Donegal Closes its Season in State Semifinals November 16, 2017
Athletics, and those that play the games, are constantly surrounded by numbers. They are painted on the field and found on the jerseys and helmets of the athletes. Statistics and averages are used to determine the value of an individual as well as the team and a number is then assigned to that value.
On Tuesday night November 14th at Whitehall High School, the Donegal field hockey team's number was three. Not only were they the third ranked high school team in the country, but it was with only 3.3 seconds remaining in the PIAA Class 2A semifinal game against Wyoming Valley West that their amazing season came to a halt in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
Through 59:56.7 of play the Lady Indians controlled almost every aspect of the game but for one, and that was scoring. Despite out-cornering the Spartans 17-7, Donegal only held a one shot advantage at 9-8.
Wyoming Valley West, however, only needed one and that came on the final corner of the game when Cameron Forgash inserted to Madison Woods who then found a way to do what few players have done over the past several seasons, smack the board for the game winner.
Even though the Donegal offense was not able to manufacture any points from their scoring opportunities they did a good job of controlling the ball and not allowing the Spartans to get into any kind of a rhythm. Defensively the Indians stifled any attack Wyoming Valley West was able to mount.
Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's main offensive weapon, was stymied several times by the Spartan's committee of goal keepers in Nikki Hartzel and Sydney Rusnock even though the junior standout was able to get some good looks. Fellow sharp shooter Lily Saunders was thwarted by Hartzel as well.
With diving saves in the cage and a relentless defense that was in a bend-but-don't-break mindset all night, Wyoming Valley West found a way to solve the rapid scoring style that is Donegal's forte and one which has decimated teams in the past.
Even though the Indians were not able to defend their title, they still stand as one of the top high school programs, not only in Pennsylvania but in the country.
This year's graduating seniors and their teammates have achieved a level of success that many teams can only aspire to and have done it better than any that have come before them.
With numerous Section and League titles as well as an historic four consecutive District Three Championships and a PIAA Championship under their belts, they have done their school and community proud, not only by their athletic accomplishments, but how they conducted themselves while doing it.
At the annual Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star banquet which was held days prior to the semifinal game, this was underscored by the fact that Donegal was announced as the team with the highest GPA in the league with a combined 4.12.
Numerous other honors were bestowed upon the players and Coach Shellenberger as well with the latter being named as the Section Two Coach of the Year while four Lady Indians were named to the All-League Team.
Making the roster were Grace Miller as a back, Saunders as a forward, Allessie as a midfielder, and Katie Jean at goalie.
Lady Indians Capture 4th Straight District Title November 5, 2017
When success comes, as often as it does for the Donegal field hockey program, it is easy to take it for granted and not realize just how difficult it is to reach and then maintain such a high level of proficiency.
With an ever revolving roster of players it is not an easy task to stay consistent from one year to the next, however, the Indians manage to not only stay competitive but also improve each season.
That ability to overcome and adapt to changing conditions resulted in the school's first ever PIAA title last year and the defending champions are currently on the same path this year.
The Lady Indians captured their fourth consecutive District Three Championship on Saturday when they defeated Twin Valley 5-2 at Henry Hershey Field.
In doing so, they became the first team in district history to accomplish that feat, breaking their own record of three which they held with Lower Dauphin. It also marks their seventh district title making them the only team in the L-L League to accomplish that feat as well.
Twin Valley is no stranger to the District Three Championship game either, having lost the previous two in shutouts by the Tribe. Despite putting the beginning and finishing marks on the score board, the Raiders were not able to contain Donegal's high powered offense which was led by Mackenzie Allessie's hat trick and included goals by Kiera Baughman and Ashley Maxwell.
Mikenna Allen put Twin Valley into the early lead when she took a Riley Knapp cross and snuck it in for the score with 20:17 left to play in the first half.
After that, it was all Donegal as the ladies scored twice before the break and then added three more in the second before a Twin Valley corner was converted by Kara McClure with zeros on the clock.
Allessie accounted for two of her three goals in the span between the Raider's opening score and halftime with her first coming off a broken play in which she had a pass intercepted but tracked down the Twin Valley defender, stealing back possession of the ball in the process and hitting a reverse shot that knotted the score at 1-1 with 13:32 on the clock.
Almost 12 minutes later, on a corner insertion, she was able to work her way into position and fired off a shot that beat goal keeper Talayna Viscuso for the 2-1 lead with 1:56 to go in the half.
Donegal more than doubled Twin Valley's shot production over the course of the game sending 15 on goal to the Raider's seven while earning a 14-4 advantage in corners as well.
When play resumed in the second half Donegal needed less than eight minutes to expand its lead. Baughman positioned herself in front of the cage and took a shot that Viscuso was able to get a pad on but could not deny as the ball caromed in at the 22:37 mark for the 3-1 lead.
After almost 13 minutes of scoreless play it was Maxwell that struck next on an Indian's penalty corner late in the game. Allessie found her positioned on the right side of the cage after taking the insert and Maxwell was able to push the ball across with just under 10 minutes left to play.
Allessie added the final insurance with 4:20 on the clock before Twin Valley's final hurrah at the end.
Not lost in the shuffle was Donegal's semifinal win over Berks Catholic which set up the history making victory for the District trophy.
Leading up to that game, which the Indians won 10-0 last Wednesday, Berks Catholic had surrendered only 11 points the entire season before running into the buzz saw that is Donegal's offense.
Allessie accounted for five of those goals while both Maxwell and Amanda Beck scored twice and Lily Saunders added another.
The Donegal defense rendered the Saints offense almost useless as they only got off two shots to the Indian's 22 with Donegal also enjoying a 16-6 advantage in corners.
In the final game of regular season the Donegal football team knew it was also going to be the end of the line as the Indians were on the outside looking in at the District qualifiers.
In a huge outpouring of offense and with a hard hitting defense that produce six turnovers, which directly led to five touchdowns, the Indians had their way with Annville-Cleona in a 54-6 rout.
The three headed rushing attack of Cameron Ellis, Tyler Rupp, and Nick Ketner rolled through the A-C defense for 310 combined yards and four touchdowns and Ryan Buckius (2-6, 40YDs, TD) threw for another in the win.
Ketner (12-106, TD) put the Indians on board with a 3-yard plunge in the first quarter to make it 7-0 setting up a two score second quarter which was led by a Keeryen Stevens interception that stopped an A-C drive in Donegal territory.
His bobbling pick was made even more spectacular by the ensuing return in which the defensive back eluded a bevy of Dutchmen and made his way back across the 50-yard line.
A penalty on Donegal brought the ball back deep into Indian territory but on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a Rupp 41-yard carry, Buckius found Seiler Edwards (1-31, TD) across the middle for a 31-yard score.
Rupp (9-100, TD) put the Indians up 20-0 after the defense recovered a Dutchmen fumble on the next drive and he found running room from 21-yards out to close out the scoring for the Indians in the half.
A-C's Caleb Turner forced his way into the end zone from the 4-yard line to make the score 20-6 with 1:39 on the clock after a Donegal face mask penalty on a Dutchmen receiver set A-C up with great field position.
In the second half it was all Indians as they scored 34 unanswered points on two runs by Ellis (14-1-3, 2TD), a 61-yard punt return by Stevens, a Buckius keeper and a 30-yard scramble by Andrew Melville (2-37, TD).
Silas Buckwalter capped a stellar senior season for the Donegal boys' cross country team on Saturday with a 63rd place finish in the PIAA meet which was held on the Parkview course in Hershey.
Buckwalter finished the 3.1 mile course in 17:28 with a mile pace of 5:38. It was the last of three personal goals the senior had set for himself in the post-season that included finishing in the top 70 on Saturday.
"Ultimately, we would have been proud of him regardless of his finishing place," stated head coach Matthew Werner. "States is just the cherry on top of what was a great season for Silas. His goals were to medal at districts and to finally make states, and he accomplished both."
In reaching his place in the standings, Buckwalter put on a finishing kick that left his coach majorly impressed with his top runner.
During his first mile, Buckwalter ran 5:18 which placed him 85th. He saw that pace drop by 40 seconds in the second mile when he came in at 11:16 and 86th place.
Werner was following from the path on the sidelines and got his attention by yelling out to Buckwalter. "I told him his place and said, 'Run with no regrets.' That was our motto yesterday. From that point on he put his head down and started to put on a final surge."
And it was in that final 100 meter surge that Buckwalter found an intestinal fortitude that allowed him to blow through the pack and gain an amazing 22 spots while improving his final pace by 20 seconds.
"His form looked great, he was light on his feet, and he looked unstoppable to be honest. I got to the finish in time to watch his final 100 meters and he was passing people the entire way to the finish. He ended up passing 21 people over the last half mile of the race. That is almost unheard of in a cross country race," added Werner.
In his finish on Saturday, Buckwalter made his mark on Donegal boys cross country by becoming the highest placing finisher and setting a school record for fastest time by a boy on the Parkview course.
"It's going to be very hard to replace that kind of leader next season. He is not only an amazing runner, but a phenomenal leader and young man. Always giving me his everything in practice and focused on bettering himself on a daily basis. You can't teach that, it's just who he is. It speaks to his character as a young man. We are proud to have him represent Donegal."
Lady Indians Advance to District Semifinals October 29, 2017
When you are the defending Section, League, District, and PIAA champion and ranked number two in the nation, having a bullseye on your back comes with the territory.
Through 48 games spanning two seasons, Donegal's field hockey team never knew defeat. That is until a matchup with the number one ranked team in the nation, Penn Manor, occurred in the L-L League semifinals where the Comets managed a tight 2-1 win over the Lady Indians before claiming the League title.
"I believe the loss to PM actually hurt us more. We struggled a bit to get over it," head coach Jessica Shellenberger replied when asked about the pressure of carrying such a long streak and if maybe losing took a weight off the shoulders of her players.
She also noted that it was only the first time for some of the girls to lose while playing for Donegal. "We've done our best to redirect the energy, but I still think it stings."
That refocusing was on full display as the ladies picked up right where they were before by smoking their first two opponents in the District Three AA tournament with a combined score of 24-0.
Shippensburg, the 16th seed, was the first victim, falling to the tribe 14-0 in the opening round last Wednesday, while the number eight seed Lampeter-Strasburg went down 10-0 to the defending champions in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
While Shippensburg's season is now over, the Pioneers still have a fighting chance as they drop into the consolation bracket with the top six teams from District Three advancing to States.
With senior goalkeeper Katie Jean taking a rest, Aliza Johns seamlessly stepped in to the cage and recorded the shutout victory in the opening round.
As is the case in the majority of Donegal's games, Shippensburg failed to generate any offense and had no shots on goal with only one penalty corner, that coming in the first half.
On the other hand, the Indians were in full-out assault mode firing off 29 shots on goal while generating 18 corners.
Led by both Mackenzie Allessie and Ashley Maxwell who each scored a hat-trick on the evening, Donegal had eight players find the back of the cage with Amanda Beck and Kyra Olweiler both notching two goals and Lily Saunders, Rachel Overlander, Olivia Lechene, and Madison Leety scoring one apiece.
In yet another display of firepower, the ladies sent another 29 shots to the cage against the Pioneers and earned 22 corners while L-S could not manage one in either category.
Allessie blew up for six goals, her first coming with 25:21 left in the first half when she worked past two L-S defenders before finding the lower near corner on a rocket.
Beck and Saunders each tallied two goals. Beck also had four assists, three of which were to Allessie on corner shots, with Allessie, Saunders, and Grace Miller each adding one apiece.
Shellenberger understands the need for her girls to get back in the fire during this part of the season where every game is win-or-go-home and seems to feel as if they are doing just that.
"I think we're getting back to form. I am hoping for another challenging match up to really test our resiliency," Shellenberger stated.
After giving up a 6-yard touchdown to fall behind 24-17 in the second overtime of Friday's key Section Three matchup with Lancaster Catholic, Donegal faced a fourth-and-goal from the Crusader 1-yard line before quarterback Ryan Buckius plunged in to make it 23-17.
With the game on the line, the Indians went for the win with a two-point conversion try but Buckius lost control of the ball on a timely hit and Lancaster Catholic came down with the game winning interception.
In a bend-but-don't-break defensive battle through most of the night, the Indians ground game was able to churn out 152 yards on 35 carries and was led by Nick Ketner (14-87, TD) and Cameron Ellis (11-60).
After trading punts through the first four possessions of the game, Lancaster Catholic got on the scoreboard when Quincy Clark scored on a 1-yard plunge with only :46 remaining in the half.
Donegal answered in the third when Emma Hudson connected on a 26-yard field goal with 1:43 to go making it 7-3. That also marked her first attempt on the year making the senior kicker perfect in that category.
A Crusader field goal in the fourth put Lancaster Catholic up by a touchdown, but an electrifying 78-yard pick-six by Keeryen Stevens knotted the game at 10-10, setting up overtime.
Ketner put the Indians up 17-10 on the first play when he took a Buckius hand off straight to the house but Clark's score followed by C.J. Zimmerman's 6-yard touchdown in the second overtime put Lancaster Catholic in the lead for good leading up to its clutch play to end the game.
Saturday marked the running of the District Three cross country meet at Big Spring High School and Donegal had a total of 13 runners in the field with seven girls and six boys.
Silas Buckwalter helped lead the boys to an impressive eighth place finish in the team standings out of 28 teams registered and also stood as Donegal's lone PIAA qualifier.
He was able to finish 18th overall in a time of 17:04 followed by Aedan Wilkinson (54th, 18:00), Dylan Zuch (67th, 18:19), Matthew Wallace in (83rd, 18:32), Logan Fry 88th, 18:36), and Brandon Hess (170th, 19:47) for a total of 294 points in the meet.
In District Three, 15 boys qualify for the State Championship Meet and Buckwalter was able to lock up the 11th spot with his finish.
Out of 32 teams in the girl's field, the lady Indians were able to score 691 points and were led by Rachel Fernald who ran a 21:11 and finished 80th overall placing Donegal in 28th as a team.
Amanda Fry (125th, 22:00), Ella DeBruin (161st, 22:45), Kimberlyn Ebersole (185th, 23:21), Anna Hawbaker (192nd, 25:31), Myra Naqvi (222nd, 24:49), and Megan Myers (227th, 25:11) rounded out Donegal's finishers.
Donegal began its District Three AAA tournament by drawing neighboring foe Manheim Central in the opening round. Manheim is the defending District Three champion and a team the Indians defeated 2-0 to begin the season.
Unfortunately, the 10th seeded Lady Barons were able to turn the tables with a 2-0 upset victory over the number seven seed Donegal.
Using a blanketing defense, Manheim was able to hold the ladies to only one shot on goal while taking eight and scoring once in each half earn the win.
Buckwalter Leads Harriers in L-L League Meet October 22, 2017
The L-L League Championship meet was held last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School. Silas Buckwalter led paced the boys with a 16th place finishing time of 16:53.3 while Rachel Fernald was top finisher for the girl's team with a 41st place finish in 21:14.4.
As a team, the girls finished in 11th place with 18 teams participating with a score of 324. Amanda Fry (21:42.7) placed 46th, Kimberlyn Ebersole (22:56.7) was 73rd, Anna Hawbaker (23:04.1) 81st, and Ella DeBruin (23:16.5) finished 84th for the ladies with Megan Myers (92nd, 23:40.1) and Myra Naqvi (93rd, 23:40.9) acting as displacers. Keri Anderson (23:45.4) finished 101st overall.
The boys landed in 13th place out of 20 teams with a score of 311 as Dylan Zuch (61st, 17:53.4), Matt Wallace (62nd, 17:53.9), Logan Fry (80th, 18:09.3) and Aedan Wilkinson (92nd, 18:34) rounding out the top five counters. Brandon Hess (19:28.9), and Hunter Williams (21:19.1) and Andrew Allen (21:49.4) also competed.
The headlines could easily have read, "Donegal Gets By Pequea Valley 14-0". But only if Nick Ketner had not taken the field Friday night in the Indian's Section Three matchup with the Braves.
Ketner, however, did suit up and what a difference he made. By the time the scoreboard hit zeros the senior running back had racked up 197 total yards of offense with 170 of them coming on the ground and scored five times in Donegal's 49-0 victory.
He had 10 carries in the game, scoring on half of them with runs of 40, 3, 63, 13, and 34 yards
Donegal scored on every possession in the first half for a 42-0 lead at the break and needed only two plays to open the second to make it 49-0 on a 34-yard Ketner scamper.
Defensively the Tribe held Pequea Valley to only 23 yards of offense and came up with two first half interceptions which led directly to 14 points for the Indians as well.
With great field position at the Pequea Valley 20-yard line after Keeryen Stevens snagged the game's first pick, the Indians used a five play drive to reach the end zone. Ketner's 3-yard plunge made it 14-0 with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Later in the second quarter Ketner intercepted Lapp at the Pequea Valley 16 and Tyler Rupp, who had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, added his lone touchdown of the game, also from the 3-yard line to make it 35-0.
Stevens (1-16, TD) then finalized an eight play 51-yard drive on Donegal's next possession when he secured a Ryan Buckius pass from the Pequea 16-yard line for the final touchdown of the half.
Buckius ended the night with three completions for 85 yards including a 42-yard hookup with Seiler Edwards and a 27-yard pitch and catch to Ketner, all in the first half.
The margin of victory in the previous two matchups between Donegal and Penn Manor in the L-L League tournament was one with the Indians coming away with back-to-back 1-0 victories.
Meeting last Tuesday in the tournament for the third straight time the two teams again played to a one point decision, but this time it fell in the favor of the Comets 2-1. While the other two matchups came with the League Championship on the line, this year it was in the semifinal round when the two nationally ranked teams came together to hash things out.
Emma DeBerdine scored early for the Comets when she worked her way towards the cage after a botched pass by the Indians and managed to break through the tough Donegal defense with a shot that slipped into the corner of the cage with 23:09 left in the first half.
Employing a double and sometimes triple team against Mackenzie Allessie, Penn Manor still could not keep the high powered scorer from getting off a few shots. When Allessie received an insert off a corner by Amanda Beck late in the second half the junior was able to work her way through two defenders and fire off a reverse that lifted into the cage to tie the game at 1-1 with 10:29 remaining in regulation.
Things came crashing back down for the ladies, however, when Briana Harsh managed to fire a shot home on the Comet's final penalty corner a little over a minute later for the game winning goal.
The loss snaps Donegal's 48 game winning streak, but as the second ranked team in the nation the Lady Indians now have their sights set on defending their District and PIAA titles.
After advancing to the quarterfinals of District Three AAA singles play before being eliminated by eventual champion Amanda Hagino of Hempfield, Sophie May teamed up with Emily Ashley on Friday in the opening round of the doubles portion.
Unranked in the tournament, May and Ashley faced similarly unranked Vaishnavi Datta and Val Motter from Cumberland Valley. The duo proved too much for Donegal's number one team, however, as they were able to defeat the ladies 6-1, 6-3 before succumbing to second seeded Alexa Schwab and Maddie Schwab from Central Dauphin later in the day.
Indians Advance in Playoffs, Allessie Nets Milestone October 15, 2017
Donegal field hockey has been a solid program for years, accumulating scores of titles and hardware over time and sending numerous players on to successful college careers at all levels including national and international play.
With an elusive PIAA championship finally realized last year, the ladies have their sights set on defending that title and have blown through the regular season with yet another undefeated campaign and a streak that spans two years.
The Indians opened up post-season play last week in the L-L League Championship against Warwick and another milestone was met when Mackenzie Allessie scored her 200th career goal on a reverse with 24:21 to go in the first half to open up a 1-0 lead that eventually turned into an 8-3 victory for the defending League Champions. She ended the day with five overall.
That followed her 100th career assist in last Tuesday's contest at home, a 13-0 victory over Cocalico before the ladies finished out the regular season with an 11-0 win at Solanco last Wednesday.
With the win over Warwick on Saturday, Donegal advanced to a semifinal matchup with Penn Manor, a 3-0 winner over Manheim Central. The Comets have met Donegal the past two years in the championships, both times in the title game.
Warwick's Katie Pyle tied the game at 1-1 when she beat keeper Katie Jean on an insert off a penalty corner two minutes later, but by the time the Warriors were able to score again with 1:20 remaining in the half, Donegal had built an insurmountable 6-1 lead.
Scoring against Donegal is not an easy task as Jean has been a stalwart in the cage for the Indians over the past four years. The senior All-Star recorded 14 shutouts prior to Saturday's game and is a perfect complement to Allessie's offense.
Lily Saunders scored twice for the ladies and as of the start of last week's play was one of five Donegal players to lead Section Two in scoring for the year. Amanda Beck, Grace Miller, and Cassy Stauffer joined that list and all were in the top ten.
Saunders' first score of the day came on a play where she was able to work up field from about 40 yards out, moving around two defenders and sending a shot home into the lower near corner of the cage to make it 3-1 with 19:54 on the clock.
Fourteen minutes later she notched her second goal when she took a feed from Miller in front of the cage and scored with 5:45 to go in the half for a 6-1 Donegal lead.
Kyra Olweiler broke open a scoreless second half when she beat Catie Brubaker cross-cage on an assist from Saunders with 12:11 left in the game. Allessie followed two minutes later with a solo shot to close out the scoring for Donegal.
Donegal celebrated its 11 seniors to kick off the game with Cocalico and all received playing time in the first half. Stauffer, Miller, Jean, Olweiler, Rachael Overlander, Allaura Bohan, Taylor Hauck, Makenna Mader, Ashley Maxwell, and Taylor Altice were recognized during Senior Night ceremonies.
Mader put the ladies on board early when she took a corner insert and sent a shot past Eagle keeper Summer Halderman 1:38 into the contest for the 1-0 lead. Altice followed shortly after with a score off an assist by Olweiler that smacked the board exactly one minute later for a 2-0 score that held until halftime.
Donegal took over in the second half as Allessie recorded a hat-trick, and Saunders and Stauffer each netted two apiece in the lopsided affair.
Stauffer's second score came with a little over 12 minutes left in the game to make it 11-0 but it was off the stick of Allessie which marked the 100th assist of her career, adding to her growing list of hockey accomplishments. Miller, Maxwell, Catherine Moran, and Olivia Lechene also scored for the ladies.
Amanda Beck's first half goal with 23:48 on the clock opened the scoring for Donegal against Solanco and Allessies' fourth score of the day with 12:06 left in the second closed things out in yet another shut out by the Indians.
Jean stopped all three of Solanco's shots while Saunders scored twice, and Kiera Baughman, Bohan, Miller, and Stauffer added one each.
Last week marked the end of the season for the girl's tennis team as its run ended with a 4-1 loss to New Oxford in the District team competition while Sophie May fell in the quarterfinals in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to eventual District Three AAA champion Amanda Hagino of Hempfield.
May drew a first round matchup with South Western's Michaela Sentz on Friday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club advancing through with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Top seeded Hagino awaited her later the same day and proved overpowering on her way to District gold.
The day prior, 11th seeded Donegal faced off with number six seed New Oxford in the first round of team play. May the only Indian to record a win, defeating Kasi Conjack 6-1, 6-2 in number two singles.
Mariah Forrey put up a fight in number three singles losing in a tie-break to Maddie Markle 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 while Emily Ashley lost in number one singles to Kamdyn Balko 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles, Molly Socks and Eryn Little won 6-0, 6-1 over Grace Wheeler and Lyla Naqvi in number one doubles and Sarah Moyer and Emily Sterner defeated Madison Aument and Mary Murphy 6-0, 6-0 in number two doubles.
"Emily injured herself in the first round doubles match in leagues, limiting her mobility," said head coach Trent Hoffmaster. "And Sophie played a wonderful match in first round of districts beating the York county champ."
Last week's flight three and flight four singles in the L-L tournament were not reported. Forrey, playing in flight three, advanced into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Manheim's Grace Roberts followed by a 7-6 (10-4), 6-0 win over Rachel Marcroft of L-S.
She then faced Sophie Granbois and lost 6-4, 6-3 to the number two seed and eventual champion from Hempfield.
In flight four, Naqvi took on fourth seeded Isabelle Brown from L-S in the first round and lost 6-2, 6-2.
May and Ashley also were in the respective brackets for the fifth and seventh place matches in flight one which were played last Monday. Ashley, who was injured during a first round doubles match defaulted against Hempfield's Lyla Jackson and May lost to MT's Emily Garvin 6-0, 6-0.
The harrier teams closed out the season last week with the girls beating Lancaster-Mennonite 25-39 and Manheim 15-55 while the boys lost to LM 26-32 and Manheim 27-28.
The Barons barely edged out the guys scoring the fourth and fifth positions in a race in which the two teams otherwise traded back-and-forth as Manheim also finished second, seventh and ninth for the one point win.
Silas Buckwalter finished first overall with a time of 16:56 while Dylan Zuch (18:09), Matthew Wallace (18:24), Logan Fry (19:00), and Aedan Wilkinson (20:35), and Brandon Hess (20:37) all finished in the top 20.
The Lady Blazers placed in the top two overall, but Donegal, led by Rachel Fernald's fourth overall time of 22:12, spear headed a run in which the ladies scored positions 3-10 to top the host team.
Amanda Fry (22:35), Ella DeBruin (22:42), Megan Myers (24:11), Kimberly Ebersole (24:11), Anna Hawbaker (24:16), Keri Anderson (24:28), Myra Naqvi( 25:19), Sarah Hinkel (25:59), McKenzie DuBuskey (26:11), and Jordyn Smith (27:52) finished out the field for Donegal.
Donegal fell behind early against Hazelton Friday night, but reeled off 20 unanswered points behind a stout defense to come away with a 20-14 road win.
Despite giving up 306 total yards, the defense held Hazelton to 60 yards on the ground while Cael Rapp recorded an interception and Keeryen Stevens knocked down a Sparky Wolk pass in the end zone to deny a Cougar touchdown before the half.
Nick Ketner (17-148, TD) and Cam Ellis (20-95, 2TD) spear headed a Donegal offense that put up 353 total yards with 287 of them coming on the ground.
With a 5-0 win over Northern Lebanon and a 7-0 victory over Lebanon Catholic last week, the Lady Indians finished the season with only one loss before facing off against undefeated Ephrata in the opening round of the L-L Championships.
The Mounts went up 1-0 in the 23rd minute before Maya Willing's goal with 11:25 left in the game tied things up. After two scoreless overtime periods the game went to penalty kicks where Ephrata came away as winners with a 4-2 advantage.
"It took us a little longer than we would have liked to get into the flow of the match in the first half," stated head coach Scott Summers. "We looked a bit nervous but we gained confidence and got more comfortable has the game went on."
Despite the early exit Donegal has Districts to look forward to next week and Summers believes they will be ready.
"I have no doubt that we'll use today as a learning experience, we'll get back to work next week and prepare for Districts. As I told them after the match, we did everything we could today and gave ourselves a chance to win, including coming back from 1-0 deficit. Nothing to be down about there."
Meanwhile, Donegal's boys finished out their season with two wins last week defeating Northern Lebanon 8-1 and Lebanon Catholic 9-0 to finish third in Section Three.
With five goals in the first half, the Indians out worked the Vikings last Monday earning nine corner kicks to none for Northern Lebanon while outshooting them 15-4.
Zac Runkle scored twice while Aaron Smith, Ryan McBeth, Philip Herzog, Nathan Ncube Jose De La Cruz, and Kieran Kramer added single goals. Nate Nimo made one save in goal.
Nine different players scored for the Indians in their win over Lebanon Catholic last Wednesday and Gavin Murren recorded two saves in goal as Donegal outshot the visitors 25-2 in the shutout victory.
Zach Kridler, Michael Linebarger, Smith, McBeth, Herzog, Runkle, De La Cruz, Kramer, and Heim all tallied goals while Rylan Brooks added three assists on the day.
Donegal Booters Blank A-C, Survive Elco in OT October 8, 2017
In a week that saw the Donegal boys' soccer team win two of its three games, it was a 2-1 overtime victory over ELCO last Wednesday that helped them the most. Their other two games began with a 5-0 win over Annville-Cleona and ended with a 6-0 loss at the hands of Lancaster Catholic.
Trailing the Raiders in the standings, the Indian's win combined with another ELCO loss helped Donegal to gain some ground and keep their hopes alive for a District berth.
"Right now, we are on the outside looking in as far as post season is concerned," stated head coach Andrew Wagner. "We have to hope others slip up and we may sneak in. Friday's loss was a critical setback and we will learn that we have to be ready to play."
In the win versus ELCO it was the play of Jose De La Cruz that propelled Donegal to victory. Though separated by almost 80 minutes, his two goals represented the difference in the game as he was able to hit an opening in the third minute of play and again in the 83rd minute for the win.
On the other hand, it was strong defense by the Indians and Nate Nimo's eight saves in goal that held the Raiders in check, giving De La Cruz the opportunities he needed.
"Jose has really stepped up his game. He gets himself in great positions and can read the game well," commented Wagner on his sophomore striker.
He did just that when, instead of trying to mix it up in front of the net on a corner kick in the first overtime, De La Cruz waited on the fringe and was rewarded with a ball that overshot the group which he was able to collect and tap in for the game winner.
Against Annville-Cleona Philip Herzog scored twice in the first half while Donegal outshot the Dutchmen 14-3 in the shut out win.
Kyler Enck worked in a goal between Herzog's scores while Zac Runkle and Austin Heim each added one apiece in the second half. Gavin Murren turned away all three A-C shots in goal.
Even though the week ended with a loss, Wagner knows his team's strengths and what they need to do to win. "The boys are playing some good soccer and when that happens we give ourselves a chance to win most games," stated Wagner. "We are not the most physical team and our opponents know this. We have to possess the ball and move it in order to be effective."
It was a night for the ladies on football Friday as not only did both Donegal and Northern Lebanon suit up female place kickers, but the Indian's Emma Hudson also reigned supreme in the homecoming court as she was crowned the 2017 queen.
She, as well as the Viking's Jenna Wentling, was perfect on all her PAT's completing three while Wentling converted five on the night.
Unfortunately for the Indians their homecoming wasn't as eventful. Northern Lebanon scored 21 unanswered points to break a 7-7 tie on the way to a 35-21 victory while maintaining its hold on first place in Section Three.
In spite of a dominating ground game that chewed up 299 yards, led by Nick Ketner who rushed for 204 yards on 13 carries including two touchdowns, the Indians fell behind in the passing game as Northern Lebanon's Michigan Daub completed 17 of 23 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns.
Two costly mistakes seemed to turn the tide against the Indians as an interception thrown by Donegal's Ryan Buckius on the opening drive of the game led to a 7-0 Viking lead after Daub's one yard plunge finished off the resulting Viking possession.
The second came in the third quarter when the Vikings, ahead 14-7 after an exciting 98-yard touchdown run by Ketner in the second quarter was nullified by an 80-yard catch and run by Christian Trader, added another Northern Lebanon score.
In that instance, Daub took the snap at the Vikings 29-yard line and had his pass picked off by Donegal, but a roughing the passer penalty resulted in an automatic first down for Northern Lebanon which converted that drive into a 21-7 lead that Donegal could not overcome.
Ketner's 54-yard touchdown sprint in the fourth quarter pulled the Indians within two touchdowns at 28-14, but Northern Lebanon scored once more before Brooks Bear (1-15, TD) added one more for Donegal on a 15-yard pass from Buckius.
Tyler Rupp led all Donegal receivers with 50 yards on two receptions while also rushing 12 times for 51 yards.
In what was a long, grueling week, Donegal came away with two wins and two draws while maintaining a hold on second place in Section Three.
The week began with a 3-0 win over Annville-Cleona followed by back to back 1-1 ties against ELCO and Garden Spot before a 3-0 victory over Eastern York closed things out.
Team leader Emma Hudson added four goals last week including two against A-C last Monday while Sydney Skirboll added another in the second half in the win.
Following that, Maya Willing's goal early in the second half against ELCO proved pivotal as the ladies held on for the 1-1 final. One night later it was Hudson who came through in the 66th minute to tie things up while Donegal held on for another draw.
Willing and Hudson teamed for the only three goals of the day against Eastern on Saturday with Willing scoring twice in the first half and Hudson in the second for the win.
After finishing the regular season in second place in Section Two, the girls' tennis team qualified for the Lancaster-Lebanon League team tournament.
Joining Hempfield, Manheim Township, and Lancaster Catholic in the four team playoff, the ladies drew the Blue Streaks in the opening match. Unfortunately they met with less than favorable results, losing in straight sets to the eventual League Champions who were also undefeated on the season in Section One.
Sophie May was able to crack the defenses of Township in her 6-0, 6-1 loss at number two singles and represented the only Indian to win a game.
Six players represented Donegal in the League Flight tournament as well. In flight one doubles, No. 5 seed May and Ashley began with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of McCaskey's Lindsey Strassenburgh and Maggie Larkin to advance into the second round opposite Catherine Scalia and Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley where they came away with another victory, 6-3, 6-2 to make the semifinals.
It was there that number one seeded Taylor Kapan and Katie Moore of Manheim Township showed why they were the top team with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of the Donegal duo.
Meanwhile Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi, the No. 4 seed in flight two, met up with ELCO's Emilie Showers and Madi Groy who eliminated the ladies with an 8-2 defeat. In flight three, Grace Wheeler and Mary Murphy were also knocked out of the tournament with an 8-1 loss to Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long of Elizabethtown.
In flight one singles action, Ashley, ranked sixth, opened with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Strassenburgh and seventh ranked May defeated Ellie Hallquist of Garden Spot 6-1, 6-1.
The two did not fare as well in the second round, however, each losing their respective match and setting up an unusual situation where they were paired against each other in the playbacks.
Ashley defaulted to her team-mate in that situation leaving her in a position to play for seventh place with May facing a chance for fifth against Emily Garvin of Manheim Township. Those matches were scheduled for Monday of this week and will be reported on next week.
Donegal went up against Garden Spot and Lancaster Catholic last week in a tri-meet held on the Spartan's home course with the girls winning 15-55 over the host team and 20-44 over the Crusaders while the boys split their results, beating the Spartans 19-40 but losing to Lancaster Catholic by the barest of margins 27-28.
The lady Indians continue to take care of business and keep pace with Section Two leader Lampeter-Strasburg. Donegal's lone blemish on the season came at the hands of the Pioneers and they can only watch and wait for them to stumble as the season begins to wind down.
After Lancaster Catholic's Mary Zukus (24:05) took second place overall, all five of Donegal's place winners crossed the line before another Crusader was able to finish, ensuring another Donegal victory.
Garden Spot fared slightly better as Becca Rissler (23:47), who finished first overall, came in ahead of Donegal's Kimberly Ebersole (24:06), and Anna Hawbaker with Amanda Coblentz (24:14) following before Rachel Fernald (24:19), Amanda Fry (24:37), and Megan Myers 24:43) crossed the line for the win.
Keri Anderson (25:07), Sarah Hinkel (25:10), Ella DeBruin (25:15), McKenzie DuBuskey (26:00), Myra Naqvi (26:52), and Jordyn Smith (27:00) rounded out the field for the ladies.
Silas Buckwalter finished first overall in 15:43, five seconds ahead of Lancaster Catholic's Miles McCaskey (15:48) who was second, but it was Matthew Wallace (18:38) three minutes later whose finish proved pivotal in providing the margin of victory for Donegal over the Crusaders as he edged out Nick Card (18:41) for the number four spot in the narrow win.
Catholic's Jotham Ngarma (18:35), Wallace, and Card finished in a pack that was separated by only six seconds with Ngarma crossing the line first. Had Card been able to catch Wallace, the one point swing would have gone in Catholic's favor resulting in a Crusader victory.
Instead, Wallace was able to hold on for the finish while Dylan Zuch (18:59), Aedan Wilkinson (19:19), and Logan Fry (19:20) were able to respectively finish as number six, eight, and nine to seal the victory. Brandon Hess (20:05), and Hunter Williams (21:44) completed the day for the Indians.
Scoring 21 goals over two games, Donegal cemented its hold on first place in Section Two with a 15-0 win over Ephrata and a 6-2 defeat of second place Manheim Central, pushing their overall record to 16-0.
Donegal Football Crushes Elco 54-0 October 2, 2017
464-1 is what the stat line read for Donegal's lop-sided 54-0 victory over ELCO on Friday. That is total yards gained through four quarters of play in a game where the Indians showcased a defense that only allowed two ELCO runners to post positive yardage, but nullified that with a whopping -60 yards allowed to the other three.
After getting outscored 102-28 in their first three games of the season, the Indians have posted 115 points in two weeks of League play while surrendering only eight.
"Our kids are really starting to learn how to practice and transfer those skills to games," commented head coach Jeff Polites when asked about the progression. "They are becoming a more fundamental defense every week and it showed Friday night."
What little progress ELCO did make was in the passing game where Braden Bohannon was 4-10 for 24 yards, but it was nowhere near enough to slow down the Tribe.
Donegal's rushing attack chewed up 351 yards on 46 carries and was spearheaded by the two-punch combination of Cameron Ellis (12-113, 2TD'S) and Nick Ketner (8-90, 2TD'S) while Tyler Rupp led the charge in the passing game with two receptions for 78 yards including a 44-yard connection from Ryan Buckius (5-6-113, TD) that found pay dirt and put the Indians up 40-0 just before halftime. Rupp also scored earlier in the game on a 2-yard plunge in the first quarter.
"Our game plan has always been to run the ball with recognizing the opportunity to pass at any time," stated Polites in regards to the Indians' ability to grind down the Raider's defense. "More this year than most, we have confidence in our pass game as a threat at any time throughout the game."
Indeed, Buckius has provided Donegal that much needed option as he has amassed 399 yards through the air with Rupp and Seiler Edwards acting as the primary outlets with 120 and 80 respective yards receiving on the season.
Another weapon was added to Donegal's arsenal as well with Dale Houser (6-55, TD) returning after missing time with an injury. Subbing in for placekicker Emma Hudson who was fulfilling her duties on the soccer team, he accounted for the first touchdown of the second quarter when he took a Buckius hand-off from the ELCO 2-yard line and broke the plane to make it 28-0.
Zion Gibbs (3-18, TD) scored the final touchdown of the night on a 13-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter while Andrew Melville (5-35), Joe Fox (2-8), and Jordan Minnick (1-8) added to Donegal's overall yardage.
As mentioned, Hudson's full-time job takes place on the pitch where lady Indians are slowly pulling away from the pack in Section Three thanks in part to her team leading 10 goals and five assists on the season.
Donegal (7-1-1) trailed only ELCO (9-0) at weeks' end for the section lead after defeating Pequea Valley 2-0 and then Lancaster Mennonite 1-0 in overtime.
It was Sydney Skirboll's two goal effort in the second half that iced the win over visiting Pequea Valley last Wednesday as Donegal out-shot the Braves 12-4 with Lauren Stwalley shutting them out in the net.
Ellie Henriques set up from 40-yards out on a direct kick and sent a shot sailing over the Pequea Valley wall and an outstretched Kyrsten Jarvis into the top far corner of the net for the first score of the game with 14:08 left in the first half.
Skirboll increased the Donegal lead to 2-0 with 24:35 remaining in the game when she took a feed from Hudson and found the back of the net. Fourteen minutes later, with an assist from Jamie Walmer, she finalized the match with her second goal of the day.
Lancaster Mennonite hosted the ladies on Friday and through 80 minutes of regulation neither side found a way to crack the other's defenses. It wasn't until Hannah Dunn connected with Maya Willing on a pass in the fourth minute of overtime that Donegal found its opening and charged through on Willing's game winner.
That goal marked her fifth on the season as well as Dunn's fifth assist in a game that would have placed the Blazers in a tie for third with Pequea Valley had they won.
As it stood, the win kept the Indians in hot pursuit of first place and gave the ladies plenty of steam heading into the final stretch of the season.
Riding a four game win-streak, the Donegal boys entered last week with all the momentum they needed to continue making a case for a qualifying bid in District Three. That quest took a direct hit when the Indians lost to Pequea Valley 2-0 last Wednesday and then dropped a 4-0 decision against Lancaster Mennonite on Friday.
After going down 2-0 over the span of two minutes early in the first half, the Indians battled back and had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers when a penalty kick was denied by Malachi Glick in the final four minutes of the game which would have made it 2-1.
Aaron Smith fired his shot into the left side of the net where a diving Glick knocked it down and back into the field of play towards a charging Kieran Kramer who was shielded by a Pequea defender that tapped the ball into the waiting hands of Glick.
Donegal's Nate Nimo made four saves on the night while the Indians held a distinct advantage over the Braves in both corner kicks (14-3) and shots on goal (11-6).
In direct contrast, Lancaster Mennonite held Donegal in check allowing no Indian corners and connecting on four of eight shots on goal while limiting Donegal to only two. The Blazers scored once in the first half and added three more in the second.
Accounting for three of the top five finishers Donegal held off ELCO 22-42 in its tri-meet last week and had little problem putting away A-C by a score of 17-49.
Rachel Fernald (22:37), Amanda Fry (23:59), and Ella DeBruin (24:11) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, while ELCO's Lily Brubaker (21:41) finished in the top spot and Emily Williams (24:15) was 5th.
Six more Donegal runners crossed the line, however, before another Raider hit the finish line sealing the victory for the ladies which gave Donegal 11 runners in the top 15 overall. Keri Anderson (24:39), and Myra Naqvi (24:58) finished 7th and 8th and scored the final points for the Indians.
Rounding out the field were Kimberly Ebersole (25:25), Sarah Hinkel (25:27), Anna Hawbaker (25:38), Megan Myers (25:55), McKenzie DuBuskey (27:15), and Jordyn Smith (27:58).
Silas Buckwalter finished first overall with a time of 17:54 before Dylan Zuch (18:54) crossed the line in seventh but it was ELCO that finished 2nd through 6th to put away the guys 20-40.
Meanwhile Buckwalter and Zuch scored the first three points against Annville-Cleona with the two squads alternating 3rd through 6th to give the slight 13-15 advantage to Donegal before the Indians pulled away with a 22-33 victory.
Matthew Wallace (19:22) finished 9th, Aedan Wilkinson (19:36) was 13th, and Brandon Hess (20:14) took 17th to finish out the scoring for Donegal.
Also finishing for the Indians were Hunter Williams (22:07), Nathaniel Jenney (26:17), and Andrew Allen (26:20).
Looking to build momentum heading into the L-L League tournament, the girls' tennis team added a 5-2 victory over ELCO last Monday before taking on New Oxford the following day in a 5-game format in which the ladies lost 3-2 to finish out the season.
"We finish our regular season 11-2!" stated head coach Trent Hoffmaster. "Our third straight trip to the team playoffs, only four teams make it. I am hopeful that we will also make our third straight trip to districts. Remarkable accomplishments by our team. They should really be proud of their feats."
Donegal held a slight 2-1 advantage against ELCO after Grace Wheeler and Mary Murphy dropped a close 8-6 match at number three doubles, Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi put away Emilie Showers and Madi Groy 8-2 at number two and Sophie May and Emily Ashley won 8-2 at number one.
After a 6-1, 6-0 Naqvi loss at number four singles, Forrey (6-0, 6-3), May (6-0, 6-0), and Ashley (6-2, 6-1) notched respective wins to claim the Donegal victory.
Against New Oxford, Donegal struggled early as they dropped all three doubles matches, but Sophie May won at number two singles 6-0, 6-1 and Ashley pulled out a victory at number one with a score of 6-3, 6-1.
Hoffmaster also heaped praise on his team, stating, "Going into the season, we knew Sophie and Emily would be excellent. Mariah and Lyla really stepped up to help this team become one of the best in the league."
Reasserting herself into the conversation for the all-time best player in the L-L League, Mackenzie Allessie scored 14 goals over the span of three games last week, raising her total to 50 on the season with 24 assists after Friday's contest at Elizabethtown.
With wins in those three matches, 10-0 over Garden Spot, 12-0 against Lampeter-Strasburg, and 11-0 over Elizabethtown, Donegal maintained sole possession of first place in Section Two with a two game lead over Manheim Central.
Donegal is strong all throughout its lineup and has many weapons that can score from many different positions.
Grace Miller put up a hat-trick against Garden Spot and scored twice against Elizabethtown, Lily Saunders scored three times in the L-S match and Amanda Beck posted two double-score games against Garden Spot and Elizabethtown.
During that stretch Rachael Overlander scored once, as did Cayla Homsher, while Ashley Maxwell scored once against L-S as well E-Town.
Indian Gridders Notch First Win, Top Columbia September 25, 2017
If the first three weeks of the 2017 football season were nothing but a headache for the Donegal Indians, then week four was just what the doctor ordered as Columbia took the brunt of a 61-8 thrashing by the Tribe.
Nick Ketner (9-132, 2TD's), and Cam Ellis (10-108, 2TD's) led an offensive onslaught that racked up 389 total yards of offense and scored on all but one possession during the game.
Ryan Buckius only attempted two passes and was perfect for 49 yards as Brooks Bear (1-41) and Keeryen Stevens (1-8) both hauled in their respective throws.
"The kids were executing tonight," said head coach Jeff Polites. "That was the problem we had the first three games of the season. We didn't execute for four quarters in those games, so it was nice to put that together tonight."
Tyler Rupp (6-20, 3TD's) scored over the span of Donegal's first five possessions on runs of 3, 1, and 7-yards, respectively while Jordan Minnick (2-63, TD) accounted for the longest rushing score of the night when he broke free for a 55-yard scamper to make it 55-0 in the fourth quarter.
Dale Kauffman (3-6, TD) accounted for the final Donegal touchdown of the night when he plunged in from four yards out, also in the fourth quarter.
When two teams meet on the field of battle there has to be a winner and a loser, it is inevitable. Factor in two unblemished records and most times it will be a suspense-filled affair that may not be decided until the final second.
That was not the case last Monday when Donegal (7-0) hosted Elizabethtown (5-2) in a battle of two undefeated squads. When all was said and done, the Indians emerged as 11-0 winners.
Donegal finished the week with a 12-0 victory at Cocalico, a 14-0 win over Solanco and a hard fought 3-2 OT victory over Wyoming Valley West.
The game against the Bears was all about Mackenzie Allessie who scored five goals on the day giving her a league leading 23 on the season.
All of her scores came in the first half along with Lily Saunders and Cassy Stauffer giving the Indians a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Stauffer added a second goal after the break, joining Allaura Bohan, Grace Miller, and Ashley Maxwell who all scored once in the half as well to finalize the win.
A trio of Donegal players scored hat-tricks against Cocalico as the Indians put up an even six goals in both halves of Wednesday's game and the ladies out-shot the Eagles 29-1.
Allessie, Amanda Beck, and Stauffer each completed the feat of scoring three times while Bohan, Maxwell, and Kyra Olweiler added one apiece.
Beck took over in the Solanco game as she tallied five goals against the Mares with two in the first half and three in the second while single goals were scored by Allessie, Saunders, Rachael Overlander, Miller, Maxwell, Stauffer, and Madison Leety.
Those three matches were merely a warm-up for a pumped up Wyoming Valley West squad that rode into town for the proverbial showdown at high noon at the Donegal Athletic Complex and very nearly toppled the defending PIAA champions.
The Lady Spartans stunned Donegal with an early 2-0 lead in the first half but a Beck shot off an assist by Saunders smacked the hardwood with 11:38 remaining in the first overtime period to send the home stands into pandemonium as the ladies improved to 9-0 overall.
Katie Jean's three saves on the day loomed large in the end, though the all-star goalie did surrender her only two goals of the week.
The first came off the stick of Cameron Forgash who took a feed from Karaline Stelma and found the back of the cage with 18:43 left in the first half.
Less than a minute later the two reversed roles as Forgash assisted on Stelma's scoring shot with 17:20 on the clock for the 2-0 lead that held through the break.
Undaunted, Jean and her teammates came out in the second half and fought through the adversity until Allessie sent a penalty stroke rocketing into the cage with 24:35 left on the clock to make it 2-1.
Almost 20 minutes later Miller, working off a corner infeed, sent the tying shot home off an Allessie assist with only 4:51 remaining in regulation, setting up Beck's heroics.
The Donegal girls' team took a rare loss last Wednesday, but it was against another undefeated Section Two team in Lampeter-Strasburg. The Lady Indians faced off with the Pioneers as well as the Cocalico Eagles and came away with a split in an 18-37 loss to L-S and a 20-45 victory over Cocalico.
Meanwhile the boys dropped both races with L-S coming out on top 24-36 and Cocalico winning 20-35.
L-S was proven worthy of the top spot in the section as they placed five girls in the top ten, taking second and third as well as fifth through seventh. Rachel Fernald sandwiched herself into fourth, finishing in a team high 22:50.
Donegal's next finishers all came in within a minute of each other as Amanda Fry (24:39), Kimberly Ebersole (25:05), Keri Anderson (25:10), Ella DeBruin (25:19), and Megan Myers (25:27) placed ninth through 12th.
Following were Myra Naqvi (25:56), Sarah Hinkel (25:59), Anna Hawbaker (26:17), McKenzie DuBuskey (26:51), and Jordyn Smith (29:55).
Team leader Silas Buckwalter paced the boys with a second overall finish of 17:52 behind Cocalico's Evan Kreider who finished with a time of 17:39. Dylan Zuch represented the only other Donegal runner to finish in the top ten with a seventh place finish of 18:37.
Other finishers included Logan Fry (19:42), Aedan Wilkinson (19:54), Brandon Hess (20:56), Hunter Williams (22:31), Ayden Miller (23:38), Andrew Allen (24:02), and Nathaniel Jenney (25:58).
Two wins last week kept Donegal (5-1-1) in the running for the top spot in Section Three behind ELCO (7-0) which owns a victory over the Indians, but there is a chance at redemption when the two teams meet for the second time this season next week.
Last week, however, Donegal scored an 8-3 win over Northern Lebanon at home on Tuesday and then beat Lebanon Catholic on Thursday, 11-0.
During that stretch, even though the quality of play was down, head coach Scott Summers saw something in his squad that impressed him. "The positives I saw this week were really about our players' ability to continue to work hard in practice and in matches, trying to improve and build on certain areas of execution despite the challenge of not getting a lot of pressure in match play."
This also gave Summers a chance to see some things from players that do not see much if any match time. "The highlights for us were using this time to develop younger players and reserves," said Summers. "Thirteen different players contributed (goals or assists) in these two matches and 24 different players saw match time."
Some of those players scoring goals from the bench included Jamie Walmer, Kristin Kitch, Emily Shreve, Kasey Buchmoyer, Sydney Skirboll, and Hannah Dunn. A few junior varsity players got in on the action as well with Hayley Bauer and Karli Dunn scoring goals while Rena Rankin stepped up in goal against Lebanon Catholic for starter Lauren Stwalley. The freshman pitched a shut-out, turning away all three of the Beaver's shots on goal.
Three wins on the week helped keep the Indians in second place as they downed Northern Lebanon 10-4, beat Lebanon Catholic 6-2, and emerged as 11-3 winners over Muhlenberg.
Putting up five goals in each half against Northern Lebanon, Donegal had 10 individuals score in the contest. The Vikings attempted a second half comeback but fell six goals short as the Indians held on to win.
Scoring for Donegal were Kyler Enck, Caleb Yoder, Austin Helm, Philip Herzog, Nathan Ncube, Zac Runkle, Levi Sites, Jose De La Cruz, Ben Sanders, and Kieran Kramer.
Gavin Murren and Owen Ollar teamed up in goal stopping two and four shots, respectively.
Lebanon Catholic pulled within one goal when they scored in the 20th minute to make it 2-1 Donegal, but did not score again until the 63rd minute.
In between Beaver goals, Donegal added three more in the first half as Runkle scored twice and De La Cruz once within a five minute span to make it 5-1 at the break. Ryan McBeth added another score in the 53rd minute to finish things off for the Indians.
Donegal had already built a 3-0 lead on Muhlenberg on before Anthony Popescu ruined the shutout with 3:15 remaining in the match. Enck, Heim, and Herzog represented Donegal's three goals while Nate Nimo recorded six saves for the Indians.
Donegal's undefeated season hit a speed bump in the form of Lancaster Catholic which showed its strength at every level and was able to maintain its unblemished record with the help of a 7-0 victory over the Indians last Monday.
Rebounding with three straight victories, however, the ladies continued on with their winning ways as they beat Columbia 7-0, and edged out Manheim Central 5-2 and Lampeter-Strasburg 4-3 in a continuation of an earlier match that was stopped due to weather conditions.
The ladies only lost four games in the match against Columbia with the Crimson Tide forfeiting at number three doubles.
Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi won 8-0 at number two while Emily Ashley and Sophie May also turned in an 8-0 victory at number one.
In singles play it was Naqvi 6-1, 6-1, Forrey 6-0, 6-0, May 6-1, 6-0, and Ashley 6-0, 6-1.
Manheim won two matches, at number three in doubles as well as number four singles while Forrey and Naqvi won 8-4, and May and Ashley won 6-2, 6-2. In singles Forrey won 6-3, 6-2, May won 6-2, 6-0, and Ashley won 6-2, 6-2.
Already down 2-1 against L-S, Ashley and May gave Donegal its only doubles win at number one with an 8-2 victory, while a drama was ready to be played out in singles
Forrey lost a heartbreaker by a score of 6-6, 7-1, 6-0 while May and Ashley both won 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.
It was Naqvi, formerly 12th and now 4th, who came back from down 4-2 in the first to win 7-4 in tiebreak. She came back in the second only to lose 8-6 in that tiebreak and ended fighting from behind to win three straight points and won 10-8 to snag the team victory.
Afterwards, Hoffmaster had nothing but praise for Naqvi, "She pulled it out for us," he stated, "I was so happy for her, she has worked hard and deserved a big victory!"
Donegal's Lady Booters Post Two Win Week September 18, 2017
Girls' soccer in Section Three has a clear-cut front runner in ELCO (5-0), although Donegal (3-1-1) is making sure to take care of business and stay within striking distance. Meanwhile Pequea Valley (2-0-2) and Lancaster Catholic (2-2-1) were also in the hunt as of last week.
Three games were on the slate for Donegal last week and they came out on top by going 2-1 with a 5-0 blanking of Annville-Cleona followed by a 4-0 loss to the Raiders before closing out with a 1-0 win over the Crusaders.
Annville-Cleona came to visit the Indians last Tuesday and ran into a buzz saw as India Foreman scored twice and Donegal put 20 shots on goal while Lauren Stwalley shut down both scoring attempts by the visiting squad.
Emma Hudson put the ladies on the scoreboard when she took a Foreman feed and fired a shot from 18 yards out that beat a diving A-C keeper and settled into the lower far corner with 11:34 remaining in the first half.
Four minutes later Elizabeth Henriques lined up a direct kick on the 40-yard line and with a strong stride sent it home, increasing the lead to 2-0 before Foreman worked her way directly in front of goal and netted her first of the night from 10 yards out with 4:14 on the clock sending Donegal into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Henriques was involved in the second half scoring as well when she sent one of five Donegal corner kicks into the box where Alice Fernald pounced and found the lower near corner from five yards out making it 4-0 with 22:53 remaining in the game.
Foreman capped things off in the final minute when she worked the ball up field and connected on a scoring shot from 12 yards out on her second goal of the game.
Traveling to ELCO on Thursday the ladies knew what was at stake as they looked to gain some ground on the section leaders but found themselves overmatched as the Raiders scored twice in the first half and twice in the second while only allowing three shots on goal.
Donegal squared off with Lancaster Catholic on Saturday in a game that held more importance in terms of standings as both squads stood at 2-1-1 and when the dust settled, Donegal was left standing.
The road leading up to this week's first round of Section Three play has been brutal for Donegal, to say the least. In those three non-league contests, not one of the Indian's opponents has yet to lose a game.
Palmyra called on Friday and a down-but-not-out Donegal squad rose to take the challenge. Despite a spirited effort that saw the Indians overcome a ten-point deficit in the second half they fell short in a 28-14 loss.
Nick Ketner accounted for both of Donegal's touchdowns, rushing 13 times for 100 yards to lead the Indians offensively including an exciting 72-yard scoring run.
After trading possessions in the first quarter, including a failed fourth down conversion by the Indians on their opening drive, Donegal began a nine-play 78-yard drive that culminated in a Ketner plunge from one-yard out with 3:55 remaining in the quarter.
Tyler Rupp was the workhorse on that scoring drive as he carried the ball three times for 44 yards including a 33-yard rumble down to the Palmyra 5-yard line. Rupp ended up with 11 carries for 76 yards on the evening.
A Palmyra field goal in the second quarter kick-started a 17-0 run for the Cougars before Rupp's second touchdown of the game closed the gap to 17-14 with 8:36 to go in the third quarter.
An opportunity arose when Ketner fell on a loose ball giving Donegal possession at the Palmyra 41-yard line, but a subsequent three-an-out preserved the Cougar lead.
Palmyra eventually tacked on another touchdown with 2:48 remaining in the game and then thwarted any chance of an Indian comeback with an interception of a Ryan Buckius pass on its own 22-yard line with 1:35 on the clock.
A 3-0 loss to ELCO (3-2) on Thursday loomed large as the Indians defeated Lancaster Catholic 3-2 in OT on Saturday, handing the Crusaders their only loss of the season.
Had they defeated the Raiders, Donegal (3-2) would have been tied in second place with Lancaster Catholic (4-1) and right on the heels of Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite (4-0). Instead, Donegal and ELCO held the number three spot in the standings as of last week.
First up, however, was a road trip to Annville-Cleona last Tuesday in which four different Indians scored while the defense shut down the Dutchmen offense. Nate Nimo stopped all seven of A-C's shots on goal in the 4-0 Donegal victory.
Kieran Kramer put the Indians up 1-0 with his goal in the tenth minute of play and Jose De La Cruz and Kyler Enck each scored five minutes apart in the back end of the first half, giving Donegal a 3-0 lead to start the second.
Midway through the second half Philip Herzog increased the Indian lead to 4-0. Zac Runkle had two assists while Herzog and Enck each had one apiece.
In the pivotal matchup with ELCO, Donegal was outshot 7-3 but enjoyed a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks though they failed to convert on any of them.
The Indians played toe-to-toe with the Raiders through a scoreless first half before Clay Hain put up the first of three unanswered ELCO goals in the 46th minute.
Rather than put their tails between their legs, the Indians pinned back their ears and went straight after the Crusaders on Saturday even after a 1-0 first half deficit carried over into the break.
Zac Runkle emerged as the star of the game hitting the go-ahead shot off an Aaron Smith assist with 5:09 remaining in regulation and then teaming with Herzog to put away the game winner with 8:13 to go in the first overtime period.
It was Austin Heim, however, who first put the Indians on the board when he took a Smith feed and buried it to tie the game at 1-1 with 9:15 on the clock in the second half prior to Runkle's heroics. Nimo and Lancaster Catholic's Andrew Struminger each had six saves in goal.
Hitting an early stride, both the girls' and boys' teams are sitting pretty with identical 2-0 records after the ladies put away both Northern Lebanon and Columbia with identical 15-55 scores. The guys ran away from Northern Lebanon 19-40 and Columbia 15-55.
While it goes down as a win in the books it is only fair to show that Columbia fielded one boy and two girls, while Northern Lebanon only had two girls and seven boys running.
Roster woes aside, Columbia has a gem in Jordan Haberstroh who led all girls with a 20:55 while Rachel Fernald (23:08), Megan Myers (24:18), Amanda Fry (24:20), Kimberly Ebersole (24:39), Keri Anderson (25:02), Ella DeBruin (25:21), McKenzie DuBuskey (25:39), Myra Naqvi (26:22), Anna Hawbaker (26:48), and Sarah Hinkel (28:23) finished 2nd-11th, respectively, with Jordyn Smith (29:59) placing 13th.
Silas Buckwalter finished first overall for the boys with a time of 17:58, also finishing in the top ten were Dylan Zuch (18:55), Aedan Wilkinson (20:17), Matthew Wallace (20:33), and Logan Fry (20:33) who placed 3rd-6th and Brandon Hess who was 8th with a time of 21:06.
Other finishers included Hunter Williams (11th, 22:50), Andrew Allen (15th, 24:04), Aydan Miller (16th, 25:04) and Nathaniel Jenney (17th, 26:51).
Steamrolling right along through Section Two, Donegal's girls added three more wins pushing their unblemished record to 4-0, 7-0 and maintaining a hold on first place. However, Lancaster Catholic (5-0, 6-0) was sitting right behind them in second place as of last week.
Donegal added Northern Lebanon, Garden Spot and Lancaster Mennonite to its list of victims by posting a 7-0 shutout of the Vikings on Monday, a 5-2 victory over the Spartans on Thursday and another 7-0 shutout victory on Friday, this one at the expense of the Blazers.
Only one game kept the ladies from a complete sweep over Northern Lebanon as the number three doubles team of Grace Wheeler and Madison Aument won 8-1, while Mariah Forrey and Syeda Lyla Naqvi teamed up in number two and Sophie May and Emily Ashley took number one with identical 8-0 scores.
Meanwhile in singles it was May, Forrey, Naqvi, and Wheeler winning numbers one, two, three, and four respectively by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Garden Spot won number three doubles and number four singles but it was Ashley and May winning 8-0 and Forrey and Naqvi coming up victorious with an 8-5 score to wrap up doubles.
In singles, Ashley battled back from a 1 set deficit to beat Elle Hallquist 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 at number one while May won at number two 6-3, 6-0, and Forrey won at number three 6-0, 6-3.
Friday's match with Lancaster Mennonite was not as easy, so-to-speak, but the ladies still took care of business. In doubles Wheeler and Aument won number three 8-3, Forrey and Naqvi won at number two 8-4, and Ashley and May won number one 8-2.
Number four singles went to Naqvi 7-5, 6-1 while Forrey handled number three 6-1, 6-3, May won number two 6-0, 6-1, and Ashley took number one with a 6-0, 6-3 final.
Keeping up a torrid pace in Section Two, Donegal (4-0, 5-0) has scored 45 goals to only two against while Elizabethtown (4-0, 4-2) and Manheim Central (3-1, 4-3) continue to nip at the Indian's heels.
While goals are coming from all different angles, Mackenzie Allessie led the team last week as she put up four against Lampeter-Strasburg in an 8-0 victory, four against Ephrata during an 11-0 rout and three more in a 9-0 shutout of Manheim Central.
Versus L-S on Monday the ladies scored four in the first half and four in the second with Lily Saunders and Cassy Stauffer each scoring twice while Katie Jean stopped three shots in the cage and Grace Miller turned away one.
At home on Wednesday, Kyra Olweiler put up three scores, Saunders had two and Amanda Beck and Catherine Moran each added one apiece. Donegal scored seven times in the first half and three in the second.
Traveling to Manheim on Friday it was more of the same as the Barons surrendered six goals in the first half and three in the second.
Manheim did manage some offense and was able to put five shots on goal with Jean denying each one. Allaura Bohan and Rachael Overlander each scored twice while Miller and Stauffer put up one apiece.
Indian Booters Notch Two-Win Week September 11, 2017
With four games played as of the end of last week, Donegal (1-1, 2-2) found themselves in the middle of the pack in Section Three boys' soccer while holding down the fourth spot in the rankings.
The Indians played three games last week winning 2-1 against Pequea Valley (1-1, 2-2), losing 7-0 to Lancaster Mennonite (2-0, 4-0), and winning 6-3 over Solanco (0-2, 0-5).
In what was the hardest fought game of the week the Indians went down 1-0 early in the first half against Pequea Valley and could not crack the Braves' defense until after halftime when Aaron Smith put his head on the ball and found the back of the net with 29:13 on the clock.
"We got off to a tentative start and they capitalized on it early," stated head coach Andrew Wagner. "After the break we settled down and started working the ball better."
Nine minutes later Ryan McBeth took advantage of a well-played set and headed the eventual game winner past Pequea's Malachi Glick with 20:02 remaining in the game.
"As the game wore on, PV was defending deeper and deeper and we finally broke through," noted Wagner. "The game winner came off a set piece that we work on quite a bit. It was a great collective effort in the second half."
Pequea only got off two shots with Donegal's Gavin Murren stopping one while the Indians managed six and held a 7-0 advantage in corners.
Donegal traveled to Lancaster Mennonite on Friday and had a rough go of it against the Section leaders as the Blazers fired off 20 shots while holding the Indians to only three.
"We were thoroughly outmatched in all aspects of the game. Our Achilles heel is not being able to be physical with other teams," Wagner said while also pointing out that his players don't give up easily.
"We have a lot of heart and we grind it out with teams. Until we are determined to defy the odds and believe we can compete with the likes of LM, it will be an uphill battle."
Saturday's game against visiting Solanco swung the momentum back in Donegal's favor as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and weathered a Golden Mule comeback in the second where Solanco outscored the Indians 3-2.
"We played our best game attack wise and jumped on them early. We got a little sloppy in the end finishing this one out. After a grueling game last night, I guess we can excuse the poor play to close this one out," acknowledged Wagner.
Jose De La Cruz put Donegal on the board when he took a far side cross and found the back of the net on a header in the ninth minute of the game.
Smith followed with the second score of the game when Kyle Enck found him crossing in front of the goal for a header that beat goal keeper Jake Smolik with almost 25 minutes left in the half.
Two more goals in the half, one from Nathan Ncube in the 30th minute and Smith's second of the game six minutes later cushioned the Donegal lead and left an impression on Wagner. "We scored some fantastic goals in this one. The three headers, two from Smith and one from Ncube were very sophisticated goals."
McBeth made it 5-0 when he tapped in a deflected shot from two yards out with 35:00 remaining in the game and Herzog followed with a nifty little move past two defenders at the near side post and sent a shot into the lower near corner with 2:02 on the clock making it 6-2 before Solanco scored the final goal 30 seconds later.
"Overall, taking two out of three is a good week. We will have to play disciplined if we want to be successful this coming week," noted Wagner.
For the second week in a row Donegal was forced to face off against a Section Two team that is now tied in first place with a perfect record.
First the Indians faced Elizabethtown and last week it was perennial powerhouse Manheim Central. Both teams are in a tie for first place while Donegal is still looking for its first touchdown of the season.
Cameron Ellis provided the highlight of the game for the Indians when he gained 36 yards on only the second play of the night, but they were held to only 43 yards of total offense for the remainder of the game.
It does not get any easier for Donegal as they host yet another undefeated team, Palmyra (3-0), at home on Friday.
Off to a fast start, the lady Indians were sitting on an undefeated 4-0-1 record at the end of last week's play after tying Pequea Valley 1-1, and then beating Lancaster Mennonite 2-0 and Lampeter-Strasburg 5-2.
It took until the 48th minute for someone to blink last Wednesday at Pequea Valley when Kasey Buchmoyer scored on a dish from Emma Hudson to give Donegal a hard earned 1-0 lead.
The Braves' Megan Rogers pulled the game even, however, when she took a feed from Lydia Cassiola in the 65th minute, beating Lauren Stwalley with what was eventually the final score of the evening.
The two teams were almost even in shots on goal with Donegal at 10 and Pequea at 11 but the Indians held a definite advantage in corners at 10-4. Stwalley made five saves on the evening.
While Lancaster-Mennonite proved to be a close game as well, Donegal was able to score early as Alice Fernald put the Indians in the lead with a goal in the 35th minute and then closed the door in the second half with her second of the night in the 75th minute.
Fernald's first goal came when Maya Willing worked the ball into the box on the far side and found her about 12 yards out for a left footed shot into the net.
Her second score came off a rebounded shot on a corner kick that Fernald was able to lightly pop up over the goal keeper's head for the added insurance.
Hudson took control of Saturday's game with L-S as she racked up a hat trick, scoring once in the first half to put Donegal up 2-0 and twice more in the second half to pull away from the Pioneers for good after L-S pulled to within one after the break.
Donegal benefitted from an L-S mistake which resulted in the Pioneers netting its own goal to put the Indians up 1-0 in the ninth minute.
After Kendal Ream made it 2-1 in the second minute of the second half, Hudson stepped up with her second of the game in the 49th minute and added a third in the 55th minute to put the Indians ahead 4-1.
Hannah Dunn added some extra cushion when she netted an assisted shot in the 60th minute. Ream found the back of the net for the second time in the 76th minute after which Donegal's defense shut L-S down to end the game.
The reigning, defending PIAA AA champions got off on the right foot to start the season as Donegal (1-0, 2-0) seems to have picked up right where they left off.
In their lone action of the week, the ladies downed Garden Spot last Thursday 11-0 at home. Donegal outshot the Spartans 28-2 and enjoyed a 24-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Mackenzie Allessie scored four times, while Grace Miller and Kyra Olweiler each added two goals in the lopsided affair.
Heading into the break the Indians led 7-0 before adding four more as Allessie put in her final score with 28:55 on the clock followed by Miller's second at 21:45 with Olweiler scoring at 3:45 and again at 1:45.
Single scores came from Rachael Overlander, Lily Saunders, and Amanda Beck, all in the first half.
With their match against Lampeter-Strasburg cancelled last Tuesday due to rain, Donegal (2-0, 4-0) faced off against Cocalico on Thursday for its only league match of the week and came away as 4-3 winners.
Sophie May and Emily Ashley made a go of it at number one doubles as they rolled to an 8-3 victory, but Cocalico came back to win number two 9-7 in a close match with Mariah Forrey and Syeda Lyla Naqvi as well as a closely fought 9-8 (7-3) match at number three.
"Sophie May and Emily Ashley played strong together at number one," noted head coach Trent Hoffmaster. "Our number three doubles team of Mary Murphy and Grace Wheeler came back from a three game deficit to force a tiebreaker, but fell in a seven point breaker for the match."
Ashley also earned a win in number one singles as she held on to defeat Jacquie Lagaza 6-1, 6-0 while May put down Cara DiCiano 6-1, 6-0 at number two, and Forrey took out Kassie Nichols 6-2, 6-0 to complete the victory.
All three earned high marks from Hoffmaster as well. "In singles, Emily Ashley gutted out a win at number one and Sophie May played flawlessly at two. The hero of the match was Mariah Forrey. She played with confidence and determination and won easily. I suspected that the match would come down to Mariah and she came through in a big way!"
As the slow pop-up rose into the heavy air of Beard Field at the Nittany Lion Softball Park scores of green and white clad fans collectively held their breath as they tracked the flight of what turned out to be the final out of a stellar softball season and the end of a game that epitomized the never-say-die attitude of this phenomenal group of players.
With the smack of ball into leather the crowd erupted as right fielder McKenna Berg closed her glove and secured not only the out, but the guarantee that for the second time in Donegal softball history PIAA gold would belong to the lady Indians.
It also marked the second time in the past seven months Donegal brought home a PIAA championship as the field hockey team realized the same accomplishment in November. Teammates Rachel Robinson, Grace Miller, and Rachael Overlander were all members of that historic run as well.
Amidst the cheers and a slight cloud of infield dust a pile of elated young ladies shared smiles, laughter, and tears as they reveled in a feeling that only those who have fought together as a team and faced down adversity to come out on the side of victory can fully understand.
Donegal may have come away with the final prize in Friday's 9-7 win over Cedar Cliff in the PIAA 5A championship but it was anything but easy as they twice had to overcome a deficit, including a six-run fifth inning by the Colts that erased a 3-1 lead the ladies had built in the previous at bat.
With their goal firmly in sight, the Tribe battled back and answered the call with six runs of its own in the bottom of the inning and in turn bolstered the confidence of freshman relief pitcher Sierra Neiss, who was the victim of a three-run blast off the bat of Colts' Maddie Sitler that easily cleared the fence in center field increasing the lead to 7-3.
"Sierra did a great job, she came in and made good pitches, only an unfortunate play with the sun getting in our fielder's eyes giving CC an additional at bat hurt her," commented head coach Wayne Emenheiser referring to a small pop-up that dropped in untouched behind third base. "But she regrouped from that and threw two scoreless innings to finish the deal."
The young pitcher took the ball from ace Mikayla Yoder who surrendered four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits over four and a third innings, including a solo shot over the left field fence by Karson Hastings to open the fifth.
After a shaky start in the first inning, in which a throwing error allowed McDonald to reach third and eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Olivia Jordan, Yoder worked her way out of trouble and ended the inning with the Colts ahead 1-0.
Donegal came back in the fourth when Yoder (1-3, double) stepped to the plate with one out and sent the first pitch she saw from Colts' pitcher Avery Winchall over Hasting's head in left field to end up on second.
Kaitlyn Witmer (2-3, double, 3 RBI) worked a walk and Hornick (1-2, 1 RBI) sent a single into center field which plated Jessica Kosheba, courtesy runner for Yoder, to tie the game at 1-1.
Enter Robinson, the consummate, unflappable leader who could very easily make the case as the best individual athlete to walk the halls of Donegal and is most assuredly a shoe-in for a future spot in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
When asked about his star second baseman, Emenheiser acknowledged not only Robinson but his entire group of graduating seniors saying, "Rachel as well as all of the seniors have showed great leadership and the never-give-up-attitude their entire careers, I believe that is why they really had so much success during their careers, along with being tremendously talented softball players."
He also knows the intangibles that come along with having such an experienced group of veterans, "The seniors are a great group of young ladies; between all of them they have played over 450 varsity games and have won every team championship possible, Section, League, District and now State Championship. It has been an honor watching them play and coaching them over the last four years, seeing them mature into the amazing young ladies they all are. We will miss all of them and what they brought to this historic team."
As is most often the case in athletics the playmakers come through in the clutch, and this time was no exception as Robinson (2-3, triple, 3 RBI) ripped a shot into left field that got by Hastings for a bases-clearing triple and a 3-1 Donegal lead.
Cedar Cliff, which eliminated Donegal from the District Three tournament with a 9-5 semifinal victory, proved that it belonged in the title game as well by putting up the monster fifth inning that could very easily have demoralized the Indians.
Unfortunately, for the Colts, quitting is not in the Indians' DNA and they never hung their heads or got caught up in negative thoughts.
"The one thing about our group is that they never get stressed and never give up. I truly believe they do not look at the opponent but look at what they need to do to win," stated Emenheiser. "I did not need to say anything after the top of the fifth, they were focused from the time they got to the dugout to turn things around."
Showing cracks in the armor, Winchell surrendered back-to-back walks to Emily Graham (0-2, run scored) and Savanna Kolenda (0-3, run scored) in the bottom half of the fifth.
Now, feeling a shift in momentum, Donegal's offense rose to the challenge as Morgan Biesecker (1-4, 1 RBI) singled home Graham and Yoder worked Winchell for her third walk of the inning to load the bases.
Sensing an opportunity, Witmer (2-3, double, 3 RBI) calmly stepped to the plate and showed the stadium why she finished the season with the third highest batting average at .455.
With the count at 1-2 the senior first baseman ripped a line drive past a diving Naomi Englehart in right-center for a bases-clearing double to knot the game at 7-7.
Robinson's second hit of the game went for a single that plated Witmer for the 8-7 lead, and Berg (1-3) followed with a single into shallow right that advanced Robinson to second base before Neiss (1-33, 1RBI) sent her home on a base hit to make it 9-7 heading into the sixth.
Neiss, her confidence restored, settled in on the rubber and retired five of the final seven batters she faced to finish with three unearned runs on four hits and one strikeout.
Cedar Cliff threatened in both of the remaining innings as McDonald singled and stole second in the sixth, but was thrown out
attempting to steal third, and Jordan doubled to start the seventh, advancing to third on a sacrifice fly by Winchell.
A put-out by Kolenda at short and the final pop-up to Berg in right sealed the deal for the ladies and completed a win for the ages.
To reach the finals Donegal faced Section Three foe Lampeter-Strasburg in the semifinals and handled the Pioneers, 7-0. It was the fourth time the Indians defeated L-S in five tries this season.
Junior left fielder Grace Miller played superb defense tracking down five fly balls including two diving catches to help keep the L-S offense in check.
Yoder pitched five innings of four hit ball while Neiss only surrendered two hits over the final two.
Hornick (3-4, double, 2RBI) and Robinson (2-4, double, 2RBI) led at the plate for the Indians.
Eight years prior to Friday's romping celebration in the infield another medal ceremony took place on the infield of Glatfelter Field in Columbia.
That one marked the end of a 10u tournament featuring a Mount Joy team and a Maytown team that battled to an international tiebreak finish in the championship game.
No less than four of the players on the field that day in 2009 comprised the starting lineup of Friday's game and I am sure there were more than this aging writer's memory can recall.
As the parents of both teams gathered on the field to take photos to add to half-filled scrapbooks, Chris Miller, former Donegal baseball coach and father of Grace, looked around and announced to those of us on the field that we could very well be looking at a future state championship team.
Congratulations to those young ladies whose childhood dreams from that day finally came true on a hot day in State College, as well as every other player in the dugout on Friday whose name will be forever associated with a part of Donegal history.
Indians Advance to PIAA Class 5A Semifinals June 12, 2017
Two down, two to go. That was the line for Donegal as last week ended with the lady Indians advancing to the PIAA semifinals for the second year running in their fifth straight tournament appearance.
Donegal moved its record to 25-4 after eliminating West Chester Henderson (16-9) 3-2 in the opening round of 5A play last Monday and then holding on to defeat Abington Heights (15-3) on Thursday, 6-5, in a 10 inning International Tiebreaker in the quarterfinal round.
Scoring three runs in the first inning against WCH, Donegal took an early lead which they never relinquished as Makyla Yoder kept the damage to a minimum by only surrendering two runs on four hits in the complete game victory.
Yoder retired the first eight batters she faced before giving up her first hit of the game in the third inning. That resulted in West Chester Henderson's first run as Madelynn Skinner turned on the second pitch she saw and sent it rocketing over the wall in center field.
One more run in the fourth off the bat of Cameron Trotter marked the end of scoring for the Warriors as Yoder settled in and took care of business by putting away 11 of the remaining 12 Henderson batters.
Rachel Robinson (2-2, double, 2RBI) gave Donegal its early advantage in the first when she ripped a hard, bases-loaded shot into left field which bounced over the wall for a ground rule double and scored courtesy runners Jessica Kosheba and Cheyenne Klinedinst.
Morgan Biesecker (1-3) got the ball rolling when she took first on a one-out walk and then advanced to second when Yoder (1-4) singled into left. Katlyn Witmer then loaded the bases when she drew a walk of her own, scoring from third on a wild pitch to McKenna Berg.
One thing that head coach Wayne Emenheiser appreciates is how the offensive play of Robinson has come around following a major surgery that forced her to miss her entire junior season.
"I believe Robinson is back to where she was two years ago, before the knee injury," said Emenheiser. "It took some time for her to get back offensively, but defensively she has been a stud all year long."
Both aspects of Robinson's game were on display in the quarterfinal matchup with Abington Heights as the senior made a few clutch plays in extra innings including a diving snag of a line drive in the eighth and delivered the eventual winning run when she tripled home pinch runner Kosheba in the tenth.
Donegal also had help from freshman pitcher Sierra Neiss who has done well for Emeheiser this season when called on in relief of Yoder and has also recorded some starts as well.
With Yoder pitching well into the sixth inning and holding the explosive Comets offense scoreless on three hits, it seemed as if Neiss would be a non-factor as the lady Indians led 5-0 at that point.
However, fortunes can change quickly and Yoder soon found herself in a bind after surrendering three runs in the sixth and with runners on first and second in the seventh inning with no outs.
With the lead cut to 5-3, Neiss received the call and got out of the inning, but not before giving up two unearned runs to tie the game. She settled in after that, however, and retired the next nine batters, setting the stage for Robinson (4-5, triple, RBI).
"Sierra Neiss has been a pleasant surprise," stated Emenheiser. "Makyla has carried the pitching duties for so long and has had so much success, it's nice to be able to take a little bit of the pressure off her with Sierra, they make a great one two punch."
He knows that they are fortunate to have essentially two starters who can deliver whenever the circumstances dictate. "The game of softball is a pitcher dominated game and to have two great pitchers is a bonus," added Emenheiser.
Scoreless after the first inning, Berg (2-6) represented the first Donegal run when she scored on a two-out single by Emily Graham (2-6, 1RBI).
Biesecker (2-6, 2RBI) drove in two more with a single to center that plated Graham and Savanna Kolenda (4-5) who reached with base single of her own.
Witmer (3-6, 2RBI) made it 5-0 in the fourth inning when she brought home both Kolenda and Graham on an infield grounder.
In the tenth, with the score tied at 5-5, the International Tiebreak took effect which places the player who made the final out in the previous inning on second base, in this case it was Witmer.
Emenheiser pinch-ran Kosheba in her place, however, who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Peighton Hornick (2-5) and then came home on Robinson's RBI.
The win paired Donegal with a very familiar foe in long- time rival Lampeter-Strasburg (22-6) which defeated Bishop Shanahan 5-4 to advance to the semis.
Donegal held a 3-1advantage over the Pioneers heading into the matchup which has actually already been played as of this printing.
Asked if the familiarity between the two teams and the Indians' subsequent dominance might cause his players to lose some focus, Emenheiser said, "I do not think the girls will overlook LS, they realize at this point in the season that everyone is bringing their best."
Indians Finish 3rd in Districts, Head to States June 5, 2017
Donegal's softball team in recent years has made playing in the post-season a habit, using the regular season as merely a warm up. This year is no different as the lady Indians began District Three Class 5A play at home against Daniel Boone in a game that was originally scheduled to go down on Thursday the 25th, but was moved to Friday due to weather conditions.
Avoiding a near upset by the 11th seeded Scouts, Donegal used a two-run seventh inning to seal an 8-7 victory on a walk off single by Savanna Kolenda that scored Sierra Neiss from second base.
Down 8-7 and facing elimination Rachel Robinson (1-2) coaxed a walk and then rounded the bases on a bunt by McKenna Berg (2-3, 1RBI) that was misplayed, tying the game at 8-8.
After Neiss (2-2, 2RBI) also walked, advancing Berg to second, Emily Graham (1-4, 1RBI) hit into a fielder's choice at short that forced out Berg at third setting the stage for Kolenda (4-4, double, 3RBI) who ripped a single into right field to complete the comeback.
Daniel Boone got to Donegal starter Makyla Yoder for two runs in the second to tie the game after RBI singles by Kaitlyn Witmer (2-4, 1RBI) and Berg in the first inning gave Donegal the early lead.
Yoder eventually left the game in the fourth after surrendering five runs on a two-out Daniel Boone rally that ended when reliever Neiss recorded the put-out on an infield pop-up.
Neiss settled in and finished the game by retiring nine of the ten batters she faced while walking one.
Donegal answered in the fifth with five runs of its own, setting up the dramatic finish which propelled them into the semifinals where they matched up with Cedar Cliff, the number 10 seed.
Under a steady downpour at Lebanon Valley College last Tuesday, the ladies found themselves playing catch up against the Colts who led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning before exploding for six runs to take command of the game.
Kolenda (2-4, HR, 4RBI), who was the star of the game for Donegal at the plate, sent shockwaves through the stadium when she stroked a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but the rally was short lived as the ladies dropped into the consolation game with a 9-5 loss.
Yoder took the ball to start and gave up three runs on four hits including two home runs over five innings while striking out two before Neiss came on in the sixth and struggled with control as she surrendered six runs, five of which were earned, on four hits.
"Cedar Cliff played well in the semis against us," stated head coach Wayne Emenheiser. "I thought we played well also until the last inning when the field conditions became an issue for our pitcher, those are the breaks though."
Morgan Biesecker (1-3, 1RBI) put Donegal on the board in the third inning when her RBI single in to centerfield plated Graham (1-3) and tied the game at 1-1.
Later, down 3-1 in the fifth, it was Kolenda who delivered with a single that sent Graham home again to cut the deficit to 3-2 before the huge final inning for the Colts put them out of reach.
With five teams advancing to the PIAA tournament, Donegal's third place game was one in which the outcome was irrelevant. However, an old friend waited for them in the form of Lampeter-Strasburg, 9-3 losers to Spring Grove in the other semifinal matchup.
Owning a 2-1 advantage over the Pioneers this season, including a tie break for the Section Three crown, the odds of Donegal making it 3-1 against the formidable foes were not weighing in their favor.
With Yoder resting, Neiss took to the rubber and threw a complete five-hit one run game as the ladies bucked the odds and defeated the Pioneers 4-1 for their third victory over the section rivals this year.
Peighton Hornick went 3-4 with one run scored and Berg tripled and drove in two runs while going 2-3 to help power Donegal to its third place finish.
L-S scored its lone run early taking the lead in the first inning, but the Indians scored twice in the second and once more in both the third and seventh innings to earn the much needed win and carry some momentum into the State tournament.
"Neiss threw a great game against LS (5 hits) and we hit well (11 hits)," acknowledged Emenheiser.
"We are looking forward to playing in the state tournament; it is always our goal to make it there. We are fortunate to be playing in our 5th straight state tournament and 7th in 8 years. The thing about playing in June is that every team has the ability to beat you if you don't play well or if you get a bad break, it's that close."
Donegal was represented in three events during the PIAA meet held at Shippensburg University over Memorial Day weekend and while none of the athletes competed past the preliminaries, Alice Fernald scored a personal best in the 400 and only missed qualifying by .45 of a second.
"We were happy with how the girls did overall. Of course, you always hope to place/make it to finals, but sometimes it's just not in the cards," stated head coach Gretchen Colwell.
Her time of 57.69 in the second heat of the prelims placed her ninth overall in the state and was a only a gust of wind behind Exeter's Faith Kehinde who clocked in at 57.24 in the fourth heat and locked up the eighth and final qualifying spot for Saturday's finals.
Taylor Nissly competed in the fourth and final heat of the 200 prelims later in Friday's competition and missed the cut by an even narrower margin as her time of 25.95 was a shoelace width behind Ni'Asia Williams from Girls' High who finished in 25.80 and also locked up the final qualifier for Saturday's finals.
Both girls also ran with Ashley Maxwell and Aliza Young in the 4x400 relay prelims on Friday with the team finishing in 4:03.96 which was exactly three seconds off of their seed time of 4:01.96 from Districts.
Performing on the big stage is not an easy task and only experience can properly prepare an athlete for the unique pressure that comes along with competing with the best in the sport.
Colwell knows this and likes what she saw in her top runners. "The other nice thing, every girl we took to states is an underclassman, so we can look forward to seeing them next season! "
Indians Top Bears in District 5A Opener May 26, 2017
No more AAA softball? No problem, at least as far as Donegal is concerned. Since a PIAA realignment that moved them up to 5A, it is been business as usual for the Indians as they set their sights on yet another District Three title in what is hopefully a long march into post-season play.
The third seeded Indians (21-3) opened play against backyard rival Elizabethtown (11-10), the number 14 seed, last Tuesday at home. By the time the dust on the infield had settled the ladies were 10-1 victors and headed into the quarterfinals against 11th seeded Daniel Boone (11-7).
Donegal out-hit the Bears 12-3 but the game remained scoreless into the bottom of the third until McKenna Berg (2-3, double) dashed home on a sacrifice fly by Emily Graham who interestingly drove in three runs without a single hit during the game on two sac-flies. Two more runs later the Indians held a 3-0 lead and they never looked back.
Behind a strong performance by Makyla Yoder on the rubber, Donegal added two more in the fourth, four in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Yoder went five innings without giving up a run while only surrendering two hits and striking out six of the 18 batters she faced. Sierra Neiss came on in relief in the sixth with her only hiccup coming in the same inning when the Bears tallied their only run of the game.
Neiss only gave up one hit and struck out three while walking four of the 12 batters she faced over two innings of play.
Savanna Kolenda (2-3, double, 2RBI) and Rachel Robinson (2-3, 2 doubles, 2RBI) helped at the plate as did Morgan Biesecker (2-3, 1RBI) and Rachel Overlander (1-2, 1RBI).
Due to an early holiday deadline and subsequent postponement of Thursday's quarterfinals, the Indians' game against Daniel Boone will be reported in next week's edition.
Donegal Tops GS, Bows to PM in L-L Playoffs May 22, 2017
Donegal's softball team has experienced a great level of success over the years cementing them as one of the premier programs in District Three and a serious contender at the State level as well. Talented players backed by solid coaching built a solid foundation that continues to produce outstanding results year in and year out and this season is no different.
The ladies captured the 2017 Section Three crown, a title that has mysteriously eluded them in recent years, and now have their sights set on District Three gold after a disappointing loss to Penn Manor in the L-L League semi-finals on Tuesday.
The eventual League champion Comets, backed by pitching ace Brittany Hook, used an early burst in their first at bat to score three runs and held off the lady Indians 5-2. In order to reach Penn Manor, however, the Donegal squad tore through Garden Spot 17-2 in a run shortened quarterfinal matchup the day before.
Makyla Yoder pitched three strong innings against the Spartans on Monday striking out three of the 15 batters she faced while giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits before Sierra Neiss came on in the fourth and struck out the side to enforce the mercy rule.
With a monster day at the plate by Peighton Hornick (3-4, 2 Doubles, 4RBI), Donegal's offense proved too much for Garden Spot as the ladies put up 18 hits and scored in each of the four innings that were played.
Garden Spot scored an early run in the first inning but soon relinquished the lead after Savanna Kolenda (2-4) and Yoder (2-3, 1RBI) both reached on singles and subsequently scored when Kaitlyn Witmer (3-3, Double, 2RBI) hit a bases clearing triple into center field, scoring herself on an error.
Hornick, who tripled into center as well, came home when Rachel Robinson (1-3, 4RBI) sacrificed her across to make it 4-1 in favor of Donegal.
The ladies batted around the order in the second resulting in five runs and sent eight batters to the plate in both of the final two innings to score eight more times and finish the day early.
With Hook on the rubber in Tuesday's matchup against Penn Manor, the Indians managed just two hits and no runs scored over four innings of play while the Comets tacked on four runs on of four hits over the same span.
Emily Graham (3-3, HR, 2RBI) sparked Donegal with a long ball into left center in the fifth and raced home to put the ladies on the board cutting the Comet lead to 4-1 but the Indians left two stranded to end the inning.
Graham put another run in the books in the fifth scoring McKenna Berg (1-3) from third with her second RBI of the night. Berg started the two-out rally by singling into left field before Neiss walked sending Graham to the plate with runners on first and second. Her single into left center sent Berg scampering home and advanced Neiss to second before the Comets ended the inning and eventually the game.
Yoder pitched two innings giving up four hits which included a three-run home run in the first before Neiss came on for four innings of relief surrendering two runs on three hits.
Last week also marked the announcement of the L-L Coaches All-Star teams and Donegal was well represented as five lady Indians were named to the Section Three first team with two honorable mentions.
Making the team were Yoder (P), Morgan Biesecker (C), Witmer (1B), Robinson (2B), and Kolenda (SS). Honorable mentions went to Hornick (3B), and Berg (OF).
Robinson also earned accolades for her achievements in the classroom as well as in athletics as she was named the 2017 girls' recipient of the A. Landis Brackbill Award which is given out annually to the top boy and girl scholar-athletes in the L-L League.
The requisite for the prestigious award is to maintain a 3.0 GPA and letter or play in 75 percent of two or more PIAA sanctioned sports in one year and includes a $500 dollar scholarship.
Robinson, whose GPA was a 3.88, is already set to attend the University of Virginia in the fall on a full athletic scholarship for field hockey.
Athletes from all around District Three converged on Shippensburg University on Friday and Saturday to compete for a spot on the podium in the District meet during the run-up to the PIAA Championships.
Members of both the boys' and girls' teams from Donegal took part with six finishes in the top ten in six different events. In addition there were two individuals and one relay team for the girls that qualified for the PIAA meet.
Alice Fernald led the day for both squads as she earned a bronze medal in the 400 with a time of 57.75 during Saturday's portion of the track events. She also ran the first leg of the 1600 relay teaming with Ashley Maxwell, Taylor Nissly, and Aliza Young for a sixth place finish with a time of 4:01.96 which also set a new Donegal school record. Both times were good enough to punch a ticket to states.
Head coach Gretchen Colwell acknowledged her relay team's efforts and had nothing but praise for them. "These four ladies have been determined to reach the state championship level this weekend and have been working unbelievably hard with Coach Schuck. I'm unbelievably proud of what they have accomplished thus far."
That represented the second strong finish for the girls in the relays as Kalee Fahndrich, Fernald, Nissly, and Maxwell placed seventh in the earlier running of the 400 by finishing in 50.02. They were just nipped by the team from Cumberland Valley which claimed sixth with a time of 49.81.
Nissly also placed sixth overall in the 200 by first running a 25.58 and a 25.62 respectively in Friday's prelims and resulting semi-finals in order to qualify for Saturday's final in which she ran a slightly slower 25.65. That was also good enough to send her on to the next stage as the third Donegal representative for the PIAA meet.
In Friday's portion of the field events Rosalind Staie placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 33-09 while on Saturday Alyssa McNece took 15th in the javelin with a throw of 104-03.
Overall the ladies finished tied for 22nd in the field of 44 schools with Manheim Township scoring a total of 14 points during the two days of competition.
Meanwhile, the boys ended up in a four way tie with Governor Mifflin, Exeter, and Spring Grove for 41st with only two points during the meet.
Both of those team points came courtesy of field events held Friday. Avery Walker was the first Indian to place when he triple jumped 43-03.5 and landed in eighth place, and Brooks Bear represented the second point of the day when he tossed a 50-02 in the shot put which also put him in eighth place.
"Both of these boys made it into finals by the skin of their teeth, but stepped up huge and hit their personal best marks," stated Colwell. "It was really exciting to see their season conclude with such exciting finishes."
Bear also garnered a 16th place finish on Saturday in the javelin with a toss of 148-01, but it was teammate Nick Ketner who placed slightly higher in the same event throwing for an 11th place finish of 159-08.
In earlier competition on the second day Ryan Stainecker earned an 18th place finish in the 400 with a time of 52.39 and was just edged out for 16th by Cumberland Valley's Luke Updegraff who finished in 52.34.
Donegal Baseball Tops E-town in Season Finale May 15, 2017
While the Donegal baseball team didn't have the type of success it was hoping for, finishing at 6-10 on the season and placing fourth in Section two, there is still hope for the future. The Indians were never really blown out in any of their losses and they only graduate two players, so next year could be a turning point.
They ended the season with two games last week and earned a split as they took a 5-1 loss to Ephrata on Monday and then followed it up on a positive note by beating Elizabethtown 7-6 on Tuesday.
Dawson Magar took the loss against the Mounts as he surrendered five runs off of two hits while striking out five over three and a third innings of work before Richard Velez came on and held Ephrata to only two more hits.
Kobe Bistline (2-3, 1RBI) accounted for the lone Donegal run when he singled home Tanner Kohler (1-3, double) in the fourth.
In the final game, against Elizabethtown, it was Cameron Ellis who got the win as the Indians, who were out hit 11-7, made the most of their at bats to pull out the one run victory.
Donegal scored five runs in the third after the Bears put up three in the first and added another in the second to grab a 4-0 lead. Elizabethtown tied things up again when they scored one in the sixth, but two more Donegal runs in the fifth were enough to hold off the home team which scored once more in the sixth for the final score.
The story could not have been written any better for the end of softball's regular season for the Donegal Indians. Meeting L-S in only the third game of the season, the Pioneers handed Donegal its second straight loss and took command of first place in Section Two, giving the ladies a date to target on the calendar.
"We just wanted to have an opportunity to play LS with something on the line," stated head coach Wayne Emenheiser. "We felt we did not play up to our abilities or with enough passion the first time we played."
Instead of tucking their tails, the lady Indians responded by reeling off 17 straight wins, including a 6-1 redeeming victory over their long-time rivals in week five to set up a rubber match, this time for all the marbles with the section title hanging in the balance. More on that action later.
First, the ladies had to win out in order to force the playoff with L-S, and they accomplished that by pounding out 15 hits which resulted in 12 runs against ELCO last Monday and then used a 13-run second inning to march past Northern Lebanon on Tuesday, 15-0.
Sierra Neiss flirted with perfection against the Raiders over seven innings of no-hit ball in which the only blemish was one walk surrendered while Savanna Kolenda (3-4, double, 2RBI) and Kaitlyn Witmer (1-2, 2RBI) helped lead the offensive charge for the Indians.
Donegal scored in every inning but the second en route to securing the first of two victories needed to meet the Pioneers.
In the three inning, run-shortened game with the Vikings on Tuesday, Makyla Yoder struck out four of the ten batters she faced and only gave up one hit while walking none.
Rachel Robinson (2-2, double, homerun, 2RBI) and Emily Graham (2-2, triple, 3RBI) accounted for one third of Donegal's offense while McKenna Berg (1-1, 2RBI), Witmer (1-3, 2RBI) Shaianne Boyer (1-1, 2RBI), Kolenda (1-3, 1RBI), Yoder (1-3, 1RBI), and Peighton Hornick (3-3, 1RBI) all contributed as well.
Now, for the end of the chapter. Wednesday brought the Indians and the Pioneers together again, this time at Warwick, for the showdown that would determine the Section Two champion.
After both teams scored in the first inning, Donegal took the lead in the third when Yoder, who held the Pioneers to only two runs on five hits over four innings on the mound, brought Graham home on a sacrifice fly. L-S came back in the fourth, however, taking advantage of poor play on the part of the Indians to eventually tie the game at 2-2.
Donegal then exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning, sparked by Rachel Overlander's two-RBI single. Graham then smoked a triple into right field, scoring two more runs and crossing the plate on an errant throw home to make it 7-2.
The Indians extended that lead when Kolenda also tripled and then was able to advance home on a Morgan Biesecker ground ball. Hornick singled home two more runs in the sixth while Neiss shut down L-S for the save and the Section crown.
When asked about beating their nemesis twice in such a short time Emenheiser replied, "The last two weeks have gone very well. We accomplished everything we had worked for since the early season loss to LS."
He also knows that even though there is momentum on the side of the Indians, this time of year is when the pressure begins to build. "I feel we are playing very well at this time heading into the post season. That being said every team we play the rest of the season will be a playoff team so one mistake can dictate the outcome of a game," Emenheiser stated. "I am confident that if we bring our A game there is an opportunity for us to be playing into June."
Last weekend marked the beginning of the post-season for both of Donegal's track teams as the L-L League meet commenced on Friday and ended on Saturday with weather better suited for early spring making a tough go of it for all involved.
With dual Section titles still waiting for the ink to dry, the boys and girls both entered the meet with high expectations and came away with some success as the girls placed eighth overall with a team score of 31 and the boys scored 29 to place 13th.
The boys enjoyed most of their success in the field as Brooks Bear placed a team high second in the shot put with a toss of 49-9.5 and placed 13th in the javelin with a throw of 133-3, while Avery Walker's distance of 42-10 in the triple jump was good enough to garner third as was Nick Ketner's throw of 178-0 in the javelin.
Calvin Woods cleared 5-6 in the high jump for 13th to go with his 15th place time of 43.62 in the 300 hurdles, and Payton Luft went 18-5.75 in the long jump to garner 19th.
On the track Ryan Stainecker led the team in the individual events with a fourth place finish in the 400 in 51.85 while Keeryen Stevens (19.05) came in eighth in the 110 hurdles, Silas Buckwalter (4:45.81) was 10th in the 1600, Keith Atayde (2:07.09) was 19th in the 800, and Dylan Zuch (10:33.19) finished 25th in the 3200.
In the relays, Cameron Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Walker placed sixth in the 400 with a time of 45.01 and Arntz, Nicholas Jordan, Woods, and Stainecker ran the 1600 in 3:37.84 for an 11th place finish.
Taylor Nissly and Alice Fernald both had a strong showing on the track for the girls as Fernald took second in the 400 with a time of 58.48 and Nissly placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 25.88.
The duo also helped out the relay teams as Kalee Fahndrich, Fernald, Nissly, and Ashley Maxwell placed fourth in the 400 in 50.45, and Fernald, Maxwell, Nissly, and Aliza Young ran a third place time of 4:06.71 in the 1600, while Seneca Straub placed 25th in the 1600 with a time of 6:05.24 to round out the track events.
Rosalind Staie secured a team high fifth place finish in the field by tossing 34-0 in the shot put, and Alyssa McNece (100-10) placed sixth in the javelin ahead of Hannah McNece (89-9) who placed 11th.
Other finishers included Lauren Becker (4-8) taking 10th in the high jump, Janell Brinser (7-6) placing 16th in the pole vault, Carly Diffendefer (30-06.25) placing 16th in the triple jump as well as 20th in the long jump with a 14-6.25, and Aliza Johns (72-0) who finished 24th in the discus.
Donegal Track Teams Cap Undefeated Seasons May 8, 2017
It has been a wild ride for the Donegal track and field team this season with both the boys and girls blowing through the competition. Last week's meet against an undermanned Columbia team was no different as the boys won 137-12 and the girls came away with a 123-26 victory.
Both wins wrapped up undefeated seasons and dual Section Three championships for the Indians as the boys secured the first ever title for Donegal and the girls captured their third straight crown.
In their historic school victory, the boys won all 18 events as they outscored the Tide 81-6 in track events and 56-6 in the field with Cameron Arntz and Calvin Woods doubling up on individual wins.
Arntz outran the field in the 100 finishing in 12.2 while his time of 24.2 was the best in the 200 and Woods took the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.7 as well as the high jump by clearing 5-4. He also finished second in the 100 hurdles in 17.2 to finish with a team high 13 points.
Five other athletes garnered individual victories while also placing in other events, most notably Brooks Bear who won the shot put with a toss of 46-2, placed second in the javelin with a 157-1 and was third in the discus with a throw of 108-2.
Meanwhile, Ryan Stainecker won the 400 (53.8), and took third in the 100 (12.2) as well as the 200 (24.8). Keeryen Stevens was first in the 100 hurdles (16.5) and second in the 300 hurdles (44.0), Silas Buckwalter took the 800 while placing second in the 1600 (5:27.7), and Cody Canterbury won the 3200 (11:50.5) while finishing third in the 1600 in 5:27.8.
All three Donegal relay teams also won with Ryan Zuch, Hunter Williams, Kyle Anderson, and Brandon Hess taking the 3200 (10:27.1), Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker winning the 400 in 45.4, and Collazo, Nicholas Jordan, Tyler Snyder, and Arntz taking the 1600 (3:53.9).
Other individual winners included Aran Mullen (5:16.1) in the 1600, Payton Luft (18-7) in the long jump, Walker (41-6) in the triple jump, Jarred Ford (11-6) in the pole vault, Nicholas Kettner (170-8) in the javelin, and Connor Horst (116-7) in the discus.
Placing for the Indians were Aedan Wilkinson (19.1) third in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles (47.6), Andrew Melville (12.2) second in the 100, Jared Bent (56.9) second in the 400 and third in the long jump (17-9), Nathan Brubaker (58.3) third in the 400 and the triple jump (37-3.5), Dylan Zuch (2:14.6) third in the 800, Ian Rineer (12:39.5) second in the 3200, Kyle Anderson (13:35.8) third in the 3200, Andrew Stwalley (5-0) second in the high jump, Davon Brantley (10-6) second in the pole vault, Jarad Brown (10-0) third in the pole vault, Cael Rapp (157-1) second in the shot put and third in the javelin (150-8), and Mason Sauder (113-8) second in the discus and third in the shot put (37-.75).
Erin Slattery, Taylor Nissly, and Carly Diffenderfer helped lead the lady Indians by scoring a combined 33 points as Donegal outpaced Columbia 66-20 on the track and 57-6 in the field.
All three athletes were multiple event winners as Slattery took both the 100 and 300 hurdles with respective times of 17.5 and 50.5, Nissly won the 100 in 13.2 and the 200 in 25.5, and Diffenderfer won the long jump (14-9.5) and the triple jump (30-6.5) and was third in the high jump (4-2).
Jaiden Droege, who placed first in the pole vault (7-6) and second in the long jump (13-10.5), and Jamilyn Nimo, who won the discus (85-11) and was second in the shot put (32-6.5), finished up as event winners for the ladies.
In addition, Donegal won all three relays as well. In the 3200, Megan Myers, Alize Woodard, Abbyrose Dannecker, and Ella DeBruin finished in 11:46.9. In the 400 it was Kalee Fahndrich, Alice Fernald, Nissly, and Ashley Maxwell with a 50.6, while in the 1600 it was Alexandra Daly, Hannah Lloyd, Leigha Lehman-Funk, and Olivia Giron with a time of 5:08.08.
Placing for Donegal were Lloyd (20.9) third in the 100 hurdles and second in the triple jump with a 29.5, Fahndrich (13.7) third in the 100, Seneca Straub (6:21.0) second in the 1600, McKenzie DuBusky (6:53.9) third in the 1600, Lauren Redcay (69.2) second in the 400 ahead of Natalie Fellenbaum (70.1), Daly (57.1) third in the 300 hurdles, Myers (3:05.8) second in the 800 ahead of Woodard (3:12.3), Fernald (26.7) second in the 200, Anna Hawbaker (16:04.3) second in the 3200, Lehman-Funk (28-6) third in the triple jump, Alyssa McNece (4-6) second in the high jump ahead of Diffenderfer (4-2) as well as in the javelin (107-9) ahead of Hannah McNece (103.5), Janell Brinser (7-0) second in the pole vault ahead of Hayley Grosh (6-6), and Aliza Johns (79-7) second in the discus ahead of Mackenzie Bedwell (75-10), as well as third in the shot put (27-8.75)
As is usually the case in Section Three, the final outcome will not be decided until the dust settles on the Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg and your lady Indians of Donegal. In fact, as you read these words it has already been resolved between these two L-L League powerhouses in a rivalry that seemingly is not going away anytime soon.
After redeeming their only league loss of the season to L-S a week and a half ago, Donegal entered this week at 13-1 with two games left on the schedule and trailed the Pioneers (14-1), who had one more game to play, by only half a game.
Both teams have already locked up berths in the League tournament which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday and should they both have won out on the season, will meet in a 7:00 playoff game Wednesday at Warwick.
Last week ended with two more wins for the ladies as they easily handled Cocalico 11-0, and survived an early scare by Manheim Central to come away with a 7-3 victory.
Makyla Yoder and Sierra Neiss teamed up to throw a no hit game against the Eagles while facing a combined 16 batters. Yoder struck out three while going two innings and collecting the win. Neiss sat down six over three innings for the save.
McKenna Berg (1-2) provided the fireworks for Donegal utilizing her only hit of the game wisely as she went yard and drove in three runs on the day as the Indians scored five in the first inning and six in the second to force the 10-run rule in the fifth.
Rachel Robinson (1-2) drove in two runs while hitting a double, as did Rachel Overlander (1-2, 1RBI) who also doubled.
Unsurprisingly it was Manheim Central (8-6) who provided Donegal with its biggest challenge as the always tough Barons scored two unanswered runs to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
A strong four-run fifth inning for the lady Indians put them back in the driver's seat, however, and they never looked back, scoring once more in the sixth to make it 6-3 after Manheim scored again in the bottom of the fifth. They added one more run in the seventh for added insurance.
Yoder threw a complete four-hit game, striking out nine and only giving up one earned run for the win. She helped her cause as well going 3-4 with a home run and one RBI while Peighton Hornick (2-4) also came up big at the plate with a double and three RBI.
While they struggled as a young team throughout the season, the Donegal boys had seven players represent the green and white during last week's L-L League tournament.
Andrew Ashley, who had a first round bye in flight one, opened up the tournament with a close 3-6, 6-3, 2-6 loss to number four seed Mark Cannon from Lancaster Catholic but rebounded well to eventually place fifth.
After his initial loss, Ashley defeated ELCO's Dylan Spitler 7-5, 6-4 to advance into the fifth place final against Pequea's Malachi Glick who defaulted the win to Ashley.
Aaron Stehman began flight two with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Toby Singer of Penn Manor, but then lost to second seeded Colby Martin of Cocalico 0-6, 0-6. Martin eventually went on to win first place.
Jarrett Herr played in flight three singles and had a tough draw as the unseeded Indian had to face top seed and eventual champion Kyle Peters from Manheim. While Herr played hard, Peters took the victory with a 6-0, 6-2 score.
Noah Hoffmaster rounded out Donegal's singles play in flight four against the number three seed from Manheim Township, Tom Woratyla who came away with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
In doubles, Donegal had two teams compete as Ashley and Stehman took on Cannon and Danny Bomberger from Lancaster Catholic in flight one and Austin Hollinger and Aaron Rugh faced off against Cocalico's Daniel Engle and Jared Glick in flight two.
Ashley and Stehman began with a first round bye before playing the Crusader duo who came out victorious with a 6-3, 3-6, (10-2) decision while Hollinger and Rugh fell to Engle and Glick by a score of 1-8.
The Indians split their two games last week beating Solanco 1-0 and losing to Lampeter-Strasburg 7-4. With two games remaining, Donegal (5-9) found itself in fourth place in Section Two.
Patrick Beaudoin walked to start the fourth inning against Solanco, advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Kobe Bistline and reaching third on the throw to first when Cameron Ellis grounded out to the Mules' third baseman. He scored on an error when Drew Bechtold grounded to short.
Dawson Magar started for the Indians going four and a third innings and giving up four hits before Richard Velez came on in the fifth to earn the save.
Donegal watched an early 2-0 lead disappear as the Pioneers scored seven unanswered runs before the Indians added two more in the sixth.
Ellis took the loss going two and a third innings and giving up five runs while Velez gave up two runs over an inning and two thirds worth of work. Kyle Hess was 2-4 while Beaudoin and Seiler Edwards each had one RBI.
Donegal Softball Survives Pequea With 1-0 Win May 1, 2017
With only four games to go in the season, the Lady Indians' ability to take care of what they can control put them right where they want to be, tied for first place in Section Three with none other than rival Lampeter-Strasburg.
After surviving a scare versus Section Four leader Pequea Valley in a 1-0 win last week, Donegal easily handled Columbia 18-1. On Friday, they handed L-S its only league loss, a 6-1 affair that also redeemed an early season defeat at the hands of the Pioneers, Donegal's lone league blemish as well.
Makyla Yoder held the Braves to only one hit over seven innings, striking out 11 while walking none in Monday's contest. Peighton Hornick (1-2, double, 1RBI) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth for the Indian's only run. Kaitlyn Witmer (2-3, double) and Savanna Kolenda (2-4) helped lead the ladies.
The runs came quick and early against Columbia as the Indians racked up 10 in the first inning and eight in the second while Sierra Neiss held the Crimson Tide to only one run on two hits for the win.
Neiss struck out four of the 15 batters she faced and drove in a run while going 1-3 on the day. Emily Graham (2-2, 3RBI), Morgan Biesecker (1-3, 2RBI), Witmer (1-2, 2RBI), and Jessica Kosheba (1-1, 2RBI) spear headed the Indian attack.
While six different batters drove in a run for Donegal against the Pioneers, it was the play of a few that stood out on Friday.
Yoder took the ball to start the game tied for school victories with Sami Houseal at 60 and walked off the field as the sole owner of that accomplishment with 61. She only allowed seven hits to the dangerous L-S batters while walking two.
Grace Miller also flashed some greatness in the field as she crashed into the left field fence to catch a deep fly ball that could have easily scored two runs for L-S with two outs in the sixth inning and completed a slick double play in the seventh with a sprinting shoe string catch and throw to first to clear the bases.
Kolenda (3-3, double, 1RBI) provided a spark at the plate for Donegal including a first inning double to right field that scored Biesecker for the first run of the game. Donegal scored twice more in both the second and third innings and once more in the fourth before giving up the lone run for L-S in the seventh.
It was a slow start for Donegal baseball last week as the Indians took three losses over four games including a heart breaking defeat at the hands of Manheim Township in a game that was postponed due to rain the week prior.
The boys began the week with a 5-1 loss to Penn Manor then lost an up-and-down game to Warwick 11-5. Against Manheim Township they resumed play with a 2-0 lead but watched it slip away in a 5-4 loss and then topped Conestoga Valley 7-2 to end the week on a positive note.
Against the Comets, a delayed steal in the top of the first inning put the Indians on board 1-0 when Kyle Hess crossed the plate after Dale Houser took second.
Hess began the inning with a sharp double to center field and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Houser walked and, with one out initiated the scoring play, eventually advancing to third where he was left stranded to end the inning.
Penn Manor came back in the bottom and scored two runs off of starting pitcher Richard Velez who surrendered five on nine hits before Kobe Bistline came on in relief in the sixth. The Comets put up three unanswered runs in that inning to seal the victory.
Donegal overcame a 1-0 deficit in the third inning against visiting Warwick on Wednesday by scoring twice on one wild pitch to take the lead. After the Warriors tied things up in the fourth, a disastrous nine-run sixth inning proved too much for the Indians to overcome, though they rallied late on a three-run home run by Hess (3-3, 3RBI) in the bottom of the seventh.
Dawson Magar took the loss for Donegal going five and a third innings with four runs surrendered on three hits while Bistline gave up five and Ryan Buckius gave up two.
After playing to a 2-0 lead after four innings against Manheim Township on April 21, the Indians took to the field on Thursday to resume play. The Streaks cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth, but Donegal answered in the bottom half with two more for a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Unfortunately they would score no more while surrendering one in the sixth and three more in the seventh for the loss.
Cameron Ellis started for the Indians against Conestoga Valley on Friday, earning the win on four innings pitched with only two runs scored off of three hits. Richard Velez came on in the fifth and recorded nine straight outs for the save.
With a 4-0 lead after four, the Buckskins finally got to Ellis for two runs in the bottom half of the inning but three more Donegal runs in the fifth put the game out of reach.
Hess (2-4, 1RBI), Seiler Edwards (2-3, 1RBI), and Bistline (2-3, 1RBI) led at the plate for Donegal.
Adding to an already impressive season, both the boys' and girls' teams entered last week's battle of the unbeaten as they took on Annville-Cleona and not only won, but did it in dominating fashion.
Both teams seemingly cruised to their respective victories with the boys winning 118-32 and the girls coming away with a 108-41 win over the visitors from Annville.
Erin Slattery and Seneca Straub each earned two victories on the track, helping the lady Indians to a 70-16 advantage along the way.
Slattery ran a 17.7 in the high hurdles, while Aliza Young (21.0) finished third, and posted a 51.2 in the 300 hurdles ahead of second place finisher Alexandra Daly (55.7).
Straub, meanwhile, clocked a 5:57.2 in the 1600 to lead a Donegal sweep in which Ella DeBruin finished with a 6:12.5 and Mackenzie DuBusky posted a time of 6:12.8 and took the 3200 with a time of 13:10.6 with Megan Myers (15:01.8) placing second.
The ladies also cleaned up in the relays, winning all three events. In the 3200 it was Alize Woodard, DuBusky, Myers, and Debruin with a 13:32.9 while Fahndrich, Alice Fernald, Taylor Nissly, and Ashley Maxwell won the 400 in 50.4, and Slattery, DeBruin, DuBusky, and Janell Brinser posted a winning time of 4:39.2 in the 1600.
Two other Donegal runners captured first place finishes as well with Lauren Redcay winning the 400 in 68.6 while just edging out Natalie Fellenbaum (70.2) in second, and DeBruin who won the 800 in 2:50.3 just ahead of DuBusky (2:54.1).
While no Donegal girl doubled up in the field events the ladies did win five of seven and outscored the visitors 38-25.
With only a few grains of sand as the difference, Carly Diffenderfer (28-11) won the triple jump over teammates Hannah Lloyd (28-8) and Leigha Lehman-Funk (28-2) while Lauren Becker (4-4) and Alyssa McNeece (4-4) tied for first in the high jump.
McNeece also won the javelin with a throw of 102-10 while her sister Hannah placed third with a 95-2.
Rounding out the Donegal winners was Jamilyn Nimo who tossed a 33-9.5 in the shot put with Rosalind Staie (33-3.75) coming in third, and Aliza Johns who threw a 94-4 to take the discus.
Also placing on the track for the lady Indians were Taylor Nissly (12.3) and Kalee Fahndrich (12.8) who took second and third, respectively, in the 100 while Nissly notched another second place finish with a 25.3 in the 200 just ahead of Fernald (26.2) in third.
Meanwhile, in the field Jaiden Droege finished second in the long jump with a 14-9.25 and was third in the pole vault with a 7-0.
Silas Buckwalter scored a big day for the boys as he racked up three wins on the track while leading the Donegal runners to a 76-11 advantage. He and teammates Ryan Zuch and Keith Atayde swept two of those events for Donegal while Atayde also joined him in a third.
In the 1600, Buckwalter (4:38.3), Zuch (5:00.7), and Atayde (5:10.6) finished 1-2-3 while the trio duplicated the finish in the 3200 with respective times of 10:34.6, 10:50, and 11:16, and Buckwalter (2:14.8), Atayde (2:16.5), and Ian Rineer (2:17.7) cleaned up in the 800.
Keeryen Stevens also scored multiple wins by taking the high hurdles in 15.6 ahead of Calvin Woods (16.8) and Aedan Wilkinson (19.2), as well as the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.9 followed by Woods (43.7) and Tyler Snyder (46.4).
Ryan Stainecker represented the seventh of nine individual wins in the races by winning the 400 in 53.7 with Cameron Arntz (55.0) coming in second.
Donegal won all three relays as well with Rineer, Buckwalter, Chris Canterbury, and Atayde taking the 3200 with a time of 9:32, Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker winning the 400 in 45.2, and Stevens, Woods, Stainecker, and Walker teaming up to win the 1600 in 3:41.1.
With another outstanding day in the field in which the boys outscored the Dutchmen 42-21, Brooks Bear led the charge with three wins and one placement. He won the shot put with a toss of 43-8.5, while Cael Rapp (38-5) came in third, the discus with a throw of 132-5, with Peter Brubaker (126-8) in third, and was second in the javelin with a 156-1 while Nicholas Ketner (164-4) took first.
Walker won the triple jump with a 39-8.5 followed by Brubaker (36-6.5), and Adam Hawbaker (35-10.25), while Jarred Ford cleared 11-0 to win the pole vault with Davon Brantley (10-6), and Jacob Steck (9-0) finishing 2-3.
Also placing for the boys were Callazo (11.6) and Walker (11.6) in the 100, Stainecker (24.0), and Arntz (24.1) in the 200, Payton Luft (18-3) in the long jump, and Woods (5-8) placing second in the high jump.
Donegal Baseball Wins Three Straight Games April 24, 2017
Struggling to find wins this season it seems as if maybe the Donegal baseball team is starting to turn the corner after they recorded three victories last week and held the lead against Manheim Township before weather intervened in the form of a rain postponement.
With a 3-2 win over Cedar Crest, a 4-1 victory over Hempfield and an 11-4 pasting of West Perry, the Indians improved to 3-5 and a fourth place standing in Section Two.
Dawson Magar pitched five and two thirds innings of two-hit baseball against Cedar Crest surrendering two runs while striking out six for the win while Kobe Bistline came on in relief and earned the save.
Tanner Kohler's fielder's choice single in the first put Donegal ahead early but it was a RBI double by Seiler Edwards and a RBI single by Patrick Beaudoin in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and put the Indians ahead for good.
Donegal racked up 12 hits against Hempfield while Kyle Hess got the win as he gave up one run on two hits over five innings.
His RBI triple in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie and Kohler followed later with another fielder's choice RBI for insurance. Drew Bechtold (3-4, 2 RBI) led at the plate and accounted for Donegal's final run in the seventh with a RBI single.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first against West Perry, Donegal scored seven runs over the next four innings before allowing another run in the fifth. They tacked on four more before the game ended.
Cameron Ellis earned the win for Donegal throwing five innings of four-hit ball, giving up two runs and striking out three.
Dale Houser (2-3, 3RBI) led offensively for Donegal followed by Magar (2-3, 1RBI), Beaudoin (1-2, 2RBI), and Matt Wallace (1-1, 2RBI).
Only one game separated Donegal (8-1) and Lampeter-Strasburg (9-0) after last week's games. The Indians' lone League blemish was against L-S earlier in the season in what has become a classic rivalry between two top-tier programs.
Controlling what they can by winning, the ladies added four more victories with a 25-0 win over Lebanon Catholic, a 9-0 victory over Elizabethtown, a 7-1 win against Annville-Cleona, and a 15-0 drubbing of Lancaster Mennonite.
Donegal put up 20 runs in the second inning against Lebanon Catholic after a five-run first as Sierra Neiss earned the win in the run shortened game.
Makyla Yoder threw a perfect game against Elizabethtown while the ladies scored nine runs on nine hits to beat the Bears. Morgan Biesecker went 2-4 with 3RBI including a double while Kaitlyn Witmer was 2-4 with 2RBI and a double and Yoder was 3-4 with 2RBI.
Annville-Cleona provided Donegal with its toughest challenge of the week pulling to within one run in the fifth with the score 2-1 before the Donegal offense opened up for a five-run sixth inning to put the game away.
Yoder, who got the start and pitched five innings giving up one run on four hits, went 3-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. Neiss came on in relief in the sixth inning and recorded the save.
Biesecker (1-4, 2RBI) hit two doubles and Grace Miller (2-4, 1RBI) helped lead the offensive charge.
Scoring five runs in the first inning, three in the second and seven in the third against Lancaster Mennonite while Yoder held the Blazers to only one hit, the Indians forced another mercy rule ending to finish out the week.
Kaitlyn Witmer torched the visitors at the plate going 3-3 with a double and 3RBI while Miller (1-1, 2RBI), and Rachel Overlander (1-1, 2RBI, double) added to the offensive output.
ELCO visited Donegal's hard courts last Tuesday and left with a 6-1 victory in the Indian's only match of the week. The lone win came from Jarett Herr who downed Dawson Smith 7-5, 6-2 in singles play.
Continuing their impressive start to the season, both of Donegal's track teams ran their records to 4-0 last week with victories over Lancaster Catholic at home on Tuesday. Both dominated as the boys came away with a 109-40 victory and the girls secured a 117-32 win over the Crusaders.
While the girls' record setting streak came to an end they still had a strong showing, winning all but four events while sweeping the throws.
Spearheading Donegal's attack, Alice Fernald scored victories in the 400 (59.3) and the 200 (26.6), and ran the second leg of a winning 50.0 effort in the 400 relay along with Kalee Fahndrich, Taylor Nissly, and Ashley Maxwell. She also placed third in the 100 (13.5).
The team of Olivia Lechene, McKenzie Dubusky, Megan Myers, and Ella DeBruin completed the second victory of the day in the relays by running a 13:18.8 to capture first in the 3200 as well.
Donegal benefitted both on the track and in the field from an array of athletes scoring victories, some of whom also placed in other events as well, adding to the Indians' points total.
Erin Slattery won the high hurdles in 17.2 and placed second in the 300 hurdles (50.9), and Seneca Straub placed first in the 1600 (5:51.5) as well as second in the 800 (2:40.4).
In the field events Jaden Droege won the long jump with a 15-0 and placed second in the pole vault by clearing 7-0, Alyssa McNece won the javelin with a throw of 112-6 while coming in third in the high jump with a 4-2, and Aliza Johns secured first place in the discus with a throw of 85-9 and was third in the shot put (30-0).
In other events, Nissly won the 100 in 12.6 while Fahndrich was second (13.4) and Anna Hawbaker took first in the 3200 (15:00.5) while Erika Schell placed second in 15:29.8. Fahndrich came in second in the 200 as well with a time of 28 seconds flat.
Lauren Becker won the high jump by clearing 4-4 which was only two inches above Carly Diffenderfer's second place effort of 4-2. Diffenderfer also garnered two more second place finishes on the day with a 14-11 in the long jump and triple jump distance of 29-11.75, the latter of which was followed by Hannah Lloyd's third place jump of 28-9.5.
Finishing out the jumps, Janell Brinser was victorious in the pole vault clearing 7-6, while Hayley Grosh's 6-0 was enough to take third.
Completing Donegal's sweep in the throwing events, Rosalind Staie won the shot put with a toss of 34-5 ahead of Jamilyn Nimo who placed second with a 32-3.5 and also was second in the discus (85-3).
Other place winners included Dubosky and Myers who finished second and third in the 1600 with respective times of 6:11.5 and 6:12.5, Hannah McNece who took second in the javelin (96-2), Alexandria Daly who was third in the 300 hurdles (56.4), and DeBruin who was third in the 800 (2:46.8).
Following much of the same pattern the boys also conceded only four events but were strongest in the field where the long jump stood as the only event they did not win.
Utilizing a strong team effort in which 11 different athletes garnered wins, Keeryen Stevens stood as the lone multiple race winner in the individuals with a 16.4 in the high hurdles and 44.2 in the 300 hurdles.
In the relays the boys won two out of three with Cody Canterbury, Dylan Zuch, Ian Rineer and Keith Atayde taking the 3200 (9:27.5), while the team of Cameron Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker won the 400 in 3:43.2.
Walker and Arntz also comprised half of a quartet of Indians that were winners who placed in other events as well. Walker won the triple jump with a 38-5.5 while taking second in the 100 (11.9) and third in the 200 (24.7), and Arntz was first in the 200 (24.5), and placed third in the 400 (55.8).
Calvin Woods, however, scored the most points of anybody on the day by clearing a winning height of 5-6 in the high jump after placing second in both the hurdles with a time of 17.0 in the 100 and a 44.9 in the 300 for a total of 11 team points.
Brooks Bear represented the fourth member of the group by winning the shot put with a 43-1.75 and taking second in the javelin with a 155-5.
Other race winners included Collazo in the 100 (11.9), Ryan Stainecker in the 400 (53.7), and Zuch in the 3200 (11:07.1) who was followed in second by Aran Mullen with a time of 11:39.8.
Representing the remaining three event winners were Jarred Ford in the pole vault whose height of 11-6 was two feet higher than teammate Jacob Steck who placed second with a 9-6, Nicholas Ketner in the javelin (158-5), and Peter Brubaker in the discus (112-7). He was followed by Mason Sauder in second place with a 110-2.
Payton Luft placed second in two events as his distance of 18-1.5 in the long jump edged teammate Adam Hawbaker who finished third with a 17-8.75, and his 36-4 in the triple jump followed Walker's first place effort.
Other place winners included Canterbury who took second in the 1600 (4:56.7), Silas Buckwalter who was second in the 800 (2:01.2), and Rupp who finished second in the 200 with a 24.7.
Donegal Softballers Post Four-Win Week April 17, 2017
Donegal's softball team kept the wins coming last week as they went 4-0 in keeping pace with Lampeter-Strasburg (6-0) at the top of Section Three. With only one league loss coming at the hands of the Pioneers, Donegal (5-1) can only control what they do in the chase for the section crown.
They did just that with a close 1-0 win over Northern Lebanon and dominating victories over Dover 19-1, ELCO 15-0, and Lancaster Catholic 11-0.
Mikyla Yoder pitched a one-hit gem against the Vikings last Monday while the Indians managed only two of their own in a game that was decided in the first inning when the ladies put one on the board and rode it through to the end.
Yoder struck out 13 and only walked two while teaming with Savanna Kolenda at the plate as they both went 1-3 to lead the team.
Sierra Neiss got the start against Dover and made the most of it with a two hit showing in which she had one unearned run and struck out four over five innings.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Donegal tacked on three more in the third before Dover made it 4-1 in the bottom half of the inning. A nine-run fourth inning followed by six more in the fifth put to rest any fears of a Dover comeback attempt as the ladies forced the 10-run rule.
Kaitlyn Witmer led Donegal at the plate as she went 3-4 with 3RBI including a double followed by Kolenda (2-3, 3RBI), Peighton Hornick (2-5, 3RBI), Neiss (2-5, 1RBI), Shaianne Boyer (2-2, 2RBI), Yoder (1-3, 3RBI), and Rachel Overlander (1-4, 1RBI).
Wednesday's contest with ELCO was even shorter as Donegal put up nine runs in the first, four in the second, and two in the third while keeping the Raiders off the board in another run shortened game.
Grace Miller (2-2), Emily Graham (1-2), and Neiss (3-3) all drove in two runs apiece, while Kolenda (3-3), Morgan Biesecker (1-3), Witmer (1-3), and Yoder (1-3) all had 1RBI each.
Yoder started and struck out six of the 11 batters she faced while walking none and giving up two hits.
Against Lancaster Catholic, the Indians racked up 13 hits while Yoder only surrendered three with six strikeouts over five innings.
Donegal took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Witmer and then exploded for six runs in the third sparked by Yoder's RBI triple to right field. Two more in the fourth and one in the fifth sealed the victory for the visiting Indians.
It has been a struggle for the Indians to find a way to win so far this season and after last week's slate of games they found themselves in fifth place in Section Three with a 1-4 record. Donegal lost 9-6 against Elizabethtown, 8-7 against Ephrata, and 9-5 to McCaskey, but were in each game and had opportunities to pull off the victory.
After Elizabethtown took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Indians came back strong, scoring five unanswered runs over the second and third innings, but surrendered two in the sixth and six in the seventh.
Dawson Magar got the start for Donegal and threw six and a third innings giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out five before losing pitcher Ryan Buckius came on in relief.
The Indians tied the game in the second inning when Drew Bechtold (2-4, 4RBI) hit a line drive to left field with one out and scored Seiler Edwards from second and eventually took the lead on Tanner Kohler's two-run single to center field.
In the third it was Bechtold coming through again with a bases loaded single to right field which scored Edwards and pinch runner Elijah Myers to make it 5-1, but the Bears tied the game in the seventh and took the lead for good off of Buckius.
On Wednesday, even though the Indians out hit Ephrata 10-4, they could not hold off the Mounts and gave up the come-from-behind victory.
Updegraff ( 1-4, 1RBI) put Donegal on the board in the first inning when he singled home Dale Houser (2-3) from second for the 1-0 lead. Ephrata tied the game in the second off of starting pitcher Brady Steinman but three more Donegal runs in the third made it 4-1 in the Indians' favor.
Ephrata again tied the game by scoring three times in the bottom of the inning before Kohler's two-run single in the fourth put Donegal ahead yet again. Kohler (2-5, 2RBI) then scored on Patrick Beaudoin's (1-4, 1RBI) single to center field giving Donegal the 7-4 lead, but it was the final run Donegal scored.
Ephrata scored once more in the fifth and added three more in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
Against McCaskey, the Indians were playing catch-up the entire game beginning in the first inning when they gave up two runs to the home team. Donegal answered in the second with a run but surrendered three more in the bottom of the inning.
After putting up two in the third, the Indians watched McCaskey once again widen the gap to 7-3 in the bottom half but closed it with two of their own in the fourth to make it 7-5 before giving up two more in the sixth for the final score.
Continuing their excellent start to the season, both the boys' and girls' track teams ran their record to 3-0 last week with a 105-45 win over ELCO for the boys, and a 90-60 win for the girls.
Silas Buckwalter and Brooks Bear each scored two wins as Buckwalter won the 1600 in 4:50, as well as the 800 with a time of 2:11.4 and Bear took care of business in the throws with a shot put win of 46-5.75, as well as a discus throw of 124-8.
They also swept the relays as Cody Canterbury, Keith Atayde, Ryan Zuch, and Buckwalter won the 3200 in 8:51.6, Cameron Arntz, Jared Collazo, Tyler Rupp, and Avery Walker won the 400 in 46.0, and Keeryen Stevens, Calvin Woods, Rupp, and Walker took the 1600 (3:47.5).
The only running events Donegal did not win were the 300 hurdles and the 3200 as Stevens won the high hurdles in 16.8, Collazo won the 100 in 11.7, Ryan Stainecker won the 400 in 54.2, and Arntz took the 200 in 24.6.
Meanwhile the boys split the jumping events with ELCO as Woods cleared 5-8 in the high jump and Jarred Ford won the pole vault by clearing 11-6.
Other Indians that placed included Woods who took third in both the high hurdles (17.0) and the 300 hurdles (44.9), Walker was second in the 100 (11.7) and the triple jump (40-5.5), Rupp was third in the 100 (11.7) and second in the 200 (24.7), Atayde was second in the 1600 (4:56) as well as the 800 (2:12.2), Aedan Wilkinson was third in the 400 (57.0), Stevens was second in the 300 hurdles (44.4), Canterbury was third in the 800 (2:13.3), Stainecker was third in the 200 (24.8), Zuch was second in the 3200 (11:32.6), Payton Luft was third in the long jump (18-5.75), Adam Hawbaker was third in the triple jump (37-2), Andrew Stwalley was third in the high jump (5-2), Davon Brantley was third in the pole vault (9-6), Nicholas Ketner was second in the javelin (167-5) ahead of Bear who finished third with a 162-9, Nathan Brubaker was third in the shot put (38-2.5), and Cael Rapp finished third in the discus with a 105-7.
It was another record breaking week for the girls as well as Taylor Nissly, Ashley Maxwell, Alice Fernald, and Kaylee Fahndrich bested their own school record in the 400 relay with a time of 50.2, and Nissly broke her own school record in the 200 with a time of 25.7.
Nissly also won the 100 in 12.7 and joined Erin Slattery as the only two multiple event winners for the girls. Slattery was first in the high hurdles with a 17.5, and the 300 hurdles with a 51.0
Seneca Straub, Nissly, Maxwell, and Caroline Goodwill turned in the winning time of 4:23 in the 1600 as the ladies also won two of the three relays.
Other winners for Donegal included Fernald (59.5) in the 400, Carly Diffenderfer (30-3.5) in the triple jump, Lauren Becker (4-6) in the high jump, and Alyssa McNece (111-5) in the javelin.
Placing for the Indians were Kalee Fahndrich who was second in the 100 (13.0) ahead of Fernald (13.1), who also was second in the 200 (27.0), Straub who was second in the 1600 (6:090.3) as well as the 800 (2:43.5), Miranda Nagle who was third in the 1600 (6:18.3) and second in the 3200 (13:48.9), Aliza Young who was third in the 400 (66.4), Lauren Redcay who was third in the 300 hurdles (55.5), Megan Myers who was third in the 3200 (14:10.4), Diffenderfer who was second in the long jump (14-4.5), Hannah Lloyd who was third in the triple jump (28-10.5), McNece who was third in the high jump (4-6) as well as second in the javelin (108-9), Jaiden Droege who was third in the pole vault (6-6), Hannah McNece who was second in the javelin (108-9), Rosalind Staie who was third in the javelin (75-8) and second in the shot put (35-9.5), Jamilyn Nimo who was third in the shot put (33-0), Aliza Johns who was second in the discus (91.5) and Chrysten Hynes who was third in the discus (82-111).
The boys had a strong start to the week with 7-0 wins over Northern Lebanon and Octorara, but ended with two losses, a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Cocalico and a 3-2 loss to Reading.
Donegal dominated the Vikings on Monday as Northern Lebanon only won five total games on the day. Andrew Ashley and Aaron Stehman won 8-0, Mark Pickle and Joseph Johns pulled off an 8-4 victory, and Jarrett Herr and Noah Hoffmaster won 8-0 to wrap up the doubles, while in singles it was Ashley 6-0, 6-0, Stehman 6-1, 6-0, Herr 6-0, 6-0, and Hoffmaster 6-0, 6-0.
Against Octorara it was a little bit more competitive, but still a walk through for the Indians as Ashley and Stehman won 8-1, Herr and Hoffmaster won in tiebreaker 9-8 (2), and Aaron Rugh and Austin Hollinger won 8-2. In singles it was Ashley 6-3, 6-4, Stehman 6-2, 6-2, Hoffmaster 7-5, 6-4, and Herr 6-1, 6-0.
Donegal's tightest match of the week unfortunately ended in a loss, but it was a close one. Reading swept the doubles play, but Ashley and Stehman both won in straight sets with identical 6-0 scores.