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Lady Warriors Continue to Battle but Fall Short January 15, 2018

Warwick's girls (1-6) stood in seventh place in Section One after last week's games. On Tuesday Conestoga Valley (4-3) topped the Warriors 50-35 and a Friday night matchup with section leader Manheim Township (7-0) saw the Blue Streaks finish on top, 39-25.

Warwick played a strong first half of basketball in which the Warriors outscored Conestoga Valley in both the first and second quarter to take a 20-16 lead into the break. Emily Williamson and Lailani Batty both tallied 10 points to lead the team, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bucks who came out on fire to start the second half.

While holding Warwick to seven points in the third quarter, Conestoga Valley poured in 21 and added another 13 in the fourth for the victory.

CV's Kenzie Reed led all scorers with 19 while Warwick's Lauren Pyle (7), Abby Rodgers (5), and Sydney Weismandel (3) added to Williamson and Batty's totals.

Manheim Township has been tearing through opponents this season. If not for a strong first quarter by the section leaders, in which they held an 11-3 advantage, Warwick may have been able to pull off the upset of the season.

Factoring out the opening frame the ladies were able to keep pace over the course of the final three, holding MT's potent offense to only nine points in each of the second and third quarters and 10 in the fourth while totaling 22 points of their own during the same span for a deficit of only six points.

In addition, the Warriors were able to hold sharp shooter Megan Baldassarre, who just recently joined the 1000 point club, to only nine points on the night.

Pyle scored a team high 14 points for Warwick followed by Tanner Armstrong (6), Weismandel (2), Reagan Longridge (2), and Julia Forsythe (1).

BOYS' BASKETBALL

This season has shaped up a bit better for the Warwick boys, although as of last week they were hovering just below .500 in a tight Section One race.

Hempfield, Cedar Crest, and Manheim Township were all sitting atop the standings with similar 6-1 records while Warwick (3-4) was sitting in second and looking for a way to sneak in to the mix.

They began last week with a 64-51 victory over Conestoga Valley, but then lost an 89-85 heartbreaker to Manheim Township on Friday in a four OT thriller on the road in Neffsville.

Commanding a 26-15 first quarter lead against the Buckskins last Tuesday, the Warriors rode a strong 20-point effort from Ryan Shirk all the way to the win column despite four CV players putting up 10 or more on the night.

Conestoga Valley turned up the pressure slightly in the second quarter as they outscored Warwick 15-11, however the Warriors withstood it easily enough and began the second half with a 37-30 lead which they steadily increased up until the end of the game.

Joey McCracken added 12 points for the Warriors and was pin-point accurate at the line, going 5-6 in that aspect. Clayton Mohler (8), Trysten George (8), Bryan Rottkamp (6), and Conor Adams (1) also contributed to the cause.

Looking to work their way up in the rankings, the Warriors took the floor on Friday with a determination to shake things up a little and came very close to knocking off one of the three top teams in Section One when they battled with Manheim Township through four overtime periods before succumbing.

After going up 14-10 in the first quarter, Warwick was left to play from behind when the Blue Streaks caught up in the second and eventually overcame the four-point deficit to lead 24-22 at the half.

After pulling to within one in the third at 39-38, Warwick used gritty playing to fight back onto contention in the fourth.

Ryan Shirk's layup in the final minute of regulation made it 53-52 in favor of Manheim Township setting up some heroics by Mohler when his shot from downtown tied the game at 53-53 with only one second on the clock, forcing overtime.

Those heroics continued when, with only 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime and trailing by one at 61-60, the Streaks came out of a timeout and were able to convert on a foul shot to send things into the second overtime.

A Brock Fassnacht 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining made it 70-69 and was followed by Manheim Township turnover and another converted foul shot, this time by Rottkamp, to extend the game yet again to a third overtime.

That alone was enough to make the game an all time classic, but the two sides were not finished as Rottkamp gave Warwick a 76-75 lead which was extended to 78-75 with nine seconds on the clock when Fassnacht hit two foul shots.

Next up was Manheim Township's Will Greiner who took his turn as superhero when he buried a buzzer beating 3-pointer to make it 78-78 extending the game yet again.

That, unfortunately, was the beginning of the end for the Warriors as MT was able to hold on for the four-point win in the fourth and final overtime period.

Rottkakmp led the Warwick charge with a game high 22 points while Mohler had 18 including four 3-pointers, followed by Colby Martin (13), Shirk (12), Fassnacht (10), Conor Adams (5), Trysten George (4), and Caleb Schmitz (2).

SWIMMING

Warwick opened its League competition last week with a pair of meets against Hempfield on Tuesday and Manheim Township on Thursday.

The boys struggled as they took a 97-72 loss against the Black Knights and a 119-50 defeat to the Blue Streaks. With those losses Warwick (0-2) was in fifth place in Section One at the end of the week.

For the girls it was a split week as they beat Hempfield 92-78 but lost to Manheim Township 104-66 which placed them at 1-1 in Section One and in second place behind the undefeated Streaks.

Opening with wins by Oliver Lance, Joe Moll, Reid Harpel, and Adam Deckard in the 200 medley with a time of 1:52.36 and Moll, Owen Campbell, Harpel, and Deckard in the 200 freestyle, the Warwick boys were still trailing heading into the 50 freestyle before Deckard powered through to a first-place finish of :25.7 to tie things up.

From there it was all Hempfield as the Knights re-took the lead and extended it through the rest of the meet.

Moll won the 100 freestyle in :53.84 while it was Oliver Lance (1:04.08) taking the backstroke, and Harpel (1:02.7) winning the butterfly to close out the night.

In similar fashion the girls took the first two events against the Knights as Sophie Guthridge, Lauryn Ober, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hannah Greenway won the 200 medley with a time of 2:08.07 and Tyler Mandrell, Ober, Greenway, and Catherine Chen won the 200 freestyle with a finish of 1:55.23.

Hempfield rebounded by winning the next three events but it was Warwick which finished out with wins in the final five beginning with Chen (4:57.98) in the 500 freestyle followed by Guthridge (1:10.08) in the backstroke, Mandrell (1:21.83) in the breaststroke, Stuhltrager (1:10.25) in the butterfly, and Ober (2:34.29) in the 200 IM.

Against the Streaks both teams struggled as the girls managed only four wins and the guys won two.

Lance, Deckard, Harpel, and Moll won the 400 freestyle in 3:18.87 while Lance took the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.69 to represent the boys while the girls began with relay wins by Mandrell, Ober, Guthridge, and Greenway in the 200 medley in 1:49.76 followed by Greenway, Ober, Guthridge, and Mandrell in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.14.

Mandrell won the 50 freestyle in :25.01, and Guthridge took the 100 freestyle with a time of :54.64 to finish it out for Warwick.

WRESTLING

Solanco hosted the Warriors last Wednesday and came away with a 39-28 win in a match where the Warriors never led, but tied the score once and came back to within one point.

Luke Hirtzel's pin at 152 in the second period of the fifth bout of the night knotted the score at 12-12, but a subsequent technical fall and pin put Solanco back up 23-12.

Later in the match Ryan Stewart earned a first period fall at 285 to put the Warriors back into it at 29-28, but the Mules closed things out with a pin and major decision for the win.

Mateo Chacon earned a 6-4 decision at 132 followed by Renny Kline's 13-9 decision at 145, Logan Boring's 9-0 major decision at 182, and Evan Clark's forfeit win at 220 to round things out.

BOWLING

Warwick rolled its way past Ephrata and Lebanon last week in back-to-back shutout victories and improved to 3-3 in the process.

Isaac Erickson led the team in both matches with a 706 series and a 235 average against the Mounts and a 646, 215 average against the Cedars.

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Blue Raider Matmen Trounce Palmyra January 15, 2018

If only they were all that easy. The Blue Raider wrestling team improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 against Mid-Penn Capital Division foes with a 55-18 trouncing of Palmyra on January 11th. Middletown dominated the action on the mat, claiming 11 of the 14 weight classes but only one of their three losses actually came on the mat. Palmyra earned 12 of their 18 team points via Middletown forfeits with Tyler Boerema (285) and Nick Carroll (126) enjoying the easy wins.

As for the contested matches, Middletown wasted little time flexing their muscle. Zac Dailey opened the match by pinning Ethan Alberto 48 seconds into the 160-pound bout. The Blue Raiders did have a setback at 170 where the Cougars collected their lone win, a Luke Higgins pinfall over Zach Souders. That made the team score 6-6 and marked the last time Middletown would be threatened by Palmyra.

The Blue Raiders ripped off three straight wins starting with Arthur Dash's 12-7 decision over Austin Shuey at 182. Damion Williams and Quincy Reinnagel followed with back-to-back pinfalls to push Middletown's lead to 21-6. Williams took care of Sasha Coburn just before the end of the second period in the 195 tilt while Reinnagel needed just 76 seconds to dispatch Garrett Miller at 220. Boerema's forfeit win at 285 broke up Middletown's run but only for a few seconds as the Blue Raiders answered with another three straight wins.

Luke Fegley (106) kicked off the second three-pack by topping Jacob Myers by a 4-2 count in overtime. Zach Malay needed just 19 seconds to push the Middletown lead to 30-12 courtesy of a pinfall over Dennis Cohick at 113. Ryan Berstler closed out the run with a 10-2 major decision over Matt Carroll at 120. The Cougars picked up their final team points with Middletown's forfeit at 126, making way for another Blue Raider run, this one covering the final four weight classes.

Nate Brady got the run rolling with a 17-7 major decision over Tyler Shifflett (132), pushing the Middletown cushion to 38-18. Joseph Spear earned another six team points with an injury time victory over Josh Myers at 138. Chris Joseph collected Middletown's fifth and final pin, putting Roman Hall's shoulders to the mat at the 5:12 mark of the 145-pound showdown. Devin Martin closed out the match with a 15-0 tech fall win over Scout Bucks (152).

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team experienced both sides of a lopsided final last week. The Lady Raiders got off to a slow start with a 61-31 loss to West Perry on Tuesday the 9th. The Lady Mustangs raced out to a 20-6 lead in the opening frame and never looked back. Kate Fitzpatrick picked up five of her team high 10 points in the third when Middletown played West Perry to a 10-10 draw.

Two nights later the Lady Raiders traveled to Mt. Joy to face Donegal and came home with a 75-60 victory. The teams went back-and-forth through the opening half with Middletown holding a slim 32-29 lead at intermission. Fitzpatrick netted nine of her team high 21 points in the decisive third quarter, helping Middletown outscore the Lady Indians 24-8. Behind Carly Diffenderfer's 13 fourth quarter points, Donegal was able to post a 23-19 edge, cutting the final margin to 15-points.

Fitzpatrick and her 21 points missed game high honors, relinquishing that title to Diffenderfer who bucketed 24 points, but she did finish with a triple-double adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists to her team high point tally. Makaila Nester nearly joined Fitzpatrick and Diffender in the 20-point club, falling a single point shy. Joci Koser added 16 points while Jae Keller chipped in with a 12-point, 20-rebound effort. Ayanna Reeves (five points) and Morgan Noon (two points) rounded out the scoring.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The effects of the late start to the boy's hoops season appear to have worn off the Blue Raider squad. Middletown picked up their third straight win on January 9th. The 56-44 victory over West Perry sparked head coach Chris Sattele to say, "Good win for us at West Perry, getting on the road inside a league game it's a long drive for our kids."

With the three-game streak the Blue Raiders sit at 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-Penn Capital Division. The former slots them sixth in the most current District 3-4A power rankings while the latter has them third behind Milton Hershey and Steel-High in the Capital Division pecking order.

The long drive that Sattele mentioned did not have an effect on the Blue Raiders as Middletown held a 27-13 lead at halftime thanks to a strong effort on D.

"Defensively we played real well in the first half, gave up seven points then six points," said Sattele of his squad's sixteen-minute effort.

The Mustangs were able to get their offense going in the second half, scoring 31 total points that included a 14-10 advantage in the third quarter. Sattele was not concerned with the small West Perry push.

"We stayed in our zone a little bit, they brought in some kids to shoot the basketball," said Sattele. "They put up a ton of shots which obviously some of them went in. We gave our bench pretty good opportunity to play, so it was nice."

The extended time in a zone defense and a bench clearing second half did little to Middletown's bottom line as the Blue Raiders' 14-point halftime lead remained strong and shrunk only two points to the, 12-point, 56-44 final. Tre Leach led all scorers with 19 points while Ryan Hughes collected 15 points.

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Matmen Top E-town, Lebanon; Win A-C Duals January 15, 2018

The Pioneer matmen turned in a pair of dominating performances last week and improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Section Two. Wednesday they topped Elizabethtown 55-13, on the strength of five falls, and one night later handled an undermanned Lebanon squad 66-13.

"The E-town match was a great overall team performance," lauded head coach Brad Heeter.

Mason Blank set the tone early, pinning his 126 pound opponent in 55 seconds. It was one of three under a minute falls by the Pioneers. Jeff Elser (160) decked Cayden Livingston in 47 seconds and Tyler Phenegar put Noah Myers to his back in 31 ticks.

Michael Hazboun (132) earned a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Cameron Olson for a 9-0 Pioneer lead.

"Michael, a co-captain, gave up the first takedown but came back to lead 3-2 at the end of the period," noted Heeter. "He escaped in the second period but then got taken down in the third, tying the match at 4-4. He escaped, defended several shots and finally secured the win with a takedown. That really sparked the team."

A 12-4 major by Ramon Estevez at 138 extended the lead to 13-0.

"Ramon dominated," said Heeter. "He worked for two periods to turn Bobby Walters but couldn't. Up 2-0 in the third, he scored a reversal and four takedowns to win. One of several gritty wins for the Pioneers."

E-town got on board with a decision at 145 but a pair of falls and an OT thriller quickly made it 25-3. Bryan McKim pinned in 1:15 at 152 and Jacob Kopelman followed Elser's fall with a 15-13 OT win.

"Jacob showed a lot of heart," said Heeter. "He was down by as many as five points and tied the match with one second left in the third and got the win with a takedown. This was his first varsity match and to win in overtime was awesome," he added. "The team exploded with celebration. That's what it's all about."

E-town quieted the Pioneer crowd with a major at 182 and a fall at 195, cutting the lead to 25-13. The Pioneers, however, took the next five to finish on top.

After Phenegar's fall, Owen Hess earned forfeit points at 285, Jose Esteves blanked Cayden Spencer 6-0, Arik Harnish pinned Ethan Carl in 4:17 and Riley Eckman picked up more forfeit points.

"Arik was down 2-0 in the third," recalled Heeter. "He chose top and locked up a crossface cradle to secure the fall.

One night later, in a match that featured seven Lebanon forfeits, the Pioneers won four of the seven bouts wrestled and finished the night with three straight falls.

Lebanon opened with a 14-12 decision at 106 but Harnish (113) came back with a 59 second fall to take the lead. The Cedars answered with a tech fall at 120 but then forfeited the next six bouts to fall behind 42-8. They scored their last points of the night with a tech fall at 170 then forfeited at 182, setting the stage for first period falls by Johnny Franklin (1:10 at 195), Phenegar (:10 at 220) and Owen Hess (1:10 at 285).

The Pioneers continued their run over the weekend, going 5-0 at the Dutchmen Duals. L-S opened with a 60-13 win over the hosts, crushed Columbia's one man squad 84-0, toppled East Pennsboro 65-10, handed Middletown its only loss of the day, 42-21, and defeated Section One's Penn Manor 39-30.

SWIMMING

In a nip-and-tuck meet last Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Pioneers won seven of 11 events but found themselves tied with visiting Elizabethtown at the end of the day, 85-85.

"The girls' meet came down to several touch-outs," said head coach Kate Whiting. "The officials did overturn the touchpad results on one race that would have given us the win, too."

Catherine Horner (200 and 100 free) and Elizabeth Horner (200 IM, 500 free) each won two individual events and contributed to two winning relays to top the scoring. They teamed with Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle to win the 200 free and with A. Nagle and Lexi Wagner to take the 400 free as well.

The Pioneers also got key seconds from Ellie Parido in the 100 fly, Bre Flurh in the 100 back and Wagner in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys' meet was just as close but E-town pulled away with a first and third in the 400 free relay to win 86-83.

"The boys needed to get either first or both second and third in that last event and they got second and fourth," noted Whiting.

Everett Honert (200 free) and Dylan Grau (200 IM) won back-to-back events for Lampeter's first lead of the night. E-town, however, won the next three before L-S went 1-2-3 in the 500 free with Nathan Eberly, Nathan Tobler and Honert putting the Pioneers back on top with four events remaining. L-S took just one first down the stretch when Grau, Justin Miller, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider took the 200 free relay.

Miller (100 fly), Kreider (100 and 50 free), Eberly (100 back) and Grau (100 breaststroke) added key second place finishes.

Thursday's makeup meet with CV found the Buckskin teams improving to 2-0 with convincing performances over L-S. The CV boys won 105-62 while the girls earned a 97-72 victory in Lampeter.

"The girls had a good meet, but lost several key races," said Whiting. "The boys were just outnumbered," she added, "and we lost the relays. We did, however, sweep the 100 back with Nathan Eberly, Justin Miller and Everett Honert."

The Pioneers also got a second from Tobler in the 200 free and Kreider in the 100 free.

Tobler was tops in the 500 free and Eberly claimed the 100 back for Lampeter's only wins.

E. Horner was the top point-getter for the girls, winning the 200 free, the 500 free and teaming with Wagner, A. Nagle and C. Horner, who was tops in the 50 free, to secure the 400 free relay.

Second place winners included Fluhr (200 IM), Parido (100 fly), A. Nagle (100 free) and Wagner (100 breaststroke).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Lady Pioneers wrapped up a perfect first half of Section Two basketball with three convincing wins last week, improved to 7-0 and sit two games ahead of Ephrata (5-2).

Having topped Ephrata 47-43 to win the PM tournament, the Pioneers posted a more dominating finish last Tuesday, 47-32. They jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter, led 21-16 at the break and wrapped up the night with a 26-16 second half.

Emma Gochnauer topped all scorers with 18 points and Hanna Garber hit for double figured with 12.

On the road again Thursday, L-S shook off a 15-12 first quarter deficit with some defensive intensity. They held the Barons to single digits in each of the next three quarters while netting 12, 13 and 14 points each frame respectively to win handily, 51-33.

Manheim's Laura Good more than doubled her average with a game-high 16 points but Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for 26 points and five triples. Sarah Gawne and Nora Holmes added a combined 14 points with Holmes knocking down a pair of threes.

After four away games, L-S returned home and turned in their most dominating performance to date, a 54-15 victory over a 3-10 Cocalico squad.

By constantly switching defenses, the Pioneers flustered the struggling Eagles and capitalized with numerous steals and transition buckets. Nine different players contributed to the offense and held the visitors to single digits in all four quarters, including one field goal in the third quarter coming with ten seconds left.

Gochnauer scored one more than the entire Cocalico squad and Horner followed with 11. Other scorers included Brittney Zameroski (7), Sarah Gawne (6), Garber (4), Holmes and Anabeth Groff (3), Olivia Vranich and Emma Drouillard (2).

In non-league play Saturday, L-S suffered its second loss of the season, a 50-35 result against Cedar Cliff (10-4). The Colts extended a five point first quarter lead with a 13-5 second frame effort and took the second half 22-20. Gochnauer matched Maddie Stitler for game-high honors with 15. Horner added 11 in a game that saw the Pioneers miss 11 free throws.

BOWLING

In back-to-back matches last week, the Pioneers blanked a winless Lancaster Mennonite squad on Wednesday, held off Garden Spot 4-3 on Thursday and moved into third place in the Section Three standings.

Cassie Hatfield not only rolled the high series of the day (529) but rolled the highest game with a 209. Andrew O'Conner chipped in with a 449 series and Brent Cox was close behind with a 406. Keith Brubaker contributed with a 371 and Sawyer Lancaster and Stephanie Mays combined for a 334.

The going was a big tougher on Thursday as the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the Spartans.

"The key was getting back-to-back marks (spares or strikes) in the eighth and ninth frames when Garden Spot did not and we pulled out two close games," said head coach Robert Koenig, who previously coached at LMH.

LS rolled 742 total pins in the first game, topping the Spartans by 11 pins. Garden Spot came back strong in the second game rolling a 768 to Lampeter's 697. The final game went to L-S 746-732.

Hatfield again was tops for the Pioneers. Her 495 was the second highest score of the day. Cox (475), O'Connor (473) and Brubaker (468) followed with Mays and Lancaster combining for a 274.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team capped the first half of league play with three wins last week and sit in first place in Section Two with a 6-1 record (12-1 overall).

The visiting Mounts outscored the hosts 5-2 in made three pointers but the Pioneers were a stellar 18-for-22 from the free throw line and outscored Ephrata in three of four quarters en route to a 54-41 win.

"That was by far our best effort at the free throw line," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We also finished with 14 steals out of our press. The kids are really embracing defense right now."

L-S held a slim 11-9 edge in the first quarter and led 28-18 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Pioneers wore down the Mounts and won the final frame 14-9.

Ryan Smith, who canned 9-of-10 free throws, led all scorers with 21 points and Isaac Beers added 12.

One night later the team hosted Manheim Central in a battle for sole possession of first place in Section Two. After falling behind 6-2, L-S rallied with a 17-0 run to gain a 21-10 lead at the break.

After a tight 10-9 edge in the third frame, the hosts pulled away for good, outscoring the Barons 17-4 while posting a 48-23 victory.

"They were undefeated coming in," recalled Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but Zach Kingsley came in off the bench with an incredible putback rebound at the buzzer that gave us an 8-6 lead and momentum."

Seth Beers picked up four steals in the Pioneers press and Jordan Sweger held Connor Hostetter, Manheim's leading scorer (16ppg) to 11 points as the defense again took center stage.

"We held them to five field goals for the game," said Berryman, "and two of those were threes in the first quarter. Our defense has been very effective and Jordan is doing a great job of holding the other teams' leading scorer below their average."

Smith dropped in 21 points and snagged 11 rebounds to lead the way. Isaac Beers chipped in with 15 and Chase Broderick came off the bench for 9 points.

In Denver Friday night, Smith was held to a season-low 14 points but I. Beers (13), Broderick (9) and Sweger (7) helped pick up the slack as L-S defeated Cocalico 49-31.

"These last three games we've held our opponent to single digits in the fourth quarter," noted Berryman. "The guys showed great composure in the game and Jordan gave an outstanding effort in holding Aidan Trynosky (15ppg avg) to eight points."

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Knights in Three-Way Tie to Lead Section One January 15, 2018

In the Section One boys' basketball standings, there is a three-way tie in mid-January. The Hempfield Black Knights are tied at 6-1 in Lancaster-Lebanon League competition with the Manheim Township and Cedar Crest teams.

With things so tight at the top, the Knights had no room for errors in their Section One games this past week as they faced Lebanon and McCaskey.

On Tuesday, they avoided their second league loss by outscoring Lebanon 30-17 in the fourth quarter. Hempfield trailed 43-31 heading into the fourth, but came back to win 61-60.

Eli Washington led the Knights with 23 points, including a pair of three-point field goals and a 3-for-3 night at the free throw line. Ryan Moffatt added 11 points and Anthony Alston added nine more - all from three-point range.

Sincere Scott scored a game-high 24 points and Luis Aquino-Rios scored 19 for Lebanon.

Friday night was another home game for the Knights. They defeated McCaskey 58-48 as the Red Tornado fell to 2-5 in the league.

The Knights worked up a 31-21 halftime lead and added two more to that lead by the end of the third quarter.

Moffatt had a game-high 20 points, hitting from three-point land twice. David Martin-Robinson poured in 17 points while Washington posted 12 points.

WRESTLING

The Black Knights traveled to Manheim Township for a Section One wrestling match on Wednesday. It was a see-saw battle that saw Hempfield come back from an early deficit to tie the score 15-15 before the Blue Streaks won six of the last seven bouts for a 48-21 victory.

The match began at the 126-pound weight class where Township earned six points on a late pin. Joel Dionne faced MT's A.J. Bernieri at 132, which ended in a close 2-0 decision in favor of the Township sophomore.

The Knights fell behind 15-0 before Christian Carr stepped onto the mat and pinned his 145-pound opponent. Sophomore Ian Edwards earned a 6-0 decision (152) before Russel Hanes notched a pin 1:42 into the 160-pound bout to tie the score.

Chase Mathias had a classic back-and-forth battle with Township's Carter Hasson at 195. Hasson prevailed 7-6. Both teams had agreed to skip 182, which came after a pin by MT's Jose Lao-Cooper. The Streaks won four of the next five bouts, one of which was a Hempfield forfeit. The Streaks themselves forfeited the 285.

Township improved to 1-4 while the Knights fell to 2-3.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

To point out that the Hempfield girls' basketball team is still looking for its first L-L League win of the season would be unjustified if one fails to mention that three of the team's Section One losses were by six or fewer points, including a recent 42-36 loss to McCaskey.

"Every single one of the girls on our team will fight to the end; nobody on our team has quit," said head coach Kendra Beittel. The loss dropped the Black Knights to 0-7 on the year in L-L League play (2-10 overall).

"We see what each team brings now that we've done the full circle of the L-L League," Beittel added. "We've gained experience. If we focus on the scores of the games, it can be discouraging; we are instead focusing on defense, out-rebounding teams and gaining experience."

In that Friday night road game, Hempfield turned an early slim deficit into a two-point halftime lead. However, the Red Tornado's big third quarter, in which they outscored the Knights 11-5, was the momentum changer. Hempfield was matching McCaskey basket for basket in the final stanza until it was too late.

"We came out and did a nice job of adjusting," Beittel explained. "We play man-to-man usually, but went to a 3-2 zone in the first half. The girls adapted to that style of play and McCaskey wasn't prepared for that.

"We talked at halftime about how they were going to come out fast in the second half," continued the coach. "We are a young team and McCaskey had the edge on us. They turned it up a notch. It was a little bit of a learning experience to weather the storm of a fast team - to control the tempo of the game when we're leading."

One of the team's solid stars has been Trinity Sumrall. She led the team with 10 points, including a 2-for-2 night at the foul line plus a pair of three-pointers. Sophie Herman had a trey also and finished with seven points while both Christine Graves and Molly McGarry had six points.

McCaskey's Malia Taylor led all scorers with 12 points.

"Trinity has a fair amount of varsity experience," said Beittel. "We don't look young if you look at our roster because we have five seniors. But we are young in terms of experience."

The Tuesday game was against Elizabethtown - the second-place team in Section One. The Bears improved to 5-1 in the league with a 43-23 win - a game in which the Knights kept pace into the second quarter before the Bears' 19-5 run. Hempfield responded by outscoring the home team 12-7 in the third quarter. Sumrall led the team with 12 points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Melissa Grube added seven points.

E-town's Autumn Royer led all scorers with 15 points.

SWIMMING

The girls' swim team came up short against Warwick in a Section One meet. The Warriors edged the Black Knights 92-78 at the Hempfield Rec Center on Tuesday.

Warwick claimed two of the three relay events with Hempfield winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. Katie Yoder, Maggie Shaffer, Katelyn Wiglesworth and Sophie Lear posted a combined time of 4:11.62.

Lear was the freestyle work horse for Hempfield, winning the 50 in 0:27.28 and the 100 free in 1:00.41.

The girls' team, which had beaten Cedar Crest in a close one the previous week, fell to 1-1.

The Hempfield boys improved to 2-0 with a 97-72 victory over Warwick.

Quin Minnick, Jayden Corrigan, Nathan Heisey, Andrew Eyster made up the 400 free relay quartet, winning in 3:46.12.

Eyster and Corrigan each had an individual event win. Corrigan claimed the 500 free in 4:30.99 and Eyster won the 200 free at 2:03.68.

Andre Fissella not only took the 200 individual medley (2:13.45), he also won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.20).

BOWLING

The Black Knight bowlers improved to 4-2 with a 7-0 victory over Lebanon on Tuesday. Nick O'Neill and Ben Helman led Hempfield to victory.

O'Neill had a 644 on the day, finishing strong with a 268 in his third game. Helman had a 200 and a 213 in his first two games and finished with a score of 604.

First place Penn Manor topped Hempfield on Friday afternoon as Nick Mease had two high-scoring totals in his first two games - 268 and 259. Mease led Manor with a score of 686.

Tylor Fair, however, had the highest aggregate score, leading Hempfield with a 709. Fair rolled a near-perfect 296 sandwiched between a 213 and 200.

Helman came through with a 233 in his first game and finished with a 630 total.

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Matto Scores 22 as Township Defeats McCaskey January 15, 2018

Three games in a span of four days. That was what the Manheim Township girls' basketball schedule looked like last week. And with Elizabethtown only a game back in the Section One standings, the Streaks needed to take care of their own business to stay atop the standings.

They did.

Township went 3-0 in that stretch, improving to 7-0 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League with wins over McCaskey, Penn Manor and Warwick.

In Tuesday's victory over McCaskey, the Streaks built an almost insurmountable 25-5 lead in the first period on their own court. The visitors chipped away but still trailed by 13 at the half. A comeback was not in the cards for the Tornado as the Streaks moved on to a 69-38 win. They outscored the visitors 33-15 in the second half.

Olivia Matto, with three triples, and Megan Baldassarre were the top scorers in the game with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Katie Bushong and Alex Bryant each put up five points.

The Comets gave the Streaks a scare in Thursday's game at Penn Manor. The home team went on a 19-12 run in the fourth quarter, coming up just short in a 44-43 Township win.

The Streaks, who were again led by Matto (15 pts) led 18-14 at the half and extended that lead to 32-24 after three quarters.

Matto and Baldassarre (13 pts) were each 7-for-8 at the foul line. Bushong finished with four points.

The defense, which had held McCaskey to only 38 points on Tuesday, held Warwick to a mere 25 on Friday. Township won 39-25 in Lititz, dropping the Warriors' league mark to 1-6.

The leading scorer on each team scored over 50 percent of her team's points. Bushong scored 19 for the Streaks and went 8-for-8 at the foul line. Lauren Pyle scored 14 for Warwick.

Baldassarre and Matto each put up nine points.

WRESTLING

Manheim Township posted a 48-21 home victory over Section One rival Hempfield on Wednesday. The victory was the Streaks' first league win of the year.

"It was a good match," said head coach John Clark. "We wrestled with more aggressiveness and confidence than we have at times this season."

It was a match that the Streaks took control of after the midway point. Tied at 15-15 following a pin by the Knights' Russel Hanes (160), the Streaks won six of the next seven.

Jose Lao-Cooper (170) posted a pin with one second remaining in the first period. Cooper, a returning senior, was coming back from an early-season injury.

"That was his first match since the Warwick Duals," Clark pointed out. "He has been out rehabilitating his shoulder. It was good getting him on the mat.

"It was a turning point in the match," Clark added. "I always tell the kids, 'anytime we can get bonus points - be it a fall or a major - it's great to get them.'"

That was followed by senior Carter Hasson's close 7-6 decision at 195, making it 24-15.

"It was a dual forfeit at 182 and I bumped Carter up to 195," explained Clark. "It was a close match.

"He has been wrestling very well this year," Clark said of Hasson. "He's a hard worker and a quiet leader."

At 220 and 285, the two sides exchanged forfeits.

A streak of three straight pins put the Streaks on the winning path. Hayden Brennan notched a pin at 106 followed by Micah Sams (113), who finished the job in 24 seconds, and Cade Clancy at 120.

The match began at 126 with Malcolm Schyler pinning Hempfield's Luke DeGeorge at the 5:46 mark.

"It was a match I expected him to get bonus points in," said Clark. "It was the first match of the night for us and it put everyone into a positive mood."

A.J. Bernieri followed with a tough 2-0 decision at 132. David Over's pin at 138 came in 1:52, giving the Streaks an early 15-0 lead.

The Knights tied the score on a pair of pins sandwiched around a 6-0 decision.

Hempfield fell to 2-3 in Section One after this loss.

Over the weekend, the Streaks were at the Northern Lebanon Duals where they came away with a 3-2 record.

"We had five matches and our kids wrestled tough," Clark said. "We lost to Midwest but bounced back to beat Pine Grove, Red Lion and Susquenita.

"Northern Lebanon is still a solid team," he added. "They beat us 46-30.

"We are 6-7 overall," Clark said. "We'll try to finish strong here and take a large step forward."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team also played four games in five days, defeating McCaskey on the road and winning the next three at home, including a non-league win on Saturday afternoon. The wins improved MT's record to 11-2. They are 6-1 in the L-L League, creating a three-way tie for first place in Section One with Hempfield and Cedar Crest.

It's an interesting situation as each of these top teams seems to have beaten one of the other two but lost to the other one. For example, Hempfield has beaten Township but lost to Cedar Crest while MT's 77-71 victory over Crest in December is the Falcons' lone league loss thus far.

"It's very tight at the top," said head coach Matt Johns. "The top three are starting to separate from the other five. There were no slip-ups against the other teams each of us has played. We're also three of the top five teams in the district.

"Plus, you have to look at it as the three of us are of us are going to be the biggest game of the season for any of our opponents," he said.

It may have been the strong second quarter that helped the team build enough of a lead to net the victory at McCaskey on Tuesday night. Leading 19-17 after one period, the Streaks outscored the Tornado 18-11 to grab a 37-28 halftime edge.

The second half was very close and the Streaks escaped with an 80-70 win.

Brandon Mellott and Tyler Crespo each reached the 20-point mark. Mellott led all scorers with 22. Crespo had 20 points, including five three pointers. Hilton Ridley chipped in with eight points.

Wednesday the Streaks played another close game, shading Penn Manor 59-56. It was again the second quarter that was huge for Township. And it was crucial because the Comets came out and outscored the Streaks 20-13 after halftime.

In that second quarter, the Streaks erased a seven-point deficit by outscoring the Comets 22-9. They also went on a 16-12 run in the final stanza to hold off the Comets, who were led by Kevin Roldan (11 pts).

Mellott was the game's top scorer with 14 points. Cameron Mulcavage finished with 12 while Crespo tallied 10 and Will Greiner hit three triples for nine.

Warwick knocked..., nay, pounded on the door Friday night at Township. But the Blue Streaks turned the Warriors away in an 89-85 double overtime victory.

In the third period, the Warriors cut a two-point halftime deficit in half and outscored the Streaks 17-16 in the fourth quarter, sending the game into OT. It was 15 points per side in the first extra period, forcing double overtime.

"That was just an amazing game," Johns commented. "There were a number of kids on both teams that made big plays over the course of the game. Each team was deep into its bench with kids who don't play a lot of minutes."

The lineup with which the Streaks finished was an entirely new one. With Crespo and Mellott out of the game for fouls, Johns called on young reserves.

"We were already missing our top three scorers," he explained. "We ended up with a lineup that not only hasn't played in a game, I don't think I've used them in practice.

"But those minutes for the guys who played Friday night will pay dividends in other games down the road," he added.

Township defeated Manheim Central in a non-league game on Saturday afternoon 53-40. The Streaks led 26-19 at the half and continued to play strong in the second half.

Mellott had a game-high 16. Crespo, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, finished with 15 points. Ridley added eight more.

SWIMMING

Township had a make-up meet plus a scheduled one this past week, thereby swimming against both Penn Manor and Warwick in Section One swim meets.

The boys' team topped Manor 118-52 on Tuesday and beat Warwick two days later by 119-50.

Charlie Gingrich, Robert Perot, Christian Strine, Aidan Cliff made up the winning 200 medley relay team against Warwick. Gingrich, Cliff, George Hetrick and Conor Brenton won the 200 freestyle relay.

Perot was the 200- and 500-freestyle winner while Gingrich captured the 50 and 100 of the same stroke.

Gage Mandrell won the 100 breaststroke while Elijah Gocotano won the 100 back. The 100 butterfly went to Christian Strine.

Adrian Waplinger joined Gocotano, Strine and Connor Paladino for a win in the 200 medley relay versus Manor. Cliff and Hetrick paired up with Sergio Borrero, and Mitch Calhoun for a winning 200 free relay. Alonso Borrero was on the 400 free relay team with Hetrick, Calhou and Perot, who also went on to capture the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Gingrich and Mandrell won the 100 back and 200 free, respectively.

The girls' team topped Manor 122-48 and beat Warwick 104-66.

Hope Boldizar, Olivia Pyott, Amy Yunginger, Paige Newman formed the winning foursome in the 200 medley relay. Yunginger, Newman, Pyott and Allie Angheloiu swam to victory in the 200 free relay while Hope Boldizar and Eva Salembier had help from Newman and Angheloiu in winning the 400 relay.

Newman and Salembier won the 100- and 200-free, respectively, while Yunginger took the 200 IM. Morgan Wylie-Thal sprinted to victory at the 50 free. Diana Lamont won the 100 fly and Kirsten Geib topped them all in the 500 free. Boldizar came out a winner in the 100 backstroke.

Boldizar was also part of the 400 free relay team in the Warwick meet. She swam with Newman, Yunginger and Salembier. While the Warriors won the other two relays.

Yunginger won two solo events, the 100 back and 100 fly. Salembier did the same, winning the 500 free and 200 IM. Pyott won the 100 breaststroke and Newman the 200 free.

Both the boys and the girls improved to 2-0.

AIR RIFLE

With perfect scores of 100 from Hana Musser and Graham Wolf, the air rifle team topped Governor Mifflin 496-479 on Thursday. The hosting Streaks were on target throughout the competition. Travis Krapf and Drew Chieppor each shot a 99 while Ben Fahrney finished at 98, helping their team improve to 4-2 on the year.

It was the second time on the week that Musser had hit the 100 mark and the second time that Township posted a score of 496. On Tuesday, the Streaks defeated Wilson 496-486.

In the win, Musser and Robert Wenger reached the century mark while Wolf and Fahrney each finished at 99. Chieppor was also solid, scoring 98 for his team.

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Conde Nets 16 As Barons Nip Spartans 55-54 January 15, 2018

The Manheim Central girls' basketball team won for the fourth time this season at Garden Spot in a Section Two feud on Tuesday, January 9. Serena Conde's game high 16 points led the Lady Barons to an exciting one point 55-54 victory.

"Serena is one of our strongest communicators on the court," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She is our defensive leader, defending the rim rebounding, and has the ability to switch out and defend guards," Burns added.

Garden Spot took a 13-10 lead after the first 8 minutes of play before Manheim regrouped their offense, outscoring the Spartans 17-15 in the second period to trail the home team by one point 28-27 at the intermission.

In a back-and-forth third period, Garden Spot fueled by Karli Stoltzfus's team high 15 points, clipped the Lady Barons 12-11 to take a 40-38 advantage at the end of 24 minutes played.

Down the stretch, Manheim, who went 14-of-23 from the free throw line, battled past Garden Spot 17-14 to secure the well-deserved victory.

Hannah Barbush (9), Elli weaver (9), Laura Good (9), Allison Cassel (7), and Brooke Breinich (5), also contributed in scoring.

A rescheduled matchup with first place Lampeter-Strasburg took place at home on Thursday, January 11. Emma Gochnauer's team high 14 points helped the Pioneers defeat the Lady Barons 52-33.

Good, scoring 10 of her game high 16 points in the first stanza, gave Central a short lived 15-12 lead but LS drained a three point shot in the early moments of the second period to tie the score 15-15.

"Laura is stepping up as a leader on our team," stated Burns. "I am impressed with how coachable she is. She is learning and growing every day."

"She asks questions, reflects, and has a drive to be the best. She gives us 100% each practice and game and is a great role model four our team," ended Burns.

Lampeter-Strasburg then went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-15 advantage with 2:42 remaining on the clock and connected on a three point buzzer beater for a 25-20 lead at halftime.

L-S continued its consistent scoring, netting 13 points in the third and 14 in the fourth while holding the Barons to single digits with 9 and 4 respectively.

At the 3:33 mark in the third period a Conde (5 points) shot in the post cut the Pioneers lead to 31-27 but that was as close as it would get.

Brenich (7), Weaver (3), and Barbush (2), also scored points for Manheim.

The three game week ended with a home game against Ephrata on Friday. Kandice Liebl's game high 17 points plus a 25 point first half sparked the Mountaineers to a 41-36 victory against the Lady Barons (4-8).

Barbush netted four of her six points in the opening period as the Barons trailed Ephrata 11-8.

Ephrata stretched their lead to 18-13 at the 3:49 mark in the second period before a drive to the twine by Lily Doerschuk (2 points) set the score at 18-15. The Mountaineers then went on an impressive 7-1 run to hold a 25-16 lead at the intermission.

With about three minutes left in the third period, Good, who led the team with 12 points, connected on a foul shot (14-of-16) and a Conde (8 points) bucket down low closed the lead to 29-21. Ephrata then capitalized on a Manheim technical foul at the 2:14 mark with three straight foul shots to catapult the score to 32-21. A layup by Breinich (8 points) finished the period down by nine points 33-24.

Midway through the final period, Ephrata drained a trey to make the score 36-27 but Good's wide open jump shot cut the lead to 38-31.

Good crashed the boards with a rebound and shot down low late in the game to trail 38-33 while another by Good placed the score at 39-35.

With 40 seconds left on the clock, Breinich made one foul shot but Ephrata, who was 9-of-16 from the free throw line, added two foul shots to seal the win.

AIR RIFLE

Occupying a second place ranking in the L-L League standings, the rifle team won a pair of shootouts against Governor Mifflin and Wilson and lost their second match of the season to Elizabethtown.

Gage McCabe and Charles Miller both blasted 99's to lead Central (4-2) in a 496-492 setback at Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Braydon Groff, Austin Rhodes, and Dawson Good all punched 98's to round out the Barons top sharpshooters.

In a rescheduled match hosting Governor Mifflin on Wednesday, the Barons, led by Miller's perfect 100, outgunned the Mustangs by a 496-479 final score. Good, Cade Ginder, Alex Stone, and Hunter Shoop all fired 99's to fulfill their third victory of the season.

Hunter Gartside and Rhodes shot perfect 100's to pace the Barons past Wilson on Thursday in West Lawn, 497-485. The trio of McCabe, Good, and Miller all punching 99's to complete the top Manheim marksmen.

BOWLING

Still situated in second place in Section Three, the bowling team chalked up two dominating wins against Lebanon Catholic and Elco to improve their overall record to 6-2.

Against Lebanon Catholic in a section crossover affair at Cain's Lanes, the Barons blanked the Beavers easily 7-0. Bryson Morton was the top performer rolling a 235-204-207 for a series total of 646. Olivia Good placed second knocking down pins with a 238-202-180 for a series total of 620. Chris ILL was third finishing with a 204-214-178 for a series total of 596.

Tanner Michael (236-162-190-588), and Brandon Henry (189-167-158-514), were the fourth and fifth place finishers.

On the road in section play with Elco on Friday the Barons also blanked the Raiders 7-0. Michael was tops rolling a match high 264-244-226 for a series total of 734.

WRESTLING

Accepting seven forfeits and using two pin falls, the wrestling team defeated visiting Cedar Crest 65-12 on Wednesday, lifting their record to 5-1.

Keegan McCord (220), in the first bout, edged TJ Moore 5-3 and Reese Martin (285) slipped past Darren Garcia 4-3 to take a 6-0 lead. Central then won back-to-back forfeits at 106 and 113 for an 18-0 advantage.

Taylor Gehmen (120) crashed Josiah Lutz to the floor for a fall at 5:43 as Cedar Crest cut the Manheim lead to 18-6.

Conner Zeamer (126) was victorious by forfeit and Cedar Crest's Ryan Scicchitano pinned Lance Allen in 2:57 at 132 to trail by a 24-12 score.

Zack Zeamer (138) accepted another forfeit and teammate Ryan McKee (145) scored the Barons first pin, decking Anthony Reese just 47 seconds into the bout and extending the score to 36-12.

Ryan Kreider (152) outmuscled Austin Bohr with an 18-3 technical fall at 5:41 and Austin Sauder won by forfeit to make the score 47-12.

At 170, Andrew Siegrist posted the sixth forfeit while Garret Fittery pinned Derrick Via at 3:34, and John Dailey accepted the final forfeit at 195 to wrap up the victory.

SWIMMING

Both swim teams were defeated by Conestoga Valley in a home meet at the Lititz Recreation Center in Section Two competition.

"Coming off two losses this week was hard," said head coach Heather Fittery. "With our low team numbers, it is hard to come out on top.

"My teams had great swims and I was happy with their effort," Fittery added.

The Buckskin boys' team won seven events and knocked off the Barons 91-58 and remain in second place behind Cocalico.

Maxwell Gehman was the Barons most consistent swimmer winning the 50 freestyle (23.39) and the 100 freestyle (52.70).

Luke Weaver won the 100 breaststroke (1:17.55), and the team of Joshua Varner, Nathan Shearn, Weaver, and Gehman won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:45.19.

In girls' action, CV swept all 11 events, trouncing the Barons 122-44 and are currently ranked in second place behind Ephrata.

Elizabethtown also cruised past both Manheim teams on Thursday at Elizabethtown College leaving them with identical 0-5 records.

Gehman won his second straight 50 yard freestyle race and the 200 yard freestyle foursome of Gehman, Shearn, Varner, and Weaver, all underclassmen, took first place again.

"Our goal for the season is to keep working hard at practices to improve their times," stated Fittery. "We are hoping to have some district qualifiers.

"I want them to have fun and enjoy the sport of swimming. It is a lifetime skill that I feel is very important at all ages," she added.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Winning one out of four games this week, the boys' basketball team now has a Section Two second place overall record of 5-6.

Chase Marquette scored a game high 22 points and a 42 point second half supported the Barons to a 60-47 victory on their home court against Garden Spot.

Garden Spot took an early 12-9 edge after the first stanza and then outhustled Manheim 10-9 in the second frame for a 22-18 lead at the intermission.

Central, who finished with seven three point shots, outgunned Garden Spot 42-25 in the second half to establish the come from behind victory.

Connor Hostetter (12), Cameron Sell (10), Drew Mummau (7), Jake Novak (7), and Evan Hosler (2), also scored points for Manheim.

Ryan Smith netted a game high 21 points to fuel Lampeter-Strasburg to a 48-23 home victory against the Barons. They are currently in first place in the section standings.

Hostetter (11), Marquette (5), Carson Brenize (3), Hosler (2), and Novak (2), were the Barons scoring stat leaders.

Brad DaBella's team high 15 points and a 22 point second half helped Ephrata to a 47-40 victory at home against Central on Friday.

Hostetter (15), Mummau (9), Brenize (8), Sell (2), Hosler (2), Novak (2), and Marquette (2), all put up points for Manheim.

Brendan Mellott drained a game high 16 point as Manheim Township, in a non-league matinee on Saturday, posted a 53-40 win against the visiting Barons.

Mummau (14), Marquette (8), Hostetter (8), Hosler (7), and Sell (3), all scored points for Manheim.

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Kreider Scores Game-Winner Against Donegal January 15, 2018

Three games decided by seven total points. One win and two losses. That was the saga of Solanco's girls' basketball team last week as the first half of Section Two all but came to a close. The results leave the girls log jammed in a section where four teams are battling for third place. Lampeter-Strasburg sits on top at 7-0. Ephrata falls into second place at 5-2 with Donegal at 4-3. Solanco and Manheim Central are knotted at 3-3. They battle it out in Quarryville this week.

The Mares traveled to Donegal Tuesday night and pulled out a 72-70 come-from-behind win on a perfectly executed give-and-go by Grace Kreider and Aleksa Burger. The hosts knotted the score at 70-70 with 15 seconds left to play. Kreider penetrated at the top of the circle, kicked the ball out to Burger on the wing and then cut backdoor, getting the ball back from Burger and laying in the game-winner with two seconds remaining.

"It was a physical game and tightly contested throughout," said head coach Chad McDowell. "Free throws became a key part of the game."

Key indeed. The Mares nailed 14-of-16 attempt, canning 7-of-8 in the first quarter which Donegal won 18-17. The Indians made their way to the charity stripe as well but connected on only 19-of-27 attempts.

The Indians, behind Carly Diffenderfer's 14 point second quarter, took a 39-35 lead at the half. Jenna Dombach's five points paced Solanco.

The pace continued in the third quarter and the Indians gained another two points, outscoring the Mares 14-12 for a 53-47 lead with eight minutes remaining.

"In the second half we really focused on taking away Donegal's dribble penetration and getting stops on the defensive end," said McDowell.

That focus paid off as the Mares, behind Jess Cabrera's 11 point quarter, outscored the hosts 25-17 to pick up the victory.

Cabrera netted a team high 21 points and dished out six assists. Dombach followed with 19 points and five rebounds while Kreider also hit for double figures with 12 and was tops with six steals. Burger, with a team-high seven rebounds, added nine points. Liz Mowrer (6), Kara McClune (3) and Alana Yoder (2) also contributed.

The JV team, behind a nine point effort by Paige Phillips, beat Donegal 27-16. Jade Eshleman added six points.

Thursday's home game with Ephrata did not feature as many free throws but was highlighted by eight made three pointers, four in the first half by the Mounts leading scorer Gabi Herola-Hill who bucketed a game-high 15 points.

"They hit six of their first seven shots and three were deep three pointers," recalled McDowell.

The visitors jumped in front early, taking an 18-13 first quarter lead that pushed to 28-21 at the half.

Solanco held the Mounts to a single field goal in the third quarter. Burger ignited the offense with eight of her team's 13 points and Hanna Phillips canned a buzzer beater to put the Mares in front, 34-32, with one quarter left.

"We increased our defensive pressure in the third and they got tired," McDowell said. "We took advantage of their missed shots and were able to get score in transition."

That momentum, however, was short-lived. Solanco extended their lead to six early in the fourth but Ephrata countered with a run that resulted in a 42-38 lead. After consecutive steals and scores by Cabrera and Burger the score was tied at 42.

"We played good defense on that last possession but Kandice Liebl hit an off balanced runner that banked in," McDowell explained. "We were on the lucky side Tuesday. Tonight was their turn."

Burger notched a team-high 14 points and matched Mowrer with seven rebounds. Kreider chipped in with 11 points, 5 steals and 3 assists. Cabrera (8), Dombach (5 points, 4 steals), Hanna Phillips (3 points, 2 assists) and Mowrer (1) also scored.

In JV action, Ilyand Rapant hit the game-winner as Solanco nipped Ephrata 34-33. Jade Eshleman led with 13 points.

At home again Friday, Garden Spot survived a furious 21-point fourth quarter rally by the Mares to escape with a 55-52 victory.

Trailing by 16, Solanco went to a full court man defense, forced Garden Spot into a faster paced game and forced several turnovers which they transitioned into easy buckets. With the opportunity to tie the game on a last second three, the Mares missed the mark.

"It was a good shot," said McDowell. "We gave ourselves the opportunity to tie the game and that's all we can as for in that situation."

Burger netted eight of her team-high 16 points in that fourth quarter rally. McClune followed with 13 and Cabrera added a dozen. But the real story was Garden Spot's Megan Fisher who dropped in a game-high 30, including six threes.

"Fisher had a great night and a hot hand from the three point line," said McDowell. "She only had eight threes on the season coming in. And we had a hand in her face every time. She single handily took over and controlled the game.

"Two tough games on two consecutive nights," he added. "This team has a lot of resiliency. I know they will bounce back."

The JV team picked up a solid 51-30 win with Angela Cylc netting 11 points.

WRESTLING

Last Wednesday's 39-28 win over Warwick (0-4, 2-8) moved the Mules into a two-way tie for second place in Section One with Penn Manor. Both teams stand at 4-1 behind Cocalico (5-0) and face off this Wednesday in Millersville.

"We felt, despite the forfeits, that we had a good chance to beat Warwick," said head coach John Little. "I thought we wrestled a little flat, but still to pull out the win is great."

The Mules jumped in front early and never relinquished the lead though the Warriors knotted the score once and later cut the lead to one, 29-28.

Up 29-26 after a 5:57 fall by Nick Yannutz over Steven Seepaul at 195, the Mules forfeited at 220 and gave up a fall at 285, closing the lead to 29-28 with two bouts left.

Freshman Dominic Flatt (102) rose to the occasion and decked Sebastian Oliveras in 1:23 and Sheldon Peiffer followed with a dominating 14-1 major over Connor Esbenshade to wrap up the win.

"I've been most impressed with Dominic," said Little. "He's 10 to 15 pounds under that weight and is 6-6 on the year. He's been a pleasant surprise and has a great attitude. Our other freshman, Shaneef Carter, though he lost 9-0 at 182 has come a long way.

"Overall, we pretty much won the bouts we expected to win."

Zach Spade opened the scoring with six easy points as the Warriors forfeited at 126.

The 132 bout eventually went to Mateo Chacon who outlasted Chase Charles for a 6-4 decision.

Solanco extended the lead to 12-3 with a Grayson Charles 53 second fall over Preston Johnson (138) but the Warriors rallied with a 13-9 decision at 145 and a fall at 152, knotting the score at 12-12.

"Joey Vandergriff almost got the fall at 145," noted Little. "He tied the bout at 9-9 in the third period but couldn't hold off Kline."

Veterans AJ Wilson (160) and Ben Root (170) quickly put Solanco back in front with a 15-0 tech fall and an 11 second fall, respectively.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Solanco's young squad continued to battle last week but came up empty in the quest for their first Section Two win.

"We played four games last week and really didn't have time to practice," said head coach Scott Long. "It was a difficult week but the kids played hard. We just weren't able to consistently defend well."

They opened their four game week at home on Monday where a pivotal third quarter proved to be the difference in a 66-53 setback against Donegal. Down 31-29 at the half, the Mules had no answer for Avery Walker (18.9 ppg average) who netted nine of his team's 22 points and finished with a game-high 27.

Solanco, behind Aaron Constein's five points, finished with 13 in the quarter.

"We just could not defend their flex cut and did not communicate well on screens," noted Long. "

That was truly the difference maker."

Jack Boomsma scored seven of his 11 in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough as the Indians held a 13-11 advantage to finish on top.

"I can't express how much I appreciate Jack and how he's playing," said Long. "He defends guys much bigger than himself every game and offensively has turned into a weapon for us."

Braden Redcay netted a team-high 14 points for the Mules and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Dawson Kreider chipped in with 11, scoring eight in the first half, including a pair of threes while Jon Rush tossed in 8 points, all in the first half.

Thursday's makeup game at Ephrata saw the Mules fall behind early en route to a 63-47 loss.

Solanco managed just five points in the first quarter and fell behind 34-20 at the half. Despite some momentum in the third quarter, their 17-15 advantage wasn't enough. The hosts rallied for a 14-10 final quarter and pulled away.

"Ephrata did a great job of finding the open man," noted Long. "They hit 9-of-11 three point attempts. Ultimately, if you cannot win defensive battles on the perimeter, you cannot win games. I need to do a better job of putting my guys in position to work on this at practice."

Constein was the only double figure scorer for the Mules, dropping in 11. Carson Kilgore (9), Rush (7), Boomsma (6), Jalen Henry (5), Redcay (4), Austin Daniels (3) and Jay Boyle (2) also contributed.

Friday the Mules suffered their biggest loss of the week, a 75-41 result against Garden Spot. A 19-9 deficit in the first quarter and a 20-9 result in the fourth were key components to the final score.

On the plus side, Constein dropped in a team-high 18 points.

"Aaron has been our leader all season," said Long. "He was aggressive tonight. Carson Kilgore (3 points) also played well. He's getting to the rim and defending at a high level."

Solanco's closest result of the week was a hard-fought 60-57 loss at Elco on Saturday. Twice in the second half the Mules led by as many as five and both times the Raiders responded with a triple to cut the lead back to two.

"We just couldn't get ahead," recalled Long. "We were down three with nine seconds to go and needed to go the length of the court. We drew up the final play and executed well. We had a decent look at a three, missed, but Zed Baker rebounded and kicked the ball out for another attempt but the ball just rimmed out.

"I was proud of how much energy we had at the end of a long week," he added. "It says a lot about the character of our team.

"Another plus is that the JV team picked up two wins. Zed Baker, Jordan Rush, Austin Woods, Dom Messano, Zach Wiker, Jalen Henry and Dan Herr have all been doing great stuff," Long said.

Rush netted a game-high 17 points and Constein hit for 15 as the double figure scorers. Boomsma (9), Kilgore and Baker (6 each) and Redcay and Gote (2 each) also contributed.

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Frazier Nets 19 as Columbia Holds Off Elco January 14, 2018

At the halfway point of the winter sports season, the Columbia teams continue to build momentum for the post-season that will begin in about a month.

Here is your weekly recap of sports activities on the hill.

Saturday was a big day at Columbia's Elmer Kreiser Gym as the Crimson Tide celebrated its 100th year of boys' basketball with a doubleheader of varsity basketball and a 90 minute ceremony honoring the school's 100 years that saw the Tide win 45 championships, including a state title in 1987 and seven District Three championships.

Playing before the largest home crow of the season, which featured more than 150 former players and coaches from the 1940s through the present, the Tide and Pequea Valley girls put on a display of outside shooting that hasn't been seen in decades on the hill.

The Braves and Crimson Tide girls combined for 13 three point baskets, many coming from NBA range. PV's Sommer Reeser was deadly from that range, connecting on eight for the game. She finished with a team-high 21 points. The Tide finished with five treys and got a game-high 23 points from Janeah Neal and 14 from Arianna Newlin. Neal, who has carried the Tide on her back all season, is closing in on 1,000 points for her career.

PV, because of its long distance shooting led 20-18 after eight minutes and 35-31 at the half. Foul problems and a lack of depth in the second half killed the Tide's chances of pulling out a win.

Columbia, already missing one starter since the second game of the season, played the game without a second starter. According to coach Karl Kreiser it is unknown when or if the two girls will return. Kreiser is hoping to possibly get the two starters back by the start of the District Three playoffs next month. Currently the girls are ranked third in the Class AA power ratings behind defending champion Camp Hill and Upper Dauphin.

"Janeah has carried our team," Kreiser said.

Once the final horn sounded, the fans gathered at the game, young and old, and were given a taste of history. The ceremony, with former local radio broadcaster Ed Wickenheiser serving as master of ceremonies, highlighted the 100 years of Columbia boys' basketball. Fred Sample, a graduate from the 1940s and former president of Lebanon Valley College, led the procession of players which ended with the current roster being introduced.

Those who spoke at the ceremony included former coaches Steve Wisler, Gary Sutton, Rick Bentley and Karl Kreiser. All four spoke about the tradition of Columbia basketball and legendary former coach, the late Elmer Kreiser, who coached the Tide for 11 years and won 17 of the school's 45 championships.

Other former coaches in attendance were Ken Haverstick, George Kernisky and Matt Johns. Also returning for the day were several members of the 1987 state championship team.

Once the ovations ended, the Tide boys took the court and treated the crowd to a great display of athleticism in crushing Pequea Valley, 67-29. The fans barely had time to get comfortable in their seats when Jaden Neal, after a steal, threw down a one-hand slam and the Tide was rolling. Neal finished with 21 points and all ten players who dressed for the game scored.

Like the girls, the boys also played without two starters who coach Kerry Glover expects back in the lineup this week for a big three-game week.

"It was great to see all of the legends return from coaches to players. They laid the foundation that we are building on, and it was great for our young men to see. Then my guys played a great game," Glover said.

The Tide basketball teams opened the week with games against Elco and just like the Pequea Valley games, it was a split, with the Tide girls bringing home the win in dramatic fashion.

"We really wanted to win this one," Kreiser said.

Trailing most of the game, the Tide girls righted the ship in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 35-32 to win 58-55.

Once again it was Neal who carried the Tide. She scored 26 points including 14 of 17 from the foul line. She was unstoppable in the second half. Teammate Audreanna Frazier added a season-high 19.

While the Tide girls were celebrating a big game at home, the Tide boys were frustrated at Elco in an 84-48 loss to the Raiders.

The game was tied 28-28 at the half and that would be as close as it would get. Columbia scored just four points in the third quarter, while giving up 30 to fall behind 58-32.

Neal had 19 to lead the Tide, while Matt McCleary contributed 13.

The Tide boys have some work to do if they want to get back to the District Three playoffs as they are 10th in the current Class AAA power ratings.

Wrestling

The numbers are the big issue for the Tide. They have just two wrestlers on the team but one of them is having a very good season.

Marcus Falcon is ranked in the top five of the 160 weight class in District Three Class AA. Last week Falcon went 4-1 in a dual meet and team competition.

Against Lebanon, neither team had a full roster as the Tide lost to the Cedars 38-12. Falcon won his match by forfeit and for the second time this season, as the "one man band", went 3-1 with a pin and a major decision as the Tide was swept at the Little Dutchmen Duals at Annville-Cleona High School.

In that Lebanon meet, the Tide's only other wrestler, Michaelangelo Stewart, won his match at 195 pounds by a first period pin. Stewart did not wrestle at Annville-Cleona.

Bowling

The Crimson Tide bowling team who lost two matches last week, falling to Cocalico 7-0 and Northern Lebanon by a 5-2 score.

Shane Kinser continues to lead the way for the Tide bowlers. Against Cocalico, Kinser rolled a 530 series with a high game of 193. Others performing well against the Eagles were Amy Reigel with a 420 series, Katalina DeSilva with a 346 and Javon Jackson with a 317.

In a 5-2 loss to Northern Lebanon, Kinser bowled a 561.

Schedule

The wrestling team will be home on Thursday for a match with Annville-Cleona and travels to Donegal on Saturday morning for a make-up match from early December.

In boys' basketball, the Tide is on the road this week until Saturday when they host a non-league game with cross-river rival Eastern York, with a special varsity tip off of 3:45. p.m.

The girls conclude the week with a home game against Annville-Cleona.

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Diffenderfer Nets 28 in Hard-Fought Section Loss January 12, 2018

After opening up with an extremely tense but hard fought 43-42 win over host Cocalico two weeks ago, the lady Indians found themselves in another nail biter when they took on Solanco last Tuesday on their home court. They came out on the other side of that one in a 72-70 win by the Mares in the final seconds.

The ladies finished with another home matchup, this time with Middletown on Thursday but only briefly held a lead on the Raiders who took off running and finished by handing Donegal a 75-60 defeat.

The results place Donegal (3-3) in fourth place in Section Two behind Solanco (3-2) and Manheim Central (3-2) in third place, Ephrata (4-2) in second place and Lampeter-Strasburg (6-0) in first.

In what was to be the first back-to-back wild endings for the ladies, they took to the court against Cocalico in a very evenly played contest in which Donegal only led 21-17 at halftime.

"We knew it would be a tough second half if we didn't have another player get hot on offense," commented head coach Thomas Baughman. "With Kiera Baughman running point guard and slowing down our half-court offense, it opened up Cheyenne Livelsburger for a career high game. She was terrific in the second half with 12 points and 18 total."

Baughman ended the game with 13, while Carly Diffenderfer added six, Sumer Steffy put up five, and Madeline Gohn tallied one.

After both teams put up 11 points each in the third and played a lot of back-and-forth through the final frame, it was the final 30 seconds of the game that decided it all.

Down by one point and forcing a turnover, Cocalico took possession with 22 seconds left and with only three seconds remaining took a shot that was tipped out of bounds by a Donegal defender, giving the Eagles one final chance.

Donegal was able to rebound the resulting errant shot and held on for a well-earned victory that garnered praise from their coach. "The girls really dug deep in the final minute of that game and showed a lot of character by picking each other up and working together to achieve the victory against a good section rival Cocalico."

Against Solanco it was the fourth quarter in which things turned against the ladies. After stretching an 18-17 first quarter lead to 53-47 at the end of the third, Donegal was outscored 25-17 in the final frame and surrendered the game winning shot with only two seconds remaining.

Led by senior guard Carly Diffenderfer's 28 points, the lady Indians took it down to the wire and with the Mares leading by three, Baughman hit a game tying 3-pointer only to have Solanco re-take a two point lead with less than a minute to go.

"Now it was a time out situation, I knew we needed to remain calm on offense and find the layup to tie this thing up," stated Coach Baughman.

Livelsburger was able to do just that when Alice Fernald's screen allowed Baughman to feed her for the game tying shot.

Solanco, however, found the game winner with only two seconds remaining to put an end to a well-played game by both sides. "It was a hard fought battle to the end. Our girl's just need to play with the same sense of urgency all four periods," stated Baughman. "I am proud of their fight in this game tonight."

Thursday's game with Middletown was less suspenseful, unfortunately, as Donegal held the lead briefly in the opening minutes of play, but watched as the Raiders widened a slight 17-15 lead in the first to 32-29 at halftime and then outscored a sleeping Indians offense 24-8 in the third.

Diffenderfer led all scorers with 24 while Baughman tallied 18, including two 3-pointers. Fernald had five, followed by Livelsberger (4), Summer Steffy (3), and then Gohn, Morgan Creek, and Alexandra Daly who each scored two.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The Donegal boys found themselves on the winning end of a three game stretch that began with a tight 56-53 victory over Cocalico two Friday's ago in front of the home crowd in Mount Joy and was followed the next day by a 63-37 losing effort on the road in a non-league matchup with Chambersburg.

The Indians were able to regroup, however, and finish with a solid 66-33 win over Solanco last Tuesday in Quarryville which, at the time, increased their record to 3-3 and placed them in a three way tie for third place with Elizabethtown and Cocalico.

Leading by 10 points after the third period against the Eagles, Donegal was able to withstand a furious comeback bid by Cocalico that saw the visitors put up 23 points in the fourth after tallying only 30 up to that point in the game.

With help from Abdalla Ibrahim and Avery Walker, who both put up 16 points to lead the team, the Indians answered with 16 in the final frame which proved to be just enough to hold off the surging Eagles.

A strong defensive effort by Donegal in the second quarter, where the Indians only surrendered five points, erased a 12-10 deficit and sent them into the locker room at the break with a 24-17 lead.

Ibrahim's efforts beyond the arc accounted for nine of the senior's total points on the night while Walker was on fire from the foul line going 6-8. Michael Lyons, Andrew Stwalley, and Elijah Swanigan scored six points apiece followed by Frank Devitz (3), Reed Licopoli (2), and Dalton Mulhausen (1).

Against Chambersburg, the boys never held the lead beyond the opening minutes of play, although it was close at 11-8 after the first quarter.

The Trojans were able to contain Donegal on offense for most of the game while steadily stretching the margin of victory over the course of the afternoon, but Walker was still able to slip through the cracks and put up 17 of his own while Swanigan managed eight including two 3-pointers.

Donegal was impressive at the line as they did not miss a single free throw, but the impact was minimal as the Indians only had five attempts throughout the game.

Lyons chipped in with four points while Ibrahim and Stwalley each accounted for three and Cameron Kurtz scored two in the loss.

Solanco proved to be just what Donegal needed as the Indians put the Trojans in the rearview and beat the Golden Mules by 13 last Tuesday. Walker lit up the floor on the way to a 27 point effort in a game where Donegal held only a slim two point lead at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room to start the third, an inspired Donegal team put up 22 points and increased that lead to 11 with a score of 53-42 before finishing things off in the fourth.

Lyons and Swanigan each scored 11 points in the winning cause while Licopoli added 10, and Stwalley tallied seven.

WRESTLING

While Northern Lebanon maintained its stranglehold on Section Three and remained unbeaten, Donegal took its first loss of the season against Annville-Cleona last Wednesday at home as the Dutchmen stormed into Mount Joy and took down the Indians 48-26.

Facing a 30 point deficit after giving up a fall in each of the first five bouts, Donegal was finally able to get on the board when Will Small worked his way into an 8-2 decision over Daniel Tobias at 160.

Over the final eight bouts of the meet, the two teams traded wins, including one forfeit apiece, with Kyle Bixler making the score 33-8 with an 18-3 technical fall over Caleb Turner at 182 before Cael Rapp needed only 27 seconds to flatten Dion Lopez at 220 to make it 39-14.

Ethan Herr gave the Indians their final earned points of the meet with a 2:39 fall over Gavin Knox at 106 pounds in 2:39 and Jeremy Algoe accepted a forfeit at 120 pounds for the final points of the night.

With the loss, Donegal fell to 2-1 in the section and was in third place behind Pequea Valley (3-1) with both teams chasing Northern Lebanon (5-0).

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Lady Bucks Notch Come-Back Win Over Warwick January 12, 2018

The Lady Buckskins maintained an even league record, now 3-3, after splitting two matchups last week.

In an exciting comeback win over Warwick, the Lady Bucks earned a convincing 50-35 final after trailing by four at the half.

Despite only collecting 16 points in the first half, CV played solid basketball and knew the fundamentals would pay off in the long run.

"They hit shots and we didn't...it happens, so you can't panic," explained head coach Doug Helsel.

Tearing up the third quarter, the Lady Bucks went on a 21-7 scoring surge.

"We switched up defenses a bit in the third quarter, which produced baskets, which produced confidence, which produced more baskets," elaborated Helsel. "We encouraged sticking with the game plan, being patient with our shots starting to fall."

As Helsel predicted, those shots indeed continued to fall, and the Bucks carried a comfortable double-digit cushion through the fourth quarter.

CV's leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, once again set the pace offensively, leading all scorers with 19 points. Savannah Generella knocked in 12 points, and Marissa High netted two three-pointers as part of her eight points.

The win over Warwick came after a 49-39 loss to Elizabethtown. The Buckskins matched the Bears point for point in the second and third quarters, but the Bears edged ahead during the first and fourth. The Bears also gained an edge with their 17 points from the line.

Reed made a big offensive push for the Bucks, netting 20 points, supported by Amber High's 13, but CV was unable to gather enough to take the lead.

RIFLE

CV's rifle team is leading Section I after a three-win week, which bumps their total victories to five. The squad earned their three triumphs by overcoming Governor Mifflin, Wilson and Ephrata in rapid succession.

A 494-485 success in their pairing against Governor Mifflin was led by sophomore Madeleine King's perfect 100. King's performance was accompanied by a 99 from Lexus Henkel, and three 98s contributed by Alex Stoudt, Darren McGallicher, and Montana Habecker.

"Our 494 tied our high score this season," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Overall I am pleased with the progress of our team. However, I still don't feel as though we have shot our maximum potential yet," he elaborated.

"It would be nice to see all nine of our shooters shoot his/her potential each match," Oxendine went on to say. "In order for us to compete with the top teams in the league, we need to shoot in the high 490's."

Not quite reaching that mark, but still taking the contest by an impressive margin, CV outshot Wilson 490-478 the following day.

Habecker took her turn leading the Buckskin shooters with a 99. Similar to their prior matchup, CV again had three 98's on the board, this time supplied by King, Dana Witmer, and Stoudt. A 97 from Chase Miller rounded out the CV top five.

In a nine-shooter duel against Ephrata, the Bucks handed the Mountaineers their first loss, 882-878. All nine Buckskin shooters shot 95 or above.

Stoudt and Henkel each nailed a perfect 100; Miller and King put up a pair of 99s; Witmer, Habecker, and Avalea Burmudez hit 98s; and Samuel Lorenz and McGallicher rounded out the team with 95s.

SWIMMING

Brutal cold and inclement conditions have wreaked havoc on the Buckskins' swimming schedules, but that didn't slow them down in the pool as both the boys and girls' squads took home victories in last week's league meets against Lampeter-Strasburg and Manheim Central.

CV girls dominated the individual events in the 97-72 win over Lampeter-Strasburg, claiming five first place finishes, and tacked on two relay wins to the night's achievements.

Freshman Karli Raasch racked up the points taking first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.4), the 200 IM (2:12.46), and participated in both first-place relay teams.

Lauren Nedrow brought home the best time in 100 backstroke (1:09.14), Sarah Marston touched first in the 100 butterfly (1:11.04), and Avery Heisey won the 100 free (1:01.06).

In addition to their individual honors, Nedrow, Raasch, Marston, and Heisey teamed to win the 200 medley in 2:01.12.

Heisey, Jacqueline Thornton, Nina Kramer, and Raasch also bested Lampeter in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:50.65.

Against Manheim Central, the Lady Bucks not only notched an impressive 122-44 win, but swept top spots in all events, finishing first in all three relays and eight individual events.

It was a big night for Kramer taking first place in the both individual freestyle events, with a 1:05.25 in the 100 and 2:24.01 in the 200.

Nedrow posted best times in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.28), and the 100 butterfly (1:08.51).

Ashley Nolt claimed the 50 free (28.44), Kyla Pham the 500 free (6:46.36), Anna Cutler the 100 back (1:16.89), and Aubrey Lester the 200 IM (2:46.05).

The relay portion of the contest was equally successful for CV. Karli Monger, Raasch, Thornton, and Cutler clocked a 2:04.62 time in the 200 medley.

Monger and Raasch teamed up with Heisey and Giovanina Bell for a first touch in the 200 free (1:59.95) and Laurel Tuckey joined Thornton, Monger, and Cutler to take the 400 Free in 4:32.24.

The boys' wins over Lampeter-Strasburg 105-62, and Manheim Central 91-58 marked their first two league victories, and included a host of individual and relay first place finishes.

Against Lampeter, Micah Leaman took the 100 free (53.94), and 200 IM (2:13.02). Michael Raasch won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.99) and 100 butterfly (59.93) and Auden Block was tops in the 200 free (2:03.37), and Nick Lynam the 50 free (22.45).

CV swept the relays with times of 1:43.84 in the 200 medley, 1:36.06 in the 200 free, and 3:44.32 in the 400 free.

Against Manheim Central, Block topped the 200 IM (2:24.52) and the 500 free (5.39.66). Sheldon Hertzler added wins in the 100 backstroke (1:06.67) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.08) and Raasch brought home the final individual event win with a 1:55.9 in the 200 free, in addition to being a part of both first-place relay teams.

Block and Raasch were joined by Nicholas Kramer and Jarod Steed to collect the 200 medley relay time to beat of 1:57.48.

Hertzler, Raasch, Julian Tarache, and Nikolas Pham teamed for the 400 free posting a winning time of 4:03.3.

WRESTLING

In their sole contest of the week, the wrestling team took down McCaskey with authority in a 55-21 home victory.

Conrad Dillman got the match off to a promising start, winning his bout by major decision to earn the first four points. Gaining momentum, the Bucks went on to claim six consecutive bouts, racking up 34 unanswered points, including pins from Josh MacNamara at 170, and Eddie Lopez at 195.

"Conrad Dillman's major decision of a really solid wrestler in the opening bout of the night helped to set a really good tone for his teammates, and we seemed to maintain this through most of the bouts that followed," praised head coach Trent Turner.

Having to forfeit four bouts in the duel continued to put McCaskey at a disadvantage. The Tornados gained some footing in later bouts, but CV's Rafael Rodriguez (113) and Cameron Kistler (126), each added a fall to keep confidence high. Seth Martin (132) earned an additional three points for CV by decision.

"Our team is starting to get a little stronger now," noted Turner. "McCaskey was a little undermanned, but we were more aggressive and had a greater team spirit than in past duals so the final score was a bit reflective of this."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

It was a grueling three game stretch on the road for the boys' basketball team, dropping league contests to both Lebanon and Warwick, but picking up an exciting victory over Eastern York.

In their triumph over Eastern York, the Buckskins made the most of the final quarter, battling back from a seven-point deficit to win 67-66 at the buzzer.

A fairly even first half tipped slightly in favor of York, with the scoreboard reading 28-25. York stretched that lead to seven entering the fourth quarter. With a major surge, the Buckskins turned the tables in the final eight minutes outscoring York 27-19.

"We were in the bonus during the fourth quarter and wanted to be aggressive taking the ball to the basket," pointed out head coach Brad Herr on their dynamic final push. "That provided us with some opportunities for layups, coupled with some inside-outside looks from beyond the arc."

Jordan Ransing, Joe Cardina, Austin Monroe, and Logan Monroe capitalized on those opportunities, hitting shots from downtown during the offensive explosion.

Keeping in mind that it takes effort on both ends of the floor to produce such success, Herr highlighted the defensive contributions that made it possible.

"Defensively, we went into our full court press and were able to generate some steals and rushed shots, resulting in some opportunities for us at the offensive end. Jordan [Ransing] and Joe [Cardina] made some critical stops and secured several rebounds that gave us chances to convert our defense into offense," praised Herr.

The tight game came down to the wire, and as time expired A. Monroe laid in his final two points, bringing his game total to 20 and putting CV on top just before the buzzer.

In the 51-49 loss to Lebanon the Buckskins got off to an early lead, but Lebanon's systematic and consistent three remaining quarters chipped away at that advantage, and gave them just enough to edge out CV.

The Buckskins showed range in the attack with L. Monroe leading the offense with 15. Bradley Stoltzfus and A. Monroe each gathered 11 points, and Jordan Ransing hit double figures with 10.

In the 64-51 loss at Warwick, the Warriors got ahead early and maintained the lead at the end of each quarter. Despite the loss, the CV boasted four different scorers in double digits led by L. Monroe's 13, A Monroe 12, Ransing 11, and Cardina 10.

BOWLING

After a three-game losing streak, the bowling team picked up a much-needed win collecting a 7-0 sweep over McCaskey.

Ryan Graham paced the Bucks rolling a 765 series. Andrea Gribble came up with the second highest contribution, a 630 series, and Robbie Jack added a 625.

The team dropped a league contest, 5-2, to Ephrata last week, but despite the loss, Graham continued to shine, producing the highest individual game score of 246, and the highest series of the night with a 699 (243, 210, 246).

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Comets Face Falcons, Streaks Back-to-Back January 12, 2018

The Comets returned to Section One play with back-to-back outings last week, hosting Cedar Crest Tuesday and traveling to Neffsville one night later.

The hosts, definitely lacking in size this season, fell behind early against the Falcons and never really got on track, bowing out 66-35. Crest dropped in three triples in the first quarter and knocked down 19 points and canned three more in the second, all from the hand of game-high scorer Cole Laney (21 points) and led 41-22 at the half. Morrison Reed scored all seven of his points in the first quarter and Josiah Edwards added seven of his 10 in the second frame. Drew Greenawalt finished with six points, hitting 3-point buzzer beaters at the end of both the second and third quarters. Kevin Roldan also hit for six points.

The Comets got off to a good start in Neffsville Wednesday but couldn't hold on, eventually dropping a heart-breaker, 59-56 to the Streaks.

Colin Morrison netted all nine of his points in an opening quarter that saw the visitors take a 15-8 lead. Township, behind Brendan Mellott's eight points, gained ground in the second frame, outscoring the Comets 22-9 for a 30-24 advantage at the half.

Not to be out done, Manor, behind a seven point effort by Edwards, and three pointers by R. Morrison, Greenawalt and Ty Erisman, outscored the Streaks 20-13 for a 44-43 advantage with eight minutes left.

That momentum, however, fell short down the stretch. Township's Tyler Crespo netted 8 of his 10 points and Will Greiner added a pair of three's, helping the hosts to a 16-12 final frame advantage and the win.

Roldan was Manor's spark down the stretch, splashing in eight of his team-high 11. Edwards followed with 10 points, while Greenawalt, Morrison and Morrison each chipped in with nine apiece.

The Comets came into league play last week after suffering a 61-58 overtime loss to West York as part of the War of the Roses Tournament on Saturday, January 6.

The Comets saw a 45-41 lead evaporate in the fourth quarter due in part to a 5-for-13 free throw shooting effort and seven turnovers. The result was an 18-9 final quarter rally by West York that forced the extra period.

The Comets went back in front, 55-52. West York's Jared Shearer, however, dropped in a trey to tie the game and Dayvon Cortez poured in the final nine points to hold off the Comets. Shearer and Cortez each finished with 18 points.

Roldan led a quartet of double figure scorers with a team-best 13. Drew Greenawalt finished with 11 and Josiah Edwards and Colin Morrison each netted 10.

BOWLING

The Comet bowlers, with three straight shutouts under their belt, last Tuesday collected three of the top four scores of the day and edged Cedar Crest 5-2 in a home match.

"We won the first game by 108 pins but they came back in the second game and beat us by 75," recalled head coach Nick Vital. "That third game went down to the wire and we pulled out a win by 15 pins."

The Falcons notched the top score (724) but Dan Mease, who opened with a 257, Nick Mease, who's top game was a 244, and sophomore Jordan Kahler followed. D. Mease finished with a 718 series, N. Mease added a 695 and Kahler rolled a 636.

One day later the Comets gathered their sixth straight win, blanking Elizabethtown 7-0.

"There is never an easy match this time of year," said Vital, "but the guys were on a roll and beat E-town by 400 pins. We seem to be gaining momentum right now."

Michael Morris rolled the top series of the day (223-275-236 - 734) and Kahler, with the high game of the day (279) finished second with a 697 series. D. Mease's 664 series made it a top three sweep.

"Michael had a big match," said Vital. "He's starting to show some leadership."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday night in Lebanon, the Comets got off to a slow start and while their scoring picked up throughout the game the visitors couldn't stop the hosts and dropped a 53-35 Section One outing.

Held to two field goals in the first quarter, one by Alyssa Schriver and another by Ella Hart, the Comets fell behind 11-4. In a low scoring second frame, Manor got one point back but was on the short end of a 17-11 halftime score.

The Comets matched their first half scoring output in the third quarter but the Falcons exploded for 21 to pull away. Manor held Crest to three fourth quarter field goals but the hosts canned 8-of-12 free throws to remain in front.

Schriver dropped in a game-high 15 points but was Manor's only double figure scorer. Carroll Macy chipped in with nine points.

In Thursday's makeup game with Manheim Township, a valiant fourth quarter comeback fell just short of a victory as the Comets bowed 44-43 to the Streaks in Millersville.

Down 32-24 heading into the final quarter, Schriver netted nine of her team-high 12 points and Hart added six of her ten as the hosts outscored the Streaks 19-12 only to fall short by one.

"Down 44-41 we called a timeout to set up for a 3-point shot," said head coach Megan Collins. "We couldn't get that shot off, instead missed a long two, grabbed the rebound and Nevaeh Neal scored a layup with .5 left.

"I was extremely proud of them and how hard they played," she added. "We played with a lot of heart and no matter how many times they went ahead, we found a way to fight back and never gave up."

Nasheyla Greggs finished with 8 points, Carroll added 7 and Miriam Badri and Danielle Heisey added 2 each.

The Comets fall to 3-3 in Section One while the Streaks sit on top at 6-0.

WRESTLING

Wednesday's league match against visiting Cocalico was a big one. The Eagles', having previously defeated CV and Solanco, left Millersville with a 45-18 win and sit on top of the Section One standings.

Looking closely at the match, in the 11 bouts actually wrestled, the Eagles won six, posting two pins, a tech fall and a major, securing what would have been a tighter 27-18 result. The Comets, however, forfeited three bouts, giving Cocalico an easy 18 additional points.

"They're tough from top to bottom," stated head coach Mike Fowler.

The Comets got bonus points from Tanner Stefanick, who posted a 15-0 tech fall over Dylan Rapp, and Trevor Grassel with a major over Seth Fritz (113).

"Trevor, a sophomore, wrestled a kid who was fifth at leagues last year," noted Fowler. "He's been winning key matches lately. And Tanner has been on fire since he dropped to 106 a few weeks ago."

That 9-0 advantage went to the wayside when Cocalico won three of the next four bouts, including a 4-0 win by Josiah Gehr over Nick Fafel (126).

Chad Mowbray's exciting 13-7 decision over Trevor Hale interrupted Cocalico's run.

Kole Marley (152) earned a 9-8 decision, breaking an 8-8 tie with Devin Sensenig with an escape with 40 seconds left and Nick Baker's 8-2 decision at 160 rounded out the Comet scoring.

"Less than a month ago Kole lost to Alex May 11-3," Fowler recalled. "Tonight he wins.

"Nick has been pretty solid this year and Chad improved to 12-8. Almost every guy on the team had some bright spots even in their losses. So from here we will work on our weaknesses and continue to grow as a team."

Saturday, December 6 was a busy day for the Comets. They went 4-1 at the Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley High School and finished in third place in the 16 team tournament.

Despite forfeiting at least two weight classes in each match, the Comets won big. They opened with a 59-19 win over Panther Valley, picked up a 51-24 result over Wissahickon and ran over No. Schuylkill 63-15 before bowing out 41-27 against a tough Wilson Boro squad. The Comets rebounded with a hard-fought 37-35 win over Shikellamy to finish third overall.

"The guys wrestled well in those first three matches," said Fowler. "We had a lot of good wins and things went about as planned. The win against Shikellamy, however, was pretty exciting."

Manor jumped out to a 10-0 lead with a major by Baker (160) and a fall by Marquis Sweigart.

Shikellamy came back with a fall at 187, Manor forfeited at 195, dropped a 10-5 decision at 220 and then forfeited at heavyweight to fall behind 21-10.

With eight bouts left to make up the ground, Manor started with Stefanick's 37 second fall at 106 and Grassel provided some motivation with a 3-2 thriller. Down 2-0 going into the second period, Grassel escaped and then scored a takedown for the 3-2 edge. He finished on top in the third for two minutes and cut the lead to 21-19.

Dylan Coleman's 48 second fall at 120 put the Comets in front, 25-21 but Shikellamy came back with a 4-0 decision over Fafel, who went 4-1 on the day.

Holding a one point lead with four bouts left, Rogers earned a 1:56 fall at 132 and Mowbray sealed the deal with a 49 second fall at 138. Shikellamy took the final two bouts of the night, winning by tech fall and pin but it wasn't enough.

Rogers, a freshman, and Stefanick both went 5-0 with four falls and a forfeit and Coleman, also a freshman, went 3-0 with three falls.

SWIMMING

In Section One competition last week the Comets hosted Manheim Township but didn't have the depth to pull off the upsets. The Streaks came into Millersville with identical 4-0 overall records and left with one better. The boys' dropped a 118-52 result and fell to 1-1 in Section action while the girls lost 122-48 and are also 1-1.

"I thought the meet went well," said head coach Eric Urban, "but Township is very strong this year."

Township's biggest edge was going 1-2 in all three relays, a 30 point advantage. They won all but three events.

Sam Lutter was Manor's first winner of the night, taking the 100 fly in 57.61. He also finished second in the 200 IM.

Pan Kunyu followed with a first in the 100 free (51.05) and was second in the 100 back while Jared Stephan's 5:03.74 was the winning time in the 500 free. He also finished second in the 100 breaststroke ahead of teammate Everett Barry who was third.

Andrew Pursel chipped in with a third place effort in the 200 free.

The girls' managed a second place finish in the opening 200 medley relay with the team of Erica Shaub, Alana Breitbach, Jayln Clow and Anna Sugra but recorded just one win on the night, a 1:06.77 by Breitbach in the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore was also second in the 200 IM.

Sugra chipped in with a second in the 200 free and was third in the 100 while Clow added a third in the 100 fly and Shaub was third in the 100 back. Jordyn Kendig added thirds in both the 50 and 500 freestyle events.

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ET Matmen Host L-S in Section Two Clash January 12, 2018

The ups and downs of a wrestling season can be wide ranging. Take for example the Elizabethtown mat-men, fresh off a 3-2 showing at their own Grizzly Duals on Saturday January 6th the Bears hosted Lampeter-Strasburg on the 10th. The result was not what E-town was looking for as the Pioneers left Elizabethtown with a 55-13 victory.

Only three E-town grapplers managed to come out on top in their individual match-ups. The first was Cole Rice at 145. He topped Nick Salgado by an 11-8 count, but that came after three straight Lampeter-Strasburg wins to open the match, making it 13-3 in favor of the Pioneers. Three more L-S victories came before the second E-town win which was David Rich's 8-0 major decision over Logan Davison at 182 pounds. The Elizabethtown fans would not have to wait long for Elizabethtown's third and final victory as Blake Andrews pinned Johnny Franklin just 68 seconds into their 195-pound clash. Lampeter-Strasburg closed out the match by claiming the last five bouts, putting the final at 55-13.

The results at the Grizzly Duals were more favorable to the Bears as comfortable wins over Dover (52-24) and Eastern York (43-26) combined with a narrow victory over Southern Huntingdon (37-32) countering losses to McCaskey (45-34) and Palmyra (42-38).

Four different wrestlers made it through the five-match gauntlet with a pristine 5-0 mark. Cameron Olson did his work at 132 pounds while Javan Thomas spent his time at 170. Noah Myers and Andrews split their time between multiple weight classes. Myers picked up four of his wins at 220 with the fifth coming at 285 while Andrews earned three of his victories at 195 with the final two coming at 182. Three additional Bears survived the day with just one loss. Rice earned four wins at 145 while Cayden Livingston did all of his work at 160 pounds. The final grappler to reach that plateau was Rich who picked up three of those W's at 182 and the fourth at 195.

BOWLING

The bowling team experienced the best of times and the worst of times in their most recent two matches. E-town topped Manheim Central by a 7-0 count on January 9th only to come back one day later and fall to Penn Manor by the same count. Despite the 1-1 stretch head coach Frank Telenko remains positive.

"I am pleased with how hard the kids are working at practice and the upperclassmen are learning how to lead," Telenko stated.

Katelyn Garman and Patrick Hoffmaster led the charge against the Barons, both topping the 700-pin mark. Garman tallied a match high 716 series with games of 251, 228 and 237 while Hoffmaster checked in with a 706-series put together with games of 247, 232 and 227. The two juniors might have led the way but it was sophomore Andrew Telenko that stole the show. The kegler rolled a match high 278 in his first game before dropping to a 167 in game two. Beth Vuxta and Logan Hoover also bowled just the first two games. Vuxta finished with games of 169 and 209 while Hoover had scores of 206 and 182. Telenko rounded out the match with three new bowlers taking part in the third game. Nikki Lee finished with a 222, Bradley Ruth a 212 and Tyler Freeman a 165.

SWIMMING

The boys' swim team made their first big splash of the season with an 86-83 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on January 9th. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way with two individual wins coupled with two relay wins. Mueser posted the fastest times in both the 50 freestyle (23.06) and the 100 butterfly (56.04) while Azzalina was the quickest in the 100 freestyle (52.77) and the 100 backstroke (59.24). Dylan Quinn claimed the final individual win for Elizabethtown, posting a 1:10.49 in the 100 breaststroke. Quinn was also a member of the two victorious relay teams, he along with Azzalina, Mueser and Stuart Readinger claimed the 200-medley relay in 1:51.88 and the 400 freestyle in 3:39.89.

The Lady Bears just missed their second win of the season, instead settling for an 85-85 tie with the Lady Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg. Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael each picked up an individual event win but not before teaming with Abbi Dehmey for a win in the 200-medley relay, clocking a 2:01.03. Walsh kicked off the solo wins, posting a 1:03.33 in the 100 backstroke while Fink claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.41 and Rachael the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.94.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Eight. That is the current number of consecutive victories from the Lady Bear basketball team after wins over Conestoga Valley and Hempfield. The winning streak took E-town from a so-so 2-2 overall mark to their current 10-2 mark while slotting the Lady Bears into second place in Section One, with a 5-1 record, behind Manheim Township, otherwise known as the last team to defeat Elizabethtown back on December 15th.

The Lady Bears collected their eighth straight win on January 9th with a 43-23 shellacking of Hempfield. Led by Autumn Royer and Marena Lonardi, E-town did the bulk of their damage in the second quarter. The pair combined to score 12 of Elizabethtown's 19 points in the frame, helping to turn a five-point lead into a 19-point cushion. The Knights managed to get through the third frame with a 12-7 edge, reducing the Lady Bear lead to 14 points but that was short lived as E-town came roaring back in the final frame, outscoring Hempfield 8-2 to set the 20-point final margin.

Royer finished with a game high 15, seven in the pivotal second quarter while Lonardi ended up with 10 points, half coming in the second quarter.

A few nights prior the Lady Bears took down Conestoga Valley by a 49-39 final. Only five players scored for Elizabethtown in the 10-point victory led by Lonardi's game high 25 points. Behind the work of the standout junior E-town jumped out to a six-point lead after eight minutes, played even-up with the Lady Buckskins through the middle quarters before outscoring CV 12-8 in the final frame.

Royer was the only other Lady Bear in double figures with 12 points. Amber Orban and Samantha Stackhouse added five points apiece while Sydney Pierson picked up the final two points.

AIR RIFLE

The Elizabethtown rifle team dropped their second match of the season on January 10th, falling to Ephrata 498-493. David Buckwalter was the lone Bear to record a perfect score while three Mountaineers matched Buckwalter's 100. Caleb Flores and Gage Schatz fell just short, finishing with matching 99s while Matthew Risbon (98) and Madison Garner (97) rounded out the E-town top five.

One day earlier the Bears managed a 496-492 win over Manheim Central. This time Risbon and Flores reached the 100 mark while Buckwalter was one shot back with a 99. Garner joined Buckwalter with a 99 while Mackenzie Smith joined the top five with a score of 98.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team has been busy, knocking four games off their 2017-2018 slate over the course of six days. The Bears split those four games and now sit at 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Section Two play.

"We've shown flashes of being really, really good and then we've shown flashes of reverting back to bad habits," said second year head coach Rocky Parise. "But overall the kids are so focused, they are listening, they are playing hard and they are doing everything that we ask them to do which is a really, really positive thing."

Some flashes of good came in back-to-back wins over Garden Spot and Susquehannock on January 5th and 6th. E-town toppled Spot on the 5th behind 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists from Larry Locker coupled with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists from Amos Kollie. Elijah Eberly added 11 points and 12 rebounds while Dylan Sweger chipped in with 11 points.

Behind all that offensive firepower the Bears jumped out to a 26-15 lead after the opening frame and never looked back. The Spartans mounted a minor comeback bid in the second and fourth quarters but Elizabethtown was able to keep Spot from doing too much damage during their brief runs.

One day later the Bears found themselves at Manheim Central to take part in the "War of Roses" where teams from the Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA faced off. E-town faced Susquehannock and managed a 52-46 victory. The Bears outscored Susquehannock in all but the third frame where Susquehannock held a 12-7 edge. Elizabethtown pushed their lead back to the six-point final tally with a 15-10 run through the fourth. Eberly netted a game high 13 points while Kollie (12 points) and Sweger (11 points) provided double digit back-up.

The Bears stumbled on January 9th, falling to Cocalico by a 59-52 final. "Yeah, the Cocalico one hurt," said Parise of the seven-point loss. "We did not have a good first half but we came out and turned up the heat defensively in the third quarter and had a seven or eight-point lead going into the fourth and just completely broke down in the fourth."

The difficult first half that Parise mentioned resulted in a 25-18 halftime deficit but as the skipper pointed out, they controlled the third quarter to the tune of a 22-8 run. That flipped the seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead with just eight minutes remaining. The Eagles capitalized on a few Bear turnovers and cruised through the fourth on a 26-12 run. The end result of the wild second half was a 59-52 Cocalico victory. Cade Robinson tallied a team high 18 points while Locker added 16 pints but the pair barley combined to outscore Cocalico's Aidan Trynasky who dropped 32 points in the win.

Elizabethtown suffered a second straight loss one night later, traveling to the West Shore to face Cedar Cliff. Behind a trio of double digit scorers, the Colts posted a scoring advantage in all four quarters. Gerald Jarmon netted a game high 24 points while Justin Gause and Patrick Wiestling chipped in with 16 and 12 points respectively. Locker finished with a team high 18 points in the loss.

With back-to-back losses on the books Parise remains upbeat.

"I'm happy with how hard the kids are playing, how focused they are and how they are playing unselfish as a team," said Parise. "I think that is the biggest difference this year compared to last and I am really proud of them for that."

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Lady Chargers Earn Two Conference Wins January 12, 2018

The Lady Chargers jumped into the New Year in search of their first conference victory, and last week they secured two.

Taking down West Shore Christian on Tuesday by a 21-point margin the Lady Chargers are beginning to find their roles and reap the benefits of their efforts.

After a low-scoring first quarter (4-3), the Chargers caught fire in the second going on a 16-4 scoring blitz to extend their lead to 13 heading into the second half.

"We are playing more consistent team offense, cutting down on turnovers and making better passes to put our teammates in good positions to score," pointed out head coach Phil Ferrari.

Free throw shooting also proved to be a factor. The Chargers shot over 60 percent from the line, netting 12-of-19 attempts, contrasted with West Shores 2-of-10.

Brie Lehman took her turn leading the Chargers in scoring gathering a total of 10 points, including going three-of-three from the free throw line. Emily Wolfe collected the bulk of her points at the line with a four-of-six performance.

Julia Martin and Haley Witmer knocked in eight points apiece to boost the Charger advantage.

"We played well on defense, limiting their best player to six points, and we rebounded the ball very well," summarized Ferrari referring to the Charger's collective 56 rebounds, compared to West Shore's 36.

Witmer brought down the most boards with 11 and Jaylyn Maulfair was close behind grabbing nine.

The Mount Calvary victory over Covenant Christian also started out slowly, but Julia Martin got the Chargers on the scoreboard after five minutes transpired, netting a pair of free throws. Both teams struggled to gain an edge, finishing the first quarter with the game tied at six, but ultimately it was the Chargers who succeeded in the 29-27 final.

Good defense is often the catalyst for kickstarting offensive momentum, and that proved true for the Chargers and the Falcons as they started to gain rhythm. Madison Martin picked off two steals early in the quarter to ignite some Charger offense, and Maulfair added a pair of buckets on the ensuing possessions.

"We played much better on the defensive end, forcing 28 turnovers and making them shoot contested shots," acknowledged Phil Ferrari.

Reacting to the Charger success, the Falcons answered with jumpers of their own and edged ahead 14-12 at the half.

Evenly dispersing their scoring attack, the Chargers gained points from five different players in the third quarter alone, but Covenant continued to retaliate and sunk a buzzer beater to end the third with a 24-23 advantage.

"This is how we have played all year long, we have extreme breadth of scoring," noted Ferrari.

In a low-scoring contest, every bucket makes a huge difference, and Wolfe came up big for the Chargers when they needed it most, driving for a layup to tie the score at 27 before adding the game-winning jump shot.

"Emily [Wolfe] couldn't have timed her contribution better, scoring four points all in the fourth quarter," added Ferrari.

Maulfair was the Charger's high scorer with 10 for the evening, while Witmer and Taylor joined Wolfe with four.

Witmer dominated the boards grabbing 14 rebounds, while Naomi Ewing picked up four steals and dished six assists.

In a third conference matchup prior to their back-to-back successes, the Chargers fell 50-22 to Christian School of York. The Lady Chargers refused to quit but were unable to climb their way out of the deficit created by a 25-9 first quarter.

Brittney Taylor led the offensive efforts with nine points, while Maulfair hauled in 11 rebounds.

"We have had five different players lead us in scoring in our ten games so far," noted Ferrari. "We are still working through learning our roles and we have a lot of youth playing big minutes for us this year."

BOYS BASKETBALL

Experiencing a triple dose of conference competition, the Chargers topped Christian School of York and Covenant Christian just 24 hours apart to boost their conference record to 3-1, before they suffered a defeat at the hands of West Shore Christian.

The final scoreboard at CSY registered 58-46 in favor of the Chargers, with Jack Hilsher blazing the way with 21 points. Twelve of Hilsher's game-high total came from beyond the arc.

Freshman Hunter Stewart also stepped up to make major contributions, netting 12 points including 2-for-2 from the line. Stewart added seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists to his resume for the night.

Tyler Masters was the third Charger player to hit double digits, netting 10 points in the victory.

Wyatt Hawthorne made his presence known, particularly on the defensive end, snatching up 15 rebounds in addition to four blocks.

"It was impressive to see the guys come together as a group," commented head coach Jared Griest. "The biggest thing was ball movement throughout the game. The team was often getting good dribble penetration then kicking out to open shooters."

In their 55-37 win over Covenant Christian, the Chargers held the lead from start to finish, but didn't pull away until the second half.

Sophomore Chip Stambaugh had a standout first quarter, making himself available under the basket for several early layups, and an offensive rebound put back from Wyatt Hawthorne made the score 8-2 in favor of the Chargers midway through the first quarter.

"Playing our two big men has really given us an advantage on the boards, and puts us in a size advantage most nights," Griest noted referring to Stambaugh and Hawthorne. "Chip's been on the verge of a breakout game for about a month now. He shows glimpses of excellence, and last night it came together for him," praised Griest.

Tyler Masters continues to lead with intensity for the Chargers coming up with three steals in the first quarter to give them additional offensive opportunities to pull ahead.

Capitalizing on those opportunities was Aidan Masters, who buried four from three-point range and totaled 15 points in the contest.

"Aidan stepped up and shot the ball extremely well. He recognized a need and took advantage," commented Griest.

As Covenant gained their footing and began to create some offensive prospects of their own, that three-point shooting became a determinant to the Charger success. Collectively the Chargers hit seven baskets from downtown.

Registering a nine-point lead at the half, the Chargers needed to make some second half adjustments to ensure victory.

"The guys stepped up and forced 20 second half turnovers, only allowed 13 second half points, and started finishing around the rim," Griest pointed out regarding the dramatic second half dominance.

A. Master's 15 points led all scorers, with Stambaugh close behind knocking down 14.

After two great successes, the 55-51 loss to the West Shore Christian Bobcats was a tough hit to the Chargers, but not without valuable lessons.

Getting out to a strong start, the Chargers established a double-digit lead heading into the second half of play, but the Bobcats chipped away at that advantage and overtook them in the final minutes of the game to claim the victory at the end of 32 minutes.

"We learned from this contest that little things matter. Some inconsequential early fouls became a major problem for us down the stretch," acknowledged Griest. "We need to learn to continue to attack when we have a large lead."

Hilsher and Masters collected 17 and 12 points respectively, with Hilsher going five-of-five from the line, but despite their efforts, the Chargers were unable to recapture the lead before the final buzzer sounded.

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Lady Spartans Battle League Rival Barons January 12, 2018

It was a heart breaking loss for the Garden Spot girls' basketball team, losing a one-point game to Section Two rival Manheim Central on Tuesday night at home.

After leading by one point at halftime and leading by a basket after three quarters, the Spartans were outscored 17-14 in the final period of a 55-54 defeat.

"We've had a couple of them so far this year," said head coach Kevin Gensemer referring to close games that didn't go in his squad's favor.

"This was a close game - back-and-forth game all the way," he continued. "We missed a three ball, got the rebound and got fouled. We needed both shots to send the game into overtime but made only one free throw."

Garden Spot fell to 2-4 in league play (5-7 overall) while Central improved to 3-1, 4-6.

"We're right there," said Gensemer. "We just have to get over the hump with these close games. We've had three games that could've gone either way."

The Spartans' balanced attack included a 15-point night by Karli Stoltzfus. She scored six times from the field and added three foul shots. Megan Fisher hit one of the team's three-pointers, finishing with 13 points in the game. Olivia Usner, who also drilled a three-pointer, tallied 10 points while Paige Kemper came away with seven points.

Serena Conde led all scorers, putting up 16 for the Barons.

Garden Spot was coming off an impressive 49-32 Section Two victory over Lebanon the previous Friday at New Holland.

The home team came out of the gates with a strong first quarter, outscoring Lebanon 17-7 and taking a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. After holding the Cedars to single-digit scoring in each of the next two periods, the Spartans cruised to victory.

Fisher was the game's leading scorer, netting 16 points. Stoltzfus put up three baskets and five foul shots to finish with 11 points while Kemper chipped in nine points. Usner and Angela Strock each added four points.

The Cedars were led by Giahny Correa, who scored 10 points.

"We came out a little sluggish against Lebanon," Gensemer noted. "We didn't practice because of the weather, but we ended up winning the game.

"In the second half we played a lot better on defense and stepped it up," the coach continued.

WRESTLING

It may not seem like there was much to talk about in Wednesday's 75-6 win by the wrestling team at Ephrata in a Lancaster-Lebanon League dual meet. After all, the Mountaineers forfeited nine of the weight classes, granting 54 uncontested points to the Spartans.

However, the matches that were fought saw strong performances by the wrestlers' head coach Adam Bunting.

"When we have matches like this, we train for those dual meets as if we're wrestling undefeated teams," said Bunting. "It sometimes gives a chance for the guys with less experience to step up their game to help the team. You combine that with the guys who are getting consistent wins and it makes things exciting."

Examples of such wrestlers coming through when their opportunities were presented included Brandon Sabasino and Jacob Warner in the 195- and 285-pound matches, respectively.

"Jacob Warner is our backup heavyweight," Bunting explained. "He didn't wrestle for us last year, but he filled in nicely in the Ephrata match. We were excited to see him get that win."

Warner came through with a pin 4:59 into the heavyweight bout. Sabasino took only 27 seconds to notch a pin.

"Brandon picked up a quick fall," Bunting noted. "He is a senior and has been improving."

In the opening of this match, the Mountaineers forfeited the first six weight classes, spotting Spot a 36-0 lead.

When a match was actually wrestled, it didn't take long for anyone to enjoy watching it as Connor Finkey pinned Josiah Hinerdeer only 16 seconds into the 145-pound bout. His younger brother Drew Finkey followed with an 11-4 decision at 152.

"Drew wrestled a solid match," commented the coach. "He is continuing to work hard and expecting more of himself."

Forfeits followed at 160 and 170 where Nathan Smucker and Jeff Harley, respectively, collected six team points each without taking to the mat. Andrew Myers picked up the Mountaineers's lone points with a last-second pin over Spot's Jacob Zook at 182.

"Jacob was winning that one 5-2," Bunting noted. "He reversed him at the end."

The pin came at the 5:59 mark of the match.

After Sabasino's pin and another forfeit, Warner recorded a third-period pin to wrap things up.

The coach and his squad are looking forward to key matches that would shape the post-season picture for Garden Spot.

"We have the Cocalico Duals the weekend of January 20," he said. "We'll face some tough teams there. "We're on the edge of the playoffs. If we can win the rest of our matches, which we could very well do, we can crack the top 16 in the district."

BOYS BASKETBALL

In a non-league boys' basketball game on the road Saturday evening, the Spartans topped Kennard-Dale 50-38. The game was part of the "War of the Roses" tournament and was played at Manheim Central.

It was an odd game in that the Spartans actually trailed heading into the fourth quarter by a 31-28 margin. However, the offense more than came alive in that period with a 22-point attack.

"From the third quarter and into the fourth, we went on a 19-0 run," head coach Ryan Trupe pointed out. "We scored the final six points of the third quarter.

"Kennard-Dale is a top-five school in Class Quad-A in the district," he added.

Jordan Shewbridge led the scoring with a game-high 21 points, including four three-pointers.

"He didn't get a lot of open looks early on," said Trupe. "He had nine points going into the fourth quarter and scored 12 of his points in the fourth. We had a few of our set plays and he had some opportunities from those. He's a scorer by nature and he just got hot."

Keontae Nunn added 12 points.

Adam Freese led the Rams with 14 points.

"We had a game at Elizabethtown Friday night and turned around to play one Saturday afternoon," Trupe remarked. "You never know what is going to happen."

On Tuesday, the Spartans were back at Manheim Central. This time, however, they were facing the host school in a Section Two contest.

This too was a game where one defining period tipped the scales in the winning team's favor.

"We actually won three of the four quarters but the third quarter killed us," said Trupe.

The Barons outscored the Spartans 21-3 in the third quarter, coming back from a 22-18 halftime deficit. Despite Garden Spot edging Central 22-21 in the fourth it was not enough. The Spartans fell to 6-6 overall and 2-4 in the L-L League as Central posted a 60-47 win.

"It was a combination of things," Trupe said of the third quarter. "Central got hot shooting. We turned the ball over or took quick shots that we didn't want to take. Anytime you come out and turn the ball over on quick shots while the other team is getting hot it's a recipe for disaster."

Andrew Zentner and Kelito Westmoreland each scored 12 points, registering a three-pointer each. Nunn had 10 points and Jacob Arndt added five more.

"We have room for improvement," said Trupe. "We started out hot but now we're hitting a rough patch. I want our team to play the right way and see the results behind it. Our best basketball is ahead of us."

AIR RIFLE

The air rifle team came up short in back-to-back L-L League matches this past week, despite impressive matches by Willoh Robbins, Jared Weaver and Alex O'Neill.

In a 497-487 loss to the Ephrata Mountaineers on Tuesday, the host Spartans had scores of 99 from both Robbins and Weaver. Evan Emch had a 97 while O'Neill and Braden Reel each shot a 96.

The Mountaineers were led by Kyle Good and Samantha Hurst - both of whom shot a perfect 100.

On Friday, January 5, the Spartans visited Manheim Township and were on the short end of a 493-485 final with the Blue Streaks' Jada Bender scoring a 100.

O'Neill and Weaver led the Spartans with 98's on the day. Robbins shot a 97 while Emch and Reel each recorded a 96.

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Glick Nets 24 for Braves Against Annville-Cleona January 12, 2018

In a battle between Section Three rivals, the Pequea Valley boys' basketball team welcomed Annville-Cleona on Tuesday evening.

The Little Dutchmen overcame an early deficit to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. The visitors came out of the gate even faster in the second half, outscoring the Braves 19-4 en route to a 65-47 victory.

Pequea Valley, which fell to 1-5 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League (2-10 overall) did turn it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring A-C by a 24-20 margin. The Dutchmen had come into the game without a league win. With this win they improved to 5-7 overall.

The one player for whom the Dutchmen could not find an answer was PV senior Malachi Glick. He scored 24 of his team's 47 points, hitting from three-point range three times.

Jaylan Neff had a pair of three-point field goals and finished with eight points while teammate Devon Colyer scored six points.

The Dutchmen had a balanced attack as four different players finished with double digits in points. Andrew Long led the team with 14 points while Noah Myers and Donald Friday each tallied 13. Ryan Matthews connected twice from three-point land and had a total of 12 points.

In their previous game, which was played on Saturday January 6, the Braves faced the high-scoring Elco Raiders, who were coming off a 75-68 win at Annville-Cleona.

The Raiders improve to 3-2 in the L-L League with an 83-38 victory over Pequea Valley. They went on to score over 80 points in their next game - an 84-48 defeat of Columbia on Tuesday.

In the Elco game, Glick had the hot hand again, scoring 17 points for PV. He drilled four three-pointers while Colyer connected on one three-point shot and finished with nine points. Nathan Kovalick added six more points.

Asher Kemble made eight baskets and went 4-for-4 at the foul line for his game-high 20 points on the Elco side.

WRESTLING

For the Pequea Valley wrestling team, it has been quite an accomplishment forging ahead to a 3-1 league record despite injuries, illnesses and weather conditions being such negative factors.

"We haven't been able to get into practice much with the snow," head coach David Finger said in a phone interview. "It showed last night."

The night in question where effects of minimal practice time were evident was Wednesday evening when the Braves faced Northern Lebanon at Kinzers. The Vikings posted a 72-6 victory as three of the weight classes were forfeited by the Braves while two others - 126 and 132 - went to Northern Lebanon on injury defaults.

"Obviously the injuries didn't help us plus the three forfeits," Finger added.

Gabe Miller notched a pin at the 145-pound weight class. Pequea's Nate Miller had a tough battle at 220 before coming up short in a 5-2 decision against the Vikings' Luis Negrerios.

One of the team's top wrestlers has also been suffering through an injury.

"Tanner Ball has been battling a sore shoulder," Finger explained. "He may be out another week.

"With sore shoulders and knees, we haven't been able to get our groove," continued the coach. "The flu bug has hit us too."

Also, sophomore Lexi Batton has been out with an injury.

"It certainly has hurt having Tanner and Lexi out," said Finger.

"But we've done fairly well in the league so far," he added. "We have two more league matches coming up. If everybody gets back, we have a good solid team and a shot."

Aside from the Lancaster Catholic Duals where the Braves went 3-2, beating Hanover, LC and Western York, the team's prior match was back on December 21 against L-L League foe Columbia.

With a pin by Nate Miller at 195 and a 6-4 decision by Dylan Jackson, the Braves went on to post a 45-0 victory, collecting 36 points via Crimson Tide forfeits.

Finger did remark that despite the injuries, he is more fortunate this year as he has a potentially complete roster of kids.

"We only had six kids last year - six very tough kids," he recalled. "Even with 14 kids in the room this year, it can be tough keeping them all healthy."

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Pequea girls' basketball team earned its second league win of the season, topping Annville-Cleona on the road Tuesday. The Braves posted a 66-39 victory, taking a 33-17 lead into the second half and continuing to add to the lead. The exclamation point on this win was a 19-9 fourth quarter run. The win improved the Braves' league record to 2-3 (6-4 overall).

"We played very well in the first half, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds," commented head coach Jason McDonald. "In the second half we played a cleaner game and rebounded better."

Pequea's Sommer Reeser made seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points. She also grabbed two steals and registered a block.

Caroline Horst dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. In her all-purpose basketball clinic, Horst also had eight steals and three blocks while finding time to score nine points.

Bethany Bills, who hauled in six rebound, had 10 points, three of which came on a long-range field goal.

Marlena Ferry was also part of the reason McDonald was impressed with the rebounding. She had six boards while also giving out four assists. She nabbed the ball from the A-C side three times and also put up five points.

Clara Neff scored six and pulled down five rebounds.

"Annville-Cleona struggled with our full-court pressure and the pace of our game," McDonald said. "When we trap hard and run the floor like we did in this game, we are tough to beat.

"This is a great group of kids," the coach commented. "They listen, they play hard and they're very scrappy. They want to win."

Pequea Valley improved to 3-3, 7-4 with a Thursday win at home, beating Elco 49-42. The Braves held the Raiders to only five points in the second quarter and six in the fourth.

The third quarter of this game was a wild one. Both teams scored 19 points, heading into the final stanza with the Braves on top 40-36.

Reeser's 18-point production was tops in the game while Julia Nelson led the Raiders with 17.

Bills added 13 more for the Braves and Clara Neff finished with seven points.

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Octorara Varsity Sports Album January 11, 2018

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Eastern Girls Edge West York, 51-19 January 11, 2018

The Eastern girls basketball team found itself at 5-5 just shy of the midway point of the season. However not all .500 records are equal as the Lady Golden Knights were eighth in the District 3-4A rankings, just inside the 10-team field.

As one would expect from a team sporting a 5-5 record the Lady Golden Knights are having trouble staying consistent. "We are not in any rhythm yet but we are not giving up," said head coach Brad Weaver.

To prove Weaver's point, one only needs to look at the two games played on January 3rd and January 5th. "It was a great win. We were really happy about that and it was probably our best game of the season. We all played together," said Weaver of his club's 57-53 victory over previously unbeaten Susquehannock.

Two days later the Lady Golden Knights traveled to Gettysburg and came home after finishing on the wrong end of a 44-41 final.

Against Susquehannock it was a trio of Lady Golden Knights that led the way with Addy Malone dropping a game high 18 points.

Despite coming out of the contest a four-point victor the game started in opposite fashion as Eastern trailed by four after the opening quarter. Eastern York took off on a 16-5 run through the second frame, leading to a 33-26 lead at the break. The Lady Golden Knights needed that cushion in the second half as Susquehannock began chipping away. Eastern was able to do just enough to keep the Lady Warriors at bay in the second half, holding on for the four-point win.

Cassidy Arnold and Hannah Myers backed up Malone with matching 10-point efforts.

The game two nights later played out in similar fashion in that Eastern York was outscored in three of the four quarters. Only this time their third quarter edge was not enough to outlast the Lady Warriors from Gettysburg. Eastern outscored Gettysburg 14-9 in the third but the Lady Warriors held a four-point first quarter advantage, added one more point to their cushion before halftime and regained control of the contest in the fourth after Eastern York worked to the tie the game with their strong third stanza. Mara Weaver was the lone Lady Golden Knight to break double digits, finishing with 13 points. Myers added nine in the loss while Malone and Morgan Winter each finished with seven points.

The Knights eased above the .500 mark last Wednesday when they came from behind to edge West York, 51-49, in a Division II meeting in Wrightsville.

The Knights used a big fourth-quarter to overtake the Lady Bulldogs. Trailing by two, 38-36, the Knights won the final period, 15-11, to pull out the victory.

Arnold dropped in six field goals and a pair of free throws to lead the Knights with 14 points, while Malone and Myers joined her in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Winter added nine points to complete the Knights' scoreboard.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

At roughly the midpoint of the 2017-2018 season, the Eastern boys' basketball team finds itself on the outside of the projected 10 team District 3-4A bracket but still in good shape within the Division II race. The Golden Knights are 5-5 overall, putting them one spot out of the playoff field but their 3-1 Division II mark has them one game back of Dover, the division's undefeated leader.

Division win number three came on January 3rd, a 57-49 triumph over Susquehannock. The Golden Knights claimed the advantage in three of the four quarters which proved to be the recipe needed to hold on for the win. After building a 15-point, 27-12, lead at the break, the Golden Knights nearly let it all slip away with a 22-13 Susquehannock run through the third quarter. Eastern was able to regain control in the fourth with a 17-15 edge leading to the 57-49 final.

Stephen Wisler and Kade Wiley led a quartet of players in double figures with 13 points apiece. Trevor Seitz (12 points) and Demonte Martin (10 points) also joined the club.

Two nights later the Golden Knights fell from the ranks of Division II's unbeaten teams courtesy of a 53-46 overtime loss to Gettysburg. This time it was Eastern York that staged a second half comeback only their push fell short after the Warriors posted a 16-9 edge in the extra frame. The second half push was needed because Gettysburg built a 12-point halftime cushion by outscoring Eastern by six points in both the first and second quarter.

Both sides had trouble getting going in the third with just nine combined points between the teams. Eastern was able to claim a slim 5-4 edge setting up a furious fourth quarter rally that saw the Knights outscore Gettysburg 18-7, forcing overtime as the final horn sounded with the teams deadlocked at 37-37.

The Warriors earned the win with their overtime work, leaving Eastern York with an empty feeling. Seitz netted a team high 15 points, 12 of which came from long range. Wisler nailed three of his own from downtown on his way to 13 points.

The Golden Knights dropped their second straight game on January 6th, falling to Conestoga Valley 67-66 in a "War of Roses" match-up held at West York. This time Eastern's undoing was the fourth quarter where there were outscored 27-19, leading to a one-point loss.

The Golden Knights also started slow against the Buckskins, falling behind by seven, 14-7, after the opening eight minutes. Eastern York rolled through the middle two frames, outscoring CV 40-26, including a 21-11 run in the second. The result was a 47-40 lead heading into the game-changing final stanza.

Martin led the Knights with 17 points while Seitz checked in with 16 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc. Wisler rounded out the trio with 11 points.

WRESTLING

Exciting, thrilling, electrifying, spine-tingling, all words that can be used to describe Eastern York's 42-41 victory over the West York wrestling team on January 9th but head coach Dan Garner went with a simple, "Extremely exciting.

"We battled back and it looked like we didn't have a chance, then we pinned the last three contested matches, and they had an unsportsmanlike conduct. It was exciting."

The match ran the full gamut for Eastern, starting with an 18-0 hole after just three matches.

"We had a little match-up issue at the beginning and that got us behind," recalled Garner.

West York tied the score three matches later then faced the brink of defeat with losses in the next four bouts. It was there, staring at a 42-18 deficit with four matches remaining, where the Golden Knights took over, pulling out the win in what Garner called "a full team effort."

Justin Manganello kicked the comeback off by pinning Terraj DeShields at the 2:30 mark of the 132-pound tangle. The pinfall win not only gave Eastern the needed six team points, but rattled DeShields to the point where he earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing his headgear, costing the Bulldogs one team point. The result was a 41-24 score and the door left just wide enough for a Golden Knight to pass through.

Jonah Dougherty, normally a JV wrestler, stepped into the line-up at 138, and pulled off the improbable by pinning Kyle Hartzel early in the third period. The team bonus points made it 41-30 with just two matches remaining. Nathan Robbins was up next and he did his part by pinning Jordan Billet just past the three-minute mark of the 145-pound clash. Dylan Prugar collected the easiest win of the match sealing stretch, earning a forfeit at 152 to give Eastern the 42-41 victory.

The Golden Knights claimed only three other matches, back-to-back-to-back, starting with Jahshim Snyder's pinfall over Willie Martin at 195. Carl Carbaugh Jr. followed with a pinfall at 220, taking care of Noah Sjoberg with 13-seconds remaining in the match. Nick Hess completed the sweep with an easy forfeit win at 285.

Eastern York spent the first Saturday of the New Year in Elizabethtown participating in the Grizzly Duals.

"We were hoping to do a little bit better," said Garner of the 2-3 mark on the day, "but it was good competition and we got a lot of wrestling in which was key, seeing improvement with the guys as they get more time on the mat."

Both Eastern victories came over familiar foes in Palmyra and Dover, schools the Golden Knights knocked off earlier this year. However, the second time around was drastically different as the first set of wins came by a combined 12 points while the second was by a combined 50 points. "I give those guys all the credit in the world," said Garner of the shocking turnaround. "They took it from the practice room into the match and used the things we talked about and had success with it."

The day started and ended well for Eastern York but in between the Golden Knights suffered losses to Southern Huntingdon (43-29), McCaskey (47-26) and the host Bears (43-26). Eastern opened with a 42-28 win over Palmyra.

"It was a really good start to the day," stated Garner. "We wrestled real well. The guys were aggressive and getting pins." The day ended with a 57-21 victory over Dover to which Garner said, "we wrestled better as a team and we had much better results."

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Oxford Varsity Sports Album January 10, 2018

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Warriors Host Penn Manor Matmen January 8, 2018

Now that the holiday tournament schedule is behind us it is time for teams to begin focusing on the heart of their season and last Wednesday night the Warwick wrestlers had the tall task of trying to topple the Penn Manor Comets from their third place perch in Section One.

Penn Manor, which was 2-1 heading into the meet, and Warwick, which was sitting without a win at 0-2, each surrendered two forfeits on the night, but the equality ended there as the visitors took it to the Warriors in the form of a 51-23 performance.

With each of the four forfeits coming in the final bouts of the evening it was Connor Espenshade who took to the mat first for Warwick at 120 pounds against Owen Rohrer and the two grapplers went after each other for the full six minutes with Espenshade battling from behind into the final seconds.

Down 5-4, he desperately worked for an escape that would have sent the bout into overtime, but Rohrer held on and claimed the three-point decision for the Comets to give them the early lead, which would continue to grow through most of the night.

In fact, only two Warriors earned wins and it wasn't until Luke Hirtzel stepped out for the bout at 152 that Warwick was able to crack the scoreboard.

While the Comets' Kole Marley put up a good fight, Hirtzel proved too much, eventually turning Marley and sticking him in the second period at the 3:41 mark to make the score 24-6.

Three bouts later Logan Boring and A.J Cox squared off at 182 pounds with the Warwick middleweight taking quick control with a flurry of three takedowns in the first period. In each instance Boring allowed Cox to escape before returning him back to the mat.

Boring finished off his 20-5 technical fall in the third period with 34 seconds remaining on the clock, adding five more team points for a 33-11 mark with only one more bout to wrestle.

Evan Clark's acceptance of the forfeit at 220 pounds followed by Ryan Stewart's at 285 preceded ended the night for Warwick.

BOWLING

At the end of 2017, Warwick's bowling team had only one win in four matches and with the holiday break they were able to regroup and prepare for a strong start to a new year which they kicked off with a 7-0 sweep of visiting McCaskey on Friday.

"We had struggled the first part of the season, so hopefully this is something we can build on," commented head coach Neal Vital.

Although they lost Ben White to graduation last year the Warriors still have some firepower in their lineup with Isaac Erickson who actually beat White in last year's Eastern Regional Championship, was runner up in the PA State Championship, and placed 46th in the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship which was held over the summer.

Erickson led all bowlers on Friday with a 247, 199, and 193 for a 639 pin fall and a 213 average. Tyler Miller followed with a 600, Carter Snavely rolled a 588, Tony Lutz threw a 580, and Ashley Sham recorded a 560. Lutz and Sham also join Erickson as returning bowlers with post-season experience.

"Our scoring was overall a little low, and the team knows they have some things to work on as we move toward the 2nd half of the season," added Vital about his team's performance, but he also sees positives in their approach to the rest of the season. "They are committed to doing what is necessary to get ready for the tough matches coming up."

BASKETBALL

In a wild Friday night on the hardwood, Warwick's girls and boys both played McCaskey with the ladies staying at home and losing a 46-45 heartbreaker while the guys traveled to Lancaster and came away with a 67-65 win.

Colby Martin was on fire for the Warriors as he led all scorers with 19 points including a blistering five 3-pointers and was one of three Warwick players to score in the double digits.

After trailing through three quarters of play, Warwick outscored the Red Tornado 19-13 in the fourth to rally and come away with the two point victory which placed Warwick (2-3) in fifth place in Section One.

McCaskey, led by Tallian Lehr's 13 points on the night, led by six at the half, 36-30, but the Warriors were able to gradually cut that lead down to four after the break before turning up the pressure in the final frame for the come from behind win.

Bryan Rottkamp was second on the team in scoring with 18 points and one 3-point shot made while going 5-11 from the line, Ryan Shirk had 10 points with two from downtown, with Clayton Mohler (9), Joey McCracken (6), Nate Martin (4), and Trysten George (1) also contributing.

With the McCaskey girls putting up a goose egg in the first quarter of Friday's game it appeared as if the lady Warriors were well on their way to victory number two in Section One, but in a stunning turn of action, the Red Tornado staged a second half comeback to steal the one point victory from the host team.

Warwick (1-4) led 8-0 heading into the second quarter and increased that lead to 11 points with a 20-9 score at halftime but wilted in the third, getting outscored 17-9 and allowing McCaskey back into the game.

Only leading by three points heading into the fourth quarte,r Warwick watched its slim 29-26 lead melt away as the rejuvenated Red Tornado out hustled the lady Warriors on the way to the upset.

Malia Taylor and Ahni-yah Parker each dropped in 15 points for McCaskey while Lailani Batty put up 14 for the Warriors and Lauren Pyle dropped in 12 including a team high two 3-pointers and went 6-7 from the line.

With the loss Warwick and McCaskey both were tied for fourth place in the Section with Hempfield (0-5) bringing up the rear.

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Neal Nets 21 Points in Win over Lebanon Catholic January 8, 2018

The first month of the winter sports season is in the books at Columbia. As the Crimson Tide athletes and coaches head into the second month, it will be highlighted by a big celebration Saturday on the hill.

100 year celebration

Sports at Columbia High School have had a rich tradition and perhaps the program with the richest tradition is the boys' basketball team. Saturday that tradition will be celebrated with a special day of events.

Columbia will celebrate its 100th year of boys' basketball with a day of events scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. when the Tide girls' host Pequea Valley. That game will be followed by a special ceremony honoring the 100 years of the boys' program. More than 200 former players and coaches are expected to return to the hill to be recognized during the ceremony that is expected to take an hour.

The players and coaches will be introduced by the decade with special recognition given to the 1987 state championship team along with the 1958 team, which lost in the state finals. Also to be recognized will be Columbia's District Three championship and league championship teams. Representatives from those teams will speak during the ceremony, hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Ed Wickenheiser of Columbia. Wickenheiser, who was recently inducted into the WGAL TV Hall of Fame, was a radio broadcaster back in the 1950s and early 60s. That broadcast featured Crimson Tide basketball on local radio stations, WCOY and WGAL.

Following the ceremony, the Columbia boys' will take on Pequea Valley. The day's activities will conclude with a reception at the Columbia Fire Department, starting at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the celebration can send their contact information to kkreiser@columbia.k12.pa.us or kkreiser553@gmail.com.

The goal of the celebration is raise $25,000 to purchase new scoreboards for the Elmer Kreiser Gym.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Despite the frigid conditions outside, things are heating up for coach Kerry Glover and Columbia's boys' basketball team. They are riding a three-game winning streak into Section 3 games this week against Elco and Pequea Valley.

Since losing back-to-back games to Lancaster Catholic and Northern Lebanon prior to Christmas, the Tide has righted the ship with big wins over Tulpehocken and Kennard-Dale in the Jingle Bell Jam on the hill and a rout of Lebanon Catholic, Friday in their first game of 2018. Columbia is 5-5 overall and 2-3 in Section 3.

Friday night, playing on their home court, Lebanon Catholic proved to be no match for the Tide. Columbia had its easiest game of the season, beating the Beavers 88-18. Coach Glover dressed 11 players for the game and all 11 scored and everyone got plenty of playing time.

Leading the way was Jaden Neal, who outscored Lebanon Catholic 21-18. Five players were in double figures for Columbia. In addition to Neal, starter Kobie Wakefield, who started in place of Meleik Crenshaw, added 12 while Dorian Grimes and Matt McCleary added 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Alex Retamr added 11 off the bench.

Columbia led 58-16 at the half an held the Beavers to just two points in the second half, those coming on two foul shots late in the game.

In the Jam Opener, Columbia scored a 77-52 win over Tulpehocken before playing perhaps its best game of the season beating a one loss Kennard-Dale team in the finals, 53-45.

Crenshaw was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Neal and freshman Michael Poole were named to the All-Tournament team.

The first month of the season was an inconsistent one for the Tide. Through their first seven games they had just two wins but played two of the top teams in Section 3, Lancaster Mennonite and Lancaster Catholic and also York Country Day, one of the top Class A teams in District 3.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

One of the biggest surprises of last basketball season was the girls' basketball team. With Karl Kreiser back at the helm, not only did the Tide girls qualify for the District Three playoffs for the first time in 15 years, they also made it to the District Three finals and qualified for the state playoffs.

Good things are happening with the Tide girls right now with the exception of low numbers. Coach Kreiser has just 10 girls on his roster after two potential starters moved out of the District and that number has been down to nine for the last three weeks after another starter suffered an ankle injury.

Despite the numbers and the tough schedule with three state ranked teams in their section (Lebanon Catholic, Lancaster Catholic and Northern Lebanon), the Tide girls are 5-5.

Friday, the girls returned to the court for the first time in 2018 to face the defending state Class A champion Lebanon Catholic. The Beavers with just about every player from that championship team back, went on to win 73-43.

One of the highlights was the performance of guard Janeah Neal, one of two starters back for Columbia. Neal scored a game-high 27 points, outscoring Lebanon Catholic's top player Alexis Hill by one.

Neal, with the exception of two games this season, has been the Tide's leading scorer and has carried the girls since another starter, Christina Jones, went out with an ankle injury in the second game of the season.

With the exception of a 44 point loss to Lancaster Catholic and the low numbers, the Tide girls have been in every game this season and should make a return trip to the District Three Class AA playoffs. They enter this week seeded third in the latest power rankings behind defending champ Camp Hill and Upper Dauphin.

The Tide has scored non-league wins over Halifax, Antietam and Northeastern and Section 3 wins over Annville-Cleona and Lancaster Mennonite.

With powers such as Lancaster Catholic, Northern Lebanon and Lebanon Catholic in the section, the Tide girls will be looking to make their mark in the post-season again.

WRESTLING

In their second tour of duty as Columbia wrestling coaches, longtime CHS coaches Kent Lutz and Bob Herman were given the task of rebuilding the CHS wrestling program. Last year, the Tide was unable to field a full team but a good future was ahead.

Lutz and Herman were expecting to be able to field close to a full team this season but that didn't happen. Columbia has just two varsity wrestlers as there were five wrestlers that were on the varsity last season who didn't come out this year. So, with no chance to win any dual meets, the focus is on individual tournaments and the post-season.

So far Marcus Falcon (160) and Michael Stewart (195) have held their own.

Falcon, one of the better wrestlers in Section 3, was a one man band to open the season at the Ephrata Duals. He was the team's lone wrestler and scored two pins and a decision in three of his four bouts. In the Columbia Tournament, Falcon won his weight class, while Stewart, just a sophomore, was third.

In dual meets, Columbia has faced two of the top teams in Section 3, Northern Lebanon and Pequea Valley and have been shutout in both, while losing to Elco, 78-6.

The future does look good for the Tide as they have 16 wrestlers on the junior high roster.

Wednesday Columbia will host Lebanon and will conclude their week by participating in the Little Dutchmen duals at Annville-Cleona.

BOWLING

New coach Dan Lingle has the Tide bowlers 2-4 after the first month of the season. Lingle is a first-year technology teacher at the high school and also served as assistant varsity volleyball coach in the fall.

The numbers are good for the Tide, who play their home matches at East Lincoln Lanes in Hellam. There are 11 bowlers on the team and none of them are seniors. Leading the way is junior Shane Kinser, the team's top bowler in all four league matches. Kinser's top league triple was a 568 series (184-209-175) in a 7-0 loss to Garden Spot. In a 7-0 win over Lancaster Mennonite, Kinser rolled a 533.

In addition to their win over Garden Spot, the Tide also beat Lebanon Catholic 7-0, while losing to Kennard-Dale, Manheim Central and Lancaster Catholic by 7-0 scores.

Other bowlers to watch are Ryan Ault, also a junior, with a top series of 402 against Manheim Central; Melanie Rodriquez, another junior, with a 392 against Mennonite and Amy Reigel with a 487, also against Mennonite.

The other starters are junior Brittanie Betteley and Javon Jackson.

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