Bears Fall to Warwick, Beat Conestoga Valley January 11, 2019
While every fan wants their team to rip through every season undefeated that is a daunting task that is impossible for nearly every sports team but especially high school basketball teams. A team playing twenty plus games spread out over two months is bound to see a few hiccups along the way but it is how the team responds to those hiccups that shows a team's true character. The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team spent the last week showing their character after a 71-57 loss at Warwick. The Bears followed that loss with a 70-39 shellacking of Conestoga Valley on January 8 and a 77-47 drubbing of Twin Valley one night later.
"A good little run here," said head coach Rocky Parise. "I think we are starting to put some things together, especially at the defensive end. And we're trying to correct the issues with taking care of the ball that has hurt us in our losses so we've really been focusing on a couple specific things and I think that has really helped us out."
All of that plus a career high 31 points from senior standout Larry Locker led to the 31-point victory over the Buckskins. Locker helped fuel a fast start by scoring 12 of his 31 during an opening frame that saw Elizabethtown build a 23-4 lead. A sluggish second quarter shrank the Bears lead to 15 points at the break but a 29-8 sprint through the third quarter pushed the cushion to 36 points heading into the final eight minutes. E-town took their foot off the gas over those eight minutes to set the final at 70-39. Luke Pierson added 11 points to provide Locker's back-up.
One night later the Bears loaded up the bus for a trip to Elverson where they battled the Raiders of Twin Valley. The trip home was a good one after E-town posted another lopsided win, this one by a 77-47 count. Locker topped all scorers for the second straight game, finishing with 26 points. Pierson reached double digits with 10 points while Elijah Eberly added 17 in a win that saw Elizabethtown enjoy a 26-point cushion at intermission.
Of course, before the Bears could get to those two easy victories, they first had to endure that 71-57 loss to Warwick. In looking for a cause or reason for the 14-point loss Parise said, "I think it is a little bit of everything," adding "I think Chris (Christensen) is doing a really good job with them and they had eight days off to prepare for us and in that time, we had two games where they saw us and they did a great job to prepare for us."
The result was a loss that ended E-town's budding momentum that came from their overtime win against Hershey that kicked off the new year. Elizabethtown's undoing against Warwick was the third quarter where they were outscored 25-12, pushing the Warrior lead to 16 points at 54-38. The Bears managed to control the final stanza but the damage was too much to overcome. Locker netted a team high 22 points while Eberly added 12 and Amos Kollie 10.
The wrestling team dropped a 60-24 final to ELCO on January 7 leaving the Bears 3-10 on the season. Elizabethtown ran into trouble against the Raiders thanks largely to six forfeited weight classes that led to 36 easy points for ELCO. Three of those six came in the first four weight classes and, when coupled with a 45-second pinfall win at 285, the Raiders jumped out to a 24-0 lead before the fans had a chance to settle into their seats. Skyler Nagel broke up the ELCO run by pinning Dru Yoder in their 120-pound clash while Cameron Olson made it two straight E-town wins by pinning Sami Good at 126. Bobby Walters provided the next Elizabethtown victory, pinning Stephen Wiczalkowski near the end of the second period of their 145-pound bout. Javan Thomas also secured his pinfall win late in the second period, finally getting the better of Owen Kahl at the 3:39 mark of their 170-pound match to pick up Elizabethtown's final win.
The Bears slipped in a tune-up for that ELCO match by hosting the Grizzly Duals on Saturday January 5. E-town went 1-4 on the day with a 39-18 victory over Salisbury Township highlighting the event.
The bowling team suffered their second loss of the season on January 10th, falling to Warwick by a 5-2 count. Elizabeth Vuxta led the Bears in the loss with a 671 series. Katelyn Garman was the only other Bear to bowl all three games, turning in scores of 228, 224 and 202 for her 654 series. Patrick Hoffmaster and Eryn Moore each rolled the first two games and finished with identical 396 scores. Hoffmaster had games of 194 and 202 while Moore bowled a 236 before finishing with a 160. Abby Chaffins also bowled two games but did her work in the first and third where she posted scores of 162 and 225 to finish at 387 on the day. Bradly Ruth took Chaffins' spot for the second game and rolled a 185 while Alaina and Andrew Telenko took over Hoffmaster and Moore. Alaina Telenko posted a 184 in her lone game while Andrew finished with a 178.
Elizabethtown's other two matches of 2019 were more enjoyable as the Bears posted 7-0 wins over Manheim Township and Penn Manor. E-town took down Township on the 4th with Garman and Hoffmaster leading the way with 743 and 652 series, respectively. Chaffins, Ruth and Moore were joined by Ben Davis as two game rollers while Vuxta picked up the final game in the win.
The 7-0 win over Penn Manor came on January 7 with Vuxta and Moore leading the way. Vuxta posted a team high 654 series but Moore and her 648 series checked in just six pins off that pace. Garman also cracked the 600-pin plateau with games of 217, 186 and 223. Hoffmaster was the final Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 591 series. Andrew Telenko and Chaffins rounded out the day's roster with Telenko rolling games of 188 and 191 while Chaffins posted a 163 in her lone game.
One up and one down for the girls' basketball team with a loss to Warwick balancing a win over Conestoga Valley. The January 4 loss to Warwick stung because Elizabethtown slowly built a 31-26 cushion over the first three quarters only to see the Lady Warriors post a 20-9 edge in the final quarter. That fourth quarter fun flipped the Lady Bears seven-point cushion into a four-point loss. Marena Lonardi netted a team high 19 points while Sydney Pierson topped five others with eight points.
Elizabethtown rebounded nicely on the 8th with a 57-29 victory over Conestoga Valley in Witmer. Lonardi led the way as she continued her climb to the 1000-point plateau with Pierson the only other player in double digits. Lonardi needs just 22 points to reach the career milestone thanks to her game high 24 against the Lady Buckskins while Pierson netted 11 in the win.
Elizabethtown took control of the game early on their way to outscoring CV in all four quarters. The Lady Bears opened a nine-point lead after one and managed to stretch it to 17 at the break with a 14-6 run through the second quarter. Back to back 15-point quarters allowed E-town to extend their lead another 11 points over the second half as Conestoga Valley managed just 19 points over the final 16 minutes.
The rifle team continues to pick up wins, moving to 6-0 after victories over Manheim Central and Garden Spot. The Bears had little trouble with the Spartans on January 8, posting a 494-488 win. Matthew Risbon enjoyed the lone perfect 100 on the day but Emma Kreiser and Jagger Gilleland were nipping at his heels with matching 99s. Even Luke Barton and Cole Ginder were not that far off with each shooter managing a 98 for the day.
Elizabethtown's 495-494 win over Manheim Central came down to the wire with E-town barely picking up the win. Aaron Tetkoskie collected the Bears' lone perfect score but Gilleland, Risbon and Ginder provided adequate backup with all three posting a score of 99. Emily Bonsall rounded out the top five with her score of 98.
After the swimming team's meet with Lancaster Catholic on January 8, the Bears can officially say they made the turn to the back half of their schedule. The boy's team dropped their half of the meet with Catholic by a 104-66 final while the girl's team picked up their second straight win, to improve to 4-2, with a 128-42 final over the Lady Crusaders. "Our girls are really on a roll right now," said first year head coach Chad Houck of the two straight Lady Bear wins. "Our depth on the girls' side really helps us carry points even if we don't take first place."
Against Lancaster Catholic the Lady Bears did not need to rely on that depth for points as Elizabethtown claimed victory in all but one event. The Lady Bears swept the relay races with Gabby Walsh and Lexi Fink taking part in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. Mackenzie Batche and Megan Handshew joined Walsh and Fink for the medley relay with the quartet posting a winning time of 2:04.51. Katie Locker and Sierra Kapcsos completed the 200 freestyle relay and helped post a time of 1:53.47. Brooke Heisey, Camille Donahue, Emily Kriner and Gabi Dabbs earned the 400 freestyle relay win with a time of 4:14.54 to complete the relay sweep.
Walsh led the way in the solo events with wins in the 200 freestyle (2:11.21) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.91). Kapcsos, Fink and Dabbs continued the sweep theme by winning all the 100m events starting with Kapcsos' 1:00.66 in the freestyle. Fink claimed the breaststroke with a time of 1:15.98 while Dabbs finished things off with a 1:14.06 in the butterfly. Locker and Donahue picked up the final two wins with Locker taking the 50 freestyle (27.01) while Donahue won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:29.98.
On the boys' side the Bears posted three wins, two by Ben Azzalina. The sophomore posted a 22.36 to win the 50 freestyle and a 50.03 in his 100 freestyle win. Riley Runnels picked up the final victory with a 1:04.02 in the 100 backstroke.
With the loss to Lancaster Catholic the boy's team drops to 2-4 on the year with Houck saying,
"With a boys' team as young as we are, every meet is a learning experience and one that we hopefully grow and improve from," said Houck.
ET Grapplers Host Cedars in 2019 Opener January 4, 2019
The Bears kicked off 2019 by hosting the Cedars of Lebanon for a standard issue dual meet. Unfortunately for Elizabethtown the Cedars left Elizabethtown holding a 33-28 victory. Only 11 of the 14 weight classes were contested with the two Elizabethtown forfeits providing enough cushion for Lebanon to withstand E-town's late charge.
That late charge was Cole Rice and Zach Frank collecting wins in the final two bouts but it was not enough as Lebanon had built a 33-18 edge on the strength of those two forfeits coupled with three pinfall victories. Elizabethtown matched those pinfall wins with Wyatt Mummau (106), Cameron Olson (126) and Rice (152) decking their opponents. Elijah Stackhouse nabbed Lebanon's lone forfeit for an easy win at 285 while Frank posted a major decision in his win at 160.
The wrestling team spent part of their holiday break in Reading to compete in the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament. The Bears came home with a 23rd place team finish with only Cameron Olson collecting tournament hardware. The senior ended the two-day affair with a sixth-place medal for his work in the 126-pound bracket. Olson went 3-3 with wins over Upper Darby's Joseph O'Neill, Upper Perkiomen's Mike Milkowich and Hempfield's Clay Gainer.
Three of Olson's teammates, Rice (152), Javan Thomas (170) and Stackhouse (285) just missed out on a podium appearance with losses in the fourth round of the wrestle-back bracket.
After their performance in the 2018 Northeastern Holiday Tournament, the Elizabethtown girls' basketball team might want to reach out to legendary NBA coach Pat Riley. The reason, Riley holds the trademark to the phrase "three-peat" and with wins over West Perry and the host Lady Bobcats, E-town finished their own three-peat by collecting their third straight Northeastern Holiday Tournament crown.
The Lady Bears opened their quest for a third straight title on December 27th with a 48-31 win over West Perry. Both teams got off to a slow start with the sides finishing the first quarter of action knotted at 8-8. Elizabethtown took off from there but more importantly managed to keep West Perry stuck in that first quarter rut. E-town topped the double-digit threshold in all three remaining frames while the Lady Mustangs were unable to do so in any of the four quarters leading to the 17-point victory.
Marena Lonardi led the charge, scoring 23 of her game high 27 points during Elizabethtown's three-quarter surge. Sydney Pierson and Carley Sedun provided Lonardi's back-up in the form of matching eight-point efforts.
The championship came one night later when the Lady Bears topped Northeastern 42-32. Once again, the Lady Bears controlled the action in three of the four quarters with only a sluggish second quarter keeping the Lady Bobcats from getting run out of their own gym. E-town took control of the game in the opening frame thanks to Lonardi and Pierson. The duo outscored Northeastern by themselves, 13-10, with Ainsley Raybold adding three of her five points in the frame for a 16-10 edge.
The dynamic duo fell nearly silent in the second quarter with only one made Pierson free throw between the two. That allowed the Lady Bobcats to squeak out an 11-7 edge through the frame, shrinking E-town's lead down to two, 23-21, at intermission.
Elizabethtown reestablished their dominance in the second half starting with a 12-6 run through the third. Lonardi remained in a scoring drought but Pierson was able to get back on track, netting five of Elizabethtown's 12 third quarter points. Carley Sedun picked up the final three of her five points while Raybold netted her final two points in the frame as well. Macy Seaman picked up her only points of the game with a third quarter bucket.
Points were harder to find in the final frame with the two sides combining for just 12 total points. Thankfully Lonardi broke out of her mini-slump to score five of Elizabethtown's seven fourth quarter points, leaving her with 12 for the game. Pierson was responsible for the final two points to finish with a game high 14. Emma Blyler collected E-town's two remaining points with a second quarter bucket.
The title winning run bumps Elizabethtown to 6-3 on the season and stretched their winning streak to five games as the Lady Bears get into their Lancaster-Lebanon League schedule.
The rifle team will be sorry to see 2018 come to a close. The Bears went 4-for-4 with wins over Conestoga Valley, Manheim Township, Governor Mifflin and Ephrata to start the season 4-0 for the second time in three years.
E-town slipped by Conestoga Valley 589-588 to kick off the season on December 11th and followed with a narrow, 496-493, victory over the Blue Streaks on the 13th. A comfortable 497-486 win over Governor Mifflin on December 18th led into another close call on the 20th. This one was a 497-493 victory over Ephrata.
The bowling team has started the 2018-2019 season more or less where they left off last season. After finishing their 2017-2018 campaign with a 54-37 mark, E-town sports a 25-3 record heading into the 2019 portion of their schedule. The Bears posted 7-0 wins over Conestoga Valley, Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic while topping Ephrata via a 6-1 mark and Cedar Crest by a 5-2 count. The lone dark mark on the Bears schedule is a 5-2 loss to Garden Spot.
Elizabethtown also took part in two early season team tournaments starting with the Lady Bears participation in the IceBreaker Classic on December 8th. E-town slipped into the step-ladder finals with the fifth best qualifying mark setting up a quarterfinal match with Muhlenberg. The Lady Muhls claimed that match-up 2-1 ending the Lady Bears shot at a title.
A week later the boy's team took part in the SnowRoller Showdown at Lancaster's Leisure Lanes. Qualifying went well with the Bears taking the top spot which dropped them into the semifinal round of the stepladder finals. E-town dispatched Dauphin Country Vo-Tech 2-0 to setup a finals showdown with Wyomissing. The Spartans claimed the SnowRoller title with a 2-0 win over Elizabethtown.
The swim team kicked off 2019 with a trip to Hummelstown to face Lower Dauphin. The result was a split with the Lady Bears posting a 94.5-75.5 victory while the boy's fell 98-71. The split was the third straight meet for E-town that saw the two teams fall on opposite sides of the final ledger. The girl's topped McCaskey 123-40 while the boy's fell 90-70 back on December 18th to kick off the three-meet run. Two days later the boy's posted a 90-76 win over Warwick while the girl's dropped a 101-69 final. Elizabethtown's first meet of the season against Milton Hershey on December 11th saw double Bear victories with the boys winning 119-57 and the girls 144-36.
E-town hit the water again on the 13th with both sides falling to Manheim Township.
As the basketball season flips to the back side of the schedule, the Bears are looking to improve on their 5-5 overall mark. E-town started that improvement back on December 27th when they closed out day one of the Allen Restoration Inc Holiday Shootout with a 76-48 throttling of Kutztown. The Bears took control early with a 17-14 run through the opening frame but gave a preview of the second half with a 21-12 burst in the second quarter. Larry Locker scored 10 of his game high 20 in the second to help E-town stretch that three-point margin to 12 points at the break. A solid third pushed the lead to 18 points while an 18-8 advantage in the final stanza set the final margin at 28 points. Ryan Parise (13 points), Luke Pierson (10 points) and Amos Kollie (11 points) joined Locker in double figures in the win.
Being the host school for the Holiday Shootout has its benefits as the Bears took part in day two's nightcap opposite Central Dauphin. Elizabethtown was not able to truly gain any traction until late but Central Dauphin was able to hold on for the 62-58 victory. That lack of traction led to a three-point, 29-26, deficit at the break for the hosts with the Rams only making things worse as the third quarter unfolded. CD opened the frame with a 10-0 run that stretched their lead to 39-26 and put Elizabethtown on the ropes.
The Bears managed to tread water over the remainder of the third but the damage had already been done. CD's three-point halftime cushion had already ballooned to 14 points heading into the final eight minutes. Elizabethtown was able to chip away at the Ram's lead, shrinking it to the final margin of four points with a 22-12 edge in the fourth.
"We got really flat," said head coach Rocky Parise. "I haven't seen our guys like that yet this year and I challenged them at the end of the third and we came out. I think we just had to make a couple of plays and that kind of lit a fire under us."
Locker paced Elizabethtown with 14 points while Ryan Parise and Dylan Sweger chipped in 10 points apiece.
Elizabethtown got back to winning on January 2nd with a 70-68 double overtime win over Hershey. The Bears wasted no time taking control of the game, posting a 26-17 edge in the first quarter thanks to Ryan Parise scoring 14 of his game high 29 points in the frame. Hershey slowly whittled that control away starting with a 17-14 edge in the second quarter. The Trojans managed to tie the game up heading into the final frame with an 11-5 advantage in the third. Both sides finished the fourth with 16 points sending the game to an extra period with the teams knotted at 61-61.
Overtime points were at a premium with the two sides combining for just eight points in the first extra session. With the score still deadlock the teams started the clock on a second overtime frame only this time E-town was able to hold a 5-3 edge to steal the two-point win. Locker (18 points) and Eberly (13 points) joined Parise in double figures for the game.
E-Town Football Falls in District 3-5A Opener November 4, 2018
The scoreboard said that Elizabethtown lost the game to Governor Mifflin by a 30-0 count in their District 3-5A clash on November 2nd but in actuality the Bears lost the game to Mother Nature. Rain, and a lot of it, turned Elizabethtown's Thompson's Field into a muddy mess, forcing both teams to turn to their ground attack for any chance at victory. Unfortunately, that is not E-town's forte but does slot right into the Mustangs wheel house. The result was a Bear offense that cobbled together 58 total yards and two first downs while Governor Mifflin tallied 280 total yards with 268 yards and all four scores on the ground.
With the Bear offense stuck in neutral, Mifflin started their first scoring drive near midfield. Seven rushes later, the last a 40-yard Bryce Stubler burst on a fourth and five conversion, and the Mustangs had a 6-0 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Another quick Elizabethtown possession, this one ending in a failed fourth down attempt, gave the Mustangs the ball at midfield. A short five play scoring drive, capped by the first of Kolbie Resser's TD runs, put Governor Mifflin up 14-0. Resser's 28-yard score provided a good boost on the way to a 92-yard evening.
The game remained a 14-0 affair through the second quarter thanks to the Bear defense. E-town forced a punt and two turnovers plus added a fourth down stop on Governor Mifflin's four second quarter possessions keeping the Mustangs from extending to their lead.
"Defense did get some turnovers which helped and we had our chances on offense we just couldn't do anything, couldn't get it going," said head coach Andy Breault.
The stinginess ran out with 7:41 remaining in the third quarter. That is when Nick Singleton highlighted his 102-yard game with a one-yard score. Another two-point conversion pushed the lead to 22-0.
Two stalled Elizabethtown drives, coupled with another Governor Mifflin turnover, pushed the game into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs put their final points on the board with 10:38 remaining in the game, Reeser finished the scoring with a 25-yard QB draw. Singleton added a two-point conversion to set the final. Elizabethtown's final drive of the game did produce their second first down with Leon Allen rumbling for five yards on a fourth and two attempt.
Zach Frank (nine rushes, 17 yards) and Allen (eight rushes, 21 yards) fronted the Bear rushing attack while Luke Pierson (five catches, 36 yards) and Alex Diahn (one catch, four yards) accounted for Cole Patrick's passing yards. Patrick finished the water-logged affair seven of 17.
"They were trying to get a new ball in almost every play," said Breault of the game that finished his first season fronting the Elizabethtown squad. "He (Cole Patrick) still said it was coming back with mud on it, but they still had the same conditions we had to play in. Passing is just our thing more so. They are a pretty balanced attack and we rely on passing so it hurt our offense tonight."
The E-town cross country team wrapped up the 2018 season on Saturday November 3rd with a trip around Hershey's Parkside Course for the PIAA Championship. Only three members of the Bear's squad qualified for the PIAA meet, all on the Lady Bears' side.
Cat Shontz was the first to cross the finish line, capping her E-town career with a PIAA-3A medal. Shontz picked up the hardware with a 25th place time of 20:04. Katie Locker crossed the finish line five seconds later to become the first finisher outside the medals. Madeline Quinn rounded out the E-town trio with a 34th place run of 20:21.
ET Football Punches Ticket to District Playoffs October 28, 2018
Homecoming season may be over but the Elizabethtown football team is going dancing. By turning back visiting Conestoga Valley, 30-3, E-town punched a District 3 playoff ticket for the first time since 2008. This year's ticket allows the Bears access to the 5A dance where their first-round opponent will be fellow 6-4 club Governor Mifflin on Friday November 2nd or Saturday November 3rd.
As for last Friday's victory over CV, Elizabethtown used a balanced all-around attack to vanquish the Buckskins. On offense the Bears totaled 361 yards with Zach Frank fronting the ground game while L-L passing leader Cole Patrick was his typical self, directing the aerial attack. Frank tallied 101 of E-town's 138 rushing yards while Patrick collected 223 passing yards, finishing the regular season with a Lancaster-Lebanon League best 2,528 yards. On defense the Bears limited Conestoga Valley to 220 total yards while intercepting two passes that led to both fourth quarter touchdowns.
Livingston began working on player of the game honors early, hauling in a 17-yard Patrick strike to put E-town up 7-0 after the Cade Denlinger PAT conversion. Denlinger accounted for the only points of the second quarter with his 25-yard field goal that stretched the Elizabethtown lead to 10-0.
Conestoga Valley put their only points of the game on the board early in the third with a 29-yard Joe Cardina field goal that trimmed Elizabethtown's cushion down to 10-3. The Bears answered back with a one-yard Cole Rice plunge that gave E-town a two-score edge at 17-3 heading into the final frame.
The defense provided the spark for a 13-point fourth quarter starting when Amos Kollie picked off CV's Bradley Stoltzfus. E-town turned the ensuing possession into a 20-yard Patrick to Livingston TD and a 23-3 lead. Livingston capped his stellar, three touchdown day, by picking off Stoltzfus and returning it 30 yards for the final points of the 30-3 victory.
For the second year in a row the first round of the District 3-4A playoffs was an obstacle the boys' soccer team could not overcome. Last year the second seeded Bears were surprised by 15th seed Central Dauphin, this year it was E-town sporting the 15th seed playing at second seeded Wilson and hoping to do the surprising. Elizabethtown was unable to use the same upset magic that bounced them from the 2017 tournament in their attempt to upend Wilson, falling 4-0. Brecken Musser finished his final high school game with two saves for the now 10-6-2 Bears.
When the E-town girls' volleyball team kicked off the District 3-4A tournament on Saturday, October 27th the Lady Bears found a familiar opponent across the net, the Lady Wildcats of Dallastown. Elizabethtown was looking for a third straight first round win over the Wildcats but a three-peat was not in the cards as Dallastown pulled out the win ending the Lady Bears season earlier than expected.
"We were pretty evenly matched with Dallastown," said head coach Jenna Griest. "We'd go on a run, then they'd go on a run."
The back-and-forth action left the Lady Bears on the wrong end of the opening set, 25-22 but they were able to even the match with a 25-19 set two victory. Dallastown tipped the match back in their favor by squeaking out a 31-29 set three win before closing out the match with a 25-17 set four victory.
"They pulled out the first set win, but in the second we were able to keep them out of their system with our serving which really limited their offense," explained Griest. "We dug ourselves out of an early hole in the third set, by playing fantastic defense...but we just couldn't quite pull out the win. In the fourth, Dallastown got into their offensive rhythm early and we just couldn't get a stop," said Griest. "I'm very proud of the way our team played today and all season long."
Hayden Calaman, Kallee Locker and Sydney Stewart led the offense while Krimson Dougherty, Elizabeth Vuxta and Ashley NyeSmith did the same on defense. Calaman finished with 13 assists, Locker eight kills and Stewart five aces while both NyeSmith and Vuxta tallied 10 digs. Dougherty led the team with two blocks.
The cross country team continued their postseason journey with a trip to Newville and Big Spring High School for the District 3 Championship Meet on October 27th. Yet another bout of rain left the 3.1-mile course less than ideal but that did not stop the Lady Bears from securing an eighth-place team finish, the highest place among the 11 Lancaster-Lebanon League schools in the 3A race.
As they have all year Elizabethtown was powered by Katie Locker, Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz. The trio all finished in the top five, earning district medals and qualifying for the PIAA meet on November 3rd in Hershey.
"They have been a dream to coach all year," said head coach Mark Gallagher. "They are unbelievably consistent in training and in racing and support and honestly cheer for each other."
That consistency led to a bronze medal run from Quinn with Locker and Shontz crossing roughly eight seconds after their teammate. Quinn's 19:12.4 was six seconds off the winning 3A pace while Locker (19:20.7) and Shontz (19:21.3) finished a mere 0.6 seconds apart in taking fourth and fifth place respectively.
Sierra Kapcsos was the next Lady Bear to cross the finish line, doing so in 75th place with a time of 21:26.3. Jessie Lloyd completed the scoring five for Elizabethtown with a time of 23:08.7, slotting her in 162nd place.
Over on the boy's side, with just two returning runners from last year's squad, the Bears managed to post a 15th place team finish, their 425 points putting them a few points behind 13th place Exeter. The top three boys enjoyed a similar pack finish as their Lady Bear counterparts but Jesse Myers, Garrick English and Alex Hartman were not as close to the front, finishing 71st, 73rd and 75th. Myers locked up 71st place with a time of 18:05.8 while English (73rd) and Hartman (75th) finished a mere tenth of a second apart, 18:07.3 to 18:07.4. Nat McCloud slipped inside the top 100, taking 98th with a time of 18:21.7 while Nathan Johnson rounded out the top five with a 170th place run of 18:32.3.
Locker Captures Etown's First League XC Title October 21, 2018
The Elizabethtown cross country team made their annual October trip to Ephrata for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship meet and boy what a doozy. Katie Locker became the first Elizabethtown runner, male or female, to capture the league title while leading the Lady Bears to their second straight, second place finish. Locker nipped Cedar Crest's Gwyneth Young by four seconds, 18:41.6 to 18:45.8, making her winning move in the exact spot she and head coach Mark Gallagher discussed, with about 150 meters remaining in the 3.1-mile race.
Locker was joined at the top by her fellow Section One All-Stars, Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn. The trio was unable to maintain their top three sweep pace from the regular season but came pretty close. Shontz was the third runner across the finish line, picking up the day's bronze medal as well as an L-L medal for time of 18:57.50. Quinn was the next runner to finish, taking fourth with a time of 19:20. Elizabethtown picked up one last league medal run from freshman Sierra Kapcsos who finished with a time of 20:47.60, good enough for 24th place. Jessie Lloyd completed the scoring five for E-town, taking 86th with a time of 23:02.60.
"We knew going into the meet that we had three of the best girls in the League, but also knew that there were several other outstanding runners in the race," said Gallagher, "A lot would come down to who had the best race that day."
The boy's team, with only two returning runners from last year's league meet squad, finished ninth in the team standings, their 262 points falling just short of eighth place Penn Manor's 261 and seventh place Cocalico's 259.
All five scorers for Elizabethtown finished in a 20-second burst led by Alex Hartman and his 45th place run of 17:47.80. Nathan Johnson was two seconds and two places slower thanks to his 17:49.70. Jesse Myers, who picked up a second team Section One All-Star nod for his regular season work, finished 50th with a time of 17:52.10. Nat McCloud was the final Bear to crack the 18-minute barrier, his 17:59.10 good enough for 58th on the day. Garrick English rounded out Elizabethtown's top five, taking 64th with a time of 18:07.60.
The Bears will lace them up this Saturday for the District 3 Championship Meet to be held at Big Spring High School.
Sometimes in the world of sports you come across a game that tosses conventional wisdom out the window and leaves fans scratching their head. Such was the case last Friday when the E-town Bears battled the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers. L-S eked out a 20-13 victory, pleasing their homecoming crowd while leaving the Bear faithful left to ponder what could have been.
The Bears came into the contest averaging 380 yards of offense while riding a three-game winning streak. That offensive output helped push E-town to the outer fringes of the District 3-5A playoffs where they hoped to remain after their tangle with Lampeter-Strasburg but the Pioneer defense had other ideas. L-S limited Elizabethtown trigger man and L-L passing leader, Cole Patrick, to 168 yards through the air while more doubling his interception total, picking the senior signal caller three times. The L-S defense also held the Bears to a mere one-yard rushing thanks to the six sacks of Patrick.
Meanwhile the Elizabethtown defense could not stop Pioneers QB Joey McTaggart. The sophomore accounted for 151 of Lampeter-Strasburg's 198 yards of offense with 114 yards and all three L-S scores coming via his legs.
McTaggart's stellar evening kicked off with a 10-yard TD that accounted for the game's only first quarter points. Elizabethtown did manage a rebuttal in the form of a 10-point second quarter that sent them into the locker room holding a 10-7 lead.
Cade Denlinger put the Bears on the board with a 38-yard field goal early in the second. E-town's offensive high point came later in the quarter when Patrick hit Alex Diahn (nine catches, 114 yards) for a 45-yard score. Denlinger's extra point made it 10-7.
McTaggart struck again in the third quarter. This time scoring from three yards out, moving Lampeter-Strasburg back in front 13-10 after the failed two-point try. Denlinger picked up his second field goal of the game later in the third, this one from 28-yards, knotting the game at 13-13.
McTaggart's final strike came with about four minutes remaining in the contest. The nine-yard rumble and ensuing Seth Beers PAT made it 20-13 where it would remain.
The Bears look to hang onto their 5A playoff berth with a regular season finale opposite fellow 5-4 club Conestoga Valley. Kick-off is set for 7pm this Friday.
There is never a good time to find yourself in the middle of a losing streak. Unfortunately, the E-town Lady Bear volleyball team finds themselves in the middle of a three game slide right as the postseason is kicking off.
In fact, the final loss in the three-game slip was the first game of what Elizabethtown hopes will be a long post-season run. The Lady Bears were bounced from the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament on Saturday October 20th via a 3-1 loss to Manheim Township.
Township kept E-town off balance throughout, leading to wins of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-22. The Lady Bears did manage to avoid the sweep with a 25-19 game three victory. Julia Rathsam continued collecting assists, finishing with 24, while both Sydney Stewart and Kristin Geesey finished with nine kills. Kallee Locker added four blocks and Katherine Kimbark added nine digs in the loss.
Elizabethtown closed out the regular season with back-to-back 3-0 loss. The first came on October 17th to Garden Spot. The Lady Spartans 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 victory locked up the Section Two title for Spot while regulating Elizabethtown to the section's second seed in the L-L playoffs, setting up that Township quarterfinal tilt.
Rathsam went over the 2,000-assist mark for her career during the game but it was Hayden Calaman leading the team with 16 assists. Rathsam did post a team high two blocks. Ashley NyeSmith added 15 digs while Locker chipped in with nine kills and Stewart five aces.
Despite the sweep and a snapped six game winning streak head coach Jenna Griest remained upbeat. "I told my kids to keep their heads held high because they played outstanding volleyball."
One night later the Lady Bears fell to South Western (25-12, 25-15 and 25-18).
"South Western is a well-balanced team with several big hitters at the net," said Griest, "We didn't quite have enough left in the tank after the effort put forth playing Garden Spot the night before."
The Garden Spot hangover left Elizabethtown short on stats with Calaman pacing the team with six assists. Rathsam and Locker both added two blocks while Kimbark had two aces. NyeSmith tallied 12 digs while Kristin Geesey added six kills.
The Lady Bears final win of the regular season came on October 15th when they topped Ephrata by a 3-0 count. Rathsam led the way with 19 assists and 13 digs leading to wins of 26-24, 25-18 and 25-20. Geesey enjoyed a team high 10 kills while NyeSmith (three aces) and Locker (two blocks) helped out.
ET Volleyball Now 11-2 After Three Win Week October 14, 2018
With a perfect 3-0 run through last week the Elizabethtown girls' volleyball team secured their place in the upcoming Lancaster-Lebanon League Playoffs while also keeping pace with the other top teams jockeying for district positioning.
The Lady Bears sport a 9-1 Section Two mark, making them the second of three entries from the section. Their 11-2 overall record has them sitting in sixth in the most recent District 3-4A power rankings with three matches remaining in the regular season.
The first win last week was the only non-sweep as Elizabethtown got by Penn Manor 3-1. Julia Rathsam collected 16 assists and four aces to help E-town post wins of 30-28, 25-19 and 25-13. The Lady Comets did manage to steal game three 25-21 but the Lady Bears rebounded to close out the match one game later. Rebecca Epps tallied nine kills while Sydney Stewart finished with 11 digs. Krimson Dougherty chipped in with two blocks.
Elizabethtown swept Lampeter-Strasburg on October 9th but had to fend off a pesky Pioneer squad in a 28-26 game two final after posting a 25-17 win in game one. E-town settled down for a 25-14 game three final to close out the sweep. Rathsam enjoyed a 17 assist, one block game while Epps tallied another 10 kills. Ashley NyeSmith collected a team high six digs while Elizabeth Vuxta added four aces.
The Lady Bears closed out the week on Thursday with another sweep, this one with 25-18, 25-2 and 25-18 wins over Lebanon. NyeSmith posted six aces and five digs, both team highs, while both Rathsam and Hayden Calaman finished with 13 assists. Katherine Kimbark matched NyeSmith's six aces while Stewart added nine kills.
The game of football is always easier when your offense is making the scoreboard spin like a wheel on a game show and the Elizabethtown Bears can use their last three games as proof. After picking up wins with 45- and 65-point outbursts, E-town topped 50-points for the second straight game with a 52-17 drubbing of Penn Manor that E-town's Homecoming crowd enjoyed until the end.
Elizabethtown's offense, which totaled 395 yards, provided the scoreboard spinning numbers that included 350 yards and three scores via the Cole Patrick piloted passing game with Zach Frank fronting the rushing attack with 71 yards and two scores. The Bear defense offered support by forcing two turnovers, one of which was a third quarter pick-six that stretched the lead to 25-points, while limiting the Comets to 276 total yards.
Despite the solid overall showing the Bear defense started slowly which allowed Penn Manor to hold three separate leads as the first half moved along. The first of those came early in the first quarter when Josh Gibson and Aaron Gale hooked up for a 13-yard score. Elizabethtown erased that 7-0 lead with Patrick's first TD pass, this one covering 16 yards and accounting for Alex Diahn's only score. The Comets closed out the opening frame with their second lead, 10-7, thanks to Liam Hart's 27-yard field goal.
Penn Manor's final lead came in the second quarter after Gale found Stephen Albright for a 74-yard TD. The play not only moved Penn Manor back on top 17-14 it also accounted for just over a quarter of the Comets yardage for the game. Penn Manor's fireworks came just after the Bears moved in front for the first time, 14-10, on an eight-yard Cole Livingston scamper. Frank's back-to-back touchdown runs followed Gale and Albright's big play and provided the bridge that took the game from a three-point Comet lead to what ended up a 35-point victory. Frank's scores both came from nine yards out and put E-town up 28-17 as the first half ticked away. Patrick closed out the first half scoring with a 57-yard pitch and catch with Dylan Sweger that made it 35-17.
The Bear defense clamped down in the second half with Livingston's 66-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighting a 24-minute shutout. Livingston also accounted for Elizabethtown's other TD in the third quarter as the receiving end of Patrick's third TD pass. The 15-yard touchdown pushed the E-town lead to 49-17 while Cade Denlinger's 23-yard, fourth quarter, field goal provided the final points.
Livingston and Sweger both finished with five catches and a touchdown and a combined for 212 yards. Livingston added another five yards and a score to his 110 receiving yards while Diahn chipped in with four catches for 76 yards and a score.
Up next for a 5-3 Bear squad looking to hang onto their District 3-5A playoff spot is a road trip to Lampeter for a Section Two showdown with the Pioneers.
The girls' cross country team wrapped up their first section title in program history with wins over Cedar Crest and Conestoga Valley on October 9th. The 22-33 win over the Lady Falcons coupled with a 25-32 win over Conestoga Valley capped E-town's perfect 9-0 run through league play. Madeline Quinn, Cat Shontz and Katie Locker powered the final pair of victories by sweeping the top three spots. The trio, as they have all season, were the first three runners to finish only this time it was Quinn leading the way with a time of 18:42.6. Shontz crossed 10-seconds later while Locker took third with a time of 19:04.5. Sierra Kapcsos wrapped up the top 10 with a time of 21:55.2. Jessie Lloyd crossed the finish line at 22:53 to take 16th and round out the top five for Elizabethtown.
The boys team split their two match-ups, topping Conestoga Valley 21-35 while falling to Cedar Crest 27-28. Four of the five scorers for Elizabethtown finished in a 13-second span with Jesse Myers leading the way with his fourth-place time of 17:26. Nat McCloud finished three seconds later while both Garrick English and Alex Hartman crossed the line at 17:38. English was awarded sixth placed with an official time of 17:38.4 while Hartman settled for seventh with a time of 17:38.7. Nathan Johnson closed out the top five for Elizabethtown with a 12th place run of 18:06.2.
The girls' soccer team closed out their 2018 season with back-to-back losses to fall to 3-12-2. The Lady Bears fell to Lampeter-Strasburg by a 2-1 count on October 8th while dropping the season finale to Manheim Central 6-0 on the 11th. Carly Sedun redirected Alyson DeBerry's corner kick for an early 1-0 lead against the Lady Pioneers but goals from Toby Harnish and Elli Strauss gave Lampeter-Strasburg the win. Kaitlyn Snyder finished with 13 saves.
The field hockey team closed out their 2018 season with a busy four game week. The Lady Bears split those four games to finish 3-14-1 on the year. E-town opened the final week with a 2-1 victory over Solanco on October 8th. Jessie Zimmerman scored both Elizabethtown goals, the first coming 2:44 into the second half and making it a 1-0 game. Emma Curtis tied things up just over 10 minutes later but Zimmerman came through with the game winner at 22:24. Neither Mackenzie Atticks or Alaina Telenko registered a save as Elizabethtown controlled possession throughout.
One day later the Lady Bears fell by a 5-0 count to Manheim Central. Kylie Kroesen scored all three first half goals for Central as the Lady Barons worked towards the win. Telenko and Atticks finished with a combined seven saves.
Elizabethtown posted another 2-1 victory on October 10th, this one coming in overtime against McCaskey. Liz Ortiz netted the game winner 4:59 into the extra session, securing the win for the visitors. Emily Epps scored E-town's first goal at 6:15 of the second half, giving the Lady Bears nearly 10 minutes to enjoy the one goal lead. Atticks needed just one save to earn the win.
The Lady Bears closed out the week and their season on October 11th with a 13-0 loss to Donegal. The Lady Indians kept the action around Elizabethtown's cage, producing a 36-0 shot advantage and nine Mackenzie Allessie goals. Atticks saw most of that action, finishing with 13 saves, while Telenko added another six saves. Alyssa Hamilton (four) and Haley Hoffman (one) added five combined defensive saves to aid the cause.
The boys' soccer team wrapped up the final week of their 2018 regular season with one win and one loss. The Bears 10-5-2 record left them short of the L-L playoffs and unable to defend their two-time league champion status but they still have the district playoffs in their sights. E-town is currently the 14th ranked 4A school, making them part of the 16-team playoff field with a few days before the October 18th cutoff.
Elizabethtown opened their final week with a 2-1 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg on October 8th. Fabian Beyer put the Bears up early with his score in the 14th minute. The Pioneers stunned Elizabethtown by netting the equalizer with four minutes remaining in regulation. E-town returned the favor by scoring the game winner in the 87th minute when Ignacio Bartolome found David Fry. Brecken Musser turned away four shots to preserve the win.
The Bears season finale ended up a 1-0 loss to Manheim Central thanks to Carson Brenize's early score. The game's lone goal came just 2:38 after the opening horn while Manheim's Mason Nissley (two saves) and Musser (five saves) worked to keep the remainder of the game scoreless.
ET Football Dominates Garden Spot, 65-28 October 7, 2018
The Elizabethtown football team spent the evening of Friday October 5th putting on a show for those in attendance at Thompson Field. That show resulted in a 65-28 victory over Garden Spot that moved E-town to 4-3 and kept the crew operating the scoreboard on their toes as the teams combined for 93 points and over 800 yards of offense.
Cole Patrick was the star of the show with Cole Livingston pushing for top billing. Cole the QB completed 10 of 12 attempts for 250 yards and five TDS, tacking on another 65 yards and a score on the ground for a whopping 315 yards of offense and six scores. Cole the WR snagged half of those completions for 170 yards and four of the five scores. Add in solid games from Alex Diahn (3-30, TD) and Luke Pierson (2-45, TD) and the Bears passing attack was on full display.
The Bears kicked off the scoring with the first of the Patrick to Livingston TDs, this one covering 13 yards and making it 7-0 after Cade Denlinger's PAT. E-town pulled from their bag of trick plays for a 14-0 lead with Dylan Sweger hitting Diahn for an 11-yard score on an option pass. Patrick and Livingston pushed the lead to 21-0 with a 52-yard score a short while later.
Garden Spot's Zeb Fisher flashed his own big play skills by breaking off a 64-yard touchdown run that made it a 21-6 game after the opening frame.
Elizabethtown wasted little time getting back to their aerial show, stretching their lead to 28-6 after Patrick and Livingston hooked up for the third time. This one covered 42 yards while Patrick's next TD pass covered 39 yards with Luke Pierson escorting the ball across the goal line for a 35-6 lead.
The Spartans picked up their lone touchdown of the second quarter when Fisher connected with John Dykie on a 40-yard pass to trim the E-town lead to 35-12. Any momentum Garden Spot gained with that score was quickly erased when Cole Rice returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for another Elizabethtown score. Patrick and Livingston's final TD connection, a 58-yarder, finished off the first half scoring and sent the teams into the break with E-town up 49-12.
Thanks to the 37-point halftime margin the second half opened with a running clock limiting Elizabethtown to just nine points in the third quarter. Patrick accounting for the bulk of those points with his 43-yard rushing touchdown that made it 55-12 after the missed extra point attempt. Denlinger tacked on the final three points of the frame with a 31-yard field goal.
Elizabethtown picked up their final TD early in the fourth when Zach Frank broke free for a 49-yard score. Fisher capped his stellar game with fourth quarter TD runs of 64 and 22 yards to set the 65-28 final.
The girls' volleyball team returned to their winning ways, starting a new winning streak after their six gamer was snapped with a September 25th loss to Garden Spot. The Lady Bears got back on the right side of things with a 3-0 takedown of Solanco on October 2nd. Hayden Calaman led the way during the 25-14, 25-13, 25-8 victory with 15 assists and six aces. Sydney Stewart added 10 kills while Elizabeth Vuxta, Katherine Kimbark and Ashley NyeSmith all finished with three digs.
The new winning streak was officially formed with a 3-1 win over Manheim Central on October 4th. E-town started and ended the match with 25-19 victories, adding a 25-15 game three win to secure the match. Central was able to steal game two 25-22 to keep the Lady Bears from the sweep.
Rathsam stepped to the forefront with a 22 assist, four ace and one block game. NyeSmith picked up another 10 digs while Grace Murray finished with 15 kills. McKenna Dara led the team with one block.
The boys' soccer team saw their total number of losses double last week with the Bears at 9-4-2 after falling to Dallastown and Ephrata.
E-town split the two losses with a 3-1 win over Garden Spot on October 2nd. David Fry, Daniel Tema and Caleb Gerber all netted first half scores to provide a healthy cushion for Brecken Musser's one save victory. Andrew Bowman broke up Musser's shutout bid with a penalty kick score in the 79th minute.
Elizabethtown kicked off the week on Monday with a trip to Dallastown in a game that was originally scheduled to be the season opener for both squads. The trip resulted in a 1-0 loss as Gabe Wunderlich deposited his penalty kick into the back of the net in the 62nd minute to give the Wildcats all the room they would need. Both keepers, Musser for Elizabethtown and Brandon Hole for Dallastown, finished with four saves.
Thursday had the Bears hosting Ephrata in the second meeting between the two clubs. The result was the same as the first go-round, a 2-1 Mountaineers victory. This time is was second half scores from Tyler Shue and Humberto Cisneros securing the win for Ephrata. Ignacio Bartolome, with help from Fry, gave E-town a short-lived lead in the 55th minute but Shue's equalizer came just two minutes later. Ephrata managed just three shots on goal leading Musser with a one save loss.
The girls' tennis team wrapped up their 2018 season with the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament on October 4th. Tori Pollock was the lone Lady Bear to advance out of the first round with a 6-2, 2-6, 10-7 win over Manheim Central's Grace Roberts in the Flight Three bracket. Pollock's season ended one round later after she suffered a 3-6, 6-7(2-7) loss to Cedar Crest's Olivia Hitz. Emily Louie was the only other Lady Bear to take part in the singles tournament, doing her work in the Flight Two bracket. That work resulted in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic's Angelle San Jose in the first round.
Both Louie and Pollock continued their play in the double's tournaments. Pollock teamed up with Lauren Masser for a first-round battle opposite Donegal's Emily Ashley and Lyla Naqui. The pair of Lady Indians claimed the match in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(7-5). Louie and her partner, Kate Hackenberg, dropped their Flight Two opener to Lampeter-Strasburg's tandem of Izzy Brown and Sierra Stoltzfus by an 8-0 final.
"Knowing it was going to be a rebuilding year, our initial season goals did not revolve around wins and losses," said head coach Brenda McBride. "Rather, each girl determined to be twice as good of a player as she was at the beginning of the season. In the case of every girl, we accomplished and, in many cases, exceeded that goal. It was great to see the growth in each of our players."
The field hockey team snapped a three-game slide on October 1st by playing Cocalico to a 0-0 draw. "We continue to improve each game. The girls really played well and they were all so positive about the game," said head coach Cindy Telenko, "We had some scoring chances during OT and that was very encouraging." Alaina Telenko tallied eight saves between the first half and overtime while Mackenzie Atticks had one save through the scoreless second half.
Any momentum the Lady Bears gained in the tie with Cocalico evaporated two days later with a trip to New Holland. Garden Spot used two goals each from Amanda Leeland and Aubry Gonzalez to help them post a 10-0 win over the visiting Lady Bears. Telenko and Atticks combined for 12 saves in goal while Alyssa Hamilton picked up one defensive save in the loss.
Elizabethtown welcomed Manheim Central to Jane Hoover field on Friday the 5th. Central used two goals from Lily Sipel and one goal and two assists from Lexi Hosler to leave with a 3-0 victory. Telenko (15 saves) and Atticks (13 saves) got help with three defensive saves from Hamilton plus an additional defensive save by Haley Hoffman.
The golf season officially came to a close for Alex Williams after his participation in the District 3-AAA Championships on October 5th and 6th. The sophomore carded a day one score of 80 on Briarwood Golf Club's East Course on the strength of his three birdies. Williams found Saturday's trip around the course a bit more difficult posting an 11-over round of 83 to finish the two-day event 35th, missing the PIAA East Regional cut by seven shots.
The cross country teams traveled to Neffsville for their second to last meet of the regular season on October 2nd. The Lady Bears continued their perfect run through the Lancaster-Lebanon League with a 28-30 win over Manheim Township and a 15-55 victory over Lebanon. As they have all year, Katie Locker, Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn led the way by securing the top three spots. Locker took top billing with a time of 19:07 with Shontz finishing two seconds later. Quinn claimed third with a time of 19:16. Sierra Kapcsos slipped inside the top 10 with a ninth-place time of 21:46. Jessie Lloyd rounded out the top five with a time of 23:50, good enough for 22nd on the day.
On the boy's side four of the five scorers posted top 10 finishes leading to an 18-37 win over Lebanon but a 27-28 loss to Township. Jesse Myers led the way by posting the third fastest time of the day. Nat McCloud was the next runner to finish, doing so five seconds after Myers and his time of 17:17. Garrick English (sixth) and Alex Hartman (seventh) gave the Bears another back-to-back finish while Nathan Johnson rounded things out with his 11th place time of 18:04.
The Lady Bear soccer team was in action just twice last week, going 0-1-1 to carry a 3-11-2 record into the final week of the regular season. Elizabethtown played Garden Spot to a 1-1 draw on October 2nd despite holding an 8-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Kaitlin Snyder did her best by stopping all but a first half penalty kick from Kylah Morales while Spot's Elizabeth King allowed Elizabethtown's goal in the second half. Malayna Van Winkle turned a Liv Anson cross into a perfect setup for Kaelynn Sheetz to score the equalizer in the 62nd minute.
Two days later the Lady Bears dropped a 2-0 final to Ephrata. Madison Root led the way for the Lady Mountaineers, setting up Abigail Wiest's first half goal while tacking on an insurance score via penalty kick in the 70th minute. Snyder finished the loss with nine saves.
Bear Gridders Top Solanco in 45-44 Thriller September 30, 2018
It is not often that high school football fans witness the type of thrilling come-from-behind victory that took place last Friday in Quarryville when the E-town Bears topped Solanco 45-44 in a Section Two battle. Elizabethtown, scoring the game's 13th touchdown, took their only lead of the game in the waning seconds then held on as the Golden Mules last ditch efforts failed, securing the win and snapping a three-game slide in the process.
The winning touchdown was executed with some trickery as the Bears unleashed a halfback option pass that allowed Cole Rice to find a wide-open Cole Livingston for the game winning five-yard score. A failed two-point conversion attempt left the Bears with a one-point lead and susceptible to a possible Solanco miracle but E-town managed to thwart Solanco's efforts to claim the victory.
The end game introduced some slight of hand from Elizabethtown but the rest of the game was just two contrasting styles of football doing battle. Solanco built and maintained their lead through an old school ground and pound style that accounting for every one of the Mules 389 yards of offense. Meanwhile Elizabethtown mounted their comeback behind their spread attack that accounted for 368 of their 437 yards including five of their seven TDs.
Solanco's ground attack was fronted by QB Joel McGuire who tallied roughly half the Mule offense with 184 rushing yards and four scores including a one-yard plunge that opened the scoring in the first quarter. Patrick answered back with the first of his four TD passes, this one a 24-yard strike to Alex Diahn who finished with four catches for 67 yards.
The Mules, behind McGuire and Nafis Moore, exploded for a 30-13 run through the second quarter that would have KO'd most teams but the Bears regrouped at halftime to outscore Solanco 26-7 after intermission. E-town needed that big second half thanks to McGuire and Moore's second quarter. The pair posted matching two touchdown efforts in the frame, turning a tight 7-6 game into what appeared to be a cakewalk at 37-19.
Livingston accounted for both of the Elizabethtown scores in the second quarter. The first was the first of his three receiving TDs and covered 35 yards, countering Moore's first score of the frame. Livingston's second TD of the second quarter came on the ground with the senior back covering 65 yards, this time countering McGuire's first score of the second stanza. Livingston's second quarter magic ran out as Solanco extended their lead with McGuire's two-yard plunge and Moore's 18-yard scamper coupled with a safety when Patrick was dropped in his own end zone.
Elizabethtown made the first move of their comeback with a third quarter strike from Patrick to Luke Pierson (four catches and 110 yards) that covered 70 yards and made it 37-25. Livingston, who finished with 187 yards of offense, snagged his second receiving TD of the game to open the fourth quarter scoring, trimming the Solanco lead down to five points in the process. McGuire appeared to deliver a dagger to the E-town comeback bid when he broke off a 60-yard score to push the Mule lead back to 12 points with time winding down. Elizabethtown dodged that dagger and kept their comeback on track with a three-yard Patrick scamper that setup the final theatrics and the one-point victory.
The field hockey team suffered three setbacks last week, the first of which was a 15-0 loss to Donegal on Tuesday the 25th. Mackenzie Allessie did the bulk of the lifting for the Indians, netting eight goals and dishing out one assist. Lily Saunders added four scores and two assists in the Donegal onslaught that forced Mackenzie Atticks into a 17 save game.
Elizabethtown faced another lopsided result two days later, a 5-1 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers racked up a 17-5 edge in shots and an 11-1 edge in corner attempts leading to a three-goal game for Chloe Blantz. Atticks (seven saves) and Alaina Telenko (four saves) received help in their attempts to keep L-S at bay with defensive saves from Haley Hoffman and Makenna Heisey. Jessica Zimmerman picked up the lone E-town goal, redirecting a Liz Ortiz pass into the cage early in the opening half.
The Lady Bears hit the road for game number three of the week, traveling to Lititz where they suffered a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Warriors. Meghan Quinn paced the Warwick attack with two scores while Atticks and Telenko faced another barrage of shots in the loss. Warwick put 21 shots on goal leading to eight Telenko saves, five Atticks saves as well as defensive saves from Ivy Loy and Alyssa Hamilton.
The girls' tennis team finally managed to squeeze in their final three regular season matches despite Mother Nature's best efforts to prevent it from happening. The results saw the Lady Bears drop all three to finish the 2018 season with a 3- 11 record.
E-town opened on Monday with a 6-1 loss to Manheim Central. Tori Pollock was the lone victor, topping Grace Roberts 6-1 and 6-4 in number three singles. September 26th saw Elizabethtown fall to Warwick by a 4-1 final in rain shortened match. Emily Louie picked up the win in number two singles, defeating Heather Mitchell in straight sets.
Elizabethtown's final loss came on Friday as the Lady Bears fell to Solanco 4-3. All three team points came in singles action with Louie and Pollock picking up the second wins of the week. Louie took out Faith Redcay at number two singles while Pollock topped Gabrielle Griffonetti in number three singles. Lauren Masser claimed the final win, topping Kerith Paine in three sets at number one singles.
The boys' and girls' cross country teams both picked up a win over McCaskey on the 25th. The Lady Bears took the top three spots and five of the top seven on their way to a 19-36 win while the boy's managed five of the top 11 times in their 24-32 victory.
Katie Locker (19:29.1), Madeline Quinn (19:32) and Cat Shontz (19:36.6) ran the fastest times on the girl's side while Jesse Myers posted the best time (17:33.1) in the boy's race.
Kate Weissend checked in with a 21:57.1, good enough for sixth place while Sierra Kapcsos took seventh with a time of 22:09.7. Alex Hartman backed up Myers with a fourth place run of 17:51 with Garrick English the last runner under 18-minutes, his 17:59.9 placing him seventh. Nat McCloud slipped inside the top 10 with a ninth-place time of 18:13.9. Nathan Johnson finished out the E-town top five with his 11th place time of 18:54.2.
The Bears spent the final Saturday of September at the 26th Annual Carlisle Invitational. Three Lady Bears finished inside the top 25 of the 221-runner Challenge Race field. Shontz posted the best finish, taking 14th with a time of 19:03. Locker crossed 11 seconds later in 18th place while Quinn took 23rd with a 19:20.
The boy's competed in the Champion Race and saw four runners place in the top 100 in the 426-runner field. Myers needed 17:24 to finish his 3.1-mile run, taking 34th. English (92nd) and Hartman (93rd) both finished in 18:02. Johnson slipped just inside the top 100, taking 99th with a time of 18:08.
The golf team kicked off their postseason on September 24th with four golfers competing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship at Conestoga Country Club. Three of the four saw their season come to a close but Alex Williams did well enough to qualify for the District 3 Championship on October 5th and 6th. Williams carded an 87 that was 17 over par but was good enough for 21st place and a spot in the distinct field. Connor Krisko nearly joined Williams, his round of 89 placing him 29th on the day and just one shot off the district cutline. Eric Gilbert finished 35th with his round of 91.
Jolene Markley was the lone representative for the Lady Bears, finishing 14th in the girl's field.
The girls' soccer team picked up their third win of the season with a victory over McCaskey on September 27th. The 6-0 win snapped a seven-game slide for the Lady Bears and broke up a nine-game winless stretch that dated back to September 10th. Jazmine Garcia accounted for half of the six scores with two coming during E-town's four goal first half. Kaelynn Sheetz tacked on two scores with Carly Sedun picking up the final tally. Aivery Shuck dished out four assists while Kaitlyn Snyder faced no shots for the easy win.
The Bears opened the week with a 1-0 loss to Manheim Central on Monday while absorbing a 4-1 loss to Mechanicsburg on Tuesday. Sheetz, with help from Olivia Anson, accounted for the lone goal against Mechanicsburg while Snyder tallied a combined 15 saves in the two games.
The boys' soccer team was able to navigate their three-game slate last week without suffering a loss, unfortunately the Bears managed just one win in those three games after playing both Manheim Central and McCaskey to scoreless ties.
E-town finally broke through on Friday with a 1-0 victory over Cedar Cliff. Caleb Gerber, with help from Giani Leppler, netted the game's lone goal in the 67th minute. The goal not only secured the win it also snapped Elizabethtown's scoring drought that covered two plus games. Brecken Musser finished his stellar week with his second zero save game. His first came in Thursday's tie opposite McCaskey with the senior keeper turning away three shots in Monday's tie with Central.
The girls' volleyball team suffered their first Section Two loss on September 25th, falling to Garden Spot 3-0. "Credit to Garden Spot, they're a great team," said head coach Jenna Greist.
The Lady Bears dropped the opening game 25-15 but kept things closer from there with matching 25-23 finals in games two and three. "I'm proud of the fact that our team was able to refocus after set one," said Griest. "We settled down in serve receive, got our offense going and played great defense the rest of the match. We'll be looking forward to the re-match in a few weeks."
Julia Rathsam and Hayden Calaman combined for 22 assists, splitting the set-ups evenly. Rebecca Epps was on the receiving end of a bunch of those assists finishing with six kills. Ashley NyeSmith tallied 11 digs while Kristin Geesey (two blocks) and Sydney Stewart (two aces) wrapped up the team leaders.
Elizabethtown's final tournament action until the postseason took place on September 22nd when the Lady Bears participated in Cumberland Valley's 'Rally in the Valley' tournament. Facing tough competition E-town posted a 2-6 mark on the day with the wins coming over Tyrone and Southwestern.
Tennis Team Knocks Off Donegal and Lebanon September 23, 2018
The girls' tennis team is riding a two-match winning streak after knocking off Donegal and Lebanon last week. The week did start on the down swing thanks to a 6-1 loss to Garden Spot on Tuesday where Tori Pollock earned the lone E-town victory.
The winning started on Wednesday when the Lady Bears took out Donegal by a 4-3 count. Emily Louie and Kathryn Hackenberg picked up the lone doubles victory, topping Mary Murphy and Emma Shelly by an 8-6 final. Louie also accounted for one of the three singles wins, taking out Lyla Naqvi in three sets. Pollock needed just two sets to get by Murphy in number three singles but Araya Fahnestock needed all three sets to collect her win at number four singles.
The going was much easier one day later with the Lady Bears trouncing visiting Lebanon by a 7-0 final. Lauren Masser, Louie, Pollock and Hackenberg all claimed easy singles wins with only Louie's 6-4 second set victory opposite Everia Gonzalez counting as a close final.
It was more of the same in doubles action as Elizabethtown won all three matches with ease. Masser and Pollock claimed the number one singles match while Louie and Hackenberg did the same at number two doubles and Mia Giordano and Anna Bert at number three doubles.
Sometimes a win is not just a win. For a test case look no further than the Elizabethtown boys' soccer team's past week. E-town dropped a 2-1 decision to Ephrata on Tuesday the 18th that bounced the Bears from their first-place tie with the Mountaineers, upping the ante for Thursday's clash with Lampeter-Strasburg. The 2-0 bounce back win over the Pioneers kept E-town just a game off Ephrata's first place pace and in a second-place tie with Manheim Central with roughly half the season in the books.
Evan Schneider netted both scores against L-S, banging home the go head score approximately two minutes before a 61st minute insurance goal. Tyler Bixler helped out with one assist with Brecken Musser earning the shutout win thanks to a three save game.
Elizabethtown was unable to find similar heroics two days priors when they fell to the Mountaineers in Ephrata. Angel Gonzalez-Garcia put the host squad up 1-0 in the 21st minute and scored the game winner in the 53rd minute to take player of the game honors. In between the two Gonzalez-Garcia scores, Caleb Gerber found the back of the net for Elizabethtown with his goal knotting the game at 1-1 in the 29th minute. Musser finished the loss with four saves.
The football team dropped their third straight game last Friday, falling to Manheim Central by a 50-0 count. The Barons used a stifling defense to limit E-town to a mere 141 yards of offense with just 19 of that coming on the ground. Zach Frank led that ground attack with seven carries for 16 yards, adding three catches for 19 yards. Cole Patrick finished the affair 14 of 25 for 122 yards with Dylan Sweger claiming favorite receiver status with his four grabs for 36 yards.
It was a tail of two sides for the cross country teams in last Tuesday's tri-met with Hempfield and Warwick. The Lady Bears claimed the top three places in the girls race on their way to victories over both the Lady Knights and the Lady Warriors while the boy's team went 0-2 on the day despite two top 10 finishes.
Katie Locker (19:13), Madeline Quinn (19:14) and Cat Shontz (19:15) claimed the top three places to lead E-town to a 21-34 win over Hempfield and a 23-32 victory over Warwick. Sierra Kapcsos finished 11th with a time of 22:11 while Kate Weissend finished up the top five for Elizabethtown with a 12th place time of 22:20.
Jesse Myers (17:17) and Garrick English (17:41) picked up the top 10 finishes on the boy's side with Myers taking fifth and English 10th. Alex Hartman just missed the top 10, finishing 14 seconds behind English and in 11th place. Nat McCloud was the next Bear to finish, doing so with a time of 17:57, good enough for 13th place. Nathan Johnson was the final scorer for Elizabethtown, taking 14th place with a time of 18:42.
Back on September 15th the Bears traveled to Big Spring High School for the 23rd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational. The Lady Bears placed four runners in the top 20 on their way to a seventh-place team finish which was the best finish out of the eight L-L teams in the AAA race. Shontz posted the top finish, taking fourth with a time of 19:14.41 while Locker slipped inside the top 20 with a 19th place run of 20:25.18. Quinn split the pair, taking 13th with a time of 19:58.33. Kapcsos was the next E-town runner to finish, taking 81st with a time of 23:04.65. Jessie Lloyd rounded out the top five with a time of 24:14.54, good enough for 104th place in the 162-runner field.
Myers led the way on the boy's side with English close behind. Myers claimed 29th place and English 31st with times of 17:24.24 and 17:26.80. McCloud was the next Bear to finish, doing so in 43rd place with a time of 17:45.55. Hartman was the final E-town runner to finish in the top 100, taking 82nd with a time of 18:29.04. Johnson missed the top 100 by about four seconds with his 18:44.56 putting him 104th in the 210 runner field. All together the five Bears posted a ninth-place team finish, settling in as the third best L-L team of the day.
The field hockey team picked up their first win of the 2018 season on September 21st, topping McCaskey by a 1-0 count. Jessie Zimmerman scored the game's lone goal, with help from Cat Duncan, with 10:28 remaining in the contest. Alaina Telenko, in goal for the second half of the affair, kept the Lady Tornado at bay to secure the win. Mackenzie Atticks covered the cage in the opening half and picked up the only save necessary to keep the shutout intact.
Elizabethtown found themselves on the opposite side of shutout finals in their other two games last week. The first was a 7-0 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday while the second was a 2-0 loss to Solanco on Wednesday. Atticks and Telenko split time in goal for both of those games as well with Atticks finishing with a combined nine saves and Telenko securing 14 saves.
A busy four game week for the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team ended with the Lady Bears taking a 0-4 hit, dropping them to 2-8-1 on the year. E-town kicked off the week on Monday with a 5-0 loss to Exeter Township. Kaitlyn Snyder finished with 10 saves but she was unable to solve Jackie Richards who tallied a hat trick for Exeter in the win.
Elizabethtown returned to L-L play on Tuesday by hosting Ephrata. The Lady Mountaineers left after dealing out a 5-1 loss. Snyder posted another 10 save effort but her work was undone by Ephrata's Maddie Root who finished with one goal and three assists.
The Lady Bears hosted Central Dauphin on Thursday and the Lady Rams left town after dishing out a 3-0 loss thanks to a ball control offense that resulted in a 21-1 shot edge for the visitors.
Friday's showdown with Lampeter-Strasburg could not be decided in 80 minutes and nearly wasn't decided in 100 minutes. Snyder finished with eight saves but was unable to handle Sarah Doutrich's shot that gave the Lady Pioneers the win with just 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
The golf team closed out the regular season last week with their final two matches. The Bears opened the week on Monday with a nine-hole round at Meadia Heights. Behind Alex Williams and his second-place score of 40 the Bears finished 4-1 on the day with the only loss coming against Warwick. Connor Krisko finished six shots behind his teammate in 11th place while both Eric Gilbert and Matt Pottgeiser finished their nine holes with a score of 50.
The regular season finale took place on the 21st with a round at Tanglewood Golf Club. The Bears had three players in double digits for the full 18 holes putting them third on the day behind Warwick and Ephrata. Krisko capped the regular season with a round of 88, securing his place in the L-L Championships. Williams and Gilbert posted the other two double digit rounds and will be joining Krisko at Conestoga Country Club. Williams carded a 91 at Tanglewood with Gilbert one shot back. Pottgeiser (108) and Westin Kolaric (109) rounded out Elizabethtown's top five for the day. Jolene Markley will join the trio at the L-L tournament as the lone Lady Bear representative.
The Lady Bear volleyball team bounced back from a rough 0-3 day at the Hempfield Tournament on the 15th by knocking off Lebanon and Ephrata to stretch their regular match winning streak to six.
Elizabethtown had little trouble during their trip to Lebanon on the 18th, picking up the 3-0 victory with wins of 25-13, 25-6 and 25-18. Sydney Stewart led the way with six kills and seven aces. Julia Rathsam had 12 assists while Ashley NyeSmith chipped in with six digs.
Two days later the Lady Bears earned their sixth straight 3-0 victory by topping Ephrata (25-19, 25-18, 25-18). Hayden Calaman piloted the offense this time around and finished with 16 assists and seven digs. Rathsam and Elizabeth Vuxta matched those seven digs with NyeSmith adding five aces and Krimson Dougherty nine kills and two blocks.
Harrier Teams Combine for 5 Wins at Solanco September 16, 2018
The seemingly never-ending rain stopped long enough for the Elizabethtown cross country teams to finally participate in a regular season meet. The Bears battled Solanco, Penn Manor and Ephrata on the 11th and came away with a 5-1 combined record on the day.
Three of those wins came from the Lady Bears who posted three of the fastest times ever on Solanco's course, leading to wins over Solanco (15-45), Penn Manor (22-33) and Ephrata (21-34). Katie Locker took top honors on the day with a time of 20:02 which is also the second fastest time on the course behind the 19:50 turned in by Penn Manor's Greta Lindsley back in 2012. Cat Shontz crossed the finish line just a second behind Locker while Madeline Quinn finished in 20:07 to take third. Kate Weissend claimed 10th on the day with a time of 23:26 while Sierra Kapcsos finished two places and 11 seconds later to round out the top five.
The boy's team was unable to replicate the success of the Lady Bears with a 22-35 loss to Penn Manor keeping the Bears from a perfect mark but wins over Solanco (17-38) and Ephrata (26-31) still made it a good day. Jesse Myers led a trio of runners that finished inside the top 10, taking fourth with a time of 18:01. Nat McCloud and Garrick English both finished 30 seconds later to claim seventh and eighth respectively. Alex Hartman just missed out on the top 10, taking 12th instead with a time of 18:59 while Nathan Johnson finished up the scorers with a 17th place time of 19:33.
Just shy of the midway point in their 2018 season, the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team is still finding their way. The Lady Bears appeared to be on the right track after opening last week with a resounding win over McCaskey but losses to Cumberland Valley and Hopewell Valley coupled with a 1-1 deadlock opposite Garden Spot left E-town at 2-4-1 and still in search of the correct path.
Kaelynn Sheetz's hat trick paved the way in the 7-0 stomping of McCaskey on the 10th, leaving Kaitlyn Snyder needing just two saves to pickup the shutout victory. Jasmine Garcia picked up two scores during the domination that saw the Lady Bears post an 18-2 edge in shots. Amber Bostdorf and Abigail Dehmey cleaned up the scoring with first half goals that helped Elizabethtown hold a 4-0 lead at intermission.
The Lady Bears were back on the pitch one day later, this time in Mechanicsburg where they fell to Cumberland Valley by a 3-0 count. Snyder finished the Lady Eagle barrage with 19 saves.
E-town found themselves in a much tighter affair when they battled Garden Spot on the 13th with the two sides playing to a 1-1 draw. Erna Hamzic put the host Lady Spartans up early with her score in the 10th minute leaving the Lady Bears to play catchup the entire game. Bostdorf netted the equalizer in the 72nd minute with both keepers, Snyder (seven saves) for Elizabethtown and Elizabeth King (seven saves) for Garden Spot putting in the work to keep it a 1-1 game for the remainder of regulation and overtime.
On Saturday the 15th the Lady Bears welcomed Hopewell Valley HS to town and the Lady Bulldogs returned to Pennington, NJ with a 3-0 victory under their belts. Three different players scored for Hopewell leaving Elizabethtown to deal with their second 3-0 shutout of the week.
Despite the continued interference from Mother Nature the Elizabethtown girls' tennis team was able to squeeze in two matches last week. Unfortunately, both ended with the Lady Bears on the wrong side of 7-0 finals. E-town fell to Cocalico on Wednesday and followed with a loss to Lancaster Catholic on Thursday.
The field hockey team remains in search of their first win in 2018 after losses to Cocalico and Garden Spot dropped the Lady Bears to 0-5. E-town lost their September 11th battle with Cocalico by a 2-0 count. The Lady Eagles split their scoring between the two halves while Alaina Telenko finished the loss with seven saves.
The Lady Bears were able to break into the scoring column two days later with Mackenzie Hammaker finding the back of the cage but it was not enough as Garden Spot claimed the 2-1 victory. Hammaker's lamp lighter came in the opening half with help from Jenna Brinkman and Em Epps and countered Aubrey Gonzalez's score for Garden Spot making it a 1-1 game at the break.
Carysse Norris broke that tie and gave Spot the win with her second half score. Telenko maned the cage in the second half and finished with seven saves while Mackenzie Atticks took care of the opening half with a six save effort. Alyssa Hamilton added one defensive save in the loss.
The Cocalico Eagles ran over, around and through the Bear defense on their way to 320 rushing yards and a 41-14 victory in last Friday's football showdown. Noah Palm and Garrett Longenecker led the Eagle attack, combining for 197 of Cocalico 320 rushing yards while scoring four of their six TDs. Palm, who finished with 91 yards and three scores on the ground, added a passing touchdown to his day when he hit Ronald Zahm for the final points of the opening half, giving the visitors a 27-0 lead.
Cocalico put the game out of reach with two more third quarter scores, the final one kicking in the mercy rule running clock. Elizabethtown scored both of their touchdowns in the final frame, one on a seven-yard Zach Frank run and the other when Cole Livingston broke free for a 97-yard scamper.
Livingston finished with 104 yards on two carries while Frank picked up 25 yards on seven carries. Cole Patrick was responsible for the bulk of E-town's 311 yards of offense with the senior QB completing 15 of 29 passes for 201 yards.
The girls' volleyball team continues to rack up wins after their season opening loss to Palmyra. The Lady Bears rolled over Manheim Central and Lampeter-Strasburg last week to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Section Two action.
Elizabethtown had little trouble with Manheim Central on September 11th posting wins of 25-11, 25-7 and 25-20 for the easy 3-0 victory. Sydney Stewart (eight kills and three aces) and Grace Murray (six kills) led the offense while Murray (two blocks) and Elizabeth Vuxta (four digs) fronted the defense. Hayden Calaman finished the win with 13 assists.
The games were a lot closer in Thursday's battle with Lampeter-Strasburg but the Lady Bears still prevailed 3-0, winning 25-20, 25-17 and 25-16. Julia Rathsam stepped to the forefront with a 16 assist and 12 dig game while Stewart (13 kills) and Calaman (two aces) continued to play big roles. Katie Kimbark added a team high three aces while Krimson Dougherty chipped in with two blocks.
The E-town boys' soccer team capped a perfect 4-0 week with a 1-0 win over visiting Hopewell Valley High School on Saturday the 15th. The Bears sent the Bulldogs back to New Jersey with a loss thanks to Ignacio Bartolome's second half score that was set up by Adam Evans. Brecken Musser (four saves) did the heavy lifting in goal for Elizabethtown but JJ Oberholtzer (one save) helped out.
The Bears also posted a 1-0 victory over Central Dauphin East a few days earlier. This time it was David Fry, with help from Evan Schneider, scoring the game winner in the second half. Musser went solo in goal and finished the shutout win with five saves.
In between the two 1-0 affairs was another one goal contest for Elizabethtown. This one a 3-2 overtime victory over Garden Spot on the 13th. Caleb Gerber's first half score coupled with Zach Heistand's goal in the 66th minute gave E-town what should have been a comfortable 2-0 lead. Spot's Giannicola Ferrarelli had other ideas as the junior netted two second half scores to knot the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Schneider gave E-town the win with his game winner in the 84th minute. Musser finished the win with one save.
The Bears opened last week with an easy 4-1 win over McCaskey on Monday. Schneider paved the way with two goals, one in each half, while Jake Sevcik and Jon Gartley added first half scores for Elizabethtown. Peter Chol broke up Musser's (two saves) shutout bid with his 34th minute score.
E-town Volleyball Tops Warwick, Solanco September 9, 2018
Often times the success of a sports season can be heavily influenced by a team's performance over the first few games. Start hot and that momentum can carry a team straight into the postseason, start cold and many times that team is home come postseason play.
Despite an opening season loss to Palmyra, the Elizabethtown girls' volleyball team is in the middle of a hot start. The Lady Bears rebounded from that August 31st setback with a second place showing at the Trinity Tournament on September 1st. E-town rolled through the morning Pool Play session with a perfect 6-0 mark and exited afternoon pool play with another three wins. Their 9-3 overall record in pool play dropped the Lady Bears into the quarterfinals of the championship bracket opposite Penns Valley. E-town dispatched the Lady Rams by a 25-16 count setting up a semifinal tilt with York Suburban. Elizabethtown handed the Lady Trojans their first loss of the day, 25-22, earning another crack at Palmyra, this time in the championship game. The Lady Bears were unable to solve their Lady Cougar problem as Palmyra claimed the tournament title with a 25-18 victory, leaving Elizabethtown to settle for silver.
Sydney Stewart, Grace Murray, Julia Rathsam, Ashley NyeSmith and Hayden Calaman fronted the Lady Bear attack. Stewart finished the tournament with 33 kills, 20 digs and 10 aces while Murray nearly matched that kill total, falling three shy while adding four blocks. NyeSmith chipped in with eight aces and a team high 38 digs while Rathsam enjoyed 52 assists and three blocks. Calaman shared setting duties with Rathsam, collecting a team high 63 on the day.
E-town got back to regular season play on Sept 4th, taking out Warwick 3-0 with wins of 25-19, 25-9 and 25-17. Calaman earned top billing with a 15 assist and four ace game while Elizabeth Vuxta matched Calaman's team high four aces. McKenna Dare was on the receiving end of some of those Calaman sets, finishing with eight kills while Stewart (six digs) and Krimson Dougherty (two blocks) anchored the defense.
The Bears improved to 2-1 in the early going with another 3-0 victory, this one over Solanco last Thursday. Calaman directed the offense to wins of 25-13, 25-22 and 25-11 by dishing out 14 assists with Rathsam on the opposite end of those sets leading to eight kills. Vuxta added six aces and NyeSmith eight digs to round out the win.
The early portion of the 2018 season has been tough sledding for the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team. Their season got off on the wrong foot after their opener with Dallastown was postponed a few days because of storms but seemed to take a step in the right direction with a 2-0 win over Penn Manor. However, that September 4th victory was followed by losses to Cedar Crest and the make-up game opposite Dallastown to leave the Lady Bears at 1-2.
Olivia Anson and Allison DeBerry led the way against the Lady Comets with DeBerry netting a first half score and setting up Anson's second half tally. Kaitlyn Snyder did need 10 saves to keep Penn Manor off the board and record the clean sheet.
Two days later the Lady Bears found themselves on the opposite side of a 2-0 final. Scores by Daniele Hess and Sydney Snyder allowed the visiting Lady Falcons to claim a 2-0 victory and dropped E-town to 1-1 on the season. Snyder (11 saves) and Elizabeth Carter (two saves) split time in goal for E-town.
A week after the original date the Lady Bears were able to tangle with Dallastown. The Lady Wildcats handed E-town their second straight home loss courtesy of a 4-0 final. As the score indicates, Dallastown controlled throughout, posting an 8-1 edge in corner kicks while enjoying a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The Labor Day heat wave that saw heat index readings reach triple digits forced the E-town girls tennis team to move their September 4th contest with Solanco to the 25th leaving just a September 6th match on last week's slate. That showdown with Lampeter-Strasburg went to the Lady Pioneers by a 7-0 final, dropping Elizabethtown to 1-5 on the year.
"We knew going into the year that we would experience some challenges," said head coach Brenda McBride, "this being the first varsity experience that any of our top players have had, they are gaining valuable match experience and improving as the season progresses."
The E-town skipper added a final thought about her squad's start, "We have seen some bright spots. Many of our matches have been closer than the score indicates and they are making their opponents work for their points. One of the great lessons of sport is to problem-solve and work through the challenges that inevitably come," she added "If we continually progress in that area, then we will feel successful."
Count the golf team among those that were affected by the Labor Day heat wave. The Bears saw their September 5th round at Foxchase Golf Club cut in half due to the oppressive heat. E-town used the shortened, nine-hole match to their advantage, their 4-1 mark on the day their best of the season to date. The Bears only loss was to Warwick by a mere 11 strokes. Alex Williams led the way, tying for top honors with Warwick's Brock Fassnacht with a score of 33. Connor Krisko (42), Eric Gilbert (44), Matt Pottgeiser (44) and Alex O'Shea (52) rounded out Elizabethtown's top five.
As the 2018 season kicks off, the E-town boys' soccer team is on a quest to capture their third straight L-L title. That quest got off to a rocky start thanks to a 2-1 season-opening loss to Penn Manor. The Comets used first half scores from Hunter Enck and Mitchell Martin to jump out to a two-goal lead through 30 minutes of action. Tyler Bixler, with help from Jon Gartley, drew E-town within striking distance but the Comet defense stiffened, keeping the Bears at bay and securing the 2-1 final.
Elizabethtown got on track two days later with a 1-0 victory over Cedar Crest. David Fry provided the setup for what proved to be the game winner despite the score coming in the game's 12th minute. Jake Sevcik was on the receiving end of Fry's pass and managed to beat Falcon keeper, Justin Hilty (three saves) to collect the score. Despite scoring just once E-town dominated possession leading to an easy day for Brecken Musser in goal.
Musser's next appearance between the pipes was more stressful as he needed seven saves to preserve a 2-1, overtime win over Central Dauphin on Sept 8th. With the win Elizabethtown was able to avenge the loss that brought their 2017 campaign to an end in the first round of district playoffs. As the game unfolded it looked like a repeat of that 2017 match-up with Central Dauphin's Jason Kline putting the Rams up 1-0 in the first half. The Bears, behind Bixler, started their comeback thanks to the senior's strike in the 57th minute. The game remained knotted until the 81st minute when Bixler slipped a pass to Evan Schneider for the game winner.
The field hockey team has seen the early portion of their 2018 schedule beaten up by Mother Nature. The Lady Bears had what was supposed to be their season opener against Warwick moved from August 31st to September 14th due to rain while their September 6th tilt with Lampeter-Strasburg was bumped to September 18th due to lightning. E-town was at least able to get the L-S game started before the light show began meaning the teams will resume the contest with the Lady Pioneers up 1-0 and 26:40 remaining in the opening half.
In games the Lady Bears actually managed to start and finish, the results were less than desirable. A September 4th trip to Mechanicsburg resulted in a 3-1 loss while the Lady Bears participation in the Milton Hershey Tournament on Sept 8th provided two additional losses. E-town dropped their tournament opening game to the host Lady Spartans while falling to Shippensburg in the consolation match-up.
Perfect no more. With a 29-6 loss to Conrad Weiser on September 7th the Elizabethtown football team and first year head coach Andy Breault fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Scouts picked up the victory by limiting a Bear offense that came in averaging 55 points and over 500 yards, holding E-town to a meager 165 of offense and one fourth quarter touchdown.
That fourth quarter score, an eight-yard strike from Cole Patrick to Luke Pierson might have erased the shutout but it did not remove the sting of the season's first loss. Patrick, after throwing for over 400 yards in Elizabethtown's wins over Donegal and Dover, finished with 113 yards and that lone TD pass. Pierson snagged three more balls to finish with four catches and 64 yards while Cole Livingston and Elijah Eberly accounted for the remaining three E-town completions. Cole Rice collected 33 of E-town's 52 rushing yards to lead the ground attack.
Bears Cap Season With District Playoff Loss May 24, 2018
There are two main lines of thinking regarding the time off as teams transition from regular season to postseason; the time off is good for the players or the time off breaks momentum and ends seasons. Count the E-town Lady Bear softball team among those that believe the latter as a 6-3 loss in the opening round of district playoffs closed the book on the 2018 season for Elizabethtown.
The Lady Bears, as the 10 seed, traveled to Spring Grove to battle the seventh seeded Lady Rockets on their turf. Spring Grove wasted little time taking control of the contest. A scoreless top half of the first for E-town led into a two-run bottom half of the frame, giving the home team a quick lead. That lead was short lived as E-town countered in the top of the second with two runs of their own only to see Spring Grove answer right back to regain control.
Sadie Seaman's two run homer to center for her only hit of the game accounted for E-town's scoring. Seaman's blast came one batter after Hayden Calaman picked up the first of her two singles in the game.
The Lady Rockets put single runs on the board in the second and third innings, making it a 4-2 game, and never looked back. Spring Grove's final two runs came in the fifth, stretching the lead to 6-2 in the process. Elizabethtown's final run came in the top of the sixth. Kristin Geesey, who took the loss for E-town, started the frame with a leadoff single. Grace Eckert subbed in as a courtesy runner and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Calaman moved Eckert and Marana Lonardi, a courtesy runner for Haylee Calaman, into scoring position with her second single of the day. That chased Spring Grove Starter and game winner, Bailey Rapson, from the hill. Her replacement, Sara Jones, offered up the inning's second wild pitch which allowed Eckert to score from third to make it a 6-3 game. Jones settled down after that wild pitch, recording six straight outs to end the game.
Geesey pitched all six innings for E-town and was on the hook for all six Lady Rocket runs that came on eight hits and two walks. Geesey did add four strikeouts to her pitching line and accounted for two of the Lady Bears' five hits at the plate.
Mother Nature had another trick up her sleeve for the Elizabethtown track and field athletes that converged on Shippensburg University for the District 3 Championship Meet that was held May 11th and 12th. After dealing with rainy and cold weather for most of the regular season the Bears were unable to get a reprieve for the district meet as temperatures remained cool while intermittent showers had athletes and spectators looking for cover and hoping to stay dry.
While the weather did affect the E-town participants with most of the nine athletes falling short of their seeded times, distances or heights, two of the Lady Bears that made the trip managed to shake off the external factors and better their times. Katie Locker and Cat Shontz were those two athletes.
Locker came into the 800m competition seeded first with a time of 2:14.07. The sophomore maintained her top billing, taking home gold, while her 2:13.52 came in 0.55 seconds below that seeded time and only a bit off the District 3-3A record time set in 2014 by Manheim Township's Meredith Newman. Shontz's success came in the 1600m where her 12th place time of 5:13.76 checked in nearly a second faster than her seeded time of 5:14.64.
The pair also took part in a second event but neither was able to post a faster time then they had coming into the weekend. That fact did not stop Locker from earning a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA Championships thanks to a fourth place run in the 1600m. Locker clocked a 5:01.83, nearly a second slower than her best time and 15 seconds off the record setting pace turned in by event winner Marlee Starliper of Northern York. Shontz's second event was the 3200m where she entered with the 12th fastest time (11:15.83) and finished 14th with a time of 11:24.13.
Madeline Quinn joined Shontz in the 3200m race and finished 16th. The freshman turned in a time of 11:31.31 at which was 0.81 seconds slower than her seed time. Alicia Underkoffler was the final Lady Bear to take part in track activities. She qualified 16th in the 300H with a time of 47.91 and finished 15th with a time of 48.07. Elizabethtown's final competitor on the girl's side was Audrey Schlosser. She finished the pole vault competition with a top height of 10-0 which put her in a five-way tie for 11th with four others.
E-town did send a small group from the boy's team to compete in the 3200m relay with one of those members, Christopher Scharf, branching off to take part in the solo version of the 3200m. The quartet of Jason Trimble, Jesse Myers, Charles Scharf and Christopher Scharf came into the 3200m seeded 15th with a time of 8:13.08. The less than ideal conditions kept the Bears from equaling their seed time but E-town did finish 14th thanks to their 8:34.95. The result for Christopher's solo run mirrored the other Elizabethtown athletes in Shippensburg. He came into the weekend seeded 11th with a time of 9:49.48 but the weather slowed him down to a 10:01.79, good enough for 12th place in the 20-person field.
Bears Sit 10th in District 3-5A Rankings May 18, 2018
With the way the regular season has been affected by weather, there was only one way for it to end for the Elizabethtown softball team. The Lady Bears had eight of their 20 regular season games moved around due to various weather events this spring, a few even needed to be shuffled multiple times. How fitting then that E-town had their regular season finale against Dallastown, a game that was originally scheduled for March 27th, end up cancelled due to another round of storms on May 15th. The teams managed to make it through three and a half innings with Elizabethtown up 4-3 when lighting struck. The teams attempted to finish the game on the 16th but more rain washed those attempts away leaving the Lady Bears sitting at 12-7 and in the 10th spot in the final District 3-5A rankings. That sets up a trip to Spring Grove on the 22nd to face the Lady Rockets in a first round battle.
Not only were the Lady Bears looking to use a win over Dallastown as a springboard into their first-round district game, they were also looking to erase the sting of a walk-off loss to Manheim Central that came on Monday the 14th. Elizabethtown appeared to have the game in hand by plating single runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Central's Codi Bollinger had other ideas, belting a two-out, two-run shot to left that flipped the game to a 4-3 win for the Lady Barons.
Kristin Geesey covered all six and two-third innings, walking two with no strike outs on her way to the loss. The freshman hurler did help her own cause, putting E-town on the board with a third inning RBI single that made it 1-0. Jocelyn Zook scored that third inning run after picking up the first of her two singles on the day. Her second base hit came in the seventh and allowed Lauren Leese to score after her one-out single started the E-town rally. Alyssa Hamilton got in on the seventh inning fun with one of her three singles helping get Leese closer to scoring the would be winning run. Hayden Calaman went hitless on the day but managed to drive in Elizabethtown's sixth inning run that tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to right field. Head coach Gary Wylde refused to let the gut wrenching loss bring him down.
"I was really proud of our team and the way they battled in the game," said Wylde. "It's just one of those things that Manheim Central had a little better focus than we did."
The Elizabethtown track and field teams had a banner two-day run at the 2018 edition of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships that were held at Hempfield High School on May 11th and 12th. The two programs combined to collect 14 top eight finishes with three of them falling inside the top three.
"I am pleased with how things went with our athletes who made the podium and the ones who came close to making it," said head coach Derrick McDonald.
Standout sophomore Katie Locker led the Bear pack with two gold medal winning runs with the highlight coming in the 1600m. Locker's 5:00.97 not only topped last year's winner, Lianna Tirado of McCaskey, by nearly three seconds, but her winning time fell just 0.05 seconds from breaking a 10-year-old meet record. Locker also ran away from the competition in the 800m, her 2:18.59 coming in over six seconds faster than the rest of the field.
"Kate Locker as always stepped up and performed like a champion athlete," McDonald stated. "She is well-prepared and always hungry and eager to take on the top competition."
Cat Shontz joined Locker on the 1600m podium with a 5:14.64 settling in as the seventh fastest time. Freshman Madeline Quinn fell just over four seconds short of snagging an L-L medal, settling for ninth in the 1600m instead with a time of 5:19.59.
Shontz added a fourth place showing in the 3200m, her 11:15.83 shaving over 10 seconds off her previous best time. Alicia Underkoffler picked up Elizabethtown's final medal on the track, taking fifth in the 300H with a time of 47.49.
Kara Bachert nabbed two medals in the field with her work in the long jump bringing home E-town's final top three finish. The senior covered 16-6.75 with her best long jump to capture bronze. Bachert picked up her second medal in the high jump where her top height of 4-10 put her in a seventh-place tie beside Lampeter-Strasburg's Lillian Hoke.
Megan Rider managed to slip onto the long jump podium along with Bachert, finishing eighth with a best distance of 15-11.25.
The Lady Bears also placed two inside the top eight in the pole vault with Josephine Angeny enjoying a fifth-place finish with a height of 10-6. Audrey Schlosser cleared 9-6 which was good enough for eighth place.
Elizabethtown's final two medals on the girls' side came in the throws thanks to the work of Carley Sedun and Olivia Anson. Sedun claimed seventh place in the discus with a toss of 102-00 while Anson finished eighth in the javelin with a 98-10.
The Bears final two medals for the championship meet came on the boy's side with Christopher Scharf responsible for the lone solo medal. Scharf claimed seventh in the 3200m run with a time of 10:02.99. The senior also teamed up with his brother, Charles, along with Jason Trimble and Aiden Weaver to finish fourth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:13.08.
Bears Battle Spartans in Key Section 2 Clash May 11, 2018
When is a loss not just a loss?? When it keeps you from nabbing a postseason berth. That is what happened to the Elizabethtown softball team with a 7-4 loss to Garden Spot on May 7th. The Lady Spartan victory gave Spot the second L-L berth out of Section Two which E-town had been occupying. The teams traded minor blows throughout the game leaving Garden Spot up 4-3 heading into the seventh. Hayden Calaman knotted the game with a RBI single in E-town's half of the inning only to watch as the Lady Spartans plated three runs in their half of the frame to steal the win. Kristin Geesey covered all seven innings for Elizabethtown and took the loss, adding three strikeouts and two walks to the eight hits and seven runs allowed.
The Lady Bears got right back to winning with a 12-0 thumping of Mechanicsburg on the 9th. Geesey threw a line of zeros (no runs, walks or strikeouts) to go with one hit allowed on her way to the win. Alyssa Hamilton and Sadie Seaman combined for four hits and five RBI to lead the offense. Hamilton opened the game with a single that became E-town's first run before connecting on a second inning triple that plated two runs. Hamilton's third and final RBI came on a fielder's choice in the third. Seaman did all her work with one swing, connecting on a two-run shot as part of the four run fourth that kicked in the mercy rule.
Elizabethtown picked up two more wins in the first few days of May, topping Ephrata and Lebanon by a combined 27-2. The Lady Bear's needed four innings to blow by Ephrata 16-1 on the 3rd. Geesey got the win after allowing one hit in two innings of work while Hamilton covered the final two innings, allowing two more hits and the lone Lady Mountaineer run. Both players helped their own cause, Geesey with a two hit, three RBI day that included a three-run blast and Hamilton with a two hit, two RBI game that included a two-run triple. Erin Heffleger enjoyed a first inning triple that produced two runs.
The Lady Bears hosted Lebanon one day later and sent the Cedars home after an 11-1 thrashing. Jocelyn Zook stepped to the mound and picked up the five-inning win by tossing a three hitter. Calaman provided the offensive spark with first and fourth inning triples that plated three while Geesey added a one hit, two RBI day.
The Lady Bear track and field team saw their Section Two title hopes go up in flames with an 80-70 loss to Ephrata on May 7th. With the loss E-town finishes 6-1 and in second place behind undefeated Ephrata. Kara Bachert, Katie Locker and Alicia Underkoffler did their best to carry E-town to the win, combining for seven solo wins as well as one leg of the 3200m relay victory. Locker, along with Malayna Van Winkle, Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz, kicked off the meet with a win in the 3200 relay. Locker then went solo for wins in the 400m (58.4) and 800m (2:33.3). Underkoffler also did her work on the track, sweeping the hurdle events while Bachert took the high jump (4-10), long jump (16-2.5) and triple jump (34-4.5). Shontz picked up Elizabethtown's final win, turning in a 5:23.7 in the 1600m.
On the boy's side the Mountaineers posted a 93.5-55.5 win with Elizabethtown claiming four wins. One of those four was a relay win where Eddie Myers, Brandon Fotibu, David Falcon and Alex Diahn teamed up for the win. Myers picked up a solo win in the long jump while Frank Miele tossed the shot put 37-11.25. Ryan Anderson picked up the final victory for E-town, clocking a 44.6 in the 300H.
The girls' lacrosse team wrapped up their 2018 campaign with an impressive 23-10 victory over Garden Spot on May 4th. As impressive as the win was, it did not provide enough of a bump for the Lady Bears to make the 12 team District 3-3A cut. Instead E-town finished 13th in the power rankings.
"That near-miss feeling is difficult but we'll be using it to fuel us as we begin off-season preparations for 2019," said first year skipper Cheyenne Benson. "I am beyond proud of these girls and their hard work, grit and determination day in and day out. They played with heart and they played as one. I truly could not have asked for anything more."
That hard work and grit coupled with a standout performance from Kate Weissend made for an easy go against Garden Spot. Weissend tallied nine goals and dished out two assists, all but winning the game herself. Kimmy Bucher chipped in with a four-score effort which was matched by Cyrose Conteh and Aba Aggrey finished with three. Hannah Mink, Marissa Miller and Brooke Horst rounded out the scoring with one goal each. Corrie Baker turned away seven shots on the way to the win.
The boy's lacrosse team also picked up a win over Garden Spot on the 4th only it was not their season finale. That honor went to a May 7th contest opposite West York. The Bulldogs used a six goal second half to turn a 1-0 halftime lead into the 7-5 victory. Isaiah Shickley was the lone Bear to net multiple goals, finishing with two. Kole Gingrich, Cole Baker and Sam Azzalina each scored once. Duncan Keller finished with 11 saves for Elizabethtown.
The Bears enjoyed their final L-L game a lot more thanks to a 14-3 win over Spot. Matt Pottgeiser and Tyler Evans led the way with matching hat tricks while Shickley, Gingrich and Cam Poulos added two scores each to help the cause. Azzalina and Chad Heisey split the remaining two goals. Keller finished the win with nine saves.
The baseball team saw their season come to a surprising close thanks a season ending slide that saw the Bears drop three straight and eight of their last 10 games. The result was a 10-10 overall mark and a 9-7 L-L finish.
"We played a lot of games in a short amount of time," said head coach Bill Templin. "No practices in between give us very little time to make adjustments or corrections. We need to do a better job of making adjustments in games. The teams we play are very talented and if we don't make adjustments this is what can happen."
The three-game slide started with an 11-1 loss to Donegal on May 4th. The Bears managed just two hits but both came in the second, producing Elizabethtown's lone run of the game. Nick Kreider led off with a single and Cole Patrick followed two batters later with a single that plated Kreider to make it 8-1. Chad Caley got the start and surrendered eight runs in two-thirds of an inning. Larry Locker covered the next 3.1 innings, and gave up six hits. Michael Baker took over for Locker with the based loaded and surrendered two singles that produced the final two runs to kick in the mercy rule.
After taking the weekend off the Bears hosted Lampeter-Strasburg on May 7th where a 4-2 loss eliminated Elizabethtown from the L-L postseason conversation. E-town plated both of their runs in the first three innings which chased Lampeter-Strasburg starter Josh Howells from the game. His replacement, Kris Pirozzi was able to keep Elizabethtown at bay with eight strikeouts over the final 4.2 innings to earn the Pioneers the win and the L-L berth that had belonged to E-town prior to the game.
Patrick pitched all seven innings for the Bears, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks to go with five punch outs. Caley drove in Elizabethtown's first run with a first inning single while Ryan Rupp matched that feat in the third inning to give E-town a 2-1 lead.
The final loss of the season came on May 8th with a trip to Central York where the Panthers posted a walk off win. The game seemed to turn in the Bears favor when a five run fifth put E-town up 6-5 but Central managed two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win.
Caley belted a grand slam one batter after Rupp's RBI single in the fifth to provide the offensive fireworks. Caley also took the loss after relieving Locker in the sixth, surrendering the final two runs on three hits and two walks. Locker covered the first five innings on his way to a no decision.
What a final week of the season for the boys' volleyball team. Wins over Cocalico and Ephrata put the Bears on the brink of qualifying for the L-L tournament only to see it all slip away with heartbreaking loss to Garden Spot on the season's final day. Making matters worse, the win earned the Spartans the spot in the L-L playoffs that E-town was looking to keep.
"Definitely a tough loss," said head coach Bryan Buckius of the 3-2 loss to Garden Spot. "I definitely wish we could have won but everyone gave 150% on the court and I'm extremely proud of all of our players."
The two teams battle back-and-forth with Spot taking the opening game 26-24 only to see Elizabethtown come back for a 25-21 game two win. The sides repeated the back-and-forth in games three and four with the Spartans taking game three 25-23 followed by E-town evening the match a second time with a 25-14 game four victory. Garden Spot survived a thrilling final game, 19-17 to collect the win.
Narvin Chhay had a monster game finishing with 56 assists which allowed both Austin Kreiser and Brice Reiman to finish with 21 kills. J Spencer Roth added seven blocks and Jake Sevcik five digs to help out.
Elizabethtown setup that winner take all season finale with 3-2 wins over Cocalico on May 3rd and Ephrata on May 7th. Kreiser had another 19 kills and Chhay 47 assists in the 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-10 five setter against Cocalico. Reiman and Jacques Mortha both finished with eight blocks in the win while Sevcik (14 digs) and Nicholas Chapman (five aces) did their part.
The Bears had to stave off back-to-back elimination games against Ephrata after taking the opening game 25-20. That was because the Mountaineers posted wins of 28-26 and 26-24 to put E-town's back to the wall. The Bears responded with wins of 25-22 and 15-11 to close out the victory. Chhay (42 assists) and Kreiser (15 kills) led the offense with help from Mortha's two aces. Sevcik (three digs) and Roth (six blocks) anchored the defense in the win.
ETown Boys' Lax Battles but Falls Short May 5, 2018
It is not on the same level as say, the 2017 Cleveland Browns or the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the 2018 season has been a difficult one for the Elizabethtown boy's lacrosse team. With losses to Cocalico, York Catholic and Penn Manor, the Bears dropped to 2-11 with two games remaining.
The most recent loss came on May 1st with E-town falling to Penn Manor 13-3. The Comets posted an advantage in all four quarters, leading to the 10-goal deficit with Alexander Nye (nine saves) unable to stem the Comet rush. Matt Pottgeiser (2g) and Isaiah Shickley (1g) covered the offense in the loss.
Elizabethtown closed out the month of April with back-to-back losses with Cocalico responsible for an 11-6 loss on the 27th. Shickley picked up a hat trick while Cole Baker fell one goal short of joining him. Cam Poulos tacked on the final score for E-town. Nye finished with five saves.
The Bears were back in action Saturday morning the 28th to battle York Catholic. The Irish left Elizabethtown with an 18-4 win under their belts. Nye turned away three shots in goal while Sam Azzalina carried the offense with three scores. Poulos added one goal.
The softball team fell short of a perfect week thanks to a 5-0 loss to Solanco on May 2nd. Kristin Geesey covered all seven innings but it was trouble in the fourth that was Elizabethtown's undoing. The Golden Mares put together a one out rally that included a single, a double and a triple coupled with an E-town error. The result was a 4-0 lead for Solanco that was more than enough for Hanna Phillips who allowed just two hits on her way to the victory. Sadie Seaman and Haylee Calaman accounted for those two hits.
The remaining three games on E-town's slate followed with a 13-0, five inning, win over Cedar Crest on April 26th. This time it was Geesey tossing the two-hitter adding two strikeouts on her way to the shutout win. Hayden Calaman rapped out two singles that drove in one run each and added a third RBI when the Lady Falcons committed a second inning error. Grace Eckert added two singles but only one pushed a Lady Bear run across the plate. That single came as part of a three run third and when coupled with another Cedar Crest error in the fourth gave Eckert two RBI on the day.
Elizabethtown found themselves in a pitcher's dual on April 30th, topping Conestoga Valley 1-0. The team's split a total of 10 hits but only the Lady Bears were able to turn one of their five into a run. Seaman led off the second with a double but needed some help getting home. A timely error by CV allowed Seaman to score what would be the game's only run.
The final win in the four-game stretch came on May 1st when Elizabethtown finished off Manheim Township in five innings, 16-5. E-town fell behind 3-0 in the first but flipped the script with a six run second. Matching five run bursts followed in the third and fourth, pushing the lead to 16-5 as Township couldn't keep pace. Hayden Calaman led the way with a three hit, three RBI game while Haylee Calaman added two hits and two RBI. Burton added two RBI with just one hit.
The girls track team remained undefeated with a 92.5-57.5 win over Manheim Central on April 30th. Katie Locker and Kara Bachert led the way with two solo wins each. Bachert did her work in the triple (34-1.5) and high (4-10) jump while Locker clocked a 5:27.6 to take the 1600m and a 2:23.9 to win the 800m. Elizabethtown added wins in all three relay races with Locker, Alicia Underkoffler, Amber Bostdorf and Malayna Van Winkle taking care of a leg on two of the three relays. Locker and Van Winkle pulled their double in the 3200m and the 1600m relays and were joined by Cat Shontz and Maddie Quinn in the 3200m relay and Bostdorf and Underkoffler in the 1600m relay. Underkoffler and Bostdorf joined forces with Alexis Gontz and Rachel Wood to take the 400m relay.
Van Winkle and Quinn collected the final two wins on the track with Van Winkle winning the 400m and Quinn the 3200m.
The Lady Bears final two wins of the meet came in the field where Audrey Schlosser cleared 9-6 to take the pole vault while Carly Sedun captured the discus with a toss of 99-10.
On the boys' side, the Bears ended up on the wrong end of a 91-59 final to Central. Christopher and Charles Scharf along with Aiden Weaver were the only Bears to take part in more than one victory. Charles claimed the 1600m, Christopher took the 3200m while Weaver claimed the 800m. The trio also teamed with Jason Trimble to open the meet with a victory in the 3200m relay. Dylan Quinn claimed the final win on the track, turning in a 54.7 in the 400m.
In the field, Eddie Myers took the long jump and Stevie Dixon in the discus.
The boy's tennis season came to a close on April 26th with the Bears taking part in the season ending Flight Tournament. Ethan Lown dropped his opening round Flight One match 6-1, 6-0 to Manheim Township's Tom Chairs, bringing his season to a close. Ben Erickson and Logan Hoover both saw their season end with a loss to a Lancaster Catholic player. Erickson fell to Miles Durrett 6-3, 6-2 in the Flight Two draw while Hoover dropped his Flight Three match opposite Ross Conway 6-2, 6-0. The Bears did manage one singles win courtesy of Chris Gartley who defeated Justin Hilty of Cedar Crest 6-4, 6-3 in Flight Four. Gartley was unable to sustain his momentum, dropping his second-round match to McCaskey's Clay Myers, 6-0, 6-1.
In Flight One doubles action, Lown and Erickson picked up another E-town win, topping Bryce Hanna and N. Bernard of Penn Manor, 6-0, 6-1. The duo was unable to keep things going, falling to Manheim Township's Chairs and Carson Schreiber in the second round. The two remaining doubles teams both dropped their first-round matches. Hoover and Gartley fell to Cedar Crest's Adam Brightbill and Hinegard in Flight Two while Jon Gartley and Evan Schneider dropped their match with Winey and Gingrich of Pequea Valley in the Flight Three draw.
A loss is still a loss but the E-town baseball team can take some solace knowing that recent back-to-back losses they endured were to top notch competition. A 1-0 April 26th loss was at the hands of Cedar Crest, currently the first-place team in Section One and the third ranked team in the District 3-6A rankings. One day later E-town dropped a 3-1 final to Ephrata, the first-place team in Section Two and the fourth ranked team in the 5A rankings.
Playing for the third straight day got the better of E-town on the 28th causing the Bears to drop their game opposite Reading, 5-2. The Bears rebounded with wins over Conestoga Valley and Solanco to close out a busy stretch with a 2-3 mark. That puts E-town at 10-7 overall and 9-5 in league play.
Larry Locker took the hit against Cedar Crest after covering the final 2.2 innings of an 11-inning affair. Cole Patrick pitched the first eight innings and together they allowed one run on 10 hits and two walks to go with eight strikeouts. Five of Elizabethtown's six hits were of the one base variety courtesy of Austin Denlinger, Ryan Rupp, Nick Kreider, Patrick and Anthony Funk. Locker collected the lone extra base hit with this 11th inning double.
Chad Caley was hit with the Ephrata loss after the Mountaineers plated two runs in the first inning and followed with a single run in the second. Caley was steady over the remainder of his 4.1 inning outing but the damage had been done. Caley matched his seven hits allowed with seven walks while striking out one. Michael Baker covered the final 1.2 innings, ringing up three in his time on the mound. Patrick drove in Elizabethtown's lone run with his second inning single.
Locker was hit with another loss against Reading, only this time in a starting role. He covered the opening 5.2 innings and surrendered three of Reading's five runs. Baker took over after Locker's exit and pitched the final 1.1 inning, allowing Reading's final two runs. E-town's first run came on a Reading error while their second came on Denlinger's fifth inning triple.
The Bears broke their five-game slide on April 30th by shellacking Conestoga Valley 17-7 in six innings. E-town did the bulk of their damage with a 10-run first inning. Josh Kreider provided the early spark with a three-run double in the first while Locker provided the late spark with a matching three run double that kicked in the 10-run rule. Kreider also picked up the win on the mound after pitching the first five innings.
After a day off the Bears topped Solanco 7-2 thanks to Patrick's one hitter. He issued five walks that helped lead to two Solanco runs before his exit. Baker finished things up to secure the win. Patrick led the way with two-hits and one RBI. Cole Livingston, Hunter Murry and Locker added one hit and one RBI each while Denlinger drove in a run via sac fly.
The girls' lacrosse team finds themselves in a three-game slide after losses to Cocalico, York Catholic and Penn Manor. E-town did enjoy some good news during the 19-9 loss to Cocalico on the 27th as Kimmy Bucher notched her 100th career goal thanks to her two-score game. Kate Weissend (2g), Cyrose Conteh (2g) and Aba Aggrey (2g) all added multi-goal games while Corrie Baker finished with 12 saves.
One day later the Lady Bears suffered a 19-2 loss to York Catholic. Bucher and Conteh netted one goal each with Baker posting another 12 saves.
A 15-10 loss to Penn Manor kicked off May for E-town. Bucher and Conteh posted matching hat tricks while Weissend tacked on two scores. Hannah Mink and Hannah Doll split the remaining two scores. Baker hit double digits with 10 saves.
The volleyball team dropped their most recent regular season match, falling to Lancaster Mennonite 3-0. The Blazers won 25-12, 25-22 and 25-20 despite 16 assists from Narvin Chhay and four kills from Brice Reiman. J. Spencer Roth added four blocks, Jake Sevcik five digs and Austin Kreiser one ace.
Elizabethtown nearly pulled off the win your own tournament trick on April 28th. After going 4-4 in pool play the Bears worked their way to the finals with wins over Cedar Cliff and Kennard-Dale. E-town had to settle for second after dropping that finals match-up to Palmyra, the only team to hand E-town two losses in pool play, via a 2-1 final.
E-town Softball Sits at 6-4 in Section Two April 27, 2018
Losing is never the plan or a fun experience but there are times when a loss isn't as bad as it makes a team's record look. Take for instance the 6-4 E-town Lady Bear softball team. Four losses against six wins doesn't look or sound all that great. Dig a little farther into that record and you'll see that those losses have come to Donegal, Penn Manor, Solanco and most recently Warwick. The combined record of those four clubs...42-5, with both Donegal and Solanco sporting pristine 12-0 marks.
Of course, all of that does not take the sting out of the most recent loss, a 5-3, eight inning battle with Warwick that took place on April 20th. As an extra inning affair would indicate, the sides were pretty even but the Lady Warriors had an ace up their sleeve in winning pitcher Amanda Herr. The hurler fanned 10 with no walks and surrendered just three runs on eight hits to earn the victory.
Kristin Geesey was in the circle opposite Herr and pitched well in the loss, surrendering nine hits and four walks that led to Warwick's five runs. She added four strikeouts over eight innings of work.
Alyssa Hamilton and Hayden Calaman provided the bulk of the offense, going a combined 3-8 with two RBI. Hamilton collected two of those hits, a seventh inning single and fifth inning triple, that produced E-town's first run. Calaman picked up her lone base knock in the sixth, picking up a RBI in the process.
The Lady Bears found the best way to recover from a tough loss was to knock the snot out of the ball. They did just that in a 15-0 shutout of McCaskey on April 23rd. Geesey took center stage, tossing all five innings and coming one walk away from a perfect game, settling instead for her first career no-hitter. She picked up four strikeouts for good measure.
The Lady Bears did have their share of offensive stars led by Calaman and Beth Burton. The pair combined for six RBI on just three hits. Burton rapped out two of those hits, both singles, with her third inning hit plating two runs. She added a first inning sac fly and completed her day with a fifth inning single. Calaman's three RBIs came in three different ways...a traditional run scoring single in the second, a hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the first and a fielder's choice in the third.
The baseball playing Bears found themselves on the opposite end of both their games last week, replacing their two-game winning streak with a two-game slide. The end result is an 8-4 overall record and a 7-3 L-L mark, good enough for second place in Section Two.
Elizabethtown dropped their April 20th clash with Warwick by a 7-5 final after their seventh inning rally fell short. Nick Kreider got the start and took the loss despite only pitching into the third inning. During that time Warwick plated four runs with a fifth run coming not long after Ryan Rupp took over on the mound. Rupp covered the final four innings in relief and surrendered a total of three runs and seven hits to go with five strikeouts and no walks. Kreider's two innings produced four runs, four hits and four walks to go with two strikeouts.
Kreider, Austin Denlinger and Chad Caley led the offense despite a combined 2-10 performance. Caley went hitless on the day but picked up a RBI on a seventh inning fielder's choice while both Denlinger and Kreider had one hit each. Denlinger's seventh inning double came as part of E-town's last gasp rally and produced one of the four runs. Kreider joined Caley in the fielder's choice club, picking up his RBI in the fourth.
A few days later the Bears officially had a losing streak on their hands courtesy of a 6-4 loss to McCaskey. Elizabethtown jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks in large part to the first inning work of Kreider and Cayden Livingston. Kreider picked up the first of his two RBI singles in the frame while Livingston pushed across his lone run with a sac fly. Kreider's second run producing single came in the final frame as another seventh inning rally fell short for the Bears.
Despite more wet and dreary weather, the boy's tennis team managed to squeeze three matches in over the last week, winning two to post their first two game winning streak of the season. The Bears opened with a 6-1 loss to Manheim Central taking place on the 20th. Jon Gartley and Tyler Bixler picked up the lone win, topping Jacob Bidelman and Tony Stolzfus 9-7.
A few days later Elizabethtown picked up a 4-3 win over ELCO. E-town split their winning between singles and doubles action with Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson earning the singles wins. Lown needed three sets and a tie-break to top Mason Bennetch but did so 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 10-5. Erickson went the straight set route, taking out Dawson Smith 6-2, 6-0. Jon Gartley enjoyed another win, this one with Evan Schneider as his partner while Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley picked up the second doubles victory.
On April 24th the Bears picked up a surprise 4-3 win over Cedar Crest. Once again E-town split their wins between singles and doubles play only this time it was Erickson and Chris Gartley enjoying singles success. Gartley worked for his win over Justin Hilty with two of their three sets needing tiebreakers to decide a winner. Erickson needed a first set tiebreaker to get by Adam Brightbill but he did, adding a 6-3 second set win to that 7-6 (7-4) first set victory. With rain threatening, the two sides played with no repeat players. The Bears kept their singles line-up intact, choosing to shuffle their doubles pairings. That opened the door for Jimmy Overmoyer and Tyler Bixler to pick up a number two doubles win while Brecken Musser and Ben Oyler nabbed a number three doubles win.
The boys' volleyball team suffered back-to-back losses to teams with Manheim in their name but rebounded with wins over West York and Lebanon to finish the week even. The loss to Central came on April 19th with a matching 3-0 loss to Township one day later. The Barons won 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 despite the best efforts of Austin Kreiser (six kills), Narvin Chhay (18 assists and two aces), Jake Sevcik (six digs) and Brice Reiman (three blocks).
Township's three wins came via 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14 finals with Kreiser, Chhay and Sevcik at the forefront once again. Kreiser finished with 10 kills and Chhay 20 assists while Sevcik had five digs. Nicholas Chapman tallied five aces and J. Spencer Roth three blocks to round out the E-town leaders.
Elizabethtown's second set of back-to-back games produced more favorable results starting with a 3-1 win over West York on the 23rd. The Bears missed out on the sweep by dropping the third game 25-23 but added a 25-17 game four win to a 25-23 game one victory and a 25-15 game two triumph. Chhay dished out 33 assists with Chapman filling the hitter's role and tallying 10 kills. Nathan Seeger hit double digits in blocks with 10 while Sevcik added three digs.
Elizabethtown enjoyed a much easier time with Lebanon on the 24th, rolling to wins of 25-8, 25-18 and 25-10. Kreiser (10 kills) and Chhay (20 assists) paced the offense while Reiman, Roth (two blocks apiece) and Petr Hollan (three digs) anchored the defense. Nicholas Dobslaw chipped in with seven aces.
The Lady Bear lacrosse team busted up a three-game slide with an 18-15 victory over Cedar Crest on April 24th. Kimmy Bucher inched closer to 100 career goals with a seven-score game while Kate Weissend tacked on another five scores. Cyrose Conteh posted a hat trick while Samantha Shutt and Aba Aggrey combined for the final three scores. Corrie Baker (eight saves) and Kiara Esoldo (five saves) combined for the win.
The preceding three-game losing streak started on April 17th but didn't officially become a losing streak until Elizabethtown's 17-9 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on the 19th. Baker turned away 11 shots in the loss but it was the L-S defense that kept E-town off balance. The Lady Pioneers held Bucher to four goals while Conteh (3G) and Weissend (2G) cleaned up the remaining offense.
Elizabethtown's third loss was a 13-11 defeat at West York. Bucher and Weissend both posted four goal games but they were the only Lady Bears with multiple goals. Conteh, Aggrey and Jaide Epler rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Baker finished with two saves.
The boy's lacrosse team was in action just twice over the last week, dropping both games to fall to 1-8 on the season. Lampeter-Strasburg dealt the Bears a 10-1 loss on the 19th with Sam Azzalina netting the only score for E-town. Duncan Keller stopped just one of the 11 shots he faced.
Offense remained difficult to find in a 14-5 loss to Cedar Crest on April 24th. Keller finished with six saves while Azzalina, Isaiah Shickley, Cam Poulos, Cole Baker and Matt Pottgeiser accounted for the offense with one score each.
The track teams enjoyed a double win over Garden Spot on April 23rd with the boys winning 111-38 and the girls 100-50. The Lady Bears won 15 of the 18 events including a relay sweep that accounted for 15 team points. Kara Bachert also racked up 15 team points thanks to wins in the high jump (4-10), long jump (14-10) and triple jump (32-2). Josephine Angeny (pole vault) and Carly Sedun (discus) picked up the last two wins in the field.
Cat Shontz and Rachel Wood joined Bachert in the multi-win club. Wood swept the sprints with a 13.0 in the 100m and a 27.9 in the 200m while Shontz claimed the 800m and the 1600m. Katie Locker cracked the one-minute barrier in her 400m win while Madeline Quinn and Alicia Underkoffler posted the final two wins. Quinn claimed the 3200m in 11:51 while Underkoffler took the 300H with a time of 48.5.
Locker took a break from L-L competition to compete in the Penn Relays on April 26th. The sophomore finished 10th in the high school girls mile with a time of 5:06.30.
The boy's enjoyed nearly as much success as the Lady Bears, winning 13 of 18 events including all three relay races. Derek Heisey enjoyed a three-win meet while Christopher Scharf, Brandon Fotibu and Eddie Myers finished with two wins. Heisey picked up two wins on the track, sweeping the hurdle events with times of 16.6 (110H) and 43.5 (300H). His final win came in the high jump where he cleared 5-10. Myers picked up his wins in the field, taking the long jump (19-1.5) and triple jump (38-4). Scharf did his winning on the track, posting a 2:03.5 in the 800m and a 4:51.1 in the 1600m. Fotibu swept the sprints, taking the 100m (11.8) and the 200m (24.3). Aidan Hellein and Nat McCloud finished things on the track with Hellein winning the 400m and McCloud the 3200m. Daniel Mueser continued his pole vaulting success by clearing 11' while Steven Dixon captured the final win with a heave of 113-3.5 in the discus.
E-town Volleyball Tops Mounts, Spartans April 20, 2018
Drought busting is typically something farmers talk about during the dog days of summer but the Elizabethtown boys' volleyball team did their own type of drought busting over the last week. The Bears posted wins over Ephrata and Garden Spot to bump their record to 3-4 on the year. The April 12th victory over Ephrata was E-town's first in nearly two weeks but head coach Bryan Buckius was not disappointed with his team's performance during the drought.
"Getting a win against Ephrata was definitely nice but our games from the two weeks before were very close so I was proud of my guys for the way they've been playing all season," said Buckius.
Elizabethtown managed to sweep the Mountaineers, winning 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17 with Narvin Chhay piloting the offense to the tune of 25 assists. Austin Kreiser tallied seven kills, J. Spencer Roth five blocks, Brice Reiman five aces and Nathan Seeger three digs to offer Chhay support.
Elizabethtown created a two-game winning streak on April 17th by topping Garden Spot 3-1. Buckius chalked up a 25-17 game three loss to being stuck in a bad service rotation which prevented the Bears from running their offense. Thankfully those problems did not surface in the other three games leading to wins of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22. Chhay dished out 31 assists with Kreiser on the receiving end of the bulk of them, leading to a 16 kill night. Reiman chipped in with three blocks and Nicholas Chapman four aces while Jake Sevcik tallied 13 digs.
The boy's tennis team continued to battle the weather as well as their opponent across the net. The result was a few more shuffled match dates coupled with the Bears ending up on both sides of a 5-2 final.
Elizabethtown's first tangle came in a 5-2 loss to Ephrata on the 13th. The Bears posted one singles and one doubles win to account for their two team points. Chris Gartley and Brecken Musser picked up the doubles win, taking out Michael Storb and Alex Auker by an 8-6 final in number three doubles. Ethan Lown posted the singles victory, topping Chase Wilson 6-2, 6-1 in number one singles.
E-town was able to flip the script a few days later with a 5-2 win over McCaskey. The Bears took two of three doubles matches starting with Lown and Ben Erickson's 8-6 win over William Fenimore and Tyler Coder. Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley followed with a matching 8-6 win over Chad Haiges and Clay Myers in number two doubles.
Lown and Erickson kept the matching score vibe alive in their singles wins, with 6-2, 6-4 wins. Lown took down Fenimore in number one singles while Erickson dropped Coder at number two. Chris Gartley picked up the final E-town win but only after dropping the first set to Haiges by a 6-1 count. He rebounded to win 6-4 and 10-5 to wrap up the victory.
The rough stretch that has encompassed the first half of the season continued for the boy's lacrosse team with losses to Warwick and Manheim Township dropping the Bears to 1-6 with seven games remaining in the season.
Warwick handed Elizabethtown a 12-3 loss on April 13th. Isaiah Shickley was responsible for all three E-town goals with Cole Baker assisting on one. Duncan Keller stopped 12 of the shots he faced but it was not enough.
A few days later the Bears welcomed perennial L-L power Manheim Township to town and the Blue Streaks left with a 17-1 win. Baker and Shickley flipped roles for Elizabethtown's lone score with Shickley doing the dishing and Baker the scoring. Keller turned away another 12 shots in the loss.
The girls' lacrosse team split the same two games and now sits at 4-6 with seven games remaining. Elizabethtown was able to post a 16-9 win over Warwick in Lititz on the 13th with Kimmy Bucher and Jaide Epler both recording hat tricks. Samantha Shutt, Cyrose Conteh, Aba Aggrey and Kate Weissend all came up one goal short of joining the hat trick club, settling for a two-score game instead. Hannah McConnell and Marrisa Miller chipped in with one score each. Corrie Baker turned away 10 shots to earn the win.
A few nights later the Lady Bears traveled to the lacrosse capital of the L-L where they dropped an 18-4 final to Township. The Lady Streaks had five players with two or more goals while Elizabethtown had just Bucher and Weissend who managed two scores apiece. Baker finished with nine saves.
The softball team continues to roll, picking up wins over Hempfield and Conestoga Valley that countered a loss to Penn Manor. The Lady Bears clipped Hempfield by a 3-1 final on April 13th. Kristin Geesey tossed all seven innings to earn the win, allowing just one hit and one run to go with one strikeout and two walks. Erin Heffleger and Lauren Leese paced the offense, each driving in a run on fourth inning singles. The two-run frame flipped the game from a 1-0 Lady Knight lead to a 2-1 E-town edge. The Lady Bears tacked on an unearned insurance run in the top of the six to set the 3-1 final.
Elizabethtown followed the nail bitter by throttling Conestoga Valley 9-0 on the 17th. Geesey earned another complete game victory this time making it a shutout variety. She surrendered just one hit but had four strikeouts and two walks.
A trio of Lady Bears, Haylee Calaman, Bethany Burton and Megan Gray carried the day, combining for six of Elizabethtown's 11 hits leading to six RBI. Calaman smacked a one run double in the first to get E-town on the board then added a sixth inning sac fly to her three-hit game. Burton did all her damage with a third inning triple while Gray pushed one run across with a second inning triple before adding a fifth inning RBI single.
Elizabethtown was hit with their third loss of the season on April 18th, falling to Penn Manor by a 9-4 count. Geesey and Alyssa Hamilton split the pitching duties in half with each staying on the mound for three innings. Geesey got the start and absorbed the loss after surrendering 14 hits that led to all nine Lady Comet runs.
Haylee and Hayden Calaman provided the offense, each pushing one run across in the loss. Haylee rapped out three hits on the day but it was her seventh inning single that accounted for her RBI. Hayden finished the game without a hit but did manage a first inning RBI on a fielder's choice.
The baseball team posted the same 2-1 mark over the last week only their week played out opposite the softball teams'. The baseball Bears dropped a 5-2 final to Hempfield on April 13th, only their second loss of the season. Chad Caley covered the first six innings and took the loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits and two walks with just one strikeout. Nick Kreider pitched the final inning and allowed the last two Black Knight runs. Caley broke a 0-0 tie by leading off the fourth with a solo blast while Kyle Welch picked up Elizabethtown's only other RBI with a sixth inning single.
The Bears righted their ship a few days later by slipping by Township 8-7 in nine innings. Caley ended up with the win after pitching the final three innings in relief of starter Cole Patrick who was chased from the game after just four innings and six runs. Ryan Rupp covered the time between Patrick and Caley and also enjoyed a two-hit, two RBI day at the plate. Austin Denlinger, Kreider and Caley also enjoyed multi-hit games with each tallying one RBI apiece. Hunter Murry made his one hit count, pushing across one of Elizabethtown's five first inning runs with his base knock.
The good times continued on April 18th with an 11-1, six inning win over Penn Manor. Larry Locker scattered five hits in his complete game effort, adding three strikeouts and one walk to one run allowed. Five different Bears fronted the offense by driving in two runs apiece. Solen Clark did his damage with a fourth inning double with Murry and Rupp adding run producing singles during the frame. Rupp added another run scoring hit as part of Elizabethtown's six run sixth inning. Caley's double accounted for two of those six runs while Cayden Livingston pushed across two more runs with his lone hit of the game. Murry finished off the scoring spurt and picked up his second RBI courtesy of a fielder's choice.
After a one-day weather delay the track and field teams faced off against Lampeter-Strasburg on April 18th. The boys dropped their battle 97-53 while the Lady Bears managed to slip by Lampeter-Strasburg 83-67.
The Lady Bears enjoyed four multi-event winners led by Katelyn Locker who picked up wins in the 800m (2:20.2) and 3200m (11:38.5) after taking part in the meet opening 3200m relay victory. Karissa Herr, Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz joined Locker on that relay team with a winning time of 10:30.1.
Rachel Wood swept the sprints with a 13.4 in the 100m and a 27.7 in the 200m while sophomore Alicia Underkoffler won the 100H (17.4) and the 300H (49.1). Kara Bachert posted the final double for Elizabethtown, taking the high jump (5') and long jump (15-4).
Shontz added a win in the 1600m (5:27.5) to her leg on the 3200m relay team while Audrey Schlosser and Carly Sedun wrapped up the winning. Schlosser took the pole vault with a top height of 9-6 while Sedun claimed the shot put with a toss of 29-10.75.
Christopher and Charles Scharf were top Bears for the boys. Christopher posted the top time in the 1600m (4:48.3) and Charles the fastest time in the 3200m (10:16.4) while both took part in the victorious 3200m relay. Jason Trimble and Aiden Weaver comprised the other half of the 3200m relay team and together they posted an 8:26.7.
Derek Heisey picked up the last win on the track, turning in a 42.3 in the 300H while Isaac Weidler collected the final win by clearing 5-11 in the high jump.
ET Baseball Improves to 5-0 in League Play April 14, 2018
For the past few weeks the talk of the high school sports world has been the weather and how it is affecting teams that were unable to play. Now that the weather has somewhat returned to normal, the Elizabethtown baseball team is busy. The Bears have ripped off five straight W's to improve to 6-1 overall with a pristine 5-0 mark in the section. The six wins match Cedar Crest for tops in the L-L while the unbeaten section mark has them perched in first place. Despite the fast start head coach Bill Templin is keeping his squad focused. "We really talk a lot about playing one game at a time," said Templin. "The teams we play are too talented to overlook any opponent. So now we just focus on winning the day, keep grinding away, and see where we end up in May."
E-town began their run on April 5th with an 8-4 victory over Ephrata. Chad Caley allowed one run and three hits over his five innings of work, picking up the win in the process. Ryan Rupp and Larry Locker finished up for Caley, covering the final two innings. Cole Livingston was the catalyst at the plate driving in three runs with a four-hit day. Rupp drove in a pair of runs while Hunter Murry, Richie Hart and Solen Clark picked up the final three RBI.
The Bears were back in action one day later using a gem from Patrick to post a 5-2 win over Solanco. The hurler earned the victory by scattering six hits and allowing just two unearned runs during his complete game. He also picked up one of Elizabethtown's four hits on the day but it was the work of Caley, Rupp and Austin Denlinger that provided Patrick's run support. Caley and Denlinger smacked back-to-back run scoring doubles in the fourth while Denlinger's second inning walk, one of three on the day, pushed across E-town's second run of the game. Rupp was responsible for the game's first run, poking an RBI single to left that scored Denlinger.
Up next was an April 9, 11-10 win over Donegal. Caley was the star of the show, earning the win on the mound and helping his own cause with six RBI. Cayden Livingston provided backup in the form of a two-run single in the fifth while Nick Kreider closed out the game in relief of Caley.
An April 10th trip to Witmer produced a 15-7 win over Conestoga Valley. Locker benefited from the ample run support, earning the win for his five plus innings of work. Rupp and Michael Baker cleaned up once Locker departed, covering the final inning and a third. Rupp was also a big part of the offense, driving in four runs with two hits. Clark added two RBI despite finishing with zero hits. The left fielder drove in a run with a first inning walk and picked up his second RBI with a fourth inning sac fly.
Elizabethtown closed out their busy stretch with a 12-4 drubbing of Lampeter-Strasburg on the 11th. Patrick went all seven innings and despite allowing 11 hits gave up just four runs to go with two strikeouts and three walks. Patrick joined Denlinger and Cayden Livingston as members of the two RBI club with all three doing their damage via singles.
The boy's lacrosse team has been able to enjoy a regular schedule for the most part with just one game getting shuffled around due to weather. That left the Bears with just two games last week, a loss to Ephrata on the 6th and a victory over Conestoga Valley on the 11th.
E-town was unable to slow down the Mountaineers with Ephrata getting three or more goals from four different players. Isaiah Shickley joined the hat trick club with a three-goal game but Tyler Evans, the only other Bear to notch multiple goals, fell one goal short. Cam Poulos accounted for the final E-town tally while Duncan Keller finished with 16 saves.
The Bears were on the opposite side of things in their 20-5 win over Conestoga Valley. Shickley and Cole Baker finished with four goals apiece while Poulos and Chad Heisey settled for three goal games. Evans and Elliot Kline netted two scores each to help the cause. Keller needed six saves to earn the win.
The boys' tennis team continues to chug along reaching the half-way point of their regular season. The Bears sit at 3-6 after losses to Manheim Township and West York coupled with a win over Lebanon.
Elizabethtown found themselves on opposite ends of 7-0 finals against Township and Lebanon, suffering a loss to the Blue Streaks on April 5th before rebounding with a win over the Cedars one day later. Ethan Lown, Ben Erickson, Chris Gartley and Jimmy Overmoyer all picked up singles wins over Lebanon after taking part in doubles victories. Lown and Erickson paired up for a win in number one doubles while Gartley and Overmoyer did the same in number three doubles. Tyler Bixler and Jon Gartley accounted for the third doubles victory.
Elizabethtown stepped out of the L-L for their April 11th match, falling to West York 4-3. Jon Gartley took part in two of the three E-town wins, taking his singles match opposite Jacob Landis while teaming with Bixler to capture their number three double match. Lown picked up the remaining Bear win.
The girls' lacrosse team kept busy last week with four games in six days. E-town went 2-2 during that run and now sits at 3-5 just shy of the midway point of their season.
Elizabethtown kicked things off with an 18-3 throttling of Ephrata on the 6th. Kimmy Bucher, Cyrose Conteh and Hannah Mink led the way, scoring for three goals each. Aba Aggrey, Jaide Epler and Kate Weissend finished with matching two goal games while Hannah Doll, Samantha Shutt and Abbi Dehmey rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Corrie Baker's easy day in goal ended with nine saves.
One day later offense was harder to find as E-town fell to Lower Dauphin 9-4. Baker tallied another nine saves while Bucher was the lone multi-goal scorer with two. Weissend and Conteh managed one goal apiece to finish the scoring.
Monday April 9th sent the Bears to Hershey where they managed a bit more offense but not enough to outscore the Lady Trojans. The result was a 16-10 Hershey win with Baker tallying 14 saves. Bucher managed four scores while Weissend finish with a trifecta. The three remaining scores were picked up by Shutt, Conteh and Doll.
The Lady Bears got back in the win column on the 11th with a 16-15 overtime victory over Conestoga Valley. Conteh tallied her third and final goal in overtime to give E-town the win while Bucher (three goals), Weissend (three goals) and Aggrey (four goals) joined her in the multi-goal club. Epler, Mink and Doll chipped in with one score each. Baker earned the thrilling win by turning away eight shots.
The softball team is finding their groove after having five of their first six games rescheduled. With wins over Ephrata, Lebanon and Garden Spot, plus a loss to Solanco, the Lady Bears improved to 3-2 on the year.
E-town broke out of their winless start with a 12-1, six-inning victory over Ephrata on April 5th. Kristin Geesey enjoyed the run support to earn the win while Jocelyn Zook pitched the final inning in relief. Together the pair combined for 10 strikeouts and one walk. Haylee and Hayden Calaman provided the pop at the plate, each finishing with three RBI on one hit. Haylee smacked a three-run blast in the fourth while Hayden matched the feat in the sixth.
One day later Elizabethtown dropped a 7-5 final to Solanco with Geesey taking the loss. Geesey tried to help her cause by driving in two runs with a two-hit game but it was not enough. Haylee Calaman also pushed two runs across while Alyssa Hamilton and Hayden Calaman finished with one RBI each.
The Lady Bears needed just four innings to throttle Lebanon on the 9th, topping the Lady Cedars 22-3. Zook earned the easy win while Megan Gray carried the big bat. Zook surrendered seven hits and issued three walks but the result was only three runs. Gray picked up hits in her only two at-bats, driving in three runs with a triple and home run. Zook, Sadie Seaman and both Haylee and Hayden Calaman managed two RBI each.
Elizabethtown kept things rolling with a 2-1 win over Garden Spot on the 11th. Geesey picked up another win, tossing all seven innings. Hamilton and Erin Heffleger provided the late game push to secure the win. Heffleger tied the game at 1-1 with her fifth inning single while Hamilton put E-town in front with a sixth inning sac fly.
The boys' volleyball team had just two regular season matches over the last week, dropping both to fall to 1-4 on the year. Lancaster Mennonite took down E-town by a 3-1 final on the 5th with the Blazers winning 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22 after Elizabethtown opened with a 25-20 victory. Austin Kreiser's 12 kills and Narvin Chhay's 28 assists led the Bears.
Elizabethtown fell to Cocalico by the same 3-1 final on April 10th. Once again, the Bears were able to open with a win (25-22) but dropped three straight games (25-16, 25-18 and 25-23) to drop the match. Chhay finished with 23 assists while both Kreiser and Brice Reiman tallied seven kills.
In between the two-regular season matches the Bears went 5-5 at Penn Manor's Comet Clash. After a 4-4 mark in pool play the Bears managed to top Salesianum 25-12 in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Exeter 25-17 in the quarterfinals.
The track and field teams earned a split with Solanco on April 9th with the girls posting a 90-60 win while the boys took a 94-56 loss. The Lady Bears had just one multi-event winner with Kara Bachert taking the high jump and triple jump. Audrey Schlosser (pole vault) and Megan Rider (long jump) joined Bachert as field event winners. The Lady Bears picked up 15 valuable team points by sweeping the relay events with the work of Katie Locker (3200m) and Madeline Quinn (1600m) adding a sweep in the distance events. Elizabethtown's final wins came from Rachel Wood (100m), Malayna Van Winkle (400m) and Alicia Underkoffler (300H). The day was extra special for Locker who was informed that she will become the first Elizabethtown athlete to compete in the Penn Relays. The sophomore will run the mile on April 26th at the University of Pennsylvania.
Derek Heisey did his best to carry the Bears to a win on the boys' side, sweeping the hurdle events and tacking on a high jump victory. Christopher and Charles Scharf kept the sweep theme going with Christopher's win in he 1600m and Charles' win in the 3200m while Daniel Mueser nabbed the final win in the field by clearing 10-6 in the pole vault. Elizabethtown's final win on the day came in the meet's first event where Nat McCloud, Javier Cisneros, Adam Evans and Nathaniel DeGoede teamed up to take the 3200m relay.
Bears Battle Second Place Blazers But Fall Short April 6, 2018
Despite hitting all the markers that typically indicate the arrival of spring, like adjusting your clock for Daylight saving time, various birds singing away in the trees and of course the spring equinox, i.e. the formal start of spring, Elizabethtown spring sports teams find themselves stuck in winter. A few bouts of spring snow, a couple April showers combined with unseasonably chilly temperatures have conspired to postpone 17 of the 34 scheduled contests so far this season.
The volleyball team however, in the comfy confines of the gymnasium, has not been affected by Mother Nature. After dropping their first two matches of the season (3-0 to Lower Dauphin and 3-0 to Section Two favorite Manheim Central), the team regrouped for a 3-0 win over Lebanon but last Thursday, April 5, fell to 1-3 with a tightly contested 3-1 loss over second place Lancaster Mennonite.
Three of the sets were determined by a combined 12 points. The Bears came out strong, winning 25-20 in the first set but couldn't hold on to the momentum. E-town answered with a tight 25-21 second set win and took the third more convincingly, 25-14. Not to be deterred, the Bears put forth a strong effort in the fourth set but fell short 25-22.
Austin Kreiser was strong at the net with a dozen kills, Narvin Chhay, a second team L-L League all-star last year, dished out 28 assists on the night and Roth put up a match-high five blocks.
BASEBALL - SOFTBALL
The baseball and softball teams were hit the hardest with the Lady Bear diamond dwellers taking the field for just one of their first six games so far. Baseball isn't far behind, reshuffling four of their first five games, although they did manage to squeeze in one of those games between the snowflakes.
Another squad hit hard by the weather is the boy's tennis team who saw five of their first nine matches get hit by the weather bug. The Bears have managed to make-up two of those contests, picking up a win over Donegal while suffering a loss to Penn Manor but with more crazy weather in the forecast the Bears are not out of the woods just yet.
They are however doing better than most in that they have actually played one-third of their scheduled games so far, albeit with mixed results. E-town sits a 2-4 on the season with a March 26th win over Garden Spot actually taking place on its original date combining with that April 2nd victory over Donegal to account for the high notes.
Both wins were of the 6-1 variety with the Bears earning three team points in both singles and doubles play against Donegal. E-town kicked off the match by sweeping doubles play starting with Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson taking out Austin Hollinger and Nathan McNece by a 9-8 (7-5) count in number one doubles. Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley enjoyed a much easier time in the two-hole, topping Noah Hoffmaster and Luke Yunginger 8-2 while Jon Gartley and Tyler Bixler defeated Aaron Rugh and Joseph Johns by an 8-6 final to finish the sweep.
In singles action Elizabethtown took the top three matches starting with Lown's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hollinger in number one singles. Erickson posted back-to-back 6-2 finals to top McNece while Hoover picked up the final team win by taking out Yunginger 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) at number three singles.
The Bears actually managed to play a regularly scheduled match on April 4th, unfortunately the result was a 5-2 loss to Lancaster Country Day. Both Elizabethtown wins came in doubles action with Hoover and Chris Gartley taking their match with Thomas Westbrook and Eric Zuckerman 9-7. Jon Gartley and Bixler teamed up to take down Saharsh Talwar and Danny Kelly-Buckley 8-6 in number three doubles to account for the second E-town victory.
The boys and girls lacrosse teams have managed to avoid the weather troubles, playing seven of their nine games on the original dates. The Bears are struggling to find their footing going a combined 1-6 in those games with the lone win coming via the Lady Bears 15-12 victory over Central Dauphin on March 26th.
The Lady Bears most recent contest was a 20-14 loss to Hempfield on April 3rd. Elizabethtown enjoyed three different players with a hat trick but the Lady Knights nearly doubled that total with five players registering at least three scores. Cyrose Conteh paced the E-town attack with four goals while Kimmy Bucher and Jaide Epler netted three scores each. Kate Weissend, Samantha Shutt, Aba Aggrey and Hannah Mink rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece while Corrie Baker turned away 10 shots in in the loss.
The boy's club also battled Hempfield on the 3rd, falling by a 16-2 count. Isaiah Shickley and Elliott Kline accounted for the scores while Duncan Keller collected 24 saves on 40 Black Knight shots.
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.