Barons Battle Pioneers in District Opener May 25, 2018
Take away the first inning and Manheim Central played well in its District Three Class 5A first round baseball game Monday at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.
Unfortunately, the first inning counts and the Barons had three uncharacteristic errors, yielding five runs in a 5-0 loss to No. 6 seed L-S (17-5).
The Barons' defense failed them in the first, leading to miscues on two double play balls and a groundball. All five runs were unearned.
Central head coach Matt Huber doesn't believe it was playoff jitters; the team has played in the district semifinals two of the last three years and they've been in the league playoffs the past four seasons, so the guys have experience.
"The ball didn't just didn't bounce our way for whatever reason," Huber said. "Again, this loss can't define us. They've had a good run, and I'll be forever grateful for their effort and what they mean to our program."
Pioneer pitcher Dylan Byler pitched a complete game, yielding seven hits and striking out 10 batters.
Huber said Byler did a nice job keeping the Barons off balance. Taylor Rohrer had two of the Barons seven hits. Bryce Eberly relieved Tyler Simon and pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three.
Eberly, who entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning, got out of the jam by shutting down the 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Pioneers' order. Central loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but struck out twice, ending the threat.
"Unfortunately, at this level of play, you can't make errors unless you score runs," said Huber about his 11th seeded Barons. "We didn't score a run in 14 innings dating back to our Warwick loss (in the first round of the league playoffs). That's baffling."
Huber said the nine seniors on the squad poured everything they had into the program the past several years. The Barons also had several underclassmen that were a big part the team's success this year, so the future is bright.
Huber said the impact of the seniors on the program will be felt for years to come.
"While they had accomplishments on the field, they are even better young men off the field," said Huber about the seniors who won the section title this year, as well as two of the last three years. "They have left a lot of memories."
The coach said he is excited to watch and hear about the accomplishments that his seniors will have next year when Nate Loser attends Barton College in North Carolina; Jack Novak, Bryson Morton and Ryan Phillips, Kutztown; Eberly, Lebanon Valley College; Simon, Shippensburg; Dawson Good, Stevens Trade; David Cruz, Penn State and Rohrer, Pasco Hermando in Florida.
The Barons bounced back from losing in the league finals to sweep three games from Cocalico in the District Three Class 2A quarterfinals Monday in Manheim.
After getting a bye in the first round, Central earned a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 victory against the Eagles (11-9).
"I am very pleased," said head coach Craig Dietrich about his second-seeded Barons. "It would be easy to have a carry over from the league match, but I didn't see any indication that there was in Game Two and Game Three. Cocalico just played at a high level in the first game."
The Eagles led 5-4 in the first set and only trailed 20-19 later on. Central won the set on a kill by junior Mason Nissley, who finished with a team-high 13 kills.
In the next two games, Dietrich said his squad, led by Brandyn Musser, served better and played even more aggressive. Senior setter Ben Burkhart finished the game with 39 assists. It was a team effort.
"I thought our whole team played solid and our serve was really on all night and that kept us a couple steps ahead of Cocalico," Dietrich said. "The guys know what's at stake and they are focused on the next opportunity in front of them."
The next opportunity was a semifinal meeting Wednesday against No. 3 seed Palmyra at Dallastown High School, where the Barons rallied from a first set loss to beat the Cougars 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25.
Next up for the Barons is a date with Northeastern in the District Three Class 2A championship. Results were unavailable before press time.
Northeastern knocked the Barons out of the state semifinals last year and beat them in the district championship.
To say the Barons had marked this date on the calendar is an understatement.
"Both Northeastern and us had this match circled," Dietrich said. "Now we get to clash and hopefully let loose like last year in the state semifinal match."
To get to the rematch, Central had to overcome sloppy play early on offense and a strong serving game by Palmyra Wednesday. The Cougars (16-5) used a strong service game to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
The Barons righted the ship and settled in on offense, tying the first set at 17-17 and 24-24, but let the first set slip away.
They made sure to jump out to an early lead in the second set and never looked back. Consecutive blocks by Isaac Shenk and Tanner Stauffer put Central ahead 4-0.
Blocking at the net was key to the victory, Dietrich said.
"We spent half of practice (Tuesday) working on blocking before the match," he said. "The whole team stood out to me, with everyone contributing at different times."
The softball team beat Shippensburg 2-0 Wednesday in the first round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs behind the stellar pitching performance by Madison Walter, who only gave up three hits, while getting 10 strikeouts with no walks.
The Barons had 10 hits and stranded nine batters on base, but came away with the round one win against a very good fifth-seeded Greyhounds team.
Central head coach Gary Lefever said the Barons' defense was very good and the team got timely hitting.
The Barons scored in the top of the first with two outs when Maddy Barbush hit a long single to score Jade Trovinger from second base. Trovinger was a courtesy runner for Walter, who hit a two-out single.
Reagan Rohrer singled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbush to make it 2-0, more than enough runs behind the pitching of Walter.
Because of rain Tuesday, the Barons were forced to play back-to-back days, meaning they faced Twin Valley Thursday afternoon at Messiah College.
Central ran into a strong pitcher in Grace Marsalo, who scattered seven hits and only gave up one earned run in a 6-2 victory over the Barons. Marsalo struck out 13 batters to lead the No. 4 Raiders (18-4) past the Barons in the quarterfinals.
Central scored both of its runs during a sixth inning rally, but could get no closer.
"We have a very good team," Lefever said. "Our goal back in November was to make it to the state tournament somehow, someway. I am very proud of this team and my staff."
Lefever's team finished one win short of that goal, but that does not take away from a strong team with a 15-7 record overall.
"We can honestly say that we worked very hard for where we are," said Lefever. "Proud to be a Baron!"
Barons Again Finish 2nd in L-L League Playoffs May 21, 2018
Ben Burkhart carried the medal loosely in his hand, refusing to wear it. Tanner Stauffer accepted the medal around his neck, but took it off by the time he reached Burkhart at midcourt.
These two seniors and many of their teammates were all too familiar with this outcome.
This twice the bridesmaid, but never the bride thing was getting old for the Barons, who just lost to Hempfield last Wednesday in the Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' volleyball championship (25-18, 25-18 and 25-21), making it two years in a row Central lost in the finals.
It is also the second year in a row the Barons' first match loss came in the league finals (last year Manheim Township beat them 3-0).
"We didn't come into this game playing for second," Stauffer said. "We move on from this game. We didn't follow the game plan. ...This is just a learning experience. We usually ride the hot hand, but that didn't work tonight and we adjusted too late."
The first game featured three lead changes and three ties. Knotted at 15-15, the Black Knights closed out the first set with a 10-3 run.
In the second set, Central fell behind 10-1, but battled back with Josiah Zimmerman serving six straight points to cut the Black Knights lead to 10-8. The Barons trailed 16-14, but this is as close as they would get, as Hempfield outscored Central 9-4 to close out the game.
"I give my guys credit for not giving up when they were down 10-1," head coach Craig Dietrich said. "They fought back. We got it to two points but couldn't get over the hump, and that was sort of the story of the match."
Dietrich said his team had 16 hit errors in the first two sets, noting that a team can not give up that many points in games.
The Barons (17-1), the Section Two champions, made adjustments and put up a good fight in the third set, tying the game at 12-12 and evening the game at 17-17 on Zimmerman's big kill and narrowed Hempfield's lead to 21-20 after a kill by Isaac Shenk, but Central could not get any closer.
Mason Nissley and Stauffer had 20 and 7 kills, respectively. Staffer and Burkhart each had a block. Burkhart dished out 35 assists and Brandyn Musser added 8 digs.
When he puts things in perspective, Stauffer said the Barons have had two great seasons, going 81-4 in match games since losing to Manheim Township in last year's finals. Their resume includes two section titles and finishing as runner-up two years in a row for the league crown. And the season is not over. There's districts and, hopefully, state tournaments still to come.
Stauffer knows the team will bounce back and there is a lot of volleyball left to play.
"We just go back to the gym and improve our passing and blocking," he said. "We can't change the way we play; we got away from that tonight.
"It's something you hang your hat on," he said about their two-year run, "but it is still only the regular season and we want more, especially after losing 3-0 tonight."
In the league semifinals last Monday, Central beat Warwick 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23).
The Warriors battled Central, but every time the Barons needed to stop the Warriors' momentum, Nissley had a big kill or serve.
He finished with 20 kills and Burkhart added 38 assists.
The accolades are starting to come in for the Barons. Burkhart earned Section Two MVP honors. He along with Nissley, Shenk, Stauffer and Gabe Stewart were named First Team Section Two All-Stars. Musser made the section's second team.
Indoors, outdoors, it makes no difference to Ryan Clark.
The senior pole vaulter, fresh off winning the Lancaster-Lebanon League title outside a week earlier, was forced inside to pole vault Saturday at the District Three championships at Shippensburg University.
He earned a bronze medal with a vault of 14-3 and qualified for the state championship this weekend, also at Shippensburg.
Clark also qualified for states in the high jump after placing sixth (the top six finishers in each event goes to states).
Junior Zach Reed lowered his personal record by .5 in the 300 hurdles, winning the second fastest heat and coming in the backdoor as he beat three athletes in the fastest heat, getting fifth place and a trip to states, Central coach Russ White said.
Junior Will Rivers, plagued by toe fouls on his best jumps, had to settle for ninth in the triple jump at 43-5 and jumped 18-11 in the long jump.
On the girls' side, senior BJ Bollinger qualified for states in both hurdle events. She took fifth in both. Her time of 15.01 is her best in the 100 hurdles and her time of 46.17 in the 300 hurdles is her best this year.
Sophomore Laura Good ran a personal record time of 26.53 in the 200 meters, but it was not good enough for a medal.
The Barons were the home team last Monday, even though Manheim traveled to and played at Elizabethtown. The Barons field was unplayable because of too much rain.
The Barons were rude house guests, rallying for a 4-3 victory on a walk-off two-run home run by Codi Bollinger.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Central's first two batters flew out to right field and center field, respectively. With two outs, sophomore right fielder Lilly Wagner drew a five-pitch walk, turning the lineup over to Bollinger, the Barons' leadoff batter. She took a 2-2 pitch deep to left field for a homer.
Senior Maddie Walter pitched a solid game, allowing three runs, scattering nine hits, striking out eight batters and walking two.
E-town opened the scoring in the third inning, going up 1-0. The Barons answered the call in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at 1-1. Central took a 2-1 lead in the fifth and the Bears answered with a run in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 2-2.
In the top of the seventh, E-town took the lead on a sacrifice fly.
Manheim qualified for the District Class 5A tournament and played Shippensburg at Shippensburg (the game was played after the Merchandiser's deadline).
Despite the snow, rain and cold weather spring that forced the Manheim Central baseball team to spend more time in the gym than on the field, the Barons are putting together a successful season.
Central (15-4), which won the Section Three title for second time in three years, made the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs (lost in quarterfinals to Warwick) and qualified for the District Three tournament and a third meeting with section rival No. 6 seed Lampeter-Strasburg (14-3) at Lampeter Monday (the game was slated after the Merchandiser's deadline).
Overcoming the freaky weather conditions this spring and coming together as a team, makes the section title that much sweeter, head coach Matt Huber said.
"It is great for the program," Huber said about the section title. "Our players work hard in the offseason and in the season, and to hang a banner in the gymnasium is an accomplishment these players will remember and reflect on every time they enter the gymnasium to visit MC. They have a lot of memories together."
To make up for weather postponements, there was one week this season when the Barons played games six straight days. There were times this year when the offense stalled, but the Barons' pitching was strong all year. Pitchers like Drew Mummau, Tyler Simon and Bryce Eberly came up big on the mound.
"Pitching was a huge reason why we accomplished what we did," Huber said. "There were offensive droughts and our pitching staff kept us in a lot of tight ball games."
Several Barons were named to the Section Three All-Star team.
First team honors went to Simon, third base; Eberly, pitcher; Taylor Rohrer, designated hitter; and Mummau, utility. Second team members included Dawson Good, outfield; Nate Loser, outfield; and Simon, pitcher.
Baron Tracksters Top Solanco in Season Finale May 15, 2018
The Manheim Central track team finished the season on a high note, winning the regular season finale last Tuesday in Quarryville.
The boys scored an 86-64 victory against Solanco. Senior Ryan Carter saved his best performance of the regular season for the final league meet, setting a school record with a vault of 14-7. He also earned a first in the high jump (6.0).
Junior Chris Shaw used a jump of 12-0 in the vault to finish second, but more importantly, the jump qualified him for the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet.
Freshman Kade Kegarise won the javelin on his last throw, moving from fourth to first by inches, setting a personal record with a launch of 144-8.
Manheim Central coach Russ White said junior Will Rivers ran a 51.6 anchor leg to seal the victory in the 1,600 relay, a nip and tuck race that Rivers won by about six inches. Rivers and the rest of the team - Zach Reed, Tyler Flick and David Merkey - ran 3:32.8, eight seconds faster than their previous best.
Flick won the 110 hurdles (15.6) and junior Christopher Shaw took second (15.7). Central took first and second in the 1,600 with Merkey (4:49.8) and junior Carson Hepner (4:52.1). Merkey also captured the 800 (2:09.8) and was followed by sophomore teammate Hunter Shoop (2:12.2).
The Barons secured all three places in the triple jump with Rivers (43-1.25), Juan Perez (37) and Ryan Santiago (34-5.75)
For White, the performance of the 4x800 relay team set the tone for the meet.
"We kind of surprised them (Solanco) with a good 4 x 800 relay to start the meet, as Zach Reed ran the second leg for his first 800 of the year," White said. "He ran a 2:07, our fastest split, and we won by about 15 meters."
The girls routed the Golden Mares, 90-60.
White said the girls were the most spirited they have been all year and "really brought some energy to the meet," he said.
It looked like a close meet, he added, but Laura Good won four events and the girls fought through some injuries to make sure the Barons ended the season on a high note. Good won the 100 (13.0) and 200 (27.2), long jump (15-1) and triple jump (30-7). Sophomore Kelly Abrahamson was second in the triple (29-10.5).
White noted that all four girls in the 4x800 relay - Kiana Haldeman, Mallory Sunderland and Marianne Fitzkee and Lexi Hosler - ran personal records to start the meet.
Even more amazing about BJ Bollinger's performance is that the senior is fighting a groin injury. She had to hurdle with her opposite leg. She still won both hurdle races (110 meters, 16.1; 300, 49.0). Sophomore Toni Fahnestock placed second in the 300 hurdles (49.7).
Sophomore Madalyn Nelson threw a 96-5 to win the javelin.
Despite the groin injury, Bollinger still anchored the 4x400 relay team, with Haldeman, Hosler and Fahnestock setting a personal record in its win, posting a time of 4:18.
The fine showing by the boys and girls teams carried over to the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet where several Barons qualified for districts and delivered strong performances. Several Barons are peaking at the correct time.
"It really was a spirited and personal record-filled day for Manheim Central," White said. "Of course, the star of the day was Ryan Carter, as he defeated other competitors by a foot-and-a-half in the vault."
White said Carter narrowly missed the league's 15-foot record on three tries. Several of his teammates came up big as well. Zach Reed broke the 41 second barrier in the 300 hurdles taking fourth.
White noted that Isaac Martin ran the mile in a surprising 4:57, a personal record, besting his PR by 15 seconds. White said Martin is one of the hardest workers on the team.
The boys finished with 29 team points, good for an 11th place finish in the 20-team event.
The boys set a personal record in the 4x100 (Beni Esposito, Flick, Brady Carper and Rivers) and came close in the 4x400 relay (Reed, Merkey, Flick and Rivers).
On the girls' side, Bollinger fought off discomfort with her hip flexor and ran her best times on both hurdle races, White said. She placed third in both the 100 hurdles (15.38) and 300 hurdles (46.39).
The 4x400 relay team - Good (59 seconds), Fahnestrock (64), Hosler (63) and Bollinger (61) - all set personal record splits, taking nine seconds off their best time for a PR of 4:09 and a sixth place finish.
The Barons beat Garden Spot 3-0 last Monday, giving Central a 72-0 record in games played against section opponents the last two years.
Central, ranked second in the state in Class 2A, made early work of the Spartans, winning 25-18, 25-14 and 25-16.
Senior Tanner Stauffer had two assists, while Mason Nissley had 17 kills and two blocks. Junior Brandyn Musser collected two digs and senior setter Ben Burkhart notched 25 assists.
This past Friday the Barons used its arsenal of hitters and great setting to cruise past Penn Manor, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 in the quarterfinals of the L-L League tournament in Manheim. The match was moved up to 4 p.m. to accommodate the Comets, who had their prom Friday night.
The win set up a semifinal meeting against Warwick at Lancaster Mennonite. The Section Two champ Barons got strong contributions from Burkhart with 30 assists, Nissley with 13 kills and Musser, who scooped up eight digs.
Central is looking for a return trip the finals where it lost last year to Manheim Township. The championship is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Manheim Township.
"The guys played well Friday night and played a complete match for the first time in a few weeks," head coach Craig Dietrich said. "We are looking forward to the semifinals and hopefully the finals on Wednesday."
Last Monday the Barons suffered a disappointing 4-0 setback to Cocalico. Senior Tyler Simon took the loss on the mound, striking out four and walking two batters. The Eagles scored three times in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
The bats came alive last Tuesday and it was "an awesome day," according to head coach Matt Huber.
Besides winning 11-0 against Lancaster Mennonite, the victory gave the Barons their second Section Three title in three years.
Simon, Drew Mummau, Bryce Eberly and Taylor Rohrer all bashed home runs for the Barons, who improved its record to 13-3 in the section and 15-4 overall.
Mummau pitched efficiently and effectively, Huber said, striking out four and walking one to gain the win on the hill.
The team showed character last Wednesday in a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Conestoga Valley in Manheim.
Central trailed 6-3 heading into the seventh inning. Nate Loser opened the seventh with a triple. Jake Novak reached base on an error and Mummau doubled home both runners.
Dawson Good found himself up with men on first and third and two outs and the Barons trailing 6-5. He singled down the third base line to score a run and send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Loser walked and Simon hit a RBI double, which proved to plate the winning run. Freshman Colton Book earned his first varsity win, pitching four innings of relief to keep CV from gaining on their lead.
"We sent the seniors out on their last game at home in dramatic, walk-off fashion," Huber said.
Here are some highlights and key stats from the Barons' two games last week.
Central banged out 11 hits and seven runs in its 7-0 victory last Monday against Cocalico. Senior catcher Rachel VanBlargan called a great game behind the plate and pitcher Maddie Walter earned the win, striking out a whopping 16 batters, giving up one hit and walking two.
A day later, the Barons bats stayed hot and the pitching remained superb, as Central beat Conestoga Valley 7-2.
The Barons had 11 hits, scoring twice in the first inning. CV also scored twice in the first. Central took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth and added three more runs in the seventh to blow the game wide open.
Walter yielded five hits and had six strikeouts and no walks to gain another win in the circle.
In both wins last week, the Barons started fast, scoring two runs in the first in both games. They also added runs in the fourth inning (three runs against Cocalico) in both games
The wins improved Central's record to 11-5 in Section Three and 13-6 overall.
Lady Barons' On Seven Game Winning Streak April 30, 2018
The Manheim Central girls' softball team continued to swing hot bats and get outstanding pitching last Monday, routing Annville-Cleona 11-0 and extending its win streak to seven games.
Under the lights in Manheim, Madison Walter threw another gem, pitching a one-hit shutout in 4.5 innings. The senior struck out eight and walked none.
The real story, though, was the offense. After scoring 42 runs on 44 hits in three games the previous week, the Barons added nine more hits in the win over A-C, giving the Barons 29 hits and 32 runs in their last two games.
Offensive leaders included Reagan Rohrer, who was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI; BJ Bollinger (2-for-3, 2 RBI); Walter (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Jordan Walter (2-for-3, 1RBI).
Central lost a tight, heart-breaking Section Three game Thursday to Northern Lebanon, 5-1.
The game was close through six innings. Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Barons were down 2-1, in a tight pitching battle, before the Vikings exploded for three runs on a three-run home run.
MC took the lead in the third inning. Batting third in the lineup, Maddy Walter hit a one out single, bringing up her younger sister Jordan Walter, who was hitting cleanup. The younger Walter jacked a triple to left-center. The Barons failed to bring her home and ended the inning up 1-0.
The Vikings countered with a run in the top of the fourth, aided by an MC throwing error, bunt and a base hit to tie the game 1-1. The Vikings took the lead in the fifth inning, benefiting from a throwing error.
"We will bounce back after this and make a run," said Central coach Gary Lefever, whose team is now 8-4 overall. "One loss like this will not define our season. We will learn from it. It reminds us what the heartbreaking feeling is like and that you can never let your guard down against any opponent."
The Barons gave a great showing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament. The top four players all advanced past the first round and two of the three doubles pairings made the quarterfinals.
Senior Trent Martin, Central's top player, qualified for the District Class 3A tournament, after placing in the top four in the league tourney.
After winning the first round, Martin, seeded sixth, was down 2-5 in the first set of the quarterfinals and rallied to win the set 7-5 against freshman Curtis Rabatin, the third seed, of Penn Manor. Martin won the second set 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.
It was a very windy day and the conditions favored the Barons, Central coach Ryan Jeckel said.
"Trent is such a great athlete and the weather didn't bother him," Jeckel. "We were able to use that to our advantage."
In the semis, Martin lost to Tom Chairs, the second seed, from Manheim Township, 6-1, 7-5. Jeckel said Martin got away from the game plan early in the match, but by the end of the first set he got back to the game plan to move Chairs around the court, but unfortunately, it was too late.
In Flight Two, the Barons Silas Eldeen beat Alex Baker of Lampeter-Strasburg, 6-4, 6-1. This was a nice win because Baker beat Eldeen earlier in the year, Jeckel said.
In the quarterfinals, Eldeen rolled his ankle early in the match and lost 6-2, 6-3.
In Flight Three, freshman Andrew Rajaratnam, who was unseeded, scored a major upset by beating CV's Matthew Hoy, 6-4, 6-3. Rajaratnam lost to him earlier this year.
"It is nice to see how far he's come this year," said Jeckel about Rajaratnam, who lost his quarterfinal match.
In Flight Four, sophomore Jacob Bidelman made up for an earlier loss this season to Evan Stehman, of Donegal, 6-3, 7-5. Bideleman lost in the quarterfinals to senior Connor Murphy, of Cocalico, 6-4, 6-1.
"Murphy had more experience," Jeckel said. "Give him (Bidelman) some experience and he'll go far."
In doubles, Eldeen and Hunter Winters lost a tough match in the quarterfinals, 9-7, to a tandem from Garden Spot.
"We were out of sync," Jeckel said. "I think we tried to play their game instead of our game. It was hard to get any rhythm. We needed to demand our type of play."
In Flight Three doubles, Anthony Stoltzfus and Bidelman won 8-5 against Elco in the first round before losing in quarterfinals to a team from Pequea Valley, 8-6.
"Tony played very well," Jeckel said. "It was a very tight match. They (PV) are the best third doubles team I've ever seen. They were better ball strikers. We had moments, but they were the better team."
Jeckel was pleased that so many of his players advanced to the second day of the tourney.
"I am very proud of the way we competed," he said. "We won more than we lost. I think it is all part of the progress and learning how to win."
Central coach Matt Huber called it "a great win," after his squad secured a 3-1 triumph over Annville-Cleona last Monday.
Tyler Simon had another outstanding outing on the mound, striking out eight and walking two. Bryce Eberly came in relief and closed out the game.
Taylor Rohrer led the way offensively with a 3-for-3 day and Rohrer, Drew Mummau and Simon each had one RBI.
The Barons followed this up with a shutout against Northern Lebanon, 5-0.
Huber said Mummau had a fantastic outing on the mound, striking out four. Mummau and Simon each had two RBI offensively.
Nate Loser and Garrett Bruckhart both had multiple hit games. Despite the wins, Huber is alarmed with the Barons performance at the plate.
"We are still striking out at an incredible rate," he said. "We had 12 Ks (against A-C) and 9 Ks (against NL)."
The boys' volleyball team improved to 8-0 in Section Two after two impressive wins last Tuesday. They were challenged against Cocalico, but still earned a 3-0 victory with game scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-14.
The Eagles led 16-9 in the second game, but the Barons did not panic or get too excited. Central coach Craig Dietrich liked the way his team responded, tying the game at 18-18 and pulling away for the win.
"Credit Cocalico; they were pretty hot," Dietrich said. "We had a lot of hitting errors. Normally two or three are a lot. We had 20 after three games. That's a lot of points, gray hair and lost sleep."
Dietrich credited Gabe Stewart (6 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks) with a nice effort and defense during the second game comeback.
Scoring leaders included Mason Nissley (14 kills), Josiah Zimmerman (1 kill), Tanner Stauffer (two blocks) and Ben Burkhart (43 assists).
The Barons increased their lead in the section to two games by beating Lancaster Mennonite in three games, 25-18, 25-12 and 25-18.
Zimmerman had an outstanding night serving. At one point the Barons ran off nine points in a row in the second game and another six points during the third game while Zimmerman served.
Dietrich said Zimmerman presents a few challenges when he's serving.
"He's a lefty and there are not too many lefties so teams are not used to seeing balls like his," Dietrich said. "Standing 10-12 feet back and, like a knuckleball in baseball, the ball drops and is difficult to dig."
Against LMH, everyone stepped up and played well, Dietrich said. Brandyn Musser kept balls alive and Nissley and Stauffer led the attack at the net, Dietrich said.
"Mason and Tanner pack quite a punch," he said. "When their hits are in sync we are difficult to beat."
Nissley had 12 kills and two aces. Stauffer had three digs and Ben Burkhart had 30 assists and a block.
The win against LMH put Dietrich's mind at ease. His team is right where it needs to be.
"If you asked me after Tuesday's match (against Cocalico) I'd say I was concerned, but we rebounded well against LMH," Dietrich said. "We have two matches left to clinch the section, which is one of our goals. I like where we are at. We are 10-0 (overall) with two to go. I believe we still have room to improve and our best matches are ahead of us."
Ephrata's depth factored into losses for the Central boys and girls teams. The boys lost 86-64. This was a close meet from beginning to end, Central coach Russ White said, adding that Ephrata's "unbelievable depth in mid and long distance would be the difference in the meet."
Will Rivers had quite a day as he won the long jump (21-7.5), triple jump (43-7.75), and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team (John Esposito, Tyler Flick and Brady Caper). Ryan Carter set a new school record in the pole vault clearing 14-1 as he broke his own record of 14-0.
The girls lost 114-36. White said it was easy to see the disparity simply in the size of the teams as Ephrata entered the stadium.
The consensus pre season favorite had a large team compared to Manheim Central. The meet started with Ephrata winning the 4x800, as Manheim did not have the numbers to enter a team.
Then Manheim dominated the hurdle race with a win from senior BJ Bollinger in 15.6 and sophomore Tori Fahnestrock picking up third in 17.7.
Ephrata won the next four events before Manheim once again dominated the 300 hurdles going 1-2 with Bollinger (49.6) and Fahnestrock taking second in 51.0.
Senior Maddie Nelson threw a personal best in the Javelin (105-11) good for third. Sophomore Laura Good triple jumped her best of the year (33-11), taking second.
She also took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-10. Sophomore Lexi Hosler broke up the Ephrata 800 tandem by taking second in 2:31.7, her best of the year, White said.
"The feisty Barons gave it all they had, but could not overcome the depth and talent of the Ephrata Mountaineers," White said.
Several Baron girls performed well in the Millersville Invitational. There were 27 schools from Pennsylvania and Maryland competing.
The top finishers included Laura Good, (4th in the long jump, 16-6); Bollinger (3rd in the high jump and 300 hurdles, 48.1).
The boys placed seventh out of 27 teams in the MU meet. Rivers placed first in the long jump (21-10), and third in the triple jump (43-4).
Other top performers included Carter (second in the pole vault, 14-0), Dave Merkey, (third in the 1600, 4:36) and Zach Reed (sixth in the 300 hurdles, 41.1).
The 4x100 relay team of Esposito, Flick, Carper and Rivers placed seventh (45.1).
Manheim Central Tennis Improves to 9-5 Overall April 23, 2018
When you've been the top dog the last few years, your section rivals are just waiting for their chance to knock you off the porch.
That's what happened this year for the Manheim Central boys' tennis team, which has a respectable 9-5 record overall (4-5 in Section Two), but all five of the Barons' losses came from section opponents.
An inexperienced team this season, the Barons beat up on the league the last few years and had a target on their backs this season, getting everyone's best game.
"Obviously 9-5 is a winning record and after graduating all the guys we did, I'm happy with 9-5, but it is hard to swallow five losses in the section," said head coach Ryan Jeckel. "I never had that happen as a coach. It is a brand new team. They won the matches they were supposed to win and the tough losses were close.
"If you told me at the beginning of the season that we'd have five losses in the section I'd say you were crazy," he said. "This year Lancaster Catholic, Cocalico and teams in the section were ready to go. They were psyched up to play us and who wouldn't be."
The sectional teams better get in their licks while they can, as Trent Martin is the only senior on the team. Martin is a leader on and off the court and was part of many big wins since his freshman year, Jeckel said.
"He was a part of two section title teams," he said. "He was not just on the teams, but a big part of the wins."
Last week the Barons won two of their three matches. They beat Annville-Cleona 7-0. Jeckel said his squad came ready to play.
Junior Silas Eldeen, the No.2 player for the Barons, notched his 11th win on the season. He and freshman Andrew Rajaratnam won at No.2 doubles and Rajaratnam also notched a victory at No. 3 singles, meaning these two underclassmen registered three of the seven points.
Martin and sophomore Jacob Bidelman collected singles and doubles victories, teaming with Hunter Winters and Anthony Stoltzfus, respectively.
Jeckel is pleased with the way Eldeen and Rajaratnam improved in doubles. Eldeen became more confident with volleys at the net and uses his athletic ability to frustrate his opponents.
"He runs the ball down over and over," Jeckel said. "Just when the opponent thinks he has a winning point, Silas chases it down."
Rajaratnam grew as a player this season, finding out what type of player he is, Jeckel said. The coach said his freshman is learning what style of play he needs for the situation, and that Rajaratnam has the ability to be an all-court player.
Jeckel likes what he's seen from Rajaratnam enough to install him with Martin for doubles for the league tournament, which begins April 26. The two teamed up for an 8-3 win during a 6-1 triumph over Elizabethtown.
The Barons suffered a 5-2 loss to Lancaster Catholic. The teams started doubles with snow falling. Central collected victories in No.2 and No.3 doubles and were in great position going into singles, but Jeckel said Catholic has better singles players than doubles players and took four singles matches for the team win.
"My guys fought hard," Jeckel said, "but Lancaster Catholic came to play."
The Barons have experienced that a lot in section play.
In a battle for namesake, Manheim Central made it clear who the better Manheim is, beating Manheim Township 8-2 last Tuesday.
Behind a stellar 3-hit campaign by senior pitcher Madison Walter, the Barons scored eight runs in a 12-hit barrage. Central scored in each of the first four innings and only surrendered two runs in a late comeback attempt by the Streaks, who scored twice in the top of the sixth on two throwing errors.
Filling in for injured senior outfielder Reagan Rohrer, Central junior Jade Trovinger chipped in offensively going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Jordan Walter also contributed with a 2-for-3 night.
Barons coach Gary Lefever said one of the key hits came from Central shortstop Tayler Lauver, who sparked a two out, two run inning in the third to keep the Barons' momentum going.
On Wednesday evening, the Barons hosted a much-improved Lancaster Catholic squad in a Section 4 crossover game and came away with a convincing 13-3 rout.
It was close through the first inning, but the Barons again got reliable pitching from Walter, who struck out nine and walked none.
Central got its offense going in a 12-hit performance, scoring three runs in the first inning and four more in the second and two each in the third, fourth and sixth innings.
"Our offense was well-balanced up and down the lineup," said Lefever, whose team won for the fifth straight time. "It was capped off by a walk-off two-run homer by senior center fielder Reagan Rohrer to end it early in the fifth inning with no one out in our half of the inning."
The Barons finished the week with a 20-hit attack in 21-0 rout against Lebanon Catholic last Friday afternoon, scoring 16 times in the second inning.
Walter pitched a no-hitter in the three innings they played and was one dropped third strike and an error away from a perfect game, striking out seven.
Offensively, junior Codi Bollinger, who bats leadoff, started the game with a home run. In her second at-bat she hit another home run. Senior catcher Rachel VanBlargan and sophomore third baseman Paige Weaver each hit their first home runs on the season.
Sophomore Maddy Barbush, who leads the team in batting average at .470, hit her second home run of the season.
Lefever said he actually had to stop his team from running and taking more than one base at a time to limit the scoring at 16 in the second inning.
The old saying, "pitching beats hitting," factored into Central's 4-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic last week. The Barons ran into a talented pitcher in Dillon Marsh, who will play college baseball at Division I Kentucky next spring.
Marsh struck out 16 batters in going the distance. Barons coach Matt Huber said his team was unsuccessful getting Marsh's pitch count high enough to get him out of the game.
Senior Dawson Good had an RBI single for the Barons in the fifth inning. Tyler Simon singled and Cody Gibble hit a double, as Central posted three hits in the game.
Huber said Drew Mummau (five strikeouts, 1 walk) and Bryce Eberly (two strikeouts, no walks) both pitched well in the loss.
The Barons went from playing six games two weeks ago to only one game last week. Technically, they had a second game and gained a win without playing, as Lebanon Catholic forfeited its varsity schedule this year.
Despite the odd scheduling, Huber is satisfied with how his team is playing right now.
"I think everyone wants to be undefeated," said Huber, whose team has a 7-3 record. "We ran into a tough pitcher against Lancaster Catholic and had a tough game against Lampeter-Strasburg. I'd like to have the Cocalico game back and I'm glad we get to play them again. We have to take it one game at a time."
TRACK and FIELD
Central Coach Russ White said there were 20 schools braving chilly, windy weather in Morgantown last Friday afternoon at the Twin Valley Invitational. Senior BJ Bollinger grabbed gold in the 100 meters (16.1 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.3 seconds), an event she set the meet record in last year at 46.0.
Laura Good jumped her way into first in the long jump with a leap of 15-11 and took fourth in the triple jump at 32-2.
On the boys' side, Will Rivers and Ryan Carter continued the gold rush. Rivers won in the triple jump (42-2) and Carter the pole vault (13-7). Carter set the meet record and just missed 14-1 on his final try, White said.
Rivers also took second in the long jump at 19-11. Zach Reed ran his best time of the year taking second in the 300 hurdles at 41.1. David Merkey ran a personal best in the 100 (4:37) and followed it up with a 2:03.9 in the 800, good for third place in both events.
Carson Hepner put on his winter gloves and fought his way to third in the 3200 running 10:15. The sprint medley team of Ryan Santiago, Jack Burkholder, Alex Ritter and Hunter Shoop wanted to break the record currently held by the Barons at 3:57, but managed a respectable 4:04 and a bronze medal finish.
The Barons remained undefeated with two more wins last week. Ranked No.1 in state in Class 2A, Central was challenged in a regular season match against York Suburban, going four games. They've lost games in tournaments, but it was a rare loss in a regular season game.
"It's been a while since we went four games in a match," stated head coach Craig Dietrich. "We've been tested in tournament play, but it was good to be tested with every point in a regular season match."
Central won the first two games 25-19, 25-21 and were up 17-10 and 19-16 in the third game, but York Suburban went on a five point surge and pulled out a 25-22 victory.
In a rare fourth game, Mason Nissley (22 kills, two aces, two blocks) came up with several big kills as the Barons earned a 25-15 triumph.
Central started off slow in its first three games, but came out hot in the fourth game, jumping out to an 8-1 lead and setting a tone, Dietrich said. Gabe Stewart added nine kills and was very effective with no errors, his coach said.
Ben Burkhart contributed an impressive 49 assists and Brandyn Musser notched 10 digs.
Central also beat Section Two rival Elizabethtown 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. The Barons played without Tanner Stauffer and Josiah Zimmerman. Both should be back soon. Brad Myer and Ben Wolford stepped up with the two starters out, Dietrich said, adding that Burkhart (30 assists, four blocks) did a nice job setting.
Nissley added 12 blocks, Musser contributed eight digs and Isaac Shank served an ace.
"I like the way we are playing right now," Dietrich said. "We have room to improve and we've worked in some different plays since York Suburban, looking for some matchups for other guys, just trying to stay sharp."
Baron Tracksters Battle Eagles, Raiders, Spartans April 16, 2018
The week started off with track & field, baseball and softball playing in snow showers and ended with sunshine and the temperatures in the low 80s. Oh, and several Manheim Central athletes played as many as six games.
In boys track, the Barons fell to Cocalico, 89-61 last Monday.
Central started off strong, getting wins by Tyler Flick and Beni Esposito in the high hurdles (16.0) and 100 meters (11.5), respectively.
The Barons took a 28-27 lead after Ryan Reed (42.8 seconds) and Flick (42.9) finished one and two in the high hurdles. This would be their last lead, though.
Bright spots for the Barons included William Rivers winning the long and triple jumps. Ryan Carter won the high jump (5-6) and pole vault (13-6).
The result was brighter for the Baron girls, who secured an 81-68 victory over Cocalico.
Senior BJ Bollinger was the big winner for Central, winning the high hurdles and 300 hurdles and was a member of the 4x800 relay team with Kiana Haldeman, Marianne Fitzkee and Mallory Sunderland.
Senior Maddie Nelson earned victories in the pole vault (7-6) and shot put (31-3 3/4).
The Manheim boys fared a lot better next time out against ELCO, posting a 95-55 triumph in Manheim.
Multiple winners included Esposito (100, 200), Carter (pole vault, high jump) and Preston Martin (shot put, discus).
The Barons actually trailed 21-20 after five events, but Esposito, Flick, Reed and Rivers won the 4x100 relay and Manheim pulled away and never looked back.
Other winners included Rivers in the triple jump (42-11 ﬂ), David Merkey secured the 3200 (10:39.6), Zach Reed in the high hurdles (41:8), Klade Kagarise in the 400 meters (56:9) and Flick in the high hurdles (15:2).
The girls were not as fortunate, losing to Elco, 80-69.
The Barons dominated the track events and the Raiders did well in the field events. Central coach Russ White said meet was lopsided in all areas with no real turning point, saying the meet "was decided early in every area."
Despite the loss, many Barons performed well. Bollinger took first in the high hurdles (15.4) and 300 hurdles (47:6).
The Central track teams ended the week with lopsided wins against Garden Spot. The boys won 124-26 and the girls 113-36.
White said a beautiful day on the track brought out some of the best the Barons had to offer.
White has emphasized to his team to not worry about the final score, but worry more about getting better as the season progresses. The Baron boys did that against the Spartans, winning won 17 of 18 events.
Martin was a double winner in the shot (40-5.5) and discus (123-2) and Carter won the pole vault (12-0) and the high jump (5-10). Reed, Esposito, and Merkey were all double winners in the rout.
The outstanding performance of the meet was Rivers as he triple jumped 44-6.25, which puts him on top of the honor roll for the Lancaster-Lebanon league, White said.
The Baron girls only had 20 athletes in uniform, but were spaced out to win 16 of 18 events. The Barons were led by seniors Bollinger (both hurdle races) and Nelson (pole vault, shot, javelin) and sophomore Laura Good who won four events (100, 200 and long and triple jumps). Sunderland chipped in with two victories (1600 and 3200).
Outstanding performance of the meet was Bollinger's 100 meter high hurdle win as she is on top of the L-L League honor roll in that event, White said.
The Barons made up for lost time on the baseball field by playing six games last week. They finished the week 4-2. Baseball coach Matt Huber said long-time athletic director George Derbyshire told him he believes it may be the first time in program history that the Barons played six games on consecutive days.
Huber said last Monday's 8-1 triumph against a tough ELCO squad was the first game he remembers where it snowed the entire game.
"We had a gritty performance as a team and beat a great pitcher," he said.
Jake Novak and Taylor Rohrer each had two hits. The Barons broke the game open with three-run innings in both the fifth and sixth innings to cap off a nice win. Senior pitcher Tyler Simon earned the win, striking out five and walking three.
On Tuesday, Manheim only had four hits against Northern Lebanon, but managed a 3-1 win behind great pitching and solid defense.
The Barons had another great performance on the mound. Junior Drew Mummau struck out nine batters and also had a key 2 RBI single in the third inning.
Manheim lost 6-3 in a tough game Wednesday against Cocalico. The Barons were plagued by errors and were missing timely hitting, Huber said.
"It's never a great sign when you have more errors than hits," Huber said. "We had five errors and only four hits. The few hits can make it very challenging."
Thursday at home against Garden Spot, Dawson Good had a home run and 5 RBIs and Hunter Hess earned his first varsity win on the hill, as the Barons routed the Spartans, 15-5. Hess struck out a batter and walked three.
Manheim broke the game open with an eight-run second inning, after scoring five in the first.
The Barons kept the good times rolling Friday with timely hitting and strong pitching in a 12-7 victory at Pequea Valley.
Nate Loser and Taylor Rohrer homered for the Barons. Junior Isaiah Reiner earned his first varsity win on the mound.
Manheim finished the week at Lampeter-Strasburg Saturday with a 17-5 loss.
"The result was drastically different than last year's district game," Huber said about the loss to the Pioneers. "We took some lumps, giving up five home runs. I appreciate everything our pitching staff and players did this week under the conditions."
The Barons remained undefeated with two impressive performances last week, topping Ephrata 25-18, 25-11, 25-19 Tuesday and Garden Spot Thursday.
Ben Lehman came off the bench in the third set against Ephrata and provided the Barons with a nice serve, Central coach Craig Dietrich said. Lehman's serve kept the Mountaineers out of sorts on offense and provided the Barons a spark, Dietrich said.
Senior Ben Burkhart had 26 assists, Junior Mason Nissley collected three assists and nine kills and Senior Josiah Zimmerman posted two blocks.
Junior Brandyn Musser provided strong defense with five digs. Also strong up front with kills were seniors Isaac Shenk (8) and Tanner Stauffer (7).
Manheim also cruised to an easy win against Garden Spot, winning 25-9, 25-16, 25-18.
Burkhart led the way with 25 assists, seven digs and two aces. Nissley added 16 kills and two blocks.
The Barons ended the week with another impressive showing, winning the Warwick Invitational on Saturday.
Manheim went 12-0 in the tourney and won the championship for the second consecutive year. They beat state-ranked Palmyra (sixth in state) in pool-play two times and in the finals, 25-21.
Dietrich said the team stepped up the entire day and Nissley led the charge in the finals on offense.
The Barons started the week at cold, snowy ELCO. Manheim hit the ball well and played strong defense, finishing the game early after five innings.
Junior third baseman Codi Bollinger and sophomore Maddie Barbush (3-for-3) hit home runs for Manheim.
Pitchers Maddie Walter (senior) and Jordan Walter (sophomore) combined for the win.
The Barons were not as fortunate in their next game, a difficult 14-4 loss at Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneer bats exploded in the first for eight runs, making it challenging for the Barons to find their offensive groove, coach Gary Lever said.
Maddie Walter pitched the entire game in the loss. Barbush and senior, leftfielder BJ Bollinger each had 2 RBIs to cap the offensive momentum.
Wednesday the Barons returned home and scored 12 runs on nine hits in 4 innings to beat Cocalico 12-0.
Even more impressive than the offensive output was the pitching of sophomore Jordan Walter, who threw a no hitter. She struck out nine and walked only one batter.
Shortstop Tayler Lauver hit a home run and had two RBIs to highlight the hit brigade for the Barons.
Maddie Walter had a successful end of the week, gaining two wins. First she
pitched a one-hitter Thursday at Northern Lebanon, shutting out the Vikings for a 6-0 Baron victory. She struck out nine.
She followed this up with a 3-hitter as the Barons beat Pequea Valley 6-1 under the lights in Manheim. She did not give up an earned run and struck out 10 batters and walked none.
Lefever said Lauver, a senior, provided the winning hit, sparking a two-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie with a two-run double.
Pequea Valley beat Manheim 6-1. In the loss, Silas Eldeen, the No. 2 singles player for the Barons, notched their only win, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Manheim bounced back with a 4-3 win against Donegal. The Barons won the top three singles spots behind Trent Martin (6-1, 6-0), Eldeen (7-5, 6-4) and Andrew Rajaratnam (6-4, 6-3) and in No. 1 doubles with Martin and Eldeen, 8-2.
Coach Ryan Jeckel changed his doubles teams against Central York, moving junior Hunter Winters to the top court and teaming him with No. 1 player Martin for an 8-0 win at No.1 doubles.
Eldeen and Rajaratnam teamed up at No. 2 doubles for an 8-5 win that helped the Barons gain a 5-2 triumph against Central York.
"We just needed to look at something different," Jeckel said. "We were only winning one of top two doubles. We needed to find a style, a pair that worked."
This winning combination worked again Saturday in a 5-2 win against Wilson. The top three singles - Martin, Eldeen and Rajaratnam won again, as did the top two doubles.
Jeckel said Martin continues to play well as the team's leader and top player
"He is just consistent day in and day out," he said. "He sets the tone."
The coach said Winters had a great day against Wilson, even if he did not win. Winters was filling in at No. 4 for Jacob Hess, who missed the last two matches because of a family vacation.
"Hunter, at No.4, didn't get the win, but he hasn't played a lot of singles," Jeckel said. "He is still learning about his game. Moving him up in doubles with Trent was a big help and allowed the three guys ahead of him to just do what they do in singles."
Barons Ranked No. 1 in 2A Volleyball Coaches Poll April 9, 2018
This just in: Manheim Central is really good in boys' volleyball.
The defending Section Two champion and Lancaster-Lebanon League runner-up returns all but one player from last year's team that advanced to the semifinals in both the district and state tournaments.
Starting five seniors and two juniors, the Barons are ranked No.1 in Class 2A in the first Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
So far, the Barons are living up to their expectations by starting the season 4-0 in section-play and 6-0 overall.
Last week Manheim sandwiched two wins against weaker teams in Cedar Crest and Lebanon with an impressive victory against section rival Lancaster Mennonite.
They ended the week with a strong performance Saturday in the Northeastern Tourney, which featured as many as 10 ranked teams.
In the 40-team tourney, the Barons breezed through pool-play, beating William Tennent, Central Bucks West, Dallastown and Saegertown, a District 10 power ranked 7th in the state. Central won the match 30-13. No team scored more than 18 points against the Barons in pool-play.
In a crossover game, Central beat Dover and then took two games against Bishop Guilfoyle, which is ranked 8th in the state.
The action got more difficult in the quarterfinals, as the Barons held off Emmaus in a thriller. Emmaus is ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A.
It was a best out of three with games going to 15 points. Central won the first game in overtime, 26-24. They lost the second game 15-10 and held off Emmaus in the third for a 16-14 victory. The Barons were ahead 14-11 in the third, but Emmaus tied things at 14.
Emmaus missed a serve and Central put the next point away for the win.
"It was a pretty intense match," said head coach Craig Dietrich. "Every point mattered. We got what we wanted from this tournament."
Emotionally and physically drained, the Barons started off slow in the first two games against Hempfield in the semifinals and lost to the Black Knights, 25-21 and 25-19.
All in all, Dietrich was pleased with the Barons performance, as Central finished in the final four in the 40-team tourney.
In league play, Central cruised to an easy 3-0 win against Cedar Crest, winning 25-10, 25-17 and 25-14. Starting setter Ben Burkhart missed the game because of illness, forcing several Barons into different roles.
Tanner Stauffer stepped in and Central didn't miss a step, Dietrich said. "Injuries and illness can happen at any time during a season and players have to step up and get used to other roles," Dietrich said. His squad stayed focus and took care of business.
Stauffer served two aces, put up two blocks and added 14 assists during the match. Mason Nissley, an All-State selection last year, added two aces, two blocks and 15 kills. Ben Lehman registered two digs.
Against section rival Lancaster Mennonite, Central started off slow, trailing 6-1 - their biggest deficit on the season.
The Barons chipped away, tying the score 9-9. They had an 8-3 run and took off from there, scoring 14 of the next 24 points to pull away in the first set on their way a 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 win.
The slow start surprised Dietrich, but he said he and his team didn't panic. No timeouts. Just keep playing.
"It is hard to score that many points against us," said Dietrich, coaching in his ninth season with the Barons. "Ben Burkhart had a great set and whenever we are passing well we are difficult to stop; we are tough to beat."
Brandyn Musser, a defensive specialist, stepped up with some big saves and Stauffer and Nissley started hitting on all cylinders.
Nissley finished with15 blocks and two kills. Burkhart compiled 26 assists. Musser had 10 digs.
Against Lebanon, a 25-3, 25-9 25-11 Barons' victory, Dietrich played a lot of his younger players.
It is something he has done in several matches against lesser competition this season, resting his older players and mixing in the underclassmen so the cupboard won't be empty next season.
"It is a blessing in disguise," he said. "The older guys are really good with working with and training the younger guys. They (the underclassmen) don't have to do everything. Just need do their job. Come in and serve. Come in and block. It is easier to play with a 10-point lead."
Some of the younger players making a good impression include Ben Wolford, a junior middle blocker; Jeremiah Zimmerman, a freshman setter; and Blake Wagner, a freshman defensive specialist.
Brad Myer collected 10 kills, Musser had seven digs and Burkhart achieved 20 assists.
Dietrich said he tells players if they play well in practice they will be rewarded with playing time in matches. The Barons anticipate a long season, so getting players some rest is a positive.
In boys' tennis, the Barons lost two tight matches to Lampeter-Strasburg and Lancaster Mennonite both by 4-3 scores. They bounced back with a 5-2 win over Elco to improve their record to 2-2 in Section Two and 4-3 overall.
Head coach Ryan Jeckel said the key in the two losses was not getting out of doubles with wins. In both matches, the Barons were down 2-1 after singles, putting themselves in a bad situation going into doubles.
After graduating 10 seniors (nine of whom were in the top 10 on the squad) from last year's team, a team that won 18 matches, Central is young this season.
They are still learning how to win. It is a work in progress.
"You look at the scores and they are close," said Jeckel, in his 11th season as Barons coach. "On all the courts they are trying to figure it out, learning how to win close matches."
These guys need experience and they will get it next week, as the Barons have matches four straight days and again on Saturday.
Weather has played havoc with all the outdoor spring sports. Tennis players bundled up in sweat shirts battling the wind, when they weren't dealing with snow and rain on their courts.
"Weather has been a big factor," Jeckel said. "This is one of the choppiest seasons I've ever been a part of. My guys don't get days off. They play in the wind."
Senior Trent Martin, the No. 4 seed last season, is the No. 1 seed on the team this year. He is the team captain and the only returning starter.
"He busts it every day," Jeckel said. "He sets the tone every day."
The coach said freshman Andrew Rajartnam, who is playing at the No. 3 spot, is working very hard and moving and trending in the right direction.
Martin and junior Silas Eldeen are playing No. 1 doubles for the first time together this season. They are still learning to play together. Eldeen played at No. 11 on the depth chart last year.
Jeckel tried to get playing time for younger players like Eldeen, Hunter Winters and Tony Stoltzfus during last season's 18-3 campaign, knowing he'd have an inexperienced team this season.
"We build up our schedule to compete at (a high) level, but other teams didn't graduate like we did," Jeckel said. "But the guys are working hard. They are getting better."
Weather has impacted baseball, softball and track & field the most of any Central sports.
The baseball team beat Elizabethtown two weeks ago and had only one game since, beating Lebanon 9-1 last week. The weather has the Barons taking a wait and see approach.
"The players are handling the adversity the best they can," said head coach Matt Huber. "We've looked at it from a standpoint that we have to practice sometime. We might as well do it now."
To make up for the lack of games, Central plays every day this week - six games in a row.
Going back to that 7-4 E-town win, Huber said the team put the ball in play and applied pressure on the Bears' defense. In only their third time on a real field, he said his pitching and defense were solid.
Tyler Simon had a terrific first outing on the mound and Bryce Eberly was solid in relief. Simon, Taylor Rohrer and Nathan Loser had multiple hits. Drew Mummau and Jake Novak played "fantastic defense," Huber said.
Against Lebanon, the Barons erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to seal the win. Mummau earned the victory, striking out five.
In softball, the Barons have played only two games, a 5-3 loss to Warwick two weeks ago and a 5-1 setback against backyard rival Donegal this past Friday night.
"It has been very frustrating, as we have worked very hard as a team to prepare and it is challenging to keep momentum not ever knowing when or if we will play with any consistency," stated head coach Gary Lefever. "It will be extra challenging to get as many games in as possible in a shortened season to hopefully qualify for leagues and districts, but all teams are experiencing the same issues. The ones that stay focused are the ones that will succeed. Manheim will be one of them!"
Lefever said senior BJ Bollinger went 2-for-3 in her debut in left field and sophomore Lilly Wagner, a new starter in right field, has also hit well at the plate.
Senior Maddie Walter took the loss against Donegal, striking out eight and walking four batters.
The Barons' boys and girls track team finally swung into action last Friday against Lampeter-Strasburg. Both meets were nail-biters.
The boys won 76-74 and the girls were victorious 80-69.
Head coach Russ White said the boys meet came down to the last two events, the javelin and the 4x400 relay.
L-S led 69-67 when MC freshman Kade Kegarise, throwing for the first time, was able to get second place with a throw of 128-6. And the 4x400 team of junior Zach Reed, senior Preston Martin, senior Dave Merkey and Junior Will Rivers showed a lot of spirit in winning the race in 4:41, White said.
The girls were led by senior Billie Jo Bollinger and sophomore Laura Good.
Bollinger won the high hurdles in 15.3, an honor roll time; the open 400; the 300 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay.
Good won the 100 and 200, both by .1 second in exciting sprint races, White said. Good also won the long jump and took second place in the triple jump. Junior Mallory Sunderland won the 1600 and 3200.
Michael Finishes 14th in PA State Bowling March 19, 2018
Tanner Michael finished 14th out of 24 bowlers in the PA State boys' bowling championship Friday at Princess Lanes in Pittsburg, scoring 1170 for his six games in the tourney.
The champion was Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer with a six game 1455 total.
Michael was a little nervous for his first game in the state bowling championship, but his main issue was trying to learn what the lane was giving him, he said.
The Manheim Central senior shot a 156 in that first game, well below his 209 season average.
"After the first game I was like, 'Alright, I've got to pick it up,' " Michael said.
He did in the second game, shooting a 191. He switched balls for the third game and something clicked, as he collected a 279, the second highest score for a single game of the day.
He adjusted and got in a groove, posting 180 in the fourth game, 181 in the fifth and 183 in the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome his opening game score.
"As we changed lanes, I was slow to adjust and didn't score the way I wanted," he said. "I usually throw my normal shot that I use on my house floor (at Cain's Lanes). When nothing happened, I knew I had to throw a straighter ball, one with less of my normal hook."
Michael said bowlers found out the lane pattern five minutes before the tournament started. The oil pattern used is called a sports shot. He said he competed in a few tournaments with the pattern, but never on the scholastic level.
With district, regional and state tournaments, officials do not want bowlers to have an advantage by knowing the patterns prior to the event. Bowlers switch lanes for each game.
Michael said he made adjustments by lining up his shots with the arrows on the floor, but the oil gets pushed around differently on each lane and moves the ball differently. A bowler must make adjustments for ball movement.
"I thought it went well for the conditions they had," Manheim Central coach Chuck Ruhl said. "He adjusted well to bowling on different lanes."
Putting things into perspective, Ruhl said Michael finished 14th out of hundreds of bowlers who competed this season, noting that Michael placed sixth in districts and eighth in regionals. Only the top 12 in the east region and top 12 in the west region make the state tournament.
Michael said he was satisfied with his performance in states and learned a valuable lesson.
"I needed to be more confident with how I throw my shot," said Michael, 17, who has bowled since he was six years old. "A couple of times I thought, 'I think this is what I should do' I needed to be confident in what I was doing. It is important to stay calm and stay confident."
He said he plans to major in computer science next year, though he is undecided where he will attend college. He would like to continue bowling, even if it is on a club team in college.
"This was a real good way for him to end the season," said Ruhl, who previously coached Aerika High in the girls' state tournament. "I think we had a really good season as a team and as individuals. Tanner was named one of the MVPs for the season in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and was an all-star in Section Three."
Ruhl, who has coached the Barons since the program began 14 years ago, said this season was a milestone for wins with a 14-5 overall record and 11-2 in league-play.
"I think we had a great year," Michael said. "The most important thing is to not get angry. You can get frustrated when you bowl, but you have to stick together as a team and not do your own thing. This is something that can be learned."
Michael Qualifies for PA State Bowling Tourney March 12, 2018
Tanner Michael captured an eighth place medal out of 200 male bowlers at the Eastern Regionals Tournament held at Leisure Lanes on March 2 and qualified for the upcoming PA State Tournament at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 16.
Michael is just Central's second bowler to ever roll in the state championship tournament since the sport was started in Manheim 14 years ago.
"I am very proud of Tanner for qualifying for the State Championship Tournament," said head coach Chuck Ruhl. "He has worked very hard this year and has managed to stay focused and consistently hit his mark. Tanner's technique and smooth approach has served him well and I am confident that he will be able to stay calm and relaxed during tournament play and will perform at his best ability," added Ruhl. "This achievement is a great way for him to finish his high school bowling career. Tanner has been an asset to the bowling team since he was a freshman and was named "Rookie of the Year". Every year he improves his game and has proved himself to be a quiet leader amongst the bowling team," ended Ruhl.
Olivia Good and Lauren Michael represented the girls' team and also participated in the Regional Championships that took place at Dutch Lanes. Good finished in 30th place and Lauren Michael finished in 80th place in a field of 180 bowlers.
Grappling it out against the best of the best from all across the entire state of Pennsylvania for three straight days, Will Betancourt and Zack Zeamer well represented Manheim Central in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center on March 8-10.
Betancourt, a two time district gold medalist at the 113 pound weight class, contended against five top rated opponents and finished with a 3-2 record for a seventh place finish.
Beginning his tournament campaign, Betancourt (35-2) in championship round one was outmuscled by Hempfield Area's bronze medal winner Kyle Burkholder (40-5) by a 3-1 decision and knocked into the consolations round.
In his first matchup of consolations he pounded Pottsville's Nick Onea (31-9) to the mat for a pin fall at 3:20 and then edged West Allegheny's Jordan Watters (32-8) by decision 2-1 in the next round.
Andrew Smith (27-9) the sixth place finisher of Nazareth then defeated Betancourt in the next consolations bout by a 5-3 decision but Betancourt stayed alive in his next match winning by injury default against Christian Fisher (33-10) of Mifflin County to earn his seventh place finish.
Zack Zeamer, making his first ever tournament appearance, tangled with four highly ranked participants and ended his trip to chocolate town with a 2-2 record.
Zeamer (37-8), wrestling at the 132, started his tournament in the preliminaries round escaping Chartiers Valley's Zach Macy (29-11) by decision 5-2 and then moved on to championship round one where he survived East Stroudsburg South's Patrick Gould (29-5) in overtime by pin fall at 6:56.
Tyler Williams (32-10) the sixth place finisher from Souderton, then overpowered Zeamer in a quarterfinals round quarrel via a 6-1 decision and was sent into the consolations bracket.
Council Rock South's seventh place finisher Ben Radner (35-12) eliminated Zeamer from the tournament with a 3-2 consolation round affair.
Gehman Competes in District Swim Meet March 5, 2018
Maxwell Gehman ended his sophomore season as the only Manheim Central participant to swim in the Class AA District Three Championship Meet at Cumberland Valley High School this past weekend.
Gehman was the top swimmer for the team throughout the season.
"Maxwell swam great this weekend and improved both his times in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles," said head coach Heather Fittery.
On Friday, March 2 Gehman took to the pool in the 50 yard freestyle event and clocked a final time 22.93 for an 11th place finish.
One day later he returned to action taking part in the 100 yard freestyle and touched wall for a 12th place finish at a final time of 51.07.
I am looking forward to seeing Max improve over the next two years. He has great potential, if he works hard," ended Fittery.
Tanner Michael and Bryson Morton were Manheim's only representatives in the East PA Regional Championships held this past Friday at Leisure Lanes. With only the top six moving on to the state finals, Michael finished eighth overall with an 1165 five-game qualifying round total. Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer was the last state qualifier, bowling an 118080 total.
Morton settled for 29th, in a field of 192, and worked a 1084 total. His highest game of the series was a 224 bowled in the last game.
Betancourt Grabs Second District Gold February 25, 2018
Eight top-notch Manheim Central grapplers were up to the task last week at the District Three Class AAA South Central Championship Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center on February 22-24.
The Barons, wrestling with the best of 53 teams in the district, finished in 11th place with a total of 52 overall points.
"I was pleased with our performance as a whole and each wrestler showed why they belonged at districts," said head coach Billy Chamberlain. "There is always room for improvement, and the kids that didn't qualify for states got much needed experience," he added.
Will Betancourt outmuscled four straight competitive opponents to claim his second career gold medal, improving his current overall record to 32-0 and booking a trip back to chocolate town for the PIAA Tournament on March 8-10.
"Will showed poise and composure against throughout the tournament," Chamberlain mentioned.
Competing at the 113 pound weight class, Betancourt started his tournament trek in the first round and crashed Muhlenberg's Jordan Ziats to the mat for a pin fall just 38 seconds into the bout.
He then moved into the quarterfinals round with New Oxford's bronze medal winner Timothy Uhler and escaped the York County based wrestler by a tight 3-1 decision.
Continuing his pursuit, Betancourt then outlasted Dover's fourth place finisher Matthew Rodriguez with a 4:57 semifinals by pin fall at a time of 4:57 and obtained his championship title by creeping past Northeastern's silver medalist Cole Wilson 2-0.
Zack Zeamer (35-6), with a hard-fought bronze medal finish, also qualified for the PIAA Tournament with a 5-1 record.
"Zack winning five straight matches after losing in the opening round was impressive," stated Chamberlain.
Wrestling at 132, Zack Zeamer was defeated in the opening round by Spring Grove's Clay Baker via a 7-2 decision and dropping into the consolation round bracket.
In the first match of consolations he eliminated Cocalico's Grant Swann 10-4 and in the second bout, edged Cumberland Valley's Russell Zimmerman by a 3-2 decision.
The next bout also went to Zeamer's favor, knocking off Penn Manor's Caden Rogers by another decision 6-2 and moving onto the consi-semifinals where he blanked Chambersburg's Seth Runshaw 2-0.
Zeamer collected his third place finish in the consolation finals after sneaking past Dallastown's Dalton Daugherty by a 5-4 decision.
Garret Fittery (28-10), at 182, finished third best on the team going 3-2 to earn a sixth place finish.
In his first match, Fittery easily shutout Spring Grove's Trent Baker 8-0 but he was then defeated in the quarterfinals by Big Spring champion Blake Barrick by fall at 1:55 and sent into the consolations bracket.
Fittery rebounded against Conrad Weiser's Jack Meyer with a pin fall at the 1:52 mark and in the next round defeated Governor Mifflin's William Kitsch by a 3-0 decision.
In the consolation semifinals, Fittery was knocked off by Manheim Township's fourth place finisher Carter Hasson 3-1 and then Warwick's fifth place finisher Logan Boring by decision 5-1 in his final match.
Cade Zeamer (120) suffered a first round bye before being clipped 1-0 in the quarterfinals by Carlisle's silver medalist Rafael Portilla and sent into the consolations.
Zeamer (27-9) ended his season in the first round of consolations, suffering a 9-6 loss to McCaskey's fifth place finisher Nevin Estevez.
Conner Zeamer (126) opened his tournament quest with a first round setback to Chambersburg's six place finisher Cole Grove by pin fall at 2:55 but bounced back in the first round of consolations, slipping past Dallastown's Brooks Gable with a 7-5 victory.
Zeamer (22-16), in his second matchup of the consolations bracket, was put to his back by Central York's Logan Paluch at the 1:34 mark.
Ryan McKee (26-14) at 145 had a quick exit from the tournament. He was pinned by Twin Valley's Finn Tinsley at 1:26 and dropped into the consolations where he dropped his final match 12-2 against Waynesboro's Adam Wertz.
Also going 0-2, Austin Sauder (19-15), at 152, opened his tournament journey with Gettysburg's bronze medal winner Dylan Reinert and lost by pin fall at a time of 4:55. He also lost the first round of consolations versus Exeter's sixth place finisher Gage Morgan by fall at 2:28.
Posting a 1-2 record at 195, Keegan McCord (29-7) got off to a good start, outhustling Spring Grove's Ryan Miller 8-2 but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Exeter's Michael Crane on a 14-5 major decision. His tournament campaign came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Penn Manor's TJ Keener.
"My greatest concern for Will and Zack in the PIAA Tournament is that they won't enjoy the moment with these experiences being once in a lifetime. I just want the kids to have fun," ended Chamberlain.
Sophomore swimmer Maxwell Gehman will compete in the District Three Championship Meet at Cumberland Valley High School on March 2-3.
"I am excited to see Max swim at Districts," said head coach Heather Fittery. "It's a big meet and I am hoping he responds well to atmosphere, getting hyped for his swims. He has been doing a good taper and we are looking for some good time drops."
Gehman, the most consistent swimmer on the team, will make a splash in the 50 yard freestyle on Friday and the 100 yard freestyle on Saturday.
Tanner Michael knocked down pins for a sixth place finish at the District Three Singles Championship at Berks Lanes in Sinking Springs on Saturday.
Michael, in the qualifying round, rolled a 204-241-236-174-203-249 for a series total of 1307. In the finals bracket Michael was out rolled by Warwick's fourth place finisher Isaac Erickson 203-184 in the quarterfinals to earn his sixth place medal.
Barons Take Second in District Sectionals February 19, 2018
Wrestling against the area's finest, several of the Baron matmen took part in the District Three Class AAA Sectional Championship Tournament at Hempfield High School on Saturday, February 17.
Central finished the action packed event that consisted of 15 teams from Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties with a second place finish with 181.5 total points behind strong armed champion Central Dauphin (208).
Will Betancourt and Cade Zeamer added to the Barons remarkable achievements on the mats this season by winning gold medals and punched their ticket to the District Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center this weekend.
Betancourt, a repeat champion at the 113 pound weight class outmuscled three top rated opponents. After a bye in the first round, he nailed McCaskey's Jose Tirado to the floor with a quick 59 second pin fall in the quarterfinals round, and then dominated Central Dauphin's bronze medal winner Tye Weathersby with a 15-0 technical fall at 4:29. He capped his gold medal finish in the finals overpowering Lampeter-Strasburg's Arik Harnish via a 16-0 technical fall at 3:22.
Outlasting four straight opponents, Cade Zeamer (120) started his strenuous tournament campaign in the first round and slammed Hershey's Logan Kreamer with a pin fall at 1:17. From there he pinned Solanco's fourth place finisher Sheldon Peiffer in a quarterfinals round tussle at the 4:48 mark before escaping McCaskey's bronze medal winner Nevin Estevez with a 6-2 decision in a semifinals round matchup.
In the finals, Zeamer collected his first career title against Central Dauphin's Mitchell Arch, defeating the Mid-Penn participant by well-deserved 5-1 decision.
Zack Zeamer and Keegan McCord are also chocolatetown bound after collecting silver medals.
Going 3-1 at the 132 pound weight class, Zack Zeamer began his day with a first round bye and then easily defeated Solanco's Chase Charles with a 16-1 technical fall (4:33) in the quarterfinals. One bout later he blanked Lower Dauphin's Tyler Walters with a 9-0 major decision in the semis but lost in the finals to Central Dauphin's Andrew Wert who claimed the gold with a 10-2 major decision.
McCord at 195 also finished 3-1 and started with an opening round bye and moved into the quarterfinals where he pinned Lampeter-Strasburg's Johnny Franklin at 2:29. Next McCord battled past Elizabethtown's Blake Andrews with a 9-1 major decision in the semifinals and dropped a tight 3-2 decision to Central Dauphin's Mitchell Talbott.
Conner Zeamer and Ryan McKee chipped in with bronze medals for the Barons and also qualified for district competition.
Conner Zeamer (126) accepted a first round bye and then followed up with a 5-0 quarterfinals shutout over Lampeter-Strasburg's Mason Blank. In the semifinals, Central Dauphin champion Chris Wright pinned C. Zeamer 23 seconds into the bout. In the consi-semis Zeamer worked a 29 second fall over Solanco's Zach Spade and then pinned Palmyra's Nick Carroll in 4:23.
McKee (145) started with an opening round clash against Hershey's Tariq Von Getzie where he won by fall at the 1:17 mark. In the next bout, he cruised past Lampeter-Strasburg's Nick Salgado with an impressive 14-2 major decision victory but unfortunately was tripped up by Hempfield's silver medalist Christian Carr in the semifinals by a 16-6 major decision.
McKee came back with a 1:33 fall over Donegal's Dimitri Gonzales and grabbed the bronze with a 57 second fall over Warwick's Hayden Shreiner.
Completing the Barons list of top performers, Austin Sauder and Garret Fittery both clinched fourth place finishes and qualified for districts.
Sauder (152) decked Elizabethtown's Zach Frank in 2:52 and pinned Palmyra's Dylan Brown in 3:18 in the quarterfinals. Lower Dauphin's eventual champion Clayton Ulrey then outmaneuvered Sauder with a 2:20 fall in the semifinals. Sauder rebounded with a tight 5-4 nod over Hempfield's I Edwards before settling for fourth after losing 9-0 to Warwick's Luke Hirtzel in the third place finals.
Fittery, at 182, got his tournament journey underway with a forfeit in round one and then eluded Penn Manor's Aj Cox by a 7-3 decision in the quarterfinals. Warwick's Logan Boring, the silver medal winner, edged Fittery by a narrow 3-1 decision in the semis.
Fittery extended his season with a fight 5-3 win over Hempfield's Chase Mathias but couldn't solve Township's Carter Hasson in a 6-3 loss.
Barons Battle L-S, Solanco and GS in Section Two February 5, 2018
The boys' basketball suffered Section Two losses to Lampeter-Strasburg, Solanco, and Garden Spot last week, dropping their overall record to 8-12.
Lampeter's Patrick Holmes' game high 15 points fueled the Pioneers past the Barons for the second time this season 51-19.
The Pioneers built a 13-9 first quarter lead and blew things open wide open with an 11-2 second quarter for a 24-11 advantage at the break. The second half was more of the same as L-S outpointing the Barons 27-8 to wrap up the win.
Manheim's scoring leaders included Chase Marquette (11), Connor Hostetter (5), Jake Novak (2), and Cameron Sell (1).
Dawson Kreider scored 12 points for Solanco on Wednesday, helping the Mules sneak past the Barons with a 41-38 victory.
An 11-4 lead at the end of the first stanza set the tone for Solanco which didn't last long as Manheim, led by Marquette's team high 11 points, outscored the Mules 15-7 in the second for a one point 19-18 lead at the intermission.
Solanco outscored the Barons 23-19 in the second half to secure the victory.
Also scoring for the Barons was Drew Mummau (10), Sell (6), Novak (5), Carson Brenize (3), Hostetter (2), and Evan Hosler (1).
Third place Garden Spot was their next opponent on Friday and Jordan Shewbridge's game high 17 points was the difference in a 63-24 victory over the Barons.
Garden Spot ended the first period with a whopping 16-0 score and took the second quarter 13-2 for a sizeable 29-2 lead after 16 minutes of play.
The second half was much closer but the Spartans maintained control, outscoring Manheim 34-22 to complete the victory.
Hostetter (11), Sell (4), Young (4), Matt Weiderrecht (3), and Mummau (2), were Manheim's scoring leaders.
Scoring a total of 132 points last week, the girls' basketball team improved their District Three Playoff Tournament chances by defeating both Solanco and Garden Spot along with a setback to first place Lampeter-Strasburg in Section Two play, lifting their overall record at 8-12.
The week started at Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, January 29. Emma Gochnauer's game high 14 points helped the Pioneers defeat the Lady Barons for the second time this season, 46-28.
Getting off to a fast start Lampeter-Strasburg ended the first stanza in the lead 12-5 but Central, sparked by Kassidy Michael's team high 10 points, outpointed the Pioneers 12-10 in the second quarter to trail the home team 22-17 at the intermission.
Lampeter-Strasburg pulled away from the Lady Barons 24-11 in the second half and earned their impressive 18 point victory.
Also adding to the final point total was Lily Doerschuck (5), Laura Good (5), Serena Conde (4), Brooke Breinich (2), and Elli Weaver (2).
A stellar 26 point performance by Good was key against Solanco on Wednesday, January 31 as the Lady Barons escaped the Golden Mares, 54-50.
"Laura had a big night," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She finished strong in transition, whether she was leading the break or not, and iced the game at the foul line, so it was a very well-rounded offensive performance. She also added five steals so she had a strong defensive game as well," added Burns.
Doerschuk led the team in the first quarter with five points and the Lady Barons held a 16-11 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Solanco at the 5:13 mark in the second period went on a 6-0 run and took over, 17-16.
Later in the period the Mares upped the score to 24-18 before Good nailed two foul shots and added a putback to get within two, 24-22 at the break.
Breinich (13 points) easily scored her 12th point of the night in the beginning of the third period and Doerschuk (10 points) buried her second trey of the game to regain the lead 31-30.
Good then got hot, scoring seven straight points for a 42-37 lead at the conclusion of the period.
Solanco wouldn't give up and came from behind with 40.6 seconds left in regulation to cut the lead to one, 51-50. All the Mares could do was then intentionally foul, putting Good on the line where she iced the four point victory.
Chipping into the Manheim win column was Conde with five points.
Breinich and Good combined for 24 points in a home game with Garden Spot on last Friday and secured a come-from-behind 50-42 victory.
Three was the magic number in the first period with the trio of Weaver (3 points), Doerschuk (9 points), and Breinich all scoring a trey for an 11-8 lead in the first quarter.
Garden Spot, paced by Megan Fisher's game high 12 points, netted 15 points for a 23-17 lead going into the locker rooms at halftime.
The Spartans went on a quick 6-0 run in the early moments of the third quarter and added to their lead 29-17.
Central kept their composure and managed to cut the Spartans lead to 29-25 with a Michael (7 points) drive to the hoop at the finish of 24 minutes.
Breinich's second trey of the contest made the score 37-29 with time roiling off the clock and two three point shots by Garden Spot cut the lead to 45-40.
Foul trouble proved costly for Garden Spot as Breinch and Doerschuk capitalized on four foul shots to secure their eighth victory of the season.
Adding to the final point count was Conde with 7 points.
"We are coming together and playing well as a team at the right time," said Burns. "We are focused on finishing these next two games strong and hoping for a district playoff spot."
The race for the L-L League Rifle championship got a lot tighter as the Barons split shootouts last week with Governor Mifflin and Elizabethtown. The Barons are now tied for second place with Ephrata with an overall record of 9-3.
Last Tuesday at Governor Mifflin, Cade Ginder, Gage McCabe, and Hunter Gartside all fired a perfect 100 to guide the Barons past the Mustangs 498-476. Charles Miller and Austin Rhodes both gunned 99's to finish in second place.
On Thursday the team hosted Elizabethtown and was upset by the Bears, 498-496.
Leading the Barons was Ginder and Rhodes who both blasted a perfect 100. McCabe and Alex Stone punched 99's and Oliva Stone chipped in with a 98.
The Section Three second place bowling team won a hat trick of matches against Lampeter-Strasburg, Manheim Township, and Northern Lebanon last week.
At Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, the Barons (12-3) blanked the fourth place Pioneers, 7-0.
Bryson Morton rolled a 211-203-182 for a match high series total of 596. Tanner Michael was second with a 200-180-187 for a series total of 567 and Spencer Brendel followed with a 152-179-224 for a 555 series.
Olivia Good (151-172-204-527), and Chris ILL (185-179-139-503) also competed.
At Cain's Lanes on Wednesday, the Barons blanked Manheim Township 7-0.
Brendel was the top bowler rolling a 204-209-204 for a series total of 617.
In crossover action with Northern Lebanon on Friday, the Barons prevailed 5-2. Jared Fry led the team with a 191-232-133 - 556 series.
The Section Two and league champion wrestling team hit the mats for the District Three Class AAA Team Tournament at their home gymnasium on Tuesday.
Central, the top seeded, squared off with 16th seeded Governor Mifflin in the first round and used five pins to outmuscle the Mustangs 52-21.
Austin Sauder (152) in the first bout, defeated Dalton Putt by decision 7-3 and took a 3-0 lead but John Arentz (160) then pinned Issac Dorwart at 1:50 to give the Mustangs a 6-3 lead. The Andrew Siegrist (170) blanked Dante Cavallucci 3-0 to tie the score at 6-6.
Garret Fittery (182) and Keegan McCord (195) both scored falls to regain an 18-6 lead while Dalton Gainer (220) pinned Dylan Kohl at 3:05 to stretch the lead to 24-6.
Governor Mifflin, with a forfeit and a 9-3 decision, won the next two bouts before Will Betancourt (113) decked Michael Raab in 1:10 to make the score 30-15.
Cade Zeamer (120) by forfeit, Conner Zeamer (126) with a fall, and Zack Zeamer (132) by decision raised the score to 45-15.
Ryan Kreider (138) accepted another forfeit and Governor Mifflin's Jake Blanski (145) was awarded a forfeit in the final bout of the night to cap the Baron victory.
The team then clashed with 9th seeded Dallastown in the quarterfinals but the Wildcats slipped past the Barons in a tight 31-30 score sending them into the consolation round bracket.
At Spring Grove on Thursday, in their first consolations match, the team went neck-and-neck against number five seed New Oxford and came up short 28-21.
Regular season competition is now over for the swimming team after suffering losses against Cocalico and Lampeter-Strasburg at the Lititz Recreation Center. Both Barons squads finished with identical 0-9 overall records.
"The teams swam very well in the last dual meets," said head coach Heather Fittery. "In the Cocalico meet, we had 90 percent best times from the boys and girls. I am very happy that the kids worked hard and improved their times this season."
Section Two first place Cocalico easily dispatched the boy's team sweeping all 11 events in a 139-23 victory.
Kaylin Jury finished in first place in one individual event despite a 105-54 loss to the sixth place Eagles. She won the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:47.62.
The team also lost to Lampeter-Strasburg in the final meet of the season. Maxwell Gehman, who returned to the pool after illness, won two events in an 85-53 loss.
He touched wall first in the 50 freestyle (23.22), and the 100 freestyle (54.49). The team of Gehman, Joshua Varner, Luke Weaver, and Logan Burkholder also won the 200 freestyle relay in a combined 1:45.59.
All 11 events belonged to the Lampeter-Strasburg girl's squad in topping Manheim 118-36.
"Maxwell Gehman, Nathan Shearn, Joshua Varner, Luke Weaver, and Ethan Harner will swim Friday at the league meet," said Fittery. "Competing for the girls on Saturday are Kaylin Jury, Ashley Hartzler, Lily Redcay, Ellie Fittery, and McKayla Miller. The swimmers are looking for personal best times," she added.
"It's a tough league with a lot of talent," she added. "I am hoping this will push Maxwell Gehman to do his best times. He will be a District AA qualifier for Manheim Central in March," ended Fittery.
Barons Win Second Straight Section Two Title January 29, 2018
Manheim Central added to their prestigious list of accomplishments on the mats winning their second straight Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two title at home with Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, January 22. With four key pins Central (12-1) overpowered the Pioneers 48-19, giving Barons rookie head coach Billy Chamberlain his first section crown.
Lampeter-Strasburg took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first bout when Bryan McKim defeated Ryan Kreider (152) 3-1.
Austin Sauder (160), with a 12-1 major over Jeff Elser, gave the Barons a lead they never relinquished. Andrew Siegrist scored a 4-2 decision against Connor Penry (170) and the Barons then won back-to-back bouts as Garret Fittery (182) dominated Logan Davidson with a 16-6 major and Keegan McCord (195) defeated John Franklin 22-5 to lift their lead to 16-3.
Jack Eckman (220) knocked off Dalton Gainer with a 14-6 major decision, cutting the lead to 16-7 but Tyler Dougherty (285) blanked Tyler Phenegar to put Central back in control 19-7.
Brandon Kheuangthirath scored the first fall of the night at 106, taking Hunter Erb to his back in 1:40 plus Will Betancourt (113) won by technical fall 17-2 over Arik Harnish, pushing the score to 30-7.
Nailing down the second pin, Cade Zeamer (120) took Riley Eckman to the mat at 1:25 before the Pioneers won back-to-back falls at 126, and 132 to close the gap to 36-19 score.
Central countered with a Zack Zeamer (138) fall over Ramon Estevez at 3:12 and Ryan McKee (145) pounded Nick Salgado to the ground for the final fall at 1:45 to wrap up the 29 point victory.
In their next match at Lebanon on Wednesday, the Barons used nine forfeits and departed with a 70-6 victory against the Cedars.
Of the four Barons that had matches, Siegrist (170) and Cade Zeamer (120) earned decisions. Kheuangthirath (106) added a 15-2 major decision and Dougherty (285) pinned Eddie Torres at 1:35.
The Barons, currently ranked number one in the District Three Class AAA Team Tournament, crowned three wrestlers as champions and had 10 participants win medals to seize the team title at the L-L League Championships at Garden Spot High School last Friday and Saturday.
Central (219) upended Northern Lebanon (203), Cocalico (191), Warwick (175), and Penn Manor (161) to add another title to its trophy case.
Betancourt won the 113 pound bracket with a win by fall over Harnish of Lampeter-Strasburg in the championship finals.
Zack Zeamer(132) won his gold medal after beating Penn Manor's Caden Rogers by a 6-1 decision and McCord secured the gold at 195, beating Warwick's Steven Seepaul 5-1.
Cade Zeamer, at 120, and Fittery (182) both earned silver medals while McKee snagged a bronze medal finish at 145 pounds.
Finishing in fourth place was Sauder (152) and Siegrist (170) while Connor Zeamer (126) and Kreider (138) contributed with seventh place efforts.
Moving up the ladder, the rifle team forced a three way tie for first place with Ephrata and Conestoga Valley after winning two straight away matches against Ephrata and Garden Spot to improve their current overall record to 8-2.
In a shootout with Ephrata last Tuesday, Cade Ginder and Austin Rhodes both blasted a perfect 100 to escape the Mountaineers 496-493. Alex Stone and teammate Gage McCabe finished second gunning 99's, and Hunter Shoop punched a 98 to finish in third place.
On Thursday against Garden Spot, Rhodes fired a perfect 100 to lead the Barons past the Spartans 495-486. Hunter Gartside, Charles Miller, and Ginder all finished second with a 99, alongside Dawson Good who punched a 98 to complete Manheim's top marksmen.
Closing in on the chase for the top spot in Section Three, the bowling team defeated both Garden Spot and Lancaster Catholic at Cain's Lanes last week.
Third place Garden Spot was the first match on the Barons (9-3) Section Three agenda. They rolled past the Spartans 5-2.
Chris ILL finished with a match high 235-169-223 for a series total of 627.
In crossover play with Lancaster Catholic on Friday, the Barons blanked the Crusaders 7-0.
The top bowler of the match, Tanner Michael rolled a 259-258-193 for a 710 series. Bryson Morton placed second with a 188-205-228 for a 621 while Olivia Good rolled a 138-208-150 for a 496 and finished third. Jarred Fry (158-194-352), and Spencer Brendel (135-150-285), were the fourth and fifth place finishers.
The Central swimmers went up against Lancaster Catholic in a Section Two meet on Tuesday at Franklin & Marshall College and both teams lost to the Crusaders.
Nathan Shearn did a great job winning the 100 backstroke (1:13.72) in a 121-42 setback to the Crusaders.
The girls team came up empty in first place finishes and suffered a 133-36 loss to the fourth place Crusaders.
The team also dropped a pair to Cocalico on Thursday at the Lititz Recreation Center, however two talented sophomore girls endured the 500 yard freestyle. Kaylin Jury (6:47.62) and Talia Galbreath finished in first and second place for Manheim Central (0-8) despite losing to the Eagles 105-54.
The first place Eagles easily won all 11 events in topping the Barons (0-8) 139-23.
"We are continuing to have best times from our swimmers," said head coach Heather Fittery. "Some dropped several seconds in both meets this week. We still have several swimmers out sick and that has been tough. You can't fill a lineup and come out on top with the numbers we have on the team," explained Fittery.
Keeping their L-L League Playoff hopes alive, the boys basketball team went 2-2 last week winning games against Solanco and Elizabethtown while bowing out against Northern Lebanon and Cocalico. They currently sit in third place.
Solanco came to town on Monday, January 22 and Connor Hostetter's game high 24 points propelled the Barons (8-9) to a 55-45 victory.
The home team battled past Solanco at the end of the first stanza with a small 9-8 lead but pumped up their offense in the second period outscoring the Mules 16-7 for a 25-15 advantage at the end of 16 minutes of basketball.
Both teams scored 30 second half points but it was the Barons that would come out on top with the 10 point triumph.
Other point scorers included Chase Marquette (12), Jake Novak (8), Cameron Sell (7), Drew Mummau (3), and Josh Young (1).
Sparked with another game leading performance by Hostettler (19 points) the Barons swept the series at Elizabethtown on Tuesday, winning 55-44.
Manheim led 9-7 in a tight first quarter but picked up the pace in the second frame and held a 24-16 advantage at the break.
The Barons outscored the Bears 17-10 in the third period and 18-14 over the final eight minutes to secure the win.
Chipping into the final point total was Marquette (12), Evan Hosler (9), Mummau (8), Novak (4), Sell (2), and Carson Brenize (1).
Non-League play brought the Barons to Northern Lebanon on Thursday where they suffered a 43-40 overtime thriller to the Vikings.
Alex Yeager's game high 18 points helped Northern Lebanon to a one point 11-10 lead in the first period until Central, highlighted by Sell's team high 14 points, matched the Vikings with 11 second quarter points for a 22-21 halftime score.
Just two points were scored by both teams in a defensive third period but in the fourth frame, Central knotted the contest at 33-33 and forced an overtime period.
The extra period also turned out to be a back and forth scenario that saw the Vikings outscore the Barons 10-7 to escape with the win.
Hostetter (10), Marquette (7), Novak (6), and Hosler (3) added to the scoring total.
At Cocalico on Friday, the Eagles avenged an earlier season loss, soaring past the Barons 53-41.
Behind Novak and Hostetter, who both netted a team high 11 points, Manheim took an early 19-12 lead in the first period but Cocalico, paced by Nick Lucky's game high 13 points, came from behind in the second, outscoring Manheim 15-6 for a 27-25 lead at the break.
Cocalico continued to outpoint Manheim in the second half, 26-16, and secured the come from behind win.
Adding point scoring was Marquette (8), Hosler (4), Sell (3), Brenize (2), and Mummau (2).
In Quarryville on Monday, Lily Doerschuk hit five straight three point shots against Solanco including three in the first quarter and finished with a team high 15 points but it wasn't enough as the Mares defeated the Barons 58-47.
Doerschuk opened the scoring with a triple, giving Manheim (6-11) their only lead of the night. Her second trey cut the lead to 7-6, while her third triple in the quarter made it 13-9.
Solanco ended the period with a 19-11 lead and then upped the score to 36-26 at the intermission outhustling the Lady Barons 17-15 in the second quarter.
The second half was pretty evenly played but the Mares clipped Manheim 22-21 to collect the victory.
Others scoring points included Laura Good (11), Brooke Breinich (5), Kassidy Michael (5), Elli Weaver (4), Serena Conde (4), and Hannah Barbush (3).
Breinich poured in a game high 14 points and the Barons walloped last place Lebanon at home on Tuesday, 65-40.
Conde, Doerschuk, and sophomore Michael all scored double figures as the Lady Barons won their fifth game of the season.
At Northern Lebanon, the Vikings (16-3), who are ranked fifth among all Class 4A teams, jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never looked back in claiming a 38-26 non-league victory over the Lady Barons.
Breinch was the top Manheim scorer with 11 points.
At home on Friday, the Lady Barons earned a come-from-behind seven point victory over Cocalico.
"Being down as much as 11, the girls didn't give up," said head coach Amanda Burns. "They played strong all four quarters and we were confident we would begin to hit shots and make plays. It was a team effort," she added.
Michael's game high 20 points was crucial in the 49-42 Section Two triumph against the Eagles.
"Kassidy brings a lot of athleticism and determination to our team. She understands game situations, can read defenses, and makes plays happen," said Burns. "She works to get her teammates involved, pushes in transition, and rebounds well for us."
Also scoring was Conde (8), Good (8), Doerschuk (7), and Breinich (6).
Baron Swimmers Battle Ephrata Mountaineers January 22, 2018
Without a win but still progressive, the Manheim Central swim team was back in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two aquatic action in a rescheduled meet at Ephrata on Thursday, January 18. Unfortunately the Barons were swept by the Mountaineers.
"Ephrata was a tough meet," said head coach Heather Fittery. "Sicknesses on the boy's side left us with six boys to compete.
"We had, however, have several best times. Ephrata has strong teams, their girls are at the top of our section," Fittery added.
Ephrata won all but one event in boys competition easily defeating the Barons (0-6) 113-40 to take a current fourth place ranking behind third place Elizabethtown.
Maxwell Gehman was Manheim's only winner, touching wall first in the 50 freestyle with a final time of 23.78.
The first place Ephrata girls squad was victorious in all 11 events blasting the Barons (0-6) by a 125-43 final score.
"We have three dual meets left," noted Fittery. "I am happy with how the kids have been swimming. Hopefully we can end the season healthy and with best times."
Gaining momentum in Section Three, the bowling team had a successful week, splitting with Conestoga Valley and Lancaster Mennonite to improve their current overall record to 7-3.
At home at Cain's Lanes on Thursday, the Barons suffered a 5-2 non-league loss against Conestoga Valley.
It was another team leading performance by Tanner Michael who rolled a 245-247-166 for a series total of 658.
Back at Cain's Lanes on Friday, January 19 the team hosted Lancaster Mennonite in a section crossover clash and shutout the Blazers 7-0.
Michael had another not too shabby finish with a match high of 215-193-249 for an impressive series total of 657.
"Our goal every year is to improve technique and spare shooting," said head coach Chuck Ruhl.
"We hope to win our section this year and be successful in post season play, both as a team and individuals."
The rifle team had an at their home range type of week hosting both Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley posting back-to-back victories against the Blue Streaks and Buckskins to stretch their current overall record to 6-2.
Starting the action in a shootout with Manheim Township on Thursday, Gage McCabe gunned a perfect 100 to help the Barons sneak past the Blue Streaks 595-594.
Alex Stone, Austin Rhodes, Dawson Good, Cade Ginder, and Hunter Shoop all fired 99's to finish in second place.
One day later, in a tussle with Conestoga Valley, Rhodes and teammate Olivia Stone both nailed a perfect 100 to spark the Barons past the Buckskins 497-492.
The threesome of Alex Stone, Ginder, and Charles Miller all punched 99's to round out the top Manheim sharpshooters.
Harsh winter weather left the girl's basketball team with only a one game week as the Lady Barons traveled to cross-town nemesis Donegal in Mount Joy on Friday for a Section Two showdown.
Donegal's Carly Diffenderfer pumped in a team high 26 points and the Indians used a 31 point second half to edge the Lady Barons in a 61-59 thriller.
"I was happy about the way the team played," said head coach Amanda Burns. "It came down to the last possession and Donegal made one more play than we did.
"It was a tough loss to swallow, be we again have proven to ourselves we can compete with anyone in our section," Burns stated.
The first stanza was packed full of offense as the period ended in a 17-17 tie. Central (4-9), led by Brooke Breinich's game high 28 points, outgunned Donegal in the second period 18-13 to head into the locker rooms with a 35-30 lead.
"Brooke Breinich had a big night," stated Burns. "She hit pivotal shots throughout the game. She can drive, shoot, post, and we value her experience and ability."
Manheim, who finished the game with seven three point shots, and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line, outmaneuvered the Indians 17-14 to take 52-44 advantage at the end of three.
Donegal, with five treys on the night and who went 10-of-13 from the free throw line, dominated the final eight minutes of the game 17-7 to obtain the two point come from behind victory.
Laura Good (12), Serena Conde (8), Lily Doerschuk (6), Elli Weaver (3), and Hannah Barbush (2) also contributed to the point total.
On Saturday, January 13 the Baron grapplers upped their overall record to a sizzling 10-1 by dominating the competition at the Gettysburg Duals.
Central outmuscled Camp Hill, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, New Oxford, and Bermudian Springs, as wrestlers Will Betancourt, Zack Zeamer, Austin Sauder, Keenan McCord, and Tyler Dougherty won all five competitions.
Cade and Conner Zeamer, Andrew Siegrist, and Garret Fittery all went 4-1 to finish the day.
The boys' basketball team went 1-1 this week with a victory against York Suburban in a non-league clash and a Section Two loss to Donegal, giving the Barons a current overall record of 6-7.
On the road at York Suburban last Thursday Connor Hostetter drained a game high 20 points and the Barons used a 27 point second half to defeat the Trojans 42-39.
York Suburban, led by Aidan Hughley's team high 12 points, led 8-7 at the end of the first eight minutes. Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter as the home team held a narrow one point 16-15 lead at the intermission.
After a motivating pep talk at the break, Central who finished the night with five three pointers and went a flawless 5-of-5 from the free throw line, came out and scored 14 points in the third period.
The Trojans, with a hat trick of treys and just 3-of-6 free throws, also managed to score 14 points and led 30-29 with one quarter left.
The final eight minutes of regulation belonged to Central, who outhustled York Suburban 13-9 to secure the three point achievement.
Drew Mummau (9), Chase Marquette (6), Cameron Sell (3), Evan Hosler (3), and Josh Young (1), also put points into the Manheim win column.
On Friday the team hosted Donegal. Avery Walker's team high 13 points and Donegal's 25 point second half surge helped the Indians escape with a one point 40-39 victory against the Barons, moving them into second place in the Section Two rankings.
"We executed but could not put the ball into the basket when we needed to," said head coach Charles Fisher. "We held Donegal to 40 points, but we should have won the basketball game," he added.
Central, paced by Hostetter's game high 18 points, won the opening tip off and went on a quick 7-0 run. Hostetter sparked the 10-6 quarter score with five points.
A Hostetter jumper in the second quarter kept Manheim in front, 12-10. Mummau (14 points) added one of his three triples and a Carson Brenize (2 points) drive to the basket late in the period gave the home team a 17-15 lead at halftime.
"Drew Mummau takes nice shots and hopefully he will progress as a basketball player," said Fisher.
Manheim led early in the third period, 23-19, on an easy Mummau shot in the paint and 25-19 on another jump shot from Hostetter at the 4:32 mark.
Falling behind to Donegal late in the period, Mummau connected on his third trey of the evening, deadlocking the score 28-28, but the Indians scored two points on a buzzer beater and took over a 30-28 lead after three periods.
Donegal went on a 4-1 run and led 34-29 with 3:26 left in the game. Mummau's final long range trey of the game cut the lead to 34-32.
Scoring four points, Donegal extended the score to 38-32 with just over two minutes remaining and eventually Hostetter's second trey of the game cut the lead to one, 40-39, but then time ran out for the Barons.
Hosler (3), and Marquette (2), also scored points for Manheim.
Conde Nets 16 As Barons Nip Spartans 55-54 January 15, 2018
The Manheim Central girls' basketball team won for the fourth time this season at Garden Spot in a Section Two feud on Tuesday, January 9. Serena Conde's game high 16 points led the Lady Barons to an exciting one point 55-54 victory.
"Serena is one of our strongest communicators on the court," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She is our defensive leader, defending the rim rebounding, and has the ability to switch out and defend guards," Burns added.
Garden Spot took a 13-10 lead after the first 8 minutes of play before Manheim regrouped their offense, outscoring the Spartans 17-15 in the second period to trail the home team by one point 28-27 at the intermission.
In a back-and-forth third period, Garden Spot fueled by Karli Stoltzfus's team high 15 points, clipped the Lady Barons 12-11 to take a 40-38 advantage at the end of 24 minutes played.
Down the stretch, Manheim, who went 14-of-23 from the free throw line, battled past Garden Spot 17-14 to secure the well-deserved victory.
Hannah Barbush (9), Elli weaver (9), Laura Good (9), Allison Cassel (7), and Brooke Breinich (5), also contributed in scoring.
A rescheduled matchup with first place Lampeter-Strasburg took place at home on Thursday, January 11. Emma Gochnauer's team high 14 points helped the Pioneers defeat the Lady Barons 52-33.
Good, scoring 10 of her game high 16 points in the first stanza, gave Central a short lived 15-12 lead but LS drained a three point shot in the early moments of the second period to tie the score 15-15.
"Laura is stepping up as a leader on our team," stated Burns. "I am impressed with how coachable she is. She is learning and growing every day."
"She asks questions, reflects, and has a drive to be the best. She gives us 100% each practice and game and is a great role model four our team," ended Burns.
Lampeter-Strasburg then went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-15 advantage with 2:42 remaining on the clock and connected on a three point buzzer beater for a 25-20 lead at halftime.
L-S continued its consistent scoring, netting 13 points in the third and 14 in the fourth while holding the Barons to single digits with 9 and 4 respectively.
At the 3:33 mark in the third period a Conde (5 points) shot in the post cut the Pioneers lead to 31-27 but that was as close as it would get.
Brenich (7), Weaver (3), and Barbush (2), also scored points for Manheim.
The three game week ended with a home game against Ephrata on Friday. Kandice Liebl's game high 17 points plus a 25 point first half sparked the Mountaineers to a 41-36 victory against the Lady Barons (4-8).
Barbush netted four of her six points in the opening period as the Barons trailed Ephrata 11-8.
Ephrata stretched their lead to 18-13 at the 3:49 mark in the second period before a drive to the twine by Lily Doerschuk (2 points) set the score at 18-15. The Mountaineers then went on an impressive 7-1 run to hold a 25-16 lead at the intermission.
With about three minutes left in the third period, Good, who led the team with 12 points, connected on a foul shot (14-of-16) and a Conde (8 points) bucket down low closed the lead to 29-21. Ephrata then capitalized on a Manheim technical foul at the 2:14 mark with three straight foul shots to catapult the score to 32-21. A layup by Breinich (8 points) finished the period down by nine points 33-24.
Midway through the final period, Ephrata drained a trey to make the score 36-27 but Good's wide open jump shot cut the lead to 38-31.
Good crashed the boards with a rebound and shot down low late in the game to trail 38-33 while another by Good placed the score at 39-35.
With 40 seconds left on the clock, Breinich made one foul shot but Ephrata, who was 9-of-16 from the free throw line, added two foul shots to seal the win.
Occupying a second place ranking in the L-L League standings, the rifle team won a pair of shootouts against Governor Mifflin and Wilson and lost their second match of the season to Elizabethtown.
Gage McCabe and Charles Miller both blasted 99's to lead Central (4-2) in a 496-492 setback at Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Braydon Groff, Austin Rhodes, and Dawson Good all punched 98's to round out the Barons top sharpshooters.
In a rescheduled match hosting Governor Mifflin on Wednesday, the Barons, led by Miller's perfect 100, outgunned the Mustangs by a 496-479 final score. Good, Cade Ginder, Alex Stone, and Hunter Shoop all fired 99's to fulfill their third victory of the season.
Hunter Gartside and Rhodes shot perfect 100's to pace the Barons past Wilson on Thursday in West Lawn, 497-485. The trio of McCabe, Good, and Miller all punching 99's to complete the top Manheim marksmen.
Still situated in second place in Section Three, the bowling team chalked up two dominating wins against Lebanon Catholic and Elco to improve their overall record to 6-2.
Against Lebanon Catholic in a section crossover affair at Cain's Lanes, the Barons blanked the Beavers easily 7-0. Bryson Morton was the top performer rolling a 235-204-207 for a series total of 646. Olivia Good placed second knocking down pins with a 238-202-180 for a series total of 620. Chris ILL was third finishing with a 204-214-178 for a series total of 596.
Tanner Michael (236-162-190-588), and Brandon Henry (189-167-158-514), were the fourth and fifth place finishers.
On the road in section play with Elco on Friday the Barons also blanked the Raiders 7-0. Michael was tops rolling a match high 264-244-226 for a series total of 734.
Accepting seven forfeits and using two pin falls, the wrestling team defeated visiting Cedar Crest 65-12 on Wednesday, lifting their record to 5-1.
Keegan McCord (220), in the first bout, edged TJ Moore 5-3 and Reese Martin (285) slipped past Darren Garcia 4-3 to take a 6-0 lead. Central then won back-to-back forfeits at 106 and 113 for an 18-0 advantage.
Taylor Gehmen (120) crashed Josiah Lutz to the floor for a fall at 5:43 as Cedar Crest cut the Manheim lead to 18-6.
Conner Zeamer (126) was victorious by forfeit and Cedar Crest's Ryan Scicchitano pinned Lance Allen in 2:57 at 132 to trail by a 24-12 score.
Zack Zeamer (138) accepted another forfeit and teammate Ryan McKee (145) scored the Barons first pin, decking Anthony Reese just 47 seconds into the bout and extending the score to 36-12.
Ryan Kreider (152) outmuscled Austin Bohr with an 18-3 technical fall at 5:41 and Austin Sauder won by forfeit to make the score 47-12.
At 170, Andrew Siegrist posted the sixth forfeit while Garret Fittery pinned Derrick Via at 3:34, and John Dailey accepted the final forfeit at 195 to wrap up the victory.
Both swim teams were defeated by Conestoga Valley in a home meet at the Lititz Recreation Center in Section Two competition.
"Coming off two losses this week was hard," said head coach Heather Fittery. "With our low team numbers, it is hard to come out on top.
"My teams had great swims and I was happy with their effort," Fittery added.
The Buckskin boys' team won seven events and knocked off the Barons 91-58 and remain in second place behind Cocalico.
Maxwell Gehman was the Barons most consistent swimmer winning the 50 freestyle (23.39) and the 100 freestyle (52.70).
Luke Weaver won the 100 breaststroke (1:17.55), and the team of Joshua Varner, Nathan Shearn, Weaver, and Gehman won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:45.19.
In girls' action, CV swept all 11 events, trouncing the Barons 122-44 and are currently ranked in second place behind Ephrata.
Elizabethtown also cruised past both Manheim teams on Thursday at Elizabethtown College leaving them with identical 0-5 records.
Gehman won his second straight 50 yard freestyle race and the 200 yard freestyle foursome of Gehman, Shearn, Varner, and Weaver, all underclassmen, took first place again.
"Our goal for the season is to keep working hard at practices to improve their times," stated Fittery. "We are hoping to have some district qualifiers.
"I want them to have fun and enjoy the sport of swimming. It is a lifetime skill that I feel is very important at all ages," she added.
Winning one out of four games this week, the boys' basketball team now has a Section Two second place overall record of 5-6.
Chase Marquette scored a game high 22 points and a 42 point second half supported the Barons to a 60-47 victory on their home court against Garden Spot.
Garden Spot took an early 12-9 edge after the first stanza and then outhustled Manheim 10-9 in the second frame for a 22-18 lead at the intermission.
Central, who finished with seven three point shots, outgunned Garden Spot 42-25 in the second half to establish the come from behind victory.
Connor Hostetter (12), Cameron Sell (10), Drew Mummau (7), Jake Novak (7), and Evan Hosler (2), also scored points for Manheim.
Ryan Smith netted a game high 21 points to fuel Lampeter-Strasburg to a 48-23 home victory against the Barons. They are currently in first place in the section standings.
Hostetter (11), Marquette (5), Carson Brenize (3), Hosler (2), and Novak (2), were the Barons scoring stat leaders.
Brad DaBella's team high 15 points and a 22 point second half helped Ephrata to a 47-40 victory at home against Central on Friday.
Hostetter (15), Mummau (9), Brenize (8), Sell (2), Hosler (2), Novak (2), and Marquette (2), all put up points for Manheim.
Brendan Mellott drained a game high 16 point as Manheim Township, in a non-league matinee on Saturday, posted a 53-40 win against the visiting Barons.
Mummau (14), Marquette (8), Hostetter (8), Hosler (7), and Sell (3), all scored points for Manheim.
Forfeits Extend Baron Win Over Ephrata Matmen January 8, 2018
History reigns as the Manheim Central grapplers that won the 48th Manheim Holiday Tournament team title for the first time since 1970 under first year head coach Billy Chamberlain traveled to Ephrata on Wednesday, January 3 for an L-L League Section Two scuffle.
A total of 11 forfeits in addition to a pair of pin falls helped guide the Barons past the Mountaineers by a whopping 78-6 final score.
Manheim accepted seven straight Ephrata forfeits at the 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, and 145 pound weight classes to obtain an easy 42-0 lead.
At 145, Ryan McKee slammed Kelvin Cruz to the mat for a pin fall at 3:09 plus another two forfeits at 160, and 170 stretched their advantage to 60-0.
Garret Fittery (182) scored Manheim's second pin fall decking Drew Myers at 1:34. Two more forfeits by the Mountaineers at 195, and 220 set the score at 78-0.
Josiah Stolzfus (285) ended the action and won by forfeit to claim Ephrata's only points of the night.
Flexing their muscles in a grueling match at Cocalico on Saturday, the Barons won nine of 14 bouts and defeated the Eagles 38-24 to improve their current overall record at 4-1.
Cade Zeamer (120) started the action with a 4-2 decision against Kayde Althouse and Josiah Gehr (126) chalked up a pin fall to give Cocalico a 6-3 edge.
Conner Zeamer (132) dropped Grant Swann to the mat at 2:28 and Zack Zeamer (138) scored a 17-0 technical fall at 4:48, pushing the lead to 14-6.
Seamus Finnegan (145) outmuscled Ryan Kreider but McKee (152) overpowered Alex May by a 10-1 major decision and raised the score to 18-9.
Both teams exchanged decisions in the next two bouts that handed the Barons a 21-12 advantage and Fittery (182) slipped past Ben Sola by an 8-5 decision to boost their lead to 24-12.
Cocalico's Ben Fromm (195) pinned Mitchell Himelright in 1:12 but in the next bout Keegan McCord (220) crept past Joseph Bearinger by a narrow 7-6 decision to keep the lead at nine.
Austin Shaver (285) notched the Eagles last pin fall against Dalton Gainer at 1:15 to trail Manheim 27-24.
The final two matches went in the Barons favor by a pin fall from Brandon Kheuangthirath at 106 at 5:11 and teammate Will Betancourt at 113 dominated Seth Fritz by a 16-0 technical fall in 3:37 to cap the 14 point triumph.
Seeking a first place finish in the Section Two standings under the guidance of first year head coach Charles Fisher, the boys basketball team returned to the hardwood on Tuesday, January 2 hosting Cocalico.
Behind Connor Hostetter's team high 12 points, going 14-of-20 from the foul line, and a big 22 point fourth period, the Barons won a hard fought game against the Eagles 48-40.
"I thought for the last six minutes it was some of our best basketball that we have played against Cocalico. Overall we did what we needed to do to win the game, "said Fisher.
"We got the win, which is our number one goal, and with this being our sixth game we should be better by game number 22," he added.
Hostetter led the team with five points in the first period but Manheim trailed Cocalico 13-12 after the first 8 minutes of play.
Cameron Sell (5 points) buried a trey in the early minutes of the second period to tie the game at 15-15 and then 17-17 following two Evan Hosler (10 points) free throw shots.
Cocalico paced by Connor Mack's game high 13 points outscored the Barons 6-5 at the end of the period to take a 19-17 lead going into the locker rooms at the intermission.
It was a turn of events in the second half for Manheim who connected on a total of 8 field goals as a three point shot via Chase Marquette (6 points) and a pair of foul shots by Carson Brenize (8 points) early in the third period built a 22-19 advantage for the hosts.
With 3:34 remaining in the period a Cocalico rebound and shot down low cut the Barons lead to 24-23 and eventually regained the lead 27-26 after 24 minutes of play.
The Eagles started the final period with a 5-0 run, raising the score to 32-26 but some key defense by the Barons was capitalized into points and put the home team back in front 35-32.
Marquette pumped in his second trey of the game and Hostetter added a foul shot following a technical foul on Cocalico for some breathing room 39-32.
Two more free throws by Hostetter with 1:48 left in the game increased the Manheim lead to 41-33 before the Eagles netted a three point shot in the final seconds to trail 46-40.
Two more points by the Barons put the game away for good.
Jake Novak also contributed 7 points into Manheim's win column.
Despite the frigid winter temperatures the team hosted the Section Two Showdown on Saturday as the Barons faced Gettysburg in the final of five games that were played.
Gettysburg benefited from a 26 point second half to subdue the Barons in a come from behind 44-37 final score.
"It wasn't our best effort against Gettysburg," said Fisher. "You have to credit Gettysburg for having a good game plan. They executed it and deserved to win."
Central (4-3) who won the opening tip off set the tone early in the first period with a 14-11 lead after nine points by Hostetter and two treys by Drew Mummau and 4 points by Hosler (4 points) that added to their advantage 21-18 with 2:04 left in the first half.
A defensive steal by Marquette, who led the team in scoring with 15 points, and an easy layup put the Barons on top 23-18 at the intermission.
The Warriors, sparked by Zach Kitterman's team high 13 points, went on a 6-0 run in a low scoring third period and took over the lead 24-23 with 2:41 left on the clock.
One Hostetter (10 points) foul shot tied the game at 24-24 and a three point bomb by Marquette put the Barons in front 27-24 after 24 minutes of basketball played.
With 5:11 left in the game, a Marquette shot in the paint made the score 33-29 but Gettysburg battled from behind and deadlocked the score 37-37 late in the game following one foul shot.
With time running off the clock all the Barons could do was intentionally foul Gettysburg that put the Warriors on the line. They capitalized on seven fouls shots to ice the victory.
Brenize (3), and Novak (2), also scored points for Manheim.
"We want to compete for 32 minutes in each game, continue to work hard, compete, and at the end of the game walk away with a win," ended Fisher.
Lily Doerschuk scored a team high 15 points to lead the girls basketball team in their only game of the week at Cocalico on Tuesday where the Barons posted a 47-43 overtime victory against the Eagles in Section Two play.
"We went into our third overtime game of the season versus Cocalico," said head coach Amanda Burns. "I'm proud of the team for staying composed and in control of the game.
"We did well sharing the ball, got a lot of good looks at the basket, and knocked down just enough of them to pull out the victory," Burns added. "We also hit critical free throws down the stretch to keep us in it, and in overtime to ice the game.
"On top of that, we took care of the ball and limited Cocalico's second chance opportunities by rebounding defensively, so I'm pleased with a good overall team win," stated Burns.
The Lady Barons (3-6) who have netted a total of 371 points so far this season trailed Cocalico 12-11 at the conclusion of the first stanza but picked up their offense, draining six three point shots and outscoring the Eagles in the second period 11-10 to tie the game 22-22 at the intermission.
Central finished the night going 9-of-17 from the free throw line and responded in the third period by outgunning the home team 10-4 to take a 32-26 lead going into the fourth frame.
Cocalico, led by Shelby White's game high 16 points took charge in the final period of regulation oupointing the Lady Barons 13-7 and knotting the score at 39-39 and sending the game into overtime.
Manheim clipped the Eagles 8-4 in that extra period to secure their third victory of the season.
Serena Conde (10), Elli Weaver (9), Laura Good (7), Brooke Breinich (4), and Hannah Barbush (2), also put up points in the win column.
"We are continuing to take this season one game at a time, knowing we are 2-1 in the section and control our own destiny with a lot of league play left. Plus we are focusing on getting better each game and the rest of it will take care of itself," ended Burns.
Currently ranked second in the Section Three standings, the bowling team clashed with Ephrata in a non-league showdown last Tuesday at 222 Dutch Lanes out rolling the Mountaineers 5-2 to set their current overall record at 4-1.
Tanner Michael was tops rolling a 268-179-218 for a series total of 665. Olivia Good was second best knocking down a 158-258-200 for a series total of 616. Bryson Morton finished third with a 225-173-209 for a series total of 607.
Ephrata's Gavin Dissinger had the best average of the match rolling a 249-196-234 for an impressive 679 series.
Barons Capture 17th District Title, Nip Gov. Mifflin November 27, 2017
It was a sweet amount of success at the sweetest place on earth as No. 2 seed Manheim Central went neck-to-neck with No. four seed Governor Mifflin in the District Three Class 5A Championship Finals at HersheyPark Stadium on Friday, November 24.
Central (13-0), appearing in their 21st championship game, used a 20 point first half along with a 23 yard field goal by Niko Gavala and a 33 yard touchdown reception by Vinny Lester late in the fourth quarter to rally past the Mustangs (11-2) by one point, 30-29.
The thrilling victory clinched the Barons 17th district crown and first district crown under third year head coach Dave Hahn. They last hoisted gold back in 2009.
"I'm ecstatic for the kids and the program," said head coach Hahn. "That was a great win over a great program," he added.
Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (18-29-245) got the high powered offense rolling (346 yards) in the first quarter on a key pass completion to his number one target, wide receiver Jake Novak (6-101) for a first down at the Mustangs' 39 yard line.
On the next play, running back Giovanni Lester (20-91) took a handoff from Evan Simon and hot footed a 39 yard touchdown burst down the left sideline at the 5:55 mark.
"Gio did a great job and will continue to get better. I look forward to seeing what he will do next week," Hahn said.
Gavala, out of the hold by Novak, converted on the extra point kick and Manheim led 7-0.
Governor Mifflin, on their ensuing series, coughed up a fumble that was recovered by the Barons at the 25 yard line. Evan Simon then went back on the attack with a pass completion to Novak for a first down in the red zone at the 13. Novak, seconds later, caught a 12 yard touchdown strike from Simon with 4:22 to go in the quarter.
Gavala added his second extra point kick on the night and Central doubled their lead to 14-0.
Starting their next series at their own 35, Governor Mifflin moved the ball down the field as quarterback Kamron Wolfe (11-20-222) hooked up with wide receiver Michael Franks (3-96) on a crucial pass play at the 12 yard line. Wolfe fired another completion to tight end Chase Yoder (1-8) just short of the goal line before running back Isaac Ruoss powered into the end zone with 28 seconds left in the quarter.
Benjamin Myers sailed the extra point kick between the uprights and GM trailed the Barons 14-7.
The second quarter was also tight going into the Barons favor. Governor Mifflin went for a fourth down conversion early in the period but the Manheim defense, holding the Mustangs' 1,700 yard rusher Ruoss to 81 yards on 23 carries, forced the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass attempt at the 17.
"Defense wins championships, and that's what happened against Governor Mifflin," stated Hahn. "They did a great job."
Lester then handled the ball on a jaunt to the 13 followed by Evan Simon connecting a short field pass to tight end Garret Fittery (1-11) at the 2. Simon, under center Tyler Dougherty, then handed the football to Lester for a 2 yard touchdown dash one play later with 6:29 still to play in the first half. The two point PAT run failed but the Barons took a 20-7 advantage going into the locker rooms at half time.
Down by 13 points Governor Mifflin didn't throw in the towel and rebounded with a 14 point third quarter starting with covering an onside kick at the 48 to begin the second half.
Both teams then exchanged turnovers as linebacker Landan Moyer scooped up a fumble at the 48 and cornerback Wolfe intercepted an Evan Simon pass attempt at the Mustangs own 44 with 10:16 left on the clock.
That's where the momentum turned for Governor Mifflin as Wolfe completed a decisive pass to wide receiver Tyshaun Weaver (5-89) at the 16 plus Ruoss's run for 3 yards to the 13. Darius Copeland (2-19) capped the drive one play later with a 13 yard touchdown scamper at 9:17.
Myers nailed his second extra point kick of the night to set the score at 20-14.
With about three minutes left in the quarter, Governor Mifflin set themselves up to take their first lead of the contest taking over on downs at the 42 after a botched fake punt attempt by the Barons.
Wolfe (12-27) went on a scramble up the middle to the 17 and soon after Copeland moved the chains on a carry to the 11 for a first down (16). After losing a yard Wolfe hit Weaver for a 12 yard touchdown toss at 3:03 and the go-ahead Myers extra point kick put the Mustangs in front 21-20.
After a Manheim punt in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs looked to capitalize and Wolfe went in the air to Weaver at the 38 that moved the chains for a fresh set of downs.
A bad snap on the center exchange sent Governor Mifflin back to their own 17. After being forced to punt, the Barons were left with favorable field positioning at the 41.
Moments later on a 3rd and 8 from the 39 yard line Evan Simon lofted a pass over the middle to a leaping Tyler Simon (1-25) at the 14 for a critical first down. Gavala from the center snap via Dougherty and the hold by Novak drilled a 23 yard field goal at 6:10 to regain the lead 23-21.
Once again the Mustangs responded. Wolfe found Franks in the corner of the end zone on a 49 yard touchdown route at the 4:52 mark and Bryce Stabler added a two point conversion on a pass from Wolfe to go back on top 29-23.
The drive began at their own 35 after the kickoff by Tyler Simon, who had three touchbacks in the game, took a bounce out of play.
With the season on the line Evan Simon was clutch on the game-winning drive going on an aerial attack with only a few minutes left to play. He had a big play on a pass to Novak at the 39 and another to Vinny Lester (9-97) to setup a first down at the 49.
"All five of our receivers had a great impact on the game. That is what makes us tough," stated Hahn. "They all have the ability to break a big play. Their progress throughout the season has been outstanding."
Another remarkable grab by Novak set up Simon who gunned a 33 yard pump fake touchdown strike to a wide open Vinny Lester with just less than four minutes left to play. Gavala booted the game winning extra point kick that put the Barons back in front, 30-29.
Central then take over on downs with 1:31 on the clock and put a knee on the Mustangs season, earning the come from behind one point victory.
The Barons (13-0) will meet WPIAL Class 5A champion Gateway (13-1) in the semifinals round of the PIAA State Championship Tournament this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Barons Escape Cocalico, Advance to District Final November 19, 2017
Playing their final home game of the season, the second seeded Manheim Central hosted Section Two rival Cocalico in a District Three Class 5A semifinals round collision on Friday, November 17.
A rock solid defense, along with scoring a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, helped the Barons (12-0) edge the No. 3 Eagles (10-2) for the second time this season in an exciting 21-20 close shave. They have now outscored their opponents 556-128.
"Wow it was a battle," said head coach Dave Hahn. "I am happy for our seniors to go out with a win on their home field. That is special, and to get the win against a great team like Cocalico is great," he added.
Cocalico's defense, coming away with a pair of turnovers, jumped out to an early lead in the first stanza. After halting a fake punt by Central, they took over on downs at their own 39 yard line. One play later, using their veer formation style of offense that finished with 323 total yards, quarterback Noah Palm (15-119) sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown at the 7:39 mark. Daniel Engle converted on the extra point kick for a 7-0 lead.
Starting at their own 26, Evan Simon (15-26-256), at quarterback, responded with a swing pass to wide receiver Jake Novak (5-104) down the left sideline to move the chains to the 41 for a first down (20).
In the shotgun formation Evan Simon took the center exchange from Tyler Dougherty and hooked up with Tyler Simon (4-92) on a pass completion to the 30. Giovanni Lester (15-95) then moved the ball on a carry to the 15 and another on a second effort jaunt to the 6.
Under center, Evan Simon handed off to running back Tyler Flick (13-43) moments later to cap the drive with a 2 yard touchdown burst at the 3:51 mark and Niko Gavala, out of the hold by Novak, drilled the extra point kick to tie the score at 7-7.
At the midway point in the second quarter, the Barons started a drive at their own 21 that would lead to the final points of the first half. Tyler Simon grabbed a pass from Evan Simon at the 34 and wide receiver Vinny Lester (4-57) hauled in a throw by Evan Simon at the 49 for a first down.
"Tyler Simon is a kid that plays with a lot of emotion and high energy," Hahn mentioned. "He is all over the field and this game was no different. He left it all out on the field and I am proud of him for that."
Evan Simon then spiraled a 51 yard touchdown swing pass to Novak straight down the left sideline with 6:16 remaining in the half. Gavala booted the extra point kick for a 14-7 advantage going into the locker rooms at halftime.
Charged up in the third quarter, Central, starting at their own 28, went on the move for their final points of the night. A run around right by Giovanni Lester advanced the ball to the 49 while Flick carried to the 40 for a first down.
Another scurry by Giovanni Lester spotted their pursuit to the 26 and one play later he maneuvered around the Eagles defense for a 26 yard touchdown scamper with 5:57 left in the quarter.
Gavala added his third PAT kick of the night to catapult the Barons to a 21-7 lead.
Just 51 seconds was all that was left in the quarter as the Barons, who finished with 380 total yards, coughed up a costly fumble that was recovered at their own 30 yard line by Cocalico and changed the pace of the game.
The Eagles then mounted an impressive drive that ended by running back Ronald Zahm (2-48) who accepted a sweep from Palm and reversed his footing from the right to the left side of the field on a 43 yard touchdown scuttle at the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter.
Engle added his second extra point kick of the game and trailed Manheim 21-14.
Later in the quarter Cocalico got the ball back and, starting at their own 30, put pressure on the Barons defense. Running back Brandon Brubaker (12-73) got the ground game rolling (266 yards) with several key runs including a 3 yard touchdown dash with 5:34 left in the game.
A go-ahead two point conversion failed and the Eagles trailed the Barons by just one point 21-20.
Time was rolling off the clock in the final minutes of the game as defensive back Owen Zimmerman intercepted a Barons pass attempt at the Eagles own 25 at 4:17. Central's defense held their ground and took over on downs after an incomplete pass attempt at the 27 in the final two minutes of the game but had to punt the ball away to Cocalico.
"Cocalico is a tough offensive team. They just keep coming at you but our defensive effort was great," said Hahn. "We kept going and fighting on every play."
Going on a late game winning drive, and with no time outs, Palm connected on a pass play to the 39 for a crucial first down but penalties moved the Eagles back and a sack by Joe Kolk on their final play of the game on fourth down gave the ball back to the Barons.
Only a few seconds remained in the game before Central took a knee and ran out the clock to secure the one point victory.
The Barons (12-0) will face 4th seed Governor Mifflin (11-1) in the championship finals at Hershey Park Stadium this upcoming Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.
"Family, football, Thanksgiving, Districts, Hershey, that's what it's all about," said Hahn. "This is our favorite time of the year, when our players truly get to experience the things we preach all the time: tradition, attitude, and sacrifice.
"Our alumni guys comeback to share stories and show support," he added. "It's an awesome experience that lets our guys know that their footprints have been stamped on this program and will never be forgotten.
"It's going to be a tough match against Governor Mifflin and we will continue to do what we always do, out work the opponent and prepare to play a physical game," ended Hahn.