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Bears Cap Season With District Playoff Loss May 24, 2018

There are two main lines of thinking regarding the time off as teams transition from regular season to postseason; the time off is good for the players or the time off breaks momentum and ends seasons. Count the E-town Lady Bear softball team among those that believe the latter as a 6-3 loss in the opening round of district playoffs closed the book on the 2018 season for Elizabethtown.

The Lady Bears, as the 10 seed, traveled to Spring Grove to battle the seventh seeded Lady Rockets on their turf. Spring Grove wasted little time taking control of the contest. A scoreless top half of the first for E-town led into a two-run bottom half of the frame, giving the home team a quick lead. That lead was short lived as E-town countered in the top of the second with two runs of their own only to see Spring Grove answer right back to regain control.

Sadie Seaman's two run homer to center for her only hit of the game accounted for E-town's scoring. Seaman's blast came one batter after Hayden Calaman picked up the first of her two singles in the game.

The Lady Rockets put single runs on the board in the second and third innings, making it a 4-2 game, and never looked back. Spring Grove's final two runs came in the fifth, stretching the lead to 6-2 in the process. Elizabethtown's final run came in the top of the sixth. Kristin Geesey, who took the loss for E-town, started the frame with a leadoff single. Grace Eckert subbed in as a courtesy runner and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Calaman moved Eckert and Marana Lonardi, a courtesy runner for Haylee Calaman, into scoring position with her second single of the day. That chased Spring Grove Starter and game winner, Bailey Rapson, from the hill. Her replacement, Sara Jones, offered up the inning's second wild pitch which allowed Eckert to score from third to make it a 6-3 game. Jones settled down after that wild pitch, recording six straight outs to end the game.

Geesey pitched all six innings for E-town and was on the hook for all six Lady Rocket runs that came on eight hits and two walks. Geesey did add four strikeouts to her pitching line and accounted for two of the Lady Bears' five hits at the plate.

TRACK

Mother Nature had another trick up her sleeve for the Elizabethtown track and field athletes that converged on Shippensburg University for the District 3 Championship Meet that was held May 11th and 12th. After dealing with rainy and cold weather for most of the regular season the Bears were unable to get a reprieve for the district meet as temperatures remained cool while intermittent showers had athletes and spectators looking for cover and hoping to stay dry.

While the weather did affect the E-town participants with most of the nine athletes falling short of their seeded times, distances or heights, two of the Lady Bears that made the trip managed to shake off the external factors and better their times. Katie Locker and Cat Shontz were those two athletes.

Locker came into the 800m competition seeded first with a time of 2:14.07. The sophomore maintained her top billing, taking home gold, while her 2:13.52 came in 0.55 seconds below that seeded time and only a bit off the District 3-3A record time set in 2014 by Manheim Township's Meredith Newman. Shontz's success came in the 1600m where her 12th place time of 5:13.76 checked in nearly a second faster than her seeded time of 5:14.64.

The pair also took part in a second event but neither was able to post a faster time then they had coming into the weekend. That fact did not stop Locker from earning a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA Championships thanks to a fourth place run in the 1600m. Locker clocked a 5:01.83, nearly a second slower than her best time and 15 seconds off the record setting pace turned in by event winner Marlee Starliper of Northern York. Shontz's second event was the 3200m where she entered with the 12th fastest time (11:15.83) and finished 14th with a time of 11:24.13.

Madeline Quinn joined Shontz in the 3200m race and finished 16th. The freshman turned in a time of 11:31.31 at which was 0.81 seconds slower than her seed time. Alicia Underkoffler was the final Lady Bear to take part in track activities. She qualified 16th in the 300H with a time of 47.91 and finished 15th with a time of 48.07. Elizabethtown's final competitor on the girl's side was Audrey Schlosser. She finished the pole vault competition with a top height of 10-0 which put her in a five-way tie for 11th with four others.

E-town did send a small group from the boy's team to compete in the 3200m relay with one of those members, Christopher Scharf, branching off to take part in the solo version of the 3200m. The quartet of Jason Trimble, Jesse Myers, Charles Scharf and Christopher Scharf came into the 3200m seeded 15th with a time of 8:13.08. The less than ideal conditions kept the Bears from equaling their seed time but E-town did finish 14th thanks to their 8:34.95. The result for Christopher's solo run mirrored the other Elizabethtown athletes in Shippensburg. He came into the weekend seeded 11th with a time of 9:49.48 but the weather slowed him down to a 10:01.79, good enough for 12th place in the 20-person field.

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Bears Sit 10th in District 3-5A Rankings May 18, 2018

With the way the regular season has been affected by weather, there was only one way for it to end for the Elizabethtown softball team. The Lady Bears had eight of their 20 regular season games moved around due to various weather events this spring, a few even needed to be shuffled multiple times. How fitting then that E-town had their regular season finale against Dallastown, a game that was originally scheduled for March 27th, end up cancelled due to another round of storms on May 15th. The teams managed to make it through three and a half innings with Elizabethtown up 4-3 when lighting struck. The teams attempted to finish the game on the 16th but more rain washed those attempts away leaving the Lady Bears sitting at 12-7 and in the 10th spot in the final District 3-5A rankings. That sets up a trip to Spring Grove on the 22nd to face the Lady Rockets in a first round battle.

Not only were the Lady Bears looking to use a win over Dallastown as a springboard into their first-round district game, they were also looking to erase the sting of a walk-off loss to Manheim Central that came on Monday the 14th. Elizabethtown appeared to have the game in hand by plating single runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Central's Codi Bollinger had other ideas, belting a two-out, two-run shot to left that flipped the game to a 4-3 win for the Lady Barons.

Kristin Geesey covered all six and two-third innings, walking two with no strike outs on her way to the loss. The freshman hurler did help her own cause, putting E-town on the board with a third inning RBI single that made it 1-0. Jocelyn Zook scored that third inning run after picking up the first of her two singles on the day. Her second base hit came in the seventh and allowed Lauren Leese to score after her one-out single started the E-town rally. Alyssa Hamilton got in on the seventh inning fun with one of her three singles helping get Leese closer to scoring the would be winning run. Hayden Calaman went hitless on the day but managed to drive in Elizabethtown's sixth inning run that tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to right field. Head coach Gary Wylde refused to let the gut wrenching loss bring him down.

"I was really proud of our team and the way they battled in the game," said Wylde. "It's just one of those things that Manheim Central had a little better focus than we did."

TRACK

The Elizabethtown track and field teams had a banner two-day run at the 2018 edition of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships that were held at Hempfield High School on May 11th and 12th. The two programs combined to collect 14 top eight finishes with three of them falling inside the top three.

"I am pleased with how things went with our athletes who made the podium and the ones who came close to making it," said head coach Derrick McDonald.

Standout sophomore Katie Locker led the Bear pack with two gold medal winning runs with the highlight coming in the 1600m. Locker's 5:00.97 not only topped last year's winner, Lianna Tirado of McCaskey, by nearly three seconds, but her winning time fell just 0.05 seconds from breaking a 10-year-old meet record. Locker also ran away from the competition in the 800m, her 2:18.59 coming in over six seconds faster than the rest of the field.

"Kate Locker as always stepped up and performed like a champion athlete," McDonald stated. "She is well-prepared and always hungry and eager to take on the top competition."

Cat Shontz joined Locker on the 1600m podium with a 5:14.64 settling in as the seventh fastest time. Freshman Madeline Quinn fell just over four seconds short of snagging an L-L medal, settling for ninth in the 1600m instead with a time of 5:19.59.

Shontz added a fourth place showing in the 3200m, her 11:15.83 shaving over 10 seconds off her previous best time. Alicia Underkoffler picked up Elizabethtown's final medal on the track, taking fifth in the 300H with a time of 47.49.

Kara Bachert nabbed two medals in the field with her work in the long jump bringing home E-town's final top three finish. The senior covered 16-6.75 with her best long jump to capture bronze. Bachert picked up her second medal in the high jump where her top height of 4-10 put her in a seventh-place tie beside Lampeter-Strasburg's Lillian Hoke.

Megan Rider managed to slip onto the long jump podium along with Bachert, finishing eighth with a best distance of 15-11.25.

The Lady Bears also placed two inside the top eight in the pole vault with Josephine Angeny enjoying a fifth-place finish with a height of 10-6. Audrey Schlosser cleared 9-6 which was good enough for eighth place.

Elizabethtown's final two medals on the girls' side came in the throws thanks to the work of Carley Sedun and Olivia Anson. Sedun claimed seventh place in the discus with a toss of 102-00 while Anson finished eighth in the javelin with a 98-10.

The Bears final two medals for the championship meet came on the boy's side with Christopher Scharf responsible for the lone solo medal. Scharf claimed seventh in the 3200m run with a time of 10:02.99. The senior also teamed up with his brother, Charles, along with Jason Trimble and Aiden Weaver to finish fourth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:13.08.

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Bears Battle Spartans in Key Section 2 Clash May 11, 2018

When is a loss not just a loss?? When it keeps you from nabbing a postseason berth. That is what happened to the Elizabethtown softball team with a 7-4 loss to Garden Spot on May 7th. The Lady Spartan victory gave Spot the second L-L berth out of Section Two which E-town had been occupying. The teams traded minor blows throughout the game leaving Garden Spot up 4-3 heading into the seventh. Hayden Calaman knotted the game with a RBI single in E-town's half of the inning only to watch as the Lady Spartans plated three runs in their half of the frame to steal the win. Kristin Geesey covered all seven innings for Elizabethtown and took the loss, adding three strikeouts and two walks to the eight hits and seven runs allowed.

The Lady Bears got right back to winning with a 12-0 thumping of Mechanicsburg on the 9th. Geesey threw a line of zeros (no runs, walks or strikeouts) to go with one hit allowed on her way to the win. Alyssa Hamilton and Sadie Seaman combined for four hits and five RBI to lead the offense. Hamilton opened the game with a single that became E-town's first run before connecting on a second inning triple that plated two runs. Hamilton's third and final RBI came on a fielder's choice in the third. Seaman did all her work with one swing, connecting on a two-run shot as part of the four run fourth that kicked in the mercy rule.

Elizabethtown picked up two more wins in the first few days of May, topping Ephrata and Lebanon by a combined 27-2. The Lady Bear's needed four innings to blow by Ephrata 16-1 on the 3rd. Geesey got the win after allowing one hit in two innings of work while Hamilton covered the final two innings, allowing two more hits and the lone Lady Mountaineer run. Both players helped their own cause, Geesey with a two hit, three RBI day that included a three-run blast and Hamilton with a two hit, two RBI game that included a two-run triple. Erin Heffleger enjoyed a first inning triple that produced two runs.

The Lady Bears hosted Lebanon one day later and sent the Cedars home after an 11-1 thrashing. Jocelyn Zook stepped to the mound and picked up the five-inning win by tossing a three hitter. Calaman provided the offensive spark with first and fourth inning triples that plated three while Geesey added a one hit, two RBI day.

TRACK

The Lady Bear track and field team saw their Section Two title hopes go up in flames with an 80-70 loss to Ephrata on May 7th. With the loss E-town finishes 6-1 and in second place behind undefeated Ephrata. Kara Bachert, Katie Locker and Alicia Underkoffler did their best to carry E-town to the win, combining for seven solo wins as well as one leg of the 3200m relay victory. Locker, along with Malayna Van Winkle, Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz, kicked off the meet with a win in the 3200 relay. Locker then went solo for wins in the 400m (58.4) and 800m (2:33.3). Underkoffler also did her work on the track, sweeping the hurdle events while Bachert took the high jump (4-10), long jump (16-2.5) and triple jump (34-4.5). Shontz picked up Elizabethtown's final win, turning in a 5:23.7 in the 1600m.

On the boy's side the Mountaineers posted a 93.5-55.5 win with Elizabethtown claiming four wins. One of those four was a relay win where Eddie Myers, Brandon Fotibu, David Falcon and Alex Diahn teamed up for the win. Myers picked up a solo win in the long jump while Frank Miele tossed the shot put 37-11.25. Ryan Anderson picked up the final victory for E-town, clocking a 44.6 in the 300H.

LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team wrapped up their 2018 campaign with an impressive 23-10 victory over Garden Spot on May 4th. As impressive as the win was, it did not provide enough of a bump for the Lady Bears to make the 12 team District 3-3A cut. Instead E-town finished 13th in the power rankings.

"That near-miss feeling is difficult but we'll be using it to fuel us as we begin off-season preparations for 2019," said first year skipper Cheyenne Benson. "I am beyond proud of these girls and their hard work, grit and determination day in and day out. They played with heart and they played as one. I truly could not have asked for anything more."

That hard work and grit coupled with a standout performance from Kate Weissend made for an easy go against Garden Spot. Weissend tallied nine goals and dished out two assists, all but winning the game herself. Kimmy Bucher chipped in with a four-score effort which was matched by Cyrose Conteh and Aba Aggrey finished with three. Hannah Mink, Marissa Miller and Brooke Horst rounded out the scoring with one goal each. Corrie Baker turned away seven shots on the way to the win.

The boy's lacrosse team also picked up a win over Garden Spot on the 4th only it was not their season finale. That honor went to a May 7th contest opposite West York. The Bulldogs used a six goal second half to turn a 1-0 halftime lead into the 7-5 victory. Isaiah Shickley was the lone Bear to net multiple goals, finishing with two. Kole Gingrich, Cole Baker and Sam Azzalina each scored once. Duncan Keller finished with 11 saves for Elizabethtown.

The Bears enjoyed their final L-L game a lot more thanks to a 14-3 win over Spot. Matt Pottgeiser and Tyler Evans led the way with matching hat tricks while Shickley, Gingrich and Cam Poulos added two scores each to help the cause. Azzalina and Chad Heisey split the remaining two goals. Keller finished the win with nine saves.

BASEBALL

The baseball team saw their season come to a surprising close thanks a season ending slide that saw the Bears drop three straight and eight of their last 10 games. The result was a 10-10 overall mark and a 9-7 L-L finish.

"We played a lot of games in a short amount of time," said head coach Bill Templin. "No practices in between give us very little time to make adjustments or corrections. We need to do a better job of making adjustments in games. The teams we play are very talented and if we don't make adjustments this is what can happen."

The three-game slide started with an 11-1 loss to Donegal on May 4th. The Bears managed just two hits but both came in the second, producing Elizabethtown's lone run of the game. Nick Kreider led off with a single and Cole Patrick followed two batters later with a single that plated Kreider to make it 8-1. Chad Caley got the start and surrendered eight runs in two-thirds of an inning. Larry Locker covered the next 3.1 innings, and gave up six hits. Michael Baker took over for Locker with the based loaded and surrendered two singles that produced the final two runs to kick in the mercy rule.

After taking the weekend off the Bears hosted Lampeter-Strasburg on May 7th where a 4-2 loss eliminated Elizabethtown from the L-L postseason conversation. E-town plated both of their runs in the first three innings which chased Lampeter-Strasburg starter Josh Howells from the game. His replacement, Kris Pirozzi was able to keep Elizabethtown at bay with eight strikeouts over the final 4.2 innings to earn the Pioneers the win and the L-L berth that had belonged to E-town prior to the game.

Patrick pitched all seven innings for the Bears, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks to go with five punch outs. Caley drove in Elizabethtown's first run with a first inning single while Ryan Rupp matched that feat in the third inning to give E-town a 2-1 lead.

The final loss of the season came on May 8th with a trip to Central York where the Panthers posted a walk off win. The game seemed to turn in the Bears favor when a five run fifth put E-town up 6-5 but Central managed two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win.

Caley belted a grand slam one batter after Rupp's RBI single in the fifth to provide the offensive fireworks. Caley also took the loss after relieving Locker in the sixth, surrendering the final two runs on three hits and two walks. Locker covered the first five innings on his way to a no decision.

VOLLEYBALL

What a final week of the season for the boys' volleyball team. Wins over Cocalico and Ephrata put the Bears on the brink of qualifying for the L-L tournament only to see it all slip away with heartbreaking loss to Garden Spot on the season's final day. Making matters worse, the win earned the Spartans the spot in the L-L playoffs that E-town was looking to keep.

"Definitely a tough loss," said head coach Bryan Buckius of the 3-2 loss to Garden Spot. "I definitely wish we could have won but everyone gave 150% on the court and I'm extremely proud of all of our players."

The two teams battle back-and-forth with Spot taking the opening game 26-24 only to see Elizabethtown come back for a 25-21 game two win. The sides repeated the back-and-forth in games three and four with the Spartans taking game three 25-23 followed by E-town evening the match a second time with a 25-14 game four victory. Garden Spot survived a thrilling final game, 19-17 to collect the win.

Narvin Chhay had a monster game finishing with 56 assists which allowed both Austin Kreiser and Brice Reiman to finish with 21 kills. J Spencer Roth added seven blocks and Jake Sevcik five digs to help out.

Elizabethtown setup that winner take all season finale with 3-2 wins over Cocalico on May 3rd and Ephrata on May 7th. Kreiser had another 19 kills and Chhay 47 assists in the 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-10 five setter against Cocalico. Reiman and Jacques Mortha both finished with eight blocks in the win while Sevcik (14 digs) and Nicholas Chapman (five aces) did their part.

The Bears had to stave off back-to-back elimination games against Ephrata after taking the opening game 25-20. That was because the Mountaineers posted wins of 28-26 and 26-24 to put E-town's back to the wall. The Bears responded with wins of 25-22 and 15-11 to close out the victory. Chhay (42 assists) and Kreiser (15 kills) led the offense with help from Mortha's two aces. Sevcik (three digs) and Roth (six blocks) anchored the defense in the win.

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ETown Boys' Lax Battles but Falls Short May 5, 2018

It is not on the same level as say, the 2017 Cleveland Browns or the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the 2018 season has been a difficult one for the Elizabethtown boy's lacrosse team. With losses to Cocalico, York Catholic and Penn Manor, the Bears dropped to 2-11 with two games remaining.

The most recent loss came on May 1st with E-town falling to Penn Manor 13-3. The Comets posted an advantage in all four quarters, leading to the 10-goal deficit with Alexander Nye (nine saves) unable to stem the Comet rush. Matt Pottgeiser (2g) and Isaiah Shickley (1g) covered the offense in the loss.

Elizabethtown closed out the month of April with back-to-back losses with Cocalico responsible for an 11-6 loss on the 27th. Shickley picked up a hat trick while Cole Baker fell one goal short of joining him. Cam Poulos tacked on the final score for E-town. Nye finished with five saves.

The Bears were back in action Saturday morning the 28th to battle York Catholic. The Irish left Elizabethtown with an 18-4 win under their belts. Nye turned away three shots in goal while Sam Azzalina carried the offense with three scores. Poulos added one goal.

SOFTBALL

The softball team fell short of a perfect week thanks to a 5-0 loss to Solanco on May 2nd. Kristin Geesey covered all seven innings but it was trouble in the fourth that was Elizabethtown's undoing. The Golden Mares put together a one out rally that included a single, a double and a triple coupled with an E-town error. The result was a 4-0 lead for Solanco that was more than enough for Hanna Phillips who allowed just two hits on her way to the victory. Sadie Seaman and Haylee Calaman accounted for those two hits.

The remaining three games on E-town's slate followed with a 13-0, five inning, win over Cedar Crest on April 26th. This time it was Geesey tossing the two-hitter adding two strikeouts on her way to the shutout win. Hayden Calaman rapped out two singles that drove in one run each and added a third RBI when the Lady Falcons committed a second inning error. Grace Eckert added two singles but only one pushed a Lady Bear run across the plate. That single came as part of a three run third and when coupled with another Cedar Crest error in the fourth gave Eckert two RBI on the day.

Elizabethtown found themselves in a pitcher's dual on April 30th, topping Conestoga Valley 1-0. The team's split a total of 10 hits but only the Lady Bears were able to turn one of their five into a run. Seaman led off the second with a double but needed some help getting home. A timely error by CV allowed Seaman to score what would be the game's only run.

The final win in the four-game stretch came on May 1st when Elizabethtown finished off Manheim Township in five innings, 16-5. E-town fell behind 3-0 in the first but flipped the script with a six run second. Matching five run bursts followed in the third and fourth, pushing the lead to 16-5 as Township couldn't keep pace. Hayden Calaman led the way with a three hit, three RBI game while Haylee Calaman added two hits and two RBI. Burton added two RBI with just one hit.

TRACK

The girls track team remained undefeated with a 92.5-57.5 win over Manheim Central on April 30th. Katie Locker and Kara Bachert led the way with two solo wins each. Bachert did her work in the triple (34-1.5) and high (4-10) jump while Locker clocked a 5:27.6 to take the 1600m and a 2:23.9 to win the 800m. Elizabethtown added wins in all three relay races with Locker, Alicia Underkoffler, Amber Bostdorf and Malayna Van Winkle taking care of a leg on two of the three relays. Locker and Van Winkle pulled their double in the 3200m and the 1600m relays and were joined by Cat Shontz and Maddie Quinn in the 3200m relay and Bostdorf and Underkoffler in the 1600m relay. Underkoffler and Bostdorf joined forces with Alexis Gontz and Rachel Wood to take the 400m relay.

Van Winkle and Quinn collected the final two wins on the track with Van Winkle winning the 400m and Quinn the 3200m.

The Lady Bears final two wins of the meet came in the field where Audrey Schlosser cleared 9-6 to take the pole vault while Carly Sedun captured the discus with a toss of 99-10.

On the boys' side, the Bears ended up on the wrong end of a 91-59 final to Central. Christopher and Charles Scharf along with Aiden Weaver were the only Bears to take part in more than one victory. Charles claimed the 1600m, Christopher took the 3200m while Weaver claimed the 800m. The trio also teamed with Jason Trimble to open the meet with a victory in the 3200m relay. Dylan Quinn claimed the final win on the track, turning in a 54.7 in the 400m.

In the field, Eddie Myers took the long jump and Stevie Dixon in the discus.

TENNIS

The boy's tennis season came to a close on April 26th with the Bears taking part in the season ending Flight Tournament. Ethan Lown dropped his opening round Flight One match 6-1, 6-0 to Manheim Township's Tom Chairs, bringing his season to a close. Ben Erickson and Logan Hoover both saw their season end with a loss to a Lancaster Catholic player. Erickson fell to Miles Durrett 6-3, 6-2 in the Flight Two draw while Hoover dropped his Flight Three match opposite Ross Conway 6-2, 6-0. The Bears did manage one singles win courtesy of Chris Gartley who defeated Justin Hilty of Cedar Crest 6-4, 6-3 in Flight Four. Gartley was unable to sustain his momentum, dropping his second-round match to McCaskey's Clay Myers, 6-0, 6-1.

In Flight One doubles action, Lown and Erickson picked up another E-town win, topping Bryce Hanna and N. Bernard of Penn Manor, 6-0, 6-1. The duo was unable to keep things going, falling to Manheim Township's Chairs and Carson Schreiber in the second round. The two remaining doubles teams both dropped their first-round matches. Hoover and Gartley fell to Cedar Crest's Adam Brightbill and Hinegard in Flight Two while Jon Gartley and Evan Schneider dropped their match with Winey and Gingrich of Pequea Valley in the Flight Three draw.

BASEBALL

A loss is still a loss but the E-town baseball team can take some solace knowing that recent back-to-back losses they endured were to top notch competition. A 1-0 April 26th loss was at the hands of Cedar Crest, currently the first-place team in Section One and the third ranked team in the District 3-6A rankings. One day later E-town dropped a 3-1 final to Ephrata, the first-place team in Section Two and the fourth ranked team in the 5A rankings.

Playing for the third straight day got the better of E-town on the 28th causing the Bears to drop their game opposite Reading, 5-2. The Bears rebounded with wins over Conestoga Valley and Solanco to close out a busy stretch with a 2-3 mark. That puts E-town at 10-7 overall and 9-5 in league play.

Larry Locker took the hit against Cedar Crest after covering the final 2.2 innings of an 11-inning affair. Cole Patrick pitched the first eight innings and together they allowed one run on 10 hits and two walks to go with eight strikeouts. Five of Elizabethtown's six hits were of the one base variety courtesy of Austin Denlinger, Ryan Rupp, Nick Kreider, Patrick and Anthony Funk. Locker collected the lone extra base hit with this 11th inning double.

Chad Caley was hit with the Ephrata loss after the Mountaineers plated two runs in the first inning and followed with a single run in the second. Caley was steady over the remainder of his 4.1 inning outing but the damage had been done. Caley matched his seven hits allowed with seven walks while striking out one. Michael Baker covered the final 1.2 innings, ringing up three in his time on the mound. Patrick drove in Elizabethtown's lone run with his second inning single.

Locker was hit with another loss against Reading, only this time in a starting role. He covered the opening 5.2 innings and surrendered three of Reading's five runs. Baker took over after Locker's exit and pitched the final 1.1 inning, allowing Reading's final two runs. E-town's first run came on a Reading error while their second came on Denlinger's fifth inning triple.

The Bears broke their five-game slide on April 30th by shellacking Conestoga Valley 17-7 in six innings. E-town did the bulk of their damage with a 10-run first inning. Josh Kreider provided the early spark with a three-run double in the first while Locker provided the late spark with a matching three run double that kicked in the 10-run rule. Kreider also picked up the win on the mound after pitching the first five innings.

After a day off the Bears topped Solanco 7-2 thanks to Patrick's one hitter. He issued five walks that helped lead to two Solanco runs before his exit. Baker finished things up to secure the win. Patrick led the way with two-hits and one RBI. Cole Livingston, Hunter Murry and Locker added one hit and one RBI each while Denlinger drove in a run via sac fly.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team finds themselves in a three-game slide after losses to Cocalico, York Catholic and Penn Manor. E-town did enjoy some good news during the 19-9 loss to Cocalico on the 27th as Kimmy Bucher notched her 100th career goal thanks to her two-score game. Kate Weissend (2g), Cyrose Conteh (2g) and Aba Aggrey (2g) all added multi-goal games while Corrie Baker finished with 12 saves.

One day later the Lady Bears suffered a 19-2 loss to York Catholic. Bucher and Conteh netted one goal each with Baker posting another 12 saves.

A 15-10 loss to Penn Manor kicked off May for E-town. Bucher and Conteh posted matching hat tricks while Weissend tacked on two scores. Hannah Mink and Hannah Doll split the remaining two scores. Baker hit double digits with 10 saves.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team dropped their most recent regular season match, falling to Lancaster Mennonite 3-0. The Blazers won 25-12, 25-22 and 25-20 despite 16 assists from Narvin Chhay and four kills from Brice Reiman. J. Spencer Roth added four blocks, Jake Sevcik five digs and Austin Kreiser one ace.

Elizabethtown nearly pulled off the win your own tournament trick on April 28th. After going 4-4 in pool play the Bears worked their way to the finals with wins over Cedar Cliff and Kennard-Dale. E-town had to settle for second after dropping that finals match-up to Palmyra, the only team to hand E-town two losses in pool play, via a 2-1 final.

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E-town Softball Sits at 6-4 in Section Two April 27, 2018

Losing is never the plan or a fun experience but there are times when a loss isn't as bad as it makes a team's record look. Take for instance the 6-4 E-town Lady Bear softball team. Four losses against six wins doesn't look or sound all that great. Dig a little farther into that record and you'll see that those losses have come to Donegal, Penn Manor, Solanco and most recently Warwick. The combined record of those four clubs...42-5, with both Donegal and Solanco sporting pristine 12-0 marks.

Of course, all of that does not take the sting out of the most recent loss, a 5-3, eight inning battle with Warwick that took place on April 20th. As an extra inning affair would indicate, the sides were pretty even but the Lady Warriors had an ace up their sleeve in winning pitcher Amanda Herr. The hurler fanned 10 with no walks and surrendered just three runs on eight hits to earn the victory.

Kristin Geesey was in the circle opposite Herr and pitched well in the loss, surrendering nine hits and four walks that led to Warwick's five runs. She added four strikeouts over eight innings of work.

Alyssa Hamilton and Hayden Calaman provided the bulk of the offense, going a combined 3-8 with two RBI. Hamilton collected two of those hits, a seventh inning single and fifth inning triple, that produced E-town's first run. Calaman picked up her lone base knock in the sixth, picking up a RBI in the process.

The Lady Bears found the best way to recover from a tough loss was to knock the snot out of the ball. They did just that in a 15-0 shutout of McCaskey on April 23rd. Geesey took center stage, tossing all five innings and coming one walk away from a perfect game, settling instead for her first career no-hitter. She picked up four strikeouts for good measure.

The Lady Bears did have their share of offensive stars led by Calaman and Beth Burton. The pair combined for six RBI on just three hits. Burton rapped out two of those hits, both singles, with her third inning hit plating two runs. She added a first inning sac fly and completed her day with a fifth inning single. Calaman's three RBIs came in three different ways...a traditional run scoring single in the second, a hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the first and a fielder's choice in the third.

BASEBALL

The baseball playing Bears found themselves on the opposite end of both their games last week, replacing their two-game winning streak with a two-game slide. The end result is an 8-4 overall record and a 7-3 L-L mark, good enough for second place in Section Two.

Elizabethtown dropped their April 20th clash with Warwick by a 7-5 final after their seventh inning rally fell short. Nick Kreider got the start and took the loss despite only pitching into the third inning. During that time Warwick plated four runs with a fifth run coming not long after Ryan Rupp took over on the mound. Rupp covered the final four innings in relief and surrendered a total of three runs and seven hits to go with five strikeouts and no walks. Kreider's two innings produced four runs, four hits and four walks to go with two strikeouts.

Kreider, Austin Denlinger and Chad Caley led the offense despite a combined 2-10 performance. Caley went hitless on the day but picked up a RBI on a seventh inning fielder's choice while both Denlinger and Kreider had one hit each. Denlinger's seventh inning double came as part of E-town's last gasp rally and produced one of the four runs. Kreider joined Caley in the fielder's choice club, picking up his RBI in the fourth.

A few days later the Bears officially had a losing streak on their hands courtesy of a 6-4 loss to McCaskey. Elizabethtown jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks in large part to the first inning work of Kreider and Cayden Livingston. Kreider picked up the first of his two RBI singles in the frame while Livingston pushed across his lone run with a sac fly. Kreider's second run producing single came in the final frame as another seventh inning rally fell short for the Bears.

Despite more wet and dreary weather, the boy's tennis team managed to squeeze three matches in over the last week, winning two to post their first two game winning streak of the season. The Bears opened with a 6-1 loss to Manheim Central taking place on the 20th. Jon Gartley and Tyler Bixler picked up the lone win, topping Jacob Bidelman and Tony Stolzfus 9-7.

A few days later Elizabethtown picked up a 4-3 win over ELCO. E-town split their winning between singles and doubles action with Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson earning the singles wins. Lown needed three sets and a tie-break to top Mason Bennetch but did so 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 10-5. Erickson went the straight set route, taking out Dawson Smith 6-2, 6-0. Jon Gartley enjoyed another win, this one with Evan Schneider as his partner while Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley picked up the second doubles victory.

On April 24th the Bears picked up a surprise 4-3 win over Cedar Crest. Once again E-town split their wins between singles and doubles play only this time it was Erickson and Chris Gartley enjoying singles success. Gartley worked for his win over Justin Hilty with two of their three sets needing tiebreakers to decide a winner. Erickson needed a first set tiebreaker to get by Adam Brightbill but he did, adding a 6-3 second set win to that 7-6 (7-4) first set victory. With rain threatening, the two sides played with no repeat players. The Bears kept their singles line-up intact, choosing to shuffle their doubles pairings. That opened the door for Jimmy Overmoyer and Tyler Bixler to pick up a number two doubles win while Brecken Musser and Ben Oyler nabbed a number three doubles win.

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team suffered back-to-back losses to teams with Manheim in their name but rebounded with wins over West York and Lebanon to finish the week even. The loss to Central came on April 19th with a matching 3-0 loss to Township one day later. The Barons won 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 despite the best efforts of Austin Kreiser (six kills), Narvin Chhay (18 assists and two aces), Jake Sevcik (six digs) and Brice Reiman (three blocks).

Township's three wins came via 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14 finals with Kreiser, Chhay and Sevcik at the forefront once again. Kreiser finished with 10 kills and Chhay 20 assists while Sevcik had five digs. Nicholas Chapman tallied five aces and J. Spencer Roth three blocks to round out the E-town leaders.

Elizabethtown's second set of back-to-back games produced more favorable results starting with a 3-1 win over West York on the 23rd. The Bears missed out on the sweep by dropping the third game 25-23 but added a 25-17 game four win to a 25-23 game one victory and a 25-15 game two triumph. Chhay dished out 33 assists with Chapman filling the hitter's role and tallying 10 kills. Nathan Seeger hit double digits in blocks with 10 while Sevcik added three digs.

Elizabethtown enjoyed a much easier time with Lebanon on the 24th, rolling to wins of 25-8, 25-18 and 25-10. Kreiser (10 kills) and Chhay (20 assists) paced the offense while Reiman, Roth (two blocks apiece) and Petr Hollan (three digs) anchored the defense. Nicholas Dobslaw chipped in with seven aces.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The Lady Bear lacrosse team busted up a three-game slide with an 18-15 victory over Cedar Crest on April 24th. Kimmy Bucher inched closer to 100 career goals with a seven-score game while Kate Weissend tacked on another five scores. Cyrose Conteh posted a hat trick while Samantha Shutt and Aba Aggrey combined for the final three scores. Corrie Baker (eight saves) and Kiara Esoldo (five saves) combined for the win.

The preceding three-game losing streak started on April 17th but didn't officially become a losing streak until Elizabethtown's 17-9 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on the 19th. Baker turned away 11 shots in the loss but it was the L-S defense that kept E-town off balance. The Lady Pioneers held Bucher to four goals while Conteh (3G) and Weissend (2G) cleaned up the remaining offense.

Elizabethtown's third loss was a 13-11 defeat at West York. Bucher and Weissend both posted four goal games but they were the only Lady Bears with multiple goals. Conteh, Aggrey and Jaide Epler rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Baker finished with two saves.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boy's lacrosse team was in action just twice over the last week, dropping both games to fall to 1-8 on the season. Lampeter-Strasburg dealt the Bears a 10-1 loss on the 19th with Sam Azzalina netting the only score for E-town. Duncan Keller stopped just one of the 11 shots he faced.

Offense remained difficult to find in a 14-5 loss to Cedar Crest on April 24th. Keller finished with six saves while Azzalina, Isaiah Shickley, Cam Poulos, Cole Baker and Matt Pottgeiser accounted for the offense with one score each.

TRACK

The track teams enjoyed a double win over Garden Spot on April 23rd with the boys winning 111-38 and the girls 100-50. The Lady Bears won 15 of the 18 events including a relay sweep that accounted for 15 team points. Kara Bachert also racked up 15 team points thanks to wins in the high jump (4-10), long jump (14-10) and triple jump (32-2). Josephine Angeny (pole vault) and Carly Sedun (discus) picked up the last two wins in the field.

Cat Shontz and Rachel Wood joined Bachert in the multi-win club. Wood swept the sprints with a 13.0 in the 100m and a 27.9 in the 200m while Shontz claimed the 800m and the 1600m. Katie Locker cracked the one-minute barrier in her 400m win while Madeline Quinn and Alicia Underkoffler posted the final two wins. Quinn claimed the 3200m in 11:51 while Underkoffler took the 300H with a time of 48.5.

Locker took a break from L-L competition to compete in the Penn Relays on April 26th. The sophomore finished 10th in the high school girls mile with a time of 5:06.30.

The boy's enjoyed nearly as much success as the Lady Bears, winning 13 of 18 events including all three relay races. Derek Heisey enjoyed a three-win meet while Christopher Scharf, Brandon Fotibu and Eddie Myers finished with two wins. Heisey picked up two wins on the track, sweeping the hurdle events with times of 16.6 (110H) and 43.5 (300H). His final win came in the high jump where he cleared 5-10. Myers picked up his wins in the field, taking the long jump (19-1.5) and triple jump (38-4). Scharf did his winning on the track, posting a 2:03.5 in the 800m and a 4:51.1 in the 1600m. Fotibu swept the sprints, taking the 100m (11.8) and the 200m (24.3). Aidan Hellein and Nat McCloud finished things on the track with Hellein winning the 400m and McCloud the 3200m. Daniel Mueser continued his pole vaulting success by clearing 11' while Steven Dixon captured the final win with a heave of 113-3.5 in the discus.

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E-town Volleyball Tops Mounts, Spartans April 20, 2018

Drought busting is typically something farmers talk about during the dog days of summer but the Elizabethtown boys' volleyball team did their own type of drought busting over the last week. The Bears posted wins over Ephrata and Garden Spot to bump their record to 3-4 on the year. The April 12th victory over Ephrata was E-town's first in nearly two weeks but head coach Bryan Buckius was not disappointed with his team's performance during the drought.

"Getting a win against Ephrata was definitely nice but our games from the two weeks before were very close so I was proud of my guys for the way they've been playing all season," said Buckius.

Elizabethtown managed to sweep the Mountaineers, winning 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17 with Narvin Chhay piloting the offense to the tune of 25 assists. Austin Kreiser tallied seven kills, J. Spencer Roth five blocks, Brice Reiman five aces and Nathan Seeger three digs to offer Chhay support.

Elizabethtown created a two-game winning streak on April 17th by topping Garden Spot 3-1. Buckius chalked up a 25-17 game three loss to being stuck in a bad service rotation which prevented the Bears from running their offense. Thankfully those problems did not surface in the other three games leading to wins of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22. Chhay dished out 31 assists with Kreiser on the receiving end of the bulk of them, leading to a 16 kill night. Reiman chipped in with three blocks and Nicholas Chapman four aces while Jake Sevcik tallied 13 digs.

TENNIS

The boy's tennis team continued to battle the weather as well as their opponent across the net. The result was a few more shuffled match dates coupled with the Bears ending up on both sides of a 5-2 final.

Elizabethtown's first tangle came in a 5-2 loss to Ephrata on the 13th. The Bears posted one singles and one doubles win to account for their two team points. Chris Gartley and Brecken Musser picked up the doubles win, taking out Michael Storb and Alex Auker by an 8-6 final in number three doubles. Ethan Lown posted the singles victory, topping Chase Wilson 6-2, 6-1 in number one singles.

E-town was able to flip the script a few days later with a 5-2 win over McCaskey. The Bears took two of three doubles matches starting with Lown and Ben Erickson's 8-6 win over William Fenimore and Tyler Coder. Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley followed with a matching 8-6 win over Chad Haiges and Clay Myers in number two doubles.

Lown and Erickson kept the matching score vibe alive in their singles wins, with 6-2, 6-4 wins. Lown took down Fenimore in number one singles while Erickson dropped Coder at number two. Chris Gartley picked up the final E-town win but only after dropping the first set to Haiges by a 6-1 count. He rebounded to win 6-4 and 10-5 to wrap up the victory.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The rough stretch that has encompassed the first half of the season continued for the boy's lacrosse team with losses to Warwick and Manheim Township dropping the Bears to 1-6 with seven games remaining in the season.

Warwick handed Elizabethtown a 12-3 loss on April 13th. Isaiah Shickley was responsible for all three E-town goals with Cole Baker assisting on one. Duncan Keller stopped 12 of the shots he faced but it was not enough.

A few days later the Bears welcomed perennial L-L power Manheim Township to town and the Blue Streaks left with a 17-1 win. Baker and Shickley flipped roles for Elizabethtown's lone score with Shickley doing the dishing and Baker the scoring. Keller turned away another 12 shots in the loss.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team split the same two games and now sits at 4-6 with seven games remaining. Elizabethtown was able to post a 16-9 win over Warwick in Lititz on the 13th with Kimmy Bucher and Jaide Epler both recording hat tricks. Samantha Shutt, Cyrose Conteh, Aba Aggrey and Kate Weissend all came up one goal short of joining the hat trick club, settling for a two-score game instead. Hannah McConnell and Marrisa Miller chipped in with one score each. Corrie Baker turned away 10 shots to earn the win.

A few nights later the Lady Bears traveled to the lacrosse capital of the L-L where they dropped an 18-4 final to Township. The Lady Streaks had five players with two or more goals while Elizabethtown had just Bucher and Weissend who managed two scores apiece. Baker finished with nine saves.

SOFTBALL

The softball team continues to roll, picking up wins over Hempfield and Conestoga Valley that countered a loss to Penn Manor. The Lady Bears clipped Hempfield by a 3-1 final on April 13th. Kristin Geesey tossed all seven innings to earn the win, allowing just one hit and one run to go with one strikeout and two walks. Erin Heffleger and Lauren Leese paced the offense, each driving in a run on fourth inning singles. The two-run frame flipped the game from a 1-0 Lady Knight lead to a 2-1 E-town edge. The Lady Bears tacked on an unearned insurance run in the top of the six to set the 3-1 final.

Elizabethtown followed the nail bitter by throttling Conestoga Valley 9-0 on the 17th. Geesey earned another complete game victory this time making it a shutout variety. She surrendered just one hit but had four strikeouts and two walks.

A trio of Lady Bears, Haylee Calaman, Bethany Burton and Megan Gray carried the day, combining for six of Elizabethtown's 11 hits leading to six RBI. Calaman smacked a one run double in the first to get E-town on the board then added a sixth inning sac fly to her three-hit game. Burton did all her damage with a third inning triple while Gray pushed one run across with a second inning triple before adding a fifth inning RBI single.

Elizabethtown was hit with their third loss of the season on April 18th, falling to Penn Manor by a 9-4 count. Geesey and Alyssa Hamilton split the pitching duties in half with each staying on the mound for three innings. Geesey got the start and absorbed the loss after surrendering 14 hits that led to all nine Lady Comet runs.

Haylee and Hayden Calaman provided the offense, each pushing one run across in the loss. Haylee rapped out three hits on the day but it was her seventh inning single that accounted for her RBI. Hayden finished the game without a hit but did manage a first inning RBI on a fielder's choice.

BASEBALL

The baseball team posted the same 2-1 mark over the last week only their week played out opposite the softball teams'. The baseball Bears dropped a 5-2 final to Hempfield on April 13th, only their second loss of the season. Chad Caley covered the first six innings and took the loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits and two walks with just one strikeout. Nick Kreider pitched the final inning and allowed the last two Black Knight runs. Caley broke a 0-0 tie by leading off the fourth with a solo blast while Kyle Welch picked up Elizabethtown's only other RBI with a sixth inning single.

The Bears righted their ship a few days later by slipping by Township 8-7 in nine innings. Caley ended up with the win after pitching the final three innings in relief of starter Cole Patrick who was chased from the game after just four innings and six runs. Ryan Rupp covered the time between Patrick and Caley and also enjoyed a two-hit, two RBI day at the plate. Austin Denlinger, Kreider and Caley also enjoyed multi-hit games with each tallying one RBI apiece. Hunter Murry made his one hit count, pushing across one of Elizabethtown's five first inning runs with his base knock.

The good times continued on April 18th with an 11-1, six inning win over Penn Manor. Larry Locker scattered five hits in his complete game effort, adding three strikeouts and one walk to one run allowed. Five different Bears fronted the offense by driving in two runs apiece. Solen Clark did his damage with a fourth inning double with Murry and Rupp adding run producing singles during the frame. Rupp added another run scoring hit as part of Elizabethtown's six run sixth inning. Caley's double accounted for two of those six runs while Cayden Livingston pushed across two more runs with his lone hit of the game. Murry finished off the scoring spurt and picked up his second RBI courtesy of a fielder's choice.

TRACK

After a one-day weather delay the track and field teams faced off against Lampeter-Strasburg on April 18th. The boys dropped their battle 97-53 while the Lady Bears managed to slip by Lampeter-Strasburg 83-67.

The Lady Bears enjoyed four multi-event winners led by Katelyn Locker who picked up wins in the 800m (2:20.2) and 3200m (11:38.5) after taking part in the meet opening 3200m relay victory. Karissa Herr, Madeline Quinn and Cat Shontz joined Locker on that relay team with a winning time of 10:30.1.

Rachel Wood swept the sprints with a 13.4 in the 100m and a 27.7 in the 200m while sophomore Alicia Underkoffler won the 100H (17.4) and the 300H (49.1). Kara Bachert posted the final double for Elizabethtown, taking the high jump (5') and long jump (15-4).

Shontz added a win in the 1600m (5:27.5) to her leg on the 3200m relay team while Audrey Schlosser and Carly Sedun wrapped up the winning. Schlosser took the pole vault with a top height of 9-6 while Sedun claimed the shot put with a toss of 29-10.75.

Christopher and Charles Scharf were top Bears for the boys. Christopher posted the top time in the 1600m (4:48.3) and Charles the fastest time in the 3200m (10:16.4) while both took part in the victorious 3200m relay. Jason Trimble and Aiden Weaver comprised the other half of the 3200m relay team and together they posted an 8:26.7.

Derek Heisey picked up the last win on the track, turning in a 42.3 in the 300H while Isaac Weidler collected the final win by clearing 5-11 in the high jump.

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ET Baseball Improves to 5-0 in League Play April 14, 2018

For the past few weeks the talk of the high school sports world has been the weather and how it is affecting teams that were unable to play. Now that the weather has somewhat returned to normal, the Elizabethtown baseball team is busy. The Bears have ripped off five straight W's to improve to 6-1 overall with a pristine 5-0 mark in the section. The six wins match Cedar Crest for tops in the L-L while the unbeaten section mark has them perched in first place. Despite the fast start head coach Bill Templin is keeping his squad focused. "We really talk a lot about playing one game at a time," said Templin. "The teams we play are too talented to overlook any opponent. So now we just focus on winning the day, keep grinding away, and see where we end up in May."

E-town began their run on April 5th with an 8-4 victory over Ephrata. Chad Caley allowed one run and three hits over his five innings of work, picking up the win in the process. Ryan Rupp and Larry Locker finished up for Caley, covering the final two innings. Cole Livingston was the catalyst at the plate driving in three runs with a four-hit day. Rupp drove in a pair of runs while Hunter Murry, Richie Hart and Solen Clark picked up the final three RBI.

The Bears were back in action one day later using a gem from Patrick to post a 5-2 win over Solanco. The hurler earned the victory by scattering six hits and allowing just two unearned runs during his complete game. He also picked up one of Elizabethtown's four hits on the day but it was the work of Caley, Rupp and Austin Denlinger that provided Patrick's run support. Caley and Denlinger smacked back-to-back run scoring doubles in the fourth while Denlinger's second inning walk, one of three on the day, pushed across E-town's second run of the game. Rupp was responsible for the game's first run, poking an RBI single to left that scored Denlinger.

Up next was an April 9, 11-10 win over Donegal. Caley was the star of the show, earning the win on the mound and helping his own cause with six RBI. Cayden Livingston provided backup in the form of a two-run single in the fifth while Nick Kreider closed out the game in relief of Caley.

An April 10th trip to Witmer produced a 15-7 win over Conestoga Valley. Locker benefited from the ample run support, earning the win for his five plus innings of work. Rupp and Michael Baker cleaned up once Locker departed, covering the final inning and a third. Rupp was also a big part of the offense, driving in four runs with two hits. Clark added two RBI despite finishing with zero hits. The left fielder drove in a run with a first inning walk and picked up his second RBI with a fourth inning sac fly.

Elizabethtown closed out their busy stretch with a 12-4 drubbing of Lampeter-Strasburg on the 11th. Patrick went all seven innings and despite allowing 11 hits gave up just four runs to go with two strikeouts and three walks. Patrick joined Denlinger and Cayden Livingston as members of the two RBI club with all three doing their damage via singles.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boy's lacrosse team has been able to enjoy a regular schedule for the most part with just one game getting shuffled around due to weather. That left the Bears with just two games last week, a loss to Ephrata on the 6th and a victory over Conestoga Valley on the 11th.

E-town was unable to slow down the Mountaineers with Ephrata getting three or more goals from four different players. Isaiah Shickley joined the hat trick club with a three-goal game but Tyler Evans, the only other Bear to notch multiple goals, fell one goal short. Cam Poulos accounted for the final E-town tally while Duncan Keller finished with 16 saves.

The Bears were on the opposite side of things in their 20-5 win over Conestoga Valley. Shickley and Cole Baker finished with four goals apiece while Poulos and Chad Heisey settled for three goal games. Evans and Elliot Kline netted two scores each to help the cause. Keller needed six saves to earn the win.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team continues to chug along reaching the half-way point of their regular season. The Bears sit at 3-6 after losses to Manheim Township and West York coupled with a win over Lebanon.

Elizabethtown found themselves on opposite ends of 7-0 finals against Township and Lebanon, suffering a loss to the Blue Streaks on April 5th before rebounding with a win over the Cedars one day later. Ethan Lown, Ben Erickson, Chris Gartley and Jimmy Overmoyer all picked up singles wins over Lebanon after taking part in doubles victories. Lown and Erickson paired up for a win in number one doubles while Gartley and Overmoyer did the same in number three doubles. Tyler Bixler and Jon Gartley accounted for the third doubles victory.

Elizabethtown stepped out of the L-L for their April 11th match, falling to West York 4-3. Jon Gartley took part in two of the three E-town wins, taking his singles match opposite Jacob Landis while teaming with Bixler to capture their number three double match. Lown picked up the remaining Bear win.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team kept busy last week with four games in six days. E-town went 2-2 during that run and now sits at 3-5 just shy of the midway point of their season.

Elizabethtown kicked things off with an 18-3 throttling of Ephrata on the 6th. Kimmy Bucher, Cyrose Conteh and Hannah Mink led the way, scoring for three goals each. Aba Aggrey, Jaide Epler and Kate Weissend finished with matching two goal games while Hannah Doll, Samantha Shutt and Abbi Dehmey rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Corrie Baker's easy day in goal ended with nine saves.

One day later offense was harder to find as E-town fell to Lower Dauphin 9-4. Baker tallied another nine saves while Bucher was the lone multi-goal scorer with two. Weissend and Conteh managed one goal apiece to finish the scoring.

Monday April 9th sent the Bears to Hershey where they managed a bit more offense but not enough to outscore the Lady Trojans. The result was a 16-10 Hershey win with Baker tallying 14 saves. Bucher managed four scores while Weissend finish with a trifecta. The three remaining scores were picked up by Shutt, Conteh and Doll.

The Lady Bears got back in the win column on the 11th with a 16-15 overtime victory over Conestoga Valley. Conteh tallied her third and final goal in overtime to give E-town the win while Bucher (three goals), Weissend (three goals) and Aggrey (four goals) joined her in the multi-goal club. Epler, Mink and Doll chipped in with one score each. Baker earned the thrilling win by turning away eight shots.

SOFTBALL

The softball team is finding their groove after having five of their first six games rescheduled. With wins over Ephrata, Lebanon and Garden Spot, plus a loss to Solanco, the Lady Bears improved to 3-2 on the year.

E-town broke out of their winless start with a 12-1, six-inning victory over Ephrata on April 5th. Kristin Geesey enjoyed the run support to earn the win while Jocelyn Zook pitched the final inning in relief. Together the pair combined for 10 strikeouts and one walk. Haylee and Hayden Calaman provided the pop at the plate, each finishing with three RBI on one hit. Haylee smacked a three-run blast in the fourth while Hayden matched the feat in the sixth.

One day later Elizabethtown dropped a 7-5 final to Solanco with Geesey taking the loss. Geesey tried to help her cause by driving in two runs with a two-hit game but it was not enough. Haylee Calaman also pushed two runs across while Alyssa Hamilton and Hayden Calaman finished with one RBI each.

The Lady Bears needed just four innings to throttle Lebanon on the 9th, topping the Lady Cedars 22-3. Zook earned the easy win while Megan Gray carried the big bat. Zook surrendered seven hits and issued three walks but the result was only three runs. Gray picked up hits in her only two at-bats, driving in three runs with a triple and home run. Zook, Sadie Seaman and both Haylee and Hayden Calaman managed two RBI each.

Elizabethtown kept things rolling with a 2-1 win over Garden Spot on the 11th. Geesey picked up another win, tossing all seven innings. Hamilton and Erin Heffleger provided the late game push to secure the win. Heffleger tied the game at 1-1 with her fifth inning single while Hamilton put E-town in front with a sixth inning sac fly.

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team had just two regular season matches over the last week, dropping both to fall to 1-4 on the year. Lancaster Mennonite took down E-town by a 3-1 final on the 5th with the Blazers winning 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22 after Elizabethtown opened with a 25-20 victory. Austin Kreiser's 12 kills and Narvin Chhay's 28 assists led the Bears.

Elizabethtown fell to Cocalico by the same 3-1 final on April 10th. Once again, the Bears were able to open with a win (25-22) but dropped three straight games (25-16, 25-18 and 25-23) to drop the match. Chhay finished with 23 assists while both Kreiser and Brice Reiman tallied seven kills.

In between the two-regular season matches the Bears went 5-5 at Penn Manor's Comet Clash. After a 4-4 mark in pool play the Bears managed to top Salesianum 25-12 in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Exeter 25-17 in the quarterfinals.

TRACK

The track and field teams earned a split with Solanco on April 9th with the girls posting a 90-60 win while the boys took a 94-56 loss. The Lady Bears had just one multi-event winner with Kara Bachert taking the high jump and triple jump. Audrey Schlosser (pole vault) and Megan Rider (long jump) joined Bachert as field event winners. The Lady Bears picked up 15 valuable team points by sweeping the relay events with the work of Katie Locker (3200m) and Madeline Quinn (1600m) adding a sweep in the distance events. Elizabethtown's final wins came from Rachel Wood (100m), Malayna Van Winkle (400m) and Alicia Underkoffler (300H). The day was extra special for Locker who was informed that she will become the first Elizabethtown athlete to compete in the Penn Relays. The sophomore will run the mile on April 26th at the University of Pennsylvania.

Derek Heisey did his best to carry the Bears to a win on the boys' side, sweeping the hurdle events and tacking on a high jump victory. Christopher and Charles Scharf kept the sweep theme going with Christopher's win in he 1600m and Charles' win in the 3200m while Daniel Mueser nabbed the final win in the field by clearing 10-6 in the pole vault. Elizabethtown's final win on the day came in the meet's first event where Nat McCloud, Javier Cisneros, Adam Evans and Nathaniel DeGoede teamed up to take the 3200m relay.

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Bears Battle Second Place Blazers But Fall Short April 6, 2018

Despite hitting all the markers that typically indicate the arrival of spring, like adjusting your clock for Daylight saving time, various birds singing away in the trees and of course the spring equinox, i.e. the formal start of spring, Elizabethtown spring sports teams find themselves stuck in winter. A few bouts of spring snow, a couple April showers combined with unseasonably chilly temperatures have conspired to postpone 17 of the 34 scheduled contests so far this season.

The volleyball team however, in the comfy confines of the gymnasium, has not been affected by Mother Nature. After dropping their first two matches of the season (3-0 to Lower Dauphin and 3-0 to Section Two favorite Manheim Central), the team regrouped for a 3-0 win over Lebanon but last Thursday, April 5, fell to 1-3 with a tightly contested 3-1 loss over second place Lancaster Mennonite.

Three of the sets were determined by a combined 12 points. The Bears came out strong, winning 25-20 in the first set but couldn't hold on to the momentum. E-town answered with a tight 25-21 second set win and took the third more convincingly, 25-14. Not to be deterred, the Bears put forth a strong effort in the fourth set but fell short 25-22.

Austin Kreiser was strong at the net with a dozen kills, Narvin Chhay, a second team L-L League all-star last year, dished out 28 assists on the night and Roth put up a match-high five blocks.

BASEBALL - SOFTBALL

The baseball and softball teams were hit the hardest with the Lady Bear diamond dwellers taking the field for just one of their first six games so far. Baseball isn't far behind, reshuffling four of their first five games, although they did manage to squeeze in one of those games between the snowflakes.

TENNIS

Another squad hit hard by the weather is the boy's tennis team who saw five of their first nine matches get hit by the weather bug. The Bears have managed to make-up two of those contests, picking up a win over Donegal while suffering a loss to Penn Manor but with more crazy weather in the forecast the Bears are not out of the woods just yet.

They are however doing better than most in that they have actually played one-third of their scheduled games so far, albeit with mixed results. E-town sits a 2-4 on the season with a March 26th win over Garden Spot actually taking place on its original date combining with that April 2nd victory over Donegal to account for the high notes.

Both wins were of the 6-1 variety with the Bears earning three team points in both singles and doubles play against Donegal. E-town kicked off the match by sweeping doubles play starting with Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson taking out Austin Hollinger and Nathan McNece by a 9-8 (7-5) count in number one doubles. Logan Hoover and Chris Gartley enjoyed a much easier time in the two-hole, topping Noah Hoffmaster and Luke Yunginger 8-2 while Jon Gartley and Tyler Bixler defeated Aaron Rugh and Joseph Johns by an 8-6 final to finish the sweep.

In singles action Elizabethtown took the top three matches starting with Lown's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hollinger in number one singles. Erickson posted back-to-back 6-2 finals to top McNece while Hoover picked up the final team win by taking out Yunginger 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) at number three singles.

The Bears actually managed to play a regularly scheduled match on April 4th, unfortunately the result was a 5-2 loss to Lancaster Country Day. Both Elizabethtown wins came in doubles action with Hoover and Chris Gartley taking their match with Thomas Westbrook and Eric Zuckerman 9-7. Jon Gartley and Bixler teamed up to take down Saharsh Talwar and Danny Kelly-Buckley 8-6 in number three doubles to account for the second E-town victory.

LACROSSE

The boys and girls lacrosse teams have managed to avoid the weather troubles, playing seven of their nine games on the original dates. The Bears are struggling to find their footing going a combined 1-6 in those games with the lone win coming via the Lady Bears 15-12 victory over Central Dauphin on March 26th.

The Lady Bears most recent contest was a 20-14 loss to Hempfield on April 3rd. Elizabethtown enjoyed three different players with a hat trick but the Lady Knights nearly doubled that total with five players registering at least three scores. Cyrose Conteh paced the E-town attack with four goals while Kimmy Bucher and Jaide Epler netted three scores each. Kate Weissend, Samantha Shutt, Aba Aggrey and Hannah Mink rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece while Corrie Baker turned away 10 shots in in the loss.

The boy's club also battled Hempfield on the 3rd, falling by a 16-2 count. Isaiah Shickley and Elliott Kline accounted for the scores while Duncan Keller collected 24 saves on 40 Black Knight shots.

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Lady Bears Challenge Crusaders in LL Playoffs March 9, 2018

The Elizabethtown girls' basketball team had their run at history derailed in Lititz on February 13th. The culprit, a 53-35 semifinal loss to Lancaster Catholic in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Playoffs that ended the Lady Bears quest for their first L-L league title in 40+ years.

Despite the loss ending his club's title dreams, head coach John Myers remained positive. "I was proud of our effort. We came to play and worked hard on every possession."

That effort allowed the play-off newbies to hang with battle tested Lancaster Catholic for the first half but the Lady Crusaders used an overpowering third quarter to pull away from Elizabethtown. Marena Lonardi provided the fuel for the first half work, scoring 11 of E-town's 15 first half points, keeping the Lady Bears close at 22-15.

Catholic's do it all junior, Kiki Jefferson, led the Lady Crusader's third quarter surge. Netting eight of her team high 18 points in the frame, helping Catholic to an 18-8 edge. That turned a manageable seven-point deficit into an intimating 17-point hole with only eight minutes remaining. Another strong quarter by Lonardi allowed Elizabethtown to keep pace in the final frame but the damage had already been done.

Lonardi ended up with a game high 19 points but she was the only Lady Bear to reach double figures. Amber Orban was next up with six points, followed by Sydney Pierson's four points. Sam Stackhouse, Autumn Royer and Elise Hassinger each finished with two points.

Myers took his positivity even further, using the loss as a solid teaching point. "This was a great game to get us prepared for District playoffs," said Myers. "We still have a lot to play for and more goals in front of us."

The district game Myers mentioned is a February 22nd District 3-6A quarterfinal tilt against the winner of a first-round game between Penn Manor and Governor Mifflin that takes place on the 20th. The quarterfinal game with the Penn Manor/Mifflin winner with be in Elizabethtown with tip-off set for 7pm.

The Lady Bears kicked off their L-L title quest with a 69-55 win over Solanco on Saturday, February 10th. E-town controlled from the tip, outscoring the Golden Mares in all but the final frame, leading to the 14-point victory. Lonardi was the catalyst, dropping a game high 23 points but she was not alone. She enjoyed the company of three teammates in the double-digit club, led by Royer's 15 points. Orban (12 points) and Pierson (10 points) rounded out the quartet.

RIFLE

The rifle season officially came to a close on Saturday February 10th with the annual league individual tournament. The Bears took home top team honors, edging out the two Manheim schools, by placing four shooters in the top 20. That incredible performance included Caleb Flores continuing his scorching hot late season run. One week after teaming up with Matthew Risbon to win the Pairs Tournament, Flores stepped up his game to take home the L-L individual crown. The senior sniper recorded a perfect 200 with four centers, topping Ephrata's Joel Potts who also had a 200 but only two centers.

Madison Garner and Risbon joined Flores in the top 10 with Garner finishing sixth and Risbon ninth. Garner, a senior, notched a 198 with three centers while Risbon ended up with the same 198 score but managed only one center. Daniel Bert and Gage Schatz joined Garner and Risbon as members of the 198 club but Bert was shuffled down to 11th thanks to just one center and Schatz down to 13th with no centers. David Buckwalter was the final Bear to crack the top 20, settling into 17th place thanks to his 197 with one center.

Flores, Risbon and Bert also picked up All-Star honors thanks to their sterling regular season. Flores finished his final season tied for the top average in the L-L, his 99.5 matching Manheim Central's Cade Ginder and Manheim Township's Hana Musser. Risbon finished just behind that trio with his 99.42 average while Bert rounded out the 14-person All-Star squad with his 98.92 average.

Elizabethtown also finished out the regular season on a five-game winning streak courtesy of a 497-481 throttling of Wilson on February 8th. Flores, Risbon and Aaron Tetkoskie all shot perfect 100s with Schatz (99) and Bert (98) nipping at their heels.

SWIMMING

The swimming teams took the plunge into the postseason on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th. The boy's side was up first, making the trip to West Lawn on the 9th to splash around in Wilson's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium for the L-L League championships. The Bears collected 25 team points for their work, good enough for seventh place in the team standings.

Four different swimmers combined to collect those 25 points and a total of five medals. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way, along with Stuart Readinger and Dylan Quinn. The quartet picked up two relay medals while tallying a combined three solo trips to the medal stand.

The foursome opened the meet by shaving over two seconds off their best 200 medley relay time, posting a 1:46.93 to finish seventh. Later in the proceedings they picked up a sixth-place medal for their 1:36.09 in the 200-freestyle relay, trimming nearly a second off their previous best time.

The shrinking time theme continued in the individual events as Mueser picked up two solo medals by going faster. He trimmed 0.21 seconds off his best 50-free time, his 22.03 placing him fourth. Another second disappeared from his 100-freestyle seeding time, a 48.35 pushing the senior up to third in the event. Azzalina picked up the final medal for the boy's, placing fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.71, also faster than his seeded time.

The Lady Bears hit the pool on Saturday and behind their own quartet, finished sixth in the team standings. Their 36 team points nestled them just behind Cedar Crest and just above Ephrata and Penn Manor.

Olivia Rachael led the way, taking part in two medal winning relays while also grabbing two solo medals. She teamed with Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Abbi Dehmey to clock a 1:54.06 in the 200-medley relay, taking fifth while trimming over four seconds off their previous best time. They also swam faster than their seeded time in the 200-freestyle relay, taking fourth with a time of 1:44.63.

Rachael's solo work began in the 50 freestyle where her 24.55 was not only quicker than her seeded time, it was good enough for fourth on the day. Rachael moved up a couple places in the final 100-freestyle pecking order where she entered as the sixth seed. She went nearly two seconds faster in the L-L meet and took home the silver medal as a result.

Walsh captured the final Elizabethtown medal, nearly breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100-backstroke. She finished the event with a time of 1:00.93, good enough for a bronze medal on the day.

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Lady Bears Finish 4th in District Three 6A March 2, 2018

The Elizabethtown girls' basketball team saw their journey to a District 3-6A championship stopped short of the ultimate prize. For the Lady Bears it was their first venture into the 6A field and their first trip to the district playoffs since the 2011-2012 season when there were still four classes.

This year's district championship journey ended on February 26th with a 48-37 semifinal loss to Central York at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Lady Panthers used E-town's own blueprint, stingy defense and just enough scoring to get the job done, to secure the 11-point victory. Central York held the Lady Bears to single digit point totals in two of the four quarters while outscoring E-town in all but the second frame.

The Central scoring edge led to a four-point lead after the opening eight minutes that held up through the second quarter as well. Central York stretched their 26-22 halftime lead to 39-29 with a 13-7 blitz in the third before finishing things off with a 9-8 edge in the final frame. The result was the 48-37 final where only one Lady Bear managed to reach double digits. Marena Lonardi was that one player and she finished with a 10-point effort. Sydney Pierson and Autumn Royer added nine points apiece while Amber Orban (five points) and Sam Stackhouse (four points) wrapped up the scoring.

The loss to Central York dropped Elizabethtown into the consolation finals opposite Wilson. The two teams tangled on March 1st at Hempfield with the Lady Bulldogs coming out on top, 55-47, enjoying the district bronze that came with the victory.

E-town's offensive struggles hung around through the opening frame leading to a 12-6 Wilson advantage heading into the second quarter. The Lady Bears finally got their groove back, enabling them to post an 11-5 edge in the second. That all but erased Wilson's six-point first quarter cushion, leaving just one point separating the two sides at intermission.

The margin remained at one-point through the third stanza as the teams battled to a 15-15 deadlock. The Lady Bears continued to score in the fourth, tallying another 15-point frame but Wilson was able to score more leading to the seven-point final margin. The Lady Bulldogs iced the game from the charity stripe, draining all 10 of their fourth quarter free throws on their way to a 22-point frame. Zakiyah Winfield led the Wilson charge, dropping a game high 24 points with 10 of them coming in the final quarter, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Elizabethtown countered with a 16-point Lonardi effort combined with 13 points from Orban. Stackhouse (seven points), Pierson (six points) and Royer (five points) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bears.

Up next for E-town is a PIAA-6A first round game on March 9th. As District 3's fourth seed, the Lady Bears will face District 1's third seed at a site and time to be determined.

BOWLING

A few members of the Elizabethtown bowling team made a February 24th trip to Berks Lanes for the District 3 Championships. Patrick Hoffmaster was the lone member of the boy's squad to make the trip, finishing 24th in the qualifying round. The junior bowled games of 206, 209, 201, 192, 190 and 182 to finish the qualifying round with a pin count of 1180 which ended up being 127 pins shy of making the finals cut.

Three different Lady Bear bowlers also made the trip to Sinking Spring with Katelyn Garmen battling her way to a fifth-place finish. The junior exited the qualifying round in third thanks to games of 211, 227, 207, 193, 186 and 256. That put Garman in the stepladder final opposite Governor Mifflin's Emily Breidegam. The Mifflin freshman got the better of Garman 182-148 in their quarterfinal match-up, forcing Garman to settle for fifth place while Breidegam went on to capture the district title.

Of the two remaining Lady Bears, Elizabeth Vuxta missed the finals by a mere four spots, her 1234 falling 33 pins shy of Breidegam's sixth place tally of 1267. Vuxta averaged a 205 over her six qualifying games, posting scores of 188, 221, 211, 192, 190 and 232 to finish 10th.

Nikki Lee was the final Lady Bear bowler to take part in the District 3 Championships, finishing 33rd for her work in the qualifying round. The E-town sophomore posted games of 130, 188, 165, 166, 197 and 191 to finish with a 1037.

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Lady Bears Top Comets in District Quarterfinals February 23, 2018

If the old sports saying "offense wins games and defense wins championships" is true than the E-town Lady Bears' basketball team kicked off their District 3-6A run in championship form. A 38-28 win over Penn Manor can be linked directly to a stingy Lady Bear defensive unit that held the Lady Comets to single digit point totals for three of the four quarters. E-town's defense limited the Lady Comets to just 11 field goals which led to Dashona London and Alyssa Schriver sharing team high honors for Penn Manor with just six points.

The Lady Bears were not lighting their nets on fire either, hitting double digit point totals in just two of the four quarters, but it was enough to produce a 10-point victory. Amber Orban was the game's only double-digit scorer, finishing with exactly 10 points. Sam Stackhouse and Sydney Pierson each chipped in with eight points while Marena Lonardi added seven. Autumn Royer (three points) and Elise Hassinger (two points) rounded out the scoring.

Up next for Elizabethtown, now 19-6, is a February 26th trip to Hershey to face Central York in a semifinal showdown between the second seeded Lady Bears and the third seeded Lady Panthers.

WRESTLING

As far as annual trips go, Elizabethtown to Landisville is not overly popular or well-traveled but the E-town wrestling team makes the trip every February none the less. The reason for the annual pilgrimage to Hempfield, the District 3-3A Sectional Tournament which took place February 17th this year. The trip ended up less than desirable for the nine Bears that made the short journey. Only two, Blake Andrews and Noah Myers, managed to finish their day on the podium and neither was able to secure a ticket to Hershey with a top four finish.

Andrews collected the best Bear finish, taking fifth in the 195-pound bracket with a 2-2 day. Andrews' performance in the regular season was good enough to give the senior a round of 16 bye, setting him up for a quarterfinal battle opposite Solanco's Nick Yannutz. Andrews was able to dispatch Yannutz, pining the Golden Mule sophomore at the 2:36 mark. Manheim Central's Keegan McCord, the eventual silver medalist, sent Andrews to the consolation bracket courtesy of a 9-1 major decision. A second straight loss, this one via pinfall to Penn Manor's TJ Keener in the consolation semifinals, ended Andrews' hopes of a district berth, dropping him into the fifth/sixth place match. Redemption awaited Andrews in his final match as he topped Warwick's Steven Seepaul, pinning the Warrior at the 3:46 mark.

Myers work in the 220-pound bracket produced just one victory, a 5-3 overtime consolation win over Donegal's Cael Rapp. Myers ended up in the consolation bracket thanks to a quarterfinal loss to the eventual gold medal winner, Evan Clark of Warwick. Myers followed the win over Rapp with another loss, this one to Milton Hershey's Dylan Byrd. That dropped Myers into the fifth/sixth place match against Lampeter-Strasburg's Tyler Phenegar. The Pioneer claimed that bout, 3-2, and the fifth-place medal that came with it, forcing Myers into sixth place.

Wins were hard to come by for the remaining seven Bears in Landisville. In fact, those seven grapplers produced just one victory in 10 matches. Javan Thomas was responsible for that victory, topping Milton Hershey's Jose Mendez by a 9-4 count. That proved to be the high point for Thomas as the junior dropped his final two matches to AJ Wilson (Solanco) and David Hnasko (Warwick).

David Rich was the only other Bear to wrestler more than one match. Unfortunately, Rich ended up on the wrong side of both of those matches. He dropped his quarterfinal bout opposite Milton Hershey's Darius Briggs by a 4-2 count in overtime before Lampeter-Strasburg's Connor Penry ended his season with a second period pinfall.

The five remaining E-town wrestlers all bowed out of the sectional tournament with a first-round loss. Cayden Spencer fell to Manheim Township's Micah Sams at 106 while Cameron Olson dropped his 132-pound bout to McCaskey's Julian Holland. Penn Manor's Chad Mowbray dispatched Bobby Walters at 138 and Andrew Vogerlbacher of McCaskey's sent Cole Rice home with a loss at 145. Zach Frank saw his day end with a loss to Austin Sauder of Manheim Central.

BOWLING

The Elizabethtown bowling team had a busy third week of February thanks to the Lancaster-Lebanon League Singles Championships. The boys hit Dutch Lanes on Friday the 16th. Five different Bears took part in the day's festivities but only two were able to make it out of the first round. Logan Hoover advanced out the first round with games of 192, 168, 200, 146 and 201 while Patrick Hoffmaster enjoyed games of 147, 202, 173, 190 and 169.

Hoffmaster finished the first round in the 33rd spot, just one spot inside the cut line and thanks to second round games of 198, 152, 136 and 147 he finished 33rd in the final standings. Hoover was unable to hold his first-round slot through the second round, falling from 24th to 30th with games of 173, 165, 180 and 126.

The three remaining Bears inside the top 50 all saw their day end in the first round. Bradly Ruth rolled games of 151, 180, 161, 175 and 163 to finish 43rd. Michael Perrin finished 45th with games of 141, 126, 157, 229 and 164. Andrew Telenko was 50th with games of 183, 129, 150, 223 and 112.

The Lady Bears placed six inside the top 50 for their work at Leisure Lanes on Thursday the 16th. Elizabethtown had four keglers finish inside the top 26 and advance into the second round. Nikki Lee led the way, tallying 907 pins in the first round, the eighth best pin count and ended up finishing seventh, one spot and three pins out of the finals, after the second round. Katelyn Garman closed out the first round in 11th place thanks to games of 197, 212, 151, 147 and 169 but came on strong the second round. Her games of 195, 189, 161 and 190 put her total pin count at 1611, good enough for an eighth-place finish.

Eryn Moore was the final Lady Bear to finish the first round with 800+ pins with games of 210, 144, 178, 196 and 125 giving her the 13th best pin count. Moore dropped to 15th in the final standings with second round games of 158, 149, 181 and 180. Abby Chaffins was the final E-town bowler to advance out of the first round, doing so with games of 170, 155, 187, 124 and 151. She was able to improve on her 22nd place with second round games of 179, 189, 168 and 160, moving her up into 19th place.

Elizabeth Vuxta and Addie Gish also finished inside the top 50 with Vuxta placing 28th and Gish 47th. Vuxta missed making it out of the first round by a mere seven pins, her 770 tally falling short of Penn Manor's Leila Abbes' 777 tally. Vuxta made her run at the second round with games of 141, 117, 171, 215 and 126. Gish posted her highest game first, a 141 and followed with games of 124, 139, 133 and 103 to finish with a 640 series.

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Bears' Postseason Aspirations Fall Just Short February 9, 2018

To most the 2017-2018 Elizabethtown boys' basketball season would not be considered a success. Do not count head coach Rocky Parise as one of those people. "We played a meaningful game the last game of the season and that is a long way from where we were last year," said the second-year skipper of his club.

That meaningful game ended up a 57-47 loss to Donegal that kept Parise's Bears out of the L-L playoffs as well as the District 3-5A field but, by just about every other measure of a team, this year was a success. E-town doubled their five-win total from last year, finishing 10-12 overall this year. While that was not good enough to qualify for districts, finishing in the 18th spot is way better than last year's 35th place finish in the 5A rankings. The Bears also bettered their field goal percentage, scored 10 points more per game while allowing nine points less per game and cut down on their turnovers.

"So while this hurt, we need to lick our wounds...really focus on some things to get better at and have another good offseason," said Parise.

The fatal blow to the Bears postseason chances came in the aforementioned loss to Donegal last Tuesday. The game started well enough for E-town as the Bears held a 18-14 lead after the opening frame. Donegal took over from there, outscoring Elizabethtown in the three remaining quarters.

"Give them all the credit in the world. They hit a ton of shots, and they went after the ball," said Parise. "They made plays and hit shots when they had to and we didn't. It was that type of game."

The middle section of the contest is where E-town struggled, scoring just 14 points while Donegal tallied 26. That second and third quarter run turned Elizabethtown's four-point lead into an eight-point Indian cushion that was stretched to 10 points through the final stanza. Only five Bears managed to score with Larry Locker's 18 points leading the way. Ryan Parise added 12 as the only other Bear in double figures.

Elizabethtown set themselves up for that meaningful final game with a 51-46 triumph over Cocalico on February 1st.

"We had a big win against Cocalico," said Parise "That was a really good win. It was a battle."

This time six Bears managed to crack the scoring column with Parise and his 16 points topping that list. Robinson and Locker also hit double digits in the game and provided the scoring for E-town's big third quarter move.

Cocalico led at halftime, 17-16, thanks to their slim 13-12 edge in the second quarter but Robinson and Locker made sure that lead did not stand. The duo combined to score 12 of Elizabethtown's 19 third quarter points, turning that one-point deficit into a five-point lead. Both sides netted 16 fourth quarter points to leave the final margin at five, 51-46. Robinson's five third quarter points gave him 12 for the game while Locker picked up seven of his 11 points in the decisive frame.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team closed out the 2017-2018 regular season with a trip to Wrightsville to take part in the Eastern York Dual Tournament. E-town went 2-2 on the day with wins over Halifax and York Tech to counter losses to Harrisburg and the host Golden Knights.

The 45-28 win over York Tech was the easiest with E-town picking up half of their eight wins via forfeit. Those forfeits all came within the first five weight classes with Cole Rice (145), Zach Frank (152), Javan Thomas (170) and Tyler Lanza (182) enjoying the easy wins. A setback at 160 made it 24-6 in favor of Elizabethtown. Blake Andrews kept things rolling for the Bears, picking up the first of three pinfall wins but back-to-back forfeits at 220 and 285 gave Tech a little boost.

E-town rebounded by winning the next two contested matches around a double forfeit at 113. Cayden Spencer earned the first win, topping Kameron Bly at 106. Ethan Carl (120) picked up the other win in that stretch, pinning his opponent just 37 seconds into the match.

Elizabethtown did drop two of the final three matches but their 39-18 lead was enough to survive the York Tech push. Cameron Olson posted the win in the closing stretch, pinning Eduardo Santana at the 21 second mark.

Win number two of the day was a back-and-forth affair that saw Elizabethtown come out on top 42-31 over Halifax. All seven of E-town's wins carried bonus points while Halifax earned bonus points in just five bouts, allowing the Bears to claim the victory.

Olson (132) and Noah Myers (220) enjoyed forfeits wins to provide a total of 12 team points. Olson's win opened the match and was followed by three straight Halifax victories, putting E-town in a 15-6 hole. Cayden Livingston closed the gap by six points with a pinfall at 160 but another loss at 170 kept Halifax in front. Elizabethtown fixed that problem with three straight wins starting with Andrews pinning Grant Klinger at 182. Lanza followed with another pinfall while Myers closed out the run with a forfeit victory to make it 30-21.

Another two Halifax wins put the Wildcats back in front but only for 1:38 as that is how long it took Carl to pin his 113-pound opponent. After a double forfeit at 120 Tyler Schweitzer closed the match with one last pinfall to set the final at 42-31.

The Bears first loss of the day came via a 45-36 final to Harrisburg. Five of the six Bear wins came via pinfall but that was not enough to overcome the eight Cougar victories. Myers earned the only non-pinfall win, picking up a DQ victory at 220. Rice (145), Spencer (106), Carl (113), Schweitzer (126) and Olson (132) all pinned their opponents.

Elizabethtown's second loss of the day was in the final match where the Bears faced the host Golden Knights and came away on the wrong side of a 41-34 final. Once again, all six of E-town's wins came with bonus points but it was not enough to top Eastern York with bonus points in seven bouts.

Carl picked up the quickest win of the match, earning a forfeit at 113. Olson was able to earn a 9-0 win over Justin Manganello at 132 and Livingston (160) picked up the first pinfall, needing just 33 seconds.

Andrews needed nearly twice as long to dispatch Drake Brown at 195 while both Spencer (106) and Rice (145) finished their matches late in the first period.

BOWLING

The bowling team stumbled across the finish line to their regular season with losses to Ephrata and Warwick stretching the Bears losing streak to four matches. E-town fell to Ephrata by a 5-2 count on February 1st despite three bowlers breaking the 600-series barrier. Nicole Lee led the way with a 660 series with Katelynn Garmen (649) and Patrick Hoffmaster (622) accounting for the remaining two 600-series. Elizabeth Vuxta was steady with games of 178, 189 and 189 and finished with a 556 series. Logan Hoover finished out the top five for the Bears with a 522 series.

The season ending loss to Warwick took place February 5th and was another 5-2 final. This time only three Bears, Garman, Lee and Hoffmaster, rolled all three games while head coach Frank Telenko filled out the rest of his roster with two games from Vuxta and Bradley Ruth coupled with single games from Hoover and Tyler Freeman.

Garman and Lee bowled well with Garman topping the team with a 735 series. Lee also crossed the 700-pin count with games of 234, 262 and 208 and Hoffmaster finished with a 531 series.

Both Vuxta and Ruth topped 200 in one game but were unable to maintain that the second go-round. The result was a 424 on the day for Vuxta and a 337 for Ruth. Freeman finish his lone game with a 179 while Hoover posted a 161.

RIFLE

The rifle team picked up two more wins on the season to move to 9-4. February 1st saw the Bears topple Manheim Central 498-496. Caleb Flores, Madison Garner and Matthew Risbon all recorded perfect 100s on the day while David Buckwalter and Daniel Bert were close behind with 99s.

A few days later E-town took on Garden Spot and posted a 497-491 win. This time it was Aaron Tetkoskie and Flores registering perfect scores while Risbon, Bert and Buckwalter just missed perfection with scores of 99.

In between the two league matches, Elizabethtown made a February 3rd trip to Palmyra Sportsman Club for the annual L-L Pairs Tournament. And for what is believed to be the first time in the rifle team's history the top Bears' pair was the top pair of the day.

"That was pretty cool for our guys to win it," said head coach Dave Reinfried.

Flores and Risbon combined to shoot a 398 with 29 centers to nip Conestoga Valley's Chase Miller and Darren McGallicher who finished with a 397.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team wrapped up their regular season with a loss to Hempfield and a win over Cedar Crest. The 38-36 loss to Hempfield on February 2nd temporarily pushed E-town into third place in the Section One standings but the 52-47 win over Cedar Crest undid that damage. Officially the five-point overtime victory over Cedar Crest only moved E-town into a second-place tie with the Lady Falcons. By virtue of their two head-to-head wins Elizabethtown earned sole possession of second place and the automatic entry into the L-L playoffs that comes with it.

Elizabethtown's undoing against Hempfield was a sluggish third quarter where they were outscored 10-4. That turned a one-point deficit into seven-point deficit leaving the Lady Bears' just short despite their 20-15 fourth quarter run. Amber Orban sparked that run, picking up 13 of her game high 17 points in the final frame.

Elizabethtown closed out the season with an overtime thriller on February 6th. The Lady Bears and the Lady Falcons played 16 minutes only to enter halftime knotted at 13-13. The Cedar Crest offense came alive first leading to a 17-13 edge in the third quarter. E-town, behind Marena Lonardi, surged in the fourth to outscore Cedar Crest 19-15, sending the game to overtime. Lonardi scored 13 of her team's points in the final frame and netted four of their seven points in the extra frame to help steal the win. With all that late game scoring the junior finished with a game high 25 points. Orban was the only other Lady Bear in double figures with 10 points.

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E-Town Boys Riding Three Straight Wins February 2, 2018

The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team is doing everything they can to keep the proverbial fat lady from singing and ending their 2017-2018 season. The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak that pushed their overall record to 9-11 and their Section Two mark to 6-6. Both of which are good enough to have E-town on the fringe of postseason discussions with just two games remaining.

"The kids are doing the right stuff. They are really focusing on getting better and playing one game at a time and we'll see where we end up when all the dust settles," said head coach Rocky Parise of the team's outlook on a possible postseason berth that seemed impossible during the Bears recent six game slide.

Elizabethtown rode the work of Larry Locker to pick up wins two and three in the stretch. The junior netting a combined 50 points in wins over Solanco and Garden Spot. Locker joined the L-L's exclusive 30-point club, hitting 30 on the nose, in a 65-61 win over Spot on January 30th. He did his heavy lifting in the third quarter where he picked up half of the team's 24 points. The 24-13 run helped E-town flip a one-point halftime hole into a 10-point lead heading into the final frame. The Spartans made a fourth quarter push but fell short.

"We went on a huge run in the third quarter, got up 12 or 14, and they battled back," said Parise. "Two or three weeks ago we would have crumbled and lost but we stayed patient and fought through the adversity, made a bunch of foul shots at the end and hung on to win."

A few days prior the Bears traveled to Solanco and came home with a 59-51 victory. Locker dropped a game high 20 points, picking up eight during a 22-point first quarter that gave E-town an early lead. The Mules made a second quarter run to tie the game at halftime but Elizabethtown was able to pull away in the second half.

Locker led the third quarter charge that provided a slim two-point lead heading into the fourth where Ryan Parise took over, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the frame to help the Bears stretch their lead to the eight-point final.

BOWLING

The bowling team hit a rough patch, dropping matches to Manheim Township and Cedar Crest with head coach Frank Telenko chalking it up to mental mistakes and lack of focus. The Bears fell to Township on January 26th by a slim 4-3 count. Patrick Hoffmaster was the lone kegler to crack the 600-series, finishing with a 624 series. Elizabeth Vuxta, with games of 193, 216 and 184, was just shy of the 600 mark. Logan Hoover checked in with games of 181, 200 and 189 for a 570 series. Katelyn Garmen was the final Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 539. Andrew Telenko filled the final roster spot in the first game, finishing with a 144. Nikki Lee took over from there and bowled games of 236 and 182.

Elizabethtown dropped their second match opposite Cedar Crest by a 7-0 final only this time two Bears were able to crack the 600-series threshold. Garmen posted the top pin count, finishing with a 656 series while Vuxta finished with a 625 series. Hoffmaster, with games of 202, 206 and 188, was four pins shy of the 600 club. Lee and Hoover rounded out the top five with Lee finishing with a 575 series and Hoover settling for a 501.

SWIMMING

The girls swim team picked up two more wins by taking out Lancaster Catholic and Conestoga Valley. Up first was a 90-80 win over CV despite just four event wins. The Lady Bears opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay where Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael and Abbi Dehmey combined to clock a 2:02.48. Rachael added a win in the 50-freestyle (25.51), Fink was tops in the 200 IM (2:26.19) and Walsh won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.24.

The trio combined for five individual wins over Conestoga Valley to help the Lady Bears post a 103-67 win on January 29th. Rachael took the 50 freestyle (25.28) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.30) while Walsh earned solo wins in the 200 freestyle (2:09.61) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.55). Fink picked up a win with a time of 1:13.87 in the 100 breaststroke while Dehmey earned the final win with a 1:00.74 in the 100 freestyle. The quartet also teamed for wins in the 200 medley relay (1:59.30) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.70).

The boy's team picked up their third win of the season against Lancaster Catholic, winning 94-76. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way with solo wins to go with their parts on two victorious relay teams. They teamed with Dylan Quinn and Stuart Readinger to win the 200 medley relay in 1:50.83 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.78. Mueser stepped out on his own to win the 100 freestyle (49.51) and the 200 freestyle (1:52.91) while Azzalina picked up wins in the 50 freestyle (23.43) and the 100 backstroke (58.07). Kyle Welch picked up the final E-town win, taking the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.86.

The Bears were not as fortunate in their meet with Conestoga Valley, falling to the Buckskins by a 94-74 final. Elizabethtown managed just three wins with Azzalina topping the 50 freestyle field with a time of 23.70, Mueser taking the 200 IM (2:08.71) and Nestor securing the 500 freestyle field with a 5:05.05.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' basketball team fell into a three-way tie atop the Section One standings thanks to a 34-32 loss to Penn Manor on January 26th. E-town controlled the first three quarters, building a five-point lead in the process but the final eight minutes saw everything unravel. Penn Manor was able to find an offensive groove that wasn't available in the first three frames and the result was a 14-7 run that erased Elizabethtown's five-point lead and gave the visiting Comets the two-point victory. Sydney Pierson led all scorers with 13 points while Marena Lonardi chipped in with 10 points.

The Lady Bears got right back to winning on the 29th, topping Big Spring 48-40. E-town did stumble a bit in the final frame leading to a 17-12 Lady Bulldog run but Lonardi's 20 points and Amber Orban's 11 points proved to be enough to withstand the late run.

E-town made it two in a row with a 41-27 victory over Conestoga Valley one night later, keeping pace with Cedar Crest and Manheim Township atop the section standings. Lonardi netted a game high 16 points, splitting the tally between the first and third quarters, helping Elizabethtown outscore CV by 17 in those frames. Pierson added 10 points.

RIFLE

The rifle team moved to 7-4 on the season with wins over Governor Mifflin and Ephrata. The Bears had little trouble with Governor Mifflin on January 25th, posting a 498-484 win. Daniel Bert, Madison Garner and Matthew Risbon all posted perfect 100s while Caleb Flores and David Buckwalter checked in with scores of 99.

Things were a lot tighter in Elizabethtown's January 30th showdown with Ephrata as E-town squeaked out a 496-495 victory. Rison and Garner led the way with 100s while Buckwalter and Flores checked in with matching scores of 99. Bert finished out the top five with a 98.

WRESTLING

The Elizabethtown wrestling team finished the last of their regular season dual meets on January 31st by hosting Donegal. The neighboring Indians managed to leave town with a 36-27 win by claiming eight of the 14 weight classes. Two of those wins came to open the match putting E-town in a 6-0 hole. Cameron Olson gave the Bears their first win, topping Mason Ober at 132. The hometown crowd had to wait through two more bouts before enjoying another win. Zach Frank pinned Nick Grady 66 seconds into the 152-pound match. Another two Donegal wins made it 24-9 just past the midway point of the match.

David Rich was able to pick up another victory for the home team, slipping by Kyle Bixler 7-1 at 182. Tyler Lanza made it two in a row with a 5-0 decision over Elliot Burnette in the 195-pound battle. Blake Andrews posted the quickest match of the night, pinning Joe Sheaffer at the 31 second mark of the 220-pound bout. Elizabethtown's final win came at 285 where Noah Myers earned a forfeit to move the Bears into the lead for the first time in the match. That lead was short lived as Donegal claimed the final two weight classes to win the match 36-27.

The wrestling team spent Friday January 26th and Saturday January 27th at Garden Spot High School for the 2017-2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Tournament. The Bears wrestled their way to three medals with Andrews taking home top honors with his bronze medal at 195. The senior knocked off Garden Spot's Brandon Sabasino, Penn Manor's TJ Keener and Cocalico's Wyatt Gehman. Andrews only loss was to eventual silver medalist in the semifinals.

Elizabethtown's other two medals were of the eighth-place variety and also came in the upper weight classes. Javan Thomas medaled in the 170-pound bracket. Thomas stumbled out of the gate, dropping his opening match to Penn Manor's Marquis Sweigart, but rebounded to win his next two matches, topping Brody Mann of Pequea Valley and Garden Spot's Jeffery Harley. The junior finished out his weekend with back-to-back losses, the second of the forfeit variety to Sweigart.

Noah Myers forged a different path in the 220-pound bracket, kicking off his run with a 7-5 win over Hempfield's Luke Dreyer. A loss to Warwick's Evan Clark sent Myers to the consolation bracket where he topped Northern Lebanon's Cole Messimer 6-1 to earn a spot on the medal stand. A loss to Lampeter-Strasburg's Tyler Phenegar meant Myers' medal would be seventh or eighth while a loss to Nate Miller of Pequea Valley ensured it would be an eighth-place medal.

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Lady Bears Upend Manheim Township 39-35 January 26, 2018

If revenge is a dish best severed cold than the E-town Lady Bear hoops team could not have picked a better time to avenge their December 15th loss to Manheim Township. With the deep freeze of winter providing the cold, Elizabethtown went to Neffsville on January 22nd and knocked off the Lady Streaks. The 39-35 final bumped E-town to 13-3 overall and 8-1 in section play, moving them into a first-place tie with Manheim atop the Section One standings.

"I'm very happy for our players that we were able to go into Township, execute our game plan and win the game," said head coach John Myers. "It's a big win for our program and keeps our momentum moving forward."

Only five different Lady Bears scored but with Marena Lonardi dropping 14 points and Amber Orban adding another 12 Elizabethtown did not need much more. The reason, stifling defense that held Township to single digit point totals in three of the four quarters. That allowed E-town to build a 10-point cushion with Manheim's 15-9 edge in the third quarter putting the final margin at four points. Autumn Royer (five points), Samantha Stackhouse (four points) and Sydney Pierson (four points) rounded out the scoring in the win.

With a 50-22 win over Warwick on the 23rd the Lady Bears started what they hope will be another lengthy winning streak. Elizabethtown controlled throughout, outscoring the Warriors in all four quarters thanks to another stellar defensive effort. Lonardi tallied a game high 15 points, including eight of Elizabethtown's 10 fourth quarter points. Royer and Pierson combined for 17 points while six other Lady Bears cracked the scoring column.

E-town needed to start a new winning streak because their 10-game triumph was snapped with a 57-43 loss to Hershey on January 20th. A sluggish opening stanza left the Lady Bears trailing by 11 and forced them into comeback mode. E-town outscored the Trojans by one in the second quarter and six in the third, shrinking the deficit down to five points with one period remaining. Unfortunately Hershey went on a 24-15 run ending any thoughts of a comeback. Pierson and Royer netted 13 points each to lead the team.

The final notch in the 10-game winning streak came one night prior when Elizabethtown toppled McCaskey 52-29. Once again it was the Lady Bear defense leading the way, holding the Lady Tornado to single digit point totals in three of the four quarters. Even in the one quarter McCaskey did reach double digits they managed just 10 points while E-town tallied 18. Lonardi, Royer and Stackhouse led the way with 15, 12 and 10-points respectively.

SWIMMING

The swimming teams kicked off a busy five day stretch with a trip to the Lititz Rec Center for the Baron Invitational. The day can be classified as a success for E-town as the Bears enjoyed top three finishes in six individual events and two relay races.

Daniel Mueser captured two gold medals and teamed with Ben Azzalina, Oliviah Rachael and Gabby Walsh to bring home a relay gold. The quartet was the first to finish the mixed 400-freestyle relay with their 3:38.41 checking in 12-seconds faster than second place Red Lion. Mueser earned his individual hardware with the fastest times in the 50-freestyle (22.76) and the 100-freestyle (49.81). Mueser picked up one last medal, this one silver, as part of the mixed 200 medley relay team. Rachael and Walsh joined Mueser and Dylan Quinn to clock a 1:50.19, finishing less than a second behind Reading.

Azzalina captured the only other top three performance on the boys' side, taking second with a time of 58.73 in the 100-backstroke. Rachael and Walsh collected the final top three performances with Rachael accounting for two of the three. She took second in the 100-butterfly and third in the 50-freestyle. Walsh added a silver medal in the 100-backstroke (1:02.95).

The Bears returned to regular league competition on January 22nd with a trip to Ephrata. The result was a pair of losses, 88-81 for the boys and 102-68 for the girls. Both sides claimed two of the three relays with wins in the 200-medley relay as well as the 200-freestyle. Azzalina, Mueser, Quinn and Stuart Readinger claimed the 200-medley relay win for the boys while Walsh, Fink, Rachael and Abbi Dehmey were victorious on the girls' side. Azzalina, Mueser and Quinn enjoyed the double win, bringing Reece Readinger aboard for the 200-freestyle win while Dehmey, Walsh and Rachael added Erin Kraskewicz to collect their win.

The Lady Bears claimed just three other events. Rachael clocked a 25.19 to take the 50-freestyle and a 55.43 to win the 100-freestyle while Walsh was victorious in the 100-butterfly (1:05.81).

The boys' managed four solo wins. Mueser claimed the 50-freestyle (22.73) and the 100-butterfly (54.93). Azzalina added a win in the 100-backstroke (1:00.24) while Stuart Readinger contributed a win in the 100-breaststroke.

The Bears were back in the pool on January 24th facing Cocalico in a meet that was originally scheduled for the 16th. The Lady Bears coasted to a 121-49 victory, winning all 11 events while the boy's struggled against the Section Two leading Eagles, falling 110-60.

Rachael, Walsh and Fink lead the way for the ladies. Rachael posted the fastest times in the 50-freestyle (25.49) and the 100-butterfly (1:04.24) while taking part in the 200-medley relay and the 400-freestyle relay. Walsh and Fink joined Rachael on both relay teams, joining forces with Dehmey to post a 1:55.0 in the 200-medley relay and a 4:09.21 in the 400-freestyle relay.

Walsh picked up solo wins in the 200-freestyle (2:09.33) and the 100-backstroke (1:03.16) while Fink earned wins in the 200 IM (2:29.27) and the 100-breaststroke (1:15.71). Dehmey joined in the individual winning fun with a 1:03.62 in the 100-freestyle while Camille Donahue picked up the final win with a 6:11.81 in the 500-freestyle.

Mueser and Azzalina led the way for the boys, taking part in the victorious 400 freestyle relay along with Stuart Readinger and Quinn after posting wins in the 50-freestyle, the 100-backstroke and the-100 butterfly. Mueser was responsible for the 50 free (22.38) and 100 butterfly (54.12) wins while Azzalina picked up the 100-backstroke (58.47).

WRESTLING

The wrestling team enjoyed a 60-12 victory over Ephrata on January 24th. The match was trimmed to just 12 weight classes after double forfeits at 220 to open the match and again at 120. The Bears claimed all three bouts between the double forfeits, including forfeit wins for Cayden Spencer at 106 and Ethan Carl at 113. Noah Myers had to take the mat to earn his win but he was there only 59-seconds before pinning Josiah Stoltzfus (285).

E-town picked up another two wins before Ephrata was able to get on the board at 138. One of those two wins was a forfeit to Cameron Olson. Tyler Schweitzer earned his win, needing all but 18-seconds of his 126-pound tangle with Tyler Hart to post the pinfall.

Another pinfall win at 145, this one by Cole Rice made it 36-6 before Ephrata picked up their final victory at 152. Elizabethtown claimed the final four matches, three by forfeit with Cayden Livingston (160), Javan Thomas (170) and David Rich (195) enjoying the quick wins. Blake Andrews posted a second period win over Andrew Myers to give E-town its fourth pinfalls on the day.

RIFLE

The rifle team suffered two losses in their last three matches, falling to 5-4 on the year. The trouble started on January 18th with a 594-593 loss to Conestoga Valley. The two sides were tied after five shooters, going to the first tie-breaker to determine a winner. That gave the win to CV as Dana Witmer narrowly edged David Buckwalter 98-97. Madison Garner (100), Daniel Bert (100), Gage Schatz (99), Caleb Flores (99) and Matthew Risbon (98) were E-town's top five shooters.

Elizabethtown suffered the second of those losses to Manheim Township five days later by a 495-493 final. Flores, Bert and Aaron Tetkoskie all notched a 99 while Risbon and Jon Minnich added matching 98s.

In between the Bears managed to top Wilson 495-485. Risbon and Bert tallied perfect 100s while Flores recorded the lone 99. Garner and Schatz finished with a pair of 98s.

BOWLING

The bowling team won two of their last three matches but did suffer their second loss of the season with a 5-2 final to Conestoga Valley on the 22nd. Katelynn Garman led a trio of Bears with pin counts over 600, checking in with a 683 series. Elizabeth Vuxta added a 605 series while Patrick Hoffmaster finished with a 600 series. Logan Hoover (555) and Andrew Telenko (546) rounded out the top five.

Elizabethtown earned a 7-0 win over the Janus School on the 19th. Giulia Guidolin was the lone Bear to bowl all three games, turning in a 370 series. Twelve others took part in in the match, bowling one game each. Hoover (216) and Tyler Freeman (203) enjoyed the highest single game tallies.

Elizabethtown enjoyed another easy win on January 24th when they topped Lebanon 7-0. Hoover and Hoffmaster were the only Bears to take part in all three games, posting series of 668 and 630 respectively. Nikki Lee bowled two games to finish with a 339 day while seven other Bears bowled one game each.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team snapped a six-game slide with a 64-47 victory over Donegal. The game began on January 12th but was completed on the 25th after the game was halted in the third quarter due to condensation on the court that would not go away. The layoff did not affect the Bears as they turned a 37-28 lead at the time the game was suspended into a 17-point win. Larry Locker led the way with 16 points while Dylan Sweger and Eddie Myers chipped in with 11 points each.

The final loss in that six-game slide took place on the 23rd when Manheim Township left town with a 55-44 victory. The Bears were outscored in all but the fourth quarter where they managed to trim the final margin down to 11-points with an 18-14 edge. Cade Robinson was the Bears' top scorer with 11 points.

Friday January 19th saw the Bears fall to Lampeter-Strasburg by a 58-42 count. Once again E-town was outscored in all but the fourth quarter only this time they managed a 14-14 draw in the final frame to set the final margin at 16 points. Amos Kollie was the lone Bear to reach double figures, netting 12 points.

In non-league action January 20th, E-town dropped a tough one, 58-54 to Hershey. This time it was a difficult fourth quarter that led to E-town's demise. With a strong second and third quarter the Bears enjoyed a 45-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes but the Trojans went on an 18-9 run to steal the four-point win.

Locker dropped in a game high 18 while Elijah Eberly chipped in with 12 points.

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E-town Boys Slip In Second Half Against Mounts January 19, 2018

The Elizabethtown boys' basketball team was finally able to work around Mother Nature and complete a scheduled regular season contest. The Bears saw their January 12th game with Donegal halted in the third quarter due to condensation on the court. The remainder of that game is postponed until January 25th. Then the snow came and pushed back what was supposed to be a January 16th game with Ephrata until the 17th. Then there was more snow and the game was rescheduled again for the 18th when it was finally played.

Once the game got underway, a tight first half got away from the Bears, allowing the Mountaineers to leave Elizabethtown with a 46-29 victory and a season sweep of the two-game series. As the opening quarter played out, the Bears managed to stay with Ephrata leading to a 15-13 score after eight minutes. Both sides had trouble putting the ball in the basket in the second quarter, combining for just 11 points. Ephrata held the slight edge in the frame taking a 21-17 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, however, Ephrata managed to increase their lead by 11 points courtesy of a 19-8 run.

The same offensive struggles that plagued both squads in the second quarter resurfaced in the final frame leading to just 10 combined points. Once again Ephrata held the slight edge allowing the Mountaineers to tack a few more points onto their cushion, setting the final at 46-29.

Larry Locker was the lone Bear to reach double figures with 11 points.

BOWLING

The bowling team continues to knock over their competition, topping Cedar Crest by a 7-0 count on January 11th. The shutout victory is the eighth of the season for the Bears and moves their overall record to 66-11 and 26-2 in Section Two action.

Katelyn Garman led the way against the Falcons with a 683-series put together with games of 203, 254 and 226. Despite having the highest series of the match Garman did not record the highest single game tally on the day. That honor went to Patrick Hoffmaster and his game three 257. Hoffmaster completed his set with a 222 and a 185 for a 664-series. Elizabeth Vuxta was the next Bear at the top of the pin counts, finishing with a 640-series put together with games of 231, 213 and 196. Tyler Freeman was the final E-town kegler to break the 600-series threshold, tallying games of 204, 214 and 189 to finish with a 607 series. Logan Hoover finished the Elizabethtown top five with games of 182, 204 and 164 for a 550 series.

RIFLE

The rifle team rebounded from their January 10th loss to Ephrata by clobbering Garden Spot, 496-483, one day later. David Buckwalter was the lone shooter from either team to record a perfect 100 on the day but the remaining four E-town scorers were only one missed shot behind Buckwalter. Makenzie Smith, Caleb Flores, Aaron Tetkoskie and Matthew Risbon all posted scores of 99 to help out.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Mother Nature may have caused a lot of problems with the L-L basketball schedule recently but the extra time off allowed the Lady Bear hoops team to enjoy their 37-27 victory over Cedar Crest for a few days longer than anticipated. And boy was it a win worth enjoying as the 10-point victory came over the reigning Lancaster-Lebanon League Champions that also happen to be the two-time Section One champs and moved E-town into sole possession of second place in the section.

The win was also Elizabethtown's ninth straight, putting them at 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the section.

"Our kids don't quit, our kids play hard and they are a bunch of kids that love each other and love playing," said head coach John Myers. "They don't ever quit and just work their tails off so I'm happy for them. They deserve it.

"Our players were ready for this one and our defensive effort was just awesome," said Myers after his squad held Cedar Crest to their lowest offensive output of the season, including just seven first half points.

Offense was also hard to come by for E-town as the Lady Bears managed only 17 points before intermission, leaving them with a 17-7 lead at the break.

Cedar Crest found their rhythm in the third quarter, posting a 9-4 advantage that made it a 21-16 game with just eight minutes remaining. Elizabethtown, behind Amber Orban and Marena Lonardi, regained control in the fourth leading to a 16-11 edge and the 37-27 final.

"We knew we were playing a good team in their gym," said Myers of Crest's third quarter surge. "We knew that after halftime they were going to come out aggressive and pretty upset. We challenged them to meet that intensity level," he added. "The third quarter was a little iffy but in the fourth quarter we brought it back up and were able to sustain it."

Orban picked up seven of her game high 14 points in the final stanza, all of which came from the charity stripe. Lonardi picked up half of her 12 points in the final frame before fouling out with 1:31 remaining. Sydney Pierson (six points), Emma Blyler (three points) and Autumn Royer (two points) cleaned up the remaining Elizabethtown offense.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team picked up their second win in Lebanon County this season with a 46-28 victory over ELCO on January 11th. The Bears won nine of the 14 bouts, five by pinfall starting with Ethan Carl at 113. Two Raider victories followed, which put Elizabethtown in a 10-6 hole but Cameron Olson was able to tie the team score with a 14-5 major decision win over Keegan Donmoyer at 132.

A setback at 138 gave way to Cole Rice's 11-4 win over Hunter Hockley at 145 but E-town didn't take their first lead until Zach Frank's injury default win over Greg Onisa at 152. Those six team points made it 19-16 and after Cayden Livingston's pinfall of Carson Nell at 160 the Bears enjoyed a 25-16 lead.

Another setback at 170 kept ELCO close but Elizabethtown claimed four of the final five bouts, three by pinfall. David Rich started run, topping Austin Sprenkle at 182. Blake Andrews followed with a win over Adam Firestine at 195 to make it 37-22. Noah Myers made it three in a row with a 3-1 overtime victory over Bobby Walck at 220 while Cayden Spencer picked up the final E-town win at 106, pinning Brenna Troutman.

The mat-men's third win of the season in Lebanon County came a week later when the Bears knocked off Cedar Crest by a 42-36 count. The match opened at 160 where Javan Thomas picked up a forfeit win to give the Bears a quick 6-0 lead. The Falcons took the 170 bout to even the team score but E-town came right back. Dave Rich pinned Derrick Via 41 seconds into the second period of their 182 clash to make it 12-6. Andrews picked up an easy forfeit win at 195 but back-to-back losses allowed Cedar Crest to make it an 18-15 match. Elizabethtown picked up two straight forfeit wins by Cayden Spencer at 106 and Carl at 113 to give E-town what appeared to be a comfy cushion.

The Falcons had other ideas, claiming the next three bouts, two by forfeit, to knot the contest at 30-30. The Bears secured the team victory with another back-to-back set of forfeit wins. Bobby Walters earned the victory at 138 while Cole Rich took home the easy win at 145. Cedar Crest claimed the final bout by pinfall to set the final at 42-36.

SWIMMING

The boy's swimming team started the season with six straight losses but have now won two straight after a 112-49 win over Manheim Central on January 11th. The Bears claimed two of the three relay events with Ben Azzalina, Stuart Readinger, Daniel Mueser and Dylan Quinn taking the 200-medley relay while Chase Shelly, Reece Readinger, Mitchell Nelson and Kyle Welch took the 400-freestyle title.

Mueser and Quinn also enjoyed two individual wins with Mueser taking the 100 and 200 freestyle while Quinn captured the 100 breaststroke and the 200-individual medley. Nelson, Welch and Azzalina picked up the final three Elizabethtown victories. Nelson claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:12.14, Azzalina the 100 backstroke in 58.51 and Welch the 100 butterfly in 1:08.97.

The Lady Bears also picked up win number two on the season against Manheim Central, posting a 132-33 win. Elizabethtown swept the relay events with Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael and Rachel Handshew kicking things off with a win in the 200-medley relay. Fink, Camille Donahue, Emily Kriner and Erin Kraskewicz closed down the meet with a 4:23.91 winning time in the 400-freestyle relay. In between it was Kriner, Kraskewicz, Walsh and Rachael taking the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.39.

Fink, Walsh and Rachael also enjoyed two solo wins apiece. Fink took the 200-individual medley and the 100 breaststroke while Rachael claimed the 100 and 200 freestyle races. Walsh enjoyed wins in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke while Donahue and Kraskewicz picked up the final two E-town wins. Donahue claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:14.18 while Kraskewicz sped to a win in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 28.91.

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ET Matmen Host L-S in Section Two Clash January 12, 2018

The ups and downs of a wrestling season can be wide ranging. Take for example the Elizabethtown mat-men, fresh off a 3-2 showing at their own Grizzly Duals on Saturday January 6th the Bears hosted Lampeter-Strasburg on the 10th. The result was not what E-town was looking for as the Pioneers left Elizabethtown with a 55-13 victory.

Only three E-town grapplers managed to come out on top in their individual match-ups. The first was Cole Rice at 145. He topped Nick Salgado by an 11-8 count, but that came after three straight Lampeter-Strasburg wins to open the match, making it 13-3 in favor of the Pioneers. Three more L-S victories came before the second E-town win which was David Rich's 8-0 major decision over Logan Davison at 182 pounds. The Elizabethtown fans would not have to wait long for Elizabethtown's third and final victory as Blake Andrews pinned Johnny Franklin just 68 seconds into their 195-pound clash. Lampeter-Strasburg closed out the match by claiming the last five bouts, putting the final at 55-13.

The results at the Grizzly Duals were more favorable to the Bears as comfortable wins over Dover (52-24) and Eastern York (43-26) combined with a narrow victory over Southern Huntingdon (37-32) countering losses to McCaskey (45-34) and Palmyra (42-38).

Four different wrestlers made it through the five-match gauntlet with a pristine 5-0 mark. Cameron Olson did his work at 132 pounds while Javan Thomas spent his time at 170. Noah Myers and Andrews split their time between multiple weight classes. Myers picked up four of his wins at 220 with the fifth coming at 285 while Andrews earned three of his victories at 195 with the final two coming at 182. Three additional Bears survived the day with just one loss. Rice earned four wins at 145 while Cayden Livingston did all of his work at 160 pounds. The final grappler to reach that plateau was Rich who picked up three of those W's at 182 and the fourth at 195.

BOWLING

The bowling team experienced the best of times and the worst of times in their most recent two matches. E-town topped Manheim Central by a 7-0 count on January 9th only to come back one day later and fall to Penn Manor by the same count. Despite the 1-1 stretch head coach Frank Telenko remains positive.

"I am pleased with how hard the kids are working at practice and the upperclassmen are learning how to lead," Telenko stated.

Katelyn Garman and Patrick Hoffmaster led the charge against the Barons, both topping the 700-pin mark. Garman tallied a match high 716 series with games of 251, 228 and 237 while Hoffmaster checked in with a 706-series put together with games of 247, 232 and 227. The two juniors might have led the way but it was sophomore Andrew Telenko that stole the show. The kegler rolled a match high 278 in his first game before dropping to a 167 in game two. Beth Vuxta and Logan Hoover also bowled just the first two games. Vuxta finished with games of 169 and 209 while Hoover had scores of 206 and 182. Telenko rounded out the match with three new bowlers taking part in the third game. Nikki Lee finished with a 222, Bradley Ruth a 212 and Tyler Freeman a 165.

SWIMMING

The boys' swim team made their first big splash of the season with an 86-83 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on January 9th. Ben Azzalina and Daniel Mueser led the way with two individual wins coupled with two relay wins. Mueser posted the fastest times in both the 50 freestyle (23.06) and the 100 butterfly (56.04) while Azzalina was the quickest in the 100 freestyle (52.77) and the 100 backstroke (59.24). Dylan Quinn claimed the final individual win for Elizabethtown, posting a 1:10.49 in the 100 breaststroke. Quinn was also a member of the two victorious relay teams, he along with Azzalina, Mueser and Stuart Readinger claimed the 200-medley relay in 1:51.88 and the 400 freestyle in 3:39.89.

The Lady Bears just missed their second win of the season, instead settling for an 85-85 tie with the Lady Pioneers of Lampeter-Strasburg. Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael each picked up an individual event win but not before teaming with Abbi Dehmey for a win in the 200-medley relay, clocking a 2:01.03. Walsh kicked off the solo wins, posting a 1:03.33 in the 100 backstroke while Fink claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.41 and Rachael the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.94.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Eight. That is the current number of consecutive victories from the Lady Bear basketball team after wins over Conestoga Valley and Hempfield. The winning streak took E-town from a so-so 2-2 overall mark to their current 10-2 mark while slotting the Lady Bears into second place in Section One, with a 5-1 record, behind Manheim Township, otherwise known as the last team to defeat Elizabethtown back on December 15th.

The Lady Bears collected their eighth straight win on January 9th with a 43-23 shellacking of Hempfield. Led by Autumn Royer and Marena Lonardi, E-town did the bulk of their damage in the second quarter. The pair combined to score 12 of Elizabethtown's 19 points in the frame, helping to turn a five-point lead into a 19-point cushion. The Knights managed to get through the third frame with a 12-7 edge, reducing the Lady Bear lead to 14 points but that was short lived as E-town came roaring back in the final frame, outscoring Hempfield 8-2 to set the 20-point final margin.

Royer finished with a game high 15, seven in the pivotal second quarter while Lonardi ended up with 10 points, half coming in the second quarter.

A few nights prior the Lady Bears took down Conestoga Valley by a 49-39 final. Only five players scored for Elizabethtown in the 10-point victory led by Lonardi's game high 25 points. Behind the work of the standout junior E-town jumped out to a six-point lead after eight minutes, played even-up with the Lady Buckskins through the middle quarters before outscoring CV 12-8 in the final frame.

Royer was the only other Lady Bear in double figures with 12 points. Amber Orban and Samantha Stackhouse added five points apiece while Sydney Pierson picked up the final two points.

AIR RIFLE

The Elizabethtown rifle team dropped their second match of the season on January 10th, falling to Ephrata 498-493. David Buckwalter was the lone Bear to record a perfect score while three Mountaineers matched Buckwalter's 100. Caleb Flores and Gage Schatz fell just short, finishing with matching 99s while Matthew Risbon (98) and Madison Garner (97) rounded out the E-town top five.

One day earlier the Bears managed a 496-492 win over Manheim Central. This time Risbon and Flores reached the 100 mark while Buckwalter was one shot back with a 99. Garner joined Buckwalter with a 99 while Mackenzie Smith joined the top five with a score of 98.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team has been busy, knocking four games off their 2017-2018 slate over the course of six days. The Bears split those four games and now sit at 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Section Two play.

"We've shown flashes of being really, really good and then we've shown flashes of reverting back to bad habits," said second year head coach Rocky Parise. "But overall the kids are so focused, they are listening, they are playing hard and they are doing everything that we ask them to do which is a really, really positive thing."

Some flashes of good came in back-to-back wins over Garden Spot and Susquehannock on January 5th and 6th. E-town toppled Spot on the 5th behind 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists from Larry Locker coupled with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists from Amos Kollie. Elijah Eberly added 11 points and 12 rebounds while Dylan Sweger chipped in with 11 points.

Behind all that offensive firepower the Bears jumped out to a 26-15 lead after the opening frame and never looked back. The Spartans mounted a minor comeback bid in the second and fourth quarters but Elizabethtown was able to keep Spot from doing too much damage during their brief runs.

One day later the Bears found themselves at Manheim Central to take part in the "War of Roses" where teams from the Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA faced off. E-town faced Susquehannock and managed a 52-46 victory. The Bears outscored Susquehannock in all but the third frame where Susquehannock held a 12-7 edge. Elizabethtown pushed their lead back to the six-point final tally with a 15-10 run through the fourth. Eberly netted a game high 13 points while Kollie (12 points) and Sweger (11 points) provided double digit back-up.

The Bears stumbled on January 9th, falling to Cocalico by a 59-52 final. "Yeah, the Cocalico one hurt," said Parise of the seven-point loss. "We did not have a good first half but we came out and turned up the heat defensively in the third quarter and had a seven or eight-point lead going into the fourth and just completely broke down in the fourth."

The difficult first half that Parise mentioned resulted in a 25-18 halftime deficit but as the skipper pointed out, they controlled the third quarter to the tune of a 22-8 run. That flipped the seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead with just eight minutes remaining. The Eagles capitalized on a few Bear turnovers and cruised through the fourth on a 26-12 run. The end result of the wild second half was a 59-52 Cocalico victory. Cade Robinson tallied a team high 18 points while Locker added 16 pints but the pair barley combined to outscore Cocalico's Aidan Trynasky who dropped 32 points in the win.

Elizabethtown suffered a second straight loss one night later, traveling to the West Shore to face Cedar Cliff. Behind a trio of double digit scorers, the Colts posted a scoring advantage in all four quarters. Gerald Jarmon netted a game high 24 points while Justin Gause and Patrick Wiestling chipped in with 16 and 12 points respectively. Locker finished with a team high 18 points in the loss.

With back-to-back losses on the books Parise remains upbeat.

"I'm happy with how hard the kids are playing, how focused they are and how they are playing unselfish as a team," said Parise. "I think that is the biggest difference this year compared to last and I am really proud of them for that."

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Lady Bear Swimmers Edge Lower Dauphin January 5, 2018

New Year, new result for the Elizabethtown girls' swimming team. After dropping their first five meets of the season, all in 2017, the Lady Bears posted win number one on January 2nd. "It was an awesome win for the girls' team," said head coach Zach McElheny of the 88-82 victory over Lower Dauphin. "The girls swam hard and pushed themselves in the close races."

A trio of Lady Bears led the way to two relay wins and five individual victories. Abbi Dehmey was the lone member of both winning relay teams, getting help from Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink and Oliviah Rachael to win the 200 medley relay in 2:00.14. Dehmey was joined by Camille Donahue, Abby Alsbaugh and Emmy Kriner in the 200 freestyle relay where the quartet posted a winning time of 1:58.13.

Rachael and Walsh starred in the individual events with each taking home two wins. Rachael claimed the 50 freestyle (25.79) and the 100 butterfly (1:04.52) while Walsh was victorious in the 200 freestyle (2:11.84) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.63). Fink claimed the final E-town win with a 2:25.43 in the 200 individual medley.

The evening was not as kind to the boys' squad as they fell to Lower Dauphin by a 101-68 final. The Bears managed just three event victories, two by Daniel Mueser. The senior took the 50 free style in 22.61 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.41. Ben Azzalina picked up the final E-town win, posting a 58.43 in the 100 backstroke.

BOWLING

The Elizabethtown bowling team continues to roll along, posting their sixth 7-0 win in eight matches this season. With all those shutouts the Bears carry a 52-4 overall mark into the second half of the season. Katelyn Garman paced the team in the CV win, narrowly edging out Elizabeth Vuxta for high series. Garmen rolled games of 195, 229 and 224 to finish with a 648 series while Vuxta posted games of 224, 222 and 181 for a 647 series. Patrick Hoffmaster finished a few pins behind his teammates with games of 227, 191 and 226 putting his series at 644. Andrew Telenko gave E-town four keglers over 600 on the day as the junior bowled games of 201, 188 and 215 to finish with a 604 series. Logan Hoover rounded out E-town's top five with a 497 series thanks to games of 174, 157 and 166.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team enjoyed their first match of 2018, topping Lebanon 54-29 on January 3rd. The Bears claimed nine of the 14 weight classes with eight of those nine victories coming via forfeit. The lopsided final score becomes all the more impressive when you factor in that E-town dropped four of the first five bouts to fall into a 32-6 hole. The Bears came roaring back by claiming five straight forfeits starting with Cameron Olson at 132. Bobby Walters (138), Cole Rice (145), Zach Frank (152) and Cayden Livingston (160) followed and when added to Ethan Carl's forfeit win at 113 Elizabethtown found themselves on top 36-23. A Cedars' win at 170 was their final one, closing the gap to 36-29 with three matches remaining. E-town won all three with forfeits by David Rich (182) and Noah Myers (220) sandwiched around a pinfall win by Blake Andrews at 195.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team spent the holidays at home, hosting the Allen Restoration Winter Classic. The Bears cruised to the championship game with a 64-40 win over Central Dauphin on December 28th. Larry Locker dropped a game high 27 points to lead the charge while Amos Kollie chipped in with 16 points, nine of which came from deep.

The Bears ended up on the wrong side of the championship game, however, falling to Bishop McDevitt 50-42. Despite the loss E-town outscored the Crusaders in two of the four quarters, posting a 10-8 edge in the opening frame and a 15-9 advantage in the third quarter. McDevitt knotted the game up heading into intermission with an 11-9 run through the second quarter and blew the game open in the fourth with a 22-8 surge.

Locker finished in double digits with 10 points but it was Elijah Eberly netting a team high 11 points in the loss.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Bears hoopsters are riding a six-game winning streak after a 46-25 trouncing of Ephrata on January 3rd. E-town started sluggish, playing the Lady Mountaineers to an 8-8 draw through one quarter. From there Elizabethtown outscored Ephrata 38-17 which included holding the Mounts scoreless in the third quarter.

Amber Orban paced the attack with a game high 16 points. Marena Lonardi was the only other player in double figures with 14 points. Samantha Stackhouse (six points), Autumn Royer (four points), Sydney Pierson (four points) and Macy Seaman (two points) rounded out the scoring for Elizabethtown.

The Lady Bears also roughed up Northeastern in the opening game of the Lady Bobcats holiday tournament on December 27th, earning a spot in the championship game with a 59-32 victory. E-town controlled from the tip, posting scoring advantages in all but the fourth quarter, including a 22-7 run through the second that basically put the game away. Lonardi tallied a game high 21 points while Orban provided back-up with 15 points.

Elizabethtown's 33-32 title game victory over West Perry was filled with an infinite amount more drama as the sides traded buckets throughout the contest. West Perry managed a five-point, 10-5, lead coming out of the first quarter only to see E-town bounce back with a 12-4 spurt in the second stanza.

The Lady Bears' slim three-point was erased in the third quarter when the Lady Mustangs posted an 11-8 edge to knot the game heading into the final eight minutes of action. Scoring was at a premium in the final period and fortunately for Elizabethtown the Lady Bears were able to claw their way to an 8-7 advantage, sealing the one-point win and the tournament title.

Lonardi topped all scorers with 16 while Royer chipped in with 11 points. Stackhouse, Pierson and Elise Hassinger added two points apiece to wrap up the scoring.

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E-town Tops Ephrata, Falls Short in Playoff Bid November 5, 2017

For the Elizabethtown football team, a season ending 70-6 demolition of Ephrata was not quite enough. Why would a lopsided victory to close out a 6-4 season sill leave the Bears wanting more?? That would be because E-town just missed qualifying for the District 3-5A playoffs, settling in as the 10th seed in an eight-team playoff field.

While disappointing, missing out on the district playoffs does not remove all the joy from the season ending win over Ephrata, the Bears did score 70 points after all. Cayden Livingston, one of the 17 players recognized on Senior Night, led that offensive explosion with a 154-yard, three TD effort while fellow senior Anthony Funk added 87 yards receiving on four catches plus a 51-yard punt return score.

Livingston and the ground attack may have paced the victory over the Mountaineers but it was the Cole Patrick led passing game that put Elizabethtown's first points on the board. Patrick hit Alex Diahn for a 32-yard score that made it 7-0 early in the opening frame. Livingston made it a 14-0 affair after the first of his three trips to the end zone, this one a one-yard plunge, but the lead was short lived. Ephrata managed their only score of the game, a 49-yard Caden Keefer scramble that made it 14-6 after the missed extra point.

The Bears finished out the first quarter in strong fashion, tacking on two more rushing scores for a 28-6 cushion after just 12 minutes of game time. Devyn Clair enjoyed the first of those two scores, a 10-yarder that made it 21-6 while Patrick accounted for his second score of the day, this one a 28-yard scramble that finished the first quarter scoring.

The second quarter saw just two touchdowns but the resulting 42-6 score meant a running clock to kick off the second half. Livingston picked up the first score of the second stanza and his second of the game on a three-yard plunge that stretched the margin to 35-6. Patrick closed out the high scoring first half with a five-yard strike to Clair for that 42-6 halftime score.

Funk's 51-yard punt return accounted for the only points of the third quarter and gave Elizabethtown a 49-6 lead heading into the fourth. Livingston capped his stellar game with an 11-yard TD run to get the fourth quarter rolling. Zach Frank took over from there, scoring on runs of three and 39 yards to set the 70-6 final.

VOLLEYBALL

While the majority of central PA spent the evening of Tuesday October 31st working on their costumes and then Trick-or-Treating the E-town girls' volleyball team was busy attempting to extend their 2017 season. Those attempts ultimately fell short as Elizabethtown fell to Central York in their District 3-4A quarterfinal showdown.

"It was a very interesting match where both teams made a lot of errors that were not typical," said head coach David Pittman of the 3-2 loss, "but that is the pressure that is put on you at playoff time."

The Lady Bears seemed unaffected by the playoff pressure in a 25-16 first game victory but things flipped in games two and three. The Lady Panthers evened the match with a 25-22 game two win then put Elizabethtown on the brink with a near identical 25-23 game three final. The Lady Bears extended their season by one game with a 25-15 game four victory but Central York pulled out the decisive fifth game, 15-9.

"The 5th set was up and down with us dominating early and making a few too many errors down the stretch to pull it out," said Pittman.

Julia Rathsam's 32 assists paced the offense while Rebecca Epps and her 20 digs did the same on defense. Taylor Beeler chipped in with 11 kills while Ashley NyeSmith (two aces) and Grace Murray (three blocks) provided additional support.

The Lady Bears went 14-4 this year and earned their second section championship in six years.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the season and the team," stated Pittman. "The borough of Elizabethtown should be proud of them too."

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country season came to a close on Saturday November 4th with a trip to Hershey for the PIAA Championship Meet. Six Elizabethtown runners, four girls and two boys, made the short trip to Hershey for the season's final meet.

"Congratulations to these runners, who represented the greatest number of E-town runners to ever qualify for the State Championships," exclaimed head coach Mark Gallagher.

After qualifying for the PIAA Championship meet by a mere two seconds, Katie Locker stepped up her game. The sophomore trimmed nearly a minute off her district time, turning in a 19:07 which was the ninth fastest time in the 212 runner AAA field. Cat Shontz crossed the finish line 57 seconds later and in 60th place while Madeline Quinn gave the Lady Bears three runners inside the top 100 with her 78th place time of 20:16. Kate Weissend, the fourth and final Lady Bear in the PIAA field, finished 117th with a time of 20:42.

On the boy's side it was a Scharf show as only Christopher and Charles qualified. Christopher finished at 16:58 and was 65th while, despite finishing just seven seconds back, Charles clocked a 17:05 and was shuffled to 88th place in the 236 AAA runner field.

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E-town Booters Fall in District Opener October 29, 2017

The boys' soccer team's bid to add another championship to their resume came to a screeching halt on October 24th with a surprising first round loss to Central Dauphin. Elizabethtown, the 2016 District 3-4A and PIAA-4A runner up, 2016 and 2017 Lancaster-Lebanon League Champions and the second seed in this year's district bracket fell to Central Dauphin by a 2-0 count in a surprise upset.

"Districts is about executing your opportunities," said head coach James Sostack. "While we dominated all phases of the game we unfortunately didn't finish and didn't find the back of the net."

Despite the shutout the Bears held an 8-6 edge in shots and a staggering 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"Full credit is given to Central Dauphin for bending but not breaking against our consistent pressure," stated Sostack. "Their goalkeeper played beyond expectations and made the difference in the game."

That goal keeper was Carson Etsheid and he earned the clean sheet with an eight save effort, doubling E-town's Austin Denlinger and his four saves. "Overall, while we would like the opportunity to rewrite the script on how we ended our season. I am proud of the legacy this group of players have given the program," said Sostack of the departing seniors and their four Section Two titles, three L-L Championships and the aforementioned district and state runner-up runs.

VOLLEYBALL

The Elizabethtown girls' volleyball team spent the last week attempting to avenge their only two regular season losses. Their first crack came on Monday the 23rd when the Lady Bears faced Warwick in the L-L semifinals. E-town was hoping to flip the results from the regular season meeting that went to the Lady Warriors by a 3-1 count.

Elizabethtown nearly pulled off the win after taking a 2-1 lead in the best of five match but Warwick stormed back for the 3-2 victory.

"It was a very tough loss for our team and very disappointing as well," said head coach David Pittman. "We certainly didn't play our best and much of that can be attributed to Warwick's serving but we have been practicing on this and just really didn't get the breaks when we needed them."

The Lady Bears started the match on the wrong foot, dropping game one 25-17 but captured the next two games by a combined five points, 25-23 and 25-22, putting Warwick on the ropes. Warwick shook off the two straight losses to snag game four, 25-16, setting up what Pittman called an exciting fifth and decisive game. The Lady Warriors kept momentum on their side to capture that game, 15-12 and the match 3-2.

"The fifth set was exciting, unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of it," said Pittman.

Julia Rathsam and Bri Eberly did the heavy lifting against Warwick with Rathsam tallying 31 assists and 23 digs while Eberly finished with a team high 11 kills, two blocks and two aces.

Elizabethtown's redemption tour traveled to Central York High School on October 28th where the Lady Wildcats of Dallastown awaited in the opening round of the District 3-4A playoffs. The rematch began the same way as the first go-round between the two teams, with E-town taking games one and two. This time it was 25-22 and 25-23 finals that put the Lady Bears on the brink of victory. Dallastown kept the dejà vu feeling going by taking game three 28-26 but that is where the similarities ended as Elizabethtown finished the match with a 27-25 game four win.

Rathsam finished the grueling affair with 34 assists, six aces and three blocks while Rebecca Epps (22 digs) and Taylor Beeler (16 kills) provided backup.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Elizabethtown cross country teams made their annual trek to Newville for the District 3-3A Championship meet on October 28th. The trip was a successful one highlighted by six runners qualifying for the PIAA Championships on November 4th. The Lady Bears, who finished fifth in the team standings with 193 points, nearly qualified their entire team. They missed the team cut by one spot, finishing 12 points behind fourth place Chambersburg.

Cat Shontz highlighted the successful day for the Lady Bears with a sixth place run of 19:22. She will be joined at the PIAA meet by the trio of Madeline Quinn, Katie Locker and Kate Weissend, who all ran well enough to finish inside the PIAA cut. Quinn just missed a top 10 finish, settling for 11th with a time of 19:28. Locker crossed the line 30 seconds later and in 26th place with Weissend (19:59) a step behind in 27th place.

Three other Lady Bears, Malayna Van Winkle, Camille Donahue and Brooke Nicodemus were part of the 234-runner, 3A field. Van Winkle was the first of the trio to finish, doing so in 123rd place with a time of 22:06. Donahue claimed 179th with a time of 23:36 while Nicodemus finished 201st with a time of 24:54.

The quartet of Lady Bears will be joined at the PIAA meet by a duo of Bears. Both Christopher and Charles Scharf ran well enough to punch a ticket to Hershey for the state meet on the 4th. Christopher posted the top time for Elizabethtown, capturing ninth by turning in a 16:32. Charles crossed the line 10 seconds later and in 22nd place. Jesse Myers was the final Bear to crack the top 100, finishing 84th with a time of 17:39 while Nat McCloud (144th,) and Jason Trimble (215th) rounded out the top five for Elizabethtown. The resulting team score of 474 put E-town in 17th place, just ahead of Daniel Boone. Dylan Quinn (232nd) and Elliot Kline (241st) were the final two Elizabethtown runners to complete the 3.1-mile race.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team's foray into the District 3-2A tournament ended with a 3-1 loss to East Pennsboro in the two squad's October 24th first round encounter. The Lady Panthers scored all three of their goals in the first half, two by Gery Schnarrs, to control the outcome. Jaide Epler broke up the shutout bid early in the second half, making it 3-1 with 23:08 remaining in the contest. Hannah McConnell turned away eight of the 11 shots she faced in the loss.

FOOTBALL

The Elizabethtown football saw their 2017 playoffs hopes extinguished with an October 27th loss to Cedar Crest. "They were the better team tonight, plain and simple," said head coach Bill McDonald after the 31-7 loss that left the Bears, 5-4 and 11th in the most recent District 3-5A rankings.

Elizabethtown managed just 175 yards of offense led by Devyn Clair and Cayden Livingston. The one-two punch combined for 110 rushing yards with Clair holding the slight edge, 57-53. Anthony Funk paced E-town's ariel attack with four receptions and 40 yards including a shutout busting 13-yard TD grab that came with 17 seconds remaining in the contest.

"We'll move on to the next game. We have a good group of seniors. I'm proud of them," added McDonald.

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ET Boys' Soccer Wins Second Straight L-L Title October 22, 2017

The boys' soccer team did it again, winning their second straight league title and their third in the last four years. "It's a remarkable achievement to win three L-L League titles in the past four years with this year's back-to-back titles," commented head coach James Sostack of the special run. "It's a special core of players that respond to the coaching tactics and have a genuine brotherhood among the players in the program."

The victory was a result of two second half goals from Brady Kreider, 13 saves from Austin Denlinger and came despite the Blazers holding an edge in both shots on goal (13-6) and corner kicks (5-3). Kreider's first goal came early in the second half and according to Sostack helped flip momentum squarely to the Bears.

"The first half saw us struggle in the possession game against an LMH team stacked with talent," said Sostack. "The second half saw the flow of play back in our direction after a great goal by Brady Kreider who danced around the Mennonite defenders for a superb individual effort."

Aden Cabrera-Perez provided the feed for Kreider to go to work on the game's first score while Caleb Gerber continued his exceptional week by setting up Kreider's insurance goal in the 52nd minute.

The Bears continue their playoff journey on October 24th, hosting Central Dauphin in the District 3-4A opener. Game time is set for 7pm at Jane Hoover Field.

In order to have a chance at repeating Elizabethtown first had to take care of last year's title game foe, Hempfield. The Bears needed a few extra minutes to get the job done but they did just that with a 3-2 overtime victory.

"A "gritty" performance demonstrating the resolve of a well-tested team," stated Sostack. "I credit the players' ability to respond and execute the tactical changes as well as the discipline to finish set plays."

E-town's resolve was well tested in the semifinal showdown as the Black Knights held a one goal lead for large portions of the contest. Hempfield's first lead came in the 27th minute with Alexis Garcia breaking up the scoreless deadlock. It took Elizabethtown just over 20 minutes to climb out of that one goal hole with Caleb Gerber's first goal taking place in the 49th minute.

Hempfield regained their slim lead just a few minutes later when Ryan Helper made it 2-1 in the 56th minute. The Black Knights looked to remain in front this time and came dangerously close to pulling it off but Aiden Grey Fertich had other ideas. The senior netted the game tying goal with 1:40 remaining in regulation setting up sudden death overtime. Gerber came through with the game winning golden goal, his second of the game, in the 84th minute.

"I was encouraged to see Caleb Gerber find the back of the net on two occasions, we need younger players to step up in critical games and Caleb did just that," praised Sostack.

FOOTBALL

The football team's game against Garden Spot had a feel of Dejà vu with David Shank drilling a game winning field goal to top the Spartans for the second straight year. In 2016 it was a 19 yarder with three ticks remaining that gave E-town a 16-13 victory. This season's game winner was from 37 yards out and came as time expired, giving the home team a 16-14 victory.

Shank took his heroics to another level in this year's victory, adding makes of 25 yards and 33 yards to account for nine of the Bear's 16 points. Elizabethtown's only none-Shank points came in the second quarter when Cole Patrick hooked up with Anthony Funk for a 24-yard score. Shanks's successful PAT, combined with that 25-yarder made it 10-7 at the break.

Shank made it 13-7 with his 33-yard boot early in the final frame only to see Spot's Cameron Roth break loose for a 71-yard jaunt that put the Spartans on top for a second time in the game, 14-13. Shank would not be outdone on the night, booting the game winner as time expired, sending the home fans into a frenzy.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams began their postseason journey on Tuesday October 17th with a trip to Ephrata for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Meet. The trip ended up being historic for the girls' team as the Lady Bears posted the program's best finish, nipping Hempfield 100-102 to bring home team silver.

Katie Locker was the first E-town runner to finish, doing so with a time of 18:40.6, good enough for her second straight silver medal. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn followed up on their All-Star regular seasons by finishing sixth and eighth respectively. Shontz, a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars was able to take sixth place with a time of 19:17.90 while Quinn came in eighth with a time of 19:24.40. Quinn joined Locker on the Section One First Team roster.

E-town's fourth runner, also a member of the Section One Second Team All-Stars managed to slip inside the top 20 with Kate Weissend and her 19:56.90 coming in 19th out of the 142 runners. Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the Lady Bear top five by finishing 71st with a time of 22:36.30. With their top 20 finishes Locker, Shontz, Quinn and Weissend picked up L-L medals and also earned L-L All-Star honors.

On the boys' side only two runners finished inside the top 20 leading to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. Those two runners share a last name, Scharf. Christopher posted a 16:20.1 to take fourth while Charles finished in 16:59.40 and in 18th place. The Scharf brothers add the L-L accolades to their Section One First Team All-Stars nods. Elizabethtown's next two runners, Jesse Myers and Nat McCloud followed up their Section One Second Team All-Stars honors by finishing 46th and 60th. Myers covered the 3.1-mile course at Ephrata Middle School in 17:30.10 to finish 46th while McCloud needed 17:51.60 to traverse the course, finishing 60th. Aiden Weaver was the fifth Bear to cross the line, taking 87th with his time of 18:17.20.

Up next for the XC teams is a trip to Big Spring High School for the District 3 Championship Meet on October 28th.

VOLLEYBALLL

The girls' volleyball team closed out arguably the best regular season in program history last week. Wins over Lampeter-Strasburg and Solanco moved E-town to 10-0 in Section Two play, securing the section title for the Lady Bears.

"We are proud of what we've accomplished but only want to accomplish more," said head coach David Pittman of the section crown, adding, "I am very proud of the effort that the team has given us and we are always looking to get better. We realize that we may have some setbacks but at the end our fight and our mettle is what defines this team."

Both wins were of the 3-0 variety with neither L-S or Solanco offering much resistance starting with E-town's 25-10, 25-20, 25-16 sweep over the Lady Pioneers on Monday. Bri Eberly enjoyed a standout game with a team high 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. Grace Murry matched Eberly's block total while Rebecca Epps matched the two aces, adding a team high 14 digs. Julia Rathsam collected 32 assists in the win.

The win over Solanco two days later gave the Lady Bears their second six game winning streak of the season and with wins of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-11 was Elizabethtown's 10th sweep in 14 matches. Rathsam led the way with 27 assists and four aces while Murray and Eberly both collected a team high two blocks. Senior Katrielle Hoffman enjoyed senior night with a team high 10 kills while Ashley NyeSmith collected eight digs in the win.

One day after stretching their winning streak to six games the Lady Bears saw that streak snap with a 3-2 loss to Dallastown. It was just Elizabethtown's second loss of the season and came despite the Lady Bears jumping out to a 2-0 lead behind wins of 25-21 and 25-17. Dallastown bounced back with back-to-back wins of 25-22 to even the match before stealing the win with a 15-10 fifth game victory. Taylor Beeler tallied a team high 24 digs and 14 kills while Rathsam posted team high 42 assists and three aces. Nye Smith matched the three aces while Eberly had two blocks.

With the regular season in the books the Lady Bears turned their attention to the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs were the Lady Eagles of Cocalico awaited in the quarterfinals. E-town kicked off what they hope will be another lengthy winning streak with a 3-0 sweep over the Section Three runner-up squad. Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all tallied nine kills to lead the offense with Rathsam providing the setup with 32 assists. Eberly added a team high three blocks to her nine kills while Epps (four aces) and Marley Kreiser (seven digs) rounded out the team leaders.

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