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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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