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Young Tide Matmen Working to Improve January 11, 2019

The Young and the Restless is a popular soap opera and can also be used to describe the 2018-19 winter sports season on the hill. Young as in all three sports combined have just one senior, and both restless and competitive in how they play.

There are also a couple of new coaches on the hill and new teams to face.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser sports recap for the winter season at Columbia High School.


Jordon Halter and Nathan Warner are the new co-coaches for the Tide in wrestling. Both are former Crimson Tide wrestlers and members of the 100 win club. Unlike last year when Columbia had just one wrestler, Halter and Warner have six wrestlers, so yes, forfeits and inexperience will be an issue but not the effort on the mat.

"We are young and inexperienced but we are working hard to get better," Halter said after a recent match.

In their recent matches, the matmen were beaten by Eastern York, 54-24 and Section 3 rival Lancaster Catholic.

Against Catholic, a 48-24 loss, three wrestlers Breanna Murphy, Jaden Moore and Alex Vazquez picked up their first wins of the season while Michaelangelo Stewart continued his dominance with a pin.

The interesting note about the Catholic match is some of the athletes wrestling for the opposition were instrumental parts of the Columbia midget program and are underclassmen at Catholic.

Those wrestlers, who won by forfeit, were Mason McClair, Caden Droege, Jake Hank and Andrew Reese.

In other dual meets, the Tide was beaten by Pequea Valley, 54-16 as Stewart, Derek Nell and Michael Alvardo picked up wins. Next up, another league match with Section 3 newcomer Octorara, which the Braves won 69-3. Stewart was the lone winner. Columbia, forfeiting up to six weight classes, also lost to Section 3 heavyweight Northern Lebanon, 72-6.


Speaking of young, that describes coach Kerry Glover's boys' basketball team. There are no seniors on the team and the starting five is composed of one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.

And despite the youth, the Tide got their signature win of the three years ' Glover has been Columbia's coach by beating Lancaster Mennonite, 74-63. In that one, the first half was the difference as the Tide, playing inspired basketball, jumped out to a 44-28 lead after falling behind by 10 points early.

"We are starting to figure things out and understand how I want to play the game," Glover said.

Sophomore Michael Poole was the Tide's top gun with 16 followed by Kerry Glover with 12 and Matt McCleary with 15.

Unfortunately, the momentum did last for the young squad as Columbia dropped a 64-46 result in their next game against Annville Cleona, a team they beat earlier in the season in their Section 5 opener, 50-47. McCleary had 13 in the loss, while Poole had 19 in the win.

The Tide boys have been in two tournaments this year - the Northeastern Tournament to open the season, losing to the host Bobcats in the season opener, 65-51 and to Eastern York, 65-45.

Still on the road, they defeated Schuylkill Valley, 67-59.

In the home opener, Lancaster Catholic, the Tide's former Section 4 rival, was the opponent and the talented Crusaders finished on top, 65-42.

With the non-league, early games out of the picture, the Tide opened Section 5 play with the dramatic three-point win over Annville-Cleona.

Next up Lebanon Catholic and an easy 61-43 win, which was followed by an 89-49 drubbing of Pequea Valley. Over the holidays, Columbia traveled to Hanover for their second tournament where they split games losing to Camp Hill, 76-61 and beating Hanover, 44-36.

Columbia is 4-2 in the new Section 5 of the L-L League but has a tough non-league schedule remaining. Since Section 5 teams play 10 league games, coach Glover and his team have big non-league games with Trinity, Berks Catholic and Eastern York coming up.


The team with the lone senior player is the girls' basketball team and she is a good one in Janeah Neal, who is over 1,100 points for her career. She will have to carry the load for the Tide this season as freshmen starters Morgan Bigler and MacKenzie Burke mature.

Last week, the Tide split games with Annville-Cleona and Linden Hall, probably one of the best teams they will play this season.

On the home floor, Columbia scored its second win of the season over A-C by a 42-30 score with Neal, Bigler and Burke in double figures.

"We needed that win," said coach Karl Kreiser.

The night before, the Tide was beaten by Linden Hall, 67-32. They were outscored in the third quarter, 27-4.

"We made a lot of mistakes against their press," Kreiser said.

Columbia opened the season splitting games in their own tournament, beating Schuylkill Valley in the opener before falling to an aggressive Big Spring Club in the championship game.

In their final pre-season game, they lost to Donegal.

Columbia then opened league play with a win over Annville-Cleona and followed that with a loss to league newcomer Lancaster Country Day.

Columbia got its second Section 5 win when they beat Lebanon Catholic for the first time in a number of years before returning home for a Section 5 loss to pre-season favorite Pequea Valley, 72-57.

Over the holidays, it was a split of games at the Northeastern Tournament losing to the hosts, 68-54 and beating West Perry, 59-48.

Their first league game of the new year was against Lancaster Mennonite and that was a 65-46 loss.


At 19-23 in league play, the Tide bowling team is doing well.

Last week, they lost to Garden Spot by a 7-0 score as Shane Kinser, the team's top bowler rolled a 540 with a high game of 191.

They also narrowly lost to Cocalico by a 2984-2893 score as Kinser rolled a 500 series, followed by Javon Jackson (418), Amy Reigle (411) and Blake Helton (404).


Tide Girls Compete in Holiday Tournament January 4, 2019


Tide Teams End Fall Sports Seasons October 31, 2018

The fall sports season is over at Columbia High School without any November action for the first time in years.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser sports report.


The only CHS sport to make the post season was cross country, who had two runners participate in the District Three Class A Cross Country championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Big Spring High School in Newville.

Although they didn't advance to this weekend's PIAA championships, the two Columbia runners, both sophomores, did well.

Cassidy Cook and Anthony Palmisano, placed 52nd and 55nd, respectively, at the district championships. Cook ran the course in 26:52.7, while Palmisano ran a 20:00.7.


There's plenty to be excited about for the Crimson Tide in football, despite a 3-7 overall mark.

The win total is a high mark for the program, who hasn't won more than a game since 2013. And, the best news is that 27 of the 30 players are scheduled to return next season.

The Tide closed its rebuilding season on Friday, Oct. 26, with a 50-22 loss at the hands of Elco.

"The season came to an end and it was a tough, fought game. We didn't pull it out but we fought until the end and just fell short of making the playoffs,"

said coach Bud Kyle. "The Tide is rising."

Elco, who finished tied for second place in Section 3, won the game by running the football, 40 times for 386 yards and they didn't throw a pass.

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before the Tide got on the scoreboard on a 31 yard pass from quarterback Matt McCleary to Terrance Elliott. The two also hooked up on a 23 yard pass, trailing 28-7.

McCleary in the second half completed a third score covering 20 yards to Ryan Redding. The two-point PAT was the "Philly Special," as Redding completed the conversion pass to McCleary to end the scoring.

For the game, McCleary completed 18 of 32 passes for 278 yards and three scores. His top receiver was Elliott with six catches for a career high 132 yards, while Redding also caught six for 78 yards.


Tide Gridders Dominate Northern Lebanon October 25, 2018

The fall sports season at Columbia High School ended last weekend with the much improved football team at ho me against Elco and two cross country runners competing in the District Three championships.

Here is your next-to-last weekly Merchandiser fall sports recap for the fall season at Columbia High School.


It's been a while since the Columbia High School football team won more than a game. You have to go back to 2013 to find that. Friday, Oct. 19 ended that streak as the Tide dominated Northern Lebanon, 34-19 for their third win of the season against six losses. It's the first time since that 2013 season that the Tide gridders won back to back games. Had it not been for a nine point loss to Lebanon and a two point loss to Ephrata, a few weeks ago, the Tide very well could have been talking playoffs for the first time in six years.

Junior quarterback Matt McCleary had a great game against the Vikings. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 267 yards with three scores through the air and another on the ground. For his game, McCleary received Player of the Week honors.

The first half was entertaining for both teams. Columbia dominated the first part of the half - Northern Lebanon, the second part. It all ended in a 13-13 halftime deadlock.

Coach Bud Kyle's team had its way offensively against NL. With the calm and cool McCleary at the helm, the Tide started at its own 28 and needed nine plays to find pay dirt on a 7 yard pass from McCleary to Demetrius Diaz-Ellis to take a 6-0 lead.

On their next possession, the Tide was rolling again. They scored on a 27 yard pass from McCleary to Michael Poole. Phil Acosta kicked the PAT to take a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.

That's when Northern Lebanon gained momentum.

Thanks in part to the Tide. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tide allowed the Vikings to return the football to midfield. It ended in a score for NL. On the Tide's next offensive series, they drove deep on the NL side of the field but McCleary was picked off in the end zone. Columbia was hit with a 15-yard penalty on the play, giving NL life at the 35. They scored in the final seconds of the first half to tie the game.

That would be as close as the Vikings would get as the Tide dominated the second half.

They opened the second half scoring on a 14-yard pass from McCleary to Darnell Tucker and later another score on a 1-yard run by McCleary to take a 28-13 lead.

After the Vikings scored to pull within 28-19, Columbia iced the win on a touchdown in the final minute of the game.


Columbia closed its volleyball season with a pair of losses in a rare doubleheader against L-L League newcomer Octorara. The doubleheader was needed because of an earlier postponement at Octorara.

Not only was it the final games for coach David Farley, who is retiring after 19 years with the program, but five senior girls who were recognized prior to the games.

They are Onyx Rodriquez, Javy Fernandez, Meghan Braas, Desiree Torres and Yashinka Del Valle.


It is post-season time for the Tide as runners Cassidy Cook and Anthony Palmisano competed in the District Three Class A cross country championships at Big Spring High School on Saturday, Oct. 26. An update will be provided next week.


Tide Spikers Notch First Win October 18, 2018

Often times, success isn't measured in terms of wins and losses. At Columbia High School, success over the last two fall season has been hard to come by.

Last season the varsity sports team combined for just two wins. This season, there is improvement. While the tennis team a year ago was the big winner with two wins, the same can't be said for the current year. The football team has enjoyed success for the first time since 2012. The volleyball team won for the first time in two years and the cross country team, despite not having enough runners to compete as a team, can make their mark in the post-season.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser sports recap.


It won't be a season without a win for the Tide girls this year.

Outgoing coach David Farley got his first win of the season when the Tide last week and Columbia beat Day Spring Academy at the Hempfield Rec Center, 3-1. No stats were available for the win.

A few nights later, the Tide, playing Northern Lebanon, lost 3-1. After losing the first two sets 25-11, Columbia rallied for a 25-22 third set win before falling in the final set, 25-15.


Talk about turning the season around, look no farther than the Crimson Tide football team. After losing four of their first five games by a total of 164 points, the Tide is back with two wins and two losses heading into their final two games of the season.

The latest success story came in dramatic style, Friday, Oct, 11 at Octorara in a come from behind 26-21 win.

In the first Section 3 meeting between the western most Section 3 team and the eastern most, coach Bud Kyle's team scored the winning touchdown with a minute on the clock.

It came on a 57-yard pass from quarterback Matt McCleary to Demetrius Diaz-Ellis.

"That 2 point loss to Ephrata was very hard for these young men and when I say they came back focused I mean it," Kyle said. "Adversity hit us in the face tonight but these guys never backed down and fought back for a 26-21 victory.

"These guys are an amazing group and I am lucky to be their coach," Kyle said.

The contest was marred by a total of 26 penalties for 217 yards. The Braves were penalized 15 times for 143 yards while Columbia gave up 75 yards on 11 penalties. Octorara made a valiant attempt to regain the lead, but the clock was against the Braves as time ultimately ran out, giving the Tide the victory.

Columbia scored first on a 43-yard pass from McCleary to Terrance Elliott to go up 6-0.

Octorara came right back and scored two touchdowns before the end of the first half, on runs of 65 and 21 yards by Jansen Schempp, giving the Braves a 14-6 lead at the break. But the Tide outscored the Braves 20-7 in the second half to put the game away.

McCleary, who threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns and running for 85, paced the Tide. He opened the scoring with a 43 yard pass to Terrance Elliot and added a second quarter score. The Tide trailed 14-12 at the break.

In the third, McCleary and Ellis connected on a 21-yard score to give the lead back to the Tide, 20-14.

The Braves, who are in their first year in the L-L League, took the lead back 21-20 setting the stage for the big comeback.

Had it not been for losses to Lebanon (8 points) and Ephrata (2 points), this team could have qualified for the District 3 playoffs with two games left.

Columbia has games with Northern Lebanon (Oct. 19) and Elco (Oct. 26) left on their schedule.


It is post-season time for the Tide as runners Cassidy Cook and Anthony Palmisano competed in the L-L League Championships at Ephrata Middle School last Tuesday afternoon.

The boys' race got underway at 4 pm with the girls' following. Palmisano clocked a 20:01.3 to finish 139th overall. He was the 33rd sophomore to cross the finish line.

Cook was 117th with a 24:51.7 and was also the 34th sophomore to place


Tide Gridders Drop a 28-26 Thriller October 11, 2018

With the 2018-19 fall sports season winding down at Columbia, another Crimson Tide athlete is headed to the postseason.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser sports update.


Former CHS football coach Mike Burke had a saying, "don't wake up wishing." That's exactly what happened to the current Crimson Tide football team during its Homecoming contest on Friday, Oct. 5.

They had a huge chance to win their first home game since 2016 only to come up short in a 28-26 loss to Ephrata.

Despite the loss, Tide coach Bud Kyle, was happy with his team's effort.

"It was a tough two point loss but the fight they showed was short of amazing. We will continue to work hard," Kyle said.

The Homecoming contest with the Mounts, who are having their best season in more than a decade, came down to missed opportunities for the home team. It was the Tide's inability to convert extra points, allowing a couple of long kickoff returns, dropped passes and penalties that kept them out of the win column.

This one started off great for the Tide. Five plays into the game, the Mounts fumbled, which Matt Gambler recovered at the 42. However, the Tide failed to capitalize.

Following an exchange of punts, a 10-yard punt return by J.J. Tirado set the Tide up on the Ephrata side of the field again. Again despite the good field position, Columbia was unable to move the football. That's when the Mounts got the first big break of the game, connecting on a 66-yard screen pass for a score and a 7-0 lead in the final seconds of the first quarter.

That was no problem for the improving Tide. They bounced right back. Columbia drove 57 yards in five plays scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass, one of four for the game from quarterback Matt McCleary to Demetrius Ellis-Diaz to cut the lead to one, 7-6. Columbia missed the two-point conversion, one of four they missed on the night.

Later in the second quarter, the Tide converted a second Mount turnover into a score. That, despite a sack of McCleary, who was roughed on the play, keeping the drive alive. Columbia scored five plays later on a 15-yard pass from McClellan to Terrance Elliot to give the Tide a 12-7 lead. On the touchdown pass, Elliot was flagged for spiking the ball, making the two-point conversion at NFL length, which failed.

The half ended with the Tide up 12-7 and with a good 24 minutes of football in the second half, Columbia would win their second game of the year. Well, hold on everyone, the second half was exciting.

The Tide missed a golden opportunity on their first possession of the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, McCleary and Diaz-Ellis connected on a 55-yard gain to the Mount 10. On fourth down, McCleary was picked off at the one, negating the scoring chance.

Two possessions later, Ephrata took a 14-12 lead and despite the deficit, the Tide was still in this one. A third Mount fumble set up Columbia's third score of the game and the lead at 20-14. McCleary found "Mr. Dependable," when it comes to catching passes in wide receiver Ryan Redding, who caught a 50-yard scoring strike and was wide open. The two-point try failed again and that's when the Tide's special teams had some problems.

Ephrata returned the kickoff to the Tide 23. Five plays later, the Mounts found the end zone, converted their third PAT and took a 21-20 lead, now in the fourth quarter.

Back came the Tide once again. They took a 26-21 lead pass from McCleary to Elliot. Again, they failed to convert the two-point PAT for the fourth time and it was costly.

Needing the defense and special teams to step up, the Tide was unable to stop the Mounts. They returned ensuing kickoff to the 45 and scored the game winning touchdown on a 19-yard run from quarterback Caden Keefer.

This one turned into a battle of quarterbacks - the Tide's McCleary and Ephrata's Keefer. McCleary completed 20 of 40 passes for 283 yards and four scores. Keefer rushed for 100 yards, scored three times and passed for another.

Tirado was the Tide's leading rusher with 60 yards, while pass catching, Redding caught five passes for 100 yards and Elliot caught six passes for 91 yards.

The two point loss was the just the third time in the last nine home games that Columbia did not lose by double figures. The Tide has just one win at home in their last 20 games played on the hill.


The Tide girls continue to look for their first win in more than two years.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, the girls were swept by Section 3 leading Cocalico in the home gym, 25-12, 25-11 and 25-14.

Cocalico dominated game one, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. Columbia got points with Amanda Torres, Deisree Torres, Liz Cruz and Melina Mowrer serving. In game two, Torres and Yanishka Del Valle scored aces. Game three was a little different in the beginning as the Tide girls jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Torres serving before the Eagles took control.

The previous week, coach David Farley's crew, was swept by Lancaster Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 4, 25-19, 25-8 and 25-12.


The Tide runners closed their season last Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a tri-meet at Garden Spot, also involving Northern Lebanon. With the knowledge that at least one of their runners has qualified for the post-season, the Tide boys were again swept, while none of the girls' teams had enough runners to compete as a team.

The runner who is headed to the District Three championship is Anthony Palminsano. In the final meet of the season, he was 12th in a time of 25:16. Northern Lebanon won the meet as Gage Krall placed first with a 17:13.

On the girls' side there were just five runners. Columbia's Cassidy Cook scored a season-high second place finish with a time of 25:36, 18 seconds behind Elyssa Sherman of Cocalico.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the Tide runners hosted their final home meet of the season against Octorara and Lancaster Mennonite.

On the boys' side, Palminsano placed a season's best seventh, with a 23:21. Mennonite's Logan Horst was first in 19 minutes flat. Mennonite won the boys' meet.

On the girls' side, Cook, placed 13th overall with a 28:30. Octorara's Rebecca Cassidy, with a 22:28, was the overall winner. The Braves won the girls' meet.


Two days after competing in the District 3 team golf championships, Columbia's Carter Houck representing Day Spring Christian Academy, also qualified for the District 3 individual golf championships. In his first and only round, Friday, Oct. 5, Houck shot a 98 and failed to make the cut. On the front nine at Briarwood, Houck carded a 52, then shot a 46 on the back nine.


It is down to the last week of the regular season for fall sports at Columbia High School. The football team plays its final road game of the season Friday night, Oct. 19 at Northern Lebanon. On the volleyball court, the Tide girls have a rare doubleheader, at home, with Octorara on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The twin bill was deemed necessary when an earlier meeting between the two had to be postponed because of a power outage at Octorara.

Five seniors, Onyx Rodriquez, Javy Fernandez, Meghan Braas, Desiree Torres and Del Valle, will be honored before the match. It will also mark the final games of coach Farley's career. He is retiring after 14 years as head coach and 19 years total with the program.


Tide Volleyball Battles Elco Raiders October 4, 2018

The fall sports season at Columbia High School is heading down the home stretch, with good efforts but not many wins.

Here is your weekly Merchandiser fall sports report


Coach David Farley and his volleyball team continue to search for their first win of the season following recent losses to Elco and Lancaster Mennonite.

Tuesday on the home court against the Lady Raiders, the Tide girls were swept. Prior to that, Farley's squad lost to Mennonite, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-17.

Against the Blazers, Yaniska Del Valle, a senior, had a big match with six kills, two service aces and a team-high 12 digs. Also contributing was Amanda Torres with one block and Desiree Torres with another block.


Improvement as the season goes on, is all any coach wants to see from his team and program. That's what Crimson Tide football coach Bud Kyle saw from his team during its recent game with Lebanon, a 15-6 loss.

"It was a good game. We were the better team but penalties hurt us,"Kyle said. "Penalties hurt us."

"The kids are playing hard and believe they can play with anyone," the coach said. "The future is bright."

Not only did penalties hurt the Tide against the Cedars but so too did mistakes such as fumbles.

The Cedars scored their first points of the game on a safety when quarterback Matt McCleary misplayed a center snap and kicked it out of the end zone for a safety. Lebanon added a touchdown on a pass play later in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead.

The Tide found the end zone in the second quarter on a 1-yard run from running back Luke McGinnis. However, the two-point conversion, in an attempt to tie the game, was off the mark.

The home standing Cedars got an insurance score in the final 12 minutes on a short scoring pass.

The defense was anchored by Dale Nell and Matt Gambler, who combined for five sacks and a number of hurries.

As for the penalties that Kyle mentioned, the game looked like an NFL game with both teams being flagged nine times for a combined 154 yards.

Quarterback McCleary was 9 of 27 passing for 71 yards. His favorite targets were Terrence Elliott, who caught four passes for 37 yards and Ryan Redding and McGinnis, who caught two passes each.


The first Columbia team to complete its fall season was the much improved girls' tennis team under the direction of third-year coach Jim Rhoads.

The Tide girls, who were competitive in most of their matches this season. They recently lost a non-league match to West York by a 5-0 score and a league match to Lancaster Mennonite by a 4-1 score.

Against West York, the Tide's top player Grace Misciagna lost her match 8-1, while number two singles Julissa Santos was a 6-2, 6-0 loser and number three singles player Brittanie Betteley lost her match 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, the duo of Melanie Cruz-Bernard and Skye Garner lost 6-2, 6-0 while Rosie Diaz and Misciagna suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss.

Against Mennonite, Santos, playing number two singles won her match, 6-2, 6-2.

For the season, Misciagna had a 3-11 record in doubles, while Santos and Diaz had two wins each in singles.

"We were competitive this year, Rhoads said. "Unfortunately four of our six girls were seniors."


Coach Charles Leader and his cross country teams took to the course at Lampeter-Strasburg for a tri-meet also involving Garden Spot last Tuesday.


Thanks to a co-operative sports agreement with Day Spring Christian Academy of Mountville, Columbia is again offering golf for the first time since the 1980s. The idea of the agreement is for both schools to boost numbers in sports the other school doesn't offer.

Three CHS students are playing golf at DCA - Nathan Resch, Carter Houck and Luke Redding. Of the three, Houck represented DCA/Columbia at the District Three individual championships last week at the Briarwood Golf Club in York.


The football team continues Section 3 play with its first-ever trip to Octorara, the first of two straight road games. Their final, that's right, home game of the regular season is Oct. 26 against Elco. In volleyball, the Tide girls meet up with Day Spring, Oct. 11, which will be played at the Nook. In cross country, the final meet of the season is at Cocalico, also with Northern Lebanon.


Tide Football Struggles Against Annville-Cleona September 27, 2018

The Tide football team returned home to face Annville-Cleona, one of the top teams in Section 3, on Friday, September 28.

Head coach Bud Kyle said before the game that the key to beating the Little Dutchmen, who are tied with Lancaster Catholic for first place in Section 3 would be stopping the A-C run game and spreading the field on offense.

Early on, the Crimson Tie did just that. They controlled the Dutchmen run game and spread the field on offense. Unfortunately, A-C adjusted and won the game easily, 56-8.

Columbia stymied A-C on their first two possessions before the flood gates opened. They scored twice in the first quarter and led 35-0 at the half. Columbia failed to score in the final seconds of the first half, stopped at the A-C 1 on fourth down.

A-C scored 21 points in the second half. Columbia prevented a shutout when they scored in the final seconds of the game on a 2-yard run by Nate Glenn. Reserve quarterback Robert Footman converted the two-point PAT.

For the game, A-C rushed for 340 yards and completed one pass for 54 yards and another score. For the Tide, quarterback Matt McCleary completed 10 of 29 passes for 136 yards. Ryan Redding and Terrance Elliott each caught four passes.


In their last two matches, the volleyball team lost to Northern Lebanon, on Sept. 20 and the Lititz Christian School, Sept. 24.

The win was Northern Lebanon's first of the season by a score of 25-14, 25-14, 25-17.

Onyx Rodriquez had 10 digs lead the Tide girls. Mowrer was credited with six assists and Desiree Torres had four kills.

Against Lititz Christian, the Tide was also swept, losing 25-7, 25-16 and 25-9.

In game one, Amanda Torres served an ace, while in game two, she served three points as the Tide had a couple of leads in the game. Serving two points each were Desiree Torres, Mowrer and Lillian Wickenheiser.


As the regular season comes to a close, the Tide lost to Octorara 7-0 on Sept. 21. Number two singles' player Grace Misciagna lost a three set match. The team also faced Lancaster Mennonite last Wednesday and fell short 4-1. Brittnie Betteley and Misciagna put up a good fight before coming up short.


Last week, the Tide teams traveled to Linden Hall for an invitational. All four runners placed in the nine team event.

With the lack of a full team, the Tide can't compete as a full squad. So far through two meets, the four runners have placed in the top 25.


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

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

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

Here is your weekly fall sports report.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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Haberstroh, Wakefield Qualify for States May 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Track Teams Turn in Solid Individual Performances May 7, 2018

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

Here is your weekly Columbia spring sports roundup.


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

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


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

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

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

Also against Northern Lebanon, Kamara won the long jump.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two teams combined for five errors and 15 walks.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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