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Lady Baron Volleyball Finishes 4th in Section 2 October 23, 2017

The 2017 season is now officially over for girls' volleyball after splitting their last two games of the season with Garden Spot and Ephrata. The Barons finished in fourth place finish in Section Two with an overall record of 6-10.

At second place Garden Spot on Monday, October 16 Shawna Zeiset blasted a match high 15 kills along with five serving aces to lead the Spartans past the Lady Barons 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-14).

Nicole Greiner pounded six kills to pace the Baron offense. Julie Cassel also helped offensively serving one ace and supported hitters at the net with 20 assists. Brooke Breinich, with a pair of blocks, and Ciara Stoner, with a 22 dig night, anchored the defense.

In the season finale on Wednesday, Rebecca Keppley put down 10 kills along and served up a set of aces to guide the Lady Barons past Ephrata on "Senior Parents Night" 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18).

Alexis Waltz supported the offense with two serving aces and Cassel, who dished out an impressive 29 assists, chipped in another two aces. Greiner and Breinich both registered a hat trick of blocks while Stoner hustled around the back court with a total of 28 digs.

Senior players this season were Hope Hendershot, Brooke Breinich, Alexis Waltz, Julie Cassel, and Nicole Greiner.

FOOTBALL

Manheim Central hosted Cedar Crest on Friday, October 20 for Homecoming. The first place Barons (8-0), who have now outnumbered their opponents 361-85, scored 21 points in each half and used a hard hitting defense that came away with two turnovers to roll past the Falcons (6-2) by a 42-6 final score.

"I was very pleased with our performance, we played a physical, hard fought game," said head coach Dave Hahn.

With 414 total yards, Central's offense opened the scoring with sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (6-12-170) scoring on a one yard keeper at the 6:51 mark.

"Our offensive line did well, but we still had missed assignments," stated Hahn. "It's scary to think how much better we could be up front if we'd clean up some of those mistakes. Right now we are playing very physical with the big guys."

Just six seconds into the second quarter the Barons offense went back to work on a drive that took place after a short Cedar Crest punt at their own 45.

Simon took a snap out of the shotgun formation from center Tyler Dougherty and gunned a 41 yard touchdown strike to a wide open Jake Novak at 11:54.

Niko Gavala who was 6-of-6 in the game on extra-point kicks helped double the score to 14-0.

Cedar Crest got their offense (230 yards) together and responded on a drive that started at their own 20 and ended when Chad Ryland nailed a 34 yard field goal at the 8:12 mark to trail Central, 14-3.

The home team countered with Tyler Flick's (18-131) one yard jaunt with 5:21 left in the first half and extended the advantage to 21-6.

On Cedar Crest's ensuing series, the Barons defense came up with a fumble recovery that was pounced on by linebacker Landan Moyer at the 35 at the 3:08 mark for favorable field positioning.

"Our defense set out to make QB Logan Horn (21-37-166) keep the ball and then swarm him. I think we did that all night long and for the most part we were very successful," said Hahn. "Horn is a great athlete so he may get a play here or there, but overall we did great."

Cedar Crest's defense held their ground and took over on downs at their own 29 and put together a captivating drive for their final points of the game. Horn completed two passes in the drive with the second setting up Ryland's 26 yard field goal with no time left on the clock to trail the Barons 21-6 going into the locker rooms at halftime.

After the halftime ceremonies that crowned Lily Doerschuk as the 2017 Homecoming Queen, Manheim went back to work.

Homecoming is always special for our community and school besides the schools festivities it's great to see the alumni and it's nice when you can come away with a big win." ended Hahn.

Flick's 14 yard touchdown carry at the 7:14 mark in the third quarter was the only score that frame. They picked up two more in the fourth. Giovanni Lester, who came off the bench for 63 yards on eight carries, scored on a 17 yard touchdown carry at 6:59. Then, with 4:28 remaining in the game, Novak intercepted a Cedar Crest pass and returned it all the way to the 25. Simon spiraled a pass over the middle to wide receiver Ryan Carter (1-10) and Lester scored from the goal line at 2:27.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country team participated in the L-L League Championship Meet at Ephrata Middle School on Tuesday, October 17.

Placing for the boys, who finished in 11th place as a team, were David Merkey (28th, 17:10.4), Carson Hepner (43rd, 17:27), Connor Sylvester (51st, 17:37.2), Kaden Wagner (80th, 18:07.3), Jacob Hess (85th, 18:09.4), Elijah Wagner (86th, 18:12.6), Isaac Martin (112th, 18:54.5), and Kole Rankin (130th, 19:23.6).

The girls', just four members strong, did not meet the five members necessary to score as a team. Competing for the Lady Barons were Mallory Sunderland (47th, 21:36.2), Aspen Bollinger (61st, 22:05.9), Savannah Heisey (121st, 25:09.7), and Olivia Stewart (137th, 27:47.7).

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Haberstroh Places 14th in L-L League Meet October 23, 2017

Will the 2017 fall sport season at Columbia High School wrap up with a Crimson Tide athlete qualifying for a state championship? That's the goal of every athlete that participates in high school athletics in Pennsylvania.

Columbia senior cross country runner Jordan Haberstroh is hoping for that chance again. Haberstroh will represent Columbia High School in Saturday's District Three Cross Country championships at Big Spring High School in Newville. In her previous three District Three championship races, the talented Columbia runner, who will continue her education and athletic career next year at West Chester University, has two third places finishes in the Class A race and a district championship. Last year, she finished third.

Coach Charles Leader said Haberstroh should be among the favorites this year. "Haberstroh's competition should come from Katelyn McDougall of York Catholic and Leanne Sneeringer of Delone Catholic," said Leader. "The three have raced against each other twice this year. At the Ben Bloser Invitational, also at Big Spring High School in early September, Haberstroh was second behind Sneeringer an ahead of MacDougal. A few weeks later at the PIAA Foundation meet in Hershey, Haberstroh was fourth, while Sneeringer was third and MacDougal, eighth. That race featured runners from throughout the state."

The only other CHS fall sports team still in action is football and they will play their final home game of the season Friday night against Northern Lebanon, the defending Section 3 champs. It will be Senior Night as senior football players along with members of the band and cheerleading squads will be recognized prior to the game.

Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Tuesday the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships were held at the Ephrata Middle School. Three Tide runners, Haberstroh and freshmen Cassidy Cook and Carter Houck competed.

Haberstroh, who placed first in all but one dual meet this season, finished 14th in a time of 19:46. Cocalico's Jamie Zamrin, who beat Haberstroh in a dual meet this season, won her third L-L championship in a time of 18:29.7

Cook, the only other Tide girl competing, was 126th in a time of 24:45, while on the boys' side, Houck was 159th with a 21:14.4. Both were personal bests but not good enough to qualify for this week's District Three championships.

FOOTBALL

For much of the season, adversity has followed the Crimson Tide football team. From the start of the season, through this past Friday night's game at Lancaster Catholic, the Tide was playing with a short roster. Despite a gritty performance by Columbia, Catholic scored a 35-0 win.

It was the first time all season that coach Bud Kyle's team failed to score.

Catholic, who is unbeaten in Section 4 and tied with Northern Lebanon, saw its defense dominate. The Crusaders allowed just 69 yards total for the game. On the ground, Columbia was held to just 20 yards on 29 carries and through the air, they had just 49 yards.

Quarterback Matt McCleary, who has started a bulk of the games this season, completed five passes in 17 attempts for 49 yards. He was also the Tide's leading rusher, scrambling for 19 yards. Dorian Grimes added 11 yards on four carries. Grimes was also McCleary's top target, receiving three catches for 19 yards, while Luke McGinnis caught one pass for 24 yards.

Catholic took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter on touchdown runs of 47 yards from Quincy Clark and an 11-yard run by Malkam Lawrence. Clark scored his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 16-yard run.

Despite falling behind 21-0 at the half, Columbia was still in the game but was struggling on offense. Catholic scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to complete the shutout.

Prior to Friday's game, 11 seniors - Isaiah Acosta, Collyn Christmas, Luis DeJesus, Dorian Grimes, Shawn Kemmerer, Ahmad Kamara, Edwin Ramos, Alex Retamar, Mason Sheetz, Kobie Wakefield and John Hertzog will be recognized.

VOLLEYBALL

Coach David Farley's team closed its season last week without a win, losing matches to Northern Lebanon, Mount Calvary and Cocalico. The Tide girls were 0-20 on the season but there is plenty to be happy with about the future of this program. There were just two seniors on this year's team and the junior varsity program won a match earlier in the season over York Tech.

Monday night was Senior Night for the Tide as the program's two seniors -- Jenna Eckman, the team captain, and Jordan Naples were recognized prior to the match with Northern Lebanon.

Game one of the three game sweep by the Vikings was easily the best. Tied at 9-9, Columbia took a 12-9 lead with Mya Black serving. The Vikings rallied to tie the game at 12-12 before taking a 13-12 lead. An ace by Brianna Hossler gave the Vikings a 16-13 edge before the Tide got a side out and tied the game with Kylie Lachapelle serving and pulled ahead, 17-16. Back came the Vikings for a 19-17 lead. Columbia then got another side out and an Eckman ace gave them a 20-19 lead before Northern Lebanon took control and won, 25-21.

It was the second time in recent weeks that Columbia had a lead in a game only to fall late.

Game two was all Northern Lebanon early as they jumped out to a 12-6 lead and never looked back in a 25-8 win. They also won game three, 25-13.

Against Northern Lebanon, Eckman had four digs, three kills and two aces, while Lachapelle had two blocks and Melina Mowrer was credited with three assists.

Later in the week, Columbia was swept by Mount Calvary (25-4, 25-6, 25-16) and in their final match of the season, Cocalico (25-9, 25-9, 25-6).

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Groff Leads Harriers to L-L League Championship October 23, 2017

In the L-L League Championship race on Tuesday, the Hempfield boys captured the team title while Christian Groff claimed first place for himself. Meanwhile, the Hempfield girls finished third in the championship race at Ephrata Middle School.

The boys' team compiled only 72 points - 30 ahead of second-place Cedar Crest while Cocalico was third at 109.

Groff registered a time of 16:05.4 as he crossed the finish line ahead of all 163 runners. Max Lessans gave the Knights a ninth-place finish at 16:44.4.

Justin Rittenhouse's pace of 16:47.7 earned him 14th place. Senior Ryan Farmer (17:01.7) and sophomore Jack Mieszkalski (17:06.3) were 21st and 27th, respectively.

Also competing for the Knights was David Jackson (30th, 17:13.3), Derek Ziegler (53rd, 17:38.8) and Ian Willig (59th, 17:48.9).

The girls' race was won by Manheim Township as the Blue Streaks had 44 points to Elizabethtown's second-place total of 100. Hempfield was a close third at 102.

Sienna Gates led the Knights with a 13th place finish in 19:41.5. Ella Kielmeyer cracked the top-20 with her time of 19:57.7 while Lily Williams (26th, 20:15.4) Bronwyn Meldrum (36th, 21:03.6), Julia Campbell (38th, 21:07.0) and Bella Hollenbach (46th, 21:35.9) also competed.

FOOTBALL

In a football game that saw 47 points put on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter alone, Hempfield survived a league game at Conestoga Valley. In winning 64-36, the Black Knights extended their Lancaster-Lebanon League winning streak to four games Friday night.

Hempfield (6-2, 4-1 in league) actually came back to win this one. The Buckskins, who fell to 4-4, (2-3 league) took an early 10-0 lead only to have Hempfield score 24 unanswered points before halftime.

"The guys are doing what they need to do and things are rolling for us," said head coach Ron Zeiber.

Mark Himmelsbach was one of Hempfield's heroes. The senior quarterback was involved in six of the Knights' eight touchdowns. He threw for two TD's and ran for four others as he gained 411 yards of total offense - 282 yards rushing on 22 carries and 129 passing yards.

He had a 42-yard dash for the Knights' first score of the night, and added an eight-yard rushing TD and a one-yard quarterback keeper all in the first half.

"We had three backs with over 100 yards - Mark, Steven Wenzel and David Martin-Robinson, who also plays receiver position or motion back," said Zeiber.

The Buckskins put seven points back on the board in the third quarter and missed the extra point. Leading 24-16, the Knights went back to work with their dominant offense.

Himmelsbach threw a 10-yard TD pass to Darien Ressler. He also had a 26-yard rushing TD.

Sandwiched between that and Martin-Robinson's 40-yard scamper to the end zone, the Buckskins scored two more TD's. They added a Keegan Martin one-yard run, but Wenzel's 37-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard run by sophomore junior varsity quarterback Luke Miller wrapped up the scoring.

Zeiber remarked that the offense is multi-faceted and that what defenses throw at Hempfield can be solved with a varied attack.

"Teams are trying to take one thing or another away and we come up with ways to win," he said. "Two weeks ago [against Warwick] they ran a defense that gave us the numbers in the box to run the football and it worked out for us. When teams make that change, we look at it differently and make our adjustment.

"Same thing this week," he went on. "They gave us something we thought we could run at. There really wasn't much of an adjustment."

The offensive line received credit for helping the backs compile big numbers.

"They're doing a great job," said the coach. "Most games we're out-sized up there. But they're getting after them. They're aggressive moving their legs and opening things up.

The win streak comes after a 56-0 loss to Manheim Township in what was the first league game of the year for both teams. Zeiber was asked if that loss motivated the players.

"I think it hit the guys pretty hard," he replied. "One of the choices was to believe they weren't good and the other was to come back and be more focused and to work harder."

This Friday the Knights will play Wilson, who lost their first L-L League game in 10 years.

BOYS' SOCCER

When a match goes into overtime, you hope that the breaks go in your favor.

If it's a league playoff match, you need every ounce of good fortune possible.

In Tuesday night's L-L League semifinal match at Conestoga Valley, things were going Hempfield's way for the first 78 minutes of the game against Elizabethtown. There are 80 minutes in a high school soccer game.

In the 79th minute, the Bears tied the score at 2-2 on Aiden Fetrich's goal. They went on to post a 3-2 victory in overtime thanks to Caleb Gerber's second goal of the match.

"They scored on a long throw-in with under two minutes to play," explained head coach Mark Ashley. "We didn't defend the throw-in well.

"So, we went from having the game well in hand to seeing them get a big emotional boost, which they carried into overtime," he added.

Gerber had put E-town on the board, evening the score at 1-1 earlier in the second half. The Knights had taken a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to an Alex Garcia goal 27 minutes into the game. Ryan Helper made it 2-1 Hempfield until Fetrich's late-game equalizer.

"It was a well-played match by both teams," Ashley commented.

The match was a battle between Section One champ Hempfield and Section Two champ E-town. The Knights hadn't lost a league game in the regular season (12-0-0) and added another victory over a league foe with an opening round 6-0 defeat of Elco the previous Saturday. The Bears brought an 11-2-1 league mark into the game and moved on to defeat previously unbeaten Lancaster Mennonite in Thursday's league championship match.

Austin Denlinger made seven saves for E-town in Tuesday's match. Brady Ross saved six shots for the Knights.

Hempfield (15-4-1 overall) heads into the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the third-ranked team and open play against 14th-seeded Carlisle this week.

"They were our first-round district match last year too," Ashley noted. "We know some things about them - their returning players at least.

"Our guys are coming out of the league semifinal loss very disappointed but very much refocused," continued the coach. "I think we're ready to go into the District Three playoffs with cohesive team focus."

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team earned a ticket to the L-L League semifinals with Friday's 3-0 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg. It was part of a first-round doubleheader at Hempfield with Cedar Crest winning the other match 3-2 over Lancaster Mennonite, earning a semifinal berth against the Knights, who improved to 13-1. The semis will also be played as a doubleheader at Lancaster Mennonite with Warwick and Elizabethtown playing the nightcap.

Hempfield posted winning scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-13. The Knights had 21 assists and 10 digs from Natalie Virts. She also had three aces as did Riley Shelly, who finished with a match-high nine kills. Matching Virts with 10 digs was Ramsey Mahosky. Jailene Lugo registered five blocks.

GIRLS' SOCCER

In a Tuesday evening playoff game at CV, the Black Knights came up short against Manheim Township. The Blue Streaks won the L-L League semifinal match 4-0 and moved on to claim the league championship two days later over Conestoga Valley.

The Knights (14-4-1), who were coming off an opening-round victory over Lampeter-Strasburg on October 14, held the Streaks to only one goal in the first half. Alison Heckman, who had that first-half goal, doubled Township's lead eight minutes into the second half. The Streaks added two more in the final 15 minutes of the game.

The District Three Class-AAAA playoffs are scheduled to begin this week. The Knights are the seventh seed and will host 10th-seeded Central York.

GIRLS' TENNIS

Livia Jackson and Kate Donnell made it through the opening round of the District Three Class-AAA doubles championships in a mid-day match at Hershey Racquet Club on Friday. They downed Paige Cincinnati and Christine Noecker of Wilson 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin of Manheim Township were their next opponents. The Darkey/Garvin twosome stopped Jackson and Donnell with 6-1, 6-2 scores and went on to claim the district championship.

Though the Knights won't send a doubles pair to the PIAA Class 3A state championships per se, they will be competing in the states tournament nevertheless. In the team championships which concluded on Thursday, Hempfield claimed third place with a 4-1 defeat of Central Dauphin in the consolation match.

In that match, Donnell teamed up with Sophie Granbois for a 6-1, 6-3 win at first doubles. Amanda Hagino, who had claimed the singles district championship the previous week, won 6-1, 6-1 and Jackson won the second singles 7-5, 6-3. Caroline Ulrich took the third singles 6-2, 6-1.

The only team point for Central Dauphin was a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 win against Annie Sue Mondock and Tierney Cantwell at second doubles.

Township had topped Hempfield 3-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday, forcing the Knights to play in the consolation match. In the previous round, the Knights had beaten Dallastown 3-0 on Monday. Hagino (6-0 6-0) and Ulrich (6-2, 6-2) had singles victories while Donnell and Granbois posted a 6-0, 6-0 doubles victory.

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Township Girls Dominate L-L League Field October 23, 2017

The L-L League Championship race took place on Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School. The Township girls dominated the meet and won with only 44 team points - far ahead of second-place Elizabethtown (100 points) while Hempfield took third at 102.

In the boys' race, the Streaks finished eighth with 228 points - not far behind seventh-place Elizabethtown (209) while Hempfield won with 72 points.

Samantha Side led the way with her third-place finish in 18:52.6. Fellow senior Kira Jenkins posted a time of 19:09.8 and finished fifth while Cassandra Wilk (19:29) and sophomore Ava Pasewicz (19:34.0) also finished ninth and 11th respectively.

Anabelle Lapp (17th, 19:52.9), Chloe Kline (21st, 19:59.8) and Shannon Elias (25th, 20:15.1) made the top-25 while senior Emily Antonacci's 21:33.1 was good for 45th place.

In the boys' race, the Streaks, who were led by Ian Miller's fifth-place finish (16:32.5), placed eight runners in the top 100 spots. Drew Sassaman was 35th at 17:20.0 while Tim Antonacci ran a 17:37.4 to claim 52nd place. Elvias Morara (69th, 17:59.9) was a few strides ahead of Elias Fox (18:01.6) and Eddie Newman (18:02.8), who finished 72nd and 73rd, respectively.

Jarrid McKenzie earned 83rd in the race at 18:09.1 and Braden Schuyler (18:35.8) was 98th.

FOOTBALL

The last Lancaster-Lebanon League team to defeat a Wilson Bulldogs football team was the 2007 Manheim Township squad.

If that sounds like a decade-long stretch, that's true.

Since that loss, Wilson had gone on to record 68 consecutive victories in league play.

And if you counted nine straight regular-season wins over Manheim Township during that stretch, you are correct.

However, there was something in the air Friday night as the Streaks hosted the Bulldogs in a Section One clash. Both teams came into the game with a 4-0 league record and with Township at least temporarily in sole possession of first place.

"We talked to the kids all week long that they [Bulldogs] are the ones who have to preserve their streak. There was no pressure on us," said head coach Mark Evans. "From the first play to the final play of the game, our kids played with confidence and focus."

And so the team that handed Wilson its last league loss 10 years ago, put up a 38-14 victory and thus gave the Bulldogs a one-game losing streak instead.

"To have a 68-game win streak is phenomenal," said Evans. "Give all the praise they deserve to their program because that's amazing. But for us to be the best, we had to beat the best.

"We had a phenomenal evening," Evans remarked. "What a victory for our program!"

Wilson actually scored first in the game, going ahead 7-0 on Connor Uhrig's nine-yard pass to Nick Johnson.

Grayson Sallade, who had another big game, scored the game-tying touchdown. It came on a four-yard rushing TD later in the first. It was the first of his two rushing TD's. Sallade ran for 128 yards on 22 carries. He also had an interception return for a touchdown, sealing Wilson's fate in the fourth quarter.

"He had an outstanding night," Evans noted.

Sallade's 44-yard dash to the end zone made it 14-7 in the second quarter. But back came the Bulldogs, tying the score one last time on another Uhrig TD pass. Uhrig had 15 completions for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His counterpart - quarterback Luke Emge - was able to complete six of nine pass attempts for 109 yards. Following Uhrig's second TD pass, Emge engineered a drive that ended with his 34-yard scoring toss to Xavier Roman. The teams went into the locker rooms with MT ahead 21-14.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Tom Cesarone caught a 38-yard TD pass from Emge in the fourth quarter. For good measure, Jack Rodenberger, who was perfect on the night with his PAT kicks, hit a 34-yard field goal to give the home team more cushion. Sallade added the pick-six later in the final period.

Evans was asked what this win meant to the band of brothers who've donned the Manheim Township uniform this year.

"It just continues to define and solidify their legacy," he replied. Each team leaves their legacy behind. What is yours going to be? We encourage them to build and add to their own. This is a great group of kids."

GIRLS SOCCER

Winning a soccer match for the Manheim Township girls' team has a simple formula: Score a goal or two and rely on the defense and goalie Delaney McKnight to keep the other team off the scoreboard.

"They've been outstanding all year," head coach Terry Law said of his steady goalie and defenders.

In Thursday night's L-L League Championship match at Warwick, the defense and McKnight (six saves) held strong for 80 minutes. But they had to perform for another 15; and another 15. Well..., another 14:45.8 to be exact.

It was with 14.2 seconds left in the second overtime that Emma Hagg scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Conestoga Valley, keeping the league championship trophy at Township. The Streaks (16-1-3) advance to the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the fourth seed.

"Alison Heckman grabbed a bad pass coming out of CV's defensive end," Law described, "and ran it past the defenders. It deflected off one of their players for a corner.

"She set it up, served it and Emma Hagg bodied the ball in over the line," Law continued.

Of course it was an anticlimactic jubilation for Law and the Blue Streaks' bench at first.

"From our vantage point, we couldn't tell what had happened," he explained. "It looked like the keeper reached back for the ball. The ball was played back.

"But the referee was fortunately on the line and saw that it went over the line," added the coach. "He called the goal.

"It was a crazy game that could have gone either way," Law said. "They dominated chunks of the game and we dominated at times. Both teams refused to give in. Players were throwing their bodies at the ball to block anything and everything. CV looked dangerous in the first overtime period. We were on our heels, but were able to keep the ball out of our frame.

"We've been there so many times this year," he added. "It wasn't anything new for us. I think it was our eighth overtime game this year.

"We do have a flair for the dramatic," he quipped.

The Streaks reached the title game thanks to Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of Hempfield in the semifinal round.

In that game, which was played at Conestoga Valley, the Streaks out-shot the Knights 8-3 with Heckman scoring two goals. She scored six minutes into the match and the team kept the 1-0 edge into the second half. Only eight minutes into the second half, she made it 2-0. Katherine Lopez added one in the 65th minute and Hagg capped the scoring with six minutes left in the match. Gabi Brown delivered an assist.

McKnight had three saves in this shutout.

"I thought Hempfield came out very strong early in the game," Law said. "We stayed in rhythm and knocked the ball around well. We were able to pull their defense apart and be productive. The entire squad played well - one of our best team performances from start to finish."

The districts begin this week with Township hosting Warwick in the first round.

GIRLS TENNIS

Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin battled their way to a District Three Class-AAA championship victory on Saturday, defeating Aneesa Malik and Alexandra Pancu of Conrad Weiser 6-4, 6-1 at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The Darkey/Garvin duo had entered the tournament as the top seed and showed why almost immediately, dispensing with their first opponents by a 6-0, 6-0 score on Friday. In Friday's quarterfinals, they defeated Hempfield's Livia Jackson and Kate Donnell - by a 6-1, 6-2 count.

Saturday's semis found them facing Hershey's Chandni Desai and Ashlynn Searer. The Township twosome prevailed 6-2, 6-3.

The top three teams advance to the PIAA Class-AAA state championships.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Blue Streaks, who had opened up the league playoffs with a 5-1 victory on Saturday, October 14, reached the L-L League field hockey championship match thanks to a 7-0 shutout of Lampeter-Strasburg in Tuesday's semifinal match at Warwick.

The Streaks improved to 14-5 with the win as two different players scored two goals each - Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser.

In addition, Ashlyn Campagna, Emily Kurtz and Sophia Rockwell registered two assists each. Meredith Schulz had one assist.

Katie Labezius and Lexi Smith scored first-half goals as did Weaver while Koser scored twice before intermission. Weaver and Allison Cubell tacked on two more in the second half.

Cat Wilson stopped three shots to earn the shutout win.

Penn Manor's appearance in the league title game was not a surprise. The Comets came into Thursday night's game at Conestoga Valley with a 20-0 record. They will take a 21-0 mark into district playoffs thanks to a 2-0 victory in the championship match.

After a scoreless 24 minutes, Anna May Barbusca scored off a corner. Emma DeBerdine added a late second-half goal off a Briana Harsh assist.

Wilson played another tough game, making three saves.

Both the Streaks and the top-seeded Comets earned a bye in the first round of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. The sixth-seeded Streaks will face number three seed Cumberland Valley this coming Saturday.

GOLF

The Township golf team will be sending all three of its golfers who competed in last Monday's PIAA East Regional Championships at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood to the PIAA Championships.

Jacob Macinanti, Trey Kuntz and Ellen Wager all qualified and will compete in the state championships at Heritage Hills, outside of York.

"We had three players qualify for regionals and thankfully all three qualified for states," said Steve Brenner. "This is Ellen's second time getting through; it's Jacob and Trey's first time as individuals. They're all happy."

Macinanti shot a 77 and Kuntz finished with a 79 in the regionals while Wager shot an 85.

"It was very windy and it was cold," said Brenner. "They didn't get off to the best of starts. You tell them to keep fighting. They couldn't play their best because of the conditions, but they all advanced."

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Warwick VB Advances in L-L League Playoffs October 23, 2017

Friday night saw the kickoff of this year's L-L League championship as half the field played its quarterfinal match and the second half, including Warwick, played on Saturday.

As the number two seed from Section One, the ladies faced off against Section Two runner up Garden Spot and while Warwick came away with a 3-0 win, it was anything but easy as the Lady Spartans gave them all they could handle in the 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 result.

McKenzie Cossette led both squads in kills with 14 while Olivia Gregory had 27 assists and Rachel Adams and Jackie Barilar each had one block apiece in the win which advanced the ladies into a semifinal matchup with Elizabethtown.

FOOTBALL

A second quarter goal line stand that culminated in a blocked field goal highlighted the defensive advantage Warwick held all night over host Penn Manor on Friday night in its 35-0 victory in Millersville.

Leading 14-0 and facing a first-and-goal situation with their feet in the end zone, Warwick's defense denied and eventually forced the Comets back to their own 19-yard line where Jordan Cruz burst through on the kick attempt and scooped up the blocked kick, advancing to the Penn Manor 49-yard line.

Warwick also forced six fumbles, three of which the Warriors recovered, and put pressure on quarterback Josiah Edwards all night.

Trey Glass (5-63, 2TDs) put Warwick on board early in the first quarter after Penn Manor lost its first fumble on the opening drive of the game.

Quarterback Adam Ricketts (12-20, 201YDs, 2TDs) found Glass on a short pass in the flat and with a few blockers in front of him the receiver sprinted 36 yards to pay dirt.

Carter Forney (5-104, TD) made it 14-0 when he took advantage of a blown coverage later in the quarter and caught a Ricketts pass with no defenders within 15 yards of him and easily took it in for the 39-yard score.

Glass found the end zone for the second time when, in the third quarter, Ricketts connected with him again in the flat. Glass bobbled the ball before securing it and then stumbled and almost fell before regaining his balance. Doing his best Shady McCoy impersonation, he left Comet defenders grasping at air as he weaved his way across the goal line for the 23-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

Warwick tallied 370 yards of offense with Isaac Rissinger leading the way on the ground gaining 92 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries and Alex Lawrence making his one catch count on a 46-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to ice the win.

GOLF

Brock Fassnacht's sterling season continued on last week when the junior Warrior shot a 2-under 70 in the PIAA Class AAA East Region to claim gold. Fresh off a third place showing in the District Three AAA tournament, Fassnacht also won the L-L League title prior to that.

Playing last Monday at the Royal Oaks Golf Club under windy conditions, he and teammate Mason Wills both qualified for the PIAA Championship with their performances. Wills carded a 4-over 76 and tied for seventh place with the top 16 advancing.

"I am very proud and excited for both Brock and Mason," stated head coach Kevin McNece about his two golfers.

Beginning the shotgun start on the second tee, Fassnacht only bogeyed twice on the day while scoring birdies on numbers four and 10 to finish out his front nine and then again on holes 12 and 17.

"Honestly, we had just talked about qualifying and getting into states so winning the tournament was a bonus," commented McNece when asked about his expectations for Fassnacht heading into Regionals. "He has been playing really good golf of late. I hope that he and Mason both perform well this coming week."

CROSS COUNTRY

The L-L League meet was held last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School and both the boys and girls fared well with the ladies finishing seventh in the field of 18 with a score of 133 and the guys landing in fifth place out of 20 teams by scoring 190 points.

Noah Martin (11th, 16:47.2) finished first for the boys followed by Connor Shields (23rd, 17:03.5), Parker Kearse (38th, 17:23.4), Jeremiah Hendrix (55th, 17:40.1), and Jeremy Bell (63rd, 17:57.6) in the top five.

Also competing were David Bach (65th, 17:58.7), James Barnes (66th, 17:58.9) and Zachary Beale (70th, 17:59.9).

Meanwhile Caitlyn Wagner led the top five girls for Warwick finishing 17th in 19:54.1. The remaining four which finished in the top 60 in team scoring were Anna Martin (29th, 20:42.4), Madison Leakway (42nd, 21:30.8), Sophia Nau (57th, 22:06.8), and Deirdre White (59th, 22:11.9).

Placing sixth and seventh and acting as displacers were Jaylyn Wagner (63rd, 22:24.7), and Leeann Runkle (75th, 22:57.5) with Kirsten Espenshade finishing 84th overall in 23:00.

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Volleyball Caps Season With Playoff Appearance October 23, 2017

The volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week with losses against the top two teams in Section Two and opened the post-season opposite Section One champ Hempfield. They finish the 2017 schedule with a 6-8 overall record.

The action got underway last Monday night when the team traveled to Section Two champ Elizabethtown (10-0). The Bears got off to a strong start, topping the visitors 25-10 in the opening set. L-S regrouped in the second set but fell short of the win, 25-20, only to see the home team finish strong, 25-16.

Bri Eberly was a force at the net for the hosts, putting down 13 kills. Betsy Brenneman was tops in that department for L-S with 5 and collected a team-high 4 blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand anchored the defense with 12 digs and was one of three Pioneers to serve one ace, joining Becca Cohen and Emma Cohen, who dished out 13 assists.

Wednesday night the Pioneers hosted the second place team in Section Two, Garden Spot (14-3 overall) and were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-19). Abbie Powell served up a game-high six aces and Haley Hoover added a match-high seven blocks but it wasn't enough. E. Cohen finished with 18 assists, five of which Brenneman converted into kills. B. Cohen settled for six digs.

The going did not get any easier as the Pioneers, the third place team in Section Two (5-5) opened the L-L League Championships against Hempfield (12-0) on Friday and suffered a third straight defeat, 25-10, 25-8, 25-13.

Hildenbrand and B. Cohen finished with four kills each, Brenneman served one ace and E. Cohen recorded 13 assists to highlight the offense. Hoover's two blocks were the defensive highlights as the Pioneers failed to record a single dig.

"Our injuries caused us to constantly work on new lineups," said head coach Zach Smith. "And we struggled to get in synch. It's disappointing because we finished 20th in the Class 3A power rankings, missing the 16 team field. There are a lot of teams in districts that we could beat."

FIELD HOCKEY

After scooting past Annville-Cleona in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships, the field hockey team went up against Manheim Township in last Tuesday's semifinal clash at Warwick High School. The second place team out of Section One advanced with a 5-1 win over Elco.

With the Streaks earning just one more win in their overall record (14-6) than the Pioneers (13-6), a close matchup was expected. But Township plays the bulk of their games on turf while L-S is at home on the grass. The difference was evident as Township's speed and ball carrying ability played a role in a 7-0 victory that vaulted them into the finals for the first time in over 28 years.

"We have struggled to secure turf this season," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Plus most of our second half of the season games were on grass. I think that showed."

Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser each scored twice for the Streaks who built a 5-0 lead by halftime. Overall, the Streaks registered 29 shots on goal and earned 13 penalty corners while limiting the Pioneers to three shots and zero corners.

"I was hoping we could stay a little closer," said Swarr. "Our defense worked the whole game and did a nice job."

Highlighting that defense was a combined 17 saves by keepers Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett and a combined five defensive saves by Emily Jones and Jocelyn Branco.

"It's a love hate relationship with those defensive saves," stated Swarr. "Emily stepped up and played hard. She will throw her body in front of anything to keep the ball out of the cage. We needed that. And Jocelyn has been a solid defender and post player all season.

"Our backs work very well together," she continued. "Katelyn Smith does a fantastic job with communication and organizing the marking and Amelia Cope is a master block-tackler."

This week the Pioneers open District Three Class AA play as the No. 8 seed. They take on No. 9 seed Susquehannock at Milton Hershey High School, Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm.

CROSS COUNTRY

The lady harriers, fresh off their undefeated run through Section Two competition, competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School where they settled for a ninth place finish in a pool of 18 teams.

Sophomore Colleen Gilbert earned the top finish for the girls', placing 27th in 20:16. She was 1.7 seconds away from a top 25 medal. Kelsey Kimmel, a junior, ran second for the Pioneers, clocking a 20:56 for 33rd place. Newcomer to cross country, Sarah Capoferri settled in at 54th place with a 21:47 with Olivia Gard (60th, 22:05) close behind. Kyla Drouillard rounded out the top five with a 72nd place finish in 23:39. Also competing was Micah Gordley (81st, 22:57), Olivia Honert (105th, 23:56) and Marissa Denlinger (111th, 24:12).

The girls' were again the top Section Two team to place. In fact, they finished ahead of Section One's Solanco, CV and Lebanon.

The boys' team had a tougher challenge but continued to put their best foot forward. Jansen Miller again led the Pioneers with a 25th place medal clinching 17:05.

Everett Honert followed in 66th place with a 17:58 while Michael Kuhns (71st, 18:00), Noah Pritchard (74th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (81st, 18:07) rounded out the top five.

Also finishing the race was David Helms (18:24), Josh Eidemiller (18:46) and Thomas Sellers (19:06).

The teams will compete this weekend in the District Three Championships at Big Springs High School.

FOOTBALL

For two straight seasons the Pioneers pulled out last seconds victories over Cocalico. This past Friday night in Lampeter, however, the Eagles needed a win if their contest against Manheim Central was going to mean anything. And a win they got. The visitors pushed out to a 17-0 advantage and pulled away with a convincing 52-21 result that was determined well before the finals seconds.

"We got beat by a better team," stated head coach John Manion. "They outplayed us all around."

The visitors used a 35-yard field goal by Daniel Engle to get on the board and picked up an impressive 87-yard punt return by Owen Zimmerman for a 10-0 first quarter advantage. They added to that when Noah Palm scored from 33-yards out early in the second quarter.

L-S, managing just 92 rushing yards, finally got on board when Cam Neimeyer caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Denlinger added the PAT kick. With a bit of momentum, the Pioneers were poised to close the gap when they recovered a fumble on the Cocalico 21 but couldn't convert.

The Eagles, who exploded for 441 rushing yards, took advantage, marching 80-yards on eight plays and pushing the lead to 24-7 on Brandon Brubaker's 6-yard run.

The Pioneers responded when Neimeyer snagged a 15-yard toss from QB Todd Shelley but it wasn't enough. Cocalico answered with four straight touchdowns and set the mercy rule in motion with seven minutes left in the game.

Shelley finished with 244 yards, completing 11 of 25 attempts with one interception.

"Cam played well and gave a strong effort," said Manion. "He finished with three catches for 106 y ards and two touchdowns and ran for 19 yards on six carries. He also blocked well.

"We got the JV's in late in that fourth quarter and they did a nice job as a unit," he added.

Alex Knapp's 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter, along with Denlinger's third PAT kick, capped the scoring.

Cody Reiff highlighted the defensive efforts with a season-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Gabe Frederick chipped in with nine tackles.

The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 in Section Two and 5-3 overall. They take on a 1-4, 2-6 Garden Spot squad this week.

"We have similar scores against similar opponents," said Manion. "It will be a better matchup than Cocalico."

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Strickler Earns L-L League Medal, Leads Harriers October 23, 2017

While the cross country teams did not bring home L-L League Championship trophies from last Tuesday's All-League Meet in Ephrata, they came back to Quarryville knowing they ran their best.

"It was about as perfect as we could run," praised head coach Craig Ausel. "We had some very good times on the very tough L-L League course competing against the leagues very best."

A handful of personal records and an individual top 25 medal were the highlight of the day.

The girls ran the first race of the day and were led by Hannah Sweda. The sophomore missed a top 25 medal but clocked a career best 20:47 to finish 31st.

"Despite a minor change in the course, that time is the 13th all-time Solanco best on the Ephrata course," pointed out Ausel.

Aubree Roop, a junior, finished 42nd in 21:29. "A top 50 finish in this strong field is impressive," stated Ausel. "The field had 21 sub 20 minute times with the top three breaking 19. Aubree has taken a big step in understanding what is necessary to become a competitive runner."

The second career best of the day went to Alyssa Slickers. The sophomore finished in 82nd place, knocking 30 seconds off her previous career best with a 22:58. "That's the first time she broke 23 minutes," Ausel said. "We can't say enough about her growth this season and determination. She is a fierce competitor."

Rounding out Solanco's top five was freshman Sarah Snyder (23:29) and senior co-captain Sarah Sweda (23:30).

"Sarah Snyder dropped 30 seconds off her career best 5K and Sarah Sweda dropped almost a minute off her previous races this season," Ausel said. "The ladies demonstrated a very strong will to get the very most from this opportunity and we could not have had a much better day."

Cocalico senior Jamie Zamrin ran the fastest time of the day with an 18:29.

Solanco finished in 12th place out of 18 teams, defeating Elco, Cocalico, Lancaster Mennonite, Garden Spot, Lancaster Catholic and Annville-Cleona.

The boy's team pretty much followed suit. Ben Stickler, as he has all season, led the way. The junior earned a top 25 medal, placing 19th in 16:59. Hempfield's Christian Groff, with a 16:05, was the overall winner.

"Ben's time is the third best Solanco time on this course, following only John Ausel and Liam Hodgson," noted Ausel. "The most exciting part of watching Ben this season has been watching the growth of his mental toughness and confidence toward racing.

"The rest of the team made a giant step toward a season goal of placing more runners in the 18:30 range," he continued.

Patrick Workman ran second for the Mules and placed 92 in 18:28. Colin Althoff, a sophomore, clocked an 18:39 with a strong final 800 meters. Ian Brown followed with an 18:41 while Tate Fisher, a sophomore, ran an 18:44 to round out the top five. Also competing was freshman Martin Grawe (18:45), Dan Keller (19:05) and Aidan McBride (19:24).

"Patrick ran a strong race and Colin lowered his previous season best time by 30 seconds to earn a district qualifying time," noted Ausel.

"We look forward to carrying this growth and mindset into the District Three Championships at Big Spring High School on October 28."

As a team, the Mules defeated Annville-Cleona, Northern Lebanon and Garden Spot.

FOOTBALL

Solanco sophomore Nick Yannutz, the league's leading rusher, raced for 91 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns and sophomore defender Nate Neuhauser anchored the defense with nine tackles as the Golden Mules dominated Ephrata (0-8) 62-21 this past Friday night in Quarryville. The Mules ended a two game losing streak and improved to 3-2 in Section Two along with Cedar Crest and behind Cocalico (4-1) and the undefeated Barons who visit Quarryville this week.

"We knew going into the game that we needed to stay focused," said head coach Tony Cox. "You can't just look at a team's record. They have a decent quarterback and the last time they won was against us so I kept stressing that."

While the end result was a blowout, the early going was a bit closer than one might expect. Alex McDonald, who gained 93 yards on six carries, used a 17-yard run to put the Mules in front with 7:06 on the clock. Just over four minutes later, Yannutz ran 16 yards to pay dirt. Evan Salisbury's PAT's made it 14-0.

Not to be denied, Ephrata cut that lead in half with a one-yard score with 42 seconds left in the first quarter but a 28-7 second quarter advantage by the Mules was all the momentum they needed. Yannutz scored from 10-yards out to start the second frame but the extra point kick was blocked. The Mounts then used a 90-yard kickoff return by Adam Maser to cut the lead to 20-14 with 8:52 left in the half. But that was as close as it would get as the hosts ran off five straight TD's to put the game out of reach.

Yannutz collected his third TD of the night on a three-yard burst and converted the two-point conversion to start the rally. McGuire ran for 58 yards and completed two of three passes, hitting McDonald and Zach Poole for another 52 yards. He also followed a Nafis Moore 44-yard TD with a two-yard keeper, pushing the lead to 42-14 at the break.

"It's always good to win at home," said Cox. "This was a good win for the program. All the kids got to play and it's nice to see some of the younger kids score. It energizes the program."

Freshman Shaneef Carter opened the second half scoring with a five yard burst. A four-yard Grady Unger TD and Danny Bird's 35-yard scamper, along with Grace Kreider's PAT accounted for the fourth quarter scoring.

"Grady and Shaneef played well," noted Cox. "And Grace, our homecoming queen, picked up a PAT."

Contributing to a defense that held the Mounts to 190 rushing yards was Cole Lewis and Cody Forren, who combined for 11 tackles with seniors Avery Troop, Dylon Sturgill and Brandon Doubts recording for each.

"Now we prepare for Manheim Central," he continued. "The kids know how big this game is. We need to stay focused and play physical football."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team wrapped up the 2017 season with 3-0 losses to Ephrata and Elizabethtown last week.

The Mounts exploded for a 25-5 first set win on Monday but were lucky to pull out the second set, escaping the pesky Mares 25-20. They went on to win 25-17.

"That first set loss was a bit of a wakeup call, and we turned the match around," said head coach Meghan Cross. "We struggled with our serve receive from the beginning but gained some confidence and trust in each other in the second set."

Ally McDowell dished out nine assists with Kara McClune converting with four kills. Liz Mowrer put up three blocks and McClune and Lydia Fetterman patrolled the back row with seven and six digs respectively. McDowell, Mowrer and Weaver each served up one ace.

Wednesday the team went up against the Section Two champs Elizabethtown and were dealt another loss, 25-10, 25-13, 25-11.

"E-town is a solid, competitive team," said Cross. "We did have some nice digs and some great defensive play off their offense. Molly Chew, Kara McClune and Ally McDowell were all over the floor putting up some digs and Kara, Liz and Georgia Ewing were getting some nice touches and blocks at the net," she continued. "We were reading their hitters and anticipating better, even though the scores don't necessarily reflect that."

McClune was solid all around finishing with four kills, four blocks and eight digs. Mowrer and Ewing combined for five blocks, Chew was tops with 10 digs, McDowell recorded nine assists and Libby Weaver served the only ace.

"This was a challenging season overall," stated Cross. "While our record doesn't show a winning season, we did show progress through growth and the younger players got a lot of court and play experience of a much faster paced game. Section Two has come a long way over the years and has some really competitive, good teams," she continued. "We learned that we have to make the other teams play the ball and cut back on our own unforced errors."

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Lady Booters Advance to District Tournament October 23, 2017

The girls' soccer team closed out their regular season with their second straight game against Susquehanna Township. The Lady Indians took the first round on October 12th but Middletown was able to regroup to take round two by a 1-0 count. Camryn Russ scored what proved to be the game winner at 26:18 with help from Jordyn Dupes. Amanda Lee stopped all seven shots she faced to earn the shutout victory. Up next for the Lady Raiders is a District 3-2A first round tilt opposite Biglerville on October 24th.

FOOTBALL

The football team took another step towards an undefeated regular season with a 57-7 throttling of Boiling Springs last Friday. The offensive explosion featured 477 yards thanks to the work of Jose Lopez and Tyreer Mills. The duo combined for 351 yards and six of team's nine touchdowns, including all five first quarter scores.

Mills ignited the scoring with a 61-yard scamper just 12 seconds after the opening whistle to quickly put Middletown up 7-0. Lopez made the next three trips to the end zone starting with a two-yard plunge with 5:14 remaining in the opening frame. Just over a minute later he plowed in from four yards out for a 21-0 cushion. Only 57 seconds elapsed before Lopez made his next trip to pay dirt, picking up another four-yard score. Mills capped the first quarter fun with a 16-yard TD reception from Scott Ash with 48 seconds remaining in the frame.

Lopez's fourth score came 1:04 into the second quarter, putting a fourth exclamation point on his 199-yard game. Donovan Brady took a break from kicking extra points, instead booting a 27-yard field goal that put Middletown up 44-0. Devin Martin stretched the lead to 50-0 when he picked off a Bubbler pass and returned it 26 yards for the score while Kyle Truesdale capped the 57-point first half with a six-yard TD with 39-seconds remaining in the half. Doug Bear broke up the Blue Raider shutout with a one yard run late in the third quarter.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

With some tie-breaking magic the girls' volleyball team picked up their first ever Mid-Penn Conference Tournament berth thanks to their 7-1 Colonial Division record. The Lady Raiders finished with the same division record as Milton Hershey but a slim edge in District 3 Power Rankings gave Middletown the Mid-Penn berth.

Unfortunately, that berth meant a semifinal spot opposite undefeated Cumberland Valley who not only claimed the Commonwealth crown but occupy the top spot in the District 3-4A rankings. The Lady Eagles posted wins of 25-5, 25-7 and 25-13 to officially bring Middletown's season to a close.

The Lady Raiders closed out the final week of their regular season with losses to Northern York and Big Spring setting Middletown's final record at 7-10. Both losses were of the 3-0 variety with Northern posting wins of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-22.

Middletown made Big Spring work for their wins but the Lady Bulldogs still claimed victories of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21. Cassie Ebersole and Morgen Miller were front and center in both matches. Miller finished the loss to Northern with seven assists, five digs, two kills and one ace and the loss to Big Spring with six kills, five digs, one ace and one block. Ebersole enjoyed nine kills and one block against Northern and four kills and three blocks against Big Spring. Alex Kolish added seven digs, three kills and one ace against the Lady Polar Bears while Shelby Luther chipped in with four kills and two blocks against Big Spring.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team wrapped up their 2017 season with a 3-0 loss to Shippensburg on October 17th. The loss puts the Lady Raiders' season record at 1-16-1.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team closed out their regular season slate with wins over Susquehanna Township and Red Land. The 13-4-1 overall mark not only earned the Blue Raiders a berth in the District 3-2A bracket, but was good enough for the sixth seed and a first round bye. That pushes Middletown's first postseason game to October 28th when the Blue Raiders will travel to Wyomissing to face the third seeded Spartans.

Middletown's final prep for the postseason started with a 2-1 win over Susquehanna Township on the 16th. David Alcock netted both scores to lead the way on offense while Avery Williams (three saves) and Tommy Lee (one save) split time in goal to preserve the win.

Alcock used Anthony LaVia's first assist to make it a 1-0 game just 9:21 into the contest and his second assist to collect the game winner with 3:29 remaining. In between Duncan Andrews knotted the game at 1-1 with his first half score for Township.

The Blue Raiders used two first half goals to propel them to a 3-1 victory over Red Land on Tuesday. Griffin Meyer and Ben Knisely were responsible for those goals with Alcock and LaVia assisting on Meyer's 10th minute score. Thomas Einolf provided the setup for Knisely's 15th minute score. Red Land's Josh Sourbeer broke up Lee's shutout bid with his 31st minute score but Lee still earned the win thanks to his eight save effort. Einolf tacked on a late score, converting a Derrick Miller pass at 76:46 for the game's final score.

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GS Volleyball Competes in Post-Season Play October 22, 2017

The girls' volleyball team came up short in Saturday's L-L League quarterfinal match at Lancaster Mennonite. The Spartans, who entered the league playoffs as the Section Two runners-up, bowed out with a 3-0 loss to Warwick where the Warriors won each of the three sets by a close 25-23 margin.

"I thought we played tough," stated head coach Denny Werner. "We had the lead at one point or another in all three games. I think we executed the game plan we wanted to do. But we made critical errors at critical moments."

Shawna Zeiset led the Spartans with 10 kills while libero Sam Martin had a match-high 23 digs to go with one ace. Sarah Shirk put up a match-high 31 assists and Kiersten Ellsworth registered two blocks.

Asked in what areas the squad made errors, Werner said, "Serves, hitting errors and net violations. Those are things you cannot do with any frequency, especially in a playoff match.

"And we were making them late in the games," he added. "You're making it harder for yourself and now you have to score more."

Warwick had a match-high 14 kills from McKenzie Cossette.

Garden Spot eyes the District Three playoffs currently ranked fifth in the 16-team pool.

"We're treating this as a new tournament," said Werner. "We're playing schools that are the same size as us. We can use the experience from this year to fulfill our potential."

FOOTBALL

There's an axiom that says, "Sometimes you say that you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you."

On Friday night, just when the Garden Spot Spartans seemed ready to have the proverbial ursine feast, the Elizabethtown Bears came back to post a 16-14 victory in Section Two football action at E-town.

Elizabethtown kicker David Shank booted his third field goal of the game, connecting from 37 yards out with seconds winding down in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Shank had hit from 25 and 33 yards while missing a 47-yarder.

"He's one of the best kickers in the league," said head coach Zach Fullmer. "He kicked three field goals in the game and two of them were because we gave them short field position."

That tied in with Fullmer's assessment of how the Spartans (2-6, 1-4 in league) made too many mistakes in this Lancaster-Lebanon League game.

"The biggest thing was that on offense we could not hold on to the football," he said. "I think we had five turnovers. There were three straight possessions in the second half that resulted in a fumble.

"Our defensive played the best game they've played all year. They put a lot of pressure on E-town," he added. "On offense we shot ourselves in the foot."

The Spartans had given up as well as scored a plethora of points in previous contests, being pulled into shootouts such as losing by scores of 64-42 and 60-30, winning a 56-21 contest and suffering a season-opening non-league loss of 34-33.

"We only gave up one touchdown the entire game," he noted.

The Spartans scored on a Cameron Roth first-quarter touchdown pass to Kelito Westmoreland from 24 yards out and Roth's 71-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Roth reached 2,000 yards as he racked up 74 rushing yards on 10 carries and completed 16 passes for 170 yards.

Defensively, Fullmer mentioned a few of the many stars.

"Zack Ringler had a big game - he had two sacks and made some nice plays," he commented. "Dylan Nichols and Jerry Ringler are a couple of linemen who had sacks too. Christian Schilling, a linebacker, had a good game. Cameron Roth and Jordan Shewbridge both had an interception.

"I'm proud of how the kids played," he added. "They played with a lot of heart but we made too many mistakes. We will clean it up and go after a win next week."

The Spartans' next game will be at home against Lampeter-Strasburg.

CROSS COUNTRY

The L-L League Championship race was held at Ephrata Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. The Garden Spot girls' team featured Becca Rissler's 22:04 finish, which ranked 59th in the race as Garden Spot compiled 426 team points. Cloe Martin's 22:08.8 was good for 63rd in the league-wide field of runners while freshman Amanda Coblentz (23:10.5) took the 89th position.

Samantha Davis and Lauren Greenawalt posted respective times of 26:28.9 and 27:20.0.

In the boys' race, it was another Rissler leading the way. Junior Jeremy Rissler's 18:22.0 was 89th overall. Dakota Cox (19:08.0) and Donovan Esbenshade (19:17.5) also finished under 20:00. Daniel Hurst ran the race in 20:35.3 and Max Mercado finished with a 20:41.7 while freshman Laine King came in at 21:09.9 - just ahead of sophomore Todd Trupe's 21:36.4. Joe Mininger posted a time of 24:24.5.

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ET Boys' Soccer Wins Second Straight L-L Title October 22, 2017

The boys' soccer team did it again, winning their second straight league title and their third in the last four years. "It's a remarkable achievement to win three L-L League titles in the past four years with this year's back-to-back titles," commented head coach James Sostack of the special run. "It's a special core of players that respond to the coaching tactics and have a genuine brotherhood among the players in the program."

The victory was a result of two second half goals from Brady Kreider, 13 saves from Austin Denlinger and came despite the Blazers holding an edge in both shots on goal (13-6) and corner kicks (5-3). Kreider's first goal came early in the second half and according to Sostack helped flip momentum squarely to the Bears.

"The first half saw us struggle in the possession game against an LMH team stacked with talent," said Sostack. "The second half saw the flow of play back in our direction after a great goal by Brady Kreider who danced around the Mennonite defenders for a superb individual effort."

Aden Cabrera-Perez provided the feed for Kreider to go to work on the game's first score while Caleb Gerber continued his exceptional week by setting up Kreider's insurance goal in the 52nd minute.

The Bears continue their playoff journey on October 24th, hosting Central Dauphin in the District 3-4A opener. Game time is set for 7pm at Jane Hoover Field.

In order to have a chance at repeating Elizabethtown first had to take care of last year's title game foe, Hempfield. The Bears needed a few extra minutes to get the job done but they did just that with a 3-2 overtime victory.

"A "gritty" performance demonstrating the resolve of a well-tested team," stated Sostack. "I credit the players' ability to respond and execute the tactical changes as well as the discipline to finish set plays."

E-town's resolve was well tested in the semifinal showdown as the Black Knights held a one goal lead for large portions of the contest. Hempfield's first lead came in the 27th minute with Alexis Garcia breaking up the scoreless deadlock. It took Elizabethtown just over 20 minutes to climb out of that one goal hole with Caleb Gerber's first goal taking place in the 49th minute.

Hempfield regained their slim lead just a few minutes later when Ryan Helper made it 2-1 in the 56th minute. The Black Knights looked to remain in front this time and came dangerously close to pulling it off but Aiden Grey Fertich had other ideas. The senior netted the game tying goal with 1:40 remaining in regulation setting up sudden death overtime. Gerber came through with the game winning golden goal, his second of the game, in the 84th minute.

"I was encouraged to see Caleb Gerber find the back of the net on two occasions, we need younger players to step up in critical games and Caleb did just that," praised Sostack.

FOOTBALL

The football team's game against Garden Spot had a feel of Dejà vu with David Shank drilling a game winning field goal to top the Spartans for the second straight year. In 2016 it was a 19 yarder with three ticks remaining that gave E-town a 16-13 victory. This season's game winner was from 37 yards out and came as time expired, giving the home team a 16-14 victory.

Shank took his heroics to another level in this year's victory, adding makes of 25 yards and 33 yards to account for nine of the Bear's 16 points. Elizabethtown's only none-Shank points came in the second quarter when Cole Patrick hooked up with Anthony Funk for a 24-yard score. Shanks's successful PAT, combined with that 25-yarder made it 10-7 at the break.

Shank made it 13-7 with his 33-yard boot early in the final frame only to see Spot's Cameron Roth break loose for a 71-yard jaunt that put the Spartans on top for a second time in the game, 14-13. Shank would not be outdone on the night, booting the game winner as time expired, sending the home fans into a frenzy.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams began their postseason journey on Tuesday October 17th with a trip to Ephrata for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Meet. The trip ended up being historic for the girls' team as the Lady Bears posted the program's best finish, nipping Hempfield 100-102 to bring home team silver.

Katie Locker was the first E-town runner to finish, doing so with a time of 18:40.6, good enough for her second straight silver medal. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn followed up on their All-Star regular seasons by finishing sixth and eighth respectively. Shontz, a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars was able to take sixth place with a time of 19:17.90 while Quinn came in eighth with a time of 19:24.40. Quinn joined Locker on the Section One First Team roster.

E-town's fourth runner, also a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars managed to slip inside the top 20 with Kate Weissend and her 19:56.90 coming in 19th out of the 142 runners. Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the Lady Bear top five by finishing 71st with a time of 22:36.30. With their top 20 finishes Locker, Shontz, Quinn and Weissend picked up L-L medals and also earned L-L All-Star honors.

On the boys' side only two runners finished inside the top 20 leading to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. Those two runners share a last name, Scharf. Christopher posted a 16:20.1 to take fourth while Charles finished in 16:59.40 and in 18th place. The Scharf brothers add the L-L accolades to their Section One First Team All-Stars nods. Elizabethtown's next two runners, Jesse Myers and Nat McCloud followed up their Section One Second Team All-Stars honors by finishing 46th and 60th. Myers covered the 3.1-mile course at Ephrata Middle School in 17:30.10 to finish 46th while McCloud needed 17:51.60 to traverse the course, finishing 60th. Aiden Weaver was the fifth Bear to cross the line, taking 87th with his time of 18:17.20.

Up next for the XC teams is a trip to Big Spring High School for the District 3 Championship Meet on October 28th.

VOLLEYBALLL

The girls' volleyball team closed out arguably the best regular season in program history last week. Wins over Lampeter-Strasburg and Solanco moved E-town to 10-0 in Section Two play, securing the section title for the Lady Bears.

"We are proud of what we've accomplished but only want to accomplish more," said head coach David Pittman of the section crown, adding, "I am very proud of the effort that the team has given us and we are always looking to get better. We realize that we may have some setbacks but at the end our fight and our mettle is what defines this team."

Both wins were of the 3-0 variety with neither L-S or Solanco offering much resistance starting with E-town's 25-10, 25-20, 25-16 sweep over the Lady Pioneers on Monday. Bri Eberly enjoyed a standout game with a team high 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. Grace Murry matched Eberly's block total while Rebecca Epps matched the two aces, adding a team high 14 digs. Julia Rathsam collected 32 assists in the win.

The win over Solanco two days later gave the Lady Bears their second six game winning streak of the season and with wins of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-11 was Elizabethtown's 10th sweep in 14 matches. Rathsam led the way with 27 assists and four aces while Murray and Eberly both collected a team high two blocks. Senior Katrielle Hoffman enjoyed senior night with a team high 10 kills while Ashley NyeSmith collected eight digs in the win.

One day after stretching their winning streak to six games the Lady Bears saw that streak snap with a 3-2 loss to Dallastown. It was just Elizabethtown's second loss of the season and came despite the Lady Bears jumping out to a 2-0 lead behind wins of 25-21 and 25-17. Dallastown bounced back with back-to-back wins of 25-22 to even the match before stealing the win with a 15-10 fifth game victory. Taylor Beeler tallied a team high 24 digs and 14 kills while Rathsam posted team high 42 assists and three aces. Nye Smith matched the three aces while Eberly had two blocks.

With the regular season in the books the Lady Bears turned their attention to the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs were the Lady Eagles of Cocalico awaited in the quarterfinals. E-town kicked off what they hope will be another lengthy winning streak with a 3-0 sweep over the Section Three runner-up squad. Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all tallied nine kills to lead the offense with Rathsam providing the setup with 32 assists. Eberly added a team high three blocks to her nine kills while Epps (four aces) and Marley Kreiser (seven digs) rounded out the team leaders.

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Lady Chargers Win 4th Straight CCAC Title October 22, 2017

The Mount Calvary girls' soccer had plenty to prove in search of their fourth consecutive CCAC championship, and they proved they still deserve it, taking home the title with a 2-0 win over Harrisburg Christian.

Before heading to the championship, their first post-season test came in a pairing against West Shore Christian in the semifinal round of the CCAC tournament last Tuesday, and though it took 33 minutes before the scoreboard registered a change, the Charger offense erupted for a 5-0 victory.

"The girls knew how important this game was and were determined not to start slow. Our plan was to attack West Shores' weaker defensive side, get ball through into the corner and then into the box," explained head coach Kim Schmitkons.

Executing that game plan flawlessly, the Lady Chargers worked their way down the sidelines before propelling the ball into the centerfield for ideal shooting opportunities. Brittney Taylor was the first to complete the play, connecting with the back of the net seven minutes before the half.

"The midfield did a great job of linking passes to work the ball up the field. Our passing was vital to controlling the game," noted Schmitkons.

Taylor and Naomi Ewing finished with two goals apiece and Julia Martin supplied the other. Taylor and Abby Bert each picked up an assist in the attack.

The win advanced the Lady Chargers into the CCAC championship game against the Harrisburg Christian Knights. Pressure was high for the Lady Chargers to defend their title, having claimed the championship each of the past three years. Looking to keep their streak alive, they prepared knowing not to underestimate their opponent.

"We want to see the same level of intensity and controlled passing on Friday night," explained Schmitkons in the days leading up to the championship. "We know how Harrisburg Christian plays, and knowing that we have beaten them before, it is a challenge to not come into the game overconfident."

"We are trying to keep a balanced mindset of playing intense and with confidence in ourselves, and at the same time respecting Harrisburg Christian and all that they have been able to accomplish this season," she added.

The Lady Chargers came out ready to play in Friday night's championship held at In the Net, but did not notch a goal until six minutes before the half, when Naomi Ewing carried the ball between the Knight defenders and slipped in a low shot for the go-ahead goal.

Opening the second half, the Chargers found themselves on the defensive as the Knights came out hot and started creating options on their offensive end. Several loose balls rattled around the Charger box dangerously close to the line, but time and again a Charger defender was able to clear the ball.

"Julia Martin and Emma Moore alternated in a vital role in cutting off Harrisburg's primary striker," pointed out Schmitkons.

It was obvious the Knights would not go down easy. At the 58th minute mark, a Knight shot sailed over Charger defense and ricocheted off the upper left goal post, narrowly missing the equalizer the Knights were desperately seeking, and keeping Charger keeper Leah Hawryluk (8 saves) on her toes.

"Leah continues to step up her game and be aggressive off her line to pick up the long balls and through balls on the turf," praised Schmitkons.

The Lady Chargers began to resettle and take control, using passing sequences to push the action back to the opposite end of the field.

"Katelyn Esbenshade and Naomi Ewing worked the center of the field with Katelyn providing a constant defensive presence and Naomi attacking aggressively," said Schmitkons.

With 13:00 left to play, freshman Olivia Yordy worked her way down the left sideline and placed a cross directly in front of the Knight box. Fellow freshman Ruth Hoffman was in the right place at the right time and redirected the ball into the net, all but sealing the fate of the contest.

The Knights did not give up, sailing a breakaway shot just wide with 27 seconds left, but to no avail.

The sound of the final buzzer was sweet as the Chargers celebrated their title for the fourth year running.

"Like every one of our tough games, this win took a team effort," acknowledged Schmitkons. "I am proud of our girls for playing with great determination and a team mentality. They have accomplished a tremendous amount this season, but I am most proud of their support for each other and willingness to work hard in any role for the team."

VOLLEYBALL

Worn thin by an intense schedule and team injuries, Mount Calvary volleyball dug deep to battle out three games in four days, and ended their season with a mixed bag of results. In their final week of play the Chargers experienced being on both sides of a sweep in addition to a back-and-forth five game contest.

Facing their first opponent of the week in Linville Hill, the Lady Chargers suffered a loss in three 25-21, 25-13, 25-21.

Serving and passing errors quickly put the Chargers behind 2-0 in the set count.

"Our passes on serve receive and on defense were pushed too tight to the net," noted head coach Kate Ferrari. "Essentially with these tight passes we set up the opponent to attack right back at us."

Rallying in the third set, Grace Hilsher churned some Charger momentum, nailing two aces during her service turn. Hilsher paired with Molly Bert to boost defensive play, giving the Chargers a much-needed shot at a comeback.

"Grace and Molly were all over the back line digging up attacks and making it possible for us to set up our offense," said Ferrari.

Unfortunately, the surge came a little too late, and Linville recovered to close the window of opportunity and the match.

Highlights for the Chargers included Kami Mummau's 11 kills and a block; Hilsher's 9 digs and 4 aces; and Kara Locker's 14 assists.

Twenty-four hours later, it was the Chargers turn to dole out a 3-0 defeat, and they swiftly overcame Columbia High School 25-4, 25-6, 25-16.

"The ladies played really well tonight and did a really nice job of not letting up; making sure they communicated throughout the entire set," pointed out Ferrari.

Mummau's game-high 15 aces set the tone for the match, not only racking up points but inspiring an abundance of aggressive serving. In set two, Mummau nailed four aces, McMahon and Locker each fired two, and Carley Herndon provided one.

Mummau added 4 kills and 5 assists to her performance, Hilsher delivered 4 kills, Locker chipped in 5 assists, and Rachel Green came up with 5 digs.

Thursday night, the Charger season came to a close after a five-game battle that tipped in favor of Veritas Academy 25-20, 11-25, 25-21, 25-15, 16-14.

Serving errors continued to plagued the Chargers, making set one a relatively easy snag for Veritas.

Set two display a revamped Charger squad that used the serve to secure the win as Mummau, Locker, and Bert each fired five aces to account for 15 of the set points.

"They were unstoppable and made very few errors in this set," praised Ferrari.

The following two sets were almost exact replicas of the first two, with Veritas claiming the third, but the Chargers dominating the fourth.

"They pushed hard. Grace provided 5 digs, Kami was aggressive at the net, and Kara and Grace had key serves," elaborated Ferrari regarding the fourth set. "There was so much energy on the court, it was amazing! The girls were pumped to get this win."

The fifth was neck-and-neck as the two even teams battled to the final points. Veritas crept ahead to an 11-7 lead, but Locker delivered three aces to bring the Chargers right back into contention. With the game knotted at 14, Veritas lined up two consecutive attacks to go ahead at the right moment and claim the final set.

The loss signified the end of the Charger season, finalizing their record at 7-9, but certainly not the end of their potential.

"I was truly encouraged by this game. We have a bright future ahead," summarized Ferrari of her young squad. "Lady Charger volleyball has a lot to look forward to."

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Braves Battle Indians in Section Three Football October 22, 2017

Pequea Valley's football team visited Donegal on Friday night for a Section Three football game. The Braves, with two key injuries, struggled to contain the Indians' offense as Donegal posted a 49-0 victory. The win evened Donegal's overall record at 4-4 while improving the Indians' Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 3-1. The Braves fell to 2-6, 1-3.

"It was a frustrating game," said head coach Mike Choi. "Our game plan was to come in and start fast. Unfortunately, it worked the other way.

"We had them on a third-down and 15 and we blew a coverage," Choi said of the team's first defensive stance. "Otherwise, we get the stop and get the ball back after their initial possession."

Donegal instead marched down the field and scored on Nick Kettner's first touchdown of the game. The senior running back finished with five touchdowns as he gained 170 yards on 10 carries.

The injuries to Pequea running backs Timothy Malloy and Ryan Smith stalled the Braves' offense early in the game. For Smith, it was a lingering injury from the previous week's game with Lancaster Catholic. With Malloy, it was a broken finger that sidelined him in the first quarter of Friday night's game.

"Ryan had a separated shoulder in the Lancaster Catholic game," Choi explained. "He rested it during the week and he tried to play Friday night, but it hurt too much. There was no way I was risking his health."

Smith is one of the two-way players on this depleted roster for Pequea Valley.

"Ryan was on his way to 100 tackles for us this year," continued the coach. "He and Nate Kovalick are the heart and soul of our defense. Without those guys we struggled on defense. Without them on the field it hurts - especially against a team that runs a Wing-T as Donegal does."

Malloy made attempts to return to the game, but eventually had to bow out.

"Tim tried to come back a couple of times after resetting his broken finger," Choi said. "He eventually said that he thought he was hurting the team more than helping with his injured finger.

"He has it in a cast," Choi added. "If he gets permission from the doctors to play, he'll have to play the next game with a cast."

After Kettner scored on a 40-yard run to spark the Indians' attack in the first quarter, the team came right back and made it 14-0 on Kettner's three-yard TD run.

"When we couldn't hold them on their initial possession, we had to now go back and answer," said Choi. "We felt good about what we had planned, but we threw an interception. They went down and scored, making us play catch-up."

Keeryen Stevens, who had that interception on PV's first drive of the game, caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter. By that time, the Indians had already taken a 35-0 lead on four Kettner touchdowns and a three-yard TD run by Tyler Rupp.

The Indians scored 21 points in each of the first two periods. Kettner capped the scoring with a third-quarter TD to make it 49-0.

"Their offense did a good job isolating one of our young linebackers - releasing their guards on him," said Choi. "They took advantage of our issues with a good game plan."

The Braves' next game will be at Annville-Cleona. The Little Dutchmen are 2-2 in the league and 5-3 overall.

"We're two similar teams - we both run a triple option," Choi noted. "Their coaches do a good job.

"It's going to be a quick game," he continued. "It could come down to the fourth quarter. Two years ago it was a heck of a game when we were both very balanced. This year they've started the year off pretty well but have fallen off over the past couple of weeks. So, you don't know what to expect."

There may also be a revenge factor involved, Choi added.

"Last year they put up 55 points on us," he said. "Those of us who were here haven't forgotten last year's game."

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Grucelski Places 8th in L-L League Championship October 22, 2017

The cross country squads participated in the L-L League Championships at Ephrata last Tuesday. With 20 boys' teams in the mix, the Bucks took home a 15th place team finish, while the girls achieved a 10th place finish in an 18-team pool.

Competing against 163 individual harriers, Nate Grucelski blazed his way to an eighth-place finish, covering the 3.1-mile race in a personal best time of 16:43. Grucelski's finish awarded him a L-L League medal, an honor reserved for only the top 25 finishers.

"Nate ran his best race of the season at the right time of the year," celebrated coach Mark Amway.

Grucelski's ever improving times have also earned him Second Team All-League honors for his regular season performance.

Also finishing in the top 100 was Jake Dissinger (76th, 18:05), Zack Leaman (79th, 18:07), Alex Poli (91st, 18:31) and Preston Brubaker (95th, 18:31).

Completing the team effort was Jack Emery in 19:02, Nick Pham 19:33, and Justin Le 19:41.

In the girls' race, Alex Slingluff continued to set the pace for the Lady Bucks. With a time of 21:09, she seized a 39th place finish out of 142 participants.

"Alex finished very strong in the meet. She continues to improve her time and is the most consistent runner on the team," praised Amway.

Emily Castronova and Katie Fowler crossed the line together with only six hundredths of a second separating their times 21:43.2 and 21.43.8 respectively to clinch spots 51 and 52.

Kate Snader (85th, 23:01), and Kate Kmieczak's 23:14 (90th, 23:14) put two more CV runners into the top 100.

Lindsey Mousch (23:58) and Savannah Mead (28:05) rounded out the Buckskin effort.

"The meet was highly competitive. I am extremely pleased with the girls' overall performance as a team," noted Amway.

GIRLS SOCCER

Fresh off claiming the L-L League Section One title, the CV's girls' soccer team set their sights on the League title last week, a dream that came within a hair's breadth of reality.

Their quest took them through 240 minutes of tournament regulation, and 60 overtime minutes, but a Manheim Township goal 15 seconds before the championship would have been determined in a shootout, awarded the Streaks with their second consecutive League title, and left the Lady Bucks in the bittersweet runner-up spot.

The last time CV appeared in the League Championship game was in 2015 where they were bested by Elizabethtown. This year they were determined to do more than contend-they were hungry to claim it.

Their road to the championship game began with a Saturday quarterfinal round paired against Pequea Valley, in which the Buckskins pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory.

After battling 98 scoreless minutes, it was Gabriella Barone that blasted the golden goal three minutes into the second overtime.

"We were very patient against Pequea Valley," commented head coach Keith Nagley. "They played a very defensive game against us, so we needed to possess the ball and take shots when we had them."

Tuesday's semifinal pitted the Buckskins against Section Two victors Ephrata. Again the Bucks prevailed 1-0.

Experiencing a bit of Deja vu, it was again Barone that netted the lone goal of the night, this time assisted by Madison Delgado. Refusing to give the Mountaineers the option of overtime, the Lady Bucks were relentless and found the game winner with only nine minutes to spare.

"Our depth is a big reason for our success," acknowledge Nagley. "When we sub players into games our playing level remains high. Any of our players are capable of scoring."

A glance at the stats confirms Nagley's words, as twenty different CV players combined to amass their 59 season goals. A formidable defensive lineup has rarely allowed their opponents a goal-only four to be exact. Keeper Lauren Yoder has accrued 59 saves to stop almost every shot placed against them.

Nagley's coaching strategy all season has pointed his players toward defeating their next opponent, not looking too far into the future, and that strategy continues in post-season play.

"We are not feeling the pressure of playoffs, we are just focusing on the next game on the schedule," emphasized Nagley.

Thursday's championship game pitted the Buckskins against defending champs Manheim Township. The last clash between these two teams resulted in a double overtime draw leaving both teams wanting to settle the score.

Previously, CV dealt Township their sole season loss, a comfortable 3-0 final, but that was not to be the outcome of this meeting.

The scoreless 80 minutes of regulation play was not without opportunity, though intense defense by both squads limited good looks at the goal.

CV's Adalee Broadbent covered for her club when a loose Township ball was headed directly at the goal out Yoder's reach, and Broadbent's big save robbed Township of the go-ahead goal only seven minutes into the contest.

Flipping to CV's offensive attempts, midway through the second half Emma Weirich managed to knock the ball across Township's goal line, but an offsides call erased the would-be lead.

A shootout seemed inevitable with only 15 seconds to play in the second overtime, but Township capitalized on their fifth corner kick of the night, finding Emma Hagg who rerouted the ball into the goal and earned Township the title.

The Lady Bucks will need to shake off the defeat, and remember their coach's words of wisdom because that 'next game on the schedule' is the opening round of PIAA District III playoffs.

FOOTBALL

The Buckskins faced another tough loss on the gridiron last Friday, coming up short in a battle against Hempfield 64-36.

CV started out strong, getting on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Joseph Cardina.

Jose Barbon worked his magic with a 65-yard punt return that put the Bucks up by 10.

Unfortunately, that was the best quarter for CV. Things began to unravel from there. Hempfield responded with a first quarter touchdown, and in the second they tacked on two more and a field goal, all while holding the Buckskins scoreless.

CV quarterback Tanner Schwilk found Tyre Stead for a 23-yard passing touchdown in the third, but Hempfield continued to pile on the points outscoring the Bucks 40-26 over the course of the second half.

Yozeph Bencosme and Keegan Martin churned Buckskin momentum in the fourth. Bencosme rushed back-to-back CV touchdowns and Martin delivered a third across the line. Attempting to narrow the deficit, the Bucks opted for two-point PATs after each touchdown, but only found success once when Schwilk again connected with Stead.

Schwilk completed 55 percent of his passes going for 287 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, CV was unable to stop Hempfield's high powered offense giving up a total of 634 yards, 505 of those attributed to the running game.

TENNIS

After advancing past Cumberland Valley in the opening round of PIAA District III team playoffs, the Lady Bucks bowed out in the quarterfinal round with a 5-0 loss to Manheim Township.

Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, and Rachel Eby all represented CV in the singles matchups, while duos Ellie Kready/Christian McBride, and Caitlin Carter/Amy Haldeman competed in pairs.

"The girls were able to use the strategies and drills we have been doing to refocus during our matches," noted head coach Dale Gregg explaining that coaching time during tournament play is limited."

Township swept the match, taking all five points and advancing to the semifinal round, but CV has nothing to hang their heads about when reflecting on their season accomplishments.

"Pleased does not cover how impressed I am in looking back at the season," expressed Gregg. "The ability to be sportsman or sportswoman like during play, while trying to be aggressive, is a lesson that I think the girls gained. Also, the ability to learn from past mishaps to minimize errors added to our success," he elaborated.

The squad finished with a 9-2 section record and were 11-4 overall before improving to 12-5 after district competition.

Scala's season-long effort earned her Section One honorable mention All-Star honors.

"We finished in the top eight in the district, something we have not done since 2001," added Gregg.

Though team tennis had reached its season conclusion, the team rallied around their last two individual players with more to play. Scala and Eby paired up to make a run in the District Three doubles playoff, and advanced past the first round taking down New Oxford 6-4, 6-4. Their run ended in the following round when they were toppled by Hershey's duo in the quarterfinals.

GOLF

Senior Owen Miller represented CV in the East Regional competition held last Monday at Golden Oaks golf course, and did his team proud, but fell just three strokes short of the cut line.

Miller carded an 82, putting a top 24 finish just out of reach and ending his post-season run.

Coach Tom Larkin was all positives when reflecting on Miller's work ethic and achievements.

"Owen is a tough, grind it out type of golfer, and he was very disappointed not to make states," said Larkin. "No one worked harder than Owen this year. He will be greatly missed at CV."

VOLLEYBALL

The Lady Bucks fell 3-0 to both Warwick and Manheim Township last week, signaling the end of their season.

CeCe Leininger topped the CV season stats with 86 kills and 42 digs. Charlize Miller also led two categories with 178 assists and 17 aces, and Maddie Glick has proven her worth at the net with 11 blocks.

An overall record of 2-15 might be discouraging to some, but the future is bright for the young squad, only graduating one senior. Allison Stoltzfus' well-rounded contribution included 27 digs, 8 kills, 7 aces, and a block. Stoltzfus' presence will certainly be missed, but not having to fill the roles of multiple graduating players will boost the team in the future, and head coach Dewey Barlow continues to point his young squad toward that future and the exciting potential it holds.

"They are mostly sophomores playing against seniors," Barlow points out of the squad that boasts a total of 11 freshman or sophomore players. "We'll be a team to be reckoned with," concluded Barlow.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys' soccer team spent the week practicing and waiting-waiting to hear if they were officially in the top 16 power rankings to compete in District III playoffs. Official word came on Friday. The Buckskins improved their ranking to 13, and will take on fourth ranked Wilson this week in round one.

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PM Field Hockey Team Wins L-L League Crown October 22, 2017

Getting to the finals of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships is nothing new for Penn Manor's field hockey team. Winning it isn't either. Despite coming up empty in each of the last two title round bouts, the Comets took care of business last Thursday night at CV High School, earning a 2-0 shutout over Manheim Township for their sixth L-L League crown in nine years.

The Comets rolled through league opponents with 89 total goals for, three goals against, and 10 shutouts. Ironically, the closest was a 2-0 season-opener against Manheim Township.

In typical Comet fashion, Penn Manor spent a good portion of the first half attacking the Township circle. All good things take time and 24 minutes into the contest Anna May Barbusca corralled a Bri Harsh rebound and pushed it past Township keeper Cat Wilson for the 1-0 advantage.

Both teams battled through the second half with the Comets again controlling the bulk of possession time. They didn't record that second goal until the last two minutes of the game when Emma DeBerdine converted the team's ninth corner.

"I was happy with our teamwork and our passing game this week," stated head coach Matt Soto. "The girls are playing great hockey."

To get to the finals the Comets had to get past their nemesis, the undefeated Donegal Indians Tuesday night at Warwick. And to do that, they needed to stop league leading scorer Makenzie Allessie who has racked up 69 goals this season.

The Indians defeated the Comets in each of the last two L-L League finals. Their third post-season meeting, however, went in favor of Penn Manor, 2-1, as they handed Donegal its first loss of the season and ended a 48 game winning streak.

DeBerdine set the tone early in this one. After picking off a pass just outside the circle, the junior raced toward the goal, dodging anyone in her path and calmly fired a shot into the left corner of the net just 2:51 into play.

"Emma had some terrific individual plays, including that 70-yard scoring run," Soto noted. "The entire team played great."

Both teams attacked and defended and had opportunities, though the Comets carried the bulk of the action with 15 shots and ten corners. Donegal had five of each.

Allessie, despite being double and triple teamed all night, would not be denied. On Donegal's final corner of the game, the junior lifted the ball past Comet goalie Brit Hook (4 saves) and tied the game at 1-1 with 10:29 left on the clock.

"We tried to contain her with anyone available," said Soto.

That momentum was squashed just over a minute later. With 9:45 left, the Comets converted a corner when DeBerdine pushed the ball to Bri Harsh for the game-winner.

CROSS COUNTRY

Nick Fafel's seventh place finish at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon propelled the Comets to a fourth place team finish. The senior, who posted a 16:40.5 was right on the heels of Cedar Crest's Jake Barrett (16:40.1). The cross country postseason got underway at Ephrata's Middle School and saw the Comets finish behind Hempfield (72 team points), Cedar Crest (102) and Cocalico (109).

David Kramer also earned a top 25 medal placing 20th in 17:00. Seniors Aidan Toomey and Zach Schucker supported each other throughout the race and finished 47th (17:30.8) and 48th (17:34.5) respectively while freshman Lou Lindsley rounded out the top five with a 17:39.2 for 54th place in a field of 163 runners.

"The boys ran very well, improving on last year's fifth place team finish," noted co-head coach Tom Ecker. "Our upperclassmen came through with strong performances."

Fafel, Kramer, a junior, Toomey and Schucker all ran faster times than last season with Kramer showing the biggest drop at 2:13.

The girls' ran a solid race as well and matched last year's eighth place effort. Freshman Arden Morgan was the top finisher of the day, placing 32nd in 20:53 with junior Madison McCanna just eight seconds back in 37th place.

"Arden stepped up to lead the way," said Ecker. "She and Maddie had their best races of the season."

Like Toomey and Schucker, freshman Lauren Zink (48th, 41:36.7) and Andrea Funk (49th, 21:37.5) finished together with another freshman, Becky Kramer, rounding out the top five in 66th place (22:15.5).

The Township girls were the overall winners with Elizabethtown and Hempfield rounding out the top three.

GOLF

Logan Herr was Manor's lone representative at the PIAA Class 3A East Regional Championship's held last Monday at the Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood. The junior was hoping to qualify for the PIAA Championships and extend his season but a round of 83 just missed the 79 cut to advance.

"Logan has worked so hard this year and truly deserved to be at states," said head coach Tom Reustle.

"But sometimes you just don't have it and unfortunately, his day came at the wrong time. He hasn't shot in the 80's for six months or more. Regardless, I'm proud of what he has accomplished this season," he continued. "He can't be defined by one round. I know he'll be back next season and will make it to states."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team closed its season with a win over Manheim Township and loss to second place Warwick last week. They finish the year in fourth place in Section One with a 5-6 mark and are 5-9 overall.

Monday, behind an 11 kill night by Emily Cummings and four aces each by Shayna Warfel and Sydney Leichliter, the Comets avenged a 3-2 first half loss to Manheim Township with a 3-1 thriller in Millersville.

"This was probably the highlight of the season," said head coach Tim Joyce. "It was our Senior Night and we had a touching ceremony for Emily Cummings, Ava Dunford-Groves, Tiana Ferko, Sydney Leichliter, Miranda Phelan and Mikiah Sangrey."

Manor battled their way to identical 25-22 wins in each of the first two sets only to be stopped by the Streaks 25-23 in the third set. Wanting to go out with a final home victory, the Comets took control down the stretch, winning the match with a 25-16 fourth set result.

"The girls just refused to lose," stated Joyce. "We moved Sangrey to hitting on the right side and Shanya Warfel, a junior, to the left. Warfel heated up during the second half of the season, causing teams to commit more effort towards her. She only had six kills against Township but freed up Sangrey (8 kills) and Cummings."

Leichliter distributed the ball for 31 assists, Ava Dunford-Groves (3 aces) anchored the back row with 15 digs and both Cummings and Elizabeth Kubicar (5 kills) put up one block each.

"We pressured their passing with tough serving from Warfel, Leichliter and Dunford-Groves and gave a much more intense defensive effort," Joyce said. "Mikiah, our captain, had some tremendous defensive saves. In the end, we played a cleaner match this time around and our senior leadership led the charge."

That momentum, however, failed to carry over to the Warwick match on Wednesday. The Warriors were tuning up for playoffs and won 25-17, 25-14, 25-18.

"We put up a good effort," said Joyce, "but they were the better team that night."

Cummings paced the action at the net with 10 kills while Dunford-Groves recorded double-digs again with a dozen. Jordan Schucker added three aces.

"Jordan is our freshman serving specialist," Joyce noted. "She served well against a tough serve receive team.

"Ultimately, their service pressure was too much for us, compounded by the fact that they have several offensive weapons."

FOOTBALL

Coming off an impressive 427-yard rushing effort that resulted in a 33-17 over Conestoga Valley, the Comets felt confident going into this past Friday's home game against Warwick. Turnovers, however proved to be the difference in this one as the Warriors raced to a 35-0 victory and forced a three-way tie for third place in Section One. CV, Warwick and Penn Manor all sit at 2-3. The Comets are 2-6 overall.

"It was a disappointing loss," said head coach John Brubaker. "Five turnovers doomed us. Despite our miscues, we were only down 14-0 at the half but we failed to grab the momentum. Having some guys out with injuries hurt us a bit."

Manor's first series took the Comets deep into Warwick territory but instead of putting the pressure on the visitors, a fumble set up the Warriors first score, giving them early momentum. The Comets never got on track, finishing with 67 rushing yards and 76 through the air while giving up 396 total yards.

After a scoreless second quarter, the visitors extended the advantage with a lone TD in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.

"Ayden Hinkle and Logan Legenstein, along with Josh Gibson got some good experience and played well on defense," Brubaker pointed out.

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Buckwalter Leads Harriers in L-L League Meet October 22, 2017

The L-L League Championship meet was held last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School. Silas Buckwalter led paced the boys with a 16th place finishing time of 16:53.3 while Rachel Fernald was top finisher for the girl's team with a 41st place finish in 21:14.4.

As a team, the girls finished in 11th place with 18 teams participating with a score of 324. Amanda Fry (21:42.7) placed 46th, Kimberlyn Ebersole (22:56.7) was 73rd, Anna Hawbaker (23:04.1) 81st, and Ella DeBruin (23:16.5) finished 84th for the ladies with Megan Myers (92nd, 23:40.1) and Myra Naqvi (93rd, 23:40.9) acting as displacers. Keri Anderson (23:45.4) finished 101st overall.

The boys landed in 13th place out of 20 teams with a score of 311 as Dylan Zuch (61st, 17:53.4), Matt Wallace (62nd, 17:53.9), Logan Fry (80th, 18:09.3) and Aedan Wilkinson (92nd, 18:34) rounding out the top five counters. Brandon Hess (19:28.9), and Hunter Williams (21:19.1) and Andrew Allen (21:49.4) also competed.

FOOTBALL

The headlines could easily have read, "Donegal Gets By Pequea Valley 14-0". But only if Nick Ketner had not taken the field Friday night in the Indian's Section Three matchup with the Braves.

Ketner, however, did suit up and what a difference he made. By the time the scoreboard hit zeros the senior running back had racked up 197 total yards of offense with 170 of them coming on the ground and scored five times in Donegal's 49-0 victory.

He had 10 carries in the game, scoring on half of them with runs of 40, 3, 63, 13, and 34 yards

Donegal scored on every possession in the first half for a 42-0 lead at the break and needed only two plays to open the second to make it 49-0 on a 34-yard Ketner scamper.

Defensively the Tribe held Pequea Valley to only 23 yards of offense and came up with two first half interceptions which led directly to 14 points for the Indians as well.

With great field position at the Pequea Valley 20-yard line after Keeryen Stevens snagged the game's first pick, the Indians used a five play drive to reach the end zone. Ketner's 3-yard plunge made it 14-0 with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter.

Later in the second quarter Ketner intercepted Lapp at the Pequea Valley 16 and Tyler Rupp, who had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, added his lone touchdown of the game, also from the 3-yard line to make it 35-0.

Stevens (1-16, TD) then finalized an eight play 51-yard drive on Donegal's next possession when he secured a Ryan Buckius pass from the Pequea 16-yard line for the final touchdown of the half.

Buckius ended the night with three completions for 85 yards including a 42-yard hookup with Seiler Edwards and a 27-yard pitch and catch to Ketner, all in the first half.

FIELD HOCKEY

The margin of victory in the previous two matchups between Donegal and Penn Manor in the L-L League tournament was one with the Indians coming away with back-to-back 1-0 victories.

Meeting last Tuesday in the tournament for the third straight time the two teams again played to a one point decision, but this time it fell in the favor of the Comets 2-1. While the other two matchups came with the League Championship on the line, this year it was in the semifinal round when the two nationally ranked teams came together to hash things out.

Emma DeBerdine scored early for the Comets when she worked her way towards the cage after a botched pass by the Indians and managed to break through the tough Donegal defense with a shot that slipped into the corner of the cage with 23:09 left in the first half.

Employing a double and sometimes triple team against Mackenzie Allessie, Penn Manor still could not keep the high powered scorer from getting off a few shots. When Allessie received an insert off a corner by Amanda Beck late in the second half the junior was able to work her way through two defenders and fire off a reverse that lifted into the cage to tie the game at 1-1 with 10:29 remaining in regulation.

Things came crashing back down for the ladies, however, when Briana Harsh managed to fire a shot home on the Comet's final penalty corner a little over a minute later for the game winning goal.

The loss snaps Donegal's 48 game winning streak, but as the second ranked team in the nation the Lady Indians now have their sights set on defending their District and PIAA titles.

TENNIS

After advancing to the quarterfinals of District Three AAA singles play before being eliminated by eventual champion Amanda Hagino of Hempfield, Sophie May teamed up with Emily Ashley on Friday in the opening round of the doubles portion.

Unranked in the tournament, May and Ashley faced similarly unranked Vaishnavi Datta and Val Motter from Cumberland Valley. The duo proved too much for Donegal's number one team, however, as they were able to defeat the ladies 6-1, 6-3 before succumbing to second seeded Alexa Schwab and Maddie Schwab from Central Dauphin later in the day.

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Eastern's Lowder Qualifies for PIAA-AA Golf October 19, 2017

Alexandra Lowder is doing her best impression of the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. A third-place finish at the YAIAA Championships on October 6th and 7th earned the senior a spot in the PIAA-AA East Regional on October 16th. She seized that opportunity for additional golf, finishing her round at Fleetwood's Golden Oaks Golf Club 19-over par. That round of 85 was good enough for second place on the day, one stroke behind Bloomsburg's Morgan Sohosky and her winning score of 84. In true Energizer form the second-place finish earned Lowder a spot in the PIAA-AA Championships which will be held on October 23rd and 24th at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.

VOLLEYBALL

As the regular season comes to a close, things are coming together perfectly for the girls' volleyball team. The result is an 11-6 record with a four-game winning streak. "The girls have really turned up the heat over the past four games," said head coach Josh Korb. "Our hitters are connecting with our setter to give us the powerful offense we have been waiting on. Our passers have continued to improve and have become increasingly consistent."

The four-game run started on October 11th with a 3-0 sweep over Solanco and included two other three game sweeps, over Kennard-Dale and McCaskey. However, the highlight was the 3-2, come from behind victory, over Gettysburg on October 17th that left Korb saying, "It was an insane match.

"We have been preparing for our Gettysburg rematch and the girls pulled off an amazing comeback from being down 0-2 to win it in 5 games. They dug deep and our offense kicked in to show a powerful 52 kills on the night," added Korb

Brooke LaCesa spearheaded the attack helping to produce wins of 25-19, 25-19 and 15-13 that got the Lady Golden Knights out of a 0-2 hole. LaCesa finished with 26 kills, pushing her over 200 for the season. She also added four digs, two assists and two aces. Sarah Moore (eight kills) and Abby Smith (seven kills) helped with the crazy impressive team kill total while Katie Lehman finished with 29 assists to go with 11 digs, three kills and three aces. Shelby Hildebrand backed up Lehman adding 12 assists, two kills, one dig and one ace. Morgan Dobbeck anchored the defense in the comeback, finishing with 24 digs.

There was not nearly as much drama in the Lady Golden Knights other three wins of the stretch starting with the 3-0 win over Solanco. Eastern had little trouble posting wins of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17 thanks to the work of Dobbeck, LaCesa and Lehman. Dobbeck tallied 17 digs, two aces and one assist while Lehman had 19 assists, three digs and one kill with LaCesa adding 14 kills, two digs, two aces and one block.

Eastern's October 12th match opposite Kennard-Dale offered little resistance as well with the Lady Golden Knights posting wins of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-20 for the 3-0 sweep. The team finished with 19 kills, led by LaCesa's eight, and 19 aces with Dobbeck collecting a team high five. LaCesa added four aces and one block while Dobbeck sported a team high 12 digs to go with five aces. Lehman was perched atop the assist column with 14 to go with four aces, three digs and one kill.

Eastern York's easiest sweep of the run went down on the 16th with the Lady Golden Knights topping McCaskey 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. Moore topped the team with seven kills, eclipsing LaCesa's six. Lehman needed just 16 assists in the win, adding a team high five aces while Dobbeck posted just five digs, also a team high.

FOOTBALL

The football team suffered a 42-0 setback against Susquehannock on October 13th, the third loss in a row for the Golden Knights, dropping them to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in league play. The Warriors controlled the game through a rushing attack that finished with 406 yards on 48 carries coupled with a stingy defense that allowed just 76 yards. Susquehannock used a three-headed attack with Daron Brown leading the way to the tune of 120 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Trego added two scores and 78 yards with Daniel Clapp finishing things up with 82 yards and one score.

Logan Kline accounted for the majority of Eastern York's offense, finishing with 44 yards rushing and another 15 yards on his lone reception. Kaleb Corwell snagged a team high two balls for 32 yards.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team closed out their regular season slate on October 11th with a 3-1 loss to Kennard-Dale. Despite the loss dropping Eastern York to 6-10-2 overall and 3-7-2 in Division II play the Golden Knights will make an appearance in the District 3-AA playoffs that are scheduled to get underway on October 24th. Final seedings and match-ups are not finalized but Eastern is looking at a first round match-up opposite Mid-Penn's Trinity with the winner set to play top seed Lancaster Mennonite.

Eastern struck first in the loss against KD with Colin Snyder putting the Golden Knights up just 8:27 into the game. From there it was all Rams with Kevin Avales and Craig Potts netting first half scores and Max Cooper tacking on a second half insurance goal. Lucas Jowanowitch finished his final regular season contest with nine saves on 12 shots.

CROSS COUNTRY

Maddie McClain opened her final cross country postseason in spectacular fashion, capturing her second straight YAIAA XC title with a blistering 18:15.8 which was one second better than Dallastown's Emily Schuler. McClain's gold medal winning run propelled the Lady Golden Knights to an 11th place team finish, just nipping Delone Catholic, 259-260. Olivia McClain was the next Eastern York runner to finish, crossing the line at 20:10.7 and in 14th place. Eastern York's next two runners finished just six seconds apart but Fiona Valore's 24:18.5 was the 79th fastest time while Alanna Falk and her 24:24.5 finished 83rd. Brianne Shetter rounded out the top five, finishing 95th with a time of 25:35.2.

For the boy's it was Zach Falk taking the top spot, finishing 48th with a time of 18:12.4. Only two other Golden Knights cracked the top 100 with Pierre Allard just missing the top 50 with his 56th place time of 18:28. Jacob Fenwick checked in with a 19:12.6, good enough for 85th on the day. Chase Reed (100th-19:34.6) and Taylor Cappeluti (120th-20:27.6) completed Eastern York's five scorers and helped the team to finish 16th. Both teams will travel to Newville, PA and Big Spring High School on October 28th to complete in the District 3 Championship Meet.

FIELD HOCKEY

There are many ways to finish a season but not many are better than an 8-1 win that allows you to close your schedule on a two-game winning streak. The two win run puts Eastern's season mark at 7-10-1.

"We are a very young team with a bright future," said head coach Steph Felix of her squad that features just one senior and five juniors.

"It took us a little while to get familiar with each other's habits and to understand where we needed to be positioned," continued Felix. "As the season progressed, we were able to "gel". That allowed us to get few wins and score some goals."

A bunch of those goals came in the season ending victory over Fairfield on the 11th. Addison Malone, Cassidy Arnold and Kelsey Felix, with two goals each, paced the lopsided victory, and combined for five assists. Lily Campbell, Emmy Hoak, Abby Rhine and Morgan Arnold accounted for the remaining goals, giving the Lady Golden Knights an 8-0 lead before Allison Crevier broke-up the shutout for Fairfield. Emily Bodien, the lone senior on the squad, finished with five saves.

With the sun set on another season Felix looked back on the previous seven weeks.

"I am proud of the girls for keeping their head up when things weren't going our way and digging down deep to finish the season on a positive note. Our goal was to have a better record than last year and we accomplished it."

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls' soccer team saw their season come to a close on October 12th with a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale. The season ending five game slide puts Eastern York at 2-16 on the season and 2-10 YAIAA Division II action.

CORRECTION: a previous edition credited Liz Heistand with 12 saves in an October 3rd game against York Suburban. Marissa Gockley was the goal keeper of record in that game.

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Octorara Varsity Sports Album October 18, 2017

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Oxford Varisty Sports Album October 18, 2017

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Barons' Lady Booters Finish 3rd in Section Two October 16, 2017

After 17 games, the regular season is now officially over for girls' soccer as Manheim Central split victories with Garden Spot and Cocalico last week for a third place finish in the Section Two standings, leaving them with an overall record of 11-6.

Maddie Carper and Erin Greiner each scored a goal in a home field, 2-1 victory against Garden Spot on Monday, October 9. Carper scored in the 4th minute to take a 1-0 lead but the Spartans Erna Hamzic knotted the score 34 minutes later.

In the 58th minute, Greiner scored the go-ahead goal that capped the tight victory. Kelli Kreider and Olivia West had the assists.

Kreider stopped four Garden Spot scoring chances making three saves opposite the Spartans Mataya Hostetter who also had three.

In the regular season finale at Cocalico on Wednesday, the Eagles stunned the Lady Barons in overtime 1-0 and eliminated the team from the league playoff tournament. Going through a scoreless regulation Paxton Steffy scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute to seal the upset.

Kreider confronted five Cocalico scoring opportunities making four saves opposite Adrienne McGallicher who had seven.

CROSS COUNTRY

Regular season competition is now at an end for cross country after a meet against arch rival Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday.

Finishing with four runners among the top 10, the boys (5-5) slipped past the Indians 27-28, and suffered a 23-34 setback to a strong Blazers squad.

Leading the Barons were Connor Sylvester (5th, 18:03), Jacob Hess (7th, 18:12), Carson Hepner (8th, 18:16), Elijah Wagner (10th, 18:52), and Isaac Martin (16th, 19:37).

Ending with a pair of runners in the top 10, the girls' (7-3) were defeated by both Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite in identical 15-55 scores.

Pacing Central was Mallory Sunderand (3rd, 22:02), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 22:30), and Olivia Stewart (19th, 29:57).

BOYS' SOCCER

The final two games of the regular season for boys' soccer ended on a positive note as the Barons added crucial wins against Garden Spot and Cocalico in Section Two play.

Zach Reed and Carson Brenize provided goal scoring for a 2-0 victory at Garden Spot. Reed found the back of the net in the 31st minute on an unassisted shot for a 1-0 advantage going into the intermission.

Brenize added an insurance goal scoring in the 48th minute on another unassisted goal to wrap up the shutout.

Mason Nissley stopped all 11 of Garden Spot's scoring chances having a six save performance opposite Matthew Good who had seven.

On "Senior Parents Night" for the final game of the regular season, the Barons (10-5-2) hosted Cocalico. Reed, the team's scoring leader, tallied what proved to be the game winner. The unassisted goal in the 14th minute was all the Barons needed in the one goal triumph.

Nissley made four saves to preserve the shutout.

TENNIS

Going back one week, several members of the girls' tennis team participated in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament at Warwick, Ephrata, and Conestoga Valley.

The girls had mixed results as Hannah Kowalski, Grace Roberts, and Eliana Shenk all lost their singles matches in straight sets. Janae Bright was able to push Paige Kemper of Garden Spot to a third set but eventually lost 12-10.

Both number one and three doubles team lost, however the duo of Roberts and Olivia Good defeated Pequea Valley's Naomie Feister and Ryleigh Kurtz 9-7.

The pair then outlasted Elco 8-3 but was eliminated in the semifinals round where they lost to the Conestoga Valley tandem of Jackie McBride and Ellie Kready 8-6.

FOOTBALL

At Ephrata on a wet and damp Friday, running back Tyler Flick's three touchdowns along with a huge 65 point first half fueled the first place Barons (7-0) past the Mountaineers 79-7.

"We are 7-0, and we did what we needed to do," said head coach Dave Hahn. "We wanted to go into the game and rise to our level of play and I think we did that."

Special teams got the action started as Colby Wagner returned the opening kickoff for an 84 yard touchdown and the Niko Gavala PAT quickly made it 7-0.

Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (5-81) called his own number on a 38 yard touchdown keeper that pushed the lead to 14-0 after Gavala's extra point kick. Simon also completed 5-of-6 passes for 53 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau in passing yards for the season.

Flick (4-63) who has 933 rushing yards this season got the ground game rolling (406 yards) with three straight touchdowns from 8, 20, and 1 yards out to go along with a hat trick of extra-point kicks via Gavala to take a comfortable 35-0 lead.

Will Rivers highlighted the defense that held Ephrata to minus-15 yards rushing in the first stanza with a pick-six for a 60 yard touchdown return and a Giovanni Lester 16 yard touchdown sprint ended the first quarter scoring. Gavala booted both extra-point kicks for a sizable 49-0 advantage.

Colin Erb scored on a 5 yard touchdown carry, Giovanni Lester chipped in a touchdown run from the 1 yard line, and the defense added two points on a safety for a 16 point second quarter, stretching the lead to 65-0 at halftime.

Second and third string players saw plenty of playing time in the second half as Michael Hudson's 5 yard touchdown jaunt made up a seven point third quarter after Gavala converted on the extra point kick.

"We were able to start rotating guys in early in the second quarter and by halftime it was completely junior varsity guys in the game," stated Hahn. "Overall they did well, but that is the expectation, when your number is called, you need to be ready to answer that call."

Chris Shaw (9-101) tacked on a fourth quarter 1 yard touchdown run.

Brandon Walton scored the only touchdown of the game for Ephrata (128 yards) on an 18 yard carry.

The Barons (7-0) will host Cedar Crest (6-1) for Homecoming this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.

"Each week the target on our back gets bigger, so how we handle the pressure is a concern," said Hahn. "Cedar Crest has a nice balanced attack with Logan Horn at the controls and plenty of weapons like running backs, Kendall Sharpe, AJ Apple, and wide receiver Cole Laney."

VOLLEYBALL

Coming towards an end to their regular season schedule, the girls' volleyball team had a two setback week falling to Section Two first place Elizabethtown along with Palmyra in a non-league collision, dropping their overall record to 5-9.

Taylor Beeler recorded six kills to help Elizabethtown roll past the Lady Barons in Manheim 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-12). Rebecca Keppley tied for a match high six kills and Julie Cassel served one ace and dished out 12 assists to lead the offense. Abby Nolt also had one serving ace and played well on defense with a 12 dig performance. Brooke Breinich and Nicole Greiner each had one block.

Back on their home court, in a battle with Palmyra on Thursday, the Cougars outlasted the Lady Barons by a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 25-17), final score.

Breinich led the team with seven kills to go along with a match high three blocks. Keppley also aided the offense with seven kills and Cassel helped hitters at the net with a 26 assist night. Ciara Stoner went all out defending the back court area with a match high 17 digs.

FIELD HOCKEY

Codi Bollinger led the field hockey team with a three goal two assist week as Manheim won their final two games of the regular season against Elizabethtown and Ephrata to finish in second place in the Section Two standings.

"Overall I'm happy with their performance from both games," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "We had a great passing game against E-Town and there were some key things we learned from our Ephrata game that was helpful to take into the playoffs," she explained.

Under the Elden Rettew Stadium lights, the team hosted Elizabethtown for Senior Parent Night. The Lady Barons found the back of the cage twice in each half to shutout the Bears 4-0.

Central, outgunning E-Town in penalty corners 14-0, drew first blood on a goal by Hannah Barbush at the 10:32 mark in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Codi Bollinger, eight minutes later tallied her first goal of the evening to establish a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.

Codi Bollinger found the back of the net again early in the second half and Lily Sipel added to the Bears misery on a goal at the 35:52 mark to complete the shutout.

Maddie Hosler contributed with two assists and goalkeeper Kassidy Breneman needed just one save to preserve the shutout.

For the final game of their regular season, the team traveled to Ephrata on Wednesday, and used a first half two goal performance by Maddie Hosler to elude the Mountaineers 5-2. Codi Bollinger, Hannah Barbush, and Gillian Martin recorded second half goals to extend the advantage.

Codi Bollinger (2), Hannah Barbush, and Helena Bidelman had the assists.

Post season play began on Saturday, October 14 when the Barons traveled to Millersville to take on the undefeated Comets in the opening round of the L-L League Tournament.

The Comets scored two goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 victory that eliminated the Lady Barons from the remainder of the tournament.

"I think our defense in particular did a phenomenal job against Penn Manor," Gebhart said. "Penn Manor is a great attacking team and put a lot of pressure on us. The defensive corner unit did a great job and Mikayla Regan, our goalkeeper, did a great job communicating and staying in the mix."

Mikayla Regan had an action packed day going up against 15 Penn Manor shots and made 12 key saves to pace the defense.

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Warwick Booters Finish Second in Section One October 16, 2017

Warwick's boys' soccer team put the cap on a successful season with two wins last week before Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament to finish in second place behind Hempfield in Section One. The Warriors beat McCaskey 5-1 last Monday and then held off Manheim Township 3-2 on Thursday before a close 1-0 loss to Ephrata in their first round game.

Jason Cimpaglia scored twice against the Red Tornado while Andrew Acebo (3), Brendan Gates (2), and Brigham Rhoads (1) combined for six stops in goal for the Warriors.

Jack Hershey scored the lone goal for McCaskey in the 59th minute, but not before Warwick had built a 4-0 lead.

Cimpaglia's first goal came in the tenth minute and his second in the 52nd with Nino Efendic's score making it 2-0 before the half. Trey George gave Warwick its four-point lead when he beat Noah Bergey in the 58th minute before David Dieal iced things off almost six minutes later.

After taking a 2-0 lead over Manheim Township on Robbie Heckman's goal with under five minutes played in the second half, the Warriors surrendered two goals over the next 20 minutes before Brandon Perezous' second score of the night delivered Warwick the win.

Perezous quickly made things interesting when he scored in under a minute to start the first half. Warwick maintained that lead through the intermission until Heckman found a way past Blue Streak keeper Joshua Orndorff who stopped seven shots on the day.

Connor Cowher made two saves in goal for the Warriors while his team enjoyed a 10-4 edge in shots.

Fresh off a runner-up finish in Section Two and a loss to section champion Elizabethtown, Ephrata seemed ripe for the picking when Warwick took to the pitch against the Mounts in Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament.

Jacob Ellis Martin had a different idea, however, and his goal in the 23rd minute of the game held up through regulation to deliver the Warriors a heart breaking loss and eliminate them from the bracket.

"I thought we played well," commented head coach Gordy Cowher. "We possessed the ball very nicely, but we just couldn't find the back of the net. We created some good chances but just didn't finish."

Ephrata doubled up the Warriors in shots on goal with six attempts to Warwick's three, but Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined for three saves in the net while the rest of the defense did a good job of containing Ephrata's offense.

"We played very good defense, giving up only the one goal. Our midfield played very well," noted Cowher. "We did not give up and I really like the way we competed until the very end of the game."

When asked about the team's upcoming appearance in the District Three Championships which begin next week Cowher pointed out that there is still some work to do. "I am hopeful we can come up with some ideas to address the scoring issue. If we do, then we should be in good shape going into Districts."

FOOTBALL

Warwick fell to 1-3 in Section One with a 45-7 defeat at the hands of Manheim Township on Friday night. With the loss the Warriors find themselves in a two game skid.

Three costly errors in the first half led directly to 14 points for the Blue Streaks and took six points off the board for the Warriors as well when a Warwick holding penalty on Nick Fucci's 96-yard kickoff return negated the resulting touchdown.

Warwick did have some success through the air as quarterback Adam Ricketts threw for 214 yards on 13 completions including a 49-yard pitch and catch to Carter Forney that set up a Fucci touchdown from two-yards out Warwick's lone score of the night.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Despite ending the season in fourth place in Section One, the Lady Warriors soccer team gave second place Manheim Township a run for its money in the final regular season game on Friday.

Warwick took the Blue Streaks into overtime after a scoreless 80 minutes of play before Gabi Brown finally found a way to solve Cat Reed's defense in the net with a goal in the fourth minute of extra play delivering the win to MT.

Both sides took five shots on goal while the Streaks earned a two corner advantage at 4-2.

Earlier in the week the ladies traveled to McCaskey where five different players scored during Tuesday's 6-0 defeat of the Red Tornado.

Talia Bertrando doubled down on goals as Warwick blew a slim 1-0 lead wide open in the second half with five scores to secure the win. Jess Williamson, Abby Rodgers, Melissa Gibble, and Sydney Herrit all scored for Warwick as well while McCaskey's Brianna Allen turned away 13 shots and Reed denied two on the other end of the field.

CROSS COUNTRY

Despite a sub-par year, Warwick's girls picked up two wins in their final tri-meet of the regular season upping their record to 3-7 with an 18-47 victory over Conestoga Valley and a 22-40 defeat of Solanco.

Caitlyn Wagner led all runners, finishing first overall in 20:44, with Anna Martin (21:20) in third, and Madison Leakway (22:32), Sophia Nau (22:46), Deirdre White (22:48), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:01) placing sixth through ninth, respectively, putting six runners in the top ten overall.

Warwick finished 1-2 against Conestoga Valley and then 4-6 and only needed those 18 points for the victory while they went back-and-forth with Solanco finishing 1, 3, and then 5-7 for the win.

Leann Runkle (23:38), Alexis Barge (23:48), Kristen Espenshade (24:10), Jillian Colebert (24:31), Alexa Zimmerman (24:47), Willow Forney (24:58), Morgan Leakway (25:04), Ella Simmons (26:01), Ara Ludwig (26:03), Isabella Velez (26:10), Kaitie Ciano (26:15), Alexis Kellogg (26:52), Valerie Hanna (27:05), Abigail Smith (27:31), and Mikayla Hiatt (28:29) rounded out the field for Warwick.

The boys picked up two wins to finish in the positive at 5-3, scoring a 19-48 victory over Conestoga Valley and an 18-49 win over Solanco.

Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 16:52, Connor Shields was third in 17:10, followed by Jeremiah Hendrix (17:45), Parker Keres (17:47), Jeremy Bell (18:03), David Bach (18:10), Zachary Beale (18:22), and James Barnes (18:26) finishing 5-10 to place eight runners in the top ten overall.

Conestoga Valley finished 2nd and then Warwick went 3-9 for the easy victory while Solanco managed to land 3rd with Warwick going 4-9 for the one point differential.

Ryan Horner (18:51), Corbin Kilgore (19:10), Marcus Wachira (19:23), Andrew Holbert (19:39), Josh Wenger (19:52), Mason Caleca (20:05), Brett Knudson (20:07), Alex Kunkle (20:27), Trevor Price (20:41), Lorenzo Velez (21:12), Asher Christner (21:41), Kenton Hertzog (21:42), Kody Bruhn (24:03), and Henry Stover (26:53) finished out the race for Warwick.

FIELD HOCKEY

In its last game of the regular season, Warwick took a 7-1 non-league loss to Hershey and finished tied with Manheim Township for second place in Section One at 9-3.

After spotting Hershey four goals in the first half, Adrienne McGarrigle put Warwick on the board when she fired a shot past Hershey keeper Kit Olmstead after taking a Katie Pyle pass with 23:49 remaining in the game, giving some life to the Warriors.

Unfortunately the Hershey defense clamped down after that while the offense added three more goals to complete the victory.

Saturday marked the first round of play in the L-L League tournament and the Lady Warriors drew top seeded Donegal for their first matchup. Despite managing what most teams could not, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard for more than six minutes, the defending champions proved to be too much for Warwick and handed the team an 8-3 loss.

Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's nationally ranked all-star, scored first with 24:21 remaining in the first half but Warwick tied things up two minutes later when Katie Pyle took a corner insert and beat keeper Katie Jean to the bottom left corner for the 1-1 tie.

However, Donegal scored five more before Maddie Behn made it 6-2 with 1:16 to go in the half on the first of her two goals on the day.

She scored again eight minutes into the second half when she scooped up a rebound off a Pyle shot and sent it home to make it 8-3.

Catie Brubaker ended up with 15 saves on the day while Donegal outshot the ladies 26-8 and held a 15-10 advantage in penalty corners.

VOLLEYBALL

With the regular season winding down, Warwick's girls' volleyball team is left chasing Hempfield and needs to continue winning to maintain its grip on second place after dropping a 3-1 loss to the Knights last Tuesday and then beating Cedar Crest 3-0 on Wednesday and Manheim Township 3-1 on Thursday.

After losing the first game against Hempfield 25-14, Warwick battled back and tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win in the second. The Knights answered right back by winning the third game 25-15 and forcing the Lady Warriors into a do-or-die fourth game. While they fought to the end, Hempfield came out on top 25-21 for the match win.

McKenzie led the team with 13 kills while Olivia Gregory tallied 26 assists and Rachel Adams served up two aces.

Cossette took over in the game against Cedar Crest as she registered 12 kills and six aces in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 shutout. Gregory notched 30 assists to lead both teams.

Against Manheim Township the ladies began and ended strong as they won in four games 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12.

Maddy Glouner served up five aces, Jackie Barilar had three blocks, Gregory assisted on 19 while Cossette recorded 16 kills and Hiley Miller tallied 21 digs.

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