Graham Wins L-L League Bowling Title February 23, 2018
CV senior Ryan Graham rolled his way to the top spot during the L-L League bowling championships Friday, February 16 at Dutch Lanes, taking the crown for the second time, repeating his success from his sophomore season.
"Amazing," summed up how the two-time victor felt about capping his senior season with the win. "Not as in shock as the first time winning, but really coming along well at the end of the season," elaborated Graham.
Graham, a favorite to win the tournament, lived up to his credentials and averaged 212 in the nine games it took to advance to the finals. After the first five games, Graham was slotted in third, when the field was whittled down to the top 40 percent of the 91 original bowlers.
Improving over his next four games, Graham entered the stepladder final as the top qualifier, where he ultimately secured the event by overcoming Manheim Township's Josh Christ.
"Experience and hard work pays off at the end of the day," celebrated Graham as he experienced the fruition of years of effort.
Graham was joined in his in the event by sophomore Robbie Jack who also advanced beyond the first cut and made his way to a 27th place finish.
The previous day, Andrea Gribble represented CV in the girls' competition, working her way up the ranks to a sixth place finish, missing the final cut to the top five by a mere 27 pins.
"It was a good couple of days at the L-L singles for CV," summarized head coach Rick Graham.
Seven different CV wrestlers achieved place standings in the District III Section I championships on February 17, and four of those wrestlers qualified for the District III 3A championships held this past weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Andrew Dariychuk, Josh MacNamara, and Tyler Oakley all suffered first round losses and came up short in the consolations as well. Rafael Rodriguez suffered an opening round loss as well but picked up a fall in his subsequent bout, pinning Carlisle's Seth Bloomquist before being eliminated by Timothy Uhler from New Oxford.
"Qualifying for the district championships was certainly a goal for each of them," noted head coach Trent Turner. "The key for the underclassmen will be to remember the disappointment of not advancing and allow that feeling to drive their off-season efforts for personal improvement."
The four CV wrestlers that extended their competition got there by placing within the top four in their weight divisions in the Sectional tournament at Hempfield on February 17. Rodriguez came in second at 113, Andrew Dariychuk took fourth at 120, Josh MacNamara (170) grabbed third, and Tyler Oakley was fourth at 285.
Though falling short of the cut, three other grapplers earned place recognition; Eddie Lopez (195) finished in fifth, while Seth Martin (138) and Isiah Gantt (182) each secured sixth place finishes.
On a collective scale, the Buckskin matmen earned a sixth place team finish in a field of 15 teams.
The Lady Bucks wrapped up their 17-18 season Monday, February 19 with a first-round appearance in the District III playoffs falling by the slimmest of margins, 35-34.
Taking their first trip to the district tournament since 2007, the team played with heart and demonstrated their tenacity even amidst the undesired outcome.
"We got good looks all game, hit some really big shots, and handled situations with confidence," praised head coach Doug Helsel.
The Buckskins held the early lead over Dallastown and were up 23-16 at the half, but the Wildcat's second half efforts overcame them in the final minutes.
"We held tough and got a couple of good looks on the last possession, but couldn't get it to fall," explained Helsel. "It was a really fun game to watch, and I'm proud of how hard the girls worked all night-and all season," he added.
The Lady Bucks rounded out their season with an 11-12 overall record and 6-8 league record overcoming obstacles including injury and weather postponements along the way.
"Our goals at the start of the season were to win a championship and to win a playoff game," reflected Helsel. "We accomplished one this year," he said, referring to their Middletown Tipoff tournament title. "We'll have to wait on the other until next year, but we got very close."
Already excited about future potential, Helsel emphasized that more good things are on the horizon for Lady Bucks basketball.
"Season success always comes down to off-season preparation. If we can add to that willingness to put the extra time in, I am confident we can take another step forward next year," he concluded.
The boys' basketball team also took a trip to the District III playoff opening round, their third appearance in the past four years, but faced elimination, falling 52-39 to Manheim Township last Tuesday, February 20.
Logan and Austin Monroe, the team's two seniors, continued to lead the Bucks' offensive efforts in what would be their final game of their high school careers. L. Monroe led all scorers with 14, and A. Monroe netted seven.
The season-ending loss brought the Bucks record to a mirror image of the girls', 11-12 overall and 6-8 in the league for the 17-18 season.
With team competitions behind them, the Buckskins' swim squad continues to support their individual swimmers that qualified for specific district events and will compete the first weekend in March.
Sarah Marston and Karli Raasch are expected to compete in two individual events each, along with teaming up with Avery Heisey and Lauren Nedrow to take on the 400 free relay.
For the boys, Nick Lynam and Nikolas Pham each anticipate two individual opportunities, while Micah Leaman and Michael Raasch will each represent CV in one event. The four swimmers will also combine efforts for a shot at the 200 medley relay.
Lady Bucks Win Middletown Tournament February 16, 2018
The Lady Bucks took care of some unfinished business last week, capping their season with a Middletown Tournament championship win over the Middletown Raiders, 47-45.
The semifinal round of the tournament took place over two months ago as the tip-off of the season, when the Bucks took down ELCO 45-41 to advance to the championship. The second day of competition was postponed due to weather, placing the lone contest as the endcap of the Lady Bucks season.
"We won the tournament championship, which was one of our team goals to start the season," noted head coach Doug Helsel.
Goal accomplished-they just had to face a lot of challenges on their way there.
Currently playing without leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, who is recovering from an injury, the team didn't let that shake them from the title they felt was theirs from the opening of the season.
The early minutes of the contest didn't look promising for the Bucks, and the Raiders owned the first quarter 13-5. Regaining their footing, CV chipped away at the Middletown lead over the subsequent two quarters.
"We played pretty poorly for 26 minutes," acknowledged Helsel, but that all changed during the final quarter. "We started pressing in the fourth and created turnovers...started making some shots," he explained.
An explosive fourth quarter displayed the Bucks cranking up the pressure and going on a 23-12 blitz. Sophomore Savannah Byers came alive, netting 10 of her game total 12 points in the final eight minutes.
"We tied the game with about 20 seconds left," recalled Helsel. "We pressured them into one more time out, setting the stage for the dramatic finale."
A scoreboard knotted at 45, only 5.7 seconds left on the game clock, and Buckskin ball was the high-pressure setting.
Byers had control of the ball and dished it to Paige Miller at the right elbow. Stepping up in the clutch, Miller drained the jumper to give CV their first lead of the game-and the only one that mattered.
Without the option of a timeout, Middletown was unable to stop the clock from expiring and the Buckskins claimed the tournament.
Savannah Generella and Amber High led the team in scoring, accumulating 17 and 14 points respectively. Both Generella and High were named to the all-tournament team for their contributions in this game and the opening round played in December.
The tournament win gives the Lady Bucks a morale boost as they head into District III playoffs this week, taking on Dallastown in the opening round.
The CV swim teams raced to an abundance of personal bests at the L-L League championships held February 9-10; collectively the girl's team placed fourth and the boys sixth.
Sarah Marston and Karli Raasch continue to power through their events, breaking records and heading to district competition on the individual level.
Marston put up lifetime best times in both the 100 free (54.9) and the 200 free (1:58.6), to earn her sixth and second place finishes respectively.
Raasch broke two team records with her second-place finishes in both the 200 IM (2:07.87), and the 100 fly (57.44).
Raasch and Marston teamed with Avery Heisey and Lauren Nedrow for two relay performances, taking fourth in the 400 free and fifth in the 200 free.
"With only seven girls on the team, we placed fourth overall," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch. "Almost every girl had season best times and many had lifetime best times."
For the boys, Nick Lynam notched two first place finishes, winning the 200 with a time of 1:44.76, and the 500 free in 4:41.73. Nikolas Pham and Micah Leaman will head to districts as well, Pham took seventh in the butterfly and sixth in the breaststroke, and Leaman touched seventh in the 500 free.
"Both teams had an incredible meet," summarized Raasch.
Alex Stoudt was named to the L-L League all-star roster last week at the Rifle championships, and Darren McGallicher shot his way into a top ten finish in the individual championship rankings.
The CV squad slipped to a team fifth at the event, not quite up to their second-place overall season finish, yet concludes this ground-breaking season full of excitement regarding future potential.
Graduating only two seniors, the young team looks ahead with much anticipation.
"The kids are really looking forward to next season already," summarized head coach Hank Oxendine equally excited for what the future holds.
Bucks Battle Barons for L-L League Rifle Title February 9, 2018
The climactic battle for the L-L League Rifle title came down to the final duel of the season. The Conestoga Valley Bucks were so close they could taste it, but a two-point difference in favor of Manheim Central allowed the Barons to usurp the Bucks, 496-494, and bumped CV into second place.
Entering the week in possession of the number one spot, the Buckskins knew the pressure would only increase in their rematch against number two ranked Manheim Central, who trailed CV's record by only one game.
Previously, the Barons had dealt the Buckskins one of only two early seasons losses. After delivering CV its third loss on Thursday, both teams finished the season with identical 11-3 records, but the Barons' double victories over the Bucks awarded the title to Manheim Central.
Lexus Henkel, CV's top sharpshooter in the meet, nailed a perfect 100. Chase Miller, Dana Witmer, and Darren McGallicher each posted 99s, and Alex Stoudt provided a fifth score of 97.
The young squad made impressive strides to be contending for the title, improving this year's record by six wins over last season. While disappointment is understandable, the Bucks have nothing to hang their heads about regarding their triumphant season, and so much future potential to celebrate.
"Win or lose, I am extremely proud of this team," head coach Hank Oxendine emphasized before the match. "We have improved so much."
Prior to the pivotal match against the Barons, the Bucks did their part to stay on top, taking down Ephrata 496-495.
Composure reigned as Witmer and Stoudt led the squad with a set of perfect 100s. Montana Habecker and Avalea Bermudez hit a pair of 99s, and Henkel supplied a 98.
"I was very proud of our team win over Ephrata," reflected Oxendine. "With different names at the top of the score board, it shows how important depth is this year. Our girls once again stepped it up."
The girls' basketball team experienced a character-building week, learning through adversity and supporting their teammates amid injury and two close losses.
Tuesday night, the CV hosted Penn Manor, and faced a heartbreaking one-point overtime loss, 47-46. It was their third straight contest without lead scorer, Kenzie Reed.
Rocketing out to an early 16-5 lead, the Buckskins held the early advantage. CV's starting lineup fittingly featured it's five senior members, April Achey, Emily Clapper, Savannah Generella, Paige Miller, and Dierra Pack, each honored as a part of the senior night celebration.
"The seniors started the game tremendously," praised head coach Doug Helsel. "Great team game with some flawless execution and persistent toughness."
Penn Manor stabilized the game with a 13-6 second quarter surge to put the teams on more even footing heading into the second half.
The remaining minutes were a tight contest, resulting in a stalemate of 43 apiece at the final buzzer. Overtime was a low-scoring affair with Penn Manor barely edging out Conestoga for a 47-46 final.
"Penn Manor is a skilled team," credited Helsel. "We played very well last time to beat them, and last night was a similar output. We just came up a little short."
The Lady Bucks displayed a well-balanced attack, gathering points from seven different players. Leading the offensive end was Amber High's 14 points, Generella with another 10, and Pack's contribution of seven.
Three days prior, and also without Reed, the Lady Bucks suffered a loss 47-39 at Warwick.
The team matched Warwick point-for-point in the opening quarter, and held a small lead, 26-23, at the halftime break.
Warwick made their move in the second half, primarily doing damage in a 16-7 fourth quarter to overtake the Buckskins.
Trips to the line were plentiful and successful for both teams. Warwick connected on 17-of-23, and CV mirrored that effort with 15-of-21, giving both teams free throw percentages over 70 percent.
The Bucks gathered the bulk of their points from High, with 13, Generella's 12, and Savannah Byers, who added eight. High's effort included a flawless 5-of-5 from the line.
Despite the CV successes, Warwick's wide-range attack included points from seven players, and five buckets from downtown helped them gain the fourth quarter edge.
The CV grapplers hosted their second annual Rally in the Valley last weekend, and welcomed eight teams to the all-day event. Collectively, the Bucks faced three head-to-head competitions and went 2-1 on the day to ultimately claim third place as a team, an exciting conclusion to their regular season schedule.
Taking down St. Joseph Prep with a convincing 55-18 in their opening round, the Bucks were subsequently pitted against Midd-West and succumbed 51-26, which bumped them into a battle for third.
Midd-West went on to claim the top spot in the championship game, and CV overcame Red Lion 48-20 to end their day with a win and a spot in the top three.
Individual standouts included David Dariychuk and Josh MacNamara who each turned in undefeated performances going 3-0, pinning their opponents in each bout.
With the regular season wrapped, the Buckskin's record sits at 10-9, which marks nine consecutive seasons of winning records.
"Despite losing 10 seniors from last year's section championship team, this year's regular season schedule was intensified for a younger squad," pointed out head coach Trent Turner. "We experienced a lot of growing pains and challenges, but we will be 'Forever Strong' because of it."
The challenges aren't quite over yet, as the matmen next turn their attention to the Sectional Tournament held on February 17.
Finishing their regular season with a double dose of success, the Bucks tacked two more wins onto their record last week and wrapped up the regular season at 11-11.
Tuesday's 53-51 victory over Penn Manor featured an exceptionally well-balanced offense as Austin Monroe, Logan Monroe, and Jordan Ransing knocked in identical 11-point contributions, with Bradley Stoltzfus adding ten.
"For CV, the Monroe brothers were able to control the [4th] quarter with their ability to score, and make plays for others," commented Penn Manor head coach Larry Bellew.
The Friday before, the team both honored their seniors and treated their fans to an exciting 57-39 win over Warwick.
"The energy in the gym was exceptional, with everyone from the student section, to the players on the bench providing the extra boost that helped to inspire a remarkable effort," reflected head coach Brad Herr.
The Bucks had the upper hand 13-8 at the conclusion of the first quarter and maintained a modest lead until pulling away in an explosive 20-8 fourth quarter.
"Our kids played as hard as they've played all season," praised Herr.
The team's two seniors, brothers Logan and Austin Monroe, aptly led the team with 22 and 12 points respectively, and were honored for their contribution to the program.
"Our seniors have been a part of the program for so long it's difficult to imagine CV basketball without them," Herr said of the brothers. "They've been through a good deal of highs and lows, and it was important for us to recognize the contributions that they've made to the program."
The duo has consistently led the Buckskin's offensively all season with L. Monroe leading all scorers with 360 points this season. A. Monroe has knocked in an additional 275 to be the Buck's second highest point contributor.
The swimmers gathered a slew of achievements in their final duel meet of the season paired against the Ephrata Mountaineers.
The boys side picked up a 94-75 win, and improved their league record to 5-1.
Micah Leaman racked up the points for the Buckskins, swimming personal best times in the 500 free, the backstroke, and anchoring the team's first place finish in the 500 free relay (3.30.77).
"All took place within not much more than 20 minutes," recalled head coach Barb Raasch, of Leaman's three performances. "In each event he swam a lifetime personal best time. It was awesome."
Nick Lynam was also busy during the meet, picking up first place finishes in 100 free and 200 IM, as well as participating in two relay events, the 200 IM and 500 free.
Nikolas Pham posted the best time in the 50 free, touching in 23.43, and Michael Raasch secured the breaststroke in 1:04.09.
The girls swim team was unable to capture the overall win, falling 97-73, but that didn't hinder multiple individual achievers from shattering previous best times.
Sarah Marston blazed her way to a top finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.78 slicing five seconds off her personal best. Marston also topped the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.57.
Karli Raasch's 1:11.36 in the breaststroke and 2:12.15 in the 200 IM, were both good for another two first place finishes.
Lauren Nedrow touched first in the 500 free, putting up a personal best of 5:40.63.
"She [Nedrow] was more aggressive than usual, and it sure paid off," celebrated Raasch.
The results from the League Championships, which were held this past weekend, will appear in next week's article.
CV's bowlers concluded their regular season schedule on a high note, taking down Lebanon 7-0 to achieve an overall record of 44-47.
Ryan Graham rolled a 767 series (259-242-266), to lead the shutout victory over the Cedars.
Prior to that matchup, the Bucks battled it out against Penn Manor and suffered a 5-2 defeat. Penn Manor got the upper hand in the first two games to put them ahead 4-0. Graham rolled below average in the first game, but cranked up the intensity in the second bowling a near perfect score of 287.
Sparked by the contagious energy, CV rallied for a win in game three. Graham's series score of 684 was accompanied by Andrea Gribble's 614 and Robbie Jack's 573.
"I'm really happy with the way the team finished the season," praised head coach Rick Graham. "Our last five matches we were 19-14, and four of the five matches were against the top teams in Sections I and II."
The team's season performance was not enough to earn them a spot in the L-L team playoffs, but the singles tournaments will be underway shortly for several individual bowlers. Gribble will represent Conestoga in the girls' tournament on February 15.
"Andrea is bowling well and could make a run at winning the tournament," noted Coach Graham.
The boys will compete the following day, with Graham, Jack, and Jacob Whitton each slotted to represent the Bucks.
Raasch Breaks Records, CV Beats Cocalico February 2, 2018
The Lady Bucks swimming squad made quite a splash in their convincing 115-55 win over Cocalico last Tuesday.
Karli Raasch's two individual performances were enough to break team records, with 1:59.44 in the 200 free and 5:17.76 in the 500. Raasch also anchored the team's first place 400 free relay finish.
Avery Heisey also racked up the points for CV, with individual first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free as well as covering a leg in two of the relay team first place finishes.
The butterfly and 200 IM both went to Sarah Marston who also contributed to two relay wins, and Lauren Nedrow touched first in the backstroke.
"This year we can fill all the lanes and vary what many of the girls swim," commented head coach Barb Raasch about the depth the Lady Bucks are experiencing this season. "I think the girls were able to swim relaxed and really try for their best times."
For the boys, the issue of depth contributed to their 95-75 loss to Cocalico, while at the same time they registered a slew of first place individual finishes.
Nick Lynam picked up first place points in the 100 and 200 free, and also was part of CV's winning 200 medley team. Micah Leaman (500 free), Sheldon Hertzler (backstroke), and Michael Raasch (200 IM) supplied the other three first place finishes for the Bucks.
"They [Cocalico] have a good deal more depth than our 14 boys, but we really swam well," praised Raasch. "When the boys needed to race, they did. We wanted to see how close we could get to them, and we were very proud of the boys' effort throughout the whole meet."
Last week's results added both a win and a loss to the Buckskin bowling record, currently 5-6. The highlight of the week came on Monday when CV felled Section II leader Ephrata in an exciting 5-2 comeback victory, handing the Mountaineers their second league loss of the season.
Ephrata started out in control, capturing the first game by 49 pins, but the Bucks battled back to take the final two games and overall triumph, accumulating a team high pin total of 3,166-their best performance of the year.
"It was a good team effort as everyone on the team bowled over average," celebrated head coach Rick Graham. "It was another big win for us; we are showing the last month how I thought we could have bowled all year."
Ryan Graham continues to collect the best individual score, and led the Bucks with a 706 series (223-218-265). Andrea Gribble and Robbie Jack rolled identical 652 series scores in the success.
Prior to their Ephrata matchup, the Bucks were on the wrong end of a 5-2 final, falling to Warwick in a home match. Once again Graham posted CV's top series, rolling 253-248-184 for a 685 total, with Jacob Whitton supplying a follow up series of 624 (197-212-215).
Split results defined last week's two matchups for the Lady Bucks basketball team, and is also an accurate description of their league record which currently sits at 6-6.
Tuesday night the Lady Bucks were forced to take on Elizabethtown without their leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, in the mix and fell 41-27.
"It changes the game plan against a team like Elizabethtown," acknowledge head coach Doug Helsel regarding the absence of Reed.
The Lady Bucks kept pace with the Lady Bears in the first half, with the Bears taking the first quarter lead, but the Bucks owning the second, to settle at a tied 18-18 scoreboard at the half.
"We hung tough for the first half," noted Helsel. "I appreciated my team's willingness to keep playing hard until the final buzzer."
The Bears did the most damage during a 14-2 run in the third that gave them a 12-point cushion entering the final eight minutes. They managed to maintain that separation throughout the duration of the fourth.
"We are hoping to learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.
Amber High stepped up to lead the Buckskin attack, knocking down a total of 13 points.
Just a few days prior, Reed racked up a career high 27 points in Conestoga's 59-42 take down of McCaskey.
"She played a terrific game, but we celebrate her 27 as a team," pointed out Helsel. "A lot of people got Kenzie the ball in the right spot for her to finish."
While eventually winning by a comfortable 17-point margin, the Lady Bucks were actually trailing McCaskey by two at the half 24-22.
"We discussed a few small adjustments on offense and defense, but really just re-focused on our game plan of taking care of the ball and increasing pressure on their guards," discussed Helsel of the halftime talk that led to a game-changing third quarter. "We often talk about being patient for a run, and it came in the third to put some separation in the score."
That third quarter run materialized as a 20-9 scoring blitz for CV, followed by a similar fourth quarter where the Buckskins outscored McCaskey 17-9.
Savannah Generella and Amber High each chipped in with 11 points in the comeback win. Generella's contribution included 5-for-5 shooting from the line.
The teamwide effort was evident on both ends of the floor.
"Emily Clapper pressured them into some timely turnovers," pointed out Helsel. "Dierra Pack gave us good minutes with a nice assist and a bucket down the stretch."
The CV matmen spent an intense weekend at the L-L League Championships held at Garden Spot High School. In a collaborative effort, the team finished in eighth place out of a pool of 22 teams, and boasts eight individual grapplers earning place spots in the top eight rankings of their respective weight class.
Tyler Oakley put up the strongest showing for CV, exceeding his sixth-place seed coming into the tournament and earning his way to a second-place finish in the 285-weight division. Oakley's journey to the first-place bout included three consecutive falls before he was pinned by Warwick's Ryan Stewart in the finals.
"He had a good run through his bracket," praised head coach Trent Turner, referring to the senior.
Josh MacNamara entered the competition seeded third at 170, and lived up to his notable credentials, clinching the third-place victory with an 8-6 decision over Manheim Central's Andrew Seigrist.
"One of the toughest matches to win is the one following a semifinal loss," noted Turner. "He [MacNamara] was able to bounce back in that situation in the consolations to get third."
Isiah Gantt took the opportunity to impress, entering with a ninth-place seeding at 182, and rising to an actual performance that earned him sixth place, picking up two falls along the way.
"He [Gantt] had a few quality wins, and is really started to wrestle better at this point in the season," acknowledged Turner.
Andrew Dariychuk pinned Seth Fischer of Northern Lebanon for a seventh-place finish, and Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, Seth Martin, and Taylor Sheaffer each earned eighth place finishes to contribute to the team total.
While not breaking into the team district championships, the CV matmen continue to focus on several non-league duels to come and the potential for individual district competition later in February.
The Conestoga rifle squad regained sole possession of the top spot of the Section I standings pulling off a pair of victories last week and bringing their record to 10-2.
Thursday's showdown against Governor Mifflin awarded the Buckskins the clear victors with a final score of 495-483.
Lexus Henkel and Dana Witmer topped the leaderboard with perfect 100s. Alex Stoudt hit a 99, and Darren McGallicher and Sam Lorenz supplied a set of 98s.
The team started their week edging out Wilson, 685-684, in an extended battle that came down to the seventh shooter.
None of the Buckskin shooters were able to claim a perfect 100, but Chase Miller, Stoudt, McGallicher, and Montana Habecker, notched 99s.
A 97 contributed by Henkel and a pair of 96s, supplied by Madeleine King and Avalea Bermudez, were needed to claim the victory.
"We have some depth, which I believe is the strength of this team, which has helped with these extra shooter matches," explained head coach Hank Oxendine.
As strong contenders for that L-L league title, the squad understands the additional weight on their last week of league competition, including a highly anticipated rematch against fellow section leaders Manheim Central to close their regular season schedule.
"We are a relatively young squad, with only two seniors," pointed out Oxendine regarding the pressure that comes with end of season competition. "We will continue to work on improving as we move toward our last week of the season with showdowns with Ephrata and Manheim Central looming."
The boys' basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak last week, picking up a win against McCaskey before falling short against Lebanon.
"Each team must define itself, and we have the perfect opportunity to do so over the final four game stretch, but it won't be easy," explained head coach Brad Herr prior to the weeks lineup. "We've played against several of the top teams in District III, and we're expecting tough games every night. The experience that we've gained should serve us well as we make a final push toward post-season play."
In that first opportunity, the Bucks were rewarded with a 69-61 overtime triumph at McCaskey. The teams were almost dead even at the half, with CV holding the slimmest of leads 21-20.
Traded possessions and lead changes defined the contest and at the final buzzer neither team had gained an edge, with the scoreboard reading identical 57s.
The overtime minutes were a whole new ball game, with the Buckskins dominating, tripling the McCaskey point total with a 12-4 run.
The Monroe brothers once again were the significant offensive threats; Logan Monroe racked up 23 points followed closely by Austin Monroe's 18.
Following their triumph, the Buckskins dropped a 52-43 result to Lebanon. The contest was clearly defined by scoring runs from each team as CV dominated the first and third, but Lebanon's ownership over the second and fourth created enough advantage to seal the outcome.
A. Monroe took a turn at the helm on offense leading the Bucks with 16 points, followed closely by L. Monroe's 13.
Bucks Play Three Games in Four Days January 26, 2018
It was a rocky week for the boys' basketball team, hitting a stretch of three losses, taxing both morale and stamina over the span of four days.
In spite of an undesired 61-51 outcome against Lampeter-Strasburg, on Saturday, January 20, CV's Joseph Cardina's 18-point offensive performance was a bright spot for the Bucks.
Cardina collected half of his points from deep, netting three buckets from beyond the arc, accounting for half of the Bucks total points from three-point range. Austin Monroe, Jordan Ransing and Nathan Scheid each knocked in a three-point bucket to give the Bucks a total of six from downtown.
CV succumbed to a second defeat, 51-31, in a home court faceoff with Hempfield last Monday. The Knights jumped out to an early 16-7 lead and maintained control until time expired.
Led by Logan Monroe's 12-point contribution, the Bucks made a surge in the third quarter, matching Hempfield point for point with each team collecting 13 over the eight-minute stretch, but Hempfield's other three quarters created an insurmountable deficit.
The Bucks also capitalized on their trips to the line, going 7-of-9 to shoot 78 percent.
Cedar Crest, Tuesday night, delivered the third blow of the week in an 81-41 final score. The Falcon's Blake Thomson did the most damage, tallying 33 points, to frustrate the Buckskin's game plan.
Bradley Stoltzfus and A. Monroe topped the CV scorers, picking up 11 apiece in the effort.
"We've certainly faced our share of adversity throughout the last three games. However, it's the ability to deal with these challenges that allows us to define our character and find out who we are," noted head coach Brad Herr.
The wrestling squad improved their league record to 4-3 after a swift takedown of Manheim Township 58-15 in their final league dual of regular season.
Buckskin grappler Isaiah Gantt (195) got things off on the right foot for CV, collecting the first six points by pin, and from there the momentum was contagious.
"It was one of our stronger team performances to date," explained head coach Trent Turner. "It was encouraging to see the transfer of wrestling and mindset focus that we've been emphasizing in the practice room and now seeing in competition."
The Bucks authoritatively handled the match, racking up a 40-6 lead after eight bouts. There was no shortage of falls where the Bucks were concerned, as seven bouts ended in a CV pin.
Gantt, Jeremiah Pha, Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, David Dariychuk, Conrad Dillman, and Josh MacNamara each pinned their opponents in the success.
"We hope to see this individual and team effort continue," added Turner.
The Lady Buckskins schedule put them through the wringer last week, requiring them to dig into their reserves of stamina and tenacity. Bookended by losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Cedar Crest, the highlight of their week came when the Lady Bucks rose to a victory against Hempfield on Monday.
The scoreboard read 37-28 in favor of Cedar Crest when the buzzer sounded on Tuesday, marking the end of a grueling three-game stretch over the course of only four days.
Free throw shooting proved to be consequential in the loss, as the Falcons shot 78 percent during their 7-of-9 visits to the line, gaining the edge they needed to overcome the Lady Bucks.
CV's leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, continued to attack, racking up 15 points in the loss, and April Achey got on the board with five.
Just 24 hours prior, the Lady Bucks had their turn as both the visitors and the victors, topping Hempfield by a substantial 43-23 difference on the Black Knights home court.
Reed blazed the way with 17 points, accompanied by 10 from Amber High. CV pulled ahead early in the contest, holding the Knights to single digit scoring in the first half 21-7, and held on to their lead throughout the contest.
Over the weekend, the Lady Bucks experienced a heart-wrenching one-point loss to Section II frontrunners Lampeter-Strasburg, 32-31, after holding the advantage 18-16 at the half.
The third quarter weighed heavily in the outcome when LS went on a 9-2 scoring run turning momentum in their favor headed into the final eight minutes.
"We missed free throws and some layups early, which put us in position to have to come back late," recalled head coach Doug Helsel.
The Lady Bucks battled back in the fourth, outscoring the Pioneers 11-7, but still found themselves in a one possession deficit in the final seconds.
"Had a good look at the buzzer to win it, but it didn't roll our way," elaborated Helsel. "Part of our process is learning to win close games against good teams. You have to lose a few to win a few later. We learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.
Reed once again led CV scorers with 16, and Savannah Generella chipped in with seven.
Setting their sites on the home stretch, the Lady Bucks currently sit in the middle of the L-L Section I standings sporting a 5-5 league record.
CV bowlers experienced a 7-0 fall to Cedar Crest before rebounding for a significant 5-2 win over Section II leaders Elizabethtown.
"The last two matches against Cedar Crest and Elizabethtown were big matches for us," noted head coach Rick Graham.
Despite giving up all seven points in the loss to Cedar Crest, the team refused to stay down, overcoming Elizabethtown in the subsequent matchup.
Elizabethtown came out dominant in the first game, and a 40-pin advantage awarded them the first two points of the contest. Battling back, CV earned wins in the final two games and the overall victory.
"We bowled our best two team games of the year," praised Graham. "That was a big win for us."
Ryan Graham, already having claimed a spot in upcoming district competition, once again led CV bowlers in both contests. Graham rolled a 703 series (274-223-206) against Cedar Crest, but his milestone achievement came in the comeback win against Elizabethtown. Setting a new series best of 804 (258-279-267), Graham topped his previous high of 802 set just two weeks prior.
Andrea Gribble has also secured a top spot in Buckskin bowling, contributing a 618 series to the win over Elizabethtown, and earning an individual spot in districts as a result of her season performance alongside Graham.
"I have seen improvements in the entire team this year," reflected Coach Graham.
With four league matchups remaining in the regular season schedule, the Bucks look to make a push to improve their Section II ranking in which they currently sit in fourth.
"Three of the four matches are against very tough opponents," acknowledged Graham. "We showed that we can compete with the top teams. I'm hoping that carries forward and we can finish the year on a strong note."
Despite a setback last week, the rifle squad secured two more wins and stays atop of Section I standings with an 8-2 record.
In what was only their second loss this season, the Buckskins were outshot 497-492 when paired against Manheim Central last weekend.
"The loss at Manheim Central was difficult because of how inconsistent we shot as a team," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Although we had some individuals perform well, I continue to stress the team goal of shooting our individual potential, with that contributing to a better overall team score," he elaborated.
One of those individuals with an outstanding performance was Alex Stoudt who marked his first of two perfect 100 scores for the week in the match. Avalea Bermudez stepped up to shoot a season best of 99, Montana Habecker and Dana Witmer chipped in with a pair of 98s and Samuel Lorenz rounded out the team score with a 97.
Manheim Central displayed that very consistency Oxendine is referring to with all shooters scoring 99s or 100s to earn the victory.
"We must regain our overall team focus to improve and shoot each shooters' individual potential," summarized Oxendine.
Still leaving some room for growth but displaying an improvement, the Bucks went on to overcome Garden Spot by a four-point margin for the second time this season, with a 494-490 final.
"It was nice to see the team rebound with a win against Garden spot, but again, I do not feel as though it was a total team effort," explained Oxendine encouraging each athlete to perform at their best. "That is our goal for the remainder of this very competitive season."
Stoudt earned his second 100 in the dual with Garden Spot, this time accompanied by Habecker's perfect 100. Madeleine King, Witmer, and Lorenz each added a 98 to the cause.
Ever improving, the squad notched their eighth victory in a tight 595-594 triumph over Manheim Township. The contest came down to the wire, extending past the traditional five shooters and needing a sixth to break the tie.
The consistency that Oxendine has been hammering into the team strategy is paying off for the Bucks. Habecker landed her second straight perfect 100, and all five supporting shooters were a mere point behind, with Chase Miller, King, Witmer, Stoudt, and Lexus Henkel each supplying 99s.
The boys' swim team took home a 94-74 meet win at Elizabethtown on Thursday.
Sweeping the relay portion of the evening, the CV swimmers bested Elizabethtown in all three relays in addition to five individual events.
Nick Lynam placed first in the 200 free (1:47.21) and backstroke (55.62), while also participating in two relay events.
Nikolas Pham touched first in the butterfly (57.27), Micah Leaman won the breaststroke (1:08.99), and Auden claimed the 100 free (54.92), each playing a role in the relay victories as well.
Michael Raasch, Joshua Proch, Andrew Perozich, and Sheldon Hertzler teamed up with the individual event winners for relay success in the 200 free, 400 free, and 200 medley.
During the girls' time in the pool, Elizabethtown topped the Buckskins 90-80, but several events went in favor of the CV swimmers.
Karli Raasch topped breaststroke (1:11.43) and butterfly (1:00.51). Sarah Marston produced the night's best efforts in both the 100 and 200 free with times of 58.16 and 2:05.46, and Lauren Nedrow secured the 500 free in 5:48.07.
Raasch, Marston, and Nedrow had more work to do, joined by Avery Heisey, each swimming a leg of CV's two relay wins in the 200 and 400 free.
Lady Bucks Notch Come-Back Win Over Warwick January 12, 2018
The Lady Buckskins maintained an even league record, now 3-3, after splitting two matchups last week.
In an exciting comeback win over Warwick, the Lady Bucks earned a convincing 50-35 final after trailing by four at the half.
Despite only collecting 16 points in the first half, CV played solid basketball and knew the fundamentals would pay off in the long run.
"They hit shots and we didn't...it happens, so you can't panic," explained head coach Doug Helsel.
Tearing up the third quarter, the Lady Bucks went on a 21-7 scoring surge.
"We switched up defenses a bit in the third quarter, which produced baskets, which produced confidence, which produced more baskets," elaborated Helsel. "We encouraged sticking with the game plan, being patient with our shots starting to fall."
As Helsel predicted, those shots indeed continued to fall, and the Bucks carried a comfortable double-digit cushion through the fourth quarter.
CV's leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, once again set the pace offensively, leading all scorers with 19 points. Savannah Generella knocked in 12 points, and Marissa High netted two three-pointers as part of her eight points.
The win over Warwick came after a 49-39 loss to Elizabethtown. The Buckskins matched the Bears point for point in the second and third quarters, but the Bears edged ahead during the first and fourth. The Bears also gained an edge with their 17 points from the line.
Reed made a big offensive push for the Bucks, netting 20 points, supported by Amber High's 13, but CV was unable to gather enough to take the lead.
CV's rifle team is leading Section I after a three-win week, which bumps their total victories to five. The squad earned their three triumphs by overcoming Governor Mifflin, Wilson and Ephrata in rapid succession.
A 494-485 success in their pairing against Governor Mifflin was led by sophomore Madeleine King's perfect 100. King's performance was accompanied by a 99 from Lexus Henkel, and three 98s contributed by Alex Stoudt, Darren McGallicher, and Montana Habecker.
"Our 494 tied our high score this season," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Overall I am pleased with the progress of our team. However, I still don't feel as though we have shot our maximum potential yet," he elaborated.
"It would be nice to see all nine of our shooters shoot his/her potential each match," Oxendine went on to say. "In order for us to compete with the top teams in the league, we need to shoot in the high 490's."
Not quite reaching that mark, but still taking the contest by an impressive margin, CV outshot Wilson 490-478 the following day.
Habecker took her turn leading the Buckskin shooters with a 99. Similar to their prior matchup, CV again had three 98's on the board, this time supplied by King, Dana Witmer, and Stoudt. A 97 from Chase Miller rounded out the CV top five.
In a nine-shooter duel against Ephrata, the Bucks handed the Mountaineers their first loss, 882-878. All nine Buckskin shooters shot 95 or above.
Stoudt and Henkel each nailed a perfect 100; Miller and King put up a pair of 99s; Witmer, Habecker, and Avalea Burmudez hit 98s; and Samuel Lorenz and McGallicher rounded out the team with 95s.
Brutal cold and inclement conditions have wreaked havoc on the Buckskins' swimming schedules, but that didn't slow them down in the pool as both the boys and girls' squads took home victories in last week's league meets against Lampeter-Strasburg and Manheim Central.
CV girls dominated the individual events in the 97-72 win over Lampeter-Strasburg, claiming five first place finishes, and tacked on two relay wins to the night's achievements.
Freshman Karli Raasch racked up the points taking first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.4), the 200 IM (2:12.46), and participated in both first-place relay teams.
Lauren Nedrow brought home the best time in 100 backstroke (1:09.14), Sarah Marston touched first in the 100 butterfly (1:11.04), and Avery Heisey won the 100 free (1:01.06).
In addition to their individual honors, Nedrow, Raasch, Marston, and Heisey teamed to win the 200 medley in 2:01.12.
Heisey, Jacqueline Thornton, Nina Kramer, and Raasch also bested Lampeter in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:50.65.
Against Manheim Central, the Lady Bucks not only notched an impressive 122-44 win, but swept top spots in all events, finishing first in all three relays and eight individual events.
It was a big night for Kramer taking first place in the both individual freestyle events, with a 1:05.25 in the 100 and 2:24.01 in the 200.
Nedrow posted best times in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.28), and the 100 butterfly (1:08.51).
Ashley Nolt claimed the 50 free (28.44), Kyla Pham the 500 free (6:46.36), Anna Cutler the 100 back (1:16.89), and Aubrey Lester the 200 IM (2:46.05).
The relay portion of the contest was equally successful for CV. Karli Monger, Raasch, Thornton, and Cutler clocked a 2:04.62 time in the 200 medley.
Monger and Raasch teamed up with Heisey and Giovanina Bell for a first touch in the 200 free (1:59.95) and Laurel Tuckey joined Thornton, Monger, and Cutler to take the 400 Free in 4:32.24.
The boys' wins over Lampeter-Strasburg 105-62, and Manheim Central 91-58 marked their first two league victories, and included a host of individual and relay first place finishes.
Against Lampeter, Micah Leaman took the 100 free (53.94), and 200 IM (2:13.02). Michael Raasch won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.99) and 100 butterfly (59.93) and Auden Block was tops in the 200 free (2:03.37), and Nick Lynam the 50 free (22.45).
CV swept the relays with times of 1:43.84 in the 200 medley, 1:36.06 in the 200 free, and 3:44.32 in the 400 free.
Against Manheim Central, Block topped the 200 IM (2:24.52) and the 500 free (5.39.66). Sheldon Hertzler added wins in the 100 backstroke (1:06.67) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.08) and Raasch brought home the final individual event win with a 1:55.9 in the 200 free, in addition to being a part of both first-place relay teams.
Block and Raasch were joined by Nicholas Kramer and Jarod Steed to collect the 200 medley relay time to beat of 1:57.48.
Hertzler, Raasch, Julian Tarache, and Nikolas Pham teamed for the 400 free posting a winning time of 4:03.3.
In their sole contest of the week, the wrestling team took down McCaskey with authority in a 55-21 home victory.
Conrad Dillman got the match off to a promising start, winning his bout by major decision to earn the first four points. Gaining momentum, the Bucks went on to claim six consecutive bouts, racking up 34 unanswered points, including pins from Josh MacNamara at 170, and Eddie Lopez at 195.
"Conrad Dillman's major decision of a really solid wrestler in the opening bout of the night helped to set a really good tone for his teammates, and we seemed to maintain this through most of the bouts that followed," praised head coach Trent Turner.
Having to forfeit four bouts in the duel continued to put McCaskey at a disadvantage. The Tornados gained some footing in later bouts, but CV's Rafael Rodriguez (113) and Cameron Kistler (126), each added a fall to keep confidence high. Seth Martin (132) earned an additional three points for CV by decision.
"Our team is starting to get a little stronger now," noted Turner. "McCaskey was a little undermanned, but we were more aggressive and had a greater team spirit than in past duals so the final score was a bit reflective of this."
It was a grueling three game stretch on the road for the boys' basketball team, dropping league contests to both Lebanon and Warwick, but picking up an exciting victory over Eastern York.
In their triumph over Eastern York, the Buckskins made the most of the final quarter, battling back from a seven-point deficit to win 67-66 at the buzzer.
A fairly even first half tipped slightly in favor of York, with the scoreboard reading 28-25. York stretched that lead to seven entering the fourth quarter. With a major surge, the Buckskins turned the tables in the final eight minutes outscoring York 27-19.
"We were in the bonus during the fourth quarter and wanted to be aggressive taking the ball to the basket," pointed out head coach Brad Herr on their dynamic final push. "That provided us with some opportunities for layups, coupled with some inside-outside looks from beyond the arc."
Jordan Ransing, Joe Cardina, Austin Monroe, and Logan Monroe capitalized on those opportunities, hitting shots from downtown during the offensive explosion.
Keeping in mind that it takes effort on both ends of the floor to produce such success, Herr highlighted the defensive contributions that made it possible.
"Defensively, we went into our full court press and were able to generate some steals and rushed shots, resulting in some opportunities for us at the offensive end. Jordan [Ransing] and Joe [Cardina] made some critical stops and secured several rebounds that gave us chances to convert our defense into offense," praised Herr.
The tight game came down to the wire, and as time expired A. Monroe laid in his final two points, bringing his game total to 20 and putting CV on top just before the buzzer.
In the 51-49 loss to Lebanon the Buckskins got off to an early lead, but Lebanon's systematic and consistent three remaining quarters chipped away at that advantage, and gave them just enough to edge out CV.
The Buckskins showed range in the attack with L. Monroe leading the offense with 15. Bradley Stoltzfus and A. Monroe each gathered 11 points, and Jordan Ransing hit double figures with 10.
In the 64-51 loss at Warwick, the Warriors got ahead early and maintained the lead at the end of each quarter. Despite the loss, the CV boasted four different scorers in double digits led by L. Monroe's 13, A Monroe 12, Ransing 11, and Cardina 10.
After a three-game losing streak, the bowling team picked up a much-needed win collecting a 7-0 sweep over McCaskey.
Ryan Graham paced the Bucks rolling a 765 series. Andrea Gribble came up with the second highest contribution, a 630 series, and Robbie Jack added a 625.
The team dropped a league contest, 5-2, to Ephrata last week, but despite the loss, Graham continued to shine, producing the highest individual game score of 246, and the highest series of the night with a 699 (243, 210, 246).
Buckskin Matmen Challenge Visiting Solanco January 5, 2018
In their first test since the holiday break, the Conestoga Valley wrestling team lost a close league match to Solanco 39-31 last Wednesday, as they seek to find their rhythm in the New Year.
Cameron Kistler and Seth Martin each picked up a fall in the final two bouts of the match, but despite the late surge in points, were unable to overtake the established Solanco lead. Taylor Sheaffer's four points by major decision granted the Buckskins a temporary 7-6 lead early in the match.
Austin Rider (145) leads the Bucks in pins, having collected four in the early season. Sheaffer (152) and Martin (132) each have three pins to their credit.
The CV Holiday Wrestling Classic, a 17-year tradition, draws elite competitors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. In the deep pool of contestants, the Buckskins team did not rank in the top ten, but they can boast individual place wins from three of their wrestlers.
Tyler Oakley went 6-2 and placed fifth in his weight class of 285.
"Oakley had a good two days of wrestling. He was unseeded coming into the event," pointed out head coach Trent Turner.
Andrew Dariychuk, seventh at 120, and Josh MacNamara, eighth at 170, each placed for the second consecutive year in the Classic.
"Our tournament is a tough event and our team just needs to continue to develop more drive and discipline to compete and win against this level of competition," explained Turner focusing on positive potential. "Our schedule was upgraded this year to include some tougher competitions out of the gate to better prepare us for our long-term goals."
January is packed with opportunity and league competition. Having overcome injuries and jostling to get wrestlers into their preferred weight classes, they have already proven themselves in a 38-30 December league win over Warwick.
"I believe that we will only get stronger as the season progresses," elaborated Turner. "We will continue to remain focused on the character that drives the process of developing life champions."
Buckskin basketball brought home some additional Christmas cheer over the break as victors of the Wyomissing Holiday Tournament.
With a final score of 58-52, the Buckskins overcame a five-point deficit at the half to triumph over Muhlenberg in the championship game, led by brothers Logan and Austin Monroe. The dynamic duo combined for 38 points. Austin was named tournament MVP, and Logan was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Before their appearance in the title game, CV first conquered Exeter 49-45, this time led by sophomore Bradley Stoltzfus with 18 points.
"We learned that playing hard and maintaining our composure can mitigate some mistakes on the court, and our overall attitude and effort have been moving in the proper direction," summarized head coach Brad Herr. "The last week of basketball was all about growth. We're excited to find out just how much we can continue to improve."
The early season was a tumultuous ride for the Buckskins, earning them a split record of 5-5 in December competition.
"We had our share of challenges. However, the players have demonstrated resiliency, refusing to quit and bouncing back from each of our losses with wins," elaborated Herr. "Jordan Ransing is playing tremendously well on the defensive end," credited Herr.
Heading into the holiday break, the Buckskins treated their fans to an exhilarating one-point victory at home over McCaskey 71-70.
Once again, the Monroe brothers proved to be a dangerous threat, A. Monroe with 27 points and L. Monroe with 25.
Free throw shooting played a major role in a contest that came down to the wire. The Buckskins visited the line 28 times, compared to McCaskey's 11 attempts. Nailing 75 percent of those opportunities boosted the Buck's score by a cumulative 21 points. Stoltzfus', four-of-four, and Ethan Bredeman's, three-of-four, were vital contributions to the CV cause.
The Lady Buckskins worked hard over the holiday break, earning the runner up spot in the Wyomissing Holiday Tournament.
Working as a unit, they took down Exeter 55-33 in their opening round, before falling just short to Wyomissing 59-50 for the title.
Junior Kenzie Reed racked up an impressive 25 points in the triumph over Exeter, blazing the way for her team to advance to the title game.
"Our game plan was to get the ball inside, and Kenzie's output was a direct result of a whole team execution of that plan," praised head coach Doug Helsel.
Facing Wyomissing for the tournament title, the Lady Bucks slipped behind 29-16 in the first half, but regrouped to battle back in the second half, with Amber High collecting 15 points, joined by Savannah Byers and Savannah Generella with 12 apiece.
"Our girls showed a ton of heart by making a strong run in the third quarter, and continued into the fourth. We are asking a lot of some younger players, and they are stepping up," summarized Helsel.
Reed's two-day performance resulted in 34 points and earned her all-tournament recognition. High chipped in identical 15s in each of the contests.
Earlier in their season, CV wasted no time claiming back-to-back victories to open their season.
"Our experienced core stepped up in those games, and gave a balanced scoring attack," noted Helsel. "We expect leadership of different types from everyone, and our team culture is positive and unified."
In mid-December, the Buckskins got their first taste of league competition, with dominate wins over Hempfield and McCaskey, but falling to competitors Manheim Township and Cedar Crest, giving them a split 2-2 league record as they round the turn into the new year.
"We are trying to use the wins and losses right now to learn, grow, and move forward as a team," elaborated Helsel displaying confidence in their 2018 prospects.
Freshman nerves weren't a factor for Buckskin bowler Robbie Jack, tallying a 670 series score in the teams' 7-0 season opener victory over Hempfield High School.
"All three games were close," pointed out head coach Rick Graham. "The key to us winning all the games and seven points was our spare shooting."
Jack was accompanied by Ryan Graham's 651 and Jacob Whitton's 631 for CV's top three scores to bring home the win.
The Buckskins picked up their second league win midway through December with a 7-0 triumph over Lebanon, this time Graham led the team to victory with a 650 series.
Despite recent team losses to Cedar Crest and Elizabethtown, Graham continues to impress on an individual scale. He registered the highest series score of all bowlers against Cedar Crest with a 735, including the top individual game score of the night with a 268.
"I think the team has had some good matches, but I don't think anyone has reached their potential," encouraged Graham. "If everything comes together, we can make some noise the last eight matches this year."
CV swim teams rocketed off the blocks in the early season, breaking school records and asserting themselves in new roles.
The girls swim team raced to an 87-81 victory over Penn Manor in their first meet of the year collecting wins in five individual races as well as the 200 freestyle relay.
Freshman Karli Raasch dove in head first during her varsity debut, setting the Lady Bucks school record with a 1:59 first place finish in the 200 free.
"Karli has been looking forward to high school swimming, working hard throughout the year, so she was excited to see what she could do personally and with her team this season," noted head coach Barb Raasch.
Sophomore Sarah Marston was the first to touch in the 100 free (55.83), Lauren Nedrow captured the top rank in the 500 free (5:48.63), and Nina Kramer brought home the win in the 100 breaststroke (1:24.6).
Raasch and Marston teamed with Jacqueline Thornton and Avery Heisey for a win in the 200 free relay (1:46.13).
"I was very pleased with how the entire team swam," praised Raasch. "They work hard at practice, and seem to really have fun-lots of energy and team spirit."
The girls' second test came against Manheim Township in which Manheim prevailed 117-53, but that didn't stop CV from shattering two more school records.
Raasch claimed a new CV record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.57, and the 200 medley relay team of Raasch, Heisey, Nedrow, and Marston, posted a new time to beat of 1:56.37.
In boys swimming, individual achievements have also set the standard. In the opening meet against Penn Manor, CV took top spots in all three relays, and four out of eight individual events, but Manor's depth awarded them the win 91-79.
Buckskin Nick Lynam captured first place finishes in 100 butterfly (55.23) and 200 IM (2.01.5), Micah Leaman won the 200 free (1:57.9), and Nikolas Pham touched first in the 50 free (23.24).
"Their times really surprised me this early in the season; we were amazing," celebrated Raasch.
Lynam set another school record with his first-place time of 4:37.9 in the 500 free during a mid-December loss to Manheim Township.
The rifle team registered back-to-back victories in mid-December overtaking Garden Spot by a four-point difference followed up by edging ahead of Manheim Township for their second league win of the season.
Consistency was key in the one-point win over Township, 590-589. Chase Miller, Samuel Lorenz, Darren McGallicher, and Lexus Henkel each produced 99s. Madeleine King and Alex Stoudt each contributed 97s to keep CV on top.
Rewinding to a few days prior, the Buckskins took down Garden Spot 492-488, this time freshman Wyatt Stauffer produced the only perfect score of the day, accompanied by a pair of 99s from Lorenz and Stoudt.
"The win over Garden Spot was led by a strong outing by freshman Wyatt Stauffer, who shot his first 100 in a match this season," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "The team showed some depth in the match, with no shooter below a 97," he added.
With the bulk of competition still to come, Oxendine looks to encourage growth and improvement.
"With the season only a quarter of the way complete, I would like to see more consistency from some of our top shooters, as well as improved match scores by several of our veterans," commented Oxendine.
Early in the season, Elizabethtown handed the Bucks their first loss (494-490), but several individual accomplishments were achieved. Miller shot his first 100 in a match, and sophomore Dana Witmer came in strong with a 98 in her debut in the lineup.
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.