Eastern Volleyball Tops William Penn, L-S September 20, 2018
Two steps forward and one step back could be the current working title for the Eastern York girls' volleyball season. The reason, the Lady Golden Knights have twice posted back-to-back victories only to fall on the opposite side of the final in both of their three-peat attempts.
The most recent three game stretch saw Eastern top William Penn and Lampeter-Strasburg before falling to Division II co-leader West York with the highlight being the 3-1 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg on September 17th.
"We really came together against L-S and everything just clicked," said head coach Josh Korb, "L-S is a good team and had some powerful hitters."
The Lady Pioneers may be a good team but, on this night, Eastern York was better, racking up 35 kills and 32 assists with 42 digs and 18 aces, leading to wins of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-21. Lampeter-Strasburg did manage to steal game three 25-23 but Eastern was able to regain control to collect the win.
Sarah Moore (15 kills and two aces) and Katie Lehman (28 assists and six aces) led the offense while Morgan Winter (nine digs) and Olivia Koicuba (11 digs) did the same on defense.
A few days prior Eastern York topped William Penn 3-0 with easy wins of 25-6, 25-13 and 25-12. Korb rested the bulk of his starters starting with the second game leading to new names populating the stats sheet. Ally Willich tallied 19 assists and two aces while Alyssa Noll and Desiree Myers had four kills each. Noll added five aces while Moore collected three kills and four aces.
The two-game winning streak came to a sudden stop on September 18th with a 3-0 loss to West York. The Lady Bulldogs won 25-18, 25-20 and 25-17.
"We just didn't show up to play and let our heads get in the way," said Korb.
Moore (14 kills), Lehman (17 assists) and Koicuba (15 digs) led the way in the loss.
The Golden Knights cross country team made the trek to Newville on September 15th to dip their toes in the big meet waters for the first time this season. The result was a 16th place finish for the Lady Golden Knights at the 23rd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational and a 19th place finish for the boy's side.
Olivia McLain took top honors for Eastern, picking up a bronze medal with a time of 19:50.36. Fiona Valore (26:14.68) and Abigail Ferry (26:22.60) also cracked the top 100 with Valore taking 97th and Ferry 99th in the 144-person AA field. Savannah Conley and Alanna Falk rounded out the top five with Conley taking 121st with a time of 28:18.42 and Falk 128th with a time of 29:16.55.
Just two boy's runners, Pierre Allard and Chase Reed, cracked the top 100 in the 179-person AA field but a third, Anthony Roselli, was a near miss. Roselli covered the 3.1-mile course in 20:05.80, finishing 102nd and missing the top 100 by roughly two seconds. Allard led the way on the boy's side, clocking an 18:52.85 which was good enough for 53rd place. Reed was next to finish, doing so in 97th place with a time of 19:58.07. Tyler Druck and Connor Atkins completed Eastern's scoring five with Druck in 108th place and Atkins in 119th place.
Eastern York returned to regular meet action on the 18th, hosting Central York, Northeastern, Red Lion and Kennard-Dale in the third meet of the season. The result was matching 0-4 marks for both squads. Once again McLain was the top runner, taking third with a time of 21:48. Allard was the only other Eastern York runner to post a top 20 finish, taking 12th with a time of 20:03.
Oh so close!! The Eastern York girls' soccer team was thisclose to picking up win number two of the season on September 18th. Instead the Lady Golden Knights dropped their fifth straight game, this one a 5-4 final to West York, to fall to 1-6 on the year. Cassidy Shetter led the second half charge, scoring both of her goals after intermission, with Mckenna Southerland picking up her second of the game between Shetter's two scores but it was not enough to overcome the Lady Bulldogs. Southerland's first goal got Eastern on the board just before the break while Alana Strittmatter (five saves) and Savannah Yingst (eight saves) did their best to keep West York at bay.
Eastern York had no such luck in games three and four of the five game slide, falling by a combined 10-0. The bulk of that damage came in an 8-0 loss to Susquehannock on the 13th. Yingst (seven saves) and Strittmatter (six saves) both saw action in goal.
Two days later Eastern dropped a 2-0 final to York Suburban. Yingst went solo this time around and finished with 10 saves but two late Lady Trojan goals spoiled her efforts.
The football team finds itself in the midst of a two-game slide after a 49-7 loss to York Suburban on September 14th. The back-to-back losses come after the Golden Knights opened the season at 2-0.
"As high as winning back-to-back games can be, is as low as losing back-to-back games can also be," said head coach Josh Campbell. "We are working as a team to refine our focus and though difficult to accept, we must use the losses as opportunities to improve."
The highlight of the game for Eastern York was a second quarter touchdown pass from Trevor Seitz to Demonte Martin that did little to stop the surging Trojans. Martin finished with two catches for 51 yards while Kaleb Corwell led the team with five catches for 71 yards and four rushes for 39 yards. Seitz completed 11 of 23 passes for 156 yards and the lone TD to Martin.
Despite the two-game slide Campbell remains upbeat. "Each week we view ourselves as 0-0 and look to improve each day, each drill, each rep and look towards a challenge on Friday," said the coach. "All of our goals are still in place and still achievable, rather than talk about them we must act upon them."
The boys' soccer team was unable to maintain any momentum gained with a September 11th win over Dover, dropping three straight to fall to 2-5 on the season.
Two of those three losses were of the shutout variety starting with a 3-0 loss to Susquehannock on the 13th. The Warriors got goals from three different players to spoil Brady Bixler's eight save game. The second shutout loss came on September 18th by a 4-0 count. West York, behind Colby Goodling's two goal effort, claimed the win by putting constant pressure on Bixler. The Bulldogs' 19 shots led to 17 Bixler saves in the loss.
In between those two losses was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of York Suburban. Bixler finished with 10 saves while Zach Gross picked up the shutout busting goal for the Golden Knights.
The field hockey team's hot start continued with wins over West York and Kennard-Dale, giving the Lady Golden Knights a tidy three game winning streak and a 4-1 record that is good enough for second place in Division II.
The highlight was a 3-2 overtime victory over KD on the 14th. Kelsey Felix, who finished with nine saves in the win, scored the game winner late in OT. Eastern York was awarded a penalty stroke with 39 seconds remaining in the contest. Felix calmly strolled from her cage to the opposite end of the field and converted that penalty stroke for the dramatic 3-2 win. Felix's game winning heroics were possible thanks to the first half work of Morgan Arnold. The junior scored both of the Lady Golden Knight goals with Cassidy Arnold picking up assists on both while Addison Malone helped out on the first. Jenna Soukaseum matched Arnold's two goal game for the Lady Rams.
Eastern's September 12th victory came much easier as the Lady Golden Knights topped West York by a 5-1 count. Felix needed just two saves to earn the win thanks to a dominating effort that produced 11 shots and 14 corner attempts. Malone did the heavy lifting on offense, recording a hat trick while finding time to dish out one assist. Morgan Arnold was on the receiving end of that assist while Hannah Lentz tallied the final goal for Eastern York.
The golf team managed to dance between the rain drops long enough to get in full round on September 13th as the Golden Knights hosted the rest of Division II at Cool Creek. The home course edge allowed Nate Hoyer to shoot an 84 and finish in a tie for sixth place along with Littlestown's Zach Jones and Kennard-Dale's Nick Fowler. Hoyer, along with Dyson Renn (91), Jon Minneman (97) and Dylan Mealey (103) combined to finish 1-5 on the day with the lone win coming over Gettysburg.
The weather would not be so cooperative on September 17th when the Golden Knights traveled to Regents Glen for their second to last regular season match of the year. An already soggy course and looming rain forced the match to be shorten to nine holes leaving Eastern in a tie with Gettysburg for the last two spots among the seven teams. Kade Wiley's nine-hole score of 59 gave Eastern York the tie-breaker and tacked on another 1-5 day for the Golden Knights. Hoyer led the way with a 49 while both Renn and Nolan Reichard checked in with a 52. Minneman finished things up with a 54.
Gridders Look to Rebound After Littlestown Loss September 13, 2018
You can't win them all is one of the few comforting thoughts that can ease the sting of a season's first loss like the one Eastern York's football team suffered on September 7th. The Golden Knights, winners of their first two games by an average of 27 points, were pushed from the unbeaten ranks courtesy of a 40-14 loss to Littlestown. Despite taking the hit, head coach Josh Campbell was not discouraged.
"After the first loss of the season, it is always difficult," said Campbell. "However, like any win, we reflect and move past Friday after our 10 AM Saturday practice."
Campbell and his staff will look for answers to correct a one game slip-up that saw the Golden Knights falter on both sides of the ball. Littlestown racked up 445 yards of offense, 395 of which came from the 'Bolts ground attack while Eastern's previously potent offense produced just 163 yards of offense.
"We will look to find answers, but luckily all of the answers we need are within our 41 players," said Campbell. "It is easy for everyone to stay aboard the ship when the waters are calm. It is important now with the rough waters after a loss for nobody to jump ship, but rather pick up an oar and start rowing."
The Golden Knights found themselves in a 13-0 hole after the opening 12 minutes but looked to be back in the game after Trevor Seitz hooked up with Dylan Zurin. The 26-yard strike came just 2:18 into the second stanza and cut the Thunderbolt lead down to 13-7. Unfortunately, that would be the high point of the first half as Jason Penton capped his banner game (seven carries for 124 yards and three scores) with touchdown runs of 80 and 22 yards to make it a 27-7 game at the break.
Two more Littlestown TD runs came in the third quarter and despite being sandwiched around Eastern's second score they pushed the game out of reach. That second Eastern touchdown came with 3:35 remaining in the third and briefly cut the deficit to 34-14. Demonte Martin was on the receiving end of this Seitz pass with the pitch and catch covering 25 yards.
Martin added three more catches during the contest to finish with four grabs for 51 yards and the third quarter score. Zurin managed just one additional catch outside his TD, giving him two catches for 35 yards. Add in Kaleb Corwell's team leading five catches for 62 yards and you get Seitz's 11 of 16 for 148 yards and two TD game. Zach Grove picked up the final completion, finding Brayden Dedrick for one three-yard catch.
The boys' soccer team finds themselves in an oddly balanced season with four games under their belt. The Golden Knights have gone...win-loss-loss-win to sit at 2-2 with an aggregate score of 5-5 after both winning and losing games by 1-0 and 4-0 scores.
Eastern York opened the season with a 1-0 win over ELCO and a 4-0 loss to Gettysburg to lay the groundwork for their balancing act. A 1-0 loss to a different Lancaster Lebanon League foe on September 8th led into a 4-0 win over Dover on the 11th to complete the balancing act.
Lancaster Catholic handed the Golden Knights a 1-0 loss on the 8th with Jack Krady breaking up Brady Bixler's (10 saves) shutout bid in the 63rd minute. Gavin Donnelly led the way in the Dover win by setting up two of the four scores. He helped put Eastern on the board in the first half by finding Zach Gross in the 31st minute and setup Andrew Hetter's score in the 50th minute that made it 3-0. Avery Rhine netted the second goal with help from Nathan Robbins while Hailu Barrow capped the scoring in the 59th minute by converting a Torin Young pass. Bixler pickup the clean sheet thanks to five saves.
The golf team used a few hours of dry weather on September 11th to squeeze in nine holes on Briarwood's East Course for their fourth match of the season. Nate Hoyer finished in a four-way tie for seventh with a nine-hole score of 43 to help the Golden Knights top Gettysburg for their second win. Dyson Renn (46), Jon Minneman (45) and Dylan Mealey (57) rounded out Eastern York's scorers for the day giving the Golden Knights a 191 team score.
The field hockey team suffered their first loss of the season on September 6th falling to Littlestown by a 1-0 count in a game effected by the weather. The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes and was ultimately cut short because of the lingering lightning storms that plagued the mid-state. Kelsey Felix surrendered a first half score to Cailey Sentz but stonewalled the remaining nine shots she faced.
The Lady Golden Knights rebounded nicely on September 8, blanking Muhlenberg, 2-0. Felix needed just one save to earn the shutout thanks to a ball control offense that posted 15 shots and 11 corners. Addison Malone and Hannah Lentz picked up the first half goals with Cassidy Arnold setting up Malone's score and Lily Campbell finding Lentz for the two-goal cushion.
The girls' soccer team has found the early portion of their season to be a bit more difficult then they imagined. The Lady Golden Knights did pick up their first win of the season but it was followed by two losses that leave them with a 1-3 mark.
That lone victory came on September 6th by a 2-0 count over New Oxford. Cassidy Shetter put Eastern up 1-0 in the opening half while Krysten Strange gave the visitors some breathing room with her second half goal. Savannah Yingst needed three saves to post the shutout.
Eastern found themselves on the opposite side of a shutout two days later when they traveled to Lancaster Catholic. The Lady Crusaders used two early Amanda Mueller scores to build a lead with Gabrielle Kambouroglos and Gabi Bruno tacking on additional insurance goals. Yingst finished with nine saves in the loss.
The struggles continued on September 11th with a 6-1 loss to Dover. Another two quick goals from the opposition put Eastern York behind early but it was four second half goals that spelled doom. That second half surge from Dover erased any momentum gained from Strange's score late in the first half that made it a 2-1 game. Yingst finished with 12 saves in the loss.
The cross country team not only had to battle their opponents during the season's first two meets they also had to battle the rainy weather that has plagued the area for much of the last few months. That battle produced matching 0-3 marks for the boys' and girls' on their September 11th trip to York Suburban with losses to the Trojans as well as Dallastown and South Western.
The season opener went much better for the boy's side while the girls' suffered another 0-3 day despite Olivia McLain's second place run. McLain's 21:39 was not enough to counter strong team performances from Delone Catholic, Dover and Fairfield leading to the 0-3 day.
On the boy's side the Golden Knights placed all five scorers in the top 20 which led to a 2-1 mark with wins over Delone and Dover outweighing the Fairfield loss. Pierre Allard paced the boys' by finishing sixth with a time of 20:02. Anthony Roselli crossed the line 40 seconds later to finish 10th while Chase Reed claimed 12th (21:06). Taylor Cappeluti and Connor Atkins rounded out the top five with Cappeluti finishing 16th and Atkins 18th.
The girls' volleyball team was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten on September 11th thanks to a 3-0 loss to York Suburban. Eastern played tough with the Lady Trojans in the first and third games, hanging around for 25-20 finals but Suburban took game two handily, 25-6.
Katie Lehman led the way with 15 assists, four aces, four kills and one block. Olivia Koicuba added seven digs, two kills and one ace while Sarah Moore matched Koicuba's seven digs while adding six kills and one block.
The Lady Golden Knights did enjoy success as well, topping Gettysburg 3-2 in what head coach Josh Korb called a "wild night up on the hill." He was referencing the back-and-forth affair that saw his squad win games two and four by scores of 25-11 and 25-14 while losing games one and three by identical 24-26 finals.
"It really came down to some missed serves in those two games that threw us off of our rhythm," said Korb. "We have a fast and aggressive offense, but if we stop the flow every other serve, it slows things down. In the sets we won, our hitters were able to keep the momentum of the game in our favor and our setter was able to spread the ball around nicely."
The Lady Golden Knights were able to keep their rhythm in the decisive fifth set, winning 15-9 to seal the victory. Moore racked up 23 kills in the win while Morgan Dobbeck added 10 and Abby Smith 11. Lehman was the setter responsible for the majority of those kills, finishing with 42 assists to go with 11 digs, two kills and three aces. Koicuba led the team with 19 digs with both Moore and Morgan Winter adding 11 and Dobbeck 13.
The Lady Golden Knights spent some time between the two regular season matches collecting a second-place finish in the Ephrata Tournament on Saturday the 8th. Eastern, behind strong performances from Moore (29 kills) and Smith (25 kills), cruised to a 5-1 mark in pool play. That led to a first-round bye in the championship bracket and a semi-final date with Cedar Crest. Eastern York took care of the Lady Falcons, winning 25-22 and 25-17 to set up a finals showdown with Panther Valley. The Lady Panthers claimed the championship, winning 25-14 and 25-19, leaving the Lady Golden Knights to settle for second in the 15-team field.
"I was pleased with our efforts," said Korb, "We made some adjustments to our rotation to better balance our power on offense and our back row again did a fantastic job digging up the ball."
Koicuba led that back row with 39 digs while Dobbeck added 26 digs. Lehman played a part in both the offense and defense with 13 aces and 19 digs.
Golfers Show Promise Despite Inexperience September 6, 2018
Golf is a game of numbers like how many shots per hole, how many strokes under par for your round and in the high school version, how many players on your team and how long have they been playing. For the Eastern York High School team, the answers to the last two questions are heavily influencing the results of the first two questions.
First year skipper Brett Heiser kicked off his inaugural season with just four players and only three of them, Nate Hoyer, Dyson Renn and Jon Minneman, brought any prior varsity experience into this season. That led to a 0-6 showing in the season's first match on August 20th at Mountain View Golf Club. Hoyer's round of 89 claimed top spot for the Golden Knights.
Heiser was able to pick up a few more players before the season's second match, meaning Eastern York was able to take part in the team competition on August 30th but it was not enough to shake a win out of Bon Air Country Club. The mix of inexperienced newcomers and a trio of veterans, led by Hoyer's sixth place round of 84, posted a score of 476, a mere seven strokes behind Gettysburg. While it was still a last place finish the Golden Knights showed some promise.
That promise produced some results on September 4th when Eastern traveled to Pleasant Valley Golf Club. The Golden Knights knocked off Gettysburg 392-420 to earn their first win of the 2018 season behind Hoyer's round of 84. Renn and Minneman tacked on rounds of 102 while newcomers Dillon Mealey (106) and Nolan Reichard (110) finished up Eastern's top five.
"The team is made up of seven guys and have come a long way in the first few weeks," said Heiser. "Having four brand new golfers puts us at a team disadvantage but the guys are having fun and we have goals of having six guys competing midway through the season and hopefully earning some league points finishing ahead of a few other teams."
The golf team may have gotten a jump on their season compared to the rest of Eastern York's fall sports teams but it was worth the wait for girls' volleyball team. The Lady Golden Knights used wins of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-23 to roll past New Oxford on September 4th, beginning their 2018 season with a 1-0 mark.
The season opener wasn't all sunshine and roses for head coach Josh Korb's squad which was illustrated in a 25-18 game one loss that Korb chalked up to "first game jitters." As the remaining three games can attest those jitters were gone after the opening game. "After we found our rhythm in the second set, it was game on," said Korb.
Katie Lehman directed the offense to the tune of 27 assists and played a big part of Eastern's defense with 12 digs. Korb mentioned that type of defense setting up the offense, "it just wears down the other team's offense and in-turn gives our hitters a chance to attack the ball."
Sarah Moore helped Lehman back up that point with a 15 kill and four dig effort while Olivia Koicuba (five digs, three aces, one kill) and Elisa Sprenkle (three blocks, two kills) provided additional back-up.
Count the field hockey team as another club where the 2018 season was worth the wait. The Lady Golden Knights kicked off their regular season slate by clobbering Hanover, 4-2. Eastern York controlled throughout the contest leading to a 15-6 edge in shots and a 13-4 advantage in corner attempts. With the action predominantly taking place at the other end of the field, Kelsey Felix needed just five saves to pick up the win. Lily Campbell was at the forefront of the attack, finishing with a goal and an assist to Morgan Arnold that opened the scoring. Addison Malone nabbed Eastern York's other first half score while Cassidy Arnold joined Campbell in second half scoring.
The season did not start in the same manor for the girls' soccer team. The Lady Golden Knights traveled to Gettysburg for their season opener on September 4th and came home on the wrong side of a 12-0 final. Savannah Yingst got the start in goal for Eastern and finished with 12 saves but she was no match for the Gettysburg trio of Grace Floreck (two goals, four assists), Lora Bertram (three goals, one assist) and Maddy Gaydon (two goals) who led the Lady Warriors to the win.
The early goings for the boys' soccer team have put the Golden Knights on both sides of shutout finals. Eastern York opened the season on September 1st by topping Lancaster-Lebanon League's ELCO Raiders by a 1-0 count before dropping a 4-0 final to YAIAA Division II foe Gettysburg three days later.
Nate Robbins netted the game winner against ELCO with just under six minutes remaining in the contest while the work of Brady Bixler (six saves) and the Golden Knights defense kept the home team at bay. Success was more difficult in Eastern's league and division opener as the Warriors of Gettysburg controlled throughout. That control resulted in two goals in each half, one of which was an Eastern York own goal that made it 3-0 midway through the second half. Bixler's busy day in goal saw 18 shots come his way with the keeper stopping 14 of them.
One-fifth into his first season as head coach of Eastern York's football team and things are rolling along for Josh Campbell. His squad is 2-0 with blowout wins over cross-river rival Columbia as well as Hanover. "Starting off the year 2-0 has been tremendous for our team and more so program," stated Campbell. "There has been so much support from the community, administration and student body. Together we are all working together to achieve our goals both on and off the field."
The 41-13 season opening win over Columbia might not have been enough to erase last year's 2-8 mark from the minds of the Golden Knight faithful but surely their 47-21 follow-up shellacking of Hanover did the trick. Making the wins even sweeter is the fact that Eastern did their heavy lifting on the ground against the Tide before putting on an aerial show in week two's win over the Nighthawks, showcasing a complete offense.
Trevor Seitz was at the helm for the aerial show against Hanover, racking up 294 yards and five scores by completing 10 of his 11 passes. Demonte Martin led the way with three catches for 64 yards and two scores while Emmit Silar (79 yards), Kaleb Crowell (63 yards) and Dylan Zurin (57 yards) all picked up one score on two catches. Bryce Henise accounted for the final offensive touchdown, hauling in Zach Groove's only completion for an 83-yard score. Neijon Gonzalez added a defensive TD by returning an interception 55-yards to paydirt while Robert Oliver led the rushing attack with 29 yards on three carries.
Despite the early season success Campbell continues to preach an even keel approach. "As we approach every victory or loss, we embrace it for 24 hours and move forward. We are 0-0 this week and look to prepare for a tough test against Littlestown this Friday."
Eastern York Bows in District 3 4-A Semifinals May 31, 2018
Eastern York's softball postseason run took a detour on May 29th with a 12-3 District 3-4A semifinal loss to West Perry. The defeat bounced the Lady Golden Knights from the championship bracket and into the consolation final.
"Well it pretty much didn't go as we hoped it would," said head coach Brad Rohrbaugh. "When you get to the final four teams you can't make mistakes and the bats need to be red hot, and we came up short in both."
The issues that Rohrbaugh mentioned popped up early and left Eastern staring at a quick 3-0 hole. The bats that produced 24 hits and 21 runs in the previous ten innings managed just one hit over the first two innings against West Perry. Meanwhile the Lady Mustangs collected three hits including a two-run homerun that broke up the scoreless start. The first of five Eastern York errors led to the third run and the West Perry rout was on.
The Lady Golden Knights mounted a third inning rally that temporarily gave Eastern York life but West Perry countered with a five-run bottom half, killing any momentum that Eastern managed. Kelsey Felix and Morgan Winter provided the pop for Eastern's two run spurt. Felix pushed Katie Lehman across with a one-out double while Winter plated Bailee Merriel with a single.
West Perry's counter started with four straight singles and didn't end until the Lady Mustangs had stretched their lead to 8-2. The scene repeated on a smaller scale after a scoreless fourth for both sides. West Perry plated two more runs in the fifth, this time chasing Maelynn Leber from the circle. Leber's day ended after 4.1 innings, 16 hits, two walks, three strikeouts, ten runs and the loss on her resume. Analise Fenwick was able to get out of the fifth without further damage but the Lady Mustangs tacked on another two runs in the sixth.
"West Perry is the best team we've played this season hands down, they are very fundamentally sound and hit very well tonight," stated Rohrbaugh.
Eastern York's postseason run came to an end one day later when the Lady Golden Knights dropped a 6-5 final to Bishop McDevitt in the consolation final. With the loss Eastern finishes the season with a 14-7 record.
The game played out like a roller coaster thanks to back-and-forth play from the two sides. McDevitt jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a first inning solo blast before tacking on another single run in the fourth. Eastern York appeared to grab control of the game with a five-run outburst in the top of the fifth but McDevitt wasted no time working on Eastern's lead. A single run came in the bottom half of the frame to make it 5-3, setting the stage for the final game winning push where back to back doubles from the Lady Crusaders in the bottom of the seventh made it a 5-4 game. McDevitt wrapped up the comeback with one swing from Alyssa Harhigh who connected on a two-run shot to seal the 6-5 victory.
Leber covered seven innings to absorb the loss, adding six strikeouts to the 10 hits and six runs allowed. Lehman accounted for two of Eastern's six hits but the work of Winter, Felix and Fenwick produced Lady Golden Knight runs. Felix and Fenwick combined for two singles but only Felix collected hers during Eastern's fifth inning rally. Fenwick kicked started that rally with a sac fly, giving the pair one RBI each. Winter accounted for the remaining three runs with a bases clearing double that broke up the 2-2 tie created with Felix's single.
If revenge is a dish best served cold then the Eastern York softball team handed out a gigantic dish of freezing cold revenge with their District 3-4A quarterfinal win over Kennard-Dale on May 24th. The reason, both squads hail from YAIAA's Division III and the Lady Rams claimed the two regular season meetings by a combined 22-2 on their way to a perfect division mark. That made Eastern's 4-3 district victory not only surprising but also that much sweeter.
"It was their absolute best game this season," Rohrbaugh stated.
Leber was the star of the show, picking up the win on the mound while collecting three hits and driving in two runs. She picked up the first of her two RBI in the top of the first with a double that allowed Fenwick to score, giving the visiting Lady Golden Knights a quick 1-0 lead.
Leber's day at the plate started well but things did not go as smoothly with her first trip into the circle. The sophomore hurler gave up three first inning singles, leading to two KD runs and a 2-1 deficit.
Both pitchers settled down after the rocky first, leading to a scoreless second. Eastern York regained the lead with a two-run burst in the top of the third. Haidyn Shaffer and Fenwick opened the rally with back-to-back bunt singles. Lehman set the stage for more Leber heroics with a sac bunt that moved both runners into scoring position. Leber capitalized on the setup with a single that scored Shaffer and moved Fenwick to third. Two batters later Felix broke up the 2-2 tie with one of her two hits, giving Eastern York a 3-2 lead.
The two pitchers regained control for the next inning and a half, allowing a combined two hits and one walk to leave Eastern York on top 3-2 heading into the top of the fifth. That is where the Lady Golden Knights tacked on additional insurance. Leber kicked things off with a one-out double, moving to third on Megan Myers ground out. Felix picked up her second RBI of the game by singling to right which allowed Leber to score for a 4-2 cushion.
Eastern York's second insurance run proved necessary as Leber found trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Kennard-Dale loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles, threatening the lead Eastern had worked so hard to build. The Lady Rams managed one run during the threat as Leber induced a fielder's choice groundout and an infield pop-up to shut the rally down.
Neither side was able to get anything going in the final two frames, leaving Eastern York as the 4-3 victor. Leber finished her outing by throwing 84 of her 124 pitches for strikes, leading to six punchouts and three walks to go with eight KD hits and three earned runs.
"Maelynn on the mound just had it clicking, her location was her best, she had movement on the ball, and mixing it up was stellar," said Rohrbaugh.
Leber's three hits paced the offense while Felix and Fenwick offered up multi-hit games as back up. Amber Forry and Shaffer accounted for the final two base knocks while Fenwick and Leber added one free pass each.
Eastern York earned that quarterfinal rubber match with Kennard-Dale by trouncing Fleetwood one day prior.
"I expected a much tougher game with them because they are from an area of the state that year after year is strong and they play very well," Rohrbaugh stated.
Leber pitched all three innings in the 17-1 thrashing while picking up three hits and driving in four runs. Leber's only trouble of the game came in the top of the second, with Eastern York already up 4-0. Leber surrendered a leadoff double that eventually became the Lady Tigers lone run. That double was one of two hits that Fleetwood managed with Leber adding five strikeouts and no walks to her outstanding game.
The Lady Knights jumped out to that four-run lead with a strong first inning that started with a lead-off double from Fenwick. Lehman, Leber and Winter added three straight singles for a 2-0 lead. McKenzie Buchmyer poked a one-out single to make it a 3-0 game while Winter scored the final run of the frame on a passed ball.
Eastern answered Fleetwood's second inning score with a 13-run outburst, turning a somewhat close 4-1 contest into a 17-1 mercy-rule blowout. The Lady Golden Knights sent 16 batters to the plate, rapping out 10 of their 15 hits, and picking up both of their free passes all while getting help from Fleetwood in the form of an error and passed ball.
Shaffer was the first of nine straight Lady Golden Knights to reach base with a lead-off single. Fenwick followed by earning one of the two free passes in the inning. Lehman took advantage and drove in a run with a single for a 5-1 lead. Leber followed with a two-run double to make it 7-1 which shook Fleetwood's pitcher causing her to hit Winter. Felix made it 8-1 with her lone hit of the game while Buchmyer kept the rally rolling with a RBI bunt single. Morgan Dobbeck made it two straight bunt singles for Eastern York, setting the stage for Forry's two run single that ended the nine-batter run with the Lady Golden Knights up 11-1.
After one quick out, Eastern got back to work with Fenwick's run producing single. The lead moved to 13-1 on a passed ball during Lehman's second at-bat that became the second walk of the inning. Leber picked up her fourth and final RBI with a single that made it 14-1 with Winter smacking a double for another Lady Golden Knight run. Another Fleetwood miscue allowed Leber to race home and moved Winter to third, setting the stage for Felix's second RBI on a fielder's choice for Eastern York's final run.
The track and field season concluded on May 25th and 26th with four Lady Golden Knights taking part in the PIAA-2A Championships at Shippensburg University. Maddie McLain finished her stellar carrier with a bronze medal winning run of 11:04.55 in the 3200m. She added a 12th place finish in the 1600m after turning in a 5:24.57 in the finals on Saturday.
Taylor Currier, a fellow senior, also took part in two events. She started her weekend on Friday with a 19th place finish in the long jump, with a best jump of 16'. She reached the medal stand on Saturday by finishing seventh in the triple jump, covering 36-9.
Eastern York's final two representatives both saw their seasons end in the preliminary round of their respective events. Hannah Myers finished third in her 400m prelim heat but her 60.52 left her 0.70 seconds shy of the semifinals. Madison Nalls placed 11th in her 800m heat with a time of 2:26.84, leaving Nalls just over four seconds shy of advancing.
Eastern Girls' Track Ties for 2nd at District Meet May 24, 2018
As it has all spring, the weather played a big part of a high school athletic event. This time the never say die rain and cold impacted the two-day District 3-2A Track and Field Championship Meet that was held at Shippensburg University on May 11th and 12th. The result left most everyone wet and a bit chilly but as they have all season long, the Eastern York girls' track and field team did not let the weather stop them or even really slow them down all that much.
Eastern sent 12 individuals and all three relay teams to Shippensburg and together they did well enough to finish in a second-place tie in the 2A team standings. The Lady Golden Knights tallied 84 team points, the same as Greenwood and well behind Delone Catholic's 138.33 points but well ahead of Trinity's 58.33 points.
Taylor Currier led the way with two gold medal winning jumps that ensured a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA championship meet. Currier nipped her closest competitor by 1.25" with her winning long jump of 16-7 and by nearly a foot with her winning triple jump of 35-2. Maya Stump joined Currier in both events, finishing 12th in the long jump and 14th in the triple jump.
Maddie McLain also qualified for the PIAA meet in two events thanks to silver medal runs in both the 1600m and the 3200m. McLain crossed the finish line a few seconds after Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder in both events, settling for second place in the 1600m with a time of 5:19.79 and the 3200m with a time of 11:13.42.
As she has most of the season, Olivia McLain was not too far behind her older sister, putting together podium runs in the 1600m and the 3200m. Her fifth place run in the 3200m was by far the toughest to swallow as her 11:35.31 ended up a mere 0.31 seconds short of the PIAA qualifying time. She also added a seventh place run in the 1600m with a 5:35.32.
Eastern York's two remaining state qualifiers did so in one event each. Hannah Myers did participate in two events at the District 3 meet but only managed one state qualifying performance. Her 27.10 in the 200m finals was good enough for fifth place at the district meet but it fell nearly a second short of a return trip to Shippensburg. Myers had no such trouble in the 400m, clocking a 60.63 to finish second and earn a berth in the state meet.
Madison Nalls picked up Eastern's final PIAA berth for her work in the 800m. The senior came into the event with the top seeded time and while she fell short of that time her 2:22.70 was good enough for a bronze medal.
The Lady Golden Knights had one final participant make multiple trips to the medal stand in Maura DeRemer. The senior thrower picked up three medals highlighted by her bronze medal winning throw of 32-4.75 in the shotput. She added a fourth-place toss of 103-6 in the discus as well as a sixth-place throw of 109 in the javelin. Emily Smith joined DeRemer in the discus competition, finishing 10th with a top throw of 87-3.
Senior Christin Solon picked up one final medal for Eastern, clearing 4-8 to finish sixth in the high jump.
The Lady Golden Knights picked up their final team points in the three relay races. Actually, only two of the three squads made the podium as the 4:26.05 turned in by Cassidy Shetter, Myers, Currier and Sara Peter in the 1600m relay was only the 12th best time of the day. Nalls, Myers and both Maddie and Olivia McLain collected the best relay finish, taking fourth in the 3200m relay with a time of 10:08.96. Eastern York's third relay team finished seventh with Currier, Shetter, Emily Hoyer and Kaitlyn Case turning in a 53.55 in the 400m relay.
Hoyer, Peters and Shetter also competed in Shippensburg but did not make it to the finals. Hoyer and Shetter both saw their time in the 100m come to an end in the preliminary round while Peters met the same fate in the 100H and Hoyer in the 200m.
The Lady Golden Knights were not alone in their trip to Shippensburg for the District 3 meet. They were joined by one member of the boy's squad, Demonte Martin. Martin participated in two events with his best being a 14th place finish in the 300H thanks to a time of 41.17. He also competed in the 110 high hurdles and after clocking a blazing 14.80 in the preliminary round, bowed out in the semifinals after running a 15.36.
Lady Golden Knights Fall in District Opener May 17, 2018
In a season that has been defined by weather troubles, Mother Nature had one last obstacle for the Eastern York girls' lacrosse team to overcome. Her last trick on the Lady Golden Knights was twofold. First, the start of their May 15th District 3-2A first round tilt opposite Lancaster Country Day was delayed by roughly three hours as the teams waited out a passing storm. Then approximately seven and a half minutes into the game, lightening struck again, this time forcing the two teams to reconvene on the 16th to finish the final 42:29 of the contest.
Eastern York held a slim 2-1 at the time of the postponement but LCD took over when the teams picked things up and would go on to win 13-7.
"It was a hard-fought game for us all across the field," said first-year skipper Caroline Jaeger. "I am very proud of how we played today and how we progressed throughout the season!"
Chelsea Forsyth netted a hat trick in the loss while Addy Malone and Marissa Gockley chipped in with two scores apiece. Emily Bodien capped her Eastern York career with a six save effort.
The Lady Golden Knights had one final tune-up before their playoff opener and they posted a 12-8 victory over Carlisle on May 9th in that game. Malone led the way with seven scores while Forsyth added a hat trick. Lauren Zimmerman and Haley Holtzinger added one score each while Bodien finished the win with 11 saves.
A win in the season finale isn't always necessary, especially when you've already locked up a postseason berth, but it is always nice. Hence the comment from Eastern York's head softball coach, Brad Rohrbaugh, "The win Friday with York Catholic was a good ending to regular season play."
The skipper was referring to the Lady Golden Knights' 11-0 victory over The Lady Fighting Irish on May 11th that put a tidy bow on Eastern's 12-5 run through the regular season and a berth in the District 3-4A tournament.
"Our season overall could have been better," Rohrbach said. "A couple of one run losses along with errors doesn't put us in the spot we were last year going into Districts. However, all we need to do is peak next week and we will still have an opportunity to put ourselves where we want be."
The peaking next week that he is referring to would be when the Lady Golden Knights kickoff the District 3 playoffs by hosting Fleetwood on May 22nd.
As for the 11-run victory over York Catholic, Eastern used a stellar game from Maelynn Leber.
"Maelynn pitched a great game," stated Rohrbaugh. "I think her pitches had more movement Friday than any time this season."
That great game covered all six innings with Leber allowing just three Catholic hits to go with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
A gaggle of Lady Golden Knights helped provide the support led by Analise Fenwick's three RBI game. The sophomore picked up three doubles in her three trips to the plate with her fourth inning base knock driving in two of her three runs. Her other run producing double came in the fifth while her leadoff single in the first ended up becoming Eastern's first run.
Morgan Winter collected the hit that pushed Leber across in what was her only hit of the game. Katie Lehman posted the only other multi-RBI game, blasting a second inning double to left field to plate both the Eastern York runs of the frame, making it a 3-0 game. McKenzie Buchmyer and Haidyn Shaffer rounded out the offense with two-hit, one RBI games. Buchmyer enjoyed fourth and fifth inning singles but her RBI came from a sixth inning sac fly. Shaffer also enjoyed two singles in the game, a standard issue version in the second and a run producing version in the fifth.
The Lady Golden Knight track and field team used their fourth straight division title as a springboard to a fantastic performance at the YAIAA Championship meet that was held at Dallastown High School on May 11th.
Eastern York enjoyed 11 different top eight showings, including five top three finishes. Maddie McLain led the way, capturing Eastern's lone gold with a 11:16.26 in the 3200m. She added a bronze in the 1600m with a time of 5:13.40 and was joined on the medal stand by her younger sister in both events. Olivia McLain clocked a 5:26.8 to finish fifth in the 1600m and turned in the sixth fastest time (11:48.87) in the 3200m.
Maura DeRemer made three trips to the medal stand, one each for her work in the shot put, discus and javelin. Her best finish came with a toss of 108-3 in the discus that garnered her a fourth place. She added matching seventh place finishes in the shot put (32.11-75) and javelin (105-4).
Taylor Currier added two more field medals for her work in the long and triple jumps. The senior brought home silver with a jump of 17-0.25 in the long jump while settling for seventh in the triple jump with a top distance of 33-7.75.
The final two trips to the medal stand came from the Lady Golden Knights work on the track where both Hannah Myers and Madison Nalls earned silver medals. Myers nearly broke the one-minute barrier with her second-place time of 60.81 in the 400m while Nalls ran twice the distance, finishing the 800m with a time of 2:20.39.
On the boys' side three different athletes did well enough to find themselves in the top eight led by Demonte Martin and his three medals. Martin did his best work in the hurdle events where his 15.09 in the 110H as well as his 40.28 in the 300H were good enough for third place in each event. Martin finished his day with a sixth-place high jump (5-10).
Dylan Zurin set a season best with a jump of 20-4.5 in the long jump, good enough for seventh while Zach Falk turned in the eighth best time in the 800m with a 2:04.
Eastern Volleyball Team Caps a Learning Season May 10, 2018
A challenging season for the Eastern York boys' volleyball team came to a close. Low numbers, just nine players finished the season, led to many players pulling double duty on JV and varsity and left the Golden Knights with a 1-13 record on the year. Head coach Carol Thompson attributed the record to the low numbers as well as plain old inexperience.
"At the varsity level our inexperience definitely showed at times," said Thompson. "Overall, it was a very productive season and a good learning experience for the boys.
"They had a good attitude for the situation they were in, having to play both JV and varsity matches back to back," he continued. "They remained competitive and positive throughout the season. I give them a lot of credit for persevering and wanting to get better. They definitely took the challenge."
The never say die attitude, unfortunately did not get them over the hump in the final week of the season. That meant a ninth straight 3-0 loss (25-13, 25-17, 25-20), this one to New Oxford on the 8th. Dalton Leik did a bit of everything and finished with eight kills, four digs, four aces, two assists and two blocks. Brady Bixler added five blocks, four digs, two kills and two aces while Devyn Sanders collected 15 assists.
Eastern York opened their four-game push to the finish line on May 2nd with a 3-0 loss to Susquehannock. Eastern pushed the Warriors early in the match, falling 25-23 in game one and 30-28 in game two. The high stakes of the opening two games caught up with the Golden Knights in game three and led to a 25-11 final. Leik, Bixler and Sanders were at the forefront of things once again. Sanders dished out 19 assists while Leik tallied 14 kills. Bixler matched Leik's three digs while adding three aces, two kills and two blocks.
The Knights were back in action one night later, facing Central York and suffering another 3-0 loss (25-7, 25-5, 25-12). Avery Rhine took over the setter role and finished with seven assists while Sanders added four digs. Bixler finished with five digs, two kills and one block.
Eastern welcomed Berks Catholic on May 4th and the Saints left after handing the Golden Knights another 3-0 loss, (25-8, 25-11, 25-16). Bixler led the way with eight digs, four kills, two aces and two blocks while Rhine finished with nine assists, six digs and two kills.
It was a good news, bad news type of week for the Eastern York girls' lacrosse team. A win over New Oxford countered a loss to South Western and while the Lady Golden Knights were taking care of their final few league contests, so were the other 12 YAIAA girls' lacrosse teams. That means Eastern, with a 6-6 league mark, was officially left out of the YAIAA tournament. The good news counter to that is Eastern will qualify for the District 3-2A tournament once it kicks off on May 15th. The final bit of good news came when the YAIAA announced the coaches' all-stars for the 2018 season. Eastern York placed two members on the all-star team, Addy Malone as a midfielder on the first team and McKenna Keller on the Honorable Mention team as a defender.
The action on the field started with a loss to South Western on May 3rd. The Lady Mustangs did all their heavy lifting in the opening 25 minutes, outscoring Eastern 12-2 on their way to the 17-6 victory. Malone and Chelsea Forsyth netted two scores each while Haley Holtzinger and Kendall Raver tacked on one each in the loss. Emily Bodien finished with nine saves.
Eastern York closed out their YAIAA slate on May 7th with a 12-9 win over New Oxford where Bodien recorded 10 saves. Malone carried the offense with a four goal, two assist night while Keller celebrated her all-star bid with a two-goal game. Ellie Lippy tallied the final two goal game for Eastern, tacking on one assist for good measure. Emma Hoak, Marissa Gockley, Forsyth and Holtzinger rounded out the scoring with one deposit each.
The boys' lacrosse team was another Eastern York club that saw their season come to a close. A win over New Oxford coupled with a loss to South Western put the Golden Knights at 6-10 overall and a few spots outside the District 3-2A field and 4-9 in YAIAA play, also a few spots outside the YAIAA tourney field.
Eastern York hosted South Western on May 3rd where the Mustangs used five first quarter scores as a springboard to a 10-5 victory. Kade Wiley finished with 10 saves in his efforts to keep South Western at bay while Cadyn Michael netted three scores to lead the offense. Gavin Evans had one assist to go with two goals.
The Knights turned things around for their season finale, nipping New Oxford by a 10-9 count. Michael and Evans turned in matching hat tricks with Henise tacking on two scores. Crumling and Jay Arnold netted one score each to finish the offense while Wiley came up big with 13 saves to secure the win.
The track and field teams got in one last primer, their own Battle for the Bridge Invitational that was held May 4, before the big-meet postseason gets underway on May 11th with the YAIAA Championship meet.
The Lady Golden Knights rocked the competition, capturing 12 top three finishes, including six gold medals. Taylor Currier grabbed two gold medals all by herself while picking up a third for her work in the 1600m relay. Currier also added a silver in the pole by clearing 8-6 and as part of the 400m relay team. Her solo golds came in the long jump (16-9.75) and triple jump (34-6.25) where Maya Stump joined her in the top three. Stump placed second in the long jump (15-8.25) and third in the triple jump (31-11-75). Madison Nalls, Hannah Myers and Sara Peters joined Currier to win the 1600m relay while Emily Hoyer, Cassidy Arnold and Kaitlyn Case comprised the rest of the 400m relay team that won silver.
Nalls, Maddie McLain and Maura DeReme also grabbed gold. DeReme took the discus title with a throw of 101-2 while adding a silver in the shot put with a heave of 32-8.75. Nalls claimed the 800m (2:30) while McLain took the 1600m with a time of 5:32.23. Myers chipped in as well, capturing silver in both the 200m (27.46) and 400m (63.04).
Over on the boy's side, the Golden Knights managed four top three finishes, one each by Zach Falk, Pierre Allard, Dylan Zurin and Drake Brown. Falk took second in the 800m while Brown also collected a silver medal for his toss of 120-9 in the discus. Allard picked up a bronze in the 1600m (4:48.68) and Zurin did the same in the long jump (19-7.5).
If all good things must end then it was inevitable that the softball team would see their winning streak halted. However, they would have preferred it last longer than four games or at least not end with a six-inning, 10-0 loss to Kennard-Dale.
Maelynn Leber covered the first five innings of the May 8th affair and allowed the first five KD runs to take the loss. Analise Fenwick pitched the final inning. The Lady Golden Knights managed four hits, matching triples from Morgan Winter and Kelsey Felix and singles from Katie Lehman and Leber.
The final victory in the four-game spurt came one day prior when Eastern York topped York Suburban by a 6-3 count. This time Leber pitched all seven innings to earn the win, scattering 11 hits while striking out five with no walks. Gillian Toomey carried the big bat, driving in two runs on a triple and a single.
Win number three came on May 2nd when Eastern topped Bermudian Springs 18-3 in five innings. Fenwick struck out five, walked two and gave up six hits in the win. Haidyn Shaffer and Winter combined for six RBI and three hits to pace the offense. Shaffer collected four of those RBI with a double and a triple while Winter plated two with a single and a sac fly.
Count the baseball team among the Eastern sports teams that saw their season come to a close. The Golden Knights closed on a 1-4 stretch to finish 6-14 overall and 5-9 in YAIAA play. "I asked this group to play hard and that is what they did," said head coach Brett Heiser. "We made mistakes, but we learned from each one."
The win came in the season's final game with Eastern taking out York Catholic 14-6. Bren Taylor finished off his scorching junior season with a four hit, three RBI game. The four singles bumped his average to a ridiculous .616 on the season. Emmit Silar pushed across three runs with two hits, helping his own cause on the mound. Quinton McNew added a two hit, two RBI day to give Eastern a trio of big bats.
Silar struck out eight but did walk three one his way to the win. Dyson Renn covered the seventh and was tagged with two unearned runs.
Eastern suffered the first of those four losses on May 2nd, falling to Bermudian Springs 13-6. Evan Rishell got the start and took the loss with Owen Shimmel and Jacob Bardo pitching in for the final 2.2 innings. Silar, Justin Ranker and Canyon Smith all posted one hit and one RBI with Silar's RBI coming from a fielder's choice instead of his double.
The Golden Knights were back at it one day later, suffering a 13-3, five inning loss to Northeastern. Silar ended up on the wrong side of this one despite pitching just two innings. Renn covered the other two innings in relief. McNew drove in two of Eastern York's three runs with Taylor accounting for the final score with one of his 30 RBI on the season.
Kennard-Dale handed Eastern a 10-6 defeat on May 4th with Drew Dellinger taking the heat for his five innings of work. Shimmel covered the final two innings. Taylor enjoyed a two hit, three RBI day while Rishell and Bardo finished with one RBI each.
The final loss of the season came on May 7th with visiting Susquehannock inflicting the damage. Eastern's undoing in the 14-10 final was the Warrior's seven run seventh which made the Golden Knights' four run counter meaningless. Rishell took the loss after relieving McNew in the fifth. Bardo posted the last out after replacing Rishell in the seventh. Silar led the offense, rapping out three singles that led to three RBI. Taylor tacked on two RBI with just one hit.
As the calendar turns to May the attention of most area high school students turns to prom. The Eastern York softball team has their sights set on a different type of dance, the District 3-4A playoffs. After all the stops and starts created by the never-ending weather craziness this spring, the Lady Golden Knights are just four games from completing their regular season slate. Eastern has complied a 9-4 mark in the games they've manage to squeeze in between the rain drops and snow flakes and that is good enough to reside in the top 10 of the unofficial 4A power rankings, putting the Lady Knights on track for a coveted dance ticket.
With Eastern's most recent victory, a 1-0 thriller over Littlestown, the Lady Knights enacted revenge for an April 23rd loss to the Lady 'Bolts. Maelynn Leber covered all seven innings, scattering seven hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts. Eastern York managed only five hits in the win with the one that counted coming in the bottom of the fifth inning. McKenzie Buchmyer drew a one out walk and Morgan Dobbeck followed two batters later with a single to left, allowing Buchmyer to score the game winning run from second.
The going was much easier in Eastern's April 26th win. The Lady Knights took down Hanover by an 11-1 count, needing only six innings to get the job done. This time it was Analise Fenwick going the distance to pick up the win. The sophomore hurler rang up six Lady Nighthawks while walking just one and surrendering one unearned run.
Gillian Toomey paced the offense despite just one hit on the day. She drove in two runs with a third inning single and tacked on another RBI with a bases loaded walk in the fourth. Dobbeck and Sarah Moore provided back-up with two RBI days on a combined three hits. Both were part of Eastern's seven run third that broke the game open. Moore did her damage with a one run double and Dobbeck with a two-run single. Moore picked up her second RBI in the fourth courtesy of a fielder's choice.
The boy's lacrosse team also picked up two wins in two tries over the past week, blowing by Kennard-Dale 18-7 and slipping by Conrad Weiser 15-12. Bryce Henise and Cayden Michael led way against KD on the 26th, scoring 11 of Eastern's 18 goals. Henise added two assists to his six goals while Michael settled for a five goal game. Gage Barton and Jake Crumling tacked on two scores apiece while Gavin Evans, Stephen Wisler and Rylan Emlet cleaned up the scoring with one goal each. Kade Wiley enjoyed a light night in goal, finishing with six saves.
The going was more difficult two days later as Wiley needed 13 saves to keep his squad on top for the 15-13 win. Michael tallied a game high four goals with Henise and Evans with three apiece and a combined nine assists. Barton and Crumling enjoyed another matching two goal game while Wisler tacked on the final tally.
The girls' lacrosse team also enjoyed two wins over the last week but first they had to endure two losses. The first of those losses was an 18-8 final to Kennard-Dale on April 26th. Eastern trailed 15-5 at the break and was unable to recover. Addy Malone scored half of the eight goals while Chelsea Forsyth (three goals) and Emma Hoak (one goal) took care of the remaining half. Emily Bodien turned away 10 shots in the loss.
Two days later the Lady Knights traveled to Lampeter to battle one of the top teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League in Lampeter-Strasburg. The result was a 14-4 loss where once again Eastern fell behind early and was unable to recover. Malone, Forsyth, Ellie Lippy and McKenna Keller accounted for the offense while Bodien tallied nine saves in goal.
Eastern York finally put one in the win column on April 30th, topping Red Land by an 8-1 count. Bodien needed just six saves to earn the win which was nearly as many goals as Malone scored. The sophomore middy made five deposits into the goal with Forsyth making another two. Lauren Zimmerman picked up the final score.
The Lady Knights made it back-to-back victories one day later, topping West York 15-8. Malone continued her assault on opposing goalies, netting six goals and two assists. Lippy, Haley Holtzinger and Marissa Gockley gave Eastern a trio of two goal scorers while Hoak, Forsyth and Zimmerman formed a trio of one goal scorers. Bodien allowed one more goal in the game (eight) than she had saves (seven).
Break out the four-peat signs for the Lady Knights track and field team. With a 78-72 win over Dover on May 1st Eastern wrapped up their fourth straight Division II title. The win also secured another 7-0 division record, giving the outgoing seniors a pristine 28-0 mark over their four-year run.
Maddie McLain was the lone Lady Golden Knight to pick up multiple solo wins on the track, taking the 1600m in 5:29.4 and the 3200m in 12:58.2. Eastern added a middle-distance sweep to McLain's distance sweep and tacked on two relay wins for good measure. Hannah Myers and Madison Nalls handled the middle-distance wins with Myers taking the 400m in 61.8 while Nalls claimed the 800m in 2:33.8. The 3200m relay team clocked a 9:56.8 to take the win while the 1600m relay team posted a 4:14.1 in their victory. Taylor Currier joined McLain as a multiple winner but did all her work in the field. She captured the pole vault with a top height of 8-4 and covered 17-8 with her best long jump. Christin Solon cleared 4-6 to win the high jump.
Event wins were harder to come by for the boys' team with Eastern claiming only four events, leading to a 96-44 loss. Dylan Zurin nabbed two of those four, taking the 200m with a time of 23.8 while winning the long jump (20-1.5). Hailu Barrow picked up the only other win in the field by clearing 9-3 in the pole vault while Zach Falk claimed the only other win on the track with his 2:05 in the 800m.
The baseball team continued to march toward the end of their 2018 season, checking off three more games over the last week. The Golden Knights picked up one win in those three outings, taking care of Hanover in five innings, 11-1. Emmit Silar picked up the easy win, covering all five innings. He surrendered two hits and issued two walks that led to Hanover's lone unearned run, adding five strikeouts. As he has all season Bren Taylor paced the attack, collecting three hits in four at bats, falling a home run shy of the cycle. He drove in three runs, one on a second inning double and two with a fourth inning triple. Derrick Hauck added two RBI on two hits to provide back-up. Hauck split his two RBI in half with one coming courtesy of a second inning single and the other on a fourth inning double.
A few days earlier the Golden Knights found themselves on the opposite end of an 11-1 final. Dover handed out the 10-run, six inning loss with Owen Shimmel on the hill for the balk of Dover's damage. The Eagles tagged Shimmel for eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits and one walk to go with three strikeouts over four innings of work. Jacob Bardo covered the final inning in relief, surrendering the final three Dover runs.
Bardo did provide the hit that produced Eastern's lone run, connecting for a sixth inning single that plated Silar who had doubled earlier in the frame. Quintin McNew's lone hit was also a double while Taylor rapped out a single and a double in the loss.
The Golden Knights opened May with a 12-6 loss to Littlestown on the 1st. The Thunderbolts scored eight of their 12 runs in the final two innings to steal victory away from Eastern. Taylor accounted for half of the Eastern York offense with two-hits, adding a first inning triple to a three-run shot in the fourth. Silar accounted for the final run in the fourth with a sac fly to left field. Bardo and McNew provided the first inning fireworks for Eastern, McNew courtesy of his own sac fly and Bardo with an RBI single to right that allowed Taylor to score from third.
Taylor took the loss for his work on the mound in the seventh. He surrendered Littlestown's final six runs on three hits and three walks. Dyson Renn and McNew split the remaining six innings down the middle with Renn getting the start. The pair combined for seven strikeouts and two walks while allowing seven hits and six runs.
With a little more than a week remaining in the 2018 season, the Golden Knight boys' volleyball team continues to search for their second win after losses to Northeastern and West York dropped Eastern to 1-9.
Eastern York fell to one of the top teams in the state on April 26th. Northeastern bookended their 3-0 victory with wins of 25-11, slipping in a 25-5 game two victory to secure the sweep. Dalton Leik collected four kills, three digs, one ace and one block against the five-time defending 2A state champs while Devyn Sanders added six aces and three digs. Tim Leaman and Jack Myers both finished with three digs with Leaman adding one kill and Myers one block.
The Golden Knights face-off against West York on May 1st also ended in a 3-0 final but Eastern was able to keep things a bit closer with losses of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-22 ending the match. Leik finished with a team high eight kills to go with two digs and one ace. Brady Bixler finished with six digs, three aces, two kills and one block while Sanders added five assists and three digs.
The Golden Knights took a break from regular season action to complete in Elizabethtown's tournament on Saturday April 28th. Eastern was unable to make it out of pool play after finishing 0-2 against Mechanicsburg and Kennard-Dale while splitting their matches with Huntingdon and Cedar Cliff.
Lady Golden Knight Tracksters Set four Four-Peat April 26, 2018
Despite the best efforts from Mother Nature, the spring sports season is slowly crawling to a close. As the Lady Golden Knight track and field team approaches the end to their 2018 regular season they have their sights on back-to-back-to-back-to-back Division II titles. Coming off division championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Lady Golden Knights have themselves in prime position for a four-peat. Only division meets against West York and a May 1st showdown with Dover for what is shaping up to be a winner take all match-up, stand in Eastern York's way.
The latest trouncing handed out by the Lady Golden Knights came on April 23rd with a 104-46 win over York Suburban. Eastern swept all three relay events then let Maddie McLain, Hannah Myers, Maura DeRemer and Taylor Currier go to work. DeRemer owned the throwing events, taking the shot put (33-6), discus (104-9) and javelin (111-5) while Currier joined the field winning fun, taking the triple jump (32-6) and the long jump (15-9). McLain ran away from the competition in the distance events, capturing the 1600m (5:21.2) and the 3200m in 11:33.7. Myers posted the final double victories of the meet, taking the 200m and 400m.
Eastern York's final three wins came from three different athletes with Emily Hoyer taking the 100m (13.1), Madison Nalls the 800m (2:29.4) and Sara Peters the 300H (53.3).
The boy's track team found themselves on the opposite end of the final score against York Suburban with the Trojans taking the meet 103-46. Demonte Martin and Drake Brown were the lone multi-event winners. Martin, a junior, claimed the 110H in 15.9 and the 300H in 40.7. Brown captured the shot put with a toss of 38-1 and the discus (111-5).
Eastern York's final two wins also came in the field where Hailu Barrow topped the pole vault competition while Dylan Zurin took the long jump by covering 18-5.25.
The Golden Knights spent April 21st at Shippensburg for the 92nd Annual Jack Roddick Invitational. Martin collected his hardware in the hurdle events, clocking a 15.34 to take bronze in the 110H and a 40.73 to finish fourth in the 300H.
The Lady Golden Knights enjoyed a few more top six finishes thanks to the work of Myers, DeRemer and Currier. DeRemer enjoyed three trips to the medal stand, capturing silver in the shot put (34-6.5), bronze in the discus (101-9) and fifth in the javelin (102-5). Curriers posted a long jump (34-1.5)-triple jump (15-6.5) double by taking fifth in both events. Myers brought home the final medal by posting a 60.97 in the 400m, good enough for third place.
The girls' lacrosse team went one up-one down over the last week, topping Dallastown before losing to Susquehannock. Addy Malone came close to being the offense in the 7-5 win over Dallastown on April 20th. The sophomore midfield netted five of the seven goals, leaving single scores for Chelsea Forsyth and Kendall Raver. Emily Bodien doubled the save total of her counterpart, collecting eight in the win.
Malone was the entire offense on the 24th when the Lady Golden Knights dropped a 10-1 final to Susquehannock. Bodien turned away 10 shots in the loss.
The boy's lacrosse team was twice as busy over the same stretch, taking the field four times. Unfortunately, the Golden Knights came up winless in those attempts and now sit at 3-8 on the year.
York Catholic handed out the first of those losses, posting a 19-6 victory on April 18th. Gavin Evans, Brice Henise and Gage Barton split the scoring three ways with Evans picking up one assist while Henise dished out two. Kade Wiley took the loss with a six save effort.
One day later it was Dallastown leaving Wrightsville with a 12-7 victory. Wiley nearly hit double-digit saves in the loss, finishing with nine while Henise posted a hat trick with an assist to pace the offense. Evans, Jake Crumling and Cadyn Michael backed up Henise with one score apiece.
Eastern York welcomed Red Land to town on Saturday the 21st with the Patriots collecting a 19-4 victory before leaving. Crumling accounted for half the offense with two goals while Henise and Barton nabbed one each. Evans and Michael combined for three assists while Zach Grove finished with seven saves.
The final loss of the run came on the 24th via a 20-4 final to Susquehannock. Wiley was back between the pipes and finished with seven saves. Crumling posted another two-goal game with Henise and Stephen Wisler splitting the remaining goals.
The boys' volleyball team saw their season long struggle continue with losses to Mechanicsburg and Dallastown. Both losses were 3-0 results with the Wildcats from Mechanicsburg claiming their win on April 23rd and the Wildcats from Dallastown posting their win on the April 24th. Dalton Leik and Brady Bixler did their best to lead Eastern to victory but came up short. Leik tallied a combined 12 digs, six kills, five aces and two blocks while Bixler finished with 11 digs, five blocks, two kills and four aces in the two losses. Tim Leaman provided the back-up in the Mechanicsburg loss with one dig, one ace and one block while Avery Rhine checked in with nine assists, three digs and one kill against Dallastown.
The baseball team went one step forward and one step back over the last week starting with a 6-3 loss to York Tech on April 18th. Jacob Bardo took the loss, splitting the six-inning game down the middle with Drew Dellinger. The pair also split most of the remaining pitching stats with each allowing three runs on six hits. Dellinger added one strikeout and one walk while Bardo issues two walks with no strikeouts.
Owen Shimmel put Eastern York on the board with a RBI single in the second while Bryce Billet drove in a run on a fourth inning fielder's choice.
Two days later the Knights needed a seven run seventh to steal a 9-8 win away from Delone Catholic. Quinton McNew recorded the final out of the top of the seventh to become the pitcher of record, earning the win for his short work. Emmit Silar got the start and absorbed the bulk of the Squires damage over four and two-third innings. Bren Taylor bridged the two-inning gap between Silar and McNew.
Taylor paced the offense with a 5-for-5 game that included hitting for the cycle and driving in the game winning run on his second single of the day. He finished with two RBI and three runs scored thanks to those two singles, a double, a triple and a solo shot in the fifth. Justin Ranker was also perfect at the plate with a 2-for-2 day, driving in two runs with a seventh inning double. Silar joined in the seventh inning fun, picking up his lone hit and driving in two runs.
Saturday April 21st saw the Golden Knights make it two in a row with a 15-0 shellacking of Susquehanna Township. The game lasted just four innings giving Shimmel the easy win. Dyson Renn provided the pop with his six RBI on two hits. McNew drove in three runs, two on a fourth inning single, while both Taylor and Tyler Morgan finished with two RBI.
Eastern York found themselves on the opposite end of a seventh inning rally on April 23rd, leading to a 5-4 loss to Littlestown. Renn was on the hill when the Thunderbolts scored the game winning run, the only run he allowed, taking the loss in the process. The sophomore surrendered two walks, four hits and struck out two. Evan Rishell got the start and covered the first five innings but ended up with a no decision after leaving with the game knotted at 4-4.
Bardo drove in two of Eastern's four runs with RBI singles in the first and third innings. Ranker went hitless on the day but did manage a RBI with a fourth inning sac fly.
The softball team ripped off three wins over the last week before dropping two games to settle at 7-4 on the season. The Lady Golden Knights kicked things off with a 18-0 drubbing of York Tech on the 18th. Analisa Fenwick covered the first two innings to pick up the easy win while Maelynn Leber covered the final three outs. Together the pair allowed just two hits and no runs to go with four strikeouts and one walk.
Amber Forry, with help from Fenwick, Morgan Winter, McKenzie Buchmyer and Gillian Toomey, carried the offense. Both Forry and Fenwick enjoyed two hit games but Forry pushed across three runs and Fenwick two. Winter, Buchmyer and Toomey all managed two RBI on one hit.
The Lady Golden Knights picked up another win one day later, this one by a 7-3 final over Susquehannock. Leber scattered 10 hits and issued no walks while striking out six in a complete game win. Buchmyer and Katie Lehman provided the offense with matching two-hit, two-RBI games. Lehman plated two runs with a third inning single while Buchmyer collected a RBI with a third inning base knock.
Eastern York's third win in three days came over Delone Catholic by a 7-6 final. Lehman provided the game winning hit in the bottom of the 10th, a single to center allowing Toomey to score the game winner.
Leber went all 10 innings in the circle, striking out six and walking none to get the win. She also helped her own cause with a two-hit, two RBI day at the plate. She laced a two-run double to left to put the Lady Golden Knights on the board in the first. Fenwick highlighted her three-hit day with a three-run blast in the sixth that knotted game at 6-6 and set the stage for Lehman's heroics.
Eastern York's fourth straight game proved to be too much as the Lady Golden Knights ended up on the opposite end of a game winning rally. Fairfield plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, saddling Fenwick with the 7-6 loss. She covered the first four innings and surrendered Fairfield's first four runs with only two coming as earned runs. She added five strikeouts but it was not enough to overcome the late game rally by Fairfield. Leber pitched the final two and two-third innings and was on the hook for the final three runs. Winter and Haidyn Shaffer combined for three hits and four RBI with each driving in two runs.
Eastern York was involved in their third straight walk-off contest on April 23rd, coming out on the wrong end of a 6-5 final opposite Littlestown. Leber was the lone pitcher for Eastern York, taking the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits and five walks. She did mange six strikeouts but it was not enough to stave off the Lady 'Bolt victory. Lehman poked a fourth inning single to pick up two RBI while Fenwick, Leber and Megan Myers all finished with one RBI in the loss.
EY Girls' Lax Working to Improve Consistency April 19, 2018
Consistency is something that all sports teams strive to achieve and the Eastern York girl's lacrosse team is no exception. The issue for the Lady Golden Knights is hitting that mark. "Consistency has been an issue for us," said head coach Caroline Jaeger. "The team is working to improve upon that so that we can play our best in every game instead of flip-flopping between wins and losses."
The inconsistent flow to Eastern's season has left the Lady Golden Knights with a 3-4 record after back-to-back losses that came just shy of the midway point of the season. The most recent of those losses was a 16-5 setback to York Catholic on April 17.
"Our game against York Catholic wasn't our best showing by any means," said the first-year skipper. "We started off really strong, keeping up with York Catholic through the first half. I think halftime broke the momentum that we had. We got down by a couple goals and I think our morale dropped, which is why the team had trouble rallying back."
The first half-second half difference that Jaeger mentioned lead to a 6-4 score at intermission but that 16-5 final. The Lady Irish enjoyed five different players with multiple goals while all five of Eastern's scores came from different sticks with Addy Malone, Haley Holtzinger, Ellie Lippy, Emma Hoak and Payton Becker finding the back of the net. Emily Bodien had five saves in the loss.
A few days prior it was a trip to Red Lion that produced a 13-7 loss for Eastern. Malone carried the Lady Golden Knight offense, scoring six of the team's seven goals while Marissa Gockley nabbed the remaining score. Lippy and Chelsea Forsyth dished out one assist each. Bodien tripled her save total from the Catholic game, finishing the loss with 15.
The boy's lacrosse team fell to Red Lion by a nearly identical score of 11-7 in their tangle on April 12th. Kade Wiley turned away 14 shots but it was not enough to outduel Nick Sarrano's 12 saves. Bryce Henise and Gavin Evans led the way with two scores apiece while Jake Crumling, Cadyn Michael and Gage Barton all picked up one score.
The boys' volleyball team was able to work through a light week in the schedule that was not due to weather related postponements. The Golden Knights' regular season slate had them in action just once last week and that ended in a 3-0 loss to York Suburban. The Trojans posted scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-13 to leave Wrightsville with the win. Brady Bixler did his best to stave off the loss, finishing with three kills, three digs, two blocks and one ace. Devyn Sanders added nine assists, three digs and one block while Dalton Leik chipped in with three kills, two aces and two digs.
The baseball team snapped out of their early season slump, topping Bermudian Springs by a 10-9 count on April 11th for their first win of the season. Drew Dellinger picked up the win in relief of Evan Rishell, covering the final 3.1 innings. Dellinger did allow five hits and three runs over those three plus innings but the Golden Knights were able to hang on for the win.
Bren Taylor and Jacob Bardo paced the offense with three RBI apiece. Taylor fell a home run short of the cycle but did all his damage on a fifth inning double that highlighted the four-run frame. Bardo drove in two of his three runs with a first inning triple but saved his best for last. Taylor led off the eighth inning with his own triple and managed to beat the throw home on Bardo's grounder to second, securing the win.
Eastern York picked up win number two on the season a few days later, topping Fairfield 7-2. Rishell tossed all seven innings, allowing just two hits and two runs to go with six strikeouts and three walks. The Golden Knights did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of the first where RBI singles from Emmit Silar and Quinton McNew coupled with a Tyler Morgan sac fly helped Eastern turn a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 lead. Morgan added a RBI single as part of Eastern York's two run second that finished the scoring at 7-2.
In between the two victories was an 11-3 loss to York Suburban on April 13th. Owen Shimmel took the hit after allowing eight runs over five and one third innings. The Knights plated all three of their runs in the fifth, knotting the game at 3-3 until Suburban's half of the frame where they plated two runs of their own to regain the lead. Silar and Taylor each smacked one run singles in the frame while Taylor scored Eastern's third run on a Trojan error. McNew and Dyson Renn joined Taylor in the two-hit club to account for four of Eastern's seven hits.
The Eastern York track and field teams went through the rare back-to-back meet experience with a regular season dual meet opposite Kennard-Dale on April 13th coupled with a trip to Dillsburg for the Arctic Blast Invitational on the 14th. Both sides blew by KD with the boy's winning 94-51 and the girls by a 119-30 final.
Demonte Martin led the way against the Rams posting victories in the 110H (15.3), 300H (42.2) and high jump (5-8). Zach Falk and Drake Brown added two wins apiece with Brown also taking part in the victorious 400m relay along with Dustin Robinson, Mason Behm and Dylan Zurin. Brown's solo wins came in the shot put (37-5) and the discus (110-3) while Falk posted wins in the 1600m (5:01) and the 3200m (11:26).
Zurin added a win in the long jump (18-11.25) to his 400m relay victory while Michael Altland picked up the final win on the tack, taking the 800m with a time of 2:12. Hailu Barrow and Jason Lusk collected the final two Eastern York wins with Barrow claiming the pole vault (8-6) while Lusk nabbed the javelin title with a toss of 122-3.
Martin continued his run at Northern York's Arctic Blast, posting all of Eastern York's top six finishes. Martin took the title and gold medal in the 110H with a time of 15.46 while coming in fourth place in both the 300H (42.37) and the high jump (5-10).
The Lady Golden Knights enjoyed eight different top six finishes at the Arctic Blast with Maddie McLain, Taylor Currier and Maura DeRemer all making two trips to the medal stand. Currier, a senior, grabbed gold in the long jump with a meet record tying jump of 16-7.5 and the triple jump with a 34-8.
McLain did her work on the track, taking silver in the 1600m with a time of 5:19.84 and bronze in the 800m with a time of 2:27.67. Olivia McLain captured second in the 3200m with a time of 12:12.60. DeRemer also earned a silver medal, doing so in the discus with a toss of 108-3. She added a fourth-place heave of 32-1.5 in the shot put.
Eastern York's final podium trip came in the 400m relay where the Lady Golden Knights claimed fourth with a time of 53.3.
The Eastern York softball team ripped off two more wins to improve to 4-2 on the season. The first win came on April 11th by a 12-5 final over Bermudian Springs. Maelynn Leber picked up the complete game victory by scattering 10 hits and five runs with the help of eight strikeouts. Kelsey Felix paced the attack with three hits and four RBI. She drove in all four runs with one swing, popping a grand slam home run as part of Eastern York's five run second inning. Analisa Fenwick added a two hit, three RBI day of her own to help push Eastern to the win.
The Lady Golden Knights were back at it two days later, taking out York Suburban by a 5-0 count. Leber picked up another complete game victory, striking out four, walking just one and surrendering only five hits to earn the shutout. The sophomore also helped her cause with a two hit, two RBI day at the plate. Leber drove in single runs with first and fifth inning base hits that both came as part of two run spurts. Morgan Dobbeck pushed across the second run in the fifth while a wild pitch allowed Eastern's first run to cross the plate. Katie Lehman tacked on one final run with a seventh inning single.
Knights Pick Up Two Wins, Improve to 3-3 April 12, 2018
'You play to win the game' is a popular phrase thrown about in the sports world. The winning part is so much easier when things are clicking. Take for example Eastern York boy's lacrosse team. The Golden Knights opened the season 1-2 while getting outscored 33-22. Over their next three games the defense tightened up, allowing 21 goals while the offense came alive, scoring 37 goals. The result was a 2-1 stretch that brought the Knights back to even at 3-3.
The most recent of those two wins came on April 10 by a 17-3 count over Dover. Kade Wiley earned the win by tallying five saves while Bryce Henise scorched the Eagle defense for six goals. Cadyn Michael picked up a hat track while Gavin Evans, Jake Crumling and Zach Grove all chipped in with two scores apiece. Nathan Barnhart and Stephen Wisler rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
The Knights posted a similar victory over Conestoga Valley a few days prior, topping the Buckskins 16-7. Wiley was busy between the pipes, outdueling CV keeper Andrew Roland 13-12 to earn the win. Henise and Michael paced the attack by splitting eight goals down the middle with Ryan Emlet adding another three scores. Evans and Crumling enjoyed matching two goal games while Wisler tallied the final Eastern score.
The past week also featured an 11-4 loss to York Suburban on April 5th. Emlet was the lone multi-goal scorer for Eastern York, picking up two, while Henise and Evans accounted for the remaining offense. Wiley finished with another double digit save effort, finishing with 11.
The girl's lacrosse team posted the same 2-1 mark over the same three game stretch, running their 2018 mark to 3-2. The Lady Golden Knights kicked things off with a 10-4 win over Suburban on the 5th thanks to the work of Addison Malone. The sophomore midfielder scored half her teams goals and still managed to dish out one assist. Chelsea Forsyth and Ellie Lippy netted two scores each while Kendall River lit the lamp once. Emily Bodien finished the win with 11 saves.
A step out of the YAIAA resulted in a 12-7 loss to Conestoga Valley on April 7th. Despite taking the loss Bodien matched her counterpart's 10 save effort while Malone was busy leading the attack with four goals and two assists. Lippy picked up two scores while Lauren Zimmerman tallied the final Eastern goal.
The Lady Knights closed out the three-game stretch by doubling up Dover on April 10th. Malone netted another four goals in the 10-5 victory with back-up coming from Forsyth's four goal effort. Emma Hoak and Marissa Gockley accounted for the two remaining scores while Bodien tallied seven saves in the win.
The girls' track team remained unbeaten with their second victory of the season, this one a 100-50 thumping of Northeastern on April 10th. Maura DeRemer was the star of the show by sweeping the throwing events. She posted the top toss in the javelin (92-9), the shot put (32-2) and the discus (96-6.5) to give Eastern 15 team points. Taylor Currier, Emmi Pajasmaa and Maya Stump also picked up field wins. Currier claimed the triple jump (35-4.5), Pajasmaa the high jump (5-0) and Stump the long jump (13-8.25).
Maddie McLain and Hannah Myers led the charge on the track with two solo wins apiece. McLain did her work in the distance events taking the 1600m in 5:29.81 and the 3200m in 11:46. Myers locked down the longer sprints with times of 27.28 in the 200m and 62.94 in the 400m. Emily Hoyer clocked a 13.27 in the 100m to give Eastern another sweep. The final Lady Golden Knight victory came in the 400m relay where Hoyer, Pajasmaa, Kaitlyn Case and Cassidy Shetter teamed up to post a time of 53.90.
Over on the boy's side, the result against Northeastern was an 86-60 setback for the Golden Knights. Drake Brown showed off his versatility by posting wins in the shot put (36-6) and discus (105-3.5) while also running a leg on the winning 400m relay team. Brown was joined by Dustin Robinson, Mason Behm and Dylan Zurin.
Hailu Barrow picked up the only other win in the field, topping the pole vault competition by clearing 9-5 while on the track, Pierre Allard added a first in the 3200m in 11:20 and Demonte Martin took the 300H (45.0).
The boys' volleyball team removed themselves from the ranks of the winless with a 3-0 victory over Kennard-Dale on April 10th. The Golden Knights, behind 16 kills from Dalton Leik and 29 assists from Devyn Sanders won 25-21, 25-19 and 25-20. Leik added five aces, one dig and one block to his killer game.
The Golden Knights did suffer their fourth straight loss on April 5th, falling to Red Lion 3-0. The Lions had little trouble with Eastern York, leaving Wrightsville with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-10 result. Leik did a little of everything in the loss and finished with five digs, four kills, two aces, one assist and one block. Sanders managed just five assists but did add one dig and one block. Tim Leaman joined Leik with four digs, two kills, two aces and two blocks.
The weather may have subsided enough for the Eastern York baseball team to actually get on the field but the results have left the Golden Knights searching for their first victory of the season. Eastern York followed a season opening loss to Donegal with losses to Central York, Kennard-Dale, Gettysburg and Biglerville to fall to 0-5.
Central York dealt Eastern their most lopsided loss, topping the Golden Knights 16-4 on April 5th. Jacob Bardo took the loss after the Panthers posted 10 runs in his two and two-thirds innings. Only half of those runs were earned as Eastern committed a total of seven errors on the day, leading to a total of seven unearned runs for Central. Bryce Billet and Zach Boehler combined to cover the remaining two plus innings in relief of Bardo. Bren Taylor enjoyed a stellar day at the plate going 3 for 3 with two RBI in the loss.
The Knights managed to keep things closer one day later, falling to Kennard-Dale by an 8-5 count. Once again Taylor led the offense, popping a grand slam home run in the third to put his squad up 4-0, but the Rams would take over from there to steal the win. Taylor added two singles to his round tripper to complete his three-hit day. Quinton McNew drove in Eastern's final run with a seventh inning single but that did little to erase the sting of taking the loss on the hill. McNew recorded just one out in relief of Evan Rishell but that was enough to make him the pitcher of record for the game, giving him the loss. Rishell tossed the first four innings while Silar picked up the remaining one and two-thirds innings.
The woes continued on the 9th with a 9-4 loss to Gettysburg. Bardo experienced the same type of game as McNew one game prior, taking the loss on the mound while driving in a single run at the plate. Much like McNew, Bardo's work on the hill was limited, lasting just two outs but it was enough for the sophomore to get hit with the loss. Dyson Renn got the start and pitched into the fifth inning where he gave way to Bardo. Taylor took over for Bardo and covered the final two innings. Renn accounted for half the Golden Knight offense with RBI singles in the third and sixth innings while Bardo and Justin Ranker enjoyed an RBI each.
Thanks to the wet start to the season, the Golden Knights were back on the diamond one day later where they fell to Biglerville, 8-2. Taylor and McNew each drove in one run while combining for three of Eastern's seven hits. Silar got the start and took the loss after surrendering four runs over five innings. McNew pitched the final two innings in relief, allowing another four runs on five hits.
With back-to-back wins over Middletown and Biglerville, the softball team evened their record to 2-2 in the early goings of their 2018 campaign. Before the Lady Golden Knights could get to those two wins they had to deal with a 12-2, six inning, loss to Kennard-Dale on April 6th. Maelynn Leber pitched all six innings and was on the hook for all 12 KD runs but only four were of the earned variety. Haidyn Shaffer and Megan Myers sparked the offense, each smacking a triple in the loss.
The Lady Golden Knights rebounded with a 19-2 shellacking of Middletown on the 9th. Eastern scored in four of the first five innings including a nine run second that blew the game open. Matching three run innings followed in the third and fourth before a four run fifth brought an end to the game courtesy of the 10-run rule.
Eastern York continued the winning one day later with a 13-5 victory over Biglerville. Kelsey Felix got her club going early with a two-run triple in the bottom of the first which helped Eastern jump out to a 4-0 lead. Biglerville mounted a charge in the third, plating three runs that closed the gap to just one run but the Lady Knights would not be denied. A two run fourth allowed them to stretch their lead to three runs. Myers and Katie Lehman were responsible for driving in those two runs, Myers with her second sacrifice fly of the game and Lehman with a double to left field. The pair also helped finish things off during Eastern's seven run sixth inning. Myers poked a single to left to drive in a run while Lehman smoked a triple to left to pick up her second RBI of the game. Analise Fenwick enjoyed the plentiful run support, pitching four innings to earn the win. Leber tossed the final three innings in relief.
Weather Plays Havoc With Spring Sports Schedule April 5, 2018
Oh, the weather outside is frightful and no one is finding it delightful. At least not those involved with mid-state high school spring sports. The snow (yes, snow, really) combined with a bit of rain and a sprinkling of cold have conspired to postpone 11 of Eastern York's 18 scheduled varsity sporting events to this point in the season. The softball team was hit the hardest with at least the first four games of their season getting caught in the weather madness with baseball not far behind. The hardball playing Golden Knights had their first three games shuffled due to the weather before squeezing in a single non-league game on March 29th, an 11-2 loss to Donegal. Even the track and field teams, with just one meet a week, found themselves tangled in Mother Nature's mess with an April 3rd meet opposite York Suburban getting pushed back to the 23rd. The Golden Knights did manage one meet before the weather went totally wonky with the girls topping Gettysburg 106-44 while the boy's fell to the Warriors 111-38.
The lone Eastern York squad whose schedule has thus far been unaffected is the boys' volleyball team. The indoor playing Golden Knights have completed all three games on their schedule starting with a 3-0 loss to Dover that opened the season back on March 27th.
Up next for Eastern was an April 2nd trip to Lewisberry for a battle with Red Land. The Patriots handed Eastern York another 3-0 loss, this one by finals of 25-19, 25-11 and 25-9. Dalton Leik and Brady Bixler led the way in the loss. Leik tallied a team high 10 kills, five digs and four aces while Bixler added three blocks, two digs, one ace and one kill. Devyn Sanders directed the offense and finished with six assists with Tim Leaman and Bobby Truell chipping in with four digs apiece.
The Golden Knights had little time to regroup with a trip to Spring Grove on tap one day later. The result was a 3-0 loss with the Rockets winning 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22. Leik collected team high totals in kills (seven), digs (12) and aces (three) while Bixler enjoyed another all-around game with four blocks, three kills, three digs and one ace. Sanders picked up 11 assists and one dig with Jake Kennell finishing with five kills and three digs. Truell rounded out things with four digs, one kill and one ace.
Eastern York's lacrosse teams have managed to slip a few games between the snowflakes with the Lady Golden Knights splitting the two games they played while seeing two others get postponed. After their season opener against New Oxford was pushed back to May 2nd, Eastern traveled to Central York on March 26th for their first action of the season. The result was a 14-8 loss but the Lady Golden Knights rebounded with a 17-7 win over Spring Grove on March 29th.
On the boys' side, only the season opening trip to New Oxford was done in by the weather. The next two games on Eastern's scheduled did not go as planned with the Golden Knights taking losses in both contests.
"It's been a whirl wind of emotion from playing Central York and being proud that we hung with them for two quarters and then Spring Grove who we were in a dog fight with and came up short at the end," said first year head coach Aaron Bankowski.
The loss to Central York ended up a 16-4 final on March 27th while the dog fight with Spring Grove went down one day later and ended as an 11-8 defeat.
The Golden Knights were able to put one in the win column with a 10-6 victory over Delone Catholic on April 3rd. "I am proud of the boys for playing hard and earning their first win of the season," said Bankowski. "Now we need to build off of all positives and work harder on fixing our bad habits. I'm confident that these kids will continue to work hard, grow as players, and reach our team goals for the season."
Bryce Henise and Gavin Evans paced the attack in the win over the Squires, combining to account for six of Eastern's 10 goals. The players finished with matching hat tricks with only Evans' single assist separating the two. Cadyn Michael and Rylan Emlet split the four remaining goals while Stephen Wisler and Zach Grove picked up one assist each. Kade Wiley needed 25 saves to keep his squad on top and give his new skipper his first win.
Snyder Earns Bronze at 2A Championships March 1, 2018
It may not be the trip to Hershey that Pennsylvania high school wrestlers dream about but the 2017-2018 District 3 Championships were held in the Giant Center which is in Hershey so it counts. Eastern York sent a quartet of Golden Knights to compete in the 2A championships that were held February 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Out of those four only one, Jahshim Snyder, will advance to the PIAA SE Regional on March 2nd and 3rd.
"I was hoping for a little more success over the weekend but I think it was a good stepping stone for the program, a god spot to keep pushing forward from," said head coach Dan Garner.
Snyder not only was the lone Eastern grappler to advance to the SE regional, he was the only Golden Knight to post a win while in Hershey.
"He wrestled really well in a very good weight class," stated Garner. "There were three state qualifiers from last year in that weight class."
Snyder's winning started in the quarterfinals with a pinfall victory over Newport's Ethan Rode. Snyder had his way with Rode, racking up a 7-1 advantage before finally putting Rode's shoulders to the mat just 95 seconds into the bout.
Things took a turn in Snyder's semifinal match with the Eastern York senior falling to Hamburg's Reese Mason. "That was a close match," said Garner of the 9-3 defeat. "He was in on a takedown and got caught underneath, gave up a takedown and some back points and then had to change his style to play catch-up the rest of the way."
The takedown Garner mentions came early in the second period and put Snyder in a 4-1 that quickly jumped to 7-1 as the takedown turned into a three-point nearfall. Snyder added two separate escapes over the remainder of the match but Mason countered with a third period takedown to set the final.
Snyder got back on track with 6-4 win over Aiden Weber of Schuylkill Valley in the consolation semifinals. The majority of the action was concentrated in the final period which began with Snyder holding a 2-0 lead. The pair exchanged reversals early in the frame to make it 4-2 while Snyder picked up a single point from an escape and Weber another two points on a takedown. That 5-4 score became a 6-4 final when Weber was dinged for unsportsmanlike contact which awarded Snyder one additional point.
The final match of the weekend for Snyder was against one of the state qualifiers that Garner mentioned, Luis Negreiros of Northern Lebanon. The Golden Knight came out on top by a 1-0 count in a match that Garner described as "a lot of action but not a lot of scoring." The winning point came on a third period escape that gave Snyder the bronze at 182-pounds.
The three remaining Golden Knights that traveled to Hershey went a combined 0-6. Drake Brown had first crack at things in the 195-pound bracket but ended up on the wrong side of two pinfall losses. The first, to ELCO's Bobby Walck, came just shy of the five-minute mark
"He was wrestling really well in his first match but got turned there at the end but it was a real close match that could have gone either direction," said Garner. Brown bowed out of the district championship with a loss to Hamburg's Ben Weidenhammer.
Nick Hess also found himself on the wrong side of back-to-back pinfall losses, only in the 285-pound bracket. "He had some tough kids he had to wrestle and he was wrestling hard in both his match-ups," said Garner, "but in heavyweight matches, if you take a wrong turn you can end up on your back pretty quick."
The match that Garner was referencing was Hess' final bout of the weekend, a pinfall loss to Northern Lebanon's Kyle Sonnen just after the start of the second period. Hess' first bout in Hershey was also a pinfall loss, this one to Nate Raudenbush of Kutztown. "He wrestled well with what he had and it showed him where he needs to be for next year," said Garner of Hess.
The final Golden Knight to qualify for the District 3-2A Championship was Carl Carbaugh Jr at 220. Despite entering the weekend with a stellar 25-4 mark, Carbaugh was done after just two matches. The senior dropped his first match by a 5-3 to Susquehanna Township's Kenneth Norfleet. "His first match was one we thought would be close but one that we thought he would come out on top," Garner said. "He came up a little short in a match-up that he should have won."
Carbaugh's consolation opponent was Camp Hill's Micah Springer which came as a surprise to Garner and his staff. "His second match, he got into a situation where someone got upset in the top of the bracket and came down...and that changed things up on who our opponent was going to be and he lost by quite a few points to a good wrestler who just sort of out matched us there," explained Garner.
The result was an 11-1 loss where Carbaugh didn't score his lone point until late in the bout. By that point he was buried in an 11-0 hole thanks to three separate takedowns, one of which ended up a nearfall, giving the Lion grappler an additional three points. Add in Springer's third period escape plus a technical violation point awarded to Springer and you get an 11-1 final that brought Carbaugh's high school career to an end.
"He had a tremendous season for us and from where he started as a sophomore on the senior high program to where he finished just shows tremendous improvement from him and work ethic along the way," praised Garner.
Lady Knights Fall Just Shy in District Opener February 22, 2018
For all the moving parts that make-up a high school basketball game, the Eastern York girls' team saw their season come to a close with one bad quarter. Add in some trouble from the charity stripe and you get a 43-40 District 3-4A first round loss to York Suburban on February 20th.
"I thought we were ready to play but we just didn't come out," said head coach Brad Weaver. "They played hard until the end but when you are 4-of-16 from the foul line and dig yourself that deep of a hole it is tough to come back."
The deep hole Weaver referenced was the 15-5 deficit his club was staring at after just eight minutes of action. The Lady Golden Knights started to turn things around in the second quarter, nearly keeping pace with the Lady Trojans. The result of that 10-9 second frame was a 25-14 Suburban lead at intermission.
Eastern found another gear in the second half, outscoring YS by eight points in the half. That surge started in the third behind the work of Hannah Myers. The senior netted 10 of her game high 20 points in the frame, scoring all but one of Eastern's 11 third quarter points in the process. Eastern York posted another four-point advantage in the fourth but that disastrous opening frame was too much to overcome leaving the Lady Golden Knights with a season ending three-point loss.
Myers was the lone Eastern player to reach double figures and was joined only by Suburban's Ali Reinecker who netted 19. Morgan Winter (nine points), Cassidy Arnold (seven points), Amanda Galentine (three points) and Addy Malone (one point) rounded out the rest of the offense.
Mother Nature may be doing her best to confuse mid-state residents about the true time of year but a quick look at the high school sports calendar shows it is indeed late February. That means postseason wrestling, specifically the individual tournaments that lead to the PIAA Championships March 8-10 in Hershey.
Those tournaments kicked off on February 17th at eight sectional sites across central PA. That sent Eastern York to York Springs where Bermudian Springs played host to the Golden Knights as well as Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Fairfield, Hanover, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown.
The Golden Knights had an entourage of 12 grapplers that made the trip with four doing well enough to advance to the District 3-2A Championship on February 22-24 in Hershey. That success led head coach Dan Garner to say, "We had six place finishers on the day, really good tournament."
The top Eastern wrestler was Jahshim Snyder who captured the crown at 182 pounds.
"I thought he looked real good wrestling out there, really quick, just spot on in all his technique," said Garner. "He looked raring to go for the postseason."
Those words rang true as Snyder needed just 37 seconds to dispatch his semifinal opponent, Kehgan Wolf of Hanover. The senior did need all three periods to capture the gold, topping Bermudian Spring's Mate McCollum by a 9-2 count in the championship bout.
Eastern York's only other shot at gold came at 195 where Carl Carbaugh Jr fell to Brent Hayes of Biglerville in the title match. Despite the 7-2 loss Garner was pleased with Carbaugh. "He wrestled into the finals where he had a tough match up but looked pretty good."
The Golden Knights good fortune in the upper weights continued with the success of Nick Hess in the 285-pound bracket. The junior dropped his opening bout, falling to Ryan Lauver of Bermudian Springs, the eventual silver medalist, by a 3-0 count. With one foot already out the door Hess went to work. The result was back-to-back victories by a combined 10-0 count leading to a bronze medal and ticket to Hershey. The highlight of those two bouts was the consolation final where Hess blanked Biglerville's Nate Tyler by a 3-0 count, earning Garner's praise.
"That was an extremely good match," said Garner. "He wrestled a pretty good kid there and came out on top which was a big win for him in his first trip to the sectional tournament, placing third and qualifying for districts, really great for him."
The fourth and final district qualifier had by far the easiest path to Hershey. Drake Brown found himself in the 195-pound bracket with just two other wrestlers, Kennard-Dale's Jaylen Kennedy and Bermudian's Chase Dull. With the top three in each weight class advancing all three just needed to make it through the weekend to advance. Brown did just that, staying healthy but falling to Kennedy in their semifinal bout.
The final two Golden Knights that reached the podium came as close to making districts as one possibly can without actually qualifying. Both Dylan Prugar and Nathan Robbins dropped their consolation finals match leaving them one win short of Hershey.
Robbins ended up with a 2-2 mark for his work in the 138-pound bracket, kicking off his day by pinning Hanover's Tray Wolf 77 seconds into their quarterfinal tilt. A loss to KD's Cameron Miller in the semifinals ended Robbins' quest for gold. The junior got right back on track by pinning Charles Galaspy of Biglerville, ending the match two seconds before the end of the second period. The back-and-forth ended with that consolation finals loss, a 6-0 final to Bermudian Springs' Hogan Swenski.
Prugar ended his sectional run with a 1-2 mark after earning a quarterfinal bye. Unfortunately, that extra rest did not help Prugar who dropped his semifinal bout by a 20-12 count to Littlestown's Jason Penton, the eventual silver medal winner at 152 pounds. Prugar picked up his lone victory in the consolation semifinals, topping Steve Heinbaugh of Fairfield 13-1. Bermudian Springs' Darren Beall served up a second period pinfall to end Prugar's season.
"He came up a little short but he had a tremendous career with us and was a huge part of our team," said Garner of Prugar's season and career ending loss.
All six of the remaining Golden Knights saw their season end in the consolation semifinals. Bermudian Springs' Cole Mosier dealt Isaac Wherley his final loss of the season. That first period pinfall followed Wherley's quarterfinal loss to Kennard-Dale's Gavin Moxley in the championship side of the 106-pound bracket.
Allen Miller and Dillon Mealey both followed the same path as Wherley in their respective brackets. Miller started with a quarterfinal loss to Hanover's Colton Angel in the 120-pound bracket which led into a consolation semifinal loss to Littlestown's Jacob Yealy. Mealey had his 160-pound championship title hopes squashed with a quarterfinal loss to Trace Grim of Bermudian Springs and his season brought to a close with a loss to Kennard-Dale's Wade Rose.
The three remaining Eastern grapplers all saw their season close with back-to-back losses. Justin Manganello (132) got his day started right, pinning Zachery Ressler of Littlestown at the 3:02 mark. That would be the highwater mark for the sophomore grappler as his season ended with losses to Dylan Griffie (Bermudian Springs) and Malcolm Gerlach (Hanover).
Zach Dice's experience in the 145-pound bracket followed a similar path. Dice opened with an 8-5 victory, taking out Biglerville's Will Knouse. Unfortunately, Dice's run ended there thanks to KD's Nicholas Bradley and Fairfield's Alex Stone.
Beshoy Salama was the final Golden Knight to make the trip to York Springs but he returned to Wrightsville without a victory. The senior did well enough during the regular season to earn a quarterfinal bye but that setup a spot opposite Kennard-Dale's Daniel Eagle who bounced Salama from the championship bracket with a second period pinfall. Delone Catholic's Cody Pfaff finished Salama's season with another second period pinfall.
"Even the kids that didn't place, just being in the atmosphere, a lot of them it was their first time at a tournament like that. It was good experience and gave them a hunger to want to do better next year," said Garner.
Eastern York Girls Grab Final District Playoff Spot February 8, 2018
The Eastern York girls' basketball team closed out their regular season in perfect fashion for a team sitting on the playoff bubble. The Lady Golden Knights entered the home stretch with a District 3-4A berth in their sights and finished their regular season at 11-11, good enough to clinch the 10th and final spot in the 4A playoff field.
"I'm happy to make districts," said head coach Brad Weaver of his squad making the postseason. He is also not worried about the slew of potential first round opponents, saying, "I've been moving away from worrying about the opponent, just focusing on our team playing well and I think good things will happen."
Those good things started happening at the end of the regular season with Eastern winning three of their final four games. Their biggest win came on February 2nd when they topped Dover by 19 points. The 64-45 victory over the second-place team in Division II was a total 180 from when the two sides first squared off. That game was a 54-40 Lady Eagle win back in January.
In the rematch Eastern used a trio of double digit scorers to overcome Dover's 12-8 lead after the opening frame.
"We took our time on offense and got good looks," said Weaver of the offensive turnaround. "We had balanced scoring from our team which helps."
Hannah Myers led that trio of double digit scorers with a game high 23 points, including three-quarters of Eastern opening quarter output. The senior picked up another 12 points during the Knights' 19-7 third quarter run, helping to turn a semi-comfortable nine-point lead into a cozy 45-24 cushion. Cassidy Arnold took over in the fourth, scoring 12 of the team's 19 points, giving her 18 for the game and helping Eastern minimize Dover's 21-point outburst. Addy Malone finished with 12 points.
Eastern York enjoyed a similar outcome in their January 31st meeting with York Catholic. The Lady Knights trampled the Division III co-champ, 56-40. Eastern took control of the game early, jumping out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and managed to stretch it to nine at the break with a 13-11 edge in the second. The Knights put the game away in the third, ripping off a 14-5 run that made it 43-25 with just eight minutes remaining. The Lady Shamrocks did manage a slight edge over those eight minutes but the 15-13 frame only managed to shrink the final margin to 16 points. Malone (21 points) and Myers (19 points) paced the offense in the win.
Eastern's final win of the regular season came on February 6, a 42-33 win over Gettysburg.
"It was relaxing for me, a little more than normal," said Weaver.
Weaver threw a defensive curve at Gettysburg leading to seven different Lady Warriors scoring but none more than Lily Nalter's eight points. Eastern also held Gettysburg to single digits in two of the four quarters while allowing just 11 points in the remaining two.
"We mixed our defenses and I think it helped us," said Weaver.
Myers might have paced the offense, tallying a game high 13 points, but she was not alone as Malone and Morgan Winter each chipped in 11 points. Arnold added five points and Amanda Galentine two points to finish the scoring.
The regular season home stretch was not all good for the Lady Golden Knights, there was a 51-41 setback to Susquehanna Township on February 5th.
"It was a game we were in but we missed a lot of layups and that put us in a difficult situation. We played hard, but just didn't finish the game," said Weaver of the setback.
Township gained an early edge, outscoring Eastern 11-7 in the opening frame and never looked back. A strong defensive effort in the second quarter allowed Eastern to keep pace with Susquehanna Township but the end result was still a 19-14 Township lead at the break. The Lady Indians really pushed their lead in the third, posting a 16-7 edge that pushed Eastern York's deficit to 18 points. The Lady Knights did mange a 20-12 run in the fourth to shrink the final margin down to 10 points.
Eastern had seven players score but only Myers reached double figures, finishing with 11 points. Arnold and Malone split 16 points down the middle while Winter chipped in with six points. Galentine and Mara Weaver each finished with three points while Haley Holtzinger picked up the final two points.
The boys' basketball team closed out their regular season as well, falling to 9-13 overall and 5-7 in Division II action after losses to Dover and Gettysburg. The two February losses coupled with January losses to Kennard-Dale and West York send Eastern into the offseason with the sting of a four-game slide. The result of which was an 11th place finish in the District 3-4A rankings, one spot out of the postseason field.
The Golden Knights closed out the season on February 6th with a difficult to swallow 63-48 loss to Gettysburg. A few days prior it was a 50-42 loss to Dover. Trevor Seitz drained three from long range to help him finish with a team high 13 points while Bryce Henise added 10 points in the loss to Dover.
The wrestling team closed out their regular season, falling one win shy of tying the school's record for team wins in a season with their 15-9 mark. The Golden Knights claimed their final dual meet of the regular season, 66-3 over Columbia on February 1st, setting up a season ending run at the record in their own dual meet tournament on the 3rd.
Eastern went 3-1 on the day, ending the quest one win shy but head coach Dan Garner kept a positive spin on the setback, "It was a bittersweet day but I thought it was good for the younger guys on the team, to keep them hungry to do it next year."
Eastern York's lone loss on the day was a 41-25 final to Harrisburg. The teams split the 14 matches evenly but five of Eastern's wins were of the three-point decision variety while all of Harrisburg's victories earned bonus points.
"We wrestled well that match, we just weren't able to get bonus points, weren't able to pick up pins," said Garner.
The Golden Knights opened the match with four straight wins to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Justin Manganello (132), Nathan Robbins (138), Zach Dice (145) and Dylon Prugar (152) picked up those wins only to see the Cougars tie the match up after back-to-back pins at 160 and 170. Jahshim Snyder earned Eastern's first bonus points of the match with a 16-3 major decision win at 182 but Harrisburg responded with another pinfall at 195 to take an 18-16 lead.
Carl Carbaugh Jr posted a win at 220 to move the Golden Knights back in front but it was only temporary as Harrisburg claimed the next four bouts. Thomas Paulson picked up one last Eastern win, pinning Devon Johnson in the 126-pound tussle.
Eastern York's biggest win of the day was opposite York Tech where they managed a 50-21 victory. The Golden Knights won nine of the 13 weight classes, including four by forfeit. Dice (145), Dillon Mealey (152), Beshoy Salama (170) and Drake Brown (195) enjoyed the easy forfeit wins, providing Eastern with 24 team points. Carbaugh Jr was the lone Golden Knight to win without picking up bonus points, settling for a regular old decision. Paulson, Manganello and Snyder all managed pinfall victories while Robbins posted a 21-6 tech fall win over Isaac Morales in the 138-pound match.
Eastern York's final two wins were by a comfortable 45-33 final over Halifax and a closer than you'd like 41-34 final opposite Elizabethtown. Eastern claimed victory in eight of the 14 matches against Halifax but struggled early to control the match. Dice and Mealey picked up the first two wins for Eastern but they were offset by matching wins from Halifax.
Garner points to the fifth match as the turning point, "It was a good match and Jahshim ended up pining him and I think that really drove the momentum in our favor."
It is hard to argue with the results after Snyder's pin. Eastern claimed the next three weight classes to make it 33-9. Brown (195), Carbaugh Jr (220) and Hess (285) were responsible for those wins with all three giving Eastern six team points. Three straight Halifax wins moved the Wildcats to within 33-27 but back-to-back forfeit wins by Paulson (126) and Manganello (132) sealed the outcome.
Eastern York closed out the day and the regular season with the 41-34 win over Elizabethtown. "It was the last match of the day, the kids were really getting after it," said Garner, "especially the seniors, with it being the last regular season dual meet they would have."
The Golden Knights posted four pinfall wins starting with Prugar at 152 to open the match. After a setback at 160 that tied the match at 6-6 Eastern managed two straight wins. Salama earned the first via pinfall while Snyder followed with a pinfall of his own at 182. Another setback at 195 led to two straight forfeit wins with Carbaugh Jr (220) and Nick Hess (285) enjoying the quick work. E-town moved back to within striking distance with wins at 106 and 113 but following a double forfeit at 120 Eastern got back to winning. Paulson stemmed the Bear push by pinning David Rich at the 1:36 mark of their 126-pound match.
Elizabethtown hung around with a win at 132 but Robbins slammed the comeback door by posting a 16-0 tech fall win at 138. That made it 41-28 with just one match remaining. The Bears would win that match but Eastern York still claimed the team victory.
Golden Knight Matmen Pound Trojans 59-15 February 1, 2018
The saying goes that all good things are worth the wait and for the Eastern York wrestling team that is correct. The Golden Knights had their January 16th match opposite York Suburban pushed back to the 25th thanks to a winter storm. The wait did not affect Eastern as the Golden Knights pounded the Trojans to claim a 59-15 victory.
"They had some guys out of their line-up," said head coach Dan Garner of the lopsided win. "But we were looking for improvement and just guys wrestling well."
As Garner eluded too with his missing wrestlers comment, there were some forfeits that pushed the match into hyperdrive. Only five of the 14 weight classes were contested and fortunately for Eastern the Golden Knights were victorious in four of them. When paired with their seven forfeit victories those four wins were able give Eastern York the easy victory.
Despite the match being littered with forfeits the first two weights classes were decided on the mat. Eastern York dropped the opening match at 138 but Zach Dice corrected the course with a 5-2 win over Lucas Miller at 145 in the evening's second bout. In avenging an earlier loss to Miller, Dice earned Garner's praise. "He wrestled a real good match there."
Jonah Dougherty picked up the first forfeit for Eastern, taking a quick walk to the center of the mat to pick up his 152-pound win. Dillon Mealey followed with a first period pinfall over Joe Shearer at 160, leading to forfeit wins to Beshoy Salama (170) and Jahshim Snyder (182) to stretch Eastern's lead to 26-3.
Drake Brown followed with the quickest match of the night, dispatching Sebastian Saona 35 seconds after their 195-pound clash began. Carl Carbaugh Jr picked up the fourth forfeit win of the evening earning six team points for the Golden Knights. That led to the heavyweight match where Nick Hess starred in a revenge victory.
"He wrestled an excellent match, and had the crowd on its feet," said Garner of Hess' 7-4 win over Nasier Gellispie that avenged Gellispie's win in the Columbia Tournament back on December 16th.
The five remaining weight classes were all forfeits with Suburban claiming the 106 and 120 weight classes while Eastern York had Isaac Wherley (113), Thomas Paulson (126) and Justin Manganello (132) to pick up the final three victories.
The win over Suburban made it two wins in two days for the Golden Knights after knocking off Delone Catholic, 36-25, one-night prior. "Overall the kids put in a great effort," said Garner. "Guys weren't getting pinned, we had a lower scoring match and they were working hard. It was a good team victory."
That hard work was evident in the evening's opening bout where Nathan Robbins topped Robert Partenza by an 8-6 with a takedown in overtime. The Squires claimed the next three matches but only one by pinfall putting Eastern in a 12-3 hole.
Snyder (182) moved the Golden Knights within striking distance by pinning Jonathan Pierce at the 1:22 but Delone answered with a win at 195. It was their third and final win via decision, again keeping the bonus points out of the team score.
Carbaugh Jr. knotted the match at 15-15 with the first of three Delone forfeits, this one at 220. Hess gave a preview of the next night's action by topping Justin Roth by a 5-1 count in the heavyweight clash to put the Golden Knights up 18-15 but Eastern could not shake the Squires. Delone picked up their lone forfeit win at 106 to move back in front by a 21-18 count only to see Eastern York pick up their second uncontested win of the match. Wherley's win at 113 made it 24-21 with just four weight classes remaining.
A double forfeit led to the 126-pound match between Paulson and Nicholas Carpenter. Paulson needed 90 seconds to put Carpenter's shoulders to the mat, making it 30-21 with just two matches remaining. Eastern dropped that first match leaving the outcome to be decided in the final bout. The drama was over quick as Dice picked up Eastern York's third forfeit win of the night to end the match at 36-25.
With only a few days remaining in the regular season, the Golden Knights are hoping to check off one of their preseason goals, becoming the winningest team in school history. "We've been ticking away at that, now we have four days left in our dual meet season and we can still do it. The kids are motivated and excited and working towards that goal," said Garner of the possible record.
Eastern York is currently 11-8 overall and with a dual match remaining against Columbia plus four head-to-heads remaining in their own dual match tournament, the Golden Knights are within striking distance.
As the sun begins to set on the 2017-2018 boys' basketball season, the Golden Knights are holding out hope for a District 3-4A playoff berth. The most current rankings have the Knights, who sit at 9-11 with two games remaining, in the 10th and final playoff spot, holding the slimmest of leads over ELCO.
Eastern York did themselves no favors with back-to-back losses to Kennard-Dale and West York but they did pickup a win over York Tech on January 25th. The 57-51 victory counters a two-point loss to the Spartans in the opening game of Eastern's Holiday Tournament.
"Revenged that one," said head coach Jon Reichard. "We didn't play super well but we did enough to win."
Trevor Seitz led the way with a game high 22 points, connecting on four triples. Demonte Martin chipped in with 10 as the only other Golden Knight in double figures for the game.
Eastern York did all their heavy lifting in the second quarter where they outscored Tech 19-9. All that work paid off in the second half as the Spartans posted two-point advantages in both the third and fourth quarter to cut the final margin to six points.
One night later the Rams of Kennard-Dale snapped Eastern's short lived four game winning streak by handing them a 63-56 loss. KD had three players reach double figures including a game high 24 points from Joey Thomas. That enabled the Rams to control the first three frames while building a 16-point lead. Eastern was able to make a fourth quarter run, outscoring Kennard-Dale 28-19 to shrink the final margin down to seven points.
After taking the weekend off the Knights were back in action on the 30th hosting West York. Behind strong first and third quarters the Bulldogs left Wrightsville with a 47-29 win.
"We just couldn't put the ball in the basket," said Reichard.
The proof behind that statement is in the box score. Eastern York was unable to crack double digits in any of the four quarters and saw Seitz register a team high with nine points.
The Lady hoopsters find themselves in a similar position as their male counterparts during what head coach Brad Weaver called a "roller coaster season." His reason being that after losses to Kennard-Dale and West York, the Knights are 8-10 overall but still clinging to the 10th and final District 3-4A playoff spot.
Despite a 54-32 loss to West Work on January 30th being of the lopsided variety, the January 26th loss to Kennard-Dale was more difficult to handle. The Lady Knights mounted a fourth quarter rally that erased an eight-point deficit only to fall in double overtime, 53-42.
After a sluggish first half that produced just nine points Eastern began to find some offense in the third. Unfortunately, Kennard-Dale was still able to control the frame making it 28-20 heading into the final eight minutes.
Eastern York, behind the work of Hannah Myers and Cass Arnold, went to work on that comeback bid. The duo combined to score 11 of Eastern's 16 points in the fourth, setting the stage for Mara Weaver's heroics. The freshman guard drilled a game tying three-ball at the buzzer to force overtime and scored all six of Eastern's points in the first overtime, extending the game by another extra frame.
The Knights ran out of magic and nearly players as three starters fouled out leading to an 11-0 run for the Lady Rams in the second extra session and the 53-42 final.
Weaver finished with those nine dramatic points but it was Myers leading the team with 15. Arnold, buoyed by seven fourth quarter points, was the only other Lady Knight in double figures with 13 points. Addy Malone closed out the scoring with a five-point game.
Eastern York suffered its second straight loss a few days later in what Weaver described as, "probably our worst game of the year." West York had three players reach double figures in the 54-32 win while the Knights were led by Amanda Gallentine and Myers who had matching nine-point games.
The game started well enough despite the Lady Bulldogs holding a 17-11 lead after the opening quarter. Eastern scored just six points in the second but the damage was minimal as West York managed just eight points to take a 25-17 lead into intermission.
West York blew the game open in the third, outscoring Eastern 19-3, pushing the lead to 24 points with only one quarter remaining. The Lady Knights did post a slim 12-10 edge in the forth but it was too little, too late.
EY Boys On a Three Game Winning Streak January 25, 2018
If 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing' is a true phrase in the world of sports then the Eastern York boys basketball team is doing OK. The Golden Knights snapped a six-game losing streak and replaced it with a three-game winning streak, leaving head coach Jon Reichard to say, "We had a tough stretch there for a while but it has been good since."
The back-to-back-to-back victories came over a five day stretch and bumped Eastern's overall record to 8-9 and their YAIAA Division II mark to 5-3. Those marks have Eastern in the 10th and final District 3-4A playoff spot while their second place standing in Division II would earn the Golden Knights a spot in the county playoff field.
"It is keeping us alive," said Reichard. "We are still playing some ugly basketball at times but we are still alive for district and for county playoffs. That is our goal and we are still hanging around."
Scoring was at a premium in the stretch's second and third games, won by a total of six combined points. The most recent of those wins came on January 23th via a 45-41 final over York Suburban. Only three players managed to hit double digits and luckily for the Eastern York two were wearing Golden Knight uniforms. Stephen Wisler notched a game high 13 points while Demonte Martin checked in with 12 points. The two combined to score 13 of the team's 22 points in the second and third quarters where Eastern flipped the game by outscoring the Trojans by eight, 22-14. That gave Eastern York a seven-point cushion heading into the final quarter, enough to withstand Suburban's last gasp charge.
The second win of the streak came over Eastern York's cross-river rival, Columbia by a 45-43 count on Saturday the 20th. This time it was the Golden Knights needing a fourth quarter rally to slip back across the river with the win. That is because the Crimson Tide controlled the middle section of the contest, turning Eastern's nine-point first quarter advantage into a one-point Tide lead heading into the final frame. Eastern York did just enough to erase that deficit, outscoring Columbia 12-9 in the fourth to steal the win. Wisler (six points) and Martin (seven points) combined for 13 points leaving Trevor Seitz and his game high 14 points to lead the way.
The streak buster took place one day earlier when Eastern York knocked off Susquehannock 76-66. Seitz dropped a game high 26 to lead the way but both Martin and Wisler provided solid back-up with matching 14-point efforts. The three players combining for 54 points allowed the Golden Knights to control the first three quarters, outscoring the Warriors by six, four and one to build an 11-point cushion. Susquehannock was able to squeak out a slim one-point edge in the fourth to set the final margin at 10-points.
The wrestling team had a light workload with just one match thanks to a series of winter storms that wrecked high school sporting schedules. The result was a 52-23 loss to Susquehannock.
"I was hoping for a better match," said head coach Dan Garner. "They are a tough team but I thought there were some winnable matches along the way that I was hoping we would pick up but we were unable too."
The Warriors opened the match with seven straight wins and finished the evening with wins in 10 of the 14 weight classes.
"We started in such a deep hole, down 36-0 at the beginning, and we battled back from them to move forward," said Garner, referring to the early losses and his squad winning four of the final seven bouts.
Justin Manganello picked up the first of those four, pinning Jacob Sillman with only 27-seconds remaining in the 132-pound contest. Dillon Mealy recorded Eastern York's next win, pinning Connor Kernan at the 3:12 mark of the 152-pound tangle. Dylan Prugar gave Eastern three straight wins, ending his bout opposite Cole Weigard with 13-seconds remaining in the first period. The final Golden Knight win came in the matches' final contest where Jahshim Snyder dominated Tyler Crumbling to the tune of 18-2, earning a tech fall and the five team points that come with it.
The 2017-2018 edition of the Eastern York girls' basketball team continued their back and forth season over their last three games, winning two and dropping one. The Lady Golden Knights kicked off the three-game stretch with a 72-50 win over Northeastern on January 18th.
"I thought we played really good defense and we got control of the game pretty early. Everyone was able to contribute," said head coach Brad Weaver.
The early control that Weaver mentioned resulted in a 24-7 lead after eight minutes thanks to six points from Hannah Myers and five apiece from Cassidy Arnold and Addy Malone. That trio, plus Mara Weaver, all finished in double figures for the game, leading to the easy win. Myers netted a game high 17 points while Arnold chipped in with 15 points, Malone 14 and Weaver 11.
One night later Eastern York was back in action hosting Susquehannock. "I was happy with our effort, I thought we played a really good game and good defense. They are the top team," said Weaver of the 45-35 loss. "We beat them earlier in the year. We had a good game plan but we just didn't finish it off in the fourth quarter."
Eastern York's offensive struggles were not limited to the fourth quarter, they also surfaced in the game's opening frame as well. The result was just six points scored and a 10-6 deficit. The roles were reversed in the second quarter where Eastern outscored Susquehannock 11-7, erasing the four-point deficit and sending the teams into the break knotted at 17-17. The game remained deadlocked after three quarters as both sides produced 14 points in the frame but things changed as the fourth quarter unfolded. The Lady Warriors ripped off a 14-4 run through the quarter that secured the victory. Myers netted a game high 18 points but was the lone Lady Golden Knight to reach double figures.
Eastern York picked up their eighth win of the season on January 23rd, topping York Suburban 46-43 in overtime.
"I felt like we were in control of the game. It did swing a little bit back and forth but I felt confident that we would pull it out," said Weaver. "I thought Hannah (Myers) and Cass (Arnold) really led us. I think everyone played really well but those two combined for 30 points. They were pretty hard to stop."
Myers and Arnold were the catalyst in the win with Arnold collecting a game high 16 points while Myers added 14 points including four of Eastern's six points in the extra frame. Malone (eight points), Amanda Galentine (three points), Weaver (three points) and Morgan Winter (two points) rounded out the scoring in a game that was neck and neck throughout.
Golden Knights Fall to 3-3 in YAIAA Division II January 18, 2018
January is wildly considered the month for new beginnings and, courtesy of a six game slide, the Eastern York boys' basketball team could certainly use one. The rough stretch goes back about two weeks and has seen the Golden Knights drop from 5-3 overall and 3-0 in YAIAA Division II to 5-9 overall and 3-3 within the division.
Eastern's two most recent setbacks came outside of YAIAA play. On Saturday January 13th the Golden Knights welcomed Lancaster Catholic to town only to have the Crusaders leave after dishing out a 67-43 loss. Catholic bookended the game with 11-point advantages in first and fourth quarters leaving little room for Eastern to make any noise. The Golden Knights did manage a 16-12 edge in the second frame but the Crusaders gained that back plus some with a strong third quarter. Trevor Seitz and Stephen Wisler both connected on two from long range but Seitz was the lone Golden Knight to hit double figures, finishing with 13 points. Wisler finished with eight points while Demonte Martin added seven points in the loss.
Eastern York's sixth straight loss came two days later with a trip to Susquehanna Township. The Indians controlled the first three quarters en route to dispatching Eastern by a 73-51 final. Township was led by Royce Urena's 27 points while no Golden Knights managed to hit double figures. Martin and Karter Kinkle came the closest with nine points apiece while Wisler notched another eight points.
Eastern York also dropped YAIAA Division II games to West York and Dover recently. The Bulldogs handed Eastern a 59-45 loss on January 10th while the Eagles posted a 72-49 win on the 12th.
Against West York the Golden Knights were done in by a sluggish first half that saw them tally just eight points. Meanwhile the Bulldogs were busy putting together a 30-point half, enabling them to enjoy a 22-point lead at the break. Eastern York managed to whittle that margin down to the 14-point final with matching four-point advantages in the third and fourth quarters. Seitz and Martin each finished with 12 points to lead Eastern but Seitz did the bulk of his work from behind the three-point line with nine of his 12 points coming on three pointers.
Two days later it was a trip to Dover where the Golden Knights ran into Keith Davis and Elijah Sutton. The pair combined to nearly keep pace with Eastern York thanks to 26 points from Davis and another 19 from Sutton. The result was a second and third quarter rush that saw a tie game after eight minutes turn into an easy Dover win. During the decisive middle section of the game the Eagles scored 48 points to just 20 for Eastern York. That made it a 59-31 game with only eight minutes remaining. The Golden Knights controlled the final eight minutes, reducing the deficit by five points, with an 18-13 run putting the final at 72-49. Wisler netted a team high 15 in the loss with Bryce Henise (nine points) and Trevor Seitz (eight points) matching Wisler's two made three-pointers.
Eastern York's most recent venture onto the wrestling mat ended in a 69-5 loss to Gettysburg on January 11th. The Warriors claimed 13 of the 14 weight classes with only one of those coming via an Eastern forfeit. Nine of the remaining Gettysburg wins were via pinfall while the final three came via regular decision. Jahshim Snyder was the lone Golden Knight to post a win on the day, topping Christian Conner 17-2 in their 195-pound tilt.
The girls' basketball team just can't seem to shake the one step forward, two steps back dance this season. With the back-and-forth narrative playing out, the girls find themselves at 6-7 overall and 3-4 in YAIAA Division II with nine games remaining in the regular season.
The Lady Knights most recent step forward was a 51-49 victory over West York on January 10th. The two teams traded blows throughout the game with the Lady Bulldogs landing the first in the form of a 9-8 edge in the opening frame. Eastern York, behind Cassidy Arnold, answered back in the second. Arnold netted nine of the team's 19 points in the frame to help Eastern post a 19-17 edge in the quarter, giving the home team a slim one point, 27-26, lead at the break.
West York was back on top in the third, posting a 12-9 advantage that sent the teams into the final period with West York on top 38-36. Addy Malone took center stage in the fourth, collecting the final seven of her 12 points which helped Eastern York flip West York's two-point lead heading into the quarter into a two-point Eastern win.
Arnold, on the strength of her nine-point second quarter, finished with a team high 14 points. Hannah Myers added 11 points while Morgan Winter (nine points) and Amanda Galentine (five points) cleaned up the remaining offense.
The first of two steps back came on Friday, January 12th with a 54-40 loss to Dover. The game started well for Eastern with Myers netting six of her team high 10 points in the opening frame. The result was a 14-11 lead after eight minutes.
The Lady Eagles, behind Rajah Fink's 30 points, took over from there, outscoring the Lady Golden Knights by three points in the second quarter, six in the third and eight in the final stanza to make it a 54-40 game. Arnold and Malone backed Myers with matching nine point efforts while Winter (seven points) and Mara Weaver (five points) rounded out the scoring for Eastern York.
The second step back took place on January 15th when Eastern hosted Central York in a Division I - Division II crossover contest. Despite a 21-point effort from Myers and another 13-points from Arnold, the Lady Golden Knights were unable to keep pace with Central York, falling 60-50.
The Lady Panthers did the bulk of the damage in the second frame where they outscored Eastern 15-6. That turned a tight three-point contest into a cozy 12-point halftime cushion for the visitors. Eastern York trimmed the margin down to 10 points with a 13-11 run through the third quarter while a 15-15 deadlock in the fourth kept the final margin at 10 points. Malone (eight points), Galentine (six points) and Weaver (two points) collected the final Eastern York points.
Eastern Girls Edge West York, 51-19 January 11, 2018
The Eastern girls basketball team found itself at 5-5 just shy of the midway point of the season. However not all .500 records are equal as the Lady Golden Knights were eighth in the District 3-4A rankings, just inside the 10-team field.
As one would expect from a team sporting a 5-5 record the Lady Golden Knights are having trouble staying consistent. "We are not in any rhythm yet but we are not giving up," said head coach Brad Weaver.
To prove Weaver's point, one only needs to look at the two games played on January 3rd and January 5th. "It was a great win. We were really happy about that and it was probably our best game of the season. We all played together," said Weaver of his club's 57-53 victory over previously unbeaten Susquehannock.
Two days later the Lady Golden Knights traveled to Gettysburg and came home after finishing on the wrong end of a 44-41 final.
Against Susquehannock it was a trio of Lady Golden Knights that led the way with Addy Malone dropping a game high 18 points.
Despite coming out of the contest a four-point victor the game started in opposite fashion as Eastern trailed by four after the opening quarter. Eastern York took off on a 16-5 run through the second frame, leading to a 33-26 lead at the break. The Lady Golden Knights needed that cushion in the second half as Susquehannock began chipping away. Eastern was able to do just enough to keep the Lady Warriors at bay in the second half, holding on for the four-point win.
Cassidy Arnold and Hannah Myers backed up Malone with matching 10-point efforts.
The game two nights later played out in similar fashion in that Eastern York was outscored in three of the four quarters. Only this time their third quarter edge was not enough to outlast the Lady Warriors from Gettysburg. Eastern outscored Gettysburg 14-9 in the third but the Lady Warriors held a four-point first quarter advantage, added one more point to their cushion before halftime and regained control of the contest in the fourth after Eastern York worked to the tie the game with their strong third stanza. Mara Weaver was the lone Lady Golden Knight to break double digits, finishing with 13 points. Myers added nine in the loss while Malone and Morgan Winter each finished with seven points.
The Knights eased above the .500 mark last Wednesday when they came from behind to edge West York, 51-49, in a Division II meeting in Wrightsville.
The Knights used a big fourth-quarter to overtake the Lady Bulldogs. Trailing by two, 38-36, the Knights won the final period, 15-11, to pull out the victory.
Arnold dropped in six field goals and a pair of free throws to lead the Knights with 14 points, while Malone and Myers joined her in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Winter added nine points to complete the Knights' scoreboard.
At roughly the midpoint of the 2017-2018 season, the Eastern boys' basketball team finds itself on the outside of the projected 10 team District 3-4A bracket but still in good shape within the Division II race. The Golden Knights are 5-5 overall, putting them one spot out of the playoff field but their 3-1 Division II mark has them one game back of Dover, the division's undefeated leader.
Division win number three came on January 3rd, a 57-49 triumph over Susquehannock. The Golden Knights claimed the advantage in three of the four quarters which proved to be the recipe needed to hold on for the win. After building a 15-point, 27-12, lead at the break, the Golden Knights nearly let it all slip away with a 22-13 Susquehannock run through the third quarter. Eastern was able to regain control in the fourth with a 17-15 edge leading to the 57-49 final.
Stephen Wisler and Kade Wiley led a quartet of players in double figures with 13 points apiece. Trevor Seitz (12 points) and Demonte Martin (10 points) also joined the club.
Two nights later the Golden Knights fell from the ranks of Division II's unbeaten teams courtesy of a 53-46 overtime loss to Gettysburg. This time it was Eastern York that staged a second half comeback only their push fell short after the Warriors posted a 16-9 edge in the extra frame. The second half push was needed because Gettysburg built a 12-point halftime cushion by outscoring Eastern by six points in both the first and second quarter.
Both sides had trouble getting going in the third with just nine combined points between the teams. Eastern was able to claim a slim 5-4 edge setting up a furious fourth quarter rally that saw the Knights outscore Gettysburg 18-7, forcing overtime as the final horn sounded with the teams deadlocked at 37-37.
The Warriors earned the win with their overtime work, leaving Eastern York with an empty feeling. Seitz netted a team high 15 points, 12 of which came from long range. Wisler nailed three of his own from downtown on his way to 13 points.
The Golden Knights dropped their second straight game on January 6th, falling to Conestoga Valley 67-66 in a "War of Roses" match-up held at West York. This time Eastern's undoing was the fourth quarter where there were outscored 27-19, leading to a one-point loss.
The Golden Knights also started slow against the Buckskins, falling behind by seven, 14-7, after the opening eight minutes. Eastern York rolled through the middle two frames, outscoring CV 40-26, including a 21-11 run in the second. The result was a 47-40 lead heading into the game-changing final stanza.
Martin led the Knights with 17 points while Seitz checked in with 16 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc. Wisler rounded out the trio with 11 points.
Exciting, thrilling, electrifying, spine-tingling, all words that can be used to describe Eastern York's 42-41 victory over the West York wrestling team on January 9th but head coach Dan Garner went with a simple, "Extremely exciting.
"We battled back and it looked like we didn't have a chance, then we pinned the last three contested matches, and they had an unsportsmanlike conduct. It was exciting."
The match ran the full gamut for Eastern, starting with an 18-0 hole after just three matches.
"We had a little match-up issue at the beginning and that got us behind," recalled Garner.
West York tied the score three matches later then faced the brink of defeat with losses in the next four bouts. It was there, staring at a 42-18 deficit with four matches remaining, where the Golden Knights took over, pulling out the win in what Garner called "a full team effort."
Justin Manganello kicked the comeback off by pinning Terraj DeShields at the 2:30 mark of the 132-pound tangle. The pinfall win not only gave Eastern the needed six team points, but rattled DeShields to the point where he earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing his headgear, costing the Bulldogs one team point. The result was a 41-24 score and the door left just wide enough for a Golden Knight to pass through.
Jonah Dougherty, normally a JV wrestler, stepped into the line-up at 138, and pulled off the improbable by pinning Kyle Hartzel early in the third period. The team bonus points made it 41-30 with just two matches remaining. Nathan Robbins was up next and he did his part by pinning Jordan Billet just past the three-minute mark of the 145-pound clash. Dylan Prugar collected the easiest win of the match sealing stretch, earning a forfeit at 152 to give Eastern the 42-41 victory.
The Golden Knights claimed only three other matches, back-to-back-to-back, starting with Jahshim Snyder's pinfall over Willie Martin at 195. Carl Carbaugh Jr. followed with a pinfall at 220, taking care of Noah Sjoberg with 13-seconds remaining in the match. Nick Hess completed the sweep with an easy forfeit win at 285.
Eastern York spent the first Saturday of the New Year in Elizabethtown participating in the Grizzly Duals.
"We were hoping to do a little bit better," said Garner of the 2-3 mark on the day, "but it was good competition and we got a lot of wrestling in which was key, seeing improvement with the guys as they get more time on the mat."
Both Eastern victories came over familiar foes in Palmyra and Dover, schools the Golden Knights knocked off earlier this year. However, the second time around was drastically different as the first set of wins came by a combined 12 points while the second was by a combined 50 points. "I give those guys all the credit in the world," said Garner of the shocking turnaround. "They took it from the practice room into the match and used the things we talked about and had success with it."
The day started and ended well for Eastern York but in between the Golden Knights suffered losses to Southern Huntingdon (43-29), McCaskey (47-26) and the host Bears (43-26). Eastern opened with a 42-28 win over Palmyra.
"It was a really good start to the day," stated Garner. "We wrestled real well. The guys were aggressive and getting pins." The day ended with a 57-21 victory over Dover to which Garner said, "we wrestled better as a team and we had much better results."
Lady Knights Sit at 4-4 As the New Year Starts January 4, 2018
As the calendar flips to the New Year the Eastern York girls' basketball team is looking to shake off the roller coaster like ride that has been the start of their season. The Lady Golden Knights sit at 4-4 overall and 1-2 in YAIAA Division II action with roughly one-third of the season in the books. With his squad sporting a .500 record, head man Brad Weaver is hoping his team can even out their play as the season moves along with a goal of "just trying to be consistent every night."
"We give 100% effort but we have room to play smarter," added Weaver, "that's what we keep talking to the girls about, take your time and do the simple thing."
The highlight of the young season came on December 27th and 28th when Eastern knocked off Conrad Weiser and Spring Grove to capture the title in their own holiday tournament. "Probably the best we've played as team all year. I was real pleased. I thought the girls played together and they did really well," said Weaver of the back-to-back wins.
The Lady Golden Knights kicked off their title run by demolishing Conrad Weiser 52-18 in the night cap of the tournament's first day. With Hannah Myers and her game high 23 points leading the way, Eastern posted double digit advantages in all but the fourth quarter where the two sides played to an 8-8 draw. Myers also enjoyed some personal success, joining the 1,000-point club with a second quarter layup. Cassidy Arnold joined Myers as the only other player in double digits with 13 points.
One night later the Lady Golden Knights not only picked up the tournament title with a 44-41 win over Spring Grove but they also avenged a 59-56 overtime loss to the Lady Rockets in the championship game of Spring Grove's tip-off tournament. Eastern York started slow and trailed after one quarter and at halftime but the Lady Knights started to flip things around after the break. Arnold netted six of her 10 points in third quarter to fuel a 14-10 push that cut the deficit to one point, 29-28. Myers took over from there, picking up six of her game high 14 points in the final frame leading to a 16-12 edge in the quarter and a 44-41 victory.
Fresh off claiming their own holiday tournament, Eastern York kicked off 2018 with a trip to McSherrystown to battle Division III front runner Delone Catholic. The result was a 62-49 loss.
"We fought back in the second quarter," said Weaver. "Hannah (Myers) had some foul trouble and we were up by two and we came out flat in the third quarter and that was all there was."
The sequence that Weaver was referring to saw the Lady Knights shake off a slow opening frame that left them in a 17-12 hole after eight minutes to hold a 25-23 lead at the break. That flat third quarter resulted in a 23-6 Squirette run and a 46-31 Delone lead. Eastern did manage an 18-16 edge in the fourth but that did little to undo the third quarter. Myers ended up with just 10 points while Arnold netted 13 but both were topped by Mara Weaver's 14 points.
The 2017-2018 season has not gotten off to the start the boy's team was hoping for as the Golden Knights are 4-3 at the one-third mark, a few games off the pace that head coach Jon Reichard expected. "I would have expected 5-2 maybe 6-1," said Reichard, "but Conrad Weiser knocked us off. We played very lethargic in that game and very lethargic against York Tech so there are two of your three but on the good side we are still 2-0 in the league."
The York Tech 51-49 opening round loss in the Golden Knights own holiday tournament left Reichard saying, "We kind of let that one get away."
The proof to back-up Reichard's comments is in the quarter by quarter scoring breakdown. Eastern enjoyed a 17-10 lead after the opening quarter but struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the rest of the game. Those struggles allowed York Tech to post a 12-6 edge in the second quarter that all but erased the Golden Knights early cushion. The Spartans polished off what was left of Eastern York's first quarter lead in the third stanza, sending the teams into the final eight minutes knotted at 30-30. York Tech continued their strong play in the fourth to secure the two-point victory. Stephen Wisler was the lone Golden Knight to hit double figures, finishing with 16 points. Ryan Harmer (nine points), Demonte Martin (eight points) and Kade Wiley (eight points) fell just short of joining Wisler in the double-digit club
The loss to York Tech sent the Golden Knights into the consolation game of their tournament where they managed a 53-45 win over Red Land. "We were out-hustled on Friday night but rebounded to play a little better on Saturday," said Reichard. "We played three out of four quarters against them and did a better job."
The lone frame where Eastern York struggled was the second which is where the Patriots managed a 14-10 advantage that flipped Eastern's 16-13 lead into a 27-26 hole at the break. Wisler led the second half surge, collecting 14 of his game high 21 points to lead Eastern to the win. Wisler put the final nail in Red Land's coffin with an 11-point fourth quarter that included the last of his three-balls along with a perfect 6-6 effort from the line. Harmer proved a worthy sidekick for Wisler, netting 17 points in the win. Only four other players scored for Eastern, led by Wiley's seven points. Bryce Henise (five points), Martin (two points) and Trevor Seitz (one point) rounded out the offense for the game.
Despite the calendar recently turning to January, the Eastern York wrestling team has been busy burning through their 2017-2018 slate. The Golden Knights have completed six of their 13 scheduled events leaving them with a 6-3 overall mark and a 3-1 record in standard dual meets.
"We've had a real good start to the season," said head coach Dan Garner. "The team is starting to come together well."
The Golden Knights picked up half their wins on December 29th, going 3-2 at the ELCO duals. Eastern knocked off Lebanon, Palmyra and Schuylkill Valley while losing to Conrad Weiser and the host Raiders.
Eastern York opened the day with a 48-36 victory over Lebanon. "We won the match by a good many points but I didn't think we wrestled real well," said Garner. Eastern won just two of the five contested bouts but earned the team victory courtesy of seven Lebanon forfeits.
The Golden Knights rebounded in their second match of the day, slipping by Palmyra 39-33. "We knew it was going to be a close match," said Garner. "The kids really just came up big at the end of the match." The scenario that Garner eluded to started with five weights classes remaining and with his squad on the wrong end of a 27-15 score. Add in the fact that the Golden Knights knew they would be forfeiting the final match at 106 and things looked bleak. Eastern York did what they needed, picking up pinfall wins from Jahshim Snyder, Carl Carbaugh Jr and Nick Hess with Drake Brown's forfeit win completing the four-match sweep. The result was a 12-point cushion that was enough to absorb that forfeit at 106.
While the Palmyra match was the highlight of the day, Eastern's 57-18 dismantling of Schuylkill Valley was pretty impressive as well.
"I think our conditioning came into play there with the match-ups we had," said Garner. "We did real well."
The Golden Knights claimed 11 of the 13 weight classes, seven of them by forfeit. Of the six matches that were actually contested, Eastern York claimed half of them with only a 9-5 decision by Carbaugh at 220 failing to give Eastern six team points.