Lady Bears Challenge Crusaders in LL Playoffs March 9, 2018
The Elizabethtown girls' basketball team had their run at history derailed in Lititz on February 13th. The culprit, a 53-35 semifinal loss to Lancaster Catholic in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Playoffs that ended the Lady Bears quest for their first L-L league title in 40+ years.
Despite the loss ending his club's title dreams, head coach John Myers remained positive. "I was proud of our effort. We came to play and worked hard on every possession."
That effort allowed the play-off newbies to hang with battle tested Lancaster Catholic for the first half but the Lady Crusaders used an overpowering third quarter to pull away from Elizabethtown. Marena Lonardi provided the fuel for the first half work, scoring 11 of E-town's 15 first half points, keeping the Lady Bears close at 22-15.
Catholic's do it all junior, Kiki Jefferson, led the Lady Crusader's third quarter surge. Netting eight of her team high 18 points in the frame, helping Catholic to an 18-8 edge. That turned a manageable seven-point deficit into an intimating 17-point hole with only eight minutes remaining. Another strong quarter by Lonardi allowed Elizabethtown to keep pace in the final frame but the damage had already been done.
Lonardi ended up with a game high 19 points but she was the only Lady Bear to reach double figures. Amber Orban was next up with six points, followed by Sydney Pierson's four points. Sam Stackhouse, Autumn Royer and Elise Hassinger each finished with two points.
Myers took his positivity even further, using the loss as a solid teaching point. "This was a great game to get us prepared for District playoffs," said Myers. "We still have a lot to play for and more goals in front of us."
The district game Myers mentioned is a February 22nd District 3-6A quarterfinal tilt against the winner of a first-round game between Penn Manor and Governor Mifflin that takes place on the 20th. The quarterfinal game with the Penn Manor/Mifflin winner with be in Elizabethtown with tip-off set for 7pm.
The Lady Bears kicked off their L-L title quest with a 69-55 win over Solanco on Saturday, February 10th. E-town controlled from the tip, outscoring the Golden Mares in all but the final frame, leading to the 14-point victory. Lonardi was the catalyst, dropping a game high 23 points but she was not alone. She enjoyed the company of three teammates in the double-digit club, led by Royer's 15 points. Orban (12 points) and Pierson (10 points) rounded out the quartet.
The rifle season officially came to a close on Saturday February 10th with the annual league individual tournament. The Bears took home top team honors, edging out the two Manheim schools, by placing four shooters in the top 20. That incredible performance included Caleb Flores continuing his scorching hot late season run. One week after teaming up with Matthew Risbon to win the Pairs Tournament, Flores stepped up his game to take home the L-L individual crown. The senior sniper recorded a perfect 200 with four centers, topping Ephrata's Joel Potts who also had a 200 but only two centers.
Madison Garner and Risbon joined Flores in the top 10 with Garner finishing sixth and Risbon ninth. Garner, a senior, notched a 198 with three centers while Risbon ended up with the same 198 score but managed only one center. Daniel Bert and Gage Schatz joined Garner and Risbon as members of the 198 club but Bert was shuffled down to 11th thanks to just one center and Schatz down to 13th with no centers. David Buckwalter was the final Bear to crack the top 20, settling into 17th place thanks to his 197 with one center.
Flores, Risbon and Bert also picked up All-Star honors thanks to their sterling regular season. Flores finished his final season tied for the top average in the L-L, his 99.5 matching Manheim Central's Cade Ginder and Manheim Township's Hana Musser. Risbon finished just behind that trio with his 99.42 average while Bert rounded out the 14-person All-Star squad with his 98.92 average.
Elizabethtown also finished out the regular season on a five-game winning streak courtesy of a 497-481 throttling of Wilson on February 8th. Flores, Risbon and Aaron Tetkoskie all shot perfect 100s with Schatz (99) and Bert (98) nipping at their heels.
The swimming teams took the plunge into the postseason on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th. The boy's side was up first, making the trip to West Lawn on the 9th to splash around in Wilson's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium for the L-L League championships. The Bears collected 25 team points for their work, good enough for seventh place in the team standings.
Four different swimmers combined to collect those 25 points and a total of five medals. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way, along with Stuart Readinger and Dylan Quinn. The quartet picked up two relay medals while tallying a combined three solo trips to the medal stand.
The foursome opened the meet by shaving over two seconds off their best 200 medley relay time, posting a 1:46.93 to finish seventh. Later in the proceedings they picked up a sixth-place medal for their 1:36.09 in the 200-freestyle relay, trimming nearly a second off their previous best time.
The shrinking time theme continued in the individual events as Mueser picked up two solo medals by going faster. He trimmed 0.21 seconds off his best 50-free time, his 22.03 placing him fourth. Another second disappeared from his 100-freestyle seeding time, a 48.35 pushing the senior up to third in the event. Azzalina picked up the final medal for the boy's, placing fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.71, also faster than his seeded time.
The Lady Bears hit the pool on Saturday and behind their own quartet, finished sixth in the team standings. Their 36 team points nestled them just behind Cedar Crest and just above Ephrata and Penn Manor.
Olivia Rachael led the way, taking part in two medal winning relays while also grabbing two solo medals. She teamed with Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Abbi Dehmey to clock a 1:54.06 in the 200-medley relay, taking fifth while trimming over four seconds off their previous best time. They also swam faster than their seeded time in the 200-freestyle relay, taking fourth with a time of 1:44.63.
Rachael's solo work began in the 50 freestyle where her 24.55 was not only quicker than her seeded time, it was good enough for fourth on the day. Rachael moved up a couple places in the final 100-freestyle pecking order where she entered as the sixth seed. She went nearly two seconds faster in the L-L meet and took home the silver medal as a result.
Walsh captured the final Elizabethtown medal, nearly breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100-backstroke. She finished the event with a time of 1:00.93, good enough for a bronze medal on the day.
Lady Bears Finish 4th in District Three 6A March 2, 2018
The Elizabethtown girls' basketball team saw their journey to a District 3-6A championship stopped short of the ultimate prize. For the Lady Bears it was their first venture into the 6A field and their first trip to the district playoffs since the 2011-2012 season when there were still four classes.
This year's district championship journey ended on February 26th with a 48-37 semifinal loss to Central York at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Lady Panthers used E-town's own blueprint, stingy defense and just enough scoring to get the job done, to secure the 11-point victory. Central York held the Lady Bears to single digit point totals in two of the four quarters while outscoring E-town in all but the second frame.
The Central scoring edge led to a four-point lead after the opening eight minutes that held up through the second quarter as well. Central York stretched their 26-22 halftime lead to 39-29 with a 13-7 blitz in the third before finishing things off with a 9-8 edge in the final frame. The result was the 48-37 final where only one Lady Bear managed to reach double digits. Marena Lonardi was that one player and she finished with a 10-point effort. Sydney Pierson and Autumn Royer added nine points apiece while Amber Orban (five points) and Sam Stackhouse (four points) wrapped up the scoring.
The loss to Central York dropped Elizabethtown into the consolation finals opposite Wilson. The two teams tangled on March 1st at Hempfield with the Lady Bulldogs coming out on top, 55-47, enjoying the district bronze that came with the victory.
E-town's offensive struggles hung around through the opening frame leading to a 12-6 Wilson advantage heading into the second quarter. The Lady Bears finally got their groove back, enabling them to post an 11-5 edge in the second. That all but erased Wilson's six-point first quarter cushion, leaving just one point separating the two sides at intermission.
The margin remained at one-point through the third stanza as the teams battled to a 15-15 deadlock. The Lady Bears continued to score in the fourth, tallying another 15-point frame but Wilson was able to score more leading to the seven-point final margin. The Lady Bulldogs iced the game from the charity stripe, draining all 10 of their fourth quarter free throws on their way to a 22-point frame. Zakiyah Winfield led the Wilson charge, dropping a game high 24 points with 10 of them coming in the final quarter, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Elizabethtown countered with a 16-point Lonardi effort combined with 13 points from Orban. Stackhouse (seven points), Pierson (six points) and Royer (five points) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bears.
Up next for E-town is a PIAA-6A first round game on March 9th. As District 3's fourth seed, the Lady Bears will face District 1's third seed at a site and time to be determined.
A few members of the Elizabethtown bowling team made a February 24th trip to Berks Lanes for the District 3 Championships. Patrick Hoffmaster was the lone member of the boy's squad to make the trip, finishing 24th in the qualifying round. The junior bowled games of 206, 209, 201, 192, 190 and 182 to finish the qualifying round with a pin count of 1180 which ended up being 127 pins shy of making the finals cut.
Three different Lady Bear bowlers also made the trip to Sinking Spring with Katelyn Garmen battling her way to a fifth-place finish. The junior exited the qualifying round in third thanks to games of 211, 227, 207, 193, 186 and 256. That put Garman in the stepladder final opposite Governor Mifflin's Emily Breidegam. The Mifflin freshman got the better of Garman 182-148 in their quarterfinal match-up, forcing Garman to settle for fifth place while Breidegam went on to capture the district title.
Of the two remaining Lady Bears, Elizabeth Vuxta missed the finals by a mere four spots, her 1234 falling 33 pins shy of Breidegam's sixth place tally of 1267. Vuxta averaged a 205 over her six qualifying games, posting scores of 188, 221, 211, 192, 190 and 232 to finish 10th.
Nikki Lee was the final Lady Bear bowler to take part in the District 3 Championships, finishing 33rd for her work in the qualifying round. The E-town sophomore posted games of 130, 188, 165, 166, 197 and 191 to finish with a 1037.
Lady Bears Top Comets in District Quarterfinals February 23, 2018
If the old sports saying "offense wins games and defense wins championships" is true than the E-town Lady Bears' basketball team kicked off their District 3-6A run in championship form. A 38-28 win over Penn Manor can be linked directly to a stingy Lady Bear defensive unit that held the Lady Comets to single digit point totals for three of the four quarters. E-town's defense limited the Lady Comets to just 11 field goals which led to Dashona London and Alyssa Schriver sharing team high honors for Penn Manor with just six points.
The Lady Bears were not lighting their nets on fire either, hitting double digit point totals in just two of the four quarters, but it was enough to produce a 10-point victory. Amber Orban was the game's only double-digit scorer, finishing with exactly 10 points. Sam Stackhouse and Sydney Pierson each chipped in with eight points while Marena Lonardi added seven. Autumn Royer (three points) and Elise Hassinger (two points) rounded out the scoring.
Up next for Elizabethtown, now 19-6, is a February 26th trip to Hershey to face Central York in a semifinal showdown between the second seeded Lady Bears and the third seeded Lady Panthers.
As far as annual trips go, Elizabethtown to Landisville is not overly popular or well-traveled but the E-town wrestling team makes the trip every February none the less. The reason for the annual pilgrimage to Hempfield, the District 3-3A Sectional Tournament which took place February 17th this year. The trip ended up less than desirable for the nine Bears that made the short journey. Only two, Blake Andrews and Noah Myers, managed to finish their day on the podium and neither was able to secure a ticket to Hershey with a top four finish.
Andrews collected the best Bear finish, taking fifth in the 195-pound bracket with a 2-2 day. Andrews' performance in the regular season was good enough to give the senior a round of 16 bye, setting him up for a quarterfinal battle opposite Solanco's Nick Yannutz. Andrews was able to dispatch Yannutz, pining the Golden Mule sophomore at the 2:36 mark. Manheim Central's Keegan McCord, the eventual silver medalist, sent Andrews to the consolation bracket courtesy of a 9-1 major decision. A second straight loss, this one via pinfall to Penn Manor's TJ Keener in the consolation semifinals, ended Andrews' hopes of a district berth, dropping him into the fifth/sixth place match. Redemption awaited Andrews in his final match as he topped Warwick's Steven Seepaul, pinning the Warrior at the 3:46 mark.
Myers work in the 220-pound bracket produced just one victory, a 5-3 overtime consolation win over Donegal's Cael Rapp. Myers ended up in the consolation bracket thanks to a quarterfinal loss to the eventual gold medal winner, Evan Clark of Warwick. Myers followed the win over Rapp with another loss, this one to Milton Hershey's Dylan Byrd. That dropped Myers into the fifth/sixth place match against Lampeter-Strasburg's Tyler Phenegar. The Pioneer claimed that bout, 3-2, and the fifth-place medal that came with it, forcing Myers into sixth place.
Wins were hard to come by for the remaining seven Bears in Landisville. In fact, those seven grapplers produced just one victory in 10 matches. Javan Thomas was responsible for that victory, topping Milton Hershey's Jose Mendez by a 9-4 count. That proved to be the high point for Thomas as the junior dropped his final two matches to AJ Wilson (Solanco) and David Hnasko (Warwick).
David Rich was the only other Bear to wrestler more than one match. Unfortunately, Rich ended up on the wrong side of both of those matches. He dropped his quarterfinal bout opposite Milton Hershey's Darius Briggs by a 4-2 count in overtime before Lampeter-Strasburg's Connor Penry ended his season with a second period pinfall.
The five remaining E-town wrestlers all bowed out of the sectional tournament with a first-round loss. Cayden Spencer fell to Manheim Township's Micah Sams at 106 while Cameron Olson dropped his 132-pound bout to McCaskey's Julian Holland. Penn Manor's Chad Mowbray dispatched Bobby Walters at 138 and Andrew Vogerlbacher of McCaskey's sent Cole Rice home with a loss at 145. Zach Frank saw his day end with a loss to Austin Sauder of Manheim Central.
The Elizabethtown bowling team had a busy third week of February thanks to the Lancaster-Lebanon League Singles Championships. The boys hit Dutch Lanes on Friday the 16th. Five different Bears took part in the day's festivities but only two were able to make it out of the first round. Logan Hoover advanced out the first round with games of 192, 168, 200, 146 and 201 while Patrick Hoffmaster enjoyed games of 147, 202, 173, 190 and 169.
Hoffmaster finished the first round in the 33rd spot, just one spot inside the cut line and thanks to second round games of 198, 152, 136 and 147 he finished 33rd in the final standings. Hoover was unable to hold his first-round slot through the second round, falling from 24th to 30th with games of 173, 165, 180 and 126.
The three remaining Bears inside the top 50 all saw their day end in the first round. Bradly Ruth rolled games of 151, 180, 161, 175 and 163 to finish 43rd. Michael Perrin finished 45th with games of 141, 126, 157, 229 and 164. Andrew Telenko was 50th with games of 183, 129, 150, 223 and 112.
The Lady Bears placed six inside the top 50 for their work at Leisure Lanes on Thursday the 16th. Elizabethtown had four keglers finish inside the top 26 and advance into the second round. Nikki Lee led the way, tallying 907 pins in the first round, the eighth best pin count and ended up finishing seventh, one spot and three pins out of the finals, after the second round. Katelyn Garman closed out the first round in 11th place thanks to games of 197, 212, 151, 147 and 169 but came on strong the second round. Her games of 195, 189, 161 and 190 put her total pin count at 1611, good enough for an eighth-place finish.
Eryn Moore was the final Lady Bear to finish the first round with 800+ pins with games of 210, 144, 178, 196 and 125 giving her the 13th best pin count. Moore dropped to 15th in the final standings with second round games of 158, 149, 181 and 180. Abby Chaffins was the final E-town bowler to advance out of the first round, doing so with games of 170, 155, 187, 124 and 151. She was able to improve on her 22nd place with second round games of 179, 189, 168 and 160, moving her up into 19th place.
Elizabeth Vuxta and Addie Gish also finished inside the top 50 with Vuxta placing 28th and Gish 47th. Vuxta missed making it out of the first round by a mere seven pins, her 770 tally falling short of Penn Manor's Leila Abbes' 777 tally. Vuxta made her run at the second round with games of 141, 117, 171, 215 and 126. Gish posted her highest game first, a 141 and followed with games of 124, 139, 133 and 103 to finish with a 640 series.
Bears' Postseason Aspirations Fall Just Short February 9, 2018
To most the 2017-2018 Elizabethtown boys' basketball season would not be considered a success. Do not count head coach Rocky Parise as one of those people. "We played a meaningful game the last game of the season and that is a long way from where we were last year," said the second-year skipper of his club.
That meaningful game ended up a 57-47 loss to Donegal that kept Parise's Bears out of the L-L playoffs as well as the District 3-5A field but, by just about every other measure of a team, this year was a success. E-town doubled their five-win total from last year, finishing 10-12 overall this year. While that was not good enough to qualify for districts, finishing in the 18th spot is way better than last year's 35th place finish in the 5A rankings. The Bears also bettered their field goal percentage, scored 10 points more per game while allowing nine points less per game and cut down on their turnovers.
"So while this hurt, we need to lick our wounds...really focus on some things to get better at and have another good offseason," said Parise.
The fatal blow to the Bears postseason chances came in the aforementioned loss to Donegal last Tuesday. The game started well enough for E-town as the Bears held a 18-14 lead after the opening frame. Donegal took over from there, outscoring Elizabethtown in the three remaining quarters.
"Give them all the credit in the world. They hit a ton of shots, and they went after the ball," said Parise. "They made plays and hit shots when they had to and we didn't. It was that type of game."
The middle section of the contest is where E-town struggled, scoring just 14 points while Donegal tallied 26. That second and third quarter run turned Elizabethtown's four-point lead into an eight-point Indian cushion that was stretched to 10 points through the final stanza. Only five Bears managed to score with Larry Locker's 18 points leading the way. Ryan Parise added 12 as the only other Bear in double figures.
Elizabethtown set themselves up for that meaningful final game with a 51-46 triumph over Cocalico on February 1st.
"We had a big win against Cocalico," said Parise "That was a really good win. It was a battle."
This time six Bears managed to crack the scoring column with Parise and his 16 points topping that list. Robinson and Locker also hit double digits in the game and provided the scoring for E-town's big third quarter move.
Cocalico led at halftime, 17-16, thanks to their slim 13-12 edge in the second quarter but Robinson and Locker made sure that lead did not stand. The duo combined to score 12 of Elizabethtown's 19 third quarter points, turning that one-point deficit into a five-point lead. Both sides netted 16 fourth quarter points to leave the final margin at five, 51-46. Robinson's five third quarter points gave him 12 for the game while Locker picked up seven of his 11 points in the decisive frame.
The wrestling team closed out the 2017-2018 regular season with a trip to Wrightsville to take part in the Eastern York Dual Tournament. E-town went 2-2 on the day with wins over Halifax and York Tech to counter losses to Harrisburg and the host Golden Knights.
The 45-28 win over York Tech was the easiest with E-town picking up half of their eight wins via forfeit. Those forfeits all came within the first five weight classes with Cole Rice (145), Zach Frank (152), Javan Thomas (170) and Tyler Lanza (182) enjoying the easy wins. A setback at 160 made it 24-6 in favor of Elizabethtown. Blake Andrews kept things rolling for the Bears, picking up the first of three pinfall wins but back-to-back forfeits at 220 and 285 gave Tech a little boost.
E-town rebounded by winning the next two contested matches around a double forfeit at 113. Cayden Spencer earned the first win, topping Kameron Bly at 106. Ethan Carl (120) picked up the other win in that stretch, pinning his opponent just 37 seconds into the match.
Elizabethtown did drop two of the final three matches but their 39-18 lead was enough to survive the York Tech push. Cameron Olson posted the win in the closing stretch, pinning Eduardo Santana at the 21 second mark.
Win number two of the day was a back-and-forth affair that saw Elizabethtown come out on top 42-31 over Halifax. All seven of E-town's wins carried bonus points while Halifax earned bonus points in just five bouts, allowing the Bears to claim the victory.
Olson (132) and Noah Myers (220) enjoyed forfeits wins to provide a total of 12 team points. Olson's win opened the match and was followed by three straight Halifax victories, putting E-town in a 15-6 hole. Cayden Livingston closed the gap by six points with a pinfall at 160 but another loss at 170 kept Halifax in front. Elizabethtown fixed that problem with three straight wins starting with Andrews pinning Grant Klinger at 182. Lanza followed with another pinfall while Myers closed out the run with a forfeit victory to make it 30-21.
Another two Halifax wins put the Wildcats back in front but only for 1:38 as that is how long it took Carl to pin his 113-pound opponent. After a double forfeit at 120 Tyler Schweitzer closed the match with one last pinfall to set the final at 42-31.
The Bears first loss of the day came via a 45-36 final to Harrisburg. Five of the six Bear wins came via pinfall but that was not enough to overcome the eight Cougar victories. Myers earned the only non-pinfall win, picking up a DQ victory at 220. Rice (145), Spencer (106), Carl (113), Schweitzer (126) and Olson (132) all pinned their opponents.
Elizabethtown's second loss of the day was in the final match where the Bears faced the host Golden Knights and came away on the wrong side of a 41-34 final. Once again, all six of E-town's wins came with bonus points but it was not enough to top Eastern York with bonus points in seven bouts.
Carl picked up the quickest win of the match, earning a forfeit at 113. Olson was able to earn a 9-0 win over Justin Manganello at 132 and Livingston (160) picked up the first pinfall, needing just 33 seconds.
Andrews needed nearly twice as long to dispatch Drake Brown at 195 while both Spencer (106) and Rice (145) finished their matches late in the first period.
The bowling team stumbled across the finish line to their regular season with losses to Ephrata and Warwick stretching the Bears losing streak to four matches. E-town fell to Ephrata by a 5-2 count on February 1st despite three bowlers breaking the 600-series barrier. Nicole Lee led the way with a 660 series with Katelynn Garmen (649) and Patrick Hoffmaster (622) accounting for the remaining two 600-series. Elizabeth Vuxta was steady with games of 178, 189 and 189 and finished with a 556 series. Logan Hoover finished out the top five for the Bears with a 522 series.
The season ending loss to Warwick took place February 5th and was another 5-2 final. This time only three Bears, Garman, Lee and Hoffmaster, rolled all three games while head coach Frank Telenko filled out the rest of his roster with two games from Vuxta and Bradley Ruth coupled with single games from Hoover and Tyler Freeman.
Garman and Lee bowled well with Garman topping the team with a 735 series. Lee also crossed the 700-pin count with games of 234, 262 and 208 and Hoffmaster finished with a 531 series.
Both Vuxta and Ruth topped 200 in one game but were unable to maintain that the second go-round. The result was a 424 on the day for Vuxta and a 337 for Ruth. Freeman finish his lone game with a 179 while Hoover posted a 161.
The rifle team picked up two more wins on the season to move to 9-4. February 1st saw the Bears topple Manheim Central 498-496. Caleb Flores, Madison Garner and Matthew Risbon all recorded perfect 100s on the day while David Buckwalter and Daniel Bert were close behind with 99s.
A few days later E-town took on Garden Spot and posted a 497-491 win. This time it was Aaron Tetkoskie and Flores registering perfect scores while Risbon, Bert and Buckwalter just missed perfection with scores of 99.
In between the two league matches, Elizabethtown made a February 3rd trip to Palmyra Sportsman Club for the annual L-L Pairs Tournament. And for what is believed to be the first time in the rifle team's history the top Bears' pair was the top pair of the day.
"That was pretty cool for our guys to win it," said head coach Dave Reinfried.
Flores and Risbon combined to shoot a 398 with 29 centers to nip Conestoga Valley's Chase Miller and Darren McGallicher who finished with a 397.
The girls' basketball team wrapped up their regular season with a loss to Hempfield and a win over Cedar Crest. The 38-36 loss to Hempfield on February 2nd temporarily pushed E-town into third place in the Section One standings but the 52-47 win over Cedar Crest undid that damage. Officially the five-point overtime victory over Cedar Crest only moved E-town into a second-place tie with the Lady Falcons. By virtue of their two head-to-head wins Elizabethtown earned sole possession of second place and the automatic entry into the L-L playoffs that comes with it.
Elizabethtown's undoing against Hempfield was a sluggish third quarter where they were outscored 10-4. That turned a one-point deficit into seven-point deficit leaving the Lady Bears' just short despite their 20-15 fourth quarter run. Amber Orban sparked that run, picking up 13 of her game high 17 points in the final frame.
Elizabethtown closed out the season with an overtime thriller on February 6th. The Lady Bears and the Lady Falcons played 16 minutes only to enter halftime knotted at 13-13. The Cedar Crest offense came alive first leading to a 17-13 edge in the third quarter. E-town, behind Marena Lonardi, surged in the fourth to outscore Cedar Crest 19-15, sending the game to overtime. Lonardi scored 13 of her team's points in the final frame and netted four of their seven points in the extra frame to help steal the win. With all that late game scoring the junior finished with a game high 25 points. Orban was the only other Lady Bear in double figures with 10 points.
E-Town Boys Riding Three Straight Wins February 2, 2018
The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team is doing everything they can to keep the proverbial fat lady from singing and ending their 2017-2018 season. The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak that pushed their overall record to 9-11 and their Section Two mark to 6-6. Both of which are good enough to have E-town on the fringe of postseason discussions with just two games remaining.
"The kids are doing the right stuff. They are really focusing on getting better and playing one game at a time and we'll see where we end up when all the dust settles," said head coach Rocky Parise of the team's outlook on a possible postseason berth that seemed impossible during the Bears recent six game slide.
Elizabethtown rode the work of Larry Locker to pick up wins two and three in the stretch. The junior netting a combined 50 points in wins over Solanco and Garden Spot. Locker joined the L-L's exclusive 30-point club, hitting 30 on the nose, in a 65-61 win over Spot on January 30th. He did his heavy lifting in the third quarter where he picked up half of the team's 24 points. The 24-13 run helped E-town flip a one-point halftime hole into a 10-point lead heading into the final frame. The Spartans made a fourth quarter push but fell short.
"We went on a huge run in the third quarter, got up 12 or 14, and they battled back," said Parise. "Two or three weeks ago we would have crumbled and lost but we stayed patient and fought through the adversity, made a bunch of foul shots at the end and hung on to win."
A few days prior the Bears traveled to Solanco and came home with a 59-51 victory. Locker dropped a game high 20 points, picking up eight during a 22-point first quarter that gave E-town an early lead. The Mules made a second quarter run to tie the game at halftime but Elizabethtown was able to pull away in the second half.
Locker led the third quarter charge that provided a slim two-point lead heading into the fourth where Ryan Parise took over, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the frame to help the Bears stretch their lead to the eight-point final.
The bowling team hit a rough patch, dropping matches to Manheim Township and Cedar Crest with head coach Frank Telenko chalking it up to mental mistakes and lack of focus. The Bears fell to Township on January 26th by a slim 4-3 count. Patrick Hoffmaster was the lone kegler to crack the 600-series, finishing with a 624 series. Elizabeth Vuxta, with games of 193, 216 and 184, was just shy of the 600 mark. Logan Hoover checked in with games of 181, 200 and 189 for a 570 series. Katelyn Garmen was the final Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 539. Andrew Telenko filled the final roster spot in the first game, finishing with a 144. Nikki Lee took over from there and bowled games of 236 and 182.
Elizabethtown dropped their second match opposite Cedar Crest by a 7-0 final only this time two Bears were able to crack the 600-series threshold. Garmen posted the top pin count, finishing with a 656 series while Vuxta finished with a 625 series. Hoffmaster, with games of 202, 206 and 188, was four pins shy of the 600 club. Lee and Hoover rounded out the top five with Lee finishing with a 575 series and Hoover settling for a 501.
The girls swim team picked up two more wins by taking out Lancaster Catholic and Conestoga Valley. Up first was a 90-80 win over CV despite just four event wins. The Lady Bears opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay where Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael and Abbi Dehmey combined to clock a 2:02.48. Rachael added a win in the 50-freestyle (25.51), Fink was tops in the 200 IM (2:26.19) and Walsh won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.24.
The trio combined for five individual wins over Conestoga Valley to help the Lady Bears post a 103-67 win on January 29th. Rachael took the 50 freestyle (25.28) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.30) while Walsh earned solo wins in the 200 freestyle (2:09.61) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.55). Fink picked up a win with a time of 1:13.87 in the 100 breaststroke while Dehmey earned the final win with a 1:00.74 in the 100 freestyle. The quartet also teamed for wins in the 200 medley relay (1:59.30) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.70).
The boy's team picked up their third win of the season against Lancaster Catholic, winning 94-76. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way with solo wins to go with their parts on two victorious relay teams. They teamed with Dylan Quinn and Stuart Readinger to win the 200 medley relay in 1:50.83 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.78. Mueser stepped out on his own to win the 100 freestyle (49.51) and the 200 freestyle (1:52.91) while Azzalina picked up wins in the 50 freestyle (23.43) and the 100 backstroke (58.07). Kyle Welch picked up the final E-town win, taking the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.86.
The Bears were not as fortunate in their meet with Conestoga Valley, falling to the Buckskins by a 94-74 final. Elizabethtown managed just three wins with Azzalina topping the 50 freestyle field with a time of 23.70, Mueser taking the 200 IM (2:08.71) and Nestor securing the 500 freestyle field with a 5:05.05.
The girls' basketball team fell into a three-way tie atop the Section One standings thanks to a 34-32 loss to Penn Manor on January 26th. E-town controlled the first three quarters, building a five-point lead in the process but the final eight minutes saw everything unravel. Penn Manor was able to find an offensive groove that wasn't available in the first three frames and the result was a 14-7 run that erased Elizabethtown's five-point lead and gave the visiting Comets the two-point victory. Sydney Pierson led all scorers with 13 points while Marena Lonardi chipped in with 10 points.
The Lady Bears got right back to winning on the 29th, topping Big Spring 48-40. E-town did stumble a bit in the final frame leading to a 17-12 Lady Bulldog run but Lonardi's 20 points and Amber Orban's 11 points proved to be enough to withstand the late run.
E-town made it two in a row with a 41-27 victory over Conestoga Valley one night later, keeping pace with Cedar Crest and Manheim Township atop the section standings. Lonardi netted a game high 16 points, splitting the tally between the first and third quarters, helping Elizabethtown outscore CV by 17 in those frames. Pierson added 10 points.
The rifle team moved to 7-4 on the season with wins over Governor Mifflin and Ephrata. The Bears had little trouble with Governor Mifflin on January 25th, posting a 498-484 win. Daniel Bert, Madison Garner and Matthew Risbon all posted perfect 100s while Caleb Flores and David Buckwalter checked in with scores of 99.
Things were a lot tighter in Elizabethtown's January 30th showdown with Ephrata as E-town squeaked out a 496-495 victory. Rison and Garner led the way with 100s while Buckwalter and Flores checked in with matching scores of 99. Bert finished out the top five with a 98.
The Elizabethtown wrestling team finished the last of their regular season dual meets on January 31st by hosting Donegal. The neighboring Indians managed to leave town with a 36-27 win by claiming eight of the 14 weight classes. Two of those wins came to open the match putting E-town in a 6-0 hole. Cameron Olson gave the Bears their first win, topping Mason Ober at 132. The hometown crowd had to wait through two more bouts before enjoying another win. Zach Frank pinned Nick Grady 66 seconds into the 152-pound match. Another two Donegal wins made it 24-9 just past the midway point of the match.
David Rich was able to pick up another victory for the home team, slipping by Kyle Bixler 7-1 at 182. Tyler Lanza made it two in a row with a 5-0 decision over Elliot Burnette in the 195-pound battle. Blake Andrews posted the quickest match of the night, pinning Joe Sheaffer at the 31 second mark of the 220-pound bout. Elizabethtown's final win came at 285 where Noah Myers earned a forfeit to move the Bears into the lead for the first time in the match. That lead was short lived as Donegal claimed the final two weight classes to win the match 36-27.
The wrestling team spent Friday January 26th and Saturday January 27th at Garden Spot High School for the 2017-2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Tournament. The Bears wrestled their way to three medals with Andrews taking home top honors with his bronze medal at 195. The senior knocked off Garden Spot's Brandon Sabasino, Penn Manor's TJ Keener and Cocalico's Wyatt Gehman. Andrews only loss was to eventual silver medalist in the semifinals.
Elizabethtown's other two medals were of the eighth-place variety and also came in the upper weight classes. Javan Thomas medaled in the 170-pound bracket. Thomas stumbled out of the gate, dropping his opening match to Penn Manor's Marquis Sweigart, but rebounded to win his next two matches, topping Brody Mann of Pequea Valley and Garden Spot's Jeffery Harley. The junior finished out his weekend with back-to-back losses, the second of the forfeit variety to Sweigart.
Noah Myers forged a different path in the 220-pound bracket, kicking off his run with a 7-5 win over Hempfield's Luke Dreyer. A loss to Warwick's Evan Clark sent Myers to the consolation bracket where he topped Northern Lebanon's Cole Messimer 6-1 to earn a spot on the medal stand. A loss to Lampeter-Strasburg's Tyler Phenegar meant Myers' medal would be seventh or eighth while a loss to Nate Miller of Pequea Valley ensured it would be an eighth-place medal.
Lady Bears Upend Manheim Township 39-35 January 26, 2018
If revenge is a dish best severed cold than the E-town Lady Bear hoops team could not have picked a better time to avenge their December 15th loss to Manheim Township. With the deep freeze of winter providing the cold, Elizabethtown went to Neffsville on January 22nd and knocked off the Lady Streaks. The 39-35 final bumped E-town to 13-3 overall and 8-1 in section play, moving them into a first-place tie with Manheim atop the Section One standings.
"I'm very happy for our players that we were able to go into Township, execute our game plan and win the game," said head coach John Myers. "It's a big win for our program and keeps our momentum moving forward."
Only five different Lady Bears scored but with Marena Lonardi dropping 14 points and Amber Orban adding another 12 Elizabethtown did not need much more. The reason, stifling defense that held Township to single digit point totals in three of the four quarters. That allowed E-town to build a 10-point cushion with Manheim's 15-9 edge in the third quarter putting the final margin at four points. Autumn Royer (five points), Samantha Stackhouse (four points) and Sydney Pierson (four points) rounded out the scoring in the win.
With a 50-22 win over Warwick on the 23rd the Lady Bears started what they hope will be another lengthy winning streak. Elizabethtown controlled throughout, outscoring the Warriors in all four quarters thanks to another stellar defensive effort. Lonardi tallied a game high 15 points, including eight of Elizabethtown's 10 fourth quarter points. Royer and Pierson combined for 17 points while six other Lady Bears cracked the scoring column.
E-town needed to start a new winning streak because their 10-game triumph was snapped with a 57-43 loss to Hershey on January 20th. A sluggish opening stanza left the Lady Bears trailing by 11 and forced them into comeback mode. E-town outscored the Trojans by one in the second quarter and six in the third, shrinking the deficit down to five points with one period remaining. Unfortunately Hershey went on a 24-15 run ending any thoughts of a comeback. Pierson and Royer netted 13 points each to lead the team.
The final notch in the 10-game winning streak came one night prior when Elizabethtown toppled McCaskey 52-29. Once again it was the Lady Bear defense leading the way, holding the Lady Tornado to single digit point totals in three of the four quarters. Even in the one quarter McCaskey did reach double digits they managed just 10 points while E-town tallied 18. Lonardi, Royer and Stackhouse led the way with 15, 12 and 10-points respectively.
The swimming teams kicked off a busy five day stretch with a trip to the Lititz Rec Center for the Baron Invitational. The day can be classified as a success for E-town as the Bears enjoyed top three finishes in six individual events and two relay races.
Daniel Mueser captured two gold medals and teamed with Ben Azzalina, Oliviah Rachael and Gabby Walsh to bring home a relay gold. The quartet was the first to finish the mixed 400-freestyle relay with their 3:38.41 checking in 12-seconds faster than second place Red Lion. Mueser earned his individual hardware with the fastest times in the 50-freestyle (22.76) and the 100-freestyle (49.81). Mueser picked up one last medal, this one silver, as part of the mixed 200 medley relay team. Rachael and Walsh joined Mueser and Dylan Quinn to clock a 1:50.19, finishing less than a second behind Reading.
Azzalina captured the only other top three performance on the boys' side, taking second with a time of 58.73 in the 100-backstroke. Rachael and Walsh collected the final top three performances with Rachael accounting for two of the three. She took second in the 100-butterfly and third in the 50-freestyle. Walsh added a silver medal in the 100-backstroke (1:02.95).
The Bears returned to regular league competition on January 22nd with a trip to Ephrata. The result was a pair of losses, 88-81 for the boys and 102-68 for the girls. Both sides claimed two of the three relays with wins in the 200-medley relay as well as the 200-freestyle. Azzalina, Mueser, Quinn and Stuart Readinger claimed the 200-medley relay win for the boys while Walsh, Fink, Rachael and Abbi Dehmey were victorious on the girls' side. Azzalina, Mueser and Quinn enjoyed the double win, bringing Reece Readinger aboard for the 200-freestyle win while Dehmey, Walsh and Rachael added Erin Kraskewicz to collect their win.
The Lady Bears claimed just three other events. Rachael clocked a 25.19 to take the 50-freestyle and a 55.43 to win the 100-freestyle while Walsh was victorious in the 100-butterfly (1:05.81).
The boys' managed four solo wins. Mueser claimed the 50-freestyle (22.73) and the 100-butterfly (54.93). Azzalina added a win in the 100-backstroke (1:00.24) while Stuart Readinger contributed a win in the 100-breaststroke.
The Bears were back in the pool on January 24th facing Cocalico in a meet that was originally scheduled for the 16th. The Lady Bears coasted to a 121-49 victory, winning all 11 events while the boy's struggled against the Section Two leading Eagles, falling 110-60.
Rachael, Walsh and Fink lead the way for the ladies. Rachael posted the fastest times in the 50-freestyle (25.49) and the 100-butterfly (1:04.24) while taking part in the 200-medley relay and the 400-freestyle relay. Walsh and Fink joined Rachael on both relay teams, joining forces with Dehmey to post a 1:55.0 in the 200-medley relay and a 4:09.21 in the 400-freestyle relay.
Walsh picked up solo wins in the 200-freestyle (2:09.33) and the 100-backstroke (1:03.16) while Fink earned wins in the 200 IM (2:29.27) and the 100-breaststroke (1:15.71). Dehmey joined in the individual winning fun with a 1:03.62 in the 100-freestyle while Camille Donahue picked up the final win with a 6:11.81 in the 500-freestyle.
Mueser and Azzalina led the way for the boys, taking part in the victorious 400 freestyle relay along with Stuart Readinger and Quinn after posting wins in the 50-freestyle, the 100-backstroke and the-100 butterfly. Mueser was responsible for the 50 free (22.38) and 100 butterfly (54.12) wins while Azzalina picked up the 100-backstroke (58.47).
The wrestling team enjoyed a 60-12 victory over Ephrata on January 24th. The match was trimmed to just 12 weight classes after double forfeits at 220 to open the match and again at 120. The Bears claimed all three bouts between the double forfeits, including forfeit wins for Cayden Spencer at 106 and Ethan Carl at 113. Noah Myers had to take the mat to earn his win but he was there only 59-seconds before pinning Josiah Stoltzfus (285).
E-town picked up another two wins before Ephrata was able to get on the board at 138. One of those two wins was a forfeit to Cameron Olson. Tyler Schweitzer earned his win, needing all but 18-seconds of his 126-pound tangle with Tyler Hart to post the pinfall.
Another pinfall win at 145, this one by Cole Rice made it 36-6 before Ephrata picked up their final victory at 152. Elizabethtown claimed the final four matches, three by forfeit with Cayden Livingston (160), Javan Thomas (170) and David Rich (195) enjoying the quick wins. Blake Andrews posted a second period win over Andrew Myers to give E-town its fourth pinfalls on the day.
The rifle team suffered two losses in their last three matches, falling to 5-4 on the year. The trouble started on January 18th with a 594-593 loss to Conestoga Valley. The two sides were tied after five shooters, going to the first tie-breaker to determine a winner. That gave the win to CV as Dana Witmer narrowly edged David Buckwalter 98-97. Madison Garner (100), Daniel Bert (100), Gage Schatz (99), Caleb Flores (99) and Matthew Risbon (98) were E-town's top five shooters.
Elizabethtown suffered the second of those losses to Manheim Township five days later by a 495-493 final. Flores, Bert and Aaron Tetkoskie all notched a 99 while Risbon and Jon Minnich added matching 98s.
In between the Bears managed to top Wilson 495-485. Risbon and Bert tallied perfect 100s while Flores recorded the lone 99. Garner and Schatz finished with a pair of 98s.
The bowling team won two of their last three matches but did suffer their second loss of the season with a 5-2 final to Conestoga Valley on the 22nd. Katelynn Garman led a trio of Bears with pin counts over 600, checking in with a 683 series. Elizabeth Vuxta added a 605 series while Patrick Hoffmaster finished with a 600 series. Logan Hoover (555) and Andrew Telenko (546) rounded out the top five.
Elizabethtown earned a 7-0 win over the Janus School on the 19th. Giulia Guidolin was the lone Bear to bowl all three games, turning in a 370 series. Twelve others took part in in the match, bowling one game each. Hoover (216) and Tyler Freeman (203) enjoyed the highest single game tallies.
Elizabethtown enjoyed another easy win on January 24th when they topped Lebanon 7-0. Hoover and Hoffmaster were the only Bears to take part in all three games, posting series of 668 and 630 respectively. Nikki Lee bowled two games to finish with a 339 day while seven other Bears bowled one game each.
The boys' basketball team snapped a six-game slide with a 64-47 victory over Donegal. The game began on January 12th but was completed on the 25th after the game was halted in the third quarter due to condensation on the court that would not go away. The layoff did not affect the Bears as they turned a 37-28 lead at the time the game was suspended into a 17-point win. Larry Locker led the way with 16 points while Dylan Sweger and Eddie Myers chipped in with 11 points each.
The final loss in that six-game slide took place on the 23rd when Manheim Township left town with a 55-44 victory. The Bears were outscored in all but the fourth quarter where they managed to trim the final margin down to 11-points with an 18-14 edge. Cade Robinson was the Bears' top scorer with 11 points.
Friday January 19th saw the Bears fall to Lampeter-Strasburg by a 58-42 count. Once again E-town was outscored in all but the fourth quarter only this time they managed a 14-14 draw in the final frame to set the final margin at 16 points. Amos Kollie was the lone Bear to reach double figures, netting 12 points.
In non-league action January 20th, E-town dropped a tough one, 58-54 to Hershey. This time it was a difficult fourth quarter that led to E-town's demise. With a strong second and third quarter the Bears enjoyed a 45-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes but the Trojans went on an 18-9 run to steal the four-point win.
Locker dropped in a game high 18 while Elijah Eberly chipped in with 12 points.
E-town Boys Slip In Second Half Against Mounts January 19, 2018
The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team was finally able to work around Mother Nature and complete a scheduled regular season contest. The Bears saw their January 12th game with Donegal halted in the third quarter due to condensation on the court. The remainder of that game is postponed until January 25th. Then the snow came and pushed back what was supposed to be a January 16th game with Ephrata until the 17th. Then there was more snow and the game was rescheduled again for the 18th when it was finally played.
Once the game got underway, a tight first half got away from the Bears, allowing the Mountaineers to leave Elizabethtown with a 46-29 victory and a season sweep of the two-game series. As the opening quarter played out, the Bears managed to stay with Ephrata leading to a 15-13 score after eight minutes. Both sides had trouble putting the ball in the basket in the second quarter, combining for just 11 points. Ephrata held the slight edge in the frame taking a 21-17 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, however, Ephrata managed to increase their lead by 11 points courtesy of a 19-8 run.
The same offensive struggles that plagued both squads in the second quarter resurfaced in the final frame leading to just 10 combined points. Once again Ephrata held the slight edge allowing the Mountaineers to tack a few more points onto their cushion, setting the final at 46-29.
Larry Locker was the lone Bear to reach double figures with 11 points.
The bowling team continues to knock over their competition, topping Cedar Crest by a 7-0 count on January 11th. The shutout victory is the eighth of the season for the Bears and moves their overall record to 66-11 and 26-2 in Section Two action.
Katelyn Garman led the way against the Falcons with a 683-series put together with games of 203, 254 and 226. Despite having the highest series of the match Garman did not record the highest single game tally on the day. That honor went to Patrick Hoffmaster and his game three 257. Hoffmaster completed his set with a 222 and a 185 for a 664-series. Elizabeth Vuxta was the next Bear at the top of the pin counts, finishing with a 640-series put together with games of 231, 213 and 196. Tyler Freeman was the final E-town kegler to break the 600-series threshold, tallying games of 204, 214 and 189 to finish with a 607 series. Logan Hoover finished the Elizabethtown top five with games of 182, 204 and 164 for a 550 series.
The rifle team rebounded from their January 10th loss to Ephrata by clobbering Garden Spot, 496-483, one day later. David Buckwalter was the lone shooter from either team to record a perfect 100 on the day but the remaining four E-town scorers were only one missed shot behind Buckwalter. Makenzie Smith, Caleb Flores, Aaron Tetkoskie and Matthew Risbon all posted scores of 99 to help out.
Mother Nature may have caused a lot of problems with the L-L basketball schedule recently but the extra time off allowed the Lady Bear hoops team to enjoy their 37-27 victory over Cedar Crest for a few days longer than anticipated. And boy was it a win worth enjoying as the 10-point victory came over the reigning Lancaster-Lebanon League Champions that also happen to be the two-time Section One champs and moved E-town into sole possession of second place in the section.
The win was also Elizabethtown's ninth straight, putting them at 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the section.
"Our kids don't quit, our kids play hard and they are a bunch of kids that love each other and love playing," said head coach John Myers. "They don't ever quit and just work their tails off so I'm happy for them. They deserve it.
"Our players were ready for this one and our defensive effort was just awesome," said Myers after his squad held Cedar Crest to their lowest offensive output of the season, including just seven first half points.
Offense was also hard to come by for E-town as the Lady Bears managed only 17 points before intermission, leaving them with a 17-7 lead at the break.
Cedar Crest found their rhythm in the third quarter, posting a 9-4 advantage that made it a 21-16 game with just eight minutes remaining. Elizabethtown, behind Amber Orban and Marena Lonardi, regained control in the fourth leading to a 16-11 edge and the 37-27 final.
"We knew we were playing a good team in their gym," said Myers of Crest's third quarter surge. "We knew that after halftime they were going to come out aggressive and pretty upset. We challenged them to meet that intensity level," he added. "The third quarter was a little iffy but in the fourth quarter we brought it back up and were able to sustain it."
Orban picked up seven of her game high 14 points in the final stanza, all of which came from the charity stripe. Lonardi picked up half of her 12 points in the final frame before fouling out with 1:31 remaining. Sydney Pierson (six points), Emma Blyler (three points) and Autumn Royer (two points) cleaned up the remaining Elizabethtown offense.
The wrestling team picked up their second win in Lebanon County this season with a 46-28 victory over ELCO on January 11th. The Bears won nine of the 14 bouts, five by pinfall starting with Ethan Carl at 113. Two Raider victories followed, which put Elizabethtown in a 10-6 hole but Cameron Olson was able to tie the team score with a 14-5 major decision win over Keegan Donmoyer at 132.
A setback at 138 gave way to Cole Rice's 11-4 win over Hunter Hockley at 145 but E-town didn't take their first lead until Zach Frank's injury default win over Greg Onisa at 152. Those six team points made it 19-16 and after Cayden Livingston's pinfall of Carson Nell at 160 the Bears enjoyed a 25-16 lead.
Another setback at 170 kept ELCO close but Elizabethtown claimed four of the final five bouts, three by pinfall. David Rich started run, topping Austin Sprenkle at 182. Blake Andrews followed with a win over Adam Firestine at 195 to make it 37-22. Noah Myers made it three in a row with a 3-1 overtime victory over Bobby Walck at 220 while Cayden Spencer picked up the final E-town win at 106, pinning Brenna Troutman.
The mat-men's third win of the season in Lebanon County came a week later when the Bears knocked off Cedar Crest by a 42-36 count. The match opened at 160 where Javan Thomas picked up a forfeit win to give the Bears a quick 6-0 lead. The Falcons took the 170 bout to even the team score but E-town came right back. Dave Rich pinned Derrick Via 41 seconds into the second period of their 182 clash to make it 12-6. Andrews picked up an easy forfeit win at 195 but back-to-back losses allowed Cedar Crest to make it an 18-15 match. Elizabethtown picked up two straight forfeit wins by Cayden Spencer at 106 and Carl at 113 to give E-town what appeared to be a comfy cushion.
The Falcons had other ideas, claiming the next three bouts, two by forfeit, to knot the contest at 30-30. The Bears secured the team victory with another back-to-back set of forfeit wins. Bobby Walters earned the victory at 138 while Cole Rich took home the easy win at 145. Cedar Crest claimed the final bout by pinfall to set the final at 42-36.
The boy's swimming team started the season with six straight losses but have now won two straight after a 112-49 win over Manheim Central on January 11th. The Bears claimed two of the three relay events with Ben Azzalina, Stuart Readinger, Daniel Mueser and Dylan Quinn taking the 200-medley relay while Chase Shelly, Reece Readinger, Mitchell Nelson and Kyle Welch took the 400-freestyle title.
Mueser and Quinn also enjoyed two individual wins with Mueser taking the 100 and 200 freestyle while Quinn captured the 100 breaststroke and the 200-individual medley. Nelson, Welch and Azzalina picked up the final three Elizabethtown victories. Nelson claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:12.14, Azzalina the 100 backstroke in 58.51 and Welch the 100 butterfly in 1:08.97.
The Lady Bears also picked up win number two on the season against Manheim Central, posting a 132-33 win. Elizabethtown swept the relay events with Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael and Rachel Handshew kicking things off with a win in the 200-medley relay. Fink, Camille Donahue, Emily Kriner and Erin Kraskewicz closed down the meet with a 4:23.91 winning time in the 400-freestyle relay. In between it was Kriner, Kraskewicz, Walsh and Rachael taking the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.39.
Fink, Walsh and Rachael also enjoyed two solo wins apiece. Fink took the 200-individual medley and the 100 breaststroke while Rachael claimed the 100 and 200 freestyle races. Walsh enjoyed wins in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke while Donahue and Kraskewicz picked up the final two E-town wins. Donahue claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:14.18 while Kraskewicz sped to a win in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 28.91.
ET Matmen Host L-S in Section Two Clash January 12, 2018
The ups and downs of a wrestling season can be wide ranging. Take for example the Elizabethtown mat-men, fresh off a 3-2 showing at their own Grizzly Duals on Saturday January 6th the Bears hosted Lampeter-Strasburg on the 10th. The result was not what E-town was looking for as the Pioneers left Elizabethtown with a 55-13 victory.
Only three E-town grapplers managed to come out on top in their individual match-ups. The first was Cole Rice at 145. He topped Nick Salgado by an 11-8 count, but that came after three straight Lampeter-Strasburg wins to open the match, making it 13-3 in favor of the Pioneers. Three more L-S victories came before the second E-town win which was David Rich's 8-0 major decision over Logan Davison at 182 pounds. The Elizabethtown fans would not have to wait long for Elizabethtown's third and final victory as Blake Andrews pinned Johnny Franklin just 68 seconds into their 195-pound clash. Lampeter-Strasburg closed out the match by claiming the last five bouts, putting the final at 55-13.
The results at the Grizzly Duals were more favorable to the Bears as comfortable wins over Dover (52-24) and Eastern York (43-26) combined with a narrow victory over Southern Huntingdon (37-32) countering losses to McCaskey (45-34) and Palmyra (42-38).
Four different wrestlers made it through the five-match gauntlet with a pristine 5-0 mark. Cameron Olson did his work at 132 pounds while Javan Thomas spent his time at 170. Noah Myers and Andrews split their time between multiple weight classes. Myers picked up four of his wins at 220 with the fifth coming at 285 while Andrews earned three of his victories at 195 with the final two coming at 182. Three additional Bears survived the day with just one loss. Rice earned four wins at 145 while Cayden Livingston did all of his work at 160 pounds. The final grappler to reach that plateau was Rich who picked up three of those W's at 182 and the fourth at 195.
The bowling team experienced the best of times and the worst of times in their most recent two matches. E-town topped Manheim Central by a 7-0 count on January 9th only to come back one day later and fall to Penn Manor by the same count. Despite the 1-1 stretch head coach Frank Telenko remains positive.
"I am pleased with how hard the kids are working at practice and the upperclassmen are learning how to lead," Telenko stated.
Katelyn Garman and Patrick Hoffmaster led the charge against the Barons, both topping the 700-pin mark. Garman tallied a match high 716 series with games of 251, 228 and 237 while Hoffmaster checked in with a 706-series put together with games of 247, 232 and 227. The two juniors might have led the way but it was sophomore Andrew Telenko that stole the show. The kegler rolled a match high 278 in his first game before dropping to a 167 in game two. Beth Vuxta and Logan Hoover also bowled just the first two games. Vuxta finished with games of 169 and 209 while Hoover had scores of 206 and 182. Telenko rounded out the match with three new bowlers taking part in the third game. Nikki Lee finished with a 222, Bradley Ruth a 212 and Tyler Freeman a 165.
The boys' swim team made their first big splash of the season with an 86-83 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on January 9th. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way with two individual wins coupled with two relay wins. Mueser posted the fastest times in both the 50 freestyle (23.06) and the 100 butterfly (56.04) while Azzalina was the quickest in the 100 freestyle (52.77) and the 100 backstroke (59.24). Dylan Quinn claimed the final individual win for Elizabethtown, posting a 1:10.49 in the 100 breaststroke. Quinn was also a member of the two victorious relay teams, he along with Azzalina, Mueser and Stuart Readinger claimed the 200-medley relay in 1:51.88 and the 400 freestyle in 3:39.89.
The Lady Bears just missed their second win of the season, instead settling for an 85-85 tie with the Lady Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg. Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael each picked up an individual event win but not before teaming with Abbi Dehmey for a win in the 200-medley relay, clocking a 2:01.03. Walsh kicked off the solo wins, posting a 1:03.33 in the 100 backstroke while Fink claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.41 and Rachael the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.94.
Eight. That is the current number of consecutive victories from the Lady Bear basketball team after wins over Conestoga Valley and Hempfield. The winning streak took E-town from a so-so 2-2 overall mark to their current 10-2 mark while slotting the Lady Bears into second place in Section One, with a 5-1 record, behind Manheim Township, otherwise known as the last team to defeat Elizabethtown back on December 15th.
The Lady Bears collected their eighth straight win on January 9th with a 43-23 shellacking of Hempfield. Led by Autumn Royer and Marena Lonardi, E-town did the bulk of their damage in the second quarter. The pair combined to score 12 of Elizabethtown's 19 points in the frame, helping to turn a five-point lead into a 19-point cushion. The Knights managed to get through the third frame with a 12-7 edge, reducing the Lady Bear lead to 14 points but that was short lived as E-town came roaring back in the final frame, outscoring Hempfield 8-2 to set the 20-point final margin.
Royer finished with a game high 15, seven in the pivotal second quarter while Lonardi ended up with 10 points, half coming in the second quarter.
A few nights prior the Lady Bears took down Conestoga Valley by a 49-39 final. Only five players scored for Elizabethtown in the 10-point victory led by Lonardi's game high 25 points. Behind the work of the standout junior E-town jumped out to a six-point lead after eight minutes, played even-up with the Lady Buckskins through the middle quarters before outscoring CV 12-8 in the final frame.
Royer was the only other Lady Bear in double figures with 12 points. Amber Orban and Samantha Stackhouse added five points apiece while Sydney Pierson picked up the final two points.
The Elizabethtown rifle team dropped their second match of the season on January 10th, falling to Ephrata 498-493. David Buckwalter was the lone Bear to record a perfect score while three Mountaineers matched Buckwalter's 100. Caleb Flores and Gage Schatz fell just short, finishing with matching 99s while Matthew Risbon (98) and Madison Garner (97) rounded out the E-town top five.
One day earlier the Bears managed a 496-492 win over Manheim Central. This time Risbon and Flores reached the 100 mark while Buckwalter was one shot back with a 99. Garner joined Buckwalter with a 99 while Mackenzie Smith joined the top five with a score of 98.
The boys' basketball team has been busy, knocking four games off their 2017-2018 slate over the course of six days. The Bears split those four games and now sit at 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Section Two play.
"We've shown flashes of being really, really good and then we've shown flashes of reverting back to bad habits," said second year head coach Rocky Parise. "But overall the kids are so focused, they are listening, they are playing hard and they are doing everything that we ask them to do which is a really, really positive thing."
Some flashes of good came in back-to-back wins over Garden Spot and Susquehannock on January 5th and 6th. E-town toppled Spot on the 5th behind 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists from Larry Locker coupled with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists from Amos Kollie. Elijah Eberly added 11 points and 12 rebounds while Dylan Sweger chipped in with 11 points.
Behind all that offensive firepower the Bears jumped out to a 26-15 lead after the opening frame and never looked back. The Spartans mounted a minor comeback bid in the second and fourth quarters but Elizabethtown was able to keep Spot from doing too much damage during their brief runs.
One day later the Bears found themselves at Manheim Central to take part in the "War of Roses" where teams from the Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA faced off. E-town faced Susquehannock and managed a 52-46 victory. The Bears outscored Susquehannock in all but the third frame where Susquehannock held a 12-7 edge. Elizabethtown pushed their lead back to the six-point final tally with a 15-10 run through the fourth. Eberly netted a game high 13 points while Kollie (12 points) and Sweger (11 points) provided double digit back-up.
The Bears stumbled on January 9th, falling to Cocalico by a 59-52 final. "Yeah, the Cocalico one hurt," said Parise of the seven-point loss. "We did not have a good first half but we came out and turned up the heat defensively in the third quarter and had a seven or eight-point lead going into the fourth and just completely broke down in the fourth."
The difficult first half that Parise mentioned resulted in a 25-18 halftime deficit but as the skipper pointed out, they controlled the third quarter to the tune of a 22-8 run. That flipped the seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead with just eight minutes remaining. The Eagles capitalized on a few Bear turnovers and cruised through the fourth on a 26-12 run. The end result of the wild second half was a 59-52 Cocalico victory. Cade Robinson tallied a team high 18 points while Locker added 16 pints but the pair barley combined to outscore Cocalico's Aidan Trynasky who dropped 32 points in the win.
Elizabethtown suffered a second straight loss one night later, traveling to the West Shore to face Cedar Cliff. Behind a trio of double digit scorers, the Colts posted a scoring advantage in all four quarters. Gerald Jarmon netted a game high 24 points while Justin Gause and Patrick Wiestling chipped in with 16 and 12 points respectively. Locker finished with a team high 18 points in the loss.
With back-to-back losses on the books Parise remains upbeat.
"I'm happy with how hard the kids are playing, how focused they are and how they are playing unselfish as a team," said Parise. "I think that is the biggest difference this year compared to last and I am really proud of them for that."
Lady Bear Swimmers Edge Lower Dauphin January 5, 2018
New Year, new result for the Elizabethtown girls' swimming team. After dropping their first five meets of the season, all in 2017, the Lady Bears posted win number one on January 2nd. "It was an awesome win for the girls' team," said head coach Zach McElheny of the 88-82 victory over Lower Dauphin. "The girls swam hard and pushed themselves in the close races."
A trio of Lady Bears led the way to two relay wins and five individual victories. Abbi Dehmey was the lone member of both winning relay teams, getting help from Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael to win the 200 medley relay in 2:00.14. Dehmey was joined by Camille Donahue, Abby Alsbaugh and Emmy Kriner in the 200 freestyle relay where the quartet posted a winning time of 1:58.13.
Rachael and Walsh starred in the individual events with each taking home two wins. Rachael claimed the 50 freestyle (25.79) and the 100 butterfly (1:04.52) while Walsh was victorious in the 200 freestyle (2:11.84) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.63). Fink claimed the final E-town win with a 2:25.43 in the 200 individual medley.
The evening was not as kind to the boys' squad as they fell to Lower Dauphin by a 101-68 final. The Bears managed just three event victories, two by Daniel Mueser. The senior took the 50 free style in 22.61 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.41. Ben Azzalina picked up the final E-town win, posting a 58.43 in the 100 backstroke.
The Elizabethtown bowling team continues to roll along, posting their sixth 7-0 win in eight matches this season. With all those shutouts the Bears carry a 52-4 overall mark into the second half of the season. Katelyn Garman paced the team in the CV win, narrowly edging out Elizabeth Vuxta for high series. Garmen rolled games of 195, 229 and 224 to finish with a 648 series while Vuxta posted games of 224, 222 and 181 for a 647 series. Patrick Hoffmaster finished a few pins behind his teammates with games of 227, 191 and 226 putting his series at 644. Andrew Telenko gave E-town four keglers over 600 on the day as the junior bowled games of 201, 188 and 215 to finish with a 604 series. Logan Hoover rounded out E-town's top five with a 497 series thanks to games of 174, 157 and 166.
The wrestling team enjoyed their first match of 2018, topping Lebanon 54-29 on January 3rd. The Bears claimed nine of the 14 weight classes with eight of those nine victories coming via forfeit. The lopsided final score becomes all the more impressive when you factor in that E-town dropped four of the first five bouts to fall into a 32-6 hole. The Bears came roaring back by claiming five straight forfeits starting with Cameron Olson at 132. Bobby Walters (138), Cole Rice (145), Zach Frank (152) and Cayden Livingston (160) followed and when added to Ethan Carl's forfeit win at 113 Elizabethtown found themselves on top 36-23. A Cedars' win at 170 was their final one, closing the gap to 36-29 with three matches remaining. E-town won all three with forfeits by David Rich (182) and Noah Myers (220) sandwiched around a pinfall win by Blake Andrews at 195.
The boys' basketball team spent the holidays at home, hosting the Allen Restoration Winter Classic. The Bears cruised to the championship game with a 64-40 win over Central Dauphin on December 28th. Larry Locker dropped a game high 27 points to lead the charge while Amos Kollie chipped in with 16 points, nine of which came from deep.
The Bears ended up on the wrong side of the championship game, however, falling to Bishop McDevitt 50-42. Despite the loss E-town outscored the Crusaders in two of the four quarters, posting a 10-8 edge in the opening frame and a 15-9 advantage in the third quarter. McDevitt knotted the game up heading into intermission with an 11-9 run through the second quarter and blew the game open in the fourth with a 22-8 surge.
Locker finished in double digits with 10 points but it was Elijah Eberly netting a team high 11 points in the loss.
The Lady Bears hoopsters are riding a six-game winning streak after a 46-25 trouncing of Ephrata on January 3rd. E-town started sluggish, playing the Lady Mountaineers to an 8-8 draw through one quarter. From there Elizabethtown outscored Ephrata 38-17 which included holding the Mounts scoreless in the third quarter.
Amber Orban paced the attack with a game high 16 points. Marena Lonardi was the only other player in double figures with 14 points. Samantha Stackhouse (six points), Autumn Royer (four points), Sydney Pierson (four points) and Macy Seaman (two points) rounded out the scoring for Elizabethtown.
The Lady Bears also roughed up Northeastern in the opening game of the Lady Bobcats holiday tournament on December 27th, earning a spot in the championship game with a 59-32 victory. E-town controlled from the tip, posting scoring advantages in all but the fourth quarter, including a 22-7 run through the second that basically put the game away. Lonardi tallied a game high 21 points while Orban provided back-up with 15 points.
Elizabethtown's 33-32 title game victory over West Perry was filled with an infinite amount more drama as the sides traded buckets throughout the contest. West Perry managed a five-point, 10-5, lead coming out of the first quarter only to see E-town bounce back with a 12-4 spurt in the second stanza.
The Lady Bears' slim three-point was erased in the third quarter when the Lady Mustangs posted an 11-8 edge to knot the game heading into the final eight minutes of action. Scoring was at a premium in the final period and fortunately for Elizabethtown the Lady Bears were able to claw their way to an 8-7 advantage, sealing the one-point win and the tournament title.
Lonardi topped all scorers with 16 while Royer chipped in with 11 points. Stackhouse, Pierson and Elise Hassinger added two points apiece to wrap up the scoring.
E-town Tops Ephrata, Falls Short in Playoff Bid November 5, 2017
For the Elizabethtown football team, a season ending 70-6 demolition of Ephrata was not quite enough. Why would a lopsided victory to close out a 6-4 season sill leave the Bears wanting more?? That would be because E-town just missed qualifying for the District 3-5A playoffs, settling in as the 10th seed in an eight-team playoff field.
While disappointing, missing out on the district playoffs does not remove all the joy from the season ending win over Ephrata, the Bears did score 70 points after all. Cayden Livingston, one of the 17 players recognized on Senior Night, led that offensive explosion with a 154-yard, three TD effort while fellow senior Anthony Funk added 87 yards receiving on four catches plus a 51-yard punt return score.
Livingston and the ground attack may have paced the victory over the Mountaineers but it was the Cole Patrick led passing game that put Elizabethtown's first points on the board. Patrick hit Alex Diahn for a 32-yard score that made it 7-0 early in the opening frame. Livingston made it a 14-0 affair after the first of his three trips to the end zone, this one a one-yard plunge, but the lead was short lived. Ephrata managed their only score of the game, a 49-yard Caden Keefer scramble that made it 14-6 after the missed extra point.
The Bears finished out the first quarter in strong fashion, tacking on two more rushing scores for a 28-6 cushion after just 12 minutes of game time. Devyn Clair enjoyed the first of those two scores, a 10-yarder that made it 21-6 while Patrick accounted for his second score of the day, this one a 28-yard scramble that finished the first quarter scoring.
The second quarter saw just two touchdowns but the resulting 42-6 score meant a running clock to kick off the second half. Livingston picked up the first score of the second stanza and his second of the game on a three-yard plunge that stretched the margin to 35-6. Patrick closed out the high scoring first half with a five-yard strike to Clair for that 42-6 halftime score.
Funk's 51-yard punt return accounted for the only points of the third quarter and gave Elizabethtown a 49-6 lead heading into the fourth. Livingston capped his stellar game with an 11-yard TD run to get the fourth quarter rolling. Zach Frank took over from there, scoring on runs of three and 39 yards to set the 70-6 final.
While the majority of central PA spent the evening of Tuesday October 31st working on their costumes and then Trick-or-Treating the E-town girls' volleyball team was busy attempting to extend their 2017 season. Those attempts ultimately fell short as Elizabethtown fell to Central York in their District 3-4A quarterfinal showdown.
"It was a very interesting match where both teams made a lot of errors that were not typical," said head coach David Pittman of the 3-2 loss, "but that is the pressure that is put on you at playoff time."
The Lady Bears seemed unaffected by the playoff pressure in a 25-16 first game victory but things flipped in games two and three. The Lady Panthers evened the match with a 25-22 game two win then put Elizabethtown on the brink with a near identical 25-23 game three final. The Lady Bears extended their season by one game with a 25-15 game four victory but Central York pulled out the decisive fifth game, 15-9.
"The 5th set was up and down with us dominating early and making a few too many errors down the stretch to pull it out," said Pittman.
Julia Rathsam's 32 assists paced the offense while Rebecca Epps and her 20 digs did the same on defense. Taylor Beeler chipped in with 11 kills while Ashley NyeSmith (two aces) and Grace Murray (three blocks) provided additional support.
The Lady Bears went 14-4 this year and earned their second section championship in six years.
"Overall, I was very pleased with the season and the team," stated Pittman. "The borough of Elizabethtown should be proud of them too."
The cross country season came to a close on Saturday November 4th with a trip to Hershey for the PIAA Championship Meet. Six Elizabethtown runners, four girls and two boys, made the short trip to Hershey for the season's final meet.
"Congratulations to these runners, who represented the greatest number of E-town runners to ever qualify for the State Championships," exclaimed head coach Mark Gallagher.
After qualifying for the PIAA Championship meet by a mere two seconds, Katie Locker stepped up her game. The sophomore trimmed nearly a minute off her district time, turning in a 19:07 which was the ninth fastest time in the 212 runner AAA field. Cat Shontz crossed the finish line 57 seconds later and in 60th place while Madeline Quinn gave the Lady Bears three runners inside the top 100 with her 78th place time of 20:16. Kate Weissend, the fourth and final Lady Bear in the PIAA field, finished 117th with a time of 20:42.
On the boy's side it was a Scharf show as only Christopher and Charles qualified. Christopher finished at 16:58 and was 65th while, despite finishing just seven seconds back, Charles clocked a 17:05 and was shuffled to 88th place in the 236 AAA runner field.
E-town Booters Fall in District Opener October 29, 2017
The boys' soccer team's bid to add another championship to their resume came to a screeching halt on October 24th with a surprising first round loss to Central Dauphin. Elizabethtown, the 2016 District 3-4A and PIAA-4A runner up, 2016 and 2017 Lancaster-Lebanon League Champions and the second seed in this year's district bracket fell to Central Dauphin by a 2-0 count in a surprise upset.
"Districts is about executing your opportunities," said head coach James Sostack. "While we dominated all phases of the game we unfortunately didn't finish and didn't find the back of the net."
Despite the shutout the Bears held an 8-6 edge in shots and a staggering 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
"Full credit is given to Central Dauphin for bending but not breaking against our consistent pressure," stated Sostack. "Their goalkeeper played beyond expectations and made the difference in the game."
That goal keeper was Carson Etsheid and he earned the clean sheet with an eight save effort, doubling E-town's Austin Denlinger and his four saves. "Overall, while we would like the opportunity to rewrite the script on how we ended our season. I am proud of the legacy this group of players have given the program," said Sostack of the departing seniors and their four Section Two titles, three L-L Championships and the aforementioned district and state runner-up runs.
The Elizabethtown girls' volleyball team spent the last week attempting to avenge their only two regular season losses. Their first crack came on Monday the 23rd when the Lady Bears faced Warwick in the L-L semifinals. E-town was hoping to flip the results from the regular season meeting that went to the Lady Warriors by a 3-1 count.
Elizabethtown nearly pulled off the win after taking a 2-1 lead in the best of five match but Warwick stormed back for the 3-2 victory.
"It was a very tough loss for our team and very disappointing as well," said head coach David Pittman. "We certainly didn't play our best and much of that can be attributed to Warwick's serving but we have been practicing on this and just really didn't get the breaks when we needed them."
The Lady Bears started the match on the wrong foot, dropping game one 25-17 but captured the next two games by a combined five points, 25-23 and 25-22, putting Warwick on the ropes. Warwick shook off the two straight losses to snag game four, 25-16, setting up what Pittman called an exciting fifth and decisive game. The Lady Warriors kept momentum on their side to capture that game, 15-12 and the match 3-2.
"The fifth set was exciting, unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of it," said Pittman.
Julia Rathsam and Bri Eberly did the heavy lifting against Warwick with Rathsam tallying 31 assists and 23 digs while Eberly finished with a team high 11 kills, two blocks and two aces.
Elizabethtown's redemption tour traveled to Central York High School on October 28th where the Lady Wildcats of Dallastown awaited in the opening round of the District 3-4A playoffs. The rematch began the same way as the first go-round between the two teams, with E-town taking games one and two. This time it was 25-22 and 25-23 finals that put the Lady Bears on the brink of victory. Dallastown kept the dejà vu feeling going by taking game three 28-26 but that is where the similarities ended as Elizabethtown finished the match with a 27-25 game four win.
Rathsam finished the grueling affair with 34 assists, six aces and three blocks while Rebecca Epps (22 digs) and Taylor Beeler (16 kills) provided backup.
The Elizabethtown cross country teams made their annual trek to Newville for the District 3-3A Championship meet on October 28th. The trip was a successful one highlighted by six runners qualifying for the PIAA Championships on November 4th. The Lady Bears, who finished fifth in the team standings with 193 points, nearly qualified their entire team. They missed the team cut by one spot, finishing 12 points behind fourth place Chambersburg.
Cat Shontz highlighted the successful day for the Lady Bears with a sixth place run of 19:22. She will be joined at the PIAA meet by the trio of Madeline Quinn, Katie Locker and Kate Weissend, who all ran well enough to finish inside the PIAA cut. Quinn just missed a top 10 finish, settling for 11th with a time of 19:28. Locker crossed the line 30 seconds later and in 26th place with Weissend (19:59) a step behind in 27th place.
Three other Lady Bears, Malayna Van Winkle, Camille Donahue and Brooke Nicodemus were part of the 234-runner, 3A field. Van Winkle was the first of the trio to finish, doing so in 123rd place with a time of 22:06. Donahue claimed 179th with a time of 23:36 while Nicodemus finished 201st with a time of 24:54.
The quartet of Lady Bears will be joined at the PIAA meet by a duo of Bears. Both Christopher and Charles Scharf ran well enough to punch a ticket to Hershey for the state meet on the 4th. Christopher posted the top time for Elizabethtown, capturing ninth by turning in a 16:32. Charles crossed the line 10 seconds later and in 22nd place. Jesse Myers was the final Bear to crack the top 100, finishing 84th with a time of 17:39 while Nat McCloud (144th,) and Jason Trimble (215th) rounded out the top five for Elizabethtown. The resulting team score of 474 put E-town in 17th place, just ahead of Daniel Boone. Dylan Quinn (232nd) and Elliot Kline (241st) were the final two Elizabethtown runners to complete the 3.1-mile race.
The field hockey team's foray into the District 3-2A tournament ended with a 3-1 loss to East Pennsboro in the two squad's October 24th first round encounter. The Lady Panthers scored all three of their goals in the first half, two by Gery Schnarrs, to control the outcome. Jaide Epler broke up the shutout bid early in the second half, making it 3-1 with 23:08 remaining in the contest. Hannah McConnell turned away eight of the 11 shots she faced in the loss.
The Elizabethtown football saw their 2017 playoffs hopes extinguished with an October 27th loss to Cedar Crest. "They were the better team tonight, plain and simple," said head coach Bill McDonald after the 31-7 loss that left the Bears, 5-4 and 11th in the most recent District 3-5A rankings.
Elizabethtown managed just 175 yards of offense led by Devyn Clair and Cayden Livingston. The one-two punch combined for 110 rushing yards with Clair holding the slight edge, 57-53. Anthony Funk paced E-town's ariel attack with four receptions and 40 yards including a shutout busting 13-yard TD grab that came with 17 seconds remaining in the contest.
"We'll move on to the next game. We have a good group of seniors. I'm proud of them," added McDonald.
ET Boys' Soccer Wins Second Straight L-L Title October 22, 2017
The boys' soccer team did it again, winning their second straight league title and their third in the last four years. "It's a remarkable achievement to win three L-L League titles in the past four years with this year's back-to-back titles," commented head coach James Sostack of the special run. "It's a special core of players that respond to the coaching tactics and have a genuine brotherhood among the players in the program."
The victory was a result of two second half goals from Brady Kreider, 13 saves from Austin Denlinger and came despite the Blazers holding an edge in both shots on goal (13-6) and corner kicks (5-3). Kreider's first goal came early in the second half and according to Sostack helped flip momentum squarely to the Bears.
"The first half saw us struggle in the possession game against an LMH team stacked with talent," said Sostack. "The second half saw the flow of play back in our direction after a great goal by Brady Kreider who danced around the Mennonite defenders for a superb individual effort."
Aden Cabrera-Perez provided the feed for Kreider to go to work on the game's first score while Caleb Gerber continued his exceptional week by setting up Kreider's insurance goal in the 52nd minute.
The Bears continue their playoff journey on October 24th, hosting Central Dauphin in the District 3-4A opener. Game time is set for 7pm at Jane Hoover Field.
In order to have a chance at repeating Elizabethtown first had to take care of last year's title game foe, Hempfield. The Bears needed a few extra minutes to get the job done but they did just that with a 3-2 overtime victory.
"A "gritty" performance demonstrating the resolve of a well-tested team," stated Sostack. "I credit the players' ability to respond and execute the tactical changes as well as the discipline to finish set plays."
E-town's resolve was well tested in the semifinal showdown as the Black Knights held a one goal lead for large portions of the contest. Hempfield's first lead came in the 27th minute with Alexis Garcia breaking up the scoreless deadlock. It took Elizabethtown just over 20 minutes to climb out of that one goal hole with Caleb Gerber's first goal taking place in the 49th minute.
Hempfield regained their slim lead just a few minutes later when Ryan Helper made it 2-1 in the 56th minute. The Black Knights looked to remain in front this time and came dangerously close to pulling it off but Aiden Grey Fertich had other ideas. The senior netted the game tying goal with 1:40 remaining in regulation setting up sudden death overtime. Gerber came through with the game winning golden goal, his second of the game, in the 84th minute.
"I was encouraged to see Caleb Gerber find the back of the net on two occasions, we need younger players to step up in critical games and Caleb did just that," praised Sostack.
The football team's game against Garden Spot had a feel of Dejà vu with David Shank drilling a game winning field goal to top the Spartans for the second straight year. In 2016 it was a 19 yarder with three ticks remaining that gave E-town a 16-13 victory. This season's game winner was from 37 yards out and came as time expired, giving the home team a 16-14 victory.
Shank took his heroics to another level in this year's victory, adding makes of 25 yards and 33 yards to account for nine of the Bear's 16 points. Elizabethtown's only none-Shank points came in the second quarter when Cole Patrick hooked up with Anthony Funk for a 24-yard score. Shanks's successful PAT, combined with that 25-yarder made it 10-7 at the break.
Shank made it 13-7 with his 33-yard boot early in the final frame only to see Spot's Cameron Roth break loose for a 71-yard jaunt that put the Spartans on top for a second time in the game, 14-13. Shank would not be outdone on the night, booting the game winner as time expired, sending the home fans into a frenzy.
The cross country teams began their postseason journey on Tuesday October 17th with a trip to Ephrata for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Meet. The trip ended up being historic for the girls' team as the Lady Bears posted the program's best finish, nipping Hempfield 100-102 to bring home team silver.
Katie Locker was the first E-town runner to finish, doing so with a time of 18:40.6, good enough for her second straight silver medal. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn followed up on their All-Star regular seasons by finishing sixth and eighth respectively. Shontz, a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars was able to take sixth place with a time of 19:17.90 while Quinn came in eighth with a time of 19:24.40. Quinn joined Locker on the Section One First Team roster.
E-town's fourth runner, also a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars managed to slip inside the top 20 with Kate Weissend and her 19:56.90 coming in 19th out of the 142 runners. Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the Lady Bear top five by finishing 71st with a time of 22:36.30. With their top 20 finishes Locker, Shontz, Quinn and Weissend picked up L-L medals and also earned L-L All-Star honors.
On the boys' side only two runners finished inside the top 20 leading to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. Those two runners share a last name, Scharf. Christopher posted a 16:20.1 to take fourth while Charles finished in 16:59.40 and in 18th place. The Scharf brothers add the L-L accolades to their Section One First Team All-Stars nods. Elizabethtown's next two runners, Jesse Myers and Nat McCloud followed up their Section One Second Team All-Stars honors by finishing 46th and 60th. Myers covered the 3.1-mile course at Ephrata Middle School in 17:30.10 to finish 46th while McCloud needed 17:51.60 to traverse the course, finishing 60th. Aiden Weaver was the fifth Bear to cross the line, taking 87th with his time of 18:17.20.
Up next for the XC teams is a trip to Big Spring High School for the District 3 Championship Meet on October 28th.
The girls' volleyball team closed out arguably the best regular season in program history last week. Wins over Lampeter-Strasburg and Solanco moved E-town to 10-0 in Section Two play, securing the section title for the Lady Bears.
"We are proud of what we've accomplished but only want to accomplish more," said head coach David Pittman of the section crown, adding, "I am very proud of the effort that the team has given us and we are always looking to get better. We realize that we may have some setbacks but at the end our fight and our mettle is what defines this team."
Both wins were of the 3-0 variety with neither L-S or Solanco offering much resistance starting with E-town's 25-10, 25-20, 25-16 sweep over the Lady Pioneers on Monday. Bri Eberly enjoyed a standout game with a team high 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. Grace Murry matched Eberly's block total while Rebecca Epps matched the two aces, adding a team high 14 digs. Julia Rathsam collected 32 assists in the win.
The win over Solanco two days later gave the Lady Bears their second six game winning streak of the season and with wins of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-11 was Elizabethtown's 10th sweep in 14 matches. Rathsam led the way with 27 assists and four aces while Murray and Eberly both collected a team high two blocks. Senior Katrielle Hoffman enjoyed senior night with a team high 10 kills while Ashley NyeSmith collected eight digs in the win.
One day after stretching their winning streak to six games the Lady Bears saw that streak snap with a 3-2 loss to Dallastown. It was just Elizabethtown's second loss of the season and came despite the Lady Bears jumping out to a 2-0 lead behind wins of 25-21 and 25-17. Dallastown bounced back with back-to-back wins of 25-22 to even the match before stealing the win with a 15-10 fifth game victory. Taylor Beeler tallied a team high 24 digs and 14 kills while Rathsam posted team high 42 assists and three aces. Nye Smith matched the three aces while Eberly had two blocks.
With the regular season in the books the Lady Bears turned their attention to the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs were the Lady Eagles of Cocalico awaited in the quarterfinals. E-town kicked off what they hope will be another lengthy winning streak with a 3-0 sweep over the Section Three runner-up squad. Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all tallied nine kills to lead the offense with Rathsam providing the setup with 32 assists. Eberly added a team high three blocks to her nine kills while Epps (four aces) and Marley Kreiser (seven digs) rounded out the team leaders.
ET Football Posts OT Upset Over Pioneers October 15, 2017
It may not be on the same level as the '68 Jets or Appalachian State stunning Michigan in 2007 but Elizabethtown's 44-38 overtime victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Friday was a pretty impressive upset win for the Bears. Need proof, consider...E-town entered the contest on a three-game slide while L-S had won two straight and sported just one loss on the season, to undefeated Manheim Central. Everything pointed to a homecoming win for the Pioneer crowd but then the game started and E-town forced two fumbles, recovering both, while picking off Lampeter-Strasburg QB Todd Shelley three times. Add it all up and the Bears managed to survive in OT for their fourth win of the season.
As the final score suggests the teams traded trips to the endzone throughout the contest starting with a one-yard Kris Pirozzi plunge that gave Lampeter-Strasburg the early lead. Elizabethtown fired back with a 54-yard Cole Patrick to Devyn Clair pitch and catch that tied the game until David Shank's PAT made it 7-6 Elizabethtown. L-S was able to enjoy a 16-14 halftime lead courtesy of a 22-yard Cam Niemeyer fumble return for a score combined with a 20-yard Peyton Denlinger field goal. Those scores countered Cayden Livingston's five-yard run that had extended the Bear lead to 14-6.
Clair got the second half scoring rolling with a 53-yard jaunt that put E-town back on top at 21-16 but the lead was short lived because Niemeyer broke off an 80-yard score that put the Pioneers back up, 23-21. The flip-flopping continued when Shank drilled a 26-yard field goal to put the Bears in front 24-23. Elizabethtown extended their lead to 31-23 a short while later when Isaiah Sheetz recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for a score.
Lampeter-Strasburg started their fourth quarter comeback with a two-yard Drew Smith TD coupled with a Shelley to Niemeyer two-point conversion that knotted the game at 31-31. The Bears briefly regained the lead when Patrick hit Grant Gaumer for a 78-yard score. The Shank extra-point made it 38-31. The Pioneers had one more answer in the form of a six-yard Pirozzi run that forced overtime.
Elizabethtown struck first in OT with Patrick punching it in on a six-yard scramble but a blocked extra point put the Bear faithful on the edge of their seats. The E-town defense was up to the task and shut down Pioneers to seal the overtime win.
The field hockey team lost their L-L playoff spot with back-to-back losses to Manheim Central and Lampeter-Strasburg to close out the regular season.
The first blow came in the form of a 4-0 loss to the Lady Barons on Monday. Facing a relentless Central attack that produced 12 shots and 14 corners led to seven Hannah McConnell saves in the loss.
Two days later the Lady Pioneers used two goals from both Julia Smecker and Abby Thorius to fully remove Elizabethtown from the L-L playoff picture, securing Section Two's third bid at the expense of the Lady Bears. E-town used Mackenzie Hammaker's first half score and Jaide Epler's second half goal to hang with L-S but the duo of Smecker and Thorius proved too much. McConnell finished with 11 saves in the loss.
While the Lady Bears season ending five game slide pushed Elizabethtown out of the L-L playoffs it did not do the same to their District 3-AA playoff invite. With a few days remaining before the district power rankings are finalized the Lady Bears occupy the 14th spot in the 16-team field, setting a tentative first round match-up with East Pennsboro on October 25th.
The girls' volleyball team continued their impressive run through the 2017 regular season picking up wins over Manheim Township and Manheim Central last week to improve to 10-1 on the year. The Lady Bears kicked off the week with a 3-0 sweep over Township on Monday. E-town had little trouble dispatching the Lady Streaks, posting wins of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-10, thanks to 11 kills from Taylor Beeler and 29 assists from Julia Rathsam. Beeler also added 14 digs while Rebecca Epps (five aces) and Bri Eberly (three blocks) provided back up.
Tuesday's 3-0 win over Central was only mildly more challenging as Elizabethtown claimed game one 25-13 and game three 25-12. The Lady Barons managed a strong game two but E-town still collected the 25-20 victory. Rathsam had another 22 assists while Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all finished with six kills. Ashley NyeSmith added 13 digs and four aces while Grace Murray recorded a team high three blocks.
The girls' tennis team saw their season come to an official close on October 9th with the completion of Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament. Elizabethtown's final remaining entry, Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long, finished with the Flight Three silver after an 8-3 finals loss to Cedar Crest's Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer.
The cross country team slipped in one final regular season meet before kicking off their postseason run. The regular season finale was a mixed bag for the Bears as the boy's club knocked off Ephrata 22-34 but fell to Cedar Crest 28-33. For the girls it was a 22-33 win over Cedar Crest balancing out a 27-28 loss to Ephrata.
Christopher and Charles Scharf led the boy's push with Christopher taking first with a time of 16:35 and Charles third with a time of 17:15. Jesse Myers and his 17:51 just missed a top five finish, settling for the sixth fastest time on the day. Nat McCloud's 19:20 and Jason Trimble's 20:02 rounded out Elizabethtown's top five with McCloud finishing 17th and Trimble 22nd.
Katie Locker and Kate Weissend paced the Lady Bears, finishing third and fourth with times of 20:23 and 20:31. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn gave E-town another back-to-back finish inside the top 10 with Shontz taking sixth with a time of 20:52 and Quinn seventh with a time of 20:54. Malayna Van Winkle closed out Elizabethtown's top five and the day's top 15 with her 23:49.
The girls' soccer team wrapped up their 2017 campaign with a 1-1 week, putting the Lady Bears at 5-12 overall and 5-9 in section play.
E-town picked up the win over Solanco by a 5-1 final on Monday. Rachel Wood took control of the game early, scoring in the third and sixth minutes to give Elizabethtown a quick 2-0 lead. Kaeleigh Smedley tacked on a third first half score in the 22nd minute to give the Lady Bears a comfy lead at the break. Alicia Underkoffler made it 4-0 in favor of the home squad just a minute before Solanco's Sami Jackson broke up Kaitlyn Snyder's (two saves) shutout in the 67th minute. Smedley capped the scoring just before the final horn to set the 5-1 final.
Two days later the Lady Bears traveled to Ephrata to take on the Section Two Champion Lady Mountaineers. Smedley gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at intermission with her 38th minute score but Ephrata responded with two second half goals to secure the win. Snyder finished the season finale with seven saves.
The boys' soccer team used the final week of the regular season to overtake Ephrata atop the Section Two standings and clinch their fourth straight section crown. The Bears made their big move on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers, flipping the two squads in the section standings. Caleb Gerber, with help from Branden Kreider, scored what provided to be the game winner in the 36th minute. Austin Denlinger's seven saves kept Ephrata at bay and secured the win.
With the big move into first place already made, the Bears just needed to close out the regular season with a rescheduled Solanco game to officially claim the Section Two title. E-town did just that with a 7-0 victory over the Golden Mules on Thursday. Kreider and Shank led the way with a combined five first half goals to go with their two assists. Gerber and Cole Baker tacked on second half scores for the 7-0 final while Denlinger earned the clean sheet with eight saves.
The section title earned Elizabethtown a spot in the L-L playoffs opposite Lancaster Catholic, the second-place team from Section Three. The quarterfinal tilt took place on October 14th on Manheim Central's turf with the Bears cruising to a 5-0 win. Denlinger tallied four of the five saves needed to keep the Crusaders off the board with Baker picking up the final save.
Kreider scored the first two E-town goals, making it a 1-0 game in the 20th minute and a 2-0 game in the 44th minute. Chris Gartley extended the lead to three goals shortly after Kreider's second while Gerber made it 4-0 in the 50th minute. Sam Becker made the final deposit just before the final horn.
The Bears will continue their quest for their third L-L title in four years and their second straight with a semifinal showdown opposite Hempfield, last year's title game opponent. The two teams will face off at Conestoga Valley with kickoff set for 5:30pm on October 17th.
Harrier Teams Set School and Course Records October 8, 2017
Tuesday October 3rd will go down as a special day in the Elizabethtown Cross Country history books. Not only did both sides improve to 7-1 on the year thanks to wins over Solanco and Penn Manor but the two squads saw school and course records set during the undefeated day. "Our runners are consistently training hard (and smart) day in and day out," said head coach Mark Gallagher. "It is great to see their hard work paying off."
For the Lady Bears it was Katie Locker leading the way, her 19:18 not only nipped teammate Madeline Quinn for the day's top spot by three seconds but it was also fast enough to become the new girl's XC standard at Elizabethtown. The Lady Bears enjoyed two other top five finishes with Cat Shontz taking third (19:47) and Kate Weissend fourth (20:14). Camille Donahue completed E-town's top five with a 15th place time of 23:40. Sweeping the top four spots allowed Elizabethtown to roll past both Solanco, 18-39, and Penn Manor, 22-35.
The boy's top five was not bunched together like their Lady Bear counterparts but all five runners still managed to finish inside the top 20. That led to a solid victory over Solanco, 20-35 and a slim 28-30 win over the Comets.
"We knew Penn Manor boys team in particular would be a challenge for us," said Gallagher. "So we were happy to escape with a 2-point victory."
Senior Christopher Scharf set the pace with his 16:14 becoming the new course and school record. Charles Scharf finished 13 seconds later and in third place. Jesse Myers and Nat McCloud matched each other step for step over the 3.1-mile course, finishing just a second apart at 17:09 and 17:20. Myers enjoyed the quicker time, taking fifth, with McCloud sixth. Dylan Quinn rounded out the top five, placing 19th in 18:48.
Through six weeks it has been a tale of two football seasons for the Elizabethtown Bears. The first three weeks saw E-town roll to a 3-0 mark by outscoring their foes 108-19 but with a 35-12 loss to Manheim Central last Friday the Bears are now 3-3 and sitting on a three-game losing streak. While the loss to the Barons does sting, some of that pain is eased by the fact that Central, at 6-0, is the only remaining undefeated team in all of the Lancaster Lebanon League.
Of course, knowing that Manheim hasn't lost a game in 2017 doesn't totally remove the sting of a loss in a game that saw Elizabethtown lead twice. The first lead came early in the contest when Cole Patrick hit Anthony Funk for a 60-yard score and a 6-0 lead after the block PAT attempt. The Barons countered with the first of two Tyler Flick TD plunges, this one from one-yard out. Elizabethtown regained the lead for a short time in the second quarter when David Shank connected on the first of his two field goals in the frame. The 27-yarder made it 10-7 in favor of the visitors but Central regained the lead for good on Flick's second score of the game, a four yard burst. Shank added a 23-yard boot late in the frame to cut the lead to 14-12 but that is as close as Elizabethtown would get.
The Barons put some distance between themselves and Bears early in the second half when Jake Novak returned an interception 42-yards for a 21-12 Central lead. Giovanni Lester added to that cushion with two fourth quarter scores setting the final at 35-12.
Elizabethtown managed just 231 yards of offense with Funk's 60-yard score accounting for a large chunk of the Bear's 169 passing yards. Devyn Clair set the standard on the ground, finishing with 56 yards on 10 carries.
The volleyball team rebounded nicely from their first loss of the season, following that September 28th setback to Warwick with wins over Garden Spot and Ephrata, and improving to 8-1 on the season.
The October 3rd victory over Garden Spot was Elizabethtown's second win over the Spartans, serving as the only two blemishes on Spot's perfect record. As the match unfolded it looked as if E-town would give the home crowd a sweep after posting wins of 25-18 and 25-20 but the Bears' saw their 2-0 lead evaporate with two straight Garden Spot victories. E-town nearly shook off Garden Spot's 25-14 game three win but Spot was able to steal game four 29-27 to even the match at 2-2. The Lady Bears regained their footing and sealed the win with a 15-12 final set. Julia Rathsam finished with 53 assists while Rebecca Epps tallied 24 digs. Bri Eberly added 16 kills and five blocks while Taylor Beeler chipped in with two aces.
Thursday's match with Ephrata proved a bit easier to navigate as the Bears rolled 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21 over the Lady Mountaineers. Rathsam finished with another 35 assists while Beeler added 12 kills and 11 digs. Ashley NyeSmith served up four aces and Grace Murray added two blocks.
"Our losses were unfortunate and untimely to say the least," said head coach Linda Sten of the field hockey team's 0-2 week. The back-to-back defeats, coupled with a loss to Donegal, have the Lady Bears on a three-game slide and sitting at 7-5 in Section Two action and 7-8 overall.
The Lady Spartans used goals from three different plays to post a 3-1 victory on October 2nd. Maya Fanus broke up the Spot shutout bid with her score at 23:42 of the second half. Hannah McConnell finished with three saves in the loss.
Two days later it was Taylor Christy and Abby Lockhart leading Cocalico to a 2-1 victory over Elizabethtown. Christy put the Eagles up with a first half score while Lockhart tacked on a needed insurance goal in the second half. Mackenzie Hammaker briefly gave Elizabethtown life with her second half score but Lockhart's goal doused the Bears fire. McConnell picked up another six saves in the loss.
It appears as if the Elizabethtown boys' soccer team has found their kryptonite in the form of Manheim Central. The Barons handed E-town their first loss of the season back on September 12th and kept the Bears out of the victory column with a 1-1 draw on October 2nd. Hunter Hess gave Central the early lead with his goal in the 10th minute but David Shank drew E-town even with a 43rd minute strike. Cole Baker (two saves) and Austin Denlinger (two saves) continued their spilt duties in goal for Elizabethtown.
The Bears played their second straight overtime contest two days later, slipping out of Denver with a 1-0 victory. Braden Kreider netted the game winner just before the final horn, taking a feed from Colin Wieand and depositing it in the back of the net. Denlinger went solo in goal and earned the clean sheet win with just two saves.
The Bears avoided a third straight OT game on October 6th, topping Cedar Crest by a 2-1 count. Both E-town goals came before intermission starting with Kreider setting up Wieand for a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Shank gave his squad some breathing room in the 30th minute with help from Billy Repko, making it 2-0. Denlinger recorded all three Elizabethtown's saves but did surrender playing time to Baker who finished with no saves.
The girls' soccer team earned a split during their four games in six days stretch last week, topping Cocalico and Lebanon but falling to Manheim Central and Daniel Boone.
The week started on Monday with a 1-0 overtime loss to Manheim Central. Maddie Carper netted the game winning for Central in the 87th minute. Kaitlyn Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.
Tuesday's day of rest proved fruitful for the Lady Bears, with the week's first win coming on Wednesday, a 3-1 victory over Cocalico. Elizabethtown actually held Cocalico scoreless in the game with the Eagles' goal coming as a result of an E-town own goal that put the Bears in a 1-0 hole. It took Kaeleigh Smedley only four minutes to erase the miscue, netting the equalizer in the 26th minute. Sophia Berry broke up the tie in the 54th minute while Macy Seaman provided an insurance goal in the 61st minute. Snyder needed three saves to preserve the win.
The Lady Bears traveled to Lebanon on Friday and returned with an 8-1 victory on their resume. Kimmy Bucher led the way, scoring two goals and assisting on two others. Bucher's first score came in the 22nd minute and stretched E-town's cushion to 5-0. Her second score went down 42-minutes later as the Bears' lone second half goal.
Haley Sedun's fourth minute goal opened the seven goal first half while Oliva Anson's 39th minute score capped the outburst. In between Seaman, Berry, Rachel Wood and Smedley enjoyed a turn in the spotlight for Elizabethtown. Snyder lost the shutout by surrendering Alexa Gulliver's 49th minute goal but still earned the win.
Elizabethtown's quick two game winning streak came to a close on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Daniel Boone. Smedley put the Bears up early but two second half scores from the Blazers flipped the game.
The girls' tennis team all but closed out their season last week with their participation in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament. The lone holdout comes in Flight Three Doubles where Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long will battle Cedar Crest's Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer for the title on October 9th. Masser and Long worked their way to the title match with wins over Donegal's Grace Wheeler and Mary Murphy, ELCO's Alana Nash and Brikel Remper and Ephrata's Katie Wenger and Mary Grace Long.
Elizabethtown's other two doubles team saw their season end on October 5th. Kaitlyn Smith and Maddie Musser dropped their first match to Flight One's top seeded team from Manheim Township, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore, 6-0, 6-0. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler enjoyed a first round win over Solanco's Gabby Giffonetti and Elsie Zaborsky before a loss to Ephrata's Kandice Liebl and Karissa Lopp brought their season to a close.
Hackenberg went one and done in her Flight Two singles foray, falling to Cocalico's Cara DiCianco 2-6, 6-3, 10-2. Oyler replicated her doubles performance by winning her opening round match against ELCO's Nash before falling to Cedar Crest's Olivia Hitz in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5. Musser also went one up, one down in her Flight Three title quest. She opened with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 win over Cocalico's Kassie Nichols but Conestoga Valley's Rachel Eby ended Musser's season with a 6-1, 6-0 loss.
Booters Win Four Straight, Now 10-2 Overall October 1, 2017
One of the biggest unknowns in sports is how a team will respond after a loss. The E-town boys' soccer team had to face that unknown for just the second time this year after a 1-0 loss to Section Two leading Ephrata on the 23rd. The Bears responded much the same way they did the first time, ripping off four straight wins to improve to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in section play.
While the Bears officially got back on track with a 3-0 win over South Western on the 25th it was their 2-0 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg one day later that put them back on pace to lock up an L-L playoff berth. David Shank with help from Braden Kreider scored in the 68th minute, breaking up a scoreless deadlock. Cole Baker and Austin Denlinger combined for the shutout with Baker picking up the only two saves.
The Bears used the same quick strike approach to help knock off South Western by a 3-0 count. This time the two quick scores, the first by Colin Wieand in the 38th minute and the second by Shank in the 39th, acted as insurance goals. That is because Adan Cabrera-Perez had already put E-town up by a goal over 20 minutes earlier. Kreider and Owen Evans helped the cause with one assist each while Baker (three saves) and Denlinger (one save) combined for another shutout.
Elizabethtown's other two victories last week both came by the same 3-1 final. The first was over Garden Spot on the 28th while the second came two days later over visiting Warwick. David Buckwalter got things rolling against the Spartans, scoring in the game's fifth minute. Spot's Giannicola Ferrarelli eventually knotted the game at 1-1 but it took the Spartans nearly 60 minutes of game time to crack the Bear defense. Wieand put E-town back on top in the 74th minute while Kreider tacked on a quick insurance goal just two minutes later. Denlinger went solo in goal for Elizabethtown and finished with seven saves in the win.
The Bears actually spent a few minutes trailing in their Saturday evening tilt against the Warriors thanks to a 33rd minute score by Bradon Perezous. From there the trio of Cabrera-Perez, Shank and Kreider took over for Elizabethtown. It started in the 39th minute with Kreider providing the setup for Cabrera-Perez's equalizer. It continued in the 63rd minute when Shank picked up an assist on Kreider's goal and came to an end just before the final whistle when Cabrera-Perez setup Shank's goal. Denlinger finished with seven saves in the win.
The volleyball team suffered their first setback back on September 28th, falling to Warwick by a 3-1 final. E-town avoid the shutout with a 25-23 game three win but the Lady Warriors ended the match with a 25-18 game four victory. The Lady Bears dropped games one and two by a combined five points with 26-24 and 25-22 finals. Julia Rathsam paced the offense with 38 assists and three aces while Rebecca Epps paced the defense with 26 digs. Bri Eberly helped both sides with a 12 kill, three block game.
The rest of the week was much more enjoyable for the Lady Bears starting with a 3-0 win over Cedar Cliff on September 25th. E-town used Rathsam's 32 assists and Epps' eight digs and four aces to post the 25-9, 25-13. 25-11 victory. Grace Murry tallied a team high 10 kills and matched Eberly and Marely Kreiser for the team lead in blocks with one.
Elizabethtown was back on the court one night later, topping Solanco by the same 3-0 final. Rathsam enjoyed another 31 assists in the 25-13, 25-16, 25-17 win but her favorite target shifted to Kreiser who finished with 11 kills. Rathsam added one block, the same as Eberly and Montana Sauder. Eberly added four aces while Epps finished with a team high 10 digs.
The field hockey team's three-game winning streak was snapped on September 29th by visiting Donegal. The Lady Indians defeated E-town 11-0 for the second time this season, the first just two weeks prior. Mackenzie Allessie fronted the Donegal attack with five goals and two assists. Hannah McConnell recorded 11 saves in the loss.
The Lady Bears stretched the winning streak to three games thanks to a 2-1 victory over Ephrata and a 4-0 blanking of Solanco. McConnell's 11 saves allowed Elizabethtown to send the Lady Mountaineers packing on the 26th with Maya Fanus and Sharri Kambesis handling up the goal scoring duties.
Thursday's 4-0 win over Solanco proved to be an easy one for E-town. McConnell earned the shutout despite no saves while four different Lady Bears lit the lamp. Hannah Mink opened the scoring with her first half tally. Mackenzie Hammaker and Jaide Epler followed with their own first half goals to give E-town a 3-0 lead at the break. Kambesis tacked on one final score while Fanus, Abby Thomas and Ivy Loy all enjoyed one assist games.
The girls' tennis team closed out the regular season with their final two matches. The week started with the Lady Bears picking up win number six, a 7-0 victory over Lebanon on the 25th. Elizabethtown finished the season with a 6-6 mark thanks to a 4-3 loss to McCaskey on September 27th.
The Lady Bears picked up two of their three team points in singles action against the Lady Tornados with Emily Oyler and Madeline Musser doing the heavy lifting. Oyler topped Marli Schreiner in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7, while Musser dispatched Rebeca Scott in two, 6-3,6-2. Rebecca Long and Lauren Masser accounted for the third team point with their, 8-6, number three doubles win over Tiffany Tang and Jada Wheeler.
Monday the Lady Bears won all seven matches in straight sets over Lebanon. Kaitlyn Smith and Musser nearly blanked Kara Hoffman and Alexis Papson, winning 8-1, in their number one doubles tangle. Elizabethtown's other two doubles tandems, Claire Hackenberg and Oyler at number two and Long and Masser at number three, both posted 8-0 wins.
Hoffman pushed Smith in number one singles but Smith was able to prevail 6-3, 6-3. Hackenberg and Musser both opened their singles matches with 6-0 victories. Hackenberg finished her number two singles win over Papson with a 6-2 second set while Musser defeated Everia Gonzalez 6-1. Oyler finished the sweep with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Emily Sheaf.
The 2017 season came to a close for the golf team with the Bears' participation in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Honeybrook on September 25th. A trio of Bears finished within four shots of each other once the final results were sorted. Alex Williams posted the top finish with a round of 97. Eric Gilbert was two shots back and two places back in 66th while Logan Hover claimed 68th place with a 101.
The cross country teams enjoyed a rare one-on-one meet, battling McCaskey on the 26th. Both sides emerged victorious with all five scorers finishing in the top 11. The boys enjoyed a bit more breathing room in their 21-35 win as the Bears garnered the top four spots led by Christopher and Charles Scharf. The twins finished first-second with Christopher clocking a 17:41.1 and Charles a 17:42.9. Nat McCloud (17:43.1) and Jesse Myers (17:43.5) crossed the finish line soon after with Dylan Quinn (19:26.0) wrapping up the top five.
The Lady Bears missed out on the top spot with Katie Locker taking second with a time of 19:40.7 but were still able to prevail 26-30, enjoying four of the six fastest times on the day. Madeline Quinn and Kat Shontz followed Locker across the finish line with Quinn taking third in 19:59.4 and Shontz fourth with a time of 20:07.0. Kate Weissend finished with a 20:30.5, good enough for sixth while Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the scorers with an 11th place time of 23:00.8.
The girls' soccer team dropped all three of their games last week by a total of three goals. Tuesday they lost by a 4-3 count to Lampeter-Strasburg. Rachel Wood, Kaelynn Sheetz and Kaeleigh Smedley provided the offense for E-town but it was not enough to overcome the L-S attack that was fueled by Kendal Ream's two scores.
Two days later it was a 1-0 loss to Garden Spot. Erna Hamzic picked up the contest's lone goal while Kaitlyn Snyder (two saves) and Liz Carter (one save) for Elizabethtown and Mataya Hostetter (four saves) for the Lady Spartans kept things close.
Elizabethtown was back at it on the 30th, closing out September with a 2-1 loss to visiting Mechanicsburg. The Lady Wildcats used two goals from Isabell Martin to escape with the victory. Smedley put E-town on the board in the 26th minute while Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.
The football team dropped their second straight game, this one in heartbreaking fashion, to slip to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play. As if a one point, 28-27, defeat isn't hard enough to take the Golden Mules captured the win with a successful two-point conversion in double overtime. Alex McDonald scored the game winning points after Nick Yannutz scored from two yards out. Solanco needed that touchdown because Cole Patrick had hit Greg Good for an eight-yard strike to open the second overtime to give E-town a 27-20 lead.
The teams also traded scores in the first overtime with Solanco getting things started with a 10-yard McDonald run. E-town answered with Patrick's second TD pass of the game, this one a 12-yard strike to Alex Diahn. Traditional PAT kicks from both sides set up what proved to be the decisive second OT.
Patrick's first TD toss of the game gave Elizabethtown the lead in the third quarter. Diahn was on the receiving end of this one as well, covering 58 yards for the score and a 13-6 lead. Solanco knotted the game and forced overtime with just over two minutes remaining in the contest when Nafis Moore picked up his second score of the game, this one also from 10 yards out. Devyn Clair picked up his sixth TD of the season on a one-yard run in the second quarter that tied the game for the first time at 6-6.
ET Girls' Soccer Earns First Win, Tops Lebanon September 25, 2017
It may have taken longer than they would have preferred, but the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team earned their first victory of the season on September 18th. The 8-0 shutout of Lebanon was fueled by Kaelynn Sheetz's hat trick and Kaeleigh Smedley's two scores. Sheetz picked up two of her three goals as part of a five goal first half for E-town. Smedley, Rachel Wood and Sophia Berry accounted for the remaining three first half scores.
The Lady Bears' needed just five minutes to score their three second half goals with Jasmine Garcia kicking off the spurt in the 50th minute. Smedley and Sheetz finished things out while Katlyn Snyder picked up the easy win with one save.
It may have taken over two weeks for Elizabethtown to pick up win number one but it only took two days for victory number two to hit the books. The Bears used Smedley's hat trick to roll by Solanco 4-0 on the 20th. All three of Smedley's scores came in the second half, extending the one goal lead that Sheetz provided with her first half goal. Snyder needed six saves to get the shutout this time around.
The Lady Bears saw their two game winning streak come to an end on the 21st courtesy of a 3-2 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. Olivia Shuck scored E-town's first half goal while Wood picked up the Lady Bears' second score a few minutes into the second half. Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.
Elizabethtown picked up another loss just two days later when they hosted Ephrata. The result was a 3-1 final with Amber Bostdorf breaking up the shutout with her 45th minute score. Snyder finished with six saves.
The golf team closed out their regular season with a trip to Honeybrook Golf Club on September 18th. The Bears recorded their first 0-6 mark of the season to finish 8-34. Alex Williams posted the top E-town score with a round of 89 while Logan Hoover carded a 97. Connor Krisko (101) and Eric Gilbert (104) completed the top four.
The week in field hockey ended on a high note with a 6-4 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday. Jaide Epler and Mackenzie Hammaker did the heavy lifting with two scores apiece while Hannah Doll and Sharri Kambesis tacked on one score each. Hannah McConnell turned away 17 shots to earn the win.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Bears suffered losses to Cedar Crest, Donegal and Manheim Central, dropping Elizabethtown's record to 5-5 overall and 5-2 in Section Two action. The 2-1 loss to the Lady Falcons stung as it snapped a three-game winning streak but the losses to Donegal and Central put E-town well off the pace for a section crown mid-way through league play.
Donegal blew by Elizabethtown 11-0 last Monday thanks to five goals and two assists from Mackenzie Allessie. Hannah McConnell finished the Lady Indian onslaught with 15 saves. Two days later the Lady Bears were able to stay home for their clash with Manheim Central. The home field advantage was not enough for E-town to overcome Maddie Hossler and Codi Bollinger who propelled Central to a 6-2 victory with two goals apiece.
Doll provided E-town's first half score while Epler tacked on a second half goal. Bri Kain added three defensive saves to McConnell's 11 traditional saves.
The girls' volleyball team remained perfect in regular season action with a 3-0 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on September 19th. E-town had little trouble racing out to a 2-0 lead with wins of 25-11 and 25-14 but Lampeter-Strasburg hung tough in the third game before falling down the stretch in a 25-22 match sealing win for Elizabethtown. Julia Rathsam led the way with 35 assists and 13 digs while Taylor Beeler collected 10 kills. Rebecca Epps chipped in with three aces and Bri Eberly with three blocks.
The girls' tennis team opened last week with matches on three straight days with Wednesday's 4-3 win over Garden Spot snapping a three-game slide. The Lady Bears split their victories over the Lady Spartans with two coming in singles and two in doubles. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler topped Katie Varley and Ashley Risser in number two doubles while Bekah Long and Lauren Masser claimed victory in number three doubles. Oyler helped the cause with another win in singles play, outlasting Risser 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 11-9. Madeline Musser sealed the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Paula Groff in number three singles.
The final two losses in that three-game slide came via a 6-1 final to Cedar Crest on September 18th and a 5-2 final to Warwick one day later. Oyler accounted for the lone team point against Cedar Crest, topping Olivia Hitz in number four singles. She also picked up one of the two wins against Warwick, posting a 6-2, 6-1 win over Heather Mitchell in number three singles. Kaitlyn Smith and Musser picked up the second team point against the Lady Warriors, claiming victory in number one doubles.
The football team suffered their first loss of the season, dropping to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in Section Two after a 14-0 nail bitter to Cocalico. The Eagles shut down Elizabethtown's ground attack by holding the one-two punch of Cayden Livingston and Devin Clair, to a combined 31 yards on the ground. As a team, the Bears finished with just 42 yards rushing while Cocalico racked up 332 yards on their way to the win. Despite the yardage discrepancy E-town was able to hold Cocalico to just two touchdowns, a 64-yard Austin Landers sprint late in the first quarter and a one-yard plunge by Brandon Brubaker in the latter half of the fourth.
The cross country teams finally managed to complete what should have been the season opening meet, traveling to Witmer on the 19th to face Manheim Township and CV. The boys swept both head-to-head match-ups, topping Township 26-32 while getting by the Buckskins 22-34. The girls picked up a win over Conestoga Valley but fell to Manheim Township. Christopher Scharf led the way, posting the fastest time of the day, 16:37. Charles Scharf, Nat McCloud and Jesse Myers crossed the finish line back-to-back-to-back and in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Jason Trimble rounded out the top five with an 18th place finish.
The Lady Bears also enjoyed the fastest time of the day with Katie Locker's 20:02, nipping Sam Side of Manheim Township by two seconds and her teammate Madeline Quinn by five seconds. Cat Shontz (fifth) and Kate Weissend (eighth) gave Elizabethtown four of the first ten finishers. Malayna Van Winkle completed the scorers for E-town with a 15th place finish.
Saturday, September 16th sent the Bears to Newville for the 22nd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational. Each squad placed three runners in the top 100 of their AAA fields led by Trimble's 13th place finish on the boy's side. Charles Scharf crossed the finish line in 29th place while Myers was 20 seconds and 10 places behind his teammate. The three Lady Bears inside the top 100 crossed the finish line a mere 0.02 seconds apart. Shontz claimed 67th place with a 22:40.58, Quinn took 68th with a time of 22:40.59 while Locker rounded out the trio in 69th place with a time of 22:40.60.
The boys' soccer team had another three-game winning streak snapped, this one with a 1-0 overtime loss to Ephrata on September 23rd. Andrey Patrushev gave the Mountaineers the win with his score in the 100th minute. Cole Baker finished with four saves for Elizabethtown.
The Bears extended that winning streak to three games thanks to victories over Cedar Crest and Solanco. E-town used a first half goal from Braden Kreider and a second half score from David Shenk to slip by the Falcons 2-0 on the 18th.
The final win of the streak came on September 21st when E-town blew by Solanco 11-1. The Bears responded to the Tyson Kilgore score that gave the Golden Mules an early lead by ripping off 11 unanswered goals. Cole Baker was the beneficiary of the outburst, needing just one save to earn the win.
Adan Cabrera-Perez led the attack, recording a first half hat trick. Shenk and Billy Repko added two goals each while Kreider netted one score and four assists. Aiden Fertich, Gianni Leppler and Hugo Hernandez rounded out the scoring for Elizabethtown.
ET Hockey Team Nets 13 Goals in Three Wins September 18, 2017
The first two weeks of the 2017 field hockey season have had decidedly different vibes for Elizabethtown. After slogging through a 1-2 opening week the Lady Bears flipped things around, ripping off wins over Solano, Garden Spot and Cocalico by a combined 13-0.
E-town kicked off the week with their tightest affair, a 2-0 triumph over Solanco on Monday. With the help of Sharri Kambesis, Mackenzie Hammaker beat Golden Mare keeper Atta Brandenberger (10 saves) for both E-town scores leaving Hannah McConnell (three saves) with some wiggle room in the cage.
The Lady Bears kicked it up a notch for their contest with Garden Spot on the 13th and the result was domination. E-town posted a 13-0 edge in corner attempts and a staggering 25-0 advantage on shots, both of which helped the Bears to a 6-0 victory.
Kambesis was the catalyst in the win, picking up two goals including one on a penalty stroke in the first half. The senior forward also dished out a second half assist to aid the effort. Jaide Epler accounted for Elizabethtown's other first half goal while Hannah Doll, Ivy Loy and Abby Thomas all joined Kambesis with second half scores. McConnell's easy day in the cage resulted in a zero save victory.
The Lady Bears were back in action on Friday, hosting Cocalico in another Section Two showdown. Elizabethtown put on another dominating display in their 5-0 win posting a 31-5 edge in shots and a 10-3 edge in corners. The trio of Epler, Kambesis and Hammaker led the way combining for three goals and four assists. Epler and Kambesis netted first half scores while Hammaker picked up E-town's final goal with five minutes remaining in the contest. In between Doll and Loy helped stretch the Lady Bear lead. McConnell turned away all five of those Cocalico shots to collect her third straight shutout win.
The boys' soccer team went one up, one down last week with a 1-0 loss to Manheim Central on Tuesday counting as the Bears' first loss of the young season. Zach Steffy, with help from Carson Brenize, put the Barons up in the 19th minute while Mason Nissley's four saves made the goal stand. Cole Baker stopped the other five Central shots that came his way but Elizabethtown could muster only four shots of their own leading to the loss.
Elizabethtown bounced right back to their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Cocalico on the 14th. Braden Kreider made the deposit with David Shank providing the setup. Cole Baker, filling in for an injured Austin Denlinger, made three saves to keep the one goal lead intact until the final whistle.
The girls' soccer team found themselves on the wrong end of two one goal finals last week, falling to Manheim Central by a 2-1 count on Tuesday and to Cocalico by a 1-0 final on Thursday. Kaelynn Sheetz picked up the Lady Bears' lone goal of the week, taking a pass from Kaeleigh Smedley in the 84th minute of Tuesday's game with Central and slipping it by Lady Baron keeper Kelli Kreider (seven saves) for the shutout busting score. Carlee Reed finished the loss with five saves while Kaitlyn Snyder finished the 1-0 loss to Cocalico with nine saves.
The cross-country teams enjoyed their trip to Hempfield on September 12th, as both squads posted wins over Warwick and Lebanon with only the boy's loss to Hempfield standing in the way of matching 3-0 days. Katie Locker led the way for the Lady Bears, taking first with a time of 18:45. Madeline Quinn finished six seconds later to claim second while Cat Shontz and Kate Weissend gave the Lady Bears four of the top five finishers. Shontz crossed the line in fourth place while Weissend claimed fifth place. Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the top five with her 17th place time of 21:54.
Christopher Scharf paced the boys, taking second with a time of 15:50. His twin brother Charles was the next Bear to finish, doing so in 16:27, good enough for fourth place. Nat McCloud and Jesse Myers crossed the finish line 11 and 14 seconds, respectively, after Charles Scharf and claimed sixth and seventh place as a result. Aiden Weaver completed the top five for Elizabethtown, finishing 25th with a time of 18:14.
The golf team is in the home stretch of their 2017 regular season with their September 12th trip to Tanglewood Manor Golf Club counting as their second to last match. The Bears finished sixth out of the seven Section Two clubs, posting their fourth straight 1-5 day. Eric Gilbert and Connor Krisko topped the team with matching rounds of 97. Nick Walton (104) and Alex O'Shea (107) rounded out E-town's top four.
The girls' tennis team started last week on a high note, topping Ephrata 4-3 on Monday but back-to-back 7-0 losses to Conestoga Valley and Hempfield ended the week on a sour note. The Ephrata victory was the Lady Bears fourth in a row and saw E-town split their wins evenly in singles and doubles action. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler claimed one of the two doubles wins, knocking off Wenger and Lapp, while Emma Musser and Lauren Masser provided the second doubles win. Kaitlyn Smith and Madeline Musser stepped up to claim victory in their singles matches. Smith topped Kachel 6-1, 6-2 while Musser defeated Lapp 6-1, 6-3.
On the volleyball court, the Lady Bears continued their undefeated start with wins over Garden Spot and Manheim Central. Tuesday's victory over Garden Spot went the full five sets with Elizabethtown securing the win courtesy of a 15-13 edge in the decisive set. The Lady Bears started slow leading to a 25-18 first set loss but rebounded to win of 25-19 and 25-22, taking control of the match. E-town saw that control slip away with a 25-17 loss that evened the match at 2-2 only to regroup once again for that fifth set win. Julia Rathsam paced the offense with 39 assists, a good bit of those leading to Taylor Beeler's 12 kills. Beeler added a team high three aces to her day while Bri Eberly and Rebecca Epps controlled the defense with five blocks and 25 digs respectively.
Elizabethtown was able to roll through Thursday's match with Manheim Central 25-18, 25-16, 25-23. Rathsam remained in control of the offense with 37 assists leading to 10 Beeler kills. Epps helped the offense with four aces while Eberly (one block) and Marley Kreiser (11 digs) led the defense.
The Lady Bears finished their week on Saturday with a trip to Hempfield for their second tournament of the season. Elizabethtown's day ended in the semifinals with a 25-23, 25-17 loss to Berks Catholic. E-town earned that semifinal spot with a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Somerset that was setup by a 7-2 run through pool play. The Lady Bears posted a perfect 3-0 mark in the morning session with wins over Downingtown West, Schuylkill Valley and Central York. Afternoon pool play saw E-town go 4-2 with wins over Berks Catholic and Central York countering a loss to Hempfield.
The Bear football team remain undefeated despite some shaky stretches during last Friday's 38-19 win over Lebanon. Those shaky stretches left E-town trailing at two different points during the contest making the comeback to 3-0 that much sweeter, causing head coach Bill McDonald to say, "It is a good feeling, I'll take it every time, 3-0."
Despite the uneven start Elizabethtown still managed to enjoy a 10-0 lead near the midway point of the second quarter. That lead was the result of a 35-yard Cole Patrick scramble that ended the first quarter and a 22-yard David Shank field goal that came with 7:24 remaining in the half.
The Cedars answered the field goal with a 12 play, 80-yard drive that ended in a one-yard Zakee Sailsman QB plunge over the pile into the end zone. Lebanon took their first lead on the ensuing kickoff when Leighton Rivera ripped the ball from the Elizabethtown returner and rumbled 30 yards to pay dirt and a 13-10 lead. The Cedar lead lasted just over a minute as Elizabethtown ran off a five-play scoring march that was capped by Paul Beiler's one-yard TD reception with 25.8 seconds remaining in the half. The drive was aided by Lebanon's kickoff landing out of bounds with Patrick taking care of the rest, scrambling for 18 yards and completing all three of his passes for 31 yards and the score.
After both teams saw their opening possessions of the season half stall, the Cedars found their scoring grove on their second possession. The result was a quick six play, 74-yard drive where the score was set up by a 45-yard Sailsman to Jeremiah Beckley heave down the home sideline. Beckley hauled in the bomb and was pushed out of bounds at the 11. Luis Aquino-Rios caught Sailsman's four-yard score three plays later.
It took the Bears just over three minutes to regain the lead, this time for good. Cayden Livingston covered the final nine yards of real estate as the third quarter came to an end. Patrick provided the spark on the drive, ripping off a 20-yard run on the first play and setting up Livingston's score with a four-yard keeper.
Elizabethtown's defense took over at the start of the fourth quarter, forcing fumbles on Lebanon's only two meaningful possessions of the quarter. The first came just three plays into the Cedar's initial drive and led to another Livingston score, this one from one yard out and just 23 seconds into the frame. Lebanon was able to put together the beginning of a solid second drive of the frame but Devyn Clair ended things when he caused fumble number two of the quarter. Clair continued his dominant run on offense, accounting for 42 of the 72 yards with the bulk coming on a 33-yard rumble. Clair capped the scoring at 38-19 with his four-yard plunge that came with just over two minutes remaining.
"We started to get pressure on the quarterback and making him force some things but defense stood tall which was good," said McDonald of the fourth quarter surge. "They are a tough football team, you have to give them credit. They are dangerous and their quarterback is tough, just when you think you have him he gets out of your grasp. And they have some receivers that can get down the field so they are a challenge."
E-town Football Posts Two Dominating Shutouts September 11, 2017
The old saying that history repeats itself holds true for a lot of things. For the Elizabethtown football team that saying perfectly describes how the Bears have opened their 2017 season. One year after blanking Donegal and Hershey by a combined 43-0 during a 2-0 start, E-town sits at 2-0 again after posting shutouts against those same Indians and Trojans. There is one big difference to this year's victories, the Bears have nearly doubled their offensive output while their D has remained just as stingy, leading to a 70-0 scoring edge.
The bulk of the scoring damage came in week two's 42-0 win over Hershey with Devyn Clair responsible for most of the damage. The sophomore running back accounted for three scores despite finishing with just 33 yards on nine carries. His first scoring run, a three yarder, capped a 28-point second quarter that flipped a scoreless battle into a Bear cakewalk. Clair finished his efficient evening with a third quarter score from 11 yards and a fourth quarter plunge that covered seven yards.
Cayden Livingston broke open the scoreless deadlock, finding paydirt from seven yards out early in the second quarter. Cole Patrick and the aerial attack took center stage for the remaining two scores. Patrick hit Alex Diahn for a 34-yard strike before hooking up with Grant Gaumer for a 28-yard score.
Despite the lopsided final the Bears finished with only 309 yards of offense. The reason, many scoring drives got their start from one of five Hershey turnovers. Of course, those three fumble recoveries could have been higher as the Trojans put the ball on the turf a whopping nine times. Add in that stingy defense that allowed Hershey to gain only 140 yards of offense and E-town did not need a lot of offensive production to secure the win.
Patrick piloted the offense and had those two scoring throws to go with 222 yards on 10-of-13 passing while Diahn (three catches for 75 yards and a TD) and Gaumer (three catches for 70 yards and a TD) finished with nearly identical receiving lines.
Elizabethtown opened the season one-week prior with another dominating performance, this one against Donegal, leading to a 28-0 victory. Livingston's 135 yards paced a potent ground attack that needed just 19 carries to rack up 213 yards. The senior did his damage on 14 carries with a 40-yard dash in the fourth producing E-town's final points. Clair provided solid back-up to Livingston, adding 86 yards on just eight carries, including a 21-yard trout that provided Elizabethtown with a first quarter lead. In between the Bears added a Zach McNitt fumble recovery score and Patrick's first passing touchdown of the season. McNitt's first quarter TD covered 75 yards while Patrick's six-yard strike to Cade Robinson came in the final frame.
Joining the football team in the unbeaten club is the 3-0 boys' soccer team. The Bears kicked off the season on Friday September 1st with a 1-0 win over Dallastown. Braden Kreider netted the game's lone score in the 33rd minute with the help of David Shank. Cole Baker turned away all six Dallastown shots to record the shutout.
E-town opened their L-L slate on the 5th with a weather shorten 2-0 win over Lampeter-Strasburg. Kreider scored in the game's first minute to give Elizabethtown an early cushion before setting up Shank's insurance goal in the 50th minute. Jon Gartley provide the setup for Kreider's early strike while Baker turned away four shots to make it two straight shutout victories.
The Bears continued their dominate opening season run with a 5-0 blanking of Garden Spot on the 7th. Caleb Gerber, Colin Wieand and Shank covered the first half scoring while Kreider and Evan Schneider took care of the offense in the second half. Baker and Brecken Musser split time in goal, combining for three saves.
The girls' tennis team had their shot at an unbeaten start ruined by a 7-0 season opening loss to Manheim Township but the Lady Bears rebounded quickly with a 7-0 victory over Penn Manor on August 30th. Lauren Masser, Maddie Musser and Claire Hackenberg all posted straight set singles victories while Kaitlyn Smith needed three sets to dispatch Maddy Groff in number one singles. The Lady Bears opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches with only Smith and Maddie Musser surrendering points but still topping Groff and Marley Rohrer by an 8-5 count. The Hackenberg and Emily Oyler pairing as well as the Emma Musser and Masser pairing posted 8-0 victories in their doubles matches.
The Lady Bears continued their rebound on September 7th with another 7-0 win, this one over Solanco. Hackenberg and Oyler moved up to number one doubles and opened the match with an 8-4 win. Smith and Maddie Musser slid back into the two spot where they posted an 8-2 win. Emma Musser and Masser closed out doubles play with an 8-6 win. A revamped singles lineup saw Masser earn a straight set win at number one singles with Maddie Musser enjoying her time at number two singles with a straight set win of her own. Hackenberg continued the theme of straight set wins at number three singles while Smith finished off the sweep with her own straight set victory at number four singles.
Elizabethtown's third win of the season proved to be more difficult. The Lady Bears slipped by Manheim Central 4-3 on September 9th. Masser and Emma Musser survived in number three doubles while Hackenberg and Oyler rolled in their doubles victory. Hackenberg and Masser added singles victories to secure the team win for E-town.
The Lady Bear volleyball team sits on both sides of the unbeaten fence, having a perfect 1-0 mark in regular season matches but suffering a few losses on their way to a second-place finish in a season opening tournament.
E-town posted a 3-0 victory over Ephrata on September 5th with wins of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-16. Julia Rathsam directed the offense, dishing out 36 assists. Taylor Beeler was on the receiving end of some of those assists, helping her to a team high 11 kills while Ashley NyeSmtih helped the offense with three aces. Rebecca Epps led the defense with 16 digs while Grace Murray added one block.
Elizabethtown opened the season on September 2nd with a second place showing in the Trinity Tournament. The Lady Bears suffered just two losses on the day one of which was a 25-21 defeat to Palmyra in the championship game. The other came in afternoon pool play where E-town split with York Suburban. The Lady Bears picked up their third and fourth 2-0 wins in the afternoon, topping York Catholic and Mechanicsburg. The first two wins of the day came over West Shore and the host Lady Shamrocks.
Rathsam was again the leader on offense, finishing the tournament with 14 aces to go with a team high 93 assists. Beeler tallied a team high 37 digs with Epps checking in just off that pace with 36 digs. Marley Kreiser and Bri Eberly finished with a combined 64 kills, 37 by Kreiser.
The cross-country team had their season opener rained out which meant their trip to Kutztown on September 9th for PTXC 9 served as their opener. The Bears performed well as both sides placed four of their top five deep inside the top 50 in fields that were 170 strong.
Christopher Scharf enjoyed the highest finish for E-town, taking second in the Boy's Blue race. Charles Scharf also finished inside the top 10, taking 8th. Nat McCloud closed out the top 20 with his 17:48.74 while Jesse Myers claimed 29th place. Jason Trimble finished out E-town's top five and just missed out on a top 100 finish, taking 101st with a time of 20:15.16.
Katie Locker led the girls, finishing the Gold race in 19:39.73, earning a seventh-place finish. Cat Shontz was the next Lady Bear to cross the finish line, taking 12th. She was followed closely by Madeline Quinn who claimed 16th with a time of 20:12.74. Kate Weissend was the final E-town runner to finish in the top 50, taking 31st. Malayna Van Winkle completed the Lady Bears top five, covering the 3.1-mile course in 23:59.77.
The golf team has been busy, playing four of their seven matches before the calendar flipped to September. Add in a September 7th trip to Foxchase and the Bears are nearly at the end of their regular season. That September 7th trip to Foxchase resulted in a 1-5 day for Elizabethtown with the lone victory coming over Ephrata. Taylor Cross was the lone Bear to crack triple digits, finishing with a round of 95.
E-town opened the season on August 18th with their first trip to Foxchase. The Bears managed wins over Ephrata and Garden Spot to finish the day 2-4. Alex Williams carded and 88 on his way to a 10th place finish.
August 22nd sent Elizabethtown to Par Line where the Bears posted another 2-4 mark thanks to wins over the same Spartan and Mountaineer squads with Williams' round of 95 leading the way.
The regular season march continued on August 24 with a round at Iron Valley Golf Club where E-town's current string of 1-5 finishes started. Connor Krisko took over the team's top spot with a round of 103.
On August 28th, the Bears traveled to the south side of Lancaster for a round at Media Heights Golf Club. Once again Ephrata counted as the lone victory for E-town only this time it was Eric Gilbert and his round of 101 leading the way.
The season's early stretch has been a tough one for the girls' soccer team with losses to Dallastown and Garden Spot leaving the Lady Bears searching for their first win. E-town fell to Dallastown by a 1-0 count on September 1st in the season opener for both squads. Kaitlyn Smith collected 12 saves in the loss.
Garden Spot handed Elizabethtown loss number two, a 2-1 final on September 7th. Smith finished the game with five saves while Rachel Wood accounted for the Lady Bears' goal.
The field hockey team has started the season on and up and down ride with losses to Manheim Township and Palmyra fitting around a win over Ephrata. The 6-0 loss to Township kicked off the season on September 1st while the 5-1 loss to Palmyra went down on the 9th. Jaide Epler picked up the lone score of the two losses while Hannah McConnell tallied a combined 31 saves.
In between the Lady Bears topped Ephrata by a 3-2 count. McConnell needed just five saves to earn the win. Abby Thomas scored two of the three goals with Sharri Kambesis accounting for the other.
E-town Ball Teams Fall in District Openers May 26, 2017
The month of May has not been kind to the Elizabethtown baseball team. The Bears suffered four of their six losses during the month with all coming in the final two weeks of the season. The most difficult to swallow was a 4-2 loss to Manheim Central in the District 3 opener. Not only did the May 22nd loss end E-town's season it came just one week after the Bears defeated the Barons in the L-L quarterfinals.
The teams may have put on a 22-run extravaganza in the L-L playoffs but with Central's ace, Taylor Rohrer, battling E-town's front liner, Nick Stoner, runs and hits were hard to come by for both sides in the rematch. The two hurlers picked up half of the game's outs via strikeout, combining for 21 punchouts and just three walks to go with six runs and nine hits.
Stoner finished with the better line, going all seven innings and allowing just four of the nine hits while racking up 12 strikeouts and issuing just one walk. Of course, he took the loss as Manheim plated three runs in the top of the seventh to flip the game around.
The Barons picked up two of their four hits in the decisive frame, including what proved to be the game winning single from Rohrer. Central's first run, back in the fourth inning, came the same way two of Manheim's final three runs came, via passed ball.
The Bears had just as much trouble finding their grove against Rohrer as the Barons did against Stoner, tallying just five hits and two runs despite two walks and three errors to aid the effort. Two of those five hits and one of the errors occurred in the first and gave E-town a 1-0 lead.
Stoner led off Elizabethtown's half of the inning with a double. Logan Yohn followed with what should have been an out but a series of Central errors allowed him to scoot around to third and Stoner to score from second. Justin Shelly gave Elizabethtown three baserunners in three at-bats with a bunt single but Rohrer worked his way out of the jam to limit the damage.
The Bears regained their one run lead in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-1 tie on Ryan Rupp's sacrifice fly to right field. Rupp's fly ball followed Chad Caley's fly out to center that had allowed Austin Denlinger to move from second to third. Denlinger, the senior second baseman, led off the inning with a double to right center.
Of course, that one run lead was short lived as Manheim scored the decisive runs in the top of the seventh. Elizabethtown was unable to mount their own seventh inning rally thanks to the work of Rohrer and Drew Mummau who combined for a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and the Bears season.
The softball team experienced the same one and done end to their season one day later. For the Lady Bears, the 10-1 first round final was the second nine run loss to Donegal this season. The first time, back on April 18th, kicked started a three-game slide for E-town, this time the defeat ended Elizabethtown's season.
The Lady Bears had the misfortune of facing Donegal's ace, Makyla Yoder. The senior allowed just two hits, walked only one batter and had five strikeouts that helped keep E-town off the board during her five innings of work.
Elizabethtown managed their lone run in the sixth against Yoder's relief, Sierra Neiss, but it mattered little as Donegal plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score. Jocelyn Zook pitched all seven innings for Elizabethtown and took the loss, surrendering 12 hits and 10 runs to go along with three walks and two strikeouts. Mackenzie Peters picked up two of the Lady Bears three hits with Bethany Burton accounting for the third.