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Tide Gridders Top PV For First Season Win September 20, 2018

The fall sports season at Columbia High School is well underway and despite not many wins, Crimson Tide athletes are getting high marks for effort and determination.

It's a little bit of a different look this season in terms of teams the Tide is playing as the Lancaster-Lebanon League has expanded and realigned. Octorara has been added to Section 3 in all sports and Ephrata and Lebanon are now in Section 3 in football.

Here is your weekly fall sports report.


It took about a year and a half but the Columbia football team ended its losing streak with a 25-13 win over Pequea Valley.

The win was the Tide's first in their last 14 games and first since the end of the 2016 season when they beat Kennard-Dale.

"I was lost for words and what to say about my guys after our first win of the season. It was my first win as a high school head coach, but the smile on the faces of these young men was priceless," said Bud Kyle after the win.

It was a start to finish first win for the Tide.

Quarterback Matt McCleary had a huge game calling signals, completing 14 of 24 passes and three touchdowns, two of them in the first half to Demetrius Diaz-Ellis, covering 10 and 67 yards. His third scoring strike was a 17 yard pass to Justin Elliot.

Columbia wrapped up its scoring in the second half on a "pick six" from linebacker Matt Gambler.

The Tide gained 234 yards for the game. Diaz-Ellis had five catches for 100 yards while Luke McGinnis was the team's leading rusher with 44 yards on 15 carries and he also caught two passes for 14 yards.

"This moment was all for them and they deserve it. All off season they worked hard to have opportunities like last night," said Kyle. "So many people doubted them, but like we always say we are a family. Not one kid missed practice just to miss practice, they see the endless possibilities ahead.

"With only having three seniors on the roster the future is very bright," he continued. "I want to thank my coaches for not only a great job but sticking it out through tough days. If it was easy everyone would do it. I am so proud and happy for these young men. Time to keep this momentum going," Kyle said.


Coach David Farley and his volleyball team have good numbers as they continue to look for their first win in over two years. The Tide fields a varsity/junior varsity roster of 16 including captains Onyx Rodriquez, Desiree Torres and Meghan Brass.

Last week, the Tide had matches with the Linville Hill Christian School (out of Christiana), Lancaster Catholic and Cocalico.

Columbia was swept in all three matches but had some outstanding performances from Melina Mowrer with a high number of kills and digs and Yaniska Del Valle, who is leading the team in kills, digs and assists.


For the first time in a number of seasons, Columbia is playing with a full team in and is very competitive under coach Jim Rhoads.

The Tide, until the football team's victory, had the school's lone fall win. That happened in the opening match of the season against Red Lion.

One of the highlights was a recent 4-0 loss to powerhouse Lancaster Catholic, where the team was lauded for their effort despite the final score.

Team members are Melanie Cruz-Bernard, Rosie Diaz, Julissa Santos, Grace Misciagna, Brittnie Betteley (captain) and Skye Garner.


Coach Charles Leader and his cross country teams will struggle this year with a limited number of runners at the varsity level, but the future is bright with a total of 17 runners at the junior high and varsity level.

With only three girls, Cassidy Cook, Daisy Wickenheiser and Anonya Bland and one male runner Anthony Palmisiano, the Tide cannot compete as a full squad. So far through two meets, the four runners have placed in the top 25.


It will be a busy final week of September for the Tide. In football, coach Kyle and his squad meet Lebanon on the Cedars' on Friday. It will be the first time the two schools have played since the 1980s. In volleyball, the Tide girls host Lititz Christian, travel to league newcomer Octorara and close the week with a home match on Thursday with Lancaster Mennonite.

The cross country teams have a home meet with league newcomer Octorara and Lancaster Mennonite and in tennis, the Tide has non-league matches with West York and York Country Day and a league match with Lancaster Mennonite.


Tide Hosts Linville Hill and Donegal September 12, 2018


Columbia Drops Section Three Opener September 6, 2018


Haberstroh, Wakefield Qualify for States May 21, 2018

The 2017-18 sports season at Columbia High School wraps up this weekend with two Crimson Tide athletes competing at the state track and field championships.

Heading back to Shippensburg for a shot at state gold are seniors Jordan Haberstroh and Joleen Wakefield following their performances at the District Three Class AA championships also at Shippensburg.

Haberstroh, who will be making her fourth trip to states, qualified with a fourth place finish in the 3,200-meter run on Friday. Wakefield, a District Three champion a year ago, qualified with a second place finish in the javelin. It will be her second trip to the state finals.

Haberstroh finished the eight lap 3200 meter event in a time of 11:32.58, well behind eventual champ Rebecca Snyder of Oley Valley, who finished in 11:13.02. Second place went to Maddie McLain of Eastern, while Elaina Clancy of Boiling Springs was third, 14 seconds ahead of Haberstroh.

Haberstroh last year was 12th in the state meet in the 3,200 and as a freshman, she was 10th. Her sophomore year she was 23rd in the 1,600-meter run.

Wakefield, who was 27th in the javelin last year at states, placed second at district's with a toss of 114-8, behind Lauren Seubert of Trinity, who won the event with a throw of 119-4.

Haberstroh was also on the medal stand with a fourth place finish in the 1,600, but her finish time of 5:26.34 did not meet state meet qualifying standards. The 1,600 finish was the same as the 3,200 with Snyder taking gold, McClain, silver and Clancy, bronze.

Wakefield also qualified for districts in the two hurdle events. After placing fifth in the qualifying heat of the 100 hurdles, Wakefield placed sixth in the semifinals and did not qualify for the finals. In the 300-meter hurdles, Wakefield made the medal stand with a fifth place finish in 51:14, five seconds behind district champion Mia Kilroy of Trinity.

The busiest Crimson Tide athlete at the district championships was Ishmel Wright. The senior ran the 100, 200 and 400 and anchored the Tide's 400-meter relay team. Despite a huge effort, Wright did not qualify for states.

In the 100, he advanced through the qualifying races with ease to move into the finals. There the Tide speedster settled for third with a time of 11:34, behind champion Brandon Sparr of Schuylkill Valley and Annville-Cleona's Stanley Miller. Also in that event, teammate and freshman Justin Elliott advanced to the semi-finals before placing seventh in his heat.

In the 200, like the 100, Wright advanced through two qualifying runs to get to the finals, where he settled for sixth place.

In the 400, Wright was also sixth with a time of 52:40.

The Tide's 400-meter relay team that also included Elliot, Evan Osborne and Ahmad Kamara, just missed the medal stand, following a ninth place finish.


Columbia's Diamond Teams Wrap Up Seasons May 15, 2018

There's at least one week left in the 2018 spring sports season at Columbia High School.

Several members of the Crimson Tide track teams are headed to Shippensburg University this weekend to participate in the Class AA District Three championships. The regular season ended last week for the Tide in all sports. Here is your final regular season roundup.


Last week, in the final week of the regular season, both teams were home with Pequea Valley and two days later for non-league games with York Vo-Tech.

Monday on the hill, the Tide '9' lost to the Braves in baseball by a 5-0 score. It was the ninth time this season that the Tide was shut out.

PV scored two runs in the first and two in the seventh. Sophomore Ryan Redding and junior Matt McCleary toed the rubber for the Tide. They allowed just six hits. Redding struck out six and walked three, while McCleary struck out one and walked one. Three of the Braves five runs were earned.

At the dish, Matt Derr, senior Chandler Gibson and Julius Martinez had hits. Martinez also walked and stole a base.

PV's Adryan Yothers struck out 12 and walked one.

In between the games with Pequea Valley and York Vo-Tech, the Tide also played a non-league game with Antietam and lost 7-2.

The game was tied until the fifth when the visitors from Berks County scored five runs to break the game open.

Michael Poole and Julius Martinez had hits for the Tide while Redding and Martinez reached base on walks. Dorian Grimes was hit by a pitch.

Zach Nikolaus took the loss, striking out two and walking three while throwing 99 pitches. Columbia also committed eight errors in the field.

At York Vo-Tech last Wednesday, the Tide lost to the Spartans 8-5 to finish the season with a 2-18 record. Both wins were forfeit wins over Lebanon Catholic, who did not field a varsity team this season.

Meanwhile in softball, last Monday, the Tide was locked in a scoreless tie with Section 4 champion Pequea Valley when the Braves went on the warpath.

PV, who won the game 8-2, scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and broke the game wide open with a five spot in the sixth.

Tide senior hurler Tiffany Hoffmaster allowed just nine hits while striking out a season high 11 batters and walking two.

While the baseball team was struggling in their season finale against York Vo-Tech, the softball team was having an easy time of it as they closed the season with their fifth win of the year, 19-1.

Hoffmaster in her final appearance in crimson and gold allowed the Spartans just three hits while striking out five and issuing no walks.

How easy was this one? Columbia had eight hits for the game, but capitalized on 13 walks.

Columbia led 4-0 heading into the third inning when they scored 10 times and added five in the fourth to end the game via the 15-run mercy rule.

With just two seniors on the team, some good times are in the future. The five wins are the most in several years for the Tide and two of the five came against two of the largest school districts in District 3, Reading and York Vo-Tech.


Friday and Saturday a handful of Columbia athletes traveled to nearby Hempfield High School to participate in the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships and came home with just one medal against the big schools in the league.

That medal went to javelin thrower Joeleen Wakefield. The senior placed a distant third, well behind league champion Mackenzie Hainly of Cocalico. Wakefield's best was 110-09, well behind Hainly's winning toss of 131-03. Wakefield, who won the district title a year ago, should be among the favorites in that event at Shippensburg.

The Columbia senior also participated in the high hurdles, placing 20th in a time of 17:34.

Haberstroh, a senior, was 13th in the 3,200 on Friday with a time of 11:42.01 and was the top Class AA finisher in the event. In the 1,600 on Saturday, she finish 18th in a time of 5:32.62.

Farley was a 21st place finisher in the discus with a toss of 81-08.

Ishmael Wright, competing in the 100, 200 and 400 was ninth overall in the 100 trials, 12th in the 200 and also ninth in the 400.

Shawn Kemmerer finished in 22nd place in the shot put with a toss of just over 35 feet.

Ahmad Kamara was 16th in the long jump with a jump of 19-2. He was also 16th in the triple jump with a leap just over 38 feet.

Others participating at the league championships were Breanna Murphy, 100; Kylah Farley, discus; boys' 400 meter relay team of Wright, Ahmad Kamara, Justin Elliot and Evan Osborne.

Coach David Farley's team closed out the dual meet season last Monday with their lone Section 3 meet of the season. Elco, with a 119-24 win over the Tide, won the girls' Section Three title.

The Tide had just four first-place finishes in the boys' meet. Wright completed his senior dual meet season with a sweep of the 100 (11.2), 200 (23.1) and 400 (52.9), while Kemmerer won the shot put with a toss of 43-3.

On the girls' side, Haberstroh won the 1,600 (5:36.3) and the 3,200 (12:08), while Wakefield won the javelin with a season best toss of 115-4.

Farley and his staff expect the Tide athletes to do well this week as Shippensburg as for the first time this season they will participate against teams their own size. Top qualifiers and district champions advance to next weekend's PIAA championships, also at Shippensburg.


Track Teams Turn in Solid Individual Performances May 7, 2018

The 2018 spring sports regular season comes to an end this week with one group of Columbia athletes getting pumped for the final post season of the 2017-18 school year.

Here is your weekly Columbia spring sports roundup.


With the exception of track, who has at least two weeks remaining in its season with this weekend's Lancaster-Lebanon League championships at Hempfield and next week's District Three championships at Shippensburg University, there are four seniors, all multi-year starters, two in baseball and two in softball that will wear the crimson and gold for the final time. They are pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster and first baseman Jenna Eckman in softball and outfielder Dorian Grimes and pitcher/infielder Chandler Gibson in baseball.

On the track teams at least four of the seven seniors are expected to medal in the championship meets over the next two weeks. Long distance runner Jordan Haberstroh, javelin thrower and reigning District Three champion Joleen Wakefield along with jumper Ahmad Kamara and elite sprinter Ishmel Wright are expected to represent Columbia well in the post-season. The other seniors are throwers Kylah Farley, Shawn Kemmerer and John Hertzog.


It has been a while since Columbia won a dual meet in track but there have been some outstanding individual performances including in last week's tri-meet at Donegal that also involved Northern Lebanon. The Indians were the big winners in the meet, clinching their second straight Section 3 boys' title.

Two seniors had solid performances for the Crimson Tide. Wakefield topped the 110 foot mark to win the javelin over Northern Lebanon's Sara Zinsky (105-4) and Donegal's Hannah McNece (100-1). On the track, Wright, who is one of three L-L League athletes to run a 10.8 in the 100, won the event in 10.8. He was one of seven L-L League athletes to record that time last week.

Both Wright and Wakefield had solid performances. Against Donegal, Wright placed first in the 100, 200 and 400 and against Northern Lebanon, he won the 200 and 400 but was edged out at the finish line by Issac Smith in the 100.

Also against Northern Lebanon, Kamara won the long jump.

In the girls' meet, in addition to winning the javelin, Wakefield also won the 300 meter hurdles while Haberstroh continued her domination of the 1,600 and 3,200.

The results were much better against Northern Lebanon. Wakefield won both hurdle events along with the javelin and Haberstroh won both distance events. Also placing first were Breanna Murphy (100), Cassidy Cook (800) and Farley (discus).


It has been a year of improved play for the Tide in softball this season and with just two seniors on the team some good things are ahead for the program.

It was another four game week for coach Morgan Kibler's team last week, which saw the Tide go 1-3 but with good battles against Manheim Central and Lancaster Catholic.

The week opened with a road trip to Lebanon Catholic, a team they had just beaten a week earlier and the Tide girls picked up their fourth win of the season with a 19-6 win over the Beavers.

The next day was a home make-up/crossover game with Manheim Central, who is one of the top teams in Section 3. Central won the game 7-0, scoring six times in the fourth inning.

The Barons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with one out. They were able to get a single and a couple of wild pitches to score their first run.

Columbia got their first base runners in the second on walks to Devinee Tucker and Hallie McCoy. In the third, Eckman reached on an error and Hoffmaster walked but the Tide couldn't dent the plate.

The game turned against Columbia in the fourth. The Barons plated six runs on two solid hits, two infield hits and four Tide errors to take control of the game, 7-0.

Columbia got its first hit of the game in the home half of the sixth when Hoffmaster lined a solid double off the fence at Glatfelter Field.

The next day, the Tide hit the road to battle Lancaster Catholic for the second time this season in a Section 4 game. And this was one was a heartbreaker, losing 9-8.

Columbia took control early, scoring six times in the second, only to see the Crusaders rally for an eight spot in the third. Columbia tied the game at 8-8 with two runs of their own in the fourth before the Crusaders dented the plate with the game winner in the bottom of the sixth.

Hoffmaster allowed just five hits in the game, while striking out four and walking seven.

The two teams combined for five errors and 15 walks.

Columbia closed the week losing to Annville-Cleona by a score of 10-2 on the road.

The Dutchmen scored nine of their 10 runs in the first three innings of the game, while the Tide scored their lone runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Neither pitcher, Hoffmaster for the Tide or Kaila Grubb for A-C walked a batter in the game.


Much like the Tide in softball, there is a bright future for the Tide in baseball, if they can find some pitching.

And with the season drawing to a close, the Tide is playing better baseball.

Last week, Columbia picked up their second win of the season via a forfeit over Lebanon Catholic and also had games with Manheim Central, Lancaster Catholic, a make-up with Lancaster Mennonite, and Annville-Cleona.

Against the Barons, the Tide lost 8-3, giving the Barons six of their eight runs in the first three innings. Zach Nikolaus and Matt McCleary combined to allow the Barons 12 hits. Gibson had two hits for Columbia.

Next up was Lancaster Catholic, which the Tide lost 5-3. The Crusaders scored four of their five runs in the first two innings of the game off ace Ryan Redding, who allowed seven hits while striking out two and walking three. Four of Catholic's runs were unearned.

Matt Gambler homered for the Tide while Redding had two hits, including a double, one RBI and one run scored.

A day later and their third game of the week was with Lancaster Mennonite. This one was a slugfest.

The two teams combined for 25 runs and 21 hits and was tied at 8-8 until the top of the seventh when the Blazers scored nine runs to easily win the game.

McCleary had a big game at the dish with three hits and three RBIs.

Columbia closed the week with a 10-0 loss (five innings) at the hands of Annville-Cleona. Hunter Kelly allowed the Tide just two hits, while striking out six and walking two. Grimes and Matt Derr had the hits for Columbia, while Carter Houck and Julius Martinez reached on walks. Grimes also reached on a fielder's choice and stole a base.

At the plate, Kelly had two hits including a home run, while driving in three runs. All 10 A-C runs were earned.


The baseball and softball teams travel to the York County School of Technology on Thursday for non-league games to conclude their seasons.


Tide Softball Defeats LMH, Lebanon Catholic April 30, 2018

Last week was a full week and a good week for the Crimson Tide in spring sports.

Here is your weekly round up on softball and baseball.


It was another busy week for the Tide with five scheduled games and only four that got to be played. The Tide went 2-2 for the week with big wins over Lancaster Mennonite and Lebanon Catholic.

The team's fifth game, a home game with defending state champion Donegal was canceled because of the weather and according to coach Morgan Kibler will not be rescheduled as an official game because of scheduling conflicts and running out of time because of the upcoming Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three playoffs, which Donegal will be a participant.

The Tide's first big win was a 14-3, 10-run rule game over Lebanon Catholic.

This one was all Columbia right from the start. In the first, the Tide sent 15 batters to the dish and scored eight runs. Columbia's first five batters reached base before Lebanon Catholic recorded an out. Those reaching base with hits were Kamron Andrews and Devinee Tucker with doubles and Jenna Eckman and Emily Sumpman with singles. Others getting hits in the opening frame were pitcher Melina Mowrer and Melanie Rodriquez. Three batters - Emma Grove, Sumpman and Andrews in their second at-bat of the inning, walked. Columbia also scored a run when Lebanon Catholic misplayed an infield fly rule out.

The Tide added to their run total with a three spot in the second. Rodriquez reached on a strike out/wild pitch and Mowrer on an error. Andrews and Eckman singled to drive in two runs, while the third run scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Grove.

Lebanon Catholic scored their runs in the third but the Tide added two runs in the third as Mowrer and Andrews got hits.

The other success story was Friday's game with Lancaster Mennonite, won by the Tide, 17-8.

This one started out as a possible shootout and ended with Columbia winning easily for their third win of the season.

The first inning was interesting. The Blazers on an error, strike out/wild pitch and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. Pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster hunkered down and got two strikeouts, both called third strikes to end the threat.

In their half of the first, it was "hitting weather" for the Tide, who ripped off four runs.

Andrews led off the inning getting hit by a pitch and Eckman ripped a triple to left. Hoffmaster walked, and a ground out off the bat of Tucker drove in another run. Columbia's third run scored on a wild pitch and Grove's single drove in the fourth run.

Things looked good for the Tide until the Blazers batted in their half of the second and scored five of their eight runs to take a 5-4 lead. The five runs came on just one solid hit, a walk, a Columbia error and a squeeze bunt.

It took the Tide until the third to take control of the game. Hoffmaster doubled to left and Sumpman walked. Grove's infield hit and a Mennonite error allowed the Tide to score twice and take a 6-5 lead.

The flood gates opened in the fourth as Columbia scored seven times to break the game open. Run scoring hits in the inning were off the bats of Hoffmaster and a bases clearing double by Erika Mummaw. Tucker also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly that plated Eckman. Five Tide batters reached on two out walks and four of them scored.

Columbia went ahead 14-5 with a run in the fifth on a Tucker single.

Just when it looked like this one could end after six because of the 10-run rule, Mennonite scored three times on a couple of misplays by the Tide, cutting the lead to 14-8.

The Tide increased their advantage to 17-8 with three runs in the sixth on hits by Andrews and Hoffmaster.

The Tide girls had two other games last week, a road game on Monday at Northern Lebanon, which they lost 10-0 and a Thursday non-league home game with Greenwood, one of the top Class A teams in District Three. The Tide girls were competitive in this one losing, 9-1.

Greenwood won the game using the "small ball" style of play.

In the first, Greenwood used two infield hits, a bunt single and safety squeeze bunt to score a run. In the second, the visitors scored three more runs on one hit, two walks and two Tide errors.

Columbia got two runners on in the first as Eckman walked and Hoffmaster reached on an error but could not score.

Greenwood added two more runs in the fourth on two hits and an error.

In their half of the fourth, Eckman led the inning off with a double and later in the inning was gunned down at the plate attempting to score on a fly ball.

The Tide, trailing 8-0, got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Hallie McCoy walked, advanced two bases on wild pitches and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrews.

Greenwood scored their final run in the seventh.

The Tide girls have three games this week, mirroring the baseball schedule, with just one home game, earlier in the week with Manheim Central.


It was another rough week for the Tide in baseball, who lost both of their games to Northern Lebanon and Lebanon. They did pick up their second forfeit win over Lebanon Catholic.

Columbia opened the week with a game at home with Northern Lebanon and were soundly beaten by the Vikings 16-5.

The five runs were the most scored in a game by the Tide this season.

This one was competitive as the Tide trailed 7-3 after five innings but the Vikings broke the game wide open in the top of the seventh when they scored nine runs.

Columbia scored two of its five runs in the bottom of the seventh but could not get any closer.

Tide hurler Zach Nikolaus gave up 18 hits. Michigan Daub had three hits and drove in five runs for the Vikings.

Later in the week, the Tide traveled to Lebanon and was competitive in a 6-1 loss to the Cedars. Ace pitcher Ryan Redding gave up just four hits while striking out three and walking two. The Tide was limited to just four hits, two off the bat of Matt Derr. Lebanon hurler Zaire Leger needed just 95 pitches to record the win, striking out six and walking three.

A Friday game with Lancaster Mennonite was postponed by rain.

This week, the next to last week of the regular season, the Tide has three games including a Wednesday game at Lancaster Catholic and a Friday road trip to Annville-Cleona.


There was no track meet last week for the Crimson Tide thanks to a condensed schedule because of the spring weather. The Tide teams had their second tri-meet of the season earlier in the week at Donegal also with Northern Lebanon. Monday, May 7, the Tide, in their lone home meet of the season, concluded the Section Three season against Elco.


Tide Baseball Battles Crossover Opponents April 23, 2018

The 2018 spring sports season, condensed into a little more than six weeks, is heading down the home stretch at Columbia High School, with one sport undermanned looking for a big post season.

Here is your weekly Crimson Tide sports recap.


It continues to be a rough year for the Tide in baseball. Columbia has a young team with just two seniors on their 15 man roster. Last week, the Tide dropped three games, which were played in three days, to Cocalico, Hanover and Garden Spot.

For the season, the Tide has scored just five runs.

Friday in a crossover game, Garden Spot's Jordan Petersheim was perfect in a 15-0, four inning win.

The Spartan hurler tossed a perfect game against the Tide, striking out five and throwing just 50 pitches. At the plate for the Spartans, Evan Rizzo and Kyle Martin both had two hits. They also combined to drive in five of the Spartans'15 runs. Petersheim also had two hits at the dish.

Garden Spot banged out a dozen hits off Tide hurlers Ryan Redding, Zach Nikolaus and Michael Poole. Columbia also committed five errors in the field.

The day before was a non-league road trip to Hanover and the Tied was blanked 10-0 in five innings.

Redding and senior Chandler Gibson had the two hits for Columbia. Redding and Ryan Hinkle, who reached on a walk, stole bases for the Tide and Dale Nell also reached via a walk.

Hanover had just five hits for the game off Tide pitchers - Matt Gambler, Matt Derr and Gibson. The big inning for the Nighthawks was the second when they exploded for seven runs.

Columbia opened the week with a Wednesday road trip to Cocalico for a crossover game, which the Eagles won 15-0 in five innings.

Redding, Nikolaus and Devin Sullivan all toed the rubber for the Tide and gave up 12 hits.

At the dish, Columbia had just three hits off the bats off Poole, Redding and Nate Resch. Poole also had a stolen base in the game.

A fourth game with Manheim Central was postponed until May 1.


The Tide girls had a tough week with two crossover games and a non-league game. Two of their three games were on the road.

In their lone home game, Columbia hosted Lampeter-Strasburg, whose only loss this season was to reigning state champ Donegal.

The Pioneers were almost perfect, posting a 19-0, four inning win over the Tied girls.

At the dish, L-S scored six runs in the first and broke the game open wider in the fourth.

In that first, the Pioneers were able to capitalize on three Tide misplayed balls and a three-run homer.

At the plate, the Pioneer pitchers no-hit the Tide and only allowed one base runner, a walk by losing pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster in the fourth inning. Only three other players, shortstop Kamron Andrews, Hallie McCoy and Devinee Tucker got their bats on the ball. McCoy and Tucker grounded out, while Andrews popped out in the third.

Columbia opened the week with a wild one against Cocalico. The two teams combined for 29 runs, unfortunately the Eagles scored 22 in a 22-7, five inning win.

The Tide scored all of their runs in the first three innings and actually led 4-0 when the bottom fell out. Cocalico scored 15 runs in the bottom of the second to break the game wide open.

The Eagles added three runs in the third and iced it with four runs in the fourth.

In between the two crossover games, Columbia traveled to Hanover for a non-league makeup game. The Nighthawks out slugged the Tide girls for a 15-11 win.

Columbia's fourth game with Manheim Central was postponed until May 1.


After a week off, the Tide is starting to put up some good numbers as the post-season nears.

Last week, Columbia had a good showing in a dual meet with Lancaster Mennonite and also at the 92nd annual Paul Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University.

Saturday at the Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg's Seth Grove Stadium, site of next month's District Three and PIAA championships, Tide coach David Farley and his staff took a handful of athletes to the event and the Tide did well.

Seniors Jordan Haberstroh and Joelleen Wakefield competed along with Ahmad Kamara and sprinters Ishmel Wright, Justin Elliot and Evan Osborne.

Haberstroh placed on the medal stand in both of her events. In the 1,600, she was 7th in a time of 5:33.9 and in the 3,200, she placed fourth (11:46.5).

Wakefield finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (50.08) and the javelin (99-07) and was just off the medal stand in the high hurdles, placing ninth in a time of 19.39.

Wright placed fourth in the 200 in 23.72 and fifth in the 100 in 11.42.

Kamara, who competed in the 100, long jump and relay. Osborne and Elliot are members of the relay team.

Last Wednesday at Mennonite, despite being swept, the Tide had some outstanding performances.

On the boys' side, Wright won the 100-meter dash in a dual with Mennonite's Zach Steffan. The Tide sprinter finished first with a 10.9, which was the best time in the Lancaster-Lebanon League this season. He also anchored the winning 4x100 relay team, which included Elliot, Kamara and Osborne, which won the event for the first time this season. Others placing first were Shawn Kemmerer, a senior, in the shot put and Kamara in the triple jump.

On the girls' side, Breanna Murphy dominated with a four win day. She won the 100, 200 and 400 and took to the field events to win the long jump.

Back on the track, both Haberstroh and Wakefield won three events.

Haberstroh dominated in the distance events winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Wakefield won her signature events, the two hurdle races and the javelin.


The last week of April continues to be a busy one for the Crimson Tide teams.

The softball team after playing three games in three days last week will play five games this week, all at home. For coach Morgan Kibler's team there are two crossover games, two Section 4 games (one of those is a makeup) and a non-league game.

Wednesday, the defending state champs from Donegal visit. That will be an interesting game as Kibler will face the team she played with and the last few years served as an assistant coach for. Thursday, the Tide girls will entertain Greenwood in a non-league game. They close the week with a Section 4 game with Lancaster Mennonite.

On the baseball diamond, the Tide has just three games. Wednesday in a crossover game, they travel to Lebanon and will entertain Lancaster Mennonite on Friday.

After a dual meet and an invitational last week, it is another week off for the Tide in track. They will return to action Monday with a tri-meet at Donegal with the Indians and Northern Lebanon.


Tide Softball Competes Four Times Last Week April 16, 2018

Thanks to Mother Nature, it was a wild week for the Columbia High School spring sports teams.

Here is your weekly recap of baseball and softball on the hill and a look ahead for the track program.


The Tide is looking to improve each and every time out in softball. Despite going 0-4 last week, Columbia had chances to win three of those games.

The lone game the Tide didn't have a chance to win was last Wednesday against Pequea Valley, one of the top teams in Section 4. The Braves battered the Crimson Tide 12-2, in a game that lasted just five innings because of the 10-run rule.

On the plus side, Columbia did bang out six hits but committed four errors in the field.

The rest of the week, the games could have gone either way. Still with a young team, those efforts fell short as they lost three games by a total of five runs.

Coach Morgan Kibler's team opened the week in the snow at home and lost a tough 5-3 decision to Annville-Cleona.

A day later, the Tide girls fell behind 4-1 but rallied before losing to Lancaster Mennonite, 7-5.

Columbia scored four of its five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The Tide closed out the week with an extra inning game against Elco in the team's first crossover. Columbia saw Elco rally for a 6-5 win in eight innings.

The Tide led the game 5-2 after three innings and saw the Raiders tie the game in the fifth with two runs.

In the eighth, Columbia was the victim of bad luck as one of their players was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes and the Lady Raiders pulled out the win in the bottom of the eighth.

The two teams combined for 22 hits in the game.


Weather issues forced the baseball team to play four games, and when pitching isn't one of the team's strong suites, it made for a long week.

In those four games, the Tide was outscored 39-4. For the season, Columbia has given up double figure runs in five of the six games they have played.

The lone exception to that was last Wednesday's game at Pequea Valley, which was a pitcher's duel between Tide ace Ryan Redding and PV's Aaryan Yothers. The game was scoreless until the fourth when the Braves plated three runs off the Tide righty.

Redding, who hurled a complete game, allowed the Braves just five hits, while striking out four and walking two. PV's Yothers allowed just one hit, a Matt Derr double, while striking out a dozen and walking two. Chandler Gibson and Zac Nikolaus reached on walks.

Columbia opened the week with a 10-0 loss to Annville-Cleona in a game that lasted just five innings.

In the snow up on the hill, the Tide and Little Dutchmen were scoreless until the fourth when A-C scored three times. The visitors from Lebanon County ended the game with a seven run fifth.

A day later under somewhat better weather conditions, the Tide traveled down Route 30 to Lancaster Mennonite where the Blazers scored a 16-1, three inning win over Columbia.

Mennonite scored nine runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third.

Columbia did have a 1-0 lead in the game.

The Tide completed the week on Friday with their first crossover game of the season, a 10-3 loss to the Raiders from Elco.

This one, unlike the other games last week, started out great for the Crimson Tide, who led the game 3-0 after three innings.

The wheels started coming off in the fourth when the Raiders scored four times to take a 4-3 lead. Elco also added three runs in each of the sixth and seven innings.

Braden Bohanon, who beat the Tide in football and basketball this season, pitched a complete game for the Raiders striking out five and walking two.


It was an off week for the Crimson Tide in track. On April 30 Columbia ventures back over Kinderhook Road for a tri-meet involving the Indians and Northern Lebanon. The Northern Lebanon meet was originally scheduled for last month at Columbia but was reschedule because of snow.

Columbia's last home meet is May 7 against Elco.

Saturday, the Tide will travel to Shippensburg University for the 92nd annual Jack Roddick Invitational, the top invitational in the state and the only one the Tide will compete in this season.

Over the last three years, Columbia has done well at the Shippensburg Invitational. Last season, senior Jordan Haberstroh placed third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, while teammate Joellen Wakefield placed in both hurdles events and the javelin. On the boys' side, Ahmad Kamara and Ishmael Wright participated in the 800, 400 relay and triple jump.

Haberstroh has done quite well at Shippensburg. As a freshman and sophomore, she won the 3,200 meter run.


It will be another four game week for the Crimson Tide in baseball and softball. There are three crossover games scheduled along with a non-league game. Wednesday and Thursday, the two teams hit the road for a league game at Cocalico and then another road trip on Thursday to Hanover. Friday, Columbia is home in softball for a game with Lampeter-Strasburg, while baseball plays its third straight road game at Garden Spot.

Fans are reminded to check the school website daily for announcements concerning last minute schedule and sight changes. That website is and look under the activities tab for athletics.


Columbia Tracksters Compete at Catholic High April 9, 2018

The final sports season of the 2017-18 school year at Columbia High School has finally gotten off the ground.

Despite some lousy weather that has featured snow, rain and cold conditions, the spring (late winter, just kidding) is underway. The weather has been the big winner so far. Because of that, the baseball and softball teams will be playing three to four games a week for a while.

There are also some new faces in charge of the spring programs on the hill.

Morgan Kibler, a former player on Donegal's 2006 state championship team and a former assistant on the school's last state title team, is the new softball coach, replacing Matt Phillips. Kibler, one of the key players on that first Donegal title team under coach Tom Hartman, will be able to teach the game to the Tide girls.

She will be assisted by another member of that Donegal title team Whitney Brenneman and Troy Engle, who was an assistant coach last season.

In baseball, Brandon Robinson, a former CHS player, takes over the reins from Jordan Higgins, who moved to Elizabethtown. He will be assisted by his twin brother Taylor. Both played on the first and only Crimson Tide baseball team that played in the District Three finals during the 2001-02 season.

The lone hold over in terms of spring coaches is David Farley, who looks for a banner year in the post season.


In the rich history of sports at Columbia High School, one of the most successful teams has been the track program. The Tide, since District Three started its championships back in the 1930s, has had 47 individual track, 17 individual field and eight relay teams win boys' district titles and since the 1980s, had four girls claim district titles in track and field events.

Despite low numbers again, veteran coach David Farley, will be looking to add to that impressive number of championships at the district level. The Tide's roster for the 2018 season features just 12 boys and seven girls. Of those 20, three are seniors.

Despite the low numbers, there is a lot of talent, which means come the post season, the medal count could be high.

"We are using the regular season to qualify for the post season where we have enjoyed success," Farley said.

Among the returning District Three medalists are seniors Jordan Haberstroh, one of the top distance runners in the area and past District Three gold medalist, and Joellen Wakefield, a returning District Three champ in the javelin. On the boys' side are returning medalists Ahmad Kamara and Ishmael Wright. Kamara picked up medals a year ago at the district level in the high jump and triple jump, while Wright was part of a medal winning relay team.

Those four will be "golden" during the regular season for the Tide.

Columbia opened the season with the Small School Invitational on the hill with Day Spring Academy and the Christian School of York. The returning medalists carried the Tide in that meet.

Last week, because of the weather, Columbia was at Lancaster Catholic for a tri-meet involving the Crusaders and Annville-Cleona. The Tide lost both meets but had some good performances.

On the girls' side, Wakefield was a triple winner, scoring first place finishes in both hurdle events and the javelin. Haberstroh, as expected, won both the 1,600 and 3,200 while Cassidy Cook won the 800. On the boys' side, Wright won the 100, 200 and 400 to complete his day, while Kamara won the long jump.


After three games, the Tide girls have almost equaled their win total of a year ago when they went 3-17 overall and 2-14 in a tough Section 4. The Tide enters what could be the first full week of the regular season with a 2-1 record. The team's lone loss was Friday, at home, to Lancaster Catholic by an 11-4 score.

Despite falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, speedy sophomore shortstop Kamron Andrews ripped a fly ball to deep centerfield and in one bounce hit the fence. She easily circled the bases for an inside the park home run to deadlock the game at 1-1.

Catholic took the lead a few innings later and the Tide did put up a three spot in the fourth but the Crusaders were the better team on this day.

In their other games, it was a contrast of school sizes with Lebanon Catholic, being one of the smallest schools in District Three and Reading being the largest. Lebanon Catholic forfeited the game to Columbia while the Crimson Tide, playing their best game in a few years, crushed the visiting Red Knights 10-4.

The "official" season opener saw the game tied at 1-1 when Columbia exploded for three runs in the fourth inning and added five more in the fifth to break open a close game. Newcomer junior third baseman Devinee Tucker was named "High Tide" Player of the Game as she went 2-2 with three runs batted in. She also, according to Kibler, played a flawless third base, handling eight fielding plays without an error.

"It was her first time playing third base," Kibler said.

Senior Tiffany Hoffmaster was in the circle and allowed four hits while striking out five and walking one.

The Tide girls will be much improved this season and in the future. After not fielding a junior varsity team for a few years, there will be a team at that level this year. One problem, however, is that some of the teams Columbia plays this season will not have a junior varsity team.

There's also plenty of experience back from last year's squad starting with senior pitcher Hoffmaster, senior catcher Serenity Faus and senior first baseman Jenna Eckman, who Kibler is looking to for leadership. Three others that saw varsity playing time last year are junior second baseman Emily Sumpman, Andrews and outfielder Hallie McCoy.


While the Tide girls are off to a decent start, the baseball team stands at 1-2 after three games. They are 1-1 in Section 4.

With 19 players on the roster and not enough to have a junior varsity team, the Tide will try to improve on last season's Section Four record of 2-13 (4-16 overall).

They will do it with a relatively young squad of just two seniors, Dorian Grimes and Chandler Gibson. Grimes hit .194 last year, while Gibson played in a handful of games.

Other key players are juniors Matt Gambler and Matt Derr, who saw time last season. Ryan Redding, a sophomore, will be a key player in the field and on the mound. Redding went 1-2 on the hill last season and had 17 strikeouts, while batting .216 and was second on the team with five runs batted in. Two other hurlers coming back are Nathan Resch, who pitched 15 innings a year ago and Zach Nikolaus, who led the team with 25 innings pitched.

Like the softball team, the Tide was credited with a forfeit win over Lebanon Catholic, who will not field a team at the varsity level this season. The team's losses were to Mount Calvary by a 12-3 score and in their Section 4 opener to Lancaster Catholic by a 17-1 score.

The opener against Mount Calvary was not only the first game for Robinson as a coach but the first ever "indoor" game for Columbia. The game, because of weather, was moved indoors to the Net facility in Palmyra. Freshman Michael Poole drove in a couple of runs.

In Friday's game with Lancaster Catholic, at home, Columbia struggled. The Crusaders, one of the better teams in Section 4, scored runs in every inning of the game but one. Catholic led 3-0 after three and 7-0 in the fourth when Columbia scored its lone run. Catholic farther broke the game open with a single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and then crossed the plate eight times in the seventh.


Weather permitting, the Tide will play four games each in baseball and softball this week. Both teams are on the road Wednesday at Pequea Valley, while Friday, the baseball team entertains Elco. The only day the two teams are not scheduled to play is Thursday but that could change.

In an effort to be more economic, Columbia, when playing a team twice, will play both softball (at Glatfelter Memorial Field) and baseball (on the hill), at home or away, at the same time. Fans are asked to check the school district website ( to check on those changes.

In track, the Tide because of the early season weather conditions and having to move dual meets to tri-meets is off this week. Their lone remaining home meet with Elco, early next month, may be moved because of issues with the pole vault area at Columbia.


Falcon Caps Season at AA Regionals March 5, 2018

The winter sports season at Columbia High School is over as senior wrestler Marcus Falcon saw his career end after two matches at the Southeast Class AA Regional Tournament Friday at Wilson High School in Berks County.

Falcon earned the right to wrestle at the Regional Tournament, one step short of qualifying for the PIAA championships, following a sixth place finish at the District Three Class AA championships in Hershey, the previous week.

In his first bout at Wilson, Falcon was a 17-3 major decision loser to Troy Rumer of Springfield in District One. He trailed 5-1 after one period and 10-1 after two.

In the consolation round, Falcon lost to Stevie Herb of Northern Lebanon via a technical fall, 18-1 after just three minutes.

"Marcus had a good season and I wish we had 13 of him," said Tide coach Kent Lutz.

For Falcon, it has been an interesting season.

He was the lone member of the Crimson Tide wrestling team this season and never flinched, never wavered and worked hard.

Falcon, a senior, qualified for the Class AA Regional Tournament, following a sixth place finish at the District Three Class AA championships held February 23-24 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

"He needed to wrestle his best to advance," said Lutz.

Falcon, who took a 23-12 record into the Regional Tournament, opened the District Three Tournament with a bang. He scored a 12-3 major decision over Hamburg freshman Travis Colson.

Falcon led 4-2 after one period, getting two takedowns. In the second period he took a 6-2 lead with a takedown 29 seconds into the period. Colson was able to pull within 6-3 before Falcon closed the period with a takedown with 15 seconds left.

In the third period, Colson started off with an escape before Falcon took control of the bout with a takedown and two-point near fall in the final minute of the bout.

That major decision placed Falcon into the quarterfinals against Kennard Dale's Jacob Rose, a junior. Falcon advanced to the semifinals when Rose was forced to injury default early in the third period.

Rose had the advantage after one period, leading 4-3 after two takedowns in the first minute of the bout. In the second period, Rose extended his lead to 5-3 with an early escape before Falcon countered with a takedown to tie the bout at 5-5. With just over a minute left in the period, Rose got another escape to lead 6-5. That's when Falcon took control, getting a takedown and back point to take a 9-6 lead after two periods. Falcon got an early third period takedown before Rose defaulted.

Now in the semifinals, with a trip to Regionals clinched, Falcon ran into a buzz saw from Bishop McDevitt and lost via a tech fall, 15-0.

The only question left was where would Falcon place? In the semifinal round of the consolation bracket, Falcon was pinned by Jason Penton of Littlestown in 2:29.

In the fifth place match against Kaiden Karper of Boiling Springs, Falcon was beaten, 10-2. The consolation bout was tied at 2-2 after one period, but Karper in the final 90 seconds of the second period, scored five points on a takedown and back points to take control of the bout. Karper was able to add three more points in the third period.

"We are very proud of what Marcus has accomplished this season through hard work," Lutz said.

Falcon was the only CHS athlete involved in the post-season.

Now it is onto spring sports, which will feature new coaches in baseball and softball. Spring practice officially started Monday.


Neal Joins 1,000 Career Points Club February 5, 2018

At Columbia High School it is the last week of the regular season for winter sports and it will hopefully be onto the post season for two of the teams.

The girls' basketball team and wrestler Marcus Falcon are headed to the post season, which will begin in a few weeks.

Here is your recap of a busy week in Columbia High School winter sports.


Heading into the final week of the regular season, there's some good news for coach Karl Kreiser and his team. They are in a position to make the District Three Class AA playoffs for the second straight year and they got one of their top players back in the rotation.

All of this after a tough week that resulted in four losses, two of them to Lebanon Catholic and Linden Hall, two of the top small school teams in District Three. Other losses were to Lancaster Mennonite and Elco.

That Lancaster Mennonite game, the first of the four games last week, was special. Playing in front of the home fans and one of the largest home crowds of the season, Columbia junior Janeah Neal, one of the top players in Section 3 needed just eight points to become the 12th player in girls' basketball history to top 1,000 career points.

After a slow start, Neal, who is averaging more than 20 points a game, got it going. She reached the plateau early in the second quarter while driving to the basket. After being fouled, Neal stepped to the foul line and calmly made both foul shots to reach the 1,000 points milestone. The game was stopped for several minutes as Neal was acknowledged by her coaches, teammates and parents. She finished the night with 25 points but the Tide fell to the Lady Blazers, 54-44.

Ironically, Neal is following in the footsteps of her father Eddie, who played for the Crimson Tide back in the mid-1990s and also scored 1,000 career points. It is the first father/daughter milestone in Lancaster-Lebanon League history. Another twist of irony, current CHS girls' coach Kreiser also coached Eddie Neal and one of the other twelve 1,000 point scorers.

A night later, the Tide girls were back on the hardwoods when the defending state Class A champs from Lebanon Catholic made their annual visit.

Poised to make another deep run in the playoffs, the Beavers are eight players deep and handled the Crimson Tide 66-37.

The Beavers, whose coach Patty Hower won her 700th career game the Friday before, jumped out to a 21-6 lead against the Tide and never looked back. Neal led the Tide with 17 points. Teammate Audreanna Frazier chipped in with 16 points.

A third game in three nights, all at home, was against Linden Hall, who might challenge Lebanon Catholic in the District 3 playoffs. With four players standing 6-2 or taller, the Lions scored a 54-34 win over the Tide.

Despite the loss, Kreiser was pleased. After falling behind 15-3 after eight minutes, the Tide pulled within four at halftime, but only scored four points in the third quarter.

"We battled for the first time in a couple of games. I will take that effort," the coach said.

Neal scored 22 of the Tide's 34 points as just four of the eight players who played in the game scored points.

Columbia closed the week with a road trip to Elco and were beaten by the Raiders, 58-31.

Neal had 19 of the Tide's 31 points. But the good news in the loss was the return of Christina Jones to the Columbia lineup. She had been out of the lineup since the second game of the season. She scored five points in her return to the team.

With two games left in the regular season, the girls are fourth in the Class AA power ratings. The top four teams make the playoffs. The top three teams are defending champion Camp Hill, Upper Dauphin and Steel-High.


The season will end for coach Kerry Glover this week and it hasn't been the season the team had hoped for.

Entering the final two games of the season, the Tide has lost six of their last seven games. The lone win during that stretch was last week against Lebanon Catholic, a team they had beaten by 70 points earlier in the season. That was with a full squad. Since several players were removed from the team for school related issues, the Tide has struggled.

The Lebanon Catholic game, on the Beavers' home floor, was much closer. The Tide won the game 71-67 with a dramatic fourth quarter rally. Columbia trailed 54-51 entering the final quarter and outscored the Beavers by seven to win the game.

Senior Alex Retamar led the Tide with 23 points, followed by Michael Poole with 15 and Ajor Sawyer with 13. Both Poole and Sawyer started the season on the junior varsity team.

The boys opened the week with a game against playoff bound Lancaster Mennonite and were handed a 73-48 loss to the Blazers. Junior Matt McCleary was the only Tide player in double figures with 11.

Columbia, in their third game of the week, hosted Elco and it was raining inside the Elmer Kreiser Gym. Raining three-pointers, not from Mother Nature. The visiting Raiders drained 14 three-point baskets in a 66-46 win.

Elco had two players top 20 points and were led by Braden Bohanon who scored 22. McCleary was again the Tide's top scorer with 11, while Davion Edmond-Greene and Sawyer added nine.

In their fourth game of the week, the Tide lost a non-league game to Oley Valley, 71-67. With just three seniors on the team - Retamar, Dorian Grimes and Ahmad Kamara, who has been injured most of the season, coach Glover and his team will return a number of key players next season and should rebound from this year's tough campaign.


The regular season ends this week for Tide wrestler Marcus Falcon. Last week, the team's lone ranger, who is also a senior, was honored before the team's final home match with Eastern York.

Before a packed house on the hill, Falcon was honored before the match for his dedication to the wrestling program, the school and the community. In his match against the Golden Knights, Falcon scored a 6-3 decision over Dylan Prugar for his eighth win of the season.


Coach Dan Lingle's team had just one match last week, a 7-0 loss at the hands of Northern Lebanon.

In that match, Shane Kinser was the top scorer for the Tide with a 462 series, which included two games of 161. Others who bowled for the Tide were Javon Jackson (392), Ryan Ault (279), Melanie Rodriquez (228) and Amy Reigel (528).


Wrestling closes its regular season Wednesday at York Vo-Tech. Falcon will represent the Tide in the Class AA sectional tournament at Central Dauphin East, Feb. 17.

On the hardwoods, the girls are home for a non-league game with Mount Calvary, while the boys close their season at Susquehannock.

The league schedules in basketball will look much different next season as the L-L League expands from three sections to five. Columbia will be in Section 5 and will no longer play teams like Lancaster Catholic and Northern Lebanon in league games.

In bowling, the Tide's final match is with York Vo-Tech.


Retamar Nets Season-High 24 Against Vikings January 30, 2018

What makes an athlete at Columbia High School? Words like grit, determination and pride in themselves, the school and community come to mind. So far this year that grit, pride and determination have been on display, particularly in girls' basketball and wrestling. During our weekly roundup of CHS winter sports, we will highlight two athletes who have displayed Tide Pride at its best this year.


A year after making the PIAA playoffs, much was expected from the Crimson Tide boys' basketball team this year. Unfortunately off the court issues have derailed that expected success.

Coach Kerry Glover's team has lost four straight games including games last week with Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic. The four losses come after the team's top two scorers were dismissed from the team for school-related issues.

That means the Tide has had to adopt the next man philosophy just like the Philadelphia Eagles. That "next man" up has been Alex Retamar. One of the team's seniors, Retamar is attempting to put the Tide on his back and carrying them for the remainder of the season.

Last Tuesday against Northern Lebanon, Retamar did just that in a 59-50 loss to the Vikings.

He scored a season-high 24 points and basically kept the Tide in the game against the L-L playoff bound Vikings. The guard had 14 of the Columbia's 22 first half points as the Tide trailed 29-22 at the half but fell behind by double digits in the second half and could not recover.

Freshman big man Davion Edmond-Greene contributed eight points, while senior Dorian Grimes added five.

Friday, the Tide, on Senior Night, hosted another L-L League playoff contender in Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders spoiled the night with a 66-36 win over coach Glover and his team.

This one before one of the largest home crowds of the season. Catholic was in control, leading 15-8 after a quarter and 38-19 at the half. Catholic's Johnny Besecker had a huge first half, scoring all 17 of his points in the first 16 minutes.

Playing their fourth game without their top two scorers, the Tide was offensively challenged. Catholic almost put the mercy rule into effect in the third quarter. Columbia scored just three points - one on a foul shot from Michael Poole and a buzzer beating bucket from Ryan Hinkle.

Retamar led the Tide with nine while Grimes (all in the second quarter) and Ryan Redding (all in the fourth quarter) added seven each in the loss.

In addition to Retamar and Grimes, other seniors honored were Kobie Wakefield and Ahmad Kamara, who has been injured.

With six games left, the Columbia is 6-10 overall and most likely will not qualify for the District Three playoffs for the first time in almost two decades.


In the almost five decade history of the Columbia girls' basketball program, there have been 11 players who have scored 1,000 career points. This week, the banner that hangs in the Elmer Kreiser Gym will add another name.

Janeah Neal, who has carried the Tide all season, will top the 1,000 point mark and it will be at home. Neal, who scored 20 points Friday night against Section Three power house Lancaster Catholic, needs eight points to join the elite list of Tide girls.

Against the Crusaders, Neal scored a game-high 20 points in a 71-33 loss. She drained three three-point baskets and was 5-6 from the foul line. She outscored Kiki Jefferson, the best player in the L-L League by two.

Neal has been basically unstoppable this season for the under-manned Tide, averaging close to 20 points a game including a career-high 31 in a 56-39 loss at Northern Lebanon last Tuesday. Of the Tide's 16 games this season,

Neal has scored in double figures in 14 of them. She had scored a team-high 30 three-point baskets and has 82 of her points from the foul line.

Against the Vikings, who not only are one of the top teams in Section Three, but District Three as well, Columbia was able to keep the game close, trailing 13-7 after eight minutes and 31-19 at the half. Columbia was outscored 25-20 in the second half.

Others scoring points were Koryna Costello with four and Lesasia Hardy and Danielle Moreta with two each.

Last week's games with Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic will be the final one against Columbia for at least two years or if the Tide girls make the L-L League playoffs. The league will realign into five sections next season, with Columbia being in Section 5. Because of that, Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic have elected not to play Columbia in non-league games. Catholic, however, will continue to play the Tide in boys' basketball.


While Neal has been a warrior on the basketball court, Marcus Falcon has been that and more on the wrestling mat. He's the lone wrestler for Columbia this season and has had a good year and despite being a "Lone Ranger." He could do well in the post-season.

Last week, Falcon's accomplishment as the Tide's lone wrestler did not go unnoticed. Prior to the match against Lancaster Catholic, the Crusaders honored Falcon. He was presented with a certificate signed by the Lancaster Catholic school administration and wresting program. The gesture was greeted with a loud ovation by the crowd.

"We found out 15 minutes before the match," said head coach Kent Lutz.

"Your presence did not go unnoticed. We (the school, wrestling team, coaching staff and administration) commend your courage and dedication to the sport of wrestling and Columbia High School. It is an honor and privilege for you to be in our gym," said head coach Tom Blaszczk.

Falcon proceeded to go out and score a pin in his match. Earlier in the week, he lost a tough 4-2 decision to Annville-Cleona's Tyler Speraw.

Falcon closed his week by participating in the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League individual championships at Garden Spot.

Falcon went 1-2 on matches in Friday at 152 pounds and was eliminated from the tournament.

In his tournament opener, Falcon dominated Elco junior Carson Neff, scoring a 20-3 technical fall in 5:47. In the quarterfinals, Falcon ran up against a buzz saw in top seed Stevie Herb from Northern Lebanon and lost an 18-9 major decision. Now in the consolation bracket, Falcon saw his tournament end with a tough 8-6 loss to Conestoga Valley's Taylor Shaeffer.

Also at the league tournament, former Tide standout Aaron Anspach was inducted into the L-L League Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. One of five new inductees, Anspach was a 2002 PIAA runner-up and five years later was a 2007 NCAA runner-up while a senior at Penn State. In the Class AA state finals, Anspach lost in overtime 5-3 by CJ Wonstettler of Bentworth and then in the NCAA Division I finals, Anspach, while wrestling at Penn State, he lost to Cole Konrad of Minnesota.


With three matches, it was also a full week on the lanes for the Tide bowlers. Coach Dan Lingle's team concluded the week with a 7-0 victory over Elco.

The Tide out rolled the Raiders 2,053-1,426 pins.

Shane Kinser, one of the top bowlers in the section, rolled a 535 three-game series with a high game of 193. Other standout bowlers were Jackson with a 459 (72-140-127), Amy Reigel, a 375 (117-118-140) and Ryan Ault with a 336 (104-134-98) and Melanie Rodriquez with a 258 in just two games. Brittanie Betteley rolled a 110 in her lone game.

Earlier in the week, Columbia lost to Lampeter-Strasburg and Lancaster Catholic by 5-2 scores.

Against L-S to open the week, the Tide had four of its bowlers roll better than a 300 series. The Tide's top bowler continues to be Kinser, who rolled a (195-150-136) 521 series. Others over 300 were Javan Jackson (131-126-163 - 420) Ault (135-164-122 - 361) and Katalina Dasilva (104-110-114 - 328).

In the Catholic match, Kinser again shined with a 569 series including a first game of 209. Others doing well were Jackson (147-175-150), Ault (118-138-143) and Reigel (119-122-173).


The Tide girls conclude a four-game week Friday night with a road trip to Elco, while the boys finish a three-game week with a home game against the Raiders and a Saturday non-league game with Oley Valley, which is also their final home game of the season.

On the mats, Columbia hosts Eastern on Thursday and will participate in the Buckskin Duals at Conestoga Valley on Saturday. Lutz is hoping for a big turnout at Thursday's match as Falcon will be recognized for his accomplishments this season.

The Tide bowlers close out their week with a match against Lebanon Catholic.


Neal Nets 15 Points in Tide Loss to Dutchmen January 22, 2018

How can one tell that it is winter? Just ask the local high school athletic directors and coaches. They were pulling their hair out last week as Mother Nature wreaked havoc for the sports schedules in the area.

Mother Nature was the "winner of the week," as two nights of games had to be rescheduled.

So before we can tell you how the Crimson Tide teams did in limited action last week, you need to know what team is playing where and when to finish out the month.

Columbia's winter teams lost two nights of action last week, Tuesday and Wednesday, thus forcing a full final two weeks in January of games.

On the mats, the wrestling team had matches earlier in the week with Annville-Cleona (a makeup from last week) and Lancaster Catholic, before spending the weekend at the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships.

On the bowling lanes, coach Dan Lingle's squad has three matches this week, including a Thursday roll off with Elco.

On the hardwoods, it will be insane. Both the boys' and girls' teams have two tough games this week with Northern Lebanon and with rival Lancaster Catholic (the boys are home). Next week, coach Kerry Glover's squad plays four games. On Jan. 29, they travel to Lebanon Catholic and two nights later travel to Lancaster Mennonite for a makeup game from last week. They close the week with a Friday home game with Elco and a non-league home game on Saturday, Feb. 3 with Oley Valley.

On the girls side, if things aren't tough enough this week with two of the best teams in the section, Lancaster Catholic and Northern Lebanon, they also face a tough week next week with back-to-back-to-back games with Lancaster Mennonite (Jan. 29), Lebanon Catholic (Jan. 30) and Linden Hall (Jan. 31). They conclude the week on the road at Elco, Feb. 2.

And that's if there are no additional weather issues.


Coach Karl Kreiser's team, in the hunt for their second straight District Three playoff berth, showed the rust of not playing for a week when they hosted Annville-Cleona Friday night. When the two teams played last month, they combined for just 43 points in a 26-17 Tide win.

Friday night on the hill, the game was low scoring but not quite as bad, with Annville-Cleona scoring a 41-27 win.

Columbia had one field goal in the first half, a second quarter basket from Arianna Newlin. Their only points in the first quarter came when Audreanna Frazier drained two foul shots. After eight minutes, A-C led 4-2 and it was 16-9 at half as A-C's Arianna Clay scored six of her team's 12 points in the quarter.

The frustration for the Tide continued into the third quarter. The team's leading scorer Janeah Neal, who finished with 15 points, was held scoreless in the first half, mostly because of foul trouble, finally scored. Columbia didn't reach double figures in quarter scoring until the fourth when they tallied 11 points. Neal, who has 941 career points, also fouled out, leaving the Tide shorter on the offensive end.

Columbia had just six field goals for the game and was 16 of 25 from the line. The two teams combined to shoot 53 foul shots for the game.

The Tide girls are third in the latest District Three Class AA power ratings, and have five games remaining against five of the top teams in District 3 (Lebanon Catholic and Linden Hall, first and third in Class A), Pequea Valley (third in Class AAA) and Catholic and Northern Lebanon (first and sixth in Class AAAA). It will be a tough road ahead.

Because of injuries, the girls are down to eight players and two of those injured are starters.


The Tide is down to just one wrestler, Marcus Falcon, and he's a good one. The senior is ranked in the top ten of his 160 pound weight class.

Saturday, in their lone match of the week, the Tide was at Donegal, in a makeup from early December. Falcon, who dropped a weight class to 154, couldn't make weight so he bumped up to 160 and lost a tough 7-6 decision in the last second of the match on a stalling call.

"I have the utmost respect for this young man to go out and wrestle knowing his team will not win a meet," said head coach Kent Lutz.

"But the point I want to make is every team we wrestled Middletown, Lampeter-Strasburg, East Pennsboro, and Northeastern, when it came time for their wrestlers to come out and receive their forfeits a few kids from each team came over and shook this young man's hand and said good luck for the rest of the season," Lutz said.

"That is what wrestling is all about," he said.


It was a tough week for the Tide boys as well with back-to-back games with Annville-Cleona and cross river rival Eastern York and it was even tougher as Columbia lost two starters this week for the season because of school-related issues.

Friday night it was a road trip to Annville-Cleona and it was a tough trip as the Tide fell to the Little Dutchmen, 74-64.

The first quarter was the difference in the game as A-C outscored Columbia, who was playing with two new starters. A-C led 27-12 after eight minutes and 39-27 at the half.

Ajor Sawyer was the Tide's top scorer with a career-high 12 points, followed by Matt McCleary with 11 and Davion Edmond-Greene with 10. Ryan Redding, Michael Poole and Ryan Hinkle, each scored seven in the loss.

Less than 24 hours later, coach Glover and his team were back on the hardwoods, this time at home, against Eastern York. And despite some offensive short comings by both teams, it turned out to be a dandy of a game with the Golden Knights prevailing, 45-43.

It was the Golden Knights who got hot early, jumping out to an early double digit lead as Trevor Seitz had three three-point baskets in the opening quarter. Eastern led 20-7 at one point in the first quarter and settled for a 20-11 lead after eight minutes.

Then Eastern went cold from the field. They scored 13 points in the game's middle two quarters and went most of the third quarter without a field goal.

Columbia was able to pull within 27-24 and rallied to take a 34-33 lead after three.

In the fourth and deciding quarter, Seitz hit a big three-pointer for the Knights and Demonte Martin scored five of seven points in the final eight minutes. Columbia had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Dorian Grimes saw his corner buzzer beating three rim out.

Alex Retamar led the Tide in scoring with 13 points, nine of them coming in the second half. Edmond-Greene added seven, all in the first half.

The Tide boys are 2-5 in Section 3 and 6-8 overall and will need some help to make a return trip to the District Three playoffs.


The Columbia bowlers only got to roll once and that was in a non-league match with the York County School of Technology. The Tide lost 7-0.

Shane Kinser continued his hot streak when he rolled a season-high 649 with games of 217-183-249.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Janeah has carried our team," Kreiser said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

100 year celebration

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

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

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

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

Anyone interested in attending the celebration can send their contact information to or

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The other starters are junior Brittanie Betteley and Javon Jackson.


Haberstroh Earns Third PIAA Medal November 5, 2017

The fall season is in the books at Columbia High School following the completion of the cross country and football seasons this past weekend.

The fall season ended with a Columbia athlete competing for a state title and in high school sports, that's what it is all about.

That athlete, senior Jordan Haberstroh, became the first-ever CHS runner to medal in three PIAA state championship cross country meets. Haberstroh, the top student in the Columbia High School Class of 2018, placed 20th in Saturday's Class A state championships at Hershey's Parkview course, just west of the Giant Center. Her time of 20:14 was more than a minute behind state champion Tina Capparell of Marian Catholic from District 11, who ran the Hershey course in 19:01. Warrior Run freshman Lauren Trapini was second in 19:09.

For Haberstroh, it was the end of a great four-year run in cross country where she won two District 3 Class A titles and finished in the top 25 in three of her four appearances at the state championships.

"I was happy with my race and so proud represent Columbia," the talented runner said.

She will next race for the Tide in track and field, where she is a returning medalist in the distance races.


In football, coach Bud Kyle's first season as Columbia's gridiron boss ended with a 49-0 loss at the hands of Kennard-Dale on Friday night.

Columbia finished the season with a 0-10 record, marking the second time in the last eight years the Tide failed to win a game.

Columbia faced long odds the entire season. Despite starting the season with 36 players on the roster, Friday Kyle's Crew dressed 18 players. The season started with 10 players unable to play in the first two games due to school-related reasons. There was only one game this season where the Tide had a full roster of players and that was in the third game.

Still, Kyle was positive.

"It was a season of ups and downs and our guys never quit," the first-year coach said. "We had a lot of young guys step up and our seniors were leaders."

Like most of their games this season, the Tide had one bad quarter which proved to be the difference in all their games. Friday night it was the second quarter, when the Rams lit up the scoreboard for 35 points to take a 42-0 lead at the half.

The shutout was the second time in the last three games that Columbia failed to score.

The Rams struck first, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Dalton Strike. The flood gates opened in the second quarter. Michael Lizzi's 11-yard run started the scoring, which included two more touchdown runs, a scoring pass and a fumble recovery.

Columbia struggled in the first half. They were held without a first down and minus 35 yards of offense. They finished with 10 total yards for the game and just two first downs.

On the ground, the Tide finished with minus 52 yards on 29 attempts. Dorian Grimes was the only Columbia runner to finish with positive yards with one carry for 15 yards. Through the air, quarterback Matt McCleary completed three of 15 passes for 62 yards. Kobie Wakefield was McCleary's top target with two catches for 58 yards. Columbia also turned the ball over three times and was forced to punt a season-high eight times.

A lot of players got playing time this season and give coach Kyle and his staff a full off-season (Kyle didn't get the job until June), and bigger and better things will be ahead for this program.

Now it's time for the basketballs and wrestling mats to be rolled out on the hill. Last season, the Columbia basketball teams both qualified for the district and state playoffs.


Haberstroh Wins Second District Three Title November 1, 2017

The 2017 fall sports season ends at Columbia High School this week where it started and ended last season with a Crimson Tide athlete going for a state championship.

That event will happen Saturday at the "sweetest place on earth," Hershey when senior cross country runner Jordan Haberstroh competes for the fourth straight year in the PIAA Class A cross country championships on Hershey's Parkview course early Saturday morning.

Haberstroh qualified for a chance to win a state title Saturday, October 28 by winning her second District 3 Class A championship in three years at Big Spring High School. The talented Columbia runner, who also won the race as a sophomore, finished 11 seconds ahead of York Catholic's Katelynn Macdougall. Haberstroh navigated the Big Spring course in 19:58, while Macdougall's time was 20:09.

Columbia coach Charles Leader expected Haberstroh to be in the top three at districts. The third contender was Leanne Sneeringer of Delone Catholic, who settled for fourth. Placing third was Lindsay Lytlle of Fairfield in 20:14.

The race for the first mile was close. Haberstroh ran a 6:07 first mile, two seconds ahead of Sneeringer and eight seconds better than the Fairfield runner. Coming out of the woods at Big Spring, Haberstroh took control of the race and never looked back. At the two mile mark, her lead over Sneeringer was five seconds. The Delone runner faded over the final mile.

In addition to her previous district title, the Tide runner also had two third place finishes including last year as a junior.

"I am so blessed to have this opportunity to win the district championship," Haberstroh said. "I watched the Fairfield girl (Lindsey Lytle) run out quickly and I just said I needed to calm down and run my race.

"I passed by her on the hill and just pushed my pace," she said.

At the state championships, Haberstroh will be looking to improve her 13th place finish from a year ago. In her previous state title runs, Haberstroh was 49th as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore.

Haberstroh should be among the contenders for gold Saturday. Other runners to watch are Lauren Trapini of Warrior Rub, Rachel Korty of Forest City, Sara Richard of Mansfield, Alexis Wyant of Maplewood and Serra Mazza of St. Joseph's Catholic Academy.

Mazza is the defending Class A state champion.

The only other Columbia team still in action is the football team, who travels to Fawn Grove this Friday night to face Kennard-Dale, still looking for their first win.

Last season on the home field, the Crimson Tide dominated the Rams for a 43-14 win. Both teams were winless going into that game. This year, Kennard-Dale is 4-5.

The Tide is looking to avoid its first winless season since 2009 and has only won eight of their last 49 games.

Friday night against Northern Lebanon, who is tied with Lancaster Catholic for first place in Section 3, things couldn't have started any better for the Crimson Tide.

On their opening possession, Columbia moved from their own 33 yard line to the Viking 6. At that point, Columbia did not look like a team looking for their first win. Unfortunately, the Tide fumbled at the six yard line but still were able to keep the vaunted Vikings off the scoreboard in the first quarter.

The scoring quickened in the second frame. Quarterback Michigan Daub started the scoring with a two yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter to put Northern Lebanon on the scoreboard.

Steve Herb, who was a thorn in the side of the Tide the entire game, scored the first of his five touchdowns to put the Vikings up 14-0. Herb, who finished 174 yards on the ground, also scored on special teams and defense. The five touchdowns was among the top performances in the L-L League this season and one of the best in a league game against the Crimson Tide since the early 1990s.

Turnovers were a huge problem for Columbia. Junior quarterback Matt McCleary was picked off four times including one that went for a pick six by Herb in the third quarter.

Northern Lebanon led the game 21-0 on a Daub pass to Isiah Davilla who covered 52 yards. The Tide got on the scoreboard late in the half when McCleary scored on a 1-yard keeper, cutting the lead to 21-6 after the two-point conversion failed.

Two plays later, and with 12 seconds left in the first half, Herb scored his second touchdown of the game.

Herb kept at it in the second half, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards that pushed the Viking advantage to 34-6.

Both scores came within 18 seconds and ended any hopes of a Tide win.

Despite the lop-sided nature of the score, Herb and NL's starters remained in the game. He scored twice more, once on an interception and his fifth on a 65-yard run. NL did not put their second team in the game until the final five minutes of the game.

Columbia scored late in the game in a 17-yard pass from McCleary to Kobie Wakefield.

In addition to Herb's big night, Daub was 12-of-16 for 196 yards, while on defense, Caleb Light had three interceptions. Davilla caught eight of Daub's completions for 153 yards.

For the Tide, Isiah Acosta was the team's leading rusher with 28 yards on seven carries, while Wakefield caught two passes for 51 yards and Collyn Christmas caught two passes for 59 yards.


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.


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.


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.


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).


Tide Volleyball Battles Crusaders, Cedars October 16, 2017

With three week's left, the 2017 fall sports season at Columbia High School is quickly coming to a close. In terms of wins and losses, it hasn't been a success. But with the post season starting this week, the season could end on a positive note. There are just three more weeks left in the football season. Friday night, the Tide makes the trip to Lancaster Catholic to meet the Crusaders at their refurbished field. The Tide's final home game is next Friday against defending Section Three champion Northern Lebanon.

Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.


Yes, it has been a long season for the girls' volleyball team as they have been swept in every match. Last week, in a home match against Lebanon, coach David Farley's team almost won their first game of the season. The Cedars were able to score a 28-26, 25-6, 25-9 win but it was the first game that had the old gym jumping.

Game one went back-and-forth with neither team able to pull away. The Tide girls had a couple of chances to pull off the win but were unable to get the winning points despite leading 24-23, 25-25 and 26-25 before the Cedars ran off three straight points to win game one.

The second and third games were dominated by the Cedars and completed the sweep.Senior Jenna Eckman led the home team with three digs, two aces and a kill while Melina Mowrer was credited with three assists. Jordan Naples, the team's other senior, had a kill.Columbia opened the week with a home match with Lancaster Catholic, who will be joining Section Three next year. The Crusaders scored a 25-6, 25-12, 25-15 sweep. In that match, Eckman had four digs, two aces and a block, while Mowrer had four assists and Naples had two kills and a block.

The girls completed the week with a non-league match against the Veritas Academy at the Spooky Nook complex were they were again swept


The Tide runners completed their regular season at Lampeter last Tuesday running against the hosting Pioneers and Annville-Cleona. Jordan Haberstroh ran away from the field in the girls' race. The fleet footed Tide senior ran the course in 19:42, 37 seconds better than Colleen Gilbert of L-S, who ran a 20:19. Cassidy Cook, the Tide's only other female runner was 22nd in a time of 28:10.

On the boys' side, freshman Carter Houck, the Tide's lone runner was 38th in a time of 22:41. Despite losing Haberstroh, the future of this program appears to be bright as Columbia was able to field two full teams at the junior high level.


Still looking for their first win, but getting better, is the Crimson Tide football team.

Friday night, coach Bud Kyle's team celebrated Homecoming against Elco and lost a hard fought 22-16 decision to the visiting Raiders. It was one of those games where a couple of mistakes were the difference.

The Tide jumped out to an early 8-0 lead scoring on their first possession of the game and were looking unlike a team that hadn't won a game. The scoring play was a 46-yard pass from quarterback Matt McCleary, who missed last week's game, to Kobie Wakefield. McCleary's two point conversion made it 8-0.

It wasn't until the Tide's next possession that the problems started. Columbia failed to convert a very short fourth and one deep in their side of the field. The Raiders took over at the Tide 18.Just when it looked like Elco was going to score, Tide sophomore linebacker Matt Gambler sacked Raider QB Braden Bohannon for a big loss forcing fourth down and 18. All Columbia had to do was make a big play on defense on fourth down. Unfortunately, they were whistled for being off sides. On the replay, the Tide was again whistled for being off sides. It was now fourth and right. Guess what? The Tide was again whistled for their third straight off sides penalty. Now with a fourth and three, the Raiders converted, which led to one of Bohannon's three scores and a one point conversion, but Columbia still led 8-7 late in the first quarter. Back came the Tide. A quarterback sneak and two point conversion in the second quarter gave the hosts a 16-7 lead at the half.

The halftime break saw Haberstroh crowned Homecoming Queen and marked the second time all season Columbia had a lead at the half.

And despite the Raiders scoring in the third to pull within two, 16-14, the Tide was just 12 minutes away from their first win of the season.

Would they get it? The answer was no. The Tide was held to 42 yards on offense in the second half and had no answer for the Elco freshman quarterback, Bohannon. His third touchdown of the game, a 23 yard run and two point conversion gave the Raiders a 22-16 lead and the eventual win.

Columbia has had trouble scoring in the second half this season, putting up just 28 points in seven games.

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