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2OT PIAA Loss Ends Hempfield's Standout Season March 19, 2018

The Hempfield boys' basketball team battled Section 12 champion Lincoln into a second overtime period in Wednesday's PIAA Class 6A playoff game at Pottstown High School. With the score tied 53-53, the Railsplitters held Hempfield to only two points in the second extra period for a 65-55 victory. In doing so, Lincoln not only advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, but made it to the semis by eventually nixing Neshaminy on Saturday.

The Black Knights, who wrapped up their season with a 24-5 record, were led in scoring by Andrew Alston's 20-point tally. The senior guard drained four three-point buckets.

"We played against a very skilled team and were able to go into double overtime," stated head coach Danny Walck.

The Knights were out-sized by the Railsplitters (23-6) but kept the game close through regulation time. Foul trouble for key Hempfield players eventually resulted in Lincoln gaining the edge in that second overtime frame.

"We got into some foul trouble," Walck explained. "Eli Washington fouled out in regulation. Ryan Moffatt fouled out in the first overtime and Donovan Green in the second overtime period. So we had three starters out. They capitalized on that."

Alston and Moffatt (18 points) were instrumental in scoring the key baskets. The team also avoided having Lincoln dictate the tempo of the game.

"They're a very athletic and very skilled team," Walck commented. "They are a team that likes to get up and down the floor. We couldn't allow that.

"You sometimes have to play defense with offense," continued the coach. "You can't quick-shoot the ball. If you do, you better make the shot because they want that transition game."

With timely rebounding and mixing the outside shooting with drives to the basket when possible, the Knights kept pace and at times led the Railsplitters. It was 20-18 Hempfield at the half. The Railsplitters took the lead by outscoring the Knights 16-11 in the third quarter. They were led in scoring by Khalif Meares and Sahnu Day, who finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

"Throughout regulation we rebounded the ball well against their height," said Walck. "We were able to get to the rim with some good possessions. We had seven or eight passes at times with good finishes."

What was remarkable about dominating the boards at times was the size of the opposition.

"They are a tall team," said Walck. "They have a 6-foot-3 guard and they have kids who are 6-5, 6-8 and 7-1. Our rebounding effort was outstanding."

David Martin-Robinson scored seven points for the Knights. Green matched that total, converting all three of his free throws.

The loss marked the end of a stellar season, which included earning the crown in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The team loses Moffatt, Alson, Green, Martin-Robinson, Teagan Hazel and Drew Groft to graduation.

Walck praised the effort these seniors and underclassmen alike put forth in the 2017-18 campaign.

"It was an honor to be the coach for this group - especially the seniors," he said. "This group is made up of very good basketball players and individuals. Their body of work included 24 wins."


The Black Knights were represented by seniors Andrew Eyster and Sophie Lear in the PIAA Class-AAA state championships. The two swimmers competed in the 50-yard freestyle at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium in the two-day championships which took place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14-15.

Eyster finished 27th in the 50 free preliminaries on Wednesday. He registered a time of 22.07.

Head coach Brittany Bertoli said that Eyster's great effort in the District Three Class-AAA championships pushed him forward.

"He was tied for 16th and was the 16th at-large person to make into the state meet," she pointed out. "He did very well in districts. His time [21.79] was one of his best ever - lifetime best."

Prior to competing, Eyster and his coach reviewed the competition, Bertoli said.

"At practice, we went through the other districts to see where he might finish," she explained. "We went district by district."

Lear also competed in the 100 freestyle. In that event, she finished 19th with a preliminaries time of 52.60, which was nearly identical to her districts time of 52.62.

"She was seeded 22nd, so she was able to move up," Bertoli noted. "It is still an accomplishment.

"She was in states last year as well," she added. "She came in to this year's meet pretty confident and ready to race.

"In the 50 free she placed 13th and made it back to the finals," continued the coach. "She placed 10th, so she moved up several places.

Lear's prelim time of 23.99 saw a slight improvement in the finals as she posted a time of 23.90. It earned Hempfield seven team points.

"I think in the 50 free, especially, anything can happen with a couple of tenths difference," Bertoli said. "It can move you many places. We have a lot of talent in Pennsylvania and it keeps getting better every year. The whole meet was challenging and very fast."

Bertoli was asked if she anticipated a higher presence by the Knights at states.

"We definitely would have liked some more," she replied. "I felt everyone put forth their best at districts."

As for the team losing both swimmers to graduation, Bertoli commented on the positive impact they each brought to the program.

"Andrew was definitely a leader on the team this year," she commented. "He took some of the underclassmen under his wing, directing them to where they needed to be. He led the team with his hard work and perseverance. He'll be missed. We wish him luck at Penn State.

"Sophie has a positive attitude and is always happy to swim," added the coach. "That kind of spread throughout the team and helped carry the team through. She was a big leader in helping the underclassmen and getting them prepared."


Black Knights Top Coatesville in PIAA Opener March 12, 2018

In the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A boys' basketball playoffs, the Hempfield Black Knights fought back from an early deficit and managed to solve an aggressive Coatesville defense on Saturday night at Warwick High School.

Hempfield's 66-53 victory improved the team's record to 24-4 while Coatesville - the fifth-place team out of District One, ended its season at 21-6.

The Red Raiders double-teamed the Black Knights' top scorer Ryan Moffatt on multiple occasions, yet the Hempfield senior scored a game-high 29 - most of which came from the free throw line.

"We knew that they were going to bring that pressure," said head coach Danny Walck. "It's hard to simulate in practice. It's different when you're out there and it's coming at you."

"They were playing physical and the refs were calling it pretty tight," Moffatt said after the game. "So, I did whatever I could to knock 'em down."

Knock 'em down he did, converting 21-of-24 free throw attempts. In fact seven of the nine points he scored in the first half alone came from the charity stripe.

"Earlier this season I was actually struggling from the line so I changed my routine a little bit," Moffatt added. "Yesterday, I did take a few more [foul shots] at practice. This time of the year, you have to make your foul shots."

The Knights faced a 13-11 deficit after one quarter. Their defense adjusted and helped hold the Raiders to only seven points in the second quarter.

"They're too good off the bounce. We had to go to zone," Walck said. "You have to keep them out of rhythm. If you don't, you allow them to run their stuff."

The Knights, who were playing without injured senior forward Teagan Hazel, outscored Coatesville 21-7 in the second quarter, punctuating that period with Anthony Alston's three-point jumper from the corner of the court with two seconds to go. It gave Hempfield a 32-20 halftime lead.

"The three-point shot is a great momentum swing," Walck remarked. "It can go the other way on you too when somebody makes the shot against you. It was a huge shot.

"Anthony got tremendous confidence out of it," continued the coach. "He had to play a different role tonight."

The "different role" not only referred to the injured teammate, but also seeing David Martin-Robinson and Eli Washington getting into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. Along with that came a number of Hempfield mistakes - namely turnovers - that helped Coatesville chip away at what was once a huge Hempfield lead. The Raiders battled back to within five points with 1:26 left to play.

"I didn't think that clock could go fast enough," Walck laughed. "There was no lead that was going to be big enough."

"That 'next play' mentality is a big part of it," Moffatt replied when asked about how Hempfield regained composure after nearly giving up the lead. "I turned the ball over too and I take pride in taking care of the ball.

"The only way to get through it is moving on; you can't dwell on it," he added.

Alston not only delivered the huge three-pointer at halftime, he was second in scoring for Hempfield, finishing with 15 points. Washington and Martin-Robinson finished with six and five points, respectively. Adam Wernoch came off the bench and made two baskets, including a three-pointer, finishing with six points.

"It was difficult because with Keegan being out and David and Eli both fouling out - and those are guys who are always there at the end of the game - different guys were coming in," Moffatt said. "We found a way to win."

The Knights began the third quarter with an 8-2 run, claiming the biggest lead at 18 points (44-22) with 5:24 to play in the third. Following two baskets by Coatesville, the Knights took charge again and ran their lead up to 44-28 as Wernoch scored from the top of the key off a Moffatt assist.

From that point, the Raiders went on an 8-2 run, making it 46-36 after three quarters. Sophomore Jhamir Brickus scored nine of his team-leading 20 points in the fourth quarter for Coatesville, helping his team draw closer.

Brickus not only led Coatesville with 20 points, he reached a milestone in the process. He scored his 1,000th career point - yes, as a sophomore - and will start his junior year with 1,006 career points.

Senior center Tyrel Bladen, whose 6-foot-9 presence seemed to always be there for an offensive or defensive rebound, finished with 12 points for Coatesville. Dapree Bryant finished with 11.

The Black Knights will face District 12 champ Lincoln High School on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Pottstown HS. The Railsplitters defeated the Upper Darby Royals 67-46 on Saturday evening, improving their mark to 22-6.


Hempfield Boys Advance to State Tournament March 5, 2018

Hempfield heads into the PIAA Class 6A boys' basketball playoffs as the third seed from District Three. The Black Knights won the third-place game over Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Manheim Township on Friday night at Penn Manor High School by a 67-53 score.

It was the third meeting between the two rivals. The Knights, who claimed Section One of the L-L League, had topped Township twice during the regular season. The reason the twain had to meet in a consolation contest was because both teams were on the short end of the semifinal games played at the Giant Center in Hershey on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's semis were played as a doubleheader with the Knights bringing in a 22-3 record against Chambersburg in the first game of the twin bill. The Trojans, who were the third-seeded team in the district, took advantage of a slow start by the Knights and went on to win 52-35.

The Trojans, who improved to 19-4, outscored the Knights 15-9 in the first quarter and, after Hempfield had made it a 22-22 game at halftime, outscored Hempfield again in the third quarter by four points before pulling away in the final period.

"The first quarter and the start of the third were the two deciding factors," said head coach Danny Walck after the game. "We had that slow start but I thought we adjusted well and got back into the ballgame. We had some momentum when we made it 22-22."

Joel Torres led the Trojans with 16 points, making a pair of three-point baskets in the process.

"I thought he played a tremendous game," Walck commented. "They have a solid team. Their guards played well."

The Knights, who were led by David Martin-Robinson and Eli Washington (9 points each) and Ryan Moffatt (8 pts), came back to even the score at intermission. In the second half, the Trojans took command of the game, especially in the fourth.

"I thought we had some open looks that we didn't capitalize on," said Walck. "You need to capitalize on those possessions and we didn't. Therefore, we were playing catch up.

"Their defense created that," continued the coach. "It wasn't because our kids didn't try or make an effort. We never settled in, I felt. We were taking quick shots. If you're a quick shooter, you have to make it or you're going to shoot yourself right out of the game."

Walck was asked if this game would serve as a measuring stick for the level of competition his team would face going forward.

"We've earned the right to be here," Walck replied. "We've put ourselves in this position. It's tough now but you have to regroup and say to yourself, 'There are more games to be played and we have to show up and win.' We'll go back to work and get better."

And the continuation of Hempfield's 2017-18 basketball season will entail playing Coatesville - the fifth seed team out of District One.

The Red Raiders (21-5) and the Black Knights (23-4) will tip off in an opening-round PIAA Class 6A game at Warwick on Saturday, March 10.


Sophie Lear was sensational at the District Three Class-AAA championships held on Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley. The Hempfield senior took the bronze medal in both the 100- and 50-yard freestyle events.

Lear sprinted to a third-place finish in the 50 free in a time of only 23.86. She claimed third in the 100 free in 52.62.

Lear was also part of the seventh-place 400 freestyle relay quartet. Katie Yoder, Kaitelyn Wiglesworth, Maggie Shaffer and Lear teamed up for a 3:37.09 finish in that relay.

In the boys' competition, Andrew Eyster was one of Hempfield's leaders. He claimed seventh in the 50 free (21.79) and eighth place (47.76) in the 100 free.

Nate Heisey took fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.05. Heisey and Eyster joined Andre Fissella and Quinn Minnick for a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, recording a time of 1:39.08.


The Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Bowling Championships were held at Leisure Lanes and 222 Dutch Lanes on Friday. Only the top 12 bowlers among both the girls' and boys' competitors qualified for the Pennsylvania Single Championships, which will be held on March 16 in Pittsburgh.

Though nobody from Hempfield qualified, the L-L League will send three representatives from the boys' side - Penn Manor's Dan Mease, Manheim Central's Tanner Michael and Cedar Crest's Kolby Bennett. Katelyn Garman of Elizabethtown was the only L-L League qualifier among the girls.

Hempfield was led by Katelyn Musselman, who missed the cut by a margin of 45. She rolled a 999 on the day with a high score of 267 in her second game, finishing 22nd overall. Ava Keller had a score of 840. McKenzie Kirchner had a total of 783 and teammate Annabelle Allison finished at 745.

In the boys' competition, Tylor Fair bowled 1,075 on the day and finished in 32nd place with a top score of 258 in his fifth game. Ben Helman (75th) bowled 991 and Nick O'Neill (105th) finished at 951 for the Knights. A total of 192 bowlers competed.


Knights Face Vikings, Pioneers in L-L Playoffs February 19, 2018

Hempfield face Northern Lebanon last Monday in a Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' basketball playoff game at home. The Black Knights advanced to the second round with a 58-41 defeat of the Vikings.

The Knights used a second-half run to top Northern Lebanon, earning their 20th win of the year and advancing to the League semifinals. The Knights, who had only lost one league game this year, faced Lampeter-Strasburg on Wednesday night.

Monday's game at home featured four Knights scoring in double figures. Ryan Moffatt led the team with 16 points. Anthony Alston, who hit three times from behind the arc, finished with 15, Eli Washington poured in 11 more and David Martin-Robinson tallied 10 points on the night.

Northern Lebanon's Caleb Light scored a game-high 19.

It was a close game at intermission. The Knights led the Vikings 15-12 after one quarter and 29-24 at halftime. The home team's 13-7 run in the third increased the lead and put the team on the road to victory.

Wednesday night's L-L League playoff game was played at Penn Manor. The Knights' furious comeback in the fourth quarter fell just one basket short of sending the game into overtime. The Pioneers, who would go on to win their first-ever league trophy two nights later, came out of the gates quickly with a 19-2 run in the first quarter. They were outscored by Hempfield in each of the next three periods, yet held on for a 47-45 win.

The Knights' defense held the Pioneers to single-digit scoring in the second and third quarters. Hempfield outscored L-S 18-12 in the fourth. But the margin in the opening period was just too big to overcome.

It was only the second league loss of the year for the Knights, who finished the regular season 13-1 - nearly perfect in the L-L League aside from a two-point loss to Cedar Crest.

Isaac Beers brewed up 22 points for the Pioneers, leading all scorers. He had five three-pointers.

Moffatt finished with a team-high 17 for the Knights, including a 6-for-6 night at the foul line and the team's only three-pointer.

Washington added eight points while Martin-Robinson scored seven more.

The Knights look to the District Three Class 6A playoffs which they go into as the second-seeded team.


Wrestling on the mats of his own high school gym, Hempfield senior Christian Carr claimed second place in the 145-pound weight class in Saturday's District Three Class 3A Section II wrestling touranemnt. Carr came up short in the title bout to Lower Dauphin's Joey Stoak. Thanks to back-to-back major decisions, Carr advanced to the championship match.

The Black Knights tallied 60 points, which was good for eighth place in the team standings. Central Dauphin finished atop the standings with 208 points.

Carr posted a 16-4 major over McCaskey's Andrew Vogerlbacher and scored the same number of points in a 16-6 defeat of Manheim Central's Ryan McKee.

"McKee had beaten him in the L-L League Tournament," head coach John Walizer said. "So it was a big turnaround win for him."

Carr's achievement wasn't only that silver medal. By finishing in the top four, he also punched his ticket to the regionals this week.

"Carr is the only one who qualified for us," Walizer noted. "Ian Edwards was close."

In the 152-pound weight class, Edwards finished in fifth place. Following a first-round pin against Solanco's Tucker Pierson, Edwards battled but came up short against Joey Battle in a close 5-4 decision.

In the consi's, he opened with a 10-0 major but ended up settling for fifth place when another close 5-4 decision - this time to Central's Austin Sauder, derailed his quest for third place.

"He lost a couple of close matches," commented the coach. "One of them was to the eventual finalist. He had a good tournament.

"The last one against Sauder was very close," Walizer added. "He wrestled well enough that he could have qualified. There were some close calls that didn't go his way."

Freshman Russ Hanes made it to number six in the 160-pound wrestle backs. Hanes opened with an 18-0 major over his McCaskey opponent, Gilbert Valentin-Colon. Eventual second-place finisher Nick Baker of Penn Manor defeated Hanes, who managed to stay alive in the consolation round with a pin before suffering a 7-0 loss in the consolation semis. Will Small of Donegal finished fifth.

"Russ Hanes did an excellent job," said Walizer. "He's a freshman. We're looking for big things from him in the next couple of years."

Chase Mathias was successful in his first match, which ended in a pin, but then suffered a pin against Brendan Shaffer - the eventual 182-pound champ.

Unnerved by the setback, Mathias posted a 9-5 victory in the consolations before suffering a close 5-3 defeat to Garrett Fittery of Manheim Central. It landed Mathias in sixth place.

"Honestly, most of our guys got in a really good first round," said Walizer "If you lost your first round, you were done. Most of our guys won that first round.

"As a team I think we wrestled very well," he added.


Black Knights Grab Section One Crown February 5, 2018

The Hempfield boys' basketball team started the regular season with nine straight wins, including four over Lancaster-Lebanon League rivals, and hardly let its collective foot off the accelerator. The Black Knights' lone league loss was by only two points back in early January. With this past week's victories over Cedar Crest - the only L-L League team to which they've lost - and Lebanon, the Knights claimed the Section One title as they improved to 12-1 in league play. For good measure, Hempfield wrapped up the week with a non-league game on Saturday, winning at Governor Mifflin.

Cedar Crest, who will most likely take Section One's second-place entry into the L-L League playoffs, scored 17 points in Tuesday's game at Landisville. It was a one-point Hempfield lead heading into the second quarter.

Cedar Crest scored a total of 17 points over the next two quarters while the Knights racked up 23 points in each of those periods. With a 64-34 lead heading into the fourth, the Knights coasted to a 72-55 win.

"It was for first place and they had beaten us by two points at their place earlier in the year," said head coach Danny Walck. "So, it was a game with major implications. In terms of the section race.

"The kids were very focused and I thought our defensive effort ignited our offense," he added. "It was a good night for us."

The Knights' scoring included seven three pointers. While Anthony Alston led the way in that category, making four treys on a 16-point night, Ryan Moffatt (two 3's) led everyone in scoring with 23 points.

Eli Washington and Donovan Green each scored 10. David Martin-Robinson added eight while three of Teagan Hazel's five points came on another long-range jumper.

Walck elaborated on the defense-to-offense transition.

"Rebounding is a major part of it," he said. "You don't want to give up second and third opportunities. You need to get deflections, steals, defensive rebounds and to create turnovers. All that added up to the results in the middle quarters."

The strong defensive middle quarters also applied to the Lebanon game.

The Knights took to the road and played a steady game from start to finish in defeating Lebanon on Friday night 61-53. Lebanon was down by 14 points heading into the final period mainly because of a Hempfield dominance that held the Cedars to single-digit scoring in the second and third quarters.

Alston netted a game-high 22. His scoring repertoire included a pair of three's and a 6-for-6 night at the foul line. Washington poured in 16 points and Martin-Robinson scored 10.

"We shot the ball well," said Walck. "That helped us open up a big lead."

In the win at Mifflin, Moffatt scored a game-high 19, shooting 100 percent from the foul line and making seven baskets, including a three-pointer. Martin-Robinson added 15 while Washington scored 12. The Knights improved their overall mark to 19-3.

"Collectively as a team, there's great chemistry," commented Walck. "It's a team that enjoys being around each other and playing well together. And they're a pleasure to coach.

"Obviously our six senior leaders have done a fantastic job on and off the court," added Walck, referring to Moffatt, Green, Martin-Robinson, Hazel, Alston and Drew Groft.


In a match marred by seven forfeits and an uncontested weight class, the Knights took advantage of the opportunities and defeated Ephrata 66-3 on Wednesday. The Mountaineers, who fell to 0-7, did not have a wrestler in eight of the weight classes, giving Hempfield 42 of its points in the seven forfeits while the 195-pound match never took place.

In the first contested bout, Tyler Hart of Ephrata earned the team's lone points with a 10-6 decision at 120.

Hempfield's David Ailes (138) earned an 8-4 decision and Christian Carr (145) followed with a fall.

Ian Edwards had an 8-1 win at 152 and Chase Mathias (182) scored a second period fall. Zach Biceskis notched a pin at the 1:22 mark of the heavyweight match.

Hempfield improved to 4-3 in the L-L League.


The girls' swim team defeated Penn Manor in an away meet by a score of 103-67 and the boys' squad came away with a 111-59 result.

The boys', who finished second in Section One, finished the regular season at 4-1 in the league while the girls improved to 3-2 and finished third.

Sophie Lear anchored both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to victory. The 200 free crew was comprised of Maggie Shaffer, Jessica Harvey, Katie Yoder and Lear. They posted a winning time of 1:44.40. Yoder, Shaffer and Lear welcomed sophomore Katelyn Wiglesworth into the 400 free relay group, and claimed first in 3:52.78.

"Sophie Lear is one of our versatile swimmers - she can swim anything," said head coach Brittany Bertoli.

True to that statement, Lear also swam in the 200 medley relay, helping Wiglesworth, Shaffer and Kelly Hester post a winning time of 1:56.28.

"We've been dealing a lot with illnesses and some injuries," Bertoli added. "Sophie can swim for anyone who's hurt. She really stepped up this year in a leadership role. I'm hoping for big things for her in the post-season.

"Kelly Hester, a senior, is a good complement to our team," Bertoli commented. "She can do the 100 and 50 breaststroke as well as the IM. Another team might have a faster swimmer in an event where we need to mix things up. She steps in."

Yoder finished first in the 100 freestyle at 58.18 seconds while Lear won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.35 and took the 50 free in 25.68. Wiglesworth, was the 100 backstroke (1:04.38).

"Katie Yoder and Katelyn Wiglesworth are sophomores and they're part of our team's future," Bertoli added. "When Sophie graduates, we're looking for swimmers like them and freshman Maggie Shaffer to step up and fill the big spot.

"We talk a lot to the freshmen about what should be their goals - to continue to grow," Bertoli continued. "You have to grow. Having those strong seniors shows them what hard work looks like."

Sophia Vitko is another freshmen with potential. She won the 100 breaststroke (1:14.07) and outswam the competition in the 500 free (5:16.31).

The Knights won all three relay events in the boys' meet as Jayden Corrigan, Nathan Heisey and Andre Fissella each competed in two of the events.

In the 200-yard medley, Heisey and Fissella were bookended by Quin Minnick and anchor Jonah Navea for a1:45.76.

Corrigan anchored the foursome that included Charles Saylor, Josh Sahd and Patrick Clarke in the 200 freestyle (1:38.14).

Heisey and Fissella swam with Corrigan and Andrew Eyster to win the 400 free relay (3:25.12)

"We definitely have depth," Bertoli said. "We try to mix it up in some meets and give other swimmers the chance to get in and show their best strokes. Everyone's effort counts, especially going into the post-season."

Corrigan went on to capture the 500 freestyle with a finish of 5:01.35. Eyster took the 200-yard free (1:50.69).

"It has been a pleasure seeing him grow and evolve," Bertoli said of Eyster. "He's one of those kids who's a quite leader. He works hard every day at practice."

Heisey, Minnick and Fissella also captured individual events with Heisey winning the 100 breaststroke (1:02.16) and Fissella winning the 200 individual medley (2:02.31) while Minnick won the 100 butterfly in 59.38.

"When you have two swimmers like Fissella and Heisey, you can split them up and put them in other events. They're both there for the team. They're both very versatile swimmers.

"Fissella's main events are the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM," she continued. "Anytime I ask him to do something else, even if I'm not asking him to swim his best events, he does it with a positive attitude and does a good job.

"Nathan is another one who's strong in the 200 IM," Bertoli commented.

"Everyone's commitment to the team is great to see," she added. "They try hard in every meet because you can win a meet without winning many events. Second, third and fourth can help you outscore the other team. It isn't always about the times, I tell them; if you can get your hand to the wall before the swimmer next to you, it's always a plus."


Though it will be a losing season record-wise this year, the girls' basketball team is putting together a few more great efforts as the season nears its close.

Following last week's 21-20 victory at Warwick (the Knights' first league win of the season), the team played a close game at Cedar Crest on Tuesday, topped Elizabethtown in a two-point victory on Friday and wrapped up the week at New Oxford. The team's record stands at 4-17 overall with one game left on the schedule.

Cedar Crest held off a strong Hempfield comeback bid in the fourth quarter. Trailing 19-9 at the half, Hempfield outscored the home team 20-13 but came up short in a 32-29 final. Cedar Crest improved to 10-2 in the league.

Trinity Sumrall led the Knights with 12 points. Hannah Boyd added six.

Hempfield hosted E-town on Friday night and held off the Bears' comeback in the fourth quarter, winning 38-36. The Bears outscored the Knights 20-15 in the final period after trailing 23-16 after three.

Sumrall connected on four three-pointers in her 14-point game. Melissa Grube added eight points while Marie Durkota chipped in with five.

Hempfield lost the non-league game at New Oxford by a 42-28 score. Sumrall, who made a pair of treys, was the team's leading scorer with 11 points. Grube scored seven.


Following a Monday afternoon loss to Warwick, the Hempfield bowlers put together 5-2 victory over Manheim Township, improving the Knights' league record to 5-6.

The Warriors had three bowlers who finished with over 700 points on the day. Carter Snavely (728), Ashley Sham (732), and Isaac Erickson (701) led the way. Snavely's day was highlighted by a 255 first game. Erickson bowled a 265 in his first.

Tylor Fair had an outstanding day, starting with a 247. He bowled 246 in each of the next two games for a 739 total score.

Nick O'Neill finished at 732 with a match high 279.

Against Township, Fair topped all bowlers with a total score of 647, recording a 241 in the second game. O'Neill had two games in the 190's and finished with a 215 in his third game.


Hempfield Boys Post Three Win Week January 29, 2018

What a week it was for the Hempfield boys' basketball team!

The Black Knights had a busy week scheduled with three games - all against Lancaster-Lebanon League rivals.

With Cedar Crest only half a game behind and Manheim Township one game behind the Knights in the Section One standings, not to mention one of the week's opponents, it was imperative that Hempfield win out the week. They did.

They started the week with a 51-31 victory at Conestoga Valley on Monday and were back on the road the next night, defeating Township 60-57 with a fourth-quarter comeback. On Friday night, the Knights topped Warwick 64-54, raising their L-L League record to 10-1 while Cedar Crest kept pace, ending the week at 9-2.

Not only did Hempfield's defense clamp down on the Buckskins Monday night, the offense was well distributed among the Knights.

Anthony Alston finished with a game-high 14 while David Martin Robinson added 11 points and Ryan Moffatt scored nine points. Eli Washington was a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line and finished with seven points. Donavan Green added six points into the mix.

Hempfield allowed only 14 first-half points and had already doubled up CV 29-14 by halftime. The defense allowed only four points to CV in the fourth.

The Knights followed that up with a key game against an arch rival also vying for a Section One playoff berth - the Blue Streaks.

On Tuesday, Township took control of the game and built a 39-25 lead through three periods. But what happened next was one for the books. Hempfield outscored MT 35-18 in a wild fourth quarter to steal a 60-57 victory.

Township's Tyler Crespo scored a game-high 24 points, including five triples.

The Knights were led by Moffatt's 20-point production. Martin-Robinson added 16 points while Alston added seven. Green and Washington each chipped in six points while Teagan Hazel added five points.

Friday's win gave the Knights a three-game win streak and seventh victory in their last eight games.

Warwick fell to 5-13 overall (4-7 league) while Hempfield improved its overall mark to 16-2. But like the Township game, this one wasn't easy either. The Warriors built a 24-9 lead heading into the second quarter. The Knights shaved 10 points off the 15-point deficit and trailed by a 31-26 margin at intermission. They outscored the Warriors 17-7 in the third quarter and held off the visitors' comeback bid in the fourth.

That comeback effort included 11 three-pointers by Warwick. Colby Martin and Ryan Shirk, who led Warwick with 15 points each, made five and three treys, respectively.

Alston had a game-high 19 while Moffatt poured in 16 more. They combined for five treys.

Martin-Robinson (12) and Washington (10) also hit double figures.


The L-L League Wrestling Championships took place at Garden Spot High School over the weekend. The Knights finished 12th overall. Manheim Central claimed the team championship, topping last year's champ Northern Lebanon.

Junior heavyweight Zach Biceskis (285) and senior Christian Carr (145) and finished fourth in their respective weight classes and Ian Edwards finished fifth at 152.

"Overall, our team wrestled pretty well," said head coach John Walizer.

"Christian lost a tough one in the semis," said Walizer. "He had a lead on Connor Finkey of Garden Spot. He got thrown on his back."

Finkey moved on with an 11-3 decision and finished as the 145-pound runner up to Pequea Valley's Gabe Miller, who was named the Kenneth Ober Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Carr opened the tournament with a bye and promptly posted a 16-1 technical fall in the second round before going on to pin Penn Manor's Ian Young 1:31 into the quarterfinals.

In the consolation semis, he defeated Zach Renninger of Annville-Cleona 7-2 before losing to Manheim Central's Ryan McKee in the third-place match 11-4.

Following a first-round bye, Edwards defeated Cocalico's Alex May 6-3 before suffering a 12-7 loss to Austin Sauder of Central.

In the consolation semis he lost to McCaskey's Joey Battle before earning fifth place in a third-period pin over A-C's Tyler Speraw.

Biceskis notched a pin 12 seconds into his bout versus Daniel Davies of A-C and posted a 5-3 victory in the next round before losing to CV's Tyler Oakley. He faced Pequea's Kyle Coblentz for third place and suffered a pin.

"Zach came in unseeded and placed fourth," Walizer remarked. "That was a good tournament for him.

"Some of our guys were 2-2 on Friday and were one match away from advancing," he added. "If you made it to Saturday, you were in the top eight. They wrestled down to the consolation semis and consolations."

Chase Mathias (182) came off a bye and pinned Solanco's Shaneel Carter in 1:16 but lost to Central's Garrett Fittery in the quarterfinals. He then suffered a 4-3 defeat to Cocalico's Ben Sola in the consolations.

Joel Dionne (138) pinned Northern Lebanon's Mike Marlow in 4:56 in the opening round but was pinned, however, by Garden Spot's Christian Schilling - in the next round.

Though Dionne earned another pin in the consi's, a 7-2 decision in favor of E-town's Cam Olson ended his day.

Caleb Schultz got a pin in the third round of the 120-pound consolations but lost to Pavel Dariychuck of CV.

The Knights pulled off an exciting win against Solanco on Wednesday in a Section One match at Hempfield. Following consecutive forfeits, the Knights trailed 36-34 heading into the 195-pound match. That was where Mathias stepped onto the mat and took care of business, pinning Shaneel Carter in the first period and giving Hempfield a 40-36 win.

"It came down to Chase Mathias," Walizer said. "We bumped him to 195. He got the fall and it was enough for us to win."

The match began with the teams exchanging six points per side until Hempfield pulled ahead 18-6. Following a Solanco pin at 220, Hempfield regained the six points on a forfeit at 285.

Giovanni Luciano (106) claimed six more points on an injury default. The Mules forfeited at 113 before Sheldon Peiffer got back four points on a major decision (120).

Zach Spade's major at 126 cut the deficit to 14-18. Chase Charles majored at 132 to tie the score.

Grayson Charles (138) notched a pin before Carr tied it back up with a pin for the Knights.

"Christian got a pin that closed the gap at 145," Walizer noted. "That gave us the chance to move Chase up to 195 and secure the win.

"Russ Haines got a big victory for us too," continued the coach. "The guy they bumped up to wrestle him at 160 we felt Russ could win. That was a big win coming down the stretch."

Haines defeating Tucker Pierson on a 13-4 major decision was key. Edwards had six uncontested points 152, making it 30-24 Hempfield. Hanes made it 34-24, giving the Knights some breathing room in lieu of the upcoming forfeits to the Mules at 170 and 182.

"It was a good win against Solanco," Walizer commented. "I don't know the last time we beat them."


Hempfield earned its first L-L League win of the season with a 21-20 victory over Warwick on the road Friday night. The Knights bounced back from a scoring drought that plagued them in the second quarter and went on to outscore the Warriors 11-3 in the second half.

Hempfield improved to 3-15 overall (1-10 league) while Warwick fell to 2-16, 1-10

Christine Graves and Trinity Sumrall led the team with six points each. Marie Durkota finished with four points.

The game was Hempfield's fourth game in five nights. On Monday, the Knights lost to Conestoga Valley 43-23 and, after a tough battle, came up short against Township the next night.

On Wednesday, the Knights visited Central Dauphin East for a non-league game. CD East put up 31 first-half points en route to a 54-35 win.

Sumrall had 16 points, scoring a dozen of those on four three-pointers. Melissa Grube added seven points and Molly McGarry chipped in with four.

Sumrall, who had a team-high six points against CV, scored 11 against Township. In that game, the Knights came back in the second quarter and inched ahead of the Streaks 21-20 by halftime. However, a 14-6 Township run followed by a 14-7 fourth-quarter surge gave the visitors a 48-34 win.

Grube finished with seven points and Graves added six.

Hempfield wrapped the week up with a non-league game at Exeter on Saturday. The Eagles edged the Knights 30-29.

The teams were tied 13-13 at halftime. The Knights saw Exeter gain a one-point edge after three quarters.

Sumrall had a team-high 10 points. Graves scored six.


Hempfield lost two tough league games this past week, falling 5-2 to both Cedar Crest and Ephrata.

In Tuesday's meeting with Crest, Tylor Fair bowled great the entire way, registering scores of 228, 245 and 235 for a total of 708.

Nick O'Neill also had a stellar day, rolling a team-high 249 in the second game and scoring 692 on the day while Katelyn Musselman finished at 614. Musselman's best game was her third - 231 points.

On Friday afternoon, Ephrata's Logan Molchany (744) and Cameron Zwally (689) rolled the top scores of the day.

Fair and O'Neill finished with 646 and 643, respectively. Fair's top performance was in the second game - a score of 247. O'Neill opened with a 278.

Annabelle Allison rolled 635 for the Knights.


The boys' team improved to 3-1 with a 110-56 victory over McCaskey on Tuesday. The girls' team evened its league mark at 2-2 with a 118-46 win.

At home, the girls' team swept the relay events. Sophie Lear, Kelly Hester, Jessica Harvey and Hannah Papez won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:16.03. The same four, but with Lear as the anchor, won the 200 freestyle relay in 2:02.54.

Katie Yoder anchored the 400 free relay team (4:28.86), which also included Katelyn Wiglesworth, Sophia Vitko and Maggie Shaffer.

The versatile Lear won the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.56 and sprinted to a 50-free victory in 29.01.

Papez claimed the 100 freestyle (1:0818) while Yoder's 2:29.58 won the 200 free win. Wigelsworth flew away with the 100 butterfly in 1:15.45.

On the boy's side, the 200 MR went to Derek Metcalfe, Nathan Heisey, Andrew Eyster and Ray Wisotzkey (1:59.84) while the 200 free relay team of Eyster, Heisey, Garrett Fuhrman and anchor Johan Navea posted a 1:45.51.

Eyster won the 50 free (24.89) and the 100 fly (1:03.87) while Stuckey came through with a winning time of 4:39.59 in the 500 free. Heisey's 1:12.02 was good for first in the 100 breaststroke.

Quin Minnick claimed the diving competition with 228.46 points.


Lady Knights Push Comets But Fall Short January 22, 2018

With winter weather conditions causing havoc with school schedules and subsequent scholastic sports, the only game the Hempfield girls' basketball team played this past week was a Section One game at Penn Manor.

The Comets withstood a strong second-quarter momentum change as well as the Knights' tough defense early in the second half and claimed a 47-31 victory. The Comets improved to 5-4 in league play (10-6 overall) while Hempfield fell to 0-8 and 2-11.

The Comets' quick start pushed them out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter. Hempfield, however, battled back by outscoring the home team 15-13 and holding Manor to only six points in the third.

Alyssa Schriver scored a game-high 18 for Penn Manor. Trinity Sumrall was the go-to person for Hempfield, scoring 16 on the night, including three triples.


With only a handful of league games left in the regular season, every game is crucial.

When you're only ahead of the second-place team by half a game and by only one game over the third place team in your section, there's little to no room for error.

Hempfield avoided sliding down in the standings with a big 49-43 victory over Penn Manor on Friday night in a Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' basketball game. The Black Knights improved to 7-1 in the league (13-1 overall) and stayed atop the Section One standings. Penn Manor fell to 1-8 (4-13).

The Knights didn't pull away in this one until the fourth quarter. The Comets stayed on the home team's heels until the final stanza, trailing by only one basket after three quarters as Kevin Roldan led Manor with 17 points followed by Josiah Edwards at 16 points.

The Knights' Ryan Moffatt posted a game-high 18 and David Martin-Robinson added 11 more. These two leading scorers along with Anthony Alston each made a three-pointer in the game. Alston finished with eight points while Donovan Green scored six.

Hempfield's Saturday evening comeback bid at Dallastown came up just short in the fourth quarter of a 52-48 loss. The Knights went into the final period trailing 41-31. Despite outscoring the Wildcats in the fourth, the Knights suffered their second loss of the year in this non-league game.

Moffatt found the scoring touch from three-point range, hitting four times from beyond the arc. He finished with a game-high 21 points. Martin-Robinson finished with 12 points while Eli Washington scored seven.


The score in Wednesday's Section One wrestling match at Hempfield showed Conestoga Valley winning by a 43-21 margin. The Hempfield wrestlers, who took to the mat, and their coach noticed a great effort to the very last bout.

"We got some nice wins in there," said head coach John Walizer. "We could have probably had it a little closer. Overall, we wrestled pretty well."

The Buckskins earned six of those points via forfeit. They posted four pins and one major decision.

In other matches, however, the Knights were tenacious.

Luke Dreyer responded to the forfeit at 195 by battling his way to a 9-8 overtime decision at the 220-pound match.

Though the Buckskins won at 285 on a 5-1 decision for a 9-3 lead, Giovanni Luciano earned a 12-7 decision for the Knights at 106.

"That was a nice win for Gio Luciano," said Walizer. "Conestoga Valley has a pretty balanced lineup from start to finish," he added.

Three straight Buckskin pins and Seth Martin's major at 132 gave CV a 31-6 lead.

David Ailes (138) responded with another one-point decision for the Knights, winning by a 10-9 count. Fellow senior Christian Carr claimed the 145-pound bout with a first-period pin.

"Christian Carr continues to wrestle well for us," said Walizer. "He is on his way to a 30-win season, which will be very nice for him."

The Knights cut that 31-6 deficit to 31-18 after Ian Edwards, at 152, earned a hard-fought 6-4 decision against Taylor Sheaffer.

"That was the first time Ian had beaten Sheaffer," said Walizer.

The Buckskins slipped past the Black Knights in the next two matches, posting a pin in each one. However, Chase Mathias came through with a 5-4 win at 182, gaining the match's final points for the Knights.

"Chase pulled one out at the very end," said Walizer. "He has lost a few matches that came down to the wire. It was good for him to win a tight one."

Hempfield fell to2-4 in the league.

The team wrestled at the Lower Dauphin Duals on Saturday where it faced Governor Mifflin and Dallastown.

"Dallastown is one of the best teams in the district," said Walizer. "They beat us in the first match.

"We lost to Governor Mifflin in the second match 47-27.

"Christian Carr was 2-0 on the day," the coach continued. "Gio Luciano wrestled well in both matches."

For the Hempfield grapplers and the rest of the wrestlers, the L-L League Tournament will be coming up this weekend.


The Hempfield swim teams visited Manheim Township for a Section One meet on Thursday. The boys' team suffered a 112-73 defeat and fell to 2-1 in the L-L League. In the girls' meet, Township won 123-62, improving to 3-0 while Hempfield fell to 1-2.

The girls' 200-yard freestyle relay team of Maggie Shaffer, Jessica Harvey, Kaite Yoder and Sophie Lear won with a time of 1:44.40.

Katelyn Wiglesworth was the 100 freestyle individual winner, posting a time of 55.76. Lear won the 200 individual medley in 2:16.90

In the boys' meet, the Knights not only claimed one of the relay events, they also won the 1-meter diving event with Junior Rob Williams compiling 148.5 points.

Andre Fissella, Jayden Corrigan, Nathan Heisey, and Andrew Eyster formed the 400 freestyle relay foursome and posted a winning time of 3:18.92.

Heisey and Fissella each won individual events as well. Fissella's time of 54.69 in the 100 butterfly was good for first while Heisey won the 200 individual medley (2:02.42) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.98).


Hempfield improved to 4-3 on the season with a 7-0 win over McCaskey on Thursday. The Knights bowled their way to victory thanks to a tremendous effort by Tylor Fair and three solid games by Nick O'Neill.

Fair knocked the pins down at a 268 clip in the first game and followed with a 248. In the final set of frames, Fair finished with a 278, adding up to 794 on the day.

O'Neill had scores of 214, 202 and 210.


Knights in Three-Way Tie to Lead Section One January 15, 2018

In the Section One boys' basketball standings, there is a three-way tie in mid-January. The Hempfield Black Knights are tied at 6-1 in Lancaster-Lebanon League competition with the Manheim Township and Cedar Crest teams.

With things so tight at the top, the Knights had no room for errors in their Section One games this past week as they faced Lebanon and McCaskey.

On Tuesday, they avoided their second league loss by outscoring Lebanon 30-17 in the fourth quarter. Hempfield trailed 43-31 heading into the fourth, but came back to win 61-60.

Eli Washington led the Knights with 23 points, including a pair of three-point field goals and a 3-for-3 night at the free throw line. Ryan Moffatt added 11 points and Anthony Alston added nine more - all from three-point range.

Sincere Scott scored a game-high 24 points and Luis Aquino-Rios scored 19 for Lebanon.

Friday night was another home game for the Knights. They defeated McCaskey 58-48 as the Red Tornado fell to 2-5 in the league.

The Knights worked up a 31-21 halftime lead and added two more to that lead by the end of the third quarter.

Moffatt had a game-high 20 points, hitting from three-point land twice. David Martin-Robinson poured in 17 points while Washington posted 12 points.


The Black Knights traveled to Manheim Township for a Section One wrestling match on Wednesday. It was a see-saw battle that saw Hempfield come back from an early deficit to tie the score 15-15 before the Blue Streaks won six of the last seven bouts for a 48-21 victory.

The match began at the 126-pound weight class where Township earned six points on a late pin. Joel Dionne faced MT's A.J. Bernieri at 132, which ended in a close 2-0 decision in favor of the Township sophomore.

The Knights fell behind 15-0 before Christian Carr stepped onto the mat and pinned his 145-pound opponent. Sophomore Ian Edwards earned a 6-0 decision (152) before Russel Hanes notched a pin 1:42 into the 160-pound bout to tie the score.

Chase Mathias had a classic back-and-forth battle with Township's Carter Hasson at 195. Hasson prevailed 7-6. Both teams had agreed to skip 182, which came after a pin by MT's Jose Lao-Cooper. The Streaks won four of the next five bouts, one of which was a Hempfield forfeit. The Streaks themselves forfeited the 285.

Township improved to 1-4 while the Knights fell to 2-3.


To point out that the Hempfield girls' basketball team is still looking for its first L-L League win of the season would be unjustified if one fails to mention that three of the team's Section One losses were by six or fewer points, including a recent 42-36 loss to McCaskey.

"Every single one of the girls on our team will fight to the end; nobody on our team has quit," said head coach Kendra Beittel. The loss dropped the Black Knights to 0-7 on the year in L-L League play (2-10 overall).

"We see what each team brings now that we've done the full circle of the L-L League," Beittel added. "We've gained experience. If we focus on the scores of the games, it can be discouraging; we are instead focusing on defense, out-rebounding teams and gaining experience."

In that Friday night road game, Hempfield turned an early slim deficit into a two-point halftime lead. However, the Red Tornado's big third quarter, in which they outscored the Knights 11-5, was the momentum changer. Hempfield was matching McCaskey basket for basket in the final stanza until it was too late.

"We came out and did a nice job of adjusting," Beittel explained. "We play man-to-man usually, but went to a 3-2 zone in the first half. The girls adapted to that style of play and McCaskey wasn't prepared for that.

"We talked at halftime about how they were going to come out fast in the second half," continued the coach. "We are a young team and McCaskey had the edge on us. They turned it up a notch. It was a little bit of a learning experience to weather the storm of a fast team - to control the tempo of the game when we're leading."

One of the team's solid stars has been Trinity Sumrall. She led the team with 10 points, including a 2-for-2 night at the foul line plus a pair of three-pointers. Sophie Herman had a trey also and finished with seven points while both Christine Graves and Molly McGarry had six points.

McCaskey's Malia Taylor led all scorers with 12 points.

"Trinity has a fair amount of varsity experience," said Beittel. "We don't look young if you look at our roster because we have five seniors. But we are young in terms of experience."

The Tuesday game was against Elizabethtown - the second-place team in Section One. The Bears improved to 5-1 in the league with a 43-23 win - a game in which the Knights kept pace into the second quarter before the Bears' 19-5 run. Hempfield responded by outscoring the home team 12-7 in the third quarter. Sumrall led the team with 12 points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Melissa Grube added seven points.

E-town's Autumn Royer led all scorers with 15 points.


The girls' swim team came up short against Warwick in a Section One meet. The Warriors edged the Black Knights 92-78 at the Hempfield Rec Center on Tuesday.

Warwick claimed two of the three relay events with Hempfield winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. Katie Yoder, Maggie Shaffer, Katelyn Wiglesworth and Sophie Lear posted a combined time of 4:11.62.

Lear was the freestyle work horse for Hempfield, winning the 50 in 0:27.28 and the 100 free in 1:00.41.

The girls' team, which had beaten Cedar Crest in a close one the previous week, fell to 1-1.

The Hempfield boys improved to 2-0 with a 97-72 victory over Warwick.

Quin Minnick, Jayden Corrigan, Nathan Heisey, Andrew Eyster made up the 400 free relay quartet, winning in 3:46.12.

Eyster and Corrigan each had an individual event win. Corrigan claimed the 500 free in 4:30.99 and Eyster won the 200 free at 2:03.68.

Andre Fissella not only took the 200 individual medley (2:13.45), he also won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.20).


The Black Knight bowlers improved to 4-2 with a 7-0 victory over Lebanon on Tuesday. Nick O'Neill and Ben Helman led Hempfield to victory.

O'Neill had a 644 on the day, finishing strong with a 268 in his third game. Helman had a 200 and a 213 in his first two games and finished with a score of 604.

First place Penn Manor topped Hempfield on Friday afternoon as Nick Mease had two high-scoring totals in his first two games - 268 and 259. Mease led Manor with a score of 686.

Tylor Fair, however, had the highest aggregate score, leading Hempfield with a 709. Fair rolled a near-perfect 296 sandwiched between a 213 and 200.

Helman came through with a 233 in his first game and finished with a 630 total.


Hempfield Matmen Earn Come-From-Behind Win January 8, 2018

The Hempfield wrestlers notched a 38-36 victory over Section One rival McCaskey on Wednesday, overcoming a 24-6 deficit thanks to four pins and two major decisions.

It turned into a match where some strategic bumping up of wrestlers and a pin by junior Chase Mathias at just the right time helped Hempfield defeat its Lancaster-Lebanon League rival.

"It came down to splitting forfeits at the end and instead I moved my 182-pounder to 195," said head coach John Walizer. "We were confident that he would get the win at 195 and he got the fall for us. And that locked it up."

With McCaskey slated to forfeit at 182, instead of taking those six points and forfeiting at 195 on the Hempfield side, Walizer moved Mathias to the higher weight class. At that point, the Knights had a 32-30 lead and were able to put the match mathematically out of reach with the pin at 195.

The Knights opened with six uncontested points as the Red Tornado forfeited the heavyweight bout to Luke Dreyer.

The Tornado responded with four consecutive pins in the lower weight classes until Joel Dionne stopped the bleeding on a 12-4 major at the 132-pound weight class.

Pins by seniors David Ailes and Christian Carr at 138 and 145, respectively, closed the deficit to 24-22.

"Christian is the guy with the most wins from last year," Walizer said. "He has done a really nice job for us at 145."

Joey Battle battled McCaskey back with a first-period pin at 152, giving his team an eight-point cushion at 30-22.

The Knights responded with Mina Saloma's major, an 11-1 victory at 160, and a pin at 170 by freshman Russell Haines. The pin by Haines gave Hempfield a 32-30 lead.

"We start a handful of freshmen too," Walizer pointed out. "Haines got a big pin for us, coming back from a bout where he was losing."

Mathias padded the lead with a pin at the 3:00 mark of the 195 bout. Hempfield forfeited at 220, giving six of those eight points back to the Tornado.

The Knights, who had lost to Cocalico and Penn Manor earlier in the season but had won their first dual meet by a 39-29 count over Warwick, evened their Lancaster-Lebanon League mark at 2-2.


The Hempfield boys swam past a tough Cedar Crest team on Wednesday, winning two of the three relays in a 109-61 victory.

The foursome of Andre Fissella, Nathan Heisey, Jayden Corrigan and Andrew Eyster claimed the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.77. Eyster and Fissella joined Garrett Fuhrman and Shawn Splain for a winning time of 3:27.26 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Eyster, Fissella, Corrigan and Heisey also had individual event wins with Eyster sprinting to a 50-yard freestyle win at 22.11 seconds and Corrigan setting the winning pace in the long-distance 500 free in 5:04.75.

Fissella's wins not only came in the 200 freestyle stroke (1:50.61) but also the 100-yard butterfly, which he took in 55.6 seconds.

Heisey also won two events - the 200 individual medley (2:04.63) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.94).

Jonah Navea (1:06.93) won the 100 backstroke.

The victory gave Hempfield a 1-0 record in the L-L League.

The Hempfield girls also earned a victory over Cedar Crest, getting off to a 1-0 start in Section One with an 87-83 final.

The girls' team also won two relays, which was crucial in a close meet. The Knights won the 200 medley relay thanks to Katelyn Wiglesworth, Kelly Hester, Sophie Lear and Maggie Shaffer (1:56.28). The 200 free relay (1:47.15) went to Hester, Lear, Jessica Harvey and Katie Yoder.

Wiglesworth's speed and versatility helped her win the 50 freestyle in 26.07 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.63.

Lear's time of 2:11.82 claimed the 200 individual medley while her time of 55.49 was good for first in the 100 freestyle.

Shafer won the 200 free (2:07.89) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.77) while Sophia Vitko swam a winning pace of 5:47.33 in the 500 free.


The girls' basketball team won the Reading Tournament, which was played on Wednesday and Thursday, December 27-28. The Knights opened with a 33-29 defeat of Mechanicsburg and wrapped it up with a 47-37 defeat of the host school the next night. Those wins improved Hempfield's overall mark to 2-7.

In the low-scoring game against Mechanicsburg, the Knights outscored the Wildcats in every quarter except the fourth. However, the Knights allowed only nine points, keeping their opponent from reaching double digits in all four quarters.

Of the 39 points, Trinity Sumrall scored 19 for Hempfield, including two shots from three-point range. Melissa Grube and Christine Graves each added five points.

The next night it was a battle between the Red Knights and the Black Knights. Hempfield carried a 27-16 lead into the locker room at halftime and despite being outscored by four points in the third stanza, held on for its second victory of the season.

Sumrall was virtually unstoppable with her 23 points - nine of which came on the three long-range field goals. She also was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

Graves added eight points while Grube scored seven. The Knights also had a three- pointer from Hannah Boyd, who finished with five points. Molly McCarthy added a couple of buckets to chip in four points.

In the first week of the New Year, the Knights hosted Cedar Crest in a Section One game. The Falcons, on the strength of a quick start and a dominant third quarter defeated Hempfield 49-21. The victory improved Crest's L-L League mark to 4-1 (6-4 overall) while Hempfield fell to 0-5 (2-8 overall).

Sumrall hit shots from three-point territory twice. But the Falcons' defense didn't allow much more to Hempfield's top scorer who was held to nine points on the night.


Friday night's game at Cedar Crest proved to be Hempfield's first league loss of the year. The Knights fell to 4-1 and 9-1 overall with a close 41-39 to the Falcons, who moved up to 4-1 also in Section One.

The Knights were denied all but two points in the first quarter as the Falcons pulled ahead 11-2. Hempfield chipped away at the nine-point deficit and outscored the home team in each of the next three quarters, coming up just shy at the end.

The Knights' Ryan Moffatt led all scorers with 17 points. Nine of those points came from a trio of three-pointers. Also nailing a shot from long range was David Martin-Robinson, who finished with 11 points. Eli Washington also dialed a trey and added seven points for the Knights.

Cole Laney and Dylan Miller led the Falcons with 12 points each.

Playing Central York in the War of the Roses Tournament, the Black Knights visited West York. In the non-league clash, the Knights prevailed 57-51 thanks to a tremendous second half.

Trailing 32 -23 at the midway point, the Knights outscored the Panthers 19-8 in the third quarter to turn the deficit into a 42-40 lead heading into the final period. They didn't let their collective feet off the accelerator and put up 15 to Central York's 11 in that quarter.

Moffatt made eight field goals, including a three-pointer, and led all scorers with 21 points. Anthony Alston came through with 13 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Washington had nine points and Donovan Green added eight more points, including a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line.


In a battle between two L-L League rivals, the Hempfield bowling team edged Manheim Township 5-2 on Tuesday.

The Knights were led by Mackenzie Kirchner and Katelyn Musselman, the latter of whom rolled a 214 in her first game and stayed above 200 in each of the next two games - 204 and 211.

Musselman finished with 629 and Kirchner bowled 630 on the day, recording scores of 192, 248 and 190.

Ben Helman came through with a 237 in his first game and finished the day with a score of 605.

The Knights improved their mark to 3-2.


Knights Top Peters Twp., Bow in PIAA Finals November 19, 2017

The Hempfield boys' soccer team reached the state championship game after winning a tense semifinal match over Peters Township on Tuesday night at Altoona.

The winner of this PIAA Class-AAAA playoff match was not decided in the 80 minutes of regulation play; the score was tied 2-2. Neither the Indians nor the Black Knights scored in the two 15-minute overtime periods, taking this game into the penalty shootout phase where Hempfield scored on all five attempts for the win.

The Black Knights, however, brought home the PIAA Class-AAAA runner-up trophy after a 4-0 loss to Conestoga on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium. The loss ended Hempfield's tremendous run with a record of 22-5.

The victory over Peters Township wasn't one of those cautiously played games where two soccer teams play conservative, defensive styles with the intent to avoid giving the edge to the other team.

Ryan Hepler scored five minutes into the match and the Indians evened it up in the 12th minute on Logan Brinsky's goal. A few minutes past the midway point of the first half, Jake Suchar gave Hempfield the lead again. Peters Township tied it up at almost exactly the same juncture in the second half on Bryce Gabelhart's goal - Brian Bruzdwicz assisting.

"Ryan Hepler had a beautiful shot in the upper right corner of the goal," said head coach Mark Ashley. "We love to score first and were happy to get on the board.

"Peters Township responded well," Ashley went on. "But Jake Suchar scored off a deflection on a throw-in.

"They tied it up in the second half and in overtime I felt we had the better of the opportunities," continued the coach. "Our fitness helped us and they were tiring. So we had more chances because of that. Our fitness helped us in the penalty kicks too."

The Knights lined up their penalty shooters - Zach Wilson, Drew Johnson, Hepler, Dan Hester and Austen Goodling, who had an assist on the Knights' first goal of the game.

"We felt that all five of our shooters can kick the PK's with power and accuracy," said Ashley.

And each of them came through - with power and accuracy.

"They went first," Ashley noted. We made all five of our shots; question was would our goalie make the saves. Brady Ross saved their third shot. So Austen had to make the fifth shot for us to move on."

Though the penalty kick often seems like an easy goal, there's a different approach to the PK shootout, Ashley explained.

"It's a little different with the penalty shootout because you're dealing with five in a row," he said. "We encourage them to trust their training and put the ball where they've consistently put it in practice.

"And if you're a goalie, a lot of times the goalie will guess - left or right, high or low. Typically, Brady will make an educated guess on the position of their feet and angle of their hips.

"Having been through a lot of playoff games, our coaching and preparation include anticipating the situations we may end up in," he added. "We mix it up with our goalkeepers too."

The Knights went with Tristan Green as their goalie in the first half and brought in Brady for the second half and the extra time as well as the shootout.

"That worked well for us," Ashley said. "Brady was warmed up and loose. He was mentally ready too."

After beating the team that had won the state championship in 2006 and 2014, the Knights went up against the Pioneers, who had won last year's title game over Elizabethtown by a 1-0 score.

Conestoga senior Chris Donovan, who had the lone goal in last year's state finale as a junior, scored all four goals Friday night as the Pioneers kept their collective foot on the accelerator through the match, playing a high-pressure game across the pitch.

"That guy is unreal," said Ashley. "We knew about him. We tried to start the game marking him, trying to take him out. We also knew about [Nick] Jennings in the middle - we thought if we could neutralize those two, we would have a chance. But they played pretty phenomenal."

Unlike Hempfield's run in the playoffs for the Lancaster-Lebanon League, the District Three 4A quest and the PIAA tournament where they often took the early lead, this game saw them fall behind 1-0 less than 10 minutes into the match. Donovan scored another goal in the 15th minute - a 2-0 lead that held until halftime.

"It was really tough," Ashley said "All year long we've typically scored early on in our games with the exception of maybe three games. It's hard to give up an early goal in a game like this.

"It seemed like we were starting to get some opportunities, finding the targets and slipping it in," Ashley said, referring to the final few minutes of the first half. "We also got a corner kick. But we weren't able to get much of a solid attack."

"Getting the first one is key," said David Zimmerman, the Pioneers' head coach. "When you score one, it means they have to score two and we haven't given up that many goals. Forces them to come out.

"We're fortunate in terms of depth and we use that to our advantage - wearing out teams and getting fresh legs in constantly," Zimmerman added.

The Pioneers claimed the championship, wrapping up their 2017 campaign with a 25-0-1 record. Dating back to their 2016 District One championship game, which they lost, the Pioneers went unbeaten for 30 straight games. That included this year's 26 games as well as the PIAA run of 2016, which included a 1-0 defeat of Hempfield in the quarterfinals.

"There was a lot of pressure because we won it last year," Donovan said when asked about keeping an unbeaten record going. "We wanted to get that undefeated season. District championship was another big goal because we didn't win that last year.

"Central League, District One and state," Donovan added. "Couldn't have scripted it any better. There's nothing more to accomplish."

"You couldn't ask for a better ending to an incredible high school career," Zimmerman said of Donovan.

The Pioneers did have 11 shots on goal. Ross came up with six saves, including a beautiful one on a one-on-one breakaway by the Pioneers. Another save came off the foot of Wilson, who booted a ball away from the goal line when a shot got past Ross.

"Brady made some great saves for us," Ashley said. "Zach Wilson made the difference in holding down the defense for us. He's one of our leaders and played a phenomenal game.

"Tough to see it end this way," Ashley concluded. "But that's a phenomenal team. Conestoga is unreal. I give them so much credit as a team. They know how to play together. They executed. They deserve it."


In the District Three Class 6A semifinals, the Black Knights suffered a 28-7 loss to Cumberland Valley on Friday night. The district's top-seeded Eagles improved to 10-2 and earned their ticket to the district championship game at Hersheypark Stadium this Saturday where they'll face Manheim Township.

The Eagles' running game was effective against the Knights, resulting in 248 rushing yards on 48 attempts. The Knights (8-4) also hurt themselves with two fumbles.

Jared Plessinger completed eight of 12 passes for 129 yards, including a one-yard touchdown toss to Charlie Katsir, who finished with 69 receiving yards.

Mark Himmelsbach ran for 69 yards on 14 carries and threw a touchdown pass for Hempfield's lone score of the game. He finished the game with 11 completions out of 15 attempts for 97 yards. His touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter, connecting with Nash Beinhauer.

Jake Palmer and Cole McVoy had the other Cumberland Valley touchdowns - both rushing TD's from inside the Knights' 10-yard line.

The Hempfield defense holding the Eagles to only 28 points was notable. In seven of their previous nine wins, the Eagles had scored over 30 points, including a 62-9 victory in the first round of districts.


Knights Football, Soccer Teams Alive in Playoffs November 13, 2017

Both of the Hempfield football teams that are alive in their respective post-season pursuits won in dramatic fashion within a span of 24 hours. First, it was the football team of pigskin variety scoring the game-winning touchdown with only 40 seconds to play in Friday night's District Three Class 6A opening round. In a PIAA Class-AAAA state quarterfinals match, the boys' soccer team earned a 1-0 overtime victory over Council Rock North on a goal by Drew Johnson.

In a match played at Downingtown West High School, the Knights battled a tough Council Rock North team in a defensive grudge match for much of Saturday's contest. Following 80 minutes of regulation play and with the Knights having had more close and dangerous chances than the Indians on a frigid night, the scoreless draw carried into overtime.

"It was a battle of wills - both teams determined to not let the other get off a quality shot," said head coach Mark Ashley whose team improved to 21-4-0. "There was a lot of midfield play.

"It was close," Ashely said in regards to possessing the ball. "We had better possession than they did. We had more opportunities also, but their keeper made some great saves.

"Also, I thought a few of our throw-in opportunities were close," continued the coach. "We didn't get the finishing shots, but I think we got good plays out of them. I also thought a couple of corners might lead to something but they defended them well."

The District One runner-up Indians (16-8-1) did survive several Hempfield scoring chances thanks to senior goalie Ed Mancinelli. He either scooped up shots directly at him or either punched away or plucked balls out of the air that Hempfield wingers crossed into the box.

The golden goal came 7:06 into overtime. An indirect kick by Christian Benedict near the left sideline was redirected by Daniel Hester toward the right goal post and finally to Johnson, who headed it past Mancinelli. In addition, Zach Wilson, without touching the ball, had a supporting role.

There was some strategy involved in how Hempfield's offense set up the scoring play. The attackers focused on isolating CRN senior Zachary Saifer whose height was an advantage for the Indians' defense in the box.

"The set piece there was that Zach Wilson ran to the side to bring out their number 55 (Saifer), who's about 6-foot-3," Ashley explained. "He knew that the guy was going to defend him, so we brought him out of the mix and he wasn't there to get the header. That freed Daniel up to be able to get a piece of it and head it back in for Drew to finish."

"Zach pulled us aside before the play and said he was going to take number 55 out," Hester explained. "He went the other way. He told Christian that I was going to hang back. Christian played in a perfect ball. I played it in and Drew was there to put it home."

"I just saw it coming toward me," Johnson said. "I figured it was the chance to win the game. I was just hoping it went in."

Johnson was mobbed by his teammates as well as those running onto the pitch along with the coaching staff to celebrate the winning score.

"It's really rewarding, especially with this group of players," Ashley said. "You love to see them succeed because they work so hard. They root for each other and the attitude out there is 'what can I do to help the team?'"

Ashley addressed the team's need to regain momentum as regulation drew to a close.

"We told the kids to just settle down and relax and get back to what got us here - passing the ball, finding feet of open men," he explained. "Another thing we tried was to have our strikers check back to midfield to try and get the ball rather than looking for it over top."

"The coach told us to do what we do best," Johnson said. "There have been a lot of games that we've won early in overtime. So we just wanted to come out and do it again."

"At the end of regulation we felt like we were a little hectic and a little out of sorts," Hester concurred. "We came off the field after regulation and we said 'Let's just go out there as hard as we can. If we win, great and if we lose, we do it with pride and good effort.'"

The Knights' opening-round victory was also a 1-0 final that saw the game's only goal scored on a set piece. Ashley was asked about the key to these plays.

"They're such a huge part of both defending and attacking," Ashley replied. "Of course it's a dangerous opportunity for your opponent, so you have to defend them well; you have to take advantage of them offensively."

The Knights earned their fifth straight post-season shutout. Earning this one while recording five saves was junior Tristan Green. In the prior games, Brady Ross had received the nod. However, the junior was battling an illness following the first-round victory earlier in the week.

"Brady Ross got sick in that game and had a fever," Ashley explained, referring to Tuesday's win. "Tristan had playoff experience for us last year. We felt confident with him and he stepped up."

Hempfield's next game will be against Peters Township.

In the opening-round match, which was played at Hershey, Ross made five saves in an intense 1-0 victory over Perkiomen Valley. The defense held off the Vikings after Wilson broke a scoreless tie 31:32 into the game. Hester's indirect kick found Wilson near the six-yard box and he headed the ball past the goalie.

"Zach is such a threat for us," Ashley said. "He's someone we trust in those situations."


The Knights advanced to the District Three 6A second round by defeating Dallastown 31-28 at Landisville Friday night. The game-winning drive was engineered by quarterback Mark Himmelsbach, who helped Hempfield move to the Wildcats' red zone where he called his own number from two yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.

The Knights entered the fourth quarter trailing 21-16, which included some missed opportunities along the way.

"We felt like we made a lot of little mistakes in the first half - blocking, route mistakes and missed assignments," said head coach Ron Zeiber. "Little mistakes will come back and bite you. We needed to eliminate them and play precision football. We rallied the guys up at halftime."

Himmelsbach put Hempfield on the board with a 40-yard run in the first quarter. The Wildcats scored two TD's in the second period - a four-yard run by running back Nyzair Smith and a five-yard rushing TD by quarterback Brett Smith with 2:13 left in the half.

Hempfield responded with a drive that culminated on Curtis Johnson's 25-yard field goal 10 second before the half, cutting the deficit to 14-10.

Though the Knights did come out with a mission in the second half, the visitors' offense was given another spark by Nyzair Smith on the Wildcats' first possession.

"Their first play from scrimmage goes for an 82-yard touchdown," Zeiber noted. "But we picked ourselves up."

Indeed, after Smith's TD extended the Wildcats' lead to 21-10, Himmelsbach brought his team back with a touchdown toss to David Martin-Robinson from 26 yards out. The Wildcats blocked the extra point, giving them the 21-16 lead after three quarters.

Max Teyral recouped the points for Dallastown on his two-yard rushing TD with 9:28 left to play in the game. Mitchell Groh's extra-point kick made it 28-16.

"The resilience of this team is pretty impressive," said Zeiber, whose squad improved to 8-3 on the year. "They keep fighting. They don't want to lose.

"David and Mark are two of the team's leaders," he added, referring to Robinson and Himmelsbach. "The team respects them on and off the field."

Himmelsbach gave Hempfield fans something to cheer about again, connecting with Darien Ressler for a 66-yard touchdown pass. It was his second TD pass of the game. He finished with 129-yards, completing seven of 15 attempts.

As for the winning drive, it started with less than a minute left. Himmelsbach, who also ran for 148 yards on 29 carries, went to work.

"We were in a no-huddle offense and Mark was calling the shots out there," Zeiber said. "He did a great job of getting us into the end zone."

The touchdown made it 29-28 Hempfield. Even with an extra point kick by Johnson, the Knights would have given the Wildcats 40 seconds to get into field goal range for Groh.

"We wanted to make sure we made it a three-point game," Zeiber explained. "A field goal would beat us. They have a good kicker we've played against before."

Zeke Rodriguez was on the receiving end of Himmelsbach's two-point PAT pass.

"Mark made a great read," Zeiber said.

The game was between the fourth-ranked Knights and the fifth-ranked Wildcats. Dallastown fell to 8-3 and finished 2017 on the same field where it started. In the season opener, Hempfield beat D-town 38-14 in a non-league game at home.

Hempfield's next opponent is Cumberland Valley. The Eagles improved to 9-2 with a 62-9 drubbing of Central Dauphin East on Friday.

"Now we go up against the number one seed," said Zeiber. "We have to play perfectly.

"In the playoffs you're going against good players who are very well-coached," continued the coach. "Sometimes it can be a shootout and who wins is based on who makes fewer mistakes," he added.


Sometimes the team with the more impressive record doesn't get the victory. Sometimes a district champion pitted against a runner-up from another district will come up short.

Despite their tremendous and tenacious comeback attempt on Tuesday evening, the District Three champion Black Knights lost to District One's fifth-place Garnet Valley Jaguars in a PIAA Class 4A state playoff match played at Manheim Township.

The Jags (18-5) won the first two sets, including a close 25-21 victory in the second. Hempfield came back with back-to-back 25-22 wins, forcing a tiebreaker fifth set. Garnet Valley hung on for a 15-9 victory, ending Hempfield' season at 18-2. The Jaguars (18-5) moved on to play in the quarterfinals.


Lady Knights Edge Exeter for District Crown November 6, 2017

Hempfield claimed the District Three Class-AAAA girls' volleyball championship on Saturday night. The Black Knights did it with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Exeter Township at Garden Spot High School.

It was a classic clash between the two teams vying for the district crown. Hempfield came out with a strong 25-23 effort and won the second set by the same score. The Eagles responded with a 25-23 victory and eventually poured on enough points to deny Hempfield in the fourth set by a 27-25 margin.

"It was a very exciting match," said head coach Andrew Olree. "The first four sets were all within two points of each other. A battle for sure."

The momentum shifted back to Hempfield's side of the net. The Knights aced the tiebreaker with a decisive 15-5 victory to win their 11th district trophy in the program's history.

Olree noted that his squad's comeback attempt, which made the fourth set such a close one, helped carry over to the fifth set.

"In the fourth set we were down by six or seven at one point," he said. "We came back and made a game of it. We made up the difference and that sparked us the rest of the way."

Kylie Ulrich registered 23 kills and Riley Shelly chipped in with 12. Senior libero Ramsey Mahosky tallied 29 digs and Natalie Virts, another senior, provided 49 assists.

"Kylie had an awesome night," Olree remarked. "She was playing on another level. She put the team on her back and carried us through.

"Everyone played a steady game in the back row, getting the passes," added the coach. "We out-passed them."

The 19-1 Knights will play Garnet Valley in the opening round of the PIAA 4A state championships in a match at Manheim Township. The Jaguars (17-5) finished fifth in District One.


The Knights defended their District Three championship in boys' soccer, shutting out Cumberland Valley by a 2-0 score on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium. Austen Goodling and Jake Suchar scored for the Knights while Brady Ross grabbed six saves to help Hempfield repeat. A year ago, the Knights defeated Conestoga Valley for the district trophy.

Head coach Mark Ashley commented on the luxury of having a group of upperclassmen with post-season experience.

"We have a really good solid core of senior players who were part of the district run last year," Ashley said. "So we've been able to build on that with these veteran guys."

Ashley spoke of the importance of starting out strong in this crucial match.

"We knew we needed to get off to a good start," he said. "We were able to get our possession game going early on, and maintain and complete a lot of passes in a row."

Conversely, the Eagles (13-8-0) had an ineffective game plan.

"It seemed that Cumberland Valley, when they did win the ball, played it long," Ashley remarked. "Our backs were able to win back those balls and play it to our midfielders. We had 68 percent of the possession in the first half."

And with less than five minutes to play before halftime, the Knights (19-4-0) scored the game's first goal, finally getting one past CV goalie Matt Zambetti.

"We had a number of shots prior to that and their keeper made some nice saves," Ashley said. "Getting the goal before the half was important."

The scoring play started with a nice maneuver by Cam Graybill and a heads-up reaction by Goodling.

"Cam Graybill took a pass from 30 yards out with his back to the goal," Ashley described. "He was able to spin with two defenders coming toward him. He took a great shot but Zambetti made the initial save. It was a great first save.

"It popped out about eight or nine yards out," Ashley continued. "Austen Goodling was able to get on the rebound even though he was pressured by a defender."

Suchar's goal came 14 minutes into the second half. The two-goal deficit and a steady rain didn't help the Eagles' chances.

"The rain started to come down really hard. It was great to have that two-goal lead because with bad weather anything can happen," Ashley said. "We were glad to have that cushion."

The cushion came thanks to Suchar taking a pass from Daniel Hester near the goal and one-timing it into the net.

"Daniel Hester, our right back, got forward into the attack," Ashley said. "Typically he'll go down the flank and cross the ball in. He was able to cut inside toward the penalty area. He slotted it to the far post and Jake Suchar hit it with his right foot."

As for the Eagles, they continued their long ball game to no avail.

"We were expecting them to change their tactics in the second half," said Ashley. "We were surprised that they continued to do what they were doing. Their thinking may have been that if they sent enough long balls that the ball would wind up at the feet of their attackers."

The Knights will return to Hersheypark Stadium for their first PIAA Class 4A game as they battle Perkiomen Valley out of District One.

"We kind of feel like it's our second home field," Ashley said. "It's exciting to go back to the site of where we won our district championship."

In fact, it will be Hempfield's third straight game at that stadium. The Knights reached the title game by defeating Chambersburg 2-0 on Tuesday night in a district semifinal match.

The scoring times were nearly identical to Saturday's game. Jesse Gutierrez scored with about two minutes remaining in the first half. Colin Gallagher doubled the lead 16 minutes into the second half while Hester delivered an assist. Ross had three saves to record the shutout.


The Lebanon Cedars came into Landisville with a 0-6 record against their Section One opponents while the Knights were looking to wrap up a successful season.

Somehow the Cedars put up 48 points, scoring two touchdowns in all but the first period of Friday night's game.

It wasn't enough, however, as Hempfield improved to 7-3 (5-2 in league) with a 59-48 victory.

"They have some tremendous athletes," said head coach Ron Zeiber.

Running back Steve Wenzel scored four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone. He finished with 118 yards on 19 carries.

Quarterback Mark Himmelsbach completed all 10 of his pass attempts for 121 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown toss to Nash Beinhauer. Himmelsbach also busted through the line for a 38-yard rushing TD as part of his 260 yards on the ground.

"The offensive line has come through for us all season," Zeiber said. "When you have a quarterback who has run for over 1,200 yards and passed for over 1,200 yards, then your offensive line is doing its work.

"We tried to remain as balanced as we could, mixing the passing game with the running game. We were able to play our game.

"I think our special teams played extremely well," continued the coach. "We even had a blocked punt for a touchdown.

"You have to count on all three aspects because one of the three might not be gelling," he added.

Zakee Sailsman threw for 523 yards to lead Lebanon's offense. The Cedars' quarterback completed 33 of 45 pass attempts, four of which went for TD's. He also ran the ball 17 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

The Knights took a 14-7 lead into a wild second quarter in which they outscored the visitors 21-14. Lebanon cut that 14-point deficit by six points going into the fourth.

The Knights got a 24-yard field goal from Curtis Johnson in the fourth quarter along with Himmelsbach's two rushing TD's to hold off the Cedars. In that fourth quarter, Sailsman scored his two rushing TD's.

The game was meaningful for the Knights in that they rebounded from a disappointing 2016 season.

"Last year we weren't able to make the playoffs with a very young team," Zeiber said. "It was a big deal for our guys getting back in there."

The Knights go into the District Three 6A playoffs as the fourth seed. They'll play host to fifth-seeded Dallastown on Friday night.


The Hempfield boys' team finished eighth at the PIAA class-AAA state championship race on Saturday at Parkview. The squad finished with 240 team points, narrowly missing seventh place (235) claimed by Owen J. Roberts. LaSalle College High School won the state championship with 130 points with Council Rock North (130) taking second.

Leading the Knights was Christian Groff, who crossed the finish line in 29th place, registering a time of 16:34. Max Lessans (16:54) and Justin Rittenhouse (16:59) were 58th and 67th, respectively.

Sophomore Jack Mieszkalski ran the course in 17:29 while Ryan Farmer (17:36) finished 154th. Crossing the line at the 18:00 mark was Derek Zeigler while David Jackson registered an 18:03.

Sienna Gates ran individually in the girls' race and had a strong performance, placing 71st with a 20:12.


In the PIAA Class-AAA tennis singles championships, Amanda Hagino suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to North Allegheny's Ashley Huang on Friday. Hagino entered the state tournament as the District Three champion while Huang was the third seed out of District Seven. She went on to claim the state championship at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday.


Booters Top Carlisle, South Western in Districts October 30, 2017

The Hempfield boys' soccer team made a statement in the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs with its 4-0 victory over South Western on Saturday afternoon in a quarterfinal match played at Cedar Crest.

Coming out of the halftime break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Austin Goodling's goal in the 29th minute, the Black Knights poured it on with three second-half goals. Meanwhile, the Mustangs were only able to muster up one shot on goal, which Brady Ross handled for the shutout.

The victory sends third-seeded Hempfield (17-4-0) into the semifinals against number seven seed Chambersburg in a Halloween doubleheader at Hersheypark Stadium. The nightcap will have another Lancaster-Lebanon League team playing as Ephrata faces Cumberland Valley. The top three teams advance to the PIAA 4A state championships.

"We were thankful for that win," said head coach Mark Ashley "It will help us going into the semis with some confidence."

The score became 2-0 when Zach Wilson scored 12 minutes into the second half. Jake Suchar's goal in the 69th minute made it 3-0 until Nebryu Bekere's late goal capped the scoring. Dan Hester had an assist.

When discussing the possibility of facing Ephrata in the district title match, Ashley recalled how his squad defeated Elizabethtown a year ago for the championship.

"Elizabethtown got knocked out in the first round this year, otherwise we could've had the chance to meet them again in districts," he said. "But with Ephrata moving on to the semis, it'll be fun to have another final between two Lancaster-Lebanon League teams."

The Knights were coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Carlisle Tuesday. Christian Benedict scored the game winner with two minutes left in the second overtime to give the Knights a win.

"He headed it in off a nice cross by Daniel Hester," Ashley described.

"They're 15 minutes long in districts - an extra five minutes for each period," Ashley noted, referring to the overtime periods at this stage of the post-season.

Of course an extra five minutes in the extra time can take its toll on a team. But not so with Hempfield's squad, which has obviously had success in regulation as well as overtime wins.

"I would attribute that to two things - conditioning is one," Ashley explained. "Their fitness is at a high level. When it comes to overtime, our opponents often begin to fatigue - mentally and physically. The other thing is, we have a lot of senior leaders who are experienced and have been in those situations in the past. They don't get rattled by the tension that can build."

The Knights scored first against Carlisle as Austin Goodling scored off a Drew Johnson assist.

"He received a cross by Drew Johnson and a deflection by one of their defenders," Ashley said. "He put it inside the far post with his left foot.

"They tied it 23 minutes into the second half and we finally got the game-winner in the second overtime," he continued.

The Hempfield coach had the chance to play many of his reserves in the Carlisle game. It is a luxury that can have great benefits in the upcoming games.

"That was really good this time of year," said Ashley. "Sometimes the bench has to be shortened. You keep those guys engaged and help keep everybody fresh as you go deeper into the playoffs."


The boys' cross country team claimed the District Three Class-AAA championship on Saturday at Big Spring High School, qualifying for the state championship race. The Knights had 110 team points, beating second-place Twin Valley by 42 points.

"I was just so impressed with them," said head coach Terry Newman.

Christian Groff finished sixth, posting a time of 16:24. Teammate Justin Rittenhouse made the top-10 with his 16:33.0 finish.

"Christian is a tough kid and a great leader," Newman said. "He didn't have his best day, but he's looking forward to states."

Keeping a strong, steady pace was senior Max Lessans (16:39.0) with his 19th-place finish. Jack Mieszkalski ran the course in 16:59.0 to claim 36th place.

"Max is another one of our senior captains," said Newman. "He and Christian have worked well together, running 1-2 on most of our meets. Max was a little disappointed in his race, but his place was even better this year though his time wasn't as good. He ran a very competitive race.

"Justin and Jack both ran their bests," continued the coach. "Justin had a better finish than he did in leagues.

"Jack's goal was to run under 20 minutes and he ran under 17," Newman noted.

Ryan Farmer took 39th place at 17:03 and Derek Ziegler grabbed 71st (17:31.00) with David Jackson not far behind (78th, 17:36.00)

"Ryan has been in our top five pretty much all year," said Newman. "He has had some degrees of inconsistency. He was 26th at the one mile and at 58 after two miles.

"He had an unbelievable last 1,000 meters," continued the coach. "I think he caught 15 or 20 guys on his own. Without him coming back like that and if we had to wait for our next scorer in the 70's, we might have still won the meet, but it would've been closer."

The girl' team finished eighth overall with 222 team points. The team was led by Sienna Gates, who individually qualified for states with her time of 19:48 - good for a 23rd-place finish

"For a group that had only three varsity returnees and only two girls who ran this race a year ago, I would say this team came along really strong this year," said Newman. "The girls' race was very competitive."

Gabriella Hollinger (20:26) claimed 44th place and a few strides behind (20:28) was sophomore Ella Kielmeyer, who finished 46th. Bronwyn Meldrum (58th, 20:41) and Lily Williams (70th, 20:58) made up the top five.

"Everyone in our top five was under 21 minutes, which is pretty solid," Newman noted.

"Gabrielle and Lily had good long seasons," continued the coach. "Bronwyn was a field hockey player until this year and she was our number four kid in this race."

Julia Campbell was barely over 21 minutes, finishing 75th at 21:07. Hannah Graybill finished the race in 22:20.

"They're tough kids and a good group to work with," the coach concluded.


Breanna Sgrignoli scored with less than three minutes left to play, giving Central York a 1-0 victory over the Hempfield girls' soccer team in the opening round of the District Three 4A playoffs in Landisville.

The Panthers (17-4-1), who entered the playoffs as the number 10 seed, ended the seventh-seeded Knights' impressive run at 14-5-1.

Aly Rote came away with four saves while Panthers' goalie Rachel Szczypinski stopped all five of Hempfield's shots.


In case you missed it, the big news in L-L League football was the end of Wilson's 68-game win streak against league opponents.

Going into this past Friday night's Section One game, the Wilson Bulldogs themselves wanted to forget about their loss to Manheim Township on October 20.

So with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs came back to beat Hempfield 21-10, taking sole possession of second place in Section One with their 5-1 league record. Hempfield fell to 4-2 (6-3 overall).

Wilson running back Iggy Reynoso gained 211 yards and scored two touchdowns in the second half.

Despite playing a strong defense and keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone, the Knights were only able to score on a 24-yard field goal by Curtis Johnson. It was the only scoring of the first half.

In the third quarter, the teams' swapped one-yard touchdown runs. Reynoso scored for the Bulldogs and Hempfield quarterback Mark Himmelsbach scored on a one-yard sneak to regain the lead for the home team at 10-7 later in the third quarter.

Himmelsbach finished with 66 yards rushing on 23 carries. Stephen Wenzel had 58 yards on 13 carries and David Martin-Robinson was handed the ball 10 times for 56 yards of real estate.

Martin-Robinson also caught four passes for 90 yards as Himmelsbach completed eight of 16 attempts for 141 yards.

The Knights' next game will be against Lebanon (0-6, 1-8 overall).


The Black Knights captured the L-L League championship with a 3-1 victory over Warwick on Wednesday night at Manheim Township. The win gave the Knights (15-1) momentum heading into the District Three Class AAAA playoffs.

Hempfield did not win easily over Warwick. The Warriors, after losing the first set 25-20, came back for a 26-24 hard-fought win in the second set. The Knights held them in check with a 25-14 victory but had to pour on some extra services and kills to claim the fourth set 29-27.

Both Jailene Lugo and Kylie Ulrich registered 16 kills each while Lugo also notched three blocks.

Natalie Virts had four saves along with a match-leading 44 assists while Ramsey Mahosky came through with 34 digs.

The Knights, who had won their L-L League semifinal match over Cedar Crest two days earlier by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-9, entered district play as the number two team. Governor Mifflin, the 15th-seeded team, visited Landisville for a Saturday afternoon match.

Hempfield pulled off a 3-0 win by scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-17. And just as the boys' soccer team had faced South Western in the district quarterfinals, the girls' volleyball team will go from facing the Governor Mifflin Mustangs to the South Western Mustangs on Tuesday.


Groff Leads Harriers to L-L League Championship October 23, 2017

In the L-L League Championship race on Tuesday, the Hempfield boys captured the team title while Christian Groff claimed first place for himself. Meanwhile, the Hempfield girls finished third in the championship race at Ephrata Middle School.

The boys' team compiled only 72 points - 30 ahead of second-place Cedar Crest while Cocalico was third at 109.

Groff registered a time of 16:05.4 as he crossed the finish line ahead of all 163 runners. Max Lessans gave the Knights a ninth-place finish at 16:44.4.

Justin Rittenhouse's pace of 16:47.7 earned him 14th place. Senior Ryan Farmer (17:01.7) and sophomore Jack Mieszkalski (17:06.3) were 21st and 27th, respectively.

Also competing for the Knights was David Jackson (30th, 17:13.3), Derek Ziegler (53rd, 17:38.8) and Ian Willig (59th, 17:48.9).

The girls' race was won by Manheim Township as the Blue Streaks had 44 points to Elizabethtown's second-place total of 100. Hempfield was a close third at 102.

Sienna Gates led the Knights with a 13th place finish in 19:41.5. Ella Kielmeyer cracked the top-20 with her time of 19:57.7 while Lily Williams (26th, 20:15.4) Bronwyn Meldrum (36th, 21:03.6), Julia Campbell (38th, 21:07.0) and Bella Hollenbach (46th, 21:35.9) also competed.


In a football game that saw 47 points put on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter alone, Hempfield survived a league game at Conestoga Valley. In winning 64-36, the Black Knights extended their Lancaster-Lebanon League winning streak to four games Friday night.

Hempfield (6-2, 4-1 in league) actually came back to win this one. The Buckskins, who fell to 4-4, (2-3 league) took an early 10-0 lead only to have Hempfield score 24 unanswered points before halftime.

"The guys are doing what they need to do and things are rolling for us," said head coach Ron Zeiber.

Mark Himmelsbach was one of Hempfield's heroes. The senior quarterback was involved in six of the Knights' eight touchdowns. He threw for two TD's and ran for four others as he gained 411 yards of total offense - 282 yards rushing on 22 carries and 129 passing yards.

He had a 42-yard dash for the Knights' first score of the night, and added an eight-yard rushing TD and a one-yard quarterback keeper all in the first half.

"We had three backs with over 100 yards - Mark, Steven Wenzel and David Martin-Robinson, who also plays receiver position or motion back," said Zeiber.

The Buckskins put seven points back on the board in the third quarter and missed the extra point. Leading 24-16, the Knights went back to work with their dominant offense.

Himmelsbach threw a 10-yard TD pass to Darien Ressler. He also had a 26-yard rushing TD.

Sandwiched between that and Martin-Robinson's 40-yard scamper to the end zone, the Buckskins scored two more TD's. They added a Keegan Martin one-yard run, but Wenzel's 37-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard run by sophomore junior varsity quarterback Luke Miller wrapped up the scoring.

Zeiber remarked that the offense is multi-faceted and that what defenses throw at Hempfield can be solved with a varied attack.

"Teams are trying to take one thing or another away and we come up with ways to win," he said. "Two weeks ago [against Warwick] they ran a defense that gave us the numbers in the box to run the football and it worked out for us. When teams make that change, we look at it differently and make our adjustment.

"Same thing this week," he went on. "They gave us something we thought we could run at. There really wasn't much of an adjustment."

The offensive line received credit for helping the backs compile big numbers.

"They're doing a great job," said the coach. "Most games we're out-sized up there. But they're getting after them. They're aggressive moving their legs and opening things up.

The win streak comes after a 56-0 loss to Manheim Township in what was the first league game of the year for both teams. Zeiber was asked if that loss motivated the players.

"I think it hit the guys pretty hard," he replied. "One of the choices was to believe they weren't good and the other was to come back and be more focused and to work harder."

This Friday the Knights will play Wilson, who lost their first L-L League game in 10 years.


When a match goes into overtime, you hope that the breaks go in your favor.

If it's a league playoff match, you need every ounce of good fortune possible.

In Tuesday night's L-L League semifinal match at Conestoga Valley, things were going Hempfield's way for the first 78 minutes of the game against Elizabethtown. There are 80 minutes in a high school soccer game.

In the 79th minute, the Bears tied the score at 2-2 on Aiden Fetrich's goal. They went on to post a 3-2 victory in overtime thanks to Caleb Gerber's second goal of the match.

"They scored on a long throw-in with under two minutes to play," explained head coach Mark Ashley. "We didn't defend the throw-in well.

"So, we went from having the game well in hand to seeing them get a big emotional boost, which they carried into overtime," he added.

Gerber had put E-town on the board, evening the score at 1-1 earlier in the second half. The Knights had taken a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to an Alex Garcia goal 27 minutes into the game. Ryan Helper made it 2-1 Hempfield until Fetrich's late-game equalizer.

"It was a well-played match by both teams," Ashley commented.

The match was a battle between Section One champ Hempfield and Section Two champ E-town. The Knights hadn't lost a league game in the regular season (12-0-0) and added another victory over a league foe with an opening round 6-0 defeat of Elco the previous Saturday. The Bears brought an 11-2-1 league mark into the game and moved on to defeat previously unbeaten Lancaster Mennonite in Thursday's league championship match.

Austin Denlinger made seven saves for E-town in Tuesday's match. Brady Ross saved six shots for the Knights.

Hempfield (15-4-1 overall) heads into the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the third-ranked team and open play against 14th-seeded Carlisle this week.

"They were our first-round district match last year too," Ashley noted. "We know some things about them - their returning players at least.

"Our guys are coming out of the league semifinal loss very disappointed but very much refocused," continued the coach. "I think we're ready to go into the District Three playoffs with cohesive team focus."


The girls' volleyball team earned a ticket to the L-L League semifinals with Friday's 3-0 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg. It was part of a first-round doubleheader at Hempfield with Cedar Crest winning the other match 3-2 over Lancaster Mennonite, earning a semifinal berth against the Knights, who improved to 13-1. The semis will also be played as a doubleheader at Lancaster Mennonite with Warwick and Elizabethtown playing the nightcap.

Hempfield posted winning scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-13. The Knights had 21 assists and 10 digs from Natalie Virts. She also had three aces as did Riley Shelly, who finished with a match-high nine kills. Matching Virts with 10 digs was Ramsey Mahosky. Jailene Lugo registered five blocks.


In a Tuesday evening playoff game at CV, the Black Knights came up short against Manheim Township. The Blue Streaks won the L-L League semifinal match 4-0 and moved on to claim the league championship two days later over Conestoga Valley.

The Knights (14-4-1), who were coming off an opening-round victory over Lampeter-Strasburg on October 14, held the Streaks to only one goal in the first half. Alison Heckman, who had that first-half goal, doubled Township's lead eight minutes into the second half. The Streaks added two more in the final 15 minutes of the game.

The District Three Class-AAAA playoffs are scheduled to begin this week. The Knights are the seventh seed and will host 10th-seeded Central York.


Livia Jackson and Kate Donnell made it through the opening round of the District Three Class-AAA doubles championships in a mid-day match at Hershey Racquet Club on Friday. They downed Paige Cincinnati and Christine Noecker of Wilson 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin of Manheim Township were their next opponents. The Darkey/Garvin twosome stopped Jackson and Donnell with 6-1, 6-2 scores and went on to claim the district championship.

Though the Knights won't send a doubles pair to the PIAA Class 3A state championships per se, they will be competing in the states tournament nevertheless. In the team championships which concluded on Thursday, Hempfield claimed third place with a 4-1 defeat of Central Dauphin in the consolation match.

In that match, Donnell teamed up with Sophie Granbois for a 6-1, 6-3 win at first doubles. Amanda Hagino, who had claimed the singles district championship the previous week, won 6-1, 6-1 and Jackson won the second singles 7-5, 6-3. Caroline Ulrich took the third singles 6-2, 6-1.

The only team point for Central Dauphin was a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 win against Annie Sue Mondock and Tierney Cantwell at second doubles.

Township had topped Hempfield 3-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday, forcing the Knights to play in the consolation match. In the previous round, the Knights had beaten Dallastown 3-0 on Monday. Hagino (6-0 6-0) and Ulrich (6-2, 6-2) had singles victories while Donnell and Granbois posted a 6-0, 6-0 doubles victory.


Hempfield Booters Cap Perfect League Record October 16, 2017

The Black Knights took care of business before rolling up their sleeves and taking care of more business.

The first business at hand, or afoot, if you will, was finishing off the team's regular season schedule. Hempfield stayed unbeaten in Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' soccer matches by beating arch rival Manheim Township on Tuesday and recording a decisive victory over Lebanon in the regular season finale.

Hempfield carried that momentum as well as a 12-0-0 L-L League record into the league playoffs, posting a 6-0 victory over Elco in an opening-round match at Conestoga Valley.

"We were fortunate enough to keep the momentum going," said head coach Mark Ashley. "The guys had a good week of practice and we felt good about the way we played in those final two games. I think we're playing some of our best soccer right now."

Tuesday night's match was at Manheim Township for a battle with a Section One rival. The Knights topped the Streaks 4-1.

"They're our neighboring school and have similar demographics as we do," Ashley began. "It's always going to be a tough, close match."

In their first meeting, the Knights edged the Streaks 2-1 in overtime, speaking of close matches.

"We anticipated the same, but made an adjustment in our strategy - decided to play more balls behind their defense," Ashley explained. "We were able to put a lot of pressure on their backs. Their goalie was under a lot of pressure."

With the pressure constantly coming, Daniel Hester finally scored for Hempfield in the 23rd minute of the match. Jake Suchar doubled the lead 10 minutes later and it remained 2-0 until the 67th minute, when Ryan Hepler added another goal. Nebryu Bekere's goal made it 4-0 before Andrea DiSomma helped Township avoid a shutout with a late goal.

Cameron Graybill had an assist for Hempfield. Brady Ross made three saves.

"We had a good showing and that was part of the momentum we talked about," Ashley said.

In the Lebanon match, others found their way onto the pitch and recorded their names in the scoring columns. Other than Suchar scoring twice and Ryan Hepler adding two more goals, the Knights were aided by a Cedars own goal plus one goal by Drew Johnson, a late goal by Dagmawi Bogale plus assists by Christian Benedict, Jesse Gutierrez and Suchar.

There was an injury to junior Nate Leach in that game, adding to the list of injuries with which the team has been coping.

"Nathan had a shoulder separation," Ashley explained. "He was in quite a bit of pain. I think we will get him back - not soon but perhaps for district playoffs.

"Austin Goodling might be able to come back for the playoffs," the coach added. "Daulton Loose is also close."

The injuries have created opportunities for younger players, which has been valuable in terms of late- or post-season experience.

"The guys stepping in to play for us has been a positive thing," Ashley remarked. "We did bring up a couple of guys from junior varsity for the Elco game.

"A couple of freshmen - Mark Lutz and Ethan Keitel - scored for us in the Elco game," Ashley added.

In fact, Lutz scored two early goals - both within the first 10 minutes. A third goal in the first 10 minutes was an own goal by the Raiders.

"We were able to score early and took the wind out of their sails," said Ashley. "It turned into a pretty easy game for us after we got things going. Our keeper had to make only one save."

In the second half, the Knights added three more goals by Johnson, Keitel and Jacob Edmonds. Also, Guiterrez had an assist as did Johnson and Zach Wilson.

The Knights will face Elizabethtown in the semifinals. The two teams have some history from last year's post-season.

"We faced each other once in the league championship game and once in the district championship," Ashley recalled. "We won the district championship. They beat us in the league championship and they return most of their players. They're a good team."


Following back-to-back comeback wins with an aggregate winning margin of less than seven points, the Black Knights tried something different - scoring over 50 points and not allowing the opposition to get too close.

That was the case on Friday night in a Section One football match between the Knights and the Red Tornado as McCaskey visited Landisville. It was also the first home game after having won those aforementioned Section One games on the road.

The win improved the Knights' record to 5-2 (3-1 in league) while McCaskey fell to 1-6, 0-4.

Quarterback Mark Himmelsbach was outstanding on Friday, rushing for 98 yards on 14 carries, while throwing for 86 yards (5-for-7).

David Martin-Robinson was unstoppable as he ran for 158 yards on just eight carries and scored four touchdowns. Stephen Wenzel had 43 yards on 23 carries and scored twice.

Himmelsbach did throw a pair of interceptions. The Red Tornado scored one of their touchdowns on defense with Richard Scarborough picking off Himmelsbach and returning it 75 yards for the game's first score.

Martin-Robinson capped a Hempfield drive with a 14-yard rushing TD in the first.

Though the Knights' defense gave up a touchdown in the second quarter, a pair of Wenzel TD's, a two-yard rushing TD by Martin-Robinson and Curtis Johnson's 40-yard field goal kept the points piling on.

McCaskey got a second-half TD on a big kickoff return - an 83-yarder by Isiah Speller. However, Martin-Robinson added a 77-yard dash to the end zone to the scoring repertoire of the Knights in the second half.


Amanda Hagino claimed the District Three Class-AAA singles championship at Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday, defeating a familiar foe - Manheim Township's Taylor Kopan by scores of 6-2, 6-4.

Hagino went into the tournament on Friday as the top seed. She blanked Paige Cincinnati of Wilson 6-0, 6-0 and did the same to Sophie May of Donegal before facing MT foe Julia Darkey in the semifinals. She squeaked by Darkey 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to earn a match with Kopan.

Hagino had also won the singles championship in the L-L League Flight Tournament on Monday, beating Kopan in that one too, 7-5, 6-3.

Also in the league singles championships, the Flight Two title went to Hempfield's Caroline Ulrich, who beat Cara DiCiano of Cocalico in the semis and had a strong 6-0, 6-3 victor over Serena Cheng of Cedar Crest in the title match.

Sophie Granbois won the Flight Three singles over Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley 6-0, 7-6 (1).

In the L-L's doubles championships, Kopan and Livia Jackson bowed out in the semifinals to Darkey and Emily Garvin of Township.

The team championships in districts will begin this week.


The girls' soccer team took its 9-2-1 record into the L-L League playoffs and on Saturday afternoon posted a first-round win at Comet Field against Lampeter-Strasburg.

The Knights were unbeaten in their final five regular season league matches, including a scoreless draw with Manheim Township on Tuesday night.

Goalie Ally Rote made eight saves while Township goalie Delaney McKnight snagged seven in the scoreless draw.

Following Thursday night's 1-0 win at Cedar Crest, where Lizzie Yurchak scored off a Kaitlin Deck assist four minutes into the second half and Rote made three saves for a shutout, the regular season drew to a close. Conestoga Valley (10-1-1) became the section champ and Township (8-1-3) finished second. Hempfield played L-S, the second-place team from Section Two.

Val Zawrotuk scored with five minutes left in regulation to give Hempfield its eventual margin of victory against Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers tied the score in the 70th minute - 25 minutes after Deck had broken a scoreless deadlock.

Rote had five saves for the Knights, who'll face Township in the semifinal round. Bella DiCamilla had nine saves for the Pioneers (12-6-0).


With Christian Groff's winning time of 17:06 along with third- and fourth-place times of 17:30 and 17:49 by Max Lessans and Justin Rittenhouse, respectively, the Knights held off McCaskey 21-42 and Manheim Township 17-44 in Tuesday's Section One race. They improved to 8-0.

Hempfield runners Ryan Farmer (18:27) and Derek Zeigler (18:28) battled down the stretch and Farmer claimed seventh with Zeigler taking eighth. David Jackson's 18:35 was good for 11th place while the next spot went to Jack Mieszkalski (18:36).

Grayson Dague (18:37) was 14th while Ian Willig was 19th at 19:30.

The girls' team went to 6-2 on the year with a one-point, 28-29 win against McCaskey and a 17-45 loss to the unbeaten Township team.

Siena Gates claimed fifth place, leading Hempfield with a time of 20:55. Gabriella Hollinger (21:51) was 11th.

Taking three consecutive places across the finish line were Hannah Graybill (22:03), Ella Kielmeyer (22:10) and Bronwyn Meldrum (22:30) at 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively. Julia Campbell's time of 23:00 was good for 17th. Bella Hollenbach (23:41) finished 20th.


Hempfield suffered a 5-0 loss to playoff bound Manheim Township on Tuesday in Neffsville. The Blue Streaks had 14 shots on goal and Asia Weaver was able to convert three of those for a hat trick.

With the loss, Hempfield wrapped up its L-L League slate of games with a 3-9-0 mark. The Knights improved to 5-14-0 overall by posting a 1-0 shutout at Exeter in Thursday's non-league match.


Hempfield stayed unbeaten in league play thanks to a 3-1 victory over Warwick on Tuesday. Despite the Warriors coming back with a 25-23 win in the second set, the Knights regained momentum and posted 25-15 and 25-21 wins.

Hempfield (10-0) was led by Riley Shelly with 12 kills. Ramsey Mahosky came through with 25 digs while Natalie Virts delivered 24 assists. Julia Givens and Jailene Lugo each registered three blocks. Gracyn Krawizcki poured in six aces.


Knight Gridders Hold off Warwick 25-21 October 9, 2017

Sometimes you just need to be assured that the players you're counting upon to come through in the most crucial point of the game, actually come through.

It could be a receiver keeping his focus on a ball spiraling toward his hands for a catch he has made dozens of times and to be aware of his footing in bounds. It could be a kicker converting on a late field goal opportunity.

On Friday, it came down to the Hempfield defense denying Warwick's last-ditch effort for a first down in the fourth quarter of a Section One football game in Lititz. Thus, the Knights hung on for a 25-21 win.

The defense had held Penn Manor on a fourth-down play in the previous week's 16-14 road victory. On Friday, the Knights improved their Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 2-1 (4-2 overall).

Hempfield had to regroup early in the game. Warwick scored on Alex Lawrence's 93-yard return of the opening kickoff. Later in the first quarter, Carter Forney caught a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.

Curtis Johnson's 31-yard field goal put Hempfield on the scoreboard later in the period.

Quarterback Mark Himmelsbach helped Hempfield battle back. On the Knights' next drive, he scored on a 10-yard keeper. Himmelsbach finished the night with 136 yards rushing on 16 attempts and that one touchdown. He also completed 10 of 15 passes for 114 yards.

Nick Fucci's 35-yard touchdown pass from Adam Ricketts took the wind out of the Black Knights' sails. It sent the game into halftime with Warwick ahead 21-10.

Stephen Wenzel, who was a true work horse with 80 rushing yards on 16 carries, wrapped up the Knights' next scoring drive with a four-yard TD run. The Knights went for two points and Himmelsbach connected with Colin Wodarczyk, making it a three-point game at 21-18.

Wenzel's second touchdown of the game was at the end of a long offensive possession. He scored from nine yards out to give Hempfield its first lead of the game.

Warwick outgained Hempfield 341 to 261 in total yards. But the Black Knights' defense shut things down for much of the second half.


It was a week packed with a great deal of field hockey action for Hempfield. The Knights had three Lancaster-Lebanon League games in a span of five days.

In Monday night's match at Conestoga Valley, the home team edged the Knights by a 2-1 margin. All of the scoring came in the first half.

Brandy Troutman scored for Hempfield at the 22:33 mark of the first half. The Buckskins' goals came off the sticks of Theodora Dillman and Bella Silvaggio. The loss dropped the Knights' overall mark to 4-10-0 and 3-6-0 in the league.

In a Wednesday night match against league power Penn Manor, the Knights were denied at the offensive end and the Comets won 5-0 at home, improving to 16-0-0 (10-0-0 league).

Emma DeBerdine was an individual scoring highlight reel, scoring four of Manor's goals.

Playing their third league game on the road, the Knights ended the scoring drought thanks to Kiley Yurchak. She scored off an assist by Lauren Loperfido in the second half. Warwick held on, however, for a 3-1 final.


Two more Section One matches and two more wins for the boys' soccer team.

And that inflated spherical object that can be headed or kicked into a gateway guarded by one of three goalkeepers - Grant Doehring, Brady Ross or Tristan Green - didn't find its way into the netting in either of those matches. In fact, Hempfield has blanked its opponents in seven of its 10 league victories.

They improved to 10-0-0 (12-3-0 overall) with win over McCaskey and Warwick last week and in the process, the Knights secured the Section One title.

"Our win over Warwick clinched it for us," noted head coach Mark Ashley.

"We think of it as a first step toward our ultimate goal," Ashley added, referring to the dream of winning the state championship. "We talk about getting better one game at a time. If you do that, you can win the section and put yourself in position to win the league championship. We have a higher seed for the league playoffs."

In Tuesday's game against McCaskey, the Knights went up 2-0 thanks to early goals by Cameron Graybill and Drew Johnson, the latter of whom also had an assist.

While Grant Doehring had two saves in the shutout, Sam Doehring increased Hempfield's lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 49th minute. Hempfield's fourth goal was an own-goal by the Red Tornado.

Along with Johnson, Jesse Gutierrez and Austin Goodling were each credited with an assist.

Hempfield had eight shots on goal and Green saved five coming his way in the Warwick match. The Knights took a 1-0 win to clinch the section title Saturday. Jake Suchar scored the lone goal.

In between the two league matches, the Knights visited Spring-Ford for a non-league match.

"We had a bye as far as the league schedule," Ashley said. "We went down to play Spring-Ford - a District One opponent. We aspire to play at the state level and District One usually is strong in soccer.

"Spring-Ford was able to do it," he added. "They gave us a good match. We knew they were going to be a formidable opponent.

"We had more corners and shots than they did," continued the coach. "They won 1-0, scoring on a header off a throw-in."

The team has two more regular season games prior to the L-L League playoffs. Included is the senior night game this Thursday against Lebanon.

"We will try to get the younger guys experience if we can," Ashley said when asked about handling the roster in these two games after the section title was already in grasp. "We don't want to have any kind of let-up because we want momentum going into the playoffs."


The Knights remained unbeaten in boys' cross country competition, beating Conestoga Valley on the road Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to performances like Christian Groff's first-place finish (16:50) and Max Lessans (17:00) finishing second, the Knights downed the Buckskins 15-49.

After CV's Nathan Grucelski (17:34) took third place, the Knights placed a runner in each of the fourth through 10th positions. Justin Rittenhouse was fourth at 17:42 and Ryan Farmer (17:43) was one second behind in fifth place.

Also claiming top-10 positions were Ian Willig (6th, 17:48), Jack Mieszkalski (7th, 17:49) Derek Zeigler (8th, 17:50), Grayson Dague (9th, 17:55) and David Jackson (10th, 18:03).

The boys' team went to 8-0 while the girls improved to 6-2 with a 15-52 win at CV.

Siena Gates had the winning pace of 19:47 in the race with Gabriella Hollinger (20:56), with Hannah Graybill (21:01) and Lily Williams (21:03), finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.

Ella Kielmeyer's 21:13 was good for sixth place. Julia Campbell earned seventh (21:30) with Bronwyn Meldrum (21:57) finishing eighth. Completing the top-10 were Bella Schwalm (22:03) and Isable Smith (22:04).


In the L-L League semifinal round, Hempfield topped Lancaster Catholic 4-1 on Monday. Kaite Donell and Sophie Granbois grabbed the first team point, battling to a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 win at first doubles. Annie Sue Mondock and Tierney Cantwell teamed up for a 6-3, 6-3 win at second doubles.

Amanda Hagino's 6-0, 6-1 victory at number one singles and Caroline Ulrich's 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 tenacious effort assured the Knights a trip to the league championship match.

The title match was held at Ephrata on Tuesday. The undefeated Manheim Township squad claimed the league crown with a 5-0 win as Julia Darkey, Katie Moore and Taylor Kopan won their singles matches in straight sets.

Donell and Granbois came up short at doubles as did Mondock and Cantwell.

In the L-L Tennis Tournament Flight One Class-AAA singles, Hagino advanced to the finals by beating Darkey of MT in the semi-final match. Hagino came through the brackets with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the first round and downed Garvin 6-1, 6-0 at the second round.

Darkey eliminated Hempfield's Livia Jackson in the second round by a 6-1, 6-1 score. Jackson had won the opening round 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

It was an almost unavoidable oddity in the doubles Flight One where the pairing of Hagino and Jackson squared off against Donell and Ulrich in the second round. Hagino/Jackson advanced with a 6-2 6-3 win but suffered a 6-2, 4-6, 6-10 loss to Darkey and Garvin of MT.


The girls' soccer team posted a pair of L-L League shutouts this past week, improving its record to 12-3-0 (8-2-0) with a win at McCaskey and a 4-0 win over Warwick at home.

In Tuesday's game at McCaskey, 15 shots on goal resulted in eight scored. Hempfield won 8-0 with two goals each by Maddie Miller and Kaitlin Deck, who also had a pair of assists.

Lizzie Yurchak, Emerson Coyne, Lindsey Bennett and Lucy McGloshen each scored once.

Ally Rote had a pair of saves to record the shutout.

McGloshen tallied two goals, scoring half of Hempfield's total against Warwick. Bennett and Brianna Mumma each scored once. Yurchak added an assist as did Deck and Miller.

The Warriors had eight shots on goal - all saved by Rote.


With the volleyball season also coming down to its final few matches, the Knights improved to 9-0 in the league, defeating Penn Manor and Conestoga Valley.

In Tuesday's home match with Penn Manor, the Knights won 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 as Julia Givens registered eight kills.

Natalie Virts and Riley Shelly each notched seven digs while Virts led the way with 32 assists.

Ramsey Mahoskey had Hempfield's only ace and Kylie Ulrich registered two blocks.

On the road two days later, they topped the Buckskins 25-7, 25-17, 25-16. Jailene Lugo and fellow sophomore Rachel Sipling each had six kills with Sipling recording three blocks.

Mahosky had eight digs while Aubry Adams added 21 assists and three aces.


Tyler Wassell of Hempfield earned a ticket to the PIAA Eastern Regional Championships when he shot an 8-over-par 72 at Briarwood East in this past weekend's District Three Class-AAA championship. Teammate Austin Glass shot an 85 and missed the cut.


Knights Earn Come-From-Behind Win Over PM October 2, 2017

The Hempfield football team had suffered a loss to Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Manheim Township in the first league game of the season. So it was important for the Black Knights to bounce back this past Friday in another Section One game at Penn Manor.

The Knights' defense that had given up 56 points the previous week, held Penn Manor scoreless until the fourth quarter.

"Coming back from a shutout by that many points, our captains stepped up and had a team meeting with the rest of the guys," head coach Ron Zeiber explained. "We had one of the best weeks of practice. They recommitted themselves and gave us a tough effort."

Despite a pair of touchdowns by the Comets, the Knights held on for a 16-14 win. Though Hempfield had led for much of the game, this turned into a comeback win because Manor's two fourth quarter touchdowns. Nash Bienhauer caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Mark Himmelsbach to give Hempfield its slim margin of victory, improving Hempfield's record to 3-2 (1-1 in league).

Zeiber spoke of the team's character in not letting up after a fourth-quarter comeback by Penn Manor.

"I think it says a lot about the character of the team," he said. "That's something important we tell them. Character can win games for you in the fourth quarter. Scoring that late to go ahead then stopping them shows a lot of guts.

Himmelsbach finished the game with 17 completions and the one touchdown. He also ran the ball 17 times for 40 yards.

David Martin-Robinson was on the receiving end of nine Himmelsbach completions. He racked up 124 receiving yards and also scored the Knights' first TD of the game - a one-yard carry in the first quarter.

Curtis Johnson's 37-yard field goal later in the first gave Hempfield a 10-0 lead.

Though the team scored only 10 points in the first half, Zeiber saw good things on offense.

"In the first half we were moving the ball well but we weren't finishing," he commented. "The penalties were biting us a little bit.

"In the second half they were shutting us down," he continued. "We had some three-and-outs.

"Our defense did one heck of a job the whole game," Zeiber said. "Manor scored a couple of touchdowns, one of which was on a trick play. Otherwise, the defense stepped up, especially on their last drive."

Manor QB Josiah Edwards (7-for-11, 108 yards) connected with Taraje Whitfield on a 16-yard touchdown toss in the fourth quarter and a 58-yarder to Josh Gibson on the Comets' next drive.

And that final drive by Penn Manor was another instance where the Knights' defense had to step up.

"In only five plays we put it in the end zone, but we missed the extra point," Zeiber pointed out. "Now we had too much time left on the clock and a field goal could win it for them.

"In that series, our defense had two sacks - big plays to keep them from getting the first down," he continued. "Our defense held at a critical time."

Out of timeouts, the Comets had to go for it on fourth down. One of those sacks came on that last-ditch effort.


The girls' soccer team had a pair of crucial league matches last week, splitting the outcomes with a loss to Conestoga Valley and a victory over Penn Manor.

"That was a good game between two really good teams," said head coach Jason Mackey of the match against Conestoga Valley. The Buckskins got a second-half goal to edge the Black Knights 1-0.

"Both teams played well and in the end they were able to capitalize on a mistake that we made - that was the difference," Mackey added. "We certainly had a couple of chances but couldn't score."

Serina Blessing scored in the 65th minute of a match that had both sides record five shots.

The Buckskins improved to 6-1-0 while the Knights fell to 5-2-0 (8-3-0 overall).

Ally Rote stopped four CV shots, keeping the game close for much of the 80 minutes.

"She came up with some big saves for us," Mackey remarked. "She has done that several times this year.

"She did it again against Penn Manor, having to make a couple of key saves to keep the zero on the scoreboard," he added, referring to the 4-0 win at Manor on Thursday. The Knights had 11 shots on goal while Rote saved all four by Comet attackers.

Lucy McGloshen broke the scoreless tie late in the first half, and scored her team's final goal of the game in the 74th minute.

Sophomores Gabi Hollinger and Kaitlin Deck each scored a goal while Deck also dished out an assist. Jess Weinoldt was also credited with an assist.

"We were able to come on really strong in the second half," said Mackey. "That success had to do with a big adjustment we made at halftime. Our level of play was much higher and as a result we scored some good goals."

With Hempfield at 6-2-0 and a close third place in the Section One standings, the team prepares for the home stretch, which involves four league matches.

The team's final non-league game was a 2-0 loss to Cumberland Valley - traditionally a District Three powerhouse.


The boys' cross country team ran off with a win at Solanco, improving their league mark to 7-0. Led by Christian Groff's first-place finish, the Knights topped Solanco 17-50 and defeated Ephrata 19-45.

Groff finished with a time of 17:26 and was one of seven Hempfield runners among the first 10 finishers. Justin Rittenhouse (17:31) was third, Max Lessans (17:34) finished fourth while Derek Zeigler's 18:40 earned him sixth place. Taking seventh was Ian Willig (18:42) while Grayson Dague (18:46) and David Jackson (18:51) were ninth and 10th, respectively, followed by Garrett Fuhrman's 19:03 in 11th place.

Jack Mieszkalski (19:33, 15th) and Aaron Wolpert (19:38, 17th) also finished strong.

It was close between Ephrata and Hempfield in the girls' race. Ephrata won 26-32. The Knights dominated Solanco 15-52.

Part of what helped Ephrata was having four runners in the first five places. Hempfield's Siena Gates took second at 20:36. But sixth through ninth had a quartet of Hempfield runners crossing the finish line in consecutive order - Gabriella Hollinger (21:41), Lily Williams (21:55), Hannah Graybill (22:05), and Ella Kielmeyer (22:13).

Registering a time of 22:42 helped Julia Campbell claim 11th place. In 12th and 13th positions were Bella Schwalm (23:10) and Bella Hollenbach (23:16), respectively. Not far behind were Erin Donovan (24:05, 15th) and Bronwyn Meldrum (24:07, 16th).

The final three spots in the top-20 belonged to Hempfield's Isabel Smith (24:08, 18th), Melissa Grube (24:13, 19th) and Rowan Eshbach (24:15, 20th).


Ali Schaffer, Sammie Kapushy, Austin Glass, Cory Peck and Tyler Wassell will be going to the District Three Class-AAA Golf Championships, which will be held at Briarwood East Golf Club October 6.

These Hempfield golfers made the cut for district qualification based on their scores at the L-L League Championships on Monday at Honeybrook Golf Course. Glass, Peck and Wassell were among the top 19 golfers in the boys' competition while Schaffer and Kapushy qualified in the girls' championship.

Schaffer shot an 89 and finished in a tie for sixth place with Conestoga Valley's Annie Shand. Kapushy was 13th overall with a score of 102.

In the boys' competition, Warwick's Brock Faasnacht shot an even-par 70 to take first place. Peck's 74 left him in a tie for fourth with Conestoga Valley's Owen Miller. Wassell and Glass both shot 76 and were part of a three-way tie with CV's Noel Veitch.

Hudson Burchstead (89) and Jimmy Dunn (92) did not make the cut for districts.


Hempfield had a 3-0 win (25-11, 25-14, 25-5) against Township in Section One volleyball on Thursday. It was the third match in as many days for the Knights, who had topped McCaskey 3-0 on Tuesday but lost a non-league match to Bishop Shanahan on Wednesday.

Hempfield, who improved to 7-0 in the league, got nine kills and two blocks from Julia Givens in the Township match.

"We have a good group of seniors back from last year," head coach Andrew Olree stated. "The team has grown as a whole which is a big advantage."

Givens is one of those seniors as is Riley Shelly, who had a match-leading13 digs.

Mallory Wonders added three aces, senior Natalie Virts came through with 20 assists, and Jailene Lugo notched two blocks.

The Shanahan match was a close one with the Eagles winning the first and second sets 26-24 and 25-21 before Hempfield battled back for a 27-25 win. In the fourth set, the Eagles prevailed 25-18.

Kylie Ulrich, Shelly and Givens each had 11 kills. Lugo recorded nine blocks while senior Ramsey Mahosky had 22 digs. Virts racked up 21 assists. Megan Criste added a pair of aces.

Lugo put down eight kills in Tuesday's victory at McCaskey. The Knights posted scores of 25-6, 25-16 and 25-13.

Virts delivered two aces and 14 assists. Rachel Sipling had one block.


Hempfield blanked Conestoga Valley 2-0 on the road Tuesday, getting goals from Dan Hester and Jake Suchar while Drew Johnson added an assist.

Suchar, who also had an assist, scored his goal 2:05 after Hester's. The defense allowed only two shots on goal with Brady Ross getting both shots.

Suchar collected two goals and Colin Gallagher added another one early in the second half in Thursday's 3-1 defeat of Penn Manor. Johnson notched all three assists, improving the Knights to 8-0-0 in the league.


With two second-half goals by Rachel Gantz and an earlier one by senior Sophia Ramsey the Knights posted a 3-0 win at McCaskey on Monday. The defense allowed the Red Tornado only one shot on goal, which Allison Nikolaus saved for the shutout.

Hempfield fell to 3-5-0 in the league with a 2-1 loss at home to Cedar Crest.

Both sides had six shots on goal. Brandy Troutman's goal at the 19:16 mark of the first half was the lone goal for the Knights.

Nikolaus had three saves and Alexa Pitts recorded one more for Hempfield.


With a pair of 7-0 victories, the Knights improved to 9-1 in the league. On Monday they topped Conestoga Valley with 8-6 wins in both first and second doubles, courtesy of the Sophie Granbois/Annie Sue Mondock pairing and that of Katie Donell and Caroline Ulrich. Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson won the third doubles 8-2.

Granbois, Jackson and Hagino won their singles matches in straight sets as did Ulrich in a close 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 final.

The win at Solanco featured an 8-0 win by Hagino and Jackson, an 8-1 win by Donnell and Ulrich and an 8-4 triumph for Mondock and Tierney Cantwell.

Jackson, Ulrich and Mondock won their singles matches in straight sets. Granbois won hers via forfeit.


Knights Prevail in OT Win over MT Booters September 24, 2017

Hempfield stayed unbeaten in Lancaster-Lebanon play, defeating two league rivals to improve to 6-0-0 and finishing the week with a 3-0 shutout win at Central Dauphin, making the team's record 8-2-0 overall.

The week began with a battle against Section One rival Manheim Township. The Black Knights got one of their toughest challenges of the season thus far and came through in overtime by a 3-2 score.

"Too much drama," quipped head coach Mark Ashley. "But we were happy with the result."

The drama referred to how the Knights caught up with the Streaks, who were 4-1-0 in the league coming into the match. Township held a 2-1 lead until the final two minutes of regulation. Christian Benedict scored the equalizer, setting up further heroics for his teammate Jake Suchar, who sweetened the deal with an overtime goal.

Ashley described the equalizer as one of those goals which still amazes a long-term coach after all these years.

"It was a beautiful shot," Ashley said. "Even after all the years I've been coaching, you typically see a shot like that go over the goal because it can be an ambitious shot on the high school level.

"Christian is actually a defender," continued the coach. "We've been working on getting them involved in these settings. He has been practicing on finishing."

How the play itself developed and finished was a testament to the Knights' preparation level for crucial situations as well as their teamwork.

"We were starting to feel that sense of urgency late in the game," Ashley explained. "We had had a couple of lapses, which allowed them to take the lead.

"We had a lot of opportunities we created and we were trying to exploit the flanks," he added. "We got a good switch through the midfield. We got the ball down the right side and Andrew Johnson was able to cross it. Austin Goodling couldn't direct it on goal, so he headed it back to Christian and he was running toward the goal. He volleyed it into the goal directly."

The one in overtime also exemplified these qualities.

Suchar, a junior, scored four minutes into extra time off an assist by Eddie Puhl as the Knights finished with a 12-9 advantage in shots.

"Eddie took a shot from the left side," Ashley described. "It hit the cross bar. It deflected to the right side. Drew played it back to Eddie and he drifted and got the pass from Drew. He played it to the far left post and Jake Suchar was able to get it in."

Before all this late clutch scoring, the two sides exchanged goals early in the match. Hempfield took a 1-0 lead on Daniel Hester's goal four minutes into the game. Two minutes later Matthew Sickler tied it up.

Anderson Velozwong's goal put the Streaks ahead 2-1 with 14 minutes gone in the second half. It stayed that way with Township goalie Joshua Orndorff (nine saves) and the defense continuing to escape Hempfield attacks.

Tristen Green also went the distance on Hempfield's side of the pitch. He finished with seven saves.

"Goalkeeping is very important when the game is that close," Ashley noted. "You can't afford to make mistakes in the back. Tristan made two great plays. He was able to touch a dangerous shot to the side when the score was tied 1-1. He handled another one by hitting it over the crossbar when Township was ahead 2-1."

Brady Ross minded the net in the Knights' next game - a 7-1 victory on Wednesday at Lebanon. He had two saves.

Goodling and Ryan Harper each scored twice for the visiting Knights. Alex Garcia, Zach Wilson and Mark Lutz each added a goal while Drew Johnson assisted on two scores and Sam Doehring on one other.

The Knights were at Central Dauphin for a non-league game Saturday morning. With Zach Wilson scoring two goals - one in each half - the Knights shut out the Rams 3-0. Cameron Graybill also scored while Johnson and Helper delivered assists.

"Grant Doehring earned the shutout with a couple of nice saves in the Central Dauphin game," Ashley noted.

"Central Dauphin has always been a tough opponent from the Mid-Penn League," he added. "We like to schedule them in the midseason to see how we measure up.

"Though this year they may not be quite as strong, the guys played one of their best games of the year," the coach continued. "We had some momentum coming into this game. We were getting some scoring and timely finishes against them."


Both Hempfield and Manheim Township came into Friday night's game with identical 2-1 records in their three non-league games played. In a Section One season-opener for both teams, the Knights played host to the Streaks, who came away with a victory on the road.

Grayson Sallade was the star of the game, rushing for 168 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 56-0 Township win. It improved the Streaks' record to 3-1, 1-0 while Hempfield fell to 2-2, 0-1.

Luke Emge threw for three touchdowns as he completed seven of nine passes for 136 yards. He also had seven carries for 45 yards.

Hempfield will try to get its strong defense ready to take on Penn Manor this week in Millersville.


The Black Knights came through with a 3-1 victory over Cedar Crest in a Section One girls' volleyball home match on Thursday night. The Falcons opened with a 25-17 win, but the Knights ran the table after that, winning 25-14, 25-13 and 25-15.

The win improved Hempfield's league mark to 4-0.

In this hard-hitting Section One match, both Riley Shelly and Kylie Ulrich, who also had three blocks, finished with nine kills. Natalie Virts delivered seven aces while dishing out 32 assists.

Jailene Lugo tied for the team lead in blocks with three while Crest's Hanna Woefling led everyone with seven blocks. The Falcons' Grace Miller finished with 11 kills.


The girls' soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season against Section One rival Manheim Township on the road this past Monday. The Streaks broke a 1-1 tie in the 66th minute of the match as Alison Heckman, who had assisted on the team's first goal, put Township up 2-1. It stayed that way as Delaney McKnight got four saves for the Streaks.

Anna Gurdack put Township ahead 1-0 four minutes into the second half. Kaitlin Deck evened the score three minutes later and it stayed tied until Heckman's goal.

Ally rote made four saves in goal for Hempfield. The loss dropped the Knights' mark to 4-1-0 in the league and 8-1-0 overall.

The Knights bounced back by shutting out Cedar Crest 4-0 on Wednesday at Hempfield. They had 16 shots on goal to only two for the Falcons. Rote grabbed both saves.

Hempfield took a 2-0 lead before the midway point of the first half. Lucy McGloshen scored the first goal of the game. Lizzie Yurchak doubled the lead at the 19:00 mark. Cameron Hukill's goal eight minutes into the second half and McGloshen's second goal of the day midway into the second half made it 4-0. Jess Weinoldt added an assist.


It was a busy week and one filled with heartbreaks for the field hockey team. The team suffered two Section One losses by one goal each. After losses to Warwick and Manheim Township, the Knights fell to 2-4-0 in the L-L League (3-7-0 overall).

On a penalty stroke at the 4:54 mark of the second half, the Warriors got the lone goal of Tuesday night's game. It was the lone shot that got past Alexa Pitts (six saves). The Knights out-shot the Warriors 9-7 and had nine corners.

Pitts had 14 saves in Thursday night's game, playing on her home turf. Rachel Gantz got a goal for the Knights, but two goals by Asia Weaver, who got assists from Lexi Smith and Sophia Rockwell, turned the result in the visitors' favor. Township didn't allow a shot on goal other than the goal by Gantz.

The week ended with a 5-0 non-league loss to Wilson, dropping Hempfield's overall mark to 3-8-0.


Conestoga Country Club was the site of the Section One battle this week in golf. Manheim Township finished on top, defeating Warwick, Conestoga Valley, Penn Manor, Hempfield, Cedar Crest and Lebanon.

Township's team finished at 307, which was 25 strokes better than second place Warwick. The Knights shot 349 and took fifth.

Tyler Wassell had a terrific day on the links, shooting the third best score of the day, a 75. Township's Jacob Macinati won with a 68 and Logan Hess of Penn Manor followed at 71.

Austin Glass (87) and Cory Peck (89) also led the way for the Knights while Ali Schaffer had a 98.


Going up against Manheim Township, the girls' tennis team suffered its first league loss of the year on Monday. The Streaks got winning doubles performances from Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin as well as Kate Moore and Taylor Kopan. All four came out for singles matches as well, but Hempfield's Amanda Hagino stopped Kopan 6-4, 1-6, 11-9.

The Kopan/Moore victory over Hagino and Livia Jackson was a close one at 8-4. Evne closer was Nicole Honrade and Lizzie McBride getting by Caroline Ulrich and AnnieSue Mondock of Hempfield 8-6.

The Knights got back on the winning side with a 7-0 win at Penn Manor two days later. All three doubles matches ended in an 8-0 victory with Tierny Cantwell and Brighid Cantwell winning the first one, Donnell and Ulrich taking the second match and Hagino teaming up with Sophie Granbois at third doubles.

Mondock won the first singles 6-1, 6-1. Ulrich and Granbois won the next two singles both by 6-0, 6-0 scores and Livia Jackson finished off her opponent 6-0, 6-1 at fourth singles.

Hempfield played host to Altoona in a non-league match on Friday. Despite some strong efforts, the Knights came up short.

Strong efforts included Hagino's first singles set where she won the opening set 6-4 but lost the next two by scores of 6-1, 6-4.

Also, Ulrich fell just short in the third set, winning the opener 7-5 before losing the next two with the middle set going into a tiebreaker too.

Granbois and Donnel won their doubles 7-6, (7-3) 6-4 while Mondock and Tierney Cantwell were on the losing end of 6-4, 6-3 sets.

And in a 4-1 loss to Holidaysburg on Saturday morning, Hagino's 6-0, 6-2 singles provided the lone Hempfield point.


Lady Booters Top McCaskey, Warwick September 18, 2017

In a high school soccer season, as in most other sports too, there are achievements to be attained at various intervals. There is a league or section championship. There is the qualifying for district playoffs that assures you of a season extended beyond the league's post-season games. If you do well in the districts, you'll end up somewhere in the brackets for states.

The Hempfield girls' soccer team was coming off three straight non-league games when it went up against Section One foe McCaskey on Monday at Hempfield.

According to head coach Jason Mackey, however, the approach is to focus on the season one game at a time.

"We don't look at the games as league or non-league," Mackey explained in a phone interview. "Our focus is to get better with each game.

"With our training sessions and what we put in game-by-game, we look to get better each day," he added. "We have been fortunate enough to have favorable results so far."

And favorable they have been. The Knights brought a 6-0-0 record into this match. They added to their Lancaster-Lebanon League winning ways also, beating McCaskey 7-1 as three different players scored multiple goals. The victory improved the Knights' league mark to 3-0-0.

Hempfield held a 4-0 lead by halftime with senior Cameron Hukill having scored twice already. Kaitlin Deck's first goal of the game was sandwiched between Hukill's two scores. All of this scoring, however, happened after freshman Emerson Coyned put the Knights on the scoreboard in the 16th minute.

That 1-0 advantage didn't last long as McCaskey tied it on Brianna Allen's goal less than three minutes later.

Both of Gabi Hollinger's goals and Deck's second goal of the game came within a 10-minute span.

Hukill had a huge day for Hempfield. Not only did she score two goals, she also assisted on three more. Deck also had an assist as did Jess Weinoldt while Maddie Miller assisted on two goals.

"Jess is a very tough and very smart player," said Mackey. "She comes every day with that blue collar mentality and a very high soccer IQ. Her hard work and vision are a good combination - the kind you normally see from a kid a couple of years older."

Ally Rote grabbed three saves to keep McCaskey from making the game any closer.

The Warwick defense was stingier as the home team out-shot the visitors 6-4. Hempfield got great production from those four shots, namely a first-half goal by Deck and another by Weinoldt in the 45th minute. Warwick didn't get on the scoreboard until the final minutes when Talia Bertrando put one in the Knights' net.

Rote finished with five saves.


With the Section One slate of games set to begin this coming Friday, the Hempfield football team will be going in with a winning record.

The Knights topped Central York 24-21 in their third non-league game of the year thus far, improving to 2-1 on the year. In Friday night's road win, the Knights outscored the Panthers 10-7 in the fourth quarter to pull off the three-point win. Hempfield had a touchdown in each of the first two quarters and held a 14-6 halftime edge. The Panthers electrified their home fans with a 94-yard third-quarter scoring pass and added a two-point conversion to erase that eight-point deficit.

Hempfield opened the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Curtis Johnson. Mark Himmelsbach capped another scoring drive with a seven-yard rushing TD. Johnson's PAT made it 24-14.

CY's second touchdown pass of the night was not enough to overtake the Knights.

Hempfield had 340 yards of total offense on the night, gaining 254 of those on the ground. The Knights did not turn the ball over and were only penalized for 20 yards.

The scoring opened with Himmelsbach running it in from 37-yards out for the first TD of the game. David Martin-Robinson took it in from one yard out in the second quarter. Johnson converted both PAT kicks.

The Panthers did not cross the goal line the entire first half. Nick Basile's field goals from 29 and 26 yards out were their only points of the first 24 minutes.

Hempfield hosts Manheim Township in the first league game of the year for both teams.


Playing against L-L League rivals Manheim Township, Conestoga Valley, Penn Manor, Cedar Crest, Warwick and Lebanon, the Hempfield golf team was in the middle of a tightly contested match. Though Township finished atop the standings of Wednesday's competition at Four Seasons, the third- fourth- and fifth-place spots were over five strokes. Township won with a 296 team score followed by CV (312), Warwick (321), Hempfield (325) and Penn Manor (326). Cedar Crest (367) and Lebanon (524) rounded out the rest.

The Knights got a tremendous effort from Tyler Wassell, who finished tied for second with a 72. CV's Owen Miller had the best score with a 71.

Austin Glass shot a 79 and fellow senior Cory Peck had an 82 with Hudson Burchstead finishing at 92.

"I have six seniors on the nine-player roster," Hempfield coach Jon Chronister pointed out. "Three of them have been playing with us since their freshman year - Wassell, Glass and Peck.

"They're very experienced," Chronister continued. "Outside of the high school, they play a lot of competitive golf.

"I know they've fully embraced what I want them to do out there," he added. "It doesn't mean they shoot the greatest of scores or ones they're always happy with. But if they don't, it isn't for lack of understanding or competitiveness."


Hempfield continued its winning streak, posting two more L-L League wins this past week plus a 3-2 victory over Hershey in a non-league match. The tennis team improved its record to 6-0 in the league (12-0 overall).

In Monday's defeat of Garden Spot, the Knights swept the singles matches on their own home court.

In doubles, Amanda Hagino and Katie Donell won 8-0 while AnnieSue Modock and Brighid Cantwell came through with an 8-3 victory. The Spartans got their lone team point in third doubles.

Tierney Cantwell got a 6-2, 6-1 win at number one singles. Sophie Granbois won 6-0, 6-1 with Caroline Ulrich (6-1, 6-2) and Livia Jackson (6-0, 6-1) taking care of the third and fourth singles.

Another home match followed the next day with Hempfield defeating Hershey. It was Hagino winning a singles match 6-0, 6-0 while the duo of Cantwell and Modock posted a 6-3, 6-1 win and the Ulrich/Granbois twosome won 6-3, 6-2.

Thursday's match at Lebanon was a 7-0 win for the Knights. Securing all four singles by 6-0, 6-0 straight sets were Jackson, Ulrich, Granbois and Modock. In the doubles competition, Hagino and Granbois won 8-0, which was the same margin of victory for Cantwell and Cantwell.

Modock and Karlin McHugh won via forfeit.


Hempfield fell to 3-5 and lost its first two league games in field hockey action last week. On Friday, the Knights suffered a 9-0 loss to Penn Manor, the first place team in Section One. Two days earlier the visiting Conestoga Valley squad escaped Landisville with a 4-3 overtime victory. The defeats put the Knights at 2-2-2 in the L-L League.

Theodora Dillman's goal at the 8:33 mark in overtime was the game winner for CV. The Knights, who were out-shot 12-10 in the game, scored twice in the second half to force overtime.

Trailing 2-1 at intermission, Hempfield got goals from Rachel Gantz and Julia Sears to outscore the visitors 2-1 in the second half. Brandy Troutman had Hempfield's first-half goal at the 7:31 mark. Paige Basler provided an assist.

Alexa Pitts got seven saves in goal.


On Tuesday, Hempfield hosted a race against league rivals Elizabethtown, Lebanon and Warwick. The Knights topped Warwick 21-39, tied Elizabethtown 29-29 and outscored Lebanon 15-55.

In the girls' race, Hempfield won by the same score over Lebanon while topping Warwick 21-42. The E-town Bears edged the Knights 25-33.

Christian Groff came out strong and finished first overall, running the course at 15:43 and Max Lessans ran a 16:37 to take fifth overall.

Justin Rittenhouse (8th, 16:49) and Ryan Farmer (10th, 17:10) and Brady Lausch (11th, 17:11) rounded out the top five.

Also finishing in consecutive order were Derek Zeigler, Grayson Dague and Garrett Fuhrman whose respective times of 17:25, 17:38 and 17:42 earned them 16th, 17th, and 18th.

For the girls, Siena Gates took third at 18:57 while Lily Williams claimed seventh at 20:09.

Hannah Graybill's 20:10 was one stride behind Williams, giving her eighth place.

Hempfield packed it in after that with Gabriella Hollinger (20:19), Ella Kielmeyer (20:24), Isabel Smith (21:05), and Julia Campbell (21:07) placing 10th through 13th with Bella Schwalm (15th, 21:48), Bella Hollenbach (16th, 21:54), Bronwyn Meldrum (18, 21:55) and Melissa Grube (19, 22:22) close behind.


With three saves by Grant Doehring on Monday and four more saves by Tristan Green in Friday's home match against Warwick, the Knights netted two more Section One wins. On Monday at McCaskey, the team claimed the match 1-0 thanks to Drew Johnson's goal in the second overtime period, using an assist from Christian Benedict. It was the only one of 10 shots that got past Tornado goalie Noah Bergey.

In the 3-0 victory at home, the Knights out-shot the Warriors 8-4, getting an early goal by Zach Wilson and another late in the first half by Jake Suchar to make it 2-0 at intermission. Mark Lutz added a goal in the 72nd minute. Cameron Graybill added an assist.

Hempfield improved to 4-0-0 in the league (5-2-0 overall) and stayed atop the Section One standings.


Hempfield had a key victory over Warwick on Thursday, improving its record to 3-0. The Knights edged Warwick in two of the three sets in this road match, winning 25-16, 25-22 and 25-22.

Lindsey Heisey led the squad with nine kills. A trio of players, Heisey, Natalie Virts and Gracyn Krawizcki, who also tallied 31 assists, had two aces each.

Jailene Lugo added two blocks and Ramsey Mahosky racked up 19 digs.


Tennis Team Dominates En route to 8-0 Record September 11, 2017

Hempfield has not lost a match yet this season. In fact, the girls' tennis team has not so much as lost a set.

The Black Knights improved to 8-0 with a pair of non-league victories over the weekend at the Keystone Cup Tournament. Earlier in the week the team topped McCaskey and Cedar Crest in Lancaster-Lebanon League matches, improving to 4-0 in league play.

In Tuesday's 5-0 victory at home over McCaskey, the Knights got an 8-2 victory by doubles partners and sophomore twin sisters Tierney Cantwell and Brighid Cantwell.

In singles action, Katie Donell, one of the returning seniors on this squad, cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Livia Jackson won her singles match 6-1, 6-0 and fellow junior Amanda Hagino took the number three singles 6-0, 6-0.

Caroline Ulrich, another senior and one of the team's co-captains, claimed the fourth singles match 6-0, 6-1.

Head coach Mindy Bell remarked on the spread of talent over three different classes in this roster.

"We are mostly led by juniors and seniors," she noted, in a phone interview. "We also have some sophomores who are playing well, which gives us a solid team for the next couple of years."

Playing at Cedar Crest on Thursday, the teaming of Ulrich with returning senior Sophie Granbois proved successful. They stopped Hallie Koslowski and Olivia Hitz by an 8-3 margin at number one doubles.

"We will try a few combinations throughout the year for doubles, especially in getting ready for the post-season," explained Bell, pointing out the post-season formats are usually three singles and two doubles matches with neither player being able to participate in both.

Hagino and Jackson got an 8-1 victory at second doubles while Annie Sue Modock and Tierney Cantwell came away with an 8-3 win at third doubles.

Granbois claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number one singles. Ulrich had a quick straight set win at 6-1, 6-0. Jackson (6-1, 6-2) and Hagino (6-0, 6-0) were also straight set winners at the next two singles matches.

"Amanda Hagino is back and she's one of the top players in our league," Bell noted. "It's always nice to have her at the top of our lineup. It helps knowing that you have someone who's going to get a point for you."

In Saturday's matches, the Knights defeated both Dallastown and Governor Mifflin by the score of 5-0 in a tournament, which featured the format similar to the post-season.

In the Dallastown match, the Cantwells were 6-4, 6-4 winners in doubles while Granbois and Ulrich took the second doubles 6-1, 6-2. Singles winners were Jackson (4-6, 6-4, 7-5), Donell (4-6, 6-1, 6-1) and Hagino, who won 6-0 6-0.

"Dallastown is always a good match for us," Bell stated. "A good test for us to play them and see how we match up."

Against Mifflin, the Cantwells took the second doubles match 6-2, 6-1 after Ulrich and Granbois won the number one doubles 6-0, 6-1. Donnell was a 6-1, 6-1 winner followed by Jackson (6-2, 6-3) and Hagino (6-0, 6-1) for straight set victories in singles.

"It was a four-team tournament," Bell explained. "We beat Dallastown and played the winner of the other match."


Hempfield is in a tight race with Manheim Township and Warwick so far in the Section One golf standings. On Tuesday, the Knights played at Lebanon Country Club, facing Township, Warwick, Lebanon, Cedar Crest, Conestoga Valley, and Penn Manor.

The Blue Streaks improved their record with a win, recording the best team score (149) on the course. It was a close battle between the top five teams on the day with the Knights (170) finishing fifth followed by Cedar Crest (192) and Lebanon (200).

On a day that resulted in the golfers not playing the entire 18 holes, Township's Jacob Macinati had a 35 and tied Manor's Logan Hess for the best score on the course.

The Knights were led by senior Tyler Wassell, who was tied for fifth with CV's Owen Miller at 38. Austin Glass had a 42 and fellow senior Cory Peck a 43. The Knights got a 47 from Jimmy Dunn.

The Blue Streaks improved to 30-0 while Hempfield stays in second place at 21-9.


The Knights won their second straight league game by beating Penn Manor on the road Thursday evening. The victory gave them a 2-0 record in Section One, keeping them tied for first.

Hempfield out-shot Penn Manor 11-4, getting two goals from Drew Johnson. His second goal came with only a minute left in regulation, giving Hempfield a 2-1 victory. Johnson had scored early in the first half off a Christian Benedict assist. Liam Hart tied it for the Comets only seven minutes later.

Mark Lutz assisted on Johnson's second goal of the game.

Brady Ross had three key saves for the Knights. Blake Martin had nine saves in Penn Manor's net.

The Knights (3-2-0 overall) were coming off a 1-0 Labor Day victory over Conestoga Valley. In that Section One match, Zach Wilson scored off a Sam Doehring assist in the first half - one of eight shots the Knights had against Buckskins goalie Carter Lam.

Ross and Tristen Green each recorded two saves in Hempfield's shutout.

In a non-league match at home on Saturday, the Knights needed extra time to defeat Dallastown in a wild match. When the whistle sounded to end 80 minutes of regulation play, the Knights and the Wildcats were tied 2-2. A minute into extra time junior Jake Suchar scored the game-winner.

Johnson had a goal and an assist in this one. Austin Goodling scored the game's first goal and Johnson made it 2-0 with an assist from Dan Hester. Colin Gallagher also had an assist.

In the second half, the Wildcats got two goals from Cade Curran, tying it up in the 65th minute.

Green went the distance in goal for Hempfield, making three saves.

Lower Dauphin topped Hempfield 2-0 in the second match of the day. Jackson Beacher scored both goals for the Rams.


Hempfield suffered a 27-20 defeat at Exeter Township on Friday night in non-league football action. The Eagles came back from a 20-13 deficit and scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for the win.

The loss drops the Knights to 1-1 while the Eagles, coming off a win over the Boyertown Bears, improve to 2-0.

Quarterback Mark Himmelsbach, who carried the ball 25 times and compiled 174 yards of real estate at Exeter's Don Thomas Stadium, scored the Knights' first touchdown. He ran it in from 15 yards out early in the second quarter. Curtis Johnson's extra point kick made it 7-6 Hempfield.

Nick Sarangoulis, who scored the Eagles' fourth touchdown of the game in the final period, got the home team back on top with a one-yard push across the goal line. The Knights tied it up before halftime on a 12-yard scoring connection from Himmelsbach to David Martin-Robinson. Martin-Robinson grabbed three of Himmelsbach's six completions. The Hempfield QB finished with 86 yards in the air.

Himmelsbach's 12-yard touchdown run broke the tie in the third quarter. Johnson's kick made it 20-13.

Doing the heavy workload on the Eagles' offense was quarterback Brandon Unterkoefler. He ran the ball 21 times for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 37-yard scamper to the end zone in the fourth quarter, tying the score at 20-20. Sarangoulis added his second TD of the game later in the fourth.

Hempfield has one more non-league game this Friday at Central York.


In Section One field hockey action, Hempfield blanked McCaskey 6-0 on Wednesday, getting two goals each from seniors Rachel Gantz and Brandy Troutman. Two more seniors got into the scoring as Julia Sears and Sophia Ramsey got first-half goals in the win.

Hempfield got assists from Paige Basler and Leah Finch. Gantz had one of her goals in the first half along with Sears and Ramsey's goals. The Knights doubled their 3-0 halftime lead by game's end while the defense denied the Red Tornado any shots on goal.

Troutman had two more goals in the 2-1 victory at Cedar Crest on Friday. Alexa Pitts made four crucial saves with Emma Holzman's second-half goal the only one to get past her.

In a match at Governor Mifflin Saturday morning, the Knights came up short against Dallastown. The Wildcats won 2-1 despite 16 shots on goal by the Knights. Troutman scored Hempfield's only goal.


Hempfield stayed unbeaten with its slate of games played last week, improving to 6-0-0. The Knights had a tournament at home and swept through the competition, defeating Governor Mifflin, Dallastown and Lower Dauphin - all by shutouts.

Earlier in the week, they edged Conestoga Valley on the road by a 1-0 score Tuesday afternoon. On Thursday, the Knights gave up their first goals of the season but outlasted Penn Manor 3-2 in another Section One match.

Aly Rote had 24 saves in the four shutouts the Knights' defense recorded. She had four more saves in the Penn Manor match.

Cameron Hukill had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Ashley Hollinger scored two more and assisted on Hukill's goal as Hempfield took 11 shots on goal.

Val Zawrotuk's 35th minute goal was the difference in the Conestoga Valley game. It was one of only two shots on goal by the Knights, so Rote's six saves may have also been the difference there.

Sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Deck had both goals in the victory over Dallastown. Maddie Miller's goal off a Hollinger assist in the 56th minute was the only score in the defeat of Lower Dauphin.


Hempfield posted two 3-0 victories against Section One opponents in girls' volleyball action. On Tuesday, the Knights topped Manheim Township 25-16, 25-20, 25-13, getting 11 kills from senior Julia Givens and three aces from Megan Criste.

Hempfield also got 10 digs by Ramsey Mahosky while Natalie Virts led the team in assists with 33. Jailene Lugo registered three blocks.

Against Penn Manor, the Knights posted scores of 25-18, 25-16, and 25-15.

Lugo led the team in kills with eight. She also had one block. Virts drilled eight aces and compiled 17 assists while Riley Shelly led the team in digs with 15.

Hempfield improved to 2-0 in the league.

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