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All-Stars of the Future June 15, 2017

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E-town Ball Teams Fall in District Openers May 26, 2017

The month of May has not been kind to the Elizabethtown baseball team. The Bears suffered four of their six losses during the month with all coming in the final two weeks of the season. The most difficult to swallow was a 4-2 loss to Manheim Central in the District 3 opener. Not only did the May 22nd loss end E-town's season it came just one week after the Bears defeated the Barons in the L-L quarterfinals.

The teams may have put on a 22-run extravaganza in the L-L playoffs but with Central's ace, Taylor Rohrer, battling E-town's front liner, Nick Stoner, runs and hits were hard to come by for both sides in the rematch. The two hurlers picked up half of the game's outs via strikeout, combining for 21 punchouts and just three walks to go with six runs and nine hits.

Stoner finished with the better line, going all seven innings and allowing just four of the nine hits while racking up 12 strikeouts and issuing just one walk. Of course, he took the loss as Manheim plated three runs in the top of the seventh to flip the game around.

The Barons picked up two of their four hits in the decisive frame, including what proved to be the game winning single from Rohrer. Central's first run, back in the fourth inning, came the same way two of Manheim's final three runs came, via passed ball.

The Bears had just as much trouble finding their grove against Rohrer as the Barons did against Stoner, tallying just five hits and two runs despite two walks and three errors to aid the effort. Two of those five hits and one of the errors occurred in the first and gave E-town a 1-0 lead.

Stoner led off Elizabethtown's half of the inning with a double. Logan Yohn followed with what should have been an out but a series of Central errors allowed him to scoot around to third and Stoner to score from second. Justin Shelly gave Elizabethtown three baserunners in three at-bats with a bunt single but Rohrer worked his way out of the jam to limit the damage.

The Bears regained their one run lead in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-1 tie on Ryan Rupp's sacrifice fly to right field. Rupp's fly ball followed Chad Caley's fly out to center that had allowed Austin Denlinger to move from second to third. Denlinger, the senior second baseman, led off the inning with a double to right center.

Of course, that one run lead was short lived as Manheim scored the decisive runs in the top of the seventh. Elizabethtown was unable to mount their own seventh inning rally thanks to the work of Rohrer and Drew Mummau who combined for a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and the Bears season.

SOFTBALL

The softball team experienced the same one and done end to their season one day later. For the Lady Bears, the 10-1 first round final was the second nine run loss to Donegal this season. The first time, back on April 18th, kicked started a three-game slide for E-town, this time the defeat ended Elizabethtown's season.

The Lady Bears had the misfortune of facing Donegal's ace, Makyla Yoder. The senior allowed just two hits, walked only one batter and had five strikeouts that helped keep E-town off the board during her five innings of work.

Elizabethtown managed their lone run in the sixth against Yoder's relief, Sierra Neiss, but it mattered little as Donegal plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score. Jocelyn Zook pitched all seven innings for Elizabethtown and took the loss, surrendering 12 hits and 10 runs to go along with three walks and two strikeouts. Mackenzie Peters picked up two of the Lady Bears three hits with Bethany Burton accounting for the third.

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E-town Ball Teams Fall in District Openers May 26, 2017

The month of May has not been kind to the Elizabethtown baseball team. The Bears suffered four of their six losses during the month with all coming in the final two weeks of the season. The most difficult to swallow was a 4-2 loss to Manheim Central in the District 3 opener. Not only did the May 22nd loss end E-town's season it came just one week after the Bears defeated the Barons in the L-L quarterfinals.

The teams may have put on a 22-run extravaganza in the L-L playoffs but with Central's ace, Taylor Rohrer, battling E-town's front liner, Nick Stoner, runs and hits were hard to come by for both sides in the rematch. The two hurlers picked up half of the game's outs via strikeout, combining for 21 punchouts and just three walks to go with six runs and nine hits.

Stoner finished with the better line, going all seven innings and allowing just four of the nine hits while racking up 12 strikeouts and issuing just one walk. Of course, he took the loss as Manheim plated three runs in the top of the seventh to flip the game around.

The Barons picked up two of their four hits in the decisive frame, including what proved to be the game winning single from Rohrer. Central's first run, back in the fourth inning, came the same way two of Manheim's final three runs came, via passed ball.

The Bears had just as much trouble finding their grove against Rohrer as the Barons did against Stoner, tallying just five hits and two runs despite two walks and three errors to aid the effort. Two of those five hits and one of the errors occurred in the first and gave E-town a 1-0 lead.

Stoner led off Elizabethtown's half of the inning with a double. Logan Yohn followed with what should have been an out but a series of Central errors allowed him to scoot around to third and Stoner to score from second. Justin Shelly gave Elizabethtown three baserunners in three at-bats with a bunt single but Rohrer worked his way out of the jam to limit the damage.

The Bears regained their one run lead in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-1 tie on Ryan Rupp's sacrifice fly to right field. Rupp's fly ball followed Chad Caley's fly out to center that had allowed Austin Denlinger to move from second to third. Denlinger, the senior second baseman, led off the inning with a double to right center.

Of course, that one run lead was short lived as Manheim scored the decisive runs in the top of the seventh. Elizabethtown was unable to mount their own seventh inning rally thanks to the work of Rohrer and Drew Mummau who combined for a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and the Bears season.

SOFTBALL

The softball team experienced the same one and done end to their season one day later. For the Lady Bears, the 10-1 first round final was the second nine run loss to Donegal this season. The first time, back on April 18th, kicked started a three-game slide for E-town, this time the defeat ended Elizabethtown's season.

The Lady Bears had the misfortune of facing Donegal's ace, Makyla Yoder. The senior allowed just two hits, walked only one batter and had five strikeouts that helped keep E-town off the board during her five innings of work.

Elizabethtown managed their lone run in the sixth against Yoder's relief, Sierra Neiss, but it mattered little as Donegal plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score. Jocelyn Zook pitched all seven innings for Elizabethtown and took the loss, surrendering 12 hits and 10 runs to go along with three walks and two strikeouts. Mackenzie Peters picked up two of the Lady Bears three hits with Bethany Burton accounting for the third.

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Bears Advance to League Semis, Fall to LCHS May 22, 2017

The Elizabethtown baseball team managed to avoid the spring time shuffle that plagued most of the L-L baseball teams this season. While some teams ended up moving a good portion of their games the Bears had just four of their regular season games affected by the seemingly never ending rainfall. One of the games that did end up on the moving truck was a March 29th game against Manheim Central. That game was suspended in the eighth with the teams knotted at 1-1. The plan was to resume play on May 9th but more rainfall pushed a Section Two game against Donegal to the 9th, forcing the cancellation of the Central game.

The two sides were not able to finish that regular season contest but postseason scheduling aligned to pair the teams in a Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinal match-up. The action was fast and furious in the re-match with the teams combining for 22 hits and 22 runs in a 13-9 E-town victory on May 15th.

The Barons matched the first game's scoring output in the top of the first, plating two runs to take an early lead. Elizabethtown answered back thanks to a two-run Austin Denlinger single in the bottom half of the frame. Manheim moved back in front with a single run in the second but their lead was short lived. Justin Shelly keyed a three run second as his line drive single to center plated two runs with a third crossing home after a Baron miscue.

Elizabethtown's 5-3 lead lasted only until the top of the third where Manheim pushed one more run across, making it 5-4. After a scoreless bottom half for E-town the Barons went back to work, plating three more runs in the fourth, making it 7-5, and bringing an end to Nick Stoner's day on the hill. The senior gave Elizabethtown four innings with five of Manheim Central's seven runs falling into the earned category. Stoner added four strikeouts and six walks to the five hits allowed.

The Bears answered back, knotting the game up with a two-run surge thanks to RBI singles from Shelly and Chad Caley. Caley carried his success at the plate over to the mound where he took over for Stoner. The junior, aided by a double play, made quick work of the Barons in the fifth, setting up Elizabethtown's knockout blow.

That blow came in the form of a six-run inning that put E-town up 13-7 with just two innings left to play. Caley continued his hot spurt, smacking a two-run double to left that followed RBI singles from Denlinger and Casey Cooper. The Bears enjoyed two more runs in the frame courtesy of a Baron error.

Central bounced Caley from the mound with a single run in the top of the sixth, ending his day after just one and one-third innings. Cole Patrick took over for Caley and allowed one final Baron run in the seventh to set the 13-9 final. Together Caley and Patrick combined to allow three hits, two runs, three strikeouts and two walks over the final two innings.

The quarterfinal victory over Manheim Central put Elizabethtown in the semifinals one day later opposite Section Four champion Lancaster Catholic. Crusader hurler, Nick Breznak, kept the Bears off balance, allowing just five hits and a single fifth inning run in an 11-1, six-inning loss. All five of Elizabethtown's hits were of the one base variety with Caley scoring the Bear's lone run on Cayden Livingston's liner to right. Cooper picked up his base hit in the second, Stoner in the third and Logan Yohn in the sixth.

Yohn absorbed the loss, covering the first four and one-third innings. During that time, he surrendered nine hits and three walks that led to six Crusader runs. Caley pitched the final inning, allowing the final five runs on two hits and five walks. Caley also had two of Elizabethtown's three strikeouts.

With the quest for an L-L championship squashed the Bears traveled to Boiling Springs on May 17th for a late season contest against the Bubblers. Elizabethtown used a three-run seventh to pull away for a 5-1 win. Shelly provided the big hit during that seventh inning rally, crushing a two-run double to left to cap the scoring. Livingston pushed across the opening run of the inning with his own double to left.

Yohn, with help from Cooper, accounted for Elizabethtown's first two runs. Yohn's first inning double led to a 1-0 lead on Cooper's sac fly while his sixth inning single provided the setup for E-town's second run. Cooper picked up his second RBI on a double to right that allowed Yohn to score after the senior swiped second and third.

Patrick got the start and survived six innings to earn the win. Larry Locker only faced three batters in the seventh but missed out on a perfect inning after allowing a lead-off walk. That stumble was erased with a double play one batter later. Patrick scattered six hits over six innings and added five strikeouts and two walks to the one earned run allowed.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boys' lacrosse team's foray into the District 3-3A playoffs was a short lived one, lasting just one game. In just the fifth District 3 boy's lacrosse game to go to overtime, the Bears came out on the wrong side of an 8-7 final against Governor Mifflin.

The two sides were evenly matched throughout with Mifflin holding a slim edge in shots 18-17. The result was a one goal final where both goalies, David Rich for Elizabethtown and Ben Gates for Governor Mifflin, ended up with 10 saves. Isaiah Shickley tallied four of the seven goals while Charles Alessi picked up two. The pair also accounted for Elizabethtown's only two assists with each dishing out one. Cole Baker and Nick Schmidt covered the final two E-town scores.

TRACK

The majority of the track and field team also had their season come to a close over the last week. The Bears sent seven athletes to Shippensburg University for the District 3 Championship meet and only two were able to keep their season alive.

Katie Locker trimmed over four seconds off her seeded time on her way to a bronze medal run in the 1600m. Her 5:01.49 was nearly 10 seconds off the gold medal pace but also nearly 10 seconds under the state qualifying standard, earning the freshman a return trip to Shippensburg this weekend for the state meet.

Locker narrowly missed out on a second PIAA invite in the 800m but did well enough to post a second podium finish at the district meet. She clocked a 2:20.19 to finish seventh, missing the state cut by roughly two seconds.

Joining Locker back at Shippensburg this weekend will be the only other Bear to post a top 10 finish. Ryleigh Edmonds cleared 11' in the pole vault, the state qualifying standard, taking fourth place in the 3A competition in the process. Audrey Schlosser also took part in the pole vault and ended up in an eight-way tie for 12th place with a top height of 10'.

Cat Shontz posted the next highest E-town finish, settling into a 12th place in the 3200m with a time of 11:27.93. Alicia Underkoffler finished the 300mH competition in 17th place after turning in a time of 48.13 while Rachel Wood posted a 62.18 in the 400m to finish 23rd.

Derek Heisey was the lone representative on the boy's side. The freshman entered the 3A high jump competition seeded 15th thanks to his silver medal jump of 6' 2" at the L-L Championship meet. He was not able to carry that success over to this week, failing to record a successful jump putting him a group with five others that suffered the same fate.

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E-town Track Teams Cap Regular Season May 15, 2017

The track and field teams took to the road twice last week, traveling to Ephrata for the regular season finale before trekking to Landisville on Friday and Saturday for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships. Both sides fell to Ephrata while the boys finished 16th and the girls ninth at the league meet.

Against Ephrata, the Bears totaled 10 wins which were split evenly between the two sides. Derek Heisey, Brandon Fotibu and Katie Locker led the way, accounting for six wins. Heisey swept the hurdles, winning the 110mH in 17.1 and the 300mH in 44.2. Locker and Fotibu divvied up their wins with one solo and one relay. Fotibu took the boy's 100m and anchored the Bears' 400m relay win while Locker captured the girls 800m in 2:17.8 and took part in the 1600m relay win. Fotibu was joined by Aiden Hellein, Michael Courtney and David Falcon while Locker received help from Cat Shontz, Julia Rathsam and Malayna Van Winkle.

Elizabethtown swept the pole vault against the Mountaineers with Daniel Mueser winning the boy's event and Ryleigh Edmonds taking the girls side. Josephine Angeny picked up the final win in the field, taking the triple jump while Alicia Underkoffler won in the 300mH.

Locker was Elizabethtown's star at the L-L meet while Shontz, Heisey, Edmonds and Christopher Scharf all offered significate back-up. Locker captured gold in the 800m with a time of 2:18.16, clipping Solanco's Alana Yoder by a mere 0.59 seconds. Locker was on the opposite end of a close finish in the 1600m, settling for silver when McCaskey's Lianna Tirado pulled away down the stretch to eclipse Locker's 5:10.03 by just over two seconds.

Shontz joined Locker on the 1600m podium, turning in a 5:21.99 to finish seventh. Edmonds picked up the final medal for the Lady Bears, taking fourth in the pole vault by clearing 10' 6".

Heisey posted the top finish for the boys, clearing 6' 2" in the high jump. That put him in a four way tie for second along with Solanco's Rob McHugh, Lebanon's Juan Maldonado and Warwick's John Wilson. Christopher Scharf picked up the final podium finish for E-town, taking eighth in the 1600m with a time of 4:36.73.

BASEBALL

There are plenty of old sayings in sports but the one you never want your team trying to prove or disprove is that losing is contagious. The Elizabethtown baseball team danced with that devil as losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal had the Bears close out their L-L slate with their second two game slide of the season. E-town might have proved that losing is contagious but only mildly so as they returned to their winning ways with an 11-1 victory over Reading to finish their three games in three-days sprint to the finish line.

Not only did Elizabethtown's loses come in two quick bursts but three of those losses were to sub .500 teams. Cedar Crest and McCaskey collected their victories over the playoff bound Bears back in April to account for two of those three losses. Donegal handed Elizabethtown the third by posting a 7-6 final last Tuesday.

E-town appeared to have the game under control after RBI singles from Chad Caley and Ryan Rupp helped push Elizabethtown to a 3-0 lead after just one inning. Casey Cooper made it 4-0 with a sac fly in the second but things started to go sideways after that. Donegal plated five runs in the top of the third to shake things up and made it 5-4. Cooper picked up his second RBI of the game with another sac fly, this one coming in the fourth and knotting the game at 5-5.

Once again, the Indians shook things up this time with a two run fifth that chased starter Logan Yohn from the mound and made it a 7-5 game with only two and a half innings remaining. Caley, who took over for Yohn after his exit, collected his second RBI single of the game to inch the Bears to within one but that was all the offense E-town could muster over the final innings, leaving the final at 7-6.

Yohn took the loss after allowing all seven Indian runs over his five innings. Caley covered the final two innings matching Yohn's four strikeouts. Yohn surrendered all seven Donegal hits while the pair combined to issue three walks. Yohn collected three hits in five at bats in an effort to help his cause while Nick Stoner added two singles to the offensive production.

One day earlier the Bears endured a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers managed just two hits the entire game but both came in the bottom of the seventh inning and helped produce the game's only run.

Cole Patrick, who took over for Stoner after the senior reached his pitch count limit with two outs in the sixth, was hit with the loss. Stoner issued three walks during his five and two-thirds innings but countered with 12 strikeouts. Rupp managed two singles while Caley, Yohn, Stoner and Justin Shelly picked up one base knock apiece.

The chaos caused by the wet weather benefitted the Bears as it allowed them the opportunity to wipe that two-game slide off the books before heading into the postseason. E-town took advantage and dealt Reading an 11-1 loss on May 10th to finish the regular season 15-4.

Patrick shook off Monday's heartbreaker and tossed six strong innings to collect the win. The sophomore allowed just three hits, striking out seven and walking one to go with Reading's second inning run. Larry Locker covered the final the final inning and surrendered the Red Knight's final hit before finishing things up.

Austin Denlinger and Caley enjoyed two-hit, two-RBI days while Shelly and Stoner also drove in two runs but with just one hit. Caley did his damage with singles in the third and fourth innings while Denlinger picked up his two run producing singles in the first and seventh innings. Shelly mirrored Denlinger's run production but his first innings RBI came via a sac fly. Stoner followed Shelly's route to his two runs, picking up one with a seventh inning single and the second on a third inning fielder's choice.

SOFTBALL

The softball team also closed out their 2017 regular season last week, doing so with a 5-4 victory over Garden Spot, one of Section Two's L-L playoff teams. Haylee Calaman was the hero, connecting a one out RBI single to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jocelyn Zook was the beneficiary of Calaman's late game heroics, picking up the win despite allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

With the win, the Lady Bears finished the regular season 11-9 overall and 9-7 in L-L play. The latter placed E-town in a third-place tie with Conestoga Valley in Section Two while the former has Elizabethtown sitting opposite Solanco in the first round of the not yet finalized District 3-5A playoff bracket. That bracket will be finalized on May 18th with first round action kicking off on May 23rd.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team found victories hard to come by during the 2017 season, winning just six times in 15 tries. Despite the season long struggle, the Bears closed out the season on a high note with back-to-back wins over Ephrata and Garden Spot.

Only a 25-16 game three setback kept E-town from sweeping the Mountaineers on May 8th. The Bears took the opening game 25-20 before posting a 25-19 game two win. Ephrata's nine-point game three victory only delayed Elizabethtown's victory as the Bears closed out the match with a 25-22 game four win. Braydon Shuck led the way with 14 kills and 11 digs while Narvin Chhay added 23 assists and Frank Arendt seven blocks.

Elizabethtown closed out their season on May 10th by winning three straight elimination games over Garden Spot to steal a win from the Spartans. Spot captured the first two games by a total of seven points, winning 25-21 and 25-22. E-town took control with a 25-16 game three win and evened the match at two games apiece by outlasting the Spartans 27-25 in game four. The Bears posted another close win in the decisive fifth set with the 15-12 final giving E-town the win.

Shuck and Chhay played big roles in the win with Shuck tallying 22 digs and 10 kills while Chhay finished with 26 assists. Spencer Roth added 10 blocks and Austin Kreiser two aces.

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ET Softball Nips Visiting Bucks, 11-10 May 8, 2017

The first week of May provided a perfect snap shot of the 2017 regular season for the Elizabethtown softball team. As has been the case all year the Lady Bears can collect victories with ease, they have 10 wins on the season. Unfortunately, they also have nine losses with one of those coming last week.

As with most of those nine losses, their defeat last week came against one of the top District 3 and L-L teams in Solanco. The Mares, perched atop the Section Two standings, posted an 11-0 victory on May 3rd. The result was Elizabethtown being eliminated from L-L playoff consideration while Solanco clinched at least a share of their third straight section title.

Solanco's Hanna Phillips kept E-town in check, allowing just two Kirsten Mumma singles to go with nine strikeouts, no walks and no runs. Jocelyn Zook was hit with the loss, finishing with one strikeout and two walks to go along with 13 hits and 11 runs.

Elizabethtown shook off the five-inning loss, posting their own five inning victory just one day later. The Lady Bears scored in all five innings to cruise to a 12-0 win over Lebanon. Zook was the beneficiary, doing her part by surrendering just three hits over the five innings, striking out three and walking just one.

Elizabethtown needed help from above and a seventh inning rally to slip by Conestoga Valley, 11-10, for their first victory of the week on Monday. The seventh inning rally ended with E-town scoring the winning run on a wild pitch but it was the help from above in the sixth inning that set the stage for that rally.

Early action had E-town on top 4-3 but the Buckskins made their move starting with a four run fifth. The Lady Bears countered with a single run to make it 7-5 with just two innings remaining. CV looked to blow the game open in the sixth, plating another three runs to make it 10-5. That is when help from above arrived in the form of rain and a weather delay, killing CV's rally.

Once the rain subsided E-town took advantage, pushing three runs across in the bottom of the frame to move within striking distance at 10-8 before finishing their comeback in the seventh. Zook, despite allowing 10 runs and 10 hits, picked up the win, her sixth of the year.

BASEBALL

The baseball team continued their push for the best record in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, ripping off three wins in three games last week, improving to 14-2 overall and 12-2 in section play.

The Bears opened the week with a 9-1 take down of Conestoga Valley on Monday. Chad Caley picked up the win, striking out seven, walking two to go with four hits and one run allowed. Ryan Rupp closed out the win, inducing the final two outs. Logan Yohn, Justin Shelly, Casey Cooper and Anthony Funk provided the pop at the plate, combing for eight of the 10 E-town hits.

Cooper rapped out three singles which allowed him to score two runs and a third inning RBI. Funk and Yohn also scored two runs and were the final two Bears to collect multiple hits. Funk added a fourth inning single to a RBI double in the second. Yohn added a two-run single in the fourth to a third inning bunt single while Shelly ripped a two-run single as part of Elizabethtown's four run fourth.

One day later the Bears hosted Central York. E-town got seven strong innings from Cole Patrick to post a 3-1 victory. Patrick only recorded three strikeouts but issued no walks and allowed just three hits, leading to one earned run.

The Bear bats did not produce much but they did enough to push three runs across in the fourth. That started with Shelly's one out single, the second of two hits for the left fielder. Shelly promptly stole second and scored on Cooper's single to right. Cooper moved to second on a Central York overthrow and scored two batters later when Caley connected on a single to left. Austin Denlinger, who reached on a walk between Cooper and Caley's RBI singles, scored the final run.

E-town closed out their perfect week on Wednesday with a 6-2 win over Solanco. Rupp, Larry Locker and Stoner covered the seven innings on the hill for the Bears with Rupp earning the win. Rupp covered the first four innings, allowing single Mule runs in the first and second innings before settling down for two scoreless innings. Locker tossed two shutout innings while Stoner closed things out with a scoreless seventh. The trio combined to allow five hits and four walks to go with five strikeouts.

Cooper continued his impressive week with another three hits, all singles. Two of those pushed across single Elizabethtown runs while the third resulted in Cooper scoring on Caley's two-run single in the third. Denlinger picked up the only two E-town hits that were not singles, smacking two doubles on the day. His third inning liner plated Shelley and knotted the game at 2-2 until Caley's base knock a few pitches later.

LACROSSE

The boy's lacrosse team finished their regular season slate but their final week push came too little too late to get the Bears one of the four L-L playoff spots. Wins over Penn Manor and Garden Spot moved Elizabethtown to 7-4 in L-L play, leaving them one game out of the L-L field.

The two-win week may have also come too late to help E-town earn one of 12 District 3-3A playoff berths. With only about two dozen games remaining in the regular season for all the teams in District 3, the Bears sit 13th in the power rankings, a mere 0.004324 points out of the final playoff spot.

Elizabethtown's final week push began on May 2nd with a 9-7 win over Penn Manor. David Rich did the bulk of the work in goal for E-town, posting 15 of the 18 saves. Duncan Keller picked up the remaining three.

Isaiah Shickley paced the attack, tallying six of Elizabethtown's nine scores and assisting on one other. Charles Alessi, Adam Weissend and Cole Baker picked up one score each while dishing out five combined assists.

The Bears braved the damp weather for the season finale on Friday May 5th. They used eight first quarter goals to sail to a 17-7 win over Garden Spot. Once again Shickley was top Bear, finishing with eight goals and four assists. Alessi chipped in with eight assists and two goals and Weissend posted a hat trick in his final regular season contest. Baker, Cole Gingrich, Tyler Rae and Tyler Evans tacked on one score each. Rich was solo in goal, turning away 10 of the 17 shots he faced.

The girls' team also enjoyed a final week push but just like their male counterparts, it came too little too late. E-town posted wins over Penn Manor, Mechanicsburg and Garden Spot to finish their 2017 campaign on a three-game winning streak. The 5-6 L-L mark left them three games out of the league playoffs while their 7-11 overall record has them five spots out of the district playoff field.

The Lady Bears used six Kate Weissend goals and matching hat tricks from Kimmy Bucher and Cyrose Conteh to slip by Penn Manor 16-12 on May 2nd. Jaide Epler tacked on two scores while Hannah Doll and Samantha Shutt added one goal each. Corrie Baker needed 18 saves to preserve the win.

Elizabethtown did the bulk of their heavy lifting in the first half of their May 3rd win over Mechanicsburg. The Lady Bears enjoyed a 10-4 edge at intermission on their way to a 18-8 victory. Weissend was the catalyst, finishing with seven goals and two assists. Bucher and Conteh added another set of matching hat tricks while Aba Aggrey finished with two goals and four assists. Epler, Hannah Mink and Shutt split the final three Elizabethtown scores. Baker tallied seven of the Lady Bears' 12 saves with Kelsey Greiner picking up the remaining five.

The Lady Bears closed out the season on May 5th with a 24-15 senior day win over Garden Spot. Greiner, the senior keeper, played the entire game between the pipes and finished with eight saves. Hannah McConnell was the lone player to score just one goal while six other Lady Bears netted two or more. Conteh posted her third hat trick of the week while Bucher fell one goal short of the same feat. Shutt recorded her first three goal game of the week while Aggrey matched her four goals with four assists. Weissend and Epler combined for 11 goals and both dished out two assists.

TRACK

The Lady Bear track and field team suffered a serious blow to their Section Two title hopes last Monday with a 100-50 loss to Manheim Central. The defeat drops E-town into a second-place tie with the Lady Barons behind first place Ephrata.

Katie Locker picked up two of the five wins against Central, taking the 800m and the 1600m. Cat Shontz gave the Lady Bears a distance sweep with her win in the 3200m. Emily Reiner picked up the final solo win in the discus. Elizabethtown added a win in the 3200m relay.

The boy's squad suffered a 117-33 loss to the first-place Barons. The Bears managed just three wins with only one coming in the field. Derek Heisey picked up that win in the high jump. Aidan Hellein earned the lone solo win on the track taking the 400m. The Bears' final win was in the 3200m relay to open the meet.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team was hit with two losses last week, dropping matches to Lancaster Mennonite and Cocalico to fall to 4-9 on the year.

Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Mennonite was a lot more difficult to swallow as the Bears battled back from a 2-0 hole to force a fifth game. Unfortunately, E-town lost that game 15-12 and the match 3-2. The Blazers opened with wins of 25-18 and 25-17 only to see Elizabethtown counter with wins of 25-23 and 25-19. Ryan Minneci finished with 22 digs and 14 kills while Narvin Chhay directed the offense with 28 assists. Spencer Roth added nine blocks and Lukas Rebman three aces.

There was no staving off defeat in Elizabethtown's May 4th match-up with Cocalico. The Eagles ripped off wins of 25-12, 25-16 and 26-24 to post a 3-0 final. Chhay finished with just 14 assists as the Bears struggled to get their offense going. Frank Arendt's four kills topped the stat sheet as did Roth's three blocks and Dan Elder's eight digs.

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Bears Struggle Against McCaskey, Cedar Crest May 1, 2017

Through 10 games, the Elizabethtown baseball team looked unbeatable. After all, they won all 10 of those contests while outscoring their opposition 58-25. That makes what happened over the next two games seem like a dream. The Bears suffered back-to-back losses to McCaskey and Cedar Crest, two teams that entered their respective games with E-town sporting a combined seven wins.

The season's first loss was a 12-7 final to McCaskey on April 24th. The Bears fell behind early with mistakes playing a big role. The Red Tornado scored seven runs through three innings but only three of them were earned. Regardless, the result was a 7-1 deficit and the end of starter Chad Caley's day. Caley surrendered five hits and three walks to go with one strikeout and those three earned runs.

E-town's offense came alive in the top of the fourth thanks in large part to a three-run blast off the bat of Nick Stoner. Justin Shelly and Solen Clark added RBI singles and Ryan Rupp a RBI double to push the innings total to six runs, tying the game at 7-7. All the hard work slipped away in the bottom half of the inning when McCaskey plated the final five runs of the game. Larry Locker surrendered all five of those runs and was hit with the loss. Stoner added a run scoring double in the third while Shelly and Clark each finished with three hits.

Two days later the Bears managed just four hits in a 4-3 loss to Cedar Crest. Falcon starter Logan Horn kept E-town off balance just enough to escape with the win. Logan Yohn pitched a strong five innings, allowing three runs with just one earned, to go with six strikeouts and four walks but ended up with a no decision. Cole Patrick tossed two innings but surrendered the final Cedar Crest run to take the loss.

Shelly went hitless in his three at-bats but his first inning go-round with Horn ended with Stoner scoring while the defense was busy dealing with Shelly at first base. Rupp gave the Bears a short-lived lead after his second inning single eventually led to him scoring on a passed ball. Rupp struck again in the fourth, following Caley's double with a double of his own to put E-town back up by one. The Falcons scored the game tying run off Yohn in the top of the fifth and the game winner off Patrick in the seventh.

The Bears managed to finish the week on a high note, scoring a 6-1 win over Ephrata. Stoner led the way at the plate and on the mound finishing with three hits and three RBI to go with three hits allowed and 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work. Caley recorded the final out after Stoner hit his pitch count limit.

At the plate, Stoner's big hit was a three-run double in the sixth. He added a third inning double and fifth inning single to his day. Shelly pushed across E-town's lone third inning run while Ephrata miscues played a pivotal role in the two first inning runs. Yohn, Shelly and Casey Cooper all reached on errors with Cooper picking up a RBI for his botched liner to short. Shelly managed to score on a passed ball for a quick 2-0 lead.

LACROSSE

Both lacrosse squads endured a 1-2 week with both wins coming on Tuesday, April 25th over Cedar Crest. The Lady Bears rolled by the Falcons 16-9 behind five Aba Aggrey, four Kate Weissend and three Kimmy Bucher goals. Cyrose Conteh (two goals) was the final multi-goal scorer while Jaide Epler and Samantha Shutt picked up one score each. Skyler Kline earned the win with nine saves for E-town.

On the boys' side, the Bears needed overtime to slip by the Falcon 8-7. Isaiah Shickley led the way with four goals and two assists. Cole Gingrich, Adam Weissend, Matt Pottgeiser and Cole Baker tacked on one goal each. David Rich finished with 10 saves in the win.

On Friday both squads lost to Cocalico. The boys fell 10-5 final while the Lady Bears suffered a 22-9 loss.

Adam Weissend provided the offense for the boy's netting four of their five goals with Baker picking up the final tally. Alessi and Shickley added three combined assists while Rich tallied 18 saves.

Bucher (five goals), Aggrey (two goals) and Conteh (two goals) accounted for the offense while Corrie Baker and Kelsey Greiner split time in goal and combined for 11 saves.

The two squads also suffered losses in Saturday's battle with York Catholic. The girls dropped a closer than it looks 14-5 final while the boy's fell by a 21-13 count.

Hannah McConnell took center stage for the Lady Bears, netting four of their five goals with Conteh picking up the final score. Baker and Greiner shared goalie duties again with Baker recording all seven E-town saves.

Shickley and Baker both matched McConnell's four goal tally but it was not enough to thwart Catholic's second half surge. The Shamrocks outscored Elizabethtown 13-3 in the second half to flip the Bear's one goal lead into a nine-goal loss. Duncan Keller joined Rich in goal with the pair finishing with nine total saves.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team enjoyed a two-win week doubling their victory total in the process. The Bears opened the week on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Lebanon. The outcome looked bleak after the Cedars claimed games two and three, 25-19 and 25-22. Elizabethtown shook off the two losses with match sealing wins of 25-15 and 25-11. E-town opened the match with a 25-9 victory.

Narvin Chhay piloted the ship with 41 assists with Ryan Minneci adding 11 kills and four digs. Spencer Roth chipped in with seven block and Daniel Elder three aces.

The Bears picked up season win number four on April 27th, topping Lititz Christian 3-1. The Eagles managed to steal game two 25-23 but E-town secured the win thanks to 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21 victories.

Austin Kreiser racked up 10 kills, nine digs and three aces while Chhay dished out 32 assists in the win. Frank Arendt and Minneci each finished with two blocks.

SOFTBALL

The softball team was also a member of the two-win club last week courtesy of victories over McCaskey and Ephrata. The Lady Bears hit a mid-week bump with a 4-1 loss to Cedar Crest on Wednesday.

Jocelyn Zook took the Cedar Crest loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Zook was able to rebound on Friday, pitching the Lady Bears to a 12-5 win over Ephrata. Zook was hit with five runs on 10 hits and two walks but it was enough as E-town plated 12 runs, nine of which came in a three-inning span.

The Lady Bears opened the week on Monday with a 14-4 drubbing of McCaskey. Erin Heffleger picked up the win despite allowing all four Lady Tornado runs in the first two innings. Heffleger earned the win thanks to a Lady Bear offense that scored seven of their runs during the same two-inning stretch. E-town added another seven runs while Zook was covering the final four innings, leading to the 14-4 final.

TRACK

The Elizabethtown track and field teams posted wins over Garden Spot last Monday with the boys prevailing 90-65 and the girls 87-58.

The Lady Bears were led by the trio of Rachel Wood, Katie Locker and Megan Rider who accounted for half of the Elizabethtown event wins with two each. Wood and Locker did their work on the track with Wood sweeping the sprints and Locker taking the 800m (2:28) and 1600m (5:23). Wood posted a 13.1 to win the 100m and a 27.6 to claim the 200m. The Lady Bears added Cat Shontz's winning time of 12:21.1 in the 3200m and Alicia Underkoffler's 49.5 in the 300mH to 4x800 and 4x100 relay victories to account for eight of their 11 wins.

Megan Rider picked up two wins in the field, taking the high jump (4-8) and the long jump (14-10.75). Ryleigh Edmonds cleared 10-6 in the pole vault to top all competitors.

On the boys' side, the Bears did their heavy lifting on the track as well, outscoring Garden Spot 59-28 on their way to the 90-65 victory. The track domination was keyed by distance sweeps where Nat McCloud won the 3200m and Christopher Scharf the 1600m. The Bears also picked up a sweep in the 800m where Aiden Weaver posted a 2:10.8 to lead the pack.

Elizabethtown also claimed two of the three relays with the 3200m squad posting a 9:21.1 and the 1600m quartet a 3:47.8. Michael Courtney and Derek Heisey split hurdle victories with Courtney winning the 110mH in 17.5 and Heisey the 300mH in 44.6. Aiden Hellein picked up the final victory on the track taking the 400m while Heisey added a win in the high jump to become the only Bear to win multiple solo events. Eddie Myers (long jump) and Daniel Mueser (pole vault) claimed the final two E-town wins.

TENNIS

With their final regular season match against Cocalico rained out, the tennis team closed their season on April 27th and 29th with their participation in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament.

For the majority of the Bears, the season concluded on Thursday in the first round of their respective singles flights. Lucas Overmoyer dropped his flight one match to Hempfield's Jake Curtain. Ethan Lown fell 6-2, 6-1 to Manheim Township's TJ Kade in the flight two draw. Ben Erickson came up short against Lampeter-Strasburg's Matt Paich in their flight three match-up while Conner Babinchak suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to another Pioneer, Evan King, in flight four.

Lown and Erickson had their singles season end on Thursday but the pair manage to knock off Ephrata's Ellis Martin and Dan Mantsevich in flight two doubles. That victory earned the duo a Saturday spot opposite the second seed in the bracket, William Fenimore and Noah Speitel of McCaskey. Lown and Erickson were not able to extend their season, falling to the Red Tornado pair.

Elizabethtown's flight three doubles entry, Logan Hoover and RJ Smith suffered a first round loss to Pequea Valley's Elliott Esh and Danny Gingrich.

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Bears Volleyball Drops 3-2 Thriller Against GS April 24, 2017

Sometimes in sports, just like in life, things really do not go your way. The 2017 season has been a long stretch of things not going the way of the Elizabethtown boys' volleyball team. The Bears have played just over half their regular season matches and carry a 2-7 record with two separate three game slides.

The most recent of those slides started on April 18th with a heartbreaking loss to Garden Spot. After dropping the opening game by a 25-16 count the Bears posted back-to-back wins of 25-19 to put the Spartans on the brink of elimination. Spot responded by stealing game four, 25-23, knotting the match and forcing a decisive fifth game. Elizabethtown was unable to shake off that game four loss, dropping game five 15-10 and the match, 3-2.

Austin Kreiser led the way with 10 digs and eight kills while Narvin Chhay added 19 assists. Dan Elder chipped in with one ace while Luke Rebman tallied one block.

The losing streak reached three games thanks to matching 3-0 losses to teams from Manheim, Central on Thursday and Township on Friday.

The first and third games against the Barons ended with Manheim winning 25-15 while the middle game ended with E-town on the wrong side of a 25-10 final. Chhay's seven assists and Braydon Shuck's three kills led the offense while Frank Arendt's one block and Elder's five digs led the defense.

Friday's loss to the Blue Streaks followed a similar script with the Bears falling 25-8, 25-15, 25-16. Shuck, Kreiser, Arendt and Jarrod Butera all finished with three kills. Kreiser and Shuck tacked on one ace apiece. Shuck capped his all-around game with three blocks. Chhay picked up three digs and 12 assists.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team dropped two of their three of their matches last week. The highlight was Wednesday's 6-1 win over Annville-Cleona. The first setback happened on Tuesday, a 5-2 loss at McCaskey while the week ended on Friday with a rain shortened 4-0 loss to Manheim Central.

Against the Dutchman, a singles sweep paved the way. All four of the victories were of the two-set variety with Lucas Overmoyer, Ethan Lown, Ben Erickson and Conner Babinchak allowing a total of nine points in eight combined sets. Lown and Erickson teamed up for a number two doubles win while RJ Smith and Logan Hoover earned their second win in as many days.

Smith and Hoover's first win of the week came against McCaskey, earning one of the two team points for the Bears. Overmoyer posted the other win at number three singles.

Friday's match against the Barons was called while three of the four singles matches were still being contested. The one that did finish, number one singles, was the fourth and final loss for Elizabethtown as the Bears had already fell in all three doubles matches.

BASEBALL

The baseball team kept their undefeated season intact with wins over Manheim Township, Penn Manor and Warwick. That puts the Bears at 10-0 overall and 9-0 in Lancaster-Lebanon League play.

E-town opened the week on Monday with a 9-3 win over Township. A six run fifth propelled the Bears to victory. Chad Caley was the beneficiary of outburst, earning the win after surrendering three game tying runs in the top half of the frame. Those runs were part of the seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts that encompassed Caley's pitching line for his six innings of work. Ryan Rupp finished out the win by tossing a perfect seventh.

Rupp also helped with his bat, smacking a two-run single in the big fifth inning. Cayden Livingston's fifth inning single plated another two runs. A Casey Cooper single and an Austin Denlinger double provided the two first inning runs while Solen Clark's single in the fourth allowed Caley to score and made it a 3-0 game.

Nick Stoner was the star of the show in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Penn Manor. The senior hurler allowed just one hit and issued one walk while striking out 17 of the 23 batters he faced. Elizabethtown scored both of their runs in the top of the fourth. The lone hit of the inning belonged to Justin Shelly. Cooper followed with a single with an error on Denlinger's bunt attempt allowing Shelly to score and Cooper to move to third. Caley lofted the fourth pitch of his at-bat to center, allowing Cooper to make it a 2-0 game. That was all Stoner needed as he closed out the game, collecting 10 of his 17 strikeouts over the final four innings.

The Bears used another late inning outburst to pull away from Warwick in an 8-2 victory. This time it was a five run sixth that broke open a 3-2 contest. Stoner got things rolling with a two-run blast to left following Livingston's leadoff walk. Cooper added a one run single and Caley a two-run double to finish the rally. Caley and Cooper provided E-town's punch in the third with RBI singles that broke up a 1-1 tie. Livingston pushed across that first Elizabethtown run with a double in the second.

Logan Yohn covered the first five innings on the hill to earn the win while Cole Patrick tossed two shutout innings to close out the contest. Together the pair allowed seven hits and issued six walks and four strikeouts.

LACROSSE

The boys' lacrosse team came out on top in two of their three games last week. Both wins came after a 16-5 loss to Manheim Township on Tuesday. Isaiah Shickley took part in four of the six goals, scoring three and assisting on one other. Cole Baker, Adam Weissend and Charles Alessi each added one score while Alessi tacked on two assists. David Rich finished with 10 saves in the loss.

The Bears rebounded with a 13-10 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday. E-town posted a 4-1 edge in the fourth that provided the final margin of victory. Shickley and Baker accounted for nine of the 13 goals with Shickley adding two assists to his five scores. Alessi, Weissend, Scheck Traore and Elliott Kline finished up the attack with one score each. Rich and Duncan Keller split time in goal and finished with 11 combined saves.

Elizabethtown stepped out of the L-L for their April 22nd contest, topping Wyomissing 13-4. Shickley and Baker sparked the attack with Baker netting another four scores and two assists. Shickley nearly doubled that goal tally, finishing with seven goals. Kline and Matt Pottgeiser finished with one goal each while Alessi (five assists) and Weissend (two assists) did their part.

The week as a whole was less than desirable for the Lady Bear lacrosse team thanks to losses to Manheim Township and Lampeter-Strasburg. E-town can consider the week a success courtesy of a 10-9 victory over West York on Saturday that snapped a three-game slide.

Kimmy Bucher netted six of her team's goals to help turn a 7-5 half time deficit into a one goal victory against West York. Aba Aggrey and Kate Weissend split the final four scores while Corrie Baker earned the win with 10 saves.

Offense was a bit harder to come by in the week's other two contests. Against Township on Tuesday the Lady Bears fell 19-3. Bucker picked up two of the three scores and Weissend netted the final goal. Baker and K. Gorman each tallied five saves.

The Bears doubled their scoring two days later but still came up short in a 19-6 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. Cyrose Conteh accounted for half of the scoring while Bucher, Weissend and Brooke Dohner combined for the other half. Kelsey Greiner joined the goalie rotation and finished with one save, matching Baker's total.

SOFTBALL

The softball team opened the week with a win over Manheim Township. From there it was back-to-back-to-back losses to Penn Manor, Donegal and Warwick.

The Bears never trailed in Monday's 18-14 slug-fest against Township. E-town plated five runs in the first only to see the Streaks tie the game in the bottom of the second. A seven run third inning gave Elizabethtown the lead for good despite repeated attempts at a comeback from Manheim.

Those attempts included a three run third that erased some of that lead. E-town countered with three runs in the fourth to push the lead back to seven. Township cut the margin to six with a single run in the bottom half of the fourth. The Streaks kept coming, outscoring E-town 5-3 over the final three innings but their comeback came up short. Jocelyn Zook outlasted Mikayla Brennan to pick up the win.

Elizabethtown was unable to get their offense going one day later, suffering a 9-0 loss to Donegal as a result. The Lady Bears finished the game without anyone reaching base due to battling one of the L-L's best pitchers. Makyla Yoder held E-town hitless and issued no walks to record a perfect game. Erin Heffleger took the loss.

Both Zook and Heffleger spent time in the circle during Wednesday's 9-1 loss to Penn Manor. Zook got the start and took the loss after covering the first five innings. Heffleger pitched the final two innings with the pair combining for six walks and two strikeouts. For the second straight game the Lady Bears had to contend with one of the L-L's best hurlers in Brittany Hook, who finished with 19 strikeouts. E-town managed three hits and a fourth inning run to claim a minor victory.

Elizabethtown closed out the week on Friday with a 10-0 loss to Warwick. Zook surrender all 10 Lady Warrior runs to take the loss while the Lady Bear offense struggled for the third straight game, finishing with one hit.

TRACK

The girls' track team remained perfect on the year with an 83-67 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on the 18th. E-town claimed all three relay races with the resulting 15-0-point edge accounting for the bulk of the final margin.

Rachel Wood added 100m and 200m wins to her leg on the 400m relay team. Katie Locker earned a 400m win to go along with legs on the 3200m and 1600m relay teams. Cat Shontz, Julia Rathsam and Alicia Underkoffler also enjoyed solo wins and took part in a relay victory. Shontz won the 3200m and took one leg of the 3200m relay while Rathsam held down another leg and won the 800m. Underkoffler captured the 300mH and joined Kristen McEvoy, Locker and Malayna Van Winkle on the 1600m relay team. Van Winkle finished off the 3200m relay while McEvoy, Amber Bostdorf and Elizabeth Barge took care of the 400m relay along with Wood.

Josephine Angeny (triple jump), Megan Rider (high jump) and Ryleigh Edmonds (pole vault) closed out the win.

The boys managed two wins in a 118-32 loss to the Pioneers. Charles Scharf posted the fastest time in the 3200m while Daniel Mueser took the top spot in the pole vault.

The Bears stayed close by for their big mid-season meet, competing at Elizabethtown College's Blue Jay Invitational. The Lady Bears swept the distance events with Locker wining the 1600m and Shontz the 3200m. Derek Heisey collected the top finish for the boy's, nabbing bronze in the 300mH and the high jump. Locker added a second-place finish in the 800m while Ryleigh Edmonds picked up a silver in the pole vault.

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Bears Dominate Bucks in Boys Lacrosse April 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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Elizabethtown Softball Posts Two-Win Week April 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farwell Earns District 3 Crown February 27, 2017

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

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

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

SWIMMING

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

WRESTLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIVING

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

BOWLING

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

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

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

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

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

RIFLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SWIMMING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SWIMMING

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

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

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

RIFLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOWLING

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

BOYS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIFLE

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

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

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

BOWLING

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

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

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

WRESTLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS'S BASKETBALL

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

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

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

BOYS' BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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E-town Hoop Team Battles Mountaineers January 23, 2017

One step forward, two steps back would be an adept description of the Elizabethtown boys' basketball season. After snapping a nine-game slide with wins in two of their next three games the Bears have now dropped three straight to sit at 3-14 overall and 2-7 in Section Two action.

While the losses to Ephrata and Hershey looked lopsided on the scoreboard, there is some good to be taken from the results. Ten different Bears scored in Tuesday's 63-49 loss to Ephrata while nine players cracked the scorebook in Saturday's loss to Hershey.

Micah Garber paced the pack against the Mountaineers, collecting a game high 19 points. He reached double figures against Hershey too, finishing with 14 points but it was teammate Ryan Parise that took game high honors. Parise nipped Hershey's Jake Wilson 19-18 for game high honors.

Even Friday's 46-43 heartbreaking loss to Lampeter-Strasburg saw eight players manage at least one bucket with Garber's 12 points leading the way. Unfortunately, that was not enough to stave off the second half comeback by L-S. A trio of Pioneers, Jared Houck, Ben Sandberg and Ryan Smith, combined to score 24 of their team's 27 second half points to erase E-town's 10-point halftime lead.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The same win-loss struggle has affected the Lady Bear hoops team as well. A four-game winning streak that spanned the flip of the calendar has turned into E-town's current eight game slide. The stretch turned Elizabethtown's 5-3 overall mark into 6-11 while their 2-2 Section Two record has fallen to 2-7.

Three of those eight losses occurred last week starting with a 68-31 loss to visiting Manheim Township on the 17th. With points at a premium for E-town, Sydney Pierson's 10 points led the way. Bri Polities (six points), Amber Orban (five points), Kirsten Mumma (four points), Alicia Underkoffler (four points) and Samantha Stackhouse (two points) accounted for the remaining points in the loss.

Friday, January 20th sent the Lady Bears to Lancaster to tangle with the Lady Tornado of McCaskey. Points were once again hard to come by with Polities' 12 points leading the way in the 64-31 loss. Pierson (nine points), Mumma (four points), Underkoffler (three points), Stackhouse (two points) and Orban (one point) combined to account for the remaining 19 points.

Elizabethtown's week came to a close on Saturday with a 12-point loss to Hershey. Only four Lady Bears scored in the 46-34 loss but two of them, Polities and Pierson, managed to crack the double-digit threshold. Polities netted a team high 14 while Pierson checked in with 12 points. Orban (six points) and Mumma (two points) finishing up the scoring for E-town.

BOWLING

Wins have not been as hard to come by for the bowling team. With a 5-2 January 20th victory over Conestoga Valley, the Bears improved to 42-14 in L-L play and 63-14 overall. Their 42-14 L-L mark has them tied atop the Section Two standings with Ephrata and groups them with the Mountaineers and ELCO in a 5th place bunch in the quest for the best record in the Lancaster Lebanon League.

"I like where we are in the standings," said head coach Frank Telenko. "We gave one away at CV."

The one they gave away that Telenko was referring to was the two losses against the Buckskins. Those losses occurred in spite of the efforts put forth by Devon Brooks. The senior opened with a near perfect 299 before cooling off with games of 196 and 201 to finish with a 696 series. Olivia Farwell trended the opposite way, opening with a 205 and 170 but closing with an impressive 278 to post the second highest pin count of the day, 653. CV's Ryan Graham was the only other bowler to crack the 600-series mark, finishing with a 624 series.

Logan Hoover was the final Bear to take part in all three games, finishing with a 559 series. Patrick Hoffmaster, Bryanna Young and Elizabeth Vuxta all bowled two games and finished with matching 317 totals.

RIFLE

The rifle team is also finding victories easy to accumulate this season. The Bears are 8-0 on the year and 7-0 in league play after wins over Wilson and Conestoga Valley last week. E-town continued their quest for the perfect season with a 497-492 win over Wilson on January 17th. Matthey Risbon, Braydon Shuck and Madison Garner each checked in with perfect 100s while Caleb Flores was just off the mark with a 99. Gage Schatz finished up the top five with a 98.

Two days later Elizabethtown was a bit off their game but they still managed a 493-490 win over Conestoga Valley. Flores was the lone perfect shooter for E-town but both Shuck and Risbon finished just one shot off, courtesy of their 99s. Daniel Bert slipped into the scoring five with a 98 while Schatz closed out the scorers with a 97.

WRESTLING

The winning carried over to the wrestling mat with the Bears topping Cedar Crest 59-12 on January 18th. E-town benefited from five forfeits, starting with David Rich at 195 to kick things off. Connor Gill earned the only victory on the mat over the first six weight classes, pinning Austin Olan-Torres early in the second period of their 220-pound bout.

Three forfeits, two in favor of Elizabethtown, and a no contest at 113 stretched the Bears lead to 24-6 just minutes into the affair. Ethan Carl at 106 and Cameron Olson at 120 nabbed the beneficial forfeits while Cedar Crest got one back at 285. The Falcons picked up their only other win at 126, a pinfall victory by Christopher Byler.

Justin Shelly put E-town back on track with a 15-0 tech fall win over Ryan Scicchitano at 132 while Cole Rich picked up a pinfall win at 138. The final two forfeits, Javan Thomas at 145 and Matthew Geiner at 152, pushed the Bear lead to 47-12 with three bouts remaining.

Charles Alessi posted a 19-9 win in the first of those three, topping Austin Bohr at 160. Scott Fox picked up Elizabethtown's only non-bonus point win, earning a 6-1 decision over Dylan Holland at 170. Blake Andrews closed out the match with a 17-1 tech fall win over Derrick Vial at 180.

The Bears kept the good times going with a second place showing at the TWC Trojan Battle which was held at York Suburban High School on January 21st. E-town tallied 179.5 points thanks largely to seven silver medal winning performances. While the strength of the team finish might have been all those trips to the medal stand, both Gill (220) and Rich (182) managed to stand atop the stand by taking first in their weight class. The silver medal onslaught started with Luke Snyder at 113 and Olson at 120 with Shelly at 132 and Rice at 138 following. Hunter Spigelmeyer (160), Fox (170) and Andrews (195) rounded out the second place club.

Carl at 106, Thomas at 145 and Alessi at 152 gave the Bears a trio of fourth place finishers while Range closed out the Elizabethtown show by taking 6th at 126.

SWIMMING

The E-town swimming teams ended up on the wrong end of both a heartbreaking nail biter as well as an over before it is over loss. The Lady Bears suffered the heartbreak, falling to Cocalico 89-81 while the boys were not able to hang with the Eagles, suffering a 118-52 loss.

The boy's team was overwhelmed in their loss, posting only two event victories. Daniel Mueser took the 100 butterfly while Frank Arendt captured the 100 backstroke. Arendt also accounted for Elizabethtown's lone second place, doing so in the 50 freestyle. Mueser picked up one of the team's three third places finishes in the 200 freestyle with Austin Readinger (100 breaststroke) and Stuart Readinger (100 freestyle) collecting the others.

On the girl's side, the Lady Bears lost despite winning seven of 11 events. Kaitlyn Welch and Lexi Fink led the way with two individual wins apiece. The pair also teamed up with Abbi Dehmey and Oliviah Rachael to capture the 200-freestyle relay. Welch did her solo work in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke while Fink took home the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Welch picked up one last victory on the day for her work in the 400-freestyle relay along with Rachael, Erin Kraskewicz and Camille Donahue.

Rachael accounted for the final individual win, posting a 1:03.83 in the 100 butterfly. Rachael in the 50 freestyle and Donahue in the 500-freestyle picked up Elizabethtown's only two second place finishes.

Kraskewicz backed up Welch's work in the 200 free and Fink's work in the 100 breaststroke with a third place run in both events. Caeli Connelly posted the final top three finish for E-town, finishing one spot behind Donahue in the 500 freestyle.

The teams finished out the week on Saturday by participating in the Baron Invitational. E-town fell just short of the combined team title, taking second place behind Mechanicsburg 774-5-766.5. The Bears opened the meet by going one-two in the mixed 200 medley relay. Ardent, Mueser, Fink and Rachael teamed up to take first while Abigail Alspaugh, Welch, Dylan Quinn and Nicholas Schmidt joined forces for a second-place swim. Fink followed by taking the top spot in the 200 freestyle to make Elizabethtown two for two.

Rachael picked up the next win, posting a 25.33 in the 50 freestyle.

Mueser matched Rachael by taking the top spot in the boy's race, posting a 22.84. Donahue was up next, taking second in the 500 freestyle. Rachael claimed E-town's next win, earning the top spot in the 100-free style with a time of 55.69. Once again Mueser matched Rachael, taking the boy's race with a time of 50.43. Welch and Donahue took two of the top three spots in the girl's 100 backstroke with Welch's 1:05.41 taking the top spot and Donahue's 1:11.33 good enough for third.

Fink earned the final individual win, posting a 1:13.44 in the 100 Breaststroke while Arendt, Rachael, Welch and Mueser picked up the final Elizabethtown win, taking the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.83.

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Matmen Win Two, Improve to 2-2 in Section January 16, 2017

The new year, new result theme is working well for the Elizabethtown wrestling team. The Bears picked up two more wins last week, upping their season mark to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in Section Two matches. The losses to Manheim Central and Garden Spot both occurred in 2016 while wins over Lebanon, ELCO and Lampeter-Strasburg all took place in 2017, making the new year much better for E-town.

With two matches on the slate last week the Bears got to work early, topping ELCO by a 57-21 count on January 9th. E-town found themselves in a quick 0-3 hole after a loss in the opening bout at 195. David Rich posted a pin at 220 to flip the score just as quickly. Conner Gill followed with a pin of his own to give Elizabethtown a 12-3 cushion. Ethan Carl picked up an easy forfeit win at 106 while Luke Snyder finished off a run of four straight bonus point wins with another pin, this one at 113.

The Raiders responded by winning three of the next four weight classes to make it a 30-21 affair. The Bears shook off ELCO's rally by winning the final five bouts of the match starting with Javon Thomas and his 5-1 win over Cam Krow at 145. Thomas' decision, combined with Justin Shelly's 16-second pin at 132 put Elizabethtown up 33-21. Charles Alessi pushed the lead to 18 points by earning the first of three straight pinfalls. Hunter Spigelmyer nabbed the middle of the three while Scott Fox finished off the run. Blake Andrews closed out the match and the 57-21 victory with a forfeit win at 182.

Elizabethtown followed their section cross-over with the Raiders by topping the formally undefeated Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg. The 46-21 win occurred on January 11th and saw the Bears earn bonus points in eight of their 10 victories. E-town began collecting those bonus points from the opening match when Spigelmyer pinned Connor Penry at 160. Fox followed with a 12-0 major and just two matches in the Bears were up 10-0. A loss at 182 put a temporary halt to the good times but five straight Elizabethtown wins quickly brought them back.

Andrews started the run with another forfeit win, this one coming at 195. Rich collected another major decision, taking out Tyler Phenegar 10-2. Gill (285) and Carl (106) followed with the only two E-town wins that did not involve bonus points. Luke Snyder closed out the run by pinning Ryan Guyer just 43 seconds into their 113-pound bout. Buoyed by the five-match run, the Bears were able to survive back-to-back wins by Lampeter-Strasburg at 120 and 126 with a comfortable 32-15 lead.

Shelly ended the Pioneer spurt by posting the first of two straight major decisions for E-town. Shelly topped Michael Kuhns at 132 while Cole Rice earned the win over Ramon Estevez at 138. Thomas picked up the final Elizabethtown win of the evening, posting a second period pin over Kaden Campbell at 145. An L-S win at 152 put the final at 46-21.

SWIMMING

The swimming teams were also busy last week, posting big wins over Manheim Central on Thursday after getting by Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday.

"It feels good knowing that the hard work is paying off," said head coach Zach McElheny.

For the Lady Bears, the 115-52 win over Central and the 94-76 win over L-S means sole possession of second place in Section Two, behind 3-0 Ephrata. The Boys team is forced to share second place with Cocalico with both teams looking up at Conestoga Valley.

Three event sweeps and victories in all three relays sparked Thursday's lopsided win over Manheim. Camille Donahue took first in two of those sweeps, winning the 50 and the 500 freestyle races with times of 28.43 and 6:06.24. Donahue was also part of the victories in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Kaitlyn Welch, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael joined Donahue on both relays and in winning two individual events. One of Rachael's solo wins came in Elizabethtown's final event sweep, the 200 freestyle, while her other came in the 100 freestyle. Welch completed her runs in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke with similar times while Fink needed nearly twice as long for her 200 IM victory as her 100-breaststroke win. Abbi Dehmey, Emily Reiner, Caeli Connolly and Erin Kraskewicz accounted for the final win, posting a 2:00.2 in the 200-freestyle relay.

Wins were a bit harder to come by in Tuesday's 94-76 win over Lampeter-Strasburg. Victories in the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relays helped the cause. Welch, Fink and Donahue took part in both wins with Rachael joining the trio for a 2:01.49 in the medley relay. Kraskewicz joined in the 400-freestyle relay, posting a 4:12.85. Welch, Fink and Rachael each picked up two of E-town's six other wins. Welch was tops in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke while Fink claimed the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Rachael rounded things out with wins in the 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

The boys posted a similarly lopsided, 120-45 win, over the Barons with eight different swimmers playing a part in the 11 wins. Daniel Mueser collected four wins, going solo for the 50 free and the 100 butterfly while taking part in the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relay wins. Frank Arendt, Austin Readinger and Stuart Readinger made up the other three legs of the 200-medley team while Arendt, Dylan Quinn and Matt Heisey finished out the 200-freestyle team. Heisey also took part in Elizabethtown's final relay win along with Quinn, Stuart Readinger and Kent Taylor.

Austin Readinger joined Mueser as the only other Bear to win two solo events, taking the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Arendt, Quinn, Welch and Stuart Readinger were each solo winners as well. Arendt took the 100 freestyle, Welch the 100 backstroke, Quinn the 200 IM and Stuart Readinger the 200 freestyle.

The Bears were limited to just seven wins in their 90-80 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg. Stuart Readinger was the only swimmer to earn two solo wins, taking the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle. He also joined Taylor, Arendt and Mueser for a win in the 400-freestyle relay. Arendt and Mueser enjoyed one solo win each after teaming with Austin Readinger and Adam Shultz to open the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay. Mueser's solo came in the 200 freestyle while Arendt took the 50 freestyle. Quinn picked up the final win, posting a 1:13.22 in the 100 breaststroke.

BOYS BASKETBALL

One month is a long time, especially when referring to a high school basketball team's last victory. Such was the case on January 10th when Elizabethtown hosted Cocalico in a Section Two battle. The Bears entered the game with a nine-game losing streak, their last and only victory coming on December 10th over Red Land. Thirty-two minutes of hoops later the Bears doubled their win total and snapped that nine-game slide.

"That win over Cocalico was a huge win, to at least give us hope that we could make a run here in the second half of the season," said head coach Rocky Parise. The 64-57 win puts his Bears just two games back of the third-place Eagles despite their 2-5 section record. Larry Locker (20 points) and Ryan Parise (16 points) provided the offense in the win.

A bump in the road in the form of a 60-51 loss to Cedar Cliff came on Wednesday. Micah Garber was the lone Bear in double figures, netting a game high 20 points. Fifteen of those came in the fourth where E-town rallied out of a 20-point hole for the final nine-point margin.

"We couldn't hit a shot in the middle two quarters," explained Parise.

Elizabethtown retuned to Section Two action on Friday, blowing by Donegal 64-50.

"We won the week. That was our goal," said Parise.

The Bears enjoyed a quartet of double digit scorers led by Garber's 17 points. Adam Peifer checked in with 15 points while Ryan Parise and Locker added 10 points each.

RIFLE

The rifle team continued their stellar season with convincing wins over Manheim Central and Garden Spot. The highlight of the week was Thursday's 499-488 win over Garden Spot.

"Our top two shooters didn't have 100s so that was amazing," said head coach Dave Reinfried. "They fell down and a bunch of other kids stepped up. We are a very deep team."

That left David Buckwalter, Matthew Risbon, Madison Garner and Gage Schatz with scores of 100 while Caleb Flores settled in with a 99.

Tuesday's win over Central featured half the number of perfect scores with only Garner and Risbon hitting the mark. Flores posted another 99 while Buckwalter and Schatz rounded out the top five with matching 98s.

The Bears closed out the week on Saturday with a trip to Conestoga Valley for the L-L pairs tournament. Braydon Shuck and Mackenzie Smith shot well enough to claim third on the day.

"Everyone was down a little bit so no big scores were posted," Reinfried stated.

Buckwalter and Schatz just missed out on a top 10 finish, settling in the 11th spot with a 386.

BOWLING

The winning carried over to the bowling lanes where the Bears posted 7-0 wins over Manheim Township and Lebanon.

"The scores are a testament to how hard the kids work at practice. It carries over into matches," said head coach Frank Telenko. "We always talk about bowling your best, not bowling the opponent."

Telenko went with just five bowlers in Tuesday's win over Township with Olivia Farwell posting the top series. Logan Hoover (668) and Elizabeth Vuxta (657) checked in just behind Farwell's 671. Devon Brooks was the final Bear over 600, finishing with a 610 series while Patrick Hoffmaster missed the 600 club by three pins.

Farwell took the top spot in Thursday's match against Lebanon, topping the Cedar's Zach Trimmer by seven pins, 674-667. Connor Murphy claimed E-town's second spot thanks to a 653 series. Brooks slipped into the third spot courtesy of a 624 series while Bryanna Young was fourth with a 611 series. Telenko used three bowlers to fill his fifth spot, starting with Bradley Ruth (161) and finishing with Hoover (215). In between was a 214 game from Hoffmaster.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The going has been a bit more difficult for the girls' basketball team. Losses to Section One front runners Hempfield and Cedar Crest dropped E-town to 2-5 in the section and saddled the Lady Bears with a four-game slide.

Elizabethtown entered halftime of the Hempfield game down just one but a shaky third quarter led to a 16-4 Knights run and to a 43-31 loss. Bri Polities matched Lindsey Durkota for game high honors with 10 points.

A similar story unfolded three days later when E-town fell to Cedar Crest, 59-33. The Lady Bears saw a 12-point halftime deficit nearly doubled thanks to the Falcons' 21-10 spurt in the third quarter.

"We are thin with numbers and it is causing many of our players to play the whole game, or just too many minutes," said head coach John Myers, "This has been an issue with our third quarters as our players are beginning to get tired."

Sydney Pierson (12 points) and Polities (11 points) both reached double figures while Megan Conley (four points), Amber Orban (two points) and Ashleigh Matter (two points) collected the final points for Elizabethtown.

The Lady Bears (7-7 overall) closed out the week with a 43-33 streak busting victory over Big Spring on Saturday, January 14th.

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