Donegal Softballers Post Four-Win Week April 17, 2017
Donegal's softball team kept the wins coming last week as they went 4-0 in keeping pace with Lampeter-Strasburg (6-0) at the top of Section Three. With only one league loss coming at the hands of the Pioneers, Donegal (5-1) can only control what they do in the chase for the section crown.
They did just that with a close 1-0 win over Northern Lebanon and dominating victories over Dover 19-1, ELCO 15-0, and Lancaster Catholic 11-0.
Mikyla Yoder pitched a one-hit gem against the Vikings last Monday while the Indians managed only two of their own in a game that was decided in the first inning when the ladies put one on the board and rode it through to the end.
Yoder struck out 13 and only walked two while teaming with Savanna Kolenda at the plate as they both went 1-3 to lead the team.
Sierra Neiss got the start against Dover and made the most of it with a two hit showing in which she had one unearned run and struck out four over five innings.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Donegal tacked on three more in the third before Dover made it 4-1 in the bottom half of the inning. A nine-run fourth inning followed by six more in the fifth put to rest any fears of a Dover comeback attempt as the ladies forced the 10-run rule.
Kaitlyn Witmer led Donegal at the plate as she went 3-4 with 3RBI including a double followed by Kolenda (2-3, 3RBI), Peighton Hornick (2-5, 3RBI), Neiss (2-5, 1RBI), Shaianne Boyer (2-2, 2RBI), Yoder (1-3, 3RBI), and Rachel Overlander (1-4, 1RBI).
Wednesday's contest with ELCO was even shorter as Donegal put up nine runs in the first, four in the second, and two in the third while keeping the Raiders off the board in another run shortened game.
Grace Miller (2-2), Emily Graham (1-2), and Neiss (3-3) all drove in two runs apiece, while Kolenda (3-3), Morgan Biesecker (1-3), Witmer (1-3), and Yoder (1-3) all had 1RBI each.
Yoder started and struck out six of the 11 batters she faced while walking none and giving up two hits.
Against Lancaster Catholic, the Indians racked up 13 hits while Yoder only surrendered three with six strikeouts over five innings.
Donegal took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Witmer and then exploded for six runs in the third sparked by Yoder's RBI triple to right field. Two more in the fourth and one in the fifth sealed the victory for the visiting Indians.
It has been a struggle for the Indians to find a way to win so far this season and after last week's slate of games they found themselves in fifth place in Section Three with a 1-4 record. Donegal lost 9-6 against Elizabethtown, 8-7 against Ephrata, and 9-5 to McCaskey, but were in each game and had opportunities to pull off the victory.
After Elizabethtown took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Indians came back strong, scoring five unanswered runs over the second and third innings, but surrendered two in the sixth and six in the seventh.
Dawson Magar got the start for Donegal and threw six and a third innings giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out five before losing pitcher Ryan Buckius came on in relief.
The Indians tied the game in the second inning when Drew Bechtold (2-4, 4RBI) hit a line drive to left field with one out and scored Seiler Edwards from second and eventually took the lead on Tanner Kohler's two-run single to center field.
In the third it was Bechtold coming through again with a bases loaded single to right field which scored Edwards and pinch runner Elijah Myers to make it 5-1, but the Bears tied the game in the seventh and took the lead for good off of Buckius.
On Wednesday, even though the Indians out hit Ephrata 10-4, they could not hold off the Mounts and gave up the come-from-behind victory.
Updegraff ( 1-4, 1RBI) put Donegal on the board in the first inning when he singled home Dale Houser (2-3) from second for the 1-0 lead. Ephrata tied the game in the second off of starting pitcher Brady Steinman but three more Donegal runs in the third made it 4-1 in the Indians' favor.
Ephrata again tied the game by scoring three times in the bottom of the inning before Kohler's two-run single in the fourth put Donegal ahead yet again. Kohler (2-5, 2RBI) then scored on Patrick Beaudoin's (1-4, 1RBI) single to center field giving Donegal the 7-4 lead, but it was the final run Donegal scored.
Ephrata scored once more in the fifth and added three more in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
Against McCaskey, the Indians were playing catch-up the entire game beginning in the first inning when they gave up two runs to the home team. Donegal answered in the second with a run but surrendered three more in the bottom of the inning.
After putting up two in the third, the Indians watched McCaskey once again widen the gap to 7-3 in the bottom half but closed it with two of their own in the fourth to make it 7-5 before giving up two more in the sixth for the final score.
Continuing their excellent start to the season, both the boys' and girls' track teams ran their record to 3-0 last week with a 105-45 win over ELCO for the boys, and a 90-60 win for the girls.
Silas Buckwalter and Brooks Bear each scored two wins as Buckwalter won the 1600 in 4:50, as well as the 800 with a time of 2:11.4 and Bear took care of business in the throws with a shot put win of 46-5.75, as well as a discus throw of 124-8.
They also swept the relays as Cody Canterbury, Keith Atayde, Ryan Zuch, and Buckwalter won the 3200 in 8:51.6, Cameron Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker won the 400 in 46.0, and Keeryen Stevens, Calvin Woods, Rupp, and Walker took the 1600 (3:47.5).
The only running events Donegal did not win were the 300 hurdles and the 3200 as Stevens won the high hurdles in 16.8, Collazo won the 100 in 11.7, Ryan Stainecker won the 400 in 54.2, and Arntz took the 200 in 24.6.
Meanwhile the boys split the jumping events with ELCO as Woods cleared 5-8 in the high jump and Jarred Ford won the pole vault by clearing 11-6.
Other Indians that placed included Woods who took third in both the high hurdles (17.0) and the 300 hurdles (44.9), Walker was second in the 100 (11.7) and the triple jump (40-5.5), Rupp was third in the 100 (11.7) and second in the 200 (24.7), Atayde was second in the 1600 (4:56) as well as the 800 (2:12.2), Aedan Wilkinson was third in the 400 (57.0), Stevens was second in the 300 hurdles (44.4), Canterbury was third in the 800 (2:13.3), Stainecker was third in the 200 (24.8), Zuch was second in the 3200 (11:32.6), Payton Luft was third in the long jump (18-5.75), Adam Hawbaker was third in the triple jump (37-2), Andrew Stwalley was third in the high jump (5-2), Davon Brantley was third in the pole vault (9-6), Nicholas Ketner was second in the javelin (167-5) ahead of Bear who finished third with a 162-9, Nathan Brubaker was third in the shot put (38-2.5), and Cael Rapp finished third in the discus with a 105-7.
It was another record breaking week for the girls as well as Taylor Nissly, Ashley Maxwell, Alice Fernald, and Kaylee Fahndrich bested their own school record in the 400 relay with a time of 50.2, and Nissly broke her own school record in the 200 with a time of 25.7.
Nissly also won the 100 in 12.7 and joined Erin Slattery as the only two multiple event winners for the girls. Slattery was first in the high hurdles with a 17.5, and the 300 hurdles with a 51.0
Seneca Straub, Nissly, Maxwell, and Caroline Goodwill turned in the winning time of 4:23 in the 1600 as the ladies also won two of the three relays.
Other winners for Donegal included Fernald (59.5) in the 400, Carly Diffenderfer (30-3.5) in the triple jump, Lauren Becker (4-6) in the high jump, and Alyssa McNece (111-5) in the javelin.
Placing for the Indians were Kalee Fahndrich who was second in the 100 (13.0) ahead of Fernald (13.1), who also was second in the 200 (27.0), Straub who was second in the 1600 (6:090.3) as well as the 800 (2:43.5), Miranda Nagle who was third in the 1600 (6:18.3) and second in the 3200 (13:48.9), Aliza Young who was third in the 400 (66.4), Lauren Redcay who was third in the 300 hurdles (55.5), Megan Myers who was third in the 3200 (14:10.4), Diffenderfer who was second in the long jump (14-4.5), Hannah Lloyd who was third in the triple jump (28-10.5), McNece who was third in the high jump (4-6) as well as second in the javelin (108-9), Jaiden Droege who was third in the pole vault (6-6), Hannah McNece who was second in the javelin (108-9), Rosalind Staie who was third in the javelin (75-8) and second in the shot put (35-9.5), Jamilyn Nimo who was third in the shot put (33-0), Aliza Johns who was second in the discus (91.5) and Chrysten Hynes who was third in the discus (82-111).
The boys had a strong start to the week with 7-0 wins over Northern Lebanon and Octorara, but ended with two losses, a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Cocalico and a 3-2 loss to Reading.
Donegal dominated the Vikings on Monday as Northern Lebanon only won five total games on the day. Andrew Ashley and Aaron Stehman won 8-0, Mark Pickle and Joseph Johns pulled off an 8-4 victory, and Jarrett Herr and Noah Hoffmaster won 8-0 to wrap up the doubles, while in singles it was Ashley 6-0, 6-0, Stehman 6-1, 6-0, Herr 6-0, 6-0, and Hoffmaster 6-0, 6-0.
Against Octorara it was a little bit more competitive, but still a walk through for the Indians as Ashley and Stehman won 8-1, Herr and Hoffmaster won in tiebreaker 9-8 (2), and Aaron Rugh and Austin Hollinger won 8-2. In singles it was Ashley 6-3, 6-4, Stehman 6-2, 6-2, Hoffmaster 7-5, 6-4, and Herr 6-1, 6-0.
Donegal's tightest match of the week unfortunately ended in a loss, but it was a close one. Reading swept the doubles play, but Ashley and Stehman both won in straight sets with identical 6-0 scores.
Donegal Track Teams Dominate Blazers April 10, 2017
Donegal's track and field teams have hit the ground running this season jumping out to impressive 2-0 starts that have them both sitting in first place in Section Three.
Last week proved to be another dominant showing for the Indians as they traveled to Lancaster Mennonite with the boys emerging victorious, 104-46 and the girls coming out on top as well, 120-30.
To put the icing on the cake, two records fell by the wayside as Taylor Nissly, Alice Fernald, Ashley Maxwell, and Kaylee Fahndrich's time of 50.6 in the 400 relay set a new school record and Ryan Stainecker set a new freshman record in the 400 with a time of 53.4 seconds.
While the boys controlled the entire meet, only two athletes won multiple events as Silas Buckwalter took first in the 1600 with a time of 4:49 as well as the 800, clocking in at 2:11.2, and Brooks Bear took the shot put with a toss of 46-6 and the discus with a throw of 134-1.
Bear's showing also led a clean sweep in the throws by the Indians as Nicholas Ketner (149-111), Bear (139-11), and Zecheriah Stiver (126-7) finished respectively in the javelin, while Cael Rapp (36-10), and Mason Sauder (36-2) finished second and third in the shot put and then swapped positions in the discus with respective throws of 112-4 and 106-6.
Likewise, Buckwalter's finish in the 800 was followed by Keith Atayde in second place with a time of 2:12.9, and Cody Canterbury in third with a 2:13.5. Other race sweeps included both the hurdles with Keeryen Stevens winning the high hurdles in 17.10, Calvin Woods (18.0) taking second, and Aedan Wilkinson (21.0) placing third, while in the 300 it was Woods (45.6), Stevens (46.0), and Wilkinson (47.4).
Meanwhile in the pole vault it was Jarred Ford (11-0), Davon Brantley (10-0), and Gabriel Hawley (8-6) scoring for the Indians.
Canterbury, Atayde, Dylan Zuch, and Buckwalter teamed up to win the 3200 relay in 8:52.9, while Stevens, Woods, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker took first in the 1600 relay with a time of 3:48.2, and Walker won the triple jump with a distance of 38-10.5
Rupp also placed third in the 100 with a time of 12.0, and second in the 200 in 24.2, Atayde (4:53.0) took third in the 1600, Cameron Arntz (56.0) finished third in the 400, Zuch (10:57.9) was third in the 3200, Payton Luft (17-2) and Joseph Schillizzi (16-8.75) finished second and third in the long jump, Adam Hawbaker (36-6.5) was third in the triple jump, and Woods (5-6) and Shane Buhrman (5-4) were second and third in the high jump.
For the girls it was much of the same as the Blazers were easily outscored by the lady Indians in every aspect of the meet.
Three girls won multiple events as Erin Slattery was first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.6 and the 300 hurdles with a 53.6. Taylor Nissly won the 100 in 12.6 and the 200 in 25.9, and Carly Diffenderfer took first in the long jump with a distance of 14-0 and the triple jump with a 28-11.
Five events were swept by the girls as Hannah Lloyd (21.0), and Alexandra Daly (21.2) joined Slattery in the 100 hurdles, Seneca Straub (6:11.4), Miranda Nagle (6:14.5), and Megan Myers (6:16.5) took the 1600, Caroline Goodwill (1:05.4), Nissly (1:08.2), and Maxwell (1:09.5) took the 400, Jaiden Droege (13-5), and Daly (11-9.5) joined Diffenderfer in the long jump and Lauren Becker (4-6), and Alyssa McNece (4-4) took the high jump.
Other winners included Janell Brinser in the pole vault clearing 7-6, Hannah McNece in the javelin with a throw of 98-5, Rosalind Staie in the shot put with a toss of 31-11.5, and Aliza Young, Slattery, Lauren Redcay, and Fernald in the 1600 relay with a time of 4:17.9
Also, Fahndrich (13.2) took second in the 100, Daly (57.4) was second in the 300 hurdles, Straub (2:40.08) was third in the 800, Fernald (26.7) was second in the 200, Nagle ( 13:55.9) and McKenzie Dubusky (15:00.9) were second and third in the 3200, Lloyd (27-4.25) was second in the triple jump, Droege (6-6) was second in the pole vault, Alyssa McNece (96-4) was second in the javelin, Aliza Johns was second in the shot put with a 28-3.5 as well as the discus with a 79-1, with Chrysten Hynes (77-9) taking third.
Wins have been hard to come by for a very young tennis team this year, but they have shown promise for the future and a willingness to learn along the way. Last week the boys' team went 0-3 with a 7-0 loss to Lancaster Mennonite, a close 4-3 defeat at home against Lancaster Catholic, and a 5-2 decision in favor of Pequea Valley.
Signs of that fighting spirit were evident on the court against the Crusaders on Tuesday as the boys dropped a closely contested match in which they were 2-1 in doubles play, but went 1-3 in singles.
Aaron Rugh and Austin Hollinger put away Matthew Idoeta and Peter Bilson 8-4 while Andrew Ashley and Aaron Stehman edged Mark Cannon and Danny Bomberger 9-8. Jarrett Herr and Noah Hoffmaster, meanwhile, just barely lost a 9-7 heartbreaker against G. Otto and A. Aichele
In singles, Herr went to a tiebreaker against Idoeta and emerged with a 6-0, 2-6, 10-5 win and Stehman lost another heartbreaking match in a tiebreak with a score of 2-6, 6-2, and 10-3.
Donegal only won two matches against Pequea Valley as Ashley and Stehman put away M. Glick and Garret Elmer 8-2, and Ashley defeated Glick 6-3, 6-3. However, Herr (3-6, 6-2, 8) and Stehman (7-5, 0-6, 7) both put up a hard fight in matches that could have easily gone either way.
Last week proved to be a tough one on the diamond for the Indians as they were able to pick up a 6-4 win over Conestoga Valley, but then lost 3-1 to Solanco and 7-4 to Lampeter-Strasburg.
Brady Steinman started the game for Donegal going five and one third innings giving up four runs on six hits, but he did not get the win as he gave the mound to Ryan Buckius after surrendering the tying run with one out in the fifth inning.
Buckius, who struck out two and gave up two hits but no runs, benefitted in the bottom of the sixth from an error that allowed Drew Bechtold to reach first, and two passed balls that eventually landed Bechtold on third and Kyle Hess on second with one out.
Seiler Edwards then hit a hard ground up the middle and into center field which scored both Bechtold and Hess with the eventual game winning runs.
Connor Updegraff (2-4, 2RBI) and Cameron Ellis (1-3, 2RBI) combined for a four run third inning for Donegal which erased an earlier 2-0 CV advantage.
In a close game against Solanco, it was run production on the part of the Mules that was the deciding factor in a game where Donegal out hit them 6-5.
Solanco scored twice in the fourth to break a scoreless tie and answered Hess's solo home run in the fifth with one more run to seal the victory.
Dawson Magar took the loss for the Indians going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits while recording four strikeouts.
On Friday L-S built a 6-0 lead over the first three innings and then held off any hopes of a Donegal comeback after the Indians put up four in the bottom of the third to make it 6-4 by scoring once more in the fourth.
Donegal was held to only two hits, one apiece by Magar and Houser, while Steinman in his start for the Indians, gave up four runs on two hits before giving the ball to Buckius who surrendered three runs on one hit before Kobe Bistline took over in the sixth and threw two innings of hitless baseball.
After a close 3-1 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg last Monday the Indians settled in and recorded back-to-back shutouts with identical 10-0 results over Cocalico and Manheim Central.
Makyla Yoder and the Donegal defense held the Pioneers scoreless through three innings before L-S was able to put a run across in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1 and then scored twice in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Donegal only managed three hits on the day with Kaitlyn Witmer going 2-3 and Savanna Kolenda going 1-3, both of those coming in the first inning.
In a much different outcome, the lady Indians pounded out 13 hits against Cocalico scoring in all but the third inning before the 10-run rule was invoked while Yoder, who went four innings with only one hit surrendered, combined with Sierra Neiss to hold the Eagles to only two on the day.
Rachel Robinson went 3-3 with 3RBI and three doubles to lead the Indians. Witmer (2-2, 2RB) tripled and singled and Morgan Biesecker (2-4, 2RBI) doubled and singled to help secure the win. Yoder, Mckenna Berg, and Cheyenne Klinedinst each had one RBI apiece.
Yoder went five full innings against Manheim in another run shortened affair only giving up two hits and striking out five while the Barons were lit up for 10 runs on 11 hits.
Witmer had another big day at the plate going 2-3 with 2RBI and a double while Grace Miller had a RBI triple going 1-2.
Indian Baseball Posts Mixed Results April 3, 2017
A rainy end to March created mayhem with the start of the spring sports season and caused many of last week's baseball games to be postponed, including a Saturday matchup between Donegal and West Perry.
Fortunately, the Indians were not affected too much and were able to get two games in before the bad weather hit. On Monday they played Daniel Boone at home in a 6-2 loss but came back later in the week and earned a 7-0 shutout over Eastern York on Thursday.
In a closely contested matchup, Daniel Boone used a huge six-run seventh inning which included a home run by Brendan Rivoli to break a 2-2 tie and come away with the victory.
Brady Steinmann got the start for Donegal and surrendered only two runs on three hits over six innings of play with two strikeouts and two walks. Things got interesting, however, when the Blazers were able to get to reliever Kyle Hess in the top of the seventh and used two hits and three walks to record six runs.
After Daniel Boone scored in the top of the first inning, the Indians answered with a run of their own. A run in the second put the Blazers up 2-1 until Donegal tied the game again in the bottom of the sixth.
Hess had a productive day at the plate going 2-3 with a run scored along with Drew Bechtold who was 1-2 with a run batted in.
Needing something to wash the bad taste from their mouths, the Indians took it to the Golden Knights on Thursday as they built a 7-0 lead over four innings and used a two-hit effort by pitcher Dawson Magar to shut things down.
Magar struck out nine and walked two over six complete innings of play before Brandon Buckius came on in relief and struck out the side to end the game.
Led by Patrick Beaudoin and Dale Houser, who both went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI, Donegal scored two early runs in the first and added another in the third before tacking on four more in the fourth for the victory.
Getting the first win of the season is not always easy and can be extremely nerve wracking but that was not the case for Donegal's boys' and girls' track teams. In last week's meet with Northern Lebanon a lack of athletes provided the Indians with what will probably be their easiest win of the season as the boys prevailed 130-20 and the girls took a 136-14 victory.
Donegal's boys were winners in each event while Keeryen Stevens, Tyler Rupp, and Silas Buckwalter all won two events on the track and Brooks Bear doubled up to win the discus with a throw of 137', and the shot put with a toss of 46-2.
Stevens earned his wins in the hurdles with times of 17.86 in the 110 and 45.23 in the 300, while Rupp took the 100 in 11.97 and the 200 in 24.99 and Buckwalter wrapped up the 1600 in 4:48.09 and the 800 with a time of 2:13.13.
Rounding out the individual races, Ryan Stalnecker won the 400 with a time of 54.18, and Dylan Zuch took the 3200 in 10:58.57, while in the relays the boys took the 3200 in 9:16.89, the 400 in 46.49, and the 1600 in 3:49.26.
In the final events Calvin Woods won the high jump with an 5-6, Payton Luft took the long jump with an 18-2, Avery Walker went 38-7 in the triple jump, Jarred Ford won the pole vault with an 11-6, and Nicholas Ketner threw the javelin a distance of 147-7.
In similar fashion, the girls also won every event with three runners doubling up as Erin Slattery won the 100 hurdles in 17.92 as well as the 300 hurdles in 53.65, Taylor Latisha Nissly won the 100 with a time of 13.08 and the 200 with a 26.58, and Megan Myers won the 1600 in 6:20.56 as well as the 3200 in 14:00.47. Likewise, Jaiden Droege won the long jump with a 15-1 and the pole vault by clearing 7-0.
In the relays the ladies won the 3200 with a time of 11:59.59, the 400 with a time of 52.81, and the 1600 in 4:22.51, and to finish out the individual races, Alice Fernald won the 400 with a time of 1:01.05 and Ella DeBruin took the 800 in 2:46.39.
Rounding things out, Lauren Becker took the high jump by clearing 4-6, Carly Diffenderfer won the triple jump with a 29-11.25, Alyssa McNece took the javelin with a 104-8, Jamilyn Nimo won the discus with a throw of 88-8, and Rosalind Staie won the shot put with a toss of 31-6.25.
With rain washing out a lot of last week's contests the Donegal boys' tennis team was only able to get in two matches instead of three.
Thursday's match with Octorara tried to play out, but with the number one doubles team of Andrew Ashley and Aaron Stehman leading 6-3 after the first set the skies opened up and play was stopped.
Unfortunately, Ashley and Stehman had just staged a comeback after falling behind 2-1 and were playing with plenty of momentum, but will now have to wait a little bit longer to re-establish it.
On Monday the Indians faced off against L-S, but dropped a 6-1 decision on the road and then took on Manheim Central on Thursday where they again lost, 7-0.
Last Wednesday marked the only day of play for the lady Indians as they too were rained out on Friday against Elizabethtown. Donegal faced off against Twin Valley in a non-league contest and despite a valiant attempt at a comeback, fell 8-4.
Twin Valley seemed to have an answer to anything the Indians threw at them, retaking the lead after Donegal erased a two run first inning lead by the visitors and then shutting the door in the seventh with three more runs after the Indians pulled back to within one in the fourth on a two-run blast by Rachel Robinson.
Already down by two runs in the first, Peighton Hornick hit a double to left field and then scored on a two out single by Kaitlyn Witmer to shorten the lead to one heading into the second.
Robinson, who went 2-4 on the day with 3 RBI, singled home Mckenna Berg with two outs in the second to tie the game, but Twin Valley seemed to have the number on senior ace Makyla Yoder and put up three more runs in the third to make it 5-2.
Yoder, who gave up nine hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking three, settled into her groove and only surrendered one more hit over the next three innings, but after Robinson's big fourth inning, Donegal couldn't score.
They had an opportunity in the fifth when back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Donegal with only one out, but a strikeout and a fly out to right field ended the threat.
Witmer was 1-4 with an RBI while Graham, who scored on Robinson's home run, went 1-3 with a triple.
Three Donegal Matmen Compete in Districts February 27, 2017
In the world of team sports wrestling is unique in that while 14 wrestlers compete for team points, each one of them is also compiling an individual record and working towards personal as well as team goals simultaneously.
Teams have Section, League, District, and State titles as do the wrestlers themselves and in the end, the ultimate goal is to achieve PIAA hardware.
Each wrestler must test his own resolve and reach inside for what is referred to as heart, pushing past physical and mental weaknesses as each level of the postseason becomes more difficult than the previous one. Especially in Pennsylvania where undoubtedly, some of the best wrestlers in the nation take to the mats each season.
It is a grueling process and this year three Donegal wrestlers began the long journey by advancing through sectionals into the District Three AAA tournament which was held this past weekend at Hershey's Giant Center.
Seniors Austin Burkholder and Tyler Snyder were joined by sophomore Keegan McCord last Thursday in the opening round of wrestling with mixed results.
Burkholder made his return to Hershey this year after two consecutive losses eliminated him in his junior year. He began that run by winning a sectional title and claimed second place two weeks ago to complete the first third of the postseason journey.
With District Three moving from the iconic Hersheypark Arena to the Giant Center this year Burkholder was able to wrestle under the bright lights for the first time, which his father Jeff said was a dream fulfilled for the Indian grappler.
Unfortunately, his journey began with another first round loss, this time to Cumberland Valley's Russell Zimmerman via an 11-3 major decision. Burkholder took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period, but a Zimmerman escape and subsequent takedown in the final 34 seconds put him in the lead for good.
Scoring three second period near fall points and another escape and takedown in the third put Zimmerman up 9-2 before Burkholder earned another point with a late escape, but he succumbed to another takedown which sent him into the consolation bracket.
With a first round loss a wrestler has to win four straight bouts in order to punch a ticket to States where only the top four finishers advance. Burkholder made it through two, but ran into a roadblock on Friday in the form of Josh McLaughlin from Cedar Crest who used an escape and two takedowns in the second period to break a scoreless tie before getting the fall at 3:26.
Leading up to that point Burkholder pinned his way through Thursday night, recording falls over Reading's Elijah Ortega and Governor Mifflin's Kyle Seibert. He was able to put Ortega on his back in the second period of a scoreless bout at the 2:15 mark and his second period takedown of Seibert led to the same result in 2:37. Burkholder ended his season with a record of 30-11.
Snyder's first trip to Hershey was a testament to being prepared for the unexpected. For all intents and purposes his season ended at Sectionals in a fifth place finish with the top four advancing through.
In a surprising turn of events Central Dauphin's Skitch Light, who was the runner up at 160, inexplicably quit the team on the eve of Districts. That opened the door for Snyder to enter as the fourth seed and extend his scholastic career.
Even though he originally missed the cut, the tenacious senior almost completed a come-from-behind victory over Manheim Township's Jose Lao-Cooper that would have guaranteed him a fourth place seed at the least, rendering Light's decision moot.
As it was, Snyder faced off with Dylan Gurreri from Red Lion in a first round bout that unfortunately did not go his way. A takedown and nearfall points completed a four point flurry that put Gurreri ahead 4-0 heading into the second period.
After choosing to start the second in the bottom position, Snyder promptly escaped for one point and the two finished on their feet with Gurreri choosing down to begin the third. His escape with 1:43 remaining on the clock marked the end of scoring for both wrestlers and sent Snyder into the consolations.
In his second bout of the day Snyder took on Exeter's Tyler Borton who hit a takedown late in the first period and turned him for three nearfall points in the second for a 5-0 lead. Snyder's reversal with 42 seconds remaining in the second pulled him to within three, but Borton was able to stand up with only two seconds on the clock to enter the third period ahead by a score of 6-2.
Snyder countered a Borton reversal with an escape and a late takedown to make it 8-5 with 11 seconds in the match, but could not turn him for the nearfall points he needed to send the bout into overtime, instead giving up a reversal in the final second for a 10-5 decision loss.
Donegal's third wrestler was McCord who made a quick exit in last year's sectionals as a freshman, but made a triumphant return in being crowned the champion at 195 to gain his entry into the Giant Center.
He promptly made an impression with a 9-1 major decision victory over West Perry's Jake Quaker in the first round using two first period takedowns to begin the second ahead by a 4-1 score. From there McCord controlled the rest of the match scoring two points on a reversal late in the second and using an escape and a takedown in the third for insurance.
His quarterfinal bout pitted him opposite Ben Fromm of Cocalico, a sixth place finisher in last year's tournament at 220. A penalty point awarded to McCord for locked hands was the only score the Donegal grappler could manage as the bout reached the third period with Fromm leading 4-1 on two takedowns.
In the third, McCord waged a comeback that but for a Fromm reversal would have been successful and catapulted him into the semis. He chose the bottom position and promptly escaped, making it 4-2. After hitting a takedown with 1:17 on the clock and tying the score, Fromm's reversal put him back in the lead with 44 seconds left before McCord was able to reach his feet and pull within one, but Fromm resisted any takedown attempts and ran out the final 26 seconds for the 6-5 victory.
Now needing three consecutive wins in the consolation bracket in order to advance, McCord overcame a 2-0 first period deficit against Reading's Malik Jackson, hitting a reversal and planting him 39 seconds into the second, setting up a Friday night bout with Seth Egolf from Waynesboro.
Egolf took a two point lead off a first period takedown but McCord, working from the bottom position, got away for an escape to make it 2-1 heading into the third. With Egolf choosing bottom, McCord took a stall warning and then gave up the two point reversal with 36 seconds to go. Working for the escape, McCord was caught in a roll and stuck with 18 seconds to go ending his run.
Donegal used a talented combined attack of veteran leadership and a new young gun to battle through a Section Three title chase that ended with the lady Indians in second place behind Lampeter-Strasburg and just ahead of Cocalico in the standings.
A dangerous three headed attack consisting of seniors Rachel Robinson and Carly Diffenderfer and freshman Kiera Baughman led Donegal into the L-L League tournament where a win over McCaskey would have set up a possible rematch with L-S.
Despite a hard effort by the ladies, they were eliminated by the Red Tornado, but had a chance to heal the bumps and bruises while waiting for the District Three tournament to start last week.
They began as the number 12 seed and drew fifth seeded Lower Dauphin in the first round last Tuesday on the road. With L-S and Cocalico playing each other again, Donegal had another opportunity for a rematch, this time with the winner of the Eagles and Pioneers, but first they had to get by the Falcons.
That proved to be a tough task as Lower Dauphin used a stingy defense to shut down both Robinson and Baughman leaving Diffenderfer to pace the Indians with 20 points. Taking out two of the three high scorers, the Falcons built a 17-11 lead and held on for a 44-38 victory.
Amber Schweiger led Lower Dauphin with 15 points while Baughman scored nine and Robinson was held to four. Carly Snyder (3) and Summer Steffy (2) added the remainder for the Indians.
Both teams tallied only eight points in the second quarter, sending them into the break with the Falcons leading 25-19. Donegal failed to find the traction they needed and could only hold on as the two teams both scored 19 points in the second half with Donegal ending its season in the process.
McCord, Burkholder Place in Sectionals February 20, 2017
With a fourth place finish in Section Three and an overall record of 5-3 to finish the season, the Donegal wrestling team, which only graduates three starters, looks poised to begin a climb back into contention.
Saturday marked the beginning of the long road to Hershey as District Three Sectional wrestling was held in a reformatted system. Both AA and AAA now have four sections apiece with Central Dauphin, Lower Dauphin, Milton Hershey and Palmyra now wrestling at Hempfield High School where it was always strictly L-L League schools.
As a result, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Crest, and Ephrata were moved to Berks County Sectionals which are held at Governor Mifflin High School.
While Central Dauphin and Lower Dauphin came in and took first and second place respectively in the team standings, Donegal had a good showing as well finishing in fourth place with 115 points behind third place Solanco at 140 points.
Thirteen Indian wrestlers took part in the District Three qualifier, where the top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced, and walked away with one champion, one runner up, five fifth place finishers and one sixth place finish.
Moving on to the District Three AAA tournament this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey are Keegan McCord, the champion at 195, and Austin Burkholder who took second place at 126.
In the final match at 195, second seeded McCord met up with number one seed Josh Weder from Solanco and used a four point third period to clinch a 5-4 come-from-behind championship.
Weder led 2-1 after scoring a takedown but giving up an escape to McCord late in the first period. An escape in the second by Weder put him ahead 3-1 heading into the third but McCord hit a reversal in the third after choosing the bottom position to tie the score.
Weder immediately escaped for the one-point lead, but McCord scored a takedown 12 seconds later and was able to ride out the clock.
In his journey to first place McCord first decked Jack Eckman from Lampeter-Strasburg at the 1:40 mark of their quarterfinal matchup sending him into the semifinals opposite Elizabethtown's Blake Andrews.
Scoring a take down in the first period and a reversal in the third, McCord was awarded two penalty points for stalling to win 6-0.
With the third seed at 126, Burkholder did not receive a bye and started with a first round matchup against Hempfield's Tyler Buthdy. After giving up an early takedown, it was all Burkholder from that point as he only gave up four escapes through the remainder of the bout while turning Buthdy three times for near fall points in a 21-6 tech fall at 5:45.
A quarterfinal matchup with Solanco's Chase Charles was next for the Donegal senior who scored a first period takedown and reversal in the second before giving up an escape for the 4-1 decision.
In the semifinal bout, Burkholder met up with Josh Myers of Palmyra and the two went 5:58 of scoreless wrestling before a Burkholder escape netted him the 1-0 win and a matchup with number one seeded Jake Cherry from Central Dauphin for the championship. Cherry lived up to his seeding, however, building a 4-0 lead before recording the fall at 2:56.
Seven Indians made it out of the first round with five finishing in fifth place. Two of those fell in the consolation round, Dylan Bowers at 113, and Jarod Brown at 132.
Bowers began with a 6-1 victory over Andy Sikora from Penn Manor, but fell to Elizabethtown's Luke Snyder via a first period fall. In his consolation bout he met up with Warwick's Dylan Butzer and took a 4-4 tie into the third period where he took a 7-6 lead before giving up a five point move with only 27 seconds left on the clock.
Down 4-2 after one period in his first round bout with Ramon Estevez of L-S, Brown earned a third period fall to advance against Colby Kenderdine of Manheim Township but fell victim to a quick pin. Facing Joey Vandergriff from Solanco in his consolation bout, Brown made it into the second period before giving up a fall at 2:50.
Jesse Thomas began his day at 106 with a second period fall over Solanco's Tommy Steinhauer to advance in to the quarterfinals opposite Jacob Vale of Lower Dauphin but suffered a 9-3 decision. In the consolations he earned a 5-2 decision over Grant Whitney of Palmyra, but lost an 8-6 sudden victory heartbreaker to Central Dauphin's Tye Weathersby. In the fifth place match he earned a fall over Ethan Carl of Elizabethtown in 2:43.
Earning a first period fall over Nick Carroll of Palmyra at 120, Davon Brantley then dropped a 5-0 decision to Manheim's Cade Zeamer to drop into the consolations. Once there, he defeated Warwick's Mateo Chacon by a 5-1 decision, but a pin to Nevin Estevez of McCaskey placed him in a rematch with Zeamer which Brantley won 10-4.
Ryan Turner of Palmyra was the first opponent for Tyler Snyder at 160 and the Donegal grappler kept it short and sweet with a fall at 1:23 but his quarterfinal matchup with Hershey's Nyiem Flucas ended in a 10-3 loss. In the consolation round he earned an 11-3 major decision over Manheim's Logan Hess before falling short to MT's Jose Lao-Cooper, 6-4. He then pinned Lower Dauphin's Etwarth Berbal-Noriega in 3:50 after taking an 8-2 lead.
Kyle Bixler got off to a good start at 170 with an 18-3 technical fall over L-S's Johnny Franklin in the third period, but a quarterfinal loss to Solanco's Ben Root via a first period fall dropped him into the consolations where a default win pitted him against Milton Hershey's Nick Grissinger who recorded a first period fall. He then faced off against MT's Carter Hasson but lost by a second period fall.
Wrestling at 220, Cael Rapp's 9-1 major decision over Penn Manor's Kyle Groff moved him into a quarterfinal bout against Kaleb Tucker of Solanco where he succumbed to a second period fall, but recorded his own fall against Hershey's Jacob Gore at the 2:21 mark. He then met up with Justin Lecadre of Milton Hershey who earned a second period fall, setting up a closely contested 6-5 decision victory for Rapp in a rematch with Tucker.
Donegal's final wrestler at 225, Yonnie Harvey, used a first period fall over Manheim's Tyler Dougherty to advance to the quarterfinals where he ran into number one seed and eventual champion Ryan Stewart of Warwick. Harvey took him into the third period, but fell to a 19-4 technical fall. A consolation matchup with Kyler Wuester of Lower Dauphin went Harvey's way in the form of a 9-8 decision, but a 9-2 loss to McCaskey's Julian Sitts sent him into the fifth place match where he came away with a 3-2 victory.
Robinson Joins 1,000 Career Points Club February 13, 2017
Sometimes the easy things are made near impossible by the introduction of pressure. An open net goal in soccer and hockey, or a steal and uncontested layup for the lead in basketball suddenly become the hardest feats to accomplish.
When Rachel Robinson stepped to the foul line last Tuesday night for her fourth point against Lebanon, the game was not on the line, in fact it was still in the first quarter. No pressure at all.
Except that her 1000th career point was in that shot, and as she toed the line she brushed back some hair, gave the ball four bounces and calmly sent it home with a slight kiss off the back of the rim and soon disappeared in a sea of teammates celebrating her accomplishment along with an enthusiastic student section and fan filled gymnasium.
This scene could just have easily been played out last season but for a knee injury that sidelined her not only for her junior basketball season, but kept her out of softball as well.
She is now just the 10th player in Donegal girls' basketball history to claim membership in the 1,000 point club and follows Nicky Hess who reached the milestone eight years ago.
Her 19 points in that game combined with 16 in an L-L League Tournament game against McCaskey on Saturday, in which the Red Tornado bested the Indians 59-51, now gives her a total of 1,035 and with Districts looming on the horizon, it will go even higher.
If anything, Robinson's moment in history supplied a boost of adrenaline to an otherwise lackluster contest, at least on the part of Lebanon. Donegal demolished the Cedars by a score of 71-25.
Lebanon's game total was only two points shy of Donegal's first quarter tally as Kiera Baughman scored 20 points and Carly Diffenderfer matched Robinson's 19 making the trio of Indians the game high scorers.
Carly Snyder and Cheyenne Livelsberger each had five apiece and Alice Fernald added three in a game that saw Donegal leading 43-12 at the half and 60-15 by the fourth quarter.
Baughman continued her sharpshooting ways, draining two from beyond the arc and was a perfect 2-2 at the line as were her two partners in crime with Robinson going 5-5 while Diffenderfer was 4-4.
Along with Robinson's accomplishment, the game held another meaning as Donegal was in third place in Section Three, with Lampeter-Strasburg in first and Cocalico in second and the two facing off against each other with the seeding for the League tournament in the balance.
If L-S lost, they would be in second place, tied with Cocalico, and Donegal would face Lebanon Catholic in a play in game. If Cocalico lost, they would be tied with Donegal and the Indians would hold the tie-breaker and face McCaskey in the first round of tournament play.
All of this was contingent upon Donegal beating Lebanon, which at 0-13 was not deemed a threat at all. The second scenario played out to Donegal's favor and they got a few days rest before matching up with the Red Tornado on Saturday.
Earlier in the season, Donegal beat McCaskey 65-54 and revenge was on the Red Tornado minds as they took to the court at Penn Manor, especially Ahnera Parker who lit up the Indian defense for a game high 31 points.
That performance was enough to overcome the output by Diffenderfer (18), Robinson (16), and Baughman (11) and eliminating the Indians from the tournament. Fernald added three, all from the foul line, and Livelsberger added three.
A solid 20 point second quarter from Donegal made up the difference from a sloppy five point first and a Diffenderfer rebound and put-back at the buzzer put the Indians back in the game with a 25-23 halftime lead.
Near the mid-point of the fourth quarter, Diffenderfer notched seven unanswered points, putting the lead back in the hands of the Indians, but Parker took over and after she stepped to the line to finish a three point play, McCaskey was ahead again, this time for good.
Avery Walker scored a game high 24 points against Elizabethtown last Tuesday, but it was not enough to stop the Bears from completing a 74-67 come from behind victory last Tuesday against the Donegal boys on their home court.
Larry Locker led the Bears with 23 and helped them to overcome a 37-35 halftime deficit after Donegal opened the game by outscoring Elizabethtown 21-18 in the first quarter. That lead slipped away in the third when the Bears went ahead 40-39 and then ran away with the game in the fourth.
Michael Lyons scored 16 for Donegal while Omar Ibrahim added 12, Payton Luft scored eight, Wyatt Schlaybach put up four and Frank Devitz netted three to round out the scoring.
In its final match before Sectionals begin this coming Saturday, Donegal faced Manheim Township in a non-league showdown on Wednesday in Mount Joy. With the help of six forfeits courtesy of the Blue Streaks, the Indians won 48-24.
Donegal started off in a 9-0 hole after a decision loss at 170 was followed by giving up a forfeit at 182.
Keegan McCord took to the mat next at 195 and earned a 5-2 decision over Myles Desha before a string of four forfeits combined to make it 27-9 in Donegal's favor.
Then Davon Brantley faced Malcom Schuyler at 120 and went the distance to get the 7-4 decision to make it 30-9. Manheim Township then sandwiched two pins around an Austin Burkholder forfeit to close the gap to 36-21.
A Dimitri Gonzales pin at 145 and a forfeit at 152 took the match to 48-21 in Donegal's favor before Jose Lao-Cooper's pin at 160 finalized things.
While Donegal does not have a school supported swim team, they do have a few students who swim for the school as Non-School Swimmers. As such, they can still qualify for the post-season by participating in PIAA sanctioned meets and meeting the qualifying times for the events they wish to participate in.
In last week's Lancaster-Lebanon League swim meet, four girls and three boys represented Donegal. Jenna Park won a gold medal in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 24.16. She also swam to an eighth place finish in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 54.89. Erika Schell joined Park in the 50 and finished in 18th place with a time of 26.62
Grace Wheller notched an eighth place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.28, while teammate Hailey Fry came in 26th in 2:14.70.
Fry was also 16th in the 100 breaststroke finishing in 1:16.11 and Wheller took 11th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:48.91.
For the guys, Tyler Wilkinson finished ninth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.8, and also swam a 58.51 in the 100 backstroke for a seventh place finish. Nick Aboelenin followed Wilkinson in the backstroke with a 16th place time of 1:01.97 and Jacob Houck took 12th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.00.
Based on the criteria required by the PIAA, four of Donegal's swimmers should qualify for the District Three meet to be held March 3-4 at Cumberland Valley High School.
Wheller would swim in the 200 freestyle, Park in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, Wilkinson in the 200 free and the 100 backstroke, and Houck in the 100 butterfly.
Wrestlers Bow to E-town, Beat E. Pennsboro February 6, 2017
For the Donegal wrestlers it has been a year of change as a new coach has come in and is trying to cultivate a winning attitude that has been missing for some time. Sometimes the results are not quickly seen, though, while the changes are taking hold.
New kids have joined the squad and a renewed interest in wrestling has begun to show itself, but there is still some work to be done and then hopefully the wins will begin to pile up.
Splitting its two matches last week with a 48-19 loss to Elizabethtown followed by a 53-18 win over East Pennsboro, Donegal (3-2, 4-3) was sitting in fourth place in Section Three tied with Annville-Cleona.
When Austin Burkholder stepped onto the mat for his bout at 126 against Elizabethtown the score was 12-6 in favor of the Bears, but Donegal's lone win had come by way of forfeit.
Thirty-six seconds later the senior had tied the score after needing very little time to deck Jason Range and gave Donegal a glimmer of hope.
Three straight pins and one decision later the Indians found themselves down 33-12 with five bouts to go, but could only earn two wins to finish out the match. Tyler Snyder got the first one at 160 when he out worked Hunter Spigelmeyer for a 13-3 major decision to make it 33-16, and Cael Rapp was the recipient of the second win at 220 when his 4-2 decision over Hunter Kennedy gave Donegal its final tally of the night.
They say the best cure for losing is winning and the Indians took that to heart when they traveled to Enola to face off against the East Pennsboro Panthers on Thursday.
Rapp's 8-6 win in overtime over Anthony Pallotta at 220 was answered by the Panthers' Robert Schnarrs whose pin at 285 gave East Pennsboro a 6-3 lead, albeit a short lived one.
Donegal got four pins in the next five bouts in winning 10 of the final 12 to shut down the hosts and take home the victory.
Dylan Bowers earned the quickest fall of the night, needing only 29 seconds to flatten Noah Pritchard at 106. That was followed by a Jesse Thomas acceptance of a forfeit at 113 and then pins by Davon Brantley at 120 over Colin Reddick (1:26), Burkholder at 126 over Jared Little (:49), and Jared Bixler at 132 over Sam Mastrine (1:39) to make it 33-6.
After an East Pennsboro fall at 138, Dimitri Gonzales went the distance against Owen Mostoller at 145 and earned an 8-0 major decision and at 152 Ian Rineer worked out a 10-7 decision over Kyle Bowser to make it 40-12 and mathematically impossible for the Panthers to come back.
A Donegal forfeit at 160 made it 40-18, but then Snyder worked Dillon Stuter to a 10-1 major decision, Kyle Bixler and Austin Sipe went the distance at 170 with Bixler getting the 2-0 decision, and Drew Swartz never made it out of the first period as Donegal's Keegan McCord decked him in 1:31 to end the match.
With losses last week against Cocalico (61-57), Solanco (64-41), and Daniel Boone (66-54), and only one game remaining on the schedule against Elizabethtown, the Donegal boys have one last opportunity to get a league win for the season.
Donegal (0-13, 1-18) sits in last place in Section Three, but Elizabethtown (3-10, 4-17) presents a great opportunity for the Indians and leading scorer Avery Walker to end the season on a high note. Walker has 302 points on the season and scored 52 of them in the three games played last week.
He tied Cocalico's Nick Lucky as top scorer with 18 in the Indian's matchup with the Eagles last Tuesday at home.
Donegal held a one-point advantage at 17-16 after the first quarter and widened it to 36-27 by halftime, but Cocalico came out after the break and held the Indians to only eight points in the third while netting 19 to take the lead at 46-44. They outscored Donegal 15-13 in the fourth.
Michael Lyons scored 13 for the Indians, hitting three from beyond the arc, as did Walker. Abdalla Ibrahim and Frank Devitz each had seven, Omar Ibrahim and Payton Luft each had five, and Wyatt Schlaybach put up two.
Solanco took the early lead against Donegal on Friday and never looked back as the Indians were stuck playing catch up all night.
The Golden Mules defense proved too much for Donegal as Walker was held to 12 and Lyons to 10. On offense, the Solanco attack was effective as well as 1,000 point club member Dylan Hastings put up 18 on the night.
Rounding out the scoring for Donegal were Luft (6), Stwalley (4), Devitz (4), Omar Ibrahim (3), and Kurtz (2).
Much of the same scenario from Cocalico was played out against Daniel Boone on Saturday as the Indians took a 28-24 lead into halftime but were outscored in the second half 42-26 and watched that lead disappear.
Walker once again led the team with 22 points and Lyons followed with 14. Devitz added nine, Abdalla Ibrahim put up five, Drew Stwalley scored three, and Omar Ibrahim netted one.
In what has been a stellar athletic career, not just on the basketball court but on the hockey pitch, where she and her Donegal teammates finally captured PIAA gold this past fall, and the softball field, senior Rachel Robinson is poised to join basketball's coveted 1,000 point club.
What sweetens the pot is that her 21 point performance against Daniel Boone on Saturday was just four shy of the mark and now she should be able to share her achievement at home on Senior Night.
Considering she missed much of last season with a knee injury that also sidelined her for that softball season makes it all that more amazing.
Adding some drama to the final game of the season is that with Donegal's 46-28 upset over Cocalico last Tuesday, as well as its 77-46 win at home against Solanco and Saturday's 57-41 victory at Daniel Boone, the Indians could wind up in second place tied with Cocalico which finishes up with first place Lampeter-Strasburg.
Either way it turns out, all three teams will make the L-L League tournament as the top three in each section qualify.
In the matchup with Cocalico last Tuesday, Donegal's defense held the Eagles in check as they were kept in single digits for all four quarters.
Up 24-12 at halftime, the Indians kept pouring it on offensively with a 22-16 advantage in the second half.
Robinson and Kira Baughman led all scorers with 19 and 12 points, respectively, while Carly Diffenderfer scored six, Carly Snyder added five and Alice Fernald put up four.
It was Diffenderfer's time to shine against the Golden Mares on Friday as the senior tallied 24 points along with Snyder's 15 which were both game high totals.
Amassing a 13-point lead after only one quarter of play, Donegal let Solanco back into the game in the second with a slim 40-39 lead at the break. The halftime talk by head coach Chadd Ward must have been heard, however, as the lady Indians outscored the Mares 38-16 in the second half to secure the win.
Robinson and Baughman each netted 12, Summer Steffy added seven, Fernald had five and Brenna Barber put up two for the Indians.
Daniel Boone proved to be tough in the first half on Saturday as Donegal held another one-point lead at halftime, 24-23 but used a strong second half to pull away.
Donegal got 21 points from Robinson and 18 from Baughman to lead all scorers for the day as Diffenderfer added 10, Snyder had six, and Fernald scored two.
Doubling up the Scouts 19-8 in the third quarter, the Indians widened the 43-31 gap in the fourth, outscoring the home team 14-10 over the final minutes of play.
Walker Nets 20 in Loss To Garden Spot January 30, 2017
It has not been a good year for the Donegal boys on the basketball court. At the end of last week they were sitting at the bottom of Section Two with only one win on the season and no league wins at all.
They did not fare any better last week, dropping a 55-45 contest against Garden Spot and a 59-41 loss against Ephrata and have only four games remaining in the season to gain that elusive first league victory.
Avery Walker put up 20 points against the Spartans and was 5-7 from the foul line to lead the Indians but Jordan Shewbridge netted 24 points of his own and Keontae Nunn added 10 to help lead the way to victory for Garden Spot.
Donegal trailed 15-5 after one quarter but mounted a slight comeback in the second to halve that deficit entered the break while losing 20-15.
After a Spartan surge in the third widened the gap once again at 37-20 the Indians threw up 25 points in an inspired offensive effort in the fourth, but Garden Spot answered with 18 to guarantee the victory.
Omar Ibrahim scored 9 points for Donegal followed by Wyatt Schlaybach (8), Michael Lyons (4), Payton Luft (2), and Frank Devitz (2).
Against Ephrata the Indians got out to an incredibly slow start in which they did not score a single point in the first quarter while spotting the Mounts 18. That proved to be the margin of victory as Donegal matched Ephrata's 41 total points through the next three quarters of play.
Lyons led the team with 11 points and was 3-5 at the line while Walker was close behind with nine points and a 3-4 effort at the line. Rounding out the scoring for the Indians was Schlaybach (8), Omar Ibriham (5), Devitz (5), and Josiah Perez (3).
Donegal's girls remained in third place behind Lampeter-Strasburg and Cocalico who are tied at the top of Section Two. The lady Indians can only take care of themselves and keep winning which they did last week with a 62-37 victory over Garden Spot, and a 56-39 defeat of Ephrata.
While Rachel Robinson has been methodically marching towards her 1000th career point, a mark she should reach by the end of the regular season, Kiera Baughman has been lighting it up with five 20+ point games in the past six.
Baughman and Carly Diffenderfer both put up a game high 21 points against the Spartans followed by Robinson's 12, helping lead the Indians to a 25 point victory.
After taking a slim 17-15 lead in the first quarter, Donegal ran away with the game, scoring 45 points over the final three quarters. Garden Spot, led by Megan Fisher's 10 points could only muster 22 over the same stretch.
Carly Snyder, Morgan Creek, Cheyenne Livelsberger, and Stephanie Reider all added two points apiece to the Donegal victory.
After putting up 19 points in the Indian's victory over Ephrata on Friday Robinson sat at 944 points for her career with only four games remaining on the schedule. That averages out to 14 points a game over that stretch which is under her points per game average for the year.
Baughman netted another 20 point game and Diffenderfer added 10 of her own in the road win over the Mounts. The game was never in question as the ladies built a 19-8 lead to start the game and turned it into a 36-10 advantage by halftime.
After some halftime adjustments, Ephrata came out a bit more prepared to face the Indians outscoring them 29-20 in the second half. By that time, however, it was too little too late for the home team.
Snyder, Summer Steffy and Alex Daly each contributed two points to the winning effort while Brenna Barber added one for the Indians.
Last week marked the end of the regular season for the Indian wrestlers and Donegal made the most of it by almost doubling up Pequea Valley in its 54-28 victory in Ronks last Wednesday.
It also marked the start of the wrestling post-season with the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament which was held Friday and Saturday at Garden Spot High School.
While the score against Pequea looks impressive, it is misleading in that the Braves gave up nine forfeits out of 14 bouts. In the remaining five they blanked Donegal, earning four pins and one major decision for a 28-0 score in bouts that were wrestled.
With that match in their rearview mirror, Donegal took on the L-L League tournament and came away with four wrestlers that medaled and finished in 13th place with 85 team points. Austin Burkholder and Tyler Snyder both placed third while Cael Rapp finished in seventh and Yonnie Harvey placed eighth.
Burkholder worked his way through to the semifinals at 126 where he was bumped into the consolation rounds after Nate Fritz from Cocalico turned him and earned the fall at 1:41 of the first period.
In his first consolation bout, Burkholder met up with Penn Manor's Nick Fafel and was able to work a 4-1 decision, placing him in the third place match opposite Conestoga Valley's Seth Martin. In that bout Burkholder worked to a 7-3 decision and the bronze medal.
Leading up to his semifinal loss, Burkholder pinned Cedar Crest's Chris Byler in the second round at 3:12, and earned a 9-3 decision against David Over from Manheim Township.
Snyder's trip to third place began when he pinned A-C's Caleb Turner 20 seconds into his first round bout at 160. That win pitted him against Hunter Spiglemeyer from Elizabethtown in the quarterfinals, a bout Snyder won by a score of 8-3 to send him against eventual three time League Champion Noah Barley from Penn Manor. Barley earned the fall at 1:39 of the first period and sent Snyder into the consolation bracket.
Cocalico's Devin Sensenig met him there in a bout that Snyder won 7-1 setting up rematch with Northern Lebanon's Luis Negreiros to whom Snyder lost a close 5-3 decision one week prior in a dual match. This time it was Snyder who came away with the win and redemption with a 6-2 victory for the bronze.
Rapp won his first bout of the weekend at 220 with an early fall over Tyler Horst of ELCO in 1:10 of the first period matching him up in a quarterfinal bout with Northern Lebanon's Hunter Wallace who got the better of Rapp, recording a fall at the 1:34 mark of the bout.
In the consolations Rapp first met up with Hipolito Soriano from McCaskey and was able to catch him early in the third period and earn the fall at the 4:05 mark. Next he faced Cocalico's Austin Shaver who turned Rapp and recorded the fall in the second period. That loss placed him up against Tyler Phenegar from L-S in the seventh place bout. Rapp was able to outlast Phenegar and walked away with a hard earned 7-2 decision.
Harvey, wrestling at 285, drew Lancaster Catholic's Jake Hank in the first round and went into the third period before he was able to get the fall at the 4:13 mark. Ross Fisher from Cedar Crest awaited Harvey in the quarterfinals and proved to be too much for him to handle, earning the fall 34 seconds into the second period.
Landing in the consolations, Harvey faced ELCO's Adam Koehler in his first bout and advanced when Koehler was unable to come out in the second period. Kyle Sonnen from Northern Lebanon awaited Harvey and was just able to squeak by with a 1-0 decision that placed him in the seventh place bout against L-S's Owen Hess. Once again Harvey found himself on the wrong side of a very close bout in a 3-2 decision and walked away with the eighth place medal.
Lady Indians Knock Off Section Leader L-S January 23, 2017
It was a big showdown for the lady Indians last Tuesday as they hosted Lampeter-Strasburg (8-1, 13-3) and were looking for an upset to draw a little bit closer to the Section Two leader. They did not disappoint the home fans as they handed the Pioneers their first league loss of the season, a 52-45 effort in which they led for most of the game and held off a surging L-S squad that came within six in the final minutes.
Unfortunately they lost any momentum created by the victory by losing a non-league matchup with East Pennsboro 66-42, and a Section Two battle with fifth place Manheim Central, 56-45.
Donegal (6-3, 10-6) was in third place at the time of the game with the Pioneers and was still in sole possession of that same position even with the two losses that followed.
Three Indians posted double digit scores against L-S with team leader Rachel Robinson putting up 19, freshman powerhouse Kiera Baughman netting 16 and Carly Diffenderfer adding 13 to the mix.
Robinson inched closer to her 1000th career point and continuously drove the baseline and crashed the boards, as she has done all season, to pace the ladies. Along with Baughman and Diffenderfer hitting from outside, both recorded two 3-point shots apiece, Donegal would not be refused a victory.
Barely leading after one quarter, Donegal turned an 11-10 advantage into a 25-21 lead by halftime despite a constant challenge from the Pioneers who wanted to keep their undefeated record intact.
As Baughman and Diffenderfer continued to complement Robinson's play, the ladies slowly started to increase their lead and were up 37-32 heading into the fourth. They continued to press the Pioneers and forced them to work hard for every point, contesting each shot and eventually pulling off the upset win.
Carly Snyder added three points while Cheyenne Livelsberger put up one.
If that game was the high point of the week, then East Pennsboro represented the low as the Panthers smothered the Indians on offense and limited the scoring to only three players. Baughman led with 20, Robinson followed with 13 and Diffenderfer put up nine to account for all of Donegal's 42 points.
Though tied at 7-7 after the first quarter, East Pennsboro proved to be too much for the ladies to handle offensively as they outscored them 59-34 over the remainder of the game. Led by star Sunshine McCrae's 21 points, the Panthers rolled through the Donegal defense and just had too much firepower for them to handle.
Without Robinson in the lineup against rival Manheim Central on Friday, Baughman stepped up, knocking down two 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws while posting a game high 22 points but was the lone Indian with double digits in the loss.
In a poor first half, the ladies found themselves outscored 24-14 through the first two quarters and in a hole too deep to dig out of.
Despite a valiant second half effort to pull them back into contention, the ladies were unable to pull off the comeback.
Snyder scored eight on the night while Diffenderfer put up seven and Livelsberger and Alice Fernald each added two apiece.
On the other side of the court, Brooke Breinich (17), Lily Doerschuk (12), Serena Conde (11), and Kassidy Michael (10) led the lady Barons on offense.
For the Donegal boys, the struggle continued as they remained winless in Section Two after losing 68-51 to Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, 68-55 to Muhlenberg on Wednesday, and 59-37 to Manheim Central on Friday.
Avery Walker was the team's leading scorer over the past week starting with 11 points against the Pioneers, including two from outside the arc, while teammate Michael Lyons matched his 11 points including making 3-of-5 from the foul line.
In what was a very competitive game up until the end, the Indians gave the Pioneers everything they could handle as they led 12-11 after a quarter of play and kept it within three at halftime.
After falling behind 29-26 heading into the third quarter, they closed the gap in a tight offensive battle and were within one at 40-39.
In the fourth quarter, however, L-S found another gear while Donegal was left spinning its tires as the home team put up a whopping 28 points to the Indians' 12.
Five other Donegal players contributed to the scoring in the game as Omar Ibrahim put up nine points followed by Abdallah Ibrahim (8), Wyatt Schlayback (5), Frank Devitz (5), and Payton Luft (2).
Muhlenberg jumped out to an early 14-6 lead and never relinquished it although the Indians did come within seven by the end of the third quarter at 47-40. Going 10-for-15 at the line in the fourth, the Mules pulled away for good despite a 16 point effort from Walker and 13 points from Devitz.
Muhlenberg's Dreyton Kipp led all scorers with 21 and was one of four players on the team to reach double digits as well.
Other players scoring for Donegal included Schlaybach and Lyons with nine, Andrew Stwalley with five, and Josiah Perez with three.
Manheim Central's Taylor Funk was a one man wrecking crew against Donegal on Friday posting a game high 23 points while sinking three 3-pointers and going 2-3 at the foul line.
The Indians were stifled all night by the Baron's defense which held team leaders Walker and Devitz to only eight points apiece. Luft scored six, Schlayback put up five, both Omar Ibrahim and Lyons had four and Cameron Kurtz had two to round out the Indians' scoring.
Despite the offensive disparity, Donegal led by one after the first quarter and was tied at 17-17 heading into the break, but a huge third quarter by the Barons opened the gap too wide for the guys to close. In a 28 point barrage, Manheim held the Indians to only 10 and outscored them by a 42-20 margin over the final two quarters to take the victory.
Last Wednesday Donegal was at 3-1 in Section Three and had an opportunity to upend undefeated Northern Lebanon, who was 5-0 at the time, and looking to lay claim to the championship with the matchup in Mount Joy.
While only sporting one league loss, the Indians found out that the talent gap was much farther apart than the records showed as the Vikings steam rolled their way to their fifth straight Section title with a 71-0 victory.
Donegal gave up a total of eight pins on a night when the Vikings just would not be denied as the Indians fell victim to ankle picks and tilts most of the night.
Davon Brantley used two quick takedowns early in his bout at 120 and had Colin Leonard turned after the first dump, but was deemed out of bounds before any back points could be assessed.
After that it was all Leanord as he went from down 4-1 to hit a takedown and make it a five point move with back points. He would eventually earn the fall 1:04 into the second period.
At 152, Dimitri Gonzales took the bout into the second period down 2-0 but got caught with a takedown and was turned for the pin at the 3:35 mark of the bout.
Tyler Snyder took to the mat at 160 in one of the most competitive bouts of the night against Luis Negreios in which he lost a 5-3 decision. Snyder scored an escape in the first after a Negreios takedown and went into the second down 2-1.
Choosing the bottom position, Negreios made it 3-1 with an escape to head into the third where Snyder pulled back to within one point by escaping from the bottom before Negreios scored a takedown late and conceded the escape to make it 5-3 after thwarting takedown attempts by Snyder.
Cael Rapp battled Maxx Emborsky at 220 through three periods and used an escape late in the second period for his first score of the bout to make it 3-1 heading into the third. He then hit a reversal after choosing down to tie the bout at 3-3, but Emborsky escaped and countered a Rapp takedown attempt to score two. A late escape by Rapp sealed the score at 6-4.
The loss put Donegal at 3-2 at the end of last week and still in third place behind Annville-Cleona and ELCO with only one match remaining.
Indians Drop a Heartbreaker, 55-54, to Solanco January 16, 2017
Donegal's boys have struggled this year to find their rhythm on the basketball court and despite some strong performances have been unable to score their first league win of the season.
Last week offered two opportunities, in the form of seventh place Elizabethtown and fifth place Solanco, for the Indians to accomplish that goal. Unfortunately the ball continued to not bounce their way, as they lost a heartbreaking 55-54 contest against the Golden Mules and were handled by the Bears 64-50.
Down by five at the half, Donegal out-scored Solanco 23-19 in the second half but came up one short of extending the game and earning another chance.
Avery Walker, ranked 10th in the league with a 16.7 ppg average, dropped a team high 18 points including one from long range and was a perfect 1-1 at the line in a game where Donegal only had six attempts at the line. Michael Lyons accounted for the remaining five, bucketing four of them and ending with 13 points on the night with one 3-pointer.
Donegal's defense was able to hold Dylan Hastings in check for the majority of the game only giving up eight points to the number four ranked scorer in the league at 19.6 ppg. It was Robert McHugh, however, who stepped up for the Golden Mules matching Avery's point total in pacing Solanco to the slim victory.
Abdalla Ibrahim (6), Omar Ibrahim (5), Andrew Stwalley (4), Payton Luft (3), Jasiah Perez (3), and Frank Devitz (2) rounded out the scoring for Donegal.
Against Elizabethtown on Friday night, the Indians got 37 combined points from Walker (24) and Devitz (13) but defensively could not slow down the Bears offensive attack which included four players scoring in double digits.
The first and fourth quarters proved costly to Donegal as the Bears outscored the Indians 16-7 in the first frame, and 20-11 in the last.
Donegal battled back to within four points at halftime, 26-22 and only trailed by five after the third quarter but it was in the fourth quarter when Elizabethtown took over and pulled away for good.
Walker and Devitz were able to hit from long range as well draining three and two shots from outside the arch, respectively, while Walker went 9-10 at the line and Devitz was a perfect 3-3.
Lyons and Abdallah Ibrahim each netted four points for Donegal, Wyatt Schlaybach put up three and Omar Ibrahim added two.
Meanwhile, the lady Indians have been staying in the hunt for a Section Two crown and a possible trip to the post-season. Led by senior Rachel Robinson who had 216 points on the season after last week's play, Donegal went 2-0 last week with a 63-45 win over Solanco and a 64-50 defeat of Elizabethtown.
Robinson, who was 119 points shy of 1,000 for her career after the Elizabethtown game, would not be denied against the Golden Mares last Tuesday putting up a game high 29 points. Her aggressive play on both sides of the ball also earned her 21 attempts from the foul line where she racked up the majority of her shots, draining 17 of them.
With a team high 16.6 ppg average, and nine games remaining on the schedule, the gritty forward should reach her career milestone by the end of this season. Earning membership into the club would be made even sweeter by the fact that she missed most of the 2015-2016 season with a knee injury.
Visiting Solanco on Tuesday, Donegal was only up by two points after the first quarter, but slowly pulled away over the course of the game while defensively holding the Mares in check, only giving up 10 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Joining Robinson with a double digit night was Kiera Baughman with 18 including a perfect 6-6 from the line and Carly Diffenderfer who sank three buckets from the floor and made 8-of-11 free throws. Cheyenne Livelsberger was the only other Indian to score, putting up two points of her own.
On Friday the lady Indians visited Lebanon and easily handled the Cedars in a lopsided win that saw two players not named Robinson net 20 points.
Diffenderfer and Baughman led both teams from the floor and were nearly identical in their stat line with the only difference being that Diffenderfer was 2-4 at the line while Baughman netted one more from the floor. Both players also had two 3-pointers.
Jumping out to an early lead, Donegal turned a 15-6 advantage into a 17 point, 34-17 game at halftime. A crushing defense held Lebanon to its lowest point total of the game in the third quarter, only giving up five while still outscoring the Cedars 16-14 in the fourth.
Robinson put up 16 points and was 2-5 from the line while Alice Fernald was 1-2 on free throws and drained a 3-pointer for a 6 point total. Carly Snyder added five points, also draining one from downtown.
Donegal hasn't fared too well on the mat over the last few years, but now with a new coach and different attitude they are starting to look and feel like a different team. Sometimes a fresh start is all that is needed to change things for the better and the Indians (2-1) are definitely showing signs of life.
After a 40-36 win over Annville-Cleona last week Donegal was tied for second place in Section Three with A-C and Pequea Valley behind unbeaten ELCO and Northern Lebanon. A key showdown looms ahead this Wednesday against the Vikings.
Last Wednesday Donegal ran out to an early lead and used two key victories by Dimitri Gonzales at 152 and Tyler Snyder at 160 to stave off a surging A-C squad.
The Dutchmen had just rolled off three straight pins to pull within four points at 28-24 when Gonzales stepped on the mat. 38 seconds into the second period he flattened John Allen to put Donegal up by 10.
Snyder then earned his own second period fall when he decked Caleb Turner at the 3:29 mark of the bout stretching the Indian lead to 16 and putting the match out of reach.
Donegal notched three straight falls beginning at 195 when Keegan McCord flattened Alex Wilson at the 3:19 mark followed by Cael Rapp at 220 pinning Mark Jimenez 1:41 into the first period and ending with 285 pounds where Brooks Bear needed only 56 seconds to deck Zach Long, giving the Indians an 18-0 lead.
Following that, A-C recorded a decision at 106 and 120 while Donegal's Dylan Bowers accepted a forfeit at 113. At 126 Austin Burkholder scored a 10-2 major decision win over David Fiebig to make it 28-6 and set up the exciting finale.