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CV Boys Top Red Lion, Fall to Wilson in Districts October 28, 2018

The Buckskin boys' soccer club met the end of the season in a 4-0 quarterfinal loss to the Wilson, the number two seed in the District Three playoffs. Wilson had previously toppled Elizabethtown by the same score before ousting CV.

For the Bucks, their first-round test came in the form of a 3-2 final minute thriller over seventh seeded Red Lion on Tuesday.

Not having faced the Lions in the regular season, the Bucks knew they had come ready to work if they hoped to keep their playoff run alive, and it took them a few possessions to establish their style of gameplay.

"We allowed them to dictate space which made us vulnerable to their passing style," head coach Dave Hartlaub described of the early minutes of the contest.

Calling for some adjustments and gaining their footing, CV began to settle into a controlled tempo for the game, with both teams eagerly seeking a moment to strike.

The first success came off the foot of CV's Nick Denlinger who propelled the ball into the upper right quadrant out of reach of the Red Lion keeper.

Seizing another opportunity before the half, Denlinger connected with the crossbar, but teammate Robbie Krasinski was ready to pounce on the second look and delivered goal number two for the Buckskins, giving them a 2-0 cushion heading into halftime.

The start of the second forty belonged to Red Lion though, and they got on the scoreboard after a successful corner kick conversion.

With two minutes left in regulation, Red Lion was awarded a free kick that didn't initially find the netting, but the ball rattled around the box giving the Lions a follow up shot that slipped past the Buckskin keeper and tied up the game.

"At that moment you could see our body language go very negative, but while the ball was being placed in the middle to kick off again coaches and captains were positive and the boys regained their fight straight away," explained Hartlaub. "We pushed hard and were able to keep the ball in their space for the next two minutes."

Though overtime might have looked inevitable, the Bucks relentlessly pursued the next goal, pushed the ball upfield, and earned their way to a corner kick.

With several players getting a touch on the final offensive play, eventually Ryan Lapp's header sent the ball in front of the goal to be finished by Ethan Bredeman for the golden goal with only 13 seconds remaining.

"We have relied heavily on Robbie Krasinski all season for goal production, and he came through again, but as the season has gone on Nick Denlinger and Ethan Bredeman have found the net at crucial times and their goals were spectacular," praised Harlaub.

GIRLS' SOCCER

CV girls' soccer had a short district playoff run, facing Hempfield in the first round last Tuesday and falling 4-0, subsequently ending their season.

The Lady Bucks clashed with the Black Knights twice during the regular season, with split results, but this time it was Hempfield's turn to come out on top and in turn knocked CV out of the District Three post season tournament.

Madison Delgado and Gabbie Barone were both honored as first team All-Stars for their season accomplishments. Delgado was CV's lead scorer, knocking in 11 goals and eight assists, and Barone netted eight goals complimented by two assists.

Reese Lapp was named to the second team All-Star list, and Lauren Thrush received Academic All-Star honors.

The squad finished their season with an overall record of 12-5-3 and were runners up for the Section I title in the regular season.

Graduating 12 seniors, the team will miss their presence and reflect on the impact they have made this season.

"The seniors provided us leadership and were excellent student-athlete role models for the underclassmen," praised head coach Keith Nagley.

FOOTBALL

An unfortunate 30-3 loss to Elizabethtown last Friday night sealed the post-season prospects for both the Buckskins and Bears, putting a halt to CV's season and propelling Elizabethtown into the playoffs.

After getting off to a strong start this year, CV experienced a string of four losses to close the season with an overall record of 5-5, and 3-3 in the league, bringing them just short of a qualifying rank.

Injuries were an unfortunate reality that plagued the roster for the second half of the season, but the team won't use that as an excuse to give up any effort on the field.

"The Buckskins started the season off quickly with some great wins," reflected head coach Gerad Novak. "Keeping our focus and motivation is something we must overcome to regain and restore the winning traditions."

Despite the bumpy end of season, it's important not to forget the ground that was gained in the early season, as the Buckskin team recaptured the Lampeter Bowl trophy for the first time in eight years and their split record of 5-5 is the best since 2010.

"The seniors did a fantastic job of taking the underclassmen under their guidance and being teachers of the game," praised Novak. "Their guidance and instruction helped build the necessary unity within the team and strengthened the fibers essential to be successful on the football field."

CROSS COUNTRY

The team cross country season may have reached its conclusion, but individual achievements are still on the horizon for senior Nate Grucelski.

Grucelski, voted Outstanding Runner of the LL League by the Coach's Association, finished in sixth place at the District meet with a time of 16:47.5 and is headed for States.

"The goal was to qualify and then place as well as possible; Nate ran very well," explained head coach Mark Amway.

The CV girls team collectively finished in 23rd in the district meet and was recently honored as a unit for their season-long attitude of teamwork and respect for fellow athletes, receiving the Section One Sportsmanship Award.

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Grucelski Wins L-L League XC Championship October 21, 2018

CV senior Nate Grucelski blazed his way to the top of the podium in last week's L-L League Cross Country meet to become the 2018 individual champion.

Grucelski's time of 16:15.2 was not only a season best, but was almost a full two seconds ahead of the next runner to cross the finish, as he outraced the pool of 170 harriers.

"Nate knew what he had to do in order to put himself in a position to win the race," explained his coach, Mark Amway. "He ran a smart tactical race, and beat a tremendous field."

Grucelski paced himself throughout the 5K, not leading the pack until the very end, knowing it would take a strong finish to claim the title.

"When we had around 150 meters left, I started to really pick up the pace and kicked as hard as I could," explained Grucelski. "It was my last ever cross country league championship so I didn't want to leave anything on the course."

No small amount of work has gone into the preparation for the senior, the moment was a culmination of years of effort and dedication.

"I felt the strongest I've been this season. This league has so many talented runners and I knew it was going to be tough to come out on top," continued Grucelski. "It feels amazing to be the champion and to see all the hard work pay off. I can't thank my teammates, family, and especially my coach who have supported me throughout the years, enough."

Two freshmen crossed the line next for CV, with Emmanuel Gitonga's 35th place time of 17:38.1 and Dante Velasco at 70 (18:16.5).

The boy's squad finished a collective 11th place out of 22 participating teams.

For the girls, it was frontrunner, Alexandra Slingluff, with an individual finish of 18th (20:31.8) to lead the Lady Buckskins squad in their team finish of seventh out of 19 teams.

"Alex put in another great race to finish 18th and medal," acknowledged Amway.

Lauryn Hall crossed in 33rd (21:14.7) to register CV's second-best completion.

Much like the boys team, several underclassmen stepped up for big performances, attesting to the potential of future CV teams.

Freshmen harriers Kylynn Frankford and Brittney Johns were next to cross, registering 40th and 54th places respectively, swiftly joined by sophomore Kate Kmieczak in the 55th spot.

"The future is very bright for the girl's team and over the next couple years I believe they will be one of the top teams in the league," added Amway.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The Lady Bucks' soccer club earned a ticket to the finals in the L-L League post-season tournament, and fell just short in a 2-1 championship loss to Section Three's undefeated Elco Raiders last Thursday night in Lititz.

All three goals of the matchup were scored in the first 40, with CV's Madison Delgado connecting first to give CV the temporary advantage.

Delgado netted the goal off an assist from Gabbie Barone after only 12 minutes of play, but unfortunately for the Buckskins, Elco's, Ryelle Shuey, had not one, but two left-footed goals to deliver before the half.

Elco went on the defensive for the second 40, scrambling to thwart further Buckskin attacks, and managed to hang on to their one goal advantage as the clock drained and determined the Raiders the champs.

CV's bracket schedule pitted them against Lancaster Catholic and Manheim Central before the final against Elco.

Earning their appearance in the championship round, the Lady Bucks had to overcome the MC Barons in Tuesday's semifinal which proved to be a defensive test of will which CV passed in their 2-1 double overtime victory.

A scoreless first half set the tone for the battle, in which neither team looked ready to crack.

The Barons came into the showdown as Section Two regular season victors and had yet to lose a league matchup, but CV's tenacious defense and ability to strike when it mattered was enough overcome them.

CV broke the goal line first, when a shot rocketed off the foot of Barone in the early minutes of the second half.

The Barons retaliated with their answer less than ten minutes later, forcing the 1-1 game into overtime minutes.

Despite a strong offensive surge from Manheim Central, CV continued to foil their attempts. While the Barons directed a barrage of 15 shots on goal, the Buckskins defense was on their game and keeper Alyson Riggle collected 11 saves.

"Ally made some excellent saves to keep us in the game," credited head coach Keith Nagley.

Double overtime meant the squads had been on the field for over 100 minutes, making each possession vital as fatigue became a factor.

"We thought Sarah Castronova's speed would be a factor in the second overtime so we put her in," explained Nagley.

The decision paid off. Castronova delivered the assist to CV's Adrianna Neiman who seized a final opportunity and secured the golden goal at the 102-minute mark and propelled the Lady Bucks into the finals.

Prior to win over Manheim Central, CV topped Lancaster Catholic, 2-0, in their playoff quarterfinal the previous Saturday.

Delgado and Barone knocked in the two Buckskin goals in rapid succession, just four minutes apart midway through the first half. Taking the lead, followed by the cushion, allowed CV to securely control the contest and ride out the duration of the second half preserving the shutout.

FOOTBALL

Buckskin football took another hard hit to their record in this past Friday's 42-3 loss, hosted by the Warwick Warriors.

CV kicker, Joe Cardina, got the Bucks on the scoreboard with a field goal in the first quarter, but the lead quickly transferred to the Warriors, who went on to secure six touchdowns and hold the Bucks scoreless the remainder of the contest.

Next up, the Buckskins head to Elizabethtown to take on the Bears in hopes of improving their current record of 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

VOLLEYBALL

CV girls' volleyball wrapped up their season last week, concluding with a pair of losses, but their on-court presence demonstrates that they were in the mix during each match.

Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Manheim Township saw the Bucks tie the set scores with a second set win and almost clinch the third before falling in four (25-14, 16-25, 26-24, 25-14).

Savannah Byers was again a fierce offensive threat for the Bucks with nine kills, complimented by CeCe Leininger's three aces.

Monday's 3-0 loss to Warwick boasted even closer set scores (25-23, 25-21, 27-25), each going in favor of the Warriors, but the Buckskins were on the cusp of victory.

"It was a really good match. In all three games we had a chance to win each," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow.

The young CV squad does not have any seniors on this season's roster, a factor that will work to their advantage in the future.

"Next year looks very promising with the entire team coming back," encouraged Barlow. "We're still learning how to finish sets, but we've played our best ball in the latter part of the season, and this team should be one to be reckoned with next year," he added.

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Eby Wins L-L League Flight 3 Championship October 14, 2018

CV junior, Rachel Eby, was crowned the champion of Flight Three singles in the LL League Flight Tournament which concluded last Monday at Conestoga Valley.

Eby overcame her final competitor, Olivia Hitz of Cedar Crest, in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to take the flight title.

"The final was two girls striking the ball clean and hard," explained head coach Dale Gregg. "Rachel was able to control most of that match by out-rallying her opponent."

Prior to the championship game, Eby edged out Adalie Clemmer of Pequea Valley in a much tighter semifinal battle, 5-7, 6-1, 10-4, coming back after dropping the first set to Clemmer.

"In the semifinals on Saturday, she was competing against a girl that just hit every ball back," described head coach Dale Gregg. "We made some adjustments to turn the match into a physical endurance contest while giving ourselves more margin of error."

The adjustments paid off and Eby took the remaining two sets handily earning her way to the finals.

Jaquelyn McBride, playing in Flight Two, also advanced all the way to the final round before succumbing to Nicole Honrade of Manheim Township (6-2, 6-3).

In doubles action, Sophia Steed and Hannah Kapchinske made it to the title match and were the runner ups to the Flight Three champions from Lampeter-Strasburg.

"Doubles was really close and we had the lead most of the time early," noted Gregg. "We did tie it up toward the end by holding our serve, and we made some great progress throughout the tournament."

Eby paired with Catherine Scala for Flight One doubles, but the pair was bumped out just short of the semifinal round by Township duo, Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade.

VOLLEYBALL

Bookended by a pair of losses, the midweek held an exciting home court highlight for the Lady Bucks volleyball squad as they registered their second win over JP McCaskey last Tuesday.

The visitors came out strong, and McCaskey claimed the first two sets, making it a come-from-behind thriller for the CV home crowd to watch the Buckskins rally and take the contest 3-2 (25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13, 15-7).

Turning the contest around after McCaskey's dominate two-set start took decisive mental effort.

"We always try emphasizing the next point and not dwelling too much on previous plays," noted head coach Dewey Barlow.

The young CV squad had to dig deep, calling on some big minutes from underclassmen in the comeback.

"With a young group we tend to focus on trying not to make mistakes instead of being aggressive," explained Barlow.

The methodical strategy paid off as the Lady Bucks rallied around each other to turn things around for a 25-21 third set win and ride that momentum to victory.

Veteran player Savannah Byers provided a massive boost to the Buckskin cause firing over 11 kills, 8 aces, and giving an equally impressive defensive effort with 27 digs.

Lexi McEvoy also helped turn the tide with three momentum-shifting blocks, making her a formidable force at the net.

"We've had to bring some JV players up to Varsity and several made nice contributions," praised Barlow.

One of those young standouts was freshman, Jenna Sweitzer, who stepped in and supplied 23 setter assists.

"Jess Teleguz and Julia Strohm came off the bench to give us a nice spark in the fourth and fifth sets, and Savannah Byers has been a workhorse all year," credited Barlow.

The win over McCaskey came on the heels of Monday night's loss to Northern Lebanon, 3-1 (25-14, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20).

The third set was again a strength for the Lady Bucks, rallying for a win led by Byers' 8 kills and 15 digs, but Lebanon put a stop to the Buckskin surge in the fourth to end the contest.

Thursday evening, the Bucks experienced a 3-2 loss to Cedar Crest, a back-and-forth battle that extended to a determining fifth set that went in favor of the Falcons (25-19, 26-28, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6).

Byers continued to be a threat, serving up five aces and 19 digs. McEvoy had four blocks, Sol Maldanado supplied nine kills, and Sweitzer dished 25 assists.

BOYS' SOCCER

It's the point of the season when the teams in the middle of Section standings are jostling for position, hoping to earn a playoff berth on the brink of both league and district postseason play.

CV boys' soccer is in that exact position, hovering in the middle of Section One, making Monday's fall to Penn Manor even more painful, but don't count them out yet. A hard-earned 1-0 victory over Hempfield on Wednesday showed that they have plenty of fight left in them.

The high-scoring, one-goal loss marked the beginning of last week, with the Buckskins falling 4-3 to Penn Manor at home on Monday.

Krasinski knocked in all three of CV's goals, assisted by three separate players Tanner Shertzer, Andrew Wahba, and Nick Denlinger.

"We needed to find a way to recover and refocus on finishing strong," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub. "We reminded each other of our qualities and rehearsed our roles."

Wednesday's showdown on CV's home field displayed two strong competitors trading possessions and leaving every ounce of energy on the field.

The Knights did not go down easily, outshooting the Bucks 5-2, and working their way into six corner kick opportunities, but CV's defense held fast with keeper Corey Spots gathering five saves to preserve the shutout.

"Hempfield lead in almost every category, they are truly a very good team," credited Hartlaub.

Though a strong Hempfield defensive line held the Bucks to few opportunities, it only took one successful conversion to seal the outcome.

CV's Ryan Lapp delivered a cross into the center of Hempfield's box, finding Krasinski who did what he does best-redirected the ball out of reach for the Hempfield keeper and into the netting.

Knowing they finished strong and gave it all they had will have to hold the Buckskins over as they wait for remaining league games to play out and determine their post-season standings.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The CV girls' soccer club tacked two more Section One victories onto their record last week, taking down Penn Manor and Hempfield to finish their regular season schedule with an overall record of 10-3-3.

Not many teams have handed CV a loss this season and the only team to beat them in Section One was Hempfield in an earlier season match, but last week CV flipped the script and took down the Black Knights 4-0.

"We changed our formation slightly to put more pressure on their defense," explained head coach Keith Nagley.

The adjustments worked, and Madison Delgado opened scoring with a goal 17 minutes into the contest.

Adrianna Neiman and Leah Amico each notched a second half goal and a Hempfield own goal gave the Lady Bucks three second-half tallies on the scoreboard.

"We used all of our players during the game to keep fresh players on the field," elaborated Nagley.

With their spot secure in both league and district playoffs, there is still plenty more CV girls soccer to come.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Lady Bucks ran their final regular season meet last week, collectively falling behind Section One leader Elizabethtown but overcoming Cedar Crest last Tuesday.

Alex Slingluff once again set the pace for the CV harriers, her time of 20:43 was good enough for an overall fifth place finish.

"Alex had her toughest competition of the year. She ran a good, solid race leading up to the League Meet," commented head coach Mark Amway. "She is one of the most consistent runners in the league."

Kylynn Frankford and Lauryn Hall took seventh and eighth place finishes with respective times of 21:27 and 21:32.

Annika Bredeman (11th), Emily Castronova (12th), Brittany Johns (13th), and Kate Kmieczak (15th) all crossed in the top 15 to help secure the team win over Cedar Crest.

For the boys, the team suffered a double setback, but individual highlights could still be found. Nate Grucelski cruised his way to a first-place finish, topping all competitors with a run time of 16:55.

"Nate ran well and beat the guys he needed to from both teams," credited Amway.

Emmanuel Gitonga was the next CV runner to cross the finish, taking eighth place with a time of 17:46.

Injury has plagued several members of the squad, an issue they hope to have resolved heading into post-season contests.

Attempting to strike a balance between healing and training, Coach Amway hopes to prepare his team to be at their best for this weeks' league meet.

"We will start to do some shorter, quicker workouts and continue a good balance of mileage," elaborated Amway, optimistic about his teams' potential. "That will be depended upon everyone being healthy and running well," he added.

FIELD HOCKEY

It was two steps back for the Lady Buckskins field hockey club last week, as they dig to find ways to grow after falling 2-1 to Cedar Crest followed by a 5-0 loss to Penn Manor.

In Tuesday's slip to Cedar Crest, the contest appeared to be headed towards overtime, but just before regulation expired a successful stroke from the Falcons awarded them the victory.

Cedar Crest acquired the lead with an early goal, but CV's Carly Eberly tied things up with a shot to the backboard four minutes later. Despite battling to the end, CV came up short after the Falcons well-timed final goal.

FOOTBALL

Hosting Manheim Central set the Bucks back last Friday night, 48-7.

The undefeated Barons jumped ahead early with a two touchdown first quarter, and continued their offensive blitz deep into the third, earning seven trips to the end zone.

Waging an uphill battle, the Bucks worked their way down the field in a second quarter possession, and quarterback Bradly Stoltzfus found Parker Graff for a 10-yard pass to convert CV's lone TD of the contest.

Buckskin kicker, Joe Cardina, put the ball between the uprights for the PAT.

The loss is only the third for the Buckskins this season, and they hope to improve their 5-3 record this week with a trip to Warwick.

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Bucks Survive Falcons in 2-1 Double OT Win October 7, 2018

Buckskin boys soccer experienced a week of split results with a win and a loss last week, both games showing a thrilling display of effort and skill.

Ending the week on a 2-1 win at home, CV showed how badly they wanted it, in a come-from-behind, double overtime takedown of Cedar Crest.

The stat lines proclaimed Buckskin dominance, as they outshot the Falcons 10-3 and worked their way into 13 corner kick opportunities, but the Falcons capitalized on an early game breach and slipped in a goal after 22 minutes to hold the initial lead.

Urgency struck the Bucks in the second half, and Joel Kasereka rose to the occasion for his first goal of the season, leveling the score and sending the game into extended minutes.

"We lacked a little in the execution of our build up and so the game became a bit tougher than we could have made it," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub.

A scoreless first overtime propelled the teams into yet another extra period where stamina became a factor. Mustering a final effort after 97 minutes on the field, the Bucks broke through when Logan Weaver connected for the golden goal.

"We were happy with the effort and spirit of the boys. I am proud of the perseverance of the boys to get the result," praised Hartlaub.

On Tuesday, the Bucks collided with Warwick and after the dust settled from a slew of goals, CV found themselves just short in the 5-4 outcome.

Robbie Krasinski notched the Buckskins only first half goal, and added two more to complete a hat trick before the second half expired.

Ethan Bredeman also got in on the scoring action with a second half goal, but the Warriors paired two early first half goals with three rapid-fire conversions late in the second to give them the five needed to come out on top.

TENNIS

The Lady Bucks celebrated team successes last week as the runner-ups in the LL League team tennis tournament.

It all came down to Wednesday's finals, a showdown between Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley at Ephrata, and the Blue Streaks prevailed, 4-0.

"In the Township match we battled well at all of the positions. Even though the scores looked lopsided, we made them work for their points," summarized head coach Dale Gregg.

Township was the only team to overcome the CV rackets during the regular season, a trend that continued in the post-season tournament.

CV worked their way through the first two rounds of LL League team tennis tournament, powering past Manheim Central (3-0) and Lebanon Catholic (3-2) to earn the right to compete in the final round last Wednesday.

Township's road to the finals included a preliminary bye, followed by a 3-0 sweep over Lampeter-Strasburg, before their meeting with the Buckskins.

The CV squad was first pitted against Manheim Central in the preliminary round last Monday, and advanced to the semifinals after a 3-0 sweep.

"Since we are fairly consistent down through our lineup, it becomes vital for us to win two of the three singles and one of the doubles," explained head coach Dale Gregg.

Getting the job done in singles was Jacqueline McBride winning at number two in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) and Rachel Eby overcoming her number three singles opponent (6-0, 6-1).

Credit for CV's third team point to seal the triumph went to duo Hannah Kapchinske and Katelyn Kochanowski playing at number two and, also dominating in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).

Tuesday's semifinal round against Lancaster Catholic was a bit tighter of a contest, but the Lady Bucks rose to the challenge and were awarded the 3-2 win.

The Buckskin triumph reflected Monday's efforts. McBride was first to register a team point with a 7-5, 6-3 takedown in singles. Eby followed suit to claim her matchup with set scores of 6-4, 6-3, and Kapchinske and Kochanowski handily won number two doubles by a score of 6-1, 6-3.

"The number two doubles of Kapchinske/Kochanowski really stepped up in the LC match as they went out to start their match knowing it was even at 2-2," praised Gregg.

Thursday the attention shifted from team competition to the individual flight tournament which will conclude this week with results to be covered next week.

GIRLS' SOCCER

CV girls soccer refused to lose last week, picking up a win and another draw to bring their season record to 8-3-3.

Friday night at Cedar Crest, the Lady Bucks experienced their third stalemate of the season in a 1-1 tie after double overtime failed to determine a victor.

Though the scoreboard remained unaltered through much of the evening, the two goals were netted within four minutes of each other, with each team finding their one success midway through the second half.

CV struck first, when Leah Amico found the netting for her first goal of the season at the 52nd minute mark, but Cedar Crest had their answer with their goal crossing the line four minutes later.

Despite two overtime periods, neither team was willing to budge, creating a defensive battle until time expired. CV's Alyson Riggle held firm in goal, scooping up 10 saves.

On Tuesday, the Lady Bucks proved their ability to endure, securing a 2-1 triumph over Warwick in overtime.

The Warriors sprinted ahead for the early lead, notching their lone goal of the contest after 14 minutes on the field to hold the temporary advantage.

Just before the half, the momentum started to shift in favor of CV, when Gabbie Barone capitalized on a penalty kick to level the scoreboard.

A scoreless second half propelled the game into overtime.

"We needed to possess the ball better and connect passes. We didn't do that very well overall against Warwick," explained head coach Keith Nagley.

Working towards that end, the Lady Bucks pressed on into the extra minutes, minimizing the Warrior's offensive opportunities and gaining ground until their moment to strike. That moment came after 12 minutes when Barone found Ana Weis who delivered the ball into the Warrior net.

"Our defense has been doing a great job limiting opponents' shots on goal. We just continued to play hard and hustle," summarized Nagley.

FOOTBALL

Last Friday night's hosting of the Cocalico proved to be a tough setback for the Bucks, falling 49-14 to the Eagles.

CV got off to a strong start when quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus connected with Derek Ulishney for the game's first TD on a 15-yard pass, but after that initial completion, the Eagles countered with seven visits to their end zone.

A fourth quarter 46-yard run by Booper Johnson gained the Bucks another six points, and kicker Joe Cardina was two-for-two on PATs.

CROSS COUNTRY

The CV girls raced their way to split results in last Tuesday's meet held at home, collectively finishing behind Warwick but in front of Penn Manor.

Alexandra Slingluff was the runner-up of the meet, finishing in second place with a time of 20:36, a personal best and just two seconds behind Warwick's Anna Martin.

Freshman Kylynn Frankford was the next CV harrier to cross the line, securing a fifth-place finish (21:45).

"Alex ran her personal best on our home course and ran a great race, and Kylynn has consistently been our number two runner all year," praised head coach Mark Amway.

CV accumulated five more top 15 finishes with Lauryn Hall's eighth, Annika Bredeman, Kate Kmieczak, and Brittney Johns finishing consecutively in 11th, 12th, and 13th, and Emily Castronova grabbing 15th.

The boys suffered losses to both Warwick and Penn Manor, but still managed to secure three top 15 finishes.

Frontrunner Nate Grucelski continues to set the pace for not only his teammates, but also for the opposing teams, as he once again put up the fastest 5k time of the meet to cross the finish first in 16:57.

"Nate ran his best time on our home course and beat three very strong runners in the league," explained Amway. "The boys' race was strategic and eventually came down to a fast finish with Nate out-kicking Warwick's Connor Shields."

Joining Grucelski in the top pack was teammate Emmanuel Gitonga who finished in eighth (18:26) and Dante Velasco in twelfth (18:48).

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Buckskin volleyball took two hits last week, a 3-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic and a 3-0 slip to Hempfield.

In Tuesday's matchup with Lancaster Catholic, the Buckskins rallied for a second set win, but LC regained control to take the match in four (25-12, 18-25, 25-16, 25-14).

Savannah Byers and Lexi McEvoy teamed up to fire eight kills apiece and Byers cranked four aces over the net. Charlize Miller dished out 16 setter assists, Maddie Glick covered ground for 14 digs, and Denise Williams supplied a block in the loss.

Hempfield captured their win in a sweep (25-9, 25-12, 25-12), but Lady Bucks led by Miller (6 digs, 8 assists) and Byers (7 kills) continued to battle.

The team faces an uphill challenge as they head into the home stretch of the season with a current record of 2-9, but they have a string of league matchups left to show their improvement.

FIELD HOCKEY

Field hockey picked up another win last week, but hasn't been immune to the tumultuous weather this season, and their other contest was prematurely halted in a stalemate due to inclement conditions.

Tuesday's homefield 0-0 draw against Hempfield came as a result of a lengthy weather delay in the first half. After resuming competition, neither team budged defensively and the scoreboard remained unaltered at the end of regulation.

Neither team showed signs of relenting, but at 9:00 pm and with continued lightning, the officials were forced to call the game before overtime could be played.

"We were playing a great game and the team was disappointed they could not compete in overtime, because they were ready to put the ball in the goal," explained head coach Kelly Dearolf.

Their aggressive offensive spirit would have to wait until Thursday's matchup against Ephrata, and the Lady Bucks were rewarded with a 3-1 triumph.

Three separate CV athletes supplied the tallies, with a stroke from Ellie Livingston getting them on the scoreboard in the first half.

Headed into the second half of play with the score knotted at one apiece, the Lady Bucks were determined not to let this contest end without a victor.

Cassandra Malles struck next, connecting with the backboard nine minutes into the second half for the go-ahead goal, and with just minutes left to play Carly Eberly sealed the victory with CV's third goal.

Strong, cohesive defense from Conestoga and three saves from keeper Madi Kachel held Ephrata scoreless in the second half.

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CV Lady Booters Post Mixed Results September 30, 2018

CV girls' soccer took a hit early on last week, falling 5-1 to undefeated Hempfield, but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Manheim Township at home on Thursday.

Sophomore Adrianna Neiman tapped in the golden goal against Township, her first this season, 18 minutes into the contest off an assist from Madison Delgado.

Neiman's goal was one of only two registered shots on goal for CV, but cohesive defense allowed the team to hang on for the win.

"We defended very well as a team," acknowledged head coach Keith Nagley. "They had more possession, but we limited their chances on goal."

Township's opportunities came in the form of three corners and four shots on goal, but CV keeper Alyson Riggle held her ground and gathered three saves.

Tuesday, at Hempfield, the Bucks' lone goal was netted by Delgado, but the efficient Black Knight attack buried CV in a deficit they were unable to overcome.

The early minutes looked promising for the visitors as Ana Weis dished Delgado the assist that Delgado converted just five minutes in, giving CV the initial lead.

The tide quickly turned in favor of the Knights and once they opened scoring on their end, they quickly put distance between the teams on the scoreboard accumulating five unanswered goals.

FIELD HOCKEY

CV field hockey is hoping to put a quick end to a recent string of loses after picking up two defeats last week.

Unable to connect with the back of the cage in either contest, the Bucks continued to battle, playing strong defense to keep the goal count low in a 1-0 loss to Warwick last Monday, followed by a 2-0 loss to Manheim Township on Friday.

Against Warwick, defense was the name of the game, with neither team breaking the goal line in regulation, sending the teams into overtime to determine the outcome. Warwick succeeded in notching the lone goal of the match.

"We played a strong defensive game against Warwick. We are a young team but we worked hard and never gave up," encouraged head coach Kelly Dearolf.

When hosting Township, the Bucks fell behind by two in the first half and were unable to work their way back into contention despite earning seven corners and firing seven shots on goal.

CV's Brooke Eberly gathered three saves in each contest.

"We learn from every loss and ever win, and hopefully we come out a better, more experience team," continued Dearolf.

BOYS' SOCCER

CV boys' soccer has worked their way into a winning streak, picking up two more victories last week to boost their overall record to 6-5 and league record to 4-2.

The Buckskins topped both league opponents by the same score, 2-1, including a come-from-behind thriller over Township last Thursday.

The Streaks went up early, notching their goal at the 29th minute to hold the only tally heading into the half.

"We did not show the best energy and urgency in the first half, but did enough to hold Township to a single goal," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub.

The second half displayed a rejuvenated Buckskin squad finding the equalizer off the foot of Ethan Bredeman.

With the clock winding down, and overtime looking inevitable, there was time for CV to create one more attack, a success that culminated in Robbie Krasinski's tenth goal of the season fired into the back of the Township net with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

"In the second half we were able to capitalize on two important moments," Hartlaub continued. "It was a fantastic team win and performance, and we hope to continue to grow from it."

In Monday night's 2-1 takedown of Hempfield, the Buckskins came out hot, knocking in both of their goals within the first 10 minutes and held on for the win.

"We have been getting better and starting to find our style of play with each game," noted Hartlaub.

Lead scorer, Krasinski opened the scoring, finding the net at the seventh minute, followed three minutes later by another well-placed shot from Bredeman.

"The boys knew that we need to start getting results, our start was good, and we were able to frustrate Hempfield with our team defending," added Hartlaub.

Despite the Knights outshooting the Bucks 6-4 and earning eight corner kick opportunities, the CV defense was able to hold them at bay, allowing only one second half ball to cross the goal line.

"Hempfield kept coming at us. Our boys did a great job of resisting the pressure and though we gave away a goal with 17 minutes left, the boys stayed focused and saw out the win," summarized Hartlaub.

TENNIS

Inclement weather has a way of cramping schedules, and the CV tennis squad felt that squeeze as they packed the remainder of their regular season matches into the final days before the post-season.

That meant three straight days of competition for CV, who ended the week with back-to-back victories over JP McCaskey and Cedar Crest, after falling behind Manheim Township last Wednesday.

"We have had a number of rainouts that are now being squeezed into the later part of the season," explained head coach Dale Gregg. "All teams are in the same boat, so we are trying to take one day at a time."

Friday the girls were riding the momentum of their previous days' victory and produced a 7-0 sweep over McCaskey.

The previous night was a pivotal 6-1 win over Cedar Crest and showed a resilient CV team, eager to get back up on top after slipping 7-0 to Township on Wednesday.

"They came out ready to play. They also knew that with a win against Cedar Crest we would clinch our first LL team playoff berth since 2001," explained head coach Dale Gregg.

Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Sophia Steed rose to the challenge in singles play defeating their competitors to seal the triumph.

"I mentioned to the team after the loss to Manheim Township that your true character shows when adversity comes. I am pleased with how the girls responded," praised Gregg. "We stepped up to secure the victory."

The squad's 5-1 league record (11-1 overall), allows them to sit in the second-place rank of LL Section one heading into playoffs, just behind undefeated Manheim Township.

CROSS COUNTRY

The girls' cross country runners cruised to a double victory in last Tuesday's meet, topping both Solanco and Lebanon, and pushing eight harriers across the finish in the top 15.

CV pacesetter, Alexandra Slingluff, blazed the trail with a first place time of 21:13. Freshman Kylynn Frankford was right on her heels grabbing the second-place finish two seconds later.

The next pack of runners was all about CV as well, as slots three, four, and five were secured by Kate Kmieczak (22:20), Emily Castronova (22:27), and Brittney Johns (22:34).

Freshman Sage Haldeman finished eighth, followed by Kate Snader in 11th, and Lauren Reed's 15.

"The girls ran well and have been consistent all year," noted head coach Mark Amway. "Our number three, four, and five runners were out sick or with minor injuries. The girls really stepped up and filled in those spots for the wins."

The CV boys' split their results, producing times good enough to collectively overtake Solanco, but fell behind Lebanon.

Despite the squad finish behind Lebanon, CV still produced the meets' fastest time with Nate Grucelski's first place finish of 16:46, nearly a full minute ahead of any other competitor.

CV's Emmanuel Gitonga, a freshman, produced an effort worthy of fourth (18:02) followed closely by fellow freshman Dante Velasco's fifth place seven seconds later.

Alex Poli came in 11th and Preston Brubaker in 15th to give the Buckskins five in the top 15.

"The boys have been struggling with some injuries and that cost us the meet against Lebanon," explained Amway. "They are looking to get healthy in time for the league meet."

FOOTBALL

Friday night's 42-14 trouncing over Garden Spot makes three straight Section Two victories for the Bucks on the gridiron.

The Spartans were on their home turf and were the first on the scoreboard, converting a touchdown from an 80-yard kickoff return, but all that changed in the subsequent possessions.

"It was a good wake up call for CV," pointed out head coach Gerad Novak. "The kids were not ready to play but very quickly knew that they had to step up big. A few of our seniors took control on the sideline immediately after the kickoff return and spoke to the team about the expectation."

One of the players to change the direction of the game was junior Keegan Martin, who ran three of CV's six TDs across the line and threw for another, finding Joe Cardina in the end zone.

"Keegan Martin definitely carried the load," praised Novak.

Having worked themselves into a 21-14 lead at the half, there were still some ways to improve as the Bucks sought to widen the scoring gap.

"At halftime I had a heart to heart talk with the team about their performance in the first half. Everyone in the locker room understood they needed to play better in the second half and take control of the game," explained Novak.

The team responded-converting three additional, and unanswered trips to the end zone.

Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus was an anchor, throwing 13-18 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Stoltzfus also put up an impressive 68 rushing yards.

Cardina was once again clutch, going six-for-six in PATs.

VOLLEYBALL

Last week's volleyball journey started out on a high with a 3-1 win over Solanco, but took two hits to end the week with losses to Manheim Township (3-0) and Penn Manor (3-1).

Though not a league triumph, CV showed gumption in their come-from-behind victory at Solanco last Monday, fighting back to claim three straight sets after dropping the first (20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19).

"We made a lot of errors in the first set and once we cleaned some of those up we started playing better and gained some confidence as the match went forward," described head coach Dewey Barlow.

Communication and leadership made all the difference as the team took control of the subsequent sets. Captains Charlize Miller and Savannah Byers embraced their leadership roles and inspired better performance from the entire team.

Byers' intense attack spurred the CV resurgence as she accumulated 20 kills throughout the night. Miller powered five aces over the net and dished 26 assists to her teammates.

"We also played with a lead for the first time all year which took a little pressure off the girls," explained Barlow who has been anticipating these moments all season. "We got some much better passing from our defense," he added.

The defense was led by Glick's 17 digs and Denise Williams' presence was felt at the net with a pair of blocks.

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CV Gridders Reclaim Lampeter Bowl Trophy September 16, 2018

The Friday night lights had a little extra shine at Conestoga Valley last week as the Buckskins recaptured the rights to the Lampeter trophy for the first time since 2010 and treated a packed home crowd to a 20-7 victory against backyard rival L-S.

"Our kids have worked so hard to regain this trophy. We beat a very good football team, and our kids earned the right to have their team year on the trophy forever," celebrated head coach Gerad Novak. "It was not only a great win for our football team, but also the parents, community and our incredible student body."

This highly anticipated clash signified the 9th year for the tradition-an annual faceoff between Conestoga Valley, representing East Lampeter, and Lampeter-Strasburg for the West.

The Pioneers and Buckskins began the unofficial bowl tradition in 2010, awarding the victor a trophy to remain in possession until the subsequent year-and for CV, that trophy has been in the hands of the Pioneers for far too long.

While the Buckskins claimed the inaugural victory in 2010, they had yet to repeat their success and were hungry for it heading into Friday's faceoff.

"It doesn't matter if it's a non-league or a league game, your mental preparation and approach better be the same," Novak emphasized before the game. "You have to approach every game like it's the championship game because every game matters."

A scoreless first quarter only heightened the sense of urgency and heading into the second, the Buckskins were the first to break into the end zone when Keegan Martin ran the ball for the touchdown and Joe Cardina followed up with the extra point.

L-S retaliated with a TD of their own to knot the score at seven apiece at halftime. Another scoreless quarter in the third piled even more pressure into the fourth, where all the action went in favor of the Bucks for an explosive two TD effort that sealed their victory.

Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus found Cardina in the zone for a 34-yard pass for the go-ahead completion, but the Bucks weren't finished yet, and Martin ran his second TD home, capped by a successful Cardina PAT, to register a beaming 20-7 CV scoreboard at the end of the night.

"The thing I was most proud of was the effort of the entire team. Not only the players on the field, but also the players on the sideline. Everyone was completely into the game and never let up," described Novak. "They played every down with every ounce of energy in their bodies. It was great to see our football team play with the effort which is necessary to win a rival game and to proudly hoist the Lampeter Bowl Trophy for everyone involved in the CV football program."

GIRLS' SOCCER

Kicking off their league competition last week, the Lady Bucks got things off on the right foot, taking down Manheim Township last Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout before registering their second draw of the season in a 1-1 battle at Warwick.

Demonstrating persistence and unselfish play, the young club worked their way down the field and earned themselves 10 corner kicks over the span of 80 minutes. Even more importantly, they capitalized on those opportunities, netting a goal in each half, with both successes stemming from a corner kick setup.

Madison Delgado delivered the first blow at the 29th minute, ricocheting her shot from the corner off Township's keeper before it crossed the goal line for her third goal of the season.

Six minutes into the second half another Delgado corner sailed into the box finding Gabbie Barone who headed the ball into the net.

"We passed the ball better than we have all season," noted head coach Keith Nagley.

Defensively, CV thwarted each Township advancement to preserve the shutout, with sophomore Alyson Riggle holding the line as keeper and grabbing two saves, and tasking Reese Lapp with stifling Township's leading striker.

"Reese Lapp played a great game against their best attacking player and limited her chances at a goal," pointed out Nagley.

The CV team graduated eight seniors last year, and found themselves making massive adjustments to their starting lineup for the 2018 season.

"We are a bit inexperienced, so the girls are still getting accustomed to the speed of play at the varsity level," explained Nagley.

In Thursday's 1-1 final against Warwick, the Warriors got ahead early, slipping their lone goal into the Buckskin net after only three minutes, but CV remained tenacious and was rewarded with the equalizer early in the second half.

A Warrior foul provided CV with a free kick, taken by Barone, who powered the ball past Warwick's keeper.

Knotted up at one goal apiece, the teams headed into two scoreless overtime periods with neither team willing to budge and unable to connect, leaving the score unaltered at the conclusion of the night.

CROSS COUNTRY

Neither boys' nor girls' cross country teams were able to pick up a collective win in CV's first home meet of the year hosting Hempfield and Manheim Township, but individual highlights gave the Buckskins reasons to celebrate as they delve deeper into the 2018 season.

On the boys' side, Hempfield topped the meet with a pack of harriers claiming place finishes 3-7. Though the Knights claimed the two team wins, the top two individual spots went to Manheim Township's Ian Miller in first with a time of 16:55, and CV's Nate Grucelski who snagged second place with a time of 17:22.

The next Buckskin to cross the line was Preston Brubaker (18:30) good enough for tenth, while Emmanuel Gitonga (18:37), Dante Velasco (18:44), and Alex Poli (18:52) broke into the top 15 with placing of 12, 13, and 15 respectively.

The story on the girls' side of competition was almost identical, with Hempfield's strong showing of five runners in the top 10 giving them the team edge, but once again Manheim supplied the top individual finish with Chloe Kline's 20:48, swiftly followed by CV's Alexandra Slingluff crossing second with a time of 21:12.

"We have strong front runners with Nate Grucelski and Alex Slingluff leading the team, but the 2-5 runners need to keep moving up as a group to be competitive as a team," explained head coach Mark Amway.

Freshman talent gave the CV squad a boost and holds the promise of future potential as Kylynn Frankford provided the Lady Bucks second best finish, 22:17, to secure 11th place and fellow freshman Annika Bredeman's 22:37 was good enough for 15th.

"At this early in the season, most of the runners have run better times than last year," praised Amway. "I have a lot of new freshmen that are learning how to race a 5K and have excelled early, but I expect we will see a lot of improvement over the next 8 weeks."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team found their first victory of the season last week in a league matchup against JP McCaskey after taking a hit against Hempfield two days earlier.

Sets one and three were close in Thursday's 3-0 win over McCaskey, but the Lady Bucks pulled out all three sets to tally the first win on their 2018 record (25-17, 25-8, 25-23).

Savannah Byers and freshman Sol Maldanado took turns dishing powerful serves to the Red Tornados, each racking up four aces over the three sets.

"Serving was pretty strong especially in the second game, with key contributions from Savannah Byers and Sol Maldanado," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow.

Charlize Miller's 23 assists got the action rolling the right direction for the Buckskins and Byers was there to finish with eight kills to her credit.

"Our passing was much better which allowed us to use our outside hitters, and our libero, Maddie Glick, had a good night," elaborated Barlow. "As we move forward our team continues to learn how to finish out games and last night we did that."

Two days prior, the Lady Bucks got knocked down in a 3-0 loss to Hempfield (25-15, 25-19, 25-5).

Byers delivered two aces and 10 digs, and Lexi McEvoy was a defensive presence with five blocks.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team picked up both a win and a loss in their first week of league competition last week, overcoming Manheim Township 1-0 last Tuesday before falling to Warwick by the same score.

Against Township, CV's Logan Weaver, a sophomore, produced the only goal of the contest, assisted by Enzo Stofela, to give the Buckskins their first league win of the season.

Despite Township outshooting the Bucks 4-2, the Blue Streaks were unable to convert, thanks to quality defending from the Buckskin fullbacks and four saves gathered by CV keeper, Corey Spotts.

Two days later, Warwick tucked their lone goal in after only four minutes on the field and held on for the remaining 76 minutes to claim the 1-0 win and hand CV their first league loss.

TENNIS

Rain made the early week difficult for much tennis action, but certainly didn't put a damper on the unrelenting run by the CV tennis squad, who added two more wins to their regular season total and boosting their record to an unblemished 6-0.

On Friday, CV produced a 7-0 triumph over Garden Spot, sweeping all singles and doubles matches.

Thursday night's 6-1 win over Warwick awarded all four singles wins to the CV girls in addition to two wins coming in doubles play.

Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Sophia Steed each defeated their single opponents in two sets. Scala and Eby joined forces for an 8-3 victory in doubles play, and sisters J. McBride and Christina McBride brought home a second double triumph 8-6.

Taking a break from the regular season schedule, but not a break on the courts, the Lady Bucks spent Saturday hosting Wilson, Lower Dauphin and Central York in the Buckskin Invitational and came out on top of the four team tournament with Christina McBride earning tournament MVP and Rachel Eby named to the all-tournament team.

FIELD HOCKEY

Field hockey got knocked back twice early last week, experiencing a 5-0 shutout by Manheim Township, and 1-0 from Hempfield, but rebounded to produce a shutout of their own, blanking Ephrata 3-0 to end the week.

All three of CV's goals came in the first half of their win over the Mountaineers.

Bella Silvaggio connected first, with a successful stroke after five minutes of play. Ellie Livingston and Abby Morley each sent a subsequent shot into the back of the cage to give Conestoga the 3-0 edge before a quiet second half.

Ephrata's offense was consistently thwarted by Buckskin defenders, and their two shots on goal were quickly snatched up by CV keeper, Madi Kachel.

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CV Football Caps 2-1 Non-League Record September 9, 2018

Buckskin football collided with three nonleague opponents to open their season, capturing two wins and one loss.

Heading into last Friday night's clash with Spring Grove, head coach Gerad Novak set the stage for what needed to be done.

"We need to do a better job of putting teams away when we have the opportunity. We need to take advantage of mistakes and capitalize when our defense makes a big play," elaborated Novak.

In Friday's 26-14 homefield win over Spring Grove, it took some time for the effort to hit the scoreboard, but the Bucks were first to enter the end zone with a second quarter touchdown run in by Keegan Martin. Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus found Obed Bamungwa for a 42-yard pass for a second touchdown in before the half.

Conestoga struck again, this time Stoltzfus found Joe Cardina to give the Bucks a three-touchdown advantage.

Spring Grove came to life in the third, retaliating with two completions of their own to end the quarter 20-14, but CV wasn't done yet and Stoltzfus ran in a touchdown of his own in the fourth to seal the outcome.

Two weeks prior, against Penn Manor, the Buckskins got ahead early and held on for a 31-13 victory.

Martin drove home the first two touchdowns, running for a 30-yard completion followed by receiving a second off a 33-yard pass from Bradley Stoltzfus.

Stoltzfus crossed into the end zone for the Bucks' third visit, and then dished to Gavin Horning for a fourth quarter success. CV kicker, Joe Cardina, capped his 4-for-4 PATs with a 36-yard field goal to complete the Buckskin point collection.

"We converted plays or came up with a defensive stop in some critical situations," noted Novak.

CV had to swallow their first taste of defeat in a grueling 25-24 loss at New Oxford. Martin ran all three Buckskin touchdowns across the line, and Cardina was once again clutch going three-of-three in PATs and supplying a field goal, but New Oxford's 13-point fourth quarter was just enough to edge ahead as time expired.

"Parker Graff has played extremely well defensively from his outside linebacker position and has made some big plays from his tight end position on offense," pointed out Novak. "A few of our seniors, Yodhe Desta and Keegan Martin, are rising to the top regarding leadership."

BOYS' SOCCER

It's been an up and down ride for boys soccer as they have accumulated a 1-2 record in first three games.

Lower Dauphin handed the Bucks their second, slim-margined defeat in last Thursday's 2-1 LD triumph. CV striker Robbie Krasinski scored CV's lone goal, marking his sixth of the season.

The club picked up their first win in their second matchup which took place last Tuesday, taking down Conrad Weiser 5-1 in front of the Bucks' home crowd. Attacking early and often, the Bucks netted four unanswered goals in the first half.

Krasinski opened scoring with back-to-back connections at the 12 and 16-minute marks. Ethan Bredeman tucked in the third goal a mere five minutes later, and Andrew Wahba struck for the fourth CV blow just before the break.

Nick Denlinger kept things rolling, delivering the fifth and final CV goal at the beginning of the second half. Conrad Weiser struggled to string together momentum, but managed to slip in one goal in the final minutes of the contest, but did little to slow the Bucks down.

"First home game night and the boys came out focused and ready to play," praised head coach Dave Hartlaub.

CV's season opener was a tight battle that tipped 4-3 in favor of Lancaster Mennonite. Despite a Blazers' goal in the first five minutes of play, the Buckskins rallied to control the middle of the game, with a set of back-to-back goals supplied by Krasinski that put the Bucks up 2-1 at the halfway mark.

Mennonite hit another shot on target to even the score, but Krasinski came through again, securing a hat trick and giving CV a 3-2 advantage. Shifting momentum, Mennonite utilized a well-balanced attack, delivering a one-two punch of two goals in the final 15 minutes for the go-ahead.

After the loss, the coaching staff sought to make strategic adjustments and gain valuable experience from the contest.

"During training we review a few things about the match and worked our offensive rhythm," explained Hartlaub. "Each season there is a settling period. The coaching staff is excited by the growth of the returning players and pleased with some of the new additions."

TENNIS

Four matches into the season and the CV tennis squad boasts a perfect 4-0 record.

"This group of tennis players are starting to bond rather well," praised head coach Dale Gregg. "We have had great support for one another. The squad has worked hard in practice and are implementing those key aspects into game and match play."

After taking down Cocalico (6-1), Elizabethtown (7-0), and Lampeter-Strasburg (4-3), the Lady Bucks got their first taste of league competition and came out on top 5-2 over Hempfield.

Catherine Scala is shouldering the responsibilities of the number one singles position and has a collected a 2-2 singles record and shares a 3-1 doubles record with partner Rachel Eby.

Playing in the number two singles slot, Jacquelyn McBride holds an unblemished 4-0 mark, complimented by an identical 4-0 in doubles where she's paired with her sister, Christina McBride.

Hoping to continue in their pattern of success the team looks ahead to the second half of the season with great anticipation.

"As we continue the season, our focus will be on capitalizing on the opportunities while playing to our individual strengths," concluded Gregg.

FIELD HOCKEY

Packing in four games in five days, the field hockey team emerged from the week with a record of 2-2.

Their week ended with a 2-0 loss on Saturday to Lampeter-Strasburg, in which neither team managed to break through the goal line in the first half. LS found their stroke with a pair of goals in the second.

Friday night the Lady Bucks picked up their second win with a 2-0 defeat over Red Lion. CV only accrued five shots on goal but connected on two of them, one in the first half from Abby Morley, and a second half goal from Sydney Weaver.

On the opposite end of the field, CV keeper, Madi Kachel, came up big with four saves to shut out all Red Lion attempts.

Wednesday's showdown with Warwick was a low scoring affair, resulting in a 1-0 Warwick victory. The Warriors managed to slide the lone goal past the Buckskin defenders five minutes into the first half, in an otherwise scoreless contest.

Though the Warriors outshot CV 10-4, keeper Brooke Eberly held her ground scooping up nine saves to thwart further Warrior success.

Kicking off their season with a decisive 8-0 triumph over Northeastern, the CV club played a quiet first half, jostling for position and notching two goals supplied by Morley and freshman Cassandra Malles, but it was in the second half the squad truly caught fire.

Morley ended the contest with six goals to her credit and Kendra Wenger also connected with the backboard to round out the scoring.

"It took us the first half to work out some problems and the heat slowed us down a bit, but the second half we started to find the back of the cage," elaborated head coach Kelly Dearolf. "We ended with a victory which is a great way to start the season."

GIRLS SOCCER

Win, lose, and draw-all three results could be found in Lady Buckskins opening week of their 2018 season.

Saturday's battle at Central York proved to be a defensive showdown of traded possessions, with neither team willing to budge. After 80 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods neither team had converted a goal and the contest reached a scoreless end.

In their prior two games, the girls found themselves on both ends of a 2-1 final score, falling to Governor Mifflin before reversing the roles to overcome Lower Dauphin by an identical score three days later.

Against Lower Dauphin, Gabriella Barone-Graybill put the Lady Bucks on the scoreboard after only six minutes, and Madison Delgado picked up her second goal of the season to put CV up by two before the half.

While both teams only registered five clear shots on goal, the Bucks' success rate made the difference as Lower Dauphin was only able to convert one in the final 10 minutes.

The opposite result played out in CV's season opener, when Governor Mifflin notched a goal in each half and CV was only able to connect for a lone second half goal supplied by Delgado.

Looking ahead, CV is slated to face their first league test in this Thursday's showdown at Warwick.

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Bucks' volleyball took two hits to start their season, losing a closely contested first game to Penn Manor followed by a second loss at Ephrata.

Despite dropping the first set to Penn Manor, CV fired back to take the next two games before ultimately falling 3-2 in their season opener (25-19, 22-25, 22-25, 27-25, 17-15).

With the match decision coming down to a fifth set, CV came out strong, looking ready to claim the comeback victory, but a combination of errors led to a momentum shift in Penn Manor's favor and they were able to edge ahead for the win.

CV's Savannah Byers produced six aces, Charlize Miller added 20 assists and a pair of blocks, and Maddie Glick contributed 15 digs in the league loss.

Two days later the opponent was Ephrata, but the Buckskins reached a similar result. After losing the first set 25-15, CV fired back to take the second 27-25.

Miller's five kills and three blocks boosted the Buckskin surge, but a low-scoring third set (25-12), put all the energy back into Ephrata's hands for a fourth and final set score of 25-18.

CROSS COUNTRY

With regular season competition yet to begin, both cross country teams took part in the Kutztown Invitational meet this past Saturday. The girls' team placed sixth place out of 32 and the boys were 14th out of 30.

Pace setter for the Lady Bucks was Alex Slingluff, who completed the 5000-meter course in 20:56.7 for a ninth-place finish. Also representing CV in the top 20 was freshman Kylynn Frankford who placed 18th out of the 233 participants.

CV's top three finishers on the boys' side crossed the finish in a pack with Preston Brubaker (18:26.4), Alex Poli (18:28.5), and Emmanuel Gitonga (18:30.5), claiming spots 56, 58, and 59 out of a pool of 221 contenders.

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Livingston Grabs Gold at Districts May 23, 2018

Conestoga Valley junior, Jane Livingston, propelled her way to the top of the podium at the District Three Championships, May 18-19, claiming top honors in the 100 hurdles.

After advancing to the final round by winning her heat with the second fastest preliminary time of 14.27, Livingston upped her game to beat all competitors in the final with her gold-medal time of 14.26.

Joining Livingston on the final day of competition was fellow junior and medalist, Aviona Saunders, who took second-place in the long jump with a distance of 17-5.25 and third place in the triple jump with a 36-10.5.

Jordyn Hock represented the Buckskins in the 200m, with an eighth-place finish.

Livingstone and Hock were joined by Sarah Castronova and Dana Wentz to complete the 4x100 relay which ran a 50.48 to finish in seventh place.

"This was easily the most successful district meet for the girls' team since I've been at CV," celebrated girls coach Nick Loreto. "Everyone performed well this weekend and I am happy with all of the results. For the girls whose season has ended, it's a nice stepping stone going into next year."

For Saunders and Livingston though, this season hasn't reached its conclusion, as their impressive performances have qualified them to compete at the PIAA State Championships.

The boy's team will also send two representatives to states, senior Jose Barbon and junior Nate Grucelski.

Barbon's efforts in long jump earned him a second-place finish at districts with a distance of 22-6.25 to extend his competition to the state level.

Grucelski will represent in the mile run, after finishing fifth with a time of 4:24.69.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team came to the end of their post-season in the first round of district playoffs in a 3-0 loss to number four seeded Central York (25-20, 25-21, 25-18).

Junior Tanner Shertzer was named to the first team all-stars for his role as a setter this season, and Avery Barton received second team honors for his contributions as middle hitter.

The team finished with a 5-7 record in Section One and were 8-8 overall.

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Buckskin Tracksters 6th in League Meet May 16, 2018

Entering the latter half of May, most high school students are focused on passing their final exams so that they can get on with summer plans, but the CV track and field team has much more added to their plate, including breaking school records and heading deeper into the post-season.

Both boys and girls teams placed a collective team sixth at last weekend's L-L League championships and both squads boast several individual medals.

Leading the charge, Aviona Saunders continued to reach new personal bests while simultaneously breaking two school records in the league showdown. Saunders' long jump, 18-6.75, was not only good enough to claim gold and a CV school record, it also launched her into the top five long jump distances in L-L league history.

Saunders added a second-place finish and another CV record with her 37-1.25 triple jump.

Jane Livingston also captured a gold for the Lady Bucks, clocking a 14.38 in the 100 hurdles.

Jordyn Hock displayed her skills finishing in the top mix across three dash events, 100m (12.65), 200m (25.37), and 400m (59.58), placing in 7th, 4th, and 6th respectively.

Other noteworthy performances included Emily Castronova's fourth-place crossing in the 800m with a time of 2:24.91, while Alisan Dodd's 5-0 high jump earned her fifth in addition to a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (47.9).

"It was a very good meet for our team," praised girls head coach Nick Loretto. "We finished sixth as a team and had personal bests across the board in almost all of the events-couldn't be happier."

Turning their attention to district competition, E. Castronova, Sarah Castronova, Hock, Livingston, and Dana Wentz will be competing for the Lady Bucks in relay events, while Saunders will represent in the jumps, and Dodd and Livingston advance in the hurdles.

The boys side of the competition revealed several Buckskin standouts, while also finishing in sixth place as a unit.

Team leader in the distance events, Nate Grucelski left his mark on the competition claiming the 1600m race in 4:22 and added a second-place finish in the 3200m. In the sprints, Jose Barbon raced to a second-place finish in the 100m (11.4).

Joe Cardina earned another Buckskin silver with a 6-2 high jump, and Obed Bamungwa's time of 40.98 put him in the top eight of the 300 hurdles.

Grucelski, Barbon, Cardina, and Bamungwa aren't finished yet. Joined by Mike Lefever, who will represent in throwing events, the five will continue their quest in district competition held at Shippensburg University.

"Overall our boys had a great showing at the league championships," acknowledged boys coach Rick Periandi. "We are a young group for the most part, which makes the future exciting."

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CV Baseball Seniors Make Strong Contributions May 11, 2018

CV baseball might not have finished their season with the record they wanted, 2-18 overall, but their perseverance through the season spoke volumes of their character and fortitude.

Unable to snag a win in their final week of the season, the Bucks dropped 8-6 to Lampeter-Strasburg, 10-5 to Solanco, and 7-6 to Manheim Central - but were in the mix in each contest.

Against Lampeter-Strasburg May 4, the Buckskins got on the board with the early lead, registering a run in both the second and third innings, but the Pioneers put up back-to-back three inning frames to go ahead 6-3 entering the sixth inning.

Though the Pioneers ultimately outscored the Bucks, the CV club was connecting at the plate, out-hitting the Pioneers by an 11-5 count.

Gavin Horning was saddled with the loss, pitching in relief from the sixth inning on, collecting one strikeout and two walks.

Horning also led the team in hits, gathering three along with two RBIs. Logan Andrew and Addison Dienner each produced a pair of hits.

Monday's 10-5 pairing with Solanco displayed the Golden Mules with the upper hand from the start, as they crossed a pair of runs over the plate in each of their first two at bats.

The Buckskins rallied for a strong bottom of the second, sending three runs home to bring the score close at 4-3, but the Mules methodically extended the lead, racking up 15 hits to Conestoga's six.

"It was one of those games to which you tip your hat to Solanco," acknowledged head coach Jeffrey Craig. "They played a great game. Our guys didn't make many mistakes, but when they did Solanco was able to capitalize."

The final blow came against Manheim Central in a heartbreaking twist where the Barons erased a 6-3 Buckskin advantage to tie the game in the seventh and clinch it with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Understanding that team athletics builds far more into the athletes that merely a win-loss record, Coach Craig spent some time reflecting on the team's five seniors, their contributions, and why they will be greatly missed.

"Addison Dienner personifies what it means to be a teammate," commented Craig. "No matter what the endeavor, Addison is the type of young man that gives 100 percent in anything that he does. He has been a true asset to our baseball program.

"Jarod Steed was injured prior to our first game of the season; however, he never missed a game or practice. He embraced his role. His teammates looked up to him for good reason. Jarod is caring, compassionate, hardworking, and incredibly intelligent," summarized Craig.

"When thinking of Nick Kramer, three words come to mind: determination, grit, and intelligence," explained Craig. "He has used those attributes to turn himself into one of the best baseball players in our program. Nick does a great job of being a vocal leader and keeping things light in the dugout.

"Jagger Blough brings about a passion and love of the game of baseball that is unmatched on our team," reflected Craig. "He has a great sense of humor, and always has a smile on his face.

"Logan Andrew is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around," commended Craig. "He exemplifies what it means to play CV baseball. In my three years coaching Logan, he has never once complained or made an excuse."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball season took a turn for the worse in the final week of regular season competition, as the Bucks fell 3-0 to Hempfield followed by a 3-1 loss to Manheim Township to bump them out of the running for the L-L Section I league playoffs.

The double dose of losses put the CV league record at 5-7, settling them into the fifth spot in Section I, just shy of claiming a post-season spot.

Avery Barton's nine kills and four blocks were not enough to help erase the 2-0 deficit the Bucks found themselves in after two sets against Township. Gathering some momentum in the third, the Bucks were able to secure a 25-23 set win, but the Blue Streaks were able to recover and claim set four by the same score to end the contest.

Tanner Shertzer supplied 25 assists in the loss.

Despite the disappointment of missing the cut for the L-L Section I tournament, the team keeps their hopes alive waiting to hear the results of final matches that will determine the possibility of their season continuing into the district post-season.

SOFTBALL

Softball packed in as many contests as the week could hold in their final week of regular season, notching two wins and two losses to hold an overall record of 8-11.

After falling 10-1 to Solanco and then 8-2 to Manheim Central, the Lady Bucks turned things around to finish the week with back-to-back nonleague wins over Wilson 5-3 and Cocalico 8-4.

In Wednesday's victory over Wilson, the Lady Bucks came from behind to claim triumph. CV trailed 3-0 heading into their second opportunity at bat, but continued to battle, crossing their first run in the bottom of the second, followed by a three-run frame to pull ahead in the bottom of the fifth.

Alexia Trott secured the win on the mound, striking out two and walking one.

Trott is one of three seniors the team that will be saying goodbye after this season, joined by shortstop Karla Santiago Munoz, and second baseman, Caitlin Carter.

Trott picked up two wins on the mound and struck out 16 batters. In the losses saddled to her credit, four were one-run games lost on fielding errors.

Santiago Munzo sparked the team at the plate batting a season average of .498, as well as five assisted and two unassisted double plays, earning her first team Section II all-star recognition and all-league for Section I and II for her work at shortstop.

Carter was an asset at second base, limiting errors to a mere three all season. She led the team in bunts with a batting average of .333, and was named to Section II all-star honorable mention.

"I would have to say that all three of these young ladies will be greatly missed," summarized head coach Larry Minney.

TRACK AND FIELD

Both CV boys and girls track took a loss against Manheim Township last week to cap the dual meet portion of their season.

For the boys, the Buckskins fell 106-44, putting their record at 3-4.

Nate Grucelski ran the 800m in under two minutes, clocking a 1:59.9 to give the Bucks a win in the races. Obed Bamungwa added a first place finish in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.6.

Jumping continues to be a Buckskin strength as duo Jose Barbon and Joe Cardina supplied a first-place sweep in the events. Barbon claimed the long jump with a 22-1.25 performance, and Cardina topped the triple (41-10.5), and the high (6-0) jumps.

The CV girls experienced a tighter meet, falling just short in the 89-61 final, with relays and short sprints playing a strong role for the Lady Bucks.

Making swift work of the dashes, Dana Wentz crossed first in the 100m clocking a 12.8. Jordyn Hock blazed her way to a 25.5 first place in the 200m, and Sarah Castronova gathered another top spot with a 61.5 in the 400m.

Those three sprinters were joined by Jane Livingston to form the relay team that took first in both the 4 x 100m (50.0) which set a new school record, as well as a top finish in the 4 x 400m (4:07.9).

"The relays are a definite strength of the team. They have been running very well as of late," praised head coach Nick Loreto.

Aviona Saunders continued her ownership of the jumping events, snagging two first-place finishes with a 17-2.25 long jump and a 36-4.25 triple.

With the team season reaching its conclusion, the athletes now look ahead to the post-season to execute their skills on an individual level, in hopes of attaining league, district, or state medals in their respective events.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Though the season has reached its end, several Lady Bucks received L-L League all-star recognition for their efforts this year.

Junior attacker Hannah Chadwick was named to the second-team all-star list, while sophomore Maddie Buckley, and freshmen Abby Morley and Amanda Yingling received honorable mentions.

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Bucks Gain Despite Season of Losses May 5, 2018

As their season winds down, the boys' lacrosse team might not end with a winning record, but plenty can be gained from a season of hard work and developing a team mentality.

Suffering two losses to start their final week of competition, the Bucks fell 14-2 to Exeter and 20-2 to Warwick.

Junior Charles Braught notched a goal in each of the contests, bringing his season goal count to 20, just behind the team's lead scorer, Jon Garber, who put in a goal against Warwick to pace the offense with a team-high collection of 26 goals this season.

Freshman, Logan Weaver scored the additional Buckskin goal last week, his second of the season, and an indication of the young talent rising on the CV squad.

Despite facing a barrage of shots, goalkeeper Andrew Roland collected 15 saves in the two contests.

Sporting an overall record of 3-13, playoffs are out of reach this season, but that doesn't mean valuable experience isn't an option, as the team focuses on building unity, honing skills, and enjoying the remainder of their season.

"I'm really pushing just playing without expectation," explained head coach Cameron Tough. "To play as hard as we can-I hope the kids enjoy it as well."

Reflecting on the season, Coach Tough recalled their recent one-point loss to Daniel Boone as an important moment displaying perseverance.

"I was so proud of the team, we fought back after being down," pointed out Tough. "Everyone made plays for each other. We took away a lot from that game because it was a culmination of what we have been focusing on with mental toughness and perseverance."

VOLLEYBALL

In a turbulent week, Buckskin volleyball picked up a nonleague win over Cocalico, but a 3-2 league loss to McCaskey held more weight in the L-L Section One rankings, making Thursday's sweeping victory over Cedar Crest even more critical.

"We are trying to finish on the upswing, and bring momentum in our final matches," commented head coach Blake Youndt. "If we can do that, we should be able to finish with good seeds going into leagues and districts."

The Bucks made quick work of Cedar Crest, winning 25-13, 25-15, 25-13 and improving their overall record to 8-5 and 5-5 in league competition.

Tuesday's battle with McCaskey extended into the final set, ultimately tipping in favor of McCaskey (19-25, 20-25, 25-18, 30-28, 15-10).

After jumping out to strong start and claiming the first two sets, the Bucks momentum slipped and resulted in the final three sets all going to the Tornados.

Continuing a season-long theme, Avery Barton was still a threat at the net, powering 14 kills and putting up five blocks. Tanner Shertzer dished up a slew of offensive opportunities with 38 assists, while Tou Pha's defensive efforts produced 28 digs.

The Cocalico win (25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21) provided the team another opportunity to boost morale and fine-tune their skills.

Carter Lam took the lead on offense supplying 16 kills, complimented by Shertzer's 35 assists. Shertzer also fired three aces to enhance the Bucks attack.

"I'm trying to have the boys keep things loose and just try to have fun playing the game," explained Youndt. "We've had all season to teach them certain aspects that we'd like to see them execute on the court, now it's mostly up to them to do it."

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team treated fans to back-to-back wins at home, taking down CD East last Monday, followed by Warwick on Tuesday.

The 15-12 triumph over Warwick was at a 7-7 deadlock at the half, but a rejuvenated Buckskin squad overpowered the Warriors 8-5 in the second half.

Abigail Forney anchored the defensive efforts, holding her ground as keeper and gathering up seven saves to bring her season count to 128.

Offensively, Abigail Morley chipped in four goals to lead all scorers amassing 42 so far this season. Kiley fired in three, while Hannah Chadwick, Madison Buckley, and Allyson Andrews each supplied a pair. Alyssa Matheus and Karli Monger netted one each.

The homefield triumph also marked a night to honor the team's eight seniors, including two team captains.

"The two senior captains, Delanie Dugan and Karli Monger, are leaders in every sense of the word," praised head coach Mike Chadwick. "The positivity and energy they bring to the roles as captains has been fantastic."

Regarding the entire group of seniors, Chadwick elaborated on their immense contribution and role throughout the season.

"This is a great senior class. They have been the glue that has held this team together. They have high character, have shown commitment, and the culture that they have helped create is one of a team atmosphere, versus individual accomplishments," summarized Chadwick.

The previous day's 18-6 win over CD East was once again characterized by a second half Buckskin surge.

"We were sluggish in the first half," explained Chadwick of their slim 7-5 lead at the break. "At the half we talked about keeping it simple and just play lacrosse like we know how to and believe in each other."

The halftime talk sparked a Lady Bucks dominant second half, outscoring CD 11-1.

"It was a whole team effort that allowed us to put points on the board and hold them to one goal," noted Chadwick.

Morley's six goals led the surge, but the widespread attack allowed nine different Lady Bucks to score. Matheus, M. Buckley, H. Schwartz, and H. Chadwick each put in two, while K. Buckley, Lindsay Alshouse, Taylor Zimmerman, and Monger contributed one each.

TENNIS

CV hosted the L-L League Tennis Tournament last week, with Andy Wang producing the strongest individual representation for the Buckskins.

Wang advanced to the semifinal round of Flight Four singles, taking down Tom Woratyla of Manheim Township and Nick Ohline of Ephrata before being ousted by Devon Clemmer of Pequea Valley.

"I was pleased with his effort," praised head coach Dale Gregg. "He was close to getting to the finals but lost in a super breaker for the third set."

In doubles action, Owen Horst and Matthew Hoy teamed up in Flight Two and made it to the second round with an 8-4 topping of Lancaster Mennonite's pair. A clash with Hempfield's' Parikh/Otto team, who ultimately went on to win the flight, knocked the Bucks out of the running.

Tegan Lapp and Luca Puleo also made it to the second round in Flight Three with an 8-4 victory over Wu/Zhang from Lancaster Mennonite but slipped in the second round to flight runners-up Digman/Hall from Cocalico.

"They made a comeback from 4-1 down and were just short of taking the lead at 5-5 in the match," described Gregg of Lapp and Puleo. "Again, a good effort and experience."

TRACK AND FIELD

The CV boys pulled off a 79-71 triumph over Hempfield in last Monday's dual meet, with multiple Buckskin athletes dominating their respective categories to earn CV the win.

Mike Lefever's sweep of the throwing events led the team in scoring. He was first in the shot put (45-11.5), discus (144-9), and javelin (145-2).

Jose Barbon displayed his diverse talents, topping both the 100m and 200m dash with times of 11.0 and 23.1, and also providing the best long jump of the day at 22-2.

"The key is going to be distance for us," boys coach Rick Periandi emphasized before the meet. "Hempfield has a very good distance team and we will need to neutralize that."

Rising to the challenge CV's Nate Grucelski beat all competitors in both the mile (4:37.1) and two mile (9:59.9).

The girls' team suffered a 108-41 loss to Hempfield.

Aviona Saunders continues to be the squads' most consistent point gatherer, putting up first-place jumps, with a 17-0 long jump and 34-7.5 triple jump.

Sophomore Jordyn Hock blazed her way through the 200m in 25.8, her third win in the event and fastest time of her wins in this season's dual meets.

Jane Livingston came away with the best time in high hurdles with a 14.5, and Alisan Dodd topped the high jump at 4-10.

SOFTBALL

Timing is everything in a sport as strategic as softball, and for the Lady Bucks that proved to be true in last week's pairings. Back-to-back one-run losses plagued their early week, but they retaliated with back-to-back wins to end the four consecutive game stretch.

Thursday's 7-1 win over Lebanon went to Montana Habecker on the mound with eight strikeouts. The Bucks gathered nine hits and scored four runs in their first at bat.

On Wednesday their effort against Ephrata awarded them the 12-4 win.

After one inning, the CV found themselves three runs down but refused to quit and battled hard until they found their momentum in the fourth sending home five-runs.

"We got off to a slow start," noted head coach Larry Minney. "Our bats started in the fourth inning."

The Lady Bucks racked up eight hits in the fourth inning alone. The slew of hitting was contagious as Caitlin Carter instigated the surge with a bunt, Lexi Mellinger produced a triple, and Olivia Mellinger rocketed a two-run home run.

Defensively, Karla Santiago continued to thwart Ephrata initiating a double play with a throw for an out at first that L. Mellinger turned to pick off a runner at third.

Alexia Trott earned the win in the circle, striking out six.

Once the dust settled from another scoring surge in the sixth and a two-run seventh, batting leaders included Jackie McBride's 4-for-5 day with three RBIs, and catcher Michele Lopez' and Caitlin Carter each went 3-4 with two RBIs.

A day earlier, the club fell 4-3 to Hempfield, registering Habecker's first loss in the circle.

Monday's 1-0 loss to Elizabethtown marked an impressive improvement for the Lady Bucks who lost to Etown by nine runs in a meeting earlier in the season.

BASEBALL

Buckskin baseball has had a season marked by difficulty and schedule upheaval, and faced three losses last week, but are focused on the opportunities for growth instead of just a deficit on the scoreboard.

"We stress that you can learn just as much, if not more, from adversity and the way we handle ourselves when things don't go our way," emphasized head coach Jeffrey Craig.

The 17-7 loss to Elizabethtown on Monday, followed by Wednesday's heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Ephrata, and then Thursday's 4-2 result against Donegal, gave the Bucks plenty of adversity to overcome.

"The team is showing persistency, there is no quit in these young men," continued Craig. "That speaks volumes about their parents, the community they have grown up in, and the school in which they attend."

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CV Tennis Team Tops Penn Manor, L-S April 27, 2018

Buckskin tennis continues to impress, finishing their regular season schedule with an overall record of 8-5, picking up two of those wins last week.

On Tuesday, Penn Manor was the most recent team to succumb 4-3 to the Buckskin rackets.

CV got ahead in the count during the doubles competition where Daniel Scala and Andy Wang teamed for an 8-4 victory, and Matthew Hoy and Tegan Lapp were another successful duo (8-4).

Hoy and Wang each produced a singles win to provide the remainder of the points required in the triumph.

"I stress trying to win two of the three doubles, because I feel we can usually win two of the four singles, giving us four points for the victory," explained head coach Dale Gregg.

The strategy is paying off. Seven of the Bucks regular season contests have been determined by a 4-3 final score, with CV playing the victor in five of them.

Twenty-four hours prior, the Bucks took down Lampeter-Strasburg by the same count. Scala and Wang again paired for a doubles win, joined by Luca Puleo and Devin Gerety.

In singles, this time it was Wang and Lapp that pushed CV to victory.

"We really have been fortunate to be able to have a true team effort," acknowledged Gregg.

Before their final dual matches, CV hosted the Buckskin Invitational, and in a collective effort the team placed second, one point behind overall titleholder Lower Dauphin.

The Bucks also boasted three individual flight champions, Wang, Puleo, and Lapp. Puleo also earned all-tournament honors for his performance.

Now setting their sites on post-season achievements, the Bucks are heading into the L-L League tournament. Those results will be reported next week.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bucks might have suffered a setback early in the week but rebounded with a convincing 14-2 win against McCaskey on Thursday.

McCaskey got on the board first, sending two runners home in their first at bat, but the Lady Bucks were undaunted, doing one better with a three-run frame in response.

"We gave them two runs in the first inning on two errors, but we came right back," praised head coach Larry Minney.

Lexi Mellinger was largely responsible for the initial momentum, powering a two-run home run in the first, and finishing the contest 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The game remained tight until the bottom of the third when the Lady Bucks exploded ahead with a seven-run inning, followed by a four-run fourth to run away with the contest.

Karla Santiago had a fine day at the plate, with a 2-for-3 showing and two RBI.

Montana Habecker earned her second win in the circle, striking out four and walking one, and proving to be a force offensively as well going 2-for-3.

Monday's final score might have read 3-1 in favor of the Warwick Warriors, but the Lady Bucks started connecting the dots and showed promise of more exciting softball to come.

The Bucks struck first in the top of the second when CV catcher Michele Lopez sent a frozen rope into the outfield for a triple. Lopez proceeded to score on a Warrior throwing error, giving the Lady Bucks the temporary 1-0 advantage.

Unfortunately, Warwick had one particularly strong frame, doing all their damage in the bottom of the fourth, and the three-run inning was enough to seal the outcome.

CV shortstop, Santiago, was impassable in her defensive game, scooping up all 11 balls hit to her, converting all 11 outs without an error.

Alexia Trott controlled the circle for the Bucks, giving up only four hits, two walks, and two earned runs.

"It was one of those games where we hit the ball hard but right at people," explained Minney.

TRACK AND FIELD

Both boys and girls track teams fell by identical point difference to McCaskey last Monday, each side succumbing 91-59.

On an individual scale, there was plenty of success for the Lady Buckskins to celebrate, with CV dominating the sprint and jump categories, despite the relays and overall point total favoring McCaskey.

CV's Jordyn Hock placed first in both the 100m (12.3), and 200m (25.9). Teammate Dana Wentz finished second behind Hock in the 200m with a time of 26.7.

Aviona Saunders has been controlling the jumping events all season and didn't disappoint in the McCaskey meet, topping the long jump with a personal best 17-6 for first place and just one inch shy of the school record. Saunders also took home top honors in the triple jump (34-2.75).

Alisan Dodd completed the CV jumping sweep with a first place, 4-10 high jump. Dodd furthered the CV cause picking up additional points with a 16.4 win in the high hurdles.

"McCaskey has a very good team," said coach Nick Loreto. "They were just a little better than us, specifically in the relays which ended up being the main difference in the meet."

CV's control of the jumping events carried over to the boys' side of the meet, and once again the Bucks swept the top spots. Joseph Cardina topped two events, with a 6-0 high jump and 41-2.75 triple jump and Jose Barbon claimed the long jump with a 20-6.5.

Obed Bamungwa continued the CV collection of points in the jumping, securing second place just behind his teammates in both the high (5-8) and long (19-6.5) jumps.

Michael Lefever also pulled together two first place finishes to give CV a boost with a 45-9 shot put and 168-3 javelin.

"I was very pleased with the effort I saw from the boys. They battled hard but, unfortunately, went up against a power house team in McCaskey," commented boys coach Rick Periandi.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The Lady Bucks took down their first two competitors last week, before slipping to an 8-7 loss to Cedar Crest.

With only seven minutes left to play, the back-and-forth battle with the Falcons was knotted at seven apiece, but the Falcons managed to slip in one more goal to take the win.

Tuesday's pairing against Ephrata ended with a convincing 17-7 Buckskin win. Holding a modest 6-2 lead at the break, the CV offense exploded in the second half tallying an additional 11 goals.

Hannah Chadwick paced the Bucks, putting in four goals and dishing out five assists. Madison Buckley, Allyson Andrews, and Abigail Morley each secured a hat trick of goals. Kiley Buckley added a pair, and Alyssa Matheus and Bella Silvaggio had one apiece.

The Saturday before, the Lady Bucks had another successful day toppling Daniel Boone 15-2.

Morley was the day's top scorer with four, M. Buckley and Karli Monger each had three, K. Buckley finished with two goals, and Andrews, Lindsay Alshouse, and Hayley Schwartz chipped in one apiece.

"We are starting to play as a team," praised head coach Mike Chadwick. "This includes moving the ball up the field effectively, playing better team defense, and offensively moving off ball to create opportunities."

BOYS' LACROSSE

Boys' lacrosse experienced a mixed bag of results last week, with a win and two losses.

Tuesday, the Bucks dropped a 17-5 league match to Ephrata. The Mountaineers' Bryson Rhee was relentless, putting in eight goals.

CV's Jon Garber secured a trio of goals, while Steven Emerson and Charles Braught each knocked in one.

Monday's 16-5 triumph over CD East was a Buckskin highlight, as CV pummeled CD with 28 shots on goal, netting over 50 percent of them.

Eight athletes accounted for the scoring, led by Braught (5g, 3a) and Emerson (4g). Garber put in an additional pair, and Zach Fisher, Will Stone, Gage McClune, Parker Graff, and Daniel Ackiewicz each netted one.

Andrew Roland held his ground against 25 CD shots on goal, gathering up 20 saves.

Over the weekend, the Bucks slipped against Daniel Boone by the slimmest of margins, 12-11. Daniel Boone appeared in control of the contest at the half holding a 7-3 advantage, but in a second half surge, the Bucks dominated the third quarter, 5-1, led by Garber (4g, 2a).

Continuing their pace in the final frame, CV matched Boone 3-3 in the period but time expired with Boone still ahead by one.

BASEBALL

CV baseball faced two tough losses last week, falling to Warwick and McCaskey.

The Thursday evening pairing with McCaskey ended in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss, as the Bucks came so close to breaking through for a win.

CV held a 2-0 advantage before McCaskey tied things up in the bottom of the seventh. After a scoreless eighth, McCaskey's final at bat in the bottom of the ninth produced the go-ahead run and secured the win.

Despite the loss, the Bucks outhit the Tornados 11-4, led by Jagger Blough with three, while Logan Andrew and Dominic Schlager had two apiece.

The Buckskins fell behind after a two-run first inning for Warwick in last Monday's contest. Despite a CV rally in the fourth that brought the game within a run, the Bucks ended up on the wrong side of the 8-2 final score.

The Bucks were able to match Warwick's hit count, with each team connecting for nine, but the Warriors were able to convert more runs, sealing the outcome with a four-run top of the sixth.

Nathan Scheid got things started on the mound and took the loss, striking out two and walking three over three innings of work. Jarrett Imler pitched in relief and had a strong showing striking out three.

At the plate, Andrew led with three hits, and Keegan Martin followed with another two.

VOLLEYBALL

In a light schedule week, the volleyball team picked up both a win and a loss, putting their overall record at 6-4 and landing them at 4-4 in league competition.

Tuesday night the Bucks hosted Penn Manor, and despite winning the first match, lost momentum and fell in four (15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 29-27).

Robert Krasinski powered over three aces, and Avery Barton's attack included 12 kills and three blocks, but it was too little too late to overtake the Comets.

The previous Saturday, Daniel Boone got ahold of the first set, but the Bucks regrouped and grasped the following three to take the match in four (24-26, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23).

Carter Lam was formidable at the net with four blocks. His defensive efforts were complimented by Tou Pha's 23 digs.

Tanner Shertzer set the stage for a successful offense contributing 38 assists and a pair of aces, and Krasinski was able to capitalize with 23 kills.

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Bucks Top Streaks in 3-2 Volleyball Thriller April 20, 2018

Two pivotal matchups last week took the Bucks on a rollercoaster of emotions, jumbled up Section I's current standings, and added a win and a loss to the Buckskin record.

Thursday's showdown at Warwick ended 3-1 in favor of the Warriors, and also allowed Warwick to edge ahead of CV into the number two spot, leaving the Bucks slide to third with McCaskey.

CV paced with the Warriors for a close first set, and then managed to claim set two, but Warwick pulled away in the subsequent two sets (29-27, 23-25, 25-11, 25-16).

Carter Lam's seven kills and Tou Pha's 11 digs led the Bucks but wasn't enough to quell the Warrior storm.

On Tuesday, with each set determined by less than a five-point difference, the Bucks put on an electrifying performance for their home crowd in a come-from-behind, 3-2 take down of Manheim Township.

The Bucks shot out with intensity, claiming set one 25-21, but the Blue Streaks responded in kind, reversing the roles with an identical score to take set two.

Manheim continued to build momentum securing the third set 25-22, setting the stage for an uphill battle for the Bucks now down 2-1.

"In set four and five, I told them that they need to prove that they want this win more than Township," explained head coach Blake Youndt. "We came away making less errors and we were more aggressive."

The fourth game could have sealed it for the Streaks, but Avery Barton's game-high 24 kills and three momentum shifting blocks helped turn the tide in favor of the Bucks, who took the fourth set 25-23.

"Avery was making good decisions at the net and putting balls away," noted Youndt.

Pha, playing libero, produced an unrelenting defensive effort including 23 digs, giving the Bucks the openings they needed for the comeback.

"Tou played a great defensive game, probably one of the best complete matches I've seen from him," praised Youndt.

Tanner Shertzer was everywhere, coming up with 47 assists and sending over the fifth set's winning point for the 15-12 set and match triumph.

"Township played a great and scrappy match and kept pressure on us the entire time," acknowledged Youndt.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Plunging headfirst into their four-game week, the girls' lacrosse team picked up a pair of wins before suffering a pair of losses.

In last Saturday's 21-6 victory over Muhlenberg, 10 different Lady Bucks netted a goal, led by Kiley Buckley's explosive offensive attack of seven goals.

"We were able to use our experience to execute on our plays, beat them one-on-one, and play good defense," commented head coach Mike Chadwick.

Hannah Chadwick (3g, 2a) demonstrated a well-rounded performance, complimented by a pair of goals from Madison Buckley, Taylor Zimmerman, and Hayley Schwartz, as well as one from Allyson Andrews.

Young talent was evident in the club as freshmen Bella Silvaggio, Olivia Hess, Jessica Chen, and Polina Longenecker each knocked in an additional CV goal.

The Lady Bucks jumped out to an early lead against Spring Grove on Monday, entering the half with a 6-4 advantage, but were forced to temper a Spring Grove comeback in order to stay on top for the 11-10 win.

"We made adjustments in the first half to slow down their best offensive player," noted Chadwick.

Despite Spring Gove outscoring CV 6-5 in the second, the Lady Bucks dug deep to hold onto the contest.

"The team regrouped, focused, and was able to run the clock out at the end of the game," explained Chadwick.

Abigail Morley scored four goals, and K. Buckley added another three. H. Chadwick, M. Buckley, Andrews, and Monger chipped in one apiece.

The subsequent contest displayed the same final score 11-10, but this time the Lady Bucks were on the losing end while Penn Manor walked away with the W.

The Comets fired three unanswered goals before the Bucks found their rhythm. K. Buckley opened scoring for the Bucks, swiftly followed by another from Silvaggio, but the Comets were undeterred racking up another three to finish the half 6-2.

CV's Morley (4g, 1a) netted all four of her goals in the second half, spurring the Lady Bucks to come charging back. K. Buckley knotted the scoreboard at 10 with 5:38 left on the clock, but the Comets connected one final time for the golden goal two minutes before the clock expired leaving the Bucks just short.

Thursday, Lancaster Country Day delivered CV's second loss of the week, 17-9. CV's K. Buckley, Andrews, and Morley led scoring with two apiece, and keeper Abigail Forney gathered 10 saves, but the Cougars relentless 44 shots on goal proved to be too much.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Boys lacrosse packed in four contests last week, picking up an exciting home field win before hitting a three-loss streak.

The Bucks' 18-1 nonleague victory over Muhlenberg last Saturday was a highlight of their week, with nine players contributing to the goal count, and the entire roster seeing playing time.

Junior Charles Braught blazed the way for the offensive end, racking up four goals and three assists.

"Anytime a player can have that mix of points in the game is great to me," praised head coach Cameron Tough. "He [Braught] took advantage of opportunities by scoring, but also looked to feed and set other players up for success."

Jon Garber, Ryan Querry, and Steven Emerson each secured a hat trick of goals to account for half the scoring tallies. Will Stone, Gage McClune, Logan Weaver, Taylor Bermudez, and Jacob Fazekas each connected with the net to supply the additional CV goals.

With all the scoring action on the offensive end, it's important to note the work on the Buckskin defensive end that made it possible.

"Our core unit of closed defenders did a great job of making sure the other team took low angle shots that our goalie, JT Norwood, was able to handle," pointed out Tough.

Norwood, a sophomore, collected seven saves in the triumph.

Garber and Querry netted the only two CV goals in their 20-2 loss at Spring Grove on Monday, and the Buckskin squad was forced to swallow a tough 19-1 league loss to Penn Manor the following day. The third loss came Thursday in a 15-0 defeat at Lancaster Country Day.

BASEBALL

Winning two out of three of their games last week, Buckskin baseball looks to gather momentum as they head past the midway point of the season.

Edging out Manheim Township 4-3 on Wednesday, Jarrett Imler earned the win throwing for two innings, picking up three strikeouts and walking one.

The Bucks and the Blue Streaks mirrored each other run-for-run in all innings but one, with each team crossing one in the first, and two in the third.

It all came down to the fifth, when CV's Addison Dienner lined a ball into centerfield to drive home Dominic Schlager for the go-ahead run.

CV's first win came the previous Saturday, overcoming CD East 10-0 in five innings.

Keegan Martin controlled the mound, throwing a shutout to earn the win, striking out three and walking one during his five innings of work.

The team focused on winning each frame and found success with players crossing the plate in each of their five at bats.

"We attempted to break the game down into smaller segments, with a goal of winning five out of seven innings-the guys ended up winning five out of five," praised head coach Jeff Craig.

Logan Andrew picked up two hits at the plate; Jagger Blough, Gavin Horning, and Martin supplied three more.

"The team mentally believed they could win this game, and it showed in their performance on the field," emphasized Craig.

Even Thursday's 13-7 loss to Hempfield displayed a rejuvenated Buckskin team, who kept pace with Hempfield for most of the contest, but a damaging seven-run fourth inning for the Knights swayed the outcome.

Gavin Horning and Jayden Taitano led the team at the plate each picking up two hits.

TRACK AND FIELD

Both track teams took a hit last week at a dual meet against Cedar Crest. The CV boys were outmatched 90-60 and the girls fell 112-37.

Despite the loss, the boys dominated the jumping events and also boasted three athletes earning a pair of first-place finishes.

Joseph Cardina topped the high jump at 6-0, and the triple jump at 39-3. Jose Barbon finished out the CV sweep of jumping events with a 22-2 long jump, in addition to his 11.3 win in the 100m dash.

Mike Lefever was the leading contestant in the throwing events securing first place in the shot put (45-0) as well as discus (127-1).

For the girls, Aviona Saunders continues to impress, winning the triple jump at 35-2.5, making that her third season win in the category. Dana Wentz' 13 second 100m dash was not only good enough for first place but a season best time. Representing CV in the pole vault, Jess Teleguz put up a 7-6.

Wentz was also a part of the 400m relay team, joined by Sarah Castronova, Haley DeJesus, and Emily Castronova, who won with a 4:26.1.

TENNIS

Weather continues to wreak havoc on the tennis schedule, as the team is forced to alternate between too many days of competition without a break or too many days without a competition.

Last week weather postponements only allowed for two matches. CV split those results, overcoming Warwick but slipping to Altoona.

Matthew Hoy, Andy Wang, and Tegan Lapp all picked up wins in singles and doubles in the 6-1 victory over Warwick.

In addition to the combo of Hoy and Lapp, Wang teamed up with Scala, and Luca Puleo and Nolan High paired to complete the doubles sweep.

The Altoona pairings all tipped the opposite direction in a 5-0 Altoona sweep.

SOFTBALL

Lady Buck's softball had a rough week, suffering back-to-back losses on the road.

Tuesday's trip to Elizabethtown led to a 9-0 triumph by the Bears. Etown dispersed their runs evenly over the seven innings scoring in five of them and outhitting the Bucks 11-1.

The following day, CV continued their stretch on the road with the next stop being Manheim Township and a 6-1 Buckskin defeat.

Montana Habecker controlled the mound for the first three innings, holding Township to only one run, striking out three, and walking four.

The game began to unravel for CV in the bottom of the fourth and fifth as Township gained momentum and crossed five additional runs over the plate.

The double loss week puts the Lady Bucks record at 2-4 approaching the midway point of their season.

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Bucks Battle Warriors in Snow Flurries April 14, 2018

Unrelenting weather forced the Buckskins' track and field squads to perform their dual meet against Warwick dodging snowflakes and in less-than-ideal temperatures. Warwick walked away with the double triumph, registering an 89-61 win over the CV boys and 103-42 against the girls.

Despite the dismal weather and undesired outcome, the Buckskins produced several highlights in the meet.

Joseph Cardina refused to be stunted by the cold, clearing a 6-0 high jump for a first-place finish. Nate Grucelski took first in the two-mile (10:38.3), and second in the mile (4:34.5). Jose Barbon topped the 100m dash with a time of 11.2, and Owen Linder crossed first in the 400m in 55.5.

"It snowed the whole meet, so these were impressive performances," acknowledged head coach Rick Periandi.

On the girls' side, Aviona Saunders racked up the points for CV, claiming first in both the long jump (16-3.75) and triple jump (33-9.5), and second in the high jump (4-10).

Alex Slingluff produced a season best 5:46.3 in the mile, and Emily Castronova crossed the 800m with a personal best 2:27.8.

Freshman Destiny Ellerbe threw the shot put 28-25 to take first, and Mesgana Yilma topped the discus field with a throw of 82-10.

"I feel that everyone competed hard in the meet," reflected girls' head coach Nick Loreto. "Things are really starting to come together for the freshman on the team. We just really look for them to get better each meet."

BASEBALL

The baseball team has swallowed a few setbacks by the slimmest of margins and after four games in a seven day stretch they came up just short of a victory.

A 16-3 loss to Ephrata was swiftly followed by a three day stretch of league contests, falling 3-0 to Lampeter-Strasburg, 15-7 to Elizabethtown, and 1-0 to Solanco.

"We stress that we are not the only team in this position. The winter weather has caused almost every team to be in the same situation," commented head coach Jeff Craig on the cramped schedule leading to pitching strain and strategy adjustments.

Wednesday's loss to Solanco was particularly heartbreaking being the third contest that the Bucks have lost by a mere one-run difference.

Addison Diener pitched well, striking out six batters, walking three, giving up zero earned runs. The Buckskin defense held Solanco scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Mules managed to cross the plate for the go ahead run.

At the plate, the Bucks managed to pick up three hits supplied by Nick Kramer, Jayden Taitano, and Jagger Blough.

Tuesday's 15-7 outcome against Elizabethtown might not have tallied a win, but showed offensive momentum for the Bucks.

The Bears' huge first inning put CV eight runs in the hole, but they continued to battle, picking up their first run in the fourth followed by two runs in each of the subsequent three innings but were unable to narrow the gap enough.

Blough and Nolan Rishell powered in two RBIs apiece, while Kramer and DJ Giles each supplied another.

"The team has learned to focus on the things we can control-effort and enthusiasm, while also maintaining our composure regardless of the situation," explained Craig.

SOFTBALL

After five weather postponements, the Lady Bucks' softball crew was more than ready to take the field. Cramming five contests into a seven-day span, CV emerged with three wins and two defeats.

Last week's 14-4 win over Cedar Crest was sandwiched between an 8-1 loss to Garden Spot and a 2-1 loss to Solanco.

The Lady Bucks' first home field win was a 13-3 overtaking of Ephrata, credited to Montana Habecker in the circle. Habecker pitched all five innings, collecting three strikes and three walks.

Offensively, CV went on a tear, racking up seven hits and eight runs in their first at bat. Kahlon Ciardullo drove home three runs in her three-for-four showing at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles.

Catcher Michele Lopez proved to be a dangerous asset, throwing out an Ephrata runner attempting to steal second and then producing a two-for-three effort at the plate.

Karla Santiago ended the game with her fifth inning triple and scored the winning run to end the contest early.

"I am pleased with the way we started," stated head coach Larry Minney. "As a team we know there is a long way to go, I am just glad to be playing," he added.

Alexia Trott's pitching earned her the first win of the season in a 21-5 triumph over Lebanon. Trott threw 11 strikeouts and a walk, and followed up her performance on offense, going two-for-four including a triple.

Santiago led the team at the plate going five-for six with five RBIs. Ciardullo picked up two doubles and three RBIs, Lexi Mellinger added a triple and 3 RBIs, and Michele Lopez drove in another two runs.

"We opened our season with a good win; it was a good start for the season," summarized Minney.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Boys' lacrosse notched their first win of the season last week along with a pair of losses, making the highlight of the week their home field 11-9 win over Garden Spot, Friday, April 6.

While both teams registered nearly identical shots on goal, 27 for CV and 26 for GS, the Bucks were more efficient in converting, outscoring the Spartans in each of the first three quarters of play.

"We had four total goal scorers, which is great for the offense," praised head coach Cameron Tough. "We cleared the ball well and did well on ground balls as a team."

Steven Emerson had an impressive offensive night, netting five goals. Will Stone put in three, Jon Garber added two, and Charles Braught chipped in the additional CV goal.

Equally vital to the win was the defensive efforts, led by goal keeper Andrew Roland, who gathered up 19 saves.

"Defensively, we did well forcing low angle shots, which makes it easy for our goalie to make saves," elaborated Tough. "His [Roland] play was very impressive and kept us in the game."

Turnovers and penalties played a role in the 16-7 loss to Eastern York, followed by a 20-5 loss to Elizabethtown allowing the Bucks to walk away with several key lessons to implement in the future.

"It is hard to stay in games when you play too many minutes man-down. Turnovers hurt us as well. Those two aspects of the game we have been stressing this week," summarized Tough.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Girls' lacrosse added their first two wins to their record in a four-game stretch in which they took downed Garden Spot and Eastern York before falling short against Lampeter-Strasburg and Elizabethtown.

The first win of the season came at Garden Spot where persistence earned the Lady Bucks an 11-9 victory.

Garden Spot held an early lead during the first half, but CV responded and the scoreboard was knotted at five heading into the second half. The Lady Bucks capitalized on their remaining opportunities to outscore the Spartans 6-4 in the second, outshooting their opponents over the course of the contest 27-18.

"We showed the ability to be down a few goals and not panic," recalled head coach Mike Chadwick. "We cleared the ball effectively to create offensive opportunities."

The Bucks' diverse attack added to their advantage. Abigail Morley led the goal count with four, Hannah Chadwick knocked in three, Madison Buckley added two, while Kiley Buckley and Alyssa Matheus each supplied another.

Abby Forney held her ground as keeper, snagging nine saves to thwart the Spartans.

Less than 14 hours later, the Lady Bucks rolled that momentum into their second win, taking down Eastern York 12-7.

"We controlled the draw, the defense doubled efficiently and effectively to frustrate their offense," noted Chadwick.

Diverse scoring was key. Chadwick, M. Buckley, and Morley each collected a hat trick of goals, while Allyson Andrews, Taylor Zimmerman, and Matheus each knocked in one apiece. Forney picked up another 10 saves in the defensive effort.

The Lady Bucks suffered a 16-4 setback against Lampeter-Strasburg but showed great tenacity the following day in their 16-15 overtime loss to Elizabethtown.

The Bears got ahead early, going up 8-4 in the first half, but the Bucks came roaring back in the second.

With 11 minutes left to play, M. Buckley netted the tying goal to level the game at 11, and seconds later scored again for the first CV lead. The Bears retaliated with the next four goals to put the Bucks at a 15-12 disadvantage, but refusing to quit Karli Monger, Andrews, and Zimmerman netted three CV goals to send the game into overtime.

With only five seconds left in the extended period, Elizabethtown connected for the golden goal.

Morley and M. Buckley finished with four goals apiece. Chadwick, Andrews, and Zimmerman each placed two, and Monger supplied one.

TENNIS

Facing a daunting schedule, CV tennis pushed their way through five matches in a weeks' time, experiencing three wins and two losses.

Ending the stretch with a three-match win streak, the Bucks took down Ephrata (4-3), Lebanon (6-1), and McCaskey (4-3) in rapid succession.

Matthew Hoy added three individual wins to his record, leading the Bucks in singles victories with five total.

In the 6-1 takedown of Lebanon, Hoy was joined by Owen Horst and Andy Wang for both singles and doubles triumphs.

Wang and Hoy were also successful against Ephrata along with Daniel Scala earning three of CV's total four points in singles competition. The fourth CV point came from doubles duo Tegan Lapp and Luca Puleo.

Prior to the streak of wins, the Bucks fell 7-0 to Manheim Township and 4-3 to Cedar Crest.

"It can be tough playing day after day," acknowledged head coach Dale Gregg. "Each day I give the guys a different goal for the match to focus upon. We have been able to rebound and improve our play as a group."

VOLLEYBALL

Bucks volleyball currently sits on a league record of 3-2, after split results in their two league contests last week.

On Thursday, Section I leader, Hempfield, dominated the Bucks' home court, resulting in a 3-0 CV loss (25-12, 25-14 25-23).

After finding themselves down by two, the Bucks made a valiant surge in the third set but came up just short.

Roles reversed, CV made quick work of Cedar Crest, coming out on top in a Tuesday sweep (25-13, 25-17, 25-16).

Carter Lam's nine kills sparked offensive action, thanks in large part to the 19 setter assists supplied by Tanner Shertzer. Caleb Engle nailed two aces during his rotation at service.

Defensively, Tou Pha's 13 digs set the tone and Avery Barton provided additional stifling coming up with three blocks.

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CV Girls' Lax Battle Panthers and Blue Streaks April 6, 2018

Spring sports have struggled to squeeze in any action while dodging snow storms, soggy fields, and cramped schedules, and CV girls' lacrosse is no exception. After several delays, the Lady Bucks took the field for their first two contests last week, unable to notch a win, but showing promise and improvement.

Last Monday, the Lady Bucks took on Central York and fell 20-9 in their second competition of the season. In spite of the loss, CV was able to string together enough momentum to knock in five first half goals and four in the second.

"We need to possess the ball and not commit unforced errors," head coach Mike Chadwick pointed out prior to the contest. "We have strong offensive players. They need to learn to be patient, keep their heads and sticks up to pass to cutting players quickly, and always take high percentage shots."

Madison Buckley and Hannah Chadwick each collected a trio of goals for the Buckskins, while Allyson Andrews picked up another two matching them with a pair of assists. Abigail Morley also connected with the net, and Alyssa Matheus supplied two assists.

"The defense has improved since the start of the season," noted Chadwick. "If this continues we should be able to slow other teams down, which will allow us more offensive opportunities."

In their season opener, the squad faced Manheim Township and needed to work off a bit of rust against the well-oiled Township club succumbing to a 18-2 loss.

"MT is well coached, strong in the fundamentals, and have lacrosse IQ," Chadwick acknowledged of their opponents. "I feel that it gave us the framework for what we need to work on during practice, which will ultimately help us in upcoming games."

Kiley Buckley secured the pair of CV goals, one during each half, and Abigail Forney came up with eight saves.

"It is still early in the season. I am confident we are on the right track," concluded Chadwick.

BOYS LACROSSE

Boys' lacrosse also took two hits during their opening week of competition, falling to Manheim Township 21-1, followed by a loss to Lampeter-Strasburg at home.

The 12-6 final score against Lampeter-Strasburg may not have gained a tally in the win column but showed plenty of improvement as the team gains traction in the early season.

LS came out hot, scoring on their first possession of the contest. Retaliating, CV's Jon Garber tied the scoreboard with a Buckskin goal with seven left to play in the first.

"When we were down 1-0 in the first quarter, Jon Garber answered with our first goal, and the whole team was pumped up. This kept us fighting the whole game," explained head coach Cameron Tough. "I stress that a goal is not just a goal for that player, it is a whole team achievement."

Feeding off that energy, Garber connected again less than a minute later giving the Buck's a temporary lead.

LS answered with a four-goal scoring run of their own, but before the conclusion of the second, Garber completed a hat trick for the Bucks, the scoreboard reading 7-3 at the halftime break.

Despite continued efforts in the second half, the scoring mirrored the first with LS collecting an additional five contrasted with CV's three, supplied by Ryan Querry, Steven Emerson, and Will Stone.

"We were more comfortable with the ball than in the first game," noted Tough. "Defensively, we played more aggressively and played smart lacrosse. Our goalie, Andrew Roland, made great saves that really got the team and defense behind him."

Roland gathered nine saves during his time in front of the net against LS.

Zack Fisher scored CV's lone goal in the 21-1 season opener loss to Mannheim Township.

"We have seen more words of encouragement-excitement from the bench. I think that any success that we have this year will come from how the players communicate with each other," summarized Tough.

VOLLEYBALL

Boys' volleyball is four games deep into their regular season schedule and have tallied three marks in the win column, going on an explosive 3-0 run to begin the season before hitting a setback.

Concluding the sequence at home against McCaskey, the Bucks fell in four sets (29-27, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22) last Thursday, marking their first defeat.

Three days earlier, Lancaster Mennonite was the third straight club to crumble under the Buck's pressure. In a thrilling comeback match, the Bucks overcame a 2-1 game disadvantage to own the final two sets and capture the win in five (20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13).

"Both teams had shining points and down points," pointed out head coach Blake Youndt. "We need to realize what we can control during a game at all times, and that's our work ethic, attitude and team communication. Once we figure out how to control those for an entire match, we could be a dangerous team for anyone to handle."

Carter Lam's 17 kills and five aces set the tone for the comeback win, and Tanner Shertzer put up an impressive 35 assists. Defensively, Tou Pha supplied 19 digs and Avery Barton stunted the Blazers with six blocks.

CV also met and conquered Penn Manor in four (27-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-16). Lam and Avery Barton each nailed 11 kills, and Shertzer was all over the court with 24 assists, 9 digs, and 2 aces.

Kick-starting the season, the boys swept Warwick in their opener 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.

Lam cranked up the offensive intensity leading the Bucks with 15 kills, and Barton supplied another nine, giving both athletes a hitting percentage over .400.

Shertzer set up a slew of opportunities with 22 assists, and Pha held his ground on defense coming up with 12 digs.

"We stepped on the court as a team, competed for one another with individuals holding themselves accountable to do their job on the court," reflected Youndt. "They finished the match together as a team," he added.

TENNIS

The tennis courts have not been immune to the fickle weather, and the CV club managed only three matches in a span that should have held five. Taking the adjustments in stride, CV took down Elizabethtown and Garden Spot but fell to Hempfield.

In Thursday's convincing 6-1 victory over Garden Spot, the boys picked up wins in all three doubles matches, and three out of four singles.

The prior week, the Bucks took down the Elizabethtown Bears by a 4-3 count in their first league match of the season.

In doubles action, Owen Horst and Matthew Hoy teamed up for an 8-6 win over Etown's Hoover/Gartley combo, while Tegan Lapp joined Luca Puleo to win 8-5.

The Bears edged ahead in both No. one and two singles, but Andy Wang and Tegan Lapp got the job done for the Bucks in slots three and four. Wang outmatched his opponent 6-1, 6-1 and Lapp turned in a 7-5, 6-1 performance to earn CV another crucial point.

"We were able to pick up our game in order to lake a lead into the singles match ups," pointed out head coach Dale Gregg. "That will be a key for us this season, playing doubles well enough to lead going into singles."

Hempfield handed the Bucks their sole setback last week in a 7-0 loss on the road.

TRACK AND FIELD

Boys track earned themselves two dual wins in the last two weeks, most recently edging out Penn Manor in a secondary tie breaker. Both teams registered 75 points at the conclusion of the meet and were forced to tally both first and second place finishes in order to determine the Buckskins as the victors.

"It was a great meet for the boys," celebrated head coach Rick Periandi.

Nathan Grucelski, Preston Brubaker, Jack Emrey, and Jacob Dissinger combined efforts to bring home the win in the 800M relay in 3:50.3, and Grucelski went on to take the individual 1600 (4:45) and the 3200m (10:21.4).

Hitting the track for a non-league head-to-head against Central Dauphin the boys picked up a 96-52 win, led by Jose Barbon running away with the 100M (10.9), the 200M (23.5), and a 22-2 long jump for three first place finishes.

CV's Mike Lefever swept the throwing events of shot put (44-4), discus (112-5), and javelin (144-3) and Joe Cardina topped the high jump (5-10) and triple jump (39-5.5) to rack in the points for the Buckskins.

On the girls' side, the Penn Manor meet notched the Lady Bucks' first win of the season with a score of 91-59.

Raelynn Hockenbrocht blazed through the 100M (13.3) and 200M (27.8) for two top times and anchored the 400M winning relay (4:23.7) alongside Emily Castronova, Haley DeJesus, and Sarah Castronova.

Despite taking a 92-57 non-league loss to Central Dauphin to open the season, the Lady Bucks had a promising showing.

"Central Dauphin was a very good team on the track, and I thought we competed hard against them," reflected head coach Nik Loreto.

Aviona Saunders was a highlight for the Lady Bucks, producing the top long and triple jumps, and Alisan Dodd took away two wins in hurdles with times of 16.7 in the highs and 50.7 in the 300M.

BASEBALL

Baseball faced two heartbreaks to open their season, coming up just short in both contests, with a 4-3 nonleague loss to Cocalico before a league 8-7 defeat against Donegal.

CV briefly held the lead against Donegal in the bottom of the third after driving in two runs to bring the score to 2-1, but Donegal had their big inning in the top of the fourth.

Five Donegal runs crossed the plate during the damaging frame, but CV continued to chip away at the advantage to bring the scoreboard to 6-5 headed into the final inning. Both teams managed to collect an additional two runs in the seventh leaving CV one run short.

Nathan Scheid pitched five innings, taking the loss and throwing three strikeouts.

The Bucks opener also culminated in a seventh inning showdown to determine the 4-3 Cocalico victory.

All three Buckskin runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third, to take the first lead, but Cocalico answered with two in the subsequent inning and a tying run in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, a Cocalico runner took advantage of a wild pitch to secure the go ahead run. The Bucks battled during their last at bat, loading the bases, but were unable to convert.

Keegan Martin pitched six innings for CV, collecting six strikeouts, while Dominic Schlager, who was saddled with the loss, pitched one inning in relief, striking out an additional batter.

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Graham Wins L-L League Bowling Title February 23, 2018

CV senior Ryan Graham rolled his way to the top spot during the L-L League bowling championships Friday, February 16 at Dutch Lanes, taking the crown for the second time, repeating his success from his sophomore season.

"Amazing," summed up how the two-time victor felt about capping his senior season with the win. "Not as in shock as the first time winning, but really coming along well at the end of the season," elaborated Graham.

Graham, a favorite to win the tournament, lived up to his credentials and averaged 212 in the nine games it took to advance to the finals. After the first five games, Graham was slotted in third, when the field was whittled down to the top 40 percent of the 91 original bowlers.

Improving over his next four games, Graham entered the stepladder final as the top qualifier, where he ultimately secured the event by overcoming Manheim Township's Josh Christ.

"Experience and hard work pays off at the end of the day," celebrated Graham as he experienced the fruition of years of effort.

Graham was joined in his in the event by sophomore Robbie Jack who also advanced beyond the first cut and made his way to a 27th place finish.

The previous day, Andrea Gribble represented CV in the girls' competition, working her way up the ranks to a sixth place finish, missing the final cut to the top five by a mere 27 pins.

"It was a good couple of days at the L-L singles for CV," summarized head coach Rick Graham.

WRESTLING

Seven different CV wrestlers achieved place standings in the District III Section I championships on February 17, and four of those wrestlers qualified for the District III 3A championships held this past weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Andrew Dariychuk, Josh MacNamara, and Tyler Oakley all suffered first round losses and came up short in the consolations as well. Rafael Rodriguez suffered an opening round loss as well but picked up a fall in his subsequent bout, pinning Carlisle's Seth Bloomquist before being eliminated by Timothy Uhler from New Oxford.

"Qualifying for the district championships was certainly a goal for each of them," noted head coach Trent Turner. "The key for the underclassmen will be to remember the disappointment of not advancing and allow that feeling to drive their off-season efforts for personal improvement."

The four CV wrestlers that extended their competition got there by placing within the top four in their weight divisions in the Sectional tournament at Hempfield on February 17. Rodriguez came in second at 113, Andrew Dariychuk took fourth at 120, Josh MacNamara (170) grabbed third, and Tyler Oakley was fourth at 285.

Though falling short of the cut, three other grapplers earned place recognition; Eddie Lopez (195) finished in fifth, while Seth Martin (138) and Isiah Gantt (182) each secured sixth place finishes.

On a collective scale, the Buckskin matmen earned a sixth place team finish in a field of 15 teams.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Bucks wrapped up their 17-18 season Monday, February 19 with a first-round appearance in the District III playoffs falling by the slimmest of margins, 35-34.

Taking their first trip to the district tournament since 2007, the team played with heart and demonstrated their tenacity even amidst the undesired outcome.

"We got good looks all game, hit some really big shots, and handled situations with confidence," praised head coach Doug Helsel.

The Buckskins held the early lead over Dallastown and were up 23-16 at the half, but the Wildcat's second half efforts overcame them in the final minutes.

"We held tough and got a couple of good looks on the last possession, but couldn't get it to fall," explained Helsel. "It was a really fun game to watch, and I'm proud of how hard the girls worked all night-and all season," he added.

The Lady Bucks rounded out their season with an 11-12 overall record and 6-8 league record overcoming obstacles including injury and weather postponements along the way.

"Our goals at the start of the season were to win a championship and to win a playoff game," reflected Helsel. "We accomplished one this year," he said, referring to their Middletown Tipoff tournament title. "We'll have to wait on the other until next year, but we got very close."

Already excited about future potential, Helsel emphasized that more good things are on the horizon for Lady Bucks basketball.

"Season success always comes down to off-season preparation. If we can add to that willingness to put the extra time in, I am confident we can take another step forward next year," he concluded.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team also took a trip to the District III playoff opening round, their third appearance in the past four years, but faced elimination, falling 52-39 to Manheim Township last Tuesday, February 20.

Logan and Austin Monroe, the team's two seniors, continued to lead the Bucks' offensive efforts in what would be their final game of their high school careers. L. Monroe led all scorers with 14, and A. Monroe netted seven.

The season-ending loss brought the Bucks record to a mirror image of the girls', 11-12 overall and 6-8 in the league for the 17-18 season.

SWIMMING

With team competitions behind them, the Buckskins' swim squad continues to support their individual swimmers that qualified for specific district events and will compete the first weekend in March.

Sarah Marston and Karli Raasch are expected to compete in two individual events each, along with teaming up with Avery Heisey and Lauren Nedrow to take on the 400 free relay.

For the boys, Nick Lynam and Nikolas Pham each anticipate two individual opportunities, while Micah Leaman and Michael Raasch will each represent CV in one event. The four swimmers will also combine efforts for a shot at the 200 medley relay.

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Lady Bucks Win Middletown Tournament February 16, 2018

The Lady Bucks took care of some unfinished business last week, capping their season with a Middletown Tournament championship win over the Middletown Raiders, 47-45.

The semifinal round of the tournament took place over two months ago as the tip-off of the season, when the Bucks took down ELCO 45-41 to advance to the championship. The second day of competition was postponed due to weather, placing the lone contest as the endcap of the Lady Bucks season.

"We won the tournament championship, which was one of our team goals to start the season," noted head coach Doug Helsel.

Goal accomplished-they just had to face a lot of challenges on their way there.

Currently playing without leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, who is recovering from an injury, the team didn't let that shake them from the title they felt was theirs from the opening of the season.

The early minutes of the contest didn't look promising for the Bucks, and the Raiders owned the first quarter 13-5. Regaining their footing, CV chipped away at the Middletown lead over the subsequent two quarters.

"We played pretty poorly for 26 minutes," acknowledged Helsel, but that all changed during the final quarter. "We started pressing in the fourth and created turnovers...started making some shots," he explained.

An explosive fourth quarter displayed the Bucks cranking up the pressure and going on a 23-12 blitz. Sophomore Savannah Byers came alive, netting 10 of her game total 12 points in the final eight minutes.

"We tied the game with about 20 seconds left," recalled Helsel. "We pressured them into one more time out, setting the stage for the dramatic finale."

A scoreboard knotted at 45, only 5.7 seconds left on the game clock, and Buckskin ball was the high-pressure setting.

Byers had control of the ball and dished it to Paige Miller at the right elbow. Stepping up in the clutch, Miller drained the jumper to give CV their first lead of the game-and the only one that mattered.

Without the option of a timeout, Middletown was unable to stop the clock from expiring and the Buckskins claimed the tournament.

Savannah Generella and Amber High led the team in scoring, accumulating 17 and 14 points respectively. Both Generella and High were named to the all-tournament team for their contributions in this game and the opening round played in December.

The tournament win gives the Lady Bucks a morale boost as they head into District III playoffs this week, taking on Dallastown in the opening round.

SWIMMING

The CV swim teams raced to an abundance of personal bests at the L-L League championships held February 9-10; collectively the girl's team placed fourth and the boys sixth.

Sarah Marston and Karli Raasch continue to power through their events, breaking records and heading to district competition on the individual level.

Marston put up lifetime best times in both the 100 free (54.9) and the 200 free (1:58.6), to earn her sixth and second place finishes respectively.

Raasch broke two team records with her second-place finishes in both the 200 IM (2:07.87), and the 100 fly (57.44).

Raasch and Marston teamed with Avery Heisey and Lauren Nedrow for two relay performances, taking fourth in the 400 free and fifth in the 200 free.

"With only seven girls on the team, we placed fourth overall," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch. "Almost every girl had season best times and many had lifetime best times."

For the boys, Nick Lynam notched two first place finishes, winning the 200 with a time of 1:44.76, and the 500 free in 4:41.73. Nikolas Pham and Micah Leaman will head to districts as well, Pham took seventh in the butterfly and sixth in the breaststroke, and Leaman touched seventh in the 500 free.

"Both teams had an incredible meet," summarized Raasch.

RIFLE

Alex Stoudt was named to the L-L League all-star roster last week at the Rifle championships, and Darren McGallicher shot his way into a top ten finish in the individual championship rankings.

The CV squad slipped to a team fifth at the event, not quite up to their second-place overall season finish, yet concludes this ground-breaking season full of excitement regarding future potential.

Graduating only two seniors, the young team looks ahead with much anticipation.

"The kids are really looking forward to next season already," summarized head coach Hank Oxendine equally excited for what the future holds.

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Bucks Battle Barons for L-L League Rifle Title February 9, 2018

The climactic battle for the L-L League Rifle title came down to the final duel of the season. The Conestoga Valley Bucks were so close they could taste it, but a two-point difference in favor of Manheim Central allowed the Barons to usurp the Bucks, 496-494, and bumped CV into second place.

Entering the week in possession of the number one spot, the Buckskins knew the pressure would only increase in their rematch against number two ranked Manheim Central, who trailed CV's record by only one game.

Previously, the Barons had dealt the Buckskins one of only two early seasons losses. After delivering CV its third loss on Thursday, both teams finished the season with identical 11-3 records, but the Barons' double victories over the Bucks awarded the title to Manheim Central.

Lexus Henkel, CV's top sharpshooter in the meet, nailed a perfect 100. Chase Miller, Dana Witmer, and Darren McGallicher each posted 99s, and Alex Stoudt provided a fifth score of 97.

The young squad made impressive strides to be contending for the title, improving this year's record by six wins over last season. While disappointment is understandable, the Bucks have nothing to hang their heads about regarding their triumphant season, and so much future potential to celebrate.

"Win or lose, I am extremely proud of this team," head coach Hank Oxendine emphasized before the match. "We have improved so much."

Prior to the pivotal match against the Barons, the Bucks did their part to stay on top, taking down Ephrata 496-495.

Composure reigned as Witmer and Stoudt led the squad with a set of perfect 100s. Montana Habecker and Avalea Bermudez hit a pair of 99s, and Henkel supplied a 98.

"I was very proud of our team win over Ephrata," reflected Oxendine. "With different names at the top of the score board, it shows how important depth is this year. Our girls once again stepped it up."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team experienced a character-building week, learning through adversity and supporting their teammates amid injury and two close losses.

Tuesday night, the CV hosted Penn Manor, and faced a heartbreaking one-point overtime loss, 47-46. It was their third straight contest without lead scorer, Kenzie Reed.

Rocketing out to an early 16-5 lead, the Buckskins held the early advantage. CV's starting lineup fittingly featured it's five senior members, April Achey, Emily Clapper, Savannah Generella, Paige Miller, and Dierra Pack, each honored as a part of the senior night celebration.

"The seniors started the game tremendously," praised head coach Doug Helsel. "Great team game with some flawless execution and persistent toughness."

Penn Manor stabilized the game with a 13-6 second quarter surge to put the teams on more even footing heading into the second half.

The remaining minutes were a tight contest, resulting in a stalemate of 43 apiece at the final buzzer. Overtime was a low-scoring affair with Penn Manor barely edging out Conestoga for a 47-46 final.

"Penn Manor is a skilled team," credited Helsel. "We played very well last time to beat them, and last night was a similar output. We just came up a little short."

The Lady Bucks displayed a well-balanced attack, gathering points from seven different players. Leading the offensive end was Amber High's 14 points, Generella with another 10, and Pack's contribution of seven.

Three days prior, and also without Reed, the Lady Bucks suffered a loss 47-39 at Warwick.

The team matched Warwick point-for-point in the opening quarter, and held a small lead, 26-23, at the halftime break.

Warwick made their move in the second half, primarily doing damage in a 16-7 fourth quarter to overtake the Buckskins.

Trips to the line were plentiful and successful for both teams. Warwick connected on 17-of-23, and CV mirrored that effort with 15-of-21, giving both teams free throw percentages over 70 percent.

The Bucks gathered the bulk of their points from High, with 13, Generella's 12, and Savannah Byers, who added eight. High's effort included a flawless 5-of-5 from the line.

Despite the CV successes, Warwick's wide-range attack included points from seven players, and five buckets from downtown helped them gain the fourth quarter edge.

WRESTLING

The CV grapplers hosted their second annual Rally in the Valley last weekend, and welcomed eight teams to the all-day event. Collectively, the Bucks faced three head-to-head competitions and went 2-1 on the day to ultimately claim third place as a team, an exciting conclusion to their regular season schedule.

Taking down St. Joseph Prep with a convincing 55-18 in their opening round, the Bucks were subsequently pitted against Midd-West and succumbed 51-26, which bumped them into a battle for third.

Midd-West went on to claim the top spot in the championship game, and CV overcame Red Lion 48-20 to end their day with a win and a spot in the top three.

Individual standouts included David Dariychuk and Josh MacNamara who each turned in undefeated performances going 3-0, pinning their opponents in each bout.

With the regular season wrapped, the Buckskin's record sits at 10-9, which marks nine consecutive seasons of winning records.

"Despite losing 10 seniors from last year's section championship team, this year's regular season schedule was intensified for a younger squad," pointed out head coach Trent Turner. "We experienced a lot of growing pains and challenges, but we will be 'Forever Strong' because of it."

The challenges aren't quite over yet, as the matmen next turn their attention to the Sectional Tournament held on February 17.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Finishing their regular season with a double dose of success, the Bucks tacked two more wins onto their record last week and wrapped up the regular season at 11-11.

Tuesday's 53-51 victory over Penn Manor featured an exceptionally well-balanced offense as Austin Monroe, Logan Monroe, and Jordan Ransing knocked in identical 11-point contributions, with Bradley Stoltzfus adding ten.

"For CV, the Monroe brothers were able to control the [4th] quarter with their ability to score, and make plays for others," commented Penn Manor head coach Larry Bellew.

The Friday before, the team both honored their seniors and treated their fans to an exciting 57-39 win over Warwick.

"The energy in the gym was exceptional, with everyone from the student section, to the players on the bench providing the extra boost that helped to inspire a remarkable effort," reflected head coach Brad Herr.

The Bucks had the upper hand 13-8 at the conclusion of the first quarter and maintained a modest lead until pulling away in an explosive 20-8 fourth quarter.

"Our kids played as hard as they've played all season," praised Herr.

The team's two seniors, brothers Logan and Austin Monroe, aptly led the team with 22 and 12 points respectively, and were honored for their contribution to the program.

"Our seniors have been a part of the program for so long it's difficult to imagine CV basketball without them," Herr said of the brothers. "They've been through a good deal of highs and lows, and it was important for us to recognize the contributions that they've made to the program."

The duo has consistently led the Buckskin's offensively all season with L. Monroe leading all scorers with 360 points this season. A. Monroe has knocked in an additional 275 to be the Buck's second highest point contributor.

SWIMMING

The swimmers gathered a slew of achievements in their final duel meet of the season paired against the Ephrata Mountaineers.

The boys side picked up a 94-75 win, and improved their league record to 5-1.

Micah Leaman racked up the points for the Buckskins, swimming personal best times in the 500 free, the backstroke, and anchoring the team's first place finish in the 500 free relay (3.30.77).

"All took place within not much more than 20 minutes," recalled head coach Barb Raasch, of Leaman's three performances. "In each event he swam a lifetime personal best time. It was awesome."

Nick Lynam was also busy during the meet, picking up first place finishes in 100 free and 200 IM, as well as participating in two relay events, the 200 IM and 500 free.

Nikolas Pham posted the best time in the 50 free, touching in 23.43, and Michael Raasch secured the breaststroke in 1:04.09.

The girls swim team was unable to capture the overall win, falling 97-73, but that didn't hinder multiple individual achievers from shattering previous best times.

Sarah Marston blazed her way to a top finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.78 slicing five seconds off her personal best. Marston also topped the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.57.

Karli Raasch's 1:11.36 in the breaststroke and 2:12.15 in the 200 IM, were both good for another two first place finishes.

Lauren Nedrow touched first in the 500 free, putting up a personal best of 5:40.63.

"She [Nedrow] was more aggressive than usual, and it sure paid off," celebrated Raasch.

The results from the League Championships, which were held this past weekend, will appear in next week's article.

BOWLING

CV's bowlers concluded their regular season schedule on a high note, taking down Lebanon 7-0 to achieve an overall record of 44-47.

Ryan Graham rolled a 767 series (259-242-266), to lead the shutout victory over the Cedars.

Prior to that matchup, the Bucks battled it out against Penn Manor and suffered a 5-2 defeat. Penn Manor got the upper hand in the first two games to put them ahead 4-0. Graham rolled below average in the first game, but cranked up the intensity in the second bowling a near perfect score of 287.

Sparked by the contagious energy, CV rallied for a win in game three. Graham's series score of 684 was accompanied by Andrea Gribble's 614 and Robbie Jack's 573.

"I'm really happy with the way the team finished the season," praised head coach Rick Graham. "Our last five matches we were 19-14, and four of the five matches were against the top teams in Sections I and II."

The team's season performance was not enough to earn them a spot in the L-L team playoffs, but the singles tournaments will be underway shortly for several individual bowlers. Gribble will represent Conestoga in the girls' tournament on February 15.

"Andrea is bowling well and could make a run at winning the tournament," noted Coach Graham.

The boys will compete the following day, with Graham, Jack, and Jacob Whitton each slotted to represent the Bucks.

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Raasch Breaks Records, CV Beats Cocalico February 2, 2018

The Lady Bucks swimming squad made quite a splash in their convincing 115-55 win over Cocalico last Tuesday.

Karli Raasch's two individual performances were enough to break team records, with 1:59.44 in the 200 free and 5:17.76 in the 500. Raasch also anchored the team's first place 400 free relay finish.

Avery Heisey also racked up the points for CV, with individual first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free as well as covering a leg in two of the relay team first place finishes.

The butterfly and 200 IM both went to Sarah Marston who also contributed to two relay wins, and Lauren Nedrow touched first in the backstroke.

"This year we can fill all the lanes and vary what many of the girls swim," commented head coach Barb Raasch about the depth the Lady Bucks are experiencing this season. "I think the girls were able to swim relaxed and really try for their best times."

For the boys, the issue of depth contributed to their 95-75 loss to Cocalico, while at the same time they registered a slew of first place individual finishes.

Nick Lynam picked up first place points in the 100 and 200 free, and also was part of CV's winning 200 medley team. Micah Leaman (500 free), Sheldon Hertzler (backstroke), and Michael Raasch (200 IM) supplied the other three first place finishes for the Bucks.

"They [Cocalico] have a good deal more depth than our 14 boys, but we really swam well," praised Raasch. "When the boys needed to race, they did. We wanted to see how close we could get to them, and we were very proud of the boys' effort throughout the whole meet."

BOWLING

Last week's results added both a win and a loss to the Buckskin bowling record, currently 5-6. The highlight of the week came on Monday when CV felled Section II leader Ephrata in an exciting 5-2 comeback victory, handing the Mountaineers their second league loss of the season.

Ephrata started out in control, capturing the first game by 49 pins, but the Bucks battled back to take the final two games and overall triumph, accumulating a team high pin total of 3,166-their best performance of the year.

"It was a good team effort as everyone on the team bowled over average," celebrated head coach Rick Graham. "It was another big win for us; we are showing the last month how I thought we could have bowled all year."

Ryan Graham continues to collect the best individual score, and led the Bucks with a 706 series (223-218-265). Andrea Gribble and Robbie Jack rolled identical 652 series scores in the success.

Prior to their Ephrata matchup, the Bucks were on the wrong end of a 5-2 final, falling to Warwick in a home match. Once again Graham posted CV's top series, rolling 253-248-184 for a 685 total, with Jacob Whitton supplying a follow up series of 624 (197-212-215).

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Split results defined last week's two matchups for the Lady Bucks basketball team, and is also an accurate description of their league record which currently sits at 6-6.

Tuesday night the Lady Bucks were forced to take on Elizabethtown without their leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, in the mix and fell 41-27.

"It changes the game plan against a team like Elizabethtown," acknowledge head coach Doug Helsel regarding the absence of Reed.

The Lady Bucks kept pace with the Lady Bears in the first half, with the Bears taking the first quarter lead, but the Bucks owning the second, to settle at a tied 18-18 scoreboard at the half.

"We hung tough for the first half," noted Helsel. "I appreciated my team's willingness to keep playing hard until the final buzzer."

The Bears did the most damage during a 14-2 run in the third that gave them a 12-point cushion entering the final eight minutes. They managed to maintain that separation throughout the duration of the fourth.

"We are hoping to learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.

Amber High stepped up to lead the Buckskin attack, knocking down a total of 13 points.

Just a few days prior, Reed racked up a career high 27 points in Conestoga's 59-42 take down of McCaskey.

"She played a terrific game, but we celebrate her 27 as a team," pointed out Helsel. "A lot of people got Kenzie the ball in the right spot for her to finish."

While eventually winning by a comfortable 17-point margin, the Lady Bucks were actually trailing McCaskey by two at the half 24-22.

"We discussed a few small adjustments on offense and defense, but really just re-focused on our game plan of taking care of the ball and increasing pressure on their guards," discussed Helsel of the halftime talk that led to a game-changing third quarter. "We often talk about being patient for a run, and it came in the third to put some separation in the score."

That third quarter run materialized as a 20-9 scoring blitz for CV, followed by a similar fourth quarter where the Buckskins outscored McCaskey 17-9.

Savannah Generella and Amber High each chipped in with 11 points in the comeback win. Generella's contribution included 5-for-5 shooting from the line.

The teamwide effort was evident on both ends of the floor.

"Emily Clapper pressured them into some timely turnovers," pointed out Helsel. "Dierra Pack gave us good minutes with a nice assist and a bucket down the stretch."

WRESTLING

The CV matmen spent an intense weekend at the L-L League Championships held at Garden Spot High School. In a collaborative effort, the team finished in eighth place out of a pool of 22 teams, and boasts eight individual grapplers earning place spots in the top eight rankings of their respective weight class.

Tyler Oakley put up the strongest showing for CV, exceeding his sixth-place seed coming into the tournament and earning his way to a second-place finish in the 285-weight division. Oakley's journey to the first-place bout included three consecutive falls before he was pinned by Warwick's Ryan Stewart in the finals.

"He had a good run through his bracket," praised head coach Trent Turner, referring to the senior.

Josh MacNamara entered the competition seeded third at 170, and lived up to his notable credentials, clinching the third-place victory with an 8-6 decision over Manheim Central's Andrew Seigrist.

"One of the toughest matches to win is the one following a semifinal loss," noted Turner. "He [MacNamara] was able to bounce back in that situation in the consolations to get third."

Isiah Gantt took the opportunity to impress, entering with a ninth-place seeding at 182, and rising to an actual performance that earned him sixth place, picking up two falls along the way.

"He [Gantt] had a few quality wins, and is really started to wrestle better at this point in the season," acknowledged Turner.

Andrew Dariychuk pinned Seth Fischer of Northern Lebanon for a seventh-place finish, and Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, Seth Martin, and Taylor Sheaffer each earned eighth place finishes to contribute to the team total.

While not breaking into the team district championships, the CV matmen continue to focus on several non-league duels to come and the potential for individual district competition later in February.

RIFLE

The Conestoga rifle squad regained sole possession of the top spot of the Section I standings pulling off a pair of victories last week and bringing their record to 10-2.

Thursday's showdown against Governor Mifflin awarded the Buckskins the clear victors with a final score of 495-483.

Lexus Henkel and Dana Witmer topped the leaderboard with perfect 100s. Alex Stoudt hit a 99, and Darren McGallicher and Sam Lorenz supplied a set of 98s.

The team started their week edging out Wilson, 685-684, in an extended battle that came down to the seventh shooter.

None of the Buckskin shooters were able to claim a perfect 100, but Chase Miller, Stoudt, McGallicher, and Montana Habecker, notched 99s.

A 97 contributed by Henkel and a pair of 96s, supplied by Madeleine King and Avalea Bermudez, were needed to claim the victory.

"We have some depth, which I believe is the strength of this team, which has helped with these extra shooter matches," explained head coach Hank Oxendine.

As strong contenders for that L-L league title, the squad understands the additional weight on their last week of league competition, including a highly anticipated rematch against fellow section leaders Manheim Central to close their regular season schedule.

"We are a relatively young squad, with only two seniors," pointed out Oxendine regarding the pressure that comes with end of season competition. "We will continue to work on improving as we move toward our last week of the season with showdowns with Ephrata and Manheim Central looming."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak last week, picking up a win against McCaskey before falling short against Lebanon.

"Each team must define itself, and we have the perfect opportunity to do so over the final four game stretch, but it won't be easy," explained head coach Brad Herr prior to the weeks lineup. "We've played against several of the top teams in District III, and we're expecting tough games every night. The experience that we've gained should serve us well as we make a final push toward post-season play."

In that first opportunity, the Bucks were rewarded with a 69-61 overtime triumph at McCaskey. The teams were almost dead even at the half, with CV holding the slimmest of leads 21-20.

Traded possessions and lead changes defined the contest and at the final buzzer neither team had gained an edge, with the scoreboard reading identical 57s.

The overtime minutes were a whole new ball game, with the Buckskins dominating, tripling the McCaskey point total with a 12-4 run.

The Monroe brothers once again were the significant offensive threats; Logan Monroe racked up 23 points followed closely by Austin Monroe's 18.

Following their triumph, the Buckskins dropped a 52-43 result to Lebanon. The contest was clearly defined by scoring runs from each team as CV dominated the first and third, but Lebanon's ownership over the second and fourth created enough advantage to seal the outcome.

A. Monroe took a turn at the helm on offense leading the Bucks with 16 points, followed closely by L. Monroe's 13.

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Bucks Play Three Games in Four Days January 26, 2018

It was a rocky week for the boys' basketball team, hitting a stretch of three losses, taxing both morale and stamina over the span of four days.

In spite of an undesired 61-51 outcome against Lampeter-Strasburg, on Saturday, January 20, CV's Joseph Cardina's 18-point offensive performance was a bright spot for the Bucks.

Cardina collected half of his points from deep, netting three buckets from beyond the arc, accounting for half of the Bucks total points from three-point range. Austin Monroe, Jordan Ransing and Nathan Scheid each knocked in a three-point bucket to give the Bucks a total of six from downtown.

CV succumbed to a second defeat, 51-31, in a home court faceoff with Hempfield last Monday. The Knights jumped out to an early 16-7 lead and maintained control until time expired.

Led by Logan Monroe's 12-point contribution, the Bucks made a surge in the third quarter, matching Hempfield point for point with each team collecting 13 over the eight-minute stretch, but Hempfield's other three quarters created an insurmountable deficit.

The Bucks also capitalized on their trips to the line, going 7-of-9 to shoot 78 percent.

Cedar Crest, Tuesday night, delivered the third blow of the week in an 81-41 final score. The Falcon's Blake Thomson did the most damage, tallying 33 points, to frustrate the Buckskin's game plan.

Bradley Stoltzfus and A. Monroe topped the CV scorers, picking up 11 apiece in the effort.

"We've certainly faced our share of adversity throughout the last three games. However, it's the ability to deal with these challenges that allows us to define our character and find out who we are," noted head coach Brad Herr.

WRESTLING

The wrestling squad improved their league record to 4-3 after a swift takedown of Manheim Township 58-15 in their final league dual of regular season.

Buckskin grappler Isaiah Gantt (195) got things off on the right foot for CV, collecting the first six points by pin, and from there the momentum was contagious.

"It was one of our stronger team performances to date," explained head coach Trent Turner. "It was encouraging to see the transfer of wrestling and mindset focus that we've been emphasizing in the practice room and now seeing in competition."

The Bucks authoritatively handled the match, racking up a 40-6 lead after eight bouts. There was no shortage of falls where the Bucks were concerned, as seven bouts ended in a CV pin.

Gantt, Jeremiah Pha, Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, David Dariychuk, Conrad Dillman, and Josh MacNamara each pinned their opponents in the success.

"We hope to see this individual and team effort continue," added Turner.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Buckskins schedule put them through the wringer last week, requiring them to dig into their reserves of stamina and tenacity. Bookended by losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Cedar Crest, the highlight of their week came when the Lady Bucks rose to a victory against Hempfield on Monday.

The scoreboard read 37-28 in favor of Cedar Crest when the buzzer sounded on Tuesday, marking the end of a grueling three-game stretch over the course of only four days.

Free throw shooting proved to be consequential in the loss, as the Falcons shot 78 percent during their 7-of-9 visits to the line, gaining the edge they needed to overcome the Lady Bucks.

CV's leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, continued to attack, racking up 15 points in the loss, and April Achey got on the board with five.

Just 24 hours prior, the Lady Bucks had their turn as both the visitors and the victors, topping Hempfield by a substantial 43-23 difference on the Black Knights home court.

Reed blazed the way with 17 points, accompanied by 10 from Amber High. CV pulled ahead early in the contest, holding the Knights to single digit scoring in the first half 21-7, and held on to their lead throughout the contest.

Over the weekend, the Lady Bucks experienced a heart-wrenching one-point loss to Section II frontrunners Lampeter-Strasburg, 32-31, after holding the advantage 18-16 at the half.

The third quarter weighed heavily in the outcome when LS went on a 9-2 scoring run turning momentum in their favor headed into the final eight minutes.

"We missed free throws and some layups early, which put us in position to have to come back late," recalled head coach Doug Helsel.

The Lady Bucks battled back in the fourth, outscoring the Pioneers 11-7, but still found themselves in a one possession deficit in the final seconds.

"Had a good look at the buzzer to win it, but it didn't roll our way," elaborated Helsel. "Part of our process is learning to win close games against good teams. You have to lose a few to win a few later. We learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.

Reed once again led CV scorers with 16, and Savannah Generella chipped in with seven.

Setting their sites on the home stretch, the Lady Bucks currently sit in the middle of the L-L Section I standings sporting a 5-5 league record.

BOWLING

CV bowlers experienced a 7-0 fall to Cedar Crest before rebounding for a significant 5-2 win over Section II leaders Elizabethtown.

"The last two matches against Cedar Crest and Elizabethtown were big matches for us," noted head coach Rick Graham.

Despite giving up all seven points in the loss to Cedar Crest, the team refused to stay down, overcoming Elizabethtown in the subsequent matchup.

Elizabethtown came out dominant in the first game, and a 40-pin advantage awarded them the first two points of the contest. Battling back, CV earned wins in the final two games and the overall victory.

"We bowled our best two team games of the year," praised Graham. "That was a big win for us."

Ryan Graham, already having claimed a spot in upcoming district competition, once again led CV bowlers in both contests. Graham rolled a 703 series (274-223-206) against Cedar Crest, but his milestone achievement came in the comeback win against Elizabethtown. Setting a new series best of 804 (258-279-267), Graham topped his previous high of 802 set just two weeks prior.

Andrea Gribble has also secured a top spot in Buckskin bowling, contributing a 618 series to the win over Elizabethtown, and earning an individual spot in districts as a result of her season performance alongside Graham.

"I have seen improvements in the entire team this year," reflected Coach Graham.

With four league matchups remaining in the regular season schedule, the Bucks look to make a push to improve their Section II ranking in which they currently sit in fourth.

"Three of the four matches are against very tough opponents," acknowledged Graham. "We showed that we can compete with the top teams. I'm hoping that carries forward and we can finish the year on a strong note."

RIFLE

Despite a setback last week, the rifle squad secured two more wins and stays atop of Section I standings with an 8-2 record.

In what was only their second loss this season, the Buckskins were outshot 497-492 when paired against Manheim Central last weekend.

"The loss at Manheim Central was difficult because of how inconsistent we shot as a team," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Although we had some individuals perform well, I continue to stress the team goal of shooting our individual potential, with that contributing to a better overall team score," he elaborated.

One of those individuals with an outstanding performance was Alex Stoudt who marked his first of two perfect 100 scores for the week in the match. Avalea Bermudez stepped up to shoot a season best of 99, Montana Habecker and Dana Witmer chipped in with a pair of 98s and Samuel Lorenz rounded out the team score with a 97.

Manheim Central displayed that very consistency Oxendine is referring to with all shooters scoring 99s or 100s to earn the victory.

"We must regain our overall team focus to improve and shoot each shooters' individual potential," summarized Oxendine.

Still leaving some room for growth but displaying an improvement, the Bucks went on to overcome Garden Spot by a four-point margin for the second time this season, with a 494-490 final.

"It was nice to see the team rebound with a win against Garden spot, but again, I do not feel as though it was a total team effort," explained Oxendine encouraging each athlete to perform at their best. "That is our goal for the remainder of this very competitive season."

Stoudt earned his second 100 in the dual with Garden Spot, this time accompanied by Habecker's perfect 100. Madeleine King, Witmer, and Lorenz each added a 98 to the cause.

Ever improving, the squad notched their eighth victory in a tight 595-594 triumph over Manheim Township. The contest came down to the wire, extending past the traditional five shooters and needing a sixth to break the tie.

The consistency that Oxendine has been hammering into the team strategy is paying off for the Bucks. Habecker landed her second straight perfect 100, and all five supporting shooters were a mere point behind, with Chase Miller, King, Witmer, Stoudt, and Lexus Henkel each supplying 99s.

SWIMMING

The boys' swim team took home a 94-74 meet win at Elizabethtown on Thursday.

Sweeping the relay portion of the evening, the CV swimmers bested Elizabethtown in all three relays in addition to five individual events.

Nick Lynam placed first in the 200 free (1:47.21) and backstroke (55.62), while also participating in two relay events.

Nikolas Pham touched first in the butterfly (57.27), Micah Leaman won the breaststroke (1:08.99), and Auden claimed the 100 free (54.92), each playing a role in the relay victories as well.

Michael Raasch, Joshua Proch, Andrew Perozich, and Sheldon Hertzler teamed up with the individual event winners for relay success in the 200 free, 400 free, and 200 medley.

During the girls' time in the pool, Elizabethtown topped the Buckskins 90-80, but several events went in favor of the CV swimmers.

Karli Raasch topped breaststroke (1:11.43) and butterfly (1:00.51). Sarah Marston produced the night's best efforts in both the 100 and 200 free with times of 58.16 and 2:05.46, and Lauren Nedrow secured the 500 free in 5:48.07.

Raasch, Marston, and Nedrow had more work to do, joined by Avery Heisey, each swimming a leg of CV's two relay wins in the 200 and 400 free.

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