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Mares Top Defending Section Three Champ L-S January 14, 2019

Solanco's 40-31 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday, January 8, was a classic example of how defense wins basketball games and changes momentum. Tied at 25-25 after three quarters, the Mares came up with a number of big plays and outscored the defending Section Three champs 15-6 to stay in the race for the section crown.

After a stick back by Jade Eshleman, and a missed free throw by the Pioneers, Grace Kreider picked up her third steal of the game, was fouled on the layup, and converted for a 30-26 lead. After a Jess Cabrera jumper, Lampeter's Nora Holmes canned her fourth trey of the game, cutting the lead to one. Both players led with 13 points for each squad.

Kara McClune followed with two straight defensive stops in the paint, L-S turned the ball over, and Eshleman again scored on a miss, giving the Mares a 34-31 lead with 1:38 left.

The Pioneers turned the ball over three more times and Solanco converted six straight free throws, four by Jenna Dombach (7 points, 7 rebounds) to pull away for good.

"Unforced turnovers in the fourth and lack of box outs for put backs at the wrong time hurt," said Pioneer head coach Tony Fink. "They've been chasing us for two years. They want what we don't want to give up, the section title. We can't take anyone lightly."

Both teams came out cautiously, and the first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie. They traded points back-and-forth through the second with neither squad leading by more than two. A pair of free throws (Solanco was 12-for-21 for the game) by Cabrera put Solanco in front, 14-13 at the break.

L-S got going a bit in the third. Holmes hit a pair of threes, the second giving them a 21-16 lead, the biggest of the night. But the last four minutes belonged to Solanco. Dombach drilled a trey that cut the lead to two and Emma Gochnauer, who finished with nine points, followed with a bucket in the paint. But a pair of free throws by Kreider and a steal and a layup by Cabrera tied the game once again, setting the stage for Solanco's fourth quarter takeover.

"Definitely a big win for our program," said head coach Chad McDowell. "And I didn't realize they had a 25 game league winning streak going either. Makes the win a little more special.

"I thought our defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and we were able to contest the majority of their three point shots," he added. "And limiting Gochnauer to nine points was huge. She has had some big games against us in the past."

Rebounding also proved to be key as the Mares hauled in 35 for the game, 13 on the offensive end. They finished with eight second chance points and six came in the second half, all by Eshleman, who netted ten for the game. She and Aleksa Burger (4 points) hauled in ten rebounds each.

"This was a complete team effort," McDowell added. "We have some really big games coming up so we need to use this momentum and we need to be ready to play night in and night out. Section Three is going to be a race until the end.

"An added shout out to the SLC Blackhole and the pep band for their positive support," he said.

The JV team did not fare quite as well, dropping a 43-37 result against L-S. Sammi Jackson led the home team with 8 points. Ilynd Rapant added 6.

The girls' improved to 5-2 in Section Three with a solid 47-34 home win over Cocalico on Jan. 11. With eight players reaching the scoring column, Solanco led from start to finish and outscored the visitors in all but three quarters. Their 12-5 opening quarter provided momentum. After a 7-7 third frame, the Mares finished with a 13-10 run to wrap up the victory.

"It's great when you can get a lot of girls involved within the flow of the offense," stated McDowell. "Grace and Kara had several steals in the second quarter that led to easy transition buckets."

Holding a 34-24 lead after three quarters, Cocalico cut it to 41-34 midway through the fourth. The Mares responded with tighter defense and focus and held the visitors scoreless through the remainder of the game.

"Jess, Paige and Aleksa all hit big three's at key times in that fourth quarter run," added McDowell.

"In addition to balanced scoring, we also measure our team success through the intangibles that do not show up in the scorebook," he continued. "We have players working hard on the boards, playing defense and deflecting passes. They do the work in the trenches that has led to our success."

Kreider, who, like Phillips, finished with 7 points, led with 9 steals. Eshleman was tops with 6 rebounds and, like McClune (2 rebounds, 2 steals) and Kenzie Gladfelter, scored two points. Burger led with 10 points and dished out 4 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds, as did Dombach, who netted 9. Cabrera added 8 points and 4 rebounds.

In JV action, a midcourt steal and layup by Nikki Trout with 30 seconds remaining sparked a 25-24 victory. Trout finished with 5 points and Rapant added 6.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Turnovers reared their head and an experienced Lampeter-Strasburg squad took advantage last Tuesday in a 53-36 home win over visiting Solanco.

"We turned the ball over on three of our first five possessions," said assistant coach Caleb Graves. "And we didn't communicate enough on defensive end during the first half."

The Pioneers converted those turnovers and jumped out to a 19-5 lead after eight minutes and never looked back. L-S held a commanding 31-9 lead at the break which proved pivotal as the Mules tightened things up in the second half and outscored the visitors 27-22.

"We played with better pace and attacked the rim better in the second half," said Graves. "The bright spot was Colesen Shaeffer who started his first varsity game, contributed 11 points and played excellent on ball defense during the second half. Ryan Smith also played good minutes during the second half and scored his first varsity points on a corner 3. They are both sophomores."

Shaeffer scored all of his points in the third quarter and Jalen Henry added six points in the fourth frame. Zach Wiker finished with five, Zed Baker and Dawson Kreider each scored four and Carson Kilgore, along with Smith, added three each.

On the road again Friday, another slow start proved to be Solanco's Achilles heel. Cocalico held the Mules to a combined 20 points over the first three quarters while dropping in 39 points at the other end and settling for a 47-30 victory. The Mules outscored the Eagles 10-8 in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late.

"We weathered their first quarter lead (24-15) and closed the gap to 56-54 with five minutes left, when Jalen fouled out," recalled Graves. "They went on an 11-0 run, partially due to fouling down the stretch, but losing Jalen, who was a major reason we closed the deficit to two, took away our ability to guard the ball aggressively and attack the paint," he added. "Ryan came in with excellent minutes off the bench."

Kreider led the visitors with 8 points while Kilgore and Baker finished with 4 points each. Sheaffer and Wiker and Dan Herr each hit once from three point range.

In their third straight road game, the Mules battled Palmyra Saturday afternoon as part of the L-L vs Mid Penn Showcase at Manheim Central. Palmyra dropped in four of their nine treys on the day in the first quarter and jumped out to a 24-15 lead. The next two frames were dead even with both teams tallying 30 points each. Palmyra, however, extended their lead with a 15-9 fourth quarter advantage.

Baker, with a consistent day, scored in every frame and finished with 18 points but it wasn't enough to catch Palmyra's Jake Wagner who recorded 24 points, 19 in the first half.

Kreider also reached double figures with 15, Kilgore netted 6 and Henry and Wiker combined for 10.

WRESTLING

The Mules, on the road last Wednesday, Jan. 9, secured its second Section One victory with a convincing 49-21 effort against Warwick. Five falls and a pair of forfeits added to the cushion.

"I was thinking the match could go either way, but one we could win if we had everyone wrestle tough," stated head coach Tony Mendez. "We needed a total team effort and for the most part got one. As a coach, you always find aspects we still need to improve on."

After a double forfeit opened the match at 113, two straight falls gave Solanco a lead they would never relinquish. Jackson Houghton pinned Marshall Adams (120) in 2:41 and Chase Charles (126) followed, putting Logan Bortner to his back in 2:21.

Joey Vandegriff's 3-1 decision over Mateo Chacon at 132 provided more momentum. Tied going into the third, the junior scored a takedown to go in front. "That was a big match for Joey and the team," said Mendez. "Once he got the lead, he did a nice job at keeping Chacon on the mat and worked to keep him on bottom."

Warwick forfeited to Ronnie Fulton at 138 and Donavan Myers secured Solanco's third fall of the night, decking Christopher Connor in 2:28, extending the lead to 27-0.

The hosts quickly countered, earning forfeit points at 152 and securing falls at 160 and 170 to cut the lead to 27-18. But Solanco finished strong, winning four of the last five bouts to earn the victory.

Robert Castagna's 9-1 major over Kyle Baker (182) halted Warwick's momentum while a 1:23 fall by Nick Yannutz (195) over Charles Lumene provided momentum and clinched the team win.

The Warriors earned a 7-1 decision at 220 but then forfeited the 285 bout. Dominic Flatt 4:47 fall at 106 capped the scoring.

"The falls helped the team score but also the momentum going into the next match," Mendez stated.

Those pins kept coming on Saturday at the Dutchmen Duals in Annville. The Mules averaged six falls in each match and finished the day with a perfect 5-0 record. They defeated Northeastern 26-9, Middletown 42-31, Annville-Cleona 57-24 and CD East 57-24 to run the table in their pool.

The Comets matched their effort and both were slated to face off in the finals but since the two squads recently met, Solanco took on West York and the Comets tackled A-C. Both squads won with the Mules pushing out to a 27-0 advantage before winning 51-27.

"Our goal, if we all wrestled hard, was to go 5-0," stated Mendez. "I was happy with their performance, but more excited to get most of our guys competitive matchups."

Almost every wrestler in the lineup secured at least one fall on the day. Yannutz, with 4 falls and a forfeit, went 5-0. Flatt also went undefeated with 3 falls and 2 forfeits. Kyle Morrison, Vandegriff (with 4 falls), Fulton, Myers, Castagna and Neuhauser all went 4-1 with a combined 15 falls. Houghton and Charles both recorded 3 pins and finished 3-2.

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Black Knights Hold Off Crest Crest, 54-49 January 14, 2019

In what is turning into a tight race in Section One boys' basketball, the Hempfield Black Knights posted a 54-49 victory over Cedar Crest on Tuesday night at home. The victory improved Hempfield's record to 4-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and raised the squad's overall mark to 9-3.

The huge 18-9 opening period helped Hempfield forge an early lead. Despite scoring only seven points in each of the next two period, the defense held the Falcons to only 16 points, leaving the Knights with a seven-point edge heading into the final stanza.

Helping the Falcons work up their comeback bid were Logan Horn and Ilerio Ayo-Faleye. They scored 22 and 16 points, respectively, with Horn, who nailed three three-point baskets, leading all scorers in the game.

Hempfield's Austin Groft gave his team 19 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. Ryan Hilton's 11 points included nine from three-point range while Eli Washington poured in another 10 points. Brad Atkinson added eight points.

The Black Knights got out to a slow start in Friday night's clash with Section One foe Manheim Township. The Streaks took a 14-4 lead into the second quarter and upped that advantage to 13 points by halftime. Township came away with a 51-41 triumph, evening its record with Hempfield at 4-3 in the league.

Washington led the Knights with 15 points while Hilton finished with 10 points. Conner Elslager sank a pair of treys and added eight points.

The Streaks' Brendan Mellott and Tyler Crespo tied for the game's top-scoring honors with 16 points each.

Saturday afternoon had the Knights at Spring-Ford High School for a non-league game. Though the Rams' defense held Hempfield to only five points in each of the first two periods, the Knights came charging out of the locker room with 21 points in the third and 23 more in the fourth quarter. Still, it wasn't enough in a 65-54 loss.

Washington's 27 points led all scorers on the afternoon. He nailed a pair of three-point jumpers and went 15-for-16 at the charity stripe. Groft added nine points and Atkinson netted seven.

The Knights fell to 9-5 overall.

WRESTLING

On the strength of eight pins, the Black Knights topped arch rival Manheim Township 57-12 on Wednesday night at home. The victory improved Hempfield's record to 7-3 (3-2 in league).

Right off the opening match, the Knights notched a pin as the competition began at the 220-pound match. Senior Luke Dreyer needed 1:01 to notch his pin. In the heavyweight battle (285), Zach Bicevskis maneuvered a pin in 22 seconds to make it 12-0.

Micah Sams put Township on the scoreboard with a tough 6-4 decision over Gio Luciano at 106. The Knights regained momentum with pins at 120, 126, 132 and 138 thanks to Luke Krammer, Clay Gainer (in only 43 seconds), Reagan Lefevre and Seth Palos, respectively. All four pins were in the first period.

Joel Dionne (145) suffered a close 3-1 decision followed by a classic battle between Ian Edwards and MT's David Over. The Hempfield junior came away with a pin 4:42 into the 152-pound bout.

Dylan Bard earned the only decision for the Knights, winning 3-1 at 160.

Each of the battles at 182 and 195 were decided by a Hempfield pin as Gordy Hoover and Chase Mathias turned in first-period falls.

SWIMMING

Hempfield's boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams faced tough competition against Section One foe Manheim Township on Tuesday afternoon. The MT boys came away with a 131-49 win while their girls' team topped Hempfield 137-49.

One of the first-place finishes for the Hempfield boys was a special one as Andre Fissella won the 100-yard breaststroke.

"Andre Fissella broke his brother's pool record in that meet," head coach Brittany Bertoli pointed out. "I think it makes it even more special when you get to break your brother's record. He was happy and proud of that. He works very hard and it was nice to see him achieve that."

The younger Fissella won the event in 59.01 seconds, narrowly besting his brother's 59.56 previous best time.

Jayden Corrigan won the 200 individual medley for the Knights. He posted a winning time of 2:03.84.

"Jayden stepped up for us," Bertoli said. "We knew Township was very strong with a lot of depth. Our goal was to go into the meet and have as many fast swims as possible. We were looking for that from everyone. He got in there and earned a win for us when we needed it."

Though Township's Nico Billoni won the diving competition, the Black Knights didn't go down without a fight in this event either.

"Rob Williams was second for us," Bertoli pointed out. "Rob is a senior who has worked hard this year.

"We had two new divers on the girls' team this year," she added. "Ava Hostetler is a junior but a brand new diver. Kassidy Felsinger is a brand new diver as well. Ava finished fourth. I think it's impressive that brand new divers are able to get up there and score points for us."

Also performing well on the girls' team were Maggie Shaffer, Katie Yoder and Katelyn Wiglesworth.

"Maggie placed second in the 200 IM and second in the 100 butterfly," Bertoli noted. The sophomore swam the 200 IM in 2:19.71 and posted a time of 1:03.04 in the 100 fly.

"She's a fighter - a competitor," said the coach. "She does it with a lot of will and strength."

Yoder was second in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 25.98 seconds. Wiglesworth took second (56.62) in the 100 free.

"They're both very positive and they do whatever you ask them," added the coach.

"We knew it was a tough meet going in," she added. "Everyone came in with a positive attitude."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Hempfield girls' basketball team suffered two league losses this past week, extending its losing streak to seven games. Three of those losses were by six or fewer points.

On Tuesday night, Hempfield lost 41-26 at Cedar Crest in a low-scoring battle. Hempfield hung in period by period, battling back in the second half but falling short.

Senior guard Melissa Grube led the team with eight points. Lindsey Durkota came away with five points while Lauren Riggs added four points.

The Falcons, whose scoring was distributed evenly, were led by Raven Morgan (10) and Madison Rambler (9).

In another low-scoring contest, the Knights came up short at Manheim Township on Friday night. Heading into the second quarter down 12-9 and trailing 17-12 at the half, the Knights were outscored 14-6 in the third quarter as the Streaks went on to win 39-22.

Durkota's nine points led Hempfield while Herman added five points.

Katie Bushong's 19 points was the game's top scoring figure.

BOWLING

Nick O'Neill bowled a 221 in his game against Penn Manor on Thursday afternoon. He finished with a total of 595 in the Section One bowling contest at Leisure Lanes.

Mark Smith led the Comets with a 739, including a 289 in his second game. Gavin Davidson's 643 included a score of 246 in his second game for Manor.

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Lady Streaks Extend Winning Streak to Four January 14, 2019

The Manheim Township girls' basketball team managed to keep pace with Cedar Crest in the Lancaster-Lebanon League standings by extending its win streak to four games. Coming off a win at Section One rival McCaskey the previous week, the Blue Streaks topped Lebanon on Monday, bested non-league foe Central York on Wednesday and defeated arch rival Hempfield on Friday, improving to 6-1 in the L-L League (10-3 overall). Cedar Crest finished the week with its league mark at 7-0.

The 51-31 defeat of Lebanon was technically a comeback win for the Streaks, who went into the second quarter trailing 11-6. They outscored the Cedars 30-13 over the next two stanzas and closed it out with a 15-7 run in the fourth.

Katie Bushong finished with a game-high 22 points while Ali Quinn tallied 13 points and Alexcia Bryant added 10.

"We got off to a slow start," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "Sometimes it's a little harder to get going on Mondays after having that extra day off on Sunday.

"But once we settled in and figured some things out, we got into a better rhythm," he added. "We had some great looks in the first quarter, but they weren't going in."

It was a second-half offensive outburst that helped Township top Central York two nights later. The Panthers led 19-18 coming out of the locker rooms for the start of the second half. The Streaks outscored the visitors 14-4 in the second half on the way to a 44-30 victory.

The defense held the opposition to a total of 11 points in the second half.

"The difference in the Central York game was just us sticking to our game plan and looking to put pressure on them," said Burkhart. "We fell into man defense pretty much the whole second half and were able to generate some turnovers with our press that led to points," he continued. "We got some stops when we needed them."

Bushong's 22 points again led all scorers. Alijiah Bonano scored seven points, hitting her team's only three-pointer. Bryant and Quinn each scored six.

The defense was particularly strong in the game against Hempfield. In fact, it was a low-scoring game which Township won 39-22. The Streaks held the Knights to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.

Bushong scored 19 points, including a 9-for-10 night at the foul line, to lead the way. Bryant added nine points while Bonano added four points.

SWIMMING

The Blue Streaks posted a huge Section One win over Hempfield in Tuesday's swim meet at Manheim Township. In claiming all three relays, the Streaks forged ahead and claimed a 131-49 win in the boys' meet.

Elijah Gocotano, Gage Mandrell, Henry Gingrich and Jackson Prevost combined for a winning time of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay.

"Gocotano specializes in the backstroke and the 100 butterfly," said head coach Dan Graybill. "He was the backstroker in the medley relay team that early this year broke our pool record with a time of 1:37.9. Charlie did the butterfly, Jackson Provost was the freestyler and Gage Mandrell breaststroke.

"Gage Mandrell is a versatile swimmer who has done a tremendous job," Graybill added. "He would consider himself a mid- to long-distance freestyler. His breaststroke has really come along. He hit 27.6 in the breaststroke in the medley relay."

In the freestyle relays, Adrian Waplinger joined both Henry and Charlie Gingrich as the trio contributed to wins in both the 200-yard and 400-yard events. In the 200, Conor Breton helped them post a winning time of 1:30.49. In the 400, Waplinger and the Gingrich brothers were anchored by Mitchell Calhoun to take the event in 3:20.96.

"Adrian Waplinger is a senior who's very flexible," said Graybill. "You can almost put him in any stroke and he'll come through."

Graybill talked about the strong work ethic of both Gingrich brothers.

"Henry is a determined kid," said the coach. "He's a good butterfly and freestyle swimmer. As a freshman, he might make districts, which is hard to do for a freshman. He has lots of promise.

"Charlie is back and swimming as well as he ever has," continued the coach. "He's a team player. He'll ask you to put him in anywhere."

The Gingrich brothers weren't finished yet. Charlie won the 50 free in only 20.96 seconds. Henry Gingrich and Rob Perot both finished first (50.42) in the 100 free.

In the mid-distance freestyle, Perot was a winner again, taking the 200 in 1:47.78.

Mandrell outlasted the competition in the 500 free, registering a time of 4:56.71. Calhoun's backstroke time of 57.24 was good for first and Gocotano won the 100 butterfly in 56.21 seconds.

Taking the 1-meter diving with 181.15 points was Nico Billoni.

Sophomore Faith Forman and freshman Gabby Stramara joined senior Morgan Wylie-Thal for a convincing 137-49 win in the girls' meet against Hempfield.

Stramara, Forman and Wylie-Thal teamed up with Samantha Bennett for a winning time of 1:46.02 in the 200 freestyle relay. Forman anchored the foursome that also included Diana Lamont, Brynn Magrini and returning sophomore Hope Boldizar for the 400 free relay. They posted a winning time of 4:00.63.

"Diana Lamont is one of those swimmers who comes through for you in whatever event you put her," said Graybill. "She swims all of the strokes well. She's quiet, but leads by example, giving a 100 percent effort.

"Faith is only a sophomore and has really improved since last season," Graybill commented. "She has shown lots of potential in the 50 and 100 free. She will be a candidate for districts this year."

The 200 medley relay also went to Township as Boldizar, Stramara, Lamont and Liz Perot posted a time of 1:53.67.

"Hope Boldizar made it to districts last year," Graybill noted. "She is holding her own. She has been proficient in the middle distance and also her 100 backstroke has shown improvement."

Perot won two individual events - the 200 and 500 freestyle with respective times of 2:05.24 and 5:29.17. Forman finished first in the 50 free (25.80) and 100 free (56.27).

Stramara's wins came in the 200 IM, where she posted a time of 2:16.46, and 100 fly (59.08).

"Gabby doesn't have a weak stroke," said Graybill. "She is very proficient in all of her strokes as evidenced by her time in the 200 IM. The butterfly is probably her best; she might even make it to states."

Magrini's 1:03.08 pace was tops in the 100 backstroke while Pyott (1:09.25) won the 100 breaststroke.

Senior diver Shannon O'Hara won the diving competition with 192.4 points.

Both the boys' and girls' teams improved to 2-0 in the league.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

While the girls' team is only one game out of first place in the Section One basketball standings, the boys' team is in the middle of a wild race with a 4-3 league record - only one game out of second place.

The week's slate of games included L-L League contests against Lebanon and Hempfield as the Blue Streaks went 2-1 to improve to 9-5 overall.

On Friday night, a strong 11-0 start helped Township top Hempfield by a 51-41 score. Only a late surge helped the Knights make it a closer game after Township had taken a 44-26 lead into the final frame.

The previous time these teams had met was in District Three playoffs back on March 1 with Hempfield winning 67-53.

On Friday night, two Township teammates scored 16 points each. Tyler Crespo's sweet 16 included four three-point field goals. Brendan Mellott also matched the game-high total.

Zach Oldac contributed 11 points and Tyler Vicidomini added eight.

The Knights, who fell to 4-3, 9-4, had a team-high 15 by Eli Washington.

In the non-league game against Northeastern two days earlier, the Streaks let one slip away as the Tigers roared back with 23 fourth-quarter points to nip Township 47-46. The Streaks had taken a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter following a 15-7 run in the third.

Crespo, who nailed a pair of three-point jumpers, finished with a game-high 23 points. He was a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe. Oldac and Mellott each scored eight points while Vicidomini added seven.

With four different players scoring in double digits, the Streaks defeated Lebanon 69-59 on the road last Tuesday. With each side scoring 18 points in one quarter and 14 in the other, the first half ended in a 32-32 tie. The Streaks then outscored the Cedars 25-16 and held off the home team in the final period.

The four leading scorers for the Streaks were Crespo (21), Mellott (17) Vicidomini (14) and Oldac (12). Crespo's 21 included four treys.

AIR RIFLE

The air rifle team topped Ephrata 494-487 on Thursday as Hana Musser, Ben Fahrney and Graham Wolf each scored 100 points. Hunter Modene and Jada Bender finished with 97 points each.

The Mountaineers were led by Nicole Johnson's perfect score of 100.

It was the Streaks' fourth straight win, improving the team's record to 5-2.

Musser's 100 helped the Streaks win 493-484 on Tuesday at Governor Mifflin. Modene's 99 and 98's by Fahrney, Wolf and Mitch Burkholder helped the team come away with the win.

WRESTLING

The Streaks earned two tough decisions plus a forfeit in their Section One wrestling match at Hempfield on Wednesday. The Knights worked in eight pins, however, going on to win 57-12.

The Streaks fell to 0-6 (0-5 in L-L).

Micah Sams had a strong battle at 106, earning a 6-4 decision while his team was down 12-0. Cade Clancy's 3-1 win at 145 earned three more team points for the Streaks who went on to claim six more points via forfeit at 170.

BOWLING

The bowling team split its two matches against league foes last week. With a 7-0 loss to Warwick and a 7-0 defeat of McCaskey, the Streaks' record went to 16-33.

In Tuesday's clash at Dutch Lanes, Warwick was led by Isaac Erickson's score of 776, which included outstanding scores of 287 and 277 in his final two games.

The Streaks were led by Matt Iseman, who stayed over 220 in his first two games (221 and 229) and finished at 643 for his total score.

Iseman and Jordan Schell led the Streaks against McCaskey. Iseman rolled a 247 in his first game and 224 in the next, en route to a 688 score for the day. Schell's top game score was 242, finishing with a total tally of 658.

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Warriors Remain Undefeated in Section Two January 14, 2019

Undefeated in League play at the end of last week, Warwick (7-0, 9-5) is running roughshod over Section Two where the closest team is Elizabethtown (4-3, 8-7) and the final three teams have two wins between them. The boys opened up last Tuesday with a 55-46 road victory over Ephrata and followed it on Friday with a 71-53 win at Conestoga Valley.

Three Warriors hit double digit scores against the Mounts and all three lit it up from three-point land as well. Joey McCracken led all scorers with 18, including three treys, and hit two out of five free throws while Brock Fassnacht (14, 2, 2-3) and Colby Martin (13, 3, 0-2) helped build a 33-13 lead by halftime.

Ephrata came out swinging in the second half, however, as Xavian Rodriguez (14, 1, 3-3), Lyle Kopp (11, 1, 0-1), and the rest of the Mounts exploded for a 20-point third quarter while holding Warwick to just seven to make it 40-33 to start the fourth quarter. In that final frame the Warrior's defense was able to slow Ephrata's attack down just enough to maintain the lead while outshooting them 15-13 to end the game.

A huge 24-9 run to begin the game versus Conestoga Valley on Friday built a lead big enough to ensure a victory even though the Buckskins outscored Warwick 33-26 in the second half. Ryan Shirk's 16 points and Martin's 12 led both teams in a game that was 45-20 in favor of the Warriors heading into the break.

Each team received substantial help from their respective benches as Warwick had 11 players score on the night while Conestoga Valley had help from ten, but it was too much too early for the Buckskins to overcome in the end. Warwick's McCracken added 10 points, followed by Caleb Schmitz (8) Fassnacht (7), Kai Cipalla (6), Conor Adams (5), Justin Gerhart (3), Trysten George (2) and Nolan Rucci (2).

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

On Friday January 4, the Warwick girls' rallied late against Elizabethtown to pull off a 46-42 victory. In their first two games last week they continued that trend of keeping things close with a 38-37 loss to Ephrata followed by a 36-33 win over Conestoga Valley before ending with a 43-27 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on Saturday.

"We've had some close games and we've been able to win some close games because we've done a good job executing late in games," commented head coach Danny Cieniewicz. "In the Ephrata game, we battled but couldn't quite make enough plays. Give credit to Ephrata, as they did an excellent job taking good shots, playing tough straight up defense, and making their foul shots."

Indeed, foul shots played a big part last Tuesday's contest. The Mount's aggressiveness in attacking the net resulted in a 15-26 night at the foul line while double digit scoring from Ephrata's Jocelyn Umana (12) and Gabi Gerola-Hill (11) kept them in the game long enough for a final surge in the fourth with the score tied 24-24.

Warwick fell behind 14-5 early, but returned the favor in the second quarter by tying things up at 19-19 at the break. Both teams played tough defense in the third, holding each other to only five points apiece, before Ephrata managed to eke out the single point advantage in the final frame.

Reagan Longridge posted a season high 10 points for the Warriors and was 5-6 at the line while draining one three-pointer on the night. Lauren Pyle joined the top scorer with nine and also accounted for a long-distance strike while Abby Rodgers and Lailani Batty each added six, Haley Delgiacco had four and Tanner Armstrong accounted for two, going a perfect 2-2 at the line.

Taking a cue from their previous upset over the Bears, Warwick came back from a 24-13 halftime deficit to defeat the Buckskins on Friday night. This time, however, it was a 16-29 effort on free throws that played in Warwick's favor.

"We did a great job attacking the basket in the second half," noted Cieniewicz. "It led to a lot of foul shots for us, and we were able to make enough that it allowed us to pull through. We also did a nice job pressuring their ball handlers and turning defense into offense."

Batty netted nine points in pacing the lady Warriors who saw a slim one-point CV lead in the first quarter balloon to an 11-point deficit at halftime. By the end of the third, however, Warwick closed the gap to six, outscoring CV 9-4 to make it 28-22 before going on a 14-5 run to finish the game and seal the three-point victory.

Jess Williamson joined Pyle in scoring six points each While Rodgers, Longridge, and Sydney Weismandel tallied three. Williamson and Abbey Finkel each added two points apiece, as well, and Armstrong and Elise Balmer each added one.

Tied 10-10 at the end of the opening frame with L-S on Saturday, Warwick could not keep up with the Pioneers as they watched the game slowly get away from them on the back of a 17-point effort by Emma Gochnauer. L-S went up by four to lead 20-16 at halftime but had widened the gap to 34-21 by the end of the third.

Warwick was essentially shut down in the second half by the Pioneer's defense which only allowed 11 points during that span while offensively they tallied 24. Rodgers led the Warriors with 8 points scored including four-of-six from the foul line.

Cieniewicz sees that his team is on the cusp of breaking, noting, "We're playing good team defense and we're still catching our stride on offense, but I feel encouraged by the direction the team is trending. Our girls are bringing good effort and a positive outlook on a nightly basis. We hope we start playing our best basketball in this stretch run."

SWIMMING

Leading Section One along with Manheim Township (2-0), the girls' swim team came away with a resounding 112-58 victory over Penn Manor (1-1) last Tuesday at the Lititz Rec Center. Warwick (2-0) swept the Comets in all three relays and won five of eight individual events as well.

Hannah Greenway took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.16, just ahead of teammate Katie Jeanes who touched in 26.99, and also swam on each of the winning relay teams. She swam the final leg of the 200 medley with Lydia Hocker, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Isabel Miller (1:58.20), and was third in the 200 freestyle along with Catherine Chen, Stuhltrager, and Miller (1:46.02), as well as the 400 freestyle along with Chen, Miller, and Maya Hartzler (3:54.96).

Chen also garnered a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 57.43, with Hartzler (57.83) right behind her in second. The two then switched places in the 200 freestyle where Hartzler touched second in 2:06.47, followed by a third-place finish by Chen in 2:06.8, and Jenna Ober in fourth with a 2:12.07.

Warwick also had a multiple winner in the individuals as Miller (1:03.09) won the 100 butterfly with teammate Jaime Nolt (1:06.18) coming in second, as well as the 100 backstroke (1:03.78). Stuhltrager also won the 200 IM in 2:18.79 with Kendall Eby (2:21.19) second.

Warwick's boys, facing a decline in numbers, have struggled to find their groove this season and stumbled against Penn Manor (1-1) in a losing 97-67 effort. Warwick (1-1) did have a multiple winner in Oliver Lance who won both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly with respective times of 1:04.43 and 53.42, and was also on the winning 200 freestyle relay team where he was first leg along with Robert Sabol, James Moll, and Theodore Lance who touched in 1:336.57.

Theodore Lance also represented the only other individual winner for the boys when he recorded the top time of 1:55.54 in the 200 freestyle. He was also second in the 500 freestyle finishing in 5:06.03, with Brendan Hohman (5:51.49) coming in third. Hohman (2:26.35) also placed third in the 200 IM. James Moll (53.12) and Sabol (57.92) came in first and second, respectively, in the 100 freestyle as well, and Ethan Hershey (1:03.67) placed third in the 100 backstroke.

WRESTLING

Warwick fell to 2-3 last week with a loss to Solanco Wednesday night. Hosting the Golden Mules, the Warriors fell behind 27-0 and then pulled to within nine points before Solanco shut the door on a 49-21 loss.

Beginning the match with a no-contest at 113, Solanco racked up three pins, a decision and a forfeit before the Warriors received their own forfeit at 152 to make it 27-6. Devonte Hess then took Connor Swarner into the second period of their 160 pound bout before recording a fall at 3:22.

David Hnasko's third period pin of Rashawn Carter in 4:44 of the 170 pound matchup made it 27-18, but Solanco won four of the final five bouts with Roland McClune's 7-1 decision over Shaneef Carter at 220 representing Warwick's final win of the night.

BOWLING

Maintaining its grip on first place, Warwick (47-2) took down Manheim Township (16-33) in a clean, 7-0 sweep last Tuesday and then kept Elizabethtown (41-8) in second place with a 5-2 victory on Thursday. Isaac Erickson led all bowlers against the Blue Streaks with a 212, 287, and 277 for a 776 series, followed by Tony Lutz (224, 191, 247-662), and Ashley Sham (211, 243, 191-645).

In the match with the Bears, it was Elizabeth Vuxta (221, 216, 234-671), and Katelyn Garman (228, 224, 202-654) who kept things competitive for the home team, but the Warriors proved too much for them to handle. Sham (245, 246, 207-698) was high roller for both squads, followed by Lutz (236, 215, 205-656), Erickson (230, 205, 200-635), Carter Snavely (192, 225, 195-612), and Tyler Miller (207, 202, 191-600).

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400 Free Relay Sparks Lady Pioneer Win over CV January 13, 2019

With two meets last week, the girls' swim team grabbed its second win of the season, topping CV in an 89-79 thriller Tuesday, Jan. 8, but then suffered a 91-79 loss to a 5-2 Elizabethtown squad on Thursday.

"The girls' win came down to the last race," explained head coach Kate Rohrbaugh. "Luckily we were able to field a second relay when CV could not, and with a close first and third place, we won the meet.'"

Bre Fluhr, Lexi Wagner, Elizabeth Horner and Catherine Horner clocked a 3:57.99 to hold off CV's 3:59.27 time while Tori Smith, Ellie Parido, Anastasia Curran and Molly Nagle secured the meet clinching third place finish in that final race, the 400 free relay.

Fluhr and Wagner were coming off a 1-2 finish in the 100 back while E. Horner added a first in the 500 free and was second in the 100 fly. C. Horner added a win in the 50 free and was second in the 200 while Fluhr added a second in the 200 IM and Nagle picked up seconds in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.

L-S opened the meet when C. Horner, Wagner, Fluhr and Nagle nipped CV in the 200 medley relay by 1.27th of a second.

C. Horner was a triple winner against the Bears, commanding the 200 free, 200 IM and 100 back while E. Horner was tops in the 500 free. The pair also teamed with Fluhr and Wagner to win the 200 medley relay while A. Nagle, Fluhr and M. Nagle joined E. Horner for a 400 relay victory.

"We expected this meet to be close for the girls," said Rohrbaugh. "Unfortunately, we lost eight key races that, according to entry times, we should have won. We did win 10 key races that we were projected to win, it just wasn't quite enough."

The boys' team put forth a good effort but couldn't match CV's depth and dropped a 109-34 result.

Individually, Nathan Eberly recorded seconds in the 200 free and 100 back and Andrew Reidenbaugh was third in both the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.

Eberly, in the 200 free, and Justin Miller in the 200 IM, were both winners against the Bears but it wasn't enough in the 121-40 loss.

"The boys were, once again, outmatched in terms of numbers, but every one of the boys recorded at least one personal best time, which is a rare victory!" praised Rohrbaugh. "We were pleased with the kids' performances in and out of the pool, and one of the referees complimented the team on their sportsmanlike conduct."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In a three game week, the Pioneers found themselves with one win against a pair of losses, falling to both Solanco and Kennard-Dale before regrouping for a win over Section One's Warwick.

Solanco's 40-31 home victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday, January 8, was a case of how defense wins basketball games and changes momentum. Tied at 25-25 after three quarters, the Mares came up with a number of big plays and outscored the defending Section Three champs 15-6 to stay in the hunt for the section crown. The loss ends a 25 game league winning streak for the Pioneers.

After a stick back by Jade Eshleman, and a missed free throw by the Pioneers, Grace Kreider picked up a steal, was fouled on the layup, and converted for a 30-26 lead. After a Jess Cabrera jumper, Lampeter's Nora Holmes canned her fourth trey of the game, cutting the lead to one. Both players led with 13 points for each squad.

Solanco followed with two straight defensive stops in the paint, L-S turned the ball over, and Eshleman again scored on a miss, giving the Mares a 34-31 lead with 1:38 left.

The Pioneers turned the ball over three more times and Solanco converted six straight free throws, to pull away for good.

"Unforced turnovers in the fourth and lack of box outs for put backs at the wrong time hurt," said Pioneer head coach Tony Fink. "They've been chasing us for two years. They want what we don't want to give up, the section title. We can't take anyone lightly."

Both teams came out cautiously, and the first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie. They traded points back-and-forth through the second with neither squad leading by more than two. A pair of free throws (Solanco was 12-for-21 for the game, LS 6-for-10) by Cabrera put Solanco in front, 14-13 at the break.

L-S got going a bit in the third. Holmes hit a pair of threes, the second giving them a 21-16 lead, the biggest of the night. But as the quarter ended, the Mares rallied and the game was tied once again, 25-25, setting the stage for Solanco's takeover.

On the road Thursday, the Pioneers came up short again, dropping a 45-32 result to Kennard-Dale. L-S was held to single digit scoring in each of the first three quarters, falling behind 34-22 with eight minutes left. Both teams finished with 11 fourth quarter points in a game that featured nine made three pointers. L-S netted five, two by Gochnauer in the third quarter. She finished with 12 points in the game. Olivia Vranich added six.

"They're legit," said Fink. "We turned it over five time in the first quarter and were down 10. After that, we played even."

Holmes, Zameroski and Martin all dropped in triples, and Emma Drouillard, Annabeth Groff and Haley Phenegar combined for five points.

The Pioneers got back on track with a Saturday afternoon win over Warwick, 43-27, and improved to 9-3 overall. Tied at 10-10 in the first quarter, Gochnauer sparked a 10-6 second quarter run, knocking down seven of her game-high 17.

A 14-5 third quarter run proved to be the turning point as the hosts grabbed their biggest lead of the day, 34-21. The Pioneers were without a field goal in the fourth quarter but canned 9-of-14 free throws to stay in front.

"Brittney was out with a concussion suffered against Kennard-Dale," noted Fink. "But the young girls and Emma stepped up. We also played defense today and limited turnovers."

Drouillard picked up 8 points, and Holmes netted 7 to help lead the way.

BOWLING

At Rocky Springs last Monday, Jan. 7, the bowling team earned a 7-0 victory over Section Four's Lancaster Mennonite and two days later suffered similar fate against Section Two leader Cocalico. They currently sit in third place with a 21-21 record.

Brent Cox, with a 193-143-167 rolled the top series of the day against the Blazers. Don Sweigart, with the only 200-plus game of the day (214) followed with a 469 while Stephanie Mays' 400 series left her in third. Steve Shepherd (396) and Sawyer Lancaster (343) rounded out the top five.

The going against Cocalico was a bit tougher. The Eagles earned four of the top five scores en route to the shutout. Cox, with a 213-169-185 led the Pioneers with a 567 series, just one pin shy of the second highest score. Cocalico's KC Miller nipped Cox with a 568.

Sweigart was Lampeter's second highest roller with a 418.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team went three up, three down last week, topping Solanco, Eastern York and Governor Mifflin to improve to 6-0 in Section Three and 12-1 overall.

"We have a good streak going at the moment," said head coach Ed Berryman. "They've been consistent in taking care of the ball and they play unselfishly. They don't care who scores."

The Pioneers handled Solanco at home Tuesday, Jan. 8, 53-36 before grabbing a pair of non-league wins. L-S used a strong 31-9 first half to take control. Solanco regrouped in the third frame, outscoring the hosts 18-13 but it wasn't enough.

Seth Beers dropped in a game-high 13 points but it was a balanced effort, with 10 different players scoring, that got the job done. Chase Broderick 9, Adam Stoltzfus 8, Zach Kingsley 5, Caleb Smoker 5, Patrick Holmes 4, Darin Landis 3, Jarred Getchis 2, Nevin Book 2 and Aaron Rockensock 2 all contributed to the point total.

Thursday's home game with Eastern was a bit tougher. Tied at 16 in the first quarter, L-S started to pull away with a 14-9 second quarter and extended the advantage to 51-37 with eight minutes left. Both teams exploded at the offensive end in the fourth quarter with Eastern netting 29 points and holding L-S to 24 but it wasn't enough to take the lead or the win.

Stoltzfus, the recipient of some unselfish passing, converted in the paint and tied for game-high honors with a career and season-high 20 points. Broderick scorched the nets in the third quarter, draining four of his five treys on the night. He finished with 19 points. Holmes and Beers also hit for double figures with 14 and 11 respectively. "Chase gave us the cushion we needed," said Berryman.

Saturday, as part of the L-L vs. Berks Showdown, the Pioneers, with a season and career-high 20 points from Beers, knocked off Governor Mifflin 49-38. Beers connected on 9-of-11 free throws and netted 8 of his total points in the fourth quarter. Holmes (10), Getchis, Stoltzfus and Zach Kingsley all with 8, and Broderick (3) also contributed.

"It's all about five guys playing as one," said Berryman of Lampeter's 11th straight win.

WRESTLING

The Pioneers kept pace with Manheim Central and, with a 54-18 crushing of Cedar Crest last Wednesday, Jan. 9, remained at the top of the Section Two standings with a 4-0 record. The Barons dominated Elizabethtown 57-17.

The short-handed Falcons forfeited four bouts and were pinned just as many times, accounting for 48 of Lampeter's 57 total points.

But it was the home team that opened the scoring when Nick Stout worked a 9-4 decision over Zach Shelley at 285. L-S, however, went in front for good with Austin Reiff's 26 second pinfall over Sam Smith (106). Hunter Erb padded the lead when he put Bailey Pennypacker to his back 32 seconds into the third period of the 113 bout.

"Good to get those bonus points," said head coach Brad Heeter. "Both Austin and Hunter wrestled well, fine tuning their technique."

After Crest's forfeit at 120, Arik Harnish pulled out a 9-8 thriller over Taylor Gehman (126) and Andrew Bliss (132) with a 39 second fall, the second fastest of the night, extended the lead to 21-3.

The hosts came back with a fall at 138 but Brady Cunningham (145) matched that effort with a 4:52 fall over Brett Walsh and Hector Colon followed with a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Dylan Styver.

"Tied in the third period, Hector scored a takedown with two seconds left to secure the win," Heeter recalled. "He is improving each match."

The Falcons picked up their third win of the night, a fall at 160, cutting the lead to 36-15. Three straight forfeits, however, determined the outcome.

The Pioneers competed in the Dutchman Duals on Saturday where they finished with a 4-1 record. They dropped their opening match to Penn Manor, 34-33, but came back to defeat Kennard-Dale 81-0, West York 76-0, East Pennsboro 66-9 and Middletown with a come-from-behind 48-24 final. Trailing 21-6, Colon, Connor Penry, Phenegar, Shelley and Reiff all recorded falls to help fuel the comeback.

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Matmen Survive Challenging Week, Faced 7 Teams January 13, 2019

Talk about a challenging week.

Manheim battled in the crazy environment at Spring Gove and traveled to Elizabethtown on back-to-back nights and competed in the Gettysburg Duals for the gauntlet: locking up against five teams (more on that later).

The Barons suffered their first loss in a tough two-point setback against Spring Grove, 26-34. Barons' coach Billy Chamberlain said the hostile environment was electrifying, with a large, vocal student section and the lights off and a spotlight shining on the wrestlers.

"It was a great experience," he said. "Everybody battled well. We matched up with four of their kids that rank in the state. For some of our wrestlers this was their first meet back from football season and was a great environment to break them in."

Clay Bedi (126 pounds), Kegan McCord (182), Cayden Warner (220), Uriah Warner (106), Will Betancourt (126) and Cade Zeamer (132) all notched wins.

Chamberlain said McCord and Cayden Warner both consistently look to score points and don't let up for six minutes. He also noted that Austin Sauder (152) lost, but by a 10-5 decision to a wrestler ranked 12th in the state.

Central bounced back from its first loss with a 57-17 rout of Elizabethtown. There were several forfeits by E-town which helped lead to the lopsided score.

McCord, Cayden Warner, Brandon Kheuangthirath and Zeamer won by forfeit.

Tyler Dougherty earned a pin in 39 seconds in the 285 weight class. Betancourt gained a pin in 1:14 at 126. Zeamer (132) posted a quick 49 second pin. Logan Hess earned a 3-0 decision at 145. Bedi had a pin at 160 in 2:26.

Chamberlain was pleased with the performance and was impressed with how Dougherty bounced back from a tough loss against Spring Grove to earn a pin. The coach also noted Betancourt gained a first period pin against a strong E-town wrestler.

An interesting note, Manheim's elementary squad wrestled E-town's elementary team on a mat next to the high school teams. After the high school team finished they sat and cheered on the elementary wrestlers.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 Manheim finished 3-2 and in third place out of six teams in the Gettysburg Duals. The Duals consisted of Gettysburg, Bermudian Springs, Dover, Shippensburg and Big Spring.

That means Manheim wrestled five matches in one day. The Barons beat Dover, Shippensburg and Big Spring.

Chamberlain believes this kind of challenge bonds his team and gets them ready for the postseason where they will often wrestle three or four times in a day.

"It is a great way to come together as a team and a program," he said. "It is a physical and mental challenge. The pressure is off yourself and you wrestle more as a family. Tournaments like this are about the team more than individuals. There is a lot of strategy. We try to preach one war, 14 battles."

Betancourt, Cade Zeamer, and McCord went 5-0. Dougherty and Conner Zeamer went 4-1.

In addition to the Barons going 3-2 at the Duals, the middle school team went 5-0 and won the tourney.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Barons got hot in the second quarter and rode the momentum to a 62-52 victory over Garden Spot Thursday, Jan. 10.

Central got a burst on offense via the 3-point shot, as Rachel Nolt, Kassidy Michael and Leah Minnich each hit treys, and the Barons took a 14-7 first quarter deficit into a 32-25 halftime lead.

With the lead in the third quarter, Manheim played strong, aggressive defense, leading to steals and turnovers and points in transition, sparking the Barons in the second half, head coach Amanda Burns said.

Michael scored a team-high 18 points for Central. The 5-foot-8 junior guard is a spark plug on offense and she set the tone against the Spartans.

"She's the one that energized the offense," Burns said. "She got tons of steals and assists and in the fourth quarter went to the foul line and hit free throws."

Nolt added 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Burns said Nolt, besides her shots from long distance, played good defense and sparked the second quarter turnaround, where the Barons outscored the Spartans 18-8.

Laura Good netted 12 points and played strong defense picking up several steals for the Barons, who collected 17 steals as a team. Paige Snyder finished with seven points and added several big rebounds, Burns said.

The schedule makers were not kind to the Barons, forcing Manheim to play back-to-back nights, as fatigue factored into Central's 43-32 loss to Fleetwood on Friday, Jan. 11, dropping Manheim's record to 2-11.

Michael, who paced the Barons with 19 points, kept Manheim in the game, but Burns said it was difficult to play games on consecutive nights. Central cut Fleetwood's lead to six several times but could get no closer.

Manheim had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with 23 trips to the free throw line. Unfortunately, the Barons only made six foul shots.

"We had an amazing opportunity at the line and didn't make the foul shots," Burns said.

The coach noted that Good, who scored seven points, did a good job rebounding and playing defense and does a lot of things besides scoring with assists and other contributions.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The Barons executed the game plan for three quarters and then lacked energy when they could have had a bigger lead and the game got away from them against Garden Spot in a 45-38 loss Thursday, Jan. 10.

Central jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one quarter and led 23-20 at halftime. The Barons only scored three points in the third quarter and led 26-25 when the Spartans scored the last four points of the quarter to take a 29-26 lead after three quarters.

"We wanted to control pace, which I thought we did, and then we just, I think we got flat," head coach Charlie Fisher said. "We were executing the game plan and I think there were stretches in the third quarter where we could have scored some points and expanded the lead a little bit and we just never did. And Garden Spot just kept crawling back in. I'm surprised we held on as long as we did."

The Spartans broke the Barons' press for four in the fourth quarter and Spot made free throws, scoring 10 of its 16 fourth quarter points from the free throw line.

Cam Sell's layup with 1:07 remaining cut the Spartans' lead to 40-36, but that was close as the Barons would get.

"I thought when we got it to four we needed a bucket and just couldn't get it," said Fisher, whose team record fell to 5-8 after the loss. "We had that one possession where we could have had a kick out for a shot attempt and it didn't happen. I thought we controlled the pace and did what we needed to do and it just got away from us in the end."

Fisher liked how his guys battled and competed and singled out Colton Book's performance and competitiveness. Fisher also said Carson Brenize defended well and Sell controlled the game from his guard position.

Chase Marquette paced the Barons with a team-high 13 points. Sell added seven Book had six.

Central bounced back with a 60-34 win against Middletown on Jan. 12. Book had a team-high 24 points, Sell added 13, Marquette five and Josh Young four points.

The Barons led 11-7 after the first quarter and held the Raiders to 15 points combined in the second and third quarters.

RIFLE

Manheim was on the mark for a 494 to 484 victory over Wilson on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Kami Groff shot a 100, Gage McCabe and Ellie McCabe each had a 99, and Brayden Groff and Carter Nissley each had 98.

"I'd like to see us shoot better, but it was not a bad day," head coach Steve Waddington said. "The positive is a lot of underclassman shot well. It is nice to see the younger kids step up."

The Barons suffered a tough loss against Conestoga Valley on Thursday. The teams were tied at 497 and the match was decided by the sixth shooter. Central's sixth shooter, Anna Haldeman, had a respectable 97. CV's sixth shooter had a 99, giving the win to the Buckskins.

Waddington said he's excited to watch the growth in Haldeman's shooting. "The freshman continues to improve," he said.

The tough loss to CV drops Manheim's record to 4-3, making it difficult for the Barons to win the section title. So Waddington plans to work his underclassman into the lineup. He has 21 kids on the team and will look to rotate players in so he can give younger shooters some experience and build for next year.

SWIMMING

Both swim teams lost to Lancaster Catholic last week. The girls fell 114-50 and the boys lost 131-37, but there were some great individual performances.

Olivia Faulhaber (50 free 27.64), Ethan Harner (6:22.76), Kaylin Jury (6:47.84) and Colton Faulhaber (7:19.30) all swam best times in the 500 free.

The Girls 200 medley relay: McKayla Miller, Lily Redcay, Ellie Fittery and Olivia Faulhaber swam a team-best 2:15.07.

BOWLING

Manheim rolled well, but not as well as first place Northern Lebanon, which holds the lead in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The Vikings won 7-0 on Jan. 8 with two out of their five bowlers rolling 650 scores.

Junior Brandon Henry, the anchor for the Barons, scored a team-high 559. Junior Lauren Michael posted 523, which is above her average. Austin Howard had a 522, also above his average.

Manheim had a team average of 751 and rolled a 788 in the second game and an 808 in the third.

"Our team did well, above average, but not well enough for Northern Lebanon," head coach Alan Sides said.

The Barons bounced back and beat last placed Lancaster Mennonite 7-0 on Friday, Jan. 11. It was a win that improved the Barons' record to 21-28 overall.

Manheim's high game was a 747. Henry was the Barons high bowler with a 543 average. Michael rolled a 183 in her second game.

Sides said his team stuck to the game plan and earned the win.

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Middletown Matmen Topple Trinity, 40-33 January 13, 2019

As January days continue to flip by, the Middletown wrestling team finds themselves smack dab in the middle of their busy season. After just two old fashion dual meets sprinkled with some tournament action dotting the first month of their schedule, the Blue Raiders kicked their season into hyper drive last week. Middletown cranked out two dual matches, topping Trinity 40-33 and falling to Milton Hershey 45-32, before traveling to Annville to partake in the Dutchman Duals on Saturday. Add in this week's twin dual matches plus a trip to New Oxford for the Colonials Invitational Tournament and the Blue Raiders will have knocked out half of their season in a two week stretch.

The busy stretch kicked off on January 8th with that 40-33 win over Trinity. The Blue Raiders claimed eight of the 14 weight classes but got off to a slow start with the Shamrocks opening the match with three straight wins. Case Woodley put the first dent in the 'Rocks' 15-0 lead with a 5-2 win over Zach Scherr at 170. Damion Williams followed with another win at 182 to make it 15-6 but Trinity broke up the Middletown run with a 195-pound win.

Quincy Reinnagel followed with Middletown's first bonus point win, pinning Christian Cirelli just before the one-minute mark of their 220-pound clash. A setback in the heavyweight match left Middletown staring at a 27-12 deficit with six weight classes remaining.

Krea Shaeffer got the comeback rolling with a forfeit win at 106 while Luke Fegley and Nathan Brady needed a combined 77 seconds to put Middletown in front. Fegley pinned his 113-pound opponent in 36 seconds while Brady needed three seconds longer to dispatch his 120-pound foe.

The lead was short lived as Trinity picked up their final points with a forfeit win at 126. Ryan Berstler put the Blue Raiders back in front, this time for good with his major decision win at 132 while Joseph Spear capped the match with a forfeit win at 138.

Middletown followed their comeback win over Trinity with a 45-32 loss to Milton Hershey on Thursday. The Blue Raiders won only six weight classes but five of them came in a row starting with Zach Malay at 113. Malay topped Joshua Minners by an 8-3 count. Fegley followed with a pinfall win over Joseph Roberto at 120 with Brady making it three in a row thanks to a tech fall victory over Devohn Page at 126. Berstler and Spear wrapped up the five-match run with another two pinfall wins. Berstler took care of Tim Burge at the 1:32 mark of their 132-pound bout while Spear needed just 40 seconds to pin Jayson Dodds. Reinnagel picked up the final Middletown win on the day courtesy of a Spartan forfeit at 285.

The Blue Raiders finished their week with a trip to Annville for the Dutchman Duals. Middletown went 3-2 on the day with wins over Northeastern (65-12), Central Dauphin East (51-24) and the host Dutchman (58-18) out numbering losses to Solanco (42-31) and Lampeter-Strasburg (48-24).

Middletown saw five different wrestlers enjoy 5-0 days with Berstler hitting a career milestone during his perfect run. The senior earned career win number 100 to highlight Middletown's five-win quintet. Spear and Joseph each earned four of their five wins via pinfall with Spear adding a major decision and Joseph a forfeit for their fifth wins. Fegley and Brady completed the quintet as the final two Blue Raiders with 5-0 marks for the day.

Ayden Miller gave Middletown a sixth wrestler with a perfect mark but the sophomore wrestled just one match for a 1-0 day. Woodley, Troy Stein and Schaeffer also returned from Annville with one victory each.

Malay fell just short of a perfect day, finishing 3-1 with a loss against Solanco ending Malay's shot at perfection. Corradi and Reinnagel finished the day with two wins while Britcher matches the team's 3-2 mark.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

History was also made in Hershey when Katie Fitzpatrick scored her 1,000th career point with a 33-point outburst. The scoring binge accounted for the bulk of Middletown's points in their 47-13 victory over Milton Hershey on January 11th.

The Lady Raiders dropped their only other game last week, falling to Northern Lebanon by a 52-3 final on the 9th. Middletown opened the game with a 10-5 edge through one quarter but the Lady Vikings used a 47-27 run over the final three frames to flip a five-point Middletown lead into a 15-point NL win.

Fitzpatrick collected a game high 20 in the loss with Joci Koser (nine points), Tamia Hill-Johnson (four points) and Ayanna Reeves (four points) finishing up the scoring.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team was in action twice last week with an odd schedule quirk putting those games on back to back nights. The Blue Raiders dropped Friday's contest opposite Milton Hershey by a 76-41 final.

"With some different guys getting on the floor due to some injuries, I thought we competed and didn't back down from a well-balanced, experienced Milton Hershey," stated head coach Chris Bradford.

Julian Nester matched the Spartans' Joshua Parre for game high honors with his 15-point effort but that did little to offset Milton Hershey's offensive onslaught. Tajae Broadie added 11 points and Tony Powell 10 points in the loss.

One day later the Blue Raiders traveled to Manheim to face the host Barons in the nightcap of the Mid-Penn Lancaster-Lebanon League Showdown. Central held a steady advantage over Middletown in all four quarters to post a 60-34 victory. Tyler Petroski led the way with a team high nine points. Broadie (eight), Powell (seven), Nester (six), Jarrod Pugh (two) and Brock Welsh (two) accounted for the remaining Middletown points.

"If we can continue to improve day to day, we'll eventually see breaks fall our way. This young group has been asked to weather the storm, and they have not shied away from a challenge yet," said Bradford of his squad's 1-11 season.

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Indians Struggle Against Cocalico, Elco, Eastern January 12, 2019

What a difference a week makes. After knocking off Hempfield two weeks ago, the Donegal girls' basketball team was 2-2 in Section Four and knocking on the door of first place. Seven days later the lady Indians were sitting in fourth after losing three in a row.

In two of those three losses, Donegal was either winning or tied heading into the fourth quarter but could not eke out a victory. Cocalico represented the first matchup for the Indians with the Eagles coming away with a close four-point win at 47-43 and was followed by ELCO which also won by four, 63-59 and Eastern York which pulled away for a 54-43 victory.

Fresh off a 17-point night against Hempfield, in which she reached 1,000 for her career, Kiera Baughman joined Cheyenne Livelsberger in dropping 13 versus Cocalico on January, 4 in a game where the Indians led 24-22 at halftime. Madeline Gohn added a season high 10 points and was a perfect 4-4 at the foul line while the Eagles outscored the home team 25-19 in the second half for the win.

Summer Steffy added five and Morgan Creek scored a field goal, but the Donegal defense surrendered 25 combined points to Shelby White (14) and Hannah Custer (11) while sending the Eagles to the line 21 times.

Last Tuesday ELCO traveled to Mount Joy and rallied late to overcome a two-point Donegal lead at the end of three quarters, thanks in part to a 22-point night by Ryell Shuey. With the Indians up 50-48, the ELCO defense clamped down and held Donegal to 11 points in the final frame while more than doubling up the Indians on offense with 23 to close things out.

ELCO jumped out to a six-point lead to start the game, outscoring Donegal 19-13 in the first quarter, but saw that lead shrink to only two at halftime. Aided by Alex Daly whose season high 15 points, including three from beyond the arc, tied with Baughman for the team lead, Donegal made it 29-27 at the break.

Two other Indian players hit double digits as well with Livelsberger dropping 12 and going 2-2 at the line while Steffy, who also drained a trio of three-pointers, chimed in with 11. Coming out to start the second half, the Indians took the lead on a 21-11 run during the third quarter but eventually succumbed to the Raider's offensive pressure. Gohn added four points to the effort along with Creek's two.

The third bump in the road for Donegal came in the form of the Golden Knights of Eastern York. In that Non-League contest last Wednesday in Mount Joy, the ladies again stumbled in the fourth quarter as Eastern York, fueled by Cassidy Arnold and Addison Malone each putting up 12 points on the night, pulled away from a 36-36 deadlock on the back of an 18-7 run to end the game.

Donegal held a slight advantage early, leading 15-13 after one quarter of play, but saw the Golden Knights grab a 28-26 lead just before the half. Baughman (17) and Livelsberger (10) both led the lady Indians with double digit scores from the floor with Baughman draining two three-pointers and going 5-6 at the line.

A 10-8 run by the Indians in the third was good enough to tie the game, but the offensive pressure of the Golden Knights proved to be too much for Donegal to handle in the fourth. Steffy scored eight, while Gohn and Daly had four apiece with Gohn a perfect at the line at 2-2, both of which came in the first half.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Still looking for their first win of the season, the boys dropped two games as Donegal (0-6, 0-12) sat at the bottom of the standings after last week's games. Donegal's first matchup came two Friday's ago versus the Cocalico Eagles in which the visitors came out on the losing end of a 46-33 decision followed by a 52-42 losing effort on the road at ELCO last Tuesday.

Seven Indians' players got in on the action against Cocalico with Ryan Zuch's 14 points and two three-pointers leading the charge. Cocalico took an early 12-9 lead in the opening frame and never relinquished it as the Eagles went into the break ahead 20-17 and then used a 26-18 run in the second half, led by Conor Mack who drained three field goals, one trey, and was 5-6 at the line.

Zuch put away Donegal's only two from long range, but Reed Licopoli added eight including a perfect 2-2 on his free throws. Jacob Shoemaker added five and was 1-2 at the line, both Logan Nauman and Zion Gibbs scored two apiece, while Dalton Mullhausen and Joey Hess each had one from the foul line.

On the road again four nights later at ELCO, Zuch again led the Indians, this time with 18, including a couple of three-pointers and a 6-10 effort at the line while Licopoli also hit double digit scoring with 11 and two from long range. The Raiders, however, also ran out to an early lead against the Indians and never looked back.

ELCO led by as much as 12 points with a 36-24 lead heading into the fourth. They started out on a 22-18 run in the first half with help from Bryce Coletti's game high 20 points while Donegal could not gain any traction offensively. The Indians only shot at 56 percent from the foul line going 9-16 as a team while Mullhausen added four points on the night, Gibbs had three, and Shoemaker, Patrick Summers, and Joe Turbedsky each added two in the losing effort.

WRESTLING

At 3-2 on the season, Donegal could only look up at the log jam that is the top of Section Two as Lampeter-Strasburg (4-0), Manheim Central (4-0), and Garden Spot (4-1) continued to vie for first place at the end of last week's action. A heart breaking 41-35 loss to Garden Spot on Wednesday night in New Holland kept the Indians out of the lead pack, but still within striking distance.

After winning six of the first seven bouts and opening up a 29-6 lead on the Spartans, the tides changed. Garden Spot began showing signs of life that eventually turned into a one bout night at the 126-pound weight class where Josh Groff broke a 35-35 tie with a 34 second pin over Cooper Rollison to give the win to the home team, 41-35.

Dylan Bowers began with a first period fall over Corey Leaman at 132 before Aaron Martin tied the match when he answered with a second period pin at 138 over Jeff Flores. The next five bouts belonged to Donegal, however as Joe Fox decisioned Alan Perez 6-4 at 145, Mason Ober majored Ethan Eberly 10-2 at 152, Garrett Blake majored Drew Finkey 12-2 at 160 and both Will Small and Cael Rapp recorded falls, respectively, at 170 and 182 making it 29-6 with seven bouts to go.

Unfortunately, Donegal's only win from that point on came from Ethan Herr who earned a fall over Jeremy Schilling at 106 pounds to make it 35-24 after the Indians surrendered two falls and one forfeit in between.

A Mason Casey fall over the Indian's Jansen Flohr at 113 followed by a tech fall at 126 by Garrett Gehr over Taj Younger tied things at 35-35 before Groff's walk-off fall sealed it for the Spartans.

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Comet Boys Top Warwick, Swimmers 4-1 Overall January 11, 2019

Despite mixed results in Tuesday's Jan. 8 home meet with Warwick, the Penn Manor swim teams sport identical 4-1 overall records. The boys' improved with their 97-67 victory over a typically strong Warwick team while the girls' suffered a 112-58 defeat. Both teams are 1-1 in Section One action.

"Warwick's boys, with only 8 or 10 on the roster, are slim in numbers so that's why we won by the margin we did," noted head coach Eric Urban. "The guys they do have are quick.

"Overall, I don't think we swam our best but we did have some good times," he continued. "Dan Shaut dropped 10 seconds in his 500 freestyle and Noah Buckwalter had his best time in the 100 butterfly (3rd). And Anna Sugra's winning 2:02 in the 200 free is her season best so far."

The boys' got off to a strong start and never let up. Pan Kunyu and Jared Stephan led the scoring with multiple wins. Kunyu won the 100 free (51.25) and the 100 back (1:00.74) and Stephan was tops in the 200 IM (2:08.42) and the 500 free (5:03.18). They also teamed with Everett Barry and Wes Kendig to win the opening 200 medley relay and with Andrew Pursel and Barry to close the meet with a win in the 400 free relay.

Pursel, who was second in the 200 free, and Kendig went 1-2 in the 50 free and Everett added seconds in the 200 IM, and 100 breaststroke. Kendig added a second in the 100 fly.

Sugra sparked the scoring for the girls, securing two of their three firsts on the day. In addition to the 200 free, she won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.37) while Avery Groff was a winner in the 500 free (5:30.25) and was third in the 50 free. Erica Shaub added a second in the 100 back and was third in the 200 IM and Jalyn Clow was third in the 100 fly.

BOWLING

The Comets remained on top of the Section One standings despite suffering their first loss of the season, a 7-0 shutout against Section Two's Elizabethtown on Monday. Penn Manor got a match high 703 series by Gavin Davidson but it wasn't enough. E-town's Elizabeth Vexta finished with the highest single game, a 257, nipping Davidson by three pins in the last game.

Mark Smith was the fourth highest scorer of the day, rolling a 185-246-216 for a 647 series. E-town's Eyrn Moore held off Smith for the third spot with a 648 total.

The Comets improved to 40-9 with Wednesday's 7-0 result against Hempfield. Cedar Crest sits second in Section One at 35-14.

Smith rolled the highest game of the day against the Knights, posting a 289 in his second series and finished with a match high 739. Jimmy Mahler was almost as impressive, recording two straight 227s and finishing with a 246 for a 701 series.

Davidson, with a 246 high game, rolled a 643 for the third highest total of the day while Katelyn Welsh followed with a 607 and Derek Warfel rounded out the Comets top five with a 533.

GIRL'S BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team improved to 4-2 in Section One with wins over McCaskey on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Hempfield Friday, Jan. 4.

Ella Hart's eight first quarter points, and triples by Kayla Mills and Morgan Miller, also that frame, pushed the hosts to a 21-7 first quarter lead en route to a convincing 58-30 win over McCaskey. Kate Levato's six points in the second quarter fueled another 21 point frame as eight different Comets contributed to the scoring.

Unfortunately, the abundance of point scoring did not continue in the second half as the Comets managed just 16 points but held McCaskey to 11 in securing the victory.

Hart led all scorers with 14 points, Levato chipped in with a dozen and both Miller and Tyzae Ballard added 8 each. Also scoring: Lily Sugra 3, Mills 3, Emma Hamaker 2, Kiara Wakefield 2, Kimmy Miller 2, Sydney Shepos 2, and Emily Riggs 2.

The Comets picked up their third league win of the season on the road against Hempfield. Using a 14-2 run in the first quarter, Manor prevailed 38-32. Up 26-12 at the half, the Comets were outscored 11-4 in the third quarter and 9-8 in the fourth but survived the Knights' rally.

"Hempfield was a nice, and needed win," said Collins. "We had that big lead but then let them back in. We did make some clutch free throws at the end of the game which helped to seal the deal."

Hart and Levato each tossed in 9 points while Shepos, a freshman, and Sugra combined for 11.

At home on Saturday, the Comets went up against last year's District 3 6A sixth place finisher. The bigger, deeper Dallastown squad went home with a 55-32 final.

"They are solid all around," stated Collins. "And they have depth in the guard and post positions, which we are still developing with our young squad."

A jumper by senior guard Emma Hamaker opened the scoring but the more physical Wildcats, with six seniors on the roster, took charge after that, outscoring the hosts in three of the four quarters. They led 33-14 at the break and 47-20 heading into the final frame, which the Comets won 12-8.

What the Comets lacked on the offensive end they made up for with their hustle on every defensive possession, despite the score. Their hard work and determination caused 11 Dallastown turnovers in the second half.

Freshman Morgan Miller knocked down a pair of three's in the second quarter and finished with 8 points. Sugra came off the bench with 8 points in the second half while Levato (8 rebounds) and Hamaker netted 6 points each.

All 14 of Dallastown's players saw action and nine of them reached the scoring column. They were led by junior center Anlya Matthew's 13 points.

"We're a fairly young group but they have the dedication needed to make us thrive," she added. "I'm excited to see where the remainder of the year takes us."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

A disappointing 54-48 Section One loss at McCaskey Tuesday, Jan. 8 dropped Penn Manor's record to 3-3 (8-4 overall). Tied at 46-46 with three minutes left, a lack of scoring down the stretch and a lack of rebounding led to Manor's demise. The Red Tornado scored three second attempt buckets to gain momentum and steal the victory.

Manor got off to a quick start in this one, netting 21 points, their highest quarter of the game, while holding the Tornado to 14. Ethan Hine dropped in 10 of his game-high 20, finished with 3 treys and went 4-for-5 from the foul line. Kevin Roldan, who also hit double figures with 11, scored seven in that high scoring first quarter.

McCaskey regained the lead with a 15-6 second quarter and extended their 29-27 halftime edge with a 13-7 third quarter effort. Not to be outdone, the Comets rallied. Back-to-back 3's by Roldan and Hine tied the score only to see Manor fall short despite winning the frame 14-12.

Other offensive contributors included Ty Erisman, Jakob Matias and Jaden Matias all with four points each while Anthony Rosario and Luis Sanchez combined for five.

The Comets were coming off a 53-23 non-league loss at Dallastown Saturday. The Wildcats led from start to finish in this one, outscoring the visitors in all four quarters, and getting a game-high 22 points from Kobe Green.

Jaden Matias was tops for the Comet with 8 points and Rosario added 5.

WRESTLING

The Comets remained on top of the Section One standings, tied with Conestoga Valley at 5-0, after thumping Cocalico 45-12 last Wednesday, Jan. 9. Manor hosts CV this Wednesday in a battle for the section title.

After a no contest at 120, Manor ran off eight straight wins, six of them via the fall, to pull away.

"Our guys wrestled tough," stated head coach Brandon Vernalli. "They bumped a good portion of their lineup up a weight class thinking it would be beneficial for them. It backfired a bit because the guys were ready to go no matter who they wrestled. The boys looked on point and I think they're beginning to click at the right time."

After a no contest at 120, Trevor Grassel opened the action with a 9-2 decision over Todd Fritz at 126. Owen Rohrer (132) and Dylan Coleman (138) scored back-to-back second period falls, pushing the lead to 15-0.

At 145, Anthony Glessner fought off a 7-2 deficit to pull out an 8-7 thriller over Seamus Finnegan.

"Conditioning played a huge role in that victory and I think it was quite evident," Vernalli said. "Owen also pulled out a huge win, pinning one of their better kids. He came out strong and did what he had to do."

Two straight first period falls by Colt Barley (152) and Kole Marley (160) quickly extended the lead to 30-0.

Cole Shenk's 9-2 decision at 170 and Nick Baker's 3:34 fall over Wyatt Gehman at 182 made it eight straight wins for the visitors.

Cocalico ended the night with two falls of their own but then forfeited the 113 match to cap the scoring.

After handing the Warriors a 52-21 Section One loss on Jan. 2, the Comets competed in the Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley on Saturday where they went 3-2 to finish in third place out of 12 teams. Penn Manor defeated Brandywine Heights 54-21, Panther Valley 66-6 and Phoenixville 52-24 and lost to mid-West 42-28 and Wilson Area 35-19.

Senior TJ Keener led the way, going 5-0 with four pinfalls. Junior Nick Baker and sophomore Dylan Coleman both went 4-1.

"Grassel, a freshman, and Anthony Glessner both recorded their first varsity win of the season," pointed out Vernalli, "as did first year wrestler and senior heavyweight Greg Zanowiak."

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Garden Spot Battles Cocalico, Falls in Overtime January 11, 2019

The Section Three boys' basketball game between Garden Spot and Cocalico turned into an overtime thriller in New Holland on Tuesday night. The Eagles and Spartans played evenly through regulation, looking up at a 48-48 scoreboard at the final buzzer. In overtime, the Spartans held the Eagles to only four points, but it was enough for Cocalico to edge Garden Spot 52-50.

The top scorers in the game were Peyton Stetter of Cocalico, who poured in 24 points, mostly off the six three-point field goals he made, and Kentae Nunn of Garden Spot, who finished with 23.

The Spartans fell to 4-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League (6-5 overall) while the Eagles (6-5) evened their league mark at 3-3.

One aspect of the Spartans' game that was a factor in a close contest like this was foul shooting. Spot connected on just 11 of 21. The Eagles were 7-of-12.

Garden Spot overcame an early deficit but did go into the locker room at halftime trailing 22-20. The two teams were tied at the final buzzers of the third and of course fourth periods.

Andrew Zentner finished with 11 points, hitting a pair of treys on the night. Jon Morales added six more points.

Connor Mack provided 17 points for the Eagles.

Garden Spot was coming off a convincing win the previous week - a Friday night barrage of points in which Nunn scored 34 in an 81-58 win at Solanco. Morales (14) and Jesse Martin, who nailed a pair of treys and tallied 16, also reached double figures. Zentner added eight points.

WRESTLING

In a close battle with league rival Donegal, the Garden Spot wrestling team pulled off a 41-35 win on Wednesday night.

"I think both teams knew it was going to be a very close match that would come down to a couple of toss-up matches and who would secure more bonus points," said head coach Adam Bunting.

And the extra points did come for Garden Spot in a flurry of victories down the stretch. Following a forfeit at the 220-pound weight class, which went in favor of Spartan sophomore Dustin Swanson, Charles Martin earned a first-period pin in the heavyweight match, cutting the Indians' lead to 29-24.

The pin by Donegal's Ethan Herr (106) gave the Indians a 35-24 advantage, but back came the Spartans.

"At 106, Jeremy Schilling opened up a 2-0 lead going into the second period on returning league champion Ethan Herr," explained Bunting. "Herr then reversed Schilling and pinned him in an arm bar."

Mason Casey, earned a pin at 113; Garrett Gehr, notched a technical fall at 120, winning by a 21-6 score; Josh Groff, pinned Cooper Rollison in 34 seconds at the 126 bout.

"With three matches left, Mason Casey got us back on track with a huge pin at 113," Bunting remarked. "Freshman standout Garrett Gehr followed with a technical to tie the match at 35 all.

"It came down to team leader Josh Groff to clinch the victory," continued the coach. "He wasted no time planting Rollison in 38 seconds."

The match began at the 132-pound weight class with Donegal's Dylan Bowers earning a pin. Aaron Martin (138) returned the favor with a pin for Spot.

The Indians then pulled ahead with a close 6-4 win by Joseph Fox, topping Alan Perez at 145 and major decisions at 152 and 160. Will Small's pin at 170 and another by Cael Rapp at 182 made it 29-6 Donegal. That set the table for Garden Spot winning four of the final five bouts.

Bunting also referenced two of the losses and how his wrestlers losing only by a decision rather than a major or technical helped in the long run.

"This was a total team win," Bunting added. "I'm proud of the guys scrapping to save team points wherever we could. Alan Perez and Drew Finkey [12-2 loss at 160] saved important points by fighting out of predicaments that could have put the match out of reach. They kept us in it.

"The team never let the score deflate them," he continued, referring to the 29-6 deficit midway through the match. "It didn't change the way we approached the final seven matches."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Garden Spot came up short against Cocalico in a Section Three clash on the road Wednesday night.

Despite Megan Fisher scoring a game-high 13, the Spartans lost to the Indians 43-19, falling to 1-5 in the league.

Hannah Greenly (10 pts) and Hannah Custer, who scored nine, led the Indians in scoring as the team improved to 6-5 (3-3 league).

The girls were coming off a much closer match from the Friday before, having lost to Solanco 62-52.

The visitors came on strong in the fourth quarter with a 21-16 run to eclipse the Spartans, who had made an impressive comeback in the second quarter.

Fisher had a team-high 17 points in that game while both Kari Stoltzfus and Erin Gonzalez finished with nine points. Paige Kemper added seven.

Solanco's Grace Kreider poured in a game-high 18, which included three treys.

On Thursday the Spartans again came up short when they dropped a 62-52 decision to host Manheim Central.

The Spartans got off to a good start, building a 17-14 lead through the first quarter, but the Barons took command of the game with an 18-8 run in the second period to lead 32-25 at the break and then finished off the 10-point win with 17-15 and 13-12 advantages in the third and fourth quarters.

Fisher took scoring honors in the contest with 27 points on seven baskets and four three-pointers.

AIR RIFLE

Governor Mifflin's air rifle team had three shooters finish with a score of 99. Garden Spot had three shooters finish with a score of 98. Hence, the Mustangs edged the Spartans by a 492-486 score on Thursday.

Alex O'Neill, Evan Emch and Braden Reel reeled off 98's while Jared Weaver scored 97 on the day. Aaron Good recorded a score of 95.

Natalie Jones, Austin Maple and Sydney Machion each shot a 99 for Mifflin.

Garden Spot fell to 0-7 on the year.

Earlier in the week, the Spartans lost another close one, this time a 494-488 loss at Elizabethtown on Tuesday.

Wever, Lani Duncan and Karlee Hartman shot 98's for the Spartans while Reel and Good each recorded a score of 97.

Matt Risbon had a perfect game, shooting 100 for E-town.

BOWLING

Hot on the heels of Cocalico in the Section Three standings, Garden Spot's bowling team improved to 30-5 with a 7-0 defeat of Columbia on Tuesday at Clearview Lanes. Meanwhile, Cocalico topped Lancaster Catholic by the same score, improving to 38-4.

In Tuesday's clash, the Spartans were led by Trevor Courtney's 670 total pin count, which included a score of 235 in his third game. Owen Colby came away with a 535 while T.J. Delp tallied 516, finishing with a 192 in his third game.

Shane Kinser rolled a 540 to lead the Crimson Tide.

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Lady Braves Win 5 of 6 League Games, 10-2 Overall January 11, 2019

The Pequea Valley girls' basketball team is off to a fast start, winning five of its first six league games and building a 10-2 overall record. Part of the reason this team is dominating Section Five of the Lancaster-Lebanon League is the tandem of juniors averaging over 12 points per game.

On Tuesday night while hosting Lebanon Catholic, the Braves weren't converting shots in the early going and went into the second quarter trailing the Beavers by a 7-2 score. However, Abbey Leslie and Caroline Horst, the aforementioned leading scorers, as well as senior Marlena Ferry led a strong surge that resulted in a 52-44 comeback win.

"Caroline Horst does a lot on the floor for us," head coach Jason McDonald stated. "She rebounds, plays defense, scores. Abbey is a high motor shooter and plays great defense."

McDonald addressed the slow start on offense.

"We did not shoot the ball very well," he said. "It was one of those nights where we didn't get it going until the second quarter.

The Braves scored 22 points in the second quarter alone, taking 24-18 lead into the locker room. They kept up the scoring with an 18-10 third quarter.

"You get it going and get into a rhythm," McDonald said. "They [Beavers] played pretty good defense too, so you have to give them credit."

Leslie scored 13 while Ferry, who drilled a pair of three-pointers, finished with 12. Horst had 10 points as did Clara Neff, who also made a pair of three's and went 2-for-2 at the foul line.

"We have five kids that can put the ball in the basket on any given night," said McDonald. Caroline, Clara Neff and Bethany Bills are our top rebounders. But it has been a collective effort."

Asked what the team needs to do in order to keep its momentum heading into a more steady slate of L-L League games, McDonald replied, "We just need to keep playing our style - pressuring teams and making them turn the ball over; also, the transition game and finding open shooters for layups. We play our style and we'll be successful."

WRESTLING

In a section where Northern Lebanon is undefeated against league opponents, the PV wrestling team suffered a loss to the first-place Vikings, who improved to 4-0 with a 61-15 defeat of the Braves on Wednesday. Northern Lebanon improved to 4-0 while Pequea fell to 2-3 (4-7 overall).

Returning senior Gabe Miller claimed six of Pequea's points with a pin at the 145-pound weight class. It stopped the Vikings' run of 31 straight points.

Trevor Huber wrestled a tough match and won by a close 4-3 decision at 160. He did not give up as he topped Nick Winters despite the insurmountable team score.

Another one of the experienced seniors on this squad posted a pin for Pequea. Joe Coblentz turned in a pin 1:27 into the 220-pound battle.

In their previous outing, the Braves battled the Wilson Bulldogs in a Saturday match. The Bulldogs finished on top 57-21 with Aiden Cooke (152) recording a pin for the Braves followed by Miller's 7-0 shutout of Anthony Micci at the 160.

Along with a Wilson forfeit at 106, the Braves earned six more points on Jace Beegle's pin at 120.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Playing two games on consecutive nights, the Braves came up short against both Lebanon Catholic and Brandywine Heights. The boys' basketball team fell to 0-13, and 0-6 in league.

In Tuesday's game, the Beavers went on a tear in the second quarter, turning a tie game into a 36-18 halftime advantage. The Braves' defense held strong in the second half, but the visitors weren't able to erase enough of Catholic's lead in the 50-34 loss.

Devin Root and Sam Heagy led the Beavers in scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Antonio Lazar poured in 12 points for Pequea Valley. Tyrell Stoltzfus sank a pair of three-pointers for his six points, and Andrew Sudbrack also scored six.

Brandywine Heights used a balanced attack to top Pequea 62-23 in a non-league game on Wednesday. John Buddock's 11 points led the Bullets and Jimmy Ludwig added 10 more.

Pequea's Lazar had the game's top scoring total with 12 points. Sudbrack added five more.

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Bucks Fall to Bears Despite Strong Bench Play January 11, 2019

Tuesday's trip to Elizabethtown ended in their sixth league loss, a pattern the Bucks are working hard to turn around.

Getting behind early in the first quarter, the Buckskins succumbed to a 70-39 defeat while visiting the Bears. Despite gathering momentum to outscore the hosts in the second and fourth quarters, the difference proved to be insurmountable, but that didn't keep the Bucks from giving their all.

Energy from the second string gave the Bucks a surge of momentum, lead by Will Stone's nine points, complimented by another seven from sophomore Luke Rumbaugh. Ten different CV players contributed to their point total, evidence of a well-dispersed offense.

"While Elizabethtown was a tough game for us, we were happy with the effort that kids like Ethan Wertz, Luke Rumbaugh, Will Stone, and Sawyer Shertzer brought to the court off the bench," credited head coach Brad Herr. "We need this energy to permeate all facets of our program as we move forward."

The previous weekend, the Bucks lost a close non-league battle 65-52 to Red Lion.

Though the Bucks were outscored 25-15 in the first, they fired back with two strong quarters, before Red Lion pulled away in the fourth.

Both teams shot well from the line, 70 percent for CV and 76 percent for Red Lion, but it was the three-point baskets that sealed the fate of the contest. While the Buckskins dropped in five from downtown baskets, Red Lion amassed 11 triple point buckets.

Ethan Bredeman tallied 15 points, Parker Graff netted 12 including four-of-four from the line, and Jordan Ransing added 11.

The Buckskins are faced with an uphill battle as they enter the second half of their season with a current record of 2-10.

"We continue to focus on the fundamentals in practice, and our players have maintained positive attitudes through our struggles," explained Herr. "It's important for us to appreciate the value of competing every day, whether in practice or a game. Learning how to give our best effort for thirty-two minutes and putting four good quarters together is key."

With a stretch of three league competitors-Warwick, Ephrata, Lebanon-lined up next in the schedule, the Bucks will have plenty of opportunity to prove that effort and heart.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Learning to get back up after you're knocked down is just one of the life lessons wrapped into athletics, and it's one the Lady Bucks are having to embrace after a double dose of setbacks last week.

Tuesday's 57-29 league loss to the Elizabethtown Bears, put the CV ball club at an overall record of 3-10 midway through the season.

Despite falling behind 13-4 in the first quarter, CV continued to battle down to the final buzzer.

The Buckskin tenacity was most noticeable in their composure during trips to the line. Lead scorer Kenzie Reed gathered over half of her game total nine points going five-of-six in free throws.

Ashley Andrew followed suit with a four-of-five showing, and freshman Jeriyah Johnson sank three-of-four during her turns at the line.

The previous Saturday the Lady Bucks fell 56-28 to West York in a non-league match. Reed once again led the offensive efforts with eight points, supported by Lauren Thrush with seven and an additional five chipped in by sophomore Chassidy Henriquez.

WRESTLING

With only McCaskey on the docket last week, the CV matmen poured their energy into the Wednesday's dual and were rewarded with their fifth league victory, topping the Red Tornados 54-6, to keep their league record unblemished.

"It was a team effort from arrival to departure," reflected head coach Trent Turner. "The guys are wrestling with a team focus and are committed to hard work and heart-and it's showing in their performances."

Keaton Fischer got momentum churning at 113, winning his bout by a 6-4 decision to give the Bucks the early 3-0 lead. Isiah Gannt (182) and heavyweight grappler, Yodhe Desta each picked up a fall in the victory, the fifth of the season for each of them.

Andrew Dariychuk's 20-9 major over Noell Montanez at 132 put CV in front, 13-3 and set the stage for six straight wins. Austin Rider posted a tech fall at 138, David Dariychuk won by forfeit and Taylor Sheaffer's 5-1 decision at 152 extended the lead to 27-3.

Josh MacNamara pulled out a 4-3 thriller over Andrew Vogerlbacher at 160, Conrad Dillman won by disqualification and Isiah Gannt closed the individual victory streak with a 37 second fall over Ntihemuka Ndahiriwe.

McCaskey quieted the CV crowd with a decision at 195 but the Bucks responded with a decision by Leo Marente (220), Desta's fall, and a forfeit victory.

"McCaskey was a scrappy team and we had to work for each individual win and were pleased to walk away with the victory," added Turner. "Each one contributed to the achieved outcome."

This week holds a highly anticipated showdown as the Buckskins are slated to face off against the Penn Manor Comets, the only other undefeated LL Section One opponent. The critical match will determine which team will continue their season with their perfect record intact.

SWIMMING

Last week in the pool, it was the CV boys' turn to claim an all-inclusive victory, marking their second consecutive league win, sweeping every event in their 109-34 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg.

The points poured in with several CV swimmers claiming multiple first place finishes. Sheldon Hertzler took the 50 free (24.27) and breaststroke (1:08.66); Auden Block earned top times in both the 200 free (2:01.76) and backstroke (1:00.25), and Nick Lynam claimed the 500 free (4:52.53) and 200 IM (2:04.57).

Micah Leaman's 54.56 in the 100 free, and Joshua Proch's 1:00.84 butterfly clinched the final two individual events for CV.

All individual event winners were also contributors in the three CV relay wins, joined by Felipe Garate and Robbie Krasinski.

"I hope all the CV swimmers continue to work hard and push themselves towards personal best times throughout the season," commented head coach Barb Raasch.

The girls meet came down to depth in the relay events, with L-S managing to edge out CV with a final score of 89-79.

CV's Karli Raasch pulled in the points for the Lady Bucks with top times in breaststroke (1:12.82) and the 200 IM (2:16.32). Sarah Marston also won two events with a 2:04.9 in the 200 free and a 1:03.08 in the butterfly. Freshman Jordan Holmes contributed another first-place finish with a 1:00.09 in the 100 free.

L-S was able to nab the top spots in two of the three relays, but CV's quartet comprised of Raasch, Homes, Marston, and Avery Heisey was able to surge ahead in the 200 free to win the event with a time of 1:50.31.

"With a rather small team this year for both the boys and girls, we will struggle to fill the lanes in all events. We also need to stay healthy," explained Raasch looking ahead. "I am confident that with a healthy team and lots of commitment and hard work at every practice, we can send more kids to the league meet at the end of the season this year."

RIFLE

After an early week setback, the Buckskin rifle team retaliated with a 596-594 outshooting over Manheim Central.

The match came down to the wire, extending to the sixth shooter. The Buckskins were led by perfect 100s from Chase Miller and Montana Habecker.

Dana Witmer, Alex Stoudt, Darren McGallicher, and Garret Yoder each nailed a 99 to give the team the consistency needed to come out on top.

With only Elizabethtown boasting a flawless record (7-0), the race for rankings within the rifle field display a tight battle heading into the latter half of the season. CV currently holds a record of 5-2 which matches Manheim Central in the race for second.

"The league has a lot of parity this year, and there are a lot of matches left in the season," emphasized CV head coach Hank Oxendine pushing his team to reach their full potential in each match on the schedule.

CV's 496-492 loss to Ephrata last Tuesday might have been a disappointment, but the team hopes to channel the frustration into growth and future success.

"It was a tough loss against Ephrata," acknowledged Oxendine. "Ephrata shot extremely well, with several of their shooters shooting personal bests in the match."

This time it was Witmer and Habecker to lead the Buckskin efforts with a pair of 99s, while Madeleine King, Stoudt, and McGallicher each registered 98s.

"We need to take a step back and refocus our practices on the fundamentals and really stress the mental aspects of the sport," elaborated Oxendine. "We cannot allow this setback to derail the positive gains we have made thus far."

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Bears Fall to Warwick, Beat Conestoga Valley January 11, 2019

While every fan wants their team to rip through every season undefeated that is a daunting task that is impossible for nearly every sports team but especially high school basketball teams. A team playing twenty plus games spread out over two months is bound to see a few hiccups along the way but it is how the team responds to those hiccups that shows a team's true character. The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team spent the last week showing their character after a 71-57 loss at Warwick. The Bears followed that loss with a 70-39 shellacking of Conestoga Valley on January 8 and a 77-47 drubbing of Twin Valley one night later.

"A good little run here," said head coach Rocky Parise. "I think we are starting to put some things together, especially at the defensive end. And we're trying to correct the issues with taking care of the ball that has hurt us in our losses so we've really been focusing on a couple specific things and I think that has really helped us out."

All of that plus a career high 31 points from senior standout Larry Locker led to the 31-point victory over the Buckskins. Locker helped fuel a fast start by scoring 12 of his 31 during an opening frame that saw Elizabethtown build a 23-4 lead. A sluggish second quarter shrank the Bears lead to 15 points at the break but a 29-8 sprint through the third quarter pushed the cushion to 36 points heading into the final eight minutes. E-town took their foot off the gas over those eight minutes to set the final at 70-39. Luke Pierson added 11 points to provide Locker's back-up.

One night later the Bears loaded up the bus for a trip to Elverson where they battled the Raiders of Twin Valley. The trip home was a good one after E-town posted another lopsided win, this one by a 77-47 count. Locker topped all scorers for the second straight game, finishing with 26 points. Pierson reached double digits with 10 points while Elijah Eberly added 17 in a win that saw Elizabethtown enjoy a 26-point cushion at intermission.

Of course, before the Bears could get to those two easy victories, they first had to endure that 71-57 loss to Warwick. In looking for a cause or reason for the 14-point loss Parise said, "I think it is a little bit of everything," adding "I think Chris (Christensen) is doing a really good job with them and they had eight days off to prepare for us and in that time, we had two games where they saw us and they did a great job to prepare for us."

The result was a loss that ended E-town's budding momentum that came from their overtime win against Hershey that kicked off the new year. Elizabethtown's undoing against Warwick was the third quarter where they were outscored 25-12, pushing the Warrior lead to 16 points at 54-38. The Bears managed to control the final stanza but the damage was too much to overcome. Locker netted a team high 22 points while Eberly added 12 and Amos Kollie 10.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team dropped a 60-24 final to ELCO on January 7 leaving the Bears 3-10 on the season. Elizabethtown ran into trouble against the Raiders thanks largely to six forfeited weight classes that led to 36 easy points for ELCO. Three of those six came in the first four weight classes and, when coupled with a 45-second pinfall win at 285, the Raiders jumped out to a 24-0 lead before the fans had a chance to settle into their seats. Skyler Nagel broke up the ELCO run by pinning Dru Yoder in their 120-pound clash while Cameron Olson made it two straight E-town wins by pinning Sami Good at 126. Bobby Walters provided the next Elizabethtown victory, pinning Stephen Wiczalkowski near the end of the second period of their 145-pound bout. Javan Thomas also secured his pinfall win late in the second period, finally getting the better of Owen Kahl at the 3:39 mark of their 170-pound match to pick up Elizabethtown's final win.

The Bears slipped in a tune-up for that ELCO match by hosting the Grizzly Duals on Saturday January 5. E-town went 1-4 on the day with a 39-18 victory over Salisbury Township highlighting the event.

BOWLING

The bowling team suffered their second loss of the season on January 10th, falling to Warwick by a 5-2 count. Elizabeth Vuxta led the Bears in the loss with a 671 series. Katelyn Garman was the only other Bear to bowl all three games, turning in scores of 228, 224 and 202 for her 654 series. Patrick Hoffmaster and Eryn Moore each rolled the first two games and finished with identical 396 scores. Hoffmaster had games of 194 and 202 while Moore bowled a 236 before finishing with a 160. Abby Chaffins also bowled two games but did her work in the first and third where she posted scores of 162 and 225 to finish at 387 on the day. Bradly Ruth took Chaffins' spot for the second game and rolled a 185 while Alaina and Andrew Telenko took over Hoffmaster and Moore. Alaina Telenko posted a 184 in her lone game while Andrew finished with a 178.

Elizabethtown's other two matches of 2019 were more enjoyable as the Bears posted 7-0 wins over Manheim Township and Penn Manor. E-town took down Township on the 4th with Garman and Hoffmaster leading the way with 743 and 652 series, respectively. Chaffins, Ruth and Moore were joined by Ben Davis as two game rollers while Vuxta picked up the final game in the win.

The 7-0 win over Penn Manor came on January 7 with Vuxta and Moore leading the way. Vuxta posted a team high 654 series but Moore and her 648 series checked in just six pins off that pace. Garman also cracked the 600-pin plateau with games of 217, 186 and 223. Hoffmaster was the final Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 591 series. Andrew Telenko and Chaffins rounded out the day's roster with Telenko rolling games of 188 and 191 while Chaffins posted a 163 in her lone game.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

One up and one down for the girls' basketball team with a loss to Warwick balancing a win over Conestoga Valley. The January 4 loss to Warwick stung because Elizabethtown slowly built a 31-26 cushion over the first three quarters only to see the Lady Warriors post a 20-9 edge in the final quarter. That fourth quarter fun flipped the Lady Bears seven-point cushion into a four-point loss. Marena Lonardi netted a team high 19 points while Sydney Pierson topped five others with eight points.

Elizabethtown rebounded nicely on the 8th with a 57-29 victory over Conestoga Valley in Witmer. Lonardi led the way as she continued her climb to the 1000-point plateau with Pierson the only other player in double digits. Lonardi needs just 22 points to reach the career milestone thanks to her game high 24 against the Lady Buckskins while Pierson netted 11 in the win.

Elizabethtown took control of the game early on their way to outscoring CV in all four quarters. The Lady Bears opened a nine-point lead after one and managed to stretch it to 17 at the break with a 14-6 run through the second quarter. Back to back 15-point quarters allowed E-town to extend their lead another 11 points over the second half as Conestoga Valley managed just 19 points over the final 16 minutes.

RIFLE

The rifle team continues to pick up wins, moving to 6-0 after victories over Manheim Central and Garden Spot. The Bears had little trouble with the Spartans on January 8, posting a 494-488 win. Matthew Risbon enjoyed the lone perfect 100 on the day but Emma Kreiser and Jagger Gilleland were nipping at his heels with matching 99s. Even Luke Barton and Cole Ginder were not that far off with each shooter managing a 98 for the day.

Elizabethtown's 495-494 win over Manheim Central came down to the wire with E-town barely picking up the win. Aaron Tetkoskie collected the Bears' lone perfect score but Gilleland, Risbon and Ginder provided adequate backup with all three posting a score of 99. Emily Bonsall rounded out the top five with her score of 98.

SWIMMING

After the swimming team's meet with Lancaster Catholic on January 8, the Bears can officially say they made the turn to the back half of their schedule. The boy's team dropped their half of the meet with Catholic by a 104-66 final while the girl's team picked up their second straight win, to improve to 4-2, with a 128-42 final over the Lady Crusaders. "Our girls are really on a roll right now," said first year head coach Chad Houck of the two straight Lady Bear wins. "Our depth on the girls' side really helps us carry points even if we don't take first place."

Against Lancaster Catholic the Lady Bears did not need to rely on that depth for points as Elizabethtown claimed victory in all but one event. The Lady Bears swept the relay races with Gabby Walsh and Lexi Fink taking part in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. Mackenzie Batche and Megan Handshew joined Walsh and Fink for the medley relay with the quartet posting a winning time of 2:04.51. Katie Locker and Sierra Kapcsos completed the 200 freestyle relay and helped post a time of 1:53.47. Brooke Heisey, Camille Donahue, Emily Kriner and Gabi Dabbs earned the 400 freestyle relay win with a time of 4:14.54 to complete the relay sweep.

Walsh led the way in the solo events with wins in the 200 freestyle (2:11.21) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.91). Kapcsos, Fink and Dabbs continued the sweep theme by winning all the 100m events starting with Kapcsos' 1:00.66 in the freestyle. Fink claimed the breaststroke with a time of 1:15.98 while Dabbs finished things off with a 1:14.06 in the butterfly. Locker and Donahue picked up the final two wins with Locker taking the 50 freestyle (27.01) while Donahue won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:29.98.

On the boys' side the Bears posted three wins, two by Ben Azzalina. The sophomore posted a 22.36 to win the 50 freestyle and a 50.03 in his 100 freestyle win. Riley Runnels picked up the final victory with a 1:04.02 in the 100 backstroke.

With the loss to Lancaster Catholic the boy's team drops to 2-4 on the year with Houck saying,

"With a boys' team as young as we are, every meet is a learning experience and one that we hopefully grow and improve from," said Houck.

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Lady Chargers Improve to 6-4 Overall January 11, 2019

In the thick of the mid-season, the Lady Chargers took on three straight CCAC opponents last week notching a pair of victories and a loss, which brings their conference record to 3-2 and overall, 6-4.

What looked like it might be another comeback win for the Lady Chargers ended in disappointment as they suffered a 33-30 setback against Covenant Christian last Thursday.

A rattled Charger squad got behind in the early minutes, plagued by turnovers and fouls, and found themselves trailing 8-4 after the first quarter.

Settling into a rhythm in the second quarter, MC worked their way back into contention sparked by some offensive success from Naomi Ewing who scored five of her 10 points in the second. Yet the Chargers still faced an uphill battle with the scoreboard reading 20-12 at the half.

Kara Locker and Haley Witmer began to find the net, posting nine points apiece, and the combined efforts narrowed the gap until the comeback was within reach. Locker nailed a jumper setting the scoreboard at 31-30 with one minute left to play, but both the lead and the win proved to be elusive. Covenant capitalized on a pair of free throws to bump their total to 33 and the final buzzer sounded before the Chargers could connect again.

Three days prior, the Chargers had another come-from-behind opportunity, this one ending in their favor. After trailing Lancaster Mennonite Hershey 9-2 in the first, the MC squad fought their way back to claim the contest, 52-42.

"We called a timeout and simply told the girls to take a deep breath and that there was a lot of time left in the game," explained head coach Phil Ferrari of the first quarter comeback.

The timeout recalibrated the MC club, who returned to the court to close the quarter on a 6-0 run, and trailed by a slim 9-8 margin headed into the second quarter.

Gaining their footing before the half, Mount Calvary overtook the lead and went into the break with a 26-18 advantage.

"We knew shots would start falling, and defensively we cleaned up some communication issues," explained Ferrari.

Pressure defense, including a half-court trap, flustered the Blazers, creating turnovers and transition buckets for the Lady Chargers, allowing them to extend their lead to 44-29 in the third.

The Blazers weren't done yet though, rallying for some back-to-back scoring possessions and cutting the lead to single digits again before the fourth.

"We challenged the girls to get back to playing the kind of basketball that built the lead," added Ferrari. "We've been through several games this year where we had to stay calm during hectic circumstances, so we were able to rely on those prior experiences."

Diversified offense helped MC maintain control, with four Lady Chargers posting double digits on the scoreboard. Witmer and Locker led with 12 apiece, while Julia Martin and Ewing each netted eleven.

Martin's energy spanned the length of the court adding 13 rebounds, six assists, and two steals to her contribution.

The previous weekend, Mount Calvary took down the West Shore Bobcats 46-19, dominating the game in all four quarters.

"Still a lot of work to do. We want to be more consistent within each quarter so we can try to avoid the wild swings that result in high peaks and low valleys," explained Ferrari encouraging his team to push for consistent gameplay and fewer turnovers.

Locker once again led the team with 13 points, and Martin chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

"We are starting to settle into our roles especially on offense," credited Ferrari. "The girls are beginning to feel comfortable with the number of shots they are taking as well as where on the floor, and where within the flow of our offense, they are taking them."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Scoring surges were contagious for the Chargers last week, as the boys club picked up three victories against three conference opponents, improving their flawless CCAC record to 5-0.

Wrapping up the three-game win streak with a 76-22 home court win over Covenant Christian last Thursday, the Chargers sought to put their mantra of "Expect Excellence, Earn Everything" into action on the court.

Ten different Mount Calvary players added to the point total, with Chip Stambaugh leading all scorers with 14.

Sophomore Evan Barnes knocked down three buckets from beyond the arc for a total of nine, and fellow sophomore Leighland Olsen netted another two from downtown.

On Monday, the Chargers were on the road for their fourth conference win, a 77-61 success over Lancaster Mennonite Hershey.

"We did a good job to pull off a road win against an improving team," credited head coach Kory Pruner. "Their defense made us work and make adjustments."

One of those adjustments was sending the ball inside to break up the Blazer's zone, getting the ball into the hands of Stambaugh (19 points) and Hunter Stewart (13 points).

In their highest scoring contest so far this season, the Chargers nearly hit triple digits in their 97-47 triumph over the West Shore Christian Bobcats.

Ten different players contributed to the point accumulation, with Jack Hilsher leading all scorers with 24, followed closely by Stewart's 20-point effort.

"Jack and Hunter both did a great job of finishing shots near the basket," acknowledged Pruner. "Harrison Crick also had a role in getting a lot of guys open. His unselfish play is very significant."

Stewart was a threat on both ends of the court, pulling down 13 rebounds and snagging three steals.

Brothers Tyler and Aidan Masters were responsible for setting up multiple successfully plays, dishing out five assists apiece.

"We wanted to push the ball more off of defensive rebounds and try to get easy baskets before the defense could recover. Friday was an example of what can happen when we work hard to push the ball and finish with made shots," elaborated Pruner.

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Young Tide Matmen Working to Improve January 11, 2019

The Young and the Restless is a popular soap opera and can also be used to describe the 2018-19 winter sports season on the hill. Young as in all three sports combined have just one senior, and both restless and competitive in how they play.

There are also a couple of new coaches on the hill and new teams to face.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser sports recap for the winter season at Columbia High School.

WRESTLING

Jordon Halter and Nathan Warner are the new co-coaches for the Tide in wrestling. Both are former Crimson Tide wrestlers and members of the 100 win club. Unlike last year when Columbia had just one wrestler, Halter and Warner have six wrestlers, so yes, forfeits and inexperience will be an issue but not the effort on the mat.

"We are young and inexperienced but we are working hard to get better," Halter said after a recent match.

In their recent matches, the matmen were beaten by Eastern York, 54-24 and Section 3 rival Lancaster Catholic.

Against Catholic, a 48-24 loss, three wrestlers Breanna Murphy, Jaden Moore and Alex Vazquez picked up their first wins of the season while Michaelangelo Stewart continued his dominance with a pin.

The interesting note about the Catholic match is some of the athletes wrestling for the opposition were instrumental parts of the Columbia midget program and are underclassmen at Catholic.

Those wrestlers, who won by forfeit, were Mason McClair, Caden Droege, Jake Hank and Andrew Reese.

In other dual meets, the Tide was beaten by Pequea Valley, 54-16 as Stewart, Derek Nell and Michael Alvardo picked up wins. Next up, another league match with Section 3 newcomer Octorara, which the Braves won 69-3. Stewart was the lone winner. Columbia, forfeiting up to six weight classes, also lost to Section 3 heavyweight Northern Lebanon, 72-6.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Speaking of young, that describes coach Kerry Glover's boys' basketball team. There are no seniors on the team and the starting five is composed of one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.

And despite the youth, the Tide got their signature win of the three years ' Glover has been Columbia's coach by beating Lancaster Mennonite, 74-63. In that one, the first half was the difference as the Tide, playing inspired basketball, jumped out to a 44-28 lead after falling behind by 10 points early.

"We are starting to figure things out and understand how I want to play the game," Glover said.

Sophomore Michael Poole was the Tide's top gun with 16 followed by Kerry Glover with 12 and Matt McCleary with 15.

Unfortunately, the momentum did last for the young squad as Columbia dropped a 64-46 result in their next game against Annville Cleona, a team they beat earlier in the season in their Section 5 opener, 50-47. McCleary had 13 in the loss, while Poole had 19 in the win.

The Tide boys have been in two tournaments this year - the Northeastern Tournament to open the season, losing to the host Bobcats in the season opener, 65-51 and to Eastern York, 65-45.

Still on the road, they defeated Schuylkill Valley, 67-59.

In the home opener, Lancaster Catholic, the Tide's former Section 4 rival, was the opponent and the talented Crusaders finished on top, 65-42.

With the non-league, early games out of the picture, the Tide opened Section 5 play with the dramatic three-point win over Annville-Cleona.

Next up Lebanon Catholic and an easy 61-43 win, which was followed by an 89-49 drubbing of Pequea Valley. Over the holidays, Columbia traveled to Hanover for their second tournament where they split games losing to Camp Hill, 76-61 and beating Hanover, 44-36.

Columbia is 4-2 in the new Section 5 of the L-L League but has a tough non-league schedule remaining. Since Section 5 teams play 10 league games, coach Glover and his team have big non-league games with Trinity, Berks Catholic and Eastern York coming up.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The team with the lone senior player is the girls' basketball team and she is a good one in Janeah Neal, who is over 1,100 points for her career. She will have to carry the load for the Tide this season as freshmen starters Morgan Bigler and MacKenzie Burke mature.

Last week, the Tide split games with Annville-Cleona and Linden Hall, probably one of the best teams they will play this season.

On the home floor, Columbia scored its second win of the season over A-C by a 42-30 score with Neal, Bigler and Burke in double figures.

"We needed that win," said coach Karl Kreiser.

The night before, the Tide was beaten by Linden Hall, 67-32. They were outscored in the third quarter, 27-4.

"We made a lot of mistakes against their press," Kreiser said.

Columbia opened the season splitting games in their own tournament, beating Schuylkill Valley in the opener before falling to an aggressive Big Spring Club in the championship game.

In their final pre-season game, they lost to Donegal.

Columbia then opened league play with a win over Annville-Cleona and followed that with a loss to league newcomer Lancaster Country Day.

Columbia got its second Section 5 win when they beat Lebanon Catholic for the first time in a number of years before returning home for a Section 5 loss to pre-season favorite Pequea Valley, 72-57.

Over the holidays, it was a split of games at the Northeastern Tournament losing to the hosts, 68-54 and beating West Perry, 59-48.

Their first league game of the new year was against Lancaster Mennonite and that was a 65-46 loss.

BOWLING

At 19-23 in league play, the Tide bowling team is doing well.

Last week, they lost to Garden Spot by a 7-0 score as Shane Kinser, the team's top bowler rolled a 540 with a high game of 191.

They also narrowly lost to Cocalico by a 2984-2893 score as Kinser rolled a 500 series, followed by Javon Jackson (418), Amy Reigle (411) and Blake Helton (404).

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Eastern York Matmen Take Down Columbia January 11, 2019

The Eastern York wrestling team has emerged from a week-long daunting stretch that included three old fashion dual meets plus a go-round at Elizabethtown's Grizzly Duals where the Golden Knights racked up five matches in one day.

The highlight of that stretch was a 54-24 takedown of Columbia, Eastern's longtime neighbor across the river. "It was nice win over there. We bumped our lineup around to try and match-up a little bit better," said head coach Dan Garner of a match that saw a total of seven forfeits and one no contest.

Of those forfeits, Eastern was on the better end of six of them starting with Nick Hess kicking off the match at 285. Matthew Thomas (120), Hunter Sowers (126), Justin Manganello (138), Isaac Buser (195) and Drake Brown (220) enjoyed the same easy walk to the center of the mat as Hess, gifting the Golden Knights a quick and easy 36 points. The final 18 team points came in Eastern York's final three wins starting with Jonah Dougherty pinning Darnell Tucker at 145 pounds. Nathan Robbins made it two pinfalls in a row with his win at 152 while Neijon Gonzalez completed the pinfall trifecta at 160 pounds.

The low point came on January 3rd with a 55-18 loss to West York.

"Tough match-up with West York," said Garner. "They have a real nice squad this year."

Eastern York managed just three wins but all carried bonus points starting with Robbins at 152. The senior pinned Victor Gonzalez a mere 15-seconds before the final horn of their 152-pound tilt. The win put Eastern on the board but West York had already claimed four weight classes, putting the score at 19-6.

Nicholas Spotts made it 25-12 after his second period pinfall win over Tyquan Harrison at 170 while Wherley picked up the final victory, this one a forfeit at 106.

In between the high and low points of the daunting stretch was a trip to Elizabethtown to compete in the Grizzly Duals. "We were able to pick up two wins, beating Salisbury Township and Elizabethtown," said Garner, "and I really would have liked to have that Palmyra match. It was so close but just to see improvement in the Palmyra and West York matches, I thought it was a good day of wrestling for the kids."

The improvement Garner mentioned was most noticeable in the West York results. Just days after a 55-18 loss in a regular dual match, the Golden Knights closed the gap down to 47-22 in their Grizzly Duals match-up. The head man also pointed to the improvement against Palmyra who handed Eastern York a 45-27 loss at the ELCO Duals back on December 28th. This time around Eastern nearly pulled out the win before falling 39-33. Add in a 54-18 defeat to a Dover squad that went undefeated on the day, to Eastern York's 51-22 win over Salisbury Township and their 45-27 win over the host Bears and you see why Garner called it a good day of wrestling for his squad.

The Golden Knights returned to regular dual match action on January 9th, topping Delone Catholic 42-38. The two sides split the 14 weight classes down the middle but all seven of Eastern's victories carried bonus points, giving the Golden Knights the final edge. Wherley (106), Robbins (152) and Hess (285) picked up the easy forfeits wins for Eastern York. Hailu Barrow picked up Eastern's first pinfall win, needing just 63 seconds to take care of Harrison Cole at 132 pounds. Manganello followed with a second straight pinfall, this one lasting 107 seconds. Brown posted the front end of Eastern York's second set of pins, taking down Michael Deporter in 36 seconds in their 195-pound bout. Buser closed out the action on the mat with his pinfall win over Nick Groff at 220.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

What started as a two-game winning streak and a Rotary Club Holiday Tournament title for the girls' basketball team has ballooned into a seven-game winning streak that has the Eastern York Lady Golden Knights sitting at 8-5 overall.

With the two games from the holiday tournament action as their starting point, the Lady Golden Knights moved on to West York on January 4th. Eastern handed the Lady Bulldogs a 50-34 loss to make it three and a row with head coach Brad Weaver simply saying, "we played a good game."

Mara Weaver led all scorers with 18 points with Addy Malone chipping in 14.

One day later Eastern York was back in action, this time traveling to West York to participate in the Lady Bulldog Showcase which pitted the Golden Knights against Shippensburg. Behind Malone's 16 points and 11 from Cass Arnold, Eastern rolled to a 41-28 victory.

"We got out to a pretty quick lead," said Weaver. "I think we played 12 girls that night and everyone kept working and everyone played well."

After taking Sunday off, the Golden Knights were back in action hosting South Western. Eastern enjoyed a trio of players in double figures led by Arnold's game high 15 points to steal a 50-40 win from the Division One frontrunners. Weaver attributed the 10-point win to the team's game plan. "We had a really good game plan and the girls followed that plan exactly," said Weaver.

Bri Grim (12 points) and Malone (11 points) backing up Arnold with 23 combined points certainly helped.

Win number six in the run was by far the easiest.

"We jumped out quick and they are kind of in a rebuilding process. It was good we went up there and took care of business," Weaver said of his team's 53-30 trouncing of Dover on January 8th. Malone, the only player in double figures, drained all nine of her free throws on the way to a game high 13 points while Arnold and Morgan Winter chipped in with eight points apiece.

Eastern York picked up win number seven on January 9th, topping Donegal 54-43 in a rescheduled game from December 12th. Arnold and Malone paced the attack with matching 12-point games but it was Donegal's Kiera Baughman taking game high honors thanks to her 17-point night.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Winning basketball is contagious at Eastern York as the boy's squad sports a 10-2 mark behind a five-game winning streak that started when the Golden Knights claimed their own holiday tournament on December 28th and 29th.

Much to the surprise of the packed West York gym, the Golden Knights managed to make it three in a row by stealing a 59-58 win on January 4th.

"To go there with them being 8-0, in their gym, with a really, really big atmosphere and a lot of people in attendance and to just gut through it and pull one out late, was definitely a momentum builder as we move towards the second half of our season," said first year head coach Justin Seitz of the one-point victory. Only six Eastern players scored in the game but four reached double figures led by Stephen Wisler's 17 points. Trevor Seitz added 13 points, nine from long range, while Bryce Henise (11 points) and Demonte Martin (10 points) rounded out the double-digit club. Kaleb Corwell and Kade Wiley finished up the scoring with matching four-point games.

The Golden Knights had little time to rest as they were back at it on Saturday the 5th with a game opposite Lancaster Mennonite in the War of Roses that pits teams from York and Lancaster against each other. Eastern needed overtime but they managed a 66-60 win over the Blazers.

"It took us a while to get going," Seitz stated. "We had some mental lapses throughout but showed signed of maturity and were able to make plays late to secure a win."

Martin tallied a game high 21 points while Trevor Seitz drilled four from behind the arc on his way to 18 points. Henise and Wisler chipped in 11 points each to help secure the win.

The Golden Knights did not need overtime to get by Dover on the 8th but a 46-40 final left things closer than the Eastern fans would have preferred. Dover jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the opening frame but Eastern York slowly chipped away at the six-point deficit to secure the win. Martin tied Dover's Elijah Sutton for game high honors with a 20-point effort while Henise added four points, five steals, five rebounds and five assists in the win.

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Pioneer Matmen Top Donegal, Garden Spot January 7, 2019

In back-to-back matches last week, the young Pioneer grapplers collected a combined 12 pins and ran their L-L League Section Two record to 3-0 with big wins over Donegal (45-26) and Garden Spot (40-27).

"Bonus point wins, win dual meets," said head coach Brad Heeter. "Our team has done a good job of getting bonus points."

With just four returning starters and only three seniors in the lineup, the Pioneers are young. "We just need to keep getting better each week and get some guys into the post-season tournaments," Heeter said.

Back-to-back opening falls by Andrew Bliss and Alex Cardwell set the tone Wednesday night against Donegal. Bliss decked Jeremy Algo in 2:59 at 132 and Cardwell, a sophomore, matched his effort when he put Ethan Herr to his back in 3:32 for a quick 12-0 lead.

At 145, Bradey Cunningham, another sophomore, extended the lead with a 9-3 decision over Joseph Fox.

"Bradey had a great win against a solid kid," noted Heeter. "He just returned from an injury and didn't miss a beat."

The visitors, however, were not going to go down quietly. Donegal battled back with a major decision at 152 and two falls of their own to take the lead, 16-15.

That momentum, however, wasn't enough. The Pioneers rallied with four straight falls and pushed out to a 39-16 lead. Logan Davison started the pin parade when he stopped Cael Rapp in 3:56. Senior Johnny Franklin (195) needed just 1:02 to put Joel Grillo to his back and Tyler Phenegar, another senior, made it three straight with a 3:07 pinfall over Elliot Burnette. Sophomore Zach Shelley secured Lampeter's sixth fall of the night in the least amount of time, decking McCarty in a quick 40 seconds.

Ethan Herr's major decision over Austin Reiff at 106 quieted the home crowd but not for long as Hunter Erb (113) and Arik Harnish (120) worked two straight decisions, 10-4 and 6-0 respectively, to cap the Pioneer scoring.

"Hunter and Arik controlled their opponents and were just two points shy of also scoring bonus points," said Heeter.

One night later, the Pioneers were back at it, this time against undefeated Garden Spot. They picked up another six falls, fought off an early 12-0 deficit, and sent the Spartans packing with a 40-27 victory.

"What a great dual meet," said Heeter. "Both teams had full lineups and great crowds were in attendance. The gym was rocking."

Spot took the early lead in this one, working a 6-0 decision over Harnish at 120, getting a fall at 126, and pulling out a tight 7-5 decision over Riley Eckman (132) for a 12-0 lead.

The Pioneers responded with three straight wins of their own and took a lead they never relinquished. Bliss worked a 1:43 fall over Aaron Martin (138), Cunningham scored a 15-6 major over Alan Perez and Hector Colon pinned Ethan Eberly in 2:54 to put L-S in front, 16-12.

"Hector came up big and got the crowd into it," Heeter recalled.

The Spartans responded with a 13-6 decision at 160, pulling to within one, 16-15, with seven bouts left. L-S won four of those bouts but they were all by fall. And three of them came in a combined 2:27. Connor Penry (170) logged the fastest fall of the night, taking just 14 seconds to defeat Jacob Zook. Davison added a 1:41 pin over Tyler Martin and Franklin needed just 32 seconds to put Jacob Warner to his back and lifted the score to 34-15.

Donegal came back with a decision at 220 but Shelley rose to the occasion at 285 and secured a come-from-behind, match clinching fall over Charles Martin in 5:33, leaving Garden Spot's decision at 106, and fall at 113 as an afterthought.

"Zach sealed the deal with a come-from-behind fall," said Heeter. "Now the Manheim Central match on January 21st looks to be shaping up to be the section title match."

The Pioneers capped 2018 with a solid performance at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, December 28-29. The Pioneers finished 17th in the 27-team field. L-S medaled three wrestlers with Franklin (195) and Phenegar (220) taking fourth and Shelley finishing in 7th place at 285.

"Everyone had a solid performance," noted Heeter, "though it would have been nice to get a couple more on the podium."

The Pioneers placed six and seven wrestlers respectively at the Solanco and Penn Manor tournaments early in the season.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

After picking up a pair of overtime victories to claim the Hershey Holiday Tournament crown on December 28, the Lady Pioneers found themselves facing a six game layoff before hosting Manheim Central on Friday, January 4. L-S came out with energy but struggled at the offensive end. Despite several ties, the Pioneers never fell behind and eventually used an 11-4 fourth quarter run to pull away for the 44-32 victory.

The hosts led by five at the end of the first quarter and were up 20-16 at the break. They opened the third with a 9-0 run only to see Manheim finish with a 10-4 run, cutting the lead back to five, 33-28, with eight minutes left.

In a fourth quarter that featured a combined four field goals, L-S went 6-for-6 at the free throw line to pull away.

Emma Gochnauer scored a quiet 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead the way. Brittney Zameroski and Nora Holmes both finished with six points and Olivia Vranich and Jackie Martin combined for nine as L-S canned 13-of-19 free throws to claim their eighth straight win. They sit on top of Section Three at 5-0 and face second place Solanco this week.

Tied 18-18 at the half, L-S gained a three point lead after the third quarter and survived a fourth quarter run by Middletown to hold on for a 45-43 victory in the opening round of the Hershey Holiday Tournament, December 27.

Middletown hit 19-of-24 free throws to keep things close while the Pioneers, who never trailed, were just 14-of-20.

"I thought we played a little sloppy," said head coach Tony Fink. "Emma Gochnauer had a big second half to spark us."

Gochnauer dropped in 19 points but was overshadowed by Middletown's Katie Fitzpatrick, who poured in 27. Emma Drouillard was the only other Pioneer to hit double figures, netting 10.

One night later, and with three players collecting double figures, L-S pulled out another two-point victory, edging Gettysburg 47-45 to win the tournament trophy.

"Gettysburg was No. 1 in 5A and undefeated coming in," noted Fink.

Up 34-26 after three quarters, L-S survived a 20-13 fourth quarter comeback by Gettysburg to escape with the victory. "We got careless with fouling and took some poor shot selections in the fourth quarter," said Fink. "But we did hit some foul shots down the stretch to hold them off."

Gochnauer had a quiet night with just two points but Brittney Zameroski (12), who knocked down a 3-ball with under two minutes remaining to give LS and 3-point lead, Nora Holmes (10) and Drouillard (10) hit for double figures and combined for six of Lampeter's seven three pointers to deny the comeback bid.

"They face guarded Emma and made it tough for her," noted Fink. "But Nora and Brittney stepped it up and Jackie Schultz hit two clutch free throws inside the 30 second mark."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

For the first game of the 2019 portion of their schedule, L-S traveled to Manheim Central Friday, January 4, where, leading from start to finish, they pulled away with a dominating 48-29 victory.

Seth Beers and Austin Stoltzfus dropped in 11 points each and combined for a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. Zack Kingsley recorded 8 points, Patrick Holmes netted 6, and Nevin Book and Jarred Getchis each finished with five in the balanced effort.

L-S led just 23-16 at the half but dominated after the break, outscoring the hosts 25-13 for their ninth win of the season. They lead Section Three with a 5-0 record.

A 16-8 first quarter lead propelled L-S to a 62-49 win over Central Dauphin on December 27 at the Allen Restoration Inc. Holiday Shootout held at Elizabethtown. The Pioneers, outshooting CD 7-4 from three-point range, outpointed the Rams in all four quarters to avenge their 74-72 loss back on December 8.

Kingsley led all scorers with 19 points while Chase Broderick (14) and Beers (13), who went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, also hit for double figures. The trio combined for all seven of Lampeter's three-pointers.

One night later, the Pioneers canned 11 three-pointers and hit 15-of-21 free throws in a lopsided 64-43 win over Middletown. L-S fell behind 13-12 in the first quarter but outscored Middletown in each of the next three, including a 19-9 second quarter frame. The Blue Raiders were credited with just two three-pointers and were a slim 4-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Broderick led the long range shooters with five and netted a game-high 15 points. Kingsley followed with 13 points, including three triples and Stoltzfus and Holmes combined for 16. Also scoring: Getchis 6, Book 6, Caleb Smoker 4, and Beers 4.

SWIMMING

With a combined 20 swimmers on the squad this year, team wins will be a tough challenge. The squad, coming into 2019 with identical 0-3 records, worked a split decision in the Section Two opener on Thursday, January 3, as the girls earned their first win of the season with a 120-43 home result over Cocalico. The boys', however, fell short by a similar result, 125-39.

The Horner sisters led the charge with a combined four individual first place efforts. Catherine won the 50 free (26.46) and the 100 back (1:04.97) and Elizabeth was tops in the 200 free (2:14.09) and the 500 free (5:50.61). They also joined Breanna Fluhr and Lexi Wagner to take the 200 medley relay and Fluhr and Abby Nagle in the 400 free relay.

Wagner picked up a first in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.09) and swam the opening leg of the winning 200 free relay with Molly Nagle, Anastasia Curran and A. Nagle chipping in. A. Nagle also added a win in the 100 free (1:00.57) while Ellie Parido completed the first place sweep with the top time in the 100 butterfly (1:10.80).

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Young Mules Battle Section-Leading Bucks January 7, 2019

With just four returning starters (Dominic Flatt, Joey Vandegriff, Nick Yannutz, Chase Charles), and enough wrestlers to all but fill the lineup, first year head coach Tony Mendez is putting a lot of emphasis on improvement this year, and not necessarily wins and losses.

"We barely fill a lineup," Mendez, an assistant to former head coach John Little for 18 seasons. "Injuries and illnesses have hurt, especially since we don't have others to fill in. We lost 70% of last year's squad to graduation so we are putting a lot of emphasis on effort and commitment," he continued. "We have a dedicated staff (Matt Jansen, Ed Spiller, Joe Welk) working on improving each wrestler, experienced and inexperienced, as the season progresses."

The Mules, without two starters (one to injury, another to illness) opened the 2019 season with a 51-26 home loss to Conestoga Valley on January 2. Despite the lopsided final, there were bright spots along the way.

Chase Charles opened the night with a 5:04 fall over Cameron Kistler (126). Unfortunately, CV responded with two forfeit wins and five falls. Two of those falls came in the third period.

At 195, Nick Yannutz halted CV's run with a 1:14 fall over Eddie Lopez, cutting the lead to 42-12. The Bucks countered with a 7-2 decision by Leo Marente over Connor Charles before picking up a fall at 285 over Nate Neuhauser.

"Nate hasn't wrestled since seventh grade," noted Mendez. "He is a hard worker and a positive kid. He will continue to improve simply because of his work ethic."

Solanco closed the night with three straight wins. Dominic Flatt (106), down 3-2 in the first period, pinned Trent Ruble 49 ticks into the second period while Jackson Houghton (113) and Kyle Morrison (120) scored back-to-back majors, 10-2 and 16-7 respectively.

"Jackson beat a kid (Keaton Fischer) who is 11-4 on the season," stated Mendez. "He went 1-1 with that same kid last year in junior high. And Kyle, back wrestling after two years out, also beat a tough kid in Rafael Rodriguez."

Solanco closed the 2018 portion of their season at the Trojan Wars Tournament in Chambersburg on December 29. Yannutz finished in 5th place and Flatt was sixth.

"Dominic and Nick both advanced to the semifinals before falling into the wrestle backs and placing," Mendez noted. "Jackson and Ronnie Fulton both battled but lost one round before placing. Chase Charles and Nate Neuhauser also wrestled tough but fell short of placing."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

With five returning starters stepping onto the court this season, it should come as no surprise that Solanco has sprinted to an early 8-4 record overall. They wrapped up the 2018 portion of their schedule by winning their own Holiday Tournament December 28-29.

The Mares, after dispatching Penn Manor 67-41, survived Red Lion 39-37 on Grace Kreider's jumper from the elbow with three seconds remaining.

"Grace hit a big shot," said head coach Chad McDowell. "It's a shot she makes all the time at practice and as soon as it left her hand I knew it was in."

The Mares fell behind early in this one. Red Lion jumped out to a 20-13 lead at the half before Solanco engineered their come-back, outscoring the 6A school from York County 13-8 in the third quarter and 13-9 in the fourth.

With 2:30 left on the clock, and the score tied at 37-37, Red Lion ran the clock down to 15 seconds before calling timeout. When both teams returned to the floor, Solanco called time out. "I wanted to set up our defense to defend their offensive set," stated McDowell.

After the timeout, and stingy defense by the hosts, Red Lion failed to inbound the ball and was whistled for five seconds, leaving Solanco with possession and setting the stage for Kreider's game-winning bucket.

"This is a great win for our program," said McDowell. "We needed a complete team effort and got it. We had some foul trouble in the third quarter but the bench stepped up big during key stretches."

Kreider, who poured in a game-high 22 in the win over Penn Manor, netted 11 points and hauled in five rebounds. She was voted as the tournament MVP. Jade Eshleman followed with 7 points and led with 7 rebounds while Jenna Dombach and Aleksa Burger each tallied six points and Jess Cabrera added 5.

After a slim 13-11 first quarter lead against Penn Manor, Solanco turned up the defense, turned numerous Comet turnovers into easy layups and pushed the lead to 42-21 at the half.

Cabrera backed Kreider with 21 points and Dombach hit an even dozen. All three players dropped in a pair of triples. Burger netted six points and hauled in a team high 8 rebounds with Dombach and Ilynd Rapant grabbing seven each.

Rapant, a junior, and sophomores Jade Eshleman and Paige Phillips have played key minutes and are making an impact on the floor, coach McDowell noted.

"We're off to a good start," McDowell stated. "Our expectations are high this season. We need to continue to work to get better in different phases of the game and we need to take care of the things that we can control."

Friday on the road, the Mares pushed their winning streak to four straight with a 62-52 nod over Garden Spot. Solanco sprinted to an 18-9 first quarter lead but couldn't really pull away. The Spartans cut it to 31-26 at the break and both teams netted 10 third quarter points before a strong fourth quarter, 21-16 by the Mares, wrapped up the action.

"We used a quick start to get out to an early lead," said McDowell. "We led the whole game."

The hosts netted three more field goals (22-19) than Solanco but a strong 18-for-27 showing at the free throw line by the visitors proved crucial. Jenna Dombach led that charged with a 7-for-10 effort.

"We converted 11-of-16 free throws down the stretch," noted McDowell. "That has been an emphasis this year."

Kreider led all scorers with 18 points, Burger tossed in 14 and P. Phillips hit a season-high 9. Cabrera added 8 as the Mares improved to 3-2 in Section Three.

"Paige had a solid game and gave us our spark early," McDowell said. "Grace picked up two fouls early and Paige stepped in and did a great job."

The Mares got off to another strong start Saturday afternoon at the West York Basketball Showcase against Spring Grove but a 20-26 effort at the free throw line by the hosts was enough to spark them to a 60-51 victory.

Despite a 20-12 first quarter lead, the Mares were outscored 31-17 in the middle two frames to fall behind for good.

"We just could not buy a basket," recalled McDowell, "and we had too many turnovers. And it didn't help that they got to the free throw line three times more than we did (26-9). When you make more field goal than your opponent (20-17), you expect to win the game."

Cabrera led the double-digit scorers with 17 points, including three treys. Burger added 16 and Kreider netted 11.

"This was a great experience, playing on a neutral court against a quality district qualifying team," said McDowell. "We will use this game to build for future games that have bigger rewards."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

After finishing last year with a 4-17 overall record, the boys' basketball will look to senior Derek Kreider for leadership. Kreider, one of four seniors on the squad, logged the most starting minutes last year. But the Mules are small, with just one player, Tyler Whisman, over 6-feet.

In the newly aligned L-L League, now with five sections, the Mules entered 2019 with a 2-2 Section Three mark, already one win better than last year's 1-13 league record. But in the opening game of the new year, Solanco struggled against visiting Garden Spot, suffering an 81-58 loss.

Despite falling behind early, 23-12 in the first quarter, the rest of the frames were more than competitive, with the Spartans never finishing with more than a six point edge. Solanco exploded for 20 fourth quarter points but couldn't hold off the visitors. Spot got 16 from Keontae Nunn, who finished with a season-high 34, and netted 22 for the frame to close out the win.

Kreider poured in a season-high 23, including nine in the fourth quarter, and Carson Kilgore, who netted nine in the first half, settled for 13. Zed Baker and Zach Wiker combined for 14 as the Mules fell to 2-3 in Section Three (3-8 overall).

Solanco, without head coach Scott Long, capped the 2018 season with a 68-64 consolation overtime victory over Conestoga Valley in their own Holiday Tournament on December 29.

"We jumped out to a quick 66-58 lead in the overtime period," recalled assistant coach Caleb Graves who is filling in for Long who is out due to his wife giving birth to their daughter, Brynlee Joy, five weeks early. "Then we missed several easy layups and CV closed the gap. We missed some free throws late as well but managed to hand on for the win."

Early on, it was the Bucks, who did not hit a single three-pointer in the game, that took an early lead, sprinting to a 22-16 first quarter advantage. "We were giving up too many points in the paint," stated Graves. "We talked about that at halftime and in the second half we used our full court pressure to close the deficit."

Kreider, whose 3-ball gave Solanco the lead late in the game, finished with 15 points, including four triples. Zed Baker, however, netting a team-high 18 and Zach Wiker added a dozen.

Solanco dropped in 25 field goals on the day and held the visitors to 20. CV, however, drained 18-of-30 free throws to keep the game close.

"I was proud of the team's effort to continue playing hard when the shots weren't falling," said Graves. "It was an all-out team with from start to finish with contributions from underclassmen as well as upperclassmen who have not played as much this season."

The Mules fell into the consolation game after suffering a 56-37 opening round loss to Penn Manor. The Comets outscored the hosts in all four quarters, including a 12-4 second frame run that pushed the lead to 25-14 at the break.

Kreider, with 10 points, was Solanco's only double-digit scorer. Jalen Henry followed with seven and Baker and Whisman added six each.

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Lady Raiders Top Northern York, 53-33 January 7, 2019

A win is just a win unless it comes at a critical time in your team's schedule. Maybe the win comes against an archrival or as in the case of the Middletown girls' basketball team, snaps a multi-game losing streak. For the Lady Raiders their 53-33 romp over Northern York on January 2nd broke-up a four-game slide that saw Middletown drop from 3-1 overall to 3-5. The Lady Raiders added a 47-36 loss to West Perry on January 4th and now sit at 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-Penn Capital Division.

Katie Fitzpatrick led the way against the Lady Polar Bears, dropping a game high 30 points to help Middletown cruise to the 20-point win. Fitzpatrick enjoyed two steals, two rebounds and one assist in the win but it was her scoring that was key. The junior netted eight of Middletown's 13 first quarter points to help push her squad to a seven-point lead after just eight minutes.

The Lady Raiders enjoyed another 13-point frame in the second thanks to Fitzpatrick's five points but Northern was able to find their offense which enabled the Lady Polar Bears to post a slim 14-13 edge in the quarter, making it a 26-20 game at the break.

Another five-point effort from Fitzpatrick helped push Middletown to 11 third quarter points while the Lady Raider defense clamped down and limited Northern to just five points. The six-point edge pushed Middletown's lead to 12 points with just one quarter remaining.

Fitzpatrick saved her best for last, dropping her final 12 points in the fourth, giving the Lady Raiders a 16-8 advantage in the quarter and the 53-33 victory. Joci Koser chipped in with 11 points while Jae Keller added six points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

The final two losses in that four-game slide came from Middletown's participation in the Hershey Holiday Tournament. The Lady Raiders kicked off the holiday bash with a 45-43 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on December 27th and followed one day later with a 41-30 loss to Hershey in the consolation bout. "There were some people that really stepped it up, so we got a lot of good things out it. This is one of those losses that you get a lot of good things out of," said first year head coach Robert Pelletier of the two-point loss to Lampeter-Strasburg.

Fitzpatrick led all scorers in both contests, dropping 27 in the Lampeter-Strasburg loss and 28 against Hershey. Koser accounted for the final two points against Hershey after tallying six against the Lady Pioneers. Keller (four points), Hayli Akakpo-Martin (four points) and Jade Senior (two points) finished up the scoring in the tournament opener.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

A rebuilding year is never fun for a team coming off a run as successful as the Middletown boys' basketball team. After reaching the PIAA-4A quarterfinals two years in a row, the Blue Raiders find themselves with a 1-9 mark under first year head coach Chris Bradford. The reason for the current struggles is a roster with 12 freshman and sophomores and just five total juniors and seniors after two years with an upperclassman heavy roster.

Despite all that youth, the Blue Raiders started the 218-2019 season with a win over East Pennsboro. Nine straight losses have followed with losses to Northern York and Lampeter-Strasburg coming in Elizabethtown's Allen Restoration Holiday Shootout on December 27th and 28th. The lone senior on the roster, Tyler Petroski, was the leading scorer for both games collecting 21 points in an 80-49 loss to Northern in day one action. Petroski followed with an 11-point effort in a 64-43 loss to L-S one day later.

"I'll sleep better tonight after this loss," said Bradford. "No such thing as moral victories or anything like that but I'll sleep a little better with the effort and everything we got out of them tonight."

Middletown closed out 2018 with an 82-77 loss to Palmyra on December 31st. Petroski shared team high honors with one of the youngsters, sophomore Tymir Jackson, with both players collecting 20 points. Tajae Broadie (15 points) and Jules Nester (14 points) gave Middletown four players in double figures but it was not enough to overcome the Cougars.

Steel-High handed Middletown their first loss of 2019, taking the rivalry showdown by a 66-59 final on January 3rd. Petroski poured in a game high 27 points behind five long range bombs and Jackson added 18 points but it still left Middletown seven points shy of the Rollers at the final horn. Jarrod Pugh (six points), Broadie (five points) and Nester (three points) finished up the scoring for the Blue Raiders.

Two days later Middletown fell to West Perry by a 47-33 count. The Blue Raiders were unable to find their rhythm on the offensive end leaving Broadie and his 10 points as not only the team leader but the only Blue Raider to hit double digits for the game. Nester added nine points while Petroski's hot streak came to an end with an eight-point game. Jackson (four points) and Tony Powell (two points) cleaned up the final six Middletown points.

WRESTLING

The Middletown wrestling team kicked 2019 off with a 39-37 loss to Lower Dauphin on January 2nd. The two sides split the 14 weight classes down the middle with LD's five straight wins from 152 to 195 proving to be enough to stave off Middletown and their four straight wins to close the match.

The match started well for the Blue Raiders with Ryan Berstler, courtesy of a pinfall win, and Joseph Spear, courtesy of a major decision, giving Middletown a 10-6 lead after three bouts. That is when the Falcons started their momentum flipping run that included four pinfall victories. Just like that Middletown's 10-6 lead turned into a 33-10 deficit.

The Blue Raiders began their comeback bid with a Jeremy Wells forfeit win at 220 only to see Lower Dauphin pick up another victory at 285 that stretched their lead to 39-16. Middletown picked up another forfeit win at 106. Zach Malay followed with a pinfall win at 113 that lasted a mere 19 seconds and moved Middletown to within striking distance of LD at 39-28.

Luke Fegley kept the comeback alive with a second straight pinfall victory with this one coming just before the end of the second period of his 120-pound tangle with Max Klingensmith. Nate Brady finished the match with an 8-4 decision to give Middletown four straight wins but Lower Dauphin's Alec Merry managed to fight off Brady enough to keep his Falcons on top.

The Blue Raider mat-men enjoyed the ending of 2018 more than the beginning of 2019 to say the least. Middletown topped Camp Hill, 48-31 on December 20th, in their only other dual match so far this season and turned in a second-place finish in the Hanover Snacktown Duals on December 15th. Add in an eighth-place team finish at the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament and it is easy to see why the Blue Raiders enjoyed the end of 2018.

Fegley and Brady led Middletown to that eighth-place finish at Governor Mifflin on December 28th and 29th, with each grappler taking gold in their respective weight class. Fegley did his work in the 113-pound bracket with a 4-2 win over State College's Jude Swisher in the finals securing his gold. Brady earned his gold hardware with a 6-2 win over Conestoga's Mitch Baker after cruising through the rest of the 120-pound field.

Spear just missed out on the top spot at 138 pounds, settling for silver after falling to Evan Courts of State College by a 6-5 count in their finals tilt. Quincy Reinnagel (220-pounds) and Berstler (126-pounds) also enjoyed podium finishes at Governor Mifflin but only after battling through a few consolation matches first. Reinnagel ended up with a sixth-place finish after dropping his final match to Hempfield's Luke Dreyer. Berstler's tournament also ended with a match opposite a Hempfield wrestler but he was able to post a 10-2 win over Clay Bainer to claim seventh in the 126-pound field.

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Township Matmen Struggle Against Cocalico January 7, 2019

David Over registered a pin at the 152-pound weight class in Wednesday's wrestling match against Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Cocalico. The Manheim Township senior's win wrapped up the match that the Eagles won by a 51-18 score.

The Blue Streaks fell to 0-5 on the season (0-4 in league), though two of their losses were by three points or less, including a 42-39 defeat at McCaskey back on December 20.

In the Cocalico match, the Eagles did gain 18 points via forfeits. On the Township side, Micah Sams, who wrestled at 106, earned himself six team points on a forfeit as did Hank Farrell (182).

That McCaskey match in December was in MT's home gym. The Red Tornado had forged ahead to a 42-12 lead, including back-to-back forfeits at 120 and 126.

Alex Emerich regained half of those points for Township, earning six points via forfeit at 132. Vishal Win registered a second-period pin and, following a McCaskey forfeit at 145, Over (152) pinned Gilbert Valentin in just 59 seconds to make it 42-36.

Charles Leidig's impressive 5-1 overtime victory at 160 was not enough to catch McCaskey.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In a big Section One girls' basketball showdown at McCaskey on Friday night, the Blue Streaks carried the momentum of a strong first half into the second half and finished on top 61-42. Township improved to 4-1 in the league (7-3 overall) while McCaskey fell to 0-11 (0-5 league).

The Blue Streaks bolted out of the gate with 20 points in the opening period. They added 14 more before halftime, making it 34-19 at intermission. The Streaks didn't take their collective foot off the accelerator, outscoring McCaskey 18-12 in the third.

Katie Bushong's 20-point performance led all scorers. Ali Quinn, who had a pair of three-point field goals, and Alexcia Bryant each added 12 while senior guard Alijiah Bonano sank a pair of treys and finished with nine points.

The Red Tornados were led by Malia Taylor, who scored 12 and Alani Bosque, with 11.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

In a tight Section One race, the Blue Streaks fell to 2-3 in the league following a 60-57 setback on Friday. McCaskey won on a last-second basket at Township, improving to 4-1 (6-4 overall) and staying tied for first with Cedar Crest.

"We have dropped basically three games at the buzzer - two in overtime and one at the buzzer," said head coach Matt Johns. "We have some work ahead of us to get back into the section hunt."

The Streaks trailed 25-20 at the half, but closed that gap to only two points by the end of the third quarter.

"We played better in the second half," said Johns, who also pointed out that his squad took the lead past the midway point of the fourth quarter, which was when the Red Tornado stormed back.

"We were up by eight or nine points with a few minutes to go," he explained. "They were fouling us and we weren't making our free throws. They then got a steal on the last possession of the game and hit a buzzer beater.

"The biggest part was not making the free throws," he continued. "We were 1-for-8 down the stretch."

The cast of returning seniors helped lead Township in this game, including Tyler Crespo, who scored a game-high 24 points. Crespo also drilled a pair of three-point shots. On a night where the Streaks were 10-for-19 in free throws, he was 6-for-7.

Will Greiner's nine points all came from his three long-range field goals. Brendan Mellott, another returning senior starter, scored eight.

"We have four seniors with sophomore Zach Oldach starting for us," said Johns. "Our bench does a lot of good things, especially defensively."

The Blue Streaks bounced back the next day, defeating Central York in the War of the Roses Showcase. This game was played at Conestoga Valley.

"We played in York County the last two years," Johns explained.

"We played a very good Central York team and we came out very strong - outscored them 20-9 in the first quarter," he added. "Zach Oldach scored 11 or 12 points in the first quarter. We held the lead and stretched it out in the fourth."

Township wrapped up the 61-43 victory, improving to 7-4 overall.

"We have done well in our non-league games," said Johns. "I thought it was nice to show their mental toughness after Friday night. We came back and had a great game."

Leading 44-34 heading into the fourth quarter, the Streaks outscored the Panthers 17-9.

Crespo and Oldac tied for the top scoring honors with 18 points each. Oldac converted on four three-point shots. Tyler Vicidomini scored nine more while Mellott added seven.

"Tyler had several blocks and Will Greiner threw in a couple of three's," added the coach.

AIR RIFLE

With an impressive 498-490 victory over Wilson on Thursday, the Blue Streaks improved to 3-2 in L-L League air rifle competition. Township had a trio of shooters finish with a perfect score of 100 as Cesar DeJesus, Hana Musser and Graham Wolf each hit the century mark. Ethan Demler and Ben Fahrney were very close at 99 each.

The Bulldogs, who were led by Gabe Messersmith's score of 100, fell to 1-4.

It was the second straight match in which DeJesus scored 100. He was also perfect in a December 19 victory over Garden Spot, helping his teammates outscore the Spartans 495-486. In that match, Hunter Modene also reached 100 while Jada Bender recorded a 99. Both Demler and Mitch Burkholder shot 98's.

SWIMMING

The Township boys' and girls' swim teams topped McCaskey on Thursday in a Section One meet. The girls won 136-23 while the boys triumphed 123-46 in a meet held at Franklin & Marshall College.

Faith Forman was among the multiple winners on the girls' side, posting wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:08.59 and the 100 backstroke (1:05.39) while also participating in the 400 freestyle relay.

In that relay, Diana Lamont, who also won the 100 freestyle (1:05.10), joined Forman, Sarah Charles and Hope Boldizar for a combined winning time of 3:59.66

The Blue Streaks won all three relays. In the 200 medley relay, Boldizar, Lamont, Liz Perot and Alexis Stramara swam at a 1:56.15 clip. The 200 free relay (1:53.14) went to Mackenzie Weeks, Hallie Speitel, Alyssa Womeldorf and Morgan Wylie-Thal.

Perot also captured the 100 free in 58.09 seconds while freshman Gabby Stramara sprinted to first in the 50 free at 28.39 seconds.

Other winners for MT were Alice Gaalswyck in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.84), Brynn Magrini in the 500 free (5:34.64) and Olivia Pyott (2:21.76) in the 200 individual medley.

The boys' meet also featured a sweep of the relays as well as multi-winners like Jackson Provost, Gage Mandrell and Connor Paladino.

In the 50 freestyle, it was Charlie Gingrich sprinting to victory at 21.04 seconds. Mandrell then joined Henry Gingrich, Provost and Paladino to win the 400 free relay at 3:22.55. Charlie Gingrich, Paladino, Elijah Gocotano and Adrian Waplinger combined for a winning time of 1:30.56 in the 200 free relay while Waplinger and Provost teamed up again with Charlie Gingrich and Alonso Borrero for the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:41.11.

Mandrell took the 200 free (1:48.76) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.73). Perot won the 100 backstroke and 200 IM with respective times of 57.92 and 1:59.55, and Tyler Besroff outlasted the competition in 5:20.04 in the 500 freestyle.

BOWLING

The Elizabethtown bowlers claimed Friday's game at Dutch Lanes over Manheim Township by a 7-0 score. The Bears' Katelyn Garman bowled a 743 on the day, including a score of 268 in her third game.

Jordan Schell had an outstanding day, recording a 248 in the third game en route to a 679 total. Matt Iseman's 621 score included a 235 in his third game.

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