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Eastern Holds Off Susquehannock 4-3 April 20, 2017

In the world of sports, the easiest way to forget a losing streak is to rip off a winning streak of equal or greater length. The Lady Golden Knights pulled off such a feat with their 4-3, April 17th, victory over Susquehannock in Glen Rock.

Eastern plated three of their four runs in the top of the seventh to take their first lead of the game at 4-2. The bottom half of the frame saw the Lady Golden Knights hold their collective breath as the Lady Warriors sparked their own rally but it wasn't enough as Eastern held on for the win.

Maelynn Leber tossed all seven innings to earn the win, recording three strikeouts and issuing one walk to go with nine hits. Morgan Dobbeck, Morgan Winter and Amber Forry evenly split six of Eastern's nine hits.

The Lady Golden Knights followed their streak busting win over Middletown with a 14-2 drubbing of Bermudian Springs on April 12th. Leber pitched four of the six innings to pick up the win while Onalise Fenwick picked up the last two innings. The pair combined for 10 strikeouts and two walks in the ten-run rule victory. McKenzie Buchmyer and Haidyn Shaffer each tallied two singles with Buchmyer adding two walks. Forry smacked a triple and a base hit as the only other multiple hitter for Eastern.

BASEBALL

The baseball team finds itself on the opposite side of the spectrum as losses in five straight games have the Golden Knights sitting at 3-6 with 11 games remaining.

The most recent loss, a 9-5 final against Dover, took place on April 17th. The Eagles used a six run sixth to chase starter Bryce Billet and his relief, Bren Taylor, as fuel for the four-run victory. Taylor took the loss after allowing four unearned runs during a stint on the mound that spanned one out. Billet covered the first five and one-third innings while Drake Renn finished things out. The trio struck out nine and walked five while surrendering 11 hits.

Taylor and Emmit Silar both enjoyed two RBI games with Taylor picking up a sixth inning triple. Silar split his run production into two at-bats, poking a single in the third to go with a double in the sixth.

Loss number four was a 7-1 final to Northeastern on April 13th. This time it was a big third inning that proved to be the undoing for Eastern. The Bobcats scored five of their seven runs in the top of the third to break a scoreless tie. Eastern managed a single run in the bottom half of the inning when Silar hit into a fielder's choice, allowing Taylor to score. Silar picked up his only hit of the game in the seventh while Taylor added a single and a double to that third inning triple.

Graybill's multi-hit day at the plate did little to ease the sting of taking the loss. The freshman drew the start for the Golden Knights but lasted just three and two-thirds innings thanks to that five run third by Northeastern. Renn and fellow freshman Derrick Hauck pitched in relief.

The Golden Knights had one other opportunity to snap their slide, an April 12th tilt opposite Bermudian Springs. Unfortunately, darkness shut that game down with the teams knotted at 9-9 in the top of the ninth. The two sides are working towards picking the game up after the conclusion of the teams' second meeting of the season on May 5th.

VOLLEYBALL

With losses to Kennard-Dale on April 11th and York Suburban on April 18th the boys' volleyball team is 0-6 on the season.

Against the Rams, Eastern offered enough resistance to put the final scores at 25-19, 25-15 and 25-20 in the 3-0 final. Greg Hauck finished with 16 assists, four digs and two blocks with Ben Leaman (eight kills) and Koury Green (five kills) on the receiving end of a lot of those assists. Both Leaman and Green added eight digs but were topped by Mike Shoff's 10 digs.

The April 18th loss to Suburban was controlled by the Trojans throughout, leading to finals of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-11. Individual stats were hard to come by as Ben Leaman and Green recorded a team high two kills with Leaman adding four digs and Green three blocks.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Undefeated no more. With a 16-4 loss to York Catholic on April 18th the girls' lacrosse team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. The flow of the game was flipped on the Lady Golden Knights as Catholic posted a 31-13 edge in shots, typically the advantage that Eastern enjoys. The result was 11 Emily Bodien saves in the loss. Addy Malone and Bri Pfeiffer split the goal scoring while Chelsea Forsyth picked up two assists.

The Lady Golden Knights ran their season opening winning streak to 10 games with a 13-5 victory over Carlisle on April 13th. Kylie Nikolaus (five goals), Pfeiffer (four goals) and Malone (three goals) led the attack with Alexus Rexroth picking up the final tally. Bodien posted another 11 saves in the win.

Win number nine of the season came on April 12th by a 13-11 final over Red Lion. Pfeiffer was tops with seven goals. Nikolaus added four while Malone and Rexroth capped the offense with one score each. Bodien needed just eight saves to preserve the two-goal win.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boys' lacrosse team was not as fortunate against Red Lion, falling by a 14-9 count. Keven Royce turned away 13 of the Lions' 27 shots during the loss. Dom Particelli netted four scores to led the Eastern offense. Jimmy Kurnik added two scores and three assists while Cole Witman picked up just one score but dished out four assists. Bryce Smith tacked on the final goal.

TRACK

The track and field teams have been busy with meets against Kennard-Dale, Northeastern and Susquehannock recently. Things kicked off on April 11th when the Golden Knights tangled with Kennard-Dale. Both sides posted easy wins with the girls blowing by the Lady Rams 126-23. Eastern won all but two events with Taylor Currier and Emily Stine leading the way in the field with two victories each. Currier captured the triple and long jumps while Stine topped the javelin and discus competition. Ashley Kerr added a shot-put victory, Solon a high jump win while Brittany Heistand rounded out the field victories by clearing 8-3 in the pole vault.

On the track, Heistand added wins in the 100H, 300H and was a part of the winning 1600m relay team as part of her busy day. Morgan Buckwalter, Madison Nalls and Hannah Myers joined Heistand on the 1600m relay team. Nalls also enjoyed a win in the 800m while taking part in the 3200m relay win along with Alaina Strittmatter, Katelyn Myer and Elizabeth Hardesty. Buckwalter and Myers were also part of Eastern's third relay win in the 400m relay. Haley Spyker and Peterson joined Buckwalter and Myers in that win while Myers added a solo victory in the 400m while Olivia McLain won the 1600m and Maddie the 3200m.

The boys managed 12 event wins in their 91-54 victory over the Rams. Nathan Lopez was the star of the day, winning the 1600m, 800m and joining the 1600m relay team. Tyrel Emig, Gavin Donnelly and Chase Reed were part of that 4x400 relay. Emig enjoyed a solo win in the 400m with a 58.6. Avian Leschke swept the hurdle events with an 18.9 in the 110H and a 47.3 in the 300H. Zach Falk picked up the final win on the track, taking the 3200m. The five field wins were split between five athletes, Brady Glatfelter (pole vault), Jared Baton (high jump), Celeb Fauth (javelin), Trey Bernstein (shot put) and Drake Brown (discus) earning wins.

Two days later the Lady Golden Knights rolled past Northeastern 99.5-46.5 with the bulk of the damage being done on the track. Eastern swept all three relays with Hardesty, Strittmatter, Myer and Nalls taking the 3200m relay, Buckwalter, Spyker, Tia Judy and Myers joining forces to win the 400m relay and Heistand, Buckwalter, Spyker and Nalls taking the 1600m relay. Maddie McLain locked down the distance events with wins in the 1600m and 3200m while Myers (400m) and Nalls (800m) combined to take the top spots in the mid-distance events. Heistand added a win in the 300H before turning her attention to the pole vault pit where she cleared 7-6 to earn the win.

Kerr added wins in the shot put and discus while Smith tossed the javelin 86-9. Stump picked up the final victory with the top spot in the triple jump.

The boys enjoyed a similar victory, topping the Bobcats 93-55. They captured all three relay races starting with Chase Reed, Conner Lanius, Taylor Cappeluti and Cameron Dedrick taking the 3200m relay to open the meet. Donnelly, Emig, Glatfelter and Lopez closed out the meet with a win in the 1600m relay. In between Balton, Donnelly, Brown and Logan Kline captured the 400m relay.

Eastern picked up a distance sweep thanks to Falk's 4:44.16 in the 1600m and 10:34.1 in the 3200m. Lopez and Leschke finished things out on the track with Lopez winning the 400m and 800m while Leschke took the 110H and the 300H.

Bernstein led the charge in the field by winning the triple jump and the shot put while Glatfelter took his spot atop the pole vault standings by clearing 10'. Balton (long jump) and Brown (discus) also earned wins.

April 18th brought another lopsided win for the Lady Golden Knights, this one by a 103-47 final over Susquehannock. Eastern was only able to win two of the three relays with Myer, Hardesty, and the McLain sisters taking the 3200m relay. Heistand, Buckwalter, Spyker and Myers locked up the 1600m relay with a 4:23.4. In between Maddie McLain ran wild in 1600m and 3200m victories with Heistand doing the same in her 100H and 300H wins. Myers joined in on the double win fun by taking the 100m and 400m while Buckwalter finished off the sprint sweep by winning the 200m. Heistand capped her day with a pole vault win while Currier (long and triple jumps) and Kerr (shot put and discus) added two wins each. Spyker finished things up with a high jump win.

The good times came to an end for the boys' side with an 85.5-64.5 loss to Susquehannock. Eastern earned just seven wins, five on the track, with Lopez and Falk leading the way. Both ran legs on the victorious 1600m and 3200m relay teams with Glatfelter and Pierre Allard taking the final two legs of the 3200m relay and Emig and Donnelly covering the remaining 1600m relay spots. Falk added wins in the 1600m and 3200m while Lopez clocked a 1:56.2 in the 800m. Glatfelter cleared 12-0 to take the top spot in the pole vault with Demonte Martin taking the high jump.

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Eastern Boys Lax Currently 5th in District 2A April 12, 2017

As the 2017 season moves along the Eastern York lacrosse teams are riding high. The Lady Golden Knights carry a perfect 8-0 mark that places them atop the District 3-2A rankings at roughly the midpoint of the season. The boys team does not carry the same unblemished record but their 6-2 mark is good enough for the fifth spot in the boy's district 2A rankings. Factor in the fact that the Golden Knights only losses are to a York Suburban team who happens to be the only YAIAA team ranked above Eastern in the District 3-2A rankings and to a Central York squad that sits second in the 3A rankings and it all adds up to a solid half season for the Golden Knight lacrosse teams.

The boys team earned win number six on April 10th with a 22-7 romp over Dover. Jimmy Kurnik and Dom Particelli led the way, combining for 13 goals and seven assists. Kurnik tallied seven of the scores while Patricelli picked up the majority of the assists with four. Gavin Evans and Bryce Smith netted two scores each while John Gilbert, Angel Maldonado, Stephen Wissler and Cadeyn Michael all picked up one score each. Kevin Royce collected four saves during his time in goal while Kade Wiley finished with zero saves during his time in front of the net.

The Golden Knights sandwiched a pair of 18-4 victories around their 14-12 April 7th loss to Suburban. The first was on April 5th over Delone Catholic. Particelli and Kurnik were at the center of the attack once again, combining for six scores and five assists. Particelli went for four and two while Kurnik tallied two and three. Bryce Henise, Cole Witman and Zach Murray rounded out the two-goal club while six other Golden Knight tallied one score each. Royce (four saves) and Wiley (five saves) combined for the win.

The second 18-4 victory came on April 8th over Conestoga Valley. Gilbert topped the attack with four goals but Particelli and Kurnik had their hand in the win as well. Particelli finished with three scores while Kurnik added two scores to his eight assists. Evans, Henise and Witman added two scores apiece while Smith, Michaels and Murry tacked on one score each. Royce went solo in goal and finished with five saves in the win.

For the unbeaten Lady Golden Knights, they knocked off their three latest foes by a combined 42-16. The closest of those games was a 12-7 victory over Dover on April 10th but even in that contest Eastern held a three-goal lead at the break before scoring another six goals in the second half. Kylie Nikolaus led the charge, finishing with a double hat trick. Bri Pfeiffer scored a standard hat trick while Chelsea Forsythe, Addy Malone and Holly Caldwell netted one score apiece. Emily Bodien needed just two saves to earn the win.

Two days prior Bodien needed nine saves in an 18-7 win over Conestoga Valley. Pfeiffer, Malone and Forsyth tallied 15 of Eastern's 18 goals with Pfeiffer taking the top spot with six. Malone collected five and Forsythe four while McKenna Keller, Holly Caldwell and Emma Hoak netted one score each.

Eastern added a 12-2 victory over York Suburban on the 7th. Thanks to Pfeiffer, Malone and Keller the Lady Golden Knights had the game well in hand by intermission where they led 9-0. Pfeiffer netted another four goals while Malone and Keller split four goals down the middle. Forsythe, Caldwell, Hoak and Payton Becker tacked on one score each. Bodien had another easy day with three saves in the ten-goal win.

BASEBALL

Wins have been a bit harder to come by for other Eastern York Spring sports. Case in point would be the baseball team and their current three game slide that started with a 10-1 loss to Kennard-Dale on April 5th. Luke Shoff got the start and took the loss for allowing one run before exiting. Bryce Billet, Bren Taylor and Drake Renn combined to cover the seven innings. The trio issued six walks and collected five strikes out to go with nine runs and 12 hits. The Golden Knights struggled at the plate, managing just three hits off Ram hurler B. Stewart. Taylor and Tyler Morgan connected for singles while Emmit Silar managed a double.

Two days later, on April 7th, the Golden Knights fell to Central York 8-0. The Panthers plated all eight of their runs in the bottom of the first then cruised the rest of the way. Shoff was handed another loss after surrendering four earned runs and all eight total in two-thirds of an inning. Jase Graybill and Derrick Hauck teamed up to finish the game, tossing four and one-third scoreless ball. Silar and Brandon Knarr connected for the only two Eastern York hits. Silar poked a sixth inning single while Knarr smacked a double to left in the second inning.

The Golden Knights finished the three-game slide on April 10th with a 10-3 loss to Gettysburg. Eastern plated all three runs in the first inning with Knarr providing a RBI double and Billet a RBI single. Taylor picked up Eastern's two remaining hits, both singles. Billet took the loss and was on the hook for five of the Warrior runs. Renn was responsible for the other five, pitching the final two and two-thirds innings. Despite surrendering a total of 10 runs, only four were earned with the pitching pair combining for three strikeouts and five walks.

SOFTBALL

The softball team picked up a win on April 10th with a 14-2 victory over Middletown but not before they too had experienced a three-game slide. The first of those three losses was a 7-2 final to Kennard-Dale on April 5th. Maelynn Leber was hit with the loss for her pitching efforts but managed two singles at the plate for the Lady Golden Knights.

April 7th sent Eastern York to Lewisberry to face off against Red Land. The Lady Patriots sent Eastern home with a 10-4 loss. Kierstin Grove got the start and took the loss after allowing four runs in four innings. Kenzie Buchmyer pitched the final two innings and was hit with the final six runs. The pair combined for three strikeouts and eight walks. Leber, Grove, Katie Lehman and Amber Forry tallied one RBI each.

One day later the Lady Golden Knights traveled to Central York where the Lady Panthers needed just five innings to post a 12-2 victory. Leber was hit with another loss, this one after allowing four earned runs and all 12 in four and one-third innings. Leber also managed one of three Eastern York hits with a two RBI single. Morgan Dobbeck and Bailee Merriel collected the other two hits.

Leber was finally able to enjoy the thrill of victory as she was on the hill for the first four innings against Middletown. Alalise Fenwick pitched the final inning in relief. Leber, Morgan Winter, Grove and Haidyn Shaffer all enjoyed two hit days. Leber and Winter collected the only extra base hits of that group with Leber smacking a triple and Winter a double.

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team fell to 0-4 on the season after an April 6th loss to Red Lion. After a 25-13 opening game loss, the Golden Knights rebounded to take game two 28-26. The Lions, however, countered with wins of 25-23 and 25-15 to close out the match. Greg Houck led way and finished with 16 assists, three digs, one kill and one block. Koury Green added seven kills, four blocks and three digs while Ben Leaman tallied eight digs and six kills.

TRACK

The track and field teams headed to Dillsburg on April 8th to compete in the Arctic Blast Invitational hosted by Northern York. Both squads finished 7th in their respective team standings.

The boys were led by Nathan Lopez and his gold medal winning time of 1:59.08 in the 800m. Brady Glatfelter just missed gold, settling for silver in the pole vault with a top height of 13'. Zach Falk collected the lone solo bronze, turning in a 10:33.23 in the 3200m while the quartet of Glatfelter, Lopez, Demonte Martin and Gavin Donnelly also nabbed a bronze in the 1600m relay. Martin added a fourth-place finish in the 300H and a fifth-place finish in the 110H while Donnelly also picked up a sixth-place finish as a member of the 400m relay team. He was joined by Jared Balton, Dustin Robinson and Drake Brown.

The Lady Golden Knights saw contributions from nine different athletes with Maddie McLain posting the top finish. She turned in a 11:30.49 to take second in the 3200m. Olivia McLain was the next runner to finish, taking third with a time of 12:12.06.

Despite nine different contributors the Lady Golden Knights still managed to have a few athletes make multiple trips to the podium. Tia Judy led the way with three such trips. She captured bronze in the 100H with a time of 17.08, took fifth in the 300H (50.05) and was a member of the fifth place 400m relay team along with Morgan Buckwalter, Haley Spyker and MaKenna Paterson. Spyker and Buckwalter both enjoyed solo trips to the medal stand. Spyker thanks to a fifth-place finish in the high jump and Buckwalter with a fifth-place finish in the 200m. Brittany Heistand joined Judy in 100H glory, finishing fifth with a time of 18.35 but missed a podium finish in the 300H where her 50.71 was just the 9th fastest time. Madison Nalls picked up a bronze medal with a 2:30.73 in the 800m while Christin Salon tacked on one last top ten finish by clearing 4' 6" in the high jump, good for tenth.

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Lady Golden Knight Lax Team Now 5-0 April 6, 2017

What a time to be a member of the Eastern York girl's lacrosse team. Five games into the 2017 season the Lady Golden Knights carry a pristine 5-0 mark while beating teams by an average of eight goals per game. "Our success is due greatly to the fact that we have more experienced players now that our program has been running for a few years," says head man Jim Deppen. "The girls want to be successful and are putting in the hard work to make it happen."

And they sure are making it happen. Case it point would be an 18-1 win over Red Land on April 3rd. Eastern had four players register multiple goals including three hat tricks. Bri Pfeiffer topped that trio with four scores with Addison Malone and Kylie Nikolaus being the other two players. Chelsea Forsyth tacked on two scores. McKenna Keller, Holly Caldwell, Ava Becker, Emma Hoak and Sydney Kelly tallied one score each to complete the offensive outburst. Emily Bodien was the beneficiary of all that offense, needing just four saves to earn the win.

The Golden Knights enjoyed another win over a Mid-Penn Conference foe a few days prior taking out Mechanicsburg by a 15-2 final on April 1st. Bodien faced just nine shots, stopping six to do her part while the offense was split between seven different players. Malone led the charge with four scores while Forsyth, Keller, and Caldwell tallied two each. Hoak and Payton Becker managed one score apiece while Pfeiffer tallied the final three scores.

Win number three of the season came on March 30th by a 13-5 final over Spring Grove. Forsyth and Pfeiffer paced the offense, splitting six goals down the middle. Malone and Nikolaus provided back-up with two scores each while Keller, Caldwell and Alexus Rexroth were responsible for the final three goals. Despite 23 Spring Grove shots Bodien needed just five saves to earn the win.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boy's lacrosse team cannot tout the same undefeated claim as their counterparts but they are close, having lost just once on the season. Two of their three victories have come since that March 28th loss to Central York.

The Golden Knights quickly got back on track, topping Spring Grove 20-11 on March 30th. Cole Witman and Dom Particelli led the way with four scores apiece. Jimmy Kurnik and Bryce Smith were right behind with three scores each with Kurnik adding a team high five assists to his day. Gavin Evans was the fifth player tally multiple goals, finishing with two. Bryce Henise, Angel Maldonado, John Gilbert and Zach Murray finished things up on offense. Kevin Royce and Kade Wiley split time in goal for Eastern with Royce tallying all 11 of the Golden Knight saves.

Eastern York opened the month of April with a 15-8 victory over Mechanicsburg. Witman tallied another four goals but it was Kurnik matching him for team high honors. Particelli was forced to settle for three scores and one assist. Gilbert tacked on two scores while Evans and Smith split the final two goals. Royce turned away another 11 shots to secure the win.

BASEBALL

The baseball team sports the same 3-1 mark as the boy's lacrosse team but only one of their victories occurred after their loss. The Golden Knights enjoyed a 3-0 win over Littlestown on April 3rd to erase the sting of a March 30th loss to Donegal.

Knarr tossed another gem in the win over Littlestown sparking head coach Blaine Garner to comment, "Brandon is throwing really well."

The senior hurler is responsible for all three wins and is making life easy on his defense by recording the majority of his outs via strikeout. After a 19-strikeout performance to open the season, Knarr nearly equaled that mark with 17 against the Thunderbolts. Couple that with just one Littlestown hit and you get a 3-0 victory. Bryce Billet closed the game out by recording the final out. Eastern's run production came from Emmit Silar's third inning double and Tyler Morgan's second inning single.

Knarr's second win of the season came on March 29th, tossing another one hit shutout with 10 more strikeouts in a 9-0 win over York Catholic. Knarr also helped his own cause as one of three players with three hits. One of those hits, a third inning single, pushed across one of the inning's three runs. Billet and Drake Renn were the two other members of the three-hit club but it was Billet taking top billing. The junior kicked off his four RBI day with a first inning double that helped Eastern jump out to a 2-0 lead. Renn's lone RBI pushed across the second run of the first inning while Billet's first single of the day plated both fourth inning runs. Billet's final RBI accounted for the team's final run in the sixth inning. "We've that seen that pitcher before and the guys were familiar with him. They knew they had to be patient in the box and wait for their pitch," said Garner of his team rapping out 15 hits and scoring nine runs.

The lone hiccup on the Golden Knights record is a 7-0 loss to Donegal.

"That was a tough one against Donegal," said Garner "It was still pretty cold out. You could tell both pitchers were having trouble gripping the ball really well."

The proof to back up Garner's thoughts comes in the form of 11 combined walks issued by the two teams. Six of those came from Eastern's starter, Luke Shoff while three more were credited to Billet in his two and two-thirds innings. Shoff took the loss while Bren Taylor finished by pitching the final inning. Silar, with a double in the sixth, and Morgan, singling in the fifth, accounted for the Golden Knights two hits.

SOFTBALL

Eastern York's softball team posted the same 2-1 mark over their last three games, topping York Catholic and Littlestown with a loss to New Oxford in between.

The 9-2 loss to New Oxford happened on March 30th. Maelynn Leber picked up five strikeouts in the effort.

The Lady Golden Knights rebounded with a 9-1 victory over Littlestown on April 3rd. Kiersten Grove earned the win with Leber providing some late inning relief. Haidyn Shaffer and Gillian Toomey paced the attack with two RBI each on four combined hits.

Eastern earned win number two of the season on March 29th, needing just three innings to blow by York Catholic 16-1. McKenzie Buchmyer picked up the win in the circle while a slew of players enjoyed a stellar day at the plate. Bailee Shaffer had a three hit day while Haiden Shaffer, Morgan Dobbeck, Buchmyer, Morgan Winter and Leber all tallied two hits. One of Leber's two hits was a home run while Winter and Dobbeck connected for matching doubles.

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team found themselves on the wrong end of matching 3-0 final scores to drop to 0-3 on the season. Red Land handed Eastern the first of those losses, claiming victory on April 3rd with wins of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19 while Spring Grove followed up with their 3-0 win one day later thanks to scores of 25-10, 25-23 and 25-16.

Greg Houck piloted the offense in both cases, tallying 21 assists against Red Land and 26 against the Rockets. Mike Shoff combined for 11 kills and 23 digs while Ben Leaman added 17 digs and another 11 kills. Koury Green tallied a team high 15 kills, adding 10 digs and two blocks. Tim Leaman checked in with 24 digs, 12 in each game.

TRACK

The boy's track team finds themselves on a two game slide after a 99-51 loss to Gettysburg in the season opener on March 29th and a 96-53 loss to York Suburban on April 4th.

The Golden Knights posted seven wins in each meet with Zack Falk and Demonte Martin leading the way. Falk captured the 1600m and the 3200m against Gettysburg but was only able to take the 3200m against Suburban. Martin claimed the 300H in both meets while adding a 110H win to his resume against the Trojans. Martin also took part in Eastern's 1600m relay victory agasint the Warriors. He combined with Gavin Donnelly, Brady Glatfelter and Nate Lopez to post a time of 3:43.8. Glatfelter added two pole vault wins while Lopez did the same in the 800m. Caleb Fauth was the final Golden Knight to earn two wins, taking the javelin in both meets. Jared Balton rounded out the winning by posting a 12.1 in the 100m against York Suburban.

The Lady Golden Knights were led by their performance on the tack in an 87-63 win over York Suburban. Eastern picked up eight of their 10 wins on the track with only Ashley Kerr and Miranda Smith earning wins in the field. Kerr captured the shot put while Smith claimed the discus.

On the track the Lady Golden Knights managed to win all three relay events, posting an 11:07 in the 3200m relay, a 4:26.6 in the 1600m relay and a 53.0 in the 400m relay. Maddie McLain accounted for two of the remaining five wins, taking the 1600m and the 3200m. Hannah Myers and Madison Nalls combined to lock downt he mid-distance events with Myers winning the 400m and Nalls the 800m. Tia Judy claimed the final Eastern York victory, posting a 17.3 in the 100H.

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Eastern Volleyball Opens Season Against Dover March 30, 2017

Spring is in the air all around the mid-state. For the Eastern York high school sports that are played outside that has meant dealing with Mother Nature. Starting with the 12+ inches of snow that forced numerous practices inside to the recent wet, rainy weather that has caused various postponements and reschedulings.

Fortunately for the Golden Knight boys' volleyball team they play indoors which eliminated most of the issues that plagued their counterparts in other sports. Unfortunately, that did not translate to a successful beginning to the season thanks to a 3-0 loss to Dover on March 28th.

The Golden Knights can take some solace in knowing that after a 25-11 opening game loss they turned things around and managed to hang with the Eagles. The end result were losses in both games but a 25-21 game two final and a 25-18 game three final ensured Dover worked hard to secure the 3-0 victory.

Koury Green was the point man for the offense, resulting in a team high 14 assists. Ben Leaman and Mike Shoff enjoyed their share of those assists to finish with six and five kills respectively. Green rounded out his evening with two kills, three digs, two blocks and one ace. Shoff joined Green in the do it all club, adding two digs, two assists, one ace and one block to his five kills. Leaman wasn't able to join his teammates in the fictitious club, missing the necessary block, but he still managed six digs, one assist and one ace along with those team high six kills. Tim Leaman netted his team high honor by matching Ben's six digs. Jake Kennell completed the team leaders by finishing with two aces.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Only one other Eastern York club was forced to experience the anguish of defeat over the first few days of the new season. That club was the boys' lacrosse team who fell to Central York by a 13-6 final on March 28th. Eastern managed 29 shots during the contest but the result was just six goals, two by Cole Witman and one apiece by Dom Particelli, Jimmy Kurnik, Gavin Evans and Bryce Smith. Witman, Particelli and Kurnik also picked up one assist each during the loss. Kade Wiley finished with 11 saves on 42 Panther shots while in goal for Eastern York.

Thankfully the Golden Knights were also able to enjoy the thrills of victory over the first few days of the season, posting a 22-7 win over New Oxford on opening day. John Gilbert joined Particelli with four goal games while Zach Murray and Evans netted three scores apiece. Casey Ferry and Kurnik collected two goals each while Witman, Zach Grove and Bryce Henise all finished with one score each. Kurnik (four assists), Witman (three assists), Smith (three assists) did their fair share of setting teammates up with Particelli (two assists), Gilbert (one assist) and Henise (one assist) also getting in on the action. Wiley (two saves) and Kevin Royce (10 saves) split time in goal and shared the win.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The Lady Golden Knight lacrosse team is sporting a 2-0 mark after an opening day win over New Oxford and a narrow victory over Central York on the 28th. Emily Bodien was in goal for both victories, turning away five shots in the 11-6 win over New Oxford and four shots in the 6-5 nail bitter over Central York.

In both games Bodien was aided by an Addison Malone hat trick as the freshman mid accounted for three goals in each game. Kylie Nikolaus enjoyed the same three goal output in the win over the Lady Colonials but wasn't able to replicate the hat trick against Central York, finishing with just one goal. Bri Pfeiffer picked up the two remaining goals against Central York to go with a single score against New Oxford. McKenna Keller and Alexus Rexroth also finished with one score against New Oxford while Chelsea Forsyth tallied the final two goals.

SOFTBALL - BASEBALL

The rainy weather may have messed with the baseball and softball teams schedule before and after opening day but both squads were able to complete their first game without a hitch.

For the Lady Golden Knights that meant a 7-1, five inning victory over Hanover on March 24th. Kiersten Grove tossed three of those five innings to earn the win while Maelynn Leber covered the final two innings in the circle for Eastern. Grove finished with five of the pair's eight strikeouts while Leber had one of the pair's three walks. Leber also inflicted some damage with her bat, collecting a single and a triple in her three at-bats. Amber Forry and Bailee Merrill also enjoyed two hit days, combining for four singles.

Over on the baseball diamond the Golden Knights also enjoyed a 7-1 win over Hanover.

"We have a lot of returning starters back from last year and it looks like we are picking up where we left off," said head coach Blaine Garner.

Picking up where they left off is an understatement in regards to Brandon Knarr. The senior starter tossed 6.2 innings with only the new PIAA pitch count limit keeping him from a complete game. Bryce Billet accounted for the final out of the game, via strikeout while Knarr posted 19 strikeouts over his 6+ innings on the hill. Knarr was so dominate that he recorded all three outs via strikeout in five different innings. One of the two remaining innings was the seventh when Knarr tallied two punch-outs before exiting the game to make way for Billet's strikeout. The other inning was in the sixth when a double play ball accounted for two outs before Knarr finished things off with another strikeout.

At the plate it was Bren Taylor leading the way, falling a home run short of the cycle. Instead he settled for a RBI triple in the third and a RBI double in the fifth to go with his fourth inning single. Drake Renn drove in two runs as well, adding a walk to his two singles. Jase Graybill finished off the multi-hit club by rapping out two singles to go with a fourth inning walk.

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Eastern Hoop Teams Bow in District Playoffs March 2, 2017

After a pair of successful regular season campaign's, the boys' and girls' basketball teams dropped their YAIAA quarterfinal contests, their District 3-4A quarterfinal games and their District 3-4A consolation semifinal games, bringing an end to their 2016-2017 seasons.

With a 14-9 mark in the regular season the boy's team earned the fifth seed in the 4A bracket, setting up a rematch of the 2016 opening round contest for between Eastern York and Middletown. Eastern prevailed last year but this year belonged to Middletown, 73-63.

The cause of the 10-point loss can be traced back to Eastern's struggles in the second and third quarters. During the decisive 16-minutes, the fourth seeded Blue Raiders posted a 35-16 advantage that lead to a 20-point hole entering the final frame. The Golden Knights, behind Evan Springer, made a strong fourth quarter surge, outscoring Middletown 33-23, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Springer hit three deep balls during his 11-point fourth quarter, putting an exclamation point on his 14-point game. Trevor Seitz aided the fourth quarter rally, picking up six of his 14-points. He added another five as part of Eastern's eight-point second quarter and picked up the final three in the third. Stephen Wisler joined Springer and Seitz in double digits with 12 points. He did the majority of his work in the opening frame to help the Golden Knights recover from Middletown's 7-0 run that kicked off the game. Wisler scored eight in the frame and picked up both of his three-pointers in leading the Golden Knights back from that slow start to finish the quarter within one, 15-14. The sophomore cooled from there adding just three more points to his tally to finish with those 12 points.

The quarterfinal loss to Middletown sent Eastern York to Milton Hershey on February 27th for a consolation semifinal tilt opposite Schuylkill Valley. For the second straight game, it was the second and third quarters that spelled doom for Eastern. In this edition, the Golden Knights opened a 12-point lead over the first eight minutes only to see it slip away over the ensuing 16-minutes. The Panthers posted an 18-11 edge in the second to trim Eastern York's lead down to five and used a 23-15 run through the third to take a three-point lead into the fourth. The two sides played even up in the fourth to finish off Eastern's season with a 61-58 loss.

Springer finished with a game high 25 that included six from downtown. Sophomore Demonte Martin was the only other Golden Knight in double figures with 11 points. Only three other players managed to score for Eastern with Wisler and Ryan Harmer splitting 16-points down the middle. Seitz tallied the final six points. The loss puts Eastern's 2016-2017 record at 14-11.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Golden Knights also finished the 2016-2017 campaign with a 14-11 mark thanks to their district losses to Lancaster Catholic and Berks Catholic.

Against Berks Catholic the Lady Golden Knights were unable to find much rhythm on offense leading to just one double digit scorer. Meanwhile the Saints had four players hit the double-digit threshold to account for 45 of their 49 points. Hannah Myers scored all 10 of Eastern's fourth quarter points to finish with a game high 15. For Berks Catholic it was Abigail Gaffney (13-points), Dejah Terrell (11-points), Taylor Blunt (11-points) and Taylor Keys (10-points) leading the way.

With only Myers in double digits for Eastern it took six other players to reach 39 points for the game. Cassidy Arnold led the pack with six points while Amanda Galentine and Brooke LaCesa netted five points each. Addison Malone (four points), Katie Lehman (three points) and Morgan Winter (one point) finished things off.

The loss that pitted Eastern York against Berks Catholic occurred four days prior, on Friday the 24th, at Lancaster Catholic. That loss, to the surprise of the home fans, was a lot closer than the 67-49 final made it appear.

In fact, the Golden Knights, despite trailing by as many as 14 in the second quarter, actually held a lead late in the third before allowing the Lady Crusaders to post a 23-6 fourth quarter edge, accounting for 17 of the 18-point final margin. That fourth quarter surge was led by Catholic's super sophomore Kiki Jefferson who collected 12 of her game high 26.

The game opened much the same way it closed, with Lancaster Catholic in control. The Lady Crusaders used a suffocating defense to setup their offense which made the score 15-10 after eight minutes. Catholic continued their pressure defense and forced Eastern into more turnovers. That led to a 30-16 Lancaster Catholic lead with just over three minutes remaining in the half.

Myers officially kicked started the rally that closed the gap to 33-31 at the break by connecting on one of two free throws but it was more of a Cassidy Arnold rally from there. The sophomore scored seven of Eastern's next 10 points, including five straight on a nifty up and under move and a nice jump stop and one three-point play. All of that, plus a Myers three ball, made it a three-point game. Thanks to buckets by LaCesa and Malone the Lady Golden Knights were able to trim another point off the deficit to enter half time down only two.

Eastern kept coming throughout the third and finally took the lead on a Myers steal and layup with 2:22 remaining in the frame. A few seconds later Myers dished an assist to Lehman to make it 43-40 in favor of the visiting team. Things would unravel from there as Myers picked up her fourth foul a bit after that assist and fouled out of game with just under four minutes remaining in the game. That sent the Lady Golden Knights into a tailspin that allowed the Lady Crusaders to close out the game on a 13-1 run.

Arnold, spurred by a nine point second quarter, finished with a team high 13 points. LaCesa added 11 while Myers chipped in 10 due to limited playing time because of foul trouble. Malone (seven points), Lehman (five points) and Galentine (three points) rounded out the offense for Eastern York.

WRESTLING

The Golden Knights began the post season with 12 wrestlers in the sectional round of districts. Only three advanced with only one doing well enough to keep their postseason alive.

That grappler was Jahshim Snyder who finished fourth in the 182-pound bracket after a consolation finals loss to Trinity's Colten Drawbaugh. Snyder's only other loss on the weekend was to the eventual silver medalist, Devin Evans of Susquehanna Township, by a 13-6 final in the semifinals. Snyder evened his district championship record to 2-2 with wins over Kutztown's Logan Bachman and Upper Dauphin's Mason Wiest.

Troy Staats and Carl Carbaugh went a combined 0-4 to bring their respective seasons to a close. Staats dropped his 152-pound battles to Jakob Naylor of Wyomissing and Columbia's Marcus Falcon. Carbaugh, wrestling at 195, was done in by Tulpehocken's Zach Ruffner and Northern Lebanon's Maxx Emborsky.

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3 Eastern Matmen Qualify For Districts February 23, 2017

Late February in Pennsylvania is synonymous with cold weather and high school playoffs. For the wrestling enthusiast out there that means a plethora of options starting with the District Team tournament, through the league championship tournaments and rolling on through states in March. The busiest point in that stretch, and probably the most exciting, occurs around the third weekend of February when mid-state wrestlers scatter to various sites for the District 3 Sectional round.

For the 2016-2017 season the sectional round of districts sent Eastern York to York Springs where Bermudian Springs played host to all the AA schools from the YAIAA. Of the 12 Golden Knight grapplers that made the journey, eight of them enjoyed a top four finish with three of those eight posting the top three finish necessary to advance to the District Championships.

Jahshim Snyder led the trio, capturing the only gold medal of the weekend for Eastern. The junior 182-pounder needed just two wins to capture his prize, spending just 2:35 on the mat thanks to back-to-back pinfalls. He decked Delone Catholic's Austin Little at the 47-second mark of their semifinal tilt and put Nate McCollum's (Bermudian Springs) shoulders to the mat at 1:48 in the championship bout.

Troy Staats and Carl Carbaugh will join Snyder in Hershey for the district tournament. Staats punched his ticket by nabbing bronze in the 152-pound bracket. He did so despite dropping his semifinal bout to the eventual silver medalist, Colton Shriner of Fairfield, via a 7-0 final. Staats rebounded to win the consolation championship 13-1 over Hanover's Sam Duvall.

Carbaugh had to win one extra match to lock up his bronze medal at 195 after starting on the same path as Staats. Carbaugh's semifinal loss was to Delone Catholic's Brady Repasky. Waiting in the consolation semifinals was Biglerville's Nathan Talton, whom Carbaugh pinned in just 32-seconds. Carbaugh needed more time than that to pin Hanover's Shane Warehime in the consolation finals, getting the job done early in the second period.

Allen Miller picked up the first fourth place medal for Eastern, doing so at 106 pounds. Miller can take some solace in knowing that his losses were to two of the three wrestlers that finished above him on the day. His semifinal loss was to eventual silver medalist, Blake Showers of Biglerville. The consolation finals loss that earned Miller his fourth-place finish also earned his opponent, Jacob Yealy of Littlestown, the bronze.

The remaining quartet of fourth place finishers all went 1-2 on the day. Thomas Paulson, Wyatt Smith and Nathan Robbins were all able to enjoy quarterfinal victories before suffering their two losses. Paulson opened with a pinfall win over Delone Catholic's Yanzhou Chen only to see his 132-pound title hopes squashed in the semifinals thanks to a loss to Trenton Harder of Bermudian Springs. Kennard-Dale's Justin Camron-Miller handed Paulson his second straight loss, ending the junior's season.

For Smith, the 285-pound consolation final loss to Kennard-Dale's Tanner Harkins meant an end to his Eastern York wrestling career. Smith enjoyed a pinfall victory over Biglerville's Chris Weaver in the quarterfinals before a loss to Bryce Perkins of Delone Catholic set up the Harkins match.

Robbins opened his 138-pound journey with a 15-5 win over Hanover's Dominick Grieco only to have his momentum halted with a semifinal loss to Nick Bradley of Kennard-Dale, the eventual winner of the 138-pound bracket. A 10-6 loss to Delone Catholic's Nathaniel Lowrie in the consolation finals meant a fourth-place medal to Robbins.

Corey Rietscha picked up his fourth-place finish by going loss-win-loss in the 170-pound bracket. Kennard-Dale's Austin McNamee handed Rietscha his first loss while Trace Grim of Bermudian Springs handed him his second and final loss. In between Rietscha managed to pin Delone Catholic's Brendan Quinn at the 1:32 mark of their consolation semifinal bout.

The four remaining Eastern York wrestlers found victory elusive with all four, Justin Manganello (126), Dylon Prugar (145), Beshoy Salama (160) and Drake Brown (220), going 0-2 on the day.

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EY Hoop Teams Bow in YAIAA Quarters February 16, 2017

As the high school basketball postseason kicks off across the mid-state, the Eastern York boys and girl's teams share some similarities. Both carry 14-9 overall records, good enough to garner the five seed in the upcoming District 3-4A playoffs. And most importantly both finished second in the final Division II standings, earning both squads a YAIAA quarterfinal match-up with York Catholic.

The result of both quarterfinal games was an Eastern York loss. The girls got after it on Friday, February 10th at Dallastown with the Lady Shamrock posting a 68-54 victory. For the Lady Golden Knights, it was the second loss to York Catholic in nine days thanks to a late season match-up that went the way of the Lady 'Rocks.

In the YAIAA playoffs it was a slow start that doomed Eastern. The Lady Golden Knights managed just 15 points over the first 16 minutes of action. That allowed York Catholic to build a 12-point, 27-15, lead halfway through the contest. Eastern York, behind Hannah Myers, stormed back through the third quarter posting a 25-19 edge in the frame. Myers accounted for 17 of those 25 third quarter points on her way to a team high 25 for the game.

"By the end of the third quarter we were within six but we exerted a lot trying to trap and get back in the game and just ran out of gas," said head coach Brad Weaver of his team's third quarter run and subsequent fourth quarter drop off. That drop off led to a 22-14 York Catholic edge to close out the game with a 14-point final margin.

"York Catholic played hard, offensively, everything we wanted we got, we just didn't finish. I don't think it was anything they did special it was more us not finishing plays," said Weaver. "We played hard and I think we are getting better."

Kate Bauhuf netted 30 points to lead Catholic to the win. Katie Lehman backed up Myers with a 15-point effort. Amanda Galentine (seven points), Addison Malone (four points) and Brooke LaCesa (three points) cleaned up the remaining Eastern York scoring.

Up next for the Lady Golden Knights is a February 24th trip to Lancaster Catholic for a District 3-4A quarterfinal game against the fourth seeded Lady Crusaders.

On the boys side their quarterfinal tilt with York Catholic happened on Saturday, February 11th at West York and resulted in a 68-54 Shamrock victory. For the Golden Knights, it was a sluggish second and third quarter that proved to be their undoing. So much so that Eastern's slim two point, 12-10, lead through the first was flipped into a massive 28-point, 48-20, deficit heading into the final frame. Eastern was able to cut the final margin down to 11 points thanks to a 31-14 run over the final eight minutes of action. Stephen Wisler netted 14 points, 11 coming in that fourth quarter rally, to lead Eastern York. Evan Springer added 13 points in back-up with nine coming from his three made three-pointers.

Eastern York's District 3-4A opener takes them to Middletown where they meet last year's first round foe. Tip-off for the rematch is set for 7pm on February 23rd.

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Lady Knights Seeded 5th in District 3 - 4A February 9, 2017

The end of the 2016-2017 regular season was a bit of a downer for the girls' basketball team. The Lady Golden Knights dropped their final three games to finish with the same 14-8 overall mark as the boy's team. They did enjoy more success in Division II action, finishing with a 10-4 mark that earned them a YAIAA quarterfinal match-up with York Catholic. The 14-8 overall record drops the fifth seeded Lady Golden Knights into the District 3-4A quarterfinal where they will face Bishop McDevitt on February 24th.

A sluggish start against York Catholic on February 1st paved the way for a 74-56 loss. After trailing the Lady Shamrocks by 11 to start the second quarter, Eastern found their footing to a degree, trailing by just 12 points at intermission. That success led to a 16-12 edge in the third that cut Catholic's lead down to eight with just one quarter remaining. From there the Lady 'Rocks regained their footing and ripped off a 28-18 run through the final frame that pushed the final margin to 18 points.

Hannah Myers battled Catholic's Kate Bauhof to a draw with each player tallying 33 points to lead their respective teams. Cassidy Arnold was the only other Lady Golden Knight to crack the double-digit barrier, finishing with 11 points.

A slow start also doomed Eastern York two nights later when they faced Dover in the regular season finale. The only difference here was a slow start was to the second half. Eastern actually opened the game well, outscoring the Lady Eagles 11-8 in the opening frame. Dover returned the favor in the second quarter sending the teams into the locker room knotted at 26-26.

The third quarter belonged to Dover as the Lady Eagles posted a 21-8 advantage to take a 13-point lead into the final quarter. The Lady Golden Knights, however, were not able to recover leading to another five points being added to the final margin. Myers topped the team in scoring with 17 this time around. Brooke LaCesa added 10 points with Arnold chipping in nine.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Despite ending the regular season with a four-game losing streak, the Golden Knights do get to enjoy the postseason thanks to their 14-8 overall mark and 7-5 Division II record. Eastern mostly owes their postseason invites to a nine-game winning streak that ran from mid-December through early-January. That, combined with a four-game stretch in late January, punched the Golden Knights ticket to the YAIAA Tournament as well as the District 3-4A bracket. Eastern's YAIAA fun kicks off on February 11th when they battle York Catholic at West York. District action begins on February 23rd with a trip to Middletown for a quarterfinal tilt.

The two most recent losses in that four-game slide were to Lancaster Catholic and Dover and contained the same refrain, slow starts. Eastern trailed Catholic by 14 and Dover by 11 after one, forcing the Golden Knights to play catch-up in both contests.

As the 59-41 final shows, Eastern York was never able to find the comeback trail against the Crusaders. In fact Lancaster Catholic posted scoring advantages in all but the fourth quarter, leading to the 18-point final margin.

"I thought we played better in the second half," said head coach Jon Reichard. "It was a gauge for us to see what level we need to play at. They came out and played extremely hard and I think that helped us, some of these young kids seeing how hard good teams play."

Despite better play in the second half points were hard to come by, leaving the Golden Knights with no double-digit scorers. Sophomore Bryce Henise topped the scoring chart with eight points. Seth Bernstein added seven while Evan Springer and Trevor Seitz chipped in six points apiece.

February 3rd sent Eastern York to Dover where the aforementioned slow start doomed the Golden Knights. The 11-point deficit ballooned to as many as 20 during the second quarter before Eastern York began chipping away. They managed to whittle the Eagle lead down to 14 at the break, seven heading into the final frame and even took a brief lead with around three minutes remaining in the contest. Dover, behind 35 points from Keith Davis, whose performance included seven long range bombs, held off the Golden Knight charge to post a 79-73 win.

"In the second half we competed. That first half we came out sluggish again and it came back to bite us, we can't start games like that," was Reichard's assessment of the six-point loss.

Bernstein fueled the comeback bid, netting 17 points to lead four Golden Knights in double figures. Springer added 13 points while Stephen Wisler drained four from long range to account for the bulk of his 14 points. Ryan Harmer was the final member of the quartet, finishing with 10 points in the loss.

WRESTLING

It is always nice to beat your rival but to do it in a convincing fashion makes the victory that much sweeter. Such was the case when the Eastern York wrestling team tangled with Columbia in their final dual meet of the season. Buoyed by seven Tide forfeits the Golden Knights rolled to a 72-0 victory.

Drake Brown opened the match by pinning Michelangelo Stewart just 76 seconds into their 220-pound match. A few seconds later Eastern was up 18-0 thanks to forfeit wins by Wyatt Smith at 285 and Allen Miller at 106. Neither team sent a wrestler to the mat at 113 leaving Thomas Dosch's pin of Joeleen Wakenfield at 120 the next action on the mat.

Justin Manganello followed with the third forfeit win, this one at 126. Thomas Paulson posted one of two Eastern victories that did not contain bonus points. His 6-2 win over Isaiah Hunter at 132 gave the Golden Knights a 33-0 lead. Nathan Ribbons pinned Nicholas Garrido one second quicker than Brown took care of Stewart making it 39-0 with six weight classes remaining.

Dylon Prugar earned forfeit win number four at 145 while Troy Staats picked up Eastern's fourth fall at 152, taking care of Marcus Falcon. Beshoy Salama earned Eastern's second decision of the match, topping Mena Metias by an 8-6 final at 160. The match ended a few moments later as Corey Rietscha (170), Jahshim Snyder (182) and Carl Carbaugh (195) closed things out with forfeit wins.

The Columbia win was Eastern's final regular dual match of the year but they were not finished with their regular season just yet. They hosted York Tech, Harrisburg, Elizabethtown and Halifax on Saturday, February 4th for the Martin Kondor Memorial Dual Tournament. The Golden Knights went 2-2 to finish in the middle of the five-team pack. Eastern York managed to knock off York Tech 63-12 and Harrisburg 42-33 but fell to Halifax, 33-30, and eventual champion, Elizabethtown by a 46-22 final.

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Lady Knights Bow to West York, Beat Gettysburg February 2, 2017

Over the course of a high school basketball game there are many possessions leading to countless reasons that determine the outcome. So much so that one could be driven crazy if tasked with finding one specific reason for a loss. However, in the case of the Eastern York girls' basketball team dropping their YAIAA Division II tilt with West York on January 31st, one has to look no further than free throws.

In the 51-44 Lady Bulldog victory Eastern missed a whopping 20 shots from the charity stripe.

"We lost by seven," said head coach Brad Weaver. "It's tough. West York is a good team but we were 10 for 30 from the foul line, it's frustrating. We gave a lot of easy points away and I don't think we've ever shot that poorly in a game."

Despite the struggles from the line, the Lady Golden Knights really only had trouble on the scoreboard in the opening quarter. In that frame, Angie Hawkins dropped nine of her team high 15 points to lead West York to a 12-7 edge. The two sides played mostly even-up for the remaining three quarters with West York adding single points to their lead in both the second and third quarters. A 12-12 final frame left Eastern with a seven-point loss.

Hannah Myers was part of the 15-point club, joining Hawkins and fellow Lady Bulldog Paige Weekly at the top of the scoring sheet for the game. Cassidy Arnold settled for 14 points. Brooke LaCesa added eight points, Katie Lehman five points and Amanda Galentine two points to finishing up the Lady Golden Knights scoring.

A few nights earlier Eastern was able to post a 55-42 victory over Gettysburg.

"That was an important victory. It took some pressure off of us this week. That was one we needed to get being on the road," said Weaver.

Eastern York wasted little time taking control of the contest, jumping out to a 16-6 lead after eight minutes thanks to the work of LaCesa. The junior forward netted ten of her career high 27 points in that opening quarter to set the tone. Gettysburg made a minor run through the second quarter, trimming four points off of Eastern's cushion but the Lady Golden Knights answered back with an eight-point edge in the third. A back-and-forth final quarter allowed Eastern to leave Gettysburg with the key victory. Myers chipped in 13 points while Arnold (eight points), Lehman (four points) and Galentine (three points) cleaned up the remaining points.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Over on the boy's side of things, a 65-53, January 26th, win over York Tech proved to be the high-water mark over the last week for the Golden Knights. Through 18 games, including that win over the Spartans, Eastern averaged 61 points per game. In the two subsequent games, the Golden Knights averaged just 33.5 points a game, leading to losses to Gettysburg and West York.

The loss to Gettysburg was the toughest. That is because the Warriors posted a 9-5 edge in the final stanza, flipping a three-point Eastern lead into a 30-29 Gettysburg victory. Evan Springer was the lone player from either team to reach double figures, hitting 10 on the nose. Seth Bernstein added five points and Dom Particelli four points as back-up to Springer.

Points were no easier to find on the 31st as Eastern fell to West York, 51-38. Despite the 13-point loss the Golden Knights did have two of the game's three double digit scores in Stephen Wisler and Particelli. Wisler, the sophomore guard, collected 11 points while Particelli, the senior forward, just missed game high honors with 16 points. West York's Kenton Meckley tallied 18 points to lead everyone.

As for that victory over York Tech, the Golden Knights used a strong second quarter to overcome a slow start. The Spartans posted a 15-10 edge in the opening quarter but Eastern quickly flipped things with a 21-9 second quarter run. The resulting seven-point cushion remained until the final stanza where Eastern was able to tack on another five points for the 12-point final margin. Springer (17 points) and Wisler (11 points) paced the Golden Knights while York Tech's Terrance Romey drilled five from long range on his way to 27 points.

The rocky week puts Eastern at 14-6 overall and 7-4 in Division II play. The former is good enough for one of the 10 spots in the upcoming District 3-4A playoffs. The latter has the Golden Knights sitting in second place in the division, just one game up on West York.

WRESTLING

As the wrestling season winds down the Golden Knights were able to enjoy a light week with just one match-up on the docket. Unfortunately, things did not go Eastern's way leading to a 46-28 loss to Delone Catholic.

"They moved their line-up around quite a bit and two of our better kids, they didn't send anybody out against, so they didn't even get to wrestle a match," commented head coach Dan Garner. "The match didn't turn out as we had hoped. They are a tough team."

The struggles started from the get-go as the Squires captured the first three matches leading to a quick 15-0 hole for Eastern. Jahshim Snyder's forfeit win at 182 followed by Carl Carbaugh's pinfall win at 195 quickly closed the gap to 15-12 but Delone ended any thoughts of an Eastern victory by winning six of the final nine bouts. That included the decisive stretch where Allen Miller's forfeit win at 106 was the lone Eastern win through seven weight classes.

The Golden Knights managed to salvage the end of the match, posting back-to-back wins in the final two bouts. Nathan Robbins earned the first of those two, topping Nathaniel Lowrie by a 19-6 count at 138. Dylan Prugar closed out the night by pinning Sean Kronner just after the second period kicked off in their 145-pound match.

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Eastern York Boys Notch Three Straight Wins January 26, 2017

If the past week is any indication, the Eastern York boys' basketball team seems to have figured out life after Jared Achterberg. The senior big man went down with an ACL injury in a January 9th win over York Tech. The Golden Knights promptly dropped three straight as the team worked to replace Achterberg's scoring, defense and leadership.

"We were working on that prior to my departure and then kind of got it together Monday and put some people in some spots they weren't accustom so the young kids had to step up," offered head coach Jon Reichard.

The streak buster occurred on January 20th courtesy of a 49-46 win over York Suburban. The Golden Knights survived a strong 20-8 fourth quarter push by the Trojans thanks to their work in the opening half. Over the opening 16 minutes of action Eastern posted a 32-17 edge, providing the cushion needed to outlast Suburban's fourth quarter surge. Dom Particelli dropped a game high 17 points while Seth Bernstein chipped in 11 to aid the winning effort. Luke Babinchak collected 14 points in the loss for Suburban.

The Golden Knights made it two straight one night later, topping Columbia by a 58-40 final in the Battle of the Bridge. This time it was Eastern that used a fourth quarter surge to secure the 18-point victory. Bernstein led Eastern's push, scoring 11 of his 12 points and all but seven of the team's total in the final frame. Particelli added 10 points in the win but it was Evan Springer that took game high honors with his 16 points.

Eastern York's next victory, a 51-42, January 24th win over Kennard-Dale, came with Reichard back on the sidelines after a three-game absence. The Golden Knights used a slow and steady approach to get by the Rams, outscoring KD by two, three, one and three points to secure the nine-point victory. Particelli's 14 points combined with 13 points from sophomore Stephen Wisler proved to be enough to overcome Kennard-Dale's trio of 11 point scorers.

The past week not all was good for the Knights as a 45-44 loss to Susquehannock on January 18th handed Eastern their second Division II loss of the season. Eastern York fell behind early, trailing 18-14 after one but the Golden Knights ripped off a 13-4 spurt through the second quarter to enjoy a five-point cushion at intermission. Adam Hedgeland scored five of his team high 11 points in the third quarter to help his Warriors shrink that gap down to one point with eight minutes remaining. Susquehannock posted a slim 9-8 edge in the decisive frame to leave Wrightsville with the upset victory. Springer was the lone Golden Knight in double figures, finishing with a game high 13 points. Bernstein nearly joined him, finishing with nine points.

"The coaching staff did a good job. We ended up winning two of the three which kept us afloat," said Reichard of the unusual week. "Then with last night's win we are still tied for first in the section and we are top three in districts, so we're right where we need to be."

With the wins over York Suburban, Columbia and Kennard-Dale the three-game slide has been replaced with a three-game winning streak, moving Eastern to 13-4 overall and 7-2 in YAIAA Division II.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The season is moving along in similar fashion for the Lady Golden Knight hoops team. Wins over York Suburban and Kennard-Dale snapped a two-game losing streak and put Eastern's overall record at 13-5 and their YAIAA Division II mark at 9-2. The former is good enough for the fifth spot in the most current District 3-4A rankings while the latter has the Lady Golden Knights in second place in the division.

Before the two-game losing streak could be snapped, it had to be complied. The first half of the streak came with a tough loss to Central York on the 16th while the second half was an equally difficult loss to Susquehannock that broke-up the deadlock atop the division standings.

A 59-32 final would usually come with a full score sheet but in this case only 11 players, six for Eastern and five for Susquehannock, combined to score the 91 points. Jayla Galbreath (19 points), Tyler Williams (18 points) and Jaden Walker (16 points) did the lion's share of work for the Lady Warriors. The trio combined to score 53 of the team's 59 points, including 36-of-37 in the second half. It was in that second half where Susquehannock took control of the game, stretching a six-point halftime lead to the 27-point final.

On the Eastern side, it was Brooke LaCesa taking the top spot with 10 points. Cassidy Arnold and Katie Lehman added eight points apiece while Hannah Myers, Amanda Galentine and Addison Malone netted two points each to finish out the Lady Golden Knights offense for the game.

A return to the winning column occurred two nights later with a 43-40 victor over York Suburban. Myers led a second half charge that flipped a seven point, 22-15, halftime deficit to a three point, 43-40 victory. The junior guard collected 28 of her team's 43 points, including 21 during that second half surge where Eastern scored 28 total points. Lehman (six), Arnold (five), LaCesa (two) and Malone (two) finished up the scoring for the Lady Golden Knights. Parker Faircloth-Heinse led the Lady Trojans with 12 points.

Tuesday, January 24th sent Eastern York to Fawn Grove to battle the Lady Rams of Kennard-Dale. The Lady Golden Knights were able to enjoy the ride home thanks to a 38-30 win. Points were at a premium as neither team managed to crack the double-digit point barrier until the fourth quarter. Even then Eastern's 12 points and KD's 10 points barely eclipsed that threshold. With points so hard to come by only two players reached double figures for the game, Arnold with 10 points for Eastern and Chandler Swanson who had 13 points for Kennard-Dale. LaCesa nearly joined the pair, finishing with nine points while Galentine and Myers were within striking distance as well, finishing with eight points apiece. Morgan Winter picked up the final three points for Eastern York.

WRESTLING

A tale of three matches. When breaking down Eastern's 51-24 loss to Susquehannock, the results breakdown cleanly into three sections. The first section, covering the opening six bouts went to Susquehannock, giving the Warriors a 27-6 lead. Eastern controlled the middle section, posting three straight pins to shrink the gap to 27-24 with only five matches remaining. Unfortunately, those five matches went to the Warriors, giving the home squad the comfy victory.

"I thought we matched up well coming in and I thought we had a chance to pull off the upset," said head coach Dan Garner. "We came up on the short end there against Susquehannock, we ran a lot of close matches but weren't able to pull through and it ended up pretty lopsided."

Allen Miller earned Eastern's lone victory in the opening section, pinning Mitchell Brown at the 3:48 mark of their 106-pound tilt. Susquehannock wins at 285, 113, 120, 126 and 132 were sandwiched around Miller's win to give the Warriors a 27-6 lead.

Nathan Robbins jumped started the Golden Knight comeback bid by pinning Luke Peters early in the second period of their 138-pound clash. Dylan Prugar needed just 81 seconds to dispatch Nathan Bell at 145 while Troy Staats went nearly two full periods before putting Garrett Mathena's shoulders to the mat at 152.

Eastern's comeback was halted there as Susquehannock closed out the match with three pinfall and two decision wins, including a thriller at 182. There Jahshim Snyder suffered his first loss of the season, a 6-5 decision to Jack Allred, leaving Snyder with a 20-1 mark on the year.

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