Indians Blank Archbishop Caroll, Advance to Semis November 11, 2018
Championships are not meant to be easy, but Donegal sure has a knack for racking them up and if Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal matchup with Archbishop Carroll was an indicator, the lady Indians could be well on their way to another. Out cornering the Patriots 20-2, Donegal rode a hat trick by senior Mackenzie Allessie into the semifinals versus Twin Valley with a 3-0 blanking of the District 12 champs on a cold and windy day at Twin Valley High School.
This will mark the fourth time in as many years that Donegal has reached the semifinal round and the victory puts them only two wins away from the second PIAA field hockey championship trophy in school history. For this group of seniors which has already won four straight District Three titles, Donegal's fifth in a row, in addition to the aforementioned PIAA crown, it would be the icing on the cake to end their careers with one more.
Attacking early, Donegal kept the majority of the action in Archbishop Carroll's end of the pitch through the first half and took a 1-0 lead on a laser from Allessie with 22:45 remaining in the opening frame. Handling a corner insert, the senior worked inside the circle and blasted a reverse past keeper Mary Kate Kearney who ended the day with five saves for the Patriots.
Allessie's second goal of the match came with 4:42 before halftime and was the result of another successful corner. Passing the insert to Lily Saunders, Allessie immediately got the ball back and fired off another reverse into the cage for a 2-0 advantage.
A little over halfway through the second half, Donegal added another insurance goal when Allessie worked her way through multiple defenders and managed to get off a scoring shot while falling to the turf.
Despite a total of 32 corners over the last two rounds of play that have resulted in only three of Donegal's four goals, the Indians are keeping the opposition off the board and that is all it takes to continue advancing. "Defense wins championships. It's cliche, but it's the truth," commented head coach Jessica Shellenberger. "Our defense has been outstanding. You only need to win by one, so as long as we're getting that one, I'm fine with the "lack" of scoring."
Leading up to Saturday's win, Donegal faced Gwynedd Mercy at Hempfield High School last Tuesday in the opening round of the tournament and came away with a 1-0 victory. The fifth seed out of District One perplexed the lady Indians for the entire first half with a surprisingly aggressive defense that was anchored by keeper Zoe Rogers who stopped 17 on the night.
"I think the "defense" by the other team is a testament to it being a death match. No kid wants to see their season end at this point in time," stated Shellenberger. "I think we're getting out "crazied" in the circle... We need a little extra edge out of everyone to finish."
However, Donegal's offense picked up the intensity in the second half and commanded the remainder of the match, only allowing the Monarchs past midfield a handful of times. That intensity paid dividends five minutes into the final frame when Madison Leety was able to convert on a corner for the game winner. "We were definitely the stronger team on Tuesday, I think nerves kept us from really getting in the flow," added Shellenberger.
Donegal Claims 5th Conescutive Class 2A Crown November 4, 2018
In contrast to Friday's monsoon that blanketed most of the region, Saturday saw a breezy, sun filled day on the pitch for Donegal's District Three title match versus Palmyra at Milton Hershey. The Indians were going for their fifth consecutive AA championship, which is also a District record, and thanks to some stiff defense and a hat trick from Mackenzie Allessie they were able to realize that goal with a 3-0 victory.
"I couldn't ask for more from my defense or offense," stated coach Jessica Shellenberger. "We're performing when and where we need to. I'm very proud of their effort today!"
Donegal, sporting red warm-up jerseys with the number 33 and the name Keeney emblazoned on the back in support of the Warwick community in light of the recent tragic event that occurred, wasted no time in going on the attack. The Indians earned four corners in the first 10 minutes of play with Allessie taking the insert on the fourth and working into position to fire off a shot that smacked the backboard with 21:36 on the clock.
Palmyra created a few scoring opportunities as well, but a gritty defense and stellar play in the cage by Aliza Johns kept them off the scoreboard. Johns made five saves on the day including a diving block to knock away a Cougar shot off of a rebound in the first half to prevent the tying goal.
"As for us, the game is won and lost in the circles," commented Shellenberger. "And in the past two games, we have dominated there." Indeed, Donegal earned 10 corners in the circle and Allessie scored her second of the day with 4:45 to go before halftime on a slick reverse shot off an insert that fooled everyone on the Palmyra defense and slid by keeper Ashton Byrd for the 2-0 lead.
Palmyra came out with a purpose in the second half, keeping play mostly in the Indian's end, but the Donegal defense held because of a desire to keep the Cougars out of the cage as evidenced by Ruby Hartley and Cayla Homsher who backed Johns up in front of the cage, acting as extra keepers. Both combined to help defend against a Palmyra push on a corner that saw Johns out of position to make a play.
Finally, with 6:39 remaining in the match, Allessie found a home for another corner insert off an assist from Catherine Moran for the final score of the day. "Palmyra is a good team. They have a lot of young talent and will surely be back as contenders next year," said Shellenberger who now has to prepare for another run through the PIAA bracket, and hopefully, another title.
Last Wednesday, Donegal had to first get through a familiar foe in Twin Valley in the semifinals which were held at Warwick. Mikenna Allen found a way through the Indian's defense for a goal with 6:05 remaining in the game, but by then it was too late for the Raiders who were eliminated 6-1.
While it may have taken them until midway through the first half to score, Donegal wasted no time in running out to a 3-0 lead, scoring three times in under ten minutes before the break. Allessie, who had a hat-trick in this match as well, led off with a solo shot off a corner with 16:15 on the clock to make it 1-0.
Lily Saunders added another with 11:02 remaining in the half and Emma Miller increased the Donegal lead to 3-0 on a pass from Allessie which she pushed across and into the cage with 7:44 on the clock. Another Allessie goal five minutes into the second half made it 4-0 before Allen's score cut the Donegal lead back to three, but Allessie's third goal and Madison Leety's solo shot with 2:28 left in the match punched Donegal's ticket to their eventual historic District championship.
After finishing third in the District Three meet on October 27 at Big Spring High School, the Donegal girls made the short trip to Hershey this past Saturday for the PIAA race where they placed 13th out of a field of 18 teams. Paced by Rachel Fernald who finished 57th overall with a time of 21:28, and Hadley Shoaf who was 69th overall with a 21:35, the Indians scored 300 points on the day.
Because not all runners in the race are running with a school team, those that do are scored based on the field of team runners. Fernald was awarded 27 points and Shoaf 32 based on their positional finish within that field, even though their overall finish was farther back.
Teammate Myra Naqvi finished 114th overall, but was 54th in team scoring, finishing in a time of 22:09 followed by Ella DeBruin (164th, 85th, 23:05), McKenzie Dubusky (186th, 102nd, 23:54), Meg Zell (190th, 106th, 24:24), and Keri Anderson (196th, 111th, 24:30).
Donegal Advances to District Hockey Semifinals October 28, 2018
Entering the District Three playoffs, Donegal needed only three wins to guarantee a trip to the PIAA tournament and four to reach the District finals. Last week they earned two of those victories as they dispatched Susquehannock 14-0 in the first round and Northern York 8-1 in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal matchup with Twin Valley.
With 10 players scoring for the Indians in last Wednesday's game against Susquehannock, Donegal opened a 10-0 lead in the first half as its defense completely shut down the Warriors, holding them to no shots or corners on the night.
Led by five Mackenzie Allessie goals Donegal also received single scores from Lily Saunders, Kiera Baughman, Catherine Moran, Lydia Miller, Ruby Hartley, Cayla Homsher, Sarah Leidich, Morgan Saunders, and Madison Leety. The Indians fired off 21 shots at Susquehannock keeper Meghan Adams who turned away six of them, and earned 16 corners.
Northern York scored its only goal with 8:35 into the second half to make it 4-1, but Donegal added four more to finish the match on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon at Conestoga Valley High School. Allessie scored a first half hat-trick and added two more in the second while Homsher, Leety, and Emma Miller all scored one apiece in the second.
Northern York only managed two shots against Donegal's stifling defense with Aliza Johns stopping one while the Indians earned 14 corners and 14 shots on goal.
As their competition continues to stiffen up the deeper they get into the playoffs Indians head coach Jessica Shellenberger knows what it takes to reach the pinnacle and still sees some room for improvement. "The rubber is definitely hitting the toad now. We've got to prepare and play well from here on out," Shellenberger stated. "We've still been very inconsistent in our effort from all 11 players, and that concerns me. We have to be 11 strong to win a Championship!"
Slogging their way through the rain and mud on a chilly Saturday at Big Spring High School, the Donegal girls maintained a 1:33 split between their top five finishers to score a second place (154 points) in the District Three meet this past weekend. Northern took the top spot with an impressive 52 points and all five scoring positions finishing in the top 20.
"The girls ran a great race," commented head coach Matthew Werner. "They were loose and more relaxed than I've seen them all season. They have had this goal in their minds all season, so they were more excited than anything. They ran their race and trusted their training and each other. This was a team of destiny this season and they believed in each other."
The duo of Rachel Fernald and Hadley Shoaf topped all Donegal runners, finishing 14th and 15th overall with respective times of 20:45 and 20:48.1 before Myra Naqvi (33rd, 21:27.6), Ella DeBruin (45th, 21:53.2), and Amanda Fry (61st, 22:18.4) crossed the line to close out the Indian's team score. McKenzie Dubusky finished 68th in 22:35.7 and Keri Anderson placed 74th with a time of 22:55.3 to wrap things up for Donegal.
While Northern ran away with the meet, Donegal found itself in a battle for second with Wyomissing Area which finished just five points behind the Indians with 159. Although the Spartan's Grace Kuhn (5th, 19:53.7) and Olivia Fisher (12th, 20:32.5) scored 15 team points before Fernald and Shoaf crossed the line for a 15-27 Wyomissing Area advantage, Naqvi's 30 points closed the gap to only seven after Cameron Hoke (38th, 21:37.1) added 35 with her finish to make it 50-57.
DeBruin pushed the Donegal total to 98 with her 41 points, but Wyomissing scored the next two positions with Maya Smerek (59th, 22:16.6) and Addie Mathis (60th, 22:16.8) landing in the Spartan's fourth and fifth spots. That, however, marked the end of Wyomissing's day on the scorecard as Fry's finish netted 56 points for Donegal's final score of 154.
District Three sends three teams to the PIAA meet so all seven Indian runners will participate this weekend in Hershey with Meg Zell acting as alternate. An ecstatic Werner expressed nothing but praise for his young team that sports a two freshman in Shoaf and Zell, four sophomores in Anderson, Fernald, Naqvi, and Fry, a junior (DeBruin) and a senior (DuBusky).
"I'm proud of these girls no matter what they do at this point," said Werner. "They've accomplished all of their goals they wrote on their goal sheets in August. This is the cherry on top!"
On the boy's side of the race Logan Fry finished 36th overall with a time of 18:08.2 to help lead them to a 17th place finish with 431 team points. Sporting a 1:37 split between their top five finishers the Indians did well in staying close as a team, but were outran on the course.
Fry led the way and was followed by Matt Wallace (66th, 18:55.5), Ethan Steck (95th, 19:17.2), Sam Rothstein 120th, 19:36.4), and Hunter Gehman (126th, 19:46). Brandon Hess finished 127th with a time of 19:47 to round out the field for the Indians.
Looking to stay alive in the District Three hunt, Donegal traveled to Fredericksburg on Friday night and ground out a whopping 554 yards rushing on the way to a 63-20 walloping of Northern Lebanon. Unfortunately, the Indians just missed the cut as they finished 11th in the district power rankings with the top ten entering the playoffs.
More impressive than the yards Donegal's offense generated was the fact that Zion Gibbs only carried the ball nine times but racked up 258 of his own while scoring four times. With the tremendous effort, Gibbs eclipsed the 1000-yard mark for the season ending with 1082 and 19 touchdowns to lead the Indian's triple-threat attack along Jordan Minick who rushed for 820 yards and six touchdowns and Dalton Mullhausen who finished with 424 and six scores as well.
"The kids played hard on Friday," stated head coach Chad Risberg. "Zion had a great game. He needed some yards to get 1,000 for the year and was extra motivated. The offensive line did a great job."
Gibbs scored on runs of 53, 54, 73, and 33-yards while Jake Shoemaker made the most of his two catches on the night, the only two Donegal completed in the game, scoring a touchdown on both to end with70 yards. The Indians held a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter and stretched that to a 49-14 advantage by halftime.
Mullhausen (11-115, 2TD) opened the scoring on Donegal's first possession of the game as the Indians drove 56-yards in three plays before he broke free for a 36-yard romp into the end zone to make it 7-0. Shoemaker capped Donegal's second drive, which began at the Indian's 48, with his first score on a 10-yard strike from Dylan Martin while on their third possession Gibbs took a Martin handoff on only the second play of the drive and sprinted through the Viking defense for a 53-yard score to expand the lead to 21-0 with 1:41 to go in the first quarter.
Northern Lebanon answered on the next possession when Ethan Herb struck gold on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Eyan Margut to end quarter, but Donegal scored on six of its final eight possessions. Mason Ober (4-31, TD) finalized the scoring for the night when he scored from 15 yards out with 4:18 remaining in the game.
Indians Denied in L-L League Championship October 21, 2018
When two powerhouse programs clash, it is usually a sight to behold and Saturday's L-L League championship field hockey match between Donegal and Penn Manor did not disappoint. With no time on the clock, Penn Manor's Anna May Barbusca collected the rebound of Bri Harsh's shot on the final penalty corner of overtime and sent it home for the 1-0 victory.
Donegal came inches away from winning in the moments leading up to Barbusca's game ending shot when Mackenzie Allessie took a corner insertion and fired a ricochet off the left post. Penn Manor picked up the loose ball and quickly transitioned to Donegal's end, eventually ending the game.
Both teams traded fast breaks and scoring opportunities throughout the day, but it was just not meant to be for the Indians. While Aliza Johns played a great game in the cage for Donegal in turning away five Penn Manor shots, it was the Comet's Cecily Charles and her 10 saves that put them in a position to win.
Johns and Donegal's defense did a good job of stifling the Comets who earned 20 penalty corners to the Indian's nine, however the Comet's back half rose to the occasion and shut down the potent Donegal offense. "We played great, just needed to finish," observed head coach Jessica Shellenberger. "(Saturday's) game was unfortunate, we are looking forward to districts."
In reaching Saturday's finals, Donegal first had to handle Annville-Cleona in the quarterfinals, which was accomplished via a 9-0 shutout. With that win the lady Indians faced off against Manheim Township in the semi finals where they handed the Streaks a 5-1 defeat.
Last Tuesday's win over the Dutchmen was not only Donegal's ticket to the semifinals, but marked a major milestone for Allessie as well. With her five goals, the senior brought her career total to 331 which set a new national high school record for goals scored.
The previous record was held by Austin Cuneo of New Jersey who ended with 328 in her high school career. Allessie broke the record on her third goal of the night, but you would not have known had the game not been paused to honor her achievement as the senior casually trotted back to mid-field.
Donegal went up 6-0 in the first half on Allessie's hat-trick as well as two by Lily Saunders and one by Lydia Miller. Emma Miller found the back of the cage 12:57 into the second half, increasing the lead to 7-0 before Allessie finished with two more.
Jumping out to an early 3-0 lead Thursday night against Manheim Township on a goal by Cayla Homsher 2:42 into the match and two by Catherine Moran (5:37, 8:10), Donegal easily handled the Blue Streaks who only earned one corner and one shot on goal. With the victory, coach Shellenberger also notched a career milestone as she earned win number 300.
Sophia Rockwell made the most of Manheim Township's lone corner when she took the insertion from Kate Labezious and fired a rocket into the right corner of the cage to make it 3-1 at halftime. Lily Saunders scored twice in the second half for the final two goals of the match.
Section Three heavyweight Lancaster Catholic came to town Friday night and Donegal stood toe-to-toe trading blows through the first half in which the Indians headed into the locker room with a 14-13 lead. That turned out to be all that Donegal scored as the Crusaders completely dominated the clock in the second half and added nine unanswered points in a 22-14 loss for the home team.
Donegal's normally potent rushing attack was held in check as the Indians were held to 98 yards on the ground and 174 total for the night. Zion Gibbs led the team with 63 yards on 16 carries and accounted for both touchdowns as well. "They are a tough team," commented head coach Chad Risberg. "They are big up front and in the second half they just wore us down."
Gibbs' first came on the tail end of an opening drive by the Indians that went 77 yards on 11 plays which included a crucial pass interference call against Lancaster Catholic on third-and-eight that gave the Indians first-and-goal on the nine-yard line. Two plays later he punched it in from 5-yards out to give Donegal a 7-0 lead following Matthew Jackson's PAT.
Lancaster Catholic responded with a 65-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 7-7 when Jeff Harley (12-67, 2TD) broke free up the left sideline for a 24-yard touchdown. After holding the Indians to four-and-out, the Crusaders struck again on their next possession when Gavin Sullivan connected with Luke Miller on a 33-yard touchdown pass that made it 13-7 with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter following the missed kick.
Donegal responded with a 45-yard kick return by Gibbs that set the Indians up at the Crusader 45 and proceeded to burn 5:41 off the clock on a 13-play drive that saw them convert four times on third down including a nine-yard pass from Dylan Martin (7-11, 76 yards) to Jordan Minick (1-9) on third-and-eight. Minick added 18 yards rushing on 10 carries for the night along with Dalton Mullhausen (2-7) and Martin (5-10).
It was the second half, however, that proved to be the difference maker as the Crusaders completely controlled the line-of-scrimmage and took up almost 18 minutes of playing time. "We couldn't get off the field on third and fourth down in the second half," said Risberg. "They had two long drives in the second half that chewed up a lot of clock."
Despite only gaining 26 yards of offense in the second half, Donegal still had a chance in the final minutes to tie the game. Harley put the Crusaders back in front when he scored from two-yards out to cap a 54-yard drive. A failed two-point conversion made the score 19-14 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
Facing fourth-and-21 on their next possession, Donegal was forced to punt the ball away and though Lancaster Catholic started at its own eight-yard line the Crusaders were able to march down to the Indian 25-yard line where a Daniel Mueller field goal made it 22-14.
On its final possession, Donegal worked down to the Crusader 34-yard line and a fourth-and-four situation. Martin dropped back to pass and tried to find a receiver on the sideline but the pass went out of bounds to end the game. "I am proud of the way our kids played. They played their hearts out," added Risberg.
Fresh off a Section Two championship, the Donegal girls ran for an eighth place finish with 206 points in the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School while the boys placed 21st with 527. Rachel Fernald led with an overall finish of 22nd in 20:41.1 while Logan Fry finished 76th overall with an 18:33.8.
Hadley Shoaf (25th, 20:50), Myra Naqvi (47th, 21:48.7), Amanda Fry (52nd, 21:58.7), and Ella DeBruin (60th, 22:17.4) accounted for the remaining 184 team points for the girls followed by McKenzie DuBusky (67th, 22:25.6), Keri Anderson (74th, 22:40.7), and Meg Zell (88th, 23:19.2). Meanwhile, Matt Wallace (102nd, 18:59.8), Hunter Gehman (112th, 19:14.3), Brandon Hess (130th, 19:49.3), and Sam Rothstein (140th, 20:06.8) all scored for the boys with Ethan Steck (141st, 20:08.8) and Andrew Allen (151st, 20:30.5) rounding out the field.
Donegal Football Knocks Off Annville-Cleona October 15, 2018
Not too many people outside of the Donegal locker room picked the Indians to beat Annville-Cleona Friday night. Those people don't suit up and play, either.
On a chilly Homecoming night in front of a packed grandstand, the Indians used a steady diet of grind-it-out football, along with a pair of Dylan Martin touchdown passes, to wear down the Dutchmen defense and score a 35-14 victory. With the win, Donegal (5-2, 5-3) pulled even with A-C as the two sat in third place of Section Three. "That was a huge win for our program," said coach Chad Risberg. "The kids bounced back this week at practice after the overtime loss (at ELCO)."
While Zion Gibbs (14-145, 2TD) led the rushing attack, it was an electrifying 65-yard touchdown pass from Martin (2-77, 2TD) to Jared Collazo (1-65, TD) on the opening play of the game that set the tone. Streaking down the A-C sideline, Collazo caught Martin's dime in stride and out-raced all defenders for the early lead.
From there, Donegal used five drives of 40 yards or more, with four resulting in touchdowns, and a bend but don't break defense to stay in control the rest of the game. While they did give up 262 yards on the ground, the Donegal secondary held the Dutchmen to only six through the air with a timely interception in the end zone at the end of the game, it's second of the night.
Annville-Cleona answered the Indians with a touchdown drive on their first possession of the game to make it 7-7, but after the resulting kickoff bounced out of bounds Donegal found itself on the 35-yard line. On the next play, Gibbs took a handoff and, finding a hole on the right side, sprinted 65 yards to the end zone only to have it called back due to a holding call on the Indians.
It only delayed the inevitable, however, as Donegal's three-headed attack of Gibbs, Jordan Minick (16-139, TD) and Dalton Mullhausen (10-37) spearheaded a 13-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard plunge by Mullhausen to put the Indians back in the lead 14-7 with 1:16 to go in the first quarter.
A-C's success in the running game set up another touchdown which re-tied the game at 14-14 with 6:41 to go before the halftime, however on the ensuing Donegal possession the Indians marched 47-yards before Gibbs found pay-dirt from four-yards out. With that score, Donegal regained the lead at 21-14 and never looked back as Gibbs broke through the line on the third play of the next Donegal possession and scampered 72-yards for the score to make it 28-14 heading into the second half.
Excluding three kneel-downs to end the game after the Indians intercepted the Dutchmen in the end zone, Donegal possessed the ball just twice in the second half, but ran out the clock in the process. Leading 35-14 after Martin's 11-yard scoring strike to Minick capped a nine-play 88-yard drive following a Gibbs interception on A-C's first possession, the Indians forced a punt and then ground out 41 yards on 14 plays before turning the ball over on downs.
"We finally put together a four-quarter game," added Risberg. "That is something that we have been emphasizing to the kids. We gave up some yards on the ground, but ultimately it's the score that matters."
In an 11 meet regular season it all came down to the final matchup with Manheim Central to determine who would win the Section Two girls' cross country title. With both squads entering the meet last Tuesday at Donegal undefeated, it looked to be an exciting finish to the season. The two teams did not disappoint as the lady Indians claimed their second title in four years with a nail-biting 28-30 victory over the Barons as well as a 15-49 win over Garden Spot to maintain the perfect record.
"The girls ran remarkable all season, finishing the year an undefeated 11-0 against all Section II teams in the Lancaster Lebanon League," commented head coach Matthew Werner. "They have battled through injuries and have yet to run together as a complete squad at an invitational. That hasn't stopped them from placing third as a team at the Quad XC Invitational in Philly in early-September and first at the Bulldog Invitational in mid-September."
Manheim's Olivia and Mallory Sunderland placed first and second overall finishing in 21:26 and 21:47, respectively while Rachel Fernald (3rd, 21:54) and Hadley Shoaf (4th, 21:59) led the Indians, but it was the efforts of Donegal's final pack of runners that sealed the victory.
Amanda Fry (6th, 22:45), Myra Naqvi (7th, 22:53), and Ella DeBruin (8th, 23:09) were sandwiched by Manheim's Marianne Fitzkee (5th, 22:31), and Bella Reber (10th, 23:54) which made it 17-28 in favor of the Barons with Donegal's hopes hanging on displacement. Their achievement was realized when Meg Zell (12th, 24:14), McKenzie DuBuskey (13th, 24:26), and Keri Anderson (14th, 24:35) crossed the line before Manheim's Erin Hoffman (16th, 25:16) to secure the title win.
"The girls have lived by the saying "The strength of the wolf is the pack" this season and it was true, as we had eight of our 11 girls score points for us this season," said Werner. "In addition, five of our girls finished as All-County All-Stars this year." Those include sophomore Rachel Fernald and freshman Hadley Shoaf as first team all stars and sophomores Amanda Fry, Myra Naqvi and Junior Ella DeBruin as second team all stars.
Jordyn Smith (18th, 26:45), Sarah Hinkel (19th, 26:53), and Megan Myers (21st, 27:35) rounded out the field for the Indians.
Also having a good season are the boys who ended with a 22-33 loss to the Barons but defeated the Spartans 25-33. While they finished with a winning record, Donegal (7-4) ended in a four-way tie for second place with Lancaster Catholic, Cocalico, and ELCO with Lampeter-Strasburg (10-1) and Manheim Central tied for first in Section Two.
Logan Fry finished fourth overall with a time of 19:20 and Matthew Wallace placed sixth in 19:42, but it was the efforts of Brandon Hess (9th, 20:17) and Hunter Gehman (10th, 20:21) that provided the Indians with what they needed to pull out the victory over Garden Spot. Sam Rothstein (14th, 20:28) acted as the fifth and final scoring runner for the home team.
Donovan Espenshade (11th, 20:25) and Finn Wenrich (12th, 20:26) were edged out by Gehman by respective margins of four and five seconds which added to the three points provided by Hess and accounted for a four-point turnaround that could have potentially given the Spartans a 29-30 win had Espenshade and Wenrich finished before the Donegal duo.
Also finishing were Ethan Steck (16th, 21:03), Aydan Miller (17th, 21:10), Andrew Allen (21st, 22:06), and Nathaniel Jenney (26th, 24:35).
Donegal's soccer teams have both struggled over the course of the season with the boys finishing at 5-5, 8-10 after a 4-2 win over Solanco last Tuesday while the girls ended up at 3-4-1, 4-9-2 with a 1-0 loss to the Mares on Thursday. Neither team qualified for the League tournament.
In a game where the score was tied 2-2 at halftime, the boys shut down the home team's offense completely while scoring twice more for the win. Donegal outshot Solanco 15-12 and held a 5-3 advantage in corners.
Philip Herzog scored twice and both Kyler Enck and Patrick Summers scored once for the margin of victory. Gavin Murren played strong in net for the Indians as well, stopping 10 shots on goal.
It wasn't until Kayden Bedwell found a way past Lauren Stwalley in the 58th minute to break a scoreless tie that the girl's game, rescheduled due to rainouts, was decided on Thursday in Quarryville. With only five shots on goal to the Mare's nine Donegal found it difficult to generate anything offensively but in turn also stifled Solanco with good defensive pressure throughout the game. Stwalley turned away eight shots on goal for the night.
On Tuesday, the girls' again faced Solanco and came away with a 2-1 victory with all goals being scored in the opening half.
Mackenzie Allessie, Ruby Hartley, Cayla Homsher, Aliza Johns, Amber Lookenbill, Catherine Moran, and Lily Saunders were all honored before the start of last Monday's contest with McCaskey as the seven players prepared to take the field on Senior Night. Six of the seven recorded goals with Johns the only one who did not, but that can be overlooked as she spent the season as Donegal's stalwart in the cage.
With the 17-0 win the lady Indians (14-0, 18-0) also clinched the Section Two championship, their third straight, while Allessie's six goals pulled her within 16 of the U.S. scoring record. Saunders added three, Moran and Hartley each scored two while Lookenbill and Homsher added one apiece to wrap up their regular season careers at home. Kiera Baughman also scored twice in the win.
Two more games remained for the week and the ladies recorded two more shutouts with an 8-0 win over Garden Spot last Wednesday and a 13-0 shellacking of Elizabethtown. Lauren Delgado turned away 12 for the Spartans but it was not enough as Allessie scored five and Saunders, Baughman, and Emma Miller each scored once.
Lydia Miller, Homsher, Emma Miller, and Madison Kaley scored one goal each on Thursday against Elizabethtown along with Allessie's nine. That brought her career total to 326, only two shy of the national record which as of this writing most assuredly belongs to the Indian sharp shooter.
Lady Booters Sit Fourth in Section 3 Standings October 7, 2018
With two games to play in the season at the end of last week's slate of girls' games, Donegal (3-4, 4-8) was entrenched in fourth place in Section Three after traveling a rough road to get there. "I think there's mixed emotions at this point," stated had coach Scott Summers. "It has been a very tough second half of the season as we have been decimated by injuries. A lot of players have stepped up to the challenge and have done a nice job filling in."
The lady Indians finished out last week by going 1-2 with a 5-0 loss to ELCO last Monday, a 1-0 defeat Wednesday against Cocalico and, on a positive note, a 3-0 win over Octorara Friday night.
The Raiders only scored once in the first half but tallied four in the second while holding Donegal to no shots and Cocalico scored once in the opening frame and rode it to a win.
Against Octorara, India Foreman's goal in the 16th minute of play stood for almost 40 minutes of play until Hannah Dunn added one of her own in the 50th to make it 2-0 Donegal. "We had good energy to start the game and created three solid scoring opportunities for ourselves in the first 10 minutes," said Summers. "Second half we jumped out again with energy and aggressiveness and were able to put the game away for the most part at about the 50th minute mark."
Dani Brady added the insurance goal with under 10 minutes to play, ensuring the Indian victory. Lauren Stwalley turned away all four of Octorara's shots on goal while Donegal outshot them 11-4. "Our backs did a great job limiting their pressure to just a few opportunities and Lauren had to make one or two timely plays to keep us safe which she did," added Summers. "Overall, solid effort and 20 players got minutes in the match. It looks like we are going to just miss the playoffs which is tough on the seniors, especially those lost to injury. The message to the team and the goal for us over these final two weeks is to honor our seniors by playing with pride and finishing strong."
Donegal's boys split last week, going 2-2 and landing in fourth place in Section Three at 4-5, 6-11 on the season. They began by blanking ELCO 6-0 but then lost to Cocalico and Octorara by identical 2-0 scores before ending the week with a 2-1 win over Palmyra.
Both Kyler Enck (6:00, 18:00) and Jose De La Cruz (18:00, 55:00) scored twice against the Raiders and Philip Herzog (11:00) added one as well last Monday as Donegal put up five goals in the first half for the win. Gavin Murren turned away all five of ELCO's shots on goal while the Indians held a 5-0 advantage in corners.
Cocalico and Donegal each had 10 shots on goal in their matchup last Wednesday but it was the Eagles offense that capitalized as they got by Murren twice for the shut-out. Things went the same against Octorara as Anthony Falgiatore scored twice in the first half to pace the Braves who outshot Donegal 6-4 with four of those shots turned away by Murren.
Zac Runkle put the Indians on the board against Palmyra on Saturday in only the third minute for the 1-0 lead on an assist by Herzog but that lead was negated by T.J. Carlton's goal and both teams headed into the break tied at 1-1. Herzog, however, made another connection with Runkle in the 51st minute as he sent the pass into the net for the go-ahead score and eventual game winner
After 48 minutes of back-and-forth football all it took was a one-yard dive by quarterback Braden Bohannon in overtime to decide the ending of a 33-29 battle. Minutes earlier, Donegal's fourth down play failed when a Dylan Martin pass was knocked out of the hands of an Indian receiver, thus giving ELCO the ball for the eventual win.
Donegal's normally potent running game was stymied by a tough Raider defensive front that held the Indians to 138 yards on the ground on 32 carries while Bohannon (7-15, 89 yards, 2TD) passed and ran his way through Donegal's. "We didn't play a great first half defensively," stated head coach Chad Risberg. "We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids rose to the occasion."
It was the passing game led by Martin (9-12, 166 yards, TD) which came through with some key plays to put the offense in good position through out the game including a sweet pitch-and-catch between Martin and Zion Gibbs (3-59, TD) for a 44-yard scoring strike on fourth-and-5 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 33-33 with 3:31 on the clock. When asked how he felt about his team's ability to throw the ball Risberg responded. "We are confident in our passing game. When teams sell out to take away the run, we can throw the ball."
In answer to ELCO's opening scoring drive Friday night in Myerstown, Jordan Minick fielded the ensuing kickoff on the Donegal 11-yard line, found a seam and with a few moves bolted through the Raider defenders for an electrifying 89-yard score which tied the game at 7-7. However, a 20-point second quarter, including a fumble recovery on a short kickoff by the Raiders put ELCO ahead 26-13 with a missed PAT on a Dalton Mullhausen 22-yard run accounting for the Indians lone score of the frame.
Gibbs, who in addition to the catch for a touchdown also ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, scored twice in the third quarter, from nine and four yards out respectively to pace the Indians. "We will bounce back this week," said Risberg. "It is homecoming at Donegal and the kids know how special it is."
Last Wednesday marked a landmark for two Donegal hockey players as Lily Saunders scored twice against Solanco to notch her 100th career goal and Mackenzie Allessie scored eight goals for her 300th. Both seniors played important roles in all four of their seasons including a PIAA Championship while Allessie is also chasing down the all-time national scoring record. Her five goals against Cocalico on Friday put her only 22 away from the prestigious accomplishment.
In addition, Madison Leety also scored two goals against the Mares while Kiera Baughman and Catherine Moran added one apiece as well.
Baughman and Morgan Saunders each scored once in the contest with Lampeter-Strasburg last Monday and Allessie added seven on the day. Donegal led 4-0 at halftime and Allessie finished things off in the second half with five more while the Pioneers found a way past Aliza Johns for a goal. Johns had three saves in the cage.
Saunders scored a hat-trick on Friday with Cocalico, Allessie had five, and Baughman, Morgan Saunders and Madison Leety each added one for Donegal which led 7-0 at the break.
With only one league meet remaining on the schedule, Donegal's girls were tied with Manheim Central as the only two undefeated teams in Section Two at 9-0 after last week's action. Donegal downed ELCO 23-38 and Lancaster Mennonite 19-45 in last Tuesday's tri-meet held at ELCO while Manheim Central got by Octorara 27-28 and received a forfeit from Northern Lebanon.
Looking to wrap up the section title, the girls' stayed focused while placing seven runners in the top ten and were led by Rachel Fernald's second place finish in 20:32. Hadley Shoaf came in fourth with a time of 21:08 followed by Amanda Fry (6th, 21:56), Myra Naqvi (7th, 21:58), and Ella DeBruin (8th, 22:09) all of whom scored for the Indians.
Keri Anderson (9th, 23:25), Meg Zell (10th, 23:29), Sarah Hinkel (17th, 25:18), Megan Myers (18th, 25:54), and Jordyn Smith (19th, 26:11) rounded out the field for Donegal. As of this writing the Indians and Barons have already met in the season finale to decide the outright Section Two champion.
Meanwhile the boys' found themselves in a tie for second place with Lancaster Catholic (6-3) after defeating ELCO 29-30 and Lancaster Mennonite 28-31. Both the Raiders and Blazers earned the top two scoring positions against Donegal before Logan Fry, who finished 5th overall, crossed the line in 18:32 but it was a pack of Indians which finished over a span of 40 seconds that sealed the deal for Donegal.
Matthew Sweinhart (6th, 18:55) locked up four points for ELCO before the Indians swarmed the finish line with Matthew Wallace (7th, 19:03) Sam Rothstein (9th, 19:20), Brandon Hess (10th, 19:30), and Hunter Gehman (11th, 19:42) locking in the final scores for Donegal.
Logan Horst (1st, 16:54) and Nathan Yoder (3rd, 17:04) scored first for the Blazers but it was Donegal that locked up five of the next six spots to secure the close victory. Finishing out for the Indians were Ethan Steck (12th, 20:13), Aydan Miller (15th, 20:56), Hunter Williams (16th, 21:25), Andrew Allen (17th, 21:26), and Nathaniel Jenney (25th, 23:02).
Donegal (2-4, 2-7) struggled to find its traction this season finishing fifth in Section Two, but the Indians had four singles players and two doubles teams take part in the L-L League tournament this past weekend at Conestoga Valley. Emily Ashley emerged as the lone player to advance into the final round which was held Monday.
Ashley, who was seeded eighth in the Flight One AAA bracket, opened her first round with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Kandice Liebl from Ephrata but followed that with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Hempfield's Amanda Hagino. That loss dropped her into the semifinal round of the playbacks versus Scotland Reynolds of Manheim Township where she advanced due to default.
Lyla Naqvi, Mary Murphy, and Emma Shelley also represented Donegal in singles play, but none advanced past the quarterfinal round. Naqvi pulled a hard draw in flight two against second seed Grace Lehman of Hempfield who won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 while Murphy's 6-4, 6-2 win over Ephrata's Alyssa Meier in flight three pitted her against top seed Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley who picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Emma Shelley dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match in flight four to second seed Claire Andrews of Cedar Crest.
In flight one doubles play, Ashley and Naqvi faced Lauren Masser and Tori Pollock of Elizabethtown in the opening round where the number seven seeded team came away with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory. With that win the ladies faced the number two seeded team of Emily Garvin and Avery Palandijan in the quarters but ended with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat.
Finishing out the day was Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern who opened their first round of play in flight three against CV's Sophia Steed and Hannah Kapchinske. The unranked Indians took the third ranked Buckskins to the limit but eventually fell 9-8 (5) to end their day.
Donegal Booters Crush Solanco, Fall to LMH September 30, 2018
Looking to gain ground in Section Three the Donegal boys' soccer team got off to a great start last week with a dominating 7-0 win over Solanco on Tuesday but were left spinning their wheels in a 1-0 loss to Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday. Donegal (3-3, 5-8) trailed the second place Blazers (5-1, 9-3) heading into this week as a result.
A four-goal effort by Zac Runkle, three of which came in the first half, fueled the host Indians on their way to victory over the Golden Mules in the first game of the week. Donegal tallied four scores in the opening frame and tacked on three more to close out the second while outshooting Solanco 15-7 and displaying steady defensive play led by a shutout in goal by Donovan Henriques.
Runkle opened up the scoring in the fourth minute and extended the lead to 2-0 about five minutes later. Working a strong offensive attack, the Indians created plenty of scoring opportunities before Philip Herzog blasted a shot past Golden Mule keeper Jake Smolik in the 14th minute and then Runkle connected on his third in the 22nd minute providing the Indians with a four-goal lead at the break.
A second half score from Runkle in the in the 57th minute which increased the lead to five was followed by Kieran Kramer's goal in the 75th and Kyler Enck's a few minutes later to end the scoring on the day.
Sitting just above Donegal in the rankings, Lancaster Mennonite came calling on Thursday and had all they could handle in a defensive battle that was ultimately decided midway through the first half. Tyler Wagner's solo score in the 26th minute proved to be the game winner as both team's defenses clamped down the remainder of the match.
As the boys were looking to catch the Blazers, so too were the girls on Thursday as Donegal (2-2-1, 3-6-2) traveled to Lancaster Mennonite (3-1, 5-7) tied for second place in Section Three at the time. The matchup with the Blazers stood as the lone contest on the week for the girls as rain wreaked havoc on the fall season yet again with a postponement of the lady Indian's game versus Solanco.
While Donegal was only able to manufacture two shots on goal, the lady Indians' Lauren Stwalley turned away five of Lancaster Mennonite's seven attempts on the day. Calla Ashley, with an assist from Lauren Will, fired the winning shot into the back of the net in the 13th minute to secure the victory.
Two games on the slate, two more shutouts. Mackenzie Allessie and the rest of Donegal's offense once again proved too much to handle as the high-octane lady Indians recorded a 15-0 win over Elizabethtown before downing Manheim Central 8-0 to remain unbeaten and continue their reign as queens of Section Two.
When Lily Saunders' first goal found the backboard with 20:49 to go in the first half against Elizabethtown, Donegal already held a four-goal advantage, thanks to Allessie who tallied eight on the day. However, it was the offensive work of Saunders that posted Donegal to a 7-0 lead when she scored her third consecutive goal over the span of two minutes on a penalty stroke that found the lower left corner of the cage.
Her fourth made it 9-0 with 11:31 left in the half off an assist by Allessie, following the senior scoring leader's tally three minutes prior. Two more Allessie scores and one by Kiera Baughman, who also came through with three assists, gave Donegal a commanding 12-0 lead at the break.
Sarah Leidich and Reagan Clark connected to make it 13-0 seven minutes into the second on Leidich's lone goal of the game and Emma Miller was the beneficiary of a Baughman assist with 5:02 remaining to end the game. Keeper Aliza Johns turned away the only shot of the game from the Bears.
Tallying another six goals in the game against Manheim Central, Allessie scored twice in the first half while Baughman added a goal off an assist by Saunders for a 3-0 Donegal lead a halftime. In the second it was all Allessie as she scored four straight with two assists from Baughman, until Saunders sent a solo shot home with 3:05 left in the game. Johns ended the day strong as well with eight stops in the cage.
With Manheim Central and Donegal as the only two undefeated teams in girls' cross country in Section Two it will be a matter of who blinks first. Last week Donegal's eyes were wide open as the lady Indians ran away from a depleted field with a 15-52 score over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 victory over Northern Lebanon. To their credit, AC only had six runners while Northern Lebanon had two.
Placing seven in the top ten, Donegal was led by Rachel Fernald who finished first overall with a time of 22:02 followed by Hadley Shoaf (2nd, 23:01), Myra Naqvi (3rd, 23:24), Ella DeBruin (4th, 23:36), Amanda Fry (5th, 24:15), McKenzie DuBuskey (6th, 24:25) and Meg Zell (7th, 24:42). Keri Anderson (11th, 26:08), Sarah Hinkel (13th, 26:19), Megan Myers (14th, 27:46) and Jordyn Smith (15th, 27:52).
For the boys' it was two more wins as well as they improved to 4-3 and a fifth place standing with a 22-34 win over Annville-Cleona and a nail biting 27-28 victory over Northern Lebanon. Logan Fry was the top finisher for the Indians, which placed all five scorers in the top ten, coming in third with a time of 19:35, but it was the seventh-place finish of Brandon Hess in 20:42 that proved the difference against the Vikings.
Securing the top two finishes for Northern Lebanon, Gage Krall (1st, 18:02) and Jordan Berger (2nd, 18:51) had their team leading 3-7 after Donegal's Logan Fry (3rd, 19:35) and Matthew Wallace (5th, 20:16) crossed the line for the Indians. Hess, with the Viking's Jacob Beidler (8th, 20:43) hot on his trail, finished a second faster and secured the crucial score for the Indians.
Had Beidler gotten the better of Hess, the final score, as it stood, would have swung in favor of Northern Lebanon 27-28 instead of a Donegal victory. Hunter Gehman (9th, 20:46) and Sam Rothstein (10th, 20:47) locked up the win with Ethan Steck (15th, 21:38), Aydan Miller (17th, 21:54) Hunter Williams (23rd, 23:07), Andrew Allen (28th, 23:35) and Nathaniel Jenney (30th, 25:01) finishing up for the Indians.
Donegal's girls suffered two losses last week as they dropped a 7-0 match to Lampeter-Strasburg and were defeated 5-0 by Manheim Township. At of the end of last week the lady Indians (2-4, 2-7) were sitting in fifth place in Section Two.
Despite surrendering 287 yards of offense at Octorara Friday night, Donegal (4-1, 4-2) edged out a 21-20 victory over the Braves (2-3, 2-4) to remain in a three-way tie for second place in Section Three with ELCO and Annville-Cleona. But they needed a missed PAT and a timely interception at the end of the game to pull it off.
Counter balancing the Brave's offense with 246 yards on the ground, Donegal was led by Zion Gibbs who carried 30 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, including a 68-yard burst in the first quarter that put the Indians up 7-0. He also came down with an 18-yard pitch and catch from quarterback Dylan Martin in the fourth to give the lead back to Donegal 21-14 with 10:48 remaining in the game.
Jansen Schempp's 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter tied the game at 7-7 with neither team finding the end zone again until the second half. On the opening possession of the third quarter Donegal put together an eight play, 73-yard drive and regained the lead on a 2-yard score by Jordan Minnick (17-71, TD) to make it 14-7.
Octorara responded in dramatic fashion, however, when Ryan Kernan returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown that once again tied the game.
It was Octorara's next possession, however, with Donegal ahead 21-14 that provided the crucial error on the part of the Braves which led to the Indian's victory. Nick Mattingly capped off the final scoring drive for Octorara on a 3-yard scamper with 6:28 left in the game, but Dylan Smith missed on the extra point keeping Donegal in the lead 21-20.
On Donegal's next possession the Indians steadily ground out the clock, driving 27 yards over the next three minutes before a fumble that was recovered by Octorara breathed life into the Brave's sideline. Joe Fox ended any chance of a home team comeback, though, when he picked off a Schempp pass at the Donegal 5-yard line allowing the Indians to run out the clock.
Lady Harriers Win Bulldog Invitational September 23, 2018
The girls' cross country team won the 23rd annual Bulldog Invitational at Big Spring High School on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the first time since 2015 placing four girls in the top 20. The Bulldog Invitational features the top teams in District 3
Senior Rachel Fernald led the way finishing 5th, freshman Hadley Shoaf followed in 12th, junior Myra Naqvi finished 23rd, junior Ella DeBruin was 28th, and sophomore Keri Anderson finished 40th with the top four girls on the team earning medals.
Donegal's running game remained productive Friday night as the Indians racked up 292-yards on the ground against visiting Ephrata but it was the Mounts' offense that eventually wore the Indian defense down in the second half on the way to a 27-20 win. With the loss, Donegal (3-1, 3-2) fell into a third-place tie with ELCO (3-1, 4-1) in Section Three.
Dalton Mullhausen was held to 12 yards on three attempts on the night, but it was his third try that put Donegal up 14-0 with 9:14 to go in the first half capping a six play 59-yard drive with a plunge from the one-yard line. Prior to that, in the first quarter, Zion Gibbs (14-166, TD) spear-headed a 65-yard scoring drive that netted the Indians their first score of the game when quarterback Dylan Martin (2-7, 25 yards, TD) connected with Mullhausen on an 18-yard touchdown toss on fourth-and- eight.
Ephrata responded with two scores to tie the game in the final nine minutes of the first half, both of which came from quarterback Caden Keefer who rushed 33 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns and was 9-18 on pass attempts with 131 yards through the air.
"We had some injuries to key kids last night," said head coach Chad Risberg. "However, we always have the " next man up" mentality. Our defense couldn't get off the field on 3rd down in the second half. We have to fix that this week at practice."
Behind some more hard running from the team's leading rushers Jordan Minnick (14-105) and Gibbs, who have 522 and 404 yards respectively on the year, the Indians pulled ahead 20-14 with 11:27 to go in the game when Gibbs ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run which was followed by a missed extra point. That drive began on Donegal's own four-yard line after a downed ELCO punt and was fueled by Minnick's 27 yards on two carries.
Donegal's defensive issues showed on the following drive by the Mounts who drove 60 yards on 17 plays and went ahead 21-20 on a three-yard plunge by Richard Geer (11-40, TD). A Donegal fumble on the ensuing possession was recovered by the Ephrata defense and resulted in another touchdown when Keefer connected with Samuel Knowles (2-53, TD) for the final score of the game.
"Our kids will rebound from this learning experience," added Risberg. "I'm sure of that."
With four games last week the Donegal boys had plenty to keep them busy including a matchup with Section Three leader Cocalico (4-0, 9-1) last Monday in which they gave the Eagles all they could handle and almost pulled off a huge upset before falling 4-3 in overtime. In their other three games Donegal lost to Spring Grove 2-1, beat Octorara 3-2 and lost to Ephrata 3-1.
Donegal (2-2, 4-7) came out blazing against the Eagles and quickly jumped ahead 1-0 when Jose De La Cruz beat Cocalico keeper Peyton Stetter in just the second minute of play. In all, Stetter was able stop six of the Indians nine shots while Cocalico managed eight shots, with Gavin Murren turning away one for the Indians.
That lead was short lived, however, when Joe Zimmerman notched the first of two first half goals tying the game in the sixth minute and then once again in the 38th after Philip Herzog regained the lead for the Indians with a score in the 22nd minute.
Both sides scored again in the second half to make it 3-3, a score which held through the end of regulation. It was Cocalico that struck first in overtime to preserve its undefeated section record when Aaron Weitzel found a way to crack the Indian defense and seal the victory with a blast past Murren.
Spring Grove visited Mount Joy last Tuesday and scored with 31:51 remaining in the game to go ahead 2-0 off the foot of Mitch Aughenbaugh. Zac Runkle cut the deficit in half when he found a crack in the Rockets defense, beating Bryce Bell in the near corner of the net on a Donegal corner kick with 11:08 on the clock, but that was all the offense could muster against a stiff Spring Grove defense.
Ryan McKowen put the Rockets on the board with 21:47 on the clock in the first half for the 1-0 lead. Bell ended the game with three saves while Donovan Henriques turned away two for Donegal.
It was a tale of two halves when Octorara came to visit on Thursday. All five goals where tallied in the opening frame with neither team mounting any offense in the second.
The Braves drew first blood when Nathaniel Sellers beat Henriques four minutes into the game, but it was Donegal that accounted for the next three before Octorara found the back of the net again on a Miguel Zavala-Cruz goal eight minutes before halftime. Henriques turned away three of the Brave's shots on goal while Keith Lambert stopped six for Octorara.
Herzog got the ball rolling for Donegal when he scored his first of two off an assist by Runkle to tie the game at 1-1 with 24:05 on the clock. Three minutes later he blasted a solo shot past Lambert to give Donegal the lead before Runkle got in on the action when he fired a penalty kick into the back of the net to make it 3-1 with 12:17 to go before the break.
Joseph Turbedsky directed a pass to Connor Flory in the 67th minute of the game against Ephrata on Saturday which Flory proceeded to deposit in the back of the net for the lone Donegal score on the afternoon. With goals by Ben Patrushev (7:00), Caleb Gaston (30:00), and Angel Gonzalez-Garcia (57:00), Ephrata built a comfortable 3-0 lead and was able to hold off the Donegal to secure the victory.
Henriques saved two for Donegal while Cole Hummel stopped four in goal for the Mounts as each team fired off five shots.
Playing four games last week as well, the Donegal girls (2-1-1, 3-5-2) also began their week of play against Cocalico but came away with a 1-1 tie last Monday at home. They followed with a 2-0 loss to Spring Grove, a 4-0 win over Octorara and a 3-1 defeat to Ephrata.
Donegal came out strong against the Eagles to open the first half of play but Cocalico dominated the rest of the game outshooting the Indians 13-4, but only finding one answer to Lauren Stwalley's stellar play in the net. The senior keeper turned away 11 Cocalico attempts allowing the Donegal offense opportunities, but a stiff Eagle defense kept the Indians from mounting any kind of an attack for much of the night.
Despite the shot disadvantage, Donegal's Nat Fellenbaum made hers count when she collected the rebound of a Kyla Collins shot that keeper Adrienne McGallicher could not contain and sent it home from seven yards out for the 1-0 lead with 26:40 remaining in the half. Sage Musser tied things up, however, when she sent a free kick past Stwalley and into the upper left corner with only 3:28 on the clock before the break for what turned out to be the final score of the game through regulation and two overtime periods.
Spring Grove scored twice in the first half off the foot of Carley Kibler to come away with the victory over the lady Indians last Tuesday at home. Kibler scored solo shots in the 23rd and 38th minutes of the game, beating Stwalley who had six saves on the day.
Despite outshooting the Rockets 16-9 and holding a 2-1 advantage in corners, the Indians could not find a way past keeper Carlene Marquette who denied Donegal 12 times.
Four different players scored for Donegal in Thursday's win over Octorara as the Indian's defense pitched a shutout behind Stwalley's five stops. Janell Brinser's goal in the 17th minute was the lone score of the first half while India Foreman (44:00), Hayley Brower (52:00), and Alex Daly (58:00) all tallied solo goals in the second for insurance.
Hannah Dunn and Brinser connected in the first half of Saturday's game with Ephrata to tie things up at 1-1 on Brinser's shot, but Olivia Myer (25:00) and Abigail Wiest (47:00) closed the door on the Indians in the second to finish 3-1. The Mounts outshot Donegal 10-4 with Stwalley stopping seven.
With makeup games due to weather, the Donegal girls played four matches in a busy schedule last week and notched four losses along the way. They lost to Cocalico 6-1, Elizabethtown 4-3, Manheim Central 7-0, and Solanco 5-2.
Last Monday at home against the Eagles it was Emily Ashley who provided the lone win for Donegal. She defeated Cara DiCiano 6-1, 6-3 in straight sets in the first of two wins overall for the week.
Versus Elizabethtown, the girls had two singles matches go to tie-breaker in the tight loss as Araya Fahnestock defeated Emma Shelly 1-6, 6-3 (8) and Emily Louie defeated Lyla Naqvi 5-7, 75 (7). Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern defeated Fahnestock and Mia Giordana 8-2 while Ashley and Naqvi defeated Lauren Musser and Tori Pollock 9-7 in doubles. Finishing singles play, Ashley beat Musser 6-0, 6-0 while Pollock downed Mary Murphy 6-2, 6-2.
On Friday against Solanco, Fry and Zern put away Sophie Baker and Erin Dobinson 8-4 and Ashley and Naqvi downed Kerith Paine and Faith Redcay 8-2 for two wins in doubles play. In singles it was Ashley defeating Paine 6-11, 6-0, Murphy beating Gabriella Griffonetti 6-2, 6-3, and Shelly downing Erin Zaborsky 7-5.
In two wins last week the lady Indians tallied 23 goals in shutouts over Cocalico 12-0 and McCaskey 11-0 to stay undefeated on the season. Mackenzie Allesssie racked up six goals against the Eagles, five in the first half, while Lily Saunders added two and Kiera Baughman, Madison Leety, Morgan Mullhausen, and Paige Miller all added one each while goalie Aliza Johns turned away eight Cocalico shots.
Saunders scored a hat trick versus McCaskey last Wednesday and Allessie added four of her own while Baughman, Catherine Moran, Lydia Miller, and Cayla Homsher also scored.
Gridders' 4th Quarter Rally Seals Win Over Cedars September 16, 2018
Conceding 285 yards of offense is usually not a good recipe for winning a football game, unless of course your team rushes for 315 and five touchdowns which is exactly what Donegal did Friday night against Lebanon. Two Indian rushers eclipsed the 100-yard mark and four found the end zone in the 34-12 win.
Donegal (3-0, 3-1) trails only Lancaster Catholic (3-0, 4-0) in the overall standings but is in a three-way tie with the Crusaders and Annville-Cleona (3-0, 3-1) at the top of Section Three. ELCO (2-1, 3-1), meanwhile, sits one game back and is far from being out of the race.
"Our kids played hard," commented head coach Chad Risberg. "We had to make some adjustments offensively because of how they were playing. Defensively, we created some turnovers and were able to capitalize on them. It was a good win for the team."
Indeed, the Cedars held Donegal to only 14 points in the first half, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Indians as they outscored Lebanon 20-6 on runs by Zion Gibbs (11-110, TD) Dalton Mullhausen (10-56, 2TD) and Jordan Minick (17-123, TD).
Quarterback Dylan Martin (4-24, TD) put Donegal on the board with a 20-yard keeper that capped an 87-yard opening drive by the Indians to make it 7-0. Later in the second quarter Mullhausen helped himself when he fell on a Lebanon fumble at the Donegal 45-yard line and then punched it in from four yards out at the end of the ensuing drive for a 14-0 lead heading into the second half.
Donegal's Joe Fox came up big when he picked off an Isaiah Roderiguez pass late in the third following a 30-yard touchdown reception by Leighton Rivera which put the Cedars on the board to make it 14-6. Fox's pick set up Gibbs for a score from 19-yards out, capping a 30-yard Indian drive and extending the lead to 21-6 with 10:53 left in the game.
Lebanon responded a few minutes later when Rivera scored on a one-yard plunge and then pulled off a successful onside kick, but the Donegal defense held and forced a turnover-on-downs. That led to Mullhasen's second touchdown of the night on a 21-yard scamper which was followed by a three-and-out by the defense and another scoring drive with Minick punching it in from the 34 for the 34-12 win.
Donegal's girls' soccer team came away with a 1-0 win over Lancaster Mennonite followed by a 3-0 loss to ELCO and ended the week with a 2-0 loss to Red Land. The win over the Blazers (1-1, 3-5) moved Donegal (1-2, 2-3-1) into a tie with Lancaster Mennonite for second place in Section Three, but the loss to ELCO (2-0, 5-0-1) dropped the Indians back into third.
With not many shots generated by either team, (Lancaster Mennonite had four and Donegal nine) both sides played will defensively, but it was Donegal that did what it took to earn the victory. "This was obviously an important match for us to get a result, the first Section 3 match of the season," stated head coach Scott Summers.
Hannah Dunn, with an assist by Kayla Collins, came through in the 37th minute of the first half, beating Kaeleigh King with what proved to be the game winner. "Overall, I saw this match as our most complete to this point in the season," added Summers. "Defensively we played extremely well as a unit and I felt we did a great job at collapsing on balls in and around the top of the box. LMH had very few clean looks at goal."
King was perfect after that, stopping a total of six on the day while Lauren Stwalley turned away three for the Indians in the shutout victory. "We have been a little slow at times to find the back of the net this season so I was very pleased with the number of opportunities we created in the final third in this match... we should have put a few more away but we were certainly happy with the result and the way we played overall."
ELCO proved a much more difficult problem to solve, although the lady Indians held the section leaders scoreless through the first half of the game. The second half told a different story, however, as the Raider's offense, which outshot Donegal 18-2, began to find its stride and scored three times, including a penalty kick by Ryelle Shuey and two goals by Cassie Johnson.
ELCO also generated nine corner kicks to none by Donegal, while Stwalley stopped six shots on goal and Maddy Bailey turned away two for the Raiders.
The boys wrapped two losses around a win last week as they dropped a 1-0 contest with Lancaster Mennonite (2-0, 4-2), won 7-0 against ELCO (0-2, 0-8), and finished with a 3-1 non-league loss to Red Land. Donegal (1-1, 3-4) was sitting in third place in Section Three at the end of last week, one game out of first place and tied with Octorara (1-1, 2-3) for second place behind the Blazers (2-0, 4-2) and Cocalico (2-0, 6-1).
Gavin Murren's day at the office against Lancaster Mennonite was a difficult one to say the least as the Blazers fired off 13 shots against the Indians with the senior keeper turning away 12 of them. Unfortunately, Lancaster Mennonite deployed a stingy defense that limited the Indians to three scoring opportunities which Gabe Willig stuffed to secure the shut-out.
Ben Lefever made Donegal pay for an early mistake with a steal and pass to Tyler Wagner who found a way past Murren in the second minute who then, along with a tight defense of its own, clamped down and pitched a shut-out the rest of the way.
Against ELCO, the Indians had three players score two goals apiece while Murren had a slow day with no shots to defend from the Raider's offense. With no corner shots either, to Donegal's seven, ELCO could not come up with an answer to the Indian defense.
Leading only 2-0 after one half of play, the Indians poured in five more in the second to open the gap even further. Joseph Turbedsky got things going in the 15th minute and scored again in the 54th, making it 3-0 while Zac Runkle's first goal in the 30th represented the second of the first half with his second standing as the final of the game in the 72nd minute.
Philip Herzog (56:00, 65:00) and Levi Sites (66:00) also scored for Donegal while Austin Heim, Jose De La Cruz, Austin Bury, Ryan Dearborn, and Michael Linebarger all assisted on one goal apiece.
Herzog's goal against Red Land in the 37th minute on Saturday gave the Indians a 1-0 lead, but two goals from the visitors in the second half sealed their fate as the Red Land defense stifled Donegal the rest of the way. Murren stopped six of Red Land's eight shots, but the Indians were only able to put three of their own on goal for the day in the loss.
Donegal's hockey team continued to rack up the goals and the wins last week as the girls came away with a 12-3 victory over L-S and followed that with a 10-1 win over Solanco. Mackenzie Allessie led all scorers with 13 goals through both matches.
Leading 5-0 against L-S after the first half, the Indians added seven more in the second while allowing the Pioneers to finally get on the scoreboard. Allessie tallied seven goals while Cayla Homsher added two and Lily Saunders, Kiera Baughman, and Reagan Clark each had one apiece. Goalie Aliza Johns saved 10 on the day.
Solanco only managed two shots, but scored on half of them as Maggie Hurst accounted for the Golden Mare's lone goal of the game. Unfortunately for Solanco, they were already down 9-0 thanks to six goals from Allessie, two from Saunders, and one from Clark, who also accounted for Donegal's lone goal in the second half.
The girls came away with another three wins last week as they traveled to Octorara for their weekly meet, topping Cocalico 15-55, L-S 17-41, and their hosts 21-37. The ladies remained undefeated at 5-0 and were comfortably in first place in Section Two.
Rachel Fernald led the pack for Donegal finishing second overall with a time of 21:39 while Amanda Fry (3rd, 22:50), and Hadley Shoaf (4th, 22:57) all placed in the top five.
Ella DeBruin (6th, 23:07), and Myra Naqvi (8th, 23:24) rounded out the top ten for the Indians followed by McKenzie DuBuskey (11th, 24:07), Keri Anderson (16th, 25:15), Sarah Hinkel (23rd, 26:20), Jordyn Smith (25th, 26:34), and Megan Myers (31st, 27:56).
Logan Fry finished in 5th place with a time of 19:09 to pace the boys who lost to Cocalico 21-34 and L-S 19-47, but were able to top Octorara 15-46. No other Donegal runner finished in the top ten with the Pioneers placing five and the Eagles four in that category.
Matthew Wallace placed 13th in 19:55 followed by Sam Rothstein (15th, 20:14), Brandon Hess (16th, 20:27), Hunter Gehman (18th, 20:41), Aydan Miller (29th, 21:49), Ethan Steck (31st, 22:40), Hunter Williams (36th, 23:09), and Nathaniel Jenney (38th, 23:08).
Donegal claimed a clean sweep of Lebanon last Wednesday by topping the Cedars 7-0 on the road. The lady Indians only lost nine games on the day in their first win of the season.
In doubles play Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern won 8-1, over Ashlyn Bare and Nancy Garcia, Emily Ashley and Lyla Naqvi defeated Jenna Aviles and Everia Gonzalez 8-0, while Mary Murphy Kailey Frownfelter downed Ashley Garcia Mejia and Alaina Colmenares 8-1 for the early 3-0 lead.
Ashley put away Aviles in straight sets to begin singles play with scores of 6-0, 6-0 while Naqvi beat Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1, Murphy finished Garcia Mejia 6-2, 6-0 and Emma Shelly won 6-1, 6-1 over Colmenares.
Donegal Gridders Dominate Visiting Columbia September 9, 2018
With storm clouds threatening overhead on Friday night the Donegal football team unleashed its own thunder on the host Crimson Tide. Behind a strong running games by halfback Jordan Minick, who rushed seven times for 92 yards and two scores, and fullback Korbin Walmer who also ran for 92 yards and added one touchdown, the Indians mounted a 43-0 lead in the first half.
With the second half clock running on the mercy rule, Donegal (2-1, 2-0) added another score on the way to a 50-14 victory which placed them at the top of Section Three along with Lancaster Catholic (3-0, 2-0), and Annville-Cleona (2-1, 2-0) both of whom were also winners in their respective showdowns.
"The kids played hard," stated head coach Chad Risberg. "We started a little slow but picked it up after the first drive. Offensively, the starting backfield did their job and were relieved by the end of the second quarter."
Columbia (0-3, 0-2) got off to a rocky start on its first possession of the game when the first of several bad snaps sailed over the head of quarterback Matt McCLeary and into the end zone where A.J. McCarty fell on the football for a quick 7-0 lead.
A 24-yard hookup from quarterback Dylan Martin to Jarred Collazo later in the quarter put the Indians up 14-0. Then a forced punt from the Donegal defense on the Tide's next possession sailed out of bounds at the Columbia 39 after only 10-yards and set the stage for a 27-yard touchdown scamper from Minick three plays later to make it 21-0 after only one quarter of play.
A 16-yard score from halfback Zion Gibbs in the second quarter, the first of three for Donegal in the frame, put the Indians up 28-0 before another errant snap went over McCleary's head on the following Columbia possession and out the back of the end zone for a safety.
Minick added another rushing touchdown from 13-yards out and Mason Ober punched one in from the 12-yard line before halftime.
In all, Donegal racked up 293 total yards of offense, out-gaining the Tide 172-1 on the ground in the first half alone.
"Defensively our starters did their job," added Risberg. "They held Columbia to one rushing yard in the first half. We had a safety, a fumble recovery for a TD, and an interception."
The Tide scored twice in the second half against Donegal backups. Luke McGinnis got in on a three-yard scamper in the third quarter and McCleary punched in a one-yard keeper in the fourth following a nifty 52-yard run by Donegal's Walmer who broke several tackles on the way to the Indian's final score of the game.
Battling the excessive heat that settled in last week the lady Indians took on both Manheim Township (2-2, 2-0) and Manheim Central (1-3, 0-1) and came away with two more wins. They topped the Blue Streaks 8-2 last Tuesday night and finished the lady Barons 6-1 two days later.
With a scheduled change on Tuesday from an afternoon start to an evening matchup in order to avoid some of the oppressive temperatures, Donegal (4-0, 1-0) overcame some obstacles on the way to securing its third win of the season.
Down two starting players, the Indians had to find a way to adapt on the fly but with the help of a five-goal night from senior Mackenzie Allessie and a little shuffling of players on the field, the team came together for a solid win.
"Certainly, Mack is doing what she does best, finishing and coming in clutch," said head coach Jessica Shellenberger. "We're still trying to figure out our best line-up and personal. We've been working through injuries."
While they may be learning to play together, the Indians are still getting it done. With just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half Donegal led 3-0 on an Allessie hat trick and increased that to 5-0 on a score by Reagan Clark eight minutes later and another goal by Allessie at the 23-minute mark.
Township answered with two goals of its own before halftime when Katie Labezius and Ashlyn Campagna both found a way past Donegal goalie Aliza Johns to make it 5-2 heading into the second half of play.
Johns, who had nine saves on 11 Township shots, and the Donegal defense held the Blue Streaks scoreless from that point on while Allessie, Cayla Homsher, and Lily Saunders each scored for Donegal in the second half.
Leading Manheim Central by three early in the second half on two Allessie goals and one by Saunders, the Indians gave up a goal to Alexis Hosler on a penalty stroke at the 6:28 mark, the first of only two shots allowed by the defense on the day, cutting the lead to 3-1.
That was the only hiccup for Donegal, though, as Homsher and Saunders both scored on penalty corners followed by Allessie's third of the game, all over a span of only 1:30.
Even with the wins and the balancing of new players, Shellenberger knows they can only get better. "We're hoping to have everyone back and healthy soon. Trying to get the pieces together so we can make a run in the post-season!"
Despite sweltering conditions last Tuesday, the Donegal cross country teams still ran their weekly meet at Columbia along with Lancaster Catholic and came away with three victories.
Donegal's girls posted wins over both the Crusaders and Crimson Tide with respective scores of 18-47 and 15-55 while the boys lost 22-33 to Lancaster Catholic but defeated Columbia 15-55.
Led by overall first and second place finishers Rachel Fernald (22:43) and Amanda Fry (23:06), the girls posted 11 of the top 15 times with seven of those coming in the top ten.
Mary Zukus (24:02) of Lancaster Catholic finished third while her teammates Ellie Bomberger (25:49, 9th) and Maddie Zukus (25:54, 10th) were the only three runners keeping Donegal's entire team from crossing the line before any other. Columbia only had two participants in Cassidy Cook (32:17, 19th), and Anonya Bland (34:08, 20th).
Rounding out the top ten for Donegal were Hadley Shoaf (24:09, 4th), Ella DeBruin (24:40, 5th), Myra Naqvi (25:02, 6th), Keri Anderson (25:16, 7th), and McKenzie DuBusky (25:32, 8th), followed by Meg Zell (27:08, 11th), Sarah Hinkel (27:55, 12th), Megan Myers (28:39, 13th), and Jordyn Smith (28:44, 14th).
For the boys the finishes were a little more spread out as Matthew Wallace (20:48, 4th) and Logan Fry (20:52, 5th) led the Indians who had a total of five in the top ten which included Brandon Hess (21:20, 7th), Sam Rothstein (21:32, 8th) and Hunter Gehman (21:39, 9th).
Following were Ethan Steck (25:13, 21st), Hunter Williams (27:22, 24th), and Nathaniel Jenney (31:42, 30th).
Last week saw Donegal's soccer teams come away with varying results as the girls defeated Garden Spot 1-0 and the boys lost to both Dallastown and South Western with identical 2-1 scores with a 2-1 win over Garden Spot sandwiched in between.
A first half goal by Donegal's Hannah Dunn on an assist by Ellie Henriques spelled the difference against the Spartans on the road in last Thursday's narrow victory.
Sporting a 7-2 shot advantage, the Indians benefitted from a shut out by goalie Rena Rankin while Elizabeth King was able to turn away six shots in goal for the Spartans.
Hosting Dallastown last Tuesday, the Indians jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Jose De La Cruz who wasted no time by scoring in the first minute of play on an assist by Zac Runkle.
Donegal held on to the slim advantage through most of the half before Leo Garcia tied things up in the 35th minute for the Wildcats and Matteo Congliaro added the eventual game winner in the second half in the 45th minute.
On Thursday, playing down from 1-0 to start the second half against the Spartans, Patrick Summers found the back of the net in the 51st minute to tie the game while Austin Heim came through in the 73rd minute to nail the game winner.
Both teams put seven shots on goal while the Indians enjoyed a 9-5 advantage in corners and goalie Gavin Murren turned away six Spartan shots.
Playing against South Western on Saturday it was Heim's goal in the 55th minute that evened things up after a last second score by Casey Slater in the first half put the Mustangs in the lead, but Andrew Baldwin was able to beat Murren a little over five minutes later to give the host team the victory.
Everything else was even for the two teams as they each had six shots on goal and three corner shots apiece while Murren had four saves on the day.
In what was an edge of the seat match at Garden Spot last Thursday, the Indians were edged by the Spartans 4-3 with a pivotal tiebreaker providing the deciding score.
Donegal's Mary Murphy battled through a 7-5 first set loss to Ashley Risser but evened things up in the second with a 6-4 win. It was Risser, however, that came through in the end with a 10-3 finish that helped the Spartans gain the victory.
Emily Ashley defeated Elle Hallquist 6-0, 6-1, Lyla Naqvi lost to Paige Kemper 6-1, 6-3, and Emma Shelly put away Leah Strausser 6-4, 6-4 to round out the singles play.
In doubles, Ashley and Naqvi defeated Hallquist and Kemper 9-7 for the lone win while Murphy and Kailey Frownfelter lost to Katie Varley and Risser 8-4 and Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern lost to Lillie Risser and Strausser 8-6.
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.