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Snyder Earns Bronze at 2A Championships March 1, 2018

It may not be the trip to Hershey that Pennsylvania high school wrestlers dream about but the 2017-2018 District 3 Championships were held in the Giant Center which is in Hershey so it counts. Eastern York sent a quartet of Golden Knights to compete in the 2A championships that were held February 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Out of those four only one, Jahshim Snyder, will advance to the PIAA SE Regional on March 2nd and 3rd.

"I was hoping for a little more success over the weekend but I think it was a good stepping stone for the program, a god spot to keep pushing forward from," said head coach Dan Garner.

Snyder not only was the lone Eastern grappler to advance to the SE regional, he was the only Golden Knight to post a win while in Hershey.

"He wrestled really well in a very good weight class," stated Garner. "There were three state qualifiers from last year in that weight class."

Snyder's winning started in the quarterfinals with a pinfall victory over Newport's Ethan Rode. Snyder had his way with Rode, racking up a 7-1 advantage before finally putting Rode's shoulders to the mat just 95 seconds into the bout.

Things took a turn in Snyder's semifinal match with the Eastern York senior falling to Hamburg's Reese Mason. "That was a close match," said Garner of the 9-3 defeat. "He was in on a takedown and got caught underneath, gave up a takedown and some back points and then had to change his style to play catch-up the rest of the way."

The takedown Garner mentions came early in the second period and put Snyder in a 4-1 that quickly jumped to 7-1 as the takedown turned into a three-point nearfall. Snyder added two separate escapes over the remainder of the match but Mason countered with a third period takedown to set the final.

Snyder got back on track with 6-4 win over Aiden Weber of Schuylkill Valley in the consolation semifinals. The majority of the action was concentrated in the final period which began with Snyder holding a 2-0 lead. The pair exchanged reversals early in the frame to make it 4-2 while Snyder picked up a single point from an escape and Weber another two points on a takedown. That 5-4 score became a 6-4 final when Weber was dinged for unsportsmanlike contact which awarded Snyder one additional point.

The final match of the weekend for Snyder was against one of the state qualifiers that Garner mentioned, Luis Negreiros of Northern Lebanon. The Golden Knight came out on top by a 1-0 count in a match that Garner described as "a lot of action but not a lot of scoring." The winning point came on a third period escape that gave Snyder the bronze at 182-pounds.

The three remaining Golden Knights that traveled to Hershey went a combined 0-6. Drake Brown had first crack at things in the 195-pound bracket but ended up on the wrong side of two pinfall losses. The first, to ELCO's Bobby Walck, came just shy of the five-minute mark

"He was wrestling really well in his first match but got turned there at the end but it was a real close match that could have gone either direction," said Garner. Brown bowed out of the district championship with a loss to Hamburg's Ben Weidenhammer.

Nick Hess also found himself on the wrong side of back-to-back pinfall losses, only in the 285-pound bracket. "He had some tough kids he had to wrestle and he was wrestling hard in both his match-ups," said Garner, "but in heavyweight matches, if you take a wrong turn you can end up on your back pretty quick."

The match that Garner was referencing was Hess' final bout of the weekend, a pinfall loss to Northern Lebanon's Kyle Sonnen just after the start of the second period. Hess' first bout in Hershey was also a pinfall loss, this one to Nate Raudenbush of Kutztown. "He wrestled well with what he had and it showed him where he needs to be for next year," said Garner of Hess.

The final Golden Knight to qualify for the District 3-2A Championship was Carl Carbaugh Jr at 220. Despite entering the weekend with a stellar 25-4 mark, Carbaugh was done after just two matches. The senior dropped his first match by a 5-3 to Susquehanna Township's Kenneth Norfleet. "His first match was one we thought would be close but one that we thought he would come out on top," Garner said. "He came up a little short in a match-up that he should have won."

Carbaugh's consolation opponent was Camp Hill's Micah Springer which came as a surprise to Garner and his staff. "His second match, he got into a situation where someone got upset in the top of the bracket and came down...and that changed things up on who our opponent was going to be and he lost by quite a few points to a good wrestler who just sort of out matched us there," explained Garner.

The result was an 11-1 loss where Carbaugh didn't score his lone point until late in the bout. By that point he was buried in an 11-0 hole thanks to three separate takedowns, one of which ended up a nearfall, giving the Lion grappler an additional three points. Add in Springer's third period escape plus a technical violation point awarded to Springer and you get an 11-1 final that brought Carbaugh's high school career to an end.

"He had a tremendous season for us and from where he started as a sophomore on the senior high program to where he finished just shows tremendous improvement from him and work ethic along the way," praised Garner.


Lady Knights Fall Just Shy in District Opener February 22, 2018

For all the moving parts that make-up a high school basketball game, the Eastern York girls' team saw their season come to a close with one bad quarter. Add in some trouble from the charity stripe and you get a 43-40 District 3-4A first round loss to York Suburban on February 20th.

"I thought we were ready to play but we just didn't come out," said head coach Brad Weaver. "They played hard until the end but when you are 4-of-16 from the foul line and dig yourself that deep of a hole it is tough to come back."

The deep hole Weaver referenced was the 15-5 deficit his club was staring at after just eight minutes of action. The Lady Golden Knights started to turn things around in the second quarter, nearly keeping pace with the Lady Trojans. The result of that 10-9 second frame was a 25-14 Suburban lead at intermission.

Eastern found another gear in the second half, outscoring YS by eight points in the half. That surge started in the third behind the work of Hannah Myers. The senior netted 10 of her game high 20 points in the frame, scoring all but one of Eastern's 11 third quarter points in the process. Eastern York posted another four-point advantage in the fourth but that disastrous opening frame was too much to overcome leaving the Lady Golden Knights with a season ending three-point loss.

Myers was the lone Eastern player to reach double figures and was joined only by Suburban's Ali Reinecker who netted 19. Morgan Winter (nine points), Cassidy Arnold (seven points), Amanda Galentine (three points) and Addy Malone (one point) rounded out the rest of the offense.


Mother Nature may be doing her best to confuse mid-state residents about the true time of year but a quick look at the high school sports calendar shows it is indeed late February. That means postseason wrestling, specifically the individual tournaments that lead to the PIAA Championships March 8-10 in Hershey.

Those tournaments kicked off on February 17th at eight sectional sites across central PA. That sent Eastern York to York Springs where Bermudian Springs played host to the Golden Knights as well as Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Fairfield, Hanover, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown.

The Golden Knights had an entourage of 12 grapplers that made the trip with four doing well enough to advance to the District 3-2A Championship on February 22-24 in Hershey. That success led head coach Dan Garner to say, "We had six place finishers on the day, really good tournament."

The top Eastern wrestler was Jahshim Snyder who captured the crown at 182 pounds.

"I thought he looked real good wrestling out there, really quick, just spot on in all his technique," said Garner. "He looked raring to go for the postseason."

Those words rang true as Snyder needed just 37 seconds to dispatch his semifinal opponent, Kehgan Wolf of Hanover. The senior did need all three periods to capture the gold, topping Bermudian Spring's Mate McCollum by a 9-2 count in the championship bout.

Eastern York's only other shot at gold came at 195 where Carl Carbaugh Jr fell to Brent Hayes of Biglerville in the title match. Despite the 7-2 loss Garner was pleased with Carbaugh. "He wrestled into the finals where he had a tough match up but looked pretty good."

The Golden Knights good fortune in the upper weights continued with the success of Nick Hess in the 285-pound bracket. The junior dropped his opening bout, falling to Ryan Lauver of Bermudian Springs, the eventual silver medalist, by a 3-0 count. With one foot already out the door Hess went to work. The result was back-to-back victories by a combined 10-0 count leading to a bronze medal and ticket to Hershey. The highlight of those two bouts was the consolation final where Hess blanked Biglerville's Nate Tyler by a 3-0 count, earning Garner's praise.

"That was an extremely good match," said Garner. "He wrestled a pretty good kid there and came out on top which was a big win for him in his first trip to the sectional tournament, placing third and qualifying for districts, really great for him."

The fourth and final district qualifier had by far the easiest path to Hershey. Drake Brown found himself in the 195-pound bracket with just two other wrestlers, Kennard-Dale's Jaylen Kennedy and Bermudian's Chase Dull. With the top three in each weight class advancing all three just needed to make it through the weekend to advance. Brown did just that, staying healthy but falling to Kennedy in their semifinal bout.

The final two Golden Knights that reached the podium came as close to making districts as one possibly can without actually qualifying. Both Dylan Prugar and Nathan Robbins dropped their consolation finals match leaving them one win short of Hershey.

Robbins ended up with a 2-2 mark for his work in the 138-pound bracket, kicking off his day by pinning Hanover's Tray Wolf 77 seconds into their quarterfinal tilt. A loss to KD's Cameron Miller in the semifinals ended Robbins' quest for gold. The junior got right back on track by pinning Charles Galaspy of Biglerville, ending the match two seconds before the end of the second period. The back-and-forth ended with that consolation finals loss, a 6-0 final to Bermudian Springs' Hogan Swenski.

Prugar ended his sectional run with a 1-2 mark after earning a quarterfinal bye. Unfortunately, that extra rest did not help Prugar who dropped his semifinal bout by a 20-12 count to Littlestown's Jason Penton, the eventual silver medal winner at 152 pounds. Prugar picked up his lone victory in the consolation semifinals, topping Steve Heinbaugh of Fairfield 13-1. Bermudian Springs' Darren Beall served up a second period pinfall to end Prugar's season.

"He came up a little short but he had a tremendous career with us and was a huge part of our team," said Garner of Prugar's season and career ending loss.

All six of the remaining Golden Knights saw their season end in the consolation semifinals. Bermudian Springs' Cole Mosier dealt Isaac Wherley his final loss of the season. That first period pinfall followed Wherley's quarterfinal loss to Kennard-Dale's Gavin Moxley in the championship side of the 106-pound bracket.

Allen Miller and Dillon Mealey both followed the same path as Wherley in their respective brackets. Miller started with a quarterfinal loss to Hanover's Colton Angel in the 120-pound bracket which led into a consolation semifinal loss to Littlestown's Jacob Yealy. Mealey had his 160-pound championship title hopes squashed with a quarterfinal loss to Trace Grim of Bermudian Springs and his season brought to a close with a loss to Kennard-Dale's Wade Rose.

The three remaining Eastern grapplers all saw their season close with back-to-back losses. Justin Manganello (132) got his day started right, pinning Zachery Ressler of Littlestown at the 3:02 mark. That would be the highwater mark for the sophomore grappler as his season ended with losses to Dylan Griffie (Bermudian Springs) and Malcolm Gerlach (Hanover).

Zach Dice's experience in the 145-pound bracket followed a similar path. Dice opened with an 8-5 victory, taking out Biglerville's Will Knouse. Unfortunately, Dice's run ended there thanks to KD's Nicholas Bradley and Fairfield's Alex Stone.

Beshoy Salama was the final Golden Knight to make the trip to York Springs but he returned to Wrightsville without a victory. The senior did well enough during the regular season to earn a quarterfinal bye but that setup a spot opposite Kennard-Dale's Daniel Eagle who bounced Salama from the championship bracket with a second period pinfall. Delone Catholic's Cody Pfaff finished Salama's season with another second period pinfall.

"Even the kids that didn't place, just being in the atmosphere, a lot of them it was their first time at a tournament like that. It was good experience and gave them a hunger to want to do better next year," said Garner.


Eastern York Girls Grab Final District Playoff Spot February 8, 2018

The Eastern York girls' basketball team closed out their regular season in perfect fashion for a team sitting on the playoff bubble. The Lady Golden Knights entered the home stretch with a District 3-4A berth in their sights and finished their regular season at 11-11, good enough to clinch the 10th and final spot in the 4A playoff field.

"I'm happy to make districts," said head coach Brad Weaver of his squad making the postseason. He is also not worried about the slew of potential first round opponents, saying, "I've been moving away from worrying about the opponent, just focusing on our team playing well and I think good things will happen."

Those good things started happening at the end of the regular season with Eastern winning three of their final four games. Their biggest win came on February 2nd when they topped Dover by 19 points. The 64-45 victory over the second-place team in Division II was a total 180 from when the two sides first squared off. That game was a 54-40 Lady Eagle win back in January.

In the rematch Eastern used a trio of double digit scorers to overcome Dover's 12-8 lead after the opening frame.

"We took our time on offense and got good looks," said Weaver of the offensive turnaround. "We had balanced scoring from our team which helps."

Hannah Myers led that trio of double digit scorers with a game high 23 points, including three-quarters of Eastern opening quarter output. The senior picked up another 12 points during the Knights' 19-7 third quarter run, helping to turn a semi-comfortable nine-point lead into a cozy 45-24 cushion. Cassidy Arnold took over in the fourth, scoring 12 of the team's 19 points, giving her 18 for the game and helping Eastern minimize Dover's 21-point outburst. Addy Malone finished with 12 points.

Eastern York enjoyed a similar outcome in their January 31st meeting with York Catholic. The Lady Knights trampled the Division III co-champ, 56-40. Eastern took control of the game early, jumping out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and managed to stretch it to nine at the break with a 13-11 edge in the second. The Knights put the game away in the third, ripping off a 14-5 run that made it 43-25 with just eight minutes remaining. The Lady Shamrocks did manage a slight edge over those eight minutes but the 15-13 frame only managed to shrink the final margin to 16 points. Malone (21 points) and Myers (19 points) paced the offense in the win.

Eastern's final win of the regular season came on February 6, a 42-33 win over Gettysburg.

"It was relaxing for me, a little more than normal," said Weaver.

Weaver threw a defensive curve at Gettysburg leading to seven different Lady Warriors scoring but none more than Lily Nalter's eight points. Eastern also held Gettysburg to single digits in two of the four quarters while allowing just 11 points in the remaining two.

"We mixed our defenses and I think it helped us," said Weaver.

Myers might have paced the offense, tallying a game high 13 points, but she was not alone as Malone and Morgan Winter each chipped in 11 points. Arnold added five points and Amanda Galentine two points to finish the scoring.

The regular season home stretch was not all good for the Lady Golden Knights, there was a 51-41 setback to Susquehanna Township on February 5th.

"It was a game we were in but we missed a lot of layups and that put us in a difficult situation. We played hard, but just didn't finish the game," said Weaver of the setback.

Township gained an early edge, outscoring Eastern 11-7 in the opening frame and never looked back. A strong defensive effort in the second quarter allowed Eastern to keep pace with Susquehanna Township but the end result was still a 19-14 Township lead at the break. The Lady Indians really pushed their lead in the third, posting a 16-7 edge that pushed Eastern York's deficit to 18 points. The Lady Knights did mange a 20-12 run in the fourth to shrink the final margin down to 10 points.

Eastern had seven players score but only Myers reached double figures, finishing with 11 points. Arnold and Malone split 16 points down the middle while Winter chipped in with six points. Galentine and Mara Weaver each finished with three points while Haley Holtzinger picked up the final two points.


The boys' basketball team closed out their regular season as well, falling to 9-13 overall and 5-7 in Division II action after losses to Dover and Gettysburg. The two February losses coupled with January losses to Kennard-Dale and West York send Eastern into the offseason with the sting of a four-game slide. The result of which was an 11th place finish in the District 3-4A rankings, one spot out of the postseason field.

The Golden Knights closed out the season on February 6th with a difficult to swallow 63-48 loss to Gettysburg. A few days prior it was a 50-42 loss to Dover. Trevor Seitz drained three from long range to help him finish with a team high 13 points while Bryce Henise added 10 points in the loss to Dover.


The wrestling team closed out their regular season, falling one win shy of tying the school's record for team wins in a season with their 15-9 mark. The Golden Knights claimed their final dual meet of the regular season, 66-3 over Columbia on February 1st, setting up a season ending run at the record in their own dual meet tournament on the 3rd.

Eastern went 3-1 on the day, ending the quest one win shy but head coach Dan Garner kept a positive spin on the setback, "It was a bittersweet day but I thought it was good for the younger guys on the team, to keep them hungry to do it next year."

Eastern York's lone loss on the day was a 41-25 final to Harrisburg. The teams split the 14 matches evenly but five of Eastern's wins were of the three-point decision variety while all of Harrisburg's victories earned bonus points.

"We wrestled well that match, we just weren't able to get bonus points, weren't able to pick up pins," said Garner.

The Golden Knights opened the match with four straight wins to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Justin Manganello (132), Nathan Robbins (138), Zach Dice (145) and Dylon Prugar (152) picked up those wins only to see the Cougars tie the match up after back-to-back pins at 160 and 170. Jahshim Snyder earned Eastern's first bonus points of the match with a 16-3 major decision win at 182 but Harrisburg responded with another pinfall at 195 to take an 18-16 lead.

Carl Carbaugh Jr posted a win at 220 to move the Golden Knights back in front but it was only temporary as Harrisburg claimed the next four bouts. Thomas Paulson picked up one last Eastern win, pinning Devon Johnson in the 126-pound tussle.

Eastern York's biggest win of the day was opposite York Tech where they managed a 50-21 victory. The Golden Knights won nine of the 13 weight classes, including four by forfeit. Dice (145), Dillon Mealey (152), Beshoy Salama (170) and Drake Brown (195) enjoyed the easy forfeit wins, providing Eastern with 24 team points. Carbaugh Jr was the lone Golden Knight to win without picking up bonus points, settling for a regular old decision. Paulson, Manganello and Snyder all managed pinfall victories while Robbins posted a 21-6 tech fall win over Isaac Morales in the 138-pound match.

Eastern York's final two wins were by a comfortable 45-33 final over Halifax and a closer than you'd like 41-34 final opposite Elizabethtown. Eastern claimed victory in eight of the 14 matches against Halifax but struggled early to control the match. Dice and Mealey picked up the first two wins for Eastern but they were offset by matching wins from Halifax.

Garner points to the fifth match as the turning point, "It was a good match and Jahshim ended up pining him and I think that really drove the momentum in our favor."

It is hard to argue with the results after Snyder's pin. Eastern claimed the next three weight classes to make it 33-9. Brown (195), Carbaugh Jr (220) and Hess (285) were responsible for those wins with all three giving Eastern six team points. Three straight Halifax wins moved the Wildcats to within 33-27 but back-to-back forfeit wins by Paulson (126) and Manganello (132) sealed the outcome.

Eastern York closed out the day and the regular season with the 41-34 win over Elizabethtown. "It was the last match of the day, the kids were really getting after it," said Garner, "especially the seniors, with it being the last regular season dual meet they would have."

The Golden Knights posted four pinfall wins starting with Prugar at 152 to open the match. After a setback at 160 that tied the match at 6-6 Eastern managed two straight wins. Salama earned the first via pinfall while Snyder followed with a pinfall of his own at 182. Another setback at 195 led to two straight forfeit wins with Carbaugh Jr (220) and Nick Hess (285) enjoying the quick work. E-town moved back to within striking distance with wins at 106 and 113 but following a double forfeit at 120 Eastern got back to winning. Paulson stemmed the Bear push by pinning David Rich at the 1:36 mark of their 126-pound match.

Elizabethtown hung around with a win at 132 but Robbins slammed the comeback door by posting a 16-0 tech fall win at 138. That made it 41-28 with just one match remaining. The Bears would win that match but Eastern York still claimed the team victory.


Golden Knight Matmen Pound Trojans 59-15 February 1, 2018

The saying goes that all good things are worth the wait and for the Eastern York wrestling team that is correct. The Golden Knights had their January 16th match opposite York Suburban pushed back to the 25th thanks to a winter storm. The wait did not affect Eastern as the Golden Knights pounded the Trojans to claim a 59-15 victory.

"They had some guys out of their line-up," said head coach Dan Garner of the lopsided win. "But we were looking for improvement and just guys wrestling well."

As Garner eluded too with his missing wrestlers comment, there were some forfeits that pushed the match into hyperdrive. Only five of the 14 weight classes were contested and fortunately for Eastern the Golden Knights were victorious in four of them. When paired with their seven forfeit victories those four wins were able give Eastern York the easy victory.

Despite the match being littered with forfeits the first two weights classes were decided on the mat. Eastern York dropped the opening match at 138 but Zach Dice corrected the course with a 5-2 win over Lucas Miller at 145 in the evening's second bout. In avenging an earlier loss to Miller, Dice earned Garner's praise. "He wrestled a real good match there."

Jonah Dougherty picked up the first forfeit for Eastern, taking a quick walk to the center of the mat to pick up his 152-pound win. Dillon Mealey followed with a first period pinfall over Joe Shearer at 160, leading to forfeit wins to Beshoy Salama (170) and Jahshim Snyder (182) to stretch Eastern's lead to 26-3.

Drake Brown followed with the quickest match of the night, dispatching Sebastian Saona 35 seconds after their 195-pound clash began. Carl Carbaugh Jr picked up the fourth forfeit win of the evening earning six team points for the Golden Knights. That led to the heavyweight match where Nick Hess starred in a revenge victory.

"He wrestled an excellent match, and had the crowd on its feet," said Garner of Hess' 7-4 win over Nasier Gellispie that avenged Gellispie's win in the Columbia Tournament back on December 16th.

The five remaining weight classes were all forfeits with Suburban claiming the 106 and 120 weight classes while Eastern York had Isaac Wherley (113), Thomas Paulson (126) and Justin Manganello (132) to pick up the final three victories.

The win over Suburban made it two wins in two days for the Golden Knights after knocking off Delone Catholic, 36-25, one-night prior. "Overall the kids put in a great effort," said Garner. "Guys weren't getting pinned, we had a lower scoring match and they were working hard. It was a good team victory."

That hard work was evident in the evening's opening bout where Nathan Robbins topped Robert Partenza by an 8-6 with a takedown in overtime. The Squires claimed the next three matches but only one by pinfall putting Eastern in a 12-3 hole.

Snyder (182) moved the Golden Knights within striking distance by pinning Jonathan Pierce at the 1:22 but Delone answered with a win at 195. It was their third and final win via decision, again keeping the bonus points out of the team score.

Carbaugh Jr. knotted the match at 15-15 with the first of three Delone forfeits, this one at 220. Hess gave a preview of the next night's action by topping Justin Roth by a 5-1 count in the heavyweight clash to put the Golden Knights up 18-15 but Eastern could not shake the Squires. Delone picked up their lone forfeit win at 106 to move back in front by a 21-18 count only to see Eastern York pick up their second uncontested win of the match. Wherley's win at 113 made it 24-21 with just four weight classes remaining.

A double forfeit led to the 126-pound match between Paulson and Nicholas Carpenter. Paulson needed 90 seconds to put Carpenter's shoulders to the mat, making it 30-21 with just two matches remaining. Eastern dropped that first match leaving the outcome to be decided in the final bout. The drama was over quick as Dice picked up Eastern York's third forfeit win of the night to end the match at 36-25.

With only a few days remaining in the regular season, the Golden Knights are hoping to check off one of their preseason goals, becoming the winningest team in school history. "We've been ticking away at that, now we have four days left in our dual meet season and we can still do it. The kids are motivated and excited and working towards that goal," said Garner of the possible record.

Eastern York is currently 11-8 overall and with a dual match remaining against Columbia plus four head-to-heads remaining in their own dual match tournament, the Golden Knights are within striking distance.


As the sun begins to set on the 2017-2018 boys' basketball season, the Golden Knights are holding out hope for a District 3-4A playoff berth. The most current rankings have the Knights, who sit at 9-11 with two games remaining, in the 10th and final playoff spot, holding the slimmest of leads over ELCO.

Eastern York did themselves no favors with back-to-back losses to Kennard-Dale and West York but they did pickup a win over York Tech on January 25th. The 57-51 victory counters a two-point loss to the Spartans in the opening game of Eastern's Holiday Tournament.

"Revenged that one," said head coach Jon Reichard. "We didn't play super well but we did enough to win."

Trevor Seitz led the way with a game high 22 points, connecting on four triples. Demonte Martin chipped in with 10 as the only other Golden Knight in double figures for the game.

Eastern York did all their heavy lifting in the second quarter where they outscored Tech 19-9. All that work paid off in the second half as the Spartans posted two-point advantages in both the third and fourth quarter to cut the final margin to six points.

One night later the Rams of Kennard-Dale snapped Eastern's short lived four game winning streak by handing them a 63-56 loss. KD had three players reach double figures including a game high 24 points from Joey Thomas. That enabled the Rams to control the first three frames while building a 16-point lead. Eastern was able to make a fourth quarter run, outscoring Kennard-Dale 28-19 to shrink the final margin down to seven points.

After taking the weekend off the Knights were back in action on the 30th hosting West York. Behind strong first and third quarters the Bulldogs left Wrightsville with a 47-29 win.

"We just couldn't put the ball in the basket," said Reichard.

The proof behind that statement is in the box score. Eastern York was unable to crack double digits in any of the four quarters and saw Seitz register a team high with nine points.


The Lady hoopsters find themselves in a similar position as their male counterparts during what head coach Brad Weaver called a "roller coaster season." His reason being that after losses to Kennard-Dale and West York, the Knights are 8-10 overall but still clinging to the 10th and final District 3-4A playoff spot.

Despite a 54-32 loss to West Work on January 30th being of the lopsided variety, the January 26th loss to Kennard-Dale was more difficult to handle. The Lady Knights mounted a fourth quarter rally that erased an eight-point deficit only to fall in double overtime, 53-42.

After a sluggish first half that produced just nine points Eastern began to find some offense in the third. Unfortunately, Kennard-Dale was still able to control the frame making it 28-20 heading into the final eight minutes.

Eastern York, behind the work of Hannah Myers and Cass Arnold, went to work on that comeback bid. The duo combined to score 11 of Eastern's 16 points in the fourth, setting the stage for Mara Weaver's heroics. The freshman guard drilled a game tying three-ball at the buzzer to force overtime and scored all six of Eastern's points in the first overtime, extending the game by another extra frame.

The Knights ran out of magic and nearly players as three starters fouled out leading to an 11-0 run for the Lady Rams in the second extra session and the 53-42 final.

Weaver finished with those nine dramatic points but it was Myers leading the team with 15. Arnold, buoyed by seven fourth quarter points, was the only other Lady Knight in double figures with 13 points. Addy Malone closed out the scoring with a five-point game.

Eastern York suffered its second straight loss a few days later in what Weaver described as, "probably our worst game of the year." West York had three players reach double figures in the 54-32 win while the Knights were led by Amanda Gallentine and Myers who had matching nine-point games.

The game started well enough despite the Lady Bulldogs holding a 17-11 lead after the opening quarter. Eastern scored just six points in the second but the damage was minimal as West York managed just eight points to take a 25-17 lead into intermission.

West York blew the game open in the third, outscoring Eastern 19-3, pushing the lead to 24 points with only one quarter remaining. The Lady Knights did post a slim 12-10 edge in the forth but it was too little, too late.


EY Boys On a Three Game Winning Streak January 25, 2018

If 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing' is a true phrase in the world of sports then the Eastern York boys basketball team is doing OK. The Golden Knights snapped a six-game losing streak and replaced it with a three-game winning streak, leaving head coach Jon Reichard to say, "We had a tough stretch there for a while but it has been good since."

The back-to-back-to-back victories came over a five day stretch and bumped Eastern's overall record to 8-9 and their YAIAA Division II mark to 5-3. Those marks have Eastern in the 10th and final District 3-4A playoff spot while their second place standing in Division II would earn the Golden Knights a spot in the county playoff field.

"It is keeping us alive," said Reichard. "We are still playing some ugly basketball at times but we are still alive for district and for county playoffs. That is our goal and we are still hanging around."

Scoring was at a premium in the stretch's second and third games, won by a total of six combined points. The most recent of those wins came on January 23th via a 45-41 final over York Suburban. Only three players managed to hit double digits and luckily for the Eastern York two were wearing Golden Knight uniforms. Stephen Wisler notched a game high 13 points while Demonte Martin checked in with 12 points. The two combined to score 13 of the team's 22 points in the second and third quarters where Eastern flipped the game by outscoring the Trojans by eight, 22-14. That gave Eastern York a seven-point cushion heading into the final quarter, enough to withstand Suburban's last gasp charge.

The second win of the streak came over Eastern York's cross-river rival, Columbia by a 45-43 count on Saturday the 20th. This time it was the Golden Knights needing a fourth quarter rally to slip back across the river with the win. That is because the Crimson Tide controlled the middle section of the contest, turning Eastern's nine-point first quarter advantage into a one-point Tide lead heading into the final frame. Eastern York did just enough to erase that deficit, outscoring Columbia 12-9 in the fourth to steal the win. Wisler (six points) and Martin (seven points) combined for 13 points leaving Trevor Seitz and his game high 14 points to lead the way.

The streak buster took place one day earlier when Eastern York knocked off Susquehannock 76-66. Seitz dropped a game high 26 to lead the way but both Martin and Wisler provided solid back-up with matching 14-point efforts. The three players combining for 54 points allowed the Golden Knights to control the first three quarters, outscoring the Warriors by six, four and one to build an 11-point cushion. Susquehannock was able to squeak out a slim one-point edge in the fourth to set the final margin at 10-points.


The wrestling team had a light workload with just one match thanks to a series of winter storms that wrecked high school sporting schedules. The result was a 52-23 loss to Susquehannock.

"I was hoping for a better match," said head coach Dan Garner. "They are a tough team but I thought there were some winnable matches along the way that I was hoping we would pick up but we were unable too."

The Warriors opened the match with seven straight wins and finished the evening with wins in 10 of the 14 weight classes.

"We started in such a deep hole, down 36-0 at the beginning, and we battled back from them to move forward," said Garner, referring to the early losses and his squad winning four of the final seven bouts.

Justin Manganello picked up the first of those four, pinning Jacob Sillman with only 27-seconds remaining in the 132-pound contest. Dillon Mealy recorded Eastern York's next win, pinning Connor Kernan at the 3:12 mark of the 152-pound tangle. Dylan Prugar gave Eastern three straight wins, ending his bout opposite Cole Weigard with 13-seconds remaining in the first period. The final Golden Knight win came in the matches' final contest where Jahshim Snyder dominated Tyler Crumbling to the tune of 18-2, earning a tech fall and the five team points that come with it.


The 2017-2018 edition of the Eastern York girls' basketball team continued their back and forth season over their last three games, winning two and dropping one. The Lady Golden Knights kicked off the three-game stretch with a 72-50 win over Northeastern on January 18th.

"I thought we played really good defense and we got control of the game pretty early. Everyone was able to contribute," said head coach Brad Weaver.

The early control that Weaver mentioned resulted in a 24-7 lead after eight minutes thanks to six points from Hannah Myers and five apiece from Cassidy Arnold and Addy Malone. That trio, plus Mara Weaver, all finished in double figures for the game, leading to the easy win. Myers netted a game high 17 points while Arnold chipped in with 15 points, Malone 14 and Weaver 11.

One night later Eastern York was back in action hosting Susquehannock. "I was happy with our effort, I thought we played a really good game and good defense. They are the top team," said Weaver of the 45-35 loss. "We beat them earlier in the year. We had a good game plan but we just didn't finish it off in the fourth quarter."

Eastern York's offensive struggles were not limited to the fourth quarter, they also surfaced in the game's opening frame as well. The result was just six points scored and a 10-6 deficit. The roles were reversed in the second quarter where Eastern outscored Susquehannock 11-7, erasing the four-point deficit and sending the teams into the break knotted at 17-17. The game remained deadlocked after three quarters as both sides produced 14 points in the frame but things changed as the fourth quarter unfolded. The Lady Warriors ripped off a 14-4 run through the quarter that secured the victory. Myers netted a game high 18 points but was the lone Lady Golden Knight to reach double figures.

Eastern York picked up their eighth win of the season on January 23rd, topping York Suburban 46-43 in overtime.

"I felt like we were in control of the game. It did swing a little bit back and forth but I felt confident that we would pull it out," said Weaver. "I thought Hannah (Myers) and Cass (Arnold) really led us. I think everyone played really well but those two combined for 30 points. They were pretty hard to stop."

Myers and Arnold were the catalyst in the win with Arnold collecting a game high 16 points while Myers added 14 points including four of Eastern's six points in the extra frame. Malone (eight points), Amanda Galentine (three points), Weaver (three points) and Morgan Winter (two points) rounded out the scoring in a game that was neck and neck throughout.


Golden Knights Fall to 3-3 in YAIAA Division II January 18, 2018

January is wildly considered the month for new beginnings and, courtesy of a six game slide, the Eastern York boys' basketball team could certainly use one. The rough stretch goes back about two weeks and has seen the Golden Knights drop from 5-3 overall and 3-0 in YAIAA Division II to 5-9 overall and 3-3 within the division.

Eastern's two most recent setbacks came outside of YAIAA play. On Saturday January 13th the Golden Knights welcomed Lancaster Catholic to town only to have the Crusaders leave after dishing out a 67-43 loss. Catholic bookended the game with 11-point advantages in first and fourth quarters leaving little room for Eastern to make any noise. The Golden Knights did manage a 16-12 edge in the second frame but the Crusaders gained that back plus some with a strong third quarter. Trevor Seitz and Stephen Wisler both connected on two from long range but Seitz was the lone Golden Knight to hit double figures, finishing with 13 points. Wisler finished with eight points while Demonte Martin added seven points in the loss.

Eastern York's sixth straight loss came two days later with a trip to Susquehanna Township. The Indians controlled the first three quarters en route to dispatching Eastern by a 73-51 final. Township was led by Royce Urena's 27 points while no Golden Knights managed to hit double figures. Martin and Karter Kinkle came the closest with nine points apiece while Wisler notched another eight points.

Eastern York also dropped YAIAA Division II games to West York and Dover recently. The Bulldogs handed Eastern a 59-45 loss on January 10th while the Eagles posted a 72-49 win on the 12th.

Against West York the Golden Knights were done in by a sluggish first half that saw them tally just eight points. Meanwhile the Bulldogs were busy putting together a 30-point half, enabling them to enjoy a 22-point lead at the break. Eastern York managed to whittle that margin down to the 14-point final with matching four-point advantages in the third and fourth quarters. Seitz and Martin each finished with 12 points to lead Eastern but Seitz did the bulk of his work from behind the three-point line with nine of his 12 points coming on three pointers.

Two days later it was a trip to Dover where the Golden Knights ran into Keith Davis and Elijah Sutton. The pair combined to nearly keep pace with Eastern York thanks to 26 points from Davis and another 19 from Sutton. The result was a second and third quarter rush that saw a tie game after eight minutes turn into an easy Dover win. During the decisive middle section of the game the Eagles scored 48 points to just 20 for Eastern York. That made it a 59-31 game with only eight minutes remaining. The Golden Knights controlled the final eight minutes, reducing the deficit by five points, with an 18-13 run putting the final at 72-49. Wisler netted a team high 15 in the loss with Bryce Henise (nine points) and Trevor Seitz (eight points) matching Wisler's two made three-pointers.


Eastern York's most recent venture onto the wrestling mat ended in a 69-5 loss to Gettysburg on January 11th. The Warriors claimed 13 of the 14 weight classes with only one of those coming via an Eastern forfeit. Nine of the remaining Gettysburg wins were via pinfall while the final three came via regular decision. Jahshim Snyder was the lone Golden Knight to post a win on the day, topping Christian Conner 17-2 in their 195-pound tilt.


The girls' basketball team just can't seem to shake the one step forward, two steps back dance this season. With the back-and-forth narrative playing out, the girls find themselves at 6-7 overall and 3-4 in YAIAA Division II with nine games remaining in the regular season.

The Lady Knights most recent step forward was a 51-49 victory over West York on January 10th. The two teams traded blows throughout the game with the Lady Bulldogs landing the first in the form of a 9-8 edge in the opening frame. Eastern York, behind Cassidy Arnold, answered back in the second. Arnold netted nine of the team's 19 points in the frame to help Eastern post a 19-17 edge in the quarter, giving the home team a slim one point, 27-26, lead at the break.

West York was back on top in the third, posting a 12-9 advantage that sent the teams into the final period with West York on top 38-36. Addy Malone took center stage in the fourth, collecting the final seven of her 12 points which helped Eastern York flip West York's two-point lead heading into the quarter into a two-point Eastern win.

Arnold, on the strength of her nine-point second quarter, finished with a team high 14 points. Hannah Myers added 11 points while Morgan Winter (nine points) and Amanda Galentine (five points) cleaned up the remaining offense.

The first of two steps back came on Friday, January 12th with a 54-40 loss to Dover. The game started well for Eastern with Myers netting six of her team high 10 points in the opening frame. The result was a 14-11 lead after eight minutes.

The Lady Eagles, behind Rajah Fink's 30 points, took over from there, outscoring the Lady Golden Knights by three points in the second quarter, six in the third and eight in the final stanza to make it a 54-40 game. Arnold and Malone backed Myers with matching nine point efforts while Winter (seven points) and Mara Weaver (five points) rounded out the scoring for Eastern York.

The second step back took place on January 15th when Eastern hosted Central York in a Division I - Division II crossover contest. Despite a 21-point effort from Myers and another 13-points from Arnold, the Lady Golden Knights were unable to keep pace with Central York, falling 60-50.

The Lady Panthers did the bulk of the damage in the second frame where they outscored Eastern 15-6. That turned a tight three-point contest into a cozy 12-point halftime cushion for the visitors. Eastern York trimmed the margin down to 10 points with a 13-11 run through the third quarter while a 15-15 deadlock in the fourth kept the final margin at 10 points. Malone (eight points), Galentine (six points) and Weaver (two points) collected the final Eastern York points.


Eastern Girls Edge West York, 51-19 January 11, 2018

The Eastern girls basketball team found itself at 5-5 just shy of the midway point of the season. However not all .500 records are equal as the Lady Golden Knights were eighth in the District 3-4A rankings, just inside the 10-team field.

As one would expect from a team sporting a 5-5 record the Lady Golden Knights are having trouble staying consistent. "We are not in any rhythm yet but we are not giving up," said head coach Brad Weaver.

To prove Weaver's point, one only needs to look at the two games played on January 3rd and January 5th. "It was a great win. We were really happy about that and it was probably our best game of the season. We all played together," said Weaver of his club's 57-53 victory over previously unbeaten Susquehannock.

Two days later the Lady Golden Knights traveled to Gettysburg and came home after finishing on the wrong end of a 44-41 final.

Against Susquehannock it was a trio of Lady Golden Knights that led the way with Addy Malone dropping a game high 18 points.

Despite coming out of the contest a four-point victor the game started in opposite fashion as Eastern trailed by four after the opening quarter. Eastern York took off on a 16-5 run through the second frame, leading to a 33-26 lead at the break. The Lady Golden Knights needed that cushion in the second half as Susquehannock began chipping away. Eastern was able to do just enough to keep the Lady Warriors at bay in the second half, holding on for the four-point win.

Cassidy Arnold and Hannah Myers backed up Malone with matching 10-point efforts.

The game two nights later played out in similar fashion in that Eastern York was outscored in three of the four quarters. Only this time their third quarter edge was not enough to outlast the Lady Warriors from Gettysburg. Eastern outscored Gettysburg 14-9 in the third but the Lady Warriors held a four-point first quarter advantage, added one more point to their cushion before halftime and regained control of the contest in the fourth after Eastern York worked to the tie the game with their strong third stanza. Mara Weaver was the lone Lady Golden Knight to break double digits, finishing with 13 points. Myers added nine in the loss while Malone and Morgan Winter each finished with seven points.

The Knights eased above the .500 mark last Wednesday when they came from behind to edge West York, 51-49, in a Division II meeting in Wrightsville.

The Knights used a big fourth-quarter to overtake the Lady Bulldogs. Trailing by two, 38-36, the Knights won the final period, 15-11, to pull out the victory.

Arnold dropped in six field goals and a pair of free throws to lead the Knights with 14 points, while Malone and Myers joined her in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Winter added nine points to complete the Knights' scoreboard.


At roughly the midpoint of the 2017-2018 season, the Eastern boys' basketball team finds itself on the outside of the projected 10 team District 3-4A bracket but still in good shape within the Division II race. The Golden Knights are 5-5 overall, putting them one spot out of the playoff field but their 3-1 Division II mark has them one game back of Dover, the division's undefeated leader.

Division win number three came on January 3rd, a 57-49 triumph over Susquehannock. The Golden Knights claimed the advantage in three of the four quarters which proved to be the recipe needed to hold on for the win. After building a 15-point, 27-12, lead at the break, the Golden Knights nearly let it all slip away with a 22-13 Susquehannock run through the third quarter. Eastern was able to regain control in the fourth with a 17-15 edge leading to the 57-49 final.

Stephen Wisler and Kade Wiley led a quartet of players in double figures with 13 points apiece. Trevor Seitz (12 points) and Demonte Martin (10 points) also joined the club.

Two nights later the Golden Knights fell from the ranks of Division II's unbeaten teams courtesy of a 53-46 overtime loss to Gettysburg. This time it was Eastern York that staged a second half comeback only their push fell short after the Warriors posted a 16-9 edge in the extra frame. The second half push was needed because Gettysburg built a 12-point halftime cushion by outscoring Eastern by six points in both the first and second quarter.

Both sides had trouble getting going in the third with just nine combined points between the teams. Eastern was able to claim a slim 5-4 edge setting up a furious fourth quarter rally that saw the Knights outscore Gettysburg 18-7, forcing overtime as the final horn sounded with the teams deadlocked at 37-37.

The Warriors earned the win with their overtime work, leaving Eastern York with an empty feeling. Seitz netted a team high 15 points, 12 of which came from long range. Wisler nailed three of his own from downtown on his way to 13 points.

The Golden Knights dropped their second straight game on January 6th, falling to Conestoga Valley 67-66 in a "War of Roses" match-up held at West York. This time Eastern's undoing was the fourth quarter where there were outscored 27-19, leading to a one-point loss.

The Golden Knights also started slow against the Buckskins, falling behind by seven, 14-7, after the opening eight minutes. Eastern York rolled through the middle two frames, outscoring CV 40-26, including a 21-11 run in the second. The result was a 47-40 lead heading into the game-changing final stanza.

Martin led the Knights with 17 points while Seitz checked in with 16 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc. Wisler rounded out the trio with 11 points.


Exciting, thrilling, electrifying, spine-tingling, all words that can be used to describe Eastern York's 42-41 victory over the West York wrestling team on January 9th but head coach Dan Garner went with a simple, "Extremely exciting.

"We battled back and it looked like we didn't have a chance, then we pinned the last three contested matches, and they had an unsportsmanlike conduct. It was exciting."

The match ran the full gamut for Eastern, starting with an 18-0 hole after just three matches.

"We had a little match-up issue at the beginning and that got us behind," recalled Garner.

West York tied the score three matches later then faced the brink of defeat with losses in the next four bouts. It was there, staring at a 42-18 deficit with four matches remaining, where the Golden Knights took over, pulling out the win in what Garner called "a full team effort."

Justin Manganello kicked the comeback off by pinning Terraj DeShields at the 2:30 mark of the 132-pound tangle. The pinfall win not only gave Eastern the needed six team points, but rattled DeShields to the point where he earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing his headgear, costing the Bulldogs one team point. The result was a 41-24 score and the door left just wide enough for a Golden Knight to pass through.

Jonah Dougherty, normally a JV wrestler, stepped into the line-up at 138, and pulled off the improbable by pinning Kyle Hartzel early in the third period. The team bonus points made it 41-30 with just two matches remaining. Nathan Robbins was up next and he did his part by pinning Jordan Billet just past the three-minute mark of the 145-pound clash. Dylan Prugar collected the easiest win of the match sealing stretch, earning a forfeit at 152 to give Eastern the 42-41 victory.

The Golden Knights claimed only three other matches, back-to-back-to-back, starting with Jahshim Snyder's pinfall over Willie Martin at 195. Carl Carbaugh Jr. followed with a pinfall at 220, taking care of Noah Sjoberg with 13-seconds remaining in the match. Nick Hess completed the sweep with an easy forfeit win at 285.

Eastern York spent the first Saturday of the New Year in Elizabethtown participating in the Grizzly Duals.

"We were hoping to do a little bit better," said Garner of the 2-3 mark on the day, "but it was good competition and we got a lot of wrestling in which was key, seeing improvement with the guys as they get more time on the mat."

Both Eastern victories came over familiar foes in Palmyra and Dover, schools the Golden Knights knocked off earlier this year. However, the second time around was drastically different as the first set of wins came by a combined 12 points while the second was by a combined 50 points. "I give those guys all the credit in the world," said Garner of the shocking turnaround. "They took it from the practice room into the match and used the things we talked about and had success with it."

The day started and ended well for Eastern York but in between the Golden Knights suffered losses to Southern Huntingdon (43-29), McCaskey (47-26) and the host Bears (43-26). Eastern opened with a 42-28 win over Palmyra.

"It was a really good start to the day," stated Garner. "We wrestled real well. The guys were aggressive and getting pins." The day ended with a 57-21 victory over Dover to which Garner said, "we wrestled better as a team and we had much better results."


Lady Knights Sit at 4-4 As the New Year Starts January 4, 2018

As the calendar flips to the New Year the Eastern York girls' basketball team is looking to shake off the roller coaster like ride that has been the start of their season. The Lady Golden Knights sit at 4-4 overall and 1-2 in YAIAA Division II action with roughly one-third of the season in the books. With his squad sporting a .500 record, head man Brad Weaver is hoping his team can even out their play as the season moves along with a goal of "just trying to be consistent every night."

"We give 100% effort but we have room to play smarter," added Weaver, "that's what we keep talking to the girls about, take your time and do the simple thing."

The highlight of the young season came on December 27th and 28th when Eastern knocked off Conrad Weiser and Spring Grove to capture the title in their own holiday tournament. "Probably the best we've played as team all year. I was real pleased. I thought the girls played together and they did really well," said Weaver of the back-to-back wins.

The Lady Golden Knights kicked off their title run by demolishing Conrad Weiser 52-18 in the night cap of the tournament's first day. With Hannah Myers and her game high 23 points leading the way, Eastern posted double digit advantages in all but the fourth quarter where the two sides played to an 8-8 draw. Myers also enjoyed some personal success, joining the 1,000-point club with a second quarter layup. Cassidy Arnold joined Myers as the only other player in double digits with 13 points.

One night later the Lady Golden Knights not only picked up the tournament title with a 44-41 win over Spring Grove but they also avenged a 59-56 overtime loss to the Lady Rockets in the championship game of Spring Grove's tip-off tournament. Eastern York started slow and trailed after one quarter and at halftime but the Lady Knights started to flip things around after the break. Arnold netted six of her 10 points in third quarter to fuel a 14-10 push that cut the deficit to one point, 29-28. Myers took over from there, picking up six of her game high 14 points in the final frame leading to a 16-12 edge in the quarter and a 44-41 victory.

Fresh off claiming their own holiday tournament, Eastern York kicked off 2018 with a trip to McSherrystown to battle Division III front runner Delone Catholic. The result was a 62-49 loss.

"We fought back in the second quarter," said Weaver. "Hannah (Myers) had some foul trouble and we were up by two and we came out flat in the third quarter and that was all there was."

The sequence that Weaver was referring to saw the Lady Knights shake off a slow opening frame that left them in a 17-12 hole after eight minutes to hold a 25-23 lead at the break. That flat third quarter resulted in a 23-6 Squirette run and a 46-31 Delone lead. Eastern did manage an 18-16 edge in the fourth but that did little to undo the third quarter. Myers ended up with just 10 points while Arnold netted 13 but both were topped by Mara Weaver's 14 points.


The 2017-2018 season has not gotten off to the start the boy's team was hoping for as the Golden Knights are 4-3 at the one-third mark, a few games off the pace that head coach Jon Reichard expected. "I would have expected 5-2 maybe 6-1," said Reichard, "but Conrad Weiser knocked us off. We played very lethargic in that game and very lethargic against York Tech so there are two of your three but on the good side we are still 2-0 in the league."

The York Tech 51-49 opening round loss in the Golden Knights own holiday tournament left Reichard saying, "We kind of let that one get away."

The proof to back-up Reichard's comments is in the quarter by quarter scoring breakdown. Eastern enjoyed a 17-10 lead after the opening quarter but struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the rest of the game. Those struggles allowed York Tech to post a 12-6 edge in the second quarter that all but erased the Golden Knights early cushion. The Spartans polished off what was left of Eastern York's first quarter lead in the third stanza, sending the teams into the final eight minutes knotted at 30-30. York Tech continued their strong play in the fourth to secure the two-point victory. Stephen Wisler was the lone Golden Knight to hit double figures, finishing with 16 points. Ryan Harmer (nine points), Demonte Martin (eight points) and Kade Wiley (eight points) fell just short of joining Wisler in the double-digit club

The loss to York Tech sent the Golden Knights into the consolation game of their tournament where they managed a 53-45 win over Red Land. "We were out-hustled on Friday night but rebounded to play a little better on Saturday," said Reichard. "We played three out of four quarters against them and did a better job."

The lone frame where Eastern York struggled was the second which is where the Patriots managed a 14-10 advantage that flipped Eastern's 16-13 lead into a 27-26 hole at the break. Wisler led the second half surge, collecting 14 of his game high 21 points to lead Eastern to the win. Wisler put the final nail in Red Land's coffin with an 11-point fourth quarter that included the last of his three-balls along with a perfect 6-6 effort from the line. Harmer proved a worthy sidekick for Wisler, netting 17 points in the win. Only four other players scored for Eastern, led by Wiley's seven points. Bryce Henise (five points), Martin (two points) and Trevor Seitz (one point) rounded out the offense for the game.


Despite the calendar recently turning to January, the Eastern York wrestling team has been busy burning through their 2017-2018 slate. The Golden Knights have completed six of their 13 scheduled events leaving them with a 6-3 overall mark and a 3-1 record in standard dual meets.

"We've had a real good start to the season," said head coach Dan Garner. "The team is starting to come together well."

The Golden Knights picked up half their wins on December 29th, going 3-2 at the ELCO duals. Eastern knocked off Lebanon, Palmyra and Schuylkill Valley while losing to Conrad Weiser and the host Raiders.

Eastern York opened the day with a 48-36 victory over Lebanon. "We won the match by a good many points but I didn't think we wrestled real well," said Garner. Eastern won just two of the five contested bouts but earned the team victory courtesy of seven Lebanon forfeits.

The Golden Knights rebounded in their second match of the day, slipping by Palmyra 39-33. "We knew it was going to be a close match," said Garner. "The kids really just came up big at the end of the match." The scenario that Garner eluded to started with five weights classes remaining and with his squad on the wrong end of a 27-15 score. Add in the fact that the Golden Knights knew they would be forfeiting the final match at 106 and things looked bleak. Eastern York did what they needed, picking up pinfall wins from Jahshim Snyder, Carl Carbaugh Jr and Nick Hess with Drake Brown's forfeit win completing the four-match sweep. The result was a 12-point cushion that was enough to absorb that forfeit at 106.

While the Palmyra match was the highlight of the day, Eastern's 57-18 dismantling of Schuylkill Valley was pretty impressive as well.

"I think our conditioning came into play there with the match-ups we had," said Garner. "We did real well."

The Golden Knights claimed 11 of the 13 weight classes, seven of them by forfeit. Of the six matches that were actually contested, Eastern York claimed half of them with only a 9-5 decision by Carbaugh at 220 failing to give Eastern six team points.


Eastern's Lowder Qualifies for PIAA-AA Golf October 19, 2017

Alexandra Lowder is doing her best impression of the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. A third-place finish at the YAIAA Championships on October 6th and 7th earned the senior a spot in the PIAA-AA East Regional on October 16th. She seized that opportunity for additional golf, finishing her round at Fleetwood's Golden Oaks Golf Club 19-over par. That round of 85 was good enough for second place on the day, one stroke behind Bloomsburg's Morgan Sohosky and her winning score of 84. In true Energizer form the second-place finish earned Lowder a spot in the PIAA-AA Championships which will be held on October 23rd and 24th at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.


As the regular season comes to a close, things are coming together perfectly for the girls' volleyball team. The result is an 11-6 record with a four-game winning streak. "The girls have really turned up the heat over the past four games," said head coach Josh Korb. "Our hitters are connecting with our setter to give us the powerful offense we have been waiting on. Our passers have continued to improve and have become increasingly consistent."

The four-game run started on October 11th with a 3-0 sweep over Solanco and included two other three game sweeps, over Kennard-Dale and McCaskey. However, the highlight was the 3-2, come from behind victory, over Gettysburg on October 17th that left Korb saying, "It was an insane match.

"We have been preparing for our Gettysburg rematch and the girls pulled off an amazing comeback from being down 0-2 to win it in 5 games. They dug deep and our offense kicked in to show a powerful 52 kills on the night," added Korb

Brooke LaCesa spearheaded the attack helping to produce wins of 25-19, 25-19 and 15-13 that got the Lady Golden Knights out of a 0-2 hole. LaCesa finished with 26 kills, pushing her over 200 for the season. She also added four digs, two assists and two aces. Sarah Moore (eight kills) and Abby Smith (seven kills) helped with the crazy impressive team kill total while Katie Lehman finished with 29 assists to go with 11 digs, three kills and three aces. Shelby Hildebrand backed up Lehman adding 12 assists, two kills, one dig and one ace. Morgan Dobbeck anchored the defense in the comeback, finishing with 24 digs.

There was not nearly as much drama in the Lady Golden Knights other three wins of the stretch starting with the 3-0 win over Solanco. Eastern had little trouble posting wins of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17 thanks to the work of Dobbeck, LaCesa and Lehman. Dobbeck tallied 17 digs, two aces and one assist while Lehman had 19 assists, three digs and one kill with LaCesa adding 14 kills, two digs, two aces and one block.

Eastern's October 12th match opposite Kennard-Dale offered little resistance as well with the Lady Golden Knights posting wins of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-20 for the 3-0 sweep. The team finished with 19 kills, led by LaCesa's eight, and 19 aces with Dobbeck collecting a team high five. LaCesa added four aces and one block while Dobbeck sported a team high 12 digs to go with five aces. Lehman was perched atop the assist column with 14 to go with four aces, three digs and one kill.

Eastern York's easiest sweep of the run went down on the 16th with the Lady Golden Knights topping McCaskey 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. Moore topped the team with seven kills, eclipsing LaCesa's six. Lehman needed just 16 assists in the win, adding a team high five aces while Dobbeck posted just five digs, also a team high.


The football team suffered a 42-0 setback against Susquehannock on October 13th, the third loss in a row for the Golden Knights, dropping them to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in league play. The Warriors controlled the game through a rushing attack that finished with 406 yards on 48 carries coupled with a stingy defense that allowed just 76 yards. Susquehannock used a three-headed attack with Daron Brown leading the way to the tune of 120 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Trego added two scores and 78 yards with Daniel Clapp finishing things up with 82 yards and one score.

Logan Kline accounted for the majority of Eastern York's offense, finishing with 44 yards rushing and another 15 yards on his lone reception. Kaleb Corwell snagged a team high two balls for 32 yards.


The boys' soccer team closed out their regular season slate on October 11th with a 3-1 loss to Kennard-Dale. Despite the loss dropping Eastern York to 6-10-2 overall and 3-7-2 in Division II play the Golden Knights will make an appearance in the District 3-AA playoffs that are scheduled to get underway on October 24th. Final seedings and match-ups are not finalized but Eastern is looking at a first round match-up opposite Mid-Penn's Trinity with the winner set to play top seed Lancaster Mennonite.

Eastern struck first in the loss against KD with Colin Snyder putting the Golden Knights up just 8:27 into the game. From there it was all Rams with Kevin Avales and Craig Potts netting first half scores and Max Cooper tacking on a second half insurance goal. Lucas Jowanowitch finished his final regular season contest with nine saves on 12 shots.


Maddie McClain opened her final cross country postseason in spectacular fashion, capturing her second straight YAIAA XC title with a blistering 18:15.8 which was one second better than Dallastown's Emily Schuler. McClain's gold medal winning run propelled the Lady Golden Knights to an 11th place team finish, just nipping Delone Catholic, 259-260. Olivia McClain was the next Eastern York runner to finish, crossing the line at 20:10.7 and in 14th place. Eastern York's next two runners finished just six seconds apart but Fiona Valore's 24:18.5 was the 79th fastest time while Alanna Falk and her 24:24.5 finished 83rd. Brianne Shetter rounded out the top five, finishing 95th with a time of 25:35.2.

For the boy's it was Zach Falk taking the top spot, finishing 48th with a time of 18:12.4. Only two other Golden Knights cracked the top 100 with Pierre Allard just missing the top 50 with his 56th place time of 18:28. Jacob Fenwick checked in with a 19:12.6, good enough for 85th on the day. Chase Reed (100th-19:34.6) and Taylor Cappeluti (120th-20:27.6) completed Eastern York's five scorers and helped the team to finish 16th. Both teams will travel to Newville, PA and Big Spring High School on October 28th to complete in the District 3 Championship Meet.


There are many ways to finish a season but not many are better than an 8-1 win that allows you to close your schedule on a two-game winning streak. The two win run puts Eastern's season mark at 7-10-1.

"We are a very young team with a bright future," said head coach Steph Felix of her squad that features just one senior and five juniors.

"It took us a little while to get familiar with each other's habits and to understand where we needed to be positioned," continued Felix. "As the season progressed, we were able to "gel". That allowed us to get few wins and score some goals."

A bunch of those goals came in the season ending victory over Fairfield on the 11th. Addison Malone, Cassidy Arnold and Kelsey Felix, with two goals each, paced the lopsided victory, and combined for five assists. Lily Campbell, Emmy Hoak, Abby Rhine and Morgan Arnold accounted for the remaining goals, giving the Lady Golden Knights an 8-0 lead before Allison Crevier broke-up the shutout for Fairfield. Emily Bodien, the lone senior on the squad, finished with five saves.

With the sun set on another season Felix looked back on the previous seven weeks.

"I am proud of the girls for keeping their head up when things weren't going our way and digging down deep to finish the season on a positive note. Our goal was to have a better record than last year and we accomplished it."


The girls' soccer team saw their season come to a close on October 12th with a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale. The season ending five game slide puts Eastern York at 2-16 on the season and 2-10 YAIAA Division II action.

CORRECTION: a previous edition credited Liz Heistand with 12 saves in an October 3rd game against York Suburban. Marissa Gockley was the goal keeper of record in that game.


EY Field Hockey Plays Three Games in Four Days October 12, 2017

The Eastern York field hockey team was busy over the last week, playing three games in four days. The Lady Golden Knights capped that three-game stretch with a victory over Delone Catholic on October 10th. Eastern controlled the game, posting a similar edge in shots, 18-6, and corner attempts, 15-7, leading to a 3-1 win.

Two of the three scores came in the opening half with Kelsey Felix playing a part in both. She helped put Eastern up early, finding Lily Campbell just under eight minutes into the contest. A little more than 10 minutes later the freshman went solo for a 2-0 lead. Elizabeth Little broke up Emily Bodien's (three saves) shutout bid late in the opening half with her unassisted score. With the help of Cassidy Arnold, Addison Malone was able to get the goal back, doing so with 21:35 remaining in the contest. With the win Eastern York improved to 6-10 on the season.

The stretch kicked off on October 7th with a 2-1 overtime loss to Kennard-Dale. Malone, with help from Arnold, sent the game to extra time with their second half score, answering KD's Morgan Bowings first half goal. Unfortunately, the Lady Reams picked up the game winner in OT off the stick of Chloe Fornoff. The teams traded shots all game leading to 19 Bodien saves for Eastern York.

East Pennsboro was the opponent for the Knights' October 9th contest that saw the visiting Lady Panthers hand Eastern a 6-0 loss. Bodien tuned away 19 of the 25 shots she faced but was unable to solve the combo of Janna White and Kara Woronsky. Together the East Penn duo accounted for three of the six goals to go with a combined four assists.


The cross country teams finished their regular season slate with a trip to Gettysburg on October 10th. The Lady Knights claimed the top two spots but managed only a 1-2 mark on the day while the boys went 2-1 behind top 10 finishes from Zach Falk and Pierre Allard.

Maddie and Olivia posted the two quickest times in the girls' race. Maddie covered the course in 19:33 to win while Olivia finished second with a time of 21:26. Despite the one-two finish the girls fell to Gettysburg (25-31) and Bermudian Springs (26-31) but did manage to defeat Littlestown, 15-50.

On the boy's side, Falk's fifth place time of 19:08 and Allard's seventh place time of 19:42 helped the Golden Knights top Littlestown (16-47) and Bermudian Springs (24-35) but it was not enough to overcome the host Warriors 18-41.


In the world of golf, familiarity with a course is a very good thing. Alexandra Lowder, playing her second straight tournament on Briarwood's West Course, used that familiarity to her advantage. The result was a third-place finish in the District 3-AA Championship Tournament that took place October 6th and 7th. Lowder rolled through the West course on Friday the 6th, posting a 5-over round of 75 that had her sitting just three shots off first round leader and eventual winner, Kristy Bell of Wyomissing. Lowder's pace cooled a bit on Saturday but her round of 86 was still good enough to punch her ticket to the PIAA East Individual Regional on October 16th.


The girls' volleyball team nearly pulled off a perfect week with only a 3-1 loss to West York standing in the way of a 4-0 mark. The Lady Golden Knights avoided the sweep against West York with a 25-22 game three victory but the Lady Bulldogs claimed game four 25-14 to finish off the match. West York opened with wins of 25-18 and 25-9 to put Eastern on the ropes.

Brooke LaCesa led the team with 10 kills and two blocks while Katie Lehman recorded a team high 25 assists. Morgan Winter recorded nine digs while Shelby Hildebrand put up an all-around effort with six assists, five kills, five digs and one block.

Eastern's busy run started with a 3-2 win over Lancaster Catholic on October 4th. The two sides traded wins which fortunately started with a 25-16 Eastern victory. Lancaster Catholic made it a 1-1 match with a 25-18 game two win but Eastern bounced back with a 25-20 win. The Crusaders evened the match for a second time with a 25-22 game four victory but the Lady Knights were able to seal the win with a 15-9 game five final.

Hildebrand had another all-around game and finished with 14 assists, 10 digs, six kills, five aces and two blocks. LaCesa finished with a team high 16 kills to go with 16 digs but it was Morgan Dobbeck's 18 digs that topped the team. Lehman finished with 25 assists as the point on offense, adding 10 digs and two kills.

Eastern York's second win was a less stressful 3-0 sweep over William Penn one day later. Eastern easily claimed games one and two, 25-12 and 25-11 with game three's 25-22 final nearly derailing the sweep. Lehman finished with 19 assists and LaCesa posted 10 kills. Sarah Moore added six kills while both Abby Smith and Desiree Myers chipped in with four kills.

The Lady Knights enjoyed another 3-0 sweep on October 9th, this one over Red Land. Eastern had little trouble collecting wins of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-16 behind 25 Lehman assists and 11 LaCesa kills. Dobbeck finished with a team high eight digs while Smith (five kills) and Moore (six kills) added punch to the attack.


With only their season finale remaining on the schedule, the boys' soccer team and their 6-9-2 mark find themselves sitting in ninth place in the District 3-AA power rankings. With the Golden Knights sitting on the edge of the 10-team field, losses to Gettysburg and Susquehannock over the last week could prove fatal for any postseason hopes. Eastern York did counter those losses but also picked up a 2-1 victory over York Catholic on October 7th. Dalton Leik, with help from Karter Hinkle, netted the equalizer just over six minutes into the second half, canceling Nick Santamaria's score for the Shamrocks a few minutes earlier. Leik, this time with help from Gavin Donnelly deposited the game winner into the net with 14:37 remaining in regulation. Lucas Jowanowitch and his eight saves kept York Catholic at bay to preserve the win.

Jowanowitch finished the 1-0 loss to Susquehannock on October 9th with nine saves and the 2-0 loss to Gettysburg on the 5th with four saves. Jowanowitch and the Eastern York defense actually held Gettysburg's offense scoreless as both Warrior goals were Eastern own goals.


The girls' soccer team ended up on the wrong side of all three of their games over the last week as losses to Gettysburg, Donegal and Susquehannock drop Eastern York's record to 2-14. The Lady Warriors used three Lora Bertram goals to power by Eastern 5-1 on October 5th. Tarisa Kelly, with help from Eli Quinones, briefly tied the game at 1-1 early in the first half but Gettysburg took over from there. Marissa Gockley turned away nine of 14 shots in the loss.

Eastern York's venture into Lancaster Country on October 7th ended with a 3-0 loss to Donegal. Gockley finished with 10 saves but couldn't slow Maya Willing who finished with two of the three scores.

Gockley posted another 10 save effort on October 10th but Susquehannock still managed to win thanks to a Carly Attig goal in the 33rd minute.


Gettysburg was on the schedule for Eastern's second to last home game of the season and left town with a 35-15 victory. The Golden Knights were undone by four turnovers. They tossed two interceptions and fumbled twice, helping the Warriors hold a 321-210 edge in yards. Gettysburg did the bulk of their damage on the ground where they racked up 268 yards and three of their four touchdowns.

Despite the 20-point final margin, the first half played out with the two teams trading blows. Gettysburg landed the first just 56 second into the game on a one-yard Ammon Robinson TD plunge. Eastern countered with a 44-yard Mitchell Gallentine to Logan Kline pitch and catch with 7:23 remaining in the frame and took an 8-7 lead on Brennen Shenk's two-point conversion scamper. The Warriors landed one last blow in the quarter in the form of a 27-yard Josh Bridel field goal four minutes later.

Gallentine put the Golden Knights back on top, 15-10, with Eastern York's final counter, a six-yard scramble with 3:26 remaining in the opening half. Just over a minute later Gettysburg picked up their lone passing touchdown of the game, a 27-yard Zach Ketterman to William Warren score that made it 18-15 at the break.

It was all Warriors after intermission starting with Kobe Giron's (5 carries for 67 yards) nine-yard burst that capped the third quarter and made it 25-15. Bryce Newman (13 carries for 71 yards) completed the trifecta with a 16-yard score that came with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. Bridel picked up his second field goal of the game, this one from 25 yards to finish the scoring.

Kline added 53 rushing yards to his 44-yard touchdown catch while Cole Witman added 42 yards on five carries. Gallentine finished with 123 yards through the air on just five completions. Darian Paige was responsible for two of those catches, totaling 68 yards.


EY Boys' Soccer Pushing For District Berth October 5, 2017

The Eastern York boys' soccer team is hoping that history does not repeat itself this year. The Golden Knights, after completing 14 of their 18 regular season contests, sit at 5-7-2 and just inside the 10 team District 3-AA playoff field. Those five wins are just one short of last year's six, the high mark for victories over the past few years and a district berth would be the squad's first since 2009 and just the seventh overall.

The most recent step towards bucking history came on October 3rd when the Knights demolished York Suburban 4-0. All four scores came in the opening half with Gavin Donnelly and Dalton Leik controlling the action. Donnelly struck first with an unassisted score in the 22nd minute while Leik sprung into action less than a minute later, setting up Andrew Hetter for a 2-0 Eastern lead. The pair joined forces in the 35th minute with Leik picking up his second assist and Donnelly his second goal. Leik capped the scoring with his own unassisted lamp lighter in the 36th minute.

Lucas Jowanowitch did the heavy lifting in goal and finished with six saves while Brady Bixler got some time between the pipes and tallied two saves.

Win number four of the season came a few days prior with the Golden Knights topping Dover by a 5-2 count. Leik and Donnelly both played a part but it was Hetter's two goals that led the way. Logan Kessler assisted on the first which was Eastern's only score of the opening half. Donnelly picked up his lone assist of the contest on Hetter's second score that knotted the contest just after intermission. Isaac Barrow put Eastern York up with his unassisted goal while Donnelly and Leik provided some needed breathing room for Jowanowitch (eight saves) and the Golden Knight defense with their late scores.

Back on September 29, a visit from JP McCaskey resulted in a 1-0 overtime loss. The Knights controlled the flow of the game, getting off twice as many shots as the Red Tornado but Noah Bergey earned his squad the shutout win with a 12 save day. Jowanowitch stopped five of the six shots he faced but that one, from the foot of Eddie Quintero in the 98th minute, made all the difference.


The field hockey team experienced the full gamut of results over the last week, topping Gettysburg on September 28th, falling to Bermudian Springs on October 2nd with a 0-0 tie against Conrad Weiser nestled between.

The Lady Golden Knights used goals from Emma Hoak and Cassidy Arnold to double up the Lady Warriors, 2-1. Kelsey Felix and Hannah Lentz provided the setups for the Hoak and Arnold goals.

Two days later the goalies took center stage as both Eastern's Emily Bodien and Conrad Weider's Mackenzie Carbone turned away six shots to leave the two sides deadlocked at 0-0.

The first game of October, however, saw Eastern drop a 6-2 road loss to York Springs. Bodien faced a barrage of shots that led to a 12 save game.


The golf team kicked off postseason festivities with a trip to Briarwood Golf Club on September 28th to take part in the YAIAA Individual Championships. Alexandra Lowder was the lone Golden Knight to earn a return trip to Briarwood for the District 3 Championships. She worked her way around the Par 70 West Course with a round of 90 placing her seventh in the girl's field.


The girls' soccer team closed out September on a high note, picking up win number two with a 1-0 victory over Dover on September 28th. McKenna Sutherland score the game winner in the second half with Marissa Gockley earning the clean sheet victory.

September may have ended well for the Lady Knights but October did not start the same way. Eastern made the short trek west on Route 30 to battle York Suburban on October 3rd. The Lady Trojan trio of Hannah Plotkin, Roma Williams and Katie Wand ruled the day, leading to a 4-0 Suburban win. Each member of the trio matched their goals scored with their assists dished out with Plotkin picking up two of each. Liz Heistand went solo in goal for Eastern and finished with 12 saves in the loss.


Most of the 2017 season has seen the girls' volleyball team trade wins and losses but the Lady Golden Knights find themselves stuck on a two-game losing streak after back-to-back losses at the hands of York Suburban and Susquehannock. The slide has pushed Eastern's record to 4-5 overall, the same mark as their Division II record.

The 3-0 loss to Suburban took place on September 27th with the Lady Trojans posting wins of 25-23, 25-12 and 25-22. Brooke LaCesa (13 kills) and Katie Lehman (21 assists) paced the offense while Shelby Hildebrand tallied 21 digs to lead the defense. Hildebrand added six assists while Lehman and LaCesa recorded a combined 10 digs and one block. LaCesa's team leading one block was equaled by both Sarah Moore and Abby Smith. Moore added seven kills, one dig and one ace while Smith had just five kills.

The loss to Susquehannock on October 3rd was by the same 3-0 final and even followed the same pattern of close games sandwiched around one that was not so close. The Lady Warriors survived Eastern's push in game one to hold on 25-20 and in game three for a 25-23 final. In between the Lady Knights stumbled, leading to a 25-10 game two final. Lehman and LaCesa were at the forefront of Eastern's efforts leading to 10 kills and six digs for LaCesa and a 16 assist, six digs and one ace night for Lehman. Morgan Winter chipped in with a team high 15 digs while Morgan Dobbeck (11 digs), Moore (five kills, one dig) and Smith (four kills, five digs) all helped out.


Two weeks into YAIAA division play and five weeks into the season the Eastern York football team sits at 1-1 and 2-3 after a 33-13 loss to Dover on September 29th. The Golden Knights were undone by five interceptions that limited their offense to just 217 total yards.

Eastern scored all 13 of their points in the second quarter with Mitchell Gallentine playing a part in both TDs. The freshman signal caller hooked up with Demonte Martin for a 58-yard strike just seven seconds into the frame, giving Eastern their first and only lead at 7-3. Dover struck back just past the midway point of the quarter, getting two Justin Johnson touchdown passes that came less than a minute apart. The 24-yard score to Andrew Hoffman came with 5:54 remaining in the half while the 38-yard pitch and catch with Derek Arevalo came 54-seconds later. Gallentine was able to answer one last time, this one a one-yard plunge with 2:27 showing on the game clock, making it 17-13 at the break.

The Knights closed the gap as the first half came to an end but the second half belonged to the home team. Dover scored two more touchdowns, one in each frame, and added a second Devin Crone field goal to stretch their lead. Johnson picked up his third score of the game, this one on a 15-yard scramble, while Marcus Howell capped the touchdowns with a two-yard score midway through the fourth. Crone closed out the scoring by adding a 30-yard field goal to his 24-yard first quarter boot.

Logan Kline paced the Golden Knights ground attack with 63 yards while Martin hauled in four balls for 124 yards and that second quarter score.


EY Booters Battle Four Times in Six Days September 28, 2017

Last week was a difficult one for the Eastern York boys' soccer team. The Golden Knights hit the pitch four times in a six-day span, taking three losses and earning one draw, and now sit at 3-6-2 overall and 1-4-2 in Division II.

The highlight of the four-game stretch occurred on September 21st when the Golden Knights played Kennard-Dale to a 0-0 draw. Jowanowitch stopped all 11 Ram shots while his counterpart, Jacob Ingoe, did the same with Eastern York's nine shots.

Of the three losses, two were painful one goal defeats with the most difficult to swallow coming on September 25th, a 3-2 overtime loss to Lancaster Catholic. Dalton Leik netted both scores for Eastern but it was not enough to get by the Crusader attack. Conor Wilken provided the setup for one of Leik's scores while Lucas Jowanowitch finished with four saves.

The second one goal loss came two days prior, on the 23rd, by a 1-0 count to visiting Red Lion. Jowanowitch kept things tight with an eight save game but it was not enough to overcome the Lions.

The third and final loss of the stretch came on September 26th when the West York duo of Aidan Clark and Jason Bruder proved to be too much in a 3-1 final. Bruder netted two of the Bulldog scores, both off assists from Clark while Clark went solo for the final West York tally. Jowanowitch finished with seven saves while Leik broke up the shutout with a first half score off a Zach Goss pass.


The golf team finished their regular season on September 21st with a trip to Honey Run Golf and Country Club. The Golden Knights took a split on the day with wins over West York, Gettysburg and Kennard-Dale countering losses to Susquehannock, Dover and York Suburban. Nate Hoyer posted the best Eastern finish with his round of 84, good enough for a sixth-place tie.


The trip to Codorus State Park on September 26th to face against Central York, York Suburban, Northeastern and Delone Catholic was a bit tougher for Eastern York teams with the two squads going a combined 0-8. While team success eluded the Golden Knights, Maddie and Oliva McClain both posted top 10 times on the girl's side. Maddie's 19:35 not only took top honors on the day it also broke her own course record. Olivia's 20:52 was good enough for sixth place.


The field hockey team's five games in six-day stretch can be broken into two parts. On September 25th and 26th Eastern defeated both Dover and York Suburban. That four day stretch, however, started with a loss to Susquehannock on the 20th and ended with a loss to Northern York on the 23rd with a 2-0 loss to Kennard-Dale on the 22nd.

Emily Bodien finished each of the losses with double-digit saves hitting 12 in the 3-1 loss to Susquehannock, 13 against KD and 10 in the 5-1 loss to Northern York. Addison Malone scored both of the Lady Golden Knight goals over the three-game stretch, going solo against Northern while using Nadeline Steigelman's setup for the score against Susquehannock.

The tide turned in Eastern's 3-0 win over Dover on the 25th. Malone picked up two more scores, one in each half, while Kelsey Felix scored the third goal with help from Cassidy Arnold. Felix also provided an assist on a Malone score. Bodien needed just three saves to earn the shutout win.

The Lady Golden Knights needed overtime to top York Suburban by a 2-1 count on the 26th. Emma Hoak scored both Eastern York goals with Felix providing the setup on the first and Malone the game winner. Bodien posted another three saves to earn the win.


The girls' volleyball team went one up, one down in the last week falling to Gettysburg and topping Northeastern. Eastern York nearly pulled out the win over the Lady Warriors, dropping the final two games by a combined four points to lose 3-2. The loss stings a bit more as Eastern York enjoyed a 2-1 lead after wins of 25-21 and 25-19 in games two and three. Brooke LaCesa and Abby Smith finished with a combined 30 kills with Katie Lehman directing the offense and dishing out 37 assists. Morgan Dobbeck tallied a team high 16 digs while Olivia Koicuba added another 12 digs.

Eastern York not only managed a 3-0 victory over Northeastern on September 26th, the Lady Golden Knights managed to increase their margin of victory in each game. They took game one by a 25-21 final, game two by a 25-18 count and sealed the victory with a 25-16 game three final. Lehman led the team in both assists (14) and digs (15) while LaCesa added 11 kills, three digs and two blocks. Dobbeck tallied another 11 digs while Smith and Sarah Moore chipped in with four kills apiece. Shelby Hildebrand added five digs, five assists, two kills and one ace as part of a solid all-around game.


The girls' soccer team closed out summer 2017 with a bang in the form of their first victory of the season.

"You could see it coming. We have been improving each game and the girls are settling into our new style of play," said head coach Brian Lyle.

McKenna Sutherland netted both goals, in the 2-1 win over Kennard-Dale. Sutherland's first goal was unassisted just 31 seconds into the second half. Her insurance goal came in the 59th minute with help from Cassidy Shetter. Marissa Gockley earned the win with a 15 save effort.

The momentum, however, was short-lived as the team suffered shutout losses to Lancaster Catholic and West York dropping Eastern York to 1-10 on the year.

"It's been a tough first half," said Lyle, "but we are excited to see the second half."


The Eastern York football team returned to their winning ways on September 22nd, topping West York for the second straight year courtesy of a 27-18 victory. The Golden Knights came up short in all the statistical comparisons but pulled out the nine-point win thanks to a 3-1 edge in turnovers which included Dylan Zurin's fumble recovery for a score in the third quarter. Eastern finished with only 260 total yards but managed a score in each phase none the less. Demonte Martin and Mitchell Gallentine hooked up for the passing score which also counted as the game's first points. Logan Kline paced the ground attack, finishing with 79 of the team's 104 yards. That tally included his 19-yard scoot in the third that gave the Golden Knights room to breathe at 14-6. Zurin's fumble recovery occurred a short bit later to stretch the lead to 20-6.

Brennen Shenk provide a much-needed insurance score in the fourth when he broke free for 44 of his 45 yards to extend the lead to 27-12.

The Bulldogs slipped in one final score before the last whistle sounded for the 27-18 final.

Gallentine completed 8 of 22 attempts for 116 yards and that opening score. Martin added another three receptions and 34 yards to that 25-yard first quarter score to finish with four catches for 59 yards.


Golden Knights ‘Dig' Deep, Top Kennard-Dale September 21, 2017

The saying goes that offense wins games but defense wins championships. Well it may not have been a championship game but the Eastern York girls' volleyball team's 3-1 victory over Kennard-Dale on September 19th was a defensive masterpiece. The Lady Golden Knights racked up 63 digs during their 4-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-15) win over the visiting Lady Rams.

"We made some adjustments to our defensive strategy this past week and added Morgan Dobbeck as Libero to tighten up our passing game," said head coach Josh Korb of the win that saw Dobbeck tally a team high 20 digs. Katie Lehman nearly equaled that total, finishing with 16 to go with her team high 24 assists and one ace. Brooke LaCesa just missed double digits with her nine digs, matching the team leading nine kills for the Lady Golden Knights offense. Morgan Winter checked in with another seven digs and two kills while Sarah Moore added six kills to her two digs. Abby Smith (four), Olivia Koicuba (three) and Shelby Hildebrand (two) rounded out the dig-fest for Eastern.

Eastern York's battle with West York on the 14th was a decidedly different affair as the Lady Bulldogs posted wins of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-18 to secure a 3-0 victory. The Lady Knights hung tough in the loss with LaCesa finishing with 19 digs, eight kills, two assists, one ace and one block as the center of the Eastern attack. Lehman added 11 digs to her team leading 12 assists while Hildebrand tacked on another 14 digs, four assists, one kill and one ace.


The golf team finished a busy stretch of the season, battling their Division II foes three times in the span of five days. The action kicked off on September 14th with Eastern's lone home match of the season. The Golden Knights used the home course advantage to finish 3-3 on the day with wins over Gettysburg, West York and Kennard-Dale. Alexandra Lowder paced the team with a round of 84.

Monday September 18th sent Eastern York to Stewartstown for a round at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. Without the friendly home confines, the Golden Knights dropped to 2-4 on the day with wins over West York and Gettysburg. Lowder posted the top Eastern score, carding a round of 87 to finish seventh. Teammate Nate Hoyer checked in one stroke back in an eighth-place tie with York Suburban's Blake Wallace.

One day later, the team played 18 holes at Regents Glen Country Club. The Knights struggled in this one, going winless on the day with no golfers finishing in the top 10.


The lone home meet on the Lady Golden Knights' cross country schedule proved to be both easy and difficult. The easy part came because two of Eastern's three opponents on the day, Spring Grove and York Tech, do not have the needed five runners to count for team scoring which gave Eastern York two easy wins. The difficult part came in the head-to-head with Kennard-Dale. Led by the McLain sisters and their 1-2 finish the Lady Knights claimed that match-up 20-38. Maddie finished first with a time of 19:38 while Olivia finished roughly two minutes later and in second place. Madison Nalls came in fourth and Fiona Valore in ninth to give Eastern four runners in the top 10. Ally Falk just missed that club, settling for an 11th place finish.

The home meet was not as friendly for the boy's team as the Golden Knights lost to KD and Spring Grove with only a 25-33 final over York Tech salvaging the day. Pierre Allard was the top finisher, taking eighth with a time of 19:48. The remaining four members of Eastern's scoring contingent all crossed the finish line within 73 seconds of each other. Jake Fenwick led that pack with a 12th place time of 20:24 while Adam Drapcho closed out with a 17th place run. In between Chase Reed settled into 14th place and Zach Falk 16th place.

The Golden Knights traveled to Newville on the 16th to participate in the 22nd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational. Both teams placed three runners in the top 100 of their respective AA fields with Maddie McLain claiming top honors with a second-place time of 18:53.31. Olivia McLain finished roughly two minutes behind and in seventh place while Valore rounded out the trio with a 94th place time of 26:18.10.

For the boys, it was Allard leading the way, taking 30th with a time of 18:39.42. Reed closed out the top 100 with a time of 20:18.10 while Fenwick crossed the line in 19:47, good enough for 77th place.


With losses to York Suburban, Gettysburg and Susquehannock the Eastern York girls' soccer team's quest for their first win continues. The Lady Golden Knights sit at 0-9 after the aforementioned losses the most recent coming on Sept 19th via a 4-2 final against the Lady Warriors. Tarisa Kelly netted both Eastern scores, the first on a penalty kick and the second with help from Olivia Brumgard. Marissa Gockley finished with seven saves in the loss.

The Lady Knights were unable to score in losses to Suburban and Gettysburg, falling 1-0 to the Lady Trojans and 5-0 to Gettysburg. Gockley was in goal for both, finishing with 17 total saves.

"We are having a rough start to the season but it was not unexpected," said head coach Brain Lyle, adding, "We lost 9 starters and 11 seniors from last year's team. We are working very hard but are lacking experience, and we have been installing a new set and style of soccer."


The football team fell to 1-2 with a 26-14 loss to Littlestown on September 15th. The Thunderbolts used the always successful run the ball and stop the other team from running the ball method of football success. That led to the 'Bolts racking up 193 yards on the ground while holding Eastern York to negative eight yards rushing. The Golden Knights did finish with 223 yards through the air in their efforts to dig out of a 20-0 halftime hole.

After three Littlestown touchdowns in the first half Eastern kicked off the scoring in the second half when Dylan Zurin returned the opening kickoff 87-yards for a score. Zach Doyle's extra point made it a two-score game just 13 seconds into the second half. Eastern York's next score came 16 minutes later when Mitchell Gallentine hit Demonte Martin. The 20-yards strike cut the deficit to just six points with 8:06 remaining in the game. That would be as close as the Golden Knights would get with Littlestown tacking on an insurance score with 3:17 remaining in the contest.

Gallentine and Zach Grove split time under center for Eastern and finished a combined 15 of 28 with one score and one interception. Martin finished with 63 yards on three catches including the TD grab but Kaleb Corwell led the team in both receptions and yards with nine and 125.


The boys' soccer team hit a rough patch going from 3-0 to 3-2-1 over the course of one week. The troubles started on September 14th when the Golden Knights finished in a 1-1 deadlock with York Suburban. Zack Goss knotted the game for Eastern, answering Doug Horn's goal that had occurred just over four minutes earlier. Neither team was able to score over final eight minutes of regulation or overtime, putting the final at 1-1. Lucas Jowanowitch tallied two saves for the Golden Knights.

Eastern York picked up their first loss on September 16th, falling to Gettysburg by a 4-1 final. All five goals were scored in the second half with Colin Snyder lighting the lamp for Eastern. Jowanowitch finished with five saves.

Eastern's second loss came just three days later as the Golden Knights dropped a 2-0 final to Susquehannock. The Warriors controlled the contest, leading to 16 Jowanowitch saves.


The field hockey team enjoyed their first win of the season on September 15th, topping Gettysburg 1-0. Kelsey Felix was responsible for converting a Cassidy Arnold pass for the game winner while Emily Bodien preserved the shutout with five saves.

One day later Eastern York enjoyed win number two on the season, taking out Biglerville 3-1. Arnold picked up another assist while Addison Malone scored two of the three goals. Morgan Arnold accounted for the third score.

Eastern York had their quick two game winning streak halted on September 18th with a 9-0 loss to Bermudian Springs. Bodien finished the Lady Eagles assault with nine saves.

The Lady Knights saw their season opening slide reach three games with a 2-1 loss to York Suburban on the 13th. Felix was responsible for the score, driving home a penalty stroke in the second half to break-up the shutout. Bodien finished with another five save effort.


EY Golfers Hold 7-5 Division II Record September 7, 2017

As far as beginnings go, the start of the 2017 fall sports campaign has been a bit difficult for Eastern York squads. Weather forced some schedule reshuffling before teams could start the season. The result was postponed season openers for the field hockey and boys' soccer teams while the girls' soccer team lost their home opener to the same round of storms. For the handful of teams that avoided the weather or that play indoors, the results were not what the Eastern York sports teams were anticipating.

The golf team might be the exception as they have enjoyed mild success, posting a 7-5 record in Division II play. They picked up four of those seven wins on August 28th when the Division II teams converged on Mountain View Golf Club for the season's first match. Eastern came in third, topping West York, Dover, Kennard-Dale and Gettysburg while falling to Susquehannock and York Suburban. The Golden Knights finished August with a 3-3 day at Bon Air Country Club. Eastern slipped by Dover, earning the win by two strokes, 382-384. The victories over KD and Gettysburg were by more comfortable margins of 20 and 23 strokes respectively. Susquehannock and Suburban handed Eastern York two of their three losses on the day with West York accounting for the third thanks to the Bulldogs second place showing.

The girls' soccer team hit the road to open the season, facing Cedar Cliff on September 2nd. The Lady Knights were no match for Ashley Hoagland and Emily Esser as the pair combined for three goals and two assists to power the Lady Colts to a 7-0 win.

The girls' volleyball team, courtesy of their indoor digs, avoided the weather that afflicted other sports but their season opening battle with York Suburban left them on the wrong end of a 3-1 final. Eastern dropped the opening game 25-14 but rebounded to tie the match at 1-1 with a 26-24 game two victory. The Lady Knights managed to make things difficult for Suburban in games three and four but the Lady Trojans still posted wins of 25-19 and 25-16 to seal the match.

Brooke LaCesa did a bit of everything in the loss, tallying 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and two blocks. Katie Lehman directed the offense with 17 assists while chipping in on defense with five digs. Abby Smith also saw her name in two stat columns, finishing with three kills and three blocks. Sarah Moore (five digs) and Morgan Dobbeck (four digs) did their part on defense while Shelby Hildebrand and Olivia Koicuba helped out with two aces apiece.

The football team also avoided foul weather, instead opening their season in perfect football weather on Friday September 1st. Unfortunately opening the season meant hosting Lampeter-Strasburg who has spent the last few seasons in the upper echelons of the District 3-3A and 4A rankings. A 37-7 final where the Pioneers held Eastern York to 160 yards of offense would seem to indicate that L-S has not lost a step this year.

The game started slowly for both sides with a 17-yard strike from Todd Shelley to Joey Underwood accounting for the only points of the first quarter, giving Lampeter-Strasburg a 7-0 lead after 12 minutes. As the second quarter unfolded the Pioneers managed to get going while Eastern York remained in neutral. The result was a 23-0 second quarter edge and a 30-0 halftime score. Underwood spearheaded the surge, scoring on a 62-yard pass from Shelley and a three-yard scamper in the frame. Shelley hit Marc Wilson for a 20-yard TD between the two Underwood scores to push the lead to 27-0. A 43-yard Lampeter-Strasburg field goal capped the first half scoring. Shelley effectively ended the game with his two-yard plunge that finished the opening drive of the second half while also kickstarting the running game clock.

The Golden Knights broke up the shutout bid when Mitchell Gallentine found Demonte Martin for a 15-yard score in the fourth quarter. Martin finished with two catches for 41 yards and Eastern's only score. Gallentine split time at QB with Zach Grove, the pair combined to go 13 of 25 for 105 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Logan Kline played a part in both the ground (17 yards) and air (46 yards) attack, finishing with 63 total yards on 16 touches. Kaleb Corwell split his eight touches evenly between rushing and receiving and finished with 26 total yards for his efforts.

As far as beginnings go, the start of the 2017 fall sports campaign has been a bit difficult for Eastern York squads. Weather forced some schedule reshuffling before teams could start the season. The result was postponed season openers for the field hockey and boys' soccer teams while the girls' soccer team lost their home opener to the same round of storms. For the handful of teams that avoided the weather or that play indoors, the results were not what the Eastern York sports teams were anticipating.

The golf team might be the exception as they have enjoyed mild success, posting a 7-5 record in Division II play. They picked up four of those seven wins on August 28th when the Division II teams converged on Mountain View Golf Club for the season's first match. Eastern came in third, topping West York, Dover, Kennard-Dale and Gettysburg while falling to Susquehannock and York Suburban. The Golden Knights finished August with a 3-3 day at Bon Air Country Club. Eastern slipped by Dover, earning the win by two strokes, 382-384. The victories over KD and Gettysburg were by more comfortable margins of 20 and 23 strokes respectively. Susquehannock and Suburban handed Eastern York two of their three losses on the day with West York accounting for the third thanks to the Bulldogs second place showing.

The girls' soccer team hit the road to open the season, facing Cedar Cliff on September 2nd. The Lady Knights were no match for Ashley Hoagland and Emily Esser as the pair combined for three goals and two assists to power the Lady Colts to a 7-0 win.

The girls' volleyball team, courtesy of their indoor digs, avoided the weather that afflicted other sports but their season opening battle with York Suburban left them on the wrong end of a 3-1 final. Eastern dropped the opening game 25-14 but rebounded to tie the match at 1-1 with a 26-24 game two victory. The Lady Knights managed to make things difficult for Suburban in games three and four but the Lady Trojans still posted wins of 25-19 and 25-16 to seal the match.

Brooke LaCesa did a bit of everything in the loss, tallying 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and two blocks. Katie Lehman directed the offense with 17 assists while chipping in on defense with five digs. Abby Smith also saw her name in two stat columns, finishing with three kills and three blocks. Sarah Moore (five digs) and Morgan Dobbeck (four digs) did their part on defense while Shelby Hildebrand and Olivia Koicuba helped out with two aces apiece.

The football team also avoided foul weather, instead opening their season in perfect football weather on Friday September 1st. Unfortunately opening the season meant hosting Lampeter-Strasburg who has spent the last few seasons in the upper echelons of the District 3-3A and 4A rankings. A 37-7 final where the Pioneers held Eastern York to 160 yards of offense would seem to indicate that L-S has not lost a step this year.

The game started slowly for both sides with a 17-yard strike from Todd Shelley to Joey Underwood accounting for the only points of the first quarter, giving Lampeter-Strasburg a 7-0 lead after 12 minutes. As the second quarter unfolded the Pioneers managed to get going while Eastern York remained in neutral. The result was a 23-0 second quarter edge and a 30-0 halftime score. Underwood spearheaded the surge, scoring on a 62-yard pass from Shelley and a three-yard scamper in the frame. Shelley hit Marc Wilson for a 20-yard TD between the two Underwood scores to push the lead to 27-0. A 43-yard Lampeter-Strasburg field goal capped the first half scoring. Shelley effectively ended the game with his two-yard plunge that finished the opening drive of the second half while also kickstarting the running game clock.

The Golden Knights broke up the shutout bid when Mitchell Gallentine found Demonte Martin for a 15-yard score in the fourth quarter. Martin finished with two catches for 41 yards and Eastern's only score. Gallentine split time at QB with Zach Grove, the pair combined to go 13 of 25 for 105 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Logan Kline played a part in both the ground (17 yards) and air (46 yards) attack, finishing with 63 total yards on 16 touches. Kaleb Corwell split his eight touches evenly between rushing and receiving and finished with 26 total yards for his efforts.


Eastern York Caps Season in PIAA Quarterfinals June 14, 2017

The dream run through the 2017 postseason has officially come to an end for the Eastern York softball team. The magical journey that took the Lady Golden Knights through their first District 3 Championship game and into the PIAA tournament ended with a 15-4, five inning quarterfinal loss on June 8th to District 1 champ, Tunkhannock. With the loss, Eastern York finished with a 17-7 mark.

Eastern wasn't able to keep pace with the Lady Tigers, falling behind by a 3-0 count after just one inning. That made the Lady Golden Knights' failed rally in the top of the first painful enough but what happened in the second basically ended the game.

Tunkhannock sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the second, leading to nine runs and a 12-0 lead. Despite the seemingly insurmountable lead, Eastern York kept working, pushing two runs across in the top of the third to keep that comeback hope alive a bit longer. Morgan Winter was responsible for those runs, drilling a double for her only hit of the game.

The Lady Tigers got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame, making it 13-2 after three innings. The Lady Golden Knights were not finished fighting, plating another two runs in the fourth courtesy of RBI hits by Alalise Fenwick and Morgan Dobbeck. That moved the score to 13-4 and gave Eastern York a bit of hope. Unfortunately, Tunkhannock squashed that hope, plating two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth, making it 15-4 and bringing the 10-run rule into play as the fifth inning got underway.

Needing to score at least two runs to keep the game and their season alive, the Lady Golden Knights went to work. The result was two baserunners just two batters into the inning which turned into runners on the corners with just one out. That one out quickly became three as the Lady Tigers pulled off an inning and game ending double play.

Maelynn Leber absorbed the brunt of the damage on the mound for Eastern York despite a short one and two third inning stay in the circle. The typically sensational freshman allowed eight hits and 10 earned runs over those five outs but did not issue a walk or pick up a strikeout. Fenwick covered the final three and one third inning for Eastern, surrendering the final five runs on five hits and two walks.

Fenwick finished with two of Eastern York's 11 hits, joining Dobbeck and Haidyn Shaffer in the multi-hit club. Winter, Katie Lehman, Megan Myers, Amber Forry and Kierstin Grove completed the offense with one hit each.


Eastern York Tops Bonner Prendegast June 8, 2017

The Eastern York softball team continues to add to their season of firsts. The most recent, a PIAA tournament victory, gets tacked on to the Lady Golden Knights list of season accomplishments that includes their first ever PIAA tournament appearance and their first ever District 3 Championship game appearance.

As with their past few wins the Lady Golden Knights needed some late inning heroics combined with lock-down pitching and defense to top their PIAA-4A first-round foe, Bonner Prendegast by a 4-3 final.

As she has all postseason, Maelynn Leber was a big part of the win on both sides. Her most recent exploit was kick starting a rally in the top of the fifth that produced the winning run, doing so with a one out double. A few batters later Leber's courtesy runner scored on a sac fly, breaking up a short lived 3-3 tie.

Leber was not finished as she was the game's starter on the mound and pitched all seven innings, keeping the Lady Pandas scoreless over the final three innings to secure the win. Leber also kept Bonner Prendegast off the scoreboard through the first two innings but did allow three runs over the third and fourth innings. She added three strikeouts and one walk to five scattered hits and those three runs.

Leber also padded the Lady Golden Knights early lead, pushing Katie Lehman across after Lehman smacked a two-out double. Leber eventually scored on an error to make it 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third. The Lady Pandas inched closer with a two run third before knotting the game in the bottom of the fourth, setting the stage for Leber's heroics.

Eastern York earned that PIAA first round game after finishing second in the District 3-4A tournament. That second-place finish came courtesy of a 3-2 loss to Kennard-Dale where Eastern York was on the wrong side of a late inning comeback.

This time it was the Lady Rams plating the winning run, doing so with a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the eighth. Eastern thought they had the game in hand after a two-run fifth put them on top 2-0 but KD scored two of their own in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.

Leber pitched all eight innings for Eastern York, allowing nine hits and three runs to go with five strikeouts and no walks. Lehman and Morgan Winter provided the pop for that two-run fifth, each connecting on a single in the inning. Lehman's base knock resulted in a RBI while Winter's hit eventually led to her crossing the plate.


Knights Reach First-Ever District Final June 1, 2017

There may be seven innings in a high school softball game but there are times when one of those innings takes on more importance than the rest. Take the seventh inning of Eastern York's District 3-4A quarterfinal tilt opposite Bishop McDevitt on May 26th.

The teams entered the final inning deadlocked at 3-3, and what happened over the next six outs more or less rendered all that happened before moot. Lady Golden Knight ace Maelynn Leber played a key role in both halves of the frame, first by finishing out her stellar game on the mound, keeping the Lady Crusader off the board. However, Leber saved her best seventh inning work for the bottom half of the inning, delivering the game winning hit with extra innings just one out away.

Haidyn Shaffer kicked the game sealing rally off with a one out single to right and Morgan Dobbeck followed with a base hit. McDevitt's hurler, Lauren Geruia, managed to pick up the second out for her side, bringing Leber to the plate. The freshman delivered her second hit of the game, this one a double to deep left that allowed both Shaffer and Dobbeck to score, giving Eastern the 5-3 victory. Leber finished the district playoff win with only two strikeouts but issued no walks on her way to the victory.

On Wednesday, after being delayed one day by rain, the Golden Knights reserved their spot in the District Three Class 4A championship final with a thrilling, 2-1, eight-inning semifinal victory over James Buchanan at Big Spring High School.

The Knights got their first run in the bottom of the fifth when pitcher Maelynn Leber lifted a softly-hit single just over JB shortstop Alyssa Blair to drive in Morgan Dobbeck and then pulled out the victory in the bottom of the eighth when catcher Morgan Winter bounced a ground ball to Rocket third baseman Maddie Bailey with courtesy runner Gillian Toomey on third base. Toomey broke for the plate on contact and slide safely across with the game-winner when the throw got past the Rocket catcher.

The run sent the Golden Knights into their first-ever district final on Thursday when they faced off with Kennard-Dale at York College's Spartan Softball Stadium at 4:30. That game was played after this paper's deadline.


The clock finally struck midnight for Eastern York's cinderella boy's lacrosse team. With a 14-8 loss to Lansdale Catholic, the Golden Knights bowed out of the state tournament in the opening round closing an epic postseason run that saw them become the first ever YAIAA team to qualify for the PIAA tournament courtesy of a third-place finish in District 3.

Eastern hung with the District 12 champion Crusaders through the opening half, earning a 7-7 draw through 24 minutes. The game changed drastically in the third where the Golden Knights were outscored by five goals, accounting for the majority of the final deficit. Lansdale eked out a 2-1 edge in the final frame to set the 14-8 final.

Bryce Smith and Jimmy Kurnik led the way for Eastern, netting two scores apiece with Kurnik adding a team high three assists. John Gilbert, Bryce Henise, Dom Particelli and Cole Witman picked up one score each with Henise tacking on two assists. Kevin Royce finished up the season with 11 saves on 42 Crusader shots.

The Golden Knights entered PIAA tournament play as District 3's third seed after topping Lower Dauphin 14-5. Kurnik netted four goals and three assists, tying for the team lead in both categories for the game. Gilbert matched Kurnik's four goals while Witman matched the three assists to combine with his three scores. Henise, Particelli and Zach Murray finished the scoring with one goal apiece. Royce ensured the victory with a 17 save effort.

Eastern found themselves in the consolation game opposite LD courtesy of a 21-6 semifinal loss to eventual champ Palmyra. The Cougars controlled possession leading to a 55-11 shot advantage. Despite that constant pressure Royce finished the game with only 13 saves. Kurnik and Particelli paced the attack with two goals each while Henise and Gilbert added one score each.


The Eastern York track and field season came to a close on Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th with another trip to Shippensburg University, this one for the PIAA Championship Meet. Five different Golden Knights qualified for the final meet of the season, three on the girl's side and two on the boy's side.

Those three Lady Golden Knight entrants combined to partake in five different events as both Maddie McLain and Ashley Kerr qualified in two events. McLain's two events required her to circle the track a total of 16 times, eight for Saturday's 3200m final coupled with eight total laps in 1600m competition. McLain started with Friday's 1600m prelim race where she finished third with a 5:12.46. That gave her automatic entry into Saturday's finals as one of the top four finishers in the heat. McLain was a tick slower in Saturday's finals, finishing in 5:13.70, putting her 10th in the 12-person finals field.

McLain helped open Saturday's festivities as the girls 2A 3200m final was the first event of the second day of competition. The junior used the overnight rest to clock a 11:01.97, shaving over 22 seconds from her seeded time, finishing fifth in the process.

Kerr, Eastern York's other double entry, also split her work between the two days, hitting the throwing circle for the 9am session both days. Friday sent Kerr to the discus circle where she entered as the 16th seed thanks to her district gold medal winning throw of 114-5. Her return to Shippensburg was not as rewarding as the senior finished 23rd with a top throw of 100'.

Kerr was back at it first thing Saturday morning, this time in the shot-put circle where she bettered her seeded throw by over a foot, putting up a 39-6.75 throw in the finals to capture ninth place in the 32-person field. Her efforts put her just four inches off the state podium.

Taylor Currier was the final Lady Golden Knight to participate in the PIAA meet, doing so in the 2A triple jump. Currier enjoyed a 10th place finish with her best hop, skip and jump landing 35-2.75 from the take-off plate. Despite missing the medal stand by roughly a foot, Currier still bettered her seeded jump by over two inches and eight places in the final standings.

Brady Glatfelter and Nathan Lopez represented the Golden Knights on the boy's side. Both saw their senior seasons come to a close on Friday.

Glatfelter worked his way through the 3A pole vault competition to finish with a top height of 14' along with seven other competitors. That left the final standings to be determined by the number of misses collected along the way. That tie breaker shuffled Glatfelter into a four-way tie for ninth place while the top finisher in the eight-person group ended up in seventh place when all was said and done.

Lopez saw his season end with similar heartbreak in the 800m. He entered Friday's preliminary round seeded 10th out of 27 runners, meaning if he could hold his seed he would run again on Saturday in the 12-person final. Lopez covered his two laps around the Seth Grove Stadium track in 1:57.92, finishing seventh in heat one. Finishing outside of the top four eliminated an automatic berth into the finals, leaving the senior to sweat out the results of the second heat to see if his time would be one of the four fastest outside of the eight automatic qualifiers. When the second heat was complete Lopez was able to see that he missed the finals cut by a mere 1.3 seconds bringing an end to his senior season in heartbreaking fashion.


Eastern Boys Lax Qualifies for PIAA Tourney May 24, 2017

The Eastern York boys' lacrosse team keeps adding to their season of firsts. The fun started with their berth in the District 3 tournament where a 9-7 opening round win over Susquehannock was their first postseason victory. That sent the Golden Knights into the quarterfinals opposite Trinity where a second win gave Eastern another first, a berth in the PIAA tournament. That berth comes with the added bonus in that the Golden Knights are the first YAIAA team to qualify for the state championship tournament.

As for the 12-10 quarterfinal win over Trinity, Kevin Royce was the star. The senior keeper was a wall between the pipes, turning away a staggering 21 of the 31 shots he faced to propel his squad to the two-goal win.

Jimmy Kurnik paced the attack, turning in a hat trick while dishing out two assists. Bryce Henise equaled Kurnik's two assists while scoring two of his own. Cole Witman also notched two goals but had just one assist. John Gilbert and Dom Particelli netted two scores apiece while Zach Murray made one deposit into the net.

The boys' lacrosse team isn't the only Eastern York squad participating in a state championship event. The track and field teams will be represented at the PIAA meet by Nathan Lopez and Brady Glatfelter on the boy's side and Maddie McLain and Ashley Kerr on the girl's side. The quartet punched their return ticket to Shippensburg University with outstanding performances in the District 3 Championship meet on May 19th and 20th.

Lopez and Glatfelter each brought home top three hardware thanks to their work on the track and field, respectively. Lopez captured silver in the 800m with a 1:55.64 while Glatfelter posted a season best 14-9 to slip into third place in the pole vault.

The Lady Golden Knights were heavily represented at Shippensburg University and used that depth to rack up 70 team points, good enough for third place in the 2A team standings behind only Fairfield's 88 and Delone Catholic's 80.

Kerr led the way with two gold medal winning throws over the two day event. She kicked off her weekend with a toss of 114-5 in the discus on Friday. The throw not only netted the senior a gold medal it also bested her previous best throw of the season by more than seven feet and qualified her for the PIAA meet. Kerr followed with another gold medal and PIAA berth on Saturday for her heave of 38- 5.5 in the shot put.

Joining Kerr at the state meet will be Maddie McLain, who also qualified in two events. McLain kicked off her weekend with a silver medal run in the 3200m where her 11:24.68 was well off her season best but still well ahead of the state mark. The junior picked up her second PIAA berth with another silver medal run, this one in the 1600m. She posted a 5:14.71 to take second to Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder.

Oliva McLain joined Maddie in both events, missing out on a PIAA berth but still collecting a sixth-place medal in the 1600m with a 5:31.04. Olivia just missed out on a second podium finish, her 12:24.52 a few seconds out of eighth place in Friday's 3200m.

Taylor Currier just missed a PIAA berth in the triple jump but her 35- 0.25 still earned her District 3-2A gold to cap her junior season. Maya Stump slipped into eighth place with her best jump of 32-6.5. Hannah Myers collected the only other top three finish, taking third in the 400m with a time of 60.60.

Brittany Heistand provided the Lady Golden Knights with two sixth place finishes, doing so with a 16.64 in the 100m hurdles and a 49.50 in the 300's. Tia Judy joined Heistand on the 300mH podium, placing seventh with a time of 49.51. Judy was on her way to battling her teammate in the 100mH as well but veered off course in the semifinals. Sara Peters made it three Lady Golden Knights in the 100mH competition but she bowed out after a 19.43 in the preliminary round. The sophomore also qualified in the 300mH but did not participate in the event.

The 400m relay team of Judy, Myers, Morgan Buckwalter and Haley Spyker chipped in with a sixth-place finish, their 51.98 just over a second off the state qualifying mark. Eastern's other relay team, the 1600m relay, finished 11th with a time of 4:23.76. Myers, Spyker and Heistand were joined by Katie Myer in the one lap per person race.

Eastern's final two podium finishes came in the field. Heistand captured seventh place in the pole vault by clearing 8-6. Spyker's 4-8 top jump was only two inches better than teammate Christin Solon but that was enough to secure eighth place while Solon slipped into a five-way tie for 10th.


Eastern Lacrosse Teams Open District Play May 18, 2017

The saying, 'There is a first time for everything' surely fits the Eastern York lacrosse programs as the 2017 postseason continues. Both sides earned their first ever appearance in the District 3 playoffs thanks to strong regular seasons that included a 10-game winning streak for the Lady Golden Knights and multiple three game winning steaks for the boys.

The Golden Knights took their 'firsts' one step further by collecting their first ever District 3 victory while avenging one of their seven regular season losses. Eastern topped Susquehannock 9-7 in their first-round tilt on May 16th, earning some redemption for a 12-8 loss to the Warriors back in late April.

Kevin Royce was the star of the rematch, notching 16 saves to secure the two-goal victory. Jimmy Kurnik directed the offense, dishing out four assists to go with his one goal. Cole Witman and Dom Particelli benefitted from Kurnik's piloting as Particelli netted a team high three scores while Witman added one assist to his two goals. Gavin Evans, John Gilbert and Bryce Henise cleaned up the scoring with one goal apiece with Evans tacking on one assist for good measure.

Things played out very differently for the Lady Golden Knights one day earlier. Eastern York saw their stellar season come to a crashing halt courtesy of a 16-4 loss to Cocalico in the teams' first round match-up. Despite the final margin Eastern held their own, nearly matching the Lady Eagles shot for shot. Cocalico's 22 shots resulted in six Emily Bodien saves while Eastern York's 17 shots resulted in nine saves for Cocalico's keeper, Alexis Cobb. Where the Knights struggled was turning those shots into goals. That led to Bri Pfeiffer, Chelsea Forsyth, Addy Malone and Kylie Nikolaus leading the team with one score each. With the loss, the girls finish their 2017 campaign 11-6-1.

The lacrosse teams were not the only Eastern York squad to begin their postseason journey. The boys and girls track and field teams spent Friday May 12th in Dallastown for the YAIAA Championship meet, kicking off the postseason.

With all of the YAIAA schools competing, victories were hard to come by, even for the three-time Division II champion Lady Golden Knights. In fact, the boys team notched as many wins as the girls, one, and had nearly as many top three finishes, five to four, as the girls. That's not to say the Lady Golden Knights did not enjoy their time at Dallastown, after all they did collect 18 top 10 finishes over 13 events.

Maddie McLain led the Eastern York pack, picking up a gold for her 11:17.36 in the 3200m and a silver for turning in a 5:16.80 in the 1600m. Olivia McLain joined her sister in both events, finishing seventh in both with times of 5:39.61 (1600m) and 12:14.45 (3200m).

Ashley Kerr was the only other Knight to post two separate top three finishes on the day. She earned the silver medal in the shot put with a throw of 38' 5.5" while taking bronze in the discus with a toss of 107' 2".

Taylor Currier also enjoyed two trips to the podium, taking fifth place in both the long jump (16-4.5) and the triple jump (34-5.5).

Two other Lady Golden Knights came home from Dallastown with two separate individual top 10 finishes. Tia Judy did all of her work in the hurdles, posting a 16.65 to take seventh in the 100mH and a 49.48 to take sixth in the 300mH. Brittany Heistand posted her best finish in the 300mH, besting Judy by 0.4 seconds to take fifth. Heistand also competed in the pole vault, finishing in six-way tie for ninth with a top height of 8-3.

Haley Spyker, Christin Solon and Maya Stump finished up the Knights work in the field. Stump joined Currier in the triple jump competition, slipping into the top 10 with a top jump of 31-2.5. Spyker and Solon did their work in the high jump. Spyker cleared 4-10 along with five others but was shuffled down to eighth place after everyone's misses were sorted out. Solon cleared 4-8 to finish in a three-way tie for ninth place.

Madison Nalls posted the best remaining finish, a silver medal effort in the 800m with a time of 2:24.16. Hannah Myers covered the other mid-distance race for Eastern, finishing third in the 400m with a time of 61.34. The 400m relay took sixth place with a time of 52.36.

Nathan Lopez led the way for the boy's, picking up Eastern's second gold medal by clocking a 1:56.74 in the 800m. Brady Glatfelter fell short of his gold medal quest in the pole vault, settling for silver with a top height of 12-6. Caleb Fauth and Zack Falk each enjoyed bronze medal performances at the YAIAA meet. Fauth finished with a top throw of 154-5 in the javelin while Falk captured bronze in the 3200m with a time of 10:03.58.

Demonte Martin finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the high jump along with Kenny Rhyne of Susquehannock and Central York's Evan Czulada. Eastern York also picked up a sixth-place finish from their 1600m relay team. Drake Brown brought home the final top 10 finish for the Golden Knights, taking ninth in the discus with a toss of 118-9.


Not all Eastern York athletic teams made the turn into the postseason. Thanks to the plentiful rainfall this spring the baseball and softball teams finished their regular season slate with contests opposite Fairfield on May 16th.

Both sides posted victories thanks largely to the work of their respective aces. Maelynn Leber allowed just two hits and no runs, helping the Lady Golden Knights to a 3-0 win. The freshman added five strikeouts and issued no walks on her way to the victory.

Eastern did all their work late starting with a two run sixth. The Knights used small ball to plate both runs kicking things off with back-to-back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. Katie Lehman broke up the scoreless tie with a single to left center while Leber followed with a sac fly to right that made it 2-0. Eastern turned on the power for their final run with McKenzie Buchmyer blasting a leadoff home run in the seventh. Eastern York's 13-5 regular season record has the Knights set to battle Bishop McDevitt on May 25th in a District 3-4A quarterfinal contest.


For the baseball team, it was Brandon Knarr and his 14 strikeouts helping the Golden Knights post a 6-1 victory. The senior lefty surrendered just three hits, one earned run and one walk.

The win, just Eastern's fifth of the season, was in doubt until a five run fourth broke the game open. Bryce Billet picked up the big hit in the fourth, drilling a two-run single to right center that counted for one of his two hits in the game. Knarr helped his own cause with an RBI single in the frame while Jase Graybill drove in the final run, hitting into a fielder's choice.

Emmit Silar accounted for two of Eastern York's 12 hits but it was his second inning sac fly that put Eastern up 1-0. Bren Taylor came up empty in the RBI department with his four singles but he scored one run and swiped two bases to aid the Golden Knight efforts.


EY Girls' Track Claims Third Division Crown May 11, 2017

Three-Peat! The term may have been coined by Pat Riley and his Showtime Lakers but the Eastern York girls track team will be using it as their own after picking up their third straight YAIAA Division II crown with a 112.5-37.5 demolition of West York on May 8th.

The Lady Golden Knights were never really challenged in racking up their 7-0 division mark. "This girls' team was excellent to coach," said head coach Joel Jacobs. "We have a talented group of juniors that contributed many meet points but our major strength was the leadership of the seniors."

The seniors that Jacobs mentions ended their Eastern York career with a mind blowing 27-1 mark with three of them, Brittany Heistand, Ashley Kerr and Haley Spyker, playing a big role in the win over West York.

Kerr and Heistand both provided two events wins while Heistand also took part in the wining 1600m relay. Kerr captured the shot put and discus while Heistand did her solo work in the pole vault and the 300mH. Spyker, along with Madison Nalls and Hannah Myers, joined Heistand on the 1600m relay team, turning in a winning time of 4:24.8. Spyker also teamed with Morgan Buckwalter, Tia Judy and Myers to take the 400m relay in 53.0.

Myers added solo wins in the 200m and 400m while Judy added a victory in the 100mH. Buckwalter went solo to win the 100m while Nalls added a second relay win by taking one of the legs of the 3200m relay on top of her win in the 800m. Maddie and Olivia McLain and Katie Myer rounded out the 3200m relay quartet along with Nalls. Both McLain sisters added solo wins with Maddie taking the 1600m and Olivia the 3200m. Taylor Currier added firsts in the triple and long jumps.

On the boy's side, there was no perfection but the Golden Knights did post a win over West York none the less. The final score was 75-75 but Eastern earned the win based on tiebreaking criteria. Zack Falk and Nathan Lopez made the biggest impact with each earning two solo wins to go along with matching relay victories. Both took part in the 4x800 and 4x400 wins with Michael Altland and Brady Glatfelter making up the other half of the 3200m relay while Glatfelter and Demonte Martin took the remaining two legs of the 1600m relay.

Lopez earned his wins in the 400m and 800m while Falk locked up the distance events, taking the 1600m and the 3200m. Eastern York's four remaining event wins came in the field where Troy Staats topped the pole vault and Martin the high jump. Caleb Fauth with a toss of 150-2 in the javelin and Trey Bernstein picked up the shotput title with a heave of 37-11 to capture the two remaining wins.

Both Golden Knight squads slipped in one final big meet tune up with Eastern's Battle for the Bridge Invitational on May 5th. As you would expect from a perfect dual meet squad the Lady Golden Knights racked up plenty of top finishes, earning 22 top six places over 16 events. Eastern even had six events where two athletes both finished in the top six.

The Lady Golden Knights split those six events evenly between the track and the field. Judy took first in the 100mH and second in the 300mH while Heistand captured the bronze in both events. Myers and Buckwalter picked up a double on the track with Myers taking fourth and Buckwalter sixth in the 200m. Buckwalter added a fifth place in the 100m while Myers captured silver in the 400m. Olivia McLain swept the distance events.

Two of the remaining three events where Eastern placed two athletes on the podium came in the jumps. Christin Solon backed up Spyker's gold in the high jump with a third-place tie while settling in fifth in the long jump, behind Currier's win. Ashley Kerr headlined the final multiple top six finish, taking gold in the discus while Emily Smith captured fifth. Kerr also took the top spot in the shotput while Smith picked up a fourth place in the javelin. Currier earned the final gold in the field, topping the triple jump competition with Heistand tying for second in the pole vault. The Lady Golden Knights also won the 4x400 with Buckwalter, Heistand, Myer and Myers while Buckwalter, Judy, Myers and MaKenna Peterson took third in the 400m relay.

The boys managed two events with two athletes finishing in the top six. Both events had Eastern bringing home gold with Falk topping the 3200m field while Glatfelter took the top spot in the pole vault. Pierre Allard joined Falk in the 3200m, taking fifth, while Staats added a sixth place in the pole vault. Lopez earned a gold with his win in the 800m. He also ran a leg on the silver medal winning 1600m relay team with Gavin Donnelly, Tyrel Emig and Glatfelter taking the remaining three legs. Donnelly added a sixth-place finish in the 400m to his silver in the 1600m relay. Fauth nabbed the lone bronze for his work in the javelin while Martin took fourth in the high jump. Eastern also earned a fifth place finish in the 3200 relay with Andrew Ackerman, Connor Atkins, Taylor Cappeluti and Tyler Druck.


The volleyball team closed out their regular season with 3-0 losses to Central York on May 4th and New Oxford on May 9th. With those results, the Golden Knights finish their 2017 campaign winless at 0-12.


The Golden Knights' baseball team fell to 4-14 on the year after losses to Susquehannock, Delone Catholic and Bermudian Springs.

Before Eastern dropped those three games they first snapped their 10-game slide with a 4-2 win over Bermudian Springs. Brandon Knarr earned the complete game win, adding 12 strikeouts to the four hits, two runs and one walk surrendered. Wyatt Smith and Drake Renn provided the pop at the plate with Smith smacking a two-run triple in the fifth while Renn poked a one run single in the third. Bren Taylor and Jase Graybill each enjoyed multi-hit days.

The Golden Knights had no time to enjoy their victory as they were right back on the field to finish off their contest with Bermudian that started back on April 12th. The result was a 10-9 loss with Renn taking the hit for allowing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Knarr and Taylor both tossed four innings with Knarr getting the start. Taylor, Renn, Smith and Bryce Billet all enjoyed multi-hit days at the plate with Renn, Billet and Smith picking up a RBI each.

Up next was a road trip to Susquehannock on May 8th which resulted in a 4-0 loss. Knarr picked up another start but lasted just four innings before giving way to Billet who took the loss for his one and one-third innings. Emmit Silar covered the final two-thirds of an inning allowing the final Susquehannock hit. Taylor was the lone Golden Knight to collect two hits while Silar, Renn, Knarr, Smith, Renn and Luke Shoff picked up one hit each.

May 9th sent the Golden Knights to Delone Catholic where they suffered a 5-3 loss. Taylor took the hit after starting and covering five innings. Shoff made a brief appearance but failed to record an out. Renn picked up from there and covered the final inning. All three runs were driven in by a Renn, Drake had a one run single in the seventh but picked up another RBI with a third inning fielder's choice. Dyson Renn collected two singles on the day with his lead off base knock in the third providing the lead-up to Drake's fielder's choice. Dyson's second hit of the day pushed Eastern's second run of the day across the plate.


The softball team was on the opposite end of the spectrum with wins over Bermudian, York Suburban and Delone Catholic. Kierstin Grove picked up the win in the Lady Golden Knights 10-run rule victory over Bermudian on the 4th. Grove, Morgan Dobbeck, Amber Forry, Megan Myers and Haidyn Shaffer all enjoyed multi-hit days. Shaffer flexed the big bat with a homer run and a single while Myers had a double and a triple to equal Shaffer's five total bases.

Eastern York posted a 5-1 win over Suburban on May 8th with McKenzie Buchmyer picking up the complete game win. She scattered eight hits over seven innings and just one earned run while striking out 10 and walking three. Maelynn Leber connected for two singles and a double in four trips to the dish while Morgan Winter added a single and double in three trips.

May 9th brought another 5-1 win, this one over Delone Catholic. Leber was the star of the show, earning the win with seven strikeouts and one walk to go with one run and six hits. She also collected three of Eastern York's seven hits.


Both Eastern York lacrosse teams closed out their regular seasons on a down swing. The boys fell to South Western and Dallastown while the girls closed out the season with a loss to South Western.

While both games go in the books as losses for the Golden Knights they fell by a combined four goals, thanks to a 10-9 double overtime loss to the Wildcats combined with a 13-10 loss to South Western.

Dom Particelli and Kimmy Kurnik netted four scores each to led Eastern against the Mustangs. Cole Witman tallied the final two scores while Bryce Henise doubled Kurnik's assists total with two. Keven Royce faced constant pressure with 42 South Western shots leading to 14 saves.

The Lady Golden Knights closed out the regular season with a 9-7 loss to South Western. Chelsea Forsyth and Kylie Nikolaus led the way with two goals each while Bri Pfeiffer, Addy Malone and Alexus Rexroth tallied one each. Emily Bodien picked up nine saves in the loss.

Both lacrosse squads look to get back on track with the Lady Golden Knights opening District 3-2A play on May 15th while the boys go at it a day later.

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