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Bears Dominate Bucks in Boys Lacrosse April 17, 2017

This year's Easter induced break landed more or less smack in the middle of the spring sports season for area high schools. That meant a temporary hold on the high school athletic scene and a perfect opportunity to take stock of the season's first half.

For the Elizabethtown boy's lacrosse team the half season has been a case of one step forward and one step back. The only exception was a quick two game run back at the end of March. Since then the Bears have taken a loss for every win, leaving them with a 4-4 mark with the season's final seven games remaining.

Last week E-town topped Conestoga Valley by a 14-7 final on Monday before falling to Warwick 10-8 on Wednesday. Adam Weissend and Isaiah Shickley led the way against CV, helping the Bears take control early. The pair split 10 goals down the middle with Weissend dishing out two assists to go with five scores. Cole Baker tacked on another three scores while Charles Alessi rounded out the attack with six assists and one goal. David Rich turned away 18 shots to earn the win.

Two days later the Bears were unable to hold on after another fast start. A 4-1 lead after one against CV turned into a victory but against Warwick, E-town's 5-1 lead after the opening 12 minutes turned into a 10-8 loss. The Warriors outscored E-town 9-3 from the second quarter on, erasing that early Bear edge. Baker was the lone Bear to manage multiple goals, finishing with four. Alessi, Weissend, Shickley and Matt Pottgeiser all netted one score to finish up Elizabethtown's offense. Rich had another busy game, turning away 16 shots.

SOFTBALL

The softball team finds itself in much the same place. After a 2-2 week, the Lady Bears sit at 5-4 overall with 11 games remaining in the regular season. They also sit at 3-2 in Section Two play and in third place behind CV and Garden Spot, teams that are responsible for two of those four losses.

The loss to Spot came last Wednesday by a 7-6 final with the Lady Spartans plating two runs in the bottom of the sixth to thwart E-town's comeback bid. Elizabethtown scored four runs over the opening three innings only to see Garden Spot take the lead with a five run fourth. The Lady Bears appeared to be on their way to victory after a two run fifth but Spot's sixth inning rally ended those thoughts. Jocelyn Zook was on the hill for E-town and took the loss with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Lady Bears closed out their four-game week with a 14-7 loss to Hempfield on Thursday. Zook was in the circle again and was hit with the loss after surrendering 12 runs over the final three innings. That late game burst turned Elizabethtown's 5-2 lead into a seven runs loss. The bulk of Hempfield's late game heroics came from two bats, starter and game winning pitcher, Gabi Turner and Kara Cook. Cook drilled a three-run bomb in the fifth while Turner smacked a two-run blast in the sixth.

The early portion of last week was much more kind to the Lady Bears starting with an 11-1, five inning, victory over Lebanon on Monday. Erin Heffleger earned the start and picked up the win, walking four to go with two punch-outs.

Tuesday's game opposite Solanco played out very differently with the Lady Bears needing a top of the seventh rally to leave Quarryville with the 8-6 win. The Mares, behind a 10-strikeout day from Hanna Phillips, looked to be rolling towards the win, a taking a 4-0 lead after four innings. Elizabethtown laid the groundwork for their comeback with a three run fifth that shrank the Solanco lead down to one, 4-3. A scoreless sixth made the top of the seventh a make or break moment for the Lady Bears. The real action kicked in with one out, Kirsten Mumma and Zook got things rolling with back-to-back hits. Alyssa Hamilton reached on an error, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Mackenzie Peters. The junior coaxed a walk from Phillips to push the game tying run across the plate. With the bases still loaded Sadie Seaman crushed a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam. Solanco manage to stop the rally at five runs but the damage had been done as E-town took an 8-4 lead. Zook, the game winner, allowed a seventh inning bomb to Solanco's Randi Rambo but the two-run shot was all the Mares could muster, putting the final at 8-6.

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team opened last week with a 3-0 loss to Cocalico before outlasting Ephrata 3-2 on Thursday.

In Thursday's win the Bears shook off a 25-23 game one loss to win game two 25-16. The Mountaineers took game three 25-20 to put E-town on the verge of defeat. The Bears evened the score for a second time with a 25-23 game four win before sealing the match by taking game five 15-11. Narvin Chhay led the way with 27 assists, 14 digs and two aces while Frank Arendt (nine kills) and Ryan Minneci (six blocks) provided back-up.

The loss to Cocalico took place Tuesday in Elizabethtown and the Eagles controlled from the start, posting wins of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-16. Chhay tallied two assists this time around while Arendt led with three blocks. Minneci collected 16 digs. Austin Kreiser added six kills.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team opened with a win over Conestoga Valley on Monday countering a loss to Warwick on Wednesday.

In Monday's 21-7 victory, the offense was clicking as seven different players tallied two or more goals. Kate Weissend led the group with four scores while Aba Aggrey, Kimmy Bucher and Cyrose Conteh formed a hat trick trio with three goals each. Jaide Epler, Miller and Hannah Mink formed another trio, this one with two goals apiece. Brooke Dohner and Samantha Shutt finished the outburst by splitting the final two goals. Corrie Baker enjoyed the easy win with six saves.

Offense was a bit harder to come by two days later leading to a 13-5 loss to Warwick. Bucher, Conteh, Epler, Mink and Weissend were held to just one goal each. Baker (10 saves) and Kiara Esoldo (seven saves) split time in goal.

TRACK

The track and field teams combined for a split last week with the girls topping Solanco 79-71 while the boys fell to the Golden Mules 97.5-52.5.

Rachel Wood and Katie Locker led the way on the girl's side with two solo wins each. Wood claimed the 100m and the 200m while adding a third victory as a member of the 400m relay team. Locker did her work in the 800m and the 1600m. Morgan Walters, Elisabeth Barge and Amber Bostdorf joined Wood on the 400m relay team.

Elizabethtown's final three victories came in the field where Megan Rider joined the L-L Honor Roll by clearing five feet in the high jump. Ryleigh Edmonds led a sweep in the pole vault by clearing 10-feet with Josephine Angeny finishing things up with a victory in the triple jump.

On the boy's side, it was a Scharf show as Christopher and Charles combined for two of the Bear's four individual wins while making up half of the victorious 3200m relay team. Dylan Quinn and Jason Trimble formed the other half of the 3200m relay team. Christopher captured the 1600m while Charles took the 3200m. Heisey picked up two of the remaining three wins, sweeping the hurdles and Daniel Mueser cleared 10-feet in the pole vault.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team posted back-to-back wins over West York and Ephrata before suffering a loss to ELCO.

The Bears can thank the work of their doubles plays for both victories with five wins in five matches. Ben Erickson and Dean McBride earned two of those victories with Erickson adding a singles win against the Mountaineers. Against Ephrata Erickson and McBride joined Conner Babinchak and RJ Smith as well as Ethan Lown and Lucas Overmoyer in the doubles sweep. Against West York, Smith teamed up with Logan Hoover to account for the second doubles victory. Lown joined Erickson as singles winners against Ephrata while Overmoyer was the lone singles player to post a win against West York.

The loss to ELCO took place on Thursday in Myerstown with the Raiders posting a 5-2 win. Erickson claimed the lone singles victory while Smith and Babinchak earned the lone doubles win.

BASEBALL

One Elizabethtown team enjoyed a setback free week, keeping their perfect 2017 season intact. The baseball team posted wins over Donegal, Lampeter-Strasburg and Hempfield to improve to 7-0 on the season.

The Bears needed late inning heroics in two of their three games with a slew of players coming through in Monday's 9-6 win over Donegal. E-town scored six of those runs in the bottom of the seventh to give the win to Logan Yohn, who covered the final five innings for starter Chad Caley.

Caley's seventh inning double pushed two of the six runs across. Justin Shelly and Ryan Rupp added RBI singles in the frame while Cole Livingston and Yohn pushed the final two runs across on an error and a fielder's choice, respectively.

Thursday's late inning heroics were in the form of a two run eighth that undid the damage of Hempfield's four run seventh. That Black Knight spurt knocked starter Cole Patrick from the game and set the stage for Caley to be the hero. He did half his work on the mound, pitching the final inning and two-thirds, which earned him the win. He also collected his third hit of the game, this one the game winning single.

The Bears third win of the week involved holding off late game heroics in a 5-4 win over Lampeter-Strasburg. A second inning sac fly from Cayden Livingston and a RBI single from Richie Hart gave E-town an early 2-1 lead over the Pioneers. Elizabethtown plated their three remaining runs in the fifth with back-to-back RBI doubles by Stoner and Yohn followed by a RBI single from Austin Denlinger. The Bears held on as the Pioneers plated two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh to close the gap. Larry Locker pitched the Bears out of trouble in both innings after taking over for Stoner in the sixth. Together the pair combined for 11 strikeouts and four walks to go with six hits and four earned runs with the win going to Stoner.

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E-town Volleyball Team Struggles on the Road April 9, 2017

The boys' volleyball team found the going difficult last week dropping both of their matches. A 3-1 loss to West York went down on April 3rd with E-town posting their lone win in the second game, a 25-23 victory. West York pulled out the win with victories of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-21. Narvin Chhay tallied 18 assists with Braydon Shuck on the other end of a good bit of those assists. Shuck added a team high 12 digs to his seven kills. Frank Arendt and J. Spencer Roth both finished with three blocks while Austin Kreiser added a team high four aces.

A Thursday trip to Lancaster Mennonite resulted in another 3-1 loss. This time E-town posted their lone victory in the third game where their 25-20 win held off a Blazer victory for one more game. Mennonite closed out the evening with a 25-17 win in that fourth game, adding to their 25-16 and 25-12 wins. Arendt tallied 14 blocks while Ryan Minneci finished with 21 digs as the pair anchored the defense. Chhay's 12 assists, Lukas Rebman's six kills and Jarrod Butera's two aces paced the offense.

BASEBALL

A week of rainy weather may have caused numerous cancellations and postponements across the Lancaster-Lebanon League but the Bear baseball team was able to avoid all that rain, playing their three games last week on schedule.

They kicked off their week on Monday with a 2-1 win over Ephrata. Chad Caley was front and center during the game, picking up the win with five innings of work on the mound and providing one of two RBI hits during the decisive sixth inning. On the hill, Caley surrendered three of the Mountaineers five hits and was responsible for the one Mountaineer run in the fifth. Caley added four walks and five strikeouts during five innings of work. At the plate, he pushed across the game tying run with a sixth inning single and scored the winning run two batters later on an Austin Denlinger double to left. Nick Stoner tossed two innings of shutout ball to close out the win.

The Bears continued their perfect 2017 on April 5th with another one run nail bitter. This time it was a 3-2, nine inning victory over Ephrata capped by Justin Shelly's RBI single. Logan Yohn picked up the victory for his work in the ninth while Ryan Rupp tossed the opening eight innings. The pair combined for four strikeouts and two walks. The Buckskins plated both of their runs in the top of the fourth, busting up a scoreless tie in the process. E-town got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to Rupp's RBI double to center. Cayden Livingston knotted the game up with his hit only hit of the game, a sixth inning single.

Elizabethtown closed out their unbeaten week on Friday with a 10-0 win over Solanco. Larry Locker picked up the five-inning complete game victory by striking out four and walking none with a fourth inning single as his only blemish. Shelly's first, first inning single loaded the bases, setting the stage for Casey Cooper's two run double. Shelly's second first inning single capped an eight-run opening frame and came after Denlinger, Anthony Funk and Yohn all poked RBI singles. Stoner finished the game with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth that triggered the ten-run rule.

TRACK

Wins were a bit harder to come by for other Elizabethtown sports with only the girls' track team able to boast the same unbeaten claim as the baseball team. The Lady Bears rolled by Cocalico 101-48 on the strength of their track performance where they won eight of the 11 events. Three of those wins came in relay events starting with Karissa Herr, Julee Wells, Camille Donahue and Julia Rathsam winning the 3200m relay with a time of 14:06.8. The Lady Bears also closed down the meet with a relay win with Jessica Robinson, Alicia Underkoffler, Kristen McEvoy and Alexis Gontz clocking a 4:34 in the 1600m relay. In between Robinson, Rachel Wood, Amber Bostdorf and Elizabeth Barge combined to win the 400m relay in 53.5.

Wood added solo wins in the 100m and 200m to sweep the sprints while Katelyn Locker (1600m) and Cat Shontz (3200m) teamed up to sweep the distance events. Rathsam picked up the final victory on the track, posting a 2:48.6 in the 800m.

Kara Bachert accounted for three of the Lady Bears four wins in the field. She did have to share first place in the high jump with teammate Megan Rider but was able to enjoy sole possession of first in the long jump and the triple jump. Audrey Schlosser added the final field victory by clearing 9' in the pole vault.

On the boys' side, the Bears managed just three wins, two by Christopher Scharf and a victory in the 3200m relay. Scharf turned in a 4:44.1 to take the 1600m and a 10:29.5 to claim the 3200m while Aiden Weaver, Jessie Myers, Dylan Quinn and Jason Trimble teamed up to take the 3200m relay. With only three event victories the Bears fell to Cocalico 92-53.

SOFTBALL

Rain shortened the softball team's load by one game, bouncing their contest at Solanco from April 7th to the 11th. E-town split the two remaining games during the week, topping Ephrata on Monday and losing to Conestoga Valley on Wednesday.

The Lady Bears needed just four innings to get by Ephrata 25-10, enacting the 15-run rule with a four run fourth inning. The bulk of run production occurred in the first and second innings where Elizabethtown plated 20 combined runs.

Jocelyn Zook earned the win as the beneficiary of 12 first inning runs. Erin Heffleger took over for Zook in the second with Alyssa Hamilton taking over in the third before Zook returned to finish things off with another inning plus of work.

In Wednesday's loss to CV, the Lady Bears managed to overcome an early two-run hole and enjoyed a 7-2 lead after a three-run fifth inning. The Lady Buckskins managed seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to steal the win with a 9-7 final.

Zook took the loss after spending all seven innings in the circle. She added three strikeouts and three walks to the 11 hits and nine runs allowed.

LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team posted one win in four tries last week, topping Ephrata by an 18-4 final on Wednesday. Kimmy Bucker paced the attack by scoring four goals and assisting on two others. Aba Aggrey and Hannah Mink nearly hit the four-goal mark, falling one short while combining for one assist. Samantha Shutt and Kate Weissend finished up the multi-goal club with two each. Cyrose Conteh, Brooke Dohner, Jaide Epler and Hannah McConnell netted one score each to round out the offense. Corrie Baker did the heavy lifting in goal, stopping eight of 12 shots while Kelsey Greiner added two saves on two shots.

The Lady Bears opened the week on Monday with a 19-3 loss to Hershey. Bucher (two goals) and Weissend (one goal) handled the offense while Baker (six saves) and Greiner (five saves) handled the goal keeping duties.

Friday brought Hempfield to town and the Lady Knights left with a 17-6 victory. Bucher posted another hat trick to account for half the E-town offense while Aggrey, Mink and Weissend scored one each to round out the scoring.

Saturday, April 8th sent the Lady Bears to Lower Dauphin where E-town was unable to overcome a 9-4 Lady Falcon first half. Elizabethtown's second half rally fell just short, leading to a 10-9 loss. Weissend and Aggrey posted matching three goal games while Bucher (two goals) and Shutt (one goal) finished the goal scoring.

The boys' team posted the same one win over Ephrata. The Bears used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from the pesky Mountaineers in a 14-9 final. Isaiah Shickley led the charge with a four-score game with Nathan Bashore providing back up with another three scores. Adam Weissend and Cole Baker netted two scores each with Scheck Traore nabbing the final score. David Rich earned the win with 12 saves.

The week did not start or end as well for the Bears thanks to a 14-1 loss to Hempfield on Monday and a 10-7 loss to West York on Saturday. Rich finished with nine saves in the loss to Hempfield while Bashore netted the lone goal.

Rich had just five saves in the loss to West York. Charles Alessi took control of the offense and finished with four goals and one assist. Shickley added two scores while Elliott Kline picked up the final score.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team also had a one win in three try week, topping Lebanon by a 5-2 count on Monday. The Bears took two of three doubles matches with Ethan Lown and Dean McBride winning at number two doubles while Ben Erickson and Logan Hoover posted a win at number three.

Lown, at No. 3, and McBride, at No. 4, added singles wins to their day. Lucas Overmoyer provided the final victory at No. 1 singles.

E-town fell to Manheim Township by a 7-0 final on Wednesday before dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Warwick on Friday. The Bears earned two of their three wins against the Warriors in singles action. Connor Babinchak topped Zach Bomberger in number three singles while Erickson took out Jon Martin in number four singles.

Erickson and McBride added the lone doubles win, topping Jaron Wadler and Ethan Moyer at the No. 3 tandem.

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Elizabethtown Softball Posts Two-Win Week April 3, 2017

While the weather has played havoc with the bulk of the spring sports schedules, the Elizabethtown softball team was fortunate to get three games in to date.

Last week Elizabethtown evened their non-Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 1-1 with a 12-2 victory over Dallastown on March 28th. Jocelyn Zook picked up the win, striking out two and walking one in the six-inning victory. Mackenzie Peters rapped out three hits, and drove in three runs while Kristin Mumma posted another two-hit game.

The Bears opened Lancaster-Lebanon League play opposite Section Three's Manheim Central and pulled out a 5-4 victory over the visitors despite holding an 8-2 advantage in hits. The Bears scored runs in three different innings and led 5-1 after five complete before surviving a three-run Baron rally in the top of the sixth.

Zook earned the win in the circle, fannning two and yielding three walks. Erin Heffleger came on in the fifth and also finished with three walks.

Elizabethtown suffered its first loss on March 24th, falling to Mechanicsburg by a 7-6 final. Jocelyn Zook was in the circle for the Bears, surrendering nine hits and allowing seven runs while taking the loss. She added three strikeouts against two walks.

Zook's counterpart, Erica Smiley was almost entirely responsible for the Lady Wildcat win. She went the distance on the mound, surviving ten hits and six runs from Elizabethtown to earn the victory. That was in large part thanks to her work at the plate, driving in five runs with a double and two home runs in her three trips to the dish.

Lauren Leese, Mumma and Zook all drove in one run for the Lady Bears while Alyssa Hamilton plated two runs with her third inning triple.

VOLLEYBALL

As the 2017 season gets underway the Elizabethtown boys volleyball team is happy to put some distance on a 2016 season that produced just three wins.

Unfortunately, the 2017 season kicked off on March 28th with a Section Two clash against the second ranked 2A team in the state in the PA Volleyball Coaches Association's preseason rankings. The difficult opening match-up resulted in a 3-0 defeat but the Bears managed to hang tough against the Barons in games one and two, falling by 25-20 and 25-18 finals. Game three got away from E-town a bit leading to a 25-10 match sealing final. Narvin Chhay finished with eight assists, Braydon Shuck four kills, Austin Kreiser two blocks and Frank Arendt two aces in the loss.

The Bears rebounded nicely two days later with a 3-1 victory over Lebanon. E-town opened with a convincing 25-7 game one win only to see the Cedars steal game two 26-24. Another convincing Elizabethtown win came in game three only to lead into another tightly contested game. This time around E-town not only was able to post a 25-14 game three victory they outlasted the Cedars for a match sealing 29-27 game four win as well.

Chhay paced the attack with 32 assists. Luke Rebman enjoyed his share of those assists to finish with 12 kills. Arendt tallied four aces and five blocks while Shuck rounded out the team leaders with 17 digs.

Five other Elizabethtown teams saw their 2017 season kickoff in the same fashion as the volleyball team. The softball, boys' tennis, boys track and both boys' and girls' lacrosse teams all dropped their season openers kicking off the new campaign 0-1.

TENNIS

The tennis team was the earliest of the bunch to take the hit, falling to Hempfield by a 7-0 count on March 20th. The Bears rebounded nicely with a 7-0 victory over Penn Manor on the 23rd. Dean McBride, Ethan Lown and Logan Hoover led the way with each player taking part in two wins on the day. McBride topped Petros Karpouzis in singles play after teaming with Lucas Overmoyer in a number one doubles win. Hoover and Lown teamed up in a number two doubles victory before Hoover moved on to top Nick Bernard and Lown to top Toby Singer in singles play. That left Conner Babinchak picking up the final singles win and the pair of Joshua Dullinger and James Overmoyer claiming the final doubles win.

One day later the Bears found themselves on the wrong side of another final, taking a 6-1 loss from Lampeter-Strasburg. Benjamin Erickson and Robert Smith posted the lone E-town victory, topping Cameron Keeler and Josh Beiler in number three doubles.

Elizabethtown needed to wait until the 29th for redemption but the Bears would get it with a 6-1 victory over Garden Spot. E-town picked up three wins on both sides of play with Babinchak, Lown and McBride posting wins in singles action. McBride and Lown teamed up for a win in number two doubles while Babinchak joined up with Lucas Overmoyer for a number one doubles victory. Erickson and Smith picked up their second straight number three doubles win, taking out Bowman and Stonek.

The roller coaster ride of a season continued on the 30th with a 4-1 loss to Cedar Crest. Erickson and Smith made it three in a row by taking out Knapp and Brightbill in number two doubles.

LACROSSE

Saturday March 25th was opening day for both the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams. The boy's club hosted West Chester East, falling 18-8 to the Vikings from the Ches-Mont League. Nathan Bashore and Cole Baker paced the offense with Bashore finishing with three goals and one assist while Baker tallied two goals and two assists. Adam Weissend, Isaiah Shickley and Cole Gingrich finished up the scoring with a combined three goals and three assists. David Rich turned away 15 shots in the loss.

The Bears were able to get on the right side of things two days later with a 16-9 win over Central Dauphin. Shickley spearheaded the attack, accounting for half of the Bear's offense with seven goals and two assists. Gingrich tacked on a hat trick while Bashore and Baker collected two scores each. Baker matched Shickley's two assists but both were well short of Charles Alessi's team leading tally. Alessi added one goal to his seven assists while Matt Pottgeiser rounded out the attack with one goal and one assist. Rich turned away 16 shots in goal to get the win.

Elizabethtown improved to 2-1 on March 29th with a narrow 7-6 win over the Lancaster Country Day and Lancaster Catholic combo team. Only three players scored for E-town with Shickley topping the list with three scores. Baker and Alessi picked up two each while the trio combined for four assists. Rich tallied another 12 saves to secure the one goal victory.

The Lady Bear lacrosse team also suffered a season opening setback, falling to Exeter by a 17-5 final on March 25th. Aba Aggrey tallied four of the five scores with Jaide Epler tacking on the fifth. Cyrose Conteh managed one assist.

E-town dropped to 0-2 a few days later with an 18-15 loss to Central Dauphin. Aggrey tallied another four goals while Epler and Kimmy Bucher finished with three scores apiece. Conteh and Kate Weissend rounded out the multi goal club with two scores each while Hannah Mink picked up the final E-town score. Kelsey Greiner and Corrie Baker split time in goal, finishing with six total saves.

A 16-3 final against Lancaster Country Day and Lancaster Catholic on the 29th dropped the Lady Bears to 0-3. Aggrey, Conteh and Weissend split the goal scoring while Greiner collected 10 saves.

BASEBALL

The baseball team is lagging behind their Elizabethtown counterparts, having completed just one game so far this season. In that game the Bears managed to slip by Lebanon 3-2. Chad Caley picked up the win, tallying seven strikeouts and no walks in the complete game two-hitter.

The Bears nearly completed a second game but darkness stymied their March 29th tilt with Manheim Central. The two clubs were knotted at 1-1 in the eighth inning when the game was called. Action is scheduled to resume on May 9th.

TRACK

The track and field team had clubs fall on both sides of the fence in their March 27th season opener. The boys team fell to Lebanon by a 117-33 count while the Lady Bears posted a 128-22 victory.

The boys posted two wins, a 4:41.9 from Christopher Scharf in the 1600m and a 10:45.1 from Charles Scharf in the 3200m.

The girls collected more event wins, taking 16 of the 18 events. The Lady Bears swept all three relays, winning the 400m relay in 54.1, the 1600m relay in 4:35.9 and the 3200m relay in 12:06.5. E-town continued their domination on the track with three different athletes taking the three sprints. Jessica Robinson claimed the 100m, Rachel Wood the 200m and Kristen McEvoy the 400m.

Katelyn Locker posted a double with wins in the both the 800m (2:30.6) and the 1600m (5:43). Alicia Underkoffler also pulled off a double, winning the 100H and the 300 H while Cat Shontz claimed the final victory on the track with a 12:38 in the 3200m.

Kara Bachert posted the only double win day in the field, taking the long jump and the triple jump. Emily Reiner claimed the lone victory in the throws with a heave of 98' in the discus, and Megan Rider and Ryleigh Edmonds finished out the win by taking the high jump and pole vault.

The two squads kicked off April with a trip to Cumberland Valley to take part in the 16th Bruce Dallas Invitational. The Lady Bears enjoyed seven top 10 finishes while the boy's side posted three. Cat Shontz posted the top finish for Elizabethtown, taking third in the 1600m with a time of 5:32.68. Christopher Scharf checked in next with a fifth-place time of 4:38.37 in the boy's 1600m. Charles Scharf added a 10th place finish in the 3200m with Derek Heisey taking the same spot in the 300H.

Shontz was the only Lady Bear to post a finish high enough to earn team points but E-town still managed six other top ten finishes. Alexis Gontz, Underkoffler, Robinson and McEvoy claimed one of those six with a 4:34.9 in the 1600m relay. The Lady Bears added a 10th place finish in the 400m relay thanks to the work of Robinson, Wood, Amber Bostdorf and Beth Barge. Underkoffler finished things off on the track with a ninth-place time of 50.96 in the 300H.

Rider and Bachert shared ninth place in the high jump with eight other competitors while Audrey Schlosser enjoyed 10th place in the pole vault along with three other athletes.

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

What an ending Lady Bears bowler Olivia Farwell has written to her final season in Elizabethtown. The senior kegler ended a stellar regular season with a second-place finish at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships to kick start her crazy postseason run. Farwell followed that L-L silver with a title at the District 3 Championship on February 25th before adding another title to her collection on March 3rd at the Eastern PA Regional Championships. The crown jewel of her postseason came on March 17th when Farwell captured the girls title at the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships.

She secured one of the five spots in the step ladder finals by tallying 1290 pins in qualifying. Farwell averaged a 215 over the six qualifying games to rack up 1290 pins, highest among the 24 female bowlers. Her efforts were aided by pair of 247 games that checked in as the second highest single game scores in the girl's competition.

Her qualifying efforts earned Farwell a bye into the championship match. She waited as three rounds unfolded to revel her opponent, Armstrong's Olivia Emmonds. The wait did not affect Farwell as she rolled by Emmonds 230-170 to become the 2017 PA State Girls Singles Champion.

Farwell was back at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata one day later to compete in the team competition. The Lady Bears finished the qualifying round with a respectable score of 3698 but on this day, that was good enough for just seventh place in the 12-team championship. Farwell led E-town's efforts by tallying a 606 series, the ninth best score in qualifying. Nikki Lee used a 244 game two coupled with a 175 and 167 to check in with a 586. Bryanna Young started well with a 217 opening game but cooled from there to finish with a 144-167 combo and a 528 series. Elizabeth Vuxta remained consistence over her three games, rolling a 172-176-167 to finish with a 515 series. Katelyn Garmen finished up the Lady Bear five with a 466 series, picking up pace to finish 168-161 after an opening game 137.

The Bears have one more competition left in their season as they will compete in Nationals in Tennessee, June 22-25.

Elizabethtown's indoor track team sent one participant to the 19th New Balance Indoor Championships held at the Amory in New York City on March 10th - 12th. That one participant was Katie Locker who earned one of 30 spots in the Girls Freshman Mile Championship Race. Locker finished 12th out of the 29 runners that competed, posting a 5:13.56 which is a few seconds off her personal best set a few weeks back at the PA State Indoor meet.

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

What an ending Lady Bears bowler Olivia Farwell has written to her final season in Elizabethtown. The senior kegler ended a stellar regular season with a second-place finish at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships to kick start her crazy postseason run. Farwell followed that L-L silver with a title at the District 3 Championship on February 25th before adding another title to her collection on March 3rd at the Eastern PA Regional Championships. The crown jewel of her postseason came on March 17th when Farwell captured the girls title at the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships.

She secured one of the five spots in the step ladder finals by tallying 1290 pins in qualifying. Farwell averaged a 215 over the six qualifying games to rack up 1290 pins, highest among the 24 female bowlers. Her efforts were aided by pair of 247 games that checked in as the second highest single game scores in the girl's competition.

Her qualifying efforts earned Farwell a bye into the championship match. She waited as three rounds unfolded to revel her opponent, Armstrong's Olivia Emmonds. The wait did not affect Farwell as she rolled by Emmonds 230-170 to become the 2017 PA State Girls Singles Champion.

Farwell was back at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata one day later to compete in the team competition. The Lady Bears finished the qualifying round with a respectable score of 3698 but on this day, that was good enough for just seventh place in the 12-team championship. Farwell led E-town's efforts by tallying a 606 series, the ninth best score in qualifying. Nikki Lee used a 244 game two coupled with a 175 and 167 to check in with a 586. Bryanna Young started well with a 217 opening game but cooled from there to finish with a 144-167 combo and a 528 series. Elizabeth Vuxta remained consistence over her three games, rolling a 172-176-167 to finish with a 515 series. Katelyn Garmen finished up the Lady Bear five with a 466 series, picking up pace to finish 168-161 after an opening game 137.

The Bears have one more competition left in their season as they will compete in Nationals in Tennessee, June 22-25.

Elizabethtown's indoor track team sent one participant to the 19th New Balance Indoor Championships held at the Amory in New York City on March 10th - 12th. That one participant was Katie Locker who earned one of 30 spots in the Girls Freshman Mile Championship Race. Locker finished 12th out of the 29 runners that competed, posting a 5:13.56 which is a few seconds off her personal best set a few weeks back at the PA State Indoor meet.

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Farwell Earns District 3 Crown February 27, 2017

The Elizabethtown girl's bowling team is on quite a roll. For the second straight year, the Lady Bears have the District 3 girls champion. Olivia Farwell claimed the top spot in this year's battle one year after finishing second to teammate Kayla Halbleib in last year's district battle. Farwell's 214-192 win over Cedar Crest's Allison Hresko in the championship match also provided some revenge for Farwell's L-L League loss to Hresko last week. Farwell earned her shot at redemption over Hresko by topping teammate Bryanna Young, 298-178, in the quarterfinals and Muhlenberg's Sydne Blankenbiller, 279-214, in the semifinals.

Farwell earned her place in the six-person championship field with a third-place showing in the qualifying round. Farwell averaged a 208.8 over her six qualifying games, finishing with 1253 and missing out on a first round bye by a mere four pins. Those byes instead went to Farwell's semifinal and final's opponents. That plus Young's sixth place qualifying finish setup the all E-town quarterfinal. Young earned her spot in the finals tournament with an 1158 through her six qualifying games, four pins better than Conestoga Valley's Andrea Gribble.

Katelyn Garmen posted an 18-place finish in her first District 3 Championship. Despite missing the top six by 12 places the Lady Bear sophomore was just 76 pins short of Young's tally, finishing with a respectable six game tally of 1082.

SWIMMING

Elizabethtown's freshman diver, Kierstan Lentz, earned a trip to Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium on March 17th for the PIAA Championships. Lentz punched that PIAA ticket with a fifth place showing at the District 3-3A Diving Championship. Lentz's fifth place showing went down on February 25th at Wilson High School's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium. She topped Hershey's Quincy Blubaugh by a meager 0.70 points to secure the final PIAA berth.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team participated in their own district championships on February 24th and 25th but their time in Hershey was short-lived as the four Bear grapplers combined for a 1-8 mark. Justin Shelly earned the lone victory of the weekend but even that came after an opening round loss to Conestoga Valley's Jordan Hartranft. Shelly's 11-7 win over Nick Tewell of Mechanicsburg in the consolation bracket extended his 132 pound stay one match longer. Chambersburg's Cole Grove, the eventual fifth place finisher, proved to be too much for Shelly, posting a pinfall victory just after the start of the second period.

The three remaining Bear grapplers all finished 0-2 at the Giant Center. Connor Gill had his 220 title hopes ended by the eventual winner, Francis Duggan of Cedar Cliff, in the opening round. Oley Valley's Daymond Zweizig made it back-to-back pinfall losses for Gill in their consolation bout.

Blake Andrews also had his season end with back-to-back pinfall losses. He fell to the eventual bronze medalist at 195, Jake Koser of Northern York, in the opening round before losing to Governor Mifflin's Josh Liptock.

Luke Snyder's two losses came in the 113 bracket and were to Hunter Gregoris of Big Spring and Cumberland Valley's Ben Monn.

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Bears Qualify Four to District 3-3A Tourney February 20, 2017

As the calendar moves deeper into February the Elizabethtown wrestling team moves deeper into the postseason. What started with the L-L championship tournament two weekends ago moved on to the first round of the District 3-3A championship, the sectional round. E-town was sent to Hempfield where they battled against grapplers from Central Dauphin, Donegal, Hershey, McCaskey, Lampeter-Strasburg, Lower Dauphin, Manheim Central, Milton Hershey, Palmyra, Penn Manor, Solanco, Warwick and the host Black Knights, for one of the coveted top four spots that clinched a trip to Hershey.

The Bears had 11 wrestlers active at Hempfield, four were able to perform well enough to clinch that ticket to Hershey for the District 3-3A Championships on February 23rd, 24th and 25th. Luke Snyder claimed E-town's top finish, a second place showing at 113 pounds. Snyder used a round of 16 bye to setup a quarterfinal victory over Donegal's Dylan Bowers. Snyder needed just over three minutes longer to earn his second pinfall win, topping Palmyra's Matt Carroll in the semifinal. Snyder picked up the silver medal thanks to an 8-4 loss to Manheim Central's Malcom Schuyler in the finals.

Justin Shelly dropped just one match on the day, but that semifinal defeat to eventual gold medalist Andrew Wert (Central Dauphin) left the E-town senior fighting for third place. Shelly won that bronze medal fight by taking out Solanco's Joey Vandegriff and Manheim Township's Colby Kenderdine in the consolation bracket. Shelly opened his run with wins over Hempfield's David Alies and Manheim Central's Haydn Shreiner setting up the loss to Wert.

Elizabethtown's two other qualifiers for the district tournament came at 195 and 220. Blake Andrews claimed the 195-pound bid, going 2-2 on his way to fourth place. A round of 16 bye gave way to a 6-1 quarterfinal win over Hershey's Aidan Donahue. Donegal's Keegan McCord dealt Andrews his first loss on his way to the gold medal. Andrews rebounded with an 11-4 win over Milton Hershey's Dylan Byrd but dropped his final bout against Elliot Martin of Manheim Central. The loss to Martin gave the Baron the bronze and fourth place to Andrews.

Connor Gill picked up the second fourth place finish, going 3-2 in the 220-pound bracket. Gill's championship hopes were also squashed by a loss to the eventual champion, only Gill's loss occurred in the quarterfinals. The 2-1 loss to Warwick's Evan Clark was precluded by a 6-4 win over Lampeter-Strasburg's Tyler Phenegar. Gill rebounded from the Clark setback by posting wins over McCaskey's Hipolito Soriano and Kaleb Tucker of Solanco. Gill's bronze medal hopes came to an end with a default loss to Milton Hershey's Justin Lacadre.

Ethan Carl was the first of two Bears to enjoy a podium finish but miss out on a District 3 berth. Carl picked up a sixth-place finish at 106 despite not suffering his first loss until the semifinals. He opened with wins over Hershey's Clay Breidenstine and Palmyra's Grant Whitney to earn his spot in the semifinals. A loss to eventual silver medalist Jacob Vale of Lower Dauphin sent Car into the consolation bracket. He wasn't able to correct his course, dropping matches to Owen Rohrer (Penn Manor) and Jesse Thomas (Donegal) to finish sixth.

Charles Alessi suffered a similar fate at 152. The senior opened with a 3-1 win over Manheim Central's Connor Miller but dropped three straight from there to slide into sixth place. Those losses were to Warwick's Luke Hirtzel, Hershey's Ryan Shultz and Penn Manor's Tom Aston.

Three other E-town wrestlers earned one victory during their time at Hempfield. All three of the Bears opened their day with a win but the two straight losses that came after ended the season's for Javan Thomas, Cameron Olson and Scott Fox. Thomas opened with a round of 16 pinfall win over Penn Manor's Zach Gager but finished with back-to-back losses to Casious Brown (Milton Hershey) and Billy Maeda (Solanco). Olson's win over Devan Lamb of Hershey gave way to pinfall losses to Tyler Walters of Lower Dauphin and Ryan Kreider of Manheim Central. Fox finished out the 1-2 trio with losses to Manheim Township's Carter Hasson and Donegal's Kyle Bixler after posting a 16-1 tech fall win over Palmyra's Sean Cleveland.

Elizabethtown's three remaining wrestlers', Hunter Spigelmyer, David Rich and Cole Rice were unable to find their way out of the round of 16. Spigelmyer fell to Solanco's Tucker Pierson at 160, Rich to Solanco's Nick Yannutz at 182 and Rice to Penn Manor's Nick Baker at 138.

Regardless of how Elizabethtown's season ending showdown with Cedar Crest played out the Bear bowling team was guaranteed a place in the Lancaster Lebanon League team championships. However, the win over of the Falcons on February 10th gave E-town the Section Two title and a L-L quarterfinal match-up with Section Three runner-up Manheim Central. Elizabethtown prevailed in that quarterfinal tilt, posting wins of 837-730 and 839-821 to advance to the semifinals. The semifinals proved to be too difficult for E-town despite kicking off their match-up against Warwick with an 821-771 victory. The Bears saw their team title hopes dashed with a 2-1 loss to the Warriors. Warwick rebounded from that game one loss with wins of 822-785 and 807-751 to dispatch Elizabethtown on their way to a second-place finish.

The Bears returned to action on Thursday and Friday for the singles portion of the Lancaster Lebanon League Championships. The boys headed to Clearview Lanes on the 16th where all four Elizabethtown bowlers finished in the top 75 but none was able to crack the top 38 needed to advance out of the opening round. Patrick Hoffmaster earned Elizabethtown's top finish, his five-game series of 861 good enough for 62nd place. Connor Murphy checked in five places behind his teammate with an 823 series. Bradley Ruth saw his five-game pin count finish just over the 800 mark while Logan Hoover saw his finish just under. Ruth closed out his day with an 803 while Hoover finished with a 796, good enough for 71st and 75th in the 94-person field.

The girls spent Friday the 17th at Dutch Lanes for the girl's portion of the L-L Championships. The Lady Bears saw half of their six-person team make the cut into the second round. That trio was led by Olivia Farwell who finished with the top pin count in the opening round, posting five straight games over 200 on her way to a 1280. Katelynn Garmen checked in with the seventh best first round pin count, her 1016 counting as the final girls score to crack four digits. Bryanna Young started slow with an opening game of 137 but she picked it up from there to finish with an 887, good enough for 13th after five games.

Farwell kept her perch atop the girls' standings by finishing the second round with a combined pin count of 2113, 138 more than the second-place bowler. Garmen upped her pin count to 1779 and Young to 1580 but they remained situated in 7th and 13th place respectively after the second round. That left just Farwell advancing into the step-ladder finals. Farwell's two round pin count gave her an automatic bid into the finals. She waited while Cedar Crest's Allison Hresko and Paige Boyd, Solanco's Randi Rambo and Warwick's Ashley Sham battled for the second seat in the finals. Hresko eventually won that seat and the L-L title after posting a 186-178 edge in the finals against Farwell.

The three remaining Lady Bears all finished within 11 pins of each other to claim 29th, 30th and 31st out of the 55 girls competing. Nikki Lee claimed 29th place with a five-game tally of 754 while Madelyn Nagel's 745 put her in 30th. Elizabeth Vuxta finished up the Lady Bear run with the 31st best pin count of 743.

DIVING

The post season in the water kicks off a week earlier this year for Elizabethtown. Kierstan Lentz will take part in the District 3-3AAA Diving Championships at Wilson High School on February 25th. The freshman diver qualified for an at large bid, hitting the necessary scores just two meets into the season. Along the way she managed to break a school record with an 11-dive tally of 363.40.

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E-town Boys Top Donegal In Season Finale February 13, 2017

Every high school basketball team in Pennsylvania would like nothing more than to finish their season with a victory in their final game. The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team did just that on February 7th with a thrilling 74-67 win over Section Two foe Donegal.

Larry Locker led the way by scoring nine of his team high 23 points in the final frame but it was junior Cole Baker that ignited the rally that led to the win. Baker, a reserve not known for his offensive output, drilled a three ball late in the third quarter for his first points of the game. The made bucket helped E-town post a 15-12 edge in the frame and flipped momentum to the home team.

Baker continued his magical stretch by nailing another long ball plus two standard issue field goals during Elizabethtown's 24-18 march through the final frame. Baker's seven fourth quarter points coupled with Locker's nine, Ryan Parise's four as well as two points apiece from Micah Garber and Amos Killie, enabled the Bears to create enough separation to collect a seven-point victory. Parise collected 15 points through the first three quarters to finish with 19 while Avery Walker led Donegal with a game high 24 points.

With the season ending win the Bears finish their 2016-2017 campaign with a 5-17 overall mark and a 4-10 record in L-L play.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Bear hoopsters had an infinitely more difficult task in their attempt to collect a season ending victory. Elizabethtown traveled to Section One leading Cedar Crest, who just happen to be the only undefeated basketball team in all of District 3, boys or girls.

The Lady Falcons took control of the game early, limiting Elizabethtown to two first quarter points and just seven in the opening half. On the other end of the floor the Lady Bears were having trouble slowing Cedar Crest down, leading to a 34-7 score at intermission. The second half played out more favorably for E-town as they outscored Cedar Crest 20-19. Unfortunately, the damage had been done and the deficit too large to overcome, leading to a 53-27 season ending loss.

Bri Polities was the lone Lady Bear in double figures, collecting 12 of Elizabethtown's 27 points. Sydney Pierson (seven points), Amber Orban (five points), Samantha Stackhouse (two points) and Julia Raybold (one point) finished E-town's offensive output.

With losses in 11 of their final 13 games the Lady Bears finish the season 8-14 overall and 3-11 in Section One play.

BOWLING

Last week also brought an end to the bowling team's regular season with a season ending showdown against Cedar Crest. The stakes were high as the winner would claim the Section Two crown as well as a berth in the L-L Team Championships set to take place on February 14th.

The Bears were up to the challenge, posting a 5-2 win to capture the Section Two title.

"Let me say what a quality program Cedar Crest Bowling is, and they gave us everything in the final game," said head coach Frank Telenko. "My kids saved their best bowling for when it mattered the most. I could not be more proud of them. It was an electric atmosphere."

The bowling that Telenko was referring to was all five scoring games above 200 for his Bears to just three such games for the Falcons. Bryanna Young closed out her 647 series with a team high 268 game while Olivia Farwell finished her match high 758 series with a 258. Logan Hoover checked in with a 245 game, capping his 650 series while Patrick Hoffmaster wrapped up his 615 series with a 222 game. Katelyn Garman slotted into the fifth and final scoring spot for E-town, bowling a 201 in her only action on the day. Devon Brooks filled Garman's final slot in the opening two games, posting a 149 and 176.

The season ending victory put Elizabethtown's Section Two mark at 70-21, one game better than Cedar Crest. The 70-21 mark is also the fourth best record in all of the Lancaster-Lebanon League behind only Cocalico (82-9), Warwick (72-19), Northern Lebanon (71-20) and tied with Manheim Central.

RIFLE

Elizabethtown's rifle team closed out their regular season last week with a 497-496 loss to Garden Spot on Tuesday followed with a 494-483 win over Wilson on Friday.

The week's split left E-town sporting the same 10-2 mark as Ephrata, putting both squads atop the L-L standings. With the two teams splitting their head-to-head meetings this year the league crown was awarded based on tiebreaking criteria. That criteria favored Elizabethtown, making the Bears the 2016-2017 champs.

All of the regular season work put Matthew Risbon, Braydon Shuck and Caleb Flores on the L-L All-Star it was Risbon taking the top spot based on more tiebreaking criteria. That same criteria shuffled Shuck, an L-L All-Star last season, down to third while Potts was able to hold onto the second spot. Flores and his 99.3 average checked in just behind Shuck in fourth.

The regular season success carried over to the postseason for Flores and Risbon. The pair posted top 10 finishes at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Individual Championships held at Conestoga Valley on February 11.

Flores finished the two-round championship with a 199 and no centers, putting him in a fourth-place tie with Ephrata's Potts. Risbon and Elizabethtown's other top ten finisher, Madison Garner, had matching scores of 198 and one center to settle into a sixth-place tie with each other. Gage Schatz narrowly missed the top 10, finishing in a four-way tie for 14th thanks to a 196 and two center score. Shuck posted four center shots during his two rounds, more than any other shooter but his 195 left him 23rd out of the 42-person field. Mackenzie Smith was the final Bear to take part in the championship event, her 194 with one center putting her in a tie for 33rd along with Sam Lorenz and Wayne King of Conestoga Valley.

E-town's second loss of the regular season was to Garden Spot and came down the fifth scorer. Both sides posted 100, 100, 100, 99 top four shooters but the Spartans were able to count a 98 as their fifth score while the Bears had Garner's 97 as a counter. Risbon, Shuck and Smith enjoyed the 100 scores while Flores claimed the 99.

The Bears shook off the setback to close out the season with a convincing 494-483 win over Wilson on the 10th. For the first time all season Elizabethtown did not post at least one perfect score, instead Flores, Risbon, Garner and Shuck gunned 99s while David Buckwalter posted the 98.

SWIMMING

The Elizabethtown swimming teams were in full on postseason mode with their only action coming in the form of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship meets. The Lady Bears kicked things off on Thursday, February 9th with a sixth-place finish at the Lititz Rec Center. The boys followed one day later with a ninth place showing.

"The team left everything they had in the water and it showed with the time drops," said head coach Zach McElheny. "The girls and guys were excited to get medals and stand on the podium to be recognized."

The medals and podium recognition he was referencing came in the form of the seven top eight finishes by the Bears, each one improving either seeded time or place, and sometimes both. Five of the seven finishes came from the Lady Bears starting with a fifth-place finish in the 200-medley relay. Kaitlyn Welch, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael and Abbi Dehmey clocked a 1:56.21, trimming nearly four seconds off their seed time. The quartet pulled off a similar feat in the 200-freestyle relay, taking six seconds off their previous best time to claim fourth.

Rachael earned two of the remaining three finishes. The first came as a result of her 24.97 in the 50 freestyle, good enough for fifth place, while the second was in the 100 freestyle where her 54.32 was the fourth quickest time.

Welch nabbed a sixth in the 100 butterfly with a 1:03.84.

The boy's 200 medley relay team made the jump from not seeded to seventh place thanks to the 1:47.56 put together by Frank Arendt, Austin Readinger, Daniel Mueser and Matt Heisey. Mueser also posted a 54.12 in the 100 butterfly, good enough for fifth place.

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Bears Take 10-of-14 Bouts in Win Over Donegal February 6, 2017

With only a bit over seven miles separating the two schools you don't need a catchy name to let you know that it is a rivalry game when Elizabethtown and Donegal face off. This year's wrestling match-up picked up a bit more intensity when it was pushed back one day from its original date of January 31st.

For the Bears the one day wait made little difference, they ripped through the Indians by winning 10 of 14 weight classes on their way to a 48-19 victory. The Bears picked up two easy forfeits, Luke Snyder at 113 and Noah Myers at 195, to help the cause. Of course, E-town did give six of those points back when they forfeited the 120-pound match. Decisions by Connor Gill at 285 and Ethan Carl at 106 coupled with Snyder's easy win at 113 gave the Bears a 12-0 cushion. That lead was needed as the forfeit at 120 combined with a pinfall loss at 126 knotted the contest at 12-12.

Elizabethtown took over from there, winning seven of the final nine bouts including four straight starting with Justin Shelly's win at 132. Cole Rice and Javan Thomas followed with pinfall wins of their own at 138 and 145 respectively while Charles Alessi wrapped up the spurt with a 5-3 win at 152. The third of Donegal's four wins came at 160 and made it 33-16 but any thoughts of a comeback ended with Scott Fox's second period pinfall win at 170. That gave the Bears an insurmountable 39-16 lead.

Elizabethtown claimed two of the final three matches with Blake Andrews grabbing a 6-0 win at 182. The Myers forfeit win at 195 set E-town's final at 48 while the Indians picked up their final team points with a win at 220.

The reason for the Elizabethtown-Donegal delay, the Bears entry into the District 3-3A team tournament. That sent them to Central Dauphin High School to battle the top seeded Rams in the opening round. The result was not what the E-town had hoped, Central Dauphin claimed 11 of the 14 weight classes on their way to a 59-9 victory.

Andrews earned the first of Elizabethtown's three wins, kicking off the match with a 6-3 victory at 195. It was only four weight classes later when Elizabethtown picked up their second win of the night, Snyder's 7-6 decision at 113, but two of Central Dauphin's three wins earned bonus points, giving the Rams a 13-6 lead after five matches. CD ripped off wins in the next seven weight classes to increase their lead to 53-6 with only two matches remaining. Fox earned Elizabethtown's third and final win of the night, a 4-0 final at 170.

The Bears hit the mat one more time last week, traveling to Wrightsville on Saturday to take part in the Martin Kondor Memorial Dual Tournament. E-town had four wins in as many matches, to take the team title in an event that honors a former Eastern York student who was killed in action while serving in the US Army. Elizabethtown topped the host Eastern 46-22 and Harrisburg 46-27. Their 51-18 victory over second place Halifax and their 72-12 thrashing of York Tech made it four convincing wins for the day.

SWIMMING

The swimming teams hit the pool just once last week for their season finale on January 31st. The result was a split with the boys topping Lancaster Catholic 94-76 while the girls dropped their tilt, 98-72. "Catholic was a very fun meet. They had their senior night so there was lots of excitement and energy in the Natatorium," said head coach Zach McElheny. "This was the first time in my four years of coaching to have a team beat Lancaster Catholic."

Frank Arendt and Daniel Mueser combined for four of the Bears five individual event wins as well as taking part in two victorious relays. Arendt, Mueser, Austin Readinger and Matthew Heisey opened the meet with a 1:50.50 to take the 200-medley relay while Mueser, Arendt, Stuart Readinger and Kent Taylor closed out the meet with a 3:38.83 in the 400-freestyle relay. In between Mueser captured the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly while Arendt took the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Taylor nabbed the final individual win for E-town, finishing the 200 freestyle in 2:07.03.

The Lady Bears earned six event wins against the Lady Crusaders, starting with a victory in the 200-medley relay but it was not enough to pull out the win. Kaitlyn Welch, Lexi Fink, Camille Donahue and Abbi Dehmey teamed up to win the 200-medley relay. Fink, Donahue and Welch all managed one solo win while Oliviah Rachael earned the final two E-town victories. Rachael earned her two wins in the 50 and the 100 freestyle. Welch took the 100-butterfly with Donahue doing her work in the 100 backstroke and Fink in the 100-breaststroke.

RIFLE

It took seven weeks of an eight-week season but the Elizabethtown rifle team finally suffered their first loss. It went down in Ephrata on January 31st.

"They shot a very good score and we shot just an average score," said head coach Dave Reinfried. "It happens."

The very good score posted by the Mountaineers, 498, topped Elizabethtown by two. E-town's 496 would have given the Bears a win in any of their other completed matches. Elizabethtown was able to hang with Ephrata at the top, finishing with Madison Garner and Braydon Shuck countering two of Ephrata's three 100 point shooters. The Mountaineers picked up one point with that third perfect shooter because E-town's counter was one of the 99s posted by Caleb Flores and Matthew Risbon. Ephrata closed out their top five with a pair of 99s but the Bears had to count Mackenzie Smith's 98 to close things out. That allowed the Mountaineers to pick up one last point.

E-town rebounded nicely two nights later with a 497-495 victory over Manheim Central. "Thursday night's match was awesome," Reinfried said. "We had two 100s and three 99s and had like three more 99s to back that up. I think our low score for the night was 98. That is a good solid team score."

Those good scores belonged to Gage Schatz and Shuck, who collected the 100s Reinfried mentioned. Daniel Bert, Gavin Orth and Risbon rounded out the scoring five with matching 99s.

At 9-1 the Bears sit atop the L-L standings with just two regular season matches remaining.

BOWLING

The E-town bowling team enjoyed a perfect week, cranking up the stakes in their season ending showdown with Cedar Crest. With the 19-2 week, the Bears improve to 65-19 in league play, two games and one spot behind the first-place Falcons in the Section Two standings.

Elizabethtown opened the week on Monday with a 7-0 win over Lebanon. E-town had only three bowlers that rolled all three games. Olivia Farwell took team high honors but her 684 left her one pin shy of match high honors claimed by Lebanon's Zach Trimmer. Devon Brooks and Bryanna Young checked in behind Farwell. Connor Murphy bowled two games while Elizabethtown finished out their scorers with single games from Patrick Hoffmaster, Logan Hoover, Elizabeth Vuxta and Katelyn Garman.

Elizabethtown picked up their eighth 7-0 win of the season on February 3rd, topping Hempfield. With the competition tighter, the Black Knights matched E-town's three 600+ series, the Bears went with four keglers counting in all three games. Farwell led the way with a stellar 729 while Hoover added his own stellar 683 series. Hempfield's three 600+ bowlers all slotted in behind Hoover and in front of Hoffmaster, who finished with a 627. Young finished with a 564 series. Vuxta and Brooks combined to count as Elizabethtown's final scorer. Vuxta rolled games one and two, posting scores of 222 and 148 before giving way to Brooks' 190.

In between the two 7-0 wins was Wednesday's 5-2 victory over McCaskey. Once again, the Bears only had three bowlers count in all three games. That trio was led by Young's 637. Farwell was just off that pace with a 631 series while Hoffmaster checked in with a 606. Vuxta and Brooks picked up two games each with Hoover completing Vuxta's series while Garman finished up Brooks' series.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Winning has not been as easy on the hardwood, the two Bear squads have combined for just 11 total wins. Seven of those victories belong to the Lady Bears but none of those seven came in the past week. Instead losses to Conestoga Valley and Hempfield put Elizabethtown at 7-14 overall and 3-10 Section One play.

The Lady Bears can take solace in knowing they pushed the third-place Lady Knights to overtime in their 57-49 loss on February 2nd. E-town forced overtime based on stellar first and third quarters where they outscored Hempfield by a combined 15 points. Of course, the Knights enjoyed an equal advantage in the second and fourth frames as well and an 11-3 edge in overtime that gave Hempfield the win. Amber Orban picked up nine of her game high 20 points from long range. Bri Polities added 13 points in the loss.

Tuesday's 45-39 loss to CV can be traced back to a dismal third quarter. In that frame the Lady Buckskins posted an 11-2 edge, putting what had been a deadlocked contest on the brink of blowout status. E-town responded with a 16-13 advantage in the fourth which kept the game from getting out of hand but did not prevent a six-point loss. Orban led the trio of E-town scorers with a game high 17 points. Pierson's 14 points and Polities' eight points accounted for the remaining offensive production.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

On the boy's side, losses to Garden Spot and Cocalico put E-town at 4-17 overall and 3-10 in Section Two games with only the season finale against Donegal remaining.

Much like the Lady Bears' loss to CV, the boy's loss against Garden Spot can be traced to one bad quarter. In this case, it was the second quarter where the Spartans put 13 points of separation between themselves and Elizabethtown. That turned a one point margin into a 14-point cushion. Spot tacked on another six points throughout the second half leading to the 60-40 final. Larry Locker scored 11 of his team high 15 points in the second half while Micah Garber did the bulk of his work in the first half where he scored eight of his 11 points.

Another troublesome second quarter, combined with some late game Cocalico heroics led to a 52-51 loss on Friday for the Bears. E-town held a slim 18-17 lead after the opening quarter only to see the Eagles post a 17-10 edge in the second frame. Cocalico used that cushion to hang around despite a strong E-town push that whittled the margin down to nothing as the closing seconds of the game ticked away. Those final seconds were crazy as Garber put Elizabethtown up 51-49 with roughly 10 seconds remaining only to see Cocalico race the length of the court, hit an off balance shot, draw a foul and sink the game winning free throw with three seconds remaining.

"They played really hard and played a pretty good game. It just wasn't enough to get the win", said head coach Rocky Parise. "You have to give the kid from Cocalico credit for stepping up and making a play." Locker finished with a game high 16 points with Garber the only other Bear in double figures with 11.

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Swim Teams Post Mixed Results, 3-2 in Section January 30, 2017

The results for the boys and girls swimming teams over the course of the 2016-2017 season have mostly been mirror results, losses to match losses and wins to match wins. That was not the case last week despite both sides posting one win and one loss. On Tuesday the boys were victorious over Ephrata by a 93-77 final while the girls fell to the Lady Mounts by a 90-80 count. Two days later the Lady Bears claimed victory over Conestoga Valley 103-65 while the boys' team fell by a nearly identical count of 105-64.

"Split for the week wasn't too bad," said head coach Zach McElheney. "Both the CV boys and Ephrata girls were very strong teams and we swam some of our best times of the year. I had hoped we would have pulled off wins in both meets."

The most impressive thing about the boy's week was the win over Ephrata despite winning only four events, just one more than in their 105-64 loss to CV. Against the Mounts it was Daniel Mueser and Frank Arendt leading the way. Mueser captured solo wins in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly while Arendt posted the fastest time in the 100 freestyle. The pair also teamed up with Austin Readinger and Nicholas Schmidt to kicked off the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay.

Arendt and Mueser were each involved in two of the three wins against CV. Mueser won the 100 butterfly and Arendt the 100 backstroke, before joining forces with Stuart Readinger and Adam Schultz to win the 400-free relay.

For the Lady Bears it was the usual cast of swimmers responsible for the bulk of the points in both the 90-80 loss to Ephrata and the 103-65 win over Conestoga Valley. Oliviah Rachael and Lexi Fink combined to account for eight individual wins and six of the twelve legs from three victorious relay teams. Camille Donahue and Kaitlyn Welch accounted for the remaining six relay legs with Welch adding three individual event wins for good measure. The quartet claimed the 200-medley relay in both meets, posting a 2:01.20 against Ephrata and a 2:01.49 against CV. They also capped the victory over Conestoga Valley by winning the 400-freestyle relay in 4:01.34.

Fink added doubles wins in the 100 breaststroke to a 200 IM win against the Lady Mountaineers and a 100-butterfly victory against CV. Rachael earned her four solo wins by sweeping both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Welch managed her own sweep in the 100-backstroke adding a 200-freestyle win against the Lady Buckskins to her week.

Both clubs find themselves with a 4-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Section Two action.

RIFLE

The rifle team took one more step in their march to perfection with a 497-493 win over Manheim Township last Tuesday. The Bears, averaging a 496 on the season, enjoyed two 100 shooters in Madison Garner and Gage Schatz while Caleb Flores, Matthew Risbon and Braydon Shuck just missed a perfect score, settling for 99s instead.

"That was a big one. I think Township is shooting better than anyone else, other than us," said head coach Dave Reinfried of the victory that moved his club to 8-0 on the season.

Despite the gaudy record Reinfried is attempting to keep his charges from getting ahead of themselves. "Let's do one match, let's do one target, let's do one shot. Don't get your picture too big, you have to stay focused on the task at hand," stated Reinfried. "Any team can shoot a really good score on any given day so we can't let our guard down, we have to keep pounding."

BOWLING

The bowling team took control of second place in the Section Two standings by topping the team they were battling against, Ephrata. The "Huge win!" according to head coach Frank Telenko moved the Bears to 46-17 in section matches while dropping the Mountaineers to 45-25.

"They bowled great the 2nd game to beat us, but I loved the way my kids fought back in the third game, which was really close, and pulled out the victory," said Telenko of the 4-3 final. "Teaching the kids HOW to win is a valuable lesson. They are learning and improving on a daily basis. We are not THERE yet, but we are getting there...one day, one match, one game, one frame at a time."

Logan Hoover posted E-town's top series, a 643 but it was Ephrata's Samantha Heindel who claimed top honors with a 653 series. Olivia Farwell and Bryanna Young checked in just five pins apart thanks to Farwell's 621 and Young's 616. Patrick Hoffmaster's 606 gave the Bears four bowlers over the 600 mark. Devon Brooks and Elizabeth Vuxta combined to roll E-town's final three games, posting a 514 series, with Brooks accounting for a 149 and 202 with Vuxta's 163 coming in the middle.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team hit the mat last Wednesday for one final tune-up prior to the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships. The result was a 49-20 victory over Ephrata with the Bears winning nine of 14 bouts.

Elizabethtown needed only 89 seconds to jump out to a 12-0 lead over Ephrata. David Rich and Connor Gill both posted falls with Gill needing just nine seconds to top Josiah Stoltzfus in the second bout at 285. The Mountaineers posted back-to-back wins at 106 and 113 to shrink the team score to 12-10.

Cameron Olson's major decision win at 120 combined with Justin Shelly's forfeit win at 132 allowed the Bears to maintain a lead despite Ephrata wins at 126 and 138.

One last trade of wins, a Javan Thomas decision at 145 and a Mountaineer victory at 152, put the match score at 25-20 in favor of E-town with four weight classes remaining. The Bears claimed all four of those matches, starting with Hunter Spigelmyer's pinfall win at 160. Scott Fox and Blake Andrews followed with pins of their own at 170 and 182. Noah Myers closed out the match by picking up the second of two forfeit wins.

The Bears opened the book on the 2016-2017 postseason with a trip to Garden Spot on Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th for the League Championships. They finished 12th in the team standings by placing six wrestlers on the medal stand.

Shelly and Fox claimed the top finishes, each earning a bronze medal. Shelly enjoyed the easier path to that bronze medal, going 4-1 in the 132-pound bracket. Shelly's lone loss came in the semifinals to eventual gold medalist Gabe Miller of Pequea Valley. He rebounded with a 3-2 win over Conestoga Valley's Jordan Hartranft and a second win over Annville-Cleona's Zach Renninger to secure the bronze.

Fox, courtesy of a quarterfinal loss, needed six total matches to medal. His third place clinching victory over Conestoga Valley's Josh MacNamara also counted as a revenge victory. MacNamara was responsible for the quarterfinal round loss that bounced Fox from the championship bracket. In between Fox toppled Hempfield's Alex Hudgins-Bowman, Cocalico's Nate Quinn and Northern Lebanon's Ethan Herb.

A quarterfinal loss also doomed Andrews's title hopes at 195 but the junior battled back to bring home a 5th place medal. Andrews collected three of his four wins in the consolation bracket. He ended the bronze medal quest for Manheim Township's Myles DeSha and ELCO's Quinten Weaver before Manheim Central's Elliot Martin did the same to Andrews in the consolation semifinals. Andrews picked up 5th place when his opponent, Daniel Marin of Hempfield was unable to continue.

Gill started strong in the 220-pound bracket, winning three of his first four matches but losses in his last two pushed him down to 6th place. Those wins came over Mark Jiminez of Annville-Cleona, Kyle Groff of Penn Manor and Tyler Phenegar of Lampeter-Strasburg. A loss to Solanco's Kaleb Tucker combined with two losses to Pequea Valley's Joe Coblentz gave Gill a 3-3 mark in the tournament and the 6th place medal.

Luke Snyder (113) and Spigelmyer (160) were responsible for the final two Elizabethtown medals with both grapplers capturing an 8th place finishes. Both wrestlers were pushed out of the championship bracket by losses to eventual bronze medalists. Lebanon's Jose Barrios for Snyder and Donegal's Tyler Snyder for Spigelmyer. Both dropped back-to-back matches to close out their weekend after victories in the second round of consolation action.

Seven other Bears also competed in the two-day event. Ethan Carl (106), Olson (120), Thomas (145) and Rich (182) all went 1-2. The remaining three wrestlers, Jason Range (126), Cole Rice (138) and Charles Alessi (152) ended their championship quest 0-2.

GIRLS'S BASKETBALL

A 1-1 week typically isn't cause for celebration but when that one victory snaps a nine-game losing streak, as Friday's 39-36 win over Penn Manor did, exceptions can be made. The three-point victory was also E-town's third Section One win, snapping a six-game section slide and leaving the Lady Bears 3-8 in the section and 7-12 overall.

Only four players scored for Elizabethtown but three of them reached double figures, led by Bri Polities and her game high 14 points. Amber Orban added 12 points with Sydney Pierson contributing 11 points. Alicia Underkoffler picked up the final two points in the win.

The final straw in the nine game slide came on January 24th with a 43-27 loss to Warwick. Once again only four Lady Bears managed to score but this time Orban was the lone player to reach double figures with 12 points. Pierson (seven points), Polities (six points) and Kirsten Mumma (two points) picked up the remaining E-town scoring.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boy's hoops team also snapped a losing streak. Their 64-60 overtime win over Solanco on Friday ended a four-game slide. Of course, not all streak snappers are created equal and this one leans more towards the dramatic side. E-town entered the final frame with a comfy 14-point cushion, thanks to their 18-4 run through the second quarter, only to see Solanco storm back and force overtime with a 31-17 edge in the fourth. The Bears regained their footing in the extra period to secure the four-point victory.

"I think we grew up a little bit and stepped up in overtime and made some plays," said head coach Rocky Parise. "We went out and won the game."

Elizabethtown missed out on having six double digit scorers by a mere three points as Ryan Parise, Eddie Myers and Larry Locker all finished with nine points. Cade Robinson led the team with 15 points while Dylan Sweger and Micah Garber finished with 10 points apiece. Adam Peifer accounted for the final two Elizabethtown points.

The final loss of that four-game losing streak was a 66-43 defeat to Manheim Central on the 24th.

"I think they are the best team in our whole league," stated Parise. "They have eight seniors that play. They have the experience. We won the first quarter but then we kind of lost focus on what we were trying to do and some shots didn't fall."

Parise's reference to the first quarter was a 14-13 edge for E-town. Unfortunately, Central ripped off a 35-12 run over the next two frames, leaving the Bears' 18-17 near miss in the fourth quarter doing little to the final margin. Peifer was the lone Bear to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points.

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