CV's Dream Season Ends in PIAA Semifinals November 16, 2017
After a historic post-season run for the Lady Buckskin's soccer squad, their 2017 season has finally reached the end of the road in the PIAA State tournament semifinal matchup in which they were edged out 2-0 by Norwin High School.
The season reflects a whirlwind of accomplishments as the team progressed farther than ever before. The Lady Bucks capped their dominant year by claiming the top spot in L-L League Section I for the third straight season, seizing the District III playoff title, and advancing to the state semifinals before bowing out with a season record of 23-3-1.
Both the regular season and post season were brimming with obstacles and challenges. Overtimes, sudden death, PKs, injuries, and inclement weather describe just a bit of the dramatic season, but one thing never wavered, the tenacity of the Lady Bucks no matter which hurdle they were currently facing.
"We are very proud of what the team accomplished this season," commented head coach Keith Nagley. "We won the L-L Section I for the third consecutive year and won the first District III title for CV girls soccer."
Tuesday's contest against Norwin put a halt to their season, but can't cast a shadow on all they have accomplished. Norwin capitalized on a PK opportunity 15 minutes into the first half to give them the go-ahead, and managed to squeeze in their insurance goal 11 minutes into the second half.
Over the course of the season, the Lady Bucks racked up an outstanding 73 goals on their opponents, while only allowing seven. Sixteen players contributed to the scoring tally, while Lauren Yoder accrued 93 saves protecting the Buckskin net. Incredible defensive unity resulted in 20 shutouts.
In addition to their abundance of team milestones, several players also received individual accolades for their efforts.
"Lauren Yoder established new records in shutouts in a season (20) and career (46)," pointed out Nagley.
Senior Adalee Broadbent received All-State honors in addition to being named on the L-L League Section I, first team all-star roster. Fellow seniors Alexis Spencer and Emma Weirich, joined Broadbent in first team Section 1 selection.
Yoder and Sophomore Maddie Delgado represented the club in Section I second team all-stars, and Serina Blessing received the academic all-star recognition.
Though their season concluded in October, the Lady Bucks individual achievements were celebrated last Thursday at the L-L League Field Hockey All-Star banquet.
Two CV players represented the squad on this year's 17-player all-star selection, Callie Rumbaugh for her work on the defensive end, and Theodora Dillman in the midfield.
Dillman was also awarded the Linda Shelley Spirit award accompanied by a scholarship for her expected academic and athletic endeavors next year at Yale. The award honors the memory of the late Linda Shelley, former coach and official who passed in 2011 after battling ovarian cancer.
Conestoga Valley's Victoria Good was the recipient of one of five L-L League Coaches Association scholarships.
The entire Lady Bucks team was also named as this year's Section I Sportsman Award recipients, an honor determined by vote of the league coaches.
"The All-Star banquet put on by the L-L coaches is always an evening that offers up celebration; some for their athletic accomplishments, some for their stellar academics and some for both," noted head coach Lee Gerdes. "It is also a chance for us to remember Linda Shelly, a former standout official in the league," she added.
Two days after the celebration, the All-Star game was held, where the 17 honored players join forces to take on the all-stars from Berks County in a friendly day of competition.
"It was a terrific day-perfect weather and well played games," summarized Gerdes.
CV Girls' Soccer Claims District 3 4A Crown November 5, 2017
In the club's first ever district championship appearance, the Lady Buckskins made their debut one for the history books and claimed the PIAA District III 4A title on Saturday, with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Governor Mifflin that came down to the wire.
In order to earn their passage to the championship, the Lady Bucks had previously bested Carlisle and Ephrata in the first two tournament rounds.
The semifinals posed the final test before the championship, and paired CV against Central Dauphin last Tuesday, culminating in a 2-0 Buckskin triumph.
Netting both goals in the first half, the third seeded Buckskins took early control of the contest and sustained their lead to upset the number two seed.
Steady offensive pressure allowed CV to capitalize on their opportunities, outshooting Central Dauphin 11-3.
Emily Clapper was the first to convert one of those opportunities, connecting with the net after receiving a pass from Megan Stone 26 minutes into the contest.
Eleven minutes later CV's Adalee Broadbent dished the ball to Emma Weirich who powered the ball past CD's keeper for the 2-0 cushion just before the break.
"We possessed the ball very well," acknowledged head coach Keith Nagley. "We talked at halftime about how to find more space on the outside to attack."
Turns out, no additional goals were necessary to secure the win, as keeper Lauren Yoder scooped up three saves to preserve the shutout.
The win propelled the Lady Bucks into the district championship game Saturday night at the Hershey stadium, a first for the CV squad as well as their first time facing the Governor Mifflin Mustangs this season.
Prior to the big night, the Mustangs' record of 18-5-1 proved them to be a formidable opponent. Mifflin's road to the title game included taking down both top seeded Cumberland Valley as well as L-L league champs, Manheim Township.
Both teams showed up to play, trading possessions and sizing up their competitors for a scoreless first half. CV was first to strike when Alexis Spencer went on the offensive five minutes after the break and powered in the go-ahead goal.
Eight minutes later, Adalee Broadbent surged pasted the Mifflin defenders to notch CV's second goal of the night.
To their credit, Mifflin refused to concede. Facing a two-goal deficit with 26 minutes remaining, they retaliated, quickly slicing a shot beyond CV keeper Lauren Yoder to narrow the advantage, 2-1. Riding that momentum, the Mustangs were not done yet, and their continuous effort awarded them with the equalizer with 15 minutes left to play.
Having surrendered their lead, the CV squad was faced with the daunting task of turning momentum back in their favor. The Lady Bucks are not known to shy away from a challenge.
The amped up crowd made communication near impossible, rendering the coaching staff seemingly helpless.
"I couldn't tell them anything because it was too loud," explained Nagley after the game, but that didn't waver his confidence that his players already knew what was needed to secure the win.
With the scoreboard knotted at two, the clock wound down, making a high-pressured overtime appear inevitable. With a mere three minutes remaining, Emily Clapper worked her way through the defense, created an open look, and secured the golden goal.
"Our seniors were able to stay calm and lead us back in to the lead," praised Nagley.
Yoder finished the contest with four more saves to her credit, stifling the dangerous Mifflin offense from further success.
Next up, the Lady Bucks will take their talents to the state level. 2015 marks the last time the CV qualified for the State tournament, and were ousted in the first round. This time they are eager not only to be back, but for the chance to surpass that previous milestone.
"They are ready to keep making history for CV girls soccer," concluded Nagley.
Heading into Friday night's final matchup of the season with a 2-4 league record, CV's football team hoped to deal the Wilson Bulldogs their second league defeat, but came short in the 52-21 final score, ending their season with a 2-5 league record and a 4-6 overall mark.
Wilson came out strong going up 35-14 in the first. CV quarterback Tanner Schwilk tried to make up the deficit throwing two touchdowns in response, both times finding Jose Barbon in the end zone.
The Bulldog defense held the Buckskins scoreless in the second while their offense racked up another 17 points.
The halftime scoreboard displayed 52-14, but CV did not give up, securing the only touchdown of the second half when Barbon read the Bulldogs' play, came up with an interception and delivered it home.
Joseph Cardina added three more PATs to his collection, totaling 38-for-41 on the season.
"These kids kept battling every week right up to the last tick of the clock," praised head coach Gerad Novak of his squad. "The players also made huge strides in their knowledge of the game and learning the various schemes we use both offensively and defensively," he added.
In review, Schwilk had an impressive year under-center, throwing for 2609 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Barbon excelled on both sides of the ball, leading the team with five interceptions and securing 60 receptions for 878 yards and 14 touchdowns.
While this season has come to a close, Novak not only focuses on their current growth, but their future potential.
"The off-season and in-season strength program has allowed our kids to play more physical games. We need to work harder in the off-season to improve our strength levels because of the competition we will be facing next season," he encouraged.
Wrapping up another season always comes with the bittersweet loss of senior players, an absence that will be deeply felt.
"The seniors have done an excellent job of bringing this team together, helping assimilate, working with our underclassmen, and assisting in teaching them the game of football," praised Novak. "Their dedication to changing the mindset at CV will forever make a lasting impression. Their attitude and determination has helped lay the foundation for future CV teams."
Lady Bucks Advance to District Semifinals October 29, 2017
Lady Buckskin soccer is plunging deeper into the post-season, and after two more wins last week are heading to the semifinal round of District III Class 3A playoffs.
In their first round, CV, seeded third, was paired against Carlisle, the 14th seed. They controlled the contest from start to finish, easily grasping a 4-0 victory.
Senior Emily Clapper bookended CV's scoring, notching the opener after only six minutes on the field, and closing the evening with the Lady Buck's fourth goal eight minutes before the buzzer.
Allyson Andrews supplied CV's second goal of the night with a finish at the 24-minute mark, and Megan Stone increased the Buckskin advantage to 3-0 just after the halftime break.
"We possessed the ball well and finished chances when we had them," explained head coach Keith Nagley.
Keeper Lauren Yoder defended her territory, scooping up two saves during the match.
"We had another solid defensive performance and made some adjustments during the game when Carlisle switched formations," Nagley added.
Headed into the quarterfinals, the Lady Bucks were pitted against sixth seed Ephrata who overcame Dallastown 6-0 to earn their spot in the quarters.
The CV vs Ephrata matchup came a short 11 days after their most recent clash in the semifinal round of the L-L League tournament in which the Lady Bucks edged the Mountaineers 1-0 to advance to the championship game.
Their previous win provided Coach Nagley with fresh data as he continued to promote his familiar approach of simply focusing on defeating the next opponent on the schedule.
"We are looking over our game notes in preparation for Saturday," he said in the days leading up to the faceoff.
Saturday night, the highly anticipated rematch took place, this time on the District playoff stage, and CV only improved their victory margin, taking the contest 3-1.
A scoreless first half displayed neither team willing to give an inch, but the Lady Bucks offense exploded in the second half.
"At halftime we talked about having a better first touch and playing the ball side," explained Nagley.
One minute after the break, Clapper sunk a shot into the Ephrata net to capture the go-ahead goal. Gabriella Barone tucked a second CV goal in at the 57-minute mark, and Madison Delgado completed the trio to put the Lady Bucks up by three with five minutes left to play.
In a desperate push to keep their playoff hopes alive, Ephrata slipped a goal past CV's keeper with four minutes left to play, but their brief success was not enough, and Yoder finished the night with five saves.
"We just finished the chances we created," summarized Nagley as he turned his attention to the next game on the schedule.
The Buckskin cross-country squads sent their top five harriers to compete in the PIAA District III Class 3A championship meet on Saturday, and while none qualified for States, each pushed for a strong finish to both the race and their season.
Competing in a field of 234 runners, all five Lady Bucks finished within the top 200. Alexandria Slingluff, the season-long pace setter, once again set the CV time to beat at 21:45, earning herself a 109th place finish. Emily Castronova crossed next in 22:11 (126th).
"Alex and Emily led the way for the girls. The girls had a solid performance in a very strong District," praised head coach Mark Amway.
Kathrine Fowler came through at 22:45 (151st), followed by Kate Kmieczak in 23:49 (188th), and Kate Snader 24:06 (194th).
The boys competed against 261 fellow runners, and Nate Grucelski continued to provide the lowest Conestoga time with a 16:57, securing 33rd place, and narrowly missing state qualifications by two places.
"The boys ran well considering we were not at full strength," noted Amway.
Jake Dissinger's time of 18:12 gave him a 136th finish, Alex Poli crossed in 18:37 for 177th. Zach Leaman (19:04, 212th) and Preston Brubaker (21:02, 247th) also finished for CV.
Friday night both Conestoga Valley and Warwick stepped onto the Warriors field with identical league records of 2-3. Unfortunately for the Buckskins, it was the Warriors that improved to 3-3, while CV dropped to 2-4.
Coming out strong, the Bucks were the first to strike, as quarterback Tanner Schwilk found Gavin Horning in the end zone for a 22-yard passing score. Joseph Cardina placed the PAT between the posts to put the Bucks up 7-0.
The Warriors retaliated quickly with seven points of their own, creating a level scoreboard entering the second quarter.
Jose Barbon's quick feet and intuition led to his first of two interceptions, this one he carried 76 yards to pay dirt, recapturing CV the lead.
Just before the half, the Warriors squeezed in their second touchdown to claim a narrow 14-13 lead at the break.
When totaling three out of four quarters, the Warriors only outscored the Bucks by a point, but it was the third quarter in which they did their damage, securing 27 unanswered points.
"We'll play the lights out for a few quarters, then in a couple of series or a span of three or four minutes, we make a few mistakes and our opponents took advantage of the situation," explained head coach Gerad Novak.
Finding themselves trailing by 48-13 in the early minutes of the fourth, the Bucks refused to quit. Schwilk found Barbon and Tyre Stead for two additional passing touchdowns, and Cardina kicked in both PATs. Their valiant effort was too little too late as the clock expired with the Warriors on top 55-27.
"This program is still going through the learning process of how to make big plays throughout the entire football game, not just in a few quarters of the game," noted Novak.
The Warriors formidable defensive line rendered the Bucks' running game virtually ineffective, but the passing game remained a strength for CV. Schwilk went 26 for 33, throwing 260 yards and 3 touchdowns.
"The team has not given up in any game this season. I couldn't be more proud of the change in attitude in the past two years. All the players, including those who are standing out statistically, have not given up during a game," added Novak.
The boys' soccer team dug deep in the final weeks of their regular season winning their last two contests and earning a 13th place power ranking to put them in the District III playoffs. Their opening round pitted them against Wilson, the number four seed, and resulted in a 4-0 loss that halted their playoff progression.
"The score line will not reflect the effort and growth of our team," commented head coach Dave Hartlaub. "It never seemed like a game that Wilson had in hand, because our boys competed for all 80 minutes, and the soccer that we played that night was at a much higher quality than our first meeting," he added.
Wrapping up their 8-9-1 season, Hartlaub reflected on what the team represented.
"Our group of players left the coaching staff energized. We really enjoyed working with this group because of their willingness to learn and how they came together as a team. It was a great blend of personalities spread across four grade levels," he concluded.
Grucelski Places 8th in L-L League Championship October 22, 2017
The cross country squads participated in the L-L League Championships at Ephrata last Tuesday. With 20 boys' teams in the mix, the Bucks took home a 15th place team finish, while the girls achieved a 10th place finish in an 18-team pool.
Competing against 163 individual harriers, Nate Grucelski blazed his way to an eighth-place finish, covering the 3.1-mile race in a personal best time of 16:43. Grucelski's finish awarded him a L-L League medal, an honor reserved for only the top 25 finishers.
"Nate ran his best race of the season at the right time of the year," celebrated coach Mark Amway.
Grucelski's ever improving times have also earned him Second Team All-League honors for his regular season performance.
Also finishing in the top 100 was Jake Dissinger (76th, 18:05), Zack Leaman (79th, 18:07), Alex Poli (91st, 18:31) and Preston Brubaker (95th, 18:31).
Completing the team effort was Jack Emery in 19:02, Nick Pham 19:33, and Justin Le 19:41.
In the girls' race, Alex Slingluff continued to set the pace for the Lady Bucks. With a time of 21:09, she seized a 39th place finish out of 142 participants.
"Alex finished very strong in the meet. She continues to improve her time and is the most consistent runner on the team," praised Amway.
Emily Castronova and Katie Fowler crossed the line together with only six hundredths of a second separating their times 21:43.2 and 21.43.8 respectively to clinch spots 51 and 52.
Kate Snader (85th, 23:01), and Kate Kmieczak's 23:14 (90th, 23:14) put two more CV runners into the top 100.
Lindsey Mousch (23:58) and Savannah Mead (28:05) rounded out the Buckskin effort.
"The meet was highly competitive. I am extremely pleased with the girls' overall performance as a team," noted Amway.
Fresh off claiming the L-L League Section One title, the CV's girls' soccer team set their sights on the League title last week, a dream that came within a hair's breadth of reality.
Their quest took them through 240 minutes of tournament regulation, and 60 overtime minutes, but a Manheim Township goal 15 seconds before the championship would have been determined in a shootout, awarded the Streaks with their second consecutive League title, and left the Lady Bucks in the bittersweet runner-up spot.
The last time CV appeared in the League Championship game was in 2015 where they were bested by Elizabethtown. This year they were determined to do more than contend-they were hungry to claim it.
Their road to the championship game began with a Saturday quarterfinal round paired against Pequea Valley, in which the Buckskins pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory.
After battling 98 scoreless minutes, it was Gabriella Barone that blasted the golden goal three minutes into the second overtime.
"We were very patient against Pequea Valley," commented head coach Keith Nagley. "They played a very defensive game against us, so we needed to possess the ball and take shots when we had them."
Tuesday's semifinal pitted the Buckskins against Section Two victors Ephrata. Again the Bucks prevailed 1-0.
Experiencing a bit of Deja vu, it was again Barone that netted the lone goal of the night, this time assisted by Madison Delgado. Refusing to give the Mountaineers the option of overtime, the Lady Bucks were relentless and found the game winner with only nine minutes to spare.
"Our depth is a big reason for our success," acknowledge Nagley. "When we sub players into games our playing level remains high. Any of our players are capable of scoring."
A glance at the stats confirms Nagley's words, as twenty different CV players combined to amass their 59 season goals. A formidable defensive lineup has rarely allowed their opponents a goal-only four to be exact. Keeper Lauren Yoder has accrued 59 saves to stop almost every shot placed against them.
Nagley's coaching strategy all season has pointed his players toward defeating their next opponent, not looking too far into the future, and that strategy continues in post-season play.
"We are not feeling the pressure of playoffs, we are just focusing on the next game on the schedule," emphasized Nagley.
Thursday's championship game pitted the Buckskins against defending champs Manheim Township. The last clash between these two teams resulted in a double overtime draw leaving both teams wanting to settle the score.
Previously, CV dealt Township their sole season loss, a comfortable 3-0 final, but that was not to be the outcome of this meeting.
The scoreless 80 minutes of regulation play was not without opportunity, though intense defense by both squads limited good looks at the goal.
CV's Adalee Broadbent covered for her club when a loose Township ball was headed directly at the goal out Yoder's reach, and Broadbent's big save robbed Township of the go-ahead goal only seven minutes into the contest.
Flipping to CV's offensive attempts, midway through the second half Emma Weirich managed to knock the ball across Township's goal line, but an offsides call erased the would-be lead.
A shootout seemed inevitable with only 15 seconds to play in the second overtime, but Township capitalized on their fifth corner kick of the night, finding Emma Hagg who rerouted the ball into the goal and earned Township the title.
The Lady Bucks will need to shake off the defeat, and remember their coach's words of wisdom because that 'next game on the schedule' is the opening round of PIAA District III playoffs.
The Buckskins faced another tough loss on the gridiron last Friday, coming up short in a battle against Hempfield 64-36.
CV started out strong, getting on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Joseph Cardina.
Jose Barbon worked his magic with a 65-yard punt return that put the Bucks up by 10.
Unfortunately, that was the best quarter for CV. Things began to unravel from there. Hempfield responded with a first quarter touchdown, and in the second they tacked on two more and a field goal, all while holding the Buckskins scoreless.
CV quarterback Tanner Schwilk found Tyre Stead for a 23-yard passing touchdown in the third, but Hempfield continued to pile on the points outscoring the Bucks 40-26 over the course of the second half.
Yozeph Bencosme and Keegan Martin churned Buckskin momentum in the fourth. Bencosme rushed back-to-back CV touchdowns and Martin delivered a third across the line. Attempting to narrow the deficit, the Bucks opted for two-point PATs after each touchdown, but only found success once when Schwilk again connected with Stead.
Schwilk completed 55 percent of his passes going for 287 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, CV was unable to stop Hempfield's high powered offense giving up a total of 634 yards, 505 of those attributed to the running game.
After advancing past Cumberland Valley in the opening round of PIAA District III team playoffs, the Lady Bucks bowed out in the quarterfinal round with a 5-0 loss to Manheim Township.
Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, and Rachel Eby all represented CV in the singles matchups, while duos Ellie Kready/Christian McBride, and Caitlin Carter/Amy Haldeman competed in pairs.
"The girls were able to use the strategies and drills we have been doing to refocus during our matches," noted head coach Dale Gregg explaining that coaching time during tournament play is limited."
Township swept the match, taking all five points and advancing to the semifinal round, but CV has nothing to hang their heads about when reflecting on their season accomplishments.
"Pleased does not cover how impressed I am in looking back at the season," expressed Gregg. "The ability to be sportsman or sportswoman like during play, while trying to be aggressive, is a lesson that I think the girls gained. Also, the ability to learn from past mishaps to minimize errors added to our success," he elaborated.
The squad finished with a 9-2 section record and were 11-4 overall before improving to 12-5 after district competition.
Scala's season-long effort earned her Section One honorable mention All-Star honors.
"We finished in the top eight in the district, something we have not done since 2001," added Gregg.
Though team tennis had reached its season conclusion, the team rallied around their last two individual players with more to play. Scala and Eby paired up to make a run in the District Three doubles playoff, and advanced past the first round taking down New Oxford 6-4, 6-4. Their run ended in the following round when they were toppled by Hershey's duo in the quarterfinals.
Senior Owen Miller represented CV in the East Regional competition held last Monday at Golden Oaks golf course, and did his team proud, but fell just three strokes short of the cut line.
Miller carded an 82, putting a top 24 finish just out of reach and ending his post-season run.
Coach Tom Larkin was all positives when reflecting on Miller's work ethic and achievements.
"Owen is a tough, grind it out type of golfer, and he was very disappointed not to make states," said Larkin. "No one worked harder than Owen this year. He will be greatly missed at CV."
The Lady Bucks fell 3-0 to both Warwick and Manheim Township last week, signaling the end of their season.
CeCe Leininger topped the CV season stats with 86 kills and 42 digs. Charlize Miller also led two categories with 178 assists and 17 aces, and Maddie Glick has proven her worth at the net with 11 blocks.
An overall record of 2-15 might be discouraging to some, but the future is bright for the young squad, only graduating one senior. Allison Stoltzfus' well-rounded contribution included 27 digs, 8 kills, 7 aces, and a block. Stoltzfus' presence will certainly be missed, but not having to fill the roles of multiple graduating players will boost the team in the future, and head coach Dewey Barlow continues to point his young squad toward that future and the exciting potential it holds.
"They are mostly sophomores playing against seniors," Barlow points out of the squad that boasts a total of 11 freshman or sophomore players. "We'll be a team to be reckoned with," concluded Barlow.
The boys' soccer team spent the week practicing and waiting-waiting to hear if they were officially in the top 16 power rankings to compete in District III playoffs. Official word came on Friday. The Buckskins improved their ranking to 13, and will take on fourth ranked Wilson this week in round one.
CV Booters Top Lebanon, PM, Ready For Districts October 15, 2017
The Conestoga Valley boys' soccer team hit the field hard last week outscoring their opponents 10-1, blanking Lebanon High School 6-0 at home, before heading to Penn Manor for a 4-1 victory.
Leading scorer Robbie Krasinski opened scoring against Lebanon, notching his first of three goals after only five minutes transpired.
Senior Farress Kassem knocked in his first two goals of the season in rapid succession, earning himself a brace in the span of three minutes, and giving CV a comfortable 3-0 cushion after 11 minutes on the field.
Krasinski secured a second goal before the half expired, and completed his hat trick with a second-half addition.
Brock Rennekamp got in on the scoring action, netting his first goal of the season with 23 minutes remaining on the clock.
Corey Spotts took a turn as guardian of the CV goal, and while action was quieter on that end of the field, managed to gather two saves to preserve the shutout.
"Our entire squad contributed to the win," commented head coach Dave Hartlaub.
Thursday night, the Bucks capped their regular season with a win over Penn Manor. To say they came out with intensity would be an understatement, as they powered in three goals in the first thirteen minutes of the contest.
Reilly Gerety was first to break the goal line, completing a multi-player passing sequence after receiving a cross from Tanner Shertzer on the right sideline.
"The prettiest goal of the game involved six CV players who possessed the ball," explained Hartlaub. "They got the ball to the right wing for Tanner, who laid a dangerous ball across the box to Reilly. It set the tone early in the first half."
Krasinski, showcasing his prowess, collected his second hat trick of the week, giving him a total of 24 goals this season. His first two goals of the night coming in rapid succession after Gerety's opener.
Keeper, Carter Lam grabbed five critical saves, stifling Penn Manor's offense.
"Carter led a solid defensive line against a highly motivated and explosive Penn Manor attack," continued Hartlaub.
After having a slow start to their season, the Bucks have cranked up the pressure, giving them an overall record of 8-8-1 as they head into the post season.
The football team took an unexpected loss Friday night, slipping 33-17 to Penn Manor.
The Bucks found themselves playing from behind early on and faced a dismal halftime score of 25-3.
CV began to gain momentum in the third as Keegan Martin rushed the first Buck touchdown. Quarterback Tanner Schwilk connected with Jose Barbon for another in the fourth, but it was too little too late.
Part of the breakdown could be seen comparing Penn Manor's offensive ground attack of 421 rushing yards, contrasted with Conestoga's 40. While the passing attack from CV was a strong effort gaining 281 yards, Penn Manor's total offensive gain of 429 yards was too much to overcome.
Conestoga kicker Joseph Cardina continued to execute going two-for-two in PATs in addition to his 30-yard field goal.
Make that 14 regular season shutouts for the Lady Bucks, two of which the they added last week, to capture the L-L League Section One title with their outstanding 15-1-1 record.
Taking on Cedar Crest last Tuesday, the Lady Bucks only notched one goal, but held the Lady Falcons scoreless to clinch the victory.
CV presented a stifling defense, only allowing the Falcons one shot on goal, scooped up by keeper Lauren Yoder.
CV's goal came off the foot of Adalee Broadbent 60 seconds before the halftime break, assisted by Madison Delgado.
"Our seniors are our core for leadership and motivation," commented head coach Keith Nagley. "They are a big reason why we are having such a successful season."
Wrapping up their season schedule with a home game against Penn Manor, the Lady Bucks had a quiet first half, but opened up scoring with two second-half goals to take the win.
CV's pressure created a breakdown in Penn Manor's defense, resulting in an own-goal to give the Lady Bucks the lead. Three minutes later Weirich followed with a goal of her own to secure the win.
"The girls have stayed focused on playing well and wanted to finish on top of the section without sharing the title with someone else," Nagley noted of their accomplishment.
District seeding for post-season play has yet to be finalized, but this much is sure, the Lady Bucks have set themselves up for an exciting playoff run.
Owen Miller is the last man standing in the CV golf post-season, earning himself an advancement to Regional competition with his 13th place finish in PIAA District III tournament.
Last week, Miller worked his way through two grueling days of competition in the District III tournament at Briarwood Golf Course. After advancing to the second round, Miller needed to move up the ranks in order to qualify in the top 16 required for Regional play.
"Owen displayed nerves of steel by playing a very competitive round of golf on the second day knowing he would have to go low to make the cut," noted coach Tom Larkin. "He made a clutch bogey on the last hole of the day, and it turns out that bogey got him through to Regionals."
Looking ahead, Miller will compete at Golden Oaks in Reading for the East Regional. The top 24 golfers to emerge from that competition will advance on to States.
"Owen has consistently improved over the past month, his wedge play is extraordinary, and has earned himself one step closer to the State Tournament," said Larkin.
CV tennis team celebrated individual and team achievements last week, including an advancement into the quarterfinals of the District III team tournament for the first time since 2001.
Focusing first on individual competition, Ellie Kready took home the Flight 4 singles title at the L-L League Flight Tournament last Monday.
Kready, a freshman, defeated Olivia Hitz of Cocalico with identical 6-2, 6-2 scores to secure the championship.
CV was also represented in two other championship matches of the tournament. Rachel Eby competed in the Flight 3 title game and fell 6-0, 7-6 to take the runner up spot.
Jacquelyn McBride paired with Kready to take on the No. 2 doubles flight, and worked their way into the final before slipping to a Manheim Township duo 8-6.
"All in all, a good day for CV tennis," summarized Gregg.
Thursday, the tennis squad reverted back to team competition, and headed to Hershey Racquet Club to compete in the PIAA District III post-season tournament.
Regulations allotted CV three singles and two doubles positions with no repeating players.
In the opening round against Cumberland Valley, the Lady Bucks prevailed with a 3-2 victory that bumped them into this week's quarterfinals.
In No. 2 singles, McBride defeated Cumberland's Valerie Motter 6-4, 6-1 while the doubles teams of Kready/C. McBride and Caitlin Carter/Amy Haldeman rose to the challenge for a sweep.
"We had an incredibly close match with three of the five matches going the distance into the third set. It was truly a team effort," praised Gregg.
The Lady Bucks toppled McCaskey in their final contest of the season last week, blanking the Tornados 2-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckskins refused to relent, upping their intensity and peppering the McCaskey defense with 19 shots on goal.
Theodora Dillman connected with the backboard first, collecting her 16th goal of the season with an assist from Bella Silvaggio. Abbey Morley supplied the second CV goal, assisted by Dillman.
"Our six seniors were the backbone of our young team this year. They showed them how to play without regrets, taught them how to compete every day, and led by example what it meant to represent Conestoga Valley," commended head coach Lee Gerdes. "This senior class will have no regrets going forward. We as coaches could not be more proud of these young women."
Practice might not always give you perfect, but it will pay off, and that is what the Lady Bucks are starting to experience at the end of a growing season.
Monday the squad slipped behind Northern Lebanon by a slim margin in three of four sets 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24. In spite of the loss, the Lady Bucks continued to be in the mix for each set.
Stat leaders included Charlize Miller's 20 assists, Maddie Glick's 10 digs, CeCe Leininger's nine kills, and Allie Stolzfus' three aces.
Twenty-four hours later, CV took on McCaskey and prevailed in three 25-22, 25-20, 25-15, stretching their win differential in each consecutive set.
"We passed much better and in doing so our setter, Charlize, was able to get the ball to our hitters," commented head coach Dewey Barlow.
Miller placed 16 assists and added a block, Leininger nailed seven kills and seven digs, and Tenssae Kebede delivered two aces.
"Once those things came together our confidence grew as the match wore on as reflected by the scores," continued Barlow. "We've been working hard on our serve/receive in practice and although we're extremely young, this group has a lot of potential."
Thursday the team suffered a 4-1 loss (25-9, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9) to Cedar Crest, but continued to see improvements specifically in claiming the second set.
Miller provided 11 assists along with three aces, Leininger held the net with four blocks, and Stoltzfus supplied eight kills and six digs.
The boys' cross-country team split their results in a three-way match last week, topping Solanco but losing to Warwick.
Nate Grucelski continued to set the pace for the CV harriers, cruising to a second-place finish with a time of 17:07. Jacob Dissinger (18:44), Zachary Leaman (18:48), and Alex Poli (18:50) crossed the line consecutively claiming 12th, 13th, and 14th place finishes while Jack Emrey rounded out the top five counters with a 21st place finish in 19:29.
On the girls' side, the Lady Bucks were edged out by both Warwick and Solanco. Alex Slingluff led the way with a time of 22:08 to claim a fifth-place finish. Emily Castronova also had a solid showing (23:15), breaking through in 10th place. Kathrine Fowler (24:12) and Kate Kmieczak (24:45) both had times good enough for the top 20. Lindsey Mousch (25th, 25:54) round out the top five.
"Our girls lost a close one to Solanco, but were down our number four runner, Kate Snader, due to illness," noted head coach Mark Amway. "The boys ran strong races to solidify the win over Solanco."
Buckskin Football Gets Past Lebanon, 32-24 October 8, 2017
Traveling to Lebanon High School Friday night, the Buckskins were mentally and physically prepared for the clash that resulted in CV's second L-L League victory.
Knowing a bit about their opponents' strengths allowed Conestoga to equip themselves for the event that ended 32-24 in their favor.
"Lebanon has a very talented team; defense is the key to this week's game," commented head coach Gerad Novak before the contest. "Zakee Salisman is an excellent quarterback who is very capable. Our defense will need to put pressure on him," explained Novak.
The Bucks got off to a strong start, securing a first quarter touchdown with a four-yard run from Yozeph Bencosme. CV's defense executed their game plan, holding Lebanon scoreless in the first.
Lebanon's response came in the form of a pair of touchdowns in the second and they tacked on a third in the following quarter. In all four of Lebanon's touchdowns they opted to attempt the two-point conversion, but CV's defense rendered them unsuccessful in each attempt.
The Buckskins second-quarter scoring consisted of a 22-yard field goal by kicker Joseph Cardina, and a passing touchdown in which Tanner Schwilk found Tyre Stead.
Despite their consistent play, the Bucks found themselves trailing 18-17 after three quarters.
Cranking up the pressure in the fourth, the Bucks secured two additional touchdowns first a nine-yard rush, supplied by Addison Stauffer, and then a pivotal interception that Keegan Martin delivered to the end zone.
"Keegan Martin's interception allowed us to gain possession of the ball and run out the clock to win the game," said Novak.
Schwilk connected with Stead in a successful two-point conversion, and Cardina went three-for-three in PATs in to supply the additional Buckskins points.
"We executed a 75-yard drive with about seven minutes to play, which eventually put us up by eight points. Clayton Byers and Michael Lefever came up huge with a couple of key receptions in that drive," commented Novak.
Schwilk went 23-for-34 while throwing for 313 yards and 1 touchdown. Stead had 10 receptions for 152 yards and 1 touchdown.
"The kids kept battling the entire game and maintained their composure," added Novak.
The field hockey squad started out on a high note last week, picking up an early week win before falling short in their next two matches.
The Lady Bucks took down Hempfield in a 2-1 home field victory last Monday. Hempfield struck first, utilizing a penalty stroke to put them up by one, giving them initial momentum, but the Lady Bucks rallied for an equalizer provided by Theodora Dillman, 11 minutes before the half.
Hempfield had other occasions to strike, including eight corner opportunities, compared to Conestoga's four, but CV was the team to capitalize on their shot attempts, nailing the backboard again in the second half with a slice from Bella Silvaggio.
"Our girls played as a team, and came back strong," noted head coach Lee Gerdes. "Coming from behind for the win showed their tenacity."
Brooke Eberly scooped up three saves protecting the Buckskins' net.
Wednesday and Friday pitted the Lady Bucks against Warwick and Penn Manor, and both games had identical outcomes with CV on the wrong side of a 3-0 score.
"All of section one plays a schedule that is as rigorous and competitive as it can get," pointed out Gerdes. "Our team rose to the challenge on all three occasions, and although we fell short in two of them, I feel the team was competitive in each one. I am extremely proud of the efforts of these young women."
PIAA District III golf championships took place last week at Briarwood Golf Course.
Due to pre-qualifying scores, the Buckskins boasted four golfers at the tournament; Owen Miller, Noel Veitch, and David Formica and Annie Shand.
Noel Veitch carded the best CV score on day one with a 75, positioning him tied for 12th, closely followed by Owen Miller's 78 slotting him tied at 21st. With the top 32 positions advancing, both Veitch and Miller moved on to the second round.
David Formica shot an 82 (42nd) ending his tournament run, and Annie Shand fired an 85 (19th) narrowly missing a coveted spot in the top 16 needed to advance on the girls' side of competition.
Miller upped his game and his standings in Saturday's second round, finishing eight over par, to improve his rank to a 13th place tie securing himself a position in the top 16 to qualify for PIAA Regional competition. Veitch came in 10 over (17th), and just missed the cut for Regional qualification.
The boys' soccer team suffered an early 1-0 defeat from Warwick, bounced back to claim a 5-1 triumph over McCaskey, but ended the week dropping a 3-1 contest to Manheim Township.
Disappointed by the outcome of their faceoff with Warwick, the Bucks came out with intensity against McCaskey, going up 2-0 before the half and adding three additional goals in the second.
Robbie Krasinski notched a hat trick, while Logan Weaver and Sawyer Shertzer chipped in one goal each.
The Thursday game also marked the soccer team's annual Red Card Cancer event, an opportunity to partner with the community to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
In Saturday's loss to Manheim Township, Krasinski registered the lone CV goal of the contest, his 18th of the season.
Although they were unable to come up with a win in either of their matches last week, the Lady Bucks volleyball is laying the ground work for a bright future.
"With a young group we're looking for someone to lead our team especially when we get down," noted head coach Dewey Barlow. "We are looking to see how much we've improved from the beginning of the season."
In their contest against Garden Spot last Monday, the Lady Bucks fell 25-13, 25-19, 25-12.
Cece Leininger came up with 6 kills, Maddison Glick 4 digs, Allison Stoltzfus 2 aces, and Charlize Miller 10 assists and a block.
"It's a great group of kids who love playing together," commented Barlow. "We try as coaches not to dwell on the losses, but continue to encourage and remind them they are mostly sophomores playing against seniors."
Against Hempfield, the Lady Bucks again were bested in three sets, bowing out 25-7, 25-17, 25-16. Savannah Byers led with 5 digs, 4 assists, and 2 aces. Leininger powered 7 kills, and Stoltzfus supplied 5 digs.
"They'll learn from these losses, and we'll be a team to be reckoned with," encouraged Barlow.
Both boys' and girls' cross country experienced a team loss last week in a head-to-head meet against Hempfield.
Hempfield's team ran a strong race, capturing nine-of-ten top spots on both sides, resulting in a 15-49 win for the boys and a 15-52 result for the girls.
Despite the loss, CV's harriers continued to strive for their best times, and two standout performances for the Buckskins allowed them to crack the top ten individual rankings.
Nathan Grucelski cruised across the finish line in third place posting a time of 17:34, behind Hempfield's lead runners Christian Groff (16:50) and Max Lessans (17:00).
Alex Slingluff set the pace for the Lady Bucks securing sixth place with a time of 21:26.
"Another tough meet against Hempfield," acknowledged head coach Mark Amway. "The girls as a whole ran well, and the boys are starting to get healthy as a team and everyone is running. Getting to Leagues and Districts is the goal," he concluded.
The tennis team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament last Friday, and multiple players made the cut to advance deeper into post-season play.
Three singles players, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Ellie Kready, advanced to the semifinals.
McBride, at No. 2, defeated Allie Header from ELCO 6-3, 6-2. Eby triumphed at No. 3 over Elizabethtown's Maddie Musser 6-1, 6-0; and Kready took down Ryleigh Kurtz from Pequea Valley 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles play, Catherine Scala and Eby paired to overcome Solanco's top doubles team 6-0, 6-0; and McBride and Kready also advance to the quarterfinals with a bye.
"Practice during the last few days has certainly shifted from team concepts to individual strengths and weaknesses," commented head coach Dale Gregg.
Saturday's results included three more advancements for the Lady Bucks. Eby and Kready will each head to the finals of No. 3 and 4 singles respectively. Eby defeated Cocalico's Hallie Koslowski 1-6, 6-0, 10-6 while Kready conquered Lampeter's Isabelle Brown 6-3, 6-1.
McBride and Kready will get a shot at the No. 2 doubles title next week after they toppled all duos in their semi-final flight.
"Each player needs to play self-confidently, within their abilities, and to their strengths," noted Gregg as they turn their attention to the finals matches."
The girls' soccer team squeezed another two victories and a draw out of last week, pushing their season record to 13-1-1.
Tuesday at Warwick, CV battled through an uncharacteristically close contest, heading into double overtime before clinching a 3-2 triumph.
The Bucks were the first to strike when Madison Delgado tucked in her first goal of the night after only eight minutes on the field. The scoreboard remained unaffected until just before the half when the Warriors notched the equalizer.
In the second half, the Warwick was the first to surge ahead, but CV was quick to respond. Delgado powered the ball into the net a minute later for her second goal and another knotted scoreboard.
The game clock wound down with neither team willing to surrender, propelling the contest into overtime.
"I told the team we needed to connect passes and play quicker through the midfield," commented head coach Keith Nagley on what transpired in the quick break before the extended minutes. "The game was very even, as well as overtime," he added.
After 98 minutes of play, CV's Emma Weirich seized an opening and slipped the ball past the Warriors' keeper for the golden goal.
Lauren Yoder gathered seven saves in the win.
On the heels of that nail-biter, the Lady Bucks cruised to a 9-0 home field victory over McCaskey.
Delgado produced her third goal of the week to open scoring. Emily Clapper, Weirich, Megan Stone, Alexis Spencer, Allyson Andrews and Adalee Broadbent each tucked in a goal apiece. Leah Amico added two.
On Saturday, 80 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods were still not ample time to determine a victor, and CV's game against Manheim Township ended in a scoreless draw.
CV's Lady Booters Push Season Record to 11-1 October 1, 2017
Two more wins for the girls' soccer team last week puts their season record at 11-1.
The Lady Bucks picked up their first shutout of the week with a 1-0 triumph at Hempfield High School.
A scoreless first half led to a pressure-filled second as the clock wound towards expiration without a goal. With 16 minutes remaining, CV's Serina Blessing powered a shot past the Hempfield keeper and connected with the net to give the Lady Bucks the golden goal.
CV keeper Lauren Yoder, snatched up five saves to preserve the shutout.
Not missing a beat, the girls prepared for their next opponent.
"We discuss and prepare for the next game on the schedule. The next game on the schedule is the most important one," explained head coach Keith Nagley, on how he keeps his team focused after such a successful streak of games.
As they prepared to take on Palmyra on Thursday, coach Nagley further described the team's preparation strategy.
"We are working on being patient on defense, and more aggressive in our attack. All of our players know their role on the team and understand what is expected of them in their position," he elaborated.
If aggressive attack was the goal, the Lady Bucks certainly rose to the challenge as they secured a 5-0 conquest over Palmyra at home on Thursday.
The Buckskins' five goals were supplied by five different players with Alexis Spencer, Emily Clapper, and Megan Stone accounting for the three first half goals, and Emma Weirich and Gabriella Barone each slipping one in during the second half.
The Lady Bucks have accrued an astounding 42 goals against their opponents this season, while only surrendering one. The depth of the club is demonstrated in their range of attack, as 20 separate players have contributed to the staggering goal count.
The volleyball team fell behind in two matchups last week, taking 3-0 losses to Manheim Township and Penn Manor.
In the head-to-head contest with Township the Lady Bucks fell 25-10, 25-17, 25-18 but showed progressive improvement in each set.
Charlize Miller provided 11 assists, CeCe Leininger 7 kills, and Maddie Glick 9 digs.
All three sets against Penn Manor were closely contested, but each tipped just out of reach for CV with set scores of 25-21, 28-26, 25-21.
Stat leaders for the Lady Bucks included Miller with 19 assists, Leininger powering 9 kills, Glick supplying 11 digs, and Lexi McEvoy providing 4 aces.
The golf team finished strong at the Lancaster-Lebanon League end of season tournament, with a second-place team finish just behind Manheim Township.
Honeybrook Golf Course and above average temperatures set the scene for the competition, and the Bucks remained focused on both team and individual achievement.
Owen Miller fired a 74 to lead the way. Noel Veitch carded a 76, David Formica an 81, and Chris Schoeneberger shot a career best score of 83 to be the fourth golfer to contribute to the team total of 314.
On an individual level, Conestoga's top three, Miller, Veitch, and Formica each carded scores low enough to qualify for District play in October.
Annie Shand, also propelled herself into District competition shooting an 89 on the girls' side of the competition.
"The CV golf team got better over time because we worked hard in practice," noted head coach Tom Larkin reflecting on the season.
"Once we focused on practice, our scores improved. Allen Iverson was wrong when he criticized the concept of practice," continued Larkin. "In truth, practice is the most important activity we do in sports," he concluded.
The cross country teams competed at Lebanon on Tuesday in a three-way match in which both squads came away with a win over Lebanon and a loss to Cedar Crest.
On the boys' side, the top finishing times were dominated by Cedar Crest, but CV's Nate Grucelski was able to disrupt that group with a second-place individual finish and a time of 17:01.
Zachary Leaman was also able to break into the top ten with a ninth-place time of 18:07. Alex Poli (18:56), Preston Brubaker (19:16), Jacob Dissinger (19:20), and Jack Emrey (20:12) all posted fast enough times for rankings in the top twenty.
"Nate Grucelski continued to run well, and Zach and Alex followed behind with personal bests," noted head coach Mark Amway.
For the girls there was also much improvement to be celebrated.
"The top five girls are really coming together and ran exceptional as individuals and as a team," praised Amway. "By far the best meet of the year for the girls," he added.
Alex Slingluff blazed the way for the Lady Bucks snagging a second-place finish with a time of 21:23. Emily Castronova, a freshman, provided a fourth-place finish in 22:25. Katherine Fowler (22:40), Kate Snader (22:49), and Kate Kmieczak (23:01) also finished in the top ten.
Headed into Friday night's clash against Manheim Township, the Buckskins were prepared to enact a strategic game plan, though they battled all four quarters they came up short 49-28.
"We have to do a better job of recognizing Manheim Townships formations," noted head coach Gerad Novak. "Defensively, reading our keys is critical to avoid being hurt by the big play. The key offensively, will be to keep the game close and get to the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win," he explained going into the game.
The first half went largely in favor of Manheim as they registered three touchdowns in the first quarter, followed by four in the second.
The Buckskins were consistent crossing into the end zone in every quarter of play to accumulate their four touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome Manheim's first half dominance.
Jose Barbon ignited CV's scoring in the first quarter with a 32-yard interception he delivered across the line. Barbon also received two passing touchdowns from quarterback Tanner Schwilk.
Clayton Byers found an opening to receive a pass from Schwilk for a fourth CV touchdown. Bucks' kicker Joseph Cardina once again was reliable in getting his job done, successfully completing four-of-four PATs.
Schwilk finished the contest going 16 of 22 for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Bucks soccer squad was hit with a 2-0 loss to Hempfield in the beginning of last week, but turned things around for a 3-1 victory during a visit to Northeastern on Thursday, and added another win on Saturday against Daniel Boone 3-0.
The first half of Tuesday's contest against Hempfield was a defensive battle in which neither team surrendered a goal. Hempfield's persistence in the second half awarded them two goals to clinch the victory.
Rallying midway through the week, the Bucks dished out an exciting triumph over Northeastern, with Conestoga striker, Robbie Krasinski notching a hat trick in a spectacular display of offensive prowess. Though Northeastern was able to collect a goal, it was not enough to overcome the Buck's offensive surge.
Riding their wave of momentum, the Bucks took down Daniel Boone 3-0 on Saturday. Krasinski was responsible for another two goals and Tanner Shertzer also knocked one in.
Krasinski has accrued an impressive 14 goals so far in the season, and head coach Dave Hartlaub is quick to praise both Krasinski's efforts, as well as the contribution of the entire team, making the success possible.
"Robbie is on a tear. He has been supported by a cast of hard working players who have defended very well and put the ball in dangerous places for him to get his goals," noted Hartlaub.
On the other end of the field, keeper Carter Lam has been racking up saves with 52 to his credit.
"Carter Lam has pulled off a series of exceptional saves, while Avery Barton has led a back line that has limited the last two opponents to minimal shots," continued Hartlaub. "Trent Rider and Ethan Bredeman have controlled midfield play," he added.
The tennis squad got knocked down by a 7-0 loss to Hempfield on Monday, but gathered their composure and rebounded with a 6-1 win over Cedar Crest on Wednesday.
Wednesday's home contest against Cedar Crest marked the end of the regular season for the Lady Bucks, whose dominate performance awarded them with an overall record of 11-4 and 9-2 in league competition.
Catherine Scala has played in the number one singles spot all season and holds a singles record of 7-5. Scala pairs with Rachel Eby for number one doubles and together they hold an 8-2 record.
Jacquelyn McBride has shouldered the number two singles position with a record of 7-4. Rachel Eby holds an 8-4 record in the number three singles slot, and Ellie Kready has been a major contributor in the number four singles with an 8-2 record.
Heading into the post season, the Lady Bucks hold the number nine ranking in PIAA District three.
The field hockey team dropped two close matches during the week before hosting their Buckskin Classic tournament on Saturday in which they advanced to the championship game where they were bested by Bermudian Springs for the title.
Monday the team fell 3-0 to Cedar Crest, and Friday night slipped 1-0 to Manheim Township.
Regrouping for a full Saturday of competition, the Lady Bucks came out strong and secured a 4-0 victory over Central York in their preliminary round of play. Theodora Dillman notched two CV goals, and Abby Morley and Bella Silvaggio chipped in one apiece.
Later in the day the Buckskins squared off against Bermudian Springs to battle it out for the tournament title. The two closely matched teams struggled for control of the contest, and a lone goal slipped in by Bermudian Springs determined the 1-0 outcome.
CV Boy's Soccer Dominates Lebanon 8-2 September 24, 2017
Kicking off the week in confidence, the Buckskins' boys' soccer squad registered a resounding 8-2 victory last Monday over Lebanon High School.
Knocking in four goals in each half, the Bucks dominated possession for 80 minutes on the field.
"The boys are starting to execute a game plan that makes us more successful," commented head coach Dave Hartlaub. "We are defending better as a squad, and then getting the ball into dangerous spaces on the field with a quick counter attack."
Robbie Krasinski and Logan Weaver each chipped in two goals. Justin Martin, Josh Heck, Ethan Bredeman, and Andrew Wahba tucked in one apiece.
"We have been highlighting aspects of the game and asking them to focus on being better, and immediately we have seen improvement," praised Hartlaub. "Our current focus has been team defensive shape and making sure we are defending from a position that is advantageous to us and not our opponent."
In a grueling match on Wednesday, CV took on Penn Manor and battled it out all the way through double overtime to still end with the game knotted at one.
After a scoreless first half, Krasinski connected with the back of the net at the 51st minute mark. As the clock wound down, it appeared that CV would take the victory, but in the final minute of regulation, Penn Manor made a desperate last attack and slipped in a goal to send the contest into overtime.
Neither team was willing to budge as they held their ground throughout a first overtime, and then a second, ending the contest with neither team claiming the win.
"We were disappointed with giving up a late goal, but our captains set a tone, making sure the boys were focused and ready for the overtime periods," noted Hartlaub. "Giving up a late goal can cause a team to let their guard down. It was very good to see them persevere and show good mental toughness."
Friday evening the Bucks faced a tough opponent in Central Dauphin East and fell to a 3-0 defeat.
"As the boys continue to cope with the speed and physicality of the varsity level, they will become more dynamic in their play, and start to make better decisions," encouraged Hartlaub.
In an impressive display of endurance last week, the Lady Bucks not only played four consecutive matches, but they did it in style, claiming 7-0 victories over three out of the four opponents.
In rapid succession, the Lady Bucks took down Ephrata, McCaskey, and Warwick without even surrendering a match point, before succumbing 5-0 to Altoona on Thursday.
"I enjoy challenging each player with individual goals to achieve continued improvement," explained head coach Dale Gregg. "My job as coach is to have them analyze their weaknesses and direct them to work on those underused skills while utilizing their strengths as much as possible," he added.
On that individual level, Catherine Scala continues to lead the team playing the number one singles and doubles position. Scala holds a 6-4 singles record and 7-1 in doubles.
"We are working to qualify for district team play," pointed out Gregg when discussing the exciting potential for CV as they progress in the season.
Even while contemplating possible long-term outcomes, Gregg emphasized just how important focusing on the immediate tasks is to reaching the end goal.
"One point at a time, with points leading to games, and games to sets," explained Gregg. "Eliminating errors, and playing one more shot over the net forces our competitors to hit another ball."
Currently the team sits with an 8-1 league record and 10-3 overall.
Headed into Friday night's contest against McCaskey, the Buckskins already had a plan, and with consistency and effort they put it into action to pull off a 28-25 win.
"McCaskey is a very talented and athletic football team. It's very important, defensively, to pursue to the ball and gang tackle," noted head coach Gerad Novak. "We needed to create some turnovers in the game to give our offense the opportunity to score some easy touchdowns."
CV got off to a strong start in the home contest, securing three unanswered touchdowns in the first two quarters. Quarterback Tanner Schwilk found Jose Barbon for two consecutive scores. Just before the half, Tyre Stead threw a reverse pass connecting with Barbon and setting up touchdown number three.
Creating turnovers was a goal headed into the game, and came to fruition when Michael Lefever gathered a fumble recovery and delivered it into the end zone. The defensive line did not disappoint forcing three turnovers. Clayton Byers came up with two interceptions in addition to Lefever's fumble recovery.
During the second half, McCaskey started to gain their footing, but had an uphill climb after being down 21-0. McCaskey managed to pass the ball into the end zone four times to make the contest close, but failed PATs and incomplete two-point conversions made all the difference.
After a scoreless third quarter for CV, Schwilk found Barbon for a fourth quarter touchdown, and with Joseph Cardina's clutch PATs, going four-for-four, the Buckskins total of 28 was enough to hold off McCaskey at 25.
Schwilk completed 27-38 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns.
"We made some mental and physical mistakes during the game, but the players have continued to develop the winning mindset the coaching staff has been preaching since day one," said Novak.
It would be an unusual week if the CV girls soccer team did not secure a shutout, so this week, they provided three. They began by blanking the Cedar Crest Falcons 3-0 last Monday, followed by more of the same in a 4-0 victory over Penn Manor, and capped the week with an exciting 1-0 overtime triumph against Governor Mifflin.
The Lady Bucks got right to business, tucking in two goals before 10 minutes had passed in their matchup against the Falcons. The first goal came off the foot of Megan Stone and the second from Emma Weirich. Late in the second half, Weirich added another to complete the trio of goals.
When asked how the Lady Bucks are able to produce the slew of nine shutouts only midway through the season, head coach Keith Nagley is quick to point out the contribution of the defensive end of the field.
"The defenders on the team, Lauren Yoder, keeper, Jacque Thornton, Jordyn Hock, Adalee Broadbent, and Megan Slingluff, play very well as a unit," said Nagley.
In Wednesday's contest against Penn Manor, the girls were only up by one after the first half, their sole goal supplied by Adalee Broadbent. After the break, CV cranked up the pressure netting three more goals, one from Madison Delgado, Gabriella Barone, and a second from Broadbent.
In Saturday's nail-biting match against Governor Mifflin, the Lady Bucks found themselves in an unfamiliar position of a scoreless game at the end of regulation. Dealing with overtime pressure, the girls rose to the challenge and Anna Weiss netted the golden goal to take their third win of the week.
"We didn't play our best game today, but found a way to win," summarized Nagley.
Hosting a three-way match last Tuesday, Conestoga was unable to clinch a team win, as Manheim Township claimed the meet and Elizabethtown secured second.
Despite slipping in the team standings, the Buckskins placed several runners in the top 20. Alexandra Slingluff blazed the way, finishing in 11th with a time of 22:11. Emily Castronova (23:43), Kate Snader (24:08), and Alexa Kmieczak (24:09) were able to break into the top 20 with consecutive place finishes of 16, 17, and 18.
On the boy's side of the competition, the team results remained the same, but CV harrier, Nathan Grucelski, snagged a top three spot, finishing with a time of 17:16.
Fellow Bucks, Zachary Leaman (18:37), Alex Poli (19:23), Preston Brubaker (19:51) each ran times worthy of the top 20.
Last week the golf team was right in the mix during the seven-team match they hosted at the Conestoga Country Club, coming in a collective third place behind Manheim Township and Warwick.
Owen Miller once again led the Buckskin squad, shooting a 76, the fourth best score of the contest. He was joined by teammates David Formica, 83, Noel Veitch, 86, and Jon Garber, 90, to round out the team's 338, a mere three strokes behind Warwick's 332. Manheim Township's 307 was the lowest team score of the day.
The field hockey team started their week with a tough match against Penn Manor and found themselves on the wrong end of the 10-1 final, but battled back for an end of week triumph.
In their contest against Penn Manor, Theodora Dillman supplied the lone CV goal.
Regrouping for an end of week contest, the Bucks rebounded for a 7-0 shutout against McCaskey.
Passing and creating openings are two areas the girls have been drilling in practice and the results were evident in their game-time success.
"The team focused on achieving the team goals. We were proud of their tenacity through the game," commented head coach Lee Gerdes.
Unity on the defensive end preserved the shutout, and passing and aggression created a total of 19 shots on goal. Successfully connecting with the backboard on seven of those shots allowed a variety of players to get in on the scoring action. Abby Morley collected three goals, Ellie Livingston added two, and Carly Eberly and Madison Handwerger chipped in one apiece.
The volleyball team was dealt three losses last week, falling 3-1 to Ephrata, followed by 3-0 losses to Cedar Crest and McCaskey.
In their matchup against Ephrata, the Buckskins dug deep to pull out a first set win 26-24, but were unable to claim another as Ephrata snagged the remaining three (25-17, 25-8, 25-13).
Cece Leininger played aggressively coming up with 10 kills and 11 digs. Madison Glick also contributed 11 digs, and Charlize Miller fired three aces and 18 assists.
Twenty-four hours later, CV had to swallow another tough loss, this one to Cedar Crest (25-20, 25-20, 25-17).
Despite being down, the young CV squad kept at it, highlighting individual achievements against adversity. Leininger racked up 13 kills to go with 7 digs, Miller nailed 5 aces, 16 assists, and 2 blocks, and Allison Stoltzfus supplied 7 digs.
Though they were unable to claim a set against Warwick on Thursday (25-14, 25-16, 25-15), the Lady Bucks supported each other and learned from the contest. Miller nailed 2 aces and 7 assists, Leininger slammed 5 kills and a block, and Glick supplied 7 digs.
CV Lady Booters Earn Three More Shutouts September 18, 2017
Shutouts are becoming a bit of a trend for the Lady Bucks soccer squad, as they added three more to their record this week, giving them six so far, this season.
CV keeper Lauren Yoder has epitomized her role of guardian of the goal, allowing zero goals, and grabbing 12 saves. Meanwhile on the other end of the field, the Lady Bucks have not let up on the attack, racking up a total of 14 goals last week.
Monday they bested Warwick High School 2-0, while simultaneously dealing the Warriors their first defeat of the season.
Clear shots on goal were hard to come by in the contest, with the Bucks registering four shots on goal and the Warriors merely two, but CV made their opportunities count. Ana Weiss was first to break the goal line driving the ball into the net at the 29th minute assisted by Madison Delgado.
In the second half, Adalee Broadbent capitalized on a direct kick opportunity and sailed the ball out of the reach of the Warrior keeper and into the back of the net.
"We have been focusing on possessing the ball and using our speed on the outside of our attack," commented head coach Keith Nagley.
Wednesday, the Lady Bucks registered their second shutout of the week, blanking McCaskey 9-0.
Assailing McCaskey with a barrage of 27 shots on goal, the Lady Bucks went up 7-0 before the half. Jacque Thornton, Allyson Andrews, Megan Stone, Ana Weis, and Alexis Spencer, tucked in a goal apiece, and Megan Stone netted two.
Serina Blessing and Adalee Broadbent supplied the two second half tallies.
On Friday, the Lady Bucks dished out a home field, 3-0 conquest over Manheim Township.
Both teams created scoring opportunities, but the results were much different. CV's defense, with Yoder in goal, halted nine shot attempts by Manheim.
At the other end, CV's offense only registered six clear attempts, but successfully finished three. Weirich sank the only first half goal with Spencer and Stone each tucking one in as the second half started to wind down.
Having such dominate success, it would be easy for the Lady Bucks to lose focus, but the coaching staff is honing their skills and attention to keep them sharp.
"Right now, I would say the girls are focused on playing together and taking each game as it comes. We aren't looking past the next game on the schedule," summarized Nagley.
CV volleyball picked up its first win of the season with a 3-0 league triumph over McCaskey on Thursday. The Lady Bucks handled the contest in three sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-11)
Sets one and two demonstrated the young squad getting their footing as the teams rallied back and forth keeping the scores close.
"We played very well in the last [set]; we're trying to get our girls to be a little more consistent," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow. "As we play more together, consistency will come over time. Patience and keeping our heads up is key."
Building with a young team means potential and an exciting future for the Lady Bucks as sophomores dominated the stat lines. Lexi McEvoy and Maddie Glick made the most of their service opportunities, delivering four aces apiece. Fellow sophomores CeCe Leininger's six digs, and Charlize Miller's 11 setter assists, helped propel the team to their first victory.
The golf team improved their standings this week, taking advantage of their sole match held at Four Seasons Golf Course to claim the number two team spot as well as providing the day's best individual score.
CV senior Owen Miller shot the lowest round of the day firing a 71. Noel Veitch carded a 75, while Jon Garber and David Formica pulled identical 83s to qualify for the team collective score of 312.
That score was enough to bump the Bucks into second place, only 16 strokes behind Manheim Township's 296. The second-place finish marks CV's highest rank finish this season going 5-1 and improving their overall record to 21-15.
"Our team began to focus more intensely in practice," said head coach Tom Larkin. "Once we began to practice harder, we played better."
Bookended by losses with identical scoreboards, the Lady Bucks shone bright in their mid-week overtime victory.
Monday, the Lady Bucks fell 5-2 to Manheim Township. Theodora Dillman drove in both CV goals in the first half, both times assisted by Madi Handwerger. Despite a close 3-2 halftime scoreboard in favor of Manheim, the Blue Streaks pulled away in the second half for the win.
Wednesday, the Lady Bucks overcame an early game deficit to thrill their fans with a 4-3 overtime victory against Hempfield.
The Knights channeled the early game momentum, knocking in a goal after only seven minutes. The Lady Bucks trailed through most of the first half, but their response was delivered just before the break with back-to-back goals supplied by Handwerger and Abby Morley, putting CV up 2-1.
CV's Callie Rumbaugh nailed the backboard for the Lady Buck's third goal just over a minute into the second half. Hempfield retaliated quickly, narrowing the deficit 3-2.
The clock wound down, appearing as if the Lady Bucks had secured the victory, but, with under a minute remaining a Hempfield striker sliced in an equalizing goal, propelling the game into overtime.
After a few close offensive attempts by Hempfield, Dillman navigated the ball past the Hempfield keeper and clinched the victory.
"The team never let up, and continued to pressure Hempfield," explained coach Lee Gerdes. "CV pulled each other through exhaustion to come out with the win."
Friday night, the Lady Bucks found themselves again on the wrong side of a 5-2 scoreboard, this time Warwick taking the victory.
After a delayed start, the harrier teams were anxious to begin their competitive season last week, participating in their first match at Penn Manor. Though the Bucks did not pick up any team victories in the four-way meet, individual triumphs were a highlight.
Racing against runners from McCaskey, Ephrata, and Penn Manor, Nate Grucelski finished third out of 47, registering a time of 17:10 and coming in just 11 seconds behind the top slot taken by Ephrata's Andrew Foster. Zachary Leaman posted the second-best CV time of 18:32 giving him the overall 12th spot. CV's Preston Brubaker and Alex Poli also finished in the top 20, with times of 19:35 and 19:41 respectively.
On the girl's side of competition, Alexandra Slingluff provided the top CV time of 22:17 placing 11th. Emily Castronova (23:20), Kate Snader (24:01), and Alexa Kmieczak (24:13) provided times worthy of the top 20.
"Nate Grucelski continued to show why he is a legitimate front runner, and Alex Slingluff finished as our top girl against three very tough girls programs." commented head coach Mark Amway.
Grucelski and Slingluff both qualified to participate in the PennTrak XC invitational in Kutztown last week and both placed impressive times that earned them medal rankings.
Grucelski ran the 5k in 17:04, nabbing the fifth spot out of 172 competitors. Slingluff dug deep, and overcame a runner in the final seconds to secure the 20th spot with a time of 21:46.
"I was very happy with the way both of them ran this early in the season," praised head coach Mark Amway.
CV Tennis continues to impress, taking down all three of their opponents without surrendering a point, picking up 7-0 wins over Penn Manor, Elizabethtown, and Solanco.
All three matches were league competitions counting toward their impressive 5-1 league record.
Against Penn Manor, Catherin Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Ellie Kready each earned points in singles and doubles, while Christina McBride and Caitlin Carter joined in to produce a point at the third doubles position.
Though matches against the Elizabethtown Bears were more closely contested, the same lineup once again captured all seven points up for grabs.
On Friday, Solanco met the same fate as the Lady Bucks snagged all available points in both singles and doubles.
Saturday, Conestoga hosted an invitational tournament against Wilson, Lower Dauphin, and Central York. CV came away with the tournament win earning 23 points in the round robin style competition.
Scala earned tournament MVP recognition and Caroline Nava was also named to the All-Tournament team for her work, paired with Sophia Steed to claim the number two doubles final.
Swallowing a tough loss early in the week, the CV boy's soccer team rallied for two victories to close the week.
Monday the Buckskins faced a 2-0 shutout by Warwick. Despite being unable to break through the Warwick defense, Buckskin keeper Carter Lam snatched up 12 saves to prevent Warwick from further extending their lead.
At home on Wednesday, the Bucks notched a 5-1 victory over McCaskey.
Though McCaskey was first to strike, notching a goal after 17 minutes, the Buckskins were quick to recover and took over the contest.
Robbie Krasinski secured CV's first two goals, one from the field and the second as a successful PK. Caleb Vellenga, Sawyer Shertzer, and Logan Weaver joined Krasinski to accumulate the five goals.
Friday, the Buckskins capped their week with a 1-0 triumph over Manheim Township.
After 72 minutes of trading possessions and no alteration to the scoreboard, it looked as though the clock might expire with all zeros. Buckskin keeper, Avery Barton, did his part gathering five saves to preserve the shutout.
Eight minutes before the buzzer, Krasinski found his opportunity and connected with the back of the net. The Bucks worked together to stifle Manheim's final desperate attempts, and pulled off the win.
In another tight battle of touchdowns extending into overtime, Buckskin football experienced its first loss, 57-54 double OT final at the hands of Lampeter-Strasburg.
After an unanswered Pioneer touchdown in the first, the Buckskins ignited their offensive game in the second.
Quarterback Tanner Schwilk went 34 of 40, throwing for 455 yards, and five touchdowns. Tyre Stead was on the receiving end of three touchdowns while also rushing ten yards for a fourth. Jose Barbon also hauled in two touchdowns and Addison Stauffer supplied an additional rushing touchdown.
After four quarters, the Pioneers and Buckskins had earned identical scores of 44 leading to overtime. Much like the regulation minutes, the overtime possessions featured offensive prowess.
The Pioneers crossed the goal line first, and the Buckskins responded in kind with the rushing touchdown from Stead. On their next possession CV kicker, Joseph Cardina, sent one through the uprights for three points. Unfortunately for CV, the Pioneers retaliated with a passing touchdown to secure their overtime victory.
Cardina ended the night with an impressive total of seven PATs and a field goal.
Football Nips Solanco in OT Thriller, Now 2-0 September 10, 2017
Only two games into the season, Buckskin football has already given their fans everything they could hope for, clinching both victories with a slew of touchdowns, and an overtime finish that came down to the wire.
They might have been the visitor in their season opener at Ephrata High School, but the Buckskins took the field with authority, dishing out a 49-7 conquest over the Mountaineers.
Defensive intensity set the tone for the Bucks' outstanding performance, allowing the Mountaineers to gain only six offensive yards in the entire first half.
Jose Barbon got it done on all ends of the field racking up six catches, 181 yards, and three touchdowns.
The offensive line also showed up, providing vital protection allowing Buckskin quarterback Tanner Schwilk to throw 228 yards, four touchdown passes, and complete 11-16 passing attempts.
"It takes everyone to be dedicated to accomplishing the same goals as a team rather than as individuals," pointed out head coach Gerad Novak. "The defense played outstanding and the offensive line did an outstanding job of pass protection."
Next up, CV hosted Solanco on Friday for an exhilarating performance of traded touchdowns that all came down to an overtime extra point as the Buckskins triumphed 55-54.
The Buckskins and Golden Mules battled up and down the field matching touchdown for touchdown, reaching the end of the fourth with identical 48s blazing from the scoreboard.
Barbon once again covered the entire field, receiving two touchdown passes, and running a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second. Schwilk threw 359 yards and also found Tyre Stead and Michael Lefever for two touchdowns apiece. Addison Stauffer supplied the additional touchdown on a two-yard run.
In such a brutally close matchup, every point was vital, including all seven of Joseph Cardina's PAT kicks.
The Mules obtained first overtime possession and secured a touchdown, but missed their extra point opportunity. In a must-score situation for CV, Schwilk kept his composure and found Lefever in the end zone for the six points needed knot the score.
Stepping up to the high-pressure extra point kick, Cardina propelled the football through the uprights for the game-clinching point.
"This was incredible effort and perseverance on the part of our kids; they never stopped battling. Most of our players played every down in a tough, physical game. This was the kind of game you dream about as a young football player, and when the final whistle blows you realize all your hard work has made that dream come true," summarized Novak.
Picking up two triumphs in their first two games of the season, the field hockey team amassed 13 goals and allowed only two in their inaugural week.
Opening their season in front of a home crowd, the Lady Bucks awarded their fans with an exciting 10-1 victory over Muhlenberg High School.
Five different players jumped in on the scoring action to accumulate the 10 goals, led by Abigail Morley and Theodora Dillman who collected four and three goals respectively. Carli Eberly, Eleanor Livingston, and Callie Rumbaugh each chipped in a goal to complete the tally.
Scoring from a variety of field angles, as well as four goals directly resulting from corner plays, gave CV the upper hand from the start.
In their subsequent contest, the Buckskin squad once again dominated the field, this time delivering a 3-1 defeat to Cedar Crest.
A unified defense, a resilient midfield, and an aggressive offense proved to be a winning combination. Dillman netted a goal in each half, and Morley picked up a goal in the second. Rumbaugh came through with two assists and Bella Silvaggio also registered an assist.
"Cedar Crest is a fast and tenacious team, and put plenty of pressure around the ball, but our team played with intensity that enabled them to withstand the pressure," commented head coach Lee Gerdes. "Our seniors brought great leadership to the game that set the tone and maintained that intensity," she added.
The boys' soccer squad played with heart in their opening week of competition, but were dealt three losses.
In their 4-2 season opener against Lancaster Mennonite, the Buckskins struggled to retaliate against the Blazer's offensive striker, Mathew Lynch who scored all four Blazer goals.
Down by three entering the second half, the Bucks rallied with an offensive counter attack. Robbie Krasinski got the Bucks on the scoreboard, followed by Andrew Wahba with the second goal seven minutes before the clock expired.
Buckskin keeper Carter Lam gathered four saves, and only allowed a single second half Balzer goal, but the combined efforts were not enough to overcome the first half deficit.
"The intangibles that coaches look for in their players is the foundation to this squad. We have seen tremendous progress in our defensive shape and ability to transition," encouraged head coach Dave Hartlaub.
Wednesday at Hempfield, the Buckskins suffered a second disappointment falling behind the Black Knights 1-0, and were unable to secure the equalizer before the final buzzer.
"These kids love the game and are eager to learn and work for one another. Our biggest goal would be to instill consistency in our young players, then we will have a better idea of how to set up the team to be the most successful," elaborated Hartlaub.
Saturday, the team was hit with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Wilson in which the teams were tied at three apiece until the final minutes of the game as a Wilson striker managed to navigate one additional shot into the net for the win.
The tennis squad came out swinging this season and currently sits with a 1-1 record in their section, and 4-2 overall.
Catherine Scala led the way in CV's 7-0 victory over the Lebanon Cedars, clinching the top singles match in two quick 6-0 sets. Scala paired with Rachel Eby to claim their doubles contest in similar fashion 8-0.
Jacquelyn McBride, Eby, and Ellie Kready captured the three other singles victories, with McBride and Kready joining for a doubles victory. Caitlin Carter and Amy Haldeman completed the sweep with their 8-1 effort in the third doubles match.
Previously the squad toppled both Cocalico (5-2) and Garden Spot (7-0). The Lady Bucks suffered a defeat at the hands of Dallastown 4-1 before rebounding for a win 6-1 win over Manheim Central, and took their second hit with a 7-0 loss to Manheim Township.
"Our new players have stepped up and are playing like veteran tennis competitors, while our returning varsity players continue to provide the leadership during matches," noted head coach Dale Gregg. "A number of players have contributed when asked, providing points at third doubles-all have contributed," emphasized Gregg.
Opening their season on a high note, the girls' soccer team claimed three out of four of their matches last week.
Taking control early on, the Lady Bucks blanked Northeastern 6-0. Emma Weirich secured the Buckskins first two goals after only 21 minutes. Madison Delgado and Ana Weiss each netted a goal before the half to give CV a 4-0 advantage heading into the second half.
"We have a very strong defensive unit and limited Northeastern's chances on goal. Our pressure on their midfielders led to many turnovers and scoring opportunities for us," noted head coach Keith Nagley.
The second half replicated the first, this time with Adalee Broadbent and Adrianna Neiman contributing to the goal count. CV keeper, Lauren Yoder, picked up three saves to preserve the shut out.
The Lady Bucks were handed their sole loss at Hempfield last Tuesday. Though they were outshooting their opponents and dominating possession, the Lady Bucks were unable to break the goal line, while Hempfield slid in a single goal on a counter play.
Unfortunately, the Lady Bucks ran short on time as the game was called due to weather just ten minutes into the second half, leaving the them on the wrong end of the 1-0 scoreboard.
Picking themselves up, the Lady Bucks retaliated with back-to-back shutouts, 5-0 against Muhlenberg and 3-0 over Exeter Township.
Megan Stone placed the first goal against Muhlenberg only four minutes in, but the scoreboard did not read another alteration until well into the second half when CV knocked in four additional shots in rapid succession. Broadbent, Serina Blessing, Weiss, and Megan Slingluff each contributed a goal.
Weirich, Broadbent, and Jacqui Thornton were responsible for the three goals against Exeter.
Consistency would be a fair term to describe the first half of the Buckskin golf season, ranking fourth out of seven in each of their first three meets, before improving to third in their most recent contest.
In their match at Overlook Golf Course, the Noel Veitch led the CV squad carding a 79, Owen Miller recorded an 80, David Formica supplied an 84, and Annie Shand a 94.
In their second meet at Fairview Golf Course, the Bucks registered their lowest collective effort with a team total of 325, one stroke over Hempfield's 324, with Manheim Township and Warwick claiming the top two spots with scores of 293 and 321 respectively. Miller clinched the top individual ranking for the Buckskins with 78. Jon Garber 80, Veitch 83, and Formica 85 contributed.
Miller, with an 80, carded the best Buckskin score again at the Milton Hershey Golf Course. He was followed by Veitch's 83, Formica's 85, and Shand's 91.
"The CV team had hoped to perform better in the matches completed thus far, and we are looking forward to playing well in the three matches that are left," summarized head coach Tom Larkin.
That improvement was demonstrated in a nine-hole competition last Tuesday at Lebanon Country Club. The Buckskins climbed up a notch, tying Warwick for the third, shooting a collective 168, barely behind Penn Manor's 167, and Manheim Township's top slot of 149.
CV's overall record currently stands at 17-13 as they head into the home stretch of their season.
Volleyball has gotten off to a difficult start, dropping their first three contests against Lancaster Mennonite, Penn Manor, and Cocalico, but only Penn Manor counted toward league competition.
Against Lancaster Mennonite the Buckskins had a particularly close second set (25-15, 25-23, 25-16), but were just short of being able to break through for a set win.
In the match at Penn Manor the team faced three similar sets falling 25-12, 25-15, 25-17, followed by the loss to Cocalico (25-21, 25-15, 25-16).
Stat leaders include Savannah Byers topping two categories with seven kills and five blocks, and Charlize Miller leading with four aces and 13 setter assists.
Inclement weather postponed the kickoff of the CV cross country season, but they continue to prep for their first meet, slated for Tuesday, hosted by Penn Manor High School.
Bucks Find Success at District Track May 25, 2017
A handful of Conestoga Valley track and field athletes made the trip to Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University to compete in the District Three Class AAA Championships on May 19-20 and three of them extended their season yet another weekend with PIAA qualifying efforts.
Aanyah Bermudez found success in both hurdle events. The senior continued his battle against Penn Manor's Taraje Whitfield in both the 110 highs and the 300's and settled for split results. Bermudez, who was seventh last year with a 15.24, matched his seed and grabbed gold in the high hurdles, clocking a 14.31 and holding off Whitfield's 14.46.
The Comet junior returned the favor in the 300's, taking the silver with a 39.25 while leaving Bermudez with the bronze (39.44). Wilson junior Alex Cluff was the gold medal winner with a 39.10.
Jane Livingston also found success in the hurdles. The sophomore brought home a pair of silver medals following Susquehanna Township's Yasmin Brooks, a senior, in both events. Brooks stopped the clock at 14.07 in the 100 hurdles. Livingston settled for a 14.22 and ran a 44.13 in the 300's, following Brooks' 43.64.
In the field, Jose Barbon, the top seed in the long jump, held up that position, earning gold with a 22-8.5. The junior was fourth last year.
Also earning top ten finishes was sophomore Aviona Saunders who placed ninth in the triple jump with a 36-3.25, bettering her 36-1 seeding position. She missed qualifying for states by 2.75 inches.
CV's 4x400 relay team of Aysha Shavkatova, Livingston, Sara Castronova and freshman Jordyn Hock also improved their seed time of 4:07.40 and placed 10th with a 4:05.57.
Lady Bucks Fall Short in Quest for Playoffs May 13, 2017
Dropping two of three games to league opponents last week sadly put the Bucks out of the league and district three playoff possibilities.
A win over Cocalico's Eagles on Tuesday, May 9th was the lone highlight for the week, as the team bested the visitors by a convincing 10-2 score.
Five runs in the bottom of the first helped carry the team to the victory, with a three run outburst in the fourth and solo scores in the third and sixth frames contributing.
The Eagles scored late inning solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings off relief pitcher Montana Habecker, who replaced starter and winner Alexia Trott in the third.
Playing on their home field against Solanco's Mares on Monday, May 8th, the girls were bested by a 6-4 score.
Taking a 3-2 lead into the top of the fourth inning, the Bucks watched the Mares score once in the fourth to tie, take the lead in the fifth with another, and put the game away with a pair of tallies in the sixth.
A CV rally in the bottom of the inning was cut short after one run for the final 6-4.
Trott went the distance, striking out three, walking one and surrendering 11 hits.
In a last chance effort to make the L-L playoffs, the team lost to Garden Spot by a tight 4-3 score in New Holland on Wednesday, May 10th.
The loss put the Spartans in second place ahead of the Bucks, and into the playoffs.
Tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning, CV watched as the Spartans starting pitcher doubled to the fence in center field, pushing in the winning run in the heartbreaking walk-off defeat.
The girls finish tied for third place in Section Two with Elizabethtown, both teams finishing 9-7. Overall, the girls sport an 11-8 record.
The boys ended their 2017 season on a high note, defeating visiting South Western High 7-3 on Tuesday, May 9.
The last game win gave the boys a final record of 5-16 for the season, while in Section Two they finished 2-14.
With solo runs in the first and third innings, the Mustangs took the early lead before the Bucks answered back with a three run fourth to gain the lead.
Four more scores in the bottom of the sixth put the team well out in front, and a solo run by the visitors was all they could rally in the seventh for the final score.
Six separate Bucks drove in a run (Logan Andrew, Addison Dienner, Dom Schlager, Gavin Horning, Jagger Blough, and Trevor High) with Dienner registering the only extra base hit, a triple.
Logan Andrew went three-for-four to lead the 12 hit attack. He and Horning also snatched a pair of bases each in the win.
Keegan Martin tossed six innings for his team, getting the victory allowing four hits while striking out ten.
The team also registered a win over Solanco on Monday, May 8th on the Golden Mules field, 3-2. Nate Scheid knocked in a pair to lead the team, with High the only one to get on base with two hits.
High, who struck out three and walked four, also pitched a complete game for the Bucks, scattering seven Mules hits.
TRACK AND FIELD
Monday, May 8th the track teams hosted Manheim Township, and lost to the visitors 98-52.
Jose Barbon continued his dominance in the dashes, winning both the 100m and 200m with times of 11.2 and 22.6. He also won the long jump with a leap of 22-1.25.
Anyah Bermudez also continued his winning ways in the hurdles, beating everyone in both the 110 highs and the 300m (39.5).
The Bucks also won the 4x100 relay.
They end the season with a 1-5 record.
The girls' team also fell short against the visiting Streaks, 91-59.
Kylee Livingston once more dominated the girls' hurdle events, with times of 14.4 and 44.7 in the 100 and 300's respectively.
Magdala Yilma picked up firsts in the shot put (30-4) and discus (95-5), with Alissa Saunders winning the long jump with a leap of 34-8.5.
CV also won the 4x100m relay.
Like the boys, the girls finish 1-5 for the 2017 season.
The lacrosse team ended their season with an 18-2 loss to Hempfield's Black Knights on Friday, May 5th.
Shane Adams and Jon Garber scored, with Mike Fisher adding an assist.
Chris Mousley stopped seven shots in goal.
The boys finish the season 4-13 overall, and 2-9 in Section One play.
Visiting Hempfield beat the girls' lacrosse team 20-4 on Monday, May 5th to end the regular season.
Peyton Kolb, Allison Andrews, Karlie Monger, and Taylor Zimmerman tallied for the Bucks, with Alyssa Mateus adding an assist.
Abby Forney stopped five shots in goal.
The team finishes with a 3-8 league mark, and 7-11 overall.
Sophomore Allyson Andrews was named to the L-L all-star second team for her midfield play this season. Honorable Mentions were awarded to sophomore Hannah Chadwick and junior Karli Monger.
The volleyball squad posted a 3-2 upset over defending L-L champion Hempfield Monday, May 8th at home.
Set scores were 25-18, 16-25, 25-20, 19-25, and in the tie breaker, 15-8.
Carter Lam and Avery Barton smacked down 15 and 10 kills respectively to lead the team, while Tom Lojpur dished out 35 assists and added one service ace. Tanner Shertzer dove to the floor for 12 digs and also recorded a service ace, while Barton added four solo blocks at the net.
In their season ending match against visiting Manheim Township on Wednesday, May 10th the boys dropped a 3-0 decision, moving them out of contention for the league playoffs.
Lam slammed down 11 kills and recorded a service ace. Lojpur lifted up 32 assists, and tacked on one ace. Tanner Shertzer had eight digs, and Barton recorded two solo blocks and one ace.
The boys end their regular season 7-5 in Section One, and 7-7 overall.
Lady Bucks' Lacrosse Team Wins Two of Three May 6, 2017
The girls' lacrosse team dropped to 7-9 overall and 3-7 in league play with a 19-10 loss at Warwick on Tuesday, May 2nd.
Allyson Andrews and Karli Monger each scored four goals, joined by Hannah Chadwick's two goals and an assist.
Abby Forney faced 27 shots and recorded eight saves on the day.
Anxious to get back on track, the Bucks trounced visiting Muhlenberg 22-3 on April 29th.
Thirteen different girls found the net for CV, led by Chadwick's three goals and two assists. Recording two goals each were Peyton Kolb, Alyssa Mateus, Andrews, Lauryn Hall, and Alaina Przywara. Solo scores were credited to Lindsay Alshouse, Taylor Zimmerman, Tess Rodgers, Miah Miller, Jacque Thornton, Maddie Handwerger, and Delaney Dugan.
Assists were also registered by Andrews (2), Hayley Schwartz (2), Kolb, Hall, Thornton, and Natalie Kiel (one each).
After an opening goal by the Mules, CV answered with a series of seven scores, and entered halftime well ahead at 13-3. An additional nine were added in the second half, and the visitors were held scoreless after the break.
Forney only had to make one save, as the Bucks defense limited Muhlenberg to only four shots.
On Thursday, April 27th, the team visited Cedar Crest, and came back 12-8 winners over the Falcons.Six scores by CV in each half were good enough for the needed league win.
Andrews gunned in five tallies and Chadwick added a pair.Kolb, Monger and Kiel chipped in with one each, with two goals listed as "team scores".Chadwick also dished out CV's only assist.
In goal, Forney faced 17 shots and turned back nine, while CV peppered the Cedar Crest goal with 29 shots, eight of which were denied by the Falcon's goalie.
In a game with a score more like lacrosse or football, the Lady Bucks lost an 11-10 battle at the Bears Den in Elizabethtown on Monday, May 1st.
The Bucks took an early lead, scoring three in the top of the second inning, but found themselves down 4-3 when the Bears scored in the bottom of the third. CV went back in front with a four-spot in the fifth but saw the home team add a solo run in the bottom half to draw within two at 7-5.
Both teams put three on the board in the sixth to show the Braves up 10-8 with one inning left. The CV squad drew a blank that inning, and watched in pain as the Bears racked up three in the bottom half, with the tying and winning runs both being plated with two outs. The Bears rally was helped along by a tough throwing error in the field that prolonged the contest.
Alexia Trott took the loss, pitching a complete game for CV, striking out four.
Rebounding from the tough loss to E-town, the girls hosted Ephrata on Wednesday, May 3rd, and came away with a 6-1 win.
Trott had a pitching gem for CV, only allowing a single unearned run by the Mountaineers in the fourth inning.
She gave up two hits, struck out six, and walked none in her seven innings of work.
Her team's offense backed her up by scoring a go-ahead run in the bottom of the first, another pair in the third, and broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning.
Back on April 28th, the team also beat Lebanon at the Cedars home field, 9-8.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, and increasing the margin to 4-0 in the third, the Bucks saw the Cedars close the gap to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Gaining another run in the top of the fifth to go up 5-3, the team not only saw that lead evaporate, but were down 6-5 on three unearned runs in the home team's half of the frame.
Lebanon's lead only lasted until CV's next at bat, as they found holes in the defense and scored three times on five hits to regain an 8-5 margin.
Another important run was tallied by catcher Michele Lopez on a solo home run to put the Bucks up 9-6 in the top of the seventh. It proved to be the winning score when the Cedars rallied for two in the bottom of the inning for the final 9-8 finish.
The girls now sport an overall record of 10-6, and are tied for second place in Section Two with Garden Spot, both team records standing at 9-5. The Spartans and CV are two games behind leader Solanco with two games left to play.
A two game win streak was snapped by visiting Warwick on Tuesday, May 2nd, as CV lost to the Warriors 16-3.
Warwick opened up a 6-0 first quarter lead before the Bucks got on the board in the second quarter with a pair of strikes. Warwick answered with another score to end the half ahead 7-2.
Four and five goal quarters by the visitors put the game away, with the Bucks finding the net once more in the waning seconds for the final.
Michael Fisher had two of the three CV scores, with Steven Emerson firing home the other. Zach Mower, Shane Adams, and Eric Graff contributed an assist each.
Chris Mousley stopped eight shots in goal.
On Saturday, April 29th, the team recorded their first shutout of the season over visiting Muhlenberg, 20-0.
The Bucks took a 9-0 lead into the start of the second quarter, and were never troubled by the visitors, finding the net for six, three, and two goals in the other three frames.
Adams, Will Stone, Jon Garber, and Emerson all scored hat tricks, with Fisher and Ryan Querry adding two goals each. Mower, Charles Braught, Ashton Knapik, and Owen Rappa finished the onslaught with one score each.
Mousley and CJ Ballard split time in goal, both credited with a save.
Playing at home against Cedar Crest, the Bucks nipped the Falcons 8-7 on Friday, April 28th.
Emerson, Garber, and Adams each scored twice, with Mower and Braught chipping in with one goal each. Braught was credited with CV's lone assist.
Mousley had a big day in the net, stopping 13 shots for saves.
The long season for the boys on the diamond continued as they lost three games out of four since April 28th.
Thursday May 4th, the team lost to the second place team in the section, Lampeter-Strasburg, 7-2. The Pioneers led 3-2 after three complete and pulled away after scoring runs in three of the last four innings.
Nathan Scheid and Dom Schlager combined for six strikeouts, four walks and scattered 12 hits.
Taking a trip to Ephrata on Wednesday, May 3rd, the boys suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss, when the Mountaineers broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bucks had battled back from Ephrata's 3-0 first inning lead to tie the game with a three run burst in the fifth before the seventh inning finale.
CV outhit the Mounts 9-3 but dished out eight walks and committed two errors.
Elizabethtown bested the team Monday, May 1st on the Bucks home field, 9-1. The boys scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh to avoid shutout.
On the road at Central Dauphin East, the team had a relaxing bus ride home after defeating their hosts 8-3 on Saturday, April 29th.
Late inning heroics aided the victors, who plated three runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, and sandwiched a solo score in the sixth.
Donegal visited Witmer on Friday, April 28th, and handed CV a 7-2 defeat. The boys scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Indian lead in half, 4-2, but were undone by a three run burst by the visitors in the fifth.
CV is now 2-16 overall, and 1-14 in league action.
Visiting Hempfield beat the boys on Monday, May 1st 86-64 to drop the team's record to 1-4 in league meets.
Jose Barbon ended up a winner in four events to highlight the Bucks day. He took the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 10.7 and 22.2 seconds, ran a leg of the winning 4x100m relay, and moved to the field events, where he won the long jump with a 22-3.5.
Anyah Barbon continued to dominate the hurdling events, finishing the high hurdles in 14.1, and the 300m event in 40.1. He also ran a leg for the winning relay team.
Sean Haugherty won the 800m run in 2:01.3 for CV's only other win.
The girls lost to the Black Knights on Monday, May 1st at home 89-61, but had more individual and team firsts than their male teammates.
Kendal Shavkatova, Sarah Castronova, Kylee Livingston, and Geena Hock won the 4x400 relay beating their opponents with a time of 4:12.2.
Hock won the 200m dash with a time of 26.1, with Castronova's 62.9 winning the 400m.
Like her male counterpart, Livingston continued to dominate the hurdles, winning both the 100 (14.3), and 300m (44.3).
Magdala Yilma captured the shot put and discus for CV, with tosses of 31-9 and 115-11. Alyssa Saunders bested all in the long and triple jumps with a 17-0 and 36-1 respectively.
In the girls' high jump, Ashley Dodd cleared the bar at 4-10 to win CV's fifth field event.
The netters claimed a victory over visiting McCaskey 3-1 on Tuesday, May 2nd.
Set scores were 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-14.
Carter Lam pounded the net for 14 kills, with a pair of solo blocks added in. Tom Lojpur showed his ability to set up scores, assisting on 36 points. Tanner Shertzer had 10 digs, and Avery Barton delivered three service aces.
A match against the Cocalico Eagles saw the team drop a 3-1 decision on Monday, May 1st.
After winning the opening set 25-19, the boys dropped the next three, 27-25, 25-19, and in a marathon fourth set lost 31-29.
Trey Orner had eight kills and three service aces, with Lojpur finding his open teammates for 27 assists. Connor Brabant blocked a pair of Eagle shots, and Dylan Shertzer dove to the deck for three digs.
The split games leaves the team 5-4 in league action, and 5-6 overall.
The team wrapped up Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament action on Tuesday, May 2nd.
Andy Wang lost to eventual champion Jackson Muraika of Cedar Crest 6-1, 6-0 as CV's top finisher.
Track Teams Fall Short in Battle at McCaskey April 28, 2017
The Conestoga Valley track teams visited McCaskey last Monday, April 24 and came home with a pair of losses. The boys' team fell short 85-57 while the girls' suffered a 95-55 results.
In the most exciting event of the day's track portion, the 100m relay was called a dead heat, with both anchors crossing the finish in 4.1 seconds. Anyah Bermudez, Trey Thomas, Joseph Stead and anchor Jose Barbon logged the tie for the Bucks.
Barbon was also a winner in the 100m dash with a time of 10.9, and in the long jump won the event with a leap of 21-9.5.
Bermudez also was a triple winner for CV. In addition to the relay, he commanded both hurdle events winning the 110 highs in 14.0 flat and the 300's in 39.6.
Joey Cardina's winning leap of 5-10 in the high jump was CV's only other event win.
Kylee Livingston was a triple winner for the girls' team, continuing her hurdles dominance by sweeping both the high hurdles and 300's with times of 14.9 and 44.9 respectively. She also earned a win in the 200m dash with a 26.30, just ahead of McCaskey's second place finisher who logged a 26.35.
Geena Hock won the 100m dash for the only other track first, her 12.4 besting several other competitors.
In the field events, Alyssa Saunders took firsts in both the long and triple jumps with leaps of 15-9, and 32-5 respectively and Ashley Dodd cleared 4-10 to win the high jump.
The boys hosted the McCaskey nine on Wednesday, April 26th, and lost to the visitors 12-2 in a mercy-shortened five-inning game.
Down by only 5-2 going into the fifth inning, the Bucks saw the visitors send 12 batters to the plate and score seven runs to jump out to the 12-2 final.
Dom Schlager, who started for CV, struck out four, walked one and took the loss. Addison Dienner came in to relieve Schlager in the troubled fifth inning.
On Monday, April 24th, the team traveled to Lititz where the Warwick Warriors bested them by a tight 3-2 score.
Warwick scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and prevent extra innings.
The Bucks had rallied from a 2-0 deficit with solo runs in the top of the sixth and seventh to know the game, before Warwick prevailed in the bottom of the seventh.
Connor High took the hard luck loss for CV, pitching the complete game, striking out four and allowing just five hits.
Penn Manor defeated CV 5-1on Friday, April 21st by a 5-1 score.
The Comets scored all of their runs in the first three innings in a game that was shortened to five innings by weather related issues.
Three Comet runs were the product of CV errors in the field.
The Bucks crossed the plate with their solo run in the bottom of the fifth.
Nate Scheid, who gave up five hits, took the loss.
The Bucks are now 1-10 in league play, and 1-12 overall.
The crossover portion of the schedule has not been kind to the softball team as they dropped games to Section One foes Penn Manor and Warwick before besting McCaskey in a mercy-shortened 15-0 game.
Against the Red Tornado of McCaskey on April 26th, the girls plated a solo run in the first, four in the second, six in the third, and ended the game with another four run outburst in the top of the fourth.
Alexia Trott tossed a one-hitter in her three-plus innings of work, before giving way to Habecker, who finished the game.
Fifteen hits were pounded out by the team for the day.
At home against the Warriors, the team lost by the mercy rule, 15-3 in five innings last Monday, April 24th.
The girls scored a single run in the second inning, and a pair of runs in the fourth, but Warwick had put the game out of reach early on with an eight run outburst in the top of the second to run out to an 11-0 lead.
Sarah Eby took the loss, with Trott coming in to relieve her in the second inning.
In the game at the Comets home field on Friday, April 21st, the girls lost 11-1.
The Bucks took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and held that until the Comets racked up four in the bottom of the third, followed by two in the fourth, and ending the game with a five run rally in the fifth inning.
Eby was tagged with the loss in that game as well, and was relieved by Montana Habecker in the fifth inning.
Only three Bucks reached base on hits, with a runner reaching on a fielding error, and another on the only walk issued by Penn Manor's Brittany Hook.
The losses dropped the team's league record to 6-4 in Section Two, a half game behind second place Garden Spot, and a game behind leader Solanco.
Overall, their record is 7-5.
Visiting Ephrata on Tuesday, April 25th, Michael Fisher rifled in four goals and Jon Garber three in the boys' 18-12 loss.
Shane Adams had a pair of goals along with two assists, Zach Mower added two scores and Charles Braught scored once. Ryan Querry added one assist.
Chris Mousely, peppered with 31 Mountaineer shots, stopped seven for saves in goal for his team.
The team won its third game of the year in a non-league contest at Daniel Boone High School on Saturday, April 22nd, 9-6.
Taking a 4-3 lead into halftime, they traded goals in the third to hold onto their one goal difference before outscoring the home team 4-2 in the final quarter.
Adams had the sharpshooter sights in this game, firing home a hat trick on just five shots. Braught and Will Stone added a pair each, with Mower and Fisher chipping in with one goal each. They both added assists.
Mousely stopped eight shots in goal.
With the league loss, the boys are 1-7 in league play, while the non-league win put their season record at 3-11.
Ephrata journeyed to Witmer on Tuesday, April 25th, and were handed a 16-11 defeat by the CV girls.
Eight goals in each half decided the win for the home team. Allyson Andrews lead the way with a double hat trick of six scores and two assists.
Karli Monger fired in four goals with Hannah Chadwick and Peyton Kolb scoring a pair each. Chadwick also added two assists. Alyssa Mateus and Taylor Zimmerman finished the scoring with one goal each.
Abby Forney stopped two shots for saves in goal.
Hosting the team from Daniel Boone, the girls won on April 22nd, 15-12.
Andrews was the top gun in this game as well, with five goals and two assists leading all scorers from both teams.
Chadwick found the range for four scores and three assists, while Kolb and Natalie Kiel hit the back of the net for a pair each. Monger and Hayley Schwartz also scored for CV, with assists added by Kiel Zimmerman and Alaina Przywara.
In goal, Forney stopped six of the 28 shots.
The girls now have a 2-6 league record, and are 5-8 overall.
The boys tennis team has finished their regular season schedule with a 5-5 league record, and a 6-6 overall mark. They are gearing up for the league tournament.
The boys' volleyball team dropped to 4-5 in the L-L league with a 3-0 loss to Penn Manor on Tuesday, April 25th. Set scores to the Comets were 25-14, 25-9, 25-19.
Trey Orner and Avery Barton each slammed down four kills with Tom Lojpur dishing out 12 assists. Carter Lam and Dylan Shertzer each were credited with three digs, and Orner, Barton, and Connor Brabant all had a service ace.
CV Tennis Team Topples Warwick 5-2 April 21, 2017
CV hosted Warwick last Tuesday afternoon and dealt the Warriors a 5-2 loss.
Leading a sweep in doubles were partners Daniel Scala and Caleb Hoover, who won their match 8-3. In the middle was Andy Wang and Nathan May who were pushed to the limit before defeating their opponents 9-7, while the duo of Derick Thrush and Matt Hoy ended the sweep with an 8-6 win.
In singles action, Thrush won 6-0, 6-1, and Scala bested Cameron Moody in a long match 3-6, 7-6 (3), and 10-3 in the tie breaker.
In a non-league match against visiting Altoona, the team suffered a 5-0 defeat.
The Bucks sit in the middle of Section One with a 5-5 league record, and are 6-6 overall.
The Cedar Crest Falcons traveled to Witmer on Tuesday to face the Buckskins' track and field teams. The boys came away with an 86-63 loss and the girls fell 104-46.
Jose Barbon was CV's big winner, taking firsts in the 100m (11.0) and 200m (22.7) dashes, and added a win in the long jump (22-0.5) for his third winning effort.
Once again, Anyah Bermudez showed his dominance in the hurdles, winning both the high and 300m events in 14.6 and 40.8 respectively.
Grucelski clocked a 10:05.9 for a win in the 3200 and the Bucks claimed the 4x100 relay in 44 seconds flat to round out the track.
In the field, Ford picked up a win in the discus (102-3), Ngame Bamungwa cleared 5-10 to claim the high jump, and Mark Martin won pole vault (9-6).
For the girls, Kylee Livingston posted the top times in both the 100 hurdles (14.8) and the 300's (45.3) and ran a leg on the winning 4x00 relay team with Kendal Shavkatova, Sara Castronova, and anchor Geena Hock (4:10.1).
The losses leave both CV teams at 1-2 in the L-L league.
Wednesday, the Bucks diamond nine traveled to Manheim Township, and dropped a 13-7 game to the Streaks.
Township jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and that margin held until the Bucks batted in the top of the third, when they plated five to take a 5-2 lead.
The Streaks manufactured two scores in their half of the frame to draw within one, and
tied the game with another in the fourth.
CV pushed across a pair in the sixth and seemed to be poised for a win, when suddenly Township scored eight runs on just two hits to put the game away.
The Bucks committed four errors in the inning, and with losing pitcher Keegan Martin adding in seven total walks in his four innings, the team gifted the Streaks with six unearned runs in that frame.
Hempfield visited Witmer on Monday, April 17th, and dealt the Bucks a 13-2 loss. CV pushed across solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings to avoid the shutout.
On Thursday, April 13th, CV traveled to Lebanon and suffered a 4-1 loss to Cedar Crest.
Their lone run scored in the top of the sixth, with the Falcons already up by four.
The boys are 1-7 in league play, and 1-9 overall.
On Monday, the softball team traveled to Hempfield where the home team showed little mercy in defeating the Bucks 10-1.
The Knights helped themselves to a six-run bottom of the first, from which the Bucks couldn't recover.
CV scored its lone run in the third, but the Knights answered with one of their own in the bottom half to maintain their edge.
Alexia Trott was given a rare day off from pitching, leaving Sarah Eby to take the loss.
Against visiting Manheim Township last Wednesday, the Bucks came away with a 5-1 win.
Falling behind when the Streaks plated a run in the top of the first, the girls finally tied the score at 1-all in the bottom of the fourth.
In the home half of the sixth, CV rallied for four runs on only two hits to take the lead, and winning pitcher Trott put the visitors down one-two-three in the seventh for the win.
Last Thursday the girls hosted Cedar Crest and nipped the Falcons 6-5 in ten innings.
Twice the girls had to come from behind, the first in the eighth after the Falcons had moved ahead 4-3, and again in the tenth when they fell behind 5-4. The winning run was plated on a single by winning pitcher Trott.
Currently, the girls are in second place in Section Two with a 5-2 league record, one half game behind leader Garden Spot. Overall, the Bucks are 6-3.
Hosting non-league opponent Spring Grove last Monday, the boys were dealt a 17-9 loss to the visitors from across the Susquehanna.
Spring Grove jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter only to see the Bucks rally for five goals in the second frame to cut the lead to 8-6 at the break. A 9-3 second half deficit, however, favored the visitors.
Shane Adams led the way with four goals while Charles Braught and Jon Garber added two scores each. Zach Mowrer chipped in with one goal while Michael Fisher and Drew Perozich finished with one assist each.
The team traveled to Millersville to take on the Comets last Tuesday night, and came home with a 15-1 league loss.
Braught scored the lone Bucks goal in the second quarter, with the Comets already in front by ten.
Chris Mousley halted eight shots in goal for CV.
In a game postponed from March, the boys lost to the combined Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic team 8-5 last Thursday.
Jon Garber had a hat trick for the Bucks, with individual goals scored by Shane Adams and Michael Fisher.
Fisher also assisted on two scores, and Adams on one.
Chris Mousley (nine saves) and CJ Ballard (8 saves) split time in goal for CV.
The three losses put the team's record at 2-9 overall, and 1-6 in league play.
Playing a makeup game against Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic, the girls lost to their hosts, 19-5 last Thursday.
Allyson Andrews scored four goals, and Hannah Chadwick one for the visitors. Chadwick and Karlie Monger were also credited with assists.
Abby Forney stopped three shots in goal for CV.
The girls were home against Penn Manor on Tuesday, and lost their game to the Comets 16-8.
The team fell behind 9-3 in the first half, and were unable to gain any ground on the visitors in the second half.
Chadwick was the big gun for the Bucks, scoring four of her team's eight goals, and adding an assist. Andrews added a hat trick, and an assist, with Peyton Kolb scoring a solo goal. Natalie Keil also assisted on a goal, while Forney stopped 13 Comets shots in the net for CV.
Visiting Spring Grove last Monday, the girls beat the talented York County Rockets team by the close score of 12-10.
CV took a 9-7 lead into halftime, and matched three scores by the Rockets in the second half with three of their own for the win.
Chadwick again showed her dominance, this time finding the back of the net for five goals and an assist. Andrews chipped in with four goals, while Monger, with two assists, and Kolb also scored. Lauryn Hall was also credited with an assist.
One CV goal was credited when a ball went into the Spring Grove goal off of their own errant passing.
The girls overall record for the year goes to 3-8, and their league record drops to 1-6 with the Penn Manor loss.
In a home match against Warwick on Thursday, CV topped the Warriors 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, and 25-19).
Trey Orner had a great time, blasting the Warrior defense for 12 kills, and a service ace.
Many of his kills were set up by Tom Lojpur, who was credited with 31 assists on the night.
Carter Lam dove for five digs, and also slapped over a service ace, while Dylan Shertzer and Avery Barton stopped two shots for solo blocks each. Shertzer also had the third of the three service aces by the Bucks back line.
The team played at Manheim Township in a league match on Tuesday, and were dealt a 3-0 loss by Blue Streaks.
Orner, Dylan Shertzer, and Barton all put down four kills each in the match, which saw the Bucks push their opponents to the limit after a slow start. Losing the first set 25-12, the boys rallied in each of the second sets, coming back from deep deficits only to lose both, 25-22, and 25-21.
Lojpur assisted on 16 points, Connor Brabant and Barton each had a pair of solo blocks, and Tanner Shertzer finished with six digs and one ace.
Playing the Black Knights on their home court on April 13th, CV suffered a 3-0 loss to the Section One leaders.
Lam and Orner each slapped down six kills for the Bucks, and Lojpur put up another 16 assists in the 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 defeat.
Orner, Dylan Shertzer, and Barton fired up service aces, with Tanner Shertzer once more hitting the floor with six more digs. Barton added a pair of solo blocks.
The Bucks are currently 4-3 in Section One play and 4-4 overall.
CV Softballers Vying For Section Lead April 14, 2017
Conestoga Valley found itself in first place in Section Three of Lancaster-Lebanon league play with a 6-2 win over Garden Spot at Witmer last Monday.
Three run outbursts in both the third and fifth innings were all winning pitcher Alexia Trott needed to best her opponent Elizabeth King. Trott struck out three while scattering seven hits.
The hold on first place was short lived for the girls as two days later they dropped an 8-1 decision to Solanco, leaving them in a tie with Garden Spot at 4-1, and one game each ahead of Solanco and Elizabethtown, both tied at 3-2.
Weak fielding by the Bucks (4 errors) and ten hits by Solanco allowed the Mules to push out to a 6-0 lead before CV scored their first and only run in the fifth inning. Solanco came back with two in the bottom of that inning to finish the scoring.
On April 7, the girls bested Ephrata in a mercy-shortened game at the Mountaineers home field, 19-0.
The Bucks pounded out 15 hits in the five innings and scored four in the first, six in the second, two in the third, and a seven run fifth to end the contest.
Trott struck out five and her control of her pitches only allowed one batter to reach on a single and another on a walk.
The boys were doubled up by the E-town Bears 14-7 at home in Witmer last Monday.
Shane Adams scored a hat trick and added an assist as CV's top scorer. Zach Mower, Michael Fisher, Jon Garber and Drew Perozich also tallied for the Bucks, with Mower and Garber also credited with assists.
Chris Mouser had 10 saves in goal.
Visiting Eastern York on Saturday, April 8, the Bucks lost to the leaders of their league from across the river, 18-4.
Down 8-4 at the half, CV struggled after the break while the hosts got rolling and poured in ten more goals to cap the scoring.
Mower, Fisher, Adams, and Garber shared the scoring with Garber also dishing out an assist.
Mouser had five saves in the loss.
The girls fared a little better than their male opposites in their home match against Eastern York, losing by an 18-7 score.
The visitors jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Two goals apiece were scored by CV's Alyssa Matheus, Allyson Andrews and Hannah Chadwick, with Taylor Zimmerman adding in a solo score. Chadwick was also credited with an assist.
Last Monday at the Bears Den, the team dropped a 21-7 battle to Elizabethtown, with a trio of goals scored by Karlie Monger, and solo scores by Peyton Kolb, Natalie Kiel (1a), Mateus and Chadwick.
In goal for the Bucks, Zimmerman had seven saves.
The girls are now 2-5 overall, and 1-3 in league play.
The Bucks finally broke into the win column with a 10-6 over Ephrata on April 7.
Playing at home, the boys scored in all six innings, running out to a 5-0 lead in three before Ephrata plated a pair in the fourth to close the gap to 5-2.
CV answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to open the margin to 6-2, and after another Mountaineer run cut the deficit to 6-3 in their very next at bat, the Bucks responded with a pair in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the lead to 8-3.
Two more runs plated by CV in the bottom of the sixth were important ones, as in the top of the seventh Ephrata rallied for three before being shut down by the Bucks defense and relief pitcher Trevor High.
Three days later, visiting the Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg, the team lost to their hosts 11-7.
The Bucks jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a blast by Luke Trainer that saw him circle the bases, and increased the lead to 2-0 and 3-0 in the second and third innings. Keegan Martin scored the run in the second, crossing the plate on a wild throw from the third baseman that ended up in right field.
Gavin Horney doubled in the third, and scored the third run on a single by Trainer, his second RBI of the game.
The Pioneers tied the game and then went ahead with a six run outburst in the bottom of the fourth to jump out to a 6-3 lead.
CV tied the game in the fifth inning, plating three on a single by Logan Andrews, a two- out walk to Trevor High, and a single by Addison Dienner.
Dienner's single scored Andrews, and both he and High scored on a series of miscues by the L-S defense.
The Pioneers cut the lead to 7-6 with one run in the fifth. CV matched that effort with one run in the top of the sixth to knot the score. Jagger Blough singled and Nick Kramer reached on an error that moved Blough to third. Gavin Horning scored Blough on a fly ball handled by the Pioneers shortstop who couldn't turn around and make an accurate enough throw to stop the speedy CV runner.
All of this went for nothing, as in the bottom of the sixth, L-S tallied four runs on five straight hits to come away with the win.
In a slugfest on Wednesday, the Bucks, with 14 hits, lost to Solanco at home 14-10.
Addison Dienner took the loss as the Mules plated five runners in the top of the seventh to break a 9-9 tie. A rally by CV was cut short with only a single run added in the bottom of the seventh.
The team had taken a 9-7 lead with a four run outburst in the fifth, but watched that lead evaporate when the visiting Mules, who connected for 17 hits on the day, brought home a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth for the tie.
The boys are now 1-6 overall, and 1-4 in L-L play.
At home last Tuesday, CV shut out visiting Cedar Crest 3-0. With set scores of 25-15, 25-19, and 25-13, the Bucks had little problems in defeating the Falcons for their third league victory in five matches.
Tom Lojpur registered a whopping 23 assists in the match, while Tou Pha dug out seven Falcons scoring attempts. Andrew Rave and Avery Barton each had a solo block, and Robbie Krasisnski served up a pair of aces.
TRACK AND FIELD
The boys bested Warwick at the Warriors home stadium last Monday by a score of 83-67.
CV took two of the three relay races, winning the 4x100 and 4x400 in 44.5 and 3:39.0 respectively.
In individual competitions, the Bucks were victors in six of the track events, led by Jose Barbon winning the 100 and 200m dashes in times of 11.4 and 23.0 respectively.
Joining Barbon as a double winner was Anyah Bermudez, who claimed firsts in both hurdle events, taking the highs in 14.3, and the 300m in 39.3 seconds.
Other winners included Michael Haugherty in the 800m with a 2:04.4, and Theo Thomas's 54.3 in the 400m.
The team did not fare as well in the field events, with only Barbon winning the long jump (his third win of the afternoon) with a leap of 21-0, and Joey Cardina finishing first in the triple jump at 36-7.
The girls didn't fare as well as their male counterparts against the Warriors, dropping their meet 103-46.
Livingston was a double winner in the hurdles, while Magdala Yilma won two field events for the only CV wins.
Livingston recorded a 15.1 to take the high hurdles, and finished her double with a 45.0 run in the 300m event.
Yilma spun the discus for a throw of 101-8, and also won the shot put.
After losing to the Falcons at home on April 7, 5-2, the netters won back-to-back contests against Lebanon and Penn Manor by 7-0 scores, also at home. Another shutout loss at Manheim Township last Wednesday brings the netters record to 4-4 in both league and overall action.
Against the Comets last Tuesday, the Bucks defeated their opponents soundly 8-1, 8-1, and 8-0. Leading off the sweep, Andy Wand and partner Daniel Scala bested Bryce Hanna and Toby Singer while Nathan May and Derick Thrush followed with the second 8-1 win, netting the victory over Alex Mowry and Nick Bernard.
The third doubles win was taken by Caleb Hoover and Donnie Jones over Cole Shank and Kyle Echterling.
In singles, Matthew Hoy took Bernard 6-0, 6-1 to start the singles sweep.
Thrush then took care of Mowry 6-3, 6-1, and was followed by May defeating Petris Karpouzis 6-4, 6-0. Completing the shutout, Scala bested Singer 6-1, 6-3.
Playing Lebanon one day later, the pairs were switched around, but the results were the same, as Wang and May won 8-1, Scala and Hoover came out winners 8-3, and Thrush paired up with Hoy for an 8-1 final.
In singles, Wang (6-3, 6-0), Scala (6-0, 6-1), May (6-1, 6-0), and Thrush (6-1, 6-0) took care of business in sweeping their matches.
Cedar Crest proved to be a tough foe for the Bucks, as only Hoy and Tegan Lapp won at doubles in the middle match of the three 8-5, and Hoy bested Tao Cheng 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 in the opening singles match.
CV Volleyball Evens Overall Record at 2-2 April 7, 2017
The volleyball team traveled to Lancaster Mennonite on April 3rd and were shut out by the host Blazers 3-0.
The first set ended with the home team winning 25-15.
In what may prove to be one of the longest sets played in L-L's volleyball history, the Bucks pushed their opponents to the limits before falling by the incredible score of 35-33 in set two.
The third set ended at 25-23.
Avery Barton led the team with 12 kills, more than half occurring in the marathon second set. Dylan Shertzer went to the floor to register seven digs for CV, whose record falls to 1-2 on the young season.
Tom Lojpor set up many of the Bucks points with his 20 assists, while Trey Orner guarded the net and picked up three solo blocks.
In Lancaster on Thursday, CV battled McCaskey in a match that was decided by a total of 10 points. Behind ten kills by Trey Orner, the Bucks got off to a strong start, winning 25-20 in the first set.
The hosts dug deeper in the second set and pushed CV to extra points before bowing out 26-24. They used that momentum to challenge again in set three but the Bucks were up to the task and finished strong, winning 25-22 to secure the sweep.
Andrew Rave served up a pair of aces, and Lojpor dished out 27 assists and added two blocks as CV improved to 2-1 in Section One.
The diamond nine visited Donegal on April 3rd and came home 6-4 losers.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bucks plated two in the second to take the lead over their rivals. That edge only lasted until the bottom of the fourth, when the Indians took advantage of starting pitcher Trevor High and his relief teammate Logan Andrews to jump out to a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth, the Bucks picked up a pair of runs to tie the score, but saw that evaporate in the bottom of the inning when Donegal came back with a pair of their own for the final 6-4 score.
CV's Nathan Scheid took the loss in relief.
CV's softball team hosted Elizabethtown last Wednesday, April 5, and in a game that featured 21 total hits, came away with a 9-7 victory.
CV scored two in the bottom of the first inning but saw that lead disappear when E-Town scored three in the top of the third.
The margin increased to 4-2 in the fourth, and seemed to be the Bears' to win with another three in the top of the fifth. But the hosts finally got the offense going, scoring seven in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead and eventual win.
Alexia Trott, with two strikeouts and two walks, pitched all seven innings to garner the win.
The girls hosted the Lebanon Cedars on April 3rd and shut out the visitors 15-0 in a three-inning mercy rule shortened game. The Bucks collected 12 hits and took advantage of four Lebanon errors to help pull away.
Trott was credited with the shutout win, striking out five with one walk.
CV is now 3-1 for the year, and is tied with Garden Spot for the lead in Section Two with a 2-0 record.
The boys' tennis team recorded back-to-back shutout wins against league foes Ephrata and Garden Spot last week.
At Ephrata's home courts last Monday, Andy Wang and Nathan May led the doubles sweep with an 8-0 shutout.
At No. 2 doubles, Daniel Scala and Caleb Hoover bested their opponents 8-5, and playing third doubles, Derek Thrush and Danny Jones won 8-1 to complete the doubles sweep.
In singles play, Wang was a 6-0, 6-0 victor at No. 1 while Scala won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.
Holding down the third slot was May, winning 6-1, 6-1. And in the toughest match of the day, Thrush rounded out the sweep with a 6-2, 1-6, 10-5 result.
At home against the Spartans Tuesday, the partners were switched around, but the results did not change for the Bucks.
At No. 1 doubles was Scala partnering with Thrush for an 8-1 win.
Wang and May were together again at No. 2 this time, but were still victors 8-1 while Matthew Hoy and Jones, playing No. 3, won 8-3.
Singles matches were won by May (6-4, 7-5), Thrush (6-2, 6-2), Scala (6-1, 6-0), and Wang (6-3, 6-1).
The Bucks are now 3-2 in league and overall play.
TRACK AND FIELD
Visiting the Comets last Monday, the boys' team lost to Penn Manor 89-61, while the girls bested their hosts 81-69.
On the boys' side, Jose Barbon starred for the Bucks, securing three individual firsts, and running a leg in the victorious 4x100 relay race.
In the 100m dash, he crossed the finish line in 11.0 seconds, in a virtual tie with Manor's Theron McElhany. His lunge at the finish just edged his rival.
Both he and McElhany met again in the 200m sprint, with Barbon this time taking the true win, nudging out the PM runner by one-tenth of a second, 23.3 to 23.4.
Running the anchor leg in the boys 4x100 relay with teammates Raymond Thomas, Anyah Bermudez, and Mike Staid, he crossed the finish for the team with their total time of 44.7 an easy first place.
He then moved over to the field events, where he lept 21-11.75 in the long jump to cap his day with another win.
Bermudez, running against a familiar foe from the Comets in Taraje Whitfield, finished second to him in the high hurdles, missing first by just two-tenths of a second, 13.7 to 13.9.
He reversed that loss by beating Whitfield in the 300m hurdles, his time of 39.7 edging the PM hurdler by the same two-tenths difference.
The only other winner on the track for the boys was Mike Haughney in the 800m run, winning in 2:03.3.
In the field events, Jonny Cardina won the high jump, clearing the bar in 5-8, while Tom Stead was first in the triple jump with a 37-9.
The girls were the better of the teams in their meet, with Mesgara Yilma leading the way in the field events with three firsts.
She and her teammates Sarah Snader and Kareena Sadis swept the shot put competition, with the three registering heaves of 30-10.5, 27-9, and 27-1 respectively.
In the javelin, her toss of 89-10 was a good three feet better than Penn Manor's second place effort, and with a discus throw of 96.0, she completed her field hat trick.
Hurdler Kylee Livingston won both the highs and the 300m hurdles with times of 14.7 and 46.4, while in the 200m dash, Sue Hock was first over the line in 27.2, just nipping Manor's Makayla Miller (27.3).
Long distance specialists Alexia Slingloff and Jenna Denlinger finished 1-2 in the 3200 run with times of 12:29.8 and 13:35.1.
The Bucks quartet of Livingston, Hock, Castronova and Shakatova won the 4x400 relay in 4:14.6 to round off the Bucks firsts for the day.
A meet against Central Dauphin on March 31st was postponed due to weather.
Conestoga Valley's boys recorded their second win of the season against host Garden Spot on April 5th with a 10-5 win over the Spartans.
The team used a pair of goals in the first two quarters to jump out to a 4-3 lead at halftime, then added a pair of threes in the last two frames for the win.
Michael Fisher was a one player wrecking crew, firing in four goals and adding a pair of assists to lead the Bucks.
Will Stone contributed two goals, with Zach Mower, Shane Adams, Charles Braught and Donnie Heck adding one each in the victory.
Adams was credited with an assist as well for the Bucks, while goalie Chris Mousley stopped 10 of the 15 shots fired at him.
The boys lost to host Exeter in Reading 10-5 on Saturday, April 1st.
The Bucks fell behind after the first quarter 4-1, but shut out their foes in the second frame 1-0 to only be down 4-2 at the half.
In the third quarter, CV scored an early goal to pull within 4-3 when the Eagles scored five unanswered goals to break away into the middle of the fourth quarter 9-3 before the Bucks found the goal again to bring it to 9-4. Another late goal by each side put the final score at 10-5.
Goalie Mousley was pummeled with 32 shots, and was credited with 16 saves in the loss.
Jon Garber scored two of the team's goals, with Fisher, Adams, and Steve Emerson also firing one each past the opponent's goalie.
Mower had the lone assist for the team.
On March 31st, the team lost to Lampeter-Strasburg 17-10. The Pioneers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, and increased the margin to 12-1 by the half.
CV outscored the Pioneers in each of the final quarters, 4-3 and 5-2, but the difference could not be made up.
A trio of players scored hat tricks for the Bucks, led by Garber, who added an assist to his totals. Also finding the back of the net for three were Fisher and Adams.
Mower also whipped in a goal for the team while Mousley stopped 18 in goal.
On the girls' side of action, the Lady Bucks also bested Garden Spot, but at home in Witmer, bettering their male counterparts by six in a 16-5 win.
Allyson Andrews fired in six goals and added an assist to lead the Bucks crew in the victory.
Hannah Chadwick tossed in three goals with two assists to support her teammate.
Alyssa Mateus checked in with a pair of goals and two assists, with Peyton Kolb also finding her shots scoring two. Karli Monger, Nadia Swinton, and Hayley Schwartz added single goals, with Monger assisting on three scores.
Taylor Zimmerman (2) and Lindsay Alhouse (1) also assisted on goals.
Abby Forney stopped three shots in goal for CV.
The girls hosted Central York on Saturday, April 1st, and lost 18-9.
Andrews (4 goals), Mateus (2), Chadwick (2), and Zimmerman scored for CV, while Forney stopped eight shots for saves.
On March 31st, the team was visited by the Pioneers from Lampeter-Strasburg and lost 16-1.
Chadwick had the lone score for the Bucks, and Forney stopped three shots in the lopsided loss.
CV Volleyball Tops Warwick in Season Opener March 31, 2017
The Bucks boys started their 2017 season off with a 3-0 besting of host Warwick last Tuesday, March 28th. Each of the three sets were close, with scores of 25-21, 25-22, and 25-22 all favoring CV.
Dylan Shertzer registered eight kills and four service aces to lead the team, while Tao Pha had 11 digs and Nick Reed put up three solo blocks at the net.
Two days later, CV dropped a 25-22, 25-14, 25-23 series at home against Penn Manor, the defending District Three champ and PIAA runner-up.
Carter Lam recorded eight kills to lead CV, while Tom Lojpur recorded 20 assists. Trey Orner served up one ace and put up two solo blocks, with Shertzer and Lojpur also hammering down service aces.
The boys' lacrosse team split games to start their season, beating Central Dauphin East 16-7 at Witmer on March 24th, and losing to league foe Manheim Township, 19-3 on the 28th, also at home.
Under the lights at their home field, the Bucks fell behind 6-0 after the first quarter, and were down 13-1 at the half to the visitors from Manheim Township. Both the third and fourth quarters ended with 3-1 scores in favor of the Streaks.
Michael Fisher scored a pair for CV, with Zach Mower adding the other goal. Shane Adams was credited with an assist.
Chris Mousely had five saves in goal for CV.
Playing CD East, five goals in each of the first three quarters were all the team needed to best the visitors from the north.
Mower led the assault for the Bucks, scoring four goals, while teammates Shane Adams and Will Stone tallied hat tricks. Adams also had two assists during the contest.
Also adding goals for CV were Fisher with a pair of scores and four assists, Charles Braught with two, and Jon Garber and Ashton Knapik with one each.
Mousely registered 12 saves for the Bucks.
The girls lacrosse team lost to Manheim Township 23-3 at the Streak's home field last Tuesday, March 28.
CV scored two in the first half after they had fallen behind 14-1, and added another in the second for the 23-3 final. A. Andrews found the net for all three Bucks tallies.
A. Forney saved four shots in goal.
Opening their season at Central Dauphin East, the girls won 12-6 on Friday, March 24th.
Six goals in each half carried the visitors to the win, with A. Andrews tossing in four for the visitors. Kate Monger added a pair, while P. Kolb, A. Matheus, L. Alshouse, H. Chadwick, and N. Kiel added one each. Chadwick also helped out with assists on five of the CV goals.
After having to postpone their season opener away against Central Dauphin, the Bucks did get games in last Tuesday and Wednesday against league opponents Manheim Central at home, and Cocalico on the road. Both games ended with CV losses.
The team lost to Cocalico 3-2. After falling behind 2-0, the boys fought back to tie the score with single runs in the third and sixth, only to see the home team score in the bottom of the inning to take the lead and win when a Bucks seventh inning attempt to re-tie was thwarted.
On Monday, hosting the Barons, the Bucks saw a 3-1 lead evaporate in the top of the seventh, as Manheim scored eight runs to win going away 9-3.
Tim High started for the Bucks, and allowed just one run in his five innings of work.
The softball team entered the 2017 season with a 6-2 loss against visiting Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, March 24th. They rebounded with a 4-3 win at Manheim Central last Monday.
Battling the Barons at their home field, CV ran up a 3-0 lead after just one inning, saw Manheim tie it in the sixth, and won it in the seventh with a solo run. Alexia Trott got the win for the Bucks, tossing all seven innings.
At L-S, the girls scored their only runs in the top of the seventh to avoid the shutout. In helping the Pioneers along, CV committed five errors leading to four unearned runs.
The game against Cocalico on the 29th has not been reported at press time.
Last Monday, March 27th, the boys' tennis team opened their season with a 5-2 victory over Elizabethtown on the Bears home courts.
In first doubles, Andy Wang and Nathan May defeated Lucas Overmoyer and Connor Babinchek 8-2.
Second doubles belonged to Daniel Scala and Derek Thrush who bested Ethan Lown and Logan Hoover, 8-4.
The Bucks lost the third doubles 8-5
At No. 1 singles, Wang defeated Overmoyer, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 while Scala, at No. 2, took straight sets 6-2, 6-4 from Babinchek. Playing No. 4, Thrush was a winner over Dean Mc Bride, 7-5, 3-6, 10-3.
No. 3 singles was won by the Bears for the final 5-2 score.
Hempfield handed the Bucks a 7-0 home court loss last Wednesday, March 29.
A match against Ephrata on the 28th was postponed.
Dariychuk Wins Gold at Sectionals February 24, 2017
Pavel Dariychuk, CV's 145-pound wrestler, won gold at the District Three Sectional Tournament held at Governor Mifflin High School over the weekend of February 18th.
Seeded first with his record of 30-5, the Buckskin senior polished off all three of his opponents to advance to the District Three championships to be held at the Giant Center in Hershey, February 23-25th.
After getting a first round bye, the Buckskin grappler entered the second round against Joe Boecker from Twin Valley, and pinned the Raider in 3:07.
He followed this up with a 9-2 semifinal decision over Gage Moran of Exeter Township to set up his championship try for the gold, opposite Muhlenberg Muhls' Stephan Mayo, who held a record of 26-6, and was a returning sectional winner.
Not impressed with the opponent's record, Dariychuk controlled the match from the outset, and came away with an 11-5 major decision, and a coveted gold medal.
He now takes his 33-5 record into the District Three finals at the Giant Center and a match with Section Four fourth seed Matthew Proust (23-10 record).
Joining Dariychuk at Hershey will be teammates Jordan Hantranft at 132, and Connor Brinton, weighing in at 182. Both wrestlers finished second.
Hantranft, also awarded a first round bye, bested Jack Hickman from Twin Valley in the second round, pinning the Raider in just 52 seconds to go on to the semis.
Home school favorite from Governor Mifflin, John Aruntz, was dominated start to finish by the Bucks grappler, ending the match with a 19-5 major decision late in the second period. This put Hantranft into the finals against a league foe in Garden Spot's Christian Schilling, where he lost and settled for second place by a 6-1 final score.
Brinton also met a home school favorite in his championship match with Ben Maack, but was pinned by the Mustang in 3:39 and also settled for silver.
To get to the final match, he had been given a first round bye, pinned Jacob Zook from Garden Spot in 2:48 in the second round, and was victorious 6-5 over Michael Reinhart of Reading High in the semifinals.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Several members of the Buckskin swim team are seeded in the District Three Meet which takes place this Friday and Saturday.
On the boys' side, sophomore Nick Lynam is the second seed in the 500 free with a 4:41.20. His 53.01 in the 100 backstroke is also good for a second seed.
Michael Raasch is 14th seed in the 100 breaststroke with his 1:03.52. He will also compete in the 200 medley as the 27th seed with a 2:07.66.
Sarah Marston is the 21st seed in the 100 freestyle with a 55.68.
The boys 200 medley relay is the 12th seed with a time of 1:42.43. Members swimming are Sheldon Hertzler, Nikolas Pham, Matthew Dougherty, and Lynam.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Jose Barbon qualified in the long jump and teammate Aanyah Bermudez joined him in the 60-m hurdles for the state indoor Pennsylvania Track And Field Coaches Association (PTAFCA) championship meet Saturday, February 25th at State College.
To get to the state meet Barbon placed second in the long jump at the PTAFCA carnival with a jump of 22-6.75, just inches out of first place. He also ran fifth in the 60-m dash, just missing qualifying in that event as well.
Bermudez, at the same carnival, ran the hurdles in 8.27 to finish second and qualify.
Jamie Livingston, running in the girls 60-m hurdles, nearly qualified for the state meet, finishing her race in 9.32 and in fifth place.