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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Janeah has carried our team," Kreiser said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

100 year celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The other starters are junior Brittanie Betteley and Javon Jackson.


Haberstroh Earns Third PIAA Medal November 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Still, Kyle was positive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Haberstroh Wins Second District Three Title November 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mazza is the defending Class A state champion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tide Volleyball Battles Crusaders, Cedars October 16, 2017

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

Here is your weekly Columbia High School sports report.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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