Eastern Teams Compete in District Playoffs March 1, 2019
In one three game stretch, the Eastern York girls' basketball team started and completed their postseason journey. The Lady Golden Knights finished their regular season 15-7 which was good enough to earn a first round bye in the District 3-4A tournament. That meant Eastern opened postseason play on February 22nd with a quarterfinal clash opposite ELCO.
The Lady Raiders delighted the home crowd in Myerstown with a 46-42 victory that derailed Eastern York's title shot. The Lady Golden Knights saw their five-point, 21-16, halftime lead disappear in the third quarter. The reason was ELCO's 20-11 run that put the home team up four points. Eastern was able to regroup but only enough to post a 10-10 draw that set the 46-42 final.
Cass Arnold netted a team high 15 points in the loss while Addy Malone chipped in 11 as the only other Lady Golden Knight in double digits.
Eastern York rebounded with a 54-38 consolation semifinal win over Susquehanna Township on the 26th. Eastern controlled throughout, posting a scoring edge in all four quarters starting with an 8-7 edge in the first. The Lady Golden Knights used a 14-10 second quarter spurt to enjoy a five-point halftime cushion. That lead ballooned to 11-points after Eastern's 15-9 advantage in the third and the final 16-point margin after the 17-12 fourth quarter edge.
Arnold and Malone combined for over half of Eastern's point total with Arnold's 17-points taking game high honors. Malone chipped in with a 15-point game while Amanda Galentine's eight points led a pack of five Lady Golden Knights that accounted for the remaining 22 points.
Eastern York's season came to a close on the final night in February thanks to a 62-44 loss to Bermudian Springs. The battle was to the decide the District 3-4A fifth and sixth place teams with the winner enjoying a PIAA berth. Skyler West and her 25-points helped Bermudian Springs to control three-quarters of the game. The one quarter that Eastern did control was the opening one where the Lady Golden Knights posted a 15-11 edge. The Lady Eagles controlled from there starting with a 16-10 run in the second that put Bermudian up for good. The Lady Eagles stretched their lead to six points heading into the final frame where their 23-4 run made it a 62-44 final.
Malone picked up another double-digit game with 12-ponts while Mara Weaver netted 14 to pace the team in the loss.
Over the course of a high school basketball season, there is never a good time to be on either end of a two-game losing streak. However, just about any other time of the season is preferred over where the Golden Knights suffered their first and only two game slide of the season. That would be at the onset of the District 3-4A playoffs with losses to Susquehanna Township and Littlestown taking Eastern York from top seed to done for the season.
As the number one seed, the Golden Knights enjoyed a first round bye making their district opener a February 21st quarterfinal tilt opposite Susquehanna Township. The Indians were able to overcome a monster 26-point game from Trevor Seitz and slip away from Wrightsville with a 63-61 victory.
Eastern's undoing turned out to be a sluggish second quarter where they were outscored 17-10. Add in a 19-19 deadlocked opening frame and Susquehanna Township entered intermission up 36-29. The Golden Knights nearly erased that halftime deficit with a 17-16 edge in the third but Susquehanna Township was able to hang on for the win by outscoring Eastern 16-15 in the final stanza.
Demonte Martin (14 points) and Kaleb Corwell (11 points) gave Eastern York a trio of double digits scorers to account for the bulk of the offense. Kade Wiley's six points and Bryce Henise's four points finished things off on the offensive side.
The Golden Knights season came to a crashing halt a few days later with an 85-53 loss to Littlestown in the consolation semifinals. The 32-point defeat came as a shock to the home crowd as it was only Eastern's second loss on their home court all season. The 'Bolts took control of the game early, jumping out to a six-point, 18-12, lead after the first quarter but really took over in the second quarter where Littlestown posted a 21-8 edge to open up a 19-poiont halftime cushion.
Eastern York was able to get their offense going enough to hang with the Thunderbolts in the third, earning an 18-18 draw. That would prove to be the high point for the Golden Knights as Littlestown raced to a 28-15 game ending run to make it an 85-53 final.
Eastern York had 10 different players score during the loss but Martin's 12 counted as team high and the lone player in double digits for the game. Seitz just missed the double-digit mark, finishing with nine points.
The Eastern York wrestling team worked all season to make it to Hershey and four members did so by participating in the District 3-2A Championship on February 22nd and 23rd. Unfortunately, three of those four found the going difficult and ended up winless in Hershey. The lone grappler to avoid the winless fate was Nicolas Hess who despite finishing eighth still saw his season come to a close.
Hess kicked off his path to the podium by pinning Camp Hill's David Brennan 22-seconds into the second period of their 285-pound first round battle. A quarterfinal loss to the eventual 285-pound champion, Damon Jones of Boiling Springs, sent Hess into the consolation bracket. He finished off Friday's action with his final victory of the tournament, a 7-0 shutout of ELCO's Adam Koehler. Saturday proved to be more difficult as pinfall losses to Octorara's Paul Orner and Fairfield's Jake Moyer shuffled Hess all the way to eighth place and out of a PIAA-2A SE Regional spot awarded to the top seven finishers.
Justin Manganello was the first Golden Knight to step on the mat in Hershey. The junior dropped his 138-pound opening round bout with Shane Strausser of Hamburg by a 16-0 final with a consolation loss to Brandywine Height's Jacob Caskie ending his season.
Nathan Robbins opened his time in the 152-pound bracket with a 4-0 loss to another bronze medal winning Hamburg wrestler, Brant Mason. A 13-5 consolation loss to Pequea Valley's Dylan Jackson followed, bringing an end to Robbins season.
Drake Brown completed the Golden Knight trio with a 0-2 run at 195. Brown kicked off his weekend with a pinfall loss to Adam Firestine of ELCO and finished with another pinfall loss, this one to Octorara's Jacob Eckman.
Golden Knights Qualify Four to Districts February 22, 2019
Pennsylvania's annual high school wrestling pilgrimage is underway with the "Road to Hershey" kicking off for Eastern York on February 15th and 16th with a trip to Susquenita High School for the District 3-2A Sectional round. The Golden Knights sent their full 13-member squad to Susquenita with four working their way to a top six finish and a berth in the District 3-2A Championship in Hershey on February 22nd and 23rd.
Nathan Robbins put in the most work while earning his way onto the medal stand. The senior started his path to sixth place with a win over Kennard-Dale's Darius Bailey, earing a spot in the quarterfinals by pinning Bailey at the 1:25 mark of their first-round match-up. Upper Dauphin's Darien Wiest ended Robbins' shot at a 152-pound title with a second period pin sending Robbins into the consolation bracket. Once the 'wrestle-back' started Ribbons picked up his final two wins, securing his spot in the district championship with wins over Benny Garmin of Boiling Springs and East Pennsboro's Matthew Hartman via 4-1 and 8-4 decisions, respectively. Trinity's Daniel Kosinski dealt Robbins the first of back-to-back losses while Fairfield's Aaron Shriner handed him the second with a 4-2 final in their battle to decide fifth and sixth place.
Justin Manganello's path to a sixth-place medal in the 138-pound bracket took him through just five matches starting with a first round loss to Kade Matter of Upper Dauphin that lasted 59 seconds. Manganello rebounded with wins over Biglerville's Gage Bishop and East Pennsboro's Malachi Harvey by a combined 11-6 tally before a loss to Newport's Mason Kauffman dropped him into the fifth-sixth place bout opposite a familiar foe in Matter. The result was the same, a Matter victory via pinfall, but Manganello was able to take the match into the second period the second time around before succumbing at the 2:36 mark.
Drake Brown rounded out the trio of sixth place finishers. Brown managed just one victory on his way to a medal but his three losses were to wrestlers that finished higher on the podium. That trend started with his quarterfinal loss to eventual gold medal winner Dominic Kelly of Trinity. Brown fell to Kelly in the first period but bounced back with a pinfall win of his own, stopping his bout with Biglerville's Johnny Sanchez in the second period. Brown dropped his consolation semifinal to Susquenita's Daniel Criley, who finished third, just after the start of the second period with a loss to Hunter Smith of James Buchanan, who finished fifth, ending Brown's weekend.
Nicolas Hess was the final Golden Knight to work his way to the podium, earning a 285-pound fifth place medal thanks to his 5-2 win over Upper Dauphin's Chase Witmer. Hess bookended his weekend with another win, this one via a 7-1 victory over Shaun Reed of James Buchanan in the quarterfinals. In between the two wins were losses to the eventual silver medalist, Jake Moyer of Fairfield, and the eventual bronze medalist, Maximus McMurray of Trinity.
The remaining Eastern York wrestlers had their season come to a close at Susquenita with four grapplers posting a 1-2 mark. Hailu Barrow was the first to bow out, earning his lone win over Halifax's Zander Conrad in the first round of the 132-bracket. Losses to Upper Dauphin's Zach Rupp and East Pennsboro's Logan Kramer ended the junior's season in the consolation round.
Austin Baker followed the same track as Barrow, posting a first round win over Antoni Esquivias (Biglerville) at 220-pounds. A loss to Donny Gelnett of Upper Dauphin, the eventual silver medalist, ended Baker's title shot while a loss to Bermudian Springs' Blaine Worden ended his season.
Joining Barrow and Baker in the club were Isaac Buser (182) and Jonah Dougherty (145). Buser and Dougherty followed the same path by opening the sectional round with losses. Buser dropped his first-round bout with Fairfield's Dakota Mongan while Dougherty fell to Delone Catholic's Tate Neiderer. Both rebounded in their consolation round of eight match with Buser taking out East Pennsboro's Evan Furlong while Dougherty topped Littlestown's Jacob Yearly. Dougherty finished his weekend with a loss to Boiling Springs' Eli Crum while Buser's final bout was opposite Upper Dauphin's Mason Wiest.
All five of Eastern York's remaining wrestling were unable to find the win column, dropping two matches without a win. Devan Jackson of West Perry and Raif Barber of Boiling Springs ended Isaac Wherley's time in the 106-pound bracket while Upper Dauphin's Ethan Paul and James Buchanan's Gavyn Stewart did the same for Eugene Courtright at 120.
Matthew Thomas was the next Golden Knight to drop his first two matches, falling to Andrew Stafford of Boiling Springs and Isaiah Buckley of Susquenita in the 126-pound bracket. Neijon Gonzalez and Nicholas Spotts (170) were the final two wrestlers to see their season end in Duncannon. Gonzalez (160) dropped back-to-back matches to Delone Catholic's Robert Partenza and Dalton Persing of Littlestown while Spotts' came up short against East Pennsboro's Joe Poventud and Mason Huggins of Newport.
Eastern Falls in YAIAA Quarterfinals February 14, 2019
The prevailing thought among hoop-heads is that the difficulty level increases once postseason basketball begins. Count the Eastern York boy's hoops squad as proof. The Golden Knights ripped through the regular season with a 19-3 record, earning a Division II title and a spot in the YAIAA quarterfinals that comes with that title. That flashy regular season record even earned the Golden Knights a spot in the night cap, opposite New Oxford, of a double header at Red Lion on February 9th.
Unfortunately, Eastern dropped that quarterfinal clash against the Colonials, the third seed out of Division I, by a 54-44 final, leaving the Golden Knights empty in their county title hunt. Despite finishing the game on the wrong side of a 10-point deficit, Eastern started the game well. The Golden Knights doubled up New Oxford over the opening eight minutes, taking a 16-8 lead into the second quarter. Things started to unravel in that second quarter with New Oxford returning the double-up favor with a 15-7 run. That erased Eastern York's lead sending the two sides into the break knotted at 23-23.
The Colonials managed to maintain control coming out of intermission, holding Eastern to a mere six points in the third, while adding 14 points to their total. That made it a 37-29 game with only eight minutes remaining. Eastern York was able to find their offensive rhythm in the fourth but New Oxford was still able to maintain control over the game, outscoring the Golden Knights 17-15 in the frame for the 54-44 final.
Eastern York managed to get three players into double figures with New Oxford having just two but the Colonials duo outscored the Eastern trio 35-33. Abdul Jenneh led all scorers with 20 points while Brandon Long aided the win with a 15-point game. Kade Wiley drained three from long range on his way to a team high 13 points to pace the Golden Knights while both Bryce Henise and Trevor Seitz chipped in 10 points apiece.
Eastern York hopes they rid themselves of the one and done bug with their 'counties' loss with a District 3-4A quarterfinal game looming February 21st. The Golden Knights will host the winner of a first round clash between Susquehanna Township and Schuylkill Valley.
The Eastern York wrestling team slipped in one final tune-up before the postseason kicks in full force with the sectional round of districts. The Golden Knights dropped that February 7th tune-up with Susquehannock by a 46-26 final, leaving Eastern with a 9-15 overall record.
The Golden Knights claimed just five of the 14 weight classes with two of those wins coming via forfeit. Magnus Krissinger at 182 and Isaac Wherley at 106 were the beneficiaries of those wins giving Eastern an easy 12 team points. Neijon Gonzalez provided Eastern York with its third and final six-team point victory, pinning Matt McGillian at the 4:39 mark of the 170-pound battle.
Justin Manganello and Nathan Robbins picked up the final two wins with both grapplers earning major decisions. Manganello blanked Brayden Lewis, 11-0, at 138 while Ribbons got the better of Ben Gillispie at 152 via an 11-3 final.
Eastern Closes Regular Season With Five Wins February 8, 2019
As calendars in the mid-state flip to February, area high school basketball teams begin to close the book on their regular season. A select few of those teams are able to turn their attention to the postseason and with a 15-7 overall record the Lady Golden Knights are among those teams.
"I'm real happy. The beginning was rough but it all picked up and worked out so it's what I thought it would be. It just didn't quite happen right away but I'm real pleased," said head coach Brad Weaver of his club's playoff spot and likely first round bye in the upcoming District 3-4A tournament. If the unofficial rankings hold, the Lady Golden Knights will travel to Myerstown for a February 22nd District 3-4A quarterfinal showdown.
Eastern closed out the regular season with five straight wins with the final one coming by a 72-57 final over Northeastern on February 4th. "For the most part we had the game under control from the beginning," said Weaver. "They are really young with a lot of sophomore and freshman. I think they've improved a lot from last year."
The proof to back Weaver's statement was a 21-10 run through the first quarter combined with a 14-10 edge in the second that gave Eastern York a comfy 35-20 cushion at intermission. The push continued after the break where the Lady Golden Knights posted an 18-13 edge, extending their lead to 20 points with just eight minutes remaining. Northeastern got five of those points back with a 24-19 fourth quarter but that only managed to shrink the final margin to 15 points.
Addy Malone notched a team high 15 points with Cass Arnold and Mara Weaver chipping in 12 points apiece.
Eastern York's second to last regular season victory came on the final day of January where the Lady Golden Knights throttled Dover, 52-17.
"We took care of business," said Weaver of the 35-point win.
Weaver's squad started taking control in the opening frame where they outscored the Lady Eagles by a 13-1 count. That domination carried over into the second quarter where Eastern posted a 12-2 edge for a 25-3 lead at halftime. Eastern York kept the pressure on in the third, outscoring Dover 23-7 to stretch their lead to 47-10. The Lady Golden Knights took their foot off the gas in the fourth leading to a 7-4 Dover run that set the final at 52-17.
Arnold collected a game high 11 points in the lopsided win with Breana Grim the only other player in double figures with 10 points. Malone and Amanda Galentine added nine points each to back Arnold and Grim.
The Eastern York wrestling team slipped in one last big match before embarking on their postseason journey. That match was the Martin Kondor Memorial Duals on February 2nd where the Golden Knights hosted York Tech, Harrisburg, Elizabethtown and Halifax for a five-team round-robin day of wrestling.
Eastern York went 1-3 on the day, leaving head coach Dan Garner to say, "I was hoping for a little better performance."
The lone win came against York Tech by a 54-27 final where the Golden Knights claimed nine of the 13 contested matches, all with bonus points. Hailu Barrow claimed the easiest of those wins with a forfeit at 132. Pinfall wins for Justin Manganello, Jonah Dougherty, Nathan Robbins, Neijon Gonzalez, Nicholas Spotts, Isaac Buser, Isaac Wherley and Matthew Thomas followed to allow Eastern the easy victory.
"I thought we started off well in the Tech match. We matched up well with them in a lot of the weight classes," said Garner.
The most difficult of the three losses came in Eastern York's final match with Elizabethtown. Back on January 5th the Golden Knights topped E-town 45-27 at Elizabethtown's Grizzly Duals but Eastern was unable to replicate the result, falling 42-30 to the Bears.
"We would have liked to pull that one out, unfortunately we were unable to," stated Garner.
The Golden Knights did have one memorible match. In the day's final clash Manganello battled E-town's Zach Frank at 145 pounds with Manganello registering 10 points in the third period to steal an 18-17 victory with Garner calling it "a really great win for him."
One more of Eastern York's five remaining wins versus E-town came via an old fashion decision with Barrow blanking Uriah Ginder 6-0 in the 132-pound bout. Buser (182) and Austin Baker (220) picked up two easy forfeit wins while Drake Brown and Nicolas Hess posted the final two Golden Knight wins against the Bears. Brown toppled Ray Perez at 195 while Hess took care of Elijah Stackhouse in the heavyweight bout.
Eastern York had a much more difficult time with Harrisburg, falling to the day's eventual champions by a 70-9 count. The Cougars claimed 11 of the 13 matches with 10 carrying the six team point max. Eastern picked up wins by Barrow, who finished 3-1 on the day, as well as Spotts who tallied a 2-2 mark. Barrow posted a 5-2 win over Devin Johnson to open the match while Spotts pinned Samir Wilkerson in the first period of the 170-pound match.
Eastern York's final loss on the day came against Halifax with the Wildcats posting a 54-19 win. The Golden Knights cobbled together their 19 team points over four wins starting in the second match. Robbins posted a 12-0 major decision over Trenton Howard that made it a 4-4 affair. Gonzalez followed by pinning Dylan Miller early in the second period of their 160-pound match to give Eastern their only lead of the match. Brown picked up the next Golden Knight win, topping Matt Hogan 4-2 at 195 while Hess earned his second pinfall win of the day, taking out Gyron Reynolds at 285.
'You play to win the game' is a popular generic phrase tossed around the sporting world. The Eastern York boys' basketball team is taking that phrase quite literally as the Golden Knights closed out the regular season with nine straight wins. Add in two separate five game runs and you get a 19-3 squad that not only locked up a YAIAA Division Two crown, but holds down the top spot in the District 3-4A power rankings as well.
The Golden Knights final win of the regular season came on February 6th with a trip to Quarryville to face off against Solanco. Eastern returned with a 73-60 win thanks to the work of Trevor Seitz, Kade Wiley and Micah Myers. The trio combined to score 43 of Eastern York's 73 points, led by Seitz's game high 19. Wiley and Myers split the remaining 24 points down the middle.
The Golden Knights did their heavy lifting in the opening half where they outscored the Golden Mules 48-24 with the bulk of the damage coming in a 27-9 first quarter blitz. Solanco did control the second half, reducing Eastern's 24-point halftime lead down the final 13-point margin by posting a 36-25 edge.
Win number eight of the regular season ending run came on January 31st when Eastern topped Dover 74-63. Demonte Martin's team high 24 points fell just shy of game high honors thanks to Dover's Keith Davis and his 26 points. Seitz added 18 points on four made three-points and a 6-of-8 game from the charity stripe. Stephen Wisler rounded out the double-digit club with a 13-point effort.
Matmen Top Hanover, Fall Against Dover February 1, 2019
One step forward and one step back was the dance the Eastern York wrestling team found themselves doing with a loss to Dover on January 24th coupled with a win over Hanover on January 28th.
"Hanover has always been a big rival school for us for years and years, so it meant a lot to the kids to have that match," said head coach Dan Garner of the come from behind win over Hanover that moved his squad to 9-11 on the season.
The match started well for the Golden Knights with wins in three of the first four weight classes but a five-match stretch through the middle portion of the evening left Eastern in a sizeable hole. Garner was able to rally the troops for four straight wins to close out the match and pick up the win.
"At one point, when it was 18-29, we are nearing the end and we came together as a group and talked about how we had to stick together and how we had to close the match strong," stated Garner. "And we certainly did as we won the last four bouts."
That four-match stretch started at 145 where Jonah Dougherty dispatched Ryder Mathias 66 seconds after the opening horn making it a 29-24 affair. Nathan Robbins followed at 152 and cut Dougherty's time on the mat in half, taking care of Mike Minetos in a mere 32 seconds, moving Eastern into the lead in the process. Neijon Gonzalez extended that lead to 33-29 with a 3-1 win over Sam Duvalt at 160 before Nicholas Spotts closed out the match with a 38-second pinfall win over Graeiela Manjarrez at 170.
The Golden Knights found themselves in the 18-29 hole Garner mentioned despite winning three of the first four bouts of the night. Drake Brown claimed the first and easiest of those with a forfeit win at 195 that tied the match at 6-6. Austin Baker followed with a 4-3 win over Kardan Trish at 220 while Nicolas Hess capped the opening run with a pinfall win at 285.
Eastern York's 15-6 lead evaporated over the next four matches with three Nighthawk wins and one double forfeit. Hailu Barrow broke up the Hanover run with a 6-4 win over Miguel Melendez at 132 but another Hanover win at 138 set the stage for the late match run.
Eastern's one step back came as a 46-21 loss to Dover on the 24th. Despite the loss Garner was happy with the result.
"We knew coming that they were a really tough team," he said. "We had wrestled them previously in the season, losing 54-18 there. It was a much better bout this time, so we showed improvement again."
Ending up on the wrong side of the final left the Golden Knights with just five wins on the night but three of them closed out the match and shrank Dover's lead from 46-9 to the 46-21 final.
"We had a lot of good performances," Garner said. "I was really impressed how the match finished for us. We won the last three bouts from Ribbons, Gonzalez and Spotts and they all wrestled good matches."
The match ending run started with Robbins at 152. The senior managed to slip by Jonathon Firestone by a 9-8 final. Gonzalez followed with an 8-4 win over Brady Cook at 160 while Spotts finished with a pinfall win over Connor Richcreek at 170. Brown and Baker accounted for the remaining two Golden Knight wins with Brown earning another forfeit victory at 195. Baker outlasted John Bradbury, scoring the final eight points in an 8-5 win at 220 pounds.
Mother Nature put the Eastern York girls' basketball team on ice leaving the Lady Golden Knights with just one game over the past week. Eastern took care of business in that game, topping West York 66-55 on January 25th.
A slow start led to a 15-14 Lady Bulldog lead after the opening quarter but a 16-8 run through the second erased that deficit and sent the teams into the break with Eastern up 30-23.
The Lady Golden Knights continued their push, stretching their lead to 13 points with a 17-11 edge in the third. West York was able to control the final frame leading to the 66-55 final.
Addy Malone dropped a game high 23 points with Cass Arnold chipping in 15.
Eastern York's mascot maybe a Golden Knight but as of January 25th the boys' basketball team became kings. With a 59-55 win over West York, the second of the season over the Bulldogs, the Eastern hoopsters clinched an outright Division II title, their first since a shared 2013 crown.
The Golden Knights opened the division clinching win slowly, ending the first quarter knotted at 15-15 but picked up steam from there. An 18-12 spurt through the second allowed the Golden Knights to enjoy a six-point halftime lead.
The Bulldogs did not back down and actually controlled the third quarter with an 18-11 scoring edge that gave them a 45-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. Eastern returned to their second quarter dominance with a 15-10 run that secured the four-point victory.
"It was just a good night all in all, and senior night for us," said head coach Justin Seitz. "Basically the division was on the line so the atmosphere was electric, standing room only."
Demonte Martin was the lone Golden Knight in double figures despite eight different players registering at least one point. Martin's team leading 17 points were topped only by West York's Alex McClellan and his 22 points.
The Golden Knights spent the weekend celebrating before a January 28th trip across the bridge to face Columbia.
"It's one of those games, no matter what records are you almost throw them out the window," said Seitz of the cross-river rivalry.
Behind four double digit scorers, Eastern York was able to cruise to a 61-44 win. Martin led that quartet with a 20-point effort while Trevor Seitz added 13. Bryce Henise and Stephen Wisler formed the other half of the double-digit quartet with matching 10-point games. Micah Myers (four points), Kade Wiley (two points) and Nolan Reichard (two points) cleaned up the remaining eight points.
Despite the 17-point final margin, the Golden Knights started slowly, holding just a 13-12 lead after eight minutes. "We weathered their run in the first quarter, and eventually we were able to pull away late in the game," said Seitz.
Eastern kicked things up a notch in the second quarter, holding the Tide to just five points while posting another 13-point frame. Columbia was able to reduce the nine-point halftime margin to eight with a slim third quarter edge but the Golden Knights put the game away with a strong final frame. Eastern enjoyed a 17-8 edge in the fourth to make it a 61-44 game.
Eastern York Boys' Sweep York Tech January 25, 2019
If the old showbiz saying that sequels are never as good as the original is true, don't tell the Eastern York boys' basketball team. After a 66-64 win over York Tech on January 21st, the Golden Knights second win over the Spartans this season, the hoopsters from Wrightsville are perfectly fine with this sequel.
As you might expect with a two-point final, the game was close throughout with plenty of runs and counter-runs by both sides. "One of the most interesting games I've even been a part of. We trailed from the start and played from behind and didn't take our first lead until I believe 38 seconds left in the game," said Eastern's head coach Justin Seitz. "The kids kept their composure, kept together and also made plays late in the game to finally get that lead and held on until the final horn went off."
As Seitz mentioned, his squad trailed for the majority of the game thanks largely to a 22-15 deficit over the initial eight minutes of action. The deficit grew to nine points at the break as Eastern struggled to find their offense, scoring just nine points in the second quarter.
The Golden Knights made some adjustments at halftime that resulted in a 27-20 run through the third quarter, making it a 53-51 game with just one frame remaining. Eastern continued their second half surge, outscoring York Tech 15-11 in the fourth, to secure the two-point victory.
Demonte Martin dropped a team high 21 while Kade Wiley added 12 points to aid the effort.
"To be able to get a win in a game like that, it makes us more battle tested and will prepare us for games whether in counties or potentially states," said Seitz. "If we are able to make a run, in a game like that in that atmosphere with that much adversity, to be able to stay together will help us going forward."
One day later, the Golden Knights found themselves battling the Warriors of Gettysburg in another tight one. Eastern was able slip out of town with a 56-46 victory by leaning on its defense.
"It was a defensive battle early, our focus going into the game was on the defensive end," Seitz said. "We know we can score and put a good amount of points on the board so the main focus was on defense. So going into half with only 19 points but still being up five shows that our kids were ready, they were prepared and were really focusing on the defensive end," commented Seitz.
Eastern York was able to stretch that five-point halftime lead by two with a 17-15 edge in the third and set the final margin at 10-points by posting a 20-17 edge in the final stanza. Trevor Seitz netted a game high 17 to lead the way but Wiley's 15 points and Martin's 13 points provided plenty of back-up.
The Golden Knights managed to post a comfortable win over Kennard-Dale on January 18th, blowing by the Rams to the tune of 73-53.
"We put ourselves in a good spot that game," said Seitz. "We came out early and had a real nice first half, and shared the ball extremely well."
Bryce Henise paced an offensive attack that won three of the four quarters with only a 20-15 setback in the third keeping Eastern from a clean whistle to whistle run. Henise added 17 rebounds to his team high 15 points while Trevor Seitz (13 points and eight assists) and Wiley (12 points) gave Eastern York three players in double digits for the game.
With the Gettysburg win, the Golden Knights improve to 15-3 on the year and 9-1 in Division II action. It also marks the third time this year that Eastern has posted a five-game winning streak.
"We've been talking about that as a team," said Seitz. "Every time that we've been knocked down, we've been able to get right back up and move on, not dwell on a loss but focus on the next game."
The triple pack of five gamers has pushed the Golden Knights to second in the unofficial District 3-4A rankings with just four regular season games remaining.
As the end of January quickly approaches fans of high school basketball teams turn their attention to overall records and where their favorite squad sits in the most up to date district rankings. Fans of the Eastern York girls' basketball team like what they see when they gaze at the unofficial District 3-4A rankings. Sporting a 12-7 overall record has the Lady Golden Knights perched in the fifth spot of those 4A rankings with just three regular season games remaining.
"I tell people, we have probably the hardest schedule in York County overall, we played the top teams," said head coach Brad Weaver, "We try to schedule the toughest teams we can find. So, we are 12-7 but we've had some really high-quality wins."
Of course, Weaver's squad does have seven losses with the most recent coming in overtime on January 18th. The Lady Golden Knights fell to one of the four teams above them in the 4A rankings, Division II foe Kennard-Dale. The Lady Rams, 17-2 overall and 10-1 in YAIAA Division II, thwarted Eastern's upset bid with a 6-4 scoring edge in the overtime period to escape with a 45-43 victory.
"We were up but just couldn't finish it," said Weaver. "Our girls played very well."
As you would expect from an overtime game the teams were back and forth through regulation. KD opened with a 14-7 run over the initial eight minutes with Eastern answering with a big run of their own. The 13-5 second quarter edge gave the visiting Lady Golden Knights a slim one-point lead at halftime. That lead was erased with Kennard-Dale's 12-9 advantage in the third only to see Eastern York post a 10-8 fourth quarter edge to force OT.
Addy Malone scored half of Eastern's overtime points to finish with a game high 16 while Mara Weaver added seven points in the loss. Both Amanda Galentine and Breana Grim chipped in with six-point games.
Eastern York got back to winning on January 22nd with a 47-42 take down of Gettysburg. After finding themselves in a 13-11 hole after the opening frame the Lady Golden Knights took control of the game in the second quarter. An 11-1 run in the frame flipped that two-point deficit into a 22-14 halftime lead and Eastern never looked back.
Eastern kept their foot on the gas through the third with Cass Arnold leading the way. Arnold, who finished with a game high 13 points, scored five of Eastern's 13 third quarter points to help push the lead to 16 points with just eight minutes remaining. The Lady Warriors closed the game with a 21-12 run to shrink Eastern York's final margin down to five but the Lady Golden Knights were able to hang on for the win.
"I thought this was our most complete game. Overall, defensively the best I've ever seen us play, and rebounding, I was real happy," commented Weaver.
The Lady Golden Knights made it two in a row one night later with a 73-55 thrashing of Bermudian Springs. Eastern York outscored the Lady Eagles in all four quarters including a 20-12 opening frame that set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Arnold led the 10 Eastern York players that scored with a game high 21 points while Weaver's hard hat winner for the game, Morgan Winter, finished with 14 points on four three-pointers and two made free throws.
Knights Trounce Susquehannock For 11th Win January 18, 2019
All fans, deep down, know that when their team is rolling and on a winning streak that it will eventually come to an end. When that moment inevitably comes, those fans hope their team bounces right back to start another winning streak. Fans of the Eastern York boy's hoops team saw their squad follow the perfect script after seeing their five-game run snapped with a January 10th loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. The Golden Knights bounced right back, picking up win number 11 on the season four nights later with a 79-41 trouncing of Susquehannock.
Behind six long range bombs and 20 points from Stephen Wisler, Eastern York jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Golden Knights posted identical 18-6 scoring edges in the first and fourth quarters to account for the bulk 38-point winning margin. The remaining 14 points was split evenly between the second and third quarters with Eastern holding a 22-15 edge in the second and a 21-14 edge in the third for the 79-41 final. Demonte Martin added 18 points and eight rebounds while Trevor Seitz chipped in with 14 points and seven assists.
The Golden Knights made it two in a row on January 16th with a 66-53 victory over York Suburban. This time it was the long-range bombing of Kade Wiley that paced the Eastern attack. The senior connected on four 'three-balls' on his way to a team high 20 points. Seitz added 13 points and Bryce Henise 14 points which helped Eastern York control all four quarters on their way to the 13-point victory.
To start the new winning streak the Golden Knights first had to suffer a 75-66 road loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on the 10th. This time it was Seitz taking team high honors thanks to his 20-point effort but that effort was offset by L-S's Adam Stolzfus who also netted 20 points. Eastern was able to hang with the Pioneers through the opening frame, sending the two sides into the second knotted at 16-16. It was in that second quarter where things started to get away from the Golden Knights. Lampeter-Strasburg was able to outscore Eastern 14-9 in the quarter to take a 30-25 into the break.
The offensive struggles carried over into the third quarter where Lampeter-Strasburg enjoyed a 21-12 edge to push their lead to 51-37 with just eight minutes remaining. The Golden Knights were able to get back on track in the fourth, posting a 29-24 edge, but it was not enough to overcome their earlier struggles. Martin added 14 points and Dustin Cunningham 10 points to back up Seitz.
With the 2-1 stretch the Golden Knights are now 12-3 overall and 7-1 in YAIAA Division II play. Eastern's stellar overall mark has them sitting second in the unofficial D-3-4A power rankings while their 7-1 YAIAA mark has them in a first-place tie with West York in the division pecking order.
The wrestling team experienced both sides of the win-loss aspect of sports with the highlight being a 54-24 victory over Northeastern.
"That was a good win for us. It was a divisional win and I had some guys stepping up nicely," said head coach Dan Garner.
The Golden Knights claimed nine of the 14 matches with five coming via quick Bobcat forfeits. Isaac Wherley (106), Justin Manganello (138), Nathan Robbins (152), Jacob Doyle (160) and Neijon Gonzalez (170) were the beneficiaries of those forfeits and picked up the easy wins with the Robbins, Doyle, Gonzalez trifecta closing out the match. Eastern York gave one of those forfeits back at 113 but four straight pinfall victories to open the match, coupled with Wherley's forfeit win, had already provided Eastern with a 30-0 cushion.
Nick Spotts posted the first of those pinfall wins, taking out Quinton Einsig at the 1:43 mark of their 182-pound clash. Isaac Buser followed and needed 60 seconds longer than Spotts to dispatch his 195-pound foe, Kevin Almond. Drake Brown finished up Evi Garcia at the 1:41 mark of their 220-pound bout while Nicholas Hess needed just 48 seconds to end his heavyweight match with Tyler Webb.
The Golden Knights ended up on the opposite sides of things in their January 15th match with York Suburban.
"We knew it was going to be a tough match going in," stated Garner. "They are much improved this year."
Eastern managed just five victories in the 41-28 loss that put the Golden Knights at 7-10 overall and 1-3 in Division II matches.
Magnus Kissinger accounted for one of those five wins, kicking off the match by pinning Brock Ahrens just past the one-minute mark of their 182-pound match. Eastern's 6-0 lead quickly turned into a 35-6 deficit with seven straight Trojans wins. Manganello and Jonah Dougherty broke up that Suburban run while earning the first of four straight Golden Knight wins with back-to-back forfeits at 138 and 145. Robbins followed with a 16-2 major decision win over Josh Raffensburger that was nearly a tech fall according to Garner.
Gonzalez closed out the four-match run with a crazy quick pinfall win over Moustafa Elhasany at 160-pounds. A final York Suburban win at 170 put the final at 41-28.
"We had some good positives in the match but we just came up a little bit short, unfortunately," summed Garner.
Winning streaks are made to be broken but that doesn't make the loss any easier to take. Example number one would be the Eastern York girls' basketball team. A 63-38 setback to Susquehannock on January 14th snapped an eight-game run.
"I've never seen them play that good as a team and we had a huge stretch where we couldn't score a bucket," said head coach Brad Weaver. He continued, categorizing the loss as a game where, "Nothing is going right for you and everything is going right for the other team and that happens to everyone."
The bulk of Susquehannock's damage came in the second quarter where they posted a 19-4 edge to account for 15 of the 25-point final margin. Eastern was able to keep things much closer in the remaining three quarters, holding the Lady Warriors to just a 44-34 edge for the 63-38 final.
Mara Weaver paced Eastern with 13 points with Cass Arnold the only other Lady Golden Knights in double figures with 10. Addy Malone added nine points while Morgan Winter (three points), Victoria Zerbe (two points) and Lily Campbell (one point) finished things up on the offensive end.
Eastern York's eighth straight victory came on January 11th with a 57-43 win over Northeastern.
"I thought we played pretty well," Weaver stated.
This time it was Amanda Galentine finishing with 13 points which not only was a team high but also checked in as a game high tally as well. The Lady Golden Knights controlled all but the second quarter where the Lady Bobcats held a 12-9 advantage that made it 22-19 at halftime. Eastern regained control in the third with a 17-7 spurt that pushed their lead to 13-points while a near draw in the fourth made it a 57-43 final.
Malone and Breana Grim joined Galentine in the double-digit club with 11 and 10 points respectively.
With the loss to Susquehannock ending Eastern York's winning streak on the January 14, the Lady Golden Knights needed to wait two days to begin working on a new streak. They did just that with a 46-26 win over York Suburban on January 16th. Eastern held the Lady Trojans to single digit scoring in all four quarters leading to a scoring edge from whistle to whistle. Arnold led the way with a game high 14 points while Malone chipped in with 10 points.
Add that eight-game winning streak, the Suburban win and the Susquehannock loss to the rest of Eastern York's 2018-2019 results and you have a 10-6 club. That mark is good enough to have the Lady Golden Knights sitting in fifth place in the unofficial power rankings and carrying a first round bye as the District 3-4A playoffs loom just off in the distance.
Eastern York Matmen Take Down Columbia January 11, 2019
The Eastern York wrestling team has emerged from a week-long daunting stretch that included three old fashion dual meets plus a go-round at Elizabethtown's Grizzly Duals where the Golden Knights racked up five matches in one day.
The highlight of that stretch was a 54-24 takedown of Columbia, Eastern's longtime neighbor across the river. "It was nice win over there. We bumped our lineup around to try and match-up a little bit better," said head coach Dan Garner of a match that saw a total of seven forfeits and one no contest.
Of those forfeits, Eastern was on the better end of six of them starting with Nick Hess kicking off the match at 285. Matthew Thomas (120), Hunter Sowers (126), Justin Manganello (138), Isaac Buser (195) and Drake Brown (220) enjoyed the same easy walk to the center of the mat as Hess, gifting the Golden Knights a quick and easy 36 points. The final 18 team points came in Eastern York's final three wins starting with Jonah Dougherty pinning Darnell Tucker at 145 pounds. Nathan Robbins made it two pinfalls in a row with his win at 152 while Neijon Gonzalez completed the pinfall trifecta at 160 pounds.
The low point came on January 3rd with a 55-18 loss to West York.
"Tough match-up with West York," said Garner. "They have a real nice squad this year."
Eastern York managed just three wins but all carried bonus points starting with Robbins at 152. The senior pinned Victor Gonzalez a mere 15-seconds before the final horn of their 152-pound tilt. The win put Eastern on the board but West York had already claimed four weight classes, putting the score at 19-6.
Nicholas Spotts made it 25-12 after his second period pinfall win over Tyquan Harrison at 170 while Wherley picked up the final victory, this one a forfeit at 106.
In between the high and low points of the daunting stretch was a trip to Elizabethtown to compete in the Grizzly Duals. "We were able to pick up two wins, beating Salisbury Township and Elizabethtown," said Garner, "and I really would have liked to have that Palmyra match. It was so close but just to see improvement in the Palmyra and West York matches, I thought it was a good day of wrestling for the kids."
The improvement Garner mentioned was most noticeable in the West York results. Just days after a 55-18 loss in a regular dual match, the Golden Knights closed the gap down to 47-22 in their Grizzly Duals match-up. The head man also pointed to the improvement against Palmyra who handed Eastern York a 45-27 loss at the ELCO Duals back on December 28th. This time around Eastern nearly pulled out the win before falling 39-33. Add in a 54-18 defeat to a Dover squad that went undefeated on the day, to Eastern York's 51-22 win over Salisbury Township and their 45-27 win over the host Bears and you see why Garner called it a good day of wrestling for his squad.
The Golden Knights returned to regular dual match action on January 9th, topping Delone Catholic 42-38. The two sides split the 14 weight classes down the middle but all seven of Eastern's victories carried bonus points, giving the Golden Knights the final edge. Wherley (106), Robbins (152) and Hess (285) picked up the easy forfeits wins for Eastern York. Hailu Barrow picked up Eastern's first pinfall win, needing just 63 seconds to take care of Harrison Cole at 132 pounds. Manganello followed with a second straight pinfall, this one lasting 107 seconds. Brown posted the front end of Eastern York's second set of pins, taking down Michael Deporter in 36 seconds in their 195-pound bout. Buser closed out the action on the mat with his pinfall win over Nick Groff at 220.
What started as a two-game winning streak and a Rotary Club Holiday Tournament title for the girls' basketball team has ballooned into a seven-game winning streak that has the Eastern York Lady Golden Knights sitting at 8-5 overall.
With the two games from the holiday tournament action as their starting point, the Lady Golden Knights moved on to West York on January 4th. Eastern handed the Lady Bulldogs a 50-34 loss to make it three and a row with head coach Brad Weaver simply saying, "we played a good game."
Mara Weaver led all scorers with 18 points with Addy Malone chipping in 14.
One day later Eastern York was back in action, this time traveling to West York to participate in the Lady Bulldog Showcase which pitted the Golden Knights against Shippensburg. Behind Malone's 16 points and 11 from Cass Arnold, Eastern rolled to a 41-28 victory.
"We got out to a pretty quick lead," said Weaver. "I think we played 12 girls that night and everyone kept working and everyone played well."
After taking Sunday off, the Golden Knights were back in action hosting South Western. Eastern enjoyed a trio of players in double figures led by Arnold's game high 15 points to steal a 50-40 win from the Division One frontrunners. Weaver attributed the 10-point win to the team's game plan. "We had a really good game plan and the girls followed that plan exactly," said Weaver.
Bri Grim (12 points) and Malone (11 points) backing up Arnold with 23 combined points certainly helped.
Win number six in the run was by far the easiest.
"We jumped out quick and they are kind of in a rebuilding process. It was good we went up there and took care of business," Weaver said of his team's 53-30 trouncing of Dover on January 8th. Malone, the only player in double figures, drained all nine of her free throws on the way to a game high 13 points while Arnold and Morgan Winter chipped in with eight points apiece.
Eastern York picked up win number seven on January 9th, topping Donegal 54-43 in a rescheduled game from December 12th. Arnold and Malone paced the attack with matching 12-point games but it was Donegal's Kiera Baughman taking game high honors thanks to her 17-point night.
Winning basketball is contagious at Eastern York as the boy's squad sports a 10-2 mark behind a five-game winning streak that started when the Golden Knights claimed their own holiday tournament on December 28th and 29th.
Much to the surprise of the packed West York gym, the Golden Knights managed to make it three in a row by stealing a 59-58 win on January 4th.
"To go there with them being 8-0, in their gym, with a really, really big atmosphere and a lot of people in attendance and to just gut through it and pull one out late, was definitely a momentum builder as we move towards the second half of our season," said first year head coach Justin Seitz of the one-point victory. Only six Eastern players scored in the game but four reached double figures led by Stephen Wisler's 17 points. Trevor Seitz added 13 points, nine from long range, while Bryce Henise (11 points) and Demonte Martin (10 points) rounded out the double-digit club. Kaleb Corwell and Kade Wiley finished up the scoring with matching four-point games.
The Golden Knights had little time to rest as they were back at it on Saturday the 5th with a game opposite Lancaster Mennonite in the War of Roses that pits teams from York and Lancaster against each other. Eastern needed overtime but they managed a 66-60 win over the Blazers.
"It took us a while to get going," Seitz stated. "We had some mental lapses throughout but showed signed of maturity and were able to make plays late to secure a win."
Martin tallied a game high 21 points while Trevor Seitz drilled four from behind the arc on his way to 18 points. Henise and Wisler chipped in 11 points each to help secure the win.
The Golden Knights did not need overtime to get by Dover on the 8th but a 46-40 final left things closer than the Eastern fans would have preferred. Dover jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the opening frame but Eastern York slowly chipped away at the six-point deficit to secure the win. Martin tied Dover's Elijah Sutton for game high honors with a 20-point effort while Henise added four points, five steals, five rebounds and five assists in the win.
Eastern York Claims Holiday Tournament Title January 4, 2019
First year boys' basketball coach Justin Seitz was able to celebrate a tournament win with his squad after his Golden Knights topped York Tech in the championship game of Eastern York's Holiday Tournament. "It was a good battle test," Seitz said of the 53-44 win, adding, "you'd rather win ugly than lose pretty. We'll take it, our guys stepped up. We did make some mistakes but we'll learn and grow from it."
Trevor Seitz drained five long range bombs on his way to a game high 22 points which not only helped fend off the Spartans but earned the junior guard a spot on the all-tournament team. Demonte Martin joined Seitz on the all-tournament team thanks to his 11-point effort against York Tech.
Martin also earned tournament MVP honors thanks largely to his 21-point, 12 rebound and five assist effort in the Golden Knights 70-65 overtime win opposite ELCO in day one's nightcap. The two sides battled throughout with neither team able to establish any real control until the extra frame. That is where Kade Wiley picked up seven of his 16 points, guiding Eastern to a 9-4 edge in extra time and helping to secure the five-point win. Seitz collected another 13 points which was matched by senior Bryce Henise.
As a new calendar year unfolds, the Eastern York wrestling team is looking to improve on their 2-5 start to the 2018-2019 season. From the eyes of head coach Dan Garner, a rebound from that shaky start should not be an issue for his Golden Knights.
"We are a really young team," Garner said. "Last year we had a lot of experience and seniors leading the way. This year we are a lot younger but the kids have been growing leaps and bounds with each match. I see constant improvement," he continued. "The attitude of this team has been tremendous. They have looked at each challenge as an opportunity to get better."
The attitude that Garner mentioned was on full display in Eastern's first two dual meets of the season. The Golden Knights kicked things off on December 13th with a 48-30 loss to Kennard-Dale but bounced back nicely with a 57-24 shakedown of York Tech a week later.
"That was a tough loss," said Garner. "It really came down to that initial coin toss and who had choice and could set the match-ups. The coin toss didn't go our way so all the key match-ups were dictated by them."
Of course, the Golden Knights did bounce back with that convincing 57-24 victory over York Tech. "They wrestled real well in that Tech match," said Garner. "I think the KD match woke them up a little with what expectations we had for this season and what we really wanted to do."
That type of team success did not carry over into the Golden Knights' trip to Myerstown for the ELCO Holiday Duals on December 28th. Eastern York managed their lone win over Schuylkill Haven while absorbing losses from Palmyra, Lancaster Catholic, Susquehannock and the host Raiders to finish the day with a 1-4 team mark despite numerous individual wrestlers enjoying success.
Nathan Robbins was one of those wrestlers, posting a 4-1 record that included two pinfall wins.
"He looked real good in the tournament," said Garner. "He's just been sharp, and his practice has been tremendous. It's just a great asset for the young kids to see someone working hard and that they can aspire to. Nathan has been wrestling well this season," he added. "He's had a lot of tough match-ups and I really like that."
Robbins was the lone Golden Knight to hit four wins on the day but Garner saw five of his grapplers finish 3-2. Drake Brown and Nicolas Hess were two of those five with the pair accounting for the only two victories in a 63-6 loss to ELCO.
"Hess had a tough weight class there, a lot of good heavyweights," said Garner. "He wrestled very physical, very well, picking up some pins and wrestling hard. I'm impressed with him. He had a very good day for us."
Isaac Wherley, Justin Manganello and Nicholas Spotts rounded out the three-win club at the ELCO Duals with Garner highlighting Wherley's work. "Wherley has come a long way. He was new to the sport last year, and this year he has picked up right where he left off, just leaps and bounds of improvement."
Looking for proof that there is nothing better than being home for the holidays?? Look no further than the Eastern York girls' basketball team who captured the title to their own Rotary Club Holiday Tournament for the third straight year. The 2018 title run mirrored Eastern's 2016 run where the Lady Golden Knights had to defeat Garden Spot and Spring Grove to capture the hardware.
Eastern York kicked things off on December 26th with a 61-47 shellacking of Garden Spot in their opening round battle. The Lady Golden Knights shook off a slow opening frame that saw them trail 14-12 to outscore the Lady Spartans by 16 points in the remaining three frames to secure the 14-point victory. Addy Malone led that charge with a game high 19 points while Mara Weaver chipped in with 14. Cass Arnold and Morgan Winter netted 10 points apiece while four other players split the remaining eight points evenly.
Eastern not only claimed the tournament title with their 46-38 win over Spring Grove one night later, they also avenged a 54-52 loss in the season's second game back on December 8.
"It was good to beat them (Spring Grove) cause we lost to them by two the first time," head coach Brad Weaver stated.
The Lady Golden Knights followed the same script to knock off the Lady Rockets as in their opening round game, right down to the two-point deficit after the opening eight minutes. This time it was Arnold leading the way with a game high 23 points that earned her tournament MVP honors.
"That might be the best game I've ever seen her play for me," said Weaver. "She made her foul shots, played a great all-around game." Malone joined Arnold on the all-tournament team thanks to a solid 10-point effort.
The quick two game winning streak moved Eastern York to 3-5 on the season while jumping the Lady Golden Knights from 15th in the District 3-4A power rankings all the way up to 7th.
"I feel pretty good with where we are at. I don't like being 3-5 but I think we almost had to be," said Weaver of his team's start. "We've improved a lot just from having six tough games. Yeah we are 3-5, but I think we are on the right track now, so things are a lot better."
EYHS To SellOld Uniforms January 4, 2019
Eastern York High School will be selling old Eastern York uniforms and all proceeds will go back to the athletic programs via the Athletic Booster Club.
Old uniforms include: boys and girls basketball, track and field, cross country, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, field hockey, football, boys and girls soccer, and cheerleading.
The sale will be held January 25 from 5-9 pm in the high school cafeteria and January 26 from 9 am-12 also in the cafeteria.
Eastern VB Bows in District Quarterfinals November 1, 2018
Typically, when the phrase 'Three-Peat' is tossed around the sports world it is seen as a good thing but that is not the case for the Eastern York girls' volleyball team. The Lady Golden Knights dropped their District 3-3A quarterfinal match opposite West York on October 30th, the third loss to the Lady Bulldogs this season.
Despite a third 3-0 loss to West York in the last six weeks that brought his squad's season to an end head coach Josh Korb remained upbeat. "I was pleased with how we performed," said the second-year skipper. "The girls left it all on the court and gave West York a good battle."
That good battle with the fifth ranked 3A team in the most recent PA Volleyball Coaches Association rankings saw Eastern end up on the wrong end of a 25-21, 25-19 and 25-14 final.
"Our defense was incredibly strong and our back row was digging up everything to keep the ball alive, but defense can only last for so long and West York has a very powerful offense," said Korb and the stats back him up as the team combined for 33 digs and just 16 assists and 15 kills.
Morgan Dobbeck led the defensive effort with 10 digs while Katie Lehman (seven digs), Olivia Koicuba (six digs), Sarah Moore (five digs) and Morgan Winter (five digs) all offered support. Lehman added 12 assists as the point on offense with Moore (four kills), Abby Smith (four kills) and Winter (three kills) leading the way in kills.
"I am proud of how the girls performed this year and especially during the post season," was Korb's final thought on a season that saw his team go 15-5 while picking up their first YAIAA playoff win in over 25 years.
The Lady Golden Knights earned their third shot at West York by picking up their third District 3 first round win in the last six years on October 27th. "It was definitely a good feeling to win on Saturday," said Korb of the 3-1 victory over Northern York.
"Not to take anything away from Northern, they had a very scrappy team who left it all on the floor, but our heads were not in it on Saturday, our homecoming was that evening, so it was a definite distraction going into the match," offered Korb regarding the Lady Polar Bears winning game two 25-23 after his squad posted a 25-19 game one win. Thankfully for Korb and the Lady Golden Knights they were able to bounce back with wins of 25-23 and 25-19 to secure the match.
Lehman finished the win with 41 assists and three digs along with one kill and one block. Smith (18 kills) and Moore (14 kills) were on the receiving end of a lot of those Lehman assists while combining for 10 digs, five aces and one Moore block. Dobbeck added two aces and one assist to her eight kills and eight digs while Koicuba finished things off with four digs to go with three kills, assists and aces.
Saturday October 27th saw the end of the cross country season for all but one Eastern York runner. Olivia McClain was that runner, conquering what head coach Joel Jacobs described as "less than ideal" conditions, to qualify for the November 3rd PIAA Championship race.
On a cold and rainy day that left the Big Spring course muddy and slow McLain turned in a 19:46.5, just 19 seconds off her personal best, finishing fourth in the girl's 2A race. "She ran a great race," said Jacobs.
McLain was joined in Newville by a handful of other Golden Knights but only Fiona Valore participated in the girl's race, finishing 121st with a time of 24:38. Pierre Allard led the boy's team by posting the 83rd fastest time, a 19:06.9. Taylor Cappeluti and Chase Reed crossed the finish line at nearly the same time with Cappeluti taking 135th with a time of 19:54.9 and Reed 136th with a time of 19:55.0. Tyler Druck followed in 155th place (20:30.5) while Anthony Roselli finished up the scoring five for Eastern York with a 166th place run of 20:51.4. Ben Elicker wrapped up the Eastern York contingent with a time of 20:56.7, good enough for 171st.
Winning is always better than losing and it gets even sweeter when that win snaps a losing streak or comes on homecoming. Such was the case for the Eastern York football team with their 56-27 homecoming victory over Kennard-Dale busting up a seven-game slide that started back on September 7th.
"Any victory, whether it is the first game, the last game, or homecoming is a blessing," said head coach Josh Campbell. "The players, coaches and community put a lot of work and effort in each week. With having three close losses, back-to-back-to-back, it was satisfying to see the player's hard work pay off. We were looking to put a complete game together and achieve our ultimate goal of winning."
As he has all year, Trevor Seitz piloted the attack, capping his stellar junior season with 298 yards and six touchdowns on just 11 completions. The impressive final game left Seitz with 2800 passing yards on the season while the six TD passes pushed his season total to 37.
Against the Rams, Seitz started racking up stats nearly from the opening whistle, hitting Dylan Zurin for a 52-yard score early in the opening frame. The pair hooked up again moments later on Zurin's only other catch, this one from 65-yards out, making it 14-0 after the Brady Bixler PAT. Zurin, who finished with those two touchdowns and 116 yards, surrendered his early favorite receiver status to Demonte Martin for the remainder of the game.
Martin did not disappoint, racking up 117 yards and four scores on just five catches, putting his season totals at 1018 yards and 21 scores. The first of those four TD catches finished off Eastern York's 21-point first quarter and came from 14-yards out. KD put their first points on the board with a one-yard Ryan Gibney score late in the first quarter.
Martin's three remaining visits to the end zone all came in the second quarter starting with a 20-yard TD that made it 28-7. Jacob Rose broke up the Seitz to Martin show by scoring Kennard-Dale's second TD on a 14-yard burst that made it 28-13. Martin resumed his domination with touchdown catches of 32 and 17 yards to give Eastern York a 42-13 cushion at the break.
The Rams opened the second half scoring with a five-yard Wyatt McCleary score only to see Eastern answer on the ensuing kickoff. Jesse Edgell took that kickoff 80 yards to paydirt for a 49-21 Golden Knight lead. Kaleb Corwell capped his evening and the Eastern York scoring with a 46-yard touchdown run. That score highlighted his 133 combined rushing and receiving yards and made it a 56-27 game. KD added one final score on a Jacob Copenhaver plunge but the Golden Knights were able to enjoy a homecoming win regardless.
Eastern's Impressive Offense Not Quite Enough October 26, 2018
The Eastern York football team is in the middle of a stretch that just might prove there is little truth to the old saying that offense wins games and defense wins championships with their previous three games as perfect examples. The Golden Knights have scored 33, 42 and 43 points in those games but found themselves on the wrong side of the final score in all three contests including their October 19th meeting with Wissahickon that ended as a 58-43 loss.
"The past three games have witnessed quite the offensive output; however, we are not satisfied and will look to improve as costly mistakes have not allowed us to reach our full potential. Penalties, missed assignments and turnovers are all areas, which we will look to improve upon," said head coach Josh Campbell. "Though we are breaking records on offense, we have not been able to achieve the most important statistic, which is winning. Each day we will look to find a way to finish out opponents and allow our ultimate goal of winning."
Despite racking up 461 yards of offense against Wissahickon, the Golden Knights ended up with the loss after allowing 490 yards to the Trojans, 293 and five touchdowns coming on the ground. The Trevor Seitz led passing attack accounted for 436 of Eastern's 461 yards and four of their six scores but it was the Wissahickon ground game that put the first points on the board.
Seitz quickly erased that 6-0 deficit by finding Dylan Zurin for a 27-yard score and a 7-6 lead. The game appeared to be all Eastern as the Golden Knights enjoyed two more first quarter TDs but momentum would not stay with Eastern York.
Another Zurin score, this one on a nine-yard rush, combined with a 25-yard Bryce Henise interception return for a touchdown pushed Eastern's lead to 21-6 late in the opening frame. Wissahickon was able to start their comeback with the final points of the quarter. Tommy Quinn found Maurice Willis for a 45-yard strike that made it 21-12.
The scoring waned in the second with the teams' combining for just two scores, the first another Seitz TD pass. This time he hit Demonte Martin for a 15-yard score and a 28-12 cushion. The Trojans managed to trim the lead to 28-20 at halftime with Quinn's second and final TD pass of the game. This one covered 22 yards and was followed by the first of five successful two-point conversions.
Wissahickon managed to tie the game at 28-28 with the first of two third quarter scores for the Trojans. Eastern York was able to counter the 47-yard run and successful two-point try with another Seitz to Martin hook-up. Seitz's third TD pass of the game and second to Martin covered 69-yards and put the Golden Knights back in front 35-28. Wissahickon's second score of the frame covered 15 yards with the failed PAT attempt leaving Eastern on top 35-34.
The Trojans took over in the fourth, scoring three times and converting all three two-point attempts to steal the win. Eastern York's lone highlight of the final quarter was Zurin's third TD of the night, a 23-yard score that capped the senior's 180-yard, three score night.
Zurin and Martin finished with nearly identical receiving lines in the loss...Zurin posted a six catch, 157 yard and two score game while Martin finished with 160 yards and two scores on nine catches. Kaleb Corwell accounted for another 63 yards of Seitz's total.
History is in the works for the Eastern York girls' volleyball team. The Lady Golden Knights first historic event was qualifying for the county playoffs for the first time since 2011. Their second historic event was a 3-1 win over York Catholic on October 22nd in the county playoffs, Eastern's first county playoff win since 1991.
"It definitely feels great!" said head coach Josh Korb. "We have made districts for two years now, but just missed counties. It is an awesome feeling to represent YAIAA this year as well."
Korb's squad set the tone with a 25-15 win in the opening game only to see York Catholic bounce back with a 26-24 game two victory. Eastern, behind Katie Lehman and Sarah Moore, kept after it leading to wins of 27-25 and 25-22 to seal the 3-1 final.
"We are a well-balanced team and everything is coming together at the perfect time," said Korb of the win over what had been the sixth ranked AA team in the state according to the most recent Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. "We went in with the same attitude we have had every game and that is that YC is just another team who has strengths and weaknesses just like everyone else."
Lehman directed the offense to the tune of 34 assists while also fronting the defense with a team high 15 digs. Moore chipped in with 12 digs and two blocks to go with a team leading 17 kills while Morgan Dobbeck and Morgan Winter combined for another 21 digs. Dobbeck added 5 kills, one assist and one ace to her 11 digs with Winter tacking on two kills, one block and 10 digs. Abby Smith filled the rest of the stat sheet with 11 kills, five aces, one dig and one block.
Korb offered some parting thoughts on his team's historic win. "With it being a playoff match, I was curious to see how the team played under pressure and they exceeded expectations. It is a great feeling to play well against a high caliber team and it just demonstrates that we are playoff ready team."
The win over York Catholic set up a semifinal showdown with last year's YAIAA runner-up and current ninth ranked AA team in the PAVCA poll, Delone Catholic. The Lady Golden Knights were not able to continue their history making charge in their October 23rd meeting, falling to the Squirettes 3-2.
"It was wild. We started slow the first two sets," said Korb. "We couldn't find our rhythm until we rolled into the 3rd set."
The rolling that Korb was referring to was a 26-24 game three win that kept Eastern York's hopes alive. The Lady Golden Knights continued to rebound from the 25-18 and 25-21 losses in games one and two with a 25-17 game four win that forced a decisive game five.
The changes that Korb and his team made to pick up those wins were not as effective in the final game leading to an 18-16 Delone win.
"It was unfortunate that we couldn't close the match with a win, but it definitely shows we are able to play with all of the state-ranked teams in the league," stated Korb. "I'm happy with how we battled back and look forward to a great showing in districts."
Four different players finished with double digit digs starting with Olivia Koicuba's team leading 23. Dobbeck paired 10 kills with 14 digs while Moore added another 10 digs to her team high 19 kills and Winter tacked on 10 more digs. Lehman finished with a 43 assist, six dig, one kill and two ace line while Smith chipped in with 15 kills and four blocks.
Before the Lady Golden Knights could make their first YAIAA tourney appearance in seven years they had to finish out the 2018 regular season. They did just that with a 3-1 win over Susquehannock on October 18th. The Lady Golden Knights had another four players register double digit digs led by Koicuba with 22. Dobbeck and Winter added 19 apiece while Lehman tacked on 10 digs to her 37 assists. Smith tallied a team high 12 kills while Moore (seven), Koicuba (three) and Dobbeck (eight) helped with a combined 18 kills.
The Eastern York field hockey team was unable to pull off a March Madness style upset in their District 3-1A first round contest. The 12th seeded Lady Golden Knights fell to the fifth seeded Lady Raiders of ELCO by a 3-0 count on October 24th. Anya Kissinger, Myah Yesko and Alicia Yoh each scored once to bring an end to Eastern York's season with a 12-7 mark.
Eastern Soccer Teams Wrap Up 2018 Seasons October 18, 2018
Soccer season is officially over in Wrightsville as both the boys' and girls' teams wrapped up their 2018 seasons. The boy's closed out their season on October 11th with a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale. Zach Gross scored both Eastern goals with Isaac Barrow and Torin Young providing the setups. Brady Bixler turned away six shots in his final game.
Despite the loss and a 4-13-1 record head coach Chad Kohr had nothing but good things to say. "The boys worked hard this year and persevered through a ton of adversity. The character and resiliency this team showed was outstanding."
On the girls' side, the Lady Golden Knights finished with a 4-14-0 record after losses to Kennard-Dale on the 11th and Central Dauphin East on the 12th. Savannah Yingst turned away 10 shots in the 7-2 loss to KD with another six saves coming in the 2-0 loss to CD East. Katelyn Ferry scored a first half goal against the Lady Rams while Kaitlyn Case accounted for the second goal.
High school athletes have been dreaming of making county playoffs for as long as anyone can remember and for the Eastern York field hockey team that dream is finally a reality. "It really shows how far this team has come since just last year," said head coach Steph Felix of her squads' first YAIAA bid since 2010.
Qualifying for county playoffs is only half the battle as the Lady Golden Knights found out in their quarterfinal bout with Central York that ended in a 4-2 loss, squashing any dreams of a county title. Felix and her squad did not take the loss overly hard. "Central is one of the strongest teams in the league and the girls never gave up and were competitive till the end," Felix stated. "The team looks forward to getting ready for Districts."
Central York at 12-1 in league play, is one of the top teams in the YAIAA and entered the quarterfinal match-up as the top seed in the tournament. As one would expect when facing a top seed, Eastern York had their work cut out for them and were forced to play catch-up for most of the game.
Ten minutes after the opening whistle, Kyra Heap made the first of two deposits into the Lady Golden Knight cage, giving the Lady Panthers an early lead. Eastern York's Addison Malone continued her scorching hot stretch with another score knotting the playoff opener with 16:37 remaining in the opening half. Central moved back in front a few minutes later, with Heap setting up Kaitlyn Merritt to make it a 2-1 game heading into intermission.
The Cassidy Arnold to Malone connection struck again, 5:50 into the second half. Malone's 14th goal in her last eight games made it a 2-2 affair with plenty of hockey remaining. Unfortunately for the Eastern York fans that made the trip to Dover High School, Heap and her Central York teammates controlled what remained of the contest. Heap picked up another score with help from Breann Craley with 19:55 remaining and dished an assist on Victoria Whitehead's insurance goal 1:30 later. All of that Central York offensive pressure left Kelsey Felix with 15 saves in the loss.
Eastern headed into that quarterfinal tilt riding a six-game winning streak that was capped with victories over Delone Catholic and York Suburban. The Golden Knights picked up a 4-0 win over Delone Catholic on October 11th with Malone's hot stretch playing a key role. The junior scored once in each half which would have been enough for Felix and her eight saves but the Golden Knights were not a one player show. Lily Campbell added a first half score and assisted on Arnold's second half score to make life easy for Felix and the Eastern defense.
Eastern York closed out the regular season one day later, topping York Suburban by a 7-1 final. Felix lost what would have been her sixth straight shutout by allowing a lone Suburban goal to Serena Andricos but still picked up a two save win. Malone continued her torrid streak with two more goals but it was Morgan Arnold leading the offense in the win. Arnold made four deposits into the cage, three during Eastern's five goal first half, to account for over half of the scoring.
Morgan Arnold finished the game with four scores and kickstarted Eastern's offense by finding Malone for a 1-0 lead just 8:14 into the contest. Ellie Lippy, with help from Cassidy Arnold, made it a two-goal game 80 seconds later. From there it was the Morgan Arnold show as the junior scored four straight goals over the next 22 minutes to turn a 2-0 game into a blowout. Campbell provided the setup for the first and last of those scores with Hannah Lentz and Cassidy Arnold picking up assists on the middle two goals. Malone capped the scoring with just under five minutes remaining with Cassidy Arnold's second assist.
With a nod to Yogi Berra, his famous 'Dejà vu all over again' line could be the title to Eastern York's most recent football loss. For the second straight game, the gridders saw their victory bid stopped just short of paydirt. Last week it was West York stopping a two-point conversion that left Eastern with a 34-33 loss. This week it was a final shot at the end zone coming up just short, leaving the Golden Knights on the wrong side of a 43-42 final opposite Susquehannock.
"Nobody should hold their heads down. It was an exciting game that simply had one side coming up short. Every player, left everything they had on the field," said head coach Josh Campbell. "The last two weeks have been a blessing, surely we would like to have the two victories, but we were a part of two of the most exciting football games in Eastern York history."
That excitement saw the Knights trade blows with Susquehannock throughout the game only to have Eastern York's last-ditch attempt at victory stopped on the one-yard line as time expired. Up to that point the Trevor Seitz led passing attack shredded the Warrior defense for 497 yards and six touchdowns starting with a first quarter hook-up that gave Eastern a 7-0 lead. That TD pass was the first of four for Demonte Martin, all coming in the first half and as part of a 10 catch, 207-yard monster game for the senior wideout.
Martin's second touchdown reception of the frame came from eight yards out and made it 14-6. Another Susquehannock TD and failed two-point attempt ended the first quarter scoring with Eastern up 14-12. Martin scored the only points of the second quarter on touchdown catches of 19 and two yards to send the Golden Knights into the locker room up 28-12.
The Warriors made their move in the third, scoring twice with two separate successful two-point conversions knotting the game at 28-28 with one frame remaining. Eastern York appeared to shake off the push when Seitz hit Dylan Zurin for the first of two fourth quarter scores, this one from 68 yards that put Eastern back in front, 35-28. The Warriors answered with their third rushing score of the game and with another successful two-point conversion took their first lead at 36-35.
The Seitz to Zurin connection gave Eastern York their third and final lead of the game at 42-36. Zurin's second score capped his 215-yard, eight catch game but Susquehannock had one last rebuttal. The Warriors fourth rushing TD of the game made it a 42-42 affair with the successful PAT attempt providing the final margin of victory.
"It was great to see our team respond to moments of adversity throughout the game, yet still be there with a chance to win at the end," said Campbell of the nail biter. "As always, we are looking to build a new culture and new program, and these moments are part of the process."
It is not often you'll see a coach describe a loss as a "great game" but that is how Josh Korb described his squad's 3-0 loss to West York on October 11th. "It was one of the best matches I've seen. Both sides played extremely well," stated Korb. "It was back and forth the whole night with both teams trading leads. There were a ton of great volleys and we had fun playing. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the W, but I was extremely happy with how the girls played."
The Lady Bulldogs won 27-25, 25-18 and 25-21 but it was not for a lack of trying from the Lady Golden Knights. Those efforts left Katie Lehman with 20 assists and five digs, Sarah Moore with 10 kills and six digs plus 12 digs from Olivia Koicuba. Morgan Dobbeck and Morgan Winter combined for another 10 digs and seven kills with Winter tacking on three aces.
Eastern York had a much easier time on the 16th, picking up a 3-1 win over Kennard-Dale thanks to stellar games from Lehman and Moore. Lehman added one ace, kill and block to her 30 assists and five digs while Moore finished with 12 kills, eight digs, two assists and one ace. The rest of the Lady Golden Knight defense was up to the task starting with Koicuba's 12 digs, Dobbeck with 11 digs plus Winter's nine digs. The trio combined to add two assists, five kills and two aces. Abby Smith finished things off with a nine kill, four dig game.
The cross country teams kicked off their postseason with a trip to Gettysburg on the 16th to compete in the YAIAA Championship Meet where both sides finished 16th in the team standings. Olivia McLain led the Lady Golden Knights by finishing fifth with a time of 19:29.20. Fiona Valore and Abigail Ferry followed with both cracking the 25-minute barrier. Valore finished 73rd with a time of 23:36.80 while Ferry claimed 94th with a time of 24:48. Savannah Conley (109th, 27:32.60) and Alanna Falk (113th, 29:12) wrapped up Eastern York's top five.
Pierre Allard paced the boy's team with a 32nd place run of 17:47.30. Chase Reed also finished in double digits, taking 83rd with a time of 18:56.10. Ben Elicker posted a 19:29.10 to finish 100th while Taylor Cappeluti claimed 107th (19:43.80). Tyler Druck was the final scorer for the Golden Knights, placing 111th (19:52.60).
Golden Knights Drop Heartbreaker to West York October 11, 2018
Losing a high school football game is never fun or enjoyable. That misery gets cranked up when the final margin of defeat is one point in a game that you trailed for large portions, worked to erase those deficits and managed two separate fourth quarter leads only to fall when a two-point conversion comes up short.
Despite the heartbreaking loss head coach Josh Campbell remained positive. "Needless to say the West York game was a very exciting game and one we were proud of," with the first-year skipper telling his team, "nobody should drop their head. It was a terrific effort and we simply came up a half yard short."
Of course, the failed two-point attempt for the win was only possible because of the show Eastern York's passing attack put on throughout the fourth quarter. Trevor Seitz directed that show and finished with 297 yards and four touchdowns through the air with the bulk of the yards and three of the scores coming in the final 12 minutes.
Demonte Martin was on the receiving end of all three of Seitz's fourth quarter TDs, the final one from 13 yards out, setting up the do or die two point try. Martin's other touchdown grabs gave the Golden Knights short lived leads earlier in the frame but both times West York's Ay'Juan Marshall worked to quickly put his Bulldogs back on top. In fact, he worked all game to the tune of 225 rushing yards, scoring all five West York touchdowns.
Martin's first TD of the fourth came from 17 yards out and made it 21-20. Marshall put West York back up with a 19-yard scamper but the score was only 26-21 after the Bulldogs failed two-point try. The Seitz to Martin connection moved Eastern York back on top with a 15-yard strike but a missed extra point made it 27-26. Another Marshall score, this one from five yards out, gave West York the lead at 34-27 and setup Eastern's two-minute dash down the field that led to the last second theatrics.
"Simply stated, we believe in our players and we believe in each other," said Campbell. "Each week we are looking to build our program, BRICKbyBRICK, and Friday's loss was a good brick."
Martin finished the loss with 12 catches for 167 yards while Dylan Zurin and Kaleb Corwell helped the Seitz led passing attack. Corwell added 75 yards and a third quarter touchdown on 11 rushes to his 69 receiving yards. Zurin tallied just 43 yards on his five catches but over half his total came on his 23-yard second quarter score.
The cross country teams had a busy stretch with a meet at New Oxford on October 4th and at York Catholic on October 9th. Both teams went 0-2 on the 4th, taking hits from the host Colonials as well as West York. Olivia McLain was the lone Lady Golden Knight to finish inside the top 10, her 19:57 checking in as the fastest time of the day. Abby Ferry (25:20) and Fiona Valore (20:35) crossed 15 seconds apart but in 11th and 12th place respectively. Savannah Conley (27:24) and Alanna Falk (28:02) enjoyed the same back-to-back finish as their teammates but with Conley taking 15th and Falk 16th.
The boy's team had just one top 10 finisher in Pierre Allard (18:26) who clocked the third fastest time. The remaining Golden Knight scorers finished 13 seconds apart and occupied places 14-17. Chase Reed took 14th (19:42) while Taylor Cappeluti came in 15th (19:43). Tyler Druck locked down 16th place (19:52) while Anthony Roselli came in 17th thanks to a 19:55.
After a few days to recover Eastern was back it taking on York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Susquehannock. The Lady Golden Knights suffered another three losses but did pick up a forfeit win as Littlestown did not field a girls' team. Once again McLain posted the fastest time, taking the top spot with a time of 21:00. Ferry and Valore were next to finish, doing so seven seconds apart and in 15th and 17th place. Falk clocked a 29:45 to take the 20th spot while Conley finished up the scorers with a 24th place time of 31:09.
The boy's team managed to go 2-2 on the day with a 22-35 win over Littlestown coupled with a 28-28 tie opposite Bermudian Springs that turned into a victory after tiebreakers were calculated. Allard was the lone Golden Knight to drop below 20-minutes on the day, his 19:49 good enough for ninth place. Reed (20:01) and Roselli (20:07) finished just six seconds apart but that was enough for one runner to slip between Reed and his 12th place finish and Roselli in 14th place. Cappeluti just missed the top 20, settling for 21st (20:33). Ben Elicker stepped into the final scoring spot with a 31st place time of 21:35.
With wins over Big Spring and West York the girls' soccer team doubled their win total for the 2018 season. The back-to-back victories not only moved Eastern to 4-12 overall, they also broke up a four-game losing streak that started on October 4th.
Eastern York halted the losing stretch on October 8th by blanking Big Spring 2-0. Savannah Yingst kept the Bulldogs off the board by stopping all five shots she faced. Cassidy Shetter put Eastern up 1-0 in the first half while McKenna Southerland tacked on a second half insurance goal.
One day later the Lady Golden Knights topped West York by a 5-1 count to make it two wins in a row. Southerland led an offensive charge that racked up 15 shots and four corner kicks in the victory. The junior midfielder finished with a hat trick, scoring the lone first half goal before tacking on her final two after intermission. Shetter made it 2-0 just after the second half kicked off while Elizabeth Quinones slipped her lone goal in between Southerland's two second half scores. Yingst enjoyed the cushion but needed six saves to keep West York from making a charge.
That 2-1 October 4th loss was at the hands of York Suburban where Katie Wand netted the game winner for the Lady Trojans with about 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Shetter canceled out Suburban's early score with her lamp lighter near the end of the first half. Yingst kept things close with a seven save game.
The final loss in the four-game stretch came on October 6th when Eastern York fell to visiting Oley Valley by a 2-0 count. Yingst collected five saves in that loss.
Consider the late season slump that saw the field hockey team absorb four losses in a five-game stretch over. The Lady Golden Knights shook off the rough patch by ripping off four straight wins and now sit at 10-5.
"I feel we are a strong athletic team that is playing well down the stretch and has refocused on our team goals of qualifying for District 3 and YAIAA playoffs for the first time since 2010," said head coach Steph Felix.
Before Eastern could get rolling they absorbed the final loss of their rough patch, a 1-0 final to Susquehanna Township on October 3rd. Kelsey Felix finished the loss with two saves.
From there Felix and Addison Malone took over with Felix backstopping four straight shutout wins while Malone accounted for seven goals. The first win was by a 2-0 count over West York on October 4th. Malone scored both goals, one in each half with help from Cassidy Arnold and Haley Holtzinger, while Felix needed just one stop to preserve the shutout.
Things were even tighter on October 5th as Eastern York slipped by Gettysburg 1-0. Morgan Arnold scored the game's lone goal with 14:22 remaining in the contest and Felix recorded the shutout with a five save game.
Malone gave Felix and the rest of her teammates some breathing room on October 8th netting a hat trick in a 3-0 victory over Biglerville. Felix needed seven saves to keep the Lady Canners off the board while Malone took care of the offense. The junior scored twice in the opening 30 minutes thanks to Morgan Arnold and Lily Campbell assists. She tacked on an extra insurance goal with 17:21 remaining in the contest thanks to Campbell's second assist of the game.
Malone scored another two first half goals on the 9th to help Eastern roll to a 4-0 win over Fairfield. Holtzinger setup Malone's first goal at 18:20 while Shae Forry picked up the assist on the second score nearly three minutes later. Morgan Arnold, with help from Cassidy Arnold, made it 3-0 at halftime while Cassidy Arnold capped the scoring with help from Lily Campbell with 4:37 remaining in the game. Eastern York controlled possession which led to a 23-5 shot edge and just four Felix saves.
The beginning of October has been difficult for the boys' soccer team. The Golden Knights kicked off the month with an eight games in 10 day stretch that concluded on October 9th with a 5-0 loss to West York. "We are banged up physically and drained mentally because we are asking the boys to play so many minutes between JV and Varsity," said head coach Chad Kohr. "But the players have not complained and have been nothing but positive and resilient."
West York was not the Golden Knights only loss during the stretch. Eastern dropped a 4-2 final to York Suburban on the 4th followed by shutout loss to York Catholic on the 6th, Red Land on the 8th and the West York loss, setting Eastern's record at 4-12-1 with one game remaining.
Avery Rhine and Zach Gross accounted for the goals against Suburban while Brady Bixler finished with nine saves. Bixler needed seven saves to keep things close in a 1-0 loss to Catholic with another five coming in the 6-0 Red Land defeat and nine stops against West York. Ethan Nikolaus chipped in with a combined six saves against Red Land and West York.
The opening stretch wasn't all losses as Eastern York topped Hanover 3-1 on the 3rd. Bixler needed just three saves to pick up the win thanks to goals from Andrew Hetter, Gross and Isaac Barrow.
"We have a great group of kids and I'm really proud of how hard they worked and how positive they stayed through all of the adversity we have faced this season," concluded Kohr.
The girls' volleyball team saw their six-match winning streak end on October 4th courtesy of a 3-0 loss to York Suburban. Nineteen kills from Sarah Moore and 22 assists from Katie Lehman were not enough as Eastern fell 25-12, 25-16, 29-27.
"It took us two sets to warm up and start playing up to Suburban's level," said head coach Josh Korb. "It proved that we are good enough to play against a team like Suburban. We just need to play at that high level from the very beginning of the match."
The Lady Golden Knights wasted no time starting a new winning streak, beating Red Land 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 on the 8th. Lehman tallied another 22 assists and Moore 12 kills with Olivia Koicuba adding four digs, four aces and one kill.
The new winning streak officially kicked off one day later with another sweep, this one over William Penn 25-14, 25-14, 25-20. Korb was able to get younger players some action leading to Bre Kruml tallying four assists, two digs, one ace and one kill. Alyssa Noll added three digs, one ace and one kill while Elisa Sprenkle finished with three aces and three kills.
Eastern York Field Hockey Battles Lady Eagles October 4, 2018
Mid-season slumps are never fun but it is better to get them out of the way before the regular season gives way to the postseason, where one loss brings everything to an abrupt end. Of course, not all midseason slumps are created equal. Take for instance the Eastern York field hockey team. The Lady Golden Knights have dropped two of their last three games, doubling their loss total for the season in the process. But when you look further you see that one of those losses was an overtime thriller against the only undefeated team in all of the YAIAA while the other was a tough luck loss where Eastern controlled the game but could not find the back of the cage. Despite the rough patch head coach Steph Felix keeps preaching to the team "to not let up."
"We continue to work on the basics and fundamentals to stay sharp and approach each game one day at a time," said Felix.
That approach was good for one win in the previous three games as the Lady Knights were finally able to play what should have been their season opener opposite Middletown. The game was moved to Hershey High School due to poor field conditions at Middletown but it made no difference as Eastern collected a 3-0 victory. Kelsey Felix had an easy day in goal, finishing with zero saves against zero shots. Morgan Arnold led the offense, scoring the game's final goal with 1:47 remaining and assisting on Lauren Zimmerman's tally 20 minutes earlier. Cassidy Arnold, with help from Addison Malone, gave Eastern a 1-0 lead near the end of the opening half.
The first of the two losses took place on September 27th. The Lady Knights controlled the flow of action, leading to a 12-6 edge in shots and a 17-9 edge in corner attempts but it was the Lady Rams that finished on top thanks to two second half scores from McKenna Channell. Felix finished with four saves.
After picking up the win over Middletown on the 29th, Eastern York returned to YAIAA action to kick off October with a visit from Bermudian Springs on the 1st. The end result was a 2-1 overtime loss but the Lady Knights can take solace in knowing they pushed the Lady Eagles more that just about any of their previous opponents. Malone's late score not only made it a 1-1 game it was just the third goal given up all season by Bermudian's keeper, Melaina Shoop. Additionally, the late tally sent the game to overtime, just the second such game all season for the Lady Eagles. That inexperience did not matter as Hailey Lamo was able to pick up the game winner in the extra frame handing Eastern York their forth loss of the season and second in three games.
The golf season officially came to a close on September 27th with Nate Hoyer's participation in the YAIAA Championship. The gathering off all the YAIAA's top players was held at Briarwood Golf Club's East Course where Hoyer started hot, shooting three-over through the front nine. The senior cooled off as he worked his back to the clubhouse, finishing with a 17-over round of 89 that left him five shots off the District 3-AAA cut line.
The cross country teams spent the final Saturday of September at the 26th Annual Carlisle Invitation. The boy's competed in the 426-person Champion Race where Pierre Allard posted the top finish, claiming 150th with a time of 18:35. The rest of Eastern York's top five all finished within 26 seconds of each starting with Anthony Roselli who took 306th with his 19:56. Taylor Cappeluti crossed the finish line 11 seconds later and in 331st place while Chase Reed was another six spots back with a time of 20:12. Tyler Druck rounded out the top five, finishing 351st with a time of 20:22.
Most of the Lady Knights also ran in the Champion Race where Fiona Valore led the way, finishing 276th with a time of 24:38. Abigail Ferry was next to cross the line, taking 303rd with a time of 25:21. Alanna Falk and Savannah Conley finished six-seconds apart with Falk (27:18) taking 331st and Conley (27:24) 339th. The lone Lady Knight that did not compete in the Champion Race was Olivia McLain. She took part in the Challenge Race and turned in a time of 19:56.0, good enough to finish 47th out of the 221 runners.
Eastern York returned to regular season action on October 2nd with a trip to Spring Grove where the host Rockets along with York Tech, Gettysburg and Biglerville awaited. The girl's collected forfeit wins over Spring Grove, York Tech and Biglerville to finish 3-1 on the day. McLain was the first runner to finish, clocking a 21:54. Valore was the only other Lady Knight to crack the top 10, taking 10th with a time of 26:17.
The boy's split the day down the middle by picking up wins over York Tech (26-31) and Biglerville (15-48) while suffering losses to Spring Grove (19-36) and Gettysburg (15-48). Eastern York was able to pick up both wins despite no runners finishing in the top 10.
The last Friday in September surely felt more like a Halloween trick for the Eastern York football team after suffering a 55-21 loss to Gettysburg. The Warriors used Ammon Robinson's five TD game to blow by the Trevor Seitz led Golden Knights.
Seitz accounted for 339 of Eastern's 367 yards of offensive output by completing 22 of 36 throws. The junior signal caller also played a part in all three Eastern York scores, hooking up with a different target for each touchdown. Still it was no match for Robinson's monster game that saw him tally 154 rushing yards and make five trips to the end zone, one of which was on an 89-yard kick return that started a run of five straight Gettysburg scores.
Robinson's kick return came 28 seconds into the second quarter and immediately followed a Seitz to Demonte Martin TD that knotted the game at 14-14. Martin's 11-yard score came as part of his 89-yard, eight catch game but only served to provide the ignition for Robinson. Dylan Zurin, who finished with a game high 125 yards on five catches, accounted for Seitz's first quarter score, hauling in a 20-yard strike that made it 7-7 midway through the opening frame.
Robinson started to take over the game after that Seitz to Zurin score, popping off a 43-yard TD run to finish the first quarter scoring with the Warriors on top 14-7. Another touchdown run, this one covering 16 yards and coming five minutes after his kickoff return TD, put Gettysburg up 28-14. Gettysburg picked up one final first half score to make it a 35-14 game at the break.
Robinson finished his tear in the third quarter, scoring on runs of four and 13 yards that stretched the Warrior lead to 48-14. Eastern York managed one final touchdown, a two-yarder from Seitz to Kaleb Corwell, as time expired in the third. Gettysburg tacked on one final TD with just over two minutes remaining in the game to set the 55-21 final.
It took nearly three full weeks but the boys' soccer team finally broke into the win column for the third time this season. The 2-1 victory went down on September 29th with Eastern topping Dover. Zach Gross and Nate Robbins picked up one goal each while Brady Bixler turned away three shots to preserve the win.
The good times lasted just a few days as the Golden Knights fell to Kennard-Dale on October 1st. The teams played through regulation and nearly both overtime periods before KD managed the game winner. Bixler turned away 10 shots in the near miss.
One day later the Golden Knights were back at it, playing their fourth straight road game, this one in Glen Rock. Isaac Barrow put Eastern York up early with an unassisted goal in the 5th minute but Susquehannock would take over from there, scoring three unanswered goals to send Eastern York home with a 3-1 loss. Bixler tallied eight saves this time around.
The last three games for the girls' soccer team saw the Lady Golden Knights experience both ends of lopsided finals. Eastern picked up their second win of the season on September 26th by throttling Hanover 10-0 in a rain shortened affair. Ten different players scored, including one for each of the goals during the nine-goal opening half. Cassidy Shetter kicked off the fun with Kyrsten Strange, Katie Case and Maya Stump following for a quick 4-0 lead. Caitlin Shetter made it 5-0 with McKenna Southerland, Liz Heistand, Aubrey Buchanan and Katie Ferry joining in on the first half action. Sara Peters netted the only goal of the second half while Savannah Yingst finished with a zero save shutout.
Three days later Dover came to town and left Wrightsville with a 7-0 victory. The Lady Eagles used two goal games from three different players to cruise to the win. Yingst turned away 13 of the 20 shots she faced.
The girls followed with a 9-0 loss to Susquehannock on October 2nd to fall to 2-10 on the season.
Make it six straight wins for the Eastern York girls' volleyball team after the Lady Golden Knights knocked off New Oxford, Warwick and Gettysburg. The wins moved Eastern to 10-2 on the season and have them sitting sixth in the District 3-AAA power rankings with just over two weeks remaining in the regular season.
The 3-0 victory over New Oxford took place on September 27th and saw Eastern York post bookend wins of 25-17 to go with a 26-24 game two final. Katie Lehman directed the offense to the tune of 22 assists while Sarah Moore was the beneficiary of a lot of those assists, finishing with a team high 12 kills. Olivia Koicuba (14 digs) and Morgan Winter (eight digs) anchored the defense with help from Lehman's nine digs.
The Lady Golden Knights ventured into Lancaster County for an October 1st match opposite Warwick and came home with a 3-1 win. The girls did falter in a 25-23 game two loss but by opening with a 25-18 victory Eastern had the cushion to absorb the loss. The Lady Knights closed out the match with wins of 25-14 and another 25-18 final. Lehman racked up 36 assists with Moore enjoying 15 kills, three blocks, two digs and two assists. Koicuba also enjoyed a stellar all-around game with 17 digs, four aces, three assists and two kills. Lehman also collected eight digs, while Winter chipped in with nine digs and eight kills.
Eastern York's sixth straight win came one day later, outlasting Gettysburg for a 3-2 win. The Lady Warriors claimed the opening game 25-17, jumping out to an early lead. Eastern used big games from Lehman (43 assists and 12 digs) and Moore (20 kills and eight digs) to take the next two, 25-19 and 25-13 only to see Gettysburg bounce back with a 25-21 game four win. The girls claimed the decisive fifth game by a 15-13 count to secure the victory. Koicuba added 13 digs and three kills to the winning effort while Winter (nine digs, seven kills) and Morgan Dobbeck (eight kills, four digs) helped the cause with a combined 15 kills and 13 digs.
Henise Scores Two in Loss to Gettysburg September 27, 2018
"The score does not tell the story of the game, it was much better than the score," said head coach Brian Lyle of his squad's 7-2 loss to Gettysburg on September 25th, the seventh straight loss for the Lady Golden Knights. The numbers back up Lyle's statement as it was just a 2-1 game at the break. "We had chances to tie the game but could not find the back of the net."
Abigail Henise, seeing her first action this season as she works her way back from injury, netted both Eastern goals. The first was off a penalty kick at 21:13 with the second coming in the 63rd minute from distance. The Lady Warrior attack put Savannah Yingst under constant pressure, racking up 22 shots and 11 corner attempts, leading to a nine save game for the keeper.
A few days prior the Lady Golden Knights dropped a 2-0 final to visiting Kennard-Dale. Yingst finished the loss with seven saves.
The golf team played their final regular season round on September 20th with a trip to Honey Run Golf and Country Club. The Golden Knights posted a team score of 370 with a lone win over Gettysburg putting Eastern's final record at 5-37. Nate Hoyer's round of 77 not only put him in a third-place tie with York Suburban's Matthew Weaver for the day but also clinched a spot in the YAIAA Championships. Head coach Brett Heiser has good feelings about Hoyer's opportunity at Briarwood Golf Club for the YAIAA tournament. "I think he has the ability to finish near the top at the YAIAA tournament if he has a good day," said Heiser. "Sometimes golf is a game that just depends on how things go on a given day."
Dyson Renn joined Hoyer in the top 10 at Honey Run, his round of 84 counting as the ninth best round on the day. Renn nearly joined Hoyer at the YAIAA Championships as well, finishing the regular season with a 97.40 average, missing the YAIAA cut by a mere 1.4 strokes.
"One bad round on a tough course cost him," said Heiser.
Jon Minneman's round of 93 gave the Golden Knights one more round in double digits while Kade Wiley (116) and Nolan Reichard (147) rounded out the top five.
The boys' soccer team snapped a four-game slide on September 25th, playing Gettysburg to a 1-1 draw. Brady Bixler turned away nine shots to keep the game deadlocked after Cade Wilhelm netted the equalizer off a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Avery Rhine, with help from Isaac Barrow, put the Golden Knights on top in the 30th minute only to see Wilhelm knot the game up 45 minutes later.
A few days prior, Eastern York welcomed Oley Valley to town for a non-league tilt. The result was a 5-0 victory for the Lynx thanks to a one goal and four assist effort from Josh Daniels. Bixler finished the Oley Valley barrage with 15 saves.
On Friday September 21st the Golden Knight football team hosted the Dover Eagles in a YAIAA Division II showdown. For the third week in a row Eastern York found themselves on the wrong side of the final, dropping to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in division play thanks to a 31-21 loss.
The Golden Knights were able to put some points on the board with three Trevor Seitz TD passes equaling Eastern's point total from the previous two games combined. Unfortunately, Dover held Eastern York to 165 total yards while racking up 396 yards that included a whopping 258 rushing yards. Dover's signal caller, Justin Johnson spearheaded the Eagle attack, finishing with 77 rushing yards to go with 130 passing yards. Demonte Martin finished the loss as Seitz's favorite target, catching five balls for 72 yards and two of Eastern's three scores. Dylan Zurin snagged three balls for 69 yards and provided the final Eastern York touchdown.
The field hockey team saw their four-game winning streak snapped on September 24th courtesy of a 1-0 loss to unbeaten Bermudian Springs. Hailey Lamo kept the Lady Eagles atop the Division III standings by picking up what proved to be the game winner with 20:25 remaining in the contest. Skyler West provided the setup for that goal while Melania Shoop kept Eastern York off the board with a three save game. Kelsey Felix finished the loss with eight saves for Eastern.
The final win of that four-game winning streak took place on September 21st with the Lady Golden Knights ushering in the start of fall by handing Gettysburg a 3-1 loss. Felix needed just four saves to earn the win as Eastern York posted a 12-7 edge in shots.
Addison Malone took care of all the Lady Golden Knights' scoring with two of her three goals coming after intermission. Malone put her squad up 1-0 early in the opening half but Gettysburg's Tiffany Slonaker picked up the equalizer later in the same half. Malone took control early in the second half, converting another Cassidy Arnold pass for a 2-1 lead just 56 seconds after the opening whistle. Lily Campbell stepped in for Arnold on Malone's third goal providing the setup with 18:23 remaining in the game.
Throughout the history of sports many have tried to find a cure to shake the funk after a loss and no matter the proposed solutions the best remedy remains winning. The Lady Golden Knights followed that remedy perfectly, winning three straight matches plus their inaugural "Spikes 4 Tykes" tournament, all to shake off a September 18th loss to West York.
Eastern York did have to wait two full days before they could attempt to shake off the West York loss and despite a sluggish start that resulted in a 28-26 game one final the Lady Golden Knights prevailed over Kennard-Dale 3-0. After that opening set Eastern settled in to post wins of 25-15 and 25-9 to finish off the sweep.
"The first game was a little off, but we pulled it together and played strong the other two," said head coach Josh Korb. "The last set was just fun to watch. We did a great job serving and distributing the ball around nicely on offense."
The Lady Golden Knights took a break from regular season action on Saturday September 22nd to host their first annual "Spikes 4 Tykes Tournament" with proceeds benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund through Eastern York's Mini-THON. Eastern enjoyed the friendly confines to capture the championship, topping Cedar Cliff in the title bout.
Two days later the Lady Golden Knights had what Korb called, "a big win" over Division I's second place squad, the Dover Lady Eagles. It was a back and forth five setter with Eastern playing strong on both ends leading to 45 kills and 61 digs and wins of 25-19, 25-21 and 15-12. Dover managed 25-15 wins in games two and four to force the decisive fifth set. Sarah Moore posted a team high 19 kills, adding nine digs while Olivia Koicuba anchored the defense with a team high 16 digs. Koicuba added four aces and two assists to her standout defensive game. Abby Smith backed up Moore with a 16 kill effort while a pair of Morgan's provided Koicuba's backup. Morgan Dobbeck finished with 12 digs while Morgan Winter added three, two aces and 14 digs. Katie Lehman played distributor perfectly, finishing with 32 assists and seven digs in the win.
Eastern wrapped up their three-game winning streak on September 25th with a 3-0 victory over Susquehannock. The Lady Golden Knights did hang on for a 25-22 game two win but handled games one (25-17) and three (25-11) with ease. Lehman (26 assists, six digs, four aces), Moore (13 kills, four digs, one assist), Smith (10 kills, two digs) and Koicuba (14 digs, four aces, one kill) kept their spots at the forefront to help secure the sweep.
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.