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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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ET Football Posts OT Upset Over Pioneers October 15, 2017

It may not be on the same level as the '68 Jets or Appalachian State stunning Michigan in 2007 but Elizabethtown's 44-38 overtime victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Friday was a pretty impressive upset win for the Bears. Need proof, consider...E-town entered the contest on a three-game slide while L-S had won two straight and sported just one loss on the season, to undefeated Manheim Central. Everything pointed to a homecoming win for the Pioneer crowd but then the game started and E-town forced two fumbles, recovering both, while picking off Lampeter-Strasburg QB Todd Shelley three times. Add it all up and the Bears managed to survive in OT for their fourth win of the season.

As the final score suggests the teams traded trips to the endzone throughout the contest starting with a one-yard Kris Pirozzi plunge that gave Lampeter-Strasburg the early lead. Elizabethtown fired back with a 54-yard Cole Patrick to Devyn Clair pitch and catch that tied the game until David Shank's PAT made it 7-6 Elizabethtown. L-S was able to enjoy a 16-14 halftime lead courtesy of a 22-yard Cam Niemeyer fumble return for a score combined with a 20-yard Peyton Denlinger field goal. Those scores countered Cayden Livingston's five-yard run that had extended the Bear lead to 14-6.

Clair got the second half scoring rolling with a 53-yard jaunt that put E-town back on top at 21-16 but the lead was short lived because Niemeyer broke off an 80-yard score that put the Pioneers back up, 23-21. The flip-flopping continued when Shank drilled a 26-yard field goal to put the Bears in front 24-23. Elizabethtown extended their lead to 31-23 a short while later when Isaiah Sheetz recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for a score.

Lampeter-Strasburg started their fourth quarter comeback with a two-yard Drew Smith TD coupled with a Shelley to Niemeyer two-point conversion that knotted the game at 31-31. The Bears briefly regained the lead when Patrick hit Grant Gaumer for a 78-yard score. The Shank extra-point made it 38-31. The Pioneers had one more answer in the form of a six-yard Pirozzi run that forced overtime.

Elizabethtown struck first in OT with Patrick punching it in on a six-yard scramble but a blocked extra point put the Bear faithful on the edge of their seats. The E-town defense was up to the task and shut down Pioneers to seal the overtime win.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team lost their L-L playoff spot with back-to-back losses to Manheim Central and Lampeter-Strasburg to close out the regular season.

The first blow came in the form of a 4-0 loss to the Lady Barons on Monday. Facing a relentless Central attack that produced 12 shots and 14 corners led to seven Hannah McConnell saves in the loss.

Two days later the Lady Pioneers used two goals from both Julia Smecker and Abby Thorius to fully remove Elizabethtown from the L-L playoff picture, securing Section Two's third bid at the expense of the Lady Bears. E-town used Mackenzie Hammaker's first half score and Jaide Epler's second half goal to hang with L-S but the duo of Smecker and Thorius proved too much. McConnell finished with 11 saves in the loss.

While the Lady Bears season ending five game slide pushed Elizabethtown out of the L-L playoffs it did not do the same to their District 3-AA playoff invite. With a few days remaining before the district power rankings are finalized the Lady Bears occupy the 14th spot in the 16-team field, setting a tentative first round match-up with East Pennsboro on October 25th.

VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team continued their impressive run through the 2017 regular season picking up wins over Manheim Township and Manheim Central last week to improve to 10-1 on the year. The Lady Bears kicked off the week with a 3-0 sweep over Township on Monday. E-town had little trouble dispatching the Lady Streaks, posting wins of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-10, thanks to 11 kills from Taylor Beeler and 29 assists from Julia Rathsam. Beeler also added 14 digs while Rebecca Epps (five aces) and Bri Eberly (three blocks) provided back up.

Tuesday's 3-0 win over Central was only mildly more challenging as Elizabethtown claimed game one 25-13 and game three 25-12. The Lady Barons managed a strong game two but E-town still collected the 25-20 victory. Rathsam had another 22 assists while Eberly, Beeler and Montana Sauder all finished with six kills. Ashley NyeSmith added 13 digs and four aces while Grace Murray recorded a team high three blocks.

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team saw their season come to an official close on October 9th with the completion of Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament. Elizabethtown's final remaining entry, Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long, finished with the Flight Three silver after an 8-3 finals loss to Cedar Crest's Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country team slipped in one final regular season meet before kicking off their postseason run. The regular season finale was a mixed bag for the Bears as the boy's club knocked off Ephrata 22-34 but fell to Cedar Crest 28-33. For the girls it was a 22-33 win over Cedar Crest balancing out a 27-28 loss to Ephrata.

Christopher and Charles Scharf led the boy's push with Christopher taking first with a time of 16:35 and Charles third with a time of 17:15. Jesse Myers and his 17:51 just missed a top five finish, settling for the sixth fastest time on the day. Nat McCloud's 19:20 and Jason Trimble's 20:02 rounded out Elizabethtown's top five with McCloud finishing 17th and Trimble 22nd.

Katie Locker and Kate Weissend paced the Lady Bears, finishing third and fourth with times of 20:23 and 20:31. Cat Shontz and Madeline Quinn gave E-town another back-to-back finish inside the top 10 with Shontz taking sixth with a time of 20:52 and Quinn seventh with a time of 20:54. Malayna Van Winkle closed out Elizabethtown's top five and the day's top 15 with her 23:49.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls' soccer team wrapped up their 2017 campaign with a 1-1 week, putting the Lady Bears at 5-12 overall and 5-9 in section play.

E-town picked up the win over Solanco by a 5-1 final on Monday. Rachel Wood took control of the game early, scoring in the third and sixth minutes to give Elizabethtown a quick 2-0 lead. Kaeleigh Smedley tacked on a third first half score in the 22nd minute to give the Lady Bears a comfy lead at the break. Alicia Underkoffler made it 4-0 in favor of the home squad just a minute before Solanco's Sami Jackson broke up Kaitlyn Snyder's (two saves) shutout in the 67th minute. Smedley capped the scoring just before the final horn to set the 5-1 final.

Two days later the Lady Bears traveled to Ephrata to take on the Section Two Champion Lady Mountaineers. Smedley gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at intermission with her 38th minute score but Ephrata responded with two second half goals to secure the win. Snyder finished the season finale with seven saves.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team used the final week of the regular season to overtake Ephrata atop the Section Two standings and clinch their fourth straight section crown. The Bears made their big move on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers, flipping the two squads in the section standings. Caleb Gerber, with help from Branden Kreider, scored what provided to be the game winner in the 36th minute. Austin Denlinger's seven saves kept Ephrata at bay and secured the win.

With the big move into first place already made, the Bears just needed to close out the regular season with a rescheduled Solanco game to officially claim the Section Two title. E-town did just that with a 7-0 victory over the Golden Mules on Thursday. Kreider and Shank led the way with a combined five first half goals to go with their two assists. Gerber and Cole Baker tacked on second half scores for the 7-0 final while Denlinger earned the clean sheet with eight saves.

The section title earned Elizabethtown a spot in the L-L playoffs opposite Lancaster Catholic, the second-place team from Section Three. The quarterfinal tilt took place on October 14th on Manheim Central's turf with the Bears cruising to a 5-0 win. Denlinger tallied four of the five saves needed to keep the Crusaders off the board with Baker picking up the final save.

Kreider scored the first two E-town goals, making it a 1-0 game in the 20th minute and a 2-0 game in the 44th minute. Chris Gartley extended the lead to three goals shortly after Kreider's second while Gerber made it 4-0 in the 50th minute. Sam Becker made the final deposit just before the final horn.

The Bears will continue their quest for their third L-L title in four years and their second straight with a semifinal showdown opposite Hempfield, last year's title game opponent. The two teams will face off at Conestoga Valley with kickoff set for 5:30pm on October 17th.

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Harrier Teams Set School and Course Records October 8, 2017

Tuesday October 3rd will go down as a special day in the Elizabethtown Cross Country history books. Not only did both sides improve to 7-1 on the year thanks to wins over Solanco and Penn Manor but the two squads saw school and course records set during the undefeated day. "Our runners are consistently training hard (and smart) day in and day out," said head coach Mark Gallagher. "It is great to see their hard work paying off."

For the Lady Bears it was Katie Locker leading the way, her 19:18 not only nipped teammate Madeline Quinn for the day's top spot by three seconds but it was also fast enough to become the new girl's XC standard at Elizabethtown. The Lady Bears enjoyed two other top five finishes with Cat Shontz taking third (19:47) and Kate Weissend fourth (20:14). Camille Donahue completed E-town's top five with a 15th place time of 23:40. Sweeping the top four spots allowed Elizabethtown to roll past both Solanco, 18-39, and Penn Manor, 22-35.

The boy's top five was not bunched together like their Lady Bear counterparts but all five runners still managed to finish inside the top 20. That led to a solid victory over Solanco, 20-35 and a slim 28-30 win over the Comets.

"We knew Penn Manor boys team in particular would be a challenge for us," said Gallagher. "So we were happy to escape with a 2-point victory."

Senior Christopher Scharf set the pace with his 16:14 becoming the new course and school record. Charles Scharf finished 13 seconds later and in third place. Jesse Myers and Nat McCloud matched each other step for step over the 3.1-mile course, finishing just a second apart at 17:09 and 17:20. Myers enjoyed the quicker time, taking fifth, with McCloud sixth. Dylan Quinn rounded out the top five, placing 19th in 18:48.

FOOTBALL

Through six weeks it has been a tale of two football seasons for the Elizabethtown Bears. The first three weeks saw E-town roll to a 3-0 mark by outscoring their foes 108-19 but with a 35-12 loss to Manheim Central last Friday the Bears are now 3-3 and sitting on a three-game losing streak. While the loss to the Barons does sting, some of that pain is eased by the fact that Central, at 6-0, is the only remaining undefeated team in all of the Lancaster Lebanon League.

Of course, knowing that Manheim hasn't lost a game in 2017 doesn't totally remove the sting of a loss in a game that saw Elizabethtown lead twice. The first lead came early in the contest when Cole Patrick hit Anthony Funk for a 60-yard score and a 6-0 lead after the block PAT attempt. The Barons countered with the first of two Tyler Flick TD plunges, this one from one-yard out. Elizabethtown regained the lead for a short time in the second quarter when David Shank connected on the first of his two field goals in the frame. The 27-yarder made it 10-7 in favor of the visitors but Central regained the lead for good on Flick's second score of the game, a four yard burst. Shank added a 23-yard boot late in the frame to cut the lead to 14-12 but that is as close as Elizabethtown would get.

The Barons put some distance between themselves and Bears early in the second half when Jake Novak returned an interception 42-yards for a 21-12 Central lead. Giovanni Lester added to that cushion with two fourth quarter scores setting the final at 35-12.

Elizabethtown managed just 231 yards of offense with Funk's 60-yard score accounting for a large chunk of the Bear's 169 passing yards. Devyn Clair set the standard on the ground, finishing with 56 yards on 10 carries.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team rebounded nicely from their first loss of the season, following that September 28th setback to Warwick with wins over Garden Spot and Ephrata, and improving to 8-1 on the season.

The October 3rd victory over Garden Spot was Elizabethtown's second win over the Spartans, serving as the only two blemishes on Spot's perfect record. As the match unfolded it looked as if E-town would give the home crowd a sweep after posting wins of 25-18 and 25-20 but the Bears' saw their 2-0 lead evaporate with two straight Garden Spot victories. E-town nearly shook off Garden Spot's 25-14 game three win but Spot was able to steal game four 29-27 to even the match at 2-2. The Lady Bears regained their footing and sealed the win with a 15-12 final set. Julia Rathsam finished with 53 assists while Rebecca Epps tallied 24 digs. Bri Eberly added 16 kills and five blocks while Taylor Beeler chipped in with two aces.

Thursday's match with Ephrata proved a bit easier to navigate as the Bears rolled 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21 over the Lady Mountaineers. Rathsam finished with another 35 assists while Beeler added 12 kills and 11 digs. Ashley NyeSmith served up four aces and Grace Murray added two blocks.

FIELD HOCKEY

"Our losses were unfortunate and untimely to say the least," said head coach Linda Sten of the field hockey team's 0-2 week. The back-to-back defeats, coupled with a loss to Donegal, have the Lady Bears on a three-game slide and sitting at 7-5 in Section Two action and 7-8 overall.

The Lady Spartans used goals from three different plays to post a 3-1 victory on October 2nd. Maya Fanus broke up the Spot shutout bid with her score at 23:42 of the second half. Hannah McConnell finished with three saves in the loss.

Two days later it was Taylor Christy and Abby Lockhart leading Cocalico to a 2-1 victory over Elizabethtown. Christy put the Eagles up with a first half score while Lockhart tacked on a needed insurance goal in the second half. Mackenzie Hammaker briefly gave Elizabethtown life with her second half score but Lockhart's goal doused the Bears fire. McConnell picked up another six saves in the loss.

BOYS' SOCCER

It appears as if the Elizabethtown boys' soccer team has found their kryptonite in the form of Manheim Central. The Barons handed E-town their first loss of the season back on September 12th and kept the Bears out of the victory column with a 1-1 draw on October 2nd. Hunter Hess gave Central the early lead with his goal in the 10th minute but David Shank drew E-town even with a 43rd minute strike. Cole Baker (two saves) and Austin Denlinger (two saves) continued their spilt duties in goal for Elizabethtown.

The Bears played their second straight overtime contest two days later, slipping out of Denver with a 1-0 victory. Braden Kreider netted the game winner just before the final horn, taking a feed from Colin Wieand and depositing it in the back of the net. Denlinger went solo in goal and earned the clean sheet win with just two saves.

The Bears avoided a third straight OT game on October 6th, topping Cedar Crest by a 2-1 count. Both E-town goals came before intermission starting with Kreider setting up Wieand for a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Shank gave his squad some breathing room in the 30th minute with help from Billy Repko, making it 2-0. Denlinger recorded all three Elizabethtown's saves but did surrender playing time to Baker who finished with no saves.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls' soccer team earned a split during their four games in six days stretch last week, topping Cocalico and Lebanon but falling to Manheim Central and Daniel Boone.

The week started on Monday with a 1-0 overtime loss to Manheim Central. Maddie Carper netted the game winning for Central in the 87th minute. Kaitlyn Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.

Tuesday's day of rest proved fruitful for the Lady Bears, with the week's first win coming on Wednesday, a 3-1 victory over Cocalico. Elizabethtown actually held Cocalico scoreless in the game with the Eagles' goal coming as a result of an E-town own goal that put the Bears in a 1-0 hole. It took Kaeleigh Smedley only four minutes to erase the miscue, netting the equalizer in the 26th minute. Sophia Berry broke up the tie in the 54th minute while Macy Seaman provided an insurance goal in the 61st minute. Snyder needed three saves to preserve the win.

The Lady Bears traveled to Lebanon on Friday and returned with an 8-1 victory on their resume. Kimmy Bucher led the way, scoring two goals and assisting on two others. Bucher's first score came in the 22nd minute and stretched E-town's cushion to 5-0. Her second score went down 42-minutes later as the Bears' lone second half goal.

Haley Sedun's fourth minute goal opened the seven goal first half while Oliva Anson's 39th minute score capped the outburst. In between Seaman, Berry, Rachel Wood and Smedley enjoyed a turn in the spotlight for Elizabethtown. Snyder lost the shutout by surrendering Alexa Gulliver's 49th minute goal but still earned the win.

Elizabethtown's quick two game winning streak came to a close on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Daniel Boone. Smedley put the Bears up early but two second half scores from the Blazers flipped the game.

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team all but closed out their season last week with their participation in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament. The lone holdout comes in Flight Three Doubles where Lauren Masser and Rebekah Long will battle Cedar Crest's Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer for the title on October 9th. Masser and Long worked their way to the title match with wins over Donegal's Grace Wheeler and Mary Murphy, ELCO's Alana Nash and Brikel Remper and Ephrata's Katie Wenger and Mary Grace Long.

Elizabethtown's other two doubles team saw their season end on October 5th. Kaitlyn Smith and Maddie Musser dropped their first match to Flight One's top seeded team from Manheim Township, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore, 6-0, 6-0. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler enjoyed a first round win over Solanco's Gabby Giffonetti and Elsie Zaborsky before a loss to Ephrata's Kandice Liebl and Karissa Lopp brought their season to a close.

Hackenberg went one and done in her Flight Two singles foray, falling to Cocalico's Cara DiCianco 2-6, 6-3, 10-2. Oyler replicated her doubles performance by winning her opening round match against ELCO's Nash before falling to Cedar Crest's Olivia Hitz in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5. Musser also went one up, one down in her Flight Three title quest. She opened with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 win over Cocalico's Kassie Nichols but Conestoga Valley's Rachel Eby ended Musser's season with a 6-1, 6-0 loss.

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Booters Win Four Straight, Now 10-2 Overall October 1, 2017

One of the biggest unknowns in sports is how a team will respond after a loss. The E-town boys' soccer team had to face that unknown for just the second time this year after a 1-0 loss to Section Two leading Ephrata on the 23rd. The Bears responded much the same way they did the first time, ripping off four straight wins to improve to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in section play.

While the Bears officially got back on track with a 3-0 win over South Western on the 25th it was their 2-0 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg one day later that put them back on pace to lock up an L-L playoff berth. David Shank with help from Braden Kreider scored in the 68th minute, breaking up a scoreless deadlock. Cole Baker and Austin Denlinger combined for the shutout with Baker picking up the only two saves.

The Bears used the same quick strike approach to help knock off South Western by a 3-0 count. This time the two quick scores, the first by Colin Wieand in the 38th minute and the second by Shank in the 39th, acted as insurance goals. That is because Adan Cabrera-Perez had already put E-town up by a goal over 20 minutes earlier. Kreider and Owen Evans helped the cause with one assist each while Baker (three saves) and Denlinger (one save) combined for another shutout.

Elizabethtown's other two victories last week both came by the same 3-1 final. The first was over Garden Spot on the 28th while the second came two days later over visiting Warwick. David Buckwalter got things rolling against the Spartans, scoring in the game's fifth minute. Spot's Giannicola Ferrarelli eventually knotted the game at 1-1 but it took the Spartans nearly 60 minutes of game time to crack the Bear defense. Wieand put E-town back on top in the 74th minute while Kreider tacked on a quick insurance goal just two minutes later. Denlinger went solo in goal for Elizabethtown and finished with seven saves in the win.

The Bears actually spent a few minutes trailing in their Saturday evening tilt against the Warriors thanks to a 33rd minute score by Bradon Perezous. From there the trio of Cabrera-Perez, Shank and Kreider took over for Elizabethtown. It started in the 39th minute with Kreider providing the setup for Cabrera-Perez's equalizer. It continued in the 63rd minute when Shank picked up an assist on Kreider's goal and came to an end just before the final whistle when Cabrera-Perez setup Shank's goal. Denlinger finished with seven saves in the win.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team suffered their first setback back on September 28th, falling to Warwick by a 3-1 final. E-town avoid the shutout with a 25-23 game three win but the Lady Warriors ended the match with a 25-18 game four victory. The Lady Bears dropped games one and two by a combined five points with 26-24 and 25-22 finals. Julia Rathsam paced the offense with 38 assists and three aces while Rebecca Epps paced the defense with 26 digs. Bri Eberly helped both sides with a 12 kill, three block game.

The rest of the week was much more enjoyable for the Lady Bears starting with a 3-0 win over Cedar Cliff on September 25th. E-town used Rathsam's 32 assists and Epps' eight digs and four aces to post the 25-9, 25-13. 25-11 victory. Grace Murry tallied a team high 10 kills and matched Eberly and Marely Kreiser for the team lead in blocks with one.

Elizabethtown was back on the court one night later, topping Solanco by the same 3-0 final. Rathsam enjoyed another 31 assists in the 25-13, 25-16, 25-17 win but her favorite target shifted to Kreiser who finished with 11 kills. Rathsam added one block, the same as Eberly and Montana Sauder. Eberly added four aces while Epps finished with a team high 10 digs.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team's three-game winning streak was snapped on September 29th by visiting Donegal. The Lady Indians defeated E-town 11-0 for the second time this season, the first just two weeks prior. Mackenzie Allessie fronted the Donegal attack with five goals and two assists. Hannah McConnell recorded 11 saves in the loss.

The Lady Bears stretched the winning streak to three games thanks to a 2-1 victory over Ephrata and a 4-0 blanking of Solanco. McConnell's 11 saves allowed Elizabethtown to send the Lady Mountaineers packing on the 26th with Maya Fanus and Sharri Kambesis handling up the goal scoring duties.

Thursday's 4-0 win over Solanco proved to be an easy one for E-town. McConnell earned the shutout despite no saves while four different Lady Bears lit the lamp. Hannah Mink opened the scoring with her first half tally. Mackenzie Hammaker and Jaide Epler followed with their own first half goals to give E-town a 3-0 lead at the break. Kambesis tacked on one final score while Fanus, Abby Thomas and Ivy Loy all enjoyed one assist games.

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team closed out the regular season with their final two matches. The week started with the Lady Bears picking up win number six, a 7-0 victory over Lebanon on the 25th. Elizabethtown finished the season with a 6-6 mark thanks to a 4-3 loss to McCaskey on September 27th.

The Lady Bears picked up two of their three team points in singles action against the Lady Tornados with Emily Oyler and Madeline Musser doing the heavy lifting. Oyler topped Marli Schreiner in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7, while Musser dispatched Rebeca Scott in two, 6-3,6-2. Rebecca Long and Lauren Masser accounted for the third team point with their, 8-6, number three doubles win over Tiffany Tang and Jada Wheeler.

Monday the Lady Bears won all seven matches in straight sets over Lebanon. Kaitlyn Smith and Musser nearly blanked Kara Hoffman and Alexis Papson, winning 8-1, in their number one doubles tangle. Elizabethtown's other two doubles tandems, Claire Hackenberg and Oyler at number two and Long and Masser at number three, both posted 8-0 wins.

Hoffman pushed Smith in number one singles but Smith was able to prevail 6-3, 6-3. Hackenberg and Musser both opened their singles matches with 6-0 victories. Hackenberg finished her number two singles win over Papson with a 6-2 second set while Musser defeated Everia Gonzalez 6-1. Oyler finished the sweep with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Emily Sheaf.

GOLF

The 2017 season came to a close for the golf team with the Bears' participation in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Honeybrook on September 25th. A trio of Bears finished within four shots of each other once the final results were sorted. Alex Williams posted the top finish with a round of 97. Eric Gilbert was two shots back and two places back in 66th while Logan Hover claimed 68th place with a 101.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams enjoyed a rare one-on-one meet, battling McCaskey on the 26th. Both sides emerged victorious with all five scorers finishing in the top 11. The boys enjoyed a bit more breathing room in their 21-35 win as the Bears garnered the top four spots led by Christopher and Charles Scharf. The twins finished first-second with Christopher clocking a 17:41.1 and Charles a 17:42.9. Nat McCloud (17:43.1) and Jesse Myers (17:43.5) crossed the finish line soon after with Dylan Quinn (19:26.0) wrapping up the top five.

The Lady Bears missed out on the top spot with Katie Locker taking second with a time of 19:40.7 but were still able to prevail 26-30, enjoying four of the six fastest times on the day. Madeline Quinn and Kat Shontz followed Locker across the finish line with Quinn taking third in 19:59.4 and Shontz fourth with a time of 20:07.0. Kate Weissend finished with a 20:30.5, good enough for sixth while Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the scorers with an 11th place time of 23:00.8.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls' soccer team dropped all three of their games last week by a total of three goals. Tuesday they lost by a 4-3 count to Lampeter-Strasburg. Rachel Wood, Kaelynn Sheetz and Kaeleigh Smedley provided the offense for E-town but it was not enough to overcome the L-S attack that was fueled by Kendal Ream's two scores.

Two days later it was a 1-0 loss to Garden Spot. Erna Hamzic picked up the contest's lone goal while Kaitlyn Snyder (two saves) and Liz Carter (one save) for Elizabethtown and Mataya Hostetter (four saves) for the Lady Spartans kept things close.

Elizabethtown was back at it on the 30th, closing out September with a 2-1 loss to visiting Mechanicsburg. The Lady Wildcats used two goals from Isabell Martin to escape with the victory. Smedley put E-town on the board in the 26th minute while Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.

FOOTBALL

The football team dropped their second straight game, this one in heartbreaking fashion, to slip to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play. As if a one point, 28-27, defeat isn't hard enough to take the Golden Mules captured the win with a successful two-point conversion in double overtime. Alex McDonald scored the game winning points after Nick Yannutz scored from two yards out. Solanco needed that touchdown because Cole Patrick had hit Greg Good for an eight-yard strike to open the second overtime to give E-town a 27-20 lead.

The teams also traded scores in the first overtime with Solanco getting things started with a 10-yard McDonald run. E-town answered with Patrick's second TD pass of the game, this one a 12-yard strike to Alex Diahn. Traditional PAT kicks from both sides set up what proved to be the decisive second OT.

Patrick's first TD toss of the game gave Elizabethtown the lead in the third quarter. Diahn was on the receiving end of this one as well, covering 58 yards for the score and a 13-6 lead. Solanco knotted the game and forced overtime with just over two minutes remaining in the contest when Nafis Moore picked up his second score of the game, this one also from 10 yards out. Devyn Clair picked up his sixth TD of the season on a one-yard run in the second quarter that tied the game for the first time at 6-6.

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ET Girls' Soccer Earns First Win, Tops Lebanon September 25, 2017

It may have taken longer than they would have preferred, but the Elizabethtown girls' soccer team earned their first victory of the season on September 18th. The 8-0 shutout of Lebanon was fueled by Kaelynn Sheetz's hat trick and Kaeleigh Smedley's two scores. Sheetz picked up two of her three goals as part of a five goal first half for E-town. Smedley, Rachel Wood and Sophia Berry accounted for the remaining three first half scores.

The Lady Bears' needed just five minutes to score their three second half goals with Jasmine Garcia kicking off the spurt in the 50th minute. Smedley and Sheetz finished things out while Katlyn Snyder picked up the easy win with one save.

It may have taken over two weeks for Elizabethtown to pick up win number one but it only took two days for victory number two to hit the books. The Bears used Smedley's hat trick to roll by Solanco 4-0 on the 20th. All three of Smedley's scores came in the second half, extending the one goal lead that Sheetz provided with her first half goal. Snyder needed six saves to get the shutout this time around.

The Lady Bears saw their two game winning streak come to an end on the 21st courtesy of a 3-2 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. Olivia Shuck scored E-town's first half goal while Wood picked up the Lady Bears' second score a few minutes into the second half. Snyder finished with five saves in the loss.

Elizabethtown picked up another loss just two days later when they hosted Ephrata. The result was a 3-1 final with Amber Bostdorf breaking up the shutout with her 45th minute score. Snyder finished with six saves.

GOLF

The golf team closed out their regular season with a trip to Honeybrook Golf Club on September 18th. The Bears recorded their first 0-6 mark of the season to finish 8-34. Alex Williams posted the top E-town score with a round of 89 while Logan Hoover carded a 97. Connor Krisko (101) and Eric Gilbert (104) completed the top four.

FIELD HOCKEY

The week in field hockey ended on a high note with a 6-4 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday. Jaide Epler and Mackenzie Hammaker did the heavy lifting with two scores apiece while Hannah Doll and Sharri Kambesis tacked on one score each. Hannah McConnell turned away 17 shots to earn the win.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Bears suffered losses to Cedar Crest, Donegal and Manheim Central, dropping Elizabethtown's record to 5-5 overall and 5-2 in Section Two action. The 2-1 loss to the Lady Falcons stung as it snapped a three-game winning streak but the losses to Donegal and Central put E-town well off the pace for a section crown mid-way through league play.

Donegal blew by Elizabethtown 11-0 last Monday thanks to five goals and two assists from Mackenzie Allessie. Hannah McConnell finished the Lady Indian onslaught with 15 saves. Two days later the Lady Bears were able to stay home for their clash with Manheim Central. The home field advantage was not enough for E-town to overcome Maddie Hossler and Codi Bollinger who propelled Central to a 6-2 victory with two goals apiece.

Doll provided E-town's first half score while Epler tacked on a second half goal. Bri Kain added three defensive saves to McConnell's 11 traditional saves.

VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team remained perfect in regular season action with a 3-0 win over Lampeter-Strasburg on September 19th. E-town had little trouble racing out to a 2-0 lead with wins of 25-11 and 25-14 but Lampeter-Strasburg hung tough in the third game before falling down the stretch in a 25-22 match sealing win for Elizabethtown. Julia Rathsam led the way with 35 assists and 13 digs while Taylor Beeler collected 10 kills. Rebecca Epps chipped in with three aces and Bri Eberly with three blocks.

GIRLS TENNIS

The girls' tennis team opened last week with matches on three straight days with Wednesday's 4-3 win over Garden Spot snapping a three-game slide. The Lady Bears split their victories over the Lady Spartans with two coming in singles and two in doubles. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler topped Katie Varley and Ashley Risser in number two doubles while Bekah Long and Lauren Masser claimed victory in number three doubles. Oyler helped the cause with another win in singles play, outlasting Risser 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 11-9. Madeline Musser sealed the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Paula Groff in number three singles.

The final two losses in that three-game slide came via a 6-1 final to Cedar Crest on September 18th and a 5-2 final to Warwick one day later. Oyler accounted for the lone team point against Cedar Crest, topping Olivia Hitz in number four singles. She also picked up one of the two wins against Warwick, posting a 6-2, 6-1 win over Heather Mitchell in number three singles. Kaitlyn Smith and Musser picked up the second team point against the Lady Warriors, claiming victory in number one doubles.

FOOTBALL

The football team suffered their first loss of the season, dropping to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in Section Two after a 14-0 nail bitter to Cocalico. The Eagles shut down Elizabethtown's ground attack by holding the one-two punch of Cayden Livingston and Devin Clair, to a combined 31 yards on the ground. As a team, the Bears finished with just 42 yards rushing while Cocalico racked up 332 yards on their way to the win. Despite the yardage discrepancy E-town was able to hold Cocalico to just two touchdowns, a 64-yard Austin Landers sprint late in the first quarter and a one-yard plunge by Brandon Brubaker in the latter half of the fourth.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams finally managed to complete what should have been the season opening meet, traveling to Witmer on the 19th to face Manheim Township and CV. The boys swept both head-to-head match-ups, topping Township 26-32 while getting by the Buckskins 22-34. The girls picked up a win over Conestoga Valley but fell to Manheim Township. Christopher Scharf led the way, posting the fastest time of the day, 16:37. Charles Scharf, Nat McCloud and Jesse Myers crossed the finish line back-to-back-to-back and in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Jason Trimble rounded out the top five with an 18th place finish.

The Lady Bears also enjoyed the fastest time of the day with Katie Locker's 20:02, nipping Sam Side of Manheim Township by two seconds and her teammate Madeline Quinn by five seconds. Cat Shontz (fifth) and Kate Weissend (eighth) gave Elizabethtown four of the first ten finishers. Malayna Van Winkle completed the scorers for E-town with a 15th place finish.

Saturday, September 16th sent the Bears to Newville for the 22nd Annual Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational. Each squad placed three runners in the top 100 of their AAA fields led by Trimble's 13th place finish on the boy's side. Charles Scharf crossed the finish line in 29th place while Myers was 20 seconds and 10 places behind his teammate. The three Lady Bears inside the top 100 crossed the finish line a mere 0.02 seconds apart. Shontz claimed 67th place with a 22:40.58, Quinn took 68th with a time of 22:40.59 while Locker rounded out the trio in 69th place with a time of 22:40.60.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys' soccer team had another three-game winning streak snapped, this one with a 1-0 overtime loss to Ephrata on September 23rd. Andrey Patrushev gave the Mountaineers the win with his score in the 100th minute. Cole Baker finished with four saves for Elizabethtown.

The Bears extended that winning streak to three games thanks to victories over Cedar Crest and Solanco. E-town used a first half goal from Braden Kreider and a second half score from David Shenk to slip by the Falcons 2-0 on the 18th.

The final win of the streak came on September 21st when E-town blew by Solanco 11-1. The Bears responded to the Tyson Kilgore score that gave the Golden Mules an early lead by ripping off 11 unanswered goals. Cole Baker was the beneficiary of the outburst, needing just one save to earn the win.

Adan Cabrera-Perez led the attack, recording a first half hat trick. Shenk and Billy Repko added two goals each while Kreider netted one score and four assists. Aiden Fertich, Gianni Leppler and Hugo Hernandez rounded out the scoring for Elizabethtown.

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ET Hockey Team Nets 13 Goals in Three Wins September 18, 2017

The first two weeks of the 2017 field hockey season have had decidedly different vibes for Elizabethtown. After slogging through a 1-2 opening week the Lady Bears flipped things around, ripping off wins over Solano, Garden Spot and Cocalico by a combined 13-0.

E-town kicked off the week with their tightest affair, a 2-0 triumph over Solanco on Monday. With the help of Sharri Kambesis, Mackenzie Hammaker beat Golden Mare keeper Atta Brandenberger (10 saves) for both E-town scores leaving Hannah McConnell (three saves) with some wiggle room in the cage.

The Lady Bears kicked it up a notch for their contest with Garden Spot on the 13th and the result was domination. E-town posted a 13-0 edge in corner attempts and a staggering 25-0 advantage on shots, both of which helped the Bears to a 6-0 victory.

Kambesis was the catalyst in the win, picking up two goals including one on a penalty stroke in the first half. The senior forward also dished out a second half assist to aid the effort. Jaide Epler accounted for Elizabethtown's other first half goal while Hannah Doll, Ivy Loy and Abby Thomas all joined Kambesis with second half scores. McConnell's easy day in the cage resulted in a zero save victory.

The Lady Bears were back in action on Friday, hosting Cocalico in another Section Two showdown. Elizabethtown put on another dominating display in their 5-0 win posting a 31-5 edge in shots and a 10-3 edge in corners. The trio of Epler, Kambesis and Hammaker led the way combining for three goals and four assists. Epler and Kambesis netted first half scores while Hammaker picked up E-town's final goal with five minutes remaining in the contest. In between Doll and Loy helped stretch the Lady Bear lead. McConnell turned away all five of those Cocalico shots to collect her third straight shutout win.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys' soccer team went one up, one down last week with a 1-0 loss to Manheim Central on Tuesday counting as the Bears' first loss of the young season. Zach Steffy, with help from Carson Brenize, put the Barons up in the 19th minute while Mason Nissley's four saves made the goal stand. Cole Baker stopped the other five Central shots that came his way but Elizabethtown could muster only four shots of their own leading to the loss.

Elizabethtown bounced right back to their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Cocalico on the 14th. Braden Kreider made the deposit with David Shank providing the setup. Cole Baker, filling in for an injured Austin Denlinger, made three saves to keep the one goal lead intact until the final whistle.

GIRLS SOCCER

The girls' soccer team found themselves on the wrong end of two one goal finals last week, falling to Manheim Central by a 2-1 count on Tuesday and to Cocalico by a 1-0 final on Thursday. Kaelynn Sheetz picked up the Lady Bears' lone goal of the week, taking a pass from Kaeleigh Smedley in the 84th minute of Tuesday's game with Central and slipping it by Lady Baron keeper Kelli Kreider (seven saves) for the shutout busting score. Carlee Reed finished the loss with five saves while Kaitlyn Snyder finished the 1-0 loss to Cocalico with nine saves.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross-country teams enjoyed their trip to Hempfield on September 12th, as both squads posted wins over Warwick and Lebanon with only the boy's loss to Hempfield standing in the way of matching 3-0 days. Katie Locker led the way for the Lady Bears, taking first with a time of 18:45. Madeline Quinn finished six seconds later to claim second while Cat Shontz and Kate Weissend gave the Lady Bears four of the top five finishers. Shontz crossed the line in fourth place while Weissend claimed fifth place. Malayna Van Winkle rounded out the top five with her 17th place time of 21:54.

Christopher Scharf paced the boys, taking second with a time of 15:50. His twin brother Charles was the next Bear to finish, doing so in 16:27, good enough for fourth place. Nat McCloud and Jesse Myers crossed the finish line 11 and 14 seconds, respectively, after Charles Scharf and claimed sixth and seventh place as a result. Aiden Weaver completed the top five for Elizabethtown, finishing 25th with a time of 18:14.

GOLF

The golf team is in the home stretch of their 2017 regular season with their September 12th trip to Tanglewood Manor Golf Club counting as their second to last match. The Bears finished sixth out of the seven Section Two clubs, posting their fourth straight 1-5 day. Eric Gilbert and Connor Krisko topped the team with matching rounds of 97. Nick Walton (104) and Alex O'Shea (107) rounded out E-town's top four.

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team started last week on a high note, topping Ephrata 4-3 on Monday but back-to-back 7-0 losses to Conestoga Valley and Hempfield ended the week on a sour note. The Ephrata victory was the Lady Bears fourth in a row and saw E-town split their wins evenly in singles and doubles action. Claire Hackenberg and Emily Oyler claimed one of the two doubles wins, knocking off Wenger and Lapp, while Emma Musser and Lauren Masser provided the second doubles win. Kaitlyn Smith and Madeline Musser stepped up to claim victory in their singles matches. Smith topped Kachel 6-1, 6-2 while Musser defeated Lapp 6-1, 6-3.

VOLLEYBALL

On the volleyball court, the Lady Bears continued their undefeated start with wins over Garden Spot and Manheim Central. Tuesday's victory over Garden Spot went the full five sets with Elizabethtown securing the win courtesy of a 15-13 edge in the decisive set. The Lady Bears started slow leading to a 25-18 first set loss but rebounded to win of 25-19 and 25-22, taking control of the match. E-town saw that control slip away with a 25-17 loss that evened the match at 2-2 only to regroup once again for that fifth set win. Julia Rathsam paced the offense with 39 assists, a good bit of those leading to Taylor Beeler's 12 kills. Beeler added a team high three aces to her day while Bri Eberly and Rebecca Epps controlled the defense with five blocks and 25 digs respectively.

Elizabethtown was able to roll through Thursday's match with Manheim Central 25-18, 25-16, 25-23. Rathsam remained in control of the offense with 37 assists leading to 10 Beeler kills. Epps helped the offense with four aces while Eberly (one block) and Marley Kreiser (11 digs) led the defense.

The Lady Bears finished their week on Saturday with a trip to Hempfield for their second tournament of the season. Elizabethtown's day ended in the semifinals with a 25-23, 25-17 loss to Berks Catholic. E-town earned that semifinal spot with a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Somerset that was setup by a 7-2 run through pool play. The Lady Bears posted a perfect 3-0 mark in the morning session with wins over Downingtown West, Schuylkill Valley and Central York. Afternoon pool play saw E-town go 4-2 with wins over Berks Catholic and Central York countering a loss to Hempfield.

FOOTBALL

The Bear football team remain undefeated despite some shaky stretches during last Friday's 38-19 win over Lebanon. Those shaky stretches left E-town trailing at two different points during the contest making the comeback to 3-0 that much sweeter, causing head coach Bill McDonald to say, "It is a good feeling, I'll take it every time, 3-0."

Despite the uneven start Elizabethtown still managed to enjoy a 10-0 lead near the midway point of the second quarter. That lead was the result of a 35-yard Cole Patrick scramble that ended the first quarter and a 22-yard David Shank field goal that came with 7:24 remaining in the half.

The Cedars answered the field goal with a 12 play, 80-yard drive that ended in a one-yard Zakee Sailsman QB plunge over the pile into the end zone. Lebanon took their first lead on the ensuing kickoff when Leighton Rivera ripped the ball from the Elizabethtown returner and rumbled 30 yards to pay dirt and a 13-10 lead. The Cedar lead lasted just over a minute as Elizabethtown ran off a five-play scoring march that was capped by Paul Beiler's one-yard TD reception with 25.8 seconds remaining in the half. The drive was aided by Lebanon's kickoff landing out of bounds with Patrick taking care of the rest, scrambling for 18 yards and completing all three of his passes for 31 yards and the score.

After both teams saw their opening possessions of the season half stall, the Cedars found their scoring grove on their second possession. The result was a quick six play, 74-yard drive where the score was set up by a 45-yard Sailsman to Jeremiah Beckley heave down the home sideline. Beckley hauled in the bomb and was pushed out of bounds at the 11. Luis Aquino-Rios caught Sailsman's four-yard score three plays later.

It took the Bears just over three minutes to regain the lead, this time for good. Cayden Livingston covered the final nine yards of real estate as the third quarter came to an end. Patrick provided the spark on the drive, ripping off a 20-yard run on the first play and setting up Livingston's score with a four-yard keeper.

Elizabethtown's defense took over at the start of the fourth quarter, forcing fumbles on Lebanon's only two meaningful possessions of the quarter. The first came just three plays into the Cedar's initial drive and led to another Livingston score, this one from one yard out and just 23 seconds into the frame. Lebanon was able to put together the beginning of a solid second drive of the frame but Devyn Clair ended things when he caused fumble number two of the quarter. Clair continued his dominant run on offense, accounting for 42 of the 72 yards with the bulk coming on a 33-yard rumble. Clair capped the scoring at 38-19 with his four-yard plunge that came with just over two minutes remaining.

"We started to get pressure on the quarterback and making him force some things but defense stood tall which was good," said McDonald of the fourth quarter surge. "They are a tough football team, you have to give them credit. They are dangerous and their quarterback is tough, just when you think you have him he gets out of your grasp. And they have some receivers that can get down the field so they are a challenge."

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E-town Football Posts Two Dominating Shutouts September 11, 2017

The old saying that history repeats itself holds true for a lot of things. For the Elizabethtown football team that saying perfectly describes how the Bears have opened their 2017 season. One year after blanking Donegal and Hershey by a combined 43-0 during a 2-0 start, E-town sits at 2-0 again after posting shutouts against those same Indians and Trojans. There is one big difference to this year's victories, the Bears have nearly doubled their offensive output while their D has remained just as stingy, leading to a 70-0 scoring edge.

The bulk of the scoring damage came in week two's 42-0 win over Hershey with Devyn Clair responsible for most of the damage. The sophomore running back accounted for three scores despite finishing with just 33 yards on nine carries. His first scoring run, a three yarder, capped a 28-point second quarter that flipped a scoreless battle into a Bear cakewalk. Clair finished his efficient evening with a third quarter score from 11 yards and a fourth quarter plunge that covered seven yards.

Cayden Livingston broke open the scoreless deadlock, finding paydirt from seven yards out early in the second quarter. Cole Patrick and the aerial attack took center stage for the remaining two scores. Patrick hit Alex Diahn for a 34-yard strike before hooking up with Grant Gaumer for a 28-yard score.

Despite the lopsided final the Bears finished with only 309 yards of offense. The reason, many scoring drives got their start from one of five Hershey turnovers. Of course, those three fumble recoveries could have been higher as the Trojans put the ball on the turf a whopping nine times. Add in that stingy defense that allowed Hershey to gain only 140 yards of offense and E-town did not need a lot of offensive production to secure the win.

Patrick piloted the offense and had those two scoring throws to go with 222 yards on 10-of-13 passing while Diahn (three catches for 75 yards and a TD) and Gaumer (three catches for 70 yards and a TD) finished with nearly identical receiving lines.

Elizabethtown opened the season one-week prior with another dominating performance, this one against Donegal, leading to a 28-0 victory. Livingston's 135 yards paced a potent ground attack that needed just 19 carries to rack up 213 yards. The senior did his damage on 14 carries with a 40-yard dash in the fourth producing E-town's final points. Clair provided solid back-up to Livingston, adding 86 yards on just eight carries, including a 21-yard trout that provided Elizabethtown with a first quarter lead. In between the Bears added a Zach McNitt fumble recovery score and Patrick's first passing touchdown of the season. McNitt's first quarter TD covered 75 yards while Patrick's six-yard strike to Cade Robinson came in the final frame.

BOYS SOCCER

Joining the football team in the unbeaten club is the 3-0 boys' soccer team. The Bears kicked off the season on Friday September 1st with a 1-0 win over Dallastown. Braden Kreider netted the game's lone score in the 33rd minute with the help of David Shank. Cole Baker turned away all six Dallastown shots to record the shutout.

E-town opened their L-L slate on the 5th with a weather shorten 2-0 win over Lampeter-Strasburg. Kreider scored in the game's first minute to give Elizabethtown an early cushion before setting up Shank's insurance goal in the 50th minute. Jon Gartley provide the setup for Kreider's early strike while Baker turned away four shots to make it two straight shutout victories.

The Bears continued their dominate opening season run with a 5-0 blanking of Garden Spot on the 7th. Caleb Gerber, Colin Wieand and Shank covered the first half scoring while Kreider and Evan Schneider took care of the offense in the second half. Baker and Brecken Musser split time in goal, combining for three saves.

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team had their shot at an unbeaten start ruined by a 7-0 season opening loss to Manheim Township but the Lady Bears rebounded quickly with a 7-0 victory over Penn Manor on August 30th. Lauren Masser, Maddie Musser and Claire Hackenberg all posted straight set singles victories while Kaitlyn Smith needed three sets to dispatch Maddy Groff in number one singles. The Lady Bears opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches with only Smith and Maddie Musser surrendering points but still topping Groff and Marley Rohrer by an 8-5 count. The Hackenberg and Emily Oyler pairing as well as the Emma Musser and Masser pairing posted 8-0 victories in their doubles matches.

The Lady Bears continued their rebound on September 7th with another 7-0 win, this one over Solanco. Hackenberg and Oyler moved up to number one doubles and opened the match with an 8-4 win. Smith and Maddie Musser slid back into the two spot where they posted an 8-2 win. Emma Musser and Masser closed out doubles play with an 8-6 win. A revamped singles lineup saw Masser earn a straight set win at number one singles with Maddie Musser enjoying her time at number two singles with a straight set win of her own. Hackenberg continued the theme of straight set wins at number three singles while Smith finished off the sweep with her own straight set victory at number four singles.

Elizabethtown's third win of the season proved to be more difficult. The Lady Bears slipped by Manheim Central 4-3 on September 9th. Masser and Emma Musser survived in number three doubles while Hackenberg and Oyler rolled in their doubles victory. Hackenberg and Masser added singles victories to secure the team win for E-town.

VOLLEYBALL

The Lady Bear volleyball team sits on both sides of the unbeaten fence, having a perfect 1-0 mark in regular season matches but suffering a few losses on their way to a second-place finish in a season opening tournament.

E-town posted a 3-0 victory over Ephrata on September 5th with wins of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-16. Julia Rathsam directed the offense, dishing out 36 assists. Taylor Beeler was on the receiving end of some of those assists, helping her to a team high 11 kills while Ashley NyeSmtih helped the offense with three aces. Rebecca Epps led the defense with 16 digs while Grace Murray added one block.

Elizabethtown opened the season on September 2nd with a second place showing in the Trinity Tournament. The Lady Bears suffered just two losses on the day one of which was a 25-21 defeat to Palmyra in the championship game. The other came in afternoon pool play where E-town split with York Suburban. The Lady Bears picked up their third and fourth 2-0 wins in the afternoon, topping York Catholic and Mechanicsburg. The first two wins of the day came over West Shore and the host Lady Shamrocks.

Rathsam was again the leader on offense, finishing the tournament with 14 aces to go with a team high 93 assists. Beeler tallied a team high 37 digs with Epps checking in just off that pace with 36 digs. Marley Kreiser and Bri Eberly finished with a combined 64 kills, 37 by Kreiser.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross-country team had their season opener rained out which meant their trip to Kutztown on September 9th for PTXC 9 served as their opener. The Bears performed well as both sides placed four of their top five deep inside the top 50 in fields that were 170 strong.

Christopher Scharf enjoyed the highest finish for E-town, taking second in the Boy's Blue race. Charles Scharf also finished inside the top 10, taking 8th. Nat McCloud closed out the top 20 with his 17:48.74 while Jesse Myers claimed 29th place. Jason Trimble finished out E-town's top five and just missed out on a top 100 finish, taking 101st with a time of 20:15.16.

Katie Locker led the girls, finishing the Gold race in 19:39.73, earning a seventh-place finish. Cat Shontz was the next Lady Bear to cross the finish line, taking 12th. She was followed closely by Madeline Quinn who claimed 16th with a time of 20:12.74. Kate Weissend was the final E-town runner to finish in the top 50, taking 31st. Malayna Van Winkle completed the Lady Bears top five, covering the 3.1-mile course in 23:59.77.

GOLF

The golf team has been busy, playing four of their seven matches before the calendar flipped to September. Add in a September 7th trip to Foxchase and the Bears are nearly at the end of their regular season. That September 7th trip to Foxchase resulted in a 1-5 day for Elizabethtown with the lone victory coming over Ephrata. Taylor Cross was the lone Bear to crack triple digits, finishing with a round of 95.

E-town opened the season on August 18th with their first trip to Foxchase. The Bears managed wins over Ephrata and Garden Spot to finish the day 2-4. Alex Williams carded and 88 on his way to a 10th place finish.

August 22nd sent Elizabethtown to Par Line where the Bears posted another 2-4 mark thanks to wins over the same Spartan and Mountaineer squads with Williams' round of 95 leading the way.

The regular season march continued on August 24 with a round at Iron Valley Golf Club where E-town's current string of 1-5 finishes started. Connor Krisko took over the team's top spot with a round of 103.

On August 28th, the Bears traveled to the south side of Lancaster for a round at Media Heights Golf Club. Once again Ephrata counted as the lone victory for E-town only this time it was Eric Gilbert and his round of 101 leading the way.

GIRLS SOCCER

The season's early stretch has been a tough one for the girls' soccer team with losses to Dallastown and Garden Spot leaving the Lady Bears searching for their first win. E-town fell to Dallastown by a 1-0 count on September 1st in the season opener for both squads. Kaitlyn Smith collected 12 saves in the loss.

Garden Spot handed Elizabethtown loss number two, a 2-1 final on September 7th. Smith finished the game with five saves while Rachel Wood accounted for the Lady Bears' goal.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team has started the season on and up and down ride with losses to Manheim Township and Palmyra fitting around a win over Ephrata. The 6-0 loss to Township kicked off the season on September 1st while the 5-1 loss to Palmyra went down on the 9th. Jaide Epler picked up the lone score of the two losses while Hannah McConnell tallied a combined 31 saves.

In between the Lady Bears topped Ephrata by a 3-2 count. McConnell needed just five saves to earn the win. Abby Thomas scored two of the three goals with Sharri Kambesis accounting for the other.

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All-Stars of the Future June 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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Bears Struggle Against McCaskey, Cedar Crest May 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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Bears Dominate Bucks in Boys Lacrosse April 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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Elizabethtown Softball Posts Two-Win Week April 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farwell Wins State Bowling Championship March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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