Donegal Swimmers Find Success in State Meet March 21, 2019
Donegal swimmers Jenna Park, Ethan Shonk, Claire O'Neill, Jake Houck, and Jordynn Park all travelled to Lewisburg recently to take on the best competition Pennsylvania had to offer during the 2018-2019 PIAA championships held March 13-16 at Bucknell University. After the water had settled, the talented group walked away with four medals and three finishes in the consolation finals as well.
Over a period of two days, each event begins with a preliminary heat which determines who will advance into the next round with the sixteen fastest times qualifying. In the finals, the top eight compete for medals while the bottom eight swim in the consolation finals.
Sisters Jenna and Jordynn joined O'Neill in the girl's competition during Wednesday's 2A events with all three earning a second swim in the afternoon sessions. Fresh off a new school record set during the District Three championships in the 200 IM which earned her a silver medal, O'Neill placed 12th in the prelims with a time of 2:11.18.
In her finals swim, O'Neill dropped slightly off the pace finishing in 2:12.05, to take 13th overall but was back at it on Thursday competing in the grueling 500 freestyle.
"Claire made it to B finals in both her events," noted coach Alison Kreider. "The 500 free is not an easy event to have to swim twice in one day, it takes a toll on your legs."
In her preliminary heat O'Neill finished 15th with a 5:20.09 and, despite bouncing back in the final race to drop 1.45 seconds with a 5:18.64, wound up taking 16th overall.
Also coming off a school record in the 100 butterfly with a 57.22 in the District meet, Jordynn qualified ninth and, along with sister Jenna who posted a 23.93 to finish sixth in the 50 freestyle prelims, advanced to the A finals. In those heats, Jordynn placed 13th in 58.48, while Jenna, despite a slight loss in time, took seventh with a 24.17.
In Thursday's action it was Jordynn's turn as she qualified sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.08 and then placed seventh overall in the finals with a 52.42. Jenna, swimming in the 100 freestyle, missed the cut during prelims placing 18th with a time of 54.14.
"Jordynn was coming back from having the flu so I was pleased with how she fought and glad she made it back to the A finals in the 100 breaststroke," stated Kreider. "Jenna was also under the weather at the meet and with it being her senior meet I felt bad for her...Sad to see her have to finish her high school career sick at this meet."
As the youngest Donegal swimmer, Shonk came into the meet with a District bronze medal in the 100 backstroke, but hit some choppy water in the prelims, finishing just under his seed time with a 52.42 and placing 21st.
"Ethan was not sure what to expect since he was a freshman," said Kreider. "His goal was to move up in placing and be the fastest freshman there. He got a best time and was the fastest freshman."
Houck enjoyed the most success out of the five, earning two medals and just barely missing a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Following his number one prelim time of 49.13, which shaved .73 off his District gold time of 51.00, he found himself in a battle with Belle Vernon's Ian Shahan. In an extremely close finish, Houck was a mere .09 off of Shahan's first place finish of 48.83, touching in 48.92 to claim silver.
In the 100 freestyle on Thursday, Houck qualified fifth with a time of 46.88, slightly above his seeding time of 46.47 to once again make the finals. In that heat he set a personal best time of 46.44, which was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
"Jake works so hard in the pool and outside the pool and it paid off at States. I know he was happy with his time but he was hoping for the gold," said Kreider.
Donegal Swimmers Claim 11 District Medals March 8, 2019
Strength does not always lie in numbers and the small group of Donegal swimmers definitely prove that point. While Donegal does not officially have a swim team, a handful of athletes do compete as non-swim school participants and are able to qualify for the post-season and boy have they made a splash this year.
A mix of nine boys and girls make up the group of Indians that took to the pool in the District Three 2A meet that was held at Cumberland Valley High School from March 2 through March 3. Of those nine, 11 medals were won and five swimmers qualified for the PIAA meet which will be held this weekend at Bucknell University.
"The District (meet) is a very intense swim meet, the swimmers either perform well or not," stated head coach Alison Kreider. "I had a few swimmers that worked so hard all season long and I wanted them to do better than they did and that hurts. They have next year to do it. It's a learning experience for them all on how to deal with the ups and downs of swimming."
Add Jake Houck to the list of those that most definitely performed as he collected two gold medals over the two days of competition and earned an automatic ticket to states in the 100 butterfly as well as the 100 freestyle with the latter proving to be a split-second win for the junior. In that race he was challenged by Bishop McDevitt's Josiah Lauver who, with a time of 46.50, was only a hair away from Houck's first place finish in 46.47, while Indian teammate Aeden Wilkinson (50.76) finished 11th to complement his ninth-place finish of 2:07.20 in the 200 IM.
That was Houck's second gold medal of the weekend and preceded his victory in the 100 butterfly where he outswam the field with a time of 51.00. In that same race, Grant Leibfried clocked a time of 56.31 to finish behind his teammate in sixth place and then proceeded to earn another sixth-place medal the following day in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.99, only a half-second ahead of Logan Fry (1:03.49) who placed 10th. Fry also finished 13th in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.89.
Ethan Shonk joined Houck as the only other boy to qualify for the PIAA meet and did so in the lone event he was entered. His time of 55.47 in the 100 backstroke placed Shonk third and earned him a trip to the big stage in the process.
A total of three girls qualified for the PIAA meet in two events each and in doing so, two Donegal school records fell by the wayside. Sisters Jordynn and Jenna Park swam well enough to make the cut as did Claire O'Neill whose second-place time of 2:10.40 in the 200 IM, a new school record, and fourth place finish of 5:18.48 in the 50 freestyle punched her ticket.
Jordynn also found herself in a battle to the finish in the 100 butterfly but the sophomore prevailed with a top time of 57.22, just barely ahead of Harrisburg Academy's Zoe Gallagher (57.72) and Gettysburg's Morgan Newell (57.75) before putting her name in the record book with a second-place finish of 1:04.41 in the 100 breaststroke. In that same race, Hailey Fry (1:10.49) finished 10th, adding to her 16th place time of 2:02.26 in the 200 freestyle.
Older sister Jenna used two third place finishes to advance to states beginning with Friday's 50 freestyle in which she tied Skyler Strunk of Brandywine Heights with both girls clocking in at 23.94. In her second event of the weekend, the senior found herself challenged as well by Gallagher (53.45), but snagged the bronze by less than a second when she touched in 53.34.
"I am excited to see what my swimmers will do at States," said Kreider. "Jenna is going for her last time and I want her to do well and finish her high school swimming career on a high note. She will continue her college swimming career at Bloomsburg and I look forward to see what she can do there next season."
Wrestlers Compete in District 3 Championships March 1, 2019
The post-season has officially taken its toll on the trio of Donegal wrestlers that competed in the District Three 3A championships which were held February 22-23 at the old Hersheypark arena. Ethan Herr, Dylan Bowers, and Will Small all bowed out of competition in Friday's opening rounds of wrestling after dropping into the consolation bracket.
Bowers represented the only one of the three to advance past the opening round of 16 when he pulled off an impressive upset of South Western's Kasey Doll at 126 pounds with a fall at 4:43. After falling behind 9-3 in the first two periods, Bowers scored a takedown 22 seconds into the third, eventually turning Doll and sticking him for the win.
Things looked grim for Bowers after getting taken down early in the first period and fighting off his back to survive into the second, albeit trailing 5-0. Doll chose the down position and Bowers answered with a two-point nearfall of his own to make it 5-2 with 1:40 remaining, however a quick reversal by Doll made it 7-2. Bowers eventually escaped, but a Doll takedown at the end of the period gave him the six-point advantage which Bowers nullified with the fall in the third.
The quarterfinals proved much less hospitable to Bowers, however, as J.J. Wilson of Cedar Cliff made short work of the Indian. Wilson transitioned an early takedown just 21 seconds into the bout into a fall at the 1:43 mark, sending Bowers into the consolations against Penn Manor's Ty Grassel.
In their second-round battle, it was Grassel that gained the advantage, taking Bowers to his back twice in the second period for a total of six nearfall points to lead 8-0 heading into the third. Working from the bottom, Bowers scored a reversal with 1:29 remaining in the bout, however Grassel refused to be turned and eventually hit a late reversal himself to win 10-2.
Herr drew eventual silver medalist Mason Leiphart of Dover in his first-round bout at 106 and struggled to find any traction. Leiphart eventually earned a 15-0 technical fall with 30 seconds left in the third period and forced Herr into a first round consolation matchup with Reading's Estevan Muniz.
Unleashing his frustration on Muniz, Herr surrendered only one takedown early in the first period before running up nine unanswered points to eventually win an 11-3 major decision. After reversing Muniz in the first to tie things up at 2-2, Herr scored the only points of the second period with a takedown and then transitioned a third period reversal into three nearfall points for a 9-2 advantage. A Muniz escape with 36 seconds remaining was answered 19 seconds later by Herr with another takedown which sealed the win.
Next up for Herr was a bout with Solanco's Dominic Flatt which was decided by only two points in a 3-1 decision for the Golden Mule. Scoreless through the opening period, Herr secured the first point on an escape with 1:37 on the clock in the second for the 1-0 lead which held through to the third. Flatt chose the bottom position and then proceeded to escape for the tie before securing a takedown for the win.
Wrestling at 170 pounds Small also drew a tough first round matchup, his coming against Chambersburg's Luke Nichter who not only secured a 16-1 technical fall, but eventually earned a second-place finish as well. Small's consolation bout was with Lebanon's Dallin Ocasio which was scoreless heading into the third period before Ocasio used an escape to take the 1-0 lead and then took Small down and turned him for two nearfall points and the 5-0 win.
Donegal Matmen Qualify Three to Districts February 22, 2019
Wrestling's post-season officially got under way with the District Three 3A Sectional tournament which was held over the weekend of February 15-16 at four different locations. Donegal took part in the Section 2 portion of the action which was held at Hempfield High School with 12 Indian wrestlers taking part.
In District Three, the top four wrestlers from each weight class in sectionals qualify for the District Championship which was held this past weekend in Hershey at the old Hersheypark Arena. Three Donegal wrestlers made the cut and took part with an opportunity to advance to the PIAA tournament with their results to follow in next week's issue.
Ethan Herr, Dylan Bowers, and Will Small all finished in the top four in their respective weight classes and while none of them claimed gold, Bowers finished second at 126 pounds, Small took third at 170, and Herr landed in fourth at 106. Each earned a first round bye and didn't take to the mat until Saturday's action in the quarterfinals which followed Friday's opening round and first round of consolations.
Bowers opened at 126 against Clay Gainer of Hempfield whom he major decisioned 10-2 to reach the semifinal round. There he met up with Manheim Central's Dakota Thomas who reached the semis with a 2:43 fall over Solanco's Chase Charles after a 5-1 decision in Friday's opening round over Mark Lavelle from Hershey.
Advancing to the championship bout by scoring a 6-0 decision over Thomas, Bowers took on Andrew Bliss from Lampeter-Strasburg who steam rolled his way to the finals with two technical falls. Despite foiling Bliss' attempt at a clean run of three in a row, Bowers fell 12-2 to the champ while earning his silver medal.
Small's qualifying effort took a short run through Saturday's consi's when Milton Hershey's Darius Briggs handed the junior Indian a 14-6 loss in the semifinals following his 5-2 decision over Penn Manor's Cole Shenk in the quarters. Wrestling back, Small earned two major decision wins to claim bronze, first with a 15-4 win over Luke Higgins of Palmyra and then a 12-3 victory against Warwick's David Hnasko in the third-place bout.
Likewise, Herr also took a short ride through the consolation bracket before defaulting in the third minute of his third-place bout with Micah Sams from Manheim Township to place fourth overall. He began action with a fall over Elizabethtown's Wyatt Mummau in 4:25 of their quarterfinal bout, but lost a close 4-3 decision versus Dominic Flatt of Solanco. A 7-2 victory over Hempfield's Gio Luciano in the consi semis pushed him into the matchup with Sams.
Meanwhile, six Donegal wrestlers made it to the consi quarterfinals before bowing out of the competition. Jansen Flohr at 113 pounds and Garrett Blake at 160 both received first round byes before losing consecutive bouts, while Joe Fox (145) and Mason Ober (152) followed opening round losses with one win and a loss in the wrestle backs.
Cael Rapp (182) and Joel Grillo (195) won their opening round bouts before taking losses in both the championship and consi quarters, while in other action, Taj Younger (120), Jeff Flores (132), and Jeremy Algoe (138) all suffered back-to-back losses to end their seasons as well.
Spanning Friday, February 8th to Saturday February 9th, the Donegal swim team took part in the L-L League meet and met with very favorable results. The Indian swimmers came away with a total of ten medals including four League championships, two second place finishers and two in third. They also claimed a League meet record and two Donegal school records as well.
"Over the two days we had 16 swims and 15 personal best times," exclaimed coach Alison Kreider about the team's accomplishments. "Districts here we come!"
In Friday's action, Jenna Park defended her crown in the 50 freestyle and won her first of two gold medals with a top time of 24.40 while Jake Houck earned gold in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 50.22. That not only won him the title but gave him the League record as well by a mere .07.
Park, who entered the 100 freestyle on Saturday as the fourth seed, earned her second top finish when she touched in 52.92 ahead of Warwick's Catherine Chen (53.35), while Houck also brought home his second medal of the weekend in the boys 100 freestyle with a time of 46.85. In a tightly contested race, the junior swimmer just missed his second gold of the meet when Manheim Township's Charlie Gingrich (46.63) touched just a hair before.
Mining Donegal's final gold of the weekend was Jordynn Park who entered Saturday's 100 breaststroke as the defending champ and came away with her title still intact in a time of 1:04.79, missing the League record by only .18, while claiming a Donegal school record. That came after her second-place time of 57.64 in the 100 butterfly Friday night in which she was the number two seed.
Joining in the fun was sophomore Claire O'Neill who came away with two bronze medals for her efforts in the 200 IM (2:12.49) as well as the 500 freestyle (5:14.51) where she also set a school record. Hailey Fry (1:09.51) placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke and Grant Liebfried (1:04.54) took sixth in the boy's portion of the same race.
All in all, with the success of her team, Kreider has reason for high hopes heading into the District Three meet, stating, "I am so proud of all my swimmers!"
Donegal Girls' Topple Octorara, Fall to LCHS February 8, 2019
With the District Three basketball championships looming, Donegal's girls were on the outside looking in, as of press time, after dropping two of three games to end the regular season at 4-9 in league play and 10-12 overall. With 16 teams in the district advancing in class 5A, Donegal had dropped from the final qualifying position to 17th when New Oxford (9-13) leapfrogged them in the power rankings.
First up for the ladies was a matchup with the Lancaster Catholic Crusaders on Friday, February 1 who clinched their 22nd section championship with a 79-57 victory. Kiera Baughman dropped 23 points for the Indians, as did Lancaster Catholic star Kiki Jefferson, and was joined by Summer Steffy (15) and Cheyenne Livelsberger (10) in pacing the Indians.
A seven-point second quarter did Donegal no favors as the Crusaders led by 11 after one and went into the locker room with a 45-17 lead at the break. Despite a steady offensive attack by the section champs, Donegal was able to battle back in the second half, namely in the fourth quarter where the Indians staged a furious comeback bid, outscoring the Crusaders 26-14, but it was too little too late for the host tribe.
Steffy drained three treys for Donegal while Baughman nailed two and was 5-9 at the line. Madeline Gohn added five for the Indians, Alexandra Daly scored two and both Morgan Creek and Reign Medina had one each as well.
Hosting Octorara last Monday, after weather caused the matchup to be postponed twice, Donegal defeated the outmatched Braves 80-12 and dropped them to 0-18 for the season. After opening up a 22-2 lead in the first quarter, Donegal racked up 31 points in the second frame for an insurmountable 48-point lead at the break.
Led by Baughman (23), Steffy (20), and Livelsberger (14), the Indians had eight players contribute on the night. Gohn scored seven, Creek had six, both Medina and Daly tallied four, and Lydia DeBruin put up two.
While only ten points separated Donegal and Northern Lebanon in last Tuesday's 47-37 loss, the Indians were effectively shut down by the Viking's defense which gave up ten points in the opening frame, but allowed only nine in the each of the remaining three. Even so, Donegal only trailed by two, 21-19, heading into the third quarter, but was outscored 26-18 over the course of the second half.
Only Baughman (19) reached double digits for the Indians followed by Steffy (7), Daly (6), and Livelsberger (5).
It was a familiar ending to the regular season for the boys' basketball team as they dropped their final three games to remain winless for the year. Beginning with Lancaster Catholic on Friday, February 1, in which they lost 60-39, Donegal suffered a 53-43 defeat at the hands of Octorara, and then last Tuesday lost to Northern Lebanon 45-41.
Lancaster Catholic opened up a huge 32-17 advantage by the end of the second quarter and never looked back as the Indians, led by Ryan Zuch's 14 points, were held in check for most of the night.
Following a 16-3 advantage by Octorara in the first quarter of their matchup last Monday, both teams played fairly evenly throughout the remainder of the game. Donegal matched the Braves nearly point for point as each side scored 12 in the second and 13 in the fourth with the Indians holding a slight 15-12 advantage in the third.
Jacob Shoemaker put up 10 points, Logan Nauman had eight, Reed Licopoli accounted for six and both Dalton Mullhausen and Patrick Summers netted three.
In the closest game of the three, Northern Lebanon withstood a 22-point barrage by the Indians to start the third and then played to a 19-11 advantage in the fourth to secure the four-point victory. Zuch (12), Licopoli (10), and Shoemaker (8) led the Indians.
In its final match of the regular season, Donegal (4-3, 4-4) hosted Solanco (4-3, 5-4) in cross-over competition with Section One and came away with a 41-30 defeat. The Indians led by 18 after the opening three bouts, but the Golden Mules slowly inched their way back with four decisions, a forfeit, and a fall over the next five to take the lead, 24-18, and finished out by winning three of the final four.
In a pivotal bout at 106 pounds, with Solanco trailing by only three, Donegal's Ethan Herr battled Dominic Flatt for six minutes with the two trading escapes to end regulation tied at 1-1. In overtime it was Flatt who secured a two-point takedown for the 3-1 victory that tied the match at 18-18.
A Jackson Houghton pin over Donegal's Jansen Flohr at 113 put the Mules in the lead, but a Taj Younger victory by forfeit at 120 tied things up again at 24-24. From there Solanco racked up a technical fall and two pins to lead 41-24 before Joseph Fox ended the match with a 38 second fall over Clint Herr at 145.
Mason Ober (152) and Cael Rapp (170) sandwiched a Garrett Blake forfeit at 160 with pins to begin the night, giving Donegal its 18-point early advantage. Ober was leading 4-1 after the first period of the opening bout before reversing Donovan Myers to start the second and putting him to his back for the fall at 2:23. Rapp followed Blake's forfeit by turning an early takedown into a fall in 1:17 for the 18-0 lead before Solanco began to take over the match.
Matmen Focus on the Road to Hershey February 1, 2019
With the 2018-2019 wrestling season fading in the distance, it is now time to begin the second season of the school year, the road to Hershey. While there are still team tournaments to compete in, the post-season is more exclusive to the individual wrestler.
Last week marked the beginning of the long haul to the March PIAA championships as the L-L League held its annual tournament Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. While Donegal did not have any champions crowned, there were a few successful Indians on the mat during the weekend competition.
Most notably was Garrett Blake who placed second at 160 pounds after a 6-0 decision loss to Conestoga Valley's Josh MacNamara. Blake worked his way there beginning with a 13-6 first round decision over Kole Marley of Penn Manor.
With that win, Blake advanced to the quarterfinals where he matched up with Northern Lebanon's Ethan Walmer. He was able put Walmer to his back late in the second and held him there for the fall 4:56 into the bout. Blake then met up with Lancaster Catholic's Jeffery Harley in the semifinal round and rolled right through with a decisive 12-4 major decision which in turn set up his finals matchup with MacNamara.
At 106-pounds, Ethan Herr and Will Small, at 170, also scored success with both Indians taking third place in their respective weight class. Herr claimed a 17-2 tech fall over Lebanon's Brian Santiago in the first round, followed up with a pin of Caleb Banzoff from Penn Manor 42 seconds into the second period but then lost a close 7-6 decision to eventual runner up Micah Sams of Manheim Township.
Once in the consolation semifinals, Herr decisioned Annville's Ethan Missimer to advance to the consi finals with Hempfield's Gio Luciano where he earned a 9-1 major decision and third place.
Likewise, Small began his post-season with a first period fall over Timothy Freddrick at the 1:40 mark of the bout in the first round and then was a recipient of an injury forfeit when L-S's Connor Penry could not continue in the tournament.
That set up a semifinal bout with Northern Lebanon's Ethan Herb where the eventual 170-pound champion got the fall in 3:28, sending Small into the consis. He then blasted through Octorara's Gavin Camerote with a fall at the 1:28 mark and followed up with a 7-6 decision victory over David Hnasko from Warwick for the bronze.
Two Indians claimed seventh place honors as Dylan Bowers worked his way back through the consis from a quarterfinal loss at 126 and earned a fall over Trenton Brubaker in 1:56 and Joseph Fox, wrestling at 145 pounds also worked back from a loss in the quarters to earn a 15-0 tech fall over Alan Perez of Garden Spot. Mason Ober also came back from a first round loss to Manheim's Austin Sauder to take eighth place at 152.
Donegal's boys' woes continued on the hard wood as the Indians winless streak was extended to 19 with a 66-50 loss to ELCO on Friday, January 25 and a 64-49 defeat against Susquehannock the next day.
Patrick Summer's 21 points, including four three-pointers, led the Indians but was negated by Braden Bohannon's 27 as ELCO opened a 28-15 lead in the first quarter and then slammed the door on any hopes of a comeback by holding Donegal to only five points in the fourth. Ryan Zuch tallied 15 for host Donegal and was perfect at the line with a 2-2 effort.
Trailing 42-24 at the half, the Indians pulled to within eight points to start the final frame when they outscored the Raiders 21-11 in the third to make the score 53-45, but could not muster enough offense to close things out. Jacob Shoemaker scored five, Reed Licopoli had four, Logan Nauman scored two and Conor Wilken put up one for Donegal.
Against Susquehannock, Donegal led 32-28 heading into the third quarter, but a 20-7 run by the visitors during that frame stole any momentum that they might have had and placed them in a hole too deep to climb out of. Zuch (15), Licopoli (12), Shoemaker (10), and Summers (10) paced Donegal while Dalton Mullhausen added two in the losing effort.
The girls only had one game, a 78-59 loss to the Raiders, on January 25th, while twice they were postponed against Octorara due to weather conditions. That loss marked the fourth in a row for the Indians, despite a 32-point outing by Kiera Baughman.
In a thrilling third quarter shoot out, the two teams combined for 53 points as the Indians tallied 23 in an attempt to overcome a 27-20 halftime deficit. Unfortunately, the Raiders also heated up and out shot Donegal with 30 of their own to open up a 57-43 lead that the Indians could not challenge. Cheyenne Livelsberger had 10 for Donegal followed by Summer Steffy (8), Maddie Gohn (4), Morgan Creek (4), and Alexandra Daly (1).
Donegal Matmen Host Manheim Central January 25, 2019
With the 2018-2019 regular season at an end, save for a few matches here and there, the Donegal Indians (4-3) found themselves in the middle of the pack at fourth place in Section Two last week. They finished up at home where the Green and White hosted the Barons of Manheim Central (6-1) who proved to be unwelcome guests, hanging a 45-19 defeat on the Indians.
At one point, down by only six, and later cutting a 16-point deficit to nine, Donegal had no answer for Manheim's upper weights which closed the door on any hope of an Indian comeback. In all, Donegal won six bouts but did no better than Will Small's 14-6 major decision of Owen Von Stetten at 182 pounds.
With Donegal already trailing 27-12, Small scored the only points of the first period with a takedown. Working from the bottom to start the second, he leveraged a reverse into two near-fall points before conceding the escape for a 6-1 lead.
While Small was able to work two more takedowns in the period, Von Stetten proved tough to hold down, escaping both times before the buzzer sounded on Small's 10-3 advantage. Von Stetten chose to work towards his strength in the third as he took the down position and was rewarded with yet another escape, one of two for the Baron in the period, however Small's two takedowns ensured victory.
Donegal's next win came four bouts later when Ethan Herr closed out the match at 106 with a 10-3 decision over Uriah Warner. Herr built a five-point lead heading into the final period before giving up any points when Warner worked to neutral but found the mat again thanks to Herr's third takedown of the bout. His reversal pulled him to within six at 7-3, but Herr escaped and took him down once again to end the night.
Dylan Bowers first put Donegal on the board with a late reversal in the third period of his 126-pound bout with Dakota Thomas to break a 5-5 tie and eventually hold on for the decision making it 9-3. Back-to-back falls by Manheim at 132 and 138 opened the lead to 21-3.
Donegal answered with consecutive decision wins beginning with Joseph Fox at 145 who used a takedown and doubled up on two-point near falls to score the only six points of the second period against Logan Hess in a 10-4 win. Mason Ober followed at 152 and blew open a 4-3 lead in the third by hitting a reversal and turning Clay Bedil for a two count and then earning an escape as well as a takedown for the 11-5 victory. Cael Rapp's three takedowns resulted in a 6-1 win at 170, setting the stage for Small and Herr.
That elusive W remained outside the Donegal boys' grasp as the winless Indians gave up two more losses in two weeks. They came within five points of Northern Lebanon on January 15 in a 48-43 defeat to the Vikings and then met a tough West York squad which had its way with the Indians during a 92-45 loss.
Reed Licopoli and Logan Nauman each hit double digits in the game with Northern Lebanon, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively, but it was not enough to prevent the Vikings from holding on for the slim victory. Josh Bower's 17 points and Alex Folmer's 12 led Northern Lebanon's attack.
Donegal opened up a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but then watched the Vikings go on a 25-12 run spanning the second and third to lead 33-24 heading into the final frame. While the Indians were cold shooting from outside the arc with only two three-pointers on the night, Northern Lebanon's sharp shooters were active, hitting on seven from downtown to help during that stretch.
In the fourth, the Indians put up a spirited effort, doing four better than the Vikes at 19-15, but could not overcome the damage inflicted in the quarters prior.
Jacob Shoemaker scored six points on the night followed by Luke Yunginger (5), Ryan Zuch (4), Conor Wilken (3), Zion Gibbs (2), and Joe Turbedsky (2).
West York had too much offense for the Indians who, despite scoring 45 points, did not have the defense to slow down the Bulldogs. All five starters scored in the double digits for West York while Nauman (14), Licopoli (12) and Zuch (11) answered in kind for Donegal.
Trailing 49-22 at halftime, the Indians were victims of deadly long-range shots by the visitors who drained an amazing 11 three-pointers to light up the night. Donegal's best quarter, offensively, came out of the break when the Indian's put up 16.
Licopoli, who accounted for Donegal's lone three pointer in the game, also was 5-9 at the foul line with Zuch (3-4) picking up the remainder of the free throws for the team. Shoemaker added four while Gibbs and Gavin Hawk each scored two apiece.
It was a difficult stretch for the girls who dropped into fourth place in Section Four with two losses of their own. Donegal (3-6) played Northern Lebanon January 18 and lost 62-42 before dropping a 55-47 contest to Elizabethtown.
Donegal caught a red-hot Northern Lebanon team who, with the victory over the Indians, were 4-1 over their prior five games. Zara Zerman torched the ladies for 28 points and helped the Vikings to a 33-19 lead at the break.
On Donegal's side, it was Kiera Baughman (16), Cheyenne Livelsberger (10) and Summer Steffy (10) who led the charge. The Indians trailed by only five at the end of the first quarter of play, but a 20-11 run in the second by Northern Lebanon dug the hole that was too deep for Donegal to get out of. From there the Vikings were able to coast through until the end.
Hurting the Indians was a paltry 7-13 effort at the foul line while the Vikes drained all but two of their 19 attempts. Baughman accounted for the only three-point shot Donegal made while Livelsberger went 4-7 from the line and Steffy was 2-4. Morgan Creek, Alexandra Daly, and Victoria Burton all added two points each.
Another high roller loomed for Donegal in their game with Elizabethtown and she did not disappoint, the Bears that is. Marena Lonardi, dropped a career-high 33 points on Donegal. If it is any comfort, Lonardi has been recruited by Loch Haven University and recently landed a spot in the 1000-point club.
She accounted for 11 of Elizabethtown's 15 first quarter points and helped build a 26-19 lead by halftime. Donegal fell further behind in the third quarter but pulled to within five at 51-46 at the end of the fourth before Lonardi stepped in for the final four points of the game.
Baughman scored 17 points to lead the Donegal charge and was the only representative to hit double digits for Donegal. Livelsberger poured in eight as did Steffy while Creek added six and Maddie Gohn and Daly hit on four.
Donegal Challenges the Opposition But Falls Short January 18, 2019
Donegal's boys' basketball team was still looking for its first win of the season last week at the start of a three-game slate, and ended with the elusive W still out of reach. Against Octorara the Indians came close, but fell just short 70-61 while New Oxford won 56-34 and Lancaster Catholic came away with a 65-37 victory.
Despite battling back from a third quarter, 15-point deficit against the Braves last Friday, January 11, at home, the boys couldn't get over the hump despite Ryan Zuch posting a game high 21 points for the Indians. Reed Licopoli (14) and Patrick Summers (11) helped lead the charge, but the defense had problems keeping pace with Octorara's offensive pressure as four of the five Braves starters posted double digit scores.
Donegal's best quarter of the game came in the final frame where they gamely fought for the upper hand, outscoring the visitors 20-14 along the way, but could not slow the Braves down enough to make it count. Octorara steadily built leads of seven, 12, and 15 on the backs of Keith Lambert and Naji Hamilton, who both scored 15, as well as Alex Lantz (13), and Phillip Brandon (10). Dalton Mullhausen scored eight for the Indians and Jacob Shumaker added seven.
Against New Oxford, Saturday, Jan. 12, seven different Indians contributed points but none reached double digits. The Colonials jumped out to a huge 15-point lead after the first quarter, while Donegal only reached 14 total points in the third quarter. Zuch's eight points led the Indians as did his two three pointers while Zion Gibbs and Joe Turbesky each scored six, Logan Nauman added five, followed by Shoemaker (4), Licopoli (3) and Summers (2).
Donegal once again scored 20 points in the fourth quarter but by then the score was 41-14 in favor of the Colonials who were able to coast to the win.
Playing Lancaster Catholic is usually a tough challenge and last Tuesday's game in Mount Joy was no different. The Crusaders took control of the game early and built a commanding 45-12 lead by halftime, despite Licopoli's team high 14 points and pair of treys. Donegal fought back in the second half and outscored the Crusaders 25-20 with help from Zuch and Gibbs who both scored six points on the night along with Turbedsky (4) and Aaron Stehman (2).
It has been a slightly more productive season for the girls, but one that has seen them struggle at times while still looking to improve. Donegal (3-5, 9-7) was sitting in fourth place of Section Four after last Wednesday's 96-55 loss to Lancaster Catholic (7-0, 14-0) which followed back-to-back wins over Octorara, 62-12 and McCaskey, 70-48.
"It was nice to bounce back with two wins after a three-game losing streak," commented head coach Tom Baughman. "The girls played hard, worked fundamentally and kept their turnovers down."
Octorara was just what the doctor ordered for the lady Indians after the stretch that Baughman referenced as they built an incredible 42-6 lead by halftime. A stifling defense held the Colonials Jasyah James and Mickayla Hampton, their highest scoring players, to only four points while a trio of Indians put up double digits.
Kiera Baughman added another 18 points to her growing career numbers while Cheyenne Livelsberger (16) and Summer Steffy (13) proved equally as dangerous on the floor. An overmatched Octorara squad had no answer for the Indians who outscored the home team 26-5 in the first quarter and 14-5 in the third while holding them to only one point in both the second and fourth. Alex Daly scored five for Donegal, Madie Gohn added four while Morgan Creek and Victoria Burton both added two apiece.
Donegal traveled to McCaskey last Saturday, Jan. 12, where the lady Indians enjoyed another solid victory, outscoring the Red Tornado 22-8 in the opening quarter while extending its lead to 40-20 by halftime. Baughman led with a game-high 20 points while Livelsberger (17), Steffy (13), and Gohn (12) all got in on the action as well.
McCaskey's attempt to get back in the game in the second half was met by Donegal's defense which held them to 15 points in the third and 13 in the fourth.
Section leader Lancaster Catholic was next on the schedule for the ladies who, despite a strong 37 points from Baughman, just could not keep pace with the Crusader's high-octane offense which put the Indians in a hole early. Behind Kiki Jefferson's 30 points and four three pointers, and Peyton Jaquis who had 20 points and six from long range, Lancaster Catholic raced out to a 26-9 lead after one quarter of play.
"We knew going into Tuesday night vs Lancaster Catholic that we had our work cut out for us," noted coach Baughman. "It was nice to see the girls continuing to work through the entire game, not once did they just lay down and bow out."
The ladies held the Crusaders to 16 in the second and were able to match them for a 42-25 score at halftime, but a huge 31-point third quarter by the home team proved to be too much to overcome. "Our girls did not lay down. They continued to play hard and put up 20 points in the fourth but just couldn't overcome turnovers and giving up some easy buckets," noted Baughman. -
In that fourth quarter the ladies attacked the Crusaders defense, but had no answer as they were still outscored 23-20. "Our girls did a great job working against a face-guarding defense by a great team. We are going to work on some things with our offense and defense and go battle out these last six games," Baughman added.
With Lampeter-Strasburg (5-0, 5-0), and Manheim Central (5-0, 6-1) vying for first place in Section Two, Donegal (4-2, 4-2) continued its battle with Garden Spot (4-2, 5-2) to maintain a foothold and stay within striking distance should both the Pioneers and Barons stumble along the way. A matchup struggling Elizabethtown (1-5, 3-12) last Wednesday surely helped with that as the Indians benefited from three forfeits and seven falls to take a resounding 63-12 victory.
Will Small put Donegal on the board in the first bout of the evening at 170 when he decisioned Javan Thomas by a score of 6-3. Back-to-back forfeits at 182 and 190 put the Indians ahead 15-0 before Elliot Burnette transitioned a five point move into a fall over Ray Perez in 1:28 of their 220-pound bout, making it 21-0.
Elijah Stackhouse gave the Bears their first points of the night when he earned a fall over A.J. McCarty at 285, but five straight wins from the Indians to make the score 51-6 sealed the victory. Ethan Herr began the run when, after a take down in the first period and three near-fall points in the second put him ahead 5-0, he secured another takedown and took Wyatt Mummau straight to his back for the fall.
Younger needed only 45 seconds to pin Skyler Nagel at 120 pounds, Bowers took 3:00 over Cameron Olson at 126, and Flores barely broke a sweat with a 28 second fall over Uriah Ginder at 132 to finish the run.
Elizabethtown traded wins over the final four bouts of the match as Bobby Walters first earned a 9-4 decision at 138 to make the score 51-9, and Joseph Fox dominated the Bear's Kaiden Heaps on the way to a second period fall at 145.
Cole Rice then took Donegal's Mason Ober to the finish line at 150 for a hard earned 8-6 decision, even though the match was well in hand at that point in time. Ober scored first with a takedown in the first, but a penalty point and escape for Rice tied the score at 2-2 heading into the second.
Working from the bottom position, Rice managed an escape but surrendered a takedown before escaping once again to make it 4-4 heading into the third period. Ober chose down to begin the third, but got reversed before escaping to make it 6-5. Another Rice takedown opened up an 8-5 deficit before one more escape from Ober pulled him to within two where the bout ended, 8-6.
Indians Struggle Against Cocalico, Elco, Eastern January 12, 2019
What a difference a week makes. After knocking off Hempfield two weeks ago, the Donegal girls' basketball team was 2-2 in Section Four and knocking on the door of first place. Seven days later the lady Indians were sitting in fourth after losing three in a row.
In two of those three losses, Donegal was either winning or tied heading into the fourth quarter but could not eke out a victory. Cocalico represented the first matchup for the Indians with the Eagles coming away with a close four-point win at 47-43 and was followed by ELCO which also won by four, 63-59 and Eastern York which pulled away for a 54-43 victory.
Fresh off a 17-point night against Hempfield, in which she reached 1,000 for her career, Kiera Baughman joined Cheyenne Livelsberger in dropping 13 versus Cocalico on January, 4 in a game where the Indians led 24-22 at halftime. Madeline Gohn added a season high 10 points and was a perfect 4-4 at the foul line while the Eagles outscored the home team 25-19 in the second half for the win.
Summer Steffy added five and Morgan Creek scored a field goal, but the Donegal defense surrendered 25 combined points to Shelby White (14) and Hannah Custer (11) while sending the Eagles to the line 21 times.
Last Tuesday ELCO traveled to Mount Joy and rallied late to overcome a two-point Donegal lead at the end of three quarters, thanks in part to a 22-point night by Ryell Shuey. With the Indians up 50-48, the ELCO defense clamped down and held Donegal to 11 points in the final frame while more than doubling up the Indians on offense with 23 to close things out.
ELCO jumped out to a six-point lead to start the game, outscoring Donegal 19-13 in the first quarter, but saw that lead shrink to only two at halftime. Aided by Alex Daly whose season high 15 points, including three from beyond the arc, tied with Baughman for the team lead, Donegal made it 29-27 at the break.
Two other Indian players hit double digits as well with Livelsberger dropping 12 and going 2-2 at the line while Steffy, who also drained a trio of three-pointers, chimed in with 11. Coming out to start the second half, the Indians took the lead on a 21-11 run during the third quarter but eventually succumbed to the Raider's offensive pressure. Gohn added four points to the effort along with Creek's two.
The third bump in the road for Donegal came in the form of the Golden Knights of Eastern York. In that Non-League contest last Wednesday in Mount Joy, the ladies again stumbled in the fourth quarter as Eastern York, fueled by Cassidy Arnold and Addison Malone each putting up 12 points on the night, pulled away from a 36-36 deadlock on the back of an 18-7 run to end the game.
Donegal held a slight advantage early, leading 15-13 after one quarter of play, but saw the Golden Knights grab a 28-26 lead just before the half. Baughman (17) and Livelsberger (10) both led the lady Indians with double digit scores from the floor with Baughman draining two three-pointers and going 5-6 at the line.
A 10-8 run by the Indians in the third was good enough to tie the game, but the offensive pressure of the Golden Knights proved to be too much for Donegal to handle in the fourth. Steffy scored eight, while Gohn and Daly had four apiece with Gohn a perfect at the line at 2-2, both of which came in the first half.
Still looking for their first win of the season, the boys dropped two games as Donegal (0-6, 0-12) sat at the bottom of the standings after last week's games. Donegal's first matchup came two Friday's ago versus the Cocalico Eagles in which the visitors came out on the losing end of a 46-33 decision followed by a 52-42 losing effort on the road at ELCO last Tuesday.
Seven Indians' players got in on the action against Cocalico with Ryan Zuch's 14 points and two three-pointers leading the charge. Cocalico took an early 12-9 lead in the opening frame and never relinquished it as the Eagles went into the break ahead 20-17 and then used a 26-18 run in the second half, led by Conor Mack who drained three field goals, one trey, and was 5-6 at the line.
Zuch put away Donegal's only two from long range, but Reed Licopoli added eight including a perfect 2-2 on his free throws. Jacob Shoemaker added five and was 1-2 at the line, both Logan Nauman and Zion Gibbs scored two apiece, while Dalton Mullhausen and Joey Hess each had one from the foul line.
On the road again four nights later at ELCO, Zuch again led the Indians, this time with 18, including a couple of three-pointers and a 6-10 effort at the line while Licopoli also hit double digit scoring with 11 and two from long range. The Raiders, however, also ran out to an early lead against the Indians and never looked back.
ELCO led by as much as 12 points with a 36-24 lead heading into the fourth. They started out on a 22-18 run in the first half with help from Bryce Coletti's game high 20 points while Donegal could not gain any traction offensively. The Indians only shot at 56 percent from the foul line going 9-16 as a team while Mullhausen added four points on the night, Gibbs had three, and Shoemaker, Patrick Summers, and Joe Turbedsky each added two in the losing effort.
At 3-2 on the season, Donegal could only look up at the log jam that is the top of Section Two as Lampeter-Strasburg (4-0), Manheim Central (4-0), and Garden Spot (4-1) continued to vie for first place at the end of last week's action. A heart breaking 41-35 loss to Garden Spot on Wednesday night in New Holland kept the Indians out of the lead pack, but still within striking distance.
After winning six of the first seven bouts and opening up a 29-6 lead on the Spartans, the tides changed. Garden Spot began showing signs of life that eventually turned into a one bout night at the 126-pound weight class where Josh Groff broke a 35-35 tie with a 34 second pin over Cooper Rollison to give the win to the home team, 41-35.
Dylan Bowers began with a first period fall over Corey Leaman at 132 before Aaron Martin tied the match when he answered with a second period pin at 138 over Jeff Flores. The next five bouts belonged to Donegal, however as Joe Fox decisioned Alan Perez 6-4 at 145, Mason Ober majored Ethan Eberly 10-2 at 152, Garrett Blake majored Drew Finkey 12-2 at 160 and both Will Small and Cael Rapp recorded falls, respectively, at 170 and 182 making it 29-6 with seven bouts to go.
Unfortunately, Donegal's only win from that point on came from Ethan Herr who earned a fall over Jeremy Schilling at 106 pounds to make it 35-24 after the Indians surrendered two falls and one forfeit in between.
A Mason Casey fall over the Indian's Jansen Flohr at 113 followed by a tech fall at 126 by Garrett Gehr over Taj Younger tied things at 35-35 before Groff's walk-off fall sealed it for the Spartans.
Wrestlers Open Season With 3 Straight Wins January 4, 2019
Heading into their match with Lampeter-Strasburg last Wednesday night, the Donegal Indians mat men piled up three straight victories to begin the 2018-2019 campaign. In those three matches, the Indians outscored their opponents 177-51 and entered the new year at 3-0 in Section Two.
Having a full squad of wrestlers to fill out the roster, with the exception of heavyweight, helps Donegal immensely in this era of high school wrestling where forfeits can earn a team upwards of half its total score in a match. In the month of December the Indians benefitted from 15 of them while only surrendering three as they downed Ephrata 54-15, Lebanon 62-18, and Cedar Crest 61-18.
Tied with Garden Spot (3-0, 4-0) and Manheim Central (3-0, 3-0) for first place, Donegal hosted the Pioneers (2-0, 2-0) last week and despite a slow start which saw L-S post three straight pins, fought back to take a one-point lead before the visitors closed the door on a 45-26 defeat. In all, nine of the 14 bouts were decided by a fall.
After falling behind 12-0, Mason Ober put Donegal on the board with a 17-6 major decision win over Hector Colon at 152 to make it 12-4. Two consecutive pins by Garrett Blake (1:12) and Will Small (2:58) put the Indians over the top at 16-15, but the L-S upper weights took control with falls at 182, 195, 220, and 285 to reclaim the lead at 39-16 and ensure that with only four bouts remaining, Donegal could not recover.
Ethan Herr's 14-0 major decision over Austin Reiff at 106 and Dylan Bower's late fall over Riley Eckman in 4:54 seconds of their 126-pound contest represented the final team scores for the Indians. With the loss, Donegal fell into sole possession of second place heading into a showdown with the undefeated Spartans.
Donegal (2-2, 6-3) began its regular season with mixed results as it came out of the gates with a 67-51 non-league victory over Columbia (2-2, 4-5) but dropped its next two against Solanco (2-2, 7-3) and Lampeter-Strasburg (4-0, 8-1) with respective scores of 63-49 and 70-58. The lady Indians rebounded, however, with a 57-51 win over Manheim Central (0-3, 1-8) and a 74-62 victory at home over Garden Spot (1-3, 4-6).
With three players averaging double figures in Kiera Baughman (22.44), Cheyenne Livelsberger (12.89), and Summer Steffy (11.78), the team as a whole was scoring 56.22 PPG heading into last Thursday's home game versus Hempfield. Steffy (10) and Baughman (12) also led the team in three-point shots made on the season.
Baughman also led the league in scoring with 202 points and entered the matchup with the Black Knights needing only 11 more in order to join the 1,000-point club as a junior. With 2:36 remaining on the clock before halftime, she drained the back half of a one-and-one at the foul line to accomplish the feat and ended up with 17 on the night in a 49-44 Donegal victory.
In what was a tightly played contest, the Indians went on an eight-point run in the first quarter to break a 4-4 tie and carried a 12-6 lead into the second. Hempfield opened up with a 10-4 run of its own to re-tie the game at 16-16 before Baughman calmly drained her career defining foul shot which also capped a 9-1 Donegal run before the visitors battled back to yet another tie at halftime, 25-25.
Steffy tallied 13 points on the night while Livelsberger (15) and Maddie Gohn (4) each added to the winning effort which saw Donegal open up a two-point advantage at the end of the third quarter, making it 38-36. The home team locked things down in the fourth, outscoring Hempfield 11-8 in the final frame.
Baughman went 5-7 at the line, Steffy was 3-5, and Livelsberger drained her only attempt while Gohn hit two field goals in the first, but never made it to the line. Donegal also had no three-pointers on the night.
On the boy's end of the court it has been a frustrating start to the season as the Indians are still searching for their first win. Donegal (0-4, 0-9) was sitting at the bottom of Section Four with Octorara (1-3, 4-5) and Northern Lebanon (1-3, 4-5) both only one game ahead of the Indians.
Last Thursday the Indians traveled to Dover for a non-league matchup and had a tall task on defense in trying to contain Elijah Sutton who entered the game with 959 career points. Unfortunately for the visitors, he posted 42 to gain entry into the 1,000-point club with 2:00 remaining in the game which Dover won 65-50. Ryan Zuch led the Indians with 16 points on the night including a perfect 6-6 at the foul line and two three-pointers followed by Reed Licopoli who posted 15 points, was 2-4 on free throws and drained one from downtown.
Dover jumped out to a big 22-5 lead by the second quarter before Donegal's offense picked it up and outscored the Eagles 15-12 for a 34-20 score at halftime. Sutton, however proved too hard to defend as he hit 11 field goals, three from beyond the arc, and was 11-16 at the foul line on the night.
Donegal scored 10 in the third while defensively they held Dover to 11, and then put up 20 in the fourth, but the home team answered with a 20-point outburst as well to deny any chance of a comeback win by the Indians. Jacob Shoemaker scored eight on the night followed by Patrick Summers (4) who was 1-2 at the line with a three-pointer, Luke Yunginger (3), Zion Gibbs (2), and Logan Nauman (2).
Indians Top Palmyra For Second State Crown November 18, 2018
It began faintly, a far-off disturbance on an otherwise still Saturday evening. Slowly, however, a wall of noise began building and distinguished itself as an onslaught of sirens breaking the nighttime silence. For any Mount Joy resident outdoors after 9:00 Saturday, it wasn't a catastrophic accident that brought out a seemingly endless stream of emergency vehicles but rather a celebratory parade down Main Street honoring Donegal's field hockey team and their recently earned PIAA title.
Waving from a coach charter and escorted in front by numerous police vehicles and behind by a large contingent of fire trucks and tankers, the 2018 Class 2A champions rode a wave of blaring sirens and flashing lights through town, eventually ending at the high school on Koser Road.
This show of community support came in the wake of Donegal's thrilling 1-0 overtime victory versus Palmyra Saturday night at Whitehall's Zephyr Sports Complex in Allentown. Two weeks after winning a record fifth straight District Three championship, the lady Indians brought home their second State championship in three years after bowing out in the semifinals in 2017.
The win not only marked the end of the line for seven seniors, but also of head coach Jessica Shellenberger who is stepping down from the helm of a program she built essentially from the ground up. Key among those graduating is Mackenzie Allessie who finishes her high school career as the all-time National High School scoring record holder with 351 goals, but equally as important to the team's efforts were co-captain Lily Saunders, Ruby Hartley, Cayla Homsher, Aliza Johns, Amber Lookenbill, and Catherine Moran, all of whom contributed greatly on the season, as well as team manager Lizzie Barrick.
Despite all the noise on the streets of Mount Joy Saturday night, what resonated the loudest was the satisfying thud of Allessie's overtime winner hitting the board 8:59 into the period. Seemingly deciding that enough was enough, Allessie picked up the rebound of Palmyra's fourth corner in the extra frame and dribbled coast-to-coast where a trio of defenders awaited.
Working her way through two and around the third, she drew keeper Ashton Byrd, who made nine saves on the night, out from the cage to challenge but the senior got by her right side, sending a reverse into the cage and the Donegal players and fans into celebration mode.
The Indians opened the match applying offensive pressure and earned five quick corners, all of which were defended well by the Cougars who only managed three shots of their own. Johns, who stepped into the cage this year to replace all-star Katie Jean, was phenomenal on the season and turned away all three including a diving save to preserve the shutout not only on the night, but for the entire tournament.
"Aliza has been nothing short of amazing, she deserves a ton of credit," raved Shellenberger. "She has always been a great keeper, she just got caught behind KJ for three years. I'd be surprised if four shutouts through states is not a record!"
Working in tandem with Johns were Hartley and Homsher who helped anchor the stingy Donegal defense which constantly swarmed the Cougars and kept them from gaining any kind of traction offensively. Unfortunately, the Palmyra defense proved just as tough seemingly showing only one crack near the end of the first half.
In that moment, Allessie worked her way into the top of the circle and despite a Palmyra triple team fired off a shot that got by Byrd with under 10 minutes on the clock. However, the officials huddled and determined that she had stepped out of the circle and overturned the score. Both Allessie and Saunders managed to get off solo shots before the end of the half but were denied by Byrd on both attempts.
"Mack is certainly a special player but there's no one...that can watch our team play and think it's all her," noted Shellenberger. "The way our team moved the ball and defended together was exceptional. They all deserve a ton of credit. I'm proud of our team!"
Prior to their championship victory, Donegal faced off with another familiar foe in Twin Valley last Tuesday in a semifinal matchup at Warwick High School. In that contest it was Catherine Moran who came up big for the lady Indians, scoring once in each half for the 2-0 win.
While Allessie had her share of looks and shots, sometimes it just doesn't go your way as the senior had two caroms off the post and one sail over the cage. Enter Moran, who made her way in front of the cage on a Donegal corner and collected a rebound of the pads of keeper Talayna Viscuso which she eased across the line for the 1-0 lead.
In the second half, it was another corner that proved helpful to Moran when Saunders, after taking the insert, noticed that Allessie was marked by a Twin Valley defender and took a shot instead of passing to her. Moran's knack for getting in front of the cage paid off again as she put her stick on the shot and deflected it in for the insurance.
Indians Blank Archbishop Caroll, Advance to Semis November 11, 2018
Championships are not meant to be easy, but Donegal sure has a knack for racking them up and if Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal matchup with Archbishop Carroll was an indicator, the lady Indians could be well on their way to another. Out cornering the Patriots 20-2, Donegal rode a hat trick by senior Mackenzie Allessie into the semifinals versus Twin Valley with a 3-0 blanking of the District 12 champs on a cold and windy day at Twin Valley High School.
This will mark the fourth time in as many years that Donegal has reached the semifinal round and the victory puts them only two wins away from the second PIAA field hockey championship trophy in school history. For this group of seniors which has already won four straight District Three titles, Donegal's fifth in a row, in addition to the aforementioned PIAA crown, it would be the icing on the cake to end their careers with one more.
Attacking early, Donegal kept the majority of the action in Archbishop Carroll's end of the pitch through the first half and took a 1-0 lead on a laser from Allessie with 22:45 remaining in the opening frame. Handling a corner insert, the senior worked inside the circle and blasted a reverse past keeper Mary Kate Kearney who ended the day with five saves for the Patriots.
Allessie's second goal of the match came with 4:42 before halftime and was the result of another successful corner. Passing the insert to Lily Saunders, Allessie immediately got the ball back and fired off another reverse into the cage for a 2-0 advantage.
A little over halfway through the second half, Donegal added another insurance goal when Allessie worked her way through multiple defenders and managed to get off a scoring shot while falling to the turf.
Despite a total of 32 corners over the last two rounds of play that have resulted in only three of Donegal's four goals, the Indians are keeping the opposition off the board and that is all it takes to continue advancing. "Defense wins championships. It's cliche, but it's the truth," commented head coach Jessica Shellenberger. "Our defense has been outstanding. You only need to win by one, so as long as we're getting that one, I'm fine with the "lack" of scoring."
Leading up to Saturday's win, Donegal faced Gwynedd Mercy at Hempfield High School last Tuesday in the opening round of the tournament and came away with a 1-0 victory. The fifth seed out of District One perplexed the lady Indians for the entire first half with a surprisingly aggressive defense that was anchored by keeper Zoe Rogers who stopped 17 on the night.
"I think the "defense" by the other team is a testament to it being a death match. No kid wants to see their season end at this point in time," stated Shellenberger. "I think we're getting out "crazied" in the circle... We need a little extra edge out of everyone to finish."
However, Donegal's offense picked up the intensity in the second half and commanded the remainder of the match, only allowing the Monarchs past midfield a handful of times. That intensity paid dividends five minutes into the final frame when Madison Leety was able to convert on a corner for the game winner. "We were definitely the stronger team on Tuesday, I think nerves kept us from really getting in the flow," added Shellenberger.
Donegal Claims 5th Conescutive Class 2A Crown November 4, 2018
In contrast to Friday's monsoon that blanketed most of the region, Saturday saw a breezy, sun filled day on the pitch for Donegal's District Three title match versus Palmyra at Milton Hershey. The Indians were going for their fifth consecutive AA championship, which is also a District record, and thanks to some stiff defense and a hat trick from Mackenzie Allessie they were able to realize that goal with a 3-0 victory.
"I couldn't ask for more from my defense or offense," stated coach Jessica Shellenberger. "We're performing when and where we need to. I'm very proud of their effort today!"
Donegal, sporting red warm-up jerseys with the number 33 and the name Keeney emblazoned on the back in support of the Warwick community in light of the recent tragic event that occurred, wasted no time in going on the attack. The Indians earned four corners in the first 10 minutes of play with Allessie taking the insert on the fourth and working into position to fire off a shot that smacked the backboard with 21:36 on the clock.
Palmyra created a few scoring opportunities as well, but a gritty defense and stellar play in the cage by Aliza Johns kept them off the scoreboard. Johns made five saves on the day including a diving block to knock away a Cougar shot off of a rebound in the first half to prevent the tying goal.
"As for us, the game is won and lost in the circles," commented Shellenberger. "And in the past two games, we have dominated there." Indeed, Donegal earned 10 corners in the circle and Allessie scored her second of the day with 4:45 to go before halftime on a slick reverse shot off an insert that fooled everyone on the Palmyra defense and slid by keeper Ashton Byrd for the 2-0 lead.
Palmyra came out with a purpose in the second half, keeping play mostly in the Indian's end, but the Donegal defense held because of a desire to keep the Cougars out of the cage as evidenced by Ruby Hartley and Cayla Homsher who backed Johns up in front of the cage, acting as extra keepers. Both combined to help defend against a Palmyra push on a corner that saw Johns out of position to make a play.
Finally, with 6:39 remaining in the match, Allessie found a home for another corner insert off an assist from Catherine Moran for the final score of the day. "Palmyra is a good team. They have a lot of young talent and will surely be back as contenders next year," said Shellenberger who now has to prepare for another run through the PIAA bracket, and hopefully, another title.
Last Wednesday, Donegal had to first get through a familiar foe in Twin Valley in the semifinals which were held at Warwick. Mikenna Allen found a way through the Indian's defense for a goal with 6:05 remaining in the game, but by then it was too late for the Raiders who were eliminated 6-1.
While it may have taken them until midway through the first half to score, Donegal wasted no time in running out to a 3-0 lead, scoring three times in under ten minutes before the break. Allessie, who had a hat-trick in this match as well, led off with a solo shot off a corner with 16:15 on the clock to make it 1-0.
Lily Saunders added another with 11:02 remaining in the half and Emma Miller increased the Donegal lead to 3-0 on a pass from Allessie which she pushed across and into the cage with 7:44 on the clock. Another Allessie goal five minutes into the second half made it 4-0 before Allen's score cut the Donegal lead back to three, but Allessie's third goal and Madison Leety's solo shot with 2:28 left in the match punched Donegal's ticket to their eventual historic District championship.
After finishing third in the District Three meet on October 27 at Big Spring High School, the Donegal girls made the short trip to Hershey this past Saturday for the PIAA race where they placed 13th out of a field of 18 teams. Paced by Rachel Fernald who finished 57th overall with a time of 21:28, and Hadley Shoaf who was 69th overall with a 21:35, the Indians scored 300 points on the day.
Because not all runners in the race are running with a school team, those that do are scored based on the field of team runners. Fernald was awarded 27 points and Shoaf 32 based on their positional finish within that field, even though their overall finish was farther back.
Teammate Myra Naqvi finished 114th overall, but was 54th in team scoring, finishing in a time of 22:09 followed by Ella DeBruin (164th, 85th, 23:05), McKenzie Dubusky (186th, 102nd, 23:54), Meg Zell (190th, 106th, 24:24), and Keri Anderson (196th, 111th, 24:30).
Donegal Advances to District Hockey Semifinals October 28, 2018
Entering the District Three playoffs, Donegal needed only three wins to guarantee a trip to the PIAA tournament and four to reach the District finals. Last week they earned two of those victories as they dispatched Susquehannock 14-0 in the first round and Northern York 8-1 in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal matchup with Twin Valley.
With 10 players scoring for the Indians in last Wednesday's game against Susquehannock, Donegal opened a 10-0 lead in the first half as its defense completely shut down the Warriors, holding them to no shots or corners on the night.
Led by five Mackenzie Allessie goals Donegal also received single scores from Lily Saunders, Kiera Baughman, Catherine Moran, Lydia Miller, Ruby Hartley, Cayla Homsher, Sarah Leidich, Morgan Saunders, and Madison Leety. The Indians fired off 21 shots at Susquehannock keeper Meghan Adams who turned away six of them, and earned 16 corners.
Northern York scored its only goal with 8:35 into the second half to make it 4-1, but Donegal added four more to finish the match on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon at Conestoga Valley High School. Allessie scored a first half hat-trick and added two more in the second while Homsher, Leety, and Emma Miller all scored one apiece in the second.
Northern York only managed two shots against Donegal's stifling defense with Aliza Johns stopping one while the Indians earned 14 corners and 14 shots on goal.
As their competition continues to stiffen up the deeper they get into the playoffs Indians head coach Jessica Shellenberger knows what it takes to reach the pinnacle and still sees some room for improvement. "The rubber is definitely hitting the toad now. We've got to prepare and play well from here on out," Shellenberger stated. "We've still been very inconsistent in our effort from all 11 players, and that concerns me. We have to be 11 strong to win a Championship!"
Slogging their way through the rain and mud on a chilly Saturday at Big Spring High School, the Donegal girls maintained a 1:33 split between their top five finishers to score a second place (154 points) in the District Three meet this past weekend. Northern took the top spot with an impressive 52 points and all five scoring positions finishing in the top 20.
"The girls ran a great race," commented head coach Matthew Werner. "They were loose and more relaxed than I've seen them all season. They have had this goal in their minds all season, so they were more excited than anything. They ran their race and trusted their training and each other. This was a team of destiny this season and they believed in each other."
The duo of Rachel Fernald and Hadley Shoaf topped all Donegal runners, finishing 14th and 15th overall with respective times of 20:45 and 20:48.1 before Myra Naqvi (33rd, 21:27.6), Ella DeBruin (45th, 21:53.2), and Amanda Fry (61st, 22:18.4) crossed the line to close out the Indian's team score. McKenzie Dubusky finished 68th in 22:35.7 and Keri Anderson placed 74th with a time of 22:55.3 to wrap things up for Donegal.
While Northern ran away with the meet, Donegal found itself in a battle for second with Wyomissing Area which finished just five points behind the Indians with 159. Although the Spartan's Grace Kuhn (5th, 19:53.7) and Olivia Fisher (12th, 20:32.5) scored 15 team points before Fernald and Shoaf crossed the line for a 15-27 Wyomissing Area advantage, Naqvi's 30 points closed the gap to only seven after Cameron Hoke (38th, 21:37.1) added 35 with her finish to make it 50-57.
DeBruin pushed the Donegal total to 98 with her 41 points, but Wyomissing scored the next two positions with Maya Smerek (59th, 22:16.6) and Addie Mathis (60th, 22:16.8) landing in the Spartan's fourth and fifth spots. That, however, marked the end of Wyomissing's day on the scorecard as Fry's finish netted 56 points for Donegal's final score of 154.
District Three sends three teams to the PIAA meet so all seven Indian runners will participate this weekend in Hershey with Meg Zell acting as alternate. An ecstatic Werner expressed nothing but praise for his young team that sports a two freshman in Shoaf and Zell, four sophomores in Anderson, Fernald, Naqvi, and Fry, a junior (DeBruin) and a senior (DuBusky).
"I'm proud of these girls no matter what they do at this point," said Werner. "They've accomplished all of their goals they wrote on their goal sheets in August. This is the cherry on top!"
On the boy's side of the race Logan Fry finished 36th overall with a time of 18:08.2 to help lead them to a 17th place finish with 431 team points. Sporting a 1:37 split between their top five finishers the Indians did well in staying close as a team, but were outran on the course.
Fry led the way and was followed by Matt Wallace (66th, 18:55.5), Ethan Steck (95th, 19:17.2), Sam Rothstein 120th, 19:36.4), and Hunter Gehman (126th, 19:46). Brandon Hess finished 127th with a time of 19:47 to round out the field for the Indians.
Looking to stay alive in the District Three hunt, Donegal traveled to Fredericksburg on Friday night and ground out a whopping 554 yards rushing on the way to a 63-20 walloping of Northern Lebanon. Unfortunately, the Indians just missed the cut as they finished 11th in the district power rankings with the top ten entering the playoffs.
More impressive than the yards Donegal's offense generated was the fact that Zion Gibbs only carried the ball nine times but racked up 258 of his own while scoring four times. With the tremendous effort, Gibbs eclipsed the 1000-yard mark for the season ending with 1082 and 19 touchdowns to lead the Indian's triple-threat attack along Jordan Minick who rushed for 820 yards and six touchdowns and Dalton Mullhausen who finished with 424 and six scores as well.
"The kids played hard on Friday," stated head coach Chad Risberg. "Zion had a great game. He needed some yards to get 1,000 for the year and was extra motivated. The offensive line did a great job."
Gibbs scored on runs of 53, 54, 73, and 33-yards while Jake Shoemaker made the most of his two catches on the night, the only two Donegal completed in the game, scoring a touchdown on both to end with70 yards. The Indians held a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter and stretched that to a 49-14 advantage by halftime.
Mullhausen (11-115, 2TD) opened the scoring on Donegal's first possession of the game as the Indians drove 56-yards in three plays before he broke free for a 36-yard romp into the end zone to make it 7-0. Shoemaker capped Donegal's second drive, which began at the Indian's 48, with his first score on a 10-yard strike from Dylan Martin while on their third possession Gibbs took a Martin handoff on only the second play of the drive and sprinted through the Viking defense for a 53-yard score to expand the lead to 21-0 with 1:41 to go in the first quarter.
Northern Lebanon answered on the next possession when Ethan Herb struck gold on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Eyan Margut to end quarter, but Donegal scored on six of its final eight possessions. Mason Ober (4-31, TD) finalized the scoring for the night when he scored from 15 yards out with 4:18 remaining in the game.
Indians Denied in L-L League Championship October 21, 2018
When two powerhouse programs clash, it is usually a sight to behold and Saturday's L-L League championship field hockey match between Donegal and Penn Manor did not disappoint. With no time on the clock, Penn Manor's Anna May Barbusca collected the rebound of Bri Harsh's shot on the final penalty corner of overtime and sent it home for the 1-0 victory.
Donegal came inches away from winning in the moments leading up to Barbusca's game ending shot when Mackenzie Allessie took a corner insertion and fired a ricochet off the left post. Penn Manor picked up the loose ball and quickly transitioned to Donegal's end, eventually ending the game.
Both teams traded fast breaks and scoring opportunities throughout the day, but it was just not meant to be for the Indians. While Aliza Johns played a great game in the cage for Donegal in turning away five Penn Manor shots, it was the Comet's Cecily Charles and her 10 saves that put them in a position to win.
Johns and Donegal's defense did a good job of stifling the Comets who earned 20 penalty corners to the Indian's nine, however the Comet's back half rose to the occasion and shut down the potent Donegal offense. "We played great, just needed to finish," observed head coach Jessica Shellenberger. "(Saturday's) game was unfortunate, we are looking forward to districts."
In reaching Saturday's finals, Donegal first had to handle Annville-Cleona in the quarterfinals, which was accomplished via a 9-0 shutout. With that win the lady Indians faced off against Manheim Township in the semi finals where they handed the Streaks a 5-1 defeat.
Last Tuesday's win over the Dutchmen was not only Donegal's ticket to the semifinals, but marked a major milestone for Allessie as well. With her five goals, the senior brought her career total to 331 which set a new national high school record for goals scored.
The previous record was held by Austin Cuneo of New Jersey who ended with 328 in her high school career. Allessie broke the record on her third goal of the night, but you would not have known had the game not been paused to honor her achievement as the senior casually trotted back to mid-field.
Donegal went up 6-0 in the first half on Allessie's hat-trick as well as two by Lily Saunders and one by Lydia Miller. Emma Miller found the back of the cage 12:57 into the second half, increasing the lead to 7-0 before Allessie finished with two more.
Jumping out to an early 3-0 lead Thursday night against Manheim Township on a goal by Cayla Homsher 2:42 into the match and two by Catherine Moran (5:37, 8:10), Donegal easily handled the Blue Streaks who only earned one corner and one shot on goal. With the victory, coach Shellenberger also notched a career milestone as she earned win number 300.
Sophia Rockwell made the most of Manheim Township's lone corner when she took the insertion from Kate Labezious and fired a rocket into the right corner of the cage to make it 3-1 at halftime. Lily Saunders scored twice in the second half for the final two goals of the match.
Section Three heavyweight Lancaster Catholic came to town Friday night and Donegal stood toe-to-toe trading blows through the first half in which the Indians headed into the locker room with a 14-13 lead. That turned out to be all that Donegal scored as the Crusaders completely dominated the clock in the second half and added nine unanswered points in a 22-14 loss for the home team.
Donegal's normally potent rushing attack was held in check as the Indians were held to 98 yards on the ground and 174 total for the night. Zion Gibbs led the team with 63 yards on 16 carries and accounted for both touchdowns as well. "They are a tough team," commented head coach Chad Risberg. "They are big up front and in the second half they just wore us down."
Gibbs' first came on the tail end of an opening drive by the Indians that went 77 yards on 11 plays which included a crucial pass interference call against Lancaster Catholic on third-and-eight that gave the Indians first-and-goal on the nine-yard line. Two plays later he punched it in from 5-yards out to give Donegal a 7-0 lead following Matthew Jackson's PAT.
Lancaster Catholic responded with a 65-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 7-7 when Jeff Harley (12-67, 2TD) broke free up the left sideline for a 24-yard touchdown. After holding the Indians to four-and-out, the Crusaders struck again on their next possession when Gavin Sullivan connected with Luke Miller on a 33-yard touchdown pass that made it 13-7 with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter following the missed kick.
Donegal responded with a 45-yard kick return by Gibbs that set the Indians up at the Crusader 45 and proceeded to burn 5:41 off the clock on a 13-play drive that saw them convert four times on third down including a nine-yard pass from Dylan Martin (7-11, 76 yards) to Jordan Minick (1-9) on third-and-eight. Minick added 18 yards rushing on 10 carries for the night along with Dalton Mullhausen (2-7) and Martin (5-10).
It was the second half, however, that proved to be the difference maker as the Crusaders completely controlled the line-of-scrimmage and took up almost 18 minutes of playing time. "We couldn't get off the field on third and fourth down in the second half," said Risberg. "They had two long drives in the second half that chewed up a lot of clock."
Despite only gaining 26 yards of offense in the second half, Donegal still had a chance in the final minutes to tie the game. Harley put the Crusaders back in front when he scored from two-yards out to cap a 54-yard drive. A failed two-point conversion made the score 19-14 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
Facing fourth-and-21 on their next possession, Donegal was forced to punt the ball away and though Lancaster Catholic started at its own eight-yard line the Crusaders were able to march down to the Indian 25-yard line where a Daniel Mueller field goal made it 22-14.
On its final possession, Donegal worked down to the Crusader 34-yard line and a fourth-and-four situation. Martin dropped back to pass and tried to find a receiver on the sideline but the pass went out of bounds to end the game. "I am proud of the way our kids played. They played their hearts out," added Risberg.
Fresh off a Section Two championship, the Donegal girls ran for an eighth place finish with 206 points in the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School while the boys placed 21st with 527. Rachel Fernald led with an overall finish of 22nd in 20:41.1 while Logan Fry finished 76th overall with an 18:33.8.
Hadley Shoaf (25th, 20:50), Myra Naqvi (47th, 21:48.7), Amanda Fry (52nd, 21:58.7), and Ella DeBruin (60th, 22:17.4) accounted for the remaining 184 team points for the girls followed by McKenzie DuBusky (67th, 22:25.6), Keri Anderson (74th, 22:40.7), and Meg Zell (88th, 23:19.2). Meanwhile, Matt Wallace (102nd, 18:59.8), Hunter Gehman (112th, 19:14.3), Brandon Hess (130th, 19:49.3), and Sam Rothstein (140th, 20:06.8) all scored for the boys with Ethan Steck (141st, 20:08.8) and Andrew Allen (151st, 20:30.5) rounding out the field.
Donegal Football Knocks Off Annville-Cleona October 15, 2018
Not too many people outside of the Donegal locker room picked the Indians to beat Annville-Cleona Friday night. Those people don't suit up and play, either.
On a chilly Homecoming night in front of a packed grandstand, the Indians used a steady diet of grind-it-out football, along with a pair of Dylan Martin touchdown passes, to wear down the Dutchmen defense and score a 35-14 victory. With the win, Donegal (5-2, 5-3) pulled even with A-C as the two sat in third place of Section Three. "That was a huge win for our program," said coach Chad Risberg. "The kids bounced back this week at practice after the overtime loss (at ELCO)."
While Zion Gibbs (14-145, 2TD) led the rushing attack, it was an electrifying 65-yard touchdown pass from Martin (2-77, 2TD) to Jared Collazo (1-65, TD) on the opening play of the game that set the tone. Streaking down the A-C sideline, Collazo caught Martin's dime in stride and out-raced all defenders for the early lead.
From there, Donegal used five drives of 40 yards or more, with four resulting in touchdowns, and a bend but don't break defense to stay in control the rest of the game. While they did give up 262 yards on the ground, the Donegal secondary held the Dutchmen to only six through the air with a timely interception in the end zone at the end of the game, it's second of the night.
Annville-Cleona answered the Indians with a touchdown drive on their first possession of the game to make it 7-7, but after the resulting kickoff bounced out of bounds Donegal found itself on the 35-yard line. On the next play, Gibbs took a handoff and, finding a hole on the right side, sprinted 65 yards to the end zone only to have it called back due to a holding call on the Indians.
It only delayed the inevitable, however, as Donegal's three-headed attack of Gibbs, Jordan Minick (16-139, TD) and Dalton Mullhausen (10-37) spearheaded a 13-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard plunge by Mullhausen to put the Indians back in the lead 14-7 with 1:16 to go in the first quarter.
A-C's success in the running game set up another touchdown which re-tied the game at 14-14 with 6:41 to go before the halftime, however on the ensuing Donegal possession the Indians marched 47-yards before Gibbs found pay-dirt from four-yards out. With that score, Donegal regained the lead at 21-14 and never looked back as Gibbs broke through the line on the third play of the next Donegal possession and scampered 72-yards for the score to make it 28-14 heading into the second half.
Excluding three kneel-downs to end the game after the Indians intercepted the Dutchmen in the end zone, Donegal possessed the ball just twice in the second half, but ran out the clock in the process. Leading 35-14 after Martin's 11-yard scoring strike to Minick capped a nine-play 88-yard drive following a Gibbs interception on A-C's first possession, the Indians forced a punt and then ground out 41 yards on 14 plays before turning the ball over on downs.
"We finally put together a four-quarter game," added Risberg. "That is something that we have been emphasizing to the kids. We gave up some yards on the ground, but ultimately it's the score that matters."
In an 11 meet regular season it all came down to the final matchup with Manheim Central to determine who would win the Section Two girls' cross country title. With both squads entering the meet last Tuesday at Donegal undefeated, it looked to be an exciting finish to the season. The two teams did not disappoint as the lady Indians claimed their second title in four years with a nail-biting 28-30 victory over the Barons as well as a 15-49 win over Garden Spot to maintain the perfect record.
"The girls ran remarkable all season, finishing the year an undefeated 11-0 against all Section II teams in the Lancaster Lebanon League," commented head coach Matthew Werner. "They have battled through injuries and have yet to run together as a complete squad at an invitational. That hasn't stopped them from placing third as a team at the Quad XC Invitational in Philly in early-September and first at the Bulldog Invitational in mid-September."
Manheim's Olivia and Mallory Sunderland placed first and second overall finishing in 21:26 and 21:47, respectively while Rachel Fernald (3rd, 21:54) and Hadley Shoaf (4th, 21:59) led the Indians, but it was the efforts of Donegal's final pack of runners that sealed the victory.
Amanda Fry (6th, 22:45), Myra Naqvi (7th, 22:53), and Ella DeBruin (8th, 23:09) were sandwiched by Manheim's Marianne Fitzkee (5th, 22:31), and Bella Reber (10th, 23:54) which made it 17-28 in favor of the Barons with Donegal's hopes hanging on displacement. Their achievement was realized when Meg Zell (12th, 24:14), McKenzie DuBuskey (13th, 24:26), and Keri Anderson (14th, 24:35) crossed the line before Manheim's Erin Hoffman (16th, 25:16) to secure the title win.
"The girls have lived by the saying "The strength of the wolf is the pack" this season and it was true, as we had eight of our 11 girls score points for us this season," said Werner. "In addition, five of our girls finished as All-County All-Stars this year." Those include sophomore Rachel Fernald and freshman Hadley Shoaf as first team all stars and sophomores Amanda Fry, Myra Naqvi and Junior Ella DeBruin as second team all stars.
Jordyn Smith (18th, 26:45), Sarah Hinkel (19th, 26:53), and Megan Myers (21st, 27:35) rounded out the field for the Indians.
Also having a good season are the boys who ended with a 22-33 loss to the Barons but defeated the Spartans 25-33. While they finished with a winning record, Donegal (7-4) ended in a four-way tie for second place with Lancaster Catholic, Cocalico, and ELCO with Lampeter-Strasburg (10-1) and Manheim Central tied for first in Section Two.
Logan Fry finished fourth overall with a time of 19:20 and Matthew Wallace placed sixth in 19:42, but it was the efforts of Brandon Hess (9th, 20:17) and Hunter Gehman (10th, 20:21) that provided the Indians with what they needed to pull out the victory over Garden Spot. Sam Rothstein (14th, 20:28) acted as the fifth and final scoring runner for the home team.
Donovan Espenshade (11th, 20:25) and Finn Wenrich (12th, 20:26) were edged out by Gehman by respective margins of four and five seconds which added to the three points provided by Hess and accounted for a four-point turnaround that could have potentially given the Spartans a 29-30 win had Espenshade and Wenrich finished before the Donegal duo.
Also finishing were Ethan Steck (16th, 21:03), Aydan Miller (17th, 21:10), Andrew Allen (21st, 22:06), and Nathaniel Jenney (26th, 24:35).
Donegal's soccer teams have both struggled over the course of the season with the boys finishing at 5-5, 8-10 after a 4-2 win over Solanco last Tuesday while the girls ended up at 3-4-1, 4-9-2 with a 1-0 loss to the Mares on Thursday. Neither team qualified for the League tournament.
In a game where the score was tied 2-2 at halftime, the boys shut down the home team's offense completely while scoring twice more for the win. Donegal outshot Solanco 15-12 and held a 5-3 advantage in corners.
Philip Herzog scored twice and both Kyler Enck and Patrick Summers scored once for the margin of victory. Gavin Murren played strong in net for the Indians as well, stopping 10 shots on goal.
It wasn't until Kayden Bedwell found a way past Lauren Stwalley in the 58th minute to break a scoreless tie that the girl's game, rescheduled due to rainouts, was decided on Thursday in Quarryville. With only five shots on goal to the Mare's nine Donegal found it difficult to generate anything offensively but in turn also stifled Solanco with good defensive pressure throughout the game. Stwalley turned away eight shots on goal for the night.
On Tuesday, the girls' again faced Solanco and came away with a 2-1 victory with all goals being scored in the opening half.
Mackenzie Allessie, Ruby Hartley, Cayla Homsher, Aliza Johns, Amber Lookenbill, Catherine Moran, and Lily Saunders were all honored before the start of last Monday's contest with McCaskey as the seven players prepared to take the field on Senior Night. Six of the seven recorded goals with Johns the only one who did not, but that can be overlooked as she spent the season as Donegal's stalwart in the cage.
With the 17-0 win the lady Indians (14-0, 18-0) also clinched the Section Two championship, their third straight, while Allessie's six goals pulled her within 16 of the U.S. scoring record. Saunders added three, Moran and Hartley each scored two while Lookenbill and Homsher added one apiece to wrap up their regular season careers at home. Kiera Baughman also scored twice in the win.
Two more games remained for the week and the ladies recorded two more shutouts with an 8-0 win over Garden Spot last Wednesday and a 13-0 shellacking of Elizabethtown. Lauren Delgado turned away 12 for the Spartans but it was not enough as Allessie scored five and Saunders, Baughman, and Emma Miller each scored once.
Lydia Miller, Homsher, Emma Miller, and Madison Kaley scored one goal each on Thursday against Elizabethtown along with Allessie's nine. That brought her career total to 326, only two shy of the national record which as of this writing most assuredly belongs to the Indian sharp shooter.
Lady Booters Sit Fourth in Section 3 Standings October 7, 2018
With two games to play in the season at the end of last week's slate of girls' games, Donegal (3-4, 4-8) was entrenched in fourth place in Section Three after traveling a rough road to get there. "I think there's mixed emotions at this point," stated had coach Scott Summers. "It has been a very tough second half of the season as we have been decimated by injuries. A lot of players have stepped up to the challenge and have done a nice job filling in."
The lady Indians finished out last week by going 1-2 with a 5-0 loss to ELCO last Monday, a 1-0 defeat Wednesday against Cocalico and, on a positive note, a 3-0 win over Octorara Friday night.
The Raiders only scored once in the first half but tallied four in the second while holding Donegal to no shots and Cocalico scored once in the opening frame and rode it to a win.
Against Octorara, India Foreman's goal in the 16th minute of play stood for almost 40 minutes of play until Hannah Dunn added one of her own in the 50th to make it 2-0 Donegal. "We had good energy to start the game and created three solid scoring opportunities for ourselves in the first 10 minutes," said Summers. "Second half we jumped out again with energy and aggressiveness and were able to put the game away for the most part at about the 50th minute mark."
Dani Brady added the insurance goal with under 10 minutes to play, ensuring the Indian victory. Lauren Stwalley turned away all four of Octorara's shots on goal while Donegal outshot them 11-4. "Our backs did a great job limiting their pressure to just a few opportunities and Lauren had to make one or two timely plays to keep us safe which she did," added Summers. "Overall, solid effort and 20 players got minutes in the match. It looks like we are going to just miss the playoffs which is tough on the seniors, especially those lost to injury. The message to the team and the goal for us over these final two weeks is to honor our seniors by playing with pride and finishing strong."
Donegal's boys split last week, going 2-2 and landing in fourth place in Section Three at 4-5, 6-11 on the season. They began by blanking ELCO 6-0 but then lost to Cocalico and Octorara by identical 2-0 scores before ending the week with a 2-1 win over Palmyra.
Both Kyler Enck (6:00, 18:00) and Jose De La Cruz (18:00, 55:00) scored twice against the Raiders and Philip Herzog (11:00) added one as well last Monday as Donegal put up five goals in the first half for the win. Gavin Murren turned away all five of ELCO's shots on goal while the Indians held a 5-0 advantage in corners.
Cocalico and Donegal each had 10 shots on goal in their matchup last Wednesday but it was the Eagles offense that capitalized as they got by Murren twice for the shut-out. Things went the same against Octorara as Anthony Falgiatore scored twice in the first half to pace the Braves who outshot Donegal 6-4 with four of those shots turned away by Murren.
Zac Runkle put the Indians on the board against Palmyra on Saturday in only the third minute for the 1-0 lead on an assist by Herzog but that lead was negated by T.J. Carlton's goal and both teams headed into the break tied at 1-1. Herzog, however, made another connection with Runkle in the 51st minute as he sent the pass into the net for the go-ahead score and eventual game winner
After 48 minutes of back-and-forth football all it took was a one-yard dive by quarterback Braden Bohannon in overtime to decide the ending of a 33-29 battle. Minutes earlier, Donegal's fourth down play failed when a Dylan Martin pass was knocked out of the hands of an Indian receiver, thus giving ELCO the ball for the eventual win.
Donegal's normally potent running game was stymied by a tough Raider defensive front that held the Indians to 138 yards on the ground on 32 carries while Bohannon (7-15, 89 yards, 2TD) passed and ran his way through Donegal's. "We didn't play a great first half defensively," stated head coach Chad Risberg. "We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids rose to the occasion."
It was the passing game led by Martin (9-12, 166 yards, TD) which came through with some key plays to put the offense in good position through out the game including a sweet pitch-and-catch between Martin and Zion Gibbs (3-59, TD) for a 44-yard scoring strike on fourth-and-5 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 33-33 with 3:31 on the clock. When asked how he felt about his team's ability to throw the ball Risberg responded. "We are confident in our passing game. When teams sell out to take away the run, we can throw the ball."
In answer to ELCO's opening scoring drive Friday night in Myerstown, Jordan Minick fielded the ensuing kickoff on the Donegal 11-yard line, found a seam and with a few moves bolted through the Raider defenders for an electrifying 89-yard score which tied the game at 7-7. However, a 20-point second quarter, including a fumble recovery on a short kickoff by the Raiders put ELCO ahead 26-13 with a missed PAT on a Dalton Mullhausen 22-yard run accounting for the Indians lone score of the frame.
Gibbs, who in addition to the catch for a touchdown also ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, scored twice in the third quarter, from nine and four yards out respectively to pace the Indians. "We will bounce back this week," said Risberg. "It is homecoming at Donegal and the kids know how special it is."
Last Wednesday marked a landmark for two Donegal hockey players as Lily Saunders scored twice against Solanco to notch her 100th career goal and Mackenzie Allessie scored eight goals for her 300th. Both seniors played important roles in all four of their seasons including a PIAA Championship while Allessie is also chasing down the all-time national scoring record. Her five goals against Cocalico on Friday put her only 22 away from the prestigious accomplishment.
In addition, Madison Leety also scored two goals against the Mares while Kiera Baughman and Catherine Moran added one apiece as well.
Baughman and Morgan Saunders each scored once in the contest with Lampeter-Strasburg last Monday and Allessie added seven on the day. Donegal led 4-0 at halftime and Allessie finished things off in the second half with five more while the Pioneers found a way past Aliza Johns for a goal. Johns had three saves in the cage.
Saunders scored a hat-trick on Friday with Cocalico, Allessie had five, and Baughman, Morgan Saunders and Madison Leety each added one for Donegal which led 7-0 at the break.
With only one league meet remaining on the schedule, Donegal's girls were tied with Manheim Central as the only two undefeated teams in Section Two at 9-0 after last week's action. Donegal downed ELCO 23-38 and Lancaster Mennonite 19-45 in last Tuesday's tri-meet held at ELCO while Manheim Central got by Octorara 27-28 and received a forfeit from Northern Lebanon.
Looking to wrap up the section title, the girls' stayed focused while placing seven runners in the top ten and were led by Rachel Fernald's second place finish in 20:32. Hadley Shoaf came in fourth with a time of 21:08 followed by Amanda Fry (6th, 21:56), Myra Naqvi (7th, 21:58), and Ella DeBruin (8th, 22:09) all of whom scored for the Indians.
Keri Anderson (9th, 23:25), Meg Zell (10th, 23:29), Sarah Hinkel (17th, 25:18), Megan Myers (18th, 25:54), and Jordyn Smith (19th, 26:11) rounded out the field for Donegal. As of this writing the Indians and Barons have already met in the season finale to decide the outright Section Two champion.
Meanwhile the boys' found themselves in a tie for second place with Lancaster Catholic (6-3) after defeating ELCO 29-30 and Lancaster Mennonite 28-31. Both the Raiders and Blazers earned the top two scoring positions against Donegal before Logan Fry, who finished 5th overall, crossed the line in 18:32 but it was a pack of Indians which finished over a span of 40 seconds that sealed the deal for Donegal.
Matthew Sweinhart (6th, 18:55) locked up four points for ELCO before the Indians swarmed the finish line with Matthew Wallace (7th, 19:03) Sam Rothstein (9th, 19:20), Brandon Hess (10th, 19:30), and Hunter Gehman (11th, 19:42) locking in the final scores for Donegal.
Logan Horst (1st, 16:54) and Nathan Yoder (3rd, 17:04) scored first for the Blazers but it was Donegal that locked up five of the next six spots to secure the close victory. Finishing out for the Indians were Ethan Steck (12th, 20:13), Aydan Miller (15th, 20:56), Hunter Williams (16th, 21:25), Andrew Allen (17th, 21:26), and Nathaniel Jenney (25th, 23:02).
Donegal (2-4, 2-7) struggled to find its traction this season finishing fifth in Section Two, but the Indians had four singles players and two doubles teams take part in the L-L League tournament this past weekend at Conestoga Valley. Emily Ashley emerged as the lone player to advance into the final round which was held Monday.
Ashley, who was seeded eighth in the Flight One AAA bracket, opened her first round with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Kandice Liebl from Ephrata but followed that with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Hempfield's Amanda Hagino. That loss dropped her into the semifinal round of the playbacks versus Scotland Reynolds of Manheim Township where she advanced due to default.
Lyla Naqvi, Mary Murphy, and Emma Shelley also represented Donegal in singles play, but none advanced past the quarterfinal round. Naqvi pulled a hard draw in flight two against second seed Grace Lehman of Hempfield who won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 while Murphy's 6-4, 6-2 win over Ephrata's Alyssa Meier in flight three pitted her against top seed Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley who picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Emma Shelley dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match in flight four to second seed Claire Andrews of Cedar Crest.
In flight one doubles play, Ashley and Naqvi faced Lauren Masser and Tori Pollock of Elizabethtown in the opening round where the number seven seeded team came away with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory. With that win the ladies faced the number two seeded team of Emily Garvin and Avery Palandijan in the quarters but ended with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat.
Finishing out the day was Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern who opened their first round of play in flight three against CV's Sophia Steed and Hannah Kapchinske. The unranked Indians took the third ranked Buckskins to the limit but eventually fell 9-8 (5) to end their day.
Donegal Booters Crush Solanco, Fall to LMH September 30, 2018
Looking to gain ground in Section Three the Donegal boys' soccer team got off to a great start last week with a dominating 7-0 win over Solanco on Tuesday but were left spinning their wheels in a 1-0 loss to Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday. Donegal (3-3, 5-8) trailed the second place Blazers (5-1, 9-3) heading into this week as a result.
A four-goal effort by Zac Runkle, three of which came in the first half, fueled the host Indians on their way to victory over the Golden Mules in the first game of the week. Donegal tallied four scores in the opening frame and tacked on three more to close out the second while outshooting Solanco 15-7 and displaying steady defensive play led by a shutout in goal by Donovan Henriques.
Runkle opened up the scoring in the fourth minute and extended the lead to 2-0 about five minutes later. Working a strong offensive attack, the Indians created plenty of scoring opportunities before Philip Herzog blasted a shot past Golden Mule keeper Jake Smolik in the 14th minute and then Runkle connected on his third in the 22nd minute providing the Indians with a four-goal lead at the break.
A second half score from Runkle in the in the 57th minute which increased the lead to five was followed by Kieran Kramer's goal in the 75th and Kyler Enck's a few minutes later to end the scoring on the day.
Sitting just above Donegal in the rankings, Lancaster Mennonite came calling on Thursday and had all they could handle in a defensive battle that was ultimately decided midway through the first half. Tyler Wagner's solo score in the 26th minute proved to be the game winner as both team's defenses clamped down the remainder of the match.
As the boys were looking to catch the Blazers, so too were the girls on Thursday as Donegal (2-2-1, 3-6-2) traveled to Lancaster Mennonite (3-1, 5-7) tied for second place in Section Three at the time. The matchup with the Blazers stood as the lone contest on the week for the girls as rain wreaked havoc on the fall season yet again with a postponement of the lady Indian's game versus Solanco.
While Donegal was only able to manufacture two shots on goal, the lady Indians' Lauren Stwalley turned away five of Lancaster Mennonite's seven attempts on the day. Calla Ashley, with an assist from Lauren Will, fired the winning shot into the back of the net in the 13th minute to secure the victory.
Two games on the slate, two more shutouts. Mackenzie Allessie and the rest of Donegal's offense once again proved too much to handle as the high-octane lady Indians recorded a 15-0 win over Elizabethtown before downing Manheim Central 8-0 to remain unbeaten and continue their reign as queens of Section Two.
When Lily Saunders' first goal found the backboard with 20:49 to go in the first half against Elizabethtown, Donegal already held a four-goal advantage, thanks to Allessie who tallied eight on the day. However, it was the offensive work of Saunders that posted Donegal to a 7-0 lead when she scored her third consecutive goal over the span of two minutes on a penalty stroke that found the lower left corner of the cage.
Her fourth made it 9-0 with 11:31 left in the half off an assist by Allessie, following the senior scoring leader's tally three minutes prior. Two more Allessie scores and one by Kiera Baughman, who also came through with three assists, gave Donegal a commanding 12-0 lead at the break.
Sarah Leidich and Reagan Clark connected to make it 13-0 seven minutes into the second on Leidich's lone goal of the game and Emma Miller was the beneficiary of a Baughman assist with 5:02 remaining to end the game. Keeper Aliza Johns turned away the only shot of the game from the Bears.
Tallying another six goals in the game against Manheim Central, Allessie scored twice in the first half while Baughman added a goal off an assist by Saunders for a 3-0 Donegal lead a halftime. In the second it was all Allessie as she scored four straight with two assists from Baughman, until Saunders sent a solo shot home with 3:05 left in the game. Johns ended the day strong as well with eight stops in the cage.
With Manheim Central and Donegal as the only two undefeated teams in girls' cross country in Section Two it will be a matter of who blinks first. Last week Donegal's eyes were wide open as the lady Indians ran away from a depleted field with a 15-52 score over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 victory over Northern Lebanon. To their credit, AC only had six runners while Northern Lebanon had two.
Placing seven in the top ten, Donegal was led by Rachel Fernald who finished first overall with a time of 22:02 followed by Hadley Shoaf (2nd, 23:01), Myra Naqvi (3rd, 23:24), Ella DeBruin (4th, 23:36), Amanda Fry (5th, 24:15), McKenzie DuBuskey (6th, 24:25) and Meg Zell (7th, 24:42). Keri Anderson (11th, 26:08), Sarah Hinkel (13th, 26:19), Megan Myers (14th, 27:46) and Jordyn Smith (15th, 27:52).
For the boys' it was two more wins as well as they improved to 4-3 and a fifth place standing with a 22-34 win over Annville-Cleona and a nail biting 27-28 victory over Northern Lebanon. Logan Fry was the top finisher for the Indians, which placed all five scorers in the top ten, coming in third with a time of 19:35, but it was the seventh-place finish of Brandon Hess in 20:42 that proved the difference against the Vikings.
Securing the top two finishes for Northern Lebanon, Gage Krall (1st, 18:02) and Jordan Berger (2nd, 18:51) had their team leading 3-7 after Donegal's Logan Fry (3rd, 19:35) and Matthew Wallace (5th, 20:16) crossed the line for the Indians. Hess, with the Viking's Jacob Beidler (8th, 20:43) hot on his trail, finished a second faster and secured the crucial score for the Indians.
Had Beidler gotten the better of Hess, the final score, as it stood, would have swung in favor of Northern Lebanon 27-28 instead of a Donegal victory. Hunter Gehman (9th, 20:46) and Sam Rothstein (10th, 20:47) locked up the win with Ethan Steck (15th, 21:38), Aydan Miller (17th, 21:54) Hunter Williams (23rd, 23:07), Andrew Allen (28th, 23:35) and Nathaniel Jenney (30th, 25:01) finishing up for the Indians.
Donegal's girls suffered two losses last week as they dropped a 7-0 match to Lampeter-Strasburg and were defeated 5-0 by Manheim Township. At of the end of last week the lady Indians (2-4, 2-7) were sitting in fifth place in Section Two.
Despite surrendering 287 yards of offense at Octorara Friday night, Donegal (4-1, 4-2) edged out a 21-20 victory over the Braves (2-3, 2-4) to remain in a three-way tie for second place in Section Three with ELCO and Annville-Cleona. But they needed a missed PAT and a timely interception at the end of the game to pull it off.
Counter balancing the Brave's offense with 246 yards on the ground, Donegal was led by Zion Gibbs who carried 30 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, including a 68-yard burst in the first quarter that put the Indians up 7-0. He also came down with an 18-yard pitch and catch from quarterback Dylan Martin in the fourth to give the lead back to Donegal 21-14 with 10:48 remaining in the game.
Jansen Schempp's 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter tied the game at 7-7 with neither team finding the end zone again until the second half. On the opening possession of the third quarter Donegal put together an eight play, 73-yard drive and regained the lead on a 2-yard score by Jordan Minnick (17-71, TD) to make it 14-7.
Octorara responded in dramatic fashion, however, when Ryan Kernan returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown that once again tied the game.
It was Octorara's next possession, however, with Donegal ahead 21-14 that provided the crucial error on the part of the Braves which led to the Indian's victory. Nick Mattingly capped off the final scoring drive for Octorara on a 3-yard scamper with 6:28 left in the game, but Dylan Smith missed on the extra point keeping Donegal in the lead 21-20.
On Donegal's next possession the Indians steadily ground out the clock, driving 27 yards over the next three minutes before a fumble that was recovered by Octorara breathed life into the Brave's sideline. Joe Fox ended any chance of a home team comeback, though, when he picked off a Schempp pass at the Donegal 5-yard line allowing the Indians to run out the clock.
Lady Harriers Win Bulldog Invitational September 23, 2018
The girls' cross country team won the 23rd annual Bulldog Invitational at Big Spring High School on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the first time since 2015 placing four girls in the top 20. The Bulldog Invitational features the top teams in District 3
Senior Rachel Fernald led the way finishing 5th, freshman Hadley Shoaf followed in 12th, junior Myra Naqvi finished 23rd, junior Ella DeBruin was 28th, and sophomore Keri Anderson finished 40th with the top four girls on the team earning medals.
Donegal's running game remained productive Friday night as the Indians racked up 292-yards on the ground against visiting Ephrata but it was the Mounts' offense that eventually wore the Indian defense down in the second half on the way to a 27-20 win. With the loss, Donegal (3-1, 3-2) fell into a third-place tie with ELCO (3-1, 4-1) in Section Three.
Dalton Mullhausen was held to 12 yards on three attempts on the night, but it was his third try that put Donegal up 14-0 with 9:14 to go in the first half capping a six play 59-yard drive with a plunge from the one-yard line. Prior to that, in the first quarter, Zion Gibbs (14-166, TD) spear-headed a 65-yard scoring drive that netted the Indians their first score of the game when quarterback Dylan Martin (2-7, 25 yards, TD) connected with Mullhausen on an 18-yard touchdown toss on fourth-and- eight.
Ephrata responded with two scores to tie the game in the final nine minutes of the first half, both of which came from quarterback Caden Keefer who rushed 33 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns and was 9-18 on pass attempts with 131 yards through the air.
"We had some injuries to key kids last night," said head coach Chad Risberg. "However, we always have the " next man up" mentality. Our defense couldn't get off the field on 3rd down in the second half. We have to fix that this week at practice."
Behind some more hard running from the team's leading rushers Jordan Minnick (14-105) and Gibbs, who have 522 and 404 yards respectively on the year, the Indians pulled ahead 20-14 with 11:27 to go in the game when Gibbs ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run which was followed by a missed extra point. That drive began on Donegal's own four-yard line after a downed ELCO punt and was fueled by Minnick's 27 yards on two carries.
Donegal's defensive issues showed on the following drive by the Mounts who drove 60 yards on 17 plays and went ahead 21-20 on a three-yard plunge by Richard Geer (11-40, TD). A Donegal fumble on the ensuing possession was recovered by the Ephrata defense and resulted in another touchdown when Keefer connected with Samuel Knowles (2-53, TD) for the final score of the game.
"Our kids will rebound from this learning experience," added Risberg. "I'm sure of that."
With four games last week the Donegal boys had plenty to keep them busy including a matchup with Section Three leader Cocalico (4-0, 9-1) last Monday in which they gave the Eagles all they could handle and almost pulled off a huge upset before falling 4-3 in overtime. In their other three games Donegal lost to Spring Grove 2-1, beat Octorara 3-2 and lost to Ephrata 3-1.
Donegal (2-2, 4-7) came out blazing against the Eagles and quickly jumped ahead 1-0 when Jose De La Cruz beat Cocalico keeper Peyton Stetter in just the second minute of play. In all, Stetter was able stop six of the Indians nine shots while Cocalico managed eight shots, with Gavin Murren turning away one for the Indians.
That lead was short lived, however, when Joe Zimmerman notched the first of two first half goals tying the game in the sixth minute and then once again in the 38th after Philip Herzog regained the lead for the Indians with a score in the 22nd minute.
Both sides scored again in the second half to make it 3-3, a score which held through the end of regulation. It was Cocalico that struck first in overtime to preserve its undefeated section record when Aaron Weitzel found a way to crack the Indian defense and seal the victory with a blast past Murren.
Spring Grove visited Mount Joy last Tuesday and scored with 31:51 remaining in the game to go ahead 2-0 off the foot of Mitch Aughenbaugh. Zac Runkle cut the deficit in half when he found a crack in the Rockets defense, beating Bryce Bell in the near corner of the net on a Donegal corner kick with 11:08 on the clock, but that was all the offense could muster against a stiff Spring Grove defense.
Ryan McKowen put the Rockets on the board with 21:47 on the clock in the first half for the 1-0 lead. Bell ended the game with three saves while Donovan Henriques turned away two for Donegal.
It was a tale of two halves when Octorara came to visit on Thursday. All five goals where tallied in the opening frame with neither team mounting any offense in the second.
The Braves drew first blood when Nathaniel Sellers beat Henriques four minutes into the game, but it was Donegal that accounted for the next three before Octorara found the back of the net again on a Miguel Zavala-Cruz goal eight minutes before halftime. Henriques turned away three of the Brave's shots on goal while Keith Lambert stopped six for Octorara.
Herzog got the ball rolling for Donegal when he scored his first of two off an assist by Runkle to tie the game at 1-1 with 24:05 on the clock. Three minutes later he blasted a solo shot past Lambert to give Donegal the lead before Runkle got in on the action when he fired a penalty kick into the back of the net to make it 3-1 with 12:17 to go before the break.
Joseph Turbedsky directed a pass to Connor Flory in the 67th minute of the game against Ephrata on Saturday which Flory proceeded to deposit in the back of the net for the lone Donegal score on the afternoon. With goals by Ben Patrushev (7:00), Caleb Gaston (30:00), and Angel Gonzalez-Garcia (57:00), Ephrata built a comfortable 3-0 lead and was able to hold off the Donegal to secure the victory.
Henriques saved two for Donegal while Cole Hummel stopped four in goal for the Mounts as each team fired off five shots.
Playing four games last week as well, the Donegal girls (2-1-1, 3-5-2) also began their week of play against Cocalico but came away with a 1-1 tie last Monday at home. They followed with a 2-0 loss to Spring Grove, a 4-0 win over Octorara and a 3-1 defeat to Ephrata.
Donegal came out strong against the Eagles to open the first half of play but Cocalico dominated the rest of the game outshooting the Indians 13-4, but only finding one answer to Lauren Stwalley's stellar play in the net. The senior keeper turned away 11 Cocalico attempts allowing the Donegal offense opportunities, but a stiff Eagle defense kept the Indians from mounting any kind of an attack for much of the night.
Despite the shot disadvantage, Donegal's Nat Fellenbaum made hers count when she collected the rebound of a Kyla Collins shot that keeper Adrienne McGallicher could not contain and sent it home from seven yards out for the 1-0 lead with 26:40 remaining in the half. Sage Musser tied things up, however, when she sent a free kick past Stwalley and into the upper left corner with only 3:28 on the clock before the break for what turned out to be the final score of the game through regulation and two overtime periods.
Spring Grove scored twice in the first half off the foot of Carley Kibler to come away with the victory over the lady Indians last Tuesday at home. Kibler scored solo shots in the 23rd and 38th minutes of the game, beating Stwalley who had six saves on the day.
Despite outshooting the Rockets 16-9 and holding a 2-1 advantage in corners, the Indians could not find a way past keeper Carlene Marquette who denied Donegal 12 times.
Four different players scored for Donegal in Thursday's win over Octorara as the Indian's defense pitched a shutout behind Stwalley's five stops. Janell Brinser's goal in the 17th minute was the lone score of the first half while India Foreman (44:00), Hayley Brower (52:00), and Alex Daly (58:00) all tallied solo goals in the second for insurance.
Hannah Dunn and Brinser connected in the first half of Saturday's game with Ephrata to tie things up at 1-1 on Brinser's shot, but Olivia Myer (25:00) and Abigail Wiest (47:00) closed the door on the Indians in the second to finish 3-1. The Mounts outshot Donegal 10-4 with Stwalley stopping seven.
With makeup games due to weather, the Donegal girls played four matches in a busy schedule last week and notched four losses along the way. They lost to Cocalico 6-1, Elizabethtown 4-3, Manheim Central 7-0, and Solanco 5-2.
Last Monday at home against the Eagles it was Emily Ashley who provided the lone win for Donegal. She defeated Cara DiCiano 6-1, 6-3 in straight sets in the first of two wins overall for the week.
Versus Elizabethtown, the girls had two singles matches go to tie-breaker in the tight loss as Araya Fahnestock defeated Emma Shelly 1-6, 6-3 (8) and Emily Louie defeated Lyla Naqvi 5-7, 75 (7). Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern defeated Fahnestock and Mia Giordana 8-2 while Ashley and Naqvi defeated Lauren Musser and Tori Pollock 9-7 in doubles. Finishing singles play, Ashley beat Musser 6-0, 6-0 while Pollock downed Mary Murphy 6-2, 6-2.
On Friday against Solanco, Fry and Zern put away Sophie Baker and Erin Dobinson 8-4 and Ashley and Naqvi downed Kerith Paine and Faith Redcay 8-2 for two wins in doubles play. In singles it was Ashley defeating Paine 6-11, 6-0, Murphy beating Gabriella Griffonetti 6-2, 6-3, and Shelly downing Erin Zaborsky 7-5.
In two wins last week the lady Indians tallied 23 goals in shutouts over Cocalico 12-0 and McCaskey 11-0 to stay undefeated on the season. Mackenzie Allesssie racked up six goals against the Eagles, five in the first half, while Lily Saunders added two and Kiera Baughman, Madison Leety, Morgan Mullhausen, and Paige Miller all added one each while goalie Aliza Johns turned away eight Cocalico shots.
Saunders scored a hat trick versus McCaskey last Wednesday and Allessie added four of her own while Baughman, Catherine Moran, Lydia Miller, and Cayla Homsher also scored.
Gridders' 4th Quarter Rally Seals Win Over Cedars September 16, 2018
Conceding 285 yards of offense is usually not a good recipe for winning a football game, unless of course your team rushes for 315 and five touchdowns which is exactly what Donegal did Friday night against Lebanon. Two Indian rushers eclipsed the 100-yard mark and four found the end zone in the 34-12 win.
Donegal (3-0, 3-1) trails only Lancaster Catholic (3-0, 4-0) in the overall standings but is in a three-way tie with the Crusaders and Annville-Cleona (3-0, 3-1) at the top of Section Three. ELCO (2-1, 3-1), meanwhile, sits one game back and is far from being out of the race.
"Our kids played hard," commented head coach Chad Risberg. "We had to make some adjustments offensively because of how they were playing. Defensively, we created some turnovers and were able to capitalize on them. It was a good win for the team."
Indeed, the Cedars held Donegal to only 14 points in the first half, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Indians as they outscored Lebanon 20-6 on runs by Zion Gibbs (11-110, TD) Dalton Mullhausen (10-56, 2TD) and Jordan Minick (17-123, TD).
Quarterback Dylan Martin (4-24, TD) put Donegal on the board with a 20-yard keeper that capped an 87-yard opening drive by the Indians to make it 7-0. Later in the second quarter Mullhausen helped himself when he fell on a Lebanon fumble at the Donegal 45-yard line and then punched it in from four yards out at the end of the ensuing drive for a 14-0 lead heading into the second half.
Donegal's Joe Fox came up big when he picked off an Isaiah Roderiguez pass late in the third following a 30-yard touchdown reception by Leighton Rivera which put the Cedars on the board to make it 14-6. Fox's pick set up Gibbs for a score from 19-yards out, capping a 30-yard Indian drive and extending the lead to 21-6 with 10:53 left in the game.
Lebanon responded a few minutes later when Rivera scored on a one-yard plunge and then pulled off a successful onside kick, but the Donegal defense held and forced a turnover-on-downs. That led to Mullhasen's second touchdown of the night on a 21-yard scamper which was followed by a three-and-out by the defense and another scoring drive with Minick punching it in from the 34 for the 34-12 win.
Donegal's girls' soccer team came away with a 1-0 win over Lancaster Mennonite followed by a 3-0 loss to ELCO and ended the week with a 2-0 loss to Red Land. The win over the Blazers (1-1, 3-5) moved Donegal (1-2, 2-3-1) into a tie with Lancaster Mennonite for second place in Section Three, but the loss to ELCO (2-0, 5-0-1) dropped the Indians back into third.
With not many shots generated by either team, (Lancaster Mennonite had four and Donegal nine) both sides played will defensively, but it was Donegal that did what it took to earn the victory. "This was obviously an important match for us to get a result, the first Section 3 match of the season," stated head coach Scott Summers.
Hannah Dunn, with an assist by Kayla Collins, came through in the 37th minute of the first half, beating Kaeleigh King with what proved to be the game winner. "Overall, I saw this match as our most complete to this point in the season," added Summers. "Defensively we played extremely well as a unit and I felt we did a great job at collapsing on balls in and around the top of the box. LMH had very few clean looks at goal."
King was perfect after that, stopping a total of six on the day while Lauren Stwalley turned away three for the Indians in the shutout victory. "We have been a little slow at times to find the back of the net this season so I was very pleased with the number of opportunities we created in the final third in this match... we should have put a few more away but we were certainly happy with the result and the way we played overall."
ELCO proved a much more difficult problem to solve, although the lady Indians held the section leaders scoreless through the first half of the game. The second half told a different story, however, as the Raider's offense, which outshot Donegal 18-2, began to find its stride and scored three times, including a penalty kick by Ryelle Shuey and two goals by Cassie Johnson.
ELCO also generated nine corner kicks to none by Donegal, while Stwalley stopped six shots on goal and Maddy Bailey turned away two for the Raiders.
The boys wrapped two losses around a win last week as they dropped a 1-0 contest with Lancaster Mennonite (2-0, 4-2), won 7-0 against ELCO (0-2, 0-8), and finished with a 3-1 non-league loss to Red Land. Donegal (1-1, 3-4) was sitting in third place in Section Three at the end of last week, one game out of first place and tied with Octorara (1-1, 2-3) for second place behind the Blazers (2-0, 4-2) and Cocalico (2-0, 6-1).
Gavin Murren's day at the office against Lancaster Mennonite was a difficult one to say the least as the Blazers fired off 13 shots against the Indians with the senior keeper turning away 12 of them. Unfortunately, Lancaster Mennonite deployed a stingy defense that limited the Indians to three scoring opportunities which Gabe Willig stuffed to secure the shut-out.
Ben Lefever made Donegal pay for an early mistake with a steal and pass to Tyler Wagner who found a way past Murren in the second minute who then, along with a tight defense of its own, clamped down and pitched a shut-out the rest of the way.
Against ELCO, the Indians had three players score two goals apiece while Murren had a slow day with no shots to defend from the Raider's offense. With no corner shots either, to Donegal's seven, ELCO could not come up with an answer to the Indian defense.
Leading only 2-0 after one half of play, the Indians poured in five more in the second to open the gap even further. Joseph Turbedsky got things going in the 15th minute and scored again in the 54th, making it 3-0 while Zac Runkle's first goal in the 30th represented the second of the first half with his second standing as the final of the game in the 72nd minute.
Philip Herzog (56:00, 65:00) and Levi Sites (66:00) also scored for Donegal while Austin Heim, Jose De La Cruz, Austin Bury, Ryan Dearborn, and Michael Linebarger all assisted on one goal apiece.
Herzog's goal against Red Land in the 37th minute on Saturday gave the Indians a 1-0 lead, but two goals from the visitors in the second half sealed their fate as the Red Land defense stifled Donegal the rest of the way. Murren stopped six of Red Land's eight shots, but the Indians were only able to put three of their own on goal for the day in the loss.
Donegal's hockey team continued to rack up the goals and the wins last week as the girls came away with a 12-3 victory over L-S and followed that with a 10-1 win over Solanco. Mackenzie Allessie led all scorers with 13 goals through both matches.
Leading 5-0 against L-S after the first half, the Indians added seven more in the second while allowing the Pioneers to finally get on the scoreboard. Allessie tallied seven goals while Cayla Homsher added two and Lily Saunders, Kiera Baughman, and Reagan Clark each had one apiece. Goalie Aliza Johns saved 10 on the day.
Solanco only managed two shots, but scored on half of them as Maggie Hurst accounted for the Golden Mare's lone goal of the game. Unfortunately for Solanco, they were already down 9-0 thanks to six goals from Allessie, two from Saunders, and one from Clark, who also accounted for Donegal's lone goal in the second half.
The girls came away with another three wins last week as they traveled to Octorara for their weekly meet, topping Cocalico 15-55, L-S 17-41, and their hosts 21-37. The ladies remained undefeated at 5-0 and were comfortably in first place in Section Two.
Rachel Fernald led the pack for Donegal finishing second overall with a time of 21:39 while Amanda Fry (3rd, 22:50), and Hadley Shoaf (4th, 22:57) all placed in the top five.
Ella DeBruin (6th, 23:07), and Myra Naqvi (8th, 23:24) rounded out the top ten for the Indians followed by McKenzie DuBuskey (11th, 24:07), Keri Anderson (16th, 25:15), Sarah Hinkel (23rd, 26:20), Jordyn Smith (25th, 26:34), and Megan Myers (31st, 27:56).
Logan Fry finished in 5th place with a time of 19:09 to pace the boys who lost to Cocalico 21-34 and L-S 19-47, but were able to top Octorara 15-46. No other Donegal runner finished in the top ten with the Pioneers placing five and the Eagles four in that category.
Matthew Wallace placed 13th in 19:55 followed by Sam Rothstein (15th, 20:14), Brandon Hess (16th, 20:27), Hunter Gehman (18th, 20:41), Aydan Miller (29th, 21:49), Ethan Steck (31st, 22:40), Hunter Williams (36th, 23:09), and Nathaniel Jenney (38th, 23:08).
Donegal claimed a clean sweep of Lebanon last Wednesday by topping the Cedars 7-0 on the road. The lady Indians only lost nine games on the day in their first win of the season.
In doubles play Hailey Fry and Ellen Zern won 8-1, over Ashlyn Bare and Nancy Garcia, Emily Ashley and Lyla Naqvi defeated Jenna Aviles and Everia Gonzalez 8-0, while Mary Murphy Kailey Frownfelter downed Ashley Garcia Mejia and Alaina Colmenares 8-1 for the early 3-0 lead.
Ashley put away Aviles in straight sets to begin singles play with scores of 6-0, 6-0 while Naqvi beat Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1, Murphy finished Garcia Mejia 6-2, 6-0 and Emma Shelly won 6-1, 6-1 over Colmenares.