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Baron Teams Fall in PIAA Playoffs June 12, 2017

A memorable season for the Manheim Central boys volleyball team is officially over following a PIAA Class AA State Championship Tournament semifinals round setback to Northeastern last Tuesday, June 6, at Red Lion High School.

The five-time reigning and York County perennial powerhouse state champion Bobcats won an exciting 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11), thriller to drop the curtain on the Barons 2017 season. Central finished the year with an impressive overall record of 22-3.

Tanner Stauffer led the offense with a team high 18 kills. Teammate Mason Nissley was second best with 15. Brandyn Musser also chipped in offensively, serving up a pair of aces.

Stauffer put up a hat trick of blocks and tied Ben Burkhart, Musser, and Gabriel Stewart, who all finished with seven digs. Nissley chipped in with six digs.

The only senior player this season was Chase Fahnestock.

BASEBALL

The baseball team, with five seniors, was eliminated in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A State Championship Tournament by Greater Latrobe Area at White Township Park in Indiana (PA) last Tuesday.

The district seven champ Wildcats, with a total of six hits and a dramatic four run bottom of the seventh inning, defeated the Barons in a come-from-behind, 5-4 thriller.

"It was one out from moving onto state quarterfinals," said head coach Matt Huber. "We've been on the other end a few times this year and, unfortunately, we finished the season losing three one run ball games.

"I'm extremely proud of our team," Huber continued. "I was fortunate to coach an extraordinary group of young men. We played our cards exactly how we wanted to. In the end, Latrobe made more plays than we did."

In an evenly played game on offense by both teams, the Barons (2 errors), with a total of seven hits, scored the first run of the game on a Taylor Rohrer RBI single in the top of the second inning. Key hits from Brandon Fisher and Note Loser, in the third inning, led to three runs and raised the score to 4-0.

Greater Latrobe (4 errors) gained some confidence in the bottom of the sixth, crossing their first run of the game and trailed the Barons 4-1.

The Barons came up empty in the top of the seventh inning and Greater Latrobe responded with a four run bottom half to steal the one run triumph and put an end to the season for Manheim. They finished with an overall record of 15-10.

Taylor Rohrer (9K, 1BB), and Drew Mummau (0K, 2BB), both saw action on the hill for the Barons.

"At the beginning of every season, we have goals to win a section, league, district, and state title," stated Huber. "Those goals won't change. Every win that you can get in the game of baseball is a team accomplishment and I hope that there will be many more to come next season."

Senior players this season were Brandon Fisher, Trevor Hosler, Tyler Lutz, Tyler Lyons, and Robert Miller.

"This senior class was special," stated Huber. "For some, it was their second trip to states in three years. Tyler Lutz will always be remembered for his hard work and ethic. A perfect example is his hustle at E-Town in district playoffs. He was a wall behind home plate for us.

"Tyler Lyons will always be a big part of our program," Huber continued. "He contributed a lot with his bat this year and exhibited leadership skills.

"And Bobby Miller will always be remembered as one of the hardest workers in our program. It was great to see him get his first RBI at Lebanon Catholic," lauded Huber.

"Trevor Hosler was a welcomed addition to the program the past two seasons. He pitched against the number two seed in the districts this year and the number four seed in districts during the regular season and held them to minimal runs.

"Brandon Fisher was a great outfielder for us," ended Huber.

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Barons Finish 4th in Districts, Qualify for States June 5, 2017

The Baron baseball team traveled to Section Two runner-up Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, May 26 for the District Three Class 5A quarterfinals.

Left hander Taylor Rohrer hurled an impressive seven inning no-hitter, striking out 15 batters while allowing two walks to guide the Barons past the No. 4 seed Pioneers (3 errors), 5-0.

The Barons, who outslugged the Pioneers 8-0 off key hits by Rohrer and Jake Novak, plated a hat trick of runs in the top of the third inning for the early lead.

Seven men batted that inning as Brandon Fisher doubled, Nate Loser stroked an RBI single, Novak singled, and Tyler Lutz cranked an RBI sac fly to lead the Barons offense in the three run inning.

After a scoreless fourth and fifth, Central, who committed one fielding error, added one run in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings to wrap-up the shutout victory.

Four days later, playing through a wet and soggy turf surface along with a partial blackout at War Memorial Field in Ephrata, the Barons battled top seeded Daniel Boone in a semifinals round collision.

"The game against Daniel Boone and Red Land were two tough losses," said head coach Matt Huber. "We could not generate enough offense. Our pitchers did a fabulous job against the number one and number two seeds in the district. Enough credit cannot be given to our pitchers for their effort and performance."

The Blazers used three hits and a crucial two run bottom of the sixth inning to edge Manheim in a 2-1 thriller.

It was anybody's game from the start as Central (5 hits, 1 error) got their offense rolling in the top of the first inning with a Novak leadoff infield single and a stolen base.

"Jake Novak has been one of our most improved players this season," said Huber. "He's always had a lot of heart, since he was a freshman. He is a well-respected leader on our baseball team and we continue to be impressed with his skill set."

Drew Mummau drew a one out walk and Lutz scored Novak on an RBI single for a slim 1-0 lead.

With both teams struggling to find a lot of offense, the game went scoreless through four straight innings but Daniel Boone (3 hits, 1 error) changed the momentum with their two run bottom of the sixth inning.

They began their pursuit with back-to-back one out line drives. An RBI fielder's choice on a ground out along with an error at third base pushed across two runs for a 2-1 advantage.

Lutz and Bryce Eberly worked two straight, two out infield base hits but were left stranded in the one run misfortune.

Mummau pitched a six inning game on the hill, whiffing three Daniel Boone batters and surrendering two walks.

With third place on the line, the team clashed with 2nd seeded Red Land in an early afternoon game on Thursday, June 1 at Penn Manor High School.

The third place Patriots nailed six hits while scoring a run in both the bottom of the third and fifth innings to slip past the fourth place Barons (15-9) 2-1.

Red Land (1 error) scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth inning for a 2-0 advantage.

Central, who played an error free game and finished with a set of hits, crossed their only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to trail Red Land by a 2-1 deficit.

Not playing with enough offensive intensity, the Barons came up empty in the top of the seventh inning in the narrow one run setback to Red Land.

The Barons (15-9) will face Greater Latrobe (18-2) in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A State Championship Tournament at White Township Park in Indiana this week.

"The PIAA Tournament is always a lot of fun. You have 16 of the best teams left in the state, and it's a new tournament. You know what you will be facing. I can't wait," ended Huber.

VOLLEYBALL

The top seeded boys' volleyball team faced 3rd seeded Cocalico in the District Three Class AA third place matchup at Red Lion High School two weeks ago.

Mason Nissley, who pounded a game high 19 kills, helped the Barons win a come from behind 3-2 (17-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 15-11) victory to qualify for the PIAA State Championship Tournament.

Gabriel Stewart (2 aces), Ben Burkhart (51 assists), Brandyn Musser (3 digs), and Chase Fahnestock (3 blocks) made up the rest of the Manheim scoring leaders.

The team moved on to the PIAA Class AA State Championship Tournament with an opening round quarrel with Lansdale Catholic at High School Of The Future in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 30.

Nissley had another stellar performance, leading the way with a match high 12 kills, and the Barons blanked the Crusaders 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-13).

Tanner Stauffer contributed two serving aces and Burkhart dished out 27 assists to pace the offense. Stewart maneuvered around the back court for a total of six digs and Isaac Shenk had a set of blocks to support the defense.

The week ended in a quarterfinals pairing with Holy Redeemer at Schuylkill Valley High School in Leesport on Saturday, June 3.

Led by an all-round team performance, the Barons also shutout the Royals in a competitive match 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). The team now has a current overall record of 22-2.

Offensively Stauffer blasted 11 kills and Burkhart dished out 33 assists. Stewart also chipped in with eight kills as did Nissley who also added two serving aces. A tough defense was fueled by Stauffer, who hustled around the court for eight digs, and Fahnestock who blocked two hits.

Central will go head-to-head with Northeastern in the semifinals round this week.

TRACK

Two members of the track team participated in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Meet at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University on May 26-27.

Ryan Carter, who shattered the boys' school record in the pole vault, finished the event with a four way tie for 9th place clearing a height of 14-0.

Billie Jo Bollinger, the most consistent runner from the girls' team who had won two medals in the district meet, was back running for the second time in states competing in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles finishing among non-place winners.

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Baron Volleyball Advances in District Play May 26, 2017

The top seeded Baron volleyball team began their District Three Class AA Playoff Tournament trek by hosting 9th seeded Palmyra on Monday, May 22 in a quarterfinals round matchup and shut out an aggressive Cougars squad 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22).

"I thought we battled but we know we let Palmyra play with us," said head coach Craig Dietrich. "Fortunately we are a lot more consistent than many more teams are. Palmyra made some crucial errors at crucial times. We made mistakes but it wasn't necessarily at a crucial time. It pretty much sealed every game."

In a first set that seesawed back-and-forth, Palmyra pulled out to an early 5-2 lead and upped the score to 9-5. The Cougars then led 10-7 following a Baron hit out of play but the home team battled back to tie the score 12-12 on an Isaac Shenk touch up front on an assist via Ben Burkhart.

Manheim took a 15-13 lead on a Mason Nissley (14 kills) blast at the twine. The score was tied on several occasions, including a 20-20 deadlock.

Central went on a 2-0 run to gain a 22-20 lead but Palmyra crawled from behind and knotted the score at 22-22. The Barons won the set 25-23 on another Shenk hit at the net assisted by Burkhart.

It was a motivating beginning for the Barons. They jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set after a Palmyra hit was ruled out of play. A Cougar block that bounced out of play put the Barons in front 10-6 and minutes later 15-12 on a Nissley bash up front.

A Palmyra swing that went out of play upped the score to 19-15 and the Barons wrapped up the set 25-21 on a Tanner Stauffer block at the net.

Palmyra took another early edge in the third set. Central responded, tying the score at 5-5. Palmyra regrouped and held a 10-8 advantage and then led 15-13.

Keeping their composure the Barons rallied from behind once again and evened the score 15-15 on a Gabriel Stewart one handed push at the net and then took a 20-17 lead on a Palmyra hit out of play.

A serving miscue on Palmyra set the score at 21-18 and the Barons had to use hustle and determination to break a 22-22 tie late in the set. Another Palmyra hit that was buried in the net helped Central secure the win 25-22.

On Wednesday, May 24 the team returned to action in a semifinals showdown with number five seeded York Suburban at Dallastown Area High School.

The Trojans, fueled by a team high 19 kill performance from Jack Schultz, conquered the Barons 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23), for just their second setback of the season.

Nissley (20 kills), Stauffer (1 ace, 10 digs, 5 blocks), and Burkhart (39 assists), made up the Manheim scoring stat leaders.

Central will play for third place against 3rd seeded Cocalico along with a PIAA qualifying berth being on the line at Red Lion Area High School (to be reported in the June 7 copy of the Merchandiser).

"We wanted to get to the title game and then play our best volleyball. If we didn't win, great, there is still more advanced volleyball to be played," ended Dietrich.

BASEBALL

Under wet and overcast weather conditions the 12th seeded baseball team was on the road at 5th seed Elizabethtown in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A Playoff Tournament last Tuesday. The Barons used four hits, several passed balls, and a crucial three run top of the seventh inning to eliminate the Bears 4-2.

"The team never gave up," said head coach Matt Huber. "They fought hard against an excellent pitcher. Amazing things can happen when a team plays together. We're glad to be moving onto the second round."

For a game that was tight from the start, Elizabethtown, who finished with a total of five hits, scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning to hold a 1-0 lead through the next two innings.

The never say die Baron offense, highlighted by key hits from Bryce Eberly, Tyler Lutz, and Taylor Rohrer, then pushed across a run in the top half of the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. After a scoreless fifth inning, Elizabethtown, who played an error free contest, plated their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to establish a narrow 2-1 advantage.

It was a major turn of events offensively for the Barons who, despite a hat trick of errors in the top of the seventh inning, settled for a three run surge that led to the two run victory.

The duo of Rohrer (9K, 2BB), and Drew Mummau (0K, 0BB), split the action on the hill for Manheim.

"Taylor Rohrer was fabulous all day," stated Huber." I think if you look back, he had a runner on third base and no outs in the bottom of the first. He pitched out of it and worked our opponent the whole game."

The Barons move into the quarterfinals round where they will meet 4th seeded Lampeter-Strasburg (to be reported in the June 7 copy of the Merchandiser).

"We anticipate a competitive game against Lampeter-Strasburg. Obviously, we lost last time and we were no hit. It should be a fun one," ended Huber.

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Barons Bow to E-town in League Playoff Opener May 22, 2017

The Section Three runner-up Manheim Central baseball team started post season play last Monday, May 15 in the quarterfinals round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships against Section Two champion Elizabethtown at Manheim Township High School.

In a three hour meeting, the Bears cranked a total of 13 hits and used a key six run bottom of the fifth inning to eliminate the Barons (13-7) 13-9.

"I thought we played really tough against E-Town," said head coach Matt Huber. "We succeeded in scoring a run almost every inning. We didn't give up. At the end of the day, we didn't get the job done, but there were a lot of positives to pull from the game."

Central, finishing the game with nine hits, took an early edge in the top of the first inning when Jake Novak stroked a leadoff infield single and then stole both second and third base. Tyler Simon then drew a walk before Drew Mummau, who went 3-5 for the game, plated Novak with a base hit. Tyler Lutz then scored Simon on a RBI fielder's choice to set the score at 2-0.

"We needed Drew Mummau to have a big day and we're glad he did," stated Huber.

Elizabethtown responded in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back walks and an infield bunt single that loaded the bases. A one out single to deep left field crossed a pair of runs that knotted the score at 2-2.

Tyler Lyons began the top of the second inning with a leadoff single and swiped second base along with Taylor Rohrer who used some exceptional base running stole third and home plate for a run to regain the lead 3-2.

The Bears came from behind in the bottom half of the inning beginning with back-to-back walks. A two out double with bases loaded pushed across a hat trick of runs to capture the lead once again 5-3.

Simon smashed a double to right field and then stole third base to begin the top of the third inning. A Mummau infield single plated Simon to trail the Bears 5-4.

The Barons turned things up a notch in the top of the fourth inning. David Cruz worked a leadoff walk and an infield bunt by Dawson Good moved Cruz to second base. Cruz then stole third base and Novak reached on a one out walk. A walk to Simon loaded the bases. Mummau then slugged a double to center field, scoring both Cruz and Novak for a 6-5 lead.

A RBI sac fly to left field by Lutz pushed across Simon for their final run of the inning and a 7-5 advantage.

To start the bottom half of the inning a sliding leadoff triple to center field by Elizabethtown changed the momentum of the game. A RBI infield single on a Central mishap (3 errors), and a one out RBI single after a double to center field tied the game again 7-7.

The game blew wide open in the Bears favor with a six run bottom of the fifth inning outbreak starting with a one out single to center field and another to left field. A bunt loaded the bases and an error at home plate on a fielder's choice by the Barons pushed across a set of runs to take control 9-7. Two RBI singles to left field, and a standup RBI double made the score 13-7.

Down by six runs, the Barons started the top of the sixth inning with a walk to Novak. Mummau reached on an E-town misstep (2 errors) at third base. A Lutz single loaded the bases and a Bryce Eberly RBI fielder's choice crossed Novak to trail the Bears 13-8.

The Barons scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning with Nate Loser smashing a one out triple to center field that scored Trevor Hosler who reached on a walk.

Rohrer (1K, 4BB), Mummau (3K, 2BB), Eberly (0K, 0BB), and Hosler (1K, 1BB), all saw action on the hill for Manheim.

The 12th seeded Barons will tangle in a rematch with 5th seed Elizabethtown in the first round of the District Three Class 5A Championship Playoff Tournament this week.

"In the district tournament, anything can happen. We're excited to face some familiar competition," stated Huber. "We feel confident. It's a privilege to make districts and we would love to make a splash for the next two weeks in the tournament."

VOLLEYBALL

The top seeded District Three Class AA boys volleyball team resumed play in the L-L League Playoff Tournament in a semifinals round collision with Section One runner-up and perennial powerhouse Hempfield at Lancaster Mennonite High School.

Central, led by Mason Nissley's game high 22 kills, knocked off the 21 time league champion Black Knights in a thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10), final score.

Ben Burkhart was a huge help to hitters at the net with an astounding 60 assist performance and aided the defense with four blocks. Isaac Shenk also contributed defensively with four blocks.

Two days later the team clashed with Section One third place Manheim Township in Neffsville on Wednesday, May 17 for the coveted league championship.

The Blue Streaks surprisingly dealt the Barons (18-1) their first loss of the season 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22), to dramatically win the league title

Nissley smashed a game high 13 kills to guide the offense as Burkhart supported hitters up front with 29 assists. Brandyn Musser served up an ace and defended the back court with four digs with teammate Burkhart adding to the defense with four blocks.

Up next, the Barons will host 9th seeded Palmyra in the quarterfinals round of the District Three Class AA Championships.

TRACK

A handful of athletes from the track team participated in the District Three Championship Meet last Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University in cool and breezy spring like weather.

In Class AAA boys' action Ryan Carter, a league champion in the pole vault who shattered his own school record of 13-7 with an effort of 14-0, finished as the top performer of the team with a 5th place finish in the event clearing a height of 13-9.

Jay Barreto, Brock Hochstetler, Kody Kegarise, Gunnar Royer placed 10th in the 4x100 (44.17), Zach Reed was 11th (40.96), and Tyler Flick was 16th in the 300 hurdles (41.66), Cole Sunderland placed 8th in the 800 (1:57.87), Will Rivers finished 12th in both the long jump (20-00.50) and triple jump (41-08.50), and Barreto added a 14th place effort in the javelin (155-0) to make up the rest of the top results.

The team finished tied for 34th place.

In the girls AAA competition, Billie Jo Bollinger led the team with a fifth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles clocking a final time of 15.11 and placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles with a 45.71.

Bollinger qualified for the PIAA State Championship Meet back at Shippensburg University on May 26-27.

Kiera Wells finished 8th (46.75) in the 300 hurdles and Carley Sheppard was ninth in the pole vault, clearing 10-6.

The team finished in a four way tie for 30th place.

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Baron Track Teams Sweep Solanco May 15, 2017

The regular season for the Manheim Central track team is now officially over as the Barons hosted Solanco on "Senior Day" for their final Section Two meet on Monday, May 8 and posted double wins against the Mules.

Cole Sunderland, Ian Lauver, Jay Barreto, Elliot Martin, and Will Rivers guided the section champion boys team (9-0) past the fifth place Mules 122-28.

Sunderland and Lauver both won two events to lead the team. Sunderland placed first in the 400 (52.7), and the 800 (2:09.0) and Lauver won the 1600 (4:47.8), and the 3200 (10:06.0).

Other winners on the track included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.4), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.4), Jay Barreto high hurdles (15.2), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (41.2).

Central also won three relay events in the 4x100 (44.1), Tyler Flick, Reed, Brandon Griest, Sunderland 4x400 (4:03.8), and Lauver, Griest, Carson Hepner, Sunderland 4x800 (8:39.5).

In the field events Martin took the shot put (45-3.75), and the discus (134-9). Rivers won the long jump (20-8), and the triple jump (43-0.75).

Barreto also snagged the javelin with a throw of 157-10 and Ryan Carter cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault.

Billie Jo Bollinger, Laura Good, and Carley Sheppard led the girls' team (8-1) to an 82-65 victory against Solanco.

Billie Jo Bollinger was the best performer on the track winning the high hurdles (14.7), and the 300 hurdles (45.2).

Kiera Wells 100 (12.7), Laura Good 200 (26.8), and Marianne Fitzkee 3200 (12:56.4) also picked up wins.

The team also won the 4x100 (51.4), and the 4x400 with Emily Kline, Alexis Hosler, Autumn Greiner, Billie Jo Bollinger.

In the field, Good and Sheppard both clinched double wins with Good taking the long jump (16-1.75), and the triple jump (33-10.5). Sheppard won the javelin (100-0) and cleared 10-0 to win the pole vault.

Over a drizzly weekend the team participated in the L-L League Championship Meet at Hempfield High School.

The boys relay team of Barreto, Hochstetler, Kody Kegarise, and Royer won a gold medal in the 4x100 (43.99) while Royer, with an 11.53 in the 100, Hochstetler with a 23.47 in the 200, and Sunderland with a 1:56.96 in the 800, all won bronze medals.

Other top ten finishers included Lauver 3200 (9th, 9:57.27), Barreto 110 hurdles (7th, 16.29), Reed 300 hurdles (7th, 41.22), Flick 300 hurdles (8th, 41.30), Hochstetler, Flick, Reed, Sunderland 4x400 (9th, 3:37.74), Rivers long jump (6th, 21-7.25), triple jump (4th, 42-3), Martin discus (5th, 130-10), and Barreto javelin (4th, 171-8).

The team finished sixth overall.

Billie Jo Bollinger led the girls with a pair of silver medals. She was second in the 100 hurdles (15.15), and the 300 hurdles (45.46). Sheppard snagged a bronze medal in the pole vault (10-6).

Other top ten place winners included Hosler 800 (8th, 2:25.34), Codi Bollinger, Billie Jo Bollinger, Isabella Wendler, Wells 4x100 (8th, 52.41), Good triple jump (9th, 32-6.25).

The team finished tied in 9th place.

SOFTBALL

The softball team won their final two Section Three games last week against Cocalico and Elco and finished in third place with a final overall record of 10-10.

"I was proud of the players on how they played in the last two games with both being shutouts, in fact the last five games we played to our potential," said head coach Steve Ginder.

In their final home game of the year, under the lights, the Lady Barons hosted fifth place Cocalico and used a six run bottom of the first inning to shutout the Eagles in five innings, 11-0.

Central, playing error free, outslugged Cocalico 7-1 and got their offense started in the bottom half of the first inning. Billie Jo Bollinger then cranked a RBI double to cross Reagan Rohrer, who stroked a leadoff double for the first run of the game and Maddie Walter's double scored Bollinger for a 2-0 lead.

Jordan Walter drilled a RBI double to left field that plated courtesy runner Kendra Jones before Walter swiped third and home plate for another run (4-0).Tayler Lauver then drew a walk as Codi Bollinger stole home plate and Sarah Good scored Lauver on a one out RBI single for the last run of the inning and a 6-0 lead.

The Lady Barons added five runs in the bottom of the third. Madelyn Barbush worked a leadoff walk, Good singled to left field and Rachel VanBlargan's infield single loaded the bases. Barbush came home on a wild pitch, and Rohrer smashed a two run single. Maddie Walter drew a one out walk and sister Jordan Walter drove in Rohrer with an infield single. Codi Bollinger plated courtesy runner Jones on a sac fly to centerfield for their final run of the game.

Maddie Walter hurled a five inning game giving up just one hit. She struck out nine and did not allow any walks.

On Tuesday, May 9 the team traveled to Elco and ended their season with a bang, scoring two runs in both the top of the third and fourth innings to blank the sixth place Raiders 7-0.

Maddie Walter led the offense with a triple and two RBI's. Rohrer chipped in with a double while Zyan Bennett and Good added one RBI each.

Maddie Walter (7K, 1BB), and Jordan Walter (4K, 1BB), both shared the pitching responsibilities.

"The Walter sisters certainly provided the pitching presence we needed this season," stated Ginder.

Senior players this year were Zyan Bennett, Erin Corrado, Sarah Good, Alyssa Groff, and Kendra Jones.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the seniors this season. They worked hard in practice and provided leadership," said Ginder. "I believe with continued hard work and focus we can win the section and districts next season."

VOLLEYBALL

The Section Two champion and state ranked boys volleyball team hosted Garden Spot for their last match of their regular season and defeated the fourth place Spartans for the second time this year 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22).

Mason Nissley led the way with nine kills and served up a pair of aces. Ben Burkhart, the team leader in assists, finished the night with 26 as teammate Brandyn Musser added seven digs. Tanner Stauffer chalked up one block.

Post season play began on Friday, May 12 as the Barons (17-0) were on their home court in the quarterfinals round of the L-L League Tournament opposite Section One fourth place Conestoga Valley and ousted the Buckskins 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-21).

Nissley paced the offensive attack with 10 kills while Stauffer tallied a hat trick of serving aces. Burkhart had a big game with a 27 assists. Defensively, Gabriel Stewart (6 blocks), and Musser (6 digs) were standout.

TENNIS

The 2nd seeded boys tennis team opened the District Three Class AAA team playoff tournament on their home court in a clash with 10th seed Cedar Crest in the quarterfinals round and topped the Falcons in an exciting 4-1 victory.

Central (19-3) then met 3rd seeded league champion Hempfield (18-1) for the second time season on Tuesday, May 9 in the semifinals round at Hershey Racquet Club where they were defeated by the tournament first place finishing Black Knights, 3-0.

The team returned to Hershey on Wednesday, May 10 and, with a PIAA qualifying berth on the line, suffered a 3-2 result against 4th seeded Wilson (15-3), leaving the Barons in fourth place.

In singles play Galen Fitzkee outlasted Michael Brophy 6-3, 6-1 and for their final point of the match in doubles, the duo of Taylor Funk and Andrew Erk prevailed over Wilson 6-4, 6-4.

BASEBALL

The baseball team ended their regular season schedule with a win against Cocalico and losses to Elco and Lampeter-Strasburg last week.

At Cocalico, the Barons (8 hits) scored one run in the top of the first, third, and seventh innings to spark a 3-0 victory against the fourth place Eagles (6 hits, 1 error) 3-0.

Taylor Rohrer pitched a seven inning game, striking out 13 batters and not allowing a single walk.

With a chance to clinch the section championship, the Barons hosted Elco on "Senior Parents Day" in their next matchup at Baron Field and were dealt a 4-1 loss as the Raiders scored a run in all but three innings.

Elco (6 hits, 2 errors) scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning but Central (4 hits, 3 errors) regrouped in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler Simon, who drew a leadoff walk advanced on Nate Loser's bunt and scored on a base hit by Tyler Lutz.

Elco went back to work in the top of the fourth, scoring once to regain a 2-1 advantage. They scored another run in the top of the fifth on a two out RBI triple, and another in the top of the seventh to secure the win.

Drew Mummau went the distance on the hill striking out one and did not give up a walk.

Lutz played a solid game at catcher with a key grab behind the plate on a pop up for the second out of the fifth, and had a tag out at home plate for the third out of the top of the seventh inning.

The team then returned to their home field for a rescheduled non-league encounter with Section Two second place Lampeter Strasburg. The Pioneers, who outhit Central 9-0, pushed across a run in the top of third and seventh innings to slip past the Barons 2-1 to force a tie breaker game for the Section Three crown.

, 0BB), and Trevor Hosler (3K, 0BB), both saw action on the hill.

On Thursday, May 11 at Ephrata's War Memorial Field, in the section tie breaking game, the Barons collided Bryce Eberly (0K with Garden Spot for the third time this season on a wet and damp evening.

The Spartans (7 hits) plated a four run top of the fourth inning while playing an error free game and shutout the Barons (6 hits, 1 error) 5-0 to clinch the section championship.

Simon (2K, 7BB), and Eberly (3K, 2BB), both handled the Barons pitching duties.

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MC Baseball Wins Three Straight, Now 12-3 May 8, 2017

The Manheim Central baseball team defeated Garden Spot, Lebanon Catholic, and Lebanon last week to regain the lead in the race to capture the Section Three championship. The team now has a current overall record of 12-3.

"We did what we needed to do to keep our post-season alive," said head coach Matt Huber. "We had three solid games that will give us momentum heading into this week."

The team hosted Garden Spot on Monday, May 1 for a crucial section matchup. The Barons, who played an error-free game, used a five run bottom of the third inning along with a two run blast by Bryce Eberly to beat the Spartans 6-3.

Garden Spot (5 hits, 4 errors) scored the first run of the game in the top half of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Central, with five hits for the game, scored a run in the bottom of the second inning that deadlocked the score, 1-1.

Offensively the Barons went on the move with a five run outbreak in the bottom of the third inning for a 6-1 advantage.

In the top of the fourth inning the Spartans plated a pair of runs to cut the Central lead to 6-3 but could not produce enough offense through three straight innings to get any closer.

Taylor Rohrer (6K, 2BB), and Drew Mummau (8K, 2BB), shared the Manheim pitching chores.

It was a Section Three and Four rain make-up game at Lebanon Catholic on Tuesday, May 2 as the Barons only needed three innings, sparked by a Nate Loser (5 RBI's) grand slam and multi-hit performances by Dawson Good, Trevor Hosler, and David Cruz to total six RBI's, to subdue the Beavers (2 errors) 19-0.

With a 2-0 lead in the first, the Barons, who out lumbered the Beavers 13-1, had a gigantic 14 run top of the second inning to seize a spacious 16-0 lead. With another error-free game, the Barons added an additional three runs in the top half of the third inning to end the game via the 10 run mercy rule.

Returning to section play at Lebanon on Wednesday, May 3, Tyler Simon striking out three batters while allowing three walks became the winningest pitcher for the team this season by toppling the Cedars 9-2.

Lebanon (4 hits, 1 error) took a short lived 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Central (5 hits, 1 error), led by Tyler Lyons three hits and two RBI's, crossed six runs in the top of the second to take over the lead 6-1.

Adding two runs in the top of the fourth inning stretched the Barons lead to 8-1. Lebanon responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and the Barons pushed across their final run in the top of the seventh inning to collect the win.

Hosler came on in relief in the fourth inning and whiffed four Cedars while only allowing just a single walk.

TRACK

Coming to the end of their regular season schedule, the track team posted double wins against both Elizabethtown and Lancaster Catholic in L-L League dual meetings last week.

At Elizabethtown Cole Sunderland, Jay Barreto, and Will Rivers fueled the boys' team (8-0) in a 117-33 victory against the sixth place Bears to repeat as Section Two champions.

Winning twice on the track, Sunderland secured the 800 (2:11.1), and the 1600 (4:41.0). Individual running winners included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.6), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.8), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:24.6), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.5).

Central also added the 4x100 (44.8), and the 4x400 (3:41.7).

Rivers paced the team with a double win performance in the field events. He won the long jump (20-2.25), and the triple jump (41-7.75). Also picking up two wins was Barreto in the high hurdles (16.0) and the javelin (152-8).

Four other winners included Elliot Martin shot put (45-3.5), Nick Brown discus (129-8), and Ryan Carter pole vault (12-6).

Kiera Wells, Billie Jo Bollinger, and Laura Good sparked the girls team (7-1) to a 100-50 victory in a tussle with third place Elizabethtown.

Wells and Bollinger were the leaders on the track, both winning two events. Wells won the 100 (13.5), and the 200 (27.2) while Bollinger captured the high hurdles (15.1), along with the 300 hurdles (47.2).

Stephanie Greiner won the 400 with a final time of 64.9 and the team also claimed wins in the 4x100 (52.7) and 4x400 (4:25.7) relays.

Good was the top performer in field events, taking the long jump (15-1.25), and the triple jump (32-4.75). Other winners included Emily Kline shot put (31-9), Madalyn Nelson javelin (106-5), and Carley Sheppard pole vault (10-0).

In a non-league encounter with Lancaster Catholic at home, the boys' team won all 18 events en route to a lopsided 135-16 victory.

Sunderland and Royer were tops on the track both hustling for two wins each. Royer won the 100 (11.2) and tied Sunderland, who claimed the 400 (52.9), in the 200 (23.7).

Other running event winners included Carson Hepner 1600 (4:50.4), Lauver 3200 (9:59.2), Tyler Flick high hurdles (15.6), and Reed 300 hurdles (41.2).

The team also placed first in the 4x100 (44.4), the 4x400 (3:40.8), and the 4x800 (9:48.1).

In the field, Martin, Rivers, and Carter collected two wins each. Martin won the shot put (43-8.25), and the discus (122-2), Rivers took the long (20-1.25), and the triple jumps (40-1.75), and Carter cleared 5-8 in the high jump and 12-0 in the pole vault.

Barreto added a first in the javelin with a throw of 151-9.

Mallory Sunderland, Billie Jo Bollinger, and Good assisted the second place girls team in a 108-42 rout of Lancaster Catholic.

Bollinger had an impressive hat trick of wins, posting top times in the 200 (27.3), high hurdles (14.9), and the 300 hurdles (45.9). Sunderland chalked up a two win finish, taking the 800 (2:42.7), and the 1600 (5:33.0).

Also winning on the track was Good 100 (13.0), Kline 400 (63.8), Marianne Fitzkee 3200 (12:25.6) and the 4x100 (51.4), and the 4x800 (12:25.8).

Good had a not too shabby finish in field events winning the long jump (15-9.5), along with the triple jump (34-0.5).

Emma Burkhart discus (93-7), Nelson javelin (101-1), and Sheppard pole vault (9-6), also picked up wins.

VOLLEYBALL

The state ranked, undefeated boys' volleyball team clinched the Section Two championship after defeating both Lebanon and Ephrata last week. They are 15-0 to date.

On Tuesday, May 2 the team hosted a stingy Lebanon squad on "Senior Parents Night" and blanked the Cedars for the second time this season 3-0 (25-6, 25-11, 25-13).

Chase Fahnestock, the only senior, managed the charge with 10 kills and five blocks. Ben Burkhart served up three aces and guided the hitters with 27 assists. Brandyn Musser also helped the defense with seven digs

In their second to last match of their regular season, the team traveled to sixth place Ephrata on Thursday, May 4 where Mason Nissley had an all-round performance to lead the Barons past the Mountaineers 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-13). Nissley put down 10 kills at the net, served up two aces, and had two blocks.

Tanner Stauffer (2 aces), Burkhart (29 assists, 2 blocks), Fahnestock (2 blocks), and Gabriel Stewart (3 digs), also contributed.

SOFTBALL

Striving for their goal of clinching a district playoff berth, the Section Three fourth place softball team went 1-2 last week with a victory against Lebanon Catholic along with setbacks to Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal. The Barons stand at 8-10 overall.

On Monday, under the lights at Garrett Park Field in Willow Street, the Barons faced first place Lampeter-Strasburg who used a key three run bottom of the seventh inning to slip past the Lady Barons in a 4-3 narrow escape.

After five straight scoreless innings Central (7 hits, 2 errors) scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-0 lead. LS (8 hits) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to trail 2-1.

The Lady Barons plated their final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning to pull out to a 3-1 advantage until the errorless Pioneers rallied with four infield singles in the bottom half to seal the victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a stellar game from the circle striking out seven and surrendering four walks.

In a rescheduled crossover clash at home against Lebanon Catholic, the Lady Barons relied on a seven run bottom of the second inning and a home run via Mackenzie Martzall to shutout the Beavers 15-0 in just three innings.

Central (10 hits) opened the first inning with a Kendra Jones leadoff bunt single and another by Lily Wagner. Jones then stole third and home plate and Jade Trovinger ripped a RBI single that scored Wagner for a 2-0 lead.

The Barons then plated seven in the second inning. Brynne Wesner reached with a one out single and Jones followed with a bunt single. A Wagner walk loaded the bases for Martzall who cranked a RBI single

Trovinger added a three-run double and Paige Weaver collected a two out RBI triple that pushed the lead to 7-0. Alyssa Groff drove in Weaver with a RBI base hit and Jones drew a bases loaded walk to cross Groff and set the score at 9-0.

The Lady Barons also had a big bottom of the third inning with six more runs. Wagner collected a lead-off single and Martzall crushed a home run that upped the score to 11-0. Moments later Central pushed across four more runs to end the game after the 10 run mercy rule.

Martzall gave up just one hit, struck out six, and yielded only one walk in three innings.

Wednesday evening the team hosted second place Donegal. The Indians pounded 15 hits to overwhelm the Lady Barons (6 hits, 1 error) 7-3 in a Section Three collision.

Maddie Walter pitched seven innings, striking out two and allowing one walk opposite Donegal hurler Makyla Yoder who fanned eight batters and did not allow a single walk.

TENNIS

The Section Two champion boys tennis team returned to play in the L-L League Championship Tournament on Wednesday at Warwick High School in a finals showdown with Section One champ Hempfield.

The Black Knights (17-1) won their third straight league title and humbled the Barons (18-1) 3-2 for their first loss of the season.

Galen Fitzkee, at No. 1 singles, defeated Jake Curtin 7-5, 6-4, and Kyle Peters, at No. 3 outpointed Rishi Pandey 6-4, 6-3, for the Barons two points of the match.

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Central Volleyball Undefeated at 13-0 May 1, 2017

An undefeated season for the Manheim Central boys' volleyball team continued after defeating Cocalico and Lancaster Mennonite last week. They remain on top of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two standings with an overall record of 13-0.

At second place Cocalico on Tuesday, April 25 the Barons, led by Tanner Stauffer's 13 kills, outlasted a stout Eagles squad 3-0 (25-11, 29-27, 25-15).

Ben Burkhart dished out 32 assists and added to the defense with one block. Brandyn Musser hustled around the back court, registering four digs.

The team hosted fourth place Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday, April 27 for "Dig Pink Night." Fueled by a 22 kill performance by Mason Nissley, the Barons defeated the Blazers for the second time this season 3-1 (25-23, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15).

In the first set Lancaster Mennonite took an early 9-4 lead but the Barons eventually knotted the score at 13-13 with a Nissley blast at the net.

Central took the lead at 18-17 via another Nissley kill and led 20-18 following a Blazers serve into the net. Mennonite, however, came from behind to tie things at 21-21 but the Barons won the set 25-23 with a Gabriel Stewart swing at the twine.

Getting off to a good start in the second set, the Barons led 4-1 after one of two Brad Myer serving aces and upped the score to 10-5 with a Stewart kill. Manheim raised the score to 12-6 and then 15-7. They kept up the intensity, leading 20-10 and clinched the set at 25-11 on a ball ruled out of play against the Blazers.

Mennonite battled from behind to tie the third set 6-6 and eventually pulled out to a 13-9 lead before the home team deadlocked the score at 15-15 on a Nissley serve. Mennonite went on to win the set 25-23.

Up 11-7 in the fourth set, the Barons put together a 9-3 run to seize a comfortable 20-10 advantage. They sealed the victory, 25-15, when Burkhart (45 assists) set Stauffer for a kill and Manheim's 13th win of the season.

Zach Hershberger (2 blocks), and Musser (14 digs), also contributed.

SOFTBALL

The Section Three, third place softball team defeated Annville-Cleona, Lancaster Mennonite, and Northern Lebanon last week to improve to 7-8 overall.

"I was very pleased with our performance in each of the games," said head coach Steve Ginder, "particularly with Annville-Cleona. We contributed as a team and played with intensity. Against Northern Lebanon we were able to overcome an early deficit against an up and coming team."

On the road at Annville-Cleona on Monday, April 24 in a Section Three and Four crossover affair, the Lady Barons had a total of 12 hits including Codi Bollinger's solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to defeat the Little Dutchmen 9-2.

Tied at 1-1 in the first, Annville, who finished the game with five hits, pushed across a run in the bottom of the third inning to take over a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Barons (1 error) reacted with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to regain the lead 3-2 before a six run top of the sixth inning sparked the seven run triumph.

Maddie Walter (6K, 2BB), and Jordan Walter (4K, 0BB) handled pitching duties for the Barons.

Two days later the team hosted Lancaster Mennonite in a night cap for "Senior Parents Night" in another section crossover clash. The Lady Barons used a seven run bottom of the third inning and another home run by Codi Bollinger to overwhelm the Blazers 11-4.

"Codi Bollinger has continued to work hard in practice and improve and will be an integral part of the team the next two years," stated Ginder.

The Section Four Blazers (6 hits, 1 error) scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning with a leadoff triple and an infield RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half, the Lady Barons Sarah Good singled to centerfield and stole second base. Kendra Jones then reached on an infield bunt single and then swiped second base. Erin Corrado then drilled a RBI single that crossed both Good and Jones for a 2-1 lead.

Central (14 hits, 1 error) opened their seven run third inning with a Corrado single to centerfield. Zyan Bennett was then hit by a pitch and Alyssa Groff's bunt single loaded the bases for Maddie Walter crushed a three-run triple to centerfield. Codi Bollinger followed with a home run to deep left field. Tayler Lauver cranked a one out single, then stole second base and scored on Corrado's base hit with two outs (8-1). Pinch runner Reagan Rohrer scored the final run of the inning on an infield single by Bennett

Maddie Walter then added to the Blazers gloom in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff triple and Carly Herr pushed across courtesy runner Madelyn Barbush on a fielder's choice for a 10-1 lead.

The Blazers scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and another in the sixth to trail the Lady Barons 10-4.

Groff started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single and then scored the final run of the game when Jade Trovinger's hit was misplayed at first base.

Maddie Walter (8K, 0BB), and sister Jordan Walter (5K, 1BB) split the Manheim pitching duties.

"We have not had two quality pitchers for a few years," said Ginder. "It is a luxury to have two pitchers especially in a season when we have four or more games a week due to weather make-ups."

The team returned to Section Three play at Norther Lebanon and came from behind to edge the fourth place Vikings 4-2.

Northern Lebanon (3 errors) got off to a quick start and held a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Barons, outslugging the Vikings 6-5, got one run back in the top of the fourth inning to set the score at 2-1.

Scoring two runs in the top of the fifth inning and another in the top of the seventh helped the Lady Barons, who played an error less game, hold on for the victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a magnificent seven inning game, striking out 11 Viking batters while not giving up a single walk.

TRACK

In Section Two action, the track team hosted Ephrata and split with the Mountaineers last Monday.

Winning 12 of the 18 events, the boys' team (6-0) defeated a pesky Mountaineers squad 99-51.

Gunnar Royer 100 (11.5), Kody Kegarise 200 (24.2), Cole Sunderland 1600 (4:41.5), Jay Barreto high hurdles (16.0), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.2) highlighted the wins on the track. The team also won the 4x100 relay (44.7).

In the field, Will Rivers won both the long jump (20-2.5), and the triple jump (41-4.5). Other first place winners included Elliot Martin shot put (44-9.5), Nick Brown discus (136-5), Barreto javelin (145-11), and Ryan Carter pole vault (13-0).

Billie Jo Bollinger, Laura Good, and Carley Sheppard had successful individual efforts despite suffering their first setback of the season, 95-55.

Bollinger won the high hurdles (15.2), and the 300 hurdles (47.4) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay with Autumn Greiner, Laura Good, and Elsie Kline.

In the field, Laura Good won the long jump (15-8.75), and the triple jump (32-10.75) while Carley Sheppard added wins in the high jump with a leap of 4-6 and the pole vault, clearing a height of 10-0.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team, having captured 10 section titles throughout the years, began the opening round of the L-L League Championship Tournament last week with Cedar Crest (10-3) and ousted the Falcons 3-2.

In doubles play the team of Trent Martin and Trey Bury outgunned Tim Cheng and Ryan Knapp 6-0, 6-0, and the duo of Taylor Funk and Andrew Erk outpointed Adam Brightbill and Enzo Emerich 6-1, 6-0.

Kyle Peters defeated Max Mesaros 6-0, 7-5 in No. 3 singles for Manheim's final team point.

Central (18-0) will face perennial powerhouse Hempfield (16-1), who shutout Cocalico 5-0, this week at Warwick High School for the league crown.

The team has won only one previous league championship since the league was first organized in 1972 that being 28 years ago in 1989. The Barons ended with a 16-3 overall record that spring.

BASEBALL

The baseball team dropped to second place in the Section Three standings with a victory against Lancaster Mennonite along with losses to both Annville-Cleona and Northern Lebanon last week. They are currently 9-3 overall.

In a Section Three and Four crossover showdown at Lancaster Mennonite, the Barons, despite being out hit 8-1, scored four runs through the top of sixth and seventh innings and blanked the third place Blazers 4-0.

Drew Mummau pitched a full seven inning game striking out seven while not giving up a walk.

At Baron Field, in a duel with fourth place Northern Lebanon (2 errors), the Vikings used nine hits and a three run top of the seventh inning for a come from behind, nine inning, 6-4 thriller over the Barons (5 hits, 2 errors).

Taylor Rohrer (11K, 1BB), Bryce Eberly (2K, 1BB), Trevor Hosler (2K, 0BB), and Tyler Simon (0K, 2BB), all handled the Manheim pitching.

At Section Four second place Annville Cleona (5 hits, 3 errors), the Little Dutchmen had a key four run bottom of the third inning to setup a 4-2 triumph against the visiting Barons (7 hits, 1 error).

Nathan Loser (0K, 0BB), and Simon (6K, 1BB) saw action on the mound.

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Lady Barons Topple Columbia 13-10 April 24, 2017

The Section Three third place softball team went 1-2 last week with a victory against Columbia and a pair of setbacks to both Warwick and Lancaster Catholic in L-L League action.

The teamhosted Columbia in a Section Three and Four crossover showdown early on as Jordan Walter homered for the Lady Barons to help clinch their fourth win of the season in a 13-10 victory.

Central (4-8), outslugging Columbia 10-7, plated three runs in the bottom half of the first inning for a 3-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Barons bats came alive in the bottom of the third and pushed across six runs to seize a commanding 9-0 advantage.

Columbia, who was charged with seven fielding errors, countered with a three run top of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 9-3.

The Lady Barons, with four fielding errors of their own, scored one run in the bottom of the inning until the Tide managed to score three runs in the top of the fifth to trail 10-6 and outscored the Lady Barons 4-2 through the sixth and seventh innings but fell a little short in the three run misfortune.

Under the lights on Tuesday, April 18, the team hosted Warwick in a rescheduled non-league encounter. Warriors ripped a total of nine hits, including three homers, to escape with a 6-3 victory over the Lady Barons.

Central (8 hits, 2 errors) opened the scoring in the first inning on a sac fly by Maddie Walter that plated Reagan Rohrer who reached with a leadoff triple.

Warwick (2 errors) went long ball with two home runs in the top of the third inning to take over the lead 2-1 but Manheim responded in the bottom half with a one out single by Rohrer, a two out walk to Maddie Walter and Jordan Walter's RBI base hit to center that tied the game.

The Warriors got their bats rolling in the top of the fifth with a leadoff single, a double to deep left field, and a two out triple to center that crossed two runs and put Warwick in front 4-2. They added to their lead in the top of the sixth with a one out single and a two out home run to left field.

Trying to come from behind in the bottom of the seventh, Mackenzie Martzall reached on a leadoff single. Billie Jo Bollinger added a RBI fielder choice that scored courtesy runner Kendra Jones for their last run of the game.

Maddie Walter (5K, 3BB), and Jordan Walter (2K, 1BB), both split the pitching duties for Manheim.

Back in crossover play against Lancaster Catholic at Stauffer Park, the Crusaders rallied from behind to knock off the Lady Barons in a 3-2 thriller.

The Lady Barons, who outdueled the Crusaders in hits, 7-4, got two runs early in the top of the first inning to gain a 2-0 lead.

The game went scoreless through four straight innings until Catholic, playing error free, had a key three run bottom of the sixth inning that setup the slim one run victory.

Jordan Walter pitched a full seven innings, whiffing five batters and did not surrender any walks.

BASEBALL

The Manheim Central baseball team split games last week with Columbia and Lancaster Catholic to remain in first place in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Three standings with a current overall record of 8-1.

In a Section Three and Four crossover clash at Columbia on Monday, April 17 Brandon Fisher drilled his third home run of the season to spark a 15-0 three inning rout of the Crimson Tide.

"The offense has been vastly improved," said head coach Matt Huber. "The amount of pressure that gets placed on teams by continual balls in play and hits have allowed us to open things up. One through nine have been doing a great job of this and each game it's been different players contributing."

Central, who outnumbered Columbia in hits 9-3, scored an impressive 12 runs in the opening inning and added to the Crimson Tide (3 errors) misery with another three runs in the top of the second that would quickly end the game via the 10 run mercy rule for their eighth victory of the season.

Trevor Hosler pitched the three inning game, striking out four and did not allow a single walk.

"Our pitchers have been on top of their game," said Huber. "Taylor Rohrer gave us his best performance of the year going back two weeks. Tyler Simon and Bryce Eberly have pitched big out of the bullpen and Drew Mummau has been a key cog starting on the mound."

On Wednesday, April 19, the team hosted Lancaster Catholic for another section crossover collision and the Crusaders' Kentucky bound pitcher Dillon Marsh gunned down 13 Manheim Central batters while yielding just one walk to hand the Barons their first loss of the season, a 2-1 nail biter.

The Section Four leading Crusaders (9-1), with a total of four hits in the game, scored the opening run in the top of the third. They pushed across their final run of the game in the top of the fifth inning to add to their lead, 2-0.

The home team, finishing the contest with a total of five hits, responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half. Through two more innings the Barons (1 error) could not produce enough offense to score any more runs in the one run setback.

Taylor Rohrer (3K, 3BB), and Drew Mummau (5K, 3BB), both saw action on the hill.

VOLLEYBALL

The second ranked District Three Class AA boys' volleyball team continued their pursuit of the Section Two championship by obtaining wins last week against York Suburban and Elizabethtown to remain with a perfect overall record of 11-0.

In a non-league tussle at York Suburban, the Barons battled past an impressive Trojans squad by a 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8), final score.

Mason Nissley led the charge with 19 kills and Zach Hershberger tallied three aces. Ben Burkhart has continued his season with being a support to hitters and piled up 30 assists and also put up a total of six blocks. Brandyn Musser also chipped in with eight digs.

Resuming section play, the team traveled to fifth place Elizabethtown on Thursday, April 20. Nissley slammed nine kills to lead the Barons past the Bears for the second time this season 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15).

Tanner Stauffer served up a hat trick of aces and maneuvered around the back court, recording five digs. Burkhart was credited with another 30 assist game and finished with four solo blocks.

TRACK

For their fifth meet of the season, the track team traveled to Lebanon and established double wins against the Cedars in Section Two competition.

Jay Barreto placed first in one event on the track and another in the field to lead the boys' team (5-0) in an 85-65 victory in a battle of unbeaten.

Barreto won the high hurdles with a 15.8 and captured the javelin with a throw of 149-1.

Other winners included: Gunnar Royer 100 (11.5), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.1), Cole Sunderland 800 (2:02.5), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:13), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.1). In the field, Ryan Carter also cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault.

Kiera Wells, Emily Kline, and Billie Jo Bollinger led the girls' team (5-0) to easily defeat Lebanon, 127-22.

Wells won the 100 (12.8), and the 200 (27.3) while Bollinger commanded the high hurdles (15.1), the 300 hurdles (47.2) and the long jump (15-6.75).

Kline added a win in the 400 clocking a final time of 65.6 and was tops in field, racking up wins in the shot put (30-11), and the discus (87-11).

Alexis Hosler in the 800 (2:35.1), Mallory Sunderland in the 1600 (5:58.0), and Marianne Fitzkee in the 3200 (38:24) added wins on the track while Madalyn Nelson in the javelin (96-5), Laura Good in the triple jump (31-6.5), and Carley Sheppard in the pole vault (10-0) led the way with field firsts.

TENNIS

At the conclusion of an 18 match regular season schedule, the boys' tennis team repeated as Section Two champions after winning matches last week against Annville-Cleona, Wilson, and Elizabethtown.

In a section matchup at Annville-Cleona, the Barons (18-0) shutout the eighth place Little Dutchmen 7-0.

In doubles play, Trey Bury and Andrew Erk outpointed Kay Alwine and Dan Tobias 8-3. The pair of Logan Sensenig and Silas Eldeen survived Andrew Speraw and Sam Mintz 8-4 and Jared Groff and Joe Martin defeated Liam Nyce and Scheubert 8-2.

In singles play Eldeen outdueled Nyce 6-1, 6-1. Erk dominated Mintz 6-0, 6-1. Groff escaped Speraw 7-5, 6-1, and Bury outlasted Alwine 6-3, 6-4.

On Wednesday, April 19 in a rescheduled non-league affair at Wilson, the Barons took a bite out of the Bulldogs by a 4-1 final result.

The team hosted Elizabethtown for their regular season finale on Friday, April 21 in a non-league encounter and blanked the Bears 4-0.

Trent Martin and Bury defeated Lucas Overmoyer and Conner Babinchak 8-2. Taylor Funk and Erk shutout Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson 8-0, and Groff and Sensenig defeated RJ Smith and Josh Dullinger 8-2 to sweep doubles play.

Galen Fitzkee blanked Overmoyer 6-0, 6-0, but the final three matches were not completed due to rain.

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Baron Tracksters Defeat Cocalico, Elco April 17, 2017

The Manheim Central track team posted double wins against both Cocalico and Elco in Lancaster-Lebanon League competition last week.

Central hosted Cocalico on Monday, April 10 in a Section Two collision as the boys team (4-0) led by Cole Sunderland, with two firsts on the track, and Ryan Carter, who claimed two wins in the field, soared past the Eagles 96-55.

Sunderland won the 800 (2:06), and the 1600 (4:45.1). Other track winners included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.0), and Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.0). The Barons also won the 4x100 (44.2) with the team of Hochstetler, Zach Reed, Caleb Weaver, and Sunderland and took the 4x400 (3:37.3) with Weaver, Ian Lauver, Brandon Griest, and Sunderland took first place in the 4x800.

In the field, Carter was tops in the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and pole vault with a height of 12-6. Jay Barreto - javelin (177-3), and Will Rivers - triple jump (40-11.75), also picked up firsts.

Billie Jo Bollinger fueled the girls' team (4-0) with three wins on the day, sparking a 103-46 victory against Cocalico.

Bollinger was tops in the high hurdles (15.1), and the 300 hurdles (48.5), and Kiera Wells won the 100 (12.6), and the 200 (27.0). Mallory Sunderland sprinted to a pair of first place performances in the 1600 (5:37.9), and the 3200 (12:59). Emily Kline was first place in the 400 (60.04), and teammate Alexis Hosler took the 800 (2:37.1).

They tacked on the 4x400 with the team of Autumn Greiner, Hosler, Kline, Billie Jo Bollinger while Hosler, Marianne Fitzkee, Taylor Noll, and Sunderland snagged the 4x800.

Bollinger collected her field event triumph in the high jump with a leap of 4-8 and her sister Codi Bollinger seized one win in the long jump with a distance of 15-4.75. Kline contributed with a first place heave of 31-5 in the shot.

The team traveled to Elco in a non-league clash on Wednesday, April 12 as the boys' team won all but one event in a 130-20 rout of the Raiders that featured Carter breaking a school record in the pole vault with a height of 13-7. The record of 13-6 stood since 2011.

Sunderland won the 400 (56.0), 800 (2:15.7), and the 1600 (4:50.2) to pace the win. Royer 100 (11.7), Hochstetler 200 (23.5), Carson Hepner 3200 (10:39.5), Barreto high hurdles (15.8), and Reed 300 hurdles (43.0), also obtained wins.

The team secured the 4x100 (45.0), Ryan Santiago, Weaver, Reed, Sunderland 4x400 (3:51.3), to go along with Lauver, Weaver, Griest, Sunderland 4x800 (9:43.1).

Barreto javelin (162-9), long jump (19-5.25), Elliot Martin shot put (43-10), and Rivers triple jump (41-6.5), were other winners in the field events. Carter also added the high jump (5-6).

Good paced the girls' to a 99-47 win with three wins on the day. She claimed the 200 and was tops in the long and triple jumps.

Bollinger followed with two wins, taking the 100 hurdles (15.7), and the 300 hurdles (48.9). Other winners were Wells -100 (13.5), Kline -400 (60.49), Hosler -800 (2:39.9), Sunderland -1600 (5:59.5), and Fitzkee -3200 (12:59.5), Greiner, Sunderland, Noll, Kline - 4x400, and Hosler, Noll, Aspen Bollinger, Sunderland 4x800.

In the field, the team won three more events as Madalyn Nelson took the javelin with a throw of 94-2, Aspen Bollinger placed first in the high jump (4-8), and Carley Sheppard cleared a height of 9-6 in the pole vault.

BASEBALL

Playing a total of 28 innings, the baseball team collected 38 hits, 31 runs, and 9 errors and remained unbeaten with wins against Elco, Lebanon, Cocalico, and Pequea Valley last week. They lead Section Three with a 7-0 overall record.

They opened the week at Elco and used a three run top of the third inning and a home run by Brandon Fisher to overwhelm the Raiders 9-5.

Central, who outhit Elco 11-9, crossed two runs in the top of the second inning and added a three run third to take a 5-0 lead. The Raiders responded in the bottom of the inning and trailed the Barons 5-3.

Another run by the Barons in the top of the fourth stretched the score to 6-3 and then 8-3 after a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Manheim scored their last run of the game in the top of the seventh. Elco tallied two runs in the bottom of the inning but could get no closer.

Bryce Eberly (4K, 0BB), and Drew Mummau (4K, 1BB) split the Barons pitching duties.

On Tuesday, April 11 the Barons hosted Lebanon in a rescheduled game. Fisher's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning sparked an 11 hit attack and set up a 12-5 victory over the Cedars.

The home team plated four runs in the first inning. Mummau led off with an infield single and then stole second base. Tyler Lutz followed with a one out single to centerfield and Eberly drew a walk that loaded the bases. Fisher then cleared the bases for an early 4-0 lead.

Key hits sparked a five run second inning. Jake Novak reached on a Lebanon fielding error and moved up on a Mummau single. Tyler Simon worked a walk that loaded the bases. Lutz then cranked a RBI single down the third base line that plated Novak and Mummau (6-0). Eberly slugged a RBI double to push across Lutz and Simon (8-0), and Taylor Rohrer scored Eberly on an RBI single to hold a 9-0 advantage.

Lebanon (3 hits) scored two runs in the top of the third and one in the fourth but the Barons countered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with RBI's by Rohrer and Tyler Lyons (11-3).

After a two out RBI double to center field in the top of the fifth, the Cedars were down 11-5 before Central scored one more in the bottom of the sixth to claim their fifth win this season.

Simon (2K, 3BB), and Trevor Hosler (0K, 2BB), both pitched for Manheim.

At home on Wednesday, the Barons outslugged Cocalico 8-1, took advantage of five errors and scored runs in all but two innings to blank the Eagles 7-0.

Rohrer pitched a full seven innings, striking out 10 and allowing two walks.

In a Section Three and Four crossover clash at home against Pequea Valley on Thursday, April 13 the Barons came from behind to edge the Braves 3-2.

Manheim scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first but PV (4hits) plated two runs in the top of the second for a 2-1 lead.

After three scoreless innings, Loser stroked an RBI sac fly to right field to bring home Lutz in the bottom of the sixth that knotted the score 2-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and two runners on base, Lutz bounced an infield single to third base that crossed Novak for the game winning run.

Eberly (3K, 2BB) and Simon (0K, 1BB), shared the pitching for Manheim. Lutz played a strong game at catcher having a tag out at the plate for the third out of the fourth assisted by centerfielder Novak.

VOLLEYBALL

A successful season has continued for the state ranked boys' volleyball team as the Barons put two more matches into their win column last week.

Central (9-0) hosted a resilient Ephrata squad and easily defeated the Mountaineers 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-10).

Mason Nissley provided the offense with 10 kills and served up four aces. Ben Burkhart was a help up front with 15 assists and Tanner Stauffer guarded the back court with a pair of digs. Chase Fahnestock contributed with five blocks.

In a key showdown at third place Garden Spot, the Barons Brandyn Musser smashed a game high 16 kills and rolled past the Spartans 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18).

Stauffer (4 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks), and Burkhart (35 assists) also contributed to the win.

SOFTBALL

The softball team defeated Elco and Cocalico and suffered a setback to Pequea Valley last week, improving their current Section Three record at 3-6.

In a nightcap hosting Elco, the Lady Barons ripped 13 hits and scored nine runs between the second and third innings en route to a 14-2, five inning win.

Freshmen Jordan Walter struck out 11 Elco batters and surrendered 5 walks.

At Cocalico, Central outhit the Eagles 7-1 and used a four run third inning for their third victory of the season 8-1.

Jordan Walter tossed a full seven inning game, striking out five Eagles batters and allowing only one walk.

The team traveled to Pequea Valley at Paradise Park under the lights in a Section Three and Four crossover contest on Thursday. The Braves used five hits and three runs after the first and fourth innings to slip past Central (3 hits, 2 errors) in a dramatic 3-1 finish.

Maddie Walter hurled a complete seven inning game, gunning down 10 PV batters and did not allow a single walk.

TENNIS

The undefeated boys' tennis team (11-0), with a talented and experienced roster, should be able to repeat as Section Two champs this year. They placed four more matches into their win column against Downingtown West (5-2), Lancaster Catholic (7-0), Pequea Valley (7-0), and Central York (5-0).

Manheim Central and Dallastown are the only undefeated teams remaining in District Three with the Wildcats ranked first and the Barons fourth.

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Baron Volleyballers Win Three More April 9, 2017

After three matches last week, Manheim Central's volleyball team remained undefeated with victories against Cedar Crest, Lancaster Mennonite, and Lebanon, and continue to lead the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two standings with an overall record of 7-0.

The team traveled to Cedar Crest on Monday, April 3 in a non-league affair and shutout the Falcons 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19).

Mason Nissley led the offense, pounding 13 kills at the net and also added four blocks. Tanner Stauffer served up a pair of aces and teammate Ben Burkhart once again was a help to hitters up front with 28 assists. Brandyn Musser contributed one dig.

Returning to section play on Tuesday, April 4 at Lancaster Mennonite the Barons, paced by Nissley's game high 14 kills and two blocks, also blanked the Blazers 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20).

Stauffer and Musser both tallied one serving ace with Burkhart supporting hitters at the net with a remarkable 33 assists. Musser also safeguarded the backcourt with 11 digs.

In their third away match of the week, Central hit the road to Lebanon on Thursday, April 6 where the Barons easily defeated the Cedars 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-17). Nissley once again dominated with 12 kills and a set of blocks.

Gabriel Stewart registered two serving aces, Burkhart recorded 25 assists, and Musser chalked up six digs.

BASEBALL

Place two more games into the win column for the baseball team after the Barons defeated both Northern Lebanon and Garden Spot in Section Three action last week.

"Every year we have the goal to win a section title, qualify for league playoffs and districts and earn a trip to states," said head coach Matt Huber. "This year our goals remain the same. We need to win one game at a time and we'll see where it takes us."

Central (3-0) opened at Northern Lebanon where the Barons scored four runs in both the third and fifth innings to subdue the Vikings 11-4.

The game went scoreless through two innings until Central, who out hit Northern Lebanon 13-7, pushed across four runs in the top of the third inning for an early lead.

The Vikings responded with two runs in the bottom half to cut the Baron lead in half.

In the top of the fourth inning Manheim picked up three more runs to stretch their lead to 7-2 and tacked on their second four run inning in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 11-2.

After a scoreless sixth inning the Vikings scored the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh, completing the seven run misfortune.

Bryce Eberly (5K, 4BB), and Drew Mummau (4K, 0BB), both handled the pitching duties for the Barons.

On Wednesday, April 5 at Garden Spot, the Barons plated five runs in the fifth inning and outslugged the Spartans 13-9 to win the game 9-6.

Central got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning before Garden Spot countered with a three run bottom of the second to trail the Barons 4-3.

The Spartans then changed the momentum of the game crossing two more runs in the bottom of the third to take over the lead 5-4.

The fourth inning went scoreless but the Barons exploded with a five run top of the fifth inning to regain a 9-5 lead.

Trying to come from behind for a second time, Garden Spot scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth but could do no further damage.

Taylor Rohrer (4K, 4BB), and Tyler Simon (3K, 4BB), both saw action on the mound for the Barons.

TRACK

Despite the rainy weather during the week the track team fit in their first home meet of the season in a matchup with Lampeter-Strasburg and chalked up double wins against the Pioneers in a Section Two clash.

The boys' team won eight events on the track and six in the field to surge past the Pioneers, 103-47.

Cole Sunderland was tops on the track and snagged two first place finishes. Sunderland won the 800 (2:13.5), and the 1600 (4:46.9).

Other running event winners were Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.4), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:19.4), and Tyler Flick high hurdles (15.7). Central also won the 4x400 (3:40) with Hochstetler, Caleb Weaver, Zach Reed, Sunderland, the 4x800 (8:55) Weaver, Brandon Griest, Lauver, Sunderland, and the 4x100 (44:48) with Jay Barreto, Gunner Royer, Kody Kegarise and Hostetler.

The Barons also won five of six events in the field. Will Rivers won the long jump (19-10.25), and the triple jump (42-5) and Ryan Carter was tops in the high jump (5-10), and the pole vault (12-0).

Also winning field events were Nick Brown in the shot put (41-3.75), and Tim Witmer discus (118-2).

The girls team clinched six running events and three in the field to escape with an 81-68 triumph against Lampeter-Strasburg.

Laura Good and Billie Jo Bollinger were the top performers on the track each winning two running events. Good placed first in the 100 (13.1), and the 200 (27.5). Bollinger captured the high hurdles (15.2), and the 300 hurdles (47.4).

Marianne Fitzkee finished first in the 3200 (12:44.0), and the team of Autumn Greiner, Alexis Hosler, Elsie Kline, and Billie Jo Bollinger also won the 4x400 in a combined 4:23.2.

Good collected two more wins to lead the team in field events. She won the long jump (14-8), and the triple jump (31-10.4). Carley Sheppard won the pole vault with a height of 9-6.

SOFTBALL

It was an up and down kind of week for the softball team going 1-2 with a win against Northern Lebanon along with losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal in Section Three play.

The Lady Barons (1-5) got the action underway with a nightcap against visiting Northern Lebanon. Tayler Lauver and Jordan Walter crushed home runs for Central in an 11-1, six inning victory.

Central, who out hit Northern Lebanon 16-2, got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning scoring four runs and then tacked on another four in the bottom of the second to take a comfortable 8-0 lead.

The home team then plated another run in the bottom of the third before the Vikings scored their only run of the contest in the top of the fourth to cut the Lady Barons advantage to 9-1.

Following a scoreless fifth inning Manheim plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the 10 run rule and obtain their first victory of the season.

Maddie Walter pitched a sixth inning game, whiffing an impressive 11 NL batters and did not allow a single walk.

The team returned to their home field on Wednesday against section leading Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers, led by Hanna Garber's two home run performance, defeated the Lady Barons in a 12-1 rout.

L-S (17 hits) drew first blood in the top of the first inning that began with a leadoff double and then an infield bunt that advanced the base runner to second base. An RBI sac fly to center field then plated a run for a 1-0 lead.

They pushed across three more runs in the top of the third starting with their leadoff batter reaching first base on a Central fielding error followed by a bunt single. Garber then hammered her first home run of the game to deep right field with one out to raise the score to 4-0.

In the top of the fourth inning LS scored one run on a one out single to center field and an RBI double to left field to take a 5-0 lead.

An RBI double to left field in the top of the fifth drove in another two runs as the Pioneers held a commanding 7-0 advantage at the conclusion of the inning.

Putting up another two runs in the top of the sixth gave the Pioneers a whopping 9-0 lead that started with a leadoff infield single, a base hit down the third base line and ended with an RBI double to center field.

Manheim (5 hits) responded with a bang in the bottom half of the inning as Reagan Rohrer smashed a leadoff home run to right field for their only run of the game and trailed the Pioneers 9-1.

The Pioneers quickly reacted, scoring their three final runs of the game to collect an impressive 11 run victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a full seven inning game from the circle striking out seven LS batters while allowing one walk.

Rachel VanBlargan played a solid game at catcher and had a snag on a popup behind the plate for the second out of the sixth inning and another for the second out of the seventh.

Maddie Walter also snared a back handed line drive at the circle for an assist to first base for the first out of the fifth inning and Jordan Walter had a grab on a tight popup at the fence near third base for the second out of the fifth inning.

The Barons ended the week at perennial powerhouse and second place Donegal in Mount Joy on Friday, April 7. The Indians used 11 hits and a four run first inning to blank the Lady Barons 10-0.

Maddie Walter pitched for seven straight innings and fanned five Indian batters while allowing five walks opposite Donegal's Makayla Yoder who struck out five and did not allow any walks.

TENNIS

Still leading Section Two at the midway point of their season campaign, the boys' tennis team won three straight matches against Elco, Garden Spot, and Lancaster Mennonite to remain undefeated at 9-0.

At Elco the Barons blanked the Raiders 7-0 to secure their seventh victory of the season and then completed a suspended match with Garden Spot at home outlasting the Spartans 6-1. They finished the week on their home court in a tussle with Lancaster Mennonite for "Senior Parents Day" and eluded the Blazers by a 6-1 final score.

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Baron Softballers Off To A Slow Start April 3, 2017

An experienced softball team, made up of five seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, and six freshmen, ended a dreary and wet week of play with a pair of non-league losses to Conestoga Valley and Elizabethtown.

To begin the week, Central (0-3) hosted Conestoga Valley in second game of the season. The Buckskins, who slugged seven hits and played an errorless game, edged the Lady Barons 4-3.

It was a big beginning for Conestoga Valley as the Buckskins crossed three runs in the top of the first inning for a quick 3-0 lead.

After three straight scoreless innings the Lady Barons, who cranked a total of nine hits and committed two fielding errors, changed the momentum of the game with a three run bottom of the fifth inning that tied the score at 3-3.

After a scoreless sixth, Conestoga Valley scored the eventual game winning run in the top of the seventh to escape with the narrow victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a full seven inning game for Central, striking out three while allowing two walks.

The team traveled to Elizabethtown's Borough Park on Wednesday, March 29 and, after trailing 6-1 early, the Lady Barons managed to score three more runs but fell a little short in a 6-4 setback to the Bears.

VOLLEYBALL

The state ranked Manheim Central boys volleyball team had a successful week winning matches against Red Land, Elizabethtown, and Cocalico to pad the lead in L-L League Section Two with an overall record of 4-0.

In a non-league collision at Red Land on Monday, March 27, the Barons defeated the Patriots 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-14).

Ben Burkhart led the team with an impressive 34 assists and played well on defense chalking up a pair of blocks. Mason Nissley provided the offense pounding 24 kills at the net as teammate Brandyn Musser served up three aces and defended the backcourt with a total of six digs.

The following evening the team hosted Elizabethtown in section play blanked the Bears by a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-10), final score.

Nissley served up four aces and Burkhart tallied two blocks and six digs to pace the Barons.

Completing the week Central hosted Cocalico on Thursday, March 30 where Nissley collected a match high 16 kills to help the Barons shutout the Eagles 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14).

Tanner Stauffer added a set of serving aces and thwarted Cocalico hitters at the net with two blocks and nine digs.

Burkhart once again supported hitters up front with 35 assists on the night.

TRACK

The track team got their season rolling at Garden Spot last Monday for their first meet of the season. The Barons posted double wins against the Spartans in Section Two competition.

The boys' team defeated Garden Spot in all events en route to a 128-21 victory.

On the track, Ian Lauver and Brock Hochstetler both won two events to lead the team. Lauver won the 1600 (4:58.7), and the 3200 (10:24.2) and Hochstetler, tied with Gunnar Royer, captured the 100 (11.4), and the 200 (23.8).

Cole Sunderland crossed first in the 800 (2:08.9), Tyler Flick won the high hurdles (16.4) and Zach Reed secured the 300 hurdles (42.3).

The team also won the 4x100 (45.9), the 4x400 (3:43.8), and the 4x800 (9:29.6).

Will Rivers and Ryan Carter led the field events with a hat trick of wins as Rivers won the javelin (149-8), the long jump (20-1.5), and the triple jump (40-9), and Carter was tops in the shot put (42-10.25), the high jump, tied with Chris Shaw (5-6), and the pole vault event (11-6).

Nick Brown added a win in the discus with a distance of 126-6.

The girls' squad won all but three events, defeating the Spartans by a 109-39 final score.

Kiera Wells and Mallory Sunderland fueled the team on the track with two wins each. Wells placed first in the 100 (12.9), and the 300 hurdles (49.7), and Sunderland was tops in the 1600 (5:54.1), and the 3200 (13:36.7).

Also adding wins on the track were Laura Good 200 (28.3), Alexis Hosler 800 (2:38.4), and Billie Jo Bollinger high hurdles (15.6).

The Barons also claimed the 4x100 (57.4), the 4x400 (4:38.7), and the 4x800 (12:08.4).

Carley Sheppard snagged two wins in the field claiming the high jump (4-6), along with the pole vault with a height of 10-0.

Madalyn Nelson contributed a win in the javelin with a throw of 98-0 and Laura Good defeated the field in the long jump with a leap of 15-5.

BASEBALL

Due to inclement weather, the baseball team managed only a one game last week, a non-league showdown at Conestoga Valley.

Central used a total of 11 hits and an eight run top of the seventh inning to stun the Buckskins in a come from behind 9-3 thriller.

Conestoga Valley, who had five hits in the game with three fielding errors, drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning and held a 1-0 lead.

The Buckskins tacked on another run in the bottom of the third while the Barons plated their first run of the game in the top of the fourth to trail 2-1.

The home team pushed across what would be their final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth for a 3-1 advantage through a scoreless sixth inning.

The Barons, who committed two fielding errors, erupted in the top half of the seventh inning scoring an incredible eight runs that iced the six run triumph.

The trio of Bryce Eberly (2K, 0BB), Nathan Loser (2K, 2BB), and Drew Mummau (1K, 0BB), all combined to handle the Manheim pitching duties.

TENNIS

Through six matches, the boys' tennis team, with 10 seniors, one sophomore, five juniors, and three freshmen, remains undefeated to lead Section Two with a current overall record of 6-0.

The Barons defeated Warwick (7-0), Lampeter-Strasburg (7-0), Northern Lebanon (7-0), Spring Ford (4-3), Cocalico (6-1), and Donegal (7-0).

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Bentancourt Makes PIAA Debut Appearance March 13, 2017

Freshman Will Betancourt was the only grappler to represent the Barons on the mats in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Tournament on March 9-11 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Betancourt, a district gold medalist, was making his PIAA debut at the 106 pound weight class and left chocolate town going 1-2, ending his season with an impressive 34-4 record.

He began his tournament opposite Liam Logue (38-7) of Father Judge and posted a 9-0 major decision. He was then bounced into the consolation round bracket after being defeated in the quarterfinals by sixth place finisher Luke Lucerne (36-8) of Council Rock North by decision 4-0.

In his first matchup of the consolations, Betancourt was ousted by fifth place opponent Frankie Bonura (44-5) of Moon in a tight 3-0 decision, ending his tournament campaign.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

A team made up of eight seniors, three juniors, 10 sophomores, and one freshman had their 2016-17 season officially come to an end last week on the hardwood. Manheim Central began the PIAA Class 5A State Championship Tournament in a first round feud with East Stroudsburg North on Friday, March 10 at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville.

East Stroudsburg North (18-10), the District 11 champion, sparked by a team high 11 point performance from Josh Noble along with a 36 point second half, ended the 7th place district three finishing Barons' (21-7) season campaign with an exciting come-from-behind 58-55 final score.

Senior Taylor Funk, with a record breaking 1,977 total career points and is off next year to Saint Joseph's University, led the Barons with a game high 21 points and helped obtain a 17-12 lead at the conclusion of the first stanza.

The Barons, who drained eight three point shots and went 11-of-14 from the free throw line, outpointed the Timberwolves 14-10 in the second frame to increase their advantage at 31-22 going into the locker rooms at the intermission.

East Stroudsburg North, who connected on a total of 14 field goals and nailed seven treys, started their come-from-behind push by outscoring the Barons 17-6 in the third period and took the lead, 39-37.

The Timberwolves, despite going 9-of-19 from the free throw line, still managed to execute enough offense in the final period, outscoring Central 19-18 to escape with the victory and end the Barons unforgettable season.

Kody Kegarise (7), Tyler Lyons (6), Connor Hostetter (6), Roman Wagner (5), Jake Novak (5), Trevor Hosler (4), and Jay Barreto (1), also scored points for Central.

Senior players this season were Jay Barreto, Taylor Funk, Trevor Hosler, Kody Kegarise, Tyler Lyons, Ed Perez, Roman Wagner, and Tim Witmer.

The coaches were Chris Sherwwod, Vincent Quinn, Michael Smith, and Scott Gaffey. The manager was Jenny Dougherty and the student trainer was Alex Geib.

The winter cheerleaders were Maggie Eckert, Carissa Strazza, Destiny Wade, Mercedes Solt, Taylor Marro, Carley Sheppard, Kara Steffy, Katelyn Lyons, Kelsey Starner, Allison Kayhart, Destyni Goss, Nikki Kreider, Sophia Cruz, Heather Schroll, Lexi Hollinger (captain), and Kiersten Roeting. Their coaches were Sue Wolfe and Janell Sitler.

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Central Hoopsters Finish 7th in Districts March 6, 2017

Recuperating after a quarterfinals round loss to 4th seed and fourth place Spring Grove (20-8), the 5th seeded Manheim Central boys roundballers resumed play in the District Three Class 5A Tournament going 1-1 in consolation round action.

The Barons on Monday, February 27 clashed with 8th seed Greencastle-Antrim (18-9) in the semifinals at East Pennsboro High School where the Blue Devils racked up a 52 point second half to claim an 82-78 victory to finish in fifth place.

Manheim Central (21-7), sparked by Taylor Funk's 34 points, set the tone early taking a 17-11 lead in the first stanza. But Greencastle-Antrim, draining an impressive 12 three point shots on the night, changed the momentum of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Central 19-7 to hold a 30-24 advantage at the intermission.

Offensively it was very action packed in the second half for both squads with Central, who nailed 10 treys and was an excellent 18-of-20 from the free throw line, outdueling the Blue Devils 54-52 but coming up a little short in a four point setback.

Roman Wagner (12), Connor Hostetter (11), Trevor Hosler (8), Kody Kegarise (6), Jake Novak (4), and Drew Mummau (3) rounded out the Baron scorers.

To complete their tournament participation, the team faced off with 7th seeded Lampeter-Strasburg (17-11) on Wednesday, March 1 at Manheim Township High School.

It was a night of history being set as Funk finished the game with 35 points and passed Hilary Waltman as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,956 points. He also helped the Barons defeat the Pioneers for the second time this season, 60-56, finishing in seventh place.

Waltman who graduated from Manheim in 1995, had an illustrious four year career and held the individual scoring record with 1,937 total points.

Lampeter-Strasburg, with an impressive 10 three point shots on the night and a team high 16 point performance via Ben Sandberg, took control early, leading 16-11 in the first quarter and 30-26 at the break.

Central kept their composure and rejuvenated their offensive firepower in the second half of play, outscoring the Pioneers 34-26 to capture the come-from-behind victory.

Kegarise (7), Hostetter (6), Tyler Lyons (5), Hosler (4), and Novak (3), also contributed to the Baron point scoring.

The team will be back on the court this week in the PIAA State Championship Tournament opposite East Stroudsburg North (14-13).

SWIMMING

Amelia Dissinger was the only swimmer to represent Manheim Central in the pool at the District Three Class AA Girls Championship Meet last Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.

Dissinger, who was the top performer of the team this season, participated in two individual events. She placed 14th in the 50 yard freestyle, clocking a 25.99 and was 12th in the 100 yard breaststroke with a 1:12.48.

BOWLING

Tanner Michael and Olivia Good continued post-season play for the bowling team last week knocking down pins at the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Tournament on Friday, March 3.

Michael finished in 10th place in individual competition rolling a 196-163-182-244-224-258- for a series total of 1267 while Good had a 22nd place performance with a 145-123-149-211-211-215- for a series total of 1054.

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Betancourt Wins District 3 Class 3A Gold February 27, 2017

Three members of the Manheim Central wrestling team hit the mats last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the District Three Southcentral Region Class AAA Championship Tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Will Betancourt (33-2) ended his first tournament appearance in chocolatetown with a notable amount of sweet success, earning a well-deserved gold medal finish after outmuscling four straight top ranked opponents in the 106 pound weight class.

Betancourt started his first place performance in the preliminaries round, scoring a pin fall against Spring Grove's Chase Bricker (23-9) in 1:38 and then moved into the quarterfinals where he also defeated Shippensburg's Jeffrey Russell (24-13) via pin fall just 35 seconds into the bout.

He then overpowered bronze medal winner Cole Wilson (28-2) of Northeastern in the semifinals by a 7-2 decision and collected his medal in the championships slipping past Cocalico's Josiah Gehr (25-4) by a slim 4-2 decision.

Betancourt will return to action in the upcoming PIAA State Championship Tournament on March 9-11 back in Hershey.

Ryan McKee (145) went 1-2 in the tournament, opening with a first round loss Big Spring's gold medalist Tucker Brough (39-5) via pin fall at 1:49.

McKee (21-16) then regrouped in the wrestle backs accepting a round one forfeit against Red Lions Dylan Gurreri (28-7). He then suffered a 15-2 loss to Gettysburg's Joseph Pecaitis (27-4).

Elliot Martin (195) also had an early exit, losing to Big Spring's eventual champion Blake Barrick (36-6) by pin fall in 1:08 and then dropping a 7-3 decision against Reading's Malik Jackson (26-13). He finished with a 17-9 record.

The Barons finished tied for 20th place alongside Governor Mifflin with 29 points overall.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Manheim Central, seeded fifth, began the District Three Class 5A Boys Championship Tournament by hosting 12th seed Waynesboro last Monday, February 20.

Connor Hostetter scored a game high 26 points for Central and the Barons eliminated the Indians (14-10) with a 71-51 final score.

Central went on a quick 8-0 run in the early stages of the first stanza and led 14-9 at the end of the period fueled by Taylor Funk who scored eight of his 20 points on the night.

The Barons then used some long distance shooting to go on a 13-6 run in the early part of the second frame. Hostetter nailed a pair of treys and Funk added one as Manheim took a satisfying 36-15 advantage going into the intermission.

Despite Waynesboro, led by Evan Hine's team high 17 point performance, outscoring the Barons in the third period 21-13, Manheim still had the lead 49-36 at its conclusion with Hostetter netting two more three pointers.

The home team picked up their pace in the fourth period, outgunning the Indians 22-15. They went 16-of-21 from the free throw line and used two foul shots each from Trevor Hosler and Hostetter, along with one by Tim Witmer in the last seconds of the game to pull away with the 20 point triumph.

Hosler (6), Kody Kegarise (6), Jake Novak (4), Roman Wagner (4), Tyler Lyons (2), Jay Barreto (2), and Tim Witmer (1), also scored in the win.

The team then squared off at 4th seeded Spring Grove (20-6) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, February 23. The Rockets, paced by Eli Brooks team high 23 points, rallied from behind to knock off the Barons in a 65-63 thriller.

The score was tight right from the beginning as Central, boosted by Funk's game high 32 points, held a marginal 14-13 lead at the conclusion of the first period. Both teams netted 12 point second frames that left the Barons a one point 26-25 advantage going into the locker rooms at the break.

The Barons extended the advantage with a 20-15 edge in the third quarter only to see the Rockets return the favor down the stretch, outscoring Maheim 25-17 to steal the victory.

Wagner (10), Hostetter (6), Kegarise (5), Hosler (5), Novak (3), and Lyons (2), also contributed point scoring.

The Barons (20-5) will clash with 8th seeded Greencastle-Antrim (16-9) in the consolation semifinals round this week at East Pennsboro High School.

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Barons Bumped in L-L League Quarterfinal February 20, 2017

The Section Two runner-up Manheim Central boys basketball team officially began post season play last Monday, February 13 in the quarterfinals round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships opposite Hempfield at Warwick High School.

Ryan Moffatt scored a team high 12 points and Javon Mitchell, who added a nine point performance, helped the Black Knights (16-8) eliminate the Barons (19-5) from the remainder of the tournament with a 40-35 final score.

It was a close knit game early as both teams were tied at 8-8 at the conclusion of the first stanza. Led by Taylor Funk's game high 27 points, Central outscored Hempfield 9-6 in the second frame to chalk up a narrow 17-14 lead going into the locker rooms at the intermission.

Hempfield, who was 11-of-13 from the free throw line, came out determined in the third period and outmanned Central 10-6 to take over the lead by one point, 24-23.

Both teams upped their offense in the final period that went in the Black Knights favor, 16-12, to round up a victory.

Kody Kegarise (5), and Connor Hostetter (3) rounded out Manheim's scoring.

The 5th seeded Barons will host 12th seed Waynesboro (14-8) in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A Playoff Tournament this week.

WRESTLING

Post-season action started for the L-L League Section Two champion Baron wrestling team as several grapplers participated in both the District Three Class 3A Section Two Sectionals Tournament on Saturday, February 18 at Hempfield High School.

Will Betancourt was golden for the Barons claiming their only top finish of the event after outmuscling three straight top rated opponents via pin fall in the 106 pound weight class.

Betancourt got his tournament campaign started with a first round bye and then decked Milton Hershey's Kevin Minners in a quarterfinals round collision at just 21 seconds into the bout.

He then slammed Tye Weathersby, of Central Dauphin, to the floor in the semifinals round at 1:25 and capped his first place finish by scoring a third pin fall against Lower Dauphin's Jacob Vale in the championship round at 1:41.

Elliot Martin (195) added a bronze medal finish. He opened with a first round bye and then decked Dylan Byrd, of Milton Hershey, in 1:27 in the quarterfinals.

Martin, in the semifinals, was pinned by Solanco's Josh Weder in 2:23 but bounced back in the consolation round, defeating Blake Andrews of Elizabethtown by a 5-1 decision to obtain his medal.

Ryan McKee (145) had a hard earned fourth place finish. After a first round bye, McKee escaped Alan Spicer of Hershey in the quarterfinals by decision 3-0 but was knocked to the consolation round by Christian Carr of Hempfield with a 13-4 major decision. He lost his consolation round to Christian Vaughn by a 6-0 decision.

After opening with a win, Ryan Kreider (126) managed a fifth place finish. He dropped Lampeter's Michael Hazboun 5-3 in his opening bout before losing in the quarterfinals to Central Dauphin's Jake Cherry by pin fall at 37 seconds into the contest. Kreider came back with a 1:24 fall over E-town's Cameron Olson but suffered a 13-1 major decision loss to Palmyra's Josh Myers in the consi-semis. In a battle for fifth place, Kreider worked a 3:44 fall over McCaskey's John Pacheco.

Zack Zeamer (138) also had a fifth place performance. After opening with a bye and then notching a 15-7 major over Penn Manor's Nick Baker, Zeamer suffered a tight 3-2 loss to Solanco's Grayson Charles. He also dropped a 10-4 decision to Milton Hershey's Adrian Rosario before topping Hempfield's Luke Granbois by decision 5-2.

Conner Zeamer (113) finished in sixth place. After an opening round bye and a 5:07 fall over Paul Daube of Central Dauphin, Zeamer suffered a 5:07 pin to the eventual champ, Malcolm Schuyler of Manheim Township and then dropped a 2-0 decision against Warwick's Dylan Butzer in the consolation semis. He finished with a medical forfeit in a rematch to Daube in a battle for fifth place.

Cade Zeamer (120) also finished in sixth place. He defeated Donegal's Davon Brantley 5-0 in the quarterfinals but lost a 10-0 major to Hempfield's Jarod Loose in the semis. He dropped his next match to Penn Manor's Jordan Harsh and then suffered a 10-4 loss in a rematch with Brantley.

Connor Miller (152) had a first round victory against Milton Hershey's Richard Coleman by decision 7-0 but then dropped a second round setback to Charles Alessi of Elizabethtown by a slim 3-1 decision.

Logan Hess (160) defeated Milton Hershey's Tanner Shulski 5-0 but was knocked to the consolations in the next round by eventual champ Jonah Barley of Penn Manor by pin fall at 1:29. He also dropped an 11-2 major to Donegal's Tyler Snyder.

Nick Brown (170) opened with a bang, pinning Hershey's Matthew Lavelle only 27 seconds into the bout but then suffered a 9-5 loss to Carlos Lugo of McCaskey and dropped a 7-0 decision to CD's Cian Blythe.

Mitchell Himelright (182) had an early exit in the tournament. He was pinned by Lampeter-Strasburg's Josh Beiler. Cayden Warner (220) also suffered a first round loss, bowing out 15-7 against Hershey's Jacob Gore. Tyler Dougherty (285) suffered similar fate, bowing out to Donegal's Yonnie Harvey via fall.

The team finished in fifth place with 107 points overall.

BOWLING

Manheim Central also opened post-season play as the girls team competed in the L-L League Singles Tournament at Dutch Lanes on Friday, February 17.

After five games in the first round Olivia Good was sitting in 14th place with an 857. After a four game second round, she finished 19th with a series total of 1463.

Laura Michael was second best, rolling for a 21st place finish in round one with a total of 796 and settling for 22nd place overall with a 1353.

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Lady Barons Hold Off Ephrata 56-49 February 12, 2017

For a young but athletic team made up of seven juniors, one sophomore, and six freshman, the season is now officially over for the Manheim Central girls' basketball team. They ended a 22 game schedule with a victory against Ephrata and a setback to Kennard-Dale last week to finish in fifth place in Section Two with an overall record of 7-15.

In a rescheduled non-league affair with Kennard-Dale (5-15) last Monday, January 6 the Rams Megan Halczuk pumped in a game high 18 points to handle the Lady Barons in a 52-23 triumph.

"We missed several varsity players due to injury and illness against Kennard-Dale," said head coach Amanda Burns. "Despite being undermanned we fought hard, and some young players got some valuable minutes."

Central, led by Laura Good's team high nine points, managed to keep the first half within reason as the Lady Barons trailed the Rams 8-5 in the first quarter and were then outscored in the second frame 12-6 to be down at the intermission 20-11.

Kennard-Dale, who was 17-of-25 from the free throw line on the night, outscored the Lady Barons 32-12 in the second half to spark the victory.

Serena Conde (7), Lily Doerschuk (4), Taylor Enterline (2), and Tori Henderson (1), also added point scoring.

The team hosted Ephrata (5-17) in the Section Two season finale on Tuesday, January 7. Kassidy Michael made it back from the flu and drained a team high 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Lady Barons defeat the Mountaineers for the second time this season, 56-49.

Against Ephrata the girls were patient on offense, played like a team, and passed up good looks for great looks. This resulted in balanced scoring. Allison Cassel stepped up big hitting three treys in the first half and finishing with 13 points.

"It was great to end the season with a section win on our home court," added Burns.

Central held a narrow 16-13 first quarter lead and then went on a 16-7 run in the second frame to take a 32-20 advantage into the locker rooms at the break.

Despite being outmanned by the Mountaineers in the second half of play 29-24, the Lady Barons came away with their seventh and final win of the season.

Conde (10), Good (6), Doerschuk (5), Enterline (5), and Jaya Pabon (3), also put points into the Manheim win column.

"Our goal is to work hard in the offseason, build on our strengths from this year, and improve our weaknesses," stated Burns. "We are quickly going from a young team to one of the most veteran teams in our section next year, and with our future seniors knowing it is their last chance, they are going to look to do something special.

We've learned our lessons this year, but we know what we are capable of as a team, so we are looking to put it all together next year. We are all very excited," ended Burns.

BOWLING

The regular season is also over for the bowling team as the Barons knocked down pins last week against Elco at Cain's Lanes in a Section Three clash.

Manheim Central (70-21) the runner-up of the section lost their final match of the regular season to the third place Raiders (68-23) by a 5-2 final score.

Tanner Michael, the team's most consistent bowler, led the way with a 227-212-259 for an outstanding series total of 698. Jared Fry (212-189-160-561), Brandon Henry (176-206-146-528), Bryson Morton (195-201-125-521), Olivia Good (153-161-314), and Daniel Farina (223), rounded out the top Central bowlers.

RIFLE

The rifle team split a pair of tight shootouts with Wilson and Conestoga Valley last week to finish in fourth place in the Lancaster-Lebanon League with an overall record of 6-6.

At Wilson (1-11), the Barons slipped past the Bulldogs in a 493-492 thriller.

Sarah Good, Cade Ginder, and Dawson Good all gunned 99's to lead the team and Hunter Gartside along with Hunter Shoop both punched 98's to finish in second place.

The team hosted Conestoga Valley (3-9) on Friday, February 10 for their last match of the season and lost a 493-492 close shave to the Buckskins.

Sarah Good, Alex Stone, and Dawson Good led the team with 99's, as Josh Burkhart finished second with a 98, and Gage McCabe placed third after gunning a 97.

Numerous members of the team then participated in the Individuals Shoot on Saturday morning at Conestoga Valley High School. Ginder finished as the best Baron marksmen placing third for the second straight season in a row after blasting a 199 with two centers.

SWIMMING

Members of the swim team made a splash at the L-L League Championship Meet held at the Lititz Recreation Center last Thursday and Friday.

Amelia Dissinger placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.95 to give Manheim Central a 12th place finish overall.

WRESTLING

The Baron grapplers had a busy week on the mats, posting a victory against West York along with a set of losses to Red Land and Solanco in non-league action.

Central (8-2) began the week at Red Land where the Patriots used three pin falls to give the Barons their first dual meet loss of the season, 40-27.

Starting the match at the 195, Red Land scored their first pin fall after Palmer Rodenhaver decked Mitchell Himelright to the floor at 12 seconds and then followed with a 6-3 decision at 220 to take an early 9-0 lead.

Tyler Dougherty (285) tallied the first pin fall for Manheim at 1:32 and teammate Will Betancourt (106) added a 47 second a pin fall over Ryan Ressler for a short lived 12-9 advantage.

At (113) Red Land accepted a forfeit before Cade Zeamer (120) pinned Bryce Brennan at 3:33 and the Patriots Austin Rowzer (126) then outmuscled Ryan Kreider via a 12-3 major decision.

Haydn Shreiner (132) countered with an 11-5 decision against Phillip Strayer and Zack Zeamer (138) added another pin fall by pounding Dylan Poitrinal to the mat at 4:52 pushing the lead to 27-19.

Cam Englert (145) had Red Land's second pin fall, defeating Connor Miller at 3:09 and the Patriots regained the lead, 28-27 with a slim 7-6 decision at (152).

From there the Patriots never looked back as Caleb Weaver (160) decisioned Isaac Dorwart 6-2 and Jacob Eckley (170) pinned Mitchell Wagner at 1:35 to extend the lead, 35-27. Red Land capped the match with a 7-0 decision at 182.

In their next match, a strong Solanco (5-3) squad used three pin falls to sneak past the hosting Barons 30-28.

Cade Zeamer (120) edged Sheldon Peiffer by 6-3 decision in the opening bout and Chase Charles (126) defeated Jared Groff by a 6-0 decision to tie the score at 3-3.

Shreiner (132) blanked Joey Vandergriff with a 10-0 major decision while Solanco's Grayson Charles (138) overpowering Zack Zeamer 9-6.

Ryan McKee (145) then pinned Billy Maeda in 4:27 and Solanco's AJ Wilson (152) pinned Wagner at 3:08 to cut the Baron led to 13-12.

Logan Hess (160) countered with a 6-2 decision over Tucker Pierson before Ben Root (170) scored a pin fall against Dorwart at 2:55 to put the Mules in front, 18-16.

Solanco won the next three bouts with two decisions and one pin fall to stretch their lead to 30-16.

Dougherty (285) was awarded a forfeit and Betancourt (106) had the final pin fall of the night, decking Thomas Steinhauer in 11 seconds.

On Saturday afternoon the team hosted West York and took a bite out of the Bulldogs using five pin falls to win their eighth match of the season, 65-12.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Playing for the Section Two title this year came down to the wire as the Barons traveled to Ephrata for their last game of the regular season in an important matchup with the Mountaineers.

Central (19-4) paced by Taylor Funk's game high 22 points helped the Barons defeat third place Ephrata for the second time this season 47-32 and set up a section tie breaker against Lampeter-Strasburg.

The Barons took an 11-6 lead at the conclusion of the first stanza and both teams exchanged a 12 point second frame leaving Central in front, 23-18 at the intermission.

The Barons outscored the Mounts 24-14 in the second half of play to seal the crucial victory.

Connor Hostetter (12), Kody Kegarise (6), Tyler Lyons (2), Jay Barreto (2), Evan Hosler (2), and Roman Wagner (1) also reached the scoring column for the Barons.

At Hempfield High School on Thursday, February 9 the team squared off with Lampeter-Strasburg (16-7) with the section championship on the line.

The Pioneers, using a team high 21 point performance by Ben Sandberg, defeated the Barons for the second time this season 68-63 to finish as section champions.

Lampeter-Strasburg accumulated a 17-13 lead at the end of the first period but the Barons, fueled by Funk's game high 24 points, rallied and outmaneuvered the Pioneers 12-7 in the second frame for a slim 25-24 advantage at the intermission.

Both teams erupted offensively in the second half as Lampeter-Strasburg outmatched the Barons, who buried an impressive total of 10 treys, 44-38 to claim a significant victory.

Kegarise (8), Barreto (8), Hostetter (8), Trevor Hosler (6), Wagner (5), and Lyons (4), added to the scoring total.

The team will face Section One runner-up Hempfield (15-7) in the quarterfinals of the L-L League Championship Tournament this week at Warwick High School.

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Lady Barons Battle Section Leading Pioneers February 6, 2017

The Manheim Central girls' basketball team dropped a pair of Section Two setbacks to Lampeter-Strasburg and Garden Spot last week, setting their current overall record at 6-14.

The non-stop action on the hardwood began on Tuesday, January 31 as the Lady Barons hosted first place Lampeter-Strasburg (18-3). The Pioneers used a 28 point second half and a game high 17 point performance from Nevin Hoenninger to subdue the Lady Barons for the second time this season, 48-36.

Lampeter-Strasburg, who drained 13 field goals and buried three treys on the night, began their offensive pursuit with a 13-4 edge at the conclusion of the first stanza and even though Central, paced by Laura Good's team high 14 points, outscored the Pioneers in the second frame, 8-7, L-S held a 20-12 lead going into the intermission.

It was a much more exciting second half on offense for both teams as Lampeter-Strasburg outgunned the Lady Barons 28-24 to obtain a well-deserved victory.

Kassidy Michael (7), Serena Conde (6), Jaya Pabon (3), Lily Doerschuk (2), Taylor Enterline (2), and Allison Cassel (2), also contributed to the Baron offense.

The team traveled to Garden Spot (5-15) in New Holland on Friday, February 3 where the Spartans, fueled by a 25 point second half, avenged an earlier season loss to Central, 36-28.

Abi Fricke (10) and Sydney Nichols (8), combined for 18 points in the loss.

Garden Spot opened with an 11-7 lead in the first period but the Barons, led by Pabon, who netted a team-high eight points, used a 9-0 run at the end of the second frame to seize a 16-11 upper hand at the break.

Turning things around, Garden Spot outmanned the Lady Barons in the second half, 25-12, to collect the come from behind win.

Also contributing to the Baron offense was Conde (7), Good (7), Doerschuk (3), and Allison Cassel (3).

RIFLE

With just one match last week, the rifle team traveled to undefeated first place Elizabethtown (8-0) and suffered a narrow loss, 497-495. They are currently 5-4.

Sarah Good, Josh Burkhart, Dawson Good, Cade Ginder, and Alex Stone all blasted 99's to pace the Baron marksmen.

SWIMMING

The swim team saw their regular season schedule come to an end in a Section Two meet with Cocalico at the Ephrata Recreation Center last week. Andrew Siegrist won two individual events for Central (0-9) en route to a 117-52 setback to the section champion Eagles (7-2). Siegrist placed first in the 50 freestyle (25.35) and the 100 freestyle (56.20).

Amelia Dissinger led the girls team (0-9) with two individual wins despite a 128-41 loss to the third place Eagles (5-4).Disinter touched wall first in the 50 freestyle (27.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.08).

BOWLING

The bowling team had a hit and miss kind of week splitting matches with Garden Spot and Cocalico in Section Three action.

Starting things off, the team hosted Garden Spot (19-65) at Cain's Lanes and blanked the Spartans with a 7-0 final score.

Tanner Michael was the best bowler once again, rolling a 235-243-180 for a series total of 658. Brandon Henry (222-189-212-623), Bryson Morton (170-210-215-595), Josh Cipko (133-161-144-438), Chris ILL (203-179-382), and Olivia Good (126), also made up the top performances.

The Barons wrapped up the week at Dutch Lanes against Cocalico (75-9) where the section leading Eagles shutout the Barons 7-0.

Michael led the team with a stellar performance rolling a 170-250-225 for a series total of 645. Henry (212-194-198-604), Morton (155-154-215-524), Good (147-138-122-407), Jared Fry (197-173-370), and ILL (132) also chipped in.

WRESTLING

One week after a grueling and exhausting third place finish in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Tournament, the Baron grapplers resumed dual match mayhem in a non-league collision at home against cross-town adversary Warwick.

Central (7-0) used strength, grit, determination, and three pin falls to outmuscle the Warriors (1-7) 47-18 to pad their lead in Section Two.

The match started with Isaac Dowart (170) winning a hard fought 4-2 decision against Roland McClune in overtime before the Warriors won the next bout at 182 via a 3-1 decision in overtime that knotted the score at 3-3.

Both teams then exchanged pin falls as Elliot Martin (195) smashed Charles Lumene to the mat at 1:37 and Evan Clark (220) slammed Cayden Warner to the floor at 5:15.

Warwick's Ryan Stewart (285) then scored another pin fall just 42 seconds into the bout and Will Betancourt (113) overpowered Butzer by a 17-2 technical fall at 3:29 to trail the Warriors 15-14.

Cade Zeamer (120) responded with an impressive 24-7 technical fall at 4:25 and teammate Ryan Kreider (126) added a 1:43 pin fall in a tussle with Shaun Stafford to change the momentum of the match and take a 25-15 advantage.

Haydn Shreiner (132) scored Manheim's third pall fall by decking Renny Kline at 1:55 and Zack Zeamer (138) accepted a forfeit.

Ryan McKee (145) was also awarded a forfeit and the Warriors Luke Hirtzel (152) won by a small 1-0 decision to cut into the Central lead 43-18.

Mitchell Wagner (160) eluded Andrew Morgan by a 9-1 major decision in the final matchup of the evening.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The quest to capture the Section Two crown has gotten a lot tighter as the boys basketball team lost a set games to both Lampeter-Strasburg and Garden Spot last week, dropping their current first place overall record to 18-3.

The team traveled to third place Lampeter-Strasburg (14-7) where the Pioneers, with a massive 33 point surge in the second half and a team high 17 point performance by Ryan Smith, defeated the Barons for the first time this season 60-51.

Central, led by senior Taylor Funk's game high 25 points, mounted a 17-13 lead at the end of the first frame but Lampeter-Strasburg outmanned the Barons 14-12 in the second period to trail Central 29-27 going into the locker rooms at the intermission.

Coming out very motivated on offense, Lampeter-Strasburg who nailed seven treys on the night, surpassed the Barons 33-22 to ice the victory.

Trevor Hosler (8), Roman Wagner (6), Jay Barreto (5), Jake Novak (4), Kody Kegarise (2), and Connor Hostetter (1), also chipped in point scoring.

Friday the Barons hosted a resilient Garden Spot (13-8) team for the second to last game of the regular season. The fourth place Spartans benefitted from a commanding 34 point second half and defeated the Barons for the second time this season in a 61-44 rout.

Garden Spot's Keontae Nunn (14) and teammate Joseph Craver (13) combined for 27 points.

With both teams putting up an impressive offensive style attack in the early portion of the game, Garden Spot held a marginal 12-10 lead at the end of the first period.

The Spartans then got hot and blew things wide open in the second frame outpointing Central 20-9 to take a comfortable 32-19 advantage at the intermission.

Garden Spot continued their stretch on offense in the second half of the contest and outmaneuvered the Barons 29-25 to seal a crucial road game victory.

Funk (18), Hostetter (11), Hosler (5), Kegarise (3), Tyler Lyons (2), Barreto (2), Timmy Witmer (2), and Wagner (1) all contributed points to the Baron attack.

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MC Wins 4 Straight, Funk Breaks School Record January 29, 2017

Approaching the end of their regular season schedule, the Manheim Central boys' basketball team had another action packed week collecting four straight wins against Kennard-Dale, Elizabethtown, Northern Lebanon, and Cocalico at home.

The Barons (18-1) hosted Kennard-Dale (8-11) in a non-league duel on Monday, January 23, and used a 36 point second half and a game high 19 point performance by Taylor Funk to overwhelm the Rams, 63-47.

At the end of a competitive first stanza the score was tied 11-11 but Central tallied a 16 point second period to take a 27-16 advantage into the intermission.

In the second half the Barons used their 36 point surge to claim their 15th victory of the season.

Trevor Hosler (12), Kody Kegarise (10), Connor Hostetter (10), Roman Wagner (4), Tyler Lyons (3), Jake Novak (3), and Jay Barreto (2), also scored.

On Tuesday, in a Section Two clash with Elizabethtown (4-15), the Barons used a 34 point second half and a game high 22 points from Kegarise to sweep the series against the Bears, 66-43.

Elizabethtown held a narrow 14-13 lead in the first quarter but the Barons easily changed the momentum of the game, outscoring the Bears 19-6 in the second to obtain a 33-19 lead at the half.

Another big second half on offense for Central, 34-23, secured an impressive victory.

Funk (19), Hosler (7), Novak (6), Hostetter (5), Wagner (3), Lyons (2), and Carson Brenize (2), also chipped in with points.

Returning to non-league play on Thursday, January 26, against Northern Lebanon (7-11) the Barons netted 39 points in the second half and got a game high 22 points by Funk to cruise past the Vikings, 65-40.

Deadlocked at 11-11 at the end of the first frame, Central outpointed Northern Lebanon 15-10 in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Following their game plan pep talk at the intermission, the Barons responded with a magnificent effort on offense, outscoring the Vikings 39-19 to seize their 17th victory.

Hostetter (16), Barreto (8), Wagner (6), Edwin Perez (5), Hosler (4), Novak (2), and Evan Hosler (2), rounded out the Central scorers.

Ending a busy week in a Section Two showdown with Cocalico (4-15) on Friday, it was a game of epic proportion as Funk set a new Manheim Central all-time career scoring record of 1,719 points after scoring a game high 25 and defeated the Eagles 58-46 in the process. The record was previously held by Tom Kenneff at 1,706.

The Barons led 15-6 at end of the first stanza and despite being outscored 17-13 in the second, went into the intermission with a 28-23 upper hand.

The Barons once again had a dominating second half of play to seal an important victory.

Hosler (9), Hostetter (8), Kegarise (5), Barreto (5), Lyons (4), and Novak (2), also contributed in point scoring.

RIFLE

Back-to-back home matches for the rifle team last week against Ephrata and Garden Spot resulted in mixed results.

Central (5-4) started things in a shootout with Ephrata (6-2) as the Mounts edged the Barons 494-492.

Cade Ginder and Josh Burkhart both gunned 99's to lead the team. Alex Stone, Sarah Good, and Hunter Gartside, all punched 98's to round out the top Central sharpshooters.

Against Garden Spot (3-6), the Barons fired past the Spartans 493-489.

Ginder blasted a perfect 100 to finish in first place and Stone punched a 99 to finish in second. Dawson Good, Sarah Good, and Burkhart all finished with 98's leading the rest of the Baron marksmen.

SWIMMING

The swim team hosted Lancaster Catholic in a Section Two confrontation at the Lititz Recreation Center last week and were swept by both Crusaders squads.

The boys' team (0-8) won just one individual event in a 107-57 setback to the Crusaders (3-5). Kody Striver won the 500 freestyle clocking a final time of 6:28.22.

The girls team (0-8) won two individual events by Amelia Dissinger and suffered a 120-45 loss to the Crusaders (5-3).

Dissinger, the team's most consistent swimmer, placed first in the 50 freestyle (26.94) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.36).

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

A three game week, the Lady Barons ended with a victory against Lebanon and losses to Northern Lebanon and Cocalico to set their current overall record at 6-12.

On the road at Lebanon (0-18) the Lady Barons used a whopping 39 point first half and 13 points via Serena Conde to knock off the Cedars for the second time this year, 59-27.

Central got off to a fast start, building an 18-2 lead followed by a 21-3 second frame for a commanding 39-5 advantage at the break.

Lebanon improved their offense in the second half, outhustling the Lady Barons 22-20 but it wasn't enough.

Lily Doerschuk (12), Brooke Breinich (9), Jaya Pabon (8), Kassidy Michael (8), Laura Good (5), and Taylor Enterline (4), also scored for the Barons.

At Northern Lebanon (18-1), the Vikings used 14 points by Megan Brandt and a 26 point second half to elude the Lady Barons 48-23.

Northern Lebanon jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first frame and the outnumbered Central 11-7 in the second for a 22-9 advantage at the break. The Vikings outscored the Lady Barons 26-14 in the second half to ice the win.

Conde (6), Good (6), Doerschuk (3), Allison Cassel (3), Michael (3), and Breinich (2), made up the Central scoring leaders.

At Section Two second place Cocalico (13-5), the Eagles Lyndsay Engle pumped in a game high 17 points to help defeat the Lady Barons, 55-26.

Cocalico took control early with a 13-6 lead at the end of the first frame and outmaneuvered Manheim 17-3 in the second for a 30-9 advantage at the intermission. The scoring was a bit more even for both teams in the second half as Cocalico outscored Central 25-17 to compile the win.

Conde (9), Good (7), Allison Cassel (4), Michael (4), and Tori Henderson (2) also picked up points.

WRESTLING

Focused on capturing the Section Two title, the Baron grapplers hosted Lebanon (2-4) on Wednesday, January 25 for their only dual match of the week.

Central (6-0) tallied a hat trick of falls and thumped the Cedars, 60-12.

In the first bout at 182 Nick Brown defeated Josh Kauffman by decision 9-4 and Elliot Martin (195) scored the first pin, outmuscling Jacob Marderness in just 27 seconds to take a 9-0 lead.

Cayden Warner (220) won a 9-5 decision against Angel Borges and teammate Tyler Dougherty (285) slammed Eddie Torres to the mat with a 2:28 fall.

Will Betancourt (106) accepted a forfeit that pushed the lead to 24-0.

Lebanon (113) was then awarded a forfeit before Cade Zeamer (120) won a 7-3 decision against Jose Barrios.

Ryan Kreider (126) countered with a 20-4 technical fall at 5:53 against Timothy Spangler and Haydn Shreiner (132) decked Cruz, pinning in 2:21 to catapult their lead to 38-6.

Austin Sauder (138) and Zack Zeamer (145) both accepted forfeits and Ryan McKee (152) earned a 15-3 major decision in a tussle with Dallin Ocasio.

Isaac Dowart (160) was awarded a forfeit that set the score at 60-6 and Lebanon accepted a forfeit at 170, the final bout of the evening.

Several members of the team also flexed their muscles in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship Tournament at Garden Spot High School on Friday and Saturday.

Betancourt, at 106, snagged the only gold medal for the team after overpowering four top notch opponents. He began his tournament journey with a first round pin just 18 seconds into the match against Nickolas Gilbert of Lebanon and defeated Owen Rohrer of Penn Manor in the second round via fall at 50 seconds into the bout.

He then overpowered Kyler Anspach of Northern Lebanon in the semifinals by a 15-0 technical fall at 3:43 and seized his first place finish after crashing Austin Jones of Ephrata to the mat with a 1:38 fall in the championship round.

At 113, Conner Zeamer began with a first round fall against Andrew Sikora of Penn Manor at 3:32 and then edged Brandon Breidegan of Northern Lebanon by decision 5-4.

He was ousted in the semifinals by Josiah Gehr of Cocalico by fall at 1:45, and also lost in the wrestle backs by a 16-0 tech fall to finish fourth.

Cade Zeamer (120) got by Mason Blank of Lampeter-Strasburg by decision 5-2 in the first round and Nevin Estevez of McCaskey by another decision, 14-8, in round two.

He was knocked to the consolation with a 9-2 semifinals loss against Colin Leonard of Northern Lebanon. Zeamer defeated Jordan Harsh of Penn Manor 6-3 decision in the wrestle backs to earn a bronze medal.

Kreider (126) started off the first round with a pin against Shawn Price of Elco at 3:07 but was defeated in the second round by Tanner Ball of Pequea Valley via a 16-1 technical fall at 3:48 .He finished in seventh place after a pin fall in the wrestle backs.

Shreiner (132) defeated Joey Vandergriff of Solanco 10-6 in the first round and then lost in the second round to Gabe Miller of Pequea Valley by pin fall at 1:40. He placed seventh with a 4-3 decision victory in wrestle back rounds.

Sauder (138) had an early exit, getting pinned by Gary Clark of Garden Spot in the first round.

McKee (145) posted a well fought 3-0 first round victory over Tate Cargas of Warwick and then lost in the second round to Pavel Dariychuk of Conestoga Valley by pin fall at 3:29. He also lost in the wrestle backs to finish in fourth place.

Connor Miller (152) was defeated 18-4 in the first round by Tyler Mentzer of Ephrata.

Dowart (160) got the first round underway with a pin fall at 2:42 over Mina Metias of Columbia but suffered a second round pin fall loss by Jonah Barley of Penn Manor. He finished in sixth place with a loss in the wrestle backs.

Brown (182) had a successful first round, pinning Brayden Turner of Annville-Cleona but was ousted in round number two by Dante Jones of Penn Manor in a tight 3-2 decision. He finished sixth with a 5-0 decision loss in the wrestle backs.

Martin (195) also captured a fourth place finish beginning with a first round pin over Warwick's Charles Lumene and defeating Elvis Laguerre of McCaskey in the second by decision 7-2. He lost in the semifinals by a 3-1 decision to Josh Weder of Solanco and by pin fall in the wrestle back round.

Warner (220) lost in an opening round bout to Dennis Jefferis of Garden Spot by a 5-2 decision.

The team finished in third place with 167.5 points.

BOWLING

Add another match into the win column for the bowling team as the Barons (54-9) hosted Northern Lebanon (54-16) at Cain's Lanes and out rolled the Vikings 5-2.

Tanner Michael was tops with a 243-268-158- for a series total of 669. Zach Kowalski (212-189-172-573), Olivia Good (209-171-170-550), Bryson Morton (168-202-150-520), Daniel Farina (162-247-409), and Brandon Henry (146) also chipped in.

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Baron Roundballs Win Four Straight, Now 14-1 January 22, 2017

Manheim Central had a busy and successful week on the hardwood with four straight wins against Solanco, York Suburban, Donegal, and Manheim Township to improve their current Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two lead with an overall record of 14-1.

On Tuesday, January 17 in a feud with Solanco (10-7) in Quarryville, the Barons, fueled by a 32 point first half outbreak and a game high 28 point performance by Taylor Funk defeated the Golden Mules 58-45.

Central, who nailed 14 field goals and seven treys in the game, got off to the start they needed with a 16-6 lead after the first stanza and outscored the Golden Mules in the second period 16-11 to take a 32-17 advantage into the intermission.

Despite being outscored 28-26 in the second half by Solanco, the Barons clinched their 11th victory of the season.

Connor Hostetter (16), Kody Kegarise (4), Roman Wagner (4), Tyler Lyons (2), Trevor Hosler (2), and Jake Novak (2), also added scoring to the Manheim win column.

The following night the team hosted York Suburban (5-11) in a non-league tussle. Aided by an impressive 33 point surge in the second half, the Barons overwhelmed the Trojans 56-43.

Things were tight in the beginning of the contest with the Barons holding a 12-7 lead at the conclusion of the first frame. York Suburban countered, outpointing Central 17-11 in the second period to obtain a small 24-23 lead at the half.

After their pep talk at the break, the Barons, who got a game-high 31 points from Funk, came out well prepared on offense and outmanned York Suburban in the third frame 18-12 to hold a 41-36 advantage. They extended the advantage with a 15-7 effort in the final period of regulation to secure the victory.

Hostetter (9), Kegarise (8), Lyons (5), and Wagner (3), also put up points for the win.

Returning to section play on Friday, January 20 at cross-town rival Donegal (1-14), the Barons, sparked by a whopping 42 point second half, defeated the Indians for the second time this season 59-37.

It was anybody's game in the first half as Donegal edged the Barons in scoring 9-8 at the end of the first frame. Manheim, paced by Funk's game high 23 point performance, outmaneuvered Donegal in the second period 9-8 to knot the score 17-17 at halftime.

Things then heated up on offense for Central in the second half, outhustling the Indians 28-10 in the third stanza to take a comforting 45-27 advantage. They closed out the final period with a 14-10 advantage to secure their 13th win of the season.

Point getters for the game included Wagner (11), Jay Barreto (9), Hostetter (6), Novak (5), Kegarise (2), Lyons (2), Hosler (2), and Edwin Perez (2).

The team hosted Manheim Township (7-8) in a rescheduled non-league matinee on Saturday, January 21 and defeated the Blue Streaks by a 59-38 final score.

"I thought we played great against Manheim Township and brought a lot of energy," said head coach Chris Sherwood.

The score seesawed back-and-forth in the early moments of the game but Central pushed ahead 16-12 at the end of the first period. The Barons edged Township 11-7 in the second period to maintain a 27-19 lead at the break.

In the second half, however, the Barons exploded for 32 points to pull away with an impressive victory.

"I think our offense did a great job and our defense rebounded the ball well," said Sherwood. "We did a great job with free throw shooting too. It's one day at a time."

Funk dropped in a game-high 29 points to lead the way. Hostetter (14), Lyons (6), Wagner (4), Hosler (2), Kegarise (2), and Novak (2), also contributed.

RIFLE

The rifle team picked up wins against Conestoga Valley and Manheim Township last week and currently sit in fourth place in the L-L League standings.

The Barons (4-3) traveled to Conestoga Valley (2-5) for the first match of the week and outgunned the Buckskins 494-490.

Manheim was led by both Hunter Gartside and Gage McCabe who both gunned perfect 100's. Cade Ginder finished with a 99, teammate Austin Rhodes punched a 98, and Josh Burkhart fired a 97 to round out the best Central sharpshooters.

To cap off the week at Manheim Township (5-2) the Barons slipped past the Blue Streaks in an exciting match 492-491.

Burkhart, Ginder, and Alex Stone were tops for Central, all punching 99's. Rhodes finished with a 98, and Sarah Good fired a 97 to round out the Baron marksmen.

WRESTLING

With sights set on capturing the coveted Section Two crown, the matmen visited Lampeter-Strasburg for their only dual match of the week. Central (5-0) used four pin falls to overpower the Pioneers 47-24.

Lampeter-Strasburg (4-2), at 160, tallied their first pin fall of the night three minutes into the match for an early 6-0 edge.

At 170 Isaac Dowart outmuscled John Franklin by a 6-3 decision to trail the Pioneers 6-3.

Lampeter then won by a narrow 5-4 decision at 182 before Elliot Martin (195) outlasted Jack Eckman via a 13-3 major decision to cut the LS lead to 9-7.

At 220, the Barons Cayden Warner defeated Tyler Phenegar with an 18-9 major decision to take their first lead of the contest, 11-9.

LS then chalked up their second pin fall at 285 in 4:23 to regain a 15-11 advantage. That lead, however, was short-lived as Will Betancourt (106) pounded Jared Pivec to the floor with a pin fall at 1:09.

Connor Zeamer (113) accepted a forfeit and teammate Cade Zeamer (120) crashed Mason Blank to the mat with a second pin fall at 5:59 to raise the score to 29-15.

Michael Hazboun (126) knocked off Ryan Kreider with a decision 5-3 and Michael Kuhns (132) won by injury default to close the gap to five, 29-24.

Austin Sauder (138) and Zack Zeamer (145) seized the final set of falls in the match and pulled away from the Pioneers 41-24. Mitchell Wagner (152) was awarded a forfeit in the final bout of the evening.

BOWLING

A record breaking season for the bowling team continued last week as the Barons placed two more matches into their Section Three leading win column against Conetsoga Valley and Lampeter-Strasburg.

The action got underway in a non-league tussle with Conestoga Valley (21-35) at Cain's Lanes in Manheim as the Barons (49-7) out rolled a pesky Buckskins squad 5-2. They finished the week in a section matchup with Lampeter-Strasburg (16-40) at Rocky Springs Bowling Center and blanked the Pioneers 7-0.

Tanner Michael was in the spotlight once again rolling a 196-210-212 for a series total of 618 to lead the team. Brandon Henry (228-197-130-555), Zack Kowalski (181-213-149-543), Bryson Morton (142-146-288), Olivia Good (154-129-283), Lauren Michael (169), and Daniel Farina (152), were the best Baron bowlers.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Put two more games into the win column for an improving girl's basketball team as the Lady Barons knocked off both Solanco and Donegal at home last week in Section Two competition.

Manheim (5-10) started the week against Solanco (7-9) and used a 15 point performance by team scoring leader Brooke Breinich to subdue the Golden Mares in a 54-45 nail biting overtime thriller.

"Brooke Breinich is progressing well," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She is getting better at finding her teammates on offense, and leads our team in scoring, rebounds, and assists."

The Lady Barons held a slim 14-12 lead at the end of the first period while Solanco rejuvenated their offense in the second frame, outscoring Central 9-7 to tie the score at 21-21 going into the intermission.

Solanco outscored the hosts 12-9 in the third quarter only to see the Barons return the favor by the exact same margin in the fourth, knotting the score 42-42 at the end of regulation.

With hustle, sweat, and determination the Lady Barons turned things up a few notches in the overtime period and outplayed the Golden Mares 12-3 to ice the win.

"The girls are improving each night. They are learning each other and becoming more compatible. I have been impressed with how they never give up," Burns added.

Laura Good (11), Lily Doerschuk (9), Kassidy Michael (8), Serena Conde (7), and Jaya Pabon (4) all contributed to the scoring total.

Against cross-town rival Donegal (10-6) on Friday, both Breinich (17) and Doerschuk (12) combined for 29 points to avenge an earlier season loss and upset the Indians by a 56-45 final score.

Taking control early, the lady Barons obtained a 13-5 lead in the first frame and never looked back outgunning the Indians in the second 11-9 to go into the intermission with a 24-14 upper hand.

The offense picked up a notch for both teams in the second half that went in favor of the Lady Barons 32-31, who came away with a hard earned victory.

Conde (11), Michael (10), Good (4), and Pabon (2), also provided point scoring.

"We are looking to improve in many areas, such as points allowed from the foul line," said Burns. "We also need to increase our own foul shooting percentage as a team."

The Barons were 18-for-27 from the free throw line for the game.

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Breinich, Good Net 17 Each to Top Spartans January 15, 2017

The Manheim Central girls' basketball team resumed play last week and split victories against Garden Spot and Ephrata in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two action.

The Lady Barons (3-10) opened the week hosting Garden Spot (2-11) on Tuesday, January 10 and used a 33 point first half and 17 points by both Brooke Breinich and Laura Good to outlast the Spartans by a 53-45 final score.

Central, who connected on 16 field goals for the night, led 14-11 at the end of the first period and got four points each from Lily Doerschuk, who canned a trey, and Breinich.

The home team increased their lead to 26-16 at the 3:32 mark in the second stanza after a Breinich trey and a Good shot down low at the basket. Led by Good's 12 points in the first half Central outpointed the Spartans 19-8 at the end of the period to hold a 33-19 advantage at halftime.

Garden Spot cut the Lady Barons lead to 38-29 late in the third but Breinich nailed her second trey of the game moments later to cut the lead to 44-31.

With key foul shooting (12-of-31) late in the final period, Central pulled away from Garden Spot even though being outscored by the Spartans 14-9 to claim the victory.

Kassidy Michael (7), Serena Conde (5), and Allison Cassel (3), made up the rest of Central's scoring leaders.

The team traveled to Ephrata (4-11) on Friday, January 13 where the Mountaineers' Caroline Stauffer pumped in a team high 13 points to help defeat the Lady Barons 47-41.

Ephrata, who drained a total of four field goal shots on the night and added seven treys, got their offense rolling early, taking a 12-3 lead after the first period and outmaneuvered Central in the second 12-10 to obtain a 24-13 advantage going into the locker rooms at the intermission.

The second half of play seesawed back-and-forth. The Lady Barons, led by a 16 point performance by Breinich, actually outscored Ephrata 28-23 but still suffered the setback.

Doerschuk (8), Michael (6), Good (5), Conde (4), and Jaya Pabon (2), rounded out the Lady Barons scoring leaders.

RIFLE

The rifle team hosted both Elizabethtown and Wilson last week and posted mixed results.

Manheim (2-3) began the action against Elizabethtown (5-0) and suffered a 495-489 final score.

Cade Ginder led the team blasting a perfect 100, and Hunter Gartside punched a 98 to finish second. Gage McCabe, Dawson Good, and Charles Miller all fired 97's to round out the top Central sharpshooters.

On Thursday, January 12 against Wilson (0-5) the Barons took a bite out of the Bulldogs with a 492-488 victory.

Ginder and Austin Rhodes both gunned 99's to lead the team with Josh Burkhart, Dawson Good, and Sarah Good all punching 98's to round out the scoring.

BOWLING

With their season goal to win the Section Three crown, the bowling team was on the road last week in a pair of matches against Lancaster Mennonite and Elco.

In a Section Three and Four crossover clash on Monday, January 9 against Lancaster Mennonite at Rocky Springs Lanes, Central (42-7) blanked the Blazers (0-49) 7-0.

Tanner Michael once again was the team leader rolling a 204-202-216 for a series total of 622. Chris ILL (167-168-178-513), Bryson Morton (178-180-358), Zach Kowalski (139-164-303), Brandon Henry (157-131-288), Jared Fry (163), Daniel Farina (160), and Olivia Good (157) also contributed.

Three days later, in a Section Three showdown with Elco (35-14) at Berks Lanes, the Barons eluded the Raiders 5-2.

Michael was tops again rolling an impressive 224-258-202 for a series total of 684. Good (205-219-222-646), Morton (182-199-163-544), Kowalski (193-182-169-544), and Henry (113-173-146-432), were the top Central bowlers.

SWIMMING

It was a one meet week in the pool for the swimming team as both Baron teams were defeated by Elizabethtown at the Lititz Recreation Center in Section Two competition.

The boys' team (0-7) was swept in all events in a 120-45 setback to the third place Bears (2-4).

The girls' squad (0-7) suffered similar fate, bowing out a 115-52 loss to the Bears (2-4).

WRESTLING

The wrestling team took control of Section Two with a set of dual match victories against Cedar Crest and Garden Spot improving their current overall record to 4-0.

Starting the mayhem on Wednesday, January 11 the team traveled north to Cedar Crest (2-8) in Cornwall. They scored five pin falls and trounced the Falcons 66-7.

Will Betancourt at the 113 pound weight class accepted a forfeit along with Connor Zeamer at 120 to take a quick 12-0 lead.

At 126 Jared Groff scored the first pin of the night, slamming Christopher Byler at 3:50.

Cedar Crest accepted a forfeit at 132 but Austin Sauder (138) countered with a 1:55 fall, extending the lead to 24-3.

Zack Zeamer and Mitchell Wagner benefitted from back-to-back forfeits and Manheim's lead ballooned to 36-3.

At 160, Logan Hess chalked up the third pin fall, pounding Austin Bohr to the floor in 48 seconds before Isaac Dorwart, at 170, needed just 41 seconds to record another fall.

Nick Brown (182) captured the last pin nailing Derrick Via to the mat at 1:38 and teammate Elliot Martin was awarded a forfeit at 220.

Cedar Crest's Ross Fisher racked up the Falcons final points of the match with a 14-4 major decision at 285.

One evening later the team hosted Garden Spot (3-2) for a crucial matchup and used four falls in a come-from-behind 37-25 thriller to take over first place in the section.

Garden Spot opened with a fall at 152 in 1:19 and a 5-3 decision at 160 for a quick 9-0 lead. They claimed their second pin at 170 in 4:57 before Brown countered with a 7-2 decision at 182 to trail by a 15-3 score.

At 195 Garden Spot won a 7-1 decision before Martin, at 220, tallied the first pin for Manheim, outmuscling Brandon Sabasino in 1:20 to cut the Spartan lead to 18-9.

Tyler Dougherty (285) edged Dennis Jeffries by a tight 1-0 decision and Betancourt (106) decked Cory Leaman in 1:10 to deadlock the score at 18-18.

Connor Zeamer (113) and Cade Zeamer (120) collected back-to-back pin falls to change the momentum and gave the Barons a 30-18 lead.

Both teams then exchanged major decisions at 126 and 132 and Garden Spot survived Ryan McKee with a 6-3 decision to cut the lead to 34-25. Zack Zeamer (145) defeated Gary Clark by a slim 4-3 decision to wrap up the match.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The race for the Section Two title just got a lot tighter as the boys' basketball team went 1-1 last week with a victory against an improved Ephrata team along with a loss to a resilient Garden Spot (7-7) squad.

Central (10-1) hit the road to New Holland last Tuesday and, with a fierce buzzer beater drive to the net by Cameron Sensenig (5 points) in the final period, the Spartans shocked the undefeated Barons 44-42.

Garden Spot, led by Kyle Gordon (11 points), took the early edge at the end of the first period 10-9 before the Barons, who buried a hat trick of three point shots, outmanned the Spartans in the second 9-7 to go into halftime with a narrow 18-17 lead.

Coming out fired up in second half, the home team Spartans rallied from a 31-26 deficit and outscored the visitors 18-11 down the stretch to secure the upset victory.

Taylor Funk (14), Connor Hostetter (8), Roman Wagner (5), Tyler Lyons (4), Evan Simon (4), Kody Kegarise (3), Trevor Hosler (2), and Jake Novak (2) were Central's point scorers.

With the Section Two lead on the line, the team ended the week by hosting Ephrata (11-3) and, fueled by Funk's 17 point performance and a 21 point second half, escaped with a win over the Mountaineers, 38-34. Both teams sit at 6-1.

"I thought we worked hard on every possession and Taylor Funk was great and did a good job overall," said head coach Chris Sherwood.

Central trailed Ephrata 12-9 at the end of the first stanza but, with a nine point burst from Funk and six more from Novak, including a buzzer beater, the Barons cut the lead to 19-17 at the break.

"I felt good about my performance against Ephrata," said Funk. "It's been a fun senior season so far and I'm excited for next year at St. Joseph's University."

The Barons, who went 8-for-16 in the game from the foul line, outscored the Mounts 9-5 in the third quarter and Novak's drive to the bucket at the 1:38 mark put the home team in front, 26-21. Ephrata, however, dropped in one of their six triples to cut the lead to two.

After a steal and dunk by Funk, Ephrata, who did not attempt a single free throw in the game, responded and kept the lead to two, 36-34 with 15.3 seconds left. Hostetter (3 points) then connected on two free throws to ice the Barons victory.

Lyons (6), Hosler (5), and Roman Wagner (1), also reached the scoring column.

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