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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.


Tide Hosts Linville Hill and Donegal September 12, 2018


Columbia Drops Section Three Opener September 6, 2018


Haberstroh, Wakefield Qualify for States May 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Track Teams Turn in Solid Individual Performances May 7, 2018

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

Here is your weekly Columbia spring sports roundup.


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

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


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

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

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

Also against Northern Lebanon, Kamara won the long jump.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two teams combined for five errors and 15 walks.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Tide Softball Defeats LMH, Lebanon Catholic April 30, 2018

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

Here is your weekly round up on softball and baseball.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greenwood scored their final run in the seventh.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Friday game with Lancaster Mennonite was postponed by rain.

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


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


Tide Baseball Battles Crossover Opponents April 23, 2018

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

Here is your weekly Crimson Tide sports recap.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Tide Softball Competes Four Times Last Week April 16, 2018

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two teams combined for 22 hits in the game.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Columbia Tracksters Compete at Catholic High April 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Falcon Caps Season at AA Regionals March 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

For Falcon, it has been an interesting season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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