Indians Fall Short in Repeating as State Champ June 8, 2018
Donegal's bid to repeat as PIAA Class 5A Champion came to an abrupt end last week when the Indians lost 7-3 to District Seven Champion West Allegheny in an opening round matchup that was played at Upper Latrobe High School.
While they were able to rack up seven hits on the day, the majority of the Indian's contact at the plate resulted in long outs to the West Allegheny outfielders. Starter Sierra Neiss allowed 11 hits including two home runs in the complete game loss.
West Allegheny staked a 4-0 lead that began with a Mackenzie Patryka solo home run in first inning followed by two Donegal fielding errors in the fourth which directly led to three more runs.
Donegal responded in the fifth with back-to-back singles by Stephanie Reider (1-3) and Rachel Overlander (1-3) and was the beneficiary of two West Allegheny errors which first allowed Reider and Overlander to take third and second, respectively, with Reider scoring on a subsequent wild pitch and Overlander ending up on third with one out.
Jessica Kosheba (1-3, RBI) brought her home with single to left field to make the score 4-2 and then scored on yet another error to pull Donegal within one. Madeline Gohn (2-3) and Grace Miller (1-3) each singled in the inning as well.
Unfortunately for the ladies that was the final run they would score while West Allegheny added two more in the sixth on another homer by Partyka and added one more in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Taylor Goldstrohm.
Indians Finish 5th in Districts, Qualify for States June 1, 2018
While a District Three title was off the table due to a 10-5 quarterfinal loss to longtime rivals Lampeter-Strasburg, the Donegal Indians softball team will still have the opportunity to defend their PIAA Championship after working their way through the consolation bracket with a 9-6 defeat of Northeastern and a 2-1 victory over Manheim Central to claim the fifth and final qualifying position.
"That is the hardest thing you can do," head coach Wayne Emenheiser stated. "We have always put a lot of pride in making states."
Facing the Pioneers in the quarterfinals, a team that beat the Indians twice in two days to claim the Section Three title, Donegal put up three runs in the fifth inning in answer to a 3-0 lead built by L-S but watched them jump ahead for good in the sixth and add two more for insurance in the seventh.
Peighton Hornick secured her second RBI of the game on a single in the bottom of the seventh and a fielding error by the Pioneers allowed another run to cross the plate making it 10-5, but it was the last run Donegal would score on the day.
Sierra Neiss pitched a complete game in the loss allowing 11 hits while striking out six and walking eight.
Dropping into the consolations it was win or go home for the Indians and they responded by pulling out a 9-6 win over the Northeastern Bobcats.
After scoring three runs to start the first inning that featured singles by Grace Miller (4-5) and Hornick (3-5) as well as timely walks to Morgan Biesecker (2-4) and Stephanie Reider (2-4), starting pitcher Neiss surrendered two runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 3-2.
Donegal stretched the lead to 6-2 over the next two innings but a run by the Bobcats in the sixth cut that to 6-3 before the Indians took advantage of a wild pitch on the way to scoring three more during their turn at the plate for a 9-3 lead.
A late one-out rally by Northeastern resulted in three more runs in the seventh before Neiss, was able to force two ground outs to end the threat and set up the showdown with the Barons.
Once again giving up a run early in the first inning, Donegal was unable to generate any offense against Manheim Central until the fourth inning when a double by Rachel Overlander (2-3, RBI) plated Cheyenne Klinedinst, running for Neiss who singled to start the inning, tied the game.
Overlander then scored the eventual game winner when Aysha Gibbs (2-3, RBI) singled to center field and brought her home from second base.
In the grand finale to the track and field season, four representatives of Donegal took part in the PIAA Championships during two hot and steamy days at Shippensburg University over Memorial Day weekend.
Three of those results were within the top 20 finishes in the state, with one in 21st place, but it was senior Alice Fernald who nearly set a new Donegal school record in the 400 while claiming the only medal for the Indians when she placed sixth in Saturday's finals.
Fernald finished with a time of 57.19 which was only a whisper behind North Penn's Natalie Kwortnik (57.13) and .08 away from the school record of 57.11 which was set in 2009 by Tori Spence.
It also represented her personal best which she originally posted during Friday's preliminary heat in which she qualified fifth with a time of 57.25.
She also competed in Friday's 4x400 preliminary heat alongside Ashley Maxwell, Taylor Nissly, and Hailey Fry. The lady Indians missed the qualifying cut but finished 15th overall with a time of 4:01.9.
Seniors Brooks Bear and Avery Walker represented the boys in the shot put and triple jump, respectively, which were both held during Friday's events. Bear finished 12th overall with a throw of 49-3.25 and Walker 21st with a jump of 43-3.
Indians Hold Off New Oxford in District Opener May 24, 2018
Following an odd finish to the League Championship in which Donegal wound up sharing the title with Solanco despite the fact they never even played, the Indians had to prepare for the first round of District play and a matchup with number 14 seed New Oxford.
Postponed a day later than scheduled, due once again to weather conditions, Donegal hosted the Colonials last Wednesday and despite some struggles with hitting, came away with a 3-1 victory. "Yeah, we're just plugging away," said head coach Wayne Emenheiser. "You're definitely getting into better competition now, you know, you're in the playoffs but you've got to keep plugging away. We had some opportunistic hitting today but we're working at it, we're working at it every day."
Collecting six hits, Donegal scored its first run on a single by Grace Miller (1-3, RBI) in the first inning but did not plate another runner until the sixth. They did survive two bases loaded situations, including in the seventh when New Oxford scored its lone run and threatened more before starting pitcher Sierra Neiss worked a pop up to catcher Morgan Biesecker followed by a ground out to Savannah Kolenda at short to end the game.
Neiss surrendered five hits and struck out five in her complete game win but found herself in a bit of a jam in the fifth where a walk and wild pitch followed by single and another walk gave the Colonials runners on all three bags with no outs.
A heads up play by the pitcher, however, on a sharply hit ground ball in which she fired home to Biesecker who in turn threw to first to complete the double play saved the day as she then retired the side.
"She's been throwing well. She's getting healthy again," added Emenheiser when asked about his starter. "She struggled with some injuries throughout the season and now that she is getting a little healthier I think she's getting stronger, she's getting a little more consistent."
Donegal responded with two runs in the sixth. Rachel Overlander (1-3, 2RBI) doubled in Peighton Hornick (1-3), who doubled to open the inning, and courtesy runner Morgan Creek who replaced Neiss at first when she walked and then reached second on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt from Biesecker that also placed Hornick on third.
With a 3-0 lead heading in the seventh, Donegal worked into another jam when a single followed by an error and another walk loaded the bases with one out before a wild pitch from Neiss gave the visitors their only run of the game. The win sets up another meeting with Lampeter-Strasburg in the quarterfinals.
Two straight losses to the Pioneers to end the regular season resulted in Donegal losing the Section Crown, a fact that is not lost on the Indians. "I think we're looking forward to the next round. We owe them so let's see if we can show up and play. It gives us an opportunity anyway, so we'll see what happens."
Results of the Donegal-LS game were unavailable due to holiday deadlines.
Two weekends ago the District Three track and field championships were held over a period of two days at Shippensburg University under weather conditions more fit to early spring rather than early summer.
Despite the cold, wind driven rain showers that actually forced at least one event inside, the Donegal teams performed well taking home a total of six medals including two silver and advancing three individuals and one relay team to the PIAA championship.
Brooks Bear and Avery Walker each earned their return trip to Shippensburg during the first day of field events in the shot put and triple jump, respectively and represented the only boys for Donegal to do so.
Walker's leap of 44-01 placed him fifth overall while Bear nabbed second in the shot put with a toss of 51-5.75. Also competing in the discus on Saturday, Bear placed 11th with a 138-10.
While the two seniors were the highest placing boys for the Indians they were not the only ones to medal. Keeryen Stevens recorded a time of 40.28 in the 300 hurdles to place seventh while Nick Ketner's throw of 163-08 was enough to give him eighth place in the javelin.
Stevens also took part in the 110 hurdles where he recorded a 15.1 in the preliminary heat which placed him in the semifinals later in the day. Unfortunately, his time of 15.16 in that heat was just short of the final qualifying time of 15.14 posted by Brendan Gates of Warwick.
Rounding out the place winners: Silas Buckwalter finished tenth in the 1600, and was 15th in the 800 with respective times of 4:32.26 and 2:05.09. Jarred Ford cleared 12-9 in the pole vault for 13th place and the second highest vault in Donegal history, and the team of Jared Collazo, Stevens, Tyler Rupp, and Walker placed 16th in the 400 relay with a time of 444.71.
On the girl's side, the 1600 relay team of Hailey Fry, Ashley Maxwell, Taylor Nissly, and Alice Fernald posted a 3:59.28 to finish fourth. They not only advanced to the state meet but set a new Donegal record in the process.
Fernald was also the final representative of Donegal to advance in the post season when she posted a 57.7 in the 400 earlier in the day to claim second place overall. She also ran the 200 on Friday where she posted a 26.35 in the prelims and missed the cut.
Nissly's preliminary time of 12.67 in the 100 moved her into the semifinals where she also came up short of qualifying with a sixth place finish in the second heat in a time of 12.58.
Donegal, Solanco Declared L-L Co-Champs May 18, 2018
After losing the Section Title in a one-game playoff with Lampeter-Strasburg, the second loss to the Pioneers in two days, Donegal began a wild ride in the League playoffs which included a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Penn Manor, another nail-biting 2-1 victory over Garden Spot and then a wacky weather postponement of the championship game with Solanco that eventually led to a cancellation that landed both the Indians and Golden Mares as co-champions.
With only three days to regroup from the L-S losses before facing off with Penn Manor two Saturdays ago to open up the League playoffs, Donegal was in desperation mode.
Fortunately, that was enough time for the Indians to pull together, although they had to do it in dramatic fashion. Sierra Neiss helped her own cause with a two-run blast in the seventh inning that capped a three-run effort and put Donegal in the lead, 4-3, with what turned out to be the final score of the game against Penn Manor.
Only managing four hits off Comets' ace Brittany Hook, Donegal trailed 3-1 heading into the final inning. Grace Miller ripped a triple to right field and Peighton Hornick followed with a single to left that scored Miller before Neiss came to the plate and laid down the lumber.
She followed that with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning to shut the door and advance the Indians to a semifinal matchup with the Spartans.
In that game, Donegal only managed two hits but scored both runs on Garden Spot errors beginning with a first inning walk to Savanna Kolenda who eventually took advantage of a passed ball to put the Indians in the lead 1-0.
Garden Spot had a huge scoring opportunity in the second with the bases loaded and only one out, but a strikeout and a quick throw down to third by catcher Morgan Biesecker that picked off Megan Fisher ended the threat.
Still leading in the fifth inning, Steph Reider's ground ball to short was followed by an errant throw which allowed her to reach first. Pinch runner Morgan Creek eventually made her way to third and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 before a Spartan home run in the fourth cut the lead to 2-1 in what was the final run of the game.
Donegal was set to face Solanco in the finals last Wednesday, but rain moved the game to Thursday night where another gloomy forecast, with no end in sight, forced league officials to declare the co-championship due the tight window between then and the beginning of the District Three championships.
It was a busy two days at Hempfield High School last week for both the girls' and boys' teams as they took part in the League meet held Friday and Saturday in Landisville.
Donegal athletes claimed a total of 17 medals and had two champions crowned in what turned out to be a fairly productive weekend of events. "The second and final day of the league championships was filled with great performances, season bests, medals, and two league champions," wrote current long distance coach Phillip Koser on Donegal's official team website.
Brooks Bear and Avery Walker both nabbed gold on the second day of competition and helped lead the boys to a fifth-place team finish with 57 points. For Walker it was extra sweet as he took down a Donegal school record that had stood for 36 years when he nailed his triple jump winning distance of 45-05.
It was one of three medals for Walker who also teamed up as anchor with Jared Callazo, Keeryen Stevens, and Tyler Rupp to place fourth in the 400 relay with a time of 44.05. He also anchored the 1600 team of Cameron Arntz, Silas Buckwalter, and Ryan Stalnecker which ran a sixth best time of 3:32.04 which was also the seventh fastest in Donegal history.
Stevens also scored two individual third place medals, both in the hurdles, tallying four total for the meet. Acting as spoiler, Warwick's Brendan Gates (15.20) finished a whisker ahead of Stevens (15.42) in the 110 as well as the 300 where Gates finished in 39.03 with Stevens right behind him at 39.61.
It was also a two-medal affair for Bear who won the discus with a toss of 138-10, just three inches further than Manheim Township's Patrick Cloonan (138-07) whose qualifying throw of 150-03 was almost six feet longer than the Donegal senior. His second medal came in the shot put when he finished fourth with a toss of 50-04.5.
Buckwalter also made his mark on the Donegal honor roll Top 10 by finishing sixth in the 1600 with a time of 4:31.10, placing him third overall in school history. He also landed in 13th place in the 800 with a finishing time of 2:07.28.
Rounding out the medal winners for the boys were Jarred Ford taking fourth place in the pole vault by clearing 12-6, Nick Ketner finishing in sixth place in the javelin with a throw of 162.08, and Matt Brown landing in eighth place in the high jump with a 5-10. He also placed 19th in the long jump with an 18-09.50.
Also competing for the boys were Cael Rapp (154-00) who just missed the podium with a ninth-place finish in the javelin, Rupp (23.75) who finished 14th in the 200, and Dylan Zuch (10:49.9) who was 19th in the 3200 and also ran as the anchor of the 1600 relay team with Ryan Zuch, Logan Fry, and Aedan Wilkinson which finished 13th with a time of 8:44.91.
Finishing tenth overall with a point total of 25, the lady Indians were led by Taylor Nissly who medaled twice in the individual events, contributed to two medals in the relays, of which the girls earned three, and set a new school record in the process.
During the preliminary heat of the 200 Nissly broke her own record by qualifying second with a time of 25.07. She returned the next day to place third overall with a time of 25.54 after nailing her first medal of the meet earlier in the day in the 100 with an eighth-place finishing time of 13.07.
Running third leg of the 400 relay, Nissly teamed with Hailey Fry, Alice Fernald, and anchor Ashley Maxwell to finish fourth with a time of 50.75. Following that race, the girls did one better by finishing third in the 1600 with a time of 4:03.12 which also placed them third on the Donegal Honor Roll.
Not to be outdone, Myra Naqvi, Janelle Brinser, Keri Anderson, and Ella DeBruin accounted for the relay trifecta by finishing the 3200 in 10:41.84 to place eighth.
Completing the medal finishes was Fernald whose time of 58.06 in the 400 gave the veteran senior third place ahead of teammates Maxwell (1:01.72) in ninth place, and Fry (1:04.25) in 15th. Fernald also place ninth in the 200 with a time of 26.36.
"It was definitely an exciting meet for our Donegal teams," commented head coach Gretchen Colwell. "We had a lot of personal bests and we were excited to see a lot of kelly green on the podium."
Also competing were Carly Diffenderfer who was 19th in the 1600 with a time of 17.74, 19th in the long jump (14-10), and 18th in the triple jump (30-11.25). Aliza Johns finished 17th in the shot put (31-02.25), as well as 15th in the discus (89-06) and Hannah McNece was 12th in the javelin (93-01). Brinser added a 12th in the pole vault (8-00), Alex Daley finished 16th in the 300 hurdles (54.12), Rachel Fernald was 22nd in the 3200 (12:47.00), McKenzie DuBusky was 28th in the 1660 (5:58.84), and Ella DeBruin finished 14th in the 800 (2:36.47).
Donegal's season came to an end two Saturdays ago when the Indians hosted West Perry in a non-league matchup and watched a 1-0 lead disappear in a four-run third inning by the visitors.
In the bottom half of the inning, however, Donegal went on a three-run rally that began on a bases loaded sac-fly to center field by Tanner Kohler which scored Elijah Myers (2-1) and advanced Seiler Edwards (1-2, RBI) to third and Dale Houser (1-4) to second.
With two outs, Patrick Beaudoin (1-3, 2RBI) ripped a line drive past third base that scored both Edwards and Houser, but a fly ball to center field by Drew Bechtold ended the inning with the score 4-4.
The score remained tied until the sixth inning when West Perry scored five unanswered runs against losing pitcher Houser who came on in relief of starter Ryan Buckius in the fifth.
Buckius surrendered four runs on six hits with one strikeout and two walks while Houser gave up five runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out two and walked four.
Donegal Battles L-S In Back-to-Back Outings May 11, 2018
As a defending PIAA champion, Donegal softball has a target on its back almost all of the time, especially considering the winning history it has throughout the past few years in the L-L League.
Lampeter-Strasburg is another highly successful team that also has plenty of other teams gunning for them. It is no surprise that the two have built a strong rivalry over the years considering they live in the same neighborhood of Section Three.
Last season during its championship run the Indians not only knocked L-S out of the unbeaten regular season ranks but finished with a one game playoff victory to take the Section crown as well.
The Indians had the tables turned on them in back-to-back losses to the Pioneers last week, 9-3 and 14-3, that not only handed them their only League loss of the season, but also lost them the Section Three title.
To begin, Donegal had two games prior to the contests with L-S and won both with a 4-0 victory over Northern Lebanon and a dominating effort over ELCO 14-1.
In their first of two road trips to Lebanon county the girls headed north to the red-hot Vikings who were on an 8-game winning streak at the time and looking to redeem an 18-7 loss earlier in the year but the Indians had other plans.
Pitcher Sierra Neiss and the rest of Donegal's lineup combined to shut out the host team as the ladies pounded out 11 hits, scoring a run in both the first and second innings and adding two insurance runs in the fourth. Neiss held the Vikings to only three hits on the day and struck out 13 of the 25 batters she faced.
Jessica Kosheba (2-3) drove in two runs while Neiss (2-4) helped her cause with a RBI to go with Morgan Biesecker's two-hit effort. Savanna Kolenda, Peighton Hornick, Stephanie Reider and Rachael Overlander all added one hit each.
Using a five-run first inning, in which they only had two hits, Donegal took advantage of poor pitching from ELCO to run away with the game last Monday and force a mercy rule ending in the fourth.
After Kolenda (2-4) and Biesecker each grounded out to start the game, Hornick (1-1) was hit by a pitch and the reached second on a wild pitch to Neiss who then walked before Overlander (1-3) loaded the bases after getting hit herself by an errant pitch. Back-to-back singles by Reider (1-3) and Klinedinst (1-3) cleared the bases before a single into right field by Grace Miller (2-3) brought them both home for a 5-0 lead.
ELCO managed six hits and scored once in the top of the fourth to make it 8-1, but the Indians answered with five more in the bottom half to close things out.
Needing a win to force a tie for first place, L-S gave the visiting Indians a not-so-pleasant welcome last Tuesday. Donegal did, however, score twice in the first inning for an early 2-0 lead when Biesecker (2-4) doubled to right and then came home on a Hornick (2-3) single to center who scored when Neiss (1-4) landed on second with a double.
That lead was short-lived as the Pioneers scored once in the bottom of the inning, once in the third to tie the game, and once more in the fourth. Then Hanna Garber sent a 1-2 Neiss offering out of the park to clear the loaded bases. L-S, however, only scored three as a base-running error earned the hosts an out and cost them the fourth run to make it 6-2.
Kolenda (1-4) represented Donegal's final run of the game, scoring in the fifth on a single by Hornick, while L-S put up three more runs in the sixth to force the one game playoff the following night.
Unfortunately for the Indians they were only able to score twice in the third inning and once in the fourth of the second game held last Wednesday at Warwick. After spotting L-S a 5-0 lead, nine unanswered runs by the Pioneers effectively shut the door.
Finishing out their play last week with a 12-1 win over Elizabethtown, a 2-1 loss to Ephrata and a 4-1 win at Daniel Boone placed Donegal (7-9) in fourth place of Section Two with one non-league game to play against West Perry.
An eight-run first inning helped propel the Indians past the Bears on Friday two weeks ago as they slugged out 13 hits over five innings for the early stoppage.
"E-town game was our senior night and easily the best game we've played to date," praised head coach Jeff Hartman.
In the opening frame Hartman saw his players bat around the lineup plus two and received run scoring doubles from Dale Houser (2-3, 2RBI) and Patrick Beaudoin (2-3, 3RBI), as well as singles from Elijah Myers (22-3, 2RBI) and Seiler Edwards (2-2, RBI).
Andrew Erb took to the mound for Donegal and earned the win, going the full five innings, while striking out four and only surrendering two hits and three walks.
"I was happy to see many of our seniors contributing, particularly Andrew Erb getting his first ever start on the mound and getting the win," commented Hartman. "Also, Patrick Beaudoin and Elijah Myers had big nights. I'm very proud of our entire senior class."
Adding one more run in the fourth and three in the fifth, Donegal also had support at the plate from Kyle Hess (2-3, 2RBI) whose two-run single in the final at bat of the game forced the mercy rule finish.
In the showdown with Ephrata it was Donegal that blinked first when the Mounts managed two runs in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless tie.
Both teams had strong pitching, but despite out hitting Ephrata 5-2, the Indians only managed to score once in the top of the seventh when Houser (1-3) doubled to start the inning, moved to third on a single by Tanner Kohler (1-3) and then scored on a sac-fly from Beaudoin.
"The 2-1 loss to Ephrata was very tough," stated Hartman. "Ryan Buckius pitched outstanding, like he has all year, but we came up short against a very good club."
Buckius went the distance, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out three, although he was only accredited for one run as Donegal committed three errors in the field.
Hess (1-3, RBI) stepped up to the plate to start the game with Daniel Boone last Tuesday and sent the third pitch he saw deep into right field for a solo homerun that helped set the tone for the rest of the game.
Drew Bechtold (2-3, RBI) hit a ground ball single to third base in the second inning that scored Beaudoin (2-3) to make it 2-0, and in the top of the fourth a fielding error allowed Kyle Burger (1-2) to score before Will Small came across the plate with the second run of the inning on a sac-fly to center field by Edwards, putting Donegal ahead 4-0.
Daniel Boone scored once in the bottom half of the inning, but it was the only run that starting pitcher Houser (2-4) allowed although the Scouts got to him for eight hits over six and a third innings of play before Erb came on to close things out.
Donegal Boys Claim Second Straight Section Title May 5, 2018
With an uncooperative weather system wiping out last week's meet with Columbia, the Donegal track and field teams participated in a tri-meet last Monday at home against Northern Lebanon and the Crimson Tide with very favorable results.
While both the boy's and girl's teams came away with resounding victories, 124-26 versus Northern Lebanon and 128-19 versus Columbia for the boys and 113-37 and 115-31 respectively for the girls, the wins also marked the second consecutive Section Three title for the boys.
Finishing the season undefeated with a record of 6-0, the boys benefitted from solid performances on the track by Keeryen Stevens and Silas Buckwalter, as well as throwing stalwart Brooks Bear.
The three Indians spearheaded Donegal's effort by outperforming everybody through multiple events as Stevens won both the 110 hurdles (15.1) and 300 hurdles (41.4), Buckwalter finished first in the 1600 (4:43.1) as well as the 800 (2:10.7) and Bear dominated the shot put (52-5.25) and discus (133-10).
Along the way Donegal's relay teams swept both the Tide and Vikings as Buckwalter anchored the 3200 with Dimitri Gonzales, Ryan Zuch, and Dylan Zuch (8:51.1) while Stevens ran second leg in the 400 with Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker (44.8) and anchored the 1600 with Rupp, Peter Brubaker, and Walker (3:46.9).
Also having a good day were the Donegal jumpers who had four separate Indians taking the day in each of the four events as Chase Negron's 17-11.5 in the long jump was three inches better than anybody else and Walker hit 44-4.5 in the triple, besting teammate Porter Scott (38-10.5) in second.
It was Scott, however, that sailed to new heights in the high jump as the junior leapt 5-8 for the victory over fellow Indian Matthew Brown who cleared 5-6 for second. High flying Jarred Ford went 12-0 to claim an easy victory in the pole vault.
Before Bear could savor his two victories, Cael Rapp threw his hat in the game by just barely edging Nick Ketner's 157-8 in the javelin with a 157-111.
Meanwhile, the girls also put a stamp on a very successful season in which they finished with only one loss at 5-1 with the lone defeat coming at the hands of Section Three champion ELCO.
A pair of lady Indians led the attack for the home team, garnering five combined wins and tying a school record to boot.
Carly Diffenderfer got it done on the track as well as in the sand pits on a day in which Donegal only lost three races, while taking all of the relays to boot.
Posting a 17.7 in the 100 hurdles, Diffenderfer moved her focus to jumping as the senior flew a distance of 14-7 in the long jump and then leaped 30-10 in the triple to secure her third win of the day.
It was Taylor Nissly, however, that flirted with history as the two-event winner sprinted across the line in the 100 with a time of 12.2, which was not only almost a second faster than teammate Alice Fernald (13.1) who finished second, but also good enough to tie a school record that has stood for the past 34 years.
Nissly also won the 200 (25.4) and was the third leg of the winning 400 relay team featuring Hannah Fry, Fernald, and Ashley Maxwell (51.4) which in turn joined Keri Anderson, McKenzie Dubusky, Ella DeBruin and Myra Naqvi (11:59.6) in the 3200 and Sarah Hinkle, Amanda Fry, Zoe Gonzales, and Naqvi (4:36.3) in the 1600 for a sweep of the relays.
Ashley Maxwell also won the 400 with a time of 63.4 and Aliza Johns simply owned the discus as her throw of 91.7 was almost 20 feet longer than the nearest competitor.
Donegal suffered three straight losses before a 4-2 victory over Conestoga Valley on Thursday and dropped below .500 with a record of 6-8. That landed them in fourth place in Section Two with only three more games to play in the regular season.
Leading up to that victory, Donegal fell 11-6 to Solanco, 11-8 to Warwick and 5-1 to Lampeter-Strasburg and watched as they first built a lead in three of those games only to lose it in the end.
Ryan Buckius got the start against Solanco and went three and a third innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three.
The Indians led 3-0 after a first inning. Kyle Hess (1-3) reached third base on a walk, a wild pitch and a sacrifice by Kyle Burger (1-3, 2RBI) before Seiler Edwards brought him home on a ground out to short.
A walk to Dale Houser, who then landed on second due to a balk, set up a Tanner Kohler (3-4, RBI) single to second which plated Houser. Kohler then scored on a Patrick Beaudoin (1-3, RBI) single to left field after Conner Updegraff (3-4) moved him to second on a line drive to left field before Solanco was able to end the Indian's half of the inning.
Solanco scored in every inning, tying the game in the third and taking the lead for good in the fourth. Burger's two-run blast to center field in the top of the seventh pulled Donegal to 11-6, but it was too much for the Indians to overcome as the Mules shut the game down.
Warwick erased a one-run lead by the Indians in the first inning by scoring six and then tacked on another four in the third before Kohler (1-3, RBI) hit a 3-1 pitch into left field for a double that scored Houser (3-4) from second in the fourth and then crossed home plate on a hard-hit ground ball to third by Joey Piatt that was misplayed for an error to make it 10-3.
Donegal pulled to within three runs in the sixth thanks to a Piatt sacrifice fly that scored Beaudoin (2-3, RBI) followed by a two-run double by Hess (2-3, RBI) later in the inning that made it 10-7, but Warwick added another run in the bottom half for insurance.
Donegal scored again in the seventh before a game ending double play put it in the bag for the Warriors.
Houser took to the mound to face the Pioneers last Wednesday at home and was handed the loss as the senior went five and two thirds innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. The Donegal offense mustered one run on three hits, that coming on a solo homerun by Kohler to right field in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, but four unanswered runs by the Pioneers put them back in the lead for good.
The Indians had a chance to get back into the game in the fifth when, trailing 3-1, Hess tripled to center field with two outs, but was stranded on third to end the inning.
Conestoga Valley's two runs to start the game were answered by the Indians in the bottom half of the first when Hess reached first on an error and Burger walked putting runners on first and second with no outs for Edwards who ripped a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Hess and moved Burger to third who then scored when Houser grounded into a double play.
Scoring once in the third and again in the fifth, Donegal's Buckius held the Bucks in check as he threw a four hit complete game with six strikeouts for the win.
After a disappointing end to the season two weeks ago, four Indian tennis players geared up for the L-L League tournament which played out last week with only one Donegal player advancing out of the first round.
Playing in flight one of the AA singles, Austin Hollinger took on Max Brubaker from Lancaster Mennonite in the quarterfinal round and advanced to the semifinals on a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.
Once there, Hollinger faced a daunting challenge in number one seed Brady Burns from Pequea Valley. The eventual champion emerged victorious via a 6-0, 6-0 decision which sent Hollinger into the third-place match with ELCO's Mason Bennet where he lost 6-1, 6-2 to finish fourth.
Nathan McNece lost to Nate Nguyen of Garden Spot 7-5, 6-3 In flight two singles, Luke Yunginger lost 6-1, 6-3 to Tate Frailey of Lancaster Mennonite in flight three and in flight four it was Evan Stehman losing to Jacob Bidelman of Manheim Central 6-3, 7-5.
In doubles play it was Hollinger and McNece who teamed up in flight one and lost 6-3, 6-0, while Yunginger and Stehman lost 8-4 in flight two's eight game pro set.
Even the good teams can get caught sleeping and last Wednesday the Manheim Central lady Barons almost caught a big one.
After opening the week with another mercy rule contest in which the Indians beat Cocalico 17-0 on the road, Donegal let its guard down against Manheim Central and needed some extra inning heroics from Rachel Overlander to keep its unblemished league record intact with a 7-6 win.
Needing a spark in the bottom of the ninth inning and with the game tied, Overlander sent a Jordan Walter offering deep into left field and over the fence for the walk-off win that the Indians had to work from behind to earn.
Trailing 6-2 at one point after leading 1-0 on a Steph Reider solo blast in the second inning, the Indians slowly worked their way back into the game beginning with a three-run sixth inning in which Savanna Kolenda and Peighton Hornick cleared a one-out, bases loaded situation to make it 6-5, first with an RBI single by Kolenda and then a two-run single by Hornick.
It was a seventh inning RBI single by Jessica Kosheba that scored Morgan Creek who had reached second base while pinch running for Reider, allowing the stage to be set for the dramatic finish.
Donegal Baseball Goes 2-2, Now 5-5 in League April 27, 2018
Donegal's baseball team has had its ups and downs this season and the Indian's 5-5 League record at the midpoint of last week stood testament to that fact. Donegal's even split of its four games leading up to that point included a 6-5 victory over Manheim Township and a 4-3 defeat of Solanco followed by an 11-3 loss to Penn Manor and a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Cedar Crest.
In a game that included four lead changes, two fourth inning fielding errors by the Blue Streaks provided the Indians with their one run margin of victory.
With the game tied at 5-5 following a Manheim Township score in the bottom of the third, Joey Piatt hit a grounder to short that was bobbled, allowing him to reach first. A sacrifice bunt from Elijah Myers then moved Piatt to second.
Following a pop out to second by Kyle Hess (1-3), Seiler Edward's fly ball to right field was dropped which allowed Piatt to score the final run of the game. However, Edwards (1-4, RBI) was thrown out attempting to advance to second base, ending the inning.
Dale Houser pitched five innings in relief of starter Dawson Magar who surrendered four runs on two hits before giving way to Will Small in the bottom of the first. Small lasted two innings before handing the ball to Houser in the bottom of the third.
A Tanner Kohler (1-3, 2RBI) line drive to center field in the opening frame scored Hess and Houser (2-3, RBI) for a 2-0 lead that proved to be short lived with the Streaks putting up four in the bottom half.
RBI singles by both Edwards and Houser along with a sacrifice ground ball by Small in the third put the Indians back in the lead at 5-4, but a Manheim Township home run to start off the fourth tied the game.
After building a 4-0 lead over three innings during their game with Solanco last Saturday, the Indians watched as the Golden Mules finally figured out starting pitcher Ryan Buckius in the third and scored three of their own before the senior settled in and shut them down over the final four innings.
Buckius gave up six hits in his winning, complete game effort while striking out seven and only walking one.
After a first inning line drive double by Edwards (2-3, RBI) scored Hess (1-3) from first to put Donegal up 1-0, the Indians worked into a two out situation with Patrick Beaudoin (2-3, RBI) on first and Edwards on third and Kohler at bat. Initiating a delayed double steal, Beaudoin was thrown out at second while Edwards raced home to make it 2-0 before Kohler was thrown out at first on a dropped third strike to end the inning.
In the third inning, Houser (1-2, RBI) tripled to right field scoring Edwards and then scored himself in the next at bat when Beaudoin brought him home on a single to third.
Against Penn Manor, the Indians fell behind early when the Comets put up two runs in the top of the first but answered in the bottom half by scoring a run on a ground ball single into right field by Edwards (3-3, 2RBI) that plated Hess (2-4) who tripled to start the inning.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Comets through the next four innings until another Edward's single brought Hess home again to tie the game.
Richard Velez started the game for Donegal and surrendered four runs on five hits over five-and-a-third innings. He was relieved in the sixth inning in when Penn Manor's bats came alive to score nine runs over the final two frames before a line drive single to center field by Beaudoin (1-4, RBI) plated Dalton Mullhausen, the courtesy runner for Connor Updegraff (1-1), from second for the final score of 11-3.
Another big inning spelled disaster for the Indians in their game with Cedar Crest when, with the score tied at 1-1, the Falcons scored four runs in the sixth off of starting pitcher Magar to pull away with the victory.
After Cedar Crest scored once in the second, Hess (1-4, RBI) answered the call in the top of the third when he went to right field on a 1-2 pitch to tie the game at 1-1, but it was the home team that had the final say on the day.
Magar took the loss for Donegal, going five innings and giving up five runs on six hits, three of which were unearned as the Indians committed two errors in the field.
Edwards (1-2), Houser (2-2), Kyle Burger (1-3), and Piatt (1-3) helped account for Donegal's six hits against the Falcons.
The lady Indians continued to knock out anyone who stood before them as they maintained their undefeated status through the midpoint of last week.
The defending PIAA Class 5A champions made short work of two more opponents by way of mercy rule as they put away Lancaster Mennonite 17-1 in four innings and dispatched Pequea Valley 10-0 in five.
While Sierra Neiss earned the win in both victories, Sammy Miller teamed with the ace against the Blazers throwing two scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none.
Lancaster Mennonite scored a rare run against Donegal in the first inning after the Indians put up six to begin the game, but it was all green and white after that as they scored six in the third and five more in the fourth to close things out.
Neiss went the distance against PV, but Donegal only led 4-0 after two innings of play until breaking things open with six runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning for the early stoppage.
In what has been a spectacular run on the season thus far, both the Donegal boys' and girls' track teams came away with big wins over Annville-Cleona last Monday with respective scores of 101-49 and 103-49.
With the win, the boys remained undefeated at 4-0 and in first place in Section Three, while the girls were 3-1 and in second place behind ELCO (4-0) who handed them their lone defeat.
Sporting three double event winners, the boys went 6-2 in the individual races with help from both Silas Buckwalter in the 800 (2:11.7) and 1600 (4:54.5) and Keeryen Stevens who won the 110 hurdles (15.3) and 300 hurdles (42.8).
They each also contributed to winning two of the three relays on the day as Buckwalter anchored the 3200 team of Ryan Zuch, Dimitri Gonzalez, and Dylan Zuch that finished tops with a time of 9:18.6. Stevens ran the second leg of the 400 with Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker for a winning time of 44.6.
Their wins were complemented by Ryan Stalnecker who took the 400 in 52.9 and Dylan Zuch who won the 3200 with a time of 11:27.2.
Meanwhile, Brooks Bear continued to reign supreme in the throws as the senior veteran accounted for two of Donegal's three wins in said events with a 50-9 toss of the shot and a 144-10 in the discus as well as a third-place finish in the javelin (153-0) behind winning teammate Nick Ketner who threw a 167-9.
Other winners included Avery Walker in the triple jump (44-1.5), Porter Scott in the high jump (6-0), and Jarred Ford in the pole vault (11-6).
Dominating on the track, the girls, with three multiple event winners, won each of the eight individual races as well as all three of the relays on the way to their blowout win.
Taylor Nissly helped lead the charge by winning both the 100 (12.3) and 200 (25.4) and ran third leg of the 400 relay along with Hailey Fry, Alice Fernald and Ashley Maxwell for the winning time of 51.1. She also ran the second leg of the 1600 alongside Fry, Kasey Buchmoyer, and Fernald to win in 4:27.8.
In the distance events, McKenzie DuBusky represented Donegal by winning both the 1600 (6:01.2) and the 3200 (13:08.7) and it was Carly Diffenderfer who was the final girl to win two events for the Indians as the senior won the high hurdles with a time of 19.0 and also triple jumped her way to a victory with a 31-0.
Joining the trio with victories were Sarah Hinkel, Keri Anderson, Milligan Straub and Myra Naqvi in the 3200 relay (11:09.6), Maxwell in the 400 (1:04.5), Pierre in the 300 hurdles (53.), Ella DeBruin in the 800 (2:39), Hannah McNece in the javelin (108-2), and Aliza Johns in the discus (103-7).
Indian Hardballers Sit in Fourth Place at 3-3 April 20, 2018
With an eye on clearing up the muddy water that is Section Two, Donegal knows that taking care of what they control and letting the rest of the section sort itself out is paramount to separating from the pack.
Unfortunately, with an 11-0 win over McCaskey followed by a 6-1 loss to Hempfield last Wednesday, the outlook remained murky for the Indians who were 3-3 at the end of the week and sitting in fourth place.
Elizabethtown (7-1), Lampeter-Strasburg (5-2), and Ephrata (5-3) remained at the top of the standings in a very competitive group of teams, but Donegal coach Jeff Hartman believes in his squad.
"We have our hands full playing in Section 2 but I believe with a "one solid game at a time" approach we will be there at the end," stated Hartman.
A solid game is just what the Indians delivered against the Red Tornado as Ryan Buckius surrendered only two hits over five innings and struck out three while the Donegal batters came through with eight hits including Kyle Hess (2-2, 3RBI) who went yard in his first two appearances at the plate and Tanner Kohler (1-2, RBI) whose solo shot to start the second inning ignited a five-run onslaught which gave the home team a 6-0 advantage following Hess's opening salvo to center in the first.
"(The) McCaskey game was a good way to end a tough week," added Hartman in reference to back-to-back prior losses. "The bats were alive and Ryan Buckius gave us another solid outing."
Following Kohler's blast and with Elijah Myers (1-2, 2RBI) on third after tripling home Dawson Magar (2RBI) and Drew Bechtold (1-2), the Indians were up 4-0 when Hess hit his second dinger of the day, clearing the right field fence on a full count fast ball.
After two uneventful innings of play, Donegal scored twice in the bottom of the fifth without recording a hit, plating five total for the inning with Seiler Edwards standing as the only Indian to reach on a batted ball when his line-drive double to right field scored Kyle Burger and D Mullhausen to end the game via ten-run mercy rule.
Two errors in the field, combined with five walks and one hit-batsman by McCaskey pitchers accounted for the odd ending.
Hempfield proved a different game for the Indians as Buckius, in his second consecutive start, gave up three runs early in the first inning and surrendered six hits over five innings to take the loss.
"Hempfield jumped out on us but Buckius settled in and kept us in the game," Hartman stated in regards to the four scoreless innings thrown by his senior hurler.
Donegal failed to take advantage at the plate, however, while Hempfield touched reliever Richard Velez for three runs in the sixth. "(Hempfield pitcher) Justin Lichtenwalner kept us off balance and we were unable to bunch hits," noted Hartman.
The Indians scattered six hits throughout the game but were unable to capitalize on any of them until Edwards two-out ground ball sacrifice to third in the bottom of the seventh brought Bechtold home for their lone run of the day.
Looking to find traction, the Donegal boys continued to struggle last week but yet stayed competitive in a 5-2 loss to Lancaster Mennonite at home on Wednesday.
While the Blazers swept through doubles play, Luke Yunginger and Evan Stehman led the Indians to a split in singles with Yunginger defeating Jeffrey Lyle 6-1, 6-1 and Stehman putting away Ike Harnish 6-1, 6-4.
With the loss Donegal dropped to 2-6 on the season and were in seventh place in Section Two.
TRACK and FIELD
Continuing their run through the L-L League, the boys' and girls' track teams picked up wins last week against Lancaster Catholic as the boys continued to hold the top spot in Section Two with a resounding 129-21 final. The girls remained in second with a 92-57 victory.
Winning every one of the 18 events on the day, the boys completely dominated Lancaster Catholic as the Crusaders only managed to place second in four individual races as well as the triple jump and finished third six times.
Donegal had three athletes double down on wins with two also winning as part of a relay team.
Keeryen Stevens claimed both the 100 and 300 hurdles with respective times of 15.2 and 43.2 while also playing a part in two relay victories.
Running second leg in both, Stevens teamed with Jared Collazo, Tyler Rup, and Avery Walker to win the 400 in 45.5 and later ran to victory in the 1600 alongside Ryan Stalnecker, Brubaker, and Walker in a time of 3:49.8.
Silas Brubaker was the second Donegal runner to win multiple times as the senior took the 1600 in 4:55.1 and ran the 800 in 2:10.1. He also ran anchor on the winning 3200 relay team with Ryan Zuch, Logan Fry, and Dylan Zuch for a time of 9:23.6.
Representing the third double winner on the day, Brooks Bear won both the shot put (46-.05) and the discus (127-3) and also finished second in the javelin with a throw of 152-4 behind teammate Nick Ketner who won by four feet with a 156-3 and followed Bear in the shot with a heave of 38-11.5.
Collazo managed to barely edge out a .2 second victory when he finished the 100 in 11.3 and also took second in the 200 with a time of 24.7. Stalnecker (55.8) won the 400, Camreon Arntz (24.5) was first in the 200 and finished behind Stalnecker in the 400 in 56.6, and Dylan Zuch (11:09.7) won the 3200 while also finishing second in the 1600 with a time of 5:05.5.
In the jumps it was Chase Negron's distance of 17-7.5 that took top honors while Walker (40-5.5) won the triple jump. Porter Scott cleared 5-8 for the victory in the high jump and finished third in the triple jump with a 37-1.5 while Brubaker sailed to a winning height of 7-6 in the pole vault.
Second place winners included Dimitri Gonzales (2:16.9) in the 800 as well as third in the 3200 (11:42.3), Matt Brown (16-7) in the long jump and 5-6 in the high jump, Matt Bradfield (7-6) in the pole vault, and Peter Brubaker (11-6) in the discus.
And finishing in third were Aedan Wilkinson (18.0) in the 100 hurdles, Rupp (11.5) in the 100 and in the 200 (25.0), Ryan Zuch (2:18.7) in the 800, Taj Younger (7-0) in the pole vault, and Connor Horst (96-4) in the discus.
While it wasn't a blowout, the lady Indians still came away with a comfortable win. Individually, it was Carly Diffenderfer blowing away the competition as the senior got it done on the track, where she helped the team to a 6-2 advantage in the individual races, as well as in the pits with three wins and a second place finish to boot.
Beginning with the 100 hurdles where she outran the field in 18.7, Diffenderfer then collected two more wins, going 13-6.25 in the long jump and then landing a 29-10.75 in the triple jump before clearing 4-0 for second place in the high jump.
Combined with Diffenderfer's efforts, Janell Brinser's win in the pole vault, with a height of 6-6, also sealed three Donegal victories in the four jumps. Brinser also finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 29-2.5, and third in the long jump with a distance of 13-3.75.
Two more Indians led the charge in the individuals with Alice Fernald recording a 61.2 in the 400 for a six second margin-of-victory and then taking the 800 in 2:31. She also placed second in the 100 with a time of 13.0, only .5 second behind Taylor Nissly's 12.5.
Standing as the third multiple event winner, Nissly also won the 200 with a finishing time of 26.5 and was also a part of Donegal's 2-1 advantage in the relays. She ran third leg in the 400 with Hailey Fry, Fernald, and Ashley Maxwell in which the Indians clocked the top time of 52.9, and also ran third on the winning 1600 team alongside Maxwell, Sarah Hinkel, and Kasey Buchmoyer which took first in a time of 4:36.3.
Donegal's final individual race winner was McKenzie Dubusky who finished the 3200 in 13:54.0 and also clocked in at 6:03.2 in the 1600 for third as the lone Indian representative to place in that event.
Hannah McNece's toss of 85-6 in the javelin garnered the lone victory of the day for the Indians in the throwing events while Emily Kreider (67-11), who was third behind her, and Aliza Johns, whose 29-3.75 throw of the shot for third, were the only other ones to place.
Second place finishers included Alexandra Daly (57.0) in the 300 hurdles, Emily DeBruin (2:45) in the 800, Maxwell (29.1) in the 200 as well as third in the 100 with a time of 13.1, and Hayley Grosh (6-0) in the pole vault.
Finishing third were Amanda Fry (67.6) in the 400, Desiree Whitcraft (57.8) in the 300 hurdles, Myra Naqvi (2:48.5) in the 800, Haily Fry (29.8) in the 200, Zoe Gonzales (26-5.5) in the triple jump, Hinkel (5-6) in the pole vault, Emily Kreider (67-11) in the javelin, and Johns (29-0.75) in the shot put.
Still undefeated but with Lampeter-Strasburg (7-1) directly on their heels, Donegal (7-0) plowed through Lancaster Catholic 15-0 and Annville-Cleona 16-1 to maintain its slim hold on first place in Section Three.
Outhitting their two opponents 24-0 behind the strong pitching of ace Sierra Neiss the Indians are looking every bit the part of defending PIAA Class 5A champions.
Annville-Cleona was able to manufacture one run last Wednesday when Neiss walked the bases loaded before plunking a batter for a short-lived 1-0 lead in the three inning, run-shortened game.
Lady Indians Off to Undefeated Start April 14, 2018
Defending a title is not necessarily all that it is cracked up to be, but don't tell that to the Donegal softball team. Fresh off a PIAA Class 5A championship, the lady Indians have continued to storm through the opposition on their way to an undefeated start to the 2018 season.
Perhaps dusting off some nerves early, the girls began League play two weeks ago by defeating Lampeter-Strasburg 4-2 and then Manheim Central 5-1 but then hit their stride as they followed up in convincing fashion with an 18-7 win over Northern Lebanon, a 15-0 defeat of Dover and a 19-0 shutout of Cocalico.
Not surprisingly, Donegal had to play from behind against longtime rival L-S after the Pioneers took a 2-0 lead in the second behind a strong first inning from pitcher Brynne Baker who sat the Indians down 1-2-3 in the first.
After that, it was all Donegal beginning with Savanna Kolenda reaching first on a fielder's choice single in the third and eventually scoring to halve the Pioneer lead to 2-1 before back-to-back-to-back doubles by Kolenda (2-5), Aysha Gibbs (3-4), and Peighton Hornick (3-5) in the fifth helped the Indians to a three-run inning and the victory.
Sierra Neiss pitched the complete game for Donegal and after settling in, the sophomore only surrendered two hits over the final five innings while recording five strikeouts and only walking one on the day.
Backyard rival Manheim scored once in the fourth, after Neiss retired nine straight to start the game and 11 of the final 12 she faced thereafter, while the Indians plated five, including three in the seventh inning to pull away for good.
Hornick's two-run base hit initiated the final flurry for Donegal and gave the visitors a 4-1 advantage before Neiss (2-3) drove in the last run of the game on a double to center.
Prior to that, the Indians scored once in the first inning when Hornick (1-2) forced a throw to first on a dropped third strike allowing Kolenda to race home after stealing both second and third following her base hit up the middle.
They carried that 1-0 lead into the fourth and extended it to 2-0 when Steph Reider's fielder's choice single brought home Morgan Creek who was running for Neiss as a courtesy runner.
Last Monday the Indians put up a monster of a first inning, scoring 15 in the bottom half of the frame against Northern Lebanon, but the Vikings were able to get to relief pitcher Sammy Miller for seven over the second and third before Neiss re-entered and held them scoreless through the rest of the game.
Walks and errors played against the Vikings as they struggled to find the strike zone with eight free passes and four mishaps in the field, all of which allowed the Indians to score a run in the second, third, and fourth innings as well for added insurance.
Neiss was 2-2 at the plate with a double and a single while Miller doubled, and Rachael Overlander and Grace Miller each had a single to lead the team.
Neiss continued to show her dominance with the ball as she threw two no hitters against both Dover and Cocalico to end last week's play with seven strikeouts and one walk in the first game and eight strikeouts and one walk against Cocalico.
Keeping their unblemished record intact, the Donegal boys traveled to ELCO last Monday and came away with a 99-51 win over the Raiders to improve to 2-0 while the girls dropped to 1-1 with a 109-41 defeat.
It was a stellar day for the boys as they won 13 events on the day and had three multiple first place finishers in Silas Buckwalter, Avery Walker and Brooks Bear.
Walker's finishing time of 55.0 was tops in the 400. The senior also took the triple jump with a distance of 40-1.5 while Buckwalter's time of 4:54 in the 1600 and 2:11.9 in the 800 helped propel the Indians to a 6-2 advantage in the individual runs.
Bear led a sweep of the throws with a 139-6 in the discus and a distance of 47-5 in the shot put.
Nicholas Ketner threw the javelin 154-3 to seal that sweep and also landed in second place behind his teammate in the shot with a 40-5.
Donegal also went 2-3 in the relays as Ryan Zuch, Dylan Zuch, Dimitri Gonzales, and Buckwalter took the 3200 with a time of 8:54.4 and Jared Collazo, Keeryen Stevens, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker won the 1600 in 46.0.
Winning individual events as well, Stevens was first in the 110 hurdles with a 15.1, Collazo (11.6) took the 100, and Rupp (24.3) won the 200.
Taylor Nissly and Alice Fernald represented Donegal as the only two Indians runners to win events in what became a long day for the visitors.
Nissly's time on the track netted her two victories as she won both the 100 and 400 with respective times of 12.7 and 1:05.3 while Fernald finished first in the 200 with a time of 27.1.
Taking two losses last week to Elizabethtown 11-10, and Ephrata 6-3 but earning a close 7-6 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in the week prior, Donegal (2-2) landed in fourth place in Section Two, but only two games behind the Bears who held the top spot on Thursday.
Facing L-S first, the Indians used some heads-up play on the infield in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a three-run burst which gave them the lead in the top half of the frame.
Trailing 5-4 in the final inning, Kyle Burger went down swinging for the first out but consecutive walks to Kyle Hess (1-2), Drew Bechtold (1-3), and Dale Houser loaded the bases for Patrick Beaudoin who then tied the game on a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Hess from third.
Seiler Edwards (1-4) stepped to the plate and, after working a 3-2 count, stroked a line drive to short but the ball was mishandled allowing both Bechtold and Houser to score for the 7-5 advantage.
With Houser on the mound in the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers worked themselves into a second-and-third situation with only one out following a hit batter, a single to third base and a sacrifice bunt.
On the ensuing at-bat, Joey Piatt took a ground ball at third and made the throw to Beaudoin at first who immediately fired the ball to second to cut down the advancing runner for the game ending double play.
Dawson Magar got the start for Donegal going two innings and giving up five runs, three earned, including one home run. He also went 1-2 with 2RBI on a clutch double in the second inning that scored two and gave the Indians a 2-1 lead.
In their loss to the Bears last Monday, Donegal, led by Houser's 2-4, 5RBI day at the plate, rallied for eight runs in the final two innings but fell just one run short in the comeback bid.
Scoreless through two and a half innings of play, Elizabethtown was able to break through for two runs in the bottom of the third as well as the fourth to take a 4-0 lead, but the Indians answered in the fifth.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Houser singled into right field scoring Elijah Myers (1-2) and Hess (1-3, RBI) to cut the lead to 4-2, but a seven-run inning returned the lead to the Bears who held off the surging Indians to end the game.
With Ephrata leading 3-1 in the sixth inning last Wednesday, Donegal used a key hit by Burger (1-3, RBI) and a passed ball to tie the game, but the Mounts countered with three runs in the seventh to secure the win.
Following a double by Piatt (22-4) that moved Myers to third, Burger singled in a run and then Piatt scored on a passed ball to tie the game. Two costly errors by Donegal in the top of the seventh allowed Ephrata to score the go-ahead runs and pull off the win.
Magar started on the mound for the Indians and went three innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned and striking out three. Houser took over in the fourth but surrendered two runs on no hits before Andrew Erb finished the game.
Struggling to find their way on the court, the Donegal boys stayed strong and came away with an even 2-2 record over the past two weeks with a 4-3 win over Annville-Cleona and a 7-0 shutout of Northern Lebanon followed by a 4-3 loss to Manheim Central and a 7-0 defeat to Cocalico.
It was the 2-3 advantage at doubles that proved the difference against the Dutchmen two weeks ago in Annville. Aaron Rugh and Evan Stehman put away Liam Nyce and Caden Horning 8-4 while Nathan McNece and Austin Hollinger defeated William Klatchko and Casey Hess 8-3 for the slim lead heading into singles.
Ensuring the Indians' victory, Stehman won a tough tie-breaker over Hess, 6-4, 4-6 (10-3) and Luke Yunginger cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Dan Tobias.
In a match that was never in doubt, Donegal easily handled the Vikings last Monday as Rugh and Stehman came away with an 8-3 win, Noah Hoffmaster and Yunginger won 8-1, and Hollinger and McNece were 8-0 victors heading into the singles play.
Joe Johns won 6-1, 6-2, Stehman came away with a 6-3, 6-0 win, Yunginger was a 6-0, 6-1 victor and McNece ended his match with a 6-2, 6-2 result for the Indian sweep.
Tuesday's match with visiting Manheim proved to be a tough one for Donegal as the Barons got the better of them on the singles side, winning three of four while the Indians took two in doubles.
Hoffmaster teamed with Yunginger for an 8-6 victory while Rugh and Stehman pulled out an 8-4 win before Stehman posted the lone win in singles with a 6-4, 6-4 verdict.
Track Teams Easily Handle Visiting Blazers April 6, 2018
In their quest to defend both the girls' and boys' 2017 Section Three track and field titles, Donegal easily handled Lancaster Mennonite at home last Tuesday as the boys won 114-25 and the girls took a 113-28 victory.
Led by a quartet of double event winners in Brooks Bear, Keeryen Stevens, Silas Buckwalter, and Tyler Rupp and with only two events in which they did not finish first, the boys ran, jumped, and threw their way past the Blazers.
Bear finished first in the shot put (47-9.5) as well as the discus (127-11.25) and also placed second in the javelin with a toss of 131-9 as the senior dominated in the throws.
Stevens took first in the 100 hurdles (15.8) and the 300 IH (45.2) as well, but he did not stop there as the senior runner also helped win the 1600 relay with Cameron Arntz, Porter Scott, and Avery Walker for a winning time of 3:52.2.
Buckwalter, meanwhile, claimed victories in both the 1600 (4:45.5) and the 800 (2:11.1) while Rupp won the 100 (11.7), and the 200 (24.2) and Ryan Stalnecker stood as the victor in the 400 with a time of 52.4.
With an unfortunate disqualification in the 400 not allowing a clean sweep of the relays, the 3200 team of Dale Kauffman, Hunter Williams, Brock Overlander, and Aydan Miller nonetheless claimed win number two for the Indians as they finished in a top time of 10:58.3.
Joining Bear as winners in the field were Walker who won the triple jump with a 40-1.5, Matthew Brown who cleared 5-6 in the high jump, Mason Bradfield who took the pole vault by clearing 8-6, and Nicholas Ketner who threw the javelin 154-8 and also placed second in the shot put with a 38-8.5.
Second place finishers included Aedan Wilkinson in the 100 hurdles with a 19.4 and the 300 IH with a 46.7, Walker in the 100 (11.7), Dimitri Gonzalez in the 800 (2:17.7), Arntz in the 200 (24.5), Scott in the triple jump (38-9.25), Jarred Ford in the pole vault (8-0) and Peter Brubaker in the discus (1115-11.5).
And finishing in third were Dylan Zuch in the 1600 (4:56.1) and the 3200 (11:03.9), Nicholas Jordan in the 400 (60.0), Ryan Zuch in the 800 (2:18.7), Jared Collazo in the 200 (24.6), Chase Negron in the long jump (18-0), Taj Younger in the pole vault (7-0), and Cael Rapp in both the javelin (129-9) and shot put (38-6.5).
Carly Diffenderfer put in a quality day on both the track and in the field as the senior helped lead the girls in their blowout win by claiming victory in three different events. The lady Indians only failed to win two events on the day as the Blazers won both the high jump and discus.
Diffenderfer began by winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 20.7 and then finished by landing 12-9 in the long jump and 27-3.75 in the triple jump to take both events as well.
Fellow runner Taylor Nissly also stepped up by winning two events, the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.5) while also running third on the 400 relay team along with Kasey Buchmoyer, Alice Fernald and Ashley Maxwell in a winning time of 53.4.
In the other two relays, Keri Anderson, Ella DeBruin, Myra Naqvi, and McKenzie DuBusky won the 3200 with a time of 11:47.3 while Sarah Hinkle, Alexandra Daly, Buchmoyer, and Maxwell ran a top time of 4:57.9 to take the 1600.
DuBusky topped her day by also winning the 1600 (5:49.7) and placing second in the 800 (2:47.3), while Alice Fernald did the same by winning the 400 (1:01.5) and coming in as runner up in the 200 (27.9).
Meanwhile, Daly took the 300 IH in 55.4 and also placed third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 21.1, DeBruin won the 800 (2:47.1) and was third in the 1600 (6:10.1), and Rachel Fernald won the 3200 in a time of 26.5.
Other winners included Janell Brinser (5-6) in the pole vault, Hannah McNece (92-8) in the javelin and Aliza Johns, who also placed second in the discus, with a 28-0 in the shot put.
Joining her as second place winners were Amanda Fry (1:08.6) in the 400, Desiree Whitcraft (57.9) in the 300 IH, Anderson (13:45) in the 3200, and Ashanti Berry (25-10) in the shot put.
Rounding out the day in third place were Maxwell who ran a 13.8 in the 100 as well as a 28.6 in the 200, Chloe Vasquez (1:17.2) in the 400, Emily Stuck (10-.5) in the long jump, Aubrie Brown (24-5.75) in the triple jump, Kayla Murren (72-.5) in the javelin, and Jelisa Bent (21-4) in the shot put.
Donegal found itself in a nail biter last Thursday on the diamond against host Conestoga Valley. The Indians held off the Buckskins on an attempted steal of home plate and came away with an 8-7 road victory.
With runners occupying all bags in the bottom of the seventh inning and leading by one run with two outs, reliever Dale Houser needed only one more strike to end a comeback bid by Conestoga Valley after the Bucks had trailed by a score of 6-2 in the fourth.
He did not get it, but catcher Connor Updegraff was able put the tag on Nathan Scheid's attempt at stealing home and sealed the victory for the Indians.
Pitcher Cameron Kurtz began the final inning leading by three but soon found himself in a bind after a bases loaded walk made the score 8-6 with only one out and brought Houser to the mound.
Looking to atone for a costly error earlier in the inning, which eventually led to the Buckskin run, Houser unfortunately balked against his first batter faced, allowing CV to pull within one before the game ending play.
Donegal racked up 15 hits over the course of the game while committing three errors in the field. They were led by Joey Piatt's three hits on four at bats which drove in three runs including a line drive single to left field in the top of the second inning which scored Seiler Edwards (2-3) from second base for the Indians first run of the game.
Conestoga Valley came back in the bottom of the third with two runs to take the lead, but Donegal poured it on in the fourth scoring five times including a two-run line drive single into right field by Drew Bechtold (2-4, 2RBI) which plated both Piatt and Elijah Myers (1-2, RBI) to make it 5-2.
Bechtold later scored on a long double to center field by Houser (2-4, RBI) which put Donegal in the lead for good at 6-2.
Ryan Buckius started the game for the Indians and went five and two thirds innings. He surrendered five runs on six hits while walking three before giving way to Kurtz in the sixth.
Avoiding the bad weather last week, Donegal's boys' tennis team nonetheless struggled on the court with losses in both of its matches, the first a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Elizabethtown on Monday, and the second a 7-0 shutout against Pequea Valley on Thursday.
Evan Stehman provided the Indians with their lone win against the Bears when he came out on top in a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Chris Gartley in their singles match.
However, Luke Yunginger proved a tough out versus E-Town's Logan Hoover when he battled back from a 7-5 loss in the first set to come away with a 6-3 victory in the second before falling 13-11 in the final tiebreak.
Likewise, the doubles team of Austin Hollinger and Nathan McNece also came close to pulling out a win over Ethan Lowe and Ben Erickson who were able to work a 7-5 tiebreak for the 9-8 advantage.
Herr, Harvey Punch Their Ticket to Hershey February 23, 2018
Wrestling's second season began two weeks ago with the first of three stops on the way to the PIAA podium. District Three's Class 3A Section Two tournament was held at Hempfield High School on Saturday February 17 where 10 Donegal grapplers took to the mats in an attempt to punch their ticket to the District Three Championship.
Each weight class advanced four wrestlers to the Giant Center for a chance at a District medal with two Indians, Ethan Herr at 106 pounds and Romeo Harvey at 285, making the cut with fourth place finishes.
Donegal also had a wrestler just miss the cut when Will Small suffered heart breaking back-to-back falls in the final seconds of both matches to finish in fifth place at 160. Two others finished in sixth place with Dylan Bowers at 113 pounds and Dimitry Gonzales at 145 pounds.
Herr entered the tournament as the reigning L-L League champion at 106 pounds and advanced into the sectional quarterfinals with a 10-4 decision over Solanco's Dominic Flatt where, excluding a penalty point, the Donegal freshman only gave up one early reversal and an escape late in the third period.
Central Dauphin's Josh Miller awaited Herr after a first-round bye and, leading 2-0 in the third after a reversal at the end of the second period, was able to turn Herr for a quick pin at the 4:44 mark, sending him into the consolation round.
In his first wrestle back Herr met up with Brandon Kheuangthirath from Manheim Central where he cruised to a 12-0 major decision using a series of takedowns and 3-point near falls before scoring a late reversal for good measure.
Palmyra's Jacob Myers traded takedowns and reversals with Herr in the consolation semifinals before a heroic reversal with five seconds left propelled Herr into a rematch with Miller.
Herr's reversal midway into the second tied things up at 2-2, but Miller was able to hit a reversal 11 seconds later putting Herr directly to his back for the fall at 2:32.
Harvey, who only had 11 bouts under his belt before sectionals, found himself in a dogfight with Tyler Dougherty from Manheim and needed a sudden victory period to decide things.
Leading 3-1 after two periods of wrestling, Harvey surrendered a penalty point with 1:35 to go in the third and then went down 4-3 on a Dougherty reversal with 1:06 on the clock.
Harvey found a way to his feet with only 25 seconds left in regulation and then secured a winning 4-point move from the feet in the first sudden victory period, placing Dougherty on his back for the win.
Eventual champion Kyle Wuestner from Lower Dauphin was next up and Harvey briefly held the lead with an escape in the second period, but Wuestner's takedown with 49 seconds on the clock led to a fall for the Ram.
In his first wrestle back, Harvey met L-S's Owen Hess where the big Indian scored a takedown with 13 seconds remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and earn a spot in Districts. All that remained was to determine if he would enter as a third or fourth place finisher.
In his final bout of the day, against Central Dauphin's Jaden Baylor, Harvey used a second period escape to take a 1-0 lead into the third, but it was a reversal late in the third by Baylor that led to an eventual fall at the 4:17 mark giving Harvey fourth place.
Wrestling at 160 pounds, Will Small's day was going very well as he used a quick 34 second pin to put away Palmyra's Ethan Alberto in the opening round and followed that with a dominating win over Jeff Elser from L-S in a bout where he was leading 7-0 before a fall at the 3:01 mark pushed him into the semifinals.
Penn Manor's Nick Baker met him there and used a 4-point move from neutral to open up a 6-2 lead in the second period but Small was able to close the gap with a reversal in the final seconds to pull within two points.
Beginning the third period in the bottom position, Baker hit a reversal five seconds in and then earned the fall at 5:45 to send Small into the consolation semis opposite Warwick's David Hnasko.
In that bout, Small built a 6-2 lead into the third period, but surrendered an escape midway through the period and then a takedown straight to his back where Hnasko earned the fall with only 13 seconds in regulation for the fourth qualifying position.
Both Bowers and Gonzales emerged victorious with a first period fall from their opening round bouts at 1:26 and 1:13 respectively, but then dropped into the wrestle backs after losing in the quarterfinal round.
At 113, Bowers ran out to a 10-0 lead over Milton Hershey's Josh Minners before earning another fall at 4:04 then dropped his next two for sixth place. Likewise, Gonzales lost his quarterfinal bout before a 6-4 decision over Joey Vandergriff from Solanco but lost twice after that as well.
Taj Younger, at 120 pounds, Mason Ober (132), Joe Fox (138), and Nick Grady (152) all had early exits with first round losses.
Herr and Harvey both looked to ride their sectional momentum into the Giant Center last Thursday night during the double elimination District Three Championship but ran into roadblocks along the way and were not able to make it out of the first day of competition.
Each wrestler dropped into the consolation rounds via an opening round fall, but it was Harvey who came the closest to surviving by making it into the second round of wrestle backs before falling victim to a 7-3 decision against Governor Mifflin's Jordan Espinosa as the night began to wind down.
Harvey's day began when he stepped onto the mat against Jeff Chisolm-Wilkerson from Harrisburg. After the two pawed at each other a bit trying to gain an upper hand, it was a takedown by the Cougar that put Harvey on his back halfway through the period with the fall not far behind.
Harvey bounced back with a fall of his own late in the third period of his next bout with Cedar Crest's Nick Stout after taking a 5-1 lead, and with nine seconds left in the match he was onto the second round.
It was there that Espinosa used a 5-point move from neutral in the second period and a stalling point and escape in the third to open up a 7-1 lead which was too much for Harvey to overcome as his season came to a close.
Herr's day ended in the first round of consolations where he attempted to wrestle through an injury he suffered in the opening round against Northeastern's Thomas Gradwell.
Re-aggravating his shoulder and needing injury time, Herr was not able to overcome the pressure of Canton Dolla of Daniel Boone and left Hershey on a 3-2 decision loss to the Scout.
While Donegal is considered a non-swim school, there are a contingent of athletes which represent the Indians in the pool and are able to qualify for the post-season meets. Coached by Alison Kreider, the eight swimmers have to be affiliated with a local aquatic club in order to be able to participate in PIAA sanctioned events.
In order to swim in regularly scheduled meets, the co-ed group has to compete during another school's events in an open lane and may only take part in the individual races with no relays allowed and each swimmer may only participate in two events apiece.
Even though they are a small group, the Donegal swimmers are making an impact as each of the eight members qualified through the L-L League meet to swim in Districts which take place Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.
"This season has been the best one so far for me," commented Kreider on her special group. "The swimmers are working hard and you can see it when they enter the pool."
Two weeks ago, Jordynn and Jenna Park were both crowned as League Champions at Wilson High School when Jordynn clocked a best time of 1:05.39 in the 100 breaststroke and Jenna touched first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.19.
In addition to that accomplishment, Jordynn also finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.63 while Jenna tied for fourth place with Manheim Township's Hope Boldizar in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 54.20.
For the rest of the girls, Claire O'Neil took silver in the 500 freestyle by finishing in 5:23.97 and placed fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.98, Hailey Fry was seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.25) and finished 19th in the 200 freestyle (2:09.19), just ahead of Grace Wheeler who finished 20th in the 200 freestyle (2:12.30) as well as the 500 freestyle (5:51.37).
Jordynn also joined boys' team member Tyler Wilkinson in setting four new Donegal school records as both swimmers broke the existing records in their respective races.
Wilkinson's history making times came in the 200 freestyle where he finished sixth in 1:49.36 and the 100 backstroke where he touched third in 55.17.
Teammate Jake Houck finished fifth in the 50 freestyle (22.29) and third in the 100 butterfly (53.72) and Logan Fry placed 13th in the 200 freestyle (1:57.00) while taking 14th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.70).
Meanwhile, this weekend they will all have a huge supporter with them in Kreider. "I can't wait to see how they all do at Districts and States."
Both the boys and girls made it into the District Three Class 5A Championships, but each were eventually eliminated, thus ending their seasons.
For the girls it was a 59-40 loss to Lower Dauphin last Tuesday night while the boys initially lost 77-61 to Greencastle-Antrim last Monday and then suffered a 56-49 defeat to New Oxford in the consolation bracket three days later.
Lower Dauphin found a way to slow down the Donegal girls' attack, limiting Kiera Baughman to nine points. Carly Diffnederfer led the team with 17 while the Indians were outscored in the first three quarters of the game and trailed 46-27 heading into the fourth.
Cheyenne Livelsberger added six points followed by Morgan Creek (4), Alice Fernald (2), and Summer Steffy (2).
Michael Lyons (17), Elijah Swanigan (16), and Avery Walker (11) led the boys against Greencastle-Antrim but the Donegal defense was unable to slow down the Blue Devils attack which built a 39-26 lead by halftime and never looked back.
Abdalla Ibrahim dropped in two 3-pointers while scoring seven points on the night while Dalton Mullhausen and Reed Licopoli each added four, and Frank Devitz scored two.
Donegal Tops E-town, Qualifies for Districts February 9, 2018
After enduring a painful campaign in 2016-2017 where they only managed a single win the entire season, the Donegal boys' basketball team locked up a spot in the upcoming District Three 5-A Championship with a 57-47 win over backyard rival Elizabethtown last Tuesday in Mount Joy.
With that victory Donegal improved to 6-8 in Section Two and 12-10 overall and, most importantly, earned the number 15 spot in the District Three 5-A power rankings with the top 16 teams making the tournament.
The win also capped a 3-0 stretch during which the boys defeated Solanco 55-40 two Friday's ago before outpointing Daniel Boone 47-36 the next day.
While the Indians did not qualify for the L-L League tournament which began last Thursday, they will now have plenty of time to rest and prepare for their first-round matchup in Districts which begin on Monday.
Donegal's Avery Walker led all players with 17 points against Solanco and teammates Elijah Swanigan (15) and Michael Lyons (11) completed the trio of double digit Indian scorers in a game that the Indians ran away with in the second half.
Leading 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, Donegal's advantage dropped to three when the Golden Mules put up 14 in the second to make the score 27-24 at the break.
Donegal proceeded to outscore Solanco 28-16 in the second half, putting up 14 in each of the final two quarters and pulling away for the easy victory.
Walker netted nine points alone on 3-pointers and Swanigan went 7-8 at the foul line while Andrew Stwalley added six points on the night and Abdella Ibrahim, Frank Devitz, and Reed Licopoli all tallied two apiece.
Trailing 16-12 against Daniel Boone the next day, the Donegal defense blanketed the Blazers in the second quarter, holding them scoreless. However, the Indians failed to take advantage on offense scoring only seven points while overtaking the visitors for a slight 19-16 advantage at halftime.
With Lyons (13) and Walker (12) leading the way, Donegal extended that lead to 40-24 in the third helped by Swanigan's nine points, six from Licopoli, Stwalley's four, and Ibrahim's three for the game.
The Blazers then put up their second-best point total of the game with 12 in the fourth quarter, but it was all for naught as the Indians iced the game by outpacing them with 17 in the finish.
Winning both of those games set up a do-or-die situation against Elizabethtown in which the winner earned its way into Districts. Donegal entered the game already as the 15th seed while the Bears sat at No. 17 in the power rankings looking to leapfrog into the playoffs.
Elizabethtown's Ryan Parise drained one of his two 3-pointers of the night with two seconds on the clock to put the Bears ahead 18-15 heading into the second quarter but Donegal eventually found a way to get in the last punch before half.
After a back-and-forth second quarter and with time running down, Swanigan made a break to the basket and found Stwalley who was waiting on the outside. The senior calmly took aim from behind the arc and netted his own 3-banger just before the clock went to zero's, sending the tribe into the locker room with a 27-26 lead.
It was a lead that Donegal never relinquished and expanded from a one-point advantage to 13 before containing a last-minute surge by the Bears in the fourth that pulled them back to within six at 51-45, the closest they would get the rest of the night.
Walker's 17 points led another trio of double digit Indians with Swanigan (14) and Licopoli (10) joining the team leader. Following were Lyons (8), Stwalley (3), Dalton Mullhausen (2), Devitz (2), and Ibrahim (1).
With a Section Two race that wasn't decided until the night before the L-L League playoffs, Donegal's girls emerged out of the dust with third place firmly in hand, a League play in game against Cedar Crest, and a 16th seed ranking for Districts.
A week and a half ago the lady Indians began a four-game stretch with a 72-58 loss to Solanco and then reeled off three straight wins which included a 64-44 triumph over Daniel Boone, a 71-33 blowout of Lebanon, and a wild 41-39 stunner over the Falcons.
Kiera Baughman dropped 23 points on the Mares and Carly Diffenderfer added 22, but it wasn't enough to knock off the eventual Section Two second place finisher who had three players in double digits.
A costly second quarter, in which Solanco out scored the Indians 21-10, gave the Mares a 38-22 advantage at the break, and put Donegal too far behind to catch up despite a small rally in the fourth.
Only two other Donegal players made the scoreboard on the night with Summer Steffy putting up nine points and Cheyenne Livelsberger adding four.
In addition, Baughman nailed four from long distance while Diffenderfer drained two, and Steffy added one of her own.
Donegal had eight players score against the Blazers of Daniel Boone while racing out to a 35-16 lead by halftime and never looking back.
Baughman continued her sharpshooting ways as the sophomore drained another trio of 3-pointers on the way to 19 points on the day, but it was Diffenderfer's 21 that led all players, including a 5-7 effort from the line.
Livelsberger hit four shots from the field and a free throw to tally nine points, Steffy scored six, Ella DeBruin contributed four, Morgan Creek and Alexandra Daly each had two and Madeline Gohn added a foul shot to round out the scoring for Donegal.
Daniel Boone couldn't recover enough in the third, giving up 17 to the Indians while scoring 13 but pulled a bit closer in the fourth with a 15-12 advantage.
Lebanon fared even less against the lady Indians who dominated at every turn, racking up a 34-16 lead by halftime led by a 28-point effort by Diffenderfer, including two 3-pointers from the high-flying senior.
Donegal increased its lead to 26 after three quarters of play, finishing out with a 17-5 run in the final frame. Baughman added 18 points followed by Creek (8), Steffy (8), DeBruin (3), Livelsberger (3), Gohn (2) and Daly (1).
After their win over the Cedars, Donegal was caught in a tie with Manheim Central for third in the section and were awaiting the final of the Garden Spot versus Solanco game last Wednesday to truly decide the end of season standings.
Donegal held a tie-breaker advantage over the Barons, going 2-0 during the season, and following a Spartan loss to the Mares, maintained the hold on third place.
In what turned out to be a wild ending in the play-in game with Cedar Crest in which Diffenderfer was blanketed by the Falcons, Baughman was able to find her stride, putting up 20 points including the final two at the end of the game for the margin of victory.
With four seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 39-39, Donegal called a time out. On the ensuing inbound pass, Baughman caught a foul that was ruled intentional giving her two shots from the line, and Donegal possession.
She was good on both to make it 41-39 with two seconds left and the Indians were able to run out the clock to send them against Lancaster Catholic on Saturday.
Battling back from five points down, the ladies cut the deficit to two at halftime, 25-23. In an oddly low scoring third quarter, Donegal outscored Lebanon 8-4 to take the lead at 31-29 and then both teams put up 10 points in the fourth.
Rounding out the night for the Indians were Livelsberger (8), Steffy (4), Diffenderfer (4), Gohn (2), Daly (2), and Fernald (2).
Ethan Herr Claims L-L League Gold at 106 February 2, 2018
Donegal wrestling may not be able to win Section Three where, yet again, Northern Lebanon reigned supreme, but a champion was crowned, medals were earned and a bear was skinned as the Indians recently wrapped up a successful week on the mat.
In third place behind Annville-Cleona (4-2, 6-6) and the Vikings (6-0, 8-1) after a 36-27 nail biter of a win at Elizabethtown, Donegal (3-2, 5-2) began its recent run with a trip to the L-L League Meet two weeks ago at Garden Spot High School.
It was there that Ethan Herr, William Small, and Dylan Bowers all reached the podium with Herr claiming the gold at 106 pounds, Small taking fourth at 160, and Bowers placing fifth at 113.
Overall the Indians placed 14th out of 22 teams with 62.5 points scored, but it was Herr that provided the most excitement for the Donegal faithful as he worked his way through the bracket and used a timely takedown to earn a hard fought League Championship.
After a first round bye, Herr took a 10-1 major decision over Dominic Flatt of Solanco which then pitted him against McCaskey's Jordan Holland in the quarterfinals where he advanced to the semifinals with a 22-5 technical fall. It was there that the freshman eked out an 8-6 decision to punch his ticket to the finals.
Northern Lebanon's Brandon Breidegan used a second period fall over Jeremiah Pina of Conestoga Valley to advance into the semifinals where he worked a 12-3 major decision over Manheim Township's Micah Sams, setting up the showdown with Herr.
The two battled it out over two and a half periods with Breidegan gaining the upper hand at 7-6 before the resilient Herr came out on the top of a two-point takedown with only eight seconds on the clock and was able to corral the slim victory.
Bowers and Small achieved varying degrees of success before dropping into the consolations to finish out their respective weekends.
Small wrestled his way into the semifinals before tasting defeat at the hands of Northern Lebanon's Blaise Bressler via a first period fall.
Along the way, however, he pinned Travis Zang of Cedar Crest in only 33 seconds to advance to the quarterfinals where his 10-9 decision over L-S's Jeff Elser set him on the path to the wrestle backs.
Once there, Small decisioned Warwick's David Hnasko, 7-5, and was propelled into the third place match against Penn Manor's Nick Baker where he succumbed to a first period fall for the fourth place medal.
Bower spent a little more time in the consolation bracket, but made the most of it payback fashion with a third period pin of Trevor Grassel from Penn Manor to claim fifth place. It was Grassel who sent Bowers into the wrestle backs with a pin in the second period of the duo's quarterfinal match.
Bowers then defeated Ethan Carl of Elizabethtown 12-4 and lost to Kyler Anspach of Northern Lebanon before getting his second shot at the Comet.
Donegal's Taj Younger, Jeremy Algoe, Mason Ober, Joseph Fox, Dimitri Gonzales, Nick Grady Elliot Burnette, and Joseph Shaeffer all were eliminated with two straight losses while Ryan Stalnecker and Kyle Bixler each won once in the wrestle backs before ending their day on the mat.
Donegal then faced off against the Elizabethtown Bears last Wednesday on the road and led, at one point, by 15 points before a late 18-0 surge by the home team brought the entire meet down to one bout.
When Herr took to the mat against E-Town's Cayden Spencer, the Bears had overtaken the Indians and led 27-24 after a Blake Andrews fall at 220 and a Donegal forfeit at 285.
Earlier, Bowers and Younger put Donegal up 6-0 after respective 9-2 and 8-4 decisions to start the meet at 120 and 126.
Fox's fall at 138 followed by an 11-2 Gonzales decision at 145 widened the gap to 12 points at 15-3 before Small's 8-4 decision at 160 and Stalnecker's pin at 170 put the Indians up 24-15
From there it looked as if the Bears might steal the meet away with four straight victories, but Herr's first period fall over Spencer at 106 sealed the deal.
Donegal's boys played three and lost three while the girls won both of their games in the interim with the season winding down.
Facing Elizabethtown (6-6), Ephrata (8-4), and Cocalico (6-6) in three road games over the past two weeks the boys lost 64-47, 68-63, and 47-41, respectively, and were sitting in seventh place in Section Two at 4-8.
Avery Walker (64) and Elijah Swanigan (47) combined for 111 total points and alternated as leading scorers over that three game span which began in Elizabethtown.
Giving up a 23-6 margin in the first quarter, Donegal never recovered and was down 46-30 by the time the final frame began.
Swanigan had 15 points to lead the Indians and his 7-8 effort at the line contributed greatly to Donegal's hitting 75 percent of its free throws.
Walker scored 13 followed by Andrew Stwalley (8), Michael Lyons (5), Francis Licopoli (3), Abdalla Ibrahim (2), and Luke DeBruin (1).
Both Walker (29) and Swanigan (23) had a monster game against Ephrata on Friday but the Mounts found a way to extend a 45-44 third quarter lead in the fourth by outscoring the Indians 23-19 to finish a game that was tied 13-13 after the first. Lyons (5), Dalton Mullhausen (4), and Stwalley (2) rounded out the scoring for Donegal.
Donegal led Cocalico 9-5 heading into the second quarter of last Tuesday's game but could not manage a way to maintain that lead in a back-and-forth affair. Walker scored 22 points to lead all scorers. Swanigan added nine, Lyons had four, Licopoli had three, Frank Devitz scored 2 and Mullhausen added one for the night.
After the Eagles went up 20-17 at the break, Donegal came back in the third and tied the game at 42-42 but was outscored 15-9 in the third for the loss.
In a tight Section Two battle for second place for the girls, Solanco (7-5), Donegal (7-5), and Garden Spot (7-5) all trailed Lampeter-Strasburg (12-0) after last Tuesday's games and had two final league games each to sort things out.
As it was, the lady Indians solidified their place in the standings with a 62-55 victory over Ephrata and a 58-511 win at home against Cocalico last Tuesday.
Riding Carly Diffenderfer's hot streak, Donegal outscored the Mounts 20-11 in the first quarter and 13-11 in the second for a 33-22 advantage and then held off a small Ephrata charge in the second half that didn't really threaten much but pulled them within seven points at the end.
Diffenderfer, fresh off joining the 1000 point club, lit things up for a game high 27 and was an amazing 15-20 at the foul line while Kiera Baughman (16) and Cheyenne Livelsberger (14) joined her for double digits and identical 4-4 efforts at the line.
Madeline Gohn (2), Summer Steffy (2), and Alice Fernald (1) topped the scoring for the Indians.
Steffy took charge against Cocalico, however, as her 18 points not only led the team but everyone else on the hardwood as she also connected on one 3-pointer and had a 3-4 night shooting free throws.
Cocalico led right from the start and was up 20-14 after one quarter of play but the lady Indians fought back in the second to tie things up at the break, 32-32.
Baughman added 16 and Livelsberger tallied 12 as the trio of double digit scorers opened things up in the third during a 17-9 run that put Donegal ahead for good despite a 10-9 advantage for the Eagles in the fourth.
Fernald added seven, Diffenderfer put up two, and Gohn and Alexandra Daley each scored one point apiece on free throws to round out the Donegal scoring.
Diffenderfer Joins 1,000 Career Points Club January 26, 2018
For many youths who are involved in sports there is almost always a fantasy that plays out in their minds of winning the big game with a fantastic play. Many times, however, those scenarios never come to fruition. But sometimes, they do.
Carly Diffenderfer entered Donegal's recent basketball game with Section Two rival Manheim Central needing only 26 points to earn her membership into the 1000 point club. While that total is a tall order for a single game, she had done it before, so it wasn't an impossible feat to say the least and boy did she deliver in the 61-59 timber rattling Indians victory.
Facing a stingy Manheim defense which only allowed her six points in the first quarter of play Diffenderfer was held scoreless in the second and it looked like her special day would have to wait.
She was able to write her fantasy ending in the second half, however, as the senior turned it on and helped the Indians battle from 10 points down to a 59-59 tie with only 7.5 seconds remaining.
"In our final timeout they had a look of determination that they had never shown. For Carly it wasn't about just scoring her 1000th point but winning the game. I was very confident when they took the floor," commented head coach Thomas Baughman.
With Kiera Baughman looking to inbound the ball, the sophomore noticed a shift in Manheim's defense and signaled Diffenderfer to release down court.
She then launched a hail-mary that found Diffenderfer in the paint where she dribbled once, spun, and capped off a play for the ages that banked off the backboard and through the net with career number 1000 and only 0.9 on the clock after play was stopped for a celebration by the elated team and coach.
"I am super proud of what Carly has accomplished and happy to be there when she accomplished such a goal," said an elated Baughman.
Not to be lost was the fact that Donegal twice came back from double digit deficits and in addition to Diffenderfer's 26 points, Baughman put up 20 of her own including a first quarter buzzer beater that tied the game at 17-17.
Central, led by game high scorer Brooke Breinich (28), pulled ahead again in the second and led 35-28 at the break. The lady Barons extended that lead once again in the third to 52-44 before Donegal clamped down in the fourth where they held Manheim to seven points, setting the stage for Diffenderfer's masterful ending.
Baughman also drained four from long range while Madeline Gohn (6), Cheyenne Livelsberger (6), and Summer Steffy (3) also contributed to the win.
Donegal's next two games did not turn out well for the ladies as they dropped a 67-36 final to eventual Section Two champion Lampeter-Strasburg (10-0) and then suffered a 67-54 defeat at the hands of Garden Spot (6-4).
Following their win with the Barons (4-5), Donegal (5-5) eventually dropped into a tie for third with Solanco (5-5) as of last Tuesday's game results and with six games remaining on the schedule.
Hanging with the Pioneers through the first quarter, Donegal trailed by only two at 15-13. However, a monster finish to the first half by L-S carried over into the third quarter as the Indians were outscored 42-16 and found themselves behind 57-29 heading into the final frame.
Livelsberger scored a team high 12 points as the Pioneer defense clamped down on Donegal's duel threat, holding Baughman and Diffenderfer to a combined 13 for the night.
Alice Fernald (4), Steffy (4), and Alexandra Daly (2) added support against the highly touted Pioneer defense.
Donegal traveled to New Holland last Tuesday and despite only trailing by five points at halftime, saw Garden Spot run away with the game. The Spartans put up 22 in the third quarter to widen the lead to 15 with the score at 55-40 to start the fourth quarter.
Baughman (20), Diffenderfer (16), and Livelsberger (12) accounted for much of the Donegal offense with Baughman draining three 3-pointers and Diffenderfer converting 3-of-4 foul shots.
Madeline Gohn also had a good night at the line, going 2-4 for the night and Morgan Creek and Steffy each contributed two points apiece.
In similar fashion, the boys also pulled off a close victory over Manheim Central, 40-39, but likewise lost their next two as Lampeter-Strasburg claimed a 73-44 win and Garden Spot came away victorious, 63-44.
Despite only holding the lead twice against the Barons, it was a 7-0 run in the third capped by an Avery Walker put-away that sent the Indians ahead for good in a game that came down to the final shot.
Only 14.4 seconds remained on the clock and Donegal led 40-39 as Manheim set up for its final inbound of the game. With the Indians defense not providing any clear path to the basket the Barons were forced to pass the ball around on the outside looking for a break that never came.
As Walker desperately defended with his teammates, Manheim's Drew Mummau eventually had to take an off balance desperation shot with two seconds remaining from behind the arc with Elijah Swanigan's outstretched hand in his face.
The shot caromed off the front of the rim and into the arms of Frank Devitz who swallowed up the rebound, securing the exciting finish for the Indians.
Central opened the game with a 10-6 first quarter and just barely took a two point lead into the break after Donegal tied things up at 15-15 in the second. The Indians rebounded in the second half, though, outscoring Manheim 25-22 in the final two quarters.
Walker led the team with 13 points and his one bucket from long range accounted for half of Donegal's successful 3-point attempts. He was followed by Michael Lyons (8), Reed Licopoli (8), Andrew Stwalley (5), Dalton Mullhausen (4), and Swanigan (2) with Stwalley hitting the second 3-pointer of the night.
Lampeter-Strasburg visited the Indians next and despite trailing 27-24 at halftime, exploded for 46 after the break while holding the Indians to only 20. Donegal played even up with L-S in the first quarter, 14-14, but could not stay with them in the second half.
Ryan Smith's 30-point effort propelled L-S to victory even though three Indians scored double digits with Walker (15), Lyons (11), and Swanigan (10) pacing Donegal. Logan Nauman, Cameron Kurtz, Mullhausen, and Licopoli all scored two points apiece in the loss.
Donegal started and finished strong against Garden Spot, but it was the in-between that downed the Indians. Outscored 36-15 over the second and third quarters, they watched a 14-12 first quarter lead dissipate and turn into a 39-29 deficit heading into the fourth.
Jordan Shewbridge's game high 20 points and a stalwart defensive effort by the Spartans kept all Donegal scorers below 10 were Garden Spot's keys to victory.
The normally hot handed Walker joined Licopoli and Swanigan in scoring nine points each with Lyons putting up six, Stwalley and Ryan Zuch each scoring four and Mullhausen adding three. Swanigan and Walker each had a 3-pointer and Zuch was perfect at the line, going 4-4.
Sitting in third place in Section Three and headed into the L-L League tournament this past Friday, Donegal (3-2) finished out its league schedule with a 67-4 loss to Section champion Northern Lebanon (6-0) and a 52-27 victory over Pequea Valley (3-2).
No team was able to crack the stone wall that is Northern Lebanon as the Vikings put together another outstanding season on the mat in an undefeated campaign.
That prowess was on display as Donegal was only able to muster one win when Dylan Bowers scored a 9-1 major decision over Seth Fischer at 120 pounds in the third bout of the night to make it 9-4 in favor of the Vikings.
Any thoughts of an upset, however, were quickly put to rest as Northern Lebanon rolled to eight straight wins before Donegal surrendered three forfeits to end the match.
Putting that loss in the rearview, Donegal faced off with Pequea Valley last Wednesday and despite a spirited effort by the Braves, were able to earn the win that put them above the .500 mark.
Forfeiting the first three bouts of the night beginning with 120 pounds, Pequea Valley scored a major decision, technical fall, and pin at 138, 145, and 152 respectively to pull within three points at 18-15.
Three straight pins by the Indians put Donegal comfortably ahead 36-15 and by the time Bowers had his hand raised with a forfeit at 113, the Braves had won only two more bouts.
Beginning with 160 pounds, Will Small worked for almost three full periods before sticking Trevor Huber with ten seconds remaining, but it only took Ryan Stalnecker one minute into his bout at 170 to deck Chase Riehl to make it 30-15.
Kyle Bixler finished the trio of falls when he turned Brody Man to his back and stuck him at the 2:39 mark of the bout at 182 before Elliot Burnette accepted a forfeit at 195 to make it 42-15.
Nate Miller earned a pin at 220 for the Braves and Joe Coblentz took the forfeit at 285 for Pequea's final points of the night.
Ethan Herr then worked a 12-0 major decision over Jace Beegle at 106 pounds before Bowers stepped to the center of the mat for his forfeit.
Diffenderfer Nets 28 in Hard-Fought Section Loss January 12, 2018
After opening up with an extremely tense but hard fought 43-42 win over host Cocalico two weeks ago, the lady Indians found themselves in another nail biter when they took on Solanco last Tuesday on their home court. They came out on the other side of that one in a 72-70 win by the Mares in the final seconds.
The ladies finished with another home matchup, this time with Middletown on Thursday but only briefly held a lead on the Raiders who took off running and finished by handing Donegal a 75-60 defeat.
The results place Donegal (3-3) in fourth place in Section Two behind Solanco (3-2) and Manheim Central (3-2) in third place, Ephrata (4-2) in second place and Lampeter-Strasburg (6-0) in first.
In what was to be the first back-to-back wild endings for the ladies, they took to the court against Cocalico in a very evenly played contest in which Donegal only led 21-17 at halftime.
"We knew it would be a tough second half if we didn't have another player get hot on offense," commented head coach Thomas Baughman. "With Kiera Baughman running point guard and slowing down our half-court offense, it opened up Cheyenne Livelsburger for a career high game. She was terrific in the second half with 12 points and 18 total."
Baughman ended the game with 13, while Carly Diffenderfer added six, Sumer Steffy put up five, and Madeline Gohn tallied one.
After both teams put up 11 points each in the third and played a lot of back-and-forth through the final frame, it was the final 30 seconds of the game that decided it all.
Down by one point and forcing a turnover, Cocalico took possession with 22 seconds left and with only three seconds remaining took a shot that was tipped out of bounds by a Donegal defender, giving the Eagles one final chance.
Donegal was able to rebound the resulting errant shot and held on for a well-earned victory that garnered praise from their coach. "The girls really dug deep in the final minute of that game and showed a lot of character by picking each other up and working together to achieve the victory against a good section rival Cocalico."
Against Solanco it was the fourth quarter in which things turned against the ladies. After stretching an 18-17 first quarter lead to 53-47 at the end of the third, Donegal was outscored 25-17 in the final frame and surrendered the game winning shot with only two seconds remaining.
Led by senior guard Carly Diffenderfer's 28 points, the lady Indians took it down to the wire and with the Mares leading by three, Baughman hit a game tying 3-pointer only to have Solanco re-take a two point lead with less than a minute to go.
"Now it was a time out situation, I knew we needed to remain calm on offense and find the layup to tie this thing up," stated Coach Baughman.
Livelsburger was able to do just that when Alice Fernald's screen allowed Baughman to feed her for the game tying shot.
Solanco, however, found the game winner with only two seconds remaining to put an end to a well-played game by both sides. "It was a hard fought battle to the end. Our girl's just need to play with the same sense of urgency all four periods," stated Baughman. "I am proud of their fight in this game tonight."
Thursday's game with Middletown was less suspenseful, unfortunately, as Donegal held the lead briefly in the opening minutes of play, but watched as the Raiders widened a slight 17-15 lead in the first to 32-29 at halftime and then outscored a sleeping Indians offense 24-8 in the third.
Diffenderfer led all scorers with 24 while Baughman tallied 18, including two 3-pointers. Fernald had five, followed by Livelsberger (4), Summer Steffy (3), and then Gohn, Morgan Creek, and Alexandra Daly who each scored two.
The Donegal boys found themselves on the winning end of a three game stretch that began with a tight 56-53 victory over Cocalico two Friday's ago in front of the home crowd in Mount Joy and was followed the next day by a 63-37 losing effort on the road in a non-league matchup with Chambersburg.
The Indians were able to regroup, however, and finish with a solid 66-33 win over Solanco last Tuesday in Quarryville which, at the time, increased their record to 3-3 and placed them in a three way tie for third place with Elizabethtown and Cocalico.
Leading by 10 points after the third period against the Eagles, Donegal was able to withstand a furious comeback bid by Cocalico that saw the visitors put up 23 points in the fourth after tallying only 30 up to that point in the game.
With help from Abdalla Ibrahim and Avery Walker, who both put up 16 points to lead the team, the Indians answered with 16 in the final frame which proved to be just enough to hold off the surging Eagles.
A strong defensive effort by Donegal in the second quarter, where the Indians only surrendered five points, erased a 12-10 deficit and sent them into the locker room at the break with a 24-17 lead.
Ibrahim's efforts beyond the arc accounted for nine of the senior's total points on the night while Walker was on fire from the foul line going 6-8. Michael Lyons, Andrew Stwalley, and Elijah Swanigan scored six points apiece followed by Frank Devitz (3), Reed Licopoli (2), and Dalton Mulhausen (1).
Against Chambersburg, the boys never held the lead beyond the opening minutes of play, although it was close at 11-8 after the first quarter.
The Trojans were able to contain Donegal on offense for most of the game while steadily stretching the margin of victory over the course of the afternoon, but Walker was still able to slip through the cracks and put up 17 of his own while Swanigan managed eight including two 3-pointers.
Donegal was impressive at the line as they did not miss a single free throw, but the impact was minimal as the Indians only had five attempts throughout the game.
Lyons chipped in with four points while Ibrahim and Stwalley each accounted for three and Cameron Kurtz scored two in the loss.
Solanco proved to be just what Donegal needed as the Indians put the Trojans in the rearview and beat the Golden Mules by 13 last Tuesday. Walker lit up the floor on the way to a 27 point effort in a game where Donegal held only a slim two point lead at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room to start the third, an inspired Donegal team put up 22 points and increased that lead to 11 with a score of 53-42 before finishing things off in the fourth.
Lyons and Swanigan each scored 11 points in the winning cause while Licopoli added 10, and Stwalley tallied seven.
While Northern Lebanon maintained its stranglehold on Section Three and remained unbeaten, Donegal took its first loss of the season against Annville-Cleona last Wednesday at home as the Dutchmen stormed into Mount Joy and took down the Indians 48-26.
Facing a 30 point deficit after giving up a fall in each of the first five bouts, Donegal was finally able to get on the board when Will Small worked his way into an 8-2 decision over Daniel Tobias at 160.
Over the final eight bouts of the meet, the two teams traded wins, including one forfeit apiece, with Kyle Bixler making the score 33-8 with an 18-3 technical fall over Caleb Turner at 182 before Cael Rapp needed only 27 seconds to flatten Dion Lopez at 220 to make it 39-14.
Ethan Herr gave the Indians their final earned points of the meet with a 2:39 fall over Gavin Knox at 106 pounds in 2:39 and Jeremy Algoe accepted a forfeit at 120 pounds for the final points of the night.
With the loss, Donegal fell to 2-1 in the section and was in third place behind Pequea Valley (3-1) with both teams chasing Northern Lebanon (5-0).
Matmen Top Crusaders, Now 2-0 in Section 3 January 5, 2018
Now that we have had our fill of the 2017-2018 holiday tournaments it is time to move on from the appetizers portion of this year's sports schedule and get ready for the meat and potatoes.
Donegal's wrestling team began its regular season back on December 13th when it overcame an early deficit and held on to defeat ELCO 39-30 on the road for the first win of the year.
Last Wednesday they welcomed Lancaster Catholic to the Donegal Gym with a not-so cordial 62-12 greeting to the New Year. The result garnered them a third place seat in Section Three at 2-0 behind first place Northern Lebanon (4-0) and second place Pequea Valley (3-0).
The outcome was never in doubt against the Crusaders who did not earn any points until the ninth bout of the night when Evan Hart, at 120, pinned Taj Younger in the second period.
That, combined with the six points that were awarded to Lancaster Catholic as a forfeit at 285 pounds, made it 40-12 in favor of the Indians and marked the end of the scoring for the visiting Crusaders.
Donegal, which recorded five pins for the match, received its first when Will Small dispatched Ryan Kemmerly via a first period fall at 1:45 in the opening bout at 160 pounds.
Ryan Stainecker's 12-4 major decision over Dylan Joachim at 170 and Kyle Bixler's quick 32 second pin of Alex Cruz at 182 preceded two Lancaster Catholic forfeits and the lone Donegal freebie at heavyweight and set the Indians up with a 28-6 advantage.
Ethan Herr (1:49), and Dylan Bowers (:44) each needed less than one period of work to turn their opponents before back-to-back decisions by Jesse Thomas at 126 and Mason Ober at 132 pushed the lead to 46-12.
The Indians finished out the match with a 3:56 pin at 138 by Joseph Fox over Carlos Nezario followed by Lancaster Catholic's final forfeit at 145 and a 12-0 major decision by Dimitri Gonzalez over J.P. Jones at 152 pounds.
While both the boys' and girls' teams boasted identical 5-4 overall records after last Tuesday's games against Ephrata, the Lady Indians stood at 2-2 in League play and were in 5th place in Section Two while the guys were 1-3 and holding down the 7th place spot.
Each team suffered losses at the hands of the Mounts with the boys taking a 56-39 defeat at home and the girls falling 64-46 on the road. A scheduled non-league matchup last Thursday with the visiting Middletown girls was canceled due to weather conditions making the Ephrata game the lone contest for both teams.
A strong fourth quarter finish in which the ladies put up 20 points was matched basket-for-basket, plus one, by the home team as Ephrata racked up 21 in the final frame to put a cap on a game in which the Mounts gradually increased their lead over the course of all four quarters.
Donegal's Carly Diffenderfer led all scorers with 28 points including six from the line on eight attempts but was the only one on the team to reach double digits.
Meanwhile Gabi Gerola-Hill (19), Kyla McKim (13), Katherine Sola (12), and Kandice Liebl (10) led Ephrata in the same category as the Mounts led by nine points in the first, 13 in the second, 17 in the third, and 18 in the fourth.
Down 43-26 after three quarters, the Lady Indians lit a fire and found a way to crack the tough defense that was set all game by Ephrata but unfortunately could not find a way to shore up their own and take advantage of the positive situation they created for themselves.
In addition to Diffenderfer, Kiera Baughman put up nine points including the lone 3-pointer of the night for the ladies and was 2-5 from the line, Cheyenne Livelsberger scored six while hitting four of six foul shots, Morgan Creek added two points, and Alice Fernald added one from the line.
With Diffenderfer's 28 points for the game, the senior stands at 896 for her career and with 12 regular season games remaining after Ephrata she will only have to average nine points per game to break through the 1000 point barrier and become the 11th Donegal girl to gain membership into that exclusive club.
Rachel Robinson (1035) accomplished the feat last season and became the first player for Donegal in eight seasons to do so, following Nicky Hess who scored 1425 in 2009.
In opposite fashion, the boys played a strong first quarter and enjoyed a 17-11 lead heading into the second quarter before Ephrata came back in the second to claim a one point lead at halftime with a 24-23 score, increasing that lead to 13 after three and ending with a 17 point advantage.
Avery Walker paced the Indians with 15 on the night and was perfect from the line going 4-4 while also draining one from behind the arc.
Donegal had six other players that also contributed to the cause, but none with more than nine as Elijah Swanigan hit three field goals and went 3-4 on foul shots to claim that total.
Michael Lyons nailed the only other 3-point shot for the team and ended up with five points for the game while Dalton Mullhausen (4), Abdalla Ibrahim (2), Andrew Stwalley (2), and Reed Licopoli (2) rounded out the scoring for Donegal.
In an out-of-season announcement that came in the first week of the year, three Donegal players, two current and one graduate, were named to U.S. junior national teams.
Senior Katie Jean and junior Mackenzie Allessie made the cut for the U-19 team while Robinson, a former Donegal stand out, made the U-21 squad.
This marks the second consecutive U-19 appearance for Jean and Allessie while Robinson, who was on the U-19 team in 2016, makes her debut at U-21.
Donegal Closes its Season in State Semifinals November 16, 2017
Athletics, and those that play the games, are constantly surrounded by numbers. They are painted on the field and found on the jerseys and helmets of the athletes. Statistics and averages are used to determine the value of an individual as well as the team and a number is then assigned to that value.
On Tuesday night November 14th at Whitehall High School, the Donegal field hockey team's number was three. Not only were they the third ranked high school team in the country, but it was with only 3.3 seconds remaining in the PIAA Class 2A semifinal game against Wyoming Valley West that their amazing season came to a halt in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
Through 59:56.7 of play the Lady Indians controlled almost every aspect of the game but for one, and that was scoring. Despite out-cornering the Spartans 17-7, Donegal only held a one shot advantage at 9-8.
Wyoming Valley West, however, only needed one and that came on the final corner of the game when Cameron Forgash inserted to Madison Woods who then found a way to do what few players have done over the past several seasons, smack the board for the game winner.
Even though the Donegal offense was not able to manufacture any points from their scoring opportunities they did a good job of controlling the ball and not allowing the Spartans to get into any kind of a rhythm. Defensively the Indians stifled any attack Wyoming Valley West was able to mount.
Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's main offensive weapon, was stymied several times by the Spartan's committee of goal keepers in Nikki Hartzel and Sydney Rusnock even though the junior standout was able to get some good looks. Fellow sharp shooter Lily Saunders was thwarted by Hartzel as well.
With diving saves in the cage and a relentless defense that was in a bend-but-don't-break mindset all night, Wyoming Valley West found a way to solve the rapid scoring style that is Donegal's forte and one which has decimated teams in the past.
Even though the Indians were not able to defend their title, they still stand as one of the top high school programs, not only in Pennsylvania but in the country.
This year's graduating seniors and their teammates have achieved a level of success that many teams can only aspire to and have done it better than any that have come before them.
With numerous Section and League titles as well as an historic four consecutive District Three Championships and a PIAA Championship under their belts, they have done their school and community proud, not only by their athletic accomplishments, but how they conducted themselves while doing it.
At the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star banquet which was held days prior to the semifinal game, this was underscored by the fact that Donegal was announced as the team with the highest GPA in the league with a combined 4.12.
Numerous other honors were bestowed upon the players and Coach Shellenberger as well with the latter being named as the Section Two Coach of the Year while four Lady Indians were named to the All-League Team.
Making the roster were Grace Miller as a back, Saunders as a forward, Allessie as a midfielder, and Katie Jean at goalie.
Lady Indians Capture 4th Straight District Title November 5, 2017
When success comes, as often as it does for the Donegal field hockey program, it is easy to take it for granted and not realize just how difficult it is to reach and then maintain such a high level of proficiency.
With an ever revolving roster of players it is not an easy task to stay consistent from one year to the next, however, the Indians manage to not only stay competitive but also improve each season.
That ability to overcome and adapt to changing conditions resulted in the school's first ever PIAA title last year and the defending champions are currently on the same path this year.
The Lady Indians captured their fourth consecutive District Three Championship on Saturday when they defeated Twin Valley 5-2 at Henry Hershey Field.
In doing so, they became the first team in district history to accomplish that feat, breaking their own record of three which they held with Lower Dauphin. It also marks their seventh district title making them the only team in the L-L League to accomplish that feat as well.
Twin Valley is no stranger to the District Three Championship game either, having lost the previous two in shutouts by the Tribe. Despite putting the beginning and finishing marks on the score board, the Raiders were not able to contain Donegal's high powered offense which was led by Mackenzie Allessie's hat trick and included goals by Kiera Baughman and Ashley Maxwell.
Mikenna Allen put Twin Valley into the early lead when she took a Riley Knapp cross and snuck it in for the score with 20:17 left to play in the first half.
After that, it was all Donegal as the ladies scored twice before the break and then added three more in the second before a Twin Valley corner was converted by Kara McClure with zeros on the clock.
Allessie accounted for two of her three goals in the span between the Raider's opening score and halftime with her first coming off a broken play in which she had a pass intercepted but tracked down the Twin Valley defender, stealing back possession of the ball in the process and hitting a reverse shot that knotted the score at 1-1 with 13:32 on the clock.
Almost 12 minutes later, on a corner insertion, she was able to work her way into position and fired off a shot that beat goal keeper Talayna Viscuso for the 2-1 lead with 1:56 to go in the half.
Donegal more than doubled Twin Valley's shot production over the course of the game sending 15 on goal to the Raider's seven while earning a 14-4 advantage in corners as well.
When play resumed in the second half Donegal needed less than eight minutes to expand its lead. Baughman positioned herself in front of the cage and took a shot that Viscuso was able to get a pad on but could not deny as the ball caromed in at the 22:37 mark for the 3-1 lead.
After almost 13 minutes of scoreless play it was Maxwell that struck next on an Indian's penalty corner late in the game. Allessie found her positioned on the right side of the cage after taking the insert and Maxwell was able to push the ball across with just under 10 minutes left to play.
Allessie added the final insurance with 4:20 on the clock before Twin Valley's final hurrah at the end.
Not lost in the shuffle was Donegal's semifinal win over Berks Catholic which set up the history making victory for the District trophy.
Leading up to that game, which the Indians won 10-0 last Wednesday, Berks Catholic had surrendered only 11 points the entire season before running into the buzz saw that is Donegal's offense.
Allessie accounted for five of those goals while both Maxwell and Amanda Beck scored twice and Lily Saunders added another.
The Donegal defense rendered the Saints offense almost useless as they only got off two shots to the Indian's 22 with Donegal also enjoying a 16-6 advantage in corners.
In the final game of regular season the Donegal football team knew it was also going to be the end of the line as the Indians were on the outside looking in at the District qualifiers.
In a huge outpouring of offense and with a hard hitting defense that produce six turnovers, which directly led to five touchdowns, the Indians had their way with Annville-Cleona in a 54-6 rout.
The three headed rushing attack of Cameron Ellis, Tyler Rupp, and Nick Ketner rolled through the A-C defense for 310 combined yards and four touchdowns and Ryan Buckius (2-6, 40YDs, TD) threw for another in the win.
Ketner (12-106, TD) put the Indians on board with a 3-yard plunge in the first quarter to make it 7-0 setting up a two score second quarter which was led by a Keeryen Stevens interception that stopped an A-C drive in Donegal territory.
His bobbling pick was made even more spectacular by the ensuing return in which the defensive back eluded a bevy of Dutchmen and made his way back across the 50-yard line.
A penalty on Donegal brought the ball back deep into Indian territory but on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a Rupp 41-yard carry, Buckius found Seiler Edwards (1-31, TD) across the middle for a 31-yard score.
Rupp (9-100, TD) put the Indians up 20-0 after the defense recovered a Dutchmen fumble on the next drive and he found running room from 21-yards out to close out the scoring for the Indians in the half.
A-C's Caleb Turner forced his way into the end zone from the 4-yard line to make the score 20-6 with 1:39 on the clock after a Donegal face mask penalty on a Dutchmen receiver set A-C up with great field position.
In the second half it was all Indians as they scored 34 unanswered points on two runs by Ellis (14-1-3, 2TD), a 61-yard punt return by Stevens, a Buckius keeper and a 30-yard scramble by Andrew Melville (2-37, TD).
Silas Buckwalter capped a stellar senior season for the Donegal boys' cross country team on Saturday with a 63rd place finish in the PIAA meet which was held on the Parkview course in Hershey.
Buckwalter finished the 3.1 mile course in 17:28 with a mile pace of 5:38. It was the last of three personal goals the senior had set for himself in the post-season that included finishing in the top 70 on Saturday.
"Ultimately, we would have been proud of him regardless of his finishing place," stated head coach Matthew Werner. "States is just the cherry on top of what was a great season for Silas. His goals were to medal at districts and to finally make states, and he accomplished both."
In reaching his place in the standings, Buckwalter put on a finishing kick that left his coach majorly impressed with his top runner.
During his first mile, Buckwalter ran 5:18 which placed him 85th. He saw that pace drop by 40 seconds in the second mile when he came in at 11:16 and 86th place.
Werner was following from the path on the sidelines and got his attention by yelling out to Buckwalter. "I told him his place and said, 'Run with no regrets.' That was our motto yesterday. From that point on he put his head down and started to put on a final surge."
And it was in that final 100 meter surge that Buckwalter found an intestinal fortitude that allowed him to blow through the pack and gain an amazing 22 spots while improving his final pace by 20 seconds.
"His form looked great, he was light on his feet, and he looked unstoppable to be honest. I got to the finish in time to watch his final 100 meters and he was passing people the entire way to the finish. He ended up passing 21 people over the last half mile of the race. That is almost unheard of in a cross country race," added Werner.
In his finish on Saturday, Buckwalter made his mark on Donegal boys cross country by becoming the highest placing finisher and setting a school record for fastest time by a boy on the Parkview course.
"It's going to be very hard to replace that kind of leader next season. He is not only an amazing runner, but a phenomenal leader and young man. Always giving me his everything in practice and focused on bettering himself on a daily basis. You can't teach that, it's just who he is. It speaks to his character as a young man. We are proud to have him represent Donegal."
Lady Indians Advance to District Semifinals October 29, 2017
When you are the defending Section, League, District, and PIAA champion and ranked number two in the nation, having a bullseye on your back comes with the territory.
Through 48 games spanning two seasons, Donegal's field hockey team never knew defeat. That is until a matchup with the number one ranked team in the nation, Penn Manor, occurred in the L-L League semifinals where the Comets managed a tight 2-1 win over the Lady Indians before claiming the League title.
"I believe the loss to PM actually hurt us more. We struggled a bit to get over it," head coach Jessica Shellenberger replied when asked about the pressure of carrying such a long streak and if maybe losing took a weight off the shoulders of her players.
She also noted that it was only the first time for some of the girls to lose while playing for Donegal. "We've done our best to redirect the energy, but I still think it stings."
That refocusing was on full display as the ladies picked up right where they were before by smoking their first two opponents in the District Three AA tournament with a combined score of 24-0.
Shippensburg, the 16th seed, was the first victim, falling to the tribe 14-0 in the opening round last Wednesday, while the number eight seed Lampeter-Strasburg went down 10-0 to the defending champions in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
While Shippensburg's season is now over, the Pioneers still have a fighting chance as they drop into the consolation bracket with the top six teams from District Three advancing to States.
With senior goalkeeper Katie Jean taking a rest, Aliza Johns seamlessly stepped in to the cage and recorded the shutout victory in the opening round.
As is the case in the majority of Donegal's games, Shippensburg failed to generate any offense and had no shots on goal with only one penalty corner, that coming in the first half.
On the other hand, the Indians were in full-out assault mode firing off 29 shots on goal while generating 18 corners.
Led by both Mackenzie Allessie and Ashley Maxwell who each scored a hat-trick on the evening, Donegal had eight players find the back of the cage with Amanda Beck and Kyra Olweiler both notching two goals and Lily Saunders, Rachel Overlander, Olivia Lechene, and Madison Leety scoring one apiece.
In yet another display of firepower, the ladies sent another 29 shots to the cage against the Pioneers and earned 22 corners while L-S could not manage one in either category.
Allessie blew up for six goals, her first coming with 25:21 left in the first half when she worked past two L-S defenders before finding the lower near corner on a rocket.
Beck and Saunders each tallied two goals. Beck also had four assists, three of which were to Allessie on corner shots, with Allessie, Saunders, and Grace Miller each adding one apiece.
Shellenberger understands the need for her girls to get back in the fire during this part of the season where every game is win-or-go-home and seems to feel as if they are doing just that.
"I think we're getting back to form. I am hoping for another challenging match up to really test our resiliency," Shellenberger stated.
After giving up a 6-yard touchdown to fall behind 24-17 in the second overtime of Friday's key Section Three matchup with Lancaster Catholic, Donegal faced a fourth-and-goal from the Crusader 1-yard line before quarterback Ryan Buckius plunged in to make it 23-17.
With the game on the line, the Indians went for the win with a two-point conversion try but Buckius lost control of the ball on a timely hit and Lancaster Catholic came down with the game winning interception.
In a bend-but-don't-break defensive battle through most of the night, the Indians ground game was able to churn out 152 yards on 35 carries and was led by Nick Ketner (14-87, TD) and Cameron Ellis (11-60).
After trading punts through the first four possessions of the game, Lancaster Catholic got on the scoreboard when Quincy Clark scored on a 1-yard plunge with only :46 remaining in the half.
Donegal answered in the third when Emma Hudson connected on a 26-yard field goal with 1:43 to go making it 7-3. That also marked her first attempt on the year making the senior kicker perfect in that category.
A Crusader field goal in the fourth put Lancaster Catholic up by a touchdown, but an electrifying 78-yard pick-six by Keeryen Stevens knotted the game at 10-10, setting up overtime.
Ketner put the Indians up 17-10 on the first play when he took a Buckius hand off straight to the house but Clark's score followed by C.J. Zimmerman's 6-yard touchdown in the second overtime put Lancaster Catholic in the lead for good leading up to its clutch play to end the game.
Saturday marked the running of the District Three cross country meet at Big Spring High School and Donegal had a total of 13 runners in the field with seven girls and six boys.
Silas Buckwalter helped lead the boys to an impressive eighth place finish in the team standings out of 28 teams registered and also stood as Donegal's lone PIAA qualifier.
He was able to finish 18th overall in a time of 17:04 followed by Aedan Wilkinson (54th, 18:00), Dylan Zuch (67th, 18:19), Matthew Wallace in (83rd, 18:32), Logan Fry 88th, 18:36), and Brandon Hess (170th, 19:47) for a total of 294 points in the meet.
In District Three, 15 boys qualify for the State Championship Meet and Buckwalter was able to lock up the 11th spot with his finish.
Out of 32 teams in the girl's field, the lady Indians were able to score 691 points and were led by Rachel Fernald who ran a 21:11 and finished 80th overall placing Donegal in 28th as a team.
Amanda Fry (125th, 22:00), Ella DeBruin (161st, 22:45), Kimberlyn Ebersole (185th, 23:21), Anna Hawbaker (192nd, 25:31), Myra Naqvi (222nd, 24:49), and Megan Myers (227th, 25:11) rounded out Donegal's finishers.
Donegal began its District Three AAA tournament by drawing neighboring foe Manheim Central in the opening round. Manheim is the defending District Three champion and a team the Indians defeated 2-0 to begin the season.
Unfortunately, the 10th seeded Lady Barons were able to turn the tables with a 2-0 upset victory over the number seven seed Donegal.
Using a blanketing defense, Manheim was able to hold the ladies to only one shot on goal while taking eight and scoring once in each half earn the win.