ET Hoop Teams Fall in State Playoffs March 15, 2019
With the calendar flipping through the days of March, any basketball fan will hear the phrase march madness used often. Typically, the reference is to the NCAA Men's and Women's Championship but this year it also applies to both the girl's and boys' teams at Elizabethtown and their participation in their respective PIAA-5A tournaments.
On the boy's side that meant a first-round match-up with the champion from District 6, Greater Johnstown on Friday March 8th at Central Cambria High School. The Bears landed the first blow with a 21-10 blitz through the opening frame but the Trojans answered back. That answer came in the form of a 15-4 second quarter run that erased E-town's 11-point lead and sent the teams into the break knotted at 25-25.
Johnstown maintained momentum through the third quarter, posting a 13-8 edge in the frame to put Elizabethtown in a five-point hole with only eight minutes remaining in the game. Larry Locker and Elijah Eberly combined to score nine of the Bear's 13 fourth quarter points while a defensive clampdown held the Trojans to just eight points. That five-point swing forced overtime with a deadlocked, 46-46, game. E-town's offense stalled out in the extra session, netting just six points allowing Johnstown to steal the game with a 10-point run through OT.
Locker led all scorers with 16 points, finishing with a boy's record 1268 for his career. Luke Pierson added 13 points and Eberly 11 points to give E-town a trio of double-digit scorers. Amos Kollie (six points), Ryan Parise (four points) and Dylan Sweger (two points) accounted for the remaining 12 points.
For the Lady Bears, their March madness resulted in a 66-23 loss to District 1 champion, Villa Maria Academy, on Saturday March 9th at Spring Ford High School. The Lady Hurricanes landed what proved to be the knockout blow with a 25-6 run through the opening quarter. E-town never recovered, leading to a halftime deficit of 32 points as Villa Maria continued their charge in the second quarter to the tune of 17-4.
The second half saw Elizabethtown keep things closer but Villa Maria was still able to post a 24-13 edge for the 66-23 final.
Marena Lonardi collected the final 17 points of her career, putting her tally at 1359, or seven more than 1993 grad Jen Williams. That moved Lonardi into first place on the school's all-time list. Sydney Pierson (four points) and Jade Love-Morris (two points) were the only other Lady Bears to score.
Azzalina Finishes 9th in District Swimming March 8, 2019
The saying goes that all good things come to an end and for the Elizabethtown swimming team that end was the District 3-3A Championship meet on March 1st and 2nd. The Bears sent three swimmers to Cumberland Valley High School for the championship meet with Ben Azzalina the lone member of the boy's team while Lexi Fink and Gabby Walsh represented the Lady Bears.
Azzalina and Fink participated in two events with Azzalina collecting the top E-town finish. The sophomore trimmed 0.86 seconds from his seeded 100 backstroke time by clocking a 54.89 that landed him just off the podium in ninth place. Azzalina was not able to replicate that feat in his other event, the 50 freestyle. His season best 21.95 had him seeded ninth when the proceedings kicked off but a 22.08 at the district meet saw him slide to 11th in the final standings.
Fink's double included work in the 200 IM as well as the 100 breaststroke where she finished 18th. Her time of 1:10.19 in the 100 breaststroke was a bit slower than her seeding time but she was able to move up one spot to 18th regardless. Fink improved both her time and her finish in the 200 IM, turning a 31st seed into a 28th place finish thanks to a time of 2:21.04 which was 0.63 seconds faster than her seeding time.
Walsh joined the fun by partaking in the 100 backstroke where she entered the competition with the 23rd fastest time, 1:02.03. She moved up four places in the final standing by turning in a 1:01.73 in the finals.
The boy's bowling team also closed out their 2018-2019 season with their participation in the Eastern PA Regional Championship on March 1st and 2nd. The Bears heptad combined for a team score of 3669, slotting them 26th in the team competition. Bradly Ruth and Patrick Hoffmaster were the only two Bears to compete in all three games with Ruth taking series high honors. The senior averaged 225 over his three-game run to post a 676 series. Hoffmaster settled on a 556 series after games of 189, 188 and 179. Ben Davis (166), Zach Deardorff (128) and Andrew Telenko (159) finished out game one while Davis (149), Telenko (148) and Daniel Eberle (194) claimed the final three spots in game two. Deardorff (173) stepped back into the starting lineup for game three with Eberle (193) and Gabe Berrier (110) joining him.
Hoffmaster also took part in the boy's single tournament, rolling his way to a 55th place finish. Only the top 12 in the 75-person field advanced to the stepladder finals and the senior Bear finished out his E-town career with games of 216, 211, 192, 199 and 198. That 1016 qualifying round score falling just 119 pins short of the finals.
For the Lady Bears, the hexad of Alaina Telenko, Elizabeth Vuxta, Eryn Moore, Abby Chaffins, Katelyn Garman and Hannah Griffie posted a qualifying score of 3705 in the team competition, good enough for fifth place and a spot in the stepladder finals. Once there they swept Muhlenberg, 2-0, in the quarterfinals with wins of 158-150 and 188-141 dropping them into the semifinals opposite Governor Mifflin. E-town needed all three games to topple the Lady Mustangs, rebounding for wins of 180-175 and 208-202 after a 181-176, opening game loss. The Lady Bears stumbled in the finals, falling to Shikellamy by a 2-0 count. The Lady Braves used wins of 177-143 and 149-132 to claim their third Eastern PA Regional title in the last four years. With the loss the Lady Bears missed out on their second championship, instead adding silver to the 2017 title that broke up Shikellamy's chance at a four-peat.
Garman paced the Lady Bears in the qualifying round with her three-game tally of 713 pushing her onto the Eastern PA Regional All-Star team. Chaffins posted games of 148, 215 and 173 for a 536 series while Moore and Vuxta finished seven pins apart. Moore used games of 136, 181 and 149 for a 466 series while Vuxta put her 459 series together with games of 139, 190 and 130. Telenko occupied the final spot in two of the three games with Griffie posting a 110 in the opening game. Telenko finished out the final spot with games of 159 and 190.
Five of those six Lady Bears also took part in the singles tournament where Garman brought home the top finish. The senior worked her way to 21st place with games of 194, 164, 206, 199 and 212 for a qualifying score of 975. Chaffins followed with a 46th place tally of 897 while Moore claimed 68th place thanks to her 844. Vuxta was the final Lady Bear to crack the 800-pin plateau with games of 183, 169, 154, 158 and 157 giving her an 821, good enough for 76th place. Griffie rounded out the E-town contingent, finishing 100th with games of 176, 147, 192, 127 and 176 for a 768 series.
Lady Bears Finish in Eighth Place in Districts March 1, 2019
Over the course of a high school basketball season, there is never a good time to be entwined in a three-game losing streak. However, just about any other time of the season is preferred over where the Elizabethtown girls' basketball team suffered their most recent three game slide of the season. That would be as the Lady Bears worked their way through the District 3-5A playoff bracket, starting with a 53-30 quarterfinal loss to Gettysburg on February 22nd.
The Lady Warriors took control of the game in the opening frame, outscoring E-town 15-7, to account for the bulk of their nine-point halftime lead. Elizabethtown did enjoy some success coming out of the break, posting a 10-8 edge in the third, making it a 34-27 affair heading into the final eight minutes. The Lady Bears struggled over those final eight minutes, managing just three points, while Gettysburg hit their stride with a 19-point outburst. The lopsided final frame pushed the final margin to 23 points and sent Elizabethtown to the consolation bracket.
Marena Lonardi drained four from long range on her way to a 20-point game which tied Gettysburg's Cheyenne Proctor for game high honors.
E-town's offensive funk carried over into the opening stanza of their consolation semifinal bout with Lower Dauphin on the 26th. That allowed the Lady Falcons to hold the Lady Bears scoreless in the first quarter, making it a 6-0 game after eight minutes. Elizabethtown was able to hang with LD over the final three quarters and actually held a 39-38 advantage. Unfortunately, the sluggish first quarter was too much for E-town to overcome leading to a 44-39 loss.
Lonardi dropped in another 20 points, inching her closer to the school's all-time career mark of 1352 set by 1993 grad Jen Williams. Lonardi needs just 33 more points to pass Williams and move into first place on that list.
Lonardi's scorching scoring streak continued in Elizabethtown's next game but the result was a loss to Spring Grove that sends the Lady Bears into the PIAA-5A tournament as the eighth seed. That will pit E-town opposite the District 1 champion, either Mount St. Joe or Villa Maria with that first round game taking place March 9th.
As for the tilt with Spring Grove, Elizabethtown actually controlled the opening half, taking a slim 27-25, lead into the break. After the half, the game flipped with the Lady Rockets ripping off a 19-4 run that covered the entire third quarter. The Lady Bears were able to regroup enough to post a 14-13 edge in the fourth but the damage had already been done. The 57-45 Spring Grove victory drops E-town to 16-10 as they enter PIAA play.
Lonardi netted a game high 22 with 10 points coming in the final frame while Sydney Pierson added 12 points in the loss. Lonardi's efforts trimmed her magic number down to 11 before she can claim the school's all-time scoring mark.
The bowling team took the next steps in their postseason journey which was a trip to ABC Lanes North in Harrisburg for the District 3 Championship. The Bears sent one member from the boy's side along with a full five-member squad for the Lady Bears.
Andrew Telenko represented the boys' squad, finishing 31st with a six-game tally of 1015. Telenko posted games of 206, 166, 179, 145, 182 and 137 leaving him 200+ pins shy of the finals cut.
Katelyn Garman and Abby Chaffins led the way for the girl's team with both bowlers breaking the 1000 pin plateau. Garman enjoyed the highest Bear finish, her six-game qualifying tally of 1076 slotting her 14th out of the 36 keglers. Chaffins bowled games of 163, 167, 161, 165, 173 and 200 to finish seven places and 27 pins behind Garman.
Alaina Telenko bowled games of 133, 150, 198, 208, 144 and 154 to finish 27th while Elizabeth Vuxta occupied 30th thanks to games of 170, 161, 158, 148, 167 and 155. Eryn Moore was the final Lady Bear to take part in the District 3 tournament, taking 36th with her six-game tally of 895.
One lucky Elizabethtown wrestler received a welcome surprise that his senior season would continue. That grappler was Cameron Olson who finished fourth at 120 pounds in the District 3-3A sectional round, missing the automatic berth in the district championship that comes with a top three finish. However, his season was issued a continuance when one of those three dropped out, sending Olson to Hershey on February 22nd and 23rd for the 2019 edition of the District 3 Championship.
Olson's season did come to a final official close with his 1-2 record in Hershey. The senior dropped out of the championship bracket with an opening round loss to Garden Spot's Garrett Gehr, falling by pinfall in the second period. Olson avoided a winless exit thanks to a 10-6 victory over York Suburban's Bryson Neidigh in his first consolation match but he was not as fortunate in his second consy match. That bout went to Lampeter-Strasburg's Arik Harnish by a 7-0 final, bringing Olson's season ending record to 30-15.
It was a one step forward, one step back week for the boys' basketball team starting with a 63-46 steamrolling of Garden Spot on February 25th. The 17-point consolation semifinal victory assured the Bears no worse than sixth place in this year's District 3-5A final rankings. Brody Beach led the way for E-town, collecting all of his points from behind the arc. The long-distance specialist connected on five of his eight three-points attempts to register a game high 15-points. Larry Locker added 13 points, five steals and two rebounds to provide backup.
Despite the 17-point final margin the Bears actually entered intermission trailing by a single point, 32-31, after the Spartans posted a 17-13 edge in the second quarter. The Bears clamped down on defense coming out of the break, holding Garden Spot to just four third quarter points, while tacking 15-points on to their game tally. Elizabethtown extended that 10-point cushion to its final of 17-points with a 17-10 run through the fourth.
The win over Garden Spot set up a fifth-sixth place show down with L-L foe Lampeter-Strasburg on the 28th. E-town was unable to replicate their Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinal result, instead falling by a 54-44 final. The two teams traded blows over the first three quarters with each side standing their ground. The result was that L-S's six-point, first quarter edge remained through the third quarter. It took until the third quarter but E-town was able to answer the Pioneers' strong opening frame with one of their own. The Bears', six-point, 13-7 edge in the third knotted the game up at 35-35 with eight minutes remaining. Those final minutes went squarely to the Pioneers as E-town managed nine points while Lampeter-Strasburg picked up 19 for the 54-44 final.
Beach earned a second straight game high nod with his 16-point effort while Locker tacked on 12-points as the only other Bear in double figures.
With their sixth-place finish in the District 3-5A tournament the Bears will move into the PIAA-5A playoffs. There they will take on the District 1 champion, either West Chester East or Sun Valley, with the PIAA first round game taking place on Friday March 8th.
Lady Bears Come Back to Top South Western February 22, 2019
Moving on is the simplest expression to describe the Elizabethtown girls' basketball team after their 54-48 District 3-5A first round win over South Western on February 19th. The win not only moved the Lady Bears into the quarterfinals where they will face the third seeded Lady Warriors of Gettysburg it also secured a spot in the upcoming PIAA-5A Championship that kicks off March 9th.
Elizabethtown did have to work to earn that six-point victory over South Western, overcoming a 13-point halftime deficit to pull out the win. Super senior Marena Lonardi led the comeback, scoring 18 of her game high 27 after intermission. Twelve of those points came in the final frame but the Lady Bears did the bulk the comeback work just after the break. It was in that third quarter where E-town outscored the Lady Mustangs 19-4. That flipped the 13-point halftime deficit into a 2-point lead. Lonardi's monster fourth paced an 18-14 run that stretched the final margin to six points.
Sydney Pierson added 14 points as the only other Lady Bear in double figures. Ainsley Raybold chipped in nine points while Macy Seaman and Carly Sedun split the final four points down the middle.
The boys' basketball team experienced both sides of the win/loss spectrum with a Lancaster-Lebanon League semifinal loss to Manheim Township on February 14th and a District 3-5A first round victory over Shippensburg on February 18th.
The Bears faltered in their first L-L League semifinal appearance since 2013, falling to Township by a 63-52 final. The Blue Streaks controlled the flow in three of the four quarters to slowly build their lead, starting with an 18-16 edge in the opening quarter. Township was able to stretch their cushion to nine points at intermission thanks to an 18-11 run through the second quarter. The Bears managed to regroup at the break, leading to a slim 13-12 lead in the third but Manheim shut the comeback door with a 15-12 final frame.
Larry Locker netted 19 points to lead E-town but was topped by Township's Zach Oldac who netted a game-high 20 points. Ryan Parise added 12 points in the loss.
Elizabethtown was able to bounce back with a 64-62 victory over Shippensburg in the first round of the district playoffs, nipping the Greyhounds with a last second Locker jumper. As with the Lady Bears hoopsters, the first-round victory not only moved E-town into the quarterfinals opposite Lower Dauphin is also secured a PIAA-5A playoff berth.
Locker's last second game winner capped the senior's game high 29-point effort while completing Elizabethtown's second half comeback. That comeback was necessary because Shippensburg slowly built a five-point lead through the opening 16-minutes of play. That started with a 12-10 lead acquired over the initial eight minutes and ended with a 35-30 cushion at the break.
Locker kicked off the comeback with an 11-point outburst in the third and followed with another eight in the fourth, including the game winner. Locker's back-up came in the form of matching 12 points games from both Elijah Eberly and Amos Kollie.
Elizabethtown was unable to pull off another upset in their quarterfinal tilt with Lower Dauphin, falling to the top seed by an 80-57 count. The final margin ended up at 23 points thanks to LD's scoring hot second half that saw them outscore E-town 43-21. That turned a tight one-point affair into a comfortable win for the Falcons.
Locker collected a team high 18 points for the Bears but was topped by two Lower Dauphin hoopsters, Luke Hedrick and Will Bowen, who both finished with 20 points. Parise added 14 points in the loss while Eberly added 11 points.
The Elizabethtown wrestling team saw their season come to a close on February 15th and 16th with their participation in the District 3-3A Sectional round. The Bears did battle for a spot in the upcoming District 3 Championships with a trip to Landisville where Hempfield was hosting one of two 3A sectionals.
The Bears sent 11 wrestlers to the sectional round and finished with three working their way to the medal stand. None of the three were able to climb into the top four to advance to the district championship but Elizabethtown did bring home two sixth place medals thanks to Wyatt Mummau and Cole Rice. Cameron Olson, who finished fifth in the 120-pound bracket, received a late invite as an injury replacement. Olson competed after Palmyra's Nicholas Carroll bowed out, sending the E-town senior to Hershey where he will face Garden Spot's Garrett Gehr.
Olson started his weekend in the quarterfinals thanks to a first round bye and managed a 14-12 victory over Hershey's Logan Kreamer. Olson's title shot ended in the semifinals where he ran into Jose Tirado of McCaskey. Tirado, who would go on to finish second, was able to get a pin just as the third period was coming to an end. Olson suffered another loss in the consolation semifinal, dropping an 8-2 decision to Palmyra's Nicholas Carroll. Olson finally righted his ship with a 15-9 win over Luke Kramer of Hempfield to earn that fifth-place medal.
Mummau (106) started on the wrong foot thanks to a quarterfinal loss to Donegal's Ethan Herr. Mummau rebounded with an 11-6 win over Lampeter-Strasburg's Austin Reiff but back-to-back losses to Micah Sams (Manheim Township) and Gio Luciano (Hempfield) ended his season with a sixth-place finish.
Rice's sixth place medal came at 152 where the junior started hot with wins over Nick Salgodo of Lampeter-Strasburg and Cade Clancy of Manheim Township. Rice was unable to find the winner's circle again, with losses to Tanner Updegraff (Hershey) and Ian Edwards of Hempfield setting up a rematch opposite Clancy. This time Clancy was able to come out on top, forcing Rice to settle for sixth place.
Three other Bears managed one win during their time in Landisville while five others came home winless. Bobby Walters was the first of those one-win Bears, posting an 11-0 first round win over Lampeter-Strasburg's Alex Cardwell (138). Tye Weathersby handed Walters the first of his two losses in the championship quarterfinals while Tariq VonGetzie of Hershey made it two in a row for the sophomore.
Javan Thomas saw his Elizabethtown career come to a close at Hempfield but only after posting a first round win over Solanco's Rashawn Carter. Thomas (170) followed that win with a quarterfinal loss to Warwick's David Hnasko before bowing out with a loss to Manheim Central's Conner Carvell.
At 285, Elijah Stackhouse picked up his lone victory via a first round pin of Palmyra's Brian Devonshire. Losses to Manheim Central's Tyler Dougherty and McCaskey's Thyago Alvarez quickly ended Stackhouse's season.
Skyler Nagel ended his season with losses to Manheim Central's Josiah Lutz and Manheim Township's Hayden Brennan in the 113-pound draw. Zach Frank, at 145, absorbed losses from Anthony Glessner of Penn Manor and Devan Lamb of Hershey. Kaiden Heaps met the same fate in the 160-pound draw with losses to Austin Sauder (Manheim Central) and Charlie Leidig (Manheim Township) bringing the junior's season to a close. Tyler Lanza (182) took his losses against Manheim Township's Hank Farrell and Central Dauphin's Nathaniel Mosey while Ray Perez (195) saw his junior season come to a close with losses to TJ Keener of Penn Manor and Jakir Dennis of Milton Hershey.
The Bear bowling team kicked off their post season run on February 13th by taking part in the Lancaster-Lebanon League girls' singles championships. Six bowlers worked their way to the second round where Katelyn Garmen did well enough to earn a spot in the stepladder finals. Garman's second round tally of 1739 pitted her opposite Cedar Crest's Jadelyn Swisher in the opening match of the stepladder finals with Swisher claiming victory, 211-156. The loss placed Garman fifth in the final standings.
Alaina Telenko slotted in one spot behind her teammate thanks to her second-round score of 1628 while Abby Chaffins made it three Lady Bears in a row with her second-round pin count of 1602. Eryn Moore was the next E-town bowler, finishing 10th thanks to her 1543. Elizabeth Vuxta was the last to quality for the District 3 Championship, taking 14th with a pin count of 1458. Hannah Griffie rounded out the Elizabethtown contingent with a 17th place finish.
The boy's side had their day in the spotlight on the 15th where three Bears competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships. Andrew Telenko was the only boy to qualify for the District 3 tournament, doing so with a 12th place finish thanks to his 1702. Daniel Eberle and Ben Davis finished their second-round work 53 pins and seven places apart. Eberle posted a 1599 which was good enough for 22nd place while David finished up with a 1546 and in 29th place.
The Bears had one final piece of L-L business to take care of which was the team tournament that took place on February 15th. A runner-up finish in Section Two slotted E-town in the quarterfinals opposite Cocalico, the Section Three champ. The Eagles ended Elizabethtown's title hopes with a 2-0 victory.
Bears Top Elco, Upset L-S in L-L Playoffs February 14, 2019
Postseason basketball is a different animal then what is played throughout the regular season. It was no surprise then that it took the E-town boys' basketball team a bit to find their postseason footing in their February 8th L-L play-in game with ELCO. The Bears, making their first L-L tournament appearance in six years and first under third year skipper Rocky Parise, shook off that early postseason rust to win going away, 64-48.
"I thought it was a great night for us," said Parise. "This is our first playoff game that these guys have ever played in, it was a different atmosphere."
That different atmosphere kept things close through the opening eight minutes with E-town holding a slim 13-12 lead as the second quarter got under way. The Bears finally got their postseason legs as the second quarter progressed, leading to a 21-13 edge in the frame and a 34-25 cushion at the break.
Elizabethtown's offense was not able to keep that second quarter pace up through the second half but they still outscored the Raiders in both quarters. A 13-10 run through the third quarter pushed the lead to 12 points while a 17-13 edge in the final stanza made it a 16-point final margin.
"Even though they haven't played in playoff games before, they looked like they had a sense of urgency," said Parise of the senior trio that paced the offense. Larry Locker topped that trio with a game high 24 points while Amos Kollie chipped in 14 points and Dylan Sweger added 10 points. Junior Brody Beach drained three triples to finish with nine points.
With one L-L tournament win under their belts the Bears looked to add a second in the quarterfinals where they matched-up opposite the bracket's top seed, Lampeter-Strasburg. After a few postponements due to bouts of winter weather the two teams finally tangled on February 13th in Lampeter with the Bears pulling off the upset, 47-44.
The two sides went back-and-forth throughout, with each side coming out on top of two quarters. E-town controlled the opening frame thanks to the work of Sweger. The senior sniper drilled three from long range, collecting nine of his game high 15 points and pushing the Bears to an 11-7 lead.
The Pioneers answered in the form of a 13-8 second run that put the hosts up 20-19 at the break. Elizabethtown regained control in the third behind the work of Ryan Parise and Elijah Eberly. Parise scored seven of his nine points in the frame while Eberly netted half of his eight points to help E-town post a 16-10 edge. That flipped the one-point halftime deficit into a five point, 35-30, lead with just eight minutes between Elizabethtown and their first L-L semifinal since 2013.
The Pioneers did battle back in the fourth but their 14-12 advantage was not enough to overcome E-town, leaving the visitors with a three-point win.
Beach hit two more three-pointers in the win while Locker finished with nine points to wrap up the Bear scoring.
While the majority of high school sports teams are just getting into the postseason groove, the Elizabethtown rifle team has put the entire 2018-2019 season in their rearview mirror. After a program best 11-3 regular season, the Bears descended on Conestoga Valley High School on February 9th for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Individual Tournament.
E-town finished third in the team competition part of the tournament, slipping one spot in the rankings after a second-place regular season. The Bears finished one point behind Ephrata, 988-987, while Manheim Township maintained their grip on first with a 994.
Arabella Albino led the way with her 10th place finish. The junior was one of eight shooters to register a 198 but tiebreakers slotted Albino in the 10-spot. Manheim Central's Hunter Shoop and Brayden Groff tallied more centers than Albino's single center giving them eighth and ninth place. E-town's Matthew Risbon was another one of the eight with a score of 198 but the senior was unable to find the center of the target, pushing him down to 14th place.
Elizabethtown's three remaining scorers, Cole Ginder, Rachel Broomell and Jagger Gilleland, along with six other shooters, finished with a 197, leaving the final places to be sorted by tiebreakers. Ginder was the lone Bear to hit the center during his time on the range and was rewarded with 20th place for his efforts. Broomell and Gilleland both finished with zero centers putting them in 23rd and 24th place once all the tiebreakers were sorted.
After all the postseason action was complete the shooters turned their attention to regular season hardware where the ten highest averages are honored. Elizabethtown ended up with one shooter on that list, Risbon, who finished the regular season with a 99.58 average. That put Risbon in second, 0.09 behind Ephrata's Brianna Bowers (99.67) and 0.08 in front of Nicole Johnson (99.5), another Lady Mountaineer.
The swimming team kicked off the postseason on Friday February 8th and Saturday February 9th by participating in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Wilson High School. The boy's managed five top eight finishes, putting them 10th in the team standings while the Lady Bears collected four top eight finishes but finished ninth in the team standings.
Ben Azzalina led the way on the boy's side, finding his way into the top five in two solo events while taking part in two eighth place relay teams. Azzalina did his best work in the 50 freestyle where his 22.08 was the third fastest time of the competition. The sophomore nearly collected a second bronze metal, settling for fourth place, in the 100-backstroke instead thanks to his 55.75. Azzalina picked up his first relay hardware by joining Riley Runnels, Kyle Welch and Sam Azzalina to post a 1:50.97 in the 200 IM relay. His second eighth place relay finish came in the 200-freestyle relay where he was joined by his brother Sam, Runnels and Stuart Readinger to post a 1:35.30.
The Bears also locked up eighth place in the 400-freestyle relay with Readinger, Chase Shelly, Andrew Donahue and Wyatt Rachael picking up the hardware with a time of 3:47.98.
The Lady Bears had no swimmers make the podium in individual events but they did take home two relay medals. The team of Emmy Kriner, Rachael Handshew, Sierra Kapcsos and Lexi Fink posted a 1:50.10 in the 200-freestyle relay which was the seventh best time of the championship meet. Kapcsos, Fink and Handshew picked up another relay medal by teaming with Gabby Walsh to finish eighth in the 200 IM relay with a time of 2:00.65.
The final two Elizabethtown medals came from Walsh and Fink in solo events. Walsh's 1:02.03 came in as the sixth fastest time in the 100-backstroke while Fink's 1:09.99 gave the junior a seventh-place medal in the 100-breaststroke.
Up next for the swimmers is a two-day trip to Cumberland Valley for the District 3 Championships. The district meet will take place Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd in the Cumberland Valley Natatorium.
After capturing their first section title in 15 years, the Lady Bears went one and done in the L-L playoffs. E-town drew Section Five winner Lancaster Mennonite for their quarterfinal game on February 9th with the Lady Blazers using a second half surge to steal a 58-46 win.
Mennonite actually outscored Elizabethtown in three of the four quarters starting with an 11-8 edge in the opening frame but the Lady Bears countered with a 17-10 run through the second quarter. That gave the home team a four point, 25-21, cushion at the break.
Lancaster Mennonite used the third quarter as the setup to their game swinging run through the fourth. The Lady Blazers trimmed the E-town lead down to just one point, 36-35, with a 14-11 edge in the third. The wheels fell off the offense in the fourth as the Lady Bears managed 10 points while the Lady Blazers cruised to the win with a 23-point frame.
Only four players scored for Elizabethtown which was nearly as many double-digit scorers as the Lady Blazers had in the win. Marena Lonardi tallied a game high 21 in the loss with Sydney Pierson adding 16 points while Ainsley Raybold (five points) and Carly Sedun (four points) cleaned up the remaining scoring. The Mennonite trio of Miriah Wilson (19 points), Amber High (14 points) and Chloe King (12 points) accounted for the Lady Blazers double digit scorers and nearly outscored Elizabethtown on their own.
ET Swimmers Cap Seasons With Winning Records February 8, 2019
The goal for most high school sports teams is to finish the regular season with a winning record and both of Elizabethtown's swimming teams did just that. With a 127-39 win over Manheim Central on February 4, the boy's team finished 6-5 while a 119-43 victory for the Lady Bears pushed their record to 8-3 on the season.
"I'm really proud of the way our team finished this season," said head coach Chad Houck, "It was really a great season for both squads, and I see a lot of potential for the future, especially on the girls' side. It was also really great to send our senior class off like that. They were all freshman when I started coaching, so this was a particularly emotional senior night for me."
The boy's team cruised to their victory behind 11 wins in 11 events starting with the 200-medley relay. Ben Azzalina, Stuart Readinger, Kyle Welch and Jared Cochran posted 1:56.30, topping Central's squad by 10 seconds. Welch, Readinger and Azzalina also took part in the 200-freestyle relay with Riley Runnels taking the fourth spot to help post a winning 1:41.39. Azzalina picked up his third relay win by teaming with Runnels, Chase Shelly and his brother Sam for a 3:42.26 in the 400-freestyle relay.
Ben Azzalina's final win came with a 50.35 in the 100 freestyle. Andrew Donahue was the lone Bear to nab two solo wins, taking the 100-backstroke and the 200-individual medley. Welch and Stuart Readinger managed one solo win each with Readinger taking the 50 freestyle and Welch the 100-butterfly. Ethan Hall, Reece Readinger and Wyatt Rachael picked up the final three Elizabethtown wins on the day. Hall claimed the 200-freestyle (2:09.70), Readinger the 500 freestyle (5:51.55) and Rachael the 100-breaststroke (1:12.83).
The Lady Bears nearly pulled off the same first place sweep with only a Central win in the 50-freestyle standing in the way. Lexi Fink was the lone multiple event winner, taking the 100-breaststroke (1:15.9) and the 200-individual medley (2:31.66). Fink also helped kick off the meet on the right foot by joining forces with Gabby Walsh, Mackenzie Batche and Katie Locker to win the 200-medley relay in 2:25.48. Locker, Walsh and Batche also accounted for a combined three solo wins starting with Locker's 100 freestyle win. Walsh took the 100-backstroke (1:04.59) while Batche claimed the 100-butterfly (1:13.12). Gabi Dabbs also earned two wins, taking the 500 freestyle after helping win the 200-freestyle relay. Camille Donahue, Megan Handshew and Sierra Kapcsos swam the other three legs of the relay while Dabbs and Kapcsos joined forces with Rachel Handshew and Emily Kriner for a win in the 400-freestyle relay. Abby Alsbaugh also turned in a 2:22.53 to win the 200 freestyle.
The bowling team capped another stellar season with back-to-back 7-0 wins over Conestoga Valley and Lebanon. Head coach Frank Telenko went with six keglers to top CV on February 1st with Patrick Hoffmaster just missing a perfect game on his way to a 729 series. The near miss came in the third game where Hoffmaster finished with a 299. Bradly Ruth rolled games of 222, 173 and 257 for his 652 series while Katelyn Garman also topped the 600-pin threshold with games of 147, 246 and 218. Abby Chaffins was the final Bear to bowl all three games, posting a 526 series. Elizabeth Vuxta filled the final spot for the first two games, posting scores of 178 and 179 while Eryn Moore added a 192 in the third game.
A few days later Elizabethtown had little trouble with Lebanon, allowing Telenko to use 10 different bowlers. He went with Garman (214), Ruth (217), Vuxta (219), Hoffmaster (181) and Chaffins (165) in game one for an easy 996-823 win. Game two ended with E-town on top 1048-950 thanks to the work of Ruth (213), Hoffmaster (204), Gabe Berrier (231), Ben Davis (201) and Andrew Telenko (199). Garman (218), Vuxta (170) and Chaffins (191) returned for a 965-673 win in game three with help from Moore (203) and Alaina Telenko (183).
The rifle team is barreling toward the end of their season, knocking out their final three regular season matches as well as the L-L Pairs Tournament. All that remains for the Bears is the season ending L-L Individuals.
As for what already took place, E-town surprisingly dropped their February 6th contest with Garden Spot, knocking the Bears out of their first-place tie with Manheim Township. The 491-490 loss, to a Spartan team that finished 2-12, dropped Elizabethtown into second place in the L-L standings. Matthew Risbon posted the team's high score for the day with a 99. Taylor Chapman, Erin Weaver and Arabella Albino followed with a trio of 98s while Aaron Tetkoskie rounded out the scoring five with a 97.
E-town managed to bounce back from the loss one day later, capping an 11-3 season that set a program mark for wins, with a 497-494 result over Manheim Central. Albino and Tetkoskie posted two of the three perfect scores for the day. Chapman, Risbon and Cole Ginder all finished with 99s, helping E-town close out the win.
Elizabethtown picked up another win on February 5th, topping Wilson 494-486. Risbon posted the day's lone perfect score with Evan Kready and Jagger Gilleland checking in just off that pace. Albino and Ginder finished out the top five with matching scores of 98.
Elizabethtown, along with every other Lancaster Lebanon League Rifle team, descended on Palmyra's Sportsmen Club February 2nd for the L-L's annual Pairs Tournament. The Bears managed to get three different pairs in the top 10 of the 28 team 'A' bracket with the duo of Risbon and Ginder serving as the high point. The senior/sophomore combo was one of four pairs to post a score of 394 but finished 7th with a combined 30 centers. Risbon's 198 and 17 centers checked in as team highs for the day while Ginder collected the remaining 13 centers on his way to a 196.
Tetkoskie and Gilleland, slotted one spot behind their teammates, fell one short in the center count. E-town's second pair collected a combined 29 centers with 17 going to Gilleland as he worked his way to a 198. Tetkoskie had the remaining 12 centers with a score of 196.
Elizabethtown's third top 10 pair, Chapman and Kready, finished with the same 394 and 26 centers as Garden Spot's Tate Myers and Karlee Hartman but finished 10th after the tiebreakers were sorted out. Both Chapman and Kready posted the same 197 but Chapman held the edge in centers, 15-11.
The new year has been good the Lady Bear basketball team. John Myers' club has ripped through 2019 at a 10-3 clip, finishing the regular season 16-6 overall with a Section Two best 11-2 league mark. The Lady Bears wrapped up the regular season with a three-game winning streak that capped an eight wins in nine game stretch.
The first of those three straight wins came on February 1st when E-town topped Hempfield 46-30. Hempfield held a 12-6 edge after the opening quarter but Marena Lonardi scored 22 of her game high 24 over the remaining three frames as E-town turned that six-point deficit into a 16-point victory. Ainsley Raybold added 13 points.
A few nights later, the Lady Bears earned their first section crown since 2004 with a 61-31 throttling of Lebanon. E-town held the Lady Cedars to single digit scoring in all but the final quarter but even then, the Lady Bears still came out on top 13-12. E-town posted a 17-9 first quarter edge with an 18-4 run through the second quarter making it a 35-13 game at the break. E-town managed another 13 points in the third while Lebanon managed just six, making it a 48-19 game with the 13-12 fourth setting the final. Lonardi picked up another 24 points while Pierson added 14.
Elizabethtown had little time to celebrate the Section Two title, closing out the regular season one night later with a trip to Ephrata. The Lady Bears claimed the February 5 season finale by a comfortable 56-36 result. The bulk of the final margin came in the opening stanza where E-town posted a 21-6 edge. A 36-19 halftime lead became a 43-19 cushion with eight minutes remaining thanks to a tidy 7-0 third quarter. Ephrata got a few points back with a 17-13 advantage in the fourth, trimming the final margin to 20 points. Lonardi netted a game high 25 as the lone player in double figures.
The boy's hoops team spent the final few games of their regular season in what they hope is their final funk for the 2018-2019 campaign. The Bears managed to close out the regular season with a win over Ephrata but back-to-back losses to Hempfield and Lebanon caused a lot of head scratching in Elizabethtown.
The 61-58 loss to the Black Knights happened on February 1 with the Bears second half rally falling just short. E-town's rally was needed because Hempfield used the home crowd to carry a 35-22 lead into the break. The Bears chipped six points off that deficit with a 16-10 third quarter run leaving their 20-16 fourth quarter pace just short. Larry Locker inched closed to the top of the boy's all-time scoring list with a team high 19 points. Amos Kollie and Ryan Parise both registered 12-point games.
Elizabethtown's stumble continued on Feb. 4 with a 67-49 loss to Lebanon that dampened Locker, giving the program a new scoring leader for the first time in 48 years. The senior finished with a game high 19 points, putting his temporary total at 1099 or 12 points more than the previous record holder, Terry Parks, had in his career. With the loss fresh on his mind, Locker wasn't overly excited for his new record, "It is a cool feeling, but it stinks because we lost and that's the end of the day. We wanted to get the win, but I get that it will feel great in the future."
As for the team part of the game, Lebanon controlled nearly from the tip.
"I'm disappointed in the way we performed. Give all the credit in the world to Lebanon, they hit a bunch of shots and they beat us," said head coach Rocky Parise.
The Cedars held E-town to just nine points in each of the first three quarters, allowing the home squad to build a 45-27 lead heading into the final frame. The Bears managed to cut the lead to single digits for a bit in the fourth but the Cedars regained control to pull away. Elijah Eberly was the only other Bear in double digits with 12 points.
Elizabethtown closed out the season on a good note, defeating Ephrata 70-47 on February 5. Behind Locker's 29 points and Eberly's 17, the Bears controlled from the opening whistle. They held a 14-6 lead after one and were up 30-16 at the midway point. Add in a 40-31 second half edge and you get the 70-47 final.
ET Bowlers Blank Hempfield, Ephrata February 1, 2019
The Elizabethtown bowling team keeps rolling along, picking up two more 7-0 victories, their ninth and 10th such wins of the season. The first of the two came on January 24th over Hempfield. Patrick Hoffmaster and Elizabeth Vuxta went pin for pin in a battle for top bowler in the match. Hoffmaster came out on top but just barely. He beat out his fellow senior by one pin, 695-694, despite Vuxta posting the high game for the match, a 257 in the opening game and followed with games of 235 and 202. Hoffmaster also posted his best game right out of the shoot, starting with a 245 and following with games of 209 and 241.
Katelynn Garman finished just off her teammates' pace with her 678 series. Garman matched Vuxta's hot start with a 257 of her own, while a 216 game two and a 205 game three rounded out her match. Abby Chaffins was the last Bear bowler to take part in all three games, posting a 246, 192 and 211 to finish with a 649 series. Bradly Ruth (178), Andrew Telenko (186) and Ben Davis (167) teamed up to take the final spot in the starting five.
Elizabethtown's next 7-0 win came on January 30th over Ephrata. Head coach Frank Telenko went with just five bowlers on the day with Chaffins posting the top individual game with her opening 236. She added games of 202 and 191 for a 629 series which left the door open for Ruth to take the top spot. He posted games of 220, 215 and 197 for a match high 632 series.
Garman missed a 600-series by one pin thanks to games of 202, 165 and 232. Hoffmaster settled into the four hole for the match with games of 183, 182 and 219 leading to a 584 series. Vuxta closed out the match with a 553 series that she put together with games of 212, 168 and 173.
In between the two 7-0 wins was E-town's first experience of the season on the other side of that final. The loss went down on January 28th with the Section Two leading Warwick Warriors inflicting the damage. A trio of Lady Bears finished within five pins of each other with Garman taking the top spot with a 591 series. Garman followed an opening 202 with a 225 before tailing off for a 164 game three. Vuxta closed out her three-game run with back-to-back 191 games after opening with a 205. Chaffins completed the trio with her 586 series putting her one pin behind Vuxta in the team's pecking order. Chaffins was consistent over her three games with a 193, 203 and 190. Hoffmaster was the final Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 554 series.
E-town's final spot was split between Eryn Moore and Telenko with Moore posting a 189 and 161 in her two games of work. Telenko stepped in for game three and finished with a 183.
The Elizabethtown girls' basketball team spent the better part of January playing scorching hot basketball but the Lady Bears saw their hot streak end thanks to a 50-32 loss to Red Lion on January 26th. The setback ended a run of seven wins in nine games that included five straight which pushed the Lady Bears to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in L-L play.
Red Lion was able to take advantage of an Elizabethtown squad that was playing their second game in as many days to pull away over the final 16 minutes. That 30-16 second half run pushed the Lady Lions lead from a mere four points at intermission to the 18-point final. Only a total of nine players managed to score in the game, four for Elizabethtown and five for Red Lion. Marena Lonardi and Sydney Pierson led the way for the Bears with 10 points each but they were topped by Alleney Klunk, Paige Fey and Makiah Shaw who each enjoyed 12-point games for Red Lion. Ainsley Raybold (seven points) and Emma Blyler (five points) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bears.
One night earlier Elizabethtown was able to blow by Conestoga Valley by a 52-36 final. The Lady Bears controlled the first three quarters before taking their foot off the gas which allowed CV to hold a 16-9 edge in the fourth.
Lonardi led the way with 23 points, scoring six of Elizabethtown's 10 first quarter points to help open a 10-6 lead. Lonardi added another six points to her tally during E-town's 16-10 second quarter run with Raybold matching that number thanks to two long distance bombs. The third quarter saw E-town stretch their lead to 23 points thanks to a 17-4 edge in the frame spurred by another two Raybold three-pointers before the CV controlled fourth put the final margin at 16 points.
Thanks to those four long range bombs Raybold finished with 14 points while Pierson added eight to the winning effort. Blyler's three points along with two-point games from Macy Seaman and Jade Love-Morris added to Elizabethtown's offense for the night.
It took the E-town rifle team nine matches over the course of the season's first five weeks to absorb a loss. It only took them one week to get hit with a second loss. The 498-494 setback opposite Ephrata on January 24th dropped the Bears to 9-2 on the year and into a first-place tie with Manheim Township with just over a week remaining in the season.
Cole Ginder was the lone perfect shooter for Elizabethtown against Ephrata with Matt Risbon and Tyler Chapman just off that pace with matching scores of 99. Aaron Tetkoskie and Jagger Gilleland rounded out the E-town top five with scores of 98.
Mother Nature's attempt at wreaking havoc on the high school basketball season proved successful as a blanket of snow combined with a deep freeze left L-L schools scrambling to reschedule numerous games over the past week. The result for the Bears' hoops squad was a single game on January 25th which ended up a 75-51 victory over Conestoga Valley.
E-town did the bulk of their heavy lifting in the opening frame where they outscored the Buckskins 22-12 to account for 10 of the 24-point final margin. A 20-15 run through the second quarter pushed the lead to 15 points at halftime while a slow, 15-13, third stanza increased the lead by just two points. The Bears regained their early mojo to post an 18-11 fourth quarter edge for the 75-51 final.
Larry Locker led all scorers with 26 points to go with five rebounds while Dylan Sweger drained four from long range to finish with 12 points. Ryan Parise nearly match Sweger's long range bombing, finishing with three, adding three assists and two steals to his 11 points. Amos Kollie was the final Bear in double digits with 10 points. Elijah Eberly just missed making it five with his nine-point game.
The Elizabethtown wrestling team got a jump start on the postseason with a trip to New Holland on January 25th and 26th for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Individual Championships. Only one Bear managed to make it to the medal stand with three others finishing their weekend just shy, falling in what head coach Mike Sernoffsky called "the blood round" of the consolation bracket.
Cameron Olson was that lone medalist, going 3-3 on his way to a sixth-place finish in the 120-pound draw. Despite taking three losses over the two-day affair Olson can take a tiny bit of solace in the fact that only two wrestlers got the better of him. Pequea Valley's Jace Beegle handed Olson an 8-7 loss in the championship quarterfinals with a 10-3 final in the consolation bracket ending Olson's weekend in sixth place. Olson's only other loss was to Garden Spot's Garrett Gehr, who went on to finish third, in the consolation semifinals. Mixed in with those losses was a 14-3 major decision win over Donegal's Taj Younger, an 8-6 win over Conestoga Valley's Rafael Rodriguez and a pinfall win over Marshall Adams of Warwick.
Wyatt Mummau opened his run at the L-L championship with a 9-4 win over Pequea Valley's Liam McGinley but had his 106-pound title hopes dashed in the second round. Mummau picked up two more wins in the consolation bracket before bowing out of the tournament with a loss to Penn Manor's Caleb Banzoff. The two consolation wins came over Cedar Crest's Sam Smith and ELCO's Javier Zuck.
Tyler Lanza followed a similar path to Mummau's but managed just one consolation win before bowing out with a loss to ELCO's Trey Donmoyer. Lanza's two 182-pound wins came over Lancaster Catholic's Henry Gartley in the championship bracket and Annville-Cleona's Steven Colledge in the consy bracket.
Javan Thomas was the final Bear to post a near-miss at the league tournament, going 1-2 in the 170-pound bracket. Thomas' lone win came in the second round after enjoying a first round bye. The senior topped Conestoga Valley's Conrad Dillman by a 10-8 count. Thomas had to bow out of his quarterfinal bout opposite Warwick's David Hnasko due to injury which also prevented him from continuing on in the consolation bracket. That meant an easy forfeit win for Garden Spot's Jacob Zook and an end to Thomas' weekend.
Lady Bears Win Six of Last Seven Games January 25, 2019
A popular saying indicates that revenge is a dish best served cold. It may be best when served cold but a revenge win is a revenge win. That means that after dropping their first head-to-head battle with Warwick by a 46-42 final back on January 4th the Lady Bears basketball team was happy to get their revenge, cold or not.
The rematch took place on January 22nd and with the exception of a slight third quarter dip, Elizabethtown controlled throughout. The Lady Bears used a stifling defensive effort that held the Lady Warriors to single digits in all four quarters to post a comfortable 14-point victory. That effort allowed E-town to hold an 11-5 lead after eight minutes and a 25-12 lead halfway through the game. Warwick was able to post an 8-6 edge in the third, but the Lady Bears regained control in the fourth with a 12-9 run that put the final at 43-29. Marena Lonardi led all scorers with 17 points.
Elizabethtown continued their scoring hot run one night later with a 55-47 win over Donegal to improve to 12-5 overall. The win was E-town's fourth straight while also giving the Lady Bears wins in six of their last seven games and as well as 11 of their last 13.
Behind Lonardi's career high 33 points, the Lady Bears controlled from the opening tip with the sensational senior collecting 11 of those 33 points during a 15-4 first quarter blitz. Donegal was able to post a 15-11 edge in the second but E-town still held a 26-19 lead at intermission. Elizabethtown stretched the lead back to double digits with their work in the third, taking a 43-33 lead into the final frame. A 14-12 Lady Indian edge in the frame set the final at 55-47. Sydney Pierson was the only other Lady Bear to hit double digits, finishing with 10 points.
Back on January 17th Elizabethtown throttled Ephrata 65-27 thanks to an offensive explosion from Lonardi and Pierson. The duo combined to score 48 of E-town's 65 points with Lonardi dropping a game high 28. Pierson picked up 20 with neither player scoring in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bears coasted to the 38-point win.
The wrestling team dropped their final two dual matches of the regular season, falling to Garden Spot and South Western. Up first was a 64-4 loss to the Mustangs of South Western on January 21st. "They are a very solid team," said head coach Mike Sernoffsky. "We were short a couple of wrestlers due to different circumstances."
Elizabethtown managed just one win on the day while forfeiting five weight classes. Cameron Olson was responsible for that win, topping Ethan Leitzel 12-4 in their 120-pound bout.
Two days later the Bears fell to Cocalico by a 57-24 final. Elizabethtown closed out the match with three straight wins but losses in the first eight weight classes left E-town in a 45-0 hole with just six matches remaining. Boosted by the three straight wins to end the match, the Bears claimed four of those six starting with Bobby Walters pinning Aaron Martin at 138. Cole Rice was the next victor, pinning Ethan Eberly 26-seconds into the second period of their 160-pound match. Javan Thomas needed just 39 seconds to take care of Jacob Zook at 170 while Tyler Lanza finished things up with a 67 second pinfall win at 182.
Looking back at a 3-14 season Sernoffsky explained, "We have not wrestled poorly at all. The wrestlers have continued to put forth effort every day. We have a small squad (12 wrestlers) and four had never wrestled at all before this season. A couple others have less than three years' experience. Everyone on the team has continued to work hard and has improved throughout the year."
Unbeaten no more. The E-town rifle team suffered their first loss of the 2018-2019 season on January 17th, falling to Manheim Township 496-494. "We didn't shoot well," commented head coach Dave Reinfried. "We have the capability. I think the youth of the team is starting to show up, I think the inexperience is starting to show up."
Elizabethtown posted two 100's against Township with Arabella Albino and Matthew Risbon claiming the perfect scores. The troubles for the Bears were at the low end of the scoring five where Jagger Gilleland's 97 was the final score while the Streaks had a low score of 98. Added in Cole Ginder's 99 and Rachel Broomell's 98 and Elizabethtown was left with their first loss of the season.
The youthful inexperience that Reinfried was alluding to was a slue of 100's shot in practice before the Township match as well as a closer than expected 491-488 win over Governor Mifflin on January 22nd. E-town was without a perfect score against Mifflin with Marrie Smith and Albino topping the team with matching 99s. Gilleland and Tyler Chapman followed with a pair of 98s while Risbon checked in with a season low 97.
Despite suffering the team's first setback the Bears still reside in first place in the L-L standings with a 9-1 mark. "At the beginning of the season I was hoping to just have a winning record with so many new kids. So, to be where we are, I'm truly blessed. 9-1, who'd have ever thought. But like I said, the end is where it counts," said Reinfried.
The boys' basketball team is streaking with three straight wins including a 59-51 stunner over a Warwick squad that came into the January 22nd affair rocking a pristine 9-0 L-L mark.
"We really prepared for that game because if Warwick won the game, they would have clinched the section championship on our floor and we just didn't want that to happen. That was a big motivator for us," said head coach Rocky Parise.
The Bears took control of the game early with an 18-11 first quarter run before stretching the lead to 10 at halftime with a 12-9 edge in the second. A 15-15 stalemate coming out the break allowed Elizabethtown to maintain their 10-point cushion heading into the final frame. The Bears needed some of that cushion as Warwick held a 16-14 advantage in the fourth to make it an eight-point E-town win. Elijah Eberly finished with 14 points to lead Elizabethtown while Amos Kollie was the only other Bear in double figures with 10 points.
A few days earlier Elizabethtown enjoyed a 58-43 win at Ephrata. Despite the 15-point final margin, the Bears scored just nine points in the first quarter.
"We didn't get the start we wanted. We kind of fumbled the ball, and we missed some easy shots at the beginning of the game," stated Parise, "but I still think we defended very well. That is something that has really improved, our defense. So against Ephrata, our defense won that game for us."
The opening quarter provided the evidence to back up Parise's statement as the Bears held Ephrata to four points. Elizabethtown nearly kept the Mountaineers in single digits in two of the remaining three quarters, posting a 14-11 edge in the second and a 20-10 edge in the fourth. Add in a 17-15 Ephrata win in the third quarter and you have the 58-43 final. Locker dropped a game high 26 in the win while Pierson added 12 points.
Take the Bears three game winning streak and add it with wins in three of the four games prior to that and you get six wins in seven games. That all adds up to a 11-7 overall record and a 6-3 Section Two mark. The latter has E-town in prime position to secure the second and final L-L playoff berth from Section Two. The former has the Bears on the fringe of hosting a first round district playoff game courtesy of their ninth-place ranking.
"It's nice to be in control of our destiny at this point," said Parise. "We just take one game at a time and hopefully the cards will fall from there."
The bowling team rebounded from back-to-back losses to Warwick and Mifflin Country with three straight 7-0 wins. While the victories over McCaskey, Lampeter-Strasburg and Manheim Central were all of the 7-0 variety only the McCaskey win counted towards Elizabethtown's Section Two record which is the fourth best in all of the L-L at 48-8. "I am very happy with the season so far, we are getting better each match, and showed we are still among the top teams in LL League," said head coach Frank Telenko.
The swimming teams are coming off double wins over Cocalico on January 22nd. The Lady Bears clobbered the Falcons 126-40, winning all but two events. Lexi Fink was the lone swimmer to claim two solo event wins, taking the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Fink teamed with Gabby Walsh, Mackenzie Batche and Katie Locker to the win 200 medley relay before joining forces with Locker, Emily Kriner and Handshew to win the 200-freestyle relay.
Camille Donahue, Brooke Heisey, Gabby Dabbs and Abby Alspaugh closed out the meet with a win in the 400-freestyle relay. Donahue added a win in the 500 freestyle, Locker in the 50 freestyle and Alspaugh in the 200-individual medley while Lilly Rutkowski finished things up with a win in the 100 backstroke.
Wins were harder to come by for the boy's in their 88-82 victory. Ben Azzalina, Andrew Donahue and Riley Runnels all picked up one solo win while also taking part in the victorious 400 freestyle relay. Ethan Hall joined forces with the trio for the relay win while Stuart Readinger claimed the final individual win in the 500 freestyle. Azzalina's win came in the 100 freestyle while Runnels took the 100 backstroke and Donahue the 200-individual medley.
A few days prior the Bears earned a split with Conestoga Valley with the girl's side posting a 98-71 win while the boys took a 92-78 loss. Locker and Fink led the way for the Lady Bears with each picking up a solo win while taking part in the winning 200 freestyle relay. Handshew and Kriner formed the other half of the relay team while Locker claimed the 50 free and Fink the 100 backstroke.
While the boy's team was unable to collect an event win, they did finish second in all but two events with the highlight coming in the 50 freestyle. It was there that Azzalina turned in a hand timed 21.95 which head coach Chad Houck describe as "an awesome race."
"I'm really proud of the girl's team and the way they've got up to race this year and filled out the lineup top to bottom with committed swimmers," said Houck. "Our boys' team lacks the same depth as our girls, but in comparison to the rest of the league, we look like the Mariana Trench. It's really a benefit to be able to put three guys in every event and score with two relays against most of our opponents."
ET Girls' Sit 9-5, Lonardi Joins 1,000-point Club January 19, 2019
Winning high school basketball games is difficult, just ask the Elizabethtown girls' team. With two Division II bball commits in seniors Sydney Pierson and Marena Lonardi, the Lady Bears carry a 9-5 overall record into the final stretch of their 2018-2019 season. That is good enough to slot the Lady Bears in 13th place in the unofficial District 3-5A rankings with roughly one-third of their season remaining.
A few of those losses are to L-L heavyweights like Cedar Crest and Mid-Penn power Cedar Cliff with the Lady Colts handing E-town a 44-41 setback on January 14th. The Lady Bears rebounded nicely from that setback with a 47-20 trouncing of Milton Hershey two days later.
Elizabethtown did their heavy lifting in the second quarter where they outscored Milton Hershey 22-6, accounting for 16 of their 27-point final margin. Lonardi dropped a game high 19 points while Pierson and Macy Seaman provided back-up with matching eight-point games.
Elizabethtown's undoing in the three-point loss to Cedar Cliff was the second half where they were outscored 22-16, erasing the three-point edge the Lady Bears had carried into the locker rooms. Lonardi enjoyed another game high performance and was responsible for over half of the E-town offense thanks to her 21-point game. Emma Blyler (seven points), Carly Sedun (six points), Pierson (four points) and Ainsley Raybold (three points) took care of the remainder of the scoring.
The highlight of Elizabethtown's three game spurt came during a 67-38 throttling of Lebanon on January 11.
"It was a good team win. We played well tonight," said head coach John Myers.
Lonardi entered the contest just 22 points shy of cracking the 1000-point barrier for her career and nearly blew by the milestone in the first half. She collected 18 points through the opening half of action to lead E-town to a cozy 32-13 cushion. With all that first half scoring Lonardi needed just 41 seconds of the third quarter to join her brother (2016 grad Joey) in Elizabethtown's 1000-point club.
"My teammates gave me a lot of great looks which always helps but without them I wouldn't have been able to do it," said Lonardi of her accomplishment. "It means a lot to me and means a lot to me that I'm right next to my brother on the banner, so that will be cool, two Lonardi's up there."
The senior finished with 30 points as one of three Lady Bears in double digits for the game. Pierson and Elise Hassinger were the other two with matching 10 points games.
The swim team enjoyed a double win on January 10th with the boy's team rolling to a 121-40 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg while the girls hung on for a 91-79 win. The Lady Bears claimed one of the three relay races along with only three other event wins on the night. Lexi Fink accounted for one of those three wins, taking the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.74. Fink joined Rachel Handshew, Katie Locker and Emily Kriner for a 1:50.90 in the 200 freestyle. Elizabethtown's two remaining wins came from Sierra Kapcsos, who took the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.91, and Gabby Walsh, who won the 100 butterfly (1:06.57).
Wins were not as hard to come by for the boy's team with the Bears taking all but two events. Ben Azzalina was the lone swimmer to claim two individual events thanks to a 22.78 in the 50 free and a 57.23 in the 100 backstroke. Azzalina earned two more wins as part of the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Riley Runnels, Chase Shelly and Sam Azzalina took care of the remaining three legs of the medley relay while Runnels, Ethan Hall and Andrew Donahue joined Azzalina in the 400 freestyle relay. Shelly and Sam Azzalina helped E-town claim the final relay race with assistance from Donovan Arnold and Stuart Readinger.
Runnels, Readinger and Sam Azzalina also picked up solo wins starting with Runnels' 55.64 in the 100 freestyle. Readinger was the first to touch the wall in the 500 freestyle while Sam Azzalina took the top spot in the 100 breaststroke. Kyle Welch picked up the final Elizabethtown win with a 1:04.83 in the 100 butterfly.
The boy's team made it two in a row with a narrow 89-81 win over Ephrata on January 15th. It was an Azzalina kind of day for the Bears with the sophomore brothers accounting for both individual wins as well as taking part in the victorious 200 medley relay. Ben claimed the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.39 while Sam took the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.71. The pair were joined by Runnels and Shelly to win the 200 medley relay in 1:50.46.
Wins were just as hard to come by for the Lady Bears with only Walsh and Fink coming out on top. Walsh claimed the 100 butterfly (1:08.08) while Fink captured the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:22.93.
The rifle team continues their perfect run through their regular season slate, knocking off Wilson and Conestoga Valley to improve to 8-0.
"I don't expect to win them all, I mean I'm stunned that we are undefeated, I truly am," stated head coach Dave Reinfried.
The Bears had little trouble with Wilson on January 10th, posting a 492-486 win. E-town was without a perfect shooter but both Tyler Chapman and Matt Risbon came close with their scores of 99. Emily Bonsall, Arabella Albino and Rachel Broomell finished up the top five with matching scores of 98.
Perfection was in the air a few days later when Elizabethtown topped the Buckskins by a 498-493 count. The Bears saw three of their shooters, Risbon, Albino and Aaron Tetkoskie, all post perfect 100 scores. Cole Ginder and Luke Barton nearly matched that trio, missing a perfect score by one shot.
Dual matches have not been kind to the Elizabethtown wrestling team this season with losses to Donegal and Manheim Central dropping the Bears to 3-12 on the year.
The first of those two losses was to Manheim Central on January 10th with the match also serving as E-town's senior night as well as youth wrestling night. Recognizing the team's four seniors beforehand and having the youth teams simultaneously grapple on a separate mat while the varsity team was taking on Central was the highlight as the Barons left town with a 57-15 victory.
Four Bears accounted for the 15 team points including one of the seniors, Javan Thomas. Thomas posted a 12-7 win over Maliki Rivera in their 170-pound clash that closed out the match. Two of the remaining three wins also came via old fashion decisions with Wyatt Mummau putting Elizabethtown on the board with an 8-6 win over Uriah Warner at 106. After waiting until the fifth match for Mummau's win the Bears only had to wait until Skyler Nagel walked to the mat at 120 for their next win. Nagel picked up an easy forfeit win leaving Cole Rice and his 8-3 decision over Austin Sauder at 152 as the final Elizabethtown victory.
Wins were even more difficult to come by on the 16th when the Bears fell to Donegal by a 63-12 count. E-town managed just three victories starting with Elijah Stackhouse at 285. The senior claimed his heavyweight bout opposite AJ McCarty via pinfall. Rice picked up another decision, this one by an 8-6 final over Mason Ober at 152 while Bobby Walters claimed the third E-town win, topping Jeremy Algoe by a 9-4 count at 138.
Fans of the Elizabethtown boys' basketball team endured a rollercoaster ride over the last three games. The Bears posted a solid win over L-L foe Lebanon on the 11th to kick off the stretch before falling to 5A front runner Northern York one day later. E-town rebounded on January 16th with a win against another non-conference 5A foe in Milton Hershey. Tally that altogether and the 9-7 Bears sit 10th in the unofficial District 3-5A rankings with six games remaining in the regular season.
Elizabethtown took control of the Lebanon game early with a 22-14 run through the opening quarter that put the Cedars on their heels. Despite the early deficit Lebanon would not back down.
"We had them on the ropes in the first half but they battled back and we had them on the ropes again in the third quarter and they battled back," said head coach Rocky Parise. "Then it was a four-point game with about four minutes to go, they just kept battling back."
Twenty-one points from Larry Locker, including seven during that take charge first quarter, helped keep Lebanon at bay and keep the Cedars from wrestling control away from E-town. Ryan Parise added 17 points behind four three pointers and a five-of-six night from the stripe while Elijah Eberly joined the pair in double digits with 12 points.
One day later the Bears traveled to Manheim where the Barons were hosting this year's edition of the Lancaster Lebanon-Mid-Penn Showcase. E-town battled Northern York until the end but the Polar Bears managed to slip out of town holding a 59-56 victory.
"Our guys were just exhausted. It was our fourth game in five days and you saw a little of that come out in the fourth quarter but Northern York is a good team," Parise said. "They are very balanced, very well coached and they made more plays then us down the stretch and that was the difference in the game."
Eberly notched a team high 12 points while Locker delayed his entry into the 1000-point club one more game with a 10-point effort.
Locker finally joined the exclusive club on January 16th in the 68-61 win over Milton Hershey.
"It was a really big win for us from a district playoff standpoint," Parise said. "It was also cool that Larry got his 1000th in a big run that we were making. I think his 1000th point put us up eight with about three minutes to go."
Locker entered the contest needing 19 points to eclipse the career milestone and finished the seven-point victory with just enough, logging a team high 20 points. Luke Pierson added 16 points on the strength of four long range bombs while Parise chipped in with 10 points.
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.