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

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

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

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

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

Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.

CROSS COUNTRY

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

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

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

FOOTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

VOLLEYBALL

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

CROSS COUNTRY

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.

FOOTBALL.

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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Tide Football Continues to Handle Adversity October 9, 2017

Columbia has a big week ahead in sports as its Homecoming Week on the hill. As in the past, Columbia athletes continue to put forth the effort which hasn't shown in terms of wins and losses.

Here is your weekly recap of CHS fall sports.

FOOTBALL

The mark of a good team and how well they do can be measured by how they handle adversity. Coach Bud Kyle and his Crimson Tide football team has had a lot of that this season.

They started the season 10 players short for the first two games because of school related issues. Then they got their full team back for a couple of games and hopes were high when the Tide traveled to Annville-Cleona for a rare Saturday game. But more adversity set in as Columbia was forced to play the game against the Little Dutchmen without their top two quarterbacks. They still gave a gritty effort in a 42-12 loss to the Little Dutchmen.

"I like how our guys stepped in and stepped up. We had some guys into positions they normally don't play," Kyle said.

"They stepped up really well," the coach said.

A-C was celebrating two big events - Homecoming and its 50th year of football and they used a huge ground game, rushing for more than 350 yards, to keep the Tide without a win on the season.

The Tide got off to a decent start, driving to the A-C 45 on their first possession before turning the ball over on an interception. That led to the first score of the game, a pass play covering 55 yards and a 6-0 A-C lead.

A short CHS punt gave the Little Dutchmen great field position on their second series of the game at the Tide 39. Three plays after the punt, A-C went up 12-0, still in the first quarter.

On this day, there was no quit in the Tide. Isaiah Acosta broke a run 58 yards for a score and the Tide was back in the game, trailing 12-6.

The Little Dutchmen added another score to take a 20-6 lead into the halftime break.

It was still anyone's game but A-C started to put the game away on the opening possession of the second half as they drove 76 yards in 13 plays to go up 28-6.

The Tide came right back. Ethan Millhouse returned the ensuing kickoff to the A-C 45 and the Tide had new life. But they couldn't convert, which led to two more Dutchmen scores and a 42-6 lead.

Columbia closed the scoring on quarterback Kobie Wakefield's three yard run late in the game. Wakefield, who was the Tide's leading receiver through the first five weeks of the season, moved to quarterback for the game and performed adequately.

CROSS COUNTRY

Columbia hosted Cocalico and Elco last week and it turned into a possible preview of next week's Lancaster-Lebanon League championship meet, at least on the girls' side.

Matched in the final home meet of the season were two of the top distance runners in the L-L League. Senior Jordan Haberstroh and Cocalico senior Jamie Zamrin. Both came into the Section Two meet unbeaten on the season. And last Tuesday on the hill, it was Zamrin who took the lead, running the Columbia course in 19:53, 27 seconds better than Haberstroh's 20:20.

The only other Columbia girl to race was freshman Cassidy Cook, who placed 18th in a time of 29:25.

On the boys' side, Cocalico's Evan Kreider crossed the finish line first in a time of 17:14. Freshman Carter Houck, the lone Columbia runner, was 20th in a time of 22:32.

VOLLEYBALL

While still looking for its first win of the season, the girls' volleyball team continues to have its little moments of success.

Last week, despite going 0-4 in matches against Covenant Christian, Elco, Lancaster Mennonite and Fairfield, the Tide had a number of those little moments.

Monday, in a non-league match with Covenant Christian, the Tide lost 25-11, 25-9, 25-11.

In game one, the Tide girls were competitive early as evidenced by eight lead changes and ties. Game one was tied at 8-8 when the Wildcats got a side out and never looked back. Alyssa Martin served 15 straight points including six aces as CC expanded its lead to 23-8 before the Tide got a side out.

In game two, an ace from Melina Mowrer helped the Tide jump out to an early 2-0 lead before the Wildcats went on another big run, taking a 12-3 lead before the Tide got a side out and an ace from Jenna Eckman to pull within seven, 12-5. That would be as close as Columbia would get.

Game three was much the same. Tied early before Covenant Christian went on another big run.

In that match, Desiree Torres was credited with six digs, while Mowrer was credited with an ace and two assists. Kylee Lachapelle added two kills.

One night later it was back to Section 3 play and a trip to Elco where the Tide girls suffered a 25-4, 25-10, 25-16 setback.

Against the Raiders, Eckman had three digs, Torres had three kills and Mowrer three assists. Megan Braas served up the Tide's lone ace.

Columbia completed their Section 3 week with a 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 loss to Lancaster Mennonite.

Eckman had a big night with two kills and four digs, while Mowrer was credited with an ace and three assists. Braas added another ace while Jordan Naples had two kills.

Columbia completed the week getting swept by Fairfield in a non-league match.

Schedule

After two weeks on the road, the Crimson Tide football team is back on the hill Friday night celebrating Homecoming against the Elco Raiders in a game set to kickoff at 7 p.m. At halftime, the Columbia High School Student Council will announce the school's 2017 Homecoming Queen. Six senior girls are vying for the honor.

Following the completion of the regular season, Columbia will compete in the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships on Oct. 17th at the Ephrata Middle School.

The volleyball team has a three match week, concluding with a road game at the Veritas Academy on Thursday. Columbia's final home match of the season on Oct. 16 against Northern Lebanon.

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Despite Early Lead, Tide Football Falls to PV October 2, 2017

With about a month left in the 2017 fall sports season, the Columbia teams continue to work hard and show improvement.

Here is your recap of fall sports at Columbia High School.

FOOTBALL

The Columbia football team is still looking to put together an entire game. Friday night, in their second Section 3 game of the season, the Tide found its missing offense but had no answer on defense.

The end result was a 55-22 loss at the hands of Pequea Valley. Columbia, coached by Bud Kyle is 0-2 in league play and 0-5 overall.

Offensively, the Tide clicked against the Valley Braves scoring a season high in points and yards. It still wasn't enough to get the Tide their first win.

There were a number of good moments in this one, like the first five plays of the game after PV scored to take an early 6-0 lead. Starting near midfield, quarterback Meleik Crenshaw found wide receiver Kobie Wakefield for a 35 yard touchdown. Crenshaw's two-point conversion gave the Tide its second lead of the season 8-6.

The Braves, despite having two long touchdowns called back in the first 12 minutes, were finally able to score on their second possession of the game but missed the two-point PAT and trailed 8-6.

That's when PV gained momentum. PV blocked Shawn Kemmerer's punt which led to a score and extended the Braves lead to 12-8 as the PAT failed.

Early in the second quarter, the Braves were moving in for another score but a Matt Gambler sack on fourth down ended the drive. Columbia, on pass completions from Crenshaw to Wakefield and Dorian Grimes, moved to the Brave 39 before running out of downs.

PV added two more scores to lead 26-8 before the Tide scored again and tried to make a game out of it. Starting from their own 39, the Tide was faced with a fourth down when Crenshaw found Wakefield for a 36-yard gain to the PV 10. Two plays later, Matt McCleary rumbled over from the one and Crenshaw's PAT made it 26-16.

New ball game right? Well hold on. On the ensuing kickoff, PV returned it for an 85-yard score and conversion to take a 34-16 lead.

Just that quick, momentum had changed and it was back on the side of the Braves.

PV widened its lead on the opening possession of the second half to take a 41-16 lead before Columbia scored again. Crenshaw had a 29-yard run, his longest of the year, during the drive and also completed a 42-yard pass to Grimes. The scoring play was a 3-yard pass from Crenshaw to Wakefield, but it wasn't enough as PV scored twice more to finish the win.

The offensive performance was a good one for the Tide in terms of yards and points but the inability to stop teams on defense, especially those who run the football is still a work in progress.

With an extra day of practice this week, look for the Tide to come out with a better total performance in their lone Saturday game of the season.

CROSS COUNTRY

Running for the post-season has been the goal of the Columbia cross country squad this year. With only three runners, the Tide is unable to win any dual meets so it is setting its sights on invitationals and the post-season, which begins in about two weeks.

But before they can run for post-season gold, Columbia must first finish its regular season. Last week on the hill, the Tide hosted its next to last cross country meet of the season involving runners from Lancaster Catholic and Manheim Central.

Once again it was the Jordan Haberstroh Show as she finished the hilly Columbia course in 21:15, over two minutes better than Mallory Sunderland of Manheim Central. Cassidy Cook, a freshman, was 10th in a time of 28:18.

On the boys' side, freshman Carter Houck held his own running the CHS course in 24:29, which was good enough for 26th place.

While there are only three varsity runners this season, the future looks bright for coach Charles Leader and the program as there are full teams at the junior high levels.

VOLLEYBALL

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Tide in volleyball. The previous week, the Tide played four matches in six days and this week the schedule calls for four more matches.

So last week, with just one match, was an easy week, in terms of the schedule. Columbia hosted one of the top teams in Section 3, Cocalico.

And the Tide, who is still looking to win its first set of the season, was no match for the powerful Eagles as Cocalico scored a 25-9, 25-7, 25-9 win.

In game one, the Tide scored the first points of the game but the Eagles, behind six service points by Nyla Gensemer ran off six straight points before the Tide got its first offensive point on an ace served by Megan Braas.

In game two, the Eagles jumped out to a 13-1 lead as Kayla Smith served nine straight points including three aces. An ace served by Jenna Eckman was the Tide's lone offensive point in game two.

In game three, the Tide failed to score an offensive point and early on it was tied at 3-3.

Smith finished the night with six total aces for Cocalico, while teammate Madi Flatt recorded 11 assists. For the Tide, Eckman was credited with two kills and three digs.

TENNIS

Columbia, under rookie head coach Jim Rhoads, completed its season last week with three matches. It was a remarkable year for the Tide in tennis.

After not fielding a full team a year ago and not winning a match for about a decade, the Tide girls finished in a 3-3 tie last week against Hanover from the York-Adams League.

The Tide's final record is 1-13-1.

Against Hanover, the girls won two of the four singles matches and split the doubles. In singles play, Julissa Santos, the Tide's number one player, won her match over Katie Yost 6-2, 6-2 and at number four, Brooke Haldeman was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Hanover's Elaine Freeze. In between, Brittanie Betteley, playing number two, lost her match to Lexi Hippensteel 6-3, 6-0 while Haley Lutz, the team's lone senior, lost 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, Haldeman and Betteley won their match over Hanover's Maggie Murren and Bridget Shea 8-5, while a win by Hanover's team of Michelle McDaniels and Emily Erhart by an 8-6 score over Lutz and Rosie Diaz prevented the Tide girls from winning their second match of the year.

In other matches last week, the girls fell short 7-0 both to Lancaster Catholic and Manheim Central.

Against Catholic, one of the powerhouse programs in the L-L League, the Tide girls were only able to win three games.

The results were much better against Manheim Central.

In singles, Haldeman, playing number one, lost her match 6-0, 6-2, while Santos, playing number three, lost her match 6-0, 6-1. In doubles, the team of Betteley and Haldeman lost 8-2, while the duo of Lutz and Diaz were 8-1 winners.

It was also a credit to the improved play of the Tide that they were able to overcome forfeiting the third doubles match because of only having five players.

SCHEDULE

With the tennis season over, just three Tide teams are still competing. The football team travels to Lebanon County on Saturday to begin the first of three games against schools from that county, Annville-Cleona. Kickoff is 1 p.m. The Tide gridders return home October 13 to celebrate Homecoming against Elco.

Inside, the Tide volleyball team has a busy week with four scheduled matches including a Section 3 road trip to Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday and a non-league trek to Fairfield on Friday.

The cross country runners will close out the regular season at Annville-Cleona, running also against Lampeter-Strasburg. The annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships are Oct. 17.

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Football Team Battles Donegal in Section Opener September 25, 2017

Heading into the second month of the fall sports season at Columbia High School, the wins have been hard to come by for the Crimson Tide teams but the effort is there day in and day out.

Here is your weekly recap of Columbia High School sports action.

FOOTBALL

Coach Bud Kyle and his team opened Section 3 play Friday night on the hill against rival Donegal. It was Hall of Fame Night as the spotlight was shown on some of Columbia's past great athletes. Before its largest home crowd of the season, the lights were turned out on the Tide (0-4) in a numbers of ways as the visiting Indians scored a 61-8 win.

This one started out great for the Crimson Tide. The Indians fumbled the opening kickoff, which Columbia's Matt Gambler recovered at the Donegal 13. But instead of going forward, the Tide went backwards. Two rushing plays, a run and a sack went for negative yards. There was also an incomplete pass. On fourth down from the Donegal 25, quarterback Meleik Crenshaw was stopped after a gain of just one yard.

That gave the ball back to the Indians and the flood gates opened.

It took the Indians eight plays to drive 75 yards for the game's first score.

The Tide struggled again on their next possession, unable to move the football. On fourth down, the Indians blocked Shawn Kemmerer's punt, returning the football to the Tide 2. Two plays later, the Indians were on the board again up 13-0, still early in the first quarter.

Columbia was forced to punt again. This time the Indians needed three plays to score and pushed the lead to 20-0.

On their next possession, the Tide finally got some positive yardage on offense before turning the ball over following an interception. That led to another short two-play Indian drive, a rare pass completion of 40 yards and then a rushing touchdown. The Indians were now ahead 27-0.

While Donegal was scoring at will against the Tide, late in the first half a bank of lights blew out at the Columbia field leaving the southwest corner of the field in the dark. After a delay of about 15 minutes, the officials, teams and Columbia school officials deemed the game was safe to continue and it did with the Indians leading 48-0 at the half.

Columbia had just one first down in the first half on a 13-yard run by Edwin Ramos.

The second half, with the clock running, was a little better for the Tide.

On their opening possession of the second half, Columbia picked up three first downs. The first was on a Donegal penalty, the second on a 20-yard run from Ramos and the third was a short run from Isaiah Acosta. That drive ended in downs at the Indian 25.

On their only scoring drive of the game, Matt McCleary's 26 yard run set up Ramos for a 26 yard score in the final minute of the game. Crenshaw's two-point conversion made the final 61-8.

Coach Kyle said he would look at the film to make things better for their game Friday night at Pequea Valley.

At halftime, the Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame inducted three new members - Dennis Bachman, Mike Seibert and the late Tom Smith. Also, the Hall of Fame program was dedicated to the late Ronnie Smith, a four-time state track champion in the high hurdles.

Bachman was a standout football player and wrestler back in the early 60s, while Seibert excelled in three sports - football, basketball and baseball earlier in the 2000s. Smith was a member of the basketball and track teams.

VOLLEYBALL

Despite having four matches in six days last week, the Tide girl's volleyball team showed marked improvement, according to coach David Farley.

The Tide started the week with a non-league match with York Vo-Tech on Monday. The Spartans swept the match 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18.

In game one, Jenna Eckman and Desiree Torres both recorded two aces. In game two, Torres accounted for three more offensive points including an ace. Megan Braas and Cristina Jones also recorded aces and served three points, while Amanda Torres served an ace, Game three standouts were Lilly Wickenheiser, Jones, Desiree Torres, Melina Mowrer and Kamron Andrews.

The next night it was back to Section 3 play for Columbia and a long road trip to Northern Lebanon where the girls were swept 25-10, 25-14 and 25-7.

Eckman and Kylee LaChapelle were each credited with one kill while Amanda Torres served three aces and had four assists. Onyx Rodriquez had a dig.

Wednesday it was back home for another non-league match with the Day Spring Academy and in three extremely competitive games, the Tide girls were swept 25-13, 25-16 and 25-15.

Columbia had some good chances in all three games. In game one, Day Spring recorded the first six points before the Tide rallied to pull within 9-5 with Eckman serving. In game two, an ace by Eckman pulled the Tide to 13-12, but they could get no closer.

In game three, the girls had a couple of leads but Day Spring took control, with Columbia leading 8-6, and never looked back.

For that match, Mowrer was credited with three kills, while Eckman had four aces and three kills, Amanda Torres had four assists and Andrews had three digs.

Columbia concluded its week with a non-league match Saturday at Lancaster Catholic and fell 25-5, 25-16, 25-21.

Desiree Torres led the way with three kills, three aces and a block, while Amanda Torres had three assist and Rodriquez had four digs.

The Tide girls came up short this week but continue to get better each match.

TENNIS

The most improved team at Columbia is the girls' tennis team, coached by Jim Rhoads.

Last week, the Tide had matches against Cocalico, Donegal, Lancaster Mennonite and York Country Day.

The Tide girls were swept by Cocalico and league power Donegal by 7-0 scores and lost to Lancaster Mennonite and YCD by 6-1 scores.

In the Cocalico match, Brooke Haldeman, the Tide's number two singles' player lost her match 6-2, 6-2, while at number four, Julissa Santos lost 6-1, 6-2 and at number three, Brittanie Betteley lost 6-1, 6-0. In doubles. The duo of Haldeman and Betteley lost 8-1.

Against Donegal, Santos was a 6-1, 6-1 loser in her singles match while the Tide's number one player Haley Lutz fell short 6-0, 6-1 as did Betteley playing number three.

Columbia did win a set against Mennonite and the non-league match with YCD was extremely competitive.

In number four singles, Diaz lost her match 6-3, 6-1 while in doubles, the duo of Lutz and Diaz fell short 8-2 and the team of Betteley and Haldeman dropped a heartbreaker 8-6...

CROSS COUNTRY

The three member cross country teams continue to be competitive as individuals.

In their only dual meet last week, the Tide in a make-up meet from earlier in the season, ran the course at Lancaster Mennonite along with Garden Spot. On the girls' side, as expected, senior Jordan Haberstroh placed first with a time of 20:33, almost 2.5 minutes ahead of her closest challenger. Teammate and freshman Cassidy Cook was 13th in 28:11. On the boys' side, Carter Houck, also a freshman, was 16th in a time of 24:32.

Saturday, Columbia traveled to the PIAA Foundation Meet in Hershey. Haberstroh was the only Tide runner to compete. She placed fourth overall in the Girls' White Race for smaller schools with a time of 20:18. Placing ahead of Haberstroh were Lauren Trapini from Warrior Run (19:46), Tina Capparell from Marian Catholic (19:18) and Leanne Sneeringer from Delone Catholic in District 3 in 20:15.

It was the last invitational for the Tide until next month's league and district championships.

Schedule

The vastly improved girls' tennis team closes its season Thursday with a non-league home match with Hanover. It will be their third match of the week.

The football team looks for its first win of the season Friday night in Kinzers against Pequea Valley, while the cross country runners will be home Tuesday (Oct. 3) running against Elco and Cocalico. It is the first of back-to-back road games for the Tide on the gridiron. Their next home game is the Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 13, against the Elco Raiders.

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Tide Tennis Defeats Northern Lebanon September 18, 2017

The honor of getting the first win of the season for the Columbia High School fall sports teams goes to the girls' tennis team.

So they say you can't win a match without a full team. Don't tell that to the Columbia girls' tennis team. After fielding a team of just one girl last season and not winning a match for a number of years, the Tide was able to break its long losing streak with a 4-3 win last Thursday at Northern Lebanon.

New coach Jim Rhoads and his five member team dominated the singles competition, winning three of four, and secured one doubles match to pull out the big victory.

Julissa Santos, the Tide's number one player, started off on the right foot. After losing the first set of her match 2-6, Santos rallied for a 6-3 victory in the second set and then won an 11-9 tiebreaker in the third set. At number two, Brittanie Betteley easily won her match in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. At number three, senior Haley Lutz lost the first set 6-2, rallied to tie the match with a 6-2 win in the second set but lost the third set tiebreaker 10-7.

To earn its first win in perhaps a decade, the Tide needed their number four singles player Brooke Haldeman to win and she did in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Because the Tide only has enough players for two of the three doubles teams, they needed a split of the two doubles matches, which they got when the duo of Haldeman and Betteley won 8-2 to clinch the win.

The rest of the week the girls went 0-2, losing to Annville-Cleona and Lampeter-Strasburg by 7-0 scores.

Monday against L-S, the Tide girls won five games, four in singles and one in doubles. The match with Annville-Cleona was much closer as the Tide won 11 games, eight of them in singles competition.

CROSS COUNTRY

It was a good week for the Tide in cross country as they hosted their first home meet of the season and Saturday traveled to Big Spring High School for a prestigious invitational meet on the course they will run on in the District Three championships next month.

Unfortunately because of a lack of numbers, just two varsity girls and one varsity boy, the Tide runners will be unable to compete for team wins. Individual success, however, will be evident as the Tide as one of the top runners in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and District 3 in senior Jordan Haberstroh.

In the first home meet of the season with Donegal and Northern Lebanon, the talented Tide senior set the pace winning the girls' meet in 20:55, more than three minutes faster than Donegal's Rachel Fernald.

Columbia's other female runner Cassidy Cook, a freshman, was 14th with a time of 22:32.

On the boys' side, freshman Carter Houck is the lone runner on the team and he was 13th with a time of 23:24, just under five minutes behind boys' winner Silas Buckwalter of Donegal, who ran the Columbia course in 17:58.

Saturday, coach Charles Leader and his three varsity runners traveled to Newville to participate in the 22nd annual Ben Bloser Invitational on a course that will be used later next month for the District Three championships.

Leader reported that two Columbia runners participated in the event and did well.

Haberstroh, Leader said, participated in the combined Class AA/A race where she was fourth overall and second in the Class AA race. "She was the first District Three runner to cross the finish line in 19:46," Leader said.

Houck placed 35th in a time of 23:18, according to Leader.

FOOTBALL

Columbia football continues to be a work in progress. For the first time this season, rookie coach Bud Kyle had his entire team on the field in a non-league game at York Suburban.

And the Tide is still looking for its first win of the season following a 38-12 loss to the Trojans.

"We need to stay focused because we are still jelling as a team. It is a long season," Kyle said.

In this one, Columbia had very little offense and faltered on defense in the second half.

The Trojans jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions of the first quarter. It wasn't until the third possession of the game when Columbia got on the board. Javon Sanford fielded a punt at the 39 and sprinted and weaved his way up field for a 61-yard score to get the Tide on the scoreboard, with 1 second left in the first quarter.

The Trojans posted another score early in the second quarter but fumbled the football on the Tide 14 but Columbia couldn't move the football and punted. This time the Tide's defense, namely Alex Retamar, came up big, picking off a screen pass and returning it for a score. Columbia's two-point conversion failed and with 5:17 left in the first half, the Tide despite one first down, trailed 14-12.

Suburban moved to the Tide 26 on their final possession of the first half but ran out of downs.

The second half belonged to the Trojans.

They unleashed a ground game that the Tide couldn't stop. Suburban rushed the football 35 times for 245 yards in the second half and scored three times to break the game wide open.

Meanwhile, Columbia continued to struggle on offense. They picked up two more first downs, one on a Trojan penalty and a second on a 26-yard pass play in the fourth quarter, which was the Tide's second biggest gain of the night. They also completed a 33-yard pass earlier in the game but were held to minus 32 yards on the ground.

Kyle said the team will go back and watch the film of the game and correct what went wrong for this week's game with Donegal.

VOLLEYBALL

Columbia, with a young team, continues to struggle in volleyball, losing matches last week to Kennard-Dale, Lancaster Mennonite and Lebanon.

Coach David Farley's team started the week with a non-league match at Kennard-Dale and were swept by the Rams, 25-8, 25-11, 25-10. The Rams recorded 21 aces in the win.

Tuesday, the Tide hosted Lancaster Mennonite and were swept again 25-7, 25-11, 25-15. The first game was a rough one as the Tide only scored two offensive points but improved their play in games two and three.

Amanda Torres had one dig in the match while Kylie LaChapelle had two kills and four blocks.

Columbia then hit the road Thursday for a match at Lebanon and were swept again, 25-16, 25-15, 25-10.

Saturday, the Tide was back at Lebanon to compete in the Cedar Classic with Elco, Lebanon, McCaskey and Northern Lebanon. Results from the tournament were unavailable at press time.

Columbia is 0-5 on the season in dual matches.

Schedule

The football team looks for its first win of the season when they host winless Donegal in the Section 3 opener for both teams on the hill. It will be Hall of Fame Night as the Columbia High School welcomes three new members at halftime of the game. They are former football, basketball and baseball player Mike Seibert, former basketball and track athlete Tom Smith and former football player Dennis Bachman.

Tennis also has a busy week with four matches in four days concluding with a Thursday match at home against York Country Day. In volleyball, the Tide also has four matches including a Saturday contest at Lancaster Catholic and in cross country, the Tide will participate in the PIAA Foundation meet in Hershey. The Columbia runners will be home again on Sept. 26 against Lancaster Catholic and Manheim Central.

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Despite Loss, Tide Football Seeing Positives September 11, 2017

The new athletic season at Columbia High School has some new faces and some good news.

There are new coaches in football and girls' tennis, a new athletic director and an increase in participation in every sport but cross country. The new coaches are Bud Kyle in football and Jim Rhoads in tennis. The new athletic director is Karl Heimbach.

Kyle takes over the struggling Crimson Tide football program from Anthony Sottasante. Kyle spent the last few seasons as an assistant coach at Steel-High and prior to that York High. Among his assistants are former Columbia players Travis Proctor, Thomas Sherk and Chris Watterson. The good news for the football program is that numbers have almost doubled for the team. When all players suit up, starting this week, Columbia will have a roster of 35 players. They finished the year with 18 last season.

In tennis, Rhoads, the former athletic director, takes over another struggling program that had just one girl last year.

Heimbach is a new face to the Columbia School District. He moves to the athletic office at Columbia after 25 years in a similar capacity at a suburban Maryland High School.

FOOTBALL

While the numbers are much improved, the results in terms of wins and losses are not. Coach Kyle and his team have started the year 0-2 following season opening losses to Octorara and Delone Catholic.

Two reasons for the slow start are Kyle wasn't hired until June and for its first two games the Tide was playing without 10 players including seven starters, due to academic reasons from last school year.

Friday night, the Tide played its second home game of the season against Delone Catholic and the Squires dominated in a 56-6 win.

Despite the lopsided nature of the score, there were some positive moments.

Trailing 21-0 late in the first half, Columbia was pinned at its own 3. Behind the running of Alex Retamar and Luke McGinnis, the Tide slowly moved up field and were help by a 15-yard pass interference penalty against the Squires. On the next play, sophomore quarterback Matt McCleary found Kobie Wakefield for a 41-yard pass play to the Squire 1. Just when it looked as though the Tide was going to score, Delone's defense rose to the occasion with a goal line stand, keeping Columbia out of the end zone.

Columbia was able to keep Delone from turning that stand into a score when Dorian Grimes intercepted a Squire pass to end the half.

Columbia opened the second half with a drive of its own. Aided by two DC 15-yard penalties, the Tide pulled within 21-6 when McCleary found Wakefield wide open for a 31-yard score.

Columbia got no closer as the Squires scored four times in seven minutes to break the game open.

"The season has not been as we planned, starting 0-2, but I love this effort and the attitude towards each other," Kyle said. "We have had a lot of young guys step up in the first two games.

"We will be fully loaded for this week's game and ready to see this team continue to grow up through adversity," he added.

Kyle made his coaching debut against Octorara on the home turf and it was the Braves who spoiled the debut with a 21-12 win.

"We fought until the end of the game," said Kyle. "I said it once, this team has a chance to be really good. We have to continue to work hard to get better each and every day."

This was the first time these two teams played in football. Next year, this will be a league game for Columbia as Octorara moves from the Ches-Mont League to Section 3 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

Big plays were the difference in this one.

The Tide drew first blood. On their second possession of the game, quarterback McCleary, a converted linemen, found Wakefield for a 61-yard score to give the Tide its first lead in a game in two years, 6-0.

But the Braves, playing their second game of the season came right back with a big play of their own. A 72-yard pass play set the Braves up with a first and goal at the five. Six seconds into the second quarter, Octorara scored and converted the PAT to take a 7-6 lead.

After the Tide moved to the Brave 27 on their next possession and were stopped on downs, Octorara got another big play, a 54-yard run to take a 14-6 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Braves had one last chance to score late in the first half but the Tide's defense stopped the Braves at the 7.

The Braves got an insurance score in the fourth quarter and the Tide scored on the final play of the game on McCleary's second touchdown pass to make it a 9 point game.

VOLLEYBAL

Veteran coach David Farley is back for another season to lead the Tide girls, who started the season 0-2 following losses last week to Elco in Section 3 play and Covenant Christian of Harrisburg in a non-league match. The Tide girls were swept in both matches 3-0.

Although coach Farley has 18 girls on his roster, experience is lacking. There is just one senior on the team, Jenna Eckman.

The Tide's roster consists of four juniors, 13 sophomores and one freshman.

The inexperience showed in the season opener against Elco, who scored a 25-4, 25-6, 25-12 win.

Melina Mowrer and Amanda Torres were credited with two digs and two assists, respectively, while Mya Black had one kill. Elco is one of the top teams in the section.

Farley is assisted this year by new CHS teacher Dan Lingle, who takes over for former assistant coach Lisa Holdsworth.

As the season moves forward, this team will get more experience and the results will be improved.

TENNIS

There is also good news in girl's tennis. Over the last two seasons there has been just one or two girls involved in the sport. This year there are five. Columbia can compete in singles matches when there are just four, but with five girls, they have to forfeit the third doubles' match.

Team members are Julissa Santos, Haley Lutz, Brooke Haldeman, Brittanie Betteley and Rosie Diaz. Lutz is the lone senior.

So far this season, Rhoads and his crew are winless in five matches. Its best effort was a 6-1 loss to Lebanon where Santos, the Tide's number two singles player, won her match 6-6 (10-4), 6-6 (10-5). Haldeman lost in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 12-10 in her number four singles match.

In doubles against Lebanon, the Tide's duo of Haldeman and Santos and Betteley and Diaz, both lost 8-4.

The other matches against Kennard-Dale, Antietam, Elco and Pequea Valley were all 7-0 defeats, but the girls did win games in all of those matches.

CROSS COUNTRY

While the numbers are very lean in cross country, the Tide has one of the best runners in the state. Jordan Haberstroh is back for her senior year and big things are expected. In her three years as a varsity runner, Haberstroh placed at the league, district and state levels. Last season she was sixth at the league championships, third at the District 3 Class A championships and 13th at the PIAA championships.

Unfortunately, Haberstroh is just one of two girls on the team. The other is freshman Cassidy Cook. The boys' team is in the same boat as there are just two runners, both freshman, Carter Houck and Tanner Ness.

There is some good news for the program as there are 10 runners at the junior high level for coach Charles Leader.

Results were unavailable for the Spartan Invitational where the Tide kicked off the season at the York Township Park, home of the York County School of Technology. There were eight teams at the event.

Schedule

The third week of September will be a busy one for Crimson Tide athletes as there are events every day including Saturday.

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Tide Softballers Battle Playoff Bound Squads May 15, 2017

There's at least one more week in the 2016-17 athletic season at Columbia High School as several Crimson Tide athletes will participate in this week's District Three track and field championships at Shippensburg University.

While the track athletes are still in contention for a trip to the state championships, the bats and gloves were officially put away for another year in baseball and softball.

SOFTBALL

The Tide girls finished the regular season last week with Section 4 games against the top two teams in the section, Pequea Valley and Annville-Cleona.

With both of those teams headed to the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, Columbia, despite losing both games, was competitive.

Monday, the Tide girls lost to Pequea Valley, the Section 4 champions, 7-1.

The difference in this one was the fourth inning. After the Tide scored their lone run in the top of the fourth to break open a scoreless game, the Valley Braves erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control. PV added a single run in the fifth.

Columbia had just three hits in the game as PV hurlers Sabrina Ryan and Sarah Moore combined to strike out 14 Tide hitters.

The next day, coach Matt Phillips' team closed out its schedule with their final home game of the year against Annville-Cleona. Despite the lop sided nature of the final score, a 10-2 A-C win, this one was a lot closer than it appeared.

The game was scoreless through three innings, which was quite different than the first game between the two schools when A-C won 15-0 in just three innings. A-C didn't get on the scoreboard until the fourth on a two out single. In fact, there was just one base runner for both teams for the first three innings.

Columbia got their first base runner in their half of the fourth on a walk by Tiffany Hoffmaster and a double off the bat of Cameron West as the Tide plated two runs to take a 2-1 lead.

However the wheels came off for the Tide over the last two innings as A-C scored nine of their 10 runs, including three in the fifth, with one ball out of the infield.

The future is bright for the Columbia girls as they fielded a team with just one senior on their roster of 17 players in outfielder Paige Schmitt. With eight of the team's nine starters, including pitcher Hoffmaster coming back, the Tide should easily improve on their 2-14 Section 4 and 3-17 overall record next season.

Other key players coming back are Jenna Eckman, Emily Sumpman, Serenity Faus and West, who all started in the infield and catcher/outfielder Hallie McCoy.

Columbia lost nine of their 17 games via the 10-run mercy rule this season and out of their 17 losses, six were to teams that qualified for the District Three playoffs.

BASEBALL

The Tide '9' in baseball, under second-year coach Jordan Higgins, are probably wishing they were still playing. They played some of their best baseball over the final two weeks, going 1-1 in the final two games and 2-2 over the final four games.

Last week, the Tide split games with Pequea Valley and Annville-Cleona to finish the season with a 4-16 overall record. They were 3-13 in Section 4.

After going nine straight games scoring just three runs, over the last four games, Columbia scored 16 runs and allowed 19.

Monday, in a pitcher's duel, the Tide scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 4-3 win over the Braves.

Columbia scored single runs in the first two innings of the game before PV tied things up with a two spot in the third and then took a 3-2 lead with a run in their half of the fifth.

Senior pitcher Bailey Sollenberger allowed just four hits in five plus innings of work. Two of the three PV runs were earned. He struck out four and walked five before being relieved by Brandon Ziegler, who struck out one and walked six in just one third of an inning. Andrew Sheckard picked up the save for the Tide.

At the dish, Sollenberger, Tyreese Musser, Dorian Grimes and Sheckard scored for the Tide. Columbia had six hits for the game as Sollenberger helped himself with three of them. Nathan Houseal drove in Columbia's lone earned run, while Sheckard contributed a double and two stolen bases in the win.

The Tide closed out its regular season last Wednesday losing to Annville-Cleona by a 10-2 score. The big inning for the Little Dutchmen was the fourth when they scored half of their runs.

A-C had just seven hits in the game off four Tide pitchers - Zac Nikolaus, Ryan Redding, Sheckard and Ziegler. The four Tide hurlers combined for two strikeouts and six walks. Nikolaus, the starter, gave up nine of the 10 runs, but only four were earned.

At the plate, Dorian Grimes and Sheckard scored both of Columbia's runs, while Sheckard, a senior, also contributed with two of the Tide's six hits. Also getting hits were Matt Gambler, a freshman, Musser, Grimes and Ziegler, who drove in one run.

Redding was credited with a sacrifice and Sollenberger picked up the Tide's lone walk.

Columbia, like the Tide in softball, is in good shape for the future. There are just four seniors on the team - Sheckard, Sollenberger, Musser and Nikolaus. Three players - Sheckard (15), Sollenberger (12) and Redding (11) reached double figures in hits for the season.

Sheckard led the team in runs scored (11), runs batted in (7) and doubles (6), while Redding drove in five runs. Musser scored eight times and led the team in walks (13).

On the mound, Columbia pitchers struck out 80 opposing batters this year, while walking126. Sollenberger led the pitching staff in strikeout with 23.

TRACK

Columbia completed its dual meet season last Monday by traveling to Elco where they were swept, 117-39 in the boys' meet and 100-45 in the girls' meet.

Scoring first place finishes for the boys' were Yamil Rodriquez in the 100; Ishmel Wright in the 800 and Ahmad Kamara in the triple jump. The Tide's 400-meter relay team of Rodriquez, Wright, Kamara and Xaiver Jackson also won that relay.

On the girls' side, Tierre Jordan won both the 100 and 200 meter sprints along with the long jump. Jordan Haberstroh finished the dual meet season strong by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs and Joelleen Wakefield chipped in with a first place finish in the javelin.

Friday and Saturday, the Crimson Tide participated in the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships at Hempfield High School.

The Tide, despite being the smallest school at the championships, did well.

On the girls' side, Haberstroh and Wakefield reached the medal stand. Haberstroh's best finish was in the 3,200 where she placed third in 11:17.8, behind McCaskey's Liuanna Tirado (11:06.4) and Katie Dickow of Warwick (11:18.2). Tirado won the race in the last 600 meters when she passed Haberstroh to pull out the win. In the 1,600, Haberstroh finished in eighth place finish.

Wakefield did not medal in her two hurdle events but was able to grab a fifth place finish in the javelin with a toss of 110-1.

Also competing but not receiving a medal were sprinter Jordan and thrower Kylah Farley.

On the boys' side, Rodriquez, who was eighth in the 100, and Kamara, with an eighth place finish in the triple jump, both received medals. Rodriquez also participated in the 200 and anchored the 400-meter relay team. Kamra, along with the triple jump and relay also jumped in the long jump. Other Tide athletes participating were Wright (relay and 800), Jonathan Hinkle (800), Xaiver Jackson (relay), Mitchel Lutz (shot put), Luis Delgado (discus) and Colin Dietz (javelin).

A number of the Tide athletes have qualified for this week's District Three championships, which begin Friday.

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Columbia Track Looks Forward to the Post-Season May 8, 2017

The regular season of sports concludes this week at Columbia High School with some athletes moving onto the post-season.

Last week was a busy one for Coach David Farley and his team with a dual meet and an invitational, both on the road and within eye shot of Columbia High School.

Monday in their next-to-last dual meet of the season, the Crimson Tide traveled over Kinderhook Road to battle red hot rival Donegal, whose boys and girls teams were looking for a sweep of the Section 3 titles in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The undermanned Crimson Tide proved to be no match for the Indians, who won the boys' meet 137-12 and the girls' meet 123-26.

Donegal was so dominate on the boy's side that the Tide failed to record a single first place. For the girls', Columbia had three first place finishes, two from Jordan Haberstroh and the third from Joelleen Wakefield.

Haberstroh continued her domination of the distance events, winning both the 1,600 (5:41.7) and the 3,200 (11:56.7), while Wakefield earned the longest toss of the javelin, 115-1.

Friday, the Tide ventured across the Susquehanna River to compete in the battle for the Bridge at Eastern High School. In addition to the Tide and Golden Knights, teams competing in the "Battle" were Donegal, Solanco and Lancaster Catholic from the Lancaster-Lebanon League and York Suburban, Kennard-Dale and New Oxford from the York-Adams League.

One of the highlights of the "Battle" was the girls' distance races between two of the best in District 3, the Tide's Haberstroh and Eastern's Madi McLain. The two had just recently battled at the Shippensburg Invitational and will likely square off again in two weeks at the District 3 Class AA championships, also back at Shippensburg.

Friday night, it was Haberstroh who won the battle. With a 5:24, she finished 14 seconds ahead of McLain in the 1,600. She ran even faster in the 3200, topping the Eastern runner by 36 seconds with her 11:41.

The Tide's success at the "Battle" was not limited to Haberstroh. On the girls' side, Wakefield had a strong afternoon/evening as she placed in three events. She was second in the javelin with a toss of 99-2, finished sixth in the 300 hurdles in a time of 51.22 and was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (18:18).

The third Columbia girl competing was Kylah Farley, who was eighth in the shot put and settled for 11th place in the discus.

On the boys' side, senior Yamil Rodriquez had an outstanding showing. He was second in the 100 with a time of 11.34, finishing behind Donnell Williams of Kennard-Dale. In the 200, Rodriquez was fourth with a 23.57. Xaiver Jackson also competed in the 200 and was 10th.

In his third event, Rodriquez ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that placed third. Other members of that team included Jackson, Ishmel Wright and Ahmad Kamara.

Kamara also had a good showing, placing third in both the triple jump and long jump.

Other Columbia athletes competing at the "Battle" and their place finishes were: Jonathan Hinkle, 11th in the 400; Wright, 10th in the 800; Luis DeJesus and Mitchel Lutz, 14th and 17th respectively in the shot put; DeJesus, 12th and Lutz, 17th in the discus; Colin Dietz, 17th in the javelin; John Carlos Rodriquez and Gabriel Davila, who did not place in the high jump and Davilla, 12th in the long jump.

BASEBALL

The Crimson Tide had a pretty good week last week in their games against Lebanon Catholic and Lancaster Catholic, playing perhaps their best two games of the season.

Monday on the road on Assumption Hill, the Tide won for the first time in 13 games, beating Lebanon Catholic for the second time this season, 9-4.

Zac Nikolaus pitched the complete game for the Tide, allowing the Beavers just four hits and two earned runs in striking out six and walking five in throwing 98 pitches.

At the dish, Columbia led 4-1 after two innings and scored five runs over the final four innings of the game. Columbia had just seven hits for the game, two each from senior Andrew Sheckard and freshman Ryan Redding. Sheckard and Mason Sheetz each scored two runs in the win.

Others getting hits for the Tide were Matt Derr, Dorian Grimes and Brendon Ziegler. Of the seven hits, four were doubles, two off the bat of Sheckard and one each from Grimes and Redding, who was also credited with two RBIs. In addition to his two hits, Sheetz also reached base two other times with walks. Tyreese Musser reached base three times by walking.

Two days later, the Tide and Lancaster Catholic hooked up in a pitcher's duel with the Crusaders scoring a 2-1 win.

Catholic scored both of their runs in the first two innings of the game, while the Tide's Ziegler scored his team's lone run on an RBI hit by Redding. Those two had the Tide's lone hits of the game.

Columbia pitcher Bailey Sollenberger, who pitched the first 5.2 innings, allowed both Catholic runs while allowing four hits and striking out five and walking three. He threw 102 pitches and was relieved in the sixth by Ziegler, who needed just three pitches to get out of the sixth inning.

Catholic pitchers, Dylan Atkinson and Bryan Downing combined to strike out four and walk four. Reaching base for the Tide via walks were Austin Cramer, Grimes, Sollenberger and Ziegler, while Musser was hit by a pitch and Nikolaus was credited with a sacrifice.

The Tide is now 3-14.

SOFTBALL

Although the regular season ends this week for the Tide in softball, there are still some hopes coach Matt Phillips and his team could qualify for the District Three Class AA playoffs.

Entering the final two games of the regular season, the softballers are fifth in the Class AA power rankings and trail fourth seeded Camp Hill by .22 points. The top four teams qualify for the Class AA playoffs. Columbia, at 3-15, would need at least one win in their final two games to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Last week was a wild week for the Tide with games against Lebanon Catholic and Lancaster Catholic.

Monday, the girls broke a 10-game losing streak in a big way against the winless Beavers. Not only did they score a 15-0 win, but pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster brought her 'A' game. She fired a three-inning no-hitter, striking out nine of the 16 batters she faced. The lone blemish on her day was a walk. For one of the rare times this year, Columbia was flawless in the field.

At the dish, this one was over early as Columbia scored 11 of their 15 runs in the first inning. The girls had just seven hits for the game that ended after three innings because of the mercy rule, but were the benefactors of eight walks from Beaver hurler Faith Kostow and four Lebanon Catholic errors in the field.

Columbia scored three in the second and ended the game with a single run in the third.

Wednesday, the Tide and Lancaster Catholic were involved in a wild one. The final totals were 25 runs (11 in the first inning), 20 hits, four errors, seven strikeouts and eight walks. It added up to a 19-6 win over the Tide by the Crusaders.

Lancaster Catholic scored eight runs in the first and the Tide countered with three in the bottom half and pulled within 8-4 after two innings. Catholic then scored 11 runs over the next three innings to break the game wide open and end it after just five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Schedule

The baseball and softball teams play their final two regular season games on Monday and Tuesday against Pequea Valley (baseball is home) and Annville-Cleona (softball is home).

In track, Columbia travels to Elco for their final Section 3 meet of the year. Friday and Saturday, they will compete in the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League championships at Hempfield High School.

Next week, right now, Columbia has seven athletes who have qualified for the District Three championships at Shippensburg University.

According to Coach Farley, three Tide girls will compete in eight events in the post-season, while four Tide boys will compete in nine events. Those figures could change this week with the dual meet against Elco and qualifying performances at the league championships.

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Tide Softball Wraps Up Crossover Games May 1, 2017

As the 2016-17 athletic season winds down at Columbia High School, despite the lack of success in terms of wins and losses, there has been some individual success.

SOFTBALL

The softball team struggled last week, falling short against Northern Lebanon, L-L power house Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite.

Coach Matt Phillips' team ended the week losing to Mennonite by a 7-1 score. The game was tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning when the Blazers broke things open with three runs. They extended the advantage with three runs in their half of the sixth.

Wednesday, the Tide made the short trip up Kinderhook Road for their final crossover game of the season. Donegal, one of the top teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, buried the Tide by a score of 18-1. This one went three innings because of the 15 run mercy rule.

The Indians scored 10 runs in the first and eight in the second. They had 15 hits for the game, while the Tide committed six errors in the field.

Columbia opened the week with a 15-3, five-inning loss against Northern Lebanon.

Schedule

This is the last full week of the 2017 season with baseball and softball taking on Lebanon Catholic, Lancaster Catholic (Wednesday) and Annville-Cleona (Friday). The regular season concludes May 8 with games against Pequea Valley.

In track, the Tide closes its regular season Friday with a trip across the Susquehanna River for the Battle of the Bridges at Eastern York High School.

TRACK

It was a pretty impressive week for the Crimson Tide in track, despite getting swept by Northern Lebanon. The Tide's six member team almost pulled off a major upset, falling to the Vikings by one point, 59-58, last Monday.

So how did the Tide girls with just six athletes almost pull off the dual meet win? Three of their six girls won three events each and they finished with ten wins on the day.

Joeleen Wakefield won both hurdle events (the high hurdles and 300 hurdles) and added a third first place by winning the javelin. Jordan Haberstroh, as she has done all year, won the two distance events (1,600 and 3,200) and for the first time this season, competed in the 800 and won that as well. Tierre Jordan dominated the sprints, winning the 100 and 200 and then jumped into the field events and leaped to a first place finish in the long jump.

Adding to the run of first place finishers was Kylah Farley, who won the shot put.

The other eight points came when Wakefield was second in the 200 and Jordan finished second in the high jump. Third place finishes from Farley in the javelin and discus added to the point total.

The Tide boys had a tougher time against Northern Lebanon as they were beaten, 102-43.

Ahmad Kamara and Yamil Rodriquez won two events each. Kamara was brilliant in the field, winning the long and triple jumps, while the speedy Rodriquez won the100 and 200. The other first place finish for the Tide came from Luis DeJesus in the discus.

Placing second for the Tide were Kamara in the 100, Colin Dietz in the javelin and DeJesus in the shot put. Third place winners included Jonathan Hinkle in the 400, Dietz in the discus and Mitchel Lutz in the shot put.

Friday, four Crimson Tide athletes hit the big time, traveling to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to participate with thousands of other athletes from across the United States in the prestigious Penn Relays at the historic Franklin Field, which is in its 91st year.

Columbia competed with about 200 other high schools in the 4 by 100 relay. The team running was Kamara, Ishmel Wright, Hinkle and Rodriquez. They placed eighth in their heat in a time of 46.92.

BASEBALL

Coach Jordan Higgins and his Crimson Tide baseball team enter the final four games of the regular season looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. Last week, the Tide lost to Northern Lebanon, Lebanon and Lancaster Mennonite and fell to 2-14 on the season.

Since scoring 11 runs in their last win in early April, the Tide has scored just 10 runs in 12 games and have been shutout seven times, including last week's games against Northern Lebanon and Lebanon.

Columbia opened the week losing to Northern Lebanon by a 14-0 score in a game that lasted five inning because of the 10 run rule.

The Crimson Tide had just three hits off the bats of Matt Gambler, Andrew Sheckard and Bailey Sollenberger. Chandler Gibson, Dorian Grimes and Tyreese Musser reached base with walks.

The Vikings scored a combined seven runs in second and third innings.

Wednesday, the Tide may have played its best game since beating Lebanon Catholic in early April, losing to Lebanon by a 3-0 score.

The Cedars scored all their runs off Sollenberger in the third inning.

At the dish, the Tide had their chances but could not dent the plate. They banged out eight hits for the game, including two from Gambler while Musser, Sheckard, Sollenberger, Grimes and Brendon Ziegler all added one hit each. Ryan Redding also reached when he was hit by a pitch.

Columbia closed the week, losing for a second time this season, against Lancaster Mennonite, 13-3 in another game that lasted just five innings.

The Blazers blazed their way to a 7-0 lead after two innings then picked up three more in the top of the fourth before Columbia scored three in the bottom half. Mennonite ended the game with a three run fifth inning.

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Tide Softballers Fourth in AA Power Ratings April 24, 2017

There are just two full weeks left in the final sports season of the 2016-17 school year and there is a possibility that Columbia High School will have representatives heading to the post-season in two sports, softball and track.

Despite a 2-8 overall record, the Crimson Tide softball team is in the running for a District Three Class AA playoff spot and the track teams will have athletes competing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and District 3 championships, starting in about three weeks.

SOFTBALL

Despite going 0-3 last week, the Tide girls are fourth in the Class AA power ratings, ahead of one win Camp Hill and two win Newport. The top three teams in the Class AA field are Upper Dauphin (2-8), Airfield (4-4) and York Catholic (4-5). The Tide girls were last in the District 3 playoffs two years ago when they were beaten by Millersburg, 10-0.

Probably the best game of the week was Wednesday's game at Manheim Central. The combined numbers for the game were 23 runs, 17 hits, 11 errors, 12 strikeouts and seven walks.

Those crazy numbers added up to a 13-10 win for the Lady Barons.

Central looked strong early and led 9-0 after three innings, but they were unable to close out the Tide. Coach Matt Phillips' team got back into the game over the middle three innings when they scored nine of their 10 runs, but got no closer.

Tide hurler Tiffany Hoffmaster struck out seven and walked one but gave up 10 hits.

That was it for runs for the Tide girls for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, on the road at Cocalico, the Eagles scored runs in every inning of the game and defeated the Tide 16-0 in four innings.

Columbia was limited to five hits but also committed five errors in the loss.

The week ended with the Tide getting no-hit for the second time this season.

Pioneer hurler Delaney Baker struck out nine as L-S scored a 10-0, five inning win.

L-S led 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth when they erupted for six runs to break the game open. They ended the game with a solo run in the bottom of the fifth.

BASEBALL

Columbia had an extremely busy week last week. After playing four games in four days the week before, coach Jordan Higgins' team topped that last week by playing five games in five days and the results were not good for a small team that lacks pitching depth.

The Tide '9' went 0-5 for the week and were outscored 72-7.

The most competitive of the five games was a Thursday non-league game in Berks County against Antietam, which the Tide lost 11-3.

Take away a seven-run second inning and this one would have been much closer. Antietam had just nine hits off Tide pitchers Ryan Redding and Nathan Resch, who combined to strikeout seven but also walked seven.

Columbia scored single runs in the first, fifth and sixth innings but were held to just four hits in the game.

The full week of games got off to an unfortunate start for the Tide as they were blanked by Manheim Central, 15-0, in a game that lasted three innings.

The Barons scored 12 of those runs in the first inning.

Andrew Sheckard, with a single and double, had two of the Tide's three hits in the game. The other hit was off the bat of Redding.

Tuesday, the Tide hosted Lancaster Catholic in a make-up game and lost 16-1, in another three inning outing.

Joe Besecker limited the Tide to just one hit.

Catholic took a 3-0 lead in the first and scored nine runs in the second inning after Columbia got the first two batters out. The Crimson Tide scored their only run of the game in the second inning when Tyreese Musser walked and later scored on the Tide's lone hit of the game by Mason Sheetz.

The Tide committed five errors and walked eight batters, according to Coach Higgins.

Wednesday was a road trip to Cocalico and a 16-1 loss to the Eagles.

In a four inning outing, the Eagles scored crooked numbers in all four innings, while pitcher Nathaniel Martin allowed just two hits, while striking out nine and walking four.

The Tide scored their lone run in the third inning when Sheckard singled and scored on a double off the bat of Bailey Schoenberg.

In their fifth and final game of the week, a tired Tide hosted Garden Spot and lost 13-0 in a game called after five innings because of the ten run rule.

The Tide had just two hits and struggled in the field, committing seven errors.

TRACK

Columbia got its first taste of the post-season Saturday when they participated in the 91st John Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University, home of the upcoming District Three and PIAA championships.

The Tide took four girls to Shippensburg and three of them came back to Columbia with medals. Jordan Haberstroh, Joeleen Wakefield and Tierre Jordan all earned hardware.

Haberstroh, a junior and one of the best distance runners in the L-L League, placed third in her two signature events, the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter runs.

Haberstroh battled Eastern's distance ace Maddie McLain, who won the 1,600, but settled for third in the 3,200. Tina Coryell, of Marian Catholic, finished second in the 1,600 while Christina Falcon of Pine Grove won the 3,200.

McLain and Haberstroh will meet again next week at the Battle of the Bridges at Eastern and two weeks later at the district championships.

In the sprints, Jordan placed fifth in the 100 and just missed her second medal in 200 when she placed ninth, .5 seconds behind the eighth place finisher.

Wakefield, who competed in both hurdle events along with the discus, also brought home two medals. She placed eighth in the 300 hurdles and she was a seventh place finisher in the discus. She also competed in the 100-meter hurdles.

As a team, the Tide girls placed 15th out of 30 teams.

On the boys' side, Columbia brought home one meal and that was in the 4x100-meter relay as the team of Yamil Rodriquez, Ishmel Wright, Ahmad Kamara and Xaiver Jackson placed fifth.

While the Tide will enjoy success in invitationals and the post-season, a lack of numbers prevents Columbia from experiencing that same success in dual meets.

In Section 3 action last week, the boys dropped a 120-24 final against Lancaster Mennonite while the girls fell 83-49.

On the boys' side, Columbia won just two events. Wright won the 800, while Kamara won the long jump.

For the girls', Jordan and Wakefield each won three events. Jordan won both the 100 and 200 meter sprints and added a victory in the high jump. Wakefield, as she has done most of the season, won both hurdle events and then added a first place finish in the discus. Adding to the first place surge was Haberstroh, who won two distance events yet again.

Schedule

There are, weather permitting, two full weeks of activity before the post-season begins.

In baseball and softball, crossover games end this week with Monday games against Northern Lebanon (softball is home) and Wednesday against Lebanon in baseball and Donegal in softball. The Tide returns to Section 4 play on Friday with games against Lancaster Mennonite, with baseball on the hill.

The track teams have completed their run of home meets and travel to Northern Lebanon this week.

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Tide Hardballers Battle Annville-Cleona April 17, 2017

The Easter week at Columbia High School, athletically, was a busy one. The baseball and softball teams played four games in four days and the track teams were again home.

The week also featured somewhat of a high school rarity. Both the Tide baseball team and softball teams were no-hit on the same day by the same school. That was last Monday when the Tide faced Annville-Cleona.

On the road, the Tide girls were blanked by a 15-0 score, in a game that ended after three innings.

The story of the game was A-C pitcher Zoey Garis, who fired a no-hitter, while striking out four and walking one, just missing a perfect game.

A-C scored seven runs in the first, added two more in the second and ended the game with a six-run third inning.

Meanwhile on the hill in Columbia, there was another gem being pitched in baseball. Little Dutchmen pitcher, Andrew Long, was anything but long in the 9-0 A-C win. Like Garis, Long was tantalizing as he struck out 12 and walked just one.

Columbia not only got no hit but their pitchers walked a combined eight batters and also committed eight errors in the field.

BASEBALL

In baseball pitching in a big part of the game. When you are a small school dealing with the new PIAA pitch count rules and face a four games in four day week, you need a lot of arms.

In the two games after being no hit by Annville-Cleona, the Tide was dominated by York Vo-Tech in a non-league game and Pequea Valley in a Section 4 contest.

Tuesday the Tide banged out eight hits and scored twice against the Spartans. Unfortunately, Columbia suffered a 16-2 loss.

YVT touched three Tide pitchers for 16 hits. The staff also walked nine batters and defensively, Columbia committed four errors in the field and also allowed seven stolen bases.

YVT scored three runs in the first and added a single run in the third. Over the middle three innings of the game, the Spartans scored six more times. The visitors broke the game wide open with a six spot in the seventh.

Columbia's two runs were scored by Matt Gambler and Dorian Grimes. Mason Sheetz had two of the eight hits for the Tide. Others with hits were Ryan Redding, Tyreese Musser, Nathan Nikolaus, Bailey Sollenberger, Brendon Ziegler and Grimes.

There were also a combined 18 runners left on base. For the Spartans, every starter but one had at least one hit.

A day later, at Pequea Valley, the Tide was blanked, 10-0. Columbia got one hit in the game, a lead off first inning single off the bat of Redding. Five other Tide hitters reached on walks, but they could not dent the dish.

The Valley Braves scored five runs in the first and four in the second to break the game open.

Columbia's bats remained silent in their fourth and final game of the week against Elco in a 10-0 loss to the Raiders.

For the second straight game, and the third time during the week, the Tide was shutout in a game that lasted just six innings because of the 10-run rule. The game also marked the second straight day Columbia got just one hit, a single off the bat of catcher Matt Gambler. Columbia had two other base runners, Andrew Sheckard and Musser, who walked.

The Raiders scored in every inning of the shortened game but the first and banged out 12 hits off two Columbia hurlers, including Nikolaus, who took the loss.

Elco pitchers Cole Miller and Travis Weaver struck out 12.

SOFTBALL

While the baseball team struggled, the Tide girls provided some spring drama by scoring their second win of the season, a 9-8 thriller over York Vo-Tech in eight innings.

The Tide rallied most of the game to beat the Spartans, early and late.

Vo-Tech scored three runs in the first inning and easily looked in control of the game. However in their half of the first, the Tide girls quickly tied the game. Hits by Hallie McCoy, Jenna Eckman and Cameron West produced three runs. Two Vo-Tech errors also helped the cause.

The Tide took their first lead of the game in the second on a run producing single by West with two outs. That lead didn't last long. Vo-Tech used two walks, two Tide errors, and a single to score four runs for a 7-4 lead in the third.

That's when the game calmed down a little until the sixth when the Tide scored twice to trail 7-6. Vo-Tech took an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh. Again, the Tide rallied to tie the game at 8-8, having the winning run cut down at the plate in the bottom of the seventh.

Columbia pulled out the win in the home half of the eighth. They needed just three batters to win. Serenity Faus started the inning with a single and stole second. West then reached base bringing the Tide's Tiffany Hoffmaster to the dish. She crushed a pitch off the left field fence at Glatfelter Field easily plating Faus with the winning run.

Wednesday, the Tide girls struggled against Pequea Valley, suffering a 17-1 score in a game that lasted just five innings.

This one was close through two innings as the Lady Braves led just 2-0. But the Braves scored six in the third to go up 8-0, added three more in the fourth and added another six run inning in the fifth. Although the Braves banged out 15 hits for the game, they were also aided by nine CHS errors in the field.

Columbia had just one hit in the game and scored their lone run in the fourth inning.

Thursday, again at home, against Elco, the Tide came out on the short end of an 11-5 loss.

The game was tied at 2-2 after the first inning, but the Raiders, with single runs in the second and third innings, took a 4-2 lead before breaking the game open with a five spot in the fourth.

In that first inning for Columbia, the Tide played "small ball" as a sacrifice fly off the bat of Faus scored McCoy, who led off the inning with a single. An infield hit by Hoffmaster plated West, who singled to right and stole a base.

Columbia also got two base runners on in the second but failed to score. They did pick up a single run in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The two teams combined for 19 hits and 11 errors in the field.

Another downer for the Tide happened in the second inning when second basemen Emily Sumpman left the game with a finger injury on her throwing hand.

Hoffmaster, despite giving up 12 hits, was solid in the circle as she struck out nine and walked two.

TRACK

Like the baseball and softball teams last Monday, Annville-Cleona day continued on the CHS track with the visitors from Lebanon County scoring a sweep - 123-48 in the boys' meet and 96-33 in the girls meet.

On the boys' side, Columbia got two first place finishes. Ishmel Wright won the 800-meter run in 2:25.1 while Ahmed Kamara leaped 38-6.75 to win the triple jump.

The girls had five first place finishes, all by two athletes. Joeleen Wakefield won the 100 meter high hurdles (18.4) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (51.9) along with tossing the javelin 99-11. Jordan Haberstroh continued her domination of the distance events, winning the 1,600-meter run (5:35.8) and the 3,200-meter run (11:49).

Wakefield and Haberstroh, both juniors, are two of six girls on the girls' team. Other members include juniors Ciara Arroyo and Kylah Farley, sophomore Tierra Jordan and freshman Angelica Torrey.

The boys' team is made up of seniors James Griffith, Nathaniel Houseal, Xaiver Jackson and Michael Vega. Juniors are Isaiah Acosta, Colin Dietz, Luis DeJesus, Jonathan Hinkle, Kamara, Shawn Kemmerer and Ishmel Wright. Sophomore members include Mitchel Lutz and Damien Sweigart, while Gabe Davilla, Alvin Davis, Daneil Moreta and Jan Cords-Rodriquez, are freshmen.

Schedule

It is a little bit of a different look to the CHS sports schedule for the upcoming week.

In track, it is not a Monday meet for the Tide, but the final home meet of the season on Tuesday against Lancaster Mennonite.

In baseball, the Tide has another four game week with games against Manheim Central (home, Monday), Lancaster Catholic (Tuesday, also home), Wednesday at Cocalico and Friday home against Garden Spot. The softball team has games at Manheim Central (Monday), Cocalico (home, Wednesday) and at Lampeter-Strasburg (Friday).

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Tide Track Teams Take on Lancaster Catholic April 9, 2017

The first full week of Lancaster-Lebanon League play brought positive results for the Columbia High School spring sports teams.

The track teams, coached by David Farley, opened their Section 3 season on the home track last week opposite Lancaster Catholic.

As stated last week, a lack of numbers will hurt the Tide's chances of winning a meet. Such was the case against the Crusaders, who won the boys' meet, 119-22 and the girls' meet, 97-35.

Despite the lopsided nature of the scores, there were a number of superior performances from the Crimson and Gold. On the boys' side, Ahmad Kamara won both the long and triple jumps with leaps of 19-4 in the long jump and 38-8 in the triple jump.

On the girls' side, Jordan Haberstroh, one of the dominate distance runners in the L-L League and Tierra Jordan, both won two events. Haberstroh won the 1,600-meter run in 5:29 and the 3,200-meter run in 11:44.8. Jordan won the sprint events - the 100 in 13.3 and the 200 in 27.1.

The only other first place finisher for the Crimson Tide girls was Joeleen Wakefield, who won the javelin with a toss of 96-4.

SOFTBALL

The Tide girls, softball team picked up their first win of the season in a mid-week contest with Lebanon Catholic.

In a battle of the two smallest teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, the Tide girls whipped the Beavers 16-1 in a game that lasted just four innings because of the mercy rule.

The Tide, who had just seven total hits, scored in each of the game's four innings. Coach Matt Phillips' squad pushed across four runs in the first inning and a combined nine runs in the second and third innings. Columbia scored their final three runs in the top of the fourth.

Lebanon Catholic scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth to avert the shutout.

The Beavers had a lot of issues in the game. They committed five errors in the field, which led to a number of unearned runs, and their two pitchers combined to walk 12 Columbia batters.

CHS pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster allowed the Beavers just one hit while striking out seven and walking one.

The Tide opened the week losing to Lancaster Mennonite by a competitive 6-1 score.

The game was scoreless entering the fifth inning when the visiting Blazers scored the game's first run and they extended that advantage to 3-0 with two runs in the sixth. Columbia scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the sixth but got no closer as Mennonite scored three more in the top of the seventh.

Columbia had four hits in the game while Tide hurler Hoffmaster struck out a season-high eight batters, walking two and allowing 10 hits.

Friday, the girls closed out the week with a hard-fought 6-3 loss to Lancaster Catholic.

The Crusaders scored single runs in the second and fourth innings. Leading just 2-0, Catholic broke the game open with a four spot in the fourth. Down but not out, Columbia tried to make a game of it when they erupted for three runs in the top of the seventh but got no closer than 6-3.

BASEBALL

Coach Jordan Higgins' squad opened last week with its lone night game of the season on the road at Lancaster Mennonite.

The home standing Blazers scored a 9-2 win over the Crimson Tide.

"In every baseball game it comes down to throwing strikes and making plays defensively. My belief is that fundamental, defensive baseball works wonders and we just didn't do that tonight," said Higgins.

Columbia had their chances in this one. They scored two of their runs in the top of the fourth but still trailed 5-2. Crossing the plate with runs were Brendon Ziegler and Joseph Pizzaro.

Mennonite broke the game open with a three spot in the home half of the fourth.

The Tide left the bases loaded in the first. Mennonite prevented any damage by striking out six straight hitters in the first two innings of the game.

For the game, Columbia hitters struck out 13 times, their pitchers walked 12 and they committed six errors in the field.

Ziegler was the starting pitcher for Columbia and was relieved by Chandler Gibson.

"On a positive note, the swings are looking better and we are starting to knock on the door. Now we just need a few guys to give us that extra push and bust through," Higgins stated. "The guys didn't quit and I commend them for that, but now we are on to the next one."

In their second game of the week, the Tide '9' had a lot of fun in an 11-1, five inning win over Lebanon Catholic.

This one was over from the start. The Beavers touched Tide freshman hurler Ryan Redding for their only run in the top of the first. He settled down from that point and had a stellar outing in his first varsity start, allowing just one inning the rest of the way.

"With all of our pitchers, our focus is throwing strikes," Higgins said. "We are getting better defensively. It's putting that trust in one another."

Columbia took the lead when Dorian Grimes sliced a two-run single to right, followed by Andrew Sheckard's run-scoring triple. Sheckard scored on Redding's single.

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Austin Cramer, who singled to lead off the third inning, advanced to second on an error and one out later scored when Pizarro's infield single was thrown away for another error, one of five committed by the Beavers.

The Tide scored twice more in the third to go up 7-1, and, aided by five walks and two more Lebanon Catholic miscues, added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

"We are really trying to teach these guys to be good fundamental ballplayers, and to be good men, too," Higgins said.

Redding struck out six and walked two batters as the Tide picked up their second win of the season.

Columbia's third game of the week, a Friday home game with Lancaster Catholic, was postponed until later this month by poor field conditions on the hill.

Schedule

The Easter holiday week will be a busy one for the Tide in baseball and softball. The two teams will be playing four games in four days. The teams have league game with Annville-Cleona (Monday), Pequea Valley (Wednesday) and Elco (Thursday). They also have a non-league game on Tuesday, with both teams home against York Tech. The baseball team is home on Monday, while the softball team is home Wednesday and Thursday.

In track, the Tide athletes host Annville-Cleona.

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Tide Baseball Opens 2017 With Mixed Results April 3, 2017

The final sports season at Columbia High School is under way with the three spring teams - baseball, softball and track looking to end the 2016-17 athletic year on a high note.

In the fall and winter sports, Crimson Tide athletes represented the school with good results at the district and state levels. What team or athletes wearing the Crimson and Gold will represent the school at those levels in the spring? That will be decided over the next month or so, weather permitting.

Here is the first spring sports round of the season.

BASEBALL

Coach Jordan Higgins and his team heading into league play, which starts this week, is 1-1 after two non-league games with Hanover and Mount Calvary.

The Tide opened its season with a 5-1 loss at Hanover. The Nighthawks scored all of their runs in the middle three innings. Of the five runs Hanover scored, only one came as the result of a hit. The Tide made three errors that allowed Hanover to win.

Columbia scored its lone run of the game in the second when a leadoff walk to Dorian Grimes led to a run on a sacrifice off the bat of Andrew Sheckard.

"We got a really nice effort on the mound from Bailey Sollenberger and a nice relief appearance from freshmen Zac Nikolaus," Higgins said.

"I truly feel we were the better team, but weather conditions have made it tough to get swings and get live action and it showed in our season opener. We are excited to get back on the field and to get a win under our belt," he added.

Getting back on the field came a few days later when the Tide got their first win of the season, 16-6, on the hill against Mount Calvary.

"We came out of the gate hard and built ourselves a nice lead early," Higgins said.

A big lead, how about a huge lead. Columbia scored 13 runs in the first inning and sent 18 batters to the plate. Last year, it was Columbia who was on the receiving ends of those type innings, this is year is a sign of improvement.

"We have to clean up the walks and errors, but overall a win is a win and it was nice to win our home opener," Higgins said.

"Andrew Sheckard and Zac Nikolaus both had bright spots on the mound and Ryan Redding collected his first career hit. Joe Pizarro ended the game with a walk-off RBI single to put us up 10 and that's always a good feeling," Higgins said.

Redding, a freshman, and Tyreese Musser, a senior, scored three runs each, while Sheckard and Brendan Ziegler scored two runs each.

Columbia had just seven hits to go with those 16 runs. Mount Calvary committed eight errors in the field. No Columbia player had more than one hit in the game. Getting hits were Redding, Sheckard, Pizzaro, Brandon Derr, Musser and Zeigler.

Mount Calvary scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

For the first time in a number of years, the Tide will field a junior varsity team. There are 17 players on the varsity squad including four seniors - Sheckard, Sollenberger, Musser and Gabe Grove. The team also features eight juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.

SOFTBALL

Like the baseball team, the Tide softball team completed two non-league games last week, against Greenwood and Hanover, both of whom beat the Crimson Tide.

Coach Matt Phillips' team opened the season with their longest bus ride of the season with a game at Greenwood from the Tri-Valley League and the defending District Three Class A champion.

This one was all Greenwood, who scored an 11-0, five inning win over the Tide.

Greenwood pitcher Courtney Fleister was a one person wrecking crew. On the bump, she allowed the Tide girls just two hits while striking out seven. At the dish, she had three RBIs.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the second inning when Greenwood scored twice and they added two more in the third. Greenwood turned the game into a rout with a four spot in the bottom of the fourth.

A few days later, in the home opener, the Tide was paired with Hanover, another small school in District 3 and on a cold, brisk day, the two put on an entertaining game by combining for 28 runs. Unfortunately for the Tide, the visiting Nighthawks scored 17 of those runs in a 17-11 win.

The Tide girls have a number of players back from last year's team including pitcher Tiffany Hoffmaster. Other key players around the infield are Jenna Eckman, Emily Sumpman, Sorenity Faus and Erika West. The others are Paige Schmidt, Kylie Lachapelle and Halie McCoy.

The varsity team features 17 girls for the start of the season.

Results of the first two games were not provided for this report.

TRACK

One again, numbers will be a key concern in track for the Tide on both the boys and girls side. Despite the low numbers, coach David Farley's team does have some talented athletes that should do well at invitationals and the post-season such as the district level.

Columbia has had a couple of non-league meets. They opened the season with a quad meet known as the Out of the Blocks Invitational at the York County School of Technology. The other teams were York Catholic and York Country Day.

In their first home meet of the season, the Tide hosted the Christian School of York.

Individual results of both meets were unavailable at press time.

Schedule

Baseball and softball games are scheduled this week with Lancaster Mennonite (Monday), Lebanon Catholic (Wednesday) and Lancaster Catholic (Friday). The baseball team is home Wednesday and Friday. On the track, the Tide hosts Lancaster Catholic.

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Hoop Teams End Seasons in State Playoffs March 12, 2017

It's time to get the baseballs, softballs and track equipment out as Columbia's magical winter sports season ended Friday night in the opening round of the state basketball playoffs. Faced with the pressure of needing to win to keep their seasons going and taking their longest road trips of the season, both the Tide girls and boys basketball teams came up short in their quests for state gold. The basketball seasons ended in different parts of the state, hours away from the friendly confines of the cozy Columbia gym.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Tide girls hadn't been to the state playoffs in 17 years. It's also been about that long since they won 10 games. This year, thanks to a coaching change, the girls started to get back to their past glory. After winning just one game two years ago, the Tide won 10 games this season and played in the District 3 finals for the first time since 2000.

But a second place finish in District 3 sent them on the season's longest road trip against West Catholic Prep School, a team coming off their third straight District 12 title and playing less than two miles from their home court.

It was the Burrs who ended the Tide's comeback season with a 75-41 win.

The Tide finishes its season with a 10-13 record and took a big step toward past glory from the mid-1980s thru 2000 when they were among the best teams in the area year in and year out.

The future is bright for coach Karl Kreiser and his team as they lose just two starters and returning four of its top six players.

Speaking of the future, that is exactly where the Crimson Tide played Friday night, the School of the Future in Philadelphia. After a two hour bus ride, Columbia took to the court against the less traveled Burrs.

There were a combined 49 points scored in the first quarter, unfortunately, the Burrs scored 29 of them and led by nine. For West, freshman Tamiah Robinson, who scored a game-high 27 points, scored 13 in the first eight minutes of the game. For Columbia, Shanel and Jeneah Neal scored a combined 13 points.

It was still a game until the second quarter. Robinson stayed hot but the Tide scored just four points -- two each by Jeneah Neal and Savannah Walton and trailed 42-24 at the half.

Robinson scored seven more points in the third quarter but like most good teams another player picked up the slack. Morgan Kennedy, who was held to three points in the first half, erupted for 19 of her 22 in the second half and the Burrs easily advanced.

Columbia was led in scoring by Jeneah Neal with 15 points and Shanel Neal with 10.

As for the future, the Tide graduates two senior starters in Shanel Neal and forward Jordan Herchelroath, one of the top rebounders on the team. Three starters return - Jeneak Neal, Walton and Christina Jones, who started all but three games as a freshman, along with the top reserve Nevah Neal. Two other seniors, Delma DeJesus and Elena Young, also graduate. The rest of the varsity roster will come from junior varsity and junior high teams that did well this year.

Give coach Kreiser, who coached the Tide girls from 1984 through 1993, a full off-season and a strong core of players coming back, and the future is indeed bright.

While the Columbia girls were in the Eastern half of the state playoffs, coach Kerry Glover and the Tide boys, thanks to a fourth place finish in the District Three playoffs, had to go west, specifically Johnstown for their PIAA Class AAA opener.

At Richland High School, the boys faced Central Cambria, the surprise District 6 champs and the Red Devils, winners of nine straight entering Friday's game, proved too much in a 90-76 win.

One issue for the Tide, who finished the season with a 17-9 record, was the Red Devils' size. Center Matt Holsinger, who stood 6-6, scored a season high 34 points, while Evan Bopp added 25 and Matt Gillen 22. Holsinger grabbed 14 rebounds in the game and used his size to go 15-of-17 from the foul line.

The Red Devils, behind their big three, dominated early and led 25-19 after one quarter and 40-31 at the half.

But like they had done all season, Columbia found a way to get back into the game. Trailing by eight after three quarters, they were able to cut the lead to 64-58 with six minutes left. That would be as close as they could get as Central Cambria hit 21-of-22 foul shots in the final six minutes to easily win the game.

Columbia had four players in double figures led by senior Tyler Harmon with 19 points followed by Elijah Swanigan with 17, Jaden Neal with 15 and Meleik Crenshaw with 11, all in the second half.

"Our season came to an end after a tough game. We would like to thank our wonderful fans who supported us all year," said first-year head coach Glover said. "This has been an amazing year and we enjoyed the ride.

"We have restored the pride back on the hill and will be back," he added.

Like the Tide girls, the future is bright for the boys as well. Starters Neal, Crenshaw and Swanigan are back. Harmon and Tyreese Musser are the two graduating seniors. There are good numbers at the junior varsity and junior high levels that will make the Tide strong for years to come.

Both teams will be honored at a banquet later this month at the high school.

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Columbia Hoop Teams Qualify For States March 6, 2017

It's the dream of every basketball player in Pennsylvania to get a chance to play in Hershey in late March for a state championship. Both the Columbia girls and boys basketball teams, with top four finishes in the District Three tournament, will get that chance starting on Friday night.

The Tide girls, coached by Karl Kreiser, placed second in the Class AA bracket, while the boys were fourth in the Class AAA bracket.

And there is some history on the side of the Tide teams as they enter the state tournament. Back in 1986, when Kreiser was also the Tide girls coach, they lost to Camp Hill in the District Three finals and advanced to the state finals where they lost to Linesville. A year later, the Tide boys struggled with back-to-back losses in the District playoffs to place fourth. Not much was expected of the Tide once the state playoffs opened but somehow they wound up in the state finals where they won the program's only state title.

Will history repeat itself in 2017? Time will tell.

It is also the first time this season that either team will face the pressure of having to win to keep their seasons alive. If they win, they advance to the next round, where both teams will play again on Tuesday. A loss means its wait till next year.

Last Wednesday's game at the Giant Center, where the Tide girls were playing for the first time, was also a rematch, not 30 years in the making but three months. In the second game of the season, the consolation game of the Camp Hill Tournament, the Lions destroyed the Tide, 72-45.

Both teams have improved since then, particularly the Tide, who made the District Three tournament for the first time in about a decade and recorded double digit wins for the first time in 16 years.

Once again, it was the Lions who were too much, beating the Tide 59-38 for their third straight District Three title.

"I'm very proud. We never thought we'd be in a district final, so I told them to keep their heads up. We'd love to be back here again next year, but we want gold," Kreiser said after the game.

Like the second game of the season, the girls had trouble containing Lion junior Diamond Bragg. In game two of the season, she exploded for a season-high 39 points. Wednesday night, the Division I recruit recorded a rare triple-double, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists. To add to the equation, Bragg had four blocked shots and a couple of steals at the defensive end of the floor.

"We have my heart," Kreiser said of his squad. "I came in as a new coach and I've been pretty hard on them. They bought in 100 percent. So it's nothing but upward from here."

The Lions got off to a hot start on Wednesday, netting five first-quarter 3-pointers, two by Katy Hollingsworth, to grab an 18-10 lead. Then Bragg dominated, scoring 10 second-quarter points to spark a 16-7 run, giving the Lions a commanding 34-17 lead at the half.

Camp Hill built on its lead in the third quarter behind Passion Bragg, Diamond's younger sister, who had a pair of transition buckets, and Sheridan Reid, who had a post hoop and three rebounds. Reid finished with 10 points and five rebounds and Passion Bragg had 11 points and 12 rebounds, as the Lions out-rebounded the Tide 38-31 and turned Columbia over 17 times.

"We'll keep working. I'm not disappointed at all," Kreiser said

Shanel Neal nailed three 3-pointers and scored a team-high 14 points and Janeah Neal added 10 points and a team-best 11 rebounds for the Tide.

Next up for the Crimson Tide girls is a return to the PIAA playoffs after a 17 year absence. Columbia will face West Catholic High School on Friday night at the School of the Future in Philadelphia with a 7:30 tip. The Burrs won their third straight District 12 Class AA title with a 74-9 win over the Maritime Academy.

Coach Beulah Osueke's team brings a 15-10 record into the game. They were 5-7 in the Philadelphia Catholic League, which was good enough for eighth place in a league which features three of the top teams in the state in Neumann Gorretti, Archbishop Wood and Archbishop Carroll. All three easily beat the Burrs. The Burrs' schedule isn't as nearly as tough as what Columbia played with teams such as Lancaster Catholic, Northern Lebanon, Camp Hill, Halifax, Lebanon Catholic and Linden Hall, who are some of the top teams in the state.

The Burrs average about 60 points a game on offense and are led in scoring by freshman Tamiah Robinson, who is averaging 17 points a game and put up back-to-back 30 point games earlier in the season. Other key players are 5-2 sophomore Destiny Epps; 5-10 sophomore Kylia Singletary; 5-7 junior Jaelynn Durrett and 5-10 senior Morgan Kennedy, who is the team's second leading scorer followed by Singletary.

Should the Tide girls win their PIAA opener, they would probably face unbeaten Minersville, who has been the top ranked team in Class AA for most of the season.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The Tide boys are also bound for states and because of their fourth place finish, they will be trying to reach Hershey through the Western part of the bracket.

Coach Kerry Glover's team will play District 6 champion Central Cambria on Friday night at 7:30 at Richland High School in Johnstown.

Last Monday night, the Tide faced York Catholic at Milton Hershey High School in the third place game in the Class AAA field. The Fighting Irish, who were the second seed in Class AA, were coming off a tough overtime loss to Lancaster Mennonite, while the Tide was blown out by Trinity.

And it was York Catholic winning in a big way 81-62.

It was a seven point game after the first quarter with the Fighting Irish leading 25-18. They extended their advantage to 48-33 at the half. Columbia made a little bit of a comeback in the second half but were outscored 33-29.

For the game, Columbia had seven more field goals than the Tide but York Catholic was 17-of-28 from the foul line.

Elijah Swanigan led Columbia with 22 points, hitting 10-of-14 free throws, while key reserve Andrew Sheckard finished with 17 points including a team-high three 3-pointers, while Jaden Neal had 15.

For the Fighting Irish, D'Andre Davis and Melik Martin both scored 22 points.

Columbia will bring a 17-7 record into Friday's game. This was their third loss in the last five games and first time all season they have lost back-to-back games.

The Red Devils, coached by Adam Stephen, bring a 20-6 record and played in Division I of the Laurel Highlands Conference. They are playing some of the best basketball of the season, winning nine straight games including Saturday's 54-43 win over top seeded Richland in the District 6 finals. The Red Devils were the fifth seed in Class AAA. They were 10-5 in their league and are led in scoring by Evan Bopp, who is averaging 18.4 points a game, and 6-6 Matt Holsinger, who averages 16.6 a game. Nate Gillen, who averages 13.9 ppg, has 40 three-point baskets on the season.

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Tide Hoop Teams Qualify For State Tourney February 27, 2017

The dream of playing for a state basketball championship in late March in Hershey is still alive for the Columbia girls and boys basketball teams. For the Tide girls it is a return to a place where they haven't been in 17 years. For the boys, a trip to the District Three finals was thwarted by one of the best teams in the state.

Here is your March Madness weekly Columbia winter sports report.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

How long has it been since the Columbia girls' basketball team was among the elite teams not only in the Lancaster-Lebanon League but District Three as well? The answer to that question is 17 years.

The 2000 season was the last time Columbia won a district playoff game and also appeared in the district championship game and PIAA playoffs. That year, the Tide won their fourth district championship in six years, beating Trinity, 58-50.

So with that little history lesson, the Tide girls, the second seed in the Class AA field, returned to the post-season for the first time in almost a decade. Last Wednesday at Hershey High School, they face Antietam, a team they have a little history against.

You may remember that the Tide and Mountaineers were supposed to play a non-league game back on Dec. 23, but it was canceled because Antietam scheduled another game that day. So instead of a rematch, it was a game with the winner going to the District Three Class AA championship and loser going home.

And it was Columbia, following a big 50-27 win over the Mounts, moving onto the district finals and also qualifying for the PIAA playoffs, which begin Friday, March 10.

Before we can talk about the big win over the Mounts, there is more history with the girls' program to look at first. Two years ago they went 1-21 and last year they had just five wins in 21 games. This year, the Tide reached double figures in wins for the first time since 2000.

There is also some history between the Tide and Camp Hill, Wednesday's opponent in the Class AA championship at 4:30 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Turning back the clock even farther, Columbia and Camp Hill played in the District Three Class A finals in 1986 when the Lions scored a 50-45 win. Columbia got some revenge two weeks later, beating the Lions 47-45 in the Eastern finals to advance to the program's lone state final.

The coach of that team is current girls' coach Karl Kreiser, who coached the Tide girls from 1984 through 1993.

This year, the Tide and Lions played in the second game of the season with the Lions scoring an easy 72-45 win. In that one, the Lions' Diamond Bragg torched the Tide for 39 points. She is easily the best player the Tide has played against this year. Kreiser said his team has improved since that game and they won't be playing man-to-man defense against the Lions on Wednesday.

So after not playing for two weeks, Columbia got off to a quick start against the Mounts. Savannah Walton and Shanel Neal scored the first five points of the game as the Tide led 9-4 after eight minutes.

If there was any doubt as to the outcome of the game, it ended in the second quarter. Columbia took control of the game, outscoring the Mounts 14-2 to take a 23-6 lead at the half. In that second quarter, Antietam turned the ball over seven times and 18 in the first half. They were held without a field goal until 1:22 left in the first half.

Despite an attempt by Antietam in the third quarter to comeback, they never got closer than 10 points.

Jeneah Neal led the Tide with 19 points, followed by Shanel Neal with 14 (including four three-pointers) and Walton with 12. Kreiser was able to clear the bench with more than two minutes left in the game.

"Who would have thought this?" said Kreiser. "It's been 17 years since we've won the district. But now we're going to play for a district title. And who would have thought that at the start of this season? We've improved over the year. The girls have really hung in there."

The win not only put the Tide in the district finals, but also the PIAA playoffs which open Friday, March 10 against either a team from District 6 or District 12.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The Engle Publishing history lesson also continues with the Columbia boys' basketball team, who also qualified for the state playoffs by reaching the District Three Class AAA playoffs. Coach Kerry Glover's team did that last week with a split of games against Camp Hill and Trinity.

The first history lesson deals with Camp Hill. The Lions hammered the Tide in the district playoffs a year ago, 71-45. The rematch was last Monday night on the hill as Columbia hosted a District Three playoff game for the fourth time.

In their previous three home games, the Tide was a winner. This time, it looked like an easy one for the home team, who scored a 71-70 win over the Lions, to advance to the semifinals against Trinity.

This was the tale of two games. Columbia could do nothing wrong in the first quarter. Hitting shots at a torrid pace, Columbia jumped on the shell shocked Lions and led 24-6 after eight minutes. Elijah Swanigan scored nine of his 16 points in that frame, Tyler Harmon (22 points) scored seven and Meleik Crenshaw added four.

Down but not out, the Lions started their comeback in the second quarter. Casey Caruso scored nine of his game-high 27 points but the Tide still led 37-28 at the break. Camp Hill closed the first half on a 14-3 run and continued that run in the second half.

The Tide kept the Lions at bay until Camp Hill's Casey Caruso drove for a reverse layup that cut the deficit to 62-60 with 2:48 to play.

After hitting one-of-two from the free-throw line on five straight possessions, Columbia led 68-63, but Caruso hit two free throws and the Lions forced a five-second call on an inbounds play. However, the Tide forced a turnover with 18 seconds.

The two teams exchanged free throws, with the Tide leading when Swanigan hit his huge shot from the stripe that was made even bigger. The Lions made a "Hail Mary" three at the buzzer to make it a one point final.

That win put the Tide into the semifinals against District 3 power Trinity. Columbia has only beaten Trinity twice since 1987 (the Eastern finals that year and in 1994) and again this year. The Shamrocks are the best team in the Class AAA field

With a lot of size, good shooting and defense, the Shamrocks rocked the Tide 80-45 to advance to Wednesday's championship game against Lancaster Mennonite.

And this one was close after eight minutes with Trinity leading just 14-10. Columbia led 3-0 on a three-point basket from Harmon before Trinity got hot.

The gap between the two teams widened in the second quarter and Trinity led 34-19 at the half.

Any chances of the Tide winning the game ended in the third quarter when the Shamrocks outscored the Tide 31-7 putting the mercy rule in effect early in the fourth quarter.

Jaden Neal led the Tide with 17 points.

Next up for the Tide is a third place consolation game against York Catholic, who is the number two seed in the Class AA field. The Tide has beaten the Fighting Irish twice in the last five years.

Win or lose, the Tide has qualified for the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. The first game will also be Friday, March 10 against either a team from District 12 or District 6.

WRESTLING

Columbia's wrestling season ended Saturday at the District Three Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, a match short of reaching this weekend's Class AA regional championships.

Tide junior Marcus Falcon placed eighth at 152 pounds when he was pinned by Colton Shriver of Fairfield in 2:33. The top seven wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the regional tournament this weekend at Wilson High School.

Falcon, who ended his junior season with a 15-17 record, opened the district tournament with a big 4-2 win over Taevon Miller of Susquenita before getting pinned in the quarterfinals by Ashton West of Bermudian Springs, who went onto place second in 4:36.

Now in the consolation bracket needing a win to possibly qualify for regionals, Falcon earned a tough 7-6 decision over Troy Staats of Eastern York. That win was a nice bit of revenge for Falcon, who was pinned by Staats earlier this month in a dual meet. Next up was a chance to place at least fifth in a bout with Joel Orlando of Schuylkill Valley. Orlando dominated Falcon, scoring a 10-1 major decision. That loss placed Falcon into the seventh place match.

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Falcon Qualifies for District Wrestling February 20, 2017

The post-season is underway for winter sports at Columbia High School following this weekend's Class AA sectional wrestling tournament at Central Dauphin East and it will continue another week for one Crimson Tide wrestler.

Junior Marcus Falcon qualified for this week's District Three Class AA championships at its new location, the Giant Center in Hershey. The District Three Class AA championships begin Friday.

Wrestling at 152 pounds, Falcon, who came into the tournament with a 10-13 record, opened the tournament with a 9-5 win over Middletown freshman Abel Butterbusch. Now in the semifinals, Falcon was pinned in 1:52 by Susquehanna Township's Ed Ruth.

With his back to the wall and needing two wins to advance, Falcon got the first one against Malkum Lawrence of Lancaster Catholic with a fall in 1:24. He then scored a 13-3 major decision for the second time over Butterbusch to punch his ticket to Hershey.

Falcon was almost joined in Hershey by teammate Michelangelo Stewart.

Stewart, a freshman, placed fourth at 220 pounds when Julian Gray of Susquehanna Township scored a 13-0 major decision in the consolation finals. Just the top three wrestlers from each weight class advanced to the District Three championships.

Stewart, who entered sectionals with a 5-14 record, after getting a first round bye, lost in the semifinals when he was pinned by Eric Wilson of Boiling Springs in 4:46.

Nicholas Garrido, a senior, came close to wrestling for third place at 138 pounds. He was pinned in the consolation semifinals by Wyatt Smith of Middletown in 1:55. Garrido, 4-12 entering the tournament, was pinned in the second period of his opening match by Tyler Speraw of Annville-Cleona. Garrido, after receiving a consolation round bye, saw his season end when he was pinned by Jack Coulston of Boiling Springs in 4:08.

At 132 pounds, senior Isaiah Hunter (6-14) was pinned in his first bout by Annville-Cleona's Zach Renninger in 2:54. In the consolation round, Hunter kept his season alive with a 7-2 win over Andrew Neally of Lancaster Catholic before seeing his season end when he was pinned in 39 seconds by Farhan Musial of Susquehanna Township.

The final Columbia wrestler to compete at the sectional tournament was senior Mina Metias, who lost his opening bout by a tech fall (16-0, 1:37) to Nick Kostyak of Boiling Springs. In the consolation round, Metias stayed alive with an 8-4 win over Quincy Clark before seeing his wrestling career end when he was pinned by Wyatt Smith of Middletown in 1:55.

With the wrestling season extended for at least a week, the focus of attention this week will be on the Crimson Tide boys and girls' basketball teams as they begin their quest in the District Three playoffs.

The Tide boys open action against Camp Hill. If they win that one, they move into the semifinal round of the Class AAA field against top seeded Trinity on Thursday night, February 23, at Red Land High School at 8 p.m. A loss to Camp Hill ends their season. If the Tide does beat Trinity, they would play for a district title, Wednesday, March 1 at the Giant Center. A loss to Trinity puts them in the third place consolation game on Monday, Feb. 27 at Milton Hershey High School.

On Wednesday, February 22, the Tide girls' basketball team returns to the District Three Class AA playoffs for the first time in 10 years. As the second seed in the Class AA field, Columbia will play Antietam at 6:30 at Hershey High School. A loss ends the season but a win will put the Tide girls in the District Three Class AA finals against the winner of the Camp Hill-Steel-High game on Wednesday, March 1, also at the Giant Center, and qualify them for the PIAA playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

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Tide Girls Beat PV, Lock Up No. 2 Seed in AA February 12, 2017

The goal of every boy and girl across Pennsylvania is to play for or wrestle for a chance to end their season in Hershey at the state basketball or wrestling finals. Starting Saturday and extending into next week, three Columbia teams will get that chance.

With the regular season over, the Tide basketball and wrestling teams now face the pressure of having to win to extend their seasons. Welcome to the post-season.

Here is your weekly rundown of the winter sports teams at Columbia High School.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

It has been a while, like almost a decade, since the Tide girls were last in the District Three playoffs. It has been even longer than that since Columbia won a post-season game, like 17 years.

In their only game last week, coach Karl Kreiser's team locked up the second seed in the Class AA field with a 45-34 win at Pequea Valley.

The win was the Tide's ninth of the season against 11 losses and completed a season sweep of the Braves.

In the win, the Tide girls hit seven three-point baskets, including four by Shanel Neal, who finished with 12 points. Janeah Neal led the Tide with 17 points.

Columbia led the game 11-10 after eight minutes and 23-17 at the half.

The Tide's other game last week, a non-league encounter with the Mount Calvary Christian School, was canceled by the weather and will not be rescheduled.

The Tide girls with their 9-11 record are the second seed in the Class AA field of four teams. The higher seed earned the Tide a home game on Thursday, Feb. 23 in an interesting twist against Antietam from Division 3 of the Berks County League.

That interesting twist is that these two schools were scheduled to play a non-league game at Columbia on Dec. 23, but that game was never played because Antietam had another game scheduled that day.

The Mounts will bring a 13-10 record into the game and have two players averaging in double figures. The only score comparison is that Antietam beat Pequea Valley earlier in the season by a 57-30 score.

Should the Tide win that one, it is onto the District 3 championship game on March 1 at the Giant Center against most likely top seeded Camp Hill, who scored a 72-46 win over the Tide in the second game of the season, the consolation game of the Camp Hill Tournament.

Camp Hill, who won the Capital Division of the Mid Penn Conference plays league rival Steel-High in the first round.

A win over Antietam would also qualify the Tide for the state playoffs for the first time in 18 years.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Before we can talk about the district playoffs, the Tide boys had a couple of things to take care of last week such as finishing the Section 3 season and playing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.

First that play-in game in the league tournament. The site was Conestoga Valley High School, a gym the Tide hadn't played in since 2008, and the opponent was Ephrata, a team Columbia hadn't played since the 1990s.

The goal was to beat Ephrata and earn a quarterfinal game opposite Section 1 champion Lebanon. When the Tide scored the first seven points of the game, it looked very good. Unfortunately, the momentum didn't hold and the Tide ended up on the short end of a 43-39 decision.

In a game where the Mounts controlled the tempo from start to finish, there were just 11 total points scored in the first quarter as the Tide led 7-4.

The offense Columbia showed in the first quarter dwindled over the middle two frames as Ephrata took control of the game. The Mounts led 21-17 at halftime and increased their advantage to nine entering the final eight minutes.

On this night, there was no quit in the Tide. They were able to get some turnovers off their half-court trap and some shots started to fall. Columbia stormed back to take a 39-38 lead in the final minute before the Mounts drained a three-point basket to go ahead 41-39. The Tide had a chance to tie the game or win it the final two seconds of regulation, but turned the ball over, allowing the Mounts an easy basket at the buzzer.

Jaden Neal was the only Tide player in double figures with 13 points.

With a league playoff berth locked up, coach Kerry Glover's team closed out Section 3 play on the home court last Tuesday night against Pequea Valley. Substituting freely for the first time all season as 14 of the 15 players dressed for the game played, Columbia scored a shaky 63-56 win over the Braves.

Pequea Valley led the game 32-29 at the half, but the Tide dominated the third quarter, allowing the Braves just four points and scoring 21 of their own. Columbia was back in control of the game and looked like they would coast to their 16th win of the season.

Not so fast, Pequea Valley mounted a huge comeback. Four clutch foul shots from Andrew Sheckard and two more from Elijah Swanigan iced the win for the Tide.

Sheckard, who started the game, finished with a game-high 19 points, followed by Tyler Harmon, who has been the Tide's most consistent player all season with 13.

Columbia's regular season finale with Susquehannock was canceled by weather and will not be made up.

Next up for the Tide boys is the District Three Class AAA playoffs, which open on Monday, Feb. 20. With their fourth seed, the Tide has a home game with Camp Hill.

The game is a rematch of last year's District Three Class AA quarterfinal game won by the Lions at Camp Hill, 71-55.

The Lions, who went 11-11 this season are the fifth seed and return a number players. The lone exception is 6-8 center Zach Kuntz, a Penn State football recruit, who is out for the season with a broken wrist.

If Columbia is successful against Camp Hill, they would earn a trip to the semifinals against top-seeded Trinity on Thursday, Feb. 23. A win over Camp Hill also guarantees the Tide at least two more games. Columbia would qualify for the PIAA tournament with a win over Camp Hill and no matter the outcome against Trinity, would either play for a district title on March 1 in Hershey or a consolation game for third place on Monday, Feb. 27.

WRESTLING

Coach Kent Lutz' team finished their dual meet season with a 51-12 loss at Brandywine Heights last Wednesday. Once again the lack of a full team derailed the Tide as they forfeited four weight classes and two other weight classes that were not contested.

The only winners for the Tide were Brandon Derr and Michaelangelo Stewart. At 126, Derr won his match over Jacob Coskie by injury default. Stewart, wrestling at heavyweight, won his match by forfeit.

The only Tide wrestler not to get pinned was Marcus Falcon (152), who lost his match to Dylan Miller by a 4-0 score.

On the mats, the Tide will begin the mythical "Road to Hershey" on Saturday by participating in a Class AA sectional tournament at Central Dauphin East. In addition to Columbia, other teams competing are Northern Lebanon, Annville-Cleona and Lancaster Catholic from Section 3 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League and Boiling Springs, Middletown and Susquehanna Township from the Mid-Penn Conference.

The top three finishers in each weight class advance to next week's District Three championships in Hershey. Northern Lebanon, who finished second at the PIAA team championships along with Boiling Springs, a District 3 team championship qualifier, are expected to have the top individuals and teams at the sectional tournament

BOWLING

The Crimson Tide bowlers finished the season with a 5-8 overall record following a split of non-league matches with Garden Spot and the York County School of Technology at the home lanes, East Lincoln Lanes in Hellam.

Against Garden Spot, Columbia scored a 7-0 win with Chris Reigel scoring a 544 series. Against York County Technology, Columbia was beaten 5-2 with Shane Kinser scoring a 577 series with a high game in game two of 222.

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Tide Boys Qualify For League, District Playoffs February 6, 2017

Remember when former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora uttered those words, "playoffs, playoffs, we're talking playoffs here." Well, that is exactly what everyone is talking about as the winter sports season at Columbia High School wraps up its regular season this week.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Just how good has Kerry Glover's first year as Crimson Tide coach been? Let's just say very good. The Tide boys have qualified for the District 3 Class AAA playoffs, but a dramatic win 58-57 win over Elco clinched third place in Section 3 and set up a play-in game for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.

That third place finish, (the Tide boys are 9-4 in league play and 14-5 overall), put Columbia into the league play-in game where they will meet the third place team from Section 2 on probably Friday night. Who that opponent will be won't be determined until perhaps Tuesday night or a playoff game later in the week. That's because there is a three-way tie for first place in Section 2 between Manheim Central, Ephrata and Lampeter-Strasburg.

And then there are the District Three Class AAA playoffs. Trinity and York Catholic are the two best teams in the bracket followed by Lancaster Mennonite. The Tide boys are currently fourth and would host the fifth seeded team, either Delone Catholic or Steel-High on the hill on Monday, February 20.

But back to last week's games, which started with an easy win over Lebanon Catholic and ended with a flair with that win over Elco.

Tuesday night on the hill, Columbia dominated Lebanon Catholic for an easy 81-21 win. The Beavers, who dressed just eight players for the game, with two them being seniors, did not score a point in the third quarter and just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Glover dressed 13 players for the game and 11 of them scored. Three of the team's five starters were in double figures led by Jaden Neal, who had 18 points including three rim rattling dunks, Meleik Crenshaw added 11 and Tyler Harmon had 10.

The Tide outscored the Beavers 24-0 in the third quarter when the mercy rule kicked in with four minutes left. Lebanon Catholic scored their only field goal in the second half with seven minutes left in the game.

Friday's league playoff clinching win went back-and-forth. The game wasn't decided until the end when the Raiders turned the ball over and Crenshaw hit a layup to give Columbia the win.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

There's no doubt that bringing in a former CHS boys and girls' basketball coach was the right thing for the program. With two games left in the regular season,, the Tide girls have already improved their win total by three games over last season and have a chance to get their first double figure win total in about 15 years.

To have that chance for double figures in wins, all the Tide, who entered the game with four straight losses, all to District 3 powers (Northern Lebanon, Lancaster Catholic, Lebanon Catholic and Linden Hall) had to do was beat the visiting Raiders from Elco. That turned out to be a huge task. They were left for dead in the first half and through the third quarter, until their shots started to drop and ended with an amazing comeback and a 62-60 win.

Prior to the game, Tide coach Karl Kreiser said the Senior Night game on the hill was one they needed to win for a number of reasons. One was to break their four-game losing streak, second was for team morale, and third, to improve their chances to made the District 3 playoffs for the first time in 10 years. After his team came back from 14 points down to win the game, Kreiser joked he was "getting too old" for something like this.

So just how did this big win, probably the biggest in years in girls' basketball happen? Well, it was a combination of not giving up, some shots dropping, (particularly in the fourth quarter) and finally finding a defense that slowed the Raiders outside shooting.

Elco drained eight three-point baskets for the game, five of them coming from very long distance from guard Taylor Bossert, who hit three of them in the first half. Elco led the game 16-13 after eight minutes and extended their advantage to 30-23 at the half. It got bleaker in the third quarter as Elco drained four more treys and went up 14 in the third. But while Elco was draining three balls at one end of the court, the Tide's Janeah Neal was battling to keep her team into the game, scoring 11 of her game-high 26 points in the third quarter. After three, Columbia trailed, 47-38.

Then it happened. Like magic, the Tide righted its ship, shifting from man-to-man to a zone and finally to a box-in-one with Savannah Walton and Nevah Neal shutting down Bossert at one end. At the other end, Columbia dialed up long distance and the three-point shots found nothing but net. Janeah Neal (2), Walton, Shanel Neal and Christina Jones, all drained three balls. Janeah Neal added a couple of two point baskets and hit three-of-four from the line and the comeback and big win, probably the biggest one in the last 15 years, was complete.

Janeah Neal led all scorers with 26 points, followed by Shanel Neal with 13. Others with big buckets were Walton (8), Jones (7) and Jordan Herchelroth (6).

Bossert, who finished with 22 points, had seven in the fourth quarter, five of them from the foul line. In the fourth quarter, Elco scored just two field goals.

The first part of the week was not as exciting for the Tide girls as they squared off against the top two District Three Class A teams in Linden Hall (top seed) and Lebanon Catholic (second seed), both on the road.

At Linden Hall, Columbia suffered a 56-37 loss. The Tide scored just 18 points in the second half. Walton was the only Columbia player in double figures with 17 points.

To open the week, Columbia traveled to Lebanon Catholic, a team that will also compete in the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament. This one belonged to the Beavers who cruised to a 58-37 win. Shanel Neal topped the Tide in scoring with 13 points.

Despite four losses in their last five games, the girls enter this week in a good position to qualify for the District Three playoffs for the first time in ten years. At 8-11 and playing the toughest schedule in the Class AA field, Columbia is among three teams battling for the final three spots in the playoffs. Camp Hill, the current top rated team, can't be caught in the power ratings. The Tide, Steel-High and Antietam, are in a close battle for the final three spots, separated by percentage points. The top two seeds get home playoff games on Thursday, February 23.

WRESTLING

With Section 3 play behind them, the Tide wrestlers started getting ready for the post-season with a trip across the Susquehanna River for a match with Eastern York. And the Golden Knights scored a 72-0 win over the Tide. It was the second time this season that the undermanned wrestlers were shut out. The first was in the opening match of the season by District 3 power Northern Lebanon.

The lopsided nature of the score had more to do with the Tide's lack of wrestles than anything else. Columbia was forced to forfeit six weight classes and there was one weight class (113) where neither team had a wrestler.

Of the six bouts that were wrestled, three of those resulted in pins for the Golden Knights. In the three bouts not won by a pin by Eastern York, one of those was by a technical fall. The two most competitive bouts came at 132 pounds where EY's Justin Manganello beat the Tide's Isiah Hunter by a 6-2 decision. The other match that had plenty of excitement was at 160 pounds where EY's Beshoy Santama rallied to score an 8-6 overtime win over the Tide's Nina Metias.

BOWLING

It was a 0-2 week for Columbia as they completed Section 4 play with losses to the top two teams in the section, Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic, by 5-2 scores. Columbia was 3-6 in Section 4 and heading into its final two matches of the year are a respectable 4-7 overall.

Schedule

This is the last week of the regular season for the Tide roundballers. Both teams finish Section 3 play Tuesday with games against Pequea Valley, with the boys on the famed home court on the hill. Thursday, both teams will play non-league games. The boys will entertain Susquehannock from the York-Adams League, while the girls' travel to Elizabethtown for a game with the Mount Calvary Christian School.

On the mats, the Tide closes its regular season with its longest road trip of the season to Berks County for a match with Brandywine Heights on Wednesday.

After that, the Tide wrestlers will sit idle until Saturday, February 18 when they compete in a Class AA sectional tournament with the following teams - Central Dauphin East (host), Susquehanna Township, Boiling Springs and Middletown from the Mid-Penn Conference and Lancaster Catholic, Northern Lebanon and Annville-Cleona from Section 3 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

Bowling wise, the Tide has two non-league home matches with Garden Spot and York Tech.

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