Eastern York Caps Season in PIAA Quarterfinals June 14, 2017
The dream run through the 2017 postseason has officially come to an end for the Eastern York softball team. The magical journey that took the Lady Golden Knights through their first District 3 Championship game and into the PIAA tournament ended with a 15-4, five inning quarterfinal loss on June 8th to District 1 champ, Tunkhannock. With the loss, Eastern York finished with a 17-7 mark.
Eastern wasn't able to keep pace with the Lady Tigers, falling behind by a 3-0 count after just one inning. That made the Lady Golden Knights' failed rally in the top of the first painful enough but what happened in the second basically ended the game.
Tunkhannock sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the second, leading to nine runs and a 12-0 lead. Despite the seemingly insurmountable lead, Eastern York kept working, pushing two runs across in the top of the third to keep that comeback hope alive a bit longer. Morgan Winter was responsible for those runs, drilling a double for her only hit of the game.
The Lady Tigers got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame, making it 13-2 after three innings. The Lady Golden Knights were not finished fighting, plating another two runs in the fourth courtesy of RBI hits by Alalise Fenwick and Morgan Dobbeck. That moved the score to 13-4 and gave Eastern York a bit of hope. Unfortunately, Tunkhannock squashed that hope, plating two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth, making it 15-4 and bringing the 10-run rule into play as the fifth inning got underway.
Needing to score at least two runs to keep the game and their season alive, the Lady Golden Knights went to work. The result was two baserunners just two batters into the inning which turned into runners on the corners with just one out. That one out quickly became three as the Lady Tigers pulled off an inning and game ending double play.
Maelynn Leber absorbed the brunt of the damage on the mound for Eastern York despite a short one and two third inning stay in the circle. The typically sensational freshman allowed eight hits and 10 earned runs over those five outs but did not issue a walk or pick up a strikeout. Fenwick covered the final three and one third inning for Eastern, surrendering the final five runs on five hits and two walks.
Fenwick finished with two of Eastern York's 11 hits, joining Dobbeck and Haidyn Shaffer in the multi-hit club. Winter, Katie Lehman, Megan Myers, Amber Forry and Kierstin Grove completed the offense with one hit each.
Eastern York Tops Bonner Prendegast June 8, 2017
The Eastern York softball team continues to add to their season of firsts. The most recent, a PIAA tournament victory, gets tacked on to the Lady Golden Knights list of season accomplishments that includes their first ever PIAA tournament appearance and their first ever District 3 Championship game appearance.
As with their past few wins the Lady Golden Knights needed some late inning heroics combined with lock-down pitching and defense to top their PIAA-4A first-round foe, Bonner Prendegast by a 4-3 final.
As she has all postseason, Maelynn Leber was a big part of the win on both sides. Her most recent exploit was kick starting a rally in the top of the fifth that produced the winning run, doing so with a one out double. A few batters later Leber's courtesy runner scored on a sac fly, breaking up a short lived 3-3 tie.
Leber was not finished as she was the game's starter on the mound and pitched all seven innings, keeping the Lady Pandas scoreless over the final three innings to secure the win. Leber also kept Bonner Prendegast off the scoreboard through the first two innings but did allow three runs over the third and fourth innings. She added three strikeouts and one walk to five scattered hits and those three runs.
Leber also padded the Lady Golden Knights early lead, pushing Katie Lehman across after Lehman smacked a two-out double. Leber eventually scored on an error to make it 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third. The Lady Pandas inched closer with a two run third before knotting the game in the bottom of the fourth, setting the stage for Leber's heroics.
Eastern York earned that PIAA first round game after finishing second in the District 3-4A tournament. That second-place finish came courtesy of a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale where Eastern York was on the wrong side of a late inning comeback.
This time it was the Lady Rams plating the winning run, doing so with a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the eighth. Eastern thought they had the game in hand after a two-run fifth put them on top 2-0 but KD scored two of their own in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.
Leber pitched all eight innings for Eastern York, allowing nine hits and three runs to go with five strikeouts and no walks. Lehman and Morgan Winter provided the pop for that two-run fifth, each connecting on a single in the inning. Lehman's base knock resulted in a RBI while Winter's hit eventually led to her crossing the plate.
Knights Reach First-Ever District Final June 1, 2017
There may be seven innings in a high school softball game but there are times when one of those innings takes on more importance than the rest. Take the seventh inning of Eastern York's District 3-4A quarterfinal tilt opposite Bishop McDevitt on May 26th.
The teams entered the final inning deadlocked at 3-3, and what happened over the next six outs more or less rendered all that happened before moot. Lady Golden Knight ace Maelynn Leber played a key role in both halves of the frame, first by finishing out her stellar game on the mound, keeping the Lady Crusader off the board. However, Leber saved her best seventh inning work for the bottom half of the inning, delivering the game winning hit with extra innings just one out away.
Haidyn Shaffer kicked the game sealing rally off with a one out single to right and Morgan Dobbeck followed with a base hit. McDevitt's hurler, Lauren Geruia, managed to pick up the second out for her side, bringing Leber to the plate. The freshman delivered her second hit of the game, this one a double to deep left that allowed both Shaffer and Dobbeck to score, giving Eastern the 5-3 victory. Leber finished the district playoff win with only two strikeouts but issued no walks on her way to the victory.
On Wednesday, after being delayed one day by rain, the Golden Knights reserved their spot in the District Three Class 4A championship final with a thrilling, 2-1, eight-inning semifinal victory over James Buchanan at Big Spring High School.
The Knights got their first run in the bottom of the fifth when pitcher Maelynn Leber lifted a softly-hit single just over JB shortstop Alyssa Blair to drive in Morgan Dobbeck and then pulled out the victory in the bottom of the eighth when catcher Morgan Winter bounced a ground ball to Rocket third baseman Maddie Bailey with courtesy runner Gillian Toomey on third base. Toomey broke for the plate on contact and slide safely across with the game-winner when the throw got past the Rocket catcher.
The run sent the Golden Knights into their first-ever district final on Thursday when they faced off with Kennard-Dale at York College's Spartan Softball Stadium at 4:30. That game was played after this paper's deadline.
The clock finally struck midnight for Eastern York's cinderella boy's lacrosse team. With a 14-8 loss to Lansdale Catholic, the Golden Knights bowed out of the state tournament in the opening round closing an epic postseason run that saw them become the first ever YAIAA team to qualify for the PIAA tournament courtesy of a third-place finish in District 3.
Eastern hung with the District 12 champion Crusaders through the opening half, earning a 7-7 draw through 24 minutes. The game changed drastically in the third where the Golden Knights were outscored by five goals, accounting for the majority of the final deficit. Lansdale eked out a 2-1 edge in the final frame to set the 14-8 final.
Bryce Smith and Jimmy Kurnik led the way for Eastern, netting two scores apiece with Kurnik adding a team high three assists. John Gilbert, Bryce Henise, Dom Particelli and Cole Witman picked up one score each with Henise tacking on two assists. Kevin Royce finished up the season with 11 saves on 42 Crusader shots.
The Golden Knights entered PIAA tournament play as District 3's third seed after topping Lower Dauphin 14-5. Kurnik netted four goals and three assists, tying for the team lead in both categories for the game. Gilbert matched Kurnik's four goals while Witman matched the three assists to combine with his three scores. Henise, Particelli and Zach Murray finished the scoring with one goal apiece. Royce ensured the victory with a 17 save effort.
Eastern found themselves in the consolation game opposite LD courtesy of a 21-6 semifinal loss to eventual champ Palmyra. The Cougars controlled possession leading to a 55-11 shot advantage. Despite that constant pressure Royce finished the game with only 13 saves. Kurnik and Particelli paced the attack with two goals each while Henise and Gilbert added one score each.
The Eastern York track and field season came to a close on Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th with another trip to Shippensburg University, this one for the PIAA Championship Meet. Five different Golden Knights qualified for the final meet of the season, three on the girl's side and two on the boy's side.
Those three Lady Golden Knight entrants combined to partake in five different events as both Maddie McLain and Ashley Kerr qualified in two events. McLain's two events required her to circle the track a total of 16 times, eight for Saturday's 3200m final coupled with eight total laps in 1600m competition. McLain started with Friday's 1600m prelim race where she finished third with a 5:12.46. That gave her automatic entry into Saturday's finals as one of the top four finishers in the heat. McLain was a tick slower in Saturday's finals, finishing in 5:13.70, putting her 10th in the 12-person finals field.
McLain helped open Saturday's festivities as the girls 2A 3200m final was the first event of the second day of competition. The junior used the overnight rest to clock a 11:01.97, shaving over 22 seconds from her seeded time, finishing fifth in the process.
Kerr, Eastern York's other double entry, also split her work between the two days, hitting the throwing circle for the 9am session both days. Friday sent Kerr to the discus circle where she entered as the 16th seed thanks to her district gold medal winning throw of 114-5. Her return to Shippensburg was not as rewarding as the senior finished 23rd with a top throw of 100'.
Kerr was back at it first thing Saturday morning, this time in the shot-put circle where she bettered her seeded throw by over a foot, putting up a 39-6.75 throw in the finals to capture ninth place in the 32-person field. Her efforts put her just four inches off the state podium.
Taylor Currier was the final Lady Golden Knight to participate in the PIAA meet, doing so in the 2A triple jump. Currier enjoyed a 10th place finish with her best hop, skip and jump landing 35-2.75 from the take-off plate. Despite missing the medal stand by roughly a foot, Currier still bettered her seeded jump by over two inches and eight places in the final standings.
Brady Glatfelter and Nathan Lopez represented the Golden Knights on the boy's side. Both saw their senior seasons come to a close on Friday.
Glatfelter worked his way through the 3A pole vault competition to finish with a top height of 14' along with seven other competitors. That left the final standings to be determined by the number of misses collected along the way. That tie breaker shuffled Glatfelter into a four-way tie for ninth place while the top finisher in the eight-person group ended up in seventh place when all was said and done.
Lopez saw his season end with similar heartbreak in the 800m. He entered Friday's preliminary round seeded 10th out of 27 runners, meaning if he could hold his seed he would run again on Saturday in the 12-person final. Lopez covered his two laps around the Seth Grove Stadium track in 1:57.92, finishing seventh in heat one. Finishing outside of the top four eliminated an automatic berth into the finals, leaving the senior to sweat out the results of the second heat to see if his time would be one of the four fastest outside of the eight automatic qualifiers. When the second heat was complete Lopez was able to see that he missed the finals cut by a mere 1.3 seconds bringing an end to his senior season in heartbreaking fashion.
Eastern Boys Lax Qualifies for PIAA Tourney May 24, 2017
The Eastern York boys' lacrosse team keeps adding to their season of firsts. The fun started with their berth in the District 3 tournament where a 9-7 opening round win over Susquehannock was their first postseason victory. That sent the Golden Knights into the quarterfinals opposite Trinity where a second win gave Eastern another first, a berth in the PIAA tournament. That berth comes with the added bonus in that the Golden Knights are the first YAIAA team to qualify for the state championship tournament.
As for the 12-10 quarterfinal win over Trinity, Kevin Royce was the star. The senior keeper was a wall between the pipes, turning away a staggering 21 of the 31 shots he faced to propel his squad to the two-goal win.
Jimmy Kurnik paced the attack, turning in a hat trick while dishing out two assists. Bryce Henise equaled Kurnik's two assists while scoring two of his own. Cole Witman also notched two goals but had just one assist. John Gilbert and Dom Particelli netted two scores apiece while Zach Murray made one deposit into the net.
The boys' lacrosse team isn't the only Eastern York squad participating in a state championship event. The track and field teams will be represented at the PIAA meet by Nathan Lopez and Brady Glatfelter on the boy's side and Maddie McLain and Ashley Kerr on the girl's side. The quartet punched their return ticket to Shippensburg University with outstanding performances in the District 3 Championship meet on May 19th and 20th.
Lopez and Glatfelter each brought home top three hardware thanks to their work on the track and field, respectively. Lopez captured silver in the 800m with a 1:55.64 while Glatfelter posted a season best 14-9 to slip into third place in the pole vault.
The Lady Golden Knights were heavily represented at Shippensburg University and used that depth to rack up 70 team points, good enough for third place in the 2A team standings behind only Fairfield's 88 and Delone Catholic's 80.
Kerr led the way with two gold medal winning throws over the two day event. She kicked off her weekend with a toss of 114-5 in the discus on Friday. The throw not only netted the senior a gold medal it also bested her previous best throw of the season by more than seven feet and qualified her for the PIAA meet. Kerr followed with another gold medal and PIAA berth on Saturday for her heave of 38- 5.5 in the shot put.
Joining Kerr at the state meet will be Maddie McLain, who also qualified in two events. McLain kicked off her weekend with a silver medal run in the 3200m where her 11:24.68 was well off her season best but still well ahead of the state mark. The junior picked up her second PIAA berth with another silver medal run, this one in the 1600m. She posted a 5:14.71 to take second to Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder.
Oliva McLain joined Maddie in both events, missing out on a PIAA berth but still collecting a sixth-place medal in the 1600m with a 5:31.04. Olivia just missed out on a second podium finish, her 12:24.52 a few seconds out of eighth place in Friday's 3200m.
Taylor Currier just missed a PIAA berth in the triple jump but her 35- 0.25 still earned her District 3-2A gold to cap her junior season. Maya Stump slipped into eighth place with her best jump of 32-6.5. Hannah Myers collected the only other top three finish, taking third in the 400m with a time of 60.60.
Brittany Heistand provided the Lady Golden Knights with two sixth place finishes, doing so with a 16.64 in the 100m hurdles and a 49.50 in the 300's. Tia Judy joined Heistand on the 300mH podium, placing seventh with a time of 49.51. Judy was on her way to battling her teammate in the 100mH as well but veered off course in the semifinals. Sara Peters made it three Lady Golden Knights in the 100mH competition but she bowed out after a 19.43 in the preliminary round. The sophomore also qualified in the 300mH but did not participate in the event.
The 400m relay team of Judy, Myers, Morgan Buckwalter and Haley Spyker chipped in with a sixth-place finish, their 51.98 just over a second off the state qualifying mark. Eastern's other relay team, the 1600m relay, finished 11th with a time of 4:23.76. Myers, Spyker and Heistand were joined by Katie Myer in the one lap per person race.
Eastern's final two podium finishes came in the field. Heistand captured seventh place in the pole vault by clearing 8-6. Spyker's 4-8 top jump was only two inches better than teammate Christin Solon but that was enough to secure eighth place while Solon slipped into a five-way tie for 10th.
Eastern Lacrosse Teams Open District Play May 18, 2017
The saying, 'There is a first time for everything' surely fits the Eastern York lacrosse programs as the 2017 postseason continues. Both sides earned their first ever appearance in the District 3 playoffs thanks to strong regular seasons that included a 10-game winning streak for the Lady Golden Knights and multiple three game winning steaks for the boys.
The Golden Knights took their 'firsts' one step further by collecting their first ever District 3 victory while avenging one of their seven regular season losses. Eastern topped Susquehannock 9-7 in their first-round tilt on May 16th, earning some redemption for a 12-8 loss to the Warriors back in late April.
Kevin Royce was the star of the rematch, notching 16 saves to secure the two-goal victory. Jimmy Kurnik directed the offense, dishing out four assists to go with his one goal. Cole Witman and Dom Particelli benefitted from Kurnik's piloting as Particelli netted a team high three scores while Witman added one assist to his two goals. Gavin Evans, John Gilbert and Bryce Henise cleaned up the scoring with one goal apiece with Evans tacking on one assist for good measure.
Things played out very differently for the Lady Golden Knights one day earlier. Eastern York saw their stellar season come to a crashing halt courtesy of a 16-4 loss to Cocalico in the teams' first round match-up. Despite the final margin Eastern held their own, nearly matching the Lady Eagles shot for shot. Cocalico's 22 shots resulted in six Emily Bodien saves while Eastern York's 17 shots resulted in nine saves for Cocalico's keeper, Alexis Cobb. Where the Knights struggled was turning those shots into goals. That led to Bri Pfeiffer, Chelsea Forsyth, Addy Malone and Kylie Nikolaus leading the team with one score each. With the loss, the girls finish their 2017 campaign 11-6-1.
The lacrosse teams were not the only Eastern York squad to begin their postseason journey. The boys and girls track and field teams spent Friday May 12th in Dallastown for the YAIAA Championship meet, kicking off the postseason.
With all of the YAIAA schools competing, victories were hard to come by, even for the three-time Division II champion Lady Golden Knights. In fact, the boys team notched as many wins as the girls, one, and had nearly as many top three finishes, five to four, as the girls. That's not to say the Lady Golden Knights did not enjoy their time at Dallastown, after all they did collect 18 top 10 finishes over 13 events.
Maddie McLain led the Eastern York pack, picking up a gold for her 11:17.36 in the 3200m and a silver for turning in a 5:16.80 in the 1600m. Olivia McLain joined her sister in both events, finishing seventh in both with times of 5:39.61 (1600m) and 12:14.45 (3200m).
Ashley Kerr was the only other Knight to post two separate top three finishes on the day. She earned the silver medal in the shot put with a throw of 38' 5.5" while taking bronze in the discus with a toss of 107' 2".
Taylor Currier also enjoyed two trips to the podium, taking fifth place in both the long jump (16-4.5) and the triple jump (34-5.5).
Two other Lady Golden Knights came home from Dallastown with two separate individual top 10 finishes. Tia Judy did all of her work in the hurdles, posting a 16.65 to take seventh in the 100mH and a 49.48 to take sixth in the 300mH. Brittany Heistand posted her best finish in the 300mH, besting Judy by 0.4 seconds to take fifth. Heistand also competed in the pole vault, finishing in six-way tie for ninth with a top height of 8-3.
Haley Spyker, Christin Solon and Maya Stump finished up the Knights work in the field. Stump joined Currier in the triple jump competition, slipping into the top 10 with a top jump of 31-2.5. Spyker and Solon did their work in the high jump. Spyker cleared 4-10 along with five others but was shuffled down to eighth place after everyone's misses were sorted out. Solon cleared 4-8 to finish in a three-way tie for ninth place.
Madison Nalls posted the best remaining finish, a silver medal effort in the 800m with a time of 2:24.16. Hannah Myers covered the other mid-distance race for Eastern, finishing third in the 400m with a time of 61.34. The 400m relay took sixth place with a time of 52.36.
Nathan Lopez led the way for the boy's, picking up Eastern's second gold medal by clocking a 1:56.74 in the 800m. Brady Glatfelter fell short of his gold medal quest in the pole vault, settling for silver with a top height of 12-6. Caleb Fauth and Zack Falk each enjoyed bronze medal performances at the YAIAA meet. Fauth finished with a top throw of 154-5 in the javelin while Falk captured bronze in the 3200m with a time of 10:03.58.
Demonte Martin finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the high jump along with Kenny Rhyne of Susquehannock and Central York's Evan Czulada. Eastern York also picked up a sixth-place finish from their 1600m relay team. Drake Brown brought home the final top 10 finish for the Golden Knights, taking ninth in the discus with a toss of 118-9.
Not all Eastern York athletic teams made the turn into the postseason. Thanks to the plentiful rainfall this spring the baseball and softball teams finished their regular season slate with contests opposite Fairfield on May 16th.
Both sides posted victories thanks largely to the work of their respective aces. Maelynn Leber allowed just two hits and no runs, helping the Lady Golden Knights to a 3-0 win. The freshman added five strikeouts and issued no walks on her way to the victory.
Eastern did all their work late starting with a two run sixth. The Knights used small ball to plate both runs kicking things off with back-to-back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. Katie Lehman broke up the scoreless tie with a single to left center while Leber followed with a sac fly to right that made it 2-0. Eastern turned on the power for their final run with McKenzie Buchmyer blasting a leadoff home run in the seventh. Eastern York's 13-5 regular season record has the Knights set to battle Bishop McDevitt on May 25th in a District 3-4A quarterfinal contest.
For the baseball team, it was Brandon Knarr and his 14 strikeouts helping the Golden Knights post a 6-1 victory. The senior lefty surrendered just three hits, one earned run and one walk.
The win, just Eastern's fifth of the season, was in doubt until a five run fourth broke the game open. Bryce Billet picked up the big hit in the fourth, drilling a two-run single to right center that counted for one of his two hits in the game. Knarr helped his own cause with an RBI single in the frame while Jase Graybill drove in the final run, hitting into a fielder's choice.
Emmit Silar accounted for two of Eastern York's 12 hits but it was his second inning sac fly that put Eastern up 1-0. Bren Taylor came up empty in the RBI department with his four singles but he scored one run and swiped two bases to aid the Golden Knight efforts.
EY Girls' Track Claims Third Division Crown May 11, 2017
Three-Peat! The term may have been coined by Pat Riley and his Showtime Lakers but the Eastern York girls track team will be using it as their own after picking up their third straight YAIAA Division II crown with a 112.5-37.5 demolition of West York on May 8th.
The Lady Golden Knights were never really challenged in racking up their 7-0 division mark. "This girls' team was excellent to coach," said head coach Joel Jacobs. "We have a talented group of juniors that contributed many meet points but our major strength was the leadership of the seniors."
The seniors that Jacobs mentions ended their Eastern York career with a mind blowing 27-1 mark with three of them, Brittany Heistand, Ashley Kerr and Haley Spyker, playing a big role in the win over West York.
Kerr and Heistand both provided two events wins while Heistand also took part in the wining 1600m relay. Kerr captured the shot put and discus while Heistand did her solo work in the pole vault and the 300mH. Spyker, along with Madison Nalls and Hannah Myers, joined Heistand on the 1600m relay team, turning in a winning time of 4:24.8. Spyker also teamed with Morgan Buckwalter, Tia Judy and Myers to take the 400m relay in 53.0.
Myers added solo wins in the 200m and 400m while Judy added a victory in the 100mH. Buckwalter went solo to win the 100m while Nalls added a second relay win by taking one of the legs of the 3200m relay on top of her win in the 800m. Maddie and Olivia McLain and Katie Myer rounded out the 3200m relay quartet along with Nalls. Both McLain sisters added solo wins with Maddie taking the 1600m and Olivia the 3200m. Taylor Currier added firsts in the triple and long jumps.
On the boy's side, there was no perfection but the Golden Knights did post a win over West York none the less. The final score was 75-75 but Eastern earned the win based on tiebreaking criteria. Zack Falk and Nathan Lopez made the biggest impact with each earning two solo wins to go along with matching relay victories. Both took part in the 4x800 and 4x400 wins with Michael Altland and Brady Glatfelter making up the other half of the 3200m relay while Glatfelter and Demonte Martin took the remaining two legs of the 1600m relay.
Lopez earned his wins in the 400m and 800m while Falk locked up the distance events, taking the 1600m and the 3200m. Eastern York's four remaining event wins came in the field where Troy Staats topped the pole vault and Martin the high jump. Caleb Fauth with a toss of 150-2 in the javelin and Trey Bernstein picked up the shotput title with a heave of 37-11 to capture the two remaining wins.
Both Golden Knight squads slipped in one final big meet tune up with Eastern's Battle for the Bridge Invitational on May 5th. As you would expect from a perfect dual meet squad the Lady Golden Knights racked up plenty of top finishes, earning 22 top six places over 16 events. Eastern even had six events where two athletes both finished in the top six.
The Lady Golden Knights split those six events evenly between the track and the field. Judy took first in the 100mH and second in the 300mH while Heistand captured the bronze in both events. Myers and Buckwalter picked up a double on the track with Myers taking fourth and Buckwalter sixth in the 200m. Buckwalter added a fifth place in the 100m while Myers captured silver in the 400m. Olivia McLain swept the distance events.
Two of the remaining three events where Eastern placed two athletes on the podium came in the jumps. Christin Solon backed up Spyker's gold in the high jump with a third-place tie while settling in fifth in the long jump, behind Currier's win. Ashley Kerr headlined the final multiple top six finish, taking gold in the discus while Emily Smith captured fifth. Kerr also took the top spot in the shotput while Smith picked up a fourth place in the javelin. Currier earned the final gold in the field, topping the triple jump competition with Heistand tying for second in the pole vault. The Lady Golden Knights also won the 4x400 with Buckwalter, Heistand, Myer and Myers while Buckwalter, Judy, Myers and MaKenna Peterson took third in the 400m relay.
The boys managed two events with two athletes finishing in the top six. Both events had Eastern bringing home gold with Falk topping the 3200m field while Glatfelter took the top spot in the pole vault. Pierre Allard joined Falk in the 3200m, taking fifth, while Staats added a sixth place in the pole vault. Lopez earned a gold with his win in the 800m. He also ran a leg on the silver medal winning 1600m relay team with Gavin Donnelly, Tyrel Emig and Glatfelter taking the remaining three legs. Donnelly added a sixth-place finish in the 400m to his silver in the 1600m relay. Fauth nabbed the lone bronze for his work in the javelin while Martin took fourth in the high jump. Eastern also earned a fifth place finish in the 3200 relay with Andrew Ackerman, Connor Atkins, Taylor Cappeluti and Tyler Druck.
The volleyball team closed out their regular season with 3-0 losses to Central York on May 4th and New Oxford on May 9th. With those results, the Golden Knights finish their 2017 campaign winless at 0-12.
The Golden Knights' baseball team fell to 4-14 on the year after losses to Susquehannock, Delone Catholic and Bermudian Springs.
Before Eastern dropped those three games they first snapped their 10-game slide with a 4-2 win over Bermudian Springs. Brandon Knarr earned the complete game win, adding 12 strikeouts to the four hits, two runs and one walk surrendered. Wyatt Smith and Drake Renn provided the pop at the plate with Smith smacking a two-run triple in the fifth while Renn poked a one run single in the third. Bren Taylor and Jase Graybill each enjoyed multi-hit days.
The Golden Knights had no time to enjoy their victory as they were right back on the field to finish off their contest with Bermudian that started back on April 12th. The result was a 10-9 loss with Renn taking the hit for allowing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Knarr and Taylor both tossed four innings with Knarr getting the start. Taylor, Renn, Smith and Bryce Billet all enjoyed multi-hit days at the plate with Renn, Billet and Smith picking up a RBI each.
Up next was a road trip to Susquehannock on May 8th which resulted in a 4-0 loss. Knarr picked up another start but lasted just four innings before giving way to Billet who took the loss for his one and one-third innings. Emmit Silar covered the final two-thirds of an inning allowing the final Susquehannock hit. Taylor was the lone Golden Knight to collect two hits while Silar, Renn, Knarr, Smith, Renn and Luke Shoff picked up one hit each.
May 9th sent the Golden Knights to Delone Catholic where they suffered a 5-3 loss. Taylor took the hit after starting and covering five innings. Shoff made a brief appearance but failed to record an out. Renn picked up from there and covered the final inning. All three runs were driven in by a Renn, Drake had a one run single in the seventh but picked up another RBI with a third inning fielder's choice. Dyson Renn collected two singles on the day with his lead off base knock in the third providing the lead-up to Drake's fielder's choice. Dyson's second hit of the day pushed Eastern's second run of the day across the plate.
The softball team was on the opposite end of the spectrum with wins over Bermudian, York Suburban and Delone Catholic. Kierstin Grove picked up the win in the Lady Golden Knights 10-run rule victory over Bermudian on the 4th. Grove, Morgan Dobbeck, Amber Forry, Megan Myers and Haidyn Shaffer all enjoyed multi-hit days. Shaffer flexed the big bat with a homer run and a single while Myers had a double and a triple to equal Shaffer's five total bases.
Eastern York posted a 5-1 win over Suburban on May 8th with McKenzie Buchmyer picking up the complete game win. She scattered eight hits over seven innings and just one earned run while striking out 10 and walking three. Maelynn Leber connected for two singles and a double in four trips to the dish while Morgan Winter added a single and double in three trips.
May 9th brought another 5-1 win, this one over Delone Catholic. Leber was the star of the show, earning the win with seven strikeouts and one walk to go with one run and six hits. She also collected three of Eastern York's seven hits.
Both Eastern York lacrosse teams closed out their regular seasons on a down swing. The boys fell to South Western and Dallastown while the girls closed out the season with a loss to South Western.
While both games go in the books as losses for the Golden Knights they fell by a combined four goals, thanks to a 10-9 double overtime loss to the Wildcats combined with a 13-10 loss to South Western.
Dom Particelli and Kimmy Kurnik netted four scores each to led Eastern against the Mustangs. Cole Witman tallied the final two scores while Bryce Henise doubled Kurnik's assists total with two. Keven Royce faced constant pressure with 42 South Western shots leading to 14 saves.
The Lady Golden Knights closed out the regular season with a 9-7 loss to South Western. Chelsea Forsyth and Kylie Nikolaus led the way with two goals each while Bri Pfeiffer, Addy Malone and Alexus Rexroth tallied one each. Emily Bodien picked up nine saves in the loss.
Both lacrosse squads look to get back on track with the Lady Golden Knights opening District 3-2A play on May 15th while the boys go at it a day later.
Knights Lock Up a Share of Division Crown May 4, 2017
The first week of May has become celebration time for the Eastern York girls' track and field team. The Lady Golden Knights are the two-time defending Division II champion and locked up a share of their third straight division crown with a 95-55 win over Dover on May 2nd. The only thing standing in the way of an outright three-peat is a meet opposite West York that was pushed back due to inclement weather.
Taylor Currier led the way against Dover picking up three solo wins. She had plenty of help as Eastern claimed 12 of the 18 events. Currier did her work in the field, topping the pole vault, triple jump and long jump field. Haley Spyker added a win in the high jump and Ashley Kerr the shot put to wrap up the field victories.
Spyker ventured onto the track and helped the 400m and 1600m relay teams to victory. She was joined by Hannah Myers on both squads while Madison Nalls and Brittany Heistand picked up the final two legs of the 1600m relay with Morgan Buckwalter and Tia Judy taking the remaining spots on the 400m relay. The Golden Knights also claimed the 3200m relay with Katelyn Myer, Nalls, Stump and Maddie McLain turning in a time of 11:20.1. McLain also enjoyed success in the 1600m and 3200m while Nalls (800m) and Myers (400m) picked up the remaining wins.
On the boys' side, the Golden Knights did not dominate like the Lady Golden Knights did but they did manage to slip by Dover, 75-74. Nathan Lopez was front and center in the win, playing a part in four wins. The highlight was his blistering 50.7 in the 400m. Lopez added a win in the 800m and took part in the winning 3200m and 1600m relays. Zach Falk joined Lopez on both relay teams with Brady Glatfelter and Pierre Allard joining the duo to post a 9:16 in the 3200m relay. Demonte Martin and Gavin Donnelly made up the other half of the 1600m relay team.
Falk nabbed the two remaining wins on the track, taking the 1600m and the 3200m. Drake Brown led the way in the field taking the shot put and the discus crown. Martin claimed the high jump while Glatfelter took the pole vault. Caleb Fauth picked up the final win, tossing the javelin 142' 9".
The Golden Knights spent Friday, April 28th at Millersville University competing in the 10th Cy Fritz Open. Maddie McLain enjoyed a stellar day, winning the 2000m steeple chase and taking second in the 3200m. Olivia McLain finished third in the 1600m with a time of 5:35.68. Lopez took home the only top three spot on the boy's side, taking gold in the 800m with a time of 1:55.30.
Martin, Spyker and Judy each did well enough to bring home one top 10 finish apiece. Martin settled into ninth place in the boy's high jump. Spyker took eighth in the girl's high jump while Judy finished ninth in the girls 100mH.
After a few slip ups that dropped the Eastern York girls' lacrosse team from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Lady Golden Knights finally righted their ship with a 13-4 win over West York on May 2nd.
Eastern nearly got back on track on April 29th but their contest with Lampeter-Strasburg ended in a 12-12 deadlock. Bri Pfeiffer and Addy Malone did their best, finishing with matching four goal efforts while Chelsea Forsyth added a hat trick. Alexus Rexroth tacked on the final Eastern score. Emily Bodien turned away eight of the 20 shots she faced to keep the contest tight.
The final slip-up in a string of four straight went down on April 27th. Eastern dropped their tilt with Kennard-Dale by a 23-5 count. Malone netted three of the five scores while Pfeiffer collected the remaining two. Bodien finished with eight saves in the loss.
The boy's lacrosse team cannot claim a 10-game winning streak but they are nipping at the Lady Golden Knights heels as far as overall records go. The girl's squad is 11-4-1 while the boy's sport a 10-5 mark after wins over Kennard-Dale, Conrad Weiser and West York.
The Golden Knights kicked off their run with a 19-3 win over KD on April 27th. Dom Particelli paced the attack with six goals but John Gilbert was right behind with five deposits into the net. Cole Witman provided back-up with three goals and three assists while Jimmy Kurnik helped his teammates, finishing with five assists and one goal. Cayden Michael was the last player to register multiple goals with two while Bryce Henise and Zach Murry split the two remaining scores. Kevin Royce needed five saves to earn the win.
The Golden Knights traveled to Robesonia on Saturday, April 29th and came home with a 10-7 win. All 19 of Royce's saves were needed to preserve the victory. Gilbert picked up another four goals while Kurnik and Witman netted two scores each. Kurnik added three assists to his season total while Particelli and Henise finished the scoring with one goal and one assist each.
The Golden Knights' May 1st contest with West York was intense and needed overtime to decide a victor. Eastern prevailed with Witman's lone assist finding Henise for the game winner and an 11-10 final. Witman added five goals to his tally while Henise finished with three assists to go with the game winning score. Kurnik, Particelli, Gilbert, Gavin Evans and Bryce Smith rounded out the scoring. Royce finished with 12 saves.
The softball team temporarily flipped YAIAA Division II on its collective head with a 6-5 win over previously unbeaten Kennard-Dale on May 1st. Maelynn Leber starred on the mound and the plate, picking up the win for six and two-thirds innings of pitching while adding three hits at the plate. Leber's time on the mound was split into two stints, the first lasting five and two-thirds innings with the second covering the seventh and final inning. In between McKenzie Buchmyer saw action but managed just one out during her time in the circle. Kierstin Groove and Amber Forry provided the big hits with each smacking a two-run single. Groove connected on her base hit as part of a three run first while Forry's two run poke came as part of Eastern's three run third inning.
The Lady Golden Knights suffered loss number five of the season on April 28th. Littlestown was responsible for the 3-1 final with Leber taking the hit for her seven innings of work. The staff ace scattered seven hits but the Lady 'Bolts managed to plate three unearned runs with those hits. Leber added two walks and two strikeouts to her day. Morgan Winter collected half of Eastern's four hits, rapping out two singles and scoring their lone run in the sixth. Groove and Haidyn Shaffer added singles to account for the remaining two hits.
Eastern York's other diamond field playing squad picked up two more losses and sit at 3-11 with roughly a week and a half remaining in the regular season. With the losses to Littlestown and Kennard-Dale the Golden Knights have suffered 10 straight defeats after starting the season 3-1.
Littlestown handed Eastern a 7-0 loss on April 28th with ace Brandon Knarr on the hook after covering the first four innings. Knarr allowed just one hit while striking out nine but the lefty walked four, helping Littlestown plate three in the third. Drake Renn took over after Knarr's exit and covered the final three innings. He walked one and struck out two while allowing four hits and four runs but, as with Knarr, unearned runs accounted for the bulk of the damage. Only two of the four runs Renn allowed fell in the earned category. The Thunderbolts finished with five of their seven runs being unearned.
Knarr picked up two of Eastern's five hits, rapping out a second inning single and a sixth inning double to go with a fourth inning walk. Bren Taylor, Emmit Silar and Jase Graybill split the remaining three hits, all singles.
The Golden Knights nearly snapped their slide to open play in May but Kennard-Dale rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the game 4-3. Graybill was on the mound when the Rams plated those two runs, suffering the loss as a result. Silar got the start but saw his day end after issuing five walks, one hit and one run over an inning and a third. Taylor took over and issued another six walks over four and one third innings. KD also picked up another hit and their second run on Taylor's watch but the sophomore did manage all three of his team's strikeouts for the game.
Eastern York nearly pulled off the win despite only one of their three runs being generated with a hit. That lone RBI came on Wyatt Smith's third inning single and gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead. Eastern had tied the game, just before Smith's hit, on a wild pitch by Kyle Boone that allowed Renn to score. Eastern York's sixth inning run was a result of another KD miscue, this time a passed ball that plated Graybill. Taylor, Renn, Graybill and Luke Shoff all matched Smith's single.
The Golden Knights dropped their May 2nd tilt with West York by a 3-0 count to fall to 0-10 on the year. The Bulldogs posted wins of 25-19, 25-18 and 26-24 to finish the match after three games.
Eastern on their heels most of the contest, finishing with 88 digs as a team. Five different players finished in double digits with Ben Leaman's 24 leading the way. He added three aces and one kill to his game. Koury Green followed with 19 digs to go with six kills, three aces and two assists. Grey Houck added 12 assists to his 15 digs while Mike Shoff picked up four kills and 12 digs. Tim Leaman also hit double digits with 11 digs. Jake Kennell rounded out the tally with seven digs along with two kills and one ace.
EY Volleyball Challenges Susquehannock April 27, 2017
The saying that history repeats itself is one that applies to the Eastern York boys' volleyball team. The Golden Knights finished their 2016 campaign with a 1-12 mark and are closing out a similar campaign in 2017. With three matches remaining in the regular season Eastern sits at 0-9 with the three most recent losses coming at the hands of Susquehannock, Mechanicsburg and Dallastown.
The Susquehannock loss was the toughest to take as the Knights captured the opening game by a 27-25 final only to see the Warriors put Eastern on the brink of a loss with wins of 25-23 and 25-17. Eastern managed to bounce back with another overtime win, this one by a 26-24 final, forcing a decisive fifth game. Unfortunately, the momentum of that game four win quickly faded leading to a 15-8 final with Susquehannock taking the match 3-2.
Ben Leaman and Koury Green combined for 15 kills and 27 digs. The pair added two aces and three blocks to their combined tally. Grey Houck provided help with 25 assists, three kills, three digs, two aces and one block.
Eastern stepped out of the YAIAA for their April 24th tilt, traveling to Mechanicsburg to face the Wildcats. The trip resulted in a 3-0 loss with the Wildcats winning 25-14, 25-20 and 25-16. Houck did a little bit of everything in the loss, collecting 15 assists, three kills, three digs and one ace. Mike Shoff was close behind with five digs and one kill, assist, ace and block. Leaman and Green chipped in with four kills apiece and combined for seven digs.
The Knights' return to the YAIAA resulted in another 3-0 loss to a team of Wildcats. This time it was Dallastown handing out the loss 25-13, 25-15 and 25-15. Ben Leaman posted the all-around game with eight digs, three kills, two aces and one assist. Green matched the eight digs and added a team high six kills to his one block while Tim Leaman tallied a team high 10 digs. Houck added 13 assists and four digs while Shoff finished things with six digs, two kills and one ace.
After posting back-to-back division championship seasons, the baseball team finds itself 3-9 and on an eight-game slide. With seven full games remaining plus the finishing touches of their April 12th contest with Bermudian Springs there is time to right the ship.
The most recent loss in that stretch came on April 24th by an 8-5 final to York Tech. The Spartans scored seven of their eight runs in the top of the third, chasing Eastern's starter, Jase Graybill, from the mound. Graybill surrendered all eight runs before his exit, taking the loss in the process. Bren Taylor and Emmit Silar finished things on the hill for the Knights with Taylor taking over for Graybill and pitching through the sixth inning.
Taylor was also the star at the plate, tallying four hits in five at-bats and completed the almost mythical 'cycle' starting with his leadoff homerun that erased Tech's early 1-0 lead. Wyatt Smith added a RBI single in the first to give Eastern their only lead of the game at 2-1. Taylor continued his impressive game with a fourth inning double and a sixth inning triple before finishing out the cycle with a seventh inning single. He also added a run scoring stolen base on a double steal in the fourth.
Silar collected two hits with a sixth inning single making it 8-4. Taylor's seventh inning single pushed the last run across for the 8-5 final.
Two days prior Eastern dropped a 10-8 final to Biglerville with Bryce Billet taking the loss despite just one-third of an inning on the books. He surrendered five hits, leading to five runs and a Drake Renn relief appearance. Renn finished the first without allowing any more damage but that changed in the second inning with another three Canner runs that made it 8-3. Taylor made his way to the mound starting in the fourth and pitched the final three innings, allowing the final two Biglerville runs in the fifth.
The Knights did their best to keep pace with the Canners, starting with Renn's RBI single in the first. Taylor smacked a two-run single in the second for that 8-3 score while Luke Shoff drove in a fourth inning run with a fielder's choice. Shoff picked up his second RBI of the game with a seventh inning single. In between the two Shoff RBIs was Billet's three run blast that knotted the game at 8-8 in the top of the fifth. The Canners answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.
Loss number six in the slide came on April 19th with Susquehannock handing out a 5-1 defeat. The game started with Taylor smashing a solo blast in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead but six Eastern errors led to four unearned runs and a 5-1 loss.
Brandon Knarr got the start and took the loss for five innings of work. He allowed three hits and four runs but just one earned while striking out 13 and walking three. Graybill covered the final two innings and was responsible for one unearned run. Shoff, Renn and Knarr provided the rest of the offense with Shoff posting the only multi-hit game.
The girls' lacrosse team is currently 10-3 after a 10-0 start. Eastern suffered their first loss of the year on April 18th to York Catholic, roughly a month into the 2017 season. Their second loss came two days later by a 7-5 final to Dallastown. Eastern made a valiant second half push, outscoring the Wildcats 4-3, but the three-goal hole from the first half proved to be too much to overcome. Addy Malone netted three of the five goals with Bri Pfeiffer and Chelsea Forsyth cleaning up the scoring with one goal each. Emily Bodien turned away two shots in the loss.
Eastern suffered their worst loss of the season on April 25th, falling to Susquehannock 23-8. Malone picked up another hat trick while Pfeiffer and Kylie Nikolaus fell just short with two goals apiece. Forsyth accounted for the final score while Bodien finished with seven saves.
The boy's lacrosse team had their game with Dallastown washed out by rain and moved to May 5th as a result. The Knights used the extra rest to top Red Land on April 22nd by an 11-9 count. Bryce Henise led the attack with four goals and one assist. Dom Particelli finished with three goals and two assists while Jimmy Kurnik dished out five assists to go with his one score. Bryce Smith, Cole Witman and Gavin Evans wrapped up the scoring with one goal each. Kevin Royce earned the win by stopping 16 shots.
April 25th had Eastern York returning to YAIAA play where they suffered a 12-8 loss to Susquehannock. Royce finished with 10 saves in the loss while Witman (three goals) and Kurnik (two goals) did the bulk of the scoring. Evans, Henise and Smith tallied one goal each while both Witman and Kurnik picked up an assist.
The early April slide that left the Eastern York softball team sitting at 3-3 is a distance memory. The Knights have ripped off five straight wins to improve to 8-4 with the two most recent of those wins being of the 10-run rule variety.
The first was a 15-3 final over Biglerville on April 22nd while the second was two days later by a 13-3 final over York Tech. Leber tossed the first four innings against York tech to pick up the win and helped her cause at the plate with a home run and a single in three at-bats. Amber Forry and Gillian Toomey each connected for a single and a triple on their way to a two-hit game while Emily Mack rapped out two singles in three at-bats. Kiersten Grove took over for Leber in the fifth to finish out the win.
The rainy weather has shuffled around a few dual meets for the Eastern York track and field teams but things have broken mostly right for their three-invitational meets so far this season. The Knights took advantage of an overcast but largely dry Friday and Saturday April 21st and 22nd to participate in the 91st Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg on the 22nd after taking part in the 58th Annual Herb Schmidt Relays at York Suburban on Friday afternoon.
Eastern picked up one gold, one silver and two bronze medals during Friday's Herb Schmidt Relays. Ashely Kerr and Brooke LeCates nabbed that gold with a combined throw of 65' 7.5" in the shot put. Caleb Fauth and Carl Carbaugh earned the silver medal with a total toss of 244' 2" in the javelin. Both bronze medals involved Drake Brown. Brown teamed with Trey Bernstein to heave the shot put 75' 11.25" and with Justin Robinson for a combined discus toss of 219' 3".
The Knights traveled to Shippensburg on Saturday with eight different athletes posting top 10 finishes. Maddie McLain led the way with a first-place finish in the 1600m and a second-place finish in the 3200m. Olivia McClain joined her sister in both events, finishing fourth in the 3200m and seventh in the 1600m.
Three other Lady Golden Knights collected top finishes in two events. Brittany Heistand earned bronze medals in the 100mH and the 300mH while Tia Judy finished right behind her teammate in both events. Judy finished fourth in the 100mH and fifth in the 300mH. Taylor Currier was second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump and Haley Spyker added a bronze medal in the high jump.
Nathan Lopez earned the lone top three finish for the boys, taking third in the 800m. Brady Glatfelter cleared 14' in the pole vault as the only other member of the boy's team to take home a top ten finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lady Golden Knights Sit At 7-1 In Division II January 19, 2017
It's no nine game winning streak like the boys squad but the Eastern York girls' basketball team continues to hum right along. Wins over Dover and Northeastern combined with a loss to Central York move the Lady Golden Knights to 11-4 overall and 7-1 in division play. The latter is good enough for a first-place tie with Susquehannock atop the Division II standings. The former a fifth place standing in the District 3-4A rankings.
The three-point win over Dover came back on January 11th and was fueled by a strong opening frame. Brooke LaCesa scored seven of her 13 points during the 18-11 run that provided enough cushion for Eastern to withstand Dover's advances over the remaining three quarters. Hannah Myers netted a team high 15 points but it was Dover's Gabrielle Coley who took game high honors with her 18-point effort. Katie Lehman chipped in 12 points to back up LaCesa and Myers.
Two nights later, Eastern York blew by Northeastern 59-21. The Lady Golden Knights defensive clinic held Northeastern to quarter point totals of six, six, two and seven making the 38-point win look easy. Myers netted a game high 17 points while Cassidy Arnold added 14 points. Camryn Maxfield picked up nearly half of the Lady Bobcats points, finishing with 10 points in the loss.
Eastern York found themselves on the other end of a lopsided final when they tangled with Central York on January 16th. The Lady Panthers posted 20 or more points in all four quarters to threaten the 100-point barrier in a 95-60 final. That offensive explosion was led by Tierra Preston's 23 points and Emma Saxton's 20 points. Myers countered with 22 points and Addison Malone 10 points but it was not enough to overcome the Lady Panther onslaught.
The past week has not been kind to the Eastern York boys' basketball team. Losses to Dover and Susquehanna Township broke up what had been a nine-game winning streak that dated back to a December 16th win over Susquehannock. The obvious reason for the two losses is a dip in offensive production. During the nine-game run the Golden Knights averaged a tick above 66 points a game. During the recent two game slide, that average has dipped to 54.5 points per game. All of that can be traced back to the loss of Jared Achterberg. The senior big man went down in a January 9th win over York Tech, the loss to Dover occurred two days later.
In that loss to the Eagles, Evan Springer stepped up to the tune of a game high 21 points. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the work of Keith Davis and Brady Bowman. The pair of Eagles dropped 19 points apiece in leading Dover to the 62-52 win. Seth Bernstein (nine points) and Jimmy Kurnik (eight points) provided back up for Springer.
January 16th brought the Indians of Susquehanna Township to Wrightsville. The 69-57 loss can be traced to miserable second and fourth quarters. In a game with a 12-point final margin the Indians outscored Eastern by a combined 22 points in those decisive quarters. A four-point edge in the first combined with a six-point edge in the third managed to put the final deficit at 12 points.
Springer drilled five from long range on his way to a game high 23 points. Once again it was not enough to overcome matching efforts from the opposition. Gerald Jarman and Aeneas Carter both tallied 16 points to counter Springer's big night. Dom Particelli joined the double-digit club with 15 points.
The non-league loss to Township puts Eastern at 10-3 overall while the Division II loss to Dover drops the Golden Knights into a first-place tie with the Eagles at 5-1. Eastern's overall mark is good enough for the third spot in the District 3-4A rankings.
The Golden Knight wrestling team experienced both sides of the spectrum over the last week. They found themselves on the wrong end of a 68-9 final to Gettysburg on January 12th and on the right side of a 62-12 final to York Suburban on the 17th.
"York Suburban has always been a rival of our team, so it is usually a good match," said head coach Dan Garner. "It was our second home match of the year so the kids were really pumped up for that."
Eastern benefited from a whopping five Trojan forfeits with Nathan Robbins (138), Jahshim Snyder (182), Carl Carbaugh (195), Allen Miller (106) and Hunter Sowers (113) picking up the easy wins. Eastern gave one of those forfeits back but Suburban managed just one other win so it did little to stop the Golden Knights' victory.
Four of the seven remaining Eastern wins came with bonus points starting with Dylan Prugar's 18-1 tech fall win over Lucas Friend at 145. Troy Staats followed with a pinfall over Andy Thoman at 152 which gave the Golden Knights a quick 17-0 lead. Drake Brown and Thomas Paulson nabbed the two remaining bonus point wins with Brown pinning Jared Williams at 220 while Paulson did the same to Lucas Miller at 132.
Beshoy Salama earned Eastern's first non-bonus point win of the match, topping Matthew Curilla by a 10-9 count at 160. It marked the fourth straight win for Eastern to open the match, leading to a 20-0 lead. A run of forfeits and Brown's victory at 220 led into Wyatt Smith's 3-1 win at 285. A few more forfeits and the Trojans' second victory setup Justin Manganello's 13-9 win over Daoud Ilayan at 126 and Paulson's match ending pinfall win at 132.
A few days earlier the Golden Knights experienced the other side of a difficult loss. Eastern dropped 12 of 14 bouts to the Warriors in their 68-9 defeat. "It was a tough match with Gettysburg. They clinched our Division and they are a tough team top to bottom," said Garner. "But it helped us refocus ourselves a little bit. We wanted to get to a more aggressive style of wrestling."
Eastern's two wins came back-to-back but only after Gettysburg kicked off the match with three victories. Snyder's 6-0 win at 182 plus Carbaugh's pinfall at 195 combined to shrink the Warrior lead to 15-9. Gettysburg ripped off nine straight wins from there, closing out the match with eight pinfalls and tech fall for the 68-9 final.
Snyder Pins at 182, Remains Perfect at 18-0 January 12, 2017
The sport of wrestling is difficult enough that even when a squad is at full strength it can be difficult to produce victories in dual meets. The task is all the more challenging when the team finds itself shorthanded. Such was the case in Eastern York's 49-24 loss to West York on January 10th. The Golden Knights were without two grapplers forcing head coach Dan Garner to shuffle his lineup around.
"We had some difficulty there," said Garner. "Two of our top three or four wrestlers; the one had to sit out another competition date because of the disqualification on Saturday. And the other one was still nursing an injury."
With a shuffled lineup Eastern found themselves in a 19-0 hole after just four bouts. Dylan Prugar put an end to the Bulldog's opening run, pinning Antonio Stauffer early in the second period of their 152-pound tangle. The good times were short lived as West York picked up the next two weight classes, pushing their lead to 28-6. Eastern was able to make a run of their own starting with Jahshim Snyder's pinfall over Claudio Cruz at 182. The win keeps Snyder perfect on the year at 18-0. Carl Carbaugh followed with another pinfall, putting Allen Bailey's shoulders to the mat at the 3:23 mark of their 195-pound match. Drake Brown closed out the Golden Knight run by nabbing a forfeit at 220 which closed the gap to 28-24. That was as close as Eastern would get because West York closed out the match with another run of four straight wins.
The cause of the lineup shuffling occurred on January 7th when Eastern York participated in the Elizabethtown Duals. The Golden Knights took part in five matches on the day, going 2-3, and leaving them a bit banged up. "We had a couple of our key kids get injured and weren't able to continue, we did have some JV wrestlers that were able to step up and take their place but that definitely hurt us during the day," said Garner. "A little different day than I was expecting."
Eastern enjoyed wins over Palmyra and Salisbury with the 72-6 trouncing of Salisbury marking the highpoint of the day. Snyder and Prugar both posted 5-0 marks for the event to aid in the day's efforts. Those efforts were unsuccessful against Milton Hershey, Southern Huntington and the host Bears.
"We are still a really young team. A lot of the kids even in our lineup had never participated in the sport of wrestling before this year. To hang in with that record right now, I'm still pleased with the progress they've had as individual wrestlers," said Garner of his 8-10 squad. "I think they are building a good foundation for the future and for future seasons. But I'd really like to see us turn it up here in the next couple weeks just to finish on a good note and set the table for the postseason," he added.
For the boys' basketball team the wins are not coming pretty according to head coach Jon Reichard but they are still coming. The Golden Knights have run their winning streak to nine games and their overall record to 10-1. They also are enjoying their perch atop the Division II standings courtesy of their 5-0 mark.
Of course, ugliness is not the only concern for Reichard. During the course of Eastern's 65-50, January 9th, win over York Tech, senior forward Jared Achterberg went down with a knee injury.
"Puts a damper on the season," said Reichard before mentioning that Achterberg is just 81 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
As for the 15-point win over the Spartans that kept Eastern near the top of the District 3-4A rankings, "There isn't a whole lot to say about it," Reichard said bluntly, before adding, "It was ugly, turned into the football in shorts for a little of it. We didn't shoot well, we didn't play well, he got hurt."
The Golden Knights ventured out of the YAIAA for their York Tech tune-up, taking part in the War of the Roses by facing Warwick on Saturday, January 7th. Achterberg dropped 25 points to lead the way in a 74-57 victory. "We didn't play four quarters but we played well enough to get up almost 20 there in the fourth quarter and it ended up at 17," said Reichard of the win. "We looked at it for what it was, making us better and getting the W and moving on."
Evan Springer provided back-up to Achterberg, drilling five from long range on his way to 17 points. Alex Lalovic topped Springer with six three-pointers to help net a game high 26 points.
One night prior to the War of Roses the Golden Knights hosted West York. Eastern, behind another monster game from Achterberg, slipped by the Bulldogs 63-55. "It's a rival. It was an ugly game but we got the W," said Reichard. Achterberg's monster game resulted in a game high 30 points. Springer added 15 points, including four three pointers.
The scorching hot start to the season is no more for the girls' basketball team. Losses to Delone Catholic and Susquehanna Township have the Lady Golden Knights at 9-3 overall and 5-1 in YAIAA Division II. While 9-3 is still a sterling record, Eastern has dropped three of their last four, slipping to fifth in the District 3-4A rankings.
The lone victory in that four-game stretch came on January 6th via a 55-49 final over West York. "We closed that game out really well. We played a complete game," said head coach Brad Weaver. "I thought everybody played really well."
The closeout Weaver mentioned included a 21-16 edge in the final frame that helped push the Eastern lead from just one point entering the quarter to the final margin of six. Hannah Myers played a big part of that push, netting 11 of her game high 25 in the fourth. Cassidy Arnold added 13 as the only other Eastern player in double figures.
One night prior the Lady Golden Knights picked up their second loss of the season, falling to Delone Catholic by a 37-31 final. This time it was a fourth quarter spurt from the opposition that spelled doom for Eastern. The Squirette's posted a 12-6 edge in the fourth to account for the final margin. Arnold topped all scorers with 12 points while Myers checked in with nine. Kate Lehman (five points), Addison Malone (four points) and Brooke Lacesa (one point) rounded out the scoring for Eastern York.
The Lady Golden Knights were back on the hard wood on the 9th, traveling to Susquehanna Township for what Weaver called, "a different brand of basketball," referring to the fast pace, full court press from the Lady Indians
"We did it more to get experience, hopefully that helps us in districts. We were down four with a couple minutes left in the fourth and we ended up losing by 19, we just ran out of gas," said Weaver.
The result was no players in double figures leading to a 49-30 loss. Arnold led the way with seven points while Lehman added six in the loss. Myers was held to just four points, the same total as Malone. Amanda Galentine chipped in five points while Lacesa and Morgan Winter added two points apiece.
"I think more it was execution. We came out OK. We decided to start the game in zone," said Weaver. "Scouting led us into that and we just didn't execute"