Eastern's Lowder Qualifies for PIAA-AA Golf October 19, 2017
Alexandra Lowder is doing her best impression of the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. A third-place finish at the YAIAA Championships on October 6th and 7th earned the senior a spot in the PIAA-AA East Regional on October 16th. She seized that opportunity for additional golf, finishing her round at Fleetwood's Golden Oaks Golf Club 19-over par. That round of 85 was good enough for second place on the day, one stroke behind Bloomsburg's Morgan Sohosky and her winning score of 84. In true Energizer form the second-place finish earned Lowder a spot in the PIAA-AA Championships which will be held on October 23rd and 24th at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.
As the regular season comes to a close, things are coming together perfectly for the girls' volleyball team. The result is an 11-6 record with a four-game winning streak. "The girls have really turned up the heat over the past four games," said head coach Josh Korb. "Our hitters are connecting with our setter to give us the powerful offense we have been waiting on. Our passers have continued to improve and have become increasingly consistent."
The four-game run started on October 11th with a 3-0 sweep over Solanco and included two other three game sweeps, over Kennard-Dale and McCaskey. However, the highlight was the 3-2, come from behind victory, over Gettysburg on October 17th that left Korb saying, "It was an insane match.
"We have been preparing for our Gettysburg rematch and the girls pulled off an amazing comeback from being down 0-2 to win it in 5 games. They dug deep and our offense kicked in to show a powerful 52 kills on the night," added Korb
Brooke LaCesa spearheaded the attack helping to produce wins of 25-19, 25-19 and 15-13 that got the Lady Golden Knights out of a 0-2 hole. LaCesa finished with 26 kills, pushing her over 200 for the season. She also added four digs, two assists and two aces. Sarah Moore (eight kills) and Abby Smith (seven kills) helped with the crazy impressive team kill total while Katie Lehman finished with 29 assists to go with 11 digs, three kills and three aces. Shelby Hildebrand backed up Lehman adding 12 assists, two kills, one dig and one ace. Morgan Dobbeck anchored the defense in the comeback, finishing with 24 digs.
There was not nearly as much drama in the Lady Golden Knights other three wins of the stretch starting with the 3-0 win over Solanco. Eastern had little trouble posting wins of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17 thanks to the work of Dobbeck, LaCesa and Lehman. Dobbeck tallied 17 digs, two aces and one assist while Lehman had 19 assists, three digs and one kill with LaCesa adding 14 kills, two digs, two aces and one block.
Eastern's October 12th match opposite Kennard-Dale offered little resistance as well with the Lady Golden Knights posting wins of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-20 for the 3-0 sweep. The team finished with 19 kills, led by LaCesa's eight, and 19 aces with Dobbeck collecting a team high five. LaCesa added four aces and one block while Dobbeck sported a team high 12 digs to go with five aces. Lehman was perched atop the assist column with 14 to go with four aces, three digs and one kill.
Eastern York's easiest sweep of the run went down on the 16th with the Lady Golden Knights topping McCaskey 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. Moore topped the team with seven kills, eclipsing LaCesa's six. Lehman needed just 16 assists in the win, adding a team high five aces while Dobbeck posted just five digs, also a team high.
The football team suffered a 42-0 setback against Susquehannock on October 13th, the third loss in a row for the Golden Knights, dropping them to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in league play. The Warriors controlled the game through a rushing attack that finished with 406 yards on 48 carries coupled with a stingy defense that allowed just 76 yards. Susquehannock used a three-headed attack with Daron Brown leading the way to the tune of 120 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Trego added two scores and 78 yards with Daniel Clapp finishing things up with 82 yards and one score.
Logan Kline accounted for the majority of Eastern York's offense, finishing with 44 yards rushing and another 15 yards on his lone reception. Kaleb Corwell snagged a team high two balls for 32 yards.
The boys' soccer team closed out their regular season slate on October 11th with a 3-1 loss to Kennard-Dale. Despite the loss dropping Eastern York to 6-10-2 overall and 3-7-2 in Division II play the Golden Knights will make an appearance in the District 3-AA playoffs that are scheduled to get underway on October 24th. Final seedings and match-ups are not finalized but Eastern is looking at a first round match-up opposite Mid-Penn's Trinity with the winner set to play top seed Lancaster Mennonite.
Eastern struck first in the loss against KD with Colin Snyder putting the Golden Knights up just 8:27 into the game. From there it was all Rams with Kevin Avales and Craig Potts netting first half scores and Max Cooper tacking on a second half insurance goal. Lucas Jowanowitch finished his final regular season contest with nine saves on 12 shots.
Maddie McClain opened her final cross country postseason in spectacular fashion, capturing her second straight YAIAA XC title with a blistering 18:15.8 which was one second better than Dallastown's Emily Schuler. McClain's gold medal winning run propelled the Lady Golden Knights to an 11th place team finish, just nipping Delone Catholic, 259-260. Olivia McClain was the next Eastern York runner to finish, crossing the line at 20:10.7 and in 14th place. Eastern York's next two runners finished just six seconds apart but Fiona Valore's 24:18.5 was the 79th fastest time while Alanna Falk and her 24:24.5 finished 83rd. Brianne Shetter rounded out the top five, finishing 95th with a time of 25:35.2.
For the boy's it was Zach Falk taking the top spot, finishing 48th with a time of 18:12.4. Only two other Golden Knights cracked the top 100 with Pierre Allard just missing the top 50 with his 56th place time of 18:28. Jacob Fenwick checked in with a 19:12.6, good enough for 85th on the day. Chase Reed (100th-19:34.6) and Taylor Cappeluti (120th-20:27.6) completed Eastern York's five scorers and helped the team to finish 16th. Both teams will travel to Newville, PA and Big Spring High School on October 28th to complete in the District 3 Championship Meet.
There are many ways to finish a season but not many are better than an 8-1 win that allows you to close your schedule on a two-game winning streak. The two win run puts Eastern's season mark at 7-10-1.
"We are a very young team with a bright future," said head coach Steph Felix of her squad that features just one senior and five juniors.
"It took us a little while to get familiar with each other's habits and to understand where we needed to be positioned," continued Felix. "As the season progressed, we were able to "gel". That allowed us to get few wins and score some goals."
A bunch of those goals came in the season ending victory over Fairfield on the 11th. Addison Malone, Cassidy Arnold and Kelsey Felix, with two goals each, paced the lopsided victory, and combined for five assists. Lily Campbell, Emmy Hoak, Abby Rhine and Morgan Arnold accounted for the remaining goals, giving the Lady Golden Knights an 8-0 lead before Allison Crevier broke-up the shutout for Fairfield. Emily Bodien, the lone senior on the squad, finished with five saves.
With the sun set on another season Felix looked back on the previous seven weeks.
"I am proud of the girls for keeping their head up when things weren't going our way and digging down deep to finish the season on a positive note. Our goal was to have a better record than last year and we accomplished it."
The girls' soccer team saw their season come to a close on October 12th with a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale. The season ending five game slide puts Eastern York at 2-16 on the season and 2-10 YAIAA Division II action.
CORRECTION: a previous edition credited Liz Heistand with 12 saves in an October 3rd game against York Suburban. Marissa Gockley was the goal keeper of record in that game.
Warwick Booters Finish Second in Section One October 16, 2017
Warwick's boys' soccer team put the cap on a successful season with two wins last week before Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament to finish in second place behind Hempfield in Section One. The Warriors beat McCaskey 5-1 last Monday and then held off Manheim Township 3-2 on Thursday before a close 1-0 loss to Ephrata in their first round game.
Jason Cimpaglia scored twice against the Red Tornado while Andrew Acebo (3), Brendan Gates (2), and Brigham Rhoads (1) combined for six stops in goal for the Warriors.
Jack Hershey scored the lone goal for McCaskey in the 59th minute, but not before Warwick had built a 4-0 lead.
Cimpaglia's first goal came in the tenth minute and his second in the 52nd with Nino Efendic's score making it 2-0 before the half. Trey George gave Warwick its four-point lead when he beat Noah Bergey in the 58th minute before David Dieal iced things off almost six minutes later.
After taking a 2-0 lead over Manheim Township on Robbie Heckman's goal with under five minutes played in the second half, the Warriors surrendered two goals over the next 20 minutes before Brandon Perezous' second score of the night delivered Warwick the win.
Perezous quickly made things interesting when he scored in under a minute to start the first half. Warwick maintained that lead through the intermission until Heckman found a way past Blue Streak keeper Joshua Orndorff who stopped seven shots on the day.
Connor Cowher made two saves in goal for the Warriors while his team enjoyed a 10-4 edge in shots.
Fresh off a runner-up finish in Section Two and a loss to section champion Elizabethtown, Ephrata seemed ripe for the picking when Warwick took to the pitch against the Mounts in Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament.
Jacob Ellis Martin had a different idea, however, and his goal in the 23rd minute of the game held up through regulation to deliver the Warriors a heart breaking loss and eliminate them from the bracket.
"I thought we played well," commented head coach Gordy Cowher. "We possessed the ball very nicely, but we just couldn't find the back of the net. We created some good chances but just didn't finish."
Ephrata doubled up the Warriors in shots on goal with six attempts to Warwick's three, but Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined for three saves in the net while the rest of the defense did a good job of containing Ephrata's offense.
"We played very good defense, giving up only the one goal. Our midfield played very well," noted Cowher. "We did not give up and I really like the way we competed until the very end of the game."
When asked about the team's upcoming appearance in the District Three Championships which begin next week Cowher pointed out that there is still some work to do. "I am hopeful we can come up with some ideas to address the scoring issue. If we do, then we should be in good shape going into Districts."
Warwick fell to 1-3 in Section One with a 45-7 defeat at the hands of Manheim Township on Friday night. With the loss the Warriors find themselves in a two game skid.
Three costly errors in the first half led directly to 14 points for the Blue Streaks and took six points off the board for the Warriors as well when a Warwick holding penalty on Nick Fucci's 96-yard kickoff return negated the resulting touchdown.
Warwick did have some success through the air as quarterback Adam Ricketts threw for 214 yards on 13 completions including a 49-yard pitch and catch to Carter Forney that set up a Fucci touchdown from two-yards out Warwick's lone score of the night.
Despite ending the season in fourth place in Section One, the Lady Warriors soccer team gave second place Manheim Township a run for its money in the final regular season game on Friday.
Warwick took the Blue Streaks into overtime after a scoreless 80 minutes of play before Gabi Brown finally found a way to solve Cat Reed's defense in the net with a goal in the fourth minute of extra play delivering the win to MT.
Both sides took five shots on goal while the Streaks earned a two corner advantage at 4-2.
Earlier in the week the ladies traveled to McCaskey where five different players scored during Tuesday's 6-0 defeat of the Red Tornado.
Talia Bertrando doubled down on goals as Warwick blew a slim 1-0 lead wide open in the second half with five scores to secure the win. Jess Williamson, Abby Rodgers, Melissa Gibble, and Sydney Herrit all scored for Warwick as well while McCaskey's Brianna Allen turned away 13 shots and Reed denied two on the other end of the field.
Despite a sub-par year, Warwick's girls picked up two wins in their final tri-meet of the regular season upping their record to 3-7 with an 18-47 victory over Conestoga Valley and a 22-40 defeat of Solanco.
Caitlyn Wagner led all runners, finishing first overall in 20:44, with Anna Martin (21:20) in third, and Madison Leakway (22:32), Sophia Nau (22:46), Deirdre White (22:48), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:01) placing sixth through ninth, respectively, putting six runners in the top ten overall.
Warwick finished 1-2 against Conestoga Valley and then 4-6 and only needed those 18 points for the victory while they went back-and-forth with Solanco finishing 1, 3, and then 5-7 for the win.
Leann Runkle (23:38), Alexis Barge (23:48), Kristen Espenshade (24:10), Jillian Colebert (24:31), Alexa Zimmerman (24:47), Willow Forney (24:58), Morgan Leakway (25:04), Ella Simmons (26:01), Ara Ludwig (26:03), Isabella Velez (26:10), Kaitie Ciano (26:15), Alexis Kellogg (26:52), Valerie Hanna (27:05), Abigail Smith (27:31), and Mikayla Hiatt (28:29) rounded out the field for Warwick.
The boys picked up two wins to finish in the positive at 5-3, scoring a 19-48 victory over Conestoga Valley and an 18-49 win over Solanco.
Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 16:52, Connor Shields was third in 17:10, followed by Jeremiah Hendrix (17:45), Parker Keres (17:47), Jeremy Bell (18:03), David Bach (18:10), Zachary Beale (18:22), and James Barnes (18:26) finishing 5-10 to place eight runners in the top ten overall.
Conestoga Valley finished 2nd and then Warwick went 3-9 for the easy victory while Solanco managed to land 3rd with Warwick going 4-9 for the one point differential.
Ryan Horner (18:51), Corbin Kilgore (19:10), Marcus Wachira (19:23), Andrew Holbert (19:39), Josh Wenger (19:52), Mason Caleca (20:05), Brett Knudson (20:07), Alex Kunkle (20:27), Trevor Price (20:41), Lorenzo Velez (21:12), Asher Christner (21:41), Kenton Hertzog (21:42), Kody Bruhn (24:03), and Henry Stover (26:53) finished out the race for Warwick.
In its last game of the regular season, Warwick took a 7-1 non-league loss to Hershey and finished tied with Manheim Township for second place in Section One at 9-3.
After spotting Hershey four goals in the first half, Adrienne McGarrigle put Warwick on the board when she fired a shot past Hershey keeper Kit Olmstead after taking a Katie Pyle pass with 23:49 remaining in the game, giving some life to the Warriors.
Unfortunately the Hershey defense clamped down after that while the offense added three more goals to complete the victory.
Saturday marked the first round of play in the L-L League tournament and the Lady Warriors drew top seeded Donegal for their first matchup. Despite managing what most teams could not, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard for more than six minutes, the defending champions proved to be too much for Warwick and handed the team an 8-3 loss.
Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's nationally ranked all-star, scored first with 24:21 remaining in the first half but Warwick tied things up two minutes later when Katie Pyle took a corner insert and beat keeper Katie Jean to the bottom left corner for the 1-1 tie.
However, Donegal scored five more before Maddie Behn made it 6-2 with 1:16 to go in the half on the first of her two goals on the day.
She scored again eight minutes into the second half when she scooped up a rebound off a Pyle shot and sent it home to make it 8-3.
Catie Brubaker ended up with 15 saves on the day while Donegal outshot the ladies 26-8 and held a 15-10 advantage in penalty corners.
With the regular season winding down, Warwick's girls' volleyball team is left chasing Hempfield and needs to continue winning to maintain its grip on second place after dropping a 3-1 loss to the Knights last Tuesday and then beating Cedar Crest 3-0 on Wednesday and Manheim Township 3-1 on Thursday.
After losing the first game against Hempfield 25-14, Warwick battled back and tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win in the second. The Knights answered right back by winning the third game 25-15 and forcing the Lady Warriors into a do-or-die fourth game. While they fought to the end, Hempfield came out on top 25-21 for the match win.
McKenzie led the team with 13 kills while Olivia Gregory tallied 26 assists and Rachel Adams served up two aces.
Cossette took over in the game against Cedar Crest as she registered 12 kills and six aces in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 shutout. Gregory notched 30 assists to lead both teams.
Against Manheim Township the ladies began and ended strong as they won in four games 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12.
Maddy Glouner served up five aces, Jackie Barilar had three blocks, Gregory assisted on 19 while Cossette recorded 16 kills and Hiley Miller tallied 21 digs.
Barons' Lady Booters Finish 3rd in Section Two October 16, 2017
After 17 games, the regular season is now officially over for girls' soccer as Manheim Central split victories with Garden Spot and Cocalico last week for a third place finish in the Section Two standings, leaving them with an overall record of 11-6.
Maddie Carper and Erin Greiner each scored a goal in a home field, 2-1 victory against Garden Spot on Monday, October 9. Carper scored in the 4th minute to take a 1-0 lead but the Spartans Erna Hamzic knotted the score 34 minutes later.
In the 58th minute, Greiner scored the go-ahead goal that capped the tight victory. Kelli Kreider and Olivia West had the assists.
Kreider stopped four Garden Spot scoring chances making three saves opposite the Spartans Mataya Hostetter who also had three.
In the regular season finale at Cocalico on Wednesday, the Eagles stunned the Lady Barons in overtime 1-0 and eliminated the team from the league playoff tournament. Going through a scoreless regulation Paxton Steffy scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute to seal the upset.
Kreider confronted five Cocalico scoring opportunities making four saves opposite Adrienne McGallicher who had seven.
Regular season competition is now at an end for cross country after a meet against arch rival Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday.
Finishing with four runners among the top 10, the boys (5-5) slipped past the Indians 27-28, and suffered a 23-34 setback to a strong Blazers squad.
Leading the Barons were Connor Sylvester (5th, 18:03), Jacob Hess (7th, 18:12), Carson Hepner (8th, 18:16), Elijah Wagner (10th, 18:52), and Isaac Martin (16th, 19:37).
Ending with a pair of runners in the top 10, the girls' (7-3) were defeated by both Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite in identical 15-55 scores.
Pacing Central was Mallory Sunderand (3rd, 22:02), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 22:30), and Olivia Stewart (19th, 29:57).
The final two games of the regular season for boys' soccer ended on a positive note as the Barons added crucial wins against Garden Spot and Cocalico in Section Two play.
Zach Reed and Carson Brenize provided goal scoring for a 2-0 victory at Garden Spot. Reed found the back of the net in the 31st minute on an unassisted shot for a 1-0 advantage going into the intermission.
Brenize added an insurance goal scoring in the 48th minute on another unassisted goal to wrap up the shutout.
Mason Nissley stopped all 11 of Garden Spot's scoring chances having a six save performance opposite Matthew Good who had seven.
On "Senior Parents Night" for the final game of the regular season, the Barons (10-5-2) hosted Cocalico. Reed, the team's scoring leader, tallied what proved to be the game winner. The unassisted goal in the 14th minute was all the Barons needed in the one goal triumph.
Nissley made four saves to preserve the shutout.
Going back one week, several members of the girls' tennis team participated in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament at Warwick, Ephrata, and Conestoga Valley.
The girls had mixed results as Hannah Kowalski, Grace Roberts, and Eliana Shenk all lost their singles matches in straight sets. Janae Bright was able to push Paige Kemper of Garden Spot to a third set but eventually lost 12-10.
Both number one and three doubles team lost, however the duo of Roberts and Olivia Good defeated Pequea Valley's Naomie Feister and Ryleigh Kurtz 9-7.
The pair then outlasted Elco 8-3 but was eliminated in the semifinals round where they lost to the Conestoga Valley tandem of Jackie McBride and Ellie Kready 8-6.
At Ephrata on a wet and damp Friday, running back Tyler Flick's three touchdowns along with a huge 65 point first half fueled the first place Barons (7-0) past the Mountaineers 79-7.
"We are 7-0, and we did what we needed to do," said head coach Dave Hahn. "We wanted to go into the game and rise to our level of play and I think we did that."
Special teams got the action started as Colby Wagner returned the opening kickoff for an 84 yard touchdown and the Niko Gavala PAT quickly made it 7-0.
Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (5-81) called his own number on a 38 yard touchdown keeper that pushed the lead to 14-0 after Gavala's extra point kick. Simon also completed 5-of-6 passes for 53 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau in passing yards for the season.
Flick (4-63) who has 933 rushing yards this season got the ground game rolling (406 yards) with three straight touchdowns from 8, 20, and 1 yards out to go along with a hat trick of extra-point kicks via Gavala to take a comfortable 35-0 lead.
Will Rivers highlighted the defense that held Ephrata to minus-15 yards rushing in the first stanza with a pick-six for a 60 yard touchdown return and a Giovanni Lester 16 yard touchdown sprint ended the first quarter scoring. Gavala booted both extra-point kicks for a sizable 49-0 advantage.
Colin Erb scored on a 5 yard touchdown carry, Giovanni Lester chipped in a touchdown run from the 1 yard line, and the defense added two points on a safety for a 16 point second quarter, stretching the lead to 65-0 at halftime.
Second and third string players saw plenty of playing time in the second half as Michael Hudson's 5 yard touchdown jaunt made up a seven point third quarter after Gavala converted on the extra point kick.
"We were able to start rotating guys in early in the second quarter and by halftime it was completely junior varsity guys in the game," stated Hahn. "Overall they did well, but that is the expectation, when your number is called, you need to be ready to answer that call."
Chris Shaw (9-101) tacked on a fourth quarter 1 yard touchdown run.
Brandon Walton scored the only touchdown of the game for Ephrata (128 yards) on an 18 yard carry.
The Barons (7-0) will host Cedar Crest (6-1) for Homecoming this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.
"Each week the target on our back gets bigger, so how we handle the pressure is a concern," said Hahn. "Cedar Crest has a nice balanced attack with Logan Horn at the controls and plenty of weapons like running backs, Kendall Sharpe, AJ Apple, and wide receiver Cole Laney."
Coming towards an end to their regular season schedule, the girls' volleyball team had a two setback week falling to Section Two first place Elizabethtown along with Palmyra in a non-league collision, dropping their overall record to 5-9.
Taylor Beeler recorded six kills to help Elizabethtown roll past the Lady Barons in Manheim 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-12). Rebecca Keppley tied for a match high six kills and Julie Cassel served one ace and dished out 12 assists to lead the offense. Abby Nolt also had one serving ace and played well on defense with a 12 dig performance. Brooke Breinich and Nicole Greiner each had one block.
Back on their home court, in a battle with Palmyra on Thursday, the Cougars outlasted the Lady Barons by a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 25-17), final score.
Breinich led the team with seven kills to go along with a match high three blocks. Keppley also aided the offense with seven kills and Cassel helped hitters at the net with a 26 assist night. Ciara Stoner went all out defending the back court area with a match high 17 digs.
Codi Bollinger led the field hockey team with a three goal two assist week as Manheim won their final two games of the regular season against Elizabethtown and Ephrata to finish in second place in the Section Two standings.
"Overall I'm happy with their performance from both games," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "We had a great passing game against E-Town and there were some key things we learned from our Ephrata game that was helpful to take into the playoffs," she explained.
Under the Elden Rettew Stadium lights, the team hosted Elizabethtown for Senior Parent Night. The Lady Barons found the back of the cage twice in each half to shutout the Bears 4-0.
Central, outgunning E-Town in penalty corners 14-0, drew first blood on a goal by Hannah Barbush at the 10:32 mark in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Codi Bollinger, eight minutes later tallied her first goal of the evening to establish a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.
Codi Bollinger found the back of the net again early in the second half and Lily Sipel added to the Bears misery on a goal at the 35:52 mark to complete the shutout.
Maddie Hosler contributed with two assists and goalkeeper Kassidy Breneman needed just one save to preserve the shutout.
For the final game of their regular season, the team traveled to Ephrata on Wednesday, and used a first half two goal performance by Maddie Hosler to elude the Mountaineers 5-2. Codi Bollinger, Hannah Barbush, and Gillian Martin recorded second half goals to extend the advantage.
Codi Bollinger (2), Hannah Barbush, and Helena Bidelman had the assists.
Post season play began on Saturday, October 14 when the Barons traveled to Millersville to take on the undefeated Comets in the opening round of the L-L League Tournament.
The Comets scored two goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 victory that eliminated the Lady Barons from the remainder of the tournament.
"I think our defense in particular did a phenomenal job against Penn Manor," Gebhart said. "Penn Manor is a great attacking team and put a lot of pressure on us. The defensive corner unit did a great job and Mikayla Regan, our goalkeeper, did a great job communicating and staying in the mix."
Mikayla Regan had an action packed day going up against 15 Penn Manor shots and made 12 key saves to pace the defense.
Blue Streak Booters Finish Third in Section One October 16, 2017
Manheim Township simply had to hold on to that third-place position in the Section One standings. The boys' soccer team needed to finish out the regular season with two more games while Conestoga Valley was on its heels.
Despite two losses, which simultaneously coincided with two CV victories, the Blue Streaks still managed to make the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with a 7-5-0 league record.
The season-ending losses included a 4-1 setback at home to Section One rival Hempfield on Tuesday. Andrea DiSomma's goal in the 78th minute of the match helped Township avoid being blanked.
The Knights had four goal scorers, including first-half goals by Dan Hester and Jake Suchar.
Warwick's Brandon Perezous scored early in Thursday's match at Township and again in overtime to give the Warriors a 3-2 triumph.
Robbie Heckman paced the visitors to a 2-0 lead before goals by DiSomma and Anderson Velozwong tied the score with 12 minutes left in regulation. Grayson King chipped in with an assist.
The opening round of the league playoffs found the Streaks facing Section Three champion Lancaster Mennonite in a Saturday match at Penn Manor.
The Blazers, who had blazed ahead to a 14-0-0 regular season mark against league opponents, scored six times against Township, earning a semi-finals berth against Ephrata with a 6-1 result.
The Blazers, who had yielded only seven goals in their 18 regular season games, gave up only their eighth goal of the season in this victory.
Despite 12 shots on goal, DiSomma's goal midway through the first half was the only one the Streaks were able to put on the board. The Blazers had a hat trick courtesy of Matthew Lynch and two goals by Ben Lefever.
Though this extended Manheim Township's losing streak to three and that third loss coming in the league playoffs, the team still managed to make the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the 10th seed in the power rankings.
The Blue Streaks earned another L-L League victory, making this particular stretch of four consecutive Section One wins more impressive because three of them were on the road.
"The kids are playing with tremendous confidence," head coach Mark Evans commented. "I think we're tough when we're at home but this group of kids has worked very hard together."
The latest win was Friday's 45-7 win at Warwick, improving Township's league record to 4-0 (6-1 overall).
"Our guys were on a mission - there's no other way to describe it," Evans said. "I think we might have even left 14 or 21 points on the field because we had a pass interception that was dropped and a touchdown that was called back."
One of those guys "on a mission" was senior quarterback Luke Emge, who threw for 236 yards on 13 completions, including three touchdown passes. He had touchdown tosses to Rece Bender, Xavier Roman and Brett Benjamin, who led all receivers with 117 yards on four receptions.
"Luke needed that game," said Evans. "What Warwick tried to do to us was to take away the running game. They wanted us to beat them with the pass. We are not one-dimensional; we can run or throw depending on what you give us. They played us man-to-man and they paid for it."
Emge also finished with 47 yards rushing. He scored Township's first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard keeper in the first quarter. He then hit Benjamin on a 44-yard scoring pass.
Jack Rodenberger, who had made both extra points, kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 17-0. Roman's 21-yard TD catch and the 27-yarder to Bender closed out the first-half scoring, making it 31-0 Township at intermission.
The defense held the Warriors scoreless until the third quarter.
"Our defense continues to play solid football," Evans said. "All eleven are playing with a really good mindset."
Josh Emge scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter. Grayson Sallade, who led the team with 50 rushing yards, scored on a 13-yard carry in the fourth.
The next game for the Streaks is Wilson.
"They have won 68 games in the league and we're hoping that it stops at 68," Evans said.
For Township tennis star Taylor Kopan, it was a week with a championship win as well as a loss.
Kopan and teammate Kate Moore were the winning pair in the L-L League Flight Tournament this past week, actually defeating teammates Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin in the championship match at Conestoga Valley on Monday. Kopan and Moore won 6-0, 6-3 after winning through the earlier rounds, including a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Donegal duo Emily Ashley/Sophie May in the semis.
They had opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory and won by the same score against the Cedar Crest doubles team of Claire Aiken and Serena Cheng.
Meanwhile, the Darkey/Garvin twosome posted a pair of 6-0 6-0 victories until they reached the semifinals. Hempfield's Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson won the first set 6-2, but Darkey and Garvin prevailed 6-4, 10-5.
Speaking of this cast of tennis stars, the District Three Class-AAA championships were played at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday and Saturday, featuring Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey in the singles tournament.
Hagino edged Kopan 6-2, 6-4 to win the district title. She made it through the semis with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of Darkey, who had won 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.
There was more Township vs. Township in this championship. Moore suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kopan in the semis after Kopan had topped Garvin in the second round.
Moore defeated Darkey in the consolation match, making it a top-four district ranking of Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey - in that order.
After playing to their third draw of the season - a scoreless one with Hempfield on Tuesday - the Blue Streaks wrapped up the regular season and headed into the L-L League playoffs with a 13-1-3 record (8-1-3 L-L League).
In the opening round of the league playoffs, the Blue Streaks defeated Elco in overtime 3-2 on Saturday in a match played at Conestoga Valley. Allison Heckman delivered the game-winner in the 82nd minute- two minutes into OT. It was Heckman's second goal of the game and MT's 12th shot on goal.
Township went ahead 1-0 early in the match on Heckman's first goal. The Section Three champion Raiders (16-2-1) tied it 10 minutes into the second half and took the lead on Tanisha Grewal's goal in the 60th minute. Thanks to Katherine Lopez, the Streaks tied it in the 68th minute, setting up overtime heroics.
Julia Mason had two assists for Township and Gabi Brown recorded one more.
Delaney McKnight had eight saves in the win. She had seven more in the scoreless tie with Hempfield as MT out-shot the host Knights 8-7.
In between the draw and the playoff win, the Streaks wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 win at Warwick. That too was an overtime game with Brown scoring four minutes into extra time on an assist by Heckman. Both teams finished with five shots on goal. The Streaks concluded the regular season with that win, finishing with an L-L League mark of 8-1-3 - second behind Conestoga Valley (10-1-1) in the Section One standings.
CV and Ephrata were also winners in the quarterfinal round with the latter winning on penalty kicks. Hempfield edged Lampeter-Strasburg 2-1 and will face Township at CV in the semis.
The winning pace by Sam Side, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz - who claimed the top three positions in Tuesday's race - shows why the girls' cross country team has been unbeaten in league competition.
Side was well ahead of the pack, winning the race with a time of 20:08. Jenkins (20:39) was a stride ahead of Pasewicz (20:40) while Cassandra Wilk (20:59) crossed the finish line in sixth place.
Township topped Hempfield 17-45 and beat McCaskey 19-41, finishing first as a team and improving to 8-0.
Chloe Kline (9th, 21:15) and Anabelle Lapp (10th, 21:24) rounded out the top five counters. Shannon Elias (12th, 21:56) also helped the team as did Emily Antonacci (18th, 23:12) and Emma Deiterle (19th, 23:23).
In boys' action, Hempfield is the unbeaten team. On Tuesday, the Knights edged the Streaks 21-42 and downed McCaskey 17-44 while Township topped McCaskey 25-32, improving to 6-4 on the year.
Though Hempfield's Christian Groff won the race at 17:06, Township junior Ian Miller was a close second at 17:08.
Timothy Antonacci's 18:25 gave the Streaks a sixth-place finish. Drew Sassaman (13th, 18:36), Elias Fox (15th, 18:39) and Elvis Morara (16th, 18:45) had solid performances as did 18th-place runner Jarrid McKenzie (19:01) and 20th-place finisher Braden Schuyler (19:32)
In field hockey playoff action, the Streaks advanced to the second round of the L-L's by beating Elco in a quarterfinal match played at Donegal on Saturday.
Asia Weaver scored twice in the first half. Katie Yoder, Sophia Rockwell and Katie Labezius each added a goal in the second half. Also contributing to the scoring was Abby Laubach with three assists as well as Yoder and Ashlyn Campagna with one assist each.
The Streaks, who had finished second in Section One play with a 9-3-0 mark, improved to 13-5-0 overall.
Speaking of Section One games, the Township's regular season ended on a high note as they defeated Hempfield 5-0 on Tuesday.
Weaver notched a hat trick while single goals came off the sticks of Laubach and Lexi Smith.
Yoder had a pair of assists while Rockwell, Campagna and Meredith Schulz each had one.
The Streaks suffered a 3-0 loss on the road Monday night. Elizabethtown, 8-0 in league play, won the non-league match 25-15, 25-13, 25-10.
Megan Baldassarre led in kills with four. Trinity Tull had three blocks while Evan Mancini came away with two aces and six assists. Alice Thorsen had a team-high nine digs.
Township went up against Warwick on Thursday night but suffered a hard-fought 3-1 loss (25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12).
Hempfield Booters Cap Perfect League Record October 16, 2017
The Black Knights took care of business before rolling up their sleeves and taking care of more business.
The first business at hand, or afoot, if you will, was finishing off the team's regular season schedule. Hempfield stayed unbeaten in Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' soccer matches by beating arch rival Manheim Township on Tuesday and recording a decisive victory over Lebanon in the regular season finale.
Hempfield carried that momentum as well as a 12-0-0 L-L League record into the league playoffs, posting a 6-0 victory over Elco in an opening-round match at Conestoga Valley.
"We were fortunate enough to keep the momentum going," said head coach Mark Ashley. "The guys had a good week of practice and we felt good about the way we played in those final two games. I think we're playing some of our best soccer right now."
Tuesday night's match was at Manheim Township for a battle with a Section One rival. The Knights topped the Streaks 4-1.
"They're our neighboring school and have similar demographics as we do," Ashley began. "It's always going to be a tough, close match."
In their first meeting, the Knights edged the Streaks 2-1 in overtime, speaking of close matches.
"We anticipated the same, but made an adjustment in our strategy - decided to play more balls behind their defense," Ashley explained. "We were able to put a lot of pressure on their backs. Their goalie was under a lot of pressure."
With the pressure constantly coming, Daniel Hester finally scored for Hempfield in the 23rd minute of the match. Jake Suchar doubled the lead 10 minutes later and it remained 2-0 until the 67th minute, when Ryan Hepler added another goal. Nebryu Bekere's goal made it 4-0 before Andrea DiSomma helped Township avoid a shutout with a late goal.
Cameron Graybill had an assist for Hempfield. Brady Ross made three saves.
"We had a good showing and that was part of the momentum we talked about," Ashley said.
In the Lebanon match, others found their way onto the pitch and recorded their names in the scoring columns. Other than Suchar scoring twice and Ryan Hepler adding two more goals, the Knights were aided by a Cedars own goal plus one goal by Drew Johnson, a late goal by Dagmawi Bogale plus assists by Christian Benedict, Jesse Gutierrez and Suchar.
There was an injury to junior Nate Leach in that game, adding to the list of injuries with which the team has been coping.
"Nathan had a shoulder separation," Ashley explained. "He was in quite a bit of pain. I think we will get him back - not soon but perhaps for district playoffs.
"Austin Goodling might be able to come back for the playoffs," the coach added. "Daulton Loose is also close."
The injuries have created opportunities for younger players, which has been valuable in terms of late- or post-season experience.
"The guys stepping in to play for us has been a positive thing," Ashley remarked. "We did bring up a couple of guys from junior varsity for the Elco game.
"A couple of freshmen - Mark Lutz and Ethan Keitel - scored for us in the Elco game," Ashley added.
In fact, Lutz scored two early goals - both within the first 10 minutes. A third goal in the first 10 minutes was an own goal by the Raiders.
"We were able to score early and took the wind out of their sails," said Ashley. "It turned into a pretty easy game for us after we got things going. Our keeper had to make only one save."
In the second half, the Knights added three more goals by Johnson, Keitel and Jacob Edmonds. Also, Guiterrez had an assist as did Johnson and Zach Wilson.
The Knights will face Elizabethtown in the semifinals. The two teams have some history from last year's post-season.
"We faced each other once in the league championship game and once in the district championship," Ashley recalled. "We won the district championship. They beat us in the league championship and they return most of their players. They're a good team."
Following back-to-back comeback wins with an aggregate winning margin of less than seven points, the Black Knights tried something different - scoring over 50 points and not allowing the opposition to get too close.
That was the case on Friday night in a Section One football match between the Knights and the Red Tornado as McCaskey visited Landisville. It was also the first home game after having won those aforementioned Section One games on the road.
The win improved the Knights' record to 5-2 (3-1 in league) while McCaskey fell to 1-6, 0-4.
Quarterback Mark Himmelsbach was outstanding on Friday, rushing for 98 yards on 14 carries, while throwing for 86 yards (5-for-7).
David Martin-Robinson was unstoppable as he ran for 158 yards on just eight carries and scored four touchdowns. Stephen Wenzel had 43 yards on 23 carries and scored twice.
Himmelsbach did throw a pair of interceptions. The Red Tornado scored one of their touchdowns on defense with Richard Scarborough picking off Himmelsbach and returning it 75 yards for the game's first score.
Martin-Robinson capped a Hempfield drive with a 14-yard rushing TD in the first.
Though the Knights' defense gave up a touchdown in the second quarter, a pair of Wenzel TD's, a two-yard rushing TD by Martin-Robinson and Curtis Johnson's 40-yard field goal kept the points piling on.
McCaskey got a second-half TD on a big kickoff return - an 83-yarder by Isiah Speller. However, Martin-Robinson added a 77-yard dash to the end zone to the scoring repertoire of the Knights in the second half.
Amanda Hagino claimed the District Three Class-AAA singles championship at Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday, defeating a familiar foe - Manheim Township's Taylor Kopan by scores of 6-2, 6-4.
Hagino went into the tournament on Friday as the top seed. She blanked Paige Cincinnati of Wilson 6-0, 6-0 and did the same to Sophie May of Donegal before facing MT foe Julia Darkey in the semifinals. She squeaked by Darkey 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to earn a match with Kopan.
Hagino had also won the singles championship in the L-L League Flight Tournament on Monday, beating Kopan in that one too, 7-5, 6-3.
Also in the league singles championships, the Flight Two title went to Hempfield's Caroline Ulrich, who beat Cara DiCiano of Cocalico in the semis and had a strong 6-0, 6-3 victor over Serena Cheng of Cedar Crest in the title match.
Sophie Granbois won the Flight Three singles over Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley 6-0, 7-6 (1).
In the L-L's doubles championships, Kopan and Livia Jackson bowed out in the semifinals to Darkey and Emily Garvin of Township.
The team championships in districts will begin this week.
The girls' soccer team took its 9-2-1 record into the L-L League playoffs and on Saturday afternoon posted a first-round win at Comet Field against Lampeter-Strasburg.
The Knights were unbeaten in their final five regular season league matches, including a scoreless draw with Manheim Township on Tuesday night.
Goalie Ally Rote made eight saves while Township goalie Delaney McKnight snagged seven in the scoreless draw.
Following Thursday night's 1-0 win at Cedar Crest, where Lizzie Yurchak scored off a Kaitlin Deck assist four minutes into the second half and Rote made three saves for a shutout, the regular season drew to a close. Conestoga Valley (10-1-1) became the section champ and Township (8-1-3) finished second. Hempfield played L-S, the second-place team from Section Two.
Val Zawrotuk scored with five minutes left in regulation to give Hempfield its eventual margin of victory against Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers tied the score in the 70th minute - 25 minutes after Deck had broken a scoreless deadlock.
Rote had five saves for the Knights, who'll face Township in the semifinal round. Bella DiCamilla had nine saves for the Pioneers (12-6-0).
With Christian Groff's winning time of 17:06 along with third- and fourth-place times of 17:30 and 17:49 by Max Lessans and Justin Rittenhouse, respectively, the Knights held off McCaskey 21-42 and Manheim Township 17-44 in Tuesday's Section One race. They improved to 8-0.
Hempfield runners Ryan Farmer (18:27) and Derek Zeigler (18:28) battled down the stretch and Farmer claimed seventh with Zeigler taking eighth. David Jackson's 18:35 was good for 11th place while the next spot went to Jack Mieszkalski (18:36).
Grayson Dague (18:37) was 14th while Ian Willig was 19th at 19:30.
The girls' team went to 6-2 on the year with a one-point, 28-29 win against McCaskey and a 17-45 loss to the unbeaten Township team.
Siena Gates claimed fifth place, leading Hempfield with a time of 20:55. Gabriella Hollinger (21:51) was 11th.
Taking three consecutive places across the finish line were Hannah Graybill (22:03), Ella Kielmeyer (22:10) and Bronwyn Meldrum (22:30) at 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively. Julia Campbell's time of 23:00 was good for 17th. Bella Hollenbach (23:41) finished 20th.
Hempfield suffered a 5-0 loss to playoff bound Manheim Township on Tuesday in Neffsville. The Blue Streaks had 14 shots on goal and Asia Weaver was able to convert three of those for a hat trick.
With the loss, Hempfield wrapped up its L-L League slate of games with a 3-9-0 mark. The Knights improved to 5-14-0 overall by posting a 1-0 shutout at Exeter in Thursday's non-league match.
Hempfield stayed unbeaten in league play thanks to a 3-1 victory over Warwick on Tuesday. Despite the Warriors coming back with a 25-23 win in the second set, the Knights regained momentum and posted 25-15 and 25-21 wins.
Hempfield (10-0) was led by Riley Shelly with 12 kills. Ramsey Mahosky came through with 25 digs while Natalie Virts delivered 24 assists. Julia Givens and Jailene Lugo each registered three blocks. Gracyn Krawizcki poured in six aces.
Tide Volleyball Battles Crusaders, Cedars October 16, 2017
With three week's left, the 2017 fall sports season at Columbia High School is quickly coming to a close. In terms of wins and losses, it hasn't been a success. But with the post season starting this week, the season could end on a positive note. There are just three more weeks left in the football season. Friday night, the Tide makes the trip to Lancaster Catholic to meet the Crusaders at their refurbished field. The Tide's final home game is next Friday against defending Section Three champion Northern Lebanon.
Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.
Yes, it has been a long season for the girls' volleyball team as they have been swept in every match. Last week, in a home match against Lebanon, coach David Farley's team almost won their first game of the season. The Cedars were able to score a 28-26, 25-6, 25-9 win but it was the first game that had the old gym jumping.
Game one went back-and-forth with neither team able to pull away. The Tide girls had a couple of chances to pull off the win but were unable to get the winning points despite leading 24-23, 25-25 and 26-25 before the Cedars ran off three straight points to win game one.
The second and third games were dominated by the Cedars and completed the sweep.Senior Jenna Eckman led the home team with three digs, two aces and a kill while Melina Mowrer was credited with three assists. Jordan Naples, the team's other senior, had a kill.Columbia opened the week with a home match with Lancaster Catholic, who will be joining Section Three next year. The Crusaders scored a 25-6, 25-12, 25-15 sweep. In that match, Eckman had four digs, two aces and a block, while Mowrer had four assists and Naples had two kills and a block.
The girls completed the week with a non-league match against the Veritas Academy at the Spooky Nook complex were they were again swept
The Tide runners completed their regular season at Lampeter last Tuesday running against the hosting Pioneers and Annville-Cleona. Jordan Haberstroh ran away from the field in the girls' race. The fleet footed Tide senior ran the course in 19:42, 37 seconds better than Colleen Gilbert of L-S, who ran a 20:19. Cassidy Cook, the Tide's only other female runner was 22nd in a time of 28:10.
On the boys' side, freshman Carter Houck, the Tide's lone runner was 38th in a time of 22:41. Despite losing Haberstroh, the future of this program appears to be bright as Columbia was able to field two full teams at the junior high level.
Still looking for their first win, but getting better, is the Crimson Tide football team.
Friday night, coach Bud Kyle's team celebrated Homecoming against Elco and lost a hard fought 22-16 decision to the visiting Raiders. It was one of those games where a couple of mistakes were the difference.
The Tide jumped out to an early 8-0 lead scoring on their first possession of the game and were looking unlike a team that hadn't won a game. The scoring play was a 46-yard pass from quarterback Matt McCleary, who missed last week's game, to Kobie Wakefield. McCleary's two point conversion made it 8-0.
It wasn't until the Tide's next possession that the problems started. Columbia failed to convert a very short fourth and one deep in their side of the field. The Raiders took over at the Tide 18.Just when it looked like Elco was going to score, Tide sophomore linebacker Matt Gambler sacked Raider QB Braden Bohannon for a big loss forcing fourth down and 18. All Columbia had to do was make a big play on defense on fourth down. Unfortunately, they were whistled for being off sides. On the replay, the Tide was again whistled for being off sides. It was now fourth and right. Guess what? The Tide was again whistled for their third straight off sides penalty. Now with a fourth and three, the Raiders converted, which led to one of Bohannon's three scores and a one point conversion, but Columbia still led 8-7 late in the first quarter. Back came the Tide. A quarterback sneak and two point conversion in the second quarter gave the hosts a 16-7 lead at the half.
The halftime break saw Haberstroh crowned Homecoming Queen and marked the second time all season Columbia had a lead at the half.
And despite the Raiders scoring in the third to pull within two, 16-14, the Tide was just 12 minutes away from their first win of the season.
Would they get it? The answer was no. The Tide was held to 42 yards on offense in the second half and had no answer for the Elco freshman quarterback, Bohannon. His third touchdown of the game, a 23 yard run and two point conversion gave the Raiders a 22-16 lead and the eventual win.
Columbia has had trouble scoring in the second half this season, putting up just 28 points in seven games.
Lady Booters Show Improved Play Despite Losses October 16, 2017
The girls' soccer team capped their season against the playoff-bound Pioneers last Wednesday night in Quarryville. And while they came away with a 3-0 loss, they showed improved play from their 6-1 result on September 23.
The Pioneers, who finished second in Section Two, scored twice in the first half and added the third score after the break.
"L-S had a great season and should do well in the post-season," said head coach Ken Yoder. "To rebound after a disappointing loss to them the first time and play well for our senior's last game felt good. Tori Delp, Sydney Hassler and Jami Murtha have all played six years in this program and we honored them for their commitment. They were captains for the night."
Though the Pioneers finished on top, Solanco was not without opportunities. Kayden Bedwell had a just wide shot on a restart in the first half, Alana Yoder added a header off a corner in the second half and also took a feed from Reece Curry-Saner with 8:20 left for what was probably their best effort. But what stood out more was the play of Gabi Dolan in goal. The sophomore recorded 17 saves and most of them were not of the roll right into your hands variety.
"Gabi continues to dominate games and came up with some huge plays for us," lauded Yoder. "She is one of the best goalies in our section."
The Mares were coming off a 5-1 loss to Elizabethtown Monday night. Sami Jackson's goal in the 67th minute, set up by Yoder, prevented the shutout.
"Sami added some nice offensive production as a freshman," noted Yoder. "She is second on the team for goals scored with six."
The boys' soccer team faced two of the top three teams in Section Two last week and ended its 2017 campaign with a pair of losses.
In a wet game Wednesday afternoon, the Mules battled the third placed Pioneers (9-5) and came home with a 5-1 loss. The hosts scored three goals in a span of nine minutes early in the game to set the tone. Solanco never gave up and got on the board in the 36th minute. Caden Kilgore sent a free kick over the defense to the far post where Zach Roten saved the shot with a touch back to Thomas Broomell who beat Lampeter's Paul Keller for the score.
"The boys work hard," said head coach Ron Miller. "It was nice to see a senior captain get the goal."
Lampeter's team speed, however, was a bit too much and the hosts, despite a couple impressive saves by Dylan Sheaffer, found the back of the cage twice more. Sheaffer, and Jake Smolik, who guarded the goal in the opening half, combined for seven saves.
One night later Solanco hosted the section-leading Bears of Elizabethtown (11-2-1) where another cluster of goals propelled the visitors to a 7-0 win. E-town, just 12 minutes in, scored the opening goal of the game. Six minutes later it was 3-0 as David Shank, who finished with a hat trick, scored twice in a minute to give the visitors momentum.
The Bears, who stifled the Mules 11-1 in their first meeting, needed eight saves to preserve the shutout as Solanco managed four corners and eight shots on goal.
Solanco finishes the season with a 1-17 record and were led in scoring by Evan Salisbury who netted seven of the teams 12 tallies. Tyson Kilgore added three goals.
On the road Friday night the Mules fell into a 2-2 tie for third place with Lampeter-Strasburg when they suffered a 42-21 loss to a Cedar Crest squad that improved to 3-1.
Cedar Crest took the early lead with touchdown runs of 52 and 48 yards. The Mules, however, returned the favor and took a brief lead, 14-13. Alex McDonald (87 yards on 15 carries) scored on a one-yard plunge and Sam Buckwalter finished the two-point conversion to put the Mules on the board in the first quarter. They grabbed the lead with McDonald's two-yard score in the second frame but Crest came back with a 3-yard run and held a 20-14 lead at the break.
Solanco grabbed its second lead of the game, this one 21-20, with a six-yard scamper by Nick Yannutz (118 yards on 26 carries) and a PAT by Evan Salisbury in the third quarter. But the Falcons soared after that, putting together three straight TD's, including a 66-yarder, to pull away.
The Falcons out-rushed the Mules 359-280 yards.
Joel McGuire, who rushed for 46 yards, completed three-of-seven passes for 75 yards with McDonald, Zed Baker and Zach Poole each on the receiving end.
Defensively, Cole Lewis recorded nine tackles on the night, eight solo, with Avery Troop and Logan Yaletchko combining for 10. Dylon Sturgill was credited with the only sack of the night.
Facing L-S and Eastern York last week, the volleyball team suffered a pair of losses.
Solanco went point-for-point with LS in the first set but fell 25-23. They rebounded for a 25-18 win only to fall short 25-14, 25-13.
Kara McClune led the way with seven kills, due in part to Ally McDowell's 15 assists. Lydia Fetterman served four aces and added 10 digs while Georgia Ewing and Liz Mowrer combined for five blocks.
"That first set was back-and-forth and came down to a couple of missed serves and ball handling errors," said head coach Meghan Cross. "We made them play the ball and we were solid on defense.
"After that second set win, we just ran out of gas and made a few too many unforced errors."
On the road Thursday, the Mares didn't have an answer for Eastern York's Brooke LaCesa (14 kills) and fell 25-15, 25-12, 25-17. Molly Chew finished with two ace and five digs while McClune (5 blocks) and Fetterman each put down four kills. McDowell finished with nine assists.
"We struggled to make them play the ball," stated Cross, "and we made our own mistakes."
Hoping to finish the season on a strong note, the field hockey team had a tall task as they faced third place L-S and undefeated Donegal in their last two games of the season.
The Mares went head-to-head with the Pioneers in the first half and came away with a 1-1 tie as both teams were awarded penalty strokes. Solanco took the lead at 17:09 when Abby Stull connected on the Mares first penalty stroke of the season. The hosts, however, returned the favor when they converted a stroke with 6:31 left in the half.
"Our first half was awesome," said head coach Whitney Hawkins. "We practice strokes but you so rarely get them. It was exciting to see Abby execute."
The Pioneers rallied for six second half tallies to pull away.
Head coach Whitney Hawkins went into Wednesday's game against Donegal knowing an upset was out of the question. "You go into a game like this just trying to do the best you can and you look for smaller victories within the game," said Hawkins. "And you sub a lot so everyone can get experience playing against a high caliber team.
"We finished with three shots and one corner which I was happy with. Looking back, the last three times we've played Donegal we finished with no shots and no corners so this was a mini victory."
So the Indians rolled to an 11-0 victory, tacking on three second half tallies to their 8-0 first half advantage. And they did so with many of their starters back on the field. Two of their top four scorers found the back of the cage in the second half, including team leader Mackenzie Allessie (68 goals to date). Their fourth leading scorer, Grace Miller, has scored 17. Solanco finished with 18 total goals this season and were led by Autumn Aukamp with seven. Stull, who was tops with eight assists, and Jada Brown chipped in with three goals each.
"We scored 12 goals last year so there is improvement," noted Hawkins. "And our junior keeper, Alta Brandenberger, ended with a 69.5% save rate. She just missed being in the top three in our section."
In tri-meet action last Tuesday, the harrier teams traveled to Lititz to battle Warwick and CV and came away with just one win on the day, a hard-fought 25-31 nod for the girls' over CV. They suffered a 22-40 loss to Warwick who placed six runners in the top nine.
Hannah Sweda (2nd, 21:18) and Aubree Roop (4th, 21:46) again led the girls. "They worked together through two miles to finish in front of CV's top girl," stated head coach Craig Ausel. "Hannah actually finished strong, catching Warwick's No. 2 girl in the final 400 to get that second spot."
Alyssa Slickers raced for 11th place in 23:22 and finished ahead of CV's third runner. "Alyssa continued her dynamic growth and picked up valuable scoring," Ausel said.
Clinching the win was Chesley Ledsma (19th, 24:53), Sarah Snyder (20th, 24:54) and Sarah Sweda (22nd, 25:03) who all finished ahead of CV's fifth runner, Lindsey Mousch in 24th place.
The boys' squad, despite a fourth place effort from Ben Sticker in 17:32, fell to Warwick 18-49 and dropped a disappointing 26-29 result against CV.
"Ben secured his final placement as a Section One, 2nd Team All-Star," noted Ausel. "We had the opportunity to beat CV but fell short," he continued. "Ian Brown did his part, finishing 11th (18:38) with one of his fastest times of the season and beating CV's No. 2 runner. We just couldn't break up their 2-3 and 4 runners who finished 12th through 14th. And we had three follow their fifth runner."
Patrick Workman ran third for the Mules, finishing 16th in 19:07 and Christian Stead, 18th in 19:20, rounded out the top five. Dan Keller (19th) Colin Althoff (22nd), Tate Fisher (23rd) and Marty Grawe (24th) rounded out the top 25.
On a side note, Warwick's Noah Martin, son of former Solanco cross country standout Kris Wagner Martin, was the overall winner in 16:52. His sister, Anna, finished third.
The tennis team wrapped up the season at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament held at various schools on October 5. Though they failed to advance, they put their best foot forward.
In terms of scores, Hannah Steinhauer and Kelsey Sheets put up the best numbers, battling McCaskey's Tiffany Tang and Jada Wheeler but falling short, 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles slot. They suffered an 8-4 loss to the McCaskey team in the regular season.
In singles play, Faith Redcay was solid in Flight 3 and put up a good effort against Penn Manor's Julie Ward who finished on top, 6-2, 7-5.
"Kelsey and Hannah were in the mix in most all of their matches," said head coach Todd Brown. "Their net play carried them."
Playing No. 2, Gabby Griffonetti and Elsie Zaborskiy went up against E-town's Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler and dropped an 8-0 result.
"That was a heartbreaker," said Brown. "Gabby played the best tennis I have ever seen her play. Her feet were moving fast and she was all over the court returning great shots."
In singles play, Zaborskiy bowed out against Garden Spot's Ashley Risser 6-0, 6-1 and Griffonetti lost 6-1, 6-3 to Elco's Allie Header.
"We had a positive season overall," said Brown. "We returned just three players and only one, Kerith Paine, had varsity experience. We had no seniors so we gained lots of experience. At times we were greatly outmatched but each time our team would rise to the occasion and fight," he continued.
"We won four matches this season. Due to their work ethic and coachable attitudes, every player's tennis game made tremendous gains. Most of our players are getting plugged into offseason playing opportunities as well," Brown added. "And we can't go without saying that assistant coach Shira Kauffman is phenomenal and a large part of why this season was successful."
Pioneer Booters Finish Third in Section Two October 16, 2017
With just the top two teams in Section Two qualifying for the L-L League playoffs this year, the boys' soccer team will have to wait until districts to get their post-season underway. Last week, with wins over Cocalico and Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 11-6 overall and sit in sixth place in the District Three Class AAA bracket.
The Pioneers, who finished third in Section Two, traveled to fifth place Cocalico Monday night and split the series with the Eagles, who nipped L-S 1-0 on September 20.
A first half goal by Logan Heister proved to be the difference as both teams scored second half goals. Derek Eckman's tally in the 68th minute was the insurance L-S needed as the Eagles cut into the 2-0 lead with a goal four minutes later.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers used a balanced attack to top visiting Solanco 5-1.
L-S gained all the momentum they needed in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of nine minutes. Patrick McClain, Heister and Nate Erb put the home team in front after 12 minutes. Solanco cut the lead to 3-1 late in the first half but that momentum did not carry into the second half as Eckman and Ramon Estevez put the game out of reach.
The girl's soccer team had a lot at stake last week. In a battle to secure second place in the Section Two standings and an opening round game in the L-L League playoffs, the team needed to win out and they did just that.
Tuesday night they held off fourth place Cocalico and Wednesday night outlasted Solanco for a pair of road wins.
"We finished sixth in the section last year so we did not qualify for leagues but we did compete in districts," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I don't think we've qualified for the league playoffs for the last four years."
Tuesday night's game in Denver was a thriller. Despite dominating field play, the Pioneers did not record the game-winner until the final seconds of the match. With 27 seconds remaining, Lizzie Adams inserted a low corner kick through ball to the center of the 18 where Toby Harnish connected.
"It was an awesome goal," lauded Lebo. "We should have scored in the first half. Kendal Ream, Maddy Stabinger and Hannah Adams all had opportunities by either hitting the crossbar or going 1-on-1 with the keeper. You have to credit their goalie (8 saves). We just could not get by her."
Pioneer keeper Olivia Vranich saved four shots to preserve the shutout.
Back on the road Wednesday night, the Pioneers piled up 20 shots on goal but only came away with a 3-0 final as Solanco's keeper, Gabi Dolan, was up to the challenge.
"I thought Solanco played a great game," said Lebo. "They wanted to send their seniors off with a win but we knew we needed to win to seal the deal for playoffs. Their keeper was aggressive and confident and did a nice job against our offense."
Stabinger broke the ice with a goal midway through the first half while Kendal Ream, taking a cross from Sarah Doutrich in the corner, made it 2-zip with eight minutes left in the half. McKenna Conklin added the finishing touches with a lofted shot that sailed over the keeper in the second half.
Bella DiCamilla picked up the shutout with five saves.
"Since it was the final game of the regular season, and because of back-to-back night games, we were subbing often," Lebo noted. "Everyone got playing time.
"We're thrilled to end the regular season at 11-3," she continued. "It's certainly an improvement for the program. The girls play for each other and I think that helps them get the results they want."
Lampeter's three game winning streak came to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers were dealt a 2-1 setback against Section One's third place team, Hempfield, in the opening round of the League playoffs in Millersville.
This was a battle from start to finish. After a scoreless first half, Hempfield went in front just four minutes after the break. It took L-S a bit longer to get going but they rose to the occasion and knotted the score when Adams, on a leading pass from Ansley Yost, found the back of the cage with ten minutes left in the game. That lasted just five minutes as Hempfield's Val Zawrotuk notched the game-winner.
Faced with a 'must win' situation last week, the field hockey team took care of business, handling Solanco 7-1 on Monday and Elizabethtown 4-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the L-L League playoffs for the first time in four years.
Despite the lopsided result against Solanco, the game was tied at 1-1 in the first half with both squads connecting with penalty stroke goals.
"This was our third stroke of the season but the first one we scored on," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Makayla Malcolm tied the game on her attempt."
That tight play, however, did not continue after the break as L-S, fueled by Laura Horner's four goals, two in a span of about four minutes, exploded for six goals. Julia Smecker and Hanna Garber each added one goal and two assists.
"All of Laura's goals required her to drive, pull past, tip etc.," noted Swarr. "She is our finisher, for sure. And while Hanna Garber isn't logging a ton of goals, we could not do without her. She has set up so many of our goals these last couple of games."
The action continued on Wednesday with another high scoring affair. This time L-S got going early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first half and matching E-town's effort after the break as each team scored once. Garber dished out three assists on the day with Smecker and Abby Thorius each scoring twice.
"Abby makes things happen," said Swarr. "Her first goal was off a sweet corner shot, designed just for her. And Julia finished two big runs. Her speed is incredible.
"And our defensive unit keeps us in games," she continued. "Anchored by Jenna Lapp and Kate Smith and added onto by Amelia Cope and Jocelyn Branco. They do a fantastic job marking and adjusting as needed."
The Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday opposite Section Three champ Annville-Cleona and came away with a solid 2-0 victory. Holding a 12-4 advantage in shots, the Pioneers scored once in each half but needed some solid defense, including a defensive save by Branco and three saves by keeper Delaney McCormick to preserve the shutout.
Horner and Chloe Blantz recorded the goals while Smecker and Daisy Frank were credited with assists.
With only one game last week, the girls' volleyball team improved to 5-3 in Section Two with a 3-1 road win over Solanco Tuesday night. The Pioneers sit behind Elizabethtown (8-0 LL) and Garden Spot (6-2 LL) in the standings and face both teams this week.
The Pioneers, who got a nine kill effort from Haley Hoover and seven aces from Marissa Petersheim, got off to a slow start but managed to pull out a 25-23 first set win over the hosts.
Solanco buckled down a bit in the second set and pulled away for a 25-18 final but that momentum was short-lived. L-S responded with back-to-back wins, 25-14, 25-13.
Emma Cohen directed the offense with 34 assists while Sarah Stoltzfuz (15 digs) and Hoover (3 blocks) anchored the defense.
In their last regular meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, the lady Pioneer harriers capped an undefeated Section Two record with dominating wins over Annville-Cleona (15-49) and Columbia (15-55).
With 15 of the 23 runners wearing blue and white jerseys, it was a red shirt that crossed the line first. Columbia's Jordan Haberstroh ran the course in 19:42 but with only one teammate, a team victory was not in the cards. L-S ran the table after that, securing 11 of the next 13 places.
Colleen Gilbert led the way. Her 20:19 was 37 seconds behind Haberstroh. Kelsey Kimmel (3rd, 20:52), Sarah Capoferri (4th, 21:24), Olivia Gard (5th, 22:06), and Kyla Drouillard (6th, 22:47) rounded out the top five with Marissa Denlinger (9th, 23:31), Micah Gordley (10th, 24:14), Olivia Honert (11th, 24:35), Hannah Shultheis (12th, 25:09), Paige Weidman (13th, 25:15) and Danae Ranck (14th, 25:33) slamming the door.
The girls are 7-0 in Section Two and 9-0 overall.
In their last meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, Jansen Miller raced to a first place finish with a 17:29 with teammates Noah Pritchard (17:48) and Everett Honert (17:48) close behind in second and third place respectively. The trio led the Pioneers to a 17-43 victory over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 result against Columbia who has just one runner.
L-S capped the scoring with Michael Kuhns taking fifth (18:12) and David Helms (18:19) sixth.
Adding top 20 finishes were Josiah McCarthy (8th, 18:37), Andrew Pritchard (10th, 19:00), Thomas Sellers (14th, 19:25), Josiah Zehr (19:33), Colton Morris (18th, 19:41) and Josh Eidemiller (20th, 19:46).
The Pioneers accounted for 28 of the 44 runners competing. With a 6-3 record, they finished the season in fourth place in Section Two.
For their efforts through the regular season, a handful of Pioneers earned all-star recognition. Jansen Miller, Colleen Gilbert and Kelsey Kimmel received First Team recognition while Noah Pritchard, Olivia Gard and Kyla Drouillard were Second Team all-stars.
Friday the 13th proved to be a bit unlucky for the football team. Hosting Elizabethtown for their homecoming game, the Pioneers battled the Bears for just over three hours but fell short 44-38 in overtime.
"The kids played hard," said head coach John Manion. "I can't question their effort. E-town just made one more play than we did."
Tied at 38-38, Peyton Denlinger's 38-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left was just off the mark and sent the game into overtime. E-town jumped ahead with QB Cole Patrick's rushing TD. But Cody Reiff blocked the extra point, giving L-S momentum. That, however, was short-lived as the Pioneers fumbled on their second play.
"We had a chance but fell short," said Manion. "Now we bounce back."
This one was as back-and-forth as a ping pong game. L-S went in front on a Kris Pirozzi (9 catches for 145 yards) one yard run but the PAT was no good. E-town answered with a 54-yard passing TD and a successful PAT and a 7-6 first quarter lead.
The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter with a five-yard run and L-S matched that effort when Cam Neimeyer recovered a fumble and raced 22-yards to the end zone. Denlinger added a 20 yard field goal just before the half to put LS in front 16-14.
The second half was more of the same. E-town opened with a 53-yard rushing TD and Neimeyer countered with an 80-yard run that kept L-S in front, 23-21.
The Bears, unfazed, came back with a 26-yard field goal and then scored again, taking advantage of a high snap and a blocked punt to go up 30-23.
L-S opened the fourth with a Drew Smith two-yard TD and Todd Shelley, who threw for 168 yards, hit Neimeyer for the two point conversion that knotted the score and set the stage for the extra period.
"Todd threw a nice game with over 300 yards in tough conditions," noted Manion. "Marc Wilson ran hard and had 143-yards receiving on 10 catches."
This week the Pioneers are "Playing for Hope" as their game against Cocalico is in support of A Week Away, a non-profit organization founded by former L-S grad Caleb Walker who battled brain cancer.
Middletown Football Blanks Camp Hill, Now 7-0 October 16, 2017
With another dominating performance, this one a 49-0 dismantling of Camp Hill, the Middletown Blue Raider football team is 7-0 and roughly three-quarters of the way through what they hope will be their second straight undefeated regular season. The Homecoming rout of the visiting Lions was fueled by Jose Lopez and his 252-yard, five touchdown outburst.
Despite the lopsided final, Middletown failed to score in the opening frame with Lopez's first trip to the endzone, an eight-yarder with 8:42 remaining in the half, finally breaking the scoring drought. Lopez made it 14-0 at the half with his second score of the game, a one-yard plunge that came with just under two minutes remaining in the half.
Middletown, behind Lopez and a 59-yard Tyeer Mills punt return touchdown, broke the game open in the third quarter. Lopez got things rolling with a 12-yard score that came 1:17 into the frame and finished the 21-point spurt with a 74-yard scamper that made it 35-0 with just over 15-minutes of game time remaining. Mills slithered 59 yards for a score in between those two Lopez TDs, putting Middletown up 28-0 with 9:05 remaining in the third. Lopez capped his incredible game with a 28-yard score just 11 ticks into the fourth quarter. Devin Martin tacked on one final touchdown with 5:35 remaining in the contest, covering 30 of his 41 yards on the score.
The girls' soccer team remains squarely in the District 3-AA playoff picture despite a 1-2 week that dropped the Lady Raiders to 8-9 on the year. The lone victory of the week came on Tuesday, a 5-2 win over Milton Hershey. Jordyn Dupes sealed the win with one goal and one assist that flipped a one goal contest into a three-goal rout.
Morgan Killen netted the Lady Raiders first goal but that 1-0 lead lasted only eight minutes as Desiree Harris evened the game at 1-1 at 29:28. Middletown pulled away in the second half starting with Jade Senior's score just 3:44 into the half. Mackenzie Coble made it 3-1 with her 66th minute score but the Lady Spartans got one back on Gabby Farr's penalty kick conversion at 71:50.
Dupes took over from there, setting up Ashley Barni in the 73rd minute before finishing up the scoring with help from Makaila Nester in the 79th minute. Amanda Lee needed just three saves to earn the win.
The Lady Raiders opened the week on Monday with a 5-0 loss to Trinity. The Lady Shamrocks used three goals from Katie Dominguez to collect their second shutout win over Middletown this season. Lee finished the loss with five saves.
Middletown's second loss of the week came on Thursday, a 2-0 final at Susquehanna Township. The Lady Indians used a first half score from Melissa Ulrich and a second half goal from Sam Polon to secure the victory. Lee added another four saves to her weekly tally.
The field hockey team fell to 1-15-1 on the year after losses to Big Spring and Northern York by a combined 13-0. "This has been a tough year," said head coach Jana Woodring, adding "We are a young team, we lost 10 seniors last year, and our numbers are very low. Some games we have exactly enough girls. Give Middletown a few years and you will see a change."
The boys' soccer team inched closer to a District 3-AA playoff berth and a first round bye with a two-win week. The victories over Trinity and Milton Hershey bumped Middletown's record to 11-4-1 which is good enough for the sixth spot in the district AA power rankings, the final spot to earn a first round bye.
Middletown opened the week with a 3-1 win over Trinity in a rescheduled game from early September. The Blue Raiders got their only score of the opening half on a Trinity own goal with Joey Spear and Nate Nelson adding second half scores. Ben Knisely provided the assist on Nelson's score while Tommy Lee (five saves) and Avery Williams (11 saves) split time in goal.
Tuesday's victory over Milton Hershey came much easier as Middletown posted a 27-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. With all the action at the other end of the pitch Williams needed just four saves to earn the victory. David Alcock put the Blue Raiders up early with his 13th minute goal while Spear gave Thomas Einolf his first assist of the game with his 28th minute goal. Einolf's second assist found the foot of Lee who happily made the deposit into the net at 72:54.
The girls' volleyball team split their two matches last week and sit just shy of even on the season at 7-8. The Lady Raiders fell to Northern York by a 3-0 final on Tuesday before rebounding to top Central Dauphin East by a 3-1 count on Thursday.
Middletown was able to keep pace with Northern in the opening game leading to a 25-23 final but the Lady Polar Bears posted back-to-back 25-12 wins in games two and three to close out the match. Katie Knaub finished with 13 assists, two aces and two digs while Morgen Miller added eight kills and one ace. Hannah Wilsbach chipped in with 11 digs.
Thursday's match against the Rams was a back-and-forth affair with the four games being decided by a total of nine points. The first three games were all decided by two points with Middletown enjoying 25-23 and 26-24 wins to open the match. The Lady Panthers avoided the sweep by stealing game three 25-23 but Middletown bounced back with a three-point victory in game four, 25-22.
Miller enjoyed a 13 kill, 10 dig and four ace game while Shelby Luther finished with 10 kills, two aces and two blocks. Alex Kolish chipped in with 10 digs, six aces and four kills while Cassie Ebersole rounded things out with a team high nine kills and three blocks.
Indians Advance in Playoffs, Allessie Nets Milestone October 15, 2017
Donegal field hockey has been a solid program for years, accumulating scores of titles and hardware over time and sending numerous players on to successful college careers at all levels including national and international play.
With an elusive PIAA championship finally realized last year, the ladies have their sights set on defending that title and have blown through the regular season with yet another undefeated campaign and a streak that spans two years.
The Indians opened up post-season play last week in the L-L League Championship against Warwick and another milestone was met when Mackenzie Allessie scored her 200th career goal on a reverse with 24:21 to go in the first half to open up a 1-0 lead that eventually turned into an 8-3 victory for the defending League Champions. She ended the day with five overall.
That followed her 100th career assist in last Tuesday's contest at home, a 13-0 victory over Cocalico before the ladies finished out the regular season with an 11-0 win at Solanco last Wednesday.
With the win over Warwick on Saturday, Donegal advanced to a semifinal matchup with Penn Manor, a 3-0 winner over Manheim Central. The Comets have met Donegal the past two years in the championships, both times in the title game.
Warwick's Katie Pyle tied the game at 1-1 when she beat keeper Katie Jean on an insert off a penalty corner two minutes later, but by the time the Warriors were able to score again with 1:20 remaining in the half, Donegal had built an insurmountable 6-1 lead.
Scoring against Donegal is not an easy task as Jean has been a stalwart in the cage for the Indians over the past four years. The senior All-Star recorded 14 shutouts prior to Saturday's game and is a perfect complement to Allessie's offense.
Lily Saunders scored twice for the ladies and as of the start of last week's play was one of five Donegal players to lead Section Two in scoring for the year. Amanda Beck, Grace Miller, and Cassy Stauffer joined that list and all were in the top ten.
Saunders' first score of the day came on a play where she was able to work up field from about 40 yards out, moving around two defenders and sending a shot home into the lower near corner of the cage to make it 3-1 with 19:54 on the clock.
Fourteen minutes later she notched her second goal when she took a feed from Miller in front of the cage and scored with 5:45 to go in the half for a 6-1 Donegal lead.
Kyra Olweiler broke open a scoreless second half when she beat Catie Brubaker cross-cage on an assist from Saunders with 12:11 left in the game. Allessie followed two minutes later with a solo shot to close out the scoring for Donegal.
Donegal celebrated its 11 seniors to kick off the game with Cocalico and all received playing time in the first half. Stauffer, Miller, Jean, Olweiler, Rachael Overlander, Allaura Bohan, Taylor Hauck, Makenna Mader, Ashley Maxwell, and Taylor Altice were recognized during Senior Night ceremonies.
Mader put the ladies on board early when she took a corner insert and sent a shot past Eagle keeper Summer Halderman 1:38 into the contest for the 1-0 lead. Altice followed shortly after with a score off an assist by Olweiler that smacked the board exactly one minute later for a 2-0 score that held until halftime.
Donegal took over in the second half as Allessie recorded a hat-trick, and Saunders and Stauffer each netted two apiece in the lopsided affair.
Stauffer's second score came with a little over 12 minutes left in the game to make it 11-0 but it was off the stick of Allessie which marked the 100th assist of her career, adding to her growing list of hockey accomplishments. Miller, Maxwell, Catherine Moran, and Olivia Lechene also scored for the ladies.
Amanda Beck's first half goal with 23:48 on the clock opened the scoring for Donegal against Solanco and Allessies' fourth score of the day with 12:06 left in the second closed things out in yet another shut out by the Indians.
Jean stopped all three of Solanco's shots while Saunders scored twice, and Kiera Baughman, Bohan, Miller, and Stauffer added one each.
Last week marked the end of the season for the girl's tennis team as its run ended with a 4-1 loss to New Oxford in the District team competition while Sophie May fell in the quarterfinals in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to eventual District Three AAA champion Amanda Hagino of Hempfield.
May drew a first round matchup with South Western's Michaela Sentz on Friday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club advancing through with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Top seeded Hagino awaited her later the same day and proved overpowering on her way to District gold.
The day prior, 11th seeded Donegal faced off with number six seed New Oxford in the first round of team play. May the only Indian to record a win, defeating Kasi Conjack 6-1, 6-2 in number two singles.
Mariah Forrey put up a fight in number three singles losing in a tie-break to Maddie Markle 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 while Emily Ashley lost in number one singles to Kamdyn Balko 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles, Molly Socks and Eryn Little won 6-0, 6-1 over Grace Wheeler and Lyla Naqvi in number one doubles and Sarah Moyer and Emily Sterner defeated Madison Aument and Mary Murphy 6-0, 6-0 in number two doubles.
"Emily injured herself in the first round doubles match in leagues, limiting her mobility," said head coach Trent Hoffmaster. "And Sophie played a wonderful match in first round of districts beating the York county champ."
Last week's flight three and flight four singles in the L-L tournament were not reported. Forrey, playing in flight three, advanced into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Manheim's Grace Roberts followed by a 7-6 (10-4), 6-0 win over Rachel Marcroft of L-S.
She then faced Sophie Granbois and lost 6-4, 6-3 to the number two seed and eventual champion from Hempfield.
In flight four, Naqvi took on fourth seeded Isabelle Brown from L-S in the first round and lost 6-2, 6-2.
May and Ashley also were in the respective brackets for the fifth and seventh place matches in flight one which were played last Monday. Ashley, who was injured during a first round doubles match defaulted against Hempfield's Lyla Jackson and May lost to MT's Emily Garvin 6-0, 6-0.
The harrier teams closed out the season last week with the girls beating Lancaster-Mennonite 25-39 and Manheim 15-55 while the boys lost to LM 26-32 and Manheim 27-28.
The Barons barely edged out the guys scoring the fourth and fifth positions in a race in which the two teams otherwise traded back-and-forth as Manheim also finished second, seventh and ninth for the one point win.
Silas Buckwalter finished first overall with a time of 16:56 while Dylan Zuch (18:09), Matthew Wallace (18:24), Logan Fry (19:00), and Aedan Wilkinson (20:35), and Brandon Hess (20:37) all finished in the top 20.
The Lady Blazers placed in the top two overall, but Donegal, led by Rachel Fernald's fourth overall time of 22:12, spear headed a run in which the ladies scored positions 3-10 to top the host team.
Amanda Fry (22:35), Ella DeBruin (22:42), Megan Myers (24:11), Kimberly Ebersole (24:11), Anna Hawbaker (24:16), Keri Anderson (24:28), Myra Naqvi( 25:19), Sarah Hinkel (25:59), McKenzie DuBuskey (26:11), and Jordyn Smith (27:52) finished out the field for Donegal.
Donegal fell behind early against Hazelton Friday night, but reeled off 20 unanswered points behind a stout defense to come away with a 20-14 road win.
Despite giving up 306 total yards, the defense held Hazelton to 60 yards on the ground while Cael Rapp recorded an interception and Keeryen Stevens knocked down a Sparky Wolk pass in the end zone to deny a Cougar touchdown before the half.
Nick Ketner (17-148, TD) and Cam Ellis (20-95, 2TD) spear headed a Donegal offense that put up 353 total yards with 287 of them coming on the ground.
With a 5-0 win over Northern Lebanon and a 7-0 victory over Lebanon Catholic last week, the Lady Indians finished the season with only one loss before facing off against undefeated Ephrata in the opening round of the L-L Championships.
The Mounts went up 1-0 in the 23rd minute before Maya Willing's goal with 11:25 left in the game tied things up. After two scoreless overtime periods the game went to penalty kicks where Ephrata came away as winners with a 4-2 advantage.
"It took us a little longer than we would have liked to get into the flow of the match in the first half," stated head coach Scott Summers. "We looked a bit nervous but we gained confidence and got more comfortable has the game went on."
Despite the early exit Donegal has Districts to look forward to next week and Summers believes they will be ready.
"I have no doubt that we'll use today as a learning experience, we'll get back to work next week and prepare for Districts. As I told them after the match, we did everything we could today and gave ourselves a chance to win, including coming back from 1-0 deficit. Nothing to be down about there."
Meanwhile, Donegal's boys finished out their season with two wins last week defeating Northern Lebanon 8-1 and Lebanon Catholic 9-0 to finish third in Section Three.
With five goals in the first half, the Indians out worked the Vikings last Monday earning nine corner kicks to none for Northern Lebanon while outshooting them 15-4.
Zac Runkle scored twice while Aaron Smith, Ryan McBeth, Philip Herzog, Nathan Ncube Jose De La Cruz, and Kieran Kramer added single goals. Nate Nimo made one save in goal.
Nine different players scored for the Indians in their win over Lebanon Catholic last Wednesday and Gavin Murren recorded two saves in goal as Donegal outshot the visitors 25-2 in the shutout victory.
Zach Kridler, Michael Linebarger, Smith, McBeth, Herzog, Runkle, De La Cruz, Kramer, and Heim all tallied goals while Rylan Brooks added three assists on the day.
PM Football Spoils CV's Homecoming, 33-17 October 15, 2017
Friday the 13th did not cast its spell on Penn Manor's football team. The Comets rolled in to Witmer and rolled over the favored Buckskins of CV, 33-17, and spoiled their Homecoming.
"It was a fantastic night," praised head coach John Brubaker. "This was the start of a new four game season. We wanted to be physical on the offensive line and swarm the ball on defense. The guys were enthusiastic and they executed our game plan."
Manor went in front early and often in the first half and led 25-3 at the break. Taking advantage of a Tanner Schwilk interception, the Comets needed just six plays and a one-yard plunge from Ben Wright to get on board.
After blocking the extra point, CV looked to counter with Schwilk finding a couple of open receivers but the Comets not only forced but recovered a fumble and took advantage of another turnover. This one resulted in a 3-yard scamper by Wright and a 12-0 first quarter lead.
After giving up a 30 yard field goal early in the second quarter, Comet QB Josiah Edwards extended the advantage with a pair of TD's, racing 25 and two-yards to pay dirt and that commanding lead.
"Josiah ran some counter plays to open things up," said Brubaker. "He finished with 170 rushing yards and as a team, we rushed for 427, a season-high."
CV gained its footing in the second half, outscoring the visitors 14-8 but it wasn't enough.
"We had Taraje Whitfield covering Jose Barbon and he did a great job," noted Brubaker. "He tipped a pass in that first series that was a huge play. And Jake Hollinger came up with that early interception and added a first half sack as well. Evann Jones also played well, adding two sacks and a couple tackles for a loss," he continued. "Ben and Cole Heckaman ran hard and Casey McCullough dominated the offensive line. We had numerous guys step up. Everyone worked hard."
Coming off an overtime victory over McCaskey, the boys' soccer team knew Thursday night's home match with Conestoga Valley was a 'must win' to qualify for the district playoffs. Unfortunately, CV was in the same situation, though the Bucks were sitting inside the 16 team Class 4A field that advances.
The visitors struck early and often, scoring three times in a period of three minutes and went on to win 4-1.
"I have never experienced getting scored on three times in three minutes," recalled head coach Paul Taylor. "We were very flat and weren't pressuring the ball and we weren't marking up inside the 18. It was surreal for that brief moment of time."
But that was all CV needed. The Bucks came in with 38 goals scored but 21 of them were courtesy of Robbie Krasinski. The junior would not be denied though Manor's Jared Harvey, a senior, did his best to slow him down. Krasinski finished with a hat trick, including two of those three early tallies, and the only second half goal.
"Krasinski is fast and crafty," said Taylor. "He was only able to get the ball a few times and he made those times count."
After the Comets settled in, the possession of play and opportunities favored the hosts. Manor cut the lead to 3-1 when senior Conlin Groft juked a pair of defenders and fired a shot into the upper left corner in the 36th minute.
With momentum building in favor of the Comets, CV was awarded a PK just four minutes into the second half. Backup keeper Fahri Sivri (5 saves) not only stopped Krasinski's initial kick but the rebound shot as well, adding to Manor's momentum.
Try as they might, the shots on goal by Mitch Martin, who actually hit a post, Hunter Enck, Liam Hart and Groft were just wide or just high. Manor held an 11-9 edge in shots.
"The boys played extremely hard and created a number of dangerous opportunities," stated Taylor. "The better team did not win. We beat ourselves. We had a solid game plan and felt good we would get the win. We have been on the wrong side of good luck for a number a years now. The tide will turn," he added. "I feel badly for the seniors."
Penn Manor entered the game ranked 17th in the district. Last year they finished 17th in the 16 team field. In 2015, they missed the 20 field playoff bracket by one spot.
The harrier teams traveled to Lebanon last Tuesday for their last duel meet of the season. Both squads dominated the undermanned Cedars with 15-55 wins on the day.
The boys, competing against just three runners, were led by Nick Fafel and David Kramer both clocking an 18:02, with Lou Lindsey literally on their heels and one second back for third. Zach Shucker added a fourth place finish in 18:20 with Marco Rezkalla grabbing the final counting position with a sixth place 19:14.
Also placing for the Comets: Dylan Terry (8th, 20:05), Trevor Charles (9th, 20:05), Jordan Photis (10th, 20:07), Brady Lehman (11th, 20:11), Jesse Kanagy (12th, 20:29) and Emmitt Richey (13th, 20:45).
The girls' squad evened their league mark to 4-4 by claiming the first 10 places. Andrea Funk was the overall winner with a 22:09. Arden Morgan was second in 22:23 and Maddy McCanna took third with a 22:45. Lauren Zink, with a 23:01, ran fourth for the Comets while Brianna Ulaky rounded out the top five with a 24:05.
Rounding out the top ten was Puja Neopaney (6th, 24:20), Julianne West (7th, 25:07), Carly Wall (8th, 25:32), Becky Kramer (9th, 25:49) and Libby Sullivan (10th, 26:32).
"Both teams performed well as we overpowered a developing team from Lebanon," said co-head coach Tom Ecker. "The meet provided the runners a chance to work together at a set pace in preparation for the League Championships."
Needing to win out for even a chance to get to the post-season, the girls' soccer team was dealt a 6-1 loss to Hershey last Monday in a game rescheduled from September 23.
"That knocked us out of playoff contention," said head coach Jacob Marino.
The girls fell behind 4-0 in the first half and couldn't regroup. The Trojans improved to 5-8-1 overall while the Comets fell to 4-9 overall.
Last Thursday on the road, the Comets ended their season with a hard-fought 2-0 loss to Section One champ Conestoga Valley, leaving them with a 3-9 league record.
The 10-1-1 Bucks needed 44 minutes to post their first goal and three minutes later they picked up an insurance goal by leading scorer Emma Weirich.
"We created three opportunities early on where we were one-on-one with the keeper and just could not finish," said Marino. "The level of play was even from both sides. It was a great last game of the season."
The wins have not come easy for the Comets this season so they were more than happy with their 9-1 victory over McCaskey Saturday morning, October 7.
Scoring two goals in each half and dishing out three assists on the day, Susan Porambo sparked a 6-0 first half rally for the Comets. Kara Huber tallied the second goal of the game and opened the second half scoring ten minutes in. Kylee Hess, Aislyn Evans and Danielle Heisey, who also added an assist, rounded out the scoring.
Miriam Badri needed just four saves to secure the victory.
"Anne Shoelkopf, Danielle Heisey, Jenna Mylin, Megan Sangrey and Susan Porambo deserve nothing but praise for what they did this season," Marino stated. "I have never seen a team dominate play in so many games and not come out with a winning result. But at the end of the day, being really good at kicking a ball around pales in comparison to being able to make a positive impact in the lives of others, which is what they did," he continued. "These seniors will go on to do much bigger things than win soccer games. I believe they will see the fruits of their labor in the coming years as they watch the girls coming up take lead."
Playing three matches in four days, the volleyball team came away with one win on the week and saw their record slip to 4-6 in the L-L and 4-9 overall.
Shayna Warfel put down a match high 17 kills but it wasn't enough to propel the Comets past Spring Grove last Monday. Tied at 1-1 after two sets, Spring Grove rebounded from their 25-12 loss with a 25-19 win and then pulled out a 25-23 thriller to steal the win.
"We were able to serve them out of system in that second set, forcing a number of errors," said head coach Tim Joyce. "But in the end, they just had too many weapons.
Emily Cummings served up four aces, Ave Dunford-Groves worked the back row for 19 digs, Sydney Leichliter directed the offense with 32 assists and Tiana Ferko put up one block.
The Comets faced second place Cedar Crest one night later but didn't have what it takes to pull out the win. They suffered 25-15, 26-24, 25-19 set results.
"We got off to a hesitant start but by the end of the first, we were playing at full speed, but it was too late at that point," said head coach Tim Joyce. "We led for a portion of that second set mostly due to tough serving. Both teams had a chance for game-point, but Crest was able to finish. The third set was back-and-forth for a while but they proved to be the tougher team."
Warfel was again tops with 14 kills but the Falcons led in aces, digs, assists and blocked shots.
Jordan Schucker served up three aces, Dunford-Groves led with six digs, Sydney Leichliter added 21 assists and Elizabeth Kubican recorded two blocks.
The Comets wrapped up the week with a sweep over McCaskey, winning 25-8, 25-18, 25-12.
Warfel needed just seven kills and two blocks to lead the way. Schucker finished with six aces and 11 assists, Kendra Weiss added 5 digs and Krahulik chipped in with a pair of blocks.
"Shayna had strong passing and hitting performances," noted Joyce. "And Jordan Schucker, a freshman recently pulled up to varsity, stepped in and had an immediate, positive impact as a serving specialist. Senior captain Mikiah Sangrey also had strong nights defensively."
The Comets opened the playoff portion of their schedule this past Saturday morning when they hosted Manheim Central in the quarterfinals round of the L-L League playoffs. The Section One champs, with 22 corners and 15 shots, blanked the Section Two runners-up with a balanced effort and a 3-0 final.
Gabby Bitts led the way with a second half goal and assisted both Briana Harsh and Emma DeBerdine to put the Comets in front 2-0 at the half. The win pits the Comets against the Indians in the semifinals October 17 at Warwick. The two teams have met in the L-L Finals each of the past two years.
With a pair of goals from Harsh and a three assists, one goal effort from DeBerdine, the Comets capped their undefeated run through the regular season with their ninth league shutout (13th overall) last Tuesday at Comet Field. The home team piled up six first half tallies en route to an 8-0 sweep over Cedar Crest. Harsh scored once in each half but it was Mia Clancy, on a feed from Gabby Bitts that opened the scoring about eight minutes in.
Hannah Brown, Bitts, Alyssa Schriver and Anna May Barbusca also found the back of the cage with Brown and Bitts (2) contributing assists.
ET Football Posts OT Upset Over Pioneers October 15, 2017
It may not be on the same level as the '68 Jets or Appalachian State stunning Michigan in 2007 but Elizabethtown's 44-38 overtime victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Friday was a pretty impressive upset win for the Bears. Need proof, consider...E-town entered the contest on a three-game slide while L-S had won two straight and sported just one loss on the season, to undefeated Manheim Central. Everything pointed to a homecoming win for the Pioneer crowd but then the game started and E-town forced two fumbles, recovering both, while picking off Lampeter-Strasburg QB Todd Shelley three times. Add it all up and the Bears managed to survive in OT for their fourth win of the season.
As the final score suggests the teams traded trips to the endzone throughout the contest starting with a one-yard Kris Pirozzi plunge that gave Lampeter-Strasburg the early lead. Elizabethtown fired back with a 54-yard Cole Patrick to Devyn Clair pitch and catch that tied the game until David Shank's PAT made it 7-6 Elizabethtown. L-S was able to enjoy a 16-14 halftime lead courtesy of a 22-yard Cam Niemeyer fumble return for a score combined with a 20-yard Peyton Denlinger field goal. Those scores countered Cayden Livingston's five-yard run that had extended the Bear lead to 14-6.
Clair got the second half scoring rolling with a 53-yard jaunt that put E-town back on top at 21-16 but the lead was short lived because Niemeyer broke off an 80-yard score that put the Pioneers back up, 23-21. The flip-flopping continued when Shank drilled a 26-yard field goal to put the Bears in front 24-23. Elizabethtown extended their lead to 31-23 a short while later when Isaiah Sheetz recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for a score.
Lampeter-Strasburg started their fourth quarter comeback with a two-yard Drew Smith TD coupled with a Shelley to Niemeyer two-point conversion that knotted the game at 31-31. The Bears briefly regained the lead when Patrick hit Grant Gaumer for a 78-yard score. The Shank extra-point made it 38-31. The Pioneers had one more answer in the form of a six-yard Pirozzi run that forced overtime.
Elizabethtown struck first in OT with Patrick punching it in on a six-yard scramble but a blocked extra point put the Bear faithful on the edge of their seats. The E-town defense was up to the task and shut down Pioneers to seal the overtime win.
The field hockey team lost their L-L playoff spot with back-to-back losses to Manheim Central and Lampeter-Strasburg to close out the regular season.
The first blow came in the form of a 4-0 loss to the Lady Barons on Monday. Facing a relentless Central attack that produced 12 shots and 14 corners led to seven Hannah McConnell saves in the loss.
Two days later the Lady Pioneers used two goals from both Julia Smecker and Abby Thorius to fully remove Elizabethtown from the L-L playoff picture, securing Section Two's third bid at the expense of the Lady Bears. E-town used Mackenzie Hammaker's first half score and Jaide Epler's second half goal to hang with L-S but the duo of Smecker and Thorius proved too much. McConnell finished with 11 saves in the loss.
While the Lady Bears season ending five game slide pushed Elizabethtown out of the L-L playoffs it did not do the same to their District 3-AA playoff invite. With a few days remaining before the district power rankings are finalized the Lady Bears occupy the 14th spot in the 16-team field, setting a tentative first round match-up with East Pennsboro on October 25th.
The girls' volleyball team continued their impressive run through the 2017 regular season picking up wins over Manheim Township and Manheim Central last week to improve to 10-1 on the year. The Lady Bears kicked off the week with a 3-0 sweep over Township on Monday. E-town had little trouble dispatching the Lady Streaks, posting wins of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-10, thanks to 11 kills from Taylor Beeler and 29 assists from Julia Rathsam. Beeler also added 14 digs while Rebecca Epps (five aces) and Bri Eberly (three blocks) provided back up.
Tuesday's 3-0 win over Central was only mildly more challenging as Elizabethtown claimed game one 25-13 and game three 25-12. The Lady Barons managed a strong game two but E-town still collected the 25-20 victory. Rathsam had another 22 assists while Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all finished with six kills. Ashley NyeSmith added 13 digs and four aces while Grace Murray recorded a team high three blocks.
The girls' tennis team saw their season come to an official close on October 9th with the completion of Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament. Elizabethtown's final remaining entry, Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long, finished with the Flight Three silver after an 8-3 finals loss to Cedar Crest's Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer.
The cross country team slipped in one final regular season meet before kicking off their postseason run. The regular season finale was a mixed bag for the Bears as the boy's club knocked off Ephrata 22-34 but fell to Cedar Crest 28-33. For the girls it was a 22-33 win over Cedar Crest balancing out a 27-28 loss to Ephrata.
Christopher and Charles Scharf led the boy's push with Christopher taking first with a time of 16:35 and Charles third with a time of 17:15. Jesse Myers and his 17:51 just missed a top five finish, settling for the sixth fastest time on the day. Nat McCloud's 19:20 and Jason Trimble's 20:02 rounded out Elizabethtown's top five with McCloud finishing 17th and Trimble 22nd.
Katie Locker and Kate Weissend paced the Lady Bears, finishing third and fourth with times of 20:23 and 20:31. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn gave E-town another back-to-back finish inside the top 10 with Shontz taking sixth with a time of 20:52 and Quinn seventh with a time of 20:54. Malayna Van Winkle closed out Elizabethtown's top five and the day's top 15 with her 23:49.
The girls' soccer team wrapped up their 2017 campaign with a 1-1 week, putting the Lady Bears at 5-12 overall and 5-9 in section play.
E-town picked up the win over Solanco by a 5-1 final on Monday. Rachel Wood took control of the game early, scoring in the third and sixth minutes to give Elizabethtown a quick 2-0 lead. Kaeleigh Smedley tacked on a third first half score in the 22nd minute to give the Lady Bears a comfy lead at the break. Alicia Underkoffler made it 4-0 in favor of the home squad just a minute before Solanco's Sami Jackson broke up Kaitlyn Snyder's (two saves) shutout in the 67th minute. Smedley capped the scoring just before the final horn to set the 5-1 final.
Two days later the Lady Bears traveled to Ephrata to take on the Section Two Champion Lady Mountaineers. Smedley gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at intermission with her 38th minute score but Ephrata responded with two second half goals to secure the win. Snyder finished the season finale with seven saves.
The boys' soccer team used the final week of the regular season to overtake Ephrata atop the Section Two standings and clinch their fourth straight section crown. The Bears made their big move on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers, flipping the two squads in the section standings. Caleb Gerber, with help from Branden Kreider, scored what provided to be the game winner in the 36th minute. Austin Denlinger's seven saves kept Ephrata at bay and secured the win.
With the big move into first place already made, the Bears just needed to close out the regular season with a rescheduled Solanco game to officially claim the Section Two title. E-town did just that with a 7-0 victory over the Golden Mules on Thursday. Kreider and Shank led the way with a combined five first half goals to go with their two assists. Gerber and Cole Baker tacked on second half scores for the 7-0 final while Denlinger earned the clean sheet with eight saves.
The section title earned Elizabethtown a spot in the L-L playoffs opposite Lancaster Catholic, the second-place team from Section Three. The quarterfinal tilt took place on October 14th on Manheim Central's turf with the Bears cruising to a 5-0 win. Denlinger tallied four of the five saves needed to keep the Crusaders off the board with Baker picking up the final save.
Kreider scored the first two E-town goals, making it a 1-0 game in the 20th minute and a 2-0 game in the 44th minute. Chris Gartley extended the lead to three goals shortly after Kreider's second while Gerber made it 4-0 in the 50th minute. Sam Becker made the final deposit just before the final horn.
The Bears will continue their quest for their third L-L title in four years and their second straight with a semifinal showdown opposite Hempfield, last year's title game opponent. The two teams will face off at Conestoga Valley with kickoff set for 5:30pm on October 17th.
Spot Field Hockey Wins Three of Last Five Games October 15, 2017
The Garden Spot field hockey team closed out the 2017 campaign with a pair of Lancaster-Lebanon League games. The Spartans, in fact, finished strongly with three wins in their final five contests and a close overtime loss.
"Our last five games were very good for us," stated head coach Katy Eby. "I think what made the biggest difference for us was that we talked about effort and working hard for each other. It was great to see three wins and two other very close games in our last five."
Ephrata notched the overtime victory over Garden Spot on Monday night. Megan Mahlandt, who had scored for the Mountaineers in the first half, put the game-winner into the visitors' goal at the 5:14 mark of the overtime period. The goal, which came on a penalty stroke, gave the Mountaineers a 3-2 win. Garden Spot fell to 4-12 (3-10 in league).
"Ephrata has some very strong players," stated Eby. "We decided that while we would respect those players, we would play our game. We wanted to get on the board first. We did that just a few minutes into the game."
Stacey Horning's goal gave Garden Spot a 1-0 lead 2:22 into the match. Aubry Gonzalez provided the assist on this goal as well as Amelia Mercado's goal at the 26:45 mark of the first half.
Mercado's goal gave Garden Spot the lead once again as Anne Sensenig had tied it for Ephrata less than three minutes after Horning's early goal.
"We were able to get another one in the first half after Ephrata came back," Eby noted. "The girls were really excited at halftime.
"Ephrata picked it up in the second half with ten corners in the half," continued the coach. "They ended up scoring on one of them. But we were happy to have held them to only a pair of shots on those."
Mahlandt played a hero in regulation play as well. She tied the score at the 16:43 mark of the second half. Jennie Young provided the assist.
Eby described the overtime goal.
"Unfortunately, we got stopped quickly on a breakaway," she explained. "Ephrata started it and had a big pass through. It was almost a one-on-one with the goalie. The officials made the right call and gave them a penalty stroke because their player was tackled from behind."
The plethora of shots by the Mountaineers were repeatedly denied by junior goalkeeper Lauren Delgado.
"She has kept us in games all season," Eby remarked. "She had 21 saves against Ephrata."
The Spartans' season concluded with a 2-0 win over Cocalico in a Section Two home game on Wednesday. Gonzalez provided the scoring and Delgado recorded 12 saves for the shutout.
Looking ahead to next year, Eby is excited about the return of key players like Delgado and Gonzalez as well as center midfielder Megan Esh.
"We only graduate two seniors," she said. "So, we have a pretty strong group coming back next year, including our leading scorer Aubry Gonzalez."
The Spartans' comeback bid against the top team in Section Two inched them close to Cocalico on Friday night. However, the unbeaten Eagles held off that comeback bid, which had the Spartans seven points shy of tying the score in the third quarter. The Eagles scored three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to win it 56-28.
The Eagles improved to 6-1 (3-1 in league) while the visiting Spartans fell to 2-5 and 1-3.
It seemed like a one-sided game after one period. The Eagles had built a 28-6 advantage. The scoring included a fumble recovery for a Cocalico touchdown and a 70-yard rushing TD by Owen Zimmerman, who finished the game with 116 yards on six carries - two of them for scores.
Cameron Roth helped put the Spartans on the scoreboard, driving his team to its first touchdown of the game. It was a 56-yard strike to Jacob Arndt, who racked up an astounding 183 yards on 11 catches.
Roth wasn't finished there. The Spartans quarterback finished with 305 passing yards on 23 completions, including four touchdowns. He also churned up 67 yards of real estate on 22 carries.
Kellito Westmoreland, Connor Finkey and Jordan Shewbridge each had four catches and one touchdown. Westmoreland compiled 53 receiving yards and Shewbridge had 46 while Finkey added 25 more.
The running game for the Spartans was stopped cold as Roth's 67-yard total was the only highlight there.
Conversely, Brandon Brubaker ran for 88 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns and Noah Palm had 83 yards on 14 rushing attempts (2 TD's).
During their comeback, the Spartans outscored the Eagles 22-7. The scoring included a two-yard toss from Roth to Finkey accompanied by Kyle Willwerth's extra point kick. Shewbridge caught his TD pass on a one-yarder from Roth in the third quarter. Westmoreland scored on a 25-yarder, which the Spartans followed with a Roth-to-Arndt two-point passing play for the PAT.
Garden Spot will be back on the road this week at Elizabethtown. The Bears (4-3 overall) earned their first league win, beating Lampeter-Strasburg 44-38 in overtime.
Garden Spot took care of Ephrata in a Section Two road match Tuesday night. They beat the Mountaineers 25-20 in the first set only to see their hosts bounce back for a 25-21 second set win. Garden Spot won the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-7.
Shawna Zeiset had 20 kills. Sarah Shirk racked up 44 assists while Sam Martin added 34 digs and three aces. Kiersten Ellsworth was off the charts with blocks, registering eight.
The team played at the Pottsville Tournament over the weekend, finishing in second place.
"We made it to the championship match and lost in three," head coach Denny Werner explained. "We lost to Blue Mountain 15-12.
"Our pool was pretty good," he added. "Merion Catholic, in Class-A is number one. We split with Blue Mountain and them so we had to have a playoff to get into the playoffs.
"We actually beat Blue Mountain there," he went on. "We beat Panther Valley in the semi-finals. Overall we were 9-4 on the day."
The Spartans have two more matches before delving into the league playoffs on Friday.
"The time frame of this tournament was good," Werner added. "It's a good tune-up for the playoffs."
The Spartans finished the season with two exciting games. One was exciting for the closely-fought battle; the other was so because of all the goals Garden Spot scored.
In Monday afternoon's Section Two match at Manheim Central, the Spartans came up short as the Barons posted a 2-1 win.
Erna Hamzic tied the score for Garden Spot with two minutes left in the first half. Anna Armbruster provided the assist.
The Barons had gotten on the board four minutes into the game. Erin Greiner scored the eventual game-winner 18 minutes into the second half.
Mataya Hostetter snagged three saves for the Spartans.
Marissa Spacht held things down in front of her team's net in Wednesday night's Section Two home game against Lebanon. She needed to make only one save to claim the shutout win as her teammates scored six times. The 6-0 victory ended the Spartans' season at 6-11-0 (5-9-0 league).
Andrea Echavarria kicked off the scoring in the 10th minute of the match. She also added an assist.
Garden Spot goals came from a group of players who were in their final high school game in a Spartan uniform. Seniors Corrine Reed and Marina Castano along with Kristen Sweigart scored in the first half. Carly Esh, another senior, scored twice in the second half - the goals coming less than two minutes apart. Angela Strock added an assist.
The boys' team also wrapped up its season with a split of its Section Two matches last week. The Spartans lost 2-0 to Manheim Central on Monday night and defeated Cedar Crest by the same score on Wednesday night.
At Cedar Crest, Cade Weaver scored in the first half while Nate Nguyen punched one in in the 73rd minute of the game.
Matthew Good recorded four saves for this shutout win.
PV Booters Cap Season With Two League Wins October 15, 2017
The boys' soccer team accomplished a few positive things in closing out the 2017 season. Not only did the Braves finish with a winning record of 9-8-0, they were 8-6-0 in the L-L League. They finished strong by beating two league rivals.
And the other thing they achieved? It had to do with one of the Section Three opponents they beat this past week.
"In the Elco game, we were out for a little revenge, having lost to them in overtime before," said head coach Peter Bennett. "Going into that game, we were motivated for the revenge factor and hoping that getting a good win would help us leapfrog over them in the district standings."
Josh Heinrich and T.J. Hershey not only scored, but assisted in the final 20 minutes of the second half and Malachi Glick saved all 11 shots that came his way, all assuring the Braves that no overtime minutes would be needed. Pequea held on for a 2-0 win.
"The boys were pretty confident going into that game," Bennett added. "We looked back at the first time we played them. We had the lead at 1-0 and 2-1. Unfortunately, they beat us in overtime.
"We addressed our fixable mistakes not just in regards to that game and that loss, but for the second half of our season."
Indeed, the Braves went on to win four of their next five league games.
"Also, it was senior night, so their energy was up there," Bennett added.
In the regular-season finale, which was played at Northern Lebanon on Wednesday, the Braves beat the Vikings 7-1.
Hershey scored twice - both in the first half - and had an assist as well. Heinrich also scored twice and assisted on another. Al-Hassan Mozab, Bennett Nordhoff, James and James Diluzio each chipped in with one goal.
As for the post-season, the Braves narrowly missed the District Three Class-AA playoffs.
"We were just short," Bennett explained. "We ended up a game behind in the league standings [fourth instead of third in Section Three] and in the districts we were 11th.
Though 2017 is ending, there is a great deal of hope for next season.
"Hershey and Heinrich - our top two goal scorers - are coming back," Bennett noted. "The spine of our team should be back. Winston Thomas, the anchor of our defense, and sophomore Brandon Ratjavong, who had a few assists, should be back.
"We were disappointed to miss out on the playoffs," continued the coach. "But as close as we were and the strong wins we had give us something to build on, something to be excited about."
Pequea Valley's football team, coming off a bye week, hosted a strong Lancaster Catholic team in Friday night's Section Three showdown at Kinzers. In a game where the Braves were the underdogs, they kept things close until two Crusader touchdowns helped the visitors pull off a 38-14 win.
"It was 17-7 with about four or five minutes left in the third quarter," said head coach Mike Choi. "We had the ball and the opportunity to go down field and tighten up the game even more.
"But they did their job defensively and made us punt," Choi continued. "After that, they adjusted offensively and instead of a power running game, they started hitting their passes, working their way down the field with a couple of big passing plays on third down."
Pequea Valley fell to 2-5 overall and to 1-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League while the Crusaders improved to 3-4, 3-0.
Lancaster Catholic quarterback Gavin Sullivan completed 10 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Miklos, who was on the receiving end of six Sullivan completions, caught a 21-yard TD pass for the Crusaders' first score of the fourth quarter. Prior to the end of the third quarter, the Crusaders capped a scoring drive on a five-yard TD toss from Sullivan to Andrew Kirchner, making it 24-7 going into the final period.
"We had to pen it up once it got to 24-7," Choi explained. "In so doing, you open yourself up to having short drives. We also had a couple of dropped passes and had to turn it over to them."
Pequea Valley scored on Tim Malloy's six-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Ryan Lockhart converted the first of his two PAT kicks.
In the fourth quarter, after Catholic had pulled ahead by a 31-7 margin, Jordan Lapp led the Braves to their second TD of the game. Lapp (12-for-22, 72 yards) hit Dylan Jackson on a nine-yard scoring pass.
"We just made too many mistakes to beat that team," Choi said. "They did a good job at limiting their mistakes and not giving us more opportunities.
"Anybody who watched that game would tell you that it was a tighter game than the score indicated," added the coach. "I was proud of our guys. They were mentally disciplined, especially on defense and special teams. We struggled in execution - dropped passes, a play here or there."
Choi also pointed out that Pequea Valley's roster is slim compared to most teams in the league.
"We are stretching 19 guys and taking on Lancaster Catholic," he noted. "That's another reason to be proud of them."
The Braves' 2017 field hockey season came to an end with head coach Erin Lewis seeing some positive signs.
"The girls are getting better at reading the field, anticipating what's coming and anticipating what their teammates are doing," Lewis explained.
The Braves (0-16-1) closed out the season with a pair of L-L League losses, including a Tuesday night Section Three match with Elco. The Raiders (10-6-1, 7-2-1 LL) pulled off a 7-0 victory at Kinzers.
"Elco is toward the top of our section," Lewis said. "They are definitely a challenge for us. The girls played well, though the scoreboard did not reflect that.
"We really did well on offense, trying to get the ball more in our favor," she added. "Overall, we've really grown in that aspect this season."
Lewis explained that the team is putting together good offensive possessions though not necessarily finishing them with goals scored. Part of that has to do with the limited roster in which the necessary versatility takes away from consistency at some positions.
"With fifteen girls on the team, we have trouble trying to keep them in the same exact position all of the time," she added. "They're not mastering any one position on the field. That has been a challenge for us."
One of the positions that has been solid has been that of goalkeeper. Jordan Melson, a junior who should bring back some experience next year, has held her own, despite the team's winless record.
"Jordan Melson's save percentage is near 70," Lewis noted. "Though our scores are shutouts on the other team's parts, in some of these games she has had 20, 25 or 30 shots on goal. She has saved the majority of what comes her way. Eventually, the percentages catch up with you when you're facing so many shots."
She had 16 saves against Elco. Melson also recorded 16 more in the regular-season finale at Lancaster Mennonite on Wednesday. The Blazers had 23 shots on goal and earned a 6-0 victory.
The girls' soccer team earned a playoff berth thanks to its L-L League 9-3-2 record (10-6-2 overall) and a solid third-place finish in Section Three. The Braves kept the foot on the proverbial gas pedal with back-to-back wins against Section Three rivals Elco and Northern Lebanon to close out the regular season
Three weeks prior to Monday's match at Elco, the Raiders had come to Kinzers and blanked the Braves 5-0. But the Braves were having none of that on Monday. They got out to a 2-0 halftime lead and were on cruise control until they exited with a 2-1 win.
Alyssa Yoder and Grace Martin scored for PV, who had four shots on goal. Megan Rogers provided an assist.
On the Pequea end of the pitch, goalie Kysten Jarvis faced seven shots and saved six in the close victory.
Wednesday night's match featured 13 shots on goal with a pair of goals by Lydia Cacciola, another by Kalyn Keen, who also had an assist, and one by Leona Stoltzfus. The Vikings also helped with an own goal.
Stoltzfus broke the scoreless tie 31 minutes into the match. Only two minutes later, Cacciola made it 2-0. She increased that lead with PV's third goal of the game seven minutes into the second half. Keen's goal capped the scoring. Rogers had two assists. Yoder had one.
Jarvis needed only one save to record this shutout.
With those wins under their belts, the Braves opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday. They faced Conestoga Valley in a morning match on a drizzly day in Denver.
The lone goal in that match didn't come in the first half; it didn't come in the second half. In fact, it wasn't until 18 minutes into overtime that Gabrielle Barone gave the Buckskins a 1-0 win over the Braves. It was the 13th of 13 shots on Jarvis, who had saved the previous dozen.
The quest for a league title stopped in that first round, but the season didn't end. The Braves are fifth in the District Three Class-AA power rankings and look forward to the start of districts.
In the L-L League Tennis Tournament singles championships played at Conestoga Valley on Monday, Sophia Weaver claimed fifth place in the Flight One Class-AA brackets.
Though she suffered an early loss to eventual semi-finalist Meg Grasberger of Lancaster Catholic, she fought back with a 6-3, 6-3 win in the first round of consolations and followed with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of LC's Meredith Debord. Meanwhile, Grasberger won her consolation match to take third place.
Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus were the number two doubles seed in Class-AA. They defeated the LC twosome of Debord and Angelle San Jose by a 6-3, 6-2 score to reach the title match, but Lancaster Catholic's Riley Smith and Isabel Midcap, who came in as the top seed, prevailed 6-0, 6-2.
Grasberger also earned a District Three Class AA victory over Weaver, winning 6-2, 6-1 on Friday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club.
CV Booters Top Lebanon, PM, Ready For Districts October 15, 2017
The Conestoga Valley boys' soccer team hit the field hard last week outscoring their opponents 10-1, blanking Lebanon High School 6-0 at home, before heading to Penn Manor for a 4-1 victory.
Leading scorer Robbie Krasinski opened scoring against Lebanon, notching his first of three goals after only five minutes transpired.
Senior Farress Kassem knocked in his first two goals of the season in rapid succession, earning himself a brace in the span of three minutes, and giving CV a comfortable 3-0 cushion after 11 minutes on the field.
Krasinski secured a second goal before the half expired, and completed his hat trick with a second-half addition.
Brock Rennekamp got in on the scoring action, netting his first goal of the season with 23 minutes remaining on the clock.
Corey Spotts took a turn as guardian of the CV goal, and while action was quieter on that end of the field, managed to gather two saves to preserve the shutout.
"Our entire squad contributed to the win," commented head coach Dave Hartlaub.
Thursday night, the Bucks capped their regular season with a win over Penn Manor. To say they came out with intensity would be an understatement, as they powered in three goals in the first thirteen minutes of the contest.
Reilly Gerety was first to break the goal line, completing a multi-player passing sequence after receiving a cross from Tanner Shertzer on the right sideline.
"The prettiest goal of the game involved six CV players who possessed the ball," explained Hartlaub. "They got the ball to the right wing for Tanner, who laid a dangerous ball across the box to Reilly. It set the tone early in the first half."
Krasinski, showcasing his prowess, collected his second hat trick of the week, giving him a total of 24 goals this season. His first two goals of the night coming in rapid succession after Gerety's opener.
Keeper, Carter Lam grabbed five critical saves, stifling Penn Manor's offense.
"Carter led a solid defensive line against a highly motivated and explosive Penn Manor attack," continued Hartlaub.
After having a slow start to their season, the Bucks have cranked up the pressure, giving them an overall record of 8-8-1 as they head into the post season.
The football team took an unexpected loss Friday night, slipping 33-17 to Penn Manor.
The Bucks found themselves playing from behind early on and faced a dismal halftime score of 25-3.
CV began to gain momentum in the third as Keegan Martin rushed the first Buck touchdown. Quarterback Tanner Schwilk connected with Jose Barbon for another in the fourth, but it was too little too late.
Part of the breakdown could be seen comparing Penn Manor's offensive ground attack of 421 rushing yards, contrasted with Conestoga's 40. While the passing attack from CV was a strong effort gaining 281 yards, Penn Manor's total offensive gain of 429 yards was too much to overcome.
Conestoga kicker Joseph Cardina continued to execute going two-for-two in PATs in addition to his 30-yard field goal.
Make that 14 regular season shutouts for the Lady Bucks, two of which the they added last week, to capture the L-L League Section One title with their outstanding 15-1-1 record.
Taking on Cedar Crest last Tuesday, the Lady Bucks only notched one goal, but held the Lady Falcons scoreless to clinch the victory.
CV presented a stifling defense, only allowing the Falcons one shot on goal, scooped up by keeper Lauren Yoder.
CV's goal came off the foot of Adalee Broadbent 60 seconds before the halftime break, assisted by Madison Delgado.
"Our seniors are our core for leadership and motivation," commented head coach Keith Nagley. "They are a big reason why we are having such a successful season."
Wrapping up their season schedule with a home game against Penn Manor, the Lady Bucks had a quiet first half, but opened up scoring with two second-half goals to take the win.
CV's pressure created a breakdown in Penn Manor's defense, resulting in an own-goal to give the Lady Bucks the lead. Three minutes later Weirich followed with a goal of her own to secure the win.
"The girls have stayed focused on playing well and wanted to finish on top of the section without sharing the title with someone else," Nagley noted of their accomplishment.
District seeding for post-season play has yet to be finalized, but this much is sure, the Lady Bucks have set themselves up for an exciting playoff run.
Owen Miller is the last man standing in the CV golf post-season, earning himself an advancement to Regional competition with his 13th place finish in PIAA District III tournament.
Last week, Miller worked his way through two grueling days of competition in the District III tournament at Briarwood Golf Course. After advancing to the second round, Miller needed to move up the ranks in order to qualify in the top 16 required for Regional play.
"Owen displayed nerves of steel by playing a very competitive round of golf on the second day knowing he would have to go low to make the cut," noted coach Tom Larkin. "He made a clutch bogey on the last hole of the day, and it turns out that bogey got him through to Regionals."
Looking ahead, Miller will compete at Golden Oaks in Reading for the East Regional. The top 24 golfers to emerge from that competition will advance on to States.
"Owen has consistently improved over the past month, his wedge play is extraordinary, and has earned himself one step closer to the State Tournament," said Larkin.
CV tennis team celebrated individual and team achievements last week, including an advancement into the quarterfinals of the District III team tournament for the first time since 2001.
Focusing first on individual competition, Ellie Kready took home the Flight 4 singles title at the L-L League Flight Tournament last Monday.
Kready, a freshman, defeated Olivia Hitz of Cocalico with identical 6-2, 6-2 scores to secure the championship.
CV was also represented in two other championship matches of the tournament. Rachel Eby competed in the Flight 3 title game and fell 6-0, 7-6 to take the runner up spot.
Jacquelyn McBride paired with Kready to take on the No. 2 doubles flight, and worked their way into the final before slipping to a Manheim Township duo 8-6.
"All in all, a good day for CV tennis," summarized Gregg.
Thursday, the tennis squad reverted back to team competition, and headed to Hershey Racquet Club to compete in the PIAA District III post-season tournament.
Regulations allotted CV three singles and two doubles positions with no repeating players.
In the opening round against Cumberland Valley, the Lady Bucks prevailed with a 3-2 victory that bumped them into this week's quarterfinals.
In No. 2 singles, McBride defeated Cumberland's Valerie Motter 6-4, 6-1 while the doubles teams of Kready/C. McBride and Caitlin Carter/Amy Haldeman rose to the challenge for a sweep.
"We had an incredibly close match with three of the five matches going the distance into the third set. It was truly a team effort," praised Gregg.
The Lady Bucks toppled McCaskey in their final contest of the season last week, blanking the Tornados 2-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckskins refused to relent, upping their intensity and peppering the McCaskey defense with 19 shots on goal.
Theodora Dillman connected with the backboard first, collecting her 16th goal of the season with an assist from Bella Silvaggio. Abbey Morley supplied the second CV goal, assisted by Dillman.
"Our six seniors were the backbone of our young team this year. They showed them how to play without regrets, taught them how to compete every day, and led by example what it meant to represent Conestoga Valley," commended head coach Lee Gerdes. "This senior class will have no regrets going forward. We as coaches could not be more proud of these young women."
Practice might not always give you perfect, but it will pay off, and that is what the Lady Bucks are starting to experience at the end of a growing season.
Monday the squad slipped behind Northern Lebanon by a slim margin in three of four sets 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24. In spite of the loss, the Lady Bucks continued to be in the mix for each set.
Stat leaders included Charlize Miller's 20 assists, Maddie Glick's 10 digs, CeCe Leininger's nine kills, and Allie Stolzfus' three aces.
Twenty-four hours later, CV took on McCaskey and prevailed in three 25-22, 25-20, 25-15, stretching their win differential in each consecutive set.
"We passed much better and in doing so our setter, Charlize, was able to get the ball to our hitters," commented head coach Dewey Barlow.
Miller placed 16 assists and added a block, Leininger nailed seven kills and seven digs, and Tenssae Kebede delivered two aces.
"Once those things came together our confidence grew as the match wore on as reflected by the scores," continued Barlow. "We've been working hard on our serve/receive in practice and although we're extremely young, this group has a lot of potential."
Thursday the team suffered a 4-1 loss (25-9, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9) to Cedar Crest, but continued to see improvements specifically in claiming the second set.
Miller provided 11 assists along with three aces, Leininger held the net with four blocks, and Stoltzfus supplied eight kills and six digs.
The boys' cross-country team split their results in a three-way match last week, topping Solanco but losing to Warwick.
Nate Grucelski continued to set the pace for the CV harriers, cruising to a second-place finish with a time of 17:07. Jacob Dissinger (18:44), Zachary Leaman (18:48), and Alex Poli (18:50) crossed the line consecutively claiming 12th, 13th, and 14th place finishes while Jack Emrey rounded out the top five counters with a 21st place finish in 19:29.
On the girls' side, the Lady Bucks were edged out by both Warwick and Solanco. Alex Slingluff led the way with a time of 22:08 to claim a fifth-place finish. Emily Castronova also had a solid showing (23:15), breaking through in 10th place. Kathrine Fowler (24:12) and Kate Kmieczak (24:45) both had times good enough for the top 20. Lindsey Mousch (25th, 25:54) round out the top five.
"Our girls lost a close one to Solanco, but were down our number four runner, Kate Snader, due to illness," noted head coach Mark Amway. "The boys ran strong races to solidify the win over Solanco."
Chargers Cap 4th Straight Unbeaten League Mark October 15, 2017
Last Monday's 3-2 win over Lancaster County Christian might have appeared to be just another exciting overtime victory for the Lady Chargers, but the event signified much more.
The contest, played at home, marked the Lady Charger's final league contest of the regular season, and by grasping the grueling double overtime win, they earned a flawless CCAC league record of 10-0.
In addition to that achievement, the senior players on the team celebrated the feat of four consecutive perfect league records.
Racking up a history of 46-0, the Mt. Calvary Lady Chargers have not dropped a league contest in the past four years, giving this year's seniors the distinction of having never lost a league match in their varsity careers.
Monday's faceoff against the Lions did not start out in favor of the Lady Chargers, and they were forced to take nothing for granted, when they found themselves trailing 1-0 at the half.
"We were really struggling to play our game," noted head coach Kim Schmitkons. "LCCS was beating us to the ball, and we were playing very defensively."
With so much riding on the contest, Schmitkons spent the break inspiring her players to raise their level of play.
"Coach Pruner and I talked to the girls about playing our game, and attacking instead of just defending," added Schmitkons.
Linking their defensive work with connecting passes, the Lady Chargers tweaked their tactics in order to launch methodical offensive attacks.
"We shifted some girls around, and we earned corners by playing to our outsides and making diagonal runs," explained Schmitkons.
Sixteen minutes into the second half, the adjustments paid off, and Julia Martin and Naomi Ewing paired for the Charger equalizer. Ewing propelled a corner kick into the goal box finding Martin, who headed the ball into the net.
The Lions refused to bow out early, and retaliated 14 minutes later to once again hold the edge 2-1.
Time was not on their side as the clock wound down, and the Lady Chargers looked like they might fall one game short of an unblemished league season. Refusing to not quit, it was freshman players Martin assisting Olivia Yordy, that got the job done, notching the second equalizer with less than three minutes on the clock.
"High pressure and aggression from Brittney Taylor, Olivia Yordy, and Julia Martin is what helped create our second goal opportunity," commented Schmitkons.
Riding their momentum surge into two overtime periods, the Lady Chargers controlled the tempo of the game and it was only a matter of time until their constant pressure provided an opening for Martin to power an unassisted goal into the back of the Lion's net.
"We've been in an overtime situation before, so the girls knew what they needed to do. We stayed strong defensively and just kept taking opportunities as they came," acknowledged Schmitkons. "It was a tough mental game to work through, and we are very proud of the way the girls kept fighting to pull out the win," she added.
Charger keeper Leah Hawryluk grabbed eight saves, robbing the Lions of any further attempts to claim the contest.
On the heels of their big win, it was fitting that Tuesday night marked Mount Calvary Senior Night, a moment to honor the contributions of the senior players who have been a part of such a great run. Melissa Martin, Jenna Romberger, Emily Wolfe, and Katelyn Esbenshade are a group of defenders that have anchored much of the success the Lady Chargers have enjoyed over the past four years. Abby Bert is a welcome recent addition to the team, adding an extra spark to the team dynamic on and off the field.
Taking a moment to reflect on the unique attributes of each senior, Schmitkons shared her thoughts.
"Katelyn is an inspiring servant-leader. She is most often seen after a game carrying balls or the water jug to the shed. She plays selflessly on the field, giving 110% while also demanding that everyone stays focused in our huddles," said Schmitkons.
"Abby jumped right into a game and started running through balls in offense and defense. Her energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement came at just the right time in the season," Schmitkons noted of their newest player.
"Missy helps keep us all energized and fired up with her positive attitude, music playlists, and dance moves. On the field she may be constantly critiquing herself, but she has shown more and more aggression each game. Her vocal encouragement makes every game and practice more enjoyable," the coach continued.
"Emily is the leader we can all fall back on. On the field she will make the extra sprint, the extra challenge, the extra switch of field. Her example of hard work through every practice and every 80-minute no-subs game is invaluable to our team.
"Jenna has helped lead our team with her work ethic and dependability. Whether in the center or on the side, we rely on her defensive aggression and consistent play to keep the ball out of our net. We appreciate her example of commitment and hard work," concluded Schmitkons.
The volleyball team experienced a heartbreaking loss to start last week, but rallied for an end of week triumph.
Initially the Chargers looked strong, going up 2-0 against High Point Baptist before succumbing to a 3-2 loss.
"Our biggest issue was communication," explained head coach Kate Ferrari. "As soon as we give up two or more points, our communication takes a big hit. Unfortunately, communication is the key to getting out of a lull," she elaborated.
The first two sets displayed the Chargers reading their opponents and capitalizing on High Points' mistakes, but the team faltered in the remaining three.
"In addition to communication, we struggled in consistency," noted Ferrari.
Despite the disappointment, Ferrari encourages her girls to move forward and learn from the tough loss.
"Grace Hilsher did a nice job attempting to defend the back line with 12 digs," she pointed out.
Hilsher also supplied seven aces. Kelsey McMahon put down 10 kills, and Brie Lehman provided two blocks.
During Senior Night, Ferrari took the time to note the contributions of the two senior players, Carley Herndon and Kelsey McMahon.
"Carley is always so willing to work to better her skills and never lacked effort. One of the things I admire most about Carley is her selflessness and her ability to encourage her teammates, she lives out Philippians 2:3, 'Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself'," shared Ferrari.
"Kelsey has strong leadership skills and a great ability to get the girls pumped during a game. She has a great awareness of her other teammates feelings and encourages them in their endeavors. A great verse to attribute to Kelsey is Proverbs 17:17, 'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity'," summarized Ferrari.
Regrouping after the early week defeat, the Lady Chargers showed their heart and tenacity toppling Fairfield High School in three well-earned sets 26-24, 25-23, 25-18.
Freshman Kara Locker set the tone firing an ace for the first point of the game. From there, Fairfield was forced to scramble adjusting to the Charger attack.
Unfortunately, the Chargers suffered a setback when Lehman injured an ankle midway through set one. Forced to alter their game plan, Rachel Green, another freshman, stepped in to fill the void.
"I was very pleased with how the girls adjusted to changing up our lineup. Rachel ended up playing all the way around holding her own," praised Ferrari.
Though the score remained tight, the Chargers held out for the set win.
Set two was critical to the outcome of the game, with Fairfield finding their rhythm and the Chargers reeling from the injury, the game could have easily gone either direction, but the Chargers dug deep to hang on.
"I reminded them that they needed to communicate and keep up the intensity," said Ferrari. "I wanted them to keep pushing every single point. They took that advice and ran with it."
After claiming the second set, the girls headed into set three with revitalized enthusiasm.
"Confidence was high. They were determined to pull out the win in three," acknowledge Ferrari.
Not only did the Chargers claim the match in three, but improved their consistency, taking the third set with their largest lead, 25-18.
Kami Mummau was all over the court with 4 aces, 3 kills, and a block. Hilsher guarded the back line with 10 digs, and Locker dished out 3 assists.
Victory was elusive for the boys' soccer team last week, falling 4-1 to High Point on Monday, and 4-0 to Antietam on Friday, but despite the losses, they celebrated the season long effort of the team, and most specifically the senior players.
The Chargers graduate two seniors this year, Matt Kark and Aaron Shambaugh, both have been four-year starters for the team. Head coach Marc Myers took the Senior Night opportunity to explain why each of them will be missed.
"Matt is passionate, motivates others, and is a strong leader on this team. He is versatile and he could play any position on the field," commended Myers.
"Aaron is a hard worker and quiet leader. He has been a big asset to our team and has given us consistency in our defense," noted Myers.
The senior night honors came during the tough home loss to High Point Baptist. Despite the scoreboard reading in favor of High Point, the Chargers focused on the positives and the bigger picture as they acknowledged their seniors.
David Ellis supplied the Chargers' goal, assisted by Kark.
Wrapping up their season with a record of 3-12, might not be the outcome they were hoping for, but the young team can choose to use it as incentive to build toward future improvement.
EY Field Hockey Plays Three Games in Four Days October 12, 2017
The Eastern York field hockey team was busy over the last week, playing three games in four days. The Lady Golden Knights capped that three-game stretch with a victory over Delone Catholic on October 10th. Eastern controlled the game, posting a similar edge in shots, 18-6, and corner attempts, 15-7, leading to a 3-1 win.
Two of the three scores came in the opening half with Kelsey Felix playing a part in both. She helped put Eastern up early, finding Lily Campbell just under eight minutes into the contest. A little more than 10 minutes later the freshman went solo for a 2-0 lead. Elizabeth Little broke up Emily Bodien's (three saves) shutout bid late in the opening half with her unassisted score. With the help of Cassidy Arnold, Addison Malone was able to get the goal back, doing so with 21:35 remaining in the contest. With the win Eastern York improved to 6-10 on the season.
The stretch kicked off on October 7th with a 2-1 overtime loss to Kennard-Dale. Malone, with help from Arnold, sent the game to extra time with their second half score, answering KD's Morgan Bowings first half goal. Unfortunately, the Lady Reams picked up the game winner in OT off the stick of Chloe Fornoff. The teams traded shots all game leading to 19 Bodien saves for Eastern York.
East Pennsboro was the opponent for the Knights' October 9th contest that saw the visiting Lady Panthers hand Eastern a 6-0 loss. Bodien tuned away 19 of the 25 shots she faced but was unable to solve the combo of Janna White and Kara Woronsky. Together the East Penn duo accounted for three of the six goals to go with a combined four assists.
The cross country teams finished their regular season slate with a trip to Gettysburg on October 10th. The Lady Knights claimed the top two spots but managed only a 1-2 mark on the day while the boys went 2-1 behind top 10 finishes from Zach Falk and Pierre Allard.
Maddie and Olivia posted the two quickest times in the girls' race. Maddie covered the course in 19:33 to win while Olivia finished second with a time of 21:26. Despite the one-two finish the girls fell to Gettysburg (25-31) and Bermudian Springs (26-31) but did manage to defeat Littlestown, 15-50.
On the boy's side, Falk's fifth place time of 19:08 and Allard's seventh place time of 19:42 helped the Golden Knights top Littlestown (16-47) and Bermudian Springs (24-35) but it was not enough to overcome the host Warriors 18-41.
In the world of golf, familiarity with a course is a very good thing. Alexandra Lowder, playing her second straight tournament on Briarwood's West Course, used that familiarity to her advantage. The result was a third-place finish in the District 3-AA Championship Tournament that took place October 6th and 7th. Lowder rolled through the West course on Friday the 6th, posting a 5-over round of 75 that had her sitting just three shots off first round leader and eventual winner, Kristy Bell of Wyomissing. Lowder's pace cooled a bit on Saturday but her round of 86 was still good enough to punch her ticket to the PIAA East Individual Regional on October 16th.
The girls' volleyball team nearly pulled off a perfect week with only a 3-1 loss to West York standing in the way of a 4-0 mark. The Lady Golden Knights avoided the sweep against West York with a 25-22 game three victory but the Lady Bulldogs claimed game four 25-14 to finish off the match. West York opened with wins of 25-18 and 25-9 to put Eastern on the ropes.
Brooke LaCesa led the team with 10 kills and two blocks while Katie Lehman recorded a team high 25 assists. Morgan Winter recorded nine digs while Shelby Hildebrand put up an all-around effort with six assists, five kills, five digs and one block.
Eastern's busy run started with a 3-2 win over Lancaster Catholic on October 4th. The two sides traded wins which fortunately started with a 25-16 Eastern victory. Lancaster Catholic made it a 1-1 match with a 25-18 game two win but Eastern bounced back with a 25-20 win. The Crusaders evened the match for a second time with a 25-22 game four victory but the Lady Knights were able to seal the win with a 15-9 game five final.
Hildebrand had another all-around game and finished with 14 assists, 10 digs, six kills, five aces and two blocks. LaCesa finished with a team high 16 kills to go with 16 digs but it was Morgan Dobbeck's 18 digs that topped the team. Lehman finished with 25 assists as the point on offense, adding 10 digs and two kills.
Eastern York's second win was a less stressful 3-0 sweep over William Penn one day later. Eastern easily claimed games one and two, 25-12 and 25-11 with game three's 25-22 final nearly derailing the sweep. Lehman finished with 19 assists and LaCesa posted 10 kills. Sarah Moore added six kills while both Abby Smith and Desiree Myers chipped in with four kills.
The Lady Knights enjoyed another 3-0 sweep on October 9th, this one over Red Land. Eastern had little trouble collecting wins of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-16 behind 25 Lehman assists and 11 LaCesa kills. Dobbeck finished with a team high eight digs while Smith (five kills) and Moore (six kills) added punch to the attack.
With only their season finale remaining on the schedule, the boys' soccer team and their 6-9-2 mark find themselves sitting in ninth place in the District 3-AA power rankings. With the Golden Knights sitting on the edge of the 10-team field, losses to Gettysburg and Susquehannock over the last week could prove fatal for any postseason hopes. Eastern York did counter those losses but also picked up a 2-1 victory over York Catholic on October 7th. Dalton Leik, with help from Karter Hinkle, netted the equalizer just over six minutes into the second half, canceling Nick Santamaria's score for the Shamrocks a few minutes earlier. Leik, this time with help from Gavin Donnelly deposited the game winner into the net with 14:37 remaining in regulation. Lucas Jowanowitch and his eight saves kept York Catholic at bay to preserve the win.
Jowanowitch finished the 1-0 loss to Susquehannock on October 9th with nine saves and the 2-0 loss to Gettysburg on the 5th with four saves. Jowanowitch and the Eastern York defense actually held Gettysburg's offense scoreless as both Warrior goals were Eastern own goals.
The girls' soccer team ended up on the wrong side of all three of their games over the last week as losses to Gettysburg, Donegal and Susquehannock drop Eastern York's record to 2-14. The Lady Warriors used three Lora Bertram goals to power by Eastern 5-1 on October 5th. Tarisa Kelly, with help from Eli Quinones, briefly tied the game at 1-1 early in the first half but Gettysburg took over from there. Marissa Gockley turned away nine of 14 shots in the loss.
Eastern York's venture into Lancaster Country on October 7th ended with a 3-0 loss to Donegal. Gockley finished with 10 saves but couldn't slow Maya Willing who finished with two of the three scores.
Gockley posted another 10 save effort on October 10th but Susquehannock still managed to win thanks to a Carly Attig goal in the 33rd minute.
Gettysburg was on the schedule for Eastern's second to last home game of the season and left town with a 35-15 victory. The Golden Knights were undone by four turnovers. They tossed two interceptions and fumbled twice, helping the Warriors hold a 321-210 edge in yards. Gettysburg did the bulk of their damage on the ground where they racked up 268 yards and three of their four touchdowns.
Despite the 20-point final margin, the first half played out with the two teams trading blows. Gettysburg landed the first just 56 second into the game on a one-yard Ammon Robinson TD plunge. Eastern countered with a 44-yard Mitchell Gallentine to Logan Kline pitch and catch with 7:23 remaining in the frame and took an 8-7 lead on Brennen Shenk's two-point conversion scamper. The Warriors landed one last blow in the quarter in the form of a 27-yard Josh Bridel field goal four minutes later.
Gallentine put the Golden Knights back on top, 15-10, with Eastern York's final counter, a six-yard scramble with 3:26 remaining in the opening half. Just over a minute later Gettysburg picked up their lone passing touchdown of the game, a 27-yard Zach Ketterman to William Warren score that made it 18-15 at the break.
It was all Warriors after intermission starting with Kobe Giron's (5 carries for 67 yards) nine-yard burst that capped the third quarter and made it 25-15. Bryce Newman (13 carries for 71 yards) completed the trifecta with a 16-yard score that came with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. Bridel picked up his second field goal of the game, this one from 25 yards to finish the scoring.
Kline added 53 rushing yards to his 44-yard touchdown catch while Cole Witman added 42 yards on five carries. Gallentine finished with 123 yards through the air on just five completions. Darian Paige was responsible for two of those catches, totaling 68 yards.