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Livingston Grabs Gold at Districts May 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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Buckskin Tracksters 6th in League Meet May 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CV Baseball Seniors Make Strong Contributions May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

Tanner Shertzer supplied 25 assists in the loss.

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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Bucks Gain Despite Season of Losses May 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bucks Battle Warriors in Snow Flurries April 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WRESTLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

SWIMMING

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

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

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

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Lady Bucks Win Middletown Tournament February 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SWIMMING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Both teams had an incredible meet," summarized Raasch.

RIFLE

Alex Stoudt was named to the L-L League all-star roster last week at the Rifle championships, and Darren McGallicher shot his way into a top ten finish in the individual championship rankings.

The CV squad slipped to a team fifth at the event, not quite up to their second-place overall season finish, yet concludes this ground-breaking season full of excitement regarding future potential.

Graduating only two seniors, the young team looks ahead with much anticipation.

"The kids are really looking forward to next season already," summarized head coach Hank Oxendine equally excited for what the future holds.

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Bucks Battle Barons for L-L League Rifle Title February 9, 2018

The climactic battle for the L-L League Rifle title came down to the final duel of the season. The Conestoga Valley Bucks were so close they could taste it, but a two-point difference in favor of Manheim Central allowed the Barons to usurp the Bucks, 496-494, and bumped CV into second place.

Entering the week in possession of the number one spot, the Buckskins knew the pressure would only increase in their rematch against number two ranked Manheim Central, who trailed CV's record by only one game.

Previously, the Barons had dealt the Buckskins one of only two early seasons losses. After delivering CV its third loss on Thursday, both teams finished the season with identical 11-3 records, but the Barons' double victories over the Bucks awarded the title to Manheim Central.

Lexus Henkel, CV's top sharpshooter in the meet, nailed a perfect 100. Chase Miller, Dana Witmer, and Darren McGallicher each posted 99s, and Alex Stoudt provided a fifth score of 97.

The young squad made impressive strides to be contending for the title, improving this year's record by six wins over last season. While disappointment is understandable, the Bucks have nothing to hang their heads about regarding their triumphant season, and so much future potential to celebrate.

"Win or lose, I am extremely proud of this team," head coach Hank Oxendine emphasized before the match. "We have improved so much."

Prior to the pivotal match against the Barons, the Bucks did their part to stay on top, taking down Ephrata 496-495.

Composure reigned as Witmer and Stoudt led the squad with a set of perfect 100s. Montana Habecker and Avalea Bermudez hit a pair of 99s, and Henkel supplied a 98.

"I was very proud of our team win over Ephrata," reflected Oxendine. "With different names at the top of the score board, it shows how important depth is this year. Our girls once again stepped it up."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team experienced a character-building week, learning through adversity and supporting their teammates amid injury and two close losses.

Tuesday night, the CV hosted Penn Manor, and faced a heartbreaking one-point overtime loss, 47-46. It was their third straight contest without lead scorer, Kenzie Reed.

Rocketing out to an early 16-5 lead, the Buckskins held the early advantage. CV's starting lineup fittingly featured it's five senior members, April Achey, Emily Clapper, Savannah Generella, Paige Miller, and Dierra Pack, each honored as a part of the senior night celebration.

"The seniors started the game tremendously," praised head coach Doug Helsel. "Great team game with some flawless execution and persistent toughness."

Penn Manor stabilized the game with a 13-6 second quarter surge to put the teams on more even footing heading into the second half.

The remaining minutes were a tight contest, resulting in a stalemate of 43 apiece at the final buzzer. Overtime was a low-scoring affair with Penn Manor barely edging out Conestoga for a 47-46 final.

"Penn Manor is a skilled team," credited Helsel. "We played very well last time to beat them, and last night was a similar output. We just came up a little short."

The Lady Bucks displayed a well-balanced attack, gathering points from seven different players. Leading the offensive end was Amber High's 14 points, Generella with another 10, and Pack's contribution of seven.

Three days prior, and also without Reed, the Lady Bucks suffered a loss 47-39 at Warwick.

The team matched Warwick point-for-point in the opening quarter, and held a small lead, 26-23, at the halftime break.

Warwick made their move in the second half, primarily doing damage in a 16-7 fourth quarter to overtake the Buckskins.

Trips to the line were plentiful and successful for both teams. Warwick connected on 17-of-23, and CV mirrored that effort with 15-of-21, giving both teams free throw percentages over 70 percent.

The Bucks gathered the bulk of their points from High, with 13, Generella's 12, and Savannah Byers, who added eight. High's effort included a flawless 5-of-5 from the line.

Despite the CV successes, Warwick's wide-range attack included points from seven players, and five buckets from downtown helped them gain the fourth quarter edge.

WRESTLING

The CV grapplers hosted their second annual Rally in the Valley last weekend, and welcomed eight teams to the all-day event. Collectively, the Bucks faced three head-to-head competitions and went 2-1 on the day to ultimately claim third place as a team, an exciting conclusion to their regular season schedule.

Taking down St. Joseph Prep with a convincing 55-18 in their opening round, the Bucks were subsequently pitted against Midd-West and succumbed 51-26, which bumped them into a battle for third.

Midd-West went on to claim the top spot in the championship game, and CV overcame Red Lion 48-20 to end their day with a win and a spot in the top three.

Individual standouts included David Dariychuk and Josh MacNamara who each turned in undefeated performances going 3-0, pinning their opponents in each bout.

With the regular season wrapped, the Buckskin's record sits at 10-9, which marks nine consecutive seasons of winning records.

"Despite losing 10 seniors from last year's section championship team, this year's regular season schedule was intensified for a younger squad," pointed out head coach Trent Turner. "We experienced a lot of growing pains and challenges, but we will be 'Forever Strong' because of it."

The challenges aren't quite over yet, as the matmen next turn their attention to the Sectional Tournament held on February 17.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Finishing their regular season with a double dose of success, the Bucks tacked two more wins onto their record last week and wrapped up the regular season at 11-11.

Tuesday's 53-51 victory over Penn Manor featured an exceptionally well-balanced offense as Austin Monroe, Logan Monroe, and Jordan Ransing knocked in identical 11-point contributions, with Bradley Stoltzfus adding ten.

"For CV, the Monroe brothers were able to control the [4th] quarter with their ability to score, and make plays for others," commented Penn Manor head coach Larry Bellew.

The Friday before, the team both honored their seniors and treated their fans to an exciting 57-39 win over Warwick.

"The energy in the gym was exceptional, with everyone from the student section, to the players on the bench providing the extra boost that helped to inspire a remarkable effort," reflected head coach Brad Herr.

The Bucks had the upper hand 13-8 at the conclusion of the first quarter and maintained a modest lead until pulling away in an explosive 20-8 fourth quarter.

"Our kids played as hard as they've played all season," praised Herr.

The team's two seniors, brothers Logan and Austin Monroe, aptly led the team with 22 and 12 points respectively, and were honored for their contribution to the program.

"Our seniors have been a part of the program for so long it's difficult to imagine CV basketball without them," Herr said of the brothers. "They've been through a good deal of highs and lows, and it was important for us to recognize the contributions that they've made to the program."

The duo has consistently led the Buckskin's offensively all season with L. Monroe leading all scorers with 360 points this season. A. Monroe has knocked in an additional 275 to be the Buck's second highest point contributor.

SWIMMING

The swimmers gathered a slew of achievements in their final duel meet of the season paired against the Ephrata Mountaineers.

The boys side picked up a 94-75 win, and improved their league record to 5-1.

Micah Leaman racked up the points for the Buckskins, swimming personal best times in the 500 free, the backstroke, and anchoring the team's first place finish in the 500 free relay (3.30.77).

"All took place within not much more than 20 minutes," recalled head coach Barb Raasch, of Leaman's three performances. "In each event he swam a lifetime personal best time. It was awesome."

Nick Lynam was also busy during the meet, picking up first place finishes in 100 free and 200 IM, as well as participating in two relay events, the 200 IM and 500 free.

Nikolas Pham posted the best time in the 50 free, touching in 23.43, and Michael Raasch secured the breaststroke in 1:04.09.

The girls swim team was unable to capture the overall win, falling 97-73, but that didn't hinder multiple individual achievers from shattering previous best times.

Sarah Marston blazed her way to a top finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.78 slicing five seconds off her personal best. Marston also topped the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.57.

Karli Raasch's 1:11.36 in the breaststroke and 2:12.15 in the 200 IM, were both good for another two first place finishes.

Lauren Nedrow touched first in the 500 free, putting up a personal best of 5:40.63.

"She [Nedrow] was more aggressive than usual, and it sure paid off," celebrated Raasch.

The results from the League Championships, which were held this past weekend, will appear in next week's article.

BOWLING

CV's bowlers concluded their regular season schedule on a high note, taking down Lebanon 7-0 to achieve an overall record of 44-47.

Ryan Graham rolled a 767 series (259-242-266), to lead the shutout victory over the Cedars.

Prior to that matchup, the Bucks battled it out against Penn Manor and suffered a 5-2 defeat. Penn Manor got the upper hand in the first two games to put them ahead 4-0. Graham rolled below average in the first game, but cranked up the intensity in the second bowling a near perfect score of 287.

Sparked by the contagious energy, CV rallied for a win in game three. Graham's series score of 684 was accompanied by Andrea Gribble's 614 and Robbie Jack's 573.

"I'm really happy with the way the team finished the season," praised head coach Rick Graham. "Our last five matches we were 19-14, and four of the five matches were against the top teams in Sections I and II."

The team's season performance was not enough to earn them a spot in the L-L team playoffs, but the singles tournaments will be underway shortly for several individual bowlers. Gribble will represent Conestoga in the girls' tournament on February 15.

"Andrea is bowling well and could make a run at winning the tournament," noted Coach Graham.

The boys will compete the following day, with Graham, Jack, and Jacob Whitton each slotted to represent the Bucks.

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Raasch Breaks Records, CV Beats Cocalico February 2, 2018

The Lady Bucks swimming squad made quite a splash in their convincing 115-55 win over Cocalico last Tuesday.

Karli Raasch's two individual performances were enough to break team records, with 1:59.44 in the 200 free and 5:17.76 in the 500. Raasch also anchored the team's first place 400 free relay finish.

Avery Heisey also racked up the points for CV, with individual first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free as well as covering a leg in two of the relay team first place finishes.

The butterfly and 200 IM both went to Sarah Marston who also contributed to two relay wins, and Lauren Nedrow touched first in the backstroke.

"This year we can fill all the lanes and vary what many of the girls swim," commented head coach Barb Raasch about the depth the Lady Bucks are experiencing this season. "I think the girls were able to swim relaxed and really try for their best times."

For the boys, the issue of depth contributed to their 95-75 loss to Cocalico, while at the same time they registered a slew of first place individual finishes.

Nick Lynam picked up first place points in the 100 and 200 free, and also was part of CV's winning 200 medley team. Micah Leaman (500 free), Sheldon Hertzler (backstroke), and Michael Raasch (200 IM) supplied the other three first place finishes for the Bucks.

"They [Cocalico] have a good deal more depth than our 14 boys, but we really swam well," praised Raasch. "When the boys needed to race, they did. We wanted to see how close we could get to them, and we were very proud of the boys' effort throughout the whole meet."

BOWLING

Last week's results added both a win and a loss to the Buckskin bowling record, currently 5-6. The highlight of the week came on Monday when CV felled Section II leader Ephrata in an exciting 5-2 comeback victory, handing the Mountaineers their second league loss of the season.

Ephrata started out in control, capturing the first game by 49 pins, but the Bucks battled back to take the final two games and overall triumph, accumulating a team high pin total of 3,166-their best performance of the year.

"It was a good team effort as everyone on the team bowled over average," celebrated head coach Rick Graham. "It was another big win for us; we are showing the last month how I thought we could have bowled all year."

Ryan Graham continues to collect the best individual score, and led the Bucks with a 706 series (223-218-265). Andrea Gribble and Robbie Jack rolled identical 652 series scores in the success.

Prior to their Ephrata matchup, the Bucks were on the wrong end of a 5-2 final, falling to Warwick in a home match. Once again Graham posted CV's top series, rolling 253-248-184 for a 685 total, with Jacob Whitton supplying a follow up series of 624 (197-212-215).

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Split results defined last week's two matchups for the Lady Bucks basketball team, and is also an accurate description of their league record which currently sits at 6-6.

Tuesday night the Lady Bucks were forced to take on Elizabethtown without their leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, in the mix and fell 41-27.

"It changes the game plan against a team like Elizabethtown," acknowledge head coach Doug Helsel regarding the absence of Reed.

The Lady Bucks kept pace with the Lady Bears in the first half, with the Bears taking the first quarter lead, but the Bucks owning the second, to settle at a tied 18-18 scoreboard at the half.

"We hung tough for the first half," noted Helsel. "I appreciated my team's willingness to keep playing hard until the final buzzer."

The Bears did the most damage during a 14-2 run in the third that gave them a 12-point cushion entering the final eight minutes. They managed to maintain that separation throughout the duration of the fourth.

"We are hoping to learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.

Amber High stepped up to lead the Buckskin attack, knocking down a total of 13 points.

Just a few days prior, Reed racked up a career high 27 points in Conestoga's 59-42 take down of McCaskey.

"She played a terrific game, but we celebrate her 27 as a team," pointed out Helsel. "A lot of people got Kenzie the ball in the right spot for her to finish."

While eventually winning by a comfortable 17-point margin, the Lady Bucks were actually trailing McCaskey by two at the half 24-22.

"We discussed a few small adjustments on offense and defense, but really just re-focused on our game plan of taking care of the ball and increasing pressure on their guards," discussed Helsel of the halftime talk that led to a game-changing third quarter. "We often talk about being patient for a run, and it came in the third to put some separation in the score."

That third quarter run materialized as a 20-9 scoring blitz for CV, followed by a similar fourth quarter where the Buckskins outscored McCaskey 17-9.

Savannah Generella and Amber High each chipped in with 11 points in the comeback win. Generella's contribution included 5-for-5 shooting from the line.

The teamwide effort was evident on both ends of the floor.

"Emily Clapper pressured them into some timely turnovers," pointed out Helsel. "Dierra Pack gave us good minutes with a nice assist and a bucket down the stretch."

WRESTLING

The CV matmen spent an intense weekend at the L-L League Championships held at Garden Spot High School. In a collaborative effort, the team finished in eighth place out of a pool of 22 teams, and boasts eight individual grapplers earning place spots in the top eight rankings of their respective weight class.

Tyler Oakley put up the strongest showing for CV, exceeding his sixth-place seed coming into the tournament and earning his way to a second-place finish in the 285-weight division. Oakley's journey to the first-place bout included three consecutive falls before he was pinned by Warwick's Ryan Stewart in the finals.

"He had a good run through his bracket," praised head coach Trent Turner, referring to the senior.

Josh MacNamara entered the competition seeded third at 170, and lived up to his notable credentials, clinching the third-place victory with an 8-6 decision over Manheim Central's Andrew Seigrist.

"One of the toughest matches to win is the one following a semifinal loss," noted Turner. "He [MacNamara] was able to bounce back in that situation in the consolations to get third."

Isiah Gantt took the opportunity to impress, entering with a ninth-place seeding at 182, and rising to an actual performance that earned him sixth place, picking up two falls along the way.

"He [Gantt] had a few quality wins, and is really started to wrestle better at this point in the season," acknowledged Turner.

Andrew Dariychuk pinned Seth Fischer of Northern Lebanon for a seventh-place finish, and Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, Seth Martin, and Taylor Sheaffer each earned eighth place finishes to contribute to the team total.

While not breaking into the team district championships, the CV matmen continue to focus on several non-league duels to come and the potential for individual district competition later in February.

RIFLE

The Conestoga rifle squad regained sole possession of the top spot of the Section I standings pulling off a pair of victories last week and bringing their record to 10-2.

Thursday's showdown against Governor Mifflin awarded the Buckskins the clear victors with a final score of 495-483.

Lexus Henkel and Dana Witmer topped the leaderboard with perfect 100s. Alex Stoudt hit a 99, and Darren McGallicher and Sam Lorenz supplied a set of 98s.

The team started their week edging out Wilson, 685-684, in an extended battle that came down to the seventh shooter.

None of the Buckskin shooters were able to claim a perfect 100, but Chase Miller, Stoudt, McGallicher, and Montana Habecker, notched 99s.

A 97 contributed by Henkel and a pair of 96s, supplied by Madeleine King and Avalea Bermudez, were needed to claim the victory.

"We have some depth, which I believe is the strength of this team, which has helped with these extra shooter matches," explained head coach Hank Oxendine.

As strong contenders for that L-L league title, the squad understands the additional weight on their last week of league competition, including a highly anticipated rematch against fellow section leaders Manheim Central to close their regular season schedule.

"We are a relatively young squad, with only two seniors," pointed out Oxendine regarding the pressure that comes with end of season competition. "We will continue to work on improving as we move toward our last week of the season with showdowns with Ephrata and Manheim Central looming."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak last week, picking up a win against McCaskey before falling short against Lebanon.

"Each team must define itself, and we have the perfect opportunity to do so over the final four game stretch, but it won't be easy," explained head coach Brad Herr prior to the weeks lineup. "We've played against several of the top teams in District III, and we're expecting tough games every night. The experience that we've gained should serve us well as we make a final push toward post-season play."

In that first opportunity, the Bucks were rewarded with a 69-61 overtime triumph at McCaskey. The teams were almost dead even at the half, with CV holding the slimmest of leads 21-20.

Traded possessions and lead changes defined the contest and at the final buzzer neither team had gained an edge, with the scoreboard reading identical 57s.

The overtime minutes were a whole new ball game, with the Buckskins dominating, tripling the McCaskey point total with a 12-4 run.

The Monroe brothers once again were the significant offensive threats; Logan Monroe racked up 23 points followed closely by Austin Monroe's 18.

Following their triumph, the Buckskins dropped a 52-43 result to Lebanon. The contest was clearly defined by scoring runs from each team as CV dominated the first and third, but Lebanon's ownership over the second and fourth created enough advantage to seal the outcome.

A. Monroe took a turn at the helm on offense leading the Bucks with 16 points, followed closely by L. Monroe's 13.

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Bucks Play Three Games in Four Days January 26, 2018

It was a rocky week for the boys' basketball team, hitting a stretch of three losses, taxing both morale and stamina over the span of four days.

In spite of an undesired 61-51 outcome against Lampeter-Strasburg, on Saturday, January 20, CV's Joseph Cardina's 18-point offensive performance was a bright spot for the Bucks.

Cardina collected half of his points from deep, netting three buckets from beyond the arc, accounting for half of the Bucks total points from three-point range. Austin Monroe, Jordan Ransing and Nathan Scheid each knocked in a three-point bucket to give the Bucks a total of six from downtown.

CV succumbed to a second defeat, 51-31, in a home court faceoff with Hempfield last Monday. The Knights jumped out to an early 16-7 lead and maintained control until time expired.

Led by Logan Monroe's 12-point contribution, the Bucks made a surge in the third quarter, matching Hempfield point for point with each team collecting 13 over the eight-minute stretch, but Hempfield's other three quarters created an insurmountable deficit.

The Bucks also capitalized on their trips to the line, going 7-of-9 to shoot 78 percent.

Cedar Crest, Tuesday night, delivered the third blow of the week in an 81-41 final score. The Falcon's Blake Thomson did the most damage, tallying 33 points, to frustrate the Buckskin's game plan.

Bradley Stoltzfus and A. Monroe topped the CV scorers, picking up 11 apiece in the effort.

"We've certainly faced our share of adversity throughout the last three games. However, it's the ability to deal with these challenges that allows us to define our character and find out who we are," noted head coach Brad Herr.

WRESTLING

The wrestling squad improved their league record to 4-3 after a swift takedown of Manheim Township 58-15 in their final league dual of regular season.

Buckskin grappler Isaiah Gantt (195) got things off on the right foot for CV, collecting the first six points by pin, and from there the momentum was contagious.

"It was one of our stronger team performances to date," explained head coach Trent Turner. "It was encouraging to see the transfer of wrestling and mindset focus that we've been emphasizing in the practice room and now seeing in competition."

The Bucks authoritatively handled the match, racking up a 40-6 lead after eight bouts. There was no shortage of falls where the Bucks were concerned, as seven bouts ended in a CV pin.

Gantt, Jeremiah Pha, Rafael Rodriguez, Cameron Kistler, David Dariychuk, Conrad Dillman, and Josh MacNamara each pinned their opponents in the success.

"We hope to see this individual and team effort continue," added Turner.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Buckskins schedule put them through the wringer last week, requiring them to dig into their reserves of stamina and tenacity. Bookended by losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Cedar Crest, the highlight of their week came when the Lady Bucks rose to a victory against Hempfield on Monday.

The scoreboard read 37-28 in favor of Cedar Crest when the buzzer sounded on Tuesday, marking the end of a grueling three-game stretch over the course of only four days.

Free throw shooting proved to be consequential in the loss, as the Falcons shot 78 percent during their 7-of-9 visits to the line, gaining the edge they needed to overcome the Lady Bucks.

CV's leading scorer, Kenzie Reed, continued to attack, racking up 15 points in the loss, and April Achey got on the board with five.

Just 24 hours prior, the Lady Bucks had their turn as both the visitors and the victors, topping Hempfield by a substantial 43-23 difference on the Black Knights home court.

Reed blazed the way with 17 points, accompanied by 10 from Amber High. CV pulled ahead early in the contest, holding the Knights to single digit scoring in the first half 21-7, and held on to their lead throughout the contest.

Over the weekend, the Lady Bucks experienced a heart-wrenching one-point loss to Section II frontrunners Lampeter-Strasburg, 32-31, after holding the advantage 18-16 at the half.

The third quarter weighed heavily in the outcome when LS went on a 9-2 scoring run turning momentum in their favor headed into the final eight minutes.

"We missed free throws and some layups early, which put us in position to have to come back late," recalled head coach Doug Helsel.

The Lady Bucks battled back in the fourth, outscoring the Pioneers 11-7, but still found themselves in a one possession deficit in the final seconds.

"Had a good look at the buzzer to win it, but it didn't roll our way," elaborated Helsel. "Part of our process is learning to win close games against good teams. You have to lose a few to win a few later. We learn from it and move forward," encouraged Helsel.

Reed once again led CV scorers with 16, and Savannah Generella chipped in with seven.

Setting their sites on the home stretch, the Lady Bucks currently sit in the middle of the L-L Section I standings sporting a 5-5 league record.

BOWLING

CV bowlers experienced a 7-0 fall to Cedar Crest before rebounding for a significant 5-2 win over Section II leaders Elizabethtown.

"The last two matches against Cedar Crest and Elizabethtown were big matches for us," noted head coach Rick Graham.

Despite giving up all seven points in the loss to Cedar Crest, the team refused to stay down, overcoming Elizabethtown in the subsequent matchup.

Elizabethtown came out dominant in the first game, and a 40-pin advantage awarded them the first two points of the contest. Battling back, CV earned wins in the final two games and the overall victory.

"We bowled our best two team games of the year," praised Graham. "That was a big win for us."

Ryan Graham, already having claimed a spot in upcoming district competition, once again led CV bowlers in both contests. Graham rolled a 703 series (274-223-206) against Cedar Crest, but his milestone achievement came in the comeback win against Elizabethtown. Setting a new series best of 804 (258-279-267), Graham topped his previous high of 802 set just two weeks prior.

Andrea Gribble has also secured a top spot in Buckskin bowling, contributing a 618 series to the win over Elizabethtown, and earning an individual spot in districts as a result of her season performance alongside Graham.

"I have seen improvements in the entire team this year," reflected Coach Graham.

With four league matchups remaining in the regular season schedule, the Bucks look to make a push to improve their Section II ranking in which they currently sit in fourth.

"Three of the four matches are against very tough opponents," acknowledged Graham. "We showed that we can compete with the top teams. I'm hoping that carries forward and we can finish the year on a strong note."

RIFLE

Despite a setback last week, the rifle squad secured two more wins and stays atop of Section I standings with an 8-2 record.

In what was only their second loss this season, the Buckskins were outshot 497-492 when paired against Manheim Central last weekend.

"The loss at Manheim Central was difficult because of how inconsistent we shot as a team," noted head coach Hank Oxendine. "Although we had some individuals perform well, I continue to stress the team goal of shooting our individual potential, with that contributing to a better overall team score," he elaborated.

One of those individuals with an outstanding performance was Alex Stoudt who marked his first of two perfect 100 scores for the week in the match. Avalea Bermudez stepped up to shoot a season best of 99, Montana Habecker and Dana Witmer chipped in with a pair of 98s and Samuel Lorenz rounded out the team score with a 97.

Manheim Central displayed that very consistency Oxendine is referring to with all shooters scoring 99s or 100s to earn the victory.

"We must regain our overall team focus to improve and shoot each shooters' individual potential," summarized Oxendine.

Still leaving some room for growth but displaying an improvement, the Bucks went on to overcome Garden Spot by a four-point margin for the second time this season, with a 494-490 final.

"It was nice to see the team rebound with a win against Garden spot, but again, I do not feel as though it was a total team effort," explained Oxendine encouraging each athlete to perform at their best. "That is our goal for the remainder of this very competitive season."

Stoudt earned his second 100 in the dual with Garden Spot, this time accompanied by Habecker's perfect 100. Madeleine King, Witmer, and Lorenz each added a 98 to the cause.

Ever improving, the squad notched their eighth victory in a tight 595-594 triumph over Manheim Township. The contest came down to the wire, extending past the traditional five shooters and needing a sixth to break the tie.

The consistency that Oxendine has been hammering into the team strategy is paying off for the Bucks. Habecker landed her second straight perfect 100, and all five supporting shooters were a mere point behind, with Chase Miller, King, Witmer, Stoudt, and Lexus Henkel each supplying 99s.

SWIMMING

The boys' swim team took home a 94-74 meet win at Elizabethtown on Thursday.

Sweeping the relay portion of the evening, the CV swimmers bested Elizabethtown in all three relays in addition to five individual events.

Nick Lynam placed first in the 200 free (1:47.21) and backstroke (55.62), while also participating in two relay events.

Nikolas Pham touched first in the butterfly (57.27), Micah Leaman won the breaststroke (1:08.99), and Auden claimed the 100 free (54.92), each playing a role in the relay victories as well.

Michael Raasch, Joshua Proch, Andrew Perozich, and Sheldon Hertzler teamed up with the individual event winners for relay success in the 200 free, 400 free, and 200 medley.

During the girls' time in the pool, Elizabethtown topped the Buckskins 90-80, but several events went in favor of the CV swimmers.

Karli Raasch topped breaststroke (1:11.43) and butterfly (1:00.51). Sarah Marston produced the night's best efforts in both the 100 and 200 free with times of 58.16 and 2:05.46, and Lauren Nedrow secured the 500 free in 5:48.07.

Raasch, Marston, and Nedrow had more work to do, joined by Avery Heisey, each swimming a leg of CV's two relay wins in the 200 and 400 free.

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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.

RIFLE

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.

SWIMMING

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.

WRESTLING

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."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

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.

BOWLING

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).

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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."

BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

BOWLING

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."

SWIMMING

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.

RIFLE

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.

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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.

FIELD HOCKEY

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.

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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.

FOOTBALL

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."

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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.

CROSS COUNTRY

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

BOYS' SOCCER

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.

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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.

GIRLS SOCCER

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

TENNIS

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.

GOLF

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."

VOLLEYBALL

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.

BOYS SOCCER

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.

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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.

FOOTBALL

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.

GIRLS' SOCCER

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.

GOLF

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.

TENNIS

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.

FIELD HOCKEY

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."

VOLLEYBALL

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.

CROSS COUNTRY

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."

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