Raasch, Lynam Medal in District Swimming March 7, 2019
Sophomore Karli Raasch and senior Nick Lynam made quite a splash at the PIAA District III meet on March 1st and 2nd, combining for a total of three podium finishes to represent the CV swimmers.
Raasch raced her way to two third-place finishes with a season best time of 2:07.6 in the 200 IM and a lifetime best of 57.01 in the 100 butterfly. Raasch shaved a full two seconds off of her 200 IM seed time of 2:09.87, and exceeded expectations with her podium finish in the butterfly coming into the event seeded ninth.
"Karli had a pretty nice meet," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch.
Lynam earned himself second place in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.12, just behind Muhlenberg's Roanoke Shirk, who set a new district record with his time of 1:39.06. Lynam was also in the mix during the 500 free event, finishing just short of the podium in fourth, with a time of 4:36.34.
"Nick is definitely looking towards the State meet," noted Raasch.
Both Raasch and Lynam's performances put them in contention for an appearance at States, with competition to be held at Bucknell University in mid-March. Final place seedings were not determined at press time.
Sarah Marston, a junior, completed the 200 free in under two minutes, for a season-best time of 1:59.69 to touch in 16th, and also put up a time of 54.49 in the 100 free coming in 15th.
Marston and Raasch were accompanied by Avery Heisey and Lauren Nedrow to compete in two relay events and their combined efforts earned them a 10th place finish in the 400 free (3:46.59) and 14th in the 200 free (1:44.18).
Auden Block was the sixth member of the Buckskin swim team to represent CV at the District meet and the senior finished strong with a lifetime best, 55.96, in his 100 butterfly event.
"He took almost a full second off his seed time, breaking 56 for the first time," praised Raasch. "A nice way to end his high school swimming career."
Buckskin Matmen Compete in Districts February 28, 2019
Five CV grapplers represented the Buckskins at the District III 3A championship last weekend in Hershey, and while none rose to the place in the top six of their weight class rankings, they have much to be proud of as their successful season comes to a close.
Rafael Rodriguez (120), Cameron Kistler (126), Taylor Sheaffer (152), Austin Rider (138), and Josh MacNamara (160) were the five matmen that carried the CV banner at the individual portion of the District championships, and though early bout losses for each put them out of contention for individual rankings, their hard work that brought them to this stage of the post-season is certainly an accomplishment.
"A complete team effort," was a common phrase used by head coach Trent Turner to describe their season achievements. "It's been memorable, historic, and exciting."
In addition to winning the L-L League Section I regular season title with a 7-0 sweep, the squad went on to claim the District III 3A Section I championship in the post-season-for the first time in school history.
"The keys to our success have been an experienced squad, good team leadership, and a buy-in by our wrestlers to our team core covenant centered around the principles of Brotherhood, Hard work, Heart, and Respect," emphasized Turner.
Navigating the District III bowling championships February 23 solo, sophomore Robbie Jack did his team proud, finishing in 24th in a pool of 36 of the district's top bowlers.
"Robbie did a fantastic job representing himself and CV," praised head coach Doug Davidson.
Jack's six game series score of 1098 was highlighted by a 216 in his third game of the contest.
Extending his post-season, Jack will be heading on to Regional competition with a prospect of States in the coming weeks. Two Lady Buckskin bowlers, Tana MacFeat and Annabel Whitton, will also be representing CV at regionals in early March.
Bowlers Compete in Individual Championships February 21, 2019
Comradery and sportsmanship were on display in last week's Lancaster-Lebanon League individual bowling championships where the Lady Bucks competed on Wednesday and the boys on Friday. Their efforts were highlighted by sophomore Robbie Jack's fourth place finish in the boys' competition.
"All bowlers bowled above average, with many averaging much higher than the season averages, so all coaches were extremely proud of our results," celebrated head coach Doug Davidson after both tournaments had concluded.
Jack's journey to his fourth-place medal included sailing through the first round of five games, with a 1016 pin total, followed by finishing in the top five of the second round, propelling Jack along with four other bowlers to the stepladder portion of the tournament.
During the stepladder showdown, Jack overcame Township's Jordan Schell (184) by throwing a 211, before falling to Cameron Zwally of Ephrata, 201-182.
Cedar Crest's Kolby Bennett was crowned champion after he rose to the top in the final head-to-head battle of the stepladder over Isaac Erickson of Warwick, 214-177.
Jack produced his best game score in the second round, rolling a 252 in his seventh game of the day, and will continue his post-season journey having secured his spot in District III playoffs.
Luke Tucsnak also performed well for the Bucks, putting up a 170 average that left him just six pins off the second-round cut.
Weather might have delayed the start of the girls' individual tournament on February 13 at Clearview Lanes in Elizabethtown, but that didn't dampen the Lady Bucks enthusiasm as they awaited their full-day tournament.
CV sophomore Annabel Witton bowled the best individual scores of the day, rising to 21st place in the field of 59 bowlers, after a grueling nine-game effort. Whitton produced a 782 in the five-game series of the first round to make the second-round cut. Her best individual game came in the fifth where she rolled a 189.
Witton's efforts will advance her to Regional competition in March, along with senior Tana MacFeat who placed 25th.
MacFeat, a third year member of CV's bowling team, reflected on the season with candor and enthusiasm.
"The season has had it's ups and down, and I'm really looking forward to finishing strong," emphasized MacFeat, who started the CV bowlers off with a momentum-boosting strike on her opening roll of the day.
Fellow senior Abbey Bowman reiterated MacFeat's sentiments adding, "I'm really going to miss this." Bowman went on to place 36th in the event.
Sophomores Eleana Hintz and Witton were quick to chime in about the team's "family-like" atmosphere and the highlights of getting to know each team member better throughout the season.
Demonstrating their improvement on the lanes, the team came up with a game win over Manheim Central in their last match of the regular season, and their attitude of support and team emphasis was evident as they reminisced together about the memories of the season.
Though a winning record eluded the club, they certainly demonstrated their victories in other areas of growth-taking away priceless memories while learning lessons of teamwork and tenacity.
After a phenomenal regular season in which they swept their league opponents with a perfect 7-0 record, the Buckskin matmen headed into District III post-season playoffs with more to prove, and they did it as a team, with all grapplers placing in the top six of their respective weights and earning the team the title of District III 3A Section I champions.
"It was a complete team effort as we had every wrestler place in the top six which is the statistic that I am most proud of with this team," commented head coach Trent Turner.
Taking part in the PIAA District III 3A tournament comprised of 15 teams held at Governor Mifflin, the Buckskins managed to earn a team total of 190.5 points to claim the title for the first time in school history. Despite no individual grappler winning their weight class, the overall consistency of the Buckskin matmen pulled in the points and reflected the depth of the squad.
Josh MacNamara at 160 earned second place honors to pace the Bucks. MacNamara's trip to the first-place bout included a takedown of Cedar Crest's Dylan Styver and a 7-4 decision over Anthony Steinmeyer of Wilson. MacNamara succumbed to a 7-3 decision on the mat when he faced Johnny Arentz of Governor Mifflin.
Cameron Kistler (126) picked up a fall while working his way to a third-place finish, and Taylor Sheaffer (152) achieved a 10-8 decision over Drew Finkey of Garden Spot for CV's other third place finish. Austin Rider (138) and Rafael Rodriguez (120) both earned fourth.
MacNamara, Kistler, Sheaffer, Rider and Rodriguez have all earned themselves a spot to compete in the District III 3A championship to be held in Hershey.
Five CV wrestlers finished in fifth; Conrad Dillman (170), David Dariychuk (145), Isiah Gantt (182), Leo Marente (220), and Trenton Ruble (108); and three more pulled in at sixth, with Eddie Lopez (195), Keaton Fischer (113), and Yodhe Desta (285).
Though the fifth and sixth place finishes will not advance to the championships in Hershey, their contribution was vital to the overall team success.
"Having so many guys still providing team points in the fifth/sixth place bouts was vital to our overall success," credited Turner. "They were still working hard to provide additional points for the team."
Cardina Nets 16 Points in Loss to Lebanon February 8, 2019
CV's boys' basketball season came to a halt in a one-possession heartbreaker, slipping to Lebanon, 57-55, during the final home contest of the season.
The close contest displayed a matched 15 field goals netted by each team, with the Bucks holding the long-range advantage, knocking in six triples compared to only three from the Cedars.
Free-throw shooting proved to be a tipping point in the battle, with Lebanon getting to the line 28 times and capitalizing on 18 of those visits, compared to the Bucks 7-of-12 performance.
Joe Cardina sparked the CV offense, netting 16 points accompanied by Ethan Bredeman's 13-point contribution.
The evening also held the opportunity to recognize the six seniors on the team; Joe Cardina, Parker Graff, J'Vhante Perkins, Jordan Ransing, Nolan Rishell, and Nathan Scheid.
"It was a season of adversity," pointed out head coach Brad Herr. "It's important to note that our young men continued to work hard and didn't quit. In twenty years, it won't matter what your high school basketball record was. It will, however, matter if you gave your best effort in the face of overwhelming odds."
The previous Friday the Bucks experienced another close loss, slipping to Ephrata by a count of 53-49.
After falling behind in the early minutes, CV fired back in the latter half of the contest. Registering their strongest period in the third quarter, the Bucks outscored Ephrata 27-17, to even up the score at 40 apiece heading into the final frame. Despite the comeback surge, the Bucks were unable to sustain enough momentum to overtake the lead and the Mountaineers edged ahead in the final possessions.
Cardina once again had the highest point tally on either team, with 19. Ransing chipped in with nine, Scheid with six, and Perkins netted four.
"This season we were able to provide ample opportunities for some of our younger players to experience the game at the varsity level," noted Herr. "They gained an appreciation for the drastic differences in speed and physicality of the game over junior varsity and junior high. Next season's success will hinge on their willingness to make the proper investment in the off-season to prepare for the next level."
Buckskin wrestling's milestone season included a 7-0 L-L League run that clinched the Section One title, and earned their admittance to the District III Team Championships last week where they were outed after a showdown against Cumberland Valley.
The Bucks, seeded ninth, succumbed to eighth seeded Cumberland Valley (42-17), who went on to ultimately place third in the tournament.
"They [Cumberland Valley] are always a strong program, and it was definitely a tough draw for us to start with," acknowledged head coach Trent Turner. "However, it was our first time back to the District III Team Championships in four years," he noted.
On February 2, the Buckskins hosted a dual meet event, the Rally in the Valley, and turned in a day's performance of 2-1 to finish in second, falling 38-30 to the day's victors, Midd-West High School.
The two triumphs of the day for CV included a 72-9 win over Red Lion as well as overcoming Garden Spot by a margin of 51-26.
In the dominant win over Red Lion, points in eight bouts were accumulated through forfeit, but when called upon for action, CV's Cameron Kistler (126), Andrew Dariychuk (132), David Dariychuk (145), and Eddie Lopez (195) each pinned their opponent.
Falls were plentiful in the closer match against Garden Spot, with CV overcoming for a 51-26 final score.
Garden Spot briefly held an 8-6 lead before CV went on a tear, securing pins in the following six-of-seven bouts, kickstarted by A. Dariychuk at 132, followed by Austin Rider (138), Taylor Sheaffer (152), Conrad Dillman (160), Josh MacNamara (170), and Isiah Gantt (182) to extend the lead to 42-14.
Garden Spot rallied for a pair of pins, but Yodhe Desta (285) and Trenton Ruble (106) squelched their momentum with a pin and decision win respectively.
Continuing in non-league competitions, CV flexed their muscles in a 58-18 takedown of West York in which the Bucks won 11 out of 14 individual bouts.
"The boys wrestled strong," praised Turner of their team effort.
Concluding their regular season schedule on a high note, the CV girls took down Lebanon High School 58-50 last Tuesday.
The Lady Bucks controlled the contest, outscoring the Cedars in three out of four quarters, hitting 19 field goals in addition to a collective 54 percent free throw shooting average.
Kenzie Reed paced the Buckskins, gathering 23 points in the contest, supported by nine apiece from Savannah Byers and Lauren Thrush. Ashley Andrew chipped in another eight points in the win.
The victory bumped CV's league record to 4-9 and 6-16 overall.
The previous Friday, in the final home court contest of the season, the Bucks fell to Ephrata, 35-29, but took a moment to honor the contributions of the teams five senior players; Kenzie Reed, Kylie Stutzman, Lauren Thrush, Anna Kollbotn, and Sydney Bouder.
Reed again was the game's high scorer with 11, followed by eight- and seven-point contributions from Byers and Bouder respectively.
Three close losses marked the end of the regular season for the Buckskin marksmen, giving them an overall record of 7-6 heading into the post-season.
Two of the last three contests were determined by just a one-point difference, when the Bucks fell 492-491 at Governor Mifflin and 496-495 to Ephrata.
Against both opponents, CV senior, Darren McGallicher, brought his best, hitting two perfect 100s in the back-to-back meets.
The final dual of the season pitted the Bucks against a near-perfect Manheim Central squad who registered four marksmen with textbook games bringing the final score 499-494. CV's Lexus Henkel rose to the occasion with a 100 score of her own to lead the Buckskin efforts in the loss.
Individual competition will be emphasized in the 2019 League Championships held on Saturday, February ninth, with results to be covered next week.
Both the boys' and girls' swim teams competed in the 2019 L-L League All-League Meet held February 8-9 at Wilson High School. Results will be covered next week.
CV's Boys Top Cocalico For Section Swim Title February 1, 2019
The race for the L-L Section Two season title couldn't have been much closer for the boys teams. Coming down to the final regular season meet, CV outswam Cocalico, 85-83, last Thursday to take both the meet and the title.
"I'm very proud of the boys and so excited for them," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch. "They did the work, got really excited, and never gave up."
The final victory gave the Bucks a perfect 6-0 league sweep for the regular season, and propelled them to the top of Section Two allowing them to win the title outright, and avoid having an identical record with Cocalico.
With such a close scoring differential, every single event and swimmer was consequential to the outcome, with all ten CV boys adding to the score tally in some way.
Auden Block had a huge night, with first places in both the backstroke (59.08) and the butterfly (56.8) a personal best time, and a leg in the winning relay for the Bucks.
Robbie Krasinski was just a tenth of a second behind Block in the backstroke, giving CV much needed second place points in the event.
Nick Lynam won his 100 free with a time of 47.74, as well as the 200 IM in 1:58.91, and Micah Leaman got the job done with the top time in the 200 free (1:57.5).
In the breaststroke, Sheldon Hertzler swam a personal best of 1:06.89, good enough for second, and the points accrued in that race set the stage for a final relay that would determine the outcome of the meet.
"It was tied after the breaststroke, so whomever won the relay would win the meet, and our boys swam awesome splits in that relay," praised Raasch.
Leaman, Josh Proch, Felipe Garate, and Block, teamed up for that 400 free, and their collective 3:37.17 sealed the win in the event, the meet, and ultimately the Section Two title.
The CV girls also ended the regular season with a triumph, making their way past Cocalico with a commanding 107-52 final score to give them an evenly split league record of 3-3.
The girls swept all three relay events and also topped all but one individual category to accumulate their impressive point total.
Touching first in two events, Karli Raasch powered through the 50 free in 25.25, and the butterfly in 1:00.68. Lauren Nedrow took home the 100 free in 58.8, as well as the backstroke in 1:09.17.
Three additional wins were supplied by Sarah Marston in the 200 free (2:07.1), Aubrey Lester in the 500 free (6:17.75), and Jordan Holmes in the 200 IM (2:30.26).
Despite hard work and a team effort, Buckskin basketball was dealt two losses last week.
Nine CV players chipped in points in last Wednesday's 69-32 loss to Warwick, but the contributions were just not enough to overcome the Warrior onslaught.
Jordan Ransing tallied the most points for the Buckskin cause, posting seven, supported by five from Sawyer Shertzer, and four apiece supplied by Ethan Bredeman and Parker Graff.
The previous Friday, Conestoga hosted Elizabethtown, and fell to the Bears by a difference of 75-51.
Though not enough to close the gap, the Buckskins long-range efforts were on display in the contest, accumulating almost half of their 51 points from beyond the arc, netting eight treys.
Ransing and Bredeman knocked in two apiece while J'Vhante Perkins, Nathan Scheid, Nolan Rishell, and Luke Rumbaugh accrued the remaining four.
Ransing was once again the Bucks' high scorer, totaling nine. Will Stone netted eight, Perkins supplied seven, and Bredeman and Wertz put added six each.
Buckskin wrestling celebrated more milestones last week with Josh MacNamara's performance at 160 earning him the top spot in his weight class at the L-L League Wrestling Championship, while Austin Rider worked his way through the 138-pound bracket to reach the podium as a second-place runner-up.
After securing the regular season Section One title, the CV grapplers headed to the two-day tournament where they placed fourth in the team portion, while pulling in 12 individual place winners-a record for the Buckskin wrestling program.
"We had a great first day and competed well," praised head coach Trent Turner after his squad entered day two leading the race in the team standings.
Unfortunately, the second day of the tournament did not result in the finish the matmen were looking for-ultimately falling behind Manheim Central, Northern Lebanon, and Penn Manor for a team fourth.
"Too many close matches where we lost or came up short kept us from holding on to the lead that we held after day one," explained Turner. "The sport of wrestling can deal you some pretty tough lessons, but if we're going to enjoy the success of the first day, then we can't make excuses for why we came up short on the second day."
Though collectively not where they had hoped to end up, the team continued to make history registering a dozen individual place winners in top eight rankings.
MacNamara's journey to conquer the 160-bracket included three falls, and two decisions to earn the title. First, MacNamara took down Garden Spot's Ethan Eberly with a pin at 1:20, and his second opponent, Evan Heilman of Annville Cleona, suffered the same fate at 3:12.
Next up, MacNamara passed Dylan Bard of Hempfield in a 6-3 decision, before picking up his third fall of the tournament pinning Alex May of Cocalico. The first-place match pitted MacNamara against Donegal's Garrett Blake, in which he trumped Blake by a 6-0 decision to be named the champion.
CV's 138-pound Austin Rider had the second most successful individual performance for the Bucks, making it all the way the championship bout before succumbing to Kayde Althouse of Ephrata. After advancing on a bye, Rider overcame Trevor Hale of Cocalico with a technical fall, followed by a 13-4 major decision over Dylan Coleman of Penn Manor, and finally earning his way past Hayden Funck of Annville Cleona by a 4-3 decision.
Ten additional Buckskin matmen worked their way into top eight standings in their respective weight classes; Keaton Fisher (113), Cameron Kistler (126), David Dariychuk (145), and Taylor Sheaffer (152) all posted sixth-place finishes; Trenton Ruble (106), Andrew Dariychuk (132), Eddie Lopez (195), and Yodhe Desta (285) each claimed seventh place honors; and Rafael Rodriguez (120) and Isiah Gantt (182) each finished in eighth.
The following Wednesday, the teams began their hunt for District III post season success with a match against Cumberland Valley held at Dallastown, where the CV grapplers found themselves on the wrong end of a 42-17 final score and will seek to rectify their post-season record in the coming week.
A team win might be eluding the Buckskin bowlers this season, but they are focusing on valuable aspects of athletics such as teamwork, perseverance, and self-improvement.
"I am extremely proud of the team and their attitude and work ethic," praised head coach Doug Davidson. "There has been consistent improvement throughout the team."
As the regular season winds down, the bowlers look next to L-L singles championships held in mid-February.
Sophomore Robbie Jack has led the team, rolling the highest numbers for the Bucks all season, and hopes to continue that pattern in post-season play.
Jack rolled a 651 series (268-182-201) in last Wednesday's loss to Hempfield.
"Robbie has been a model of consistency for the team," noted Davidson, encouraging all his bowlers to dig deep for their individual best.
Leadership stemming from the maturity of senior players is a quality that can be recognized in the contributions of Abbey Bowman, Nick Zimmerman, and Tana McFeat.
"They have embraced the coaching and improved 1000 times from November," emphasized Davidson.
McFeat rolled a game-high 168 against both Manheim Township and Warwick during late January matches, demonstrating her improvement. Bowman and Zimmerman each stepped up their game in the recent Township match with Bowman hitting her stride in a 171 game and Zimmerman rolling a 144.
After dropping a 52-36 loss at Elizabethtown, the Lady Bucks bounced back with a close 42-40 home court win over Warwick for their third league victory last Wednesday.
Paced by point guard Kenzie Reed's 15 points, CV edged ahead of Warwick in the opening half, holding a six-point lead, 19-13 at the break. A dead locked third quarter, in which each team added nine points to their total, allowed the Bucks to hold that same lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Though the Warriors came on strong, registering their best quarter and outscoring CV 18-14, the Lady Bucks held on for the two-point victory.
Ashley Andrew, who led the team with 12 points in the loss against Elizabethtown, had another strong offensive showing, knocking in three field goals and three free throws to come up with nine for the Buckskins.
Lauren Thrush added six points in the win over the Warriors, while Alexis Goldsborough and Sydney Bouder each supplied four points in the team triumph.
The Lady Bucks will wrap up the regular season schedule with two more league opportunities, hosting Ephrata and heading to Lebanon.
CV's Boys' Swimmers Top Ephrata, Now 5-0 January 25, 2019
The boys' swim team dove into last week with a perfect league record, facing a match against Ephrata on Tuesday, and emerged with that record still intact, now boasting a 5-0 run in L-L League meets.
Leading the Section Two pack, the Buckskins raced to a 90-74 win over Ephrata, leaving just one more league match on the schedule before playoffs.
"The boys are really excited to be in the hunt for the Section title," acknowledged head coach Barb Raasch. "I think it's adding lots of positive energy, and rather than pressure, they're looking at it as an adrenaline rush."
That adrenaline propelled the Bucks to six first place touches in the individual events against the Mountaineers, raking in the points needed for the win. Nick Lynam topped two categories taking the 100 free in 49.73 and the 200 free in 1:46.48.
Robbie Krasinski's 24.07 was the quickest time in the 50 free, and Micah Leaman claimed the 500 in 5:09.47.
Scooping up victories in two more categories was Auden Block's 58.79 backstroke and Sheldon Hertzler's breaststroke win in 1:07.57.
Lynam, Leaman, Block, and Krasinski teamed up for the team's one relay triumph, combining for a 1:48.12 in the 200 medley.
For the girls, the meet resulted in a 103-64 loss to the Mountaineers, but the CV squad still managed to collect four top individual times as well as two relay victories.
Sophomore Karli Raasch had a big night, pulling in two individual wins, 200 free (2:02.16) and breaststroke (1:12.5), as well as contributing to both CV relay wins.
Jordan Holmes, Laurel Tuckey, and Lauren Nedrow joined Raasch in the 200 free relay, combining for a 1:50.04; followed by the combo of Sarah Marston, Nedrow, Tuckey, and Raasch to claim the 400 free in 4:02.85.
Marston also added a top time in the 200 IM (2:20.14), and Nedrow touched first in the butterfly (1:08.82).
Last Wednesday the Bucks hosted the seventh, and final regular season league competition-which also happened to be the last obstacle standing between CV and the 2018-2019 L-L Section One season title. Becoming section champs was an achievement the squad set out to reach together-and that's exactly what they did, overcoming Cocalico by a margin of 58-10, the perfect cap to the league portion of the regular season.
The Bucks headed into Wednesday's showdown against Cocalico with a stellar 6-0 record behind them, a passionate coaching staff leading them, and an enthusiastic home crowd supporting them-all combining for a near perfect night in Witmer.
"It is very rewarding to have won the Section One title outright this year," celebrated head coach Trent Turner.
The last time CV topped the ranks as regular season champs was in the 2016-2017 season, and they had to share the podium with co-champs Penn Manor and Cocalico in a three-way tie, but this time, the Buckskins' flawless 7-0 record was unmatched.
"It's a great feeling to have sole possession of this one. The team made it a goal and worked hard to accomplish it together," Turner added.
Fittingly, the last two obstacles that the Buckskins had to overcome were the very two opponents they shared the title with two years ago.
Two weeks ago, the Bucks took down Penn Manor by a count of 40-31 to remain the only undefeated Section One team, but the job wasn't complete until they had also conquered Cocalico.
Pumped with adrenaline and backed by their home crowd, the CV matmen racked up 34 unanswered points in the first seven bouts of the contest.
Rafael Rodriguez at 120 started the night with a fall, and points awarded by decision flooded in from Cameron Kistler (126), Austin Rider (138), David Dariychuk (145), Isiah Gantt (182), and Leo Marente (220).
Andrew Dariychuk (132) earned a technical fall and Josh MacNamara (160) pinned his opponent in 4:33.
"The keys to our success have been an experience squad, good team leadership, and a buy-in by our wrestlers to our team core covenant centered around the principles of Brotherhood, Hardwork, Heart, and Respect," noted Turner. "This has helped to provide direction for our team and has helped to keep our attention on what is ultimately most important."
With so much to celebrate, it was the perfect evening to honor the contributions of the senior grapplers, and recognize their role in such a phenomenal season.
"Our senior class provided excellent leadership and experience, which was a very key component to our section title run. I'm very happy for them," summarized Turner.
Regrouping after an early week loss, the CV marksman fired back in their second contest of last week to pick up their seventh league win.
Thursday, the squad hosted Wilson and a pair of 100s supplied by Madeleine King and Alex Stoudt led the team to a 492-488 triumph. Though not their best collective performance of the season, Chase Miller's 98, along with a pair of 97s from Montana Habecker and Garret Yoder proved to be enough to top Wilson.
The club took a step back in a 498-492 loss to at Manheim Township on the prior Tuesday. With three of the Blue Streaks' marksman hitting 100s, the showdown went comfortably in favor of Township.
Providing a highlight for CV was Darren McGallicher who hit a perfect 100, but the remaining scores were not enough to erase the deficit.
With only three league matches remaining in the regular season schedule, Coach Oxendine took a moment to reflect on the contributions supplied by the squads seven seniors.
JJ Benedict, Lexus Henkel, Darren McGallicher, Chase Miller, Kyle Morgan, Alex Stoudt, and Garret Yoder will each be graduating this spring. Their presence will be missed, but they leave behind a legacy of hard work and commitment.
"The current senior class has experienced more wins since entering the program than any other senior class I have coached," pointed out Oxendine. "They have laid the foundation for future success, and have been extremely instrumental to the current success of the program."
In a tough, compacted schedule, made even more difficult when battling injuries, the Bucks fell to three competitors last week; Lebanon (49-33), Lampeter-Strasburg (51-39), and Cocalico (62-29).
Parker Graff continues to step into a leadership role for the Bucks, heading up the offense with eight points against both Lebanon and Cocalico.
Against Lampeter-Strasburg, Ethan Bredeman and Joe Cardina stepped up to shoulder the bulk of CV's points with 13 and 11 respectively.
A tumultuous week ultimately shook down to a pair of nonleague losses and an exciting league win for the Lady Bucks, with four league contests remaining in their regular season schedule.
Tuesday's heartbreaking loss to Cocalico, 43-42, came down to the buzzer, and tipped in favor of Cocalico with an Eagle bucket with only two seconds remaining on the clock.
With most of the game displaying a one-possession scoreboard differential, CV held a slight edge, 35-31, rounding the corner into the final frame. Unfortunately, Cocalico posted their best run in the fourth, outscoring the Bucks 12-7 and coming up with the one-point advantage just seconds before time expired.
Kenzie Reed had another phenomenal offensive effort for the Lady Bucks, netting a game-high 22 points. Sydney Bouder and Savannah Byers provided scoring support with seven and six points respectively.
In back-to-back games the previous weekend, the Lady Bucks experienced split results, taking down Lebanon by a score of 63-35, and falling to Lampeter-Strasburg, 51-25.
In the triumph over the Cedars, it was once again Reed stepping up to lead led all scorers, this time with a monstrous 30-point contribution.
The Lady Bucks, went ahead from the get-go, tallying a 16-5 first quarter and never relinquishing their hold on the contest.
Outshooting the Cedars 26-9 in overall field goals, the Lady Bucks extended their advantage with a strong showing at the line, succeeding in 11-of-18 free throw attempts.
Bouder led the team in free throws, going six-of-eight, to gather the majority of her eight total points, and Byers knocked in four field goals to match Boulder's point count.
Seven different players contributed to the 63-point accumulation, with Lauren Thrush netting six, Jeriyah Johnson providing five, Laela Robinson four, and a field goal from Ashley Andrew.
With a current league record of 2-7, the Lady Bucks look to make a push in the final stretch of four league matches to improve their section standings and keep playoff hopes alive.
Bucks Tops Comets in Key Wrestling Clash January 18, 2019
Wednesday's wrestling clash at Penn Manor held high stakes for two teams entering the night with identical 5-0 records in LL League competition, and the night belonged to the Buckskin matmen, who rose to a 40-31 win, not only keeping their record intact but taking one giant step closer to being named Section One champs.
"It was an exciting win for our program," celebrated head coach Trent Turner. "It's nice to see new kids stepping up each week and helping the team win."
The Comets got on the scoreboard first, but CV's Cameron Kistler started churning Buckskin momentum with his 6-4 win at 126 pounds to get the Bucks on the scoreboard.
The bouts were back-and-forth keeping the teams both within range. Austin Rider (138) picked up four points by major decision after a 12-4 display of dominance, followed by a morale boosting pin from David Dariychuk at 145.
With the scoreboard knotted at thirteen apiece, Taylor Sheaffer claimed his bout at 160 in an overtime decision to give CV the 16-13 edge.
The Comets retaliated with three consecutive falls, overtaking the lead 31-16, making for a big uphill climb for the Buckskins.
"When we were down by 15 with four bouts to go, I wasn't sure how we might be able to make up the deficit," reflected Turner.
The tide began to turn after back-to-back Penn Manor forfeits--and there was more to come from the Buckskin grapplers, and the dual came down to the final bouts where a duo of freshman earned their way to a fantastic finish.
Trenton Ruble (106) came up big, pinning his opponent in the second period to recapture the CV lead, 34-31. Riding the momentum surge, Keaton Fischer (113) got the job done with a fall after only 1:57 on the mat, to clinch the Buckskin triumph.
"Ruble and Fischer were fantastic. They didn't seem to even be fazed by the situation and just went out and wrestled their best," praised Turner of the young matmen.
With each and every bout weighing heavily in the close victory, the team showed great unity and support for one another.
"We're not a one-man team, but we are a team of one," concluded Turner.
After a week with two tough league setbacks on the road, the Lady Bucks look to turn the tide as they head into the latter half of the season.
In a Tuesday trip to Ephrata's home court, the Bucks slipped to a 37-28 loss to the Mountaineers.
CV outscored the Mountaineers in the first and fourth, but Ephrata gained their footing with a 30-14 surge midway through the game that allowed them to hang on for the win.
Kenzie Reed picked up nine points in the loss, supported by six from Sydney Bouder, five from Ashley Andrew, and four points apiece from Savannah Byers and Lauren Thrush.
The previous Friday, the Lady Bucks experienced a 36-33 heartbreak in a loss to Warwick, slipping behind in the final period after holding the lead 24-13 at the half.
CV came out strong, outscoring the Warriors in the first two quarters, led by Reed's game-high 14 points.
Again, fouls played a role, as the contest came down to the wire with the Warriors slowly chipping away at the Lady Bucks early lead. Both teams spent a lot of time at the line, and each club succeeded in just over 50 percent, with CV going 12-of-23 and Warwick 16-of-29.
Varied attacks helped the Warriors work back into the game in the latter half with 10 players getting in on scoring action, compared to only five different point contributors for CV.
Lauren Thrush produced the second most Buckskin points with eight, and Sydney Bouder added seven.
CV hit the pool hard this week, racing their way to both boys' and girls' victories over Lancaster Catholic before splitting results against Elizabethtown later in the week.
Tuesday's meet against Lancaster Catholic was a big night for CV swimmers, honoring their 12 senior teammates and collecting a pair of team wins, alongside multiple personal best times.
For the boys, an 87-82 triumph marks their third league victory. The Bucks teamed up to sweep the relay portion of the night, with Micah Leaman, Felipe Garate, Auden Block and Nick Lynam combining efforts for a close cut 400 free relay completed in 3:28.17.
"The boys 400 free relay was quite exciting and our exchange student from Chile, Felipe Garate, did a great job staying close to his competition during the second leg, and the team pulled together and touched first," celebrated head coach Barb Raasch.
But that wasn't all the boys did. Lynam raced his way to first place times in the 100 free (47.93), and 200 free (1:43.07), Leaman captured the 500 free in 5:11.39 and the 200 IM in 2:12.58, and Block put up the best backstroke time of 1:01.77.
Joshua Proch also pulled in the points for CV propelling himself to a number one finish in the butterfly at 1:00.92.
Though not first place finishes, Coach Raasch also pointed out a slew of personal bests in the pool.
"Felipe and Sheldon Hertzler both posted best times in all four of their individual events," praised Raasch.
Celebrations continued during the girls' time in the pool, with a 96-72 triumph, and again the CV team took first in all three relay events.
Lauren Nedrow picked up a first place as well as a personal best time of 27.33 in the 50 free. Karli Raasch supplied a pair of first touches in the 200 free (2:01.32) and backstroke (1:01.94), and Sarah Marston also captured two categories with a 55.88 in the 100 free and a 2:20.93 in the 200 IM.
Aubrey Lester won the breaststroke in 1:20.43 and also shaved off over five seconds in her best 100 fly performance, an event claimed by teammate Joran Holmes with a 1:09.41.
Laurel Tuckey swam a personal best in her 50 free and joined Lester, Marston, and Taylor Tardibuono for a collective win of 1:54.28 in the 200 free relay.
"Laurel Tuckey had a fantastic swim in her 50 free, with a best time of 28.76 which bested her previous record by 1.16 seconds," noted Raasch.
The night's highlights also included recognition of the squads 12 seniors-Auden Block, Sheldon Hertzler, Michael Janvrin, Hady Kassem, Robbie Krasinski, Nick Lynam, Avery Heisey, Lauren Nedrow, Lyndsey Nedrow, Taylor Tardibuono, Laurel Tuckey, and Juliana Bedoya.
"We celebrated 6 girls and 6 boys who we will miss very much next year," summarized Raasch.
The boys capped the week with a 92-78 win over Elizabethtown, while the CV girls fell by a count of 98-71.
Hard work is paying off for the Bucks who secured their first league win last week in Tuesday's 63-55 result over Ephrata.
The Bucks treated their homecourt fans to a thrilling final quarter to emerge with the victory after three tight quarters. CV headed into the final period with only a one-point advantage, 41-40, and with such a slim lead it all came down to the final eight minutes.
Rising to the challenge the Bucks went on a tear, outplaying the Mountaineers, 22-15.
"The game was a total team effort, with contributions from everyone who played," credited head coach Brad Herr.
Parker Graff had a huge night for CV, netting a season-high 16 points. Jordan Ransing was just behind with 15 of his own, and J'Vhante Perkins and Will Stone also hit double digit figures with 12 and 10, respectively.
"It was important to maintain our composure and value the basketball during the fourth quarter," described Herr. "Ephrata fought hard and was not going to quit, so eliminating turnovers, finishing plays, and making free throws were key for us down the stretch."
Graff, Ransing, Perkins, and Stone exemplified that composure at the line, nailing an impressive combined 17-of-22 free throws, made all the more significant in a victory achieved by merely a seven-point differential.
A 71-53 loss while hosting the Warwick Warriors Friday, Jan. 11, might not have garnered a tally in the win column of CV's record, but it displayed another strong showing from junior Will Stone, who led the CV offense for the second time this year with 11 points.
The Warriors did a substantial amount of damage in the first quarter, rocketing out to a 24-9 lead, but that didn't squelch the Bucks from making a resurgence. Improving their position in each of the three remaining periods, the Bucks outscored the Warriors in the second half 33-26, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome the first half deficit.
The long-range game was equally beneficial for both clubs, each knocking in seven buckets from downtown. Stone nailed three triples for CV, while Perkins, Joe Cardina, Ethan Bredeman, and Luke Rumbaugh notched one apiece.
Complimenting Stone's double-digit contribution, Perkins tallied nine points, Cardina netted eight, and Bredeman was matched by Ransing for six apiece.
CV's rifle team split last week's results missing the mark in a 498-493 loss to Elizabethtown, but firing back with a 496-495 outshooting against Garden Spot two days later.
Darren McGallicher and Montana Habecker were on their game with a pair of 100s to lead the Bucks in the league win, their sixth of the season.
Dana Witmer and Alex Stoudt fired 99s, and Jason Zecher came through with the 98 needed for the one-point win.
The Bucks only have three losses on their season record (5-3), but two of them have been delivered by the Elizabethtown Bears who remain undefeated midway through the season. In Tuesday's 498-493 final, the Bears were nearly perfect, with three-of-five marksmen hitting 100s.
While Conestoga didn't register any perfect scores, the squad was led by a trio of 99s supplied by Witmer, Stoudt, and Habecker.
Rarely does a scoreboard fully reflect all that transpires in athletics, and that rings true for the Buckskin bowling club, who have yet to roll their way to a team victory, but are piecing together life skills of dedication and teamwork, and having fun doing it.
"We are working to learn the game and improve individual skills," explained head coach Doug Davidson in his first year at the helm. "We are working to improve and become more consistent, while having fun."
Seven matches into the season, the overall record might not display any tallies in the win column, but facing challenges with tenacity, encouraging your team in the face of adversity, and maturing in sportsmanship-those are all triumphs when it comes to life.
Bucks Fall to Bears Despite Strong Bench Play January 11, 2019
Tuesday's trip to Elizabethtown ended in their sixth league loss, a pattern the Bucks are working hard to turn around.
Getting behind early in the first quarter, the Buckskins succumbed to a 70-39 defeat while visiting the Bears. Despite gathering momentum to outscore the hosts in the second and fourth quarters, the difference proved to be insurmountable, but that didn't keep the Bucks from giving their all.
Energy from the second string gave the Bucks a surge of momentum, lead by Will Stone's nine points, complimented by another seven from sophomore Luke Rumbaugh. Ten different CV players contributed to their point total, evidence of a well-dispersed offense.
"While Elizabethtown was a tough game for us, we were happy with the effort that kids like Ethan Wertz, Luke Rumbaugh, Will Stone, and Sawyer Shertzer brought to the court off the bench," credited head coach Brad Herr. "We need this energy to permeate all facets of our program as we move forward."
The previous weekend, the Bucks lost a close non-league battle 65-52 to Red Lion.
Though the Bucks were outscored 25-15 in the first, they fired back with two strong quarters, before Red Lion pulled away in the fourth.
Both teams shot well from the line, 70 percent for CV and 76 percent for Red Lion, but it was the three-point baskets that sealed the fate of the contest. While the Buckskins dropped in five from downtown baskets, Red Lion amassed 11 triple point buckets.
Ethan Bredeman tallied 15 points, Parker Graff netted 12 including four-of-four from the line, and Jordan Ransing added 11.
The Buckskins are faced with an uphill battle as they enter the second half of their season with a current record of 2-10.
"We continue to focus on the fundamentals in practice, and our players have maintained positive attitudes through our struggles," explained Herr. "It's important for us to appreciate the value of competing every day, whether in practice or a game. Learning how to give our best effort for thirty-two minutes and putting four good quarters together is key."
With a stretch of three league competitors-Warwick, Ephrata, Lebanon-lined up next in the schedule, the Bucks will have plenty of opportunity to prove that effort and heart.
Learning to get back up after you're knocked down is just one of the life lessons wrapped into athletics, and it's one the Lady Bucks are having to embrace after a double dose of setbacks last week.
Tuesday's 57-29 league loss to the Elizabethtown Bears, put the CV ball club at an overall record of 3-10 midway through the season.
Despite falling behind 13-4 in the first quarter, CV continued to battle down to the final buzzer.
The Buckskin tenacity was most noticeable in their composure during trips to the line. Lead scorer Kenzie Reed gathered over half of her game total nine points going five-of-six in free throws.
Ashley Andrew followed suit with a four-of-five showing, and freshman Jeriyah Johnson sank three-of-four during her turns at the line.
The previous Saturday the Lady Bucks fell 56-28 to West York in a non-league match. Reed once again led the offensive efforts with eight points, supported by Lauren Thrush with seven and an additional five chipped in by sophomore Chassidy Henriquez.
With only McCaskey on the docket last week, the CV matmen poured their energy into the Wednesday's dual and were rewarded with their fifth league victory, topping the Red Tornados 54-6, to keep their league record unblemished.
"It was a team effort from arrival to departure," reflected head coach Trent Turner. "The guys are wrestling with a team focus and are committed to hard work and heart-and it's showing in their performances."
Keaton Fischer got momentum churning at 113, winning his bout by a 6-4 decision to give the Bucks the early 3-0 lead. Isiah Gannt (182) and heavyweight grappler, Yodhe Desta each picked up a fall in the victory, the fifth of the season for each of them.
Andrew Dariychuk's 20-9 major over Noell Montanez at 132 put CV in front, 13-3 and set the stage for six straight wins. Austin Rider posted a tech fall at 138, David Dariychuk won by forfeit and Taylor Sheaffer's 5-1 decision at 152 extended the lead to 27-3.
Josh MacNamara pulled out a 4-3 thriller over Andrew Vogerlbacher at 160, Conrad Dillman won by disqualification and Isiah Gannt closed the individual victory streak with a 37 second fall over Ntihemuka Ndahiriwe.
McCaskey quieted the CV crowd with a decision at 195 but the Bucks responded with a decision by Leo Marente (220), Desta's fall, and a forfeit victory.
"McCaskey was a scrappy team and we had to work for each individual win and were pleased to walk away with the victory," added Turner. "Each one contributed to the achieved outcome."
This week holds a highly anticipated showdown as the Buckskins are slated to face off against the Penn Manor Comets, the only other undefeated LL Section One opponent. The critical match will determine which team will continue their season with their perfect record intact.
Last week in the pool, it was the CV boys' turn to claim an all-inclusive victory, marking their second consecutive league win, sweeping every event in their 109-34 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg.
The points poured in with several CV swimmers claiming multiple first place finishes. Sheldon Hertzler took the 50 free (24.27) and breaststroke (1:08.66); Auden Block earned top times in both the 200 free (2:01.76) and backstroke (1:00.25), and Nick Lynam claimed the 500 free (4:52.53) and 200 IM (2:04.57).
Micah Leaman's 54.56 in the 100 free, and Joshua Proch's 1:00.84 butterfly clinched the final two individual events for CV.
All individual event winners were also contributors in the three CV relay wins, joined by Felipe Garate and Robbie Krasinski.
"I hope all the CV swimmers continue to work hard and push themselves towards personal best times throughout the season," commented head coach Barb Raasch.
The girls meet came down to depth in the relay events, with L-S managing to edge out CV with a final score of 89-79.
CV's Karli Raasch pulled in the points for the Lady Bucks with top times in breaststroke (1:12.82) and the 200 IM (2:16.32). Sarah Marston also won two events with a 2:04.9 in the 200 free and a 1:03.08 in the butterfly. Freshman Jordan Holmes contributed another first-place finish with a 1:00.09 in the 100 free.
L-S was able to nab the top spots in two of the three relays, but CV's quartet comprised of Raasch, Homes, Marston, and Avery Heisey was able to surge ahead in the 200 free to win the event with a time of 1:50.31.
"With a rather small team this year for both the boys and girls, we will struggle to fill the lanes in all events. We also need to stay healthy," explained Raasch looking ahead. "I am confident that with a healthy team and lots of commitment and hard work at every practice, we can send more kids to the league meet at the end of the season this year."
After an early week setback, the Buckskin rifle team retaliated with a 596-594 outshooting over Manheim Central.
The match came down to the wire, extending to the sixth shooter. The Buckskins were led by perfect 100s from Chase Miller and Montana Habecker.
Dana Witmer, Alex Stoudt, Darren McGallicher, and Garret Yoder each nailed a 99 to give the team the consistency needed to come out on top.
With only Elizabethtown boasting a flawless record (7-0), the race for rankings within the rifle field display a tight battle heading into the latter half of the season. CV currently holds a record of 5-2 which matches Manheim Central in the race for second.
"The league has a lot of parity this year, and there are a lot of matches left in the season," emphasized CV head coach Hank Oxendine pushing his team to reach their full potential in each match on the schedule.
CV's 496-492 loss to Ephrata last Tuesday might have been a disappointment, but the team hopes to channel the frustration into growth and future success.
"It was a tough loss against Ephrata," acknowledged Oxendine. "Ephrata shot extremely well, with several of their shooters shooting personal bests in the match."
This time it was Witmer and Habecker to lead the Buckskin efforts with a pair of 99s, while Madeleine King, Stoudt, and McGallicher each registered 98s.
"We need to take a step back and refocus our practices on the fundamentals and really stress the mental aspects of the sport," elaborated Oxendine. "We cannot allow this setback to derail the positive gains we have made thus far."
Buckskin Matmen Push to 4-0 in League Action January 4, 2019
In addition to getting some time on the mat in early season tournament competition, the Buckskins kicked off their regular season schedule with four consecutive league wins, for an unblemished 4-0 league record.
"The team is starting to develop a strong identity while working towards our shared core covenants of brotherhood-hard work, heart, and respect," shared head coach Trent Turner who coached the matmen to an impressive 7-1 overall record in their initial eight dual meets of the season.
Most recently facing Solanco, the CV grapplers rose to a 51-26 triumph on the road last Wednesday.
Solanco may have gotten the first fall of the night, but CV's response came in swift succession, racking up six pins of their own supplied by David Dariychuk (138), Austin Rider (145), Taylor Sheaffer (152), Conrad Dillman (170), Isiah Gantt (182), and Yodhe Desta (285), to run the score out of reach for the Golden Mules.
In a 55-15 dual win over Warwick, both Rafael Rodriguez (120) and Cameron Kistler (126) picked up their fourth pin of the season to lead the team in falls along with Andrew Dariychuk (132) who added his fourth against Hempfield.
The Hempfield dual took place just before the break, in which the matmen experienced their closest victory thus far this season, a showdown in which every hard-earned point was critical to their 32-31 triumph.
CV got out to a solid start with a string of three consecutive pins from Rodriguez, Kistler, and A. Dariychuk, but Hempfield made a strong resurgence to get back into contention.
Conestoga's Josh MacNamara (160) and Gantt came up big, taking their duals by major decision and enough points to edge the Bucks to 32-just out of reach of Hempfield's final efforts.
"We're trying to prepare in such a way that our training is an asset in tough matches and we have what's needed to win the close ones," summarized Turner.
The first of the four league victories came in a confident showing for the CV squad, a 66-9 trouncing over Manheim Township.
The Bucks racked up five pins in their initial dual, with A. Dariychuk, D. Dariychuk, Dillman, Gantt, and Eddie Lopez each picking up a fall.
Over the holiday break, the Buckskins hosted the annual CV Holiday Classic, placing sixth in the team standings of a pool of 27.
"We had a fairly strong team performance in our Holiday Classic. We're making progress in our wrestling and looking forward to our next match," noted Turner.
Looking ahead, the Bucks will face JP McCaskey before setting their sights on Penn Manor, who currently matches CV's undefeated 4-0 league record in a battle for the top spot in the LL Section One race.
Navigating the ups and down of the early season, the girls' basketball team has accrued an overall record of 3-8, and earned their first taste of league victory just before the Christmas break with a win over JP McCaskey.
Thursday's hosting of Cedar Crest led to a 60-29 setback for the Lady Bucks, as the Falcons shot out to an early first quarter lead which they never relinquished.
Kenzie Reed put in 13 points for CV, followed by seven from Lauren Thrush.
A 63-40 takedown of McCaskey was a mid-December highlight, displaying a consistent Buckskin offense that outscored the Red Tornados in three of the four quarters.
Leading all scorers, Reed put up a monstrous effort sinking 16 field goals for a total of 36 points including 50% shooting from the line.
Freshman Taylor Hehnly also hit double digits with 10 points, and Sydney Bouder supported with an additional nine.
"Sydney [Bouder] is our on-court general, and Kenzie [Reed] has sought to lead whether playing or injured," noted head coach Doug Helsel regarding the leadership qualities of his team. "Everyone has a role within our team and that role might change from game to game and from beginning to end of season."
The early season hasn't always been idyllic for the Lady Bucks, battling through injuries and setbacks, including a pair of losses to Red Lion (42-30) and Penn Manor (50-39) in the Solanco Holiday Tournament, but the hard work invested has potential for big payoffs down the line.
"The team has come together to support one another and to use every opportunity to grow as individuals and as a team," encouraged Helsel.
The grit and determination needed to overcome hardships were displayed early on in the squad's season, during a comeback win over Kutztown in the consolation game of the Fleetwood Tip-Off Tournament.
Forced to play against Kutztown without Reed, a dominate offensive threat, the girls found themselves trailing by as many as 12 as the third quarter drew to a close.
Exploding onto the court for the final eight minutes, the Lady Bucks went on a 15-2 run to come storming back, capturing both the lead and the win 34-29.
"We kept grinding out possessions and made a run over the last 10 minutes to take the lead and win it," described Helsel. "Several people made important contributions in that game; we learned that it's not over if you keep fighting."
Bouder led the offensive charge with 11 points, and Savannah Byers chipped in with eight.
League action got underway last Thursday as CV swept the Barons of Manheim.
The boys registered a 113-46 final, with Nick Lynam and Auden Block each taking top times in two events. Lynam took the 100 and 200 free with times of 48.77 and 1:45.21, and Block put up a 1:00.42 for the best backstroke time and 59.6 in the butterfly.
The 50 free went to CV's Micah Leaman (24.41), Felipe Garate the 500 free (6:30.02) Robbie Krasinski the breaststroke (1:12.79), and Sheldon Hertzler claimed the 200 IM (2:14:57).
The girls earned a 120-43 win over the Barons with two wins each by Karli Raasch in 50 free (25.47) and 500 free (5:21.34); Aubrey Lester in the backstroke (1:10) and 200 IM (2:37.1), and Lauren Nedrow in the breaststroke (1:22.91) and butterfly (1:08.56).
Before the holidays, the swimmers took to the pool to compete in three nonleague meets, resulting in a win and two losses for each.
For the boys, their first victory was a tight race against Warwick, in which the Buckskins edged the Warriors 80-79.
Lynam's first place finishes in the butterfly (53.02) and the 200 IM (2:00.81) were instrumental in the team win. Leaman also provided two first place finishes with a 1:07.9 in the breaststroke and 1.54.44 in the 500 free.
Leaman and Lynam were joined by Block and Hertzler for a relay win of 3:35.6 in the 400 free.
"We match up quite well in both depth and talent," commented head coach Barb Raasch on the boys' close cut win over Warwick. "I decided to put in two 400 free relays at the end and many of the boys stepped up."
The relay decision paid off, giving the boys the first and second place points of the event, and the one-point advantage at the end of the night.
The girls' team earned their first win in a sweep of both individual and relay events over McCaskey for a 107-36 final, after falling to Warwick, 109-60 and Hempfield, 94-74.
"Every girl who swam in this meet scored points," recognized Raasch after the McCaskey meet.
New talent was on display for CV as Jordan Holmes, a freshman, took home top times in both the backstroke (1:11.13) and butterfly (1:08.39), personal bests in both events.
Against Hempfield, Sarah Marston won the 100 butterfly (1:08.84), and the 50 free (28.75), while Raasch topped two events with a 1:11.1 in backstroke and 2:16.45 in the 200 free.
Raasch also claimed two individual event wins against Warwick, this time in the butterfly (58.97) and 200 IM (2:13.61)
The rifle team is off to a strong start. After an initial one-point loss to Elizabethtown, the team regrouped for a string of four consecutive victories and is currently ranked second in the LL with their 4-1 record.
Last Thursday's 497-489 win over Governor Mifflin was the most recent triumph and testament to the continued improvement of the squad.
"One of the things I've preached all season is being consistent and shooting to his or her potential," noted head coach Hank Oxendine.
A 497-491 outshooting of Wilson was a great way to head into the holidays for the CV crew. Madeleine King and Alex Stoudt led the Bucks with a pair of perfect 100s and were accompanied by 99s from Darren McGallicher, Montana Habecker, and Garret Yoder.
In the season opener against Elizabethtown, the well-matched competition extended to the sixth shooter at which point Etown gained the one-point advantage. Among CV's shooters, Stoudt led the team with a perfect 100.
Another example of consistency was displayed in the Buckskins' first team triumph, a 494-489 result over Garden Spot in which King, McGallicher, Lexus Henkel, and Habecker each posted identical 99s.
Taking aim at a win over Manheim Township, the Buckskins succeeded, 492-491, with all five shooters registering 98 or 99, this time with Henkel and Habecker leading the charge with 99s.
"I look forward to fixing some things to prepare us for the grind of the remainder of the season," explained Oxendine ever encouraging his team towards improvement.
CV boys' basketball faced another disappointment in league competition with last Thursday's 65-40 loss to Cedar Crest, marking their fifth loss in the L-L.
In non-league play, the Bucks have been able to pick up a pair of wins, overcoming Spring Grove 60-44 in their season opener, and rising to a 60-51 triumph over Lancaster Mennonite.
Against Spring Grove, the Bucks displayed a varied offensive attack with three players registering double digits. Parker Graff put in 16 points, followed closely by Jordan Ransing's 15, and another 10 from Bradley Stoltzfus.
In the win over Lancaster Mennonite Stoltzfus shared the offensive helm with Joe Cardina, and the pair chipped in 17 points apiece. Stoltzfus was near perfect from the line going seven-of-eight.
Stoltzfus and Cardina have been consistent offensive threats for the Bucks all season, both averaging 10 points per game.
The Buckskin bowling team is still hoping to gain their footing in the new year as a team triumph has eluded them in the early matches of their season. They are currently 0-5 but are hopeful for growth in upcoming matches.
The Bucks have been consistently led by sophomore Robbie Jack who bowled a three-game total of 742 (244, 254, 253) against Ephrata for the best performance in the early season.
CV Boys Top Red Lion, Fall to Wilson in Districts October 28, 2018
The Buckskin boys' soccer club met the end of the season in a 4-0 quarterfinal loss to the Wilson, the number two seed in the District Three playoffs. Wilson had previously toppled Elizabethtown by the same score before ousting CV.
For the Bucks, their first-round test came in the form of a 3-2 final minute thriller over seventh seeded Red Lion on Tuesday.
Not having faced the Lions in the regular season, the Bucks knew they had come ready to work if they hoped to keep their playoff run alive, and it took them a few possessions to establish their style of gameplay.
"We allowed them to dictate space which made us vulnerable to their passing style," head coach Dave Hartlaub described of the early minutes of the contest.
Calling for some adjustments and gaining their footing, CV began to settle into a controlled tempo for the game, with both teams eagerly seeking a moment to strike.
The first success came off the foot of CV's Nick Denlinger who propelled the ball into the upper right quadrant out of reach of the Red Lion keeper.
Seizing another opportunity before the half, Denlinger connected with the crossbar, but teammate Robbie Krasinski was ready to pounce on the second look and delivered goal number two for the Buckskins, giving them a 2-0 cushion heading into halftime.
The start of the second forty belonged to Red Lion though, and they got on the scoreboard after a successful corner kick conversion.
With two minutes left in regulation, Red Lion was awarded a free kick that didn't initially find the netting, but the ball rattled around the box giving the Lions a follow up shot that slipped past the Buckskin keeper and tied up the game.
"At that moment you could see our body language go very negative, but while the ball was being placed in the middle to kick off again coaches and captains were positive and the boys regained their fight straight away," explained Hartlaub. "We pushed hard and were able to keep the ball in their space for the next two minutes."
Though overtime might have looked inevitable, the Bucks relentlessly pursued the next goal, pushed the ball upfield, and earned their way to a corner kick.
With several players getting a touch on the final offensive play, eventually Ryan Lapp's header sent the ball in front of the goal to be finished by Ethan Bredeman for the golden goal with only 13 seconds remaining.
"We have relied heavily on Robbie Krasinski all season for goal production, and he came through again, but as the season has gone on Nick Denlinger and Ethan Bredeman have found the net at crucial times and their goals were spectacular," praised Harlaub.
CV girls' soccer had a short district playoff run, facing Hempfield in the first round last Tuesday and falling 4-0, subsequently ending their season.
The Lady Bucks clashed with the Black Knights twice during the regular season, with split results, but this time it was Hempfield's turn to come out on top and in turn knocked CV out of the District Three post season tournament.
Madison Delgado and Gabbie Barone were both honored as first team All-Stars for their season accomplishments. Delgado was CV's lead scorer, knocking in 11 goals and eight assists, and Barone netted eight goals complimented by two assists.
Reese Lapp was named to the second team All-Star list, and Lauren Thrush received Academic All-Star honors.
The squad finished their season with an overall record of 12-5-3 and were runners up for the Section I title in the regular season.
Graduating 12 seniors, the team will miss their presence and reflect on the impact they have made this season.
"The seniors provided us leadership and were excellent student-athlete role models for the underclassmen," praised head coach Keith Nagley.
An unfortunate 30-3 loss to Elizabethtown last Friday night sealed the post-season prospects for both the Buckskins and Bears, putting a halt to CV's season and propelling Elizabethtown into the playoffs.
After getting off to a strong start this year, CV experienced a string of four losses to close the season with an overall record of 5-5, and 3-3 in the league, bringing them just short of a qualifying rank.
Injuries were an unfortunate reality that plagued the roster for the second half of the season, but the team won't use that as an excuse to give up any effort on the field.
"The Buckskins started the season off quickly with some great wins," reflected head coach Gerad Novak. "Keeping our focus and motivation is something we must overcome to regain and restore the winning traditions."
Despite the bumpy end of season, it's important not to forget the ground that was gained in the early season, as the Buckskin team recaptured the Lampeter Bowl trophy for the first time in eight years and their split record of 5-5 is the best since 2010.
"The seniors did a fantastic job of taking the underclassmen under their guidance and being teachers of the game," praised Novak. "Their guidance and instruction helped build the necessary unity within the team and strengthened the fibers essential to be successful on the football field."
The team cross country season may have reached its conclusion, but individual achievements are still on the horizon for senior Nate Grucelski.
Grucelski, voted Outstanding Runner of the LL League by the Coach's Association, finished in sixth place at the District meet with a time of 16:47.5 and is headed for States.
"The goal was to qualify and then place as well as possible; Nate ran very well," explained head coach Mark Amway.
The CV girls team collectively finished in 23rd in the district meet and was recently honored as a unit for their season-long attitude of teamwork and respect for fellow athletes, receiving the Section One Sportsmanship Award.
Grucelski Wins L-L League XC Championship October 21, 2018
CV senior Nate Grucelski blazed his way to the top of the podium in last week's L-L League Cross Country meet to become the 2018 individual champion.
Grucelski's time of 16:15.2 was not only a season best, but was almost a full two seconds ahead of the next runner to cross the finish, as he outraced the pool of 170 harriers.
"Nate knew what he had to do in order to put himself in a position to win the race," explained his coach, Mark Amway. "He ran a smart tactical race, and beat a tremendous field."
Grucelski paced himself throughout the 5K, not leading the pack until the very end, knowing it would take a strong finish to claim the title.
"When we had around 150 meters left, I started to really pick up the pace and kicked as hard as I could," explained Grucelski. "It was my last ever cross country league championship so I didn't want to leave anything on the course."
No small amount of work has gone into the preparation for the senior, the moment was a culmination of years of effort and dedication.
"I felt the strongest I've been this season. This league has so many talented runners and I knew it was going to be tough to come out on top," continued Grucelski. "It feels amazing to be the champion and to see all the hard work pay off. I can't thank my teammates, family, and especially my coach who have supported me throughout the years, enough."
Two freshmen crossed the line next for CV, with Emmanuel Gitonga's 35th place time of 17:38.1 and Dante Velasco at 70 (18:16.5).
The boy's squad finished a collective 11th place out of 22 participating teams.
For the girls, it was frontrunner, Alexandra Slingluff, with an individual finish of 18th (20:31.8) to lead the Lady Buckskins squad in their team finish of seventh out of 19 teams.
"Alex put in another great race to finish 18th and medal," acknowledged Amway.
Lauryn Hall crossed in 33rd (21:14.7) to register CV's second-best completion.
Much like the boys team, several underclassmen stepped up for big performances, attesting to the potential of future CV teams.
Freshmen harriers Kylynn Frankford and Brittney Johns were next to cross, registering 40th and 54th places respectively, swiftly joined by sophomore Kate Kmieczak in the 55th spot.
"The future is very bright for the girl's team and over the next couple years I believe they will be one of the top teams in the league," added Amway.
The Lady Bucks' soccer club earned a ticket to the finals in the L-L League post-season tournament, and fell just short in a 2-1 championship loss to Section Three's undefeated Elco Raiders last Thursday night in Lititz.
All three goals of the matchup were scored in the first 40, with CV's Madison Delgado connecting first to give CV the temporary advantage.
Delgado netted the goal off an assist from Gabbie Barone after only 12 minutes of play, but unfortunately for the Buckskins, Elco's, Ryelle Shuey, had not one, but two left-footed goals to deliver before the half.
Elco went on the defensive for the second 40, scrambling to thwart further Buckskin attacks, and managed to hang on to their one goal advantage as the clock drained and determined the Raiders the champs.
CV's bracket schedule pitted them against Lancaster Catholic and Manheim Central before the final against Elco.
Earning their appearance in the championship round, the Lady Bucks had to overcome the MC Barons in Tuesday's semifinal which proved to be a defensive test of will which CV passed in their 2-1 double overtime victory.
A scoreless first half set the tone for the battle, in which neither team looked ready to crack.
The Barons came into the showdown as Section Two regular season victors and had yet to lose a league matchup, but CV's tenacious defense and ability to strike when it mattered was enough overcome them.
CV broke the goal line first, when a shot rocketed off the foot of Barone in the early minutes of the second half.
The Barons retaliated with their answer less than ten minutes later, forcing the 1-1 game into overtime minutes.
Despite a strong offensive surge from Manheim Central, CV continued to foil their attempts. While the Barons directed a barrage of 15 shots on goal, the Buckskins defense was on their game and keeper Alyson Riggle collected 11 saves.
"Ally made some excellent saves to keep us in the game," credited head coach Keith Nagley.
Double overtime meant the squads had been on the field for over 100 minutes, making each possession vital as fatigue became a factor.
"We thought Sarah Castronova's speed would be a factor in the second overtime so we put her in," explained Nagley.
The decision paid off. Castronova delivered the assist to CV's Adrianna Neiman who seized a final opportunity and secured the golden goal at the 102-minute mark and propelled the Lady Bucks into the finals.
Prior to win over Manheim Central, CV topped Lancaster Catholic, 2-0, in their playoff quarterfinal the previous Saturday.
Delgado and Barone knocked in the two Buckskin goals in rapid succession, just four minutes apart midway through the first half. Taking the lead, followed by the cushion, allowed CV to securely control the contest and ride out the duration of the second half preserving the shutout.
Buckskin football took another hard hit to their record in this past Friday's 42-3 loss, hosted by the Warwick Warriors.
CV kicker, Joe Cardina, got the Bucks on the scoreboard with a field goal in the first quarter, but the lead quickly transferred to the Warriors, who went on to secure six touchdowns and hold the Bucks scoreless the remainder of the contest.
Next up, the Buckskins head to Elizabethtown to take on the Bears in hopes of improving their current record of 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.
CV girls' volleyball wrapped up their season last week, concluding with a pair of losses, but their on-court presence demonstrates that they were in the mix during each match.
Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Manheim Township saw the Bucks tie the set scores with a second set win and almost clinch the third before falling in four (25-14, 16-25, 26-24, 25-14).
Savannah Byers was again a fierce offensive threat for the Bucks with nine kills, complimented by CeCe Leininger's three aces.
Monday's 3-0 loss to Warwick boasted even closer set scores (25-23, 25-21, 27-25), each going in favor of the Warriors, but the Buckskins were on the cusp of victory.
"It was a really good match. In all three games we had a chance to win each," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow.
The young CV squad does not have any seniors on this season's roster, a factor that will work to their advantage in the future.
"Next year looks very promising with the entire team coming back," encouraged Barlow. "We're still learning how to finish sets, but we've played our best ball in the latter part of the season, and this team should be one to be reckoned with next year," he added.
Eby Wins L-L League Flight 3 Championship October 14, 2018
CV junior, Rachel Eby, was crowned the champion of Flight Three singles in the LL League Flight Tournament which concluded last Monday at Conestoga Valley.
Eby overcame her final competitor, Olivia Hitz of Cedar Crest, in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to take the flight title.
"The final was two girls striking the ball clean and hard," explained head coach Dale Gregg. "Rachel was able to control most of that match by out-rallying her opponent."
Prior to the championship game, Eby edged out Adalie Clemmer of Pequea Valley in a much tighter semifinal battle, 5-7, 6-1, 10-4, coming back after dropping the first set to Clemmer.
"In the semifinals on Saturday, she was competing against a girl that just hit every ball back," described head coach Dale Gregg. "We made some adjustments to turn the match into a physical endurance contest while giving ourselves more margin of error."
The adjustments paid off and Eby took the remaining two sets handily earning her way to the finals.
Jaquelyn McBride, playing in Flight Two, also advanced all the way to the final round before succumbing to Nicole Honrade of Manheim Township (6-2, 6-3).
In doubles action, Sophia Steed and Hannah Kapchinske made it to the title match and were the runner ups to the Flight Three champions from Lampeter-Strasburg.
"Doubles was really close and we had the lead most of the time early," noted Gregg. "We did tie it up toward the end by holding our serve, and we made some great progress throughout the tournament."
Eby paired with Catherine Scala for Flight One doubles, but the pair was bumped out just short of the semifinal round by Township duo, Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade.
Bookended by a pair of losses, the midweek held an exciting home court highlight for the Lady Bucks volleyball squad as they registered their second win over JP McCaskey last Tuesday.
The visitors came out strong, and McCaskey claimed the first two sets, making it a come-from-behind thriller for the CV home crowd to watch the Buckskins rally and take the contest 3-2 (25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13, 15-7).
Turning the contest around after McCaskey's dominate two-set start took decisive mental effort.
"We always try emphasizing the next point and not dwelling too much on previous plays," noted head coach Dewey Barlow.
The young CV squad had to dig deep, calling on some big minutes from underclassmen in the comeback.
"With a young group we tend to focus on trying not to make mistakes instead of being aggressive," explained Barlow.
The methodical strategy paid off as the Lady Bucks rallied around each other to turn things around for a 25-21 third set win and ride that momentum to victory.
Veteran player Savannah Byers provided a massive boost to the Buckskin cause firing over 11 kills, 8 aces, and giving an equally impressive defensive effort with 27 digs.
Lexi McEvoy also helped turn the tide with three momentum-shifting blocks, making her a formidable force at the net.
"We've had to bring some JV players up to Varsity and several made nice contributions," praised Barlow.
One of those young standouts was freshman, Jenna Sweitzer, who stepped in and supplied 23 setter assists.
"Jess Teleguz and Julia Strohm came off the bench to give us a nice spark in the fourth and fifth sets, and Savannah Byers has been a workhorse all year," credited Barlow.
The win over McCaskey came on the heels of Monday night's loss to Northern Lebanon, 3-1 (25-14, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20).
The third set was again a strength for the Lady Bucks, rallying for a win led by Byers' 8 kills and 15 digs, but Lebanon put a stop to the Buckskin surge in the fourth to end the contest.
Thursday evening, the Bucks experienced a 3-2 loss to Cedar Crest, a back-and-forth battle that extended to a determining fifth set that went in favor of the Falcons (25-19, 26-28, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6).
Byers continued to be a threat, serving up five aces and 19 digs. McEvoy had four blocks, Sol Maldanado supplied nine kills, and Sweitzer dished 25 assists.
It's the point of the season when the teams in the middle of Section standings are jostling for position, hoping to earn a playoff berth on the brink of both league and district postseason play.
CV boys' soccer is in that exact position, hovering in the middle of Section One, making Monday's fall to Penn Manor even more painful, but don't count them out yet. A hard-earned 1-0 victory over Hempfield on Wednesday showed that they have plenty of fight left in them.
The high-scoring, one-goal loss marked the beginning of last week, with the Buckskins falling 4-3 to Penn Manor at home on Monday.
Krasinski knocked in all three of CV's goals, assisted by three separate players Tanner Shertzer, Andrew Wahba, and Nick Denlinger.
"We needed to find a way to recover and refocus on finishing strong," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub. "We reminded each other of our qualities and rehearsed our roles."
Wednesday's showdown on CV's home field displayed two strong competitors trading possessions and leaving every ounce of energy on the field.
The Knights did not go down easily, outshooting the Bucks 5-2, and working their way into six corner kick opportunities, but CV's defense held fast with keeper Corey Spots gathering five saves to preserve the shutout.
"Hempfield lead in almost every category, they are truly a very good team," credited Hartlaub.
Though a strong Hempfield defensive line held the Bucks to few opportunities, it only took one successful conversion to seal the outcome.
CV's Ryan Lapp delivered a cross into the center of Hempfield's box, finding Krasinski who did what he does best-redirected the ball out of reach for the Hempfield keeper and into the netting.
Knowing they finished strong and gave it all they had will have to hold the Buckskins over as they wait for remaining league games to play out and determine their post-season standings.
The CV girls' soccer club tacked two more Section One victories onto their record last week, taking down Penn Manor and Hempfield to finish their regular season schedule with an overall record of 10-3-3.
Not many teams have handed CV a loss this season and the only team to beat them in Section One was Hempfield in an earlier season match, but last week CV flipped the script and took down the Black Knights 4-0.
"We changed our formation slightly to put more pressure on their defense," explained head coach Keith Nagley.
The adjustments worked, and Madison Delgado opened scoring with a goal 17 minutes into the contest.
Adrianna Neiman and Leah Amico each notched a second half goal and a Hempfield own goal gave the Lady Bucks three second-half tallies on the scoreboard.
"We used all of our players during the game to keep fresh players on the field," elaborated Nagley.
With their spot secure in both league and district playoffs, there is still plenty more CV girls soccer to come.
The Lady Bucks ran their final regular season meet last week, collectively falling behind Section One leader Elizabethtown but overcoming Cedar Crest last Tuesday.
Alex Slingluff once again set the pace for the CV harriers, her time of 20:43 was good enough for an overall fifth place finish.
"Alex had her toughest competition of the year. She ran a good, solid race leading up to the League Meet," commented head coach Mark Amway. "She is one of the most consistent runners in the league."
Kylynn Frankford and Lauryn Hall took seventh and eighth place finishes with respective times of 21:27 and 21:32.
Annika Bredeman (11th), Emily Castronova (12th), Brittany Johns (13th), and Kate Kmieczak (15th) all crossed in the top 15 to help secure the team win over Cedar Crest.
For the boys, the team suffered a double setback, but individual highlights could still be found. Nate Grucelski cruised his way to a first-place finish, topping all competitors with a run time of 16:55.
"Nate ran well and beat the guys he needed to from both teams," credited Amway.
Emmanuel Gitonga was the next CV runner to cross the finish, taking eighth place with a time of 17:46.
Injury has plagued several members of the squad, an issue they hope to have resolved heading into post-season contests.
Attempting to strike a balance between healing and training, Coach Amway hopes to prepare his team to be at their best for this weeks' league meet.
"We will start to do some shorter, quicker workouts and continue a good balance of mileage," elaborated Amway, optimistic about his teams' potential. "That will be depended upon everyone being healthy and running well," he added.
It was two steps back for the Lady Buckskins field hockey club last week, as they dig to find ways to grow after falling 2-1 to Cedar Crest followed by a 5-0 loss to Penn Manor.
In Tuesday's slip to Cedar Crest, the contest appeared to be headed towards overtime, but just before regulation expired a successful stroke from the Falcons awarded them the victory.
Cedar Crest acquired the lead with an early goal, but CV's Carly Eberly tied things up with a shot to the backboard four minutes later. Despite battling to the end, CV came up short after the Falcons well-timed final goal.
Hosting Manheim Central set the Bucks back last Friday night, 48-7.
The undefeated Barons jumped ahead early with a two touchdown first quarter, and continued their offensive blitz deep into the third, earning seven trips to the end zone.
Waging an uphill battle, the Bucks worked their way down the field in a second quarter possession, and quarterback Bradly Stoltzfus found Parker Graff for a 10-yard pass to convert CV's lone TD of the contest.
Buckskin kicker, Joe Cardina, put the ball between the uprights for the PAT.
The loss is only the third for the Buckskins this season, and they hope to improve their 5-3 record this week with a trip to Warwick.
Bucks Survive Falcons in 2-1 Double OT Win October 7, 2018
Buckskin boys soccer experienced a week of split results with a win and a loss last week, both games showing a thrilling display of effort and skill.
Ending the week on a 2-1 win at home, CV showed how badly they wanted it, in a come-from-behind, double overtime takedown of Cedar Crest.
The stat lines proclaimed Buckskin dominance, as they outshot the Falcons 10-3 and worked their way into 13 corner kick opportunities, but the Falcons capitalized on an early game breach and slipped in a goal after 22 minutes to hold the initial lead.
Urgency struck the Bucks in the second half, and Joel Kasereka rose to the occasion for his first goal of the season, leveling the score and sending the game into extended minutes.
"We lacked a little in the execution of our build up and so the game became a bit tougher than we could have made it," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub.
A scoreless first overtime propelled the teams into yet another extra period where stamina became a factor. Mustering a final effort after 97 minutes on the field, the Bucks broke through when Logan Weaver connected for the golden goal.
"We were happy with the effort and spirit of the boys. I am proud of the perseverance of the boys to get the result," praised Hartlaub.
On Tuesday, the Bucks collided with Warwick and after the dust settled from a slew of goals, CV found themselves just short in the 5-4 outcome.
Robbie Krasinski notched the Buckskins only first half goal, and added two more to complete a hat trick before the second half expired.
Ethan Bredeman also got in on the scoring action with a second half goal, but the Warriors paired two early first half goals with three rapid-fire conversions late in the second to give them the five needed to come out on top.
The Lady Bucks celebrated team successes last week as the runner-ups in the LL League team tennis tournament.
It all came down to Wednesday's finals, a showdown between Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley at Ephrata, and the Blue Streaks prevailed, 4-0.
"In the Township match we battled well at all of the positions. Even though the scores looked lopsided, we made them work for their points," summarized head coach Dale Gregg.
Township was the only team to overcome the CV rackets during the regular season, a trend that continued in the post-season tournament.
CV worked their way through the first two rounds of LL League team tennis tournament, powering past Manheim Central (3-0) and Lebanon Catholic (3-2) to earn the right to compete in the final round last Wednesday.
Township's road to the finals included a preliminary bye, followed by a 3-0 sweep over Lampeter-Strasburg, before their meeting with the Buckskins.
The CV squad was first pitted against Manheim Central in the preliminary round last Monday, and advanced to the semifinals after a 3-0 sweep.
"Since we are fairly consistent down through our lineup, it becomes vital for us to win two of the three singles and one of the doubles," explained head coach Dale Gregg.
Getting the job done in singles was Jacqueline McBride winning at number two in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) and Rachel Eby overcoming her number three singles opponent (6-0, 6-1).
Credit for CV's third team point to seal the triumph went to duo Hannah Kapchinske and Katelyn Kochanowski playing at number two and, also dominating in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).
Tuesday's semifinal round against Lancaster Catholic was a bit tighter of a contest, but the Lady Bucks rose to the challenge and were awarded the 3-2 win.
The Buckskin triumph reflected Monday's efforts. McBride was first to register a team point with a 7-5, 6-3 takedown in singles. Eby followed suit to claim her matchup with set scores of 6-4, 6-3, and Kapchinske and Kochanowski handily won number two doubles by a score of 6-1, 6-3.
"The number two doubles of Kapchinske/Kochanowski really stepped up in the LC match as they went out to start their match knowing it was even at 2-2," praised Gregg.
Thursday the attention shifted from team competition to the individual flight tournament which will conclude this week with results to be covered next week.
CV girls soccer refused to lose last week, picking up a win and another draw to bring their season record to 8-3-3.
Friday night at Cedar Crest, the Lady Bucks experienced their third stalemate of the season in a 1-1 tie after double overtime failed to determine a victor.
Though the scoreboard remained unaltered through much of the evening, the two goals were netted within four minutes of each other, with each team finding their one success midway through the second half.
CV struck first, when Leah Amico found the netting for her first goal of the season at the 52nd minute mark, but Cedar Crest had their answer with their goal crossing the line four minutes later.
Despite two overtime periods, neither team was willing to budge, creating a defensive battle until time expired. CV's Alyson Riggle held firm in goal, scooping up 10 saves.
On Tuesday, the Lady Bucks proved their ability to endure, securing a 2-1 triumph over Warwick in overtime.
The Warriors sprinted ahead for the early lead, notching their lone goal of the contest after 14 minutes on the field to hold the temporary advantage.
Just before the half, the momentum started to shift in favor of CV, when Gabbie Barone capitalized on a penalty kick to level the scoreboard.
A scoreless second half propelled the game into overtime.
"We needed to possess the ball better and connect passes. We didn't do that very well overall against Warwick," explained head coach Keith Nagley.
Working towards that end, the Lady Bucks pressed on into the extra minutes, minimizing the Warrior's offensive opportunities and gaining ground until their moment to strike. That moment came after 12 minutes when Barone found Ana Weis who delivered the ball into the Warrior net.
"Our defense has been doing a great job limiting opponents' shots on goal. We just continued to play hard and hustle," summarized Nagley.
Last Friday night's hosting of the Cocalico proved to be a tough setback for the Bucks, falling 49-14 to the Eagles.
CV got off to a strong start when quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus connected with Derek Ulishney for the game's first TD on a 15-yard pass, but after that initial completion, the Eagles countered with seven visits to their end zone.
A fourth quarter 46-yard run by Booper Johnson gained the Bucks another six points, and kicker Joe Cardina was two-for-two on PATs.
The CV girls raced their way to split results in last Tuesday's meet held at home, collectively finishing behind Warwick but in front of Penn Manor.
Alexandra Slingluff was the runner-up of the meet, finishing in second place with a time of 20:36, a personal best and just two seconds behind Warwick's Anna Martin.
Freshman Kylynn Frankford was the next CV harrier to cross the line, securing a fifth-place finish (21:45).
"Alex ran her personal best on our home course and ran a great race, and Kylynn has consistently been our number two runner all year," praised head coach Mark Amway.
CV accumulated five more top 15 finishes with Lauryn Hall's eighth, Annika Bredeman, Kate Kmieczak, and Brittney Johns finishing consecutively in 11th, 12th, and 13th, and Emily Castronova grabbing 15th.
The boys suffered losses to both Warwick and Penn Manor, but still managed to secure three top 15 finishes.
Frontrunner Nate Grucelski continues to set the pace for not only his teammates, but also for the opposing teams, as he once again put up the fastest 5k time of the meet to cross the finish first in 16:57.
"Nate ran his best time on our home course and beat three very strong runners in the league," explained Amway. "The boys' race was strategic and eventually came down to a fast finish with Nate out-kicking Warwick's Connor Shields."
Joining Grucelski in the top pack was teammate Emmanuel Gitonga who finished in eighth (18:26) and Dante Velasco in twelfth (18:48).
Lady Buckskin volleyball took two hits last week, a 3-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic and a 3-0 slip to Hempfield.
In Tuesday's matchup with Lancaster Catholic, the Buckskins rallied for a second set win, but LC regained control to take the match in four (25-12, 18-25, 25-16, 25-14).
Savannah Byers and Lexi McEvoy teamed up to fire eight kills apiece and Byers cranked four aces over the net. Charlize Miller dished out 16 setter assists, Maddie Glick covered ground for 14 digs, and Denise Williams supplied a block in the loss.
Hempfield captured their win in a sweep (25-9, 25-12, 25-12), but Lady Bucks led by Miller (6 digs, 8 assists) and Byers (7 kills) continued to battle.
The team faces an uphill challenge as they head into the home stretch of the season with a current record of 2-9, but they have a string of league matchups left to show their improvement.
Field hockey picked up another win last week, but hasn't been immune to the tumultuous weather this season, and their other contest was prematurely halted in a stalemate due to inclement conditions.
Tuesday's homefield 0-0 draw against Hempfield came as a result of a lengthy weather delay in the first half. After resuming competition, neither team budged defensively and the scoreboard remained unaltered at the end of regulation.
Neither team showed signs of relenting, but at 9:00 pm and with continued lightning, the officials were forced to call the game before overtime could be played.
"We were playing a great game and the team was disappointed they could not compete in overtime, because they were ready to put the ball in the goal," explained head coach Kelly Dearolf.
Their aggressive offensive spirit would have to wait until Thursday's matchup against Ephrata, and the Lady Bucks were rewarded with a 3-1 triumph.
Three separate CV athletes supplied the tallies, with a stroke from Ellie Livingston getting them on the scoreboard in the first half.
Headed into the second half of play with the score knotted at one apiece, the Lady Bucks were determined not to let this contest end without a victor.
Cassandra Malles struck next, connecting with the backboard nine minutes into the second half for the go-ahead goal, and with just minutes left to play Carly Eberly sealed the victory with CV's third goal.
Strong, cohesive defense from Conestoga and three saves from keeper Madi Kachel held Ephrata scoreless in the second half.
CV Lady Booters Post Mixed Results September 30, 2018
CV girls' soccer took a hit early on last week, falling 5-1 to undefeated Hempfield, but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Manheim Township at home on Thursday.
Sophomore Adrianna Neiman tapped in the golden goal against Township, her first this season, 18 minutes into the contest off an assist from Madison Delgado.
Neiman's goal was one of only two registered shots on goal for CV, but cohesive defense allowed the team to hang on for the win.
"We defended very well as a team," acknowledged head coach Keith Nagley. "They had more possession, but we limited their chances on goal."
Township's opportunities came in the form of three corners and four shots on goal, but CV keeper Alyson Riggle held her ground and gathered three saves.
Tuesday, at Hempfield, the Bucks' lone goal was netted by Delgado, but the efficient Black Knight attack buried CV in a deficit they were unable to overcome.
The early minutes looked promising for the visitors as Ana Weis dished Delgado the assist that Delgado converted just five minutes in, giving CV the initial lead.
The tide quickly turned in favor of the Knights and once they opened scoring on their end, they quickly put distance between the teams on the scoreboard accumulating five unanswered goals.
CV field hockey is hoping to put a quick end to a recent string of loses after picking up two defeats last week.
Unable to connect with the back of the cage in either contest, the Bucks continued to battle, playing strong defense to keep the goal count low in a 1-0 loss to Warwick last Monday, followed by a 2-0 loss to Manheim Township on Friday.
Against Warwick, defense was the name of the game, with neither team breaking the goal line in regulation, sending the teams into overtime to determine the outcome. Warwick succeeded in notching the lone goal of the match.
"We played a strong defensive game against Warwick. We are a young team but we worked hard and never gave up," encouraged head coach Kelly Dearolf.
When hosting Township, the Bucks fell behind by two in the first half and were unable to work their way back into contention despite earning seven corners and firing seven shots on goal.
CV's Brooke Eberly gathered three saves in each contest.
"We learn from every loss and ever win, and hopefully we come out a better, more experience team," continued Dearolf.
CV boys' soccer has worked their way into a winning streak, picking up two more victories last week to boost their overall record to 6-5 and league record to 4-2.
The Buckskins topped both league opponents by the same score, 2-1, including a come-from-behind thriller over Township last Thursday.
The Streaks went up early, notching their goal at the 29th minute to hold the only tally heading into the half.
"We did not show the best energy and urgency in the first half, but did enough to hold Township to a single goal," explained head coach Dave Hartlaub.
The second half displayed a rejuvenated Buckskin squad finding the equalizer off the foot of Ethan Bredeman.
With the clock winding down, and overtime looking inevitable, there was time for CV to create one more attack, a success that culminated in Robbie Krasinski's tenth goal of the season fired into the back of the Township net with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
"In the second half we were able to capitalize on two important moments," Hartlaub continued. "It was a fantastic team win and performance, and we hope to continue to grow from it."
In Monday night's 2-1 takedown of Hempfield, the Buckskins came out hot, knocking in both of their goals within the first 10 minutes and held on for the win.
"We have been getting better and starting to find our style of play with each game," noted Hartlaub.
Lead scorer, Krasinski opened the scoring, finding the net at the seventh minute, followed three minutes later by another well-placed shot from Bredeman.
"The boys knew that we need to start getting results, our start was good, and we were able to frustrate Hempfield with our team defending," added Hartlaub.
Despite the Knights outshooting the Bucks 6-4 and earning eight corner kick opportunities, the CV defense was able to hold them at bay, allowing only one second half ball to cross the goal line.
"Hempfield kept coming at us. Our boys did a great job of resisting the pressure and though we gave away a goal with 17 minutes left, the boys stayed focused and saw out the win," summarized Hartlaub.
Inclement weather has a way of cramping schedules, and the CV tennis squad felt that squeeze as they packed the remainder of their regular season matches into the final days before the post-season.
That meant three straight days of competition for CV, who ended the week with back-to-back victories over JP McCaskey and Cedar Crest, after falling behind Manheim Township last Wednesday.
"We have had a number of rainouts that are now being squeezed into the later part of the season," explained head coach Dale Gregg. "All teams are in the same boat, so we are trying to take one day at a time."
Friday the girls were riding the momentum of their previous days' victory and produced a 7-0 sweep over McCaskey.
The previous night was a pivotal 6-1 win over Cedar Crest and showed a resilient CV team, eager to get back up on top after slipping 7-0 to Township on Wednesday.
"They came out ready to play. They also knew that with a win against Cedar Crest we would clinch our first LL team playoff berth since 2001," explained head coach Dale Gregg.
Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Sophia Steed rose to the challenge in singles play defeating their competitors to seal the triumph.
"I mentioned to the team after the loss to Manheim Township that your true character shows when adversity comes. I am pleased with how the girls responded," praised Gregg. "We stepped up to secure the victory."
The squad's 5-1 league record (11-1 overall), allows them to sit in the second-place rank of LL Section one heading into playoffs, just behind undefeated Manheim Township.
The girls' cross country runners cruised to a double victory in last Tuesday's meet, topping both Solanco and Lebanon, and pushing eight harriers across the finish in the top 15.
CV pacesetter, Alexandra Slingluff, blazed the trail with a first place time of 21:13. Freshman Kylynn Frankford was right on her heels grabbing the second-place finish two seconds later.
The next pack of runners was all about CV as well, as slots three, four, and five were secured by Kate Kmieczak (22:20), Emily Castronova (22:27), and Brittney Johns (22:34).
Freshman Sage Haldeman finished eighth, followed by Kate Snader in 11th, and Lauren Reed's 15.
"The girls ran well and have been consistent all year," noted head coach Mark Amway. "Our number three, four, and five runners were out sick or with minor injuries. The girls really stepped up and filled in those spots for the wins."
The CV boys' split their results, producing times good enough to collectively overtake Solanco, but fell behind Lebanon.
Despite the squad finish behind Lebanon, CV still produced the meets' fastest time with Nate Grucelski's first place finish of 16:46, nearly a full minute ahead of any other competitor.
CV's Emmanuel Gitonga, a freshman, produced an effort worthy of fourth (18:02) followed closely by fellow freshman Dante Velasco's fifth place seven seconds later.
Alex Poli came in 11th and Preston Brubaker in 15th to give the Buckskins five in the top 15.
"The boys have been struggling with some injuries and that cost us the meet against Lebanon," explained Amway. "They are looking to get healthy in time for the league meet."
Friday night's 42-14 trouncing over Garden Spot makes three straight Section Two victories for the Bucks on the gridiron.
The Spartans were on their home turf and were the first on the scoreboard, converting a touchdown from an 80-yard kickoff return, but all that changed in the subsequent possessions.
"It was a good wake up call for CV," pointed out head coach Gerad Novak. "The kids were not ready to play but very quickly knew that they had to step up big. A few of our seniors took control on the sideline immediately after the kickoff return and spoke to the team about the expectation."
One of the players to change the direction of the game was junior Keegan Martin, who ran three of CV's six TDs across the line and threw for another, finding Joe Cardina in the end zone.
"Keegan Martin definitely carried the load," praised Novak.
Having worked themselves into a 21-14 lead at the half, there were still some ways to improve as the Bucks sought to widen the scoring gap.
"At halftime I had a heart to heart talk with the team about their performance in the first half. Everyone in the locker room understood they needed to play better in the second half and take control of the game," explained Novak.
The team responded-converting three additional, and unanswered trips to the end zone.
Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus was an anchor, throwing 13-18 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Stoltzfus also put up an impressive 68 rushing yards.
Cardina was once again clutch, going six-for-six in PATs.
Last week's volleyball journey started out on a high with a 3-1 win over Solanco, but took two hits to end the week with losses to Manheim Township (3-0) and Penn Manor (3-1).
Though not a league triumph, CV showed gumption in their come-from-behind victory at Solanco last Monday, fighting back to claim three straight sets after dropping the first (20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19).
"We made a lot of errors in the first set and once we cleaned some of those up we started playing better and gained some confidence as the match went forward," described head coach Dewey Barlow.
Communication and leadership made all the difference as the team took control of the subsequent sets. Captains Charlize Miller and Savannah Byers embraced their leadership roles and inspired better performance from the entire team.
Byers' intense attack spurred the CV resurgence as she accumulated 20 kills throughout the night. Miller powered five aces over the net and dished 26 assists to her teammates.
"We also played with a lead for the first time all year which took a little pressure off the girls," explained Barlow who has been anticipating these moments all season. "We got some much better passing from our defense," he added.
The defense was led by Glick's 17 digs and Denise Williams' presence was felt at the net with a pair of blocks.
CV Gridders Reclaim Lampeter Bowl Trophy September 16, 2018
The Friday night lights had a little extra shine at Conestoga Valley last week as the Buckskins recaptured the rights to the Lampeter trophy for the first time since 2010 and treated a packed home crowd to a 20-7 victory against backyard rival L-S.
"Our kids have worked so hard to regain this trophy. We beat a very good football team, and our kids earned the right to have their team year on the trophy forever," celebrated head coach Gerad Novak. "It was not only a great win for our football team, but also the parents, community and our incredible student body."
This highly anticipated clash signified the 9th year for the tradition-an annual faceoff between Conestoga Valley, representing East Lampeter, and Lampeter-Strasburg for the West.
The Pioneers and Buckskins began the unofficial bowl tradition in 2010, awarding the victor a trophy to remain in possession until the subsequent year-and for CV, that trophy has been in the hands of the Pioneers for far too long.
While the Buckskins claimed the inaugural victory in 2010, they had yet to repeat their success and were hungry for it heading into Friday's faceoff.
"It doesn't matter if it's a non-league or a league game, your mental preparation and approach better be the same," Novak emphasized before the game. "You have to approach every game like it's the championship game because every game matters."
A scoreless first quarter only heightened the sense of urgency and heading into the second, the Buckskins were the first to break into the end zone when Keegan Martin ran the ball for the touchdown and Joe Cardina followed up with the extra point.
L-S retaliated with a TD of their own to knot the score at seven apiece at halftime. Another scoreless quarter in the third piled even more pressure into the fourth, where all the action went in favor of the Bucks for an explosive two TD effort that sealed their victory.
Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus found Cardina in the zone for a 34-yard pass for the go-ahead completion, but the Bucks weren't finished yet, and Martin ran his second TD home, capped by a successful Cardina PAT, to register a beaming 20-7 CV scoreboard at the end of the night.
"The thing I was most proud of was the effort of the entire team. Not only the players on the field, but also the players on the sideline. Everyone was completely into the game and never let up," described Novak. "They played every down with every ounce of energy in their bodies. It was great to see our football team play with the effort which is necessary to win a rival game and to proudly hoist the Lampeter Bowl Trophy for everyone involved in the CV football program."
Kicking off their league competition last week, the Lady Bucks got things off on the right foot, taking down Manheim Township last Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout before registering their second draw of the season in a 1-1 battle at Warwick.
Demonstrating persistence and unselfish play, the young club worked their way down the field and earned themselves 10 corner kicks over the span of 80 minutes. Even more importantly, they capitalized on those opportunities, netting a goal in each half, with both successes stemming from a corner kick setup.
Madison Delgado delivered the first blow at the 29th minute, ricocheting her shot from the corner off Township's keeper before it crossed the goal line for her third goal of the season.
Six minutes into the second half another Delgado corner sailed into the box finding Gabbie Barone who headed the ball into the net.
"We passed the ball better than we have all season," noted head coach Keith Nagley.
Defensively, CV thwarted each Township advancement to preserve the shutout, with sophomore Alyson Riggle holding the line as keeper and grabbing two saves, and tasking Reese Lapp with stifling Township's leading striker.
"Reese Lapp played a great game against their best attacking player and limited her chances at a goal," pointed out Nagley.
The CV team graduated eight seniors last year, and found themselves making massive adjustments to their starting lineup for the 2018 season.
"We are a bit inexperienced, so the girls are still getting accustomed to the speed of play at the varsity level," explained Nagley.
In Thursday's 1-1 final against Warwick, the Warriors got ahead early, slipping their lone goal into the Buckskin net after only three minutes, but CV remained tenacious and was rewarded with the equalizer early in the second half.
A Warrior foul provided CV with a free kick, taken by Barone, who powered the ball past Warwick's keeper.
Knotted up at one goal apiece, the teams headed into two scoreless overtime periods with neither team willing to budge and unable to connect, leaving the score unaltered at the conclusion of the night.
Neither boys' nor girls' cross country teams were able to pick up a collective win in CV's first home meet of the year hosting Hempfield and Manheim Township, but individual highlights gave the Buckskins reasons to celebrate as they delve deeper into the 2018 season.
On the boys' side, Hempfield topped the meet with a pack of harriers claiming place finishes 3-7. Though the Knights claimed the two team wins, the top two individual spots went to Manheim Township's Ian Miller in first with a time of 16:55, and CV's Nate Grucelski who snagged second place with a time of 17:22.
The next Buckskin to cross the line was Preston Brubaker (18:30) good enough for tenth, while Emmanuel Gitonga (18:37), Dante Velasco (18:44), and Alex Poli (18:52) broke into the top 15 with placing of 12, 13, and 15 respectively.
The story on the girls' side of competition was almost identical, with Hempfield's strong showing of five runners in the top 10 giving them the team edge, but once again Manheim supplied the top individual finish with Chloe Kline's 20:48, swiftly followed by CV's Alexandra Slingluff crossing second with a time of 21:12.
"We have strong front runners with Nate Grucelski and Alex Slingluff leading the team, but the 2-5 runners need to keep moving up as a group to be competitive as a team," explained head coach Mark Amway.
Freshman talent gave the CV squad a boost and holds the promise of future potential as Kylynn Frankford provided the Lady Bucks second best finish, 22:17, to secure 11th place and fellow freshman Annika Bredeman's 22:37 was good enough for 15th.
"At this early in the season, most of the runners have run better times than last year," praised Amway. "I have a lot of new freshmen that are learning how to race a 5K and have excelled early, but I expect we will see a lot of improvement over the next 8 weeks."
The volleyball team found their first victory of the season last week in a league matchup against JP McCaskey after taking a hit against Hempfield two days earlier.
Sets one and three were close in Thursday's 3-0 win over McCaskey, but the Lady Bucks pulled out all three sets to tally the first win on their 2018 record (25-17, 25-8, 25-23).
Savannah Byers and freshman Sol Maldanado took turns dishing powerful serves to the Red Tornados, each racking up four aces over the three sets.
"Serving was pretty strong especially in the second game, with key contributions from Savannah Byers and Sol Maldanado," pointed out head coach Dewey Barlow.
Charlize Miller's 23 assists got the action rolling the right direction for the Buckskins and Byers was there to finish with eight kills to her credit.
"Our passing was much better which allowed us to use our outside hitters, and our libero, Maddie Glick, had a good night," elaborated Barlow. "As we move forward our team continues to learn how to finish out games and last night we did that."
Two days prior, the Lady Bucks got knocked down in a 3-0 loss to Hempfield (25-15, 25-19, 25-5).
Byers delivered two aces and 10 digs, and Lexi McEvoy was a defensive presence with five blocks.
The boys' soccer team picked up both a win and a loss in their first week of league competition last week, overcoming Manheim Township 1-0 last Tuesday before falling to Warwick by the same score.
Against Township, CV's Logan Weaver, a sophomore, produced the only goal of the contest, assisted by Enzo Stofela, to give the Buckskins their first league win of the season.
Despite Township outshooting the Bucks 4-2, the Blue Streaks were unable to convert, thanks to quality defending from the Buckskin fullbacks and four saves gathered by CV keeper, Corey Spotts.
Two days later, Warwick tucked their lone goal in after only four minutes on the field and held on for the remaining 76 minutes to claim the 1-0 win and hand CV their first league loss.
Rain made the early week difficult for much tennis action, but certainly didn't put a damper on the unrelenting run by the CV tennis squad, who added two more wins to their regular season total and boosting their record to an unblemished 6-0.
On Friday, CV produced a 7-0 triumph over Garden Spot, sweeping all singles and doubles matches.
Thursday night's 6-1 win over Warwick awarded all four singles wins to the CV girls in addition to two wins coming in doubles play.
Catherine Scala, Jacquelyn McBride, Rachel Eby, and Sophia Steed each defeated their single opponents in two sets. Scala and Eby joined forces for an 8-3 victory in doubles play, and sisters J. McBride and Christina McBride brought home a second double triumph 8-6.
Taking a break from the regular season schedule, but not a break on the courts, the Lady Bucks spent Saturday hosting Wilson, Lower Dauphin and Central York in the Buckskin Invitational and came out on top of the four team tournament with Christina McBride earning tournament MVP and Rachel Eby named to the all-tournament team.
Field hockey got knocked back twice early last week, experiencing a 5-0 shutout by Manheim Township, and 1-0 from Hempfield, but rebounded to produce a shutout of their own, blanking Ephrata 3-0 to end the week.
All three of CV's goals came in the first half of their win over the Mountaineers.
Bella Silvaggio connected first, with a successful stroke after five minutes of play. Ellie Livingston and Abby Morley each sent a subsequent shot into the back of the cage to give Conestoga the 3-0 edge before a quiet second half.
Ephrata's offense was consistently thwarted by Buckskin defenders, and their two shots on goal were quickly snatched up by CV keeper, Madi Kachel.
CV Football Caps 2-1 Non-League Record September 9, 2018
Buckskin football collided with three nonleague opponents to open their season, capturing two wins and one loss.
Heading into last Friday night's clash with Spring Grove, head coach Gerad Novak set the stage for what needed to be done.
"We need to do a better job of putting teams away when we have the opportunity. We need to take advantage of mistakes and capitalize when our defense makes a big play," elaborated Novak.
In Friday's 26-14 homefield win over Spring Grove, it took some time for the effort to hit the scoreboard, but the Bucks were first to enter the end zone with a second quarter touchdown run in by Keegan Martin. Quarterback Bradley Stoltzfus found Obed Bamungwa for a 42-yard pass for a second touchdown in before the half.
Conestoga struck again, this time Stoltzfus found Joe Cardina to give the Bucks a three-touchdown advantage.
Spring Grove came to life in the third, retaliating with two completions of their own to end the quarter 20-14, but CV wasn't done yet and Stoltzfus ran in a touchdown of his own in the fourth to seal the outcome.
Two weeks prior, against Penn Manor, the Buckskins got ahead early and held on for a 31-13 victory.
Martin drove home the first two touchdowns, running for a 30-yard completion followed by receiving a second off a 33-yard pass from Bradley Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus crossed into the end zone for the Bucks' third visit, and then dished to Gavin Horning for a fourth quarter success. CV kicker, Joe Cardina, capped his 4-for-4 PATs with a 36-yard field goal to complete the Buckskin point collection.
"We converted plays or came up with a defensive stop in some critical situations," noted Novak.
CV had to swallow their first taste of defeat in a grueling 25-24 loss at New Oxford. Martin ran all three Buckskin touchdowns across the line, and Cardina was once again clutch going three-of-three in PATs and supplying a field goal, but New Oxford's 13-point fourth quarter was just enough to edge ahead as time expired.
"Parker Graff has played extremely well defensively from his outside linebacker position and has made some big plays from his tight end position on offense," pointed out Novak. "A few of our seniors, Yodhe Desta and Keegan Martin, are rising to the top regarding leadership."
It's been an up and down ride for boys soccer as they have accumulated a 1-2 record in first three games.
Lower Dauphin handed the Bucks their second, slim-margined defeat in last Thursday's 2-1 LD triumph. CV striker Robbie Krasinski scored CV's lone goal, marking his sixth of the season.
The club picked up their first win in their second matchup which took place last Tuesday, taking down Conrad Weiser 5-1 in front of the Bucks' home crowd. Attacking early and often, the Bucks netted four unanswered goals in the first half.
Krasinski opened scoring with back-to-back connections at the 12 and 16-minute marks. Ethan Bredeman tucked in the third goal a mere five minutes later, and Andrew Wahba struck for the fourth CV blow just before the break.
Nick Denlinger kept things rolling, delivering the fifth and final CV goal at the beginning of the second half. Conrad Weiser struggled to string together momentum, but managed to slip in one goal in the final minutes of the contest, but did little to slow the Bucks down.
"First home game night and the boys came out focused and ready to play," praised head coach Dave Hartlaub.
CV's season opener was a tight battle that tipped 4-3 in favor of Lancaster Mennonite. Despite a Blazers' goal in the first five minutes of play, the Buckskins rallied to control the middle of the game, with a set of back-to-back goals supplied by Krasinski that put the Bucks up 2-1 at the halfway mark.
Mennonite hit another shot on target to even the score, but Krasinski came through again, securing a hat trick and giving CV a 3-2 advantage. Shifting momentum, Mennonite utilized a well-balanced attack, delivering a one-two punch of two goals in the final 15 minutes for the go-ahead.
After the loss, the coaching staff sought to make strategic adjustments and gain valuable experience from the contest.
"During training we review a few things about the match and worked our offensive rhythm," explained Hartlaub. "Each season there is a settling period. The coaching staff is excited by the growth of the returning players and pleased with some of the new additions."
Four matches into the season and the CV tennis squad boasts a perfect 4-0 record.
"This group of tennis players are starting to bond rather well," praised head coach Dale Gregg. "We have had great support for one another. The squad has worked hard in practice and are implementing those key aspects into game and match play."
After taking down Cocalico (6-1), Elizabethtown (7-0), and Lampeter-Strasburg (4-3), the Lady Bucks got their first taste of league competition and came out on top 5-2 over Hempfield.
Catherine Scala is shouldering the responsibilities of the number one singles position and has a collected a 2-2 singles record and shares a 3-1 doubles record with partner Rachel Eby.
Playing in the number two singles slot, Jacquelyn McBride holds an unblemished 4-0 mark, complimented by an identical 4-0 in doubles where she's paired with her sister, Christina McBride.
Hoping to continue in their pattern of success the team looks ahead to the second half of the season with great anticipation.
"As we continue the season, our focus will be on capitalizing on the opportunities while playing to our individual strengths," concluded Gregg.
Packing in four games in five days, the field hockey team emerged from the week with a record of 2-2.
Their week ended with a 2-0 loss on Saturday to Lampeter-Strasburg, in which neither team managed to break through the goal line in the first half. LS found their stroke with a pair of goals in the second.
Friday night the Lady Bucks picked up their second win with a 2-0 defeat over Red Lion. CV only accrued five shots on goal but connected on two of them, one in the first half from Abby Morley, and a second half goal from Sydney Weaver.
On the opposite end of the field, CV keeper, Madi Kachel, came up big with four saves to shut out all Red Lion attempts.
Wednesday's showdown with Warwick was a low scoring affair, resulting in a 1-0 Warwick victory. The Warriors managed to slide the lone goal past the Buckskin defenders five minutes into the first half, in an otherwise scoreless contest.
Though the Warriors outshot CV 10-4, keeper Brooke Eberly held her ground scooping up nine saves to thwart further Warrior success.
Kicking off their season with a decisive 8-0 triumph over Northeastern, the CV club played a quiet first half, jostling for position and notching two goals supplied by Morley and freshman Cassandra Malles, but it was in the second half the squad truly caught fire.
Morley ended the contest with six goals to her credit and Kendra Wenger also connected with the backboard to round out the scoring.
"It took us the first half to work out some problems and the heat slowed us down a bit, but the second half we started to find the back of the cage," elaborated head coach Kelly Dearolf. "We ended with a victory which is a great way to start the season."
Win, lose, and draw-all three results could be found in Lady Buckskins opening week of their 2018 season.
Saturday's battle at Central York proved to be a defensive showdown of traded possessions, with neither team willing to budge. After 80 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods neither team had converted a goal and the contest reached a scoreless end.
In their prior two games, the girls found themselves on both ends of a 2-1 final score, falling to Governor Mifflin before reversing the roles to overcome Lower Dauphin by an identical score three days later.
Against Lower Dauphin, Gabriella Barone-Graybill put the Lady Bucks on the scoreboard after only six minutes, and Madison Delgado picked up her second goal of the season to put CV up by two before the half.
While both teams only registered five clear shots on goal, the Bucks' success rate made the difference as Lower Dauphin was only able to convert one in the final 10 minutes.
The opposite result played out in CV's season opener, when Governor Mifflin notched a goal in each half and CV was only able to connect for a lone second half goal supplied by Delgado.
Looking ahead, CV is slated to face their first league test in this Thursday's showdown at Warwick.
Lady Bucks' volleyball took two hits to start their season, losing a closely contested first game to Penn Manor followed by a second loss at Ephrata.
Despite dropping the first set to Penn Manor, CV fired back to take the next two games before ultimately falling 3-2 in their season opener (25-19, 22-25, 22-25, 27-25, 17-15).
With the match decision coming down to a fifth set, CV came out strong, looking ready to claim the comeback victory, but a combination of errors led to a momentum shift in Penn Manor's favor and they were able to edge ahead for the win.
CV's Savannah Byers produced six aces, Charlize Miller added 20 assists and a pair of blocks, and Maddie Glick contributed 15 digs in the league loss.
Two days later the opponent was Ephrata, but the Buckskins reached a similar result. After losing the first set 25-15, CV fired back to take the second 27-25.
Miller's five kills and three blocks boosted the Buckskin surge, but a low-scoring third set (25-12), put all the energy back into Ephrata's hands for a fourth and final set score of 25-18.
With regular season competition yet to begin, both cross country teams took part in the Kutztown Invitational meet this past Saturday. The girls' team placed sixth place out of 32 and the boys were 14th out of 30.
Pace setter for the Lady Bucks was Alex Slingluff, who completed the 5000-meter course in 20:56.7 for a ninth-place finish. Also representing CV in the top 20 was freshman Kylynn Frankford who placed 18th out of the 233 participants.
CV's top three finishers on the boys' side crossed the finish in a pack with Preston Brubaker (18:26.4), Alex Poli (18:28.5), and Emmanuel Gitonga (18:30.5), claiming spots 56, 58, and 59 out of a pool of 221 contenders.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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 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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."