanco (15-55), Elizabethtown (22-35) and Ephrata (24-37) in a rare quad-meet.
"Ephrata's Andrew Foster and Penn Manor's Graham Thomas (17:13) ran two of the top five fastest times on our course," said Solanco boss Craig Ausel.
Thomas, who was second overall, led a pack of Comets that placed five runners in the top 11. "This was the first time Graham finished as our top runner," said co-head coach Tom Ecker. "He ran a very smart race."
Sophomore teammate Lou Lindsley finished third overall (18:00) with David Kramer (18:14) close behind in fifth. Maxwell Kreider (10th, 18:47) and Jordan Photis (11th, 18:56) rounded out the top five while Marco Rezkalla (13th, 19:08) and Jesse Kanagy (15th, 19:17) were in the hunt, helping Manor improve to 4-0.
The girls' squad had a much taller task as they faced five of the top runners in the league in E-town's Katie Locker (1st), Cat Shontz (2nd) and Madeline Quinn (3rd) and Ephrata's Mary Campbell and Alyssa Fedorshak.
"Those top three girls had the 2nd, 3rd and 5th fastest times on our course," Ausel noted, "behind Penn Manor's Greta Lindsley."
The Comets did manage a 16-44 win over Solanco before bowing to the Bears (22-33) and the Mounts (26-30).
Loren Zink, with a 6th place time of 22:19, was tops for the Comets. Co-captain Madison McCanna (22:55) was 7th and Arden Morgan followed in 8th (23:05). Keegan Dings secured fourth place for the Comets, taking 11th in 23:35 while Becky Kramer's 17th place finish in 24:18 rounded out the top five counters. Carly Wall clocked a 25:02 and finished in 20th place overall.
The Comets secured their second straight 8-1 victory last Monday night in Section One action against hosting Hempfield. The visitors, who scored four goals in each half against Cedar Crest, unleashed a punishing 7-0 first half advantage on the Knights. Gabby Bitts and Emma DeBerdine (2 assists) both had hat tricks as Manor pounded out 34 shots while holding the hosts to 4.
Jasmine Miller and Anna Mary Barbusca chipped in with one goal each while Briana Harsh and Tianna Edwards combined for five assists. Cecily Charles needed just three saves to earn the win.
After three dominating wins, the Comets found themselves tested. In a non-league outing Wednesday at Cumberland Valley, Manor matched their season high in corners with 20 and rapped out 10 shots on goal but only managed a slim 1-0 victory.
"We did a great job of attacking their defense but they simply played solid penalty corner defense," said head coach Matt Soto.
Manor scored what proved to be the game-winner off a first half penalty corner. "We got some good passing from Emma and Gabby and a great finish from Bri," Soto explained. "As the game went on, Emma was in control of the midfield and Ally Rittenhouse played a solid game defensively."
CV managed just one shot on goal, which Charles saved in posting Manor's second shutout. "We really prevented them from getting scoring opportunities and were able to keep the pressure on their defense," Soto said.
At the Hershey Tournament on Saturday, the Comets added two more shutouts to their win total, blanking Township 4-0 and Hershey 2-zip.
DeBerdine's goal 2:37 into the first half against MT stood until Manor exploded for three second half goals to pull away. Harsh, Barbusca and DeBerdine again all found the back of the cage to pad the lead.
In a tighter game against the hosts, DeBerdine's goal midway through the first half was all Manor needed. Edwards, however, added a second goal with 6:29 remaining. Charles, with one save against MT, collected five more to keep Hershey at bay.
The Lady Comets opened Section One play last Monday night with a home game against Warwick. Despite a scoreless first half, it was Warwick that pulled out the hard fought victory, scoring the game-winner in the 55th minute.
"They were certainly the stronger attacking side," said head coach Jacob Marino. "We looked very good defensively but could not find the net."
"Senior Elise Borys and junior Belle Barton, playing the middle, anchored the defense," noted Marino. "They did a great job of repelling a lot of Warwick's attacks.
"Offensively, we could have been more creative," he continued. "Our long ball play was too predictable."
Miriam Badri turned back five of Warwick's six shots on goal but suffered the loss.
Thursday the Comets withstood a 20 shot attack, fought off a one goal deficit and forced an extra period only to drop a 3-2 heartbreaker against visiting Cedar Crest. Down 1-0 at the half, Manor tied the game on Meghan Greenwalt's PK and took the lead ten minutes later when Lily Sugra finished a dish from Greenwalt. The lead lasted just two minutes as the Falcons knotted the score and then pulled out the win four minutes into overtime.
Penn Manor's first win of the season did not come via the upset version over Manheim Township this past Friday night in Millersville. The Streaks improved to 4-0 with a 41-0 victory.
The hosts, held to four first downs, gave up one TD in the first quarter, two in the second and three in the third as they suffered their fourth loss.
Six different Comets hauled in passes on the night with Kyle Murr (24 yards), Isaac Hostetter (12 yds) and Josh Gibson (10 yds) snagging two each while Logan Legenstein gained the most yardage with a 39 yard reception. Aaron Gale completed 4-of-11 attempts for 27 yards while Luke Braas, in relief, was 5-of-11 for 72 yards.
On the defensive end, Josh Gibson blocked a field goal late with 29 seconds left in the first half as Township took a 21-0 lead at the half. The Comets also did a decent job in holding Township's running game to 126 rushing yards.
Picking up a 3-2 thriller over Section Three's Ephrata last Monday, the Comets improved to 2-2 overall.
In a match that see-sawed back-and-fourth, the Mounts pulled out identical 25-23 wins in the first and third sets while the visitors fought from behind, winning the second and fourth sets with identical 25-21 scores. With the match on the line, Manor used momentum from their fourth set win to steal the game with a 15-11 final set.
"The whole match was about the serve and received battle," said head coach Tim Joyce. "Both teams had their share of errors, but in the end we were able to string together a few more earned points."
Shayna Warfel's 16 kill effort at the net outmuscled a nine kill effort by Ephrata's Kendall Wales. Kailey Stoner aided Warfel's attack with 31 assists while Elizabeth Kubicar contributed to the offense with 4 aces.
Warfel not only sparked the action at the net but, along with Maddie Henry, scrambled for 18 digs while Lexington Sangrey put up a pair of blocks.
"Our team-wide defense kept us afloat," said Joyce. "Kendra Weiss and Jordan Schucker added 17 and 16 digs respectively. And our Estonian exchange student, Marilyn Keernik, subbed in and added some height to our block and picked up a few points.
"We put together some good serving runs in the fifth set that swung the momentum our way," he added.
Thursday's outing against Cedar Crest mirrored Tuesday's win only this time the Comets came up short 3-2. Manor controlled the first set 25-13 but the Falcons regrouped and stole set two, 25-23. The visitors rose to the challenge with a solid 25-20 third set only to suffer a second two point loss, 26-24 in set four. That momentum carried the hosts to a 15-6 final set and the win.
Warfel recorded a game-high 17 kills and five aces to lead the offense while Schucker collected a game-high 18 digs and Kubicar put up two blocks.
With eight corners and seven shots on goal, Warwick's boys' soccer team kept the Comets busy on defense last Monday night in Lititz. The result was a second half shutout and a 3-1 win in the Section One opener.
Behind Hunter Enck's first half goal, the Comets broke in front early. Warwick countered in the 36th minute sending both teams into intermission deadlocked.
"Hunter took a nice pass, got past some people and had a great shot on goal," lauded head coach Paul Taylor. "But overall, we weren't aggressive to the ball and didn't apply much offensive pressure. We had moments of very good possession but not enough. The boys know they are better than how they played today."
In a defensive battle on the turf Thursday night, the Comets dropped a hard-fought 1-0 OT final against hosting Cedar Crest. Both teams worked five corners and Manor held a slim 7-6 edge in shots but couldn't find the back of the net. The Comets' Fahri Sivri recorded five saves but Crest's Ryan Bernard tallied the game-winner in the 96th minute.
After four straight home matches, the tennis team took advantage of some dry weather on Thursday and battled Warwick on the road. But the sunshine wasn't enough as the Warriors dropped the Comets 7-0. Despite the loss, the Comets made a strong showing in doubles play with Hannnah Smith and Alayna Adams battling Warwick's No. 2 team to a heart-breaking 9-7 result.
Almost as strong at No. 3, Liv Chipriano and Ava Ginder put the Warriors to the test in an 8-5 loss. Chipriano carried that play into singles action where she secured the most games for the Comets in a 6-1, 6-3 loss at No. 4. Also in singles, Julia Ward lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, Smith worked a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 2 and Audrey Jachimowicz fell short 6-1, 6-0.
Earlier in the week, the Comets dropped a shortened (due to weather) 4-0 result against Hempfield. The Knights put together three straight doubles wins and added a 6-0, 6-0 result at No. 1 singles to account for the scoring.
In their tightest match of the season, the Comets dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Ephrata on Thursday. Manor jumped out in front when Smith and Adams worked an 8-3 No. 2 doubles win and Chipriano and Ginder followed up with an 8-5 result but the Mounts prevailed through some tough singles matches. Ward bowed out 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 and Smith battled to a 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 tiebreaker loss at No. 2. Jachimowicz dropped a 6-4, 6-1 win before Chipriano earned Manor's final point with a come-from-behind tiebreaker win, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Playing in their fourth straight game on Friday, the Comets came out on the short end of a 7-0 final against a 7-1 Pequea Valley squad. Ward put up the best numbers of the day in a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
For the third time this season, the Comet golfers finished in second place in Section One play. A 73 by Logan Hess was the third lowest score at Fairview Golf Course. Kaden Peart carded an 84 with Keegan Dings three strokes back and one ahead of Josh Heckman.
The Comets sit in second place with an 11-5 record and one league match left. Township holds down first at 16-0.
Gridders' 4th Quarter Rally Seals Win Over Cedars September 16, 2018
Conceding 285 yards of offense is usually not a good recipe for winning a football game, unless of course your team rushes for 315 and five touchdowns which is exactly what Donegal did Friday night against Lebanon. Two Indian rushers eclipsed the 100-yard mark and four found the end zone in the 34-12 win.
Donegal (3-0, 3-1) trails only Lancaster Catholic (3-0, 4-0) in the overall standings but is in a three-way tie with the Crusaders and Annville-Cleona (3-0, 3-1) at the top of Section Three. ELCO (2-1, 3-1), meanwhile, sits one game back and is far from being out of the race.
"Our kids played hard," commented head coach Chad Risberg. "We had to make some adjustments offensively because of how they were playing. Defensively, we created some turnovers and were able to capitalize on them. It was a good win for the team."
Indeed, the Cedars held Donegal to only 14 points in the first half, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Indians as they outscored Lebanon 20-6 on runs by Zion Gibbs (11-110, TD) Dalton Mullhausen (10-56, 2TD) and Jordan Minick (17-123, TD).
Quarterback Dylan Martin (4-24, TD) put Donegal on the board with a 20-yard keeper that capped an 87-yard opening drive by the Indians to make it 7-0. Later in the second quarter Mullhausen helped himself when he fell on a Lebanon fumble at the Donegal 45-yard line and then punched it in from four yards out at the end of the ensuing drive for a 14-0 lead heading into the second half.
Donegal's Joe Fox came up big when he picked off an Isaiah Roderiguez pass late in the third following a 30-yard touchdown reception by Leighton Rivera which put the Cedars on the board to make it 14-6. Fox's pick set up Gibbs for a score from 19-yards out, capping a 30-yard Indian drive and extending the lead to 21-6 with 10:53 left in the game.
Lebanon responded a few minutes later when Rivera scored on a one-yard plunge and then pulled off a successful onside kick, but the Donegal defense held and forced a turnover-on-downs. That led to Mullhasen's second touchdown of the night on a 21-yard scamper which was followed by a three-and-out by the defense and another scoring drive with Minick punching it in from the 34 for the 34-12 win.
Donegal's girls' soccer team came away with a 1-0 win over Lancaster Mennonite followed by a 3-0 loss to ELCO and ended the week with a 2-0 loss to Red Land. The win over the Blazers (1-1, 3-5) moved Donegal (1-2, 2-3-1) into a tie with Lancaster Mennonite for second place in Section Three, but the loss to ELCO (2-0, 5-0-1) dropped the Indians back into third.
With not many shots generated by either team, (Lancaster Mennonite had four and Donegal nine) both sides played will defensively, but it was Donegal that did what it took to earn the victory. "This was obviously an important match for us to get a result, the first Section 3 match of the season," stated head coach Scott Summers.
Hannah Dunn, with an assist by Kayla Collins, came through in the 37th minute of the first half, beating Kaeleigh King with what proved to be the game winner. "Overall, I saw this match as our most complete to this point in the season," added Summers. "Defensively we played extremely well as a unit and I felt we did a great job at collapsing on balls in and around the top of the box. LMH had very few clean looks at goal."
King was perfect after that, stopping a total of six on the day while Lauren Stwalley turned away three for the Indians in the shutout victory. "We have been a little slow at times to find the back of the net this season so I was very pleased with the number of opportunities we created in the final third in this match... we should have put a few more away but we were certainly happy with the result and the way we played overall."
ELCO proved a much more difficult problem to solve, although the lady Indians held the section leaders scoreless through the first half of the game. The second half told a different story, however, as the Raider's offense, which outshot Donegal 18-2, began to find its stride and scored three times, including a penalty kick by Ryelle Shuey and two goals by Cassie Johnson.
ELCO also generated nine corner kicks to none by Donegal, while Stwalley stopped six shots on goal and Maddy Bailey turned away two for the Raiders.
The boys wrapped two losses around a win last week as they dropped a 1-0 contest with Lancaster Mennonite (2-0, 4-2), won 7-0 against ELCO (0-2, 0-8), and finished with a 3-1 non-league loss to Red Land. Donegal (1-1, 3-4) was sitting in third place in Section Three at the end of last week, one game out of first place and tied with Octorara (1-1, 2-3) for second place behind the Blazers (2-0, 4-2) and Cocalico (2-0, 6-1).
Gavin Murren's day at the office against Lancaster Mennonite was a difficult one to say the least as the Blazers fired off 13 shots against the Indians with the senior keeper turning away 12 of them. Unfortunately, Lancaster Mennonite deployed a stingy defense that limited the Indians to three scoring opportunities which Gabe Willig stuffed to secure the shut-out.
Ben Lefever made Donegal pay for an early mistake with a steal and pass to Tyler Wagner who found a way past Murren in the second minute who then, along with a tight defense of its own, clamped down and pitched a shut-out the rest of the way.
Against ELCO, the Indians had three players score two goals apiece while Murren had a slow day with no shots to defend from the Raider's offense. With no corner shots either, to Donegal's seven, ELCO could not come up with an answer to the Indian defense.
Leading only 2-0 after one half of play, the Indians poured in five more in the second to open the gap even further. Joseph Turbedsky got things going in the 15th minute and scored again in the 54th, making it 3-0 while Zac Runkle's first goal in the 30th represented the second of the first half with his second standing as the final of the game in the 72nd minute.
Philip Herzog (56:00, 65:00) and Levi Sites (66:00) also scored for Donegal while Austin Heim, Jose De La Cruz, Austin Bury, Ryan Dearborn, and Michael Linebarger all assisted on one goal apiece.
Herzog's goal against Red Land in the 37th minute on Saturday gave the Indians a 1-0 lead, but two goals from the visitors in the second half sealed their fate as the Red Land defense stifled Donegal the rest of the way. Murren stopped six of Red Land's eight shots, but the Indians were only able to put three of their own on goal for the day in the loss.
Donegal's hockey team continued to rack up the goals and the wins last week as the girls came away with a 12-3 victory over L-S and followed that with a 10-1 win over Solanco. Mackenzie Allessie led all scorers with 13 goals through both matches.
Leading 5-0 against L-S after the first half, the Indians added seven more in the second while allowing the Pioneers to finally get on the scoreboard. Allessie tallied seven goals while Cayla Homsher added two and Lily Saunders, Kiera Baughman, and Reagan Clark each had one apiece. Goalie Aliza Johns saved 10 on the day.
Solanco only managed two shots, but scored on half of them as Maggie Hurst accounted for the Golden Mare's lone goal of the game. Unfortunately for Solanco, they were already down 9-0 thanks to six goals from Allessie, two from Saunders, and one from Clark, who also accounted for Donegal's lone goal in the second half.
The girls came away with another three wins last week as they traveled to Octorara for their weekly meet, topping Cocalico 15-55, L-S 17-41, and their hosts 21-37. The ladies remained undefeated at 5-0 and were comfortably in first place in Section Two.
Rachel Fernald led the pack for Donegal finishing second overall with a time of 21:39 while Amanda Fry (3rd, 22:50), and Hadley Shoaf (4th, 22:57) all placed in the top five.
Ella DeBruin (6th, 23:07), and Myra Naqvi (8th, 23:24) rounded out the top ten for the Indians followed by McKenzie DuBuskey (11th, 24:07), Keri Anderson (16th, 25:15), Sarah Hinkel (23rd, 26:20), Jordyn Smith (25th, 26:34), and Megan Myers (31st, 27:56).
Logan Fry finished in 5th place with a time of 19:09 to pace the boys who lost to Cocalico 21-34 and L-S 19-47, but were able to top Octorara 15-46. No other Donegal runner finished in the top ten with the Pioneers placing five and the Eagles four in that category.
Matthew Wallace placed 13th in 19:55 followed by Sam Rothstein (15th, 20:14), Brandon Hess (16th, 20:27), Hunter Gehman (18th, 20:41), Aydan Miller (29th, 21:49), Ethan Steck (31st, 22:40), Hunter Williams (36th, 23:09), and Nathaniel Jenney (38th, 23:08).
Donegal claimed a clean sweep of Lebanon last Wednesday by topping the Cedars 7-0 on the road. The lady Indians only lost nine games on the day in their first win of the season.
In doubles play Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern won 8-1, over Ashlyn Bare and Nancy Garcia, Emily Ashley and Lyla Naqvi defeated Jenna Aviles and Everia Gonzalez 8-0, while Mary Murphy Kailey Frownfelter downed Ashley Garcia Mejia and Alaina Colmenares 8-1 for the early 3-0 lead.
Ashley put away Aviles in straight sets to begin singles play with scores of 6-0, 6-0 while Naqvi beat Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1, Murphy finished Garcia Mejia 6-2, 6-0 and Emma Shelly won 6-1, 6-1 over Colmenares.
CV Gridders Reclaim Lampeter Bowl Trophy September 16, 2018
The Friday night lights had a little extra shine at Conestoga Valley last week as the Buckskins recaptured the rights to the Lampeter trophy for the first time since 2010 and treated a packed home crowd to a 20-7 victory against backyard rival L-S.
"Our kids have worked so hard to regain this trophy. We beat a very good football team, and our kids earned the right to have their team year on the trophy forever," celebrated head coach Gerad Novak. "It was not only a great win for our football team, but also the parents, community and our incredible student body."
This highly anticipated clash signified the 9th year for the tradition-an annual faceoff between Conestoga Valley, representing East Lampeter, and Lampeter-Strasburg for the West.
The Pioneers and Buckskins began the unofficial bowl tradition in 2010, awarding the victor a trophy to remain in possession until the subsequent year-and for CV, that trophy has been in the hands of the Pioneers for far too long.
While the Buckskins claimed the inaugural victory in 2010, they had yet to repeat their success and were hungry for it heading into Friday's faceoff.
"It doesn't matter if it's a non-league or a league game, your mental preparation and approach better be the same," Novak emphasized before the game. "You have to approach every game like it's the championship game because every game matters."
A scoreless first quarter only heightened the sense of urgency and heading into the second, the Buckskins were the first to break into the end zone when Keegan Martin ran the ball for the touchdown and Joe Cardina followed up with the extra point.
L-S retaliated with a TD of their own to knot the score at seven apiece at halftime. Another scoreless quarter in the third piled even more pressure into the fourth, where all the action went in favor of the Bucks for an explosive two TD effort that sealed their victory.
Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus found Cardina in the zone for a 34-yard pass for the go-ahead completion, but the Bucks weren't finished yet, and Martin ran his second TD home, capped by a successful Cardina PAT, to register a beaming 20-7 CV scoreboard at the end of the night.
"The thing I was most proud of was the effort of the entire team. Not only the players on the field, but also the players on the sideline. Everyone was completely into the game and never let up," described Novak. "They played every down with every ounce of energy in their bodies. It was great to see our football team play with the effort which is necessary to win a rival game and to proudly hoist the Lampeter Bowl Trophy for everyone involved in the CV football program."
Kicking off their league competition last week, the Lady Bucks got things off on the right foot, taking down Manheim Township last Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout before registering their second draw of the season in a 1-1 battle at Warwick.
Demonstrating persistence and unselfish play, the young club worked their way down the field and earned themselves 10 corner kicks over the span of 80 minutes. Even more importantly, they capitalized on those opportunities, netting a goal in each half, with both successes stemming from a corner kick setup.
Madison Delgado delivered the first blow at the 29th minute, ricocheting her shot from the corner off Township's keeper before it crossed the goal line for her third goal of the season.
Six minutes into the second half another Delgado corner sailed into the box finding Gabbie Barone who headed the ball into the net.
"We passed the ball better than we have all season," noted head coach Keith Nagley.
Defensively, CV thwarted each Township advancement to preserve the shutout, with sophomore Alyson Riggle holding the line as keeper and grabbing two saves, and tasking Reese Lapp with stifling Township's leading striker.
"Reese Lapp played a great game against their best attacking player and limited her chances at a goal," pointed out Nagley.
The CV team graduated eight seniors last year, and found themselves making massive adjustments to their starting lineup for the 2018 season.
"We are a bit inexperienced, so the girls are still getting accustomed to the speed of play at the varsity level," explained Nagley.
In Thursday's 1-1 final against Warwick, the Warriors got ahead early, slipping their lone goal into the Buckskin net after only three minutes, but CV remained tenacious and was rewarded with the equalizer early in the second half.
A Warrior foul provided CV with a free kick, taken by Barone, who powered the ball past Warwick's keeper.
Knotted up at one goal apiece, the teams headed into two scoreless overtime periods with neither team willing to budge and unable to connect, leaving the score unaltered at the conclusion of the night.
Neither boys' nor girls' cross country teams were able to pick up a collective win in CV's first home meet of the year hosting Hempfield and Manheim Township, but individual highlights gave the Buckskins reasons to celebrate as they delve deeper into the 2018 season.
On the boys' side, Hempfield topped the meet with a pack of harriers claiming place finishes 3-7. Though the Knights claimed the two team wins, the top two individual spots went to Manheim Township's Ian Miller in first with a time of 16:55, and CV's Nate Grucelski who snagged second place with a time of 17:22.
The next Buckskin to cross the line was Preston Brubaker (18:30) good enough for tenth, while Emmanuel Gitonga (18:37), Dante Velasco (18:44), and Alex Poli (18:52) broke into the top 15 with placing of 12, 13, and 15 respectively.
The story on the girls' side of competition was almost identical, with Hempfield's strong showing of five runners in the top 10 giving them the team edge, but once again Manheim supplied the top individual finish with Chloe Kline's 20:48, swiftly followed by CV's Alexandra Slingluff crossing second with a time of 21:12.
"We have strong front runners with Nate Grucelski and Alex Slingluff leading the team, but the 2-5 runners need to keep moving up as a group to be competitive as a team," explained head coach Mark Amway.
Freshman talent gave the CV squad a boost and holds the promise of future potential as Kylynn Frankford provided the Lady Bucks second best finish, 22:17, to secure 11th place and fellow freshman Annika Bredeman's 22:37 was good enough for 15th.
"At this early in the season, most of the runners have run better times than last year," praised Amway. "I have a lot of new freshmen that are learning how to race a 5K and have excelled early, but I expect we will see a lot of improvement over the next 8 weeks."
The volleyball team found their first victory of the season last week in a league matchup against JP McCaskey after taking a hit against Hempfield two days earlier.
Sets one and three were close in Thursday's 3-0 win over McCaskey, but the Lady Bucks pulled out all three sets to tally the first win on their 2018 record (25-17, 25-8, 25-23).
Savannah Byers and freshman Sol Maldanado took turns dishing powerful serves to the Red Tornados, each racking up four aces over the three sets.
"Serving was pretty strong especially in the second game, with key contributions from Savannah Byers and Sol Maldanado," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow.
Charlize Miller's 23 assists got the action rolling the right direction for the Buckskins and Byers was there to finish with eight kills to her credit.
"Our passing was much better which allowed us to use our outside hitters, and our libero, Maddie Glick, had a good night," elaborated Barlow. "As we move forward our team continues to learn how to finish out games and last night we did that."
Two days prior, the Lady Bucks got knocked down in a 3-0 loss to Hempfield (25-15, 25-19, 25-5).
Byers delivered two aces and 10 digs, and Lexi McEvoy was a defensive presence with five blocks.
The boys' soccer team picked up both a win and a loss in their first week of league competition last week, overcoming Manheim Township 1-0 last Tuesday before falling to Warwick by the same score.
Against Township, CV's Logan Weaver, a sophomore, produced the only goal of the contest, assisted by Enzo Stofela, to give the Buckskins their first league win of the season.
Despite Township outshooting the Bucks 4-2, the Blue Streaks were unable to convert, thanks to quality defending from the Buckskin fullbacks and four saves gathered by CV keeper, Corey Spotts.
Two days later, Warwick tucked their lone goal in after only four minutes on the field and held on for the remaining 76 minutes to claim the 1-0 win and hand CV their first league loss.
Rain made the early week difficult for much tennis action, but certainly didn't put a damper on the unrelenting run by the CV tennis squad, who added two more wins to their regular season total and boosting their record to an unblemished 6-0.
On Friday, CV produced a 7-0 triumph over Garden Spot, sweeping all singles and doubles matches.
Thursday night's 6-1 win over Warwick awarded all four singles wins to the CV girls in addition to two wins coming in doubles play.
Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Sophia Steed each defeated their single opponents in two sets. Scala and Eby joined forces for an 8-3 victory in doubles play, and sisters J. McBride and Christina McBride brought home a second double triumph 8-6.
Taking a break from the regular season schedule, but not a break on the courts, the Lady Bucks spent Saturday hosting Wilson, Lower Dauphin and Central York in the Buckskin Invitational and came out on top of the four team tournament with Christina McBride earning tournament MVP and Rachel Eby named to the all-tournament team.
Field hockey got knocked back twice early last week, experiencing a 5-0 shutout by Manheim Township, and 1-0 from Hempfield, but rebounded to produce a shutout of their own, blanking Ephrata 3-0 to end the week.
All three of CV's goals came in the first half of their win over the Mountaineers.
Bella Silvaggio connected first, with a successful stroke after five minutes of play. Ellie Livingston and Abby Morley each sent a subsequent shot into the back of the cage to give Conestoga the 3-0 edge before a quiet second half.
Ephrata's offense was consistently thwarted by Buckskin defenders, and their two shots on goal were quickly snatched up by CV keeper, Madi Kachel.
Braves Play 4 Games in 6 Days, Improve to 6-1-1 September 16, 2018
The past week was a busy one for the Pequea Valley boys' soccer team. The Braves played four matches in a span of six days, outscoring opponents 21-3. It wasn't all W's for PV, however. One of those matches proved to be a low-scoring one as Lancaster Country Day edged Pequea 2-1 at Kinzers on Friday.
The week began with a Lancaster-Lebanon League opponent visiting Pequea Valley on Monday night. The Annville-Cleona Little Dutchmen couldn't plug up the holes in the dam as the Braves scored seven times in a 7-1 victory.
One of the offensive weapons for Pequea was Josh Heinrich. The senior scored four times, including a hat trick before the first half was even at its midway point.
"He has come in very determined and wants to lead us to big things this year," said head coach Peter Bennett. "He has scored in various ways - headers, breakaways, and such. He and T.J. Hershey have been leading our offense."
Evan Johns added another goal in that early blitzkrieg of soccer balls blasting toward the A-C net.
In addition, Heinrich had one assist. T.J. Hershey, who had two assists in the game, scored a second-half goal as did Josh Gingrich.
"T.J Hershey plays hungry," said the coach. "His speed up top helps us go forward fast. He starts the play for us by breaking up the opponent's play.
"Josh Gingrich is a smart player and gets himself in positions where he can finish our offensive plays," commented the coach.
Nehemiah Glick made one save.
The offensive power was showcased once again at Lebanon Catholic two days later as the Beavers could not work quickly enough to build a defense against the strong current of goals by Pequea. With a hat trick by Hershey and two more goals by Heinrich, the Braves went on to post a 9-0 win.
The goals came early as well as consistently. Heinrich and Hershey scored in the first 10 minutes of the match. Heinrich made it 3-0 while an own goal by the Beavers and junior Brandon Ratjavong's shot in the 31st minute gave the Braves a 5-0 lead before halftime. Ratjavong also had an assist in the game as did his freshman brother Dylan Ratjavong along with Heinrich, Johns, and Nevin Stoltzfus.
In the second half, Hershey scored his second and third goals of the game. Dylan Ratjavong and Bennett Nordhoff capped the scoring.
"We have a nice group of upperclassmen who have been doing a great job," Bennett noted. "In games like this when we can play some of the younger guys, I'm very pleased to do that. Hopefully building guys like Dylan Ratjavong for the longer picture."
Glick recorded four saves to claim the shutout.
Lancaster Country Day earned only its third league victory of the season in the 2-1 double overtime defeat of the Braves. Matt Gerace scored in the 95th minute to give the Cougars the win. The visitors, who were held to only three shots on goal in 95 minutes, tied the score on a penalty kick with three minutes left in regulation. Heinrich scored an unassisted goal for Pequea in the first half.
The Braves bounced right back with a 4-0 shutout of Wyomissing in a non-league game on Saturday evening.
Hershey and Heinrich (1 assist) scored two goals each. Bennett Nordhoff also provided an assist.
The Braves went ahead in the seventh minute on Heinrich's first goal. In the 24th minute Hershey doubled the lead before Heinrich made it 3-0 five minutes prior to halftime.
Glick claimed another shutout, making five saves.
The Braves improved to 6-1-1 overall.
The final score of Friday night's football game against Columbia was 25-13 in favor of the Crimson Tide. Columbia put up two fourth-quarter touchdowns and held off the Braves, improving to 1-2 in Section Three (1-3 overall) while the host Braves fell to 0-3 (0-4).
That may have been what the scoreboard and the eventual result in the standings said. However, Pequea Valley head coach Mike Choi felt that his squad's and coaching staff's feeling was that things could have gone the other way.
"We lost the game because we gave it away on penalties, with fumbles and interceptions," said Choi. "In our first five drives, we stopped ourselves.
"There was no doubt on our sideline that we were going to win that game," he added. "We kept driving down, but would either turn the ball over or shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties. We would break out with a 20-yard run but have it called back with a 10-yard penalty. So instead of a first-and-10 on their 20-yard line, for instance, it would be first-and-20 farther back."
Matt McCleary, the Columbia quarterback, threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 14 completions. He connected with Demetrius Diaz twice for TD's, including a 67-yard score in the second quarter.
"Besides the broken plays on defense where we allowed their receivers to get behind us, they only had about 80 yards of offense," Choi noted. "Not taking anything away from their quarterback; he was poised. We put pressure on him the entire game and he stood right in there.
"Overall, I was thrilled with our improvement on defense - running pursuit angles, making tackles," Choi continued. "We just need to play assignment football on every snap."
Pequea Valley scored in the first quarter on a 14-yard run by quarterback John Smith. The 5-foot-11 junior also completed seven passes for 113 yards, which included a fourth-quarter 44-yard scoring pass to Dalton Temple. Smith also ran the ball eight times for 37 yards.
McCleary also hit Justin Elliott on a 17-yard touchdown toss. One of Smith's passes was picked off by Matt Gambler, who went 40-yards the other way for a Columbia defensive touchdown.
As always, the running attack for the Braves was shared by Dylan Jackson and Brandon Hershey.
"Dylan Jackson and Brandon Hershey each ran for over 60 yards," Choi noted. "Jackson had 45 yards taken away for penalties. We could have had two 100-yard rushers in the game if it weren't for the penalties."
The next game for Pequea Valley will be a home game against Octorara. This has become known as the "Brave Bowl" as both teams have the same moniker for their sports teams. This year, however, Octorara is in the L-L League.
"They have a good program," Choi said. "It's going to be a very exciting game and we expect both schools will be well represented."
Pequea Valley improved to 4-1-1 on the year, playing a three-game stretch over a course of three days. The games included the Braves' first loss of the year - a 1-0 setback at Section Three foe Annville-Cleona on Thursday.
The loss was sandwiched between victories over Lebanon Catholic and Lancaster Country Day.
In an 8-0 thumping of the Beavers on Wednesday, as one might expect, there was a hat trick to Pequea's credit. As part of the 19-shot attack, Brittany Shirk scored twice in the first half and added another score in the second half while also registering an assist.
Grace Martin and Alyssa Yoder also scored first half goals as Pequea finished with four goals per half.
Megan Rogers, who also had one assist, scored in the 56th minute. Megan Yoder and Emily Diller each added a late goal.
Kalyn Keen, Megan Yoder and Diller each notched an assist. Krystin Jarvis and Maddy Weaver each had one save in the shutout.
Gweneth Markell's goal in the 22nd minute of Friday's game at Lancaster Country Day was all the Braves needed to put a 1-0 win in the books. With Krystin Jarvis in goal and making two saves, the defense held off the Cougars.
In a Wednesday afternoon game at Iron Valley, the Braves battled Lancaster Mennonite, Lancaster Country Day, Lebanon Catholic, Annville-Cleona, and Lebanon, finishing a close third.
Pequea finished with 383 points to LCD's 370. Mennonite won the match with a 362.
Josiah Nissley led Pequea, shooting an 88 on the day. He finished fourth overall. Matt Berkenstock and Nick Hooper of LCD finished atop the field, each shooting 80.
Tyler Stoltzfus recorded a 92 and PV teammate Austin DeForest shot a 95 while Parker Allain came away with a108.
The Braves' overall league record goes to 13-7 on the year.
Pequea posted two more victories and improved to 7-1 on the year. The girls' suffered a 7-0 loss to league rival Lancaster Catholic on Wednesday, slipping to 1-1 in league play.
In a 5-0 defeat of McCaskey on Thursday, Hope Fisher came through in singles and doubles competition. She paired up with Ryleigh Kurtz for a 3-6, 6-3 (10-6) win at first doubles. She also won her match at number two singles by straight set scores of 6-2, 6-1.
In second doubles it was Kristin Huenink and Caroline Bragg winning 6-3, 6-3. Sophia Weaver came through 6-2, 6-0 at number one singles. Adalie Clemmer gave PV another team point at number three singles, winning by the same scores in straight sets.
Fisher, Clemmer, Weaver and Naomi Feister were multiple winners in the 7-0 win at Penn Manor on Friday. Clemmer and Kurtz took the first doubles by an 8-3 count while Weaver and Feister, at second doubles, and Fisher and Bragg, at No. 3, both won by 8-1 counts.
The Braves won all four singles in straight sets. Fisher (6-4, 6-1) took the first singles while Clemmer (6-1, 6-0) won at number two singles. Feister's 6-1, 6-1 third singles and Weaver's 6-3, 6-3 fourth singles wrapped things up in the shutout.
The Braves suffered a pair of league losses last week, falling to 0-4 in L-L League play (0-5 overall). In Wednesday's 6-0 loss at Lancaster Mennonite, goalkeeper Jordan Melson came through with 18 saves while Olivia Ammon and Camryn Bailey each notched one save. The Blazers pounded out 26 shots with Rebecca Lane scoring twice.
Melson had seven more saves in the loss to Elco on Friday afternoon. In the Raiders' 18-shot attack, Alicia Yoh and Anya Kissinger each notched a hat trick.
Maria Gregory also helped out in front of the Braves' cage, making two more saves.
Gridders Look to Rebound After Littlestown Loss September 13, 2018
You can't win them all is one of the few comforting thoughts that can ease the sting of a season's first loss like the one Eastern York's football team suffered on September 7th. The Golden Knights, winners of their first two games by an average of 27 points, were pushed from the unbeaten ranks courtesy of a 40-14 loss to Littlestown. Despite taking the hit, head coach Josh Campbell was not discouraged.
"After the first loss of the season, it is always difficult," said Campbell. "However, like any win, we reflect and move past Friday after our 10 AM Saturday practice."
Campbell and his staff will look for answers to correct a one game slip-up that saw the Golden Knights falter on both sides of the ball. Littlestown racked up 445 yards of offense, 395 of which came from the 'Bolts ground attack while Eastern's previously potent offense produced just 163 yards of offense.
"We will look to find answers, but luckily all of the answers we need are within our 41 players," said Campbell. "It is easy for everyone to stay aboard the ship when the waters are calm. It is important now with the rough waters after a loss for nobody to jump ship, but rather pick up an oar and start rowing."
The Golden Knights found themselves in a 13-0 hole after the opening 12 minutes but looked to be back in the game after Trevor Seitz hooked up with Dylan Zurin. The 26-yard strike came just 2:18 into the second stanza and cut the Thunderbolt lead down to 13-7. Unfortunately, that would be the high point of the first half as Jason Penton capped his banner game (seven carries for 124 yards and three scores) with touchdown runs of 80 and 22 yards to make it a 27-7 game at the break.
Two more Littlestown TD runs came in the third quarter and despite being sandwiched around Eastern's second score they pushed the game out of reach. That second Eastern touchdown came with 3:35 remaining in the third and briefly cut the deficit to 34-14. Demonte Martin was on the receiving end of this Seitz pass with the pitch and catch covering 25 yards.
Martin added three more catches during the contest to finish with four grabs for 51 yards and the third quarter score. Zurin managed just one additional catch outside his TD, giving him two catches for 35 yards. Add in Kaleb Corwell's team leading five catches for 62 yards and you get Seitz's 11 of 16 for 148 yards and two TD game. Zach Grove picked up the final completion, finding Brayden Dedrick for one three-yard catch.
The boys' soccer team finds themselves in an oddly balanced season with four games under their belt. The Golden Knights have gone...win-loss-loss-win to sit at 2-2 with an aggregate score of 5-5 after both winning and losing games by 1-0 and 4-0 scores.
Eastern York opened the season with a 1-0 win over ELCO and a 4-0 loss to Gettysburg to lay the groundwork for their balancing act. A 1-0 loss to a different Lancaster Lebanon League foe on September 8th led into a 4-0 win over Dover on the 11th to complete the balancing act.
Lancaster Catholic handed the Golden Knights a 1-0 loss on the 8th with Jack Krady breaking up Brady Bixler's (10 saves) shutout bid in the 63rd minute. Gavin Donnelly led the way in the Dover win by setting up two of the four scores. He helped put Eastern on the board in the first half by finding Zach Gross in the 31st minute and setup Andrew Hetter's score in the 50th minute that made it 3-0. Avery Rhine netted the second goal with help from Nathan Robbins while Hailu Barrow capped the scoring in the 59th minute by converting a Torin Young pass. Bixler pickup the clean sheet thanks to five saves.
The golf team used a few hours of dry weather on September 11th to squeeze in nine holes on Briarwood's East Course for their fourth match of the season. Nate Hoyer finished in a four-way tie for seventh with a nine-hole score of 43 to help the Golden Knights top Gettysburg for their second win. Dyson Renn (46), Jon Minneman (45) and Dylan Mealey (57) rounded out Eastern York's scorers for the day giving the Golden Knights a 191 team score.
The field hockey team suffered their first loss of the season on September 6th falling to Littlestown by a 1-0 count in a game effected by the weather. The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes and was ultimately cut short because of the lingering lightning storms that plagued the mid-state. Kelsey Felix surrendered a first half score to Cailey Sentz but stonewalled the remaining nine shots she faced.
The Lady Golden Knights rebounded nicely on September 8, blanking Muhlenberg, 2-0. Felix needed just one save to earn the shutout thanks to a ball control offense that posted 15 shots and 11 corners. Addison Malone and Hannah Lentz picked up the first half goals with Cassidy Arnold setting up Malone's score and Lily Campbell finding Lentz for the two-goal cushion.
The girls' soccer team has found the early portion of their season to be a bit more difficult then they imagined. The Lady Golden Knights did pick up their first win of the season but it was followed by two losses that leave them with a 1-3 mark.
That lone victory came on September 6th by a 2-0 count over New Oxford. Cassidy Shetter put Eastern up 1-0 in the opening half while Krysten Strange gave the visitors some breathing room with her second half goal. Savannah Yingst needed three saves to post the shutout.
Eastern found themselves on the opposite side of a shutout two days later when they traveled to Lancaster Catholic. The Lady Crusaders used two early Amanda Mueller scores to build a lead with Gabrielle Kambouroglos and Gabi Bruno tacking on additional insurance goals. Yingst finished with nine saves in the loss.
The struggles continued on September 11th with a 6-1 loss to Dover. Another two quick goals from the opposition put Eastern York behind early but it was four second half goals that spelled doom. That second half surge from Dover erased any momentum gained from Strange's score late in the first half that made it a 2-1 game. Yingst finished with 12 saves in the loss.
The cross country team not only had to battle their opponents during the season's first two meets they also had to battle the rainy weather that has plagued the area for much of the last few months. That battle produced matching 0-3 marks for the boys' and girls' on their September 11th trip to York Suburban with losses to the Trojans as well as Dallastown and South Western.
The season opener went much better for the boy's side while the girls' suffered another 0-3 day despite Olivia McLain's second place run. McLain's 21:39 was not enough to counter strong team performances from Delone Catholic, Dover and Fairfield leading to the 0-3 day.
On the boy's side the Golden Knights placed all five scorers in the top 20 which led to a 2-1 mark with wins over Delone and Dover outweighing the Fairfield loss. Pierre Allard paced the boys' by finishing sixth with a time of 20:02. Anthony Roselli crossed the line 40 seconds later to finish 10th while Chase Reed claimed 12th (21:06). Taylor Cappeluti and Connor Atkins rounded out the top five with Cappeluti finishing 16th and Atkins 18th.
The girls' volleyball team was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten on September 11th thanks to a 3-0 loss to York Suburban. Eastern played tough with the Lady Trojans in the first and third games, hanging around for 25-20 finals but Suburban took game two handily, 25-6.
Katie Lehman led the way with 15 assists, four aces, four kills and one block. Olivia Koicuba added seven digs, two kills and one ace while Sarah Moore matched Koicuba's seven digs while adding six kills and one block.
The Lady Golden Knights did enjoy success as well, topping Gettysburg 3-2 in what head coach Josh Korb called a "wild night up on the hill." He was referencing the back-and-forth affair that saw his squad win games two and four by scores of 25-11 and 25-14 while losing games one and three by identical 24-26 finals.
"It really came down to some missed serves in those two games that threw us off of our rhythm," said Korb. "We have a fast and aggressive offense, but if we stop the flow every other serve, it slows things down. In the sets we won, our hitters were able to keep the momentum of the game in our favor and our setter was able to spread the ball around nicely."
The Lady Golden Knights were able to keep their rhythm in the decisive fifth set, winning 15-9 to seal the victory. Moore racked up 23 kills in the win while Morgan Dobbeck added 10 and Abby Smith 11. Lehman was the setter responsible for the majority of those kills, finishing with 42 assists to go with 11 digs, two kills and three aces. Koicuba led the team with 19 digs with both Moore and Morgan Winter adding 11 and Dobbeck 13.
The Lady Golden Knights spent some time between the two regular season matches collecting a second-place finish in the Ephrata Tournament on Saturday the 8th. Eastern, behind strong performances from Moore (29 kills) and Smith (25 kills), cruised to a 5-1 mark in pool play. That led to a first-round bye in the championship bracket and a semi-final date with Cedar Crest. Eastern York took care of the Lady Falcons, winning 25-22 and 25-17 to set up a finals showdown with Panther Valley. The Lady Panthers claimed the championship, winning 25-14 and 25-19, leaving the Lady Golden Knights to settle for second in the 15-team field.
"I was pleased with our efforts," said Korb, "We made some adjustments to our rotation to better balance our power on offense and our back row again did a fantastic job digging up the ball."
Koicuba led that back row with 39 digs while Dobbeck added 26 digs. Lehman played a part in both the offense and defense with 13 aces and 19 digs.
Lady Booters Top Mares, Golfers Sit In First September 10, 2018
Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' soccer team returns seven starters from a squad that went 13-5 a year ago so it should be expected that they will at least reach that mark this year if not surpass it.
The girls opened the season last Tuesday afternoon with a 4-2, non-league road win over Solanco but games against Hershey and Northeastern were postponed due to weather.
After 33 minutes of scoreless ball against Solanco, the visitors broke the game open with four goals over the next eight minutes. Toby Harnish scored twice in a minute to break the ice while Danielle Dipace and McKena Conklin extended the advantage scoring within two minutes of each other.
Despite not having the luxury of Lampeter's depth, Solanco rallied with a pair of second half goals but could get no closer.
"You're always happy to get a win, but I was disappointed in our overall performance in the second half," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Solanco was relentless and deserves recognition for playing the whole game and persevering through the heat and their halftime deficit.
"We have a great group of returning players and have the skill and ability this year to make some moves but we need to learn to put together a full 80 minutes of soccer and that includes finding the net with quality goals," she added. "Our team unity and cohesiveness will prove to be our biggest strength if the girls can continue to hold on to it as the season progresses."
At the midway point of the golf season, the Pioneers sit in a first place tie with Octorara, both with a 16-4 record. Cocalico, at 15-5, is right in the mix.
With the high temperatures last week, the golfers played just nine hole at Iron Valley and finished in second place, one stroke behind Cocalico's 157.
Austin Lauver tied Cocalico's Ammala Moua with a 38 while Katherine Lapinsky and Patrick Holmes, both with a 39, matched the Eagles' Ian Martin and Matt Slovik. But it was Cocalico's Bradley Steiert that proved to be the difference. His 41 was just a single stroke better than Matt Wilson and Gehrig Harsh who both carded 42's.
At Mocassin Run a week earlier, Lauver recorded the lowest total of the day (71) but the Pioneers finished one stroke behind Octorara (325).
Their first league match of the season was just as tight. Lauver tied Octorara's Hunter King with a match-low 72 but the Eagles finished on top with a 234 and the Braves nipped the Pioneers again by a single stroke.
The Pioneer harriers opened the 2018 season at Northern Lebanon last Tuesday and came home with a pair of hard earned wins. The team battled the uncomfortable weather conditions and earned a 25-33 win over the hosts and held off Elco as well, 29-32.
Jansen Miller led the way with a fifth place finish in 19:00 but teammates David Helms (7th, 19:13), Daniel McMichael (8th, 19:23), freshman Luka Vranich (9th, 19:30) and Thomas Sellers (10th, 19:31) were close behind and finished ahead of Elco's fourth and fifth place runners.
"We have five freshmen boys and a senior who hasn't run since junior high," noted head coach Mari Cunningham.
The girls' team also found themselves in a tight race with Elco but came up short, 27-28, after blanking Northern Lebanon 15-55. The Pioneers actually had their fifth runner place before Elco's fifth but the Raiders' earned the top two finishes of the day to help pull out the win.
Kayla Drouillard (3rd, 23:32), Colleen Gilbert (4th, 23;35) and Micah Gordley (5th, 23:35) were Lampeter's top finishers while Hannah Schultheis (8th, 24:32) and Payton King (11th, 25:27) rounded out the top five.
"Losing our top three runners from last year will create a challenge this season," said Cunningham, "but this team has bonded quickly and are excited to encourage one another throughout the season. The girls had a nice pack with Kayla, Colleen and Micah coming within three seconds of each other," she added. "It's disappointing to think that one switch of runners with Elco would have changed the win, but encouraging to know that it was a competitive race."
Just about at the midway point of their season, the girls' tennis team sits at 5-1 with five shutouts to their credit. Their lone loss was a 4-3 heartbreaker against Lancaster Mennonite on August 24.
Last week the girls blanked Lebanon, E-town and Ephrata. Sarah Capoferri (1), Larson Kessler (2), Kendall Winters (3) and Sierra Stoltzfus (4) dominated singles playing giving up just two singles games while the doubles teams of Capoferri and Stoltzfus, Kessler and Izzy Brown and Winters and Ryan Gerhardt all posted 8-0 wins against the Cedars.
E-town was able to take a few more games but the final result was another Pioneer shutout. Brown, playing No. 3, put up the toughest singles battle of the day, outlasting her opponent 7-5, 6-7, 10-7.
The doubles teams of Capoferri and Kessler, Stoltzfus and Brown and Winters and Gerhardt all posted 8-2 wins.
The girls' rounded out the week with yet another solid performance in blanking Ephrata. The doubles teams yielded just three games with Brown and Stoltzfus posting a shutout. Singles play was just as strong as Ephrata managed to take just five games on the day.
The field hockey team, with nine starters back, is off and running. They opened the season with a pair of dominating wins; 8-1 over Ephrata and 6-1 over Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday. And Saturday morning blanked CV, out of Section One, 2-0.
"We are better than last year," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We are solid all over the field. We have multiple scorers. We have really good ballhandlers and we are absolutely loving the turf."
Against the Blazers, Chloe Blantz notched a hat trick and dished out one assist. Daisy Frank, who set up the offense with three assists, Julz Garber and Abby Thorius helped pad the lead.
Saturday morning's contest was a bit closer but the Pioneers prevailed. After a scoreless first half, L-S punched in two second half goals despite being out cornered 11-7. Blantz, assisted by Frank, put the hosts in front in the 17th minute and then, taking a feed from Julia Smecker, iced the win just 22 seconds before the final horn sounded."
"I was a little concerned because they have one player, Abby Morley, who seems to do the bulk of their scoring," noted Swarr. "And CV always plays us tough."
The volleyball team opened its season with mixed results last week. Tuesday they overcame a sluggish first game loss, 25-19, and rallied for three straight wins, including a 25-22 set four thriller, to pull off a 3-1 victory at Lebanon.
Two days later, against perennial Section Two power Garden Spot, the girls' got off to another slow start, losing the first set 25-22, but this time never recovered. The hosts went on to win 25-10, 25-16.
Haley Hoover led the way with six kills but it wasn't enough to stop Garden Spot's Shawna Zeiset (16). She also recorded eight digs and four blocks. Sierra Stoltzfus chipped in with 20 assists and Lillian Hoke dished out three assists.
Looking to get back to the post-season, the boys' soccer team opened the year with a dominating 8-0 shutout over Section Three Solanco last Tuesday and then dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker against Section One's Warwick on Thursday.
With temperatures in the 90's, Lampeter's depth played a role in their shutout over the Mules. Holding a 3-0 lead at the break, the hosts racked up five second half tallies to put the game out of reach.
Derek Eckman's hat trick, along with two assists, ignited the offense. Caden Wise added two goals while Logan Heister, who led with three assists, Lucas Baker, and Max Franco also found the back of the net once.
In goal, Braedon Karpathios and Calieb Wigley each recorded one save.
Thursday's game in Lititz was decided on a second half goal as both teams scored twice in the opening half. Eckman and Seth Beers both lit the board for the Pioneers.
The Pioneer football team shook off a 14-0 first quarter deficit and broke a fourth quarter tie en route to a 35-28 thriller in their home opener over West York last Friday night.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game and we figured it would be close," said head coach John Manion. "We did a nice job executing the offense and we made some big plays on defense when we needed to."
With 4:46 left in the game, and the score tied at 28, L-S started its game-winning drive that resulted in a four-yard run by Joey Underwood (85yds on 11 carries). Not to be out done, West York threatened to counter, driving to the Pioneer 24 but an interception in the end zone by Cam D'Imperio sealed the visitor's fate.
"Cam made that interception and recovered a fumble, both in the fourth quarter," noted Manion. "That was big. And defensively we had four sacks, 2.5 by Tyler Phenegar, who also had three hurries. Putting the pressure on their quarterback all night helped."
Sean McTaggert's (117 yards) six yard scamper put the locals on the board early in the second frame but West York countered with a 65-yard passing TD for a 20-7 lead. McTaggert answered that score with a 16-yard run to paydirt and then then found Jacob Kopelman with a 20 yard scoring strike that put L-S in front, 21-20 at the break.
After a scoreless third, Bryan McKim's two-yard TD run was answered by West York's 5-yard passing TD and two point conversion that set the stage for Underwood (7 catches, 52 yards).
McTaggert completed 12-of-16 passes for 160 yards and McKim rushed 73 yards on nine carries. "Sean was a bit more accurate tonight and Bryan put together his third strong game of the year," noted Manion. "I also thought JT Hake and Gabe Frederick played really well on run support."
The Pioneers open Section Two play this week against their biggest opponent to date, Conestoga Valley. "We have to negate their size with our speed," Manion said.
Black Knight Booters Win Three Straight September 10, 2018
The Hempfield boys' soccer team is picking up where it left off a year ago - winning games. The Black Knights opened the season with three consecutive non-league victories, defeating Spring-Ford on Tuesday in the first of two shutouts.
"I was very pleased with our effort in our first game," said head coach Mark Ashley. "Spring-Ford is a big school and they have a good program.
"There's always a sense of the unknown - not knowing what to expect in that first game," Ashley added. "We scored early, so that was a great start for us."
Returning starters Jake Suchar and Drew Johnson each scored against the Rams while Eddie Pohl gave the Knights an assist in the season opener. Hempfield drew first blood a little over one minute into the game on Suchar's goal. Johnson doubled the lead 16 minutes into the second half.
"Drew Johnson and Jake Suchar were our leading scorers last year," said Ashley, whose 2017 squad made it all the way to the PIAA Class-AAAA state championship match. "They seem to have picked up where they left off a year ago."
Goalkeeper Tristan Green recorded the shutout. He is one of three goalies Ashley is rotating through the schedule with the others being Brady Ross and Grant Deohring.
The Knights left the comforts of home but were equally dominant on defense at Chambersburg on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans' defense was also tough, giving up only one goal on a penalty kick, which Johnson converted in the 34th minute of the match.
"Drew got in on a breakaway with a great through ball by Pohl," Ashley explained. "The defender took him down from behind. He was able to finish it with a penalty shot.
"Chambersburg is a strong offensive team," continued the coach. "We handled it pretty well when they were pressing. Anytime you can get a shutout, you're happy."
Recording this shutout was Ross.
Hempfield wrapped up the week with a Saturday morning match at Governor Mifflin. The offense was wide awake early and reeled off 13 shots on goal in a 4-1 victory. Pohl and Ryan Hepler scored in the first half. Johnson made it 3-0 less than four minutes into the second half. Colson Hunt came through with a last-minute goal to give the Knights the final margin of victory.
Suchar, Pohl, Hepler and Brady Argall each notched an assist. For Pohl it was his third assist of the season.
"Eddie is one of the returning midfielders," Ashley remarked. "He has great vision and distributes the ball well. He was a solid player for us last year, but had a season-ending injury four or five games in."
The Knights suffered a heartbreaking defeat against non-league foe Central York on Friday night. The Panthers, on the strength of senior quarterback Cade Pribula passing for 399 yards, scored a late touchdown to top the Knights 35-31 at Landisville.
The loss dropped Hempfield to 1-2 on the year with their first Section One game over the horizon at Warwick on Friday.
Pribula's pass landed in the hands of Taylor Wright Rawls in the final seconds of regulation. The scoring drive came after the Knights had taken a 31-28 lead on a Curtis Johnson field goal from 25 yards out.
Hempfield had the lead early on, grabbing a 14-0 advantage in the second quarter. The Knights' touchdowns came on a one-yard run by quarterback Colin Peters in the first quarter and Matt Heuston's 25-yard dash in the second stanza - Johnson converted both PAT kicks.
Heuston went on to lead the team in rushing. He compiled 156 yards of real estate on 32 carries.
Wright-Rawls hauled in the first of his two touchdowns before intermission, catching Pribula's 56-yard pass.
Peters, who finished with 14 completions on 19 pass attempts and 195 yards, threw the first of his two touchdown passes, finding Darien Ressler on an electrifying 63-yard score. The big play helped Ressler finish with a team-high 93 receiving yards on five receptions.
Hempfield had the momentum, only to see the Panthers score 21 straight points before the end of the third period.
Peters helped guide the offense to the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter - a 12-yard toss to Jackson Shand, who finished with four catches for 46 yards.
The Black Knights got off to a 1-2 start on the season, sandwiching a 2-1 victory over Cedar Cliff between two other non-league games. All three matches were played in a span of five days.
Head coach Jason Mackey feels that even though the results could have been better, his team is playing well and is on the verge of taking off.
"I expect that with the number of returning starters and key additions to keep doing a great job," Mackey said. "We just need to turn those efforts into results."
The season opener was a match at Ephrata on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers edged the Knights 3-2.
"The first game of the season you're feeling things out, getting used to playing with each other," Mackey said. "Ephrata was a tough opponent. They were able to capitalize on opportunities and we weren't."
The teams exchanged early goals with Gabi Hollinger giving Hempfield a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of the match. Annie Slovak's first goal of the game came less than three minutes later, evening the score.
In the second half, the teams did the same thing. Kaitlin Deck gave Hempfield a 2-1 edge in the 52nd minute only to see Slovak's goal tie it up three minutes later. Kalysta Roundtree scored the eventual game-winner in the 66th minute as Ephrata out-shot Hempfield 9-7.
"I was pleased with the way the team played regardless of the result," Mackey commented
Cedar Cliff came to Landisville on Friday. The Knights came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals by Deck and Hollinger and four key saves by goalie Brynn Axe.
"From the start of the game we were all over them, creating numerous chances," Mackey explained. "Their keeper came up with some great saves that kept the game close."
Saturday morning's match at Governor Mifflin was another one-goal result. The Mustangs galloped away with a 2-1 victory with Deck providing an assist on Jessica Weinoldt's goal for Hempfield.
"We allowed an early goal on a corner kick," said Mackey. "We responded and tied it. But they had a goal in the second half off another set piece.
"I tell the girls that the difference in a game could be those set pieces," added the coach. "We need to defend them more consistently - they're bound to happen during the course of the game.
"We haven't had a ton of them for us on the attacking end," he continued. "But it's just as important to capitalize on them when we do."
Hempfield had a pair of L-L League matches in girls' tennis action last week. The Conestoga Valley topped the Knights 5-2 on Tuesday followed by a non-league loss to Holidaysburg the following day.
McCaskey and Hempfield battled in a Section One clash on Thursday, resulting in a 7-0 Hempfield win.
Against McCaskey, the twosome of Amanda Hagino and Brighid Cantwell proved to be formidable in an 8-1 first doubles win. Tierney Cantwell teamed up with Grace Lehman on an 8-0 win while Karlin McHugh and Joanna Newton came away with an 8-3 third doubles win.
Hagino won her first singles match 6-0, 6-0. Those were the results of Lehman's second singles match and Brighid Cantwell's win in number three singles. Tierney Cantwell won 6-1, 1-0 at fourth singles.
Hempfield improved to 1-3 on the year (1-1 in league).
In the Holidaysburg match, Lehman won 7-6, 3-6 10-8 while Hagino won 6-0, 6-0.
Tierney Cantwell and Sarah Shaub came up short in a 6-2, 6-4 final at number one doubles. Newton and Rory Cantwell played the second doubles.
Against CV, Hagino was again a 6-0, 6-0 winner at first singles. She and Lehman claimed the first doubles 8-4.
Brighid and Tierney Cantwell played a tough second doubles before bowing out in an 8-5 final. That was the final score in third doubles with a tough effort by Shaub and Karlin McHugh.
Ali Schaffer, Sawyer Marten and Jimmy Dunn led the way for the Knights in a 170-180 non-league golf victory over Dayspring Christian Academy on Tuesday at Four Seasons.
The Knights' Jake Hess finished seventh with a 47. Schaffer carded a 40 while Marten and Dunn finished with scores of 41 and 42.
In a busy week that included four matches - two non-league and two against league foes - the Black Knights claimed a 2-1 victory over Ephrata in field hockey action on Thursday.
The week opened with a 3-0 loss to Manheim Township. The Knights rebounded with that victory at Ephrata with Buch scoring twice. The assists came from Dague and Kate Ayers.
Alexa Pitts was solid in goal, making five saves in this close contest.
Gov. Mifflin topped the Knights 2-0 with Pitts making six saves in a losing cause on Saturday. Later in the day, the Knights came up short against Dallastown. Julia Edgar scored the only Hempfield goal in a 3-1 loss while Pitts made six more saves.
Hempfield fell to 1-3 on the year (1-1 in league).
With scores of 25-22 and 25-21 to finish out a 3-0 sweep, the Knights improved to 2-0 with a victory over Penn Manor in Section One girls' volleyball action on Thursday.
Hempfield opened the match with a 25-12 win.
Claire Flood led the match in kills with 15. Emma Bitner distributed assists to the count of 27.
Allison Cummings added 20 digs on the night, Kylie Ulrich served up a team-high four aces, and Ashley Weaver led the team in blocks with three.
Streaks Come From Behind to Top C. Dauphin September 10, 2018
Manheim Township's football team put together its first scoring drive of Friday night's non-league game just before halftime, cutting the deficit to 12-7 at Central Dauphin. The momentum carried into the second half and the Blue Streaks' defense held the Rams scoreless the rest of the way in a 22-12 Township win.
Harrison Kirk connected with Brett Benjamin for a 41-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 12-7.
Early in the third quarter, the Streaks (3-0) scored on Jayden Floyd's 42-yard dash to the end zone, which the visitors followed with a two-point conversion.
"We settled down and kept our composure," stated head coach Mark Evans. "The drive before the first half ended was probably the biggest thing. In the opening drive of the second half we scored again and went up 15-12."
Township capped the scoring in the fourth on 10-yard toss from Kirk to Josh Emge. Rodenberger's kick made it 22-12.
Kirk captained the offense, completing 14 passes for 212 yards and the two touchdowns. Hilton Ridley caught four of those passes for a total of 54 yards. Benjamin and Cameron Horst each had 52 yards on the night in receiving yards. Jon Engle caught two passes for 22 yards.
The remarkable thing about defeating a tough foe such as Central Dauphin (1-2) on the road on this particular Friday was that it was not the Blue Streaks' first game of the week. That was because the previous Friday's game was postponed due to weather conditions and was played on Monday night.
"That gave us only three days to prepare for Central Dauphin after we played Dallastown," Evans pointed out. "We talked about endurance all week as we prepped for one of our toughest games on the schedule."
The football team is coming off a 2017 campaign that brought the District Three trophy to Manheim Township for the first time in the program's history. Township is off to a 3-0 start and the younger players are trying to maintain the strong foundation.
"We're doing it with a lot of underclassmen," said Evans. "Our roster does have a lot of juniors, which is good. They're doing well right now and we're getting better as the days go by.
"Our offensive line is revamped with an entirely new crew and they're starting to gel," he added. "We have two juniors at guard and three seniors."
The hockey team faced a tough Donegal team on Tuesday in a non-league match at home. The Streaks didn't realize they were welcoming the Mackenzie Allessie show. The Indians' forward scored five times in an 8-2 triumph. She also added an assist.
Township scored twice in the first half on goals from Ashlyn Campagna and Katie Labezius. Sophia Rockwell provided an assist.
Allessie scored 7:05 into the first half and added another goal less than seven minutes later. She made it 3-0 at the 17:08 mark. She and Reagan Clark each added one more first-half goal.
The Indians racked up 13 shots on goal. Township goalie Cat Wilson finished with five saves.
The Streaks, which fell to 0-2 with this loss, needed to bounce back in a big way. Their next game was a key Section One battle at Hempfield the following evening.
This time the defense held the opposition to only two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Wilson. On offense, Labezius, Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored - thanks to assists by Campagna, Rockwell and Allison Cubell.
Needing another great performance by Wilson and the defense, the Streaks traveled to Warwick for a Friday afternoon Section One clash. Both Katie Brubaker and Julie Healy were tough in front of the Warriors' cage, recording five and four saves, respectively. However, Katie Kreider's goal at the 3:14 mark of the first half was all the offense Township needed in this 1-0 victory. Wilson needed to make only three saves for the shutout, improving the Streaks' record to 2-2 (2-0 in league).
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams are off to a 2-0 start. The Streaks played host to Cedar Crest and Solanco in Tuesday's race.
The girls' team topped Crest 25-36 and dominated Solanco 15-55.
In the boys' race the results were similar - 25-34 over Cedar Crest and 15-54 over Solanco.
Ian Miller paced all runners, taking first place with a time of 16:53. Evan Dorenkamp's third-place finish (17:48) strengthened the hold for a top team finish. Taking sixth through 10th, respectively, were Tyler Stevens (18:14), Keven Perez (18:27), Drew Sassaman (18:36), Dieter Geib (18:46) and Riley Horton (18:47).
The girls' team had three of the race's top five finishers as Anabelle Lapp took second (20:36) ahead of third-place finisher Chloe Kline (20:40) while Aurelia Huss finished fifth at 22:21.
There was a strong pack of eight straight Streaks crossing the finish line from seventh-place finisher Cecelia Walker (22:49) through 14th-place runner Jenny Weiss (24:13).
Paige Laurence (8th, 22:53), Emma Dieterle (9th, 22:57), Carleigh Roche (10th, 23:25), Avery Ebersole (11th, 23:34), Lillian Reynolds (12th, 24:09) and Kyra Dean (13th, 24:12) made up the rest of this impressive group.
Manheim Township played host to one of the traditionally tough teams in District Three on Saturday and came away with a 5-3 defeat of Cumberland Valley, improving their record to 2-0.
Andrea DiSomma scored a hat trick, converting a penalty kick in between two goals that came late in each half. DiSomma scored in the 40th minute and again in the 79th minute of the game while the PK came four minutes into the second half.
Having a part in three goals was Nolan Ross, who recorded three assists.
Colton Peterson scored the Streaks' first goal of the match. The Eagles evened the score on an own goal by the Township defense four minutes later. However, DiSomma's first goal of the game made it a 2-1 halftime advantage for the home team.
Shea Miller-Smith made it 4-2 after the Eagles had cut the deficit to only one goal. Miller-Smith's goal came at almost the midway mark of the second half.
Quinn McCarty held off CV with seven saves in goal.
With victories over McCaskey and Warwick, the Streaks improved to 4-0 on the year, including a 3-0 mark in Section One.
Tuesday's match at McCaskey was a 7-0 victory in which Avery Palandjian and Emily Gavin opened with an 8-1 win at doubles. Seniors Olivia Sterenfeld and Megan Welsh were winners at number two doubles by the same score. Lauren Poff and freshman Sophia Yost won the third doubles 8-2.
Camille Henneman won the first singles 6-1, 6-2. In the next three singles matches, Julia Briner, Nicole Honrade, and Scotland Reynolds each posted straight set wins of 6-0, 6-0.
Playing on their home court on Thursday, the Streaks blanked Warwick 7-0. In this match, the doubles pairings were Garvin and Reynolds, Lauren Martin and Sarah Pestana and Welsh with Sophie Georgelis. All three matches ended with an 8-0 MT win.
In singles, Briner and Honrade both had 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins. Henneman triumphed 6-1, 6-2 at first singles while Palandjian won the fourth singles 6-2, 6-0.
The Streaks opened the season with a 4-0 victory over Hershey in a non-league road game on September 1.
They then went on to.... No, they didn't. Instead they played.... No, they didn't do that either. So far this season, it has been the Blue Streaks' lone match in girls' soccer action. In fact, the team's schedule has a 12-day stretch between the first and second games.
"It isn't the desired approach," said head coach Terry Law. "We played at Hershey and are not scheduled again until Thursday the 13th. We lost some field time due to the heat and the rain. But we've been able to have some walk-through times in the gym."
Regardless, Law was happy with the tremendous defensive effort
"They didn't get a shot on goal the entire game," Law noted. "It was a great defensive effort.
"Our defense, if you look at the backs, is very young," continued the coach. "Ali Quinn, our goalie is a junior but has only ever played one varsity game. We have two sophomores - Kyra Rishell and Sydney Hoover - who were starters as freshmen. They're our outside backs. We have Noa Blumenthal and Gianna Smith - both freshmen - as our center backs."
The Trojans and Streaks played nearly an entire half without putting a point on the scoreboard. Emma Hagg scored with two minutes left before halftime. Gabi Brown added two goals in the second half - both in a 12-minute span. Sandwiched in between was Lauren Pettoni's goal in the 58th minute. Pettoni and Samantha Bennett each notched an assist as well.
"We got on a roll and were able to pin them in their own half," Law said. "It was nice to see us knock the ball around in our first game out."
Following a season-opening loss to Hempfield on Tuesday, the Streaks (1-1) visited another Section One rival and came away with their first win of the year, topping Cedar Crest 3-0 on Thursday.
The games were all close with the Streaks winning 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20.
The effort was shared with strong performances coming from Alice Thorsen, Lucy Svetec and others.
Thorsen registered eight kills and served up three aces - equaling Faith McGowan, Nicolina Kondos and Svetec for the team lead in that category. Thorsen also had 15 digs on the night.
Katie Bushong distributed 21 assists and recorded one block. Emily Stevens also had a solo block.
In Tuesday's loss at home, the Knights won the opening game 25-12 and the third one by a 25-15 score. Township put up a resilient battle in the second game before Hempfield claimed it 25-23.
Thorsen led the team in kills with five. Bushong notched 12 assists while Svetec came through with 14 digs, and Kondos served up five aces.
Tough Schedule Prepares Field Hockey Team September 10, 2018
The record is deceiving.
Manheim Central field hockey is off to a 1-3 start, but has played and hung with some of the top teams - Northern York, Oley Valley, Donegal and Twin Valley - in the state.
The effort may not have translated into wins, but Central coach Morgan Briggs knows that playing a strong nonleague schedule will only help the Barons in league-play.
"Playing a tough schedule early on will be crucial for us," said Briggs, who lost four players from last year's squad. "Our girls know they can be competitive and hang with many great teams. As we enter our section play we will be very well prepared."
Central beat Northern York 3-0 Saturday, Sept. 8 in the first round of the Manheim Tournament, getting goals from juniors Maddy Barbush, Lexi Hosler and senior Codi Bollinger.
The Barons lost the final to a strong Oley Valley Squad, 3-0.
On Thursday, Manheim took on backyard rival Donegal, losing to the Indians, 6-1.
Hosler, a midfielder, scored the lone goal for the Barons at 6:28 in the second half on a penalty stroke.
Other than a few pesky goals in the last few minutes by the Indians, the two-time defending Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two champion, four-time defending district champ and a state semifinalist last year, Briggs said this was a close game and her team played "exceptional."
At halftime the score was 3-0, and the score remained the same for much of the second half. Briggs credited excellent defensive play by Maisie Dorwart, Cami Lehman, Maddy Barbush and goalie Mikayla Regan (seven saves).
Briggs said Hosler and Lily Sipel did a "phenomenal job" of containing Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's top player.
The coach also noted midfielders and forwards Bollinger, Alissa Brubaker and Mattie Hartzler played exceptionally, especially in their recovery defense.
"It was a total team effort," Briggs said. "Everyone knew and understood their role."
The Barons lost 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Twin Valley, a Class 2A state semifinalist last year.
Expectations are high this season for the Barons, even though the loss of players from last year's squad is significant. Three of the four departed players -
Hannah Barbush (East Stroudsburg), Billie Jo Bollinger (Lock Haven), Maddie Hosler (Liberty) - are playing in college.
Central overcame a kick return for a touchdown to start the game, three first-half turnovers (all on pass plays) and a 14-0 deficit to rally for a 27-20 victory against Warwick Friday, Sept. 7, in Manheim.
Despite the score and the turnovers, Barons' coach Dave Hahn had a simple message for his troops: Stick to the game plan. Calm down. We are not out of it.
One reason Hahn remained calm in the first half was because of how fluky the turnovers were. All three were on pass completions that were ruled fumbles after the catch.
The halftime stats favored the Barons. Central had the ball 16 minutes in the first half, Warwick six minutes. Manheim had 177 total yards, the Warriors only 52.
Hahn said the key to righting the ship against Warwick was a late second quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run by Baron quarterback Evan Simon. This cut the Warriors lead to 14-7 and Central got the ball to start the second half.
At halftime Hahn said he and his coaches talked to the team about some adjustments in the blocking schemes, reviewed assignments and reminded players of certain plays - sprint outs, run zones. But again, the message was clear. Stay calm. Run our plays, and eventually wear down Warwick.
"The key was we had to take these guys (Warwick) into the fourth quarter." Hahn said. "I thought we could out-condition them and wear them down."
Central established its run game behind strong offensive line blocking by Brett Wolgemuth, Josh Painter, Cayden Warner, Troy Kolk and Tyler Dougherty and rushing of running back Tyler Flick, who finished with 24 carries for 134 yards and two scores.
The Barons tied the game at 14-14 in the third quarter when Simon connected with Colby Wagner for a 32-yard touchdown. Flick did the rest, giving Central the lead on a 10-yard run and later added a 5-yard scamper to give the Barons some breathing room.
Central finished the game with 203 yards rushing and 172 yards passing.
Hahn said several players stood out on defense, including Evan Holser, Will Rivers and Wagner; the later two batted balls down in the secondary.
The Barons, who are 3-0 heading into its last nonleague game, a clash with perennial power Wilson, need to tighten things up on special teams on kickoffs, get better with the pass rush on defense and offensively Hahn said the team has not hit its stride, despite registering three straight games of 300 yards of offense.
All the wide receivers are new this year and should get more confident as the season progresses, Hahn said. He also believes the wideouts will get more opportunities, once teams attempt to take Flick and the running game away.
"We take what teams give us," he said. "If they take away the run game, then we'll pass.
And about that nonleague schedule that has the Barons playing Susquehanna Township, Hempfield, Warwick and Wilson, Hahn joked that he might have to have a talk with Central athletic director George Derbyshire.
"I thought at the beginning of the year we'd be fine, but lately I've been thinking, 'When do we get a break?" Hahn said. "You got to play the game scheduled."
He said Wilson will be the toughest challenge to date.
The girls' volleyball team lost in the quarterfinals to Northeastern 25-21 Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Wildcat Invitational tournament at Dallastown. Central finished 4-4 in pool play.
On Tuesday, Central beat Solanco 22-25, 25-17, 25-10 and 25-11. Statistical leaders included Ciara Stoner with 8 aces and 26 digs, Becca Kepply with 9 kills, Tori Henderson with 2 kills and Grace Stoltzfus with 27 assists.
The Barons also defeated Lebanon 25-8, 25-22, 15-18. Abby Nolt had five aces, Henderson added seven kills, Kepply notched two blocks, Emma Moyer collected nine digs and Stoltzfus chipped in 13 assists.
"This week of matches got my young varsity players a chance to work out the nerves and come together when the stakes mattered," head coach Laurie McClure said. "We walked away with wins, but it also exposed gaps in our play that will need to be fixed."
The Barons secured a hard-fought 1-0 road victory over Palmyra Saturday, Sept. 8. Carson Brenize scored the game-winner in the 88th minute of regulation on a penalty kick.
Brenize buried the ball in the bottom of the net on a shot in the lower right corner, after the goalie went in the opposite direction.
Central coach Rod Brenize said his defensemen - Logan Shull, Sam Tobias, Austin Snyder and Brett Kreider - were spectacular.
The stats were very even with both teams recording six shots and five corners. Both teams also had five saves, but the Barons' Mason Nissley had two electrifying stops to preserve the win.
The clutch Nissley saves came at critical moments. The first was as regular time was ending and the second came on a breakaway on a one-on-one with no defender to help him. Rod Brenize credits Nissley with making a good read to make the stop.
Central beat Cedar Crest, 2-1 in overtime, on Tuesday, Sept. 4. After falling behind 1-0, Zach Reed scored a beautiful goal at 31:00 into the first half to tie the game, sending his shot high into the left corner of the goal, after a combo of one-touch passes between him and Mavrick King found Reed one-one-one with the goalie.
After a scoreless second half and first overtime, King scored with 48 second remaining in the second OT to seal the win for Central.
The story of the game, Rod Brenize said, was the heat. Both teams performed well under intense conditions with the heat reaching 100 degrees on the turf.
The coach noted the strong play of his midfielders, which included Carson Brenize, Niko Gavala and King. Reed and Gavala added assists in the contest and center Sam Shefnie also played well, Rod Brenize said.
"Our midfielders move the ball well and work well together," the coach said "I think we can be as good as we want to be this year."
The girls soccer team has won its first three games, beating Donegal 3-0 on Friday, Aug. 31, Warwick 2-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 4. and Palmyra 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The Barons controlled the action for most of the game against the Indians, getting a first- half goal by Tori Fahnestock off a header on Central's third of 10 corners in the game. They also got two goals by Makenna Copley in the second half.
Against Warwick, all three goals came in the first half. Fahnestock scored off a corner kick by Maddie Carper.
After the Warriors tied the game at 1-1, Central senior Elizabeth Levey broke the tie with 1:50 left in the first half when she and freshman Hannah Adair connected on a give-and-go that split the defense and put Levy through on a breakaway.
Barons' coach Andrew Stoltzfus said it was a physical game and the defense, as a whole, deserves credit. Senior goalie Kelli Kreider (six saves) made a breakaway save in the second half to seal the win.
Central notched its third win with a 2-1 victory over Palmyra Saturday, Sept. 8.
The tennis team made quick work of Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 7, winning 5-0. The Barons did not drop a game in this contest.
Hannah Kowalski and Eliana Shenk each notched 6-0, 6-0 victories.
Kowalski and Shenk teamed up in No. 1 doubles to win 8-0, while Grace Roberts and
Janae Bright won No. 2 doubles (8-0) and Olivia Good and Julia Myers won No.3 doubles (8-0).
The Barons match against Donegal slated for Tuesday, Sept. 4 was postponed because of heat. Central has a 4-1 record and is playing well, but has room to improve, according to coach Kurtis Funk.
"We have improved tremendously, but still need to get better to accomplish our goals," he said. "Our doubles have made huge progress from last year and our team unity and overall team chemistry has made a big difference."
The Tuesday, Sept. 4 meet against Lancaster Mennonite, and Cocalico was postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The golf team went 2-3 in its Wednesday, Sept. 5 match against Cocalico at Fox Chase Golf course.
With an overall record of 11-10 this season, the Barons are led by Dan Pelletier and Brandyn Musser. Both have averages in the top 5 for Section Three in the L-L League. Pelletier is averaging a 79 and Musser an 81.
Middletown Suffers Surprise Loss to McDevitt September 9, 2018
The Middletown football team has enjoyed historic success the last two seasons, racking up a ridiculous 28-2 mark during that time. But for all the success the Blue Raiders have enjoyed, they found themselves on the opposite side of things last Friday as Bishop McDevitt handed Middletown their first regular season loss in nearly three years. The 40-14 defeat at the hands of the Crusaders not only dropped Middletown from the ranks of the unbeaten this season it was their first regular season loss since October 30th, 2015 when they dropped a 19-18 a nail-bitter to Steel-High.
McDevitt used their high-power aerial attack, led by Chase Diehl, Nazir Burnett and T'nyis Becker, and a stifling defense to cruise to the 26-point victory at War Memorial Field. Diehl, the senior signal caller, finished with six TDs to go with his 455 yards passing while the Crusader defense held Middletown's vaunted rushing attack to just 87 yards with stud back Jose Lopez limited to 59 yards on 20 carries.
Burnett was Diehl's favorite target with the Syracuse commit snagging nine passes for 223 yards and four scores. Three of those TD grabs came during the first half and helped the Crusaders open a 33-7 lead. Richie Sykes accounted for the Middletown score, hauling in a 34-yard strike from Scott Ash that briefly knotted the game at 7-7. Sykes added three more catches in the game, finishing with 68 yards and that first quarter score to front the Blue Raiders' offense.
Bishop McDevitt's other two first half scores were of the big play variety. Becker, who finished with five catches for 160 yards, collected his only score via an 83 hook-up that made it 19-7 late in the first quarter. The final points of the opening half came when Julian Jordan made his only catch of the game, a 74-yard TD with 34-seconds remaining before intermission.
Middletown's second half touchdown was also via a big play with Christopher Joseph on the receiving end of Ash's second TD pass of the game. This one covered 63 yards early in the third stanza and made it a 33-14 game. McDevitt countered with one last strike from Diehl and Burnett to set the final at 40-14.
A busy opening stretch of soccer started well for the Lady Raiders with a 1-0 win over Tulpehocken on August 31st but turned south from there with losses to Bishop McDevitt, West Perry and Susquehanna Township.
Camyrn Russ, with help from Marly Fox, scored the lone goal in the season opening win against Tulpehocken. The Lady Raider offense struggled against McDevitt and West Perry, suffering shutout losses in both affairs, 2-0 to the Lady Crusaders on September 4th and 3-0 to the Lady Mustangs on the 8th. Amanda Lee was in goal for all three of those games finishing with two saves in the Tulpehocken win, six against Bishop McDevitt and three against West Perry.
The offense returned on Saturday, September 8th, scoring three goals, but the Lady Raiders still took a loss as Susquehanna Township managed to go one better, picking up a 4-3 win. Russ netted two of the three scores with Abbey Leister picking up the other. Jade Senior helped with one assist while Ruth Hoffman stepped between the pipes and finished with seven stops.
A strong start for the boys' soccer team has led to a mini-slump for the Blue Raiders. Middletown opened the season on September 1st by taking part in the Spartan Soccer Tournament at Wyomissing. The Blue Raiders fell short of a title with a 5-0 loss to the host squad in the championship game. Middletown earned that title shot by topping Schuylkill Valley 2-1 in their opener.
That success carried over to Middletown's September 4th tangle with Bishop McDevitt. Behind the work of Anthony LaVia and Griffin Meyer the Blue Raiders cruised to a 4-0 win. Meyer picked up the first of his two assists by setting up LaVia's first goal, giving Middletown a 1-0 lead. LaVia and Meyer teamed up to help Joey Spear make it a 2-0 game before intermission while Mason Garza pushed the lead to 3-0 with his second half PK conversion. LaVia capped the scoring with his second lamp lighter, this one coming off feeds from Ben Knisely and Brady Keyser. Caleb Springer kept McDevitt off the board by turning away 11 shots.
The mini-slump started with a 2-0 loss to West Perry on the 6th and continued with a 2-1 overtime loss to Susquehanna Township on the 8th. Garza accounted for the lone goal against Susquehanna Township, netting another penalty kick score, this one coming in the 66th minute and countering the Indian's early goal. The game remained deadlocked until the 89th minute when Township's Duncan Andrew converted a penalty kick of his own to hand Middletown the loss.
Mother Nature conspired to delay the start of the field hockey season for Middletown, pushing what was supposed to be the Lady Raiders' opener against Eastern York on August 31st to a to be determined future date. Once the Lady Raiders did finally get their season underway they founded themselves on the wrong end of two shutout losses. The first, an 8-0 final, came on September 5th to Camp Hill with a 5-0 loss to Northern York following one day later.
The cross-country team kicked off their 2018 campaign on September 4th with a trip to Trinity to battle the host Shamrocks as well as Northern York. The trip resulted in two losses for the boys' team, 17-43 to Northern and 26-29 to Trinity, while the Lady Raiders came home with two no decisions as they are a few runners short of fielding a full team.
Will Brown led the way for the boy's team, clocking a 20:18 with Angie Hernandez taking the lead for the girl's team thanks to her 25:34. Zach Malay (20:26) and Tanner Albright (20:58) both cracked the 21-minute mark while Kenny Britcher (21:01) just missed joining them. Jacob Buffington completed Middletown's top five by finishing with a 22:06.
Casey Eckert was the second Lady Raider to finish, turning in a 30:02. Bankshita Devkota was the last of the three girl's runner, finishing with a time of 49:25 thanks to a wrong turn on the course.
The two-member golf team is halfway through their regular season, having hit the links four times. With only two members, the Blue Raiders do not qualify for the team competition so Cole Grabuloff and Justin Yohn compete for postseason berths on their own.
Grabuloff kicked off the season on August 16th with a round of 83 on Middletown's home course. Yohn finished that same round at Sunset with a 105. The pair's next round came at Mayapple Golf Club on August 20th. Grabuloff was able to remain in double digits with a round of 96 but Yohn was not as fortunate, finishing with a 108. Next up was a trip to West Shore Country Club on August 27th where Grabuloff finished sixth with a score of 86. This time Yohn was able to break into double digits with a round of 99.
Middletown's final match of August sent Grabuloff and Yohn to Royal Oaks Golf Cub where Grabuloff posted a round of 89, good enough for 15th on the day. Yohn finished his day with a 109.
The girl's tennis team braved the heat last week for two matches, splitting the pair to sit at 1-5 on the year. The Lady Raiders nipped Susquehanna Township, 3-2, on Tuesday by winning two of the three singles matches. Mahnoor Azim grabbed one of those wins at number one singles. Angie Torres claimed the other singles win, taking out Justice Rooney in straight sets at number three singles.
Middletown's third win came at number one doubles where Aayushi Patel and Cassidy Anderson teamed up to top Taryn Woodson and Avani Patel, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
The Lady Raiders had their second match of the week, a September 6th tilt opposite Camp Hill, called due to rain with the Lady Lions leading 4-0.
Middletown's victory over Susquehanna Township was not only their first but it broke a string of four straight 5-0 losses to open the season. Those losses were to East Pennsboro, Trinity, James Buchanan and Bishop McDevitt.
The girls' volleyball team enjoyed a stellar start to their regular season with wins over Harrisburg and Milton Hershey. On September 4th the Lady Raiders swept Harrisburg with the work of Cassie Ebersole, Alexis Harmon and Hannah Wilsbach leading to wins of 25-9, 25-23 and 25-9.
"Our girls didn't stay as focused as they should have in game two," said head coach Lisa Huber of the closer than expected second game. "Harrisburg started to get some momentum and made some big plays defensively to catch us off guard."
Ebersole finished with seven kills and two aces while Harmon added five aces and seven digs to her five kills. Wilsbach chipped in with 10 digs and one ace.
Another lapse of focus forced Middletown into a five-game nail biter with Milton Hershey two days later. After winning the opening game 25-18 the Lady Raiders dropped two straight, 25-17, 25-11.
"We struggled with staying focused in games two and three and gave Milton Hershey the opportunity to gain some momentum," said Huber, "Once the girls settled in and started passing/hitting in game four, the momentum started to shift."
That momentum shift allowed the Lady Raiders to stave off the loss with a 25-18 game four win before closing out the victory with a 15-11 game five win. Carly Dupes and Alex Kennedy posted a team high five kills apiece with Kennedy adding one block and Dupes two aces. Ebersole chipped in with four kills and three aces while Lani Moore finished with three kills and a team high four aces.